Archive for July 25, 2017

Slate Cleaner and Removing Glue or Sticky Substances

July 25, 2017

Removing glue from any surface is hard to do; you want to ensure that youre well informed when it comes to slate cleaner, and getting those gooey messes off your counter. You want to ensure that the glue is removed, but you also want to make sure that you do not ruin the counter top that it is on. Super glue is fast setting, and hard to remove out of the rest of them. Acetone is one of the most used removers for super glue. It can be found in nail polish remover, but nail polish remover might eat away at the stone. You can find it at hardware stores easily now alone. You can put acetone on a swab, and use it to dab the surface of the glue. You will want to apply it in small doses, and carefully not to ruin anything around the surface or the surface itself.

Sticker glue might also be difficult to remove from your stone surface. Getting slate cleaner is beneficial. If you peel the sticker off then a sticky backing might be left behind. Peanut butter is recommended because it removes the stickiness, but it also does not harm the counter tops. This is one of the most loved methods of removing the sticky residue. Vinegar, vegetable, and baby oils work just as well as peanut butter as well. Apply it evenly, and then wipe it off with warm water and a soft cloth.

Rubber cement is hard to remove, but it can be removed with a thinner. You just want to tread lightly when using it since it can eat through the stone. Soaking the glue in the solvent can break apart the glue and remove it from the counter when you use a warm wash cloth and gently wipe it away. School glue is the easiest to remove, and less sticky mess because it cracks when it dries. If you use warm water, it will soften the glue and make it easier to wipe away. This allows you to remove the glue just by wiping it with a damp cloth. You can then use a slate cleaner once the glue is removed.

Once all of this happens, and the glue is removed, you can then go over the place with the slate cleaner and polish. This will allow you to keep the stone clean no matter what gets on it and save the life of your counters.

How to find the Best Roofing Contractor in Oxford

July 16, 2017

How to find the best roofing contractor in Oxford (or anywhere)

My Top Tips for hiring a roofing contractor

Before you start do some research on the internet about the roofing materials which are available. There are many types of roofing materials available clay or concrete tiles, slate, roofing shingles, and roofing felts for flat roofs, and and the choice of material will affect the overall budget. For example clay tiles are generally more expensive than conrete tiles. You may also be affected by the type of roofing materials in neighbouring properties. With this knowledge you won’t be going cold into discussions with a contractor about materials to be used.

Start asking friends, neighbours and work colleagues about who they would recommend as a contractor. They may have direct experience of roofing contractors or they may know someone who has such expereince. if they do know about a contractor ask whether the contractor completed the job as expected, and whether they would hire them again. Ask whther they were couryeous and polite. Local Builders’ supply shops, DIY shops and estate agents amy also have some knowledge of possible contractors you can hire. Try not just going to Yellow Pages and picking a contractor at random. In asking for referrals make sure that the job done is comparable with the job you have planned

Contact the contractor. What was your first impression of the contractor? Was the contractor pleasant and courteous? Did the contractor return your call promptly? Did the contractor set up an appointment with you within a reasonable time (usually within 24 hours)? Ask relevant questions such what employer’s liability and insurance they have, how long have they been in business, do they have a particular specialty, how many employees? If time is a priority for you, ask how soon a project could be started.

Meet the contractor and discuss the options. First of all clarify whether you need a complete new roof or whether a repair job is adequate. if it’s a whole new roof discuss the options on roofing materials to be used. Ask the contractor the following questions:

– What warranty will they give? Will they provide a warranty on both parts and labour? How long will the warranty last. For a new roof you would expect a warranty of at least 10 years
– Do they specialise in residential or commercial roofing work?
– How long will the job take? A roof can be replaced in a week or in even less time if they have a large and well organised workforce
– How long have they been in business? Normally you would want one with at least 5 years experience
– What type of roofing styles and colours will they offer? This is where your initial research about roofing materials will come in handy.
– How much will the roofing job cost? Get a written estimate. In talking to diiferent contractors make sure that each estimate is based on the same information so that you are comparing like with like
– What steps will they take to ensure the minimum of disruption while the job is done and to ensure that everything is cleaned up before they leave?
– What steps will they take to ensure the safety of their employees while on your property and the safety of anyone in the vicinity of your property?
– What liability and employer insurance do they have? Get it in writing.
– Do they offer financing schemes or payment through credit card? Will they give discounts for cash payment? How much do they want upfront and how much as each milestone is reached?
– What references will they give for recent and comparable work?

Get this information and a written estimate from at least three contractors. Make sure that the estimates contain the same quality materials; some times the lowest bid is not using the same quality materials.

Do not automatically pick the cheapest estimate. Also if one estimate is significantly higher than the others the chances are that the contractor may not want your business because he is up to his eyes already in work.

Check the references which each contractor has given you. Ask the key questions of the referees. Were the jobs completed to their satisfaction and would they use the same contractor again?

Once you have made your decision, sign a written contract with the contractor. Ensure that the contract specifies the work to be done, total cost, payment schedule, start date and estimated completion date and a written warranty. Make sure the contract includes the roofing materials and the brands and colours to be used and any additional work such as replacing guttering. Make sure the contract specifies that the contractor is responsible for cleanup when the job is done and the removal of all waste materials.

Stylish Designs of Living Room Furniture

July 7, 2017

Most people are very careful about the way their design and style their living room. This is the face of their whole house, and the form which presents itself to the outside world. A look at the living room is the first impression that guests will have of your house, and you certainly want it to be good. This is why the colours and decor of the living room are carefully chosen, as is every piece of furniture that is placed in it. Living room furniture has plenty attached to it. For one, it should not be too dated and look completely out of style. There are some pieces which have an antique value associated with it. Barring these, it is important that your living room furniture is with the times and looks contemporary.

When you select a look for your living room furniture, make sure you have an idea of how you want your room to look. Some rooms are rather small and would need fewer pieces. You could modify the furniture to make do for a smaller sofa with a lowered seating capacity. If your living room is larger, you will need to have to put in more than just the basics. Here, you can actually play with space, colours and textures and enjoy the experience of moving things around till they meet with your satisfaction.

The smaller pieces of living room furniture may seem less important, but they, in fact, complete the look and also give your living room character. When you look for smaller artefacts, ensure that they either blend in completely, or have an interesting angle to your room. Either of the two impacts can be extremely interesting and can bring in new dimensions to your living room.

Some people find the process of doing up their living room quite daunting. With constraints of space and options, you will sometimes feel that the place you have does not do justice to all the things that you want to put in to your living room. However, keep your mind open and look at the various options available to you. The market today allows for plenty of styles and designs, and you are sure to find the perfect match for your bedroom, even though you may not be able to find what you thought of. Ultimately, you will find that you have a living room which looks better than you imagined it to be, and this will be a space you are proud to own.