, the Fall Protection Experts, Offer Tips For DIY Roofers: Smart Steps To Take Before Starting – From Personal Health to Fall Protection Equipment

Mc Farland, WI (Vocus) July 6, 2009

Recently, a fall protection company who serves companies and individuals needing fall protection equipment, has developed a tip sheet to provide help and knowledgeable support for DIY Roofers. There are many different types of DIYers out there and before undertaking DIY projects they must analyze their project to see if it’s something they want to attempt after considering their ability, safety, cost and scope of project. Taking a comprehensive look at everything – from personal health to fall protection equipment means less unpleasant surprises later which cost time and money.

There is quite a bit of conflicting advice for DIYers who are considering roofing their own home. Some naysayers try to frighten with their advice while others go the other extreme, saying it’s easy. One Midwestern Roofing business said that 99% of DIY roofs have incorrect application and should leave it to the professionals. While incorrect application can cause roofing problems, this extreme advice doesn’t take into account the different levels of DIYers. Rick Hudson, a DIY who successfully roofed his own home, found that a team of friends, proper research, and hard work saved him at least two thousand dollars. “Like with any DIY project, the key is not being afraid of asking questions, even multiple times. Asking experts from where I bought my supplies and asking experienced friends was very helpful.”

One of the first questions a potential DIY roofer should ask themselves is have they considered ALL the costs?

Consider these three questions:

Safety: Can the project be done safely? Roofing a ranch style house verse a three story Victorian house is very different in safety requirements. This is not to say more complicated homes can’t be done, but different safety investments must be considered.

Health: Roofing is not rocket science but it is back breaking work. Up and down ladders, tearing off previous layers, scrambling across a hot roof and carrying heavy equipment. One must decide if their body is up for the challenge before proceeding any further.

Cost: Break down ALL the costs of the job. After proper research, DIYers can find all the hidden costs. Team of friends helping out? Great! But also consider how much it will cost to feed (and hydrate!) the team.

Equipment: Rent, Buy or Borrow?

Obviously, one can buy equipment, but if it’s only going to be used once it makes sense to borrow or rent. Many home improvement stores will rent tools by the hour, day, week or even month. Some equipment it makes sense to buy since it can be used in other capacities. If one plans on being on the roof again for cleaning eaves, chimney or the like, it may make sense to install a permanent roof anchor that can connect with fall protection equipment. Personal protection equipment, like safety glasses, are a mainstay for DIYers safety protection in most projects. Other items, like air compressors, may be better to rent or borrow unless there is a long term plan for other DIY projects.

A list (some optional) to be considered depending on the situation:

Safety Equipment: safety glasses, fall protection equipment (bucket of safety- lifeline, anchor point & harness), gloves, knee pads.

Tools: sturdy ladder, nail gun, compressor, roofers hatchet, nail pouch, flat shovel (if scraping off old shingles) chalk line, tape measure, utility knife.

Consider a powered staple gun that enables one to double their speed.

Materials: shingles, asphalt paper, nails, tubes of chalking (Blackjack)

There are a wide variety of shingles available so research this topic well. Asphalt shingles range from basically 20 year life to 40 year life. Consider how labor intensive replacing a roof is and consider higher quality shingles, unless planning on selling soon. Higher life shingles are thicker and not only wear better, but have more protection against punctures.

Other expenses to consider: permit, dumpster rental (if one doesn’t want to haul on own), plywood for rotten areas, food supplies for team, How-To book or DVD, tarps.

The Basic Process:

1. Remove all shingles. Some experts allow for two layers of shingles before ripping off. Don’t do this if shingles are curling up. Realize that this might shorten the life of the roof. However, for some home owners, this is a temporary solution that they are willing to do, knowing that the life of the roof may be shorter.

2. Make repairs on roof if necessary (e.g. replace bad wood with plywood)

3. Install ice dam protector

4. Put down asphalt paper

5. Apply chalk line at regular intervals to ensure a straight application of shingles

6. Apply Shingles – start at eaves and work up

7.Apply flashing

8. Seal flashing with caulking

9. Install ridge vent

Consider all resources. Friends who have equipment or experience with roofing. The public library is another free resource to try. Amazon has reviewed books and DVDs that deal with DIY Roofing.

As long as help and equipment are already present for roofing, some DIYers also decide to replace older, heavier, and smaller eaves and downspouts with newer, lighter, and larger eaves.

There is a wide spectrum of skills, abilities, resources and experiences for DIYers. DIYers should not attempt a roofing job until all costs are properly factored in and one knows if they can successfully accomplish the job.


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RAC Warns Drivers To Be Prepared And Take Extra Care When Traveling Over The Next Few Days

(PRWEB) December 14, 2011

Severe weather warnings have once again been forecast for the UK over the next few days. Gusts up to 70mph are expected and there is a possibility of 80mph gusts over exposed coasts and hills across much of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland on Thursday and Friday.

RAC is advising drivers to take extra care when driving in such conditions. In such severe weather motorists should always remember to drive within their capabilities and those of their vehicle.

Motorcyclists especially should also be aware of the effects of strong winds as they only have two wheels on the road!

Kevin Andrews, RAC patrol ambassador of the year, says: ?I would advise drivers to check their proposed route before setting off to make the journey as trouble-free as possible ? visit to get up-to-date traffic and travel news. Alternatively drivers can download RAC?s Traffic app which utilises up-to-the-minute traffic updates.?

The app, which has received over one million downloads, is free and is available for both iPhone and Android phones. Drivers can download the app at the iTunes App Store and Android Market.

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Orangeries Prices Customers Take Advantage of 75% Off with New Quote Form

Chester, United Kingdom (PRWEB) December 07, 2011

Orangeries Prices has a wealth of experience in the world of home improvements and as a result can offer its customers a plethora of advice on the range of orangeries available. Orangeries Prices offers customers an array of orangeries from timber to UPVC for extremely competitive prices thanks to the unique three quote system which has been put in place on the site.

Orangeries Prices has seen an unexpected surge in sales this month as customers prepare for a busy season. Orangeries are perfect not only for providing extra space in the home but also for reducing energy bills and keeping the home warm during the winter months.

Unlike conservatories, orangeries have a solid construction with glass panels and a glass roof. The roof lets light into the home whilst the solid construction allows an easy integration into the home and can act as a link between the home and garden.

Homeowners looking to install an orangery over the winter months can take advantage of up to 75% off initial installation at Orangeries Prices. To benefit from the money saving offer, customers are invited to enter their details into the free, no obligation quote form which is available on the homepage.

A member of the team at Orangeries Prices will put their expertise to use and find customers the best and most competitive prices for FENSA and CERTASS accredited suppliers in their local area. Browse the full range of orangeries available at Orangeries Prices and take advantage of the 75% installation offer while it lasts by visiting the site.

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Take Mom to the Prom This Mother’s Day

Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) March 29, 2010

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”

Ask any Mom, and she’ll tell you the gift she wants most for Mother’s Day is to spend more time with her family. Ask any Dad, and he’ll say he wants to honor the mother of his children with a special day filled with things that make her happy. Enter Gaylord Hotels with the new Mom Prom & Family Affair package, which offers a creative program of family activities that, coupled with the extensive amenities and entertainment options at each property, will provide the perfect backdrop for a Mother’s Day filled with family time plus precious moments to last a lifetime. Available on May 8th at Gaylord National, Gaylord Palms and Gaylord Opryland, the package starts at $ 149* per night, and the highlight will be a special dance planned for mom at which the whole family can dress up and celebrate together.

Guaranteeing a photo opportunity that will delight the grandparents back home, a “Mom Prom” will be the highlight of the package offerings. Families are invited to dress for the occasion and be entertained by a live DJ, refreshments, and built-in special moments such as Mommy-Son and Father-Daughter dances. Contests, prizes and lots of other surprises will fill the evening with non-stop fun; and special touches, like the availability of corsages and boutonnieres for purchase, are sure to make the celebration complete.

“Our guests are delighted to be able to indulge in a package that offers built-in family time in an environment that affords so many entertainment options,” said Rich Maradik, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Gaylord Hotels. “Gaylord Hotels are quickly becoming the getaways-of-choice for memorable occasions – especially holidays – because we customize the experiences.”

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Announcing New York City’s 24th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade, “Take the Money and Run!”

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 1, 2009

The 24th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade will begin at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street at 12 noon, Wednesday, April 1st, 2009. Rain or shine, the parade will march down to 23rd Street, where it will continue down Broadway to Union Square Park for post-parade festivities. For several blocks, the parade route will require a mad dash through a gauntlet of teetering construction cranes.

The theme for this year’s parade is “Take the Money and Run.” Led by a Bernard Madoff look-alike as Grand Marshall, the parade will kick off with the SEC Marching Band playing the Beatles’ hit song “Money”. Spectators are requested to participate by photo-copying hundred dollar bills and tossing them out windows or from roof-tops at the passing parade instead of confetti.

This year’s floats will be led by a U.S. Treasury Printing Press float spewing out money to the crowd. Following close behind will be a slew of New York’s financial titans, including Wall Street executives, bank managers, mortgage brokers, hedgefund directors, and insurance CEOs singing our theme song: “Gimme money, that’s what I want. That’s what I want…” Following will be the Jersey City Balcony float hosting Councilman Steve Lipski mechanically rigged with a water pump so he can pee a constant stream on the crowd. His special guest will be Joe the Plumber sitting on a toilet and posing as Rodin’s “The Thinker.” Next will be an “I’m Not a Racist” float featuring Amy Winehouse, Sharon Stone, Reverend Jessie Jackson, North Carolina Representative Robin Hayes, and Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann–all rescinding their faux pas. Alaska Senator Ted Stevens’ Home Improvement float is apparently still under construction, because his contractors owe him money.

Marching celebrity fool look-alikes will include Chief Justice John Roberts repeating the Oath of Office; Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner claiming, “I paid my taxes”; Tom Daschle exclaiming, “I paid my taxes too”; Senator John McCain proclaiming, “My friends”; Reverend Conrad asserting, “Our God is bigger than their God”; and Senator John Edwards muttering, “It’s not my kid.”

Color commentary will be provided by Barbara Walters. To keep things scintillating, Walters will reveal more details of her extra-marital affairs.

As the parade ends in Union Square, the party begins, featuring live music, food, concessions & entertainment. Peanut butter snacks will be available free to all, courtesy of the Peanut Corporation of America and the FDA. The Retreat/Spa booth will be hosted by AIG executives; a Pay-to-Play booth will be manned by Governors Rod Blagojevich and Bill Richardson as well as NBA Referee Tim Donaghy; and there will be a photo-op booth featuring a bong-smoking Michael Phelps.There will also be scores of copy-cat conceptual artists with their own versions of Throw-Shoes-at-Bush booths; a Sarah Palin look-alike fashion show; and a screening of Trisha Walsh Smith’s video trashing her husband Philip Smith.

According to organizer Joey Skaggs, “The New York April Fools’ Day Parade was created in 1986 to remedy a glaring omission in the long list of New York’s annual ethnic and holiday parades. These events fail to recognize the importance of April 1st, the day designated to commemorate the perennial folly of mankind. In an attempt to bridge this gap and bring people back in touch with their inherent foolishness, the parade annually crowns a King of Fools from parading look-alikes.”

The public is encouraged to participate, in or out of costume, with or without floats, and may join the procession at any point along the parade route. Floats can be no wider than 10 feet and no longer than 25 feet. They can be self-propelled, towed, pushed or pulled. Customized bicycles, tricycles, baby carriages and aerial balloons are welcome. All participants are costumed look-alikes, and the Parade Committee assumes no liability for damages caused by satire. Parade floats and marchers must be at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue no later than 11:30 a.m.

“We are grateful to the New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the Troubled Assets Relief Program for their support of this year’s parade.” The King or Queen of Fools will be chosen based on the loudest cheers in Union Square. The winner will reign through March 31, 2010.

For information contact:

Joey Skaggs, Committee Chair


joey (at) joeyskaggs (dot) com


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