A Rattlesnake Fight Captured by a Hiker in San Antonio

There are a lot of things to do during an extended stay in San Antonio, and outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home hiking through the different parks here. The outdoors have a lot to offer, like hiking, biking, and getting closer to nature. Sometimes a little too close for comfort.

Like the guy who came across to rattlesnakes in a duel over another female snake. While his hike might have been cut a little short we have to say thank you for this daring footage. Check out the story and watch the brawl below.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Watch-Rattlesnakes-duke-it-out-to-mate-with-11046192.php#photo-12658640Video: Rattlesnakes fight over mate on San Antonio walking trail – San Antonio Express-News Footage of two rattlesnakes embroiled in a tussle for a female reptile’s attention was captured by a hiker at a San Antonio-area park in March and has grabbed the internet’s attention.

Footage of two rattlesnakes embroiled in a tussle over a female was captured by a hiker at a San Antonio-area park in March and the video has grabbed the internet’s attention.

A standoff between two male snakes was caught on video by Roni Martin at Government Canyon State Natural Area March 24.

The rattlesnakes are seen in the video participating in what appears to be a coordinated dance, but in reality, they are fighting for the rights to mate with a particular female, park officials said on Facebook.     Watch at mysanantonio.com

What is the craziest thing you have seen while hiking in San Antonio?

 

Keep Up With Your April Home Maintenance

This year is flying by and we are already into the first full month of Spring. If your not careful it is easy to forget about all of the little things you need to do to keep your home in good working order.

At Pasterkamp we are always ready to help you with your Denver heating and air conditioning problems but there is a lot more to maintaining your home and if take a little time with prevention you can save yourself a great deal of time and money.

Take a look at some of these tips below of what to take care of on your home this April.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2016/04/02/your-april-home-checklist/#a66253b1c53eYour April Home Checklist | Forbes With lengthening days and milder temperatures in many parts of the country, April is a wonderful time to freshen up the home inside and out. From windows that sparkle to a clutter-free garage, here are 13 tasks to make the most of the first full month of spring.

Clean gutters and downspouts. Having your home’s gutters and downspouts cleaned (and repaired if necessary) is one of the first important tasks to schedule this season. Clogged gutters during a rainy spring can cause water to pool, potentially damaging the roof and siding.

Wash siding. Using a regular garden hose, attach a siding cleaning kit (available at most home improvement stores) to clear away winter grime from your home’s siding.

Spruce up the front porch. Clean the porch floor, exterior windows, windowsills and front door. Wipe cobwebs from the ceiling and high corners. Lay down a fresh doormat and plant a pot of flowers. If you have porch furniture, clean it off and wash the cushions.

Inspect paths and driveway. Repeated freezing and thawing can take a toll on asphalt and concrete. Check your driveway and paths for cracks and schedule repairs as needed. Via forbes.com

 

April House Care Checklist

Staying on top of your home maintenance can save you money, time, and a lot of trouble in the long run. We have been roofing in Dallas for a while and we have seen our share of house problems that could have been prevented with just a little bit of monthly maintenance.

The trouble is that it can be hard to remember to take care of all of the little things in your home. If you have a hard time remembering everything you need to do take a look at this list of April tasks and save yourself some time and money in the long run.

http://www.clean-organized-family-home.com/april-house-cleaning-checklist.htmlApril House Cleaning Checklist Some housecleaning and preventative maintenance tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is, we forget to do them once or twice a year.

The best home cleaning schedule is to break down annual and seasonal tasks, and attack them with a monthly cleaning schedule. Nothing gets too backed up; and essential house cleaning eventually gets done. All without a major life overhaul.

Here is the April house cleaning checklist that works best for me.

Clean the fireplace. Empty ashes. Clean gas jets in the hearth.

Oil fireplace accessories.

Check smoke alarm batteries. Change if needed.

Check the exterior for any areas needing repair or paint.

Take down storm doors and windows.

Inspect, repair and vacuum window screens.

Clean your windows and let the sun shine in.

Clean curtains and other window treatments. Wash what you can, dry clean what you can, call professionals for the rest.

Clean your furniture and upholstery. Now, your April house cleaning checklist is complete. See all 12 monthly cleaning and home preventive maintenance checklists here. Via clean-organized-family-home.com

 

April Maintenance Saves You From May Repairs

At Expert Roofing, we are happy to help you with all of your Chicago roof repairs, but we also want to help you keep your home in good shape so you don’t need to repair it as frequently.

One of the best ways to keep your house from needing repairs is to do a little maintenance every month. It can be hard to figure out where to start and what needs to be done each month but if you have a list it can make it a little easier.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/the-april-home-improvement-checklist/2013/04/02/91183cd2-957d-11e2-b6f0-a5150a247b6a_story.html?utm_term=.06dd0208d945The April home improvement checklist – The Washington Post It’s spring at last — the perfect time to get outside and tune up the yard. For starters: How’s the fence? If yours looks grungy, you might just need to scrub and hose it off, then apply a fresh coat of stain or paint. If it’s wobbly or leaning, a rotted-out fence post is the likely culprit. You can replace the post, but that’s a lot of work, especially if the post has a concrete anchor. For an easier solution, check out Simpson Strong Tie’s Fence Mender (available at Home Depot), a 28-inch-long metal stake designed for pounding in alongside a wooden post, even if it’s set into concrete. For each post, you need two stakes, typically sold for less than $10 each, plus screws and a short-handle sledgehammer or two. Why two? It gives you a bigger target to aim at. Position one sledge on the top of a stake and hit that with the other sledge.

Garden gates tend to sag over time. Then they stick, or the latch no longer works. To get a gate working like new, first check hinges. If screws are loose, tighten them or replace them with ones that are slightly longer and thicker. Next, check the gate itself and tighten up anything that’s loose. Wooden gates typically have a brace that rises diagonally from the bottom on the hinged side to the top on the latch side. If your gate lacks this, the simplest solution is to add one by bolting it to the horizontal supports on the gate. First, prop under the latch side until that side of the gate is the right height and wedge in another prop about a quarter-inch or half-inch thick, to allow for a little future sagging. Then add the diagonal bracing. If your gate already has diagonal bracing, or as additional reinforcing for a wooden brace you’ve just added, install a cable with a turnbuckle (a fitting that you can screw in to keep the cable taut) diagonally across the gate, but in the opposite direction. For all the parts you need, buy a gate repair kit for less than $10, such as Stanley Hardware’s Anti-Sag Gate Kit (available at Lowe’s) or Hoover Fence’s Non-Sag Gate Kit (www.hooverfence.com). read more at washingtonpost.com

Stay On Top of Your April Chores

March has fallen behind us and believe it or not we have moved into the month of April. A new month means that there are new things to do to keep your home in good condition. We found this handy list to help you remember all of the things you need to do because if we’re not careful we might blink and it will already be May!

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/61422496To-Dos: Your April Home Checklist With lengthening days and milder temperatures in many parts of the country, April is a wonderful time to freshen up the home inside and out. To get sparkling windows, a clutter-free garage and more, here are 14 tasks to make the most of the first full month of spring.

Test sprinklers and irrigation system. Don’t let the first sign of a malfunctioning irrigation system be a drooping garden! Take the time this month to test each part, and adjust or repair as needed. And if you don’t already have drip irrigation for your garden, consider having it put in — a properly installed system can save time and water.

Keep mosquitoes at bay. Having warmer weather and longer days means we’re entering mosquito season. Take preventative measures by regularly checking your property for standing water and emptying it. Any open containers (empty flowerpots and saucers, a wheelbarrow) can become mosquito breeding grounds when filled with rainwater, so store items like these upside down or in a shed.

Boost curb appeal. Spring is a wonderful time to make upgrades to your home’s exterior, and even small changes — like putting up bold house numbers and a shiny new mailbox — can make a big impact. If you’re planning to put your house on the market this spring, increasing curb appeal can help lure in potential buyers, making it especially important.

Spruce up the front porch. Clean the porch floor, exterior windows, windowsills and front door. Wipe cobwebs from the ceiling and high corners. Lay down a fresh doormat, and plant a pot of flowers. If you have porch furniture, clean it off and wash the cushions. Read more…

At Lon Smith, we are happy to help you with all of your Dallas roofing needs but we know that monthly maintenance will save you money in the long run. Keeping up with these tasks is easy if you just tackle a few each day.

Keep Up On Your Home Maintenance With This April Checklist

It feels like it was just the beginning of March, then I blinked and now it is already April. The new month means a new list of things to do to take care of our houses. At Interstate Roofing, we love taking care of our client’s homes across the Colorado Front Range.

We are always here to help you with your house, but proper maintenance can save you money and time in the long run. We encourage all of our clients to set aside some time each month to take care of your home. Take a look at how to care for your house this April, below.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/diy-checklist-for-april_us_58dfc35fe4b03c2b30f6a6c4DIY Checklist for April | The Huffington Post Now that spring is here, there are a few things you need to take care of around the house. Here’s our pro checklist.

1. Inspect porches
Check floorboards for signs of rot or damage, looking underneath—where most rot will start—if the area’s accessible.

2. Recaulk around tubs
Ensure that no water is seeping behind bathroom tiles by removing old caulk and replacing it with fresh stuff formulated for tubs and tile. Get the full step-by-step tutorial.

3. Get the AC ready
Give the system a whirl now so that you’ll have plenty of time to schedule a service call, if needed, before the pros get booked up. Don’t forget to replace your AC filter, too! read more at huffingtonpost.com

 

No roof is immune, but this helps. Be prepared!

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The most prominent damage was created by ice dams, which form when ice buildup on the edge of a roof causes melting snow to back up and leak into a home.

Even though this article is not from our area, they have good tips on preparing your roof for the rest of the year. This past winter created unpredictable weather patterns across the country and roofing was caught up in the middle of it. The past year was a good reminder that we must keep our homes safe and maintained at all times to prevent major damages.

“If we can eliminate our heat loss, and make sure our attic space is properly ventilated that is really going to help,” Blanchette said. “We cannot in our area completely prevent ice dams, but that is going to be a great start.”

As Dallas roofing contractors, we are no stranger to severe heat as well as ice and snow. When ice dams are created, they can cause more internal damage to your home than you think. Leaks within the attic can cause mold and have the potential to affect your electrical system. Creating proper forms of ventilation and insulation will help keep your home in good condition.

Have you ever heard of heat tape? This is something that could also be helpful in keeping your mind at ease. Keeping your electrical systems safe is so important.

Keeping your home safe and creating confidence in your maintenance plan will help protect your family no matter what weather comes our way. Getting this done sooner rather than later will help when the unexpected hits, and as we all know, Dallas can be known for this!

He also suggests heat tape or deicing wires but recommends having a licensed electrician install them. Another option is using roof rakes to rake off as much snow as possible once a storm stops. Residents should avoid going up on their roofs because it is not safe, and their weight could actually cause more harm to the roof, Blanchette said.

 

Dancing with a little do si do may help fend off aging in the brain

Looks like the good old-fashioned square dance, AKA contra dancing, accompanied by a fiddle and a helpful caller, could keep older brains firing on all pistons.

Being able to dance and enjoy music is something that not only lifts our spirits but also has the power to make anyone feel young again. Denver-area nursing homes and assisted living facilities put a lot of work into finding fun ways to keep everyone active and social. Dance is such a good way to keep our minds working hard while also including physical movement.

Contra dancing here in Colorado is a popular way to get these types of activities into a routine. Research at CSU has found this type of dance has positives effects on the brain because of it’s active and social components. Read more here…

“But key changes are made during the course of a dance, which means participants have to stay on their toes.”