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Want to make a huge difference in your own or other’s lives? Here are things you should say every day - to your employees, colleagues, family members, friends, and everyone you care about:

1. “Here’s what I’m thinking.” You’re in charge but that doesn’t mean you’re smarter, savvier, or more insightful than everyone else. Authority can make you “right,” but collaboration makes everyone right.

2. “I was wrong.” I once came up with what I thought was an awesome improvement plan. But a few weeks later, I had to say, “I know you didn’t think this would work, and you were right. I was wrong.” When you’re wrong just say you’re wrong.

3. “That was awesome.” No one gets enough praise. Pick someone - pick anyone - who does or did something well and say, “Wow, that was great how you…” Praise is a gift that costs the giver nothing but is priceless to the recipient.

4. “You’re welcome.” Make eye contact and say, “Thank you.” Or say, “You’re welcome. I was glad to do it.” Don’t let thanks, praise or congratulations, be all about you. Always make praise about the other person.

5. “Can you help me?” When you need help, just say, sincerely and humbly, “Can you help me?” And in the process you’ll show vulnerability, respect, and a willingness to listen - making you a great leader and a great friend.

6. “I’m sorry.” We all have things to apologize for: words, actions, omissions, failings… just say you’re sorry. Never follow with a disclaimer like, “But I was really mad, because…” Say you’re sorry, say why you’re sorry, and take all the blame. Then you both get to make the freshest of fresh starts.

7. “Can you show me?” Knowing what to do helps, but knowing how or why to do it means everything. Don’t just ask for input. Ask to be taught or trained or shown. Then you both win.

8. “Let me give you a hand.” Everyone needs help but often hesitate to ask for help. Find something you can help with. Be specific. Offer in a way that feels collaborative, not patronizing or gratuitous. Model the behavior you want. Then actually roll up your sleeves and help.

9. “I love you.” No, not at work, but everywhere you mean it - and every time you feel it.

10. Nothing. Sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all. If you’re upset, frustrated, or angry, stay quiet. Be quiet until you know exactly what to say - and exactly what affect your words will have.

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Basement leakage is the most common problem found in houses, and over 90% of all basements are found to leak and suffer damage at one time or another. Evidence of moisture penetration can be found in almost every house. A house with water problems does not necessarily mean it was poorly constructed. Water can appear in even the best built home.

Not all basement leakage problems are solvable, but the majority of leakage problems can be solved by directing surface water away from the building regarding around the foundation and/or using downspout extension to force rainwater to flow away from the house.

Warning signs of water leakage:
• Mold and mildew: Fungus that grows in damp dark areas and causes discoloration and odors.
• Musty odors: This could be the result of the decay process from mold and dry rot.
• Peeling paint: Water may leak behind a wall.
• Damp spots on walls: Water has absorbed through your walls.
• White substance on basement walls: This is a chemical breakdown of the bonding agent that holds your walls together. The white substance is a sign of possible structural deterioration.
• Cracked walls: Should need to be inspected to determine the exact cause.
• Rust on appliances or furnaces: Check behind for signs of pooling or leaking water.
• Dry rot: Black fungus grows mostly on walls or wooden surfaces, causing wood to decay.

Why is waterproofing important?
A wet basement dramatically reduces the value of your home. Studies show that most people won’t even consider buying a home with water leakage.

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When it comes time to sell, it’s important that your home stacks up well against the competition. In order to have it look its best, renovations are sometimes necessary.

The key to generating a decent return on your investment is to renovate in line with other homes in your area. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’re thinking of renovating:

1. Get Cracking – The kitchen will often yield the greatest return on investment. A welcoming kitchen that’s functional and up-to-date will be very attractive to buyers.

2. Clean Up – The bathroom is the second most important room in the home in terms of valuation so renovating an existing bathroom or installing an additional one pays off.

3. Landscaping – Adding a few perennials is an easy way to improve your home’s curb appeal. A few well-placed trees and shrubs will reduce utility costs by providing shade and shelter.

Homeowners should try to achieve a balance between their individual wants/needs and by making sure they don’t pour money down the drain. Improvements should be an investment, not an expense.

Inviting Bed Type

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Good-bye Odors. Next time you change your sheets, strip off the mattress pad as well, and sprinkle baking soda directly on the mattress. Let sit for a few hours, then vacuum away the excess. The baking soda will help absorb any lingering odors and staleness.

Wash Away Dust Mites. Toss polyester and down pillows two at a time in the washing machine. Launder on gentle, and use hot water, which destroys dust mites. After the spin cycle, blot excess water with a towel and put in the dryer; tumble dry on low with a few tennis balls thrown in.

Spritz Up Some Sweet Dreams. Pick your favorite relaxing essential oil and add 20 drops to 2 tbs. of vodka (the odorless alcohol helps water and oil to mix) in a spray bottle. Fill the rest with distilled water and mist on linens.

Flip Easier. Time to flip the mattress? Slide a garbage bag under the mattress on the side you pull toward you to help it slide easily.

The Leaky Type

As the roof surface ages, it wears and becomes less and less reliable. Eventually it may leak.

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But not only old roofs leak. One of the most common causes of roof failures is poor workmanship during installation. The reason this is not readily apparent is that it often takes a few years for a poor installation to manifest itself in a leak. By this time it is all too easy to point the finger at wear and tear.

A leaking roof can be disruptive and costly, causing damage to interior finishes. In some cases it is easy to determine the cause and in other cases it can be difficult to diagnose. In some cases a roof leak will only occur with specific weather conditions. Let’s try to make some sense of this mystery.

Sloped Roofs Shed Water
Sloped roof systems are designed to shed water from one shingle to the next down to the roof edge. Sloped roof systems are not waterproof. Understanding this concept is the first step to understanding how a roof can leak. Flat roof systems, on the other hand, are designed to be waterproof.

It’s All About the Flashing
Roofs don’t normally leak in the middle of a field of shingles or tiles. They leak where there is a roof penetration such as a skylight, chimney, dormer or roof/wall intersection. These critical areas are kept from leaking with flashing. Flashing is usually made up of pieces of metal that are configured so water will shed across the gap between the roof penetration and the roof surface. In many cases, roof leaks can be traced to poorly installed or worn flashing. If you have a roof that leaks, the flashing is the most likely culprit.

Wind and Rain
Roof systems should be designed and installed to accommodate your local climate. On the other hand, it is possible for a perfectly installed and maintained roof to leak given the right combination of wind and rain. Recall that sloped roof surfaces are not waterproof but shed water down the roof.

Ice
In cold climates, ice can cause a perfectly good roof surface to leak. Ice can block the flow of water to the edge of the roof or to the drain. Water can then back up under the shingles and start to leak into the house.

Your Lucky Type

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Since the specific good luck charm you choose has special meaning to you, it can reveal a lot more than you think.
If you get luck from . . .

A Keychain: You’re down-to-earth.
Practical even when it comes to superstition, are amicable, laid-back and make friends easily.

Crossing Your Fingers: You’re independent.
Confident, ingenious and hardworking, you love being in the middle of the action and prefer to take charge in most situations.

A Stuffed Animal: You’re creative.
Artistic and nurturing, you know that honoring your past is the best way to a bright future.

A Four-leaf Clover: Anything is possible.
A big believer in fate and the power of positive thinking, if you believe you can do something, you can.

Fake Type

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Flip the Cushions. Make your couch look brand-new just by flipping over the cushions to the other spotless side.

Stack Books. Gather books and pile them neatly on the edge of a desk, shelf or coffee table with spines facing outward.

Clean Bathroom Magic. Light a scented candle. Dim the lights to soften the mood to camouflage a less than pristine room.

Declutter Fast. Don’t have much time to clean? Grab a laundry basket and pass through each room tossing stray items into the basket. Then stash it in a closet.

Make it Smell Great. A pleasant scent makes guests think the house is cleaner. Place scented candles in a room.

Interior Leaks Type

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In some cases what appears to be a roof surface leak is not a leak at all but rather an interior source of water. Here are some examples –

• Air leakage from the house: If household air can leak into the attic, the warm moist air will condense on surfaces in the attic during cold weather. This can cause damage to the roof decking and structural framing and in severe cases cause water to drip back into the house. The usual air leakage paths are; bathroom exhaust vents, plumbing stacks, recessed lighting and attic hatch.

• Leaking forced air ducting: If heating and cooling ducting runs through the attic, it should be well sealed. A leaking duct is a big leak of air from the house into the attic and will cause condensation during cold weather.

• Air conditioning ducting: If air conditioning ducting runs through the attic, it should be well insulated and should have a vapor barrier. Condensation forms on cold air ducts and can drip down into the ceiling.

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