Home Improvement Ideas

With the home being the sole priciest thing any of us will probably at any time purchase, making changes, advancements or renovations to it’s rather a scary proposal. What if it goes wrong? What if we associated with wrong choices? This article will help you sort through the rights and wrongs with some great tips and ideas for your DIY projects and repairs.

One way to lower your electric bill is to install a motion detector on your outdoor lights. This way, the dazzling spotlights only occur when someone is outside and needs the light and then, turn off when not needed, saving on energy. Also, motion-detector outdoor lights can work as a deterrent against theft.

When ever it comes to home improvement, be aware that you must never pay more than 35% of the job cost beforehand as a down payment. This is certainly to make certain you do not lose your money if the contractor backs out. Usually pay by some way of payment that can be tracked such as check, rather than cash. Finally, only pay for the full job when the job is in fact completed.

Find the home this provides the right size and provides the features that your family has to live a happy and comfortable life. There are many features that will make moving into the home more comfortable with regards to the lifestyle and duties that a person has in their life. Getting the the one that meets your personal needs can keep you happy with your home longer.

Devote some time into weather-stripping your home. Though your house might be insulated, there are probably small crevices around windows and doors through which air will drip. That means your property will lose cool air during the summer and warm air during the winter, leading to a higher energy bill when you run cooling and heating system appliances. Weather-stripping your home windows and doors will keep that from happening.

Speaking to a friend who is a contractor or does other work related to construction can often provide some helpful information. They will have a good suggestion of what needs to performed for a certain project, like fixing a busted foundation using PowerJack.  They may even be willing to loan a hand for a difficult or tricky home improvement task.

Never overlook an electrical system update when you are making home improvements preparatory to selling your home. Older homes are woefully unequipped for the demands of recent appliances and electronics. Possibly recently-built homes may be lacking the power systems that the latest gizmos require. Installing a fully up to date electrical service will make your home jump out to potential buyers.

How to paint a panel door. The order of portray a panel door is quite important if you wish to get a professional look. First, paint any mold, followed by the depressed panels. Next, paint the horizontal areas, and finally the vertical areas. Usually use smooth strokes, pursuing the grain of the wood. After the first coat has dried, scrub the doorway with fine sandpaper, wipe clean, and apply the second coat.

With any luck , the information that you have got just read will help you understand that home improvement just isn’t as scary as it can seem. There are wrong choices that can be made, but once you stick to these tips, you will possess the information you need to make good choices and have a great and valuable home.

Miron Construction builds new indoor athletic training facility for Kimberly Area School District

Miron Construction Co., Inc. is partnering with Blue Design Group, LLC to build a new athletic training facility for Kimberly Area School District in Kimberly. Work on the $5.4 million project began in August 2016 and is scheduled to be complete in August 2017.

Miron Construction will build the 54,000-square-foot addition onto Kimberly High School. The new structure will include a weight-lifting area, an indoor training facility, bathrooms, storage and designated janitorial spaces.

 

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Menasha Corporation shows off new facility

After more than a year of Miron-led renovations, Menasha Corporation showed off its new 102,000 square foot facility Wednesday. The new facility is in the same location as the old one, but company leaders say it’s much different. Read more…

Watersmeet celebrates new clinic opening

The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians ceremoniously cut the ribbon Wednesday afternoon to open a $10 million “state-of-the-art” health center while proud representatives from the Miron Construction team looked on. Read more…

Committee approves design for Fox Cities Exhibition Center

The Appleton Redevelopment Authority Exhibition Center Advisory Committee approved the new look integrating the exhibition center into Jones Park and adding outside space with a plaza. A design unveiling for the project has been set for Sept. 13. Read more…

A historic moment: Prescott High School opens new building

The day for which many in the Prescott School District (and all of us here at Miron) have been waiting is finally here. The doors of the new Prescott High School officially opened to students the first day of school Sept. 1. Read more…

Miron Intern Update: Bryce Boden

Our interns have been hard at work this summer, gaining valuable experience in their fields of study. Before he trades in his hard hat for a backpack, we asked Bryce Boden, a project management intern working at Lambeau Field, to tell us about his Miron internship experience.

What have you learned this summer? Is there something about the construction industry that you didn’t know before?

Some things that I didn’t know about the construction industry before this summer were how to create a detailed project phasing plan/schedule and how to manage updates to the schedule. Through my experience at legendary Lambeau Field, I have also learned the importance of second- and third-shift work in a facility that needs to remain accessible to the public and presents limitations in work hours.

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Associated Bank Gate at Lambeau Field

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

One of my favorite parts of my internship this summer has been working at Lambeau Field and seeing things from behind the scenes. It’s amazing to be able to look out on the field and think about all of the great football games that have been played there. When I see Lambeau on TV, I will always be reminded that the work I did this summer is helping to bring the Packers’ vision to life and create an exciting experience for current and future Packer fans.

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Packers Pro Shop Jersey Press Area at Lambeau Field

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

Everyone is excited to get to work at the beginning of a project, but the hardest part of my internship has been encouraging suppliers and subcontractors to stay focused at the end of the project and work with the team to finish close-out documents, OM Manuals, warranties, etc. on time. I have found that many times, the subcontractors are already focused on the next project once they are close to the end of the current one. You have to make sure that you are able to keep their attention and finish the project out the right way.

Has your take on the construction industry or your career goals changed since you started your internship?

No, my view of the construction industry has not changed, though I have grown in my understanding of the entire construction process as a whole. Having this internship with Miron has given me the confidence to know that being a project manager in the construction industry is what I want to do for my career.

One thing I do every day is set a goal. At the end of the day, I reevaluate to determine if I was able to reach my goal or what the reason was for why I did not reach it. This process allows me to focus on areas that I personally need work on.

What advice would you give other students considering a similar internship?

A few things that I would recommend to other students considering similar internships is to be a sponge and learn everything you can, never be afraid to ask questions, be ready to work hard, and set both personal and professional goals. Another recommendation is to plan to put in the hours necessary to do your job and do it right, even if that means bringing some work home—don’t be afraid to do that.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to the start of the summer?

Be prepared to make a lot of phone calls and be persistent when you are dealing with subcontractors and suppliers. Know that you will have to give them reminders because everyone is very busy this time of year. You need to make sure they are keeping on top of your project. Also make sure that the subcontractors are on top of their schedules for materials and manpower and are not putting you and your project on the back burner.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your internship experience?

My internship with Miron has been an amazing opportunity and I try to take advantage of it every day. Being able to work at Lambeau Field this year has been a dream come true, and I will never forget what I have learned.

Miron Intern Update: Marc McGuire

Our interns have been hard at work this summer, gaining valuable experience in their fields of study. Before he heads back to school, we asked Marc McGuire, a project management intern at our Madison office, to share his Miron internship experience.

 

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What have you learned this summer? Is there something about the construction industry that you didn’t know before?

Coming into my internship with Miron, I had a few broad, general goals for my summer, but not a lot of specific points. I really just wanted to learn as much as I could in the limited time I would be here. As I look back at my summer, one thing that stands out to me is the incredible amount of teamwork that must go into making a large project come together. Working at the Wisconsin Union project at UW-Madison has been a great opportunity to see this firsthand. With nearly 100 subcontractors and suppliers involved in the project, teamwork is an absolute must. I don’t think I ever really realized how much it actually takes to make these large projects come together.

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

My first day on site seems like such a long time ago. However, seeing different phases of the project take shape helps to make sense of where that time went. Seeing things get accomplished on site has been one of my favorite things this summer. I have always been a person who enjoys crossing things off a to-do list. In construction, that can be an awfully long list. On the day-to-day level, it can seem like not much is happening, but that brings me back to my first point about how much it really takes to make these projects come together.

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

Many times throughout the summer I was given a task that I wasn’t exactly sure how to start. Sometimes I would go back and ask my superintendent for some more instructions and then proceed with the task. Most times, however, I would struggle through the task at first and figure out how to do it on my own or in my own way. I think this mentality comes from the rewarding feeling you get when you struggle with something and finally figure it out on your own. I believe it is good for an intern to have a challenging time with some tasks as this helps you learn new things.

Has your take on the construction industry or your career goals changed since you started your internship?

I have really enjoyed my summer as an intern with Miron and I could really see myself pursuing a career as a project manager. For me, construction is rewarding because you get to see something actually happen. There is an achievable end goal and, in Miron’s case, that is to construct a top-quality building.

What advice would you give other students considering a similar internship?

For a prospective intern looking for a similar position, the biggest piece of advice I would give is to ask as many questions as you can. I have found so much value in asking a simple question about how something goes together or why something is done one way versus another—I have gotten so much more out of it than I could have imagined. Asking questions has allowed me to discover so much about the construction process and has also given me the opportunity to get to know a lot of great people.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?

An internship in the construction industry can be an intimidating experience at first, but there are so many great people who want to help you learn. There is a great camaraderie between the women and men who work in this industry.

 

United Way to kick off fundraising campaign

As campaign co-chair, David G. Voss Jr. (Miron Construction) was on hand at the United Way Fox Cities 2016 Community Campaign fundraising kickoff on Tuesday. More than 200 people were expected to attend the closed event at SECURA Insurance Co. Read more…

Miron Intern Update: Alex Bartelt

Our interns have been hard at work this summer, gaining valuable experience in their fields of study. Before he trades in his hard hat for a backpack, we asked Alex Bartelt, a project management intern at our Neenah office, to tell us about his Miron internship experience.

 

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What have you learned this summer? Is there something about the construction industry that you didn’t know before?

Since my last blog post, I have had the privilege of working on an active project site. There, I have been able to apply my knowledge firsthand, as well as learn new things daily through my insider’s view of the obstacles and challenges that can occur on a project. Of all the different concepts and lessons that I have learned this summer, I would say the biggest lesson has been that you will face many challenges on a project site—especially a large-scale project site. Helping to work through these obstacles has given me insight into how to prioritize and handle challenges efficiently in order to keep the project moving forward and on schedule.

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

My favorite part about this summer’s internship has been the opportunity to spend my days on the jobsite. Every day I am able to collaborate with many different contractors, field workers, Owners, and architects. This has been a stepping stone in the progression of my communication skills.

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

One of the more difficult aspects of this internship for me was realizing how limited my knowledge was when I first started. While I understood the basic concepts of commercial construction, the detailed knowledge wasn’t quite there yet. There were times I found it a bit frustrating to not know the answer to some of the subcontractors’ questions. Although it was difficult, I soon realized I was fortunate to have these experiences because I was able to grow my knowledge base in the process of finding the answers to these questions.

 

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Has your take on the construction industry or your career goals changed since you started your internship?

Since starting my time with Miron earlier this summer, my career goals have remained the same, though they have become clearer to me. I have found that I get a sense of satisfaction from helping coordinate multiple crews that are working on different things in order to reach the same goal together—to safely construct a quality structure and leave our client satisfied. That said, my goals haven’t changed, but I have become more driven than ever to one day be able to efficiently manage a project site.

What advice would you give other students considering a similar internship?

If I were to give an incoming intern a piece of advice, I would keep it broad and tell them to keep an open mind. This not only allows you to learn from others on the project team, but also gives you the ability to brainstorm alternate solutions that may work better for a specific task. I have found that having an open mind is key when learning about the industry, and everyone in the industry is learning new things every day.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?

It has been a privilege to work with the Miron team this summer. I have been able to grow intellectually on both a personal and professional level.

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