Every storm season brings at least a few hailstorms. Hailstorms drop balls of ice of varying sizes, which can do quite a bit of damage to your home. The largest hail stone on record was nearly 6?. If your home was hit with pieces of hail like this there would certainly be damage, but you should know that even much smaller pieces of hail can do significant damage to your roofing and siding because of the velocity at which it is falling.

Hail damage is not always easy to detect, especially if you have a two or three story home and cannot easily access your roof. Hail damage can leave your home exposed to potential water damage as well as limiting the lifespan of your roof. Because of this you should identify and deal with damage as soon as you can. If you wait too long you may also be denied by your insurance company when you finally get around to filing a claim for the repairs. Have there recently been any hail storms in your area? Do you suspect your home may have been damaged? The following steps will help you determine if there was any damage and outline the steps to getting it repaired.

Step 1: Look for visible damage on the exterior of your home. Walk around your home and check the siding for dents or freshly damaged paint. If you can safely get a look at your roof, inspect the shingles for blisters or dents, or missing shingles. Don’t forget to inspect your gutters and downspouts for dings and dents.

Step 2: Look for visible damage inside your home. Are there new water stains on your ceiling or running down your walls? If so, you should have this damage addressed immediately before it gets any worse! If roof leaks are left un-repaired you may end up having to completely replace your roof, in addition to making costly repairs to interior of your home.

Step 3: Call your insurance agent and let them know about the damage, or even if you only suspect damage. They will likely send an adjuster to your home to take a look around. The adjuster will perform an inspection, prepare a cost estimate for the damage and help compile the paperwork for your claim.

Step 4: Call a roofing contractor you can trust to get another estimate for the repair work. Most insurance adjusters are trustworthy, however it is still a good idea to get a second opinion from a contractor who is not biased. Most roofing contractors will give you a free estimate. The roofing contractor that you hire should be willing to communicate with the insurance company to arrive at an appropriate and fair resolution.

Step 5: Make sure you get everything in writing! Your insurance company should provide you with written information regarding your claim and what will be covered. Your St. Paul roofing contractor should also provide you with a written contract outlining in detail the work to be done and what it will cost. Hailstorms can do an incredible amount of damage to your roof in a short amount of time. Once the storm passes, don’t waste any time in assessing any damage the storm may have done.

If you suspect damage, contact your insurance company, and your St. Paul roofing contractor to get their assessment. The longer you delay the more it could cost you!

Don’t let your house fall into disrepair. It is not cheap to maintain a house but the loss in capital value can be massive if you let it get run down. Not only is the value reduced the salability drops as well. Hundreds spent today become thousands of dollars increased capital value tomorrow with a house. There are some essential aspects to the renovation of a house that need to be looked into to make sure that everything turns out as expected. The first thing you should decide on is the parts of the house that you want refurbished or altered.

For instance, a growing family needs extra living space, so the house may have to be extended for the reason, or a vacant space may have to be utilized for making a car garage. chimneys can make a sticky and crammed kitchen neat, airy and more roomy. Along with the remodeling of the building, you can also carry out repair and replacement of some old, outdated electrical items, and kitchenware to give your house a comprehensively fresh look. An intelligently planned renovation will make your home an enjoyable place to live in.

People very often also want to renovate their house to be able to attract potential buyers. When the purpose of uncommon. But if the rise in the eventual price that the property draws in the market is lower than the money spent on renovating it, then the landlord might have to repent for his extravagance later on. It is hence always advisable to call in experts who can rightly advise you in your investment decisions regarding renovation and interior design of your house. precede any renovation activity as you would want to make sure that you are distributing your funds appropriately to different parts of the house.

The budget has to be finalized with some extra amount included in it that might come in handy in case expense surpasses your previous cost calculation, which is quite often the case. You can also choose to avail home renovation loans that come to the aid for people who might be incapable of meeting the entire expenses. Many renovation loan schemes with provisions for simple repayment are available for potential loan seekers. Renovation and interior design can radically alter your house and make it suitable for good living, while also enhancing its worth in the property market. Thus you should always consider this choice if your home is more than 7-8 years old.

bignoldpaintersHow do you know if you are working with a good painting company? In truth, no one can really say that their painting company is the best there is. Everyone could try to convince potential clients that they are good at what they do, but on the ones that can be trusted will be able to prove it.

When it comes to house painters Calgary it is a must that you carefully consider the painting company you hire. You simply could not settle for just any company. You have to make sure that the company your hire will be able to provide you with the services that you need when you need them without any delay. Now before you worry too much about how you can choose the right one, here are some ideas on what a good Calgary painter should be:

  • A good painter should be open to listen to your ideas. If he does not give time to stop talking and to simply listen to your concerns, he might not be the painter that you want to end up working with. When they listen, they know how to communicate and that is the most important aspect that a painter could share with his client. His ability to communicate his ideas and turn your ideas into workable ones will be a good first step to having that wonderful client-painter relationship.


  • A good painter is one that does not only have years of experience to offer, but a license that will prove he is good. The license will reassure you that he has got proper training and all the basic skills needed to get the job done. The years of experience however will provide you with the assurance that he knows what he is doing.


  • A good painter should also be insured. Because it can be tough doing painting jobs and accidents can always happen, a painter protected by insurance also means that he means you well. You don’t have to worry about additional costs that may be needed in case of accidents in the work place. With proper insurance coverage, a painter can take care of himself and get the job done perfectly.


There are no shortcuts when it comes to hiring the best painter in Calgary. You have got to remember what you are looking for and these qualifications will be your guide to finding the right one.

Your buddies all have opinions. Your Dad has a take. It’s all anyone wants to talk about. The papers, blogs and talk radio have beaten this bye-week fueled controversy to death.

Who should start for the Browns once everybody is healthy?

First off, let’s make something clear; no ones job is on the line based on this decision. You have to think that this is a decision that will be made by Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini together, so the whole-Mangini-is-just-playing-the-veteran-to-save-his-job take doesn’t cut it. This will be a joint decision.

Secondly, I’m not going to delve into the Jake Delhomme-Seneca Wallace debate. Let’s not debate if we should give credence to his good preseason play and a decent half of play (besides for the terrible almost-pick six, oh yeah and that touchdown throw to MoMass? Should have been picked, kudos to ex-Brown Sean Jones for that gift).

Let’s discuss Colt vs. The Field.

The two reasons one might suggest that Colt McCoy should start:

A) He gives us the best chance to win.

B) We have to see what we have before next year’s draft.

The counter-arguments:

A) The Browns have to play to win every game, they can’t just play for the future.

B) The plan was to sit him this year; that shouldn’t change just because of injuries.

Let’s take a closer look:

He gives us the best chance to win:

Not sure you can make that case at this point. Based on what we’ve seen, it’s hard to say the coaching staff feels the same way, looking at the game plans they prepared for him. Then again, the Browns actually were chucking it early against the Saints until they built a little lead and started going Republican.

That being said, I do think he has shown more than just poise, namely he’s not afraid to and can make throws in tight windows and he’s accurate. Was his performance blown out of perspective? Sure. Did he show something besides poise? Definitely.

We have to see what he has for the future vs. you have to play to win at all times:

The answer is somewhere in the middle. If your not sure he’s your guy and he’s not your best option I don’t think you can justify starting him the rest of the season on the premise that your 2-5 and your not making the playoffs anyway. You don’t treat the rest of the season like extended training camp and preseason.

You only use the regular season to “develop” your young QB if your certain he’s your future at the position.

On the other hand you have to look at the big picture and do what’s best for the Browns long term. I don’t think anybody disagrees with September call-ups in baseball and playing your young talent at the end of the season.

Are you really going to tell me that if the Browns think that he might be their franchise quarterback and that if they feel they can glean important information to that end by playing him the last four games of the season that they shouldn’t do it and should play a washed up Delhomme or a career backup Wallace instead?

Of course not.

The point is that just playing young talent when your out of playoff race early is not the best thing for

the Browns, whereas playing them at the end to assess the long term needs of the franchise is.(Once again assuming that Colt McCoy is not your best option right now).

The plan was to sit him; injuries shouldn’t change that:

This is not as clear cut as people think; it depends what their reasoning was behind making such a statement.

Let’s assume they felt that there was a very good chance he was the future and that the best way for him to maximize his potential was by sitting and learning while slowly getting acclimated to the “speed of the game” (Cliche of the Post brought to you by ESPN) then the reasoning behind the original plan is still in play.

But if the reason was that he was just viewed as a intriguing prospect and a long-term project that wouldn’t preclude the Browns from drafting a quarterback high in the near future and then suddenly he showed serious promise, that’s a whole other ballgame. Then it might make sense to see what McCoy is about before investing more capital into the position.

There are myriad other scenarios that could have effected the logic behind “The Plan”. I won’t bore you with all the back and forth; suffice it to say that  just because that was the plan doesn’t mean that train of thought still applies.

The bottom line is this; if the Browns feel Colt McCoy is close to being the man who gives us the best chance to win then obviously he should start the rest of the season. Even if they feel he’s not there is still a strong case to be made for him to get some serious playing time come December.

Throw in the fact that Holmgren surely will get a itch to see what the itch he got in middle of the third round of the draft is all about, and I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing plenty more of  Colt McCoy this season.

I know we really haven’t been to faithful to the blog since, gosh, the George Kokinis days(remember that?). Anyway it’s good to be back.

Let me throw this out there: There are plenty of blogs about your Cleveland Browns. Which blogs to you like the best? Who do you go to for info? For analysis? For wit? Where do you go just to get some easy reading? Who can’t you stand? Really curious what the general consensus is.

It will be interesting to see if the Browns will “BRING IT” (I hate Michael Reghi) tonight. Here are the different looks the Browns might give the Ravens:


A) Flatter than Helen Hunt. Always a distinct possibility with the Brownies, especially due to the hard practice conditions. Thank you Jamal Lewis for all your “leadership”.

B) Half-ass it like Braylon. “Yes Rex, we knew he drops passes that cost games. What? No, you can’t have your draft picks back. You want to speak to Kokinis? Sorry, he doesn’t work her anymore.”

C) Concerted effort but totally over matched like the Rams every week. Win or lose, “Spags” has them playing hard every week. Think the Giants don’t miss him? Ask Tom Coughlin.

D) Total domination like the Browns-Giants game from last season. Just threw in this option because I needed a D). Chances are not good. All we can do is pray.

Other things to watch tonight: if Daboll (re:Mangini) finally switches up his approach by throwing screens and using Cribbs, if there is any hope for Brady Quinn, how many times the announcers use the word “protest” and the patronizing/sympathizing line that the “Browns fans deserve a winner”, if any of Mangini’s faces can top the Peyton Manning interception faces from last night.

* Before training camp we at Browns Rant lauded Kokinis(though I’m sure Mangini has a little to do with it) for his plan to build the Browns from the ground up and bolster the depth at cornerback and along the offensive line, two places which it has been sorely lacking the last few seasons. Too long had we seen Phil Savage treat the nickelback position like it was his red-headed stepchild.

The Browns added three very respected veterans with eighty four career starts between them and two rookies to take their shot at it. That worked out as well as Brian Daboll’s game plan the last couple weeks. Ivy and Hood got chopped, Carey got stolen by the Jaguars, Hank Poteat “won” the competition and gets the bulk of the reps at nickel and is as embarrassing as the new season of “The Office”. Coye Francies, the sixth rounder who showed flashes in the preseason, is inexplicably glued to the bench(maybe Mangini doesn’t like guys who can’t take a joke).

As far as the offensive line is concerned, consider the following sequence from the Browns-Broncos game. John St. Clair, the prize OL free agent pickup, had a false start and gave up two sacks-in consecutive plays. That could very well be the worst three play stretch by a Browns offensive lineman ever.

* The Keystone Beer keys to the game are:

Blitzing: You probably thought I was talking about Rex Ryan’s defense, right? Wrong. Want to see me predict the future? OK, here goes. The Ravens are going to blitz early and often. And this is good for us. Do you think I’m crazy yet?

The truth is that Brady Quinn actually hasn’t been half bad when the other team has blitzed; he usually gets it to the right guy and recognizes when Braylon is getting single coverage. Couple that with fact that Ravens secondary has not looked to pretty thus far,except for Mr.Reed. Quinns problems arise when he has to stare at seven defenders in coverage while worrying if John St Clair fell asleep again. If the Browns take advantage they might actually be able to hit on some big plays(read: longer that fifteen yards)for a change.

Nickelback: Hank Poteat has been absolutely atrocious in both games. It’s time for Francies to start stealing playing time except Mangini feels that that would send a terrible message to the young impressionable teenagers of Northeast Ohio after the stunt he pulled on Friday. The bottom line is we need improved play from this position if we want any hope of getting off the field on third downs.

These are obviously besides for the usual cliche keys to the game: The Browns getting a run game going; substituting for the run game with misdirections and screens; Brady Quinn not sucking; stopping the run and might personal favorite: setting up the passing the game with the run game. I leave those for tomorrows announcers. Wouldn’t want to steal their thunder.

There’s not much to hang our hats on in Browns Town these days but I will say this. So far this season I was lucky enough to be at three games; both Browns games and the Oakland-San Diego thriller and I am proud to say that our fans have yet to be matched. It’s obvious that we are emotionally attached and it shows. This is nothing new; last year ESPN ranked Browns fans third behind the hated Steelers and the Packers.

Another thing I noticed is that fans mirror the organizations they root for. In Cleveland you get the irrational hope and bottomless, hurtful disappointment; in Oakland you have pure delusion. I wore my Browns jersey to the Raiders game just to get comments, and they did not let up all night. A few were derisive but most were of sincere pity.

Imagine fans of a team that has Al Davis as a owner and that just made a trade that would have made Ted Stepien proud truly feels bad for us. They act as if they are a trust fund baby whose senile father is defecating all over their maserati; they’re just waiting for him to kick and then the glory of Raider Nation will inevitably be restored. The Browns, they feel, are just, well, defecating all over their Chrysler Sebring.

Denver was little harder to read. My seat mates were Orson Hodge II and some forty year old cougar who wore a Elway jersey that said XXXXL on it(no I don’t think that was a Super Bowl reference). They seemed ambivalent to the Broncos and the game in general except when Big Elway had her fifth chili dog and then had beer come through her nose while she was trying to wash it down, but overall the fans where decent, think Progressive field in the middle of the season when the Tribe is eight games out but just took three straight from the Yankees(just pretend it happened).

Bottom line, whether it’s masochism or fanaticism Browns fans put out. And I’m proud of that.

Well, the rumors are swirling that former Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay packers head coach Mike “Big Show”Holmgren is being wined and dined in the city that rocks by Randy “Randy Baby” Lerner for the position of “Football Pimp”.

Toni Grossi claims he left Berea today without a deal. He knows this because no announcement has been made as of yet.

He did not know however whether the former Super Bowl Champion was on his way to the airport or downtown to sample Cleveland’s awesome night life (Too bad the casino’s aren’t up yet. Are you telling me this guy doesn’t look the Blackjack-all-night-hit-free-buffet-three-times-to-make-back-my-money kind a guy?).

Holmgren would instantly give the Browns credibility and much needed direction. Not to say that the current squad hasn’t shown progress of late, but Holmgrens been involved in football for more years than Mangini has been alive. (By the way, my current favorite nickname for Mangini? Linguini.)

Not to say there aren’t question marks, like the fact that Holmgren had his General Manager responsibilities taken away from him by the Seahawks, not that he would be G.M. here, just that he definetly will have a strong say organizationally. Let’s hope the reason he floundered in that role was that he already had a twenty-hour-a-day job, namely being head coach and all.

Also, what of Mangini? Sources say he’s going to get canned, victory over a flat Steelers team that quit notwithstanding. Hey, I’m one of Mangini’s biggest critics and even I admit to seeing progress over the last month.

But let’s not get carried away here. They came back against a Chargers team that was cruising in prevent mode and beat a Pittsburgh team that was already beaten by K.C. and Oakland.

Plus, you can’t forget that the roster is pretty bare, resulting in a lot of players who wouldn’t get a lick of playing time on any other roster seeing significant snaps. They know there is a new sheriff coming to town and they are auditioning for next year already. Naturally they are going to bust tail.

Bottom line, things continue to be interesting in Cleveland. Look for it to become more so as the offseason approaches.

And thank God Holmgren is no Bill Parcells. He would never be in Cleveland just to drive up the price for Seattle, right?

So what do you think Browns fans? Is this our man? Finally?

Stay tuned.

“Information” (if you could call it that) from the Cleveland Plain Dealer was used in this “report”.

* In the “Best Damn Browns Preview” and in Report: Browns RB “really sucks” Max Rage and I have gone to great lengths to prove to the jury that Jamal Lewis was worse at running the football than Steve Young was at giving color commentary. Wow were we wrong.

First Lewis ran like it was 2007, being decisive and showing a nice strong burst while finishing the day with eleven carries for fifty seven yards. Then Steve Young goes out and delivers a mute button breaking performance and a previously impossible I-can’t-believe-I’m-saying-this-but-I-wish-Tony-Kornheiser-was-here moment.

On a scale from believable(Ellen DeGeneres is a lesbian) to unbelievable(Lindsay Lohan is a lesbian) here’s how I rank this weeks events: Kameron Wimbley’s one sack, three quarterback hits and three tackle day( which, if your keeping score, is another guy I threw under the bus. My bad, Kamerion. Much love.); Drew Brees torching the Lions for six touchdowns( apparently their “mentors” didn’t do a good enough job); Kanye West berating Taylor Swift, thereby making a fool of himself; Jamal Lewis’s solid day; Kanye West on Jay Leno making a even bigger fool of himself (does he have a CD coming out?); the end of the Bengals-Broncos game(talk about hard knocks); the Pats comeback over the Bills, Dick Jauron’s face watching the Pats comeback over the Bills and Steve Young nails-scratching-against-a-chalkboard performance. Seriously, it was that unbelievably bad. But I digress. The bottom line is Jamal Lewis didn’t look half bad and James Davis either looked like a guy who just got concussed in a car accident or like a guy who faced NFL starters for the first time.

* After the game on Sunday was mercifully over I was gripped with a wave of depression as I made my way back to my car. “Why was I so depressed”, I kept on asking myself. It’s not like this was unexpected, right? Heck, we were even winning at halftime. So what was my problem?

On the way home it hit me like Hines Ward hitting Keith Rivers. I wasn’t bothered that special teams and penalties basically cost us the game after Mangini promised change and discipline. Change takes time, especially if you just spent the last four years playing pick up football with Romeo. Brady Quinn looked shaky at best but that wasn’t gnawing at me either. What really made my blood boil was the offensive coordinator and head coach playing not to lose. Nothing makes me lose my head more than that. You see, once you play not to lose the game is essentially over; you cannot win. Losing is inevitable; the only question is what the catalyst will be.

Take the first drive, after Brad Childress decides to give the Browns a gift at the fifty yard line and the Browns have been moving the ball on the ground and through the air. With momentum at their back on third and nine from the twenty one yard line, they decide the best move is to basically run it and take the three points. Seriously that’s what they did; that little shuffle pass gets you nine yards once every twenty times. The first drive of the season and they are already playing not to lose.I don’t care how inexperienced your QB is; if you can’t trust your quarterback in that situation than he should not be your in there. Consider this; Quinn did not throw a pass on third down until the fourth quarter.

Another thing that bothered me (which Mangini has subsequently apologized for) was the two straight runs out of the wildcat at the goal line. The first one was understandable; the second one unforgivable. No surprise, no wildcat. It’s that simple. I also felt there was a little lack of imagination offensively. Where were the screen passes? Why not try to get the ball to Cribbs in space, like the Vikings kept on doing with Harvin? “The Canadien Bull” has a lot of work to do.

* As for Brady Quinn, apparently he’s a work in progress, which is expected at this point of his career. Still, the dinking and dunking is really starting to grate on my nerves. From what I saw he definetly left some plays on the field and looked afraid to take a shot, which is a terrible trait for a quarterback to have. In the huddle he looked like a guy who tells his dying wife that everything is going to be okay but she’s knows the truth. His timing on his slants where way off and that “miscommunication” with Braylon is on him, not to mention his Garo Yepremian-esque fumble.

What’s that you say? I shouldn’t pass judgement after one game? I’m not, I just simply want to point out what we should be watching for in the next couple of weeks. By the way Eric, it might help if you show a little confidence in the kid and actually let him throw a pass on third down.

* Now the good news. My eyes popped out of my head when I saw the defense play. They played with fire and intensity. Rob Ryan called a great game, showing them a lot of different looks and blitzing plenty. Actual blitzing!

I felt like a father who’s kid becomes a doctor; could you imagine my Browns, after all these years of me asking, pleading, cajoling, screaming and even begging for a aggressive defense, finally they are making me proud and listening to me. It was surreal.

Didn’t you love the extensive use of the “46” defense? The corners played well considering they weren’t tested much. Kamerion Wimbley and Abe Elam had outstanding performances, especially in the first half. Even Brodney Pool, who has been comatose since his pick against the Giants last season added a sack and seemed to be around the ball. Besides for Adrian Peterson’s sixty four yard scamper (like a bad song you accidentally hear on the radio, I can’t get Chris Berman’s, “and there goes Peterson, Whoop! Whoop!” out of my head) the Browns defense mostly was victimized by shoddy special teams(I was speaking to Max Rage and he made a very good point. The person who could be single handedly the most responsible for the Browns losing on Sunday? Dave Zastudil.

Think about it. Zastudil’s terrible line drive punts were the main reason the the Vikings were able to get such big returns. Did I mention Max hates Zastudil?) and being on the field for too long more than any thing else.