Vulnerability: Beyond the Facade

For most people, vulnerability is a maniacal force–something bad and to be avoided. Throughout the day, endless Ego defense resources are utilized in an attempt to protect the frail sense of self from perceived dangers in the world. As is the case with many of our attempts of self-protection, over zealousness can lead to the…

How To Hand Solder a Quad Flat Pack

This article describes how to solder a quad flat pack component to a printed circuit board. The details of the process are covered, including chip placement, bent pin recovery, tacking, the soldering and solder bridge removal. Get your chip ready by placing the component tray on your bench and opening up the packaging. There are…

Success And Survival Tips From The Crocodile Island

Five friends went on a fishing trip down the Zambesi. Their terrifying story was dramatised recently on a UK Channel 4 program. Arthur Taylor and Alistair Gellatly, two experienced Safari guides, planned the trip. They did not anticipate trouble. Fay Taylor, Arthur’s English wife, and her parents Clive and Brenda Kelly went with them. Brenda…

Pendant Lighting Layout – How To

Pendant lighting has gained a great deal of popularity for use in kitchens over the last few years. A common place to install them is over an island or peninsula. One of the most frequent questions I see is how high do I hang them and how do I space them out? Both questions can…

Why Study Abroad?

When I was a sophomore in high school, my parents had an idea that I should go to the U.S. to study. Back then, I could not imagine leaving my friends, family, or my entire life behind. Not only that, but to attend college in an unfamiliar place where people speak a different language, think…

What Is Fireproofing?

In this day and age there is a lot of talk about fireproofing. However, how many people actually know what fireproofing is, or how it is done? First of all, you have to understand that fireproofing is very needed today. Fireproofing something means that you are taking passive fire protection measures to protect a building…

Wallpaper or Paint? Pros and Cons

Whether you realize it or not, the walls are among the first things we notice when we walk into a room. The color and/or patterns on the walls set the mood of the room, and they affect how we feel in that room. Therefore, deciding what the walls will look like in the rooms of…

7 Wood Burning Fireplace Safety Tips

Who doesn’t love the warmth of a fireplace on a cold winter’s night? However, enjoying the benefits of a fire also comes with great responsibility. Making sure that your fireplace is safe each year is a great start. Have safe fires all winter with the following fireplace maintenance and safety tips: Have the chimney inspected…

Replacing Flooring From The 1970s

When it comes to new floors these days there are far many more options available to you than there were even just three decades ago. One example of this is laminate tiles, it is now in widespread use today, yet could not even have been dreamt of in the 70’s, when the main type of…