RT Wave EV-L2R5803 Wireless Elevator Camera System

The RT Wave (EV-L2R5803) is brought to you by Videocomm Technologies and is the industry's only wireless elevator camera system. This unique wireless camera system requires no software, setup, or programming. This allows for quick and easy installation (plug and play) and is used for the most intense of surveillance operations. Providing real-time, DVD quality footage for up to 200 floors, this system stands high above any other elevator camera system.

The system comes packaged with a low profile modern designed corner mount camera which provides crystal clear video from 480 TV lines of horizontal resolution and has a hardware based MPEG-4 video compression format. A minimum illumination of 0.4 Lux allows for viewing in lower lit settings. The wide angle 2.8mm lens lets you view every corner of the elevator. This will help to easily identify tenants, employees, and visitors. A rugged, vandal proof dome housing deters any tampering of the system (IP-66 Rated).

The RT Wave system also comes with a wireless transmitter and receiver with 6 rubber duck antennas for continuous signal and does not require a connection to the elevator mechanics or traveling cable. It has a digital immunity to signal interference. A remote control is also provided with the system to help control color brightness, hue, and saturation of the video. Two universal mounting brackets, three power supplies, and a 25 foot low loss power / video cable, round out the kit.

No equipment maintenance or inspection is required with this system. It is also FCC and IC approved for license free use.

A Birthday Is More Than Balloons – Involve Your Kid to Deck Up

Birthday, the word itself haunts a child to the world of dream. It will be much more exiting to your ward if you can involve his effort to decorate the celebrity corner. When a child thinks of his birthday celebration, some sights may flash on his mind. Perhaps it was the decoration that he saw in his friend's birthday or somewhere else. However his own birthday is the chance to execute those ideas and parents are supposedly to encourage them to do so. It will not only be mere decoration but a way to enhance the child's cognitive development also.

Recycle the thrown out items-

We often throw out old containers, cans, papers, clothes and many more items. If you can store these recyclable things during the year and tell your child to make flower-vase, pen-stand, paper-fans, wall-hanging out of those; then there will be a good stock of decorative material to deck up the birthday floor. The child also gets to learn recycle, reuse, and his aesthetic sense will be increased.

Theme selection –

This time if you are going to throw a theme based on birthday party, let your child select the theme. You may help him sure. But ask him to set a theme depending on some niche that he has learned at school. Value education or moral science will be the best subject to find such themes.

Decking up the food corner –

It will be tough for a child if you ask him to cook for his friend. But it will be very much interesting to him if you give him a chance to deck up the dinning. You can instruct him to garnish the food platters or to decorate the tray of chocolates with tooth-pick and colorful thermocol balls. You can let the child decorate the birthday cake also with colorful candies. But never leave the child alone to do so, keep supervising. He can also arrange the plates, glasses, coasters, spoon and fork etc. It will teach him table manner.

Balloon decoration –

The first and foremost decorative item of the birthday party is balloons. Engage the kid to blow up the balloon and then help him to fix it on wall, roof or cabinet.

Streamer decoration –

Engage the child making various decorative strings of streamers. In his leisure time do sit with him and teach him to make beautiful chains out of those usual things. This will help your child to learn making incredible articles out of common ingredients.

Flower vase –

Let your child decorate the flower vases on his own. If he makes mistakes, then make him learn the right way and let him do again. This doing and undoing will help him out to enhance the sense of color-combination.

So, here are some unique tips to involve your child to his own birthday celebration. Now let your kid engage with this and this time make his / her birthday the memorable one with a gala celebration.

Bosca Stoves

The Bosca stoves range will soon be introduced to the UK with the Chilean stove manufacturer announcing a deal with a leading UK stove retailer. Wood-burning Bosca stoves will be targeted at the lower end of the UK market and offer an interesting entry point for those looking to purchase their first wood burning stove and multifuel stove. So what brand names can you expect from Bosca stoves?

The company has a number of different brands which include Limit, Aresta, Firepoint, Gold, Classic and Spirit although the company also offer other stoves. While these particular stoves are seen as contemporary they do abide by UK regulations and do offer something a little different to what is on the market at the moment. There is no doubt that the UK wood burning stove market has increased dramatically over the last decade and more and more people are now looking to install stoves in new builds as well as renovations and redecorations.

While many of the wood-burning stoves available in the UK can legally cost upwards of 2000 it is interesting to see that Bosca stoves are targeting the opposite end of the spectrum but still offer excellent value for money. Even though these Bosca wood-burning stoves will not necessarily carry the same technological advances as UK manufacturers they do bring something a little different to the marketplace. It is this element of "something different" which is almost certain to attract the attention of consumers in the UK who appear willing to consider any new entrant to the market on face value.

Even though the UK stove market is particularly large and growing it is not the largest in the world and there will no doubt be other overseas manufacturers looking to grab a slice of the UK. We will continue to monitor new stove ranges available, both from domestic suppliers and overseas companies, and bring further details in due course.

Choosing an Energy Saving Cooker

There are so many ways to cook food. Gas or electric hob, gas or electric oven and grill are all different ways to cook food. There is another useful way to cook food where all these ways typically combine in one form, ie stove. Stove then again can be electric or gas and the best are gas stoves with electric ignition and other energy saving controls. Besides this, there is still another way to cook food. This appliance is the combination of space heating, water heating and cooking all intact in the form of Aga cooker. Aga cooker is invented in 1929 by Swedish physician Dr. Gustaf Dalén. Aga cooker is not much in demand as it typically lacks the energy controls system.

If we examine closely, we will see that the initial cost of electric cookers are reliably less than gas cookers. But the studies show that the electric cookers cost three times as much to use in its whole lifespan as gas cookers. Similarly, the emission of CO2 produced by electric cookers is also four times as much. However, there are some electric appliances which are energy efficient like microwave oven and induction loop cooking. These appliances are good at transfering heat to the food or pot efficiently.

– Microwaves Ovens: These are commonly used in our kitchens today. If we compare them with standard electric cooker, they save up to third of the total energy. But the efficiency largely depends on the amount of food cooked or the container used for the food. The amount of food and the container used large influence the energy use of the appliance.
– Induction Loop Cooking: Unlike traditional electric cookers, induction loop cooking saves up to 10-20 percent of the energy, but still are not commonly used cooking method.

If you consider the energy prospective, these savings are not up to the mark, more efforts are needed to reduce the energy consumption.

Energy Saving

– If you are planning to purchase a cooker, the best option is to go for gas appliance. Definitely you will have a supply of gas, if you do not -you can use propane or butane.
– Gas stoves with electric ignition device and other energy controls can save you energy costs on pilot lights.
– It is said that cookers are not a good option for cooking small quantities of food. You have to keep all these factors in mind while purchasing stove or a pan. Microwave in this case can be useful for heating small quantities of food. Always choose the pans according to your stove. These can in some way save energy.

Eating habits and other such factors can also be taken in consideration with these energy saving tips. So you can be able to save energy as much as possible. Good food is always unhealthy so, always go for the best available choices and also do not eat more than it needed. This will keep you healthy and also brings the energy conservation.

Home Design Loves Free Floating Fabric

There are advantages and disadvantages to every product out there, for the price you are willing to pay and for the design of the product. We have all heard the term you get what you pay for, and that is a fact, if you buy super cheap you will have to buy again soon after, so in the long run you spend more and you have time wasted to re-do the project. The advantages of a product or service need to be investigated thoroughly, every company wants you to buy from them; not every company will stand by their product or service.

These wall decorating panels are probably very different from what you've known, specified, or used in the past. They come in a variety of formats; pre-made panels, modular panel systems, site-fabricated systems, baffles, clouds, privacy panels, carrel, etc. All formats feature the floating-fabric design.

This system incorporates a track which frames the variable substrate in high-impact plastic; you can use any substrate or core that you want, as long as it's the same size as the track, either one inch or half-inch. The selected fabric or outer covering is stretched across the surface of the panel and inserted into the tracks tight-fitting jaws which hold the fabric tight, concealing the edge of the fabric in a hidden channel.

Why is this worth writing about?

• Crush proof edges – The track or frame is manufactured from high-impact plastic.

Wrapped fiberglass panel edges easily crush. Those edges are dipped in a resin material (that typically contain VOCs) to provide modest durability-but not a significant crush resistance.

• Floating-fabric design – Because the fabric covering is held tightly in place by the track's jaws, it is able to float freely across the face of the panel (not glued to the face like wrapped panels.)

This results in a number of advantages including a self-healing surface and no glue no VOCs.

When glue is used to apply the fabric to the substrate, the look of the boards is really nice, but unfortunately if you tack or use a nail and you remove said tack or nail the hole is visible and it can not be repaired only replaced.

• Visible damage is virtually eliminated – Dents, dings, crush marks, and depressions almost immediately after the installation of a fabric wrapped panel or on painted surfaces. They occur in this floating-fabric system too, but you'll never see them because they are hidden behind the tightly stretched free-floating fabric cover. You can pound on these panels with a hammer and they will remain unblemished. Do not get me wrong, there is damage from using a hammer you just can not see it. If the fabric becomes damaged it's easily replaced without replacing the entire wall system.

• Avoid vertical (visual) joint lines – Wrapped panels are limited in size to the size of the substrate, up to no more than 4 'x 10'. This requires them to be oriented vertically in most rooms. That's a lot of joint lines and you can not orient the panels horizontally without even more joint lines. With the modular floating-fabric panels, the more desirable horizontal layout is easily achieved, you can still use the vertical layout if you wish but it's not the only option. This design supports monolithic panels up to 8 'x 180' without a single joint. The panels come in sizes anyone can handle; you install them side by side and roll the fabric into the track, without cutting the fabric. Now your wall looks like walls and not a bunch of panels.

• Changeable and Sustainable – Both, and at the same time. Because the fabric is held in the track and not glued down, there is no need to remove the entire panel or wall system to repair it or to make a design change. Just pull the fabric from the track's jaws and replace it. The track and the substrate remain on the wall. This will save you time, save you money and send fewer perfectly good construction materials to the land fill. Most of the fabrics are themselves recyclable.

(Side Note: Being responsible for our plant is important and should always be considered in a design or remodel project.)

• Conform to any architectural feature – The site-fabricated system can be installed easily not only on walls, but on ceilings, soffits, in alcoves and more. Virtually any architectural detail can be accommodated, and in most cases without seams. Moreover, the site-fabricated system will adjust to varying dimensions and out-of-plumb or out-of-square conditions for a perfect final finish with no unsatisfied gaps.

• Significantly reduced maintenance costs – The floating-fabric system is much more durable than a painted surface. It just simply does not show the wear.

Why paint again?

In fact, why paint at all?

In new construction or remodeling, just tape the drywall joints and install the site-fabricated system. No need to mud the joints, texture, or even paint the walls. This system reduces both construction and consequent maintenance costs.

Plank Opakapaka with Stir Fry Vegetables, Sesame Noodles & Grilled Pineapple

This is a fun way to make a Hawaiian Style BBQ at home. The Planked Opakapaka, stir fried vegetables & grilled pineapple are offset with the chilled sesame noodles. This is a easy way to entertain on a warm end of summer day!

Ingredients:

Opakapaka Fillets (6 / 7oz, or 12 / 14oz)

Tom Douglas Peri Peri Rub

Pineapple

Soba Noodles or thin Spaghetti

Mixed Vegetables for Sir Fry

Soy Sauce

Sesame Seeds

Green Onions

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Olive Oil

Alder or Cedar Grill Plank

Preparing the Plank:

Remove the plank from the plastic wrap.

Place the plank in a sink, clean dish tub or pot & fill with water.

Place something heavy on the plank to completely submerge it in the water.

Soak the plank for a minimum of 1 hour, but overnight or all day is best if you want to re-use the plank the maximum number of times.

Prep Time (15-20 Minutes)

Thaw the Opakapaka Fillets in the refrigerator overnight or run under cold water to thaw.

In a mixing bowl, place 2 tsp of Tom Douglas Peri Peri Rub & 3-4 tbsp of Olive oil. Mix together.

Remove the Opakapaka Fillets from the package & place on a plate skin side down.

With a knife, score the fillets at a 45 degree angle every ½ ½..

Coat the meat side of the Opakapaka Fillets with the Tom Douglas Peri Peri Rub & Olive Oil. We use a basting brush.

Cook your Soba Noodles or thin Spaghetti in boiling water. If using Thin Spaghetti, add Soy Sauce to the boiling water instead of salt before placing the pasta in the water. Cook al dente. Rinse the noodles & toss with sesame oil & sesame seeds.

Slice the green onions thinly and toss with the pasta. Refrigerate

Chop your vegetables to sauté with olive oil and or your favorite stir fry sauce.

Slice your Pineapple into 3/8 inch cross sections & lightly sprinkle with brown sugar or Peri Peri Rub (Sweet or Spicy Sweet)

Cooking Time: (10-15 Minutes)

Pre-heat your BBQ. If charcoal, place the fire to one side. If gas, light both burners on high for 10 minutes.

Place the Grill Plank on the hot coals side of the BBQ for 5 minutes or until it begins to smoke or directly over one burner on the gas BBQ until smoking.

Move the Grill Plank to the indirect heat side of the Charcoal grill or turn off the burner on the gas grill under the plank. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on the Grill Plank.

Place the Opakapaka Fillets skin side down on the Grill Plank & close BBQ lid. The Opakapaka will be ready when there are white lines through the fillets & they have become flakey when touched with a fork. Do not overcook! The fillets will still be cooking when you remove them from the plank.

Place the Pineapple rounds on the grill after the Opakapaka has been cooking for 7-8 minutes. spice / brown sugar side down, turn in 2 or 3 minutes, then remove 2 or 3 minutes later.

Saute your vegetables with olive oil and or your favorite stir fry sauce.

For oven cooking, just pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. With the Grill Plank on the rack.

Plating:

Remove the Cooked Opakapaka Fillets from the plank, moving the directly to the plate.

Remove Pineapple rounds from grill & place on the plate.

Turn off the BBQ.

Place the Plank in cold water to extinguish. (The Plank is generally good for up to 5 "firings")

Add your Stir Fry Vegetables to the plate.

Add the Sesame Noodles to the plate.

Enjoy!

Successful Career Planning in the Hospitality Industry

The economy is expected to continue creating jobs for workers at all levels of education and training. Occupations that require a post secondary award (an associate’s degree) are estimated to have faster growth rates than occupations requiring less education or training.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) Tourism revenues are expected to rise by 42 per cent from 2007 to 2017. Every year, more than 3 million tourists visit the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Despite short- and medium-term setbacks, tourism revenues are expected to rise by 42 per cent from 2007 to 2017.

FHRAI is committed to promote and protect the interests of the Hospitality Industry by actively seeking better privileges and more concessions for the Industry. FHRAI members are always kept abreast with the latest trade information and trends, statistical analysis and reports on various topics that have a direct impact on the Industry, government notifications and circulars. FHRAI helps the Hospitality Industry to grow, prosper and keep in pace with the developments in the International scenario.

FHRAI is truly the voice of the Hospitality Industry that brings several million dollars to the exchequer and employs more than 15 million direct workers.

Job Prospects

Many avenues are open to a hotel management graduate. Not only in the hotels but various other fields like;

• Airline

• Cruise line

• Travel and Tour

• Restaurants

• Bars

• Fast food chains

• Catering industry (Institution, Railway and hospitals)

• Highway Motels

• Amusement Parks and Malls

• Multiplexes

• Hotel & Tourism Institutes

• Self employment, are to name a few.

High turnover is a key challenge in the hospitality industry. Employers have difficulty finding workers who possess basic “soft skills,” which are often a prerequisite for success in a customer service-oriented field. English proficiency is a key challenge because a large percentage of the hospitality workforce does not speak English as their primary language.

With the hospitality industry’s growth rate increasing, the importance of finding good employees, especially young workers, is a high priority. Historically, the hospitality industry has drawn heavily from the young labor pool to meet their workforce needs, but in recent years the industry has been left with an insufficient pipeline of new skilled workers to satisfy the demand.

Successful Career Planning in Hospitality

Successful career planning is very tempting for everyone. Planning of a good career involves many decisions. What will help you to make a good decision? A good decision making model. All you need to have a good vision statement which will help you to find what is it you want to do and for whom. Once you identify this it is easier to make out your right decision.

Most of us are not well trained in decision making. Most of our decisions are made by our parents or relatives or friends. And we follow them, because we are influenced by these outside factors to believe strongly that “experience is the best teacher.” Many a time experience is quite expensive. Developing a good decision making module and using a good process will lead you to achieve your desired goal.

A good career planning process will have the following steps:

• Decision Making

• Know yourself

• Narrow your options

• Chose the right job

• Execute

Decision Making: A good decision making is an essential skill for career success. If you can learn to make timely and well-considered decisions, then it can lead you to spectacular and well-deserved success. All of us have to make decisions every day. Some decisions are relatively straightforward and simple while others are quite complex. Simple decision needs a simple decision making process. But difficult or complex decisions usually involve issues like uncertainty, complexity, high – risk, alternatives, and interpersonal issues. With these difficulties in mind, the best way is to use an effective process. Clear processes usually lead to consistent, high-quality results, and they can improve the quality of almost everything we do.

Every hospitality student’s career dream is to become a Hotel General Manager. Becoming a Hotel General Manager may be an objective for your career, but first you have to understand ‘what is it you want to do and for whom.’ Ideally, career planning is more than just finding a job. A process shows you what you want to do for the rest of your life. You need to find out what is right for you without being influenced by others. Because some people still have negative image of hospitality industry, and may discourage you.

Know yourself: You need to know yourself before you search for a job. Understanding yourself will help you to find out the best job for your abilities. Knowing yourself in essence, you understand your strengths, weaknesses, interests, values, and personality. Knowing yourself includes classifying your skills, interests, values, personality type, and developing a vision statement.

Know your skills: Start creating a list of your achievements and accomplishments. Do not restrict only with your professional or technical knowledge. Be extensive and cover everything from your school days accomplishments, hobbies, extracurricular activities, problem-solving abilities, project management etc. This list will be an excellent start and help you creating your resume. The root causes of these accomplishments are your strengths.

Interests: Identify your interests in relation to the opportunities and demands of the hospitality industry. It is essential to identify interests that have connection with the hospitality industry such as traveling, cooking, meeting people, organizing events, participation in team activities, and learning languages. Sincere interest and genuine enthusiasm are keen factors for successful career.

Values: Values are the rules by which we make decisions about right and wrong, should and shouldn’t, good and bad. They also tell us which are more or less important, and which is useful. You should examine your values during the self assessment process. Trying to answer the question “what matters most to me?” working in a large group or a small group, high risk or security, working individually or working with a team, multicultural or homogeneous environment, long work hours with few holidays or eight hours of work with weekends and holidays, can be very thought provoking.

Personality type: Knowing what type of personality you are and what are your psychological preferences and finding a career which suits you will make you more successful and you will gain more satisfaction from the career. There are many tools available on the web to find what type of personality you are.

Vision Statement: Creating your personal vision or mission statement is the blue print for all your career planning. A vision statement can help you in every step of your career. It is a statement written to inspire you and not to impress anyone else. Your vision statement will answer the question “what do I want to do and for whom?”

Narrow your options: Now that you understand yourself, it is time for you to narrow down the options available for you. Begin by asking: What you feel is your dream job? Which company or group will be suitable for you? What kind of work you would like to do? Once you answer these questions, find out more about specific companies by networking, reading industry related magazines etc. Try to get the detailed picture of the company with the information on their top management, mission statement, the objectives, their growth, policies, career ladder of the company, and their past performance. This information will help you significantly during the interviews.

It is mandatory in many institutes in India offering hotel management course to send their students for industrial exposure to gain first hand knowledge and industry experience. There are many potential benefits for students as well as the organization. While the student gets hands on real life experience, the organization gets the opportunity to judge the enthusiastic students and plan for recruitment. Even the student decides his or her department of preference during this period. Student should try and get the full benefit of the training period by learning more information about the industry and its career opportunities while doing their training.

Choose the right Job: Now that you have determined who you are and what are your options, you need to compare the two to see where there is overlap. Which occupation, organization, career choice fit your values, interests, personality, and vision? You will need to narrow it down to three or four. Look for realistic career path that lead from this job. What are the job advancement opportunities? What would be the compensation package? What are the long term benefits from the organization? What kind of training you will be receiving? More often this information will be made available from the presentation and during the interviewing process.

Where you work can have enormous effect on how you work. Many hotels expect you to relocate for promotions and career growth. Moving away from your family and friends might affect your job performance due to homesickness. Having chosen the hospitality as your career, it is suggested that you need to be flexible and mobile.

Execute: Getting a job is purely and simply a sales process. You are selling yourself. The buyer (hotel) will hire you only when satisfied with you. You need to be a good salesman during the process of discussion or interview. Some of the points mentioned above in this article will help you to project you significantly. It is time to create a personal sales plan based on the marketing research you’ve already done.

Creating an effective Resume: An excellent resume may not guarantee a job offer, but a poor resume may prevent one.

The Resume helps you in many ways

• They help you to obtain employment interviews.

• They allow you to emphasize your talents and accomplishments.

• The help the recruiters to remember you and your capabilities and or influence hiring decisions.

Resume is a marketing tool. The main components of an effective resume are:

• Personal details

• Educational details

• Professional experience

• Special skills, talents and honors.

A resume is only effective if it produces the desired result – a call letter for an interview.

Interviewing Better: After coming through all the hurdles of the selection process, you will eventually arrive at an interview. This is of course, a major obstacle for many job applicants. Although they may have the qualifications, experience and a proven track record, they may lose out to a candidate who ‘interviews better.’ So what does ‘interviewing better’ actually mean? It comes down to the candidate being well prepared and confident. A candidate who can answer questions in a way which is acceptable (but not necessarily right) to the interviewer, someone who knows something about their potential employers business and the post they hope to fill.

These are really the basic components of any candidate who ‘interviews well’. There are undoubtedly other aspects employers may look for in relation to specific posts – having their own ideas, articulate, thinking on their feet, aspects which will be related to the job and to the company’s preference in employees. The employer will also be looking to fill a post, which has a particular job specification – in other words personal aspects besides the experience, and qualifications that can be put down on paper. The interviewer will set out to ascertain that the candidate has these personal qualities, skills and abilities the company requires. These two essential ingredients are interlinked. Good preparation instills confidence. So the basic approach to an interview is to be well prepared.

This means two things –

– preparing yourself practically for the interview, and

– gathering knowledge and information you can draw on during the interview

Points to Remember:

• Be sure you know the time, date and location of the interview and name of interviewer where appropriate.

• Check out how you will get to the location, and when you need to set off to be there in good time – do a dummy run if necessary. Plan to get there no earlier than half an hour before the interview time, anticipate delays.

• Have what you are going to wear ready in advance – everything down to your underwear.

• Do not go to the interview laden down with baggage – psychological as well as physical.

• Take the bare minimum of belongings necessary.

• Concentrate on the interview at the interview – nothing else

• If you are asked to bring certificates, references etc, get them ready before the day.

• Take your interview letter.

• On arrival ensure the receptionist knows you are there, visit the toilets to tidy up etc.

• If you are well organized and have planned for the day your confidence will increase

Few General Rules:

• Speak up when answering questions.

• Answer briefly, but try to avoid yes or no answers.

• Don’t worry about pausing before you answer, it shows you can think and are not

spitting out the sound bites you learned!

• Don’t worry about admitting you don’t know – but keep this to a bare minimum.

• Don’t embellish answers or lie! Be as honest as possible.

• Be prepared for hypothetical situation questions; take your time on these.

• Be prepared for the unexpected question that’s designed to see how you cope with the unexpected.

• If you ask questions keep them brief during the interview, remember you’re the interviewee.

Grooming tips:

• Sit comfortably with both feet on the floor, lean slightly towards the interviewer.

• Don’t play with your hair or you hands. Keep them out of pockets!

• Try not to create defensive barriers between you and them, like a brief case on your knees, folded arms or crossed legs. even if you feel you need to. It’s natural, but your interviewer will not physically attack!

• Maintain natural eye contact with the interviewer – that is maintaining eye contact, but do not stare like a snake!

• If there is more than one interviewer, look at who’s talking.

• When you are talking, shift your glance from one to the other.

• Do not over use your hands, if you are a natural gesticulator.

• Do not squirm and fidget.

Obeying these rules will allow the interviewers to concentrate on you, and not what you are doing in the interview. Body language conveys all sorts of messages, and the right body language will convey the message of a well-balanced and confident individual… even if you are not!

The success or failure of your professional development lies entirely on you. No one else knows your skills, interests and values as well as you do. Nor can anyone measure the development activities that will be effective for you.

How to Install a Handrail

An essential part of a staircase, handrails ensure people's safety by supporting them as they either ascend or descend the stairs. On installing them, one may hire a worker to do it, or one may cut costs by learning how to install a handrail by themselves.

The materials needed in how to install a handrail are a screwdriver, a saw, mounting brackets, a drill, chalk or powder, and of course, a handrail. One should also make sure that they are properly protected for the labor by wearing safety goggles and work gloves.

The first step is measuring how high the handrail should be placed. While they are usually positioned 36 inches from the ground, a height of either 32 or 34 inches is also acceptable. Once the height has been settled on, the chalk is used to draw a line from the stairway's topmost point down to its lowest. However, construction authorities highly advise using powder to draw the line as they are easier to clean off than chalk.

From thie chalk line, the top, middle and bottom points are chosen as these are the points onto which the three mounting brackets are to be attached. If one wishes to attach longer handrails, however, three brackets may not be enough to support it, in which case additional brackets would be needed. After the chosen points have been marked, the drill is used to make the holes for the brackets.

Each mounting bracket is placed into each hole and held in place using screws. The brackets have to be screwed in tightly and must be strong enough to support the handrail. To give the handrail a stylish and elegant look, one should first paint it before putting up on the wall, and ideally in a color that blends in with the ambience of the house or in whatever location it is located in. It is recommended to use darker hues as dust and dirt tend to show up easily on light colors. Once satisfied with the railing's appearance, all that is left is to clasp them in place with the brackets, and one has successfully learned how to install a handrail.

Just as the handrail is built for safety, one should always take safety into consideration when trying to put them up. Having learned how to install a handrail securely and having followed the proper precautions and procedures, the staircase will be a much safer place for those who pass through it.

Prefabricated Wooden Stairs – Tips & Facts You Should Know!

Wooden Prefabricated stairs are glued and bolted together and is thus made safer and comfortable for use. All the parts are fixed as a single unit and these parts do not even squawk or rattle ant nay point of there use, as they compartments are held tight and is ready to use. The staircase can be bought in the form of a final finished model or it can also be brought to the location in the form of parts and can be assembled together. The decision on the kind of shipping is totally dependent on the manufacturer.

Since the product is a customized one so the buyer can have the desired design and a chosen quality of wood for the staircase. People ca choose from the turned balusters or plain balusters. The unique designs can also be put not perfection and moreover people have a number of designs to choose there product from, particularly the railing. The unique ideas require a little bit more time for delivery, since they are required to be worked upon right format he scratch.

Stairway Accessories

These kind of staircases are a single window purchase as the manufacturers of prefabricated wood staircases also manufacturer the stairwell rails, the balcony rails, which give a matching railing through the stretch. The stairwells are curved or straight and is made in sync with the staircase stairwell. the balusters also known as the pickets are maximum four inches apart as they the safety for the small children's is very important. If the family does not have small children in the house than the balusters can be fixed at a greater distance too.

The circular prefabricated staircase has a choice of rotation of the stairs, that means the spiral section can be either clockwise rotating or can be counter clockwise rotating. This can be judged by a simple method in which the person stands at the bottom of the staircase and the handrail is on your left than the stairs is spiraling in a clockwise direction. If the handrail is on the right hand side while the person is standing at the bottom of the staircase than the stairs are spiral in a counter clockwise direction.

Another important part of the prefabricated staircase is a scroll shaped element. This is put at the beginning of the railing and is known as volute. It is a decorative starter of the railing and is at the bottom of the staircase and is used to provide the beauty and strength to the staircase.

Bucket Truck Safety and OHSA: What You Must Know!

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) is a government agency that is responsible for setting guidelines to prevent work-related injuries. Their primary mission is to save lives and maintain safe and healthy working environments. It is the agency that conducts standard inspections to make sure that a worker will have safe and healthy working conditions.

Hazards in the workplace are unavoidable. Many unfortunate incidents occurred in the workplace as a consequence of lack of proper precautionary measures. Falling, electrocution and tip-overs are some of the hazards that person might encounter. To prevent these foreseeable dangers, OHSA advanced safety precautionary standards to ensure that each and every individual operating a bucket truck would be safe and secure against any avoidable harm that could extremely occur.

OHSA Standard Usage Guidelines

To maintain safety and a healthy working environment, the following rules and regulations have been created:

1. Operators should undergo training by an accredited testing center and be licensed to drive this specific truck. An untrained operator will be sanctioned if driving the machine. The training is done to decrease the amount of collisions in the workplace. Moreover, the employee should read the manufacturer's manual before driving the vehicle.

2. To promote optimum personal security, workers should wear the proper equipment in the workplace. As a general rule, safety gear is needed to minimize accidents and injury. So body belts, insulating gloves, hard hats and / or harnesses should we worn at all times while working.

3. The operator should conduct inspections before and after using the truck and they should keep a written report on file to track the condition of the vehicle. In addition, operators should also check and recheck potential hazards in the area before doing their specific jobs.

4. Controls should be tested prior to the usage of the machine. Ensure that the boom bucket has upper and lower controls and can be kept within a given distance for an easy reach. The lower control should not be used while the employee is in the bucket without so requested.

5. Ensure that bucket trucks follow the standards set by the American National Standard Institution (ANSI) which state that controls should be well-labeled to avoid confusion in case of an emergency.

6. Outriggers and brakes should be set and positioned appropriately to ensure vehicle stability while the bucket is being lifted to the specific working area.

7. Transporting the vehicle while the worker is still in the bucket is highly dangerous. This makes the worker prone to falling. The bucket should have a balustrade and emergency stop devices.

8. Avoid overloading the vehicle. The loading capacity and distribution should always be checked to ensure that they are within the manufacturer's set standards.

9. The employee should stand firmly in the bucket on the truck, feet flat on the floor and have a wide base of support at all times to ensure stability while working.

10. Personnel in the bucket must have a minimum safe distance from the working site.

11. The boom should be folded and should be in the lower transportable position during travel.

Safety must be given primary consideration when dealing with heavy-duty vehicles such as bucket trucks. In this regard, work-related injuries must be kept to a minimum to confirm that a higher level of precaution is being observed. OHSA-designed standard guidelines must be followed to give direction to those individuals whose work is associated with lifts.

Failure to follow the given set of rules poses a significant negative effect to the employer and the employee. Legal fines and hospital expenses related to work site accidents then become more common. These safety procedures can not be ignored!

Do You Have a Wide Opening To Block Off? You Need An Extra Wide Pet Gate!

When might you really need an extra wide pet gate? Well for starters, let's contemplate what are the most significant aspects that we will do for our pets? Feeding our pups and cleaning up after them are essential, sure. However, dog owners should also care enough for their pets to take the responsibility to turn their home into a pet-friendly space. This could start in the form of making certain that there are no household items that may possibly pose a threat to their pets.

For instance, cleaning agents and other risky assets may be inadvertently ingested by your dogs, if they are not kept out of reach. At the same time, family pet owners are also obliged to place constitutions in locations that may be harmful to their pet's well-being. Staircases, a fireplace, fish ponds, and pools are only a few of the regions of your property that can be very hazardous to your dogs.

For those who are itching to know, extra wide dog gates are typically used to inspect wide regions such as staircases, to keep pets from going through themselves. This diminishes the risk of the dog falling or getting into trouble while the owner is doing something else. Such gates are also useful because they can keep the pet bound to one region. It is often very helpful when the home owner is expecting a lot of visitors or when the home owner needs to do something without their doggie bothering them. For instance, if you really need to clean up a room and the dog keeps on tugging at you to play, canine companions could be more of a pest. The gate can also be useful in the event of pets who are recovering from an illness or if your family pet just took a bath.

An extra wide dog gate is more accommodating because of its coverage. The normal height of a gate ± ± s determined by what kinds of pet dogs it is to be used for. The length may be as narrow as a doorway or as wide as a divider for a room. This is useful because home owners would not need to have to buy more gates to fully cover a space. There are three kinds of extra wide pet gates to decide from. One is the pressure-mounted gate, another is the hardware-mounted gate, and the third is the freestanding gate. Selecting amongst these three depends on the homeowner's needs.

For instance, an extra wide freestanding gate is practical for persons who are intending to use it in several places of the house, as they are very easy to just pick up and move. The freestanding gate is ideal for small pets or a less active dog. The extra wide pressure-mounted gate is advised for smaller dogs who are somewhat more active. Pressure mount gates are also intended to be a bit more permanent, although no holes are required to be drilled because they are mounted with tension, not screws.

The extra wide hardware-mounted gate, on the other hand, is secured to the wall or a stair banister with screws, so this is obviously the most permanent and secure of all the extra wide pet gates. Hardware mounted doggie barriers are for the most aggressive and bigger dogs, although you want to pay attention to the gate's height if you have a "leaping" puppy. Hardware-mounted dog barriers are also the only kind of pet or baby gate fitted to a top of stairs gate.

An extra wide pet gate is often made of plastic material, metal or wood. This makes it easy for the homeowner to consider something that will not ruin their home decorating style. There would be no worry with respect to the extra wide pet gate appearing out of place in the décor of a home, if the material is chosen wisely. As an example, if the room has a country decorating style, extra wide wooden gates would still complement the space nicely. Wooden gates may be painted or varnished based upon the feel of the room. Varnishes also come in varying tints so the house owner would have a lot of options.

The Milestone Syndrome – Numerical Plateaus and Their Implications

It was a miserable day, winds gusting up to 15 miles an hour, and the tailing ends of a two-day rainstorm drizzled over the cinder oval. It was the day of the long-standing track meet between Oxford University Athletic Club and the team from Britain's Amateur Athletic Association. When they stepped to the line at 6 PM for the big race, the wind had subsided and the rain had stopped. Only about 400 spectators were there to see the race, but the sporting press, sensing a momentous event, was well represented.

Many said that no one would ever break the four-minute mile, but on this brisk treacherous day in England in the spring of 1954, Roger Bannister did just that, covering the distance in 3: 59.4.

The next day, newspapers around the world printed huge headlines publicizing the world record time. The media explored every facet of the race and the man who won it. Yet those runners who had previously approached this record time and those who later surpassed it did not receive the same adoration and acclaim. What made Roger Bannister's sub-four-minute mile so miraculous, more miraculous than similar feats by other competitors? What created this worldwide fascination? Such attention is symptomatic of the Milestone Syndrome.

Almost ten years later in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a similar feat took place. The Philadelphia Warriors, with their league-leading scorer, Wilt Chamberlain, took the floor against the lowly New York Knickerbockers. Wilt, now in his third NBA season, was the most prolific scorer in basketball. He was a rare combination of strength, speed, and stamina and on this night, the Knicks saw it all. The Dipper, as he was called, sank 36 field goals on 63 shots and hit 28 foul shots, racking up a total of 100 points for the game. All three numbers still stand alongside the 100 points as NBA records.

News accounts of the game estimate the small crowd of only 4,124 spectators who clamored for Wilt to hit the century mark. They chanted, "Give it to Wilt!" and his teams occupied pending up open shots to feed Wilt the ball. New York was not so accommodating and set out to foul Wilt's teammates before the ball could have passed into the pivot. Philadelphia countered by easing up on defense to get the ball back quicker. They even fouled the opposition to stop the clock. Such tactics by both teams illustrate the Milestone Syndrome, our fascination with numerical plateaus, with benchmarks, and quantitative / linear evaluations.

This phenomenon extends beyond sports and into our daily lives. In the supermarket, you will find the most popular last digit is nine (61 percent), followed by five (19 percent). Even numbered digits make up less than 2 percent. These minority pricing ploys have become important weapons in marketing arsenal. You see, most people perceive $ 1.99 as much cheaper than $ 2 because they read and process the prices from left to right. And the jump from $ 9.99 to $ 10.00 is an intense psychological leap for the bargain hunter.

However, when it comes to quality people often use price as a clue to how good a product might be. In expensive stores such as Neiman-Marcus and Nordstrom, most tags are rounded off to the nearest dollar. These valuations enhance the store's image and influence the buyers' perceptions. If prices were perceived as too low, the affluent clientele might question the quality.

How do these numerical perceptions evolve? Some are the product of faulty or lazy thinking while others are invented hype. In addition, with repeated usage these perceptions become larger than life. For example, for 20 years the four-minute mile stand as an apparently unsurpassable limit and thus this psychological obstacle was firmly implanted in the public's mind. In a similar vein, the emphasis given to the Dow surpassing each 1,000-mark plateau laid the groundwork for banner headlines when the 10,000 mark was reached. Another example of how we glorify certain numerical weights is the big hullabaloo surrounding the 2000 New Year's Eve celebration.

Why should these events be given added importance when, logically speaking, their only importance is being a numerical plateau? A second less, a point more, a year earlier or later, where is the significance? Is this media hype or is there some scientific basis for this added emphasis?

Psychologists have a number of explanations for such behaviors and most reflect on our need to be on the winning side. Triumphs, even if sometimes illusionary, contribute to our enjoyment and uplift our egos. In addition, when pursued in mass, millions give a common bond that give credibility to the goal and contribute to our sense of belonging. Peer acceptance and the safety net offered by being part of the herd also contribute to these assessments. However, one must also consider the dramatic impacts and our need to create mythological heroes. Heroes that journey into the unfamiliar, do battle, and gain the reward – surpassing milestones.

In baseball, statistics are used extensively in calling the game. Numbers are an integral part of the game as they determine strategies as well as the level of fan appreciation. When mythical plateaus enter the picture, they affect not only how the game is perceived but also how it is played. Putting up good numbers now overshadowed other aspects of the sport. A player hitting consistently over.300 has a larger fan following, is paid considering more than a player hitting.290. It's not proportionately more it's considerably more. Baseball, more than any other sport, rewards those surpassing miles; a pitcher winning 20 games or players hitting 30 home runs and stealing 30 bases, or driving in over 100 runs. In sports, marketing today stresses the stars, not the teams and putting up memorable numbers certainly helps in that endeavor.

In sports, business, even politics, milestones fit in with our news-bite mentality. They simplify objects, establish linear perspective, and support our competitive nature. They also fulfill a need for that which is meaningful and quantitative. They make it easier to keep score, easier to justify actions.

For centuries, military minds have gauged their success based on numerical achievements, ie, distance advanced, damage inflicted, number of enemy killed. Campaigns are designed and often-tenuous objectives are set to appease the egos of the high command. However, on the battlefield, succumbing to a stone syndrome can have horrendous consequences. The battle of Passchendaele in World War I is a classic example where the quest for a victorious milestone overshadowed common sense. British Commander-in-Chief, Sir Douglas Haig had set his sights on breaking through to the distant Belgium ports of Ostaend and Zeebrugge. Both French and British leaders as well as Haig's own Intelligence Staff opposed the offensive. Despite these objections, General Haigave the order to attack, July 31, 1917.

In heavy rain, the ambitious frontal assault bogged down at Passchendaele, a village that no longer exists, and yet the General thread more men into the slaughter. The ensuing battle costs the British 400,000 lives to gain a mere five miles of mud. Six months later, the British abandoned Passchendaele to reinforce lines elsewhere.

General Haig was so caught up in the increments of battle he was willing to give up countless lives to claim a numerical victory. This particular battle demonstrates another facet of the Milestone Syndrome, that once a numerical contest is initiated, our egos are unintentionally to consider other forms of resolution. The rules of engagement are set and all that matters is the quantitative scorecard.

This fixation, this obsession to demonstrate numerical victories is also prevalent in the corporate world. In this computer age, almost every facet of business is measured and the benchmarks or milestones are very much in vogue. There is an old saying in business: What gets measured is what gets done. Unfortunately, management measures so many things that they do not pay attention to any of them. Likewise, few companies know how to process these measurements and know where to intervene to change outcomes. Moreover, items difficult to measure such as quality, safety, innovations, employee engagement and customer satisfaction become secondary, as they do not fit neatly into the spreadsheet paradigm.

The Milestone Syndrome also plays a role in stock market fluctuations. Many aggressive investors will dump a stock when earnings fall below expectations even slightly. That can cause a drop in the stock's price that is unrelated to its true value. When benchmarks are not met, investors abandon the perceived loser and pursue something better. This simplistic ritual drives the market, feeding on its own greed or fear, perpetuating chronicles that perpetuate more projections. It's a never-ending cycle and decision plateaus continuously shift finding their level of comfort, selling, buying, or holding firm. Perceptions and expectations create these illusionary milestones that are based on limited assumptions. In addition, in such a market, the Game Theory applies – that everyone else is making choices based on similar assumptions.

The Milestone Syndrome also affects how we handle negotiations. Numerical plateaus such as ten thousand increments, going from five figures to six, and the all-important million mark are milestones that can be either enhance or diminish one's bargaining position. If you are asking for a raise and your sales have surpassed the million-dollar mark, you have a strong psychological advantage. However, if you are asking for a raise from five figures to six, that extra digit presents a pronounced barrier.

How we appraise quantitative values ​​affects our decision-making and sometimes our happiness. We chase the numbers. Then we became caught up in their implications. A young woman may dread turning the age of thirty. A car owner may brag about his car reaching the 100,000-mile mark. The football crowd will applaud a runner surpassing 100 yards in a game. These are all psychological plateaus to which we give added importance. The price of a diamond jumps when it reaches a true half-carat or full carat. A 0.49-carat stone is priced a lot lower than a half-carat … and a 0.90-carat diamond goes for much less than a one-care stone. Yet the difference in the size is almost imperceptible.

Other malformations of the Milestone Syndrome should also be considered. Focusing only on the numerical draws us away from pursuing other worthy achievements. As an example, in Europe, employees strike over issues such as working conditions, vacation time, and health benefits while in the United States, negotiations center on wages. Dwelling primarily on the numerical increments reduces exploration into abstract innovations and the inclining to investigate non-quantitative benefits.

If we allow it to, the Milestone Syndrome can affect us and the consequences can range from a joyful celebration to devastating lose. We must choose and awareness is our only protection. The symptomatic treatment requires understanding the forces of hype, psychological barriers and our own egos. I have used various examples to illustrate this phenomenon and this last one presents a thought-provoking question. A seller of height-building shoes says his best prospects are not short men but men who are 5-foot-11 and want to be 6-foot-plus. What would happen if scales of measurement were changed to metric?

Is Your Internet Connection or Wireless Network Letting You Down?

My business relationships on the Internet; my phone is an IP phone, it uses the Internet. If the Internet goes down so does most of my business until it comes back up in maybe hours or days. It does not stop there though because even my TV uses the Internet these days and then there's all those cloud services which means some of my data may not be on any of my computers. I'm running a cable Internet connection and it's pretty fast especially when it comes to downloads. The faster the broadband the more we can do with it and the more we rely on it. And … it does not even stop there either! Laptops, mobile phones, tablets, TV's, set top boxes, NAS drives, stereo systems, cameras etc. use wireless so wireless is really important too.

If you are running an Internet dependent business or would really miss your Internet connection at home you will not want it to go down ever! Well, maybe when you are on holiday … uh oh, got a remote security camera linked to your phone through the Internet or some other device, maybe a remote Internet link pet feeder or something.

I think most of us want reliable all the 9's uptime for our Internet but of course that's not always easy to achieve. Making it 100% reliable I can not promise in fact even all the 9's is not that easy but I can probably show you how to make your Internet faster, have a higher capacity, make it more reliable and improve your wireless while keeping costs reasonable!

A Common Problem

Most homes and small businesses have 1 Internet connection, 1 line and 1 router that functions as a router a switch and a wireless access point … true? If any of those elements go down then so might your Internet access. You could go ask the neighbor if you could sling a wire through to your business from their supply or ask for their wireless password and maybe sometimes this is OK, it's a temporary solution of a sort. If you want to be self-reliant though you'll probably need a better solution.

What happens if …

Your router fails

Simple, go get another router, configure it up (hope you know where your broadband login details are) or better still, have another router on standby, just in case! From my experience most people or businesses do not have a spare. Your current router might be a bit special but anything will do to get you back up and running if a direct replacement is not to hand.

Your Internet connection fails

It could be your ISP, a fault on the line or a JCB digging outside. Either way it's down to the service level agreements of your provider. You'll probably be down for a few hours, maybe a few days and if you are really unlucky, a few weeks, it happens, especially if the road needs digging up.

Flaky Wireless

Wireless has come a long way but it's still a flaky service. It depends on lots of things, how many people are already connected, what's in your building, atmospheric conditions, the type of wireless network you have and the capabilities of the devices you are trying to connect to it etc.

It's also not so great when you have more than 1 wireless access point but your device keeps connected to the access point you were near 2 minutes ago and which is now near out of range. You could be standing next to another access point on the same network but still not connect to it unless you basically do so.

Does all or some of this sound familiar?

A Solution

There are very fast Internet connections with high up-times and excellent service level agreements that mean if your Internet connection does go down it gets fixed quickly but of course that can cost a lot of money and a JCB going through the cable is probably going to scupper even that plan for a while. There's WiMax, line of site links and even satellite connections but, well, it's a bit expensive and maybe a bit over the top for many.

My suggested solution below is not new but it has improved over time and costs less than it used to. Not all brands and / or models will let you do this but the right devices are readily available and affordable.

More than 1

Broadband is pretty cheap so how about 2 supplies over different networks so that if it's the ISP or just 1line that fails then the other is likely to continue to work. Just to make it belt and braces how about feeding in a mobile broadband supply just in case that clumsy JCB comes your way and cuts all the cables to your promises (do not laugh, this happened to a company I worked for).

In this case you should have 2 broadband feeds going into the same router which will balance all your Internet traffic using the 2 services giving you more speed and capacity. If 1broadband service fails then the other carries on until the failed service comes back up. If both services fail then the mobile broadband cuts in.

The mobile broadband does depend on the mobile signal you can get where your router is located and whether it's 3G or 4G but at least it will let you access the Internet. If it's 4G this could be pretty good! You will need to watch your mobile broadband use depending on the tariff you are using but at least you are still up and running.

What if the router fails? Well of course this can happen so for the cost of it I would keep a second router as a backup. You can backup the configuration of the router in use and load it onto the second router. You can backup the configuration each time you change it and either load it onto the second router or at least have it ready. For some devices, there are extended warranties available where they will replace your failed device the next working day with no quibbling. You could even use the second router as a second modem if you configure it correctly but that's a subject for another day.

Improving Wireless Connectivity

Wireless or WiFi has improved over time. The range is greater, it's more reliable and easier to connect to than it used to be but it's still a variable and sometimes quirky technology. If you need a consistent service over a defined area then you'll probably need to overdo it with wireless coverage.

Many routers are not just routers; they are routers, switches, modems and wireless access points. The wireless part of your main router will provide all you need in a small space but as an operating space gets larger you will need further wireless access points to cover the area. Wireless access points can be obtained for both indoor and outdoor environments and can work well in a campus environment.

Two Variants

There are two main variants which we can call push and pull systems. To use a couple of techy terms, the wireless system we'll call the server and your mobile phone, laptop tablet or other wireless device the client.

Pull

Most domestic or small office wireless systems are pull systems which means you manually connect your client device to a wireless server. For example, an office or house has 2 access points, 1is a wireless router downstairs and the other is a wireless access point upstairs. When your client device is connected to the downstairs router (the server) it stays connected to it until it goes out of range so if you walk up you may need to manually disconnect from the downstairs router and connect to the upstairs wireless access point. It works but it's clunky and moving smoothly from 1wireless zone to another does not occur. Both wireless access points are part of the same system but the connection to them is not managed automatically. You could say that you have to pull connections.

Push

Using the same scenario now the wireless system is being managed and pushing connections. The effect is that when you walk up the stairs the wireless management software built into the system monitors it's connections and as the signal from 1wireless access point becomes weaker and another stronger it pushes connection to the stronger wireless access point to your client device such as your phone.

Another great thing about Managed Wireless is that it will share the load so if multiple devices are in range of more than 1access point those access points can be made to share the wireless traffic instead of 1being overloaded and the other severely used.

Now you can walk up and down stairs with your client device and stay connected without having to think about it. Where two or more access points are located to manage a lot of wireless traffic they can look after the traffic loads so the user gets a good solid wireless service through the operating area.

Sounds Expensive

Managed Wireless used to be expensive but it's not now. It does cost more than pull wireless but not much more and is well within reliable cost for domestic or small business users. If you need it it's well worth the modest extra cost.

You will need routers and wireless access points that can all function as part of a Managed wireless system and you will need 2 x broadband supplies which can be a mixture of ADSL max, ADSL2 +, Fiber known as FTTC or some other suitable broadband / Ethernet supply . You can use cable broadband. 2 lines carrying BT like broadband will give you 2 lines of voice as well.

I'm a Woman and My Hair is Thinning in the Front at the Bangs – What Should I Do?

The other day I received an email from someone who said that she had not noticed a lot of thinning of the hair in her bang area – so much so that you could see the white of her scalp where her bangs met the top of her head. She asked me what could be causing this and what she should do about it. I'll tell you what I told her in the following article.

Things That Can Cause Your Hair To Thin In The Front: The first thing that I asked her was if she had noticed any increase in the amount of hair that she had been shedding or losing. As the bangs are often more sparse to begin with, this can be one of the first places that you notice over all thinning or shedding. And, telogen effluvium (TE) is a condition that occurs because of changes in your body. In females, common culprits are changing hormones, stress, pregnancy, giving birth, going off of birth control pills, thyroid issues, and other things. Typically, it takes a couple of months between the stress or change on your body until you start to notice more hair coming out. As I said, the bangs are one place where you will start to see the thinning first since this area has less hair to begin with. If you have this condition, you will often know it because you will shed hair all over – not just in the front. And, you will see more clothes on the floor, on your clothes, and in your brush.

Genetic Hair Thinning In The Front: Men's genetic thinning will often manifest itself in the difficulties when we are talking about the front of the scalp. Women though, often notice a thinning in their bang area. This is due to hormones also, but it's often not a lack of hormones or even an excess or hormones. It is a sensitivity to the normal presence of hormones that increase as we age. It does not 'happen to everyone. Generally speaking, you will have a genetic tendency towards this sensitivity and the front of the scalp (as well as the crown, temples, and part line) are particularly susceptible to this.

What You Can Do About Thinning In The Front: First off, you need to pinpoint why this is happening. If this is run of the mill TE, then generally what you have to give is just time in cases like giving birth or stress. However, if this is due to medical or other condition that you can treat and improve then you should certify do that. This is important because this condition is not likely to improve if you do not treat it or do not treat the correct cause of it.

If it is a genetic issue that we are talking about, then you will have to work on reducing your sensitivity to the androgens which are the cornerstone of this issue. Many people will try to eliminate their presence from the scalp, but this is really impossible. Your scalp will continue to produce them and as long as the sensitivity is there, you will still have the problem. It's far better to work on both reducing them (if your levels are too high to be healthy) and on reducing the sensitivity.

Also, you will want to take a look at and then reduce any inflammation. Often, the inflammatory process is present in both TE and in androgen driven loss. There are many natural substances that work well for this. (Tea tree oil, emu oil, lavender, etc.) Finally, you will want to really focus on stimulating your scalp to reproduce healthy hair in that area. Once the androgens are being treated, you must pounce on this window of opportunity to stimulate the follicles because the longer that they are not producing adequate regrowth, the harder it becomes to reignite this process.

In the meantime, there are powders that can cover the white of your scalp like topik and couvre. They do help. And, you can try growing out your bangs so that the area where scalp meets bang is not so noticeable. But, this things will only take you so far. Occasionally, you will need to take the next step and figure out what is causing this and fix it.

Rural Land Investigation Requires Special Consideration

Rural land provides special challenges when you start your quest for buying land. Most people are not aware of the steps required to find acreage for sale and to successfully acquire it.

You should know how to find land before it goes on the market, to investigate it properly, to negotiate the terms and conditions you need, to establish a plan on what to do with it once you have it, and how to accomplish an effective marketing program.

Today we will start a discussion on investigating a particular tract of land.

In my opinion, the parcel should have road frontage on a paved county road, however the road does not have to be paved as long as it is a county maintained road. (This can be determined at the county engineer's office.)

And the piece of land should be pleasing to the eye when you walk up to it. As you are looking it over, it should have healthy looking pines and oaks, (if it has trees). If the pines seem to be unhealthy or perhaps dwarfed, that could alert you to possible septic system problems.

Also if you see a large area of ​​the acreage where there are no trees, yet the area is surrounded by trees, and there are only small ferns growing in that open area, that could tell you right off that the property probably would have to have elaborate septic systems.

This is important information for yourself as a buyer, or for the resells, if you are planning on dividing the tract. It could mean the difference between average cost systems or very expensive septic systems.

Another thing to look for is the presence of fire hydrants as they indicate the presence of a waterline. The color that the hydrants are painted normally indicates the size of the line. A six inch or larger waterline is always good news!

Also look for manhole covers in the street as they typically indicate the presence of a sewer line. This could be very important information because your county might tell you that you have to connect to it! That could get very expensive depending on the distance a line would have to be installed.

It would not be fun to get a great piece of land and then realize that you have to install an expensive water or sewer line!