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The WHAM Home Repair Newsletter - January 2013

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Maybe it's time for a New Year's change of pace, maybe this year we should be a little more kind to ourselves, no more outrageous resolutions, no more unrealistic resolutions, maybe even no more resolutions at all. Of course it's good to set goals, to try to improve, to better oneself, but how many times have you chosen a New Year's Resolution and stressed yourself out more because of it? felt like you failed simply because you didn't complete or meet an expectation? Maybe it's time to put the improvement and bettering of oneself into perspective. We can change ourselves any day, any time, any way we want we don't need to wait until one calendar ends and a new one begins. Granted, the ending of one year and the start of another seems to trigger a sense of new beginnings but the fact is
every moment,
every day,
every time we wake up
is a new beginning
That being said...
According to Statistic Brain (a web site of percentages, numbers, financials, and rankings) the Top Ten New Year's Resolutions are:

1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in Their Dreams
9. Fall in Love
10. Spend More Time with Family

Most of those are no surprise, and most of those are honorable resolutions, if you must make one. There are a couple that are puzzling however, #9 for example, if falling in love is the result of a New Year's Resolution is it really falling in love? And #8 is a bit puzzling as well, how? which dream? the one where they feel like they're falling?

Resolutions are fun, honorable, sometimes even successful, but the fact is only 8% of people claim success in achieving their New Year's Resolutions (Statistic Brain).

If a book about failures doesn't sell, is it a success? (--Author unknown)

Wishbone has been feeling the economic crunch and has decided to take matters into his own hands paws, (apparently there has been an insufficient supply of rawhide treats available). He's been spending all his awake time (12 minutes a day) thinking of ways to cut back on the household budget and increase the dog treat budget. Here are his tips (they are also found at epa.gov though he insists he came up with these ideas all on his own...doubtful).

A dirty air filter can increase your energy costs and lead to early equipment failure. Clean or change the air filter in your heating and cooling system monthly. Some filters only need to be changed every 3 months. Also, have your equipment checked seasonally to make sure it's operating efficiently and safely, check-ups can identify problems early. Dirt and neglect are the #1 causes of system failure.

Hidden gaps and cracks in a home can add up to as much airflow as an open window. The more heat that escapes, the more cold air enters, causing your system to work harder and use more energy. Home Sealing can improve your home "envelope" the outer walls, ceiling, windows and floors, and can save up to 10 percent in energy costs. Start by sealing air leaks and adding insulation, pay special attention to your attic and basement, where the biggest gaps and cracks are often found. If replacing windows, choose ENERGY STAR qualified ones.

If you have a forced air furnace or heat pump, then a duct system is responsible for circulating warm air throughout your home. Leaky ducts can reduce your system's overall efficiency by 20 percent. Sealing your ducts can save up to $140 annually on energy bills and help you consistently heat every room.

If you're replacing old equipment, make sure your new equipment is properly sized for your home - bigger isn't always better. An oversized system will cost more to buy and operate and will cycle on and off too frequently, reducing your comfort and leading to early system failures and repair costs. Correct size and proper airflow will ensure that your equipment works efficiently, saves you money, and helps protect our environment.

If your heating equipment has been poorly maintained and is 15 years or older, it's probably time for a more efficient replacement. Ask for an ENERGY STAR when buying the following equipment: Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Boilers and Programmable Thermostats.

Speaking of Wishbone, it has come to our attention that there are skeptics out there, unbelievers, nay-sayers. For every person that simply believes - there is someone else that needs proof. Fair enough. The fact is, Wishbone Salmon a.k.a. Wishbone, Wish, Wishy, Boss, Sir, O Great One, does actually work at Jim Salmon Home Inspections, does actually participate in all office endeavors (just ask the UPS delivery guy), does occasionally write his own articles for jimsalmon.com, sort of. No one claims this was a wise business decision but to date there have been no few unfortunate mishaps due to Wishbone's participation.

It's understandable that there are those who find Wishbone's participation difficult to believe, he is a dog after all, what those of you nay-sayers don't understand is that while Wishbone is a dog, he doesn't know it. First of all, how many dogs do you know that actually read the newspaper? Granted it was only the sports section and not the business & financials but still...

And granted, that was during company time which no one else would get away with but as you can see he did get back to work when it suited him, which is acceptable around here since he is, you know, Wishbone, Boss, O Great One.

If you need a closer look (see it to believe it) just click on the picture to enlarge it.

Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive. -Elbert Hubbard

JimSalmon.com would like to wish a warm welcome to Big City Sportswear & Graphics, the OFFICIAL SUPPLIER OF THE 2013 WORLD TOUR HRC T-SHIRT!! 2013 is going to be an exciting year and we are so happy that Big City Sportswear & Graphics is going to be a part of it!

There are so many reasons why we are excited to work with Big City Sportswear & Graphics. The company was established in 2008 and it's just amazing how large they are already, they currently occupy twenty thousand square feet! That just doesn't happen, it's a testament to how committed they are to quality, service and price, as a matter of fact they even state on their website that if they have any doubts in the quality of their work they will re-do it until it's perfect!

Big City Sportswear & Graphics, a family owned business located at 3861 Buffalo Rd in Rochester, specializes in screen printing, embroidery, digital printing and much more. They are direct retailers of quality clothing lines such as Carhartt, Columbia, Dickies, Nike, Adidas, and many others. They have the equipment for large production run jobs and in their print department they have a machine capable of printing five hundred garments per hour! There is no doubt about it, Big City is capable of any printing job you could ask for...and did that say CARHARTT?!

Don't think for a minute that clothing is all they do, they do it all! Window signs, banners, stickers, they state on their website that they can put your logo on over 500000 items! Maybe it's time to direct you to their website!! Big City Sportswear & Graphics

We at JimSalmon.com are very excited and proud that Big City Sportswear & Graphics is
But don't just take our word for it, visit the website and see for yourself how much this company can do and how valuable it will be to your business, or team, or class, or...

Open Monday - Friday 8am-5pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?

Would you like to change your Bathtub, Tile or Countertop? Refinishing is beautiful & affordable! Change the color, condition & feel of your surfaces in just days! No need to buy new. Fix the chips, scratches and cracks to like new condition! Avoid the mess and cost of replacement! HOW? Miracle Method that's how! They are trained professionals and stand behind their work with a guarantee! Consultations and estimates are always free! Contact them today!

What do they do? They refinish bathtubs, tub surrounds, they refinish tile floors and walls, vanity sinks and counters. And, yes, they also do kitchen countertops. You need it refinished they CAN do it!

Do they simply paint the tub? NO! They apply hi-tech acrylic coatings that are extremely hard and durable. Does that mean they reglaze? No, Some people refer to bathtub refinishing as reglazing. Reglazing requires the use of a kiln and temperatures as high as 2,500°F. With Miracle Method the refinishing process gives similar results without having to remove the tub from your home and at a fraction of the cost.

Maybe there is someone in your home that has a difficult time stepping over the tub? Miracle Method can help with that too! It can be installed in just one day! The Easy Step is an affordable solution to help reduce the danger of slip and fall accidents. And...if this is a temporary need the step can be reversible they can reinstall the cutout and refinish it to look like new too!

So whether you want to improve the appearance or make improvements for other reasons Miracle Method is the place to call! Miracle Method at 3755 Dewey Ave. in Rochester serves the Rochester, Batavia, Geneva, Canandaigua, Kendall, Geneseo, Greece, Sodus and surrounding areas.
Call Miracle Method 585-563-8004
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A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. --Author unknown

New. Used. Parts. Sales. Service. Where are we going with this? Hint... Tractors. Construction Equipment. Farm Machinery Attachments. EMPIRE TRACTOR of course! Empire Tractor located at 5072 East Main Street in Batavia (next to the Genesee County Fair Grounds) is the only place to go if you want service, quality, commitment and excellence that is second to no one, unless of course you are closer to one of their other locations in Atlanta N.Y., Cazenovia, Cortland, Syracuse or Waterloo.

Empire Tractor sells only the very best products including New Holland, Case IH, Kubota and a wide range of short line equipment. They have an online Parts Store that is open 24 hours a day for your convenience. And, they offer the largest selection of pre-owned equipment for you to choose from. Why go anywhere else?


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