DIY Electrical Work is Never a Good Idea – That’s Why There’s Fuller Electric, Inc.

In this day and age, it’s impossible to imagine a world without electricity. We use it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Expertly trained and skilled electricians are vital to our everyday needs.

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Since 1990 Fuller Electric, Inc. has been there for residences and businesses of the Puget Sound for any immediate electrical problem. Or whether powering a new sound system, security system, hot tub, or intercoms and telephone systems, they are skilled to handle any project big or small. Fuller Electric offers free estimates for both residential and commercial customers.

At Fuller Electric, Inc. their mission is to provide the optimum value for their customers’ investments. What makes them a leader in their industry are their committed and enthusiastic employees who strive to exceed expectations for each customer, combined with their expertise in innovation and awareness of modern rapid technological advances.

Fuller Electric’s resume and accomplishments speak for itself.  They are continually being awarded contracts for large commercial entities proving that no job is too big or small for their expertise. Some of their projects include the Northwest African American Museum, Fall City Library, Valley View Medical and cellsites.

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They’re great. We use them for everything – commercial, industrial, instrumentation, control panels, large power systems. They are very reliable, knowledgeable, and work hard. They have always done good work for us. We’ve been very impressed. – Nordic Construction, Tacoma, WA

Very responsive and quality work. They put in new electrical panel and all the wiring for our new air conditioning and furnace. They worked well with the other subcontractors and even came in under budget. We really liked working with them and will continue using them in the future. – Jay, Mercer Island

With Fuller Electric, you can be confident in the services offered by a company with great standing and reputation in our community. Contact them today for your next electrical project, or keep their number on hand for the next electrical emergency.

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6 Summer Home Improvement Projects (That Don’t Involve Painting)

We are always looking at simple ways to make our home feel more comfortable and clean. Of course fresh paint on the interior and exterior make a home look brand new, but we don’t always have the time, budget or desire to tackle it. Here are six simple home improvement projects that will make your home instantly look and feel better.

Create more memories outdoors

Hire a contractor to help you with backyard deck projects, add a garden pond or waterfall, install an awning.

Or take things into your own hands and add a simple tree swing and a picnic table for dining al fresco with the family all summer.

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Make your windows sparkle

Cleaning your windows inside and out is one of the most effective and cheapest ways to give your home a new sparkle. Clean only when there is no direct sun on the window to avoid streaks.

  • Mix one-part hot water to one-part distilled vinegar. Wipe the window dry using a clean, rubber-bladed squeegee.
  • Use TSP (trisodium phosphate) — an inexpensive powder degreaser found at hardware stores — mixed in water and squeegee it off for a streak-free finish. Review the instructions for proper handling.
  • Add a few drops of dish soap diluted in a bucket of warm water. Use a rag to wipe the squeegee and clean up soapy water that runs down the window.

Power wash for an instant facelift

Give your walkways and home exterior a high-power shower.  It’s easy and makes a big difference, but be careful and follow the sprayer’s instructions to prevent damage.

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Banish Pests

Warm weather gives you a chance to circle the outside of your home and remove anything that could shelter wood-boring insects, rats, mice or spiders. Keeping pesky bugs away will make enjoying outdoor time on your property much more enjoyable.

Here are suggestions to help prevent pests from making a home out of yours. For more help with pest control, turn to a professional.

To do: Remove yard waste, tools, ladders, toys and stacked lumber. Clear vegetation and debris under decks and steps. Pick up fruit as soon as it drops from trees and bushes. Keep tight-fitting lids on your indoor and outdoor garbage cans. Drain pools, puddles and ponds and change bird bath water frequently to discourage mosquitoes.

Install Ceiling a Fan (or Two)

A ceiling fan during the summer time reduces your need for pumping the A/C, or if you don’t have an air conditioning system, it’s a really simple and cheap way to keep your interior temperature cool. Have you considered adding a ceiling fan to your backyard patio? Nothing beats a gentle breeze! A general contractor can help you install a ceiling fan and get you feeling cool again.

Hire a Contractor to Repave your driveway

Summer is the best season to repave your concrete driveway because it adheres betters in the warmer temperatures than in the cold. Of course, it’s just a generally bad idea to repave when it’s raining or snowing, so take advantage of the sun to improve your driveway and walkways.

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Get Cleaner, Purer Water with Blue Line Water, Inc.

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Water can cause real problems for anyone and especially for homeowners who may be unfamiliar with the issues it causes and the home’s water quality and history of inspections. It effects many things including your pipes and faucets, bathtub and shower tile, laundry, and taste and quality of potabale water.

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Water needs to be treated if it is hard, contains chlorine, iron, or manganese, if it smells like rotten eggs or if it contains bacteria. Municipal water, tap water you use for gardening, cleaning and drinking, is filtered and treated through city or county water systems.  But sometimes water contaminants can get into our systems and add chemicals or unwanted minerals into the water we drink and use to clean our homes.

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If water is slow running, smells funky or has a poor taste, you may have an old, dirty filter as shown above.

Blue Line Water, Inc offers the latest in technology for the treatment of water.  Hard water minerals adhere to the inner walls of plumbing and overtime will restrict the flow of water. It also combines with soaps and detergents to create a soap curd that adheres to tubs, showers and even your skin. It makes soaps and detergents less effective and can stain your laundry.

In addition to treating residential water problems, Blue Line Water also provides industrial and real estate services. They offer ozone systems, storage tanks, maintenance, monitors and controls and pumping systems to provide clean water for manufacturing, hospitals and municipalities, and beverage, glass and food processing industries.

If you are looking to buy or sell your home, or if you’re in the real estate industry, ensuring the quality of the property’s water system is paramount to a successful transaction. Blue Line Water completes comprehensive inspections of sanitary conditions, pump evaluations and laboratory testing for coliform bacteria or chemical contaminants.

Blue Line Water also offers water treatment supplies with their large inventory of water filters, rust remover pellets and solar salt crystals.

Contact Blue Line Water for your water filtration and quality concerns.

 

 

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Go Beyond the Ordinary and Envision a Landscaping Paradise with Evergreen Landscaping and Ponds

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Transform your backyard into your own private paradise with unique water features such as garden ponds and waterfalls, inspired by the lush Pacific Northwest mountains. Evergreen Landscaping and Ponds will help you cultivate and design the perfect landscaping for your home, including captivating water gardens with unique and stunning features.

Evergreen Landscaping and Ponds is an award-winning team of landscapers with more than 32 years of combined experience.  They are a full-service landscaping company that specializes in beautiful water features. Their experience and expertise help you think beyond the ordinary and envision a backyard paradise with ponds, waterfalls, hardscapes, and more. The possibilities are endless.

According to Gardeners.com, a water garden can be an elaborate planting in and around a pond. A water garden opens a new world of planting and landscaping possibilities. Properly installed water gardens offer daily enjoyment and relaxation. You will be fascinated with brilliantly colored fish and self-watering plants. They are a self supporting, naturally maintained ecosystem. Gurgling waterfalls add a relaxing element to your backyard and with the growing popularity of “water gardening,” many homeowners look at their ponds as an exciting hobby.

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The professionals at Evergreen Landscaping and Ponds have the skills, expertise and craftsmanship of a professional contractor combined with grand creative visions. They are Master Gardeners, Certified ICPI installers (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute), and licensed, bonded, and insured landscape contractors.

Evergreen Landscaping and Ponds won the Silver Award for their display as a Garden Creator at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

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With Evergreen Landscaping and Ponds, you can trust that you’re in capable and honest hands. They offer a one-year warranty for any issues involving workmanship.

“They key to our success is our satisfied customers.”

Take it from this telling review from Lori in Little Rock, WA.  “It was my pleasure to have Evergreen Landscaping & Ponds build my water feature. They are hard working and charming team. I gave them carte blanche and they did stellar work. I had them back to redo the front landscaping, retaining wall and walkway. I have never been disappointed. They are focused and stay on the job till it is done. I have referred them to several people and they have all loved the results.”

Ready to transform your outdoor space into a stunning water garden? Contact Evergreen Landscape and Ponds to get started on your creative landscaping.

 

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Achieve Home Improvement Excellence with Contreras Renovations LLC

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Choosing to hire a general contractor for home renovations and remodeling can be a stressful time. You might have a vision for what you want, or you just may need a professional to help you decide what changes and improvements to make. Hiring a qualified general contractor will bring expertise into the preparation, building, quality control and completion of your project. When it comes to hiring a remodeling contractor, you will have peace of mind with Contreras Renovations LLC.

Contreras Renovations LLC was founded in 1995 by Rafael Contreras. For more than 20 years, Contreras Renovations has continued to satisfy customers with remodeling, renovations, general construction and home improvement. Contreras Renovations is a family-run business with decades of experience and a proven track record for quality construction.

 

 

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Reasons to Remodel Your Home

There are countless projects a contractor can help you with. But four of the top reasons to remodel or renovate your home include old, dated and wasted spaces.

  1. It feels stale. A fresh coat of paint on walls and trim will give it an instant face-lift and make your home feel fresh.
  2. Wasted basement space. If your basement is more of a dark storage unit, you can use this square footage and convert it into a functional living space. Maybe an extra bedroom and bathroom, a large play area for the kids, or a wet bar and big screen TV for your favorite sports.
  3. Dated and lackluster. Does that lighting fixture belong in another decade? Have your countertops and cabinets seen better days?  A contractor can help you spruce up the place with new, on-trend features and materials.
  4. No outdoor living. If your backyard is deserted and lacks any character, consider a custom deck, gazebo or walkway to bring life back to your outdoor living areas.

Contreras Renovations is fully licensed, bonded and insured to meet all requirements of a contractor you can trust. They are knowledgeable of the regulations, specific codes and permit process that may effect your home renovation project.

Quick Tip

Remodeling and construction is dirty work, but they keep their work areas clean and as dust-free as possible. The contractors recommend you remove and protect valuables in areas of your home surrounding the project site, and they will seal off the work area to help protect your home and belongings.

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What Customers Say

“Thank you again for the excellent work you and your workers performed, both on our new fence and on the concrete patio extension. It was a pleasure to see our rough ideas for home improvement materialize into your finished work.” BY, Federal Way

“I have had Rafael and his crew do two different jobs for me now. The first was a small repair job and I was so pleased, I called him when I needed a larger remodel project done. I am totally impressed with his construction knowledge, timeliness, and quality of work, on top of very reasonable prices. I would recommend him to anyone.” NS, Edgewood

Get started on your home remodel today. Contact Contreras Renovations at 253-921-2602 or get more information on our website.

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Leave a Signature Mark on Your Exterior with Concrete Impressions, Inc.

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There are so many unique ways to add our own personal style to our home’s exteriors. So why do so many concrete driveways still look the same with a boring, flat texture? We paint our exterior, plant flowers and add decorations to add our own personal touch to our home, so why not a stylish concrete design?

Thankfully the team at Concrete Impressions, Inc. are creative concrete design experts who can help your concrete areas go from drab to fab! Stamped concrete is ideal for enhancing the look of driveways, patios and pool decks. By replicating the look of brick, tile, cobblestone and more, you can achieve the high-end look of stone or brick pavement more affordably.

Concrete Impressions Inc. is a family-owned and operated business located in Graham, Washington. They complete both residential and commercial work, with such jobs as replacing driveways, adding sidewalks, building patios, porches, retaining walls and foundations. They help any home or business add a unique mark to their curb appeal with finishes that include stamped, broom, exposed aggregate, hard trowel, spray-deck and more.

The professionals at Concrete Impressions want to help you maintain long-lasting beauty and wear for all your property’s concrete. Follow these simple tips to extend the life of your concrete:

  • Do not apply deicing chemicals for snow and ice removal; sand is recommended
  • Do not use harsh acids for stain removal
  • Concrete patio floors are sealed to prevent staining
  • Cleaning and sealing stamped and colored concrete should be done on a regular basis; reseal every 2 or 3 years depending on how much traffic and water your concrete gets
  • Use a polymer modified concrete resurfacing material to make old surfaces looks new

 

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The crew at Concrete Impressions building a beautiful patio and walk way.

 Interested in adding unique concrete styles to your home? Here are a few samples.

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If it’s time for new concrete, or you’re thinking of a unique way to add a little extra design, consider stamped concrete and contact Concrete Impressions. 

 

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6 Budget-friendly Ways to Brighten Up Your Home This Weekend

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Spring cleaning is all the rage this time of year, and we’re recommending six simple projects you can accomplish over the weekend.

1. Kitchen and bath fixtures: Change out dimmed light bulbs – or replace with energy-efficient LED bulbs. They use less energy than traditional incandescent, saving you money overtime. While you’re up in the fixtures, dust inside and out. It’ll really brighten up the space.

2. Check your safety devices and air filters: Replace batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector, and check to make sure you know where your fire extinguishers are located. It’s also a good time to check your air filters. Once a year you should also hire an HVAC specialist to clean out your vents and inspect for efficiency.

3. Clean walls and touch-up paint: Use a sponge or soft rag to wipe down walls with warm, soapy water. Then use a roller brush to touch up nicks and chips in your paint. Use the dusting attachment on your vacuum or use a long duster to clean up any cobwebs or dust bunnies hiding in the corners of your walls.

4. Clean the laundry room: When your cleaning appliances are clean, they’ll work more efficiently. Run your washing machine with specialty tub cleaner or with vinegar on hot water. Remove all lint from your dryer vent using a dryer brush or vacuum attachment.

5. Give your grill a deep clean: Scrub and rinse the grates in a bucket of soapy water. Scrub under the hood to remove buildup from grease and smoke. Then using stainless steel wipes, clean the exterior and get your grill bright and shiny.

6. It’s not all work and no play: Add a relaxing patio feature such as a porch swing or an awning. Don’t forget a tall glass of iced tea to sit back and enjoy after your hard work.

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