Three Things to Know Before You Start a DIY Tiling Job

  Jeremiah Caughron is a real estate and construction professional and a sales manager for Aire Serv. Passionate about making living spaces safer and more attractive, Jeremiah Caughron enjoys DIY home remodeling projects, such as tiling floors.

Installing tiles on a concrete floor looks easy on television remodeling shows, but in reality, the job is complicated. Here are three things you should know before you begin tiling your floor:

Thinset is difficult to mix. Thinset must be mixed with water in the correct ratio to become a smooth solution. Mixing thinset is physically strenuous. Novices will notice dry lumps in their mixtures. While letting the thinset settle for about 10 minutes will allow the lumps to absorb moisture and become smoother, the wait times can be limiting. The best option for a first time installer is to purchase premixed thinset.

Cracks in the concrete should be repaired before you tile. At the point of a crack, the concrete will not be able to support the tile. This eventually will lead to cracked tiles. Before you lay a tile, fill cracks less than an eighth of an inch with suppression compounds. For larger sections, remove the concrete and install a new slab.

Floors that are not flat are a nightmare to tile. Before you apply thinset, check the floor with a straight edge to identify low spots. If any of these spots are more than a quarter of an inch deep, apply thinset over them to make the surface even. If the floor is severely uneven, use a self-leveling compound to create a consistently flat surface.

Before John Wayne Was “John Wayne” – His Early Years

  A sales manager for the heating and air conditioning firm Aire Serv, Jeremiah Caughron also owns a construction company located in the southwest. When he is not at work, Jeremiah Caughron enjoys the many films of John Wayne.

Wayne’s early life gave no hint of his future stardom. He was born Marion Morrison in Iowa in 1907. But 4 years later, his family moved to Glendale, California, where he acquired a terrier named “Little Duke,” giving rise to his preferred nickname of Duke.

He attended the University of Southern California, and had a brief football career that was cut short by injury. Wayne found work in a props department in the new community of Hollywood. In the late 1920s, he met director John Ford, who cast him in bit parts in his silent films. It was also the start of a lifelong friendship.

Wayne’s substantial physical presence helped him win a leading role in a major western, The Big Trail, where he learned the riding skills that lent credibility to his portrayals. Director Raoul Walsh renamed Marion Morrison, calling him John Wayne after the colonial-era general Mad Anthony Wayne.

The 1930s saw Wayne appear in numerous B westerns and serials. He occasionally played other types of roles, including one opposite Barbara Stanwyck in Baby Face. The decade ended with a breakout role as the Ringo Kid in John Ford’s Stagecoach, which was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Firmly established in the public eye, Wayne made hit westerns and took heroic roles in World War II films. Ever conscious of his public image as a decent man, Wayne refused to be shown shooting a man in the back in his final film, The Shootist. He died of lung cancer in 1979.

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The IPC Backflow and Cross Connection Seminar

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Jeremiah Caughron

An experienced construction industry professional, Jeremiah Caughron owns and operates the commercial builder and property service organization, Tayga Texas. To inform his professional activities, Jeremiah Caughron regularly attends the industry events of the International Code Council (ICC).

A nonprofit association comprised of more than 64,000 members in 377 global chapters, the ICC develops structural codes and standards and spearheads a range of certification and training initiatives through its regular in-person and online events.

One of the most recent events presented by the ICC was the virtual seminar, Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control Requirements which took place on September 9, 2019. The event introduced attendees to current IPC backflow requirements for safeguarding drinking water supply from potential contamination.

Briefly defined, backflow is the reversal of wastewater flow and other harmful substances into systems that distribute potable water. This involves one or more cross-connections: points of contact between drinking water supply and non-potable substances.

The International Plumbing Code (IPC) Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control Requirements Seminar covered the basics of hydraulics and other key elements of cross connection control through a range of lectures and visual aids. It stressed the backflow requirements of the IPC regulation sections 608 and 312.10.

Tips to Get the Best Nature Photography Shots

Midland, Texas resident, Jeremiah Caughron is the owner of Tayga Texas, LLC, a firm that deals with commercial construction and property services. After studying welding and agricultural sciences in high school, he later pursued real estate in Midland College. In the course of his career, Jeremiah Caughron obtained numerous real estate industrial certifications. When not working, he loves photographing nature scenes such as mountain creeks, trees and wildlife.

Landscape and nature photography is a favorite activity loved by both professional and amateur photographers. Natural landscapes are filled with beauty and at times, change appearances according to the season. To take good quality images that bring out the best of nature, the following are key tips to guide you.

1. Always study your photography subject as chances are high you will take better images of things you understand. For instance, knowing how your subject behaves helps you predict your shots.

2. Use photographic filters to help you capture the best possible images. Polarizing filters darken the sky and create a perfect contrast of the blues in the sky and the white color of the clouds. Neutral density filters ensure too much light doesn’t enter the camera.

3. Make use of natural light to improve the quality of your photos. Nature photos look brilliant in the morning and evening just before sunrise and sunset. Natural light illuminates subjects clearly and evenly eliminating harsh shadows.

4. Use wide-angle lenses as they can show a broader view and give a greater depth of field. They make both the foreground and background sharp as they allow more light.

5. Try to keep everything about the shoot natural. For the best results, strive to photograph your subjects in their natural habitats.

Improving the Indoor Air Quality of a Home

Jeremiah Caughron is an experienced sales professional for Aire Serv, a heating and air conditioning company. There, Mr. Caughron maintains new and existing accounts and provides customers with product and service recommendations. Jeremiah Caughron can handle a variety of customer concerns, including indoor air quality.

When indoor pollutants are present, a building’s occupants may experience short- and long-term effects. Short-term effects may include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, or irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat. Long-term effects may include respiratory diseases, heart disease, or even cancer.

Several biological elements, including animal dander, house dust, mites, cockroaches, pollen and mold can negatively impact a building’s indoor air quality. Many of these elements, which are small enough to be inhaled, can trigger allergic reactions, sickness, or asthma attacks. Children, people who are elderly, or people who have respiratory problems usually suffer the most.

To improve a home’s indoor air quality, here are a few steps you can take:

– Practice good housekeeping. Keep draperies, furniture, and carpets clean. Dust frequently, and keep surfaces clean.

– Maintain heating and air conditioning equipment. Systems should be inspected annually by qualified professionals.

– Make sure a home has appropriate ventilation and air distribution. A qualified HVAC professional can evaluate a home and suggest modifications such as air filtration systems.

– Control moisture levels in the home. Experts recommend maintaining a relative humidity of 30 to 50 percent to control the growth of biological substances.

– Engage a pest-control company. Pest-control experts can eliminate unwanted insects and rodents and their related pollutants.

Basic Safety Tips for Photographing Elks in the Wild


Jeremiah Caughron has spent nearly eight years as a sales manager at a major heating/air conditioning company. More recently, he expanded his professional activities by becoming the owner of a commercial construction and services company. Beyond his work, Jeremiah Caughron enjoys nature photography. His favorite subjects include wild elks.

Elks are herbivorous animals that are typically docile toward humans. However, nature photographers should understand that an elk can become aggressive and dangerous quickly and can show signs and behaviors that warn of this change.

Elks may display irritation in several ways, including teeth grinding and ears set flat against the head. People should never initiate physical contact or attempt to feed an elk or any wild animal.

Photographers must always maintain a safe distance from an elk. In general, people should stay as far from the animal as they need, though 30 meters is a fine standard. Lenses, scopes, and other equipment can improve photographs taken from a distance.

Lastly, nothing can change an elk’s attitude as quickly as a perceived threat to a calf. Photographers observing a mother elk in the company of younger animals must be especially cautious and never position themselves between mother and calf.