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Electrical Outlet Orientation—Ground Pin Up or Down?

Installation of electrical components such as the electrical outlet and electrical box is strictly regulated in order to protect consumers and homeowners. Ground Pin Orientation When mounting an electrical outlet, should the hole for ...

Why Do Buildings Under Construction Catch Fire?

Almost every day when you turn on the news you see another building fire. Whether it’s a new building or an old one, a large apartment building or a single-family home, why do these fires often occur when a building is under ...

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Improper Cabinet Installation Can Cause Injury

When cabinetry is not installed correctly it opens the doors for possible, and potentially, serious injury. Whether installed in a home or an office, proper cabinet installation procedures must be followed for cabinetry to be safe to ...

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What are the Latest Smart Home Technologies?

More and more homeowners are turning on to what is called “Smart Home” technology. These are a variety of electronic devices that are controlled remotely from within the home or via a smartphone or the Internet to provide added ...

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Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

You have a problem with your home’s construction company or contractor. A big problem. And you can’t seem to get it resolved. Do you leave a negative online review and move on? Or are there other alternatives? Leaving a bad online ...

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Poor HVAC Performance Tied to Air Flow and Improper Ductwork Installation

As the marketplace demands more energy-efficient homes, the performance of something as unimposing as the HVAC system can make a huge difference, leading to the requirement for contractors to not only offer higher-quality levels of ...

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Historic Homes Require Historically-Knowledgeable Contractors

Many homes in and around the Washington DC metropolitan area can be considered “historic homes,” with some easily identified by a plaque near the front door like those from the National Register of Historic Places or those designating ...

Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every winter we read about another instance of carbon monoxide poisoning in the news, and all too often, the deaths that occur from it. During these months when the house is closed up for winter, it is imperative to secure your home ...

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Laminate Wood Flooring: Plusses & Minuses

While most older homes have wood flooring, you see many homeowners opting for laminate wood flooring (LWF) in newer homes or for remodels. It offers almost the same look and feel as solid wood flooring, yet costs less and is relatively ...

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Negotiating a Guaranteed Maximum Contract

One of the most terrifying steps in any construction job is the negotiation of the contract. You, as the homeowner, want to make sure you’re paying a fair price and not being taken advantage of, and the contractor wants to know that ...

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