How to Wear Hoodies: A Style Guide for Men

If you are under the impression that men’s hoodies – or hooded sweatshirts – are nothing more than a poorly-cut duffel sweater with uninteresting prints, it’s time for you to think again. Hoodies have always been the go-to piece of clothing for many people. You can throw on a sweatshirt over a pair of jeans and know you’d look good. Although they have been a very casual piece due to their athletic undertones, just like a knitted sweater, they keep you warm, make for great layering, and are versatile enough for dressing up or down. With designers giving their own twists to this comfy garment, hoodies are here to stay.

How to Choose The Colors of Your Hoodies

Choosing your hoodie colors depends to a large extent on the rest of your attire. The great thing about a neutral colored hoodie is that it balances out bold or bright colors. For instance, a white or off-white hoodie would look good with light colored pants and a chequered shirt. A black hoodie would complement a pair of faded jeans and a simple white t-shirt.

The basic rule when it comes to choosing hoodie colors is to keep it simple. Start with light colors like white, grey, blue, or ivory, and move over to darker shades like black, maroon, and navy. That way, you can mix and match your hooded sweatshirts with both neutral colored as well as bright colored clothing.

How to Wear A Hoodie

Men’s hoodies have risen from just gym wear to an everyday wardrobe essential. There is a hooded sweatshirt for every occasion- from floral to abstract prints to solid colors. Today’s men are not afraid to experiment. Hoodies can be used for layering or worn on their own with a simple pair of jeans or chinos for those casual days when you just want comfort without neglecting style. With a hoodie, you can get creative while layering your outfits. You can also use a hoodie to create a fine balance between a smart edge and casualness Try a grey hoodie with burgundy chinos, tan hiking boots and coordinating grey chunky socks for a look that speaks volumes without trying at all.

In colder months, the cardigan-hoodie combo works just as great. A hoodie also works well when worn under a trench coat. Just make sure to not wear a thick hoodie under a trench coat in order to avoid looking stuffed or overweight.

From a brisk day not quite fit for a jacket to one of those occasions when you don’t feel like dressing up in fancy clothes, hoodies will always come to your rescue.

How to Choose A Hoodie

When you want your hoodies to be part of your style statement, you must invest some time and thought into choosing them. If you’re pairing your hoodies with a jacket, coat, or cardigan, make sure your hoodie isn’t longer than the jacket or coat. If you intend to wear your hoodies in summer, check to see if the material is fine linen for maximum comfort.

Hooded sweatshirts are versatile, functional, and boost your style quotient no matter when or where you wear them. Have you chosen yours yet?

Uric Acid Symptoms – 5 Simple Tips to Ditch Your Uric Acid Symptoms of Gout

Your uric acid symptoms of gout – inflammation, swelling, redness, heat and agonising pain – are caused by uric acid crystals in your joints, tendons and surrounding tissues. The most common joints are the big toe, ankle and knee, but, almost any joint can be affected. Here, you’ll discover how to ditch your uric acid symptoms by using 5 simple tips.

Uric acid is produced when ‘purines’ breakdown in our bodies after carrying out the vital work of converting our food to energy and genes to proteins. Purines are chemical compounds that appear naturally in our body cells and in much of our foods. So any remedy for gout has to take your diet into consideration.

Here are 5 simple ways to reduce your uric acid symptoms of gout, starting with your diet:-

1. You must avoid foods with high levels of purines. These are foods such as, red meats, offal, game, gravy, broth, poultry, shellfish, fish roe, sardines, mackerel, legumes, lentils, yeast extracts, etc. Also alcohol. Avoid alcohol, especially beer!

2. Eating 5 portions of fresh vegetables and fruit every day helps to flush uric acid out of your system. But avoid cauliflower, asparagus and mushrooms because they are relatively high in purines.

3. It is very important to flush excess acid out of your system by drinking at least 2 litres of water every day.

4. Eat plenty of cherries: a cupful at each meal. They have antioxident and anti-inflammatory powers and are known as a very effective natural remedy for gout.

5. Take Alfalfa to reduce acid levels. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. You can take it in seed form, capsules or liquid extracts.

These are just some of the many natural treatments for relieving uric acid symptoms of gout.

But what you need to consider now is how to prevent your gout returning again and again. If all you do is get rid of the symptoms each time you suffer an attack, without doing anything to prevent further gout attacks, you run the risk of possible permanent joint damage due to these recurring bouts of gout. Ideally, you need to relieve the pain of gout symptoms now, and, prevent your gout returning in the future.

Wisconsin Contract Law – What Makes a Legally Binding Contract?

As a business owner, you probably enter into contractual relationships every day. Many of you deal with written contracts on a fairly regular basis. However, do you understand the basic concepts of contract law and what makes a legally binding contract? Do you know what to look for when reviewing contracts prepared by the other party, or your own attorney that make it a legally binding contract?

Under Wisconsin contract law, legally binding contracts, whether oral or written, require three basic components: offer, acceptance, and consideration. An “offer” requires that one party offers to provide something of value to another party, which is then “accepted” by that other party. “Consideration” is what the two parties are obligated to exchange with each other as part of the contract. Consideration must be something of value, and the consideration must be mutual, i.e. both sides must provide something of value under the contract. For example, an agreement whereby a party agrees to pay you $1,000.00, without receiving anything in exchange, is by definition not a contract.

Typically, consideration takes the form of money paid in exchange for the provision of goods or services. This holds true for multi-million dollar transactions between international conglomerates, and when you take your car in for repairs by a mechanic. One corporation agrees to pay millions of dollars for another corporation to develop specific software or some other product, and you pay your mechanic to replace your spark plugs. In either case, there is an offer, acceptance, and consideration, and therefore an enforceable and legally binding contract. Keep in mind, however, that legally binding contracts may require consideration other than money, for example when two parties agree to exchange parcels of real estate.

Under Wisconsin contract law, all contracts also come with an implied duty of “good faith and fair dealing” on the part of both parties to the contract. While this is admittedly a rather broad phrase, in essence it means that, once an agreement has been reached, both parties have an obligation to make reasonable efforts to fulfill their respective obligations, and to avoid taking actions that would hinder the performance of the contract.

Parties to contracts have the right to enforce them in courts of law. Generally, the remedies for breach of contract take one of two forms, either specific performance or monetary damages. Specific performance is an equitable remedy most often awarded in cases involving real estate transactions, and consists of the Court ordering the breaching party to fulfill its obligations, i.e. “specifically perform” the contract.

In most cases, the remedy for breach of contract is money damages, usually in the form of “consequential” damages. Consequential damages are those damages that flow naturally from one party’s breach of a contract, and can include the cost to replace a product that was never delivered, the cost to repair a defective product, and any resulting lost profits. However, consequential damages must be “reasonably foreseeable” at the time the contract was created in order to be recoverable.

With certain exceptions, oral contracts may be just as valid and legally binding as a written contract. As an attorney, I recommend that whenever possible, contractual obligations be set forth in a written document signed by both parties. As a general rule, courts are required to look only at the written contract itself to interpret the parties’ obligations, unless there is some ambiguity in the contract. In the absence of a written agreement, or when an ambiguity exists in a written contract, the court may look to extrinsic evidence, including the testimony of the parties, to determine their intent. In other words, the judge or the jury will be determining the fate of the parties, as opposed to the parties themselves. Therefore, written contracts that clearly define the obligations of the parties are almost always preferable to oral contracts.

I will close with a suggestion. Never ignore the “boilerplate” language that you often find at the end of contracts. While these provisions may seem like an afterthought added by the attorneys to make the contract longer, they are often of vital importance, specifying among other things where written notices (for example, terminating the contract) must be sent under the contract, to where a lawsuit must be filed and what jurisdiction’s laws will govern the contract. While it is important to review the detailed provisions of the contract, it can be just as important to understand the “standard” provisions at the end of the contract.

An Easy Way to Extend the Life of Your Shipping Container Roof

Shipping containers have generally lived a hectic life by the time they are retired from overseas service work. Lots of shipping containers are retired following a single ocean crossing but the rest may end up journeying the high seas three to five times before hitting their golden years. It’s at this stage they are bought and begin a new career in the storage business, or they are modified into a house or small business or else they get buried and become a storm shelter. One item that’s critical for a shipping container to continue to perform in any of these areas is the condition of the container’s roof.

Shipping container roofing is simply corrugated sheet metal with a small side to side pitch to drain water. The steel is a special formulation called Cor-Ten steel that will protect itself by forming rust layer deterioration stops. If water puddles in a particular spot the roofing will continue to deteriorate and you may encounter small pin holes in the container roof. A simple Google search gives you many fixes for this problem that you can select from and I would like to add another one here for your consideration.

Along with storage containers, I have spent some time selling and leasing mobile offices. Newer mobile offices are typically made with a commercial rubber roof system but many of the older ones were constructed with a galvanized steel roof. The galvanizing was just a coating rather than hot dipped therefore it would wear out with time and like containers we would experience small pin holes in the roofing system. To repair this problem we had a great deal of success using a product called “Kool Seal.”

If you find a large tear or other kind of opening in your container roofing material during inspection you’ll need to repair that with patches or perform a complete tear off and replace the roof, but if you just have a deteriorating roof condition then look into Kool Seal reflective roof coatings. The Kool Seal Elastometric roof coating system forms a heavy rubber-like blanket of protection that protects against moisture and expands and contracts along with your roof. It remains flexible from -10F to 160F. Unlike galvanized metal roofs, after you have applied Kool Seal it’s going to last for many years, I can’t think of an occasion where I’ve had to re-coat a container that was coated in Kool Seal. Simply follow the manufactures application instructions and you’ll have a long-lasting and efficient roof system on the shipping container and you’ll seal up any small pin holes that may have formed. Kool Seal is available at many major home improvement retailers and at mobile home part retailers.

Recent Improvements in Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is nothing new; in fact, the chemistry behind air conditioning was first discovered during the 1800s. However, like many of the appliances we take for granted in modern society, recent advances in technology have changed the nature of this tool that has made our homes and offices so much more comfortable, especially in Jacksonville, Florida.

Programmable thermostats

Basic air conditioning was simple: a button to turn it on and off, and probably a second control for the fan speed. However, advances in technology have made the programmable thermostat a common feature on air conditioning units, allowing homeowners to adjust their air conditioning unit to maintain a perfectly cooled environment. These thermostats also make AC more energy efficient because they can be programmed to cool only the parts of your home or workplace that you are using or to turn off while people are out of the office or away from home.

Cleaner air

Another improvement in recent years has been a focus on cleaner air, both in the way that the air conditioner itself operates and in the functions performed by the unit.

  • Original air conditioners used Freon gases – either chlorofluorocarbon, hyrdofluorocarbon, or hytrogenated chlorofluorocarbon as the primary cooling agent. These gases are toxic in and of themselves.
  • Newer air conditioners have replaced these standard gases with ones that are less dangerous to the environment, and as of 2010 the less dangerous gases will be standard in all new units.
  • While HVAC units used to simply heat or cool air, the latest models can also dehumidify and filter air to improve air quality and even reduce the suffering of people with allergies.

Emphasis on efficiency

Filtering air and getting rid of harmful Freon is not the only way that cooling your home or office has changed. New AC units are also more energy efficient.

  • As of January 2006, the lowest acceptable SEER (energy efficiency rating from the Energy Star board) for new central air conditioning systems was increased to 13 from its previous low of 10.
  • More units now use fans that continue to blow after the compressor turns off, taking advantage of the left over cool air that would otherwise remain unused

Air conditioning is something that we often take for granted, especially in Jacksonville Florida and the surrounding areas. However, each time we enjoy the feeling of cool air indoors on a hot summer day, we should take a moment to appreciate the ways that AC has been made more energy efficient and less harmful to the environment due to recent improvements.

What Industries Use the Industrial Air Compressor?

Although much of the press about air compressors in recent years has focused on the new market for small and medium sized air compressors, traditionally they were primarily used by heavy industry and this remains the case today. The industrial air compressor is typically a fixed machine and usually operates on a much higher level than the compressor available at your local hardware store. Some compressors operate using hundreds, thousands, and even tens of thousands of horsepower and create pressure levels well beyond any non-industrial application.

One of the industries that rely most heavily on the industrial air compressor is the petroleum and natural gas industry. These companies use enormous compressors for a myriad of purposes. Almost all natural gas pipelines are fueled using a massive industrial air compressor, which is frequently operated by a natural gas turbine. This turbine is fueled directly by the natural gas being pumped through the pipeline, so they are able to operate without an additional external power source. Petroleum refineries and natural gas plants also tend to create huge amounts of intermediate and end-product gasses in their various processes, all of which is also compressed using massive industrial compressors. The manufacturing of industrial compressors for the petroleum and natural gas industry is a specialized niche, with many companies that build compressors exclusively for these industries and purposes.

Industrial air compressors are also used in a wide range of industrial and manufacturing applications, where the use of pneumatic tools is more efficient than other options. Virtually every major production factory has one or more industrial compressors that are used to power a wide range of tools and systems within the factory or plant. Pneumatic tools and devices are inherently more energy effective and less polluting than most of the alternatives available, so they play a key role in almost all major factories, regardless of the product being made or the type of work being done. Many of the largest factories have their industrial air compressors custom built to meet their very specific and exacting demands, and there is an entire industry devoted exclusively to building and maintaining these customized compressors.

The industrial air compressor also plays a key role in the production of stored air and other gasses for a wide range of applications. From the tanks used by scuba divers, to hospitals, to firemen and welders; the vast majority of them are filled on an industrial scale from massive industrial compressors. The compressors used to store breathable air and special gasses all operate under very specific guidelines that are designed to ensure that the end product is safe and effective. Many very specialized compressors are required to handle these special needs and this is at least in part of the reason why so many different types of industrial compressors remain in production. Quite simply, no single type of compressor can meet all of the specifications of every type of gas to be compressed.

The word “industrial” may be applied to many different types of compressors, but more often than not, when one thinks of an “industrial” air compressor, one is thinking about one of these giant “mega-machines” which are truly feats of engineering in their own right.

The 5 Pillars of Sales Professionals

Are you a sales professional or do you have a job selling? I distinguish between the two by your level of commitment to your career and whether you have a plan to achieve sales greatness and build your own brand. Salespeople that commit time outside of their responsibilities at work on skill development, build their network, add value in their industry and community, and pursue continuous learning are sales professionals.

Many sales positions now require that you have a university education and in many cases an honors or graduate degree is preferred. This criterion is much less important than your commitment to your career and the sales profession after graduating. Another name for graduation is commencement which means beginning; this applies to sales more than any other profession. After all, in post-secondary academia what courses teach you about sales and prepare you for the challenges, mind set, and skills you need to become a consistent top performer in your industry? To be great in any profession requires a commitment to continuous education and on-going learning and this is most evident in sales; it’s the hardest profession to be great at and the easiest position to get by in.

Natural ability and talent can get you by and give you the illusion you’ve got what it takes without much long-term consideration given to your career. Don’t let your ego get in the way of looking objectively at how you stack up. Take stock of where you are and where you want to be, build on your strengths, have a plan and develop habits that take you to a level of performance that only one in twenty achieve. Your career plan is a responsibility that you cannot delegate; having your own vision, purpose and plan is your highest priority. By recognizing this truth and embracing responsibility to manage oneself you build self-esteem and your potential in the world becomes limitless.

Here are the 5 pillars on which you build an exciting and highly rewarding career in sales.

Vision & Mission

We must all be leaders when it comes to our sales careers and having a vision precedes all great achievements. A vision gives you something to strive for, keeps you motivated and provides you with the desired end-state on which your goals are based.

Take a moment to reflect and imagine doing what you deeply desire. What type of environment are you in, where are you, how do you feel, who are you with, what skills are you using, what strengths are you leveraging, what are you recognized for and what are people saying about you? Having a vision is the sustenance upon which all great journeys are based and your career is all about the journey towards achieving that vision.

Mission states your purpose, gives meaning to why your career exists and is based on your core values. Your mission is the rudder on which you will base decisions and conduct yourself; it’s your personal code and should be in alignment with your company’s mission.

Career Plan & Goals

Setting goals to achieve your desired end-state and committing to examine and update them is where most salespeople fail. How many of you reading this article will take the time to write out your vision and mission and then build a career plan? It takes a great deal of character to embrace the responsibility and have persistence and discipline to build a career plan and set goals. Goal setting is the only way to motivate yourself and translate your vision into action; without having goals you’re just dreaming. Goal setting is proven to increase personal productivity; have written goals that are both short-term and long-term.

Continuous Learning

One of the key areas where sales professionals invest is continuous learning. In this category I include reading, listening to CD’s, attending seminars and workshops, taking courses and asking for feedback from your supervisor and peers. By refreshing and updating your knowledge a positive stream of information is feeding your consciousness which in turn soaks into your sub consciousness. You will become more aware of what motivates people, how to create great sales organizations, what to look for when evaluating career opportunities, and best practices in the areas of sales processes and techniques.

Learning and understanding should never stop and always precede action; if you’re not continually hungry for ways to improve you become stale and outdated in your approach. How many reps and managers have you seen carry-on with their same old habits, have lost their sense of creativity and no longer provide a stimulating and exciting presence in your environment? Are you one of them? I encourage you commit to continuous learning and open your mind. Through opening your mind you will recognize your own areas of improvement and more importantly bring inspiration into your workplace which always results in more opportunity and income.

Personal Brand

On average a salesperson changes jobs every 3 ½ years but your own career lasts a life-time. By building your own brand in the market you become a consistent and driving force as opposed to being dependent upon the company you just happen to be representing today. Taking a leadership position of your own brand gives you a sense of control and power; it means you’ll always be in demand because you’ve demonstrated the ability to build strong customer relationships and provide value. Your personal brand is your biggest asset in the market. Continue adding to your brand value by joining organizations and associations, speak in public, write newsletters, contribute to trade journals or ezines, attend tradeshows and conventions and go to networking events regularly. Considering salespeople are often generalized as being gregarious my experience has been that most attend work related events but rarely think about what they should be doing to add value to themselves thus enhancing their worth in the market.

Mental Attitude

High performing salespeople have a positive mental attitude and high sense of self-esteem. They are in the habit of feeding their subconscious mind positive thoughts and never dwell on the negatives. If a large sale is lost learn from the experience; if you are rejected remind yourself that it is not personal and quickly dismiss the negative aspect from your mind. Do not let fear stop you and self-doubt creep into your mind. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.” Always act with enthusiasm and by doing so you will feel enthusiastic. It is a psychological fact that by having positive thoughts and acting with enthusiasm and confidence you will actually feel more self-esteem and be in a position to develop better relationships and deliver higher sales. Surround yourself with high-achievers and positive thinkers and distance your-self from negativity and salespeople who are full of reasons and excuses for not succeeding. How you feel on the inside will be how you show on the outside so always pay attention to the thoughts and actions that are creating your mindset.

The selling profession offers you limitless potential if you commit to a life-time of self-reflection, improvement and positive action. Have a plan based on your own personal vision and always continue to leverage and build on your strengths. Through following good daily work habits you will continue to build your self-esteem which in turn attracts like minded people who share similar values. The challenge for everyone is to review the 5 Pillars as they apply to you and to make sure each is receiving the time and attention it deserves.

What Is A Capillary Column And Types Of Capillary Columns?

A capillary column for GC is fundamentally a very slender tube with the fixed phase veneering the internal surface. In packed columns the static phase is glazed onto the packing elements. A capillary column comprises of a couple of sections – the tubing and stationary phase.

Fused silica and stainless steel are the chief tubing ingredients. Moreover there are plenty of stationary phases- such as high molecular weight, thermally balanced polymers that are liquids or gels. But the most commonly seen stationary phase are polyethylene glycols, polysiloxanes and some tiny permeable elements constituted of polymers or zeolites.

Types:

In gas chromatography, mainly three types of capillary columns are used.

  1. Wall Coated Open Tubular (WCOT)
  2. Surface Coated Open Tubular (SCOT)
  3. Fused Silica Open Tubular ( FSOT)

Wall Coated Open Tubular (WCOT)

Here in the interior wall of the capillary column is layered and veneered with a very fine layer of fluid stationary phase.

Surface Coated Open Tubular (SCOT)

The capillary tube wall is layered with a skinny strata of solid balance on to which fluid phase is immersed. The separation efficiency of SCOT columns is higher than WCOT columns due to the enhanced surface domain of the stationary phase layer.

Fused Silica Open Tubular (FSOT)

Walls of capillary fused silica tubes are reinforced by a polyimide coating. These are malleable and can be twisted into coils.

Uses of Capillary Column in GC

Gas Chromatography is a universally used analytic procedure in many scientific research and industrial laboratories for quality analysis as well as recognition and quantitation of composites in a blend. GC is also a regularly used technique in many ecological and forensic labs because it permits for the exposure of very tiny volumes and quantities.

A wide variety of tasters can be investigated as long as the compounds are appropriately thermally balanced and rationally unstable. In all gas chromatography analysis, the separation of various compounds happens because of their collaboration with the stationary and mobile stages. Such as in simple chromatography a solvent (water and alcohol.) drifts over the paper (stationary) flowing the sample with it.

Principle of Operations

The diverse compounds which constitute the sample will drift more or less sluggishly depending, in simple terms, on how much they cling to the paper. The stickier amalgams move more unhurriedly therefore move a smaller distance in a stipulated time subsequent result being separation.

In gas chromatography the gas is the mobile stage, the column veneer is the stationary stage and the boiled element is alienated by how long the essential compounds take to appear from the other terminal of the column and flow into the detector. This is known as the retention time.

One can acquire columns layered with various stationary phases banking on what type of compounds one wishes to examine as the type of stationary section will regulate which compounds pass over it faster or slower.

Short Mat Bowls – How to Select the Right Bowl For You

Whether you’re a beginner to short mat bowls or already an experienced player, the single most important decision you will ever make is in relation to what type of bowls you should play with. However, with shops and online stores offering a range of different shapes, sizes and weights etc, the task of selecting a set that is right for you can be a tricky one.

In today’s image-obsessed world, there are probably a few people who would simply plump for the snazzy orange set with the green stripes running down the side (believe it or not, these do exist!). Now that’s all fine and dandy if you want to make a statement and stand out from the crowd. But aside from the fact that everyone will know it’s you who sent that terrible bowl that was 5 yards short of the jack, it’s not a good idea to base your decision on looks alone.

If you’re really serious about improving your short mat bowls game, there are a few key points you should consider when selecting your bowls. The first thing to think about is the weight of the bowl. Obviously you want to be able to hold it comfortably in your hand first and foremost, but you also need to be able to “feel the weight.” Bearing in mind that adding that all important extra yard might take just an extra ounce of strength in your delivery, you really want to be able to “feel” the bowl to be able to make the necessary adjustment. It’s always a good idea to have a practice with a friend or team mate’s bowls, trying out different weights to get an idea of what is right for you.

Once you think you’ve found the right sort of weight that suits you, the next step is deciding on the size. Now, in days gone by if you decided for instance, that a 2lb 12oz bowl felt like a good weight, you were pretty much stuck with the size that that particular weight came in.

However, thanks to the wonders of high density and low density bowls, we can now choose a set which is either smaller or larger than the standard density size. This means that if you like the “feel” of a 2lb 12oz bowl, but (like me) you have fairly small hands, you could opt for a 2lb 12oz “high density” bowl; which will be the same size as a standard 2lb 10oz but with all the weight of a 2lb 12oz one!

Equally, if you have giant sized hands but maybe have the strength of a new born lamb (!) then you might want to go with a low density bowl; a larger bowl but in a lighter weight.

The final important factor to take into account when selecting your short mat bowls is the strength of the bias. This is the clever part of your bowl which makes the bowl turn (or peg) as it begins to slow down. As a general rule, a bowl which is made for crown green bowls has a standard bias, whereas bowls manufactured specifically for indoor bowls or short mat bowling tend to have a stronger bias, resulting in a greater effect when the bowl turns.

Under the official rules of short mat bowling, you aren’t restricted to the type of bowl you can use which means you can play with crown green, flat green, indoor or short mat bowls. Therefore, the decision is again down to personal preference; whether you feel more comfortable playing with a bowl which turns more (an indoor or short mat bowl) or a weaker biased crown green bowl.

As somebody who plays crown green bowls as well as short mat, I use my crown green woods for both. However, I tend to play lead in a team of three during short mat games, which means there are never too many other bowls for me to bowl around when I send mine. For somebody who plays second or more particularly, third as skip, I would recommend playing with indoor/short mat bowls as the stronger bias is of great benefit when you are trying to negotiate the minefield of bowls that usually exist towards the conclusion of an end.

There you have it then. As long as you keep the above factors in mind you can’t go far wrong; so you’re free to go and get that fancy set of orange and green bowls you’ve had your eye on all this time!

Marine Grade Boat Carpet Vs Outdoor Carpeting

When it comes time to replace your boat’s carpet, the most common question consumers have is “What is the difference between marine grade boat carpeting and the outdoor carpeting offered at local carpet and hardware stores?”

Though there are many similarities, and the look or feel is very similar, there are many key features which make these two carpet styles very different. These specific features are the determining factors of how long your new carpeting lasts. Not only will marine grade carpeting last longer, but it will also maintain its look and feel under the harsh marine elements for years to come.

Marine Grade Boat Carpet Features:

  • Rubber Backed
  • Ravel Resistant
  • Fade/UV Resistant
  • Stain Resistant
  • Mold/Mildew Resistant
  • Rot Resistant
  • Weather-proof
  • Polypropylene Yarn
  • Non-Flammable
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Porous Backing for Quick Drying

Though some of these features may also be found in standard outdoor carpet, you will notice one major difference. The one key factor which makes these two styles of carpet so different is the carpet’s rubber backing. Marine grade boat carpet has a true rubber backing which the polypropylene UV resistant yarn is directly woven into. This enables the carpet to be breathable, making it resistant to moisture which causes mold, mildew, and rot overtime. Due to constant exposure of your boat’s carpet to the harsh marine environment, the above features are crucial to look for when searching for replacement carpeting for your boat. Many carpeting suppliers and stores will endorse their outdoor carpet for replacement on boats, but the fact of the matter is when boat manufacturers are installing carpeting, they always use marine grade carpeting.

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t use the outdoor carpeting you find a local carpet and hardware stores. What you will find with almost all outdoor carpeting is that it has an indoor carpet backing with rubber applied to it. This primary backing is a woven or non-woven fabric in which the yarn is inserted by tufting needles. After the yarn is inserted, a secondary backing that consists of another fabric is laminated onto the primary backing to increase its dimensional stability. Due to these organic and fibrous backings, it is almost certain that deterioration will happen quickly with any marine application. Not only will these backings deteriorate, but the threading will disassemble from the rubber applied to its backing. With the carpet having multiple backings it creates breathability issues, resulting in excess moisture underneath the carpet causing sever mold and mildew damage. In most cases not only will the carpet disassemble, but it will also cause future issues with the wood flooring and decking of the boat. Overall outdoor carpet may be a cheaper and more convenient solution, but in the long run it may turn into a much more costly project.

When the time comes to replace your boat’s carpet, make sure you look for the recommended replacement marine grade carpet, manufactured to handle the harsh marine environments and abuse. Not only will it look better and last longer, but it will protect your investment.

Best Rug Pad For Needlepoint Rugs to Keep Them Flat

The beauty of needlepoint rugs lies in the fact that they are handmade and flat weave. This flat weave creates a certain look that is almost like having a painting on your floor. Since needlepoint are thin and could be quite flexible, it is important to have the best rug pad to keep them as flat and wrinkle free as possible, as well as keeping the needlepoint rug from sliding.

I hear people ask me if they should put a thick rug pad under their needlepoint carpet to add comfort. Well, some cushion is fine yet too thick of a pad would not keep the rug flat. The needlepoint rug does not have any pile and hence no substantial weight to keep it from buckling on top of a thick and very cushioned pad. The best rug pad for this is one that has a little cushion and a lot of non slip function.

A jute and rubber combination rug pad is best for needlepoint rugs. This contains has a recycled jute surface that is textured. This textured surface safely grabs your needlepoint. The bottom of this pad consists of a layer of natural rubber that safely grabs to the floor. Now, you have a rug pad that is grabbing your carpet and the floor and this is the best way to keep your needlepoint rug flat, wrinkle free and looking the way it should. The pad is needle punched and this means it is dense enough to keep your needlepoint rug still when people are walking on it. It is 1/4 of an inch thick to add some comfort without lifting your needlepoint too high off the floor.

With the right rug pad under your needlepoint, your rug will last a lifetime. vacuuming will be easier as the rug pad grabs your rug. Walking will no longer cause wrinkles in your rug and finally, your rug will remain flat and this is the look that is best for a needlepoint rug.

This type of pad comes in various qualities. I would only use the one that contains recycled jute, not a synthetic chemical, and a real layer of rubber underneath, not a sprayed on latex rubber. The sprays tend to breakdown and mark your floors.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Carpet Cleaning Services

When it comes to carpet cleaning for your home, you can either choose to do it yourself or hire a carpet cleaning company. Cleaning the carpet on your own can be a daunting task, especially if the carpet is too large and dirty. Furthermore, you might be too busy to even think about cleaning it yourself. This leaves you with the only one option- looking for carpet cleaning services. Using professional carpet cleaning services basically helps in keeping your carpet new and increases its durability.

Below are some reasons why you should consider using professional carpet cleaning services.

1. It’s Fast and Efficient

You must have tried to clean the whole carpet yourself and swore how you will never waste your time doing it again. To be honest, carpet cleaning is a tough job. You can spend the entire weekend plus a part of your Monday morning still cleaning it. What’s even worse, you might not clean it as effectively as it should be.

With carpet cleaning services, all you have to do is to make a phone call and everything will be done in a few minutes, if not hours.

2. It’s Cost Effective

If you think that saving money by cleaning the carpet on your own can be a good option, then you are wrong. In fact, many homeowners end up incurring extra costs especially after damaging the carpet during the cleaning process. This is because they are unable to use the right products as well as the right cleaning technique. As you know, some cleaning agents can be harsh on the carpet material especially if not used in the right measurements.

3. It’s Convenient

Unlike in the past where you had to carry all your carpets to the carpet cleaning center, things are completely different today. Most cleaning companies offer door to door services to their esteemed customers. You simply set an appointment with them and they will get down to work within minutes. This means that you won’t have to make a lot of efforts to have your carpet washed.. Therefore, professional carpet cleaners are more convenient, thus saving you time and energy.

4. It’s Reliable

If you look at most carpet cleaning companies, you will find that they employee a good number of professionally trained employees. This ensures that they will be able to deal with any kind of emergency.

5. Offer Quality Services

Carpet cleaning services are not only fast and efficient, but also offer derive results in the desired manner. In this case, quality services mean use of high standard products and appropriate techniques to ensure that your carpet is cleaned from dirt and other substances. Since your carpet is being handled by high quality professionals, you are guaranteed for having exemplary services.

It’s good to know that regular cleaning ensures that the carpet maintains its charm and also enjoys a longer lifespan. Professional cleaning services is reliable and cost-effective. Furthermore, using professional carpet cleaners can ensures that you get the best results possible for a clean carpet.

So, make your home a healthier place by using professional carpet cleaners at all times. Make your carpet stand out and give your house a unique look.

Winter Carp Bait Secrets Of Maximizing Homemade Boilie And Paste Success!

Can you maximize your results in cold water by harnessing the power of some of the most essential processes and substances carp use every day? The answer is yes and some of these edges can be boosted to a huge degree to improve your success and most often produce very instant big fish catch results on both homemade and ready made baits boosted in these very special ways! Read on and get this essential information right now!

To begin with think about harnessing the power of natural digestion product short cuts and flavors which carp consume naturally as essential food!

I suggest that you really read up on active yeasts and source these on the web. Examples of these include pro-biotic yeasts for instance from CC Moore (for whom I am a consultant.) Combine active and in-active yeasts within your cold water base mixes and within your liquid food mixes; this way you will massively improve bait performance! This is an area I have a huge amount of testing experience in and with very good reason!

Producing homemade yeast mixtures for use as or within cold water baits can be done with very little prior knowledge or expertise. However as with anything else, the very best effects and results are found through testing combinations on actual fish when test fishing in winter!

I recommend that you only apply small batches of test baits while fishing. I do my most significant bait testing in winter and the test feedback at this time is the most valuable of any time of year as it can be applied in practice to all the rest of the year with absolute confidence!

When water is very dense due to the cold, fish metabolism is drastically reduced, and this is when feeding activity is at its absolute minimum. Test fishing on easy shallow lakes in these conditions very quickly indicates a winning batch of test baits! But you can apply these winning baits then to hard or big fish waters immediately following easy fish testing and bait refining.

More often than not a winning combination will then not only catch you big fish, but it can mean catching the biggest fish in the lake! It can also commonly mean that you catch the biggest catch of the entire year, because fish tend to become very closely group up in the wintertime and even become literally stacked up on top of one another! (My friend Alan Welch recently told me of this while doing underwater filming in January for our forthcoming CC Moore TV pieces!)

What other practical tips can you apply very instantly in winter at home or on the bank to improve your results? Well many essential oil components act on carp sensory systems in similar ways to stimulatory hormones which carp release during the mating season. these substances attract carp very strongly stimulating them into taking baits and even competing for them! (This is just one hidden effect of some of the commonly known and used spice essential oils when used correctly in the right dosages!)

In winter you can significantly raise the levels of essential oils you use. But never forget to always use a high potency liquid lecithin to emulsify any oils! These forms of lecithins make oils and similar substances far more easily dissipated and easily detected in cold dense water.

Liquid lecithins make oils far more digestible too! Therefore if you prefer to use for example low temperature fish meals in winter, do remember to exploit the power of lecithins!

Consider the fact that soya high potency liquid lecithins are a high caloric food and boosts carp cellular energy which helps more trigger feeding activity and are a true feeding trigger according leading Japanese fish scientist Harada!

One favorite tip I like to give is to use paste in winter! This was the way for hundreds of years and right up to the boilie revolution the leading carp anglers used high protein pastes to catch record fish!

Baits based upon very high protein ingredients often are resilient in their binding characteristics to last intact for many hours all the while dissolving true feeding triggers into the water column. Live and inactive yeasts coupled with n-butyric acid for example, and fresh squeezed pineapple juice for example and marmite mixed in creates a fine dip or soak for any bait in winter. Of course there are many ways to enhance such a liquid, including salts, fruit oils, essential oils, various powdered amino acids such as lysine, and also other low pH substances including a range of different betains and flavor substances, natural extracts and so on.

If you are unsure about how to approach making pastes for winter, or indeed how to create a beginner paste for winter and any other time of year, then the following suggestions with be a great help!

Think about bait in terms of not being a solid but as what it will become; liquid solution form, flowing and actively dispersing throughout the water column layers outwards as far as possible!

Think about your whole bait as a dissolving soup and as a dense feed-triggering cloud of substances. These must penetrate the water actively thus surrounding your fish so powerfully in cold water that they do not merely stimulate fish into noticing something new in their surroundings, but they will actively and dynamically change carp body and brain chemistry!

These changes will produce maximum catch results because they literally positively change fish behaviors in response to the presence of your baits in the water!

This might all sound very complex, but there are many beginner ways and methods and approaches to start to begin to achieve this! Tutti Fruitti flavor contains a substance for example, which in effect gives fish a free energy boost within the cells, and this significantly helps wake up fish metabolism improving feeding responses and numbers of cold water bites achieved! Robin Red liquid and powdered additive and spice essential oils also do similar things in various different ways!

Raw molasses represent a really important base ingredient in winter baits. Molasses are rich in feed triggering betain and other essential nutritional factors. Among the most proven and positive impacts and effects of molasses is its capacity to improve bait function by opening dense baits up so they become more soluble and active on many levels!

Another tip is about bait solubility! This factor is absolutely vital in winter and the colder months! If you base a paste upon molasses and Belachan powder just for starters, then believe me you will improve homemade and ready made boilie effectiveness most especially if you choose to include eggs.

The ways to improve your homemade and ready made boilies, stick mixes, pastes, method and spod mixes are endless. However regarding boilies, I have found that paste is the best way in winter. I avoid heated baits as much as possible! A friend of mine just this Christmas 2013, fished the easy lake on the Farlows complex.

In a day he caught 14 carp up to upper twenty, including hooking the biggest fish which was an upper thirty. This was using paste baits created after reading my further information and refining his bait substances recipes and pastes. Further bait testing of his new homemade baits on my advice was the reason why he was fishing the easy lake for instant feedback. His test result catches were far beyond those of anglers on the lake that were using ready made boilies. He very excitedly contacted me tell me how pleased and massively confident he was since getting into homemade bait making!

As he was on for 48 hours, he told me he decided to fish the main lake for the very first time. That night he succeeded in catching one of the seven much sought-after thirty-pound common carp in the lake; what a result! It was a new personal best for him for a winter common carp! Such is the power of paste baits teamed with powerful bait information and bait refinement and testing in action. This is why I use active bait testing all the time and I really do recommend that you fish new baits using a control bait on easy waters in winter to refine fantastic homemade bait winners for winter and in fact all year round!

You might ask how and why else would I use paste baits? Well the best way to introduce a new bait to any water is by using paste and not boiled or steamed baits! The secret of this is how efficiently the dissolving substances that are intrinsic to your paste baits dissipate in the most concentrated levels possible and these levels are far beyond those possible with any boilie!

Perhaps you want some tips on proven winter winners. Well for instance if you want to use Tutti Fruitti flavor which is a very popular proven cold water flavor, then make paste baits instead of boilies! In my years of testing in winter and summer, the most effective peak results time range for over-flavored baits is the first 30 minutes. This is followed by the proceeding 3 hours, upon which the bait impacts reduce dramatically as the most actively dissolving substances are lost! This is the time to cast out using fresh baits!

Keep moving your baits in winter because you will definitely attract the attentions of curious fish and you will even even locate them more easily. I have had times when casting repeatedly in winter when I have eventually literally cast right on top of fish thus achieving hooked fish while only just placing the rod in the rests after casting! Winter fish can be very curious and the splash of fresh baits really does make all the difference!

Many anglers ask me about bait soaks and how to improve them. For cold weather for instance you can create homemade liquids using highly potent powdered additives. Some of my choice examples include belechan powder, liquidized fresh frozen bloodworm and low pH enhancers and flavors, and include a generous amount of butyric acid, and maybe even a flavor based around caproic or caprylic acid. Real fresh squeezed pineapple juice is a great edge too, (there is more going on than merely active bromalain going on in there to make your baits work better!)

I like to combine many different sources of active and commercial enzymes in my homemade baits and these are exceptionally important for cold weather success! I have studied and tested countless numbers of these in various levels and combinations with very good reason!

The pH of your bait (when mixed with water to produce a solution) is another significant factor. Low pH flavors can be added to more significantly lower your boilie pH and make them more effective against background chemical clutter, such as ammonium from decaying autumn leaves and other silt forming detritus etc.

Low pH flavors and low pH additives in liquid forms increase feeding responses greatly in most carp waters in winter. They create a far more concentrated gradient of distinctly attractive and easily detected soluble substances for your carp to home in on for maximum winter success!

Use of examples of additives such as citric acid and betain HCL are merely the beginning of possibilities to harness, in vastly improving your winter and spring pastes and boilies! Revealed in my unique ready made bait and homemade bait carp and catfish bait secrets ebooks is far more powerful information look up my unique website (Baitbigfish) and see my biography below for details of my ebooks deals right now!

By Tim Richardson.

Tile Baseboards – Correctly Fixing the Tile Baseboards With Adhesive

With your tube of adhesive inserted and flowing correctly from your cocking gun, and your tile baseboards already cut to size, you are now ready to begin attaching tile baseboards to the wall. As a rule of having a nice cosmetic finish, in the most visible parts of your room use the cut tiles which still have the factory finished edges surrounding three out of the four sides. Keep the center cuts for hidden areas or alcoves where they are less likely to be seen, as these will only have factory finished edges on both short sides.

Keeping the factory edge facing upwards when installing tile baseboards, lay the tile upside-down on the floor, and then apply a ‘snake’ line of adhesive to the underside using the cocking gun. Don’t apply too much glue to the underside though, and try to steer clear of the edges of the tile. This will soon spread out when the tile baseboard is pressed firmly in place.

Once applied, release the pressure from the gun to avoid the contents from continuously flowing. Some adhesive may still flow out when this is done, so the best thing to do is place the nozzle end over the following tile to be attached to the wall. This way none of your adhesive will go to waste, and you will avoid getting it stuck on your fresh floor tile layout. The chemicals in the glue will stain the grout if given half the chance to fall upon it, so try to contain drips as best as possible.

Slide the tile baseboard up to the area on the wall where it is to be placed, making sure that it is in alignment with the floor tiles, and flip the tile up against the wall. Press firmly, moving slightly from left to right to gain an even spread, and then align with the existing grout lines. There is no need for tile spacers in this job, so if there are any off sized tiles, just align them as best as possible using your eye, and the glue should quickly hold them in place.

Continue as planned with the remaining tiles, and because the adhesive is very fast to dry, it is actually possible to begin grouting the gaps within about half an hour, or the time it takes you to apply all the baseboards. To be safe though, wait a little longer to avoid tile shifting if there is no rush to finish the job. If you decide to install transition pieces along the edge however, you must do this while the glue is still workable, These will give the baseboards a better finish and hide any visible cuts other than factory finished edges, although they are not entirely necessary and you will find that by applying silicon cocking can be just as effective with less expense.

One final tip: when installing tile baseboards in a room where the floor can expand or shift, for example, the second floor of a house, is that it might be wise to insert a ‘breathing’ gap. This is simply done by leaving a space between the tile baseboard and the floor tile, and can be done by using tile spacers between both in order to raise the tile slightly even just by 1/8″ inch, to then be filled using silicone cocking. If floors did have the ability to shift and expand, then you may find that tile baseboards in direct contact with floor tiles can tend to pop-off the wall due to this unseen force and exertion within the building’s structure.

With your tile baseboards firmly in place, you can then either choose to completely grout them if transition pieces are used to finish the visible top edge, or simply apply silicone sealant cocking. The latter choice will quickly fill lines and hide any gaps, and also apply a waterproof seal to them where they are attached to the wall. This type of cocking is reasonably inexpensive and comes in a variety of colors suited to match your tiling design. By again using your cocking gun to apply silicone, fill the gaps and then simply wipe and form gently with your index finger in continual, even, and singular strokes.