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Month: June 2015

Security Camera Installation

Security Cameras were a feature that you saw only in the houses of the rich and famous. Today, that is not the case, any middleclass man can buy a good quality security camera for their home security. These do not need high end work. They are pretty simple yet effective cameras for security of your property.

You can buy a security camera online. There are various options available to you. Each model has specific features which may be useful to you. Once you purchase the camera, you have to install it in a proper place. You may choose to either do it yourself or you can ask for installation services from the security companies themselves. These dealers are experts at providing home security solutions. They know which camera is best for you and where you must place them. These home security camera installation Toronto companies charge a fee for their services. It is an advantage to go to them as it is a one stop solution for home security options.

You may also choose to do the installation yourself. The security cameras come with an installation manual. A regular kit consists of a camera, a receiver, cables and power cords. You can have cameras on battery but they would work only for a few hours and would need regular changing. Instead use the power cord option i.e. you connect the camera to the power source. They do not take up too much electricity so it is not a cause of worry. Next, you connect the camera to the receiver. If it is a wireless camera be wary of the range it provides. If suppose the range is a 100 feet it is advisable to keep the receiver in the 50- 70 feet distance to get maximum utility. This is because you would walls and heights that separate the camera and the receiver. If it is a wired security camera installation Toronto homes, you need not worry about the range. Just adjust the cord length as per your needs.

You may choose to either record the footage at all times or to record images and videos at regular intervals. You can buy a hard disk and connect it to the receiver for extra storage space. For a few extra dollars you can buy the new age security camera systems that begin recording the moment they detect motion. So this way it records only when people are entering or leaving the house. This way you save a lot on storage space and you records only the essential footage. Security cameras are a great asset to invest in. See the difference it makes in your lives once you install one at your doorstep.

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Calculating Basement Waterproofing Costs

Whether you are building a basement by yourself or you hired a contractor for this task, it is wise to consider basement waterproofing. Knowing how much money and time you need to spend on this project will help you determine whether you are going to include this task in the entire construction project or not.

Considering that the basement is the only area below the ground level, waterproofing it is a wise choice. Besides keeping your home safe from water, you will get some other privileges and advantages as well. Just think about how much the value of your structure will be once you install waterproofing system.

The Costs

First things first. If you decide to hire a contractor for this task, your costs will be drastically increased. In case your budget doesn’t allow this, consider doing this by yourself. It is a more affordable option and you can track the costs of everything you do. For example:

If you plan to use your basement as a storage space, then you will not need to spend a lot on materials. Less complicated and smaller basements are easier to waterproof.

Basement Waterproofing

Walls and ceilings and flooring play an important part in waterproofing. Moisture will cause mold to grow on these surfaces so you will have to think of a way to prevent them from being damaged. Using seals and waterproof paint is a good way to start. But you can add a lot more protection to your basement if your budget allows it.

French drain is a must for every basement. It’s what keeps the rainwater away from flowing straight into the basement. Of course, this is what will cost you more than anything else.


One can of waterproofing paint will cost you anywhere from 100 to 200 GBP. Installing proper flooring will cost you from 40 to 150 GBP. If you use a drywall, it is additional 40 GBP per one square meter. Now, calculate these figures with the size of your basement and you will be able to get an approximate value.

If you compare this value to the cost of basement waterproofing the contractor asks for, you will be able to determine whether you want to complete this project on your own or if it makes sense to actually hire a contractor. I would say that the safer option is to hire a company that has a lot of experience as they will do a far better job than anyone else.

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