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1.00 Siding what do you ask for when getting an estimate?

Q. My brother is paying for siding on my home! (he is a wonderful brother ,by the way) He told me to get estimates. for windows also. I dont know what to ask for! I need the old siding removed,and i want to keep the price down, since he is paying for it! Please Help! Thank you! The first answer that i recieved from John was fantastic! Thank you So Much! This is an old house at least 50 yrs. old. My dad and mom built it! They had no experience building! It is a plain ranch type home with wood siding .the wood is really moldy and is roten. Ineed to know what type siding to go with? there are many types! I not able to wrap the house myself. ( i wish i could,I'd like to !) But physically i am not able! That is the main reason why we are hiring someone! I am checking around the neighborhood,to see if good work was done! It is not easy finding someone you can trust! I will consider all advice given to me! And thank you so much! I would like to get it done during the summer, I have heard that the windows are put in first! So i know that will take time! Thank a 3rd time!!!! WoW JOHN! You are great! After all that imformation,NOW COME AND DO THE WORK! LOL Take care! All OF YOU will sleep well tonight ! Knowing you helped this unexperienced woman!! Sorry thats inexperienced!

A. Read below for choosing contractors. Do more research on siding and removal through google/yahoo searches. If you do have the siding removed, have the contractor give you an estimate on installing house wrap to the exterior under the new siding. House Wrap: When you go out in bad weather, you wear a jacket to protect yourself from rain, wind and other elements. A home should be protected in the same fashion. Without a protective barrier, the home can get wet, which can lead to wood rot and mold growth. Is there a better way to protect a home from these elements? Using a house wrap during the framing stage of construction will prevent moisture from entering the home. This will protect the house from rotting and from developing mold or fungus. Additionally, air infiltration through the framed walls will be blocked. The "best practice" for protecting your home from wind and water while allowing it to "breathe" is to install a layer of "house wrap" made of a thin layer of spun-bonded polyethylene. Here's how to do it: Start at a corner, but make sure you have 2 to 3 feet of house wrap to overlap the corner. Wrap it around the corner and continue nailing or stapling as you move. Wrap the entire building, including door and window openings. Use button nails or minimum 1-inch staples to fasten the house wrap every 12 to 18 inches along the vertical studs. Make an inverted "y" cut, or "martini glass cut," over the window openings. Fold the flaps in through the opening of the two sides and the sill and fasten them inside. Many builders do not install a drainage plane at all. The builders who do often install "building paper," a sheet of asphalt-impregnated felt paper, to protect the house from exterior water penetration. Unlike house wrap, however, building paper doesn't effectively reduce air infiltration because it has many seams, while house wrap is a continuous sheet with minimal overlaps. House wrap produces a breathable, weather-resistant barrier that will reduce energy costs and prevent wind-driven rain from entering the walls of a home. =============================================== Windows: If you are actually going to have the windows replaced, the best way to do this is replace the whole window including the frames. Have the windows removed to the rough opening. Many contractors will tell you this is not necessary. If the house is quite old, the space between the rough oping and the window frame is likely not insulated and sealed properly. Leaving the existing window frames in will not eliminate drafts properly. Also, it allows you to see if there is may moisture damage to the structure that has to be repaired. Here is an excerpt from this link: How Do I Decide Between Retrofit or New Construction Windows? (By: Bill & Kevin Burnett) Q: What are the disadvantages to retrofit windows as opposed to the advantages of new-construction windows? I've been shopping for new windows for my home and have found that labor and materials for retrofit windows is about one-half the cost of new-construction windows. I understand that with retrofit windows the old window is removed and the new window is installed into the old window frame, which certainly cuts down on labor. However, is there a quality issue? Can there be more of a chance of leakage around the window with retrofitted windows? Retrofit installers swear by their product. My contractor said he won't install retrofit windows. What's a homeowner to do? A: Retrofit windows are installed into existing window frames. New-construction windows are secured to the frame of the house by nailing flanges. The cost difference is related to removal and repair of existing window trim and siding. The major advantage of flanged windows is that they are one integral unit that is easy for the contractor or homeowner to install plumb and square within a framed opening. Retrofit windows are installed into existing frames, and if those frames are not plumb or square, there may be problems. To install flanged windows the old windows must be completely removed. Exterior trim (and often interior trim) will have to be removed, exposing the framing so the new windows can be nailed or screwed to it. Siding will also need to be cut back so that the edge of the framing is exposed. If you have a stucco exterior, installation will require some stucco to be chipped or cut away, then patched after the new windows are installed. Trim must be reinstalled. Finally everything must be repainted. Sounds like a pretty big job, doesn't it? It is. Retrofit windows, on the other hand, use the existing frame as the opening in which to install the new windows. No trim removal, no stucco or siding to repair. A seemingly much simpler and cleaner job. It can be. So what to do? From our perspective it depends on the type of existing windows you have and the exterior trim and siding involved. Most of our experience has been with the double-hung wooden windows that are common in old homes. To install retrofits in this type of frame, the old sash is removed, stops are installed if necessary and the new unit is attached to the old wood frames with shims and screws. A little caulking around the joints and you're done. This type of installation, if done properly, will provide an airtight seal. If your existing windows are the steel casement windows used in the 1950s or the aluminum windows commonly used in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, we'd suggest you do some serious digging into the possibility of using retrofits. If we were in the market to retrofit these windows, we'd undertake major research, look at some existing installations and satisfy ourselves with the looks, method of installation and quality of these products. All this being said, we don't think we'd be happy with existing steel or aluminum frames with new window inserts unless we were convinced that the frames were covered and the installation was airtight. Tip: We've always found it better to install flanged windows with screws rather than nails. If minor adjustments have to be made to properly fit the window into the opening, it's much easier to remove a screw or two rather than pull a nail with a cat's paw. Use stainless steel or zinc-coated screws. =============================================== Selecting contractors: 1/ Look up local contractors first. work out form the closest to your location. If some you trust has had work done similar to yours, ask them about the contractor they used. If they were completely satisfied with their contractor(s), ask for their telephone number. 2/ Select at least 5 your are interested 3/ Do a google/yahoo search on each of the contractors you are interested in; look for praises (check who is writing the praises to see if they have any connection to the contractor google/yahoo search the people giving the praise or references) 4/ When you are satisfied with at least 3 contractors per job, have the give you written estimates with details of work to be done, terms, guarantee(s), cost of extras (how much do they charge if they find something not covered by the contract), paymant schedules if necessary and whatever else you can think of to protect yourself. 5/ If the contractor tries to pressure you into signing the contract immediately with a high deposit (more than 15%) reject that contractor. Be careful, high pressure can be someone who sounds very convincing, but has many reasons why you should sign on the dotted line NOW. 6/ It is always good to have another adult with you when a contractor inspects the work to be done. 7/ If you do not get at least 3 written estimates signed by the contractor - not you (do not sign yet) , go back to 1. repeat until you get written estimates signed by the contractor - not you (do not sign yet). Read the estimates over with some who has some knowledge of the work that has to be done. This may take longer than you thought; do not rush into it. Research, resaerch research, helps. When you are ready choose by being informed. Good Luck

1.00 Does anyone know addresses or phone numbers of companies who would be willing to sponsor a charity?

Q. I have started a seperate division of my contracting company that would provide services to low income families in order to better our neighborhood and help keep people safe (removal of lead pain, fixing roofs, removing mold and asbestos, etc.). Does anyone know any addresses or phone numbers of corporate or individual sponsors who my be willing to help fund us?

A. You need to check businesses in your area. Also call the tv stations and get the word out. Churches too.

1.00 Concerns over mold in home.?

Q. We signed a lease on a home to move in. We are trying to get the place in livable, cleaning, etc. They had dogs and there are hairs all over the place. Each and everytime I am in the house I get a very sore throat. Husband gets a headache. I was wondering if there could be a mold problem so we bought prolab kits. One downstairs had a few small mold spores and the ones upstairs just one. I don't want to overreact just concerned. We are going to clean out ducts and shampoo carpets but a company specializing in pet odor removal. The house is only 4 years old. What could the sore throat be from? Thanks.


1.00 Should a person who is allergic to penicillin help with the removal of black mold caused by flooding?



1.00 Mold/ black mold clean up and removal?

Q. We have mold in or bathroom what is the name of the product [not bleach] that kills it and found at the hardwear store help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A. Try using baking soda and vinegar paste.

1.00 Removal of Mold on Coquina House?

Q. Anyone have any experience removing mold from a coquina house? It is black mold and is very prevalent where there is water run off. Are there environmental concerns with bleach? Kill plants, etc.

A. 60% bleach 40% water...

1.00 What companies are hiring for Asbestos, Mold, Toxic Waste etc. removal in Japan?

Q. Im Looking to move to Japan because I want to be able to travel and still work in places where I go so I really need to keep a job. Asbestos is everywhere and I know with the disaster in Japan the is plenty of Toxic Waste, Asbestos, and Mold. Thank you for any info. I have tried in the search bar in yahoo for theses type of jobs but no luck.

A. Unfortunately unless you know fluent Japanese or are a degreed engineer, finding employment in Japan will be next to impossible. Japan is a very insular country and there's a great deal of xenophobia present among its people. Also, it's very difficult to obtain a work visa for Japan. You might try Kajima, which is a large Japanese construction firm that also has a strong presence in the United States. Here's a link to their website:

1.00 Flood insurance?

Q. I called GEICO, they told me that flood insurance is only available through FEMA ($180/yr - everybody pays the same). A "flood event" is defined as water that covers two acres; water that damages your house but does not cover a two acre area would not fall under flood insurance. I have drainage back-up water damage insurance under a separate policy. $180/mo. would be a waste of money? In other words, (for example) if my neighbors' juvenile delinquent teenagers turn on the water spigot of the old lady nextdoor in the middle of the night, and that creates a half-acre puddle, and my house gets flooded, what good would flood insurance or sewer-backup insurance do? Probably none? My friend's apartment was flooded in the middle of the night by the apartment complex's defective ice machine. Man, nobody is taking responsibility and they have to move, there is serious mold damage even though a water removal company came immediately, and their dog doesn't want to move to a new place.

A. Sewer water backup & sump pump overflow is an endorsement to most homeowners policies. This would NOT be covered by a flood policy. GEICO had the definition of flood ALMOST correct. The definition is the flood must cover 2 acres or 2 properties in the immediate area (so a neighbor 3 houses away would count) above ground on normally dry land. So if a neighbor kid left the outside water running & the water went from your neighbor to you and caused damage to your home, flood insurance should cover it (because there would be 2 properties involved), less your deductible. There is a 30 day waiting period for flood insurance, your town must participate in NFIP & the premium is paid in full. The rates are set by FEMA however, not everyone pays the same, it depends on their flood zone, the elevation of their home & the value of the house and contents they decide to insure.

Choosing A Mold Removal Contractor

 Mold Removal - Choosing A Mold Removal Contractor Although mold removal is unlike other types of home disinfection and sanitization procedures and needs specialized processes, there aren't too many industry established guidelines for mold removal specialists. There are a number of companies out there parading themselves as mold removal companies, and not all of them will have the experience to differentiate mold remediation from other forms off hygiene processes. There are also the different types of mold removal services to consider. For instance, mold in a HVAC system is different from the kind of mold found in your basement or bathroom. Your chosen mold removal contractor therefore, should have specialized experience in the area that you want mold removed from.

 mold removal company in Irvine, California Since there are no industry guidelines for mold remediation companies, the best factor to look for is experience. The mold removal contractor should not just have extensive experience removing mold, but should specialize in the sort of mold removal your house needs. For instance, if the mold growth in your house is due to moisture, then you will need a mold removal contractor who ha the necessary experience in that field. If on the other hand, your mold growth problem is concentrated in the HVAC unit, then you will need a mold removal contractor who has experience getting rid of mold from the systems. Look for qualifications from the Indoor Air Quality Association, or the National Air Duct Cleaner's Associations, but again, these are not hard and fast rules, and an experienced mold removal contractor with no certifications that you recognize is better than one with no experience, but lots of certification.

Before you hire a mold remediation contractor, make sure you're aware of who will be on the field for the actual remediation. In many cases, a busy mold remediation firm may send its employees to different locations to work on remediation projects. You should know that the workers who will be removing mold at your residence are going to be overseen by capable and senior employees of the firm. Ask if the workers on the site will have experience in mold remediation, and be aware of who your point of contact in the whole process is going to be. Make sure all workers are aware of all environmental regulations that govern mold abatement procedures. Your mold removal contractor should be insured sufficiently, and should have coverage for liability. This decreases the amount of risk you carry.

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