How to Become The Slacker.

First you must disengage. You have to stop listening to the mantra of “it takes hard work to succeed.” It takes your hard work for you boss to succeed. Here’s your mantra, “work is for a mule.”  Let go of the “dream” of buying the nice new car you can drive a few hours everyday to get to that boring job so you to make the payments every month. By the time you get it paid for it’s old and practically worthless. Spend any  additional time finding a way get along without the “job”. Who wants to spend their life performing menial task for someone else’s benefit.

Some General Slacker Rules

  • Never run, when you can walk
  • Never walk when you can stand
  • Never stand when you can sit
  • Never sit when you can lie down

Never ever volunteer to do more than is absolutely required. Never doi more than is absolutely necessary. Learn to  delegate as much as possible. If you’re stuck in a company with a large bureaucracy  the easier that task my be. The higher up the chain you go the more you are able, even expected to delegate. So get started as soon a s possible so you can be seen as management type.

Think For Yourself

Learn to think and survive on your own, you have untapped abilities find them and use them to manufacture you own life outside the rat race. Be happy live your life not the one someone else demands of you.


Mold Is Everywhere

No Mold Free Environment

One of the big problems for modern day home owners, especially in the South is dealing with mold. Mold seems to just appear out of no wear. But the truth is mold is everywhere. Mold spores are always there floating around in the air waiting to find the perfect growth environment. For homeowners the problem begins when some area in their home becomes that perfect growth environment. Here in Austin TX in the last few years there have been a number of expensive home demolished after being completely taken over by mold. It becomes more costly to remediate the mold than the structure is worth.

moldMost Mold Needs Moisture

A small leak in a pipe or in the roof will create a wet or moist area for mold to talk hold. Wet or damp sheetrock , wood walls, and wood floors all provide a good food source for mold. Basically ,our homes are constructed mostly of materials that molds feed on. Just allow the moisture to be added and the mold takes hold. If the levels of mold found inside is higher than what is found outside or if type of mold found indoors is not found outdoors then there is a problem somewhere indoors. Usually there a buildup of moisture that is not apparent and has not been dried.

Given The Opportunity Mold Will Grow

So many times homeowners who have a water damage incident fail to get the proper help. The visible water is removed and the cause is fixed but the area is not properly and completely dried out. The result is an optimal environment for mold to take a hold and grow. It may be inside wall where water has leaked and was not properly dried out. It may be weeks or longer before the actual mold growing inside the wall works it way through and is visible.

Mold Doesn’t Go Away

Once, mold takes hold in a house if not remediated it will continue to grow and produce more spores. This can and usually does result in an environment adverse to human health. The quantity of spores in the enclosed environment of the home continues to increase. Mold remediation is a job for professionals. Trying to clean up mold by yourself will usually fail. Getting the visible removed and not correcting the problem the allows the mold to grow is temporary at best. A few days or weeks later the mold will reappear

Water Damage Cleanup Should be Done Immediately

Clean Up Is Necessary

When water comes flooding through any structure, but especially a home, water damage cleanup is necessary. And while it might seem like using towels to soak up this water is the right solution, this will only ruin your towels. Instead of taking your time to haul buckets of water outside, call a water cleanup expert as soon as possible. You will be glad that you did when you see them pull up to your home with a van that has everything needed to clean the water out and dry the structure up. The benefits of doing this work as soon as possible include:

Minimizing Damage

If water sits on your floors or touches your walls for more than an hour,
an extensive amount of damage is going to occur. Unfortunately as time continues to pass, the water will continue to spread and cause even more structural damage. By have the cleanup done as soon as possible you’ll minimize a lot of the damage that would otherwise occur.

Reduce Restoration Cost

If you want to keep the water damage restoration cost as low as possible, you should make sure the process of extracting the water is begins as quickly as possible. Don’t wait! Not only will this reduce your costs, it also reduces the chance of more damage and mold growth. Just like sheet rock and carpet, water damaged furniture must be dried and treated with special (and safe) chemicals to decrease the chances that mold growth. Your personal property also has a greater chance of surviving water damage if it is attended to right away.

Don’t Delay

Waiting to clean the water out of your home will likely result in mold growing and your many belongings being ruined. Unfortunately these things can also put your health at risk, and even result in your home being structurally unsafe. You need a company with experience to take care of your home immediately. One that ensures prompt and complete water damage restoration.

Sometimes It’s Best To Think Things Through

When you are thinking about where to store your things, plan for the worst. You need to think about all of the potential water damage that you could sustain in the areas where you are storing things. Think about where you are storing things and what could happen to them. Many of people who have them, use their basement for storage. I know lots of people that use their basements purely for storage. This makes a bit of sense. But consider a basement flood when you are planning this out.

Sooner Or Later They All Flood

There could be some problems that go along with that. You want to be aware that the basement is the first place to get flooded if it is going to happen. It doesn’t take much water to ruin your stored items. A wet basement floor is enough to allow mold to flourish. Even the high humidity in most basement can promote mold growth. So be aware you are going to have dryout all of those after the rains come. Carefully think through what you are storing in the basement. If it is an album full of old and valuable family photos or important documents or electronics, you may want to consider the attic for those things. There are many other places you can store those types of possessions that are going to be more likely to be damaged by water. But, if you are storing items and gear like your fishing gear, ok, who cares if it gets wet? Go ahead and store all of your stuff like that in the basement. It is a great place to put things that can stand getting wet. But don’t store things that can be damaged by water. Because sooner or later you’ll wind up with a major mess and lose some items to water damage or mold.

Learn From People Watching…Some Would Say It’s Stalking…

Tonight I once again sit in my office as our warehouse building is being used for an event. This event is in no way tied to our daily operations, but with 200+ people here, it’s hard not to be sucked into the socializing. But with the metal roof the noise can a bit much. So,sometimes I go into my office and look out the large glass window to observe the social interactions of my guests.

Every now and then it is important to stop and just be, take in your surroundings, and observer the mundane, trivial, often overlooked aspects of our daily lives. Everyday people are moving from one place to another, on their cell phones, conversing with others as they walk, driving through busy streets, delivery drivers making their rounds; life is always happening.

Life Lessons

Everyday life has lessons for us if we stop and become aware from time to time.

  • Watch how people talk with one another
  • observe drivers as they talk on their cell phones, react to traffic, or sing to the latest hit on the radio
  • witness the body language of those around you
  • observe how people laugh, joke, or play with one another
  • if you happen to see an argument, watch how they display their emotions


No Stalking

Now don’t be a stalker, but sometimes watching how people communicate or how they react to internal and external stimuli can give you some interesting ideas for blogging or discussion. Next time your sitting at a restaurant, in the lobby somewhere, or waiting for a flight, just stop to watch people. You can witness some pretty interesting things.



What Happens To The Body During A Panic Attack?

A Real Experience

The lady had lived through a couple of tornades. On was serious, it took the part of roof right off her house and many of her furnishings suffered wind and water damage. I was the most frightening experience of her life. Although insurance covered most of the cost of having new roof installed, replacing the items that suffered damage and covering the cost of water damage restoration, it did nothing for the emotional damage the experience caused her. Now, every time the weather forecast a thunderstorm she experience a extreme immobilizing fear, just like in that tornado.

Is what she has a panic attack? That’s the question. It feels like so much more. So physical! How could it be only in her head? So what are the panic attack symptoms? First, the symptoms don’t exist in a void. They are a part of a person’s experience.

Cardiovascular Effects

When we get anxious the sympathetic nervous system causes the release of adrenalin to prepare us for fight or flight. This will result in an increased our heart rate and blood flow within the body but also restricts where the blood is sent to. Our major muscles such as the thigh muscles and biceps receive extra blood to prepare them for action. The extremities receive less which can result in a tingling sensation or pins and needles. Many people experience numbness and tingling during a panic attack often making them worry that they are about to have a heart attack. This worry is unfounded.

Respiratory Effects

You can also get a feeling of suffocating as the chest and throat tighten up. Your breath has become faster and deeper to increase oxygen levels in readiness for fight or flight. If the extra oxygen is not used it can lead you gasping for breath. This is simply because our breathing is automatically triggered by the level of carbon dioxide. Until we generate more carbon dioxide you can be left feeling that it is difficult to breath, one of the reasons why breathing into a paper bag works. You recycle the same breath; re-balance the carbon dioxide levels and revert to normal breathing.

The signs and symptoms of a panic attack develop abruptly and usually reach their peak within 10 minutes. Most panic attacks end within 20 to 30 minutes, and they rarely last more than an hour.

A full-blown panic attack includes a combination of the following signs and symptoms:

Shortness of breath or hyperventilation

Heart palpitations or a racing heart

Chest pain or discomfort

Trembling or shaking

Choking feeling

Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings


Nausea or upset stomach

Feeling dizzy, light-headed, or faint

Numbness or tingling sensations

Hot or cold flashes

Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy

Panic attacks cannot be predicted. At least in the early stages of the disorder, there is no trigger that starts the attack. Recalling a past attack may trigger panic attacks.



Your Houston Remodel Project

You’re Going To Need Help

If you are planning addition to your Houston home, you need a plumber, concrete contractor, a framing contractor, someone to do the sheet rock, and electrician, a residential roofing contractor Houston and who knows what else. You need someone to create the plans and monitor the building permits and codes. Of course all they are available, but managing all of them is a job for a professional. Cost, privacy, security, design, and an understanding of the building process, are just a few of the concerns that an owner has prior to moving forward with their project. Hiring one professional to guide the owner through the process of completing a project is what Design-Build is about.

The Project Manager

The process of Design-Build has been around for thousands of years. It is used in all types of construction, from large commercial projects to small residential jobs. The idea of having one company oversee the complete construction project takes the pressure of knowing who is accountable, off of the project owners. Design-Build is the process where a project owner hires one company to take their idea from the planning and designing stage, through to the completion of the job construction. The company hired by the owner for the Design-Build, works directly with the owner, guiding the process through all levels. By working with one company, the homeowner can address their thoughts, ideas, questions, responsibilities, and any concerns to one entity. One company is responsible for the complete process and is accountable to the owner for every aspect of the project.

Your Project Manager Need To Be Experienced And A competent Manager

A Design and Build contractor works with small residential remodeling to large commercial construction projects. They usually have years of experience in the remodeling residential, and commercial construction business. They work with a network of professionals (sub-contractors)who have expertise in all aspects of construction From the foundation through every step to supervising the metal roofing Houston. From design to engineering, from foundation to completion, they know the people needed and required to complete a project in the most efficient manner. Importantly competent contractor knows how to listen, and will strive to give their client the desired end result they expect.

Your Project Manager Needs To Guide The Process
Contractors are chosen and hired because clients want their project done with the least amount of personal disruption to their lives. They start the process by meeting with a potential client and discussing with them what it is they desire for their proposed project. Based on the meeting, and a review the existing site, and structure in the case of a remodel they prepare an estimate of what the project will cost. they’ll also give a separate estimate for preparation of construction documents, including plans and specifications. Having the plans allows the contractor to specifically address the construction cost of the project including permits, fees, engineering (if required), and construction hard costs. They can then determine the actual cost of the project, and create an estimate of the cost to build the project. Upon approval of the proposal, they schedule the project from start to finish, defining the start and completion dates. Your contractor should manage all phases of the project, taking in to consideration the desires and expectations of you the client, and the schedule of completion. Upon completion, they’ll review the project with the clients addressing all questions and concerns they may have.

You Can Manage The project That Only Require One Or Two Contractors
If you just need some electric repair, you can hire an electrician and get the job done. You want a new metal roof, you can hire a metal roofing Houston contractor and you’ll be fine. You’ll find it far easier to hire and manage one contractor for a specific job that hiring and manage for a project that requires the services of 10 or more to complete.