Homemade Projector Screen – The Principle & How to DIY

Projector screens are generally divided into two types base on their functionalities: reflection projector screen and transmission projector screen. It can be also divided into soft and hard screen base on the materials they are made from.

Home theater generally uses soft reflection screen. My brother-in-law originally wanted to buy a ¥1000 (~$150) so-called “import screen”, but a friend of his who sells projector screens told him that it is hard nowadays (in China) to distinguish the genuineness of an import screen, it is hard even for himself. Some of them that are labeled with ‘import’ or ‘joint capital’ were actually manufactured somewhere in the south of China. He felt that he’d rather to buy a ¥300 domestically manufactured screen with good feelings than buy this kind of “import screen”. What this friend said makes perfect sense. But after doing some research, my brother-in-law found that all screens on the local market are made from high gain Bolivian bead that is used for projecting newspaper clips, they are simply not suitable for video frequency.

Theoretically speaking, a white wall with one smooth side actually is the best “screen”. Because its gain is 1, meaning that the light projected can be completely reflected out, which is an ideal state of being “no absorption, no gain”. Unfortunately, for the purpose of absorbing and proliferating the sound wave, he already made the wall a background wall with sound-absorbing material and plywood installed. making it impossible to serve as a “projector screen’, he had to find another solution.

You might be wondering at this point: why do people still bother purchasing expensive screens if we can all use white walls?

Well, there are always benefits and advantages of using a professional screen: convenient, artistically beautiful and dignified, good screen can also make up the insufficiency of a projector and improve visual effect. Among the expensive screens, one type is “gray screen” (cost about ¥15,000, roughly $2000). This kind of screen probably was originally designed for liquid crystal projectors. The biggest problem with liquid crystal projector is that the color appears dark and grey, insufficiently calm. This is its “congenital defect” that is caused by its liquid crystal board and path of rays.

Regarding gray screen, we all know that gray is merely a lighter black, and black absorbs all visible light. Gray can only partially absorb visible light, it is like brightness of the picture is reduced. If you have used any picture processing software’s “brightness / contrast gradient” option, you should certainly have noticed such phenomenon that reducing brightness is equivalent to increasing contrast gradient? Same concept, since the brightness has been reduced, it in turn increased its contrast gradient. The black effect gets improved due to the bigger contrast. We can also experience the same effect when we look out through the sunshade glass of our car. In fact, there are many ways to just reduce the brightness, you don’t have to use gray screen. There are magazines recommending putting the light gray filter of a photographic camera to the projection lens, the principle is the same. You can even use more simpler method, namely you need to adjust the projector’s output brightness or increase the contrast gradient. No need to spend a cent, you may achieve the similar effect, but the premise is that showroom must be dark enough.

Back to the bottom line, if a gray projector screen cost you $2000, definitely it is not just because the screen color is changed from white to gray. Speaking from the optical principle, I’m afraid there’s a lot more behind. I’m guessing probably certain chemical compositions have been added to the material of the screen that changed the reflection or absorption intensity of different wavelength of light, thus changed the luster and the contrast gradient of the entire image, that, makes up the inborn flaw of liquid crystal board after all. In addition to this, what other tricks do you think they can play? It doesn’t seem to be possible with the meager knowledge of physics that I have.

It sounds more like it to throw in a ¥150,000 screen if your projector cost you ¥15,000. But adding a ¥15,000 screen to a ¥15,000 projector doesn’t make much sense at all. If I have to buy a ¥15,000 screen, then it would simply work better if I put the money together and buy a ¥30,000 higher level projector to achieve better effect without any extra effort. A ¥15,000 screen is a crazy price to my brother-in-law (imagine his monthly income is merely ¥3000). Also if he buys a name brand Japanese gray screen, then he actually spend most of the money to pay for the labor which he personally doesn’t feel comfortable.

The ideal screen for the DLP projector that my brother-in-law purchased should be like a white wall, just let the project light reflected completely without any “reservation”. He figured that he really didn’t need such costly screen. So he finally decided to make one on his own.

Exactly how did he do it? You may not believe how simple and inexpensive it really was! He spent a bit over ¥10 (about $1.50) in a home decorating store on a self-adhesive pure white matted formica PVC panel with dim grains, cut the right size, pasted to his original background wall, that is it, flat and smooth! With such PVC screen, he doesn’t need to worry about the ‘curl-up’ phenomenon that may occur to a regular projector screen after around 12 years of use, he also doesn’t need to worry that it would turn yellow one day due to natural oxidation. But remember it requires some pasting techniques to make it work perfectly for you. The result? Great!

Here are couple of self-made projector screen photos from my brother-in-law as ‘evidence’:

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Permeable Pavers

The twenty first century has brought environmental issues to the forefront of the construction industry. Local and state governments have begun to require higher standards for the energy efficiency of buildings. They are also trying to limit the environmental impact of new construction by placing restrictions on water run off.

Governments have decided that it is imperative to limit the buildable area of ‚Äč‚Äčlots and parcels in order to allow enough permeable areas to properly drain and filter rain water. This shift in recognizing that ground, free of cement slabs, parking lots, and driveways has begun to benefit water clarity and chemical levels in local lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds. Builders, however, make more money by building out as much of their lots and parcels as possible. The solution to these restrictions is becoming obvious to many builders and developers. Permeable pavements are the key to covering an area with pavement, yet still allowing water to filter through the pavement surface.

The most popular option of permeable pavement, less far, has been permeable pavers. These pavers are produced with cement, just like regular concrete pavers. The difference between the two, however, is that permeable pavers are produced with larger aggregates which cause spacing, or channels, within the bricks. This separation permits water to run through the paver. Normal pavers allow about four percent of all water they absorb to soak through the bottom side. Permeable pavers, on the other hand, let up to eighty percent of all rainwater to soak through.

Permeable pavers are also installed on top of a permeable base. Contractors use eight to ten inches of large aggregate base, topped with a couple of inches of smaller stones which can be compacted and scraped level. The paver areas are basically installed on top of a large french drain that soaks up all of the water which permeates through the pavers above and filters it before entering the sub soil.

Permeable pavers are not produced in nearly as many shapes or colors as regular pavers are. Less far, their demand has not warranted the addition of these product options. As we progress, expect permeable pavers to become more common. Some builders are choosing to use them just because it is the responsible choice to make. They cost about the same as regular pavers, with the only increase in total job cost coming from the added excavation of the sub soil and more base material that is used. The find out more To about permeable pavers contact a Florida Permeable Pavers Installer today!

Guitar Bridge and Neck Maintenance – Know How to Keep Your Guitar in Shape?

Today we are down at the other end of the guitar, the Bridge, and we have the same problem with "string-slack" as it's called, as mentioned in the previous article on whammybars and Strats. It is a bit more difficult to get the graphite under the string here, so loosen the strings a bit one by one, pull aside, and pencil the saddle itself, just under where the string lies. After you finish one, tune it back up and move on to the next one. Do not release the tension of all the strings at once with a floating bridge, as you can imagine this plays havoc with the tuning.

Giddyup there … If you notice a lot of strings breaking across the bridge, it's time to replace your bridge saddles. If your handy at doing your own servicing, this is relatively easy. If not, get them done in a good, reputable repair shop. It's not expensive, and after you have gone through breaking string after string every night, you will be so relieved, not to have to worry about that anymore, that it is worth every cent! Now you can concentrate on your playing instead. Yeh!

Do not do the job yourself if your not sure how to reset the saddles, distance, action and string heights. If you set these wrong, this will play HAVOC with your Guitar Tuning! You have been politely warned.

If you use special replacement graphite saddles and a graphite nut this will improve things considerably. These are not much more expensive than the normal ones and they really do make a huge difference. As constantly stated before, when you do not have to worry about gear and equipment performance and breakdown, it's half the battle.

Under the Bridge (that sounds familiar), you will see 6 screws lying flush along a metal plate. If you dip the bar you will notice a little gap appearing underneath these, and you can lubricate under each one, with 3 in 1 sewing-machine oil. It is ideal for guitars and not to heavy.

Next, we are onto the Guitar-Neck itself. While this does not affect the tuning as such, it is the final piece in our Strat tip-top jigsaw. Once a month or so, depending on how often you gig, loosen off 2 strings at a time and pull them aside. Rub a small amount of almond oil into the neck and leave soaking for a few minutes. Wipe any excess off with a dry cloth and cover the whole board in this way. Tune back up and do not forget to stretch the strings again. It will not take long if they have been done before. This makes the neck feel nice and smooth to the touch, and also brings out the wood design. Improves general sliding notes around, and feels so professional to play.

Do not mess around with the guitar-neck regarding "Bowing or Concave" problems unless you are experienced and fully confident of doing the job. Doing this wrong can not only destroy your guitar tuning, but the your precious guitar itself! Any problems in this area I would strongly advise you to see a guitar tech.

Another huge factor to be considered in Staying-in-Guitar-Tune Land, is your musical lug'oles or as they are more commonly called, ears! Lose these and you can forget about playing anything. (Unless your as good as Beethoven … fair play to ya 'if so).

You know what they say "Ear Today, Gone Tomorrow". Use special ear-plugs at rehearsals. Make sure they are audio ear-protectors. There is more than one type. Oh while I think of it, get yourself a good guitar tuner that will last you.

BEGINNERS GUITAR TUNING TIPS: For a professional vibe on stage you need an Inline-tuner (a private tuner with headphones that only you can hear). There is nothing worse than hearing someone on stage giving it the old "doi, doi, doi, doirrng" before your first number and during the gig. When two or three in the band are doing it at the same time including possibly the drummer, you have complete "amateur hour". It does not exactly induce a gig-owner to book you again and it is not only amateurish but extremely annoying to the punters.

So look after your guitar bridge, saddles, strings and nut on a regular basis and it will help keep tuning problems down to a minimum. Learning the art of tuning can make a very important difference to your playing, and is one of the hallmarks of a professional. So it is well worth knowing how to get your guitar perfectly in tune and keeping it there.

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Assembly Line Articles – How to Cut Your Writing Time in Half

American factories were revolutionized with the introduction of the assembly line. Rather than the traditional system of having one worker complete each step of the manufacturing process for a single product, assembly line manufacturing breaks up the steps of the process and each worker completes a single task for each product. Assembly-line systems dramatically improved the speed and efficiency of factories, and the same premise can be applied to increase your speed as an article writer.

The biggest difference between a traditional assembly line and assembly line style writing is that there is only one worker: you. However, unlike the traditional approach to writing in which you work on one article at a time until each piece is completed, assembly-line writing requires you to work on sets of like tasks, rather than individual articles. This assembly line approach increases your writing speed because it caters to the way the human brain works. Rather than switching gears from researching to writing to editing for every article you work on, this system enables you to focus on one type of task at a time, which increases your speed. You do all of the research at once, followed by all of the writing, followed by all of the editing.

To write your articles in this fashion, follow these easy steps:

1. Determine how many articles you wish to write.

2. Write out the title for each article you want to write.

3. Create a brief outline for each article.

4. Complete necessary research for each article.

5. Write the articles that you have titled, outlined, and researched.

6. Proofread / edit the articles you have written.

How to Avoid Trouble When Mounting the LCD TV

After finally managing to mount the new LCD TV on the wall of my living room I sat back to admire my new toy. As pretty as it looked hanging there in mid air, I realised that I was going to have to do something about the dangling wires. The black and red tubes sprouting from the back of the TV were hanging like unwelcome snakes from the branch of a tree, right down from the middle of my cream coloured wall and onto the carpet.

After contemplating my predicament for half an hour I realised that I had one of two choices. Either I could learn to live with the wires as they were (possibly painting the entire living room in a darker colour so as to blend in with the rubbery cables) or I could buy something to stick in front of them.

I had already spent a small fortune on the TV however I didn’t much fancy the task of painting the whole of my living room another colour just to camouflage a few unsightly wires. Taking what I thought was the more sensible of the two options I hopped on the computer to try and find some shelf fitments that I could put in under the TV. It would have to be something big because the TV was quite high on my wall and I would need it to house the DVD player and the freeview box, then there was also the XBOX and the PlayStation to think about.

After a week or so of scouring the web (I live in a rural area so choice of furniture shops are minimal) I eventually found something that looked almost ideal. The measurements fitted perfectly and the colour of the wood would be perfectly in keeping with the rest of my living room furniture.

After buying and paying for the piece I waited eagerly for its delivery. Taking a day off work on the estimated arrival date I sat by the front door and waited. After a few hours a huge truck pulled up outside and a hairy looking man popped out holding a clipboard. When the formalities were over I helped him carry the box to my door, thanked him and left.

After a few hours of assembling I pushed the new fitment across the carpet and under the television. It fitted perfectly and looked brilliant. The varnished wood creating a pleasant reflection from the television on it’s highly polished surface.

I sighed and stood back to admire my work, made a cup of tea and sat down with the remote control. It was then that I discovered a problem.

The shelf fitment was a crucial centimetre too high. To change the channel with the remote control I had to stand up to point the buttons at the right part of the TV, completely taking away the actual point of having a remote control. A semi remote it now was.

I bought the LCD to improve my quality of life. I guess I’ll have to settle for stronger thigh muscles.

Cracking Geodes Open (Without Destroying Them!)

Seems like I’m always getting calls from folks asking “How can I crack a geode open without breaking it into small pieces?” Well, there are a number of ways, some good and some not so good. Here, I will outline four of the most common ways. [By the way, it’s a good idea to use safety goggles whenever you start banging away at a rock.]

1) Diamond Saw – Should you be fortunate enough to have a large diamond saw, or know someone that owns one, you can saw the geodes in two. This works best when there is a vice to hold the specimen. You can cut the geode open and end up with two halves with a smooth face on each. (But not everyone has a diamond saw….)

2) Another method of opening geodes that works well, (the method I use most often) is to crack the geode open with an old fashioned cast-iron plumbing pipe cutter. This is a tool that plumbers used to use in doing plumbing in homes when they worked with the cast iron plumbing pipes. (Homes built prior to about 35 years ago.) I have one of these tools that I use to break geodes open and most of the time I can break them with two matching halves. This really does a good job.

Maybe you have seen show dealers that were breaking geodes open with one of these tools. The tool has a chain at the business end with links like a bicycle chain, and in this chain there are round carbide rollers with sharp edges on them.

To break the geode open, you simply wrap the chain, with the carbide rollers, around the geode, and fasten it into a notch in the tool and press down on the handle. This constricts the chain around the geode evenly all the way around and squeezes to where it breaks the geode open into two halves. I got my cast iron plumbing pipe cutter from a retired plumber here locally. If you’re going to break a lot of geodes you may want to get one.

3) Hammer and chisel. Most folks don’t have a diamond saw or plumbing pipe cutter, and only want to break a couple of geodes open. Well, you can do a pretty good job with a hammer and cold chisel. I’ve done it a number of times and it works well. Take your hammer, cold chisel and geodes outside where there is a concrete walk, driveway, steps, etc., in other words a hard surface. I wouldn’t try it on a wooden surface. And you almost need three hands to do this. Place the geode on the concrete and hold it on the sides with one hand, then hold the cold chisel on the top of the geode and strike it LIGHTLY with your hammer. Don’t try to break it open now…. Rotate the geode about a half inch, place the chisel in line with where you just hit it and strike the chisel again … LIGHTLY. Do this all the way around the largest part of the geode. By the time you have hit the chisel in a line all the way around the geode, it should be ready to open. If the geode has not broken open at this point, start around the circumference again, striking the geode with the cold chisel in a straight line. Strike the chisel a little harder this time. This is a little slow, but if you do it right and don’t get in too big a hurry, you should be able to break the geode open into two halves that you can fit back together to where you can’t tell where it was broken.

4) Hammer – Of course you can strike the geode repeatedly with the hammer until it breaks open, but, it most likely will end up in a few pieces. Not a good method!

Mosaic Wall Tiles – It is Affordable & That Easy!

Do-it-Yourself Mosaic Wall Tiles remodeling is an easy and fast way to remodel various surfaces at home. One of the reasons that explain the growing popularity of these panels is the fact that they are 100% nature-made. Searching for new ideas that will help you on transforming your home contemporary and luxurious? Read this article.

Quick introduction

The shortest way to describe this unique tiling method is the following: Mosaic Wall Tiles redecoration is created by fixing together identical flat stones organized and then mounted onto a standard sq / ft mesh backing. One thing is sure: most of these tiles are originated from one part of the world – that is the exotic Indonesian islands. They are so versatile, enabling you to remodel anywhere: Floors, walls, kitchens, bathrooms, showers, swimming pools, patio flooring, and much more.

What are the main benefits?

This technique undoubtedly transforms surface decoration fast and effective, providing several important advantages:

* Quick & easy installation that does not require any special skills or professional background.

* It can easily be adjusted to very small / narrow surfaces where other fixed size tiles such as conventional ceramic tiles can not.

* Durable to most common home detergents.

Quick advices & tips!

* Test the sealers on a small area first to ensure it is giving you the result you want.

* Avoid using any ready-made grout on wet areas like shower floor / backsplashes – use any other standard dry powder based cement.

* In order to ensure an even color layout of the tiles, sort them before installation.

If we search a little more, we could easily find other advantages provided by this enjoyable home improvement technique simply because once you explore and understand how it works, you quickly find endless redesigning opportunities that could fit any space at home.

Article summary

It seems like this affordable Mosaic Wall Tiles technique provides more decorative opportunities than any other tiling method available today. As mentioned earlier installation is quite easy, however, it is advised to go over the above tips as you are ready to begin with the installation process.

History of Fireplace Tools

Many different fireplace tools are used when it comes to building and maintaining fires in home fireplaces and each one of these tools has a different story to be told as to how they came to appear on your fireplace hearth. This history will deal with the andiron, bellows, pokers and fireplace screens. Also included with fireplace tools are shovels, tongs, brushes but it is rather hard to determine how and when these particular tools began to be used.

To begin our discussion let’s start with the definition of tool. This is a device that provides a mechanical advantage in accomplishing a physical task. Archeology has determined that man was using various tools from the beginning of our existence. A tool can be as simple as a stick used to poke at something to reach and move it.

Poker

With that in mind let us start our exploration of the history of fireplace tools with the poker. A poker, also known as a stoker, is a short, rigid rod, used to move the burning material in a fire. Today’s fireplace pokers are usually made of metal with a point at one end for pushing burning material and a handle at the other end. Archeology shows that we have used pokers as a fireplace tool since the Paleolithic period. This period is the prehistoric era noted for the development of the first stone tools. It covers the period from 2.5 or 2.6 million years ago until around 10,000 BC with the introduction of agriculture. It represents the greatest portion of human time on Earth (about 99% of human history). Archeologist think that fireplace pokers were invented right after the discovery of fire (790,000 years ago) and the earliest pokers were most likely of the same material as the fuel for the fire – that is wood. At the beginning the fireplace poker, or “firestick” was probably a large branch of some type used to help keep the fire going.

Down through the ages this fireplace tool has evolved and, as other tools were used, the fireplace poker has gone in and out of favor. Up to the 17th century in England you might find only a fire fork and andirons for the fireplace but by the 19th century a fireplace poker was always used and the fire fork had almost disappeared.

The first successful mass production of pokers as a part of an entire fireplace set was designed and manufactured in Cape Girardeau, Missouri by the RL Hendrickson Manufacturing Corporation in 1898. From that time until now the poker is almost always considered a part of the assemble of fireplace tools.

“By fire-irons…the housekeeper and the ironmonger understand a fire-shovel, poker and pair of tongs. These implements were not all of them found upon the ancient hearths of this country; nor were they all necessary when wood was burned upon a fire-place…The use of pit coal, and of close fire-places, let to the adoption of the poker now in universal requisition.” Robert Hunt, A Treatise on the Progressive Improvement and Present State of the Manufactures in Metal, 1853.

Andirons

An andiron is a horizontal bar upon which logs are laid for burning in an open fireplace. Andirons usually come in pairs. They hold up the firewood so that a draft of air can pass around it and allow proper burning and less smoke. Andirons stand on short legs and are usually connected with an upright guard.

As man began to study fire and its properties in earnest it was discovered that allowing the circulation of air around the fire led to better fires. Because of this discovery andirons became more and more popular. In the 16th to 18th century AD they were also used as a rest for a roasting spit or to hold porridge.

Before the 14th century andirons were almost always forged from wrought iron and were very plain. During the period of the Italian Renaissance (14th to 17th centuries AD) many ordinary objects of the household came to the attention of artists and design and skill were used to product andirons. The andiron reached its most artistic development under Louis XIV of France (late 1600s). The guard (the upright portion of the andiron) was elaborately ornamented. Patterns consisted of heraldic symbols, sphinxes, grotesque animals, mythological creatures and much more.

Sometimes andirons were referred to by the creature they portrayed. One example of this that continues to this day is firedog. Andirons that portrayed dogs were called firedogs. This plays on the dual meaning of the word dog (canine and inanimate holder). In some areas firedog began to be used to refer to any andiron. In the United States andiron was once used only in the North and dog iron, firedog or just dog was used to identify andirons in the South. The Southern term is still used in that region but andiron is now used everywhere.

“Fire-lighting, however simple, is an operation requiring some skill; a fire is readily made by laying a few cinders at the bottom in open order; over this a few pieces of paper, and over that again eight or ten pieces of dry wood; over the wood, a course of moderate-sized pieces of coal, taking care to leave hollow spaces between for air at the centre; and taking care to lay the whole well back in the grate, so that the smoke may go up the chimney, and not into the room. This done, fire the paper with a match from below, and, if properly laid, it will soon burn up; the stream of flame from the wood and paper soon communicating to the coals and cinders, provided there is plenty of air at the centre.” Isabella Beeton, Book of Household Management, 1861.

Bellows

The bellow is a mechanical device for creating a jet of air. It usually consists of a hinged box with flexible sides, which expands to draw air in through an inward opening value and contracts to expel the air through a nozzle.

The bellow was used extensively in medieval Europe (5th to 16th century). It was used to speed combustion for a blacksmith and later to operate pipe organs. One of the simplest and most familiar types of bellows is the manual one used with fireplaces. The expandable chamber consists of a leather bag with pleated sides. The bag is fixed between handles to expand and contract. The inlet and outlet vents are provided with values so that air must enter through the first and leave through the second. Thus the fireplace bellows becomes a simple air pump.

When we think of fireplaces we usually think of these simple bellows. But bellows have had a major role in history. Metal smelting was not possible until after the invention of the bellows which made the fore possible. Bellows deliver additional air to fuel and raise the rate of heat output which is needed for smelting. Around 3000 BC hand operated bellows were used for metal smelting (bronze). The first evidence of iron smelting is around 930 BC.

Though early man did not need to get their heating and cooking fires up to the temperatures needed for smelting they did discover that fireplace bellows made fire building easier. Stoking kindling with a bellow produces a hotter flame and logs start much quicker. This is especially important when you are working with wet logs. Also, fireplace bellows were used early on to create an airstream to blow ashes out of the fireplace when cleaning.

Today fireplace bellows are still a necessary tool on the fireplace hearth. It is also a tool that many people like to design and make on their own. Many bellows are made out of beautiful wood and can have very intricate designs creating an elegant object on display by the fire.

Fireplace Screens

Though there is no exact date for when fireplace screens came into use we do know that they were first a form of furniture that shielded individuals from any excess heat that was coming from a log burning fireplace. Early fireplace screens usually were shaped as flat panels standing on attached feet, or as adjustable shield-shaped panels mounted on tripod table legs.

Today’s fireplace screens come in many decorative designs and are made out of metal, glass or wire mesh and are placed in front of the fireplace to protect the room from flying embers that may come from the fire. Sometimes they are used to cover the fireplace when not in use to make the area more decorative.

Whatever fireplace tool you use to help you build and maintain your fire, know that there is a long history behind each one of those fireplace tools and centuries of use has gone into perfecting the tool in your hand. And remember that in modern society fire has evolved from providing necessary heat and cooking to a symbol of warmth and love shared by all that gather are the fireplace hearth.

How to Choose Best 4X4 Suspension Lift Kits

Basically speaking, the 4×4 Suspension Lift Kits are those systems made of springs that are used in raising vehicles. They suspend the frame of the car, its engine, power train and body way above the wheels. The main purpose of these Suspension Lift Kits is to reduce the the jarring on automobiles that is caused by some of the irregularities on the road, such as by road bumps.

In case you want to give your car that muscular and unique look, then you will certainly have to rely on 4×4 Suspension Lift Kits. Because the wheels on your motor car will stop, steer and accelerate, the suspension kit will also be instrumental in ensuring that these wheels will always have the closest possible contact on the surface of the road. This means that you need to look for the most popular brands of such kits in the industry.

You need to remember that this kits will use different types of unique springs. These will include coil springs, air springs, torsion bars, lead springs among many others. In fact, the modern 4×4 Suspension Lift Kits have undergone a number of refinements.

Most vehicles have front wheels which are independently suspended as a result of the front axles getting eliminated. Other cars will also have suspended rear wheels. The implication here is that such type of Kits will have shock absorbers that will be used in to ensure that these do not shake your car excessively in case it is jolted.

Each kit also has some elaborate systems of mechanical links that will be used to position you car. In this, your motor vehicle's whole mass will be positioned accurately in tandem with its wheels so that it will have better steering, braking and accelerating.

To conclude, it is important to get 4×4 Suspension Lift Kits of the highest possible quality. These Suspension Lift Kits should also be able to meet up with your standards. In addition, ensure you procure kits which have been tested and are being sold at the most affordable prices. You can also get free installation of these kits at the premises where you buy them.

Cost Effective Lula Elevators

Cost effective LULA elevators represent Limited Use/Limited Access elevators designed for individuals with disability and required by the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) for commercial establishments. They may have limited features, making them cost-effective. LULA elevators also require less space to install and often require lesser pit area. These are elevators that are typically installed in schools, hospitals, churches, lodges and other public locations where expensive features found in residential and commercial elevators aren’t required. These are buildings people with disability visit, making the LULA elevator the best option, as these elevators must have plenty of space for wheelchairs.

o LULA elevators are fitted with automatic controls for easy operation and a smooth ride.

o They feature electromechanical interlocks to prevent movement of elevator when doors are open and also prevent hallway doors from opening while the elevator cabin is not at the floor or is moving.

o Emergency light and alarm, handrails, and emergency battery powered descent in event of power failure are the other features of cost effective LULA elevators.

o These elevators are also required to comply with safety codes prescribed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Cab options for certain LULA elevators include plastic laminate color choices, enamel finish wall panels or brushed stainless steel panels. Other options include brushed stainless steel base, brushed bronze metal finishes and plastic laminate faced door. While options are plenty, a LULA elevator cab is required to be equipped with protection pads and hooks, emergency exit at the top and exhaust fan. LULA elevators are generally reliable and can cope with frequent and rough use.

ThyssenKrupp Access offers the Flexi-Lift, a fully customizable LULA elevator. Door options range from manual accordion gates to side opening and bi-fold doors, while interior options include long-lasting metal panels with powder coat finish or laminate panels. An ADA-complaint phone is also among the options. Battery-operated light and alarm are also part of the emergency features.

Cost effective LULA elevators are just what you need for your public building if you’re looking for an inexpensive elevator that can be installed in as less space as possible. Life will just be better for your disabled clientele.

Plastic Roofing to the Rescue

But for the sake of Mitch, I plunged into homelessness and gradually grew to become a world-class expert on the virtues of plastic roofing. Without plastic roofing in all its incarnations, I might not have survived my years of wandering homeless in faraway places.

My original encounter with plastic roofing occurred when Mitch and I shared a leaky two-man tent, keeping out the worst of the English rains with a plastic tarpaulin. But even that rudimentary plastic roofing could not compensate for the fact that any tent, when rained on, will eventually soaked with condensation. That's why you should avoid touching the sides of your tent during wet weather.

One of the failings of plastic roofing is that it requires daily checks for new tears. While keeping duct tape handy will often provide a cheap and quick, if temporary, fix to these tears, duct tape will only work on clean, dry plastic roofing. Plastic roofing, through no fault of its own, seldom remains clean and dry for long.

Our tent was quite comfy and cozy in fine weather, but from October to May, it was obvious to us both that we needed more substantial shelter. Mitch did not qualify for public housing, so we were left to construct what passed for a house on a tiny plot of wooded land which was kept from being developed by a legal dispute.

Plastic Roofing And Our House

Lovingly referred to as a "bender" in colloquial English, our home resembled a miniature version of a Native American long house. Framed in green wood from saplings, its roof was assembled from scraps of whatever we could find, around a smoke hole through which we intended to run the smokestack from a wood burning stove.

We found, however, that the only way to keep the bender weather tight was to put a thick underlayer of plastic roofing beneath the outer roofing materials, most of which where surplus Army tents. Their camouflage fabric was perfect for our location!

Plastic Roofing And Our Greenhouse

Our housing problem addressed, Mitch and I then turned to growing our own food for sustenance. That we Are , of course, meant we 've needed The a greenhouse, and once again, some facility clear plastic Roofing , a discarded Reviews desk, and some handmade wooden arches proved more than adequate. Our makeshift greenhouse actually got warm enough in its interior to feel quite tropical. The day I departed Merry Olde England, the greenhouse was still functioning, and our bender sheltered me for a year after I said farewell to Mitch. Plastic roofing, I am forever in your debt!

Keeping Your Fridge in the Cool Zone

Our refrigerator is undoubtedly one of the most important home appliances we have today. Without it, we cannot store food nor prepare our own meals. As a result, we end up having to spend more money from eating at restaurants or buying take-home meals. Without a refrigerator, we can also end up wasting leftover food which we can no longer consume after a few hours of standing at room temperature. We won’t even have cold water nor cold beer to drink. In other words, we do need our refrigerator and we need to have it working properly. Otherwise, it will be a waste of electricity and money we pay our power supplier.

The question is, how do we know our refrigerator is working properly? At a glance, a refrigerator that works is one that cools our food and drinks and allows us to store them for a considerable amount of time without spoiling. But how do we know it’s working the way it should? The answer is energy efficiency. When we talk about a refrigerator, we talk about a machine that is supposed to achieve a certain temperature while consuming just the right amount of energy. When the fridge is consuming a fair amount of power but is not able to maintain the desired temperature inside, or when the fridge is able to maintain the right temperature but consumes too much power, then there is a problem. And when there is a problem, there must be a solution.

If you suspect that your refrigerator might not be working the way it should, it could be time for some investigation. Do you and other household members close the door properly after using it? Are there any cracks or tears on that piece of rubber attached to the door that is supposed to seal in the cold air? Do you feel any cold air coming through this rubber when the door is closed? Remember that a machine meant to generate cold air should be kept away from anything that generates heat. Is your fridge situated beside your oven? Is it exposed to sunlight, either through an open door or a window? The point is to keep the air inside as cold as possible to prevent the compressor from working double time and consuming more electricity just to maintain the right temperature. All of these are things you can look into and possibly improve on when you want a fridge that is working as efficiently as possible.

If you’re sure your fridge may be having issues beyond your control, then it’s time to hire a refrigeration technician. There could be a problem with your compressor or you may simply need to have your appliance maintained by an expert. One of the ways you can extend the life of your fridge is to actually have it checked by a technician on a regular basis. It could be that your machine needs some cleaning or some parts may have to be replaced. Whatever the problem, it is good to have an expert detect it at the soonest possible time so right remedies can be applied and damage can be controlled while it is small.

Caring For An Ill Child

Children who are ill at home or in hospital don’t always feel well enough to read or play games. Story tapes are an ideal way to entertain your child while they recuperate. Keeping a sick child’s mind off their illness may actually help them to recuperate faster.

Parents of babies and children often worry about their children becoming ill and how to spot the tell tale signs of the more serious illnesses. When your child is in the bath or getting ready for bed it is a good idea to check for any swellings, marks or rashes which might indicate the onset of an illness.

If your child is ill in bed the following guidelines will help to keep them comfortable and safe:

1. Room – the child’s room should be well-ventilated and uncluttered. It needs to be airy but not draughty.

2. Blankets/Duvets – make sure that they are lightweight. The child’s temperature might fluctuate so it is better to have two thin covers to put on instead of one thick one as they can be put on the bed or removed as required.

3. Sheets – use cotton sheets as they are more comfortable for a child with a temperature. Change the sheets every day if possible. This will help the child to feel better.

4. Tissues – make sure that the child has a box of tissues within reach.

5. Vomiting – If the child is vomiting frequently make sure that they have a container within reach, next to the tissues. Protect pillows and top sheet with towels so that these can be easily changed if the child is sick. Disinfect the container after use.

6. Plastic mattress cover – Children who are ill are more likely to wet or soil their beds so protect with plastic mattress cover.

7. Potty – If the child is feeling very ill provide a potty so that they don’t have to trail to the toilet.

8. Hygiene – A daily bath or shower is important. If the child is too ill then give them a bed bath instead. Clean their teeth at least in the morning and evening and brush their hair. Keeping clean will make the child feel more comfortable.

9. Nails – Keep the child’s nails short and clean especially if they have a tendency to scratch any spots they might have.

10. Clothing – dress the child in cool cotton clothing which is comfortable and not too tight.

11. Drinks – drinks should be offered at frequent intervals to prevent dehydration. Don’t wait for the child to ask for a drink. Any fluid can be offered to encourage the child to drink, e.g. fresh fruit juices (except if a child has mumps as the acid causes pain to the parotid glands), milk, light soup, milk shake, whatever drink they usually enjoy. Try to vary the drinks as much as possible. Use anything which might make the drinks more interesting such as coloured straws. Offer small quantities at a time.

12. Food – Offer food but never force a sick child to eat. (Follow the doctor’s advice about children with sickness and diarrhoea – they may be kept on ‘fluids only’ for a while). Allow children to choose their favourite food. Give them smaller but more frequent meals. If the child has a sore throat they might prefer some ice-cream or yoghurt. Foods like soups, milky puddings and ice-cream might be easier for sick children to eat and digest. Always supervise children who are ill whilst they are eating.

Always seek professional help if you are worried about your child.

Cook it Frozen – Plank Grilling Your Alaska Salmon

There’s really only one way to cook and enjoy salmon. And that’s through Alaska Seafood Plank Grilling. Alaska is responsible for procuring and delivering some of the best seafood in the world. When you pluck that package from the supermarket, you hide it away in your freezer for special occasions like birthdays and dinner parties. But you also have to consider how much of a time constraint you’re always under-will you ever have time to make that delectable seafood dinner?

The answer is: yes. Now, you can take frozen seafood and make it into a meal with Seafood Plank Grilling techniques. These tips ensure that no frozen seafood ever gets forgotten or unused in your fridge. On those hectic mornings when you run out the door without setting the seafood out to thaw, your dinner plans aren’t entirely ruined.

To start on the Alaska Seafood Plank Grilling, you should set your grill to 400 degrees. Take the salmon and run it under cold water, eliminating any frozen flakes still left on the fish. Next, tear a sheet of aluminum foil that reaches four inches past the salmon when placed on the foil. Spray-coat the dull side of aluminum foil and place salmon, skin side down. Brush both sides of the salmon with a canola or olive oil, preparing it for Alaska Seafood Plank Grilling.

Bring the foil together and fold up excess several times to really enclose the salmon in the foil. Begin Seafood Plank Grilling by placing the salmon, wrapped in foil, directly on the grill, cooking for eight to ten minutes. Remove packet and sprinkle with season before returning the salmon to the grill, loosely covered with the foil this time, and cook for another eight to ten minutes. Once seafood is opaque throughout, remove from the grill and serve.

To spice up your salmon grilled through Alaska Seafood Plank Grilling, try the following adobo spread. Mix the juice from half of a lime with two tablespoons chopped canned chilis in adobo sauce, two teaspoons chopped thyme, and one teaspoon packed brown sugar. Now that you’ve mastered frozen Alaska Seafood Plank Grilling, it’s time to eat!

Juliet Balconies – Pretty and Affordable!

Juliet balcony has been named after the famous balcony where Shakespeare’s Juliet was famously courted by Romeo. It is a type of platform which is surrounded by a railing, parapet or balustrade. It looks very pretty and helps in adding more light to your room. It can be made up of false metal or glass and they do not protrude from the side of a building. It helps in improving the air circulation of the house and it gives a chic or opulent feeling to the users.

A perfect match for your home

Juliet Balcony is not meant for conducting large parties as it is just a small veranda barely big enough for a person to fit in. It is just an extension of your interior room. This type of Balcony can be used for modern homes as it will perfectly match with their home’s existing exterior. There are a number of different designs to choose from and it can be constructed with different types of metals. This makes it affordable to all class of people.

What are the things needed to be taken care of while purchasing?

If you search online then you will be able to find detailed information on various parameters like sizes, material to be used and even some safety tips which we should keep in mind at the time of purchase. If there are children or pets in your home then you should check that the gap between the railings is not wide. All these parameters can be planned as per your likes and your budget.

Metal made

A majority of them are made out of metal as they give a life time protection to the house. The metal that is usually used is stainless steel. As this metal is resistant to rust, it lasts for a longer period of time as compared to other metals. The main disadvantage of this type of metal made balcony is that there are fewer designs available in the market. So, aluminum or wrought iron can be used to overcome the fewer design but these metals are costlier than stainless steel. Thereby it becomes difficult for a common man to afford it.

Glass made

The main advantages of these glass made balcony are that glass is clear and it will give a transparent look to your room. It can be considered as trendy and modern suiting the latest contemporary designs. The disadvantage of this is that it is not as strong as metal and it even costs higher due to the materials which are involved with it.

Can be even used for gardens

There are various decorative methods used for installing Juliet Balcony. It can be installed in gardens and can even be used as a life size window thereby improving the view of your home.

Hence, all you have to do is to choose a right professional for installing it so that it is well supported and safe for everyone to use. And don’t forget to check out whether it meets the appropriate Building Regulations Act.