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Active Electric Trusted Regina Electrician share 10 Questions to Ask an Electrician Before Hiring

Active Electric are Trusted Regina Electricians and they get it right the first time, delivering all electrical services including installation, upgrade, and repair solutions.

Whether it's hanging a ceiling fan, installing a custom-designed landscape lighting system, installing a state of the art home theatre system or rewiring a commercial structure, or other electrical services, you can call Active they are here eager to help and no job is too small! Customer service is always their top priority and they should be your first call for a Regina Electrician! 

Active Electric are your TRUSTED REGINA ELECTRICAL EXPERTS

 

10 Questions to Ask an Electrician Before Hiring:

Asking these 10 electrician questions will help you find a qualified pro with the right experience and business practices for your needs.

Finding the right electrician can be as much a matter of safety as getting your money's worth, since electrical problems are among the leading causes of house fires. Electrical work must be done by the book-specifically, the National Electrical Code book-and follow all code requirements of your city's building department. Asking these 10 electrician questions will help you find a qualified pro with the right experience and business practices for your needs.

1. Are you licensed?

Electricians are required to be licensed in most states and municipalities, so don't consider one who isn't properly licensed. There are two basic levels of licensure: A master electrician has at least two years of professional experience and is licensed for both design and installation of electrical systems. A journeyman is licensed for installation only. In some areas, journeymen must work alongside masters.

2. Are you insured?

Certainly one of the deal-breaker electrician questions, given the potentially high liability for this work. Electrical contractors should carry at least $500,000 in liability and workers' compensation insurance.

3. Who will perform the work?

Don't assume the person you talk to will be the one doing all the work. Ask about the hourly rates for different qualifications (master electrician vs. journeyman/apprentice, or any combination of workers). If you feel your job requires a master's expertise, discuss this up front.

4. What special training/experience do you have for this kind of work?

This should be one of your electrician questions if your project calls for specific expertise, such as installing voice/data cabling, home automation systems or solar equipment. Even if another contractor handles the specialty stuff, it's helpful if your electrician has experience working with those systems and protocols.

5. Will you provide references (for past jobs similar to mine)?

References are particularly important for hiring electricians; it's hard to judge the quality of their work when you can't see most of it and don't really know what to look for (see item 10 for tips).

6. What does your estimate include?

In addition to pricing structure, be sure to discuss incidentals, like repairing drywall and other things affected by the electrical work. Chances are, you'll be responsible for them.

7. Do I need a permit? Who will obtain it?

A permit ensures electrical work will be checked by a city inspector-an important safeguard for homeowners. It's standard for electricians (not homeowners) to pull permits.

8. What kind of work do you do most?

Like many contractors, electricians often specialize in one area or another. As an example, if your project involves finished spaces, look for someone who specializes in remodels as opposed to new construction.

 

9. What will you guarantee/warranty?

Learn how well a pro stands behind his work. Also be aware that electricians typically assume responsibility for fixtures, devices and other equipment they buy for you through their professional accounts.

10. May I see a work in progress?

Depending on the nature of your project, it might be helpful to visit an electrician's current job, for a behind-the-scenes look at his work. In general, you're looking for evidence of orderly, methodical installation: neat cable runs near the service panel (breaker box), clear labeling of circuit breakers, regular anchoring of cables, switch boxes that sit squarely and finish flush to the drywall surface, etc.

Like a plumber, doctor and auto mechanic, a trusted electrician is a valuable member of a household maintenance team. As you cover your list of electrician questions, listen for a panel-side manner; you want someone who explains what he's doing and why, and who will help you understand the essentials of your system (or as much as you care to know). Ideally, the electrician you hire now will be a good source to call for emergencies and other projects down the road.  

 

 

Check out his listing here in REGINA ELECTRICIANS on the Regina Directory of excellence!

Trusted Regina Salon share steps to Restore Hair Damage

 Restore Hair Damage - Part 1: 

Does your hair feel brittle and stiff? Dyeing, bleaching, straightening or blowing out your hair a lot can damage it over time. These processes dry out your hair and leave it prone to breakage and split ends. Once your hair is damaged, the best way to restore it is to give it time to grow back in healthy and strong. Use deep conditioning treatments to help bring back its luster, and be healthy from the inside out to promote the growth of new healthy hair.

Helping Your Hair Recover

Step 1

Stop using harsh treatments. Many popular hair treatments strip the hair of its natural oils and damage the hair shaft. When you're ready to restore your hair, it'll be very difficult to do so unless you stop all treatments and let your hair return to its natural state. If you're used to relying on treatments to make your hair look the way you want it to, it might be hard to make the shift to natural hair. However, you'll be rewarded with hair that's much healthier in the long run. We suggest only using  professional products that are recommended for you by your stylist as part of an in depth consultation. ( contact us if you would like to do this)  

Step 2

Handle your hair gently when you wash and dry it. Hair is a fragile material that needs to be handled with care, especially when it's wet. Wet hair stretches and breaks easily, so it's important to be gentle when you're washing and toweling your hair dry. Think of your hair as though it's a silk dress or a fine wool sweater. You wouldn't roughly scrub it, wring it out rub it dry with a towel, right? Just like special fabrics, your hair should be handled with care.

When you wash your hair, massage your scalp with your fingertips and gently pull the shampoo through your hair, rather than rubbing it vigorously. Do the same with conditioner.

Let your hair drip dry for a few moments before gently squeezing out the excess water. Use a towel to pat your hair dry.

Step 3

Shampoo no more than once or twice a week. The scalp produces a natural oil called sebum that protects the hair from drying out. When you wash your hair too often, you wash away this oil before it has the chance to travel down the length of your hair and provide protection. Washing your hair just a few times a week will help your hair stay shiny and healthy.

When you first stop washing your hair every day, your scalp will overproduce sebum, since it's used to your routine of washing it away every 24 hours. After a week or so things will balance out and your hair will no longer look greasy right away.

 

Step 4

Let your hair air dry instead of using heat. This is a difficult rule to follow for people who are used to using hair dryers and other heat styling tools to create the perfect look every day. When your goal is to restore your hair to good health, using heat is like taking a step backward, every time. Start letting your hair air dry, and try to embrace your natural look to give your hair the chance to heal.

If you feel you really must use heat styling tools, use them on a low setting, and save it for special occasions.

Since your hair might take awhile to be completely restored, it may not look the way you want it to at first. You might be tempted to iron out those frizzy curls or bring some life to limp, dry locks. It's worth it hold out until your hair is healthy; you'll see the texture improve immensely if you're patient.

Step 5

Don't brush your hair. Brushing with a plastic-bristled brush is very damaging to hair, especially when you try to brush through tangles. You end up pulling out hairs and breaking them off mid-shaft. To detangle hair, use a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush. Gently work it through your hair, starting near the tips and gradually working up toward the roots until you're able to move the comb through your hair without catching on a tangle.

It's especially important not to brush your hair when it's wet, since your hair is so much more fragile wet than it is dry. If you use a brush on wet hair you'll end up with breakage and frayed ends.

Step 6

Avoid restrictive hairstyles. Certain styles pull on the hair and cause it to fray or break. Hair extensions and weaves are particularly bad for the hair. Whether they're sewn in or glued to your hair, they inevitable result in damage (and in worst-case scenarios, bald spots). When you're working to restore your hair to health, it's best to completely avoid styles that are hard on the hair.

 

Read what clients had to say on the listing in Regina Salons here 

 

 

 

Robert MacKay Trusted Regina Real Estate Lawyer expert tip on GST & Acreages

It’s an exciting time – the old house is sold, the new one is ready, and all that’s left is the move…..oh wait – not quite yet! There’s all that legal “stuff” to deal with now….signatures….titles to be given…and pages and pages of documents that need to be signed before the key is in your hand!!! And to top it all off – who really knows a good real estate lawyer?

MacKay & McLean provides the professional services of a large Regina law firm, with the intimate attention of a small firm. The legal process can be daunting and overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. MacKay & McLean is with you every step of the way.

MacKay &  McLean are TRUSTED REGINA LAWYERS


Here Robert shares a tip on GST & Acreages:

When buying an acreage Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has an administrative presumption that the land in excess of 1/2 a hectare (1.235 acres) is not reasonably necessary for the use and enjoyment of the building as a place of residence. In otherwords, CRA presumes that the excess land does not form part of the residential complex.

However, a taxpayer may be able to establish that the excess land is reasonably necessary for the residential building to properly fulfill its function as a residence. This requires that the excess land be more than simply desirable.

The prior use of the land is also critical in determining whether G.S.T. will be payable. Where the prior use was residential or maybe used as a hobby farm, then it appears that G.S.T. is not payable. If the prior use of the land was commercial, e.g. farming, then it appears that G.S.T. is payable by the Buyer.

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Depending on the situation, Buyers and Sellers may want to agree in advance on the value of the land in excess of the 1/2 hectare or otherwise how they wish to apportion the G.S.T. Careful consultation should be had between the realtors and/or lawyers involved in the transaction.


For advice, Robert MacKay's team provides professional, personalized service and with their assistance, you can rest assured that your real estate transactions will be handled with the utmost consideration and care.

They  provide a full range of legal services including:

  • Real Estate & Mortgages
  • Wills & Estates
  • Family Law & Divorce
  • Commercial & Corporate Law
  • Litigation & Personal Injury

ROBERT Mackay is your TRUSTED REGINA LAWYERS!

 

A Trusted Regina Salon and esthetic experts tip on Eyelash Extensions

En Vogue Day Spa & Gift Studio have been in business since 1998, a member of the Leading Spas of Canada since 2001 and one of two spas in Saskatchewan that has passed stringent requirements to attain Leading Spas of Canada Quality Assurance Designation. A Designation that means they meet consistent safety, operational and hygiene standards. In 2012, Patricia, who is passionate about spa safety, was elected to the Board of the Leading Spas of Canada, the association that represents spas across the country.

En Vogue Day Spa and Gift Studio is a Trusted Regina Spa 

Here they share a tip on Eyelash Extensions:

Extensions - Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash Extensions are a popular new product that lengthens and thickens your own natural lashes. They are single strands of falseeyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural lash. They are applied to each individual eyelash with a specially designed bonding agent for a natural, beautiful and luscious look. Eyelash Extensions are perfect for that special occasion or for day-to-day wear. They are virtually weightless and will not damage your natural lash so you can choose to wear them permanently.

At En Vogue we apply FAUX MINK EYELASH EXTENSIONS

Faux Mink Lashes are our lashes of choice to provide you the softest, natural looking and full lashes that you will love!

Faux Mink Lashes have a lot of the same characteristics of Real Mink Lashes with the added benefit of being more affordable and unlike real mink, faux mink lashes won’t lose their curl when wet.

Faux Mink Lashes are so light and fine, they feel like your own lashes. They are long lasting (with proper care) and are great if your own lashes are fine and weak.

The extensions are single strands of faux mink lashes that are curved to replicate natural eyelashes. They provide length and thickness to your own lashes and are available in varying lengths and curls to create a look that 'opens' up your eyes.

Eyelash extensions are applied to your individual eyelashes, one lash at a time. The result is thicker, longer, eye opening lashes

Will the application be harmful to my natural lashes? 

Not at all! Our eyelash extensions are applied on your own natural eyelashes one by one (without touching the skin) with an specially designed bonding agent developed exclusively for eyelash extensions. This new technique is not harmful to your natural eyelashes. The adhesive dries very soft on lashes allowing flexibility and comfort.

What do Eyelash Extensions look like when applied? 

With proper application, meaning one synthetic eyelash applied to one natural lash the look and feel is completely natural looking and real. No one will know you have extensions. They will just think you were born with beautiful, long and luxurious lashes!

How long will a set of Eyelash Extensions last? 

When applied properly, eyelash extensions will last the length of the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes. Everyone's experience will differ based on day to day activities but over all touchups should only be required every 2 to 3 weeks.

How often should I get a fill? 

We recommend getting a fill every 2 to 3 weeks. If you wait too long your eyelash extensions will fall out and you will require a full set. A fill averages about 30 to 45 minutes.

Just like your hair, eyelashes grow and fall out. In fact, we lose between 10 and 15 lashes every month. The term 'semi-permanent' refers to eyelash extensions that fall out before natural lashes. On the other hand, if the eyelash extension stays perfectly in place during the entire lifespan of the natural lash (2-3 months on average), 'permanent' is a more appropriate word.

Can I apply mascara to Eyelash Extensions?

Yes, even though mascara is not really required since the extensions actually give the illusion of wearing mascara it can be worn. It must however only be a water-based mascara. Care also needs to be taken in washing off the mascara .

Can I swim, shower, exercise, or visit a spa while wearing Eyelash Extensions?

Yes. The bonding agent we use is waterproof and allows you to shower, swim, exercise etc. Special care is required but overall maintenance is low. We do recommend however that you do not wash your eye area for approximately 2-4 hours after the eyelash application.

How do I take care of my new Eyelash Extensions?

  • Do not get lashes wet for 2-4 hours after application
  • Avoid hot steam or sauna
  • Avoid running water directly on your lashes
  • Do not rub your eyes
  • If applying mascara do so from middle to tip, avoid root area
  • Use water based makeup remover
  • Do not perm your lashes
  • Do not use a mechanical eyelash curler
  • Do not pull on your lashes (this may cause your natural lashes to come out prematurely)

DO'S - DAILY MAINTENANCE

Do use ONLY water based (oil-free) eye make-up and eye make-up remover: Use a small, cotton based tipped applicator to gently remove eye-make up. Do be gentle while cleansing the eye area and pat lashes dry.
Do use a sealer. A sealer will help protect and extend the life of your lashes from harmful particles such as dirt and oil.
Do schedule a touch-up session Lash Artist: The natural lash life cycle is about 100 days and the eyelash extensions may fall off during this period of negligent care by client. Touch-ups are recommended to be done every 2 weeks to replace any lashes that may have fallen off within that time period.

DON'TS - DAILY MAINTENANCE

Don't use regular, over-the-counter mascaras: We recommend using specially formulated mascara for eyelash extensions. Put the mascara only on the tips of the extensions - do not apply from the root of eyelashes!
Do not use lash curlers
Don't receive acidic facials: Acidic peels such as Chemical Peels, Alpha and/or Beta Hydroxy Peels will dissolve the bonding agent of eyelash extensions.
Don't excessively rub lashes or eyes while washing face.
Don't use oil-based eye products around or on the eyes. Oil-based products around or on the eyes will dissolve the bonding agent of eyelash extensions.

How long will it take to apply Eyelash Extensions and how is it done?

The application process for lash extensions normally takes 2 hours with an experienced technician. You will lay comfortably with your eyes closed. The Eyelash professional will then apply an under eye gel pad to cover your lower lashes. The extensions will then be applied to each individual eyelash with a specially designed bonding agent.

How do I choose the look I want?

Eyelash extensions are available in a number of lengths and thicknesses. We consult with you first to see what type of style you are interested in and we also determine what your lashes can hold in regards to length and size. Each person's lashes will vary so we take this into consideration when creating a look for you. The overall goal is for the lashes to look glamorous but natural.

Can the eyelash extension be removed?

Yes, at any time for any reason! It is a simple procedure that doesn't take long and we have a specially formulated removal solution that will break down the glue and safely remove your extensions without damaging your natural lash. Please do not attempt to remove the lash extensions yourself as this will cause premature pulling out of your natural lashes.

FOR YOUR SAFETY! Beware of potentially harmful inexperienced imitators...many eyelash extensionists use "in-house" or third world lash adhesives that can contain harmful chemicals. Please do your research before selecting a lash artisit and ensure that they have been certified by a reputable distributor.

Are eyelash extensions suitable for everyone?

Anyone of any age can have eyelash extensions applied as long as there is a natural lash to glue the extension onto. Ladies who have undergone chemotherapy (and their lashes are starting to grow back) are a great candidate as well as people who wear contact lenses and glasses.

HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE AN EYE INFECTION OR HAVE RECENTLY UNDERGONE AN EYE OPERATION OR COSMETIC EYE SURGERY IT WOULD BE BEST TO WAIT UNTIL THE EYE AREA HAS COMPLETELY HEALED.

 


Whatever your needs we are sure you will enjoy the experience that En Vogue offers and we strongly suggest that you go along and check it out for your self!!! Check out their reviews and the complete Trusted Regina directory listing 

En Vogue is a Trusted Regina Spa


                                               

 

Trusted Regina Spa answer some great questions - Part 1

 Trusted Regina Spa 

Here Jess answers some great questions - Part 1: 

Q: Courtney Saliken: My feet and heals are extremely bad. What can I do to prevent this and type of treatments and home care are needed?

A: Dry rough feet and heels are actually a very common concern. For best results, I would suggest getting a pedicure every 6-8 weeks by a professional pedicure technician in a clean & sanitary environment. If budget does not permit for regular pedicure maintenance, i would suggest purchasing a foot file or paddle (appx cost $5-$15), and after soaking the feet, using on callus areas approximately once a week. (Any more than that and it could actually increase callus build up.) Apply a foot cream immediately after filing and continue applying nightly to maintain the best results.

 

 

Q: Angela Jennings Simmons: My pre-teen is asking to start wearing make-up. What should we as mothers do so our daughters don't stumble through like we did when we first started wearing blue eyeliner and pink lipstick? I was thinking perhaps booking an appointment with a professional make up artist? Can you advise?
 
A: I think it’s really important to advise our daughters that beauty comes from within first, and that makeup is designed only to enhance that beauty. When it comes to cosmetics and beauty products, I believe it’s very important to first understand that the secret to looking beautiful is a healthy skin. I suggest starting your daughter on a healthy skin care program, (available from any skin care professonal), and teaching her that the key to beautiful makeup, is looking natural. Begin with a few basic items that help enhance her true beauty, like mascara, light powder & a subtle lip gloss. Scheduling her in with a makeup artist, is a fabulous idea, as she will be given suggestions and helped with the application process.
 
 


Q: Marie Schultz: What is up with getting acne in your 30s?! What's the best product to prevent and/or treat it?
 
A: Those pesky break outs don’t necessarily end when we pass the teen years! There can be many reasons as to why one may break out or be dealing with acneac concerns. It could be as simple as the cosmetics or products being used on the skin, or more difficult to assess causes like allergies, stress, diet, or hormonal changes. To best determine exactly what it is that is causing the break outs, and to be able to properly remedy these concerns, I suggest scheduling a consult with a skin care professional. You may need to make changes to your diet or skin care regime, be recommended a specific facial treatment or referred to a dermatologist for severe cases.
 

 


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