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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
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A Guide to Post-Disaster Home Repair

August 11, 2015 2:06 am

As important as it is to make home repairs as soon as possible following a natural disaster, it also is important to take some time to plan the project, consult with local officials and choose a contractor wisely. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), homeowners in disaster-prone areas should do the following.

Before you start, contact the local permitting office. Follow all local and state requirements. Check with your local building official to make sure your work is safe and meets all local and state requirements.

Consider using building materials that are more resistant to flood, wind, corrosion and decay. If siding or roof sheathing needs replacement, consider installing hurricane/seismic connectors at the rafter-to-wall or truss-to-wall connections. Adding wall-to-foundation ties may also be possible.

Windows, doors and skylights should be checked for leaks. If they need replacement, consider impact-resistant units.
Check your attic for adequate insulation. Straps should be added from rafters to wall top plates, and gable end-wall framing should be braced. Inspect soffits to determine if structural upgrades are necessary.

If you live in a flood-prone area, elevate and appliances.

Lastly, look for a contractor with an established physical address. Get bids from more than one person. Make sure they are in writing and specify exactly what will be done. Beware of a low-ball price. Ask for references and contact them. Make sure the contractor has the proper licenses and insurance coverage required in your state. Never pay the full price in advance.

Source: FEMA

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Look Up: 10 Ways to Paint a Ceiling

August 11, 2015 2:06 am

When was the last time you looked up and pondered the color of your ceiling? Switching up a ceiling color is a quick redesign that can revitalize the appearance of an entire room, says Sara McClean, Dunn-Edwards Paints color expert. Pick up a gallon of paint and give it a try – it's a fun and easy DIY project!

Some options to consider:

• Paint the ceiling the same color as the walls for a rich, inviting atmosphere.

• Use lighter or darker shades of the wall color to create a soothing space with extra depth.

• Incorporate a darker ceiling color than the wall color creates a cozier environment - great for powder rooms, bathrooms or bedrooms.

• For tall ceilings, extend the ceiling color a few feet down the walls to make the room feel more intimate.

• For a coffered ceiling, paint color between the coffers for extra drama and sophistication.

• Paint the ceiling a completely different color to add flair. Use accent colors from area rugs, art and other decor pieces to tie it in.

• A white ceiling with white walls creates an airy, open area. Try warm, neutral palettes like soft white or ivory rather than stark white.

• Thinking about going bold on the wall color? Then paint the ceiling white so the effect isn't overwhelming.

• Painting the ceiling a light, soft blue gives the illusion of sky.

• Add a metallic or pearlescent finish to the ceiling to create a regal, marble-like facade.

Source: Dunn-Edwards Paints

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