Build a Garden Fence or Wall

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Discover the materials and design that will work best for your garden boundary, whether it is a fence, wall or hedge.

Have you ever thought about creating a boundary in your yard that was covered with or made up of plants? We have done many fence installations in Denver where homes have grown big beautiful gardens. Learn about how gardens can be incorporated with fencing below:

The role of a boundary in a garden is to define a space, whether that’s the whole plot or an area within it. They have many functions, from providing privacy and intimacy to forming the backbone of the entire garden design. A brick wall, garden fence, gate, hedges and trellis are all options for creating the boundary you desire.

Dividing spaces often makes them seem larger, especially when the different areas are then given a specific use, such as for formal dining or as a play area for children. You don’t need tall barriers to create the divisions – you can achieve the same effect with low walls, woven screens, and see-through planting. The idea is merely to suggest a space and purpose. Using screens also means that the divisions are temporary and can change as your need for different spaces evolves.

Garden boundaries have the fundamental task of containing the site and providing a physical barrier to intruders, prying eyes, and the weather. In most gardens they are highly visible and form the backdrop to everything else. When designing with boundaries, there are two approaches: either try to blend them in, or make a feature of them. Once in place, the materials and style you choose are hard to change, so design your boundaries carefully.

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Passive Roof Vents for Home Cooling

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Passive roof vents encourage natural air flow and work without the aid of motorized fans. Roof vents enhance the overall comfort of the house by providing escape hatches for hot, stale, moist air, which can reach temperatures of 150 degrees in summer.

We want your home to be comfortable, so ask your Dallas roofing contractor about what options you have to protect your home as well cool it. Roof vents could be the key to your perfect temperature while they circulate the air in your home.

In winter, you need to dump that hot air before it condenses, which can lead to rot and mold. Warm air trapped in the attic during winter also may cause rapid melting of snow, which then refreezes as ice dams—mini glaciers that can push up shingles and peel off gutters and soffits.

The rule of thumb for proper attic ventilation calls for a minimum of 1 square foot of vent area (openings) for every 300 square feet of attic floor space. If you have asphalt shingles, you must have some kind of attic ventilation or you’ll risk voiding the warranty.

Getting rid of hot air is just part of the equation. You also need intake vents, which are usually soffit (or under-eave) vents. Made of aluminum or vinyl, they contain tiny perforations or slits for airflow, and are available as either narrow strips that butt together, or as smaller, wider vents that fit between roof joists.

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What to do this Memorial Day weekend around the San Antonio area

If you are staying with us at Dwelling Suites over this Memorial Day weekend you don’t have to even leave the fully-furnished suite. It has everything you would ever need for your extended stay with us. Of course with all of the fun activities happening in and around San Antonio you just might want to, and we don’t blame you. Here are just a few of the awesome activities going on this weekend!

http://www.ksat.com/entertainment/san-antonio-memorial-day-weekendWhat to do this Memorial Day weekend around the San Antonio area SAN ANTONIO – There are several fun events taking place this Memorial Day weekend across the San Antonio area. Here’s a list of some ways to enjoy the holiday.

Friday only:

The Eli Young Band will perform Friday night at 9 p.m. John T. Floore Country Store. Shane Smith & The Saints and John Baumann open. Click here for more information.

Friday and Saturday only:

Fiesta Del Noche Rio is held Friday and Saturday nights at the Arneson River Theatre in La Villita. The summer outdoor performance on the River Walk features songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas. Click here for more information.

Through holiday weekend:

The Memorial Day Artisan River Walk Show will take place Friday through Monday along the San Antonio River Walk. Vendors display and sell handmade merchandise. Click here for more information.

Historic Market Square will host a three day party for Memorial Day weekend. The weekend will feature live music, food booths and kids activities. There’s never a cover charge at Market Square.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is open for Memorial Day weekend. The park features new rides this year that include the Fireball and Hurricane Force 5. Click here for more information.

SeaWorld San Antonio recently debuted its newly renovated Discovery Point attraction. Discovery Point is the only place in Texas where you can swim with dolphins. Guests can also choose to swim alongside sea lions or beluga whales. Click here for more information.

Splashtown is offering Free Admission to all Military & First Responders during Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30). All spouses and dependent children are eligible for 1/2 price general admission before 4 p.m.. Appropriate Military or Government ID’s must be presented. Click here for more information.

Morgan’s Wonderland will be open throughout the weekend, but have special entertainment on Monday in the park including Elisabeth Giminiani singing the Star Spangled Banner, Andrea’s Flying Canines, Hartman’s House puppet show and more. Click here for more information.

 

How are you going to spend Memorial Day?

In Colorado, it’s anyone’s guess what the weather will be for Memorial Day. It might be sunny, it might be rainy, and it might even be snowy. Colorado weather is just hard to predict. The temperature in your house shouldn’t be though. You can trust Pasterkamp Heating and Air Conditioning to repair or replace your HVAC system and keep your home just the way you want it, no matter what the weather does.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/weather/severe-weather-heres-what-you-can-expect-for-memorial-day-weekend-in-coloradoSevere weather: Here’s what you can expect for Memorial Day weekend in Colorado – Denver7 TheDenverChannel.com DENVER — The time for snowstorms and blizzards may be over in Colorado, which means severe weather in the form of hail, thunder and tornadoes is now upon us.

If you’re making plans for Memorial Day weekend, you may want to take into account that Friday is expected to be our biggest severe weather threat, according to First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson.  Those living in the northeast corner of the state will experience the most severe weather Friday afternoon, Nelson said. Expect golf ball size hail and frequent lightning from around 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For the Denver metro area, we’ll see thunderstorms and the possibility of hail 1-inch in diameter at around 2 o’clock Friday as well.

Saturday brings in a cold and rainy day with highs expected to be in the upper 50s. Sunday, the weather will improve with a high of 70 degrees and mostly sunny skies.

For Memorial Day, you’re in for a treat — you can expect mostly sunny skies with a high of 72.

 

Are you getting your roof done this Memorial Day weekend?

With the recent hail storms across Colorado, many homeowners are getting their Denver roofs repaired over the 3-day weekend. And it is really a perfect time to do so. You and your family can go out and enjoy some of the fun events and activities while you leave the roofing to us experts at Interstate Roofing!

http://theknow.denverpost.com/2017/05/18/colorado-memorial-day-guide-2017/144114/Colorado Memorial Day weekend events guide for 2017 Summer is just around the corner. We can smell the hot dogs wafting in the air. The grills are getting fired up in backyards across the state. Ball games are being played at Coors Field. The kids are out of school (or should be soon). And now we’ve got a three-day weekend ahead.

Colorado knows how to celebrate the first unofficial kickoff to summer. It’s time to fill Memorial Day weekend up with loads of fun. But where to start?

We’ve rounded up 14 fantastic Colorado Memorial Day events and activities just for you. Water parks are opening, bands are gearing up to hit stages, kegs are being tapped and campsites are getting booked.

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Keep A Healthy Mouth This Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here, which means lots of barbecues and food! While Memorial Day commences the start of summer, we can’t neglect our oral health. Here are some tips to keeping your smile in prime condition during your festivities.

If you have any other oral health concerns, reach out to us. Colorado Smile Design is here to help you have the best smile possible!

http://www.therabreath.com/articles/oral-care-tips-and-advice/keep-a-healthy-mouth-this-memorial-day-weekend-19068/Keep a healthy mouth this Memorial Day weekend Memorial Day is the first official day of summer for many Americans. We break out the grills, open up pools and prepare for the next three months of outdoor activities and warm weather. To ring in this exciting time of the year, millions of Americans are going to be hitting the road and sleeping under the stars. Whether you’re camping in a tent or bunking in a cabin, make sure you’re not neglecting your oral health this holiday weekend. Be equipped with handy tips and helpful hints to keep your breath fresh and teeth clean while enjoying this fun summer kick-off.

Starchy produce –  Have you ever heard that if you need to clean your teeth but don’t have access to a toothbrush and toothpaste that you should eat an apple? It’s actually true. Apples, as well as carrots and celery, are a great healthy aid for getting rid of dental plaque on your teeth. The starchiness of these fruits and vegetables work in a slightly abrasive manner to clean the teeth when you’re in a dire situation. While this shouldn’t replace your regular brushing and flossing, it can keep teeth clean when you’re out in the wilderness, boating and the like.

Keep it healthy – When you’re camping, dieting rules seem to go out the window. You munch on hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and cookies, but this could quickly lead to bad breath. Grilled food is often greasy and unhealthy – but, it sure is tasty! Additionally, sugar-filled treats like cookies, cupcakes or brownies can cause just as much damage. These sweet goodies “feed” the anaerobic bacteria in the mouth, causing bad breath and other oral health issues. While you don’t have to maintain a strict diet when you’re on vacation this Memorial Day weekend, make sure to balance out the bad foods with some good ones. For example, try to include a side salad with each meal, and have fresh watermelon, strawberries and pineapple out for those with a sweet tooth.

Water – During your holiday weekend, you might be tempted sip on seasonal cocktails or drink a crisp, refreshing beer to get you through the festivities, but it’s important to remember to drink water with alcoholic beverages. Not only will water keep you from getting dehydrated and having a hangover – which can definitely put a damper on the entire weekend, it can help to keep bad breath at bay. When you are experiencing dry mouth – possibly due to dehydration – the bacteria in your mouth just sit at the back of the tongue. This is the perfect setting for bad breath to creep in. If you continue to drink water throughout the day, you’ll be washing away bacteria to help maintain a fresh mouth.

Sugar-free gum –  You may be out on the boat or hiking through the wilderness, but that isn’t an excuse for bad breath. Chew on a stick of sugar-free gum, like TheraBreath Fresh Breath Chewing Gum, and you won’t have to worry about stinking up the great outdoors. Gum is a great solution for anyone suffering from dry mouth because it helps stimulate saliva flow that rinses away bacteria. At the same time, the formula works to freshen your breath no matter where you may be.

Just because it is a holiday weekend doesn’t mean that you have to take a holiday from your oral health habits. In addition to brushing and flossing as much as you can, try to follow these helpful healthy mouth guidelines while you’re kicking off the summer to maintain a healthy mouth.

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Denver’s Costliest Hailstorm

Colorado has seen a lot of ugly weather lately, and it doesn’t come cheap. Recently, Denver was struck with its costliest hailstorm coming in at $1.4 billion in damages. We’ve seen the destruction and our thoughts go out to all involved.

Need help recovering from the storms? That’s what we’re here for. From roofing to assisting with insurance claims, we’ve got it handled. Give us a call! Colorado Superior Roofing is the preferred contractor, maintaining a 5 Star Rating from Home Services Review.

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/23/hailstorm-costliest-ever-metro-denver/Hailstorm that struck Denver is metro area’s costliest ever at $1.4 billion The hailstorm that pounded west metro Denver with golf ball- and baseball-sized stones on May 8 will rank as the most expensive catastrophe in state history, according to estimates Tuesday from the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.

The insurance industry trade group estimates that more than 150,000 auto insurance claims and more than 50,000 homeowners insurance claims will be filed, resulting in $1.4 billion in insured losses.

“It isn’t an exact science, and we try to be conservative,” said Carole Walker, executive director of the trade group. “The cost of claims will likely go up.”

At $1.4 billion, the storm will surpass the $1.1 billion in damage claims, adjusted for inflation, that a storm on July 11, 1990, generated and the $845.5 million in claims tied to a storm on July 20, 2009.

It will also be three times more expensive than the state’s most damaging wildfire, which destroyed 346 homes in the Waldo Canyon area of Colorado Springs in June 2012 and generated $453.7 million in payouts at the time.

“The enormous size of the hail hitting densely populated areas of the Denver metro (area) during rush hour has contributed to the magnitude of damage caused by this storm,” Walker said.

Golden, north Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and northwest Denver suffered the hardest hits, with damage also reported in Commerce City, insurers said.

One factor that sets the May 8 storm apart from earlier ones is that it is on track to generate more auto claims ($710 million) than home claims ($704 million).

“It is a high number of auto claims as opposed to home,” said Walker.

Farmers Insurance Group has seen about 60 percent of damage claims come in on the auto side and 40 percent on the home side, said Carrie Bonney, a spokeswoman for the insurer. Normally, the split is in the other direction.

Part of that reflects the storm’s timing. Cars were out in the open at workplace parking lots or on roads during early rush-hour traffic.

Also, Angela Thorpe, a spokeswoman with State Farm, said the path of the storm took it through areas with a heavy concentration of multifamily housing, where fewer carports and garages are available to shelter vehicles from the elements.

The storm also carried a big punch, with stones so large in some areas that they didn’t just dent hoods and roofs, but shattered and punched through windshields.

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Plumbing 101

Not everyone understands how plumbing works, and that’s okay – that’s our job. However, if you’re intrigued about your home plumbing and want a better understanding of how it all works, look no further!

Have more questions about plumbing or sewage? Give Go Direct a call!

http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/plumbing-101-for-the-home/#.WSey5xPyvVoPlumbing 101 for the Home | HomeAdvisor Plumbing is an important aspect of a home’s water and waste system which consists of the pipes and system used to carry water through and away from a home. While some jobs require the services of a professional plumber, there are other jobs that can be handled by homeowners; however, before anyone attempts to make their own plumbing repairs, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the project attempted as well as the tools required. With a bit of patience and study, many plumbing repairs can be completed by homeowners without the services of a professional.

Tongue and groove pliers are also known as water pump pliers. These pliers are one of the most essential tools used in plumbing projects. The pliers have long handles that help the individual using them reach out-of-the-way nuts and bolts. The serrated and grooved edges ensure that even hardware drenched in water is easy to grasp and turn. Making use of the right pair of pliers will make plumbing tasks much easier.

A compression sleeve puller is used by those who want to ensure they can remove a compression sleeve without expending a great deal of energy. The puller is used to remove a sleeve that is damaged or leaking, without causing damage to appliances or walls. Because compression sleeves are tightly secured, it is imperative to use the puller for their removal. If a pipe is damaged, it will need to be replaced before you restore the compression sleeve.

A sink or basin wrench is specially designed for reaching locations that are inaccessible with other wrenches or by hand. One of the most notable differences of a basin wrench when compared to other wrenches is that it has locking jaws that clamp down over nuts and bolts. Basin wrenches can be used for securing or removing fasteners that otherwise would be unreachable. Basin wrenches are imperative to the successful completion of a wide array of plumbing jobs.

An adjustable wrench is a good tool to use when you have easy access to nuts, bolts, and other fixtures currently being worked on. Unlike the basin wrench that is a long, thin tube used for hard-to-reach areas, an adjustable wrench can be used in accessible locations. When performing plumbing work, it’s important to know which tools are best for the task at hand. Knowing the differences between wrenches will ensure that you complete projects in the most efficient manner possible.

A pipe wrench is used on iron pipes as well as for fixtures with rounded surfaces. Because of the tightening effect of the jaws, pipe wrenches are best used on soft nuts. When choosing pipe wrenches, it’s important to know the best size for the job as pipe wrenches come in different sizes and widths. One of the most beneficial things to remember when performing home plumbing repairs is that many homeowners already have the required tools.

When a project requires plastic, PVC, or even some metals which can be cut, a hacksaw is often the preferred tool of choice. Hacksaws are hand operated and require the user to have ease of access in order to continue sawing the object until it is completely severed. Hacksaws are available in different blade sizes and weights. Choose the best saw for your needs and make certain the blade will easily handle any plumbing task.

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Keep the Roof Over Your Head in Good Shape for Longer

Roof One doesn’t just fix your roof, we help to maintain it. I’m sure we can all agree that it’s important to have a roof that supports your home for a number of years. To help you upkeep your roof, here are some DIY tips!

http://www.networx.com/article/keep-the-roof-over-your-head-in-good-shaKeep the Roof Over Your Head in Good Shape for Longer – Articles – Networx “A roof over one’s head” is a synonym for home. And no wonder … your roof faithfully performs the essential task of shielding your family and your belongings from the elements. Return the favor by taking good care of your roof. These simple tips will help extend its useful life.

Maintain Your Roof

Don’t allow leaves or snow to accumulate on your roof. (Clear out gutters regularly too!) Leaves will trap moisture from dew and rain, holding it against the roof where it can do damage. Snow will melt and refreeze, causing ice dams. In addition, the sheer weight of a winter’s worth of snow may be more than your elderly roof was designed to handle.

Trim any overhanging tree limbs so they’re no less than 10 feet from your roof. Not only will this prevent leaves falling onto the house, it also safeguards against branches scraping the roof during a storm. Third, exposing the roof to sunlight deters the growth of moss and mold. Last but not least, this measure blocks access to your roof by squirrels and other animal pests.

Avoid walking on the roof to inspect or clean it. This can be dangerous for both your roof and yourself. Standing solidly on the ground, use a dedicated non-metal roof rake to pull off fresh snow or fallen leaves. Spray with a garden hose to remove moss or algae buildup in summer. Avoid pressure washing, which has tremendous destructive potential when unleashed on your roof; the powerful stream can loosen roofing tabs, unglue the shingles’ self-adhesive, and wash off the reflective granules.

Schedule a professional roof inspection regularly every 2-3 years, as well as after severe weather like hail or heavy winds.

Ventilate the Attic

During the winter, people tend to keep their homes closed up. This allows warm moist air from showering, cooking, or running appliances such as humidifiers to collect in your attic if it is not adequately ventilated. And guess what is sitting right on top of your attic? Hello! The underside of your roof.

The situation is no better in summertime when an insufficiently ventilated attic can play host to air at temperatures as high as 160 degrees. This kind of heat is very, very bad news for your roof rafters and asphalt shingles.

Don’t despair, though. If you have properly functioning air intake vents combined with exhaust ventilation in your attic, excessive heat and moisture will be directed where you want them, outside the house.

Watch Out for Roofing’s Red Flags

Stay alert. Loose, buckled, or missing shingles need to be taken care of ASAP, as they are an open invitation for moisture to penetrate your roof. If you tackle the problem early enough, you may need to replace only the affected shingles, instead of paying for a whole new roof.

Damp or peeling patches on your attic ceiling, dripping water, or light shining through are obvious signs that your roof is in big trouble. However, those are not the only red flags to watch out for. Exposed roof beams or doors and windows that are suddenly hard to open may also be signaling that excess moisture is getting into your house, most likely via the roof. All of these symptoms are another indication that it’s time to call in a roofing contractor.

Recognize when it’s Time to Replace

All good things eventually come to an end, and your roofing material is no exception. After a certain point, it makes more sense to replace, rather than to repair, the roof, namely when one or more of these is true:

 

How Addiction Impacts the Family

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Alcoholism or any type of addiction affects everyone in the family in some way. Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse, a respected expect in the field of addictions and codependency, identified six primary roles in an alcoholic family as a way to highlight the effects of alcoholism on the alcoholics spouse and children.

You’ve probably heard it from at least one alcohol rehab center in Denver, alcoholism affects everyone.  Some people may be affected by friends, and some people may be directly impacted by their own families. Below describes each person’s role in such a family situation. Understanding these roles may help someone encourage recovery, or go to recovery themselves.

I want to preface this article by saying that I know that labeling people doesn’t usually feel good and often it isn’t accurate. However, it can be useful in getting a general picture of the common dynamics in families dealing with addiction. Like anything else, please take the aspects of these family roles that apply to you and your family and leave the rest.  Individuals and family systems are complex. In reality, people don’t fall neatly into categories. You may have played more than one role at different times in your life or you may identify with a combination of these traits and coping strategies.

The Addict

Addicts having varying degrees of functioning or fulfilling their responsibilities. For most, addiction progresses with the quantity and frequency of their drug or alcohol use increasing.  Drugs and alcohol become the primary way the addict copes with problems and uncomfortable feelings. Over time, addicts burn bridges and become isolated. Their lives revolve around alcohol and drugs – getting more, using, and recovering. They blame others for their problems, can be angry and critical, unpredictable, and don’t seem to care about how their actions affect others. We could also substitute other forms of addiction or dysfunction (sex addiction, gambling, unmanaged mental health problems) for drug or alcohol addiction and the dynamics are virtually the same.

The Enabler (Caretaker)

The enabler tries to reduce harm and danger through enabling behaviors such as making excuses or doing things for the addict. The enabler denies that alcohol/drugs are a problem. The enabler tries to control things and hold the family together through deep denial and avoidance of problems. The enabler goes to extremes to ensure that family secrets are kept and that the rest of world views them as a happy, well-functioning family. The enabler is often the addict’s spouse, but it can also be a child.

The Hero

The hero is an overachiever, perfectionist, and extremely responsible. This child looks like he has it all together. He tries to bring esteem to the family through achieving and external validation. He’s hard working, serious, and wants to feel in control. Heroes put a lot of pressure on themselves, they’re highly stressed, often workaholics with Type A personalities.

MORE: How Addiction Impacts the Family: 6 Family Roles in a Dysfunctional or Alcoholic Family