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The New Year Eve Party is in full force, I’m not thinking about business today. I hope that all those on ActiveRain have an extremely Happy New Year. Continued success to all that put in the efforts in December, this Challenge has been awesome.
I got a photo of this guy tying the ladder back to the top of his truck. Sometimes we just need to think about what we are doing. Wishing and hoping that something will work out will not change the laws of nature. I was just glad to be driving past him so that I was ahead of what may be a troublesome situation. Ever try something crazy like this yourself?
We have been very fortunate with the weather here in the Sacramento area, with temperatures in the low 60’s and clear skis, it’s hard to believe that it is late December. It has allowed me and the guys to continue working both inside and outside as if it were October. I am grateful for that!
I have several projects that are hard to schedule, we don’t know how long things will take until we open stuff up and find the problem and the (16 comments)
Christmas is over and you are looking for a place to dispose or recycle your Christmas tree, where can you go? El Dorado County has several drop out and collection locations for you. Do not burn your tree in your woodstove or fireplace; they can be a fire hazard!
This list may help:
El Dorado County recycling options for Christmas trees West Slope El Dorado County Residents: Free drop-off at the Waste Connections recycling facility, 4100 Throwita Way, Placerville, 8 am to 5 (6 comments)
Christmas Tree Drop Off, Collection, and Recycling in Sacramento County - 12/28/11 04:25 AM
Sacramento County residents purchase thousands, if not tens of thousands, of Christmas trees during the holiday season. We need to find a way to safely recycle or dispose of the trees here in Sacramento County. If you are a resident of the county there are many places to recycle or drop off the trees for collection. Sacramento City residents have an additional list of places - Christmas Tree Recycling and Collections in the City of Sacramento, Ca Ready your trees to be recycled by removing all decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands and nails. Flocked trees will be accepted. Most locations (8 comments)
Christmas Tree Recycling and Collections in the City of Sacramento, Ca - 12/27/11 09:04 PM
Christmas trees keep on giving with recycling! Preparing Your Holiday Tree for Recycling Cut trees longer than 6 feet into 3-foot or shorter pieces. Remove trees from stands or plastic bags. Remove ornaments, lights, nails, tinsel and metal rod supports from trees. Artificial trees will not be accepted. Containerized Yard Waste Customers Option 1: After cutting your tree into 3-foot or shorter pieces, place your Christmas tree in your yard waste container. Make sure the trimmed pieces fit completely into the container with the lid closed Option 2: Place your tree out for loose-in-the-street collection by 6:00am on your regular collection (8 comments)
Hidden Identity of Future Contractors - Photo Fun - 12/27/11 03:32 AM
I promised that I wouldn’t post these photos here. I think that by blocking out the identity; you will not know that these are my three sons. What started out as a fun gag gift, turned into an “I like it, let’s try them on” gift. The full body pajamas are soft, warm, and come in an assortment of fun colors. I honestly didn’t think that they would even try them on. Since they did, I had to get a quick photo to memorialize the moment. I love these guys, they were very good sports!
In her post, she offers a series of before and after pictures that are stunning! She brings up some points that may make some sense to buyers in this market.
It may not be for everyone, but the photos alone may be worth a quick peak.
Via Birgit Anich, Connecticut Home Stager staging Fairfield county , CT (Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040): We all have heard it – kitchen and bathrooms sell houses! This is widely known, but yet (0 comments)
Truss - 12/26/11 04:12 AM
Jay has gone to great lengths to get this inspection. He describes the purpose of the truss, it's kind of important, you may want to check this out. There is so much for us to learn from Jay, and he explains things in a way that we can all understand. Check it out and comment to the original post. Via Jay Markanich - Northern VA Home Inspector (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): Let me list for you the definitions of the word "truss," and you tell me the commonality among them. From Oxford. 1 Framework of rafters, posts, and struts which supports (8 comments)
In talking to Mr. Kitty, I had forgotten to pass along his Holiday Wishes to you. I have posted a photo of him in his favorite reindeer custome. Just kidding, he really hates it, but I love the photo. Hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas season.
It is pretty cold here for some of us Californians, nothing like some of you experience in winter. I came across some photos of some lovely flowers that were taken when we were in Seattle recently, thought that I could share with you here.
Enjoy the photo.
Enjoy this day!
They cut it twice and it's still too short - Photo Fun - 12/23/11 12:36 AM
They cut it twice and it's still too short - Photo Fun The cutting of studs for a wall is pretty simple; you measure and then you cut the board. Judging by the markings on the stud, the length was measured. Apparently the length or the cut was done wrong though. I’d like to say that this was the only stud like this in this wall, but all of them were adjusted in a similar fashion.
This isn’t the reason why there is a problem with the wall (a car ran into it), but you have to wonder what (24 comments)
Flower Photo From Up North - 12/22/11 10:22 AM
It has been a while since I took a photo of any flowers, not the right season for me right now. In looking back at some past photos, I did come across some beauties from up north last year.
My son had a game here in Sacramento tonight, he plays for Marin JC. I had never been on campus at Sacramento City College until today. I saw this statue on my way into the game, thought I’d share it here. Marin lost a hard fought game. We had a blast watching him play in town again. (5 comments)
Market Report – Cost Effective Home Improvements in Sacramento
As we head into the holiday season, shopping at the mall, decorating our home and office and entertaining family and friends. Who has time, or the desire to use a contractor? The answer - nearly no one! That is the lead in to this trend in Sacramento, as we approach the New Year. This is not a surprise. However, there is a trend developing as we look forward to the New Year – 2012. Awareness of Cost-to-Value is the growing trend. Property owners are aware that what they are investing (16 comments)
Glenn has written several posts that are very interesting and explaining what he has seen. He uses photos to help explain what he is talking about. This post discusses electrolysis, we see it a lot, but many of us do not know what we are looking at. This problem can lead to the shortened life of the equipment. Check it out and comment on his posts!
Via Glenn, a.k.a. The House Whisperer (Pacific Coast Inspections): At the top of a water heater, there are two pipe nipples (short lengths of pipe) for (2 comments)
Market Report - Home Office Shift in Sacramento There has been a growing need for home office space in the Sacramento Area. This growth in home office space has been spawned by a couple of factors today. Many companies have offered, or encouraged their employees to work from home; this is to reduce the need for corporate office space. Others have created a home office to start a business of their own, hoping to make things work on their own. Still others chose to make office space after the kids have moved out. All of these reasons have led to (4 comments)
Sunset in the foothills of Placerville, Ca - 12/18/11 10:39 AM
I got to see this sunset last night while in the foothills of Placerville. The sun was setting behind a tree on the horizon. The photo appears much darker than it really was at the time. Maybe someone can explain how best to photograph the sun and the moon. Hope everyone is enjoying today, Christmas in 7 days!
This photo was taken as the sun was setting near one of the small lakes in Greenstone Country in Placerville, Ca. The water was very still and reflected the horizon well. Once the sun fell behind the hills, the skies lit up in color. Enjoy!
Mr. Kitty is not thrilled! - Photo Fun - 12/16/11 12:08 AM
If you have a cat, you know the look. The searing glare that shouts “You are making me miserable; I can’t believe you are doing this to me”. Unfortunately, it’s hard to reason with an animal that you are doing it for their own good. Mr. Kitty has a wound to his side that he will not stop licking, this collar is the prevent that. Mr. Kitty is not thrilled!
An apartment manager had called me regarding a small stream of water coming from the laundry room wall. The water was just enough to keep the sidewalk wet, and even a little mossy. After management shut off one of the washing machines inside the laundry room wall for a few days, the water on the sidewalk stopped. Because of that we knew it was in the drain line and only leaked when the water was being discharged. We made arrangements to get into the laundry room to open the wall and repair (18 comments)
This is a tough topic, the price of improvements to your property. Why is it a tough topic? Without a set of guidelines ahead of time, the contract can be lost. The job can be overbid and no contract signed or underbid with a disappointed client. Neither result is good. So let's set some guideline to work with. There are a few ways to set the guideline for a construction project estimate. I like a starting budget. What are you willing to pay; I will show you what I can do with that money. With this approach, both parties have (10 comments)
If your career isn't going where you expected, it might be you. - 12/14/11 02:24 AM
I have had some situations when my expectations were not met. This is a must read if you are experiencing some failed expectations. Mike Cooper makes some excellent points and uses analogies that we can probably relate to. He describes how this can also apply to us in our chosen profession. Check it out and leave him a comment on the original post.
Via Mike Cooper, Real Estate Agent-Broker, Winchester,VA (Cornerstone Business Group, Inc.): Over the past 30 plus years I've worked with a lot of couples who where struggling with their marriages. There is one stress issue that has come (2 comments)
Add Value to Your Home with a Low Cost Bathroom Renovation
I wrote a post recently titled, Don't Just Sit There - You Need To Do Something About This Bathroom, in which I described how a bathroom renovation doesn’t have to be expensive to add value.
This was followed up with some progress photos days later in the post, Low Cost Bathroom Renovation in Sacramento - Update. This complete restoration project literally took a few days to complete. Orchestrating several bodies in a small space was the challenge in this bathroom improvement.
December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing - Sharing Santa with the Kids in Sacramento
We all remember the thrill of seeing Santa for the first time; our kids will do the same. I remember being frightened of that “jolly old soul”, hoping to say all that I wanted on Christmas morning, and that belief that he will come through. If our children and grandchildren have those same feelings and need to meet Santa, let’s find where he is. Here is a list of Santa appearances in the Sacramento area.
Sacramento Area Malls Sunrise Mall6196 Sunrise Mall, Cirus (8 comments)
December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing - Sacramento Ice Rink Open for the Holidays
You don’t see too many “frozen ponds” in Sacramento, Ca. This time of year we do have a man-made outdoor ice rink in the downtown area. For native Sacramentans, ice skating may be a novelty. It is something those from other parts of the country are very familiar with, sort of a seasonal activity. For many, this rink brings families together for either a unique event or a reminiscent journey. Either way the rink will be open for your holiday entertainment.
There is something about getting the tree up that brings Christmas to life. I’m not too fond of the effort required to get the decorations up, but when it is all done, it is well worth it. It’s just another reminder that doing the work is worth the effort; at home, in business, and self-improvement. It all takes effort!
Christmas is creeping closer, and I’m running out of time. This weekend will be spent putting up the decoration; lights, tree, all of it. I am looking forward to the holiday spirit in Placerville. Hope you have completed your decorating already.
What is your favorite part of decorating for this holiday?
Folsom El Dorado Hills Short Sales: Are you facing Foreclosure? - 12/08/11 10:33 AM
This is a tough decision for many people in El Dorado or Sacramento County. This posts may help those that are faced with this situation. John seems to have some valuable information that may help. Better yet, post him a comment on his original post. If you live in the area, give him a call directly. Via John Hayes: Specializing in Folsom,El Dorado Hills (RE/MAX Gold Folsom): Folsom El Dorado Hills CA – What can you do if you are facing a foreclosure? One of the scariest and worse case scenarios for a homeowner is getting so far behind in your (0 comments)
Sacramento Construction and Repair Trends in December – There is Still Work Out There! As the year comes to an end, the Sacramento construction trend seems to be funneling toward necessity. Budgeted money has been dried up, the weather is shifting to much cooler temperatures, and the holidays are upon us. For some, this is a slow time. With these conditions in place, what's a contractor to do? Recognize that this is a normal trend and target accordingly! Not one of these conditions can be blamed on the economy, take a look. Budgeted money always runs out by year's end, (6 comments)
This post by James Lyon, explains ways in which we can inexpensively add value to our property. They include some easy things that can be done quickly and easily. Via James Lyon, 916-521-1214 www.JMLyon.com (James Lyon Real Estate):
Three Inexpensive Ways to Increase the Value of your Home
Three Inexpensive Ways to Increase the Value of your Home that will get your home sold faster and for more money. When we (4 comments)
Green Valley Community Church has started their annual Christmas Musical – “A Hometown Christmas”. If you enjoy local performances, this one is something special. The performances have begun, and the shows have sold out. Tickets are still available for upcoming shows, but they are going fast. I have not yet attended the show (I have tickets for December 10th) but I have heard nothing but good things about this years’ performance. Crews have spent several weeks building the stage and props, and the quality shows. No cheesy set here! The shows began on Saturday, (8 comments)
Product Registration - 12/04/11 05:34 PM
I was never a big fan of product registration until I missed out on some important product recalls. Jay writes an excellent post about Producer registration, product recalls, and much more. Check out what he has to say in this featured post. Please comment on the original post. Jay loves that kind of stuff!
Via Jay Markanich - Northern VA Home Inspector (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): This post is about product registration. We built our house 14 years ago. We have been the only owners. And it's official. Every appliance that came new with our house has died and been replaced. (0 comments)
Just sitting here thinking about all that the day has in store for me. How lucky I am to have choices, in where to go with my day? Christmas is coming; the tree is on the list of things to do. I better finish up this coffee and get to it. Enjoy this day!
Mary Ann Giacobbe writes a very informative post on the serious defects (red flags) to look out for, and the importance of using a good property inspector. These 12 items can affect the sale of the home in a big way, and should be inspected. Be sure to comment on Mary Ann’s original post.
Via Maryann Giacobbe (Houlihan Lawrence): 12 Red Flags That Should Raise Concern Indeed, more than 40 percent of the previously owned homes on the market have at least one serious defect, according to HouseMaster, a major home inspection company with offices in more than (6 comments)
Went through past posts to clean them up, make more presentable, and better optimized. Did my daily comments on ActiveRain. Worked on a couple of December Posts. Check out the contest here: December's Season Of Celebrations & Sharing Contest Renewed Craigslist Ads Organized some photos needed for future posts. Overwhelmed by the number of posts needed, just to meet the requirements for the contests this month. Reposted to Facebook. Read several good posts, including one by Mike Cooper, Getting Organized for 2012 - December Blogging Challenge Thought about some series that I would like to (8 comments)
December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing - Santa is Coming to Town
Santa will be arriving in Historic Downtown Placerville to listen to those special wishes on the following dates: December 3rd at Kiddlywinks (262 Main) from 11AM-2PM December 10th and December 17th at Annieberries (320 Main) from 1-4PM. Photos will be available for purchase, but are not required to visit with Santa. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For more info, call (530) 672-3436.
Santa and kids... what a special time for the little ones. We can probably all remember those winters thinking of (6 comments)
"There is Magic in Believing" - Placerville Parade Theme
Everybody loves a Parade, so do we in Placerville, Ca. We get especially excited when it’s a Christmas Parade. This year’s big parade will be on December 4th 2011 and will take place “rain or shine”. Local merchants will be available on Main Street to help you with the holiday shopping. The theme for this year’s event is -There is Magic in Believing.
An event like this not only adds to the spirit of the community and family, it is a boost to the local businesses. Visitor from all (3 comments)
I received an e-mail from Craig Daniels stating that I was mentioned by @techzmx.
This was not the first time that I was mentioned, but I had to go check it out. I have been going back to some past posts from ActiveRain and posting to Twitter, Craig and I follow each other there.
Craig Daniels also publishes a news blog that is incredible. It ties into Twitter posts and other Social Media, sorted into multiple categories and subjects at paper.li. It is a hot, current feed that I would recommend to anyone. If you (10 comments)
Check out her post and post comment to the original post.
Great job Peg!
Via Peg Barcelo-Jackson the Flufftastic Stager from Edmonton, AB (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 780.710.6369): Thinking Outside the Box in Edmonton! Even a Shed Package Isn't Safe! In our quest for a new garage, that we had built 2 years ago, many things in our (2 comments)
Why is it that the cat has to lay on the dark clothes? It’s not like he has no other choices of places to sleep. He seems quite relaxed on my dark jacket, so I will let him be. I better round up the cat hair remover again.
Low Cost Bathroom Renovation in Sacramento - Update
In a recent post, Don't Just Sit There - You Need To Do Something About This Bathroom, I shared that some properties need to be renovated, repaired, or improved. These improvements can be done at a reasonable cost. The value of the property can increase by doing some minor changes or complete renovations.
Our project involved a complete bathroom renovation; everything was removed from the bathroom for this relatively inexpensive project. As stated in the original post, shower, toilet, vanity, sink, flooring, everything is going to be replaced. Walls sprayed (12 comments)
Maybe that’s why it’s called Elephant Bar, I don’t know. What I do know is that there is going to be a great Active Rain Meet-up in Sacramento for anyone interested in meeting with us. Sound Like fun? Judging by the response to the last Meet-Up in Roseville, it is a lot of fun. If you have never been to one, this is a great opportunity to experience it right here in Sacramento. If you have already been to one, you already know the value.
We have all experienced the clogged drain pipe. You run the water for a few seconds and the water starts to back up into the sink, not usually a major problem. In fact, usually the clog can be found in the sink p-trap under the sink. I got a call from a Sacramento apartment manager stating that they had a serious drain clog. Really? A serious drain clog? Thinking that this will be quick, I said, “Okay, I’ll take a look at it.” Running a plumbing snake through the pipes, proved (10 comments)
How to Create a Banner For Your ActiveRain Blog Using Picnik - 12/01/11 02:16 AM
It’s always good to read a post that I can apply to my blog. Joni Staples’ post on editing with Picnik is excellent. She has written a thorough and understandable post to help us easily use the editor. Thanks Joni. Leave any comments on her post. Via Joni Staples, REALTOR® Broker Associate (936) 650-9017 (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Anderson Properties): How to Create a Banner Using Picnik (Ask and you shall receive ☺)
1. Go to www.Picnik.com and create and open your account. 2. Upload, edit, and save the photos that you wish to use. (Auto (3 comments)
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