Electrical Outlet Update

HQS Update – Electrical Outlets

In 2010, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued PIH Notice 2010-10 (HA) to clarify Housing Quality Standards (HQS) requirements when evaluating electrical outlets during inspections. The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego is now following these guidelines with all HQS inspections.


Types of outlets: outlet


Ungrounded Outlets
Older construction (pre-1975) housing will usually have ungrounded two-pronged outlets, which is an acceptable type of outlet under the HQS. (Figure 1) An owner does not need to upgrade the electrical system of the unit (convert two-pronged outlets to three-pronged) in order for the unit to pass an HQS inspection.

Grounded Outlets
Newer construction housing will usually have three-pronged outlets, which are acceptable under HQS if the outlets are grounded. (Figure 2)

“Upgraded” Outlets
Many of the cords for today’s appliances contain three-pronged plugs, which can cause problems when an older home does not have three-pronged outlets for these grounded plugs. In the case of older homes, owners often replace two-pronged, ungrounded outlets with three-pronged, grounded type outlets in order to establish appropriate outlets for appliances that have cords with three-pronged plugs. However, in some cases, owners may replace two-pronged, ungrounded outlets with the three-pronged, grounded type outlets without the necessary rewiring that adds a ground wire to the newly installed, grounded type outlet. Three-pronged, grounded type outlets should not be substituted for ungrounded outlets unless (1) a ground wire is connected to the outlet, or (2) a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Breaker or outlet protects the outlet. (Figure 3, outlet option) Installing a new ground wire may require a licensed electrician to install a new wire to the circuit breaker box and may be prohibitively expensive. A more cost-effective method is to protect the outlet with a GFCI, which provides protection to the outlet. If the GFCI senses a difference in current flow between the hot and the neutral terminals, it shuts off the flow of current to the outlet.

GFCI breakers may also be used to protect the outlets.

An older construction house with a grounded outlet (Figure 2) would be an indication that the unit may have undergone some upgrading. In such cases, the Department recommends testing a sample of outlets in the unit to determine if three-pronged outlets are in proper operating condition, in addition to verifying the proper operating condition of the required number of outlets per room.

Three-pronged Outlets
A three-pronged outlet must meet one of the following three standards for the inspector to consider the outlet in “proper operating condition” as required by HQS:

1. The outlet is properly grounded.
2. A GFCI protects the three-pronged, ungrounded outlet. (a GFCI outlet does not need to be grounded)
3. The outlet complies with the applicable state or local building or inspection code.

The inspector will use an outlet tester to determine whether the outlet is properly grounded. Units with Outlets that are not properly grounded or protected will not pass the HQS inspection. A GFCI can be located at the outlet that is being tested or upstream on the circuit of the outlet. The inspector should “trip” all of the GFCIs in the unit; both at the outlet and in the circuit breaker box and determine if there is power to the ungrounded outlet. If the power to the outlet is off, then one of the GFCIs protects the outlet.

Occasionally, a GFCI may be located on the circuit breaker at the load center (circuit breaker box).

The image below depicts a GFCI breaker: the distinctive indicator is the “Test” button mounted on the breaker.


An inspector may want to “trip” the GFCI in order to identify that the power shuts off to any ungrounded outlet that is protected by the breaker. To “trip” the GFCI, the inspector will press the test button and the switch will move and shut off power to the circuit. This allows the inspector to verify that the outlet is GFCI- protected.

A GFCI is in proper operating condition if pressing the “TEST” button on the GFCI trips the circuit and shuts off power through the receptacle.

Excerpted from HUD Notice PIH 2010-10 (HA)

VETERANS Day Food & Drink Freebies

Being a VETERAN I can speak from experience, the only thing I like more than eating and drinking is DISCOUNTED eating and drinking.

Below is an alphabetical list of fine establishments across the country which are offering discounts to VETERANS on and around VETERANS Day. Take a look, if you have any questions please call the restaurant for more information.

I would like to thank the folks at http://www.veteranownedbusiness.com for compiling this list of businesses that support our Active Duty personnel and VETERANS.


54th Street Grill

Free meal, up to $12 value, valid for current and former service members on Veterans Day, November 11th. Proof of service required.


Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu on November 11th.


1 FREE Roast Beef Classic Sandwich on Veterans Day Wednesday, 11/11/2015 at participating locations during normal business hours.

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar

Veterans and active duty military members will get one complimentary item from a fixed menu including some of Arooga’s favorites such as their famous Crab Pretzel, Arooga’s Chopped Salad, Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad,  Buffalo Chicken Flatbread, its Original Bacon Grind Burger, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Grilled Cheese and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, Spicy Italian Wrap or Sub, Original Boli, and, of course, their world famous boneless wings (10) tossed in any one of their more than 30 sauce creations.

Bakers Square

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 get a free breakfast.  Choose from Buttermilk Pancakes, Belgian Waffle or French Toast.

Bar Louie

From open to close Tuesday, November 10th and Wednesday, November 11th Bar Louie locations across the country will offer veterans and active military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value when they show valid military I.D. or other proof of service.

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse

Complimentary lunch entree, up to $9.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service.

Bob Evans

On Veterans Day, and every day, Bob Evans restaurants are honored to serve veterans and active duty military personnel with fresh, never frozen sausage, real hand-cracked eggs from local farmers, and freshly prepared food. This year, the restaurant will honor veterans with a choice of select free breakfast items on November 11, 2015 at all Bob Evans restaurants.

Bonanza Steakhouses

Active duty and retired military get a free buffet on November 11, 4 pm to close.

Boston Market

Get a free dessert with the purchase of any individual meal this year on Veterans Day from Boston Market.

Brann’s Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 get a free 6 oz. Sizzling Sirloin with 2 sides.

Buehler’s Grocery in Ohio

Free breakfast meal and coffee for veterans Wednesday, November 11, from 7:00 to 11:00 AM.The free breakfast meal includes any items under “Breakfast Meals” on their menu.

Buffalo’s Cafe

All veterans and active duty military eat free on Wednesday, November 11.


Get a complimentary small (6 oz.) sundae. Customers can opt for Vanilla, Chocolate, or Swirl topped with whipped cream and a cherry on Wednesday, November 11.

California Pizza Kitchen

Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entrée from a special menu on November 11th.

Calhoun’s Restaurants

On Veterans Day, November 11, get a free meal (choice of Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Half Slab of Ribs, Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Pork Plate, “Ale” Steak, Fresh Chicken Calhoun, and Southern Fried Catfish). Proof of Service required.


Get a free appetizer of your choice from Monday, November 9 through Sunday, November 15. There’s no purchase necessary or coupon required; you just need to bring military ID or come in your uniform.

Carrows Restaurants

Veterans and active duty military will get a free slice of pie on Veterans Day.


Active, inactive, and retired military personnel get a free Small Sirloin Steak Dinner on November 11.

CentraArchy Restaurants

Free meal for veterans and 25% off meals for accompanying guests on Wednesday, November 11th, at Fiesta del Burro Loco, all California Dreaming restaurants, Carolina Roadhouse, all Chophouse 47 restaurants, Gulfstream Cafe, Joey D’s Oakroom all New York Prime restaurants, and The Tavern at Phipps.


Champps is giving veterans and active duty military a free meal on November 11, 2015. This offer is for dine-in only and is available at participating locations only, so be sure to call ahead. You’ll need to bring in proof of military services with you to your local Champps location such as your U.S. Uniforms Services ID Card, U.S. Uniforms Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, DD214, or wear your uniform.

Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill

Wednesday, November 11th get a free meal from a limited menu.

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Free Veterans Burger with fries on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex

Chevy’s Fresh Mex will be offering a 20% discount to all military persons in uniform or with valid ID. The offer is valid toward the individual only, not the whole check.


Chili’s is offering Veterans and active duty military (with proof of service) their choice of any lunch combo, or your choice of a dinner meal from a select menu, including any full-size flatbread. Offer only available at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included.


Participating locations are offering a free meal to all veterans and those currently serving. ID required. Please call ahead to verify.

Chuck E. Cheese

All U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active-duty military get 20 free tokens upon a visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s. Military ID or proof of service is required, but no coupon is needed.

City Barbeque

All military members and veterans can visit City Barbeque on Wednesday, November 11 for Veterans Day to get a free sandwich platter. Not all locations may be participating, so be sure to call first.

Claim Jumper Restaurant

Complimentary meal on Veterans Day.  Choices include Chicken Pot Pie, Jambalaya Pasta, Chinese Chicken Salad, Classic Cheeseburger, Meatloaf Supper, Roasted Tri-Tip, Grilled Shrimp, Simply Grilled Chicken Breast, Atlantic Salmon, Country Fried Steak and Black Tie Chicken Pasta.

Coco’s Bakery

Active military and veterans who visit Coco’s Bakery on November 11, 2015, will receive a free slice of pie! Just be sure to come in with your military ID so they can confirm that you are or were in the military.

Cotton Patch Cafe

Free Veterans Day meals to veterans and active military on November 11th. You can get a free full size chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken as long as you bring along a form of military ID.

Country Buffet

Free lunch buffet from 11am to 2pm on November 11th.

Country Cookin

November 10th get a free meal for current and former military. Proof of service required. Please note the date – this is valid the day before Veterans Day!

Cowboy Chicken

Buy one entree, get one free with the purchase of 2 drinks on Veterans Day.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert during lunch and dinner on November 11.

CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries

CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. is showing their appreciation for service members this way by giving away free complimentary craft beer to retired and active military members. This offer takes place Wednesday, November 11, at participating locations. Check with your favorite location to see if they’re doing this Veterans Day offer: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries, and Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom. Some locations may be prohibited from giving away free beer, and will therefore give out a free appetizer in its place.


Get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on November 11th, from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Participating locations only.

DoubleTree by Hilton

Veterans and active duty military can visit any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the US, all day long, on Wednesday, November 11 to get a free chocolate chip cookie as part of their Cookie Care campaign.

Einstein Bros Bagels

Any veteran and active military member can stop by their local Einstein Bros Bagels on Wednesday, November 11 and get a free coffee. No purchase is required to get the free coffee, but you do need to show military ID.

Famous Dave’s

Get a free 2-Meat Salute on 11/11 when you show ID.

Fatz Eatz & Drinkz

Free World Famous Calabash Chicken® meal for current and former military members, 11am until close on November 11th. Proof of service required.


In honor of Veterans Day, Fazoli’s is offering a free “Build Your Own Pasta Bowl” to Veterans and Active Duty Military on November 11th. To receive offer, visit a participating location and bring Military ID or wear your uniform.


Veterans and active service members get a free medium 1 topping pizza on Nov. 11.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Dine with a veteran or active duty service member on Veterans Day & their lunch or dinner is Firebird’s treat. Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Receive one complimentary military entrée (equal to or less than your entrée purchase).

Fox & Hound and Bailey’s Sports Grille

Free Sandwich or Entree (up to $10) for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service on Veterans Day, November 11th. Dine-in only and only at participating locations.


Veterans and active duty military get a free breakfast, lunch, or dinner with ID. Dine-in only. Limited to one per person. Must show ID or discharge papers. Participating locations only.

Gigi’s Cupcakes

All active duty or retired military members can get a free cupcake this Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11.

Glory Days Grill

With proper ID, veterans can enjoy a free appetizer or an order or boneless wings at Glory Days Grill on Wednesday, November 11th.

Golden Corral

The 15th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on November 11th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Graeter’s Ice Cream

Complimentary regular sundae to all Veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Military on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015. Nov. 11 is also National Sundae Day, making it the perfect opportunity to be able to celebrate our country’s national heroes with a sweet treat.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar

Green Mill honors our military on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11 with a free menu item for lunch or dinner. Offer includes any single item from our menu. Pizza restricted to a small one-topping Deep Dish. Offer is available for dine-in only. We’re proud to show our appreciation by serving you.

Grub Burger Bar

Veterans, Retired Military, and Active Duty members with a military ID will receive 50% off of their meal, plus a free Caramel Apple shake for Veterans day this year on 11/11.

HomeTown Buffet

Free lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on November 11.


Choice of one of the following menu items:  Hooters Burger, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Buffalo Chicken Salad, 10-Piece Traditional Wings, 10-Piece Boneless Wings on Veterans Day.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House

Free meal form the American Values Menu, November 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dine-in only, valid ID or proof of service required. Valid at participating restaurants only.

Hurricane Grill & Wings

Get a free meal from special menu at participating locations on Veterans Day, Wednesday November 11th.


Free breakfast items. Choose from scrambled eggs, hash brown casserole, sausage, bacon, sausage gravy, biscuits, assorted pastries, coffee and more. Valid during regular breakfast hours.

Ikea Swedish Restaurant and Bistro

Free Entrée for Veterans!*Entrée includes a sandwich, hot dish or entrée salad. *Offer valid for active, reserve or retired service members. Please show some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Soup, garden salad, beverage or dessert not included. Dine in only. Offer valid November 8 – 11, 2015. Applicable taxes paid by purchaser. Value up to $9.99. Offer may vary in IKEA Carson and IKEA Portland. Not valid with any other discount or offer.

International House of Pancakes (IHOP)

November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants offer veterans and active duty military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

JJ’s Red Hots

Veterans and active duty military personnel, here’s a great freebie for you on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th. All day get FREE meals at both JJ’s Red Hots locations, 1514 East Blvd and 15105 John J Delaney Drive. Choose anything you’d like from the menu: Single dog combo, double dog combo, sausage, sides, drinks, dessert. All FREE! No limitations. The entire menu is available. Make sure to bring proof of your military status.

K&W Cafeterias

Anyone with a valid military ID can have a free entree at K&W Cafeterias this Veterans Day. This offer is valid for both dine-in and take-out but only on November 11 from 4:00 PM to closing.

Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill

Free order of boneless wings with beverage purchase on Veterans Day.

Krispy Kreme

Free doughnut and small coffee on Veterans Day.


Free chicken or free sausage biscuit from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

LaMar’s Donuts

Free donut and 12 oz. coffee on Veterans Day.

Little Caesars Pizza

Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Veterans Day.

Logan’s Roadhouse

Logan’s Roadhouse supports veterans throughout the year with a 10% discount to guests who present a military or veterans’ ID. On Veterans Day, November 11, those military and ex-military guests will also receive a free dessert.

LongHorn Steakhouse

Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day, November 11. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members.

Max and Erma’s

Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal Nov. 11.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants

McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 17th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 8th. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot in Minneapolis, MN is giving all veterans who come in on November 11 a free 4 course lunch or dinner when they purchase another one of equal value. Reservations are required and military ID is requested.


gives out free 6 oz. cups of frozen yogurt (plus any toppings) to veterans and active duty military all day long at each of their 300+ locations. You’ll need to show military ID or dress in uniform to receive this Veterans Day freebie.

Mission BBQ

Veterans and active duty military get a free sandwich and a slice of cake on November 11.

MOD Pizza

Free pizza or salad to veterans. Offer valid on Wednesday, November 11 only.

Native Grill & Wings

Free meals for Veterans and Active Duty Military on Veterans Day, 11-11-2015. Choose from four options: crispy chicken sandwich, the native stripper platter, personal pizza, or the Native burger.

Noah’s Bagels

Any veteran as well as active-duty and inactive military personnel can stop by Noah’s Bagels on Wednesday, November 11 to get a free medium drip coffee.

NYPD Pizza

FREE 2 pc Pizza + Drink, OR 1 pc Pizza + Salad + Drink on November 11th.


Get a free meal from their $9.99 menu on Monday, November 9. Choices include the Famous Chicken Tenders & Twisted Chips, Bayou Shrimp Pasta, and Chicken Friend Steak, among others.Be sure to bring military ID or proof of service for this free meal.

Old Country Buffet

Free lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Veterans Day.

Olive Garden

is having a Veterans Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans who provide proof of service on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. In addition to this, Olive Garden is letting friends and family dining with veterans to have 10% taken off their meals. Choices include Cheese Ravioli, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Lasagna, Chicken Parmigiana, Garlic Rosemary Chicken or Unlimited Soup, Salad and Breadsticks.

On the Border

On Veterans Day, veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free choose 2 or choose 3 “Create Your Own Combo”. Dine-in only, proof of service required.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

All veterans and active-duty military personnel can get a free cup of froyo at any participating Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt location on Wednesday, November 11, for Veterans Day. Proof of service is required to take advantage of this offer, such as dressing in military uniform or showing military ID, honors, or badges.

Outback Steakhouse

on November 11, 2015 to get a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage. This offer is for all military personnel that have military ID.Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 15% off the total check from November 12 to December 31, 2015, valid for military members and their families.

Panera Bread

1 free You Pick 2 for Veterans and Active Duty members on Nov. 11, 2015 on Veterans Day at participating locations. Bring proof of service.


Free sandwich or a free 3-piece chicken tenders meal. All 46 locations are participating in this Veterans Day offer on November 11, 2015. Just make sure to bring military ID or come in wearing your uniform.

Pie Five Pizza Co.

Free individualized pizza on Veterans Day.

Pinnacle Entertainment (Casinos)

Select locations are offering a free buffet meal for current military members and veterans on Veterans Day. Some locations include Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk, Colorado, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, Louisiana, Cactus Petes Resort Casino, Jackpot, Nevada, and Retama Park, Selma, Texas. Please call ahead to verify times and participation. ID or proof of service required.

Pizza Factory

In honor of Veterans Day, veterans who show up with a military ID to a Pizza Factory on Wednesday, November 11 can get a free lunch special or lunch buffet.

Pizza Schmizza

Complimentary slice of pizza on Veterans Day.


PoFolks is honoring vets and active military personnel by giving out a free 2-piece chicken dinner on November 11, 2015. This offer is for dine-in only.

Pollo Tropical

Take 15% off on Veterans Day.

Ponderosa Steakhouse

Active duty and retired military get a free buffet on November 11, 4 pm to close.

Primanti Bros

Free Sandwich for veterans and active duty military. From 4pm to close at participating locations.

Red Hot & Blue

Veterans receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée on November 9, 10 and 11. Coupon required.

Red Lobster

Active duty military, reserve, and military veterans can stop by Red Lobster and get a free appetizer or dessert on Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12.

Red Robin

As our way of saying thanks, we’re inviting all veterans and active-duty service members to join us on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015, for a FREE* Red’s Tavern Double™ burger with Bottomless Steak Fries®.

Rib City

Veterans and active military members can get 50% off of an individual meal (dine-in or carry out) at Rib City in St. Louis, MO.

Rock & Brews

Complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice of natural fries, house potato salad, pasta salad or coleslaw on Veterans Day. Proof of military service required.

Rodizio Grill

This Veterans Day, we at Rodizio Grill want to show our deepest appreciation and salute our veterans and invite them to dine with us for free from November 9-12.  Each veteran will eat free with the purchase of one Full Rodizio!

Ruby Tuesday

Free appetizer on Veterans Day.

Ruby’s Diner

Free Cinnamon Roll French Toast Combo at breakfast, or a free RudyBurger for lunch or dinner on Veterans Day.


Free lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Veterans Day.

Sagebrush Steakhouse

On November 11th, Veterans and Active Duty Military will receive a free entree (Maximum Value $20).

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is offering the choice between complimentary hummus served with grilled herb flat bread or garlic cheese bread on November 11.


Veterans and active military get two free breadsticks with any purchase on November 9-15, 2015.


Veterans and active military members a free lunch on Wednesday, November 11. The Veterans Day free meal will include a 6 inch turkey sub and a fountain drink. A free car wash is also available with this offer, but only at locations that also have a car wash.Be sure to bring in proof of service to get your free lunch.


Free All-American Burger on Veterans Day.


Free lunch entree of a six-ounce Tri Tip Steak, a single Malibu Chicken or a Half Dozen Fried Shrimp. Free beverage choices are coffee, iced tea or a fountain drink.  Until 4 p.m.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

On Veterans Day get a free entree.  Choices include 1/2 lb. Premium Burger, Pulled Pork Platter, Chicken Fingers, Tomato Basil Cavatappi, Nutty Chicken Salad.

Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar

Free cheeseburger on Veterans Day.

Spaghetti Warehouse

From Monday, November 9 through Wednesday November 11, 2015, Spaghetti Warehouse is honoring veterans with a special “buy one entree, get one free” coupon offer and is encouraging its guests to “invite a veteran to lunch or dinner.” This coupon will be available on the Spaghetti Warehouse website on November 3, and can be printed or presented by mobile phone.


Free Coffee on Veterans Day. Starbucks will be giving out free tall hot brewed coffees to veterans, active-duty military, and their spouses on Veterans Day.

Steak ‘n Shake

Veterans visiting a Steak ‘n Shake this year for Veterans Day between 6:00 AM and 11:00 AM will receive a free breakfast skillet and coffee. This Veterans Day offer is for dine-in only.

Sticky Fingers Smokehouse

Free meal up to $12.99.  Veterans also receive a $10 OFF coupon for their return visit. Valid on Veterans Day.

Tap House Grill

Veterans eat free on Veterans Day.  Dine in only.

Texas Roadhouse

Free Lunch (includes choice of Coca-Cola product, Iced Tea/Sweet Tea or coffee). Choose from: 6 oz. Sirloin Steak with two sides, Country Fried Chicken with two sides, Country Fried Sirloin with two sides, Pulled Pork Dinner with two sides, Grilled Pork Chop (Single) with two sides, All-American Cheeseburger with fries, BBQ Chicken Sandwich with fries, Pulled Pork Sandwich with fries, Grilled Chicken Salad, or Chicken Critter Salad.

Texas Steakhouse & Saloon

Free entree up to $20 on Veterans Day.

T.G.I. Friday’s

Free lunch for all current military members and veterans from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Valid ID or proof of service required. Dine-on only at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details.

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grill

Free menu item from a select menu during dine-in purchases.

Tijuana Flats

Free lunch at participating locations on Veterans Day.

Tim Hortons

All US locations are offering a free donut to all active duty servicemembers and veterans. No purchase necessary. Proof of service required.

Tony Roma’s

On Veterans Day, get a free half rack Baby Back Ribs at select Florida locations. For current and former military members with valid proof of service. Please call ahead to verify participation.

Travel Centers of America

All CDL drivers who are also military veterans will get a Veterans Day free meal at participating full service restaurants inside TA and Petro locations on Wednesday, November 11.

Tubby’s Sub Shops

Free small Grilled Steak N’ Cheese or Tubby’s Famous Sub at participating Tubby’s locations on Veterans Day. Take out only.

Twin Peaks

Free breakfast any time of day (choice of buttermilk pancakes, French toast, or a Belgian waffle). Wednesday is also Free Pie day, and veterans will be able to receive a free slice of pie. Veterans who visit on Veterans Day will also receive a “Thank You for Your Service Card” valid for 20% off their total bill on their next visit. Participating locations only.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

UNO Pizzeria & Grill will offer veterans and active duty military a free entrée or individual pizza with the purchase of an entrée or pizza of equal or greater value on November 11. Military or Veteran’s ID is required.

Village Inn

Free breakfast.  Choose from Buttermilk Pancakes, Belgian Waffle or French Toast on Veterans Day.

White Castle

Free Breakfast Slider and a small coffee or a small soft drink on Veterans Day.


Free Chili Cheese Dog and small Pepsi on Veterans Day.

World of Beer

Free select draught beer on Veterans Day, November 11.

Zoes Kitchen

Former and active military members who show military ID can visit Zoes Kitchen for a free entree on November 11, 2015. Any friends and family members that come as guests can get 10% off their own meals.



Save Green with an Energy-Efficient Home

doeimageEnergy costs can deplete a significant portion of a homeowner’s budget. In fact, they account for almost half of a typical U.S. home’s utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. With energy bills rising steadily, REALTORS® can play an important role in helping their clients manage their energy costs. These tips can help you get started.

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1. Schedule a professional home energy audit. A professional will assess the home from top-to-bottom, using the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. Often they’ll perform a “blower door test,” which shows thermographic imaging to pinpoint exactly where energy is escaping from. As part of the assessment, they’ll also offer suggestions on which upgrades to consider for maximum benefit.

2. Check the insulation. A properly insulated home can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. Not sure where to start? A significant amount of heat loss – up to 40 percent – is due to poorly insulated attics. It’s simple to determine whether the insulation is adequate. If you can see the wood joists of the attic floor, you may want to consider adding more insulation – a simple DIY project.

3. Install a programmable thermostat. Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats are automatically adjusted, and can be controlled with a broad choice of phone apps.  You are able to leave the heat or air conditioning at a lower setting during the day to keep your energy bills in check, and still come home to a comfortable house by changing the thermostat before you leave work.

4. Conduct routine maintenance. Everyday tasks, like replacing a furnace filter, can make appliances run more efficiently and last longer. One often-overlooked chore is the draining of sediment from the water heater. Over time, sediment and mineral deposits can accumulate, reducing the water heater’s efficiency.

5. Know your numbers. The U. S. Department of Energy has issued new mandatory energy efficiency standards that affect residential central air conditioners, heat pumps and water heaters. For instance, water heaters larger than 55 gallons may require additional equipment, thereby increasing the size of some units.

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6. Check the dates. The new standards for air conditioners and heat pumps went into effect Jan. 1, and the new water heater standards began April 16. However, an 18-month grace period is in place for installing non-compliant central air conditioners that were manufactured before the new standards went into effect. This grace period will expire June 30, 2016, pending existing inventory availability.

7. Utilize a home warranty contract. Some home warranty companies may help clients meet their energy efficiency goals by helping with situations that include refrigerant recapture, reclaim, and disposal; removal of defective equipment; mismatched systems; undetectable preexisting conditions; improper installations, repairs or modifications; and permits and code violations within stated limits. For more information on home warranties, services or coverage questions, contact me via phone, email or text. There are several companies that I have worked with over the years that will provide you with the plan that makes the most sense for you and your home.

Saving money through increased energy efficiency is a win-win for your wallet and the environment.


Busting the Myths about Credit Scores


Prepare for BATTLE Home Buyers!! Credit Scores are Important!!

imagesThe BIGGEST issue we face when qualifying buyers in the Home Buying Consultation is the CREDIT SCORE. Most buyers have not looked at their credit score, taking the “What I don’t know won’t hurt me approach”. In todays HOT home-buying market buyers have to be prepared to move immediately when a home they love hits the market and the first step to making that move is knowing your credit score.

There is a tool that’s FREE and available to you (ScoreApprove.com) via TransUnion to check your credit score. It will not harm your credit to use and view your score. It will give you your credit rating based on a few simple questions. We have used it for ourselves at www.SanDiegoRealEstateVeterans.com and are happy with the simplicity, security and results of the website. We even went as far to trick the security system to see what would happen. To our delight, the security protocols kicked-in prompting us to call their office which was a breeze. The Customer Service Representative was professional, courteous and a delight to chat with.


Click here to go to ScoreApprove.com and get your FREE, secure credit score certificate today….. it’s SanDiegoRealEstateVeteran approved!!


If you have any questions…. call, text or email me.

  • J.R. Thrasher
  • 619-929-0105
  • RealEstate@JRThrasher.com

Is Refinancing Worth It?

Refinance your home. Call us for more information today!


I get asked this question all the time by previous clients & people that are referred to me.


With a refinance, below are the most important questions to ask yourself to see if it’s worth it.


  1. How much longer do you plan ton living in the home?
  2. What is the current value of your home… What do you think it would sell for if you put it on the market (hypothetically). The value determines the terms of a loan you can be offered, so its really important.
  3. What is your objective? Is it to have a lower payment? Take out money to invest back into your home or in something else? Get rid of mortgage insurance? Or some other reason?

All of these factors determine whether you are ready to take action & refinance! If you know of anyone that has questions regarding refinancing their home or possibly purchasing a new one, please feel free to give them my number: 619-929-0105.


Need your Social Media “Shares” :-)

Please share with all your friends. Congresswoman Susan Davis is looking for a VETERAN for her San Diego Office. This will be through the Wounded Warrior Program and is a great opportunity for any VETERAN with a disability rating of 30% or greater.

We really appreciate your support and a simply “Share” on your behalf.




Wounded Warrior Job Opening Website | Forward to a Friend | Share on:  


Dear Friend,

I am honored to have been awarded the opportunity to hire a Veterans Community Representative in my San Diego office under the Wounded Warrior Program. I would appreciate it if you would help me spread the word and encourage eligible individuals you know to apply. This program is limited to veterans who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, with less than 20 years of service and have a minimum 30% disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Click here for the job announcement, including detailed directions on how to apply through the Wounded Warrior Program. Thank you for your help!
Warm regards,

Susan A. Davis
Member of Congress
Website | Contact
U.S. House of Representatives
1214 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2040
Fax: (202) 225-2948

2700 Adams Ave
Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92116
Phone: (619) 280-5353
Fax: (619) 280-5311

Scripps Ranch…. under $300k! Top Rated Schools!!

ar124538068929953I was looking around for condos for a client of ours and found some homes in the Scripps Ranch community of San Diego, 92131 under $300,000!

If you haven’t experienced the schools, the Farmers Market, shopping and incredible family atmosphere in Scripps Ranch, take a moment to check it out. It’s a very tight knit community that focuses on quality of life for it’s residents.







If you would like to learn more about the Scripps Ranch community online, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association provides a newsletter for everyone and is very active in the community. They can be found here! 



“Rain Barrel” Rebate: Take advantage of this free money before funds dry up.


Did you know….that collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice? Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago in Thailand, and throughout other areas of the world after that. With the rising price of municipal water and drought restrictions now facing California, more and more homeowners are turning to the harvesting of rainwater to save money and protect this precious natural resource.

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Our local government will give you money to start collecting rain water!!! Both the City of San Diego and the Metropolitan Water District are offering “Rain Barrel” Rebate Programs that will help you reduce the cost of setting up a rain water collection system at your home. Take advantage of this free money before funds dry up!


images (2)The City of San Diego website states that a 1,000 sq. ft. roof surface captures 625 gallons of water for every 1 inch of rain that falls. Collecting and re-using rainwater from gutters and downspouts for lawns and gardens minimizes the amount of water flowing into your storm drains, sewer systems and local waterways. Plants and microbes prefer rainwater because it is naturally “soft” and free of chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals, plus you save a considerable amount of money on your water bill each year especially with the impending water rate increase for all Californians.

download (1)Most people think of the blue or green barrels that most do-it-yourselfers have been using for years … times have changed and rain water collection barrels have been designed to enhance your homes appearance. As you can see, by these photos with a little creative freedom your options are limitless!

Simply CLICK HERE to get more information on the City of San Diego rebate program and CLICK HERE for the Metropolitan Water District rebate program.

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