Leaking Bulkheads Can Be Fixed

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April showers bring May flowers. Unless that water is coming in your basement. Then all you get is a headache. Wet basements don’t only cause headaches; they cause mold, and an unhealthy living environment.

There are many ways that water can enter your basement, but one of those ways is a leaking bulkhead. Usually, bulkhead leaks are caused from movement between the bulkhead and the foundation. Bulkheads are separate from the foundation; they are just bolted to the foundation wall. When the bulkhead is bolted to the wall, a black rubber seal is put between the foundation wall and the bulkhead.  This is what stops the water. When there is movement between the bulkhead and the foundation, water can leak into the basement.
A-1 Foundation Crack Repair injects a closed cell polymer resin between the bulkhead and the foundation (cold joints).  Usually two visits are needed because bulkheads are susceptible to movement.  No matter what style bulkhead you have, A1 Foundation Crack Repair has the expertise to solve the problem, contact us.

Glued and Screwed – Modular Homes are Stronger

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Of all the wood homes that are built, modular homes are the strongest.  Typically, modular homes contain up to 30% more lumber than stick built homes. The floors and walls in modular homes are both glued and screwed because they are transported after they are built to the construction site. Once there, the modules are moved to the homes foundation via crane. No traditionally built home can withstand that.

There are plenty of other benefits of modular construction as well. You can save money in construction costs as a result of the decreased build time and the more precise process of building. With lower costs, fewer labor issues and material problems, energy efficiency and better quality, no wonder the popularity of modular homes is growing.

Are you building a new home? Industry experts believe that home buyers can save up to 35% on new home construction by building a custom modular home. Contact Avalon Building Systems.

Pre-Season Power Tool Service and Parts

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Getting ready for spring around your house and yard and you found you need a pre-season lawn mower tune up or other yard power tool repair? No problem. We want to get your out in your yard faster, and we are ready for spring here at J&J Small Engine Clinic.

The weather is turning warmer, and many of you are anxious to get out the power tools. But those tools are no fun if they don’t run. Unfortunately, many power tool owners find that after winter storage, their lawn care equipment and yard tools have engine problems and won’t start or won’t stay running.

If it is engine parts that you need, no problem. Just give us the Equipment Model and Serial #, along with Engine Model and Serial #. Also, we can custom order virtually any part you need for your equipment.

Don’t want to fix it yourself? No problem. That is what we are here for. Contact us or come on by and we’ll service your power tools for you.

Protect Against Dementia with Mental Games

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As you age, make time for games, puzzles, and handicrafts.  

A new study published in BMC Medicine shows that these activities reduce the risk, and help slow down the progress of dementia in healthy elderly people.

The study revealed that healthy older adults were able to improve specific skills, such as reasoning, memory, language and hand-eye coordination with cognitive training.

Estimates show that by 2050 the number of people over 65 years old will have increased to 1.1 billion worldwide, and that 37 million of these will have dementia.
Previous research has shown that mental activity can lower a person’s risk of dementia, but the effect of cognitive training on healthy people is less well understood. To investigate this further, researchers from China studied the use of cognitive training as protection against mental decline for healthy elderly people who live independently.

Study participants were between the ages of 65 and 75 years old. For 12 weeks, the training sessions were an hour long, twice a week, and the subjects were given homework.

Training included a multiple approach system that tested memory, reasoning, problem solving, map reading, handicrafts, health education and exercise, or focused on reasoning only. “Booster training” was also  provided six months later.

“Compared to the control group, who received no training, both levels of cognitive training improved mental ability, although the multifaceted training had more of a long term effect. The more detailed training also improved memory, even when measured a year later and booster training had an additional improvement on mental ability scores,” said research leaders Chunbo Li and Wenyuan Wu.

The findings show that cognitive training may prevent mental decline in healthy older people and help them live independently as they continue to age.

Psych Central

Restaurants around Raleigh

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Raleigh is host to an array of authentic and eclectic restaurants serving hearty, delicious eats. If you live in an apartment in Garner, NC you certainly have your fair share of choices to dine. Where can you go to find a meal as described above? Well there are certainly plenty of places to visit, but here are some restaurants that have caught the eyes of Raleigh locals.

Busy Bee Café

In the heart of downtown, you’ll find a place that offers good food, good beer and good times. Known for its impressive selection of assorted craft beers and distinctive burgers, Busy Bee Café is, “the neighborhood bar that your friends come to.”

“The intent of our food that we serve is meant to be casual dishes that compliment the beers we serve. Our menu is primarily based off of the beer,” the owner, Lockwood said. Apart from its food and distinguished label as the connoisseur of beers, Busy Bee Café offers a welcoming and diverse environment. It’s a place where you can enjoy good times with a good meal and a great drink.

Caffé Luna

This is one of downtown Raleigh’s authentic Italian restaurants—Caffé Luna can simply be described as a slice of Italy. Utilizing fresh and true ingredients alongside the culinary skills of an Italian chef, the restaurant creates dishes that you could only find and taste within the heart of Italy.

One of its most popular and original items on the menu is lasagna. An old Italian favorite, Caffé Luna’s lasagna is a filling dish staying true to its traditional roots. For the vegetarian and vegan crowd out there, a hot-selling dish is the portobello ripieno, consisting of portobello mushrooms stuffed with gorgonzola cheese and tomatoes.

Lilly’s Pizza

For some seasoned pizza-lovers, Raleigh has got a place to please your hankering for a creative pizza experience. Located within the Five Points neighborhood is a little venue called Lilly’s Pizza.

Whether customers prefer a simple, traditional cheese pizza or are a bit more daring, Lilly’s has a pie for everyone. For all the vegetarians, vegans and celiacs out there, don’t feel left out, because there are plenty of options to choose from.

If customers feel that none of Lilly’s pies appeal to their desires, the menu allows them to get creative and construct their own. “We evolve within our own dynamic with simple goals of being fresh and whole-foods oriented and also to ensure a fun experience,” Jon Garrison, owner of Lilly’s Pizza, said. “Our customers appreciate this; the lines on weekends will attest.”

After this guide to downtown Raleigh restaurants, anyone should be ready to ravish all that local dining has to offer.