Dry flood proofing prevents floodwaters from entering the building. This can be achieved by installing new brick veneer over asphalt coating or by applying polyethylene film over existing walls. Construct non-supporting, break-a-way walls designed to collapse under the force of water without causing damage to the house or its foundation.
Attic ventilation is critical for not only summer cooling performance but also the longevity of the structure of your house.
The naturally porous surface of stone needs to be regularly sealed to repel water-and oil-based stains. Soapstone is soft and most prone to chipping. Professionals can often polish small scratches and chips from your countertop. Cleaning and polishing can also restore the shine back to stone which has become dull and hazy. If a solid stone surface cracks, the entire countertop will need to be replaced.
Carpenters who do rough construction get very proficient at "close-enough" measuring. For example, to quickly draw a line parallel to the edge of a board, you can place a pencil at the end of a combination square and move both the square and pencil along the board. Some combination squares have a hole in the blade for this purpose.