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  There are plenty of small, inexpensive home improvements that you can do to improve the curb appeal of your home. Adding curb appeal to your home not only makes it more attractive when you put it on the market, but it also gives your house a refined finished look you will love. When you…

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If you’re wondering where to start a landscaping transformation, look no farther than the front yard. It’s the first thing anyone sees and provides that curb appeal you want your guests or passersby see. One important thing to remember is that no matter how great your landscaping is, it must be functional. Hardscape First It’s…

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How can concrete masonry assemblies comply with code-mandated air barrier requirements Beginning with the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, performance requirements were introduced for air barrier materials and systems. All commercial buildings in climate zones 4-8 are required to comply with specific requirements. In addition to the performance requirements, there are a number of “deem-to-comply”…

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Is wet-sticking of reinforcement a permitted practice? No, wet-sticking of reinforcement in masonry construction is not recognized by the current construction requirements of TMS 602/ACI 530.1/ASCE 6, Specification for Masonry Structures, which in turn defines the minimum acceptable practices for the construction of masonry adopted by model building codes. Learn more about wet-sticking from NCMA

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Can “Equivalent R-Value” be used to determine compliance with mass wall energy code requirements? In short, no. The Equivalent R-Value of concrete masonry assemblies (or any mass wall system) cannot be used to determine compliance with energy code requirements. Despite the prevalent use of the term Equivalent R-Value, there is no single, standard method of…

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Spring is finally here and that means putting those plans you made for your landscaping into action. Now days, our landscapes are becoming extensions of our homes. They bring us outdoors and provide a great place to entertain or even relax. So where do you start? Start by asking yourself some initial questions. Consider your…

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Between kids, their toys and pets (if you have any) storage can be pretty scarce at times. If you’re like this, finding ways that allow you to squeeze every possible square inch out of your home can help you avoid various inconveniences and headaches. Making your life much easier. If you’re looking to get more…

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February is the month with the fewest number of days, one of them of course is Valentine’s Day. So why not put the days to good use and show your house some love. Change your furnace filters, restore your kitchen cabinets and add some architectural detail to a bland room. Change Your Furnace Filter The…

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Fall is well underway, that means one thing, winter is right around the corner. This means it’s about that time to prepare your home for the cold winter. Don’t worry, for many of these steps, there’s no need to hire a contractor, you can actually do a number of them on your own! These steps…

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