How To Get Rid Of Wasps

What you need to know about wasps

Wasps are generally considered a nuisance with the threat of their sting and the fact that some people are allergic to them. While we don’t often see wasps until the summertime the queen start to build her nest in early spring. So what should you do if you notice wasps swarming around your property and what do you need to know about these insects? We uncover some useful and interesting wasp facts.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Ordewr: Hymneoptera

There are over 120,000 different species of wasps and they exist in every country of the world except in Antartica. The most obvious wasp that we see in the UK is the Common wasp or Vespula vulgaris. It has distinct black and yellow warning stripes and can be found throughout the UK. From time to time we see headlines that we are about to be invaded by wasps from Africa or other countries like the Killer hornet.

Many wasps are solitary, this means they lay their eggs on or in other insects eventually killing their hosts. There are also social species of wasps which make their nests using wood pulp. It is these social wasps that you need to beware of as the queen will make here nest in early spring somewhere warm and hospitable.


Facts About Wasps

Although wasps can be useful around the garden by consuming dead insects and eating flies, they can be a nuisance too. Apart from stinging, their persistence can be irritating and presents a threat to those allergic to their sting. Seek medical help immediately if you are stung in the mouth or neck, or if you experience giddiness, nausea, unusual swelling or extreme pain following a sting.

The facts about wasps

We all know that wasps can sting repeatedly, but here are some facts about wasps you may not know:

  1. Wasp venom contains a pheromone that causes other wasps to become more aggressive. Try not to swat one near its nest or other wasps.
  2. The sting of a wasp should wear off within 24 hours, but for a small minority of people, the venom in their sting causes anaphylactic shock which can be fatal.
  3. An ordinary sting can be treated with deodorant containing aluminum.
  4. Wasps live in colonies that form self-contained communities, each following a caste order of queens, males, and workers.
  5. A male wasp is called a Drone. The job of the Drone is to mate with the Queen. After they have fulfilled this mission, they die shortly afterward.
  6. Wasps don’t swarm.
  7. European Hornets strip the bark from trees, causing damage to trees and shrubs.
  8. Wasps feed their young meat (e.g. insect larvae).
  9. The only wasps that survive the winter are young fertilized queens. They emerge from overwintering in the spring to build new nests. Initially, the queen lays up to a dozen eggs and when they hatch into larvae she feeds them until they become workers. The workers then forage for food, feed the new larvae and defend the nest.
  10. In late summer, the colony produces males and new queens. They fly away to mate and the queens then find a place to hibernate. The cold weather eventually kills the males, workers, and foundation queen.


Why Do Wasps Sting?

Wasps sting other insects to subdue or kill their prey. They also sting to protect their nest from a perceived threat, even if the threat isn’t real. Some wasp species are quite aggressive, and unlike honeybees, wasps can sting repeatedly.

Additionally, like bees, wasps can alert the troops with pheromones if they sense a threat. This is a chemical call to their colony that they are under attack, and they will come out of seemingly nowhere to mount a defense. The ability to sting multiple times, their aggressive tendencies, and their ability to rally the nest to attack are the characteristics that makes wasps dangerous to humans.


Differences From Bees

Wasps are distinguishable from bees by their pointed lower abdomens and the narrow “waist,” called a petiole, that separates the abdomen from the thorax.

They come in every color imaginable, from the familiar yellow to brown, metallic blue, and bright red. Generally, the brighter colored species are in the Vespidae, or stinging wasp, family.

All wasps build nests. Whereas bees secrete a waxy substance to construct their nests, wasps create their familiar papery abodes from wood fibers scraped with their hard mandibles and chewed into a pulp.


How to avoid wasp stings?

The following tips can help you avoid painful wasp stings:

  • Carefully dispose of all food and drinks, especially soft drink cans.
  • Never leave sugary drinks unattended. Also, always check sugary drinks for wasps before consuming.
  • Keep all areas of your property clean and tidy.
  • Check for wasp activity before carrying out any gardening activity.
  • Avoid strong scents and bright clothing.
  • Protect your feet by wearing closed shoes.

Should I remove wasp nest myself?

It is important to treat a wasp nest as soon as possible. Removing a wasp nest is a complex process and requires professional help. To avoid the risk of painful wasp stings (and possible allergic reactions), we strongly advise you not to try to remove a wasp nest yourself. Remember, you could cause serious injury to yourself or others if you provoke the wasps in the nest.

Electrical Installation Training To Learn Electrical Skills

Electrical DIY

Don’t Die for DIY

Did you know that DIY errors cause half of all serious electric shocks in UK homes?  Almost 50% of men admit that they feel they should try and tackle household maintenance and repair jobs themselves or ask a mate before calling in a professional

But our survey discovered that nearly half of all severe electric shocks are caused by DIY attempts, with the main errors including cutting through power leads, drilling into wiring and repairing electrical items while they’re still switched on.

Online Advice?

Many people now turn to Google or YouTube to search for DIY tips. But you need to make sure you’re getting guidance from a reputable source

tips for electrical DIY

Locate cables in your wall. A common DIY error is accidentally drilling, nailing or screwing things into cables hidden inside your walls. A quality cable detector can help you to track buried cables before you start work and avoid the risk of an electric shock.

Use an RCD (residual current device). An RCD can save your life by cutting off the power in the event of an electrical fault caused by a DIY blunder. Make sure you have one fitted in your fusebox (consumer unit), and where necessary use a plug-in RCD.



Check to be certain that they’re licensed, bonded, and insured

This is a key consideration when choosing an electrician. Home repairmen don’t have the proper certifications, licenses, and other qualifications necessary to ensure the job will be done right. And, if the company isn’t bonded and insured, you can be held liable for any accidents that may occur while they’re on the job. You don’t want just anyone playing around with your electrical system because fires start can start quickly

Pay attention to reviews and recommendations

Personal recommendations from family, neighbors, or other acquaintances hold a lot of weight. You can see for yourself the job that was completed, and get honest feedback from someone you trust. Online review sites can also help you determine the type of work you can expect from the company

Look for satisfaction guarantees and/or labor warranties on work performed

One of the easiest ways to find out whether a specific electrician is the right one for you to work with is to ask whether they back their work with satisfaction guarantees and/or labor warranties. These give you peace of mind that, even if the job isn’t completed to your standards or if something unexpectedly goes wrong, you’ll receive top-notch service until it’s fixed at no extra cost to you. CMC Electric guarantees all of their work for a lifetime period.

Make sure the company can perform any specialized labor you require

While electricians aren’t necessarily hard to find, knowing how to find the right electrician for your unique job can be another task altogether. Not all electricians have the skills or certifications necessary to tackle specialty projects. If your project requires complex electrical repairs, ask the contractor whether they have the specific skills needed to complete the task. A good example of this is not hiring a seasoned commercial electrician for your home electrical repairs.

Need a quick repair? Find a company that will schedule same- or next-day appointments

Electrical companies that have multiple locations and a larger workforce can usually accommodate same- or next-day appointments. This is a huge advantage to you, as a homeowner, if you have an emergency repair. A company that is willing to work with your schedule is a company that cares.


What is my electrical installation made up of?

Electricity meters

The electrical installation starts out on the street, from where the Sibelga-operated grid delivers the electricity straight into people’s homes. The electrical power is taken into your home by a cable that goes into the first electrical cabinet, which holds the main power switch and the electricity meter(s). Depending on your rate scheme, you may have one or two meters (day rate and night rate). The main power switch or residual current breaker (300 mA) cuts off the electrical power if there is current leakage. All of these elements inside this first electrical cabinet are Sibelga property. If there is a problem, it is for the grid operator to come up with a solution.

Distribution board

A supply cable sets out from the meter and goes into the distribution board, also known as the fuse box. From this point onward, the electrical installation is yours. If there is a problem, the best thing to do is to call an experienced electrician.

At the distribution board, the electrical power is distributed across the various circuits around your home. Each circuit is protected by an automatic circuit breaker, popularly referred to as ‘fuses’. If the electric circuit gets overloaded or short-circuited, this circuit breaker interrupts the power supply to the circuit and the appliances connected to that circuit. Once the problem has been resolved or the defective appliance has been taken out of the socket, you can switch the circuit breaker back on.

Earth fault circuit interrupter

When the electrical circuit serves a damp room, such as the power sockets in the bathroom, the laundry room or the power socket of the washing machine, this room benefits from a supplementary safety measure, which is nothing other than an earth fault circuit interrupter (30 mA).


The number of circuits you can have in your electrical installation is basically unlimited. You will need to set up separate circuits for the power sockets and the lighting fixtures. Do bear in mind that each circuit can have up to a maximum of 8 single or multiple power sockets. If you have several appliances in one room that all use a fair amount of electricity, it is a good idea to install different circuits.

Protection against high-voltage surges!

Having overvoltage protection as part of your electrical installation is not compulsory. It is there to protect your home against voltage peaks, in case of lightning strikes, for example. So it might be a good idea to have this type of protection built into your installation if you have expensive devices or appliances. Circuits to come to mind are the ones that computers, video systems or hi-fi equipment run on.


How To Start An Electrical Business – An Electricians Guide

There comes a time in every electrician’s life when becoming your own boss is more appealing than working for someone else. You’ve aced your apprenticeship, you’ve got bucket loads of experience under your belt, and now you’re ready to take the next step – setting up your own electrical business. Navigating the path to entrepreneurship isn’t always easy, but the payoffs are sweet. So if you’re thinking of going solo, this in-house Tradify guide is for you. Packed full of information, we’ve covered everything you need to know about turning your hands-on skills into a fully operational electrical business.

things you need in place first

First explore why you want to start your own business in the first place. Is the goal to grow your income? Maybe you crave flexible hours that free up more time with your family? It might sound a bit airy-fairy, but at the end of the day, a personal understanding of what’s motivating you to kick-start your entrepreneurial journey will create a strong foundation on which to build your business.

Training and qualifications

The essential first step is to obtain education and training from a certified trade school or apprenticeship programme. No matter how ‘gung ho’ you are at installing downlights or free wiring a house, official certification is critical – you can’t get a business off the ground without it. You’ll be hard-pressed to secure clients if you’re not qualified, and you’ll also be putting the safety of yourself, your clients and any employees you take on at risk. Programmes vary not just from country to country, but also between states, regions and provinces


The next big factor to get serious about is resources and capital. Starting up any new business doesn’t come cheap, and will almost always require an initial outlay of cash. As an independent electrician, your major costs will be investing in a vehicle and equipment. The scope of these will vary depending on what sort of niche market you intend to service. You pretty much have two options here. You either fund your own venture or seek cash from a third party like a bank, an investor or a business partner.

A clear-cut business plan

Don’t expect to get your electrical business off the ground without a polished business plan. Yes, it takes time, but it’s time well spent. That’s because a comprehensive plan gives your new business structure, purpose and a clear-cut strategy. It should include all of the key business details, such as financial projections, growth opportunities, marketing strategies, financing, short/long term goal outlines and so on. You can hire a business consultant to help you develop your business plan


How to choose an electrician

There’s a little more to choosing the right electrical contractor than just tracking someone down and throwing money at them to get the job over and done with. In fact, if you’re careless about who you hire or what you try to do yourself, it could easily end up burning your house down or really hurting someone.

When do I need an electrician?

We all know that electricians install and repair electrical systems. What you might not know, though, is just what kinds of electrical work you’ll need to call an electrician in for.

What qualifications do electricians need?

These days, all states and territories require electricians to hold an electrical license to carry out electrical work (see the pictures above for a few examples). Most states also require electricians to be ‘Registered Electrical Contractors’ (R.E.C.s) before they’re allowed to operate an electrical contracting business or perform electrical work for profit.

What’s a certificate of electrical compliance?

Electricians must issue certificates of electrical compliance for the work they do. These certificates indicate that the work that’s been done complies fully with the state or territory’s applicable electrical legislation as well as the Wiring Rules (also known as Australian Standard AS/NZS 3000:2007) – and that the work’s been properly tested and approved.

How to hire the right electrician

Find a local electrician – This will be more convenient, and should ensure that you’re not being charged for the electrician to travel to the job.

Get several quotes – Compare a few quotes, not all electricians will charge the same amount for the same work – but they should be reasonably similar. Check out reviews online, but don’t believe everything you read…

Check with other trusted contractors – If you’re having a kitchen renovated, there’s a good chance that the builder will know a good electrician who he or she’s comfortable working with. Get it all bundled in the one price, if you can.

Ask to see the electrician’s licence – Your electrician should have no problem with showing you this – or with you double-checking with the state authority to ensure that the licence is valid.

Ask whether you will get a certificate of electrical safety – You should receive safety certificates for any work that’s done.

How To Get Rid Of Scorpions In Your Home For Good

How To Catch Scorpions In ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you can say goodbye to tarantulas for the next six month. There can only be one dangerous predator in the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and the two just switched hemispheres at the start of May. Tarantulas have gone down to the southern hemisphere, and scorpions have made their way up north. I’m not sure they really fall under the category of “bugs”, but this is a game that lumps frogs in under “fish”, so sure, whatever. It’s a big new prize that you want to add to your museum, so here’s how to catch one

The rules here are basically the same as tarantulas, so you can really just sort of think of this as a tarantula re-skin. Still, you might need some pointers on how to proceed. For starters, scorpions show up at night. So start looking between 7:00 PM and 4:00 AM when you don’t have any guests on the island.

Scorpions spawn on the ground, so finding one might be harder if you’re living on a more built-out island. Try going on a mystery tour: if you’re lucky, you might get an entire island infested with them, or you might just find a few more than you would on your home island. If you want to raise your odds, clear the island of as many trees, flowers and rocks as possible, like with tarantulas.

When you see a scorpion on the map, stop. Probably do the same thing if you see a scorpion in the real world. Get out your net, and hold down A to raise it into the ready position. Proceed, cautiously, towards the scorpion.

When the scorpion notices you, it will raise itself into a defensive position. If you keep moving, it will attack, and you’ll need lighting-fast reflexes to catch it. Instead, just stop, but keep your net ready. When it lowers its guard, move forward slowly. It will raise up again, so stop again. Keep doing this until you’re in net range of the scorpion, then let go and swing. With any luck, you should have yourself a new prize.


Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to farm scorpions

It’s May and there are lots of new bugs to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Although players in the northern hemisphere said goodbye to tarantulas, the scorpion has taken its place as the most aggressive, yet lucrative, bug to catch.

Much like the tarantula, there are tried-and-true techniques to harvest scorpions. You can catch the scorpions faster and increase the bells in your bank account by buying and selling them, especially to Flick. There are a few tricks to increase the scorpions’ spawn rates, which will help you buy furniture for your home, decorations for your island, and outfits for you and your villagers.

The only time you’ll be able to catch scorpions is in the evening. Because scorpions are nocturnal, you will only be able to find these angry bugs between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. For the northern hemisphere, players will be able to find scorpions between May and October. Southern hemisphere players can find scorpions from November through April. It is also worth noting that scorpions will not spawn if you have visitors on your island.

Approaching a scorpion can be a little nerve-wracking. Because one sting from a scorpion can send you back to your home, it can be a little tricky to approach these aggressive bugs. If you find a scorpion, be sure to equip your bug net and hold A when approaching. This will ensure that you’re coming up to the bug slowly. When the scorpion raises its front legs, stop and do not move, as this is the scorpion’s defensive stance. Move farther and the scorpion will rush you. Once the scorpion puts its front legs down, it’ll be safe to start walking toward it again. This will happen a few times before you’re close enough to catch the scorpion. This method requires a lot of patience.

If straight approaching a scorpion is too stressful for you, there is another safe way to catch these angry bugs. You are able to dig “traps” to catch scorpions because, unlike your character, scorpions cannot jump. The trick is to dig a couple of holes around you. Hop over toward the scorpion and lure it into chasing you. Once you have engaged the scorpion, run back to the holes and jump over the middle one. This will leave you within the scorpion’s range, so it’ll keep trying to chase you, but out of reach of the wretched bug’s sting. You will be able to simply drop a net on the scorpion on the other side of the hole and catch it.



Scorpions are arachnids and have eight legs like their cousins – spiders, mites and ticks. They look a bit like small lobsters, equipped with a pair of pincers and a thin, segmented tail that curves over their back. These cool critters can be found on every continent around the world, except Antarctica, but they’re most common in deserts and areas of hot, dry lands

Fearsome predators, scorpions have an impressive method for catching their grub. When hungry, a scorpion will quickly grab its prey with its pincers, and then whip its telson – the poisonous tip of their tail – forward to sting and kill the doomed victim. Ouch! These awesome arachnids typically eat insects (although some eat spiders, lizards and small rodents, too), and each species has a special type of venom that works well against the chosen prey

Scorpions don’t only use their stings to kill their prey – they use it to defend themselves against predators, too, such as snakes, lizards and birds. Whilst the venom of most scorpions is only powerful enough to kill small creatures, there are around 30-40 species with a sting strong enough to kill a human. Thankfully, humans aren’t on the scorpion’s menu, and these quirky critters will only attack if they feel threatened. Phew!

Equipped with seriously super survival skills, these amazing creatures live in some of our planet’s toughest environments. 

When food is scarce, scorpions can slow down their metabolism (the process animals use to get energy from food) so much so that they are able to live off just one insect per year! And they can withstand incredibly harsh climates, too, both hot and cold. Believe it or not, researchers have frozen scorpions overnight, only to put them in the sun the next day and watch them thaw out and walk away. In the hot, dry deserts, where many species live, scorpions cope with the scorching heat of the sun by burrowing beneath the sand or soil

Scorpions have been around since before the age of the dinosaurs, and scientists think they may even have been the first animals to move from water to land hundreds of millions of years ago. Prehistoric fossils of scorpions found in Scotland show that their appearance hasn’t changed over the millennia. They have, however, changed in size with today’s scorpions measuring half the size of their ancient ancestors.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Catching Scorpions (Tips & Tricks)

It’s May in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (for regular players) and that means a new rotation of wildlife for players to get their collector hungry hands on. Players are already fully engaged in this month’s activities with more on the way, but nothing beats collecting creatures that sell for a high price. Especially if you owe Tom Nook a hefty sum of money, scorpions are one of the most lucrative insects to ensure an easy way of increasing funds and getting out of debt

Creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons tend to have a specific spawn time both within the day and the year. The scorpion appears somewhere between the times of 7 in the afternoon and 4 in the morning. While time traveling is an easy method to quickly get them to spawn, as well as increase the amount of time they are available, some players prefer to avoid this method so keep an eye out on that clock. Here’s how to catch them

How To Catch Scorpions In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Scorpions as mentioned before can be found roughly between the times of 7 pm and 4 am and are only available from May until October in the Northern Hemisphere, and November to April in the Southern Hemisphere. When catching a Scorpion it is essential that players nets be safely tucked away until the one or a few have been located roaming the island. Scorpions are rather aggressive so walking around with a net is a sure way to invite them to attack. When approaching a scorpion, holding the A button will cause players to walk slowly and approach the scorpion without making it retaliate. As players get closer, the scorpion will raise its arms multiple times as a way of warning players that it recognizes the threat. Be patient, since the scorpion will raise it’s arms multiple times to ward players away and rushing will only increase failure. Once in range, let go of the A button and it’s a sure catch!

Failure to catch the scorpion or walking around carelessly with a net during spawn times will result in players receiving a lethal sting immobilizing them and knocking them out. Luckily medicine isn’t needed to treat the wound since players will simply wake up in front of their house good as new after a small period of time, so no crafting materials are needed to make any medicine if players don’t have any on hand. Running away is also an option but players will be chased down aggressively, but with enough skill doing a 180 spin and quickly catching it is possible. Scorpions sell for 8,000 Bells but if this is a first-time catch, make sure to donate it to the museum to work on getting some more miles! Time traveling is an easy method to grind and stock up on scorpions so use it wisely and happy collecting


Animal Crossing: New Horizons — How to safely catch tarantulas, wasps, and scorpions

one of the biggest things you need to watch out for a while playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons is all of the creepy crawlies wandering about your island. Fortunately, most of the insects that you meet aren’t a problem for you, but some of them can hurt you or at least give you a terrible fright. I’m not screaming. You’re screaming. The thing is, if you actually happen to catch one of these bugs, you can sell them for a decent amount of money.

Catching tarantulas

Tarantulas are very aggressive creatures as they tend to run after you. They don’t actually hurt you, but they’ve definitely made me scream a few times. If a tarantula starts chasing you, you might be able to swing your net at it and catch it while it’s charging. But if you’re really not ready for that, try to get over a river or run into a house to get away from it.

Catching wasps

Running around and shaking trees can help you find Bells, items, or tree branches. However, shaking those trunks can also dislodge wasps nests from their hiding places, causing the hive to attack you. To prevent yourself from getting stung, you need to catch the swarm quickly

Catching scorpions

These poisonous bugs are also incredibly aggressive. As such, if one starts chasing you, you might want to consider jumping across a river or running into a house to get away from it. They’re a bit rarer than tarantulas and wasps, but you can make a pretty penny off of them if you happen to catch one. Here’s how to find and catch a scorpion

When do scorpions appear?

Scorpions only appear at night from 6:00pm to 5:00am within your game. You’ll see them from April through September

Finding The Right Veterinarian For Your Labrador Retrievers


Whether you just adopted a kitten or you’re moving to a new city, finding a vet who meets your needs is as important as selecting the right family physician. “The quality of the relationship and bond with your veterinarian is pretty important to feeling good about the health care that you’re getting,” says Dr. Darcy Shaw, chair of the department of companion animals at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown. Here’s how to sniff out the best vet in the pack

Ask around

Start searching for a vet as soon as possible. “Don’t wait until it’s an emergency,” says Dr. Kathleen Cavanagh, a veterinarian based in Ridgeville, Ont. Start by asking family, friends, dog walkers and neighbours where they take their pets. “You trust opinions from people that you know,” adds Shaw, so you can start visiting vets with extra confidence if they come recommended.

Visit the premises

Outside: Evaluate a clinic or hospital from the outside in. If the premises, such as location, accessibility or parking, are a concern, consider how the hassle will affect how often you visit the clinic. Survey the parking lot: are there any grassy areas where you can take your dog for a quick stop before or after an appointment? Is the parking lot so busy that you fear getting hit on the way into the hospital? Take out a notepad and keep track of pros and cons, starting with the outside environment. This list will grow as soon as you enter a facility

Inside: Assess the waiting room. Some clinics split their waiting rooms into canine and feline sections so that cats and dogs can’t see one another, which helps create a calmer environment. Note the number of people in the waiting room and ask about wait times, but be aware that a full waiting room could be the sign of multiple emergencies, not necessarily long waiting periods.

What are your qualifications? Choosing the right vet is like interviewing a candidate for any other service. You want to make sure the vet you choose meets your needs and those of your pet. Most vets will be proud to share their accomplishments and any special training they have received


How to Choose a Good Vet

Veterinary care is mandatory in your pet’s life. Whether it’s a cat, a dog, a parrot, rabbit, or an iguana. From the moment a new family member of any species arrives home, we should give them all the conditions they need to live happily beside us. Periodic visits to the vet are one of the key points of any animal’s health.

Each species requires specific care that can include de-worming, vaccinations or only periodic visits as preventative measures to ensure that all is well. Many carers only take their pet to the vet when the animal becomes sick. Don’t make this mistake. Even before adopting an animal you should look for a veterinarian.

Legalization of the clinic

This is undoubtedly point number 1. Unfortunately, there are many ‘fake vets”and clinics that are not legalized. The role of Justice is to detect these cases of fraud but all carers should be aware and conscious that these cases exist and may be closer than you think

Only a veterinary doctor that has had the required training and practice needed can perform medical acts with animals. Don’t take your dog to be vaccinated by the worker of the Pet shop, nor to your neighbor to get “cheap shots”. Cheap ends up being expensive and your animal’s health is priceless!


The question of the location of the clinic or veterinary hospital is relative. Ideally, a clinic near your home is the most indicated to avoid the stress of travelling with the animal and the time it takes to get to the clinic in case of emergency. However, driving a few extra miles may be worth it to receive better services. You will always have to assess the pros and cons.


Tips for Finding the Perfect Veterinarian

Choosing a veterinarian is a difficult but very important decision for the life long health of your pet. Check out these tips to help you find the perfect partner in keeping your best furry friend happy and healthy.

You’ve already had to make a lot of decisions with as a new pet owner – bed or crate? this pink collar or that blue harness? and don’t get me started about the hundreds of different kibbles and dog food out there! But one of the most important decisions as any new pet owner is to find the perfect veterinarian. Your veterinarian will become a life-long partner in the health of your pet so it is important to pick a great one as soon as you can!

Easy to Talk With and get a hold of

The most important thing you want in your veterinarian is someone you can talk to easily. You want someone that is kind, won’t make you feel stupid when you ask any questions, and that you can easily communicate to, and can easily communicate back. Some vets use a lot of medical jargon without realizing it, so make sure you can say “hey I don’t quite understand” and they will explain without making you feel inferior. Your dog’s health is on the line, so make sure you understand everything that is said to you. You should never be afraid to ask questions!

Word of Mouth + Visit

Word of mouth is the best way to find a vet. Ask your friends about who they like and why, check out Yelp reviews and definitely go there yourself to take a look before setting  up an appointment. When support staff aren’t busy (and sometimes when they are!) they should be more than happy to answer any questions about the clinic, the general costs, and their policies and thoughts on animal care. They can’t give any medical advice, but the pleasantness of the conversation should be light and they shouldn’t be irritated about chatting with you – you are a potential new client, of course!

Good Support Staff

Although the veterinarian is very important, the support staff is just as important in making a clinic run smoothly and well. The support staff is who you will be meeting when you first arrive, and when you leave. They should be kind, courteous, knowledgable, and most importantly, not afraid to ask the vet! Sure there are times when I am pretty confident in what I know, but if it is something serious, I always ask the vet to double check. Nothing is more embarrassing than having the support staff say one thing, and the vet say another


How To Pick The Best Vet

I once got in a fight with a veterinarian while my dog, Sereno, lay in agony on an exam table. He had “bloated”—his stomach had twisted and filled with air. It was a deadly problem I’d seen many times as a vet tech, and I knew that if we didn’t release some of the air with a stomach tube or get him into surgery pronto, he was going to die

I was on vacation in rural West Virginia and had just driven 45 miles at top speed looking for a vet. This was the first clinic I saw: tiny, with a broken screen door and a hand-painted sign that said veterinarian. Sereno looked like he’d swallowed a beach ball, and when I tapped his stomach, it made the telltale pinging sound of a bloated dog. But the vet suggested a blood test to rule out kidney failure. I asked her to take an X-ray. She did—I saw what looked like unequivocal bloat on the film, but she wasn’t sure.

That’s when I lost it. I’d helped pump countless dogs’ stomachs as a tech—it’s tricky and takes more than one person, but at that point I was desperate. “Can I just have a stomach tube?” I snapped. “I’ll do it myself.”

We argued for several minutes. Finally, she grabbed a stomach tube and a huge syringe filled with a narcotic. She started injecting it, warning me that, given Sereno’s condition, the drugs could kill him. I kinked the tubing of his IV to stop her.

“You don’t need to sedate him,” I said. I’d put stomach tubes in plenty of dogs without drugs. I grabbed his head. “I’ve got him—just do it.” She glared but gave in. Sereno stopped moaning as the air drained from his stomach. But he still needed surgery so he wouldn’t bloat again within a few hours. I paid my bill and drove several hundred miles to a vet school—academic vets are tops in their field, and I didn’t have time to shop around.


Finding a veterinarian

Today’s pets are living longer, healthier lives thanks to the availability of high quality veterinary care, preventive care, and pet owners’ careful monitoring of their animals for early signs of illness. With so much attention being given by owners to their pets’ needs, doesn’t it make sense to carefully select the veterinarian who will become your pet’s health care provider?

When choosing your family’s veterinarian, use the same care and criteria that you would in selecting a physician or dentist. Think about what is important to you. Location, office hours, payment options, and the range of medical services provided are all important considerations. For many pet owners, the most important factor is the friendliness and commitment of doctors and staff. Your goal should be to find the veterinarian who you believe can best meet your pet’s medical needs and with whom you feel comfortable in establishing a long-term veterinarian-client-patient relationship

Ask a friend

Animal-owning friends are generally good sources of information. Ask them why they chose their veterinarian. If you believe their expectations of service are similar to yours, you may want to schedule a visit to the facility to evaluate it for yourself

Breed clubs and special interest groups

If you have a purebred dog or cat, area breed clubs or rescues can be a good source of information. They have often established a strong relationship with a practice that is very familiar with the potential health-related problems for the particular breed. If you have a non-traditional (i.e., not a cat or a dog) pet, special interest groups in your area may be good sources of information about veterinarians who have special interest in and experience with your species of pet.

Your current veterinarian

If you are relocating to another city or state, ask your current veterinarian if he or she can recommend a practice where you will be living. Many times they have colleagues in other towns whose practice policies and services are similar to theirs. Your current veterinarian should also provide copies of your pet’s medical records to the new practice to ensure your pet’s medical history is available to the new staff.

Tips To Find The Best Photo Booth Profesional

Tips to Survive a DIY Photo Booth Experience

Most everyone has probably been to some type of event that had a photo booth set up for the guests.  Photo booths seem to have gained a lot in popularity, especially at weddings, but you may see them at birthday or retirement parties, or a variety of other gatherings.  They can be lots of fun and offer little pressure to those being photographed.  Even those who generally don’t like sitting in front of a camera will often break out of their shell, garner a few props, and take a few silly photos.  Not only is it a fun experience that will leave some fond memories, but the resulting photos can be a valuable keepsake for the guests who get involved as well as the event’s honorees.

Recently, I was asked if I could set up a photo booth at a big surprise going-away party.  This wasn’t a paid gig, but rather a favor for friends and something I wanted to try out.  After all, it’s just a matter of setting up a camera, a light or two, and letting people take pictures of themselves. Pretty simple, right?  Well, there is a bit more to it than that, so I took to the internet to learn what I could about setting up a photo booth.  What I found was information that was either over-simplified, using a point-and-shoot camera and maybe a flash, or a much more complicated system utilizing a full enclosure and lots of fancy (and expensive) gear that I don’t have

scout the Location

As with most types of photography, but especially where portraits of people are involved, it’s a good idea to scout out the location of the shoot to get a ‘lay of the land’.  There are a few things to look for on these reconnaissance missions that will help you prepare your gear and to make sure you have everything you need when the shoot starts.  This will help to increase your confidence level and also help to remove some of the variables so that you can focus on providing the best experience possible.  For my particular experience, the event was being held in a location that I was familiar with, so I already had some idea of what to expect

Safety First!

OK, so it is Tip #2, but safety should always be paramount, especially when we are photographing people, and particularly for a photo booth, because there is lots of activity, with people coming and going.  Be sure to eliminate or at least minimize any tripping hazards, such as cables, extension cords, tripod or light stand legs, etc.  If anything is left unsecured, there is a chance it could take a tumble if it gets bumped or someone catches a foot on it in all the excitement

Establish Some Rules

This one kind of goes along with the previous tip.  A photo booth will generally consist of lots of photography gear, including your camera, tripod, and lighting setup.  People will be in and out of the photo booth all evening, so you want to be sure that equipment stays just as safe as the guests.  Unless you plan to closely monitor the photo booth (and even if you do), it’s a good idea to set some rules beforehand.  This is particularly applicable if there will be a lot of kids at the event.  In all of the busy-ness, it can be difficult to keep track of everything that is going on and what each person is doing


Tips for Creating a Seriously Fun DIY Photo Booth

When it comes to wedding reception activities, photo booths are still as popular as ever and DIY photo booths, in particular, are perfect for couples looking to save a little money. You don’t need fancy equipment or a lot of extra stuff to make the perfect photo booth for your wedding. With these tips, we’ll show you how to create a seriously fun DIY photo booth that will encourage your guests to strike a pose and fit in seamlessly with your design aesthetic — all without busting your budget!

Get creative with the backdrop

The backdrop is the focal point of your photo booth, so you want to make sure it’s eye-catching without being too distracting. Think ribbons, curtains, banners, balloons, or chalkboard walls with cute phrases. You can keep it as simple or get as fancy as you’d like; you just need to give guests a designated area that will look cute in photos — and on its own when guests aren’t using it!

Light it up

When you’re putting together the lighting plan for your wedding reception, don’t forget to include lighting in and around the photo booth. This can be anything from clever neon signs to curtains lined with twinkle lights. If you’re hanging lights in the background, make sure to also place lights in front of the camera — pointed toward the booth, placed at average nose level — so that your guests’ faces are completely visible in the photos. A selfie light would be the perfect choice to add direct, high-quality lighting! For all our tips on choosing the correct wedding lighting and a handy checklist, check out our ultimate guide to wedding lighting.

Provide plenty of props

The best parts of any photo booth are the props, so make sure to provide as much variety as possible. Etsy is full of shops that provide signs, cutouts, and masks that would be perfect for your DIY photo booth (see our favorites linked below). But, keep in mind, you can also find hats, wigs, glasses, jewelry, and other accessories at thrift stores, second-hand stores, costume shops, or even your own closet. The sillier and more outrageous the better!

Set up in a highly visible location

The whole point of a photo booth is to capture all of your guests in a totally informal, seriously fun way, so you’ll want to make sure all your guests can see it no matter where they are at the reception. If possible, don’t shove your photo booth in a corner or set up in a separate room. There will be so many other things happening at your reception and, if guests don’t see it, they’ll simply forget about it. Think of this as another focal point for your design and set it up in an area that everyone can see but still gives people plenty of space to take individual, small group, or large group photos. Also, don’t forget to set up a directional sign pointing guests straight to the booth!



Five Tips to Help You Find the Best Photo Booth for You

A photo booth is a must-have for your wedding. There are multiple purposes for one including wedding favors, a guestbook, and simply a fun way to incorporate a memorable element to your big day. Each photo booth company will be a little different than the next. Not only do you want to find the perfect one for your wedding theme, but also you do not want to waste your money on a lackluster experience.

Do Your Research

Learn about whom they are, the type of events they have done, and if they are known in the wedding community Do the company and staff seem reputable on popular wedding sites? Read different reviews and customer testimonials

Don’t Settle for Subpar Quality Photos

Don’t be afraid to ask about the type of equipment (i.e. camera and printer) the photo booth uses. This will make the difference between lasting memories and mediocre photos. Most photo booths use either point and shoot cameras or digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. DSLR cameras produce better images, however, if the company does not use this camera, there probably is a good reason – find out. (some even use webcams)A camera is only as good as its printer. Generally, photo booth companies use either dye sublimation printers or ink jet printers. Dye sublimation printers will result in better picture quality due to how differently the photos are processed. Dye sublimation printers require heat to transfer dyes while ink jets spray droplets onto the paper.

Request to See the Photo Booth Ahead of Time

Some companies sell you the photo booth experience but will show up with a tripod camera, portable background, and a laptop. This is probably not what you were looking for. By asking to see the photo booth ahead of time, you will have better peace of mind that your memories will be captured in the way that you imagined

A La Carte

While some photo booth companies advertise low prices and package deals, notice the fine print. For example, certain add-ons are extra charges that should be included. Typically


Photo Booth Tips to Rock Your Next Event

Rent, Don’t DIY

Setting up a DIY photo booth might seem like a great way to save a few bucks on an already-pricey event, but the money you save is rarely worth the extra hassle. When you do the photo booth yourself, you’ll be responsible for everything: setup, troubleshooting, breakdown, and making sure the printer has enough paper.

Know What You Want

Photo booths have come a long way since the 1980’s. There are a plethora of different styles, features, and colors that will either add or take away from your experience

Be Wary of “Cheap”

This is one of our most important photo booth tips, because the company that you use has a huge effect on your photo booth experience. A super-low price could indicate a newer (i.e. less experienced) company, poor quality cameras, a lack of insurance, or a bargain-basement package with nothing else included.

Consider Your Timeline

Most photo booth are rented for a period of four hours, but rather than starting your rental period at the beginning of your event, think about your timeline first

Look For Digital + Physical Images

Digital and physical photos both have their advantages, but when you choose one over the other, you miss out on a lot! With a digital image, you’re free to email, tweet, pin, and ‘gram to your heart’s content. And with a physical photo strip, you won’t have to scroll through a million selfies in your camera roll to find it.


Tips for a Fabulous Wedding Photo Booth Experience

A photo booth is a wonderful item to include in your wedding reception. It will help loosen your guests up, give them an activity to do when they need a break from dancing, and leave them with a fun souvenir from the fabulous night. I spoke with Nashville photographer Arline Beets of Ace Photobooths to learn a few handy tips for selecting a photo booth for the big day. Also, to learn more about Arline and her photography, check out an earlier interview we did with Ace Photography on creating unique photos for you and your groom!

Decide what type of photo booth you’re looking for.

Arline tells us that one of the first steps in photo booth success is determining what booth structure will best fit your needs. She explains that when people use the phrase “photo booth” nowadays, it can mean so many different things. For some, it’s simply a photographer with a camera and a fun backdrop. For others, it’s an actual booth guests enter to have their picture taken in that can be partially or completely enclosed.

Match the style of your photo booth to your wedding.

Are you planning on a glamorous black-tie event for your big day, or will it be more of a laid-back beachy affair? Will your wedding reception be in an enormous hotel with plenty of space, or are you planning an outdoor post-ceremony celebration? Arline tells brides it’s essential to figure out the feel of your wedding before deciding on a photo booth to ensure the styles of both will mesh. If you’re planning an outdoor reception, make sure you check to see if electrical outlets will be available to make use of your photo booth.

Find out if your booth will be completely self-contained.

Arline explains that a fully-enclosed or self-contained photo booth is usually the best way to go when it comes to wedding receptions. With all the equipment that accompanies the booth, extra tables may be needed to be set up near the booth to place cords and other pieces of necessary equipment.  A self-contained both that contains the camera and everything else gives a much neater appearance and will take up less space in your venue!

Check to see if your booth has any special features.

With Ace Photobooths, Arline tells us that a large screen is provided outside the booth so guests who are waiting in line can be entertained by seeing what’s going on inside the booth. You’ll want to check with your photographer to see if the photo booth provides any extra features such as this to make your photo booth experience even more spectacular!

Must Learn How To Do Stucco Repairs

Stucco Siding Repair Tips

Assess the weather

Before beginning repair work, check the weather report. Freezing temperatures can ruin wet stucco and dry weather can cause it to dry too fast. This can cause issues with the curing process.

Prepare the damaged area

Using a hammer and chisel or drywall knife, remove any loose stucco from the damaged area. Be careful not to damage the mesh under the stucco. Brush away any loose dust or dirt from the wall with a wire brush.

Choose your supplies

First, determine the type of stucco mix you wish to use. You can choose a traditional three-coat stucco or a one-coat, which typically requires more layers, although you will use the same mix for all layers. Three-coat stucco mix will require three separate mixes for each layer

Prepare your stucco mix

When prepared, your base stucco mix should have the consistency of peanut butter or toothpaste. Mix mortar dye into the one-coat mix or purchase a mix containing a pigment that is a close match to the existing home color. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to match it exactly due to weathering

Repair the damage

Keeping the wall damp with a garden hose, apply the stucco to the wall using a trowel. Once you have filled the area in, match the texture of the wall surrounding the stucco patch. Allow the stucco to dry before applying a finish coat of masonry primer and paint as needed


How To: Maintain Stucco

Stucco isn’t delicate. Whether applied as exterior siding or as a finish for interior walls, the age-old material requires little in the way of ongoing maintenance. Occasional cleaning or patching may be necessary, but with the right combination of products and tools, any homeowner can get the job done

ver the course of millennia, builders have used everything from animal horns to whiskey in the making of stucco—an attractive, durable plaster finish suitable for both interior walls and exterior siding. Today, the material typically consists of more familiar ingredients like cement and sand, but it remains as tough as ever, often lasting as long as 50 or 80 years. However, in order to live out its expected lifespan successfully, stucco tends to require a modest amount of care and attention. How much largely depends on the nature of the application


A porous material, stucco collects dirt and absorbs stains, even indoors. The good news is that cleaning indoor stucco usually takes nothing more than water and a bit of elbow grease. Simply scrub the dingy stucco with a dampened nylon brush to saturate the surface, then rub away the buildup with a moistened microfiber cloth (or clean cotton rag)


Why does stucco last so long? In part, its durability owes to the fact that unlike other, more flexible materials, stucco boasts the gift of rigidity. That said, the rigidity of the material can also be a curse, causing it to develop cracks, chips, and gouges over time. Inside the home, surface stucco imperfections are merely an eyesore. But on the exterior, gaps in stucco siding can lead not only to further degradation of the stucco

To begin, clear any loose or crumbling material away from and out of the crack, whether simply by using your hands or by employing a wire brush. At the same time, remember to eliminate any chalk, dirt, or oil that would inhibit the ability of the repair compound to adhere properly


How to Repair Stucco | Stucco Repair

Stucco is a resilient and great-looking wall finish. It’s the perfect exterior siding choice for arid climates because it does not do well with excessive moisture or precipitation. And it’s not just for exterior walls; interior stucco walls are a unique design element and a great solution for covering up plaster walls that are deteriorating. Although stucco is low maintenance, homeowners shouldn’t be surprised if their stucco cracks.

What Causes Stucco to Crack?

Stucco cracks are very common due to the natural movement and expansion that happens in the ground and around homes

How to Repair Stucco

Stucco crack repair will depend on the depth, length and cause of the crack. Hairline cracks and cracks less than a 1/4 inch are an easy DIY repair. This repair technique is best if you’re painting the wall after the repair. If you’re not painting the wall, you’ll need to quickly remove any caulk that lands outside the crack. For best results, we recommend painting the repair area

Large Stucco Crack Repair

Repairing cracks larger than a 1/4 inch is a professional job since it requires mixing fresh stucco. A professional should asses the area and determine why the stucco cracked to prevent it from happening again and keep the problem from returning. This could include reinforcing the wall or adding expansion joints or a weep screed. They’ll also be able to determine the type of stucco used and color match the new stucco so it blends into the wall or paint it to match

Stucco Repair Near Me

Looking to update the exterior of your home and take care of some preventative maintenance at the same time? Minor stucco repair is always part of our exterior and interior painting services. We’ll take care of all the prep work, repair damaged areas and can even help you find that perfect color


Tips on when you need stucco repair services

Stucco problems don’t occur often like other kinds of sliding materials but they do happen once in a while. If not installed in a proper way then the same might need to be done again. So, make sure you are getting it done the right way at once by choosing the right insured exterior contractors Flushing NY

Check the condition of your stucco

You can walk around your house and look at all your areas of the house carefully if any of them needs repair due to damage. You might come across mold, crack, and discoloration. These causes can be detrimental to your house which eventually results in deterioration of your stucco

Smell of stucco services New York

It might sound little silly but that’s imperative to keep your house in good condition. Just like rotting food smells very bad in the same way, you can notice the damaged smells in a jiffy because of mold or unwanted substances presence. Mold smell may give you the right indication that there is a need to take action on it

Check the condition of stucco by touching it

To ensure if stucco is in the right condition or not, touch it with slight pressure, it should not be crumble or brittle under fingertips. If you feel brittle or crumble, it means there is an underlying problem that needs to be fixed by professional only. Finding any damp spots is also a cause of concern that there is water damage

Take professional help to perform stucco inspection

You might miss some major areas while performing on your own, so if you find any problem area, then don’t forget to call the licensed stucco contractor NY of Loosebrick, we will be happy to serve you with our best stucco inspection experiences. Do contact us to schedule an inspection.



Stucco exteriors have many advantages. Stucco is insulating and can make heating and cooling a home energy efficient. It can reduce outside noise, is fire retardant and can last for decades, if you maintain it. Cracks and holes must be fixed as soon as they are noticed to keep the structural integrity of your stucco intact. Learn how to fix stucco cracks and holes with these tips and techniques and ensure your stucco is a lasting part of your home’s curb appeal


Small, thin cracks in your stucco can be easily fixed with exterior latex paintable caulk. Choose a caulk color that is close to your stucco color. You may not find an exact match, but something close to it. If need be, you can touch up the caulked area with an exterior paint that matches your stucco color. Use a utility knife to cut the nozzle at a 45-degree angle, and place it in a caulking gun. Puncture the internal foil patch at the base of the nozzle with a nail or other slender sharp object. Hold the caulking gun at a 45-degree angle parallel to the crack being filled and pull the nozzle along the crack. Don’t push it. Position the nozzle opening so that it forces sealant onto the crack. As you finish applying each bead of caulk, release the trigger and pull back on the caulking gun rod to stop the flow of caulk and relieve the pressure inside the tube. Releasing the trigger alone will not stop the caulk from flowing out of the nozzle. Let the caulk set for the manufacturer-recommended amount of time

Remove Broken and Crumbling Stucco

Remove loose pieces of stucco first before you repair holes and crumbling sections of stucco. Chip it away using a hammer or with a hammer and chisel. Remove all broken stucco down to the metal mesh covering the lath underneath. Clean the area with a wire brush to remove loose debris and dust.

Inspect/Replace Metal Mesh

Check the metal mesh underneath the removed stucco for any damage or rust. If it looks like it is in good condition, you can use it to apply your new stucco. Otherwise, remove the old mesh by cutting it with metal snips. Apply new metal mesh. Measure a piece of galvanized metal mesh and cut to size. Affix it to the area using galvanized roofing nails driven into the wood lath underneath.

Mix Batch of Stucco

Mix together a batch of stucco mixture using a large bucket or wheelbarrow, following all manufacturer instructions. Try not to make more than you can use in a 20-minute span because the stucco will begin to dry out and will not adhere properly to the metal mesh. Wet the patch area with water from a spray bottle. This will help the new stucco adhere and blend well with the old

Make A Routine Roof Repair For Your Roof Safety

Why Repair Your Roof After a Long Winter?

Every winter season, your roof is pounded with wind, snow, ice and consistent thaw-freeze problems. This can cause serious as well as frequently concealed damage to the roofing system. Your roof covering can continue to leak throughout the upcoming springtime months when the heavy rains really start. Without a roof repair inspection and required repairs to your roof, a flood of water in damaged areas can trigger thousands of dollars in damages – problems that can have quickly been avoided.

Older roof coverings are especially vulnerable.

Why? Roof shingles are currently broken down from years of abuse from Mother Nature. Even if your roofing system has 5 or 10 more years of service warranty life ahead, repair work to your roofing in most cases will be needed. Repairs will allow you to get the most longevity from your roofing system weather it be cedar shake, slate, asphalt shingle, metal roofing or more. Roofing system fixings are frequently necessary.

Some of the locations your roof might need repairs are the loose or missing shingles that were damaged from hard wintertime winds. Tiles are extremely breakable in cool temperatures, as well as disk drive cool winds can easily damage shingles. Roofing repair services are additionally important to stay on top of since nails as well as sealers such as caulking often dry out and start to crumble. This creates open spaces for water to easily trigger a substantial leak.


Some roofing equipment is affected by cold temperatures

The compressors and nail guns used to install shingles can develop ice inside if the temperature is below freezing. When the airflow is reduced, the nail gun won’t drive the nails to the correct depth. As a result, your roofer will have to constantly monitor and adjust the depth of the gun, slowing down the process.

Special consideration for installing shingles in cold weather

Asphalt shingles can become brittle in the cold, making them difficult to bend and cut. The installer will also need to take extra care to make sure the nails aren’t overdriven. After installation, the heat from the sun should activate the glue on the shingles’ self-sealing strip, causing them to stick or “tab” together. This keeps the edges of the shingles from getting lifted in the wind, which can lead to blown-off shingles. Another possible issue with installing shingles in cold weather is “cold curl”, which is when the edges of the shingles curl up because of the cold. To combat these problems, it’s possible to hand seal them. Hand sealing shingles means the roofers apply roofing cement under each shingle to hold it down until the roof heats up enough for the shingles to self-seal.



Now lets get to the heart of the issue. Roofing materials all behave differently in conditions below 40 degrees. There are types of materials that should not be installed in these conditions and some that can be installed any time of year, regardless of the weather.

Here’s what to do, depending on your home’s roofing material:

Flat roofs

There are pretty much only two flat roof systems that can be properly installed in the winter – PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin). These thermoplastic single ply flat roofing products are mechanically installed and seams are hot air welded instead of using adhesives.

Rubber roofs, the alternative to these systems, should not be installed in temperatures below 40 degrees because the adhesives that seal it will freeze and not bond. Contractors who say they can and will conduct rubber roof projects are ignoring manufacturer suggestions and proceeding with this project can result in roof leaks and voided warranties. So, it’s a good idea to hold off on winter roof replacement if you’re looking at rubber roofs until it gets a bit warmer. The same goes for peel-and-stick materials, as adhesives won’t bond, creating leaks. This material can actually blow off your roof.

Winter roof inspection with some snow on the shingles. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material for sloped roofs and can be installed in the winter, but caution must be taken by roofers installing it. They must be careful not to bend and crack the shingle. Also, because asphalt shingles are dependent on a proper seal between the overlapping shingles, which requires heat from the sun to bond, these materials often do not seal properly until warm weather rolls around. This can cause them to blow off or leak.

Although our winter temperatures are generally mild in the Pacific Northwest, asphalt shingles are also susceptible to ice dams – large ice formations along the eaves of roofs caused by poor ventilation or inadequate insulation in the attic. Ice and water shield membrane is a great method to prevent ice dam leaks, but it also requires the sun’s heat to properly adhere to the roof deck, so some of the same shortcomings may apply.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs, can be installed in the winter without compromising quality. Cold conditions do not affect metal roofs since they won’t crack due to improper handling. They are designed to allow for expansion and contraction, so the outside temperatures won’t make a difference. Just be sure to use a premium breathable synthetic underlayment to combat moisture caused by poor ventilation and always upgrade intake and output ventilation whenever possible. Whether you need winter roof repair or replacement, mental roofs are safe during any season.



You may have noticed damage to your roof while checking the shingles and gutters. But can you do something about the damage while it’s still winter?

Roofing in cold weather is possible, despite the risks and complications. Read on to learn more about whether you should replace your roof before the warm weather arrives.

The Warning Signs of an Aging, Damaged Roof

Not sure if you need to install a new roof to begin with? Your roof is one of those things that will show apparent signs of damage right from the get-go.

For starters, if your roof is up there in age, it’s more likely you’ll need to replace it in the near future. On average, roofs last around 15 – 30 years. But this depends a lot on the materials as some last longer than others.

What other signs indicate that you may need roof repair in winter?

Damaged Shingles

If the shingles are curling or warping, it could mean that your roof is old and in need of replacing. Damaged or missing shingles can also be the result of poor installation.

Check to see whether the granules from the shingles are shedding. Be sure to look in the gutters for shingle granules, as well.

Damage to the shingles does not automatically mean that you need an entirely new roof. But you will need to fix and replace the shingles to avoid more problems down the line.

Flashing Damage

It’s easy to overlook the flashing in the areas of your roof that intersect. Flashing helps to redirect water away from the roof to prevent it from accumulating. But when it’s damaged, it can lead to serious water damage.

Leaks & Drafts

Do your energy bills seem higher this winter than in previous years?

If you’re having to turn your thermostat up higher than usual, there may be a problem with your roof. As more cold air seeps into your home, your HVAC system has to work harder to heat it.

Moss, Branches, & Wood Rot

Is there moss or algae growing on your roof? While these pesky eyesores may not be cause for concern, you should remove them. If you allow them to build up over time, they could weaken or warp your shingles and even cause water damage.


The Importance of Attic Inspection

Always make certain that a roofing service looks in your house’s attic. The underside of your roofing system deck tells a significant, exact tale of everything that is occurring on your roofing system. Discolorations, rust where the nails are poking through the wood roof deck, watermarks on the insulation, damp insulation, every little thing shows in the attic.

Your eave troughs additionally play an important duty in any type of great spring roofing system repair tune-up. Water can accumulate in the eaves due to the connected drain. When water freezes, it increases as well as flexes eave troughs unfit and also out of position. Ice dams can likewise form playing real chaos to wood and tiles. A great roof repair tune up will certainly look for and also address the damage prior to it is far too late.

Must Know How To Make Ceiling Good Looking


The main way to do that is by finding designer rooms that I like and figuring out what makes those rooms so special. If you look at some of the most awe-inspiring rooms in the world (like the Paris Opera House), they all include beautiful ceiling designs.  sure these were painted using scaffolding and in a prone position. Fortunately, it is possible to achieve the same kind of ceiling interest and warmth at home, without putting in that much time and effort.

Keep reading to find 4 ceiling design ideas that are easy ways to decorate the ceiling on a budget.


The easiest one of my ways to decorate the ceiling is paint it the same color as the walls. It doesn’t require any extra decision making, it is sure to go with your decor and the extra bit of color on the ceiling will make the walls and ceiling flow.


Painting the ceiling a dramatic color that goes with your decor can be a very effective and dramatic way to decorate the 5th wall.


Some folks might be wondering…can you install wallpaper on the ceiling? Why yes…yes, you can! Installing wallpaper on the ceiling is a little bit of a challenge, but the results can be stunning!


Another one of my unique ceiling design ideas is to create a geometric ceiling design by painting gingham checks or plaid. This is a little more time-consuming than stripes but you definitely end up with a dramatic ceiling!


Painted decoration and frescoes

A hand-painted ceiling will act as a conversation starter so is perfect for luxury homes or hotel design. If you want to create that wow factor, a painted ceiling is a great place to start.

Trompe L’oeil mural

Trompe l’oeil can give the impression of classical proportion and architectural detail which is perfect if the building you are working with is lacking in these original details. The technique uses colour, shading and perspective to form realistic imagery.


Gold leaf gilding is brilliant for modern spaces, bringing to life elegant and considered decor, making it perfect for ceiling decoration. As specialists in luxury decoration, we regularly incorporate gold leaf and other precious metal leave


Tin Ceilings

Tin ceilings are a popular choice for a vintage touch. They originated in the 1880s as a technique for embellishing the ceiling, write This Old House. More than just decorative, tin ceilings were also an element of fire protection, which was always a risk with open flame cooking, heating, and lots of candles. Originally called steel ceilings, tin plating was later added to inhibit rust. These days, the panels you can use on these types of ceilings are much thinner and lighter than the old-fashioned ones – and they no longer play a role in fire prevention. Regardless, today’s tin ceiling panels can be installed in the original silver color or in an array of hues to match your décor. They are appropriate in vintage, eclectic and traditional style homes, but partial tin ceilings can be an accent in many other interior décor styles.

Exposed Ceilings

The elements usually hidden in a ceiling  — like beams, trusses or piping – are left out in the open as a design element in this style of ceiling. In older homes, renovations often expose things like wooden beams, trusses or original brickwork to highlight the building’s history. In newer construction, beams constructed to look just like wood highlight a ceiling and in modern or industrial style décor, duct work and piping lend just the right ambiance to an interior. These types of ceilings lend a more industrial or modern look to a space.

Beam ceilings

This ceiling treatment was common decades ago and is now seeing a resurgence in popularity. Typically associated with rustic-style homes, beams made of various materials are being installed into renovations as well as existing homes to add interest and style. Beams work best in a room that has a high ceiling of some sort. Used on a low ceiling, they can make a space feel smaller.


Why Texture a Ceiling at All?

Like everything in a home, the look of the ceiling is a matter of personal taste. Some people like a classic, flat look, others like the dimension that texture provides. It really boils down to what you prefer to look at.

Finishing a perfectly smooth ceiling takes a lot of time and effort. Opting for a textured ceiling can hide minor imperfections, so if you’re adding onto your home and blending new ceiling into old, consider adding a texture. Some textures may also reduce the cost of a ceiling install because it takes less time and fewer trips for the team to texture the drywall than to get it perfectly smooth.

Texture also adds an air of depth and dimension to the room that it wouldn’t otherwise have with a flat ceiling. If you have a large room that gets lots of natural light, a textured ceiling will look different at all hours as the shadows play of the ridges or bumps.


If you are considering banishing your ceiling’s boring white.

Here are a few ceiling decorating ideas to get your creativity flowing.

  • In small spaces, painting the ceiling the same color as the walls (or one shade lighter) can make the room feel larger.
  • On ceilings with molding, try a​ neutral color (such as light beige, ivory or gray) on the ceiling to make your molding really pop and give your space an elegant look.
  • If your walls and furnishings are neutral in color, consider adding your main color on your ceiling (a classic color such as rich plum or red often works well) to draw the eye upward and give your room some vibe.
  • Decals, stencils or even decoupage work well on smooth ceilings and give a room a surprise ingredient that can really add an individual touch to a space or for a custom look, paint a design on your ceiling to draw the eye upward.
  • Small decorative wood moldings are inexpensive, and with a bit of paint or stain and a touch of hot glue, a ceiling can easily be transformed into the most interesting feature of a space.
  • You can make your ceiling appear like an expensive, trayed ceiling by painting a soft pinstripe or border around the edge of your ceiling. Choose two paint colors similar in tone to achieve this look.

Decorator Hints

  • Cool colors tend to recede into space while warm colors often make something appear closer, so consider this when choosing your ceiling paint colors.
  • If you choose your ceiling to be your main color element in your room, don’t forget to “spread the wealth” by adding throw pillows, vases and other decorative accessories in the same color.

Choose The Good Tile Flooring For Your House

Must See Tips for Professional Looking Tile Floors


Pull tiles from several boxes (if possible) and check to see that the color is consistent for one color tiles. (Obviously, if they are supposed to vary in color and pattern that’s okay.) Regardless, you should always pull tiles randomly from several boxes when laying tile.


Pull random tiles from several boxes and stack them together. They should be identical. Poor quality tiles can vary up to 1/8″ in size. This will cause issues especially if you are using a small grout joint


Many ceramic or porcelain tiles are printed to look like real stone today. Take a close look at the surface. Is the printing evident? Do you see small dots like a printed newspaper photo? If you can’t see them easily, the printing was well done.


In addition to the overall dimension of the tiles, you should check the consistency of thickness


Are your tiles perfectly flat or do they bend? See below for a picture of two 4″ x 12″ tiles that show some bowing in the center of the tiles. (To eliminate accentuating this defect, you wouldn’t want to install these tiles with a 50% offset. Instead, a 25 or 33% would be a better staggered joint pattern.)


How To Choose A Tile Floor

A Guide On How to Choose A Tile Floor Best Suited For You

Tile is durable, water-resistant, and easy to clean, making this material a good choice for your kitchen, bathroom, and entryway. However, not all tile suits every room in your house. Your first choice for tile should be one that is safe and practical for your floors.

Browse for kitchen and bathroom tile.

Color influences the overall attitude of your room, which makes choosing the color of your tiles important. Dark tiles add warmth, but make sure you have an open area and light to keep the tile color from overwhelming the palette of your living area. Consider chocolate brown, navy, or burnt-colored floor tiles in a large kitchen space.

Browse for subway tile.

With today’s technology, flooring tiles are available in many affordable patterns to complement your home’s interior design. For a subtle look, use stone-patterned tiles, which can match many décor types. Be sure, however, that your stone pattern has a style that won’t clash with your home’s personality. Marbled stone surfaces add an austere look, so keep your home’s proportions in mind if you opt for this surface.

Browse for tile pattern sets.

Once you’ve chosen the type, color, pattern, size, and layout of your floor tiles, it’s time to install them. Think about how the spacing of your tiles can influence your floor’s appearance.


How to choose floor tiles


Natural stone tiles have unique textures and tones, but are more likely to crack or scratch than a manmade materials, and may need sealing once laid – and resealing in future. Manmade materials are usually more affordable and come in a wide range of designs, but tend not to have natural stone’s character.


Natural stone tiles typically come in natural, honed or polished finishes. Natural surfaces tend to be matt with texture and pitting; honed tiles are smooth but matt; polished tiles have a smooth sheen. The higher the polish, the more water-resistant, but also the more slippery the tile will be.


Quarry tiles, usually made from clay, are unglazed and require sealing. Hardwearing and durable, they are perfect for hallways, kitchens, living spaces and outdoors.  Terracotta tiles, like quarry, are made from a mixture of clays, but fired at a lower temperature for a more rustic look. Available in a range of earthy colours, they need sealing. Encaustic tiles are ceramic tiles, with the design not a product of the glaze but of different colour clays. Typically used in hallways, they need regular sealing.


Installing tiles is a job that even beginners to DIY can tackle. Simply start by finding the centre of the room and laying out the first four tiles with spacers around that point. Then, lay out a few more tiles in each direction to ensure you don’t end up with any awkward, thin slivers of tile at the edges of the room. This done, you can apply adhesive in small sections to keep it from drying out.


Tiles heat up quickly and retain heat well, making underfloor heating an efficient option. Tile thickness has an impact on the heat-up time, with a thicker tile taking slightly longer to warm-up than a thinner one. Use a flexible adhesive and grout to allow for normal thermal movement. The finish you get is only as good as your subfloor, which must be clean, flat and movement-free before you start laying the tiles. Larger format tiles need the subfloor to be absolutely perfect to lay flat; smaller tiles will give you a little more leeway with minor imperfections.


Tips to Choose the Perfect Kitchen Tile

Determine where the tile will be installed

Before you select a material you will need to decide what surface the tile will be applied.  Tile can be placed as a backsplash behind a stove, or on the wall to the underside of the upper cabinets. Tile is a popular countertop material, and can also be used on the kitchen floor

Decipher the difference between ‘tiles’

The word ‘tile’ refers to a resilient material that can be laid in rows over a surface.  For kitchens, this could include: quarry, stone, cork, vinyl, bamboo, ceramic, porcelain and glass.  Applications like vinyl, cork and bamboo tiles are most commonly used in flooring. While quarry, ceramic, and porcelain can be used for counters and floors. Glass tile is commonly reserved for walls and backsplashes.

Determine your budget before getting sold on the look

Kitchen tile can be inexpensive, such as vinyl and linoleum tiles or they can be expensive, such as custom designed ceramic tiles.  Do your homework before getting married to an envisioned look in your head! Tile and home improvement stores can help you estimate the amount of product that will be required for your kitchen

Consider your household’s lifestyle

Although kitchen tile is resilient, it still requires up-keep and the longevity of each material differs.  For countertops, ceramic tile is durable and will hold up to heat from hot pans, and is easy to clean and maintain. Unfortunately a ceramic tile surface can be uneven and it can easily crack or chip.  Determine if your family’s lifestyle will match the tile finish you choose.

Choose a floor tile that can withstand your family’s habits

When choosing floor tile it has to be durable enough to withstand heavy traffic, pets, spilled foods and cleaning supplies.  Ensure that you purchase floor tile that is called ‘floor tile’.  If you choose a wall tile for a floor the coefficient of friction (COF) will be too low, which in turn means it’s too slippery for walking. Instead choose floor tile that has a slight raised pattern, or texture to it to allow for a safer kitchen floor. For a more refined and elegant look consider using quarry tile. The clay and limestone based tile is fired to look like natural stone. Quarry tile is more expensive than the traditional ceramic tile, but is gorgeous in the right application


Tips For The Perfect Floor Tile Installation

Plan Your Layout

When it comes to tiling floors, failure to prepare is certainly preparation to fail. The number one rule is to carefully plan ahead – so pick up your notepad, dust off your pencil and sketch out your favourite layouts. Think about where grout lines and cuts will fall as you’ll want your room to look balanced and symmetrical; door thresholds and floor obstructions will also need accounting for

Finished Floor Height

At the same time, you’ll also have to consider the build-up of your floor. Backing boards, underfloor heating mats and adhesive can easily add an inch to your substrate, before you’ve even accounted for the depth of your tiles. If you’re refurbishing a room, you might need to shave the bottom of your doors to allow for this extra height or amend the levels of any worktops and cabinets accordingly

Stripped back

We’re often asked if you can tile on top of existing floor covering. While the answer’s often – but not always – yes, we think it’s usually best to strip things back and start over again. You see, like a good prima-donna porcelain tiles can be a little picky. They’re not big fans of movement or bumps in the subfloor and in any case, you’ll want to ensure any underlying issues are resolved. Once you’ve removed your current floor, you’re generally left with a solid concrete base or timber floorboards to work from

Get Things Level

Whether you’re refurbishing a room or working in a brand new space, you’ll need to ensure your floor is completely level. Fact – floor tiles like a base that’s flat as a pancake, especially larger plank tiles. And whilst tile adhesive can help level out any minor undulations, we’d recommend pouring a layer of self-leveller to smooth out larger gaps and bumps. It’s also great if you’re planning on fitting underfloor heating mats; by burying the cables you’ll gain a flat surface for tiling and remove any chances of potentially damaging the wires

Allow For Movement

At the risk of sounding like a record stuck on repeat, whether your new tiles are being laid onto an old wooden floor or a new concrete slab it’s vital to think about movement. Even seemingly solid substrates can shrink and expand over time and if these stresses aren’t dealt with, they can lead to fractured tiles

Find Out About Unloading Services

Unloading Tips

You need to decide in advance that in which room you desire to place appliances and furniture before you make any start in the procedure of unloading the moving truck. Also make it sure that you have big enough hallways and door ways that lets you to move your items inside your new residence and then into the rooms.

For a hassle free unloading and unpacking of goods you need to consider that labeling the boxes with their contents and the room they belong to during packing is very important. You can simply place labeled boxes in the room they belong to without opening each of them while unloading. This allows you to be organized.

It is very important to assure that there is a safe pathway from the truck leading to the house and also inside the house. If there is any obstruction or debris then clear it before unloading goods.

Always be cautious or careful when you are about to open rear gates of moving truck as momentum can let packing boxes press on the gates and thus it can fall over you very easily.

Do take inventory of all your items as soon as they are unloaded from the moving truck in order to assure that nothing is broken or lost. If you have hired a moving company then do keep a list of every damaged item during the transit.


How to Find Loading and Unloading Help

Doing it ALL Alone

Did you know that 43% of moves are done by individuals themselves? Did you also know that 95% of those DIY moves result in injury or damage of belongings and private property? This is because most of the time we have a tendency to be a bit lax when handling our own things. Not to mention the lack of respect we have for other people’s things. Hey, we’re not here to judge, if you can do it alone – you should give it a try. Our only suggestions would be, wear a back brace and have someone help you when you’re backing up the truck. Break a leg! No. Sorry, don’t break a leg.

Hiring Professionals

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last decade or so, you should know that Google or Yelp are good places to start. Read some reviews, look at some photos and find the right fit for you. Most loading and unloading helpers are quick and efficient, not just because they work hard, but because this is their profession –  so they do this all the time. They should also know how to pack and wrap your furniture for the journey, giving you complete security that all your belongings will arrive safely on the other side.


Loading and Unloading Services for Household Moves

Loading a Moving Truck, Trailer or Portable Storage Container

Loading a moving truck, trailer or portable storage container can be the most difficult part of a DIY move. You need experienced moving help to correctly load your household goods to maximize space and prevent damage during transit.

Doing the Heavy Lifting

Loading a moving truck involves a lot of heavy lifting. If you are not prepared, you could easily strain muscles or joints in addition to potentially incurring a serious injury.

Maximize Space

We will pair you with trained movers who know how to maximize the available space to avoid wasting money on an oversized truck.

Experienced Movers are Faster at Loading

Very few of us are in shape to move an entire household in and out of a truck. Loading a portable container or moving truck is hard work and takes a lot of physical labor. Professional movers are already in shape and will load your truck faster than you could.




Movers know how to pack and load a moving truck, they are skilled individuals that can puzzle your household goods like a game of Tetris. By hiring professionals you allow yourself to effectively utilize the rented space and potentially reduce the amount you need to purchase


This one goes hand in hand with packing correctly, properly loaded items won’t shift resulting in a lower probability of broken or damaged items.


A team of professional movers will load or unload your moving truck faster than you and your friends, guaranteed. Spend less time moving your furniture and more time getting to your new home.


If you decide to hire your friends instead of movers you will likely compensating them with pizza and beer. A few pizzas and a couple cases of beer will probably add up quickly and be comparable, if not more, than the cost of hiring movers for a few hours.


Tips for Finding the Best Company to Hire for Unloading and Stockpiling Services of the Products

The unloading and stockpiling of the pipes or steel products are readily available from the best company transportation services; you have to choose them for quality services. You should find the best transportation company for unloading and stockpiling services that has the best team of expert who offers the best services in logistic or planning services for the best services. There should be the best planning of the stockpiling of the products that you have, consider the best company that has qualified personnel for the best services delivery. It is significant to hire the best company for unloading and stockpiling services when transporting the products for you to experience the best services. Finding the transportation company for unloading and stockpiling services is tricky; thus, you have to ensure that you consider the best for reliable services. In this article, there are tips to consider when finding the best company for unloading and stockpiling services of the products this includes.

The analysis is one of the tips to consider when choosing the best company for unloading and stockpiling. You have to find the best transportation company that offers the best unloading and stockpiling services, research to have an idea of the best to choose for quality and reliable services. You ought to analyze to have a hint of the best transport services company that the unloading and stockpiling services of product to their clients to help you choose the best. You have to experience the best unloading and stockpiling services of the products that you have such as the pipes; thus, you have to hire the best company for the quality services delivery.

The price of the unloading and stockpiling services is a tip to consider. You have to know the cost charges for unloading and stockpiling services to help hire the best company that offers transportation services. You should know the cost of the unloading and stockpiling services to help you budget on the expenses that you would incur when hiring the services. You should compare the charges and hire the best transport services company that offer the best unloading and stockpiling services at the best pricing that is fair and affordable.

There is the tip of qualification and experience of the expert for unloading and stockpiling services to view. You have to hire the best transportation company that offers the best unloading and stockpiling services to the clients; you need to check on the qualification and experience to hire the best. The qualified experts have the experience and skill to offer the best unloading and stockpiling services to the client that is fast and more convenient to meet their needs.

More so, there is the tip of the reputation of the best company for unloading and stockpiling services to view when choosing the best. You should find the best transport services company that offer unloading and stockpiling services, review on the reputation to help you hire the best when you need this service.