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Archives: January 2015

  1. Safety and Sanitation: Home Fire Safety Tips

    According to the U.S. Fire Administration, it takes less than a minute for a small flame to turn into a major fire. Within a few minutes, a home can get filled with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames. With holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, and New Years Eve still to come in the calendar year, you will...
  2. Weekend Warrior: How to Make a Concrete Fire Pit

    A fire pit in the backyard can allow you and your guests to enjoy outdoor time, regardless of the season. Fire pits can be used for spring and summer evenings, but can also serve as s’mores headquarters during the fall and winter months. Adding some character to your backyard with a fire pit bowl can be done with a few...
  3. Handyman Help: Framing and Insulating the Basement

    Turning an unfinished basement into a comfortable, beautiful, and functional living space can increase the property value of a home by thousands of dollars. Utilizing the space for a family room, office, workout area, or even a bedroom is possible with some framing and insulation work. This handyman project is easier than you think. Necessary tools include a utility knife...
  4. Safety & Sanitation: How to Warm Your Home Safely, Without Turning up the Heat

    Turning up the heat during winter can mean hundreds (even thousands) of additional expenses throughout the season. While everyone has a right to be comfortable and warm at home, many individuals prefer to use alternate methods to get that extra bit of coziness. Here are some ways to warm your home safely without turning up the heat too high: Ceiling...
  5. Safety and Sanitation: Jobsite Safety during Winter

    Construction projects do not stop during the winter. Contractors and other jobsite managers must balance productivity with jobsite safety during the cold months. You might have to deal with everything from sub-zero temperatures to blizzards on a regular basis. Winter safety on construction sites is a priority because injuries or accidents can stop an entire project. Here are ways to...
  6. Weekend Warrior: Build a Backyard Retreat for Winter

    A cabin retreat in the backyard is a helpful space to have all year long. It can be used as a study area for the kids, a workshop, an office, and a family entertainment spot. With cold weather affecting many states in the nation, building a deck to prepare for icy conditions is a weekend project that can be done...
  7. Safety and Sanitation: Keeping Outdoor Workers Safe During Winter

    Keeping outdoor workers safe during winter is extremely important. Inexperienced workers may think it is okay to work with just a coat on, but supervisors and employees must be equally diligent about winter conditions. Seasoned workers know how to keep warm in extreme weather, but managers should consider advising all workers on how to stay safe and warm while working...
  8. Safety and Sanitation: Checklist for Winter Cabin Safety

    Renting a cabin this winter? The experience can be unforgettable in a positive way for some folks, but unforgettable in a bad way for others. The difference often comes down to preparation. While a cabin in the middle of the woods can often indicate beautiful scenery, great skiing, and bonding between friends and family, individuals who are not prepared can...
  9. Weekend Warrior: Winterizing Your Home

    Winterizing the home simply means preparing your property for cold weather. While these tips can be utilized during winter, preparing ahead of time can save you time and money. If you wait until the dead of winter to prepare your home, you may want to use an oil heater from EquipSupply.com to stay warm and prevent frostbite in freezing temperatures...

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