Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Top Notch All The Way" - Don Crossley, Croz Custom Metal Fabrication


Don Crossley

Phone: (707) 580-4727

Fax: (707) 435-WELD (9353)
2903 Banyan Ct.
Fairfield, Ca. 94533


Lic# 920000
C13, C23, C51, C60 - Welding Contractor
Contractors State License Board
Contractor's Bnd #10143914
General Liability Insurance Polity: #39CGL04016-00
Arch Specialty Insurance Co.
Member of the Better Business Bureau

In Business Since 2005: Croz Custom Metal Fabrication has 22-years of experience in the fabrication and metal repair industry. If you have onsite metal crafting or repairs that need immediate assistance. C.c. accepted

  • Commercial Work , Classic restorations, Custom Exhaust, Frames, Structural welding
  • Small to large scale piping jobs that operate under high pressure and temperature service, sanitary welding
  • Platform construction and repairs including redesigning and or replacement
  • Custom fabrication of guards, handrails, safety covers and shields to comply with OSHA and Cal OSHA regulations.
  • Overlay and weld build up using stiletto and other hard facing alloy

  • Testimonials:
    "The level of service and professionalism I received was far beyond anything I had expected. Somehow, I don't think a rating of 'Very Good' is high enough. 'Exceptional' is more like it. Thank you."
    ~ Bradley M., Napa

    "Very quick to respond,and we agreed to have a wrought iron railing made for my home entry. Totally satisfied with the professional results, and have already contacted my neighbors who have similar homes needing railing repair work."~ Janet L., Martinez

    "He was prompt and i was very happy to get my bed fixed. He did a good job."~ Len J., American Canyon

    "What a welder! Don is top notch all the way. He is a master with the TIG gun. I wish I could include a picture of his welds. In addition to his expertise in welding, Don's was very expedient with my time sensitive project, very professional, tidy and efficient. I am glad to have meet Don and will use him in the for all my fabrication needs."~ Mike Peery MK Marine Services Vallejo, Ca.

    "Very professional service from the bidding process to the fabrication and installation. Reasonably priced and completed in the time frame as promised."~ John, Walnut Creek, Ca.

    "Very polite, professional gentleman. Did an exceptional job and I would highly recommend him."~ Alexander, Pleasant Hill, Ca.

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    Ramirez Custom Overhead Doors Since 1987

    Ramirez Custom Overhead Doors, a privately held company based in Fairfield, California was launched in 1987 with the goal of providing quality garage door and operating systems at a reasonable price and providing superior customer service.

    The company was founded by Rudy Ramirez. Rudy is a licensed contractor and an experienced garage door installer and has been installing doors over 20 years. He understands the problems of installing and servicing all types of garage doors and operators. He is also a resident of Solano county and has lived in the area for over 40 years.

    Ramirez Doors is licensed, bonded, and insured. They purchase the highest quality products available, direct from the manufacturer and their own trained installers do all the work.

    The company has attracted many excellent employees bringing a wealth of experience in the garage door industry to the Ramirez Doors team.

    Ramirez Custom Overhead Doors
    615 Merchant Street
    Vacaville, CA 95688

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Thursday  8am - 5pm
    Friday  8am - 4pm
    Saturday  9am - 1pm


    Vacaville: (707) 451-2700

    Napa: (707) 226-2777

    Fairfield: (707) 421-2700

    Fax: (707) 451-2777

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

    Solano County's Best Electrician: Nick's Electric

    Solano County's Best Electrician: Nick Indrieri of Nick's Electric laying out outlets on my kitchen remodel -- Pete Valentino, Valentino Construction.

    Nick's Electric

    Friday, January 25, 2013

    Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators as seen on The Science Channel

    Intrigued by the new technology of vacuum elevators,
    the Science Channel featured a segment about a PVE being installed

    Inclinator Co. of California are now distributers for PVE Vacuum Elevators. These revolutionary, American made elevators are powered by AIR! They are also stylish, and require less space and less construction than conventional residential elevators. There are three models to choose from ranging from a single to a three-passenger, wheelchair-accessible home elevator. They are capable of 35' of travel, and require no shaft, pit, or machine room. They require almost no maintenance and since they use no hydraulic fluid or lubricants, they are the GREEN elevator solution.

    Call us at 800-201-1212 for more information and visit our website at:

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    Experienced In Plastering Since 1977: Galvan & Son Plastering

    My name is Carlos Galvan, and I have been in the Plastering trade since 1977 and became a licensed plastering contractor in 1991. Since then I have had my own plastering business and I am experienced in all phases of interior veneer and acrylic exterior stucco plastering finishes. Here is an example of some of my work:

    Call Carlos Galvan at 707-815-8868 or email me at

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Call Hender Cement For Small Jobs, Large Jobs and Anywhere In Between

    Hender Cement was established in 1992 after 10 years union experience. We have done almost every aspect of concrete work, from small backyards, patios, pool decks, etc.; to almost 10 years of commercial flatwork (driveways/walkways for housing tracks) to multi-million dollar homes.
    We provide quality work, professionalism, competitive pricing, and all required insurance policies (GL ins. Workers Comp ins.).

    Contact Jeff Hender at 707-451-3714

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

    Vacaville Pools Inc Voted The Best of 2012 For Pool Service

    Our thanks for all those who voted for Vacaville Pools, Inc. as the best pool service in the Vacaville Reporter's The Best of 2012 annual promotion.

    We appreciate the honor and endeavor to always provide the best pool service along with our other pool products and services. Whether it is a brand new pool, new pool equipment, remodeling your old pool, repairs, providing weekly pool service, and much more, we are at your service in Vacaville and surrounding communities in Solano County.

    Call us at 707-448-3405

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    DuraGrip: Your Home's Hidden Guardian From GAF and Regional Roofing

    Is your roof ready for the next big storm? Come take an inside look at GAF¹s Duragrip adhesive and meet, Your Home¹s Hidden Guardian

    Call Regional Roofing at 707-422-7948 to get an estimate on a new roof to protect your family.

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Telephony and Data Services for Business From ProComm

    With ProComm offering AT&T voice and data services to our clients, it’s the perfect fit for any business. It allows for a single point of contact, professionalism and the knowledge to design the best, most reliable telephone and data services for your business.
    ProComm offers a wide variety of AT&T voice and data products. Some of our most popular products are PRI (Primary Rate ISDN), IP Flexible Reach, HiCap T1 for internet, GigaMan and MPLS (MultiProtocol Label Switching). All of these services can be integrated and tailored to the needs of your business.

    AT&T Primary Rate ISDN (PRI) is an efficient way to integrate your voice, data and video communications on the same high-performance digital trunks using industry-standard ISDN Primary Rate Interface technology. Perfect application when there’s a PBX/VoIP system onsite.

    AT&T IP Flexible Reach is a managed Voice over IP communication solution that supports inbound and outbound calling on your data network giving you local, U.S. long distance and international reach for your U.S. sites. AT&T deploys fully configured gateway routers at your sites that transport both voice and data traffic. IP Flexible Reach works with your business' onsite premises PBX or VoIP system.

    AT&T GigaMan Service is a dedicated, fiber-optic, point-to-point gigabit Ethernet service that links your local area networks (LANs) within a metropolitan or regional area. AT&T GigaMan service uses the same transmission protocol as your LAN, allowing you to take full advantage of your enterprise LAN speeds while transmitting data between your sites. GigaMan Service transmits data at a rate of up to 1.0 gigabits per second - 22 times faster than DS3 service - across the street or across town.

    AT&T MPLS Private Network Transport (PNT) offers a flexible path to migrate from legacy data networks to a high performing, scalable IP-based network without sacrificing the security traditionally found in dedicated private networks. PNT is a network based IP VPN solution over the AT&T IP Network, utilizing Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), an advanced switching technology. Integrate multiple disparate voice, data and video networks to a single IP-based network supporting any-to-any connectivity. The flexible network enables you to efficiently add new sites and applications to the network. Designed with classes of service (CoS) to enable you to classify traffic prioritization over a single infrastructure, allowing high levels of performance for voice, video and data, while also providing efficient use of bandwidth.

    Utilize ProComm’s advanced knowledge of AT&T’s voice and data services and let us design your business needs today.


    Monday, January 14, 2013

    It's A New Year and It's Time To Update Your Kitchen!

    You've been talking about it and talking about it and talking about updating and redoing your 20 year old kitchen. It's a new year and a new day and now is a great time to get this job underway. Call Valentino Construction and we will get you the update you want at an affordable price and done in a timely manner with the highest quality materials. Call Peter Valentino at Valentino Construction at 707-425-1751 and let's get started! See www.ValentinoConstruction.NET 

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    Deodorization - What's That Smell?

    Odor Identification

    As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.
    SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

    Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.

    The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give our SERVPRO of Fairfield  Professional a call at 707-207-0122, and leave the restoration to us.

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    Teragren Manufacturing Tour of Bamboo Products Factory

    Teragren bamboo forest and harvest example. Teragren strand bamboo factory. Forest transition to Teragren traditional bamboo products factory, which includes finish lines and packaging.

    The Beauty of Bamboo

    Beauty - Durability - Renewability

    The time, skill, and commitment required to bring out the richest nuances of bamboo's color and grain are evident in the enduring beauty of Teragren's products.  We use Optimum 5.5® Moso bamboo sustainably harvested at maturity, when it is most dense, and we oversee all aspects of its manufacture. 

    All of our flooring is FloorScore certified and all of our panels and veneer are SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold certified, two of the most stringent environmental standards recognized as contributing to good indoor air quality.
    Call Gillespie's Abbey Carpet for more information on how you can add the beauty and durability of bamboo flooring to your home while at the same time choosing something that is green and a renewable resource. Call 707-427-3773.
    Gillespie's Abbey Carpet & Floor
    America's choice in floor fashions since 1958.

    Monday, January 7, 2013

    Kohler Bathroom Products - Custom Showers - Multiple Sprays, Lighting, M...

    Designer Erinn Valencich discusses the various options available for showers, including showerheads, body sprays and a personalized custom showering system.

    Tim Sheridan

    Phone: (707) 452-1364
    Fax: (707) 689-0520

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

    Why Drywall? by David Altman

    Drywall was developed as a replacement for lath and plaster construction. This was a method wherein; the studs were covered by wood lath strips nailed to the 2x4s and spaced a half inch or so apart; covered with wire mesh; covered with a brown coat of plaster - this is the foundation for the wall; and then a smooth thin white final coat of plaster was applied. The finished product looked good, but took several days to cure.

    This was a time waster as the worker had to wait for the material to dry. Sometimes there were multiple coats of plaster to get the desired degree of finish. Some of these coats could make the wall several inches thick.

    Then along came drywall to solve that wasted time problem.

    Drywall is a common building material typically made of a layer of gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper, then kiln dried. Drywall is used globally for the finish construction of interior walls and ceilings.

    I have literally seen a wall go from studs to finished product in the same day with fast drying mud compounds. If the work is completed correctly, the outward appearance will be very similar.

    There are four basic types of drywall. They are: the basic paper wrapped for the vast majority of wall coverings; greenboard or MR for moisture resistant drywall, (NOTE: moisture resistant NOT water proof); type X or fire rated or resistant, typically 5/8" thick and the newest, paperless drywall; and Georgia Pacific brand name is DensArmor Plus. This is a glass mat surface front and back and is the ideal replacement for greenboard.

    Drywall is available in 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 5/8" thickness. The 1/2 inch is the most common size and usually the least expensive. Type X is typically 5/8" and is always used in commercial buildings and should be used between floors in multi-story houses to slow the spread of the fire between floors.

    Depending on which part of the country your home is in, you may or may not have this material installed.
    Article Source:


    We take pride and ownership of each and every project, start to finish. Our goal is 100% satisfaction from our clients. We believe that our jobs will either get us future jobs or lose us future jobs. Since over 95% of our work comes from repeat or referred customers, we depend on that 100% satisfaction. But, don't take our word for it, please check up on us.
    Larry Gulley
    Drywall By Design

    (707) 359-4009
    Lic # 875412


    Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Five Things You May Not Know About Hardwood Flooring by Charlie D Dima

    Whether you've been doing a ton of research about hardwood flooring or have barely read a thing about it, it helps to learn as much as you can before taking the plunge and having it installed in your home. There's a lot of conventional wisdom floating around out there about finding the right wood floors; there's a lot of misinformation, too. The trick to getting what you want at the price that you need is doing a little extra digging - and taking your time when making your selection. Five interesting facts and tips about hardwood flooring are outlined below for your convenience!

    1. Smooth Flooring isn't Your Only Option
    Hardwood flooring is usually depicted as being smooth, sleek and shiny. While that's a masterful look - and one that looks phenomenal in a number of different situations - it is certainly not your only option. Textured hardwood floors are becoming more popular all the time as people try to come up with totally unique looks for their homes. Distressed hardwood floors have a naturally aged look to them that goes well with a huge array of interior design schemes. Reclaimed wood floors are also becoming increasingly popular. Hand-scraped hardwood floors are also something that you should look into if you're after a look that's timeless and classic. In addition to looking great, textured wood masks imperfections a lot more readily than smooth wood does.

    2. Natural Colors Produce Amazing Results
    In order to achieve a truly coordinated and put-together look, many homeowners opt for hardwood floors that have been painted or specially treated. While this style of wood works well in a number of different scenarios, you shouldn't overlook the beauty and sophistication of naturally colored wood. Cherry, walnut and hickory are just a few examples of woods that have sumptuous natural colors that can really enhance the look of a home. Before opting for painted or treated wood floors, make sure to check out all of the natural colors that are available.

    3. Many Different Sizes are Available
    The most common or standard size of hardwood flooring is 2-1/4 inches. At that width, installing the wood is extremely easy and flexible. That width also happens to be very pleasing to the eye, which is a huge part of the reason for its enduring popularity. However, 2-1/4-inch wood is not the only option out there. Wider planks of wood can produce dazzling results; thinner planks can, too. You might have to make a special order for an unusual size, but the wait will be more than worth it. It's amazing what a slightly different size can do in terms of style - when all is said and done, your floors will stand out in a truly special way.

    4. Engineered Wood is Best for the Basement
    There is no reason not to put hardwood floors in your basement. However, you should definitely stick with engineered wood flooring instead of solid hardwood varieties. Special considerations have to be made for installing wood floors in a basement; most importantly, moisture tends to be an issue in any room that's below ground. Engineered wood floors can be glued down; there is no need to use nails, which makes them easier to install. When you are determined to have beautiful hardwood floors on every level of your home, make sure to buy the right style for the basement.

    5. Stick with Pre-Finished Wood for Convenience
    Purists often insist that natural, untreated wood is the only way to go when it comes to having hardwood flooring installed in a home. Once it's laid down, though, that wood has to be sanded down and finished. That process can be very time-consuming - and extremely messy. You'll have to wait for a long time before you can enjoy the use of your new floors. A great way to get around that frustration is by opting for pre-finished wood. The installation process will fly right by; once it's installed, you will be ready to go. Best of all, you won't have a huge mess on your hands!

    Knowing what you now do about hardwood floors, you should have a much easier time making your decision. Whether you're looking to install a hardwood floor in your basement or just can't decide between painted or natural wood, the preceding tips are sure to come in handy. Ultimately, though, the right flooring will just "feel" right to you - in other words, you will know it when you see it!

    Article Source:

    Martin CalvertNorthstate Hardwood Floors

    (707) 399-9409
    285 Dahlia Street
    Fairfield, CA 94533
    License# 863306
    Licensed, Insured & Bonded


    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    Croz Custom Metal Fab Great Welder Body



    A couple of days ago at a Chamber of Commerce morning mixer in Vacaville, CA, I had the opportunity to photograph the welder body of Don Crossley, owner/operator or Croz Custom Metal Fabrication.

    What an interesting body. I just kept taking pictures because there was so much to see. Don has modified a custom welder body to the hilt. Look at the photo above with the electrical outlets on the back of the compartment. Inside that box is a 3,000 watt inverter, another photo shows an emergency cutoff switch under the dash in case of an issue with the inverter. Of course many of the standard welding items are aboard and Don does many different types of welding and so has a lot of items he carries to do what he needs when he needs to do it.

    One photo shows a folded, large umbrella he stores behind the cab and there is a mounting bracket in the middle of the bed so that he can open the umbrella and it extends out over the rear work area to keep his work area cool when he is outside working on a job in the sun. How fascinating. Notice the custom rear bumper that he made out of a running board from an SUV. And, we can't miss the crane in the center of the bed.

    I think Don could go out on a job in the middle of the wilderness and be out there a couple of weeks and he would have everything he might need to do all the work! If it isn't on this truck, he doesn't need it. Our thanks go to Don for sharing this great truck with us. You can call Don at 707-580-4727.
    Reprinted from the Commercial Truck Success Blog,