Floor Steam Mop Versus Steam Vacuum, Advantages And Disadvantages Of Each

Why even consider getting a floor steam mop or a floor steam vacuum? If you are like me and are doing your own house cleaning, you might be faced with a dilemma as of how to best use your time and resources when it comes to cleaning your living spaces, the kitchen, the bathroom area, and the shower area.

Your carpet in the living room may have developed several dark stains that will not go away by vacuuming alone. The tiles in the shower may have developed dark grout, and the sinks may be covered with shampoo and soap stains.

Since you have already spend over $100 for the vacuum cleaner which doesn’t really do the job to your satisfaction, you want to make sure you are getting a piece of machinery that will do a better job, that is for sure.

We will discuss here pros and cons of two competing carpet cleaning technologies that go beyond vacuuming. The first one is a carpet steamer, or a carpet steam mop, and the second one is the carpet steam vacuum. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Floor steam mops

Floor steam mop is an appliance that looks like a mop but it has a canister attached to it, and uses an electric heater to bring the water in the canister to a boil. The resulting water vapor is then led through the mop handle and the vapor is then sprayed through the micro fiber pad at the top of the mop. The micro fiber then mops the debris from the floor or the carpet that you are canvassing.

A big advantage for many people of the steam floor mop is that it is environmentally friendly, that is, it will not dispense harmful and potentially toxic chemicals in your house that might take days to be removed, and may even accumulate, causing air toxicity in the house.

A disadvantage of the steam mop cleaner is that, even with a high temperature setting of as much as 300 F, before the steam reaches the tip of the mop, it is already chilled significantly. That means that, in all likelihood, the steam will not be as effective in removing carpet stains, or any other stains from the floors or tiles. Also, the effectiveness of the micro fiber pad in removing all the resulting debris is in question.

You may be able to remedy the low temperature problem by removing the steam mop stick or using a shorter one. That way, the steam temperature will be maximized, and tougher stains will be removed.

Floor steam vacuums

The steam vacuum is similar to a steam mop, but it has an additional feature, namely, it sprays the water onto the carpet, agitates the carpet, and then vacuums the resulting liquid back into the “dirty water” tank.

The advantage of a steam vacuum is that, since it does vacuum up most of the debris, it is typically used with detergents and cleaning chemicals, which enables it to be more effective in fighting carpet stains, even compared with the best steam mops.

However, when you are environmentally conscious, you will realize that, even the best suction mechanism will not remove all chemicals from the carpet or the air.

So as you see, the decision of what would be the best floor cleaner depends largely on you.

Countrywide Mortgage Refinance Stimulus Plan Options

Countrywide mortgage refinancing is now easier to get for all homeowners. Countrywide is one of the few Government approved mortgage lenders to offer President Obama’s “Making Home Affordable” plan. This plan will help millions of homeowners keep their homes, and get a better mortgage.

While there are a lot of lenders and banks who claim to offer assistance to struggling homeowners, getting approved is usually a nightmare. That is no longer the case. Countrywide is taking part in this Government approved $75 billion stimulus plan which will help a lot of homeowners. Now, homeowners with bad credit, financial problems, or a bad mortgage, can get the help they need to save their home.

This plan will allow homeowners to:

-Get refinancing on their mortgage even if they owe more than the home is worth.

-Get a more affordable mortgage by refinancing into a lower interest rate, extending the loan, or both.

-Prevent and stop the foreclosure process, and give them a chance to take action and save their home.

-Refinance their mortgage even if they are facing financial problems like, loss of job or wages, hospital bills, bad mortgages, or other debts.

Countrywide mortgage refinancing will truly be a beneficial thing for millions of homeowners. The lending restrictions have been eased to allot more homeowners the chance at approval. With so much help out there, homeowners owe it to themselves to get mortgage assistance.

This plan is a God send for many homeowners who are going to, or at risk of, losing their home. Do not let a bad mortgage ruin your finances. Take initiative and get the help you need, while its available, now.

Ditch That Home Phone And Save

There is no way around the changing times. Used to be you had to have a home phone and a cell phone. You needed the cell to keep in touch in the field and the landline at home so people could call you because cellular was not very good inside. There was no way to marry the two technologies so we deal with it. But then again, I remember the bag phone that was the size of my mother's purse and the brick phone that everyone used to have.

Yes, I just dated myself but you know what? It really makes me appreciate all the advances in technology and how it makes my life so much easier and less complicated today. Everything is starting to work together. Manufacturers are sharing technology and standardizing the ways things talk to each other so you can have something from maker "A" talking well to another device by company "C" which is connected through one by manufacturer "B".

Back in the early days everyone made to make proprietary things that only worked with their stuff and as a result. A lot of companies went out of business and a lot of time was wasted on that technology that could have been used to advance the good of things. Take for instance VHS and Beta VCRs. Beta was the best picture quality hands down. But we know who won.

Ok, enough regression.

Ditching your home phone and latching on to one of the many Bluetooth compatible home phones out there is going to take an initial investment. But you can ditch the old conventional landline attached to the pole outside and that will save you money.

You can actually have a system in place so the moment you walk into your front (or back) door it knows you are there and automatically routes all your cell calls to the phones that are wired up into the Bluetooth home phones network set up in your Home. No more will you find yourself scurrying out of the toilet with a trail of toilet paper following you down the hallway as you run down the stairs to get to your cell phone. Only to have them hang up just as you pop it open; Which then allows you to review some words you have not said in some time.

No, with this technology your phones all ring and you just go to whichever one Is closest to you at that time. How easy is that? I mean think of how that will free you up to move about and how much easier your life in the old homestead will be.

The bottom line here is that you can and should ditch that antiquated landline ridden phone and go with one of the Bluetooth compatible home phones. You will only need to remember one phone number not two and you can get the best of both worlds while saving enough to offset the cost and maybe even buy something nice for yourself.

Growing Up With Cards and Games

Summer and games go together for me.

When I was a child, my family had a cottage on a small lake in Northern Minnesota. It lacked both electricity and plumbing which was fine with me; I liked the feeling of camping but still having a comfortable bed to sleep in at night. The only drawback was an outhouse that was half a block from the cottage and not a fun trip at night. My mother solved this by creating a "honey pot" that we all used at night and one of us emptied in the morning (although I suspect my mother ended up with the job most often).

In the evening, our light came from kerosene lamps and a large brick fireplace. After my father, mother, brother and I came in from evening fishing (or on a rainy day), we played card games in front of the fireplace; Kerosene lamps hanging overhead to light the small table in the middle. We played gin rummy, 500 rummy and schmier, a game that I remember as being a little like bridge. (If anyone knows how to play smear, please contact me because I need a tutorial!) I especially loved gin rummy and won more than my share of games but I usually could not beat my father. Looking back, I'm not certain which was better; The card games or the quiet evenings with family. However, I grow up treasuring both.

At some point, we added Monopoly to the list but I always had a love / hate relationship with that game. If you're winning, it's great. Your homes lined the board and the stack of money in front of you larger larger every time someone looked the dice and landed on your property. But if you missed purchasing the best properties, every shake of the dice put you further and further in debt – perhaps a little bit like real life! I could not handle the slide into poverty and was usually very relieved when I lost all my money and was able to quit the game.

Of course, Scrabble was always a favorite but, as the youngest, I was a little handicapped by my vocabulary. At the time, I did not know about short words like Qi. Xu, Qua and Za that fit into small spaces and earned a lot of points. Today I play Scrabble every day online with friends and use these words regularly although I have to admit that I still have no idea what they mean.

In college, I was introduced to Bridge. I watched friends playing; Listening to their bids and studying their plays. When I met Barry, my husband-to-be, I had only played a few times. After we were engaged, he and I were invited to dinner and a bridge game at one of his married friend's houses. I was nervous and felt like a kid; These couples were four or five years older than me and actually lived in houses, rather than dormitories. By the end of the evening, I was feeling more confident and felt my bridge playing had been pretty good. As soon as we were in the car, Barry turned to me and said, "Never, never bid a three card suit!" He married me anyway and even taught me how to bid the right way.

For several years, we played party bridge with twelve friends who were, for the most part, at the same level as us. Each one of us rotated around three tables and different partners. However, there was one man in the group who took the game very seriously. Being his partner mean opening yourself to four hands of verbal abuse. I did not say anything at the time but this older and wiser version of myself would not have kept her mouth shut!

Once (and only once) I played duplicate bridge. We were living on an army base in Japan at the time and a friend asked me to substitute for her in a once-a-week duplicate bridge game while she stopped to have a baby. By this time, my bridge game had vastly improved and I immediately said yes. But I soon found out that this game had very little in common with party bridge. The room was deadly quiet, interrupted only with the sounds of quiet bidding at each table. The emphasis was on each hand and the score cards were kept meticulously. Also, the hands were carefully replaced for the next player.

After we had finished playing all the hands, everyone gathered to see where he or she had landed on the points list. I was second from last, with only a few more points than a ninety-year old woman who had dementia. The game was only two hours but it felt like eight. By the time I got home, I had a terrible headache. When Barry walked in the door, I was lying on the couch, an ice pack on my head and a glass of wine and bottle of aspirin on the table beside me.

When our children came along, we both spent hours playing children's games such as Candy Land, Old Maid, Go Fish and Chutes and Ladders. Although those games disappeared as our children grew up, our game closet is now restocked with all of them, waiting for our granddaughter's next visit. I'm finding it more fun playing the games this time around than I did when our children were young. I'm quite sure the reason for this is because we can enjoy playing with our grandchild without the anxieties that accompanies raising our own children. Grandchildren are simply fun!

With the advent of computers, we can also play a lot of games online. As I mentioned before, I play at least ten games of Scrabble with friends and family but these move slowly with only one move by each player in a day. In addition, I am added to the Microsoft Solitaire Collection which includes a daily challenge in five different solitaire games. You collect points which grow daily until (hopefully) you reach the gold bell by the end of the month when the scoring starts over. If you miss a few days, you get behind on your games. Catching up can be fun if you do not mind a marathon day (or two) of computer games. And this is where the addiction starts!

Since we have lived in Florida, we have been introduced to two new games that we play with friends. The first is Rummikub, a board game that is a lot like 500 rummy. Barry and I play with three friends every couple of months and we usually lose. One friend has been playing this game for years with a group in her home town. They play for money, a penny a point and she would like us to do this also. I'd be willing if either Barry or I won once in a while but at the rate we're going now, that is not going to happen anytime soon.

The other game we play with friends in our neighborhood is Mexican Train, a dominoes game. The strategy is fun but the best part of this game is pushing the button in the middle of the plastic train which emits a loud, "Choo cho, choo cho." Of course, to be allowed to push the button you have to first win the game and, unfortunately that does not happen to me very often. So occasionally I cheat and push the button for fun.

As you may have guessed by now, I do not seem to win very often. However, I've decreed that, for me, winning is not the object of the game. Of course I do prefer winning to losing but since that is not in "the cards", I focus on other things, such as strategy, taking tricks, combining the correct numbers and adding up all the points I'm stuck with that someone Else gets! I also tell myself that playing games is supposedly to be good for your mind. But the best part of playing games is spending time with good friends, eating delicious food and building lovely memories in this phase of my life.
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The Buzz is All About Mini-Motorcycles

Pocket bikes are miniature motorcycles – powered, for the most part, by oil- and gas-burning engines similar to those used in chain saws, weed whackers or other small motorized tools – and they look just like the real thing.

The snaziest models cost thousands and are made in Italy, but the ones that are selling by the container load run from $ 200 to $ 500. They come from China, among other places, and are getting snapped up by eager teenagers and, in some cases, not-so-teenagers.

At Broadtek LLC, a South San Francisco firm that imports them, the cardboard cartons containing the small bikes are stacked to the ceiling of a tall warehouse and are quickly going out the door to eager customers.

In Walnut Creek, Eric Rahin, owner of Sonic Scooterz, says he's selling them in droves – "from college students to people in their late 50s. It's basically a toy to have some fun with."

Manufacturers say the bikes are provided to be used only on closed race tracks, private roads or any other place where there are no public traffic laws and, more important, no big cars or trucks to run into you. Many buyers follow that advice.

But now you see some of these new pocket bikes zinging in and out of parking lots, up and down residential streets and, occasionally into the side of a car. And therein lies the rub.

"It's very difficult for a driver (of a car) to see one on those bikes, because of their low height," said San Francisco police Lt. Kitt Crenshaw. "We've had several accidents in the last few weeks, and people went to the hospital."

The pocket bikes have a top speed of about 35 mph, but can be souped up to go faster. They evolved from tiny but highly sophisticated racing bikes that campaign on European race tracks and are sometimes used as training vehicles for Grand Prix motorcycle racers.

The bikes are faithful imitations of popular normal-size street motorcycles, which, for marketing reasons, are faithful imitations of pure race bikes, down to the disk brakes, handlebars, chain drives, twist-grip throttles and electronic ignition.

The little bikes weigh about 50 pounds, stand about a foot and a half high and can easily be put in the trunk of a car. They have tiny engines – 47cc or 49cc displacement, less than 1 / 20th the size of a big motorcycle. And they are enticing.

"It's a fun little thing to ride," said Matt Damon, a 21-year-old salesman in a Martinez pet store. "It's a whole lot cheaper than a $ 6,000 or $ 7,000 big bike. For years now, I've been riding different types of motorcycles, but it's more like the small bikes are a fun thing, rather than just transportation. And burns less gas. "

But Damon did admit, "I took it for a ride down the street and got pulled over. The officer was kind of nice about it. But I got a ticket."

Police departments in the Bay Area and elsewhere in California have been cracking down on the little two-wheelers, saying they are a major accident waiting to happen. No police agency could come up with information about any deaths caused by pocket bike crashes, but police want them off the public roads before the inevitable hits.

"Their numbers are starting to increase," said Milpitas police officer Jay Johnson, who was assigned by his department to look into the phenomenon and extremely write about it for the weekly Milpitas Post. "Most of the complaints we're getting is that drivers can not see them or there'll be a group of them racing, or they're running stop signs."

For a while, though, until Johnson began studying up on the subject, and the California Highway Patrol sent out a memo clarifying just what is and what is not legal about the bikes, confusion appeared to be paramount.

In fact, it should not be. On many bikes, there's a decal right there on the gas tank that says these things do not conform to "federal motor vehicle safety standards."

After a length consult with the state Vehicle Code and the Department of Motor Vehicles, the CHP explained that the bikes do not meet a number of standards required for all vehicles registered in California – the most telling example being the stipulation that "headlamp height Be) between 22 and 54 inches. "

Technical problems aside, it's the safety issue that concerns authorities.

"We're really worried about these things mixing with traffic," said CHP spokesman Steve Kohler. "If you think about it, something that small is difficult to see, when it's mixed in with cars, trucks and buses, the drivers do not even see full-size motorcycles … There's no way they're going to see these things."

Or, as David Edwards, editor in chief of Cycle World Magazine and a man who puts about 20,000 miles a year on motorcycles, said: "When you get out in city traffic, you'll be at more risk than on a full-size But they only hold (a little) gas, so you will not go too far. And they're not noisy as hell, so at least people will hear you coming if not see you coming. "

Guidelines to Create a Pleasing to the Eye Living Room

We can not deny the fact that the living room is one of the places that we should be very particular about. We should see to it that it is always neat and clean because it is the place wherein people interact most of the time. It is the place wherein we accommodate our guests, offer them food and start our conversation with. So it is deemed imperative that we place our best foot forward when it comes to our living room. That is why if you have a mediocre-looking room, it is not too late to spice up your area. In this particular article, you could discover some guidelines in order to create a room that could be a center of everyone's attraction.

Generally speaking, you should start with a little renovation. This renovation will depend on the undertaking that you like to do and the financial resources that you have at the present. It would be great if you already have wonderful pieces at hand because this could make your job easier and more efficient. All you have to do is to dispose those items that are no longer used and maintain those items that are eye-catching. It is advisable that you only use one motif. This will avoid confusion to your guests.

If the flooring is quite bad, try to find some alternatives. You could go to your local home equipment stores and buy something that suits your taste. If you are planning for a vintage look, go for wooden tiles. It is elegant and old fashioned. You could also add some vintage wall mirrors into it. Mirrors are known to add depth and length on a particular environment. Its modishness and style is something that you can not deny. So always bear these things in mind in order to have a pleasant to the eye living room.

Tips for Maintaining Your Septic Tank

Improper maintenance of your safety tank could jeopardize the safety of your health, finances and of course the environment. Leaks, blockage and sludge build-up in the tank could contaminate the groundwater, soil and the even the nearby water bodies. Following the following septic tank maintenance tips will help keep your tank in good shape.

Make Sure To Protect The Tank And The Drain Field

Safeguarding your tank from any physical damage would ensure the longevity of your septic tank. Never plant anything other than grass around your septic system. This is because the tree roots are capable of damaging the system. It is also suggested that you don’t operate any heavy machinery near the tank or build a shed or structure above the system.

Take Care Of What You Are Putting Inside The Tank

The kind of things that goes into the septic system has a major role to play in the proper functioning of your tank. Your septic system consists of microorganisms whose task it is to treat organic waste by breaking it down. Therefore you shouldn’t make their job tougher by introducing anything in the septic system which might hamper their ability to break things down.

The more solid waste you insert in the tank the more septic tank pumping is required. Never flush your sanitary napkins, tampons, diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, paper towels, floss or facial tissues down your toilet. Also try not to flush the food scraps and grease down the kitchen drain. Grease can clog your drain field making it impossible for the soil to absorb fluid.

Be Wary Of Heavy Duty Cleaners

Excessive use of heavy duty cleaners would kill all the microorganisms responsible for breaking down the waste. Extermination of the beneficial bacteria would lead to improper breakdown of the solid waste.

Keep rainwater away from the drain field

A soggy drain field leads to improper neutralization and absorption of liquid waste. Therefore go for roof gutters, landscaping and foundation drains to divert all the extra water from the septic drain field.

Go For Regular Maintenance

The solids in your septic system need to be pumped out from time to time. Ideally you need to pump your septic tank every three to five years to ensure its longevity. It needs to me mentioned that you should never attempt to open your septic system on your own since it contains poisonous gases and bacteria.

Six Sigma Certification – Practical Applications in Marketing

Six Sigma Certification has a lot to offer many different industries. Ironically enough, it can even help out the marketing department, which is almost like its pseudo-twin, if you will. Marketing and Six Sigma both place a heavy emphasis on the voice of the customer and customer satisfaction. Their goals will ultimately be different, but both still involve the same ultimate outcome: customer satisfaction. Six Sigma will focus on cutting costs and improving performance, while marketing will focus more on spending to increase ad visibility and reworking the product packaging and features to get a better response.

When you put the two together, it’s a slightly irregular yet rather perfect match. Six Sigma certification can help the marketing industry to lower their advertising expenses, while placing an emphasis on more efficient marketing tactics and helping marketing companies to become more productive with their time and efforts. When it comes to retaining and attracting customers, nothing is really better than having the best of both worlds working for you. You can use Six Sigma to develop a cost-effective and efficient marketing strategy, which will drive in more customers and drive up sales. In slow times like these, this can be a huge success for a business.

The goal of reducing operating costs is present in just about every industry. However, the marketing industry doesn’t place a whole lot of emphasis on it, which makes it all the more beneficial for Six Sigma Certification to step in and work to produce cost-effectiveness for the marketing industry while still allowing them to do what they do best. Another thing that these two areas share is continuous improvement goals. Six Sigma strives for continuous improvement of various processes and products, while marketing works toward continuous improvement in strategy to market better, faster, and stronger than the next company.

Given that these two have so much in common, putting them together so that they can help each other out is almost a given. If you employ the best that Six Sigma Certification has to offer in the marketing industry, you can come up with an end result that gives you the best of both worlds with very little room for error on either side. When it comes to marketing, you need to make an impact. With Six Sigma on your side, it will be much easier and more effective when you do make that impact because of the processes that have been improved and the waste that has been eliminated.

Tips on Golf

Golf is a competitive sport, and a very famous recreational activity played by people of different ages and with different ability. Golf retains its players throughout their lifetime, unlike any other sport. Golfers in their eighties claim to be physically and mentally fit. Golf strengthens the shoulders as well as the back, and helps to maintain spine rotation, which is necessary for healthy back.

There are many golf tips which are very useful for those who need to gather more information about the sport.

Basic golf tips

A proper grip on the golf stick reduces the tendency to slice. A good grip keeps the club head square at impact and keep the shaft from turning in your hands. Try for a relaxed and comfortable feel. A tight grip will hinder your rhythm and release.

Your grip is the foundation of your golf swing in order to develop a simple, comfortable and effective grip. Make sure that you are comfortable with your grip. It is important to develop a neutral grip during the swing. Every golfer has different types of swings and grips.

Golf is usually regarded as a gentle aerobic activity that does not require superb fitness to play. To reduce the risk of an injury, a reasonable level of fitness is necessary. A certain level of stamina and flexibility also enhances the performance and enjoyment. Each of the four phases of golf swing (take away or back swing, acceleration or down swing, impact and follow through) imposes stress on specific areas of the body, particularly the wrists, lower back, and outside of the elbow.

Stretching exercises for the back, upper body and legs improve flexibility and reduce the injuries caused by rotational stresses. Strength training and flexibility must involve both sides of the body as the golf swing tends to develop one side of the body more than the other. Normally, right handed golfers suffer more injuries down the left side of the body.

Do and don’ts

There are certain golf improvement tips which you should be aware of. These tips will certainly improve your knowledge about the game. Never grip the club too tightly. Tight grips inhibit a smooth swing and follow through. Always keep the grips on the club in a good condition as worn grips will force you to hold the club too tightly. When you are learning about the grip for the first time, keep a club around the house and practice gripping and re-gripping the club for a few minutes. Remember to keep the arms relaxed and the fingers secure.

There are many sites which could offer you the golf instruction tips on the internet. If you are a true lover of the game then go and learn about the game as much as you can.

Ksar Ait Benhaddou, Home of the Gladiator

At about 190 kilometers south-east Marrakech, in Morocco, lies the beautiful village of Ait Benhaddou, also called "Ksar Ait Benhaddou" . The "Ksar" in berber language, which is the language of original inhabitants of North Africa means an assembly of fortified homes surrounded by a defensive wall, and a "Ksar" is usually located at the bottom of a mountain, to make it even less Penetrable and more impossible to be hit by a surprise back-attack.

A single fortified house is called a "Kasbah" . In each village, there is a main "Kasbah" home to the village leader, with four long towers to make surveillance easy. The alleys and doors of the Kasbahs are small, you might think it is because that the inmates are small people but it's not. The small passes are a defensive strategy to prevent any planned and massive attacks, the enemy has to go through tight places making them vulnerable.

The real construction date of Ait Benhaddou is unknown, some say it dates back to the eleventh century but others think it is a more recent creation. What is sure, is that it is one of the most beautiful and well preserved ancient villages in Morocco.

Before roads and vehicles, Ait Benhaddou was a station for the caravanes traveling between southern Sahara and north Africa. They either exchange goods here and go back to the desert, or pause for a night and continue through the Ounila valley to Marrakech. The caravanes transported salt, silver and slaves among other things.

Today Ait benhaddou is a touristic attraction for two main reasons: one being the UNESCO declaring the village as a world heritage site. The second reason is because the film industry used the site to shoot scenes of ancient villas and ruins seen in movies. The most famous one is "The gladiator", and the arena you see in the movie was built on the fields just in front of the village. Recently the crew of "Game of Thrones" also used the site to shoot scenes of the city of "Yunkai".

The Ounila river separates the old preserved village and the new town, where most of the families currently live. Seven families still live in the old part, and you can enter one of the houses and have some mint tea for a dozen dirhams (Moroccan currency).

To reach the village, you need to get transportation either from Marrakech or Ouarzazate (~ 35km from the site). Many of the normal taxis offer this service, but you can also contact a travel agent to arrange your trip. Local guides are available if you want further guidance exploring the village and many restaurants in the new village offer delicious meals at reasonable prices. The site offers a great opportunity for photographers to take some awesome shots and test their talent even though Morocco's sun is a big help you do not get in many places.

Bosch Power Tools

Ever since 1993, Bosch Power Tools has been the market leader in the power tools segment. Be it any tool in the metalworking, construction and woodworking industry, Bosch meets and fulfills the requirements of professional users with a complete range of power tools. It not only offers its users a comprehensive range of accessories, but also cordless tools and support for all its products.

All of Bosch’s products are uniquely crafted to deliver highest levels of performance with minimum energy consumption. With the introduction of Lithium Ion Technology, not only are Bosch’s products light in weight and compact, they are environment friendly. From industrial sectors like manufacturing, construction, automotive to home-interiors, Bosch offers the best solutions to include cutting, drilling, driving, polishing, grinding, sanding etc. With 350+ tools, its wide range includes cordless drill machines, range finders, screwdrivers, impact wrenches, surveying equipments and rotary hammers.

Bosch, for the very first time in India, has also recently introduced DIY (Do-it-yourself) tools for enthusiasts. To promote better healthy lifestyle, it has also launched gardening and home tools to get work around the house done in an efficient manner.

When it comes to drills, Bosch drills are the best selling in the world. There are numerous varieties of drills. Hammer drills and corded drills are the most commonly used products. All the drills come with a very sturdy, metal gear housing that protects the equipment for life. To ensure high-level work safety, Bosch drills come with an anti-rotation mechanical overload clutch and soft grip for a secure hold. Drill accessories can be easily changed without wasting time with its single-sleeve keyless chuck with auto-lock. For the user to get a secure hold of the equipment, new safety handle with innovative fixing has been introduced. In order to prevent table breaks, the drill comes with a ball grommet for high movement radius. It is engineered for excellence and greatest level of comfort.

Construction professionals always choose Bosch grinders when it comes to tough grinding applications. Not only are Bosch grinders designed for maximum power and precision, they are reliable and robust. There are many varieties of angle grinders when it comes to metal working such as large angle grinders, small angle grinders, polisher, straight grinder, shears and nibblers. Large angle grinders come with powerful motors and ensure outstanding sturdiness. It is low weight and excellent for handling. Small angle grinders come with Kickback Stop to ensure safety and restart protection. It is ideal for continuous use. From metal to dry stone, Bosch polisher achieves best results, is weightless and comfortable to work. In work in hard-to-reach areas, Bosch straight grinders are the best guaranteeing precise results. Shears are a must-have when it comes to metal plate cutting and circular cuts. Bosch nibblers are compact and are used to cut steel. It prevents material distortion and efficiently performs tight curved cuss at ease. Bosch also offers grinder accessories such as wire wheels, brushes, cup wheels and abrasives that are a perfect match for its trusted grinder line-up.

What Makes Tiffany Style Lamps Unique From Other Lamps

When it comes to lighting a room, Tiffany style lamps are some of the most unique ways to softly and elegantly brighten a room. Louis Comfort Tiffany created the original lamp many years ago with his goal of being able to bring a little bit of art to every American home. He was an artist by trade and used his skills as an interior designer, painter, photographer, and a world traveler to create his new Tiffany lamps in his glass-making company in that debut in 1885. In addition to his lamps, Louis Comfort Tiffany's Father, Charles Tiffany was the founder of Tiffany & Company jewelry, but Louis did not want to engage in the jewelry making business.

The idea behind the Tiffany lamps is that the "shade" is made of various colors of glass that were stained, and when a bulb was placed in the lamp, it created various color hues that has never been seen in lamps before. The original lamps were in production from 1885 to 1920, today an authentic Tiffany lamp sells for near $ 2 million dollars, and finding the original lamps is not easy because those have their in their family do not sell them.

The popularity and demand for the Tiffany lamps continued long after Tiffany's death in 1933 and therefore, several Tiffany style lamps came on the market, which looked like the original Tiffany's with the bronze base and the shade made of several pieces of colored glass. These, of course, are much more affordable than trying to find an original Tiffany Lamp.

Today, many homes all around the world proudly display Tiffany style lamps because even with the modern new lamps available, there has never been any lamp quite like the Tiffany. It offers a unique lighting experience that no other lamp has been able to capture. Louis Tiffany would have no doubt been pleased to see how his lamps became so popular long after his death. In fact, at the time of his death, the popularity of the lamps had declined sharply, which is the reason the company discontinued making them.

Today, unlike the original Tiffany lamps, the new Tiffany style lamps come in a variety of styles as far as the glass shade is concerned. For instance, you can find these lamps with various glass shades including an American flag, jasmine, animal style, Cabbage Rose, and jeweled geometric iris styles, to name a few. The fact is, since Tiffany's death, his lamps have taken on a unique way of lighting the home and his idea of ​​bringing art into the American home has reached far beyond the borders of North America.

Finally, Tiffany style lamps may not be the same as the original crafted Tiffany lamps, but they are more popular than ever and those that own them typically have several different styles through their homes. Regardless of your taste, there is a Tiffany style lamp designed specifically for your décor and taste.

Increase Your Self-Worth NOW – 3 Simple Tips

Dear Friend,

… We all know how important self-worth is. You do not have to be a scientist to realize that the way you perceive yourself, the world will perceive you.

Success goes hand in hand with ones healthy self-worth. I say healthy, as there can be a fine line where self-worth becomes one of the attributes of an ego driven personality. Where healthy self worth turns into ever attention seeking and demanding 'unhealthy' narcissism or self-centeredness. This is not a way to success and can be a pitfall to someone, who is unaware.

… However today I am not going to talk about increasing your ego, but rather the sense of the self-worth of your real being (real YOU). Which is stable, nurturing, kind and loving.

To understand the traps of ego domination, I'll give you some insights. Ego loves to be in a center of attention, feel important and be in charge of others or in other words analytical. Yet it appears powerful, but it is not. When you follow celebrities, you can clearly see how often their self – worth turns into their fall as to maintain ever-increasing demands of ego is hard. To achieve success and then be a slave to it requires a lot of energy.

Success can become unhealthy and when ego takes over they turn to drugs, self-pity and other degrading activities. The unhealthy self-worth (or toxic pride) of ego is something that is not going to last or make someone happy. Ego is of an animal nature, based on emotions and is to quick to turn and so sense of stability is something that ego can not ever give you.

Not only ego can give you false sense of increased self-worth, but also unhealthy low self-worth. Unhealthy low self-worth (or feeling of unworthiness) is also harmful, not only to you, but other people around you.

The true source of success, health and happiness comes from the higher Self and not from the ego. Your higher or spiritual Self is your real you and so never settle for less. Once you will see this, it will literally transform the way you look at life, people and most importantly you.

The perception of yourself is the key to increase your self-worth. The more connection you can find with your higher Self, the more self-worth you will establish. Once you know that you are an eternal being and not just an appearance in this temporary temple, which is called body, you will find your way to deep appreciation of everything that you are and at the same deep compassion toward all of your shortcomings too.

You are worthy and have always been beyond understanding of your mind and this is something that you have to remember every single day bit by bit. Everyone including you plays a crucial part for the world to succeed. Everything gets noted in the universe, your successes and errors you make on the way. We all learn and today we are learning more about self-worth.

3 Simple Tips to Increase Your Self-Worth:

# 1 Stop that 'negative thinking'

The feeling of self-doubt can overtake you unexpectedly. Somebody may say something, or some unforeseen events happen. Ego likes to make you believe that your thoughts are YOU or in other words what you think that you are. However this is not true. We pick up thoughts in a form of energy and in the way we are being; We have access to thought from the energy field to which we belong.

So when you feel some thoughts of negative nature try to enter your mind, do not let them in. I know this may be hard to do, as it requires a high degree of awareness, but at the start even when they enter into your mind, let them go past you without any attachment or involvement and do not claim them as your own. Refer to them as the thoughts that have nothing to do with you. View them as just data passing through your mind and do not get any desire to entertain them.

Ego loves suffering and loves thinking. Thinking is what it thrives on, especially negative thinking. The more drama it can create, the more entertaining it is and so it gets a lot of pleasure out of being a victim, being unworthy, being 'poor me', being 'look how bad all is, nobody likes me, nobody wants me 'And so on and on.

Catch this tension early enough and be honest, did you ask for these thoughts in the first place? You did not, I'm sure; They just entered your mind. If you did not ask for them, do not claim them as yours. Be strong and train yourself. Brain is made for thinking, yet you are more than just a brain, you are master of YOU.

# 2 Connect with Your Higher Self

Through gaining knowledge about your Higher (spiritual) Self, you will be able to develop a close and strong connection. Higher Self is connected to the Higher Divine Power (or you may call God). This Higher Power makes you worthy no matter what. It is the real source of your life.

The easiest way to get to it is through some simple ways of being with yourself and others. Like for example the feeling of appreciation is incredibly powerful. Some people have a lot of misunderstanding about the feeling of unconventional love, as many mix it up with personal love (attachment, owning or controlling) and it is not the same.

Unconditional love toward yourself and all life is an ultimate shortcut to connection with the Higher Power.

# 3 Use practical and simple methods

There are many practical methods you can use to develop the sense of self-worth. It depends on the situation; So many times people become very passive when they hit the feeling of self-doubt. Simple things like a daily exercise changes the chemistry of your mind and body, uplifts you and so makes you feel worthy right away. Never understimate the simple and practical approaches to healthy body and mind. Healthy body is healthy mind and healthy mind is obedient to your amazing real (higher Self). With support of your strong body, mind and your 'spiritual will' you become unstoppable and very powerful indeed.

Self-worth becomes your second nature it is healthy and uplifts others too. An amazing tool for connecting to your spiritual Self is meditation. It can be challenging to start with, as so often people can not master the mind or themselves. It is a true training for your mind, increases your self-worth, intelligence, and changes the chemistry of the brain. At the beginning I felt frustrated, though I was so desperate to succeed, that I did not give up. Once mastered, now I'm looking forward to it every day. It is really amazing experience.

Self-worth is something that is natural and given to you as a gift. Treasure, nurture and appreciate it. Be kind and forgiving not only to others, but also yourself. Through love, kindness, gratitude and forgiveness self-worth presents itself with such a grace, elegance and ease every single time. Find and use positive affirmations; Use anything that helps you every time self-doubt sets in.

… Lift up your mood and surrender to the Higher Power ALL that you seem to lose power over every single time. Go ahead and use the tips, you will be amazed of your great newly found self-worth, my friend.

Let's do this together!

Now is your turn, please share your insights, wisdom, concerns or stories in the comment section below. I'd love to hear from you.

Simple Tips on How to Prepare Oneself in Case of Fire and What to Do in Case it Happens

We all get scared in times of crisis. Other may seem to panic at these times as well. It is normal for people to feel and react this way because their lives are being threatened. In addition, they do not know what to do to get out of the situation. However, there is a chance that you can avoid these things by helping yourself be ready in times of danger. This is to educate yourself and join awareness programs for emergency situations.

One of the most common causes of crisis is fire. Aside from the fact that houses can be burned down easily, people can loose lives in this situation. Although it is a fact that fire organizations strive to educate people and reduce the numbers with regard to fire problems, over a million cases are still reported for these fire incidences. The number still adds up for the people, who gets killed and injured. Therefore, this can potentially mean that people still do not know what to do in case of fire.

However, the most important thing to do is preparation. This means you need to make yourself be prepared at times of fire.

1. When you are living in an apartment building, look for fire exit signs so that you know where to go at time of fire. If you have your own house and lot, make an escape route for your family. Consider all possibilities in making one.

2. Install a portable, multi-rated fire extinguisher and put appropriate signs to it.

3. Make sure your smoke detectors work at all times. If you do not have one, you should buy one.

4. Practice fire drills with your family. Make a few reminders for your kids not to use the elevator in these cases. This should be a quick drill and should be taken seriously.

In the even of fire, the following things are what you can do:

1. Always be calm. Panic will not do you any good.

2. If you have seen the fire, be the first one to sound the alarm. If you have no alarm, call the fire department right away.

3. Once you see smoke from the door, avoid opening it. It is better to feel handles first before you do.

4. Once you hear the alarm, remember you escape plan. Look for the nearest fire exit sign on your floor if you are living in a building.

5. If a fire is blocking your way out, extinguish it first. Remember to hit the base of the fire.

6. Stay low due to carbon monoxide fumes. If in case the smoke is too much for you to handle, find a piece of cloth and wet it. Use this to cover you mouth and nose.

7. If escape routes are blocked, stay calm and go find a room with a window. Sealing the spaces with any material prevails the smoke from coming in. Open the window to breath fresh air and call for help.

8. Remember to count heads once you have safely bought your family out of the house.

Mausoleum Problems – Common Challenges

Mausoleums, in general, are beautiful buildings, standing as majestic monuments to the loved ones who are en-coffined in them. These elegant structures, frequently ornamented with bronze and gold accents, marble columns and stained glass windows, are designed and fashioned to mirror a sense of dignity, serenity, and peace. There are two common complications with most mausoleums, however, which, undesirably, distract from the serene and peaceful character from the families of the entombed, and make a mockery of the deceased bodies. These two conditions are mausoleum odors and coffin, or Phorid flies.

Mausoleum smells are from the decomposition process, which occurs naturally as the body passes through the decaying process. Morticians routinely label the offending bodies, “leakers”. These mausoleum smells can be highly overwhelming, and because of the embalming chemicals and the gases coming as a result of decomposition, they can coupled with that pose a health hazard to workers and visitors.

The second problematic issue that is commonplace for many mausoleums is the Phorid or coffin fly. These terrible pests are about one 4th the size of the typical house fly, and while they are in the larval stage of development, coffin flies feed on the decomposing bodies in the crypt spaces. When they come out from the casket as adult flies, they also create a dreadful risk in spreading sickness when they land. Often, they are looking for water, and it is quite typical for them to fly into the eyes, nose and mouths of site visitors or employees in the structure. The flies are so tiny that many folks confuse them as gnats, and insiders in the mausoleum industry do not like visitors to know the truth about exactly where the flies are usually emerging from.

Here is what one visitor to a mausoleum in Glendale, California had to say, “Possibly the most shocking of all is the Mausoleum. I stepped inside and knew immediately something was wrong. There the temperature inside the complex was around 80 degrees. I heard what sounded like insects swarming in one of the walls… many of the vaults have had leakage problems where they have sealed them with shower caulk. As I scanned the flashlight around the room, I saw horrible… damage. There was a discolored substance that ran from the marble plates down to the floor.”

Luckily, there are options to fight both mausoleum odors and coffin flies. For a long time, most inside the industry have tried to use deodorizing sprays, chemical pest control, fly papers, and large fans to deal with the smells and to try to handle the Phorid fly infestations. These sprays and chemicals, etc. have frustrated mausoleum caretakers and other employees, because they are mostly unsuccessful, and also, they become a health risk in the building, producing a noxious condition that could be dangerous to workers and guests as well. A different solution is an electronic machine that mausoleums utilize to neutralize smells and also to manage the coffin flies, which from industry accounts, appears to make the job simpler and easier for the mausoleum proprietors and staff because it is quite effective at controlling the flies and will thoroughly clear away odors on a nightly basis while the structure is empty. Utilizing the electronic method, there is also the surety in knowing that there are not any hazardous poisons being spread through the structure, which in turn makes for a “eco-friendly” treatment which is much healthier for employees and visitors.

Please help to preserve the dignity, peace and serenity for the passed and for their families, and help preserve these beautiful architectures as the memorials that they were created to be. We grieve at the loss of a loved one; there is no good reason to have to perpetually suffer when going to pay respects. If you are in a mausoleum and you observe the tiny coffin flies or if you notice any foul odors, immediately register a grievance with the mausoleum owner and with the Funeral Consumers Alliance,or in the case of a Catholic cemetery, to the church, or the office of the local bishop.