Stair Treads to Make Your Spiral Stairs Safer

If you are living in a small multiple-story house, then perhaps you have noticed that the staircase you have may take a lot more floor space than it should. Most homeowners in a similar situation try to make do with what they have by decorating it and by maximizing the space underneath it. However, you…

Building Codes – Stairway Construction

The stair building code was created for building safety. Before the building code and local city enforcement (Building Inspectors), anyone could build a house. This meant Uncle Earl who had just watched a couple of his friends build a house down the street construct some sort of a dwelling. The next step for Earl would…

Construction Scaffolding

Cape Town, like many other major cities around the globe, is undergoing massive construction, renovation and restoration projects. People are taking notice of how striking the mixture of old and new buildings within a metropolis look, and how valuable and impressive a building's heritage is, especially when it is centuries old. Scaffolding enables workers, architects…

How to Install Laminate Floors

If you do not want to pay someone to install your laminate floor then you can do it yourself. Before you begin you will want to read the "how to install laminate flooring" manual that is offered by the manufacturer of the laminate flooring product that you plan on using. To get an idea of…

Chinese Cinnabar Lacquerware

Lacquerware is any object that has been coated with lacquer, a substance that produces a very hard and durable finish. Lacquer is resistant to water damage, acid and abrasion. The most common type of lacquer comes from a specific type of tree, called the lac or varnish tree. When the tree is the proper size…

Air Conditioner: Basics of Air Conditioning

The temperatures in the summer months can go up, making life uncomfortable. Here, there is a need for lowering down the room temperature to bearable levels. You do not have any control over the external temperature. Thus, the only option available to you is to regulate the internal temperature of the rooms and the buildings.…

The 9 Pillars of Gesture for Public Speaking

Gesture, embracing movements of the head, body, arms, hands, legs and feet, is a natural and necessary part of public speaking. Mastering this art and making it appear natural take much practice, but can not be mastered any other way. So here are the top tips to help speed you along your way. 1. The…

Berber Carpeting Pros and Cons

Berber carpeting is carpet with a continuous loop. Unlike cut pile carpet one carpet yarn will run from one end to the other. Traditionally it was a hand woven wool carpet but today it is machine made and can be made from any material from Olefin to Nylon. It has become a very popular carpet…

Percussion Mallets – More Than Just Sticks

When I hear the term "drumstick," I visualize precisely that-a stick that is used to strike a drum (without, of course, I'm hungry, in which case I go another direction altogether). Simple, right? Wrong. A drumstick, or more accurately, a percussion mallet, is any object used to strike a drum or other percussion instrument in…

Survival Tips For Chemo and Radiation – Part 1

I can not tell you how many women I speak to that have regrets about going the traditional chemo-radiation route. I have heard tales of finger nails turning black and blue and periodically falling off, mouth and esophageal ulcers, rotting teeth, heart damage, nerve damage, diabetes, hair loss, blistering skin from radiation burns, weight loss,…