Self Closing Hinges

Today’s blog is about self closing hinges. When doing inspections on homes this little part is really almost forgotten. So in today’s blog we will discuss where you need them, why you should have them and what they are. So lets begin.

Self closing hinges are a hinge that is designed to be placed in the door where the original manufacture hinge was installed. There are many variations on the market, but for all intentional purposes you want the one that is approximately 3 1/2″ in height. When installing these type of hinges they normally fit into the existing mortised area. A tad bit of chiseling maybe needed near the edges.  Its extremely important to you the size of the existing hinge. Don’t try to by a 5 inch hinge to replace the 3 1/2″ hinge. It will not work.

So why do we have them? These type of hinges are designed mainly for doors that lead into the garage. The purpose of these is to close the door freely, as to not allow any carbon monoxide into the home.  So for example. Lets say you are coming home with the kids and groceries but have to run back out to get to a meeting. Its cold. So you pull in to greet your spouse at the door. Car is running in the garage. You are unloading back and forth with groceries and kids.  The door is open and you just now allowed the carbon monoxide to go into the home. Oh, you just set the CO2 alarm off too.  With these type of hinges the door should not be propped open. (states in the directions) And the door closing will assist to blocking a lot of the CO2 gas from the engine.

You may see these type of hinges on office areas in the home or a room that you may have valuables or guns.  For example, my home office has these type of hinges.

So in closing, these type of hinges are very economical to install and of course we can as well.  Most of them come in different finishes for example, stainless to black copper.  You can get these at the big box store as they are sold individually. (You need 2) Or we can supply them too from our manufacture. We will be gladly to install these at your home in Land O Lakes, Hudson, Holiday, or Dade City Florida.  For more information about self closing hinges or any other type of repairs, please call us anytime. 352-437-5300 or look us up on the web; www.pascoremodel.com Thank You.

 

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Pavers

Good Day Everyone and Happy New Year. Today’s blog is about Paver’s. Alot of homes have them. And just recently I had the opportunity to visit an apartment complex that the entire walk way for 12 buildings uses them. In the beginning when they first came popular it was great for a small walk way or patio. Now they have grown in popularity to an option instead of concrete. So lets begin.

Concrete Paver’s have definitely become a source for walks, patios, decorative ways for the landscape and just an alternative feature instead of concrete or a wood plank walk way. Paver’s have a lot of versatile functions and can be economical in certain purposes and then maybe the new walk instead of the traditional concrete or stone ideas.

Homeowners in general will use Paver’s as a do it yourself project for the new patio or walk way in the backyard. And yes its the norm instead of concrete. Now I am not trying to persuade anyone to go with concrete to Paver’s or stone or whatever, the purpose of an idea for your home is to make it unique and appealing to your liking. Yes, I have seen in Florida, California and Maryland many home owners will have Paver’s and one will have a wood patio or concrete deck or the opposite. One will have Paver’s patio and others concrete. And my favorite, concrete patio with Paver’s as a decorative feature with a walkway to the Gazebo. So as you can see there are many options. The cost is a different story. Doing a Paver’s area can be done as a d.i.y. Doing concrete not so much. The prep work is similar and similar in time. However, when you pour concrete you normally need a few skilled people compared to few neighbors to help with Paver’s. Then there is other factors that imply. For example, concrete is permanent and can be painted for decorative finishes. Paver’s, need to be sealed every so many years as concrete just clean. Again the selection is up to the homeowner.

But the one thing that Paver’s require is maintenance and care. If the prep work is not done right you will get weeds thru the joints. Also remember Paver’s are not solid. They move so occasionally they will shift and require new underlayment or need to be replaced due to cracking. This is actually minor. The biggest thing is sealing Paver’s every few years. Paver’s will stain and need to be cleaned and resealed. Alot of homeowners and some contractors will not think about this. Cleaning the Paver’s is not just using a power-washer and then spray some sealant down. Trust me this will not last and you will get a milky coat on them. The process is very unique and companies that take the time to explain the process and are certified are the ones you want to use. They have specialty equipment and will be experienced as well.

So, if you have Paver’s that have not been re-sealed in awhile you may want to look into this process. If you are thinking of the next project for the backyard consider your options. At Pasco Remodel, we have installed Paver’s and cleaned them for sealing. We have additionally talked to homeowners that know the options. For more information contact us anytime. We provide this service throughout the greater Tampa Bay Area. Especially in Lutz, Brandon, Largo and Hudson Florida areas. www.pascoremodel.com or 352-437-5300

Drafty Windows

Hello everyone. This weeks blog is about drafty windows. No matter if you are up north or here in Florida we are in the season where we are opening our windows more. So I wanted to share some useful tips about windows & how you may save on that heat bill. So, lets begin.

It does not matter if you have double or single hung windows. If the glass is triple pane or the old lead style glass with the wood frames. Some of us still have a jalious style for the sun room. All windows will allow a small draft in and allow heat or air condition to escape out. Its just the nature of the business. Now don’t be alarmed. Its actually good that it does.

There are a lot of window manufactures out there that say they are energy efficient windows. Some even go to the point of saying we will reduce your energy bill or pay the difference. (I wish that guarantee was around when I was kid visiting family in winter in Western MD back in the 70’s) So lets really take a look at this. A lot of your windows today that are installed are vinyl or wood style framed. You see the metal style when its usually a builder with new homes. And yes there are many different styles from a bow to bay window. A single hung to a double hung. Then you have new construction, replacement and my favorite stucco windows. But not to get too in depth with the manufacturing  the windows in a home allow sun and heat in with a breeze and keep the bad elements out. But you still have a draft.

Well lets start that every window and frame is going to allow a small bit of heat or cold in and out. The one reason is because the framing and installation. The insulation in the framing pocket may have holes in them. Also, the window may not be perfectly level and plum in the opening. The window may have shifted just enough over the years because of usage. Vinyl windows will expand and contract slightly to allow this draft. Again this is good. Think about it. If the frame was all rigid and tight there wouldn’t be that small allowance when the sun expands it or the cold makes the vinyl contract. This is really the gap I am referring that is almost impossible to control. But there are other measures. The window hardware and exterior maintenance too.

The hardware in the window is mainly a balance system. Back in the old days it was a lead weight with rope. Now we have gotten away from that system and have a bit more economical approach. The balances work on weight. So for example the balance has to hold the window sash’s weight.  When this part fails, normally the upper sash starts to seep down. Or the lower sash may not close tightly. This will allow a gap in the window where you will feel the temperature difference. The exterior caulking needs to be maintained too. This will allow moisture to enter the framing area and also allow that heat or cold in.

So here is a quick check to see if the windows need a bit of maintenance. On a hot day feel around the drywall area of the window. If it feels overly warm there maybe some insulation that needs attention or the window may need to be realigned. If the window lock does not latch easily then the tracks may need cleaning or the hardware replaced. And if you see any kind of moisture stains (moisture intrusion) then their is a leak on the outside and maybe from the caulk.

Now in closing, yes replacing the old wood style single pane windows with triple pane low e glass will save you money on utilities. Just remember the cost to install too. For more information call us at 352-437-5300 or look us up at: www.pascoremodel.com We service all of Port Richey, Zephyrhills, Hudson and Holiday Florida areas. Thank You.

Code Inspections

The blog is a few days early but wanted to share an experience about code inspections. The purpose of them and what could happen if you don’t get a permit.  So lets jump in.

When you are doing any type of major remodeling you should obtain a permit. A lot of municipalities will allow the home owners to be the general contractor or home owners can obtain a permit for like kitchen remodeling and other small renovations. Some municipalities will not allow home owners and unlicensed professionals to add new service for electrical, plumbing and or HVAC. So before starting the next remodeling project, check to see if you may need one with the local building department.

To start the local municipality will want permits for new fence, new air condition unit, siding, new windows, bathroom and kitchen remodeling. The reason behind this is because you may have multiple trades involved. For example, when Pasco Remodel, is contracted for a kitchen remodel you have us, probably an electrician and plumber. All aspects of this kitchen have to be fully operational for a final inspection. Think about it. Do you want the cabinets to be not level or the receptacles not energized properly when the contract is done.  Alot of people believe that once you obtain a permit, your taxes will go up due to improvements. This aspect isn’t true. Property taxes increase based on the area and improvements of the municipality. However, if you add an addition, yeah you added square footage to the home. So, you may have a slight increase based on the new square footage of the home compared to previous tax year.

Now, lets say you have the permit and are beginning the project. If its a contractor then they will have everything scheduled for this project. The other trades will have permits and additionally everything will be scheduled by the general or main contractor. This process is the easiest and runs smoothly. But, lets say the home owner is doing the work. OK, no biggy. But if the home owner does not schedule the contractors properly then the job can take months, instead of a few weeks. Also if the home owner is able to allow friends to help and they do not do the work properly and the inspections fail it is up to the home owner to correct the deficiencies performed by friends that are in the trades. This can become very expensive and time consuming. One reason is, the counter-top is waiting to template the counter-top then install it. They don’t want to wait manly because of any liabilities and also inventory.

So, now you may say, well we may need a bit of help to guide us. Home owners want to do the work as they take pride in the home. Contractors may be assigned a small part such as trim or tile installation and then they are completed that evolution. So whats the answer. Well this is how #PascoRemodel is different then other companies. First we can be a construction manager for the owner. Additonally, the owner is also a licensed home inspector in Florida and Maryland. Lastly, plans and review will want a blue print drawn. We can do that if we are the manager or consultant.

So in closing, we meet with home owners all the time that like to be part of the project. We will gladly assist in that phase. Or just be happy to install the trim and call it a day. So remember, before your next building project, consult with someone who is willing to work with you. A small fee for a consultant maybe better then having your place condemned if the work is not done properly.

For more information about this service, feel free to call us at 352-437-5300 or look us up on the web at: http://www.pascoremodel.com  We will gladly perform this type of service in Zephyrhills, Holiday, Hudson and Land O Lakes, Florida to name a few areas.

 

 

fall maintenance

Fall Project Planning

Good Day All! Well now that we are on the eve of 9-11, the storm Hermine and our 1 year anniversary. Lets get back to blogging. As you may had experienced with the tropical storm, some projects may need more attention now. September is the best month to start your project planning for the fall. A lot happens with weather and the seasons changing. So we wanted to share some helpful tips with you to keep in mind that the holiday season is going to be knocking on our back door. So lets begin.

The exterior of the home and yard is a great place to start. Look on the roof for debris and branches. Check your gutters as well. In the next few months we in the Florida area will still experience more storms. Drainage systems must be cleared all the time. While checking around the home, trim back the bushes and shrubbery. A great project may take about 18 inches of width around the stone and place stone as again to assist with drainage away from the home. And if you have a fence, now is the good time to check your fence posts and gates. During heavy rain and wind  these may become out of align.

Now for the interior. These items on any fall maintenance and project planning are always over looked. So we thought we would share. To start, check your all your screening. This includes your lanai or screen porch. Get these repaired as we are entering the fall and will be using more fresh air then a/c. Then clean all your window tracks of debris. During the storm you may had notice some moisture intrusion. This maybe why. Now lets take a look at your bathrooms and kitchen. Check all your caulking and grout. If the caulk does not look fresh, now is a great time to redo it. Ask your self, when is the last time your grout was sealed. Is the grout color turned or black. Again, this maybe a great time to redo this as well.  Lastly, as the cooler temperatures are among us. This is a great time for us to think about up grading insulation in the attic. And checking the drywall for any water stains that may have occurred.

So this may seem alot as far as what to do on your home. But it really is not. Make a list of items that you may see that need attention. If you a bit of help. Give us a call. We will be more then glad to assist you in any manner we can. From Dade City to Holiday and from Hudson to Wesley Chapel Florida we are here for you. 352-437-5300 or www.pascoremodel.com

 

Light Fixtures and Light Bulbs

This weeks blog is about light fixtures and light bulbs. Wanted to share some interesting information I found and why it seems the light bulb burns out quicker then it should. So lets begin.

Last week I was in Valrico Florida at a friends house and noticed few things about the light fixtures and the light bulb. Certain light fixtures actually do have a life span. The light fixture that may cost $6-20.00 at the retail box stores will probably last about 5 years. The reason being is the light socket itself. The light socket is of an economical grade then a light fixture that was about $50.00. Additionally, the economical light fixtures are not gonna last with steam and moisture in the home and the trim will start to tarnish and then corrode. Alot of newer style light fixtures come with insulation on the back with a foil to protect the light and ceiling or wall. This is because of heat and won’t leave a burn spot when you remove the light fixture. So if your light fixtures have some age on them and you are starting to notice the tarnish or the light bulb has to be replaced more then it should, it maybe time to replace the fixture.

Now lets talk about the light bulb. The world of the light bulb has changed in the past 10 years. Fluorescent tubes are made to have no mercury in them. We now have CFL’s,  LED’s and of course the standard style light bulb. So we all want to go green in someway. Save money, buy it once and be done with it. But referring to the other paragraph, you maybe replacing light bulbs quicker then they are lasting. There is a few reasons for this. If a house gets a power surge, that may cause the lights to burn out faster. But, a lot of times its a simpler fix. Lets start with the switch. The switch maybe near its extended life. Yes a switch that costs $0.98 at the retail box stores I would not trust. There are better quality switch and receptacles for a dollar or more that will not cause the the light bulb to end. Secondly, it could be the wiring. The connector may need tightening or replacing in the wall or at the light fixture. And lastly, the light fixture may need replacing.  Just like a lot of other components in the home, this is one item that we just forget about it. So, next time you replace that CFL and it last 6 months, it maybe time to think about why.

If you have this problem in the Port Richey, Eifers, Hudson or Richland communities, please call us. Remember in Florida we are the lightning capital. For more information or if you have any questions feel free to call us anytime at: 352-437-5300. Or email at: pascoremodel@gmail.com   www.pascoremodel.com

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational use only. At no time is it recommended that an unqualified person replace any electrical element or component. It is always best to use trained and licensed qualified companies that can diagnose the problems as described above in this blog.