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Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting Discuss Home Foundations

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan. In addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and the surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon tip, K & S Contracting, Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, and foundation specialists, discuss your home foundation.


Pay Attention to Your Foundation While Living in Saskatchewan

As a homeowner, you probably tend to prioritize home repairs based on how soon they need to be addressed. If your kitchen faucet is spraying water all over the room, for example, that’s something you’ll try to fix as soon as possible. If a tree branch falls and punches a hole through your roof, that’s something else you’ll probably work on right away.


On the other hand, if you start to notice tiny cracks developing in your foundation, you might not jump to fix them immediately. After all, all homes are expected to move a little from our adverse weather conditions to clay expanding or contracting up six inches with the fluctuation of moisture content. What’s more, a tiny crack that appears in your concrete doesn’t mean your house is in danger of falling anytime soon, does it? Basement crack repair may be one of those things you’d file under “keep an eye on it” rather than “call someone tomorrow,” but that can be the wrong idea.


Why Pay Attention to Your Foundation Living in Saskatchewan

With the weather extremes that we experience in Saskatchewan, from a 40-degree temperature swing in a matter of days to expanding clay that is affected by moisture in ways we never thought possible, home foundation repair is critical for your house. It should be taken care of as soon as possible. Although a few cracks in the foundation might not seem like a big deal, think of them as warning signs of something much more serious to come. Your home’s foundation may not be in any danger of crumbling to dust in the immediate future, but any signs that you may need foundation crack repair should be acted upon immediately if you want to avoid major foundation problems later.


Here are some of the best reasons why you always need to make foundation repair a high priority:

It Saves You Time and Money

Perhaps the most important reason to have your foundation repairs made sooner rather than later is cost. Although foundation repair may cost more than you’re expecting, it only gets worse when you wait. In addition to labour and material costs continuing to rise, the longer you wait to fix cracks in your foundation, the worse they will get. This is especially true if you’re planning on selling your home or making any significant home improvements. Ignoring the need for foundation repairs now will only make those projects much harder and result in more-expensive work to be done.

If you suspect you may need a foundation in Saskatchewan or wherever you are, it’s not a good idea to hesitate. The longer you wait for foundation repair, the more complicated and expensive those repairs are likely to be. Even if you think you have time to get that work done, don’t wait.

Trusted Saskatoon Contractor Magnus Construction Is Your Partner for Healthier Buildings

Magnus Construction Services offers quality you can feel! They offer you the best specialists from demolition to complete renovations. You can trust Magnus for your residential or commercial projects, including spray foam, insulation, roofing, asbestos abatement, basement renovations, attics drywall, and finishing. Magnus Construction is a Trusted Saskatoon Contractor Specializing in asbestos safety. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon contracting tip, they discuss the dangers of asbestos and what to look out for.

Magnus is Your Partner for Healthier People and Buildings Throughout Saskatchewan

As part of Magnus's social purpose, we strive to create more awareness about the danger asbestos represents for public health. These materials are still present in millions of homes and commercial buildings today in Canada. This is why we have been working along with the mesothelioma center to fight against its threats.

Did you know that asbestos could cause cancer?

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumour caused by inhaled asbestos fibres, it appears not only in the lungs but heart and abdomen. The life expectancy is approximately 12 months.


Here we have some tips to avoid contact with asbestos, and also where you could find it at home or in your commercial business.


AT WORK

For decades, workers and homeowners had no idea asbestos exposure could lead to big issues and diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. We are glad that more companies are aware of the danger and they are implementing processes and policies to remove asbestos in a safe way.

  • We strongly suggest you never perform asbestos if you are not trained and certified, call MAGNUS Construction Services, your expert to do this

  • Ask your employer about any asbestos exposure, health risks in your workplace

  • In case you have contact, never sweep, dust, or vacuum asbestos debris with a regular vacuum cleaner. Use wet cleaning methods

  • Offer respiratory protection if exposure limits are exceeded


AT HOME

The only way to tell if your house contains asbestos is by getting a test by a professional, a certified laboratory for testing. 

The danger appears when homeowners perform renovations that release asbestos dust into the air. You may think it is a normal process, but drilling, sawing, cutting, scraping into the walls, ceiling or floor create a health risk.

PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM ASBESTOS IN YOUR HOME

  • Before buying a house ask your realtor or inspector if there is asbestos in your home. Ask them for a report you can review

  • If your house is more than 30 years old, don’t perform any DIY renovations if you are not sure whether you have asbestos or not.

  • Never attempt to remove asbestos without help from MAGNUS Construction Service. We have all the know-how, licenses, talent, and machinery to do a safe job.


Where can we find asbestos?
  • Old Batt Insulation

  • Vermiculite insulation

  • Texture paint

  • Ceilings

  • Heat source covering

  • Door Gaskets

  • Duct Linings

  • Wall gaskets and linings

  • Recessed lighting

  • Wiring insulation

  • Fuse boxes

  • Outlets

  • Old fridges and freezers

  • Range Hoods

  • Wood Stoves

  • Clothes Dryer

  • Fireplace Logs

  • Roof membrane and shingles

  • Window caulking and glazing

  • Cement asbestos board


If you think your buildings may have asbestos contact Magnus for a free consultation, or if you feel any symptoms connect with a Doctor.



We encourage you to visit Magnus Construction's listing in the contractor's category on the Trusted Saskatoon directory to see all their services and to find their contact details. 

Questions? 

Simply reach out to Conrad or Eduardo in person about your situation. They are here to help, they don’t speak construction language on technical concepts, they are very knowledgeable and will offer you a free consultation!


“Your One Partner Solution for Healthy, Efficient, and Durable Buildings!”



Magnus Construction Services are Trusted Saskatoon Contractors Specializing In Asbestos Abatement


Trusted Saskatoon Team Brags About Magnus Construction Services, a Trusted Saskatoon Contractor

The Trusted Saskatoon team is thrilled to welcome our newest Trusted Saskatoon partner Magnus Construction Services to the Saskatoon Contractors, Exteriors & Roofers Category.  Magnus Construction is your go-to Trusted Saskatoon Contractor for Insulation and Fireproofing. They also do abatement and renovations. Get to know all they do and meet the people behind the business in our latest article. 

Meet Magnus Construction Services, Trusted Saskatoon Contractors Specializing in Insulation & Fire Proofing!


Conrad Correa started Magnus Construction over 13 years ago serving the citizens of Saskatoon, with Eduardo Chavez joining him about 5 years ago. Both originally from Columbia, they knew that by combining hard work, doing great work, professionalism, and focusing on customer satisfaction, they could build something great here in Canada. We are so fortunate they made Saskatoon their new home and have decided to join our Trusted Saskatoon community so we can spread the word about their honesty and integrity-driven long-term approach to business! You can definitely trust them for your residential or commercial projects, from demolition to complete renovations.


Trusted Saskatoon Insulation Experts


So, if you’ve ever felt too cold in your home or office in the winter... and then too hot in the summer? Is your roof is leaking and causing problems? If you have asbestos or mold you need to deal with? Magnus Construction Services can take care of all these problems and more. Whether it’s insulation, abatement, roofing, or complete restorations they have the experience, the team, the equipment, and the passion to get the job done right the first time!


Their goal is to be known throughout Saskatchewan as


“Your one partner solution for healthy, efficient, and durable buildings!”



With over 45 years of combined experience, Conrad, Eduardo, and their team have the BEST solutions for you! They are passionate about making a difference serving their customers and are committed to helping the citizens of Saskatoon and our entire province. Every year they continue to add to their service offerings as clients' needs arise. Their main services include spray foam insulation, asbestos removal, vapour barriers, fireproofing and fire stopping, roofing, insulation, drywall, and painting. They have recently started doing basement renovations as well. 


When we were speaking to some of Magnus’s customers, as part of the Unique Trusted Verification Process, we consistently heard amazing things. Read some of the real personal testimonials from recent customers below.  


“We got our basement spray foamed and I could not believe how accommodating Conrad was with scheduling the job for us. Cory and Lennie came out and did an awesome job of applying and cleaning up the house when they were finished. They had to come back to finish, they took their time and applied the foam properly. We had a couple of colder nights right after they finished, it was a good test of the insulation. The house is so much warmer. I would recommend Magnus construction for your spray foam job. The price was competitive and I read up on the product they used and I believe it is better than some competitors offer. Thank you!” -  Jim B., Saskatoon


I am a repeat customer from two years ago. We just had the guys in again and they were courteous, neat and did a fine job. I would definitely have the guys back again and will suggest them to family and friends looking for someone to supply their insulation needs!” - Ward S., Saskatoon


“Conrad/Magnus team was highly recommended to us by our realtor for the asbestos abatement and insulation of the attic. He explains thoroughly what they need to do and provides you some options to explore/consider. He understood my timeline and did their best to meet my deadline. I could say they did a wonderful job! Thank you to the whole team!” - John R.


We encourage you to visit Magnus' listing on Trusted Saskatoon to see all their services and to find their contact details. Questions? Simply reach out to Conrad or Eduardo in person about your situation. They are here to help, they don’t speak construction language on technical concepts, they are very knowledgeable and will offer you a free consultation!


“Your One Partner Solution for Healthy, Efficient, and Durable Buildings!”

You can read more amazing client testimonials and see all programs and services they offer by checking out the Magnus Construction Services listing on the directory in the Saskatoon Contractors Category


Magnus Construction Services are Trusted Saskatoon Contractors Specializing In Insulation & Fireproofing.


Trusted Saskatoon Framer and General Contractor Japp Construction Share 7 Steps to Better Framing


7 Steps to Better Framing & Layouts

What is Framing? No, not the picture kind - It’s the interior skeleton that holds most structures together. But it’s more than just a few sticks of wood and nails. If it’s not done correctly, it’s going to be more like a house of cards that’s ready to topple over at any minute. Kevin Spacey might approve, but your building inspector won’t. Whether you’re framing an interior wall or an entire house, consider these seven important framing tips and layout tricks to prevent your next framing project from looking like an old shanty that’s ready to fall to pieces.

On Center or Off Center?

When you’re pulling a measurement across the face of your top and bottom plate for a stud layout, typically the layout is 16” on center, right? But more often than not, when the measurements get pulled, the person doing the layout makes their marks on each 16” increment. The problem with that is that now the layout is off-center. If you attach a piece of plywood, sheetrock or other panel goods to the studs, it’s going to be off where the stud breaks with the edge of the board. To ensure your layout is correct, you’ll need to set the layout ¾” behind the actual 16” increment. This pushes the studs over just enough so the next piece of plywood, sheetrock, etc. breaks perfectly on a stud.

Top and Bottom Plates

This mistake happens quite often when you’ve got multiple walls to frame-up. The bottom plates or top plates get cut to the wrong length and you end up having to buy more materials because you just wasted everything. The best way to ensure top and bottom plates remain consistent when they are cut is to lay out everything on the ground first. Snapping chalk lines is just the start. Add header measurements, door openings and angles to the floor layout. This way you can place the top and bottom plates against the floor layout to make sure you have accurate cuts every time.

Look Up

While interior walls usually don’t do much but look pretty, bearing walls hold all of the weight of the roof. And more often than not, the layout under these extra important walls gets off somehow. One of the easiest ways to keep a good layout is to just copy the truss/joists/rafters from up above. Wherever a rafter bears onto a wall, you’ll need a stud directly underneath. Where hips, girders and other heavy-duty trusses land, you’ll need to double or even triple up the studs to accept the load. Check with your local inspector or building code for specific requirements.

Stagger Those Seams

Top and bottom plates often have seams where two boards join together. And no matter how many nails you put into it, it’s going to be the weakest point in the wall. So how do you prevent these weak spots without buying a 30’ long 2×4? You simply stagger the seams. Be sure that you keep the top plate seam as far away from the bottom plate seam as possible to prevent weak spots in your wall framing.

Sandwiched Walls

Framing a Door OpeningLet’s say you’re building a house that’s rectangular in shape. Two of those walls are going to be long and two of them are going to be sandwiched between the other two walls. But when you’re covering those walls with a plywood exterior, the layout needs to be adjusted to accommodate the extra 3 ½” that each wall adds – otherwise you’ll end up with a small 3 ½” rip on each side and the wall won’t be as structurally sound as it should be. Hang your tape over the edge of plates 3 ½” to get the right 16” on center layout.

Snow Load

Have you ever wondered what those little black diamonds are on your tape measure? Those are snow load layouts. They bring the conventional 24” rafter layout closer together for a stronger roof. By bringing the rafters closer together at 19 3/16” increments, you increase the strength of the roof enough to prevent snow from crashing through your roof,  and let's face it in Saskatchewan you never know what the weather is going to throw at you ...so be prepared for anything! 

Good Looking Layout

While this isn’t exactly framing-related, it’s still worth mentioning. Some layouts don’t get hidden by drywall or plywood. For instance, spindles on a porch railing are visible forever. Since they need to be a maximum of four inches apart in most locales, it tends to make the layout look wonky once it fits between the support posts if the measurement isn’t an even number. And when measurements between support posts aren’t consistent, it can really make your layout look like a kid did the job. An instant cure for this dilemma is to start your layout from the center and layout the spindles towards each support post. This way, no matter what the measurement, you can be sure the layout looks smooth and consistent all the way around the porch. You’ll still want to verify where the spindles at the edge will wind up as  sometimes this approach can land a spindle too close to the end. If that’s the case, an offset, or narrowing the gaps slightly might be needed.

   

Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting Share Information About Vermiculite Insulation

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan, in addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and the surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon contractor tip, K & S Contracting Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors and foundation specialists, discuss vermiculite insulation.

Vermiculite Insulation - What Is It?

If you have never seen vermiculite insulating an attic, it looks similar to little squares of coloured glass or little grey beads. Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral worldwide. When heated rapidly to high temperatures, this crystalline mineral expands into low density, accordion-like, golden brown strands. In fact, its worm-like shape is what gives vermiculite its name. The worms are broken into rectangular chunks about the size of the eraser on the end of a pencil. In addition to being light, vermiculite chunks are also absorbent and fire retardant. It also makes a good insulating material. 

Where Was It Used? 


Sold under various brand names, such as Zonolite Attic Insulation, the insulation came in big bags. Thousands of homeowners simply opened the bags and poured the vermiculite onto their attic floor and sometimes down exterior walls. It was generally not used in new construction.


When Was It Used?


Worldwide, vermiculite has been used in various industries as long ago as 1920. With the upsurge in homeownership during the baby boom, vermiculite insulation was a popular material in the 1950s and continued with the energy crisis into the late 1970s. In Canada, it was one of the insulating materials allowed under the Canadian Home Insulation Program from about 1976 to the mid-1980s. There have been some government-provided grants offered to homeowners to increase insulation levels, reducing energy consumption. Worthwhile checking in to see what may be available. 


What Is The Problem?


The majority of the vermiculite used worldwide was from a mine in Libby, Montana, owned and operated since 1963 by W.R. Grace. The mine was closed in 1990. As well as being rich in vermiculite, this mine had the misfortune of having a deposit of tremolite, a type of asbestos. When the vermiculite was extracted, some tremolite came in with the mix. For Canadian use, the raw product from the Libby mine was shipped to Grace subsidiary F. Hyde processing plants in Montreal, St. Thomas, Ajax and Toronto, and Grant Industries in western Canada. At these plants, it was processed and sold as Zonolite.



What Is The Risk?

 

Asbestos minerals tend to separate into microscopic particles that become airborne and are easily inhaled. People exposed to asbestos in the workplace have developed several types of life-threatening diseases, including lung cancer. Workers in and around the Libby mine developed serious health problems. 

 

Like any hazards, length and intensity of exposure are major factors in the risk of asbestos-related respiratory illness. To assess the risk of asbestos exposure at a house, a sample of the vermiculite would need to be analyzed by a lab. Since most of the vermiculite used in Canada was taken from the Libby mine, the odds are quite good that there is asbestos in the vermiculite in Canadian attics.

 

The good news is that we don’t live in our attics. In addition, as long as it is undisturbed, neither the asbestos fibres bound up in the vermiculite chunks nor the dust will be released into the air. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S., “Most people who get asbestos-related diseases have been exposed to high levels of asbestos for a long time.” Lastly, most of the time the air in your house flows from the house into the attic, rather than into the house from the attic.

 

The bottom line is, like most household products that may contain asbestos, and there are many, doing nothing is often the best approach. Naturally, the risk of exposure increases with the amount of time spent in the attic.


Our Recommendations


If the attic or walls of a house contain vermiculite insulation, leave it alone. Avoid disturbing the material. Do not sweep it or vacuum it up. Do not store belongings in the attic.


If work is planned that involves these areas, for example installing pot-lights in a room below the attic, send a sample of the vermiculite to a private lab. Send several samples, and use a lab specializing in asbestos analysis. If it is found to contain asbestos, or if you just assume it does, precautions should be taken. The safest approach would be to have the insulation in the affected areas removed by a qualified environmental contractor.



For smaller jobs, it may be sufficient to isolate work areas with temporary barriers or enclosures to avoid spreading fibres, use disposable protective clothing, and use proper respiratory protection. An important note – disposable respirators or dust masks are not appropriate for asbestos. Again, it is best to consult a qualified contractor.



K & S Contracting is a Trusted Saskatoon General Contractor and foundation specialist




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