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|Posted on 8 July, 2020 at 11:50||comments (27)|
Hi, it's David Evans and I want to tell an incident that shaped my life and made me realize how vulnerable we can be in times of pressure!...seriously now. If you are about to make a decision on a major purchase or commitment just look back in retrospect and you will see pressure has the ability to make you get busy and how you might regret making a decision under pressure!
It was 1991, I had worked for about a year on my 1st job as a pool maintenance tech in Satellite Beach, FL. I decided to buy a 1975 Volkswagon bus painted till green with dark tint windows...I felt like an official beach cruiser! Life was good but before long I needed a mechanic and then the body started to reveal the cancer called rust hidden beneath the new paint job.
I spent hours buffing out the paint to hide the rust and finally decided I wanted to do more than just cruise the beach in my empty van so I traded my beach mobile in for a brand new 4x4 Diahatsu Rocky...Not because I needed it, but because I wanted it so badly.. Everyone around me seemed to be driving cool convertable Volkswagon Jetta's or new Mitsubishi 3000 Gt's. We all want to feel good about ourselves and our lifestyle, but unless you are a from a family that planned your future before you were born and raised you to handle the pressure to get straight A's so they could send you to an Ivy league school, you may have to work hard, real hard to get what you think you need.
Now back to the past-- I wanted a new Jeep or something 4x4 and I had no verifiable income! I had quit my job and I had other obligations to take care of like finishing school and paying rent. I convinced myself that buying a new car would motivate me enough to get a job and continue going down the right roads in life so I could be successful!
I convinced my mother that I would get a job if she would co-sign for me. After all she knew I could be trusted. I bought a scooter to drive to school after graduating high school and attended college on my 150cc motorbike. Life was good! I made my $65 dollar payment for 3 years most of the time without a problem.
Now I had a $300 payment and that was scary...I honestly believed God would divinely intervine on my behalf and allow someone to goof up the accounting system at Chysler Credit- somehow I believed they would just lose track of my purchase and eventually forgive the debt. That was my prayer...after all..God can do anything..right!
I got a call from Chrysler credit after not paying the 1st two payments. I seen the coupon book in the mail and just let it set on the desk..God was not intervining very quickly but I had patience..then I had a rude awaking when I got a call from 1-866-666-6000 and the man said my wheels could be repossessed. Then reality suddenly kicked in..wow! Was this the New World Order putting me under pressure to pay my payment...no..but I knew Chrysler Credit was serious!
Now I had to full-fill my end of the bargain to my parents so they wouldn't get a call. Yes, I got a job and it took me almost two weeks to make enough money to pay my car payment. That means I was paying more for my car with insurance and gas then I was for my housing. Think about it! Making that decision was costing me big time! I did enjoy the Diahatsu Rocky...lots of great memories and then one day it came to a crashing end- I rolled my SUV off roading and I was speeding. Two other minors were in the Rocky at the time-seat belts and roll bars saved us!
Now I had no car and I had to ride a bike to work because my insurance would not pay for my rental for 2 months while the Rocky was being repaired! Yes,sir, I rode a bike 11 miles to work everyday and I still had to make the payments while the thing was in the shop. You want to talk about pressure! My God, how do we get ourselves into these predicaments! Everywhere I looked, all I could see was those big signs that say...Bankruptcy stpps the debt callers! Making bad decisions can put your in financial jail. There is more to this story so stay tuned.
|Posted on 2 February, 2018 at 10:52||comments (62)|
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|Posted on 25 April, 2017 at 22:57||comments (72)|
|Posted on 27 March, 2017 at 15:00||comments (55)|
How many times have we considered calling the power company because the bill was just way too high? How many of us have invested in new windows or insulated our home to keep it comfortable all year round? Did it solve the problem? My approach to high price utility bills is practical. Get someone over who will take off the panel and find out which circuits are pulling the most "JUICE" power and determine why. You might have an issue no one ever suspected, but you bought the home "AS-IS" so it's your baby.
Here is my PDF book that you will download for $5.00 dollars that shows you lots of things around homes that waste money and a bunch of ideas to fix up a house. If your serious about making a home comfortable and economical click here I've done this for 15 years and my experience is worth the $5.00
|Posted on 27 March, 2017 at 14:20||comments (110)|
Lot's of people have upgraded to the new SMART thermostats like the NEST, allowing us to monitor and control our furnace or heat pump remotely. This technology helps us save natural resources. FYI: If you sign up with HomeServe USA, a national warranty company that I work for, you may quality for a FREE NEST thermostat! I install them and will answer your questions.They retail for around $275 at Lowe's. It takes a few hours to get it installed and programmed. By the way, if you research these you will find that some units fail to keep the battery charged and the furnace will shut down! I have figured out how to avoid this from happening. The fastest solution is to connect the common wire on the board to the thermostat. The real problem can be the modem is "pinging" the thermostat causing the battery to drain. Be patient, this thing "talks" to your modem and requires programming to fit your schedule.
How many of us realize that keeping the humidity level in our home around 40% will keep our skin moist/ softer and help us feel warmer. You will love how cozy your house will feel with one of these. It's true..too much humidity can result in windows fogging up with condensate or water dropplets forming on the window panes at dew point- cold outside and warm inside. You will have to figure out what works best at your home. The local hvac distributors have other remarkable devices like the April Air with IAQ.. has a wireless system that allows us to communicate with the humidistat on the furnace with our cell phone. I have yet to install this device. Who wants to be first? www.thehvacguy,org
The REME HALO is a probably my favorite of all the accessories that you can add to a forced air heating and cooling system. This device produces air-born peroxide that kills viruses that make us sick. With this device running you stand a much better chance not catching the germs from other family members living in your house. Peroxide mist in the air ducts kills a lot of bad germs-even some deadly viruses It also destroys bacteria that makes odor. What a great invention! I install it for under $700. Call me and I will get you one.
|Posted on 15 January, 2016 at 11:33||comments (85)|
When it comes to saving money on energy we know the government has been involved, but they are really just behind the people who are building new appliances to advance technology. It's not a bad idea, but it's all about making money and boosting the economy. You probably have seen the yellow stickers on your appliances and the marketing about " going GREEN."
When it comes to really saving money on energy you have to consider doing doing a little homework on your home. Have you already upgraded your insulation? How about properly sealing all your windows and doors?This is the 1st place to start, then we go one step further.
You have to evaluate the way you heat your water and your home.
Start with the water heater. If it's gas fired, what do you set the temperature at? From the factory it will be set between 125 and 135 degrees fahrenheit. That should be adequate.
If your have an electric hot water tank consider the following recommendations.
a. install a 240 volt water heater timer and set it to run twice a day for 2 hrs. This will cut down the time the elements operate while still keeping your water hot. You can save up to $50 dollars a month depending on the amount of water you use p/day.
If you use water sporadically you may have to add one more setting to your timer to keep up with demand.
If you take a look at my chart on my website you will see the amount of money you can save.
|Posted on 6 January, 2015 at 13:31||comments (44)|
Hello, it's David-Is it time for a home improvement loan?
Here is the link to AMS financial Services in South Carolina.
As a contractor, I am frequently in homes that need a new furnace or in a home that recently had one installed. Why do some people buy a new heating/cooling system every ten years and others wait until there old ones is 20, 30 years old...or DEAD?
The answer for some is making a big investment in your home always pays off when you want to sell quickly! Others make changes because it makes sense to be energy efficient and energy wise.
For those who are happy with a safe/dry place to rest, clean water and ample food, an energy efficient heating and cooling system might rate lower on the list of priorities. Wait a minute now! think of reducing stress-Everyone under your roof will notice how much better they feel breathing the air in your house. Poor indoor air quality doesn't have to be a way of life anymore! You could actually wake up feeling better because a new system keeps the humidity and temperature just right for you no matter what's happening outside or even in the room next to you. If you have allergies, the new filters trap particles that tend to make your life miserable. No one wants a stuffy head in the morning~
|Posted on 11 December, 2014 at 15:15||comments (103)|
Will my home stay warm all winter is a great question!
Poor ok Good Excellent
If you afraid to turn on your heat because it cost too much, it might not be the heater effeciency...what about your insulation, windows and doors? If your furnace is 15 yrs old and only serviced when it quits working then you might need a new one anyway. Don't put it off...just find someone who has the tools to tell you if it's worth replacing. Ask when is the break even point? You have to compare K/watt use and gas consumption over time vs BTU and EFU rating over time.
Weather you on electric, gas or another form of heat like wood or corn pellet, you have to do some regular maintenance. Don't put off calling a local hvac guy to your home. Things like partially clogged condensate lines don't show up until the furnace is under STRESS.
A thorough inspection and cleaning is good and if you have a high effeciency furnace, you might even need your hvac guy to use his combustion analyzer. See if your really getting 95% effeciency! If you bought a car that is suppose to 30mpg and you where only getting 20mpg you would want to know why?
|Posted on 8 July, 2014 at 12:56||comments (46)|
Is your basement damp? Would you like to store boxes in your basement, but you know the paper will become damp and eventually mildew?
Would you like to store dry goods on your basement shelves, but your concerned they will spoil.
You can either build or buy one of these WAVE units. We call my version "Dave's Wave Unit". It's really nothing fancy but it will make your basement dry and it does it automatically!
As most of you are probably aware, the biggest enemy in our homes is cold, damp air, which rust out metal and can lead to mildew and mold. I have seen the mold fungus that just eats it way through about anything made of wood or paper. It can destroy the joists and support rafters under older homes
If we inhale the spores that travel through the air long enough it can lead to some very bad lung problems. If the amount of spores in the air has reached a toxic level, we feel tired and sluggish within a few minutes.
What I want to talk about, is how to remove the cold, damp air out of your home. In the mid-west where I live, basements are very common. If you live in a dry climate, you probably don't have any of these problems, so you don't have to consider a solution.
However if you do have a basement or crawl space, there is a often a simple solution when you have a damp basement. There are companies that repair wet basements and they have a system that does exactly what you can do for yourself-with the help of a licensed HVAC person.
I will build you a pre-assembled dehumidifier you can simply install it same way you would any dryer vent. If you would rather have a technician do this, call your local handyman. This is not new science. I simply followed instructions to come up with an effective way to remove moisture and force it back outside. There are a few parts that are hard to come by, because you need an account with a hvac company to get a humidistat. You need to rig up some kind of filter as well or you will have to clean the fan regularly.
Dave's Wave machine being assembled. This simple, but effective device will remove the moisture out of your basement. I build them to suit the space required. This units case is constructed out of simple materials such as plywood as you see here. What makes the unit work automatically is the humidistat ( this is not available in retail stores). I just installed on for a family, so if you want some feedback give me a call or email us at [email protected]
This unit can be mailed to you fully assembled. It's small enough to fit in top of a shopping cart (where a kid usually sits). When it arrives just attach the vent hoses and follow the instructions I provide. I will guide you through the set up instructions. I test each of these before they leave. Warranty...if there is ever a problem, just call 419 937-6964 and we will help you get it fixed.
|Posted on 8 February, 2014 at 15:29||comments (45)|
You may have wondered if you need to have your furnace checked for wear and tear and for possible issues. You might be concerned that your local heating and air company is just "milking you". Being on a regular maintenance plan is highly recommended and gives you peace of mind. If you have an older furnace, it's critical to get a carbon monoxide test yearly. Most furnaces have a ten year warranty, so as unit ages, they can develop stress cracks inside the primary or secondary heat exchanger.
If you suffer from headaches working at home, it might not be just the paperwork getting to you!
There are a lot of parts that work together inside a furnace. Safety switches, relays, sensors, motors, pumps and rubber tubes were air & water travel should work perfectly every time your furnace operates. Some parts are mechanical and If a part is getting weak, the furnace may fire, but it will probably fail when you are depending on it the most. It will cost a lot to fix it when it's freezing cold and possibly 5 am!
Be sure that you have a decent filter at the furnace and even before the ductwork returns. You will feel better knowing your furnace is working at its' best.