How to Treat Constipation And Get The Relief You Need

Constipation is a common ailment of the digestive system and afflicts both young and old. It is usually caused by insufficient fiber in the diet, although other factors may also contribute to this condition. Before it reaches the chronic stage and endangers your health, you should find out how to treat constipation.

A person who suffers from constipation finds it difficult to move his bowels regularly. Because food moves too slowly in his digestive tract, his feces may become hard and dry as the colon absorbs the water. This makes the process of defecation painful and could lead to bowel obstruction and indigestion. If the bowels are not evacuated, toxins can accumulate in the body and cause diseases such as rheumatism, appendicitis, cataract and cancer. Chronic constipation can also cause loss of appetite.

Lack of a healthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle are the major causes of constipation. Most people who are not regular in their bowel movement lack physical exercise and high-fiber food in their diet. Their fluid intake may not be enough, and they may have erratic eating habits or hold back their stools. Travel, medication, aging and pregnancy may also contribute to constipation.

The following tips will show you how to treat constipation:

Increase Fluid Intake

A healthy individual needs to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. If you are physically active, you may need more water. Water facilitates biological functions in the body, regulates body temperature, and removes body wastes. Drinking lots of water can tie constipation. You can also include fruit juices in your diet.

Regular Exercise

Sedentary persons are sentenced to constipation. Physical activity stimulates the circulatory and digestive system. It helps in the elimination of wastes. Yoga and breathing exercises can be used to treat constipation. Walking also brings relief if your bowel movements are not regular.

Fiber-Rich Diet

Junk foods and highly processed foods are primary causes of constipation. For a healthy digestive system, your diet must include foods that are rich in dietary fiber. This includes green leafy vegetables, apples, papaya, pineapple, oranges, oats, beans, whole grain breads, brown rice, etc. Reduce your intake of meat and white bread. Fiber adds bulk to your feces, making it easier to expel.

Monitor Your Medication

Some types of medicine can cause constipation, such as pain relief medicine. Iron supplements also cause stool hardening. Monitoring your medications and reading up on their possible side effects can help you avoid possible irregularities in bowel movement by taking the necessary steps to treat constipation.

How to Find Out Whether Your Car Turn Signal Socket Is SRCK?

Are you wondering about upgrading your vehicle's brake lights, turn signal lights, or the parking lights, and replacing them with the LED bulbs? If the answer is yes, then the first thing you need to figure out is to know the socket type in your car.

Generally, there are two basic types of bulb sockets that exist in any car, namely, SRCK and standard. The major difference between a standard and SRCK type is the position of the contacts at the ground. Although both of the sockets look alike, there is a significant difference in the placement of the ground contacts.

The identification of the socket type is extremely critical for the proper functioning of the entire setup. Each type supports only a distinct kind of LED bulb. For example, if a normal standard LED bulb is inserted into a SRCK type, then the LEDs would not function properly. Moreover, the LEDs may also blow the fuse which protects the lighting circuit. The only way to figure out which type of socket has been fitted into your car is to test it properly.

Read below to discover the different ways of testing the type of bulb socket that is provided in your car.

  • Switch on the lights and connect the test light with the 12 volt positive of the battery.
  • Once the battery is connected, probe the contacts in the different sections of the socket.
  • As the tester illuminates, the ground of the socket is indicated.
  • Every opening has two distinct ground terminals which need to be identified separately.
  • Grounds, in all standard socket types, always lie on the opposite side. If the ground is indicated on the opposite sides, your car bulb socket is of the standard type.
  • However, if the ground terminals are indicated on the same side and are connected, then the socket is a SRCK type.

There are no set of rules which can reason out the type of the openings fitted in a car. The only way to find out is to test it in the above listed manner. Once you have found the type of bulb opening fitted in your car, you can easily shop for the complete Non-polar SRCK / Regular compatible LED bulbs to light up your car, both in terms of looks and utility. If you buy the LED bulbs without having the knowledge about your bulb socket types, you might end up damaging the entire lighting setup in your car as the protective fuse may blow.

Merry Christmas to All! (I Ain’t Afraid of No Grinch!)

At this this time of year, I miss Christmas’s past, those of years ago when I was a kid–and continued to miss those throughout most of my life. The excitement was greater by far then, the anticipation grew more intense by the day as Christmas drew near. There were parties to attend, presents to look forward to, and holiday spirit filled the air. Christmas carols were heard and sung everywhere I went. I even sang a few myself. The songs, and the music that went with them, seemed to cheer everyone up, seemed to trigger the transition into the holiday season beginning the day after Thanksgiving.

I especially miss the old days of Christmas in a rural area–days of my youth. Christmas meant Christmas trees each year. In the country, one does not go to a tree lot to buy a dried-out and sometimes-scraggly, exorbitantly priced Christmas tree. Instead, in rural areas one packs their recently sharpened ax, heads to the nearest wooded area, scouts out the best fir tree there, and harvests it.

Tree-cutting day is an exciting time for kids. I remember vividly, with sentimental pining, my brother Fred’s and my adventures into the woods to find the perfect tree to take home. Most times we had scouted that tree for a year or two prior to actually cutting it for Christmas–found and located it precisely during the warm summer months on the farm in Belfast, Maine.

During our summertime tree-scouting explorations we unfailingly, on our way, stopped by a bubbling, crystal-clear artesian spring–known only to us hidden in a clearing close to the edge of the woods–for a cold drink on a hot summer afternoon. Refreshed, we continued on to our future Christmas tree, or perhaps several trees of differing heights, where we cleaned anything growing nearby so it would have some sunlight and not be crowded out by the underbrush. We monitored its growth until it had reached just the right height for our living room–slightly over six feet tall.

A few weeks before Christmas, and once we deemed it the best we could find, we journeyed from our warm farmhouse, usually on a cold Sunday afternoon, across the ordinarily snowy fields (there always seemed to be snow at that time of year) to the distant woods where we axed it down, tied it to our Flexible Flyer sled, and slid it all the way home to the back porch. There we trimmed it as needed, and ceremoniously moved it to our living room. We had already stationed the Christmas decorations retrieved from the upstairs bedroom closet–placed there with sadness the prior January when we grudgingly took down our previous year’s tree, most often on New Year’s Day.

We spent the remainder of the afternoon decorating our prize tree-looping our bright blue, green, and red lighting, wrapping sequences of garland around it, and hanging fragile glass ornaments of all colors and shapes–sometimes popping and stringing popcorn for an additional homey effect. The tree, only hours before growing in thick woods, gradually morphed from its wild, natural form to a very Christmassy and fragrant addition to our cozy living room.

The final touch–the pièce de résistance–was a diminutive, white-clothed angel, wings of silk with silver glitter, which we placed on the very top spur of the tree. Our mother had died when I was four-years-old, and I always envisioned that angel as her coming to spend Christmas with her boys, perched atop the tree, smiling down, with her focused eyes keeping watch over us. I sustained that visualization from the age of about five until my last Christmas in Maine–1962, when I was seventeen.

Her presence atop our tree every Christmas never failed to give me a boundless feeling of comfort, sentience, and wellbeing. I always glanced upward on Christmas morning before opening any presents–and there she was, always, smiling down at me and assuring me I was not alone in life after all. Christmas was so much more heartening seeing that angel above my head, knowing with confidence she would be with me and guide me at all times.

A tree freshly cut from the woods always seems to smell so much better, look more Christmassy, and provide infinitely more satisfaction than one bought at an urban tree lot. Always did for me anyway. I always felt sorry for city kids who never got to experience this firsthand.

And as for Christmas, 2015, and all seventy-one Christmas’s I have lived to see, it is still the most joyful time of year for me. Always was! Oh, I have to work at it more now than ever to get even a modicum of that Christmas spirit sentiment, and buying that Christmas tree, putting it up, decorating it, and ensuring it has water every day is more of a chore now. I have gone from always having a six-to-seven footer to now a four-to-five foot tree has to do–and does.

I do have one gimmick that always seems to work if I haven’t achieved a satisfactory level of Christmas spirit–if I have not the full measure of joy in my heart I know should be there. My morale booster, if needed: I have saved every Christmas card I have ever been mailed, or acquired some other way, since the late 1960s. I have them in a box, sorted to some degree–the Hallmark’s take precedence. Those who sent me a Hallmark Christmas card, a card that had printed on the back “When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best,” the slogan of Hallmark since about 1928, are people who distinguished themselves to me. I always appreciated that special card immensely with those special words. I just felt that that was exactly what those senders were saying to me personally, a Christmas message that they cared.

After nearly fifty years, since the 1960s, I have saved each and every card. I now have over five hundred and that was the last count several years ago. Each year, some December evening when the day is coming to an end, I retrieve that special box from the closet, perhaps with some Christmas carols playing in the background, an icey martini close at hand, and I open it and begin to look at all those cards. Each evokes a memory, especially if the person dated it and wrote a Christmas message in it. Those are separated from those just having a signature. Most dear to me are the ones from friends and family members who are no longer with me in person, but their cards reassure me they are present in spirit. The cards from the dead I place around my home as decorations–and memory aides of each, out of love and respect.

Now, that all may seem eccentric, it may seem peculiar, or it may seem to you as downright ridiculous. However, not to me. I began the tradition nearly fifty years ago with no intent to continue for anything other than not throwing such nice, decorative items into the trash. Each had a memory with it, each meant someone had taken their time to communicate with me no matter how distant. As time went by, each year I actually got to eagerly anticipate taking that box down and opening it. Not always, but many times there is a card in the collection from someone who no longer able to send one–the departed.

That happened the first year of having saved the cards, about twenty-five of them. As I looked at each, I came upon one which shook me to my core. Tears welled in my eyes as I read the message written so neatly, so positively, so thoughtfully almost exactly a year prior. Then he was full of life, brimming over with Christmas spirit, and never for one minute thinking, I am certain, that this would be the last card he would send me, nor I even remotely thinking that the Christmas card I grasped in my hand–trembling slightly now from the reality that is life–would earn a place of honor henceforth at Christmastime in my home.

In that moment I realized I had begun what would be a life-long tradition–for me. I knew immediately I had done the right thing and would continue to do so. It happened just that simply and just that suddenly. It is probably not for everyone; I celebrate the living who send cards, too, but I am especially devoted to those I once knew here on earth. Those I called “friend” without reservation, and those whose blood also courses my veins. At least for that very brief period every year.

I have several cards that are very special in that regard. The one I mention above, the first of the tradition, and therefore longest to be so honored. My brother, Fred, who died of cancer, my sainted Aunt Alice and, nearly sainted himself, Uncle Don, both deceased for some years now, are all family.

Although all who have died at some point over the years have their own spot, the cards of these have a place of honor in my home separate from all others. It is not a shrine of any sort, nor has their place any religious connotation. It is just something I do out of respect and in remembrance. If you came to visit me, you would see a number of Christmas cards as decorations and think nothing of it.

The process–appropriately placing each card (I do not have an overwhelming number of them.)–is no big production, requires no expense, and expends a minimal amount of time and energy. As a result, I gain touch with the past, and as I handle and place each card, separately, a glimpse of each person flashes past my eyes from the deepest recesses of my mind. In the vision, as quickly as it comes, then goes, they are all smiling, all happy, all content. By doing so each is then clearer in my mind, each renewed in my memory and thoughts that the past year may have diminished.

Think about it and, especially if you are young, begin the same tradition yourself. You will be rewarded as you get older at the wealth of memories you may have discarded as trash that such a simple habit will preserve.

My only fear is the scourge of e-cards. Have we really become so busy? Have we really become so much in need of efficiency? Have we really become so insensitive? But most excruciating, have we really become so crass?

As for Christmas, 2015, rest assured, I still “deck the halls with boughs of holly,” and never does a Christmas go by that I do not see “Mommy kissing Santa Clause underneath the mistletoe.” Those “Jingle bells, jingle bells” still “Jingle all the way!” and “Oh! What fun it is… !” Oh, I still look to the sky every Christmas eve to see if I can spot any signs of that famous reindeer I recollect singing about when I was five years old–sixty-six years ago. Gene Autry was spot-on in 1949 when he sang the words, “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, you’ll go down in history!”

Each December at this time, I am always “dreaming of a white Christmas, Just like the ones I used to know,” almost every year at my home as a kid in Belfast, Maine. Then we dreamed for snow every day until Christmas Day, and usually our dream was fulfilled. Something about snow on Christmas makes the day perfect.

The song “White Christmas,” written by Irving Berlin and sung by Bing Crosby in 1942, the lyrics of which struck a chord with the soldiers fighting in the Second World War, and has continued to be especially popular with all military men and women away from home to this day. I vividly recall being in Vietnam as a United States Marine for Christmas 1968. “White Christmas,” broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, could often be heard on those little hand-held portable radios–someone always had one–and the words tugged at our heartstrings, as well as, more importantly, gave us a feeling of hope that next Christmas we would all be at home with our families in peace, not at war.

So to all of you, where ever you may be, I wish you a very Merry Christmas! And please know that:

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write.

May your days be merry and bright.

And may all your Christmases be white

Clawfoot Tub Shower Enclosures

Adding a shower to any clawfoot tub not only adds and absolutely new element of usefulness for your bathroom but it will likewise include an amazing visual appeal too. The majority of the faucet and bath tub companies have come up with bundles for individuals who have an interest in incorporating a shower with their clawfoot tub so you will probably manage to find virtually any form or finish to complete exactly what you currently have in your bath room.

For anyone rather experienced with plumbing and all of the particular parts that are necessary to complete one of these solutions you can actually choose the parts individually and put together a completely personalized product. For the reminder of us though I would recommend choosing a package deal that has everything. I am going to review the various choices available down below.

Most enclosures come with a tub faucet, riser water pipe, shower head, shower ring, ceiling and wall supports.

1. Tub Wall Mounted Shower Enclosure

The Clawfoot Tub Wall Shower Enclosure is easily the most common type of clawfoot tub faucet installation. Just as you might imagine from the name, these types of enclosures are going to attach to the walls of the clawfoot bath tub.

Prior to ordering, you will have to determine what the exact measurements are. The simplest way to accomplish this is to take a ruler and measure from the right side of the faucet opening on the right over to the right side of the faucet opening on the left. The most commonly found measurement is 3 3/8 in .. It's also possible to occasionally come across distances of 5 to 6 inches so it is far better to measure ahead of placing your order.

2. Deck or Rim Mounted Shower Enclosure

Rim mounted shower enclosures are going to install on the top edge of the tub. The enclosures are generally found right at the end of the bathtub but they are also in some cases seen on the side. The two of these types are classified as End Mount and Side Mount. It's going to be very important when you're searching for a clawfoot tub shower enclosure for you to establish which kind you are looking to find because these shower enclosures connect in different ways.

One of the greatest advantages of having a rim mounted clawfoot tub shower enclosure would be that the faucet is not going to stick out into your shower. That allows you much more space to maneuver inside the shower. One of the most frequent complaints concerning a clawfoot tub is that they are claustrophobic therefore each and every inch is important.

3. Free Standing Clawfoot Tub Enclosure

This is actually the enclosure that you'll find the fewest of. The pink hippo. They will be more expensive compared to the many other enclosures. However I've got to confess these are my personal favorite. One of the biggest advantages of this particular design is that it will really showcase your finish. Simply like the deck mounted shower enclosures the free standing clawfoot tub shower enclosure provides you with a bit more space inside your bath tub. For those who have a tub that does not currently have holes drilled, I would recommend that you just see what is available in this style. I know that you'll be impressed.

Lighted Wall Fountains Give an Illuminating Effect

Lighted Wall Fountains for a Hollywood Style Home

Lighted wall fountains are becoming all the rage and it's no wonder why. While all water fountains and water features, be they wall fountains, cast stone or slate fountains or indoor waterfalls, can liven up the drabbest interiors. Illumination can truly bring out their magical effects. When the sun goes down and all is dark, a wall fountain, helped by some imaginative illumination, helps bring out hidden accents in the design that may have not been visible in the daylight. The color of the polished river stones, urns, basins, and other objects and adornment that complement the fountain can be highlighted by the use of clever lighting.

Lighted Wall Fountains Bring Out Hidden Accents

Almost always, wall fountains will look better when they're illuminated. Think of the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas. It's one of the most enduring and ending symbols of the city, near the clubs on the Strip of course! The Bellagio Fountains are beautiful by day, expansive and large scale as they are. But it's at night, accented with spectacular illumination and complemented by music, that the sheer overwhelming beauty of the iconic fountain is made clear.

For those who wish to add such illuminated fountain magic to your home, without having to purchase the next 4 houses on the block to make room for the new fountain, lighted wall fountains provide the answer.

A Wall Fountain Offers Imaginative Illumination

The beauty of a lighted water feature can be traced to more than the positioning of bulbs. These lights have to be strategically placed for the true beauty of the fountain to shine though. For instance, imagine a fountain that shows a girl pouring a pitcher of water. The effect is beautifully enhanced when fully lit.

Consider, however, if the illumination was to include only the statue of the girl and the falling water, but exclude the point at which the water hits the base. Then you have the illusion of water falling into unseen depths. This creates a spectacular and intriguing effect. This is the power of illumination, the power to tantalize and provoke. Lighted wall fountains present countless such possibilities. With the use of some imagination, and the right amount and color of illumination, lighted wall fountains can enthrall and awe the viewer.

High School Student Report – The 5 Barriers to Success in School

I have put this report together for any teenager that is about to start High School or is already a freshman or sophomore who is having a tough time in school and how by following a few simple steps you can bust through the barriers that could be holding you back.

This Report has come out of my own personal experiences along with years of research and working with people to become more successful both in business and in their personal lives by designing a lifestyle plan that fit their needs. This Report will give you some of the tools you need to become more effective and successful in High School.

Below I have listed common barriers High School students face and then a suggested solution for each one:

Barrier #1: Not setting your short and long-term school goals for each quarter and annually to track your progress.

Solution: Ask yourself what you want to achieve each quarter and then ask your parents and school consular what you need to do to reach that goal. The look at the whole school year and repeat the process again.

Barrier #2: Lack of organization, not knowing what to do and when to do it.

Solution: Set up time-lines for projects and post them on a calendar and follow it up with a daily to-do list. I would be lost without my online calendar and what’s called a mind-mapping program for larger projects. There are a number of them online, I use Google calendar and a program called x-mind, I suggest looking at more than one and then decide which is right for you.

Barrier #3: Being afraid to ask questions, because people may think that you are not intelligent.

Solution: Do not, I repeat, do not ever think it’s stupid or dumb to ask any question or ask for clarification on a subject, this was a huge barrier for me and when I became more confident asking questions the easier it became and the more I learned.

Barrier #4: I feel like I don’t belong.

Solution: Find other teenagers that have the same interests in school studies, hobbies and sports. When you can share similar activities with others you will be amazed what doors open up to long-lasting friendships.

Barrier #5: There is too much to do and not enough time to have fun.

Solution: Make time! Manage your calendar and set aside time every day for “me” time even if it’s only for an hour or two. If that is not working, ask for help from your parents or at school, you may need to cut back on one activity that will open up that free time which everyone needs.

Fireproof File Cabinets – The Ultimate Safeguard For Your Files

Imagine the horrific proposition of having all your important customer and business contacts, emailing lists as well as billing information go up in flames. Indeed, that is not what any business owner wants to happen. You need the best protection for all related documents and the most effective security is fireproof file cabinets. They give you the peace of mind that allows you sleep better at night, knowing that your business is secured in good hands.

Before you purchase your fire proof filing cabinets, do your research to understand the protection levels that they can accord you. You can visit your local office supplies store or do your research via the internet.

At the high end spectrum is currently available in the market can easily cost about 2,000 dollars per unit. As one of the top of the line fire proof vertical files, the function of fire resistance is key. Of course, at this level of pricing, it should also have been tested and approved for impact, water as well as explosion resistant. To pass the fire resistance test, they must be able to withstand higher than 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit external temperatures and lower than 125 degree F interior temperatures. As for the impact test, it must have ended a crash from 30 feet and more.

Some manufacturers offer wide range of lateral and vertical filing cabinets in two, toe and four drawer sizes, all fire proof to boot. Looking just like their ordinary filing cabinets, they are made to hold up to two hours of fire and heat. Also most of these units are available in ordinary looking shells, giving any unwelcome intruders a hard time in the even of a break in.

Fireproof file cabinets will always cost more than their regular counterparts by virtue of the fact that the materials and locking systems do not come cheap. Indeed, the higher the cost, the better is the quality and the greater is your peace of mind.

Customize Your Mobile Phone With Wallpapers

Today, almost everyone uses his mobile phone as a personal accessory . They like customizing it with wallpapers , ringtones , screensavers, games, etc. Gone are days when you used your mobile phone just for making and receiving calls. The mobile technology has gone far ahead and more and more accessories are coming up for accessorizing your mobile phone..People are getting aware of these add-ons and they are keeping themselves updated with the latest style of wallpapers, screensavers, ringtones to go with their style.Although the majority of people downloading these addons are the young crowd and their tastes vary broadly, you'll find a great variety to choose from and you're bound to get the one which suits you. This varied taste is giving rise to increase in variety and designs of these accessories.

Wallpapers can be described as the graphical background of your mobile phone. They can define your feelings and desires. So your wallpaper should be appealing and artistic and should depict your correct image. It should be vivid, stimulating and a visual effect of reducing stress.Since it is an essential part of your mobile phone, you should choose it carefully. Make sure you get atleast 2-3 kinds of wallpapers or themes, so that you can change them frequently and add spice to your life. You can also put a matching ringtone and screensaver to go with your wallpaper.Devolopers are developing newer and newer content fro the latest phones to add entertainment and make it user friendly.

Wallpapers are part of your mobile phone, you're going to look at the most. According to your interest, you can go classy with a scenic wallpaper or if you like to see your favorite star always in front of you, you can go for celebrity wallpapers, if you find that static picture boring, you can even go for animated ones . It can feature a place you'd like to visit or a car you'd like to own.There are a variety of wallpapers on the internet for every brand of phone, be it Nokia, Motorola, Siemens, Panasonic, Alcatel, LG or Panasonic . Downloading wallpaper is not a difficult task, user friendly interface guides you through the process. Before downloading, ensure that your screen resolution can support the wallpaper graphics and there is enough amount of space to download high resolution graphics. The technology has given cell phone wallpapers a special place and they are expected to get even further in future.

The latest mobile technology has given mobile phone wallpapers a special place and in future they are expected to get even further.The need for high quality expressive mobile phone wallpapers is increasing with people getting increasingly aware of the fashion trend.

Understanding UL Classifications for Fireproof Safes

A fireproof safe has an insulated body and doors designed to protect the safe contents from high temperatures or actual fire. In addition these types of safes may be rated for impact resistance should the safe fall during a fire. Underwriter Laboratories (UL) in the United States is a world leader in both the writing of standards and the actual testing of safes.

Under the UL classification system fireproof safes can be given one of three classifications with the classification given dependent on the maintained internal temperature and internal humidity when subjected to at a designated furnace temperature. Dependent on the safe's construction and the test parameters The UL time rating label indicates the time the safe can maintain the internal temperature and humidity at the furnace temperature for which the safe is being tested.

The three classes UL uses to classify fireproof safes are Class 125 (contains an internal temperature of 125 degrees F and humidity not exceeding 80%), Class 150 (contains an internal temperature of 150 degrees F and humidity not exceeding 85%) and Class 350 (maintains an internal temperature of 125 degrees F and humidity not exceeding 85%) and are used in conjunction with UL time rating labels. UL time rating can be for half an hour at a furnace Temperature of 1700 degrees F, one hour at a furnace temperature of 1850 degrees F, two hours at a furnace temperature of 1850 degrees F, three hours at a furnace temperature of 1920 degrees F or four hours at a furnace temperature of 2000 degrees F. Having three different internal temperature classifications combined with five time ratings allows fireproof safes to be classified according to the type of records being protected.

Fireproof safes can be separated into two main categories, data safes designed to protect computer media and document safes designed to protect paper products. In the event of a fire a Class 125, 1 hr UL fire rated safe would hold an internal temperature of 125 degrees F at a humidity less than 80% and could be relied on to protect computer diskettes for one hour in fires where temperatures do not exceeded 1700 degrees F. The US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology test report FR4009 recorded the temperatures reached in a controlled house fire. The maximum temperature recorded was 1350 degrees F which is well below the 1700 degrees F used in UL testing of fireproof safes. A Class 150 classification would be suitable for protecting microfiche, cassette tapes, microfilm etc.

Home safes are typically smaller than those used in business, but depending on individual requirements business safes may be suitable for home use. Floor safes are also popular in homes and business and when installed in concrete can provide excellent fire resistance. In the majority of cases a Class 350 fireproof safe would be suitable for the majority of homes. Typically a Class 350 fireproof safe with a UL half hour rating has been heated in furnace to 1550 degrees F and the interior of the safe has maintained a temperature of no more than 350 degrees F for a period of half an hour. This class of safe is best used for the securing paper products.

The majority of business safes are used to secure cash, paper documents and proprietary files. For businesses the industry standard fireproof safe is a UL Class 350 1 hour rated safe. Because paper begins to burn at 420 degrees F and most fires are extinguished within twenty minutes a Class 350 1 hour rated safe will provide the majority of businesses with the fire protection they require. Cash and valuable papers will not burn because of the built in safety margin between the flash point for paper, 420 degrees, and the interior temperature of the safe which will not exceed 350 degrees for at least an hour.

Whether you are looking for a safe for home or business using the UL class ratings in combination with the type of products to be protected will give you a good start in selecting the fireproof safe to suit your needs.

Galvanized Metal Roofing – All You Need To Know

To protect their roofs from problemsrought down by extreme weather conditions, many home owners are now using galvanized metal as the main material for their household roof.

It was designs to be free from rust and corrosion brought down by both wet and dry temperature. If you are not careful in choosing your roofing material, you may end up getting holes in them in due time – which will result in leaky roofs that will prove to be a disaster to your home's interior.

What Is Galvanized Metal?

It undergoes a process where the metal is treated chemically with zinc. First, the metal is mixed with liquefied zinc that will result in the metal being covered with it.

Once the process is complete, the zinc will become part with the metal with multiple layers formed into it. The outermost layer is mostly zinc, the middle later is a combination of both metal and zinc, and the innermost layer is the metal itself. The main reason for this is to stop rust from going deep into the innermost metal, which can ruin its durability and quality.

Benefits of Galvanized Metal Roofing

Compared to other materials that serve as your roof, it has many benefits to make it the most cost-effective of all the rest; such as:

1. The toughness and durability of it is top quality. The zinc-coating allows it to resist rust and corrosion. It can also withstand extreme weather conditions, like hail, rainstorm, snow, and heat.

2. Since it is lightweight, it does not add that much stress to the underwriting foundation of your roof; thus adding to its longevity.

3. This material is non-combustible and is fire-resistant.

4. It is known to be reusable. Considering that its make is durable and lightweight, you may use it for other purpose if you have some extras lying around.

5. Another quality of it is its ability to reflect heat from the outside. This can definitely give your interior a cool atmosphere. This quality can also reduce the cost of air-condition systems and electric bills.

6. It is proven to be maintenance free. No need to treat it with chemicals for protection, though you might need to hose it down with high-pressure water once in a while to clean it up.

Using galvanized roofing is rapidly gaining popularity in many modern or contemporary homes. It sparks of flexibility, creativity, and durability that each of us wants in our very own household.

Different Laundry Options to Consider

Laundry supplies can be a real pain to keep buying over and over. That's not the only annoying part about it, though. Do not forget how much money they cost over a year's time. However, you can save yourself some money by simply looking for coupons online and in the paper. But there is still a better way to save money. Have you ever thought about making your own liquid detergent? It's actually not that difficult and your dollar will go farther.

If you want to save money elsewhere, have you ever thought about ditching the drying machine alike? Sure, it's true that having your own personal one is more convenient than the other options, but you can save a lot of money with them too. For example, a retractable clothes line can be set up automatically anywhere you have something to attach it to, even as simple as an umbrella. It's extremely easy to set up and even easier to take down. It will save you time, energy, the headaches of trying to match the plugs and take care of the flimsy vents, and money. Or you could get the efficient collapsible wooden rack, which can fold up in any decently open spot.

Unfortunately, the only way to save many over a traditional washing machine is to use coin operated ones or go to the nearest lake and start scrubbing. But do not worry, if you want to save money up front get a used appliance. You can get one with confidence by simply choosing from reliable brands like Miele, Maytag, Whirlpool, Kenmoore, Samsung, LG, GE, and Electrolux. These companies make their machines with care and design them to last (usually an astounding 15 to 30 years). So if you decide to buy used (whether you want front loading, top loading, or stackable), just make sure it's in working order when you pick it up. You'll save money, and if you got rid of your dryer, you'll have tons of free space. Laundry is not looking like such an expensive chore anymore now, is it?

Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Go Green

Wood floors are the healthy choice, they require fewer chemicals to clean than other floor coverings, and they do not trap dust and fumes in the fibers or grow mold in the grout. More and more people are choosing wood floors for anyone with allergies. Do not be surprised if a doctor recommends a wood floor for your spine and joints. Wood is know to give a little and can be easier on your legs and feet. Antique and Reclaimed wood floors are an ever popular trend in flooring. Wood reclaimed can provide the benefits of old growth timber with the added plus that not a single living forest tree is sacrificed. This is where living green comes into play.

Reclaimed and Antique wood can be milled to look like new, or sometimes consumer look for wood with nail holes, bolt holes, and other fastener marks which make these characteristics part of the appeal. The old lumber will have rustic character marks from many years of use and exposure to the elements.

Many of the floors come out of buildings about to be destroyed or in the process of being refurbished. Antique wood flooring can be reclaimed from lumber salvaged from dismantled old barns and buildings. Antique and Distressed wood floors are prized for their beauty, stability and patina. Antique and troubled wood is usually from salvaged vintage homes, barns and structures.

A rustic wood floor will have more of the natural character such as knots, distinct color variations, possible insect marks, surface checking and varying grain patterns. Reclaimed or Antique flooring typically comes from the old growth forests from our early American history. Today they can still be found in floors in old homes and historic structures in many parts of the country. This wood displays character unmatched by any artificial means. Wide Plank flooring can also come from newly sawn old growth lumber. The use of wider widths and longer lengths will reduce the number of end to end seams in the floor which creates a historical authentic look.

Much of this vintage recycled timber comes from old growth forest and was used to construct old buildings. This vintage lumber has unparallel architectural quality and character, not to mention beauty.

Some antique wood flooring, sometimes called country hardwood flooring is made from salvaged oak, maple, cherry, hickory, walnut, chestnut, white oak and other vintage reclaimed woods.

No two floors are exactly alike and usually can be found in random widths. Reclaimed hardwood flooring may contain characteristics inherent in aged wood, including cracked knots, slight surface checking, insect and nail holes, weather checking, and color variation.

Benefits of using Reclaimed and Antique wood flooring: A floor made from antique wood has Rerrrque beauty and defining character that can not be found in newly sawn timber.
o Recycling wood is an alternative to cutting down trees. This is good for the environment.
o Reclaimed wood has been transformed by nature and time which is a link to our past. Having a piece of history in your home can be very satisfying.
o The character and patina of the wood can not be duplicated.
o Old growth wood is denser and more dimensionally stable than new growth wood which are more desirable for wood flooring.
o Certain species such as American Chestnut can only be found through reclaimed wood suppliers.
o What about Antique Wood over radiant heat? The use of radiant heating systems is growing in popularity through the United States, especially under wood floors. Radiant heat is an excellent heating source.

With proper acclimation and installation methods, Reclaimed and Antique wood is an exceptional choice over radiant heat. Radiant heat is healthier for the wood than alternative heating systems. The heat is even distributed throughout the floor at a low temperature. Each board is exposed to the same amount of heat and does not encounter uneven drying. Radiant heating actually replicates the natural process that antique wood has experienced. Wood that was used to support a factory, barn or building was exposed for decades to a regular increase and decrease in temperature and moisture. In some cases, the timbers from which the boards were cut have been slowly expanding and contracting for over a century in their previous installation. Radiant heat, with its low temperatures and even distribution affects the wood flooring the same way, but the impact is much less dramatic with Antique or Reclaimed wood than recently sawn wood because it has already been through this cycle for years!

Pricing Generally speaking, the price of reclaimed flooring is a bit higher. Pricing for uninstalled wood can start at $ 5.95 a square foot and can top the $ 22.00 mark. The price of recycled antique and reclaimed lumber will vary with the size, grade, length, quantity, and surface character of the material and whether the material is purchased in its existing condition or re-manufactured / milled to your specifications. The cost of recycled lumber is generally more expensive than new lumber of the like grade and size. If the lumber goes through the re-manufacturing process, it will add nominally to this cost base to offset the expense involved in cleaning, de-nailing, re-manufacturing and grading. The process of turning the reclaimed lumber into flooring can be lengthy and understands reasonable time, money and expertise.

In conclusion, reclaimed wood floors are becoming increasingly popular due to some consumer 'interest in historic preservation and also to advance the green building design. These woods often offer superior qualities from wood that grow slow and is often more dense than faster grown wood. Vintage and antique reclaimed wood adds to the warmth, character and atmosphere of a country home. This wood has character from abundant natural hits. Some planks are generally wider boards and have a character and charm that display an instinctive sense of harmony and spirit of country living. A feeling of history from a time when using solid wood flooring was the way a home was built. If you already have a Reclaimed or Antique wood floor or are thinking about purchasing one, just think a little bit of American history is now or can be part of your home. What an exciting concept!

Understanding Auto Repair Abbreviations

Like any specialized field, auto repair has its own unique set of abbreviations. Used by professionals, the abbreviations can seem to create a completely different language. This can be frustrating for car owners who may not understand what's being said and who find themselves too embarrassed to ask questions on their meaning.

While you should always ask any question that pops in your head especially when dealing with something as important as auto repair, you can ease the embarrassment by studying up on some of the more common auto repair abbreviations.

Now many car owners will encounter only specific abbreviations, usually ones dealing with parts. These abbreviations will probably be used when discussing the replacement of damaged items of your car and may even show up on your bill.

OEM- Original Equipment Manufacturer. This simply means that the part is certified new by the manufacturer of the car. This is important for those owners wanting only new parts and that need an assurance of that fact.

QRP- Quality Replacement Part. When mechanisms use "QRP" it is used as a euphemism. What this really means is that the part is an aftermarket part.

A / M- Aftermarket. An A / M is a part not made by the manufacturer of your vehicle.

Now other abbreviations will be used when dealing with the actual maintenance of the vehicle. These abbreviations are second nature to many mechanisms who may use them absent mindedly even to customers.

A / F Ratio-Air / Fuel Ratio or Air to Fuel Ratio. A proper A / F Ratio is needed to properly start the car.

CAT-Catalytic Converter. Back in the 1970s the United States started strengthening EPA standards relating internal combustion engines. The CAT is used to turn toxic by products into something a little less toxic.

DFI- Digital Fuel Injector. Fuel Injectors replaced carburetors back in the 1980s. The DFI relations on high pressure to mix the fuel and air where carburetors used low pressure.

DTC- Diagnostic Trouble Code. As the name suggests, the DTC helps to identify any problems. The mechanic reads the DTC with the help of a scanner tool. The DTC consists of 5 digits.

FIPL- Fuel Injector Pump Lever. This piece of equipment insures the continued operation and performance of the fuel injector pump. The fuel injector pump is responsible for getting the fuel from the tank to the injectors. This is critical for the vehicles continued performance.

GPS-Global Positioning System. These systems are becoming more and more popular and are even featured in many of the newer model cars. There should be something wrong with the GPS then you need to make sure that the mechanic understands how to work on it.

hp- Horsepower. Horsepower is a measurement of power and is usually used to refer to trucks and some SUVs.

Now, there are certainly numerous other abbreviations beyond what is listed here which you will no doubt hear while having your car service It is always a good idea to learn at least a handful of abbreviations before heading to a mechanic. A little knowledge goes a long way, after all, and by displaying some know how you will be able to understand the lingo and jargon of the auto repair shop.

Common Sense Tips On Developing Lean, Firm Abs

For many people developing those sculptured abs muscles that are accredited by the ladies and friends alike can be an elusive goal. There are some popular misconceptions about ab workouts and exercises that are commonly used to achieve the end result.


One of the most common misunderstandings is that doing crunches is one of the best ways to develop those abs, however, crunches simply do not exercise the right muscles and the results will be disappointing. Another reason why people include crunches in their workout is that they falsely believe that this is the way to lose belly fat. But crunches just do not burn enough calories to make a significant dent in losing belly blubber.

Most trainers will recommend full body workouts and full body ab workout routines together. This is the main exercise combination that will trim the fat as well as develop flat, toned abs.

Speaking of calories

It is rather pointless to work on developing smooth, trim abs if all your efforts will be hidden by excess fat around the belly. If this is your situation you will not only need to do the full body exercise routines as stated but you'll have to cut out consuming all those calories that contributed to the problem in the first place.

If you are honest to eat junk food and those 'convenient' prepackaged foods that are stacked on supermarket shelves you will need to change your eating habits. Read the labels and ask yourself if it's really worth all those calories and fat.

So instead of the junk you'll need to focus on fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Snacking, especially at night can also torpedo your weight loss effort. Alcohol is loaded with calories and if you tend to over indulge back back will also help.

OK – so much for the diet. I think you get the idea. You can get started on your abs workouts and at the same time work on losing the weight.

What exercise routines are best for developing toned abs?

Reaching your goal of having beautiful, flat, ripped abs requires work and dedication. Do not expect overnight results as it will take several months of consistent effort.

Here's some recommendations:

Do full body workouts and full body ab routines that will get rid of stomach fat and firm up those abs. Make sure you slow down and flex or brace your abs every time you go through your routine. Often people are in a hurry to get through it. You need to brace your abs during every exercise routine not just ab exercises. Bracing means to tighten your abs like you were about to be hit in the stomach.

Avoid isolation exercises such as crunches and sit ups. Instead focus on core muscles which will help to burn fat and strengthen abdominal muscles.

The exercise ball has proven to be helpful in developing abs. It may take a little time to learn how to use it, however, the benefits make it worthwhile. There are instructions readily available on how to use this tool so you should have no trouble finding help.

The ab roller is a specialized device specifically created to develop ab muscles.

Finally, if you have the time and can afford a gym membership, the available exercise equipment along with personalized instruction will go a long way in helping you reach your goal of building lean, toned, abs that many strive for but never achieve.

Windshield Sun Shade – Beat The Heat And Protect Your Vehicle Interior

The sun is shining down and so is it's scorching heat. We all like sun bathing and but not dealing with the effects of the heat in our cars. The sun's UV rays can be harsh to your car's interior and especially during peak summer months, which makes having a windshield sun shade a necessity for any vehicle. Direct sunlight burning through a car windshield results in extreme temperatures inside your vehicle, and can cause damage to the dash, seat materials and even personally when coming into contact with hot metal or plastic. Windshield sun shades play a significant role in keeping the car interiors cool and protecting the interior material from fading while the vehicle is parked at the beach, work, airport or anywhere else.

Windshield covers help in reducing the temperature of car's interior, by effectively obstructing the sun and harmful UV rays. A simple single windshield shade combats 99.5% of harmful UV rays and up to 80% of the solar energy, that can keep your car up to 50 degrees cooler than without it. It features a triple laminate structure where the middle foam core is laminated between the two layers of silver reflective surface and a soft felt inner surface on both sides. The sandwiched foam layer acts as an insulator that protects the car interior and the outer silver surface reflects the harmful rays, thus blocking them from raising the temperature inside the car.

These heat shields are lightweight and made in various forms as well as designs. For ease of use, they are either made to unfold or roll over the windshield. These are made to fit every windshield of almost all car and truck makes and models. These car sunshades are often custom printed with the messages or pictures, for a personal touch that looks quite unique and attractive. The idea triggered many marketing teams of auto dealers, insurance companies, and other businesses who now use this heat shade as a customized platform for their advertising.

In addition to cooling down your sizzling dashboard, there are few more advantages associated with its use. Since the car will remain cooler with a shade, there will be less fuel consumption to cool the car, which will surely save you money. Another important function performed by this windshield cover is that it hides the things left in the car and prevents people from seeing into your vehicle .

A windshield sun shade is easy to use and gives you all the benefits by allowing your car and truck to stay cool and protected in the sun. By protecting the car interior from detrimental UV rays, it helps retain it's true market value. There are many reasons to own car sun shield with the most important climbing into a cooler comfortable car when the temperatures are climbing.

To learn more about the benefits of a windshield sun shade and the different styles available visit this excellent online resource.