Under Deck Roofing

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Under Deck Roofing
Under Deck Roofing is the solid surface to which slates, shingles or other roofing material is attached. Normally, the decking is available in plywood sheets, wood board, or planks. In modern times, there is a noticeable partiality to laminated under deck roofing in which the ceiling is left exposed.
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This type of softwood boards should be seasoned so that they will not shrink after the shingles are attached. A 1-inch board will suffice for pitched or flat roofs unless the flat roof will also be used as a balcony. In cases like these, thicker boards will certainly be needed to provide extra strength. The under deck roofing boards can run either horizontally or vertically. If you prefer the horizontal positioning, boards can be laid closely together or with some space between each board. It is however recommended to leave no spaces in houses in areas that regularly suffer from a great deal of wind- driven snow or blizzards.
Plywood
If you’re in a tight budget, plywood would be a sensible choice for your under deck roofing. Choose plywoods that come in 4x 8 sheets so that a large area can be swiftly covered. Plywood is more popularly used in under deck roofing because of the considerable ease in its installation and affordability. The thickness of the material would greatly rely on the rafter spacing, the weight of the roofing material, and the average accumulation of ice and snow in your region.
Planks
If you decide to use planks for your under deck roofing, it should be at least 2 inches thick and should have a tongue and groove to make the joints a lot stronger. Planks are typically used on structures with very low or almost flat slope. There are laminated planks available in the market today. Its core is usually one type of wood while the outside would be an altogether different type of laminated wood. Laminated planks are excellent choices if the structure has a ceiling exposed all the way to the decking since the laminated side would provide an attractive surface. There are also some planks that are made of all-wood fiber. These types of planks have excellent strength and insulating values. It is also resistant to weather and termites.
Your choice of under roof decking will depend on a number of factors. Your budget would be the primary consideration in determining the type of material to use. You will also need to take into account the size of the span of the rafters, as well as the weight your roof will bear. Once you have an idea on the required strength of your under deck roofing, you can have an educated choice as to what type of decking material to purchase.

How To Choose The Right Furnace Humidifier

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All of us know how problematic a dry winter can turn out to be. The plunging amount of humidity in the air during this time sucks out the moisture of our skin and mucous membranes. Our noses get dry as does our favorite wood furniture and even our attempts to provide heat during this bone cracking cold does not save us. It’s true, no matter how many fires you build or the dozens of heaters you switch on you will only be aggravating the problem, cause each of these dry out any…

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All of us know how problematic a dry winter can turn out to be. The plunging amount of humidity in the air during this time sucks out the moisture of our skin and mucous membranes. Our noses get dry as does our favorite wood furniture and even our attempts to provide heat during this bone cracking cold does not save us. It’s true, no matter how many fires you build or the dozens of heaters you switch on you will only be aggravating the problem, cause each of these dry out any remaining moisture in our surrounding. This results in bleeding noses, horrible coughs and other irritating little discomforts.

A Humidifier brings back the moisture in the air around you, and thereby increases the humidity of your atmosphere. Thus it can rescue you from all the troubles you associate with dry winter.

Before deciding on the kind and size of the humidifier you want to purchase decide where you want to place it. If you want to put it in a small space then go for a tabletop humidifier, for larger areas like a small apartment or a few rooms a console humidifier should be more suitable. If you want to use it for a very large space, like say the whole house, get yourself a whole house humidifier. Attach your humidifier to your AC unit or heating system so that moisture is transmitted through the length and breadth of your home.

Another good option is a Furnace humidifier which is connected to the ducts in your furnace system and thus functions with your heating and cooling system to provide moisture to your whole house. The Furnace humidifier utilizes the water in your home’s water system to circulate moisture into the air in your house.
The price of any Furnace Humidifier is over and around $100. This tends to be a good bit more than other variety’s of humidifiers, however trust me when I say that your extra expenses will not be wasted. Maintaining such a humidifier will cause a yearly financial drain of about $2-$30.

Your Humidifier must surely be provided with a humistat, which gives you the chance to set the humidity level you want. Once the machine hits the level you punch in it will switch off automatically. This helps you make sure that your indoors aren’t over-humidified.

Your furnace humidifier requires regular cleaning and disinfecting. Make sure you keep the instructions in the machine’s manual in mind while doing this if you don’t want to wreck the system completely. If you fail to keep your machine squeaky clean it might become the home of mold and bacteria, these disgusting substances can then be sent out with the humidified air.

New Year’s Marketing Resolutions

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The start of another year is traditionally a time for New Year’s Resolutions. Add some marketing resolutions to make this your best year ever.

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I hope you’re as excited for the upcoming year as I am. Time again for those New Year’s Resolutions.

Are you making them again this year? Or, are you like some I’ve talked to who say you’re going to skip making them so you don’t have to break them again.

So what’s it going to be this year – loose weight, get in shape, improve some of your relationships, take some more time off and actually take a vacation this year?

Don’t worry, I’m not going to lecture you about making your resolutions more realistic this year so you can actually stick to them. You already know that you need to create a plan to achieve them and then put it into action.

How about a Marketing Resolution?

I simply invite you to resolve to get into marketing shape this year. Become a stronger marketer for the sake of your business. And, you don’t have to count “carbs” or “grams of fat” to stick to this resolution. However, you will need a plan and commitment to put it into action.

“You don’t have to be some kind of marketing wizard or guru to get great marketing results. You do, however, need to be willing to put in regular and consistent effort.”

I say this to people all of the time because it’s true. You could even say that I’m living proof of this statement. I don’t have a degree in Marketing. But, I do have a system that I put regular and consistent time and effort in to maintaining and improving.

Caution: A Marketing Resolution Will Require Work

My family and I were watching television the other night when one of those commercials came on. You know what I’m talking about? It was one where a couple claims that each lost 30 to 40 pounds by taking this “magic” pill. They showed the before and after pictures where the couple was obviously flabby and out of shape in the before pictures. In the after pictures, the couple was not only much slimmer; they looked like they had been carved out of marble.

In a question of obvious surprise and disbelief, my son asked, “How did they get so ‘buff and cut’ just from taking a pill?” I told him to look for the fine print and sure enough the commercial proceeded to tell him that results were achieved through a combination of regular diet, exercise and taking the “magic pill” product. To which my son replied, “Couldn’t they have gotten those results just from the diet and exercise?”

But this article isn’t about the ridiculousness of the “magic pill” commercial. No, this article is for those of us who want to make some positive changes in our business. We’re doing some planning for how to make our next year our best year yet. We’re waiting for that gentle nudge to start getting into marketing shape. Well come on then. Let’s get started!

I’d invite you to create two or three goals that will make a difference to your business. And then, put them on a calendar on your wall. If you don’t complete them are you any worse off? But, if picking them and putting them on a calendar is enough to help you get some results then you’ve discovered a simple system to achieve positive change.

Here are a few suggestions for marketing resolutions that you can stick to and would help make a difference in the next year.

1. Commit to learn something about marketing every month. There are several ways you could put this on the calendar and actually hold to this resolution. Every month you could commit to read a book, attend a seminar, attend a workshop, enroll in a tele-class, or buy and listen to audio on some specific marketing topic.

You don’t necessarily have to try to learn everything about marketing all at once. But, you do owe it to yourself to continuously learn. Pick a different marketing topic for each month and then determine your preferred learning method.

2. Commit to write something about your area of expertise every month. Writing is probably the single most important marketing skill you can master. The good news here is that you get to write about what you already know. Then finding ways for you to share what you write will actually serve as a client attracting marketing tool for you.

Think of how much you’d be getting the word out about what you’re great at if you wrote and distributed something every month. Write a tip sheet to give to clients and referral sources. Start a newsletter or ezine to start sending to everyone in your network of contacts. Submit articles to the publications that your target market turns to for information.

3. Commit to testing your attention getting message every month. The first thing you say when someone asks, “What do you do,” should create some interest and get your listeners to ask for more information.

Put some networking events on your calendar for each month of the year. Stop worrying about trying to get a new client. Just go and test your attention getting message to see who asks you to tell them a bit more. Here’s a great follow-up when someone does ask for more information – offer to send them something that you’ve recently written on the topic (see #2 above).

Just like all those exercise resolutions you made in the past, even scheduling just a few hours a week or a month will begin to make a difference.

A Few More Tips To Make Your New Year’s Marketing Resolutions Stick

Once you make your resolutions (hopefully getting into marketing shape is one of them), write them down in big letters and put them up where you’ll see them every day. Tell at least three people who will help you stick with it.

Sometimes you just have to hear something over and over again until in it really sinks in. “You don’t have to be a marketing guru to get great marketing results, but you do need to be willing to put in regular and consistent effort.”

Just like an exercise program, if you write it out then you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Get a simple marketing calendar and commit to specific marketing activities every month.

Want a few exercises to get you started? Read the E-Myth Revisited. Write a one page tip sheet on the top three things your clients could do to improve their current situation immediately. Practice a new introduction that gets people to say, “Wow, I’d like to hear more.”

Don’t go it alone. If you’re serious about getting into marketing shape this year, consider the benefits of a marketing coach or joining some kind of accountability or mastermind group.

How To Choose The Right Fridge & Freezer

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Modern Fridge & Freezer Features:

An LCD suggesting what type of foods should be stored at what temperatures and the expiration date of the food stored.

Filter Status Indicator tells you when it’s time for a change.

A cooling zone in the refrigerator door shelves. Air from the freezer section is diverted to the refrigerator door, helping to keep milk or juice in the door shelf colder.

An in-door ice caddie, which relocate the icemaker storage to the freezer door a…

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Fridge Freezer

Modern Fridge & Freezer Features:

An LCD suggesting what type of foods should be stored at what temperatures and the expiration date of the food stored.

Filter Status Indicator tells you when it’s time for a change.

A cooling zone in the refrigerator door shelves. Air from the freezer section is diverted to the refrigerator door, helping to keep milk or juice in the door shelf colder.

An in-door ice caddie, which relocate the icemaker storage to the freezer door and saves approximately 2 cubic feet (60 L) of functional freezer space. It is also detachable, and helps to prevent icemaker clogging. In-door ice caddies are exclusive to side-by-side Fridge Freezers.

A power failure warning, alerting the user to the failure, usually by flashing the temperature display.

Frost-free operation. Over time atmospheric water vapor condenses onto the cooling coils as ice, which can eventually build up into a layer several centimeters thick. This can be removed by emptying the refrigerator and turning it off so that the ice melts. In a Fridge & Freezer equipped for frost-free operation, a heater and a thermostat are fitted around the cooling coils. The cooling is periodically switched off (varies between every 6 to 24 hours depending on model) and the heater turned on until the temperature around the coils slightly exceeds the freezing point of water, after which normal cooling is resumed. This melts any ice which has collected around the coils and prevents it from building up.

The maximum temperature reached during the power failure may be displayed, along with information on whether the frozen food has defrosted or may contain dangerous bacteria.

An gradually more important environmental concern is the disposal of an old Fridge & Freezer – initially because of the Freon coolant damaging the ozone layer, but as the older generation of refrigerators disappears it is the destruction of CFC-bearing insulation which causes concern. A modern Fridge & Freezer usually use a refrigerant called HFC-134a (1,2,2,2-tetrafluoroethane) instead of Freon, which has no ozone layer depleting properties.

TPO Roofing Material

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TPO Roofing Material

If you just keep yourself up-to-date with the market trends today, you will find that in roofing industry, you won’t just find the common metal and concrete roof available. Roofers have reinvented and redesigned the materials to create other alternatives like the plastic roofing which is a product of recycled materials and one of the latest and the newest in flat roofing available in the market today, Thermoplastic Polyolefin Roofing Membranes or the TPO.

The TPO roofing material is considered a “new generation roofing membrane with combination of ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) rubber and PVC. The basic characteristics of a TPO membrane are taken from the mixture of the two flexible membranes EPDM and PVC. These characteristics include long-term resistance to changing weather, tear and puncture resistance, temperature change flexibility, and chemical resistance.

Originally used for automotive applications, TPO consists of at least 20 rubber and despite its being a single-ply membrane, it has the three basic components of a roofing system which are the structural deck, the thermal insulation barrier in the middle, and a waterproofing skin. Just like the other types of roofing materials, it can also be manufactured in a variety of colors, including black. Since TPO roofing material is just relatively new in the market, its lifespan cannot be determined yet.

TPO roofing material provides several benefits and advantages over other roofing materials. A few of these are the previously mentioned attributes which were taken from the combination of the two flexible membranes. TPO is known for its being heat-resistant and remains heat-wieldable throughout its entire lifespan. It contains UV protection to avoid it from fading. Aside from its resistance to heat, TPO is also made to endure changing weather and climactic conditions. During hot weather like summer, it keeps the interior of the building cool, making it an energy-saver.

A typical TPO roofing material has good insulation performance because of its polymer and rubber content so it does not conduct sound, electricity, or heat. This type of material is one of the most recyclable in the market today and is very much environment friendly. Scientifically speaking, since TPO is an alloy, the thermal reaction of molecules on the materials causes it not to separate as compared to other compositions that are melted together and ground up. A TPO sheet is relatively stiff; some may be soft and flexible, while most can feel more firm and rigid which can help a lot in the installation process. These attributes have attracted roofing contractors, engineers, architects, and even homeowners and is currently becoming a good choice for their roofing system. TPO can be best used for commercial applications, especially flat-roofed system.

New Marketing Program Draws Thousands To Its Free Teleseminar

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What is making this business opportunity so popular is, that after some initial effort, you can just lay back and let the company do the work for you and actually collect an income. Or if you prefer, and most do, put forth some additional effort and make a very comfortable income. Many have found it to be an excellent method to earn cash from home.

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Less than three short months ago, a new 1Step System was born with a very real potential for generating a great deal of income in a short time. Co -founders Rod Stinson and Chris Koehl have brought this opportunity to people all over the world. Many are joining now because the company is still in its infancy, which from a marketing standpoint is surely the best time to get on board.

What makes this business opportunity so attractive is that it is so easy. It is appropriately called the 1 Step System. It stands to reason, the more an individual puts in to their business, the more he or she will get out of it, however, your early efforts in the beginning stages can easily provide at least some income while you lay back and observe.

Everyone knows, there is no such thing as a free lunch, however, I haven’t seen another business opportunity where start-up costs can so easily be recouped in such a short time and profit starts rolling in. From those who have no experience, to the most seasoned marketer, its a great opportunity to see a steady cash flow in a relatively short time. It’s also a great way to earn extra income at home. Those with years of Internet marketing experience are calling it a brilliant concept designed for building wealth for anyone who is savvy enough to see its earning potential.

Our experience has revealed that to many entrepreneurs out to earn extra money from home, have fallen victim to deceptive and greedy get rich quick scams that guarantee your success. This business sets itself far apart from those, and what is so refreshing about the 1 Step System is there is no selling, no phone calls, no explaining, no answering questions and no closing. Most of the work is done for you. It’s a fact, co-founders Rod Stinson and Chris Koehl have taken the ‘Net by storm. It’s nice knowing that with this business, anyone, regardless of their experience or background, has the same chance for financial independence.

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How To Choose The Perfect Retailer For Your Log Furniture

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The great thing about looking for a retailer or manufacturer of rustic log furniture is there are plenty of sellers out there these days, especially with the age of the world wide web. Since the birth of the internet everyone and there brother seem to have tried to start making and selling all types of rustic furniture online, but what I am sure that they found out is that making log furniture the right way is a hard task to achieve. Now don’t take me the wrong way there are …

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The great thing about looking for a retailer or manufacturer of rustic log furniture is there are plenty of sellers out there these days, especially with the age of the world wide web. Since the birth of the internet everyone and there brother seem to have tried to start making and selling all types of rustic furniture online, but what I am sure that they found out is that making log furniture the right way is a hard task to achieve. Now don’t take me the wrong way there are some great builders of this style of furniture and you will notice they are the craftsmen that have been around for a while. So knowing this let me tell you how to make the right decision on choosing your rustic furniture.

One of the first things you need to decide is the species of wood you would like to go with, there are dozens of them out there, but only a couple of good species that will stand up to the elements outside. There is hickory, cypress , pine(not recommended), aromatic cedar, eastern white cedar, Northern white cedar etc. As for the species I mentioned I can tell a little about each, hickory is a nice species but I noticed the furniture I see made is that the diameter of the wood is always small and I get a little suspicious of the strength of it. Cypress, has hardly no grain that I see compared to the rest. Pine is absolutely not for me, it is sappy and soft and it is not very durable. Aromatic cedar is a beautiful wood but when it weathers if turns dark in the elements untreated. Eastern white cedar people will say it is the same as Northern white cedar, but let me tell you its not, I know from working with it. The wood is really knotty and hairy compared to Northern white cedar. The looks are similar in color and the aging process is the same. As for Northern white cedar it weathers to a beautiful silvery gray if untreated and exposed to the elements. Northern white cedar can with stand the elements for years, some say that it will last for 50 years outside untreated, but I can tell you by experience that it really only last for 20 years. White cedar is not sappy at all, making it easier to stain or varnish unlike other species, like pine that will actually have the sap come out years later, right through the paint or varnish that was on there.

Once you decided the species the next thing to do is find the retailer out there selling the log furniture with that wood. When you locate this seller, keep in mind that if that seller is just a middleman, you will not get the service you will get from the actual manufacturer. More than likely, if that person is not the manufacturer and is just a website owner or guru, it is probably just a drop ship situation and they will surely tell you they can get you the furniture right away, when they have no idea of the inventory or how busy the manufacturer really is (don’t be fooled with factory direct, sales pitches). Second, just how much can that person really know about rustic log furniture if they are just an order taker. Dealing with the person who is actually handcrafting your furniture and can tell you exactly when it will be done, is by far a more reliable way to purchase your furniture. Trust me, there are more websites out there selling log furniture then there are manufacturers of it.

Now we can get to the construction of the log furniture. Some log furniture is sanded smooth, some are skipped peeled, some have the bark on and some are completely peeled. As for which one is better, I can only tell you what I think. The sanded log furniture definitely takes away from the rustic feel, skipped peel is a nice look, but I wonder about the smoothness of the wood with just a peel on parts of the log. The furniture with the bark left on definitely has to have some sort of finish on it to keep the bark on, and sometimes I have seen where the bark will peel off over time. Completely peeled log furniture is smooth with out splinters and can easily be treated and has the true rustic look and feel. Getting past that you should then take note of how the log furniture is actually connected together. Some furniture is just butted up together and is nailed, I do not recommend that style of construction. Most have a mortise and tenon connection, which is extremely durable. Things to watch out for with this is the size of the dowels, some out there will go with a smaller diameter dowel meaning their logs are usually smaller too. I recommend asking the diameter and make sure it is at least 1.25″, since that is the weakest point of the furniture. The diameter of the logs should be no less than 3″ as far as I am concerned. Most of the rustic log furniture I see on the internet does not meet that size on a good percentage of there lines of furniture, even though it looks large in the pictures I would definitely ask the sizes of the logs to get a good comparison from one builder to the next. The hardware that is used on the log furniture is a big factor also, because if you are going to have your furniture exposed to the rain and snow or what ever you don’t want the hardware starting to bleed or rust, all the hardware should be zinc coated on all parts of the furniture. This is one of the many ways that some of the manufacturers and garage builders cheapen the quality of the furniture. Another thing to look for in the hardware part of it is whether they nail or screw the furniture together, screws are the better way to go than nails, but nails that are hot dipped in glue are just as good as screws. The nails without the glue coating will actually start to back out over time due to the fibers of the wood pushing on them. If you take a closer look at the pictures and ask some of these questions you will get two things out of it, 1. You will find the better quality log furniture and 2. You will find out if that person who is selling you the furniture really truly knows anything about rustic furniture.

Other than construction or species the only thing I can tell you about looking for a quality piece of rustic furniture is that you should take a closer look at the company you are dealing with. Building rustic furniture is not like building a square table that can be pre cut to length and then put together on an assembly line. Rustic furniture needs plenty of design work, custom fitting, lots of judgmental decisions being made do to the differences of the sizes of stock, and craftsmanship that you do not get from the builders that have 75 employees, there is now way that all the employees have these kind of skills or patience or pride, they are on an assembly line slapping the pieces together and getting the furniture out the door to you, plus they have the big money to market the product and get the exposure to be seen by the public. Notice while your looking on the Internet or anywhere else that there are plenty of sites or stores with the same manufacturers, these are the big companies. Getting your rustic furniture from a small company that has been in business for at least 10 years and takes pride in every hand fitted piece, will give you all the things you need to get a quality piece of rustic furniture that will last for a long time to come.

New marketing plan raises restaurant’s profitability

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How do you take an already successful and
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The Frog and The Peach was established over twenty years ago and is known for its high-quality American cuisine and comfortable atmosphere. “Early on I saw a need to build a database of my frequent customers. Says Elizabeth Alger, owner of The Frog and The Peach restaurant in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

We utilized a custom-made database to gather information and to process our birthday and anniversary mailings. The problem was that we were gathering all sorts of information, contact information including email address as well
as dining habits of our guests, but never had a way to truly manage or use the information. By switching to the marketing software and by working closely with
my own personal marketing coach, we are now building a database that is easy to use and is a useful tool for implementing and tracking marketing campaigns,”
adds Alger. “My marketing coach has been a real saint-he is patient and knowledgeable. I know my particular market and I have a sense of which of the many marketing strategies is appropriate for my restaurant. My coach respects my perspective;he listens to what I have to say and then takes my ideas and goes from there. We’ve become a team. I don’t feel as though he is ubberstamping a packaged approach on my restaurant. It is customized.

Alger and her marketing coach, visit at least once a week (more often when needed) to discuss her marketing plans. In the last four months Alger has implemented a new birthday and anniversary marketing program. “It is considerably more efficient than my old program and it brings the Guests in much faster.” Alger is tracking her ROI (return on investment) for every marketing campaign she develops. I know with the additional areas that The RestaurantMarketingGroup has suggested that the ROI is going to be even better next month. RMG is focused on helping me assess the success of my marketing efforts. If the percentages appear to be lower than what they think I could do, my coach takes the time to suggest ways to bring them up. She continues, “Knowing exactly what each campaign has cost and how much return we get is really important. I like having that data at my fingertips. We have evaluated all of the marketing programs that I used previously and RMG helped me change many things that have made my marketing more effective.”

With a myriad of responsibilities that come with running a busy restaurant, Alger has hired a part-time assistant to help with the data entry needed to build her database and assist with other marketing duties. “I never had the ability
to use the power of e-mail. The ability to send out emails is built into the software. We now send out messages to our guests via e-mail, which sometimes includes special offers and other times shares information such as announcing a special holiday menu. We are able to email particular information to those guests who are interested in a particular service or function niche such as monthly wine dinners or corporate dining. The feedback from our customers has been for the most part very positive,” says Alger. RMG has suggested ways that I could assure that my already Four Star Service was delivered more reliably to each and every guest during each and every visit assuring an outstanding dining experience.

My Coach has coached me on building customer loyalty and increasing the frequency of guest visits.” She continues, “We are currently doing a campaign to develop relationships with the businesses that are within walking distance to the restaurant. One of our employees is visiting those businesses, telling them about our Holiday Gift Certificate program that can benefit their employees and their preferred customers. RMG has developed programs that are directed to dramatically increase the Gift Certificate Sales. In addition, we’ve been networking with our vendors, something I would have never thought of. I sent each one of our vendors a letter offering our Holiday Gift Certificates to their employees and their preferred customers. It’s a brand new marketing campaign and it’s a little too early to assess its success, but it seems to be going very well. I have made a commitment to grow my business to a higher level. I am clear that RMG will provide access to attaining this goal,” says Alger. The RestaurantMarketingGroup has helped me better define my Target Markets and has the flexibility to have special events for different groups of customers.

Torch Roofing

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Torch Roofing

More popularly known as the rubberized asphalt, the torch roofing system is commonly used in flat roofs. Basically the concept of torch-applied roofing system involves melting asphalt using a torch to create an impermeable roof. However, torch applications are highly hazardous to both roofers and the public. Roofing workers may suffer serious burns from the torch and high temperatures can possibly start a fire. Most roofers are not insured for the fire hazard that’s involved in the application of this system. This is the main reason why most manufacturers no longer permit direct torch application to wood substrates. Still, in view of the overwhelming demand of torch roofing, roofers readily take on the job albeit the risks involved in its application.

The pervasive demand for torch-applied systems greatly influenced by the flexibility of applications under various weather conditions. In areas that have below-freezing temperatures, torch roofing is a welcome alternative since it can be applied under any weather condition. However, the relatively high figure of incidences of roof fires evidently caused by torching operations prompted several roofing contractors association to provide their members with group-funded insurance. This is also due to the fact that most insurance carriers refuse to provide insurance for building contractors who are offering torch roofing services.
Torch-related fires have significantly declined since the implementation of the National Torch Safety Program in 2003. However there are still some risks involved that still cannot be addressed by the training program. The bigger issue is the structural designs both in residential and commercial sectors, which are mostly wood frame constructions. The nature of materials used in buildings pose particular risks since they are highly susceptible to fire.

In Canada, the biggest construction loss occurred in Downsview, Toronto in the year 1999. An entire condominium complex with wood frame construction was practically reduced to ashes after accidentally ignited by a roofing worker’s torch. Such devastating events have caused roofing contractors to reject projects that require the use of the torch roofing system.

Since the risks associated in this type of application, manufacturers have come up with alternatives such as the cold-process roofing applications. Manufacturers have introduced self-adhering membranes that are available in the market nowadays to hopefully reduce the necessity to the use torch roofing systems. Although there is a demand for this application system, they are still restricted to warm-weather conditions. Indications show that torch roofing system will still be the prevalently preferred method. Hence, the safety and security in the use of this system will still be a cause of concern to contractors and insurance companies.

How To Choose The Best Knife Set

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Knives are the most important and most frequently used kitchen utensils. In choosing a new knife set, the main considerations are which knife set to purchase and which knife is used for what purpose. Buying a knife set is an important decision. The knives you choose should last a lifetime. After you purchase a good quality knife set, you should never have to replace them. A good rule is to buy the most expensive set of knives you can possibly afford, because they should last …

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Knives are the most important and most frequently used kitchen utensils. In choosing a new knife set, the main considerations are which knife set to purchase and which knife is used for what purpose. Buying a knife set is an important decision. The knives you choose should last a lifetime. After you purchase a good quality knife set, you should never have to replace them. A good rule is to buy the most expensive set of knives you can possibly afford, because they should last for the rest of your life.

Knives are normally more affordable if you purchase them in a set. Knife sets should include all the basic tools and will normally include a stand or container in which to store the knives. You will be able to purchase additional, more specific, knives in the future if you wish. Most knife manufacturers sell knives individually, allowing you to add to your collection at any time you wish. You may need to replace a lost knife, have a duplicate on hand if you have more than one cook in your kitchen, you may wish to have a specialty knife for smaller hands, or you want the top of the line knives but cannot afford a whole set at once. A knife set will make more sense unless one of these situations applies to you.

There are different types of knives. Fine edge knives are the classic style. Chefs and serious cooks normally choose fine edge knives due to the weight and feel. The blade is very sharp which allows for precision cutting. Fine edge knives will require some maintenance however, such as steeling. Knives that never need sharpening are a good choice for most people who cook for themselves and their families on a daily basis. Knives that never need sharpening will not make the same precision cuts as fine edge knives, but they retain their sharpness over time. These knives are excellent if you are seeking decent quality at reasonable prices.

The type of steel used in knife blades is one of the most important factors in choosing a knife set. The majority of knives are manufactured with a blend of high carbon stainless steel that will resist rust and corrosion. The tang is the part of the knife in which the metal is attached to the handle. The best knives will have a tang in which the metal extends to the end of the handle. Knife blades are normally tapered at the edges to allow for easier sharpening. Quality knives are balanced and feel good in the cook’s hand. The knife should be easy to handle and feel solid. A good knife should feel like an extension of your hand and allow adequate space between where your fingers grip the knife and the surface on which you are cutting.

In purchasing a knife set, you will need to know the difference between stamped and forged. Forging is the process of taking a heated piece of metal and grinding it into the shape of a blade. Stamped blades are cut from a single sheet of metal and pressed into a blade. Forged knives are generally heavier than stamped knives, giving you better quality. There will be several types of knives included in each knife set. Identifying the particular knives each set contains will be very helpful in choosing the one that will best serve your needs.

Most knife sets will contain a chef knife, which has a triangular blade that ranges from 6 to 12 inches long. The paring knife will have a blade that is approximately 3 inches long and it about 3/4 of an inch wide. A serrated knife is used for slicing breads and vegetables that tend to bruise easily. Utility knives have an approximately 6 inch blade and are used for a number of purposes. Boning knives are for slicing meat off bones and the blades are normally quite narrow. A slicing knife has a long, thin blade and is used to slice meat such as ham, roast, and turkey. Butcher knives are usually heavier than the other knives in the set and have blades up to eight inches. A cleaver is used for heavy chopping and cutting through bone and will have a slightly curved or straight edge. Steak knives are used for cutting steaks in a table setting, but can also serve as utility or paring knives.