Your Practical Needs With Beautiful Laminate Flooring

Can damaged laminate flooring be replaced?

Assess the laminate floor damage

You can fix minor chips and scratches in a laminate floor with filler products. But if the damage is severe, you have to replace the plank (you did save a few from the installation, right?). It’s a job you can do yourself in about two hours. In addition to a spare plank, you’ll need a circular saw, hammer and chisel, router or table saw, drill and wood glue.

Some flooring experts recommend removing the base molding and unsnapping and numbering every plank until you get to the damaged portion. That works if the damaged plank is close to the wall. But trust us, if the damaged section is more than a few rows out from the wall, it’s actually faster to just cut it out.

Step 1

Replace ‘snap-together’ planks:

Remove the center section. Start by drawing a cutting line 1-1/2 in. in from all four edges of the plank. Drill a 3/8-in. relief hole at each corner of the cutting line and again 1/4 in. in from each corner of the plank.

Cut out the center section with a circular saw, cutting from hole to hole. Set the depth of your circular saw a tad deeper than the floor thickness. Then lift the blade guard and dip the blade into the cutting line.

Step 2

Cut to the corners

Next, cut from the center section into each corner, stopping at the drilled hole. Don’t go any farther! Finally, cut a relief cut from the center section out toward the seam of each plank. Tap a chisel into each relief cut to break out the uncut portion. Then remove all the cut pieces.

Step 3

Remove the bottom lip

The new plank has a groove at one end and one side, as well as a tongue at the opposite end and side. But you can’t install it until you cut off the bottom lip of both grooves and the side tongue. Score the tongue several times with a utility knife. Then snap it off with pliers. Shave off any remaining scraps with your knife.

Here’s a tip for cutting the groove: Stick the blade inside the groove and cut off the bottom from the inside (or use a table saw).

Apply a bead of wood glue to all four edges of the new plank. Insert the glued tongue of the new plank into the groove on the existing flooring and drop the plank into place. Wipe off any excess glue and load books on the plank until it’s dry.

Step 4

Replace glued planks:

Raise the floor to gain leverage. Most of the early laminate floors were fastened with glue. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do an ‘in-place’ patch on those floors too. Follow all the cutting directions shown for a snap-together floor.

Slip a dowel or scrap piece of flooring under the seam. Grab the section with pliers and tilt it down until the glued seam cracks apart. Then snap it upward to break any remaining glue.

Step 5

The old glue has to go

Use a flat-blade screwdriver or small chisel to chip out the old glue. Get the surfaces as smooth as possible for a flush fit and a good glue bond. Lay the new plank when done.

Step 6

Repair minor damage in laminate flooring:

Scratches on Laminate Floor or Chips?

Drop a knife or other sharp-edged item and you’ll get an instant chip in your laminate floor. But you don’t need to call in a pro, because this repair is strictly DIY. If you have the chip or an extra plank, take it to a home center or flooring supplier and match it up with a tube of laminate floor patching material. You may have to buy the two closest colors and mix them to match. While you’re there, buy a matching brand of cleaning solvent.

Clean the flooring with the solvent and let it dry. Next, squeeze a dollop of laminate repair paste onto a scrap piece of flooring or a mixing board and mix it with a putty knife until it begins to dry. Then press a shallow layer into the chip. Don’t try to fill the entire chip in one application. Clean off any excess with solvent. Let the first coat set for one hour before applying the next.

Step 7

Match grain

After the filler hardens, use a knife to duplicate the grain pattern. Darken the cuts with furniture touch-up markers.

Replacing a Damaged Laminate Floor Plank Close to a Wall

Laminate floor planks look beautiful and add elegance to a home. However, if a plank gets damaged, it detracts from the beauty of the flooring. Do you call in a professional and pay tons of money to replace the plank? Thankfully, no. There actually is an easy way to replace a damaged laminate plank if you are ready to spend some time and have a little bit of patience.

If the plank is close to a wall, the easiest way to replace it is by unlocking the planks. As tedious as it sounds, it is worth the effort and time.

Find the wall that is closest to the damaged plank

  • Lift the molding
  • Begin disassembling the planks by unlocking them. This can be done by disconnecting the tongue of one plank from the groove of the adjacent plank.
  • Make sure the plank you are replacing is the same size as the damaged one
  • Replace the plank and then begin locking the planks you removed

Once you finish, reset the wall base molding to what it was

How To Replace A Laminate Floor Board In The Middle Of A Floor

When a board sustains damage in the middle of a laminate floor, you have two options for replacing it. One is to disassemble the floor down to the damaged board, replace the board and reassemble the floor. That option isn’t always practical, especially in large rooms filled with furniture. The other option is to cut out the damaged board and glue in a replacement. It’s a job that requires carpentry skills, but it isn’t as difficult as replacing a board on a hardwood floor. You’ll get good results if you measure carefully and cut with a sure hand.

Removing a Damaged Board

  • Draw a line down the center of the damaged board using a straightedge and pencil. The line should span the length of the board.
  • Set the cutting depth of a circular saw blade to 1/8 inch more than the thickness of the boards. If the subfloor is concrete, set the depth exactly equal to the board thickness.
  • Plunge the blade into the line near the center of the board and cut toward the one end. Stop cutting when the blade reaches the edge. Pull out the saw, reverse direction and cut to the same point on the other end. Finish the cut on either end of the board by tapping along the cut line with a hammer and chisel.
  • Drill a 1/2-inch hole at each corner of the board. The hole should be 1/2 inch from both edges that form the corner. Draw a line at a 45-degree angle from each hole toward the cut line in the center.
  • Plunge the saw into the center of the board and cut along each 45-degree line, stopping at the hole in the corner. This cutting procedure creates four triangular pieces that you can pry loose from the ends.
  • Lift the pointed end of each triangle with a pry bar and pull the triangle toward the center of the board with pliers. Remove it when it snaps loose. When you have removed all four triangular pieces, pry out the two center pieces.

Installing a Replacement

  • Prepare the replacement board by cutting off the bottoms of the grooves on one side and one end. You also need to cut the tongue off the opposite end. Cut the grooves and tongue with a utility knife, scoring several times and then breaking off the pieces with pliers.
  • Spread carpenter’s glue on the tongues of the boards that are installed in the floor.
  • Snap the intact tongue of the replacement board into the groove of the adjacent board on the floor. Lower the replacement board, press down on the edges and hold the board down with weights until the glue dries

How can I remove stains from my laminate floor?

Accidents happen all the time. No worries though: your laminate floor can take a dropped sandwich, cake or even a paint splash or two. Watch stains disappear into thin air with just a rag, Quick-Step Clean and a mop.

It’s best to clean up the stain right away, so don’t wait too long before removing as much dirt as possible with some paper or your hands. Rub a clean paper towel or rag over the stain to remove as much of it as you can.

Get out the mop and some Quick-Step Clean. Use the mop and Quick-Step Clean to go over the stain until it is gone.

Dealing with more difficult and persistent stains, such as marker, paint or even scuff marks? Water might not do the trick, but acetone definitely will. Put some acetone on a rag and rub the rag over the stain. Take care not to get the acetone into the joints of the laminate boards, though!

Patching Holes in Laminate Flooring

A hole in a laminate floor is not easy to patch. Laminate flooring is typically 5/16 inches thick and manufactured in layers with the top layer plasticized with a representation of wood grain, stone or tile, so finding a material that blends well enough to make a patch is challenging. Besides, laminate flooring isn’t attached to the subfloor, so there’s no place to attach the patch, even if you could make one. The best solution for a hole is to replace the damaged plank, either by disassembling the floor or cutting the board out and gluing in a replacement.

Disassembling the Floor

  • Pry the baseboards off of one wall that runs parallel to the planks and the two perpendicular walls with a pry bar.
  • Remove one of the corner boards with the help of a rubber grouting float. Hold the float securely against the board and push the board toward the wall. When it disengages with the floor, lift the edge nearest you and remove it. Remove all the boards in the first row in the same way.
  • Remove the rest of the boards by lifting the free edge of each one and pulling sharply to disengage it from the board next to it. Separate the ends of the boards from each other in the same way. Stack the boards in an organized way so you can put them back in the same order.
  • Disassemble the floor back to the damaged board and replace it. Reassemble the floor and nail the baseboards back to the wall with 1 1/2-inch finish nails.

Cutting Out a Damaged Board

  • Draw a rectangle on the damaged board about 2 inches in from the edges, using a straightedge and a pencil. Drill a 1/2-inch hole through the board at each corner of the rectangle.
  • Set the cutting depth of a circular saw blade to about 1/2 inch, cut around the rectangle and remove the off-cut. Cut a diagonal line from each corner of the rectangle to the corner of the board. Stop cutting before the saw reaches the edge of the board and finish the cut with a hammer and chisel. Remove all the pieces.
  • Prepare a new board for installation by cutting the bottoms of the grooves with a sharp utility knife. Cut the tongue off the end of the board as well, but leave the tongue on the side intact.
  • Spread carpenter’s glue on the grooves that you cut, using a cotton swab. Install the board by hooking the tongue into the groove of the board next to it, them lowering the board into place. Press down to make sure the glue makes contact, then place heavy books or some other weights on the board to hold it down while the glue dries.

Let Your Kitchen Remodeling Ideas Come To Life

Important Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

Maybe you’ve been desperate to remodel your kitchen for years now. Maybe you’ve only recently started considering how a kitchen remodel could improve the functionality of your home. In either case, if you’re thinking about embarking upon a kitchen remodel, there are a few things to consider before deciding whether it’s the right move for you and your family.

What’s not working in your kitchen?

Do you like the arrangement of your appliances and how they relate to one another—is your microwave perhaps in an inconvenient location? What about the type of appliances you have—for example, would a different type of stove or oven improve your experience in the kitchen? Do you have enough storage and countertop space? Or do you maybe just really hate where your spoons are being stored?

What are your goals for your kitchen remodel?

When it comes to kitchen remodels, many of Heather’s clients goals are totally different from one another. One person may crave a fresh look, while others may be focused on increasing storage space or improving the flow from the kitchen to surrounding areas in the home.

That being said, the beauty of working with Heather is that you don’t have to know exactly what you want. In fact, ideally, you’ll be open to doing things you don’t see in magazines! Every kitchen doesn’t need to feature white cabinets and stone countertops. Heather can work with you to add colors, textures, and architectural elements to your home that will be fresh, unique, and beautiful while also functioning for your lifestyle.

What budget have you set for your kitchen remodel?

It can be hard to guess how much a kitchen remodel will cost, which occasionally makes clients hesitant to share their budgets. But usually, clients have at least a general idea of what they want to spend to achieve their goals for the project.

Kitchen Remodelling – Things to Discuss with Your Contractor Before Work Begins

economic times, many homeowners put off doing any kind of remodelling work on their homes. Now that real estate markets across the country are picking up, most homeowners are looking to do extensive home remodels. Whether you’re doing the remodel in order to sell your home or just to make it cosier and inviting for you, the first place most homeowners tend to want to begin is with a complete kitchen remodeling project.

Remember, the contractor you choose to do your kitchen remodel should be well respected, well known, and well liked in the area you live in. Once you have done your research and found the right contractor to meet your needs, there are a few things that you should discuss with him before work is even allowed to begin.

Your Personal Tastes and Preferences

Remember, this is your kitchen, and you choose what materials you want, what colors, and even how you want everything placed. If you want the height of your counters to be tall enough to match your six-foot frame without having to hunch, then you should let your contractor know. If you prefer wood over marble, then this is something you need to let your contractor know about as well. Remodelling your kitchen is about the choices you make – be sure that your contractor knows your tastes and preferences from the beginning.

Days and Hours of Work

Most construction companies have certain hours of the day that they work. Make sure that you know their schedule from the beginning so that you know if they are going to be working weekends or into the evening. This will help you, and them, to meet expectations for the project.

Your Budget and Overruns

You need to make it clear to your contractor from the very beginning what your budget is going to be for remodelling your kitchen. Inform them of the amount and make it clear if you can’t afford to go over. In this way, they will be sure to approve overruns or things that need to be changed through you, so that you don’t go over budget.

Kitchen Upgrades for Home Sellers

When you’re getting ready to sell your home, making upgrades can improve your property value and may speed up the sale process. In many cases you need to pick and choose rooms to renovate because you simply don’t have the budget to do a complete home reno

Renovating a kitchen that is too small, too dark or just too dated for buyers is one of the best ways to add ROI to your home and/or get a faster sale. A successful kitchen remodel can deliver a 70 percent return on investment and will help make your home a hot item on the local real estate market.

How much you should spend on your kitchen reno when done to aid a sale depends on how much you realistically can get for your home. If your home is in a neighborhood that has appreciated in value and many other homes have been renovated, you may want to invest in higher quality materials such as stone countertops so that your home will appeal to more affluent buyers.

Scratched and damaged counters are more than just an eyesore; they can also be harder to keep clean. Upgrading old counters will give your kitchen a fresh new look while also ensuring home buyers that your kitchen is functional and ready to use.

Stone countertops such as granite and counters made from natural materials have been in style for many years now, but at $50 to $250 per square foot, this may not be a realistic option for everyone. For homeowners on a  budget, tile countertops are a more realistic price at $10 per square foot.

Key Things to Consider Before Remodeling the Kitchen

Plan your Kitchen Remodling Today!

I mean, there’s hardly anything better than adding a big bay window above the sink that allows you to look out into your beautiful Iowa yard while you’re doing the dishes. But, there are a few important things to consider before remodeling your kitchen. So put down that Best Buy catalog, stop thinking about tiles for just a second, and answer these questions for yourself.

What’s Your Budget?

The first thing you should write down on your kitchen remodel checklist is your budget. This will determine everything from the type of paint you buy to the complexity of the job.

But, before we can break ground, we have to draw up a proposal and make sure that everyone is on the same page in terms of pricing. So, it helps if you know how much you can spend beforehand to save us all time.

What Type of Cabinets Are You Looking For?

Cabinets are the most important component of a kitchen. They’re essentially the framework that everything is built around. So, it’s important to consider them before you think about anything else.

Is the Sink Going to Move?

Most of the people who hire us for a kitchen renovation want to keep their sink in the same spot. They usually want us to replace it with a new sink, but they’re generally pretty happy with where it sits when we show up.

Benefits Of Remodeling Your Kitchen And Why You Should Use A Pro

There is always the excitement of transforming an old space into something entirely new. One of the important points in remodeling is you can change the feel, the look, and also the entire value of your home. Well, if you’re debating on whether to do it or not, here are some of the top benefits of a kitchen remodel and why you should use a professional remodeling expert for the job.

Improving The Value Of Your Home

Today, kitchen remodels have become very significant and popular in many homes. Depending on the overall value and size of your home; you should expect to pay a certain percentage for a quality kitchen renovation. However, don’t fret because it’s a worthwhile investment. With the current market rates, you should expect at least 75% return on investment.

Improve The Ambiance Of The House

An old and worn out kitchen is often very dull and boring. Often, you will find people ignoring it altogether. However, since you spend most of your time in the kitchen, it’s ideal to renovate it thus improving the overall ambiance of the house. Before doing the renovation, don’t get lost in the logistics and semantics. Rather, take the time to imagine the new look and feel that will bring a new ambiance.

Updating The Kitchen

So many people spend a lot of time in the kitchen using outdated appliances in their stuffy kitchens. Note that; renovation doesn’t mean adding new partitions or repainting the walls altogether. You can also replace all the old and worn out appliances and get an entirely new kitchen. If you haven’t been spending too much time in the kitchen because it’s too dull, you should think about renovating. That way, you can rediscover your lost love for cooking and spend more time in the kitchen.

Better Organization

With a kitchen renovation, you can optimize and streamline all the available space in your kitchen. That way, you can store any appliances, food or anything else that’s not being used currently. It’s a good way to de-clutter your kitchen and store everything away to make space look bigger, appealing and also more inviting. If you have been struggling with your kitchen organization issues, try a renovation and enjoy the new look.

Best Practices To Maintain Loading Services

Best Moving Container Companies

Whether you just need to get your stuff out of the house quickly or want professional movers to handle everything during a move, a moving container can help you knock stress out of the mix.

These protective storage containers get dropped off at your place, and you get to take your time packing before it is picked up by the provider and transported to the new location. We picked the three best moving container companies and evaluated each brand’s scope of services, ease-of-use, and price

How much do moving containers cost?

To know for sure you’ll have to call for a quote. But on average you’re looking between $300 for a small, local move, and on up to $3,500+ for a long distance move.

metal, weatherproof containers are available to most people in the US for both local and national moves. You can keep the container at your current or new residence or at a local facility until you’re ready to move it, which lets you organize your move without rushing.

offers multiple sizes of containers, meaning you won’t have to try to pack two rooms into a one-room container, or order an extra one for just a little bit more stuff. You’ll get a 30-day reservation for loading and unloading at your speed—great for those of us who forget how many knickknacks we’ve accumulated.

Personalized long distance small moves

can offer personalized long-distance small move shipping services at lower rates than large van line movers, whether you’re moving to the next state or across the country. small load specialists will coordinate the logistics of your move, ensuring a smooth process from pickup to delivery.

STORAGE UNIT MOVES

can help with long distance transport of items into or out of storage.

BOXES

With new Box-and-Ship program, you can get empty boxes delivered to your door, insurance, and pick up and delivery. also offer customized box shipping solutions for shipments of greater than 15 boxes

What is a small move?

considers any move under 3,500 pounds to be a small move. This could be a small as a single item of furniture or a few boxes, or as much as a 2+ bedroom home.

What do you consider a “long distance move”?

consider any move over 150 miles a long distance move. Moves under 150 miles are typically considered “local moves”, and can usually be handled by local moving companies.

HIRE PROFESSIONAL GOODS LOADING & UNLOADING SERVICES BY PACKERS AND MOVERS COMPANIES

All Packers & Movers companies provide expert loading services for all your household goods loading, commercial goods loading services for goods loading in all major cities. They offer reliable services for loading household goods, expensive goods, electronic goods, fragile goods and other industrial or corporate stuff. Their loading specialist acquires the right skills and knowledge of modern loading tools. Loading is an important part of Packing and Moving. Almost all Packers and Movers company offers loading services along with Packing and Moving. Hiring a professional Packing and Moving firm is not an easy task. They know hard work needed for loading and unloading, so Packers & Movers Company offer trained staffs and tools to look it easy.

The professional team works together for the safety of goods starting from packing to loading. It is always good to hire professional movers and packers for loading and unloading, especially if you have heavy and fragile goods. Unloading – Loading services were consider as important activities. It means transporting goods from one place to another without any scratches and damages. Goods need to be handled by skilled workforce during loading and unloading activity otherwise it may cause any extent of damage and financial loss. They have years of experience in the field of loading and unloading services, be it light weighted or heavyweight. Professional packers offer highly organized and systematic technique to move and load the goods with reliability. The packaging of goods in a proper manner is successful when loading and unloading process is complete with utmost care.

Packing and moving Company make sure complete care and take every necessary precaution during the course of household things loading, corporate goods loading and loading goods for any mode of relocation any preventing any chances of damage. During loading and unloading of goods and cargo, skill and understanding require for secure loading and unloading of commodities without causing injuries to articles and group concerned in the procedure. Packers and Movers company throughout transportation period fulfill the process of loading and unloading goods through special tools by means of loading spouts, slope tables, divergence lifters, crane, hydraulic lifts, and conveyor dock for the purpose of load and unload operations systems. Their main aim is to provide outstanding customer service and pay maximum attention to provide very high-quality work to the best of their ability.

BELOW ARE THE SERVICES WHICH ARE USUALLY PROVIDED BY PACKERS AND MOVERS

A big headache and a typical task made easy and simple by a new concept company in transport which we call “Packers and Movers”. They do professional packaging of your stuff and move it from one place to another. So what and where all do Packers and Movers come and how far do they help you with below services which are provided by them

INTRACITY RELOCATION

Any packers and movers company help you in packing, from a small needle to your bed all stuff is considered. They do transport your all packed items from one area in a city to another area in the same city. An expert and professional packaging team reach on your house or office before the time of transport and they are responsible for packing all items safely and load it into the transport vehicle. The transport vehicle as per need, move your set up to the next location. They also unload & unpack your belongings and help you set up your room, kitchen, and make the house the same as it was at the old location.

Take a Load Off

Save your back and yourself the stress of moving, and depend on to bare the load and make your transition smooth and easy. You can trust pros for loading and unloading service. have the equipment and techniques needed to load your items properly.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THE HEAVY LIFTING

Does the thought of carrying your furniture and boxes into a truck make you want to lay down on a couch? Don’t go through the stress and physical effort of loading up your items on your own. local movers will handle the job instead. treat your items like they’re own and make sure that they arrive safely.

SEE WHY CUSTOMERS PREFER TO WORK WITH PENDER MOVING SERVICES

Don’t break your back unloading heavy furniture. Trust the local movers at Moving Services, to load and unload your belongings quickly and safely. You should schedule loading and unloading services because:

can load and unload heavy furniture to help you avoid a serious injury

pride ourselves in keeping customers property safe

provide cushioned packaging materials

NEED HELP PACKING BULKY, SPECIALTY ITEMS?

Running out of packaging materials? got you covered. Moving Services is a moving company, that offers residential and commercial packing services

When you trust Moving Services with your packing and unpacking needs, moving will feel like a breeze. You can count on to carefully handle any items, including:

Priceless family antiques

Expensive office electronics

Small and delicate knickknacks

RESIDENTIAL MOVING

Since are a full service moving company, you have the choice to let take on the entire move so you don’t have to lift a finger, have handle only those big pieces you don’t want to attempt to carry with your friends, or anything in between.

Here is a summary of the residential moving services offer:

Move consultations/on-site estimates

Local moves

Long hauls*

Interstate moves

In home/in building moves

Unloading of PODS/containers/rental trucks

Packing & unpacking

Short term & long term storage

Clear the Clutter program

There are certain criteria that must be met for a move to be considered, however it is generally considered to be one that goes outside of service area.  During the estimate process, will inform you if your move is considered to be a long haul and go over the change in billing structure with you.

Okay, but really though, while may not be funny are pretty good at taking care of your furniture. To make sure it makes it from point A to point B as safely as possible, pad wrap

How To Find Success As A Home-Based Event Planner

What is the difference between Event Management and Planning

Event management and event planning are frequently tossed around interchangeably even though they are two very different things. Quite simply, planning and managing are not the same. While the skill sets of these two functions do overlap, they are two distinct functions. It creates problems for those dealing with clients who mistakenly think they need an event manager when what they need is an event planner. And for those clients who are under the impression that all event managers also handle event planning.

So let’s clear up the confusion because it is important that you and your clients have the same understanding.

What’s In a Name?

The event planning industry is host to numerous job titles and job descriptions. Event planner, meeting planner, event coordinator, convention planner, and event manager to name just a few. The list seems endless. As the industry grows, so does the list of job functions.

While job growth is always a good thing, the range of event planning job functions and event management job titles can be confusing to those starting out in the industry. It is equally frustrating for seasoned professionals faced with clients who misunderstand the services offered.

What is Event Management?

Event management, within the scope of MICE events, is a process of organizing and executing meetings with a planned agenda where people or professionals interact with each other and successfully exchange, knowledge, experience or a solution for any particular challenge.

Let’s first understand what is it to plan an event?

Decide Event Theme & Objective:

This is the heart of your event, event profs cannot afford a lack of clarity on this. To get this started event marketers or event organizers must try this. Take a pen & paper and write down answers to the questions below.

  • Who is this event for?
  • What is/ are objective/s of this event?
  • How much investment is needed for successfully conducting the event?
  • What will be the form of this investment? Time, money, talent or others.
  • What KPI will you track for measuring the event’s RoI?

Plan & allocate budget:

Different events have different needs and hence budget allocation is a function of the type/purpose of your event. Planning this is the second big step.

However, if you still need to generalize this for most event types, one must consider these areas to set aside a certain amount.

  • Venue Cost
  • Software & Tech
  • Catering & Food budget
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Marketing budget
  • A/V budget
  • Production costs

Set Timelines:

Plan the timing of your event is imperative. A simple analogy would be that of releasing a feature film. Any delay in the process could cost a bomb.

Try to get answers to these questions to keep it simple.

  • When should the event be held? (You don’t want to coincide it with a major festival or other significant events to divide your visitorship)
  • When should you start your marketing campaigns? ( Too early or too late both will result in more spends and fewer returns)
  • When should your registration start and when should it end?
  • What should be your vendor delivery timelines and SLAs?

A lapse in timing can lead to a significant impact on the success of your event.

Finding event sponsors & partners

Sponsors and partners are important to plan, most events where the goal of the event and that of sponsors find strong synergy are instantly funded, additionally, they have a strong association demand.

What is Event Planning?

The clue here is the name. The event planner plans every aspect of an event. This starts from the beginning at the conception of the event and continues until the event takes place. Although their work often goes beyond the big day, behind the scenes, as they gather feedback and conclude everything from the project.

If you can think of any detail that might need to be considered, an event planner has already created a plan for it. Some examples of what they would be responsible for include creating the budget, deciding on a theme, and organising speakers and entertainment for the day.

This means that their level of detail and organisation extends from the overall to the minute. Their role ranges from big factors like floor-plans, down to small details like table centrepieces.

Their level of planning also includes arranging hotels and travel for speakers or guests. It is their job to organise everything needed to deliver the event, but they won’t handle the event-day itself.

It is important to remember that many venues do not offer an event planner or event planning service. Which makes it your responsibility to hire them.

Essentially an event planner will conceptualise and develop the event. An event planner is there to help you design your dream event, but it is not their responsibility to deliver it.

Event Managers and Event Planners Work Together

Defining these two functions is challenging because, not only are they closely related, the responsibilities often overlap. Individual event planners may offer event management services, and event managers may also offer event planning. It all depends on the individual planner or corporate event management team, the venue, and the event itself.

It is important to understand the differences between the two and to determine which services you will provide. For example; If you offer event planning services for a large-scale event, you will work with an event manager who will coordinate your services with those of the catering manager, the audiovisual team, etc. Define your role and the services you will provide and clearly communicate these to prospective clients to avoid any confusion during the planning process.

How do you encourage networking at events?

In order to encourage networking at your event, you must facilitate the below points to your event attendees.

  • Send out Emails campaigns with relevant attendees profiles and book a meeting link.
  • Make the list of fellow attendees accessible to either all or selected people.
  • Let the attendees send and receive meeting requests, chat online without sharing their numbers.
  • Set-up meeting booths for attendees to meet and have a conversation
  • Create section/categories filters both on the venue as well as online, making it easy for event attendees to search for relevant people to network.
  • Build a strong membership community and offer them a good quality of match-making concierge services.

Fatal Car Accident Lawyer

What questions should I ask an attorney for a car accident?

Being an automobile accident victim can be overwhelming, and if you’re thinking about hiring an attorney, you may not know how to tell which lawyer is right for you. This article discusses how to screen potential automobile accident lawyers in an effort to find the best auto accident injury lawyer for your case.

There are three basic steps to hiring an car accident attorney or any kind of personal injury lawyer:

  • Gather the names of qualified lawyers who could handle your case.
  • Schedule a meeting, called an initial consultation, to discuss your case. This meeting is also your opportunity to learn more about the lawyer’s experience, skills, education, style, strategy, and fees.
  • Based on the information you gathered during your initial consultation, hire the car crash attorney you think is best qualified to handle your case.

Questions to Ask a Lawyer About a Car Accident

So, you have your short list of attorneys you think may be able to help you after your car accident and injuries. How do you know if you even have a case? How can you tell which lawyer will do the best possible job for you? When you call a law firm or meet with a lawyer in person, you have the opportunity to ask many questions about both the accident and the attorney—and you should always make the most of this opportunity! Every law firm should be willing to thoroughly answer your questions to ensure you best understand your rights and their legal services.

Once you get on the phone or attend a meeting, it can be easy to forget many of the issues you wanted to address. It can be a good idea to prepare a checklist of questions ahead of time to make sure you get all the information you need to make your decision whether to hire an attorney. The following is only one example of a list of questions you may want to ask a potential lawyer after a car accident.

How Much Compensation Can I Expect?

Many people underestimate the value of their car accident losses. If you never call a lawyer, you may request and accept compensation that is far lower than you deserve. You will likely be surprised by an attorney’s answer regarding the potential value of your claim.  Of course, it is almost impossible to estimate the end value of a case at the beginning of the process, but an experienced law firm will be able to give you information and estimates to help establish a range.

The most common losses are medical bills and lost income if your injured required you to miss work. However, a skilled car accident lawyer knows that losses can include much more than existing medical bills and lost income. You can also seek compensation for intangible losses, including pain and suffering, permanent injuries, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Noneconomic damages can be worth more than you might imagine, and can often increase the value of your claim when properly calculated. However, be prepared for an insurance company to challenge the amount of noneconomic damages you claim, and the right lawyer can negotiate for the amount you deserve. Many cases with substantial pain and suffering damages or that involve permanent injuries may not be resolved through the insurance claims process and may require a personal injury lawsuit.

Can I Expect Compensation for My Injuries?

You may have a feeling that you have the right to compensation after a crash, though it can be difficult to know for sure, especially if the other party involved is denying liability. A lawyer will gather a lot of information about how the accident happened, whether the police issued citations or made arrests, and more. The lawyer is trying to determine whether another party may be held responsible for your losses.

You will have the right to seek compensation from another party that acted negligently to cause the car accident. There are many different types of negligence that may result in a serious accident, and the liable parties may include other drivers, the employers of on-the-job-drivers, car manufacturers, and more. Some examples of negligence that lead to compensation for victims include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Violating traffic laws
  • Defective auto parts
  • Hazardous roads

In some cases, answering this question will require further investigation by the law firm, including interviewing witnesses or consulting with car accident experts. They want to get enough information to decide whether they can prove negligence and liability in your specific case. However, you should get a good idea of whether you may have a valid claim from your initial consultation

How Much Time Do I Have to Take Legal Action?

The answer to this question will depend on what state you are in and the specific circumstances of your case. Each state sets its own statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits and, if you file your case after the statute of limitations expires, the other party may successfully get the case dismissed and you lose your right to seek compensation. For this reason, it’s absolutely essential that you understand the time limits and begin your legal case in plenty of time.

However, there is much that has to happen before you file a lawsuit after a car accident, including:

  • You need to select the right car accident attorney for your case.
  • Your lawyer will then investigate the accident to gather evidence of liability and to calculate your damages.
  • Your lawyer will file an insurance claim with the negligent party’s insurance company. They then will try to obtain the settlement you deserve straight from the insurer, which can take time going back and forth with negotiations.
  • If the insurance claim is not adequate to fully compensate you for all your losses, your lawyer will then have to prepare a persuasive complaint to initiate your personal injury lawsuit.
  • The complaint must be filed within the statute of limitations.

The process leading up to a court filing can easily take months, if not longer. If you wait until the statute of limitations is almost up, you could lose your chance to file a claim or your claim may be rushed. You should be aware of your time constraints as soon as possible after your crash.

Ask Your Attorney the Following Questions After an Auto Accident

Car accidents are traumatic experiences and the injuries suffered can significantly impact your life. You may be facing overwhelming medical bills or finding yourself unable to do the things you used to do. However, you may be able to recover compensation if the car accident was not your fault.

If you are unfortunately the victim of a car crash, you should consult with an attorney. When choosing an attorney, look for someone who has a great deal of experience in auto accident cases. Before the first meeting with your attorney, you should come prepared with questions – your attorney may address most of your concerns before you ask anything, but it is important to come prepared.

What do I do after my auto accident?

Well, hopefully the first thing you did was contact your local law enforcement and seek medical attention. If you have not seen a doctor yet, that should be the first thing you do. You attorney needs to understand how significant your injuries are, and it’s imperative that you put your health first.

How will you represent me?

This is a very important question for you, because it allows for you to better understand your attorney and how he or she works. It also opens the door for your attorney to explain a little of what they will be doing so you know exactly how they will be representing you. Make sure you know the details about the plans and steps your attorney will take. You want to be able to develop a partnership with your attorney and other professionals involved in your case.

What should I do to protect my case?

You want to ensure that you understand what you should be doing and what you shouldn’t be doing in order to protect your case. Part of that will be ensuring that you meet all deadlines, such as when to file a lawsuit. You may need to do other things such as filing a notice with your insurance company. Of course, your attorney and legal team are there to assist you with all of this.

What information do I need to provide my attorney about my accident?

This is a great question to ask so that you know what kinds of documentation, photographs, evidence, witnesses, and other items you need to get to your attorney to assist in your case. Once the attorney understands your situation, they will be able to tell you exactly what may be needed.

What are my potential damages?

Every case is different, and no attorney can give you the exact worth of your case. However, the attorney should at some point be able to give you an idea of potential damages based upon your injuries and situation.

Can you help me recover compensation for future medical expenses?

Some injuries continue to cause problems for months, and sadly maybe even years. If your injuries result in recurring issues, you may need further compensation then what is offered up front for the injuries sustained. Things you might want to consider are whether your injury requires frequent visits to a chiropractor, or whether your injury could get worse later and require surgery. Ask your lawyer about whether there is a possibility of receiving compensation for future medical expenses in your situation.

What is the difference between settling and suing? And should I consider settling?

Most cases settle out of court. In the case of your auto accident claim, you may be able to settle with the insurance company without even filing a lawsuit. However, even if your claim leads to you suing the insurance company, you can still choose to settle the case prior to going to court. You can also opt against settling and take your case to trial where a judge or a jury will decide the matter. You should discuss any settlement offers with your attorney, and they can cover the pros and cons of the offer before you make any decisions. However, if you choose to settle you will no longer be able to sue for your injuries.

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Ceiling Fans Installation And Other Considerations

Best Ceiling Fans for Silent, Powerful Airflow

The ceiling fan may be the one home appliance that is still notorious for being an eyesore. However, plenty of models exist without gaudy candelabra lights and annoying pull chains. With remote controls and silent operation, the best fans will stylishly blend into your home, keep you cool, and save energy all year round.

Sure, you could go to a hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot and strain your neck by looking up at the dizzying displays to imagine which model will look and perform best in your home. Or you could just go with one of these top-rated, bestselling fans from reputable brands like Hunter Fans, Westinghouse, and Minka-Aire.

How to Find the Right Fan for Your Space

The first feature you’ll look into when upgrading to a new ceiling fan (or installing one from scratch!) is probably going to be its blade size in relation to the room. In his feature for Popular Mechanics on what’s inside a ceiling fan, provided a guide for the ideal blade length per room size. Generally, you should go for a 42-inch blade for 100 square feet or less, up to 50 inches for rooms between 100 and 150 square feet, 52 to 60-inch blades for 150 to 300-square-foot rooms, or a fan up to 74 inches for anything 300 square feet or more

No matter which blade size you go with, if you’re planning on installing a fan in a room with low ceilings (eight feet or lower), you’ll want a model that’s specifically low profile to sit flush against the ceiling. Most fans also come with several options for mounting positions, such as downrod, flush, or angled. In addition, if you plan to add a new fan to your porch or sunroom, make sure to go with a model that’s designed for outdoor in addition to indoor use.

Also note that all of these fans have reversible, three-speed motors, allowing you to set them to counterclockwise in the summer and switch to clockwise rotation for the winter to save money on your energy bill all year round by spreading cool or warm air. While most of these fans will still have pull chains to control the speed and lighting, note that several also have hand remotes, wall controls, or even smart home capability for voice control. Remember, if you want to go with a cheaper model without one, you can always install a universal fan remote later.

Everything You Need to Know about Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Outdoor ceiling fans are a great way to cool down your porch, garage, or open areas outside of your home. Choosing the right one requires an assessment of the space and determining what features you want. Use this guide to find the answers to your biggest outdoor ceiling fan questions

What’s the Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Ceiling Fans?

The main difference between indoor and outdoor ceiling fans lies in their UL rating. A UL rating is determined by looking at the fan’s electrical components and determining if it runs the risk of electrical shock or fires when exposed to moisture. There are three ratings used to catalog fans, “indoor”, “damp rated” and “wet rated”.  Fans with an indoor rating should never be used outside, but fans with a “damp” or “wet” rating are fine for indoor and outdoor use.

Wet Rated Ceiling Fans

Wet rated fans are made to handle intense moisture and the top of the fan is sealed to prevent moisture from getting in the motor. These types of fans work well for uncovered areas such as a pergola where rain or snow may fall directly on the ceiling fan.

Damp Rated Ceiling Fans

Damp rated fans are better for covered areas like a patio, lanai or back porch. Damp rated ceiling fans can handle moisture but are designed to have a roof over their heads.

What Outdoor Ceiling Fans Features are Right for Me?

Outdoor ceiling fans can come with a lot of useful features, including remote controls, lighting fixtures, and different airflow capacities. Which of these features is the most important for you depends on your needs and preferences?

Importance of Installing a Home Ceiling Fan

Sometimes, because of how simple things are, they are ignored. This has been a behavioral trend that seemed to be recurring almost in all kinds of situation. Just like a simple ceiling fan placed at a certain part of your home. Obviously, you had it installed to provide convenience, to reduce the heat on your place while at the same time adding aesthetic value on your home.

Convenience

How else can ceiling fans be used than to provide convenience? Ceiling fans are important because they provide cool air which eventually reduces the heat coming in on homes. And who would want to spend an afternoon at home with the heat?

Aesthetics

By aesthetics I mean to the home aesthetics. Aside from reducing heat, ceiling fans also act as beautiful accessories at home because of its design. Ceiling fans come in different sizes and designs that is suitable for different types of home interior.

Self-help

You can never underestimate the importance of being self-empowered by the fact that you played a role in setting up your ceiling fan at home. You see, unlike air conditioners whose installation require the help of technical experts, installing your home ceiling fan can be done by you with the help of any of your family members. (In fact you can do it alone if you want to.)

Bottomline, it’s all about what you need.

While ceiling fans are highly important and beneficial, it’s not for everyone (or every place).

It will help you to ask yourself the following:

Why do I need a ceiling fan?

Is a ceiling fan capable enough of handling my home’s heat?

What part of my house will need a ceiling fan if ever?

Benefits of Ceiling Fans

Many homeowners install ceiling fans to stay cool. Sure, fans are very useful mild climate. But there are many other advantages to ceiling fan installation, including energy cost savings, design and style choices, versatility, illumination, and year-round value.

Reduced Energy Costs

A 30% to 40% reduction in your electric bill is possible. However, ceiling fans don’t actually lower the temperature. The draft they provide makes it feel like it’s cooler, and allows you to retain the same level of comfort even if you raise the thermostat a few degrees. In turn, this reduces demand on your heating or cooling system, so you use less energy and are charged less by the utility company.

Diversity in Style

A ceiling fan is an accessory driven by style, given the choice of styles, sizes, and finishes available. The fan you choose can complement the interior design of your home. In addition to its functional aspects, your fan can help make a statement. A ceiling fan can be the single focal point of a room and influence every other stylistic choice you make, from paint color to the type of carpeting and furniture selected.

Versatility for Any Room

You can install a ceiling fan in a living area, kitchen, bedroom, or even a screened-in outdoor porch. It can improve the environment no matter where it’s installed. You can therefore enjoy comfort whether watching TV, making dinner, going to sleep, or sitting outside. The more ceiling fans you install, the better—you’ll save more on your energy bill

Convenient Lighting

Many ceiling fan models have lights built into them. Lighting adds function but also contributes to the ambience of a room. Illumination can be in the form of layered lighting to enhance the room’s environment. Fans can have built-in lights, but if you have a working fan at home and would like to upgrade it, there are fan light kits on the market. Either way, the lighting benefits are just the same.

How to Install Your Ceiling Fan

General Considerations

An easy-to-install ceiling fan can make a real difference in your home’s climate-both cooling and heating- at a far lower cost and operating expense than almost any other item.

The installation begins with choosing where the fan should be located. In almost all homes, the fan is installed in the center of the room, replacing a central light fixture. This spot provides a smooth air flow to most of the room.

Since a fan draws about the same power as a ceiling fixture, the electrical circuit shouldn’t be overloaded. But if your fan includes lights, be sure the circuit it’s on has enough extra capacity to handle the load. If not, you must run a new circuit with a new circuit breaker from the house main service panel or subpanel to the fan.

If there is no central light fixture, you’ll have to create a plan to hang the ceiling fan. Then, you’ll need to bring electrical power to it. You can tap into an existing circuit to do this.

Mounting the Ceiling Fan

Start your installation by turning off the power to the light’s circuit at the circuit breaker or fuse. Only then should you remove the light fixture.

If there is no central light fixture, snap diagonal chalk lines from opposite corners of the room to find its center. Determine whether the lines cross exactly below a ceiling joist. If they do, move aside just far enough between joists to let you fasten the side of the fan’s new junction box directly to the joist.

Cut a hole large enough for the junction box to be slipped in. If it’s next to the joist, drill holes in its side and screw it to the joist.

Installation between joists is OK, too. Fasten the box to a 2 x 4 header nailed between the joists. Sometimes, you can insert a 2 x 4 header through the junction box’s hole, nailing it to each joist. If not, you may need to open a larger access hole. Then, patch the hole to close it again. (A typical fan mounting where there’s access above the joists for header-nailing.)

You may choose to use a patented fan support unit designed to be inserted through the normal junction box hole to save you from opening a hole in the ceiling.

Use only a metal junction box to support a ceiling fan – never hang the fan from a plastic box. Depending on the brand, style and size of your ceiling fan – and your electrical code – you may use a 4″ or 3″ octagonal junction box. (Some local codes don’t permit the use of 3″ boxes.)

The heaviest fan that should be supported by an outlet box is 35 pounds. If it weighs more, the building structure must support it.

Whatever you do, make sure the junction box is supported well enough to hold at least 50 pounds. That’s the weight of an average ceiling fan. Also, you mounting must be able to withstand vibration while the fan is running. Even a well-balanced fan creates some vibration when it runs.

You’ll use a special beam mount when mounting a fan to a beamed ceiling. Use one kind for a horizontal beam, another for a pitched beam. You may need an extender to lower the fan to the proper level.

Fan-mounting is particularly important because any failure to make things secure could allow your fan to fall from the ceiling.

Assembly

Fan assembly varies from brand to brand. Be sure to follow the specific instructions with the unit you buy. Regardless of the manufacturer’s instructions, if the fan blades are less than a screwdriver’s length away from the ceiling, it may be best to install the blades before hanging the fan.

The hanger pipe is usually placed into its hole on top of the motor. The wires are drawn up in the center. A set screw is tightened securely to make sure the pipe stays in place after it is threaded down.

Some fans have a separate motor hub into which the hanger pipe mounts. In this case, you’ll place the actual motor housing over the hub.

Other fans have a two-piece decorative ceiling cover to hide the hole in the ceiling. It is installed after the fan has been hung on the ceiling.

Tighten the set screw well.

Other models use a hook, with the hanger bracket designed to accept it.

To attach the fan blades, set the motor unit down where it will be stable. Often, the styrene foam packing for the motor housing makes an excellent stabilizer on your worktable.

Most fan blades have a two-pronged attachment, using screws that come through holes in the blades and into the flanges. These need to be drawn up securely, but not so tightly that the threads are damaged or the laminated blade material is crushed. On many fans you’ll find the flanges, or prongs, also need to be mounted to the motor housing. If this is the case, mount them before the flanges are mounted to the blades themselves.

Height Beneath Blades

Now, check the floor-to-ceiling height of the fan blades. You can do this by measuring the floor-to-ceiling distance and subtracting for the part of the fan that will extend below the ceiling down to the lower blade surface. An absolute minimum height of 7′ is recommended. This may be reinforced by building codes in your area.

If the floor-to-ceiling distance is too little, check into a low-ceiling mount for your fan. With some models, the fan blade height can be increased by as much as 10″. Remember, though, that you need at least 12″ between the ceiling and the tops of the fan blades for proper airflow. Having 18″ is better if the space is available.

Mounting the Fan to the Box

Install the hanger bracket on the box with screws and lock washers. If no lock washers are supplied, get some – they prevent fan vibration from loosening the screws over time.

The hanger bracket may accept either a half-ball hanger or a hook-type hanger, depending on which kind your fan uses. Either way, the hanger is carefully slipped into the bracket.

Next, the unit is wired, and the ceiling cover is slipped up to its full height and tightened in place.

Be sure to connect the black house wires to the black fan wires, and the white house wires to the white fan wires.

The fan should be electrically grounded to both the metal box and the fan. The grounding wires will be either green or bare copper. A green grounding pigtail attached to the box by a bonding screw will make your work easier. Wirenut the ground wires from the box, the fan and the power supply together.

If the fan wobbles when it runs, its blades may be unbalanced. To correct this, try interchanging two adjacent blades. If that doesn’t work, take all the blades off and weigh each one on a food or postal scale. If any is underweight, tape a soft object such as a pencil eraser or modeling clay to the top center of the blade, making its weight the same as the others. Reinstall the blades and the fan should run smoothly.

Mold Inspection Tips

Commercial Inspection

Inspection can help you with all your commercial inspection needs. From roof to slab, inspect everything in between. can make sure that your parking area and building is ADA compliant. inspect all the systems and functions of your property as you need. can arrange for septic inspection, underground storage tank sweeps, and more

Mold Inspection & Testing

Inspection provides certified mold inspections and testing. Testing includes air samples & surface samples, along with a mold analysis report. A separate mold test analysis report id provided in addition to the lab analysis report. The assessment report will explain the mold test results in layman’s terms.  You will also be provided phone access to mycologists on staff who can answer any questions you may have about the mold test results.

Underground storage tanks are an important issue to recognize during a real estate purchase. If an underground storage tank is present, there is the potential of an environmental hazard if the tank has leaked it’s contents into the surrounding area. If not disclosed or discovered, the financial burden of the environmental clean up would then fall upon the shoulders of the new owner of the property. The cost of an underground storage tank leak has the potential to be financial devastating to the property owner. For a small investment during a real estate inspection, we can arrange for an underground storage tank sweep. If an underground tank is found, it is often the responsibility of the seller to remove the tank and pay for any environmental clean up. Wouldn’t you like the peace of mind knowing that there are no underground storage tanks on your property that could cause you financial distress in the future ? Investing in a tank sweep becomes priceless if an underground storage tank is discovered

Certified Radon Testing

Radon is a colorless and odorless naturally occurring radioactive gas that seeps from soil into homes through cracks and other openings in the foundation or walls in contact with the soil

WATER DAMAGE & PROPERTY RESTORATION

usually consider a home disaster to be something like the Internet crashing or the pool turning green. But really, a home disaster is a pipe bursting and having water cover your entire home. You would be surprised to learn that leaking pipes, floods, or burst sewage mains are quite common. And damage such as this can be devastating to your property.

expert technicians and professional customer service, Restoration 1 is a cut above the rest. A company that you can depend on when dealing with difficult situations such as these.

Services Include:

Biohazard Cleanup

Odor Removal

Carpet Cleaning

Crime Scene & Trauma Cleanup

Crawlspace Encapsulation

Emergency Services

Commercial Restoration

Mold Damage Restoration

inspect your property and find even the smallest traces of mold. then remediate your property to make sure any mold spores stay away.

Water Damage Restoration

experts have experience dealing with property water damage after a major storm, a hurricane, a flood or even a hidden or burst pipe.

Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation & Repairs

understand that dreadful feeling you get when you discover mold indoors. You want to feel safe in your living spaces, and finding mold in your bathroom, kitchen, basement or elsewhere in your property can leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

A mold problem is always a moisture problem. Moisture problems in commercial buildings can be caused by emergency water damage from floods, broken pipes, failed appliances, etc., as well as by on-going and unnoticed leaks from pipes, roofs or around doors and windows. In some cases, building design issues that cause high humidity levels also can support mold growth.

When mold is discovered, trained technicians will locate the source of the moisture and recommend a course of action to eliminate the problem quickly. In commercial buildings, will work with you to minimize the disruption while our team works quickly and efficiently to remove the mold.

you are assured:

Consultation, including environmental testing to identify the source and extent of the mold.

Full service remediation, involving controlled demolition and safe disposal of mold contaminated materials, as well as thorough cleaning and sanitizing of any affected areas.

A variety of other techniques appropriate to the project conditions as required.

All necessary restoration and reconstruction services provided through a single point of contact.

An IICRC certified technician on every loss, with all work done to the proper Standard of Care.

Mold remediation done in conjunction with an Environmental Consultant or Certified Industrial Hygienist, if desired.

Mold Remediation & Removal

Don’t jeopardize your health with mold in your home.

Mold spores are present almost everywhere, but when mold colonizes in your home’s crawl space it’s time to consider mold remediation

There are several reasons why mold can be become an issue in your home:

Improper ventilation

Blocked bathroom vents

Crawl space flooding

Natural moisture generated in all homes

Mold build up in your home can lead to several health risks.

Your health is the primary consideration when faced with mold issues because mold can cause serious respiratory system health issues. Symptoms may include:

Itchy eyes

Scratchy throats

Difficulty breathing issues

Mold can also impact the resale value of your home.

Studies indicate an average property devaluation of 17 to 23 percent because of the presence of mold. Other issues such as the unavailability of insurance can make it difficult to sell any property that is infested with mold.

Aspergillus, the mold (a type of fungus) that causes aspergillosis, is very common both indoors and outdoors, so most people breathe in fungal spores every day. It’s probably impossible to completely avoid breathing in some Aspergillus spores. For people with healthy immune systems, breathing in Aspergillus isn’t harmful. However, for people who have weakened immune systems, breathing in Aspergillus spores can cause an infection in the lungs or sinuses which can spread to other parts of the body

Penicillium, a genus of ascomycetous fungi, has a long history of interaction with mankind; sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful, the genus Penicillium contains over 300 species and remains poorly understood by the general public despite its widespread medical use. Penicillium is best-known as an agent of food spoilage; many species prefer to live on organic biodegradable substances and as such, they contribute heavily to the growth of visible mold on food products which are stored improperly

Stachybotrys chartarum (also known by its synonym Stachybotrys atra) is a greenish-black mold. It can grow on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. Growth occurs when there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Constant moisture is required for its growth. It is not necessary, however, to determine what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal

All About Mold and the Dangers of Mold

Mold results from water damage and excess moisture and can form as quickly as within 24-48 hours. If you experience flooding or other water damage, you must address it as quickly as possible to avoid health hazards and damage to your property. The longer it is left, the more difficult it is to remove, and the more damage will be sustained.

Mold can leave stains on walls, furniture and important documents. Mold is a toxin and can cause health problems like allergic reactions, asthma attacks and more. Depending on the extent of the problem, you  may be able to handle it yourself, with proper precautions. More on this below. When in doubt, call a professional mold and water damage expert who will have the proper knowledge and equipment to safely and quickly remove the problem.

What is mold?

Molds occur outdoors as part of the environment and have a role in nature by breaking down dead matter such as fallen leaves and trees. They reproduce by means of tiny spores that are invisible to the naked eye. Mold grows when these spores land on a damp surface. Mold can occur anywhere that moisture is present, whether it is from a leaky pipe, flooding, or spilled water left unattended. There are many types of mold.

Black mold  (stachybotrys chartarum) is one of the most known toxic molds and can grow very quickly in your home. It is a greenish-black color and can grow on materials with a high cellulose content such as fiberboard, cardboard or paper. Black mold thrives in warm, moist environments such as baths, showers and toilets, basements or kitchens. Pink mold is common in bathrooms, aspergillus mold, which is prevalent even in arctic regions is less dangerous to those with healthy immune systems but can be detrimental to those with compromised immune systems and lungs. And don’t forget your pets! Pets can also be susceptible to health issues from mold. This mold can even be found in your kitchen on starch items such as bread or potatoes

What causes mold?

In a word, water! Every type of mold needs water to form. Moisture is the key cause of mold growth in a home. High humidity from extensive rain, or by the coast or other large bodies of water increases indoor humidity. It is important in those conditions to keep your home well vented. Other causes of mold are leaking pipes, roof leaks, condensation, poor ventilation, wet clothes, a water-saturated floor that is not promptly dried and of course, flooding and other water damage. Mold will form in a damp basement, or at a house’s foundation if the water run off is toward your foundation.

Tax Preparation Career Overview

What is a simple tax return?

A simple federal income tax return is one with almost no options. Prior to the 2018 tax year, the Internal Revenue Service offered two streamlined versions of its 1040 individual income tax return. The simplest was Form 1040-EZ, for taxpayers with very basic tax situations and usually the quickest refunds. While the 1040EZ form can still be used to file returns for tax years 2015 – 2017, beginning with the 2018 tax year, the 1040EZ form will no longer be used. Another option, the 1040-A, was also simplified but had more options for filing status and more opportunities to claim tax credits, and like the 1040EZ, will not be used beyond the 2018 tax year.

For the 2018 tax year and onwards, the IRS offers a revised Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR. The IRS also has simplified filing with e-file, an electronic method that was used in 2019 to file over 138 million tax returns for the 2018 tax year.

Simple Returns

The 1040-EZ is for an individual or married couple filing jointly, under age 65 with no taxpayer dependents and with taxable income under $100,000. You must be reporting income only from wages, salaries, tips, taxable scholarship or fellowship grants, unemployment compensation, or Alaska Permanent Fund dividends, and taxable interest not more than $1,500, with no mortgage interest or other itemized deductions. This is easiest to e-file, and if you don’t qualify, the system will automatically tell you.

Information You May Need

  • All income documents.
  • Your age, your spouse’s age, and filing status.
  • Federal income tax withheld.

The tool is designed for taxpayers that were U.S. citizens or resident aliens for the entire tax year for which they’re inquiring. If married, the spouse must also have been a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire tax year. For information regarding nonresidents or dual-status aliens, please see International Taxpayers.

Disclaimer

Conclusions are based on information provided by you in response to the questions you answered. Answers do not constitute written advice in response to a specific written request of the taxpayer within the meaning of section 6404(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

How to file a simple tax return for a stimulus check

The Internal Revenue Service has provided a simple tool for people who are eligible for the federal government’s economic impact payment but do not normally file taxes.

One aspect of the $2 trillion package to help mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic is a $1,200 check, which will be automatically sent to most eligible U.S. taxpayers. Among those are people who filed a federal income tax for 2018 or 2019; people who receive Social Security retirement or Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, or those who receive Railroad Retirement benefits. These people will not need to file anything to receive a check.

However, some non-filers are also eligible, including citizens and permanent residents who had a gross income that did not exceed $12,200, or $24,400 for married couples for 2019 or those who were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019.

The IRS has provided a quick tool to enter payment information to help determine a person’s eligibility and payment amount.

“After providing this information you won’t need to take any additional action,” the IRS says.

After going to this site and clicking “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here,” you will be asked to create an account by providing your email address and phone number, and establishing a user ID and password. Then you’ll be directed to a screen where you will input your filing status (single or married filing jointly) and personal information. Make sure you have a valid Social Security number for you, and your spouse if you were married by the end of last year.

You will also be asked for bank information, or you will be sent a check. You will need your driver’s license (or state-issued ID) information. If you don’t have one, leave that area blank.

An e-mail from customer service will either acknowledge that you have successfully submitted the information, or will tell you if more is needed.

Among information you’ll be asked for:

  • Full name, current mailing address and an email address.
  • Date of birth and valid Social Security number.
  • Bank account number, type and routing number, if you have one.
  • Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year, if you have one.
  • For each qualifying child: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse.

Pick a Filing Status

Your filing status helps you figure out what you’ll need to do to file, what your standard deduction is, your eligibility for certain credits, and how much you’ll owe in taxes.

There are times when picking your filing status is pretty straightforward—like if you’re single—and other times when you might qualify for more than one filing status and it’s not so clear.

How do you figure out which filing status to pick? There are five different statuses to choose from:

  • Single. If you’re not married, divorced or legally separated, or widowed before the tax year, you’ll file as a single taxpayer. Simple enough, right?
  • Married Filing Jointly. You’re married and both of you agree to file a joint return. In most cases, married couples usually save more by filing jointly.
  • Married Filing Separately. If you’re married and for some reason don’t agree to file jointly—maybe you want to be responsible for your taxes only or filing separately results in a lower tax bill—you can use this filing status.
  • Head of Household. This one’s a little tricky. To qualify you must have paid for more than half of the household expenses for the year, be unmarried, and must have a “qualifying child or dependent.” So, if you’re a single parent or taking care of an ailing family member, you might qualify to file as head of household.
  • Qualifying widow(er). If your spouse dies and you don’t remarry in the same tax year, you can file jointly with your deceased spouse. For the two years following the year of death, you can use the qualifying widow(er) filing status if you choose to.1

In most cases, folks will either file as single taxpayers or married filing jointly. But there are some rare instances where you might consider filing separately or another filing status if it applies—so always do the math.

How does a client get their Economic Impact (stimulus) Payment?

Most taxpayers do not have to do anything to receive their EIP. Taxpayers will generally fall into one of three categories. Determine which of the following applies to the taxpayer’s situation, then follow the process indicated below:

  • If the taxpayer qualifies to file a tax return on Form 1040 or 1040-SR, go to item 1.
  • If the taxpayer is a social security beneficiary who is not required to file a tax return, see 2 below.
  • If the taxpayer does not fit into category 1 or 2, they must file a simple return; see 3 below.

For more information about the Economic Impact Payments, including details on amounts and qualifying individuals, see the IRS website. A Frequently Asked Questions section is available to address some common issues. Sections help further define those who are and are not eligible to receive a payment, as well as how to return payments received in error.

1. Regular Filers

If a taxpayer has already filed a 2018 or 2019 return on which direct deposit information was included, the IRS will use that account to directly deposit their Economic Impact payment. If the taxpayer did not receive a refund in 2018 or 2019, they can use the IRS portal to enter their direct deposit information. See the IRS Economic Impact Payments page for details.

2. Social Security Beneficiaries

Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file a simple tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. See Related Links below for more information on the Treasury Department’s announcement.

3. Simple Return

Those taxpayers who normally are not required to file a tax return will need to file a “simple tax return” in order to get a stimulus payment. This allows taxpayers who did not file a 2018 or 2019 return to provide their household and direct deposit information to the IRS/Treasury department. For more information, review the IRS website and the Non-filers page.

Window Cleaning Like A Pro

Window Cleaning Tips from the Professionals

Window Cleaning Equipment

First things first – you need the appropriate equipment, starting with a bucket. Your bucket should be large enough to fit 1) a squeegee and 2) a mop-like cleaning tool. Other tools and materials you will need: a small scraper (perfect size for residential windows) to remove stubborn grime such as splattered paint, detergent, rags and a tool belt (for easy access to scraper and rags).

Your squeegee is a magical tool, as it gets your glass clear and streak free in a fraction of the time it takes with paper towels. Invest in a good one with swivel capabilities if you are looking for streak-free sunshine all season long!

Your mop-like cleaning tool should hold water allowing you to apply adequate solution to the windows. It’s also helpful if it has a scourer to help scrub away dirt and grime. Lastly, the handle should allow you to easily maneuver the tool over the entire window.

Window Cleaning Technique

Fill your bucket with cold water. Either add detergent to the water or apply directly to your cleaning tool. Use adequate water to clean the window starting at the top. If there are any stubborn spots, grab your scraper. Make sure you do not scrape any stubborn debris over the glass leaving scratches. Always use a forward motion, pushing the debris then clean it off with a rag.

If you need a step stool or ladder to reach second-story windows, remember to use them safely. Make sure the ladder’s feet work properly and have slip-resistant pads. Also look for a safe location with firm, level footing and rigid support for the top of the ladder. When using the ladder, use three points of contact – two feet and one hand or one foot and two hands

Inside & Out: Window Cleaning Tips

It is that time of year again: time to ready the house for winter.  Over the weekend I set out to get one of the winter ready chores checked off my To-Do list.  I spent Saturday cleaning my windows inside and out so that all winter long I will be able to see clearly out each and every one of them.  I don’t spend too much time in the spring cleaning the windows since they get covered with screens, but in the fall they get a serious cleaning.

I could not live without the screens in the summer to let in the fresh air, but I get giddy – truly I do… when I take them off because not only does more light come into the house, but the house looks so much better sans screens.

In the fall, I remove the screens to store them for the winter. It always amazes me how much nicer not only the windows, but the exterior of the house looks when the screens come off.  The white trim looks bolder and the glass shines which adds contrast to the texture of the brick facade on the front of the house

The first floor windows were pretty easy to clean when the shrubs around the house were small, but once they grew, I could no longer get a ladder up to them to clean the outside of each one. I ended up having to lower the top sash and hang out upside down to clean the outside of each.   A few years ago I found a much better way to do the hard-to-reach exterior side of the windows.

For the second floor windows: I use Windex Outdoor that I got at my local True Value hardware. You simply attach the bottle to your garden hose, move the nozzle to rinse, clean, and then rinse again to get the windows sparkly clean – no ladder or hanging upside down out the window needed.

How To Clean Windows

Tools and materials

Glitz cleaning vinegar

Glitz glass cleaner

Karcher Window Vac 2

Microfibre cloths

Newspaper

Rubber gloves

Spray bottle x 3

Squeegee

Water

The vinegar method

One the easiest – and most environmentally sound – ways to clean your windows is by using good old white vinegar and water. It’s non-toxic and naturally sourced. Make your own cleaning solution by simply mixing 50 per cent vinegar and 50 per cent water in a spray bottle. Spray your window, let it sit, then grab a microfibre cloth and give everything a good wipe. If there are still streaks, flip your cloth to the other side and give it a second going-over. How easy was THAT?

Glass cleaner and a squeegee

This method is particularly good if your windows are extra streaky. Simply spray your chosen window cleaning solution onto your glass – we’re using Glitz Glass Cleaner, one of the best brands out there – and leave for a few moments. Grab a squeegee and drag across your window from top to bottom. Leave to dry for a bit and it should be streak free and sparkling clean.

Using a window vac

This method is for all of you who love a gadget – in this case, the Karcher Window Vac! Spray on your window cleaner, use the squeegee attachment and give it a good scrub. After you’ve done this, you’re ready to vacuum the extra water off – voila!

Newspaper and water

From the super high tech, to the super LOW tech – the good old newspaper and water method! Simply spray on some clean water or window cleaner, and then use a scrunched-up piece of newspaper to wipe away the dirt. It might sound basic, but it works a treat! And it’s a great way to make your windows sparkling clean and streak-free

Top Window Cleaning related questions

What does a professional window cleaner do?

Professional window cleaners clean the interior and exterior surfaces of glass windows, as well as other glass fixtures. They’ll use a detergent with water to loosen and remove any dirt, then rinse and dry the window to remove streaks and marks.

What are the benefits of hiring a professional window cleaning service over DIY?

A professional window cleaner will save you time and effort. And because they have the equipment (like ladders, harnesses, and poles) and supplies to safely and efficiently clean your windows, you’ll get a much better result than if you tried to do it yourself.

What equipment will a window cleaner bring to my home?

Depending on the height of your windows and how easy they are to access, window cleaners will bring ladders, water blasters, cleaning tools (squeegee, brushes, sponges, and cloths), as well as their preferred detergents, sprays, and specially formulated cleaners.

How long does a window cleaning services take?

It normally takes a professional cleaner around 3 hours to wash all the inside and outside windows for a standard 3-bedroom home. If there are second-storey windows requiring ladder access, it’ll likely take longer.

How do you find the best window cleaning service provider near you?

Airtasker is the easiest way to find top-rated window and glass cleaners in your local area. Just post your task and you’ll start to get quotes from professional window cleaners near you within minutes.

How to clean windows

Learning how to clean windows is all about learning how to get the best possible, streak-free results with a minimum of effort. Ever spent half an hour cleaning a window only to discover that it’s still grimy/covered in unsightly streaks? It is an essential job that makes your home look more presentable and can noticeably increase how much light is coming into your rooms – all the better when it is done with ease.

Don’t start cleaning windows until you’ve checked these quick tips:

Is it a sunny day? If it is, hold off washing windows until a cloudy day – it might be easier to see smears on a sunny day, but the sun drying the windows too quickly is usually the cause of any streaks in the first place.

Have you brushed, swept or vacuumed the window? It’s sooo much easier to wash windows that are free of dust, so vacuum the sash, frames and sills first. Plus, doing so will ensure there’s no muddy, soupy mess on the floor afterwards.

Have you removed window dressings? This isn’t a must, but if you’re doing an annual, thorough window clean, it makes sense, especially if your window dressings are a) in the way and b) likely to be dirtied easily by drips and splashes. Plus, you can use this as a good opportunity to have curtains and blinds cleaned or freshened.

Have you got some newspaper handy? If you’ve only got a couple of microfibre clothes, buffing your clean, dry glass with crumpled newspaper will give your windows a sparkling, streak-free finish.

THE BEST WAYS TO CLEAN WINDOWS

There are so many routes to go down when cleaning windows, depending on how dirty your windows are, how big they are and how much time you have. We’ve split the various best ways to clean windows to reflect what you might be tackling.

GET A STREAK-FREE FINISH ON FAIRLY CLEAN WINDOWS WITH MICROFIBRE CLOTHS AND WATER

If your windows are given a regular wipe over and aren’t hideously dirty, you can simply use a damp microfibre cloth to wet them, and a dry cloth (or a series of dry ones) to dry them off and achieve a streak-free finish.

The upside to these cloths is that they can be simply popped in the washing machine, ready for use next time, making them a fairly eco-friendly way of cleaning windows. Plus, you can use a squeegee before you dry off the windows with your microfibre cloth to cut down on the cloths you use and get the job done even faster.

Massage For Sports Therapy And Pain Management

How do I prepare for a pain management appointment?

Pain resulting from injury or surgery is completely normal, but if you’re experiencing ongoing pain for months or years it’s time to seek help from a chronic pain management specialist.

Before your Chronic Pain Management Appointment

Both doctors recommend you bring the following with you to your appointment:

  • All your medications – either bring the bottles or a list with current doses
  • Names and contact information for all your other physicians
  • The name and number of your pharmacy
  • Your medical and surgical records and any imaging results

During your Appointment

When you’re with your pain management specialist, share as much information as possible – this will help your specialist make an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. And be sure to take notes – a lot of information will be given during a short amount of time.

It’s even a good idea to make a list of questions in advance so you don’t forget anything. Questions may include:

  • Are there any medications I should take or avoid?
  • How can I keep myself free from further pain-related issues?
  • How will my treatment plan be developed?
  • What are reasonable goals for treatment?

How Can I Prepare for My Visit?

The best way to prepare for your visit at The Pain Management Center is to become familiar with our treatments and your treatment goals. By exploring our pain treatment and therapies, you can develop an understanding of the types of services we offer. This can be helpful as you discuss possible treatment plans with our doctors. Reviewing these treatments and our page on pain conditions can also give you an idea of the kind of treatments you can expect depending on your condition.

What Should I Bring to My Visit?

On the day of your visit, you’ll want to make sure you dress in comfortable clothing. This will make it easier for us to perform any treatments, while also making your experience more enjoyable. Additionally, you may want to bring any paperwork or other information that relates to your condition or injury. This can include anything that relates to care under workers compensation, if applicable. We also ask that you bring in your insurance information.

Treatment

Your pain management team will work with you to develop the best treatment plan for your pain, disease or condition. Options may include one or a combination of the following:

  • Physical therapy – Typically the first approach to pain management, physical therapy can often resolve pain without further treatment.
  • Medical therapy – If there is no benefit provided from physical therapy, medications may be prescribed. It’s important to note that research shows significant risks and side effects associated with long-term use of opioid pain medications for pain not related to cancer. Because of this, if your pain is not related to cancer, your pain management specialist will work with you to identify alternative options to opioid pain medications.
  • Interventional procedures – Sometimes combined with medical therapy, interventional procedures can include epidurals, steroid injections, nerve blocks and spinal cord stimulators.
  • Complementary therapies – These are therapies such as acupuncture, biofeedback and herbal medicine. These may not be provided at the hospital, but your pain specialist can provide recommendations on where to go.

Preparing For Your Interventional Pain Management Appointment

Chronic Pain is a difficult burden for patients to bear and especially when dealing with doctor appointments.  Because many chronic pain patients have seen multiple doctors, taken many different prescriptions and even have had multiple surgeries, the idea of seeing yet another doctor may be almost unbearable. Even more so when you are required to produce copies of medical records before you can been seen.  Why does the process have to be so involved and difficult?  As a Specialist who treats chronic pain, I understand how patients can get frustrated.  Why can’t you just get pain relief without all of the tedious requirements?  This article is written to help you understand the process, why it exists, what to expect and how to prepare for your first office visit with me.

The Pain Management Team has a strict policy for treating chronic pain patients.  This policy includes some of the following:

  • Your medical records are very important; but the experience that you share with us is equally important. While the thought of re-telling your pain story may make you want to stay in bed with the covers pulled over your head, please know that it is a vital tool I will use to find the best treatment for you and your pain.  Please come to your appointment with an open mind and trust that I will help you in any way I can to reduce your pain.
  • Your willingness and openness are also important in the area of treatments I may recommend. In addition to medication, I often prescribe Physical Therapy, in-office procedures or injections, exercise, aqua-therapy, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback and many other modalities and therapies.  Just because Physical Therapy didn’t help you in the past doesn’t mean it won’t help you in future.  I often suggest many different treatments, in concert, to find the best pain relief for my patients, but their efficacy may largely depend on you and your willingness to try.

Questions to Ask at Your Appointment

The easiest way to have a painless discussion about pain with your APM provider starts by asking the right informational questions. Here’s a suggested checklist you may adapt to your situation:

  • What causes my pain?
  • Can my pain be cured or managed?
  • Is it normal to suffer this type of pain with this condition?
  • Are there common triggers for this type of pain? Should I avoid noise, heat, certain foods or other situations?
  • Why does my pain seem worse at certain times of the day or during certain weather conditions?
  • How can a pain specialist help me and my condition?
  • What kinds of pain treatments are available and appropriate for me? What are the risks and side effects of each?
  • What about alternative treatments? Are there homeopathic or complementary treatments?
  • Will diet or exercise help alleviate my pain? Should I see a nutritionist or work with a physical or occupational therapist?
  • What resources are available to help me learn more about my type of pain and how to manage it?