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

Choosing New Siding for your Home

If it’s time for new siding on your home, the choices can be daunting. Here are some of the more common siding options, and their pros and cons.

Wood

Wood is the original siding, but isn’t even considered on today’s homes unless it is used as an accent. The problem is the diligence it takes to keep it up. If it’s not properly maintained, it can become very expensive and problematic to repair and replace.

Vinyl

Vinyl was introduced in the 60’s and became popular because of its low cost and easy maintenance. Like most vinyl products, technological advancements have made the product better and better. There are vinyl products that look just like wood with the color mixed all the way through the product so if damage does occur, it is not as obvious. Read more