Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Brookstone Builders Bid List

A good project starts with a good bid list.  We are moving more toward sending out bid invitations via e-mail.  If you want to be on our e-mail bid list please e-mail us at
brookbuildinfo@gmail.com Please include, Company name Division(s) you want to be listed under and e-mail, in the subject "bid list"
Also, If you want to be on our newsletter please indicate so.  Our Newsletter goes out 4 times a year. We don not share our list and we won't bombard you with e-mails. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Post Nemo-Clean Up

Nemo may be long gone but the snow that was left behind will be with us for awhile.

Most of us have cleared our driveways, cars, walk-ways and stairs but there are a few other things that need to be cleared and they are just as important.

Fire Hydrants- If you have a fire hydrant in your yard, it too really needs to be cleared.  This could save lives and buildings.  If the Fire Department has to clear a path to a blocked fire hydrant this could make the difference of lives lost , and total loss of sturucture verusus  just partial damage. 

Vents- This too can be deadly if vents are clogged with snow.  Unfortunately we have been hearing about that being the case.  Walk around the building and be sure vents are clear, don't forget the vents on the roof as well.

Roofs- If snow is left on the roof it has the potential to act like a sponge absorbing any additional sleet, rain or snow. Flat roofs esepically have the potential to collaspe as they typically don't drain as well.  Be careful when clearing the roof.  If possible the best way to clear the roof is from the ground by using a roof rake. 

Sidewalks- If you have a sidewalk in front of your home and your town does not have snow clearing service then you need to clear it of snow and ice.  The streets are more narrow then usual and the snow banks are high.  It is important that walkers stay off the street and the only way they can do that is by having clear sidewalks.

Iciles- Although they look pretty they have the potential to cause alot of damage.  They can lead to ice dams which can tear down gutters, cause leaks, peeling paint, stained ceilings, wrapped floors and damp insulation which can lead to mold. They can also cause damage to people walking under them.  You want to clear them as soon as possible.  Blowing warm air on them is the best and safest way to rid your structure of them.  Knocking them down or using a chisel can also cause damage.

Storm Drains- To prevent local flooding and icing storm drains need to be cleared as well. 

Let's all work together on this large task Nemo left behind.  These are money saving as well as life saving tips that we should all practice.  With the potential of more snow, no matter the amount, it is important to take the time now to deal with all snow removal.  You don't want to be left looking back saying, "only if I had removed that snow." 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Funny-Storm NEMO In New England

Happy Friday or shall I say Happy Nemo watching.  Be safe all, stay warm.  Be sure to be responsible home owners/business owners and clear all door-ways( including emergency doors and walks), walk-ways, dive-ways, vents, steps, side walks and fire hydrants.  If you have a flat roof make plans to get up there and clear the roof, only once the storm has ended.  One last tip, if you are using snow blowers- if the blades jam, never reach into the blades even once the machine is off.  Use a long stack to unclog the jam.  Also be sure you are clear of all objects as the stack may be ejected from the machine. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Winter Storm Preperations for homeowners/busineowners

“The 2013 Almanac says that temperatures will be much colder this winter from the East Coast westward to a line from the Dakotas to Texas,” the OFA writes. “In every place west of this line, except for portions of the Desert Southwest, temperatures will be warmer than last winter.” -Farmers Almanac

“The coldest periods will be from Christmas through early January and in early and mid-February,” the OFA writes. “The snowiest periods will be in mid-December, just before Christmas, and in mid- to late February.”  -Farmers Almanac

So far I would say they have been pretty on about the cold here in the east, and they are pretty close with the snow predictions below. 

February 2013
4th-7th. A sharp cold front brings gusty winds, rain, and snow showers.
8th-11th. Unsettled; light snow and flurries.
12th-15th. Major Northeast snowstorm develops: some accumulations could exceed one foot; strong winds cause considerable blowing of snow.
16th-19th. Lingering snow showers, flurries.
20th-23rd. Blustery and cold.
24th-28th. A major storm over the ocean perhaps brushes the coast with light snow and gusty winds, then turning fair.- Farmers Almanac

The link below is a previous blog, give it another read before the storm moves in.  http://brookstonebuilders.blogspot.com/2012/11/let-it-snow-protecting-commerical.html

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Funny-low bidder

We may not always be the low bidder but we do always produce quality work.

Happy Friday, Have a good weekend!