By Paul F. P. Pogue Angie’s List Published 5:10 PM EDT Sep 19, 2019 If you intend to hire a contractor for repairs or home improvements, it’s important to brush up on the lesser-known contract option known as a contractor lien waiver. Liens are a powerful tool contractors can use to enforce their debts. While no contractor wants to resort to using a lien, sometimes they’re a necessary outcome. Contractors have an interest in your home until they’re paid – especially suppliers and subcontractors. Since they can’t repossess bricks or other products once they’ve been installed, they need this legal avenue to recover their investment if they’re not paid. Though particulars vary by state, mechanics’ liens give a supplier, subcontractor or contractor a partial legal claim to the property for unpaid work or materials. A lien can wreak havoc on a project by tying up bank loans, clouding title ownership and scaring away potential … [Read more...] about Angie’s List: What do I need to know about contractor liens?
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Anthony Izaguirre and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press Updated 5:09 am PDT, Sunday, September 1, 2019 FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks at a roundtable on the opioid epidemic at Cabell-Huntington Health Center in Huntington, W.Va. FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks at a roundtable on the opioid epidemic at Cabell-Huntington Health Center in Huntington, W.Va. Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks at a roundtable on the opioid epidemic at Cabell-Huntington Health Center in Huntington, W.Va. FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks at a … [Read more...] about Do I stay or do I go? For Joe Manchin, a big decision awaits
By Paul F. P. Pogue Angie’s List Published 4:50 PM EDT Jul 4, 2019 Shopping for new windows means sorting through an overwhelming amount of numbers, options, performance factors and styles. But once you learn the basics, you’ll work your way around the stats like a pro. Before you dive too deep into the window buying process, first consider whether your existing windows are nearing the end of their lifespan. Aluminum windows generally last between 15 and 20 years, while wooden windows last around 30 years. Efficiency also plays a major role. According to the Department of Energy, heat loss or gain through windows are responsible for more than 25% of residential heating and cooling energy use. You can make a big difference in your energy bill by upgrading to more efficient windows. READING A WINDOW LABEL Two labels provide vital information on window performance: the Energy Star label and the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label. Don’t overlook … [Read more...] about Angie’s List: What do I need to know when buying new windows?
A badly needed reform to the charter school authorization process, Assembly Bill 1505, is currently making its way through the Legislature. The measure will ensure that charter schools obey the law, do not stray from their stated mission and truly serve the communities where they are located. This proposal would allow locally elected school boards to make decisions around which charter schools open in their districts, and would allow locally elected leaders making these decisions to take into consideration the interest of all district students.California’s Charter Schools Act was enacted in 1992, and it was intended to provide an opportunity for local educators and parents to innovate, experiment and take risks trying things that might be restricted by education code or traditional district structures. The idea was to provide a kind of “research and development” lab that could develop educational models that could then be used throughout the school system.Since then, … [Read more...] about Commentary: Why local control is needed for charter schools
× Wellness Relationships Parenting Money Food & Drink Style & Beauty Home & Living Work/Life Travel Finds MORE FROM HUFFPOST News Politics Entertainment Communities HuffPost Personal Videos ©2019 Verizon Media. All rights reserved. × Skip to Article What Do You Need For Marathon Training? HuffPost Finds “People who say running is a cheap sport have never run 26.2 miles.” By Mary Baucom 02/07/2019 05:24pm ET One step in front of the other. In essence that’s all it takes to complete a marathon . But as anyone who has completed 26.2 miles knows, it takes much more than just hitting the pavement to get across that finish line. Whether you’re training for your first 5K , your first marathon , or you’re tying up your sneakers for the first time in a while , there are loads of tips and tricks you can learn from running enthusiasts. Although every … [Read more...] about What Do You Need For Marathon Training?