Reason why you need a new roof

Do you know how to tell when it’s time for a new roof? The average lifespan of a roof on any home is roughly 20 years on average. That said, if you live in an environment with extreme temperature fluctuations or a lot of rain, you might need to replace your roof sooner than that. On the other hand, a more temperate environment with calm or whether might allow a roof to last longer than 20 years.

If you notice that your shingles are beginning to curl or crack, you should begin looking out for other signs as well. These can all indicate that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced for the safety of your home. If you notice granules missing from your roof, or it just looks old and worn down, but can also mean it’s time for a new roof. While most people do not think about the appearance of the roof as being indicative of anything, shingles do show their condition rather clearly.

Another sign that your roof might be on it’s way too having problems our dark streaks across the roof. This is caused by algae on the rooftop, and although it might not harm the shingles, if the algae gets underneath the shingles it can lead to mildew and rock. It can also indicate an area where moisture is being held under your roof. Moss is another sign that moisture is present. If you see moss growing on rooftop, you should contact a contractor right away, as well as the inspector to search her house for potential mold.

When you find yourself in need of a new roof, let professional do it for you. A professional contractor will know the newest techniques and materials to use to give you the most bang for your buck. There are a number of roofing contractors Beaverton Oregon that can help you find the perfect roof for that volatile Pacific Northwest weather.…

Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Healthcare Training Programs

Healthcare training programs are emerging rapidly due to the tremendous recognition that they have gained in the last couple of years. These courses usually focus on teaching leadership skills and components of the program typically target curriculum development, and learning strategies along with new practical and application strategies. Whether you are an employer or an educational institution, empowering your workers and students while allowing them the time to develop their present skills is the right way to increase motivation and enhance your operational productivity. Fortunately, this is easier than most people think and here is the ultimate cheat sheet for healthcare training programs.

1. Hiring a third-party consultant

A third-party consultant can come in and get started with the training process while keeping in the mind an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Training is a big financial investment, but the results are worthwhile.

2. Setting up mentoring relationships

Positioning students or employees to be trained alongside your seasoned and most trusted veterans is an effective way for them to learn and familiarize with the processes. Because mentoring is a very powerful method of job training, your fresh talent can attain valuable knowledge; learn new skills and best practices fairly quickly. It can also boost and broaden their relationship with their peers, which in turn ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

3. Providing online resources

A quick and cheaper substitute to hiring an external consultant is to supply your students or staff with updated online tools. Training videos, online tutorials and educational games are a great way for them to get involved and learn, that too at zero charge or just for a nominal fee.

4. Promoting in-house trainings

When a student attends an external training workshop, seminar or industry conference, they should be asked to dictate whatever they have learnt to the rest of their team peers. A precise, in-house training session allows students to take ownership of what they have learned, while encouraging student development and propagation of brand new ideas.

5. Documenting the progress

Make sure to document, both the positive and negative, and employee events to help them make the case of their rewards.

6. Starting a book club

A book club is a fun and effective way for students to come together and share their ideas, learn and benefit from each other’s experiences. Combining the book club with a habitually scheduled student meeting will ensure that most of them participate and allow the team to apply brand new concepts and ideas immediately. Ask anyone to choose from a book and kick-start a discussion about topics related to health. You can even encourage your students to pitch in some ideas related to the betterment of healthcare training programs, because what better way to find out what will work best for them than to ask them personally? All this will improve the social atmosphere and also encourage learning and development of new skills and ideas.…

How To Make Your Concrete Floors A Work Of Art

Concrete foundations are essential for almost every type of building. There are several different types of slabs which can be used to make the foundation of your building. Fortunately, these do not have to be dull and boring. Much like polished concrete, with a splash of color here and there, you can easily turn your own floors into a work of art.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about coloring concrete foundations.

Preparation

Before you attempt to add color or make patterns on your cement flooring, it is extremely important to know whether your project will be able to withstand the changes which you intend to make. This means that your concrete slab needs to be intact before you can start designing it.

Since seams and crevices in your flooring can practically destroy the design, it is necessary to repair your cement flooring before you try to personalize it. It is also important to know that you cannot paint a concrete surface unless it is cured. Therefore, if you have a cement slab which was recently built and installed, it is necessary to wait at least four weeks before you can start painting it.

New concrete structures should also be left to dry out naturally without the use of any curing chemicals. Since the addition of chemicals and other drying agents can cause problems during staining, if you wish to design and personalize your home, it is best to leave the concrete surface to dry naturally even if it takes a little longer than four weeks. Once the concrete has dried, acrylic fillers should be used to fill any cracks in the cement slab.

Once the concrete has dried and has been repaired, the next step is to thoroughly clean the entire surface before you paint it. Since it is very easy and common for dirt and other contaminants to get stuck into it, you should use a power washer for exterior surfaces. An additional cleaning agent might be required for the interior.

Painting

The roller which you will be using to paint it, needs to be cleaned to ensure that the end result does not have any blemishes or other contaminants like grime. When you start painting it, a paint brush should be used to paint the grooves of the concrete. Initially, it might seem like a lot of paint is required to paint your surface, but this is only because much of the paint will be absorbed by the concrete.

Once the first coat has dried, you can then add subsequent coats of stain depending on your required color and finish. In case you want to apply textured paint to it, you will have to use a primer before you can start applying to stain. If a primer is not used beforehand when applying textured paint, it is very likely that the end result will not be as good as expected. With the new surface, concrete foundations commonly mimic the modern look of natural …

Cebu City, Philippines – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

A tourist visiting Cebu City for the first time may well be turned off by some of the city sites. The city has several world class resorts, hotels, beaches and dive sites. It also has some areas of the world’s most devastating poverty. Cebu City is the capital city of the Cebu Province and it is the second largest city in the Philippines following Manila. I always feel at home in the city and lived in the city before building my home in the rural Cebu Province of Camotes Islands. Cebu City is a mix of the old and new, rich and poor, good and bad and pretty and ugly. There is also the mix of clean and really dirty or filthy. The rule for anyone going to Cebu for the first time is to not make a snap judgment.

My first trip to Cebu City was in February 2004. I went to the Philippines to meet a girl (Judith) now my wife. I flew into the Cebu-Mactan Airport and was met by Judith and one of here sisters. My flight started in Florida and the last leg of the flight was from Hong Kong. The Cebu International airport is just a little outdated, but very functional. Once outside of the airport doors I saw waves of people waiting to meet people coming off of the flight from Hong Kong. The airport was not all that busy when I arrived and I think my plane was the only arriving flight at the time. As people from my flight walk outside of the airport door they were bombarded with shuttle, taxi and V-hire greeters, all trying to get a fare. I met Judith just outside the airport doors. She, her sister and I all jumped into an old Kia Taxi and we were off to my hotel.

The taxi was old and not very well maintained. The Air conditioner didn’t work and the window wouldn’t go down. Of course that didn’t matter as I couldn’t close the door because the door latch was broken. So, I got lots of air. The hotel was about a 30 minute drive from the airport. As we traveled the city streets I saw crowded sidewalks made even more crowded by the many sidewalk vendors and street vendors. Some of the roads we traveled were moderately maintained while others were in very poor condition. The roads were crowded with many types of cars, but mostly Kia’s and Hyundais. There were also a lot of Jeepneys, a Philippine traditional method of travel. A jeepney looks like a stretched army jeep with a hardtop and a large cargo area used for two benches for passenger seating. Jeepneys are normally painted with several different colors and lots of chrome. Many of the jeepneys are poorly maintained and most have bald tires and the braking systems may be questionable. Also, there were lots of small motorcycles.

After traveling just a few minutes I decided that the most dangerous vehicle in …

Home Owners Insurance and Trees – You Love Them Your Insurance Company Hates Them

Coverage for damage caused by trees and for the trees themselves is one of many confusing areas of a Homeowners insurance policy.

Your neighbors’ tree falls and damages your garage, shed and fence.

Will insurance pay for the damage?

Whose insurance should pay?

What will they pay for?

A tree falls in your yard.

Will your insurance policy pay for it to be removed?

Will it pay for a new tree?

A tree limb breaks from wind or a lightning storm and is dangling over your house.

Will your insurance policy pay for it to be removed?

What if it’s hanging over a neighbor’s house?

A tree falls on your car.

What policy will cover the damage to my car?

Is there coverage for the tree removal?

First, the basics; it does not matter whose tree it was. If there is damage to your property (from anyone’s tree) your insurance policy is the one to respond. If there is damage from your tree to a neighbor’s property, their insurance policy is involved. If there is damage to both properties (from anyone’s tree) both policies will be involved and each will deal with its own property only.

The only time a Homeowners insurance policy should be involved with damage to someone else’s property is if there is liability involved. That is if the tree was rotten or leaning and should have been removed or trimmed prior to the damage occurring. Even then the damaged properties insurance policy will generally pay for their customer’s damage and then try to recover their money from the tree owners’ insurance company.

Second, the important consideration for coverage is; what is physically damaged. If a tree, or portion of a tree, falls and does not damage any real property there is no coverage. Real property is any building, structure or contents item it does not include land, landscaping or plants of any kind. A fence, shed, patio, driveway, swing set or bicycle would count as real property.

If a tree falls into your yard and does not cause any damage to the home or any other real property then there is no coverage to remove the tree or for any cleanup. Sorry!

If there is damage to anything such as a fence then the policy should cover repairs or replacement of the damaged item(s) and also limited coverage for removal of the tree. To make this even more confusing; the tree removal coverage is divided in 2 phases.

Phase 1: Getting the tree removed off of the real property is covered with no sub-limit. That is if a tree is on a storage shed then the first stage of tree removal is to remove it off the shed so repairs can be made. The only limit for this part of the removal is the coverage limit on this section of your policy; in this case the Other Structures coverage.

If the repairs to the shed and the tree removal combined are greater than the

Urdu – The Language Of Pakistan

Urdu is part of the Indo-Aryan group, which is a subgroup of Indo-Iranian Languages. The language itself is a hybrid of Turkish, Persian, Pashto, Arabic, Sanskrit and Hindi. The biggest influences are from the Turkish and Persian languages, followed by Arabic and Sanskrit. Urdu is very similar to Hindustani (commonly referred to as Hindi). Hindi has a greater Sanskrit influence as opposed to Urdu, but Urdu and Hindi speakers can communicate easily with little effort.

Urdu is pronounced "Or doo" which means Army or Hordes; This language was created in the Indo-Pak sub-continent around 1000 years ago, when soldiers speaking different languages ​​like Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Hindi and other local languages ​​combined together in arms of the rulers of India during those time. This is the times when the Aryan invaders from central Asia came and conquered large territories of India. These were the Moghul rulers who came with Turkish cavalry passing through Afghanistan and into India; Recruiting soldiers from the areas they passed through. Since then, there were so many languages ​​spoken within this army that a new language evolved. With its roots in the army barracks, it came to be known as Urdu. The first Mughal ruler was Zaheeruddin Baber and when he attacked India he had ten thousand Turkish Cavalry sent to him from the Ottomans. Baber's army was predominately Persian speaking, with a large group of Pashto speakers who combined with Turkish speaking cavalry before they attacked India. Over the years Urdu evolved in the barracks of these soldiers and eventually found its own being stolen in most parts of the Moghul Empire, especially by the Muslims and often in the Moghul courts, where Persian was spoken.

Urdu is very close to Hindi and the grammar is almost exactly the same. Urdu uses the Persian script with a few additions to cater for the phonetics of local languages. The script is also referred to as Nastaliq style, which is really the Perso-Arabic script. It is written from right to left unlike the Roman script which is written from left to right.

Urdu is spoken by over a 100 million people as a first or second language. Urdu is the National language of Pakistan and one of the 23 official languages ​​of India. The official language of Pakistan is English, but Urdu is also used officially by the Law enforcement agencies and local governments. It is also spoken broadly in parts of Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Urdu speakers are also found in Europe, USA and the Middle East. It spread in these regions as people increased to these parts looking for work.

Urdu has four main dialects Pinjari (Pin Ja ree), Rekhta (Ray kha ta), Deccani (Duck nee) and Khairboli (Khai Boalee). Pinjari, Deccani and Rekhta have almost disappeared, but most probably merged with the modern day accent which is Khairboli. Rekhta had the highest Persian influence, followed by Khairboli and Deccani. Rekhta is the language of Urdu poetry and is there considered a dialect. Khairboli is …

RV Spring Preparation Checklist

Your RV has been sitting idle over the winter. Now the early signs of spring are here and it’s time to take it out of storage and prepare the coach and chassis for this years camping season. If you’re like me, you want to have some type of logical sequence to follow rather then haphazardly checking the unit out. I made a simple checklist to use so that nothing is overlooked. I prefer to do the majority of spring preparation myself. If you’re more comfortable having someone else do it you can schedule an appointment with a reputable RV service center to have it done.

* Depending on how your unit was winterized it will need to be de-winterized. If you used non-toxic RV antifreeze you need to run fresh water through the entire system until all traces of antifreeze are gone. To remove it from the 12-volt water pump add water to the fresh water-holding tank, turn the pump on and open all water faucets. When the antifreeze is out of the system turn the pump off and take the water heater out of the by-pass mode (if applicable). Re-install any water filter cartridges you removed for storage.

* At this point I like to sanitize the water system. Make sure all of the drains are closed and drain plugs are installed. Take a quarter cup of household bleach for every fifteen gallons of water your fresh water tank holds. Mix the bleach with water into a one-gallon container and pour it into the fresh water holding tank. Fill the fresh water holding tank completely full of water. Turn the water pump on and open all faucets, run water until you smell the bleach. Close the faucets and let it sit for at least twelve hours. Drain all of the water and re-fill the tank with fresh water. Turn the pump on and open all faucets until you no longer smell bleach. It may be necessary to repeat this process to eliminate all signs of the bleach.

* With the water system under pressure inspect for water leaks. Check the operation of the toilet.

* Wash the unit thoroughly. This is a good time to inspect the roof and body seams, and window sealants for cracking that would allow water to get in. Consult a dealer for sealants compatible with these materials.

* Inspect the operation of the awning and clean the awning fabric as required.

* Inspect the tires for signs of dry rot. Inflate all tires to the recommended COLD tire pressure.

* Lubricate all hinges and locks with spray lubricant.

* Remove any tape or protective covering you may have put over LP gas vents to keep insects and rodents out. Check any mousetraps you may have put out. Open all doors and compartments and check for rodent intrusion and water damage.

* Inspect and clean the interior.

* Plug in any appliances that you unplugged for storage and replace any dry cell batteries you may …

Advantages Of East Facing House Plans

Are you planning of constructing a house? While there are many house plans that you can go with, not all of them are ideal for you. One of the best plans that you should consider is the east facing plan.

Benefits Of East Facing House Plan

There are a number of benefits that come with an east facing plan. Some of the benefits include:

Sunlight: since the sun rises from the east, it means that your house will be receiving a lot of sunlight during the early morning. This will reduce your energy bills as you don’t have to leave the lights on if you wake up early.

Health: researchers have shown that the morning sun is always the best. Since your house will be facing east, you will be getting the most from the beneficial morning sun.

Tips To Consider When Designing An East Facing House Plan

For you to design a perfect east facing house you need to put a number of tips into consideration:

Plenty of space on the east: as an architect you need to leave enough space in the east. This is the space that the people in the house will be using to bask during the early morning.

Short east compound wall: to allow plenty of sun into the building, you should ensure that you don’t cover the house with the compound wall. This calls for you to construct a wall that is much shorter than the house. To leave enough space on the east side you should ensure that the main gate faces northeast.

Have a verandah: when designing the house you should ensure that the house has a verandah on the eastern side where the owners of the house can sit and enjoy the healthy morning sun. You can design a sloping verandah; however, you should ensure that it doesn’t face west.

Clutter free: to avoid obstructing positive energy you should ensure that the space on the eastern side is clean and clutter free. This calls for you to remove any heaps of soil, stone or garbage that might be there. You should also ensure that the house doesn’t have any elevated land. The floor should be less elevated than the center room.

If there’s a road running in front of the house you should ensure that it’s lower than the plot.

Conclusion

These are the advantages of an east facing house plan. If you are interested in an east facing house, ensure that the plan is designed by a professional architect.…

Parents – Try Not To be Your Children’s Drill Sergeant

A parent can be many things to their children – legal defence, doctor, teacher – but one personality we would do well to avoid is the Drill Sergeant.

We can be the Drill Sergeant when we come round for living quarters inspection, when we bawl them out for chores that haven’t been done, when we take the approach that they need to be “toughened up” for the big bad world. We can be the Drill Sergeant when we hold on to the belief that children need to earn respect.

The truth is, we don’t need to bark orders at them. Children don’t need to earn our respect. If parents treat children with respect right from Day One the children will respond to it. Parents don’t need to toughen children up for the battleground of life. Children will find out for themselves soon enough that life can be tough, and when they do, they will know that the family home is the safe haven they can fall back in to.

There are many areas that parents can fall into the trap of assuming the role of the Drill Sergeant, for example:

Housekeeping, Homework, And Hard Cash

Housekeeping

Parents get quite wound up when they feel that their child is not pulling their weight when it comes to housekeeping. To a certain degree, this is understandable when it comes to the house in general. Parents have every right to expect their children to tidy up after themselves – pick toys up off the ground, put shoes away, hang coats up.

The difficulty arises over the bedroom.

Problems can be avoided very easily. Is the house ours and the child is staying in one of our rooms? Or is the house the family home and the bedroom is theirs? If we have opted for the first, then we can by all means clamp down – but we are aware that it might well create tension. If we have decided on the latter, then let them be. It’s their bedroom, let them do what they want with it. Do they want to decorate it? Let them decorate it. Are they tidy or untidy? That’s up to them, and it’s up to us to try our best to put up with it. Keep the door shut if it upsets us too much. And refrain from such statements as, “Well if you were tidier you might not lose things!” That’s the Drill Sergeant coming out.

And, also…Keep Out! Privacy is something we all have a right to. If we want to teach our children anything, teach them that: We Respect Your Privacy. Access to the bedroom is by invitation only. Just because we might allow full access to our bedroom doesn’t make it a house rule. And the likelihood is, we don’t even allow that.

Homework

From the earliest opportunity, let them know that homework is their responsibility. It is between the child and the teacher. And let them do their homework their way. They will …

What Are the Top 6 Must Have, Most Popular Board Games?

Have you ever stopped in a toy store or gift shop to buy a present and been completely astounded by the aisles after aisles of board games piled up mountain high? With so many board games in existence, it is nearly impossible to find the perfect one with little time and cornered by the never-ending options. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of the best of the best; the top 6 board games that are must-haves for any household. If you have been on the constant search to find a board game that is fun and enticing, then our list of the Top 6 Must Have, Most Popular Board Games is the ultimate resource to quench you board game needs!

The Top 6 Must Have, Most Popular Board Games:

o Monopoly- I’m sure that there are probably less than 10 people in the world that haven’t ever heard of the classic board game, Monopoly. Monopoly is the classic game of real estate and the banker. Players of young and old try to race around the board, buying as many properties as they can and collecting fines from others that land on their claimed properties, all while trying to earn as much money as possible. The player who has earned the most money by the end of the game is declared the winner of that match of Monopoly, but with the game being so addictive that title is usually quickly challenged in hours of follow-up games and re-matches! Monopoly is the perfect game for all types of people and can be enjoyed by both young and older generations, with the help of many different versions of the game, including ‘Star Wars’ versions, popular cartoon versions, special animal versions, deluxe versions, and much, much more for more hours of Monopoly fun!

o The Game of Life- What game is better than one about your own life? The Game of Life is a game in which you travel around the board in a tiny plastic car on the main road of your life. You literally experience all the stages of life right at your kitchen table! Players are given a job and a salary and try to maintain a high fortune after being put through all the joys and troubles of life, such as having children and paying for their education. At the end of the game, each player is led to the retirement home of their choosing in order to count up all the money that they have accumulated throughout The Game of Life. The player who is the richest wins the game! This board game is perfect for any group of people, young or old, who would enjoy having a laugh out of what this board predicts will occur throughout their lives!

o Scrabble- Enjoy using the English language to create long, exotic words out of random letters and scoring points for it? If so, than this game is perfect for you! In Scrabble, players gather around a …