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Asbestos 101: Do You Know How To Handle This Hazardous Material?

Posted by Luke Hancock

Dec 2, 2015 2:42:06 PM

Asbestos is one of those words that causes homeowners to panic.

Yes, it can be dangerous. Breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer or asbestosis, in which the lungs become scarred with fibrous tissue.

But if asbestos is in your home, it’s not necessarily a serious problem. If intact, it doesn’t pose a threat, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The danger is that asbestos materials may become damaged over time. Damaged asbestos can release asbestos fibers and become a health hazard.

So what do you do if you discover asbestos in your home? Do you hold your breath and remove it? Call an expert? Hide in your closet?

Welcome to Asbestos 101.

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Topics: DIY Projects

Review: The 4 Best Landscape Design Apps For Homeowners

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jun 18, 2015 11:18:05 AM

Your yard could use some sprucing up, from adding a flowerbed in the front to redesigning the layout in the back.

But it can be hard to envision what the space will look like with those changes.

Instead of digging in and hoping for the best, use a landscape design app to create a digital layout of the space to see what does and doesn’t work. Even if you’re planning to hire a professional, creating a basic design beforehand can make sure you two are on the same page.

Here are our picks for the best landscape design apps for homeowners — to help you along your next project; from buying sod to disposing of the remaining landscaping debris in your chosen dumpster size.

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Topics: DIY Projects

4 Reasons to Share Your Dumpster Rental with Neighbors

Posted by Luke Hancock

May 15, 2015 3:33:00 PM

Since you were a child, you’ve been taught sharing is a good thing.

But most of the time, sharing doesn’t benefit you as much as it does the other person — especially when it’s your favorite snack, outfit or car they want.

That's not the case with roll-off dumpster rentals, though. Our operators constantly get asked if people can share their rentals, and the answer is, "Yes." Not only is it allowed, but we encourage it.

People are sharing everything from cars (Uber) to their homes (Airbnb), and that's an important trend with our increasing population. In this sharing economy, there are 80 million sharers in the United States, and that number could double in the coming months, according to Web-Strategist.com.

Sharing helps save you money and conserve resources — a win-win for everyone.

Here are four reasons you should share your dumpster rental with neighbors.

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Topics: DIY Projects, Hiring A Dumpster Rental Company

4 Unexpected Indoor Home Renovation Projects Perfect for Spring

Posted by Luke Hancock

Apr 30, 2015 4:07:00 PM

The warmer weather can leave you itching to get outside to work on your landscape.

But there’s a lot you can — and should — do inside your home, too. There’s a reason it’s called spring cleaning: it’s the perfect time to complete all of your projects and make your home look its best.

Here are four indoor home renovation projects you should tackle this spring.

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Topics: DIY Projects, Organized Lifestyle

Can I Use My Dumpster Rental for Spring Landscaping Projects?

Posted by Luke Hancock

Mar 31, 2015 4:15:00 PM

The thing we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: Spring. As temperatures continue to rise, so will the urge to get outdoors.

Spring is the perfect time to work on a variety of landscape projects, like trimming bushes, pulling dead foliage and renovating your patio area. And with your hard work will come piles of scraps and debris. Those lawn bags can only hold so much and it’s all gotta go somewhere.

But can you put those in your dumpster rental?

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Topics: Choosing a Dumpster, DIY Projects

Home Renovation Ideas: What Should I Consider Before Removing A Wall?

Posted by Luke Hancock

Feb 24, 2015 4:19:00 PM

If you’re like me, it’s easy to get lost in all of those home renovation shows on HGTV and DIY Network. The kitchens are sleek and modern; the budgets are ridiculous; wall demolition looks unbelievably therapeutic; and the open floor plans are something on everyone’s must-have list.  

And while everyone doesn’t have the budget for an entirely new kitchen, it’s a safe bet there’s at least one wall standing in the way of you and that spacious, open floor plan you’ve always wanted. One interior wall that almost always gets the ax is the dividing wall between the kitchen and the dining room or family room. Another renovation trend is to remove the dividing wall between your bathroom and master bedroom.

By removing a wall, you’re creating an entirely new and flexible living space in your home, something most new home buyers are seeking these days.

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Topics: DIY Projects

Top 5 Winter Home Improvement Projects For Instant Impact

Posted by Luke Hancock

Feb 2, 2015 4:21:00 PM

In my opinion, winter can be the best time of the year to really get things done — on the inside of your home. Thanks to snow on the ground and chilly temperatures in the air, winter does a nice job putting our outdoor distractions — yard work, washing the car, golf — on hold for a few months.

So why not spend that time stuck in your house working on your house? Feel productive this winter, instead of trapped. Here are my five favorite winter home improvement projects that will immediately enhance the look and feel of your home — without breaking the bank or your back.

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Topics: DIY Projects

The Top 5 Bathroom Remodeling Trends For 2015

Posted by Luke Hancock

Jan 7, 2015 4:24:00 PM

Generally speaking, the relationship we have with our bathrooms can be a bit rushed and, at times, inconvenient. When we’re home, it’s the kitchen, bedroom and family room that tend to get most of our attention. And that’s totally normal, but maybe not for much longer.

As many post-recession homeowners continue to invest in their homes rather than pack them up and look elsewhere, the bathroom is one room in the house getting some spa-like attention after all and topping remodel lists for 2015.

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Topics: DIY Projects, Organized Lifestyle

Home Design Hacks To Give You More Storage Space

Posted by Luke Hancock

Dec 6, 2014 4:53:00 PM

Whether you rent or own, everyone complains about the amount of space available for storage. It’s the bane of home or apartment living. Fortunately the world is filled with clever people willing to share their insight and innovation. When it comes to saving space, there’s no end of ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Topics: DIY Projects, Home Renovation

12 Essential Tasks To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Posted by Luke Hancock

Oct 8, 2014 4:56:00 PM

The leaves are turning and are beginning to fall. Soon, it will be snowflakes floating lazily down, beautiful at first and then — after months of white — agonizing. Most of us in northern climates spend a great deal more time inside at home during the winter. (That, too, can become agonizing over time!)

To make the experience as pleasant as possible, there are several things you need to do, including getting your Netflix queue up to date and stockpiling the microwave popcorn.

But there’s more to getting your home ready before the snow starts flying — and it’s a crucial process that will help keep you safe and warm.

Here are 12 steps to take as you prepare your home for winter.

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Topics: DIY Projects