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How to Pump Out a Flooded Basement

Do you know how to pump water out of a flooded basement? Prior to beginning any work take pictures, plenty of pictures. These are the steps that will allow you to safely remove water from a flooded residence or business basement. After surge of flood water recedes to ground level the water on the ground floor will stream out of the structure. What remains is the water in the basement as well as mud and any debris that was in...
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Buy a New or Fixer Upper Home

This article lists the pros and the cons of buying a new home or buying a fixer upper home. The first portion of the article addresses the question can one or should one be their own contractor and build their home. My recommendation is do not try to be your own contractor; there are a host of reasons why not. Function as Your Own Contractor If the Following are True You have Financing   o   You have a lender that...
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How to Dry Out a Flooded House

Where Do You Begin After Water Damage When floodwaters move away, many homeowners wonder what to do next and in what order. How to dry out a flooded house or basement is the main goal. You can reduce the cost of rehabilitation. Take these steps first to begin to repair the damage, dry out your home and minimize flooding effects in the future. After a structure is flooded due to storm, hurricane or other disaster many homeowners do not know...
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How to Work Safely with Electricity

Safety is Key When Working with Electricity As reported by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration over 350 electrical-related fatalities occur each year. What electrical hazards do workers face? Knowing how to work safely with electricity can prevent injuries and fatalities.  Electrical and Arc Flash Safety is a link to a website that provides excellent electrical safety articles. Electrical injuries are often caused by: contact with power lines, lack of ground-fault protection, path to ground missing or discontinuous, equipment not used...
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How To Select A Chainsaw

Introduction A German physician invented a device similar to a modern day chainsaw in the early 1800’s. Although it was named a chain osteotome is was a basic mechanical chainsaw. Fuel and electricity power chainsaws now. There will always be debate over the best chainsaw manufacturer. Professionals choose between manufacturers like pickup truck owners choose between Chevy, Ford, Dodge or Toyota. Most brands are professional grade and of high quality. Before purchasing a chainsaw, try similar models from equipment rental...
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How to Use a Multimeter

How to use a multimeter. This paper describes the basics of using a multimeter.  The multimeter depicted here is a basic low cost meter.  A basic multimeter will measure: DC voltage, AC voltage, Resistance, Continuity and  Amps. Direct Current The main sources for Direct Current, DC voltage, in devices we use each day are batteries. Devices that are powered by a battery are on DC voltage.  Any device on your car that runs off the car battery your cordless drill...
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