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Save Money by Maintaining and Keeping Your Cell Phone

Most technology becomes cheaper over time. It is less expensive to buy a big screen TV or computer now than it ever has been. But one device seems to only go up in price – the smartphone. A new iPhone or other top brand can cost a thousand dollars or more. While many people are willing to pay to have the latest and greatest phone, there are not as many new bells and whistles with each new model. If you are happy with your current phone, save money by maintaining instead of investing in a new phone.

Protective Gear

The simplest and cheapest way to make your phone last is with quality protective gear. A good screen protector and durable case can protect your phone from damage when it is dropped or put under pressure.

Replace the Battery

If your phone begins to lack in charging power, it is most likely a worn out battery. Invest in replacing your battery after a few years instead of buying a new phone.

Repair Your Phone

Even if your port needs replacement or the screen is cracked, you can still keep your phone. Bring it in for a repair at a quality cell phone repair shop. Most repairs cost a fraction of the cost of a new phone and can extend the life of your phone for another year or more.

Replacing your cell phone is not only expensive, it is a pain. Transferring your contacts, apps and media can be difficult and it can take weeks to get all your settings the way you prefer. Instead of buying a new cell phone at the end of two years, consider maintaining your existing phone and getting another few years from your phone.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis


Should You Replace Your Roof This Summer?

Posted in Roofing

Most homeowners will only replace the roof on their home once. A quality roof can last for decades but if you own your home for 30 years or buy a used home, there is a good chance you will need to replace the roof at some point. It is a large investment but if you choose the right option, it should be a once in a lifetime purchase. Here are some considerations on whether the time has come to replace your roof.

How Old is Your Roof?

When was your current roof installed? This is a major factor but not the only consideration. If your roof is still in great shape even after 20-30 years, there is no reason to replace it. It also matters what type of roof you have – some quality roofs can last for well over 30 years.

How Often Do You Need Repairs?

If you have had leaks or other problems with your roof that needed repair over the last few years, replacement should be considered. Constantly investing money in repairs can be pointless, especially when a roof is nearing the end of its lifespan.

Will Your Roof Make it Another Winter?

You do not want to have your roof fail you during the coldest or wettest months of the year. Summer is the time to replace your roof if you have any concerns that it will not last through another blast of storms and winter weather.

If you still are not sure if it is time to replace your roof, schedule an inspection with a reputable local roofing company. They can give you an honest opinion on whether it is time to replace your roof.

Posted on behalf of:
Atwood Home Builders
227 W 8
th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 638-1262


Comparing Wood, Metal and Glass Stairs

Posted in Stairs

If you are adding a staircase to the interior your home or business, you have many different choices to make regarding the design. The first basic decision of the staircase material. Wooden staircases are the most common in homes but they are not the only option. Wood, metal and glass are some of the materials that can be used to create the perfect staircase for your needs. Here are the benefits of each material and how they can enhance your new staircase.

Wood Stairs

Wood is a classic material for staircases and can be used for simple or intricate designs. Wood risers, treads, balusters and railings can be stained, painted or carved. Many staircases are completely made from wood but it is also common to pair wooden treads with metal or glass railings and balusters. A solid wood staircase can last for decades, even centuries.

Metal Stairs

Metal can be a modern or contemporary option for stairs. Talented metal fabricators can create any size or style of metal railings or full staircases. From sleek stainless steel to artistic wrought iron, metal can bring a beautiful element to a staircase design.

Glass, Cable and Other Elements

Cables, glass and other elements can offer a unique style for your staircase. Glass and cables for handrail systems are popular in modern-style homes or businesses for a clean, simple appearance. Both can be paired with wood or metal treads to create the desired look.

You can think outside of the box and create a staircase that is functional and stylish. Contact a staircase designer to explore all the materials and style available to find the right options to create your perfect staircase.

Posted on behalf of:
Southern Staircase/Artistic Stairs
6025 Shiloh Rd, Ste E
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(888) 510-0342


Spring or Summer Maintenance for Your Chimney

When the warm spring weather arrives, you may be more than happy to stop stoking the fire and open your windows. While the heating season may be over, it is time to do any needed maintenance to your system. If you have a fireplace with a chimney, performing chimney maintenance needs to be done to protect your home and family. Here are some of chimney maintenance tasks you should add to your to-do list this spring or summer.

Chimney Cleaning

Creosote is a natural-occurring by-product of burning wood. This build-up in your chimney can cause blockages and chimney fires. If you use your woodstove or fireplaces as a main source of heat, you may need to have your chimney swept or cleaned every year. If a build-up of 1/8” of soot or any glaze is indication that your chimney needs cleaning.


It is important to have your chimney fully inspected each year. You can do a visual inspection of the exterior to look for settling or cracks in your chimney. Any masonry issues should be repaired immediately. However, it is important to have a professional inspection to check the interior of the chimney, the damper and other elements.


One of the reasons not to wait to complete chimney maintenance until fall is if there are repairs needed. If the chimney structure needs repairs it can take time. Chimney professionals are busy in the fall and you may run into issues getting your chimney repaired in time for winter.

As soon as you are ready to shutdown your fireplace for the season, schedule your inspection with a local chimney specialist. They can let you know if you need a cleaning or repairs to give you plenty of time to perform the maintenance needed before it is time to start a fire again.

Posted on behalf of:
Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
1027 Oregon Trail
Marietta, GA 30008
(770) 422-2924


5 Signs it is Time to Replace Your Conveyor Belt

Posted in Conveyor Belts

If your business relies on conveyors belts to meet your production goals, efficient maintenance, repairs and replacement is key to your success. You do not want to wait for your conveyor belt to fail to consider a replacement. Avoid production line shutdowns with proactive replacement when there are signs of serious deterioration. Here are five signs it may be time to replace your conveyor belt.

  1. Would it take less time to replace than repair the belt? Even if the belt can be repaired, is it worth it if the downtime is much longer? Weigh the cost of replacement versus repair in downtime costs.
  2. Is there a significant tear? Tears in your belt are repairable, but if it extends more than 25% of the width, you probably should replace versus repair.
  3. Has a temporary repair already been performed? If your belt is failing and a temporary repair has already been performed, it is time to replace instead of trying to repair it again.
  4. How old is the belt? All belts have a life span. When tearing or fraying begin and the belt has met its expected lifespan, replace it.
  5. How busy is your upcoming production schedule? If you have a busy schedule for production over the next few weeks, any sign of deterioration should spur a replacement. You do not want to stop production during a busy time for repair or replacement.

Staying on top of conveyor replacement can save you money in the long run. It is better to proactively replace a belt than spend too much time on constant repairs. Educated your production line managers to make wise decisions on when to replace your conveyor belts and contact your conveyor belt supplier to order extra belts to keep on hand.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113


Customization Options for Your Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

When you buy a vehicle, one of the factors you consider is the features. You want to have aesthetic, convenience and comfort features that make your ride more enjoyable. The same can be true of your golf cart. Many of the same options that come standard on most cars and trucks can be added to your golf cart. Here are some ways you can personalize and customize your golf cart for your preferences.

Paint and Wheels

Make your golf cart match your style with customized paint and upgraded wheels. You will be amazed what a few aesthetic options can do to make your golf cart look more stylish.

Heaters and Fans

Even though many golf carts are open-air vehicles, you can still benefit from a heater or fan in your cart. This can give you comfort between holes on the course or wherever you travel with your vehicle.


If you get caught in a rain storm or use your golf cart in the winter, an enclosure can be handy to have. This can keep you warm and dry when you are enjoying your trips outside.


Few cars or trucks would be sold without some type of stereo. You can choose any type of audio system you want – connect to your digital music or just add a radio or stereo.

Comfort and Convenient Options

Comfortable seats, cup holders and other features we take for granted in other vehicles rarely come standard in a golf cart. But you can add them or ask for them to be included when you order your new golf cart.

Don’t settle for a boring “cart” when you can have a stylized personal transportation vehicle. Talk to your golf cart dealer about all the options available to customize your golf cart.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433


6 Reasons to Choose Metal Stairs for Your Business

Posted in Metal Stairs

If you are building a brick and mortar multiple-story business or need a new staircase for your existing business, you have many options available. Concrete, wood or metal are popular choices, with many different design options. While each has its pros and cons, there are some viable reasons to choose metal stairs for your commercial building. Here are six excellent reasons metal stairs are a wise investment for commercial buildings.

  1. Longevity. Metal lasts for decades, especially when properly maintained and coated. Industrial coating protects metal from rust and deterioration and with coating, metal can last longer than other options available.
  2. Durable. If you need stairs that can handle heavy weights or exposure to certain elements, metal can be a great choice. Metal is not porous or edible by pests/terminates, which can be a problem with concrete or wood.
  3. Easy maintenance. Metal stairs are simple to maintain and clean. They can be pressure washed outside or just swept inside. Adding coating can help extend the life of your stairs but is only needed once every several years or more.
  4. Stylish. Metal is easy to customize and can come in many different styles. Metal fabricators can create almost any design.
  5. Versatile. Metal is versatile and can create staircases that can fit almost any space or style option. Open-grate treads are perfect for outside to allow rain, snow and water to pass through for safety.
  6. Easy repair. When repairs are needed, metal can be easily reinforced or parts replaced by a metal fabricator in your area.

For both interior and exterior staircases, metal is a great option for commercial buildings. Contact a metal fabricator to discuss the affordable, durable options available for your new metal staircase.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028
(678) 455-5552


5 Accessories You Need for Your Cell Phone

Do you use your cell phone more than any other device you own? This is very common for most people, depending on their smartphone for texting, calls, GPS, taking pictures and much more. Considering how much you use your cell phone and the high cost of replacement, you want to get the most from each one you own. Here are five accessories that can help you maximize your cell phone’s lifespan and capabilities.

  1. Protective case. Before you even turn on a new cell phone, it should be in a protective case. It is a fact that many new cell phones do not make it 24 hours out of the box before they are dropped or damaged.
  2. Screen protectors. Along with your cell phone case, make sure a screen protector is added before you begin updating the settings on your new phone. Replace these as needed.
  3. Mobile chargers. A car charger and extra USB chargers can help you keep your phone’s battery charged on the go. There are even solar chargers available for times when you are off the grid.
  4. Quality headphones. While many cell phones come with standard ear buds, invest in quality headphones to enjoy your music and media without disturbing those around you.
  5. Quick or wireless charger. For effortless charging, invest in a wireless charger that charges your phone by just setting in on the device. Want a full charge fast? Make sure you have a quick charger that can fully charge most batteries in less than an hour.

To make the most of your cell phone, get the best accessories. Visit a local cell phone accessories retailer to check out all the latest options available for your phone.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis


Pressure Wash Before Your Open House

If you are putting your home on the market, you want to make the best first impression on potential buyers. More than likely, your realtor will discuss small improvements that can be made to help you get the most value from your home. One of the least expensive and quickest ways to make any home more desirable is to clean up the outside surfaces. Scheduling a pressure washing service can help make your home shine during your open house.

Outdoor Surfaces to Pressure Wash

A thorough cleaning can make any surface look better. While you may not want to invest any more money fixing surfaces in a home you are selling, deep cleaning can make them look new again. Here are some surfaces that should be included in your pre-open house power washing:

  • Driveways – this can remove any stains or mildew
  • Fencing – wash away mildew stains or bring out the natural beauty of your wood fencing with power washing
  • Patios, decks, porches and pool decks can be cleaned thoroughly
  • Siding – remove dirt and stains from vinyl or other types of siding to make it look new again
  • Sidewalks and walkways – power washing can remove weeds and dirt from cracks

When outdoor surfaces are clean, it helps improve your home’s curb appeal and increases the value. In just a few hours, your home can be vastly improved with pressure washing. However, the last thing you want before an open house is damage to any surface. Make sure to use a professional pressure washing service to ensure the cleaning is done right – it is worth the investment to help to make your home more enticing to potential buyers.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127


How Long Will My Golf Cart Last?

Posted in Golf Carts

If you are considering buying a new golf cart, you may wonder how long you can expect your purchase to last. While components can wear out, the vehicle itself can last for many decades. Both gas and electric golf carts have similar longevity expectations when it comes to their frames, but engines and other components can vary. Here are some factors that can impact whether your new golf cart is still running 30 years from now or needs replacement 7-10 years down the road.

Frame Material

Differing brands and models of golf carts may use steel or aluminum frames. Aluminum does not rust and can last much longer than steel but has other limitations. Steel can handle more weight and may be better for rougher terrain. Good paint can help protect steel from rusting and extend the life of golf carts with these types of frames.

Preventive Maintenance

Like any vehicle, a golf cart is an investment that is best protected by preventive maintenance. Tune-ups, brake service, battery care, new paint and other maintenance can help extend the life of your golf cart.

Type and Frequency of Use

It should be expected that a golf cart used for commercial purposes on a daily basis will wear out quicker than those used less frequently for recreational use. Heavier loads, rougher terrain and higher speeds will all impact the longevity of the vehicle.

For most people, a well-maintained golf cart used for recreational or private purposes can last for 30-40 years. However, it is common for owners to trade in their models after several years to upgrade to a newer vehicle. To learn more on how to make your golf cart last as long as possible, talk to your local golf cart dealer.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

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