Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier

The Perfect Fast-Growing Evergreen Screen
This week we are featuring an evergreen that is not only fast growing, beautiful and low-maintenance, but provides the perfect privacy screen – 'Thuja' Steeplechase. ' 'Steeplechase' is a branch sport of the popular 'Green Giant' arborvitae. It was discovered in the summer of 1990 in Maryland. Until now 'Green Giant' has been considered the ideal fast-growing privacy hedge, superior to the problem-prone Leyland Cypress, but 'Steeplechase' is even better than 'Green Giant.' In effect, the best just got better.

'Steeplechase' has a pyramidal shape with rich, green fragrant foliage. The foliage is deeper green and has a very fine texture which makes it even neater and denser than 'Green Giant.' Once established, 'Steeplechase' grows at a rate of about 2 feet per year. Fourteen year old trees are approximately 25 feet tall and only 10 feet wide at the base.

'Steeplechase' needs no shearing; but can be trimmed to a smaller size. Thuja 'Green Giant', and therefore Thuja 'Steeplechase', is believed to be a hybrid of the giant western arborvitae and the Japanese arborvitae. They are not to be confused with the much slower growing common Eastern American arborvitaes. Because 'Steeplechase' is so new, the ultimate size is not known; but I suspect about 35 feet tall and 12 feet wide, so 'Steeplechase' does not take up a large part of your yard. And unlike 'Green Giant,' it keeps a tight shape and will not stretch and become open. 'Steeplechase' is extremely resistant to snow, ice and wind.

Planting and Care
'Steeplechase' is very low-maintenance; just fertilize every spring and fall and watch it thrive! It is rated as deer-resistant and bag worm resistant. 'Steeplechase' is hardy to Zone 5. If you are in need of a privacy screen or a windbreak in your yard – 'Steeplechase' is the conifer of choice!

  • For best results plant in spring or fall.
  • Space 10 feet apart; 6 feet for a quick screen.
  • Will thrive in any soil from sandy to heavy clay.
  • Fertilize early every spring and in late fall with Cottonseed Meal and Kelp Meal.
  • Prune, if desired, in early spring.
  • Prefers full sun, but will tolerate some shade.
  • Water regularly until established; very drought tolerant thereafter.
  • Hardy in Zones 5-8.
  • Our Garden Worthy Certification means that your satisfaction is guaranteed.

    Click here [http://www.carrollgardens.com/Trees_Shrubs/detail.asp? product_id = 420-08-13734] to view Thuja 'Steeplechase' on the Carroll Gardens website.

    Tips For Making Your Haunted House Fire Retardant

    Do you know what is scarier than the scariest haunted house? A haunted house that gets shut down by the local fire marshal. In most jurisdictions the fire marshals are now making haunted houses use fire retardant products, like drywall, or plastic sheeting (polyethylene) that is Fire Retardant.

    Some haunted houses have been made to install basic walls in recent years, because their fire marshals insisted they were necessary for meeting the fire safety requirements. Did you know there are far less expensive options available?

    Tip # 1: Black Fire Retardant plastic sheeting/polyethylene to the rescue! Fire marshal’s love this product for this application. This polyethylene has been chemically altered when it was extruded, so it can no longer contribute significantly as a fuel source in the event of a fire. No more “exciting fires”! This product provides a very low cost option for making your haunted attractions meet the local codes.

    Tip # 2: Another option is to paint on PyroTarp(TM)This coating is a new second-generation, environmentally friendly, thin-film intumecent/active refractory paint that is highly effective in reducing the spread of fire.

    Even if your haunted house is not for commercial purposes, don’t let your precious little “monsters” burn your house down by using plastic sheeting that is not fire retardant!

    Most fire marshals are looking for products that pass the NFPA 701-04 Test 1, and/or the CA Fire Marshal Title 19 fire standards. One should always check with fire authorities in their jurisdiction before erecting any haunted attraction.

    Microsoft Outlook Quote of the Day Setup

    Instructions for setting up the Quote of the Day in Outlook

    Note to Technicians: You will need to log in with administrative rights to the machine and copy the Quote of the day folder to the user's desktop. You will also need to give the user temporary administrative rights over the machine in order for them to copy the required .dll file to the specified location as dictated by these instructions.)

    1. From the user's Log in open Outlook, click Tools, Macro, Visual Basic Editor

    2. Open the file Add history statement.txt or Add History Statement-No Prompt.txt with notepad from the folder you placed on the user's desktop and copy the entire contents (the text file with No Prompt will automatically add the text to the messages and the other text file will prompt the user for every message sent)

    3. In the Visual Basic Editor, expand Project1, Microsoft Office Outlook, ThisOutlookSession and paste the code into the editor window (note: If you do not see the editor window within the window pane on the right, right click ThisOutlookSession and choose view code .)

    4. Copy the redemption.dll file located within the folder that was copied on the desktop to c: windowssystem32

    5. Open a command prompt and navigate to c: windowssystem32, enter regsvr32 redemption.dll and click enter. (Note: if you are not familiar with navigating through DOS you must use the "cd" command.) (Example:> cd c: windowssystem32). Click OK when successful

    6. Click Tools, Digital Signature, Choose, select the user's CA certificate not the E-Mail cert and click OK two (2) times

    7. Click Tools, References, find Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.8 Library and check mark it. Find the Redemption Outlook Library 4.5 item and check mark it

    8. Close the Visual Basic Editor

    9. Close Outlook

    10. When prompted if you want to save the VBA project, click Yes

    11. You may be prompted for your PIN, if so enter it

    12. Open Outlook

    13. When prompted with the Microsoft Outlook Security Notice, click Trust all Documents from this Publisher

    Having your own random "quotes of the day" in Microsoft outlook can be a way cool thing to put in your signature block on all outgoing emails. With the right tools you can accomplish a lot with technology these days.

    An Informative Bulletin On James Hardie Siding

    This article emphasizes on the negative aspects of wood siding and vinyl siding and suggests a middle path – James hardie siding. It made of wood, but is not wood. Sounds interesting? Read on to find out more about this new form of siding.

    James Hardie is a leader in the manufacturing and development of technologies, materials and manufacturing processes of durable building materials. They have been one of the largest research and development facilities devoted solely to fiber-cement technology. They have been introducing new products and streamline manufacturing which has fueled their growth as the fastest-growing siding manufacturer in siding manufacturing.

    Jamie Hardie: Unlimited creativity

    Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling, James Hardie siding provides low maintenance, but unlike vinyl, doesn’t sacrifice the beauty and character of wood. James Hardie siding resists rotting or cracking and it resists damage from rain and hail. Best of all, James Hardie siding is non-combustible, with a limited, transferable warranty for up to fifty years. No wonder it’s protecting over 3.5 million homes in North America alone.

    James Hardie sidings are available in a wide range of home siding products and styles are better than wood and vinyl and backed by over hundred years of research and technology. Provide expert service before, during, and after your siding installation.

    Advantages of Hardie Siding

    James Hardie siding looks and feels like real wood, but thanks to fiber-cement technology, their siding doesn’t have the durability and maintenance problems associated with wood. That means your projects will stand out and your artistic vision will endure. Plus James Hardie sidings come in a variety of profiles and textures, including lap and shingle, that will help bring your design to realization. With all these benefits, you can see James Hardie siding is the only siding that can ensure you bring to life the art in your imagination.

    Also, wood siding is prone to rotting and decay. Unlike James Hardie siding products, one will have no problem with such issues. Therefore, James Hardie siding products are much more durable and last longer than any conventional siding technique. The proof of this is that over three million Amerian homes have this siding installed in their homes.

    Textured Ceilings – What Makes This a Popular Home Design?

    There are people who do not want their ceilings to look entirely bare. Good thing is there are ways for us to design our ceilings. Modern home interior designers have come up with a textured ceiling design. Some people think that ceilings with textures are really expensive to make and is very unmanageable. However, they are actually just very easy to install. These days, there are available texture designs that are very easy to install.

    Advantages of textured ceiling:

    · It can hide holes and imperfections on the ceiling.

    · It helps conceal the leakage and cracks without being obvious.

    · It makes the whole room more attractive.

    · It looks more elegant than the bare ceiling.

    · It gives the ceiling a three-dimensional look.

    There are so many designs available for different kinds of room ceilings. There is what we call the "Roller Sheetrock Design" which is a form of mud that is used to add texture on the ceiling. It is made up of Sheetrock mud that is mixed with water, and then applied onto the ceiling. One can create different stroke patterns by using this material. Another is the "Knockdown Sheetrock Design" where in the Sheetrock mud is used like the latter one, but here, the consistency of the mud is thinner. A crow's foot stomp brush is used instead of the roller.

    The most common of the ceiling designs is the "Wooden Design" where in the wooden furniture in the room is completed with the wood designs in the ceiling. This one is perfect for a room where we use a majority of wooden furniture.

    Another one is the "Trowel-on Design". In this design, the texturing material is applied by the use of a standard trowel. It will create a plaster-like look into the texturing material.

    Rooms where texturing of the ceiling can be applied:

    · Office cabins

    · Hotels and restaurants

    · Showrooms

    · Conference rooms

    Creating a textured ceiling can be a very attractive design for our rooms. It will recreate a unique look for the whole room. The ceiling is one of the areas that are given much attention when someone enters the room, and having it textured is an advantage. It creates a vintage look, with a modern touch depending on what kind of material you are going o us.

    If you will choose the material that is durable, it will last longer. That way, it can stay on the ceiling for years without having to change it often. The paint will then depend on your choice of color. Some people likes to keep the wooden furnish for their ceilings. It creates a shabby look for the room and it will be more elegant to the eye.

    How To Install Laminate Flooring

    When you decide to install laminate flooring, you have the look of a hardwood floor, without the worry and the maintenance. You can easily install your own laminate flooring if you take a little time to do some research.

    The first thing you need to realize is all laminate flooring manufacturers have their own procedures for installation. It is recommended that you read and follow the installation procedures for the specific laminate flooring you buy. It may seem like they are all the same, but there are small differences in certain aspects of installation like gluing. If you don’t follow the manufacturer’s instructions that were supplied with your purchase, any mistakes you make may void the product’s warranty. Though each manufacturer may have different procedures there are a few things they all have in common.

    The first thing you will need is a level sub floor to lay the planks over. The floor should be stable and flat with no gaps greater than 3 inches. You must ground off the high spots and fill in the low spots to make the floor flat. You have to take into account a ¼ inch gap along the whole edge of the installation. If the floor is too close to a wall or touching it, the flooring will most likely fail.

    A laminate floor must be allowed to adjust to the final surrounding. This will take two or three days. You cannot bring home a floor and install it. You need to allow the laminate flooring to acclimate to the new environmental conditions before you begin the installation process.

    When you begin, do not use any material that seems to have been damaged. If you do, your warranty may not apply. Be sure you inspect the large format laminate flooring for any flaws or defects.

    If you need to fit the laminate flooring around any pipes, you need to measure, and drill the holes at least ½” larger than the span of the pipe. This will allow for any movement. Cut at a 45 degree angle to the holes in the tile.

    You should always protect your laminate flooring by using felt protectors for chairs and any other heavy furniture you may have that may scar the flooring. If you need to move furniture, be sure you lift and move it before you set it back down on the floor.

    If you install your own laminate flooring, you will save a ton of money. It doesn’t have to be a difficult process if you familiarize yourself with the instructions and have all the tools you will need on hand. You can find out any additional information on the web or you can ask a friend for their help. You will be proud to stand back and see the beauty of your handiwork.

    Developing a Lean Process Improvement Strategy

    Lean process improvement is a company-wide initiative to achieve operational excellence. It is an approach that facilitates improvement of process efficiency and quality while delivering faster service and cost reduction. Lean implementation is no longer confined to manufacturing. It can be successfully applied to service and administrative processes. Manufacturing and service companies should consider the positive impact Lean will have on all organizational processes when developing their Lean process improvement strategy.

    There are five basic steps to developing a Lean process improvement strategy:

    1. Assess the Current State
    2. Determine the Future State Workflow
    3. Identify Future State Organizational Structure
    4. Identify priorities
    5. Develop the Plans

    Assess the Current State

    Map the current state value stream/process and collect actual process data. While you are gathering data, take notes on information and material flow. Review your data to make sure all necessary data has been collected.

    Determine the Future State Workflow

    Workflow is dependent on product and process layout. For most organizations workflow is the best place to start. Many other things become easier with a streamlined workflow.

    At first, you will know the final layout and arrangement of the factory or office. However, you should be able to determine where work cells will probably apply and where they may not. You may be able to identify where a few pieces of new equipment or relocating existing equipment might streamline portions of a complex workflow.

    In services processes, creating workflow isn’t easy because office processes tend to be invisible. You will need to make these processes visible and intelligently adapt Lean principles to create flow.

    Determine Future State Organizational Structure

    Infrastructure consists of the sustaining elements in an organization. They may not add value in the eyes of the customer, but they facilitate or assist your processes. Infrastructure includes scheduling, training, culture, organization structure, quality methods, utility systems, costing systems, and investment policies and many other elements. Some of these elements are ingrained in attitudes, habits and culture rather than explicit in specific policies and procedures.

    Identify Your Own Lean Tools and Techniques

    Based on your vision of the future state, pick the appropriate tools and principles of Lean process improvement. You may also identify other world class process improvement techniques that are not on the usual list of Lean tools.

    Identify Priorities

    Next, identify priorities and precedents. Precedence may require the use of certain principles to make some other principle practical. For example, Quick Changeover (SMED) may be necessary to enable kanban and work cells. Work cells also function better with small lots. The precedence might therefore be Work cells-SMED-Kanban. In reality, these are likely to be concurrent as well as sequential.

    Priorities depend partly on precedence but they also depend on return on investment. By giving priority to those Lean improvements, products and areas that promises the fastest and largest returns, the Lean transformation becomes self financing. You can use focused-improvement tools such as Kaizen events to get immediate gains and payback for your investment. The potential difference between lean and non-lean companies is not 5-10 percent, it is sea change differences in quality, cost, delivery and, of course, profit.

    Another factor in setting priorities is the quick wins or “low hanging fruit” principle. For many different reasons, it may be very quick and easy to implement one or another of your selected Lean improvements. It thus makes sense to give such improvements high priority.

    Develop the Plans

    With a broad overview of the situation and a vision of the future and knowledge of precedents and priorities, you can begin to plan your course of action.

    There are eight steps for implementing and sustaining Lean improvements:

    1. Gain Management Commitment
    2. Identify the key process or value stream
    3. Train employees in the Lean concepts
    4. Map the Current State of the process or value stream
    5. Identify the Lean Metrics that best suit your organization
    6. Map the Future State of the process or value stream
    7. Develop Kaizen and Project plans to achieve the Future State
    8. Implement the Future State plans

    Your Company is Unique

    Many organizations have tried to succeed at lean in the past by copying the solutions that other organizations have found, either through benchmarking or out of a book. Your company is unique and will likely have some unique problems and constraints – you must customize Lean thinking to fit your organization so you can find your own answers.

    Never stop collecting the lessons you learn along your path to lean. The Lean transformation is a journey not a destination and it will require you to reflect upon your experiences and each and every lesson you learn along the way.

    2008 Mazda5 Review – A Review of the 2008 Mazda5 Hatchback

    The 2008 Mazda5 is both very affordable and fuel- efficient with several features that guarantee safety as well as comfort. Impressive new features include pack- and- pinion steering with Electro- Hydraulic Power Assist Steering system and Anti- Lock Brake System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist.

    This latest model from Mazda also offers many standard safety features like advanced dual front air bag powered with Supplemental Restraint System with crash zone and passenger weight sensors. In addition, 3- point safety belts in all seating positions and adjustable headrests in all three rows are also provided. The 2008 Mazda5, though cost- efficient, prioritizes the security of the whole family. It has LATCH System with child safety seat lower anchors and upper tethers, plus child safety rear door locks.

    Halogen headlights with clear lens covers, XENON High- Intensity Discharge headlights and fog lights give this latest model a captivating appearance. In addition, it comes with a moonroof designed with power glass sliding and interior sunshade.

    Interior comfort is provided by 12V power outlets in front and rear and an automatic climate control. The 2008 Mazda5 also has air conditioning with second row cool air vents with fan- speed controls and pollen filters which make it user- friendly. An instrument panel displaying clock, audio, A/C, and outside temperature is also available. Meanwhile, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and leather- trimmed seat upholstery with heated front seats make this new model unique and stylish. Furthermore, it also comes with Bluetooth hands- free phone system and an expansive 70.9 cubic feet of storage.

    The 2008 Mazda5 has a reliable engine of 2.3L DOHC 16-valve 4- cylinder VVT. It runs with 153@ 6500 rpm horsepower and 5- speed sport AT automatic with manual mode drivetrain. Moreover, it has an anti- theft alarm system and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

    This great new model combines affordability and convenience making it one of the most ideal family cars of its kind.

    Buying a Door Awning

    The wonderful thing about a door awning is that it can be used

    for any type door – front door, sliding back door, French door,

    etc. Okay, so what are the benefits of a door awning? You

    might be surprised by some of the reasons people add an awning

    to their home or business. Some benefits are obvious but some

    are not. This article will show you why the door awning is such

    a great investment.

    One of the obvious benefits of adding a door awning to your home

    or business has to do with blocking out the sun. If you live in

    a hotter region of the country or during an exceptionally hot

    summer such as this year, the door awning can shield not only

    your door from the hot, UV rays, but also provide an enjoyable

    place for you to visit with family and friends without

    sweltering. For instance, if you were to purchase a larger door

    awning to cover the entire back area of your deck or patio, you

    could easily entertain in the shade.

    Another benefit to a door awning is protection from the rain.

    Again, if you live in Seattle or Portland where it rains often

    or you happen to find yourself stuck inside on a rainy day, you

    can unroll the door awning and have immediate protection. In

    this case, you could set up a nice outdoor picnic lunch for

    antsy kids tired of being trapped indoors. The door awning

    would allow them a way to get outside without getting wet. Some

    people just love watching rainfall so with a door awning, you

    could sit outside with a good cup of coffee and enjoy.

    A door awning can also be visually pleasing. If you have a

    business but the front is plain and unappealing, you could add

    an attractive door awning to make your business stand out. For

    this, you might consider a bright red fabric awning for a

    contemporary or whimsical look. A door awning of taupe and

    white stripes would create a look of sophistication and

    elegance. However, if you want to go all out, making a real

    impression, then consider something made from copper.

    In addition to these obvious benefits for a door awning, two

    other aspects often overlooked are indoor protection and reduced

    utility bills. As we mentioned, a door awning can provide

    protection from the hot sun’s rays, which allows you the

    opportunity to sit outside on a hot day. However, this type of

    protection also means protecting your valuables on the inside.

    Because UV rays can cause fading, if the sun shines directly

    into your home or business, it can actually cause damage to the

    flooring, furniture, artwork, wall paint, and so on. Rather

    than have your precious items ruined by fading, a door awning

    would eliminate the problem.

    Then, we see the price of utilities bills on the rise. If you

    are tired of paying high cost for energy consumption, then a

    door awning can actually help reduce the amount you pay each

    month. During the hot summer, the door awning blocks out the

    hot sun, which means the indoors remains cooler. With that, you

    can move the thermostat up a tad, thus reducing your air

    conditioning bill. The same is true in the wintertime. By

    using a door awning, cold wind and drifting snow are reduced or

    eliminated. Again, this means you can adjust your thermostat

    and save some month each month.

    When buying a door awning, it is important that you choose what

    you like but also the best material for your particular home or

    business. We recommend you choose an awning from a company that

    provides a solid warranty should something go wrong. Although

    you might pay a little more money for a high quality door

    awning, the investment is worth it for all you get in return.

    Highway Pavement Marking

    When considering which material to use for the marking of highway asphalt or concrete, one should take note of the various options that are available for purchase, and weigh the advantages and drawbacks of each. For the longest time, pavement paint was considered the marking device of choice, due to its relative longevity versus what were then flimsy tape alternatives, which were easily stripped or warped by passing traffic. Paint suffers from such significant disadvantages as having to block off the newly painted area for a period of time while waiting for the paint coats to dry, and the hassle of having to paint several coatings to form lines that are sufficiently reflective. Eager to provide a cost-effective alternate choice, manufacturers of pavement tape have been quick to design and offer series of pavement marking tapes that outperform paint without much added cost to the consumer. The resulting products function just as well on the road for permanent lane marking tasks as they do in the delineation of temporary construction zones for asphalt overlay and repair work. To attain this level of flexibility and utility, these particular grades of marking tape must conform to certain minimum standards.

    Each such tape product is typically comprised of several layers – a reflective top layer in the standard white or yellow colors, a middle backing layer that provides reinforcement, and a precoated pressure-sensitive adhesive bottom layer to permanently adhere the tape to the pavement. The top layer is pigmented with a color that catches the light quite capably, and usually enhanced with large glass beads to further boost the reflectivity of the tape. Certain variations of standard-grade highway pavement marking tape use a metal middle layer, usually aluminium, supplying a material that is both resistant to wear and flexible enough to conform to different pavement surfaces and directions. The bottom layer adhesive should be of sufficient strength to ensure that the tape stays put without requiring a liner for protection from blocking, pre-adhesion or contamination.

    To keep the cost down for a product that seeks to achieve so many things, the average thickness of the tape material is relatively low, but not less than 12 mils, as any lower measurement would compromise the advantages provided the component layers of the tape. Even at this level, however, the marking tape, when applied as the manufacturer has instructed, is both weather resistant and durable against wear, and will not fade, lift, shrink or otherwise deteriorate during the term of its useful life.

    Highway pavement marking tape is typically packaged in standard commercial containers that are built to protect the product from damage while it is being shipped, and when it is stored. Since storing conditions may vary, the material should be comfortable in storage for up to one year, in temperatures of up to a balmy 100 degrees F. When you open that container, you should check that the tape is of decent appearance, free from cracks and edges, and no more than 3 splices for every 50 yards of tape to insure integrity.

    Pond Bridges

    We all know how beautiful your garden can be if you strategically place a small pond somewhere within the masses of colorful plants. Or maybe you have a larger pond in your back yard that needs a bit of refreshment. Whatever the case, a pond will be even more pleasing with a bridge, or two, complimenting its beauty.

    Homeowners and their guests will find pond bridges to be a sense of aesthetical pleasure on which they can choose to relax and enjoy the view. Can you picture yourself sitting on a beautifully crafted pond bridge and enjoying the glorious view of the water and its natural surroundings? Or you might consider placing a smaller version of a pond bridge amongst the blooms in your garden. Whichever size or style you choose for your pond bridge, you will feel tranquility every time you look at it.

    Pond bridges can be crafted with an intricate design or simply built with a few mere pieces of plywood attached to one another. The idea of a pond bridge is to have it span from one side of the pond to the other. If you require a full size pond bridge then it should be constructed of sturdy lumber and proper hardware in order for it to be safe enough to walk across. On the other hand, if you are looking for a pond bridge to be used as a decorative addition to your garden, then cheaper materials can be used.

    There are a variety of styles to choose from when it comes to selecting a pond bridge. They can be built from materials such as redwood, pine, or cedar. They can be a s big, or as small, as you want them to be. You might prefer that your pond bridge included railings. Garden bridges can be as simple, or as intricate, as you wish. And, depending on the décor you are trying to achieve, they can have a natural look or be seen as a modern piece of art. The styling possibilities are endless.

    Many homeowners want to have pond bridges so they can enjoy watching the fish life or maybe listen to the sound of water trickling down a manmade waterfall. Anyone who has a pond full of exotic fish will come to see that a pond bridge not only adds beauty and sophistication to their pond but also a safe and shady resting spot for their fish collection.

    If you are considering adding a pond bridge to your pond you must make sure that you have enough space on both sides of the pond for the bridge to rest. This space does not need to be much more than a couple of feet on each side. So, when you decide to construct a pond, or add a pond bridge to your existing pond, consider the space you have available.

    So go ahead and plan on beautifying your garden or pond with a bridge. It will give you enjoyment and drastically change the appearance of the area. A pond bridge will provide you with a place to gaze at your garden or pond as well as a way to encourage more wildlife to your pond. This is a great way to be creative and spruce up your landscape.

    Home Assembly Jobs

    If you are a person who loves to work with your hands, you may be someone who thinks they could never find a job from home. Then you see those home assembly jobs advertised in the newspaper and online. It sounds tempting, right? Sure. The ads are written to be tempting, but they are almost all scams. Here are some ways to avoid the scams that peak our curiosity:

    First you should learn about scams. Know what the common scams out there look like. Home assembly jobs are just one common scam, but so is envelope stuffing or money transfer scams. The reason they are so tempting has to do with our own desire to make money fast using little skill.

    Almost all of these work from home scams prey on our desire to make money quickly. The ads are written using language that leads us to believe we can make thousands of dollars doing simple tasks. They usually tell you that there are no skills necessary to make the money. Then they often provide a large dollar amount and a few hours a week.

    Some of these scams even create websites that have “testimonials” about how “So-and-So” made thousands doing just a few hours of work per week. Unfortunately, anyone can make up testimonials and buy pictures of people. Testimonials are a common advertising ploy, but with home assembly jobs they should really be questioned.

    What many of the work at home assembly ads do not tell you is that there will be a fee involved for the “supplies” needed to complete the tasks. You will be send those supplies, which are never of the quality outlined in the advertisement. They usually come with vague directions about what you need to assemble. Sometimes you will be required to buy some of your own supplies, too.

    The key to the home assembly jobs scams is that once you spend the money to send in your beautifully crafted objects, you will be told that they are not up to par. If you read closely, the company probably has a disclaimer that the crafts have to meet expectations for payment. No matter how simple the craft may be, it is not likely to ever “meet expectations.” So now you are out money and time.

    That is what these home assembly jobs scams do. They steal your money and your time. If you like to work with your hands you are better off starting your own home based business doing the things you love to do with your hands. Your own business may cost you money to start up, but you will find that you will at least be in control of your money and not handing it off to someone who is planning to steal it.

    How to Mount a Weathervane and Create Curb Appeal

    Weather vanes are becoming increasingly popular, not for checking the direction of the wind, but as an ornament. The Folk Art sculptures vary from depicting sports, birds, animals, and commercial activities, allowing home or business owners the ability to add an element of personal expression.

    Designed for longevity and value they are made out of copper, brass, and steel to ensure a rust-free, maintenance free product.

    When purchased, most weather vanes include the figure, a solid brass or stainless steel rod, a smaller brass rod that the figure swivels on, two copper spacer balls, and brass directionals. The garden or cottage weather vanes usually include a mounting devise, along with the above items. All other weather vanes require purchasing of mounting hardware, the exception is when the weather vane is placed on a cupola built weather vane ready. The overall size of the building is important when asking the supplier for suggestions on size and mounting method.

    Weather vanes have assembly instructions and a mounting guide. All one needs is a screw driver, as the parts of a weathervane slide onto the rod and are secured with set screws.

    These Folk Art sculptures have an expressive design, and in order to function, they need to be perfectly balanced on their rotating axis. The front of the weathervane always faces the direction the wind is blowing from.

    The directional portion of the weathervane should not turn in the wind as they represent the compass points of the earth. If the directionals are turning, tighten the screws on each of the directionals.

    When placed on an existing cupola which is not built weathervane ready, one must prepare the cupola by placing a brace at the base inside the cupola to anchor the weathervane.

    When mounting the weathervane without a cupola, such as a roof mount, one will need to purchase the hardware. This will vary depending on what one will attach the weathervane to. They can be mounted outside on the roof top, on a stake in the yard, or placed on railing or deck. These Folk Art sculptures can also be mounted in your home or business on a floor display stand, or on a wall mount. They can also be placed over fireplace mantels, on window sills, decks or on a display base on the floor or hearth.

    When placed outside the weathervane should be placed away from larger buildings or structures that could affect wind current. They should be placed on the highest point of a structure.

    Mounting accessories include: stakes, metal bases, floor stands, display bases, and wall or roof mounts.

    Weather vanes are distinctive, expressive notes to any building. Making great house warming, holiday or wedding gifts, a great gift to add a distinctive touch to any building with an element of personal expression.

    Watch the wind blow and bring luck you way.

    Exercise The Right Way – The Hammer Curl

    Other articles in this series looked at a number of exercises, mainly from the perspective of developing a comprehensive muscle building program. Sometimes we take things for granted, especially when it comes to performing the basic exercises that constitute the core of most bodybuiders' training regimes. It is useful, therefore, to describe in detail the processes involved in actually doing these exercises. This will help beginners to start out using the correct techniques before moving on to potentially more dangerous heavy weights. If it also helps more experienced lifters to redress some of the little faults that have almost imperceptibly crept in over the years, all the better. In this article we'll take a close look at the hammer curl using dumbbells. MUSCLES TARGETED: brachialis, biceps brachii, brachioradialis PREPARATION Grasp two dumbbells using a closed grip. STARTING POSITION Stand erect with the feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly flexed.

    Place the dumbbells beside the thighs with the elbows fully extended.
    Palms should be facing the outer thighs.
    Position the upper arms against the sides of the torso. UPWARD MOVEMENT Flex the elbow of one arm until the dumbbell is within a few inches of the front deltoid.

    Keep the torso erect and the upper arm stationary.
    Keep the dumbbell in neutral grip position.
    Keep all movements smooth. DOWNWARD MOVEMENT Allow the elbow to slowly extend to the starting position.
    Keep dumbbell in neutral grip position.
    Keep the torso and knees in the same position.
    Repeat the same movements with the other arm.
    Repeat or finish set.