Rules to Being a Successful Remodeler

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Here are some rules to follow if you want to get started with remodeling part of your house.

  1. Never give up and never say never
  2. Be relentless with your research.
  3. Deliver the WOW in every area of your renovation.
  4. Embrace change and think outside the square.  
  5. Have fun at work and in life 
  6. Build trust and respect in your relationships for they are the rocket fuel of your success.
  7. Do more with less; don’t be intimidated by a tight budget, look on it as a challenge.  
  8. Look on problems as the stepping-stones to achievement.
  9. If there is something you don’t want to so, do it anyway.
  10. Be passionate, generous and humble.

It is one thing to know the exact color you want on a wall but it is quite another to actually identify the paint that is going to bring your vision to life.

The hours you spend with a cup of tea over a paint chart are one of the joys of renovating but once you start the seemingly endless treks to and from from the hardware store with armfuls of sample pots, the joy soon degenerates into frustration. It is one thing to know the exact color you want on a wall but it is quite another to actually identify the paint that is going to bring your vision to life.

Paint color is one of the pivotal decisions you will make in a renovation; it has the power to control the look and feel of a room and the emotions of those living in it so it just has to be right. Some people go for the tried and tested approach: finding a color scheme they like and repeating it over and over again. The truth is that a color on one house will look completely different on another thanks mainly to differences in light

Paint is relatively cheap in the scheme of things but the application is costly either in the cost of the painter or your own time and energy. A poor color choice that requires a re-paint is an expensive mistake and one to be avoided.

Engaging a good color consultant will remove all the pain associated with selecting colors but you still get to play with the colors, the difference is that you have someone turning your vision into reality. Of course if you don’t have a clue about what colors you want, a consultant will guide you through the best color choices for your home.

The main advantages of using the color consultant, other than saving in time ,energy and anxiety spent on the sample pot scenario is that it paves the way for all other decisions to be made over finishes.

For example you will use your paint color selections as the reference for selecting tiles, soft furnishings, bench tops, etc. In short, it takes away the difficulty associated with decisions making over finishes.

Generally a color consultant will work for an hourly rate and spend a couple of hours on internal and external paint colors selections but make sure you get a quote up front.

Part of remodeling your house is the cleaning required at the end. If you tore some walls down you may end up with a lot of construction debris including concrete. Painting itself will leave you with paint containers, which are hazardous materials to handle with care. Usually people doing a large remodel will rent a rollfoff dumpster so they can easily remove all this junk.

Protecting the Environment in Charlotte, NC

charlotte, ncThe beautiful city of Charlotte in North Carolina should be kept green. Let’s keep Charlotte streets litter-free. Join more than 100 active volunteer groups who clean up hundreds of miles of city streets. The Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) Board works to improve the cleanliness of the City through enhancing public awareness and ensure the City sustains a clean and healthy environment.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead stewardship agency for the protection of North Carolina’s environmental resources. There is no better way to feel the impact of your efforts than to volunteer right where needs are being served daily. United Way’s Hands On Charlotte offers flexible volunteer opportunities for companies, individuals, and families, connecting them with service projects that have meaningful impact in and around the Charlotte area.

Environment North Carolina, affected communities and activists across the state are celebrating the Cooper Administration’s announcement that Duke Energy must clean up all its remaining coal ash ponds across the state. Environment North Carolina will remain vigilant and hold Duke Energy accountable as cleanup plans are finalized and implemented. Waste management is a grave concern of the local government and will not be dealt with lightly. Charlotte dumpster rentals are quite easy to find and these rolloff containers are what is used for junk removal and recycling of unwanted debris and garbage in the area.

Environmental Services of Charlotte NC specializes in heating and air conditioning maintenance, service, installation, automation and building controls for commercial buildings. They are your one source for complete HVAC building services: Unlimited HVAC and Electrical Services Design/Build and Plan/Spec Services.

After nearly 15 years of service to the Environmental Industry, the environmental division of Primary Resources has earned its own identity, and will now focus only on Environmental Firms. As En-Staff, their mission is to concentrate soley on the issues and needs of environmental firms, such as recycling and junk removal companies. Their primary resources are not going away but, but they will concentrate more on the CDA Environmental, LLC which is an environmental consulting facility providing consulting, technical, and environment services to the residential and commercial clients in and around Charlotte, NC. They work hard to provide their clients with a comprehensive environmental consulting service to help them resolve their quality of indoor air.

On the other hand the Charlotte Environmental Health Division focuses on all aspects of the natural and human-made environment effecting human health. Their goal is to prevent the spread of disease and promote personal safety through proper sanitation, safe food, clean water, the management of disease-carrying pests, and proper disposal of waste.

The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to compel General Electric to restart dredging in the Hudson River is goign to be food for thoughts as far as sustainability is concerned. The Natural Resources Division is also tasked to actively manage Charlotte County’s environmental lands. Charlotte County has been acquiring environmentally sensitive lands since the mid 1990s, through direct purchases, grant funds, and most recently the voter approved Conservation Charlotte program.

How To Select A Dumpster Rental and Waste Management Service

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It is a fact that some people find that selecting a waste management service can become tedious. However it is also a fact that property waste disposal is critical for ensuring that certain types of waste will not contaminate the environment.

To help you select the waste management service in the United States here are some of the things you need to look out for when renting a dumpster and hiring a waste management service.

Renting a dumpster is needed when you are in the middle of a big construction project, such as remodelling part of your house, redesigning your garden or adding a swimming pool to it. It is also useful when you are trying to sell your house in Chicago and your broker tells you to make a big cleanup first to get a better price.

1. Company Reliability

One of the most horrifying things about waste management is when you are facing an overly piled dumpster. Apart from the considerable health hazards it poses, it can also be a great inconvenience to you and the rest of the people living or working in the area. Regular collection happens when you hire a reliable company. Make sure to check their customer reviews to ensure that this is one of the company’s priorities.

2. Customer Service

Today, companies need to put importance on customer service. A good waste management company will ensure that they handle calls and queries as swiftly as possible in a professional manner. The company needs to have a polite and proactive staff to make sure that their customers are getting the service that they paid for.

3. Environmental Credentials

One of the reasons why you should hire a waste management company is because you need to be a part of keeping the Earth green. Working with an accredited waste company with a recycling-led focus assures customers that they are not contributing to the detrimental effects of waste on our planet. A good choice is a company like Dumpster Rental, Tucson, AZ that is focused on trash segregation on top of the other waste management practices that support the environmental policies imposed by the state laws.

4. Price

The truth is, waste management can be expensive, especially when your dumpsters contain hazardous waste. Often, services that are priced slightly higher offer a more reliable service. As a rule of thumb, if the prices are too good to be true, then they probably do not deliver the service you are expecting.

When you make use of waste management practices and dumpster rentals, you allow your house or business to operate without causing a detrimental impact on the environment. So think about getting a dumpster rental and waste management service in time. That way you can be a part of the massive community, helping to clean the Earth one step at a time.

Dumpster truck optimization: what environmental gains

Two-compartment roll-off trucks and mechanical sorting, hybrid vehicles … All types of alternative collection services for communities. If they represent an additional cost compared to conventional skips, they generate concrete environmental gains.

The optimization of waste collection depends on the type of vehicles used and better management of the tours. In a study dated May 2013 of more than 150 pages, an association of elected officials and Ademe gathered the feedback from communities that tested different ways of innovation in transport, with cleaner waste and brakes to lift for deployment.

The objectives was to reduce the financial and environmental impacts, while improving the quality of service to the residents and the comfort of the collection agents.

Compartmented garbage containers (BOM), hybrid vehicles (electric, natural gas for vehicles (NGV), diesel, biomethane) are all solutions tested by municipalities. The study quantified the gains generated in terms of collection costs, reduced kilometers traveled and therefore fuel savings and CO2 emissions, but also a reduction in noise pollution compared with conventional garbage trucks.

The compartmentalised skips allow the simultaneous collection of several waste streams: residual household waste (OMR) and bio-waste, recyclable packaging and glass, OMR and cartons … The undeniable advantage of this type of vehicle is to allow the optimization of the routes with a collection of at least 2 waste streams in a single pass which is accompanied by a decrease in the routes served and associated service operating costs (fuel and collection personnel).

Mechanized separate collection

Among the initiatives to be able to develop better some municipalities are experimenting with a bi-compartmentalized 4×4 waste collection vehicle (Renault Trucks de total permissible gross weight (GVWR) of 14 tonnes) to collect the bins installed on the sand. This vehicle, in service since 2006, is suitable for driving on sand and allows to mechanically collect the waste containers of the two streams simultaneously (residual household waste and recyclable household packaging + mixed papers). In high season (May to the end of September), the dump collects this waste 7 days out of 7.

This type of separate collection vehicle generates a lower fuel consumption. Thus the old solution used to collect waste on the beach (tractor + trailer with bagged flow) consumed 84 L / 100 km of diesel in manual gripping. With the new BOM 4×4, this consumption has increased to 68 L / 100 km in mechanized collection. If the community did not specify the amount of the vehicle, it indicates an additional cost compared to a conventional BOM of + 25% in investment and + 20% in maintenance. The brakes remain the specific driving on sand generating risks of stagnation, but also the scarcity of the vehicle.

The intercommunal water union also had in 2006 its first bi-compartmented bucket then in 2009 and in 2012 of two others to optimize the costs on the distant sectors where the bucket ran more than 100 kilometers a day. The total investment cost of the three skips (2 RVI chassis and a 26-tonne Volvo truck chassis) was high. The union stresses a reduction in the environmental impacts related to the circulation of collection vehicles without, however, quantifying them.

On two-compartment bins, the capacity of the small compartment for the selective has necessitated a reorganization of the routes and the garbage dumps sometimes come to 2/3 of filling in household garbage: the compartment of the recyclables is too small and its speed of filling can penalize the optimization of the tours. It is therefore recommended before any implementation, a global preliminary feasibility study as well as to opt for “a 50-50 distribution for household and recyclable waste compartments.

New generation hybrid vehicles

Ambitious technical choices made by some communities, especially in terms of motorization of collection vehicles confirm the desire to move towards a cleaner transport of waste. These technical guidelines are however, to be studied closely in terms of financial stakes, fuel supply conditions (which may come from the transformation of waste itself), from the adequacy to the typology of the habitat crossed with the performance and autonomy of vehicles.

Some local authorities test diesel / electric hybrid garbage trucks. Since February 2012, M2A has been experimenting with a prototype developed by Renault Trucks (Distribution Hybrys Tech of 26 tons PTAC) which circulates in sixteen municipalities of the agglomeration. The manufacturer had already tested it in some streets in 2009. With approximately 500 hours of operation, this vehicle had traveled more than 5,000 kilometers and collected 550 tons of waste.

The hybrid BOM delivered to M2A is the first of its kind to be operated on a pay-as-you-go basis, and the hybrid technology is particularly suited to the distribution or collection of waste in urban or peri-urban areas. The fuel consumption gain, estimated by the manufacturer can go up to -25%. That is an average consumption of 52 L / 100 km representing a drop of 16 liters compared to a conventional diesel bucket of the same size. This reduction in fuel consumption suggests a gain of $5,000 per year on the fuel item by BOM table agglomeration.

The estimated gain in carbon footprint is estimated at 8 tonnes of CO2 per year. The vehicle’s electric motor has a power output of 120 kW (kilowatt) peak and 70 kW continuously. The agglomeration concludes to a reliable technology with successful operation. Traction batteries do not need to be recharged.

From about 20 km / h, the diesel engine takes over. It is then used only in the phases where it consumes the least, that is to say outside the startup phase. The vehicle is renting full service over 5 years as part of the test. It costs almost double the equivalent of a diesel vehicle. The agglomeration does not provide for extension of the test to other sectors or purchase of hybrid BOMs at the moment. Due to the presence of automatic electric containers (high hopper), the collection of bags is made difficult for the collection agents.The containerization of the agglomeration has been effective for many years in half of the communes, it is In the near future, this constraint will no longer be one.

In 2012, the mixed garbage syndicate park was composed of twenty-six hybrid natural gas CNG (natural gas for vehicles) and electric waste vehicles of PTAC of 26T. The investments of the collection provider are $238,000 per hybrid dump versus $140,000 for a conventional diesel vehicle. The mixed union has installed 26 electrical terminals for a cost of $132,000 for recharging vehicles. Since 2003, it has a GNV delivery station and 10 supply terminals (investment of $747,000).

The choice of NGV reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 2 to 5 times compared to diesel at 20 km / h and emits almost no particles. A hybrid CNG / electric dump also allows for an additional 20% reduction in NGV consumption. The optimization of the collection circuits thanks to the versatile modular hopper system reduces the fleet of 10 trucks. The new hybrid vehicles also guarantee a lower noise level compared to a diesel vehicle equipped with a non-electric compaction grab.

That is a 40% decrease in noise pollution (from 107 to 72 decibels). Its brakes? Technical points are however, to be settled upstream of the service set up: the hybrid skips represent a door overhang 50 cm higher than the old skips, which requires a redesign of some circuits. For narrow or sloping streets and for cul-de-sacs, mini-dumps ensure the collection of residual household waste, recyclable household packaging / mixed paper and green waste.

For its part, the urban community has chosen to develop biomethane-fuel produced from organic waste to feed its garbage dumpsters, in partnership with a collection provider and a supplier of CNG trucks Mercedes. They have a fleet of 10 BOMs running on the CNG / biomethane mixture: 9 19T PTAC and one 26T BOM, acquired between 2005 and 2008. The metropole raises up to 95% reduction of particulate emissions and 85% reduction of nitrogen oxides compared to diesel-powered dumpsters!

It also sees a 23% reduction of CO2 emissions compared to gasoline and up to 5% compared to diesel. Up to 50% reduction in noise pollution compared to a diesel vehicle is found. The BOMs feed on CNG / biomethane on the bus depot managed by Transpole. They consume between 80 and 100 normal cubic meters (NM3) per 100 km.

What alternatives to the trash

Depending on your age or physical condition, you can sell or donate items that are most used. Through internet sites, garage sales or flea markets, it is easy today to sell or even to trade his old objects. You can choose to give your items to third parties or associations for reuse.

For this, some locations are equipped with a container to collect donations to the associations of objects in good condition.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

On a daily basis we use a lot of products or objects that become waste when used, damaged or broken. Before we buy them or throw them in the trash, did we apply the right strategy of the 3R “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” rule?

The 3R rule, what purpose?

It is to bring everyone to think about the prevention of the production of waste. It is indeed possible not to produce this waste by consuming better, producing better, prolonging the life of the products or throwing less.

food is wasted to the trash

Reduce food waste

The food waste is observed at all stages of the food chain and concerns all actors: producers, processors, distributors, restaurateurs, carriers … not to mention the consumer, even if it does not always feel like wasting. Indeed, every year an American person throws in the garbage on average 89kg of food waste. If a part, made up of bones and peelings is inevitable, it is estimated that the food waste represents between 20 and 30 kilos, including 7 kilos still packed.

Faced with this waste, let’s take some good simple gestures. Changes in habits allow everyone to reduce this food waste and save money because about $250 per person who go to the garbage every year: make a shopping list, cook the right portions, look at the expiration dates, cook your leftovers, store better in your fridge, ….

Alternatives to dangerous products

Home-cleaning, DIY or gardening products that appear innocuous in appearance, contain hazardous substances that pose significant risks to health and to the environment. Yet there are alternatives:
• For the maintenance of the house: make your own cleaning products based on white vinegar, black soap, baking soda, … or use eco-labeled products
• Pesticides: replace chemical weed control with manual removal for example, control disease by plant decoctions, or provide shelter for natural predators to control pests, etc.
• Do-it-yourself products: focus on acrylic and mineral paints or products with an environmental logo.

If you still use dangerous products, take all precautions for their use and removal!

How to get rid of dangerous products?

One place: special locations created for this purpose.

Reduce the toxicity of the trash

An aerosol can, a pot of paint, bleach, … these products that we use every day are everywhere in the house. Containing toxic or dangerous substances, their storage or treatment must be subject to special precautions or they may have a negative impact on the environment and our health. Toxic waste must therefore be dumped!

How to recognize them? They carry a pictograms representing danger.

Develop reuse and repair

Whether it’s clothes, linens, shoes, but also bicycles, crockery, books, furniture, appliances, and more, give life to an object, when it is more useful, is easy and necessary. It is important to make the right choice in a waste reduction approach, to limit incineration or landfill.

Invest in Art

In decades gone by, investing in fine art was relegated to those individuals who were well connected and extremely wealthy. However, that is no longer the case today as collecting fine art is now viewed as a viable investment strategy.

With a bit of due diligence and some serious research, investing in art can be very enjoyable and surprisingly lucrative. Additionally, Forbes Magazine reported that past trends in art collecting showed that this practice had outperformed the S&P 500 on several occasions.

In recent years, fine art has made some huge financial news such as in 2006 when a painting done by Gustav Klimt went for $135 million. This is just one example of how big of an investment can be made when you collect fine art for investment purposes. Although for many individuals, collecting fine art is their passion and helps to promote their prestige and status as well as their egos. So is fine art a viable and worthwhile investment? Many would say “yes”, although there are still many individuals feel it is far more frivolous and costly than other riskier investments.

Concerns and considerations

Naturally, those investors who are intrigued by the possibilities of investing in fine art should always keep the old adage of “buyers beware” to the forefront. There are three very important concerns that an individual needs to consider whenever contemplating collecting and investing in fine art:

• Beware of fakes and forgeries – remember that what ever is said regarding investing in fine art applies to only those pieces that are certified as being genuine. An investor should always verify with the dealer or gallery that the piece in question carries a Certificate of Authenticity (or COA). Another possibility to consider is to talk directly with the artist if they are still living.

• The liquidity factor – the ability to convert an investment into cash is known as “liquidity.” In the case of fine art, liquidity is oftentimes limited. Despite this fact, there are numerous investors who would tell you that this risk is quite manageable.

• Truth of the matter – taking the risk of investing in art has one solid truth above all the others. From and aesthetic standpoint, if you enjoy what you are doing, purchasing a piece of fine art because you truly love it because of its beauty as well as personal appeal, you can never really lose.