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Prime Your Outdoor Deck for Winter’s Unpredictable Weather

justin brotton - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Summer has quickly turned into fall, which means it is time to winterize your outdoor deck. A well-built deck can serve as a great outdoor living space for your family for years and years, but it does take a beating from weather and extended use. Sealing and staining your deck will maintain the integrity of the wood and keep your deck beautiful and ready to stand against harsh weather.

Before you head to Lowe’s for sealant, test your deck with a cup of water. Splatter water on several areas of the deck. If the water beads up then you are safe for the winter, if the water soaks into the board, then it is time to reseal your deck.

Food stains and ground-in dirt can ruin your decks veneer, so you will need to clean your deck before you reseal. A power-washer, or scrub brush and soap will do the trick. Allow it to dry thoroughly before you seal or stain.

If there are damaged boards, sand them down after the deck is dry. If you have peeling or missing stain in large areas, you may want to strip off the current stain and start fresh. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for staining your deck, but keep in mind, it sometimes takes 2 to 3 coats for it to achieve the look you desire. Once the stain has cured properly, then it is time to seal your deck with a water repellent sealer.

A well planned maintenance routine doesn’t have to be time consuming, but it will keep your deck looking almost brand new season after season.

 

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Should You File a Claim for Your Roof Repairs?

justin brotton - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Roof repair can be costly, but the question is – do you file a claim? There is a tricky threshold for accepting an out of pocket expense for roof repairs versus having your insurance company take the brunt of the expense. Oftentimes, placing a home claim can cause your homeowner rates to increase, or worse cause your insurance company to drop your coverage. So you can either, have an estimate done by a roofing company to gage your potential expenses or take a chance with your insurance company.

Any repairs made on your home are an investment for its future, so while an out of pocket expense for your home is unexpected, yes, it is worthwhile. Especially, since leaks can cause major issues for your home such as mold, structural issues, and cosmetic damage. However, you will need to know your deductible amount and compare it against the cost of your roof repair. If your deductible is $1000 and your roof repair amounts to $1500, then by all means, pay for the repairs out of your pocket. It is worth keeping your insurance rates low, if at all possible. A good rule of thumb is to, first, have a reputable roofing company give you a damage estimate for your roof. If the repair cost comprises over 20% of the value of your roof then it might be worth making an insurance claim. After all, you have home owners insurance for a reason – to protect your home and sustain its value.

 

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WANT TO JAM WITH A ROCK STAR?

justin brotton - Monday, April 11, 2016

Rock & Brews restaurants today announced their partnership with Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, giving guests a chance to win an opportunity to jam with rock icon and Rock & Brews co-founder Paul Stanley and Don Felder, a former lead guitarist of The Eagles. The winner will also get to perform on stage with Stanley at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, in celebration of the camp’s 20 th anniversary.

Paul Stanley of Kiss

Rock & Brews and Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp are offering one lucky winner a spot in the “God of Thunder” headline package, June 23-26. Over the course of four music-filled days, attendees will be placed in bands led by rock star counselors including Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot and Vinnie Appice of Black Sabbath. As the headline event, attendees will perform with Stanley and Felder at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp facility and onstage in front of a live audience at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California.

“For more than 40 years, our Rock & Brews co-founder and KISS front man Paul Stanley has rocked millions of fans and this is an exciting opportunity for one of our music-loving restaurant guests to perform with him and other rock legends,” said Michael Zislis, CEO and co-founder of Rock & Brews. “Our partnership with Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp provides a rare opportunity for someone to fulfill a lifelong dream.”

Contest applications can be picked up at Rock & Brews Oklahoma City, located at 2737 W Memorial Rd, beginning April 15. The winner will be chosen in a drawing by Paul Stanley on June 10. All applications must be turned in to Rock & Brews Oklahoma City by June 1 in order to qualify for entry. Guests of all skill levels are encouraged to enter. Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp provides a non-competitive atmosphere to make every musician feel welcome, whether they are a beginner or expert.

For additional information on the camp visit www.rockcamp.com and for contest rules visit www.rockandbrews.com/contestrules

About Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp

For our attendees, this is a life changing experience. Some of the attendees play well and even gave up careers as musicians to become CEOs and lawyers. Some attendees can’t play at all. What they all have in common is passion for rock music. At Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp they all get to pursue their passion – and meet, and play with the artists who became the soundtrack of their lives. David Fishof is the founder and creator of the famed Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp where rock dreams become reality. Past rock star camp headliners have included Jeff Beck, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Joe Perry (Aerosmith) Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons (KISS), Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule), David Crosby, Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), Slash, Bret Michaels (Poison), Cheap Trick, Ginger Baker (Cream) Vince Neil (Motley Crue), among others. For additional information, please visit www.rockcamp.com or call 888.762.BAND.

About Rock & Brews

Rock & Brews is a one-of-a-kind, rock-inspired restaurant and entertainment concept designed to engage people of all ages with quality comfort food and local favorites, a broad selection of craft and international beers, and an energized environment that is reminiscent of being at a family-friendly music event. Founded by rock icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, along with partners, restaurateur Michael Zislis and concert industry veterans Dave and Dell Furano, the first Rock & Brews opened near Los Angeles International Airport in Southern California in April of 2012. Each of the brand’s 15 locations in the United States and Mexico boasts a backstage environment showcasing a “Great Wall of Rock,” iconic rock art, concert trusses and lighting and multiple flat screens sharing some of the greatest rock concert moments of all time. Most offer a play area for kids and many are dog friendly. For more information, please visit www.rockandbrews.com.

Dodgers Continue Strong Pitching to Take Opening Series

justin brotton - Monday, April 11, 2016

OKC wins, 3-1, Sunday in Nashville and allows just four runs through first four games

By Lisa Johnson, OKC Dodgers' Media Relations Coordinator


 

Nashville, Tenn. – The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ pitching staff turned in another solid outing Sunday to close out their season-opening road series with a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon against the Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park.

 

The Dodgers (3-1) pitched eight scoreless innings, led by starter Jeremy Kehrt who put together six scoreless frames to open the first day game of the season for OKC.

 

The Sounds later broke up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Dodgers held on for the victory in the game, as well as in the series, as they won three of the four meetings in Nashville.

 

The Dodgers’ pitching staff allowed just four runs in the four games combined.

 

Kehrt (1-0) earned the win in his team debut and in his first Triple-A start since May 29, 2014 with Pawtucket. Kehrt, who spent the entire 2015 season with Double-A Tulsa, started Sunday in place of Carlos Frias, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday with an oblique injury.

 

He continued the trend of strong starts by Dodgers pitchers to open the season. Through the first four games, OKC starting pitchers have combined to allow just one run, one walk and 11 hits through 21.2 innings.

 

Dodgers relievers Jacob Rhame and Luis Avilan followed Kehrt and pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Rhame walked one and Avilan allowed one hit.

 

Lisalverto Bonilla allowed one run, one hit and walked two in the bottom of the ninth inning, but held on for his first save of the season.

 

The Dodgers broke through a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning.

 

Drew Maggi, in his first game since joining OKC Saturday, led off the inning with a single toward short, then stole second base. A single from Elian Herrera, who finished with two hits, advanced Maggi to third base.

 

Rehabbing L.A. Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal followed and hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Maggi for a 1-0 Dodgers lead.

 

In the four-game series, Grandal hit .333 (3-for-9) with a home run, two walks and three RBI. He is currently recovering from a right forearm injury sustained during spring training.

 

Sunday’s score remained 1-0 until the ninth inning when Oklahoma City added two runs despite the ball not leaving the infield.

 

Jose Tabata led off with a bunt single and took second base when Corey Brown, the second batter of the inning, drew a walk.

 

A wild pitch by Sounds pitcher Angel Castro advanced Tabata to third base. A balk by Castro then brought home Tabata for a 2-0 Dodgers edge.

 

Brown advanced to third base on the balk, then scored for a 3-0 Dodgers advantage when batter Alex Hassan grounded out for the first out of the inning.

 

The Sounds (1-3) scored their lone run in the bottom of the ninth.

 

Joey Wendle drew a walk from OKC pitcher Bonilla to lead off for Nashville. A one-out single from Andrew Lambo advanced Wendle to third base. Chad Pinder followed and grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing Wendle to score and cut the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1. Later with two outs and runners at first and third base, Bonilla got Renato Nunez to fly out and end the game.

 

Nashville starting pitcher Zach Neal (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Sounds. He allowed one run on four hits and struck out three over 5.0 innings.

 

This is the fifth consecutive season OKC has come away with at least a split in the opening series of a season. They have now won four of the last five season-opening series.

 

OKC improved to 7-5 all-time at First Tennessee Park and has now allowed two or fewer runs in eight of the 12 games there.

 

The Dodgers continue their season-opening road trip and start a four-game series against the Memphis Redbirds at 6:35 p.m. Monday at AutoZone Park. Live coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on AM 1340 “The Game,” 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.





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