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The ABCs Of Preventing Business Disruption During Roadway Repair

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When you are the owner of a business that relies heavily on customer flow to your physical location, any type of disruption in the area can also be a disruption to your business. This is especially the case if there is roadway construction near your business. Without the appropriate preparation and action before and during a roadway repair project at your place of business, you could easily end up with low sales and lack of customer traffic throughout the project. Thankfully, there is a simple ABC rule set that you can keep in mind that can help prevent business interruptions during a roadway repair project.  Always make sure your customers know what to expect. The key to eliminating hassles for your customers during a roadway construction project is to make sure they are well-informed. Hand out flyers, hang up signs, or even make announcements over a PA system to let shoppers know that there is construction coming up. Be sure to offer detour information, the expected duration of the project, and any alternative parking instructions your customers may need to know. Some customers may even prefer to stay out of the area if they have to deal with construction, so it will be much better if you can give them that option by letting them know when work will take place in advance.  Be sure you make flexible plans for the impending roadway project in advance. From handling parking arrangements to changes in business hours, it is always a good idea if you start planning for an impending roadway repair project near your business in advance, but keep in mind that some of the plans may change as the project date draws closer. It is not at all uncommon for road crews to have to rearrange their plans to cater to city demands and their own project schedules, which could run longer than expected. Not only will you need to make plans so you can keep your customers in the know, you will need to know how to adjust so you can pass along information to your employees. Take a look at how the roadway repair will affect your day-to-day operations and plan accordingly.  Communicate with the contractor in charge of the project.  When you are initially notified that there will be a roadway repair project taking place near your business, be sure you get contact information for the roadway construction manager who is in charge of the project. By having a direct line of communication with the project coordinator, you will be better able to communicate with your customers about what is going on.  For roadway repair, contact a company such as Bituminous Roadways,...

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How To Renovate Your Kitchen And Stay Within Your Budget

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If you want to save as much as possible on your kitchen remodel while also getting what you want, you should know how much you can afford to spend and a list of what you want and need before meeting with design professionals.    Budgeting and Wish List    To help you stay within your financial means, create a budget that allows for a 20 percent increase over the estimate to cover unexpected costs. To ensure that the final result includes the changes that are most important to you and your family, meet with your entire family to create a list of things you like about your current kitchen, things you want to change, and things you want to add or remove.    This list will be used to determine where changes or adjustments can be made to reduce costs, it needed. With you budget and wish list in place, schedule a meeting with three or four design professionals. Your budget and wish list will help them give you the most accurate cost estimates.    If you want to get an idea of average remodeling costs before meeting with these remodeling professionals, contact local real estate agents and bankers because they should have the most recent industry averages.    Budget-Friendly Renovations Options    The main expansion options are to rearrange your current kitchen’s layout without adding more floor space, add more floor space by using the areas surrounding the kitchen, build a new addition to your current kitchen, or build a larger kitchen in a different location.    The cheapest option is to maximize the use of your current kitchen’s floor space. This can be done by putting all unused or poorly used areas to better use. For instance, cabinets can be rearranged so that unused corners and wall space can be used for additional counter space and storage.    You may also find that rearranging the items included in your primary work triangle — the stove, sink, and refrigerator — can make your kitchen more user-friendly.    Reasons Kitchen Renovations Can Be Worth It Even for the Budget-Challenged    Even for those with limited budgets, kitchen renovations are popular because the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home. This is because it’s often used for much more than as a place to prepare food and eat. Today, kitchens are also used as a place to pay bills, study, do homework, work from home, socialize with family and friends and more.     If you’re planning to sell your home soon, the more you can save on your kitchen remodel, the better chance you have to recoup your investment if you decide to sell. To get the best value for your money, don’t spend more than 25 percent of the value of your home for your kitchen remodel. To explore your remodeling options further, contact a remodeling professional like those at Winston Brown...

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3 Tips For Making A Home Fire Escape Plan

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With almost 500,000 structural fires reported in the U.S. in 2014, a home fire is a possibility that every homeowner should be ready for. Creating a family escape plan can greatly increase the chances that your family will make it out of your home safely if a fire occurs. Here are three tips that can help you make an effective home fire escape plan. Identify Multiple Exits for Each Family Member Because you can never predict where a fire will start in your home, it is important that you plan multiple escape routes for everyone in your home. This ensures that your family members have an escape plan even if the entrance to their bedrooms or a major hallway is blocked with flames. A good way to identify all of the potential exits in your home is to draw out a floor plan. Remember to mark all windows and doors that lead outside as exits, and cross off entrances to basements, attics, and other parts of the home that do not provide easy escape. Learn Safe Fire Escape Procedures It is easy to panic when you are awakened in the middle of the night by a fire alarm and the room is clouded by smoke. Panic alone increases respiration rate, and the risk of passing out from smoke inhalation is even greater if you run while trying to escape. Instead, you should make sure that everyone in your home knows to crawl to limit the amount of smoke they inhale. Throwing open doors when trying to escape can potentially cause the fire to spread more quickly. During an escape, every door should be quickly checked for heat. First touch the door with the back of your hand, and then lightly touch the knob if the door is not hot. The door may be safe to open if the knob is not hot, but be prepared to close it again quickly and find another exit if you see flames or extreme heat billows through the door. Designate a Meeting Place Outside Even after you have made it outside, you need to put a safe distance between yourself and the burning house. Choose a meeting place that is at least 20 feet away from your home so that every family member knows where to go after they escape. After you meet, make sure that no one goes back in under any circumstances. Use these tips to create a fire escape plan that will help keep your family safe during one of the most frightening and dangerous home disasters. Contact a business, such as The Safety Team Inc, for more information....

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Household Expanding? How To Pick The Right Garbage Removal Plan

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You’ve met the right person and life is suddenly full of big changes and moving at warp speed. The wedding is over, the moving trucks are unloaded and now two formerly single parent families are melding into one super-sized household. After the whirlwind of excitement and activity is past, it is finally time to get down to the more mundane tasks of life—like how to choose which garbage removal plan you will need from all the ones offered by your trash service. Here are some tips to help.  Estimate the Amount of Household Trash Your Family is Producing To start the process of figuring out how much trash your family will now be generating, you can add together the number of trash bags used weekly by each household in the past or estimate the number of pounds. According to figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 2012, the average daily waste generation rate per person in the United States was 4.38 pounds per day, but could be less, depending on their participation in recycling and composting activities. Be aware, however, that this number can fluctuate greatly depending on many factors. For example, many households see a rise in the volume of trash produced when: redecorating the home entertaining frequently having overnight guests, including slumber parties for the kids ordering takeout frequently welcoming a new child caring for a sick or disabled family members Bag, Can, Cart or Dumpster? Most garbage services offer several options for their customers, ranging from pickup of a few standard garbage bags per week, to the use of designated cans or rolling carts or even large dumpsters. To choose the right one for your home, consider not only the amount of trash produced during each collection period but any other factors, as well. In most cases, garbage bags are often the least expensive option, but can be messy if the trash is wet or the bags are torn into by rodents or neighborhood dogs and cats. For most families, even large ones like yours, opting for trash carts is the most convenient way to store trash between pickup dates, move the trash to the curb and prevent problems with pests. To get an idea of what will work best for your family, consider that trash carts are usually available in three common sizes: 35 gallons (capable of holding 2-3 tall kitchen garbage bags) 65 gallons (capable of holding 4-5 tall kitchen garbage bags) 95 gallons (capable of holding 7-8 tall kitchen garbage bags) Your garbage collection service can offer you additional information to help you handle your trash efficiently, including tips on how to reduce the amount by taking part in composting and recycling...

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4 Things to Consider When Installing or Updating an Assisted Living Center’s HVAC System

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As you expand or renovate your your assisted living center, bear in mind the innovations that will make your heating and cooling system safer, greener, and more cost effective. The comfort and safety of your residents is your primary concern. Seniors and people with disabilities are healthier when their core body temperatures stay within normal ranges. It’s very easy for old age or disease to negatively affect residents’ physical abilities to fight off hyperthermia or hypothermia. For that reason alone, an HVAC system that offers zonal heat may be the best solution for your facility. With a zonal approach to keeping rooms comfortable, you can focus warm or cool air to the specific areas where you need it most. Storage areas will stay cooler, while living areas remain toasty warm in winter. In summer, you can target air conditioning to your kitchen, laundry, and living areas, and save energy costs by reducing AC in rarely-used portions of the building. Plan for extremes when renovating. Storms, wildfires, and power outages may disrupt your heating and cooling systems. Have plans in place for backup sources of heating or cooling if you live in areas where extreme temperatures are the norm. Designate one or two rooms as safe rooms and develop solar, wood-fired, or propane options to maintain proper air temperatures in those areas until power is restored. Never use space heaters or open flames in your personal care home. Do have a supply of warm blankets, hats, mittens, and socks on hand in case of any winter evacuation. Greener technology means more energy savings. Heating and cooling equipment manufacturers continue to develop high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioning systems. Installing a new geothermal system or heat pump not only provides climate control using less energy, but the savings are also passed on to you when fuel and power bills are due. To be fully green, you must insulate your building and install doors, windows, and other features to increase energy efficiency throughout the facility, but these steps will help your new heating and cooling system work in top form. Take into account all of the risks. Remember to discuss with your specialist during cooling or heating installation how to safely use oxygen tanks and other specialty equipment around HVAC components. Imagine all of the ways residents might fall, slip, or become curious and tailor your rooms to keep them safe from hot surfaces or moving parts. A smart HVAC control program that remotely sets room temperatures will also keep residents safe since there won’t be the possibility of random unsupervised thermostat activity significantly raising or lowering room...

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The Beginning of Winter Is An Excellent Time For Tree Removal

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Just like other areas of your landscaping, your trees require attention from time to time. Whether it’s a diseased tree or a section of limbs that has died, having your tree treated or removed by a professional is important. The start of winter is a great time to have this type of work done. Here are just a few of the reasons why tending to your trees at the start of winter makes more sense. Clearer View Leaves and flowers help make trees beautiful, but they also obstruct the view of its limbs. By the time winter starts, you have an unobstructed view of the tree. Thanks to the leaves all falling off, it’s easier to spot any weak areas, cracks in the branches or areas of dead wood.  In the event you don’t need to remove the entire tree or you need to diagnose an issue, a bare tree can make the task much easier. In the event of disease, this clearer view can allow you to address the problem more aggressively so that the tree is healthy when the active growth period begins again.  Avoid Weather Dangers A dead or diseased tree isn’t just an eyesore. In the winter months, this type of tree presents a number of dangers to your home as well as any innocent bystanders in the area. Winter is often accompanied by ice, heavy snow, and strong winds. If a tree is already diseased and in a weak state, this inclement weather puts a strain on the tree and could easily cause the branches to give way. Once this happens, the tree’s limbs can easily come crashing into your home, causing damage and putting your safety at risk. Having any dead areas removed and treated at the start of winter can help you avoid this type of catastrophe.  Be Smart When it comes to tree removal services, it’s important to be smart. In the same manner that diseased or dead tree limbs can fall due to the strain of snow or ice, they can also fall due to the strain of your weight. For this reason, it’s best to allow a professional to come out and properly diagnose and remove any limbs from your tree. Although curb appeal doesn’t seem as important during the winter months, having a damaged tree removed during this time of the year will ensure your lawn looks great once spring rolls around. For more information, contact a professional like DJ’s Tree...

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Through The Pearly Gates: Why Heaven Needs To Upgrade To Aluminum (And Why You Should, Too!)

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After spending 75+ years on Earth, nobody wants to reach that great, big gate in the sky only to find that it’s more rusty than pearly and creaks louder than a thunderstorm every time an angel flaps its wings. It’s probably been a good three or four thousand years since the darned thing has even been painted, too, so they might as well either chuck it or donate it to Purgatory and upgrade to a sparkling, new aluminum gate.  Why aluminum, you ask? For the same reason that airplanes use it: it’s light, it’s durable, and it’s malleable. LIGHT Aluminum is about one-third the weight of steel and one-twentieth the weight of iron. So if Heaven doesn’t want its gate crashing down to Earth through the clouds, aluminum is the way to go. Here on Earth, aluminum is a good choice for gates that will be opened and closed manually rather than at the push of a button. DURABLE Aluminum tends to get a bit gooey above 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, while steel or iron can withstand twice as much heat before their meltdowns. So, temperature-wise, aluminum ain’t so great. But unless you’re planning on moving to the surface of the sun any time soon, that won’t be a problem. Where aluminum really shines (no pun intended) is in the anti-corrosion department. When aluminum is exposed to regular, everyday air, it does something cool: it rusts. No, really! The outermost layer of the metal instantly oxidizes and forms an invisible layer of rust that actually helps prevent further corrosion. It’s like a spacesuit for aluminum. True, it doesn’t rain in Heaven, so the likelihood of rust on non-aluminum gates is rather slim, but there are clouds up there, and clouds contain moisture, and moisture causes rust, so a small risk still remains. Meanwhile, back on Earth, where it does rain, aluminum’s rust-resistant properties make the metal a good choice for gate-building material. MALLEABLE Aluminum is easy to work with. Period. It’s easy to bend, easy to shape, easy to cut. Having the ethereal gates adorned with curly-haired, aluminum angels blowing trumpets is no trouble at all. It might take some time, but it’s a lot less strenuous than working with steel or iron. Earthbound creatures have the option of more intricate designs as well. Initials, waves, flowery patterns — they’re all possible with aluminum. So, whether you run things up in the Great Beyond or just want a nice-looking gate for your property on Earth, look into buying aluminum. You won’t be disappointed. For more information, contact a custom gate company like Carter Fence Co. Someone get St. Peter on the...

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Pinpointing Reusable And Recyclable Computer Parts

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For some business, there’s a “better safe than sorry” approach that upgrades to the newest systems after proper testing, even if the new machines aren’t exceptionally more powerful in terms of raw computing potential. In many cases, the old parts can be reused in the new systems as replacements or combined for even more power. If you’re in charge of a business computer inventory, a few recycling and reuse practices can help you pinpoint the best ways to keep an old investment relevant. Reusable Computer Parts When it comes to reusing computer parts, be aware that each computer component is its own industry with changing standards and timelines. The memory industry, for example, has its own advances and changes in compatibility that may evolve at a different speed from the video card. Video cards may introduce entirely different ways of doing things while leaping to massively higher speeds, but may not change physical shape. Processors, on the other hand, change shape through the socket (the place where to processor is installed) pin placement with almost every generation. Consider a few commonly replaced parts to get a better look into what can change. Hard drive. The hard drive is the main storage area for all of your files, such as your text documents, programs, pictures, videos and music. The operating system is a large program suite that creates an environment for you to click and type with, which makes the hard drive more important than just bulk storage. The speeds change often, but two main standards–L-shaped SATA and bar-shaped PATA–are still used as connectors, and can be added to any computer with a relatively cheap adapter. Processor. The processor is the “brain” of the computer, as it performs all of the calculations used to do anything on the computer. Everything from moving your mouse to running a program–and thousands of unseen actions behind the scenes–are calculated and executed by pulling information from the hard drive and memory to the processor. Processor compatibility depends on the socket type. If your processor is of a different socket than the new computer, it isn’t reusable and should be recycled or sold. Memory. Random Access Memory or RAM. Memory acts as a fast, temporary storage between the hard drive and the processor. Memory can deliver information faster than the hard drive, so the most commonly-used files are stored from the hard drive and delivered to the processor at a much faster rate. Memory differences are physical and programmed, but the physical notch prevents accidental mixing of generations. Moving To The Recycling System If the parts are physically damaged or won’t fit with the new computer, recycling is your next option. Many of the parts contain gold, platinum and other recyclable materials. The hard drive stands out with a lot of materials that are valuable to some niche recycling programs. Aluminum is found in the hard drive’s case, as well as the computer case and frame in general. Upon opening the hard drive, there are platters that are coated with a thin painting of platinum or a similar material. There is also either a copper or steel spindle holding the hard drive platters together, depending on when the drive was made. The niche recycling potential comes from the rare earth magnets, which are used instead of screws to hold certain parts together. If you have...

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Diagnosing Problems with an Electric Boiler by the Sounds It Makes

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Boiler systems in residential settings are just as convenient as they are in commercial settings because they provide the dual function of heated water and home heating in one appliance. The majority of modern residential boilers are electric powered, which gives homeowners an even bigger advantage when it comes to efficiency. However functional and efficient electric boilers can be, they do tend to make a little more racket than the average home heating system, especially when there is something wrong. Here are a few of the most common noises you may hear coming from your electric-powered boiler system and what these noises could indicate.  Loud Hissing or High-Pitched Squealing Occasionally, a boiler will release pressure from within the tank and you will most definitely hear this happen. However, the sound of hissing or high-pitched squealing like a ready tea kettle on the stove is not a noise that you should frequently experience from your home’s boiler unit. This kind of sound means that there is too much pressure building up inside of the water holding tank. This is often caused by a leak in the water delivery lines, which allows air flow in along with the water that is provided. To address the problem, open the pressure release valve fully first, and then check the water delivery lines for signs of damage or leaks. If you do find something wrong, fixing the problem will be as simple as ordering a replacement line and having it installed or grabbing a good set of pliers and making the repair on your own. However, you should keep in mind that in order to achieve this repair task, the water tank will have to be fully drained and the pressure regulator will have to be reset. Therefore, a lot of homeowners would rather leave this task to a professional.   Consistent Gurgling and Noises from Inside of the Tank  It is quite common to hear some bubbling anytime you are dealing with a large holding tank that holds pressurized water. But, if you hear the noises regularly, it may mean that you have a problem. There are filters inside of the tank that are designed to capture air bubbles and eliminate them in the heating process and the gurgling and bubbling sounds should not be present all the time. Occasionally, these filters get blocked by minerals and deposits and water continues to aerate as it moves inside of the tank, which can cause problems with even heat distribution eventually. To rectify the noisy problem, you should have a professional take a look at your tank to see if the filters are indeed clogged or in disrepair.   The bottom line is, your boiler should not be making excessive noise when it is in operation and if it is, there is usually something wrong. Talk to a professional boiler repair technician like Vowel Plumbing & Heating for more information about common noise issues with residential boiler...

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How To Pick The Best Time To Paint Your Home

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If you’re planning to paint the exterior of your home this year, you should pick the best time of year when the temperature and humidity are just right. By painting during the best weather conditions, you can avoid problems with flaking and peeling paint later on. There’s no universal best season for painting since it depends entirely upon your local climate and weather conditions. Here are some things to take into account. Follow Recommended Temperature Range Each paint manufacturer has a recommended temperature range for applying their paint products. The range varies among different types of paint. If you live in a cold climate, you probably won’t be able to paint during the winter months. Even if it is warm enough during the day, the temperatures may drop too low at night and that will interfere with the paint curing properly. Autumn might be a good time since the weather is cool and enjoyable for working outdoors, but the temperatures aren’t too cold yet. Just be sure to check your local weather forecast before you start the job, so you can postpone it if cold temperatures are expected. Another concern with temperatures and exterior painting is a rapid fluctuation in temperatures within the span of a day. This could happen in some climates during the summer when temperatures soar during the day and drop significantly when the sun goes down. Try to pick a time in your area where there isn’t a wide fluctuation in temperatures between the day and night. Spring and fall could be your best options. Avoid Rain And High Humidity In addition to keeping an eye on the temperature, you’ll have to watch for moisture on your home too. Whether it’s from rain or condensation, a wet surface is not compatible with painting. Your home has to be thoroughly dry. Keep in mind that wood can hold onto moisture internally, even if you can’t feel it when you run your hand across the surface. For that reason, you should avoid painting for a day or so after it rains. Also, you don’t want to start painting too early. It’s best to wait until the sun has had a chance to dry off the dew. Because spring and summer are usually the rainy months, if you can plan far enough ahead, you may want to wait and paint your home during the fall when you can more accurately predict when there will be a few days without rain. You’ll only run into these concerns when you paint the exterior of your home. You can paint the interior any time of year in all kinds of weather conditions since your home is climate controlled. Although you may be tempted to go ahead and paint because you’ve taken time off from work, it’s risky to forge ahead if the weather conditions aren’t just right. The paint job may not last as long as it should, and if it starts flaking off, you’ll have to do the job over again. For professional painting services, contact a company such as Mylroie Painting...

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