When we bought this house, we knew we were going to have to replace the windows throughout the whole place. We actually wanted to replace them anyway, because they were single pane windows and were not going to do very well at keeping the heat out in the summer and the heat in during the winter. But they are also starting to fall apart and not work very well, so we have to replace them anyway. But the nice thing about doing that is we now are going to have new vinyl windows that we have chosen the style of. So we get to choose the way that they look and the way that they open, which will be really nice. I have never really liked the windows that you have to first unlatch and then crank open slowly. I wanted ones that would just slide open one way or another, and that were really simple to lock and unlock when they were in use. We decided to go with the vinyl windows because not only do they have nearly unlimited options when it comes to the color and style, but they are known to hold up really well under the direct sunlight and intense heat that we get in the summers. vinyl windowsWe are hoping to not have to replace the windows again while we are living here, and so we surely wanted to get something that was going to have a really long life, because there will be a lot of use and sun damage and we don’t want them to have to be replaced any time in the next several years.

Once we get this project taken care of, we probably don’t need to start another one for awhile. We are thinking of putting in a new patio in the back yard, but that can wait until next spring. The windows are enough for this year for sure, as they are not the cheapest project that we could have started this time around. But we are going to be really happy with them once they are completed, and so it will be worth the money, and the time and effort that we are putting into them, that is for sure. I just can’t wait until they are completed and installed and we are using them, because at that point I will be really excited about the project and choosing to do it when we did. But until then, it just seems like a lot of work and a lot of money that may not have been necessary. We do have windows right now, but we just wanted better ones, and the vinyl will certainly be better in the long run, that is for sure. I’m really excited about choosing the color though, that is one thing that I am looking forward to about this project. Because we can then choose everything else around that, which I am happy that we get to do. I just want them to be in and the whole thing to be over at this point.

When I went to college and got my degree in public health and administration, I didn’t exactly have this in mind. It wasn’t so bad though, other than it being dangerous, it wasn’t a bad job and it provided good government health benefits for me and my family. It was a maximum security facility but I didn’t work in that part of the prison, I was a guard in the psych ward because of my degree so I dealt with all of the inmates that were deemed mentally unfit to function in the general population for whatever reason. I administered and helped make sure that everyone’s daily dosage of medication was actually ingested and pretty much kept watch otherwise. There was never a dull day in this business so for better or for worse, it was going to be interesting and I’d always have something to talk about around the dinner table. Some things that made the day interesting weren’t the kind of things that you’d want to bring up during a dinner conversation but the times when something PG could be shared, I typically shared it at dinner with my family. Things would seem calm until all of a sudden, all of our staff pagers would start going off, informing us of a situation somewhere involving at least one inmate doing something they shouldn’t be. Without these pagers, it’d be tough for us to get the real-time, developing and important information that we needed to safely do our jobs.staff pagers

One day I came in and they said that they were replacing the staff paging system and that I couldn’t have mine until they plugged in the new one and tested it out. I refused to go out onto the cell block without it, I told them that I thought it placed me in a precarious position and that I didn’t want any part of it. It turns out they were easily able to make the switch and program all the pagers so I didn’t have to hold out for too long. The one-way transmissions kept us informed of any given situation so that we had the critical information necessary to make the right decisions for our own safety, as well as the inmate’s. Sometimes the inmates were violent and very unpredictable and when they were on the move, they could be extremely difficult to catch and subdue so any advantage was helpful. The paging system lets us know about anything pertinent that was going on inside of the facility, otherwise it waits in standby and you don’t really even notice it. Communication and teamwork is key inside here with all of these animals and if we don’t stick together and keep each other informed, we might as well be sitting ducks. I couldn’t imagine doing my job without this kind of communication and I wouldn’t want anyone working in the capacity that I do, having to do without it either. Nothing mattered more than the safety and security of my fellow prison guards and the inmates.

metal fabrication

Have you ever noticed that some buildings and exteriors of companies sort of lack any design flair?  Many people are simply used to seeing industrial and office buildings scattered throughout their city without any extra adornment.  The same goes for other small businesses located around town, as they only see that one plastic sign above their front door is enough to attract attention.  This doesn’t have to be the case, however!  There are plenty of ways to attract new customers and clients, especially when it comes to bold and new signage!  One of the easiest and most cost efficient ways to do this is through some masterful sheet metal design, as a large, accurately cut metal sign can really stand out in the crowd, especially when it comes to sprucing up the urban landscape!  If you’re looking for a team that has both the expertise of metal design and the general metal working experience behind them, look no further than Denver Welding and Research!


To start off, make it a point to call Denver Welding and Research at your earliest convenience.  At the very beginning, you’ll notice that they have some of the best customer service in the industry, and they will do next to anything to help you complete your goals.  Once you have started communicating with them, you’ll find that the process should be entirely smooth and painless, as they will be able to effectively and accurately cut your specified design into the highest quality of sheet metal.  Next, you’ll find that they will be able to produce the signage in a relatively quick time frame, as Denver Welding and Research also prides themselves in their fast turnaround time on their jobs.


Once you have received your custom metal design, make it a point to also communicate with Denver Welding and Research if you have any additional questions or concerns.  Even though they fully proof all of the work they do, it never hurts to double check the finished job!  If you’re looking for more than just a metal sign to post outside of your business or restaurant, make it a point to fully engage Denver Welding and Research for other kinds of custom welding projects!  For example, if you own a locally ran coffee house, and you are in need of extra furniture, Denver Welding and Research will be more than happy and able to provide you with a wide variety of custom fabricated metal tables.  The possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to metal fabrication, so always ask the kind people at Denver Welding and Research to see what kind of jobs are possible, and to see what they can provide for you and your business!  Both sheet metal designs and custom metal fabrication can spruce up the interior or exterior of any location, and it will be a simple and effective way to attract customers and additional clients.  Remember, almost anything is possible through creativity and ingenuity, and Denver Welding and Research has everything you are looking for, so make it a point to contact them with any kinds of jobs you have in mind.

Yesterday, I spent some time up in Fort Collins with my parents and my father for Father’s Day.  I have been up there quite a few times and have thoroughly enjoyed being able to spend some time in the car alone on my way up there.  For me, it is a great time to sit and think about life.  I often listen to podcasts and it has become something that I enjoy, even though I would probably not be one to say that I actually enjoy driving.  Nevertheless, yesterday when I was driving up, I found that I was letting my mind wander a good amount.  This was probably not the safest way to drive, but hey I’m still here and I do not think that I scared anybody in the process.

colorado ranches for saleOne of the things that I noticed, while letting my mind wander was the fact that there were a number of ranches for sale in Northern Colorado.  I found this to be somewhat surprising because it meant that many of the farmers and ranchers that have been calling that part of the country home for a very long time may be leaving.  With this in mind, I found that I became somewhat nostalgic for a point in time that I never experienced.  I think about all of the development that has occurred through the past fifty years and find that I may be in the wrong decade myself.  There is so much that is going on right now that I see these ranchers selling their land and I just want to make sure that the lands do not end up in the hands of a big corporation.   Nothing makes me more scared than thinking about corporations becoming a huge landholder in the United States.  That is why I hope that some of the other local ranchers in the area are the ones to buy the ranches that are currently for sale.

My hope with that is that these people buy the ranches that are for sale and either put them into a land trust or figure out a way to allow for open grazing.  When you go up to Fort Collins from Denver, it is inevitable to see many of the feedlots that are along the way. This seems to be the current mode for fattening up cows and that, in my opinion, is not how cattle should be treated.  So I propose making sure that we turn the ranches that are currently for sale in Northern Colorado into open fields so that we can give the cattle a little bit more respect. This would do quite a bit for the industry and I think that those farmers and ranchers would be able to charge a little bit more for their food than they otherwise would have been able to.  I am not sure what the going price for beef is, but I am pretty sure that it is consider and not something that will decrease any time soon.

Water damage in Phoenix homes arises from various causes, including leaking pipes, malfunctioning appliances, blocked drains, fire damage, or storms. How the damage should be treated depends on its nature. Some water may be contaminated and considered hazardous. Still, even clean water has to be dried out because prolonged moisture can cause mold, mildew, and bacteria to develop.

There are three classifications of water damage as determined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and as indicated in the IICRC’s Manual on Water Damage Restoration. Specifically, category 1 clean water, category 2 gray water, and category 3 black water. Water that falls under Category 1 come from leaks in the fresh water supply lines. Category 2 water contains contaminants. These include water that come from faulty pumps or overflows from defective washing machines and dishwashers. Category 3 water contain pathogenic agents and include water that come from sewage.

 Water damage in Phoenix homes

concrete and wall damage

Water damage can also vary as a function of time. If you notice, a few minutes in water can cause furniture stains and can cause items made from paper to swell. Furniture left soaking in water for hours can swell and can create a musty odor. More significant water damage can be noticed if the area is soaked for days. After a few days, mildew will begin to appear, a stale odor will be prevalent, wooden items will begin to swell, and metal will start to rust, among others. Weeks of exposure to water damage will lead to more serious problems, including mildew and mold growth.

What are the things you should not do in case of water damage in your Phoenixproperty? Do not operate electronic appliances while standing on wet floors to prevent electrocution or serious injuries. Do not use heat to dry areas inside closed structures as more moisture is generated and mildew develops as a result. Do not leave wet clothes, linen or fabrics as they are. Dry wet items as soon as you possibly can.

What should you do in case you experience a water damage crisis? Make sure that everyone is safe and secure before you start cleaning up. Turn off the source of water, in case it is mechanical in origin. You can wrap leaking pipes or pumps with spare clothes or temporary adhesives until an expert can fix them. Switch off the main power source. Make sure that you are totally dry before you attempt to switch off all electrical connections. In case some wires are on the wet surface, it is best to call either an electrician or a water damage company to assist in the process. These professionals have the necessary gears and equipment to carry out the task with minimal risks of getting hurt. If you attempt clean up without the necessary insulation, you might suffer from electrocution or contamination.

If you are not employing professionals to clean-up and repair any water damage, the next steps you should pursue is to make sure that all standing water is removed. Make sure that no area or item is retaining water so that the possibility of mold is eliminated. The faster you dry out and disinfect the place, the better your chances of water damage Phoenix repair and restoration.

When many homeowners think of home renovation, they imagine months of construction and a lot of money being spent.  This does not have to be the case! If you feel like your home is ready for a makeover, there are some really easy steps you can take to improve your home while sticking to your budget.  Home renovation does not need to be expensive, but it can do so much to bring value to your home and make you fall in love with your living space all over again.

Step one:  Decide which renovations are the most important and which can wait.  This is crucial! If you plan on renovating your entire house at once, you can expect a long process and to spend a lot of money.  Sit down and make a list of your priorities and tackle them one at a time.  This way the process of renovating your home will seem less daunting.  Not only will you have time to save up additional money between projects, but you will be less disrupted while the renovations are taking place.  Prioritizing home renovations when on a budget is key.

Step two:  Incorporate do it yourself projects.  Incorporating some inexpensive do it yourself (DIY) projects can help you to make improvements to your home without spending much money.  Once you make your list of priorities, see which things you may be able to do fully, or even partially by yourself without the help of a remodeling contractor.  For example, you may not be able to build your dream shower without the help of a contractor, but maybe you could install sleek new tile which will make your bathroom feel more updated and modern! Painting is another great DIY choice, since this does not require the work of a contractor.

Step three: Shop around for supplies.  A remodeling contractor will have supplies which you can use, but they may be more expensive than what is in your budget.  Shop around and you may be surprised by what you find.  Online you may find great deals on product at wholesale cost.  Also, you can go to second hand stores or flea markets.  The things you find here can be refinished and become part of your home.  Not only will this save you a lot of money on your home renovation, but you will be recycling materials and you will have a lovely rustic feel to your home.

Just by following these three simple steps you can significantly cut down on the costs of a home renovation.  Once you are ready, you will need to begin your research and find a reliable remodeling contractor who can help you with your home renovation.  This is not somewhere to cut corners financially!  You want to hire the best contractor you can find to ensure that the job is done right.  Many companies, like Marrokel design and remodeling come highly recommended and have great websites full of information on their services.  Good luck and happy remodeling!