FROA's 2019 Summer Reading List

Summer is indeed a busy time here at Foundation Repair of Arkansas, but we always make time for the things that are important, especially our families and growth of knowledge. We wanted to share with you some of our top summer reading choices, and hope you share yours as well!

(Our book choices are sourced through Goodreads for additional information and reviews regarding each.)

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by Jason Fried,  David Heinemeier Hansson

3.94  ·   Rating details ·  121,446 ratings  ·  3,508 reviews

Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.

Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don't need to be a workaholic. You don't need to staff up. You don't need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don't even need an office. Those are all just excuses. 

What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs they hate, victims of "downsizing," and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

by J.D. Vance

3.94  ·   Rating details ·  222,831 ratings  ·  22,970 reviews

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.


The 10x Rule

by Grant Cardone

 4.05  ·   Rating details ·  8,861 ratings  ·  944 reviews

Achieve "Massive Action" results and accomplish your business dreams! While most people operate with only three degrees of action-no action, retreat, or normal action-if you're after big goals, you don't want to settle for the ordinary. To reach the next level, you must understand the coveted 4th degree of action. This 4th degree, also know as the 10 X Rule, is that level of action that guarantees companies and individuals realize their goals and dreams.

The 10 X Rule unveils the principle of "Massive Action," allowing you to blast through business clichZs and risk-aversion while taking concrete steps to reach your dreams. It also demonstrates why people get stuck in the first three actions and how to move into making the 10X Rule a discipline. Find out exactly where to start, what to do, and how to follow up each action you take with more action to achieve Massive Action results.

Learn the "Estimation of Effort" calculation to ensure you exceed your targets Make the Fourth Degree a way of life and defy mediocrity Discover the time management myth Get the exact reasons why people fail and others succeed Know the exact formula to solve problems Extreme success is by definition outside the realm of normal action. Instead of behaving like everybody else and settling for average results, take Massive Action with The 10 X Rule, remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success.


Your Band Sucks: What I Saw At Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)

by Jon Fine (Goodreads Author)

3.57  ·   Rating details ·  480 ratings  ·  91 reviews

• A New York Times Summer Reading List selection • Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2015 • A Business Insider Best Summer Read • An Esquire Father’s Day Book selection • New York Observer Best Music Book of 2015 

A memoir charting thirty years of the American independent rock underground

a musician who knows it intimately
Jon Fine spent nearly thirty years performing and recording with bands that played various forms of aggressive and challenging underground rock music, and, as he writes in this memoir, at no point were any of those bands “ever threatened, even distantly, by actual fame.” Yet when members of his first band, Bitch Magnet, reunited after twenty-one years to tour Europe, Asia, and America, diehard longtime fans traveled from far and wide to attend those shows, despite creeping middle-age obligations of parenthood and 9-to-5 jobs, testament to the remarkable staying power of the indie culture that the bands predating the likes of Bitch Magnet--among them Black Flag, Mission of Burma, and Sonic Youth --willed into existence through sheer determination and a shared disdain for the mediocrity of contemporary popular music.
In indie rock’s pre-Internet glory days of the 1980s, such defiant bands attracted fans only through samizdat networks that encompassed word of mouth, college radio, tiny record stores and ‘zines. Eschewing the superficiality of performers who gained fame through MTV, indie bands instead found glory in all-night recording sessions, shoestring van tours and endless appearances in grimy clubs. Some bands with a foot in this scene, like REM and Nirvana, eventually attained mainstream success. Many others, like Bitch Magnet, were beloved only by the most obsessed fans of this time.
Like Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen ConfidentialYour Band Sucks is an insider’s look at a fascinating and ferociously loved subculture. In it, Fine tracks how the indie-rock underground emerged and evolved, how it grappled with the mainstream and vice versa, and how it led many bands to an odd rebirth in the 21 st  Century in which they reunited, briefly and bittersweetly, after being broken up for decades. Like Patti Smith’s Just KidsYour Band Sucks is a unique evocation of a particular aesthetic moment. With backstage access to many key characters in the scene—and plenty of wit and sharply-worded opinion—Fine delivers a memoir that affectionately yet critically portrays an important, heady moment in music history.


12 Rules For Life

by Jordan B. Peterson,  Norman Doidge (Foreword), Ethan Van Sciver (Illustrator)

3.99  ·   Rating details ·  45,885 ratings  ·  4,824 reviews

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant, and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith, and human nature while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its listeners.

Cracked Concrete - Repair or Replace?

Concrete is all around us. Whether it be driveways, patios, sidewalks, pool decks, garage floors, foundation slabs, or even the roads we drive is a big part of our lives even if we don’t even realize it. Concrete undoubtedly has longevity, but over time it can buckle, crack, or lift. This typically happens due to soil erosion or compacted soil (leading to sinking, lifting, settling) , or improper water drainage which is a large issue for sidewalks/walkways, swimming pool decks, garage floors, slabs, and floors in general.

Typically when a homeowner is faced with such concrete damage, a lot of individuals assume that replacement is the only solution to the problem. To make things worse, homeowners see the price of concrete replacement and are stunned. (It’s not cheap, to say the least).

This is where Foundation Repair of Arkansas comes in—

Our company specializes in the repairing (not to be confused with replacement) of concrete. In some cases, having your concrete repaired can cost 1/4 of what actual concrete replacement costs! Contact us if we can help solve any of these problems for you by filling out the form below, emailing, or calling us at 501-539-5218.

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Foundation Repair of Arkansas Swimming Pool and Deck Services

Pool season will be here before you know it! 


If your pool deck is sinking, losing water, or pulling away, Foundation Repair of Arkansas specializes in rehabilitating the existing slabs around the pool without excavation. We utilize a polyurethane foam injection method to stabilize the soils underneath the slab and around the pool. 
This mitigates future erosion and externally seals the pool area.

Our swimming pool and pool deck services:

🌀Lift and level concrete slabs, including the pool deck to prevent trip hazards.

🌀Externally sealing the swimming pool.

🌀Stabilize soils and fill subsurface voids.

🌀Stabilize and reinforce retaining walls.

🌀Footer stabilization and rehabilitation.

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Ceiling Cracks - What's Normal, What's Not?

First and foremost, if there are cracks in your ceiling, the best solution is to schedule a free in-home inspection with a reliable contractor. The contractor will check the crack to determine its severity and what steps may need to be taken. Many times a crack is nothing to worry about. Our contractors offer free inspections and in-home estimates. Contact Foundation Repair of Arkansas to speak with a contractor to learn more about your ceiling cracks.


  1. Fine, Straight Crack: These cracks can be caused when a drywall joint wasn't properly taped or mudded. The tape may not be sticking to the drywall and so a "crack" appears where the edge of the tape is. You can either ignore this or apply a small bit of drywall compound to the loose tape and stick it back on.

  2. Discolored Crack: If the crack is yellow or brown, it is most likely being caused by a water leak. Once the leak is repaired, you can re-tape the drywall, making it look like new again. If the drywall is swollen or soft, you will want to replace the section.

  3. Small Spiderweb Cracks: A thinned drywall compound is used to make a textured ceiling. However, if the compound was applied too thickly, it can crack in all directions. You can cover the cracks with a layer of thin drywall compound or you can sand off the old compound and reapply it.

  4. Horizontal Crack Between the Ceiling and Wall: This may be caused by something called "truss uplift". The trusses holding up your roof are designed to move a little bit to absorb changes caused by temperature and humidity. The truss may move upward, lifting the ceiling with it. It's not going to cause any structural problems, but if you want to repair it, you will probably want to hire a professional.

  5. Cracks in Plaster Ceilings: If you live in a home with plaster ceilings and you begin to see cracks, they may be caused by moisture and/or movement. If they are small, you can repair them with new plaster. If they are bigger and sections of plaster are falling, you will probably have to remove the plaster and install with a drywall section.

  6. Large Cracks and a Bowed Ceiling: If your ceiling is sagging, you need to have the problem addressed. If something heavy is above the ceiling, the ceiling can sag. You will need to move the heavy object. Other causes may be the removal of a load-bearing wall or damage to the support structure. This type of issue will require an inspection by a structural engineer or contractor. This is a situation that needs to be repaired quickly, before it gets worse.

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Foundation Repair of Arkansas – the state’s top polyurethane foundation repair specialists.

As an Arkansan homeowner, securing your property from wear and tear is essential. And, when foundation cracks appear, your foundation’s repair must be resolved in a timely manner; yet, just any restoration will not suffice, given quality and value.

Foundation Repair of Arkansas expertly, and cost-effectively, repairs foundation cracks with polyurethane foam. Since Arkansas’ six distinct geological regions cause varying types of foundation damage, it is important that only the most qualified foundation repair technician in the state is securing the foundation of your property.

To speak with our team at Foundation Repair of Arkansas, give us a call at 501-539-5218, Monday through Friday, from 8 to 5 or contact us online.

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We repair concrete cracks and concrete slabs in central Arkansas.

Throughout the seasons, erosion destabilizes even the best of concrete slab foundations, and to wait for a concrete crack repair is to compromise the foundation of your home. Further structural decay and interior damage is costly, and concrete slab repair can be expensive.

Foundation Repair of Arkansas is home to Arkansas’ most experienced polyurethane slab repair technician, a professional at quality polyurethane foundation repair, which simply restores your property and protects it from further damage, at a fraction of the cost of traditional foundation repair.

Operating from central Arkansas, Foundation Repair of Arkansas is ready to restore your home’s foundation. You can contact our staff for a quote, or book an appointment online. Give us a call at 501-539-5218, Monday through Friday, from 8 to 5.

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The best way to level a house or concrete slab in Arkansas is with polyurethane.

The expenses of repeated repairs and inefficient procedures, like mudjacking, make traditional house leveling a recurring lifetime hassle. Yet, not protecting your home from further concrete cracks is just too risky.

As a homeowner, restoring and strengthening your property’s foundation is key to stability, safety, and economic security, and polyurethane foam is today’s best method of foundation repair.

Considering the difficulties of traditional foundation repair methods, Foundation Repair of Arkansas is operated by Arkansas’s most experienced polyurethane technician with more than 11 years of experience, skilled at professional, durable, and cost-effective polyurethane concrete crack repairs and concrete leveling.

To contact us about your home’s foundation repairs and for a free estimate, call us at 501-539-5218, or message us online.

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Heavy Rains, Concrete Cracks and Foundation Repair of Arkansas


Springtime in Arkansas means rain. And lots of it. Flooding can have a major impact on your home’s foundation. Little Rock foundation repair specialists, Foundation Repair of Arkansas, are well versed on how the Arkansas rains impact resident’s homes. Rain damage is preventable and has shared some great ways to make sure that your home stays safe.

Ensure good drainage. The rooftop is the primary structure that keeps rainwater from entering a home. Check all aspects of the rooftop and ensure its construction is not damaged in any way. A tiny opening in the rooftop is enough space to permit leakage. Additionally, ensure all gutters are cleaned regularly, direct downspouts away from the house, and ideally, the slope of your yard should be directed away from the foundation to ensure rainwater is directed away from the home and not into the foundation.

Check your chimney and sump pump annually. Two vital areas that can allow rain damage if they fail are a home’s chimney and sump pump. Not only should a sump pump be inspected by a professional annually, it should be checked visually and operationally more often during long periods of heavy rain or more extraordinary climates, like hurricane seasons. Chimneys should also be checked to ensure bricks have no gaps and are tightly sealed. Additionally, bricks should be waterproofed to ensure water and moisture is not absorb from the outside. Finally, consider installing a chimney cap prior to the stormy season to prevent rainwater from coming in at all.

Fix water leaks. Plumbing leaks can be a potential catastrophe if left unresolved. It’s important to address these issues promptly by repairing any noticeably leaking pipes, checking for dark spots adjacent to pipes or on ceilings, repairing or replacing any cracked caulking, and inspecting the roof for any missing, loose or broken shingles. Poles, trees and other large objects can also fall on a house during heavy rain; therefore, cut off branches that are dangerously close to a home’s rooftop. Additionally, raise downward sloping areas to ensure heavy rain water doesn’t collect near the foundation and weaken it.

Be aware of potential health hazards. If your home does suffer from water damage caused by internal leaks, heavy rain or other inherent problems, it is important to hire a water damage restoration company as soon as possible. Moisture promotes the growth of mold and other dangerous organisms, especially in already-damp climates, which increases the risk for serious health problems. Exposure to these types of water-related growths can also aggravate symptoms for allergy and asthma patients and may compound these problems in children, the elderly, and people with poor immune systems.

If your home has rain damage, do not wait, call Foundation Repair of Arkansas immediately for an inspection.
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5 Things Buyers And Sellers Need To Know - Foundation Repair of Arkansas


1. How to spot the signs of foundation damage

When you’re looking at homes for sale, you’ll need to know whether there truly is a bad foundation or whether those cracks are from normal house settling. Here are some things to look for that could indicate potential foundation problems, courtesy of Janine Acquafredda, a Brooklyn, NY, real estate agent.

  • Misaligned doors and windows (could indicate a shift in the foundation)

  • Doors that stick or don’t latch shut

  • Windows that are difficult to open or that have cracks in the glass

  • Sloping floors or staircases (indicates a probable pitch in the foundation)

  • Cracked drywall

  • Gaps between the wall seams or between the wall and the ceiling

  • Large cracks in the exterior concrete

  • Water in the basement, crawl spaces, or around the perimeter of the home

If you spot any of these issues, consider hiring a structural engineer in addition to a home inspector. “The average home inspector often won’t know the full aspect of the damages,” says Mayer Dahan, CEO of Prime Five Homes, a real estate development company in Los Angeles, CA. Hiring a structural engineer typically costs anywhere from $500 to $1,000, but if you suspect you need foundation repair, it’s probably worth the cost to find out for sure.

2. Should you buy a house with foundation problems?

In a word? Maybe. If the house you’ve fallen in love with has foundation issues, you might not always want to back away — especially if you live in a competitive real estate market. But don’t expect the purchase to be a cakewalk: Now that you’ve uncovered some real problems, it’s prime time to renegotiate the home’s price to reflect the amount of money you’ll have to put into it to shore up the foundation. “If you are getting a good deal and love the house, by all means, go for it,” says Acquafredda. “Foundation problems can be corrected.”

3. Foundation cracks? Beware, but be smart

Not all foundation cracks are created equal. Some point to normal settling, but others can signal a foundation problem. How can you tell the difference? Consider the size. “Thin cracks — less than ¼ inch — on foundations and walls happen as a house settles, and have probably been around for most of the house’s life,” says Kelvin Liriano, a home inspector at Three Keys Home Inspections Inc. in the New York, NY, area. “They just have to be sealed to prevent water intrusion.”

But wide cracks or displacement could indicate a problem that needs to be addressed. Although it could be a costly repair, if you buy a house with a foundation problem, you should be prepared to take action quickly. “It will only get worse and more expensive to fix over time,” advises Dahan.

4. Selling a house with foundation problems? It’s possible

If you know that your house has a foundation problem, you might wonder if you should fix it before you list your home. Acquafredda says, to be honest, and upfront with buyers by disclosing what the foundation problems are, but not to fix them. Here’s why: “The history of the repair will most likely require permits to be pulled, and it will be documented and become public record.” The problem with that is, potential buyers will probably cross your home off their list if they see there have been foundation problems. And if buyers don’t even look at your house, you won’t have a chance to explain that you’ve fixed the issue. It might be better to not fix the problem but let the buyer know about it so they can bring in people they trust to do the job.

But as the saying goes, even a pancake has two sides. Dahan offers another school of thought on whether you should fix a foundation problem before putting your house on the market: “It is advisable to fix the foundation before selling. The warranty and reputation of the contractor will be a strong selling point to a potential buyer.”

5. You can turn cracked lemons into lemonade

Sellers can market a foundation problem as a good thing. (Yes, really!) After coming down on the price of the home, let potential buyers know that while they’re fixing the foundation, they “can easily add new amenities to the property,” says Elizabeth Jenkins with Source Capital Funding, Inc., a San Diego, CA-based real estate lender. “People like to create their own personal paradise, and this will attract buyers who have a can-do attitude.” Further proof: Atlanta, GA, real estate agent and attorney Bruce Ailion advises people to buy homes with fixable foundation problems. Why? “The discount to buy is perhaps 20% to 25%. The cost to cure is usually about 10%,” he explains.

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3 Tips for Successful Foundation Drainage in Arkansas


Drainage around your property’s foundation is important to extending its lifespan. Find out some of the top ways that Little Rock property owners have taken the approach to successful foundation drainage.

1. General Yard Layout

Foundation damage can occur because of many reasons, from moisture to excessive house settlement. However, based on information from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, one of the leading causes of foundation damage and failure to drain excess moisture is due to the layout of a yard and how its trees are placed.

It is highly recommended that trees should be planted no closer to the foundation than to what their eventual height would be. This may sound like a nit-picky rule, but really it makes sense when you consider the foundation damage that overgrown roots can really have on a home.

By planting the trees in your yard a certain distance from the foundation, you are preventing tree roots from filling perimeter drains and preventing the trees from absorbing all of the water from the soil surrounding the home. By preventing trees from absorbing all of the water from the surrounding area, you are taking the precautions to preventing settlement, which ultimately leads to foundation damage and repair.

2. Drainage Pipes and More

When discussing drainage, there are three areas that every homeowner should look for when trying to protect their foundation:

1. Surface Drainage

When examining surface drainage, it is important that surface water is easy to control. By controlling the surface water, one is ultimately controlling the soil moisture that resides beneath a home’s foundation. Your surface should slope away from the home. The degree of how steep your slope should be depending on the size of your property and what your foundation repair or replacement company suggests.

2. Gutters

Gutters are a simple way to protect your foundation from excessive water exposure. By utilizing downspouts and catch basins, you will be able to ensure that rain landing on your home drains away from the home and not underneath it.

3. Subsurface Drainage

Subsurface drainage is important because they naturally serve as your last resort of foundation protection if water does make its way below the surface. When dealing with these types of pipes, however, you want to make sure that your contractor takes the necessary steps to prevent them from being crushed during the backfilling of your foundation.

3. Moisture in Your Foundation

When focusing on your foundation and the state it is in, you want to pay close attention to soil moisture around your home. You don’t want to let your soil become too wet or too dry. Either case can create problems. Check with your local foundation company to find out how your home fares on its soil moisture.

Foundation Problems? Foundation Repair of Arkansas Can Help!

If your home has suffered from excess exposure to water, moisture, or tree roots, then your foundation is at a critical risk for failure. If you have noticed any cracks, leaks or shifting in your foundation, then get in touch with Foundation Repair of Arkansas today. Our professionals can guarantee an excellent job on any foundation repairs or replacement that you need. Call today to find out more about our services.

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