Industrial Layout

Industrial Layout is a discipline of technical drawing which is a combination of architectural and survey drafting. The application of this drafting discipline are used in almost any type of manufacturing including and not limited to plastic injection molding, furniture fabrication, automotive parts manufacturing, etc. It is where a plant floor plan is drawn out exactly to scale and used for planning the functions of an industrial fabrication process or processes.

The drawing starts with the blank or open floor plan of the plant which shows all the structural members of the building which are visible on the plan view and includes columns that are out in the floor area, interior offices, exits, etc. If the plant already has fixtures, presses, molds, generators, cranes, elevators, or work stations, these are included also.

If the building is void of any fixtures, the industrial or plant engineer makes sketches on the plan locating all the machinery and work stations that will be in the plant so that the drafter can add them to it an it can be used once the plant is fully operational. There is almost always one particular master drawing of the building that, as time goes on, is updated as the plant grows or new processes are added or removed.

From the main layout drawing, localized drawings are made at a larger scale of particular areas of the plant. If a new area is drawn or designed, these drawings are then integrated into the main plant drawing to keep it up to date. Sometimes machinery manufacturers will send detailed drawings of their machines or presses which can also be added into the main drawing.

Over the past century or two since the beginning of the industrial revolution, these drawings were maintained manually on the drafting board which was very labor intensive. With the advent of Computer Assisted Drafting, drawings can be easily integrated into one another just by importing a CAD file.

The drafter who keeps these drawings updated are usually given the title of general drafters. The term general is used because of the many disciplines they must posses to perform their job. These include but are not limited to architecture, survey and topographical, machine or mechanical drafting.

The Future of Skateboarding

Where have we been, where are we now and where is skateboarding going ?

The Beginning

If we’re going to try to figure out the future, it’s probably a good idea to head back first and see how this thing started.

It all began in the fifties, when Californian surfers started attaching roller skate wheels to planks of wood and riding down their local streets. Skateboard manufacturers started springing up in the early sixties and a new lifestyle was born.

Urethane skateboard wheels were invented in 1972 and are still used today. The mid 70s saw the first skateboard parks begin to appear which naturally spawned new styles of riding, new tricks and new boards as skaters went vertical. Also in the mid 70s, a new competitive scene was born when a slalom and freestyle contest was held at the Ocean Festival in Del Mar, California .The famous Zephyr team turned the skateboarding world on its head with their new aggressive approach to freestyle skating. In 1978 the most famous skate trick of all, the “Ollie”, was invented by Alan Gelfand (the 70s were a big decade for skating).

The 80s were a comparatively slow decade for skateboarding although there was a boost that came with the popularity of the VCR when the first skateboard videos were introduced. The Bones Brigade Video Show was particularly popular and made Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta, and Kevin Staab household names amongst the skating fraternity.

The first Extreme Games were held in Rhode Island in 1995 and the skateboarding competition received a lot of attention leading to increased interest in the sport and raised its profile in the broader community. Skateboarding was also part of the first Winter X games in ’97 and competitive skateboarding had truly become mainstream.

The biggest thing to hit skateboarding in the 2000s is the massive popularity of the video game console. Skateboarding games lend themselves well to the format and there have been smash hit video games every year in the 2000s. A new generation of skaters was born as kids traded their console controllers for the real thing.

The Future of Skateboarding

Competitive skateboarding will be established as a legitimate mainstream sport in much the same way as surfing and surf culture. Just a few decades ago, surfers were looked down upon as untrustworthy reprobates. These days parent don’t think twice about wandering into the surf stores that exist in every shopping mall and loading up on clothes with surf labels for their offspring, who mightn’t even know what a beach looks like. Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Rip Curl, Quiksilver and Billabong are all trusted global brands now. Like it or not, watch for skating to go the same way. We’ll see mindblowing tricks leveraging energy and athleticism that would seem unimaginable today. Skate heroes will go mainstream and expect to see a much more advanced global competitive scene. Once again it’s instructive to take a look at surfing’s path. The competitive surfing scene floundered for decades before getting its act together in the late 80s, when the brave step was taken to give ultimate control of the sport to a single governing body. A new man-on-man format was introduced and contests were taken to the best waves at the best time of the year. The overall good of the sport finally overcame parochialism and commercial interest and poor, uncompetitive contests were discarded. Now, surfing has hit the big time – it has sophisticated, multi-tiered competitive scene with massive media coverage. Can skating go the same way ? Yes, if it allows itself to.

When it comes to local ramps and skate parks, expect bigger walls, bigger bowls and more of them. As the current generation of skaters grows up and gets its turn to have a say in council spending and infrastructure, well it’s good news for skaters who like parks and ramps.

Technology will impact skateboards in the same way that it’s hitting so many other products. Stronger, lighter materials will appear and the rapid distribution of information means that board and truck design will advance even faster. The impact of the internet is both a challenge and an opportunity for the local skateboard shop. Ecommerce growth rates are huge and more people are keen to buy skateboards online. The web allows a distribution model that effectively puts the consumer closer to the skateboard warehouse. If you long for the old days of the 70s wooden plank, then this mightn’t do much for you but if you’re kid on a limited budget, it’s all good news. Expect better, more technically advanced products at lower prices.

If skateboarding follows the same lines as other markets, then we might see further consolidation amongst the big brands, similar to Billabong’s acquisition of Sector 9. Other big players in today’s skateboard market are brands like Birdhouse, Girl, Zero, Plan B, Element and Blind. There’s a fair chance we could see a large company buy up a stable of big skate brands to get the pricing benefit that comes with volume, which can obviously help with product pricing but doesn’t always result inoriginal product design and creativity (when was the last time Ford or GM came out with a cool product ?). In any market, if the big get bigger, then opportunities arise for small players to carve out their own niche for local markets and buyers who are less brand conscious.

Maple is still the premium construction material for decks but surely the day is approaching when maple will be superceded, at least for some styles of board. New styles of boards will continue to emerge – the humble skateboard of the early days has already evolved into longboards, cruisers, retro boards, pool boards, old school and mountain boards. As well as lighter, stronger trucks and better quality wheels, there’ll be new deck plan shapes and original artwork.

So there you have it, a quick look at the past and a peek into the future – and the future looks good!

TREVO Business Review – Products And Compensation Plan

Are you searching for a network marketing opportunity? If so, I would recommend a health and wellness company, and there are various reasons why joining a health and wellness MLM is the right decision.

If you have researched the health and wellness MLM industry, you might have come across a company called TREVO. Trevo is making waves in the home based business, and you might need some information if you want to be part of this opportunity, so here is my review of the Trevo product and business opportunity.

Trevo LLC are the brains behind the ground breaking product, Trevo, which is based on 174 neutraceuticals in one bottle. Trevo LLC operates from Oklahoma, USA. The owners of Trevo are Mark A Stevens, and Holli Stevens and both of them are veterans in the MLM industry, having built massive teams, and have 60 years combined experience in the industry.

Trevo LLC’s main product is also called Trevo, is a one of its kind blend of 174 natural ingredients a bottle. Its made up of exotic fruits like goji berry, ashwaghandha, gotu kola, aloe vera, mangosteen, etc, as well as superfoods like chlorella, etc, and is a complete health system in a bottle, and one of the benefits of Trevo is that the Trevo drink helps to plug the nutritional gaps in the diet. It has a high ORAC score of over 400,000 as verified from Brunswick laboratories, in fact, the Trevo drink has been touted as a one stop shop for nutritional supplements.

I am sure some of you are screaming “show me the money”, do not worry, I will get to that.

Trevo has a hybrid compensation plan which is a blend of a straight line matrix and unilevel. The straight line matrix means that if you decide to become a Trevo Life and Health Coach, every one who joins Trevo LLC, after you, will be queued directly behind you, and once you reach the higher levels of the compensation plan, you will get to earn off every life and health coach worldwide who joined after you. Which is quite amazing. The unilevel system of Trevo LLC also allows you to register an unlimited number of people on your first generation.

Trevo has 8 ways to make money. I will outline them below.

  • Retailing – You can retail the Trevo drink and earn up to 40% retail profits.
  • Fast Start Bonus – You get commissions for each person you enroll (for example under a 3 bottle pack, Trevo pays 60 USD per enrollment).
  • Matching Bonus
  • Group Volume Commissions – Also known as autoship commissions.
  • Global Pool Bonus
  • Bulk Pack commissions
  • Leadership bonuses
  • Charity Bonuses

To succeed in the Trevo business, you need to learn skills and methods, and how to market your business online and offline, so you can absolutely crush it in the business.

Troubleshooting And Repair Power Supply The Easy Way

Troubleshooting linear power supply was quite easy as compare to switch mode power supplies (SMPS). AC voltage enters to the primary side of linear transformer and then converted the AC into a lower or higher AC voltage depending on the secondary winding. The output AC voltage is then rectified and filtered by a diode and capacitors to produce a clean DC voltage. If there is a problem in the linear transformer circuit, I can say that it is very easy to locate the fault. This is somehow different in the case of a switch mode power supply. The designs were complicated and some technicians found it quite hard to fully understand how the switch mode power supplies work.

The working principle of switch mode power supply is different from the linear type. First the AC voltage will flow to a full wave rectifier (bridge rectifier) which produces an uneven DC output and then filtered by a large capacitor (usually 220 micro farad and up to 450 volts). The clean DC voltage will then flows to start up resistors and to the input of switch mode power transformer. Once the voltage passed through the high ohms resistor (start up resistors) the voltage would drop to a value where it then flows to the VCC supply pin of Pulse width modulation IC.

Once the PWM IC received the voltage it will output a signal to drive the transistor (or FET) and produces a changing in magnetic field in the transformer primary winding. The changing magnetic field induces voltage in the secondary windings. Each of these AC voltage produced by the secondary windings is then rectified, filtered, and regulated to produce a clean DC voltage. One of the main DC output voltage is the B+ that supply to flyback transformer (for TV and Monitor Circuit)

The output from the B+ voltage supply is then connected, through a “feedback” loop (which consist of optoisolator ic and an error amplifier TL431 IC), back to the PWM IC. When the voltage from the B+ supply rises or drop a bit, the PWM IC will act to correct the output.

If you still do not understand the above explanation, please do not be discourage because you can always buy technical books and schematic diagrams and read it till you get the whole idea of how a SMPS work. You can ask a repair friend or even surf the internet for a better and easy explanation.

Here I would like you to download a free SMPS article by Sencore and I found it to be a great help for you who are still struggle on how SMPS work and how to troubleshoot when it fails. You must ask your self what is the purpose and its function of the components in the SMPS circuit and how to check them if they fail. Find out on your own the function of these components in SMPS circuit:

Bridge rectifier,

Filter capacitor,

Start up resistors

Chopper/Power FET

Pulse Width Modulation (PWM IC)

Current sense resistor

Switch mode power transformer

Optoisolator/optocoupler

Error Amplifier IC (TL431)

Secondary diodes

Secondary filter capacitors

Push yourself further by searching the internet for the datasheet of a PWM IC part number. For example, UC3842 PWM IC is mostly used in SMPS. Do you know what the function of pin 5 of this IC is? Do you know which pin the VCC supply enters? Do you know what the actual voltage that flow to the IC is? Do you know which pin that drives the power FET? Can I get a replacement for this IC? And so on………

Let’s take a soldier as an example. Soldiers not only good in handling rifle but also knows all the details about it. They know how to dismantle and assemble back their rifle fast (imagine in the middle of war the rifle jammed-they can repair it fast). They know how much each bullet cost, how far the shooting distance, how big is the diameter of the bullet, how many cm the length of the bullet and so on. Hope you don’t get bored with the soldier’s story, did you get the ideas?

Any SMPS that comes across my repair bench, I would not immediately repair it, in fact I will take couples of minutes to analyze the circuit design and see it from all angles before I begin to repair. Troubleshooting SMPS is not limited to only one procedure in fact many electronic repairers have their own unique ways and methods to solve SMPS problems. Some prefer to use light bulb to isolate SMPS faults while others like to use resistors. Troubleshooting SMPS is fun and flexible but in some cases could make you get very frustrated too.

Remember, don’t limit yourself to only one or two sources to get you understand and be able to repair SMPS. If you have the budget, get the books that have related to SMPS repair-study and start doing practical about it. Share your problems with other fellow electronic repairers and the most important thing is don’t give up. There’s lot of mountain in the journey of our live and you yourself have to climb and conquer it. All the best!

How to Dress Classy With Little Cash

1. Basics for Work– Keep good basics in your wardrobe that are truly timeless and will last the test of time and fashion trends. Key basics include black dress pants. Have about 3 good quality pairs. You will want at least one pair to have a pin stripe which will give your body some length and add variety, as well as one pair with a cuff on the bottom, and one without. All pairs should have a crease running down the leg for that dressy look. Avoid anything with pleats which is currently outdated and tends to make you appear larger in the frontal area anyhow. DO invest in good quality, but inexpensive tops such as short sleeved and ¾ length tops with Lycra (to keep their shape) in both v-neck and round neck styles. I recommend black, white and red, if you cannot wear red, perhaps gray. These are key for under blazers with pants and can also be worn with jeans on a casual Friday.

You will want 2 or 3 nice black skirts, a pencil skirt, or slight A-line, printed skirt and one that is more airy and fun. Dress shirts for women are more popular than ever. You will want to have some variety here. I recommend buying shirts that fit your shoulders and arm length properly and have a bit of Lycra or stretch fabric so you can move freely. These can be bought anywhere such as Winners, Ross for Less or department stores. Keep winter and summer colors. Important to any business wardrobe is the suit. You will need a black, navy and lighter color suit such as camel for summer. You can wear your blazer with your skirts too, no need to buy a skirt suit. When buying shoes keep the same in mind, find at least 3 comfortable pairs of shoes, perhaps a pair of flats, and 2 pairs of heels, one lower and the other a higher pump style. I don’t believe in having all the colors of the rainbow on my shoe rack, especially when on a budget. Black and brown always work, throw in a pair of camel color for fun. The overall idea here is to have classic pieces that won’t go out of style the last for years as to not constantly be buying clothes. I firmly believe in investing in these basic pieces so they’ll last a long time. Look for sales, clearances and wander through thrift stores to find what you need to build your basic wardrobe.

2. Make Accessories Work for You- Whether they are shoes, sunglasses, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, belts, scarves, handbags or hairclips, find the ones that you love best and buy many at low cost shops. The key is to dress up a wardrobe many different ways without blowing your budget on pumps and expensive handbags. The best thing to do is buy all sorts of accessories for as little as you can. These keep your wardrobe interesting by adding color, texture, shape, and bling! A couple shops I love for this are Le Chateau, H&M and mall kiosks. I find the best inexpensive jewelry, trendy shoes and hair clips. Buy a bright orange or red handbag from Payless Shoe store for $20 and pump up your black suit for work, or jeans and a t-shirt. Hollywood stars use the same tricks just on a different budget.

The best tip is to wear a great outfit with one or two accessories maximum that pop! My mother used to dress extremely well because she picked out accessories and clothing that looked great but cost next to nothing. This is because she looked in stores like K-Mart as she couldn’t afford designer or even mall store prices. Put on a Blazer and jeans with a pair of cute flats and have one significant piece like a great necklace to really make your neckline pop. When hair is done up, this is the best time to show off shoulders and your neckline, so draw attention with some great earrings and necklace. Even a funky watch can jazz up an otherwise low-key outfit.

3. A Scarf Is Your Best friend- Scarves have so many uses that it is hard not to have any in your wardrobe. Scarves can act as a tie around your hair in a ponytail, tied around your neck, used as a belt around your waist or simply ties to the shoulder strap of your handbag for a flirty look. It is good to have variety. Black and Red are my favorites however I have some softer colors such as pale pink and beige with light brown in full stripes, polka-dots are very in right now also. The scarf belt goes great with a sexy top and pair of jeans. When you are bored with the pattern or color switch them up with your friend’s for variety.

4. Focus on your Face– Even if you don’t feel like your wardrobe looks like a million bucks, put on a smile. It goes a long way and brightens your face! A little makeup really makes a difference. The 3 essentials I would recommend are Mascara, Lipstick (or a great gloss) and some blush. This will add color to your face and make your features pop. I have never bought into the notion that Designer expensive makeup is best. I’ve used Cover girl my whole life and have always had compliments. Their products are ¼ the price of department store and I can buy them anywhere. The key is to keep the makeup simple and light. Don’t wear heavy foundation and loose powers with bright lipstick and heavy eyeliner. The key is to look natural and elegant with the right light shade of blush and lipstick and a black/brown or black shade of mascara. Spend less money on makeup but spend more time on mastering a natural look that is even.

5. Buy Quality Shoes that Last –Always buy quality shoes that can last you 2-3%2B years. Ensure that they are a simple color and style, but more importantly that they have a good sole and heel lifts. Shoes aren’t made the way they used to be. I find myself having to replace my lifts on most of my shoes since they are plastic. They wear down quickly causing potential accidents as you glide across floors in those heels. The shoe repair shop will put great quality lifts on and it is inexpensive. Replace these every year or as needed with wear so that the heels of your shoes stay looking new. In addition, shine your shoes regularly and buy scuff removing solution. A great pair of shoes can look like trash when they have not been taken care of.

If you really do crave something trendy then let it be for a particular outfit, or dress where the shoes will not be frequently worn. Why not get the knock-off style at Payless Shoe store or another discount shoe store? Then you’ll get the style and price you want and don’t have to worry so much about the durability.

6. No Tattered Undergarments! –Many women focus on their outer wardrobe and forget what is hiding underneath. It is important to frequently wash your bras as well as camisoles etc on delicate cycle. It is very unappealing to see a well dressed woman with a tattered, dirty bra strap peeking out of her top. Likewise, underwear and socks need to be replaced when stained or tattered having holes or elastic coming apart. This is not sexy for your partner or for yourself! I typically buy a bunch of inexpensive clearance rack panties that look like designer knock-offs with all the lacy styles. I usually pay around $2-$5 per pair and they look great! If they get ruined in my washing machine or wear with time I can just toss them without thinking twice. While we are on the subject, ladies do buy bras that fit your cup properly and are seamless. There is nothing worse than a great blouse with seam lines or nipples showing!

7. Accessorize but don’t overdo it-Classy women look classy because they don’t overdo it. Wearing a great dress or outfit with a single ring, pair of small earrings and a small necklace is fine. Wearing a suit with a ring on every finger, watch, bracelet, heavy makeup, hair in an elaborate clip, a belt, a scarf around the neck and bright shoes is overkill. Nobody knows what to look at first! When you get ready to leave the house, look into a full length mirror with your entire outfit including a hat or handbag if included. You will often slowly start to strip a couple accessories away or tone down bold shoes and handbags. Remember, simple is best. Add one or two killer pieces that will have you feeling great and getting compliments along the way.

8. Don’t be Afraid to Shop in Thrift Stores- I can’t tell you how many things I’ve been able to snag there. The key is to go into an area that is more well-to-do or exclusive. Often people with a lot of money can discard things faster for new items such as great sweaters, blazers, handbags, you name it! My last purchase there was actually a set of hot rollers that retail at $70 that I picked up for $16! I bought an $80 pair of great brown boots that were never worn for $6!! I’ll admit, you have to make some time to sift through a lot of duds till you find a few keepers, but it is well worth it. Buy items that have their original bold color, no fading! Make sure there are no holes, or stains. If there is a small area that is inconspicuous, by all means grab the item if you can fix it. You can also find some fun handbags, belts and jewelry.

9. Wear clothes that Fit You!r Body- There is nothing worse than seeing a beautiful woman in skin tight dress pants, breasts hanging out, and the visible appearance of flab around the waist or back due to tight clothing. Looking slimmer is not about wearing more fitted clothing, clothing with breathing room and comfort will not only make you look better but feel better too. Classy women don’t let it all hang out! If something in your wardrobe is too small but you love it, keep it until it does fit (maybe use it as motivation) and find something new.

10. You don’t Need Brand Names to Look Good- Today with so many great knock-offs and fun styles to choose from, there is no need to spend $450 on a pair of designer sunglasses. I have a $17 pair of Gucci knocks-offs that I bought in the airport, and have got more compliments on those than a real pair of Ralph Lauren shades. Likewise, people see how well your outfit is put together more so than they do what brand you are wearing. I see a lot of wealthy people wearing brand name overkill and they don’t look classy, they look tacky. Don’t be a walking billboard for a brand name, just be an original and wear what fits you and what you feel good in.

This article was inspired by many women that I have worked with, spent time with, seen walking the streets, and those that have told me that they simply don’t have the money to dress well. If my mom in her early thirties could dress classy in K-Mart clothing and get compliments, you can too! You need an objective eye and patience to find what looks great on you. So, give your charge card a break and find out how fun it is to buy a few items with a $20 bill!

Sorrento, How to Get There and What to See

Sorrento is one of the most beautiful places of Campania, a little less than 50 km from Naples, the town can be reached easily by land, and there are several services available for transfers from the station or from the port of Naples to the Sorrento peninsula. The peninsula, which takes its name from the Sorrento is a true natural paradise that stretches from the hinterland of Campania to the sea, the Gulf of Naples bullied by the famous Mount Vesuvius. Sorrento for climate, history, art, culture, scenery and hospitality is a place rich in tourism, because from there you can easily reach many towns and villages or move to the southern shore of the peninsula where there is Amalfi and then the now famous Amalfi coast.

Points of interest in Sorrento.

Surely as every country old and rich in culture, things to visit the Center, where you can still find traces of ancient Roman roads, the town is upstream surrounded instead by sixteenth century walls. In Sorrento is there to see the Duomo with its neo-Gothic façade, the Church of St Francis of Assisi and the museo Correale di Terranova. The climate in the town bell is typically Mediterranean, with mild summers and mild winters, the setting is very varied and rich in nature with citrus groves and Mediterranean maquis. The panoramic view is breathtaking, the sea on one side the hills on the other and the fantastic coasts of the Gulf of Naples. Recommended place for beautiful excursions in Naples!

Amalfi coast, a Unesco World Heritage site for 20 years.

The Amalfi coast in Campania, in the delightful and coveted Italian tourist land is almost reached the twentieth year of membership to unesco.

This means that the place perfectly meets environmental, artistic, cultural characteristics well defined and that can give to the visitor an experience of knowledge really particular. Here is the justification for inscription in Unesco (from http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/830 ):

“the Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (ii), (iv) and (v), whereas the Amalfi coast is an excellent example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values due to its dramatic topography and the historical evolution.”

That’s why cities that are part of this coastline are visited each year by excursions and visits of so many tourists from all over the world arrive in the main Italian cities before moving in the most remote areas and beautiful in the country. In Amalfi, Rovello and other villages set amongst the rugged Amalfi Coast riviera get there thanks to links almost exclusively terrestrial, but there are in place many services and resources that communicates the nearby Naples (with its naval port and its airport) with these villages that are often real gems among the sky, sea, nature and culture.

There are even some companies that offer customized tours in that area of Campania, services such as preparation of private excursions that provide experienced tourist guides speaking the main languages spoken in the world and that take tourists around the Amalfi on a trip pleasant and precisely customized, sometimes with aid of luxury, cars, buses and other means for those who are reluctant to give up the convenience of a Merry trip but also for those who have a desire to learn and discover places belonging to humanity. Here’s where you can find precise information for the tour on the Amalfi Coast: http://www.sorrentocarservice.com/excursion/tour-of-amalfi-coast/9/

Zombie Drawing – How to Draw a Zombie’s Face

Drawing a zombie face is something that gets easier with practice, each new sketch you do is a learning process that improves with time and zombies are quite popular to draw, so here we will go through the steps that you could follow to draw your very own zombie faces and apply what you learn to create lots of different zombies.

To draw our rotting zombies head, we need to remind ourselves of the genre, go and watch some of them zombie horror films and then come back, you’ll find that there are lots of different undead facial possibilities to get you drawing them, the preferred method is to draw an uneven oval shape for the head on an A4 size piece of paper, fill the whole sheet if you have to and don’t worry about the basic shape too much as this will most certainly change later in the drawing.

Mark a line down the middle of the oval head shape and a line across the nose area, this way you can draw in the eyes, ears, (if any) the nose and a rough draught sketch of the mouth, so later you can cut back on the flesh, to make it appear rotten and possibly show the teeth and the gum line which often looks quite cool on a zombie, a bit of hair can be sketched in too if you don’t want a bald undead guy as your zombie character.

Now we have the basics, we need to work on these somewhat, the eyes become angry and almost evil looking, with one eye ball bulging out of its socket and more detail surrounds the zombie’s features as it looks totally putrefied, the teeth are drawn in, as the lips look like they are hanging off, and the hair has been sketched in darker, it’s up to you how far you go with blood drips and so on.

The next step is to ink the drawing if you prefer, just go over the pencil lines and fill in any dark areas with solid black ink or cross hatching, usually under the eyes and define the cheek bones if you want a portion of the skull to poke out.

Zombie face drawing is a great way to learn how to draw characters, so just have fun.

Giving A Great Speech 7 Secrets To Dynamic, Memorable Public Speaking

If your career path includes an evolving leadership role in your organization, you will almost certainly need to speak in public regularly. No need to panic, here are seven useful tips for giving a great speech.

1. Use an icebreaker. Avoid a ho-hum opening such as “Thank you for coming this evening.” Instead, connect with your audience using an effective icebreaker. An icebreaker will relax the initial tension between the speaker and the audience and allow you establish a flow of positive energy. Successful icebreakers should relate to your topic and can be rhetorical questions, compelling statistics, humorous quotations, a picture, personal anecdote, or analogy.

2. Focus your material. People expect short speeches today, so good speakers will write a focused message with a limited number of key points. Clarify your take-home message and organize your speech with three to four key points. Structure it with an opening, body, and closing. In the opening, tell them what you are going to tell them; in the body tell them; in the closing, tell them what you told them.

3. Use transitions. Transitions are words and phrases that link and build on your key points. Examples include: Next I’d like to discuss what’s happening with our competition; Now that we’ve talked about the competition, I’d like to explain our strategy. Transitions can also be as simple as: First, second, and finally. Speakers who use strong transition statements will create a flow that makes listening easy.

4. Make every word count. Great speakers are skilled wordsmiths. They prune the deadwood from their speeches and presentations, simplify their phrases, and sharpen their sentences. They use listener-friendly, conversational language and avoid long-winded technical jargon.

5. Become less self-centered. The narcissistic speaker is more concerned with looking good and speaking to impress others than with delivering valuable information that will resonate with listeners. Effective speakers shed their egos and speak from the heart with passion and warmth that energizes and motivates their audiences. This charisma transforms the speaker’s message into a memorable experience for listeners.

6. Create energy through your voice. A memorable message comes from the heart and is delivered with energy and emotion through voice and tone. A voice with a smile creates warmth and goodwill with your audience. However, your voice often mirrors your emotional state and will reveal your anxiety and apprehension about speaking. Smoothing out an unpleasant, wavering voice requires conscious awareness, vocal practice, and rehearsal. Start with good posture, deep breathing, and quality enunciation. Then practice your volume, pace, pausing, and pitch. Listen to your voice on tape.

7. Lighten up. Every speech you deliver is an opportunity to share something insightful with your audience. Using a bit of humor, poking fun at yourself, or telling a personal story helps your audience relate to you as a genuine, compassionate person. Avoid using podiums or other barriers that distance you from the audience. Use open body language to create professional intimacy. If you are having fun, your audience will pick up on your enthusiasm. They will remember your message. And they will remember and respect you.

Tips and Tricks for Playing a Washers Game

A lot of people might be familiar with a washer toss game. However, not all are aware how this game is exactly played. If you are thinking about having fun while making use of this game, you need to know what things you need and what rules you have to consider.

You first have to know how to build a washers set. In order to your to enjoy a washers game with your friends and family, you need to have a good set to practice as well as play on. There are three different types of washer sets that you have to know about. The most famous washer is a square box. This is considered as the classic box that a lot of people who have been playing the game prefer to have in their homes. This may be the most ideal type of washers box for beginners and learning with the help of square box can be a good start for you. A lot of veteran players choose this box, as well.

Another type of box is a octagon style washers set. This is a current design that makes use of its shape to provide an exciting game. Also, this might not be the best set for beginners. The last type of box that you might want to consider owning is a three-hole set. As the name implies, this set has three holes in it and it is considered unique.

After you have chosen the best set for you, you may now proceed with learning how the game is played. History regarding this game may be a little hazy. There are several claims of where the game originated, how it was created or when it was created.

Whether you are only playing the game for fun or for a semi-serious reason, practice will help you improve your skills. More importantly, make sure that you enjoy the game as that is what this game was meant to do.

Know that there may be different versions of a washers game depending on where you are living. Most of the time, the difference is on the distance between each set. You have the choice to have 2, 3 or 5 washer sets and have them positioned about 10 to 25 feet apart from each other. Again, this will be depending on the version of the game that you want to follow. You completely have the power to choose the distance as well based on the availability of space and of the degree of difficulty you were hoping the game would have.

This game is won by accumulating the most points when a pitching attempt comes the closest to a hole or cup. Scores can be as high as 21 or it may be left at 11 or 15. Every throw that successfully comes close to the wooden box is scored by a single point or 3 points. A single point is given if the washer was able to make it inside the box. Three points will be awarded if it goes into the center tube.

This game is usually played in 2 teams. This is ideal for large family gatherings or a get together of several friends. The teams will have 4 players each.

The Role of Physics in Society

If we could get into one of those wonderful Wellsian time machines, all shining oak and glass, with polished brass handles and instruments, and ride it back to some time in the latter half of the nineteenth century, we would encounter a very different world from the one of today. Especially for Americans, it is difficult to conceive of a world where the United States counted for relatively little on the world stage. The same applied even more to all the other countries of the Americas. Except for Canada and Cuba, the whole continent had won political independence from Europe during that century, but it was still perceived as an extension of European cultures, with limited input in world affairs.

The whole world was run, in effect, from a handful of Western European countries, led by Britain which, even without the United States, had an empire that covered about one quarter of the globe. Furthermore, it was by far the leading manufacturer of machinery, armaments and textiles in the world, with the Bank of England holding most of the gold used in world trade. France also had a very large empire and so did some very small European countries, like Holland, Belgium and Portugal. Germany and Italy were occupied for many years during this period with unifying their countries under one central authority and therefore missed out on most of the empire building activity, but Germany especially was rapidly catching up with Britain as a leading manufacturing nation by the end of that century.

Looking at the size of all these European countries on the map, one can only wonder how it came about that they were running most of the world at that time. What made their influence so overwhelming when, only a few centuries before, they had seemed on the verge of extinction from the black death? The answer to this question leads into the subject of this article.

What made the small Western European nations invincible at that time were the practical applications of natural laws, contained in Newton’s monumental synthesis, the Principia Mathematica, published in 1687. Only four years before that date, Western Europe had been very nearly overrun by the Ottoman Turks and was only saved by the opportune arrival of the king of Poland, Jan Sobieski, who rode his cavalry to the aid of the beleaguered Duke of Lorraine and his Christian coalition, fighting a desperate battle bfore the gates of Vienna. And a scant two hundred years later, the flood of inventions derived from applying the basic laws of physics enabled these same endangered little countries to rule the world.

Was that all there was to the story? If we had made our time machine land somewhere in England during this period, the latter half of the nineteenth century, we would have encountered some appalling and, to us today, totally unacceptable social conditions. But there would have been something else. English society at that time exuded an underlying confidence and certainty that we can only envy today. They were looking to science to solve all their problems by simply continuing along the same path they had been following for over a hundred years. And by science they meant the scientific way of looking at things, which meant not only building better steam engines, roads, railroads and ships, but also better social systems and laws, founded not on hereditary privilege but on usefulness to the community. They knew they still had plenty of work left but they felt they were on the right path and the coming twentieth century would bring very great benefits and solutions to problems.

Where did this “scientific way of looking at things” come from and why did it suddenly provide such an impetus to a few Western European nations? The answer lies not with Newton but beyond him, to Galileo. Galileo founded modern physics by providing the axiomatic postulates that defined this “scientific way” for the future. He first of all secularized science by removing God from the picture and installing nature and her laws in His place. Nature was all that was needed to explain the physical world in mathematical (scientific) terms. Then he concentrated the focus of his new physics on just matter and motion. What causes a change in motion is a physical force and these are the realities dealt with by Newton.

Galileo was a revolutionary innovator when it came to viewing the world. He looked at it analytically, without feeling any personal connection with the objects he was analyzing. This change from the medieval, participatory, experience of the world enabled Galileo and later thinkers like Newton to express natural phenomena and natural laws in mathematical, logical terms. The previously impenetrable laws of nature were explained in simple, rational ways that ordinary people could understand. They could see that, if you confined God and the upper world to a realm of belief only, the only reality you had to deal with in nature consisted of the physical objects that, in Lord Kelvin’s phrase, were “quantifiable” and “measurable”.

By the end of the nineteenth century, the whole of nature was becoming a well-lighted room, with every new advance in science adding to the brightness of the illumination. It was fully expected that physics would finish its theoretical work very soon. As the same Lord Kelin said in the 1880s: “There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now; all that remains is more and more precise measurement”.

Here, then, is the origin of that confidence and certainty which was such a feature of Victorian society, which could be seen in any portrait of the plump and prosperous persons of the new moneyed classes of the time. There was complete harmony between the way people experienced the world as the only solid reality and the way science explained this world in laws that were predictable and logical, with causes leading to their calculable effects as certainly as billiard balls colliding on a table.

Then came the twentieth century and physics breached the atomic barrier. The solid reality of physical objects (which Newton dealt with) disintegrated in the subatomic world of particles. It became obvious that these particles were not just very small bits of the same matter that people were familiar with. As time went on and quantum mechanics kept gaining ground, the very reality of the existence of such particles as separate entities became doubful. One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Werner Heisenberg, put it this way:

“In the experiments about atomic events we have to do with things and facts, the phenomena that are just as real as any phenomena in daily life. But the atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than of things or facts”.

But any object in nature that Newton dealt with is simply composed of a very large number of these “atoms or elementary particles”. If these are not real and the objects themselves are real, where does reality begin? Is reality merely a function of the number of atoms you can put together? We can begin to see why we no longer enjoy that feeling of certainty and confidence in having the right answers which our Victorian ancestors laid claim to.

We still, or at least most of us do, feel the world as Galileo did. We still feel that the physical objects of nature are the only solid reality, and this includes gases, which may not be visible but which we know consist of just those same “atoms and elementary particles” whose reality can, apparently, no longer be taken for granted. Our science today no longer reflects the way we feel about the world. The old harmony is gone. However, most of us still have faith in science’s ability to explain the world to us. In Newton’s time, science was readily understood by educated people. His laws could be taught to schoolchildren. Even if he could not really explain what gravity actually was, Newton proved mathematically that its operation could be explained successfully by saying that it worked in direct proportion to the masses of the bodies involved and in inverse proportion to the square of the distance between them. Today, the mathematics of physics has become so difficult that only a small group of specialists can understand it. Ordinary people, even if they are reasonably well acquainted with science, can no longer contribute to the debate in terms of the mathematical work involved.

However, physics has now reached the point where in both theory and practice in, for instance quantum mechanics, the consequences and implications of the work done are philosophical as well as mathematical. This may have the effect of bringing this very remote and difficult science once more into an area of more public debate. The mathematics would, of course, remain off-limits to ordinary mortals, but the conceptual structure that Galileo bequeathed to later thinkers, especially with regard to reality, might need revision and others besides theoretical physicists might usefully be brought into the picture. Galileo, like most educated people of his time, was well versed in the Platonic concepts of reality. To Plato, the knowledge to be gained from the physical world was fleeting and unreliable, being merely the subjective result of our sense perceptions. Real, true knowledge, which did not depend on human senses and was therefore objective, was to him a property only of the upper, divine world. However, when Galileo came to stating his axiomatic postulates regarding future scientific methods, he felt that matter and motion – and only matter and motion – were suitable for science because they did not depend on any human presence or any human senses. He felt that these two “qualities” were independently (and therefore objectively) real. His thinking in this regard affected the course of the entire future of physics, though in time, not just matter and motion but all physical phenomena came to be regarded as independently (and therefore objectively) real, as we have seen.

However, physics, in its own, normal development in the last hundred years, has come to realize that all physical phenomena, perceived through the senses, must be subjective in nature. Even matter and motion involve the sense of sight and Galileo erred in thinking that these two qualities of the physical world could somehow be considered objective, or independent of man’s senses. But if everything we perceive in nature has, by definition, to be subjective, then no physical phenomena can have an independent identity or history of their own, which would cause very serious rethinking about the early periods of this earth, before the appearance of man. For these reasons, it seems reasonable to suppose that our concepts of reality in modern physics are the ones that most need new thinking, so that a revised framework of concepts might be worked out, within which the physics of the future can operate.

Do You Know How To Choose The Right Lighting for Reading?

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when deciding on the best kind of lighting for reading. Although more and more individuals are deciding to gather information about the world we live in by means other than reading a book, a significant part of the world’s population continues to read traditional, printed material in the form of books, magazines, etc.

The younger reader experiences fewer problems with poor illumination while reading. For example, some research concludes that we need only half the light at age 30 to have adequate reading illumination as compared to what we need at age 60 to read the same material. Age 40 seems to be the beginning of diminishing eyesight for most. The older we get, the more we are prone to eyestrain, blurring vision and headaches as a result of inadequate lighting while reading.

So, the first and primary consideration is selecting a fixture that will provide the right amount of illumination.

The rooms in your home where you do most of your reading should have lighting that illuminates the area in a general way that makes the room feel attractive and inviting. Where possible, combine general light with directed or task lighting. The lighting selected for reading should be considered supplemental and an addition to the general lighting used in the room.

A number of writers on this subject offer a variety of suggestions and options with respect to the type of lighting fixtures to use for reading. I am a strong believer in the use of what is called full spectrum lighting. This type of lighting is also known as natural lighting and was originally used for providing simulated natural sunlight to help with the growth of indoor plants. This natural lighting is easy on the eyes, brings out the true colors of what it illuminates, and relieves eyestrain.

The most common type of full spectrum light is the incandescent bulb, although full spectrum lights are also available as fluorescent fixtures. Several years ago, these natural lighting fixtures were hard to find and fairly expensive when compared to more conventional lighting sources, but they are currently available in nearly all home centers and in many grocery and discount department stores.

The life expectancy of natural light fixtures is comparable to that of traditional light fixtures and well worth the extra few dollars.

The best type of directed lighting unit to buy for purposes of reading are by and far the gooseneck lamp. While a table lamp may be more attractive, it has the disadvantages of not being able to direct the light to where it is needed and in general is not adjustable. Lighting manufacturers have gotten savvy to the need for designing and manufacturing stylish and attractive gooseneck lamps and you can find one to meet your own particular decorating tastes with very little trouble.

Directed or task lighting provided by a gooseneck lamp should be positioned behind your reading chair or couch. The lamp should be positioned behind you according to whether you are left or right handed to avoid overshadowing as you read. Right-handed individuals should position the lamp behind their left shoulder while left-handed persons should do the opposite. If you have a mixture of “handedness” in your home, everyone should be advised about this positioning.

Using a white of lightly colored shade will help with the illumination of the material while darker colored shades absorb rather than reflect the illumination.

Glare is another major consideration when using a reading light. With a gooseneck lamp, position the bottom of the shade at eye level to avoid glare. The gooseneck lamp makes it easy to adjust the height of the light source depending on the size of the person using it.

Indirect lighting has become popular over the years and provides a concealed light source, which diffuses the light and eliminates glare, which can be a real problem in causing eyestrain and a number of other vision-related problems.

Installing dimmer switches will allow you to regulate the intensity of the light generated and serves the purpose of making one fixture useable for both older and younger readers.

For the serious reader, a light stand can be a real boon. The stand can be positioned to keep the material at the best distance and angle for optimum reading as well as helping keep it in focus and reduce the strain of holding a book while you are reading. Reading stands are particularly useful for the older reader and those with medical conditions that make it more difficult to hold a book steady for any length of time.

Let common sense and an awareness of your particular comfort level be an important guide in setting up your areas for reading. If you find some of my suggestions just don’t seem to work for you, try to discover why and make adjustments accordingly.

A lot of people find it restful and relaxing to read before or as a prelude to falling asleep. There are some special considerations to keep in mind if you are one of these people.

Many sleeping areas use overhead lighting fixtures as their primary source of illumination. First, overhead lighting in the bedroom usually doesn’t provide enough brightness to read comfortably and second, overhead lighting provides too much overall room lighting for anyone getting ready to go to sleep. This is a particular problem if you are sharing a room with someone who is not a “snooze-reader”.

Here are some other ways to light the sleeping area for the reader. Use a small table lamp positioned on your side of the bed making sure that the shade is low enough to avoid glare, use lamps that are attached to a mechanism that can be swung into just the right position over the reader (a variation on the gooseneck lamp), use a floor lamp with three-way bulbs to decrease the intensity of the illumination and finally, position a fixture on the wall directly above the reader that will cast only enough light to illuminate the book or other reading material.

If you don’t sleep alone, your goal is to keep the non-reader in the dark while you are reading. Some strange individuals (self-included) sleep soundly with the lights on or off. If this doesn’t cause a problem for your partner, consider whatever lighting works best and even consider a timer that can be reached easily if it shuts the lights off as you are just getting to the part of the book that reveals whodunit.

A few individuals find portable book lights handy. These LED light sources never burn out and generally last up to 20 hours on a set of batteries.

While not a complete or comprehensive guide to lighting for reading, I hope that this brief overview will provide you with some basics to consider.

Undercover Boss Sets Example for Improving Internal Customer Service

In a recent episode of Undercover Boss, Rick Tigner, president of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, goes undercover as a lower level employee from four different departments and gains insights into his company. The experiment proves to be very rewarding as Rick discovers various issues throughout his business and is able to implement programs for improving internal customer service.

The Experiment at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates

After receiving a makeover and the new name Jake Williams, Rick went undercover to engage at various levels of his company. He did everything from counting crops at the vineyard and bottling wine in the factory to working in customer service as a wine distributor and at a wine-tasting event.

Throughout his experience, he got to know four of his employees on a more personal level and learn aspects about Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates that he otherwise may have overlooked.

Through the implementation of this internal customer service program, Rick was able to gain a different perspective about his company as well as his employees. He discovered a serious language barrier at the vineyard, underappreciated employees throughout his company and customer service issues at the distribution center.

It’s because of this unique undercover experience that Rick was able to improve his business. He implemented a language and management training program, reinstated his company’s 401-K plan and put more of a focus into the customer service exchange and delivery and teamwork of his employees.

How Mystery Shopping Can Help You

Customer experience measurement and solutions providers can help your company achieve results similar to the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates. Improving customer service begins with evaluating your company as an outsider, and that’s exactly what partnering with a mystery shopping company can do.

Mystery shoppers are customers that evaluate a company’s customer service delivery. They go beyond what surveys can do by observing and listening objectively as an expert at every step of the experience, providing feedback to help measure best practices and lead to improved sales and customer loyalty.

Here are two unexpected benefits of engaging with a mystery shopping provider:

Improving Internal Customer Service: Mystery shopping allows you to measure, manage and improve not only customer experience, but also your team’s attitude, performance and your bottom line. Undercover shoppers can help focus your team on delivering the best customer experiences every day.

Aligning Your Vision with Customer Expectations: The best mystery shopping program measures compliance to your operational standards and best practices. It is a powerful research tool that not only provides information but also helps to seamlessly integrate that knowledge into your total company culture.

This episode of Undercover Boss highlighted the benefits of implementing an internal customer experience program. Improving internal customer service begins with proper research and ends with the implementation of actionable results. Mystery shopping companies can help you achieve the results you need to improve your customer experience delivery.

Cricut Design Studio – 5 Cricut Ideas to Make Money

So you have mastered the Cricut Design Studio, you are an expert crafter, your scrap booking talents are legendary, now what? Why not put you skills to work for you. Here are 5 Cricut ideas that will put money in your pocket.

There are thousands of happy crafters who love using their Cricut die cutting machine, but have not quite got the software to work like they want, that is where you come in. You can take custom orders and create cut files that your clients can use in their own die cutter. Or, hang out in craft forums and see what people want and then create those cut files and sell them on ebay.

Every home based business owner needs to advertise their website. Join networking groups or post your service in forums or classified ad sites. So what is this money making idea? Start a Cricut vinyl lettering service. We have all seen mywebsite.com in the back window of someone’s car, now you can create vinyl signs and help people get customers to their website.

People are always looking for ways to add personalized accents to home decor. So here is the next money making idea. Go to the wallpaper and paint stores in your area and ask to leave your business cards or put up a flyer advertising your custom wall art service.

Call interior decorators and tell them you can customize any home decorating projects with your personalized wallies. These wall decals can be any word, design, cartoon character, inspirational quote, numbers or symbols you create with Design Studio and vinyl sheets or tape.

Last but not least since you are the local expert when it comes to the Cricut Design Studio use that knowledge to teach others. Visit craft stores and offer to teach a class from basic techniques to advanced tips and tricks.

You love crafting it’s a great hobby, but it can be expensive buying all those supplies. With these 5 Cricut ideas you now have a way to use your skills and experience to help off set the cost. As well as assisting fellow arts and craft enthusiasts to express themselves with a little help from you. So I hope you try one or all of these low cost start up ideas to make extra cash using Cricut software.

How to Properly Protect Decorative Concrete During Construction

Decorative concrete has become a very popular new flooring choice for both residential and commercial construction projects. They are easy to maintain, great for regions with a lot of sand or snow, and a good alternative to carpeting if the homeowner has allergies. Decorative concrete flooring is often installed in a new home early in the construction process, which can result in damage from paint splatters, grime from workboats, impact from falling materials, and wheeled traffic. How do you help safeguard these freshly polished floors from construction traffic and mishaps from dropped tools and building materials?

There are several different types of surface protection that protect newly-installed decorative concrete floors from damage. Many contractors use Masonite, sheet plastic, and slick films to try to protect concrete flooring. These items offer limited protection and have serious limitations. Products like plywood can scratch flooring and are typically heavy and difficult to store after use. Masonite is bulky and can’t easily be repositioned on a job site. Occasionally, the masonite 4′ x 8′ sheets separate and allow wheeled traffic to directly roll over the new floor. Also, Masonite is not absorbent, so liquids flow off the sides and get into spaces between sheets, damaging the decorative concrete. Sheet plastic has its own set of challenges. While it is easier to move around a job site and is less expensive than other floor protection options, it can be very slippery on top of polished concrete flooring and may lead to worker injuries if someone falls or trips. Plastic sheeting moves easily, which means that without being taped down, it could slide on the floor. Lastly, sheet plastic offers no impact protection from dropped heavy items. Another option that contractors use to protect decorative concrete floors that doesn’t work well are temporary carpets. The carpets have a rubber backing, which does not allow the concrete to breathe. While it makes for good protection against impacts, it is heavy and awkward to move and does not absorb spills well at all. It is also a very expensive type of protection.

Many builders have tried each of these methods to protect decorative concrete but nothing works perfectly. The ideal product would be breathable so that concrete can cure, absorb spills, prevent differential drying, and would provide impact protection. If possible, the product would be reusable and recyclable to reduce waste. Luckily, there are several surface protection products on the market that meet all of these requirements.

Ram Board™ is a heavy-duty floor protection product that is made of a thick cardboard-like material. One roll of Ram Board™ is the same thickness of ten sheets of Masonite, and since it comes in rolls, it is much easier to transport, move around, and store. It lays fast and flat upon being unrolled and allows moisture to escape for curing floors. Ram Board™ is water-resistant and prevents oils and other materials from seeping through and staining concrete flooring. Ram Board’s breathable Vapor Cure™ tape can be used to tape ram board sheets together and does not result in cure lines.

SurfacePro™ is a thick, breathable floor protection product that has a skid-resistant backing. It comes in large rolls and easily cuts to size. SurfacePro™ is reusable and provides 40 mils of protection for decorative concrete floors. The breathable product prevents cure lines in newly-installed concrete and it won’t invalidate the flooring manufacturer’s warranty. Unlike the paper Ramboard, Surface Pro is reusable and last longer.

SurfaceLiner Vapor™ is a new product that is similar to SurfacePro™, but also has a lightly tacky back that almost acts like an adhesive. It lightly grips floors without leaving any sort of residue. SurfaceLiner Vapor™ is breathable and vapor-transmitting for new concrete floors. It is also waterproof and tear-resistant. SurfaceLiner Vapor™ has padded protection that is very effective against impact damage.

,EZcover by McTech Group is a natural cellulose fiber composite that immediately starts absorbing a spill without degrading. It has a dense top layer and a soft cushion on the bottom and is designed to take impacts. EZcover breathes well, is relatively easy to cut/shape around objects, and comes in large rolls for easy placement over large areas. If kept in decent condition, EZcover is reusable. It is its durable against construction traffic and wheeled traffic and the edges can be taped if needed.

While contractors can use basic products such as sheet plastic, Masonite, and carpeting to protect decorative concrete floors, the most effective types of protection are specialized floor protection products. Products such as Ram Board™, Surface Pro™, SurfaceLiner Vapor™, and EZcover are specifically designed to provide the very best protection at a competitive price. Remember; protection is an investment and prevents the high costs of replacement or repair that may happen if the expensive flooring is not protected. Contact your local surface protection supplier for more information how to best protect your valuable concrete floors.

Intex Ultra Frame Pool – 5 Helpful Tips

If you’ve recently purchased an Intex Ultra Frame Pool (16′-18′), you may be experiencing some issues which are making you wish you never bought the pool in the first place.

Although the Intex pool is a fun and sturdy alternative to a ground level pool, there are some setbacks that might leave you feeling frustrated and overflowing with buyer’s remorse.

Below are 5 helpful tips that you can easily implement that will save you a tremendous amount of time, money and negative emotions.

Intex Ultra Frame Pool Helpful Tips:

Tip #1: Replace the pool pump immediately.

This tip is provided to help save your sanity. The Krystal Clear Filter Pump that accompanies your pool set-up is worthless. Intex should be ashamed of themselves for including such a subpar, low-pressure filter for such a large water capacity pool. Do yourself a favor and get on Amazon and search for a ‘Intex Sand Filter Pump model SF20110’. This filter is a dream come true for a pool of this size. If your pool is dirty, rest assured that within a four filter session, this sand filter will have it almost sparkling.

Tip #2: Keep the pool lid on.

Now this may seem like a no brainer, but keeping the lid on will help you in several areas you may not have thought of by now. If you live in a warmer climate, like Arizona for example, keeping the lid on will help with excessive evaporation, which in turn will help keep your water bill in check. Not only that, but keeping the lid on will decrease the amount of debris, dirt and dead bugs that wind up floating to the bottom of your pool. As well, by keeping the lid on, you avoid lengthy intervals where your lid is stored on the ground, attracting additional dirt, bugs and debris that could end up in your pool.

Tip #3: Buy pressure adjusting clamps to help secure the pool lid.

The Intex pool lid comes with a nylon rope to help secure the lid to the frame. One big gust of wind and you’ll see why the rope is not enough. Visit your local hardware store and pick up at least six large pressure adjusting clamps. They fit right over the aluminum frame, keeping the wind from ripping the lid right off the pool.

Tip #4: Don’t waste your money on unnecessary extras.

Everything you need, minus the right pool pump, comes with this Intex Pool kit. As long as you heed tip #1 and replace your pool filter, there’s nothing else you need other than chlorine tabs and a distributor. It’s not necessary to purchase a floor sweeper, the cleaning kit comes with a hand held push sweeper that works great, as long as you have the sand filter cleaning your pool. If you are not a fan of manual labor and wish to purchase an automatic floor sweeper, be warned; you must make sure you flatten the base entirely,no ripples, or your floor sweeper will do a terrible job.

Tip #5: Bondo your skimmer arm.

The skimmer that comes with the Intex Ultra Frame Pool is secured to an arm, which attaches to the top of the pool frame. This arm will eventually crack, or break, it’s only a matter of time. Do yourself a favor and pick up some Bondo Glass, fiberglass filler. Regular Bondo will do as well, but you’ll also need some waterproof silicone to finish the project. Simply follow the directions on the can and add the filler to the skimmer arm holes that align both sides of the arm. I suggest only filling one side at a time, let dry and then fill the other. Bondo Glass is water proof and will dry within 10-15 minutes and will be pool-ready within 3 hours. You may need some 60-80 grit sand paper to smooth out the filler once it has completely dried. You may want to pick up a 4″ c-clamp to secure the skimmer arm to the pool frame leg.

These helpful tips provided are only suggestions for solutions to problems you may, or may not be experiencing with your Intex Ultra Frame Pool.

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