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My Experience With Lowe’s Gutter Installation

**I was not compensated for this post nor did I receive free installation/products. I just wanted to share my experience and opinion.**
gutters

We all know that good gutters is your home’s best defense against harsh elements. Unfortunately, gutters warp and bend as they age. Along with it, so do the hangers and other hardware that was used to install them. This can cause the gutters to pull away from you home and lets water fall uncontrolled. This was the situation with my gutters. Every time it rained, there was a downpour of water right above my patio door.  Before my home suffered any water damage, I needed to take care of this issue. Prior to contacting gutter companies, I did a lot of research on gutter materials, sizes, installation, cost, etc. For a minute I even looked into DIY gutter installation. I figured I’d need more than two hands to do this. Once I was a little better informed, I contacted the first company: Lowe’s.

After filling out an online form, a Lowe’s employee called to set up a free home consultation. Three days later, one of their project specialists came to my home to take measurements and inspect the current gutter situation. He was friendly and knowledgeable. He informed me that I have 97 linear feet of gutters and that 24 linear feet of fascia wood would need to be replaced due to wood rot. That was the area above the patio door that was pulling away. The gutters above my garage were also bend and started to pull away.

Lowe’s offers 5″ and 6″ gutters. My old gutters were 5″ so I stuck with the same size. This also allowed me to keep my four existing downspouts which were in great shape. Keeping the downspouts  saved me over $200. The total cost for 97 linear feet  5″ seamless gutter installation came to $1,078 after tax. This included all materials, labor, and hauling away of job related debris.  He left me with the written quote and encouraged me to call him with any further questions. I appreciated the fact that he wasn’t pushy – which wasn’t the case with Home Depot.

While I have nothing against Home Depot ( I shop there all the time), their guy was very pushy. In addition to quoting nearly $400 more for the same job, materials, etc., the guy  tried to talk me into getting  a Home Depot credit card, which I politely declined.

The third company was a local roofing company.  Their quote was around $100 less than Home Depot’s. The problem with them was that they couldn’t commit to starting the work for at least  another month or two. The concern I have with local companies (some at least)  is that today “they’re in business”, next week they can be “gone”. I don’t mean to insult anyone but I had seen it happen before. Six months after a local company did work on my AC unit, their phone number was disconnected. At least with big box stores labor is guaranteed for a year and the store “isn’t going anywhere”.

Gutters

After doing my research and meeting with three companies, I decided to go with Lowe’s. Two weeks after meeting with the Lowe’s guy, two independent contractors (hired by Lowe’s) came out to do the work. The installation was smooth (about 4 hours) and I’m happy with the results. Since then we have had major rain storms, ice and snow. Every so often, I walk around the property to inspect the gutters. Everything looks fine – no sagging, no pulling, no leaks or holes.

Gutters

Gutters

Have you ever hired a big-box store to do installation at your home? If so, what was your experience?

Products I’ve Been Lovin’

Products I've been Lovin'

Today I want to share with you a few amazing products I’ve discovered recently. These are the things I’ve been using on a day to day.

 

1. Hyperbiotics Activated Charcoal Probiotic Toothpaste

probiotic toothpaste

hyperbiotics toothpaste

This toothpaste is as awesome as the rest of the Hyperbiotics products. This is a great all-natural toothpaste.  It’s completely different from any toothpaste I have ever used. It doesn’t foam like your regular toothpaste. That is because this toothpaste doesn’t contain any artificial chemicals, detergents and foaming agents.  It leaves my teeth feeling really clean and it smells and tastes minty. My teeth feel as if they’ve been polished after brushing. This is a great toothpaste for those wanting to avoid the chemicals and fluoride  which are common in more commercial products.

 

2. Rahda Rosehip Oil

rosehip oil

rosehip oil

Without doubt, I love this oil. Some people are afraid of putting oil on their faces. However, face oils can curb dryness and help with extreme oiliness and breakouts. Face oils have intense antioxidants to deeply nourish every skin cell, leaving nothing behind but the appearance of a seriously smoother, younger-looking you. This oil is a head-to-toe multitasker. Sometimes I dab a bit of Rosehip oil around my eyes, sometimes I mix it with my body lotion; sometimes I touch a bit to the ends of my hair to fix flyaways. It never fails me. I use this oil every day as part of my beauty regimen. My almost 48-year-old skin loves this oil.  It leaves my skin moisturized and healthy looking.

 

3. NextRelief Recovery Cream with Arnica, Aloe & Tea Tree Oil

Next relief

next relief

Once in a while I have aching muscles and sore joints. Our last road trip to Chicago, for example,  left me with aching , tight shoulders. This cream gives me relief after just minutes. It doesn’t have that greasy feeling and dries quickly so it won’t stain your clothing. NextRelief has ingredients such as  Arnica, Aloe, Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin B6, MSM, Vitamin E, and more.  Made in the USA.

 

4. Udderly Smooth Hand Creme

Udderly Smooth

I came across Udderly Smooth at the Dollar Tree store.  I figured what do I have to lose; it’s  $1. To my surprise this is the best hand creme I’ve ever used. This creme has virtually erased my rough, dry hands. I carry a tube in my purse so it’s always available. This hand cream is soft and not greasy. It blends into my skin so well and makes my hands feel good.  I’ve tried many hand creams that claim to soothe dry, chapped hands but this product works better than all of them. Unfortunately, my dollar store no longer carries the creme.

 

If you’re already using any of the above products, let me know how you like them. Have a safe, happy and healthy week!

 

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Give Back During The Holidays… With A Song

The holiday season is here and if you’re like most Americans, you approach the holidays with a mixture of good cheer and stress about  gift-buying, cooking, baking, hosting, etc… One way to reinvigorate your holidays is to find some new ways to give back. Here’s a lovely idea.

Last week, I received a touching email about a Nashville artist named Isaac Sharp.  

He’s recently put out a Christmas single, Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas, with a pay-what-you-want model. Isaac partnered with The Bridge Ministry to have all the proceeds he makes from selling that song go toward purchasing Christmas gifts for the homeless youth they serve. He’s hoping to get as many downloads as possible before December 17th, because December 19th is the night they distribute all the gifts under the bridge.

Because Isaac knows that many donors have concerns about where their money actually goes once it’s given, he’s filming his whole journey to share on social media along the way.

Sadly, Nashville is home to one of the largest communities of homeless and underprivileged youth in the country. The Bridge Ministry is well-established in Middle Tennessee, known for their care of homeless families who gather under the Jefferson Street bridge for weekly church services on Tuesday nights.

If money is tight this holiday season, Isaac’s song is a good way to contribute what you can and still spread a little joy.

Isaac Sharp

Here’s how you can help:

1. Download the song! Donate the amount you feel led to provide, and you’ll immediately receive the link to the song.

2. Share this page on your social media accounts and tag me @iamisaacsharp so others can contact me and find all the information they need.

 

About Isaac:

The realization of what music can do for people is what draws Isaac. Early on, he saw people he cared about struggling with depression, self-harm, or abuse. He realized that art could help these people. Music, movies, and dancing all had a way of making people forget whatever they were going through. “I saw how music could restore hope like nothing I’ve seen outside of the church,” Isaac said. This was the first time music struck him as something bigger.