Hurricane Irma Preparedness

This is a continuation from the blog, from Emerald Inspection Service. To read their blog go to:  https://emeraldinspectionservice.blog/  Our blog is about the necessitates and what you may need to do and consider about the storm.  Certain areas in the home will need attention. The perimeter especially. So lets begin.

If you have a generator for back up electric great. If it runs on gas make sure you have the generator outside and a good 30 feet from any window or door and have a plywood with sandbag area around the generator to protect it. Also if you are running extensions cords to the generator. Make sure you have a GFCI device on the extension cord.

Prior to the storm, remove all debris from the roof. Anything and clean the gutters, if you have them. All downspouts need to be clear and if you have extensions make sure the are pointing down hill. If water is overflowing from debris in the gutters and downspouts this will not help matters any.

Your refrigerator is the only thing that will hold temperature for food. After 4 hours and no power, we suggest to dispose of any milk products. Cheese, milk, etc. A lot of us probably have stocked up on beverages. I will personally tell you. Beer and alcohol can wait. We will toast together when the storm is over. As far as ice goes use it for the bare necessitates such as medicine, perishables that can be eaten in 24 hours. If you think of it, use small jugs and freeze before. The water when melted can be used for a variety of stuff and not just drinking.  Your bottled water use only for drinking and hygiene.

For people that have city water this may not apply so much as it does for folks on well water. Remember no electric, no water. Do not use bottle water to flush toilets or mix drinks with.  Get 5 gallon buckets to fill with water or rain water and reuse a gallon jug. Mark the jug halfway. It takes 1 1/2 gallons to flush a toilet for a #2 episode. Do not flush toilet paper or napkins in the toilet. Use a yard bag and keep a tie on it. I recommend for #1 episodes use the outside or a bucket and pour down the toilet. If you have a lot of people you may want to consider getting a 5 gallon bucket and place a yard bag in it. This may not be cozy. But its an emergency toilet. Get a top too.

Windows, we will not tell you how to secure a window with plywood. But, prior to any storm, check the windows. Make sure the caulking is tight. Screens should be secured. If they are loose remove them. Make sure all windows are locked tight and if you have blinds or curtains, close them during the storm. That is your only protection of glass without boarding them up.

When placing sand bags don’t just lay them on top of each other. Stack and step them. For example you may want a single layer, then double layer and triple layer to block the door. This is also a warning sign to let you know when and how the water is rising.

Lastly, any outside grills cover them. Cover the tanks for the propane too. Your lawn equipment you want in the garage and if possible drain the tanks and cover the engine with plastic. (If water gets in the tank you can easily remove it) Motorcycles, I would cover the cylinders if outside and if possible chain down.  And if the pool starts to overflow or its going to be major flooding, drain the pool partially. The pool will capture the water and it can drain. Also it will help with flooding.

If you have any questions please call us 24/7 during any storm. We are here to help our neighbors and we are not greedy when people are in need of this type of help. Thank You. God Bless Florida, and Lets Ride The Storm Out!

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Drywall Finishing

Ever wonder why drywall compound takes longer to dry when other times it will dry quicker. This weeks blog is about finishing drywall to a paint-able finish. So, lets begin.

When drywall installers install drywall its important that the drywall is installed correctly. For example, you have finished edges from the factory that are beveled. You want the drywall to be perpendicular across the framing for more rigidness. And you want the drywall to be nailed or screwed every stud and every 12″ on the stud for ceiling joist. What you do not want is the drywall to be placed and not really tight as this will cause cracking in the compound and not adhere correctly.

When the finishers are applying the compound, they may use different types of drywall tape for the best application. For instance, if it is against the drywall that is existing, then you will have a cut edge and its best to use mesh drywall tape instead of paper tape. In the corners you will have papertape to cover the corner. There are other drywall finishing instruments as well depending upon the type of job but lets stick with these 2 for now. When finishing drywall its important that the edges meet up and are as flat as possible. In union school, I was taught, factory to factory and cut to cut edges. This usually applies to most applications. In remodeling most of the time.

Most of the times the drywall finisher will apply the tape and a good first coat to cover the tape. Most drywall finishing will need 2-3 coats depending upon the application. In some cases matching up to existing plaster for a small repair, it may need 4 to really feather it out. But when finishing drywall the real trick is applying just enough so the compound can dry evenly and at a normal rate. Some will leave heat on to help or place heaters in the rooms. Some have used De-humidifiers, some use an instant compound you mix on site. This is all great, but if the wall or ceiling temperatures are not at at least approximately 65-70 degrees then the drying times will be longer. I always recommend to keep the room at a comfortable range so that the drywall compound can dry smoothly. Adding extra heat or keeping the ac on can cause cracking and bubbling sometimes and will delay the process. And yes doing ceilings against the attic the compound may dry quicker due to the heat in the attic.

So in closing, the next drywall task you do whether its a small job or a complete remodel, make sure the room is comfy. Not too cold and not too hot. Make sure the finisher has experience in feathering joints. Ask them when they use a 6 inch knife compared to a 10 or 12 inch knife. And lastly, if you see big hunks of compound applied and its going to take a belt sander to finish stop them. The problems will arrise later on as the seasons change. Sometimes drywall joints will crack when the home is acclimated over time. To learn more,  go to www.pascoremodel.com  or call us at 352-322-2700. Thank You.