<![CDATA[Interior Exterior Painting wood rot repair drywall and ceiling repair company serving Olathe, Overland Park, Leawood, Stilwell, Johnson county, Kansas City. - The Saw & Brush Blog]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:53:39 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Pure Maple Syrup and the Construction industry]]>Mon, 09 May 2011 17:06:13 GMThttp://atlascoatingsandconstruction.com/the-saw--brush-blog/pure-maple-syrup-and-the-construction-industryAtlas Coatings & Construction Blog Picture Maple Syrup Pouring
I never really knew much about syrup as a kid.  All I knew was that I loved it on my pancakes and even dipping my sausage in it.. gave that fried pork meat a sweet coating that made it even better!  I LOVE syrup who doesn't?! 

It wasn't until I was stuck in bed with the flu last year, did I learn about the golden sweet liquid we traditionally put on or flap-jacks and French Toast known as Maple Syrup.  It was either the Discovery Channel, or Food Network that aired a show on Pure Maple Syrup.

All Maple Syrup is the same right?  Wait.. what?  MOST syrup on the market is actually a synthetic (man made) version of the "Pure Maple Syrup" that comes from the sap of maple trees.  You remember as a kid, watching TV and seeing commercials where the old lady bottle at the breakfast table comes to life.  She makes sure you are enjoying her syrup (which comes in a multitude of different flavors: BUTTER FLAVORED, CLASSIC, Reduced Fat..).  The STAPLE to the American hot breakfast was not real.. that she has been pedaling a synthetic version of the REAL Maple Syrup the whole time and I was none the wiser.

Atlas Coatings & Construction Blog Picture Maple Syrup Bottle Spilled
I was in the grocery store today, made me think of this topic.  I took pictures to illustrate this story, but sadly my blackberry is not wanting to share the pics I took so please just visualize with me.  Every time I have gone to the grocery store since seeing that show, I have wanted to find some REAL MAPLE SYRUP.  The REAL DEAL... Vermont's Best..  What I found was much like what most homeowners/business owners find when they call a contracting company.  Prices were all over the place.  From the cheapest (what is actually in it?) of around $1.98 to $12.00 for a bottle.

My attention was on the syrup section in the breakfast isle.  It was a bigger section because this store is rather large.  There were probably 60 different kinds of syrup there for my liking.  I first searched for the REAL syrup. 

I tend to be a person who pays for quality.  If there is a deal to be had.. sure great.. I saved some money.. I always tread cautiously because I am all too aware of "too good to be true".  If there is a deal and I get what I pay for, I am happy for that fact.  I am the person who is known for spending more on a tool, or whatever it may be, to get quality, get what I want, AND what I paid for.  Rarely do you ever get what you want from a "deal".. what is worse is putting up with something just because you got a deal on it.

Back to syrup.  I noticed right away the difference between the REAL maple syrup and the synthetic syrups.  The REAL syrups were asking more money for their product than their fake counterparts.  They were in nicer GLASS bottles that had different shapes and finishes.  Not the "fancy" PLASTIC bottles.  One was in the shape of a maple leaf.  One brand of PURE MAPLE SYRUP  came in a bottle that looked like the honeypots you would picture a bear enjoying, sitting there on his rump.  There he sits, jar between his legs, pawing at the naturally sweet golden brown  liquid and licking it from his paws.    I checked the price.  The maple leaf bottle was 10oz and marked with a price of $5.98.. it was on sale.  The one that caught my eye was the honey-jar looking bottle that was 12oz and had a price of $12.00.  I looked for the "old lady bottle".. you know which one I am talking about..   The old lady bottle was $2.98 for a 24oz bottle! 

WOW what savings right?!  Well I guess.. thing is.. when you buy this bottle, not only is it man made (FAKE) maple syrup.. it is filled with corn syrup, a bunch of artificial flavors and colors to make it look real, and even though on the outside and taste wise it seems the same.. the reality is it is not good for you in the long run.  The REAL maple syrup was more expensive.  Is it worth it? 

Yes.  Why you say?  There are MUCH cheaper syrups out there!!  Why pay that kind of price for syrup?! 

There are a lot of reasons to go with the REAL syrup over the FAKE, that is besides the obvious.  Decisions like these are the same decisions a person faces when they search for a contractor.  There are many many man MANY choices for contractors, just the same there are many different types, brands, and chemical compositions to "syrup".   I say that and to me the fake syrup should not get the label "syrup", it should be given a name of "sugary breakfast topping" or something else.  I laughed when I read one bottle that stated "PURE MAPLE SYRUP" (which most do say btw, even if they are man made).  I turned the bottle around to reveal a column of ingredients.  The bottle stated "CONTAINS NO CORN SYRUP".. yeah it doesn't contain corn syrup because it had brown rice sugar instead..  In comparison the REAL syrup had no ingredient list.. it was after all 100% REAL Maple Syrup.

What you have are a bunch of companies trying to be the better money option for the consumer.  They are trying to beat out the "REAL MAPLE SYRUP" companies on price.  For the price they are offering.. they cannot produce a genuine REAL product.  The companies look and search and find ways to take a pretty straight forward design, the recipe good ole' mother nature gave us.. and produce the same results at a lesser price.  What do you get for your money?  You get alot of smoke and mirrors, promises, and in the end.. it is actually bad for your health to take the easier, more "cost effective" approach to covering your pancakes or other breakfast delicacy. 

When you look at the quality, it is really a no brainer.  You get what you pay for.  There are many many options a person has when trying to figure out which company to do the work on their home or business.  If a person is willing to skimp on quality for price, you will get what you pay for each and every time.  Keep in mind that a job takes a certain amount of time and material to complete.  If you are getting a "really good deal".. chances are the contractor has either figured out a way to skimp on quality or cut out parts of the job to make it appear you are getting what you paid for, without actually giving it to you.  It is the maple syrup example all over again.  The real price for the project that you have in your mind cannot simply be cheapened for you without taking something out of the equation.  With the syrup companies.. they took the maple syrup out of the equation.  What exactly is it you are buying if not REAL maple syrup?  There has to be cuts to quality or material quality for a price to come down.  There is no magic wand to turn a job into a half off, or 25% off job.  In this instance you are asking for a contractor to work for free.  Ask yourself if you would work for free.. especially on a job that is mental, physical, and a liability to the contractor should anything go wrong on the job..

Think about what you want out of your project.  Patches never work, and when they fail it is usually majorly expensive and could have health related issues associated with it (black mold due to water leaks/damage).  Decide not on price, but on what you are getting, and what you want to get out of the project.  Mark my word, you will be rewarded with a better experience during the project, you will have a better product coming from a true craftsman, and you will get what you paid for in the end.

<![CDATA[New changes coming to the site!]]>Fri, 30 Jul 2010 04:46:41 GMThttp://atlascoatingsandconstruction.com/the-saw--brush-blog/new-changes-coming-to-the-siteJust what the title says.. New changes coming to the site.  Not only will the "under construction" items get finished.. other items will be available including more informative sections!
<![CDATA[Site Revamp underway]]>Tue, 15 Jun 2010 18:49:20 GMThttp://atlascoatingsandconstruction.com/the-saw--brush-blog/site-revamp-underway    This is just a short "hey we are working on the site".. I need to get more pictures up of all of our latest projects but there is only so much time in a day.  When we lost a harddrive last year it took 5 yrs worth of pictures with it.  So unfortuntly we are working with what we have picture wise until the others can be upped'. 

Nathan Deneault
Atlas Coatings & Construction
<![CDATA[Nasty Storms! Do you have a leak?? You need to check your house!]]>Mon, 14 Jun 2010 03:14:56 GMThttp://atlascoatingsandconstruction.com/the-saw--brush-blog/nasty-storms-do-you-have-a-leak-you-need-to-check-your-houseThis week's storms have been really nasty.  ALOT of rain has come down.  I decided to make a quick list of things to check around your home so that you will possibly catch some issues, and save you some money and heartache.

What to check..
Okay here is a list to check for damage:
  1. Is there water leaking in your basement?
  2. Are there new spots on a ceiling?
  3. Is there any wet spots around the house not due to kids, pets, obvious wet areas? (entry way, bathroom)
  4. "Water stains" on walls streaking down?
  5. Water staining or wet areas at ceiling/wall joint?
  6. Wet carpet at the base of a wall.
  7. Expanded and buckled wood flooring?
  8. Darkened areas in wood flooring.
  9. Stains on tile flooring.
I know these may sound pretty basic, but these are is the most basic "signs" or abnormalities that surface that tell you something is wrong.  You need to question if something is not right.

So you found some leakage.  Document it with pictures and the times and conditions in which it/they occur.  There ARE freak accounts of snow blowing into vents and the like.. just be aware. 

Nathan Deneault
Atlas Coatings & Construction
<![CDATA[Apollo an American Bulldog is our new mascot and newest member to our family!]]>Tue, 08 Jun 2010 05:58:33 GMThttp://atlascoatingsandconstruction.com/the-saw--brush-blog/apollo-an-american-bulldog-is-our-new-mascot-and-newest-member-to-our-family
    Apollo is the newest member of our family!  He is sooooo cute and lovable.  He is just 13 weeks old (10 weeks in the picture) and has the BEST personality.  He is officially the mascot of Atlas Coatings & Construction.  He is the new boss.  So any upcoming decisions or tools that must be bought are going to have to go through him first!  I hear he is a softy if you rub his belly right and give him some bacon treats ;)  LOL  So I don't think there is going to be too much of an issue there :D

    He loves dog treats, running, playing with his buddies (neighbor's dogs) and kids.. LOVES kids :)  His training is going GREAT.  Almost totally potty trained and knows some basic tricks (sit, stay, lay..)  Next trick to teach him is to roll over and to shake. 

    American Bulldogs are awesome animals.  They were originally bred as working dogs (farmers), for bull bating, and other duties that a strong, intelligent dog could do.  One special job of this breed was for hunting bears, wild boar, and other animals.  Because of their strength, stamina, intelligence, and their protective nature.. they are well known for being the protector of their family and livestock.  They are a great guard dog and menacing (looking) to anyone who doesn't know them.  But they are just big lovers who will protect their family and home. 

    American Bulldogs are a great breed!  I already know you will be hearing more about Apollo in the (near) future ;)  I am sure his crazy antics will keep you guys entertained.  He is already a hoot.. one weird thing he likes to do is put his nose/muzzle in shoes.. or lick feet :P  LOL weirdo..

He is asleep right next to me as I write this. :)

-Nathan Deneault
<![CDATA[Catch the problems as they surface.]]>Mon, 24 May 2010 07:09:20 GMThttp://atlascoatingsandconstruction.com/the-saw--brush-blog/catch-the-problems-as-they-surfaceAtlas Coatings & Construction Exterior Home Painting Wood Rot Repair Examination Olathe, Overland Park, Leawood, Stilwell, Stanley, Lenexa, Mission, Shawnee
    Catch the problems as they surface.  Don't let the small issues around your home or office become serious problems.  Make a list of the different "issues" your building's exterior has.  BTW don't worry.. EVERY home has an issue here or there.  Mother Nature is the it's harshest enemy, and she shows no mercy to your home or office's exterior.  It is good to check your the exterior for damage once a month and after extreme storms.

    Here are some simple things to look for while doing a routine examination of your home's exterior:

  1. Check for loose or peeling paint.
  2. Make sure the wood trim and siding are intact.  (No wood rot, swelling, or cracking)
  3. Loose siding.
  4. Nails "popping" out of the trim and siding,
  5. Caulking is intact. (nail holes filed, seams in the exterior caulked)
  6. Knots in wood loosing paint and swelling or cracking.

    Any time you see something that should not be, write it down.  It may be as little as:
  • Past paint job has a "missed" or "holiday" spot.
  • Rust from nail heads visible.
  • Scuffs from the riding lawnmower on the foundation.
    With your attention to detail, these small issues won't turn into costly repairs that could spell REAL $$$$$ trouble in the future!

we put together of a walk-around with a homeowner.  We offer a service to come out and identify potential problems and photo document them if you choose to hold off on the work that needs to be completed. 

    Please stop by and check out my blog often.  It is new and will feature different topics on feeding and caring for your home/office/industrial sites.  I encourage you to leave me feedback and contact me if you have any questions or suggestions on future blogs.  Or contact us if you have any questions on any service we provide / work that needs to be completed at your property.  We would love to hear from you!

Nathan Deneault
Atlas Coatings & Construction
(913) 980-3823
<![CDATA[Are you guilty of the Titanic effect when dealing with your home?]]>Sat, 13 Mar 2010 06:47:39 GMThttp://atlascoatingsandconstruction.com/the-saw--brush-blog/are-you-guilty-of-the-titanic-theory-when-dealing-with-your-homePicture
    Most people think of their home as a place they will only occupy for a short length of time.  Isn't this the "best case scenario?"  Isn't it like the builders of the RMS Titanic outfitting it with only 20 lifeboats for all 1178 passengers aboard?  I mean it WAS unsinkable afterall....

    It seems that too many people are often too optimistic about their plans when it comes to their living situations and their home.  They plan for short times in their house and plan repairs and upkeep of the house around these "best laid plans" instead of a more realistic view of them being there for an extended period of time.

    Time wasted, money wasted.. plans change, life happens.. what are you left with?  A house with "get it by" repairs and "not going to be here long" patches.  You wake years down the road (STILL IN THE HOUSE) with the reality of having to not only fix those areas again, which is time, material, and headaches of finding the right contractor; but also the possibility of other problems caused by poor planning and looking through rose colored glasses.

    When you are faced with the problem of doing a repair, don't choose the cheaper route.  Instead do what is best for your house, your $$Investment$$.  Just because home prices/values have dropped.. it doesn't mean that they will not go back up, or that a home that was poorly maintained will not lose even more value because of this.

The proverb "damage suffered makes you knowing, but seldom rich" cannot be truer. 

<![CDATA[Been a tiring process]]>Sun, 17 Jan 2010 09:00:42 GMThttp://atlascoatingsandconstruction.com/the-saw--brush-blog/been-a-tiring-processIt has been a tiring process to look through many harddrives and find pictures for the site and to get the Flickr account updated like it is needed, and find the time to still work on the actual site.  I plan on having most of it wrapped up by weeks end.  Then just a few minor changes here and there. :P  Thanks for your patience!