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How To Install A Lawn Sprinkler System

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How To Install A Lawn Sprinkler System from the Today’s Home Remodeler TV series. In this episode which has over 33,000 views on YouTube, Don Dahlk of Capitol Lawn Sprinkler walks us through the professional installation of a lawn irrigation system in a challenging landscape design featuring numerous planting beds on many different levels. We’ll see how a sprinkler system can be retro-fitted into an existing landscape with minimal disruption, learn about some innovative add-ons and demonstrate the operation of the completed system.

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Thinking About New Siding?

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In this episode from the Today’s Home Remodeler TV series, we catch up with remodeling consultant Andy Lindus from Lindus Construction to learn more about the prep work for re-siding a home. We’ll focus on sealing behind the new siding, check out a new house wrap called Insultex and also review the installation of LP Smartside siding.

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Is Spray Foam Insulation Right For Your Project?

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Here’s an energy saving idea from the Today’s Home Remodeler TV series. This video featuring Rockweiler Insulation explains the difference between BiBs and Spray Foam Insulation.

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Watch Today’s Home Remodeler This Weekend

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Don’t miss Today’s Home Remodeler on WISC TV-3 (CBS) in Madison WI this weekend! See a new episode featuring Bryant Heating & Cooling this Sunday at 7:30 am just before the award-winning CBS news magazine, Sunday Morning. And you can see a re-airing of the show next Saturday at 5:00 pm on TVW.


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Hazards To Your Home – Radon Gas

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According to the EPA, exposure to indoor radon gas is estimated to cause up to 30,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the US. Because radon is a mobile inert gas, it is able to migrate through soil and rock into the atmosphere where it is quickly diluted. A past study by the EPA and Wisconsin Dept. of Health estimated that 27% of Wisconsin homes have radon levels above the EPA guideline. We have since learned that radon in the home is as much a function of home construction and ventilation as it is of geographic location.

Once radon enters a home from soil gases or water supplies, the home’s construction and ventilation determine the concentration that develops within the living environment. Modern, energy efficient homes may reduce the amount of radon entering the home but may also increase the concentration because of reduced ventilation and outdoor air exchange rate. Older, drafty homes may have better ventilation but may also have larger areas exposed to the soil. Radon typically enters the home through cracks in the foundation, perforated drain tiles, sump wells, crawl spaces or around plumbing and sewer pipe foundation penetrations.

While it is impossible to prevent any radon from entering a home, a significant reduction to satisfactory levels is always achievable. This is accomplished by sealing areas of exposed earth, dilution of the indoor air or a combination of both. Because of the complexity in predicting elevated indoor radon levels, the EPA strongly encourages testing for radon regardless of where you live or what type of home you occupy. In the Wisconsin study, some of the highest radon levels were found next to homes with very low levels.

Most relocation companies require that a radon test be performed and that the result fall within acceptable guidelines. The good news is that radon is easy and inexpensive to test for. If you’re looking to sell your home, be proactive and test it for radon so that you can show prospective buyers that you are a responsible homeowner and your home is safe.

In today’s video from the Today’s Home Remodeler TV series, we learn how to solve a radon problem while finishing off a crawlspace to create useable storage space. We also see how to install an egress window with the professionals from Standard Water Control Systems. Watch Today’s Home Remodeler in Minnesota this Saturday at 5:00 am on WCCO TV-4 (CBS).

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Eliminating Radon


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Plumbing 101 – Basic Plumbing Tips For Homeowners

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Here are some Basic Plumbing Tips For Homeowners:

Know the location of the main water shut-off valve; it’s usually by the water meter. Also know where additional shut-off valves are for your water heater, water softener, clothes washer, dishwasher and all kitchen and bathroom sinks. Test those shut-off valves once each year to make sure they operate properly.

If you notice dripping water from any faucet or valve, it may keep your pipes from freezing short-term but have it repaired in the Spring. This not only saves water but also insures the correct operation of your water softener. If you hear a toilet “running” have it repaired or replaced for the same reason.

Purchase plumbing fixtures and faucets from a plumbing contractor who backs up the manufacturer’s warranty and provides his own warranty for workmanship. The average life expectancy for a water heater and water softener is 15 to 20 years. The life expectancy for a garbage disposer is 10 years.

Many municipalities and all private wells have hard water. Chances are your home needs a water softener. Your plumbing contractor is the most qualified to specify and install a water softener system.

Finally, have your drains cleared mechanically and inspected every 3 – 5 years to insure proper operation. Avoid using off the shelf chemicals that are ineffective and offer only a temporary solution.

Learn about drain lines in this segment of Plumbing 101 from the Building Wisconsin TV series taped at Plumbers 75 Training Center. And if you need a plumber in the Madison WI area, check out the Directory at MadisonAreaPlumbers.com.

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Making Beautiful Things Happen After Dark

A well planned and designed exterior lighting system will enhance the beauty of your landscape and make more use of outdoor spaces like decks and patios in the summer. Exterior lighting can offer transition lighting between indoors and outdoors and provide necessary lighting to safely see walkways, steps and doorways. Your guests will feel more welcome and your family will feel safer when your yard and home are properly lit.

Door Lighting – Your main entrance is your welcome into the home and can accent your home’s curb appeal. Lighting on both sides of the door should be considered with at least one light provided on the same side as the door handle to minimize shadows on locks. Lighting your main entrance is a must for safety reasons and checking these lights should be part of your monthly maintenance plan.

Path Lighting – Path lights are low to the ground to provide lighting for walkways, steps and driveways. When lighting longer paths, position lights on alternate sides of the path for variety and better sight lines. Position step lights to avoid shadows on the steps. For driveways, position the lights to define the edges by placing them a foot from the edge along one or both sides.

Up Lighting – Up lights focus attention on specific items like statues, textured walls and trees. Lights can be positioned near tree trunks to emphasize bark texture or away from the tree to dramatize the density of the foliage. In-ground lights can be concealed behind plants and should be aimed away from viewers to avoid glare.

Down Lighting – Floodlights can be positioned to illuminate wide areas for safety and outdoor entertaining. Lights can also be placed up in trees to create a moonlight effect and cast ground shadows of branches and leaves. Consider pruning requirements and lamp replacement when positioning these fixtures.

Spotlights – Spotlights use an accessory shield to provide a direct beam of light to accent the beauty of specific features around your home. When placed properly, spotlights light up your prized flowers or an ornamental tree with almost no glare.

Front Lighting – Front lighting is a common technique that provides lighting to a dimensional area producing well defined shadows. Cross-front lighting can be applied by adding another floodlight to soften the shadows. Front lighting can also be used to project dramatic shadows of plants, trees, rocks, statues, etc.

Back Lighting – Another technique for enhancing the drama of distinctive small trees, rocks and plants near the home is to back light them creating a silhouette on the lit wall. Best when lit from below, brick walls and textured surfaces can be enhanced visually and offer a backdrop for your evening landscape.

Today’s video from the Today’s Home Remodeler TV series features the pros at Kittleson Landscape. Watch as Craig Kittleson joins host Stuart Keith and walks us through a beautiful Unilock Patio Installation.

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