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Temporary Fence; Providing Job Site or Event Safety and Control

March 1, 2012 6 comments

Temporary Fencing:
If you haven’t thought about using it, how it can be a benefit to you or your company or even not sure what it is, let The Backfill try to clear the muddy water for you.

Portable fencing is a sturdy affordable asset that can be used in many applications from complying with building and safety codes on construction sites to crowd control.  In some areas a fencing perimeter is required by law around project sites. Temporary fencing can also help prevent theft and outside injury while providing overall control and safety for construction sites, special events or home renovations.

Adapts To You:
Fencing is versatile in installation, configuration and set up locations. Whether you site is on a hard surface, such as concrete, where stands are used or softer surface, such as grass, and an in-ground installation can be used; temporary fencing can be erected to fit your sites requirements.

Purchasing or building fence is costly and time-consuming. When you add in the volume of pieces and its space requirements, storing it is a hassle and can be costly, which is just not feasible. This is where rental companies become your source as they alleviate these problems. A phone call is all it takes to have fencing delivered and installed at your job site or event. [ Temporary Fence Rental ]

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 Ideal Applications:

  • Construction/Job Sites
  • Landscape Projects
  • Paving Projects
  • Home Construction/Renovation
  • Crowd Control
  • Special Events
  • Outdoor Retail Areas
  • Disaster Relief Zones
 
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Houston Retail Increases In 1Q, In Most Categories

September 30, 2010 1 comment

THE GOOD:

Gross retail sales in the 10-county Houston metropolitan climbed 9 percent to $20.5 billion in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the first quarter of 2009, according to the latest tally by the Texas State Comptroller’s Office as analyzed by the Greater Houston Partnership.

THE BAD:

Eight of the 12 retail categories posted over-the-year gains for the three-month period.

THE UGLY:

Meanwhile, home furnishing store sales fell 10.5 percent to $573 million; electronics and appliance sales dropped 7.8 percent to $744 million, and building material sales declined nearly 20 percent to $1.23 billion.

Read more: Houston retail sales rose 9% in 1Q – Houston Business Journal

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Are You Ready For Some Houston Texans Football

September 8, 2010 25 comments

WE LOVE US SOME FOOTBALL!

This is our favorite time of the year. Football season is here, throw in the fact that hunting season is upon us as well and you have the perfect storm for outdoors and sports enthusiasts.

This past weekend College Football cranked up and it did not disappoint. There were upsets, nail-biters and the BCS already has a problem on their hands with Boise State knocking off Virginia Tech. Great start to the NCAA Football season, oh and not to mention, Texas A&M won!

The NFL starts up this weekend, actually tomorrow and all we can say is – it’s about time!

Now, it is no secret we are BIG Houston Texans fans and we are expecting a lot out of them this year. So we wanted to do a big post about our predictions and what we think needs to happen for them to have a good year and solidify the Texans first playoff berth. Then we found an article titled “Our Year” on Houston Press that did the job for us. Why write something on your own when you can just steal it, right?

Written by Sean Pendergast, (great Twitter follow @SeanCablinasian) a weekly contributor to Houston Press and one half of the Sean & John Show on 1560 The Game, “Our Year” puts the Texans Franchise and the 2010 season in perspective.

With a little history:

There’s certainly been plenty of hand-wringing and talk-radio angst over the Texans’ 49-79 record. But fans cast their votes on the team by spending money on game tickets and parking and food and gear. And the fans are still showing up.

Amazingly, they have shown up despite the following historical data. (Warning: If you love the Texans, these numbers will test that love.)

• At no point in their history have the Texans been three games over .500. Ever. Translation: Texans fans have not, for even one week, had a tangible reason to feel great about this team.

• In the eight years the Texans have been in existence, they’ve been over .500 for a total of 11 weeks. That’s it. Peyton Manning had that knocked out in one season by Thanksgiving last year. Translation: Texans fans can practically count on both hands the number of weeks they could even feel slightly good about this team.

• Since 2002, the Texans’ first season in the NFL, every team has made playoffs except for three: the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions and your Houston Texans. Translation: It’s never good to be mentioned with the Detroit Lions in any sentence.

The Pendergast Method:

So now it’s on to the 2010 season. If indeed the Texans are going to make the playoffs, let’s roll with the assumption that they’ll need to go 10-6, something they haven’t done in franchise history. Appropriately enough, in a season in which they have to shatter precedent, the schedule includes five of the six teams that the Texans have never beaten in their eight years in the league — Baltimore, the New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington. (Minnesota is the sixth team; it’s probably a good thing they don’t get a crack at all six.)

The Texans’ overall record against the slate of opponents they’ll face in 2010 is 22-55 (and 13-35 against their division opponents, whom they will obviously face twice).

Being a Texans believer in 2010 involves a lot of blind faith. Can the Texans finish 10-6? Sure, they can. In breaking down the schedule, I have a little thing that I call the Pendergast Bucket Theory, wherein I categorize each game, putting them into three probability buckets. They are as follows:

To a 10-6 Houston Texans Record:

So where do the games on the 2010 slate stack up in the Pendergast Bucket Theory? Glad you asked, young grasshopper. Here you go:

Must wins, 6: @ Oakland, vs New York Giants, vs Kansas City, vs Tennessee, @ Denver, vs Jacksonville

Coin flippers, 7: vs Indianapolis, @ Washington, vs Dallas, vs San Diego, @ Jacksonville, vs Baltimore, @ Tennessee

Steals, 3: @ Indianapolis, @ New York Jets, @ Philadelphia

So the formula to get to the postseason is pretty simple — the Texans need to go 5-1 against the “must wins” (easily the part of the formula with which I’m most uncomfortable; none of those games are lay-ups), 4-3 in the “coin flippers” (split the home games, split Jacksonville and Tennessee on the road, beat Washington — very doable) and win a “steal” game (I’ll go with Philly as the most likely).

If the Texans follow that formula, that equates to 10-6, which would have been good enough for a playoff berth in 2009. (Of course, in 2008, 11-5 wasn’t good enough for the Patriots to make it, but that’s because San Diego won the AFC West with an 8-8 record. That’s obviously not the case this season; 10-6 should get it done.)

It is a fantastic article and a MUST read for Houston Texans fans, for all football fans for that matter. To be honest, in an effort of holding up the integrity of this blog, anything we would have put together on the subject wouldn’t hold a candle to “Our Year” Will The Texans Make It To Playoffs. Great job Pendergast – we don’t think it could be said or broken down any better.

So go read it! It will make a Houston Texans believer out of you…or give you ammunition for the “how they will not make the playoffs, again” argument. Either way, we highly recommend it!

Click Here for full article: “Our Year” Will Texans Make It To Playoffs?

Not to completely ride the coattails of Sean, here is THE BACKFILL’s record prediction for the 2010 Houston Texans:

1 Sun, Sep 12th, 2010 Indianapolis Win

2 Sun, Sep 19th, 2010 at Washington Win

3 Sun, Sep 26th, 2010 Dallas Win

4 Sun, Oct 3rd, 2010 at Oakland Win

5 Sun, Oct 10th, 2010 NY_Giants Loss

6 Sun, Oct 17th, 2010 Kansas_City Win

7 Bye

8 Mon, Nov 1st, 2010 at Indianapolis Loss

9 Sun, Nov 7th, 2010 San_Diego Win

10 Sun, Nov 14th, 2010 at Jacksonville Loss

11 Sun, Nov 21st, 2010 at NY_Jets Loss

12 Sun, Nov 28th, 2010 Tennessee Win

13 Thu, Dec 2nd, 2010 at Philadelphia Win

14 Mon, Dec 13th, 2010 Baltimore Loss

15 Sun, Dec 19th, 2010 at Tennessee Win

16 Sun, Dec 26th, 2010 at Denver Win

17 Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011 Jacksonville Win

That’s right…no miss print, your Houston Texans are going 11-5 this year and taking a franchise first playoff spot! You heard it here first.

Sean Pendergast article [“Our Year”]
2010 AFC Champs [Houston Texans]
Twitter Feeds: Sean Pendergast [@SeanCablinasian] and we have to give out the 2nd half of the Sean & John Show, John Harris [@jharrisfootball] he is another great follow, highly skilled and educated on NFL and NCAA Football.

Categories: Sports

Home Owners Saving Money While Bringing Back “Do-It-Yourself” Approach

August 30, 2010 8 comments

Home owners going back to a “do-it-yourself” mentality is an increasing trend over the past few years.  More and more home owners are trying to “cut back” during these economic hard times.  Taking on small projects, repairs and other around the house maintainance items themselves has been an increasingly common way to capture some extra money and relieve some stress on the monthly budget.  Projects such as extending a patio, pressure washing, carpet cleaning or snaking out a clogged plumbing line can be done much cheaper by a home owner than hiring someone else to come in to do it.  One of the biggest areas people are adopting the do-it-yourself approach again, is lawn and garden care.

You Can: “DO-IT-YOURSELF”

 

A survey was recently conducted by The National Gardening Association showing this increase of home owners taking matter into their own hands.   The survey came back with about one out of five households nationwide spent more time caring for their lawns and gardens last year and 16 percent less money in total than in previous years.

The survey goes on to indicate that, while most of the 83 million households that participated in do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities last year spent about the same amount of time on their lawns and gardens, 22 percent spent more time food gardening, 19 percent spent more time flower gardening, 19 percent spent more time container gardening, 14 percent spent more time on lawn care, and 13 percent spent more time on yard and landscape maintenance. Only about 1 out of 10 households spent less time on lawn and garden activities last year.

These recently published results found in the Hard Times Lawn & Garden Survey and 2010 National Gardening Survey show how more Americans are tightening their belts while benefiting from their own lawn and garden maintenance, said Mike Metallo, President of NGA.

“It makes perfect sense that people are spending more time on do- it- yourself lawn and garden activities during this great recession because it’s a simple and direct way homeowners can maintain and improve the appearance of their property and save money by doing more for themselves,” Metallo said. “It’s clear that food gardening is a significant priority for many people because exercise, health and nutrition, along with food safety, are on the forefront of their minds, along with the dollars they spend on produce in stores.”
   
According to NGA’s 2010 National Gardening Survey, household participation in all types of do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities increased by 2 million households last year, to 83 million households from 81 million households the previous year. The average annual amount spent per household on all lawn and garden activities decreased by $81 from $444 to $363. And the total amount spent on all lawn and garden activities decreased by 16 percent to $30.121 billion last year from $36.060 billion the previous year.

Full Article: More people saving with do-it-yourself lawn & garden care

So, if you are looking to save that extra money and “do-it-yourself” your local rental store should be the first place you look.  Rental companies like Aztec Rental carry the equipment that will get your job done.  From lawn and garden equipment (chainsaws, lawn mowers, blowers, aerators, & sod cutters) and home project equipment (pressures washers, carpet cleaners, tile saws, & concrete mixers) to contractor equipment (generators, compressors, jackhammers & compactors) and earth moving equipment (backhoes, dozers, skid steer loaders & excavators), will be on hand and rental ready.

Basically, what every the project or job you have we make it easy, from the equipment and expertise to the proper use and advice.  So, if you are in the Greater Houston or surrounding areas come see us at Aztec Rental for all your rental equipment needs.  If Houston is not where you call home, contact your local rental company for information.

We strive on our customer service, and an important part of that is understanding what our customers want, need and what is in their best interest.  Many people do not want or need to rent equipment, as owning the equipment is more logical and beneficial for them.  If renting the equipment is not what you had in mind and would rather own the equipment yourself, great news, Aztec Rental is your source for new equipment as well.  We have the privilege of partnering with top of the line manufacturers in the outdoor power equipment, lawn equipment and construction equipment industries, to get you the “right” equipment for your needs.   If you are looking to purchase that chainsaw, trimmer, blower, walk behind lawn mower or zero turn mower you have always wanted, look no further, Aztec Rental has the experience and knowledge you are looking for in an equipment dealer.

Brands: Stihl, Echo, Ferris Mowers, Snapper Mowers, Trailers and more.

Helpful Do-It-Yourself Articles:

Lawn Aerator: How & When To Use
Spring Cleaning At It’s Easiest: Get Your Lawn In Shape
How To Refinish Your Hard Wood Floors

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Houston Is A Top 10 City For Young Adults

August 2, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Houston has made Kiplinger.com’s list as one of the Top 10 Great Cities for Young Adults.

The cities were selected based on youth-friendly factors such as large percentages of people under 35 years old, cost of living and rental costs, culture, nightlife and the time spent in traffic.

According to the list: “Houston offers great job prospects and exciting big-city amenities at a price so low, even struggling grads can afford it.”

The city was also chosen because of its diversity, as more than 1 million of Houston’s inhabitants were born outside of the U.S. Houston’s diverse economy, rents below the national average, one of the country’s best restaurant scenes, vibrant nightlife and its proximity to Gulf Coast beaches were also listed as pros for young people living in the city.

See Houston is not ONLY about heat and traffic.
Ha, take that.

Read more: Houston named a top ‘great’ city for under-35 crowd – Houston Business Journal

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35% Increase In Houston Foreclosures

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

More than half of the 206 U.S. metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more, including Houston, posted year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity — even while foreclosure activity decreased in nine of the 10 metros with the highest foreclosure rates, according to a report Thursday from RealtyTrac Inc.

Four states — California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona — accounted for all top 20 metro foreclosure rates. Florida led the way, with nine of the top 20 metro foreclosure rates, followed by California with eight, Nevada with two and Arizona with one.

Houston ranked No. 109 with 19,137 properties receiving a foreclosure filing during the first half of the year, an increase of 7.3 percent from the previous six months and 34.6 percent higher than the first half of 2009. That means that one out of 117 properties received a foreclosure filing between January and June 2010.

Read more: Houston foreclosures up 34.6% over last year – Houston Business Journal

Categories: News

Health Care Reform Lawsuit Joined By Texas Attorney General

April 12, 2010 2 comments

Lawsuit gaining traction, or just spinning its wheels?

Five more states will join a federal lawsuit, which includes Texas, challenging the newly passed health care reform law.  Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, who led the suit, said that Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada and Arizona are adding their names to the list of plaintiffs that filed the case on March 23 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho and South Dakota had previously joined Florida’s lawsuit. A hearing is scheduled for April 14.

The suit alleges that the new law infringes on the constitutional rights of Americans by mandating they have health care coverage or pay a tax penalty.

Agree with the decision?

“Yes”  is in the lead.  Take the Houston Business Journal poll here.

Discuss.

Categories: News