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HOME EMERGENCIES, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

There are many small home emergencies, which, if not attended to properly, can  quickly become big  home emergencies. But, don't panic. There are solutions to  the most common small home emergencies. Q: What kinds of plumbing emergencies could possibly  occur? A: If a water pipe were to break in the house, a homeowner  should know where...


5 STEPS FOR SELLING HOMES, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

You want to sell your home for the best price. Start by enlisting a real  estate agent and making a list of needed projects, to maximize the potential of your home. Use this list to determine what to do before listing your home for sale: 1. Enlist a Real Estate Agent An agent experienced with the market...


INCREASING THE HOME RESALE VALUE, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Homeowners looking to sell a house will always, of course, be interested in  how much the assessed property value is compared to the bottom line home resale  price. If you want to get the best price possible when selling your home, it is  very important to make sure that it is appealing to potential buyers....


GRADING/EXCAVATING FOR DRAINAGE; BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

The term "to excavate" literally means to unearth, lay bare, or hollow out. So before any construction starts, these earthmoving experts are an essential part of the project. Think about your own workspace: under the piles of paperwork, supplies, and emails there is a desk, somewhere. It's difficult to get quality work accomplished with so much mess, but once the clutter is cleared it's easy to get organized and quickly become more efficient. The same concept holds in construction: before you build up, you have to work sideways. The lay of the land naturally discourages development, so to avoid it working against you the landscape must be moved, graded, and made perfectly level before production begins.


GOOD REMODELING DESIGN, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Solid remodeling design is essential when taking on a remodeling project.  Most homeowners need help making decisions about options and in determining what  is feasible in terms of the existing structure and the overall budget. If you  don't hire an architect or some other qualified remodeling design professional,  you may find that your remodel doesn't...


IMPORTANT REMODELING REMINDERS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

While it might not be so for a partial overhaul of your bathroom, for major projects and renovations the most overlooked remodeling step is likely to be an evaluation of your home's floor plan. Homeowners looking to build a custom home or planning a major remodel or addition could avoid critical and often costly design mistakes if only they spent as much time considering the floor plan as they do choosing paint colors, tile, light fixtures, or flooring. Too often, when homeowners hear the term "floor plan," they think of nothing more than square footage and wall dimensions. It's thinking like this that leaves huge gaps in the functional efficiency of a home and requires substantial and expensive remodeling in the first place.


SWIMMING POOL PUMPS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Pool pumps act like the human heart. They push vital liquid throughout a body of water, constantly circulating it in order to keep it fresh, healthy, and chemically correct. These small motors simply keep water in motion, which may seem like a silly job, but it's vital for proper upkeep. Circulating the water maintains chemical continuity and prevents it from becoming stagnant. By forcing fresh water from the filters and back into the common area, pool pumps help to remove debris that would otherwise buildup and increase the risk for disease, bacteria, or other health threats. So you need one, but which one works best for your needs? There is an overwhelming selection out there, so here are some tips when it comes to selection and installation.


WHEN TO OPEN YOUR SWIMMING POOL? BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Logistically, you can open your pool as soon as you're sure the temperature won't hit freezing and cause your water to freeze. Of course, few homeowners need their pools open this early, but wait too long and you're likely to miss out on that first sterling, 85-degree spring day. If you have a basic pool heater, you may even be ready for a dip at 75 degrees. Conventional wisdom suggests that you keep an eye on your extended weather forecast and open your pool about two weeks before you might expect to use it.


SWIMMING POOL FENCES, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

There can be any number of reasons to install a swimming pool fence, but the primary one is safety (especially the safety of small children). Even the most responsible parents can lose track of their children for a moment, and this is often all it takes for the worst of tragedies to strike your home. It takes only 5 minutes under the water to cause brain damage and possibly death. This is not something you fool around with, and swimming pool fences have proved one of the most effective child safety features you can install.


SWIMMING POOL CHEMICALS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Much like the chemicals in a pool, hot tub chemicals are necessary to keep your investment in optimal working order. Hot tub chemicals are even more important in some ways because the amount of water is much smaller. Proper chemical maintenance will keep your tub clean and ensure that it is ready to go whenever you are.

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