Archive for August, 2012
Edmond residents will soon be able to enjoy new adult softball fields, thanks to approved funding by the city council sfor a community park.
The northeast corner of Post Road and State Highway 66 is the proposed site for the softball fields. Edmond City Council said that this will be the fourth community park in that area, and it will be named Edmond Route 66 Park and given a Route 66 theme.
The plan was actually set years ago, but delays occurred and pushed back the request. City Council will be adding $1.6 million to the original budget request to cover additional construction costs. Previously, the budget was set at $4.2 million with $600,000 having already been spent on design work. Now, it is being increased to $5.2 million to include four adult softball fields.
The added funds for the construction of the new community park will be taken from sales tax revenue, which was approved by voters in 2000. Part of the sales tax money will be used on capital improvement projects of which the softball park is one.
The last thing you ever want to deal with is having to repair your home appliances. It’s expensive, it interferes with your day-to-day functioning, and it’s frustrating. And, though you may be trying to save money, any time you have to fix your appliances, it usually requires a large chunk of change.
Finding ways to make your home appliances last longer will help you prevent the need for costly repairs and buying new units. Below are some tips you can follow to make your home appliances last longer:
- Maintain your home appliances yourself. Regular and simple maintenance will keep your home appliances in good working order. A simple fix of a small malfunction will prevent the problem from worsening and having to call a serviceman to fix it. In addition, constant cleanup will keep dirt, dust, and other external factors from building up and harming your home appliances.
- Always follow instructions. There are special instructions on how to use specific appliances properly and how to clean and store them. In particular, kitchen appliances are more fragile, so it is important to take note of these precautions and implement proper cleaning, so you don’t cause damage to the appliance inadvertently.
- Check for cracks, holes, and other flaws in your home appliances. Keep in mind that huge problems start from small ones. A crack in one of your appliances may start be small at first, but if you leave it be and refuse to repair it, it will likely grow into a bigger crack and larger repair expense. So, to spare you that hassle and cost, always check your appliances for any tiny problems.
- Know when you can do it yourself and when you need to hire a professional. Yes, doing the repairs yourself is a practical idea, but what is even more practical is know your limits and when you can no longer do the job. If you go beyond your limits, you are likely to complicate and create further problems, which will only increase your cost when you end up hiring a serviceman to do the job for you.
- Service your appliances regularly. Take the time to clean the bigger appliances and clean each part thoroughly as instructed. Clean your small appliances after you use them, so they will continue to run efficiently for you.
Oklahoma City residents who are seeking free dental, vision, and medical care will have access to those services this weekend. The second Oklahoma expedition of Remote Area Medical will be held this weekend at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in the Oklahoma Expo Hall.
Based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps (RAM) is a non-profit airborne medical corps that offers different forms of health care to remote areas around the United States. Since its inception in 1985 by Stan Brock, RAM has helped thousands of people through medical relief missions and programs.
In Oklahoma, the group held its first medical program in 2010 as a part of Reach Across America. More than 1,600 patients where provided with medical care that year. Now, in its second time in Oklahoma City, the group is expecting the turnout to be even greater than last time.
The medical program will be held on both Saturday and Sunday with doors opening at 6:00 in the morning. However, numbers will be handed out to patients as early as 3:00 in the morning on both days. Those people who are seen will also have the chance to have follow-up care from medical experts, and they will be advised on where they need to go to continue their care.
Anytime you paint the interior or exterior of your home, you have two options: either hire a professional painter or do it yourself.
If you feel like you can do the painting job yourself, familiarize yourself with the most common painting mistakes people make, so you can avoid those same pitfalls. Painting your house exterior, or even a small room, can be very challenging and time-consuming, so you want to avoid making a mistake and having to do the job again at all costs.
So, to avoid making mistakes while you paint, here are some common pitfalls to avoid:
- Not protecting the floor. Sometimes you can get so excited about painting that you forget to protect your floors. If you skip this step, you can expect a few stains on your floors, so go ahead and cover then before you even allow yourself to open the can of paint.
- Not waiting. This is a common habit and mistake, but it doesn’t help anything. Sure you want to finish the job as soon as possible and see the final outcome, but by priming your walls and letting them dry before you begin to paint, you will create a more beautiful outcome.
- Not preparing the surface. Sometimes, you need to sand the surface before painting. Other times, you need to fill holes with caulk. But, even if the walls are in good shape, you should absolutely always clean them before you begin, so you don’t unintentionally texture your walls with painted dust.
- Skimping on your paint supplies. It’s great if you want to do the painting yourself, but just don’t skimp on what you need. Invest in quality paint and brushes, so you can have a smoother and faster painting job. If you don’t get everything you need up front, it will make the job longer because you’ll have to run back and forth to the store in order to get additional supplies.
- Not clearing everything out before painting. Even if you already have experience painting, you still need to take everything out of the room. You don’t want to risk staining rugs or decorative items with paint. If you have furniture that is too difficult to remove, cover it with drop cloths and secure them with tape.
- Not wearing the right clothes for the job. Wear old clothes or work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or stained because you will inevitably wind up with paint on you at some point.