Little Known Facts About the 4th of July

The 4th of July is the day we celebrate our nation’s independence but here are some little known facts about the 4th of July that perhaps you didn’t know.

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July 4th is our day as Americans to celebrate our nation’s independence. We have barbecues, watch fireworks displays and spend the day enjoying our freedom with friends and family. But did you know that July 2nd should actually be our Independence day? Here are a few little known facts about the 4th of July that you may, or may not, have known:

  • The signing of the constitution took place on July 2nd but Congress did not accept it for two days, therefore making the official day July 4th, 1776.
  • What further marked this fate was the strange coincidence that two of the original signers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both died on July 4th, 1826. They died within hours of each other. Another signer, James Monroe also died on July 4th, but it was five years later in 1831.
  • Congress did not make it an official national holiday until 1870 when all major holidays were celebrated on a federal level. It was still an unpaid holiday, however, until 1938.
  • The 4th of July is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year. Although this may not be a huge surprise to some of you, it is reported that Americans eat 155 million hot dogs on average on the 4th of July.
  • The Liberty Bell has been a long signal of American independence.  Due to the large crack, the bell hasn’t been rung since 1846. However, a little known fact about the 4th of July you may not have known, the Liberty Bell is tapped 13 times every Independence Day to recognize the original 13 colonies. This signals bells across our nation to start ringing as well.
  • Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president was born on July 4th, 1872.
  • The Declaration of Independence was actually published in newspapers announcing it publicly.  The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first to print it.
  • The Philippines and Rwanda both share our Independence Day on July 4th. Rwanda calls it “Liberation Day” marking the end of Rwandan genocide as of 1994. The Philippines was recognized as an independent nation by the United States on that day, but has since changed their Independence Day to July 12th.  They refer to it as “Republic Day.” Nevertheless, they still recognize the importance of July 4th for their country.

Did you know all those little known facts about the 4th of July?  I know I didn’t! Regardless, what we all know is that we live in the best country in the world! Celebrating this day allows us to bring back a sense of community and love for our country.  What better way is there to remind us how lucky we are for the freedoms we have? All of us at R&R Containers would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy 4th of July!

 

Being A Good Neighbor in 2015

Do you remember when being a good neighbor was kindly lending a cup of sugar?

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Sometimes it is hard to know when you are being a good neighbor. Something that seems neighborly to you, may be an annoyance to someone else. The fact is that very few folks anymore are surrounded by hundreds of acres; therefore you have neighbors. What do you want from them and what do they want from you? If you want others to be considerate of you, be consider of them first. The Golden Rule

Here Are 12 Practices Of Being A Good Neighbor:

  1. Introduce yourself: Let your neighbor know who you are to open the door to a positive existence.It is easier to know how to be a good neighbor is you know a little about them.
  2. Consider your neighbors’ lifestyle. When are reasonable quiet times and when is it okay to mow your lawn? Give them the same information about yourself. You can’t demand that someone follow your rules, but it allows you both a chance to show respect.
  3. Be aware of shared walls. If you’re in a terrace, condominium, semi-detached house or any structure where you and your neighbors share adjacent living spaces, position noisy household appliances such as washing machines and tumble dryers – even TVs and speakers – away from partition walls. If you live above someone, consider putting linoleum or rubber matting underneath your appliances to deaden or muffle the noise, and remember that someone downstairs can hear you walking around (so minimize how often you wear high heels indoors, for example).
  4. Control your dog. Do not get in a habit of feeding or petting your neighbors pets without their presence. If you leave your pets outside while you are away, ask from time to time how they are behaving during those time. Open the door for your neighbor to talk to you about frustrating pet behavior.
  5. Practice parking etiquette. When you park your vehicle, be sure not to block anyone’s access, or make them have to pull out of a very tight spot. When yo have guests, be sure to instruct them not to block your neighbors’ driveways.
  6. Alert your neighbor to parties. Ideally, invite your neighbors to your party. Otherwise, let them know you are having people over, and invite them to contact you if they are being excessively inconvenienced by your celebration. Be responsible for your guests by encouraging them to behave appropriately.
  7. Keep your yard and garden tidy. Particularly your front yard. Unless you live behind a wall or line of trees, your neighbors have to look at your yard. Especially if your neighborhood has covenant standards, you are responsible to maintain your yard. Remove trash, weeds, broken down equipment, toys and furniture. Also, depending on where you live, you may be cited by you municipality.
  8. Control your bonfire, barbecue or backyard fire. Despite the safety issues, it is alarming when you are sitting in your home and all of a sudden see and smell smoke. A simple hey by the way will due.
  9. Put rubbish/garbage out on the right day. Only put your rubbish/garbage out on the day it’s due for collection. If you accidentally miss the collection, bring it back onto your property immediately and try to contain it well. Garbage that is left out can attract vermin, insects, and other pests, and is also unsightly.
  10. Communicate with your neighbor. Above all, touch base with your neighbors regularly and keep them in the loop. Remember the golden rule and if anything you are planning to do may affect them, minimize it and let them know in advance. Keep the channels of communication open by reminding them that if you’re doing anything which disturbs them, they should feel comfortable approaching you about it.
  11. Be aware of your surroundings, as well as theirs. Even if you’re not in a “neighborhood watch” community, keep your eye on anyone you don’t know acting suspiciously around your neighbor’s property. When in doubt, call the police so they can quickly curtail any criminal activity.
  12. If you have a snow blower and they don’t, spend that extra 60 seconds to clear their walkway. It will save them 60 minutes of hard work and they’ll be grateful!
    Be nice to your new neighbors- When someone new is moving next to you,welcome them.They will be thankful to you for a jug of lemonade.

We all want to feel comfortable and safe at home. Being a good neighbor does not have to be difficult, it just takes some effort.

R & R Containers is a small town, American business, supporting our neighbors and community.

How To Prune Your Trees

We have discussed why you should prune your trees, now let’s look at what some experts say about How To Prune Your Trees.

We all know that it takes some understanding to raise healthy vegetation. There are differences in light, water and grooming to insure your plants, trees and grass grows healthy. How to prune your trees plays a vital role in success. There are some different techniques to consider.

Crown Thinning:

Crown thinning is a pruning technique primarily used on hardwood trees. Crown thinning is the careful removal of stems and branches to increase light penetration and air movement throughout the crown (the top) of a tree. The intent is to improve a tree’s structure and form while making life uncomfortable for tree pests.

Crown Raising:

Crown raising is simply removing branches from the bottom of the crown of a tree to provide clearance for pedestrians, vehicles, buildings or lines of site. For street trees the minimum clearance is often specified by municipal ordinance.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction pruning is most often used when a tree has grown too large for its permitted space. This type of pruning is sometimes called drop crotch pruning, is preferred to topping because it results in a more natural appearance, increases the time before pruning is needed again and minimizes stress.

Two methods you should NOT use are Topping and Tipping.

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This tree was pruned improperly and is growing epicormic branches at its base.

These methods cause harm to a tree. Topping, the pruning of large upright branches between twig nodes, is sometimes done to reduce the height of a tree. Tipping is a practice of cutting lateral branches between nodes to reduce crown width. These practices invariably result in the development of epicormic sprouts or in the death of the cut branch back to the next lateral branch below. Epicormic sprouts are weakly attached to the stem and eventually will be supported by a decaying branch.

When you decide which method to use to prune your trees, remember you’ll need somewhere to put the branches. Consult your local disposal company to get a container to suit your needs.

R&R Containers: Services Acworth, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Why you should consider pruning the trees?

If you are ready to start enjoying your yard, it’s time to start pruning the trees!

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As the weather warms up, we like to enjoy more time outdoors. If your trees and shrubs have overtaken your walkways, porch and gazebo, you are definitely thinking about pruning the trees. There are many tips available that we’ve compiled for your here.

To beautify your yard: Cutting off dead limbs or removing sections while pruning the trees, you’re giving your tree a whole new look. Like going to the barber or beauty salon.

To help the tree grow: When you remove dead, diseased or broken limbs you can literally help the tree grow healthier, stronger and faster because your tree will not be trying to heal itself.

To encourage fruit production: Pruning a fruit tree you may have encourages the growth of spurs, which will produce fruit the following year.

To remove hazardous branches: Tree Hazards impact people, animals and man-made structures. By far, this is the most imperative reason for pruning your trees. The dead branches fall very easily during high winds or a severe storm. Even when weather conditions are ideal, these branches may fall. Other hazardous branches include ones hanging over the roof of your home and ones growing into electric lines. Additionally, cracks in the tree, decay, cankers and poor root growth are all able to cause safety issues.

To treat disease: By pruning the tree limb if it is diseased you are literally removing is and preventing the disease from spreading to the rest of the tree.

Call your local private dumpster rental company to get a dumpster large enough to remove your pruning waste.

 

Wonder why tires are special waste?

Throwing away tires is more than finding a big enough trash can. Tires are special waste. There is often a price and limit to taking tires to the landfill. Read Why.

There are hundreds of stories about massive fires caused by illegally disposed tires. There are hundreds of photos of vacant land covered in tires, that lead to massive fires. Tires are combustible. That is why tires are special waste. Tires themselves are not hazardous, but if a tire is burned it becomes hazardous as air pollution or fire hazard. They can withstand a tremendous amount of heat, but once lit, they are virtually impossible to extinguish.

This was a fire in Savannah in February 2014. The authorities were able to contain the fire, but the rubber would smolder until the viable material was gone. The material, Rubber. When rubber is burned it creates toxic fumes that pollute the atmosphere.

Tires are special waste because they need to be collected and separated from general landfill waste.

This collection process allow appropriate distribution of tires for recycling and reuse.

As an example in 2003, markets for scrap tires were consuming 233 million, or 80.4%, of the 290 million annually generated scrap tires:

  • 130 million (44.7%) were used as fuel
  • 56 million (19.4%) were recycled or used in civil engineering projects
  • 18 million (7.8%) were converted into ground rubber and recycled into products
  • 12 million (4.3%) were converted into ground rubber and used in rubber-modified asphalt
  • 9 million (3.1%) were exported*
  • 6.5 million (2.0 %) were recycled into cut/stamped/punched products
  • 3 million (1.7%) were used in agricultural and miscellaneous uses
  • 27 million scrap tires (9.3%) were estimated to be disposed of in landfills or monofills. (Source: Rubber Manufacturers Association, 2004.)

The largest use of tires is for fuel:

  • Tires produce the same amount of energy as oil and 25% more energy than coal;
  • The ash residues from TDF may contain a lower heavy metals content than some coals;
  • Results in lower NOx emissions when compared to many US coals, particularly the high-sulfur coals.

The second highest is for civil engineering projects:

  • Subgrade Fill and Embankments: Construction
  • Backfill for Walls and Bridge Abutments
  • Subgrade Insulation for Roads
  • Landfills: construction materials
  • Septic System Drain Fields: constructions material
  • Other Uses
  • Playground surface material
  • Gravel substitute
  • Drainage around building foundations and building foundation insulation
  • Erosion control/rainwater runoff barriers (whole tires)
  • Wetlands/marsh establishment (whole tires)
  • Crash barriers around race tracks (whole tires)
  • Boat bumpers at marinas (whole tires)

DIY Cozy Home has an article on 25 Awesome Ideas for Recycling Tires at Home.

R & R Containers A Small Local Business

Our country is filled with small local business. They make up three quarters of business in our country equaling 28.2 million in number.

The success of small local business is incredibly important to the strength of a town.

Imagine the scope from the dollar’s point of view.

A man walks into Pete’s Hardware, a small local business…

He buys a hammer for $26.99

  • Pete buys his hammers from Vaughan Manufacturing, an American corporation. Vaughan is located in Hebron, Illinois where they employee Americans and pay taxes.

small local business The man leaves Pete’s Hardware and goes home to hang a picture for his wife.

  • Pete employs 10 people who live in his town. He pays property taxes, employment taxes and gross receipts taxes on sales at his store. He gets some tax breaks but not many. Pete spends his income locally at businesses who also provide employment for residents of his community.

Now… say the man had gone to a “Big Box” business.

He buys the same hammer for $24.96.

  • A portion of the money does go to the American owned business in Hebron, IL.
  • The “Big Box” store also has interests in other countries. They may invest money to sponsor sporting events that allow them to advertise, so they can make more money.
  • They are a publicly traded company, so many (millions of) people have an interest in making sure this company profits.
  • The “Big Box” company employs many and pays taxes, but gets huge tax breaks. I was unable to find exactly who is collecting the overall profits, or where they spend them.
  • The “Big Box” companies, can offer you slightly lower prices because they order in tremendous bulk and are able to make a significantly higher profit on each item.

I am not saying that the big stores are bad, but consider where your money goes. If you have a chance, buy from your neighbor instead of some millionaire who you’ll never see.

Support your Small Local Business.

R&R Containers is a small local business in Georgia.