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Exceptions to At-Will Employment Termination


1Since most employment is considered at-will, it can often be hard to establish a claim of wrongful dismissal. At-will employment basically means an employer can dismiss you at any time for any reason. However, if you do feel that you have been a victim of an illegal termination from your place of employment, it is important to seek legal advice. A legal firm that specializes in employment law such as the Law Offices of Mark A. Osman will be able to listen to your situation and let you know if you have a case. Here are some exceptions to the at-will termination rule that could qualify as illegal.  Read the rest of this post

Upgrade with Energy Saving Windows


Windows are an important element to any home. Without windows, a home feels like a dungeon that is void of natural light and life. Windows open up your space to beautiful views, warming sunlight, natural light, and so much more. You can open up the windows to let in a gentle breeze or to hear the warm rain hit the ground. Windows are fabulous and they add a lot of great interest, beauty, and functionality to any room. Unfortunately, not all windows are created equal. Some windows create excellent escape routes for air. Your house works hard to keep itself a nice temperature for you and your family to live comfortably in. Don’t let leaky, thin windows ruin it all by letting the comfortable air seep out. Heating and cooling bills can be expensive, especially with bad windows. Did you know that you can save tons of money in the long run by installing energy saving windows? These windows help tremendously to cut down on the flow of temperature of normal windows so your bills don’t suffer as you try to keep your house a comfortable temperature. 

What’s the Difference?

What makes energy saving windows so different from normal windows? These windows are typically made of two or three panes of glass with gas between them. They are often coated with a special coating as well. These properties help the window to soak in heat and keep it in during the winter while reflecting heat in the summer. It also helps let the light in without any fogginess to the glass. Old windows are often much less efficient. Furthermore, older buildings can sometimes settle funny creating gaps and spaces that weren’t there originally. If this is the case with your windows, replacing them with any new window can help the efficiency of your home. You will be able to make the window fit snug with a proper seal to keep air from leaking in or out. New, quality windows can help you save money while keeping a fabulous style and natural beauty to your living space.

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Surprising Ways Landscaping Can Benefit Your Home


In addition to making your yard more attractive, landscaping can have significant benefits for your home and yard. Just adding a few trees here and there can drastically change your property. Since landscaping involves a lot of effort and knowledge, many people choose to have a company like Forti Landscape, Inc. spruce up their yard and garden. Or, if you have extra time on your hands and feel adventurous, you can tackle your landscaping project yourself.


Block Harmful Sunlight


One way to shape your landscape to benefit your house is by adding trees to your yard. Mature trees are the best way to keep your home and yard shielded from direct sunlight. This pays off in a variety of ways. Your grass will be greener and require less watering. You and your children will have a more comfortable place to play outside during the summer, without worrying about sunburns or skin cancer. If your trees are in a position to shade your house, they’ll help keep your air conditioning from working too hard in the summer. When planting trees, it’s very important that you choose their locations carefully. They shouldn’t be too near your house or underground pipes, because their roots can cause extensive damage. You should also consider how big they’ll grow, and take this into account when planting them near any man-made structures.


Minimize Erosion


Many people need landscaping help to prevent their soil from washing away every time it rains. If your yard has large patches of dirt, you can minimize this soil loss by planting grass or other plants in the area. The roots of the plants help hold the soil in place and keep your yard from falling apart. Grass can either be planted from seeds or installed in long strips of sod. Sod is more challenging to work with, but you’ll see instant results. On the other hand, seed is usually less expensive but takes time to grow in. It will also need more frequent care, like watering and fertilizing, until it takes root and starts to cover your lawn.


Prevent Floods


While laying your grass or sod, it’s a good idea to check the slope of your yard. Sometimes this has to be corrected so the ground slopes away from your home. This way, water doesn’t pool around your house when it rains and cause cracks or water damage in your walls. You might also need to repair the slope of your yard if you notice large puddles of water sitting in your yard after a rain storm. Excess water can encourage the growth of mildew and may oversaturate your grass, eventually killing it.


Natural Fences


Another benefit of upgrading your landscaping is the ability to create a more secluded piece of property. Many people use bushes or trees as natural fences along a property line. They usually block more of the view than a traditional fence, so if you don’t want to stare at a busy road or your neighbor’s backyard, a natural fence may be a good option for you. They’re also better for the environment and look more attractive. If you don’t want to wait for your shrubs to mature, a company like Forti Landscape, Inc. may be able to provide you with adult plants. Of course, your natural fence will probably require more maintenance than other types of fencing, but most people agree it’s well worth the effort.

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Pest Control for All Kinds of Pests


38-41Pests come in lots of different sizes and types; some are two legged, some are four legged, some have more legs than you care to know, just get them out of the sink right now, thank you very much! Some are furry, some are feathered, some have scales, and some have too much skin. Pest control in Sacramento can’t do much about your ugly brother-in-law who has been crashing on your couch for two months past his welcome, but a professional pest control can do something about things with fur, feathers, scales, and more. Some pests are easy to catch with a little bait, some take a little more time and dedication, but any pest can be caught and removed and their entrances found and blocked up, giving everyone in the house or building peace of mind. Read the rest of this post


Having Auto Insurance Will Save You Money In the End


9-11In most states, having auto insurance is the law. Some people, for many different reasons, don’t have insurance. They might feel that they cannot afford the monthly premium. Some people might feel that nothing bad ever happens to them, so why bother having insurance? Some people just don’t want to waste their time looking at insurance companies and deciding which is best for them. Maybe you are one of these people. These excuses you are making are putting you in real danger of destroying your financial future. All of the above excuses, and some not mentioned, as legitimate as they might seem to you, are not good enough to keep you from buying auto insurance. Read the rest of this post

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Window Replacement 101: Single Pane Glass


Window replacement in Lansing can be costly; anyone who has ever had bids on replacing their windows can attest to that. But replacing a single sheet of glass in a single pane window need not be too expensive, especially if you do the work yourself. While double and triple pane window glass replacement should be left to the experts, you may want to save a few dollars and trade out that broken single pane for a new one. The job will likely take less than an hour.


How to Replace a Broken Windowpane


Before you begin, you will need to gather a few tools and supplies:

  • A putty knife
  • A scraper
  • A caulking gun
  • A paintbrush
  • A heat gun
  • Safety glasses
  • A tape measure
  • Heavy gloves
  • Glazing compound
  • Glazier’s points
  • Turpentine
  • Linseed Oil

With these materials, you are now ready to begin.

  1. First, don the glasses and gloves. Dealing with glass can be hazardous for the unprotected. Glasses and gloves are a must.
  2. Next, break out the pieces of the broken pane, trying to keep them intact, and dispose of them safely.
  3. Using your putty knife, dislodge any remaining glass and then scrape out any glazing compound left inside the frame. You may need your heat gun to assist with stubborn areas.
  4. Next, remove the old glazier’s points (metal triangles) which held the pane of glass firmly in place.
  5. Using your scraper, roughen up the groove in the sash to make the wood ready to receive the glazing compound.
  6. Once the frame is prepped, measure each side of the inner frame, subtracting 1/8 inch from each dimension, to get an accurate measurement for the replacement glass (most frames are not entirely square); and then have the glass cut for you at your local hardware store.
  7. Paint some linseed oil into the area where the glass will sit, and then squirt in a layer of glazing compound around the entire groove to act as a cushion for the glass.
  8. Insert the glass and gently push in into place to ensure a proper seal before inserting the glazier’s points every 12 inches around the perimeter. You can use your putty knife to nudge the points into place.
  9. Add another layer of glazing compound around the perimeter to finish securing the glass into place, and then use your putty knife to smooth out the compound, dipping the knife in turpentine if it begins to stick.
  10. The last step is to let the compound dry over the course of a week before applying any paint.

While window replacement in Lansing can and should be left to professionals for more complicated jobs, trading out a single pane of glass with an identical pane is certainly possible for the average individual. Following safety procedures and being careful and meticulous as you perform the job, you can have that broken window repaired in less than an hour—just in time for little Jimmy to score a home run into your living room.

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West Hollywood hardware store

The Hardware Store Is A Homeowner’s Best Friend


West Hollywood hardware storeIn the early years, the California hardware store was a dry goods store, fabric store, meeting place, and lumber yard, all rolled into one. You can still find that kind of service today at a West Hollywood hardware store. With everything from clocks to paint supplies and picture frames to 2 x 4’s a hardware store is a homeowner’s dream come true.

Home Improvement

One of the top reasons people seek out a hardware store is that they are starting a home improvement project. It could be remodeling a kitchen or just painting a bedroom, but the excitement on a person’s face when they first begin is priceless. This beginning phase, when things haven’t gotten dirty yet and the end goal is a clear picture in their mind is a golden time. Often, as the project moves on and they hit snags, that excitement ebbs away. Read the rest of this post

Finding Your Place and a Place for all Your Stuff


If you are like most people, there is a deep longing and desire in your heart to find your place in the world. You have filled journals with all of your dreams, ideas, and thoughts. You have the desire to do many things and yet you stay stuck in a small and unfulfilling place where you don’t belong and do not feel like you are making much of a difference. It is a shame to hold back from living the life you really want. If you have been secretly longing to leave your dead-end job and move to South America, it might be time to throw caution to the wind and make that dream a reality. The problem is, what do you do with all of your stuff? If you are looking for a good, secure place to keep your belongings, call us. There are plenty of storage facilities in your community willing to house your belongings while you go out to find your place in the world.

Just thinking about leaving the country for uncharted territory makes your heart flutter in anticipation. You can hardly imagine what it would be like to wake up to ocean views and to taste the flavors of new and exotic places. If you are feeling the pull, it is only a matter of time before you can sink your toes into the sand and salsa the night away on a dance floor with a bunch of foreign strangers. Before long, more of those strangers will be friends and you will begin to find a certain amount of comfort and a sense of belonging in your home away from home. There is so much of the world to see, experience, and make known. You want to fully engage your senses and take it all in, and you want to remember it for the remainder of your life.

This is the way travel makes you feel, and you are not alone. It seems there is a common desire in many hearts and a longing to see the world shared by all of humanity. You know where your home is and where all of the streets are familiar. You have your favorite coffee shop and the grocery store you go to two or three times a week. You remember going to the drug store with your mother as a child and how she would always buy you a pink lollipop to eat on the way home. Each of these places and memories hold a special place in your heart and your home will always be home, but you want to know and understand what life is like for people in other parts of the world. You want to visit their favorite coffee shops and you want to walk the streets and paths they hold dear.

When you experience what it is like to live in other parts of the world, you gain a greater appreciation for the common thread experienced in living and loving. You begin to see that breath, sight, taste, and sound are among the most beautiful gifts giving to humankind. It is with those gifts that you can go out into the world and see, touch, taste, and hear everything there is to experience. As you live it up and take it all in, you will be so glad you decided to call us. You will rest easy knowing that all of your personal belongings are safe and secure until you decide to return home and claim them once again.

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The Wonderful World of Doors


Have you ever stopped to think about all of the doors in your life, and the opportunities they provide? In a physical sense, the doors around you allow you to move from space to space, room-to-room, and even into the outdoors. Doors make your movement on the planet easier and more efficient and this is a gift that you might be taking for granted. When it comes to the doors in your personal home or even all of the commercial doors in Dayton, there are a few things in common.

Most doors come with a way to lock and secure the items inside the room or facility. A door provides permission for entry depending on whether or not it is locked. As a homeowner or a business owner, you have the power to lock the doors in your home or office, you also have the power to unlock those doors and give both yourself and others access to your space. All of this is so profound at a core level. When you are seeking to close theoretical doors and open new ones in your life, it can be nearly as easy as the physical action.

You are a creator and as such, you get to determine the direction of your life. You get to partner up with those people who have a similar vision and chart a path to the success you seek. As you move forward in your life and toward the direction of success, try to imagine the doors around you opening up and showing you the path you can take.

The doors in your home and in your office building can become a powerful symbol in your life and help you see things around you in a different light. Even choosing better quality doors for your home and the best commercial doors in Dayton can strengthen the powerful symbolism you are seeking to generate in your life. You are a powerful creator, and as such, you can make anything around you meaningful. Look at the tools you have access to, and find ways to learn from the people, situations, and even objects around you. You might be surprised at what you see.

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When You Need Help with Local and Long Distance Moving


4There are a lot of things to think about when moving. Oftentimes, the process of selling and buying a home can take up a lot of time. Before you sell your home, you have to have it ready to show on a moment’s notice. This means a lot of cleaning and organizing. There are many areas of a home that don’t see regular cleaning, so sometimes you have to do some heavy deep-cleaning as well. Once the home has sold, it needs to be packed up. In addition to packing and cleaning, you also have to look for a new home and get loans worked out with the bank. All of these things can be tiring, and this is before any of your things have been moved! Moving can be a lot of work, especially if you are doing it by yourself. Many people are asking moving companies for help with local and long distance moving in Pittsburgh, PA. Here are some ways that movers can lessen your stress. Read the rest of this post