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You can ask any business to provide evidence of general liability professional insurance coverage. Any company that is not going to offer proof of basic liability (GL) insurance ought to be prevented. A minimum standard for GL insurance coverage is $1 million for property work and $2 million for light commercial.
There are other techniques for investigating air conditioning, heating and ventilation companies such as: call your regional Better Business Bereau (BBB), perform online searches and reviews and ask the company in question for recommendations. Nevertheless, all of these approaches fall short of extensive transparency. The BBB actually works for the companies it represents as they are just rated if the company in question pays them a recurring charge. Online evaluation sites seldom display all the evaluations received, and post reviews from sources that are not always credible. This supplies a platform for companies to post their own evaluations and individuals to quickly publish evaluations without the company in question's capability to expertly deal with the problem. Moreover, no company would give out a negative reference; just those that are incredibly positive. None of these are ideal dynamics for consumers seeking totally unbiased evaluations and recommendations. It is recommended to utilize these methods as an informed customer and think about the details source for exactly what it is worth.
Among the finest ways to find a brand-new a/c, heating and ventilation contractor is via the "word-of-mouth" approach. If the company recommended was affordable, professional and trusted for a friend or relative, there is a great chance that company will do the same for you. Good companies utilize the word-of-mouth approach to constantly provide a brand-new consumer stream by keeping their clients pleased.
Other conventional methods for finding a new cooling, heating and ventilation professional include carrying out online searches, phonebook directories or online directory sites and other ad mediums. Keep in mind that all of these techniques are bought and spent for by the companies in concern. None of these techniques need to function as a testimonial and must be used just as locating sources.
3rd party service providers such as Angie's list, Discover Local and other online business are the most recent platforms for sourcing and score cooling, heating and ventilating companies. Although these business do provide a service with some benefit, they are, in fact, adding cost to the consumer. Angie's List, in addition to some other online business directory sites, charge the consumer directly for their rankings and companies' contact info. Other third-party websites offer customers with a/c, heating and ventilation business and add the cost of being a middle-man to the company equation. Bear in mind that none of these are "free" which consumers must comprehend the cost and worth of using entities like these.
Numerous quotes are recommend when hiring a cooling and heating professional. There are no market standards for prices HEATING AND COOLING related service or products. Similar jobs can differ thousands of dollars from one business to the next. A minimum of three price quotes is advised prior to the repair or replacement of any significant cooling and or heater part and before the style and setup of new systems.
A 2nd viewpoint can be of value if the repair or replacement is costly. Not all technicians or companies are equal or reliable. Repairing a/c and heating systems is exceptionally complex. It is not uncommon for a repair work service technician to be unable to separate the issue or for a representative to advise an unneeded purchases. Calling a competing cooling and heating business can conserve time and loan and remorse.
Car Talk Live Podcast #296: Q&A with Scotty Kilmer
Frequently Asked Questions:
2 Unit Air Conditioning - Upstairs Air Is Not Quite As Cool As Downstairs?
I Have A Dual A/C Home. On Extremely Hot Days, Like Today (Over 95), It Appears The Upstairs Air Conditioning Runs Almost Continually While The Downstairs Cycles On And Off More. I Keep The Upstairs Set To 78 And The Downstairs Set To 76. The Attic Is Obviously Extremely Hot And I'M Thinking That The Attic Air Is Warming The Air Going Through The Vents Causing The Air That Comes Out Of The Vents To Not Be Quite A Cool As Downstairs. When The Sun Goes Down The Upstairs Will Cool Quickly But I'M Just Wondering If This &Quot;Day Time&Quot; Issue Is Normal And Whether I Can Do Anything About It.
You have two issues here from what I can see. The hot attic right above the second floor rooms, and the down stairs air conditioning. What's happening is the hotter air in the attic above the second floor rooms is causing the upstairs air conditioner to run almost constantly. The cooler air up on the second floor makes its way downstairs to the first floor, because cooler air seeks a low area, while warmer air rises. The hot air in the attic is essentially trapped and only gets out through the small vents. A powered attic fan would help to get that hot air out of the attic and make the second floor air conditioner run less, and if there's any way to close off the second floor from the first floor with a curtain or other barrier, that will keep the cool air on the second floor and out of the first floor area. Possibly a fan on the first floor aimed upward towards the second floor at the stairway would keep the temperatures more balanced. A powered attic fan has a thermostat mounted in the attic that will make the fan operate and exhaust the heat whenever a set temperature is reached, say 85 to 90 degrees. Depending on where you live, you may want to shut the powered attic fan off in the winter months so the warmer air stays inside. This is just a possibility I thought of. Good luck!
What Could It Be.. Horrible Cat Poop Smell And Weird Looking Butt...?
I Have A 4 Month Old Kitty. When I First Got Him I Took Him To The Vet. His Butt Looked Weird And The Vet Told Me It Was Diarhhea, To Get Him On Some Good Kitten Food And It Would Go Away, And It Did!
Well, His Poops Smells Horrible, I Can Barely Stand It. It Has Since I Got Him, And I'Ve Tried Tons Of Different Things. All Of The Sudden His Butt Looks Weird Again. Any Ideas Of What Could Be Going On? Or How To Make My Room Smell Better..? I Have Good Litter, Deoderizer, A Litterbox With A Cover, I Clean It All The Time, I Have Air Fresheners And Everything.
Help Me, Please?!
What are you feeding him? What goes in must come out... so you need to feed a species appropriate diet. My cats eat Raw and thier poop has no odor whatsoever.
Let me share with you what I have learned about feline nutrition to help you make an informed decision on what diet you should feed your cats.
Many brands of manufactured cat foods claiming to be "healthy" really are not. In fact they are made of the lowest ingredients possible. I'm not saying that a cat can't live off them... just the same as you could live off hot dogs and Mac and cheese forever, but better choices can and should be made for your feline friends. I would not venture to say that any manufactured food is "best" for a cat but a grain free organic wet food would be a good start. Feeding canned is certainly better than feeding dry in all cases.
Cats were never meant to eat dry food, also known as cereals or kibble. We, humans, make them eat it for convenience to us. It has nothing to do with them or their nutritional needs. It's completely species inappropriate.
In the wild, cats derive their entire liquid intake from their prey. They do not have a thirst mechanism because they don't need it when eating a species appropriate diet. They get all they need from what they eat. So they do not drink water. Regular ol' house cats have descended from those same wild cats.
So in a home environment, your kitty does not get the moisture it needs from dry food and it’s almost always in a constant state of dehydration. Water fountains are encouraged to TRY to get your cat to drink more and your kitty may even enjoy it, but it will never meet its water intake needs drinking from a bowl.
Deadly feline illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure, obesity, stones, urinary tract blockages and Urinary Tract Infections (FLUTD), with and without deadly crystals run rampant these days. Cats are not taking in enough water to stave them off. Proper water intake through a species appropriate diet alone can prevent most of these conditions.
Overall, wet is a better all around better for any cats diet, be it canned or Raw and they should never be fed dry cereal kibble if we wish to most closely match their wild nutritional and dietary needs. Kibble meets our needs… not our cats.
It is also bogus that kibble cleans teeth. DRY FOOD DOES NOT CLEAN TEETH. It's an old myth that has been scientifically disproved for years, but old-school vets drilled it into people's heads for so long (and sadly still do) that people still believe it. Cats can not “chew”. They do not have chewing teeth. They have meat ripping pointy carnivorous teeth. They do not have molars. They may “crunch” a piece of food once to crack and break it… but they are absolutely unable to chew a hard piece if food. Want your cat to have clean teeth? Give them an appropriately sized raw bone. :o)
I personally feed a Raw Meat and Bones based diet to my cats and they are very healthy on it. I HIGHLY recommend it. Once I got the hang of it and felt comfortable with it it's a snap to prepare. It's something you might want to consider someday. They are obligate carnivores after all and must derive ALL their nutrients from meat based sources. They are unable to absorb them from any other source. Despite thousands of years of domestication they remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!
If you are interested in feeding a raw diet some great places to start learning are http://www.catinfo.org/ , http://www.catnutrition.org/ , and http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/ .
If you would like to try raw with your cats and don’t want to get all technical about it but want to try a trusted, time tested and balanced raw diet you can order from http://www.felinespride.com/products/catfood.aspx . I purchased this myself when I first started and my cats loved it!
If raw is not an option for you please be aware that there are three Categories of Pet Foods:
-"Grocery store" foods – (Generic Brands and cheap name brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, "grocery store" foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.
-Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of "grocery store" food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and "filler" ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than "grocery store" foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!
-Healthy foods – (Wellness, Merrick, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster & Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market - provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.
With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new cat food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.
The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!! Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. 🙁
So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading, put down that product and move on to the next.
Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you more than cheaper products, just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. This in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy wet foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are better for your cat than cheap crap.
You can start your research for a healthy cat food here if you are not ready to try feeding a Raw diet:
If you want to buy in a store, Complete Petmart is a good store and carries quite a few natural, organic, and holistic blends. Also check with your local feed/grain stores.
I highly recommend you take the time to research for yourself, but the information I have given should get you off to a good start. Good luck choosing a new healthy food!
********IMPORTANT*******Don’t forget to switch your Pets food slowly over a period of 10 to 14 days, if you can. Mixing 25% new to 75% old. Then 50/50… then 75% new to 25% old. And finally switch over to 100% new. Take it slow as not to upset their digestive system.
Side note… Please don’t feed Iams / Eukanuba. It’s ALL fillers, byproducts, animal digest and CRAP. Read the ingredients! There is nothing good for your cat in that food. Not to mention they conduct the most appalling animal testing you have ever seen. http://www.iamscruelty.com to see the terror they create.
Paint In Can Looks Like Bubbled Pancake Batter. Is That Ok?
I Was First Using The Paint On The Walls In The Basement And Then I Decided To Paint A Table Outside. The Paint Started To Bubble A Lot Inside The Can. I Stirred It Up And After A Few Minutes It Looked Like That Again. You Know When U Make Pancake Batter And Then U Put It In A Pan On The Stove And It Starts To Bubble? It Looks Like That. Is That Ok Or Is The Paint Ruined? I Still Need To Do A Second Coat On The Walls In The Basement.
I'm assuming this is an latex paint. How old is the paintand has it ever went thru a freeze thaw condition? Most paints can last for years if they are kept at a moderate temperature and the can is sealed tight. When paint does go bad it has a cottage cheese like thickness and also has a bad smell somewhat like spoiled milk. If none of this applies I would guess is that you have air mixed into the paint by shaking the can before you opened it or too vigoris stirring. Letting set awhile will allow the air to bubble out before using so you don't have a bad finish when your through.
Why Does My Cold Water Have A Rotten Egg Smell (Sulfur)?
The Smell Is Through The Entire House, But Only In The Cold Water. The Outside Water From The Hose Is Ok. We Have A Community Well In A Subdivision And The Neighbors Say Theirs Is Like This Too.
Smells like sulfur because there is sulfur in the water, or at least that is the usual reason. Groundwater can contain sulfur at concentrations that affect the taste and odor, often because it comes from an aquifer with chemically reducing conditions (the sulfur comes from sulfides in the aquifer material). On hitting air, the sulfur oxidizes and comes out as SO2 and smells.
Often see metal staining from the water in this situation (manganese and iron staining, a black staining, because these two metals tend to be more soluble in reducing conditions and precipitate out on reaction with oxygen, the air).
The most likely reason that you are not getting the same intense sulfur smell from the hot water is that the sulfur is reacting in the water heater and scaling out either n the water heater or in the pipes downstream.
The basic problem is that the water source has sulfur and to eliminate the odor involves some relatively expensive addition of calcium salts (causes CaSO4 precipitation) or other treatment.
My parents have a similar problem with their water for the reasons I just gave. The water is in contact with some fine grained sediments of marine origin and has sulfur and Mn and Fe. Not really all that good for drinking but OK for other purposes when treated.
Why Does The Engine Smell Like Burning Oil When Revving Up?
I Just Got A Honda Accord 2003 (4 Cylinder, 126K Miles, Manual) And I Decided To Revv-Up The Engine For A Few Seconds (Just Because I Could—Lol Actually It Was To Make The Ac Compressor Spin Faster To See How Quickly It'D Start To Chill The Air)
After I Did That It Smelled Like It Was Burning Oil. Can This Be A Symptom Of An Underlying Problem? Or Could It Be Cause The Car Is Due For An Oil Change?
Under Normal Driving Conditions I Don'T Smell Anything, And Even When Accelerating Quickly To Get On The Highway I Don'T Smell Anything. It'S Just When Making It Revv-Up To ~4K Rpm.
If you smell oil, chances are you've got a leak somewhere. Park it overnight & look for drip spots the next morning. If there are none, it might be going out the tailpipe.