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Residential Maintenance Repairs

How much space is needed between range and over the range microwave?


Over the Range Microwaves and Advantiums: Over the range microwaves require a minimum 66" mounting height from floor to top of the micro. The 66" from the floor dimension will allow approximately 13"-16" between the cooktop and the bottom front of the microwave. All current over the range microwaves can be installed over gas cooking products up to and including 5 burner stoves. As long as the 66" minimum from the floor to the top of the microwave is followed there will be no performance or warranty problem. This includes Advantium ovens and convection microwaves. Over the stove minimal clearance Reference: Microwave Clearance




When should you change out smoke detectors or battery's in the smoke detectors in your home?


All smoke detectors come equipped with a test button and should be tested at least twice per year. If the smoke detector does not sound when pushing the test button try installing a new battery. If the smoke detector still does not sound once the new battery has been installed it should be replaced. Also if the smoke detector has been painted or is covered in dirt/grime it should be replaced. Need your filers replace; contact us @ mservice@cetmgtsol.com.




What is a convertible vent on a microwave?


External. A microwave with an external venting system vents to the outside of your home. ... Convertible microwaves can be changed to a recirculating venting system if the right components are installed. Recirculating. This means that the microwave vents internally, or back into your kitchen. Reference: Microwave Oven Buying Guide




How Much Does Crown Molding Cost To Install?


Average Cost to Install Crown Molding The cost to install crown molding will be anywhere between $634 and $1,583, with prices quoted between $8 and $3 per linear foot for the project. If you choose to install crown molding yourself, you may pay only between $40 and $260 per linear foot, depending on the type of wood you choose. Exact room measurements, material choices and the decision whether to hire a professional or do the job yourself can greatly impact the cost of your crown molding project. Figures also vary substantially depending on the type of crown molding you choose. Here is a breakdown of the costs associated with popular crown molding materials: Costs by material composition (excluding labor): Polystyrene foam: average of $1-$2 per linear foot Medium-density fiberboard (MDF): average of $1-$3 per linear foot Wood: average of $1-$6 per linear foot, depending upon the wood choice Exotic woods: average of $10-$45 per linear foot Generally, labor to install crown molding ranges from $2-$8 per linear foot, depending on the complexity of the project, the ceiling height of where the molding to be install, the type of molding you choose and standard labor rates in your area. In need of an estimate; Djs Affordable Contractor can help. Schedule a estimate




How do I determine the size and type of door to replace on my home?


In today's doors they are pretty much standard, however, if you have an older home, it may be a different sized depending on the age of the house. It will take a skilled craftsman to determine the correct size door. Djs Affordable Contractor can certainly help and provide a free estimate: Schedule a estimate.




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Is all mold in my house dangerous?


The answer is simple, Yes, and No. It all depends on you and your expectations for your future health and re-sale value of your home. Let me explain. Do you have mold in your home right now? – Yes, all normal indoor and outdoor environments are exposed to a huge variety of molds and fungus on a daily basis. Is it dangerous? – That depends on what type it is and the genetics and age of the people exposed to it. Paraphrasing info on the CDC website, no one mold is more toxic than another, but certain people are more or less sensitive to different molds and their reaction to that mold can create mild to serious medical conditions. In some research it has shown that some children and seniors along with people having compromised immune systems are most prone to have an allergic reaction to mold. Additionally, long term exposure to elevated spore counts greatly affects your sensitivity to mold and other respiratory irritants. Need more information; reach us @ mservice@cetmgtsol.com




How do I determine the size and type of door to replace on my home?





When should you change out smoke detectors or battery's in the smoke detectors in your home?


All smoke detectors come equipped with a test button and should be tested at least twice per year. If the smoke detector does not sound when pushing the test button try installing a new battery. If the smoke detector still does not sound once the new battery has been installed it should be replaced. Also if the smoke detector has been painted or is covered in dirt/grime it should be replaced. Still have questions or need to schedule a service contact us @ mservice@cetmgtsol.com




Can I put wallpaper in a bathroom and will it peel off from the steam?


Although it does vary case by case, depending on your lifestyle and the way you use your space, there are plenty of wallpaper options to choose from that are suitable for a bathroom. Look for a wallpaper that is water resistant, washable, highly wash resistant and scrubbable. A great option would be a solid vinyl wall-covering because it does not absorb water, which makes it great for a location with high humidity. If this is something being thought of, please consult with a general contractor, DJS Affordable Contractor would love to come out and discuss our options. Still need more information; schedule a estimate




How much does crown molding cost to install?


Average Cost to Install Crown Molding The cost to install crown molding will be anywhere between $634 and $1,583, with prices quoted between $8 and $3 per linear foot for the project. If you choose to install crown molding yourself, you may pay only between $40 and $260 per linear foot, depending on the type of wood you choose. Exact room measurements, material choices and the decision whether to hire a professional or do the job yourself can greatly impact the cost of your crown molding project. Figures also vary substantially depending on the type of crown molding you choose. Here is a breakdown of the costs associated with popular crown molding materials: Costs by material composition (excluding labor):

  • Polystyrene foam: average of $1-$2 per linear foot
  • Medium-density fiberboard (MDF): average of $1-$3 per linear foot
  • Wood: average of $1-$6 per linear foot, depending upon the wood choice
  • Exotic woods: average of $10-$45 per linear foot
Generally, labor to install crown molding ranges from $2-$8 per linear foot, depending on the complexity of the project, the ceiling height of where the molding to be install, the type of molding you choose and standard labor rates in your area. In need of an estimate; Djs Affordable Contractor can help. Schedule a visit




How do I measure for windows treatment?


MOUNTING CONSIDERATIONS:

  • Why Choose an Inside Mount?
  • Clean look: Allows for showcasing attractive window or door molding.
THINGS TO CONSIDER: Deductions and Light Gaps: A small deduction in width and/or length is taken to ensure proper operating clearance. This gap may affect the treatment’s ability to darken a room. Obstructed Views: When fully opened, the stack ( a compressed portion of the window treatment) will obstruct part of the view from your window. Stack heights will vary by product. Architectural Obstacles: Obstacles such as handles and cranks can interfere with the operation of the inside-mount treatments. Depth Considerations: Be sure your window meets the minimum-depth requirements for installation. Varies by product.
Why Choose an Outside Mount?
  • Improve Privacy and Light Control: Light gaps on the side of window treatments can be substantially diminished or eliminated.
  • Fewer Installation Limitations: Ideal for covering non-square windows or if you want an unobstructed view when fully opened.
  • Fewer Architectural Obstacles: Clears obstacles like handles and cranks.
THINGS TO CONSIDER: Mounting Surface: Requires at least 2" of flat surface above window or door frame for mounting brackets. Projection brackets can be ordered, if needed, to clear frame molding. Deductions: The manufacturer does not take deductions outside mount installations, so measure accurately. For all measurements, use a steel tape measure only.Measure to the nearest 1/8". Click here for window treatment: Reference




What is a recirculating vent on a microwave?


Interior venting or recirculation, is typically found when using an over-the-range microwave or a less expensive hood. It is also found in many renovation projects where it is impossible to duct to an outside location. Interior vents work with two filters, the main visible filter and then an internal charcoal filter. Interior vents have not changed much over the last few years, but the average gas range has increased from 40,000 BTUs to at least 50,000 and up to 70,000 for a professional range. The average recirculating vent will have problems handling the added volume. Buy this as a last resort and dial down the cooking accordingly. Reference: Types of venting that particular unit employs to the air in the microwave.




What is a convertible vent on a microwave?


External. A microwave with an external venting system vents to the outside of your home. ... Convertible microwaves can be changed to a recirculating venting system if the right components are installed. Recirculating. This means that the microwave vents internally, or back into your kitchen. Reference: Microwave Oven Buying Guide | Goedeker's




How many square feet are in a box of vinyl siding?


A box of vinyl siding contains two "squares." A square in construction lingo equals 100 square feet, so a box of vinyl siding will cover 200 square feet. Still have questions or need an estimate: Siding




How Much Should Your Painting Project Cost?


A lot of factors play into the cost of a home painting project. The type of paint, the number of rooms, the siding material and the height of the house all have an impact. Homeowners pay an average of $1,500 to $4,000 to have their home exteriors painted and $1,000 to $3,000 to have their entire home interior painted. So, how much will your project cost? And what are the factors do you have to consider?

When to Paint
Interior
Beyond apparent fading and wear, or simply changing up your style, there are a few parameters for how often interiors should be painted – and how frequently you should factor painting into your annual home improvement budget.

How Often to Paint Interior Rooms

Low-Activity Rooms: 4-6 years

  • Bedrooms
  • Living Rooms
  • Dining Rooms

High-Activity Rooms: 2 - 3 years

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Hallways
  • Laundry Rooms

Exterior
Climate and maintenance practices will determine how often you’ll need to paint your home. But the type of siding you have plays a major role.

How Often to Paint Home Exteriors

  • Cement Fiberboard10-15 years

  • Aluminum3-5 years

  • Stucco3-5 years

  • Painted Brick10-15 years

  • Wood (Paint)2-6 years

  • Wood (Stain)2 years

If you’re not sure it’s the right time, consult with a painting professional. CET Management Solution LLC, through our maintenance department can certainly help; give us a call 866-639-6507 or schedule a online an estimate date and time @: Painting & Exterior Service




What are some common mistakes to avoid when hiring pros?


As a homeowner, it’s helpful to know the basics of finding a contractor. From getting multiple estimates, to talking to previous customers, there are a few proven methods of finding the perfect pro. During your hunt for a contractor, make sure to avoid these seven mistakes Poor Communication Open communication is the golden rule of dealing with contractors. As long as you find a reasonably honest person, asking straightforward questions and clearly delineating what you want and expect from your home projects will eliminate the vast majority of potential problems. Put this verbal communication in writing to protect yourself from unreliable contractors. Waiting Until You Need a Contractor Not addressing major problems early on can lead to costly replacements in lieu of repairs. Spending $500 on a 20-year-old heating system is not a good investment, but it can take a week or more to find and install the right replacement heating system. As soon as you see signs of trouble, get someone out to your home for a look. Also, be sure to run your heating and air conditioning for an hour during the off-season. Much like a CEO, you should be concerned with the long-term financial status of your home. Not Hiring a Contractor There are a number of different home improvements that present themselves as viable DIY projects, but only to morph into money-sucking monsters. For example; Fence building, deck building, exterior house painting and drywall repair can all fit into this category. None of these projects are impossible to DIY, but the average homeowner should always lean toward hiring a pro when there is even the slightest doubt. Hiring Someone Who Shows Up at Your Front Door Avoid door-to-door solicitation. Depending on what your gut tells you, respectfully ask for a business card and look up the company or call the local chapter of your Better Business Bureau to report suspicious behavior. Hiring Someone to Fix a Problem Without Diagnosing ItDon’t hire a pro to solve a problem without addressing the cause. Perhaps the worst thing you can do is ignore recommendations for further repairs. If a contractor can show or explain why damage is occurring, don’t bypass the problem. Being Enticed by Low/High Bids You should always be wary of bids that are substantially higher or lower than those of the competition. High bids sometimes result from a busy contractor who isn’t looking to take on more work unless the profit margin makes it worth it. Just as you would with a suspiciously low bid, ask both the individual contractor and the rest of the bidding contractors why one single bid is so much higher or lower than the others. Not Looking Far Enough Don’t be afraid to look for contractors outside of your immediate area. Most home improvement contractors service multiple counties. Many contractors are willing to travel and provide bids — especially for larger projects. Give Djs Affordable Contractor a call; it can not hurt; no job to small or large. (866) 639-6507 or submit your request online @: Self-Service Appointment Portal Updated: 7 months ago





Construction & Renovation

Which is better for my family, well or city water?


Water acts as the most essential chemical compound to human existence. As a crucial component to our livelihood, the source of the water that enters our bodies is extremely important. This imposes a common question for all homeowners– Is well water or city water better for my family? When deciding on whether you prefer well or city water, consider the factors that are most important to your family. There’s one type of water that accommodates to cost, taste and health factors. If you’re looking for a pure, natural source with ideal levels of cleanliness, well water is the best choice for your family. Here’s why: Well water is more cost efficient: Since city water is filtered, treated and monitored by the government, homeowners with city water are stuck with monthly water bills. Homeowners with wells have the luxury of not paying for city water. There are no usage fees, and instead, you can use a well and get your own testing and treating services from local water well and treatment companies. There are well professional experts that can drill your well, install a system and apply a variety of services to keep your water treated properly. Well water is good for your health. As a natural source from the Earth, well water automatically tastes better than city water. Well water is also healthier because it’s full of minerals and isn’t treated with harsh chemicals. City water is treated with chlorine and fluoride because it comes from lakes and rivers with many pollutants. While these chemicals are used to treat and disinfect the water, they are not good for our health. The chemicals are difficult to filter out of the water, giving city water an overall questionable quality. Because of this, city water has a longer, more intense cleaning process that causes more problems than benefits to our health. Although these processes make the water cleaner, city water can have an unpleasant look, smell and taste, while also having negative effects on the skin, hair, dishes and laundry. While well water is healthier than city water, it only has it’s benefits if monitored and treated properly. Well water has the ability to filter naturally, but it’s still important to get your well water tested and treated for bacteria and other chemicals that may exist. Well water contains many natural minerals, but too much of certain minerals can be detrimental to our health. Test your water, then choose from a wide selection of softeners and filters to meet your specific water treatment needs. While there are pros and cons to both well and city water, take advantage of the water that accommodates to cost, taste and health factors. For more information or schedule a service; contact us @ Apointment Portal




Are laminate flooring good and will it keep your feet warm especially in the winter?


So walking barefoot in a cold room is not at all comfortable, especially in the cold climate (winter) when the floor won’t stay warm. Flooring that stays warm and cosy can make it more comfortable all winter long. Below are some information concerning they types of quality of flooring.

  • Carpet Flooring
  • Laminate Flooring
  • Hardwood Flooring (Engineered)
  • Tile Flooring
  • Natural Stone
Carpet– “A great barrier to prevent cold” As we all know, carpet flooring is obviously one of the warmest flooring types as it provides a natural cushioning, lot of warmth and closeness to your rooms. Carpets are excellent insulators and act as a shield to prevent heat or cold from radiating through the floor, also it offers a bit of thermal resistance. Carpeted floors are most common in locations with colder climates. Laminate- In recent times, laminate is becoming exceptionally popular among the best flooring options. This is because it mimics old- fashioned hardwood at its best, and the cost and maintenance is less when compared to hardwood. It is a type of flooring that keeps your floors warm in colder climates and will not expand or contract from high moisture levels, dry air or high temperature, hence a great option for cold climates. It works extremely well with radiant heat systems in homes. Laminate is made up of genuine wood layers, a more solid and stable surface than traditional hardwood. Hardwood (Engineered) – Made of genuine wood and it gives your home an updated look and feel. It is a very stable material that doesn’t react to temperature and humidity changes even in extreme colder climates. Hardwood is one of the good flooring options for winters as they work well with radiant heat systems. Tile- “An Excellent Insulators”- Tiled floors can last for decades. Tiles are commonly available in porcelain and ceramic, and they are one of the few flooring products that will keep your floors warm in winter and cool in summer. The tiles are laid directly onto the slab, allowing the earth’s reasonably constant temperature to radiate through the floor. Therefore most of the houses usually will opt for tile flooring. Laminate- In recent times, laminate is becoming exceptionally popular among the best flooring options. This is because it mimics old- fashioned hardwood at its best, and the cost and maintenance is less when compared to hardwood. It is a type of flooring that keeps your floors warm in colder climates and will not expand or contract from high moisture levels, dry air or high temperature, hence a great option for cold climates. It works extremely well with radiant heat systems in homes. Laminate is made up of genuine wood layers, a more solid and stable surface than traditional hardwood. Natural Stone- Every natural stone is unique, just like nature. Natural stones are brilliant for longevity and can provide a timeless look. Natural stone is an excellent insulating material that will keep your home warm in winter. It conducts heat well, making it a top choice for radiant heat systems. Natural stone is intrinsically associated with luxury, quality and permanence. Eventually, choose the flooring that makes your winter warm and cosy with these trendy flooring options. Still need help Djs Affordable Contractor can help.




What are the approved septic system components?


Septic tank needs approval before being installed; see below link: Approved Septic Systems




Will laminate or hardwood be better when selling my home?


Yes, laminate flooring is probably preferable to carpet in most case, but it depends so much on the buyer. Of course, hardwood flooring is the best, but it does cost more money & is harder to install yourself. ... Laminate is an improvement if the old floor is damaged. It does not increase the value in a buyer's eyes There is no hard data supports the notion that wood flooring provides greater resale value to a house than other types of floor coverings. There may have been a few studies poses the idea that home buyers might be willing to pay more for wood flooring. Some of the data associated that claims of greater resale value use speculative terms such as "would" and "believe that." As yet, wood flooring is assumed the higher resale value is based on speculation, not actual dollar amounts. Still, the people consulted in the studies who speculate about wood flooring value are seasoned professionals with many years of gut-level experience under their belts: realtors, builders, and designers.




What does the R-Factor really mean?


When talking about a R-Factor on replacement windows, a window's thermal resistance is being discussed. R-Factors range from very low (0-1) to very high (4-5), with the higher the number the better. If something has a R-Factor of 1 this mean that it would take 1 minute for 1 degree of heat to be lost through that material. So, a window with an overall R-Factor of 4 would lose 1 degree of heat through it every 4 minutes. When looking for new replacement windows for your home, look for windows with high R-Factors. Therefore, R-value is the level of resistance of heat flow through a given thickness of material. Still need some help submit a request via our self service page Maintenance & Services.




What is the difference between Low-E Argon filled windows and non-filled gas windows?


There are many different types of windows on the market today, the most common are the Low E argon filled windows, they created to restrict the amount of UV rays from the sun that can pass through the window into your home. This does not interfere with the amount of actual light coming into the room. It helps with heating and cooling. if you need further assistance don't hesitate to send me a ticket for a free estimate.





General

Who is Djs Affordable Contractor?


Djs Affordable Contractor is a sub-division or department of CET Management Solution LLC that handles most of the maintenance and construction services. Although the company is aligned with CET Management Solution LLC, it can operate independently if applicable. Still have questions; email us @ mservice@cetmgtsol.com




Are the information sent to Djs Affordable Contractor secure?


Yes, all information sent to Djs Affordable Contractor is secured up to a certain point; please see our Support Port Terms of Use for more informaton concerning the email traffic.




Does Djs Affordable Contractor meet the Privacy Shield Principles?


Yes, Djs Affordable Contractor Self-Service portal is compliant with Privacy Shield Principles. Privacy Shield is the set of principles designed for the exchange of personal data, for commercial purposes, between the European Union and United States. While the United States and the European Union share the goal of enhancing privacy protection, the United States takes a different approach to privacy from that taken by the European Union. Given those differences the Department of Commerce issued the Privacy Shield Principles to foster, promote, and develop international commerce. Djs Affordable Contractor portals has been certified that its is in compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and others, and are subject to all personal data received from the European Union (EU) member countries to the Framework Principles of Notice, Choice, Accountability for Onward Transfer, Security, Data Integrity and Purpose Limitation, Access, and Recourse, Enforcement and Liability. To access the full text of the Privacy Shield Framework, visit the Privacy Shield website. For more information, on Djs Affordable Contractor's privacy policy, visit our Privacy Policy. Still have questions; email us @ mservice@cetmgtsol.com ​​​​​​​




Does Djs Affordable Contractor accept credit card payments?


Yes, Djs Affordable Contractor accepts all standard major credit cards via CET Management Solution LLC. Note: Depending on the complexity of the project or task, a retainer /deposit may be require to cover mobilization, delivery, and the purchase the product as show of good faith / bonafide need for the project. Still need information reach us at " credit card support".




Does Djs Affordable Contractor accept any other forms of payment?


Yes, Djs Affordable Contractor can accept bank checks, personnel checks, bank ACH, and money orders. Note: Depending on the complexity of the project or task, a retainer /deposit may be require to cover mobilization, delivery, and the purchase the product as show of good faith / bonafide need for the project. Still have questions, reach out to us @ " Check Acceptance".




Does Djs Affordable Contractor accept verbal acknowledgment to start a project?


Depending on the complexity of the project, some verbal acknowledgement maybe accepted. However, any verbal acknowledgement will be followed up with an acceptance document whether it's a electronic or a physcial signature on an estmate / proposal correspondence before any work to be perform. Still need information contact us @: " Project Acceptance"





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