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click here, 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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The Bay Area’s First Rate Property Inspection Provides Tips on Triple Net Leases

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) December 15, 2011

First Rate Property Inspection, specializing in commercial properties, states that accurate property condition information is a necessity for both property owners and businesses desiring a lease. There are many different types of leases and First Rate Property Inspection provides tips on using a triple net lease.

The triple net lease is very popular in commercial building leasing because it reduces the owner?s need to spend time and money monitoring property conditions and providing maintenance, repairs and/or replacement of roofing, air conditioning and other major property components. This type of lease works especially well for owners who wish to create an ?armchair investment? situation.

The basic idea of a triple net lease is for the lessee to assume responsibility for all the property?s expenses, both fixed and operating. While there are many versions, triple net typically includes taxes, insurance and maintenance.

Most triple net leases require the lessee or tenant to cover costs to maintain the various components of the building that can wear out or be damaged during the lease period. A modified net or modified gross lease is a variation of the triple net lease in which the tenants pay their own utilities, interior maintenance, repairs and insurance, and the landlord pays everything else, including real estate property taxes.

For more information about triple net lease or any of First Rate Property Inspection?s services, call 855-537-5326 or visit First Rate Property Inspection is located at 360 Grand Ave., #194 Oakland, CA 94610.

About First Rate Property Inspection

First Rate Property Inspection?s primary purpose is to provide easy to use, high-quality home inspection and property inspection reports, which describe key components of commercial properties and provide valuable information their clients need to make important decisions on purchasing, leasing and maintaining properties. The company?s inspection services include roof surfaces, drainage and flashings, HVAC, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, structural components, plumbing and electrical systems, exterior and interior components, and surfaces.

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Buying a New Home – Tips and Tricks

Edison, NJ (PRWEB) March 27, 2006

To buy home first time is an exciting & a little confusing as well. You are to under go physical, mental and financial exercise before buying home. To avoid disappointments, there are some key points you are to keep in mind before coming to property scene.

Home Purchase Loan

While buying home – You are to consider your budget first. How much you have as bank deposit and how much your lender is willing to give you? Your lending amount will be entirely upon your income, debts, savings etc. Before lender gives finance to you he will definitely see how much your income is stable? Changing jobs frequently in the past will give negative impact upon your credit history. If you are to buy some car also, postpone this idea for some time, as your debts for car will effect upon your amount of lending for house. Because buying house is a big investment. There are different types of mortgages available in the market : fixed interest, variable rate, 25 year duration, 35 year duration etc. If you are not sure about which is suitable for you, ask your independent financial adviser. He will help you to come out from this problem.

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Survey the area before buying home

Now after setting your budget, you are to survey the area suitable to you to buy a house with this budget as well. As rates in some areas may not be up to your reach. So start hunting with real estate agents, newspapers & of course directly go to the signboards “For Sale” where owner wants to sell directly. While selecting your dream home, many things you are to keep in mind :

Legal Formalities of your new home

Checking legal documents of the house is very important to avoid getting cheated. If you are unaware of these formalities, take help of real estate agent or any legal advisor.

Home location should be near to your workplace

Don’t take house very far from your work place. Ask neighbors also about purchasing that house. Drive yourself to that place and see what is happening in night (means any loud sounds or music which may be disturbing). See views from front back, left right and of course in night and daylight.

Sewerage system of new home

Daylight in the house, sewerage system and rainwater outlets are of utmost importance while surveying any house to purchase. See if rooms are well lighted, gutters & sewerage system is maintained. Provision of rainwater outlets are outwards from house. Any pits in back yard or front yards.

Building standards of your home

Make sure that your dream house meets building standards and there is not any nasty or hidden expenses in the brickwork. See roofs also, if all are intact. Doors & windows are in good condition. Paint of the house is not chipped. Flooring of the house, if wooden, it may not be stained, sometimes stains are covered under the bed or carpets. So visit to a vacant house is necessary.

Resale value of your home

You are not going to live in this house for rest of your life. If you want to sell it in future, what may be the outcome. Everybody wants some plus after some time. If it can be sold without any hitch. If there are any negative points for reselling that house. Otherwise you will be struck with that house for long time.

Repair expenses of your home

If some major repairs are to be done, who is going to bear the expenses? Seller or buyer. Settle down all these things on paper to avoid any disappointments.

Renovation costs of your home

Your prospective house meets your requirements? Are you able to change it according to your needs? Suppose any tree is there and can you cut it if required. You can get a Home Improvement loan too to cover up renovation costs.

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Make an Offer

Imagine yourself in that house after making your necessary changes. How you would feel? If you think it fits into your budget and your needs, go ahead, make an offer and settle all papers legally.

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DW Savers Unveils the 2011 DW Savers Guidebook, a Free 25 Page eBook Offering Disney World Tips and Orlando Vacation Advice

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 24, 2011

The DW Savers GuideBook is a free download, and a wonderful resource, for vacationers visiting Orlando, Florida, and all its amazing theme parks and attractions. The eBook has 25 beautifully animated color pages filled with information regarding the Walt Disney World

So. San Francisco Furnace Repair Company, Peninsula Heating By James Byrne Offers Some Tips on Keeping a Heating and Cooling System in Good Shape

So. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 15, 2011

So. San Francisco furnace repair company, Peninsula Heating By James Byrne offers a few handy tip on why maintenance is very important to keeping a heating and cooling system running correctly and running for a long time.

?When it comes to heating equipment maintenance and repairs to your home or business heating system, it does not pay to procrastinate,? says Patricia Bryne of Peninsula Heating By James Byrne. ?The longer you put off the maintenance, the higher the probability that your heating system will break down or your heating and cooling contractor will be unable to make an emergency repair when you need it.?

A routine maintenance check should be either done by the homeowner or scheduled and be completed by the experienced and professional folks at Peninsula Heating By James Byrne. It is important that if a homeowner attempts the work on their own, they should have some experience working with heating and cooling units.

Peninsula Heating By James Byrne offers service agreements in which they will come to a home or business once or twice per year to inspect a furnace and/or air conditioner. Service agreements are a comfort, especially when faced with the prospect of waking up in the middle of a cold winter night to a freezing home. During the coldest days, service techs of companies without a service agreement in place can often take many days to respond.

Routine fall maintenance will switch on and inspect all equipment. Running a heating system early will help to find any problems before it becomes a major problem for the residents of the home. If one is doing the check on their own, they should check fan belts, the pilot light, humidifier and media pad. It is important to know the age of the furnace because older ones often have a pilot light that is on at all times while newer models light themselves when the furnace kicks on.

For an oil heat system, people are encouraged to change fuel filters and service burners if needed and check the fuel tank for water content and fill it, if needed. Forced air systems should have their grills removed and be cleaned out by vacuum. On older forced air systems, the entire duct work should be cleaned every couple of years. Inspect flue pipe for blockages, leaks, holes and make sure vent cap is in place on roof.

For air conditioners, it is important to clean the outside unit of a central air unit and clear any debris, leaves and other items. For wall-mounted units, if it is possible, the best course of action is to remove it and store safely away for the winter. At the very least, close the vents and cover with an air conditioner cover.

For more information on Peninsula Heating By James Byrne or to inquire about their latest coupons and specials, call 650-763-1016 or visit them online at They are located at 513 Linden Avenue South in San Francisco. They always offer free estimates and can provide off-hours appointments, such as after 6 p.m. and weekends.

About Peninsula Heating By James Byrne

Howard Byrne founded Peninsula Heating and Cooling in 1954 and today they serve South San Francisco and the Bay Area under the name of Peninsula Heating By James Byrne. They offer installation, maintenance and repair of name brand furnaces, air conditioning units, whole house fans, sauna systems, boilers, standard and on-demand water heaters. They offer free estimates and carbon monoxide testing for both residential and commercial buildings. In addition to providing HVAC ductwork and vent design, they also provide inspection certifications for real estate escrow closings. The specialized heating contractors provide quality HVAC systems and furnace repair.


Color Expert Kate Smith Offers Tips and Presents a Fresh Approach to Choosing Colors for Home Exteriors in the Bay Area

Burlingame, CA (PRWEB) December 08, 2011

Kate Smith, a color expert and career color trend forecaster, presents the Fresh approach to finding the right color for each element of the home ? roofing, siding, doors, windows, shutters, trims and accents.

Fixed Features: Take inventory of the colors of the home?s fixed fixtures like foundation materials, roofing, chimney structures, decks and patios. The fixed features usually remain the same for the life of the home. This makes them a better source of color direction for the siding color, which is likely to change over the years.

Regional Colors: Consider the home?s geography to influence the color scheme of the home exterior. Blend the natural elements in the color scheme.

Environment and Surroundings: Take into consideration the overall look of the neighborhood. Find colors that express individual style and complement the other homes in the area.

Style of the Home: Consider the architectural style of the home. Color and materials support the home?s look and architecture, not vice versa.

Historic and Have-to-Use Colors: Work within homeowner association regulations or historic district guidelines.

?A well-chosen color scheme can bring out architectural details, downplay flaws and enhance the look of your home,? says Kate.

The Alexander Window Company carries a wide variety of windows and doors from the top manufacturers. Its experienced sales staff can help customers find just the right solution to match their chosen color scheme. Customers can visit its expanded showroom to see a complete selection.

To schedule a free estimate or for more information, contact Alexander Window Company at 650-373-3900 or visit them online at Alexander Window Company is located at 1322 Marsten Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.

About Alexander Window Company

Peninsula replacement window company, Alexander Company is a family-owned business serving the San Francisco Bay Area for more than thirty years. It carries a wide selection of top quality replacement windows and doors from leading manufacturers, all at competitive prices. All products are installed by highly skilled in-house craftsmen, ensuring their customers outstanding performance for years to come. Alexander can also provide window repairs and door replacement.


Weather Damage and Home Insurance: Coverage Tips From

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) December 07, 2011

From winter?s blizzards to summer thunderstorms, the weather can wreak havoc. Some of the most common weather damage claims involve missing shingles, toppled trees and water damage from rain or melting snow. Not every weather damage claim will be covered under the standard homeowner?s insurance policy, however, so it?s important to know the difference.

What Is Generally Covered Under Standard Policies

The coverage under any homeowner?s policy depends greatly on the type of policy that has been selected. The most comprehensive policy in the market will likely provide coverage for the following types of weather damage, with some caveats:

Wind and Hail (exterior damage only unless the weather caused an opening in the home)
Damage from Falling Debris (including trees and branches)
Water damage from rain, only if the storm was responsible for allowing water to enter the home

Remember that damage to the contents of the home is only covered if the policy includes contents coverage; it is important to consider this when shopping for a home insurance quote.

Optional Coverage and Uninsurable Perils

Standard homeowner?s policies do not provide coverage for certain weather related perils; these include preventable issues or maintenance issues and certain predictable weather related items. Homeowners will require optional coverage for earthquake damage. This is separate from standard home insurance because it is a peril specific to the area in which the home is built.

Some items are considered uninsurable perils ? this means that there is no coverage available for these items under any policy. These are items considered preventable by homeowners and include:

Freezing of pipes and resulting damage
Snow melting or movement
Water damage for water entering the home due to poor maintenance

Taking Action to Prevent Weather Damage

There are steps homeowners can take to reduce or avoid weather damage. ?It is always the homeowner?s responsibility to take action and keep their home as safe as possible,? reminds Tammy Ezer, ?Not all weather damage can be prevented, but everyone can reduce the risks.? A home can be kept safe from some types of damage by:

Taking appropriate steps to prevent pipes from freezing especially in cottages not in use
Clearing away snow build-up from roofs and areas where snow slides might take place
Keeping roofs in good condition to stand up to stormy weather
Awareness of specific dangers in the area where the home is located, such as bodies of water that could flood, and taking appropriate measures

Prevention is always a better choice than filing a claim and having to make repairs, so homeowners should take steps wherever possible to avoid weather related damage. While a storm cannot always be predicted, potential areas of damage can and preparing for stormy weather is the best way to avoid a claim. When comparing home insurance quotes, it is vital that consumers ask about optional coverage and uninsurable perils on the policy.

About: is a free online insurance rate comparison service that directs consumers to its large network of more than 30 insurance companies and licensed insurance professionals and provides quotes based on the lowest rates available through its network. In business since 1994, does not sell insurance, is not a licensed broker, and is not owned in whole or in part by an insurance company, agent or brokerage; ensuring consumers get a truly unbiased quote.


As Santa Ana Winds Bring Wildfire Risk to Southern California, IBHS Offers Important Tips to Reduce Wildfire Losses

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 05, 2011

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) reminds property owners in Southern California that wildfires are one of the biggest threats posed by Santa Ana winds.

According to the National Weather Service, Southern California will receive another powerful blast of Santa Ana winds today with gusts reaching over 60 mph.

?Santa Ana winds are generally warm and dry, creating tinderbox conditions, but even when temperatures are cooler, they can be a problem? said Dr. Steve Quarles, senior scientist at IBHS. ?From a wildfire risk perspective, when these winds are blowing, there is rapid fire spread and the fire is very difficult to control.?

Santa Ana winds were blamed for fueling the fast-moving Witch Creek Mega-Fire in San Diego County in October 2007, which ultimately caused $ 1 billion in property damage. The Witch Creek Fire and other significant wildfires in Southern California have destroyed thousands of residential and commercial properties in the past several years.

There are three threats or exposures that a building can experience during a wildfire: windborne embers (also known as firebrands); radiant heat; and, direct flame contact. When considering the vulnerability of a home or business to wildfire, property owners should evaluate and address all of these potential exposures, and work to reduce vulnerability to each.

?Ember exposure is considered the most important risk, because most building ignitions have been attributed to them,? said Dr. Quarles. ?Embers can ignite building components and contents directly, or ignite vegetation and other combustible items adjacent to or near a building. This then can result in a radiant heat and/or direct flame contact exposure.

?Homes built on, or at the top of, a slope can be more vulnerable to wildfire because of increased fire threat resulting from fire burning up a slope and the elevated wind speeds during Santa Ana conditions. In this case, avoiding direct flame contact exposure may require increased defensible space around the home,? Quarles explained.

Fortunately, it is possible to significantly reduce the likelihood of damage from a wildfire. IBHS provides residents and business owners with a Wildfire Retrofit Guide ? Southern California Edition, which addresses the unique building styles and characteristics found in that area. The guide also includes information about how to create a wildfire-resistant landscape. Property owners can use the Wildfire Risk Assessment Checklist at the end of the guide to determine the retrofit projects they want to undertake, and use the cost estimator in the checklist to help prioritize the projects they can do now and those that should be part of future maintenance and renovations.

In March, IBHS conducted the first-ever full-scale wildfire ember storm demonstration at the IBHS Research Center in South Carolina. This demonstration was part of a building science initiative designed to illustrate how easily some commonly used materials and items near or on houses can ignite from embers, and what homeowners can do to better protect their homes.

For example, property owners can prepare for wildfires by cleaning up dead vegetation around the property, in gutters and on the roof. Find out other ways to reduce wildfire risk with guidance from IBHS at

To arrange an interview with IBHS, contact Joseph King at 813-675-1045/813-442-2845, jking(at)ibhs(dot)org or via direct message on Twitter @jsalking.

Visit for more information about how to make your buildings more resistant to a variety of disasters, big and small. Follow IBHS on Twitter at @DisasterSafety and on Facebook.

About IBHS

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.


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New Website Offers Insider Tips on Disney World Resorts and Disney World Vacation Planning

Celebration, FL (PRWEB) April 26, 2011

Vacationers who are looking for an easy way to plan a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. can find a wealth of information at a new Website aptly called World of Walt.

The comprehensive Website offers accurate, timely, and entertaining information about The Walt Disney Company, as well as the Walt Disney World Resort. It provides unbiased information about each of the Disney Resort theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It also has useful information on Disney World tickets, Disney World vacation planning, and the Disney Cruise Lines.

“World of Walt is a very useful reference tool for planning an amazing voyage to the most magical place on earth,” says Founder Herb Leibacher. “It can help you build wonderful vacation memories with your friends and family that will last a lifetime.”

World of Walt is a one-stop information resource for families and individuals, whether they are planning their very first or next Disney World vacation. People can visit the Disney Family Cruises page for details about Disney’s fleet of ships: the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream, and the Disney Fantasy. These modern cruise ships take passengers to destinations like Alaska, the Caribbean, and even Europe. The Disney Family Cruises page also provides interesting information about Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, which is reserved exclusively for Disney cruise ship guests. The island is replete with a lagoon, beaches, a boat harbor, open-air massages, free childcare and a host of other attractions.

Families who are interested in Animal Kingdom will want to peruse the Animal Kingdom Lodge page on World of Walt. This page covers a wide range of topics to give people an idea what to expect when staying at the luxurious lodge, including the rooms, amenities, views, dining and on-site fun. Or thrill-seekers may want to visit the site’s Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion page, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the special effects of the popular attraction. It reveals the technology behind the ballroom scene with dancing ghosts, the s