Liability for Elevator Failure

By on 4-14-2013 in Home Improvement, Painting

People in most parts of the world have ridden an elevator at least once, and most city folks routinely ride them several times a day. Few seem to realize that it is a metal box suspended by cables run by a series of gears and pulleys and driven by electricity, regularly bearing loads of 100 to 1,000 kilograms. An elevator failure can happen at any time, and it is really amazing that only one in 12 million elevator rides will result in a mechanical breakdown.

The elevator is a complex arrangement of moving parts that need regular assessment, maintenance and replacement. There are strict rules and regulations in force in most states which make elevators extremely safe. When an elevator failure happens which results in injury or death, though, the property owner or manager is not automatically liable.

If the elevator failure is due to the failure of the property owner to have the elevator maintained regularly, or to repair a malfunctioning unit, then premises liability will come into play. The property owner has a duty to ensure the safety of the people who use the facilities, and that includes elevators.

However, if the elevator failure happened because of technician error or incompetence, then liability becomes a little bit more complicated. The property owner could be sued for failing to engage reliable service providers, and the technician and maintenance company could be sued as well for failing to do the job properly. If on the other hand a replacement part malfunctioned despite being properly installed, the manufacturer could be liable.

To determine who is liable for personal injury or wrongful death in an elevator failure, have a lawyer assess the case as it stands. An experienced litigator will be able to gather evidence and facts that will pinpoint the person or entity liable for the elevator failure, which is the first step in getting compensation.

The Most Common and Irritating Allergens in Your Home

By on 4-14-2013 in Home Improvement, Painting

Wow Total CleaningAn unfortunate health irritant that a large number of people have to deal with, allergens can be found anywhere, causing you to sneeze, sniffle, have trouble breathing, get sick, and more. In an effort to escape these bothersome side effects of allergens, many people seek the knowledge and treatment that a medical professional can provide; however, once the medications that doctors provide wear off, people often immediately find themselves suffering once more from the consequences of allergies.

Many people may try to seek refuge in their home; however, this could actually be one of the roots of the problem. Many allergens either come directly from a person’s home or make their way into the home via other avenues, preventing a person from getting the true relief they need from the effects of allergens. Sadly, many people are unaware of just how many allergens can be present in their home, causing them to suffer from the following common allergies:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Endotoxins
  • Bacteria

What many people do not know though, is that a thorough and professional house cleaning can largely alleviate many of these allergies. By removing the allergens from your home, especially places where the allergens are likely to collect and are hard to reach, a person can get the relief they’ve been seeking from their allergies. Some common methods that are used to help remove allergens from a home include walking your dogs to get them out of the house, deep carpet cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning, and professional mold removal.

 

 

Know How Experts Build a Perfect Pool and How to Find Them

By on 4-14-2013 in Home Improvement, Painting

Ever wondered how expert swimming pool designers actually build pools that surpass industry standards? Pictures of finished pool projects will not just leave you in total admiration; these will either make you want one built at your own backyard or have your existing pool built just as beautiful as the ones in the pictures.

Expert pool designers and builders make sure that the pool built for you is a product of the greatest artistry and ingenuity and that it will function perfectly, without flaws that could injure you or your guests that would require repairs or so much maintenance after construction. Thus, it is quite noticeable how well-established pool building companies have certified engineers as pool designers to make sure that the pool built is totally safe and efficient. Quite obvious too are the highly-skilled teams of workers who guarantee fast, quality work that will help you save time and money.

To make sure that every pool project is superbly constructed, these experts usually follow a 10-step procedure in constructing your swimming pool; steps that will not keep you guessing what’s going to happen next and those that will help ensure that your pool will be close to perfect – that is, without flaws and just the way you want it.

After a series of consultations, a preliminary pool design will be made – this is the first step. This will be followed by:

  • layout
  • excavation
  • forming and steel
  • plumbing and electric work
  • gunite
  • tile and coping
  • decking and masonry work
  • plaster
  • start up and pool instruction

Thus, save yourself from the horrors you’ll get from some pool-building companies; specifically, those that seem to listen and consider your needs and instructions, but would do everything their own way just to get the job done. Browse the web, look at the finished pool projects of different companies and listen to clients’ stories of satisfaction. These things will never lie to you; instead they’ll lead you to the right pool builders and designers.

 

How to Plant a Tree

By on 4-14-2013 in Home Improvement, Painting

Trees are a vital part of the planet’s ecological balance. They convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into breathable oxygen. There are many benefits of having trees in abundance. Perhaps one of the most appealing of these benefits to the average person is that adding a tree to your home’s landscape is a great way to increase its property value and curb appeal.

If you’re looking to add a tree to your landscaping, there are a few things that need to be considered and completed beforehand, including:

  • Learn whether or not your neighborhood allows residents to add trees
  • If you need special permissions to plant a tree, get them before moving forward
  • Choose a species of tree that is native to where you live to improve its chances of survival
  • Decide where the tree will go on your property and keep it a safe distance away from the foundation and sidewalks

Once all that is ready and you have your tree handy, you’ll need to dig a hole where the tree will be planted. The hole should be twice the diameter of the tree’s root bundle. This will allow the roots to grow without too much resistance as they establish themselves. The hole should be deep enough to cover the entire root bundle, up to the root flare (where the roots become the trunk). The flare is rather easy to distinguish because it will be wider than the rest of the trunk. It’s a good idea to have a tarp on the ground. Put the dirt you dig up on the tarp so it’s easy to move later.

When the hole is finished, remove any wiring or burlap encasing the root bundle and massage the dirt containing it to loosen it up and give the roots some room to move around. Carefully put the tree in the hole, taking care to make sure it’s straight, and begin refilling it with the soil. You can also add compost if you have some available. Tap the soil with the face of the shovel as you go to remove any air pickets that may form as you bury the roots. Be sure to not bury the root flare!

home improvement treeWhen you’re finished, feed the tree an appropriate amount of water for the species. Many trees call for 15 gallons of water at this initial watering. Add mulch to the area around the tree to help lock in moisture, but keep it at least six inches away from the tree’s base to prevent it from rotting.

You’ll have to water the tree on a weekly basis for a few years or until the roots are properly established, but be careful not to drown the tree. With proper care, the tree will grow alongside you and your family and will be a beautiful addition to your home.

Tips for Painting a Room

By on 4-14-2013 in Home Improvement, Painting

painting wallsIf you’re looking to noticeably change a room or an easy home improvement project, you should try painting the walls. A new color can make a room more appealing and breath new life into the space. Painting a room is one of the most simple and commonly-undertaken home improvement projects there is. It’s also among the least expensive projects and can be completed within a weekend.

The most difficult and time consuming part of painting a room is preparing it. You’ll want to expose all of the walls’ surface area and give yourself plenty of room to move around. The first step to painting a room is sanding and scraping the walls. Sanding will make it easier for your paint to grab onto the wall, which reduces the amount it drips. Scraping will remove imperfections in the wall’s surface. It’s also a good idea to clean the wall since there may be dust or grease on it that can effect the results.

Once all of that is done, you’re ready to prime the walls to be painted. Using a primer is required when painting new drywall, since it will do a lot of work to help the paint stick. It’s also incredibly helpful to prime the walls when making a drastic change in color. In these cases, priming can save you an entire coat of paint.

Once the primer is dry, you’re ready to begin painting. Make sure you remove the covers to light switches and outlets and tape off their exposed underworkings. It’s also smart to use a canvas floor cover instead of a plastic one. Canvas is less likely to tear and much easier to wedge into corners. Canvas also absorbs paint and is reusable, unlike plastic.

Experts recommend using a small, angled brush around edges to give yourself some breathing room around them for when you move on to the rolling brush. When you’re using the rolling brush, paint in W shapes and then fill them in with vertical lines. Doing this helps keep the paint distributed evenly and gives you a method to follow rather than slogging paint onto the wall.

Once a layer is completed, you’ll have to wait for it to dry before applying another coat, if necessary. Keep painting in this manner until the wall is even and well-covered.

Before you know it, your wall will be awash in new color and the room will feel like a completely new place!