Assembly Products at Home – A Job That Can Make You Fortune

If you want to start your own assembly products at home business, you have to grab this kind of once in a lifetime opportunity to earn cash from the comfort of your home. Home product assembly has been around for a very long time. Up until recently, the Internet has made this type of opportunity very popular. Actually, this kind of job has many benefits especially if you like doing different kinds of crafts as a hobby. You will only work with products that you love and you think that other people are willing to purchase. This is the time for you to bring out the creativity and imagination within you and transform it into useful products that you can sell.

There are wide array of products that you can choose from. Take your time in choosing the products that you are going to create. It's best to search the internet for the most popular products in the market today when it comes to home and personal accessories. Assembly products should be one that you really like doing. You can create jewelry, toys for children, arts and crafts and so much more.

Assembly products are such a huge opportunity for a homebody (if that's you). You can be able to keep an eye with your children and you can also encourage your children to create crafts with you. This is a nice family bonding experience for you and your kids. Get started as soon as you can and start earning money from home.

DIY Marine Electronics – Installing a Fishfinder

A big factor in buying a fishfinder is deciding whether to install it yourself or pay someone to do it for you. If you have never installed a fishfinder before this article will give you an overview of the general process. It is not intended to be a step by step guide for any particular fishfinder but it will give you an idea of whether or not you have the right skills to tackle the installation yourself.

Getting Started:

You can purchase fishfinder installation kits or assemble the components yourself using off the shelf products. The kit usually comes with some or all of the following components:

  • A rubber grommet or water seal (for feeding the wiring from the transducer to the fishfinder display unit)
  • Some extra wire
  • A waterproof battery pack and battery pack bag
  • A foam block (for mounting the transducer in the boat)
  • A heavy duty marine sealant such as Marine Goop or Lexel

Your fishfinder unit may or may not come with an installation kit, but at the very minimum should contain:

  • Fishfinder display unit
  • A ram mount and mounting bracket (to attach the fishfinder display unit to the boat)
  • Transducer and power cable

1. Mounting the Fishfinder Display unit

Determine where you will mount the fishfinder. Choose a location that makes it easy to reach while navigating the boat, and out of the way of any obstructions. Some installation mounts have back brackets which must be screwed on for stability. This type of mount requires you have access to the part of the boat underneath the mount so you can tighten the screws. You will need to drill holes for the mount and attach it securely. You can then insert the ram mount and fishfinder unit.

2. Installing the fishfinder transducer

There is more than one way to do this and it depends on your preference and on the type of fishfinder you purchased. Mounting a transducer inside the bottom of the boat involves cutting out a hole in a foam block designed to cushion the transducer. You attach the foam block using a good quality sealant and then insert the transducer in the foam block. The sealant must be applied carefully avoiding gaps and bubbles for the transducer to work correctly. An outside mount may require drilling a hole in the boat. You can use a rubber grommet or a waterseal and plenty of sealant to make the hole watertight. Alternatively you can mount the transducer on the the hull, at a point high enough to be in the water but out of the way of rocks or obstacles.

3. Wiring up the Fishfinder to the Transducer.

This step involves routing the power cable from the transducer to the fish finder display unit and may involve drilling another hole to keep the installation neat and tidy. Again, a grommet or waterseal may be needed.

4. The last step is wiring up the unit to the battery pack.

You may need to add additional lengths of wire depending on where you plan to stash the battery pack, the size of your boat etc. The batteries must be sealed in a waterproof container, such as a waterproof battery pack bag.

These are the basic steps required for installing a fishfinder. After you follow the four steps above, you can tidy up any loose wires with tie wraps and tuck them out of site. If you are handy with a drill and pair of wire crimpers it is easy enough to do but if the idea of drilling holes in your boat and crimping battery wires doesn’t thrill you it is well worth paying someone to install your fishfinder for you.

Building a Chicken Coop – Construction Terms

Are you planning on building a chicken coop but get confused on some of the terminology? I want to share these basic terms you might want to know and what they mean to you when you’re building a chicken coop.


A truss on any structure is at the top of the roof a frame. The truss when building a chicken coop will also be located at the top of your roof. The truss can be pre-fabricated or built in place the trusses add stability and shape to your roof.


A stud is a single piece of lumber that is used for walls or any other single piece of framing lumber material placed in a vertical position for constructing your coop.

Corner Posts

The corner post for building a chicken coop are 4″x 4″ posts set onto a concrete footing and secured with a base post saddle strap.

Concrete Footing

Your footings are very important for strength and to allow for the fencing to keep predators out. You can dig corner post footings 8″ diameter and 12″ in depth for your base post straps. The alternative option is to dig a 4″ wide by 6″ deep continuous footing at the perimeter of the coop.

Concrete Mixture

Your concrete footings are a mixture of sand, rock, and Portland cement. The mixture formula is 3 heaping shovels of sand 2 heaping shovels of rock and 1 heaping shovel of type 2 Portland cement Next, add water and mix to a thick consistency, being sure to make it not too dry and not too wet. The base post saddles should be set as soon as the concrete mixture can support the weight of the base post saddles.

Base Post Saddle Straps

As mentioned with the corner post installation, when building a chicken coop you will need to secure your post at the bottom of the posts with a Simpson base post saddle strap. These come in different sizes depending on the dimension of your post. The size you will most likely be using will be a 4″ saddle for the post and a 6″ embedding.

Simpson Strap and Plate Fasteners

When you’re building a chicken coop, fasteners become very useful. They come in various sizes and are used for multiple installation phases of your project. Some of the fasteners you will need are: 90 deg. Stud fasteners, joist hangers corner plate fasteners, and flat plat fasteners to connect at a butt end of two studs or sheathing.

Standard Fastener

A standard fastener is typically galvanized screws or galvanized nails. Both screws and nails are manufactured in different sizes and lengths. Use the appropriate size and length of fastener to match the lumber you are using.


The tools you will be using are: Framing hammer, finish hammer, hand saw, coping saw, power circular saw, ½” or 3/8″ drill driver, Standard screw bit and Philip head bit, table saw, chop saw, pencil, tape measure, square, 2 ft. level.

When you’re building a chicken coop and ordering materials, these terms should help you to communicate with your hardware and lumber supplier. Now that you know what all these terms means you will have an easier time creating your chicken ranch, big or small.

How To Cut Mosaic Tiles

This can be very frustrating for some people. You need a precise cut on your glass tile and you just can’t seem to get what you want. There are ways to cut glass tile to almost perfection. However, you must remember that glass is glass and it tends to have a mind of its own sometimes. If you get a piece that will not cut well, then put it aside and try a new one. Glass has fracture points and it will break along its own line occasionally. You have to learn how to direct the cut.

Make sure to always wear safety glasses when using an mosaic cutting tool. You don’t want to get glass in your eyes.

Wheeled Cutters

Use wheeled cutters to cut most mosaic tiles. Some people use the basic nippers some have too many problems with them. To cut all the way across the glass tile in a straight line you need to cut quickly and efficiently. If you take too long to squeeze the cutters for a cut then you will end up crushing the tile. This crushed area will result in a poor cut that is curved. You can’t give the glass time to find its fracture point. Place your wheels where you want the cut and pop the tile apart with speed. Don’t let your cutters wobble either.

You still may have a ragged edge. This is normal and usually a desired effect. Most artists don’t want a “perfect” edge. They want it to all look hand cut. To clean up a ragged edge, slowly start nipping the rough area off. You can also use grozier pliers to pull off the unwanted part.

Practice really does make perfect on this. The more cuts you make on glass tile the better you will get. Remember that it will take a lot to dull your wheels. If they seem to be getting dull just rotate them slightly

Basic Nippers

You can use the wheeled cutters or basic nippers to cut the small ceramic or porcelain tiles. These will dull your wheels a little quicker but not enough to really matter. You will use the same technique as described above.

Basic nippers are used to direct the cut. Place the tile between the teeth. However, do not place the tile on the full surface. Instead, you will just hold it in the front or back of the nipper’s teeth. Angle the nipper to go with the direction you want the cut and squeeze. It takes a lot of practice with these but you can get some great keystone cuts this way.

Wet Saw

A wet saw is used to take the large 12″ floor tiles and cut them into workable pieces. Use this for cutting ceramic, porcelain, and marble. You can start cutting down the large squares with a wet saw. After you get it cut into rods, use your basic nippers or a hammer and hardie to chisel it into small cubes.

A note of caution…make sure to wear protective eyewear and old clothes. You will get messy!

Hammer and Hardie

The hammer and hardie method is an old technique that a lot of mosaic artists still use. It consists of a mallet and a chisel tool. Place this tool where you want the cut and hit with a hammer. This is used for cutting marble, natural stone, and smalti. You can use it for cutting most mosaic tesserae though.

Of course, a hammer itself is a great breaking tool. You can use it to bust up large pieces of ceramic into a workable size. Make sure to lay a towel on top first. You don’t want to bust off your glaze.

Glass Scorer

A glass scorer is a tool mainly used in stained glass work. Mosaic artists will use it to cut down stained glass sheets. You can get a nice designed cut with this tool also. It consists of a tiny wheel that must be kept oiled. Just roll it on the glass and pop it apart with running pliers. It will take a lot of practice if you want to do cuts other than straight ones.

Your tile cutters/breakers will make the difference between a great mosaic piece and an “okay” mosaic piece. Find what suits your style best and stick with it. Whenever you can’t get a tile to cut just right, maybe you need to try a different tool.

Stubbs Paintings

George Stubbs paintings are best known for the horses that he captured in Whistlejacket and Mares and Foals in a Landscape, but there was much more to his career than just this. Stubbs rose to fame in 18th century Britain with a passion for art and a successful career that followed. Much of Stubbs' paintings and drawings are now stored and on display at the Royal Academy in London, but it took time for the Liverpool-born artist to gain fame in his own lifetime.

After a short period under the tutorship of a Lancashire painter, Stubbs left to forge his own path in the art world, allowing his to use the creativity that he felt he possessed. Stubbs' love of anatomy was crucial in how he could capture animals so accurately and he even went as far as dissecting horses himself at one point.

Stubbs' best work is Whistlejacket, a painting of a prancing horse. It was commissioned by the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, and is itself now stored now in the National Gallery in London. It is certainly his best known work today, and it's fame often helps to make the rest of his work more accessible to art followers.

George Stubbs remains well known in British art predominantly for his contribution with Whistlejacket, but his extensive career is worth studying in full due to it's interest in accuracy of anatomy and Stubbs' desire to be innovative at a time when it was not encouraged.

Stubbs also went beyond just horses, capturing more exotic animals including lions, tigers, giraffes, monkeys, and rhinoceroses in his paintings, which was very unusual at the time. Stubbs also created some fine engravings during his career which sit well alongside his achievements with oil. Stubbs is also known to have visited Italy at various times in his life, but it is unclear as to how much this affected his beliefs and techniques within his art.

Chandeliers As a Symbol of Status and Wealth

Fundamental to our experience as human beings is the desire to control our surroundings.

We desire to do this for many reasons. The paramount one is our survival. Next on this list is the adoration of other people. We admire the goal achievers in our society and wish we could control our world as they do. Not surprisingly we have created many items that symbolize our mastery of our world.

The main one is wealth itself. After that comes all the symbols of wealth. It seems that virtually anything expensive and/or hard to get can be made to show the world how capable one is. Boats. Cars. Jewelry. Clothing items. Houses.

And this brings us to one that has served as a symbol of wealth and status for centuries now… the chandelier.

It seems that from it’s birth it was meant to play a role in distinguishing between the rich and the poor. Centuries ago the materials involved in night-time lighting were expensive enough to alienate all but the rich in society. As a result chandelier lighting became the providence of the wealthy and this association has stuck in peoples heads for centuries.

Chandeliers adorn the halls of Buckingham Palace, the White House, and Celebrity Mansions. And though our main impression of those who have chandeliers is that they are wealthy, modern manufacturing technology has made it possible for anyone to get a chandelier.

In fact you have now have one…as well as the status it bestows for a very reasonable price. You can even get one to go with almost any kind of decor or style. Traditional, Modern, Williamsburg, Art Deco, and Crystal are just some of the many options available.

You can have a glass chandelier, a black chandelier, a bronze chandelier or the very popular oil rubbed bronze chandelier. It is possible for you to get a Schonbek Chandelier. (Schonbek is the maker of some of the finest chandeliers in history including many that adorn the White House and Buckingham Palace.)Chandeliers have even adapted to those who prefer more of an informal “outdoorsy” kind of style, the Rustic Chandelier.

So even if you aren’t exactly among the super-rich you can now have some of the symbols of their wealth. You can enjoy the same beauty reserved in the past for the privileged elite. And you can do so without spending a fortune.

Snow Shoveling Tips

It is Winter time again and snow is falling in many areas for the northern hemisphere. Shoveling snow is one of the most dangerous exercise one can do. There is no real training you can do to prepare for it and every year a large number of people either get hurt while shoveling snow or even die from the heavy exercise (heart attack, etc). Experts want to warn people to take it easy as they sling that snow over their shoulders.

There is a high danger of injuring your back or even straining your heart when shoveling snow. Medical experts say you should take the work slow and listen to your body carefully. If your body tells you to take a break, you should immediately stop and rest for a while. Not all snow is created equal. Wet snow is very heavy, so as an example medical experts say you should bend at your knees to avoid straining your muscles. Make sure to do some minor warm up exercise before starting the heavy work. If you do experience some back pain, a few days rest may be needed to help, but if the problem is serious or persists for a long period of time, you should see your doctor.

The heavy snow could also weigh down tree branches, causing them to break, and it could even cause damage to the roofs of some buildings. Be safe when in areas where heavy snow could cause damage described. Don’t stay in such areas or remove snow from roofs or trees with a long stick or shovel. Make sure somebody is assisting you in case you get buried under heavy snow. You would be surprised how heavy snow can be and how difficult it can be to dig yourself out from snow that fell down on you from a roof. If you see a tree slowly giving up on the heavy snow, take a broom and remove the snow from branches where possible before working underneath the tree. Winter times with snow can be fun, but they can also be dangerous to your health. Prepare appropriately and you will be able to enjoy the white Winter Wonderland when mother nature decides to put some ‘powder’ down.

Lift Fast Or Lift Slow? Lifting Tempo

If you have ever watched a group of people in the weight room you may have noticed that everybody lifts at a different speed. Some people lift incredibly fast while others seem to be working out in slow motion.

While lifting fast or slow is neither right or wrong, your lifting tempo is important and should be a conscious decision every time you lift weights.

I want to list a few pros and cons to each method of lifting:

Fast Lifting


-Fast lifting is functional. Do you reach over your head in to the cupboard for a can of soup in slow motion? No, you reach up quickly and grab it. Functional training has been steadily gaining popularity and it’s no surprise! Being able to take your hard work at the gym and apply it to everyday situations is incredibly useful. I love being able to carry my grocery bags home and not having to make two trips! It’s also nice knowing that I will be independent as I age. I won’t have to rely on friends and family to help me complete simple chores.

-Fast lifting also allows you to lift heavier. If you have ever watched power lifters you will notice their lifting tempo is quite fast. If your aim is sheer power and strength than a fast lifting tempo may be for you.

-Fast reps are also used for sport specific training. You need to train muscles for how they will be used. Athletes for the most part, need fast and powerful training for fast and powerful muscles.


-Lifting fast is not recommended for beginners simply because their lifting technique has not been perfected. Fast lifting without proper technique may cause you to use momentum in all the wrong ways! Swinging your body with heavy weights will surely cause an injury. Especially be careful of the low back and avoid a fast tempo all together if you currently have any lower back injuries or conditions.

-Most people lift to achieve nice muscle tone or increased mass. To achieve this goal you need increased tension when you lift. The faster you lift the LESS tension you are putting on your muscles.

Think of it this way; when you lift the weight your muscles are working. This is called the positive phase of your rep. When you are lowering the weight (negative phase) your muscles face resistance.

Resistance = Increased blood flow. You want to increase blood flow to the muscles because this helps stimulate growth while you rest in between workouts and heal. Your muscles grow to match the demand of the work you lifted with so they will continually progress in strength and appearance.

Slow Lifting


-Slow lifting is great for beginners because it teaches body awareness. When you lift slow you concentrate. You watch the muscle being worked and you feel every single movement right down to your twitching muscle fibers. A slow lifting tempo is safer and is a good speed to learn new exercises on.

-As mentioned above, slow reps increase tension on negative reps and is a proven training method for muscle size and appearance.

The good speed for a slow rep would be 4 seconds up, 4 seconds down However some people lift much slower.


-Slow lifting is well…Slow. It can get boring. My suggestion to avoid this, is to concentrate on the benefits of slow lifting and how it will help you achieve your goals. Also, switch up your tempo once in a while to take a break from slow reps and to keep your body guessing.

-Unlike fast reps with heavier weights, slow reps require a lighter weight. If you are used to lifting a heavy weight and then you have to lighten your lifting load, it may seem like you are going backward in strength gains. However, this isn’t really a con because it’s all psychological. If you are not heavily focused on how much you are lifting and instead are focused on what you are doing for your physique, then all is well. Besides, when you can’t even finish the set going slow with a lighter weight, you will be glad you went lighter!

A good middle ground is the standard rep. 2 seconds up, 3 seconds down. This is what most people are doing without even realizing it! Another “best of both worlds” method is fast positives, slow negatives.

For most people I would recommend standard-slow tempo training for the most part and throwing in a fast lifting tempo once in a while for change and to improve explosive power.

Choosing the right lifting tempo is crucial to results. Next time you lift try out fast, slow and standard tempos and get a feel for all three. Then evaluate your goals and chose the best tempo for what you are looking to achieve.

Lift Hard!

Ceramic Plates

Plates are the most common type of crockery that you will ever find in people’s houses. This is probably because they are the items on which food is placed as it is being served to people. Plates are to be found in many shapes, designs, and sizes, depending on the function or purpose they are intended for. They also come decorated in a number of ways that make the plates graduated for being just functional items to decorative ones.

Plates are made from different materials and it is not uncommon to find plastic plates, paper plates, ceramic plates and glass plates. Depending on all these factors, plates are used for different purposes like serving soup, dessert, cakes, bread, cereals and salad. Today, plates come decorated in a number of ways that make them look gorgeous, and for this reason, they serve as both decorative and functional items.

Companies are taking advantage of the decoration concept and are capitalizing on the idea to make promotional personalized plates. Much of the designs that are being used on the ceramic plates include spirals, stars, geometric shapes, oceanic life among others. The designs speak of a history that is known only to a few people. They can however be combined to come up with something unique and spectacular for decorative purposes.

The finest ceramic plates are of the Chinese origin that have been in existence for many generations. In the 14th century, the plates were introduces to the western world, and form there, nothing could stop their elegance from being experienced the world over.

How Do High Efficiency Wood Burning Stoves Work?

With rising energy costs and pollution, using a high-efficiency wood burning stove seems sensible. They are a stand-alone type of stove that burns wood and directs the resulting smoke fumes via chimney conduit pipe. The high-efficiency wood stove operates without any electrical source yet is efficient enough to heat whole areas of a home. Also, this stove produces little to no pollution at all, making it an eco-friendly system, as opposed to older models of wood burning stoves.

Now, how do these new wood burning stoves work? The process begins when the stove uses its specially designed air flow structure to burn wood at intense temperatures inside insulated enclosures. This heated plenum produces virtually no toxic waste or smoke at all; the volatile organic gases are instead converted into energy to be used in producing heat.

Currently, there are two different designs of high-efficiency wood burning stoves in wide use.

The first is the advanced combustion wood stove . Also called the secondary burn stove, this type of high-efficiency stove burns the wood in one enclosure and combustible smoke in another at high temperatures, which can often reach 1100 degrees Fahrenheit. A unique feature of the advanced combustion stove is decreased residue on the glass door in front of the fire.

The second type is the catalytic wood stove . Using catalytic combusters, not converters, the catalytic stove incinerates the smoke from the fire at lower temperatures. This type of secondary burning is more efficient than advanced combustion wood stoves. However, they are more expensive. The catalytic combusters break down due to wear and tear over time, which lowers the energy output; at least until the combuster is replaced.

There are many pros to installing a high -efficiency wood burner at home. First, it is powerful enough to heat the entire premises. Second, it uses one-third of the firewood of older models. Third, technologically advanced stoves need no electricity to operate; therefore they can still be used during power outages. Lastly, with the exception of the catalytic combuster, the other parts do not wear out easily or quickly.

There are also some disadvantages to having one of these advanced wood burning stoves.

1. A homeowner should only use the recommended type of wood for the stove.
2. Since the stove's system is more complex than a traditional stove, only a professional should install the system.
3. The firebox sections should be regularly cleaned and maintained, and since it is a complex system, cleaning the entire unit may take longer to finish.
4. These stoves sometimes need de-humidifiers to work at peak efficiency, which causes the surrounding air to become dryer.

Infrared Turkey Fryer Review

There is nothing like the taste of deep fried turkey. For those folks who are still sticking with the baking method for turkey, well, they just do not know what they're missing, do they? Baked turkey is okay, but fried turkey is out of this world!

The best deep fried turkey is crispy on the outside and has delicious tasting juicy meat on the inside. This distinctive flavor combination has been enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day for many generations. Yet, the one thing that you always have to fear about frying a turkey is not the turkey, but the oil inside of a deep fryer igniting into an unwanted, and dangerous, fireball. Accidental fires caused by unattended turkey fryers have ruined many outside decks and homes. So, how can you enjoy your favorite fried turkey without all the worry?

The answer is to get yourself an infrared turkey fryer.

How Does it Work?

The infrared turkey fryer has a double wall cooking chamber that holds in the infrared heat, which radiates all around the turkey. This strong heat is what cooks the turkey evenly without a drop of oil. Now, you may be wondering where the heat actually comes from, and the answer to that is it has a bottom burner that is fueled by an attached propane tank.

Once you turn it on, the fuel from the propane mixes with the air to create the flames. From that point, hot air rises up through the oblong container creating the convection action that produces plenty of heat for cooking a 16-pound turkey.

Why Infrared Cooking is Safer Than Regular Fryers

Most experienced cooks, who are used to the old way of frying, will acknowledge that they have some worries about cooking with hot oil. Peanut oil, and any other type of oil that is put into a cooker, is going to be highly flammable if it gets over a certain temperature. Unless you are able to watch that pot every second, there's always a chance that a fire can erupt and spread quickly before you have time to react.

In fact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has noted that a majority of turkey cooker fires started while the oil was being heated up. This means it's very dangerous to leave a traditional hot cooker unattended. With the infrared turkey fryer, you no longer have to worry about this because there is not any oil needed.

Healthy Eating

If you're moving towards more healthy eating, using an infrared turkey fryer is a perfect way to ensure that your turkey is still tasty, but is not drenched with lots of fat. The fryer has a compartment at the bottom that allows the juices to drain off, and of course, there's no oil involved so the turkey cooks in its own natural juice.

For extra flavor, you can inject flavorings inside of the turkey or place special seasonings under the skin. The seasonings will give the meat a burst of flavor that stays during the entire cooking process. Your guests will be amazed that your fried turkey tastes just as good – or even better than the oil-cooked version.

Ease of Use

Forget about all of the work involved with purchasing the expensive oil, figuring out a safe place to cook the bird, cleaning up the mess left afterwards and disposing of the used oil. Simply prepare your turkey, place it inside of the infrared turkey fryer, turn it on and allow it to cook for the set amount of time. It's easy, environmentally friendly and a lot faster than the traditional method.

How to Measure Changeable Letters For Your Marquee Sign

Marquee signs are used for community centers, theaters, church signs, school signs, business signs and sidewalk signs. Marquee signs display messages with changeable letters that typically slide into grooved tracking. Each changeable letter is screen printed onto plastic and is available in different sizes, gauges and styles. Select the right size letters for your marquee or your message could end up going completely wrong!

It is very important for sign letters to fit snug into the sign track or they will fall out or blow away. Panel height and thickness are the most significant characteristics to ensure the letters slide and fit properly onto your marquee sign. I can not stress enough how important it is that you measure the panel height and panel thickness.

Here is what you need to measure:

  1. Panel Height
  2. Character Height
  3. Panel Thickness
  4. Width Ratio

Panel Height – The panel height is the outside measurement of the plastic from its top to bottom.

Character Height – The character height is the measurement of the printed character on the plastic panel. Measure from the top of the character to its bottom. Do not include any margins or brand markings in the measurement.

Panel Thickness – There are three main sizes when it comes to the thickness of your changeable letters; 1/32 "(30 mil), 1/16" (60 mil), and 1/12 "(80 mil). These are more commonly known as flexible, semi-rigid and rigid. 30 mil is about the thickness of a playing card and can be bent over from head to toe without breaking. 80 mil is a thick, rigid letter that has very little flexibility to it. The 60 mil is in between and is semi-rigid.

Width Ratio – The width ratio is helpful to determine the font style. Some letter styles are condensed so you can fit more characters on a line. Other letter styles are wider so they are easier to read. Each font style has its own width ratio. The ratio is the proportion of the character's width (measured from left to right) to its height (measured from top to bottom.) It will make more sense to measure an 'N' or 'R, not a' W 'or "I '. The width ratio is expressed as a proportion such as 3: 5 or 1: 1.

Changeable letters fit into a track. There are two basic styles; tracking for thin letters and tracking for thick letters. Marquee signs tracked for thin letters can only use 30 mil sign letters. Marquee signs tracked for thick letters can use 80 mil or 60 mil sign letters but not the 30 mil sign letters.

Communicating your letter requirements to a manufacture is just as important as knowing which dimensions to measure so your order is delivered mistake free. Describe your letter requirements with a manufacturer using the measurements because each manufacturer has different naming conventions.

Amendoim – What is it and How Does it Stack Up to Other Exotic Hardwoods?

As exotic hardwood floors continue to gain in popularity, Amendoim is sprouting up as a popular hardwood flooring option. But what is it exactly, and where does it come from?

Amendoim is commonly referred to as Brazilian Oak, although another species, Tauari, is also called Brazilian Oak, which has lead to a great deal of confusion among the flooring industry. It is grown in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, and is also used to make fine furniture because it sands and shapes very well compared to other hardwoods.

Much like Brazilian Cherry, Amendoim has a reddish hue, but it has a more golden cast, particularly the sapwood. Amendoim Hardwood Floors have more swirls and rings than seen with Brazilian Cherry, but much like its sister specie, its soft brush strokes look as though they were painted on with watercolor. It will darken with sunlight, also like Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors, but it’s a much more subtle difference.

Also like Brazilian Cherry and other exotics, Amendoim is very, very strong, showing top ratings on the Janka hardness scale – 1912, which is above maple and red oak, and equivalent to Santos Mahogany. Brazilian Walnut is considered the strongest at 3680.

Amedoim is available in both solid and engineered hardwoods, with some engineered collections offering very inexpensive options. Engineered products range from $2.89 per square foot to $6.69 depending on the finish, distressing techniques, plank width, and thickness.

You can find solid Amendoim floors ranging from $4.09 per square foot for smaller spaces up to $7.70 for 5 ½ inch wide planks, which are typically the best sellers in all wood flooring products.

Price-wise, Amendoim is somewhat similar to Brazilian Cherry, perhaps a little more expensive, but much of that depends on what you’re looking to do. Handscraped floors will cost more than smoother finishes regardless of the specie. Brazilian Cherry seems to have more engineered options on the market with cheaper prices, but if you’re set on something solid, Amendoim is cheaper.

If you’re still exploring your options for a floor, have a free hardwood floor sample sent to your home so you can actually see the product and cut of the wood. This is particularly important with Amendoim because you could either be getting the tan sapwood or the reddish heartwood. Some cuts have lots of swirls and others don’t. You just want to be sure that you’re getting what you pay for.

A reputable exotic flooring retailer can walk you through the selection process and help you figure out if Amendoim is right for your home.

Constructing a 30-60-90 Day Business Plan

As part of the interview process, many medical device companies will ask the candidate to construct a 30-60-90 day plan. Even if it is not required, doing so will demonstrate to the hiring authority the candidates’ serious intentions towards the particular position they are interviewing for. A well thought out plan will include a preliminary preparation plan in addition to a concise and detailed business plan that includes both tactical and strategic initiatives. I cannot emphasize how important it is to lay out a detailed and well thought out plan. An investment of maybe 3-4 hours will be more than worth the time and effort when the job offer is extended.

-Preliminary preparation-

Preliminary preparation includes initial company research and is more strategic than tactical. If the company is publicly traded, one would want to obtain the annual reports that are available for investors and potential investors and study them. Often, company information on private companies can be purchased through sources such as Hoovers, Zoom Info, or Dunn & Bradstreet. A candidate will also want to meet with the district manager to discuss market analysis and target market, territory, and features/benefits of the products and services offered by the company. For the business to business salesperson, it will be essential to familiarize oneself with the language and buzzwords of the medical and pharmaceutical field. For the medical sales rep, this would be the time to conduct further research on the products and services being offered by the company as well as construction of competitive analysis.

-30 days-

The first 30 days should not only include a thorough understanding of the internal workings of the company, but also include a plan to introduce oneself to all customer contacts. Learning the email system, customer retention management system (CRM), reading and understanding company policy and procedure, attending training programs, mastering product knowledge are all tactical initiatives. Most quality companies do train their sales staff extensively (whether for pharmaceutical sales positions, biotech sales jobs, clinical and research laboratory sales opportunities, or medical device sales). Strategic initiatives include broadening knowledge in the field of medicine, identifying trade groups, and thoroughly understanding the target market.

-60 days-

The next thirty days includes more field time, less training, and more customer interaction. Tactical initiatives would include fine tuning the driving route through the territory, detailed call plan, and fine tuning presentation style. Strategic plans would include studying additional material regarding sales style, meeting with the district manager to discuss progress, and joining industry specific professional groups.

-90 days-

The tactical part of the plan should contain development and implementation of a specific “game plan” which includes setting higher goals for six months and one year, developing target lists of accounts based on needs analysis, and creating and implementing a measurable results call plan. Strategic initiatives would include attending professional networking events, meeting with sales team to assess strengths and weaknesses of the territory, continual research in the medical industry as well as improving sales presentation skills.

Cleaning Your Pool – Don’t Forget the Ladder and Handrails

While many swimming pool owners know how to clean their pool, one of the most overlooked areas to clean is the pool’s ladders and handrails. While most handrails and ladders are stainless steel, they will start to corrode a bit if the water and chlorine mix is not very balanced. So, cleaning them is very important to help keep you pool in tip top shape.

The first thing that you need to do is to remove the handrails and ladders from the pool. They are usually just wedged into the pool so all you should have to do is pop them out. If for some reason they get stuck, then using a rubber mallet should help break them loose. Do not use a regular sledge hammer as that will scratch the stainless steel and could even bend or break them.

Once you have them removed, you are ready to start your cleaning. One other thing that you might want to do is to take the ladder apart. Depending on how dirty it is, it might be easier in the long run to completely disassemble the ladder.

To clean the handrail and ladder, you should use a cleaner like Naval Jelly. Apply the jelly and start to scrub with a plastic scouring pad or plastic brush. Do not use steel wool as this will just scratch it up. Once both items are thoroughly cleaned, then you should shine them back up. The best thing to do for that is to use a light coat of car wax. Remove the wax with a cloth and you should be all set.

So even though most people forget about cleaning their pool steps and handrails, it really is a pretty simple task.