What services require a State of Florida license?

What services require a State of Florida license?

From My Florida website see more here.

Contractors

A Contractor is someone who demolishes, subtracts from, builds or improves any building or structure for compensation.  Examples of compensation are cash, goods, services, etc.  Essentially, if you pay someone to construct a building or a structure, make structural alterations to load bearing walls, or perform services such as plumbing or air conditioning work, that person has to have a state contractors’ license.

Emergency-PlumbingThese items are offered as examples of services you do need to hire a person with a Florida license and services you do not need to hire a person with a Florida license.  The list is not all inclusive.  If you have specific questions, please contact the department at 850.487.1395 or review the rules for the profession at www.myfloridalicense.com.  You should also check with your county or city to learn whether or not a local business tax receipt or certificate of competency is required for services that do not require a state license. Please visit our Unlicensed Activity page to learn more about how you can help us combat Unlicensed Activity.

Needs a License Does not need a license

Build a carport or sunroom for compensation.

Install a driveway or install pavers/tile walkways regardless of compensation.

Construct a roof for compensation.

Install awnings that do not become a fixed part of the structure regardless of compensation.

Install a dishwasher (requires connecting to drinking water) or replace a hot-water heater for compensation.

Add a water filter onto a faucet regardless of compensation.

Install a central air-conditioning unit for compensation (requires structural work and wiring).

Insert a plug-in A/C window unit regardless of compensation.

Clean central air and heat ducts for compensation (requires partial disassembly of the system, such as removal of air grills).

Change an A/C filter or cleaning ducts that do not require removal of the air grills regardless of compensation.

Repair or replace swimming pool pumps for compensation.

Clean swimming pools.

Install an above-ground pool regardless of compensation.

Perform plumbing work or irrigation installation that requires the contractor to connect lines to potable (drinking) water for compensation.

Install or repair irrigation systems that have a backflow preventer connected to a potable (drinking) water supply regardless of compensation.

Build a barn, metal building, or detached garage for compensation.

Install prefabricated tool shed less than 250 square feet in size regardless of compensation. The shed may be up to 400 square feet if it bears the insignia of approval from the Department of Community Affairs.

Remodel a home that requires alteration or replacement of a load-bearing wall for compensation.

Paint; install cabinets, wood or tile flooring, and insulation regardless of compensation.

Installation or replacement of drywall if the contract also includes work on the load bearing part of the wall, plumbing, electrical, or air conditioning work.

Installation or replacement of drywall if the contract does not include other work on the load bearing part of the wall or any plumbing, electrical, or air conditioning work.

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Environmental Impact of Tankless Electric Water Heaters

Is a Tankless Electric Water Heater Better for the Environment?

These days everyone is aware of their carbon footprint and wants to be eco-friendly enough to say that they at least attempted to leave behind a somewhat greener planet for their kids. So is a tankless electric water heater more environmentally friendly than other types of water heaters and could a tankless electric water heater be the solution you need to lower your carbon footprint?

tankless-electric-water-heater1First and foremost ask yourself, “Do I really need hot water all the time, even if I’m not at home?” Chances are the answer to the internal struggle you might have going on, is no. This wastes on average about 20% of your monthly household energy use. Basically these tankless water heaters safeguard your monthly energy usage.

The difference between a conventional water heater and a tankless electric water heater:
A normal water heater has a tank that is always filled with water and is constantly being heated up to a usable temperature. Because standard water heaters are always heating water in your home, they provide your home with hot water whenever you need it and even when you don’t.

tankless electric water heater works by means of a coil system that is activated and begins to heat whenever you open your hot water taps. As the cold water passes over the aforementioned coil system, it becomes instantly heated. With tankless electric heaters you can choose the temperature at which it is set to heat your water – this will determine the heat of the coils as the water passes over it. This will then affect the speed of the water as it passes over the coils as well as the warmth of the water.

Tankless electric water heaters safeguard energy by only heating the exact amount of water you will be using at any moment in time and only when needed. These devices are highly suited to holiday homes as they reduce the risk of a normal tank leaking and you never have to worry about switching it off and on again every time you visit – there is no waiting period for your water to reheat if you’re visiting after a long time. These are also a lot smaller and save space, and some brands can even be placed outside the home.

There are environmental pros to having an electric tankless water heater, such as the energy efficiency aspect, although you will be spending some money to get it. If you analyze the long-term benefits, however, you’ll see you save both money and water. These water heaters also have a longer lifespan in comparison to normal water heaters that only last between 10 – 12 years on average. Electric tankless water heaters can last for approximately 20 years. The greatest advantage is the lack of space or ventilation required to install it and the size means that less energy and resources are used to make them.

Amidst the growing global concern for global warming, which has made the general population more aware of the environmental impact of burning and utilizing fossil fuels, you, as a consumer, are encouraged to reduce your carbon footprint for the benefit of future generations. Bear in mind that switching to any alternate source or type of water heater is better for the environment than conventional heaters. Switching to an electrictankless water heater is the best possible choice you can make.

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It’s “Duck Tape” Prom Time (you gotta see what they create)

crop380w_first_place300-03023-01-resized_resizedCouples are creating unique prom wear using Duck Tape®, and this thing has grown do big that Duck Tape® sponsors a “Stuck At Prom” contest where the winners are awarded big scholarship cash, or win one of six category prizes like Best Singles Entry or Best Theme. See contest details here: http://stuckatprom.com/ and remember to enter by June 1st.

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You’ve Moved! Now, Organize your new home

Organize Your Home, Organize Your Life!
moveYou’ve unpacked a few boxes. But there’s no rhyme or reason—you stashed toiletries with Christmas ornaments and spices with tools. That’s okay. You were meaning to get organized, and now that you’ve been in your home a few months, it’s time. You’re no Martha Stewart, but you have it in you to organize your belongings so that you can find a battery when the flashlight’s dead and a fingernail clipper when there’s a hangnail.

Here’s what to do.

Tackle One Room at a Time

Don’t take on the whole house and all of your boxes at once. If you haven’t already, place boxes in rooms according to which room they came from in your old house. If you have a busy schedule—who doesn’t?—make a plan to tackle one room per weekend.

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Whatever you do, don’t take the “out of sight, out of mind” approach and clog your garage and attic with unmarked boxes. You’ll regret it in five years when you have to move again. Either unpack and distribute the contents in appropriate rooms or donate the goods to charity. Save your storage space for seasonal décor and family mementos in labeled boxes.

Think Visibility, Accessibility, Flexibility

They’re the three tenants of organization. You’re more likely to use what you can see and easily access. Be open to reconfiguring and reorganizing storage spaces based on your family’s evolving needs.

Invest in a Few Smart Storage Solutions

  • Closet Organizer:Install a modular system that can be reconfigured as needs change.
  • Shelves:Go vertical and take advantage of more space. Place what you use often at arm’s reach and the other stuff on higher shelves.
  • Folders: Use color-coded folders in your home office when filing bills, important documents and projects.
  • Bins:Transparent storage bins mean you don’t have to open to know what’s inside. Label other bins you can’t see through.

Space-Saving Organization Tips by Room

  • Kitchen:Stack teacup and saucer sets on top of one another. Place olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper on top of a cake stand to free up counter space. An over-head pot rack means more cupboard space. A magnetic strip for knife storage puts cutlery at arm’s reach for easy cooking.
  • Pantry:Store grains and cereals in see-through modular stacking containers. If you don’t have ample shelves, invest in a simple shelving system that will allow space for bulky or awkwardly sized objects. Over-the-door pocket organizers allow for even more storage.
  • Bathroom:Your medicine cabinet should contain only the items you use regularly; chuck outdated medicine and store bulk supplies elsewhere. Use a basket or plastic bin to keep all hair products in one manageable place. Install hooks, rings or bars if you lack appropriate towel storage. A caddy will help declutter the shower and make cleaning easier.

Welcome to life outside the box.

 

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Propane Safety Tips

Courtesy of the Florida Consumer E-Newsletter

Propane-SafetyGrilling is an American tradition and summertime staple. There is nothing more enjoyable than a summer cookout with friends and family. Backyard chefs throughout the state are firing up their grills and mixing their favorite marinades. Even though most cookouts go off without a hitch, accidents can and do happen. According to the National Fire Protection Association, gas grills are responsible for 7,200 home fires every year.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services advises consumers to follow these simple tips for safe grilling.

Propane Grill Do’s

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials and manuals in a safe, accessible place.
  • Clean the grill regularly. Grease and fat buildup is a major source of flare ups and accidental fires.
  • Check the gas tank hose (at a minimum annually) for leaks before using. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles.
  • Make sure the gas grill is shut off and cooled off before covering it after use.
  • Always store propane tanks outside, in an upright position, and in areas where temperatures won’t exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When filling or exchanging a cylinder, have the supplier check for dents, damage, rust or leaks.

Propane Grill Don’ts

  • Do not smoke while handling a propane cylinder. Propane is highly flammable.
  • Do not leave your grill unattended.
  • Do not store a spare LP cylinder on or near a grill.
  • Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
  • Do not use, store or transport a cylinder where it will be exposed to high temperatures.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for safety regulations for liquefied petroleum gas where it is stored, distributed, transported and used. For additional information, please contact FDACS at www.800helpfla.com or call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832) en Español.

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Why Your Power Bill may be higher in the summer

No one likes surprises, particularly when it comes to your expenses. When you haven’t changed your habits, it’s understandable how a higher than normal bill might not seem to makes sense. But, while you haven’t changed anything, the weather has changed.

High Power BillHigh temperatures = higher bills
Even if you never change the settings on your A/C, as the days get longer and hotter, your air conditioner needs to run longer to keep you comfortable.

For example, in hotter months, your A/C can run up to twice as long as it does in cooler months to keep your home at the same temperature. Think of it this way: if the outside temperature is 80 degrees and you have your thermostat set to 78 degrees, then your A/C has to cool your home just 2 degrees. However, when it’s 90 degrees outside, your A/C has to cool your home 12 degrees, running longer to keep the indoor temperature at 78 degrees. Your A/C is one of the largest energy users in your home. So, when it’s running longer, your bill will be higher.

Other factors
With children out of school and guests in town you may be busy entertaining with slumber parties and family cookouts, which means more hand-washing, dishwasher loads, showers and laundry. To help control water heating costs, keep your water heater at 120 degrees, try to wash clothes in cold water and run the dishwasher only when it’s full.

Another reason your bill may seem higher than normal is the variation in billing cycle days. The number of days included in your monthly bill can vary between 28 and 35 days due to holidays and other factors. So even if you use the same amount of electricity per day, your bill may be higher, or lower, from one month to the next depending on the number of days of service included in your bill.

Craig Muccio FPL

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