Friday, February 8, 2019

Demystifying Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Demystifying Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Do you feel like the flooring options for your home have gotten confusing? There are so many different types and brands now that keeping up with everything can seem overwhelming. Most people don't shop for new flooring that often, so when you do begin to look at options, you might feel a little out of your league. One type of flooring we hope to explain in this article is luxury vinyl.

In addition to carpet, hardwood and laminate, vinyl is a popular choice for the floors of your home or business. Vinyl itself comes in several forms. There is sheet vinyl, which is glued directly to the subfloor. Sheet vinyl has come a long way with realistic tile, wood and stone looks. The other option for vinyl is called luxury vinyl, which comes in either tiles or planks.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) look like stone or ceramic tile. With natural colors and surface texture, these tiles look and feel like real stone or ceramic. Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) offer the look of wood planks in various species and colors. Surface textures can even include scraping or embossing to heighten the realism.

Whether you choose sheet vinyl, LVT or LVP, you will get a resilient flooring, know for its warmth and comfort underfoot. It's real claim to fame though is its resistance to moisture, making it the best option for a bathroom or kitchen. It's also much less expensive than real ceramic or wood.

So, maybe you've decided luxury vinyl is the way to go for your new bathroom install, now all you need to do is decide on the style and color, right? Not quite, there are still many more things to consider and this is where it can get confusing.

First, you can choose how you want to install the luxury vinyl floor. There are still some that you can glue down, while other options include floating click and loose lay. With floating click, the planks or tiles click together forming a water-tight seal. Loose lay flooring allows you to simply lay each piece down to cover the floor. This type of flooring is simple to repair since you can easily remove one piece in the middle of the room and replace it.

You will also have choices on the thickness of the tile or planks. The core of the plank may have extra cushion to dampen sound and provide more comfort under foot. Other types may be more rigid, allowing them to hold up better under heavy foot traffic.

There are some other acronyms used to describe the core of luxury vinyl: WPC and SPC. Depending on the manufacturer, these stand for different things. For example, WPC can stand for Wood Plastic Composite, Waterproof Polymer Core or Wood Polymer Core. Likewise, SPC can stand for Stone Polymer Composite, Solid Polymer Core and other variations. So, you can see where the confusion might set in!

If you are looking for new flooring and decide to research luxury vinyl, you might become frustrated with all the different terms and lack of consistency. All manufacturers tend to have their own name for things, which makes it difficult for the consumer to know what's what. With just a few searches on the Internet, you will soon realize there's way more to luxury vinyl flooring than you may have originally thought!

This is where you local flooring store can be your best option for expert flooring advice. They will know the differences between manufacturers and the type of products they make so you will be better able to compare. In addition, you can simply explain to an expert at a flooring store what type of look you want, where in the house it will be used and what type of traffic it is likely to get. Then they can offer suggestions and help you weed through the flooring jungle to find the best luxury vinyl option for your needs.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Auto Body Repair Estimates Demystified - The 5 Most Common Items on a Repair Estimate

Auto Body Repair Estimates Demystified - The 5 Most Common Items on a Repair Estimate

So you've decided to get an estimate from a local body shop. These days, most body shops will use a computerized estimating software to write your estimate. If the shop you have chosen does not use a computer to write your estimate that should be cause for concern. This is not meant as a jab at those long time owners and technicians and I am not implying they are "backward" or "luddites" or ignorant. Its more for accountability. Computerized software is now standard in our industry and insures a more uniform, unbiased and accurate appraisal for how long things take to repair. For instance, I was talking to a shop owner just a couple days ago who was remembering with fondness the good old days when he would routinely get 15+ labor hours to repair frames on cars that nowadays he only gets 4-5 hours on. The truth is however that 4-5 is the more accurate and fair rate (depending on the job of course it could be more or less). And since consumers and insurance companies are billed by the hours on an estimate the old days of falsely inflating hours are gone.

When it comes to auto body repair the vast majority of line items on an estimate will be one of 5 things:

1. R & I. This is shorthand for "remove and install" and means to take something off your car and then to re-install it later. Parts that are not damaged may need to be temporarily removed to access another part that was damaged or more often so the panel it is taken off of can painted properly. For instance, say your electric motor for your window stops working. The interior trim panel will need to be temporarily removed for to gain access to the motor to see if it can be repaired (not likely!) or replaced. Or perhaps a molding needs to be removed from your door before it is painted only to be put back on later when the paint dries. One caution here is that if panels are being painted and you're not being charged for R & I the shop may be taping them up which can actually cause peeling or flaking months or years later. So don't be surprised if for instance a headlight needs to be removed to properly paint a fender. You should actually be more concerned if its not. FYI: R & I times are typically set to industry standards by estimating software and are not discretionary.

2. Repair. Repair (aka 'Rpr') is the most discretionary item on an estimate and typically the amount of time it takes to repair something will be underlined or asterisk-ed (*) to indicate this. This is where an insurance adjuster might say a dent will take 3 hours to fix and a technician might say it will take 4. There's no hard and fast rule here and this needs to be negotiated between insurance adjusters, shop estimators and possibly even the technicians doing the job. My dad who has been in the industry almost 40 years taught me a long time ago that a dent which is about the size of a man's fist should take about 3 hours to repair. From there you can adjust up or done for various things like a body line that runs through the dent (add an hour) or the dent has no creases and is accessible from the inside and therefore can be mostly popped out (subtract time). The reason these times are so important is that insurance companies are paying shops based on the number of hours on the estimate.

3. Replace. Replacing parts, sometimes shorthanded to 'repl,' is not a discretionary item on an estimate and is governed by industry standards or what shop folks call "book time." If the book/software says it takes 3.5 hours to replace that bumper then that is what the insurance company will pay. No more and no less. It is pretty well standardized with only slight variations depending on which software is used and then it only differs by very little.

4. Sublet. Sometimes there are things that an auto body shop will send to someone else (typically a mechanic who takes care of more under the hood items) to perform and this is categorized as sublet. Popular things for shops to sublet out are air conditioner recharging and 4 wheel alignments when the suspension is damaged. The reason this is sent out typically is that the equipment and space required for these operations are not cost effective for a body shop. And when it comes to deeper engine repair, oil and paint don't mix! Oil and grease can quickly ruin a paint job. So, shops that say they can do "everything" typically can't do everything well.

5. Miscellaneous. Under this category will go small charges like "hazardous waste removal" (about once a month we pay someone to pick up and dispose of our hazardous waste in the safest way possible) and "car cover for overspray" which pays for paper, tape and plastic to cover the vehicle during the painting process so paint over spray doesn't go all over the windows or adjacent panels.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Consider These Tips Before Selecting a Family Dentist

Consider These Tips Before Selecting a Family Dentist

Providing proper dental care for your family is one of the greatest parenting roles you must play. When your kids grow up, they will always remember this when they look at their dashing smiles. It is thus advisable to inculcate proper dental care at a very young age. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) says the first dental visit for your child should be by the age of 1 year.

To provide the best oral care, you need the services of the best family dentist in your area. If you have just relocated to a new area, finding the best doctor for your family's dental issues is not easy yet the services offered by these medical professionals are crucial.

To avoid getting stuck with a bad dentist, consider the following factors:

Ask for Referrals
Ask around from your friends and coworkers. Your neighbor's advice will also come in handy when looking to identify the best oral care specialist.
Training and experience
You will be relying on the dentist you choose for a long time and it is thus important to confirm about their qualifications. Check whether they are board certified and whether the clinic is licensed. Accreditations and certification also come in handy and if you find an oral care professional with these, it is more advisable to use them.
Take time to do a background check on any specialist who is recommended to you. You will find a lot of information from online reviews and testimonials. Most parents are willing to share about experiences they have with different professionals and such information will help you make a choice.
Range of Services offered
Finding these professionals is not just about the brand, but more importantly, you have to look at the range of dental solutions they offer. This will help you determine whether these are suitable for your family. Check for crucial services including professional teeth cleaning, sedentary dentistry, check-ups, implants, bridges, crowns, root canal therapy and fillings among others.
Kid-friendly Facility
If you have kids, it is important to look for a facility that is kid-friendly. Most kids don't love dental visits and this is because of the intimidating environment they find. Search for a family dentist whose clinic offers a comfortable atmosphere and where staff is friendly.

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Your Guide To Choosing A Reliable Pest Control Service Provider

Your Guide To Choosing A Reliable Pest Control Service Provider

Being an owner of a commercial building requires many tasks. You need to ensure that the quality of the building is maintained. Damages and other ruined items or areas in the establishment must be fixed or replaced to ensure safety. You also need to make sure that commercial buildings are pest free since pests may affect the durability of your building and harm many individuals' well-being. With this said, it is important to hire experts in commercial pest control. And to help you in choosing the best and the most reliable service provider, check out the following:

· Experience. It is important to determine their expertise. This is needed since pest control services when done wrong may worsen pest infestation. Therefore, you need to be sure that you hire experienced experts. One way of knowing their skills is to visit their website. A reliable pest control expert has a page review of where previous clients can share their experience about the experts' services.

· Equipment. You also need to assess their equipment. Surely, there are a lot of effective equipment available in the market. However, you also need to consider the chemicals they use to eliminate pests. Some experts make use of organic pest chemicals to ensure that your establishments are safe. In addition, it can also protect the health of the individuals in your building.

· Availability. You also need to ask about their schedule. Some pest control companies only provide services from Monday-to-Friday, which can affect your business performance. With this said, you need to ask about their schedule and get a reservation as early as possible.

· Price. Finally, you need to ask about their rates. Luckily, there are companies that offer discounts for senior-citizens or military personnel. With this discount, you can obtain the best pest control service at lower rates.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Apply Lessons From US Military Training

Apply Lessons From US Military Training

"If we do go to war, psychological operations are going to be absolutely a critical, critical part of any campaign that we must get involved in." - General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

The U.S. Military knows that survival is a mentality or a way of thinking.  The same can be said about thriving.  The lens that you use to view the world plays a big role in the results that you obtain through your efforts.  Thus, you must align your consistent outlook for surviving and thriving with proven approaches to surviving and thriving in tough times if you are to break away from the grasp and momentum of your major challenges.

In his book, The Survivor's Club, Ben Sherwood opens with a prologue about his experience participating in a dramatic survival training exercise at the U.S. Marine's Aviation Survival Training Center.  As a journalist, he is not only able to experience the training but vividly report on the experience and share the key lessons for us to apply in other potential survival situations.

Based on the experience, he found several keys to the approach that the U.S. Military uses in training their personnel for survival:

They understand that crisis is inevitable and you must anticipate adversity and crisis if you are to have the best chances for survival
When faced with adversity or challenges, they train personnel to observe and analyze the situation, devise a plan, and decisively take action - this all must be done quickly because, in most crisis situations, time is of the essence
If (and most likely when) things go wrong, survivors must be trained to adapt and improvise, not panic
If (and probably when) you get overwhelmed, you have to recover quickly.  Thus, recovery strategies and approaches must be close to automatic reactions
Waiting for the worst to end is a critical strategic and tactical option that most likely will be needed.  Frozen panic will kill you but so will overly aggressive action at the wrong time!  People must be trained to hold back, identify right moment, and then do what is gives them the best chance to survive
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty." - President John F. Kennedy
During times of great universal challenge or major personal crisis, the above approaches will help you not only survive, they can help you find the hidden opportunity to thrive by working through your adversity.  If you panic, wish things were not happening or it were just easier, you will significantly reduce your chances of creating something positive from your experiences.  And during those most severe crisis situations, you just may not survive!

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Configuración de límites y resolución de conflictos

Configuración de límites y resolución de conflictos

¿Qué tiene que ver la configuración de límites con la resolución de conflictos? Resulta más de lo que piensas. ¿Cómo responde usted típicamente al conflicto? Si tiene tendencia a la rebelión o al cumplimiento, es probable que no haya tenido mucha práctica en establecer límites. Claramente, la configuración de límites no suele ser una parte de la educación de un niño. Más bien, los niños están condicionados a no establecer límites como una forma de evitar las reacciones negativas de los demás. La capacidad de establecer límites, de cuidarse a sí mismo, comienza con la creencia de que vale la pena cuidar de su “yo”.

Si ha aprendido que cuidarse a sí mismo resulta en conflicto, rechazo o abandono, es probable que evite cuándo necesita establecer un límite, en lugar de arriesgarse. Además, es probable que haya tenido una escasez de buenos modelos a seguir. La mayoría de los adultos tienden a caer en una de dos categorías: excavadoras o felpudos.

El grito de batalla de los bulldozers es “a mi manera o la carretera”. Creen que tienen el derecho de que sus necesidades sean atendidas y atendidas a expensas de todos los demás. Los felpudos son “buenos” chicos. Son muy complacientes y lo hacen a expensas de sus propias necesidades. Ninguno de estos patrones realmente se trata de establecer límites. El establecimiento de límites siempre toma en cuenta las propias necesidades y se basa en una comunicación honesta y directa (en lugar de en la manipulación y la clarividencia).

Cosas que debes saber sobre el establecimiento de límites

- Las personas buenas y decentes establecen límites. Establecer límites te hace una persona segura. La gente sabe dónde están parados contigo. Los límites son la forma en que nos cuidamos a nosotros mismos. Tenemos tanto el derecho como el deber de protegernos y defendernos.

- La gente generosa establece límites. Si no establece límites, se está regalando. Con los límites solo da lo que quiere, lo que significa que puede permitirse ser generoso con más personas durante un período de tiempo más largo.

- Los límites permiten que otros crezcan. Porque hace que otros estén conscientes de su comportamiento, lo que les permite cambiar.

- Los límites le permiten obtener más de lo que quiere y menos de lo que no quiere. Los límites no solo lo protegen de comportamientos no deseados, sino que también fomentan el comportamiento que desea.

- Las personas efectivas establecen límites. Porque al hacerlo, mantienes el control de tu tiempo y los esfuerzos que te hacen sentir mejor contigo mismo. Esto te lleva a ser más efectivo.

- Adhieren a sus armas. Para que el establecimiento de límites funcione para usted, debe desarrollar un compromiso para defender lo que es correcto y verdadero para usted. Debes actuar consistentemente para defender tus límites.

- La práctica hace la perfección. Si este no es un comportamiento familiar, al principio se sentirá incómodo y poco natural, pero al principio vale la pena hacer algo que valga la pena. A la gente puede que no le guste que al principio es natural, ya que están acostumbrados a hacer lo que quieren con usted. Seguid así. Con la práctica obtendrás más habilidad y gracia.

Ejemplos de límites personales

Otras personas no pueden

- Criticame.
- Humíllate.
- Invadir mi espacio personal o pertenencias.
- Mienteme.
- Hacer comentarios despectivos sobre mi apariencia.
- Aprovecharse de mí.
- Sacar su ira o frustraciones fuera de mí.

Si no nos respetamos a nosotros mismos, ¿cómo podemos esperar obtener respeto de los demás?

Beneficios de la configuración de límites

- Contribución al bienestar de los demás.
- Libertad del mal comportamiento, miedo o dolor.
- Mayor autoestima y autoestima.
- Más respeto de los demás.
- Requisito para la comunicación honesta y directa.

Ejemplos de configuración de límites

- Ira - “No puedes seguir gritándome. Si lo haces, abandonaré la sala y terminaré esta reunión”.

- Compre tiempo - “Tengo una política de no tomar decisiones rápidas. Necesito tiempo para pensar y reflexionar sobre lo que quiero hacer. Si necesita una respuesta inmediata, será No.”

- Crítica - “No me parece bien que desee comentarios sobre mi peso. Por favor, deténgase. Si no lo hace, no podré continuar con esta conversación”.

- Compromisos adicionales - “Aunque este es un tema importante para mí, debo rechazar su solicitud de ayuda en este momento. O debo cumplir con las necesidades de mi familia”.

- Dinero - “No le prestaré más dinero. Me preocupo por usted y usted necesita comenzar a asumir la responsabilidad por usted mismo”.

Pautas para establecer un límite

- Copia de seguridad de configuración de límites con acción.
- Sea directo, firme y amable.
- No debatir, defender o sobre-explicar.
- Tenga soporte fácilmente disponible en las líneas laterales en el principio.
- Mantente fuerte, no te rindas.

RECUERDE, no es suficiente establecer límites, es necesario estar dispuesto a hacer lo que sea necesario para hacerlos cumplir. ¿Cuál es el papel de


- Establecer de forma clara y no emocional.
- Acciones que estás dispuesto a tomar.
- Puede permitir el cambio gradual.
- Puede ser negociable en lugar de líneas rígidas en la arena.

Establecer límites y límites personales puede ser muy importante en la forma en que lleva su vida y la calidad de las relaciones que tiene.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Why Used Auto Parts Are Better Than New Auto Parts

Why Used Auto Parts Are Better Than New Auto Parts

For the last 60 years auto recyclers, otherwise known as auto wreckers or auto dismantlers with their junkyards and salvage yards, have played an important role in the economy and environment. More and more car owners are turning to used auto parts rather than new car parts for their car maintenance and repair needs, for several reasons:

· Purchasing used auto parts instead of new car parts allows you to save money by about 55% on average.

· Purchasing used car parts means that you have a wider selection in the used parts market from which to pick the right car part that specifically meets the fit, functionality and quality requirement of your current car and car parts.

· By purchasing used auto parts you are helping to lessen the pollution to the environment. Automotive recycling plays an important role in conserving natural resources and minimizing the demand on scarce landfill space. Other then lessening the negative impact on natural resources, Automotive recycling plays a major role in reducing water pollution, air pollution and solid waste generation.

Guide to Buying Used Auto Parts from Auto Recyclers

Keeping your car roadworthy can be a very expensive undertaking these days, especially with today's tough economic climate making it more difficult for many people to earn and save money. But by using used auto parts, not only can you save money, you can also help conserve natural resources, and still get the correct specified parts for your car. For these reason, thousands of people every year elect to purchase used car parts.

With this increase in demand, the internet has become an ideal vehicle in bringing the buyers and sellers of used auto parts together. Before you make your used car parts purchase online, here is a general guide to assist you in choosing the right auto parts at the best price.

· Whenever you purchase a car part, make sure you have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) handy. This number can provide the seller with a lot of information about your car, including the year, make and model. Having your VIN available is especially important when purchasing drive train components such as engines and transmissions.

· Make sure the company from which you are buying the auto part offers a warranty on the part. Make sure you read and understand the terms of that warranty before making the purchase.

· Find out how many miles are on the auto part, and find out whether the part is being sold as used, rebuilt or remanufactured.

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