Scaffolding Towers Review: The Saturn Galvanised Steel Tower

For trade and industrial work at height applications, scaffolding towers usually are preferable. Towers are quite stable, and generally can support a much greater weight of workers, tools and materials. If the tower is to be used outdoors, and if it’s made from steel, rust and corrosion can become an issue. One solution is to galvanise the steel. Galvanisation is a chemical process in which steel is coated with layers of zinc, which does not rust or corrode. The steel components of the Saturn scaffolding tower are submerged in melted zinc, and a chemical reaction bonds the zinc to the steel. This is not a coating — the zinc permanently and chemically becomes part of the steel by way of a reaction between the iron molecules in the steel and the zinc. So, although the top layer is made completely of zinc, the layers beneath are composed of a mixture of zinc and iron that protect the steel that’s beneath them. Galvanised steel is very resistant to rust and corrosion, making it perfect for outdoor applications. Here’s some information about a galvanised steel scaffold tower with the unlikely name of “Saturn.”

Scaffolding Towers: About the Saturn Galvanised Steel Tower

This is an exceptionally high quality tower made from pre-galvanised steel that carries an unconditional 5-year guarantee. The steel tubing is quite robust, with a generous 38mm (1-1/2″) diameter, along with a 16 gauge wall thickness. This translates to a wall thickness of 1.59mm. Saturn scaffolding towers have a good range of optional accessories, such as castors, stabilisers, internal ladders, and trapdoor platforms, so users can devise customised solutions for their particular work at height applications. The most popular frame size is 4′ x 4,’ but other sizes are available.

Scaffolding Towers: Features of the Saturn Galvanised Steel Tower

The Saturn tower is especially easy to transport and store because it breaks down into a compact package, including the platform boards. The tower comes in kit form with everything you’ll need, including frame, diagonal braces, handrails and base plates. Optional accessories include castors to make the tower easier to move, and stabilisers (outriggers) to make the tower safe at platform heights above12ft6. The adjustable base allows the tower to be safely erected on sloping or uneven ground. You can buy the platform boards along with the Saturn tower, or make them up yourself according to the supplied dimensions.

Scaffolding Towers: A Few Specifications of the Saturn Tower

The platform height is 6ft, and the approximate working height is about 12ft. The tower weighs 44kg and sells for about £156.00. The tower’s safe working load is 250kg, provided it’s evenly distributed and suitable platform material is employed. The safety guardrails are a special feature of Saturn towers. The guardrails are a full 3ft high and double level. This means that, even if users kneel or sit on the platform, they still will be protected by the guardrails.

Saturn scaffolding towers are carefully engineered and manufactured to provide safe work at height solutions.

A Surprise Christmas Daisy

I grew up on a Kansas farm five miles from civilization, the nearest neighbor. Country life provided fresh air, wide open spaces and freedom. Anyone who has ever been stuck in a claustrophobic corporate cubicle or city traffic jams relates to the profound desire for freedom. Unfortunately as a child, I had no other point of reference. Freedom was my entire life.

Saddling our mare and riding across the pasture with my long curls flying in the breeze provided my daily activity. For a change of venue, it simply meant riding bareback instead of with a western saddle. Granted, my height restriction made it necessary to find a stump or some other object to climb up in order to mount. At least with a saddle, I could put my foot in the stirrup and climb up more easily. Ok, I admit to being a tomboy.

Riding across the fields of wildflowers down to the slate bed streams was taken for granted. After all, my playground consisted of 160 acres. Riding through the black walnut trees or the oak trees in the fall when the colors turned red, orange, and gold contrasted with the evergreens gave the appearance of the Ozarks. Freedom presented itself as normal.

After a few years in various other locations, I moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Steamboat felt more like going home than an adjustment. Granted the ski mountain provided a sharp contrast to the flat Kansas terrain, but the wildlife and fields of wildflowers provides the same open freedom. Even the evergreens and quakies, Aspen trees, reminded me of the black walnut trees and the natural Christmas trees of the farm.

The Kansas excuse for a town, Parker, brought rural to a new low. Parker, the closest town, was 12 miles away. The city fathers thought about a stop light on the main street but settled for a blinker. Since the town only included a population of 150, if you also counted cats and dogs, they could not really justify a stop light. Steamboat was a thriving metropolis in comparison. Steamboat boasted of over 7,000 people in Routt County when I moved there in 1981. Steamboat consisted of two segments, a ski mountain and a ranching community. Both appealed to me, but the ranching element reminded me of the little Kansas tomboy with long curls bouncing in the wind.

One of my fondest memories of that simple and basic Kansas farm life revolved around horses. I remember coming downstairs one Christmas morning when I was maybe 5 or 6. My father was a stern old country German who never looked happy about anything. This morning he looked happy for some reason. Take every ray of sunshine you can get. He invited my brother and me to follow him. We went through the kitchen, through the living room with the old kerosene stove into the parlor. Remember when houses had parlors? Oh well, showing my age again. Wow, he was headed for the Christmas tree. All right, presents. Bummer, he passed the tree and went to the window. When he pulled back the curtain, there in our front yard was Roxy our gentle mare and a tiny spotted foal. This wobbly little filly had arrived on Christmas morning. We named our little present, Daisy. Where on earth we arrived at the name Daisy for a blue roan and white spotted horse is still a mystery. Daisy immediately became my favorite Christmas present that year.

Some gifts you plan and some just appear for you at the perfect time.

The gift of not only new life but a pet for Christmas highlighted everything that day. Freedom remains one of our dearest treasures, but a new baby filly ranks pretty high on the list. After all, she even made a tough old German smile and that takes some doing. Merry Christmas, Daisy.

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Dining Table and Chairs Set

Formal dining rooms, kitchen dinettes, breakfast nooks. Your dining needs and the space allocated to them are vastly different from that of your friends and neighbors. Whether you have a starter apartment, a spacious mansion – or, like most of us, something in between – your dining table and chair set is critical to setting the tone and functionality of your home.

For many of us growing up, our family dining table was the center of the household and was used for not just dining, but homework, game night, as a buffet table, or working on crafts. These days it is common to have multiple tables for these activities, but, if your space is limited, the dining table may serve even more purposes. If this is your first time shopping for a dining table and chair set, think about how it will be used when choosing the right set for your house.

Space is not just the final frontier, it’s the #1 consideration in planning for a dining table and chair set. The common rule of thumb is that dining tables are roughly 30 inches tall, and chair seats need to be roughly 20 inches from the floor to allow enough lap space. A seat width of approximately 22 inches is a comfortable size for most people. Designers like to allow at least 40 inches around your table and chairs to maneuver around other furniture, but perhaps your dining table and chair set will sit snugly in your space. A perfect solution to this would be a table with extensions or drop leafs, which are great for accommodating large and small gatherings. Remember that smaller tables look great when placed against a wall with a nice framed piece of art on the wall above.

Naturally, the composition of your dining room and its furnishings will dictate how elaborate your dining table and chair set can be. Do you prefer arts & crafts or mission decor? Country, rustic or traditional? Maybe your room has a mix of motifs and you want a simpler style for a smooth visual transition.

Counter-height dining room table sets are becoming a very popular choice. Whether you choose a traditional, classic dining set or bistro-style dining room table, counter-height table sets seem to have an inherent ability to put guests at ease.

There’s a reason wood is the most popular choice of material for a dining table and chair set; its naturally beautiful nuances and wide variety of options make wood a classic and durable choice. Glass table tops are easy to clean and dress up or down, and nothing beats the beauty of the reflecting light of a candle on a glass table to set the mood. Stone and marble are attractive and functional choices as table tops for transitional designs and very popular with home chefs.

About seating- There’s no sense in spending four hours making a gourmet meal if the seating at your dining table isn’t comfortable. If you have the luxury of space, choose dining chairs with arms if you want your guests to get cozy after a meal and share conversation long into the night. Armless chairs are great for seating more people or if your space is limited, dining benches, which are increasing in popularity as shoppers go for a more casual dining experience and when families need to accommodate small children who like to move around a lot. Cushions go a long way to creating a mood and adding comfort to your seating arrangement. Color and pattern options online are almost endless and come in a variety of materials that are easy to clean.

Searching For Free Piano Sheet Music on the Web

Many piano enthusiasts enjoy practicing a wide variety of music, but don’t have the financial means to find such pieces. As a result, one often wonders where they can download sheet music for free. Although there is no one site that offers every piano sheet free for download, there are a substantial number that offer particular genres or file types. These sites can be found on directories that list free piano music or simply by finding links in forums. Also make sure you have a pdf viewer downloaded as many of these sites allow download via the adobe pdf reader, while a select few use unique programs that require additional programs to view the pieces.

Since most websites charge a flat fee, finding free piano sheet music online is quite the challenge. Although using a search engine is a popular tool for finding sources it is still difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for. When finding the right piece oftentimes the website doesn’t allow the downloading of the piece or requires a subscription to their service. This means that searching for free piano sheet music online can be a time consuming task.

A great site for finding sheet music that I’ve found is http://www.freepianostuff.com The site has classical, easy, popular, Christmas, and video game piano sheets available for free. The sheets are free because they avoid copyright restrictions by being created before 1920 and are in the public domain or have been rearranged to be similar, but not identical to their original formats.

There are many different forms of piano music so it is important for the pianist to understand exactly what they are looking for as to provide a better search. Therefore picking a genre, particular artist, theme, or era may be useful. An example would be to search for video game sheet music or popular sheet music rather than just piano sheet music. Hopefully this helps you in understanding the basics of searching for free piano sheet music online.

Key Differences Between MySpace and Facebook

The major difference these days is that there are tons more people using Facebook than MySpace. If you look at the charts that graph the amount of use each site is getting you will see that Facebook's line goes up and up, while MySpace's line goes down and down. A few year's ago it was a fact that most everyone had a MySpace account. Now, the ball has bounced to Facebook, and this time literally everyone does.

People still have MySpace accounts and use it daily, but Facebook attracts a much broader demographic. During MySpace's heyday they still did not have many baby boomers or elderly people using it. But Facebook has grandmothers and grandfathers, as well as parents, aunts, and uncles on it. This can make Facebook a little more challenging to use because you have to wonder which people are seeing you do things you did not want them to see.

One key difference is that MySpace always had a focus on music, while Facebook remains silent to this day. On MySpace, the cool thing to do was put your favorite song on your profile so that people were greeted with your pre-chosen tune. With Facebook the only thing that makes a noise are the games. Every profile you view will be quiet, so you do not have to worry about whether your speakers are on or if they're on too loud.

Another key difference is the updates. MySpace has recently added a News Feed similar to Facebook's to try and get people to post mundane updates on their daily activities. This was not invented by Facebook, but they made it popular. Before Facebook added their "What's on your mind?" update box, they were neck and neck in the social networking race with MySpace. Once people started using it and getting addicted to reading updates on their friends, the migration from MySpace to Facebook began.

And probably one of the biggest key difference is that MySpace lets you customize your profile page with HTML skins. Facebook does not, and every profile you view will look exactly the same except for the words contained on it. It sounds a little communistic to be in this day and age and the number one social networking site does not let its users express their individuality. But many pages on MySpace are just plain ugly and hard to read, and with Facebook you never have trouble viewing someone's profile, it always looks clean and orderly.

Another key difference is that Facebook is pretty blatant about using your personal information to target their ads to you. They've taken the Google approach to their ads, whereas MySpace relies mostly on general junk banner ads designed for anyone, Facebook's ads will be targeted down to your update on what you ate for breakfast. Scary stuff.

Warehouse Ladder – Multi Position Ladder For Businesses

A warehouse ladder is very instrumental in maintaining the smooth operation of a warehouse. This trade ladder helps increase the efficiency and productivity of warehouse workers. This is made possible because a warehouse ladder can be used to easily access any level of the storage rack found in a storage area.

Using a warehouse ladder allows users to get stocks from the high shelves in a few minutes. This trade ladder is considered as a specialty type mainly because they are designed to be used in the industrial environment of a warehouse. This ladder makes everything handy for workers. They can just put the boxes on the ladder and slide to the next shelf. Warehouse ladders are created to mimic the stairs. This allows the workers to have a better grip and move up and down safely. Handrails are installed on the side and top part of the ladder. This provides additional security and stability to the workers. For the mobility of the ladder, casters are placed at the bottom. To keep the ladder in place, locks for the wheels are also installed. The spring-loaded casters are locked into place to make sure that the user will not be toppled while in the ladder. The range of steps available for warehouse ladders are from one to 19 steps.

A warehouse ladder can be made of different materials such as aluminum, fiberglass, and steel. A fiberglass ladder is best for electricians. Using an aluminum trade ladder is more light to carry compared to steel. Aluminum can be used in food processing and chemical plants because it can withstand corrosion. For warehouses that will require a lot of lifting boxes, aluminum may not be the best option. The weight that an aluminum ladder can carry is just ranging from 300 or 350 lbs. Steel is the most preferred material among the three. Steel can hold up to 800 lbs of weight.

The two types of a warehouse ladder are single and double entry. Here are the differences among the two:

Single entry – This is the type usually seen in warehouses. This only contains the original entry. This is commonly used in stockrooms and warehouses. This type is used as an alternative to stairs so that workers can easily reach stocks in higher shelves.

Double entry – This is also known as crossover. This type has two entry points and is usually placed on the floor providing easy passage way to workers carrying big boxes, equipment and machines. The rails are installed on both sides of the ladder to prevent workers and stocks from falling. Most of the double entry trade ladders have wheels for efficient mobility. To lock the ladder in place, rubber pads are placed on both ends.

Warehouse ladders are also categorized depending on its mobility functions. The three categories are multi-directional, easy turn directional, and work platform. The easy turn directional ladder allows you to be able to access narrow spaces. Multi directional ladders on the other hand are thinner and has five-loaded casters. Compared to the previous two categories, the work platform has a bigger step on the top. This provides workers to have ample space to place their tools and other stocks.

Using a warehouse ladder has greatly impacted how warehouses operate. This type of trade ladder does not only provide efficiency but ensure the safety and security of the workers.

An Authentic Mexican Recipe – Mole Sauce Recreated

Anyone who has ever attempted to make a mole sauce probably gave it up as a bad idea. An authentic mole has around 17 ingredients, and is a long, drawn our process. That explains why it is rarely offered on restaurant menus.

A trip to the store will reveal some magical philtres such as Abuelita Chocolate and Doña Maria Mole Paste.

Mole is traditionally made with chocolate and cinnamon, in a savory blend of ground seeds and spices and oil. Doña Maria takes much of the work out, and makes a fairly good product, but for some reason, they have left out the chocolate.

A good fix is the addition of some Abuelita Chocolate. Mexican chocolate comes in a pressed block divided into 8 sections. It is infused with cinnamon, and is not overly sweet.

To dress up jarred Mole sauce, first, measure out the amount you need into a saucepan, then to that add chicken broth, four parts broth to one part paste according to the package directions. Add the broth slowly so it does not lump up. Once you have the base of the mole ready, grab a wedge (one section of the disk) of the Abuelita. There may be other brands on the market, but this is the most common. You can recognize it by the octagonal shaped package with a picture of someone’s sweet smiling grandmother on the front. Grate the chocolate into the mole sauce. About a third of a wedge should be enough for two servings of mole.

Heat the sauce over low heat, stirring almost constantly. Once it is on a simmer, give a taste. If you want a more pronounced flavor, you can add another grating of chocolate. A pinch of extra cinnamon or even cardamom may be to your taste. Keep the sauce on a very low heat for at least 15 minutes.

Mole sauce was served for years over sliced turkey, the way Americans use gravy. It also goes very well on grilled chicken breast.

You can also make up the entire jar of sauce (one small jar of Doña Maria’s makes 8 servings) and keep it in the fridge. It will keep a week once it is prepared. In the jar, opened, it can last for up to six months.

One good use for mole sauce is with stuffed chicken breasts. These are easy to prepare on a countertop grill like a George Foreman, or they can be cooked in the oven or on the stove.

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

What You Need:

  • Two large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • four ounces fresh goat cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 8 slices of thinly sliced cooked bacon, or 4 pieces of prosciutto
  • lemon pepper seasoning
  • grill spray, like Pam

How to Make It:

Cut the chicken breasts in half. Place one piece between two sheets of plastic wrap or inside a large plastic bag. Pound out with a mallet or the bottom of a pan until they are of uniform thinness, large and flat. Open the plastic. Sprinkle the chicken with lemon pepper seasoning. Put down two pieces of bacon or one of the prosciutto. You may need to trim the pork so it only takes up half of the surface of the chicken. Place one ounce of goat cheese in the center. Fold the pounded chicken in burrito fashion, folding the ends up, and then folding the sides over. Do not fold tightly, but do not leave any gaps if you can help it. Escaping cheese is not pretty.

Heat the grill, and cook the chicken bundles until done. You can check them with an instant read thermometer. 163° F is considered done for chicken. However, if you bring it to that temperature on the grill at one time, it will come out dry and tough. Instead, bring it up to between 145° and 150° F, and then allow it to rest for 15 minutes.

Serve with mole sauce and rice.

New and Exciting Facts About Faux Brick

Faux brick is made to look as authentic as possible and is available in a variety of materials. What type you choose might depend on where you will be using the brick look, the surface that it will be applied to, and how much you want to spend on your project.

The composition of the faux brick varies greatly. Plastics such as polypropylene and polyurethane, recycled products of all kinds, and even recycled paper and cardboard are used. The panels are usually designed to interlock. The panels have the brick style, color and pattern along with the mortar all in the panel and are ready for installation. There are many styles to choose from. Tan, red, used brick look, old world look, white, yellow, are just a few of the options.

Panels may come in a very flexible type, which are great for installation on curved surfaces. A more rigid form is also available. The flexible panels can be cut with scissors and are about 1/8″ thick. The more rigid panels are between ¾ to 1 inch thick. Both styles are easy to install and are glued in place or sometimes glued and screwed to the surface. Panels are weatherproof, UV stable, and resist insect infestation. Trim, corner pieces are available to complete the look.

There are also thin types of bricks made from several different materials. One is vermiculite and another is from quartz sand and other natural materials. The composition makes the bricks light weight and provide a natural looking texture. Mortar is used for installation for this style and a similar process is used as with bricks made from clay. However, these bricks are much lighter in weight, and can be used where a conventional brick application may be prohibitive.

If you are feeling creative, there are brick panels that are either white or clear. These panels are painted in whatever color and style you choose. Perhaps you have brick already in place. These panels could be painted to match.

Recycled paper and cardboard is another choice, lightweight and less expensive. These panels come ready to install and paint. Just add paint and creativity. A great choice for stage sets. Panels can be treated to make them water resistant for a longer life.

Full size bricks are manufactured from a very wide variety of recycled materials. Some of the materials come from manufacturing waste, recycled plastics and waste ceramics. Great for the environment, these are sturdy and lightweight. A good choice where full size bricks are needed.

Section 8 Apartments

If you are wondering, "How do I qualify for section 8 apartments?" you can read this short article and find out a few tips. To qualify, you will have to fulfill a few obligations. If you are in a low income bracket this will probably be no problem. Read on to find out the answer on how to qualify for section 8 apartments.

To qualify for low income housing, you will need to study the requirements for your area. Many places require that the applicant have a social security number. If a person is just single and does not have a family, they may be denied access to section 8 apartments. The income level for a person who does qualify will have to be low. Your question; "How do I qualify for section 8 apartments?" may end up with an answer you will not like if you have a bad rental history.

One sure way to find out if you qualify for low income apartments is to contact your local public housing authority. If you live in an apartment that already has low rent, HUD may offer to help you pay it. You will need to fill out the paperwork and go through a waiting period to qualify for section 8 apartments this way. One particular qualification that is common for those seeking to qualify for these apartments is that they must make an income less than fifty percent of area median income. As the economy gets a little worse each day, this may be an easy task for many.

Section 8 apartment qualification is taken care of at the local level. Those who are successfully entered into these types of apartments will be paying rent based on their income. For example, if you make two thousand dollars a month you could end up paying around six hundred dollars a month for rent on an apartment that originally rents for nine hundred per month. The difference is automatically taken care of for you. Be advised that the waiting period even before the current economic crisis for section 8 apartments is probably into the years. You should start now if you seek the benefits of the section 8 apartment program.

You can get to work on your attempt at successfully renting such cheap housing. You will not be alone in your search, so examining your options in other areas of rent will no doubt help you and your family.

LCD Flat Screen TV – Are 120Hz LCD Flat Screen TVs Worth The Extra Money?

If you have been looking at buying an LCD flat screen tv, no doubt you have read about the 120Hz models. You are probably wondering if the 120Hz models are worth the extra cost. The value of the 120hz feature has been widely debated in recent months. There are a number of things to consider before making your decision.

In the early days of the LCD vs Plasma tv wars, one of the biggest drawbacks to purchasing an LCD tv was that they were prone to motion blur and a somewhat choppy picture, especially in times when there was a lot of fast action such as sports or in movie scenes such as car chases. Although there has been a great deal of improvement over the years in the tvs ability to handle fast motion, LCD is still battling the stigma of not having as smooth of a picture as plasmas.

Enter the 120Hz tv. As a direct response, LCD manufacturers have incorporated 120Hz tvs into their newest tv models. These tvs have refresh rates that are twice as fast as the "standard" 60Hz models.

Those who are supporters of the 120Hz technology claim that the picture is noticeably smoother with crystal clear clarity, especially during fast action scenes or sports. Another benefit is the ability to produce an almost 3D-like picture.

On the other hand, others say that they can not notice a difference when comparing side to side with the "standard" 60Hz models. They feel that the 120Hz models are simply marketing gimmicks to sell higher priced tv.

So who is right? As usual there is a middle ground. Put simply, a 120Hz tv will take a standard 60Hz signal and simply replicate it twice which by itself does little to enhance the picture quality. The real difference is made when applying a video processing feature for motion enhancement. Each company has there own name for this process. For example, Samsung's feature is called AMP for Auto Motion Plus. This feature takes the screen and interpolates the image to provide a smoother picture to reduce judder.

Does the motion enhancement provide a more satisfactory picture? Again this is open to debate. Motion enhancement at its best provides a noticeably smoother, stable picture, free of jutter, motion blur and ghosting. Some describe gaming in 120Hz as making a 30 frames per second game look like a 60 frames per second game, while others are mesmerized by the ability to make sports and movies look live and 3D-like.

At its worst motion enhancement, especially during fast motion can introduce split second glitches in the picture called artifacts which can obviously be distracting. Others feel that while documentary type shows like Planet Earth can provide stunning stable live action shots, that motion enhancement takes away from the cinematic feel of movies by providing an almost too realistic, live tv or soap opera feel instead of a cinematic experience.

It is important to point out that motion enhancement can be turned on or off, so if you prefer to watch a movie without the motion enhancement you can simply turn it off.

For the time being the choice to go with a 120Hz LCD flat screen tv is purely one of personal choice and budget. Keep in mind that this is a very new technology and as with all new technologies there are still some things that need to be perfected. There is little debate that 120Hz is the wave of the future and that technology will only improve over time. If price is not of primary concern or if you can spare the extra dollars in an attempt to future proof your tv purchase then it would seem to make perfect sense to go with the additional features and benefits that a 120Hz LCD flat screen tv can offer. If price is a primary factor and you are working on a limited budget then one of the standard models would be a fine choice until the 120Hz models are perfected.

What Type Of Medieval Helmet Should You Buy?

There are many medieval helmets out there in today's online stores. Replica helmets range from Crusader Knight helmet to German Maximillian helmets. Which one is right for you? Well, this article will discuss the classic style helmets that re-enactors and collectors buy. You should get a better understanding on what's available for you to purchase.As mentioned before, the two most popular medieval helmets are probable the Crusader and Sugar Loaf helmets. These were very popular during the early medieval ages and especially during the crusades. They are both very wearable and the designs are great for SCA combat and reenactments.

Another popular helmet is the European Close Helmet. This type of helmet you are likely to see on a suit of armor and with a full body armor set. It is completely closes and protects your entire head from front to back. This was most likely worn in the early medieval ages when heavy plate armor was what knights wore. The Medieval Pig Face helmet is a unique helmet that was worn usually with a Churberg armor set. It is named "Pig Face" because it comes to a point like a snout on the front of the helmet, making it look pig-like. This helmet is also fully closes and provides ample protection in reenactments.

However, the eye site may not be as good as the Crusader or Sugar loaf.Another helmet that is widely used in costumes and combat is the Norman Nasal helm. It only protects the top of the head, and a single metal nasal protector comes down the center of the front. This was a popular helmet worn by the Normans and other Norse cultures. Lastly, : other types of medieval helmets That is SCA combatants wear leather helmets. These are light and great for moving around in. They are usually only available in the Crusader helmet and Roman trooper helmet.

Internet Marketing Strategies – Conduct Market Research Quickly Using Twitter

Twitter is one of the "new kids on the block" in the Social Media or Web 2.0 world. It has some fantastic social aspects and if used correctly it can be a great tool. You can use Twitter for market research, which should be one of your core internet marketing strategies. The best thing about using Twitter is you get the research done quickly-and for free!

Broad audience

One of the best aspects of Twitter from a marketing perspective is the broad reach you have. You can touch millions of people around the world. At any given moment there are literally millions of people twittering away.

You put a tweet out to the Twitterverse … asking a question and you will get short, spontaneous answers … these tend to be direct and not calculated because they are spontaneous. The Tweeple do not take time to think about their answers … tweets are flying by too quickly for that … so they just answer!

You can either put out the questions manually as in "What is your favorite flavor ice cream?" or you could use one of the applications and create a poll or survey giving them specific choices.

After you get your initial results, you can even tweet the outcome giving people a chance to respond and further refine or clarify your research!

Eaves dropping

You can also conduct market research by listening in on other people's tweets. You can find out for free what people are buzzing about, what they are looking for, problems they are encountering, solutions they wish they could find … or just info they are seeking.

Twitter has a search function built in so you can find people talking about a specific subject. You can also use different search applications to find comments. The hashtag is a popular way for people to identify a topic they are interested in.

So if I want to find out what people are talking about regarding ice cream, I could type "ice cream" in the search box, or "#icecream". The # will return tweets by people who have put that exact phrase #icecream in their tweet.

So I could ask my question so I catch both groups- "what is your favorite ice cream flavor? #icecream" And I still have 91 characters left!

By getting this input, you can then direct your next project to solve a problem that you know exists! This is one of the classic offline and internet marketing strategies: find a need and fill it! This research might lead you to promote a different product than you had originally intended. Or maybe it gives you clues on how to write the sales copy to make your product more appealing. It might inspire you to create a new product or improve an existing product-or to provide a service that fills a need.

Learn fast act fast

Another one of my internet marketing strategies is acting while a market is hot and Twitter really helps here! Because you got the research quickly, you can also act upon it quickly.

So by using social media, specifically Twitter, you are able to implement at least three of your internet marketing strategies-market research, filling a need and acting quickly.

Leatherman Multi Tool

A few years ago when I researched upgrading my aged penknife I discovered the Leatherman Multi Tool. What struck me about these handy tools is the functionality and oozing build quality. Having used a penknife since I was a lad and knew all too well how tricky some tools are to open, I’ll always love my Swiss Army knife, however now I carry a Leatherman Multi Tool – here’s why…

Leatherman Tool Group was founded in 1983 by Tim Leatherman. A Leatherman Multi Tool is a pair of pliers with additional tools stowed away in the handles. They are constructed from 100% stainless steel of the finest quality in a single piece construction with moving parts thereby allowing use of one component without losing access to the others. They are the most essential tool to carry when camping, fishing, hunting, to have stowed away in the boot of your car and even to keep handy around the home and workplace. They are perhaps the most important tool for professionals from electricians to farmers.

I only have memories of struggling to open my penknife and the risk of sheering off figure nails as the Leatherman Multi Tool easily opens and tools are effortlessly accessed. The huge advantage to the Leatherman Multi Tool is the butterfly knife design is that the handles house everything from a knife, saw, file, screwdrivers and depending on the model and by virtue of this design they transforms into pliers! The pliers come in a range of different forms including needle nose and blunt nose depending on the model.

What I find reassuring about the Leatherman Multi Tool is the safety benefits of locking blades with the introduction of the original Super Tool in 1995. The Super Tool is now 3rd generation. Furthermore, functionality is increased with one handed opening of the blades without even opening the pliers – no more bleeding knuckles! The Wave was launched back in 1998 and was the first to incorporating externally opening blades.

A comprehensive range available in numerous sizes from the keychain Leatherman Micra at just 51g to the massive full-size Leatherman Surge weighing 335g. Also they have a mid-sized or pocket sized range including the minimalist Freestyle. The tool when collapsed are unobtrusive and fit as well in the pocket as they do in a Pouch or handbag. The fact they are so lightweight and portable is amongst these pocket tools most brilliant features.

Every Leatherman tool Multi has a 25 year manufacturer guarantee.

Without a doubt the Leatherman Multi Tool is a handy little gadget/essential tool to have and an even better gift to share that can be used for innumerable purposes. I often find myself picking up my knife to assemble DIY furniture, tighten loose taps even safely open packages with the cutting hook. Certainly these Leatherman Multi Tools are the convenience tool of choice for professionals and DIYers alike.

Structural Engineer

Structural engineers work to design and repair structures such as houses, offices, stadiums, bridges, oil rigs, hospitals, factories and even satellites. They have to make sure that structures can withstand pressures both from within the structure itself at various points, and also make sure they can withstand pressures from outside, such as extreme weather e.g. winds, in order that structures do not bend, twist or vibrate, or even collapse when exposed to such pressures.

The design usually takes place via CAD (Computer aided design) and using mathematical modelling techniques the engineer can create simulations of the structure and test how various forces will impact on it. They will work with a team of people, including architects and other engineers in order to reach agreement about how the structure should progress and how best to accommodate safety features within the aesthetic objectives desired. The structural engineer will be available to advise on each stage of its building by visiting the work in progress. Their job could entail visiting existing structures in order to assess how safe they are, and whether they need repairing or even re-building.

Some of their typical work duties include using computers to calculate the basic components of a structure, and predict the pressures the building will undergo and how it will be affected. They will examine how changing the material of the structure from e.g. wood to steel will cause the pressures to change. They will produce detailed diagrams and drawings which are understandable by those building the structures and will liaise with them at all stages of the erection of the structure in order to make sure they are building in accordance with all directions.

The job of a structural engineer is a very responsible one, since they make sure that our buildings and structures are safe and fit for purpose. The pay is good – upwards of £50,000 once qualified and there is the opportunity to become self-employed and take career breaks, since demand is always high for experts in this area. Some structural engineers work abroad on international projects e.g. airports, or may travel to countries which have experienced extreme weather e.g. earthquakes, in order to advise on the repair and rebuilding of structures.

What Causes Eye Floaters

The vitreous, the transparent gel-like substance that fills our eyeball, is composed of 99% water and 1% collagen fiber. In the early stages, the vitreous is firm and binds perfectly to the wall of the retina. However, over time, the vitreous becomes ‘imperfect’, and it is the degeneration of the vitreous that is behind most causes of floaters in the eye.

Here are the key causes of floaters in the eye.

1. Vitreous Liquefaction

As we grow older, a process called syneresis takes place whereby small, random parts of the vitreous liquefies, creating pockets of liquid within the firm vitreous. Sometimes, the boundary between the normal and the liquid vitreous are reflected by light on to the retina, causing floaters to be seen. During this process also, some of the collagen fibers combine and appear as a twisted or a tangled ball of thread.

2. PVD (Posterior Vitreous Detachment)

As more and more of the vitreous liquefies, the vitreous starts to lose its firmness and begins to slowly detach itself from the retina.

This is called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). Sometimes the vitreous pulls too hard on the retina, causing it to bleed. The traces of blood or the debris caused by PVD are then seen as eye floaters.

3. Retinal Detachment

We have always been warned to seek medical attention if floaters appear very suddenly. Here is the reason.

When a retinal tear occurs, liquid vitreous will slowly flow into the inner layer of the retina, causing it to completely detach itself from the underlying layer. This is called retinal detachment and can lead to blindness. Retinal detachment is preceded by a sudden appearance of floaters.

4. Bleeding from blood vessels in the eye

As the vitreous pulls away from the retina, it may cause a retinal blood vessel to rupture. The blood traces will flow into the vitreous, causing the appearance of eye floaters.

5. Drugs

In my book, The Top 10 Drugs That May Cause Eye Floaters, statistics have shown that there are certain drugs that show symptom of eye floaters. However, there is inconclusive proof that taking these medications may result in eye floaters.

6. Eye Injury

Sometimes a hard blow to the eye may also cause floaters to appear. During impact, the rapid push and pull exerted on the eyeball may cause the vitreous to pull hard on the retina, causing the retina to tear.

7. Diabetic Retinopathy

As a result of having high sugar levels for an extended period of time, diabetics risk having an eye complication called diabetic retinopathy. This is a condition where the blood capillaries that supply nutrients to the retina start to change. Sometimes these vessels swell and drip small amounts of liquid or blood into the eye. Sometimes the blood vessels close off, causing inadequate blood supply to the retina. When this happens, new blood vessels emerge to compensate for the ones that no longer function. The new blood vessels are fragile and rupture easily. When this happens, blood flows into the vitreous, causing eye floaters to appear.

8. Cataract surgery

Eye operations, such as cataract surgery can cause eye trauma, or change the position of the vitreous, subsequently giving rise to posterior vitreous detachment. Another reason why floaters appear after a cataract operation is because patients are able to see better after the operation, and may mistake existing floaters as new floaters.

9. Eye Inflammation

The inflammation of the eye, or uveitis, can occur as a result of an infection. Uveitis can trigger liquefaction of the vitreous, which we’ve learnt earlier leads to PVD, a leading cause of floaters in the eye.

10. Stress

Many individuals who suffer from stress believe it had something to do with their floaters. Regardless of the absence of medical studies to proof this, there is a general acceptance of this relationship among those who suffer from both eye floaters and stress.

In today’s technology, with the proliferation of hand-held gadgets, the eye strain caused by prolonged use of these gadgets can lead to short-sightedness. Short-sightedness, or myopia, is a known risk factor for developing a PVD.

Now that you understand what causes eye floaters, you will also start to appreciate that a solution that only takes care of one out of the 10 factors above will not be an effective eye floaters cure. In order to effectively cure eye floaters, you will need a combination of solutions that takes care of some of the major causes above.