We love our pets, and most of the time, we’d do anything for them. We named our latest dog Spot. He’s a young, excitable golden retriever with almost zero dog training under his belt. We had a nice wooden dog house built for him a few years ago, but a tornado came through Nashville and flung it over the fence and smashed it on the pavement. It was kind of strange for middle Tennessee, but weather can be unpredictable. Thankfully, Spot was at the store with us at the time. Ever since, he’s been sleeping at the foot of my bed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love this puppy. But, he’s always making noise and whimpering all night long. I can’t take it! So, I thought, why don’t I build a concrete slab outside then put a dog house on top of it? On Monday, I called a few local concrete companies in downtown Nashville to get quotes. According to www.concretecontractorsnashvilletn.net, concrete installation costs $3.00 per square foot in the area. Other concrete services were charging way more than that! Nashville Concrete Contractors came out Monday afternoon around 3:00 PM, leveled the ground, and laid 30 square feet of concrete. I gave it a couple days to set, then build a wooden dog house on top of it. Now, Spot has a nice doghouse to play in and he won’t keep me up at night. I’m also planning to install lighting and electric heating so he doesn’t get cold during the winter. The concrete was done with the kool decking (non-slip) material, so there’s certainly enough grip, but the surface does feel a bit cold. I’m working on fixing that.
When was the last time you had your driveway paved? It’s something to think about, especially if you own a business in which people come to you. We live in a sue-happy society that encourages people to pursue litigation to “get what they deserve.” If your driveway or parking lot needs repair, it’s time to find a paving company to fix it.
New York reimbursed people with $1.5 million over the past 5 years for damage due to “potholes”. Large insurance companies look for every reason to sue, and this is an easy win for them. Holes and large cracks in a parking lot or driveway show negligence on behalf of the business owner. Patrons walking into the office could fall and injure themselves, opening up the business to a potential lawsuit. If your driveway or parking lot is damaged, cracking, or has holes, call a paving company right away to repair it. Fresh asphalt is easy to walk on and leaves no room for a lawsuit.
The insurance claims that some attorneys have been able to secure for seemingly minor injuries are very large and can easily bankrupt a small business. Imagine having to pay out $100,000 for a couple bruises and a hurt ego. It’s happened before and it will happen again. Pave your driveway, pave your parking lot, and monitor its condition. Sometimes, repairing small cracks is just a few hundred bucks. If you need to install a brand new layer of asphalt, it may be $1,500 or more. But, regardless, that’s beats every single lawsuit payout in the last decade for fall-related injuries.
The decision to actively be healthy is never a wrong thing. There’s a lot of ways any person can start a healthy lifestyle: balanced diet, regular exercise, and a positive outlook. For a lot of us, the first day requires a trip to the gym and signing up for a membership. However, let’s be honest, we all have two enemies when it comes to committing to a gym: time and money.
It’s a fact that gym memberships are getting pricier and pricier. With the cost of living going up as well, more and more of us need to spend more time working. Given that this is the normal side of things lately, it is becoming more and more practical to set up a home gym.
The issue that needs to be addressed now is where to put your home gym. While there are some who have an extra room, it is becoming increasingly good sense to have an outdoor gym.
Think about it. You get fresh air so you don’t have the icky gym smell that you often have to deal with in paid gyms. You don’t need to allot any of the interior rooms for your equipment so your home won’t feel cluttered or lacking space.
Now that you’ve decided to have an outdoor gym, what should be prioritized? While most people would most likely start wondering what sort of equipment they’d need, that’s not where you should start. When you decide on an outdoor gym, it’s important that the area is secured for safety.
When you go into a gym, the basic thing that gets overlooked is the surface or flooring. Since people do physical activities in gyms and often lift heavy objects, it’s important that the surfaces be outfitted or treated for maximum safety.
This is something that must be carried over to your outdoor home gym. So if you’ve ever Googled “discount outdoor gym tiles”, you’re not alone. A lot of homeowners think that tile is a good surface for an outdoor gym. However, tiles can get quite slippery when you aren’t paying attention. It’s ultimately best to go with a non-skid surface.
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