Prosthodontist is a Top Job According to 2018 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Prosthodontist is a Top Job According to 2018 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the restoration and replacement of missing teeth and correcting other oral or facial issues. With their advanced training, prosthodontists are able to help patients with implants, dentures and veneers, all the way to full mouth and jaw reconstructions.CHICAGO, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A career in prosthodontics is once again one of the “Best Jobs” according to U.S. News & World Report. This year the news organization ranked prosthodontist as No. 16 on their list of “The 25 Best Jobs of 2018,” compared to No. 21 last year….

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Home Improvement – The Top 10 Home Improvement Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Home Improvement – The Top 10 Home Improvement Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Although a major home improvement can prove to be a rewarding project, it can also turn your life upside down if you are not prepared. I’ve heard of some worst case scenarios involving people who have lost their homes because they got in over their heads and others who ended up with incomplete project nightmares that cost them thousands of dollars to correct.

Following is a list of the top ten mistakes homeowners make when undertaking home improvement projects and tips on how to avoid them:

1. References. Do enough research and background checking to satisfy you. Walk away if the contractor is not willing to provide references from former clients. Do an online search of the contractor’s business and personal name. Check with local courts for judgments filed against them and with the Better Business Bureau for any consumer complaints. Look at previous work completed (in person). Check with material suppliers since a good contractor will have a long-standing relationship with suppliers. Contact other contractors who have worked with them before. Check their credit standing – contractors with bad credit are often disorganized and don’t manage their business well. Inquire about insurance, workers compensation and licensing.

2. Project management. You need one person to help you manage your project. Most issues occur when inexperienced homeowners try to manage their own project. A project manager is a single point of contact between the homeowner and other contractors and is responsible for scheduling and workflow.

3. Contracts. Make sure your contract is solid. As obvious as this may sound, failure to get a contract or signing an incomplete contract is one of the most common mistakes. Put all the details in writing – never take someone’s word for it. Following are items that should be included in the contract: (1) the full name of the company and the person you are doing business with and their contact information, (2) an addendum consisting of the complete set of plans, (3) an addendum consisting of the materials to be used, (4) the price of the goods or services, (5) the manner and terms of payment, (6) a description of the work to be performed, (7) a start date and an estimated completion date, (8) a default clause in the event either party defaults that specifies how damages will be calculated, (9) warranties and (10) signatures.

4. Warranties. Make sure you receive a warranty with detailed terms and conditions. Don’t accept a contract that simply states that all work is guaranteed. There is often confusion as to who is responsible for the warranty. Get the following in writing: (1) Who is backing the warranty? (2) What is covered and what is not covered? (3) How long is the warranty valid for? (4) What can void the warranty? (5) What is the process for placing a warranty claim?

5. Changes. During the project, you may change your mind on certain design aspects which may require more or less work from contractors. It is critical to document every change order and note the exact cost or savings. Changes should be signed and dated by all parties.

6. Plans. Get a clear description on what will be done, how it will be done and the materials to be used. For smaller projects, contractors can draw up plans. For larger and more complicated projects, find a qualified designer or architect. And, for example, if load-bearing walls will be altered, find an engineer to review the structural side of the plans.

7. Costs. Estimating costs tends to be a big problem because people do not make realistic comparisons. Homeowners may hire the contractor with the lowest price but that price may turn out to be much higher in the end. “Allowance items” tend to be the main culprit in estimating costs. For example, contractors may give you allowances for flooring, lighting or hardware that are artificially low. The bid looks enticing until you examine it closely. Request a line item for straight costs on materials and labor since some contractors mark up materials and labor so they can make a profit on it. Ask the contractor to pass along costs to you and to add a line item for their fee. This creates a more clear and honest assessment of the job.

8. Financing and payments. Before signing the contract, figure out how you are going to pay for your home improvement project. Make sure you maintain control of the money – don’t let your project manager or contractor control the money. This sounds obvious but many homeowners allow contractors to make draws on construction accounts only to realize that the draws were not used for the intended purpose. What does this mean? It means your contractor scored a new truck, you’re out of money and the project is incomplete. Tips: (1) don’t pay a lot of money up front, (2) pay when materials are delivered, (3) pay when work begins and (4) pay as work progresses. Pay only after work and materials are inspected and approved.

9. Inspections. Don’t wait until your home improvement project is almost complete to do the inspection. Plan phased inspections along the way so work doesn’t need to be re-done. Don’t rely on city and county building inspectors to protect you since the codes they enforce don’t guarantee quality (and they often miss things too!). Before paying for work, hire an independent inspector to do periodic phase inspections.

10. Materials. Stick with products that are tried and true. This rule especially holds true when it comes to windows, doors, framing materials, roofing products, concrete coverings, epoxy floors, plumbing, light fixtures and electronics. You don’t want to be the guinea pig that test runs the supposed latest and greatest new products or materials only to find out that these items don’t last or turn out to be fire hazards!

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Top Characteristics of Power Tools Explained

Top Characteristics of Power Tools Explained

Power tools are great for making big and small jobs around the house a lot easier and faster than manual powered equipment. All construction tools fall into one of two main categories. Within these categories, they are further divided up by exactly how they are powered. Here are the basic characteristics for these categories to help you decide what you need in your arsenal of equipments:

Main Categories

Portable: These power equipments are great for their convenience. They are hand-held so you can go from one job to the next with ease. Just because they are portable doesn’t mean they are less powerful or less important to a big job. They have specific uses that are very important and depending on the piece, they aren’t necessarily tiny. An air compressor is portable (usually on wheels) but it can help you put up a privacy fence in no time.

Other portable pieces include the power drill, sander, circular saw, planer and much more. Depending on the job you’re planning, you may not even need any of the pieces in the next category.

Stationary: These are bigger pieces for bigger jobs and they stay put. Pieces like the table saw or mitre saw are common stationary construction equipments. They are used to cut large pieces of wood and planks. If you need big pieces like these, you need to make sure you have a workshop large enough to accommodate them. These cannot be stored away in the tool box or cabinets. Stationary power tools are more like pieces of furniture for your workshop.


Gas-powered-These are usually large outdoor equipments. Chainsaws are one of the common gas-powered equipments as well as weed-eaters and edgers. These are convenient because there is no cord tying you down and you can work anywhere in the yard. These can be hard to use for some people because it takes some strength to get it cranked the first time. Though once you get a feel for it, pulling that string gets easier.

Electric-powered-These come in two categories: battery and corded. The battery-powered came about for the convenience of not being tethered to a wall and made working in a variety of places much easier.

The early versions were less powerful than the corded tools, but advancements in batteries and the equipment have put them on par with corded pieces. Of course, you also get what you pay for here. The least expensive is not likely to give you much force or intensity so, if you’ve got a big job, it makes sense to invest in a good piece.

Compressed air-This type of equipment is corded but, the compressed air is the force behind the machine. There are so many uses for an air compressor. Attachments include nail and brad guns of all sizes, sprayers and of course, it can also be used to air up the tires. Make sure you learn how to properly use and care for power tools. This ensures your safety as well as the longevity of the equipment.

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Top 5 Tools Every Electrician Should Have

Top 5 Tools Every Electrician Should Have

Electricians, as with the other trades, require a lion's share of general use and specialty tools. Let's take a closer look at the top 5 types of tools that professional electricians typically use on the job and should be in every electrician's tool belt.

A flashlight is one of the most essential pieces of related equipment that an electrician can carry. Even if you're assigned to a site where a flashlight may not seem important, it's still best to have one because certain situations may require some additional light to help you see. Outlets, sockets, wire boxes, conduits, and pipes are always dark on the inside. Even if the area you are working in has ample light, you should never try to work inside tiny places or reach inside panels without proper light. Because electricians work with and carry a lot of equipment, many flashlights that electricians carry are light weight, sturdy, yet provide a bright beam of light.

Voltmeters are yet another valuable piece of equipment that electricians utilize to not only work efficiently, but also to work safely. Voltmeters are a tool that measures the electrical potential difference between two points in an electric circuit. An electrician should never absorb the circuit that needs to be worked on does not have electricity flowing through them. With a voltmeter, an electrician can test the circuits and see if they are in fact "live." Based on the statements made from the voltmeter, the electrician can properly and safely address the circuits and plan the best route to make necessary repairs.

A very good pair of wire strippers is also important. Wire strippers are small, hand-held tools, very similar to scissors, which are used to cut the unbound insulation surrounding the wire without actually cutting the wire itself. With the insulation removed and the wire exposed, an electrician can connect those wires to switches, conductors, or anything with requires to run on that electrical circuit.

Pliers are also a vital piece of equipment. Pliers can serve many functions for an electrician. Pliers can be used for tightening and loosing, providing much extra need grip for the electrician, cutting blade for wires, pulling wires through locations, twisting wires, and a miriad of other functions. Pliers are indeed a very important multi-purpose tool for an electrician to have.

Draw Tape, or draw wire, is also a very important tool and electrician can have. Usually called "fish tape", draw tape is a tool an electrician would use to route guide string for new wiring through pipes, walls, or electrical conduit.

Draw tape is a long, narrow band of medium-carbon steel that's coiled, placed on a reel. Because it's made of medium-carbon steel, it can conform to the curvatures of different conduits. The draw tape works by attaching one end of guide string to the end of the draw tape. The draw tape is pushed through the conduit with the guide string attached. Once the draw tape meets the end of the conduit, the wires are tied to the opposite end of the guide sting. By pulling the guide string, this would route the wire through to the end of the conduit.

An electrician can acquire a lot of tools that are needed to complete a job over the course of his or her career. There is no doubt that these tools are the top 5 must have tools of every electrician.

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Top 10 Plumbers in Boston

Top 10 Plumbers in Boston

Here is a Top 10 of numbers in the Boston MA area. This list was compiled and ordered by how frequently the plumber's information is kept in people's digital address books. The plumbers that are used more frequently are stored more frequently. The # 1 plumber on this list has been stored the most amount of times by Boston residents. Generally, people only store a business' information in their address books if they are satisfied with the provider's service and wish to engage in repeat business. This is a measure of how many people utilize services by plumbers in the Boston Area.

Top 10 Most Popular Boston Plumbers

1. Gallagher Thos G Incorporated (202 people stored this plumber in their digital address books)

(617) 661-7000

54 Washburn Ave – Cambridge, MA 02140

2. Pann Robert L & Company (159)

(617) 864-2625

207 Prospect St – Cambridge, MA 02139

3. Trethewey Bros Incorporated (132)

(617) 325-3283

4280 Washington St – Roslindale, MA 02131

4. Richman Corporation (126)

(617) 745-9898

65 Liberty St – Quincy, MA 02169

5. Winters Plumbing Company (124)

(617) 484-2121

782 Pleasant St – Belmont, MA 02478


6. Fa Williams Incorporated (120)

(617) 489-4770

12 Brighton St – Belmont, MA 02478

7. Plumbers Union Local 12 (95)

(617) 288-6200

1230 Massachusetts Ave – Dorchester, MA 02125

8. Holmes RP Corporation (64)

(617) 527-0682

97 Border St – Newton, MA 02465

9. Braman Dow & Company (62)

(617) 227-2240

239 Causeway St – Boston, MA 02114

10. Patey Geo S & Sons Incorporated (58)

(617) 734-9400

48 Station St – Brookline, MA 02445

Picking the right plumbing contractor can be a pretty big decision, more so if you need one right away. Your plumbing is central to your family's well-being. Make sure to hire a qualified professional as opposed to a generalist who does plumbing work on the side.

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6 Top Tools For Great Electricians

6 Top Tools For Great Electricians

Just like any other technical tasks in the house, you will need an electrician for your electrical wiring and repairing. Electricians cannot perform their duties effectively without certain tools. Some of the most important tools that should never miss from the electrician’s toolbox are:

  • Fish tape

This tool comes in handy when you need to pull a solid or stranded wire through PVC or metal conduit. There is a cable lube to aid electricians pull wires through pipes. Fish tape is inexpensive, so the electrical expert has no excuse for not having it.

  • Hammer

This might sound puzzling but electricians need hammers too. They use the hammer to secure boxes with nail-on brackets on to studs at homes. It is vital to choose a good strong hammer that will do the job perfectly and avoid damage.

  • Tape measure

This is one of the most important tools for any electrician to carry. The expert will use it to measure heights for outlets and switches. It also comes in handy for centering lighting fixture boxes in homes. This tool is also not that expensive.

  • Wire strippers

At times, an electrical expert will need to cut through the insulation of electrical wires to fix the problem. Amateur electricians will do this using their teeth, which is very dangerous because the wire may be live. Professionals use wire strippers to cut through the insulation. These tools come in different cutting teeth to deal with differently sized wires. Furthermore, they have a cutoff portion to cut the wire.

  • Voltage detector

For every electrical expert, safety is a crucial part of his or her work. He or she should observe all the electrical safety rules. The voltage detector helps the expert to check quickly whether there is a current or voltage flow present in an electrical socket or wire before he or she can take any other action. Some detectors must be turned on using a switch while others are automatic. Others use your thumb as the switch but do not cause any harm.

  • Screwdriver

The electrical expert needs a screwdriver to faster switches and sockets to the wall as well as to unfasten them during repair and replacement. There are many kinds of screwdrivers out there. The best are the ones that allow you to insert different blades to open different types of screws. The screwdriver should also have a good handle to make the work easier and faster.

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Top Electrician Jobs

Top Electrician Jobs

In today's high speed world where information moves at the speed of light across the country, electrician jobs go unfilled for lack of qualified, talented individuals. There are entire websites and head hunting personnel firms that specialize in finding qualified, educated electricians for large electrical contractors and government agencies. In addition, there are courses and programs that will help you to create an industry approved version of an electrician's resume that will be accepted by small firms and large ones alike.

Even apprentice electricians right out of school are in high demand and command a very high starting salary due to a shortage of supply in the job market. The trend over the last decade has been that people with an inclination towards studying and working with electricity have moved into computers and other related areas rather than the more nuts and bolts, old world style of electrical contracting. This has created a shortfall in the supply and demand factors that control any marketplace in America. As a result, there is more active recruiting of individuals into this field and wages and benefit packages have increased dramatically over the years.

In the past few years, the cable industry has been the single largest employer of electricians in the country. Constantly wiring up new homes for service and repairing existing customers has terminated an army of electricians busy for almost three decades. And when technology changes, as it does, which requires updating existing facilities, that same army of electricians hits the streets again, armed with the latest tools and information to do the job right

There are jobs going empty in the housing industry with construction of new houses and redoing older ones keeping electricians busy for almost twenty years. And even though the commercial construction industry has slowed down from its breakneck pace of the 80's, there is still a larger demand than supply of qualified, commercial electricians. Go to school, learn your trade, prepare an electricians resume and you'll be working as an apprentice faster than you thought possible.

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The Top Home Renovation Mistakes

The Top Home Renovation Mistakes

The right home renovations can add money at resale. But home renovations can be expensive. How can you know what renovations will return that cash when you sell? Experienced realtors and contractors know the answer to this question, so I asked them.

“Cost overruns are common,” said one contractor. “No matter how well we budget, we always find something that complicates the job, or the homeowner changes their mind about something. It’s like building a custom home; there are surprises.”

“So what you are saying is that a homeowner wanting to renovate should plan carefully?” I asked.

“Exactly. Do the research before diving in. We see a lot of people diving in all excited about, say, knocking out a wall to open things up and then finding out that the replacement structure is very expensive.”

One realtor told me, “Homeowners should reconsider a new wallpaper project. Wallpaper looks just great for about three months and then it’s dated. I hear prospective buyers say, ‘Uh, we will have to tear off that paper,’ almost every time they see flower wallpaper on a walkthrough. It’s a negative.”

Another item is when a homeowner knocks out a wall to expand a master bedroom by eliminating the bedroom next to it. “Sure, the master is glorious and wonderful, but now on resale you have a two-bedroom home instead of a three-bedroom home. Believe me, this will bring the home value down, even if you have three baths,” said the realtor.

Another contractor said, “Converting a two-car garage into a family room is one renovation project that we get that will cost more to do than you think, and on resale doesn’t add much. If the new room is in a garage without any windows, most code inspectors will not allow you to use it as a bedroom either. And folks do like garages.”

The one mistake that I saw a lot when I was a home inspector was homeowners deciding to do the renovation work themselves. I am not saying that qualified folks shouldn’t jump in and do some or all of the work, but make sure you are really qualified. Sometimes people don’t know what they don’t know. DIY renovations can be pretty obvious and disinviting to home buyers.

One example was a bathroom in a home where the homeowner had installed all the fixtures himself. The wrong plumbing traps, fittings, and couplings were used, the hot water line was going to the toilet (they did not notice it), and three faucets had slow leaks. The buyers liked the home but balked at a $1500 estimate to fix everything to meet code in that “upscale” bath.

“I’ve seen people spend a lot of money for a very swanky and upscale kitchen. While they really liked it themselves, when they went to sell they only got about 20% of that cost back. The reason was that the home just wasn’t on that price point or in an area with other homes that would have that kind of upgrade. So tell your readers to do a thorough analysis before they decide to spend a lot of money on the kitchen, unless they are going to stay in the home.”

The lesson here is this: research and planning are critical if you want to renovate. Find out what the return on investment is (the internet, contractors, and realtors can help) before you start, and get at least three proposals before you begin.

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