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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.  

 

 

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Trusted Regina Flooring tip on The Best Flooring Choice for Your Home

The Best Flooring Choice for Your Home:

House decor is a very personal topic. Each family has its own tastes and priorities when it comes to filling their residence with the things that will make life more convenient … and more beautiful. Flooring is no different from other home accessories in this respect. The good news is that these days, DIY home decorators can find flooring solutions that will suit just about everyone. Decide what's important to you in a floor covering and make your choice, armed with the facts on ceramic tile, concrete, hardwood, linoleum, vinyl, and laminate flooring.

Durability

Vinyl flooring is extremely sturdy and resists staining, fading or discoloration from the sun, wear, and scratching. High-quality laminate is durable, but in cheaper brands, the upper layer may separate from the base. Concrete flooring is tough and long-lasting both indoors and out. Speaking of the great outdoors, if you are planning to install a tile floor on a patio, deck, pool surround, or balcony, make sure that you purchase dedicated tile for exterior use.

Possibility to refinish or replace

Hardwood shines in this category. Repairing nicks and scratches is a simple affair. All you need to do is sand them away and reseal. When ceramic or porcelain tile floors or flooring made of carpet tiles becomes damaged, you can remove and replace just one or two pieces as necessary.

Comfort

Carpeted floors, especially wool, are the most resilient and the pleasantest to walk or sit on in either cold or warm weather. Wood and laminate floors are also fairly resilient and comfortable in all seasons.

Health

Hardwood, concrete, and tile are hypoallergenic (although do be careful about repurposing vintage ceramic tile as flooring -- it may have a toxic lead glaze.). Vinyl and other synthetic flooring materials sometimes off-gas dangerous substances -- look for low, or preferably no, VOCs. Carpet might harbor dust, pet dander, mites, and other substances that can trigger allergic rhinitis.

Green

Linoleum as a flooring solution has been around for decades. Few people realize, though, that true linoleum (as opposed to PVC lookalikes) is an eco-friendly material, produced from a mix of wood byproducts, linseed oil, and minerals, which is mounted on a backing of canvas or burlap. Hardwood floors made from sustainable, fast-growing wood sources, such as bamboo, also score well in this category, although their ranking drops if they require long distance transportation.

Maintenance

Concrete flooring can simply be hosed down if you have a floor drain. Tile is similarly easy to wash, though cleaning the grout will complicate maintenance. Vinyl is relatively low care too, as long as any spills are mopped up quickly and manufacturer's instructions are followed.

Appearance

Hardwood flooring is a huge favourite among American homeowners for its rich, natural beauty, which only improves with age. (It's also popular among house hunters, and will add to your home's appeal if you plan to sell.) Tile is another lovely option, with a wide selection of colors and designs. A surprise entrant in the good looks category is concrete, which can be made to resemble just about any material, including wood planks or marble flooring, and offers an amazing range of decorative finishes.

Budget

The price of vinyl floor installation is usually the least expensive at $1-7 per square foot including materials and labor. Linoleum floors and laminate are also very reasonable, at $2-9 and $3-7, respectively. Wood and ceramic tile flooring cost more ($6-15 and $4-12 per square foot), but due to the relatively long life spans of these substances, may work out to be the best value over time. Cost of carpet is the most variable of all, according to material, style, and quality.

 


 


 

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 Cleaning pro's tip on duct cleaning


Will duct cleaning eliminate all dust from my house?

 

 

Your furnace does not produce dust. The dust ends up in the furnace and ductwork from other sources. With everyday living you are continually producing dust.

What is in household dust? “The specific dust mix in any household differs according to climate, age of the house and the number of people who live in it — not to mention the occupants' cooking, cleaning and smoking habits. But nearly everywhere, dust consists of some combination of shed bits of human skin, animal fur, decomposing insects, food debris, lint and organic fibers from clothes, bedding and other fabrics, tracked-in soil, soot, particulate matter from smoking and cooking, and, disturbingly, lead, arsenic and even DDT.” [Kluger, Jeffrey. “What’s in Household Dust? Don’t Ask.” Time Magazine 23 Feb. 2010]

 

 

The air circulates in your house five to seven times a day through the air ducts of your HVAC heating and cooling system, carrying with it the dust and debris of everyday living. Duct cleaning will remove the dust and debris from your air ducts and your HVAC heating and cooling system, therefore, removing the dust that would otherwise be recirculated into the air via the HVAC system.

Removing this dust and debris increases the efficiency of your HVAC system. This alone can be a worthwhile cost saving! Because household dust is produced continually, we recommend having your ductwork cleaned every two years.

Energy Star suggests changing your furnace filter once a month, especially during the winter and summer months when your HVAC system gets used the most. If your filter is dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 6-8weeks. A dirty filter will slow down airflow and make the system work harder to you warm or cool thus wasting energy. Full Throttle Furnace & Duct Cleaning provides a free standard size pleated filter with each cleaning service. We also sell additional filters for your convenience.

 

 



 

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