Posted on in Uncategorized
We bought the lot behind our house. It has been an empty lot as far back as I can remember. We bought this house from my parents, and my parents bought it from my grandparents. My dad said the lot was just grass when he was a kid. They played baseball on it. The trees were growing in it when I was a child, and now it was a forest of trees and briar bushes. We called a tree service in Long Island to come out and clear the property after we bought it. It connects right up against our back yard and extends to the end of the block. It was owned by a company and never used. We are the first new owners of that property in about 80 years.
We have always wanted to extend our small back yard area. Now we have a huge area. The tree service in Long Island not only removed all the vegetation, they landscaped it by planting lawn and new trees and planting beds. (more…)
Posted on in Home
During our everyday life, we concern ourselves mainly with home security; enabling the security alarm, locking the door when we leave, etc. However, there’s another menace out there that is creeping through our society. This menace is Cyberstalking, the exploiting of our children through the Internet.
In my professional role in the Home Security Industry, I preach the values of the Internet, not only for us as adults and professionals, but also for our children. Our children have almost immediate access to any kind of information available throughout the world. Want to read A Tale Of Two Cities? It’s on the Internet. Have a question about who the third person to land on the moon was? It’s on the Internet. However, want to be exposed to nudity, pedophiles, and thousands (if not millions) of other social deviants? You bet it’s on the Internet and just a key touch away from your child or grandchild. So, what do we do about this?
First, we educate ourselves. Go to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website at www.ncmec.org and download their study “Online Victimization – A Report on the Nation’s Youth.” This report will provide an eye-opening look at the perils our children are under every time they access America Online, Compuserve, or the Internet via the local Internet Service Provider. It also provides a telling survey on how parents deal with their children’s use of the Internet. For example, over 85% of parents have talked with their children about being careful talking to strangers on the Net, and 97% of those polled check every now and then on what is on their child’s computer screen. But, only half the parents ever go back and actually check history to ensure the child is indeed staying out of potential problem sites, and only 39% set a limit on the amount of time their child can be on the Internet. Though it appears that parents do realize the potential exposure their children have on the Net, less than 1/2 play a truly diligent role in ensuring their child is protected.
Second, we educate others. Gather information from such sites as The National Center and tens of other child advocacy sites (including www.pta.org), and speak to your fellow parents in your school system about the dangers presented to our children on the Internet. Stay tuned for future articles on ways to prevent your children from being exposed to unsuitable material. Bottom line: be involved with your child’s Internet experience. They now have the world, literally, at their fingertips. Make the effort to have it at yours also.
The Seven Signs of Unsuitable Use or Contact From the Internet
Home security is about protecting your family, and the most overlooked means of entry is sitting in your living room, your Computer. The Internet has become a vast and great resource for our children to learn things they would never have had the opportunity to learn otherwise. We all remember having to go to the library to research our next term paper using the World Book encyclopedia or the Periodicals catalog. The Internet Age has allowed our children to receive, almost instantaneously, information it would otherwise have taken days to receive. This ‘instantaneous’ aspect of the Internet yields split second access to materials unsuitable for children to see or hear.
So with that said, here are seven warning signs that may show your child is using the Internet in unsuitable ways:
1 – Your child spends most of their home time on the Internet.
2 – Your child quickly turns off the monitor or shuts the computer down when you enter the computer room.
3 – You receive phone calls from strangers asking to speak to your child.
4 – You recognize outgoing phone calls, mostly long distance, from your residence to phone numbers you do not recognize.
5 – Your child begins receiving gifts from people and addresses that you do not recognize.
6 – Your child’s personality begins to change, becoming more combative when asked to reduce his/her computer usuage.
7 – You pull up pornographic or other unsuitable materials from your computer’s hard drive.
The major Internet access sites, including America Online, MSN, Earthlink, and others, have made it increasingly difficult for children to receive unsuitable material through their Internet connections. These services have also allowed the parent to restrict even more the online experience of their children. It is important that a parent reviews these increased security options and determine if they are applicable to the online situation.
However, most of these sites still allow access of minors to sites that are conducive to chatting and instant messages. It is these areas, as well as electronic mail, that provide the greatest risk to our children. Unlike the typical phone call, the Internet has no ‘face’ or ‘voice’ from which to somehow identify the person our child is communicating to. The person happily chatting with our child via the Weather Channel chat room about cumulonimbus clouds and the report the child is writing could just as easily be a 50 year old pedophile waiting for his chance to trap the child into divulging personal information about themselves and their location.
It is extremely important that we advocate to our school communities the hazards which exist for our children on the Internet. There are resources available to you that will expand on the signs of abuse and the steps to take in protecting your child from experiencing this unsuitable content on the Internet.
In the next addition, I’ll detail steps the parent can take in monitoring and helping to ensure that their child is not being exploited on the Internet.
Posted on in Home
Purchasing or selling a real estate is very complex and too risky to invest money. Because of this, it is cleverly to seek for a trustworthy and knowledgeable real estate agent to prevent regrets in the future. There are many reasons why a real estate agent is needed in buying or selling a real estate.
If you don’t have any idea of the procedures in buying a real estate, a real estate agent is the person who can help you. License brokers or real estate agents have a thorough knowledge that can help you ensure the legality of papers and real estate procedures.
If you’re new to the area, do a simple research of properties in the neighborhood. Try to ask some people living their about the amenities and hints about the community. Finding a knowledgeable real estate agent is the best idea. Real estate sales agents have a vast knowledge regarding real estate market in their area. They know the laws and guidelines regarding real estate matters. They also can recommend what is the best for you and your budget.
If you urgently need to buy or sell a real estate, an expert real estate agent can help you. A professional real estate agent has many friends, associate and contacts that can speed up the process if you urgently need to buy and sell a real estate. These will help you save time and effort and can possibly sell you’re real estate property immediately or aid you in finding your target house.
If your too busy working or doing something very important and don’t have the time in dealing with real estate transactions, A real estate agent will serve as your personal representative in buying or selling a real estate. Also, if you don’t have the abilities of a sales person, the agent serves as your spoke person to deal with your business clients.
Posted on in Home Products & Services
The majority of homes have central air conditioners that work with a forced-air system. The main component of an air conditioning system is the evaporator coil that is located inside of a home. Once the evaporator coil cools the air, it then travels through the ductwork into the home and the warm air returns to be cooled. The large unit that’s located outside of a home is a condenser unit. It is the other major part of an air conditioning system. The evaporator coil and condenser unit both need to be serviced by a technician because they’re sealed systems. Before the extreme heat of the summer arrives, is a perfect time for maintenance or repair.
What is the purpose of keeping an air conditioning system clean and operating properly? An air conditioning system will use a lot of energy when it’s not operating at peak performance. In addition, a malfunctioning air conditioning system will leave the air in a home uncomfortable temperature. Seasonal maintenance is necessary to keep energy costs down and temperatures cool. An HVAC technician can:
Inspect the compressor and tubing for any signs of damage.
Clean dirt, debris, and leaves from inside of the cabinet.
Clean and inspect the coil and cabinet if it’s needed.
Measure the refrigerant level and adjust or add more.
Lubricate older models and inspect the fan motor and blades for wear or damage.
Inspect controls such as contactors, relays, circuit boards, sump heat, capacitors and other accessories.
Inspect and calibrate the thermostat.
A homeowner can help a heating and cooling system to operate more efficiently by regularly changing the filter. This reduces the work the units have to do. Keeping items from blocking the return airflow will reduce stress on the unit. It is never recommended that an untrained homeowner attempt to service or perform AC Repair Atlanta on their own. When an untrained individual attempts to perform repairs on their heating or cooling system to save money, the result is usually more expensive than the original repair would have cost. Be ready for the summer with an early season call to a reputable HVAC contractor.
Posted on in Home Products & Services
Effective Ways to Locate and Hire the Best Contractors for Home Renovations
Making sure that our home is handled and taken care of accordingly is essential and when it comes to renovating the house and all, then having the best professional contractors to help you along will be ideal and appropriate. Basically speaking, it really is hard to find the right home renovations contractor, especially if you have no idea about how to locate the right one in the first place.
But to secure that you will be guided accordingly, then the specific key points that we have along should help you significantly. Keep in mind that even if it may seem possible for you to do it yourself, still, it will be appropriate and needed for you to make sure that these things are handled by the right professionals to assure safety and success.
Technically speaking, you will want to make sure that you are quite aware about the very specifics of the project you want done as this should help you significantly throughout. There really are a ton of factors that need to be considered right at the start and to be as detailed as you could should give you a heads up as long as estimates is concerned. To look into the right details ahead is a great way for you to ensure that you will then have a good estimate at how much money you need to ensure the continuation of the project even before the contractors have even started.
You may also choose to ask for recommendations but remember that this should be from people and sources that are reliable enough to risk both money and time. To look into such matter is a great way for you to know where to start and to also secure that you will have a higher chance at working with the right professional in the industry. As long as recommendations is concerned, you may choose to ask for such from companies that are into the industry as a whole such as a local hardware store.
Remember that it really is in your best interest to make sure that you will want to know more about the specifics of the job and what the contractors will be doing and what the subcontractors will do as well. To look into the division of labor should give you a better understanding at how they do the job from scratch.
Remember not to forget about the license and certifications. No matter the differences of how the procedure goes and what standard they follow, as long as they are licensed and certified, then they should be able to get things done accordingly. Do not forget to ask and have their names checked with the BBB as further security means.
Posted on in Home Products & Services
Reasons to Hire a Good Commercial Cleaning Service
Cleaning may always not be a very fun thing to do and you may be surprised or not that there are a lot of people who do not like cleaning up at all. There are many people who actually really hate cleaning up their houses and offices so you are not alone on this one. If there were no such cleaning service out there, you will really have to do all the cleaning by yourself so you should be really happy that there are such things as cleaning services to really help you in your cleaning tasks. If you need to clean your houses and your offices but you really do not want to, you should get help from a commercial cleaning service because they can really benefit you a whole lot in a lot of things. When you are in need of help because you have so much to do, you can just hire a commercial cleaning services and they will really benefit you; let us look at the top benefits that you will get from a commercial cleaning service.
When you hire a commercial cleaning service, they can really clean up so good for you that you will feel like you are living in a brand new house again. If you really need to get your offices cleaned out very well, these professional cleaning services can really do the job for you. If you would really want to have a very clean place and if you do not want to be the one to clean your house, you can just hire a cleaning service to do it for you. Cleaning can be an easy task but if you really want to clean well, you should really go down and dirty and you may not want to do this because you can get messy so you should just hire someone who is willing to clean the parts of your house that is really dirty and very messy. The next time you have to clean up but you do not want to, just hire a cleaning service.
Another really good thing about hiring a commercial cleaning service is that these services can really help you save time. You are always in need of time and if you had to do your own cleaning, this can take you so much time. When you hire the help of a commercial cleaning service, you can really begin to see how much time you can save from these guys so it is really worth it. Have a great day!
Posted on in Home Products & Services
Tips to Hire the Best Electrical Technician for Your Construction Project
Whether you own a home or are looking to buy a new home, you will need an electrical technician at some point. There are tips to make it easier when choosing an electrical technician. An experienced and knowledgeable electrician is what you will need for your project because these projects are usually complex and unique. Working with an experienced and well trained electrician for commercial projects will ensure that you stay safe. You have no option but to ask the electrician about the kind of training they underwent as well as their experience. The electrician will be of high quality if they are licensed and you should ask them about this as well.
The electrician that is going to undertake the project must also have legitimate insurance as well as licensure. In case there is an accident and a claim has to be paid, the insurance will take care of it and this is the reason you must insist on the electrician holding insurance. Even though the electrician brings in more workers to the site to help, these workers must also be in the technician’s payroll. This is to make sure that they are also covered with the compensation if anything goes wrong. The other thing you could do is check reviews and references so that you learn as much as possible about the electrician. Reviews on the electrician can now be easily found on the internet rather than relying on word of mouth or recommendations from other people.
If the electrician is any good, they have done many previous projects, they will have references of which you can contact to get more specific feedback. The references will give you the inside information about the work ethic of the electrician. One of the things that the electrician should have is the ability to work with a team that is diverse and communicate effectively while at it. This is because different contractors work on the same project during a construction project. For there to be harmony, all the teams have to work and relay information to each other.
The other vital features that the electrical technician must have are versatility and resourcefulness. Since there is a lot of shifting and changing at the construction site, the contractor must be in a position to adapt to these changes. This is why the electrician needs to be creative and tenacious to make that kind of environment work for them. With every construction site, there will be a different set of issues that crop up. Generally, finding the right electrician for the project at hand is a difficult task. You will however end up with the best electrician if you follow these tips we offer.
Posted on in Home Products & Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(1013 E 3rd St) FreeWoodChips.net announces the launch of a new website designed to bring homeowners looking for wood chips together with tree services having these materials. Wood chips may be used in a variety of ways around a property, including as mulch and livestock bedding, yet tree services often pay landfill fees to dispose of them. With this service, homeowners and tree services alike benefit.
“Homeowners often purchase wood chips to mulch around flower beds, trees or landscaped areas of their property. The wood chips help to retain moisture in the soil, prevent the formation and spread of weeds and halt soil erosion. Depending on the amount of area to be covered by the mulch, homeowners may find they spend hundreds of dollars on this product, which may be obtained for free through local tree services,” Jason Writz, spokesperson for FreeWoodChips.net, announces.
Wood chips benefit homeowners in numerous other ways also. For example, every animal prefers a comfortable sleeping area, and wood chips are a great option. The livestock owner saves money by using the chips for livestock bedding and can remove soiled chips and replace them regularly with the help of this service, doing so at no cost to them. It is important to note that some species of plants can be poisonous to animals. Be sure to learn what these species are and request that these species not be delivered if you intend to use the wood chips for animal bedding.
“In addition, wood chips add nutrients to the soil as they decompose. This allows a tree to flourish and plants to thrive. When a homeowner finds they have muddy areas they need to cover, the wood chips are of great help as well. They prevent dirt from being tracked into the home and other structures on the residence by providing individuals with a clean place to walk,” Writz continues.
Even those individuals who don’t want to use them on their property or for livestock find they can make use of free wood chips. Wood chips can be used as fuel in a wood stove or boiler. Others opt to include the wood chips in their compost pile, as a brown or carbon layer. Doing so boosts the nutritional aspects of the finished product.
“These are only a few of the many uses a person will find for free wood chips. There are numerous others, and we are here to help individuals find sources for this common material. Cushion a child’s play area with the wood chips or use them as part of a home’s decor. The ideas are endless and, with this free service, every homeowner within the vicinity of a local tree service can have wood chips. All parties benefit with this type of arrangement,” Writz declares.
FreeWoodChips.net brings together homeowners looking for wood chips to use on their property and tree services searching for convenient places to dispose of the wood chips they produce as a result of their operation.
Attributed by: look these up
Posted on in Home Products & Services
Take Care of Your Lawn with These Ideas
It is a fact that a house is made more beautiful with a lawn as its background. Therefore, having some knowledge on how to take care of your lawn would be handy for homeowners.
The first pointer is to realize the environment surrounding your home. Check if you live near dusty roads, because if you do, your lawn could be suffering because even a light coating of dust will reduce the rate of photosynthesis of the plants. It is important therefore that you wash the lawn with water and dish soap in some days when it looks like it needs some cleaning. Refrain from using anti bacterial dish soap for this will leave the lawn with streaks of yellow.
Another tip is to know if you live in a wild fire hazard location. If you do, it is advisable to use lawn grass that can help reduce fire hazard. This type of lawn grass is available in any local lawn care store, and a good combination of grass would be Canada bluegrass, wheat grass, sheep fescue and blue gramma grass.
The next pointer is to know which are the shady sections in your lawn, and let the shady grass of that area grow longer than the grass situated in the sunny section of the lawn. This helps your lawn look better, and remember to prune out the branches of the tree in the shady area to let more light in.
Next tip is to recognize that earthworms are good for your lawn. Try attracting more earthworms to your yard by spreading organic lawn fertilizer on your yard and have the same effect as when ants are attracted to honey.
Another lawn care tip is to spread a thin layer of organic matter on the lawn regularly like mushroom compost. Horse manure, straw, gypsum, and limestone are the composition of the mushroom compost and these are the same ones that mushrooms grown in mushroom farms.
Your next guideline in taking care of your lawn is to use the mulcher mower in mowing your lawn as this will help you use less fertilizers. The cut up grass clippings are dropped by this mower into the soil where they decompose faster.
The next thing that you should keep watch in order to take care of your lawn is to observe after mowing your grass if the grass seems less green and has a tan cast, because then in this case, your mower blades are probably dull already.
You should observe how the grasses would react as you constantly trample on it, because if they do not recover immediately from those tramplings, then it means they are not getting enough water.
Water encourages brown patch and fungus diseases and so it is advisable to water your lawn between 5 and 8 in the morning and not during the night.
Posted on in Home Products & Services
Information on Good Lawn Care
A lawn is an accessory that can significantly contribute to the appeal factor of your home. he role that it plays dictates that it should receive improved care. It is the care that it constantly receives that contributes to the final look that it will have. The steps followed in the care of the firm may be listed as mowing , watering, adding manure , aerating and weeding. To achieve the harmonious practice of this care regiment it is important to know the basics that surround lawn keeping.
The lawn needs to be trimmed from time to time. This process often yields better results if the lawn is dry. This will reduce the chances of having the mower clogged . The rule of the thumb concerning grass mowing is that its length should not be shortened to a length higher than a third of its length. This prevents instances of having unhealthy grass as well as maintaining its lushness. The size at which the grass is being shortened should be experience some diversity. This serves to stop the grass from assuming one kind of cut and changing color to yellow as the outcome that is expected should be anything but that.
Lawns assume an important characteristic in comparison with our bodies in that they need to be constantly nourishment. This factor can be catered for by watering the lawn. Overwatering is not the right approach to take in this situation. It has a counteracting effect of undoing the good work that you had set out to do . The watering process is best done in the morning due to higher retention properties at this time. This serves to add robustness to the roots and account for proper development of the lawn. The introduction of corn gluten meal and compost serve to add the nutrients that will facilitate a healthy existence of your lawn . There is a radiance that is associated with a well tended lawn.
The lawn is bound to harness immense benefits from aerating processes. It allows air to find its place in the roots to facilitate proper growth of the roots. This enhances the overall appearance the grass in relation to color. Measures to eradicate appearance of weeds like dandelions can be achieved to a large extent. Nourishment properties and weed control measures can effectively be undertaken by the mulching process. One may adopt other sustainable methods to effect this measure. The application of herbicides can deliver the right results in situations where weeds are not easy to eradicate. Emphasis is laid on following the directions that are given the letter. The availability of dogs in a home with a lawn calls for training to keep off the lawn areas.
Posted on in Home Products & Services
What People Can Purchase On The Internet Today
The internet is a good area for intelligent shoppers all around the world, it is a vital element of the buying process that provides people access to a wealth of information about the product, companies and also manufacturers. People can also get to look for great deals which can get to lead to big amounts of savings, because of transparency of the internet it can offer customers with the assurance of getting low prices of items that they are planning to buy. The internet can also get to provide information to customers in on the current product trends that is really useful for them in a number of ways so that they can easily decide to buy one that is the best for them to invest in.
People would get to read a number of articles about touchscreen tablets can get to easily influence people to purchase one of these gadgets beside from the laptop which people have planned to purchase the first time. Having to keep track of various shopping trends would easily allow people to follow pricing of products, this can put customers in a great position to get good deals when the time is best for them to buy.
The trends on the consumer market has a tendency to change quickly, so what is important today might not be good to purchase today before people can get to know it and there are various products on the internet today. There are a big number of products to purchase on the internet that people could get to invest in, the first one is tablet PCs where they are thinner and also more portable laptops that are dominating the market today.
Home video game systems are also advanced than ever before and really affordable and also all offer dedicated games which have very great software titles and also graphics which are very stunning. Smartphones are one of the truly great products that people would get to buy on the internet, people nowadays require smartphones due to the fact they can utilize it on an everyday basis by texting, emailing and also calling their friends. Another good product that people can purchase is ebook readers, a large number of people today loves to read different books and they can use ebook readers to read digital books that are in the market.
Another good products that people can get to purchase on the internet is laptops, students can get to buy these laptop through the internet and get to use it on a daily basis when they are studying in school and help them get good grades.
Suggested Post: find out this here
Posted on in Home Products & Services
The various types of shades and shutter systems.
Hurricane protection in Florida is not an option but a necessity. In every season in Florida, you will find hurricane warnings, tropical storms and depressions. For this reason you will have so many protection options that you will have and you might end up being confused on the best option to choose For you to be safe when the hurricane hits, it is important you be having some form of protection. It is good to take precaution early because you many not have enough time to protect your family and home if you rush in the last minute. In the market, you will find both functional and practical viable hurricane shutters that you can protect your home with.
In the market you will find colonial shutters which are the first type of shutters that can be used for protection during the hurricane. The colonial shades and shutters can be installed permanently and easily on your windows. This is a pleasing shutter and will give your home a polished look as it offers you protection from serious hurricane attack. When closing this shutters less effort is used and for this reason, they are the most preferred for a big family. The homeowner should have several types of hurricane protection shutters because the colonial shutters can only be used on the windows.
Rollup/roll down shutters is the second type of hurricane protection that can be found in the market. This type of shutter can be installed on a box enclosed above the window or in above the window. You will just be required to roll down the shutter when the hurricane occurs to protect your house. The roll up/roll down shutters are the most expensive type of hurricane protection. On the other hand, it is the most effective and the most convenient hurricane shutter protection. For the above reasons it can be considered as one of the hurricane protections in a home.
Accordion shutter is another type of hurricane shutter that can use to protect hurricane. Accordion shade and shutter comes in one two styles and they can be fixed either on the window or the doors. This type of shade and shutter comes with a key and a rock and for this reason, it can be used for protection when the hurricane is over.
Storm panel shutter is another type of hurricane protection you can find in the market. This type is the most cost-effective option for homeowners. For better protection, it comes with a light aluminum panel or a heavy sheet panel. Another type of hurricane protection is called Bahamas shutters. It is propped open on the windows giving you a stylish look as well as protecting you from the hurricane. Hurricane protection shutters are so many in the market and for this you should choose the most appropriate shutter protection for your home.