Help Credit Card Debt – Getting Out of Debt Fast

The quick and painless route to help credit card debt is usually the type of path everyone is looking for. Who wants to struggle with debt and live unhappily? Getting out of debt fast relies on many factors that you have to address though. Remember, no organization, company or counseling group can pay the bills for you. Rather, they can provide support and informational guidance to aid you on your way. Well you can find that same support amongst bloggers and Internet pages that provide free, helpful support. It’s always best to consider your financially supportive options before turning to a company or service provider that’s going to charge money.

Here’s some tips that you can use to get out of debt quick. Whether you’ve racked up a few hundred or a few thousand dollars of debt, anyone can use these methods to clean it up fast.

  • 1) Cut down your spending habits to a bare minimum. Everyone likes to shop, guys and girls alike. This can be a really big problem if you’re suffering from financial problems. If you don’t have the money to shop, your credit card debt is online continuing to grow and things aren’t looking steady for you, then you desperately need to stop the spending. Instead of going out to eat, try to cook a cheap family dinner that can not only save money, but can also connect relationships and bring you closer together. Family bonding is one of the few positive things that can come out of debt. When you’re hurting and struggling, there’s no better time to turn to your kids or partners in life for some moral support. This is the time to find comfort in one another and never pull away.
  • 2) This is much easier said than done, however try to give your service providers a call and tell them you need a lower bill. Whoever you use for cable, Internet, your phone, try to persuade them into lowering your monthly expenses. Remember, they want your business and they’ll be willing to make some adjustments if you come off strong minded enough.
  • 3) Develop a grocery list and stick to it when you visit the store. Food has a way of costing a lot, so it’s important that you spend your money wisely. Try to use coupons, anything you can to bring down the total. Never be ashamed that you have to use them either, there’s so many people in society that are having financial difficulties, no one’s going to judge you. Help credit card debt and get on a better path today, you deserve it.

New Electricity Supply in France

Installing a new electricity supply in France is fairly straight-forward. EDF (Electricité de France) will do it for you (at a cost), providing the supply is no more than 10 metres from the property. If the distance is greater than 10 metres you will have to get some-one else to install it. Here are some considerations for those wanting to do it themselves.

In the past, electricity was most often supplied to a property via overhead cable. If you are needing a new supply it must now be buried in the ground. The cable must pass through a long, flexible, conduit (gaine – it looks like vacuum hose), red in colour, from the supply box (coffre) to your property. The gaine used most often has a diameter of 90mm.

If you are replacing a temporary or existing supply, I also recommend that you should get a devis from EDF before you buy gaine or dig trenches. It is quite possible that they will not put the permanent coffre in the same place as the temporary, and will put it at your boundary, probably next to your front gate. For us they came and did a survey, put a marker peg in the ground and sent a drawing with the devis.

The gaine should be buried 0.5 metre deep – the distance between the top of the gaine and the surface, except where it passes under a vehicle path, when it must be 0.85 metre. If the gaine runs alongside a vehicle path, it must be at least 0.5 metre from the edge of the road. It can’t pass within 20cm of any other gaine (gas, water, telecom, etc) in any direction.

A red plastic warning grill (grillage) must be placed in the trench 20cm above the gaine… this can be bought by the roll.

The gaine will come with a draw string to pull the cable through. Electricity cable is heavy and if your gaine is more than 10 metres long, I suggest you pull through a more substantial cord with which to pull the cable. I would also recommend that its a two person job, one to keep the tension on the cord/cable and the other to keep feeding the cable through, it could help if the cable was on a drum, on rollers.

You may want to pull the cable through before you put the gaine in the trench… it’s a heavy job either way, but slightly easier to do on the straight and level. Don’t leave the cable lying around, somebody may help themselves, once it is in the ground it is relatively easy to secure.

If you are wanting to bring the electricity supply across a neighbours land, you will need their permission (permission that should have been sought before you bought the property).

Be aware that in France you must have a main breaker in the house, as well as at the EDF end.

Streaming Technology Explained in Layman’s Terms

Various on-demand movie and television services popping up the last few years have introduced some new terminology to many of us who are not technologically savvy, and who are just beginning to explore the vast, uncharted territories known as the worldwide web. One term that is practically a household term is streaming. The concept of streaming isn’t new. Radio and television are streamed. Streaming is, in a nutshell, a delivery method for media. We can stream anything that can be digitalized, including music, movies, sports, and television shows.

One statistic that may surprise many people is that 30% of all internet traffic today is from Netflix streams alone. And over-the-top (OTT) media consumption from distributors like Netflix, Hulu Plus and SuperPass is projected to increase by 60% within the next two years.

To clarify, there are two types of video streaming – live and on-demand. Live streaming is viewed on the internet simultaneously as a camera captures and digitally encodes the event. Progressive streaming is the type of streaming that OTT streaming providers utilize. On-demand videos are compressed files that are delivered by a streaming server. When an end-user wishes to stream a movie, for example, they will select the film and click on a play button. The OTT vendor will then deliver the requested film through specialized software called a streaming server. The streaming server will assess what is happening on the end user’s media player and make adjustments called buffering to ensure a good viewing experience. The streamed content is not saved on the end user’s hard drive. Once the content is streamed, it cannot be accessed again unless the file is requested again from the streaming service provider.

Besides streaming, there is another delivery method for these compressed files, which is called downloading. When you purchase a movie, song or TV show, you download the file from a web server (instead of a streaming server), and you save the file somewhere where you can access it whenever you wish – usually on your hard drive. Generally, at least a portion of the download must be complete before you can begin viewing the content without interruptions.

Downloads can either be rentals or purchases. If it is a rental, then the OTT provider generally gives a specified period of time from the time of rental in which to view the content before the file deletes itself. It’s important to note that downloaded files can contain viruses and malware, so make sure that you trust any source from which you download a file.

Media players can take on many forms when you stream or view your downloaded purchase. If you watch the content on your computer, you will probably utilize the media player that came with your operating system, or you may download a free or premium media player that the streaming service provider recommends. If you wish to watch on your television, you will need to utilize a gaming console, Blu-ray player, internet-enabled television set, or a streaming media player that is connected to your television and your home wireless network. It’s important to make sure that your intended media player is supported by your OTT provider.

Streaming is without a doubt here to stay as part of our entertainment options. Watch as the technology continues to improve and more options are available to consumers.

Flipping Contracts

How can you flip a contract, instead of a property?

You have seen the Carlton Sheets or Ron Le Grand advertising about making a fortune in the

real estate business. And you still wonder if it is true or false.

Well, stop right here, save your money and read this ‘No risk, No money, No nothing’

way to make money with no money down STEP BY STEP and FOR FREE!!!.

Let’s say you find a property for sale, maybe a ‘for sale by owner’ or anything else.

Do your homework and know how much that property worth. Let assume the property is worth

$100,000 market value today and the owner wants to sell due to divorce, foreclosure or

whatever the reason. The transaction will be easier if the owner is motivated to sell.

He is asking $95,000 for quick sale. Make sure this property can sell

for around $100,000 easily.

Now do this step by step:

-Get an offer as low as possible. (Let’s say you got it for $86,000)

-On the contract, buyer is ‘Your name AND/OR ASSIGNS’

-Closing date in 60 days (more is even better). It gives you 60 days to try to sell it before to go to closing

-Inspection within 60 days (more is better)

-And you buy the property ‘AS IS’ with right to inspect.

-Disclose the facts that you do this as an investor, meaning you do that to make money.

The next day you advertise that property in the newspaper for $98,000, or $2,000

less than market value. Of course, the highest, the best. But by selling below market value,

you will definitely get lots of attention from rehab people and other investor or even buyers.

Now or you sell the home for $98,000 and you make an addendum to the contract saying


-Contract assignment to ‘Mr. New Buyer’ for a value of $12,000 to be paid at closing.

This addendum needs to be signed by first seller, by first buyer(you) and by second buyer.

At closing, you name does not appear on the deed, the deed will go from first seller to second buyer. You just get your $12,000 check.

Or you did not sell within 60 days. So day 50 or 55, you do an inspection and because

you bought it ‘AS IS’ with your right to inspect, you will not buy the property because you will not be happy with the inspection for whatever reason. Lost of inspection fee ($150-$300)

How to Make Silicone Jewellery Moulds

The technique for making flat backed objects such as badges, pendants, wall plaques and other jewellery items is generally the same. The silicone resin jewellery moulds can be made by either pouring or brushing the silicone onto the original piece. Pouring is probably the easiest method for all items with a flat back. The process is as follows:

Select a suitable container

The first thing we need to consider for this method is how to contain the poured silicone when we pour it over the original model.

With smaller items we are lucky to have a large range of suitable containers which can be easily obtained. Ice cream containers, takeaway food containers or even butter containers are just to name a few. We are looking for a container which is about 1-2cm bigger than the model all around the sides. We need the container to also be 5cm taller than the model.

If your item is extremely small you may not even need a container. You can fix the small model to a small board with a non hardening clay or glue if you prefer and build up a wall around the model with clay or even lego bricks.

With larger items instead of fixing the model to a board you can fix it directly to the base of the container you choose. It is important to fix the model securely to the base so that it will not float to the top when silicone is poured in.

In this article we will go into detail the method which uses a food container.

Using a plastic food container as a mould dam

  1. The first thing you need to do is to secure the lid tightly onto the container. Turn the container upside down and cut the bottom out of it.
  2. Now secure the model to the base (which will be the lid) of the container with glue or clay.
  3. The application of release agent is not usually needed when using silicone as it sticks to very few items. Glass is one item which silicone tends to stick to. It is a good idea to do a small test if you are unsure. If you find a release agent is needed you can make your own with petroleum jelly dissolved in a solvent such as white spirit. We use a ratio of 10% petroleum jelly. You can then spray or brush the solution onto the model and let it dry. The white spirit will evaporate leaving a fine even film of petroleum jelly behind on the model.
  4. The silicone we use to pour over the model comes in two parts and needs to be mixed together to start the curing process. The mixing ratios depend on the silicone you use and can be found on the label of your silicone. We find waxed disposable paper cups to be ideal as mixing containers and wooden stirrers or paddle pop sticks for mixing.
  5. Pour part A and part B into a new container and mix thoroughly scraping the sides and the bottom of the cup to ensure proper mixing. Make sure you do not whip air into the mixture as this will create excessive air bubbles. A folding action is best.
  6. Once it is mixed pour the mixture into a new mixing container. This ensures that no unmixed material remains in the cup when pouring it onto the model.
  7. If there are areas on the model which have very fine detail or undercuts it is advisable to brush some silicone onto those parts before pouring. This will ensure that the silicone will flow onto each and every surface and minimize the chance of air bubbles on these high detailed areas.
  8. You can now start pouring the silicone onto the model. Pour in a thin stream from a high point over the model. This thin stream from a high point will force any bubbles in the mixture to pop on the way down. Also start pouring onto the lowest point in the mould container. It is best not to pour directly onto the model so aim for the floor of the mould container. Continue pouring until you have 1 cm of silicone above the highest point of the model.
  9. Leave the silicone to set overnight. You can de-mould the model the following day by removing the lid from the container and pressing the silicone gently from the top. It should slide out the bottom. The model should easily pop out from the silicone and leave a cavity ready for casting. Let the silicone mould cure properly for an additional few days for longer mould life.

Central Air Conditioning Zones Explained

Central air conditioning systems (or ducted systems as they are also know) often contain a series of different zones. So what is a zone in regards to air conditioning? The following article describes what zones are, what they do and why they are so important to include in your air conditioning system.

1) What Zones Do – Zones are basically little junction boxes that can either open or close sections of the ducting. These zones allow the user to direct what rooms the air conditioner can blow into. Most air conditioners can only run about half the home at any one time, and zones allow you to choose which rooms to have on and which ones to have off.

2) Flexibility – The main advantage of zones is that they give your cooling system flexibility. Zones allow you to choose which rooms you want to heat / cool and allows you to turn off rooms that you do not want to be serviced.

3) Reduce Power Usage – By only running the zones you need, you can actually save a lot of money. Running rooms that have no one in is a waste of money. Zoning however lets you cool / heat only the rooms you are in which will save power.

4) Save Money – Saving on power means you are also saving money. Using less zones means you will have more money in your back pocket.

So that is what a zone is. Next time you get a hvac quote, be sure to tell the contractor that you want lots of zones because of the reasons outlined above.

Dinair Salon Pro System Review

The Dinair Salon Pro kits are very expensive but also very effective. If you own a salon or work with clients then the Dinair Salon pro kit is probably for you.

If you are a home user, then these kits are probably not for you. These kits are meant for people who have had quite a few years of experience with Airbrush Makeup and if you are a novice then it is best to go for the ‘Personal Pro’ kit range. The Salon Pro kits are split into four products:

  • Makeup Kits
  • Airtan Kits
  • Makeup and Airtan Kits
  • Makeup and Stencils Kits

Each one of these kits contains different foundation and stencils but has the same compressor. This compressor is the powerful Dinair Beauty 2 Compressor and is of a very good quality. It retails for $300 on its own and is more than powerful enough to deal with any kind of application including air tanning. The compressor also has a knob which allows the speed to be changed depending on whether you are applying makeup to the face or the body.

The kit is of a very good quality which is exactly what you would expect from Dinair. Founded almost 30 years ago, they also offer excellent telephone support if something goes wrong. Thankfully, I have never had a problem with my Salon Pro System and have never had to use the technical support but colleagues tell me it is very helpful.

The only real downside to these kits is the cost. Costing between 3-5 times more than Dinair’s standard range kit they can be an expensive investment for many. Having said this, if you are looking for an excellent system that will really last you then the Dinair Salon Pro system

How to Date Younger Babes

A younger babe is a word used to describe girls who are younger. There are so many men who like to date younger babes. There are so many reasons for this and, they include the following. Older men are usually looking for adventure, especially when it comes to sexual matters. To find this, they turn to people who have something different to offer and those are younger babes. Older men may be tired of their wives or they may just want somebody to make them feel younger and remind them of the times when they were young. There are so many cases of people looking for younger girls and it seems that they are always in demand. The young girls also agree to enter into these relationships for many factors. First, young girls want to feel secure. An older man is more settled and they are the pillar of security. Believe it or not, they are much more serious or firm than younger guys. This is an aspect that girls cherish a lot. The other obvious reason why the girls go for such men is financial security.

Younger babes want to be pampered and treated like queens. This is not always possible when they are with guys their age. Therefore, the relationship is give and take and everyone will benefit. There are older guys who specifically look for younger girls for the purpose of marriage. They may be single or divorced. These cases have become more and more popular as people become free to do what they want. If you are an older guy looking for such a girl to be with or marry, it is vital that you know some of the things that will enable you get victory and win them over. First, be serious. There is nothing more attractive than a man who is sober and serious about what they want. Beating about the bush will only remind her of the guys her age. It is vital that you are honest. If you are married, it is paramount that you disclose this fact. There are many young girls who would not like to interfere with a marriage relationship.

The other thing is to be you. Do not come of as a different person. There are older guys who have a hard time maintaining the act. The younger babes know you are a certain age and you do not have to act young. Make sure you pamper her in a way that she will enjoy. Do it willingly and not just because you want something in return. This way, you will make your relationship as natural as possible. The other thing is to relate with her in a mature manner. It is not always easy to see them as mature people but, most younger babes know what they want. Know the character and values you want to date in a young girl and most of all, make sure that you date a girl who is at a legal age to date. When you consider all the above, you will be in a position to get all you want from the relationship.

How to Select Keywords For Internet Marketing

Keywords are the common thread in Internet Advertising / Marketing. The person sitting in front of a computer thinks about keywords that they will use to search for information or products. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the supplier describes the information or product in terms of Ad words, another form of keywords. So the Internet marketeer must also think in terms of keywords, if they hope to participate in the transaction. To often we Internet Marketeers think only of the product and what we might earn from promoting such a product, without regard to the source of the transaction. I'm always surprised when doing keyword research, at the volume and the amount paid to advertise a given keyword. Keywords that I would have guessed were searched for a million times a month turn out to be searched for very little. Also, I find what I consider high demand keywords that indeed have high volume, but the amount paid per click for this traffic is small.

When I do keyword research, I often start it because I saw a sign board or a TV advertisement that had a catchy keyword or keyword phrase that I liked. If I'm just looking for new ideas, I will go to Amazon or E-Bay and just look at the items for sale. A keyword can be anything you can imagine. Then with a few single word keywords in mind, I use the free Google AdWords Keyword Tool to check volumes and what advertisers are paying for the keyword and related keyword phrases. I start by entering the first keyword and then I configure the tool for my research. The changes I make to the configuration are as Follows: I change the Match Type drop-down to Exact; Under Show / Hide Columns, I click hide advertiser competition and hide local search volume. Under Show / Hide Columns, I click show average CPC. The CPC is the amount the advertiser pays Google per click for this keyword.

So now I enter single keywords that I found in the step where I was looking for ideas. I enter single keywords because the keyword tool will give you all kinds of related phrases that you might not have thought about. If you enter a 2 – 3 word phrase you could miss out on a really good phrase. So the tool gives me a list of keywords and related phrases, about 150 of them, and the cost per click of each. If I like the volumes and click value I can save them in a spreadsheet by simply scrolling down to the end of the column and clicking the csv for excel link. I generally repeat this process until I have at least one thousand keywords and phrases in my spreadsheet.

The last step in keyword gathering is to calculate the potential monthly income from each keyword. I add a column to the spreadsheet called Monthly Potential. I know that I can expect to get about 25% of the amount that the advertiser pays Google per click. Sometimes it's a bit more or less, but that's a pretty good number. My objective is to find a keyword or phrase with which I can achieve number one ranking on Googles search result page. For the rest of my calculation I assume I can rank number one for each keyword. If I rank number one, I can expect to get about 40% of the monthly click volume. I also can expect to convert about 5% of that traffic into a click from my site. So I create an Excel formula that looks like this. = ((B2 * 0.25) * (C2 * 0.4 * 0.05)) I copy this formula into all the cells in the monthly potential column in the spreadsheet. This tells me what the monthly income potential is for each keyword. Now you have an economic basis for keyword selection. I hope this will help you with your selection of proper keywords.

Bruce Lee’s Ab Workout Routine

Bruce Lee was a martial arts icon of our time, boasting one of the strongest bodies ever seen. He always focused on possessing a powerful body to be able to take the demands of martial arts, or pretty much any activity. He saw the abdominal musculature as a shield that protects the rest of the torso. And wouldn’t you know it – he boasted one of the most chiseled physiques ever known.

Lee always stressed perfect form when exercising. Regarding sit-ups, he’d once said, “The proper way of doing sit-ups isn’t just to go up and down, but to curl yourself up; to curl yourself back up, like rolling up a roll of paper.” He’s absolutely right. Form is of utmost importance, and if your form isn’t sound, why even exercise?

So without further ado, here is Bruce Lee’s Abdominal Workout (and in addition to these, please check out these easy tips on toning your stomach):

1. Sit-up twists.

4 sets of 20. Lie on the floor or a mat, with your knees bent and toes directed ahead of you. Try to minimize as much space as you possibly can between your lower back and the mat. Rest your hands behind your head, but you don’t have to interlock your fingers. Curl up gently like the newspaper Bruce Lee talked about as far as you can go comfortably. Turn your torso to the left as far as you can go comfortably. Smoothly come back to your beginning position. Repeat the exercise and twist your torso to the right this time. This is one repetition.

2. Leaning twists.

4 sets of 50. Stand up straight and place your feet about 2 ft apart. Take a broom handle or wooden pole and place it on your shoulders. Grasp it with your hands wherever you can comfortably. Bend your upper body forward while keeping your back straightened, and then turn the pole up toward the ceiling as far as you are able to comfortably. Come back to your beginning position and do the exercise again for the other side. This is one repetition.

3. Waist twists.

4 sets of 70. Sit up straight on a chair with your toes facing ahead. Put your broom handle on your shoulders and grasp it with your hands. Twist your torso slowly to the left. Hold this position momentarily and come back to the middle. Repeat the movement and turn to the right this time. This is one repetition.

4. Frog kicks.

4 sets of 50. Lie on the floor or a mat and close the gap between your lower back and the mat. Move your knees up to your sternum and kick your feet out at around 45 degrees.

5. Leg raises.

4 sets of 20. Lie on the floor or a mat, with knees down, and your legs together. Remember to close that gap between your lower back and the mat. Gently raise your legs together, upwards to around 45 degrees, and slowly return to the starting position, but don’t let your legs touch the floor.

Together with these ab exercises, Bruce Lee rode an exercise bike for about 45 minutes daily, as discussed in these easy tips on toning your stomach.

Easy Ways to Go Green Around the House

You do not have to be a complete tree hugger to want to go green. But now that it's becoming increasingly clear that global warming is a very real problem, why would not you want to reduce your impact on the environment?

If the threat of global warming does not spur you into action, perhaps this fact will: Most of the actions you can take to green your home are easy. And while they save energy and other valuable resources, they also save you a little or even a lot of green (read: money). I'm not expecting you to go off the grid, start raising all your own food, or anything that extreme. These are just easy changes that can be made around your house now to make a big difference.

So, without further ado, I present to you The Home Know-It-All's Top 15 Ways to Go Green Around Your Home (in order from easiest to accomplish to hardest-although I'd say they're all pretty darn easy).

  1. Unplug household appliances and electronics (like the coffee maker, toaster, and cell phone charger) when they're not in use. Even if they're not on, appliances that are plugged in use energy. In fact, as much as 40 percent of all electricity is used to power home appliances that are turned off!
  2. Get the most out of your appliances by only washing full loads of laundry and dishes. Minimize how often you open the refrigerator too. And keep the fridge full-an empty fridge has to work harder to stay cool than a full one.
  3. Turn down the thermostat in cold weather and kick it up higher in warm weather. For each degree below 68 degrees Fahrenheit you set your thermostat during cold weather (or above 78 degrees Fahrenheit in warm weather), you'll save 3 to 5 percent more heating energy. A programmable thermostat makes this step easy. And using ceiling fans can keep you comfortable even when the thermostat is set higher or lower than you're used to.
  4. Bring your own (reusable) grocery bags to the store. Paper and plastic grocery bags are no good for the environment-in fact, according to Ideal Bite, about 12 millions barrels of oil and 14 million trees go into producing plastic and paper bags each year. Plus, reusable bags hold more than flimsy plastic sacks and are easier to carry around.
  5. Replace burned out lightbulbs with CFLs. These fluorescent bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescents and last up to 10 times longer. You can $ save 30 or more in electricity costs for each bulb over its lifetime!
  6. Remember the three Rs (reduce, reuse , and recycle!). Note that recycling comes at the end of the list. The most important step toward going green is to reduce your consumption-buy less, and you'll have less to recycle. In the home, that means buying materials, furnishings, and other items that are well-made, durable, and long-lasting (in other words, go for quality, not quantity). Then, of course, there's recycling. Recycle everything you possibly can-plastic, paper, bottles, cans, you name it. It's important to recycle electronics, batteries, toxic household items, and more as well. Learn where to recycle at Oh, and buy recycled too-all sorts of household items from carpeting to dog beds to paper products are available with recycled content.
  7. Use green cleaning supplies or homemade cleaning concoctions rather than chemical ones.
  8. Paint with no- or low-VOC paints the next time you want to repaint rooms in your home.
  9. Insulate your hot water heater to save energy . Placing an insulative jacket around your hot water heater costs as little as $ 10 to $ 20, and pipe insulation is less than $ 1 per six feet. While you're at it, turn the water heater down to 120 degrees for more money savings-and to ensure no one gets burned by water that's too hot.
  10. Plug air leaks around your house. Air leaks waste tons of energy, but they're easy and inexpensive to take care of. Simply install weatherstripping and caulk around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and plumbing penetrations to stop drafts. Check the attic for leaks too.
  11. Stop using chemicals on your lawn and in your garden. One way to reduce the need for chemicals (and lots of watering) is to try xeriscaping. And while you're in the garden, check out natural ways to get rid of garden pests too.
  12. Save water by installing low-flow showerheads , faucets, and toilets.
  13. Select Energy Star appliances when it's time to purchase new ones. Clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, dehumidifiers, and more with the Energy Star label incorporate advanced technologies that use 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models-and they work well too!
  14. Replace single-pane windows with double- pane ones to reduce heat loss in winter and heat gain in the summer. An added bonus: they'll reduce noise pollution too.
  15. Purchase sustainable materials for flooring, furnishings, and other home items. Flooring materials such as cork and bamboo are growing in popularity because they're attractive, durable, and better for the environment than other options. Wood that bears the Forest Stewardship Council has been harvested using environmentally friendly methods-look for sustainably harvested wood furnishings, decking, and more. And check out TreeHugger's guide to green furniture for more environmentally friendly furniture options.

So there you have it. Ways big and small to go green. This barely scratches the surface, of course. So if you want to learn more about these and other ways to lessen the impact you, your family, and your home have on the environment, check out some of my favorite online resources: Green Home Guide, Lime, The Green Guide, and TreeHugger .

Fireplace Designs

Fireplace designs are blueprints or illustrations for imagining what your ideal fireplace would look like. You can purchase these, or you can find them for free if you dig. Fireplace designs are beautiful and varied and appropriate designs can improve efficiency of fireplaces and add beauty to homes and hearths.

The first factor to be considered when designing a fireplace is the material used. Oak mantle is a nice option for a home with oak wood decorations. For outdoor designs, cast iron and aluminum are better choices, as these materials are long standing and dependable.

Secondly, one has to decide on a particular style, which depends on the room size and available space. Build-ins are ideal if available designs can provide only a dominating or jutting fireplace. Build-ins have cabinetry or shelving matching the walls.

Another aspect to be considered is the size. A large room with high ceilings needs a fireplace designed of larger size.

Finally, when designing fireplaces, the type of burning mechanism is important. The burning fuel can be natural gas, propane, EPA certified wood, coal, or pellet. Gas fireplaces are better choices if natural gas is used for heating. If natural gas is not used, it is better to place propane tank behind the chimney. As electric fireplaces are easily removable ones, these fireplaces are well-suited for apartments, condos, high rise buildings, and homes that are small in size.

A properly designed fireplace is a worthy addition to any home. When designed using right materials, textures, and colors, it can enhance the elegance of the house.

Small Greenhouse Plans in 7 Easy Steps

A successful greenhouse does not mean a big greenhouse. Even if you have limited space, limited carpentry skills, and even limited gardening skills, there are small greenhouse plans available for everyone.

Here is how to build a quick and easy greenhouse you can start right away – a hoop style greenhouse for your backyard.


Greenhouse Plastic 6 millimeters thick at a size of 7 by 7 feet.
More of the same Plastic 2 sheets at 5 by 5 feet.
4 half-inch PVC Pipes -10 feet in length each
1 half-inch PVC Pipe – 2 feet in length
4 three-port half-inch corner elbow connectors
4 four-port connectors
Cutting Blade
Rubber Mallet

Estimated time of finishing building this is approximately 3 hours and estimated costs $ 40 around.

So here are the steps:

1. Saw 2 of the PVC pipes in half so you have 4 5-foot pieces

2. Hammer in the elbows to each end of the pieces you just cut.

3. Grab 1 10-foot pipe and hammer it into one of the remaining elbow ports on one end.

4. Bend the pipe into the other end and hammer it in the opposing elbow port. Be careful. Get help if needed. Now do the same thing for the other side.

5. Take your 2-foot PVC pipe and saw off multiple 1-inch pieces. We will use these as clamps. Take these pieces and saw one end open to essentially "open" the ring.

6. Place your plastic over your frame and attach the plastic with your new clamps that you just made. It does not hurt to clamp down the plastic in multiple places.

7. Take your remaining 5 by 5 foot plastic and cut it to a size slightly larger than the open ends of your greenhouse. This will be serve as doors for your. After attaching them, slice it straight down the middle to make two flaps. Now you have the option to tie the flaps.

And presto, you have yourself a small greenhouse.

Here are more tips: You might want to weigh down the sides of your greenhouse with big cinder blocks or rocks. If it rains heavily in your area, you might also want to poke small holes on top of your plastic to prevent puddles from forming.

You can scale this to a larger version, but I would suggest to add more "ribs" and maybe throw a wire mesh over your frame before placing your plastic. This will help with stability and strength.

Now, do not get ahead of yourself, this is a very simple and cost-effective way to get your crops started early. We can still talk about heating, watering, cooling, and humidifying systems, different styles, frames, and pest prevention. But all of this is beyond the scope of what we're trying to accomplish.

So in the mean time, enjoy your new greenhouse and next time, you'll start on a new project on a larger scale.

Useful Information on Veneer Brick

Veneer brick can act as a wonderful material with which to build, largely because of its composition. There are numerous advantages you can enjoy if you utilize this brick type. The installation process of this material is often less complex when compared to installing normal brick. Maintenance and management of brick veneer is generally easier to do when comparing it to other materials available for purchase.

Brick veneer is very different than normal bricks. Essentially these bricks are made from clay and other components, like gravel and cement. Polyurethane is also a common item used to make this brick type. The bricks can be created from recycled and salvaged materials found in old, destroyed buildings.

In utilizing this material, there are many types of advantages. Price is very important. In comparison to other brick types on the market, brick veneer is a lot less expensive. The price is mostly lower mainly because of the way the brick is made. Only containing about twenty five percent of the components used in most bricks, their cost is much cheaper. Other benefits are the fact that the brick is durable, acts as wonderful insulator from the elements, and is fireproof.

The installation price tag is cheaper, too. If you can, it is much better to have a professional mason install the brick, but it is not absolutely necessary. When comparing the installation process of typical brick, this brick type does not require nearly the same level of time, effort, or skill. Being lightweight makes this building material very easy to manage, as well. Remember, though, that brick veneer is too light to be sustained as a load bearing material.

Idealistically it is much better to have a mason come and install this material. If you do decide to take on this project yourself, know that there are specific points to remember about installing this type of brick. Generally this material is about one inch in its thickness. Because of this unique feature there are two methods you can use to install this material. The first is to simply mount it to a piece of plywood and install the wood and brick together as one unit. Or, if you wish, you can mount it directly to the desired spot.

If you plan on using this material for external coverage, say for example, outdoor siding, try to remember that this material is very porous. Air and water are able to seep through this item. This might result in expensive or frustrating problems, like water damage. In order to keep this from happening just remember that you need to install the material using a vapor barrier, which will separate the brick and the wall completely.

In colder areas around the world, it is important that this brick style be installed using a sealant. If this step is neglected then the material will start to flake as a result of the damaging effects of frost. Sometimes stains will show up on the surface of the brick. Hard water, mildew, and moss will occasionally develop. Removing these stains do not require a lot of work. After a basic scrubbing these spots generally wash away.

Apartment Series: Advantages of a Studio Apartment

There are many types of apartments which are available today, thanks to all the designers and real estate agents. They have made it possible for a lay man to find apartments in an easy way. One of the apartments which are very much in demand right now is the studio apartments.

The demand for this apt. for rent can be credited to the vast number of benefits that it provides.

Firstly, it is given out on rent basis as it is a small apartment which is used only for short stays. It is most beneficial to stay in the house while you have to stay alone for a span of 2 to 3 months. Nobody would want to stay in a small house for a very only time.

It is very easy to get the house furnished. As the apartment has only one room, you are required to have a sofa which is convertible. This can be used as a bed when you need it. This save space and allows you to move around freely.

The rent for this apartment is also low. You do not require a lot of amount to be pledged as advance to get the apartment. Most of these apartments for rent also have all the basic amenities which are available in all the other types of apartments. Thus, you would not be in a fix while choosing either of them.

These studios for rent are available in most localities. This makes it easy for you to search for one in any locality. Also, they are easily available even in posh cities as people stay in them for short periods.

Therefore, you can find out one of the apartments through the internet. Find a real estate agency online which will help you to get the house quickly.