Drawer Safes

Drawer safes may not be as commonplace or popular as other types of safes such as office safes or fireproof safes, in fact up to last year I was not even sure what a drawer safe actually was! However all that changed when my home was burgled last year and I lost not only many items of value but items of sentimental value as well which no amount of financial compensation could ever replace.

By having a drawer safe in my home I could have invented the theft of these items as drawer safes are "hidden safes" which means that the thief will not know where the safe is and even if they do manage to locate it, they will be unable to open the safe which means the contents remain safe and secure. Companies who supply these safes for the home market specialize in the design and installation of hidden safes and secret compartments. The most popular models are designed to protect jewelry, cash, passports, handguns and other small items that do not need to be lying around. Often manufacturers call this hidden safe the "jewelry drawer safe" because most people want to hide jewelry in it.

There are a wide range of drawer safes available to the consumer and I did my research carefully and thoroughly before purchasing. Many drawer safes on the market have "easy opening" feature which means that it can be opened in about a second! but only the owner will know where it is and how it opens. This means there is no fumbling about with combinations or losing keys, all you need to do is just activate the hidden switch / switches and your safe opens like magic. These safes can be hidden so well that, unless you tell them, your family members will not even know about it. Many drawer safes are fire-resistant and operate on a 12 volt system that means they work even if your electricity is out! Many types of switches can be used to open safes but we will not get into that on the Internet.

Of course drawer safes are not just used to protect your valuables against theft. Many parents looking for a quick accessible, secure storage unit in which children's medicines can be safely stored will invest in a drawer safe. Recall the stories you hear about how many kids get access to drugs from the family's medicine cabinet and you can understand why worried parents will purchase a drawer safe for peace of mind, knowing that not family medication is safe from the inquisitive hands of their precious children .

Drawer safes are also becoming increasing popular in hotels, replacing the more conventional cupboard safes. As guestroom size diminishes, especially among city center hotels due to rising real estate costs, maximizing in-room space is critical and drawer safes free up space in the main cupboard or closet. Most modern hotels being built will now specify drawer safes which have the added advantage of holding a variety of laptop sizes.

Faux Painting Techniques

Faux painting, a decorative hand-created painting technique, has become very popular in interior designs. It captures warmth of textiles, depth, texture and blends of light and color to create one of a kind wall treatments for your home or office. There are numerous techniques, but we will look at five trendy styles.

Glazing: First we have one of the most common types of faux painting, Glazing. This free form finish is known for its minority variations of color and natural, soft glow. Supremely versatile, it can be adapted to any living environment from modern to traditional. It imparts a peaceful, tranquil feeling that adds to the comfort of any room of you home or where ever you decide. Glazing techniques color washing, combing and ragging are among the most popular.

Aging :, This technique adds a beautiful worn elegant look to cabinetry, wood paneling, moldings and furniture. Today with the help of superior products aging techniques seems almost magical in its simplicity. Within minutes you can duplicate the effects of years of natural weathering. For example, Antiquing: sanding down trim or molding, using a knife to shave bridges or using a knife or nail to create little worm wholes in wood. Also taking a fine point black marker and create a few specks on the legs or arms of a piece of furniture.

Stenciling: Stenciling is an easy way to add a custom pattern to your walls. It is widely used in living rooms, floors, bathrooms and furniture. Inspiration can be found in your home by looking at repeat patterns in wallpapers, rugs, fabrics and tiles. Designed to work well with different floral prints, stenciling paths its roots as far back as ancient Egyptian times. I find stencils great over a texture background such as ragging or sponging or color washes.

Marbleizing: Marbleizing is a timeless decorative finish that adds boldness and grandeur to any space. It can be used successfully in either modern or traditional environments. When marbleizing, choose a surface that might realistically be made of marble such as baseboards, molding, panels, fireplace mantels, columns or tabletops. It also helps to have a piece of marble that you like to use as a guide for the base and top colors. It works great to add a glaze sealer over your piece. With a little practice, anyone can create this beautiful finish.

Wood Graining: Also known as "Faux Bois", wood gardening is a timeless decorative finish that adds warmth and beauty to any space. It can be utilized in almost any style of décor from a Mahogany Gentlemen's Pub to a bleached oak farmhouse dining room. When wood gardening, choose surfaces that are realistically made of wood, such as baseboards, moldings, panels, mantels, columns or tabletops. I would like to be very clear on this, Wood graining is one of the most difficult faux finishes and requires some practice. It is best to first try on a piece of spare wood or card board.

Fireproof Safes – Tips For Choosing the Right Product

Fireproof safes offer an inexpensive and idyllic way to store valuable documents and possessions.

Smaller versions can be located anywhere in the home, protecting valuables from the destruction of a fire. Box-sized fire proof safes are perfect for homeowners since they can be stored virtually anywhere in the home. These safes are ideal for protecting documents, jewelry and other irreplaceable items.

Larger fire safes are a great option for offices needing to protect customer and organizational documents from fire. Businesses can utilize larger fireproof safes to protect organizational and customer documents from fire.

Fireproof safes are typically rated by the amount of time they can withstand the intense temperatures produced by fire. There are a variety of protection options available, with one, two, and four-hour durations along with models listed by low and high ratings. A Good quality fire proof safe is UL tested to withstand up to 1800 degrees without the interior contents exceeding 350 degrees.

Fire safe ratings refer to the temperature the product can withstand in the event of a fire, including UL125 and UL350. UL125 is the recommended for protecting computer media, photographs, jewelry, film, and other heat sensitive items, while UL350 is recommended for protecting documents.

When choosing a fireproof safe, businesses and homeowners need to consider how much storage space is needed, do valuables have special conservation needs, and what level of protection is required based on UL ratings. Homeowners and businesses also need to evaluate if a 1, 2 or 3 hour fire safe is needed and if the floor in the home or business can support the weight of the safe.

Gas Fireplaces in Bedrooms

We're often asked about installing or renovating fireplaces in bedrooms. Here in Richmond, Virginia it is a controversial issue as building inspectors sometimes do not like the idea due to safety concerns.

Please be assured that we, too, feel that safety is the utmost concerned with any fire. However, we also appreciate a homeowner's desire to install or restore a bedroom fireplace for the warmth, charm and romance a fire offers. A fireplace can be as safe in a bedroom as in any other room of your home.

What About Vent-Free Gas Appliances in Bedrooms?

This issue is particularly misunderstood. Vent-free appliances in bedrooms must be a wall hung heater and must be under 10,000 btu's.

** A vent-free log set that is under 10,000 btu's is not allowed because it is not a wall mounted appliance.

** Vented appliances in bedrooms are NOT limited to the 10,000 btu rule, unless the bedroom is considered a restricted space, as defined below.

The building inspector in your locale has the ultimate approval for fireplace installations. It is helpful to ask which code is applicable in your locality to determine which code he or she is quoting. For example, a direct vent fireplace may be allowed while one with an open fire is not.

The International Fuel Gas Code, for example, states:

SECTION 303 (IFGC)

APPLIANCE LOCATION

303.3 Prohibited locations. Fuel-fired appliances will not be
located in, or obtain combustion air from, any of the following
rooms or spaces:

1. Sleeping rooms.

2. Bathrooms.

3. Toilet rooms.

4. Storage closets.

5. Surgical rooms.

Exceptions:

1. Direct-vent appliances that obtain all combustion air directly from
the outdoors.

2. Listed vented gas fired room heaters, listed vented decorative
gas appliances and listed decorative gas-fired appliances for
installation in vented solid fuel burning fireplaces, provided that the
room is not a confined space and the building is not of unusually
tight construction.

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The following information is extracted from the Gas Hearth Appliance Training Manual published by the Hearth Products Association:

Appliance Listed:

Equipment or materials tested to required standards by a testing organization ….. Assures suitability for use in a specified manner when equipment installed in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructons.

Listed VENTED gas appliances will be either:

Room Heater:

Must meet the federal efficiency mandates of the Energy Conservation Act and meet efficiency
standards based on an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) based on btu input.

Must have a vent safety shutoff system, designed to stop gas flow to the main burner if the appliace is not connected to a venting system or if the venting system is blocked.

Decorative Appliance:

Is not designed for heating its sole or primary purpose is aesthetic enjoyment

Is not required to meet fuel efficiency standards

Can not use a thermostat to control operation of the flames

Decorative Appliance Installed in Solid Fuel Burning Fireplaces

Standard Z21.60 sets forth requirements for appliances installed into an existing fireplace:

The appliance can only be installed in a non-combustible solid fuel burning fireplace that has a
working flue.

There must be a permanent free opening (usually the damper) of a minimum area determined by appliance input rating and chimney height.

The chimney damper must be fixed in a manner that maintains the minimum permanent vent-free opening.

A fireplace screen must be inplace during operation.

What is a "Confined Space"?

A "confined space" is defined by the National Fuel Gas Code as a space (or room) with less than 50 cubic feet per 1,000 btu input of the appliance.

Example:

Can a listed decorative gas coal basket with 25,000 btu input be installed in a 12 'x 15' room with 8 'ceilings?

25 (thousand btu input of the appliance) x 50 (cubic ft required per 1,000 btu input) = 1250 cubic feet.

Length x width x height of room gives the total cubic foot area. 12 'x 15' x 8 '= 1440 cubic feet.

The room area in this example is 1440 cubic feet this appliance needs 1250 cubic feet of area. The appliance could be installed in this room based strictly on the limitations of a restricted space.

Note that the building inspector or other "authority having jurisdiction" in your area should be able to provide you:

Which code is used in your area.

The specifications required and allowed per that code.

The interpretation, if needed, of that code.

Means of implementing that code for your particular installation.

Inspection of your installation to determine that it was performed in accordance with applicable codes and according to manufacturer's installation instructions.

Further Advice. For Installations in Bedrooms or Any Other Room in Your Home:

Heating appliances, decorative gas appliances and their chimneys / venting systems should only be installed and serviced by a qualified technician.

Always follow manufacturer's installation instructions.

Only perform installation in accordance with your local codes.

Apply for a building permit, if required or available, and have the installation inspected by the building inspector.

Notify your homeowners insurance company that a new installation has been performed.

Make sure and have the appliance cleaned and serviced periodically to help assure proper performance.

* This article copyrighted by THE FIREPLACE CHANNEL

Article Writing – How to Outline Your Article

Article Writing – How to Outline Your Article

Once you have determined the subject matter and the title of your article, you can begin to outline your article, so that you have a firm foundation on which to write.

A note on this progression of steps: I personally write my title first, and use it as a kind of ruler, looking back at it to ensure that my article content is remaining consistent with my title. However, some authors will write their article first, then craft a title that is consistent with their article content. Either method is OK, although I like the accountability that is created when I craft my title first. I also do not physically write out an outline, as I can easily do that in my mind, and you should be able to do it easily after writing 20-30 articles. If you have never written any articles, I recommend writing an outline first; this will help you keep focused and not run out of direction when writing your article.

Once you have your topic, you will create an outline that will use as a framework the following parts:

1) Introductory paragraph or sentence(s)

2) 3 Supporting ideas to your article topic

3) Conclusion paragraph or sentence(s)

As an example, using the list building article example from before:

One of the sample titles we created was:

The Top 5 Ways to List Build With Precision, Starting With Your Very First Article

So my outline would look like this:

1) Introductory paragraph or sentence(s)

2) 5 supporting ideas to your article topic

a) To list build with precision, you must have a tightly-targeted demographics to which you are directing your efforts.

b) To list build with precision, you must coordinate the topic of your advertising mechanism with the topic of your squeeze page, and the topic of your squeeze page with the content of your email campaign.

c) To list build with precision, you must continually send your subscribers useful information.

d) To list build with precision, you must continually survey your subscribers or ask them what types of information or products they are currently in need of.

e) list build with precision, you must never forget the primary purpose of your list.

3) Conclusion paragraph or sentence(s)

As another example, using one of the time management titles:

Discover the Secrets of Time Management – Free Up 2 Additional Productive Hours Daily

1) Introductory paragraph or sentence(s)

2) 3 Supporting ideas to your article topic

a) Secret 1: Track Your Time Use Daily

b) Secret 2: Create a Goals List

c) Secret 3: Measure Everything You Do Against Goals List Daily

3) Conclusion paragraph or sentence(s)

There is no reason to write an outline that is any more in-depth than these examples. Remember, you are only writing a 400-700 word article about one tightly-themed idea. The purpose of your article is to deliver useful content to the reader, while also giving the reader a reason and an incentive to click through to your website or webpage after reading the article.

Laminate Flooring Installation

Laminate flooring is a growing part of the flooring market. Its multiple purposes, durability, quality finish and its economic cost has made the most popular choice for flooring among do-it-yourselfers and contractors as an excellent option for attractive and inexpensive new flooring. Today, laminate flooring comes in many different types of finishes resembling natural wood or stained hardwood floors.

Is It Always The Right Choice?

While laminate is an excellent choice for flooring in your home, there are still a few things to keep in mind before you decide on it. A laminate floor is durable, very resistant to damage and scratches as well as easy and inexpensive to install but there are a few minor things you should know before you start removing your old floor and installing laminate. First to give you an idea of ​​the durability and almost destruction proof quality of laminate flooring, think of it like this. It is essentially made of the same material used on kitchen counter tops that survive daily use and able to be cleaned with a simple wipe. Laminate flooring is installed as a floating floor and while most people find it easy to walk on because of its 'give' factor, some may find it to sound a bit hollow. Like real wood, laminate flooring can still be scratched and bent although not as easily as real wood.

Too much moisture will also damage your laminate floors as would too much moisture on your real wood floors. To accommodate shrinkage and expansion in laminate floors, installation for laminate is the same as hardwood. Your need to consider the width of the baseboard used in order not too have any spaces on the floor. The larger the area, the wider the baseboard needed as larger areas will expand and contract more than smaller areas. A good rule of thumb when considering laminate for your home is to keep the humidity level in your home between 40% and 50% so the floor does not expand and contract much.

Proper Installation Of Laminate?

Laminate can be installed over existing ceramic tiles, vinyl or hardwood. Although laminate flooring has been marketed as the ultimate do-it-yourself project requiring minimal expertise, like all things it is not entirely a no-brainer. In order to get the job done properly and have the floor be longgoing and problem free essentially, some things need to be considered before installing the floor. First of all, laminate is based on the "click" system, but for the click system to work the floor upon which the laminate will be installed must generally be level overall or the click system will fail over time. Hiring an expert flooring installer may be worthy in the long term to avoid any such problems. In certain installations, a vapor barrier is required or a premium foam underlayment can be purchased. while proper measurement and cutting equates to minimal waste and lower costs. Proper tools and planning are also required to map out floor vents and how much to leave for under door jams.

"You Get What You Pay For"

Like most things in life, "you get what you pay for". Generally, the cheaper the laminate floor, the cheaper the product itself and the cheaper the locking system is. As a result, a cheaper laminate may not withstand the wear and tear of everyday traffic. With laminate, not only is it better to buy domestic product but follow up with warranties and manufacturers is easier too. This is not always the case with imported, inferior foreign laminate flooring.

Benefits of Pig Farming Equipments

Pigs are more sensitive animals as compared to sheep, goats, and other livestock, and they require better management. But, they have an advantage that they give a better return as their feed-to-meet ratio is higher than other livestock and they also have a high breeding rate.

The quality and development of pigs depend on the feeding and housing systems, and this is why it is important for a pig farmer to exploit the modern pig farming equipment which will help in growing healthy pigs and extremely an increased return on investment.

Some of the Modern Pig Farming Equipments are:

Stalls

  • Gestation Stalls: A gestation stall is primarily meant for housing pregnant sows. These stalls can be used in breeding, gestation and furrowing phases. They provide sufficient space for a sow and they make physical examination and insemination process very easy. They also help in protecting the sow from injuries and in controlling their feeding intake.
  • Finishing Stalls: These stalls are best for housing heavier pigs, which weigh more than 40 kg.
  • Weaning Stalls: These stalls are mean for the newly-born pigs and designed so that they do not cause pollution and feel comfortable for the babies.

Pig Feeders

  • Drinking bowl: Modern pig drinking bowls are hygienic and the curled design prevents dust from entering into the water. They also reduce fecal pollution.
  • Nipple Drinker: Nipple drinkers are automatic and they do not allow any leak.
  • Dry-wet Feeder: The advantage of a dry-wet feeder is that they save feedings and are designed in a way so they will not damage the snout of the pigs.
  • Creep Feeder: It is used to supply feed in furrowing crate for piglets. They are helpful if the mother sow does not have sufficient milk. They are easy to clean and can be used for both feeding and watering.

Ventilation

  • Exhaust Fans: Exhaust fans when installed in a poultry farm can pump out a large volume of foul air without creating much noise.
  • Cooling Pads: It is important to keep the air inside the stalls clean because the climate impacts the production capacity of pigs. A cooling pad consist of a fan, rotating discs, motor, and water bowl. The fan pumps out the unhealthy air and rotator disks spray water into the stall.
  • Dynamic Air Ventilation: Energy consumption can be reduced to a great extent by using frequency controlled fans. They can be installed in all types of stalls and can be accessed remotely as well.

Flooring

  • Pigsty Mat: Electrical Heating Mats are combined with the feeder, water bowl, and heating pads. They not only take good care of the pigs, but also prevent them from electric shocks.
  • Plastic Floor: These floors provide good furrowing and prevent frequent touches between the pigs and the dung. They do not corrode and are easy to clean.
  • Fiberglass Beam: These beams work as a support to the breeding wings

Manure Handling

  • Scrappers: Mechanical manure removal systems remove the feces and urine separately from the pig shed. They save a lot of labor costs.
  • Fermenting Machine: Fermenting machines are used for fermentation of sludge, feces, mud etc. and converting them into pig manure.

Easy Ways of Leaning How to Play Piano by Ear

All in all, there is really nothing that could stop you from learning piano by ear but yourself. If you dare try it, you will find great rewards with the hours of pleasure you will get once you get the hang of things.

If you want to really master the craft of playing piano, find the ways by which you can develop the skill of being able to play piano by ear, without having to depend on music sheets just to be able to play some of your favorite music. Look for some of the available resources in the Internet that would help you find the best piano tutorials you can try. Here are just a few of the things you need to know about how you can play the piano by simply using your ears:

1. Allows Spontaneous Piano Playing
If you will develop a talent for playing piano by ear, you will certainly be guided by how you can play any genre of music you are asked to play by your friends or family anytime. You will not have to even ask for some music sheets just to play on the piano the songs they like. To develop such musical skill, the ultimate things you need to have include some determination, dedication and patience. By this alone, you will have known that learning to play piano by ear can really be a difficult task after all.

2. How To Start Playing Piano By Ear
Foremost of all, you will be required to practice your ears. Listen to a lot of songs on the radio then try to play the tune in the piano. It is alright to make mistakes and completely get the tune. Keep in mind that with anything, for as long as there is constant practice, you will surely get it in the end. What is more, practice good ear and hand coordination, because historically you should be able to put into the tunes you hear and translate them into the notes you should press in your piano or keyboard.

3. Enhance Your Memory
Research for memory-stimulating exercises you can perform in order to enhance your memory skills. In learning how to play piano by ear, you will need to have very good memory. That way, you can be sure to imprint in your head the tunes you have heard and so, you will be successful in putting them into notes that you will play spontaneously. Master the art of knowing when the notes are going up and when they are going down. In fact, this method called the tonal memory is the key to mastering how you can play piano simply by using your ears. You do not have to take piano lessons to know it.

4. Boost Your Ear-Brain-Hand Coordination
It is very important to do this because even if you have developed the skill of listening to a tune and vividly imprinting it in your head, but you have not gotten the hang of coordinating your brain and hands with your ears, then you will certainly not be able to successfully play some music by ear. Make sure you are able to incorporate some sense of depth in your playing. This can be done by pressing hard on the keys of the piano or keyboard. That way, you are able to emphasize the true meaning and beauty of the song.

Rush Poker on Full Tilt

I have had several emails from players asking my opinion on the new "Rush Poker" on Full Tilt. In case you do not play on FT or have not heard, this is a new cash ring game that you can sit down at, where you are whisked to a new table after every hand. In fact, not only do you change tables after every hand, you can change tables right in the middle of a hand if you simply fold. The effect is that you are basically involved in a hand consistently, at all times. Of course, once the flop comes down and the subsequent turn and river, the game slows a bit while betting takes place, but you get the idea.

Just to be perfectly clear, Rush Poker bears about as much resemblance to the actual game of poker as checkers does to chess. That is, Rush Poker is simply not poker. It is a game for action junkies who feel like they want to have a part of every hand. What you will get (and I have tried it to prove my point) is players who are willing to play anything and try to suck out any hand because you will not be sitting next to them in 3 seconds anyway. What this game does is bring more 'luck factor' into the game than it should ever have.

Part of learning how to play poker is learning patience. Part of the game is watching your opponents and their betting patterns. Seeing what cards they will take to showdown, what they will open with from early position, how they defend blinds, etc is a huge part of the game and a huge part of being a successful poker player. Rush Poker takes away all of those elements and pretty much creates a game of Bingo. While Bingo can be fun if you win, it is not poker folks!

So, for those of you wondering, by all means go ahead and try Rush Poker, it is fun as a diversion. Maybe like putting $ 10 in a slot machine on your way to the tables at a casino; its kind of cool if you win, but you do not really expect your money back!

How to Have a Younger Looking Skin – Expert Tips to Keep a Youthful Looking Skin

No need to fight so hard to defy your age, staying young can be a simple routine. Yes, there is simple regimen to have a younger looking skin. Here are some expert tips to keep and maintain a youthful looking skin.

Clean face properly

For those who use makeups, make sure you wash them off before going to bed. Never leave any makeup on your face overnight as most cosmetics tend to dry your skin. Your skin pores can also get clogged and you may develop rashes. So make sure you remove all traces of cosmetics by using makeup remover or cotton balls and moisturizing cream.

Make sure your hands are clean to prevent spreading of bacteria and dirt which can worsen acne prone skin. Avoid hard rubbing that could damage your skin, just gently rotate your middle and pinky fingers upwards with a makeup remover or mild cleanser. Then rinse your face with lukewarm water.

Massage your face for about 60 seconds to wipe away dirt, bacteria, pollutants, and product residue. Rinse at least three times to remove residues that may clog the pores. After patting skin dry, use an alcohol-free toner that preferably contains glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid. These acids can reduce the size of your pores and can give you instant and refreshing looks.

Use soap on select areas

To maintain the softness of skin, soap or cleanser should be applied only on select areas – your face, underarms, feet, groin, and buttocks. These are the areas that need the cleansing effects of soap so other areas won’t be unnecessarily stripped off of its natural skin oils. Some experts say that rinsing other areas with water alone is enough to make them clean.

Moisturize while you wash

Applying a good moisturizer after cleansing is absolutely necessary. Washing the face can aggressively remove the natural oil of the skin. Moisturizing after cleansing will replenish the necessary oil that was lost. Use products which contain the leas amount of harsh additives. Pure Vitamin E and aloe vera oil can be applied too for intensive moisture treatment. Just open a capsule and apply directly on skin for that intense moisture you need.

Let’s moisturizer be absorbed well

Set moisturizer for at least three minutes before applying your makeup. This will let your moisturizer to be completely absorbed and will help your makeup to last all day.

Clean a damp face, not a dry one

Use cleansers on damp skin. According to Dr. Mary Lupo, a professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, cleansers are more likely to be irritating if applied on dry skin. This will also lock in moisture.

Splash face with cold water before a makeup

This helps shrink pores and is a trick used by makeup artists to help makeup glide on seamlessly. Moreover, smaller pores give little space for pollutants and cosmetics to reside, hence, a more radiant skin.

Apply products properly

The effectiveness of products depends chiefly upon its penetration unto the skin. For better absorption of ingredients, follow this sequence: toner, serum or treatment products (like retinoids), moisturizer, and sunscreen. This sequence will keep heavy formulas from preventing lighter ones to be absorbed well.

Move your sun shade

Change the placement of your sunshade in your car. Move this to your left to block UV rays while you are driving. If not, the left side of your face would tend to look older than the other side because of the sun damage. Anyway, place a shade wherever you are seated in your car to help protect your skin from the sun.

Follow this regimen or routine consciously and make it become your habit, if you do that you should be able to defy your age and have a younger looking skin.

Retractable Motorhome Awnings

Retractable motorhome awnings are a popular choice for many campers because they offer a simple and efficient way of adding extra protection from the elements. There are two main types to choose from, these being manual and motorised versions. Many modern motorhomes now come with a retractable awning already installed, however even if you don’t have a pre-installed design, there are many companies that can supply you with the necessary equipment to add your own.

The manual awnings are typically stored on the side of the motorhome and can be rolled up for easy storage. To release them you just pull on the support straps and your awning will open up. The support tracks will then slide out and help to guide your awning into position. Strong support arms are essential to carry the weight of the actual awning and to avoid sagging and wear. It is worth spending a bit of extra cash to prolong the life of the awning.

The motorised versions can be erected at the push of a button and are the most simple to use. They cost more than the manual one’s but they can be really useful in high winds, in that you will not have to wrestle to erect them. Again, the support mechanisms are important because these will be more prone to rust and corrosion. The best kinds are made from aluminium or stainless steel, as these offer the most durability from rain and wind. Support tracks can also rust and start to stain the awning fabric which comes into contact with them, so look for quality materials that will last longer than the plain steel tracks.

There are many different styles and sizes of retractable motorhome awnings that will fit almost any motorhome on the market. The size you choose will depend on the size of your motorhome and your own requirements. You can purchase larger models that will extend out further and create more shade from the sun, but the downside is that they will be more prone to flapping around when it get’s windy. This can create pressure on the supports and increase wear and tear.

For extra protection you can easily add side panels and blocking panels, which can be fitted to the awning wit a few simple steps. Many people choose this option to give them more privacy, or for added ventilation on hot sunny days. De flappers can also be bought to stop the awning from flapping in high winds at minimal cost. Another useful addition is the center support pole, which is great at diverting rain water from the top of the awning. Rain water can start to pool and cause sagging above your head.

As always, make sure you know the dimensions of your motorhome before you buy any awning so that it will fit. If you are going to customise yourself then talk to experienced sellers first so you know what tools you will need to make the process as simple as you can.

PCB Assembly

PCB Assembly refers to the attaching of electronic components to a printed circuit board. PCBs are used to mechanically connect and support electronic components using conductive pathways, tracks or tracks which are etched from copper sheets laminated onto a non-conductive substrate.

Once the PCB is completed then electronic components can be attached to produce a printed circuit assembly. The leads of the components are inserted through holes in the PCB, and in surface mount construction, the electronic components are placed on lands or pads on the outer surfaces of the printed circuit board. The component leads in both types of this construction are then mechanically fixed to the PCB with soft metal molten solder.

There are all sorts of different techniques for attaching components to printed circuit boards, and most very high volume production is generally produced by machine placement and bulk wave soldering or reflow ovens.

Sometimes very skilled technicians are employed to sold very small parts by hand under a microscope. This is achieved by using tweezers and a very fine soldering tip. Some parts such as ball grid array packages are impossible to sold by hand.

Very often, surface mount and through the hole construction must be combined on a single printed circuit board, as some of the required electronic components are only available in surface mount packages, while others are only available in through hole packages.

One reason to use both of the above methods is that surface mount techniques take up less space and will go extremely unstressed, while through the hole mounting can provide needed strength for any components which are likely to end any physical stress. When the printed circuit board or PCB has been built or populated with the desired components, it can be tested in a number of different ways and these may include:

o Power on; functional test, checking if the PCB is doing what it is designed for
o Power on; in circuit test, physical measurements
o Power off; visual inspection & automated optical inspection
o Power off; analogue signature analysis, power off testing

Some printed circuit boards may have a conformal coating applied by dipping or spraying once the components have been soldered. This coating provides a protective layer which helps prevent corrosion and leaking current due to condensation. Assembled PCBs are sensitive to static and are often placed in antistatic plastic bags for handling and transport purposes.

Mount Your Speakers in Style With Speaker Brackets

There is a time for creative thinking, and there is a time to do things the way they are intended. When you are mounting your speakers, it is best to go with the laws of the land and use speaker brackets. Creativity and speaker mounting are not a good combination. If you try to hang your speakers using nontraditional methods, you can end up with speakers that are not stable, as well as a look that appears thrown together – worst case scenario, they could end up broken and on the floor! Or, if you decide to not mount at all, that will carry an entirely different list of problems.

When you choose a speaker mount, you are picking a product that was specifically designed for speakers. Because of that, they are able to fit the speaker in a way that other items can not. They provide a fit that you will not be able to get with other methods. By getting a perfect fit, your speaker will not vibrate, so it will have a pure sound. Also, your speaker will not fall from its position on the wall.

Speaker brackets will also do less damage to your walls than nontraditional methods. If you try to mount your speakers with something that you have built, there is a chance that you are going to do real damage to your walls. This can end up taking away from the look that you are trying to achieve. You are using speaker brackets in order to create a nice look, but if you have messed up your walls by mounting your speakers that is not going to help you realize that. Often, when people go against traditional methods that end up using a lot of nails and other materials that can hurt the aesthetics of a room.

You will also be able to get a better sound from your speakers when you use the proper brackets. Speaker brackets are designed in a way to let the speakers project their sound. You will notice that your surround sound system sounds better than ever before with the proper speaker mounts. The sound will cover the entire room and sound like you are in a movie theater instead of your own home. If you fail to mount your speakers properly, you will not be able to enjoy the full sound that your speakers can provide.

The proper speaker brackets will also create a look that will allow the speakers to easily blend into your walls. You can find speaker brackets that are not big and bulky. Instead of standing out, they will blend in nicely and enhance the room instead of causing a distraction.

If you have speakers, speaker brackets are a necessity. You need to mount your speakers so you can get the best sound and looks from your speakers. Make sure that you get the brackets that are the best for you so you can get the most out of your speakers. You can find many affordable options that look great when you are looking for speaker brackets.

A great alternative to mounting your speakers on the wall are to use speaker stands. These can be positioned anywhere you like, they can be moved freely, for example, if you decide to rearrange your living space, and they also mean you do not have to start drilling holes in your walls – ideal if you're a DIY novice.

How to Select Basic Garden Tools For Container Gardening

Thinking of starting a simple garden in containers? For scooping up pebbles, compost and anything else you need to scoop, using the right hand garden tools will allow you to get your garden area ready for planting. It is also a must for digging holes in the dirt when transplanting vegetables or flowering plants. So what do you need for a start?

You do not need to spend a lot to start a garden. However, to begin with, you will need to have a few basic tools. You may need to spend about a $ 50 or even less if you can buy them from your local nurseries which sometimes do run annual sales of their plants & garden tools or even from yard sales or flea markets.

1. Garden Fork or Hand Rake:

One from the economy range will do the job. Good enough to dig & help loosen the soil will do.

2. Potting Trowel:

Suggest getting a stainless steel trowel. It is really expensive even if you go for a stainless steel trowel that comes with a wooden handle. You will need one for potting & transferring purpose.

3. Secateur:

Use this for your general gardening. Many will think that getting a pair of handicraft or sewing scissor is good enough for the job. You will agree with me owning a secateur is different. The blade of a secateur can ensure a clean cut in live wood which is important to protect your plants.

4. Garden Gloves:

Lastly, get yourself a pair of comfortable garden gloves. Get those that offer an extra grip on the palm. Do take note that the size varies for male & female. And you can also choose from the cotton or the leather range. Gardening with a pair of gloves will not only help your hands stay clean but also it will reduce the chances of having your hands get hurt.

6 Facts About Oil Paint

1. The earliest known paintings that were done in oils date back to the 7th century BC. These paintings were Buddhist murals that were discovered in caves in Western Afghanistan. Oil paint did not become widespread for use in art works until the 15th century, when it became popular through Europe. Jan van Eyck, a 15th century Flemish painter, is widely believed to have invented it, though in reality he did not invent it, instead he developed it.

2. Oil paint is credited with revolutionizing art. One of its key properties is that it's very slow to dry. It gave artists a lot more time to work on their paintings and it allowed them to correct any mistakes they might have made. Oil paints allowed for artists' creativity to flourish more because artists could devote more time to each painting. Many of the most widely praised paintings were done in oils.

3. For a few centuries artists had to store their oil paints in animal bladders. This was because the paint tube was not invented until 1841. It was invented by John Goffe Rand, an American painter. Before the tube was invented, artists would have to mix their paintings themselves before painting. They would have to grind the pigment up themselves, then carefully mix in the binder and thinner.

4. The most basic type of oil paint is made up of ground-up pigment, a binder and a thinner, which is typically turpentine. For the binder there are lots of different substances that can be used, including linseed oil, walnut oil and poppy seed oil; each of these gives the paint different effects and has different drying times.

5. There are modern versions of oil paint that can dry a lot more quickly than the standard version. The way that it dries is not by evaporation, but by oxidation, the process where substances gain oxygen. It is generally accepted that the typical painting done in oils will be dry to touch after about two weeks, though it can take six months to a year before the painting's actually dry enough to be varnished.

6. Oil paint is very durable and tough, so it's used as a finish and protector. It can be used on wood and metal and in both cases, it can be used internally as well as externally. It's often applied to wood during construction and can be found on metallic surfaces on things like planes, bridges and ships.