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New Garage and New Stone-Look Concrete Driveway

We built a detached garage. We did a lot of the work on our own to be able to afford it. We had the slab poured and the framing put up by pros, and we put the sheathing, siding and shingles on ourselves. My wife and I also wired the garage for electricity. It passed inspection, so we must have done it right! The last thing was to have the driveway finished. We had gravel down for about three years, and now we were finally getting a driveway done by a concrete contractor in Nassau County, NY who does those driveways that look like they are made of stone. The coloring and the way they make it look like joints between actual pieces of stone looks so real. Continue reading

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The Heat is Upon Us

Last week it was pretty hot outside, and summer hasn’t even arrived yet. I turned on the air conditioner, and it wasn’t working properly. I couldn’t keep my air conditioner on for more than a few minutes before it would shut off. I opened the windows and turned on the fan to keep the house cool, while looking for AC repair in NYC. Every other year, something in my house stops working. Last year the refrigerator stopped and the year before that, the dryer stopped working. I guess everything is just getting old, but this is ridiculous.

Upon inspection, the repairman determined that the cause of the malfunction in the air conditioner was a blown capacitor. He had a replacement in his truck and put it in place of the old one. It was a metal cylinder about the size of a can of soda. Continue reading

You Just Can’t Do Everything by Yourself

It is really easy to take home maintenance for granted. I sure did. I moved into a home that was in great shape, and then I underestimated how quickly it would start needing repairs. Before I knew it, I was in over my head because I let too many things slide for far too long. One thing I underestimated was painting, so I ended up getting house painters in Brisbane to do the work for me. I realized just how much work it was, far too late.

Because I do not spend much time outside of my house, I really did not care at first what the outside of my home looks like. I spend most of my time indoors, and I was at first worried about things needing attention inside instead. But by doing this, I ignored the fact that my roof would need a lot of help, and that later ended up causing trouble for the inside of my home. And I let the painting go outside as well, and that cost me money with buying materials to re-do the siding on my home.

I really enjoyed working on the little home improvement projects that I was working on inside the house. Continue reading

Fall of the Flying Pests

The spring weather is causing all of the creepy crawly insects to come out. They’ve been laying dormant in the winter, but now that the sun is heating up the Earth, they’ve begun setting up their homes and looking for food. There are a lot of wasps in my area and they’ve always had a bad habit of trying to build a nest on my home. In just a short amount of time, they can start a nest ball. Usually I spray the nest in the morning, but this year, I called for Eastern suburbs pest control to get rid of these pests once and for all.

When the wasps came before, I would react to them as they did things, but this time, I took a more proactive approach. Rather than waiting for them to start building, I had the pest control company put something around my home to prevent the wasps from even setting foot on my home. There is always something that can repel a pest so that it won’t come to a certain area. A lot of this exists in nature, but there are also ways to do this with man made chemicals, which the pest control people have.

The pest control company sprayed all around the areas where the wasps usually start building. When the wasps come near my home, they turn around instantly and fly away. Some of them are bold enough to try landing on my home, but they usually don’t live for very long. I’ve prevented the wasps from coming to my home, but now they’ve probably figured out a way to make a home on someone else’s home. I would really like to know what animals eat wasps, because we could use some of them in the neighborhood. I’d even prefer bees over wasps.

A Handyman’s Job is Never Done

My family is no stranger to hard work. When I was younger, I watched my parents sacrifice for our family. My father worked as a handyman and a tax specialist. He worked very hard to keep everything functioning for his employers. If there was a broken air conditioner, a leaky pipe, or a clogged sink, my father was on it. My mother also worked odd jobs to make ends meet for our family. Today, I am the superintendent of an condo that I own. When there is a problem, I put on my work boots and get to work.

I own a condo in the Atlanta area. I rent out the apartments to my tenants. They pay me rent and make sure that the property is well-kept. Continue reading

Creating the Best Transcription Product

Finding a great transcription company is highly dependent on how they’re hiring their employees and what software they provide them with or if they’re contracting out freelancers to do the work. I see nothing with either but for more demanding transcription services which require creating a contextual narrative and unique identifying markers to organize the data within, it’s generally a more a favorable experience to hire from a company with an in house staff that has a standardized software they’re familiar with. This way you’ll be given a uniform product in return with no variations in how they organize the data. Continue reading

A New Dad is a Reacting Dadbot

Having a new baby is an exercise of stamina and coping capability. I’m not a father myself but my brother has two children and it’s always surprised me that he didn’t lose his sanity in the process of raising them from babies to the ten year olds that they are now. It’s like having two completely different children – babies are their own species, if you ask me. The first thing that I bought them was a video baby monitor after I visited him for a week and witnessed how often he would run into their room at the slightest of noises. He’d bolt right out of bed and dash down the hall as if the entire house was on fire or someone was in their room preparing to snatch them. Continue reading

The Future of Video Games is Now

Baseball fans that are gamers are looking forward to the new video game coming out. MLB 16 The Show is supposed to be released in March. I think it is amazing how much video games have advanced since Pong. Anyone who is older than a few decades should remember it. You had two rotary controls and a white square went back and forth across the screen. It was a video game version of ping pong. Then companies built on that by doing a version of bowling. The ball and pins were squares. Squash was a one player game. Color was then added, and then we had better, but still rudimentary, shapes for shooting games such as Asteroids.

Scrolling backgrounds allowed for the creation of games such as Super Mario, but when graphics began to really advance, then gaming took on a whole new form of realism. I am wondering how far it will go. It would be really cool to be able to play in a room where the gaming objects appear in 3D space. Continue reading