May 2015

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A tile just slipped video

31 May 2015 | : blog


Many people tell me that they don’t want their roof tile fixed because a tile just slipped.

Should you replaced a broken tile on your roof?


The tile protects the felt.

The felt keeps the water out.

Tile don’t just slip because each tile is nailed and/or hung on a 1″ x 2″ wood strip.

Broken tile slide and let water, debris, birds into the space and then sun and water

and birds destroy the felt,  then water  gets in to the insulation, & then ceiling

and wall board.

This is a video case in point:

see other videos about building maintenance at:

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Which is Cheaper?

28 May 2015 | : blog


Which is cheaper regular preventative maintenance or repairs when troubles arise?

I used to do roof maintenance for a local business.
Periodically I’d repair the flat roofs.
The owner wanted a regular schedule, every third month, their two flat roofs being checked and any areas that were suspect being repaired.
This to prevent the ceiling tile and sheetrock and insulation from being damaged.
He retired and one of his sons took over the business.
This son wanted to be efficient and run the business economically.
Each time I came to check the roofs, he wanted to approve every little repair that I deemed necessary.
That is okay but then he demanded to know how long each job took wanting to be cost efficient I’m sure.
Surely his minimum wage employees could do what I was doing and do it so much cheaper.
So he decided that I charged too much and that he’d not call on me in the future.
We saw each other in a store parking lot on Tuesday this week.
I inquired about the roofs.
They’d had a leak this past week during the rain showers that occurred.
I asked where and he told me that it was just next to an area I’d build up and had repaired the last time I was there.
Also he told me that in March a crack had developed over the office and some ceiling had fallen down.
My last statement date was July 18, 2014. I’d charged $127.00 for my time on the roof ($100 labor / $27.00 materials).
The intervening time was 7 months with no check ups.
Replacing the ceiling was cheaper.
As soon as he told me of his woes I thought, “an ounce of prevention” and in this case it would have been worth more than twenty pounds of cure. But I didn’t say so, I  just commiserated with his plight.
So I ask you again.
Which is cheaper? Prevention or cure?

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Which movies were you in?

18 May 2015 | : blog


Yesterday I spoke with a young man who asked why I didn’t dye my beard as it is so white.

I mentioned that I’d been in several movies mostly because of the beard

and it must be white to do the St.George Live part of Brigham Young.

“Which movies?”, he asked.

We’ll there is Liquid Desert

It’s a documentary about water in Washington County Utah in which I portray pioneer Jacob Hamblin.

Then there is Mythica- A Quest For Heros

I this one I portray a Temple Elder in a fantasy adventure film.

The character I play appears at the first of the film

but is eliminated very quickly by the evil bad guy of the film.

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On set

Kindle Edition Facts About Abraham Lincoln

16 May 2015 | : blog


It’s new! Kindle Edition of:

Facts about Abraham Lincoln
By Jay Beacham

(The actor who portrays Lincoln’s Ghost, a compilation of facts about and sources of fact about the 16th President of the United States of America from blogs and oneman shows.)


How did a common laborer with virtually no education become a captain in the militia, a surveyor, a store owner, a state legislator, a US congressman, a great orator and finally the President of the United States?
What made him so special and that all possible?
Learn more about this unusual and great man from this book.


He was misjudged by many in his own time and he still is.
Lincoln did what was good for the country by appointing men who loved the Union but were of differing opinions about how to serve her best.
He favored principle more than party loyalty.
He was interested in many things as evidenced by his invention, poetry, interest in the stage and music.
He was a kind sort of person.
He was the Johnny Carson, Ronald Reagan humorist and athlete of the day.
He and the author can trace their roots back to a common ancestor: Obidiah Holmes.

This book is about A. Lincoln and some things you may know and some you may not yet know.
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865 farmer, railsplitter, river flat boat man, student, scholar, reader, poet, storyteller, humorist, store clerk and manager, postman, wrestler, surveyor, horseman, legislator, public speaker, writer, marksman, congressman, lawyer, lover, husband, father, inventor, soldier-private, captain, commander in chief, President.
“Seldom in history as so capable a man come on the scene at such a crucial time in world history. And one who started out in such raw circumstances and rose to such an elevated height.”
He was an avid reader and letter writer, speaker and storyteller.
A marksman who disdained the killing of animals even for food. He even owned a turkey as a pet at one time.
A man who milked his own cow and cut his own firewood all his life except when in the nation’s capital while serving in congress and as President.
Mr. Lincoln was a learned man though self taught.
He was full of wisdom about life and the governance of people.
Because of all that he knew and did, people have begun to attribute more to him than he actually said or did and the facts get mixed up with fantasy.

This short work will cover some things that are factual and some that are not and will direct the reader to other sources in film, on the net, and in print for further learning about this remarkable man.
(All this information may be found elsewhere but not in this form and my own ideas and thoughts are mine. But then, can anyone claim original thought?)

Notes from the author:

“I’ve been told I looked like Lincoln most of my adult life and I’ve come to see that that isn’t such a bad thing.
( I’ve been told I looked like others too and found out that I was distantly related to them too through common ancestors.)
In speaking to people, some tell me of books they’ve read or stories about “Ole’ Abe” that I haven’t known. Some of that I include in my shows.
A college professor told me of several things I hadn’t known that made other things I did know make more sense or be more meaningful to me. And he even said that some things that were in my 2009 show dvd, he hadn’t known.
I guess that goes to prove that Lincoln, as well as all of us, are complex beings and no one knows all there is to know about us.”—-Jay Beacham

Get your kindle version at:

Kindle Price: $8.97

Get your soft back copy from:

Jay Beacham

85 East Center Street

Ivins, Utah 84738

or call 435-628-7809

$20.00 plus $5.00 S & H

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What Advice Would I Give My Younger Self?

07 May 2015 | : blog

Advice to my younger self.

That is a dumb premise as we can’t go back, nor should we even if we had the desire and means to do so.

Much has been said about age 22 recently.  So I will too.

At age 22, I was a student at BYU in Provo, Utah.  And glad to be there.

My childhood dream of being in the US Marines had been set aside. I felt that I didn’t want to be in a war being shot at and shooting at other young guys who only wanted to be home, at school, or working as I did.

Had I know all the bad that has happened to me since then, I’d have made choices that would have prevented all the good that has happened.   And other good that could have happened, I’ll never know about so there’s no loss.

So my advise to all is to look to the future and live in the present.  No amount of regret will change the past.  I have regrets but can do nothing about “back then”.

I can only do now and plan to do in the future.

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