Tag: Renovation

Improvements…..

Improvements.....

Since joining the Hero club blog about a year and a half ago……
I have become addicted to their buttons Gems and Pearls and Their Design blocks for Backgrounds…..
Here is one of my first cards in the pool farm3.static.flickr.com/2260/2505479962_e3d463c185_m.jpg notice how the only embellishment is the ribbon? I think the Pearls and Background stamping add so much to a card…..also I never really used kraft cardstock and love it so much since joining the group, it really makes colors Pop!
Thanks for looking!

Posted by Kelly Booth on 2009-09-15 14:41:52

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Considering Buying a Wall Mounted Vanity?

Wall mount vanities are a very big trend. They are for the contemporary home with sleek styles and finishes. If you have a contemporary flair and remodeling your bathroom, a wall mount vanity will make a big impression. Since there is no bottom to the vanity it makes it really easy to clean as well. It sounds like an easy decision to make if you like the style but be forewarned. It may cost a lot more than what you may expect.

The installation of the wall mount vanity is where the cost can go up significantly over a floor mount vanity. Before making any purchase, discuss the costs with contractor so the expense is known upfront. Many contractors have never installed a wall mount vanity but they’ll tell you it’s no problem. It’s not unfair to question your contractor’s experience. If they have no experience, later they may come back to you with “unforeseen” issues and demand more money. It is important to discuss those details before the purchase is made and even then there still may be something “unforeseen”. This is unfortunately true with most aspects of the renovation process.

There are two main issues to address with your contractor when installing a wall mount vanity. First, discuss the installation to the wall. Since you won’t have the vanity yet, you may not know how it’s supposed to be installed. There may or may not be installation instructions available in advance or at all. This is more common than you may think but the industry is starting to provide more information overall. The installation is more about the wall and the stud and less about the vanity itself. Reinforcing the entire vanity wall before tiling is widely recommended. The vanity is normally bolted to the wall. Second, be sure to address the location of the plumbing supply lines and drain. Many wall hung vanities have a U-shaped cut-out to accommodate the drain. This is especially common for any vanity with drawers in the center. The supply lines and drain need to fall within the frame of the vanity and they must be centered if there are any U-shaped cut-outs. If the vanity is open on the inside without shelves or cut-outs then the plumbing doesn’t have to be in the center but it is more visually appealing when you open the vanity doors. If you will need to move the plumbing to accommodate the vanity, please discuss the additional labor costs before you purchase the vanity.

By addressing these two major issues with your contractor prior to your purchase, you will confidently understand the total cost involved with purchasing a wall mounted vanity. If you are doing new construction, you will still need to review the vanity specifications with the contractor.

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Is There a Difference Between 6 Sigma, Lean, Kaizen, BPM, Continuous Improvement, and Reengineering?

Anyone new to process work can easily become confused by so many different terms that seem to mean the same thing. I wonder sometimes why we keep adding new terms to what basically comes down to “quality.” All these techniques have the same goal — to achieve improvements in delivering a product or service to the customer. “Improvement” may follow the form of more efficiency for the business or more effectiveness for the customer. All methods have a connection to the Total Quality Management (TQM) movement promoted by gurus such as W. Edwards Deming and Joseph M. Juran, among others. Some offer a more philosophical approach than a specific set of tools.

With so many techniques to choose from, do you select the newest, the trendiest, or perhaps the tried and true method? Do you have to choose one technique? Why not take the best from all and call it something else that works in your culture. You can simply call your technique Business Process Improvement, Continuous Improvement, or something similar that works in your organization. The name you decide to use makes a difference in the acceptance rate at your company because as we all know “culture trumps process all the time.”

You may find my simplified explanation of the various terms (in alphabetical order) helpful:

  • Business Process Management (BPM): A recent term that denotes process management software. It comes from the IT world and companies that have software to sell, promote this technique. It attempts to continuously improve processes by promoting business efficiency, effectiveness, flexibility, and integration with technology. I view it simply as a new spin on using technology for process improvement…not a bad thing, but did we need another term?
  • Continuous Improvement: A more philosophical concept than a technique, CI strives to constantly improve processes. It promotes a culture of innovation and constant improvement.
  • Hoshin Kanri: A strategic planning method that uses the collective thinking power of all employees to help a company rise to the top in their field. The concept of including “all” is key to Hoshin Kanri, so that the company focuses on a shared goal. “Hoshin” means compass and “Kanri” means management (or control).
  • Kaizen: The Japanese word for continuous improvement. “Kai” means continuous and “zen” means improvement. It is not another technique, but a philosophy that denotes incremental, constant, repeatable improvement.
  • Lean: Focuses on the flow of value to the customer – anything else is considered wasteful. Companies who follow Lean have the goal of reducing the time between a customer order and shipment by eliminating waste. When you think of Toyota, you think of Lean.
  • Lean Six Sigma: Sometimes viewed as the best approach, since it combines Lean and Six Sigma, this technique merges the “process variation” aspect of Six Sigma with the “process flow” aspect of Lean, both important concepts. However, the term seems more like a sales term to me.
  • Re-engineering: Focuses on the radial redesign of end-to-end
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Garage Door Services and Repairs

A garage door is more important to a house than some may think. It sets the tone of your house and depending on the condition can make it look newer or older. This is true for repairs as well. Between motor repairs and paint peeling repairs there is a lot to consider when using it to compliment your home.

Hiring a professional for garage door repair is something to look into. They have the skill and the knowledge to detect what is wrong and fix it perfectly and safely. Don’t try and fix it yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing because you can damage the door or severely injure yourself. Plus, it doesn’t help that you probably don’t have all the right tools that a professional has. That could end up costing you more.

Of course, as a home owner you naturally want to take care of business on your own. But sometimes it’s easier and safer to hire someone. The garage door is one of the most dangerous things to maintain replace and repair by yourself. It is actually the largest moving part of your house and it can way up to 400lbs. It also has parts such as high tension springs and chains which could honestly be fatal. It is definitely not a guaranteed safe thing to mess around with.

A professional can make sure to have it running smoothly and function properly by installing correct parts and removing damaged parts that are hard to detect if you don’t know what you’re doing. If the smallest detail isn’t done correctly it can cause the entire door to fall off the tracking. This can be dangerous to you, your car and your property.

Of course everyone wants to know about the cost. Garage door prices are cheaper now than they have ever been. A spring or a roller needing replacement can be less expensive if a technician replaces it than if you try and do it yourself. Sometimes you don’t even have to pay the trip fee if your garage door seller sends out repair people to assess the problem.

If you do it yourself you could be damaging your door worse. If you put the wrong part whether it is the brand, size, material or maybe just a completely different part all together it could cost you more time and more money. Hiring a professional will help you get the job done, and get the job done right.… Read More