The One Thing I Did That Changed My Life

I think that in today’s world, we are all busy and we all have hard things that we have to deal with. Not one of us has an easy life. The only people with nothing to worry about are the dead ones… just saying. Now, I know that my life may not be as hard as someone else’s, I get that. The way I look at it, things could always be better and things could always be worse.

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Why You’re Not An Asshole For Saying “No” To Your Kids

In today’s fast-paced, instant gratification society, it is no surprise that kids constantly want, want, want. Before we moved to a home that did not have internet access, our kiddos never watched regular TV. Instead, they had Netflix, and at the time I didn’t realize just how awesome Netflix was. Sure, I understood that we could pick what we wanted to watch, and when we wanted to watch it, but something bigger was happening without my knowledge. Netflix was protecting my kids from this constant want, want, want or need, need, need mentality that is so ingrained in our society. How? Because the viewing was ad-free. The kiddos weren’t constantly being bombarded with the latest and greatest new toy every ten minutes. Think about that for a minute.

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Copper Pipe Repair

Copper pipe repair becomes necessary whenever a leak develops to prevent mold, damage to walls, ceilings or floors, or other items that water would ruin. How to repair the damaged pipe depends on several factors:

  • How severe is the damage
  • Whether soldering the pipe is possible due to location
  • Cost
  • Skill level of homeowner

If the hole is small like a pinhole size then repairing the copper pipe is as easy as cutting the pipe at the hole with a pipe cutter placing a coupler at the place where the pipe was cut and soldering it. However, if the damage is greater due to perhaps freezing then a larger section of the pipe will have to be cut out and replaced. Then the replacement pipe will have to be soldered in at the couplers where the pipes join.

Clamps are also an option for repairing small pinhole size leaks. They are available at hardware stores. A rubber gasket is wrapped around the pipe then a clamp is tightened that fits around the pipe and gasket sealing the leak. Not recommended hidden in walls or ceilings but would be fine in areas that could be accessed if needed to be.

Top 6 Favorite Tips to Finish Drywall Like a Pro!

I’m not an expert at drywall finishing by any means, but I’d say I’m fair to middlin’. I enjoy mudding very much. It puts me in a very meditative place when I am applying the compound, but NOT so much when I have to sand the compound, yuck! Anyway, from my years of experience working with drywall, here are my top five tips for doing drywall.

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The Best Over Shoe Insoles for the Money

I want to talk to you today about Doctor Scholl’s inserts. It’s a question I get all the time in the office so I thought I’d put it out here and answer that question for you very simply and concisely. And the truth of the matter is those inserts that you get at Walmart any of the big box stores like that’s great for cushioning but they don’t give you any arch support. They don’t give you that true relief that you need for true plantar fasciitis. Someone is having some generalized foot pain they may get some benefit from it there certainly is a role that those play. But for the vast majority of people that I see in the office, I tell them to stay away from those inserts.

And then there’s this machine at Walmart this is that dr. Scholl’s machine that says custom orthotics. First off it is not custom. There’s nothing customized about it that’s very misleading a custom orthotic requires you to have a mold of your foot it’s tailored specifically to your foot. With this machine, they give you about eight different choices maybe not even that many I’d have to look at it again. They give you several choices of inserts that would be the best fit for your foot. So what it does is it takes a pressure map of your foot kind of balances you out see where you’re putting your weight and then directs you to an insert. The inserts are very similar there’s not a big difference between one or the other and honestly, I think if you stick their blue one or their yellow one or they’re red one into your shoe you’re not going to notice a big difference. There’s nothing customized for it it’s not worth the $50.

If you need an insert for work boots I would recommend you get Dr. Scholl’s Work Massaging Gel Advanced Insoles. So my advice is to save your money. Although they mean well they’re not making true orthotics there’s nothing custom for it and go see a foot doctor and find out what you need before you waste your money on a custom doctor Scholl’s product. But the Dr. Scholl’s Work Massaging Gel Advanced Inserts are a really good choice for the money. I also recommend that you use the right socks for your work boots.

By Dr. Matthew Neuhaus