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3 Ways To Spend Your Baby Dollars Wisely

The cost of raising a child can be staggering for first-time parents. Of course, marketers are experts at getting new parents to quell mommy guilt and daddy guilt by purchasing every baby item on the market. Of course, you want to give them the best life has to offer, better than you ever had, etc., etc. But at what price? Perhaps you’ve decided to take a pay cut in order to work from home, … Continue

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The Truth About Recovering from Shoulder Labral Repair Surgery

When it comes to any kind of labral repair surgery, recovery is typically longer than many patients anticipate. The details of hip labral repair surgery are different than those relating to shoulder labral repair. Going in armed with knowledge and realistic expectations is probably the best way to truly set yourself up for success. Labrum Repair Basics Your shoulder labrum is basically a fibrous … Continue

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Wood Decking Species Choices: Jatoba

In addition to Cumaru and Red Balau, Jatoba is an excellent alternative to Ipe. While Ipe remains the favorite tropical hardwood decking species of many, it is often difficult to source and cost-prohibitive. Even though these other species are not as hard or dense as Ipe, they are still very durable and beautiful options for any exterior application. As a tropical hardwood decking product, Jatoba … Continue

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What College Professors Wish Parents Would Stop Doing for Their Teens

Students from pre-Millennial generations often grimaced when they saw announcements like this one on their instructors’ doors: “Failure to prepare on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.” For Gen Y, though, the reaction to such a concept tends to go beyond frustration and acceptance. Instead, it’s typically confusion or even anger. Worse, some students call Mom and ask her to … Continue

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How Do I Teach My Dog to Ask to Go Outside?

Many, many people wish that their dog could ask for the things that they need. This is especially true when it comes to going outside to use the bathroom. We’ve all seen or heard of dogs who knew to ring a bell when they needed to be let out. How many accidents and carpet stains could have been prevented if your dog knew this trick? For many of us, though, this type of training seems impossibly … Continue

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Wood Decking Species Choices: Jatoba

In addition to Cumaru and Red Balau, Jatoba is an excellent alternative to Ipe. While Ipe remains the favorite tropical hardwood decking species of many, it is often difficult to source and cost-prohibitive. Even though these other species are not as hard or dense as Ipe, they are still very durable and beautiful options for […]

Wood Decking Species Choices: Red Balau

While Ipe remains the top-of-the-line tropical hardwood decking species, other species such as Cumaru and Red Balau are excellent options as well. In the same family as Meranti and Philippine Mahogany, this species from the Shorea genus is an excellent decking choice. Red Balau Basics Growing across a wide area spanning Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, […]

Wood Decking Species Choices: Cumaru

We all know that Ipe is the crème de la crème of decking lumber. But we also know that it experiences shortages and pricing fluctuations, due to the limited growing and buying seasons for that fabulous lumber species. Many decking lumber specialists agree that another South American decking lumber species is comparable to Ipe and […]

Wood Decking Species Choices: Ipe

Species like Cumaru, Red Balau, and Jatoba can be excellent choices for decks, but absolutely nothing surpasses the durability of an Ipe deck. Ipe has definitely earned its reputation as the best of the best when it comes to tropical hardwood decking species. Why is this Brazilian hardwood so remarkable? Let’s take a look. Ipe […]

Hardwood Flooring Meets Today’s Trends

Whether you lean toward a Mid-Century Modern, Farmhouse, Nautical, or Scandinavian decorating style — or anything in between — there are some current design trends that transcend individual schemes. The overarching themes pervading today’s homes have something in common: They all play well with Rehmeyer Custom-Milled Wide Plank Wood Floors. Open Concept Layouts One major […]

Guide to Decking Lumber: What It Needs at the Jobsite

From the origin of your lumber to your local lumber supplier and then to your job site, your decking lumber goes through a lot. Every time it’s moved or handled, you can expect each decking board to accrue added dirt, grime, and moisture. We’ve already discussed why sanding should be done after installation, and not […]

Guide to Decking Lumber: When It Gets to Us

As we discussed in our last post, decking lumber is not a finished product. Sure, it gets to you in a ready-for-installation form, already S4S, E4E, and possibly grooved to allow for a hidden fastener system. But that doesn’t mean it’s pretty. Not yet, anyway. Since the long, tumultuous journey of your decking boards began […]