Drop Ceiling Panels – Why Not? They Are Affordable and Flexible

Drop ceiling panels are a very handy way to conceal cables and wires which are passed along the ceiling. Of course, these are generally hidden in roof space when the house if first built, but if you add on lighting or plumbing fixtures at a later date, they work as a secondary ceiling which can cover up any protruding wires. As well as being useful from aesthetic point of view, drop ceiling panels are easy to install and maintain, making them an attractive feature for both homes and office spaces.

Although these kind of panels are used in homes occasionally, they are more commonly found in commercial buildings where décor requires a less homey and comfortable feel. They are generally plain and simple with some choice of texture and color. This makes them easy to replace and maintain as well as being easily accessible. For any maintenance that needs to be done to the wire work and plumbing, access is easily providing by simply removing and replacing one of the panels. If anything should go wrong with the wiring in the roof space it would need to be repaired quickly and efficiently in an office, with this type of ceiling panels that can be achieved.

Drop ceiling panels which are used in homes are often for a functional look which depicts a certain view. They can be incorporated into skylights, special overhead strip lighting and heated bathrooms features. Drop ceiling light panels can be installed alongside the ceiling panels which allows for overhead lighting to be adjoined to the ceiling with easy access and a continuous appearance.

Although these panels are generally plain and simple in appearance, it is possible to have them in designs which are more attractive to the eye. There are stone or wood effect panels as well as some allowing for different textured ceiling designs. By replacing some of the tiles with metal ceiling tiles, you can achieve a more modern and sanitary look which may be required in such a place as a hospital or kitchen.

Although these panels are not elegant or fancy in their appearance, they are a practical and accessible way of providing an aesthetically pleasing but practical ceiling for your office space or home. Easily maintained and replaced, the panels are a very functional and serviceable type of ceiling material.

Flooring Jargon & Lingo – Explained in Plain English

The following definition items are some of the more frequent terms in laminate & wood flooring

Laminate Flooring
Usually made up from 4 different layers the bottom layer being the stabilizing layer the middle being the HDF core layer then comes a paper photographic image and finished of with a top layer of very hardwearing laminate it comes as planks and panels in wood, stone, tile, and other looks.

Solid Wood Flooring
This is made up from 100% wood thickness can range from 10mm up to 22mm and comes in an array of species with the most popular being Oak Beech Maple Ash Cherry most solid wood floors can be nailed down through the groove at a 35 degree angle or can be fully glued to the floor.

Structured Flooring
This is made up from 3 different layers all of which are laid on top of each other at 90 degree angles this stops the wood from expanding the bottom and middle layer usually consists of spruce wood and on top of this is a layer of real hardwood which can range in thickness from between 1.5mm and 4mm the overall thickness of structured flooring can range from 10mm to 14mm this can be laid in several ways with the most common being glue between the tongue and groove

Engineered Flooring
This is another name for the above structured flooring

Veneer Flooring
This is very similar to laminate flooring it has a stabilizing base layer and a middle layer of HDF but the top layer is a thin layer of real wood usually around 0.7mm thick this cannot be sanded down the overall thickness can range from between 7mm & 10mm

Plank Flooring
This is when the whole of the flooring board is cut from the wood in one piece and can come in structured engineered veneer or sold wood flooring because it is out of one cut this type of flooring is usually a lot more expensive than 2 strip or 3 strip flooring.

Two Strip Flooring

Much the same as above but this time there are 2 different strips of wood on the surface of the flooring.

Three Strip Flooring
Here the width of the board is made up from 3 different pieces of flooring because these are smaller pieces of wood they are also cheaper to buy.

Oiled Flooring
This is when the surface of the hardwood floor is finished of with usually around 3-4 layers of special oil this gives the floor protection while allowing the natural beauty of the floor to come out.

Lacquered Flooring
This is when the surface of the hardwood flooring is finished off with a lacquer to give the floor even better added protection. This usually consists of 3-4 layers of lacquer.

Unfinished Flooring
This is when the flooring comes with no finish at all just the natural wood it is recommended that you apply one of the above finishes this can be done after installation.

Brinell Hardness Test
This is a test of the hardness of the hardwood flooring which involves pressing a 10mm steel ball against the hardwood flooring this method is now used worldwide on wood as well as metal.

V Groove
This is a groove on the edges of the flooring and can be applied to any flooring.

Sore Penis Avoidance Tips: Proper Use of a Penis Pump

Let’s face it: men do tend to have a bit of an obsession when it comes to penis size, even when they’re already endowed with a member of perfectly acceptable length and width. Many men will even risk a very sore penis if it means adding a little extra “heft” to their manhood. The penis pump is one of the most common methods used by men to add a little something extra to their equipment. But anyone using a penis pump needs to take proper steps so the device doesn’t compromise the man’s penis health.

Used under proper conditions, a penis pump can be a relatively safe way to obtain a temporary enlargement of the penis. However, it’s important to remember that, as with just about any attempt to alter the penis, there are always some risks associated with it. It’s also important to remember that the benefits of the penis pump are temporary: the additional length or girth doesn’t last for an extended period of time.

The penis pump

So just what is a penis pump? Essentially, it is a cylinder that is placed over the penis, after which the air is pumped out of the pump, creating a “vacuum” in the cylinder and around the penis. The pressure from this vacuum helps draw blood into the penis, creating an erection. (In some instances, warm water is used to flood the cylinder initially. The water is then pumped out with the air. This is called a water penis pump or hydro pump.)

A penis pump is often recommended for men with erectile issues, as it can help them obtain an erection. Many men, however, use a penis pump for not only obtaining an erection but to obtain a larger erection than normal, which can occur with use of the pump. For those seeking this effect, here are a few tips to consider:

– Be sure the pump has a pressure gauge. Each pump should be packaged with instructions on a “safe” pressure range for use; however, unless there is a gauge that tells the user what pressure level he is currently at, he can’t know when to stop pumping.

– Disinfect the pump. A new cylinder pump should be thoroughly cleaned before it is used for the first time and also before every subsequent use, in order to clear it of any bacteria which may have gotten in.

– Limit use. Most manufacturers recommend using the pump only once a day – and those who are new to the process should limit its use to two or three times per week until they become accustomed to it. Sessions should be limited to 15-20 minutes.

– Warm up before use. Before inserting the penis into the pump, it’s a good idea to warm it up in order to get blood flowing. Soak a towel in warm water, wring it out and wrap it around the penis for two minutes. Repeat two or three times. Afterward, massage the penis until it is at least partially erect before insertion into the tube.

– Stop if there is pain. If a man experiences pain during the pumping process, he should cease operation. If there is pain, bruising or clotting, use should be suspended.

– As mentioned, there are risks with penis pump use, so a man should monitor the situation carefully and see a doctor if he fears there has been damage.

Even when used correctly, a man may end up with a sore penis from using a penis pump. Fortunately, regular use of a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help alleviate soreness. When a crème contains both a high-end emollient (like Shea butter) and a natural hydrator (like vitamin E), it is in an excellent position to replenish the oils that can be depleted during sexual use, damaging the skin and creating rawness. A crème with alpha lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant, can also provide a layer of protection to the penis skin that a man will greatly appreciate.

Using the Principles in "The Richest Man In Babylon"

It is just amazing to me that the wisdom from 8000 years ago still holds true today. I have just finished re-reading a classic called “The Richest Man in Babylon” that was written in the 1920’s. For anyone that hasn’t read it, I highly recommend that you do. It is a short book that is a quick and easy read. The main topic of the book is “The seven cures for a lean purse”. Since millions of folks are struggling with this same problem today, it is still a timely book.

The Richest Man in Babylon explains the basics of money and reveals the secret to personal wealth through stories and Babylonian parables. It talks about the secrets not only to acquiring money, but keeping your money and making it work for you. It also addresses how “good luck” is almost always preceded by “opportunity”, and that it is by acting immediately on opportunity that brings us our good fortune or “good luck”.

Babylon was a wealthy and glamorous city located by the Euphrates River. There were no forests or mines or other natural resources in this area that would enable those residents to earn a living. All of the resources of this civilization were man made. What they did have was the river and fertile soil and they devised dams and elaborate irrigation systems so that they could harvest crops.

The Babylonians were the first engineers, astronomers and mathematicians. They were also the first to have a written language which they carved into clay tablets. Whole libraries of these tablets have been found by archaeologists. It was upon these tablets that they recorded all of their stories.

The Seven Cures for a Lean Purse

“If you have a great desire for wealth and take advantage of opportunities available to everyone, anyone can become wealthy.”

The First Cure. Start thy purse to fattening.

The first cure is the principle that we call “pay yourself first”. Keep 1/10th of everything you earn. This money is the part of your earnings that you will invest.

The Second Cure. Control thy expenditures.

A lot of folks ask how they can keep 1/10th of everything they make, if they can’t cover their day to day expenditures. The advice given in this book is the same advice that any financial planner would give you today. And that is, keep cutting until you have a “balanced budget” in spite of the pain.

The Third Cure. Make thy gold multiply.

This principle points out that you must invest wisely to grow your money. After you are disciplined to save 1/10th of all you earn and have your expenditures in line, then it is vital to invest the money you are putting aside so that it will work for you and grow. Thousands of years ago, the Babylonians understood the “power of compounding”. While they describe it differently, the principle is still the same.

The Fourth Cure. Guard thy treasures from loss.

The basis of this principle might be compared to what we call “if it seems too good to be true it probably is”. It reminds us not to been tempted by opportunities that seem to be a shortcut to wealth; to invest only where our principle is safe, where we can get our money back if we desire, and where we will make a good return.

The Fifth Cure. Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment.

The men of Babylon were encouraged to take part of their earnings and buy a home. They understood that this would not only make for a happy family, but that owning property was indeed a wise investment that would help them to grow richer.

The Sixth Cure. Insure a future income.

This principle is about making preparations for when you are no longer young (for retirement) and for a possible time that you might no longer be with your family should you die. The sixth cure talks about investing in real estate as a means for providing future income. It specifies that all men should make regular payments in order to pay off the mortgage on the property in a timely manner. This would insure that he had “treasure” for his old age and for the protection of his family, no matter how prosperous his business and his investments may be.” Accumulating wealth from real estate was to be in addition to other earnings from business and investments.

The Seventh Cure. Increase thy ability to earn.

The seventh and final principle addresses the idea that we all need to increase our capacity to earn. The book states that preceding any accomplishment must be desires which are strong and definite. In addition to the strong desires, you must have a plan that is easy to execute. It cannot be beyond a man’s training or be so complicated that he will be defeated.

The value of additional education is also addressed as well as the value of a good work ethic. The seventh cure points out that wealth is accumulated first in small sums, then in larger ones as a man learns and becomes more capable. Even 8000 years ago, they understood that “the more you know the more you can earn”.

No book about money would be complete without touching on the subject of debt. The Richest Man in Babylon talks about debt and the negative effects it has on your life as well as the principles for getting out of debt. The formula laid out in the book states that 1/10th of all earnings should still be put aside even if you have debt. You were then instructed to take 2/10ths of the remainder of your earnings and use this to pay on your debt until it was paid in full.

As you can see, the principles for sound money management are pretty much the same today as they were 8000 years ago. I would encourage anyone that hasn’t read this book to pick up a copy today at your local book store or head on over to my blog and pick up a free e-book.

If you want to learn how to ditch that 9 to 5 job and replace a $50,000 income in one year, let me show you the way.

Awnings – Definition and Types

What is an awning?

An awning is a canopy made of canvas to shelter people or things from rain or sun, usually one will use the word awning about a roof-like cover extending over or in front of a window utilizing protection from the sun or from rain.
Awnings not only protect your family from the sun's harsh rays, they also help to prevent your valuable furnishings from fading and help stabilizing the internal temperature of your home.

The different types of awning

The different types of awnings available on the market includes those awnings made to cover up an entire patio or just the regular types that are used to keep the sun out of the window. You can get awnings in all shapes and sizes. A typical type of awning is the one you can have in-between a wall and your garden, an awning of this type will typically expand your home into your garden and integral lighting ensures great opportunity for evening use. If you combine your awning with a heating lamp you can sit outside at night in colder countries, if you on the other hand are situated in a warm country your awning may provide good protection from the sun while enjoying your midday coffee.

Prices and distributors of awnings

The prices vary from $ 300 up to $ 3000 or more. The smartest thing to do if you are very price sensitive upon purchasing your awnings is to make a list of distributors in your local vicinity. Often there are more sellers than you would think at first thought. Usually specialized awning-stores carry awnings. But you can also find them in a variety of different locations. Often local carpenters have a deal with a manufacturer, or you can stop by your local hardware store to get help there. It will often be useful to check the Internet for web based awning stores, which there is quite the abundance of. In the evaluation of the prices collected you will often also want to know if the awning will be installed at the price specified or if that comes as an extra. Installing awnings can often be difficult if you are not experienced at performing such tasks. It is also important to remember that allot of awning dealerships will be willing to bargain for the price of their awnings. A good strategy here is to offer to pay what they want for the awning if they are willing to install it for free. Usually they will not accept such a trade, but you will be on good way to get your awnings at a fair price.

The Latest in Permanent Driveway Pavement – Decomposed Granite

The bane of existence for homeowners is often the need to replace an old driveway. Unfortunately, driveways over time deteriorate as the effects of nature bombard them. The elements take a toll on driveways regardless of their construction. Whether it is concrete, blacktop, brick pavers or simply dirt, driveways are always in need of replacement or reconditioning at some point. The latest in decorative, yet durable driveway material may be found in decomposed granite.

Decomposed rock granite is a concoction of crumbled rocks made of granite that has decomposed along with other trace minerals. This decomposition creates a myriad of colors. The granite is mixed with an artificial resin so that it can be used similar to concrete. Also known as poly driveway material, decomposed granite is poured and molded to create fantastic looking driveways, paths and even patios.

The material in decomposed granite is combined to create a highly durable and strong material. These driveways are becoming popular for their strength and resilience in highly trafficked areas. Another positive aspect of decomposed granite is that there are different colors that can be chosen from. Many who use the material for home driveways choose red or gold shades. These colors along with the structure of the materials, provides driveways and paths with a rustic appearance.

Although decomposed rock granite may be the newest thing, it has been the most successful on the West Coast. Areas where large temperature swings are present along with the potential for snowy conditions may be the true acid test.

Learn to Play Bridge – Rules and Tips

Bridge is a very popular game and is widely played around the world. It is played online, it is played in clubs, it is played in people’s homes. It is so popular that virtually every cruise ship has a bridge card game room and many bridge holidays are run in a variety of venues around the world.

It is fun, it’s sociable, it’s a great way of meeting new friends and keeping your brain active. So it isn’t surprise that each year many people decide they want to learn how to play.

Here are a few hints, tips and some basic rules to get you started.

Basic Rules

To play bridge you need four people, a table and a standard pack of 52 playing cards (you discard the jokers). The players form partnerships and partners sit opposite each other. Each player is assigned to one of the four points of the compass as they sit around the table. East & West are one partnership and North & South are the other.

At the start of a game, each player is dealt 13 cards. They sort the cards into suits and then value their hand. To value a hand the player counts 4 points for each Ace they hold, 3 for each King, 2 for each Queen and 1 for each Jack.

As an example, imagine you have been dealt this hand:

A, J 10 5 Spades, K Q 7 Hearts, Q J 6 5 Diamonds, K 2 Clubs.

You hold 1 Ace (worth 4 points), 2 kings (worth a total of 6 points), 2 queens (worth a total of 4 points) and 2 jacks (worth a total of 2 points). So the value of your hand is 16 points.

Bridge is a trick taking game and each trick comprises 4 cards – one from each player. At the start of each trick the player who won the previous trick plays a card. The other players must play a card from the same suit, if they hold one. If they don’t they can play another suit. If a “trump” suit is being used, playing a card from the trump suit will win the trick, provided another player doesn’t play a higher trump card.

Whether or not a trump suit is being used is decided before the card play starts, when the players make their “bids”. The aim of bridge is to win at least the number of tricks that your partnership has said it will make if you win the bidding. The main aim of the bidding is to give your partner information about the content of your hand to help you decide how many tricks you think you can win.

In the bidding, players bid in a clockwise direction. A player won’t open the bidding unless they hold at least 12 points in their hand. If all players hold fewer than 12 points then the cards are redealt, although the final player has the option to open with fewer than 12 points if they feel their hand merits doing so.

Once a player has opened the bidding, there are two main decisions to be made. The other partnership has to decide whether to bid against the opener and their partner, or whether to let the opener and partner continue bidding unopposed. Meanwhile, opener and their partner are trying to exchange information about the make-up of their hands to decide how many tricks they think they can win.

There are 13 tricks in each game of bridge. The first 6 tricks are not bid for, so a bid of 1 means that the player believes they can win 7 tricks (6 +1). Bids can be suit bids or No Trumps. If the game is being played with a suit bid then a player can win a trick by “trumping” with a card from that suit IF they don’t hold a card in the suit being played. If the game is being played in No Trumps, then trumps are not played. (Note here that trumping is often referred to as ruffing by bridge players.)

Those are the basic rules that it is helpful to know before learning the intricacies of the bidding.

Hints and Tips

Practice. As with many things, practice is the best way of learning. If you enrol on a class or take lessons online, it is very helpful to try and play in between sessions. There are many websites or downloadable apps which allow you to play bridge against “robots” or dummy players. The great thing about the robots is they have infinite patience and really don’t care if you make wrong moves. A great way of learning and having fun in the comfort of your own home.

Learn one thing at a time. Learning bridge bidding can seem daunting with many conventions and rules. If you try to learn too much at once it will seem overwhelming. Find a good teacher or online site and learn one topic at a time. Don’t try to rush ahead – make sure you have understood each topic before moving on and trying to learn something new. As I have said to many of my own students: “It’s not a competition. Learn at your own pace.”

Don’t spend too long on each learning session. If you find yourself spending too many hours at one time trying to learn a topic you will stress yourself and start to get muddled. For beginners one hour at a time, if you are learning at home, is quite long enough. Take a break. If you try to learn too much at once you will simply forget it all.

Revision. If you enrol on a local bridge course, try to go through the topics you have learnt before the next lesson. This, along with some home practice play, will help you remember the topics that you learnt. Don’t try to get ahead of your teacher. Take it slowly – that way you will learn more in the long run.

Changing the Filter for Your Fan Is Important

Duration

The amount of life you can get from any 120mm fan filter depends on your environment. Some can do well for 6 months and others need to be changed every 3 or 4 months. Check it periodically to decide that timeframe. Make a note on a calendar so it can get done on time. Don’t put it off and that can cut how effective your fan will be.

In a business setting, it can be useful to buy many of them and then to get them all on the same maintenance schedule. This will make sure none of them slip through the cracks. The process of changing them is fast so it isn’t going to take long to get them all done.

Fit

It is important to make sure the 120mm fan filter is going to fit. Obtain measurements so you can be confident it is the right item. Most of them fit very snuggly and you have to take out the screws on the old holder. Then you remove the old filter, put in the new one, and place the screws back in to hold it securely in place.

It is important to look for a product that is easy to install. Some 120mm fan filter products are frustrating to work with. Others are able to be changed in very little time. Look for feedback from other customers to determine this information. You don’t want a product that is going to turn into a hassle.

High Density

For the best results, look for a 120mm fan filter design that is labeled as high density. This is going to have a smaller space for particles to get through in the filter due to the screen mesh being tight together. As a result, the dust and allergens in the area can be captured and not released around your environment.

Spend some time looking at the products and comparing the screening. Doing so will give you an understanding of what the differences are between them. It is a good idea to check out the thickness of the screen and the materials it is made from. There can be plenty of differences so don’t assume these products you find will be the same.

Cost

The price will vary based on what you buy, but they aren’t expensive at all. It is recommended to buy one made from good quality materials so it is going to do the job successfully. Don’t try to save a few bucks only to discover it didn’t last like you thought it would.

Fan Life

Routine maintenance including changing the 120mm fan filter regularly will help your fan to last. It will cut the risk of repairs or the need to replace it. Both of those can be quite expensive compared to the cost of the filter. Get into this habit so you can save money overall and improve the circulation of the air.

These are small and often used for computers. Dust and debris can be a huge issue for your computer as it can cause it to overheat if the fan isn’t working like it should. Don’t overlook this as a means of keeping your devices working like you need them to.

LCD Wall Mounts Installation Tips

Wall mounting a picture or a piece of art is quite simple. You may appreciate it better if you are a professional artist. Once you finish your masterpiece you get it framed, find a suitable place to hang the picture and hang it.

There ends the matter. However, LCD wall mounts are comparatively difficult, particularly if you want to do it yourself.

The first step would be to ascertain whether the model can be wall mounted. This can be ascertained by checking the box or the owner's manual if it contains a mention of the words 'VESA Compatible' or just VESA mount. VESA is an acronym for "Video Electronics Standards Association" and it implies that the TV can be wall mounted. Next comes the most difficult part – selecting an appropriate mount for your LCD TV. You have to also consider whether you want a tilt to your LCD TV wall mount since a wall mount which is capable of a tilt can help reduce glare from a window, which was not anticipated.

As regards mounts, there are a variety of ready made wall mounts available in the market. You have wall mounts which permit tilting, rotating and swiveling movements, and also shift from landscape to portrait position just by rotating. The swivel and tilts can also be set to resist movement or permit limited movement. There are models which allow or can carry specific weights. You also have types with arms that allow folding so that the LCD TV is seated flat against the wall. You can also select a wall mount based on the LCD TV size.

Once you purchase the mount according to your liking, you have to decide whether to do the LCD wall mount yourself or to call in a professional. If you are going to do it yourself then the following can be used as guidelines.

The first step in mounting an LCD will be to decide where the LCD mount will be. The degree of difficulty will depend upon the location of where you intend to mount the LCD since you have to take into consideration a host of factors including protrusions on the walls, the distance from the electric socket to the place where the LCD mount will be, etc. You can . Read more You information on lcd televisions at Http://www.toplcdtelevisions.com

Second ensure that the tool kit contains all the tools necessary for a mount. Many a time when you begin work and after some progress has been made, you find that you lack a particular tool and ultimately end up calling the
professional, after having done half the job yourself. And just because you had done part of the job he is not going
to give you a discount either. So, if you are not sure whether you have all the tools necessary for the job, better call the professional right away.

Tools you may need for wall mounting the LCD TV:

Tape measure

Screwdrivers

A socket set

Cordless drill

Stud finder

The above provides you with some inputs and some precautions you need take into consideration to wall mount LCD TVs.

5 Ways to Make Money on Craigslist

Have you ever found yourself wondering how to make money on Craigslist?

The site is a virtual online smorgasbord of ways to make money if you know how to do it. There are at least five easy ways to earn money through the services offered on Craigslist. The coolest thing about Craigslist is its completely free to join, visit your community, check out groups and list items or services.

  1. One of the most popular ways to make money on Craigslist is to clean out all the unused and unwanted items that are just cluttering up the place; practice a little feng shui, and list them on Craigslist. Make sure they’re in good used condition, give contact instructions, and then go meet them to exchange item for money. Presto a clean house equals a quick profit.
  2. The second way you can earn money is to go to the ‘gigs’ section and see what is available in your area that you might be willing to do. People are always looking for someone to walk a dog, sit with an elderly loved one, take junior to soccer practice, or play for their wedding. Whatever your passion or hobby you should be able to find a gig or several gigs to keep you busy. You can also list your services and what you’d charge for your services. What a fun way to make money doing something you love.
  3. The third way to make money on Craigslist is to buy and resell items. One way to accomplish this is to look in the free section to get items at no cost or a low price. If you’re handy with a hammer or scissors you can fix up the item and resell it for a profit. Many of the top buyers and sellers on Craigslist know that you must get up early in the morning to get the best deals. Craigslist bumps older listings to the end of the page or off completely and puts the newest ones first. This keeps the freshest items on the top. What that means to any serious Craigslister is that you must refresh your item frequently. In order to relist your item you need to delete the old one and then add the new ad. Always make sure the ad is concise and catchy.
  4. Of course there is a section for jobs offered in your city. Most of the jobs will be either temporary or permanent but they are primarily part time. There is no cap on how many jobs you can take or apply for on Craigslist so your chances of successfully finding a job are pretty good.
  5. If you enjoy buying and reselling you may want to consider opening an online store and becoming a merchant. Once you open your e-commerce business you can list items on Craigslist then direct your customers to your website. This can be a particularly profitable way to utilize some of the services offered on the Craigslist site. You can also join forums in your city to talk about your business and promote yourself and what you have to offer.

Many people are making a lot of money online and one of the best places to do it is on Craigslist. Whether you are an online retailer or a brick and mortar store, Craigslist is a great place to promote your business.

Mosaic Wall Tile – Quick Review & Recommendations!

Mosaic Wall Tile remodeling can truly give you that opportunity to easily remodel your home by yourself. When it comes to contemporary surface coverings, it’s the natural look and feel of these tiles that makes them so special and popular. If you are interested about Easy do-it-yourself tiling techniques – read the following article.

Quick overview

Mosaic Wall Tile is about gathering similar natural pebbles that are attached onto a fixed size (usually 12″ x 12″) mesh backing. If you ever spent your holidays on the South East Asian Islands, you’ll probably notice that most of these imported stone tiles are originated from these beaches. You can easily tile anywhere at home: Shower bases, bathroom walls and floors (including sink walls), kitchen walls, borders, patio floorings, fireplaces and even swimming pools and decks.

Main advantages

What is in it for us?

* Easy do-it-yourself installation that doesn’t require any special skills or professional background.

* Easy to be replaced if needed.

* Can be used for virtually unlimited applications at home, in the office, restaurants, hotels, etc.

Tips to go!

* If you want to enhance the color of the stones transforming it glossy or matte finish, use natural stone color enhancer right before applying the sealer.

* Measure the designated area first, and then add 5%-7% more to your order just as a backup for future use and in case you may need to repair or cut small tile pieces in order to tile small /narrow spaces.

* Laminate the stones with a sealer prior to installation – it’ll protect it from liquids, dirt and detergents transforming it even more durable.

On the bottom line

Mosaic Wall Tile remodeling can easily improve the look of any space and a great do-it-yourself project for all you weekend warriors. It won’t be that difficult to find other great benefits provided by this quick do-it-yourself tiling technique, simply because it offers countless opportunities for professional and unprofessional installers whether they decorate at home or in the office. Although this is a quick review, it is highly recommended to keep these tips and advices once you prepare for installation.

Painting Business Management Principles – Motivating Painters

If we look backwards from the reasons that employees give for quitting, and take those negatives and reverse them, we come up with a rewards system that empowers our employees. When people feel empowered and confident, and they know that their empowerment and confidence come from recognition in the workplace, they are happy individuals.

If we believe that happy employees are motivated employees then here are 8 ways to keep them motivated.

– Start with good employees, if you concentrate on character rather than skills you are then more than half-way to motivating your employees

– Learn to evaluate and talk to them, this is not the praise or rewards, but feedback about the task they are presently doing.

– Praise, acknowledgment, if one of the top reasons why employees quit is lack of recognition, then recognition for good work seems to carry a lot of importance.

– At the same time you need discipline, if a good employee sees unwanted behavior going unpunished, then that good employee loses his own feeling of being better.

– When you give clear instructions, you get clear results.

– Listen; really listen to your employees.

– Write letters to them mentioning their good behavior; keep track of who does what, not just the bad. Keep track of the good behavior

– Make a presentation or award them, make it public so their coworkers see.

The funny thing is that when I first thought about motivation, I thought about monetary rewards, and that is still effective, but all of these motivators cost nothing. The only thing that they cost is a little thought about the individual.

Are not we all happy with some personal recognition? I saw a program on the Discovery Channel that spoke about who were better bosses, and what they said was that men's style was to reward the better workers and critisize the not so effective workers. Women's style was to encourage the good and the bad, and that women got better results.

What Is the Difference Between Romex 12/2 and SOOW 12/2?

There are many differences between Romex® and SOOW cables because they were engineered to fit different applications. Some applications are indoors, some are outdoors, some are underground and some have a large amount of daily impact that the copper will need protection from.

Romex® 12/2 wire is designed with one strand of solid 12 AWG copper while SOOW 12/2 has 65 copper strands in each of the conductors designed specifically for flexibility. Since Romex® is more commonly snaked through walls and conduit it’s much easier for installers to have a stiff cable that holds its form while being pushed up a wall. On the other hand SOOW is a type of portable cord which is the same cable used to build extension cords. Having a flexible extension cord is always a bonus because it helps the coiling and uncoiling process along with carrying it from one location to the next.

The next major difference is the jacket of each cable. Romex® NMB cable has a thin PVC jacket simply manufactured to send multiple wires from point A to point B at once. It has no added protection towards moisture or chemicals that the outdoors could bring. SOOW cable has a thick rubber jacket built for flexibility, ware and tare from being constantly handled and resistance to water, oils and gasses due to being used outdoors.

SOOW is one of the few cables that does NOT come with an additional ground wire on top of the designated number of conductors. Romex® 12 AWG 2 conductor will come with a 3rd wire as a bare copper ground wire. SOOW 12 2 cable comes with a total of 2 wires that are insulated and that’s it.

Two similarities between the cables are their voltage rating of 600 volts and their amperage rating. Since a 12 AWG wire is a 12 AWG wire whether it has 1 strand of copper or 65 strands it will carry the same amount of AMPS.

As you can see from this article it’s easier to discuss the differences between the two cables than it is to discuss the similarities. If you’re confused about the type of protection your electrical wire needs than you should speak to your supplier or wire and cable. They are great at understanding the different approvals of each cable and whether it can be used in certain locations or not. Your electrician can help you figure out the size of the cable you need to meet the NEC code when the installation gets inspected.

Trespade: The Leading Brand in Commercial Mincers

The Trespade brand has been an authority in innovative products since 1894. In fact, Trespade is accredited with manufacturing the first commercial meat mincer. The head office is located in Torino, Italy and their range of meat mincers and sausage fillers are distributed world-wide. They have models available for home industries and hunters to supermarkets and larger butcheries. The compact design, unsurpassed quality and reliability make Trespade the only choice when it comes to commercial meat mincers.

The Trespade No. 22 Mincer is the ideal mincer for farmers, hunters, game lodges and home industries. It is such a reliable and powerful mincer that it is also well-suited as a backup unit in large butcheries. You could make a variety of minces and add spices or additional ingredients that will make your brand of mince unique and more flavourful. It would a good idea to try out some mince recipes and discover which ones are suited for your home industry or game lodge. Then offer a selection of flavoured mince to your customers. The unique flavour along with the quality of mince that you use will have them coming back for more, which will, in turn, increase your establishment’s popularity.

This piece of commercial catering equipment has many benefits due to its design. It is, therefore, a powerful unit that is able to achieve high levels of output.

The Technical Specifications of the MNT0022 are as follows:

  • It has an output of approximately 180200kg per hour. You can make loads of mince within a day.
  • It has 0.56kW of power at 240 volts and 50 hertz. So there is enough power for continuous use.
  • The worm speed is 82rpm. It can quickly prepare the mince.
  • The machine’s weight is 18.5kg. It is a lightweight machine that you can place in any corner or on most surfaces in your commercial kitchen.

If you are in the hospitality industry then a high performing Trespade Mincer can help you maximize sales while saving you time and money. The Trespade brand is synonymous with functionality, precision, and unsurpassed reliability. It is manufactured to withstand many hours of use and is, therefore, an ideal piece of catering equipment for any busy establishment that serves many customers on a daily basis. If you are in the market for a commercial mincer look no further as the Trespade Mincer is the number one choice because of its performance and ease of use.

Exercise NOW To Shovel Snow And Avoid The Heart Attack

It’s the beginning of snow season. Where I live in the Midwest, we are getting our first real snow fall of the year. Other parts of the country have already had thick or even paralyzing snowfalls. There’s also ice and fallen trees to contend with. Big problems that need to be cleared.

Snow means heart attack and back injury. That’s it. There really is nothing else to say. If you have to dig out your driveway or sidewalk, if you have to push the car off a patch of ice or out of a ditch, or just chasing the kids through snow – your heart is going to pound itself out of your chest, your back will tie itself up in knots, and every other muscle will cramp and pull.

What do you do? Well, even though you’ve got holiday plans and the “end of the year: wrapup at work, you MUST find time to get into condition.

The easiest and fastest way is to begin a daily 30 minute (work up to this if you’re out of shape) bodyweight exercise routine that focuses on the heart:

-squats. Lots of them and every day. The great thing about squats is that you can do sets of 50 or 100 several times during the day.

-pushups. Do Hindu pushups or divebombers, as these will stretch the back as well as strengthen.

-jumping jacks. Yep. The old elementary school staple. Do a lot of these, for aerobic and breathing improvement.

If nothing else will motivate you to start exercising right now, how about this: the number 5 reason people go to the ER during the holiday season is injuries from Christmas toys. The number 1 reason is heart attacks. I’d rather have my kids tease me about getting my finger pinched while setting up the bike, than remember Christmas as the day daddy died. Make this Christmas holiday full of the RIGHT memories.