Once you have decided to build your fence, you need to know what kinds of materials to buy and how much of them. This is where fence estimating comes into play. There are several ways to get the right amount of materials, but some are easier and more accurate than others. Here is a look at how to fence estimating works and how you can use it to your advantage.

The traditional fence estimating method is to do it by hand. You will use a measuring device like a tape measure or a yardstick to determine the length of the fence. Then, if you are building a wooden fence you need to determine how far apart the slats will be and how wide each slat is. Then you will find out how many slats you need per length of the fence. It is helpful to do one section and use this as a guide when estimating the rest of the fence. If it is a chain link, the length of the yard is the amount of fence you will need minus the gate. Then you will need to see how many support poles you will need. Don’t forget to include hardware in your fence estimating so that you will get an accurate total.

Another way of fence estimating is to have a professional come out and give you a fence installation estimate. This can be costly, however, as some companies will charge for their time. If you are planning on building the fence on your own, this is not always the most helpful route, since the cost estimate that a professional will give you will include labor costs. But, if you are considering hiring a professional, getting several estimates from different companies can be advantageous for price comparison reasons.

Another great option is to use fence estimating software. This is a program that you can obtain in a few different ways. You can purchase it in disk form from the largest hardware or home improvement warehouses. You can also download it from a website that specializes in fence estimating. These downloads are often for a specific number of uses, but some are permanent downloads. Many fences estimating software programs are specific to the type of fence that you are building, whether it is a chain link, vinyl, or wooden fence. You can use the software to obtain a fence cost estimate by following the screen prompts and entering the variables.

Some sites offer free fence estimating since they are promoting a specific company or product. These may be more limited than the software programs that you would purchase for private use. Depending on the price involved and your fence estimate needs, either can be a good option.

Building your fence can seem like a daunting task, but the hardest part is doing the fence estimating. Do yourself a favor and make it as easy on yourself as possible. Be prepared before you start with all the things you will need to estimate your fence before you start. Using a fence estimating software program is also going to make your life much easier. So, no matter which method you choose, keep your eye on the end goal, your brand new beautiful fence!

Planning a good room layout is all about furniture placement and finishing touches. It’s the same with getting a good broadband signal — put your router in the right place, make a few quick tweaks to the settings and you’ll be surprised how much your signal could improve. Guest writer Charlotte Brown is here to help you get the best possible signal in your home, with a few quick tips on remodeling your home network.

Tip one is to ensure good router placement. For the best possible signal, set your router up in an open space away from shelves, corners or cabinets. Place it as close to the center of your home as you can. If you’re online most often in the living room, place your router there (not right next to the TV, as I’ll explain in tip three). If the signal doesn’t seem strong, try placing it higher up, perhaps on a mantelpiece.

Wireless devices need to be able to ‘see’ your router to receive signal, and obstacles like brick walls, metal cabinets and faulty extension cables can get in the way. If you think your router’s signal might be blocked, remove any obstacles between your router and wireless devices. If you can be flexible about placement, move your main computer to the room with the router or vice-versa.

When more than one person speaks at the same time, you can have a hard time getting a clear idea of what they’re saying. It works a similar way with devices trying to receive wireless signal — something as innocuous as a microwave, when close enough to your network, could be broadcasting a conflicting signal that can cause interference and slow down your connection. Here’s tip three: Keep your router away from other broadcasting devices. Try not to place your router right next to your TV set or any other device that broadcasts its own signal.

If you want the clearest possible signal and your router is in an unavoidably close proximity to other broadcasting devices, tip four is to change the channel on your wireless router. Wireless networks are able to operate on a range of channels, and you can usually (make and model dependent) manually change the channel on your router to the least busy one. Have a look in your router manual for advice on this, or follow this handy tutorial from How to Geek — it gets a little technical so you might need to allocate a little time for this task.

If you’re using DSL broadband and you have multiple access points, tip five is to micro-filter out any interference. You can fit microfilters cheaply and easily yourself. They are small plastic devices that connect to your telephone line and allow your broadband and home phone service to run alongside each other without interference.

Out with the old and in with the new hardware. Tip six is to ensure you’ve got the latest broadband equipment. Outdated hardware can deliver significantly slower speeds and a less secure service, so if it’s been a while since your ISP updated your router, TV box and modem, give them a call and find out if you’re entitled to a free upgrade. Signal problems can often be solved by switching to a new router that’s capable of working across more channels, so if you aren’t due for a free upgrade but are struggling with old equipment and slow speeds, you might want to invest in an upgrade.

Using an extension cable to connect your router to your telephone socket, or to anything else, is a no-no. Tip seven is to avoid using extension cords at all if you can, and if you can’t, make sure they are as short as possible.

If you didn’t have a password for your email, anyone could hack in. It’s the same with a home network. You’ve taken the time to set it up in the right position, remove any obstacles and change the channel to get a better signal, so my eighth and final tip is to take two minutes and set a password for your home network. Kick any unwanted users off your network that could be gobbling up bandwidth and stopping you from streaming over Netflix. Try to make it as difficult to guess as possible, with upper case, lower case and numerical characters. Here’s a little help from Microsoft on passwords for Windows users.

If these steps haven’t fixed your signal problem it could be due to faulty equipment or an issue with your service provider, give them a call and ask them to fix it. Happy home networking!

If you find yourself in a position where your children finally left home and now seem to come back almost daily bringing their children with them, filling your home full of laughter and joy but also mess and toys then perhaps you could use some extra room at times?

If you love the home that you live in and don’t want to have to worry about rearranging things, throwing out things, or even selling up then why not consider a conservatory? This is a very simple, straightforward way of adding extra space to your home while helping to add some extra light into your home, and your life possibly. Most conservatories can be built without planning permission and take just a few weeks to get in to place meaning you can be enjoying your extra space very fast.

A conservatory can be an incredibly stylish way to add some extra space to your home, and some value, without having to worry about having an extension built. You can find many different styles of conservatories and they are made from different materials, usually incorporating lots of glass for a light, airy, spacious feel. This should make finding a conservatory that fits in with the style of your home incredibly quick and simple.

What you do with the extra space is your choice but a conservatory can make a fantastic room to relax and enjoy the sun and the garden, particularly during the Summer but in the Winter also due to being well insulated and protecting you from the elements. You can also enjoy a wonderful meal with your family in a conservatory and these make a fantastic talking point in almost any home.

Another benefit to having a conservatory is that it will help to insulate the back of your home. This will help, particularly in Winter, at reducing your energy costs and is a fantastic additional way to save yourself some money. This is particularly item recently with the cost of gas and electricity constantly rising and as this shows no signs of stopping any time soon this is just another plus point for having a conservatory fitted.

While you may feel that the initial outlay of a conservatory is expensive you, your family and the value of your home will benefit greatly from it, regardless of what you use it for. You will, possibly with the addition of some heating in the Winter, be able to use this room throughout the year. Conservatories make a fantastic place for the family to spend time in the Summer and if you want to throw a party you will be able to load up the conservatory with drinks and snacks and you won’t have to worry about lots of guests traipsing through your homemaking mess everywhere! A conservatory will also make a fantastic playroom for those grandchildren who seem to be visiting more and more recently and leaving their toys and mess everywhere!

Making a choice on any aspect of your home is a big one. You want it to not only stand up to time, but also be classic enough not to look dated in a few years. This is particularly the case with the exterior of your home, which is visible to all. The main feature of the exterior of the home is it’s siding. Siding can transform a relatively unimpressive house into something completely new, or it can take a house that’s structurally fantastic and make it look cheap and tacky. It isn’t all about looks when it comes to siding though, functionality is also key. Selecting the right siding for your home takes time and effort since not all siding works in certain environments. We’ve tried to take off a bit of that burden here by assembling a little guide to choosing the right siding for your home.

Geography: Much of your siding options are based on where you live. Some siding can stand up to the elements, while some simply can’t. For damp and humid areas like Seattle, wood isn’t going to be a very good option since it is prone to rot and warp under these conditions. For areas on the coast with exposure to salt water, aluminum will corrode quickly under these conditions. Also, if your area is prone to strong storms that produce hail, pounding rains, and wind not only are wood and aluminum not good options, but vinyl can be easily damaged under these conditions.

Features: Each different siding type has different and unique features. Vinyl is extremely pliable and lightweight, making it ideal for smaller homes that can’t handle the pressure of heavier siding. If you live in an area with a heavy insect population, Cedar works as a natural insect repellant. If you are looking for something you can just install and forget about, brick and stone are virtually indestructable and require very little upkeep and cleaning. There are of course other features that aren’t covered here so it would serve you best to do a little research as to which siding has the features you desire.

Types: Once you have established which siding works best for your climate and has the features you want, there are still more choices to make. For example, if you chose wood, you can chose from a variety of different types of wood depending on what works best for your home. The same goes for stone, although the options for stone are more based on aesthetic qualities than anything else.

Installation: How you chose to install your siding is also an important factor for look and structural stability and benefits. For example, concrete siding can be installed in a variety of different ways depending on your wants and needs. If you’re looking for a seamless look, then you can custom order large slabs and then bond together for your siding. Or, if you want to mimic more traditional siding with concrete you can over slabs and layer then horizontally to achieve that more traditional vibe. Wood can also be installed in a variety of different ways, from horizontal strips, to chevrons, to horizontal layers it can be extremely versatile.

As previously stated, home siding requires research and thought. It’s an expensive investment in your home so it is important to be educated on your options and what works best for you. It is encouraged to also have these discussions with your contractor whose experience is invaluable when making these decisions.

Home improvement should not be a costly activity, and it doesn’t have to be anymore. There are enough resources at your disposal to enable you to save on costs. Deckbuilding is one of the areas you can do this, and the same applies to building a storage shed. Information is readily available online on how you can carry out a successful project with no frustration and at the least cost too.

Decks

Deckbuilding is a very good way of extending your living area. You can spend warm days out in the sun without having to leave your home. Decks are also great for the odd family weekend lunch, or to entertain guests. When you build your deck, you can save as much as 25% of the amount that you would have spent hiring a professional to do the job. You could even make a family project out of it and get to spend some productive hours with your spouse and children.

Storage Shed

Building a storage shed can prove helpful for you. Garden tools and other materials that you use around the home need to put in a place that is both safe and does not interfere with the home. If you have small children, a storage shed will be important to keep their curious hands out of danger. In addition, if you do it right, the storage shed can complement your garden aesthetically.

Design

One important factor for building your deck or storage shed is the design of each. This will be determined by several factors. You should begin by finding out whether there are any restrictions to such constructions in your area so that you know where to start. Once you have obtained a permit where required, you can then decide where to build the structure. The size will be dependent on your preference and what you are building the deck or storage shed for.

Cost

Other things that should be considered include the materials that you will use for the constructions. Different types of wood come at different prices, and the design of the structure will also directly affect the cost. Other helpful tips on deck building and building a storage shed can be found online. Ensure that you are armed with adequate information before you begin any home improvement projects to ensure that the project is a success.

At the end of the day, you can show off your hard work to friends and family.