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As a stroke of luck, during the cleaning process, the old brush was accidentally left in the gutter, over the downspout, where it remained until the next cabin visit almost 1 year later. As usual, the gutters were loaded with leaves, acorns, pine needles, etc. except for a small and remarkably clear area where the old chimney sweep brush still rested. That is where the GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard idea was born!
During the next few years the concept of filling the entire gutter channel with a cylinder shaped brush was explored, developed and tested to see if this “eureka” moment might solve the problem of clogged gutters and gutter cleaning. The product development included exploration of many different types of brush materials, bristle configurations and center core materials to find the best combination to solve the problem of clogged gutters across the widest range of conditions. Field testing was done in multiple locations under various weather conditions to make sure this really was a viable solution to prevent gutter clogs and reduce or eliminate the dangerous and tedious task of gutter cleaning. The results were incredibly favorable and the “eureka” moment was confirmed as a bona fide solution to an age old problem. No more clogged gutters.
In May of 2004 “GutterBrush” was first introduced to the public primarily through a grassroots effort in both Ohio and Rhode Island. The reception was overwhelmingly positive and many a time we heard, “What a great, simple idea…why didn’t I think of that?”
During the first 2 years, GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard was primarily sold directly to homeowners who were tired of cleaning their gutters and searched for a simple, affordable solution to rid them of this job. GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard also earned praise as a great alternative for homeowners who were frustrated by the high cost or disappointing performance experienced from other gutter guard systems such as screens and covers. GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard continued to earn loyal, happy customers while word of mouth marketing and strong customer referrals helped to spread the news and introduce GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard to an ever growing market!
Slowly, word began to build amongst homeowners and in the professional services community about this strange brush that filled the gutter and prevented leaves and debris from entering. Calls started coming in from homeowners, chimney sweeps, roofing contractors, siding & window installers, painters, and other home service professionals asking about the product, installer programs and pricing. Many homeowners and skeptical professional service providers requested samples to test on their own and reported back with very positive testimonials about the performance in many different applications. Both of these groups told us that they love the simplicity and performance of GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard primarily because nothing is fastened to the gutters or slid under the roof shingles. They also told us that they prefer this gutter guard system because it can be installed or removed quickly and easily if any gutter cleaning or maintenance is ever required.
GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard gained its first significant retail presence in Canada through Lee Valley Tools (13 retail locations and catalog sales throughout Canada) and further expanded its international reach with partnerships in New Zealand, Ireland, and England. GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard was also featured in the Summer 2008 edition of Metal Roofing Magazines Gutter Opportunities section.
But why are we interested in working with members of the home service professional community? We want to help you increase your profits while you are up on the roof making home’s better, cleaner and safer. We see this as a natural fit between GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard and home service professionals because many of them are often in a prime vantage point to see clogged gutters and to recommend a way for your customers to help prevent costly damage to their home and surrounding property.
GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard is the most effective, simple, and affordable solution to the age-old problem of keeping gutters clog free and flowing. Remember, we are confident that this is a great product for homeowners to use for solving a very common problem while also being a valuable product for home service professionals to add to their already important services. GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard is the simple, effective, and affordable gutter protection system.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the GutterBrush Guys at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on all things gutter, gutter cleaning, and gutter protection related. And please remember that the GutterBrush Guys always emphasize and practice safety first when cleaning gutters and installing GutterBrush Simple Gutter Guard across the globe. www.gutterbrush.com
Kitchen Remodeling Tips
As we move into the holiday season, many of us begin thinking about the condition of our kitchen. And rightly so; what time of year is it ever used more?
It's probably why most kitchen remodels begin as soon as the holidays end; while the taste of antiquated appliances, fixtures, cabinetry and odd colored finishes are still fresh in everyone's mind.
The kitchen is the single most complex room in your home. Be sure to study each and every aspect as thoroughly as possible before you spend your first dime, and select everything before touching the first screw or nail.
Here are a few things to consider in your planning:
--Pick your appliances first; everything gets built around them.
--Pick your countertop before you select your cabinets. The cabinet company won't know what height to build the lower cabinets without knowing the thickness of the countertop; they're all different.
--Pick your backsplash before you hire the electrician. The placement of the electrical boxes will depend on the thickness of the counter's backsplash. Will it be tile or a solid material? What thickness will the material be and will it be affixed directly to the wall or will mortar be placed between the wall and the splash? There is nothing worse than paying the electrician extra to go back and add spacers to the electric boxes because they aren't flush with the finished surface; fire hazard!
--With certain sink/disposal combinations you may have to adjust the height of your existing drain outlet. Kohler currently offers an 11 inch deep stainless kitchen sink and ISE has a gigantic new 1 HP disposer. Together they fit a bit lower into the under-cabinet area than other models.
--Before you begin searching for cabinets it might be a good idea if you know the overall distance between the floor and ceiling in your kitchen. If you elect to use ready-made cabinets and assume that the ceiling is 8 feet tall you could end up making a costly mistake. Cabinets are costly to alter. In the case of custom cabinets this would not be a problem because they would most likely be measured and built by the cabinet maker.
--Selecting appliances in advance will also be important to the plumber and the electrician. The plumber may need to run an icemaker line if the refrigerator has one and the electrician will have to know what size circuits will have to be run for the range, oven, exhaust fan and other appliances.
--By knowing the cabinet configuration and what kind of backsplash that will be used the sheetrock contractor and the painter will be able to give you more accurate prices. For example: With a full splash between the upper and lower cabinets the total cost for sheetrock and painting will be slightly less.
--Some sales people will offer you the least efficient alternative just to keep the price in your budget. For example: It is less expensive to use doors rather than drawers when designing a set of kitchen cabinets. However, for many uses drawers provide far more efficient storage space. Also, the rails that drawers glide on vary greatly in cost and strength. There are some drawer glides that bend when the drawer is full. Better types can hold an adult doing push-ups.
Bigger Breakfast Smaller Waist?
They found that the big breakfast subjects were able to trough-out the day eat progressively smaller meals with less carbs. Eating carbo rich foods later in the day causes 2 major factors.
1. Insulin receptors become less efficient later in the day and evening, Resulting in higher circulating levels of blood sugar which could lead to a host of different problems.
2. High levels of blood sugar late in the day will shutdown any Growth Hormone available therefore decreasing your ability to recover from stress.
So eating a big breakfast seems to cause a change in the hormonal messaging system alowing coalories to be utilized for energy rather than stored.
The subjects were tested against a group of individuals on a low carb diet plan. Both groups lost equal weight at the 4 month mark, however after 8 months the low carb dieters actually regained their weight back.
The big breakfast group lost an additional 16.5 lb. So say good morning to a feast and chances are there is a leaner you on the horizon.
Thanks Karel @ www.overthehillfitness.com
Important Home Tips for the Holidays
We have written about holiday safety every year for more than two decades. When you do something that often, year in, year out, you start to question its importance.
Then we asked ourselves, "How many times have the Rolling Stones sung 'Start Me Up'?" And, "How many times did Frank Sinatra sing 'My Way'?"
So let us "start you up" for the holidays, with a little help from the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and the National Fire Protection Agency.
--Use caution with holiday decorations. Whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or noncombustible materials.
--Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials, and do not use candles to decorate Christmas trees. Always use nonflammable holders, and place candles where they will not be knocked down.
--Choose artificial icicles made of plastic or nonleaded metals, and avoid sharp or breakable ornaments in homes with small children.
--Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of reach of children. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young child to eat them.
--Place older ornaments and decorations that might be painted with lead paint out of the reach of small children and pets.
--When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant."
--When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, its needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break.
--When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.
--Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This allows for better water absorption and will help to keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
--Be sure to keep the stand filled with water, because heated rooms can dry live trees out rapidly.
--Make sure the base is steady so the tree won't tip over easily.
--Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
--Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use.
--To hold lights in place, string them through plastic hooks, not nails or tacks. Never pull or tug lights to remove them.
--Make sure all the bulbs work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.
--Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.
--New inexpensive remote controls can be used to safely turn off exterior decorations during a rain or snowstorm.
--Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
--Use heavy gage extension cords (the lower the gage-number the better the extension cord). For example: 12 gage is better than 14 gage is better than 16 gage.
--Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States. When cooking for holiday visitors, remember to keep an eye on the range.
--When cooking, make sure you wear clothes that fit tightly at the wrists or roll up sleeves. Tuck in ties, bows, or other pieces of clothing that could come in contact with a hot stove. Wearing a bib-type apron will also help.
--Turn pot handle in when cooking on the stove and be sure to set timers when you must leave the kitchen.
--When finished with electric heating appliances, unplug them from the outlet. Keep dangling cords to the back of countertops so young children cannot reach up and pull on them.
--When kids are in the kitchen, provide them with something to do away from cooking areas.
--Test all food prepared in a Microwave oven before serving to ensure it's not too hot.
--When cooking on the stovetop always have a lid that will fit the pan handy. If the food or grease catches fire, simply slide the lid over the pan and turn off the heat.
--Test your smoke alarms, and let guests know what your fire escape plan is.
FIREPLACES & WOOD STOVES
--Plan ahead and have your chimney, flues, or stove cleaned by a professional.
--Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from the firebox area. Do not burn wrapping papers. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.
--Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if eaten.
--Make sure you burn only clean, dry firewood.
--Check the damper to ensure it is open before lighting the fire and keep all combustibles at least 36" away from fireplaces and wood stoves.
--Have a sturdy fireplace screen on the fireplace and do not allow children near wood stoves where they might fall or be tempted to touch the hot surface.
--When cleaning the ashes from wood-burning devices, remember that ashes can stay hot for up to 48 hours. Always dispose of ashes into a metal container with a lid and place outside at least 15 feet from any structure.
CHILDREN & PETS
--Poinsettias are known to be poisonous to humans and animals, so keep them well out of reach, or avoid them.
--Keep decorations at least 6 inches above a child's reach.
--Avoid using tinsel. It can fall on the floor and a curious child or pet may eat it. This can cause anything from mild distress to death.
--Ensure that ribbons on gifts and tree ornaments are shorter than 7 inches. A child could wrap a longer strand of ribbon around his neck and choke.
--Watch children and pets around space heaters or the fireplace. Do not leave a child or pet unattended.
--Store scissors and any sharp objects that you use to wrap presents out of your child's reach.
--Inspect wrapped gifts that you receive for small decorations, such as candy canes, gingerbread men, or mistletoe berries, all of which are choking hazards to children and pets.
--If you plan to travel for the holidays don't discuss your plans with strangers. Ask a trusted friend or family member to keep an eye on your home and pick up your newspapers and mail.
--Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
--Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
--Leave a radio or television on timers so that the house looks and sounds occupied.
--Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
Use That Space Above the Garage for Extra Storage – Add an Easy-To-Install Aluminum Attic Stair from Louisville Ladder
By following these simple steps homeowners can get their storage boxes off of the floor and out of the way.
Step 1. Select a Location – Measure the height from ceiling to floor. Allow ample room for the landing space of the folding attic ladder when it is opened. Locate the rough opening in the ceiling so that when you enter the storage area there is adequate head clearance.
Step 2. Make a rough opening in the ceiling and frame to size. With standard 2’ center trusses that measurement is 22 ½” x 54”.
Step 3. Use the four E-Z Hanging Straps included in the box to keep the ladder from opening and to hold it in place while securing it to ceiling joists.
Step 4. Position one person in the attic space and one in the space where the ladder will open. The person below will lift the ladder into the rough opening and position it with the door flush to the ceiling.
Step 5. The person in the attic should then bend the metal E-Z Hang strapping at the four corners of the folding attic stair over the adjoining ceiling joists and nail through the metal strapping to temporarily suspend the folding attic ladder. (Don’t stand on it yet.)
Step 6. Carefully open the attic stairway door. (Don’t pull the steps down yet) Center and square the ladder frame in the opening with shims if necessary. Check to make sure the door is flush with the ceiling and use lag bolts and screws to secure the ladder in place.
Step 7. Now you can pull the steps down and free your assistant in the attic using the stepladder. Press down on the climbing section to fully extend the power arms. Extend the steps to make sure there are no gaps at the hinges. Using a hacksaw and drill adjust the aluminum feet over the aluminum ladder rails and anchor securely with the bolts that are provided.
Step 8. Tie the rope through the knot hole in the door and you’re ready to start cleaning up the floor so you can fit your car back in the garage.
More detailed instructions, in needed, are provided with the Louisville Ladder Aluminum Attic Stairs.
Keep the top of your house in top condition. Dr. Roof’s advice can keep you from needing costly housecalls.