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How to Plan your Electrical Project!

JLO Electrical

Before you start your project, get a trusted electrical contractor to look at your project to see if what you are planning to do can be done.

  • Is there a different way to do your project that will save you time and money?
  • Will your project require a service upgrade?
  • If so what will that add to the cost of your project?

The best time to get the trades in to check your project is before you start. At this time, you can still change your project or decide not to do it. If the cost or the work involved is more than what you have planned for.

Electrical Panel Location

One example is before you pour the slab in the basement, you can still change the location of your electrical panel. And all your cable runs will be shorter and the panel can be placed in a more convenient location.

Another example is the type of heating in your home or addition. To save money, the project may require special electrical heating. With hydro rates going UP, that may be a poor choice. Check out natural gas and also heat pumps ducted and ductless systems work very well on the coast.

Stand-by Generator

If you live in an area that suffers from power failures you may want to budget for a stand-by generator. Or wire your home for a generator but install it at later date.

Also plan for the future make sure you can expand your electrical system. Add extra wires in the panel and leave the extra wire in the attic and or crawl space

For your future needs this way drywall does not need to be removed to add extra electrical circuits for a hot tub, an RV outlet, or that garden shed or new garage that you want to build. Plan for your future electrical needs or for resale.

It will save you money and time to do the extra projects later on.

How to Paint a Bedroom… the Right Way!

Pride Painting

Starting to Think about Starting to Paint that Project!

Painting project
Before

Whether it’s the inside or outside of your home you have a lot to consider. The amount of prep, the type of substrate you will be painting, the amount of paint and materials you’ll need etc. No matter how you look at it there’s a lot to consider. The list goes on and on, and if you think too hard about it, you’ll never get it started! You need a good game plan. Let’s look at painting a bedroom. Simple enough right?

Painting a Bedroom – Step by Step Process

  1. Move all furniture away from the walls
  2. Remove all light switch and outlet covers
  3. Drop sheet all of the floors
  4. Fill in all holes, scrapes and digs in the wall with DAP DRYDex (personal favorite)
  5. Wait until all the spackling has turned from pink to white (indicating it’s dry and ready to be sanded
  6. Now spot prime (using a roller over top of previous, and sanded repairs)
  7. Pour paint into your “cut can” and your tray (with an already inserted tray liner)
  8. Use your brush to put a 2.5 – 3” brush line around all of the base boards, ceilings and electrical covers
  9. Than begin to roll the walls and begin with the same wall you started to “cut in”
  10. Repeat the steps from 7-9 one more time

Tips: Reload your paint tray before start to roll out an entire wall. You do not want to stop the rolling until you have a nice corner or break. This will prevent any roller lines or “flashing” marks.

Bedroom painting
After!

Following up with our next post we’ll look at starting to paint a ceiling and some trim work and how to make it look like a Pro did the job!

For more tips, advice or a free quote because it’s a bigger job than you expected, give Robert Collins a call! His company is Pride Painting Ltd. and they serve the Mid–Vancouver Island area from Ladysmith to Parksville!

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Why Email is Still the Best Tool to Use

There are things in life that remain the same, no matter how many times we try to replace them. They become a staple in our lives because they simply work the best for us and we rely on them.

They are our BFFs (“Best Friends Forever”)

Other things we couldn’t do without in western society:

  • The steering wheel (innovations: joystick, single column fork)
  • The mouse (innovations: stylus pen, trackpad)
  • The key (innovations: swipe card, fingerprint recognition)
  • Cutlery (innovations: none)

What Came First, Chicken or Egg?

In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, was known to have “invented” the World Wide Web but the first known use of “email” was in 1978 at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), USA.

Since then, email was working well as the primary way for people to communicate electronically.

And then came social media.

Is Anybody Out There?

With our world becoming more and more connected every day, it’s easier than ever to watch the world from a distance without actually interacting with the people in it. We may make an announcement on our Facebook page but are we really “connecting” or are we hoping someone reads our message and reacts in some way (a comment, a “like”, a share)?

Social reports

Is social media REALLY the best way for friends to stay in touch or has a phone call or direct email gone the way of the public payphone?

Yes, there’s messaging and “tagging” in Facebook, and texting on the mobile phone, but is that the best way to communicate in business and showcase what you have to offer to your customers? The obvious answer is no.

Email Still Rules the Roost

Email is still the preferred method of the majority of people when it comes to communicating directly with other people electronically because it’s a message TO someone. Email can:

  1. Contain photos and documents
  2. Become part of an archive
  3. Allow you to craft a message or story
  4. Include other recipients
  5. Start a conversation
  6. Brand your business in a template that matches your website
  7. Send visitors to your website

That last item is crucial. Using all your marketing tools (email, social media, direct mail), you are trying to get more people to visit your website, the heart of your business, to do something, whether it be buy a product, fill out a form, or sign up for an email newsletter.

And if they have signed up to receive your email newsletter rather than be added without their permission, you should convert them into a loyal customer. Having a top grade email newsletter tool is an important piece of this.

Email + Mobile

According to sources, data for over 1.8 billion opens from campaigns sent in 2013 shows that mobile is the most popular environment for a subscriber’s first interaction with an email.

Email breakdown

* Data is based on 1.8 billion opens from nearly 22 billion email recipients. 9% of opens occurred in an undetectable environment.

The shift towards mobile has also been rapid. From 2011 to 2013, email opens on mobile phones devices increased by 30%. (source)

Your BFF is Still in Your Phone

As social media tools come and go, trend in and out, email will likely remain the preferred way to communicate for the foreseeable future. But if you can have your BFF in your mobile phone, you can keep in touch forever.