Friday, October 22, 2010

How to Pick a Waste Removal Services Company

 A good waste removal service is a must for any construction or demolition job, or if you simply want to clean your home thoroughly without having to worry about trash removal.

There's nothing more frustrating than planning a job for Friday and having the dumpster show up on Monday. The process of picking a reliable waste removal service company should provide the basic services listed below.

Services the company you choose should provide the following:
Fast delivery and on-time pick-up of open-top, roll-off containers with walk-in gates for easy access.  They should give you the option of choosing the container size:

1.10 yard container
2.15 yard container
3.15 yard container
4.20 yard container
5.30 yard container
  • home clean up
  • yard debris
  • construction clean up
  • dirt removal
  • concrete removal
  • yearly garage and attic clean ups
There's no perfect way to choose dumpster sizes, a 15 yard dumpster can hold 15 cubic yards of waste and is good for small renovation projects where removing hardwood flooring , carpet and or kitchen cabinets and you have little space requirements as in a congested neighborhood.  A 10 yard dumpster may be appropriate for a small basement or garage cleanout; removing a 250 sq. ft. deck; removing 1500 sq. ft. of single layer roof shingles; yard debris cleanup, or a small kitchen & bath remodeling job; large amount of trash, paper, or cardboard.  A 20 yard dumpster holds 20 cubic yards of waste and may be the right size for a large basement, attic, or garage cleanup; flooring and carpet removal for a large house; 300 to 400 square feet of deck removal; or 2500 to 3000 sq. ft. of single layer roof shingle removal; major home addition; construction of a new home demolition of a garage; house window or siding replacement for a small to medium size home.

There are some waste companies that will provide as a service to you a skid steer or small front end loader tractor to load your debris. This is of course for a fee.

What items can be placed in the dumpster?
It is best to use the dumpster for similar items.  Keep it simple.  If you order a dumpster for construction site waste, make sure it is loaded only with construction debris.  If a dumpster is needed for brush removal, load it only with brush.  Some landfills will only take certain kinds of waste.  You should always call with questions concerning what types of waste can be discarded in a particular container.What kind of items cannot be placed in the dumpster?
A dumpster can be loaded with almost anything if it is loaded with similar (comparable) waste.  These are some of the things they will not accept without advance approval i.e.: hazardous and corrosive materials, tires, metal barrels, asbestos, large pieces of concrete, most liquids, and dead animals.What size dumpster will I need for my job?
A quality waste disposal company will recommend what size container you will need if you call them and supply them with the square footage of your job, and a list of all items that you will be disposing of and if any materials can be recycled . There is no perfect way to choose a dumpster sizes, but a 10 yard dumpster may be appropriate for a small basement or garage cleanout; removing a 250 sq. ft. deck; removing 1500 sq. ft. of single layer roof shingles; yard debris cleanup, or a small kitchen & bath remodeling job.  Most construction jobs will require a 20 yard roll-off container due to the bulkiness of most building materials for a major home addition; construction of a new home; demolition of a garage; or entire house window or siding replacement.
How long can we keep the dumpster?
Most waste disposal companies try to help a customer determine how long a dumpster will be needed so that an accurate quote can be given.  However, in most cases you can keep the dumpster as long as needed with a prior rental agreement. 

I hope this information has helped you in picking the right waste removal services company for your next construction project.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cabinetry and Your Home

The cabinets you choose for your new home or remodel project will have an immense effect on the overall cost of your construction project. Whether your choice of custom built cabinets or out of the box ready to install. The true cost of your cabinets come from the type of materials used to produce them, custom cabinets are usually made from a higher quality material as compared to your box cabinets.

The type of materials used is strictly customer preference and the type of finish you want. A painted finish can use a lower grade material to produce where a stained finish requires a much higher quality material. This is your first consideration, the next is do you want all the bells and whistles as in soft drawer slides, dovetail drawers, solid wood doors, drawer fronts and trim details. The type of finish you require is also a major factor in the cost of new cabinets, i.e. glaze, painted or stain and standard or distressed. The fancier you get the more they cost. This list can go on and on, but you get the jest of what I’m saying, the more options the longer they take to produce and the higher the cost.

When choosing the type of cabinets you want take into consideration that not all cabinets are created equal, a custom cabinet shop will come out to your new home or remodel project and take exact measurements and then give you a drawing of what the cabinets will look like, most box type cabinets are already manufactured to specific dimensions. These dimensions almost always require you to install filler pieces, these are used to cover cracks between the cabinets and the walls, and custom built cabinets are usually cut to fit.

We will now move on to what type of construction prefers, you have basically two types European, and face frame. The face frame type of construction will show wood between the drawers and doors, the standard is 1 ½” although if using a custom cabinet shop you may actually specify this dimension such as 2”-2 ½”. The European type of construction will not show any space between the drawers and doors and in most cases the doors and drawers will be recessed. This is strictly a customer preference although the European style is usually less expensive.

  As mentioned earlier the doors and drawers play a major role in the cost of cabinets, a standard shaker door or raised panel door are the most popular right and are also the most cost effective. You can upgrade the cabinet doors to include glass or a variety of custom trim details, this is where the cost escalates. There are literally hundreds of variations for your doors and drawer fronts. The type of cabinet drawers you choose are going to be either the standard type or a dovetail drawer, many new home owner are choosing the dovetail drawers because of the more sturdy construction method in how they are put together. If you are not sure what a dovetail drawer below you will see an example.  We will also show examples of european style cabinets and face frame cabinets.

This is an example of a dovetail  drawer


This is an example of European also known as frameless cabinets. Note there are no spaces between the doors or drawers.

   This is an example of a faceframe cabinet.
The next factor in the cost of your cabinetry will be the type of hardware you desire, again as with everything else you can spend as little or as much as you want to. There are way to many variations on the different types of hardware to even try to go into them so I am going to take the easy way you and just give a link to a company that specializes in them. You can find suggestions  and samples for cabinet hardware.

I hope you have found this information helpful and have a new understanding in selecting cabinetry in your new home.