Check before you Burn

With the cold temperatures still upon us lots of people are burning in their fireplaces for additional heat.  The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District still has the Check Before Your Burn requirements from November thru February.   This law applies to residents and businesses in Sacramento county and the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.

Below please find the six ways to check before you burn:


1:  Call 1-877-NO-BURN-5

2:  Visit

3:  Visit and sign up to receive Air Alert emails (input your Sacramento County zip code and select the Daily Air Quality Forecast box).

4:  Read the Sacramento Bee’s weather page on the back of Our Region section.

5:  Listen to television and radio weather forecasts.

6:  Go to


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Six steps to installing a vinyl bathroom floor

1)      Clean the floor:  sweep, vacuum, then wipe down with an ammonia solution to remove grease.

2)      Make a template:  some people use 15 pound roofing felt that comes in three foot rolls.  Measure the width of the room and cut the paper a little long.  Lay the first sheet on the floor and set it in place with tape.  Carefully trip the paper with a sharp utility knife so that matches the contours of the walls and the toilet.  Add another sheet and tape the second sheet to the first.  Repeat until the template is complete and carefully remove it from the floor.

3)      Cut the vinyl:  a six foot wide sheet should provide an almost seamless floor in a small bathroom.  Roll the vinyl out on a floor and tape the template to the vinyl.  Pay attention to the patter to make sure it aligns properly.  Cut the vinyl with a sharp utility knife.  Cut a little wider than the template, as it is easy to trim.  Make a cut behind the toilet to allow placement.

4)      Position the vinyl on the floor:  Once it is in place, roll half of it back and trowel vinyl adhesive on the floor.  Make sure to apply a uniform coat of glue.  Gently roll the sheet onto the adhesive smoothing it with your hands as it lies down.  Use a J-Roller to smooth the surface.  Next, lift the remaining half of the flooring, trowel on the adhesive, smooth and roll.

5)      Trim the edges:  Use the utility knife and go slowly.  Use a metal straightedge where the floor meetings straight wall runs.  Smooth the edges as you go.  You will need to free-hand it around the toilet.

6)      Caulk:  Apply caulk around the edges and around the toilet.

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