Home Building and Construction Magazine https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library Just another WordPress site Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:19:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.4 Trendy Home Decorating Tips for Fall Lovers https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/2020/09/10/trendy-home-decorating-tips-for-fall-lovers/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:19:27 +0000 http://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/?p=5348 The coming of fall is an excellent excuse to freshen up your home’s décor! Prepare for your favorite autumn months with these trendy home decorating tips.]]>

Fall is around the corner, which means crisp autumn breezes and warm apple cider are within reach. If you want to invite fall into your home and never let it leave, a quick refresh for your home’s design may be the best call. These trendy home decorating tips for fall lovers can make your home an autumnal haven even once fall is over!

Celebrate with Harvest Accents

One of the most iconic parts of fall is the bounty of a fresh harvest. Honor traditional fall crops by using them as accents in your decorating. You do not need to use real gourds or pumpkins, but make sure that they are convincing enough to avoid appearing as corny decorations. Additionally, cornucopias act as excellent centerpieces for dining room tables and can hold all your harvest goodies.

Coordinate with Autumn Colors

The colors you use in your decorating can create a cozy fall atmosphere even without typical fall décor. Use oranges, reds, grays, and browns when picking out decorations for your living areas or setting up guest rooms. You may want to pick something that you can easily change out through the passing of the seasons, such as tablecloths or chair covers.

For something that will label you as a fall fanatic all year, try a more permanent solution such as wall coverings or pieces of furniture. Wallpaper with fall accents, such as golden leaves, can add a nice touch of autumn into your regular interior decorating scheme. Even changing the wall color to something darker and more mysterious can add that fall feeling you crave.

Implement A Rustic Home Design

Completely revamping your home’s design to be rustic can keep you living in an autumnal paradise all year long. The rustic home design allows for the use of antiques, old wood, and tarnished metal—things that can remind you of a finished autumn harvest. There are plenty of ways—big and small—to add a rustic touch to a home, especially if you are interested in DIY projects. Consider what would be in a cozy farmhouse when looking to go rustic during the fall. Warm wool blankets, vintage farm tools, and wooden decorations will add to your image.

Decorate with Real Fall Foliage and Flora

If your favorite parts of fall are the beautiful leaves, then the best trendy home decorating tip for fall lovers that you can use is to incorporate leaves into your décor! Use leaves in DIY projects to impress your guests or add branches of colorful leaves into your vases.

It is important to note, though, that real leaves can be messy if not properly maintained. That is why you may consider using faux leaves, as they can be just as effective. However, if you choose to use real leaves, make sure they are free of any fungus, pests, or disease. You could even try preserving beautiful fall leaves for use year-round!

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Considerations for Taking Care of Your Home’s Exterior https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/2020/09/10/considerations-for-taking-care-of-your-homes-exterior/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 04:19:02 +0000 http://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/?p=5345 Your home’s outer appearance leaves a strong impression, so you should maintain it well. These are considerations to make when caring for your home’s exterior.]]>

When you think of cleaning your home, you may mostly direct your attention toward its interior rooms because these are what you see more frequently on a day-to-day basis. The outside appearance of your home is also vital to maintain, though, as it is what visitors and people that pass by will see first. Besides giving off a good impression, keeping the outside of your house neat will also deter deterioration from the elements. Apply these considerations for taking care of your home’s exterior so it always looks pleasant.

Clean the Siding

The siding arguably takes up the most space when you’re regarding your home from the outside. Due to this, you should make efforts to keep it clean. Dirt, algae, and mildew can build-up on it and cause noticeable discoloration. Leave the siding alone for too long, and your house will seem quite decrepit. Therefore, you should set aside a couple of days every year to power wash your siding to rid it of undesirable substances and organisms. You can also use a large bristle brush attached to a long handle to scrub the siding manually with soap and water. Along the way, check for damaged sections that you need to replace due to large cracks or chips.

Clear Out Gutter Debris

The gutter is responsible for catching the water that falls on your home and transporting it away so that it does not cause harm to your home’s structure. Its design makes it prone to collecting other things besides water, however. These may include leaves, sticks, dirt, and seeds. If your gutters become too full, they won’t be able to continue performing their function properly and water will overflow onto the siding. In turn, the siding will break down faster and you may start to see leaks in your ceiling and walls. This is why a consideration you should make when taking care of your home’s exterior is maintaining the state of your gutters. Clean out all the detritus that gets stuck in them periodically to avoid more serious problems down the line.

Care for Your Fence

While not always directly attached to your house, your fence is a major part of your exterior presentation. Just like the siding, it must stand up to variable weather conditions, temperatures, and even physical bumps throughout the year. This inevitably wears it down and soils it. You can again brush the fence with a cleaning product and also rinse it off with a pressure washer. This will take care of the cosmetic aspect by returning it to a fresh, even color. Inspect the fence afterward so you can switch out broken or loose pickets as needed. If your fence is made of lumber, you should also learn the special maintenance tips for wood fencing, as wood requires extra care. This extra attentiveness will allow you to guard it against rot and undesirable changes in hue.

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What to Know Before Operating a Mini Excavator https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/2020/09/09/what-to-know-before-operating-a-mini-excavator/ Wed, 09 Sep 2020 04:12:30 +0000 http://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/?p=5342 A mini excavator has many uses that can be very helpful during a home building project. Here's what to know before operating a mini excavator.]]>

A mini excavator can be a valuable tool for your home project—from installing an inground pool to landscaping. Unlike a regular-sized excavator, a compact one is easier to operate, more versatile, easier to transport, and quieter. Here’s what to know before operating a mini excavator if you are looking to try it on your next home project.

Know the Different Components

Before you step into a mini excavator, you should be aware of the different components on the inside and outside. In the cab, you will have to become familiar with the levers and joysticks, so you can safely operate the heavy machinery. For the mini excavator’s exterior, become accustomed to parts such as the tracks, undercarriage, and final drive motor. By knowing the different components of a mini excavator, you will have a better idea of how to repair it if you experience any breakdowns.

Check Oil Levels

Maintenance is the key to making sure you don’t have any issues operating a mini excavator. A vital piece of upkeep is checking the drive motor oil for any potential contamination and making sure it’s at the right level. There are a lot of dangers that can come from leakage and an inadequate amount of oil; however, keeping an eye on it is the best way to keep your mini excavator’s performance high.

Inspect Before Use

The next thing to know before operating a mini excavator is the type of condition it’s in. Mainly, you will want to see if there are any noticeable issues with the tracks, leakage, and anything else you can find. A proper inspection is essential for your safety and can prevent downtime in the process.

Wear Protective Gear

As you operate a mini excavator, you should also be wearing the appropriate gear to protect you for potential hazards. Strive to wear a hardhat, work boots, face protection, gloves, hearing protection, and visible clothing when using a mini excavator.

Watch Your Surroundings

When you finally step into a mini excavator, you also need to do your best to watch your surroundings. While a mini excavator is versatile and easier to operate, it’s still a heavy piece of equipment that can hurt a bystander.

Keep It Clean

Like any piece of equipment, you must care for it by keeping it clean. If you are sharing the mini excavator with someone else, make it a habit of wiping down the glass of the interior to ensure that cab vision can remain intact. Building a home is dirty work, and dirty equipment can result in poor performance.

Know Its Limits

The final thing you should know before you take control of a mini excavator is its limits. Mini excavators are well known for being flexible pieces of construction equipment, but you need to be aware of when you are taking too much out of it. Limitations can vary based on the mini excavator you are using, but you should be aware of the following:

  • Center of gravity
  • Bring materials closer to your cab for stability
  • Make sure your attachments are at the right angle
  • Position the blade behind you

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The Best Small Towns To Build Your Dream Home https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/2020/09/08/the-best-small-towns-to-build-your-dream-home/ Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:10:09 +0000 http://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/?p=5339 If you’re ready for a new custom house, it might also be time for a new lifestyle. Get inspired by the best small towns to build your dream home.]]>

If you’re ready to take the plunge and custom-build your forever home, consider a real change by moving to a unique small town. People who prefer to design original construction often have an out-of-the-box approach that’s a good fit for out-of-the-way places. These are some of the best small towns to build your dream home and start your dream life.

Wimberley, Texas

Texas towns dominate many “best places to live” rankings, and Wimberley is a standout for its unparalleled scenery, arts scene, antiques shopping, wineries and distilleries, and bona fide swimming holes.

If you’re not willing to give up on nightlife entirely, you can become a regular at one of the local dance halls, which showcase bluegrass and country music. The land isn’t cheap, but not many places boast a picturesque mountain (Old Baldy) inside a subdivision.

Sitka, Alaska

Your home could be a refuge at what feels like the edge of the world in Sitka, which you can only reach by plane or ferry. About 100 miles southwest of Juneau, Sitka was once the former capital of Russian Alaska, and it still features monuments such as its Orthodox cathedral.

Surrounded by mountains, the town is a fantasy for wildlife-lovers, with brown bears, humpback whales, sea otters, and bald eagles roaming about. At the very least, you won’t feel the need for a pet.

Crestone, Colorado

This town in southern Colorado has a distinctively spiritual atmosphere, having embraced its destiny in the 1970s as home to more than two dozen retreat centers and sacred landmarks. It doesn’t discriminate, with faiths including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, New Age, and Native American traditions.

If respect for the environment is important to you, you’ll find that the community is committed to preserving the plentiful wildlife and breathtaking mountainous surroundings. This makes Crestone the perfect place to build a thoroughly “green” home.

Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Fitness fans will find that the “rest” in “Travelers Rest” has become ironic. You can often find locals on the 22-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail, which connects Travelers Rest with downtown Greenville by way of the Reedy River. It hosts hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and even the occasional lollygagger.

Beyond the town’s healthy lifestyle, residents frequent its celebrated farmer’s market and free, family-friendly activities, such as movies in Trailblazer Park. A visit to Travelers Rest will make you want to stay a while.

Shipshewana, Indiana

If you’re serious about getting away from it all, slowing down, and appreciating the simple life, there’s nothing like Amish Country. Shipshewana gets about two million visitors a year, and becoming one of the 658 permanent residents is tempting.

The third-largest Amish community in the United States is famous for its handcrafted wares, but religious tradition closes down most of the family-owned businesses on Sundays. Nonetheless, the locals welcome non-Amish newcomers with more modern ways, to whom they refer as “the English.” You might find that this small town is the best place to build your dream home.

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Reasons Panelized Construction Is Better Than Stick-Built https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/2020/09/04/reasons-panelized-construction-is-better-than-stick-built/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 04:03:10 +0000 http://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/?p=5335 Are you a homeowner looking to build a new structure on your property? Check out these reasons panelized construction is better than stick-built construction.]]>

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to build a backyard studio or a contractor, you’ve probably come across phrases like “panelization” and “stick built” during your research. As a brief refresher, a stick-built structure is one that’s built on-site piece by piece.

Alternatively, panelized construction is where workers complete most of the structure off-site and then assemble it on-site. There are several reasons panelized construction is better than stick-built, so read on to learn a few of them.

Environmentally Friendly

One of the biggest downfalls of stick-built construction is the amount of material waste. Because workers have to build and cut materials accordingly on the jobsite, there’s consistently significantly more waste at stick-built job sites. On the other hand, there’s little or no waste at a panelized jobsite.

The reason is that most companies that adopt the panelization method use high-tech computer software that identifies the most efficient material options. By choosing the right materials in the first place, you can significantly reduce or eliminate waste altogether.

The Structure Is Higher Quality and Sturdier

Arguably the primary benefit of panelized construction is its exceptional quality. Because companies that adopt the panelization method perform the initial construction off-site, they usually have climate-controlled workspaces.

Having a climate-controlled production facility ensures top-quality lumber that doesn’t shift from temperature changes before installation. Most stick-built construction crews bring (and leave) all their materials on the jobsite, which makes lumber susceptible to bowing, crooking, cupping, twisting, and splitting.

While you can work with lumber impurities, it’s best to reduce the chance for impurities because they can negatively affect your structure’s integrity.

The Building Process Is Much Faster

The other benefit that’s arguably the most attractive is the mere fact that panelization significantly reduces the construction process, which both homeowners and builders love. A stick-built structure doesn’t begin construction until the materials and workers are on the jobsite.

Construction with panelization, however, begins long before workers step foot on the jobsite. As opposed to building the general skeleton of the building with stick-built structures, a panelization crew merely assembles the walls, roof, and floors once they’re on the site. You can imagine how much faster construction goes if the walls were built beforehand. 

As you can see, it doesn’t matter if you’re the homeowner or a contractor, building a home or a backyard studio with panelization is the preferred option. While we only covered three reasons panelized construction is better than stick-built, there are many benefits that can significantly improve your timeframe and experience.

Now, if you’re a homeowner, you’re likely concerned that your design opportunities are limited with panelized construction; luckily, that’s not true. Companies that specialize in panelization are more than capable of producing a standard-size house, tiny home, or studio that you’ll love.

As with any construction project, you should perform your fair share of research to ensure the company or contractor you choose is willing and able to meet your expectations. Alternatively, if you’re a contractor who wants to buy panelized materials, you should ensure the supplier you work with does quality work; otherwise, the project will reflect poorly on you.

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The Top Amenities Homebuyers Want https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/2020/09/03/the-top-amenities-homebuyers-want/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 12:47:57 +0000 http://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/?p=5332 Do you plan to construct houses soon? There are a few features that some builders may overlook. We share the top amenities homebuyers seek in their next space.]]>

It’s no secret that everyone wants to love where they spend much of their time—at home. And of course, as a home builder, it’s your goal to construct spaces most people can appreciate. Below, we share the top amenities homebuyers want.

An Amazing Rec Room

Rec rooms are highly sought-after—and for good reason. You can construct a bar complete with built-in shelving as well as comfortable seating. This way, folks will be able to spend the entire night in that space playing board games with appetizers and drinks in hand. On the same hand, homeowners can make this space entirely their own; think cozy couches, pool tables, and more.

Additionally, rec rooms are incredible spaces not only for adults but also for kids. This type of space grows with them, so make sure to plan for a large basement; families need enough room for safe play as well as game and toy storage. You can also turn part of this basement into a movie theater—account for electricity connections and reserve ample wall space for a huge TV. No doubt, kids will get excited about a place to watch their favorite movies. If a basement isn’t in your plans, you can also construct a loft space that doubles as a place for kids to hang out.

A Beautiful Master Bedroom

Master bedrooms give homeowners a peaceful place to start their day and relax at night. Plan for this room to be the biggest of the bedrooms and ensure it can receive tons of natural light. Plus, if you want to take it up a notch, it wouldn’t hurt to construct a private patio. Numerous homeowners should jump at the chance to be able to step out for some fresh air.

A Gorgeous Spa Bathroom

Who doesn’t want a dedicated space to unwind after a long day at work? This alone is why we recommend creating ample room for a spa bathroom. This way, the new homeowners can enjoy, for example, a luxurious soaking tub and walk-in shower with rain showerheads. Additionally, remember to build out a roomy bathroom closet—prospective homebuyers will appreciate the convenience that comes with nearby storage space.

A Refreshing Backyard Paradise

It’s natural for people to envision themselves on a beach somewhere from time to time. Why not provide an opportunity for homeowners to take a staycation every single day? There are numerous ways you can achieve this. For instance, construct a large deck or patio, or think about a pergola or lanai enclosure. These extend your options for endless hours of outdoor entertainment.

A Spacious Chef’s Kitchen

A kitchen allows anybody to replicate restaurant-quality food without having to leave their houses. So, the kitchen you construct should provide homeowners with enough space for all the appliances needed to whip up any recipe. Think about keeping the kitchen as open as possible. Along the same lines, construct a big built-in island and provide plenty of counter space.

Shockingly, some builders overlook the rooms we mentioned above. However, these are the top amenities homebuyers want, so make sure to take your time with these areas when building your next house!

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How To Renovate the Outside of Your Home https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/2020/09/02/how-to-renovate-the-outside-of-your-home/ Wed, 02 Sep 2020 04:37:10 +0000 http://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/?p=5323 When you are flipping a house, updating your home, or building a new one, you have to pay attention to the outdoor space. Learn what it needs with this guide.]]>

Renovating a home is a great thing for your own living space, flipping homes, and even designing the layout for a new home build. Outdoor space is something every home renovator—whether professional or an avid DIYer—should keep in mind.

Outdoor space is what determines the curb appeal of a home. It’s also something that will be extremely useful and should be attractive for your family or potential buyers. Learn how to renovate the outside of your home.

Focus on hardscaping

Hardscaping is the non-plant elements of an outdoor space in a home. This refers to anything from driveways to paths and even patios or balconies. Hardscaping is essential as it helps people utilize outdoor spaces. This is especially important for homes with large yards, as it can provide some much-needed division between sections.

Consider going with a stone or unique material driveway, as it can really add some ambiance and style to the initial curb appeal. There are also many benefits of adding a patio to a home, such as having an outdoor living space. Walkways are also beneficial to help navigate and get from area to area, such as a stone pathway to the garden or to a water element.

Update the roofing

Using traditional roofing is a great option, but there is more to choosing a roof material and design than simple traditions. The roofing material should be extremely effective for the environment the house resides in. This means it should be able to withstand the regular temperatures of the area and whatever storms or harsh weather may be there as well.

The roofing should be effective but also attractive. It should match the outdoor décor and style of the home. There are many considerations for roof replacement beyond functionality and style, though, such as durability. Some roofing materials can last for up to 50 years, while others may only last a decade. Decide which factors are most important for your home and find the material that fits the description the best.

Choose a color that will stand the test of time

Many homeowners jump for trendy colors to paint the outside of their homes, but this is a big decision. Most people don’t change the color of their home very often and want it to last for a long time. This makes opting for trendy colors a bit risky, especially if the home will be on the market in the next decade.

Going with subtle, neutral, or muted tones is best when painting the outside of a home, as these colors and tones tend to withstand the test of time by never going out of style. This will also help the home keep a positive curb appeal and stand out just the right amount—not too much—in the neighborhood.

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How to Prepare and Pack a Moving Truck https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/2020/08/31/how-to-prepare-and-pack-a-moving-truck/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 04:29:11 +0000 http://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/?p=5320 Moving all your items to a new home can be difficult, but renting a moving truck can help. This guide shares tips about how to pack and load a moving truck.]]>

Moving to a new house can take a lot of time and effort. You need to make sure you have enough vehicle space to transport all your belongings. This might require more than a van, in which case renting a moving truck can be to your advantage. To learn about how to pack and load a moving truck, read this guide.

Prepare the Truck

Before you pack your moving truck, you need to check the gas, brakes, tires, engine, bed, and front seats. Make sure the truck bed is clean and empty for luggage. Also, make sure your seats are comfortable and that you have essential first-aid supplies. Preparing the truck might require extra time shopping for seat covers and necessary supplies for vehicle repairs.

Make Sure All the Boxes Are Labeled

Although your boxes should all be labeled before you even prepare the truck, it never hurts to double-check. You need to know what is essential so that you can identify any boxes that do not have to be loaded onto the truck. Labeling the boxes can help you keep all your belongings safe and accounted for.

Disassemble the Furniture

Since your furniture will most likely be the biggest objects, save room by disassembling what you can. In addition to saving room, disassembly will prevent other objects from bumping into the furniture and breaking it during the ride. Of course, use the right tools to disassemble the furniture so that you avoid any potential damage. Then secure it properly by using bubble wrap, boxes, and security bands.

Examine the Truck Space

The only way to make sure you will have enough room for all your belongings is to know the dimensions of the interior. This way, you can figure out how to fit your boxes onto the truck efficiently. To save room, you can plan on placing small and durable packages on top of the taller ones. Making a blueprint of what your truck will look like with all the essentials on it will help you find out if packing all necessary storage boxes will be feasible.

Pack Heavy Boxes First

After you decide what you can fit onto the truck, place the biggest items in the back first. This way, you will prevent potential damage to the smaller items. Doing this right away will also give you an idea if you need to change your initial packing plan. Perhaps you will decide you have a box that can be transported in another vehicle.

Move Boxes Around

This might sound obvious, but be prepared to spend a lot of time and effort moving boxes around. You might be surprised at how much room you can save by doing this. You might be able to fit all your boxes into the truck instead of having to use multiple vehicles. Take advantage of all the truck space. When you arrive at your new home, it will be much easier and faster to unload your truck when everything is in the same space.

Hopefully, these tips about how to prepare and pack a moving truck will make your move go smoothly. Have a safe trip, and enjoy your new home.

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Common Places for Water Leaks in Your Home https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/2020/08/29/common-places-for-water-leaks-in-your-home/ Sat, 29 Aug 2020 18:23:36 +0000 http://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/?p=5317 Water leaks can lead to structural and visual damage in your house. Locate them fast by reading up on the common places for water leaks in your home.]]>

Leaks will damage your home’s structure and appearance if you don’t address them quickly. They can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew indoors. Unfortunately, they can be tough to locate or fix successfully. Read up on some of the common places for water leaks in your home so that you’re better equipped for problems that you may see now or in the future.


Since bathrooms use a lot of water, leaks naturally happen there more frequently than in other areas of the home. Toilets can be covert sources of leaking within your bathrooms. The reason for this is that water may constantly move from the tank into the bowl, even when you don’t flush.

Since no water is collecting outside the toilet, you may not notice the leak, but you still end up wasting a large amount of water over time. To check for this kind of leak, listen for a hissing noise. If you hear one, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank.

Check to see whether that colored water has appeared in the bowl without flushing about thirty minutes later. If it has, you’ll know that you have a leak. Contact a plumber to remedy this issue.

Hot Water Storage Tank

Your hot water storage tank usually sits in an out-of-the-way spot, such as in the basement, attic, or garage. Because of this, you don’t see it much while you’re going about your daily activities.

Nevertheless, the tank is a common place for water leaks in your home that you should routinely inspect, especially when you suspect a leak somewhere in the house. Leaving it alone could result in the storage tank opening further and becoming unusable.

Examine your water tank’s pressure by placing a bucket underneath the discharge tube and flipping open the pressure valve. Water that flows out without a problem and stops when you bring the valve back to a closed position is an indicator of a healthy hot water tank. If the valve constantly lets water out, you should replace it with a new one.

Dryer Vent

Dryers are meant to cleanly remove the water from your recently washed clothes and let it out through a pipe that leads outside. However, this passageway might start to leak if excessive amounts of lint begin to block the vent at the end.

With nowhere to go, water may start to exit the parts of the pipe that are in your home. The hot temperatures that the dryer uses could also lead to condensation that may begin to drip.

A dryer water leak should be easier to identify than the other potential leak sites we’ve discussed, since you’ll see water on the floor where you keep the dryer. Call a professional to find the cause of your dryer leak and fix it.

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How to Restore Old Construction Equipment https://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/2020/08/24/how-to-restore-old-construction-equipment/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 04:26:24 +0000 http://www.saybuild.com/home-building-library/?p=5314 When you already have old construction equipment, it’s typically more economical to restore it rather than replace it. Learn how to restore your equipment here.]]>

When it comes to construction equipment, replacing older machines is expensive. Most smaller construction companies, and even big ones, try to keep their older machines running as long as possible before investing in brand new equipment. Restoring old machines takes a bit of care and attention. Check out this guide on how to restore your old construction equipment for your next home renovation.

Check for major leaks and rust

While major leaks and rusting can be repaired or replaced, these issues are typically more costly than the machine is worth. Determine if the main fluid levels are leaking to an unstoppable point and determine if this is a detrimental functionality issue to your machine.

Rust doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker on an old machine and is often unavoidable, but rust can reach a point that it deteriorates the machine beyond repair. If your machine has reached this point, it may be best to invest in a new machine.

Replace and revamp parts

You can replace older parts and components that may have rusted and deteriorated over time or with a certain amount of usage. Many parts contribute to the safe and efficient operation of construction equipment.

One of the first things to do is to restore your final drive motor. This can make an old, well cared for machine work almost like new again. Learn how to repair a final drive, and you can DIY the fix. Other parts you can easily fix include certain aspects of the engine, wheels, and more.

Fill the fluids

One of the main reasons engines in large machinery fail is because the machine’s fluid needs are not maintained appropriately. Sometimes, if a machine malfunctions or seems to ruin engines quickly, it may be a sign that fuel levels do not meet the engine’s fluid needs.

You should check a machine’s fluids before each use. This ensures the engine doesn’t burn oil too quickly and has adequate lubrication. Fluids are often the main issue that leads to premature engine failure. If you must rebuild your engine, be sure to consistently fill fluids to prevent the issue from reoccurring.

Consolidate equipment

To save some money on repairs, find functional parts in non-functional equipment and lend them to machines that need a little extra work to run again. For example, if you have two mini-excavators, and one will never run again, take the functional bearings from the first machine and install them in the second. This way, you have one functional machine rather than two non-functional ones.

A lot of old construction equipment can still lead a new life, but it’s important to know the limitations of the machine. Consider cost versus reward when it comes to the restoration of old machines to determine if restoring it is worth your time and effort. If so, don’t be afraid to consult a professional, as this can lead to a better, more stable repair.

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