Onduvilla Up Close - PHOTOS!!

Check Out How Onduvilla Looks Up Close!


Up Close Photos Of Onduvilla

People all over the country are seeing the incredible value and performance that comes with this product! We are excited to be a part of helping spread the word about this shingle and even more because Jim got this shingle installed on his own house. We've been working with Onduvilla to showcase examples of new houses that are getting this roof! 

These photos show that Onduvilla doesn't just look good from a distance but it looks great from up close! 

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See More About Onduvilla

If you'd like to get more information about getting Onduvilla installed on your house, send us a message and we will put you in touch with the right roofing company in your area! 

Another War Story From Deavers Engineering

Larry Deavers Sent Over Another Story of A Home Owner That Really Needed To Call Him Before He Started The Project Not Afterwards!!!

BE CAREFULL BEFORE YOU REMOVE WALLS

7/4/2018

    I had a client that called me and he was concerned his ceiling was failing in.  I went to his house and found he had hired a contractor to open an area between the kitchen and the den area.  The contractor had removed some walls and had created an open area of about 18 feet.  The contractor had used a beam that was not sufficient to carry the load and the beam was sagging about 3 inches.  The home was a 2 story house and it had second story load plus load from the attic/ceiling.  The owner would not pay for the work because of the problem.

     The contractor is now taking legal action against home owner because of failure to pay.  The home owner is left with a house that is in a mess and does not know what to do.

Advise:

       City of Houston requires if you remove load bearing walls you get an engineer to prepare a report.  This regulation by City of Houston is to help home owners not hurt them.

- The home owner listed above has an outstanding bill with contractor of about $35,000.00
- He has a kitchen and den that he has not been able to use for close to a year
- He is now facing legal action by contractor for failure to pay
- If you are a home owner and you are considering this type of remodeling seek a structural engineer.

For the cost of less than $1,000.00 all this could have been avoided

If you are a contractor get an engineer to help when you are doing this type of work. it will save you in the long run!

Contact Deavers Engineering - 713-828-8901

 

Radiant Barrier Stops Attic Hotspots!!

Radiant Barrier Works!

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Even with decent insulation, the attic entry is always a trouble spot for houses. Cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter makes its way out of the house. This can make your house uncomfortable but it can also cost you a lot of money on your electric bill. Brock Emmons with DFW RBI explains how the right Radiant Barrier product can get rid of this attic hotspot. You can save thousands of dollars a year with Radiant Barrier installed on your house and it will make your house so much more comfortable! 


Brock Emmons - Attic Hotspot Fix!

Onduvilla In Action - PHOTOS!!

Onduvilla Has Become One of the Fastest Growing Shingle Brands in the United States!


Photos Of Onduvilla

People all over the country are seeing the incredible value and performance that comes with this product! We are excited to be a part of helping spread the word about this shingle and even more because Jim got this shingle installed on his own house. We've been working with Onduvilla to showcase examples of new houses that are getting this roof! 

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See More About Onduvilla

If you'd like to get more information about getting Onduvilla installed on your house, send us a message and we will put you in touch with the right roofing company in your area! 

Jim Dutton's Clean Water

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Jim is a huge proponent of drinking as much water as you can. He knows the benefits that go along with it as most people do. For years Jim had a Reverse Osmosis system in his home so he and his wife would have clean drinking water right from the tap. But it eventually needed to be replaced. Jim got the guys at BP Lone Star to come out to his house and install a great RO system right under the sink. As he has said on the show, his wife was so excited the next morning to get up and get her first cup of coffee with their new water! 

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But the benefits of a Reverse Osmosis system are much bigger than just a good cup of coffee in the morning. It encourages you to drink more water because it's easily available. It can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the system because of all the water bottles and jugs that you won't have to buy! It's also much easier on our environment because of all the plastic that won't end up in a landfill. 

The Reverse Osmosis system Jim had installed by BP Lone Star starts at $799 depending on what filters you need for your water situation. Right now BP Lone Star is offering a special discount for THI listeners. They will take $100 off the cost of your RO system if you mention Jim Dutton and Texas Home Improvement. 

So if you want clean water at your finger tips, now is the perfect time to give BP Lone Star a call! 214-970-0636

War Story From Deavers Engineering

I Asked Deavers Engineering To Send Me A War Story And What He Sent Truly Highlights The Value An Independent Engineer Can Offer. 

Foundation Story

6/20/2018

I had a young man call me and he had a contract with a major builder to build a house in the Rosenberg Area.  He had selected a choice cul-de-sac lot and paid a premium for the lot.  He and his wife were going to watch their dream home being built.  He watched them prepare for the foundation and then finally the day arrived and the foundation was poured.
He went out the next day and the foundation had a crack in the concrete that went all the way across the house from left to right and extended down to ground.  He was very concerned and called me out to give my opinion.  I met him and inspected the crack and determine that the crack was a failure crack and needed to be fixed.
I wrote him a letter telling him the foundation needed to be replaced.  Builder got their engineer to counter my letter saying everything was ok and that I had no idea what I was talking about.
He asked me to meet with their on site people and discuss the issue.
I met with their management and buyer and told them it was a cold joint in the concrete and that the concrete should have 2500 psi concrete for everything to be ok
I said  the only way to prove concrete is ok is to core the concrete.  I told them to get a core company to come out and take 3 cores in the center of the crack and test those cores to see if they are ok.
They did and when the cores were taken they broke in 2 pieces showing no strength

The builder returned the young man his money after about 3 months

Conclusion:

If something looks wrong there is a chance it could be wrong.

I charged the man $400.00 which saved the young man thousands of dollars

Contact Deavers Engineering - 713-828-8901

 

Remodeling Ideas

Need Some Remodeling Ideas?

We couldn't be happier to have DFW Improved on our team. They've got some great ideas for home renovations to get you ready for the fall and holidays! Check out these photos of some amazing projects they've done in the area! 

If these photos don't get you excited about the possibilities that your house holds here are a couple more! If these photos do give you some ideas you need to reach out to DFW Improved! (972) 299-8939

Brian Got A Shed!

"We've been excited about Sheds By Firemen since we brought them on board! We are even more excited now that we've seen them in action!"

Brian McFarling the executive producer of Texas Home Improvement really needed a new shed. His old shed was broken down and got his lawn equipment damaged each time it rained. Pete with Sheds by Firemen showed up with a truckload of lumber and he and his crew got to work! 

The process took about 3 1/2 hours from start to finish and the end result is a shed that fits Brians backyard perfectly and look fantastic as well. The build quality is something you just won't find from a store bought, pre built shed. 

If you need a small shed for your tools or a large barn style building, you need to give these guys a call! 469-671-7433

Check out their page for more information. 

Stihl iMow Robot Law Mower

It's every guys dream! Mowing the lawn WHILE you golf!! 

This lawn mower is one of the most exciting tools that Stihl is coming out with in my opinion. It turns a job that most people don't enjoy and turns it into something you don't even have to think about. Rodney Behrends with Stihl showed me how the mower works. 

Some of my favorite features are.

1. You Set The Schedule: The iMow will mow on a schedule that you set. This allows you to get your lawn mowed whenever is convenient. You can have it mow the lawn during the afternoon or even over night. 

2. It's QUIET!: I was really surprised that the iMow makes as little noise as it does. This quiet motor noise is what makes it possible to mow during the night without worrying about annoying your neighbors. 

3. Professionally Installed: The iMow is installed by a certified Stihl dealer to make sure that it works correctly. This means it's even easier to get a worry free lawn. All you have to do is go purchase the mower and they take care of the rest. 

4. GOLF: In my opinion the time savings alone make the iMow something to seriously consider. Imagine all the time you spend mowing, weeding, taking care of your lawn, is now available for other things you're passionate about. Such as golf! 
 

Let me know what you think about the iMow!! I will add the follow up videos as we produce them!

Stihl RMA 460 Lawn Mower Review

I Really like This Mower, I Just Needed To See If It Would Work For Me!

First Review Of RMA 460

Follow Up Review

I was impressed with this lawn mower the first time I tried it out. The only issue I ran into was the battery life. So I went back with a second battery and tried it out again. The results were exactly what I was hoping for! I would absolutely recommend this lawn mower for people with a small yard who like to take care of it on the weekends. It's so easy to use and definitely powerful enough to cut the grass. Just make sure you realize that if you are cutting really tall, think grass, you will wear the battery down faster than a maintenance cut every weekend or so. 

In DFW you can pick one up at Plano Power Equipment!

Stihl HS 45 Hedge Trimmer Review

I Didn't Realize How Fun A Hedge Trimmer Could Be! 

I'll be honest, I didn't have much experience with a hedge trimmer until I started these reviews. Having said that I went into it with a completely open mind and little expectations for how it would work. But I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite tools to use. It made trimming the hedges so incredibly easy and fast! It cut really precisely so I didn't feel like I was destroying the bushes. I felt as though I was just giving them a really good hair cut. 

There are a few key points about this trimmer and they are. 
1. It's Really Balanced
2. It's Very Powerful
3. It's So Much FUN!!

Ok so maybe the last one isn't a key point. If you're in the market for a hedge trimmer I can't imagine you'll find a better tool for the job. But please feel free to send me your recommendations! 

Stihl FS 56 RC E Trimmer Review

We were super excited to review the gas version of the Stihl homeowner series! This tool is an absolute blast to use! I was checking three specific things about this trimmer in my review. 
1. That it is an easy trimmer to start.
2. That it is lightweight. 
3. That it is powerful. 

I won't give everything away but lets just say that the tool is a classic Stihl product. 

Huge thanks to Plano Power Equipment for providing the trimmer for this review!

Stihl HSA 56 Battery Powered Hedge Trimmer Review

Thank you to Plano Power Equipment for providing the equipment for this review. I was excited to get my hands on this product because I wanted to see for myself the improvements that have been made to battery powered tools. 

There were three main aspects of the Hedge Trimmer that I wanted to test. 
1. Lightweight - Stihl said the Hedge Trimmer is lightweight and won't wear out your arms. 
2. Well Balanced - Stihl said the Trimmer is well balanced and easy to maneuver. 
3. Safety Features - Stihl said the safety features built into this Trimmer make it very safe to use. 

- HSA 56 Batter Powered Hedge Trimmer

We were more than impressed with the results of our test. The HSA 56 is an easy to use lightweight and well balanced trimmer. The safety features make it very difficult to turn on unless you are trying to use it properly. I think it's a great option for the weekend warrior or anyone needing to do a decent amount of trimming.  

Stihl Battery Life Test

We are excited to launch our tool reviews videos! We've been working to build a relationship with Stihl to give us the opportunity to review some of their products. Plano Power Tools who is an authorized Stihl deal provided the tools and equipment for the reviews!
We started with a review of the battery life on their AK series of battery powered tools. 

The test was simple. I wanted to see if we could mow, trim and blow an average front yard on a single charge with just one battery. 

Tools Used
- Mower: RMA 460 
- Trimmer: FSA 56
- Blower: BGA 56

I was impressed and excited to see that not only did it have enough power to get the job done, the tools were incredibly easy to use as well. This is not the comprehensive review of each tool. Those videos will be coming out in the upcoming weeks as well as reviews of other battery and gas powered tools. 

Issues With Remodeling Old Homes

Remodeling Old Homes Comes With Some Unique Challenges. 

Home codes are constantly changing and as we've seen so many times, many contractors cut corners to save time and money. So when you are considering remodeling your older home you have to worry about more than just the new updates you want. You also have to be aware of what could be waiting underneath the surface of your house. 

Old Building Standards. Homes built in the 80s and before often have electrical work that is not up to current code. Or you may run into framing that doesn't fit the city regulations anymore. You never know for sure what you are going to run into once you start opening up the walls. So what should you do about it?

Plan For The Problems. Gary Simms and the team at DFW Improved always encourage home owners, especially of older homes, to have a small contingency budget for any unforeseen problems that you may run into once you begin the project. That way you aren't left scrambling if you find that the previous builders didn't meet current standards. And if you end up not needing it, you have some money set aside to throw a great house party to show off your remodel! 

If you're in DFW and looking to remodel a room in your house or maybe the entire thing, give the team over at DFW Improved a call. They've done hundreds of remodels and have seen just about everything so they know how to make sure your project doesn't get derailed by unexpected issues. 

Picking A Remodeler

Picking a remodeler can be a daunting task.

There are a couple things you can do before hand to help you make the right choice. Our first recommendation is to use one of the THI Trusted remodelers. If you aren't able to use one of our remodelers, here are some tips. 

1. Find Someone With Experience. This may seem obvious but remodelers come and go. There are a lot of fair weather remodelers who may have done remodeling for a while but haven't invested in building a business and a reputation. You may get a lower price from someone like this but you also run the risk that they won't be around if you run into a problem with your remodel. 

2. Get Reviews. Any contractor can find someone to give them a good review online. If you want to make sure that a remodeler has a track record of solid work it's important to go outside of the reviews they provide and research them. But also be aware that every remodeler has run into problems. That is the nature of remodeling. The great remodelers are the ones who know how to handle those problems the right way. 

In the DFW are we are excited to be working with DFW Improved as a trusted remodeling company that has built their reputation on great work and even better customer service. 

What Is A Root Barrier?

What Is A Root Barrier?

It's a barrier that is used to protect something from the damage that can be caused by root growth. You severe the roots that are growing toward the object you want to protect and place an artificial barrier in place to stop the root from growing that direction any longer. 

What depth of barrier should you use? Jim recommends using 3ft barriers as the typical 18 inch barrier allows the tree to grow underneath the barrier and cause damage. 

What shape barrier should you use? A half moon shape barrier will encourage the roots to grow in the opposite direction where as a straight barrier allows the roots to grow around the outside edges. 

What type of barrier should you use? A high density plastic barrier is what Jim recommends instead of the Bio barriers available. Bio barriers allow moisture to go through the barrier which encourages the roots to continue to grow towards the barrier. Plastic barriers stop moisture and force roots to turn in order to continue to grow. 

Is it dangerous to your tree? Typically you only sever about 20% of the roots when you instal a root barrier so you won't cause serious damage to your tree by installing a barrier. 

Never root barrier a tree that is older than the home it is next to! The soil around the house is used to the amount of moisture that the tree is removing. Installing a root barrier on a tree that is older than the house will increase the moisture in the soil and can cause your house to raise higher leading to more problems. 

THI Tips Playlist

We've Got A YouTube Page!!

We are excited to share with y'all our THI Tips playlist on our youtube channel! We are taking some of the best questions we get from our audience and Jim and our sponsors are answering them for you. This playlist is growing every week and will cover a wide variety of subjects and problems. Subscribe to our channel to make sure you are the first to see new videos as they are added!!