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…

Justice Denied for Roof Customer in Hampton

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Excerpt: The following is a true story: Mr. Miller had a steep roof. It was so steep that he couldn’t walk on it. After a large storm, he needed a new roof. He contracted with a local roofing contractor to replace the roof for an amount over $10,000. The contractors replaced his roof and he paid them. He trusted that the contractor had done the job he had contracted for. At the end of the job, from as far as he could tell, it looked OK from the ground. Two months after Mr. Miller paid the contractor, the roof started to leak in several…

The Most Important Decision In Your Remodeling Project

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Excerpt: What is the most important decision a homeowner can make on any project they may consider buying for their home? Authorities agree that the critical success factor in any home improvement project is the selection of the contractor. Perhaps like no other business, home improvement contracting has the reputation of generating more customer complaints than any other field. Sadly, for the industry as a whole, this reputation is well deserved. Due to a low barrier of entry into the industry and a high demand for its services, home improvement contracting is plagued with many individuals & companies that continue to underperform…

A New Use For Your Old Tackle Box

Excited about fishing this season?  We’ve heard the tuna are biting right off of Sandbridge in Virginia Beach!  Not sure what to do with some of your old fishing gear?  How about that old tackle box? We’ve even heard it said about someone with a lot of piercings that “their face looks like a bad tackle box.” We feel pretty confident in saying that this tackle box doesn’t meet electrical building code here in Virginia Beach.

Perhaps use a licensed electrician when "tackling" your electrical project?

The Fungal Jungle…under your home??

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Excerpt: Moisture in crawlspaces in Hampton Roads, Virginia is a big issue.  It will create problems in many different parts of your home, to include the Air Conditioning system and the Attic! This little guy is a happy resident of a wet crawl space:  I received the following pictures from Chris DeBoer of Bales Termite and Pest Control in Newport News, Virginia about some of the Clean Space encapsulation projects they’ve done to rectify bad crawlspace moisture issues. Keith Bales, the owner of Bales Pest Control,  did a radio show with me for several years on WNIS 790 AM radio in Norfolk:  “The Hampton Roads Home…