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  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    It may be the most overused tag line in all of advertising history: “No Job Too Big Or Small.” You see it in ads for painters, roofers, carpenters, and of course, plumbers. And I’m writing today to tell you to watch out whenever you see those words.

    Often, they are used by smaller companies looking for small jobs. In the case of plumbers, the firms using that line are often trying to pick up work like leaking faucets, dishwasher replacements, or snaking out clogged toilets. You may think that by hiring them you’ll be saving moneyundefinedbut beware!

    We were recently called in to an apartment building where a number of units on the fourth floor had tubs and sinks that were not draining properly. Luckily, the manager was experienced enough to realize this might need a more complicated fix than just snaking out the waste line, and called Varsity. Turns out he was right.

    Our technician visited all of the affected apartments and discovered something very strange: half of the fourth floorundefinedyes the floor itselfundefinedhad been built incorrectly! Instead of being level, the floor was slightly pitched, making it virtually impossible for the tubs and sinks to drain properly. The building was relatively new, and the waste lines and fittings worked for a while, but when they got blocked up just the slightest bit, the waste water would no longer drain.

    We diagnosed the situation, and came up with a remedyundefinedwe raised the floor in all of the affected bathrooms four inches, then pitched and connected the waste lines and fittings properly, so that gravity could do its job.

    In another situation we were called in to replace a toilet and unclog a waste line. When we got there we saw that the actual toilet bowl had exploded! When we asked the homeowner what happened, she told us that she had a clogged toilet which she could not clear with a plunger. She looked online and called (you guessed it) a “No Job Too Big Or Small” outfit, who sent a serviceman over with a heavy-duty electric snake.

    Instead of asking the right questions, and walking through the house to determine how the problem occurred and how best to move forward, he forced the snake down the toilet bowl and started spinning it. Well, that snake went right out the waste line, took a right turn and went into the second bathroom. It came up through the waste line and broke right through the toilet bowl!

    Luckily, this homeowner got our name from a friend who had just used Varsity to replace an old toilet and was happy with the work we did. After replacing the broken toilet, we went down to the basement, traced the waste line, and found a clean-out trap up above the dropped ceiling. We drained the waste line, cleared the blockage and repaired the problem.

    All of our technicians are trained to analyze every situation and to make sure they have a full plan of attackundefinedfrom start to finishundefinedbefore they begin a job. We take the time to train our plumbers on an ongoing basis, whether it is for new local governmental rules and regulations or continuing education.

    So the next time you need plumbing work, don’t fall prey to an advertising catch line. Choose a firm that has been around for many years, has a solid reputation for doing good work, and makes sure their customers are satisfied. Check to see if they are licensed to do the work you need, and have technicians who are drug tested, bonded, and trained to leave your place just as clean as when they arrived.

    Or just call Varsity at 877-VARSITY, and feel confident that we will solve your problem quickly, do a good job, and charge a fair price.
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    1. Long-term value
    • The natural gas and electric futures markets show long-term prices at a discount for many markets.

    2. Change in risk-reward assessment
    • The recent winter price volatility changes the risk outlook for future winters (and summers).
    • Although a repeat of the extreme cold might be unlikely, the supply challenges in the market are the same and could be repeated. This could be worse due to numerous electric generator retirements.
    • So waiting to lock in a long term price may not necessarily result in a reward.

    3. Bullish long-term fundamentals for gas & power
    • All of the following bullish factors remain: coal plant retirements, EPA regulations, LNG exports, Mexican exports, and industrial demand growth.

    4. Storage deficit and gas generation
    • Natural gas storage inventories are at their lowest levels since 2003 and injections must exceed historical averages by more than 4 Bcf per day to erase the current deficit.
    • This has potential to absorb prolific shale gas production increases during 2014.
    • If additional supply goes to storage, then prices must remain high to keep non-gas (coal) plants running. If not, gas will be consumed by generators rather than into storage.

    5. Shift in market focus
    • The market has been focused on 2014, but focus may shift to long-term into the spring which could increase volatility for 2015 and beyond.

    We believe you will find these articles of interest

    Natural gas storage

    Extreme cold in January shocks some energy customers

    Why gas price spikes are happening in New York and New Jersey

    CONTACT INFORMA ENERGY TODAY. We’ll expedite all your natural gas & electric and LL84/87 needs!

    Monica Grossbaum: (845)538-3000 and/or Lori Simon: (917)751-1845
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:41 PM | Anonymous

    In preparation for the potential 32-BJ Strike on April 20th, we have been asked to send out a recommended list of essential supplies for your property to have on-hand. While you know your property better than anyone, we have been told that most properties are bringing in two week's worth of supplies.

    Trash Bags: 3655ST (36x55 1.7 mil black, 100/cs); 3036ST (30x36 1.7 mil black, 100/cs); 3339B90DS (33x39 drawstring Mint-X Bags, 90/cs), Clear Bags for Recyclables

    Light Bulbs; Cleaning Supplies; Soap; Gloves; Rags; Paper Towels/Toilet Paper; Flashlights; Batteries...


    Please do not wait until the last minute to order these supplies! Please call your JAD Rep or the Main Office to place your orders.   (718) 762-8900
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    What are LEDs?

    LEDs, or light–emitting diodes, are semiconductor devices that produce visible light when an electrical current is passed through them. LEDs are a type of Solid State Lighting (SSL), as are organic light–emitting diodes (OLEDs) and light–emitting polymers (LEPs).

    How is LED lighting different than other light sources, such as incandescent and CFL?

    LED lighting differs from incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting in several ways. When designed well, LED lighting can be more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting.

    Common LED colors include amber, red, green, and blue. There is actually no such thing as a “white” LED. To get white light the kind we use for lighting our homes and offices, different color LEDs are mixed or covered with a phosphor material that converts the color of the light. The phosphor is the yellow material you can see on some LED products. Colored LEDs are widely used as signal lights and indicator lights, like the power button on a computer.

    LEDs are now being incorporated into bulbs and fixtures for general lighting applications. A19, T8, MR16, Par16, Par20, Par30, Par38. LEDs are small and provide unique design opportunities. Some LED bulb solutions may look like familiar light bulbs and some may not but can better match the performance of traditional light bulbs. Some LED light fixtures may have LEDs built–in as a permanent light source.

    Contact me to start the process of switching over and start saving money and energy usage.  Mike MacGowan (347) 992-1922
  • Friday, March 21, 2014 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    If you own a Viking Built-In 36-Inch-Wide Refrigerator with a Bottom Mount Freezer, you may need to contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Viking is working in conjunction with this agency to voluntarily recall these type of refrigerators all of which were manufactured between November 1, 2005 and August 10, 2012. Due to the fact that the door can detach from the unit, the risk for potential injury or property damage is significant.

    The malfunction concerns the potential for the door to detach due to the weld securing the pin to the pivot plate on the door. This has created serious impact injury and property damage, and so far, there have been 39 reports of falling refrigerator doors. Among these, twelve reports concern injuries ranging from serious fractures to bruises and minor cuts and about two dozen reports involve minor property damage.

    Viking has stepped up to the plate and has offered to repair all faulty refrigerators by replacing with headed pin both the hinge and pivot plate, which are causing the problem. If you own one of these refrigerators, do not call in an appliance repair specialist, as this problem is not within their purview. It is Viking whom you should contact to schedule a free home repair.

    Do not use the refrigerator in question, especially if the door is showing signs of sagging or failure to open and close properly. Viking claims these appliances are safe to use as long as the door is working properly.

    First occurring in 2009, recall covers 31,000 units. The refrigerators in question were purchased in appliance and specialty stores and the cost range of these appliances fell between $5,100 to $7,700.

    Even with a refrigerator that is running smoothly, when you consider this appliance runs 24/7 without vacation or sick time off, no matter how well they are made, it is inevitable that there could be a problem that requires the advice of an appliance repair specialist to solve. If you are lucky enough to live in the Manhattan-Bronx-Westchester areas of New York City, the man to call is Anthony, the Appliance Doctor. He and his staff of highly trained technicians can handle any repair necessary for most home appliances including: ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, clothes washers and dryers.

    Give him a chance and a call at: 1-800-339-0353.

  • Friday, March 21, 2014 11:36 AM | Anonymous


    A federal appeals court has upheld class action lawsuits against Sears/Kenmore, Whirlpool, LG, GE, Bosch, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Samsung and other manufacturers of front load or front-loading washing machines due to mold and odor problems. The lawsuits claim that defective manufacturing caused the high-efficiency washers to malfunction, ruin clothes and necessitate costly appliance repairs.

    These allegations come in the wake of a series of previous rulings in the last few years that have made it more difficult for consumers to reap hefty financial returns on class action suits. The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court must consider whether individual claims against Sears Roebuck and Co, Whirlpool Corporation and BSH Home Appliance Corporation washers are similar enough to warrant a class action suit. If the court decides they are, these claims can be heard together as one case.

    Attorney, Scot Nelson, who represents the consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, believes that judicial certification is the best and most efficient avenue to resolving mass actions. In his own words: “It would significantly impair the ability of consumers to pursue class remedies against widespread product defects if certification were not permitted in these kinds of cases.”

    According to Whirlpool, more than 4 million individual claims are involved in these lawsuits and more against other manufacturers are pending. Tim Bishop, an attorney representing both Sears and Whirlpool stresses the fact that despite the sheer immensity of numbers, the vast majority of consumers experienced no problems at all with their front-loading washers. He states: “What’s critical here is that the court not allow classes predominantly made of people who never suffered any problem.”

    If the court agrees to hear even one of these cases, a ruling could be expected by the end of June. Collectively, the cases pending are: Sears v. Butler, 13-430, Whirlpool Corp v. Glazer, 13-431 and BSH v. Cobb, 13-138.

    No matter what the court decides and no matter how well (or poorly) a washing machine or any other appliance is made, there comes a time when appliance repair is needed. If your washing machine stove, refrigerator or microwave oven is in trouble and you happen to live in the Manhattan-Bronx-Westchester sections of New York City, reinforcements are just a phone call away. Call Anthony the Appliance Doctor. He and his highly-trained staff of professional technicians are on call to serve you and your ailing appliance.

    Give him a call at: 1-800-339-0353


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