Julian Construction Offers Underpinning

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company, is offering underpinning in the Los Angeles area.

Underpinning is the method used to strengthen and stabilize the foundation of a structure, provide increased depth or to repair a faulty foundation. Underpinning is installed beneath your foundation to provide additional support to your home. Homeowners may choose this method if they are planning to add stories onto their existing structure or if their foundation has been damaged. When cracks are visible and wider than ¼ inch, underpinning is usually needed.

According to Julian Construction, there are various reasons for foundation underpinning, including to support the additional loads of a second-story addition. In some cases, the existing foundation has settled or rotated at certain points, and in other cases the interior configuration is modified, resulting in the removal or change of load-bearing walls.

“They arrived on time and completed the job just as they described. They handled everything from start to finish including permit and final inspection with the city. I did my homework before selecting a company to do this project and when they came out for the estimate, I knew I had found the right company for the job,” Eileen, a past client of Julian Construction, stated.

Julian Construction has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years. Julian owns its own company and is built on a “no middleman” model – no salesman, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323-733-3377, by fax at 323-733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/ or http://foundationrepairforlosangeles.com/blog/.

 

Julian Construction: Three Ways to Protect Your Foundation as Seasons Change

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company, is advising the public on how to protect their foundation during each season.

As the seasons change from Winter to Summer, it’s important to check your home foundation for any signs of damage. Julian Construction says when the foundation is left unchecked and uncorrected, breaks or cracks in the foundation can lead to additional cost and can pose a risk to your structure. There are specific steps you can take to protect your foundation, including:

Check for proper drainage: To make sure rain is kept away from your foundation, check for proper and working gutters. You may find that there is debris or part of the gutter has fallen. Make sure to fix these if found. Additionally, it’s important for the drains to be pointed away from the home.

Water your soil: When it starts to become dry during the Summer, make sure to keep your soil watered. Dry soil can lead to cracking and cause foundation settlement. However, avoid excessive watering as overly wet soil can cause unwanted damage to your foundation.

Check the grading of soil: Look to see where the soil is directing your water. If it’s directing water toward your foundation, using a shovel to modify it can be an easy solution.

While taking steps to protect your foundation can help prevent future damage, sometimes a foundation will need to be repaired or replaced. “There are many good reasons for foundation replacement. Some homes were built without a steel and concrete foundation, while others were made of un-reinforced masonry, that of brick or stone. In some cases, the original concrete was made of poor quality materials or has been badly deteriorated over the years. At Julian Construction, we’re able to repair and install new foundations,” says founder, Julian De La Torre.

Julian Construction has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years. Julian owns its own company and is built on a “no middleman” model – no salesman, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323-733-3377, by fax at 323-733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/ or http://foundationreplacementlosangeles.com/

JulianConstruction.com: Choosing a Foundation Repair Contractor

By Julian De La Torre

Moisture, poor soil conditions and extreme weather can damage a foundation. Indicators of foundation problems include sticky doors and windows, wall cracks and sloping floors.

There are many ways to fix a foundation. Filling foundation cracks is always a good first step, but other types of repair may also be needed, including additional support like bolts, piles and piers.

A foundation repair contractor is the best person to resolve foundation issues. Not only will a foundation expert have the knowledge and skills to properly repair the foundation, he’ll also have the right equipment.

Choosing a good foundation specialist is important. Here are some tips on how to hire the best person for the job:

1. Make sure the contractor is licensed. Licensing requirements include both experience and know-how.
2. A professional foundation repair contractor should also be licensed and bonded.
3. Check how long the contractor has been working in your area or region. A local contractor will know the building codes for your location, and what could be causing the problem you are having with your foundation (weather, soil conditions, etc.).
4. Ask how long the contractor has specifically been doing foundation repair work.
5. The contractor you hire should also have experience in all areas of foundation repair.
6. An experienced foundation contractor will also be able to find the source of the problem and discuss all of your repair options.

When hiring a foundation repair contractor, ask for a proposal detailing all of the work that will need to done, along with pricing. When reviewing the proposal, look for any hidden fees or charges. If you get more than one proposal and there are significant differences between bids, keep asking questions until you understand why.

And remember to ask for references. When you contact former customers, ask them about the quality of the work that was done and if they were happy with the results.
Following these simple steps when hiring a contractor will ensure your foundation is repaired properly.

Julian De La Torre, expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation repair and foundation contractors (Los Angeles) and founder of Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) in Los Angeles, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years (http://julianconstruction.com/services/foundation-repair/). Julian Construction owns its own company and is a “no middlemen” model–no salesmen or subcontractors–you get the principals of the company & its workers under your home. Learn more about Julian Construction and Los Angeles foundation repair at http://losangelesfoundationrepair.us/. See their video on the importance of foundation repair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzSlYxjZ6Q0&t=2s

Big Trees Inc. Saves Large Ornamental Trees from a Corporate Campus

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreessupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in Washington State, was asked to salvage a number of large ornamental trees from a corporate campus while the property undergoes renovations.

Big Trees was contacted a year ago regarding a large scale, waterfront project. Initially, they were consulted to salvage trees that were not reusable. However, as the project continued to develop, Big Trees was asked to offer their services again by saving and reusing a large number of specimen trees, which were reusable. These 50 trees were comprised of Japanese Maple, Styrax Snowball trees and Magnolias.

In looking through the pricing options for these varieties of trees, Big Trees and the project managers of the campus renovation came to realize these trees could be salvaged and re-installed back into the new landscape for half the price of a similar sized new tree purchase. Knowing they made the correct decision, Big Trees began removing the trees. After three weeks, these trees were carefully dug, root balled and loaded from their original positions onto long flatbed truck and trailers, and were then hauled to Big Trees’ nursery. The trees will be returned at the end of the two-year renovation project.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, expressed her excitement: “This was a very substantial extraction and storage project for our company, and it will be a significant re-installation effort again in a few years. When looking at the massive savings over purchasing similar sized trees before any shipping and handling, it’s hard not to be thrilled with this equation; everybody wins, especially those beautiful older trees!”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreessupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

BigTreeSupply.com: Washington State Pine Trees

By Nancy Penrose

A pine tree is one of the most common coniferous trees in the world. Like all conifer trees, it is evergreen, bears woody cones and produces resin (the word “pine” is derived from Indo-European “pit” which means “resin”).

Pines live a long time, with some reaching ages of more than 1,000 years. The tree’s leaves, which range in color from blue to dark green, are long and needle-like. The needles will remain on the tree for a couple of years. When the older needles drop off, they are replaced with new ones. The needles can range in size from 1 to 11 inches long. They will usually grow in bundles of two to five needles.

The pine tree’s cones are both male and female. Female cones are seed producers, and male cones drop the pollen that fertilizes the seeds. Male cones are generally small and only appear on the pine for a short period of time.

Pine trees secrete resin to seal wounds, which helps protect the tree from infections and insects. The resin also prevents fungus and decay.

There are approximately 100 different species of pines. Washington State pine trees include the lodgepole pine, whitebark pine, ponderosa pine and Western white pine.

Lodgepole pines can be found in both coastal and mountain regions. Some species of lodgepole pines are shrubs. Trees can grow up to 160 feet high.

The whitebark pine, also known as the Scrub Pine, Creeping Pine and Pitch Pine, is grows at high elevations to almost 90 feet in height.

The ponderosa pine can reach heights of over 200 feet. The tree’s cones grow up to six inches long and its needles up to11 inches long.

The Western white pine, which can grow over 200 feet tall, has blue-green needles grouped in clusters of five. The tree’s cone is long, slender and large – up to 15 inches in length. Western white pines can be found at sea level to around 7,000 feet in elevation.

Pines can be used for both residential and commercial landscaping trees. If you are planning on buying a pine tree, contact our big tree specialist. You’ll get expert advice and assistance.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Seattle / Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at http://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on big trees care or installation go to snohomishbigtrees.com. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULejKnh2MYY and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

Dr. Lawrence Finn Offers Root Canals

WARREN, MI – Dr. Lawrence Finn (http://www.dr-finn.com), is offering root canals, a procedure that repairs and saves a badly damaged or infected tooth, rather than extracting it.

When the pulp, the tissue inside the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal (also known as an endodontic treatment) is performed. A root canal procedure is done to repair and save the infected tooth. Without this treatment, the tooth may have to be removed. The root canal procedure involves a few steps, which include:

• Removing the area of the tooth that is damaged. If this is not removed, the tissues around the root of the tooth can become infected, resulting in pain and swelling.
• Cleaning the area and disinfecting it.
• Filling the root canals with rubber-like material and sealing them.

Once the root canal treatment is complete, the results are long-lasting with proper care. Practicing good oral hygiene, avoiding chewing on hard foods and visiting the dentist regularly for professional cleanings will ensure your teeth remain healthy.

Dr. Finn stated “Our staff provides comfortable dental care, and we are very sensitive to our patients’ needs. Our motto is ‘We cater to cowards,’ which is really just another way of saying we can handle the needs of anyone, even those who experience anxiety or fear of the dental chair. No matter what type of dental service you need, we work to make the entire experience as easy and pleasant as possible.”

Dr. Finn and his team offers a variety of dental services including periodontics, endodontics, family dentistry, root canals, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. He has over 30 years of experience performing minor and advanced procedures in dentistry. For more information on painless dentistry from Dr. Lawrence Finn, visit http://www.dr-finn.com, or call (586) 772-3540.

Brite Smiles Dental Care Remembers Dr. Carl E. Misch

APPLE VALLEY, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care (http://www.britesmilesdentalcare.com), in Apple Valley, honors Dr. Carl E. Misch for the advances he had made in the field of modern implantology.

Dr. Carl E. Misch was an American prosthodontist who was recognized internationally for his contributions in the field of implant dentistry. (A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth.) When Dr. Carl E. Misch was a dental student at University of Detroit Dental School, he addressed an International Congress of Oral Implantologists meeting in Germany. This led to him starting his own private practice, specializing in implants. Dr. Misch left behind the Misch International Institute which has trained over 5,000 dentists, and the doctors of Brite Smiles Dental Care had the opportunity to do a full course of studies with Dr. Misch.

Dr. Dennis Simmons, owner of Brite Smiles Dental Care stated, “Dr. Misch turned the use of dental implants into a science. He was the top world leader and innovator of implantology. He is responsible for taking implantology to a predictable status and the technique of placing implants that is practiced everyday in the world. He was my friend and mentor; I started studying with him in 1988 and we traveled the world – both of us lecturing at International Symposiums. He assisted me in getting my diplomate status from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in June of 1991. I will truly miss him.”

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University Of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then, he has participated in over 3,000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on dental services from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit http://britesmilesdentalcare.com, or call 952-891-8484.

Atkinson-Baker is Celebrating 30 Years as a Leader in Court Reporting Services

LOS ANGELES, CA: Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters (http://www.depo.com/), a court reporting firm, is celebrating their 30th year as a leading provider of court reporting services. They offer additional services such as case management, customized corporate programs, legal video and interpreters, and more.

After Ms. Sheila Atkinson-Baker, Atkinson-Baker President, graduated from her local community college’s court reporting program, she worked as a professional court reporter for over a decade. After working in courts in Florida, Wisconsin, and California, and gaining experience as a freelance court reporter, Ms. Atkinson-Baker realized there were more court reporting jobs in Los Angeles than there were court reporters who were available in the market. She and her husband saw this as an opportunity to create Atkinson-Baker in order to help match clients with the right court reporter for the job.

Within the first year of operation, Atkinson-Baker was a success. Atkinson-Baker President Ms. Sheila Atkinson-Baker stated, “From Atkinson-Baker’s first day, company executives and staff have operated the business with a singular purpose: to provide clients with the very best court reporting services. Staying true to these principles has helped Atkinson-Baker transform from a family-owned, two-person team to a thriving business of more than 170 employees and 1,000-plus court reporters today.”

Atkinson-Baker’s headquarters are located in Glendale, CA, with 17 branch offices around the country. Ms. Sheila Atkinson-Baker has been a professional court reporter for over 35 years, five of which she served as a court reporter in the federal district court. In 1992 and 1993, the company made the prestigious Inc. 500 list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the US. They have also been listed four times in the annual Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States.

You can visit the company’s main website at http://www.depo.com, their blog can be seen at http://www.atkinsonbaker.com, and a few of their branch websites include http://www.atkinsonbakermiami.com, http://www.atkinsonbakernewyork.com, and http://atkinsonbakerchicago.com. They can be reached at 800-288-3376.

Bill Keis Releases New Book “The Complete Guide to Learning Music”

Los Angeles, CA – Professional musician, teacher and author, Bill Keis http://billkeismusiclessons.com/#book has released a book titled, “The Complete Guide to Learning Music”.

Bill Keis noticed that students would have difficulty understanding and applying music only after they didn’t understand a particular musical term or concept. After realizing that most music textbooks were inadequate in providing the proper balance of theory and practical application, he decided to write his own book to train students in a way they could understand and apply what they were taught, and succeed at it.

Bill’s book helps students master the secrets of playing, improvising and composing music. This 514-page book will give students the tools they need, such as defining what music is, the three basic elements of sound, how to cure tone deafness, rhythm theory, basic and advanced harmony, and more. This book can be used as a reference book for private lessons or as a textbook for classroom study, and includes a downloadable demonstration audio CD and a 15,000-word glossary. The information in this book can be applied to musicians at any level of expertise and answers many interesting questions, such as:

• What exactly is music?
• How do you cure “tone deafnes”?
• What is “perfect pitch”, how important is it, and can it be learned?
• What is the secret of great improvisation, and can it be learned?
• Will studying music really stifle creativity?
• How can you truly learn composing and songwriting?

Mark Isham, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated performer and composer said, “I enthusiastically endorse this book! It is a wonderful way to enter and explore the adventure that is music, each step expertly presented to ensure a pleasurable and productive experience for any reader!”

“As far as I am concerned, it is the Bible of music theory, including the REAL theory behind composition. There’s data in this book that you can’t find anywhere else. I can’t rave to you enough about it,” says guitarist and composer, Bill Wagner.

The book “The Complete Guide to Learning Music” can be purchased on Amazon for $96.49 here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1542372259/ref=rdr_ext_tmb.

Bill Keis is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, producer, musical director, and teacher. He has performed and/or recorded with: Stanley Clarke, Chaka Khan, The Pointer Sisters, Mark Isham, Ronnie Spector, Michael Duff, Lilly Hayden, Billy Sheehan, MC Lyte, Alexander Markov, Chick Corea, Steve Oliver, Edgar Winter, David Campbell, Tony Newton, Donny Most, Judy Norton, Izzy Chait and many others.

One of Bill’s compositions was used in the 2015 blockbuster movie, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide. Bill Keis has co-produced innumerable recordings for upcoming artists in a wide variety of styles and several of Bill’s compositions were used on the TV show “General Hospital.” Bill was educated in music starting at age five by numerous private teachers, public school music instructors and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

His main website is http://www.billkeis.com and his website for private music lessons is http://billkeismusiclessons.com. He can be reached at (818) 246-6858.

JulianConstruction.com: House Leveling Tips

By Julian De La Torre

When a home starts to sink in one or more places, it can cause a myriad of problems, including wall cracks, slopping floor and doors or windows that won’t shut properly. Depending on the severity of the issue, your house may even appear unlevel when you view it from the outside.

Foundation settlement occurs for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, it is the result of changes in the soil beneath and around the structure. This can include a home that is built on soil that can’t support the building’s weight (weak bearing soil) or fill soil that wasn’t compressed sufficiently before the foundation was put in place.

Changes in the amount of moisture within the soil can also lead to settlement. As the moisture content increases, the soil will expand. When the moisture content decreases, the soil will start to dry and contract. The shrinkage creates spaces for foundation settlement.

Trees and other foliage growing near a structure can cause similar contraction problems when expanding root systems begin pulling water from the soil.

Foundation settlement can be fixed through a process known as house leveling, which restores the structure to its original level position.

There are several ways to level a home, including installing concrete pilings, pressed piling, helical piers, drilled bell piers and steel push piers.

Homes needing concrete foundation repair can also be repaired with mudjacking, a technique that involves lifting a sunken slab by pumping a mixture of “mud” underneath the foundation and pushing it up.

The entire weight of your home sits on its foundation, which is why keeping your foundation in good shape is so important. If you notice any signs of settlement, get help from an experienced foundation contractor. A professional will know how to correct the situation and address the root of the problem.

Julian De La Torre, expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair (Los Angeles) and founder of Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) in Los Angeles, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years (http://julianconstruction.com/services/house-leveling/). Julian Construction owns its own company and is a “no middlemen” model–no salesmen or subcontractors–you get the principals of the company & its workers under your home. Learn more about Julian Construction and Los Angeles foundation repair at http://www.anchorla.com/. See their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI6-SXw6Z1c