Aging in place.

 

Aging in Place

My first ‘aging in place’ project was building a set of stairs and handrails off my grandmother’s porch.  I was recently looking back at those photos and I had to note the many changes since they were taken nearly twenty five years ago.  Although I could point out the changes in my hairline (my children were happy to do that for me), I was referring to all the changes in ‘aging in place’, and how all of these new and exciting innovations would have made my grandmother’s daily life more enjoyable and satisfying.  But the biggest thing is that simple adjustments would have allowed her to continue living the way she wanted to.  Independently.

What is aging in place?  Wikipedia defines it as the ability to live in one’s own home – wherever that might be – for as long and as confidently and comfortably possible.  Livability can be extended through the incorporation of universal design principles, and other assistive technologies.  Assistive technologies include communications, health and wellness monitoring, home safety and security.   I personally think aging in place means so much more.  Freedom, independence, comfort, dignity, and opportunity are words that come to mind; the opportunity to make decisions and choices that will affect the quality of your life, or that of a loved one.

Fall prevention is one of the easiest and least expensive things that can be added to help a senior in their home.  Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among older adults, one third of those falls are directly related to easily avoided hazards in the home.  Falls are also recurrent and 66% of fall victims will fall again within 6 months.  There is a senior related death due to a fall every 35 minutes. The sad thing, is a lot of these falls are so easily prevented, by being proactive and installing grab bars and other aids to prevent a fall before it happens.  This could be one of the best gifts you could give to yourself, or a loved one.  The gift of continued independence.

Now that nearly 77 million baby boomers are reaching retirement age, the options for aging in place in your home are bigger than ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Energy Reduction Initiative.

ENERGY REDUCTION INITIATIVE

The Fix it Guys are proud to be a partner in a revolutionary new global approach to energy conservation.

As we move forward into the future, we are increasingly aware that we must take action now and reduce our energy consumption. Energy efficiency is a key factor in becoming more sustainable and this is why we have focused on ways to reduce energy consumption and ultimately save on energy costs.

Two of the largest energy consuming products are refrigeration and air conditioning. Real dollar savings can be achieved by the efficient running of well-maintained equipment.

Our unique coating, once applied, is able to prolong the life of your equipment, increase efficiency and ultimately reflect in savings on your energy costs. We believe in working together to create a sustainable environment for the future.

Product Information:

EcoActiv CRC is a unique coating applied to the condenser units, coils, fins and fans of commercial HVAC units, air conditioning systems and refrigeration that will fundamentally reduce energy consumption due to the follow properties of the coating.

  • The coating once applied will ensure that moisture/water does not build up and frost. Normally the refrigeration system would frost due to moisture and then the system would have to run a defrost cycle (heating) in order to eliminate the frost build up. EcoActiv CRC being hydrophilic, means that the water isn’t able to adhere to the surface.
  • As the equipment is required to run the defrost cycle less frequently, this creates a greater life span of the equipment and less maintenance costs.
  • The coating is also antistatic which eliminates contaminants such as mold and other bacteria from adhering to surfaces, leaving the equipment to run more efficiently and eliminating mold and bacteria being circulated throughout the space, making for a cleaner work environment.

Overall benefits of EcoActiv CRC:

  • Healthy indoor environment
  • Greater Efficiency
  • Equipment that lasts longer

Services

This program is designed to enhance existing maintenance programs, by demonstrating simple techniques to ensure that you are employing best practices and to ultimately save energy. Energy savings, of course, translates to dollar savings and a cleaner working environment. The technicians will clean your system including the fans and fins, flush the pipes to rid them of any blockages and apply a hydrophilic coating to protect the equipment for 12- 24 months. Our qualified technicians are not a replacement for your regular Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic. We recommend that you maintain your regular servicing by these professionals in conjunction with our program.

Reduced Energy Costs

The most amount of energy is consumed when the refrigeration switches to the defrost cycle and it is using energy to heat and melt the ice and then to cool again to maintain temperature.

Naturally, if your equipment is cooling and then having to heat (defrost), it will be consuming more energy. The cycle can occur more often if the system is not clean, using more energy.

The coating keeps the equipment clean and reduces or eliminates the equipment going into the defrost cycle.

Increase Efficiency

As the coating will reduce the need for the refrigeration to work harder by not having to complete the defrost cycle, this in turn places less stress onto the system. Labored machinery means a higher cost to run.

The coating will also assist in maintaining your equipment with its antistatic properties by repelling dust and bacteria from adhering to the surfaces it will run more smoothly and have a longer lifespan with real dollar savings achieved by reduced maintenance and replacement costs in the long term.

In addition, an increase of wind speed will ensure that the cool air is distributed evenly throughout the space.

Healthy Work Environment

Often biofilm, made up of mostly body fats and fats from food, can build up in the drip tray of the system, as they are caught within the moisture in the air, circulated by the fans and eventually collect in the pan.

These fats block the drip line which can then overflow into the path of the fan, causing the water to then be sprayed throughout the area; additionally this water can contain contaminates. The mold and bacteria can readily circulate throughout a building as it is blown straight back through the fan system.

The coating, being a non-adhesive solution will eliminate build up, leaving your work environment cleaner and healthier.

Reduced Carbon Footprint

Our unique coating has assisted companies to achieve energy savings from 10% up to 48% therefore enabling them to reach targets for reducing their carbon footprint.

Long term use of the coating will ensure maximum savings and greatly contribute to you and your companies sustainability goals.

This makes using Ecoactiv CRC Coating not only a fiscally sound decision, but also an environmentally responsible one, too.

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The future of mold removal.

The Fix it Guys are proud to be Goldmorr® System Master Technicians. The Goldmorr® System of mold removal is the future of Mold Remediation. This unique system has had years of success. It’s guaranteed to remove all types of mold from your home or building safely, quickly and with less cost than traditional methods. In most cases, home and business owners do not have to relocate while the remediation process takes place, nor do they have to have drywall and furnishings removed and incur additional reconstruction or refurnishing costs.

Put simply, most of the time The Fix it Guys will be in and out in a day. But hurry! Mold left untreated will continue to grow and cause more damage.

The Fix it Guys, Mold Remediation Process:

Mold Inspection and Documenting

The first thing our mold remediation specialists do is perform a complete inspection of the whole structure to evaluate the level of contamination. The Fix it Guys uses sensitive infrared photography and moisture metering to find hidden moisture which can be causing mold or growth. The findings are then carefully recorded; that way our mold crew ensures that the remediation process is fully complete at the end of the project.

Mold Remediation

The patented Goldmorr® fogging system used by The Fix it Guys, will penetrate tiny openings and pores, with nontoxic solutions which can destroy mold spores. Nontoxic fogging can remove mold hidden behind walls. In some cases, fogging reduces the need for expensive, disruptive drywall demolition. Mold remediation usually includes physically cleaning the mold-affected areas with bio-cleaning solutions, removing the materials affected by mold (if needed), and vacuuming the contaminated area, as well as the rest of the structure, with HEPA Negative Air Filtration devices.

What is Fogging?

When a Goldmorr® Master Technician refers to fogging, it is the process by which the GM2000 is applied within your dwelling. The product is misted by use of a spray device and so can gain far greater and more consistent coverage of an entire home; similar to the steam created when you have a hot shower.

Why fog the entire house rather than just the room that has the mold?

This is simply because mold spores spread. They are carried on your clothing, as well as being present in the air. If the entire dwelling is not fogged, then the mold will return in other rooms under the right conditions. The bottom line here is that we can confidently use GM2000 knowing that you are extremely unlikely to have any reaction to it. It is not going to harm any of your furnishings either. We have performed many treatments with occupants who suffer with such ailments as asthma and multiple sclerosis and others going through chemotherapy. All have reported improvements in their own well-being following mold removal and fogging, with a lot of clients opting for an annual fog regardless of the fact that mold may not be present.

Note: If you are shopping around for mold remediation, please ensure that the products used have been tested and pose little/no danger to your health and well-being.

Testing Information

The testing of this product has included skin irritation testing, also known as Acute Dermal Irritation/Corrosion testing and showed results at no signs of erythema or oedema at any time with examinations conducted at 60minutes, 24, 48 and 72 hours. What this means is that the product can be classified as a non-skin irritant product. Further testing of the product regarding its biodegradability was conducted with the result described as “rapid and excellent biodegradability”. Our product achieved a degradation of 95% with a substance that has greater than 70% described as having excellent biodegradability. It is non caustic/low VOC and non toxic.

Recently, testing was conducted on the effectiveness of GM2000 on Stachybotrys chartarum and Aspergillus niger with outstanding results achieved. GM2000 was able to reduce Stachybotrys chartarum >99.99996% and Aspergillus niger >99.99998%.

Common Causes of Mold

Aside from a water intrusion event such as flooding, leaking roofs, damaged pipes or hot water systems etc., the most common cause of mold comes from air exchange issues. Air exchange issues arise when excess humidity is present. This is very common at times when the outside air is cooler than the inside air. This will result in condensation and subsequently an excess of moisture inside your home. In the winter months, this is very common with the use of furnaces and heaters. They warm up the air inside the dwelling, be it an office or a home, and if the outside air is cold we start to see moisture on the inside of the windows. We have all seen what happens when you leave a milk carton out on your counter, condensation forms on the exterior of the bottle or carton and before long it is sitting in a puddle of water. Technically, the temperature at which the condensation starts to form is called Dew Point.

In the summer months, humidity due to weather will cause similar conditions to those that are present during the winter months that contribute to the ideal conditions for the growth of mold. The reason that we see mold starting to form and quickly get out of control, is simply because mold spores are everywhere. 25% of the earth’s biomass is made up of different kinds of mold and mold spores. The spores are very small and float in the air. They are carried on clothing, they can enter the structure by simply coming in on a breeze. They may be present in furnishings, plants or even food that has formed mold colonies such as those seen on outdated bread or fruit. To flourish, they simply need the right conditions. This includes moisture, which, as mentioned previously, can come from excess humidity within the structure. Your Goldmorr professional will advise you on ways that you can reduce the excess moisture and humidity within your structure, which will aid in keeping mold at bay.

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A new spin on remodeling/Remodel Coach.

                                         Remodel Coach

WE OFFER HOURLY PROFESSIONAL HANDYMAN AND ORGANIZATIONAL SERVICES FOR ALL YOUR HOME AND OFFICE PROJECTS.

We can provide professional instruction to help you complete that project yourself.

Do you have a honey-to-do list, home or office projects which you have been delaying since you do not have the time, energy, help, or know-how to do them yourself? Do you have a hard time giving away your hard earned money to others?

Well, if that is the case, keep reading! we have a win-win solution for you. You can do some or most of the work yourself, and ask us to complete the parts of a project you cannot, or do not have the required tools for!! You will be completely in control of your project.

Testimonial:

(In approximately 4 hours, Mark taught us how to install and trim  pre-hung interior doors, remove and install new window sills, and baseboards. It took us a few weekends, but our families were so impressed that we did the work ourselves. Many thanks “Fix it Guys”. RB , Colorado Springs).

Some of the many benefits of doing some, or all of the work yourself, you will be able to save thousands of dollars as well as learn:

  • Plan creation, Budget development, Project and time management.
  • Cost effective methods of construction.
  • Generating a material list and help with sourcing.
  • Proper tool selection.
  • Jobsite safety.

You can advance the project on your timetable, not at the mercy of others schedules.

Labor and cost savings can be spent on material upgrades and tools usable on future projects

Your learning curve will be greatly reduced, preventing costly mistakes and reducing the stress and frustration that is common when performing home improvement projects.

Contact The Fix it Guys and let us coach your next home project, to a complete success.

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American made products / Made in the USA

                                             The Fix it Guys

The Fix it Guys are proud to announce their commitment to use American made products and Supply’s on their projects.

We realized the benefits of buying American made products go far beyond our original goal of  supporting local businesses and manufacturers, and sustaining  jobs here in the USA. But that we would also be helping the environment, by limiting the carbon emissions that shipping from other countries thousands of miles away produces.

We will be adding new American made / Made in the USA products as they come available.

The Fix it Guys

Full Video:    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Economy/made-america-blueprint-creating-jobs/story?id=14719487

By DAVID MUIR (@DavidMuirABC) and BEN FORER  Oct. 12, 2011

In Bozeman, Mont., Anders Lewendal is hard at work building a home he hopes will be a blueprint for creating jobs in America. Lewendal, an economist turned builder, is constructing a house made entirely from U.S.-made products. Everything from the nails, screws and bolts, to the steel, staples and bathtub is made in the United States.”Every piece here is made in America,” he said.

Lewendal is convinced that if every builder bought just 5 percent more U.S.-made materials, they would create 220,000 jobs. The Boston Consulting Group agrees, confirming that Lewendal’s numbers add up.

In all, the U.S.-made house is being built with more than 120 products from more than 33 states. But builders do acknowledge that using American products can be more expensive.

A box of nails is $5 more than those made in China and steel is $146 more a bundle. Even though certain goods are more expensive, in total, the cost of the house is nearly identical, given that other U.S.-made products are cheaper. The all-American home, which is not yet finished, is running only 1 to 2 percent more than a foreign-sourced house… View Full Size ABC News

Anders Lewendal, an economist turned builder, is constructing a house made entirely from U.S.-made products.

Here is the list of products Lewendal is using to build the made-in-America house.

While some items might be more expensive, the difference in quality is often noticeable. The nails produced by Maze Nails of Peru, Ill., are made using high-carbon steel and a double coat of zinc. The result is that they are stronger, rust proof and jam the nail gun less.

“[We're] one of the last makers of nails in this country,” company president Roelif Loveland said.

About 90 percent of nails come from China and, Loveland said, if he could double sales, he could add 25 more jobs.

Many other U.S. companies said the same thing. If Lewendal’s idea catches on, they could hire, too. From Gorilla Tape of Cincinnati to a Sherwin-Williams plant in Georgia and a Moen plant in Pennsylvania, companies around the country say if builders bought more American products, it would put people back to work.

ABC News sent Lewendal’s list to builders across the country and some responsed immediately.

Contractor Tarek Saad said he started ordering Maze Nails, an architect in Miami said she’ll start buying the U.S.-made items that are priced the same as the foreign ones, and Paul Minnis, a remodeler from Michigan, doubled Lewendal’s request.

“If 5 percent will make a difference,” he wrote, “I am going to try for 10 percent or more American-made products.”

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