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False Fire Alarms At Your Home

27 Jun

False Fire Alarms

 

I personally get a number of calls throughout the year from people asking about home fire alarms. Most of the time, these alarms are the combination carbon monoxide and fire detectors, and the units are relatively easy to install, providing essential protection in the event of carbon monoxide build-up or a sudden fire.

The issue that most people experience with the “kidde” combination units, is that they regularly go off in the middle of the night for no reason, whether you’re watching television or trying to get to sleep. After experiencing the same problem myself, I decided to perform a close analysis of the instructions – something that most people fail to do.

Every fire alarm is different. Aside from simply having different features, some fire alarms also come with different methods for testing the unit itself. With a “kidde” combination fire and carbon monoxide detector, it is possible to test the unit by simply pressing and holding the “test” button. However, you can also test the system using your television remote.

If your Alarm Goes off in the Middle of the Night

 

The instructions suggest that if your alarm is spontaneously going off without any apparent cause, there are a number of things you should consider. First of all, find out if any garages in your area use remote-control, or if people in your neighborhood use automatic starters for their vehicle. If you disable the infrared (IR) control feature on your alarm, you may be able to experience a much sounder sleep, without worrying about your alarm waking the whole household.

False Fire Alarm

  • Instructions on how to disable your IR remote control on your fire alarm.

If disabling the infrared doesn’t work, the problem may be that your unit has started to age. Typically, a fire alarm will last for between five and seven years unless otherwise stated on the packaging. Some units will provide a signal which informs you when you should replace your product.

Usually, the biggest favor that you can do for yourself when maintaining any important device is reading the instructions that come with it. Knowing exactly how a product works can be essential, especially if that product has an impact on the safety of your home, and family.

For any questions or if you are looking to improve your home, please give us a call at (617) 480-6836 or email us at info@aureliconstruction.com or visit www.aureliconstruction.com

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Greenboard vs Durock

8 Jun

Greenboard vs Cement Board

 

“I like using Greenboard because it’s waterproof.” I hear statements like this all of the time, but the truth is that Greenboard, also referred to as “Aquabloc” is not actually waterproof at all, it is merely “water resistant”. Contractors and home-owners make similar mistakes regarding the products they’re using on a regular basis. The only real way to know which option is the best for you, is to take a close look at both products.

Greenboard

 

The composition of greenboard is the same as drywall. Both products are sold in 4’x8’ boards, and the center of both boards is constructed using gypsum, a porous material. The only difference between greenboard and drywall is the green “water resistant” coating. If the paper on that board is cut or damaged, water can easily penetrate the center of the board, leading to mold and mildew. Personally, I find this product to be inadequate for wall tile and flooring applications, yet a lot of home owners and contractors continue to use it for its low cost and ease of use. While demolishing bathrooms, I have regularly encountered wet, moldy and poor quality Greenboard.

Durock

 

Durock and Wonderboard, on the other hand, is water-durable and mold-resistant. After working with this product myself and performing numerous demolitions in many bathrooms, I have yet to discover durock that is damaged or moldy. Although the substance may be harder to cut, heavier, and slightly more expensive, it is far more resistant to water, and durable than greenboard.

The next time you see a contractor using greenboard, don’t be afraid to ask him what the difference is and see what he says. If you have a choice for your home, always go for the better product. It may initially cost a little more, but it will also make a world of difference to the durability of your home. In a bathroom, it is especially important, and it can also be used in damp basements, too. In the past, I’ve cut a piece of Durock 5” high, or higher and fastened it to the bottom of the wall, before starting blueboard on top of that. After it is plastered (using a product called Weldabond), I would add my baseboard as normal. Because of this, if you ever got water or flooding in your basement, the most you would have to do is remove your baseboard.

For any questions or if you are looking to improve your home, please give us a call at (617) 480-6836 or email us at info@aureliconstruction.com or visit www.aureliconstruction.com

Preparing For Home Improvements

15 Nov

Preparing for Home Improvements

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Massachusetts has one of the most stringent codes for building in the United States. With so many important limitations and guidelines to consider, you may benefit from having a list of essential preparations to guide you, before you start tearing into your bathroom or kitchen.

  1. File a Permit

First of all, make sure that you ask your licensed contractor to file a building permit at your local building or inspectional service office. Usually, these locations will open their doors in the mornings between 8am and 10am, as well as on the afternoon between 3pm and 4pm. However, it is worth calling into your local office for the exact hours of operations. The professionals you find here will offer an insight into what you need for a successful permit.

  1. Create a Plan

You will need to provide a sketch as a visual guide for any alterations and design decisions being made within your chosen room. Generally, your licensed contractor will ask you a number of specific questions, including which appliances you plan to have installed, so that they can be sure to give you the best possible results. By planning ahead and considering everything you will need in advance, you will save time, and ensure that there are no miscommunications between yourself, and your contractor. Remember, your contractor will need:

  • A valid Construction Supervisors License (CSL)
  • A Home Improvement Contractor license (HIC)
  • A Worker’s Compensation Insurance Affidavit form

To protect yourself and your interests, don’t be afraid to ask your contractor for a Certificate of Insurance to prove that he and his company are insured.

  1. Get The Right Paperwork

Your contractor will be required to present either a contract with your signature, and/or a permit that has been approved and signed by you. This is intended to ensure that you are authorizing all work to be performed, as well as confirming your agreement to pay for the project. The cost of the project will generally determine the cost of the permit. Typically, this amounts to around $10 for every $1000 of construction. If your kitchen remodeling project was estimated to cost approximately $35,000, the cost for your permit will be around $350.

Remember, this will not be the only time you are charged a fee to access a permit. You’ll also need to pay for the plumbing and electrical permit too. Typically, the contractor you choose to hire for plumbing and electrical maintenance will add the fee for permits to their completely price.

However, it’s worth finding out what your complete cost will be upfront. Fees can vary from one city to the next, so consider checking with your local building department ahead of time to stay informed.

Most of the time, depending on how quickly your local inspector can write your permit, you will be able to start your project the very next day.

By following these three simple steps, you can be sure that your project will run smoothly and successfully.

For any questions or if you are looking to improve your home, please give us a call at (617) 480-6836 or email us at info@aureliconstruction.com or visit www.aureliconstruction.com