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Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

3 Tips To Keep Things Safe When Excavating

by Kelly Simmons

You may be surprised to learn that one of the most dangerous tasks on a construction site is excavating. Excavating can expose you to unsafe air and underground utility lines, not to mention the risk of all the material you are digging out and putting on the sides falling back into the hole. That is why when excavating, safety always needs to come first.

Always, Always Check Before You Dig

No matter how many times you have dug before, when digging at a new location, you always need to contact your local authority and have the location of all underground utility wires and lines marked. There is no reason to bust open a water line or gas line or cut an electricity line if you don't have to. Knowing where all the underground utilities are located is the best way to keep things safe and take precautions as you dig.

Use a Protective System

When you are doing excavating work, you need to use a protective system that will help keep things safe. Protective systems include things such as slopping the sides, shoring up the sides and keeping things straight, or adding a trench box. The protective system you should use really depends on the type of soil where you are digging and how deep you plan on excavating. If you don't have experience setting up a protective system for excavating, hire an independent contractor who can help you with this task.

Always Check the Air Quality

Once you get down more than a couple of feet into the earth, the air quality inside of the hole is more than likely going to be different than the air quality at the surface. There could be a lack of oxygen as you dig the hole deeper into the ground. You could also run into harmful gases.

That is why, as you dig down, you need to have tools with you to test the quality of the air. If low oxygen is detected, you need to only allow workers to dig for a set period of time and provide supplemental oxygen. If any hazardous gases are present, workers need to have the right ventilation systems in place to keep them safe.

When excavating, safety needs to be at the top of your list. Always check for utilities before you dig and have a plan in place for being careful if any lines or wires are present in the dig area. Use the right protective system to keep the dig stable. Always test the air quality and keep thing safe for your workers.

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