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Home and family are two inseparable concepts that provide significant experiences that help shape and form a person. The home is commonly construed as the resultant relationship of persons who have special sense of belongingness dwelling in a house. As such, the structural designs of a house does not automatically provide a home for its dwellers but rather, it is the relationship and bond that are created among the members of the family that provides the feeling of being at home.
On the other hand, the family is universally referred to as the persons living in the house. The family is the actors and actresses that give life and spirit to the house as a home and the group of persons as a family. Although the legal and traditional concepts of a family require civil or blood ties, the idea of a family has already developed into more than the actual legal ties and kinship. It is the relationship among the persons itself that determines a family and not the aforementioned ties. As such, not all members of the family who dwells in one house feel at home and consider each other as part of the family. This awful situation requires paradigm shift and behavioral changes of the persons coupled with understanding and patience to remedy and heal their relationship and avoid the total disintegration of their bond.
In dealing with persons belonging to the same home and family, it is important to know the strengths and weaknesses of the group and even the home itself. One should be able to determine some areas of the house where the dwellers can bond together. This feature of the house provide the family members opportunity to stay in one area either to talk and share with each other, watch movies and eat together, and other activities that strengthens their identity as a family and makes everyone feel the needed belongingness to the group. It is also an opportunity to understand and explain some issues hounding the family.
As such, everyone would feel the special bond while at home and with the family. Since each family member is unique, there would always be instances when disagreements arise. The parents among other elders should provide the younger ones moral guidance on peacefully settling issues. This does not only benefit the present situation but ones the kids learn to respect each others differences and should any misunderstanding occur again, such issue would never become a potent force to challenge the strong relationship and bond among them.
Indeed, the home and family are special sources of inspiration and strength of every individual. They provide every person the courage and hope amidst the challenges of life. They serve as the effective support mechanism and enlightened teachers to the young ones. Thus, the home and family should be considered a sacred place where everyone can be who they are, develop their potentials, and dream of dreams.
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Home owners with concrete driveways rarely require having these repaired, if they are well maintained. However there is an assortment of reasons why repair might be necessary to a concrete driveway. The weather is the primary reason why concrete tends to undergo stress and thereby break down over time. The repair work required may be minimal, but many times there are conditions which require the concrete structure to be torn up and completely replaced.
Minor concrete driveway repairs
Small cracks or chipping of the concrete surface is the most common complaint home owners have when it comes to repairs to concrete driveways. These should be immediately dealt with when seen to occur. If small cracks and chips on the surface of the concrete are left un-repaired, these could develop into larger problems which may require major work to be carried out. Minor repair jobs require simply cementing in the affected area or applying other bonding agents that are available at most hardware stores.
Cracks and chipping of the concrete surface occur due to expansion and contraction of concrete caused by changes in weather through seasons. Heat causes concrete to expand and cold causes the concrete to contract. If there is rapid heating and cooling, such as on autumn days and nights, the stress on the concrete may cause minor cracks to appear or for small areas of the concrete surface to chip away.
Major concrete driveway repairs
Small cracks when left un-repaired usually develop into large cracks that go deep into the concrete. These kinds of cracks require major repair work to be carried out. The other most common reasons a concrete driveway will require major repair would include buckling of the concrete. Concrete buckles when the soil beneath the concrete surface sinks. This is caused due to water freezing under the concrete during winter which causes the concrete to rise up or bulge. During the summer, the water under the concrete may cause the soil to sink, which would cause the concrete to form a slight trough. This kind of trough will crack the concrete from within and cause its strength to diminish. Over a few seasons, such buckling will shatter the concrete and cause small areas of the concrete to form bowls.
The best solution in conditions such as this is to rip away the old concrete and prepare the ground surface again, preferably with reinforcement like small concrete piles. Following this, the driveway may be poured and allowed to set.
Hiring a contractor
Depending on the severity of the problem, a home owner would require to hire a contractor to do a professional job. To go about hiring a contractor, call the contractor who first installed the driveway if possible. If this is not possible, ask around for references, or call the local directory services for a list of contractors within the area. Call these and speak to them about the problem and get quotes and job references. Always check with the references. Select a contractor with … Read More