Things I Learn On the Job: Hampton Architecture and Big Virginia Trees

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Excerpt: I was recently referred by JoNika Yarborough of Old Point National Bank to look at the roof of the parsonage of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Hampton Virginia and give an estimate to replace it. The gentleman that met me there was very proud of the age of the building as well as the size of the tree behind it. He told me the house was built in the 1800’s. That sounded a bit too old to me. Its not uncommon for church stories to get “skewed” a bit when passed along from member to member, not unlike the “Telephone…

Remember Hurricane Irene?

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Excerpt: It was 2 years ago today that Hampton Roads, Virginia got slammed by Hurricane Irene.  It was the hardest we’ve been hit by a Hurricane since Hurricane Isabel in 2003.  If you were here, you’ll remember that Sandbridge in Virginia Beach suffered several tornadoes that were spawned by the storm and Newport News had major damage to an apartment complex due to falling trees. Many low lying areas were flooded and 1.2 million homes and businesses lost power. Three people in Virginia were killed due to the storm Most of the major damage caused by the last several hurricanes have…

As Sandy Prepares to Make Landfall in New Jersey and Delaware, People Here Complain About Boredom

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Excerpt: Sandy is still on her roll up the east coast, but we have been spared major damage here in Hampton Roads: our area of SouthEast Virginia that consists of the cities of Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Suffolk, Portsmouth. Check our other Hurricane Sandy posts here: Why is Sandy so Nasty? and Lots of Flooding in Coastal Areas. Sandy is eyeballing the Delaware River Click to Enlarge Currently, Miss Sandy is looking to cross the Delaware from New Jersey to Delaware in much the same way George Washington did when he made standing up in…

Hurricane Sandy Day 2: Lots of Flooding in Coastal Areas

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Excerpt: It’s Monday morning and officially Day 2 of the “Hurricane Sandy Experience”.  Check our other Hurricane Sandy posts here: Why is Sandy so Nasty? and Sandy is Prepared to Make Landfall. I’m not sure but I think I’ve already gained the “Hurricane 15″…but the food around here has been wonderful!  Although, I think the worst damage I was done at the grocery stores  We’ve seen a lot of flooding in the tidal and coastal areas here in Hampton Roads, our area of Virginia that consists of the cities: Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Suffolk, Portsmouth.   The news is predicting a…

97.3 The Eagle in Virginia Beach Gives Jim Hicks Home Improvement a Shout Out!

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Excerpt:   I was just told by one of our Fans of our Facebook Page, Traffic Reporter Kimi Stevens, that she gave us a “Shout Out” on the “Jimmy Ray and Jay”  Morning Radio Show this morning on the top Country Music Station in the Hampton Roads Market: Eagle 97.3 ! She also relayed to me that the host, Jimmy Ray, wanted to know what a Boffi Tub was. Boffi is an italian design company that is known for the sleek modern lines in bathtub design.  You see more of their work here: http://www.boffi-la.com/EN/Home.aspx and now you know!  And as GI JOE says: “Knowing is Half the Battle!”   It’s…

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What will it be like when they remove and replace my roof?

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Excerpt: I try to tell my clients that the first time they view their home without a roof on it, it can be an significant emotional event! We will have the yard and flower beds clean when we’re done, but the process of removing your old roof and installing a new one is no small matter. The average asphalt shingle weighs about 2.1 lbs per square foot.  What does that have to do with anything?  Well, on the roof in the video we had to remove 4300 square feet of shingles (43 squares): 9,030 lbs…or 4.5 TONS of debris.  That’s going to create…

How to find a roof leak: Use a Water Test

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Excerpt: It’s simple and works so effectively, you’d be amazed that more contractors don’t use this technique. Start at the lowest point that the water could be entering the roof system. Let the water run for 10+ minutes to rule out each component from the bottom up. The farther you move away from where the leak is showing on the interior, the more time you will have to give each component to test for leaking, due to the fact that if that component is leaking, the water now has to run farther before it shows on the interior. When testing brick,…

Case Study: Home Remodel & Lessons Learned

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Excerpt: A friend of mine recently completed a home remodel in upstate New York.  I was fascinated to hear about the adventure that led to the beautiful transformation of her home!  I couldn’t help but think to myself that her experience was so much like those of our customers at Jim Hicks Home Improvements here in Virginia.  I’m sure a potential client in Yorktown who is thinking about remodeling their home, or someone in Virginia Beach who would like a new bathroom, or maybe a homeowner I recently met with in Newport News who is dreaming of a new kitchen remodel, would…

Recipe Saboteurs

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Excerpt: Home Improvement is not just about hammers, nails and drywall.  It’s about improving everything about what makes your house a home!  Why are we crazy about kitchen remodels?  Because we love to EAT GREAT FOOD! One of the best cooks I personally know is Jennifer Lamoureux.  She has been gracious enough to share with us a cautionary tale that all would be home gourmets should heed… (the words are hers…the sick & twisted graphics are all me!  hee hee hee) In matters of the home, my dad is a total type A personality and my mom is not. I am somewhere in…