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Deck Design: The Things You Can Do!

Unlike traditional treated wood, alternative decking planks can be curved and bent to create customized looks.  Curving results in more flowing, fluid-looking lines.  If you prefer a more natural, less grid-like appearance, this is an excellent solution.

“Homeowners have literally dozens of different options for plank colors and styles in the alternative decking category,” said Morris Carey.  “One of the major benefits is the ability to either match or complement other outdoor features to create the desired look.”

Begin by taking a look at the primary and accent colors on your home’s exterior.  Do you want your deck to blend in, or to complement and “frame” the outside?  Also take any significant landscaping features into consideration, such as large trees, slopes, or rocks.

If you want a look that resembles tropical hardwoods, you have options like TimberTech’s Walnut, Teak, and Rosewood.  If you’re more interested in colors, the company offers Cedar, Grey, Redwood, Mountain Cedar, RiverRock and SandRidge.

You can use two or more different colors to create inlaid designs and patterns.  In addition, a border in a complementary color can attractively outline the perimeter of the deck.

No matter what your design preferences may be, alternative decking solutions can  provide you with the options to make sure that your home is a true reflection of you.


Re-Bath Offer Baby Boomers Solutions For Staying In The Comfort Of Their Own Homes

Many of these Boomers are not ready to leave the comfort of their homes for retirement villages or assisted living facilities. According to the Administration on Aging, over 60 percent of older persons live in homes that are more than 20 years old and have every intention of staying. Re-Bath, the national bath remodeling company that specializes in new bathtubs, wall surrounds and a variety of patented designs and patterns, has pioneered an entirely new concept in home modification and repair services to accommodate lifestyle changes and increase comfort in elderly clients’ homes.

“The trend today is what is called ‘aging in place’. Many seniors today are growing old at home but many of their houses were built during a time when they could get around better.” says David G. Sanders, president and CEO of Re-Bath LLC. “Our most popular universal design for Baby Boomers is the tub to shower conversion. Not only are we dedicated to making our clients’ new showers functional and beautiful, Re-Bath makes sure the transition is painless – and completed in one day.”

The Refreshing Remodel

Savvy Boomers don’t have to sacrifice luxury elements when installing a highly functional bath. The company’s innovative shower base and wall installation process eliminates the cost, mess and stress of a traditional tear-out and replacement. Clients can choose from dozens of colors and styles, including the brand’s six proprietary wall styles adding a personal touch to the newly remodeled shower. With safety in mind, Re-Bath also installs grab bars, shower seats and adjustable height shower heads.
 

Re-Bath offers several remodeling options with safety in mind:

  • ADA approved grab bars allowing for easy entrance
  • Shower or bathing seats allow for someone to sit down, eliminating the worry of falling down
  • Hand held shower heads help to easily manage water flow and accommodates to different heights
  • Single level faucet easily controls water flow and temperature to help prevent scalding.

Safety measures in the bathroom such as the grab bars have made quite and impact and have helped change lives,” states Sanders.

The company’s patented installation technology and inventory of 1,000 custom bathtub molds guarantee a perfect, watertight fit. Re-Bath products provide years of trouble-free and maintenance-free service.

While most baths and shower bases are made of acrylic, Re-Bath uses a proprietary approved and tested material called DuraBath™ SSP. Manufactured by Spartech Corporation, the leading producer of engineered plastic and polymer products, DuraBath™ SSP is lauded by industry insiders as a “Solid Surface Polymer that offers superior performance over competitors’ old acrylic/ABS products.”

“Re-Bath enjoys serving the aging population with high quality materials and a quick, hassle-free installation experience,” said Sanders. “We’re happy to help local Baby Boomers continue to live their active lifestyles without having to move.”

To contact the Re-Bath LLC, visit www.rebath.com or call 1-800-BATHTUB.

ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE RANKED RE-BATH AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN HOME IMPROVEMENT FRANCHISES IN 2008

#5: Re-Bath LLC

To redo bathtubs and showers, Re-Bath can put a new bathtub or shower base liner over an old one, replace the tub or shower base with a new one, and put new walls over the old and outdated tile. The liners can be installed in one day and are available for use the next day.

No. of Franchises: 200

Franchising Since: 1991

Truth About Caloric Expenditure

I have researched this information for myself and clients:

  • Law of Thermodynamics: meaning to lose weight, one must expend more calories than taking in.
  • Genetics: you are born with a given number of fat cells.
  • After the age of 30, the average American loses 1 pound of muscle and gains one pound of fat every year.
  • Any diet that claims to lose more than 1 or 2 pounds a week is doomed to fail.

Cardiovascular exercise will burn more calories while performing the exercise. However, your BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate) stays elevated for approximately 6 hours after.  Strength or weight training will not burn as many calories, but your BMR will stay elevated for up to 96 hours after the workout.  This is because of the micro trauma and the recovery energy needed to repair and rebuild your muscles stronger.

Strength training may have the edge over cardiovascular exercise.  Not only are you burning more calories during a particular program, but also by putting more lean muscle on your body; you increase your caloric usage.  Muscles need the most calories just for maintenance compared to other structures.

Aerobic conditioning requires specific muscles for endurance and energy requirements, depending on intensity.  The higher the heart rate, the more glycogen and protein requirements.  Slow twitch or endurance musculature requires most energy from outside the cell in oxidative requirements, thus the cell is small in diameter to allow for more efficient oxygen transport to mitochondria.  This type of training is the first to go but also the first to come back.

Because of protein requirements and time constraints, it is contraindicated to do aerobic conditioning and strength training at the same time.  Proper sequencing is needed to first build strength and increase lean mass, then maintain strength, and finally increase aerobic conditioning.

Time to Flush Your Water-Guzzling Toilet

It has been referred to as the john, the throne, the loo, the water closet. Call it what you want, your toilet may be flushing away oodles of water.

If you are like most people, the toilet accounts for about 30 percent of your home water use. Consequently, toilet manufacturers have spent the last couple of decades developing increasingly water-efficient models that combine form with function.

In the early 80s, the U.S. Government required all toilets manufactured to use a maximum of 3.5 gallons per flush. Although the new "water-saver" toilets used about half the previous amount of water per flush, poor engineering—and conflicts with existing drain, waste and vent systems—often required the toilet to be flushed a second or sometimes third time to fully clear the bowl.

What seemed like a good idea had in many ways backfired. The significant savings in water was not realized and many consumers were outraged at the need to flush more than once.

In an effort to save more water and reverse multi-flush syndrome, in 1992 the government again stepped in and said toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons per flush. These newly engineered "ultra low flow" toilets use less than half the water of their previous water-saving counterparts and, on the whole, produce a more efficient flush by moving the water faster.

Since the toilet works in harmony with the vent and waste system, even the slightest abnormality can prevent the toilet from flushing properly. The root to some of the more common toilet flush problems can be linked to one or more of the following: a clogged waste line; a clogged vent line; a faulty flush assembly or clogged siphon jets the holes beneath the toilet rim.

So it's worth noting that the notion that a new toilet will solve your flush problems may leave you disappointed. That being said, all else being equal, a new toilet can save lots of water, conserve this natural resource and improve the comfort and appearance of your bathroom.

Since toilet shopping can be a daunting task, here's a guide to the three basic types of toilet flush operation:

--As the name implies, gravity flush uses nothing more than gravity to transfer the water from the tank into the bowl to create the siphon action. In general, a gravity toilet is the least complex, the easiest to repair and the most reasonably priced.

--A pressure assist toilet contains a pressurized tank that captures air as the tank fills with water. Although the early models of this style of toilet were compared to toilets found in airplane lavatories due to the "whishing" sound they made when flushed, they have become less obnoxious.

--The vacuum assist toilet is the newest toilet flush technology. The system allows the toilet to give a complete, clean flush using only the rim holes inside the upper toilet bowl. When a vacuum assisted toilet is flushed, a vacuum is created which draws the water with more force into the bowl. There is no siphon-jet hole in this toilet. With all the water that is coming out of the rim holes, the bowl stays cleaner.

Dents and damage are yours unless you catch them early

"You get what you pay for!" the saying goes.

And then there's a slightly more modern version that we've come up with that we feel is more in keeping with the times: "You can get stuck with it no matter what you pay for it!"

We as consumers are all too trusting and—pardon us—far too gullible. In the old days our great grandparents purchased most of their wares directly or almost directly from the person who made the product. Now the origin is likely millions of miles away.

As real-life remodeling contractors we get the opportunity to work with hundreds of different brands in every price range.

And whatever the price, it makes no difference—the products all get handled in a similar fashion. What we have discovered is that there is not one company that can absolutely guarantee a pain-free purchase, and this includes the so-called upscale brands.

No matter how expensive they are, modern products are handled by multiple companies.

Here's an example: A plumbing fixture may be made by a very reputable company employing extremely careful employees, or by some not so careful.

The product is boxed and turned over to the shipping department, who hires a freight company to ship the product to the distributor on the other coast. The freight company then subcontracts part of its shipment to a separate delivery service.

Finally, the distributor—an altogether separately owned organization—has its staff place the items in stock. When it is sold, other employees handle and ship the item out to a retailer. Sometimes the distributor uses its own freight team, but more often than not the company outsources the task to—you got it—a subcontractor.

Long story short, by the time you get your modern-day purchase it has been handled by at least a dozen different companies and dozens of different people. Keep in mind that not everyone loves his job.

Get the picture?

When you open the box you discover a dent and return it to the company for a replacement. This works fine when the purchase is extremely recent—the last day or so.

But what if you don't find out about the damage until later? You could be in for it.

Here's an example: You have decided to remodel a bathroom and you want high-end products and it will take a long time to pay for all the items you will need: sink, toilet, tub, faucets, medicine cabinet, etc. So, you purchase the items a little at a time and store them in your living room or spare bedroom.

To make sure they don't get damaged you leave them in their shipping containers. When it comes time to do the remodel you open the boxes and discover that the medicine cabinet is crushed.

Can you take it back to the place of purchase and get a replacement four or five months after the purchase? Forget about it.

It probably won't make a difference that the item is still in its original wrapping or that the shipping warranty is unconditional.

Our best advice, regardless of what you purchase or who you purchase it from, is to open the box before you leave the store if you can, but at least open and inspect it on the day of the purchase.

Check the entire contents (not just the outer surfaces) to ensure that every mechanical function, bend, dent and scratch is found. At this point the store still owns the damage.

And don't be misled. We have this misconception as consumers that high-end companies have better warranties and are more service oriented. Don't be fooled. The high-end companies have more to lose when their stuff is damaged in shipping.

You will find that these companies are not necessarily more responsible for their products than their low cost competitors.