Happy Thanksgiving!

A quick blog this week to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! I’m certainly counting my blessings; a loving family along with so many wonderful friends, business associates, and clients that make life so enjoyable.

Best wishes to you and your family during the holiday season. Thank you all for being a part of my life.

Mike

Building a Big Carport and How Laminated Beams Work

Nothing brings the big kid out in me like a truck full of beams and trusses, and a lift to hoist them into place. I got to help out on such a project last week building a 25′ x 35′ carport for a client in north Burleson. The unique feature on this carport is that the client wanted the 35′ side to clear span.


Thanks to the technology and engineering of laminate beams, spanning 35′ is possible—it just takes a big beam. We provide the beam manufacturer with the specifications of the carport, and they engineer the beam to hold it all up without ever sagging. In this case, the beam was 5½” wide, 24″ tall and weighed nearly 1200 pounds! Read more

Eight Ways to Make Your Garbage Disposal Last, and Some Dog Gone Good Reasons to Start a Compost Pile


This past week I was asked for my opinion about reusing a garbage disposal in a kitchen remodel, and I also picked up the first load of leaves that were raked and bagged from a client’s yard to use in my compost pile. This got me to thinking that garbage disposals and compost piles have a bit in common, as both break down biodegradable matter.

Being an avid composter, I’m always suggesting to anyone who will listen that they should start a compost pile and enjoy all the benefits, one of which is that less food and water will be sent down the waste water sewer system to be treated and dumped into the Trinity River. Read more