Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring is Here



Spring is officially here! As the weather warms, it's time to dig in the dirt, add green to your garden and start enjoying your backyard again.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

How to Build a Weather-Resistant Planter - This Old House



This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers shows how to use cellular PVC trim stock to build a weather-resistant outdoor planter. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Deck Construction and Safety

With summer coming into full swing, many of us are looking forward to spending time outside. Make sure your deck is safe for summer fun! Read this article from a fellow professional in Colorado about deck inspections for safety. It really drives home the importance of overall home inspection before buying a home.
6-11-13 DeckCollapse
Now is a great time to have a professional safety check done on your deck.  Doing a safety check now and making any necessary repairs means you’re ready to safely use your deck as soon as the warm weather returns.
Reasons for decks collapsing can include age of the deck, poor maintenance, exceeding load capacity and improper building methods.   To ensure the safety of your family and friends, have SitePro Residential & Commercial Inspection check your deck.
Having your deck inspected now can help you avoid problems later.  Please call SitePro at (850)934-6800 for more information or to schedule your deck inspection.
DECK SAFETY
(ARA) – Your deck is the perfect place to enjoy the warm weather with friends and loved ones. But an unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries to you and your guests.
The number of deck failures and resulting injuries has been increasing at an alarming rate. Between 2000 and 2008, there were at least 30 deaths reported as a direct result of deck collapses, and more than 75 percent of people on a deck when it collapses are injured or killed. With 40 million decks in the United States that are more than 20 years old, it’s important for homeowners to check their deck.
The North American Deck and Railing Association is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks and proper installation of new decks.
A key element of enjoying your deck for years to come is making sure it is safe and code compliant. NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” is an efficient way to take a good look at the different parts of your deck, with an eye to what might need maintenance, repair or replacement. Safety first, fun second — make sure your deck is safe to enjoy.
You might also consider a professional inspection. “A professional inspection will examine every inch of your deck, provide information on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you a map of what to keep your eye on in the future. If your deck is older, this might include a regular deck inspection schedule,” says Mike Beaudry, executive vice president for NADRA.
Older decks require closer scrutiny. Many of these decks were built before code requirements were in place to protect consumers. Some of these decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails. If your deck is older, it is even more important to have it inspected by either a home inspector (NADRA recommends ASHI-certified home inspectors) or a knowledgeable deck builder (see the listing at nadra.org). NADRA member deck builders are required to adhere to a code of ethics and comply with state licensing and insurance requirements.
If you find your deck is not safe to enjoy, NADRA advises taking immediate action to have it repaired or rebuilt as necessary.
To choose a deck builder, NADRA offers the following tips:
* Ask friends and family members for referrals and contact state and local licensing authorities and trade associations such as NADRA.
* Meet with and carefully evaluate all potential deck builders. Ask to see a portfolio and some samples of the decking and railing materials they prefer to use. Good builders take pride in their work and will be enthusiastic about the possibility of creating a relationship.
* Pay attention to the deck builder’s experience, licensing, insurance coverage and professional references.
When hiring a deck builder, there is more to consider than just price. In addition to the tips above, NADRA recommends homeowners contact their city or county building department to speak with an inspector knowledgeable about deck construction.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

How to Build Your Own Vegetable Garden



Learn how to choose the right location for your garden, ammend the soil, and plant your selected vegetables.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Here's 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Home Inspection


Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

    Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights).

    Make sure your pets won't hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.

    Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a "light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.

    Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.

    Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.

    Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as "conducive conditions" for termites.

    Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic and crawlspace.

    Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical service panel, the door to the basement, and any exterior gates.

    Trim tree limbs so that they're at least 10 feet away from the roof.  Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hides pests or hold moisture against the exterior.

    Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches, windowpanes or screens, gutters or downspouts, or chimney caps.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Better yet, have your InterNACHI inspector ensure that your home is Move-In Certified™.  Your real estate agent will thank you!


From Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection - InterNACHI http://www.nachi.org/tentips.htm#ixzz2p9XqXVng

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day



Motivate neighbors and community members to work together to make where they live a safer place from wildfire. Visit the wildfire community preparedness day page on NFPA to get helpful tools and see who else in the United States is taking part.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Here's Five Ways to Get Rid of Termites


Termites are those ant-like crawling insects that eat wood and make your life hell (you've seen cartoons about termites, right?). They create big problems to house owners, as they can make unrepairable damage on the items they attack.

The worst thing is, they can infest your home and thrive there for years without you even knowing of their existence. They are very discreet creatures. It's much later when you see objects falling apart that you know you have a problem.

Infestations are very unpleasant and every respectful home owner needs to make the needed precautions to keep these insects away.

The first thing to know about this matter, is if there's dead wood, there are termites. It doesn't matter what it is - fallen branches, rotting stumps, or anything else, it's most likely to become termite dinner.

And, if these objects are close to your house, the termites will surely spare a glance there as well.

So... like I say often, prevention is the best attack.
  1.     Be sure to trim your bushes and keep your trees healthy. If there are fallen branches, keep them out of your lawn. If there are old stumps near by, dig them out and dispose of them. It sounds like a lot of work, but it's nothing compared to what awaits you when termites infest your home.
  2.    Also, keep all kinds of piles of firewood, stalks of lumber and any other wood products away from your house. They can also attract termites.
  3.     A good precaution is to seal all cracks you can see on your wall and floor. Termites can get into your house from everywhere. Leaky pipes and gutters can also attract them. Like every insect they also thrive near a water source. And, having wood (a food source) is like inviting them to a hotel.
  4.     As a responsible owner, you should also do regular inspections of your house and land for a possible infestation. As I said earlier, with termites, it doesn't have to be visible to know that there is trouble ahead.
  5.     Once an infestation is stated, there are good insecticide products which can be very helpful.    One is a repellent, which when sprayed, termites run away from the odour.    The other is an actual poisonous product that kills them.

However, as effective those methods are, a termite colony is huge and you can't be sure that you can find all of them to spray. And, it's enough to miss only a few before they breed and make the colony the same size.

This is why the best way to be sure you are rid of the nasty insects is to call for a pest control company. In the end professionals are the only people, who can give you guarantee your home is safe... If it's not too late, that is.


By Expert Author Ashley D Davidson

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Ashley_D_Davidson

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Watch This Video Before Removing Ceiling Joists or Roof Rafter Ties



http://www.hirecontractors.gregvan.com Click on this link if you're planning on hiring a contractor in the near future. Watch this video before removing ceiling joists or roof rafter ties and save yourself a lot of frustration and quite possibly thousands of dollars in home damage repairs. Ceiling ties are important and actually help hold the building together. For more helpful tips and ideas about construction, remodeling and building, watch more of these helpful videos.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Maintaining or Replacing Your Roof



Roofs play a key role in protecting building occupants and interiors from outside weather conditions, primarily moisture. The roof, insulation and ventilation must all work together to keep the building free of moisture. Roofs also provide protection from the sun. In fact, if designed correctly, roof overhangs can protect the building's exterior walls from moisture and sun. The concerns regarding moisture, standing water, durability and appearance are different, reflected in the choices of roofing materials.

Maintaining Your Roof

Homeowner maintenance includes cleaning the leaves and debris from the roof’s valleys and gutters. Debris in the valleys can cause water to wick under the shingles and cause damage to the interior of the roof. Clogged rain gutters can cause water to flow back under the shingles on the eaves and cause damage, regardless of the roofing material. including composition shingle, wood shake, tile or metal. The best way to preserve your roof is to stay off it. Also, seasonal changes in the weather are usually the most destructive forces.

A leaky roof can damage ceilings, walls and furnishings. To protect buildings and their contents from water damage, roofers repair and install roofs made of tar or asphalt and gravel; rubber or thermoplastic; metal; or shingles made of asphalt, slate, fiberglass, wood, tile, or other material. Roofers also may waterproof foundation walls and floors.

There are two types of roofs:  flat and pitched (sloped). Most commercial, industrial and apartment buildings have flat or slightly sloping roofs. Most houses have pitched roofs. Some roofers work on both types; others specialize. Most flat roofs are covered with several layers of materials. Roofers first put a layer of insulation on the roof deck. Over the insulation, they then spread a coat of molten bitumen, a tar-like substance. Next, they install partially overlapping layers of roofing felt, a fabric saturated in bitumen, over the surface. Roofers use a mop to spread hot bitumen over the surface and under the next layer. This seals the seams and makes the surface watertight. Roofers repeat these steps to build up the desired number of layers, called plies. The top layer either is glazed to make a smooth finish or has gravel embedded in the hot bitumen to create a rough surface. An increasing number of flat roofs are covered with a single-ply membrane of waterproof rubber or thermoplastic compounds. Roofers roll these sheets over the roof’s insulation and seal the seams. Adhesive mechanical fasteners, or stone ballast hold the sheets in place. The building must be of sufficient strength to hold the ballast.

Most residential roofs are covered with shingles. To apply shingles, roofers first lay, cut, and tack 3-foot strips of roofing felt lengthwise over the entire roof. Then, starting from the bottom edge, they staple or nail overlapping rows of shingles to the roof. Workers measure and cut the felt and shingles to fit intersecting roof surfaces and to fit around vent pipes and chimneys. Wherever two roof surfaces intersect, or where shingles reach a vent pipe or chimney, roofers cement or nail flashing strips of metal or shingle over the joints to make them watertight. Finally, roofers cover exposed nailheads with roofing cement or caulking to prevent water leakage. Roofers who use tile, metal shingles or shakes follow a similar process. Some roofers also water-proof and damp-proof masonry and concrete walls and floors. To prepare surfaces for waterproofing, they hammer and chisel away rough spots, or remove them with a rubbing brick, before applying a coat of liquid waterproofing compound. They also may paint or spray surfaces with a waterproofing material, or attach a waterproofing membrane to surfaces. When damp-proofing, they usually spray a bitumen-based coating on interior or exterior surfaces.

A number of roofing materials are available...

Asphalt

Asphalt is the most commonly used roofing material. Asphalt products include shingles, roll-roofing, built-up roofing, and modified bitumen membranes. Asphalt shingles are typically the most common and economical choice for residential roofing. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and textures. There are four different types: strip, laminated, interlocking, and large individual shingles. Laminated shingles consist of more than one layer of tabs to provide extra thickness. Interlocking shingles are used to provide greater wind resistance. And large individual shingles generally come in rectangular and hexagonal shapes. Roll-roofing products are generally used in residential applications, mostly for underlayments and flashings. They come in four different types of material: smooth-surfaced, saturated felt, specialty-eaves flashings, and mineral-surfaced. Only mineral-surfaced is used alone as a primary roof covering for small buildings, such as sheds. Smooth-surfaced products are used primarily as flashing to seal the roof at intersections and protrusions, and for providing extra deck protection at the roof's eaves and valleys. Saturated felt is used as an underlayment between the roof deck and the roofing material. Specialty-eaves flashings are typically used in climates where ice dams and water backups are common. Built-up roofing (or BUR) is the most popular choice of roofing used on commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. BUR is used on flat and low-sloped roofs and consists of multiple layers of bitumen and ply sheets. Components of a BUR system include the roof deck, a vapor retarder, insulation, membrane, and surfacing material. A modified bitumen-membrane assembly consists of continuous plies of saturated felts, coated felts, fabrics or mats between which alternate layers of bitumen are applied, either surfaced or unsurfaced. Factory surfacing, if applied, includes mineral granules, slag, aluminum or copper. The bitumen determines the membrane's physical characteristics and provides primary waterproofing protection, while the reinforcement adds strength, puncture-resistance and overall system integrity.

Metal

Most metal roofing products consist of steel or aluminum, although some consist of copper and other metals. Steel is invariably galvanized by the application of a zinc or a zinc-aluminum coating, which greatly reduces the rate of corrosion. Metal roofing is available as traditional seam and batten, tiles, shingles and shakes. Products also come in a variety of styles and colors. Metal roofs with solid sheathing control noise from rain, hail and bad weather just as well as any other roofing material. Metal roofing can also help eliminate ice damming at the eaves. And in wildfire-prone areas, metal roofing helps protect buildings from fire, should burning embers land on the roof. Metal roofing costs more than asphalt, but it typically lasts two to three times longer than asphalt and wood shingles.

Wood

Wood shakes offer a natural look with a lot of character. Because of variations in color, width, thickness, and cut of the wood, no two shake roofs will ever look the same. Wood offers some energy benefits, too. It helps to insulate the attic, and it allows the house to breathe, circulating air through the small openings under the felt rows on which wooden shingles are laid. A wood shake roof, however, demands proper maintenance and repair, or it will not last as long as other products. Mold, rot and insects can become a problem. The life-cycle cost of a shake roof may be high, and old shakes can't be recycled. Most wood shakes are unrated by fire safety codes. Many use wipe or spray-on fire retardants, which offer less protection and are only effective for a few years. Some pressure-treated shakes are impregnated with fire retardant and meet national fire safety standards. Installing wood shakes is more complicated than roofing with composite shingles, and the quality of the finished roof depends on the experience of the contractor, as well as the caliber of the shakes used. The best shakes come from the heartwood of large, old cedar trees, which are difficult to find. Some contractors maintain that shakes made from the outer wood of smaller cedars, the usual source today, are less uniform, more subject to twisting and warping, and don't last as long.

Concrete and Tile

Concrete tiles are made of extruded concrete that is colored. Traditional roofing tiles are made from clay. Concrete and clay tile roofing systems are durable, aesthetically appealing, and low in maintenance. They also provide energy savings and are environmentally friendly. Although material and installation costs are higher for concrete and clay tile roofs, when evaluated on a price-versus-performance basis, they may out-perform other roofing materials. Tile adorns the roofs of many historic buildings, as well as modern structures. In fact, because of its extreme durability, longevity and safety, roof tile is the most prevalent roofing material in the world. Tested over centuries, roof tile can successfully withstand the most extreme weather conditions including hail, high wind, earthquakes, scorching heat, and harsh freeze-thaw cycles. Concrete and clay roof tiles also have unconditional Class A fire ratings, which means that, when installed according to building code, roof tile is non-combustible and maintains that quality throughout its lifetime. In recent years, manufacturers have developed new water-shedding techniques and, for high-wind situations, new adhesives and mechanical fasteners. Because the ultimate longevity of a tile roof also depends on the quality of the sub-roof, roof tile manufacturers are also working to improve flashings and other aspects of the underlayment system. Under normal circumstances, properly installed tile roofs are virtually maintenance-free. Unlike other roofing materials, roof tiles actually become stronger over time. Because of roof tile's superior quality and minimal maintenance requirements, most roof tile manufacturers offer warranties that range from 50 years to the lifetime of the structure.

Concrete and clay tile roofing systems are also energy-efficient, helping to maintain livable interior temperatures (in both cold and warm climates) at a lower cost than other roofing systems. Because of the thermal capacity of roof tiles and the ventilated air space that their placement on the roof surface creates, a tile roof can lower air-conditioning costs in hotter climates, and produce more constant temperatures in colder regions, which reduces potential ice accumulation. Tile roofing systems are made from naturally occurring materials and can be easily recycled into new tiles or other useful products. They are produced without the use of chemical preservatives, and do not deplete limited natural resources.

Single-Ply

Single-ply membranes are flexible sheets of compounded synthetic materials that are manufactured in a factory. There are three types of membranes: thermosets, thermoplastics, and modified bitumens. These materials provide strength, flexibility, and long-lasting durability. The advantages of pre-fabricated sheets are the consistency of the product quality, the versatility in their attachment methods, and, therefore, their broader applicability. They are inherently flexible, used in a variety of attachment systems, and compounded for long-lasting durability and watertight integrity for years of roof life. Thermoset membranes are compounded from rubber polymers. The most commonly used polymer is EPDM (often referred to as "rubber roofing"). Thermoset membranes make successful roofing materials because they can withstand the potentially damaging effects of sunlight and most common chemicals generally found on roofs. The easiest way to identify a thermoset membrane is by its seams, which require the use of adhesive, either liquid or tape, to form a watertight seal at the overlaps. Thermoplastic membranes are based on plastic polymers. The most common thermoplastic is PVC (polyvinyl chloride) which has been made flexible through the inclusion of certain ingredients called plasticizers. Thermoplastic membranes are identified by seams that are formed using either heat or chemical welding. These seams are as strong or stronger than the membrane itself. Most thermoplastic membranes are manufactured to include a reinforcement layer, usually polyester or fiberglass, which provides increased strength and dimensional stability. Modified bitumen membranes are hybrids that incorporate the high-tech formulation and pre-fabrication advantages of single-ply with some of the traditional installation techniques used in built-up roofing. These materials are factory-fabricated layers of asphalt, "modified" using a rubber or plastic ingredient for increased flexibility, and combined with reinforcement for added strength and stability. There are two primary modifiers used today: APP (atactic polypropylene) and SBS (styrene butadiene styrene). The type of modifier used may determine the method of sheet installation. Some are mopped down using hot asphalt, and some use torches to melt the asphalt so that it flows onto the substrate. The seams are sealed by the same technique.

Are You at Risk?

If you aren't sure whether your house is at risk from natural disasters, check with your local fire marshal, building official, city engineer, or planning and zoning administrator. They can tell you whether you are in a hazard area. Also, they usually can tell you how to protect yourself and your house and property from damage. It is never a bad idea to ask an InterNACHI inspector whether your roof is in need of repair during your next scheduled inspection. Protection can involve a variety of changes to your house and property which that can vary in complexity and cost. You may be able to make some types of changes yourself. But complicated or large-scale changes and those that affect the structure of your house or its electrical wiring and plumbing should be carried out only by a professional contractor licensed to work in your state, county or city. One example is fire protection, accomplished by replacing flammable roofing materials with fire-resistant materials. This is something that most homeowners would probably hire a contractor to do.

Replacing Your Roof

The age of your roof is usually the major factor in determining when to replace it. Most roofs last many years, if properly installed, and often can be repaired rather than replaced. An isolated leak usually can be repaired. The average life expectancy of a typical residential roof is 15 to 20 years. Water damage to a home’s interior or overhangs is commonly caused by leaks from a single weathered portion of the roof, poorly installed flashing, or from around chimneys and skylights. These problems do not necessarily mean you need a new roof.

Fire-Resistant Materials

Some roofing materials, including asphalt shingles, and especially wood shakes, are less resistant to fire than others. When wildfires and brush fires spread to houses, it is often because burning branches, leaves, and other debris buoyed by the heated air and carried by the wind fall onto roofs. If the roof of your house is covered with wood or asphalt shingles, you should consider replacing them with fire-resistant materials. You can replace your existing roofing materials with slate, terra cotta or other types of tile, or standing-seam metal roofing. Replacing roofing materials is difficult and dangerous work. Unless you are skilled in roofing and have all the necessary tools and equipment, you will probably want to hire a roofing contractor to do the work. Also, a roofing contractor can advise you on the relative advantages and disadvantages of various fire-resistant roofing materials.

Hiring a Licensed Contractor

One of the best ways to select a roofing contractor is to ask friends and relatives for recommendations. You may also contact a professional roofers association for referrals. Professional associations have stringent guidelines for their members to follow. The roofers association in your area will provide you with a list of available contractors. Follow these guidlines when selecting a contractor:
  •         get three references and review their past work;
  •         get at least three bids;
  •         get a written contract, and don’t sign anything until you completely understand the terms;
  •         pay 10% down or $1,000 whichever is less;
  •         don’t let payments get ahead of the work;
  •         don’t pay cash;
  •         don’t make final payment until you’re satisfied with the job; and
  •         don’t rush into repairs or be pressured into making an immediate decision.
You’ve Chosen the Contractor... What About the Contract?

Make sure everything is in writing. The contract is one of the best ways to prevent problems before you begin. The contract protects you and the contractor by including everything you have both agreed upon. Get all promises in writing and spell out exactly what the contractor will and will not do.

...and Permits?

Your contract should call for all work to be performed in accordance with all applicable building codes. The building codes set minimum safety standards for construction. Generally, a building permit is required whenever structural work is involved. The contractor should obtain all necessary building permits. If this is not specified in the contract, you may be held legally responsible for failure to obtain the required permits. The building department will inspect your roof when the project has reached a certain stage, and again when the roof is completed.

...and Insurance?

Make sure the contractor carries workers' compensation insurance and general liability insurance in case of accidents on the job. Ask to have copies of these policies for your job file. You should protect yourself from mechanics’ liens against your home in the event the contractor does not pay subcontractors or material suppliers. You may be able to protect yourself by having a "release of lien" clause in your contract. A release of lien clause requires the contractor, subcontractors and suppliers to furnish a "certificate of waiver of lien." If you are financing your project, the bank or lending institution may require that the contractor, subcontractors and suppliers verify that they have been paid before releasing funds for subsequent phases of the project.

Keep these points in mind if you plan to have your existing roofing materials replaced:
  •         Tile, metal, and slate are more expensive roofing materials, but if you need to replace your roofing anyway, it may be worthwhile to pay a little more for the added protection these materials provide.
  •         Slate and tile can be much heavier than asphalt shingles or wood shingles. If you are considering switching to one of these heavier coverings, your roofing contractor should determine whether the framing of your roof is strong enough to support them.
  •         If you live in an area where snow loads are a problem, consider switching to a modern standing-seam metal roof, which will usually shed snow efficiently.
From Roofing - Int'l Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) http://www.nachi.org/roofs.htm#ixzz2zngByFRf

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Carbon Monoxide Safety - Put a Freeze on Winter Fires



NFPA offers tips and recommendations for preventing CO in the home.

For more information on how to keep your family and you safe this winter season visit:
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/winter
http://www.nfpa.org/winter

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Evolution Of A Microshop



Having been shopless for 3 years, I purchased a garden shed to work wood in. That was 5 years ago and, after looking over a pile of photos from that time, I was amused by all of the changes. I thought you might like a look as well.

To see more woodworking in the microshop, my tiny shed workshop, visit In The Woodshop - www.inthewoodshop.org

Friday, March 6, 2015

Knox Pest Control Sued for Defrauding Cancer Patient & Causing Hundreds of Thousands in Damage to Springhill Home



From his bed, a cancer stricken Mobile, Alabama lawyer was asked to sign a release for all termite claims the family may have against Knox Pest Control. The company had been making repairs to the Springhill home for months and claimed it had repaired ...all termite damage and finally treated the home as required by law.

The lawyer smelled a rat and refused to sign the broad release.

Knox representatives claimed to have carefully inspected the whole home and repaired all potential damage. The cancer patient's wife was assured that all the termite tunnels had been traced to the endpoint.

Curiously, before leaving, a Knox representative hinted to the homemaker that there was a “moisture issue” in the chimney and family may want to check it out. Campbell Law PC lawyer Tom Campbell not only smelled the rat, he walked across the attic floor and saw pencil-thick Formosan termite tunnels in the chimney area from a dozen feet away.

A household screwdriver revealed the expected: Formosan termites had hollowed-out the wood
supports that framed the chimney.

Wooden chimneys tend to leak when the structural support is eaten away by termites. The walls adjacent to the fireplace show cracks that are a tale-tell sign of walls moving. None of this was disclosed to the cancer patient when he was asked to sign-away his rights.

The family retained Campbell Law PC. An arbitration claim was filed on December 23, 2014.

The arbitration case will allege several forms of fraud stemming from the practice of making partial termite treatments, and for misrepresenting to this family how badly damaged their home really was.

The suit alleges a decrease of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the value of the home because of the termite infestation and damage that remains in the home.
--- Filed: December 23, 2014

Witnesses with helpful information about Knox's business practices are encouraged to call Tom Campbell (205) 567-6490 or Robert Walker (205)278-6652.

 Wednesday, 28 January 2015 03:25 - Last Updated Wednesday, 28 January 2015 03:30 December 23, 2014


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

#93 - Shop Organization Tips



I've been asked a few times for a shop tour. You see the shop enough in project videos :) but a recent request added "because I see some ideas in the background I want to know more about". Ah, that I can do!

I recorded this beginning of December and promptly forgot about it. Ironically, I started using a tool to better organize clips for editing because it "hides the clips that aren't for the current project". Well, out of sight, out of mind :)

Hope there are some ideas in here you can steal, improve, and put to use. I needed to get organized cuz as my dad would put it: I try putting 10 lbs of crap in a 5 lbs bag :)

Addendum: I'll be adding links to things like those plastic boxes on my blog page for this post. You can find it here: http://www.halfinchshy.com/2014/02/sh...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Why Realtors and Their Clients Trust SitePro Services

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