UPVC Doors – Common Problems and How to Cure Them

UPVC doors are by far the most common type of door in use throughout the UK at present. They are often thought to be maintenance free as they do not require painting or varnishing to maintain their appearance and water proof qualities. However UPVC doors can develop problems and if these problems are not rectified quickly they can develop into more complex and costly problems quite quickly. Let’s have a look at the various problems that can occur on a UPVC door.

Door catches on side or bottom of frame.

UPVC doors are heavy and expand and contract with temperature changes. This means that the hinge can wear and the door can become misaligned with the frame. The easiest way to check if this has happened to your UPVC door is to look at the mitred joints at the corners of the door and the frame. If the mitres do not line up then the door needs to be realigned with frame. Look at the hinges to see how to adjust the door to move towards or away from the hinge. If the bottom corner of the UPVC door is too low then the top hinge should be adjusted to move the door towards the hinge and the bottom one away from the hinge. Adjust the middle hinge to halfway between the top and bottom hinges. If you cannot get the door realigned with the frame then it will need to be ‘toe and heeled’ which involves repacking the panels within the frame to alter the shape of the door.

Handles are stiff to operate.

If the handles on your UPVC door are stiff when being lifted up or pushed down then the multipoint lock mechanism is not lining up correctly with the keeps on the frame. The keeps are the metal parts on the frame which the hooks, rollers, deadbolts on the multipoint lock locate in when the door is locked. If the door is square in the frame (see above) and the handles are still stiff then the multipoint lock is probably very worn and quite likely to break very soon. It would be advisable to get it looked at by a locksmith before it fails and you are unable to open the UPVC door as the lock has broken.

Handles go up but key cannot be turned

If the key in your UPVC will not turn fully to lock the door after lifting the handles either the locking points are not moving fully into the keeps on the frame or the cylinder is damaged. If the door is aligned with the frame (see above) then cal a locksmith to look at the lock.

Door is unlocked but handles will not go down

This happens when the multipoint locking mechanism breaks, usually after the handles have been stiff or difficult to operate for a while. If this happens to you do not be tempted to try to open the door yourself as you can cause a lot of additional damage doing so. The best approach is to call a locksmith who will be able to open your UPVC door without damaging it. They will then be able to replace the broken parts of the multipoint locking mechanism and realign the door to prevent the same thing happening again.

UPVC door can be closed but does not stay shut

If your UPVC door swings open after being closed then the latch is not catching in the keep. This can usually be cured by moving the keep for the latch towards the door. there are usually two screw which need to be loosened to allow the adjustment to be carried out.

UPVC door handles are floppy or loose

This is usually caused by wear and tear on the handles or lock mechanism. If the handles are loose on their backplates then they will need to be replaced. If the handles are floppy then emote the handles and look inside. If they have small cassettes with springs inside then replace these spring cassettes and your handles should be floppy no more. If your handles do not have spring cassettes in then the spring in the lock mechanism has worn and will need to be replaced or you could fit sprung handles if possible.

Key only works from one side or key will not come out of lock

If the key will only operate from one side of your UPVC door then the cylinder will need to be replaced. Similarly if the key cannot be removed from the lock then you will need to replace the cylinder. Call a local locksmith and ask their advice on replacement cylinders as there is a bewildering array of different types available.

Why Do We Build Skyscrapers?

A lot of buildings in the world today, that are considered representatives of Modern Architecture, seem to have exceeded all natural limitations when it comes to height. The typically monolithic shape of the popular (from the looks of it) skyscrapers continue to increase in height. The tallest building in the world in the year of 2020 will be over 1 kilometer high.

This “mine is bigger than yours” contest has been going on between countries and continents ever since the industrial revolution. The United States held the title for over forty years with the Empire State Building, with its 102 floors and 380 meters, but now it is Little League in comparison with the newest super tall building structures, many of them located in Asia.

Perhaps the phenomena of Skyscrapers stems from our desire to reach skyward, which we can see examples of all through our history. From the time of the ancient pyramids of Egypt and the great cathedrals and towers of Europe, humankind have sought toward heaven in our buildings. The pyramids were built to guide the deceased kings and pharaohs towards their afterlife, whereas the cathedrals were built to inspire fear of God, piety and awe of the congregation. But these buildings also represent a more mundane quest for symbols of power and prosperity. In the Modern version of tall buildings this last factor has become predominant, and skyscrapers first and foremost represent the power of money.

A huge building like the Modern skyscraper can house a lot of people, almost like a little micro-city with vertical main streets in the form of stairs and elevators. But unlike a dynamic city these structures are inflexible and boringly predictable. The one floor plan is bound to be more or less like the next, and the next, and the next. It´s inherent monotony lacks the strength to stimulate us like a living city organism should. The functions of the floors are usually the same also, be it at huge corporate building with offices, a hotel, or an apartment building. You won’t find shops or hairdressers there, or cinemas and theaters, like you would in a city.

So, what´s the problem?

We seem to forget the fact that people need to feel secure and comfortable within their building environment. Even though we can appreciate the stunning beauty and impressiveness of a monolithic building structure, or a skyline filled with these impressive buildings that glow in the dark, up front they tend to make us feel small, inadequate and uncomfortable. They look their best from a distance, but seem to defy nature with their monstrous scale and use of man-made materials. In a way they represent humankind’s victory over nature, but still, they are inhuman in their nature.

This seems to be a paradox, but it is really just the result of having forgotten that human beings are an integrated part of nature. Human nature at its best is striving towards truth and understanding, peace and compassion, but at its worst it is ruled by cravings for wealth and power. In my opinion the skyscrapers of Modern Architecture represent the latter, and research shows that living in one even can be hazardous to your health.

The buildings that surround us are supposed to serve us – not the other way around. In regards to a dwelling, for instance, there should be access to private, semi private and semi public spaces for a rich social life to occur. The skyscraper´s vast elevation from the ground puts a distance between its inhabitants and the people on the ground, both physically and metaphorically. The same goes for the huge corporate buildings that put an emotional distance between themselves and their clients.

So, even though the trophy for “The Tallest Building in the World” is passed around from one continent to another, we could be losing something along the way. The need for shelter from the climatic forces is one of our most basic needs. People should not feel depressed and confused in their homes and workplaces, but rather safeguarded, stimulated and relaxed.

I believe Modern Architecture is a reflection of our society´s predominant values, and sadly, it isn’t always a pretty sight.

History of Pizza, Part One: Tracing the Origins of Pizza: From the Stone Age to the Middle Ages

With the history of pizza, you find it is a mystery with no clear starting point. We cannot start with its etymology. The word “pizza” is derived from the Latin word picea, meaning ‘the burning of bread using an oven.’ Pizzicare is Italian for pizza and means ‘to pinch or to pluck.’ The origin of pizza starts when man invented fire.

The history of pizza may start over 20,000 years ago. Archeologists discovered that cavemen combined crushed wheat germ with water and cooked this mixture on burning stones. The first pizza stone! Cavemen did not invent pizza as we know it. Who invented it? It remains a mystery, but here are some facts.

The history of pizza evolved in the Stone Age when flat bread started to take on pizza-like form. Early settlers in modern Italy topped flat bread with various ingredients. The flat pizza bread was a poor man’s substitute for a plate or utensil. Some maintain this substitution originated with the Greeks as they used a flat, round bread known as plankuntos that was baked with an assortment of toppings and then used as a plate.

The ancient Egyptians made contributions to the history of pizza making by developing both the ‘rising dough’ technique and the first ever conic-shaped oven-the first pizza oven. They used this oven invention to prepare flat bread that was garnished with herbs to celebrate their Pharaoh’s birthday. Ancient Egyptians invented the first pizza party!

The Persian Empire has a place in the history of pizza. Legend has it that Darius the Great’s army baked flat bread on metal shields and used cheese and dates as toppings. This pizza-like food nourished the armies as they conquered the world at that time.

The Roman Empire played a part in recording the history of pizza. A Roman historian, Marcus Porcius Cato, also known as Cato the Elder, described the Roman’s form of pizza as a “flat round of dough dressed with olive oil, herbs, and honey baked on stones.” Virgil referred to this food in “The Aeneid” as “cakes of flour or cakes of bread that Romans happily devoured.”

“Beneath a shady tree, the hero spread

His table on the turf, with cakes of bread;

And, with his chiefs, on forest fruits he fed.

They sate; and, (not without the god’s command,)

Their homely fare dispatch’d, the hungry band

Invade their trenchers next, and soon devour,

To mend the scanty meal, their cakes of flour.

Ascanius this observ’d, and smiling said:

“See, we devour the plates on which we fed.”

(Book VII, lines 141 – 49)

Roman Marcus Gavius Apicius’ “De Re Coquinaria” cookbook advanced the history of pizza making. Apicius described a pizzaesque food as a bread base topped with ingredients, such as, chicken, cheese, garlic, pepper, oil and mint, among others. Excavations at the site of Pompeii uncovered places with equipment used to create this pizza-like street food. Are these signs of the first pizzeria? What we know is that this pizzaesque food had been a staple in Pompeii over 1900 years ago.

A close look at the history of pizza cannot conclusively answer who invented pizza. Even today, many Chinese believe the origin of pizza starts with China’s green-onion pancake or cong you bing. Those who study the history of pizza say pizza could have evolved from China. In 1295, Marco Polo returned from China persuading a Naples chef to recreate this stuffed-pancake. Though difficult to recreate, Marco Polo advanced the history of pizza making when he suggested that the filling be placed on top not inside. This technique was wildly successful, adding to the history of pizza. Although the creation of flat bread with toppings resembles a green-onion pancake, it remains a mystery still whether the history of pizza starts with China.

Hot Dog Stand Recipe – You Can Make Yummy Stadium Style Hot Dogs Right at Home

I made hot dogs the same way pretty much for years. They were always okay, but nothing to brag about. I think maybe in the back of my mind, the lowly wiener was just not important enough to warrant creative input from my imaginative culinary side. Then one day, I decided to try something different.

As a youngster, I was taught to boil the wiener in water, put it in a bun, and squirt various condiments on top. But as I grew and advanced in culinary skills, I knew there had to be a way to improve on this method of cooking a hot dog.

Things that go great with hot dogs are: potato chips, baked beans, coleslaw, or potato salad.

This method of cooking the lowly wiener is now a regular thing around my house. My family loves them, and they really are good. Here’s what you’ll need:

* All beef wieners (you can eat that other “stuff” if you want, we only eat beef wieners; we also prefer bun length)

* Soft buns (you want fresh buns here, not stale, although you can steam stale buns back to life if you insist on using old bread – I have other uses for old bread such as Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce)

* Hot dog relish

* Sauerkraut

* Diced onions

* Mustard and ketchup

* Kraft shredded mexican style four cheese blend

* Hot dog chili sauce (Castleberry’s is our favorite)

* Laura’s homemade cole slaw

* Butter

* Tin foil

* Crock-pot

* Cast iron skillet

Now, you do not have to do everything the same way I do it. I am letting everyone know how I do it, and you can adjust as you see fit.

Please note the hot dogs need to spend some time in the crock-pot in order to be good, and the steaming method I mention below is great. Plan properly so the dog packets get to warm and meld inside their “packet” in the hot crock-pot. I normally make the dogs and allow them 45 minutes to an hour in the crock.

  1. About an hour before dinner, turn the crock-pot on low and let it get warm.
  2. Heat up the iron skillet, and add a tablespoon of butter.
  3. Fry the beef wieners in the iron skillet.
  4. When they have a good “fry” on the outside, sort of like you get if you grill them, remove and place inside of a fresh non-stale soft bun (I am very particular about my bread being soft and fresh)
  5. Immediately wrap the assembled bun and wiener in tin foil, sealing all edges.
  6. Place in crock-pot.
  7. Repeat with remaining buns and wieners.
  8. Cover the crock-pot and leave it alone.
  9. Heat up the chili in the microwave or on the stove.
  10. Prepare the other condiments.
  11. Get everything on the table, including drinks, chips, dip, whatever.
  12. Then get out one assembled dog at a time for each diner, keeping the rest in the crock-pot with lid on to remain warm.

These warm up really great. Simply take the bun and wiener combination out of aluminum foil (do not forget this step in order to avoid a nasty microwave incident), wrap loosely in a paper towel, and microwave about 10-15 seconds. Do not overdo it, the bun will get hard.

Alternate method: I tried this once and it was even better. Place a rack in the bottom of the crock-pot before adding hot dogs. Add one tablespoon or so of water. Be careful, you do not want to have the dog packets sitting in liquid. The idea is to lightly “steam” them instead.

I usually eat two hot dogs, each made as follows:

Version #1: (ingredients are in the order used) mustard, ketchup, relish, chili sauce, cheese, onions

Version #2: (ingredients are in the order used) mustard, relish, onions, sauerkraut, homemade coleslaw

Now, a note here about slaw. There are all kinds of different ways to make coleslaw. There is also slaw mix that can be bought in a bag. I am as particular about my slaw as I am about my bread. My momma made coleslaw pretty much the same way for years, and it always tasted good.

If you’ve ever eaten bad coleslaw, you’ll remember it. Some fast food restaurants have the audacity to CALL it coleslaw, but it is more like tasteless cardboard “stuff.” Did it ever seem to you that the slaw in many restaurants is often stark white, as if it is all made entirely from the cabbage core? Makes you wonder what happened to all of the GREEN stuff.

I’ll be sure to place a link to my coleslaw recipe at the end of the article, so be sure and grab that and try it with these delicious stadium style hot dogs.

I am very picky about certain things: fresh bread is one; fresh milk is another; good tasting coleslaw is important; I think the hot dog chili sauce by Castleberry’s is great; I use the Kraft Mexican style four cheese blend almost daily; I want to know what is in the meat I eat. However, to each his own. Enjoy!

Make Your Pet Bottles Of Best Quality With Accurate Section Weight Analysis

PET bottles are highly used in a variety of industries for various purposes. These bottles are used for storage and packaging of different materials such as pharmaceuticals, food & beverages, chemicals, edible items, etc. The main reason for such high popularity of these PET bottles is that they can easily be cast in any shape or size. Additionally, they are non-reactive to any sort of chemicals which makes them ideal for storage of chemical substances as well as food items.

For the best protection of products packaged in the PET bottles, it is essential to ensure that the quality of the bottles provided to the customers is of best quality. There are many attributes of plastic bottles that contribute to their quality. These attributes include transparency, the thickness of the walls, distribution of strain, section weight, Perpendicularity, base clearance, etc. These features must be satisfied by a bottle, to serve better the customers. In order to provide best quality to the customers, the manufacturers of the bottles need to run several quality testing procedures on the bottles for which they need high accurate testing instruments that provide test results with high precision.

A major test that is conducted on the PET bottles is the section weight analysis. The section weight analysis of the plastic bottles is carried out to analyze the uniform distribution of weight in different sections of the bottles according to their size and diameters. For best results from section weight analysis, it is important to cut a bottle into different sections that are bottom, top and cylinder without causing any deformation in the sections of the bottles.

A hot wire bottle cutter is an ideal instrument that is used in the PET manufacturing industries for cutting of bottles for section weight analysis. A hot wire bottle cutter is an extremely efficient testing instrument that is used for cutting of bottles without causing any significant deformation of the bottles. The machine is incorporated with a digital temperature controller which controls the temperature perfectly that is needed for perfect cutting of bottles. The digital temperature controller helps in attaining repeatable and stable testing procedure which helps in accurate analysis of section weight.

With proper section weight analysis, it is easy to ensure that the bottles are of best quality, as non-uniform distribution of weight in different sections can lead to imperfections and various defects in the bottles. Hotwire bottle cutter is an ideal instrument or best testing of PET bottles for section weight analysis.

How to STOP Being a Girl’s Best Buddy – And Get Her to Be Desperate For Her to Sleep With You!

The pain of liking a girl that you’re ‘just friends’ with is almost unbearable. Sadly, not many men know how to break through the barriers of friendship to actually forge a relationship with the girl and so are doomed to remain ‘just friends’ forever. You, on the other hand, have started reading this article, and as such, the secrets contained within its passages will enable you to overcome the friendship barrier and enable you to get the girl to finally want to be with you.

“- Challenge Her”. Being a friend is the absolute enemy of everything you want to achieve. In fact, chances are, the reason you’re her friend is because you were there for her at some time in the past and she now turns to you for emotional comfort. What you are is effectively, her emotional tampon. STOP BEING HER EMOTIONAL TAMPON. Seriously, if you want the girl, take some pride in yourself and stand up! Tell her that you don’t want to hear about her boy troubles anymore. I’m not saying that you should stop talking to her completely; you merely need to draw the line somewhere. When the conversation starts turning emotional, that’s when it’s time to stop being her friend.

“- Stimulate Her Senses”. Out of the five senses, touch can have the greatest effect on a woman if used correctly. I don’t mean the physically intimate touching of sexual encounters; I mean the bond forming touches of a boyfriend and girlfriend. Holding her hand when you cross the road and leaning into her with your hand on her leg when you talk to her – these things will send a message of physical intimacy to her that she will immediately understand. I am NOT advocating that you immediately start grabbing her left, right and center, merely that you touch her in an inoffensive manner at non-sexual locations such as her hand, knees, and the small of her back.

On Pneumatic Elevators

Elevators for use in residential buildings and small commercial spaces come in four principal types — hydraulic, winding drum, counterweight and pneumatic lift. All of them have several pros and cons but the last one is undoubtedly the most interesting of the group. Known for their bullet-like shape and unique glass exteriors, pneumatic lifts provide an excellent bird’s eye view of the exterior while traveling.

If somebody is considering adding a residential elevator to their home, the pneumatic elevators are the best option for they do require any gigantic space. Since they work on the basis of a suction channel, they do not require any machine room; neither has any pulley hoist system got to be installed. The fact that machine rooms and hoist systems are unnecessary for pneumatic elevators makes them much cheaper to install, compared to any other variety of elevators. Using a clear tube with a car inside it, pneumatic elevators can be placed anywhere within a very short time, as long as the ground is level.

The pneumatic elevator is an extremely convenient option for anyone who is looking for a convenient way to travel from floor to floor within their small residential or office building. The cabin of such a lift can move at speeds of up to 30 feet in a minute and can travel heights of 35 feet at a time. Additionally, the lift does not use oil to function and this makes it environment friendly. Instead air pressure regulated by a valve creates suction in the channel and that suction is what causes the elevator to go up and down. It is one of the most effective and sensible ways to reduce pollution in modern times and ensures that men leave behind as less carbon footprints as possible. These elevators involve bare minimum energy consumption with a tiny bit needed to move the cab up via turbines.

The work principle of these elevators is also reasonably simple. The cab is made to go p and down by creating differences between the atmospheric pressure outside the tube and the air pressure inside it. While going up, a piston depressurizes the area inside the tube and the cab goes up due to the pressure inside the tube being lower than the atmospheric pressure outside it. While coming down, the valve at the upper end of the glass tube increases the pressure inside so that it is greater than the atmospheric pressure outside the tube, thereby causing the cab to descend. As far as stopping at floor levels is concerned, the tube has locking devices to halt the car at floor. Additionally pneumatic lifts come equipped with all security features in case there is an emergency and the pressure inside the tube returns to normal.

The pneumatic design is suitable for residential purposes because they can lift weights up to 450 pounds which is equivalent to 2 people at a time. That is sufficient enough to move people between floors of a home or small commercial building more than 3 story tall.

How to Get Your Girlfriend in the Mood in 30 Seconds

Let’s face it. The longer you stick in a relationship, the duller it becomes. It doesn’t matter that you’re seeing Megan Fox or dating Salma Hayek. They can have the longest legs, fairest skin, bluest eyes and most dazzling personalities. In fact, your girlfriend may be the hottest girl on the planet. That won’t stop the inevitable: eventually, you’ll bore each other to death.

The reason is simple. People like variety. Men and women like experiencing new things and that goes for relationships. Has your relationship plumbed the depths of boredom? Do you still get aroused when you’re lying naked next to each other? Or would you rather read the Wall Street Journal? Don’t fret. It’s easy to spark a roaring fire and get your girlfriend wet and horny for you. Try the following tips!

Catch Your Woman Off Guard Do something drastically out of the ordinary, preferably in public. Let’s say you’re lining up at the cinema and she’s itching to see the film. Before it’s your turn to enter, dramatically lift her up and carry her to her seat in the same manner newly weds cross the threshold. She will be delighted at the attention and your action will easily spark up the old romance. The more public your display of affection, the more primal the feelings you will arouse.

Talk Dirty But With RespectYour girlfriend won’t admit it, but she may have fantasies of being ravished by that tall, dark and handsome rogue. You may be far from the villainous ruffian, but you can play the part. Take opportunities to whisper lines like “If you Can Imagine What I’m thinking of now” during innocent moments like ironing the clothes or washing the dishes. Couple it with suggestive looks and glances at forbidden zones to punctuate the message. Do this at random throughout the day to get her imagination spinning. Her chaste thoughts will turn to lust and take the relationship to a boiling pitch.

Touch Like Your Life Depended On It One thing women wished men did more was to touch them. You see, many women are predominantly kinesthetic. They thrive on human touch and bask in the glow of closeness. Men with their machismo aren’t so touchy. They feel it a sign of weakness (except when they cop free feels). Show you’re girlfriend you’re not like other men. Show her you’re sensitive and caring by touching her frequently. Guide her to chairs. Support her back as she enters the elevator. Stroke her nape when she’s stressed. Play footsie under the table. And most of all… give her that comforting shoulder when she’s lonely. She’ll love you for it.

Make Her Jealous Know why diamonds are so valuable? It’s because they’re rare! If you’re always there for her, you’ll be about as valuable as a can of spam. Limit your time with her. It may take some effort, but exert the will to turn down some of her invitations. Go out with your friends. Pursue some hobbies and set up some new enterprises. When she sees that you’re busy and a go getter, her perception of you will increase!

Exude the Alpha Male Aura Alpha males are the top dogs. The big guns. If you’ve played the role of Clark Kent or Peewee Herman the past 2 years of your relationship, chances are, your girlfriend finds you as exciting as a wart extraction. Upgrade your image. Strut with smooth confidence. Occupy more space by standing with feet shoulder width apart. Move slowly but with measured pace. Practice unwavering eyecontact. These are the mannerisms of alpha males- and they’re guaranteed to get her thinking of you in less than innocent ways.

Season Of Change In CB and 10 Meter Radio Market

Most of the time the CB radio market is relatively static. The technology has been around for over a half century and strict FCC controls limit the usual electronic gadget ‘arms race’. However the winter of 2010 saw some surprising changes.

Cobra started the party with the announcement of the 50th Anniversary Edition of their classic ’29’. The Limited Edition radio offered a Cobra first multi-color selectable display. The radio was an instant hit and became a hot Christmas item. The Cb world turned shortly thereafter when Cobra announced they would only produce a limited quantity of the new model and is expected to be gone as quickly as it came in late January.

When all the headlines were going Cobra’s way Connex stepped up to the plate. As a leading manufacturer of 10 meter radios it was a surprise to see how ambitious Connex was in revamping their product line. First they canceled models like the 3400HP and the 4600-Turbo then announced they would introduce several new models.

The most interesting of these new models was the ‘Big Betty’. When pictures of the Big Betty’s risque faceplate were released it caused a stir in the normally placid market. Again product shortages helped make the new entry a hot item.

Just as things looked to settle word came of possible the biggest development of the winter. Citing component availability issues Ranger communications canceled the popular and powerful RCI-63FFC4. The cancellation came as a blow to enthusiasts as the 63FFC4 was amongst the most technically advanced and powerful models of its type. Although Ranger still has two similar models on the market there is no way of knowing if they will find the required finals to make another ultra-high power series.

Not to be outdone Connex was not finished. Sometime around Christmas Connex announced their entry into the CB radio market. The new CX-366CE uses the same chassis of the 3400HP but has the interior components of a traditional CB. It even has the six color selectable LED display.

Lets hope 2011 is as full of surprises as 2010 was.

Things to Do With Chimichurri

Okay, so you’ve found a great Chimichurri recipe or you’ve been given one by a friend. But what can you do with it? Well, the better question is, what can’t you do with it? Despite the vast number of origin stories or the people who fight over what constitutes traditional Chimichurri sauce, the fact is that there are so many different variations on the dish and even more ways that if can be used.

In some ways, Chimichurri is a base dish that you can add or make changes to depending on what you like and what you’re in the mood for. Every Chimichurri sauce will call for at least two cloves of finely chopped garlic, ½ cup of parsley, and olive oil. To this you can add chilli flakes, cilantro, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and many more different things.

Once you have your Chimichurri recipe down, here are a few things that you can do with it:

– Pizza base

A lovely example of fusion food, use your Chimichurri to combine Argentinean and Italian food to crease a Chimichurri pizza. Brush (or dollop) your sauce onto the pizza base and add chicken, and/or beef, and/or seafood and cheese and grill until the cheese is melted. Then serve with a side salad (no dressing) and indulge in a wonderfully healthy and tasty dinner that you’ll keep coming back to.

– Pasta sauce

Chimichurri is traditionally a cold sauce but you can heat it up a tad to add to hot pasta or use as a sauce for a cold pasta dish-whatever you want. Many people use their left over Chimichurri sauce for this but you can whip up a batch for another healthy snack, dinner, or lunch item.

– Tortilla dip

Whether you make your own tortillas or buy them in store, having them with Chimichurri will add to the flavour and make you seem like the cooking king or queen. You can also try it with plain corn chips or original flavour potato chips but I find that these tend to overpower the Chimichurri while the tortilla chips complement it.

– Marinade

Cook your steak or seafood until they are rare so you’re not marinating on raw food, and then slather with the sauce. You can leave it in a slow cooker or place it on the stove top on low heat and allow the meat to absorb the flavours. This can also work with chicken.

Scrapping the Dreaded CRT Monitor for Cash

Whenever people find out that I own and operate an e-scrap company the first thing that they always ask is how I deal with the CRT monitors. These units have gotten such a bad name because they were built without the environment in mind that many believe that they are the worst possible thing to happen to the e-scrap industry.

I tend to disagree with that assessment. While they are not high in value, if you have enough of them you can make some decent cash with very little hassle along the way.
So let’s take a look at how I have turned the dreaded CRT monitors into cash.

For most CRT monitors the heaviest thing is the tube and it is also the most difficult to get rid of. The tubes are leaded glass and some other elements inside, which makes them a problem for the environment.

It is important to note that you should not break the tube when you are tearing apart the CRT monitors. Breathing in the stuff from inside can be a very bad idea. I will outline how I tear them down without breaking the tube. (Yes there are a lot of videos on YouTube that show guys breaking the tubes that claim there is no harm but they are sidestepping the truth.)

The first order of business is to get the plastic casing off. In many instances this means taking out 4 screws and then just taking it off. However, some units have just 2 screws and then tabs. Nonetheless, it is not difficult to get the casing off. The plastic should be set aside and then sold to a polymer company. ABS, the plastic used to make the cases, sells for roughly.10 per pound and can go much higher if you have a lot of it.

Now that the case is off you will see the insides of the monitor. The tube comes to a point and there will be a metal covered circuit board attached to the fine point on the tube. This is where a lot of people make a mistake because they twist that circuit board off of there. You should actually just lift straight up and it will unplug itself from the tube. Set that circuit board aside.

Now you can easily see the item that provides the biggest money in CRT monitors, the copper yoke. These are very easy to remove. There will be two ring collars around the tube above the yoke that are held on with screws. Simply take those screws loose and remove the collars. At this point you should grab the yoke and twist. The adhesive that is holding the yoke will come loose and the yoke can then be slipped off of the tube. Set this aside for later disassembly.

Now it is time to remove the circuit board. As I have mentioned in other articles, this board is a low grade brown, which is the lowest on the scale of circuit boards. They sell in the area of.50 per pound to many scrap metal yards. Getting the circuit board off is simply a matter of looking for screws or pulling apart a couple of tabs. You will likely have to clip a few wires along the way.

Now all you have to do is remove the screws holding the tube to the front part of the case and then slip off the large loop of wire that is wrapped in black tape.

At this point you have a few decisions to be made concerning the circuit boards. There are some items that have a bit more value attached to them. There are transformers and cast or extruded aluminum pieces that are mounted on the boards. You can pull these off and separate them but this is a time consuming and not very rewarding process.
The wires can be clipped off with ease and sold with the rest of your wire.

For the copper yoke the disassembly is very easy. There is an iron ferrite collar that can be pried off and then thrown in with your scrap steel and iron. From there the plastic that holds it all together can be broken apart and you wind up with a pile of clean #2 copper that is ready for the scrap yard.

As for the tubes the process is very simple. There are several companies around the US that are now accepting the tubes as long as they are intact. They will not buy them but they will not charge like some were doing at one point either.

The rest of the material from a CRT can be sold for cash.

Dog Training – 6 Dog Tricks To Impress Friends

In addition to all the commands your dog has now mastered, you may want to teach him a few that will make him the entertainment In the neighborhood. He will be much easier to train for these commands now that he has mastered so many tricks.

1. Dance. This trick may actually be helpful when your dog has a hard time with the “Off” command when he’s jumping on people. Sometimes dogs respond well to replacement behavior, and teaching him how to dance is a great way to put all that energy to work.

Each time your pet gets excited and is jumping around you, command “Dance” while you gently take and hold his front legs, forcing him to stand on his hind legs. Sway him from right to left a little. Praise him, give him a treat, and gently put him back on the floor.

2. Pray. The object is to have your dog put his head down between his paws on the command “Pray,” or “Say your prayers,” and all of your friends and family to say, “Awwww! How cute!”

Begin by sitting in a chair with your dog in the “Sit/Stay” position in front of you. Put a treat on the chair between your legs. Command your dog to “Pray,” then encourage him or place both of his paws on the chair while he remains in the “Sit” position.

Use the “Leave it” or “Don’t touch” command so he doesn’t eat the treat, and then give him the “Pray” command. Your dog should stick his nose down to the treat between his paws. Command the release, “Amen,” then give your dog the treat and praise him. For smaller dogs, or if your larger dog doesn’t get the chair route, you may want to use a low table. You can stand behind him to guide his paws to the table

3. Sneeze. You can train your dog to sneeze on command. You’ll do it with a hand signal, which is cupping your hands around your nose and mouth and commanding, “Sneeze!”

Sit in a chair, and put your dog in the “Sit/Stay” position. Cup your hands around his muzzle, say sneeze and gently blow into his nostrils. Keeping blowing until he sniffles or sneezes, then give him praise and a treat. Some dogs take quickly to this trick, while others may take some time.

4. Turn out the light. Amaze your family and friends with your energy-conscious dog! To prepare for the trick, be sure your dog can reach the light switch on his back legs. If not, you can train your dog to jump on a table under the light switch to perform this feat.

Hold a treat at the light switch, and command “Turn out the light!” When your dog jumps up to get the treat, make sure his paws touch the top of the switch so that when he comes down he turns off the light. Reward with the treat and verbal praise.

Once he gets that down, stand away from the light switch and issue the command. Toss the treat nearby when he jumps up and paws at switch. Be sure to give him lots of verbal praise. Eventually you won’t need to give him a treat to perform the trick.

5. Bow. This is a good trick to teach your dog when you’re working on the “Down” command. Put your dog in the “Stay” position, and put a treat in your hand. Kneeling in front of your dog, move both your hands toward his front paws while giving the “Bow” command. Your dog will extend his head down to get the treat, putting him in the “bow” position. Work on his bow until you can command him to bow from across the room.

6. Counting: Your dog, with time and patience, can learn to count. Because this is a complicated maneuver, there is a prerequisite – your dog must know the “Speak” trick and be commanded to stop with the release word, “OK.” All you do at that point is plug in a number to the command, “What is six, Laska?” When your dog counts to six, you command him to stop with “OK.”

There is a catch, however – timing is involved. If you don’t combine the “What is” command with a subtle signal, your dog will start to bark before you say the number. When you start training him, make a noticeable signal, like a deep nod of your head, when you give the “Speak” command. Nod your head deeply when you give the “OK,” release command, too.

You’ll need to practice the trick for some time until your dog is trained to respond to the nods alone. Once he has it down, slowly make your nodding more subtle. Once your dog performs the trick with just the most subtle of nods, you’re ready for Broadway.

Marilyn Burnham

Author: ‘Dog Owners Boot Camp’

The How To Guide, Dog Training Secrets Professional Dog Trainers Don’t Want You To Know!

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Killer Halloween Food Ideas – How to Create a Dead Body Buffet

What better way to keep in the spirit of Halloween than by turning your buffet table into a feast that may almost turn their appetites off instead of on.  Creating a “dead body buffet” will let them enjoy what you have prepared and leave a lasting impression  when it comes to your  party decorating skills.  There are a good many ways to get this done.  Let’s start with the basic supplies and then move on to the food possibilities.

Supplies:

  • 6 foot long table
  • Black table cloth (8ft or larger)
  • Battery Operated Candles and/or table lights (safety first! battery operated please)
  • Various sizes of serving dishes
  • Wig (for “head” area – optional)
  • Old Men’s Dress Shirt
  • Pair of Old Pants
  • Various food items (see below)

The art of creating a dead body buffet lies in the strategic placement of the applicable food items.   The goal is to create a  tasty buffet of food that resembles a dead body, and additional portions of the creations are placed in front of the body  for easy serving.   You can start with the body’s accessories – a wig, large shirt and pants. The wig is easy, that is the head.   When it comes to the shirt, it should  only be buttoned on the “neck”  area, and draped over the tablecloth open, as an additional decoration (sleeves are laid on the table flat).  The pants are the same… use an old  pair,  leave the  button and zipper open, and put a serving dish of whatever  you are using for the intestine/stomach section.  For the pant legs, however, cut each pant leg down the front center, just below the crotch, stopping before the hemline.  Fold open and arrange serving bowls and dishes inside.  It helps to shred the clothes up a little for added effect.    There are endless ways to vary the buffet and the above is just one example to get your creative juices flowing.  

As far as the food goes,  try these options on for size:

Head – Eyes, Bloody Ears and Brain Matter are key here.  First, however, place an appropriately sized bowl in a wig.  This will be your head.  Fill with brain matter (either leafy salad,pasta salad, or a specialty brain appetizer – like a cheese ball made from a “brain mold”) and garnish with your choice of edible eyeball creations.  It can be a good idea to make the head area an appetizer section, so that the actual head has one selection, allowing you to place two more additional appetizers like a bowl of  Eyeballs (gelatinous eyeballs, deviled egg  eyeballs, etc.) or a platter of  Bloody Ears (shrimp “ears” and cocktail sauce).

Neck/Shoulders –  Not a lot to do here.  If you are using the shirt, you may want to button it up  over a box and use this area for illumination effects and decorations…  like a battery operated flickering candle with some spiders and spiderwebs.

Ribs/Chest – Place a serving dish (crock pot, casserole or  pan) in the rib area and fill with boneless barbecue rib meat.  Stack bone-in ribs in another serving dish at an angle in front of the boneless  rib meat to create the “ribs” of the body.  If you would rather, you can get some fake bones from a party supply or ask for some bones from a butcher that you can set out purely as a decoration, keeping the center meat in a heated dish.

Stomach/Intestines – Inside the pant torso, place your crock pot or serving dish filled with things like spaghetti (or any pasta of your choice), bratwurst, or any large sausage…  really it can be filled with anything you think intestines or a stomach would look like.  You may  choose to  just fill it with sweet and sour chicken (red sauce is pretty grotesque), or even some fried chicken gizzards  complete with a little bloody dipping sauce (Marinara, or Red Ranch Dip)

Hands – the actual arms will be under some serving dishes, silverware or napkins, but the cuff of the sleeve can be adjusted to border the bowl or platter where you can serve appetizer “fingers”.  There are many kinds of recipes for fingers, ranging from shrimp to cookies.  It will be your choice here.  Make sure to make a display hand and have the actual items in separate bowls.  You can even create a hand out of dead finger appetizers and buffalo wings – using the drummette as a bloated rotting thumb (a light application of BBQ sauce with a little red  food  dye  works great for this effect).

Legs –  This is the area where you can stuff the pant legs with Breadstick Bones, Tinted Kneecaps (dinner rolls), or make them bloody-style by having a little marinara sauce handy.

Feet – You can create some toes the same way you do fingers, or you can just set aside this section for condiments and silverware, or other  additional dishes and desserts you want to place on the table.  Just decorate it with old boots or shoes (please wash first!).  Slide the boots and shoes up against the furthest side of the table (eg: against the wall) and cover with fake spider webs, bugs,worms, spiders, etc.

All that is left is to put  the table together.  Drape the tablecloth over the table, then arrange the food in accordance with their respective body parts and clothing.  Finish by arranging lights and fake spider webs to create the appropriate spooky effect.   Since all party sizes are different, use your imagination to arrange the accessories and make your dead body buffet the life of the party!

Supplier Management – The Pros and Cons of a Supplier Relationship Management Programme

Programmes of Supplier Relationship Management (or SRM) are designed to create a closer working partnership with your critical and strategic suppliers. This should result in better value for both organisations. However, there are mixed views as to whether the benefits exceed the potential risks.

Arguments for SRM

– Eliminates waste and barriers to effective service. Contracts set out what has been agreed between the buyer and seller in terms of what will be delivered and for what price. In practice waste can be created due to inefficiencies in how the processes, systems and ways of working of the two sides come together. A SRM programme can identify these sources of waste and eliminate them, creating lower costs and improved service.

– Builds mutual dependency. If both sides value the benefits they get from the relationship created by your SRM programme then they acquire an expectation that the relationship will be long-lasting. This means that in times of scarcity, your organisation is unlikely to affected by any need for the supplier to ration their output.

– Encourages investment. If critical and strategic suppliers in your SRM programme see that it creates value for them and that the business relationship is likely to be a long one, then they are more likely to make investments that increase their capacity and capability to deliver what you need.

– Motivates suppliers to go the extra mile. Arms-length and adversarial supplier relationships in which every problem is seen to belong to the supplier create disillusionment and disinterest for them and result in a lack of motivation. SRM programmes create a shared responsibility and this fairness translates into motivated suppliers who go out of their way to help you.

Arguments against SRM

– Creates barriers to exit. Long-term relationships with key suppliers that build dependency (for example by investing in shared IT systems) can create a barrier to switching suppliers. The risk is that new entrants to the market are discouraged and you may miss out on innovation from other suppliers.

– Makes it difficult to test the market. It is economically healthy to test your current prices and sourcing solutions from time to time against alternatives. If your SRM programme has, in effect, created a bespoke solution then you may not be able to find a comparable alternative to test whether you are still getting value for money.

– Can result in complacency. A long-term relationship with key suppliers can result in both sides becoming over familiar with each other. The result of this can be an acceptance of the status quo ways of working with new ideas drying up.

– Need to select the right supplier first time round. Obviously, if you are going to enter into a long term relationship with a supplier and implement SRM it is vitally important that you make this selection on the right criteria as it will become increasingly difficult to swap suppliers if a better one emerges later. Treat choosing SRM suppliers as if you were going to marry them. Easy to do but with dire consequences later on if the choice was wrong!

The Basics of the Medifast Diet Explained – What You Need to Know to Lose Weight on Medifast

In this article we are going to discuss the basics of the medifast diet. If you are thinking about starting a new diet program this Summer or Fall, my feeling is that the Medifast diet is a phenomenal one to look into! Why? It’s quite simple. People are having life changing experiences on Medifast, and finding themselves able to shed pounds often for the very FIRST time, and sometimes…in really large quantities! So continue reading as I outline some of the foundational elements of this particular program, so you can see (and taste.) whether it’s a good choice for you. Read on..:-)

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Medifast allows you 6 meals per day – 5 of these are going to be in the form of meal replacements (shakes, bars, soups and more) and one is going to be a “lean and green” meal you prepare for yourself. The lean and green meal is comprised of 7 ounces of protein and your choice of up to three servings of green (or otherwise colored) vegetables alongside it. For the sheer quantity of meals you are going to be consuming ( 6 is unusually high for a diet) make NO mistake about the caloric content: Medifast IS indeed a low calorie diet, with 800-1000 units of caloric energy a day.

What about expectations? Well, according to Medifast literature, most will lose 2-5 pounds per week for the DURATION of the time they are using the diet. According to a prestigious John’s Hopkins university study, the AVERAGE weight loss for men on Medifast was 67 pounds…and the average for women 57! (These people followed the Medifast program in a clinical setting)

What about costs? The monthly average is going to cost you $275.00 – this is for the 5 meal replacements per day, but you WILL need to furnish your own lean and green meal, so do keep that in mind when you calculate your budget! Overall, it’s still FAR cheaper for many that what they ordinarily consume in sheer FOOD, so many of us have found it has a value proposition to boot…which in today’s strained economy is a GOOD thing across the board!