Archive for September, 2010

Sharing Our Strengths Together

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

On October 22nd, 2010 the entire staff at Merrick Design and Build will join with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, Choice Hotels and other individuals and companies to assist two families in Montgomery County whose homes are in dire need of repairs and renovations.

The first home needs a new toilet and vanity and lacks a working dryer. Some walls require repair and painting. The outside work includes replacing the roofs on the house and shed and other tasks.

The second home has been cited for code violations that require repairs for which the family is unable to pay. A collapsed garage needs to be dismantled and removed and retaining walls need to be demolished and rebuilt.  There is also a large amount of outside work to be done.

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RBTMC) is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to helping elderly and/or disabled low-income homeowners, and families with children through home renovation and repair. (More)

Merrick Design and Build has been actively involved with RBTMC since 1991. I began as a House Captain and then become a member of the board. Later, I served as president of the board and then, chairman of the board. Today, I serve as chairman of the Advisory Board.

It’s a natural fit for Merrick to support RBTMC, as it allows us to share our strengths in construction and remodeling and continually assist area homeowners in need.

If you’d to join our efforts with RBTMC, contact me at 301-946-2356.

David Merrick

Smoke Detectors

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Smoke detector requirements in Montgomery County specify that the detection units are:

- located in every bedroom,
- located in the hallways outside of bedrooms and on every floor, and
- hard wired and interconnected with each other.

Up until recently, the county required that, when work was done in one part of your home, the smoke detection systems in that area had to be checked (or installed) and up to code.

The county has now declared that any for permits issued for remodeling work inside your home, that all smoke detectors be up to code and working properly throughout your home.

This may sound like daunting task, but we can easily assist you with this and the new requirement will save more lives by making homes safer.

It’s also important to note that smoke detectors have a life span of about five years and that the “test” button on units may not be providing accurate information. Sometimes, the test button will work even if the unit is not functioning properly. Older smoke detectors can become filled with dust and encounter other problems.

Also, in addition to having the proper smoke detectors, we recommend having carbon monoxide detectors on each floor. They’re easy to install and also save lives.

Do you have questions or comments about the new smoke detector requirement? Call me today at 301-946-2356.

David Merrick