Home Decorating Ideas to Soften a Black and White Scheme

A black and white interior decor scheme can appear severe and sterile or warm and inviting – it truly depends on how you use your own fresh home decorating ideas to soften a harsh monochromatic palette. Neutral design needs not be boring, it can be just as exciting as any other color scheme and twice as sophisticated!

Plenty of Prints

Standard black and white rooms without any patterns or decorations often end up looking like a showroom floor. Unless you want to feel like you’re living in an IKEA advertisement, consider getting a little funky with bold prints. Many designers choose to go with striking patterned wallpaper to tie every element together, but sometimes that’s just not achievable. Instead, try throwing down a large area rug that features organic shapes, like zebra stripes or floral prints.

Apply these home decorating ideas for patterns judiciously, though. Too much chaos can make the room look even more uninviting than an empty one. Instead of choosing bold upholstery for all pieces of furniture, try to limit your use of patterns to one chair or table – or use throw pillows or blankets with fun prints on simple furnishings. A large wall print can serve the same purpose while reducing the shock of a pure white or black wall.

Tone it Down or Pump it Up

A dash of colorful home decorating ideas can make all of the difference in a room filled with stark white and rich black. Neutrals beige and tan can work wonders when softening a monochromatic scheme. Grey is a popular and versatile choice – dark shades increase visual stability, while light grey seems to be open and carefree.

Limit yourself to just one or two accent colors. Too many hues cause the eyes to jump around the room leaving an impression of disorganization. Stick with the same tones – if you choose pastel, stick with pastel; if you decide on bright and vivid, make sure that you do not introduce a tone that is dull or faded!

Textures and Shapes

You can easily soften your black and white room by adding, you guessed it, soft textures. Light, billowy window curtains can make a world of difference – but not as much as a huge fluffy area rug. Get playful when you layer textures, there are no wrong answers! Introduce organic shapes wherever possible – sculptures, pieces of driftwood, a chandelier. If you have a garden or access to a nearby park, make sure to always have a vase of fresh flowers on hand for an instant room makeover. Wild flowers are the cheapest home decorating ideas to work with.

Your black and white room does not have to look like a laboratory! Monochromatic schemes can be just as interesting and playful as any other design – it just takes a little experimentation. One thing is for certain: your boring room will not brighten itself up! Use these home decorating ideas and make up some of your own to turn your black and white room into an oasis of personal expression.

Buying Flooring Leads? A Contractor’s Personal Experience

As a sales and marketing professional with a back ground in the flooring contracting industry I have come across and bought into many marketing platforms. I’ve done home shows, flyer campaigns, email campaigns, pay per click, cold calling, newspaper and classifieds.

At some point I finally settled on buying flooring leads. THIS WORKED! I started getting a more consistent flow of concrete flooring leads. My cost per lead was around $8. Not bad considering the average sale of a decorative concrete floor is $3000 in my area.

There were several problems however that I was not aware of while reaping the rewards of this new found customer source.

Problem #1 – Every penny I spent went into the hands of the company I was buying leads from. This is fine in the short term, your money goes out and more money comes in the form of customers. What if you could get the same or more leads, at a higher quality and at a lower cost all while increasing control of your image, web properties and longevity. How does that sound? It’s totally and realistically do-able.

Problem #2 – The effort you are paying a leads generation company to go through in order to produce traffic for you is generating completely temporary results. If you stop being their customer every one of your lead sources closes down. This is not safe. What if that company went out of business? Where would your clients come from? How would you be found?

Problem #3 – You have no control. You have zero say in how a lead generation company markets or represents you.

Problem #4 – You are paying a lead company to use your funds to develop a brand. Their brand. This doesn’t do a thing to help your company grow. All it does is help the company you buy flooring leads from find more leads to share between you and your competitors. How does that make fiscal or marketing sense?

I’ve shown you today 4 of many reasons why you should consider making your own flooring leads. I invite you to look further into this process with us. We look forward to showing you the ropes and bringing you closer to a marketing trifecta that will not only completely eradicate your marketing costs but expanded your revenue streams and personal branding.

Rock Climbing Techniques – Avoiding a Pump

A classic rock climber’s enemy is the so-called flash pump, which we discuss in a separate article. Here the muscles build up with lactic acid because the climber hasn’t warmed up properly. Result? The rock climber’s muscles fail to do their stuff. The climber either falls off or ends up hanging on the rope, having failed on the route.

While the rock climber’s flash pump is eminently avoidable by thorough warming up, sustained, strenuous climbing will still cause arms to blow up like Popeye’s. Fingers weaken and uncurl, sometimes at the most inconvenient times. In rock climbing jargon, you’re pumped.

You can avoid a pump for as long as possible by breaking a climb into sections and using rests between sections. On the first ascent of Realization (5.14d/F9a), the then hardest route in the world, Chris Sharma rested for more than 10 minutes before completing a final section of relatively lowly 5.12d/F7c climbing. Sharma had the mental discipline to remain in the rest until he had obtained maximum advantage from it. Conversely, many climbers I know leave rests too soon, because they tire of the mental uncertainty and, “just want to get it all over with.” Unfortunately, if they’re still tired, it may be over very quickly indeed – but not in the way they wanted.

Of course, some rests are ‘sucker rests’, good for maybe 20, 30 or 40 seconds but no more. A quick shakeout and it’s best to press on. As with everything else in climbing, you just have to use your judgement and do what seems best.

Between rests, you may not be able to avoid a pump but you can certainly get better at managing it. I like to get a hand off and shake out as often as I can (which is usually pretty often!) Obviously the more power you have, the easier it is to hang from the other hand – so get power! Shaking hands out alternately can relieve the pump almost totally. In addition, there is a huge feeling of self-confidence as the pump vanishes and you become almost fully physically recovered.

When I shake my hands out, I drop them as much as possible. Flexing the fingers seems to improve the blood flow and reduce the risk of tendon damage if I’m pulling on tiny holds.

One final tip that really works wonders for me: even during hard sequences, I find I can often do ‘micro shakeouts’ or at least flex my fingers even between moves. Although this only gives momentary respite, believe me, momentary respite is so much better than no respite. For me, it can make the difference between completing a 30 metre 5.12 and falling off.

Many people think that elite climbers never get pumped. I can assure you that they do. However they tend to be far better than the rest of us at managing the pump. If you follow the simple strategies outlined above, you too will become better at managing the pump. Improvement isn’t just for elite climbers; it’s for all of us.

Lean Manufacturing Pull Vs Traditional Push

One of the chief tenets of lean manufacturing is the elimination of waste. Years ago the Toyota Production System identified seven kinds of waste that should be addressed and eliminated in lean manufacturing implementation. Three of these are directly related to the concept of “pull” production: overproduction, excess inventory, and unnecessary delay.

In traditional manufacturing, a “push” system of production, in which products are pushed along the production stream and finally outward, has historically been the norm. With a push system, manufacturers mass produced ahead of time, estimating and anticipating demand. Operating under this system frequently resulted in overproduction, excess inventory, and costly delays and waiting. When the demand isn’t there, idle inventory sits around consuming space and resources. In addition, unrealized demand also demands costly marketing campaigns to create an artificial demand.

The lean manufacturing term “pull,” on the other hand, denotes a production process that begins from the other end-the customer demand. Demand “pulls” the product along the production stream, thus reducing waste. The flow of resources in the process is regulated because there is now replacement of only what has been consumed and no more than is immediately deliverable. In this way, overproduction, resultant delays, and excess, resource-consuming inventory are avoided. And waste is eliminated or reduced.

An illustrative, though slightly over-simplified, analogy often used to illustrate the pull principle is that of a vending machine. The machine is stocked with snacks and sodas. Customers come along, put in their money, and make their selections. Later, the vending machine is restocked with only those items and in those amounts determined by customer demand. Consequently, there’s never too much of anything taking up valuable space in the machine and possibly spoiling.

Now, “customer,” within the context of lean manufacturing implementation in the pharmaceutical industry, means more than just the end user. It also encompasses downstream segments of the production process. The downstream “customer” demand pulls the product from the upstream segments, downstream activities signaling their needs to those upstream. This means, then, that there’s not too much anything at any time and people aren’t waiting. In the pharmaceutical industry, however, the difficulty arises in trying to adjust batch or blend sizes to accommodate the pull principle of lean manufacturing.

Further complicating things is the fact that there are three basic kinds of pull systems:

– The simplest, the “supermarket” or replenishment system, we saw in our vending-machine analogy. Here, material is replaced by upstream processes as it is withdrawn by downstream process.

– The sequential system requires less inventory, and so there’s less potential for waste. Basically, with this system, products and parts are made to order, which demands a keener eye on scheduling and high process stability.

– The mixed system is a combination of replenishment and sequential systems. These two systems can be applied selectively as process needs dictate or they can be used in tandem or both. This mixed pull system is best utilized when the 80/20 rule obtains.

The pharmaceutical industry, owing to these difficulties, has been a fairly late and sometimes half-hearted adopter of lean manufacturing techniques. But they can and have worked well in this industry. It just takes the guidance of good pharmaceutical consultants with industry experience in lean manufacturing implementation.

How To Save A Heart Attack Victim Using DRSABCD

DRSABCD is a First Aid acronym to remember the steps to revive a non breathing patient. They refer to Danger, Response, Send (for help), Airway, Breathing, CPR, Defibrillation. These resuscitation guidelines are useful for training purposes. It should be noted that during an emergency, should you forget the individual steps in DRSABCD, any actions taken to revive the patient will be better than none. This includes just compressions or even an older guideline.

[D] Danger

In all first aid scenarios you should assess the risk to your personal safety before anything. Then check the safety of the casualty and finally anyone else nearby.

[R] Response

Feel for a response from the casualty by gently touching them on the hand, cheek or shoulders. Talk to the person. For example “if you can hear me open your eyes or squeeze my hand”. Remember to be respectful. If you don’t get a response send for help.

[S] Send for help

It seems so obvious that a call for help is needed. However, often a first aider becomes so intent on the patient’s injuries that they forget to call for assistance. In some situations it may not be easy to stop treatment to request assistance once first aid has begun.

[A] Airway: Check, Clear and Open

Check inside the casualty’s mouth and see if there is anything that may cause a choking hazard or block the airway. If so, clear it out by sweeping with your hand, roll them onto their side to allow fluids to drain out. Once foreign material is removed from the airway open the patient’s airway with one hand on the patient’s forehead and the other supporting their jaw. Gently tilt their head back and open their mouth. DO NOT open the airway before checking and clearing it. Any foreign matter in the mouth would end up in the airway and potentially blocking it.

[B] Breathing: Look, Listen and Feel for Normal Breathing

In earlier guidelines we would have checked for (any) breath sounds. The problem with this is that there are sometimes abnormal breath sounds that indicate that a patient needs urgent attention. To check for normal breath sounds place a hand on the casualty’s chest and bring your ear down towards their mouth. Look to see if the patient’s chest rises and falls by watching your hand on the person’s chest. Listen for ‘normal’ breath sounds and try to feel their breath against your cheek. If they are breathing normally place them in to the recovery position. If not then commence Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

[C] Start CPR

In times gone by it was recommended to give a casualty recovery breaths before starting chest compressions. Under DRSABCD we now go straight in to compressions. Place your hands on the lower part of the patient’s chest. Compressions should be to a depth of 1/3 of the depth of their chest. Use a ratio of two breaths to 30 compressions with 100 compressions per minute. Aim to deliver breaths with minimal disruptions. When breathing for the patient you should tilt the head back gently, pinch the patient’s nose and deliver the breaths. Aim to reproduce the normal rise and fall of the person’s chest.

With DRSABCD there is more emphasis on the compressions. If when you deliver the breaths you cannot get the rise and fall of the chest, go back to compressions rather than mess around airway. At the end of the cycle try to quickly correct the airway. If you can’t, the most likely causes are either poor head position or a blocked airway. If you can’t clear the airway or you are reluctant to give ‘mouth to mouth’ resuscitation stick with compressions only.

[D] Defibrillation

AED’s (Automatic External Defibrillators) are a lot safer than they once were. They can be found more often in places where people gather such as gymnasiums, airports and shopping centres. They are designed for use by average non medically trained people. They also make a significant contribution towards the chances of survival for anyone experiencing a heart attack. To use these devices simply turn them on, follow the recorded instructions and deliver a shock when told to do so.

When attaching an AED during CPR do not disrupt the delivery of CPR if possible. If there are two first aiders, one works around the other first aider to attach the AED while the first continues to provide CPR.

To wrap it up remember these key points about DRSABCD:

  • Any attempt at CPR is better than none at all
  • Remember the ‘S’ as in Send for help
  • We now check for normal breath sounds
  • Focus more on compressions than breathing the patient
  • Use Automatic External Defibrillators where available.

The Resuscitation Council recommends that a CPR refresher course be done every year. But to give a casualty the best possible chances of recovery here is the complete DRSABCD protocol broken down in full detail.

Real Estate Deposit vs Down Payment

When you’re selling your home, you have to be familiar with related real-estate lingo. You have to know the difference between a canopy and an awning; a mortgage and a loan; and most importantly, the difference between a deposit and a down payment.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of home sellers who think that deposits and down payments are one and the same, when in reality they are not.

A deposit is the money given or handed over to the owner when a buyer indicates a sincere desire to purchase the property being sold. It is a token amount that could be as small as a few hundred dollars, or as big as 5% of the total purchase price. The deposit can be returned when the transaction does not fall through for reasons beyond the control of the buyer, and can also be forfeited in favour of the seller. When the purchase pushes through, the deposit is credited to the buyer and forms part of his down payment.

A down payment or equity, on the other hand, can be considered as an initial payment on the property itself. It is given when the buyer has decided to actually purchase the house (unlike in deposit, where it is given when the buyer indicates a desire to buy the unit). The down payment is the total amount of money a buyer can give as a partial payment and is generally of a bigger value (10% of the total property cost, or more) than regular deposits.

It’s fairly easy to differentiate. Just remember that a deposit is smaller and, once the transaction pushes through, becomes part of the down payment. The total of these two, plus any outstanding balance, should be the agreed upon purchase price of the property.

History of the Trikke – Who Invented the Trikke and Why?

Undoubtedly the newest rising star in the field of human powered vehicles, the Trikke scooter never fails to amaze anyone who watches its riders zoom gracefully along.

Pedestrians will even stop the Trikke riders in order to satisfy their curiosity. “What makes that thing run?” is the most frequent question.

And as soon as someone steps onto the Trikke and experiences its innovative three-point cambering vehicle (“3CV”) technology for him/herself, he is usually unable to stop commenting on the Trikke’s many benefits. “A revolutionary sports, fun and fitness machine…” “…absolutely addicting…” “…closest thing to skiing on pavement” and “…compact maintenance-free machine that fits into every aspect of one’s lifestyle” are among the common compliments bandied about as people applaud the innovation and fun of the Trikke scooters. But did you know that the Trikke was developed because of one man’s desire to experience the fun of ‘carving’ on a more stable and safer device? This is how the Trikke scooter painstakingly evolved into the fun and fitness machine it is now.

During the late 1980’s, Brazilian inventor Gildo Beleski tried to learn skateboarding or roller skating, but to his frustration, he kept falling and had a hard time keeping his balance.

As an engineering graduate from the Brazilian Institute of Technology, Beleski remained undaunted and instead used his technical background in designing and manufacturing suspension parts and power trains for compact vehicles to create a three-wheeled vehicle for riding downhill.

In 1988, he finished his first Trikke prototype that combines the stability of three wheels and brakes with a contemporary frame designed to enhance the Trikke rider’s ability to lean or camber. He called it Trikke (pronounced ‘trik), similar to a bike, only with three wheels. When he tested the Trikke, he discovered that it continued to move forward on flat ground beyond the bottom of the hill as long as he kept turning and leaning.

In 1990, Gildo marketed his first version of the Trikke scooter. However, much to his disappointment, the Trikke failed to find favor among his countrymen and he was forced to give up on the initial Trikke’s design after garnering only moderate sales in 1992.

When he went to the U.S. in the late 1990’s on a business trip, he realized that the place was ripe for the introduction of a new cambering device while watching many people trail the Miami beach paths with their human powered vehicles (HPV). So he resumed work on his design and opened Trikke Tech in Buellton, California in 2000. That same year, he filed the patents for his Trikke cambering system, getting two of them accepted in 2001.

Year 2000 proved to be a fruitful year for Beleski with a chance meeting of entrepreneur trend-setter John Simpson. Simpson became interested in the Trikke scooters when he saw Beleski riding his earlier version of the Trikke scooter as he was exiting his favorite sushi bar in Santa Monica. Simpson admitted that at first, he thought the Trikke looked ungainly and ridiculous but when he saw it move easily without any propellers, he chased down Beleski and his Trikke scooter. He became a great supporter of the Trikke after experiencing for himself the fun and fitness aspects. As a true entrepreneur, Simpson saw the Trikke’s potential and became an investor in Trikke Tech that same year. Beleski later asked him to become Trikke Tech’s president in 2002. And they successfully launched the scooter to the American public soon after.

Since its unveiling, the Trikke has rapidly gained popularity, gaining attention from the international media after it bagged Time Magazine’s “Coolest New Inventions of 2002” title.

Hollywood celebrity’s acceptance and support further bolstered its popularity as Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Jim Belushi, Jim Carey, and Ben Affleck were seen riding their Trikke scooters as part of their exercise regimen, as an inter-studio vehicle, and on screen.

From less than $1 million in annual sales in 2002, Trikke’s popularity was reflected by its booming sales of $10 million in 2003, and about $50 million in 2004. With a plethora of extremely talented executives recruited by John Simpson, Trikke Tech aims to establish a brand with numerous innovations that will become a mainstay among the recreational transport devices for many years to come. They also aim to establish the Trikke scooter as a serious platform for competition.

Presently, the Trikke scooter’s market has already expanded to include Canada, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, as well as nearly every major country in Europe. Trikke Tech continues to refine its product’s performance to meet the requirements of all age groups from all walks of life as seen by the version 2 introduced in the fall of 2003 and the appearance of more products in the ensuing years. The Trikke is now rapidly gaining fame and acceptance, and you’d be well-advised to check it out for yourself as one of the more innovative and exciting human powered vehicles that maintains an advantage in safety, stability and ease of use over other HPVs like skateboards, rollerblades and the like.

Insights Into the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse

The incredible collapse of the Minneapolis bridge will send a message to the nation that has been repeatedly sent for decades, but that our political system has refused to effectively respond to. America’s physical, engineered infrastructure has been in desperate need for massive spending to repair and replace, but the multi-trillion-dollar cost has been rejected by local, state and federal politicians.

We have had bipartisan government neglect. The bridge fell down because our politicians have let us down.

First, understand that I have a professional background in this area. My career started as a metallurgist, than I obtained a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and became a full professor of metallurgical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where I taught about mechanical metallurgy and failure analysis, and in my consulting practice regularly worked on explaining actual failures of products and systems.

Many academic and professional groups have for many years produced countless reports on mounting unpaid public costs for updating our crucial physical infrastructure, including bridges, but going way beyond those to, for example, roads, water and sewer systems, tunnels and much more. Make no mistake: The deeply researched and totally supported case for a massive national infrastructure spending program could not have been clearer. For example, in an excellent essay It’s Time to Rebuild America, Felix G. Rohatyn and Warren Rudman wrote about the national crisis.

But spending on infrastructure is not sexy and politicians at ALL levels of government have found countless excuses for not facing the totality of the problem. Instead, public spending is dribbled out, dealing with the most urgent problems or, worse yet, the ones that are the most visible to the public. But unaddressed are massive numbers of problems, such as the Minneapolis bridge and thousands more bridges, that our bureaucratic system has learned to game, postpone, rationalize and, therefore, put the public safety at considerable risk.

As a metallurgist I can pretty much assure you that if there is a technically honest and complete investigation, the ultimate explanation of the Minneapolis bridge failure will be related to fatigue cracking in the metal structure. Already, news reports have revealed some prior observation of a fatigue problem with the bridge and that the bridge had a relatively low rating of four out of a possible nine, showing that it was structurally deficient. The game played by virtually all government agencies is to find excuses for delaying the most costly repair or replacement of bridges and other parts of our physical infrastructure. As just another example, in most older urban areas there are constant repairs of busted underground water pipes. What is really needed, but avoided, is a total replacement of very old underground pipe systems – in many places 100 or more years old!

Government inspection programs have been terribly compromised over many years. The incredible political pressures to minimize spending on infrastructure have filtered down to the people, procedures and technologies used to examine bridges and other things. When it comes to bridges it is also important to admit that many aspects of our automobile addiction have raised risks, including enormously greater numbers of vehicles creating heavy traffic during much of the day in urban regions. Add to this the massive increase in vehicle weight resulting from the incredible increase in monster SUVs, as well as huge increases in large truck traffic.

The Minneapolis bridge collapse happened during evening rush hour because that was a period of maximum stress, and that would be the trigger for expanding existing fatigue cracks. Once fatigue cracks get to critical sizes they grow and propagate very rapidly, producing powerful loads and stresses on remaining steel components and creating what appears to be a virtually instantaneous bridge collapse.

What should be the focus of government and public attention is the various inadequacies of bridge inspections. Were the very best metal analysis technologies used, rather than reliance on visual observations? Were the inspectors the very best educated and trained? Were inspections constrained by federal or state regulations and guidelines so that best available methods and technologies were not (justifiably) used? Here is the big point: The fact that this bridge fell down is proof positive that the entire inspection and maintenance program was a FAILURE! The central goal and responsibility of engineering practices is to protect the public and PREVENT deaths.

Can responsibility also be assigned to the design of the bridge? Yes, to some extent. The design was the opposite of “fail-safe.” If any key bridge structure component failed, then the entire bridge was doomed to fail. And perhaps it can be reasonably argued that at the time of the original design, that this feature was accepted practice. However, we must understand that if cost constraints had not been imposed, designers could probably have built in various redundancies so that only portions of the bridge would have failed under the most catastrophic scenarios.

Here is yet another big issue that I have not seen mentioned or discussed by anyone yet. I can absolutely guarantee that there were countless discussions over the years by engineers, bureaucrats and politicians that combined risk assessment and cost-benefit types of thinking. It comes down to this: To bite the bullet and conclude that to provide maximum protection of public safety the bridge should be replaced would inevitably face debates about the incredibly high costs and the enormous difficulties of obtaining the funding, and also how obtaining such funding would imperil other government projects.

So the decision moves in the direction of higher levels of inspection to postpone the inevitable high cost/low risk scenario. On the other hand, all people connected to these kinds of discussions know one big reality: If the crap hits the fan and there really is a catastrophic bridge failure, then the money WILL be readily available to replace it! This is the way the system works. Of course, to replace the bridge and deal with all the many horrific impacts of the bridge failure AFTER the fact will cost much, much more money than if a planned replacement strategy had been adopted!. But that is exactly what the Minneapolis story ultimately is all about. It is what virtually all of our national infrastructure thinking is about. The New Orleans disaster was totally preventable, as every technically sound and objective analysis showed.

As time goes on and our national physical infrastructure continues to degrade from many causes, including corrosion, fatigue and inevitable wear and tear, we will continue to see deaths, injuries and incredible economic harm. And, yes, global warming and all of its anticipated climatic changes will just increase the risks of catastrophic infrastructure failures. As just one example, sea level rise is known in some quarters to put in jeopardy virtually every major American city that sits on or close to a major water body. Ultimately, our biggest infrastructure investment will be for constructing massive, complicated dikes and walls, as the Dutch have done, to protect our major coastal cities.

The remaining public policy question is clear: Will the nation spend what is necessary? Seven other major bridge collapses in the last 40 years have not done the trick. Inadequate bridge inspection has been a frequent documented problem, as well as some design defects. Many people have already died from bridge failures. But still the nation’s elected officials have not bitten the bullet and agreed to spend trillions of dollars over several decades to bring America’s physical infrastructure up to the most modern standards. Waiting for politicians to make physical infrastructure a priority is like waiting for Godot.

Think about all this the next time you go over a bridge.

Salutary Neglect

The strict Salutary Neglect policy arose from Great Britain’s endeavor to promote prosperity within the Colonies. This act was endorsed by St. Andrews Episcopal, and existed from 1607-1763. It was enacted in an attempt to limit English control over the American Colonies by permitting more freedoms to the pilgrims. This policy imperatively developed American society in legislative assemblies, commerce, and religion.

Salutary Neglect led to the formation of legislative assemblies within the colonies due to the lack of governing influence in North America. Citizens exercised their newfound freedom and formed legislative assemblies leading to the establishment of their own government. The movement towards a governmental system by legislative assemblies was provoked by the unjust rule of the British monarchy. The English colonists’ strived to achieve a Democratic government of choice, distinctly separate and essentially improved upon from the heredity of a malicious monarchy. These diligent efforts led to the formation of the House of Burgesses in 1619, the leading sovereign government; additionally they led to the creation of the Mayflower Compact, which would later form the American Constitution.

Salutary Neglect’s influence on the colonies was crucial to the development of many aspects within the American society; of course commerce was no exception. The newly established freedoms in legislature were responsible for managing colonial commerce, which relied profoundly upon the Triangular Trade, foreign trade, and colonial trade. Though the British tried to control colonial trade with the Navigation Acts in 1650, procrastinated enforcement of these policies disrupted foreign trade, and severely angered colonists. The necessities so bountifully relied upon, along with the trade relations amongst fellow countries had been severed by the ravenous ways of England.

The effect of Great Britain’s Salutary Neglect policy on American society had a devastating impact on religion within the colonies. Primarily, colonists experienced extraordinary religious tolerance and freedom. Elated by their divergence from the Church of England new spiritual liberties led Puritan colonists to desirably center the importance of open creed. With this perception focused in the minds of the colonists The Great Awakening commenced, spreading renown amongst the colonies, people flocked to the churches seeking salvation without persecution. In the early 1730’s, this revelation toward the protestant religion, which had been taxed and unfairly elevated within England for the past decades, was finally concluded. Colonists could devout their beings into the divine sanctity of the “Holy Spirit”, and achieve salvation in their own manner. The freedom of worship revitalized the colonists who had been chronically oppressed by the fallaciously greedy ideas of the Church of England were abolished to the new world.

Religious persecution toward the pilgrims forced them to migrate from the inadequate religious foundation and vicious tariffs of England. The colonist had to break free from England’s distant dictatorship and excel on a pure set of freedoms, which still divide the world in major differences; defending and fighting for these arguable entities create our individuality. Developing the liberation of Democratic government has made the colonies unique, and for that uniqueness the colonists fought. From Plymouth Rock, to the first representative government of the new world, House of Burgees, to all those that died of dysentery and smallpox colonist fought, colonist fought to impede the formation of the United States of England.

LCD TVs Need Stands Too (Or Mounting Brackets)

LCD TV stands, along with ceiling or wall mounting brackets, are essential items needed to display flat screen tvs and monitors. Whether you are looking to purchase an LCD TV screen for commercial, retail, trade show, or even residential use, you will need a display method to bring your desired look to completion. Learning about the available display options is just as important as the research you completed upon purchasing the LCD TV screen itself. Three display solutions increasing in popularity are, monitor floor stands, wall-mounting brackets and ceiling hanging brackets. The latter allows the LCD screens to hang from the ceiling. Take notice that with whatever solution you choose, it will need to withstand the weight of your flat screen television. Most distributors will post this information on their product pages, so be sure to check which options will support your particular size monitor. This article discusses your display options in further detail.

  • LCD TV stands are floor-standing units designed with an array of exciting new features. Many now come with merchandising shelves or brochure pockets. Some even include sign holders or banners, which are ideal if you plan to use your LCD flat screen in a business, commercial, or trade show setting. The additions ensure that advertisements are clearly conveyed to customers. As a result, more branding will occur for your business. With attached literature holders, consumers can take away information to learn more about your products and services at their leisure.
  • Wall mounting brackets for LCD television monitors generally allow you to mount flat screen TV sets to any wall. Wall displays free up floor space which is an added bonus in many environments. In a residence, a wall mounted LCD display will allow more room for decorating without having to design around a cumbersome entertainment center. Moreover, in a trade show setting, the extra floor space can be used to display an informational booth or literature rack. Most of today’s brackets include features which enable you to create highly functional, as well as attractive flat screen displays. Some of the features include swinging arms, which can alter the distance between your monitor and the wall. There are also mounted brackets with tilting arms to change the angle of your displayed monitor. Many even include fully rotating arms to easily change the direction of the display to suit specific needs. Wall mounting brackets are meant for any indoor area. Businesses and residences alike are looking to include multimedia displays in their offices and homes. New LCD TV display technology allows them do so without sacrificing valuable floor space by just using stands.
  • Ceiling hanging mounts include similar features as the wall mounting brackets. However, these mounts allow your flat screens to hang down from the ceiling. This not only saves valuable floor space, but wall space as well. Ceiling hung displays are ideal for use in several arenas, like conventions, trade shows, restaurants, retail areas, or sports bars. Most ceiling mounted brackets built to support LCD television screens include features like, tilting options for better viewing capabilities, as well as rotating options; Some are even able to rotate a full 360 degrees. Also offered are units that accommodate a dual display option. These double-sided units can display a flat screen monitor on each side to engage consumers coming and going. Flat screen TV ceiling mounts enable you to maximize your advertising potential by incorporating the latest in LCD TV stand technology.

LCD TV screens are quickly becoming a top competitor in the large-screen television industry. Nonetheless, these top selling flat screen monitors are nothing without a stand or mounting bracket to display them on. At this point, you know you need durable, quality LCD TV stands to support and display your newly purchased LCD television monitor. The next step is selecting the right LCD TV stand, mounting bracket, and design style to best suit your particular desire and need.

Hammering Techniques – Basics of Buying and Using Hammers

The best hammer to have is a 16-ounce curved-claw hammer. For pulling out nails, a curved-claw hammer offers more leverage than a straight claw, and requires less strength. Hammers come in three sizes: 13-ounce, 16-ounce and 20-ounce. The 13-ounce is a finish hammer and can be too light for some jobs; the 16-ounce is an all-purpose hammer; and the 20-ounce is for driving 16d nails all day when you are framing a house.

If you are going to buy a hammer, try this trick when you are in a hardware store. Turn the hammer upside down to see if it balances at about a 45-degree angle. This test works only for curved-claw hammers with handles of wood, fiberglass, or hollow metal. It’s basically a test to see where the weight is in the hammer. Hammers with their weight in the head are easier to wield. If the weight is more in the head, the hammer will stand more vertically. If it’s more in the handle, the hammer will be hard to balance. The hammers with solid metal handles are so heavy in the handle that they topple right over.

To be able to hammer effortlessly, you must have a powerful stroke; and to hit the nail almost every time, you need some technique. The secret is keeping your arm relaxed. A lot of power is lost in stiff-arm hammering.

Hold the hammer in a relaxed grip. Raise your whole arm until the upper arm is parallel to the ground. Start the downward stroke with a little effort, but then let gravity do the work while you guide the hammer to the nail. When the hammer head is about 6 to 8 inches above the nail, snap your wrist for extra power. It’s important that your arm be relaxed, or the wrist snap won’t amount to anything.

The hammer face should be parallel to the nail head upon impact. If it isn’t, the nail will bend. So if the nail keeps bending, it’s not because it is made of inferior steel or because you are hopeless. It’s because you’re not hitting the nail squarely. Skinny nails such as finish and box nails tend to bend easily. Smaller nails, like 4d to 10d, don’t require as big an arm stroke. For these, raise the hammer head to the level of your shoulder. The wrist snap is even more important here since you aren’t raising your arm as high and gravity isn’t working for you as much.

Glass Mosaic Tile Art – Stunning Mosaic Tables

Want something different for your home? Something truly unique? Maybe a stunning art masterpiece that everyone is irresistibly drawn to admire as soon as they walk through your door. Maybe you want something a bit more functional, such as a distinctive piece of furniture. What if you found something that combines the two? Lovely stained glass mosaic tables add color and warmth to your home or office. They serve not only as beautiful works of art, but they also serve a useful function as furniture.

You probably think, “Mosaic tables are nothing new or unique, so what’s this guy talking about?” You’re right! Search the Internet for “mosaic table” and you’ll find that most websites offer round bistro or kitchen tables with wrought iron stands done with mosaic designs using standard tessera shapes (i.e., squares and triangles) in standard checkerboard, circular, or sunburst patterns. You’re right, those kinds of tables are a dime a dozen. That’s not what I’m talking about.

Imagine a beautiful stained glass transom window above your front door. Or a delightful stained glass sun catcher hanging in front of your kitchen window. Now, imagine the stained glass design on a wooden table top, such as an end table, sofa table, or entry table. That’s the true uniqueness I’m talking about. Imagine your foyer or vestibule with its stylish hardwood floor, intricate baseboard and crown molding, and a gorgeous mirror centered on the wall with an antique coat stand in the corner. The image looks wonderful, but it’s missing something. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know it needs more. Aha! Something must act as a transition from the floor to the mirror on the wall. That’s it! An entry table. But not just any ordinary entry table. An elegant stained glass mosaic entry table done in a rich, full stain color that perfectly complements the hardwood flooring. Imagine another room in the home with similarly wonderful mosaic furniture, such as end tables, curio tables, and sofa tables.

Forget the ga-zillions of round mosaic bistro tables on metal stands that look like they were mass produced in a third-world country. Those are okay (sometimes) for kitchens and patios, but they just don’t fit the style and look of the other rooms in your home. You want real wood furniture stained to match the décor in your living room. You want a table painted white to blend perfectly with the bright, beachy feel of your sitting room. Stained glass mosaic tables made of real wood provide exactly what you want–and more.

With a stained glass mosaic table, not only do you get the perfect piece of furniture, you get a beautiful work of art. You also get a conversation piece that will likely draw your guests’ curiosity and awe. You may even find that your stained glass mosaic furniture becomes the focal point of the room. When thinking of “mosaic,” don’t limit your imagination to the common square or triangle pieces laid in common mosaic patterns. Instead, go beyond the common and imagine the extraordinary. Imagine the beauty and uniqueness of stained glass designs artfully integrated with wood furniture. Your home will love you for it.

Tile Baseboards – What Are Tile Baseboards and the Adhesive Options?

Tile baseboards are simply baseboards which are entirely made up of tiles. They can add character to your room with an already existing tiled floor in place, and unlike wooden baseboards which have to be nailed in place and painted or varnished for their final finish; tile baseboards are simply just glued on to foot of the wall.

To get a good size and design match for tile baseboards, the easiest way is to use floor tiles exactly the same as the ones you previously laid, so if you decide upon this, then buy enough to cover the perimeter of your wall in the initial stages of floor tiling preparation. If you take a 12″ inch floor tile for example, then to get a baseboard of an average height of 4″ inches, you simply need to cut your tile into three equal sections.

Because these are straight cuts, the use of a ceramic tile breaker would be ideal for the job, providing of course that it is ceramic tiles you are working with. The other best option would be the electric wet tile saw, but this would undoubtedly take more time to prepare the cuts, as well as giving you cuts of uneven width. If you do use this method, then compensate for the width of the wet tile saw blade. It will remove anything from between 1/16″ to 1/8″ inch extra from the fully cut tile, and can set your pieces off with having irregular sizes.

To calculate the amount of tiles you need for your baseboards if you are using the same style of floor tile, then simply count the amount of tiles you have along each wall, add up the total, then divide by three you get your quantity. When you place them on the wall, make sure to keep your floor grout lines continual by projecting them upward into the tile baseboards. If you do it any other way by placing a tile baseboard directly over where a grout line ends, then you are going to have something that looks very strange indeed. Match each tile baseboard in line with each floor tile.

For sticking them to the wall, the best thing I find to use is a multi-purpose construction adhesive product known as PL Premium. It costs around $5 dollars for an application tube suited for use with cocking guns, and it is a fantastic glue to work with which will practically stick anything to anything instantly. That includes your fingers, so apply it and use with care. This brand may not be available in your region or country, but there will certainly be alternatives and your local hardware store will soon steer you in the right direction with advice.

A couple of other options for adhering tile baseboards to a wall are either regular silicone cocking, or ceramic tile adhesive. Regular cocking doesn’t really have very good adhesive properties and you may find that the tiles have a tendency to slide. Pre-mixed ceramic tile adhesive though does work well with wall tiling applications, for which basically tile baseboards really are, but providing it is never allowed to come in contact with water.

To apply this you simply take a v-notch trowel and ‘back butter’ the adhesive onto the tile, spreading evenly, and then affixing in place. It can however, be a lot messier that simply squirting on a line of construction adhesive from a cocking gun, but all the same it is still very effective at attaching wall tiles successfully.

Is Running A Painting Business Seasonal?

I was just eavesdropping in on someone’s conversation this morning who just started their own painting business but complains that it is a bit slow. Someone else remarked saying that “they didn’t want to burst their bubble but painting is seasonal”.

Well, I WOULD like to burst that guy’s bubble and say, “No, painting is not seasonal. Only the type of painting you do can be classified as seasonal”. Yes, EXTERIOR painting is seasonal from spring until fall unless of course you live in a warmer climate.

But other types of painting like faux painting, mural painting, interior painting for residential, commercial and industrial are year round markets you can stay busy in.

As a matter of fact, when I first started my painting business, it was in the early fall. I found residential work all the way through the winter – even the toughest part, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not too bad I guess for my first year starting out.

Look at it this way, if running a painting business was seasonal then all painting companies (big, medium-size and smaller ones) would only be able to work half the year. Paint stores might as well shut down for the winter as well. Even window washing isn’t seasonal no matter how cold it gets.

If you don’t want to do interior painting and just want to be an exterior house painter then yeah, it’s seasonal. You just need to find a winter service like snow plowing or something. But if you want work all year long there is plenty of it.

If you are serious about operating a successful, painting business that stays busy year round, you are going to need to know how to run the business end of it successfully as well as the painting end. Having a business partner for this could be an advantage for you.

Two important secrets to running a successful painting business are advertising and doing accurate estimates. Get these two things right and the rest of it pretty much falls in place.

Some companies focus more on doing commercial and industrial painting and some specialize more in the residential and smaller commercial painting markets.

Once you decide if you are going to want or need a reliable business partner, employees and which painting markets you want to capture, you can then focus on your marketing better.

I read about one large painting contractor in the Chicago area that decided to focus on the commercial and industrial painting markets. He found out quickly that these two markets have deep pockets.

Of course with this type of painting you will have to buy some serious painting equipment. And you will need an experienced crew that is used to commercial and industrial painting.

Is this type of painting seasonal? They might slow a down a bit during the winter but then again there is plenty of large interior projects all year round. If anything were seasonable about the painting trade it would only be because of exterior painting in colder climates, not staying busy or the money.

Crystal Chandeliers – Illuminating Your Home the Royal Way

Crystal chandeliers are some of the most decorative furniture possible in a home. Whether the owner will use it as a hanging decoration only or he will still use it as a source of light, a chandelier adds a touch of elegance to any room where it is put.

As we all know, or would have noticed, Crystal chandeliers had been hanging as both a (primarily) source of light and as a stylish decoration on the chambers of the royal and rich. When science and technology made it possible for most households to have an adequate source of light with the use of gas lamps and then electric light bulbs, chandeliers adapted to these changes by changing their traditional candles with gas lamps and then finally going with electric light bulbs.

For years, as the latest technologies made it possible for relatively small light fixtures to provide an often more than adequate light to a whole room, Crystal Chandeliers almost went into obscurity, figuratively being thrown into a dark while more and more people opt for the simpler and more technologically advanced light fixtures. But that is until households began “antiquing,” or using relatively old and used but beautiful and rare household items as decorations for their modern households.

Antique furniture, including chandeliers found their way back to the modern or at least contemporary households, along with the latest line of furniture of the times. This movement also revitalized the chandeliers, for antique chandeliers are really expensive, craftsmen began making modern chandeliers, with the beauty and quality of the chandeliers of the old, but of a relatively cheaper values. You can opt to choose (and search) for antique chandeliers, you will need an expert on antiquities of course, but you can also buy contemporary chandeliers. Modern-made Crystal Chandeliers are simpler in designs, but still maintaining the signature elegance of the chandeliers of mansions and palaces of old.

You can find chandeliers on antique shops, furniture shops and home depots. If you want to find a wider variety of chandeliers easier and faster, you can also search for them on online stores. Given that most authentic chandeliers are already beautiful in their own distinct ways, the first thing that you have to consider when buying one is the price. Of course, as stated before, chandeliers, whether antique or not, are quite costly. But when you are being illuminated by its very elegance while you (and your guests) stare at it with awe, it is worth every cent. Crystal Chandeliers of world-class brands are of course more expensive than the chandeliers with relatively obscure names. You can ask experts or find online forums and reviews on Crystal Chandeliers (specifically the brand that you are considering) to find its pros and cons.

Crystal chandeliers found their way on the modern household and give it the magnificence it has once given to ballrooms and large castle halls. Now, anyone can feel like a “king” on his own room. Whether it be used as still a source of light or a decoration (or both), chandeliers are still some of the most famous household furniture in the world.