Skyline park, what’s hiding under there?

Is there a structure under the grass?

A small crew from Allied digs a trench  to lower the sprinkler line where the ice arena is setup annually. Upon digging they found waterproofing with drainage. Is something hiding under the park in Denver??


If you build it, they will come.

Advertising is good, but not always effective. The 1989 Baseball movie Field of Dreams was about a farmer who heard a voice inspiring him to build a baseball field and the end result was the Black Sox coming. You can watch the movie to get the full understanding.

The truth about reality is this “If you build the wrong thing, it will be a lot of waste”. Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams was not presented with an advertising problem, he was presented with a “possible” problem and the movie was entirely fictitious in the respect that legendary baseball teams could reappear from the grave and play a ball game in Iowa.

Sham-Wow probably costs a couple of pennies to produce, the advertising is costly, people bought them. Blankets with arm holes have become a huge market because of the advertising, availability and perceived value.

If a product is marketed and unavailable to the consumer for any reason the marketing will not give a good return on investment. If a product is marketed and the ads fail to properly add value to that product then consumers will not see the value. Value must be built in and the products benefits must be apparent to those who are forking over the dough. Nobody will spend money on something they don’t value…. or won’t spend it willingly.

Gold has always been hard to come buy, it can be stored in abundance, but only with great effort. It’s rare, beautiful, hard to come by and perceived as valuable for its many qualities. People throughout history have used gold and silver as money.

Money is defined by a variety of things and can be manipulated in the market when it is not rare, beautiful, hard to come by and has a perceived value that is forced upon the marketplace by things like: fiat currency, printing money on demand aka counterfeiting, shortages of food and water.

Prices of food, shelter and any commodity become higher when the supply of those goods is in danger of running low, during times of drought,  war, money counterfeiting and many more things.  The marketplace is not affected by only one factor.

If there is a monopoly over any commodity including money, it can be more easily manipulated.

Let’s take the idea of money as a commodity and apply it to advertising by thinking about the following:

How can a company better target the market according to what people need?

How can a business grow when the economy is in a downfall?

Who would be the best person/group of people to take a struggling economy and creatively meet needs and make a profit?

Where should advertising dollars be spent?

How can a company best follow the money trends, follow the money and meet the needs of consumers?

How can a business find the best target market at all times and grow successively?

The thing I love about business and the marketplace is that there is never just one correct answer, but many correct answers. The best answers are the highest in regard to people. I mean, ethical business attracts ethical people. Enron used the lower answers as a model and robbed a lot of folks. I hear the stories first hand in the homes of a good number of people, tidbits here and there. It was devastating. Spending money in the wrong place is just painful no matter what.

A wise man once said “if you want to make money, you’ve got to go where the money is at.”, he then reached into his pocket and payed the bartender for his twelfth round. Years later that same wise man was still using the same stool to sit on, the same pants and the same 5 dollar bill on a string.

The wise man had a lot of great information, but failed to properly divulge it. Marketing is the same as wisdom, if wisdom is applied to the correct people in the correct ways it will flourish and prosper. Marketing must be done in the absolute least expensive way possible by using existing resources. People with a great attitude and smile are better than anything.

Solatube: Go green, Save money on beautiful lighting, and do something nice for yourself!

Solatube, or tube skylights are a great way to save money on lighting and make your home more beautiful. These are available with cool options such as:

Optional Bathroom Fan 

-Optional Light (for night time use)

Pretty cool, right? That’s what I think about tube skylights, they work great and save money. They are exponentially more well insulated than a skylight and provide more natural light that is softly diffused and directed to a broader area because of the glass diffuser sunlight passes through. This light diffusing action is all happening at the ceiling level rather than several feet up in a skylight well. Observe in the photo how light is being shed onto the walls and bathroom so beautifully. It’s reality, that’s how these things work. A skylight would cast a large square shadow while the tube skylight floods the room with light.

The price is less than a skylight also and the mess is non-existent. There is no mess, can be installed in a couple of hours, vaulted ceilings, flat ceilings, Victorian and many more applications.

The solatube ranges in price from 150$ small  – 250$ large and installation labor cost is $350. So, a basic install which covers 90% of suburbia falls into that category (Five hundred-six hundred dollars). Some special applications require slightly more labor cost.

Right now and anytime I would like to offer new and returning customers, everyone, a 50$ discount on a standard solatube install. That’s as many solatube’s as your heart desires value priced at $450.00 for the first one and for an additional solatube for the cost of the product and I will reduce the labor by 50%. That is $175 labor cost and 150$ for the solatube on additional purchases.

For Example:

Buy one standard Solatube $450 (Save 50$)  Buy one

Buy a second for $325 (Save 175$) Buy Two plus the $50

Total Saved on two solatubes $225 !!!!!!

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add as many as you like for this value price. It’s a great deal.

How to find a roof leak

The best way to find a roof leak is to follow the signs. However, this is not always a reliable way. There are many things that can divert water for hundreds of feet (or even thousands). Thankfully, in most cases leaks are able to be found or a general area can be isolated and repaired in order to fix the problem.

It is important to know some things about the construction of the building and take the information into consideration as you begin to locate the leak.

Fast Tip: For a flat roof with seams that are exposed simply walk on the seams and feel around where 2 or more seams meet together, watch and listen to see if there is water or bubbles escaping from the leak. This method is sort of like submersing a bicycle tire under water to find a leak but, your foot provides the pressure, go slow, don’t make a lot of waves 🙂 Also, works best with ponding areas and moderately wet areas. 

Different Types of Leaks:

Leaks caused by decay:
These are simply difficult or near impossible to fix without some major overhaul. If the leak is on a small section of roof, consider replacing the entire section. In situations where multiple layers of roofing exist it may be impossible to find a smooth junction on the roof to do a field-tie-in (meaning the repair can not be properly attached/shingled/waterproofed to the existing roofing materials) in this situation it is necessary to find an ending point such as a ridge/parapet wall/eve to terminate the repair area. This is for a larger repair area where leaks are impossible to specifically locate due to a rotted or decayed roof.

Leaks caused by improper installation
These can typically be fixed by following the proper Shingling technique for water shedding outlined in a good DIY Manual or here

Often, improper installation can be seen and pinpointed from the surface of the roof, look for inconsistencies in shingles, are they lifting, missing? Examine the sheet metals, any punctures, missing pieces, pieces that are reversed? A “reverse lap” means trouble and is pretty easy to fix. Typically reverse laps are not detected from peripheral viewing but, require opening the roof and further examining how things were put together. These type of repairs can be quickly remedied by an experienced roof repairman or Savvy DIY’er! Old pipe boots (rubber) can be replaced or repaired using a new jack for a few dollars or some special tapes/caulking.

Look over the HVAC units and pipes carefully, notice that water can enter a pipe with an incomplete or broken boot seal.

Leaks caused by blunt force
Tree limbs and other environmental hazards typically leave obvious gashes in the roof and prove easy to isolate.

Leaks caused by sharp force
Was this an accident, manufacturing defect, or did something intentionally cut this? Good luck finding these, if you’re working on a Rubber Roof EPDM and it is ballasted with rock and the slice is somewhere in the field, plan on uncovering all the seams first, clean and check thoroughly, make repairs and water test.

If you shovel rock on a roof do not, do not, do not stack all the rock in one pile unless you want the building to cave in from too much weight. Instead shovel corn rows and check the roof in three foot swaths with some slight shifting it is only 1/2 the work (only move the rock one time my friend, except 1 row by default).

Other sharp force leaks might be easier to find but it is a matter of stretching the roof and searching by eye sight and by hand. These can be tedious to find but repair should be simple.

Leaks caused by wind
Normally these are easy to find if, a section of roof is leaking, wind drives water into places it would never go otherwise. Check the weather when the leak occurred and see if the winds were coming from an unusual direction. Sometimes these things never reoccur.


Did the leak happen just once or, is it reoccurring?

What is the roof deck constructed of? Concrete, wood, metal?

Can the leak be traced by following signs in the attic and examining the signs of water?

If repairing: Is the proper material being used for the repairs? (some materials don’t mix and will decay one another).

Locating a leak can be tricky, moisture detectors are available for purchase.

Many professional roof mechanics and contractors are excellent at finding leaks quickly and making the needed repairs for potentially lower cost than investing in expensive equipment or learning a new trade. It is helpful if homeowners are able to provide an access to he attic. Also, sometimes contractors will not carry a ladder that is small enough to bring into a home so, this is something you might consider providing if you already own one or a flashlight if the attic space is not sufficiently lighted.

Things to consider when leak finding:

Wood roof decks are usually 4’x8′ plywood or 1″ wood, these are typically easiest to locate leaks on because there are so many ways the water can enter the attic. Usually wood tells a good story about leaks and you can read these signs.

Metal roof decks can allow water to run on a low slope for hundreds of feet in any direction and in multiple directions. One leak on a roof with this type of deck can show up in many places, follow the signs carefully, don’t jump, hopefully the roofing material will tell you a better story if this leak is stubborn to locate.

Twin T concrete roof decks look a lot like the underneath side of a new bridge or interstate flyover. The Twin T is pretty amazing and simplified construction for some decades. Water can really run on these decks but you can measure the spans and see the cracks and have a heyday searching. Again, it is most probable to find the leak from the top side. However, don’t miss any clues because they are valuable.

Standing Seam Metal roofs don’t have a roof deck in many applications. under the roof is C-channel and I-Beams separated by large spans of up to several feet (6’… 10′ etc.) as there is not a specific code for how close the spans should be and the architects/engineers work those things out for each project. Insulation catches water and gets awful messy. Open the acoustic ceiling, check out the insulation and start digging into the fiberglass until an entry point is located if desired. Standing seam roofs that are properly maintained leak a whole lot less. And, standing seam roofs on stand-alone construction leak less (as I’ve observed). Building junctions, tie in’s, HVAC Penetrations, Seams, Screws and Sealants are the keys to success here. Think Waterproof.. not watershed.

OR just hire me

Your husbands real Christmas list.

25% off Do it yourself kits of Gutterglove or 25% off install

Why is Gutterglove great? Because, it’s a huge upgrade to your home and it keeps you from falling off the ladder and getting injured.

Here is one more reason…
Aluminum Channel Frame:
Aluminum Channel Frame: The extruded aluminum support frame is anodized to further protect itself from the environment and to make it more adaptable to be installed on a copper gutter. The anodizing process converts the aluminum surface into an extremely hard, durable, corrosion resistant, long-lasting aluminum oxide finish. Anodizing also responds favorably to current governmental regulations because it is one of the most environmentally friendly industrial processes. Since this process is a reinforcement of a naturally occurring oxide process, it is non-hazardous and produces no harmful or dangerous by products. Anodized aluminum is used around the world as highly durable exteriors in commercial buildings such as one of the world’s tallest buildings, the Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois. Other revolutionized uses are in scientific instruments, home appliances, satellites in space for harsh environmental protection, staircases in skyscrapers and a host of other uses.

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Why Ventilate the Attic?

Proper attic ventilation results in energy savings from 5% up to 15% or more.Did you know?The average family of four generates 2 to 4 gallons of water vapor a day through activities such as cooking, cleaning, showering, laundry, and breathing. Some of this water vapor rises into your attic. Ventilation helps remove it before it causes problems such as wood rot, wet insulation, mold and mildew.Source: Moisture Control in Buildings, Heinz R. Trechel

Each home or building requires ventilation and selecting the right ventilation is the matter or proper research, knowledge of application, balancing the system and proper installation are all important factors. Consider some of the following types of products. ShingleVent® IIShingleVent II ridge vent installs on the peak of the roof allowing exhaust ventilation all along the roofline — end-to-end.This product proves that outstanding beauty and performance can be combined. Design features include an external baffle and internal weather filter for optimum airflow and weather protection. Less than an inch in height, this molded, high-impact copolymer shingle-over ridge vent permits capping of the ridge with shingles like the rest of the roof.The Edge™ VentAir Vent’s new The Edge™ Vent provides proper intake ventilation for homes with little or no overhang. It’s a roof-top installed, shingle-over intake vent designed based on roofing contractor feedback from our Ask the Expert™ seminars. It can be used to supplement existing soffit or undereave vents as well. The vent provides 9 square inches of net free area per linear foot.Roof-Mounted Power Attic VentElectric-powered attic vents use a thermostat and humidistat control to monitor heat and moisture buildup inside the attic.Featuring a low-profile dome, the power attic vent is unobtrusive when installed on the roof slanting away from the front of your home. It’s an efficient option to replace wind turbines or roof pots already in place. Direct-Drive Whole-House FansWhole-house fans are installed in a central hallway inside the house and pull fresh outdoor air through open windows. They are often used to augment air conditioning or instead of air conditioning in mild summertime climates.Direct drive whole-house fans are easy to install since no attic joists need to be cut. They feature a pull chain for easy operation.jThose are great products and they all serve unique applications and many work together, there are dozens more ventilation products but I have chosen to feature some of the most common and best types of products. For a free analysis of your home’s our building’s ventilation needs or for any information please contact me at 303-452-2822Shane Cameron and check out my website at