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Some of the 17,000 poultry at Seldom Rest Farms located, north of Myerstown, PA, on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. The chickens are kept in a two story chicken house and produce approximately 2.5 million chicks each year. To supplement their electrical needs, they chose a contractor who knew about United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America program (REAP) grants and helped them through the application process. The farm was awarded a $152,000 grant (25% of the cost). to install the 1001kW solar array to power their farm, a neighboring farm and homes on the local electrical grid. The 240 solar panels were ground mounted with 5-foot clearance underneath to allow sheep to graze and rest underneath protected from the rain, sun or snowfall. Ten inverters change the DC electrical energy from the panels into AC energy that goes into the local power grid. Spring statistics show it is producing more than expected. REAP offers grants and/or loan guarantees for the purchase and installation of renewable energy generating systems and for energy efficiency improvements. For additional important details about REAP, see www.usda.gov. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Posted by USDAgov on 2011-10-03 02:23:20

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How to Make Your Husband Want to Come Home and Be With You – Advice For Wives

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Have you ever wondered how to make your husband want to come home and be with you? Many of us feel a bit frustrated and rejected when our husband spends too much time with his friends or at work. It’s also beyond unbearable if your husband has decided that he needs a bit of time away from you and is bunking with a friend or has taken to staying at a hotel.  If you love your husband and you simply want to spend more time with him so you can rebuild the relationship, there are things you can do, on your own, to make that happen.

Learning how to make your husband want to come home begins with letting him go. As much as you want to nag your husband into spending more time with you, that’s not going to work. Typically when a woman pressures a man into something he’s going to resist. Sometimes in a relationship one partner just needs a bit of room and that can be very difficult for us, as women, to understand. Your husband will feel more respected and loved if you give him what he needs. Some time apart is not going to end the relationship. It actually may be enough to make him miss you.

Also, don’t overlook the power of working on yourself if you’re faced with a situation in which your husband isn’t as interested or attentive as he once was. It’s easy to want to work at changing your husband’s mind by communicating verbally with him, but it may be worth it to try a more subtle approach. Think back to how you were when you two first married. He fell madly in love with you then. You need to work on rediscovering those qualities in yourself that he loved so much early in your marriage. Let him see for himself that you are still the same woman he wanted to spend his life with.… Read More

Home Security – Illusions

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Home Security - Illusions

one of the best ways to confuse a burgler is to disguise the house & fit metal cladding with mind bending illusions – this way he will be unable to gain entry or find the door – in my illustration you can hardly tell that I’ve changed anything – as far as the neighbours I’ll just stay calm & act casual – thanks for looking – best bigger

Posted by Joe Vance aka oliver.odd on 2013-07-30 02:04:10

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Decorative Concrete – What You Should Know About Cracks & Color Variations

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Though I normally espouse the wonders and joys of decorative concrete applications, I feel I should also inform about the other side of the coin: no matter what the color or stamp design reflects, it is still concrete. Your new patio may look like a gorgeous slate, but it is not. It is concrete. What does this mean? Well, it means that although concrete has limitless design options and can me formed into almost any design, mimicking many other building materials; it does have minor limitations. A seasoned decorative concrete contractor knows this, and will install the concrete according to industry standards in order to best prevent cracks or color mishaps.

That said, these issues do arise on occasion. Let us begin with cracks in your brand new stamped concrete pool deck. Firstly, expansion joints are cut into the concrete to prevent cracks from occurring. However, everything from heavy loads travelling on the stamped concrete to land settlement underneath the concrete can cause a crack regardless of expansion joints. Proper cutting of the joints should alleviate this issue, and more often than not, it will. Secondly, when concrete cures it shrinks. This can cause cracks as well and even the most experienced concrete contractor cutting the best expansion joints in the world will not always win that battle. Lastly, a somewhat common “side effect” of stamped concrete is hairline cracks forming around the lines made by the stamping tools once the surface begins to harden. This is called “crusting” and typically will occur due to sun and wind. Obviously, sun and wind will quicken the hardening of the concrete surface. Another reason crusting occurs is due to the color of the concrete. Darker colors, as we all know, draw the sun’s rays and absorb the heat. Stamping tools with deeper grout lines for creating designs like random stone or slate patterns often aggravate the crusting. Many people feel that these hairline cracks add to the look of the stamped concrete design, giving it an “Old World” look. This aged appearance typically lends to the overall design. These imperfections are generally thought of as appealing. Although cracks can be repaired, the end result of the repair tends to be much more obvious than the unrepaired crack.

Now let us move on to coloring mishaps. Actually, “mishaps” is not the correct word here. A “mishap” would occur via accident. What I am referring to here is customer acceptance of the finished color on their new concrete. Depending on the method of coloring concrete (and there are quite a few) different factors come in to play in order for the concrete contractor to mix up the color chosen by the customer. However, as the customer there are a few things required of you in order to be sure you are receiving the color you want. A good practice would be to find photos of finished colored concrete patios, et. al. that show the color that you are striving to achieve, and submit to … Read More

A Description Of The Bathroom Remodeling

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One way or another, the idea of bathroom remodeling would cross your mind. In fact, it would not even matter whether it is summer, fall, winter or spring; all that would matter is for you to have a better looking bathroom.

Aside from bedroom, your bathroom is a very personal place. In fact, more than your room, it is the place in your house wherein you can be fully alone. Perhaps this is the reason why some people go to their bathrooms whenever they want to momentarily escape crowds.

For some people, bathroom is the only place in the house wherein you can do anything you want. While in it, you can look at the mirror as long as you want. You can also shout your lungs out for you wouldn’t even feel guilty of bothering others. In short, bathrooms can be very sacred to some.

The thought of bathroom remodeling could come to you anytime. It can be while you are taking a bath or when you see some dull paints on its wall. So what’s the problem? For one, bathroom remodeling ideas would cost money. Finally, it may not be that easy to find for the right contractor.

However, if you have the right amount to pay for the bathroom remodeling cost, you would still need to attend to the next problem and that is searching for bathroom remodelers. For this, it is important to understand that bathroom remodeling contractors differ from the other.

Contractors that offer bathroom remodels have more expertise and understanding on how to properly modify and improve the look of your shower room. Their services cover plumbing, reinstallation of bathroom fixtures as well as selecting the right kind of paint or wall paper. For this reason, it is important to hire them and not any other firm.

Before going to a remodeling firm, it is also suggested that you be ready to explain them how you want your bathroom remodel to be like. Most people would suggest that you search and print out bathroom remodeling pictures so that you can easily explain them what you want.

As an alternative, you can also choose firms that provide consultations or bathroom remodel ideas. Such construction companies generally have bathroom remodeling photos to present to their clients.

Now, where can you find an individual or firms that do bathroom remodeling? To find them, you may want to consult your phone directory, the internet or even some people you know. These three are the best options that you have.

By consulting your directory, you will be able to find a lot of individuals that are related to this kind of business. However, aside from their telephone numbers and names, you wouldn’t be able to find out more about them unless you call them.

On the other hand, the internet would provide you pictures and even comments of the individual’s previous clients. Through them, you would be able to identify which of the existing companies you can rely on.… Read More

A Tale Of Home Improvement

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A Tale Of Home Improvement

Once upon time, in a quiet village, stood a small bungalow, which suffered from neglect because its owners didn’t have any money to maintain it properly. A sign "for sale" had been standing in the front garden for a very long time, but nobody was interested since the bungalow was of very modern design, which was a sharp contrast to the rest of the historic village. Day after day the wood rotted away and nature slowly took over the garden, until only a complete make-over could help the bungalow to survive…

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Water Damage Restoration Contractors

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Professional fire and water damage restoration contractors have expertise in emergency response and disaster recovery situations. When such disasters strike, be it a flood in your basement or crawl space, a leak in your roof or smoke and soot damage in your home, call fire and flood damage experts for complete repair and restoration services. Restoration companies usually have a set up emergency response hotline, supporting their communities in these stressful situations. The technicians who handle fire and flood damage emergencies are often IICRC certified restoration professionals, experienced in fire, smoke, flooding and water disaster scenarios on residential, commercial and industrial scales.

Professional restoration companies will arrive in your place of emergency within the hour, for the most part. They know that time is of the essence and prompt attention to your emergency will lessen the duration and cost of the restoration project. These experts arrive ready to assess the water damage in your home and start drying out the property immediately. The trucks are equipped with gear and supplies necessary for any fire, smoke, soot and water restoration job. Professional water extraction and drying tools that are used for water removal from your property are industrial strength and are designed for any type of repair and restoration efforts. They truly offer dependable, competent and personalized service for a variety of disaster recovery situations.

Fire and water damage restoration contractors engage in the complete repair and rebuilding of your home or office following natural disasters or man-made accidental catastrophes. Both fire and water restoration scenarios involve flood loss prevention and water removal and drying. Restoration companies have expertise in loss containment. Many household items such as electronics, furniture, clothing, photographs, artwork, books and many others can be salvaged in restoration facilities that specialize in recovering personal possessions from fire and flood emergencies. Water damage restoration contractors can store your salvaged personal items until your restoration job is complete.

Many emergency water restoration scenarios involve mold infestation if left untreated for longer than 24-48 hours. Thus, mold remediation is an essential service water damage restoration contractors engage in routinely. Mold removal, structural drying, dehumidification and disinfection are crucial to the proper completion of most restoration projects.

Professional restoration contractors routinely work directly with homeowners’ insurance companies to file claims. Usually, when water damage restoration contractors bill insurance companies directly, the paperwork is filled out accurately and the process flows smoothly so the claim is often processed quickly and without further delays.… Read More