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.

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.

Sunset Photography Tips for Beginners

Sunset Photography
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Jeremiah Caughron has owned Tayga Texas, LLC, a commercial construction and property services company, since 2017. He also oversees all sales activities and services as a sales manager at Aire Serv. Away from work, Jeremiah Caughron enjoys taking nature photographs. His preferred subjects range from sunsets to rural roadways, as well as animals such as elk, coyotes, bobcats, and deer.

First time photographers are often attracted to sunsets. Though sunsets may seem like obvious subjects, particularly for outdoors enthusiasts, it can be difficult to capture the full beauty of a sunset in a picture. Fortunately, a few simple tips can help beginner photographers improve their photographs of sunsets.

To begin, individuals should always remember to maintain a clean lens. Photographers should strive to keep a clean lens at all times, but it is of particular importance when shooting in nature, as dirt, dust, water, and other debris frequently come in contact with the camera. Next, photographers should consider using a tripod when shooting pictures of a sunset. Tripods allow photographers to home in on the optimal composition and exposure settings, key elements of sunset scenes, which often feature challenging light conditions.

Photographers are advised to shoot sunsets in wide angle, then zoom in as needed. Wide shots provide several benefits in landscape photography. When it comes to sunsets, wide shots highlight the starburst effect that makes so many sunset photos so striking. Similarly, sunset photography should be shot in RAW image format, which captures more image data than other modes.

Additional tips include shooting in aperture priority mode, taking photos at a high aperture setting (stopping down the aperture for maximum depth of field), and maintaining low ISO settings.