How to Drive Under Poor Conditions

Driving under poor conditions is more than just icy or wet roads. Some of the worst situations include dusk and night driving; rain, fog, snowstorms, and drifting snow; sunshine and shadows; and driving towards the sun. These problems are discussed separately in the following sections.


During this period of half-light, the cone central vision is not as efficient as in daylight, but your eyes are not yet prepared for night vision either. Professional drivers try not to drive during this period if they can help it. Whenever practical, they will stop and take a meal or a rest to help their eyes adapt to the dark. If you must drive, it is imperative that you reduce speed and be particularly alert.

Night Driving

At night the eye sees persons or objects by contrast – light colored clothing or objects stand out against a darker background; or by outlining – dark clothing or objects are silhouetted against a lighter background. People, animals, and objects are more or less visible depending on the amount of light they reflect to the observer. It is well known that light colored clothing or objects reflect more that dark colored objects, and so will be seen from a greater distance. But a driver cannot count on other people or animals to make themselves more visible. A driver never knows when his headlights will reveal – too late – a darkly dressed pedestrian or a car parked without lights.

When driving at night, your reference point must be a little higher than the meeting point of the headlight and the pavement in the center of your lane.

Peripheral vision suffers less than central vision at night. It is very important that you train yourself to use your peripheral vision extensively when driving in daylight so that it becomes a firmly set habit that you simply carry on at night. Otherwise, you may use only your central vision in the narrow cone of light. This concentration of the eyes and attention reduces the efficiency of the peripheral vision. The eyes would not move as they should, and, because of that lack of movement, eye fatigue may set in. As we discussed before, double or one eyed vision may result.

Preparing Your Eyes for Night Vision

Your vision takes time to become efficient at night. It has been determined that it takes at least 30 minutes to get to 80 per cent of the efficiency, and at least one hour to reach 100 per cent. You can lose a good percentage of this adaptation to the dark by just looking at streetlights or the headlights of another car. When you drive at night, therefore, always keep the following points in mind:

1. When meeting a car, look to the right of the road, higher than the point where the light and pavement meet, using your peripheral vision to detect possible motion

2. Never drive at night when tired. Stop and rest.

3. Remember that distance judgment is much more difficult at night, because you may tend to overestimate the distance between you and other cars, and under estimate your speed. You must be especially alert when judging distances to red lights – this color presents special difficulties, so allow plenty of space when following another car, and more space to stop than would seem necessary at a red traffic light.

4. Traffic lights are difficult to locate in brightly lighted areas. A driver should rely a great deal on this peripheral vision; by trying to keep the wide picture of the scene in front, his field of vision will catch the movement of changing lights, which will help to locate them.

5. Some drivers like to follow another vehicle at night. This is a very good method of driving, especially on strange roads, because the car in front illuminates the way for a long distance, helps to locate dangers on the shoulders by outline, and in general, helps you to keep a steady pace. However, when you follow another car, you must keep more than what appears to be a safe distance; make sure you use your low beams only, and look on the shoulder of the road and not at the red rear lights of the car ahead – this practice has been known to put a following driver to sleep.

6. Avoid smoking when driving. Smoke will reduce visual acuity and leave a film of smog on the inside of the windshield if the car is not properly ventilated.

7. Have all the lights and the windshield (inside and out) cleaned. Visibility is reduced drastically by dirt or film on the glass.

8. Drive at a speed that will enable you to stop within the distance you can see clearly ahead.

Driving in Rain, Dust, Snow and Fog.

Three of these conditions present about the same problem: rain, snow, and fog all act as a mirror. In modern cars, in which the driver sits about in line with the light rays from the high beam of the headlights, the light strikes the drops of rain, droplets of fog, or the snowflakes, and is reflected back in the driver’s eyes. It the low beams are used, the light is reflected down towards the road to give more light. In these conditions, therefore, the low beams only should be used. Fog lights are also helpful because of their extra-low position on the vehicle, so that more light rays are reflected on the roadway.

Heavy vehicles with high cabs give better visibility yet because of the position of the driver. It is a good habit to follow these vehicles at a proper distance on such nights.

Sunshine and Shadows

Driving in a wooded area or on city streets at the time of day when the sun makes patches of shadow with the bordering trees or houses can be very dangerous. Tinted lenses or dust on the windshield may prevent you from seeing persons, animals, or objects on or close to the road or street. Reduce speed, and remove your sunglasses if you are wearing them. The same advice is also applicable when entering a tunnel.

Driving Towards the Sun

When driving towards a setting sun, always use the sun visors. A dusty windshield is particularly dangerous in this case.

When driving with the sun at your back, remember that the oncoming drivers have very poor visibility. It is advisable to turn your headlights on to warn drivers heading in the opposite direction not to move into your lane.

Bridge Building

Several years ago, while visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, I touched a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge which was part of a small scene constructed and sold by an artist. As I fingered the delicate arch, I wished with all my heart for a fleeting moment, that I could actually see the “real” Golden Gate Bridge.

When I walk the G.G.B., my feet touch it; my hand trails the railing. I hear the rumble of traffic, feel its vibration in my whole body. The tang of the salt water tickles my nose; the wind pushes against me… It’s an awesome experience: the sense of space, depth, loftiness.

Sighted people see the bridge, its orange color, its graceful arch, its mighty towers. That sight brings, they tell me, a sense of awe and wonder, a realization of how a dream can become solid, an awareness of the great height, depth and distance a bridge spans.

Watch PBS and you can learn its history, – the vision required to imagine and draw it, the skill needed to engineer its construction, the courage and investment of time, money, emotion and lives, that went into its creation. Bringing that symbolic structure in to being required risk, with a capital R.

What brought all of this to mind was a friend’s describing “arching her back” to do a certain exercise. “Arch,…” I thought, “Arch. Bridge…” And it came to me: “How can I become a bridge?” And, for that matter, how can you?

Bridging a gap is a common enough metaphor. Sometimes though, I think we’re more focused on the “gap” part of the metaphor rather than the “bridging.” What is it about us humans that seeing lack or gaps is easier than seeing the way to connect the separate, distant, seemingly unrelated or unconnectable? I don’t know about you, but I certainly get gap-crazy sometimes.

Maybe it’s time for me, and you, to get “bridge-oriented”.

Inspired, wanting to make the bridging a body-memory, I stand up from my computer chair, arch my back, stretch from the tips of my toes to my hands as my arms reach toward the sky. What will I, what can I, bridge? What investment am I willing to make to imagine that bridge, describe that bridge, create that bridge? Maybe it’s the bridge between parts of my inner self that seem in conflict, or parts of my outer life that currently compete for my attention or seem to stretch me too far in ways I can’t manage.

Or, maybe the challenge is to be a bridge between two groups of people, blind people and sighted people, for example.

What can you, will you, bridge? What is needed to cross the empty space? Faith in the value of bringing together two whatevers: people, families, groups; imagination to see what elements of each are embodied in yourself, the bridge. And, oh yes, willingness to RISK, with a capital R.

I leave it to you to envision, imagine and explore all the kinds of bridges you can be.

Whether we bridge a creek, a small stream, a river, or the San Francisco Bay, it’s the spanning that counts, the flexibility, the staying strong, the commitment. So go on now, and build yours!

Work from Home Assembly Jobs is a Scam

The ads blare out at you from their static websites: Free Home Assemby Jobs. Make money doing easy assembly work. Assemble product work from home offers are abundant online and offline. I know how tempting it is to believe their claims.

You see, several years ago, I too looked at these types of ads and was lured in by their promising offer. I mean, I liked doing arts and crafts and since I was reasonably intelligent, I was sure I could do jewelry assembly at home in my spare time and make as much money as I did working full time.

So, I sent away for the information from the home assembly company and got back a starter kit which had the pieces of the beaded earrings I was supposed to make and instructions on how to make them.

The company stated that I needed to complete this first assignment to see if I could do the work they needed competently. So, I proceeded to assemble the earrings, and did a nice job – so I thought.

I sent the earrings back to the company and eagerly awaited their approval so I could get started fulfilling lots of orders for these cool earrings. I assumed the home assembly company was working with other businesses who needed to have these types of handmade goods made on the cheap. I was assured by the company that this work was so easy anybody could do it and I could do as much as I wanted. The more earrings I made, the more money I’d make.

Except, there was a problem.

The company sent me back a notice stating I had botched the job of making this test pair of earrings and I would not be qualified to do any work for them at this time. I was puzzled by this because those earrings were pretty easy to make and I had followed their instructions to the letter. So, I couldn’t understand their logic.

Of course, they sent me an order form and encouraged me to order more jewelry making supplies so that I could practice making these earrings and get my work up to the quality level they preferred. I declined to continue with this scheme.

No matter. Now that I was on their mailing list, they could bombard me with all kinds of tempting easy moneymaking offers. You see, they know that there is lots of appeal in creating offers featuring crafts and assembly work from home opportunities. This is how they lure you into their never ending stream of bogus offers. If you failed at one opportunity, you’re still likely to try others – and that’s how they make money off of you.

If you are looking for legit home assembly jobs, sorry to say, but you’re wasting your time. These offers are all bogus. If you really want to make money creating handmade crafts, you’re better off buying a few instructional books/videos and teaching yourself, then going to your local flea market and selling them. This way, you can create something that people really want, and keep all the money for yourself.

Do not give your hard earned money away to these scammers. They will not pay you a dime for your assembly work, but they are hoping that you’ll be fooled into paying them lots of money for endless make easy money scams. I hope you know enough now to hold onto your money and forget about these cheats once and for all.

Tips For Mounting a Flat Screen TV

A variety of flat screen TV wall mounts are available at home appliance stores or on the Internet. Wall mounts are important accessories as they can really enhance your TV-viewing experience. If you get an incompatible TV wall mount or you fix one incorrectly, you may not have the best viewing experience and you do not want to risk having your TV fall onto the floor and breaking. The following are some easy tips that would help you find or fix a wall mount in the best possible manner.

Check Out the Specs

Before rushing to the store or clicking on the "add to shopping cart" button, make sure that you understand the wall-mount specifications of your TV. They're usually mentioned in the user manual of your flat screen TV. The specifications of the TV wall mount that you purchase or have should also be read thoroughly. The wall mount needs to match the screen size of the television.

Normally, a particular mount is ideal for holding a TV within a specified range of screen size. For example, some wall mounts have a 26-50 screen size, which means these mounts are ideal for holding a TV screen within the size range of 26 inches to 50 inches. Another aspect is the weight capacity. Make sure that the weight capacity is more than the actual weight of the TV.

Flat TV screens come with pre-drilled holes on the back. Caps made of plastic or some other material sometimes cover these holes behind the TV. You have to remove these caps before mounting the TV. Use a screwdriver or a small knife to remove the caps. An important aspect here is the distance between the holes. These will be located at the corners of either a square or a rectangle. The TV wall mount should have mounting holes at the same distance.

You can get an idea about this distance from the VESA (Video Electronics Standard Association) standard. For example, VESA 75 means the holes are at the corners of a square with a side 75 mm long. VESA 100/200 means the holes are at the corners of a rectangle with the sides 100 mm and 200 mm long. Check the VESA rating of your flat screen TV and make sure that the VESA standard of the wall mount is compatible with that of the TV.

Finding The Best Spot on the Wall

Aesthetic and interior decoration plays a part in finding the right place for mounting the flat screen TV. However, one has to give more importance to the viewing angle. You can see the best picture when the TV screen is at a direct, head-on angle. A sideways angle often spoils the picture clarity.

The height of the mount is also an important factor. The TV should be placed at a spot slightly higher than eye level. You can find an ideal location after some trial and error. Also, when finding a spot on the wall to place the flat wall mounts, you should make sure that it's devoid of any kind of glare. That would be bad.

Take your time and you'll be sure to be proud of your work. You'll enjoy watching shows, movies and sports in no time. Good luck with your project!

How To Use A Carpentry Hammer

The first objective is to choose a carpentry hammer that you are comfortable with. These days there are many different types, shapes, and sizes to use. There are finish carpentry hammers, framing hammers, sheetrock hammers and more. Hammers come in different sizes so before a decision is made on use a hammer make sure that it feels comfortable enough to swing it. I recommend for beginners to use a 16oz hammer. It is very comfortable and also very effective.

The secret to swinging a hammer is to use your wrist. When hammering nails into an object remember that it is all in the wrist and nothing else. People who are new to swinging carpentry hammers sometimes use their forearms muscles to bang the nail in the object. This method is effective but also very tiring. Practicing with the wrist will bring more successful blows to the nail head. If I get to use my hammer all day long its like me being in heaven their something about banging in nail that gets my adrenaline going and keeps me feeling alive.

But the hammerhead is not the only part of the hammer there is also the claw. There are many hammers that have different claws on them so make sure that you pick the claw that you are most comfortable with. I enjoy using the old fashion claw nothing fancy. Here is a valuable tip when using the claw if you find your self-having a hard time getting a nail out of something. Put the nail between the claws and bend the nail from side to side as you are bending pull on the nail and the nail will come up.

Mosaic Backsplashes for Your Kitchen

The areas above the stove, the sink, and surrounding the sides of our kitchen island are tricky areas to decorate. Do you

a) Put up wallpaper? (It will probably peel)
b) Paint it? (Can it hold up to the heat / easy to clean?)
c) Put up a glass mosaic backsplash? (Just wipe away with water, will not chip or peel)
d) Move? (Well, that's just complicated)

Glass mosaic backsplashes bring a unique look to any area of ​​your kitchen. They enable you to pick your color, or even intricate design if you so choose. The versatility is yours. Many times the mosaics come in slabs that are prefabricated, meaning that individual pieces will not become loose or fall off. They can be permanently affixed to your wall and can remain their regardless of steam heat and oil.

Glass mosaics need on; y soap and water to clean, and will not smudge or fray like paint and wallpaper might. Glass mosaics also hold up to stains and heat and water damage better than drywall can, if you choose to leave the walls uncovered or paint.

Evaluating what's best for the look of your kitchen is also key. Making sure that you integrate mosaics in a subtle way is important. Matching the mosaics to your cabinetry or your countertops, whatever compliments your home's style best. A backsplash is an accent piece meant to highlight the stove area sink, and any other countertop area of ​​interest that brings a large gap in cabinetry along with it.

Mosaics is a Choosing clean, easy to install option for your Reviews kitchen backsplashes . They're easy to clean, come in a wealth of colors, and do not break the bank, either.

How To Prevent And Repair Water Damaged Brickwork

Continual exposure to water is usually the primary reason that you’ll find water damage on your brickwork. Defective rainwater systems are one common reason you’ll find your walls under continuous attack from the elements. One of the most preventable problems homeowners will face, I am still shocked to this day with the amount of water drainage systems left in disrepair.

If however you do find that you’re suffering from damaged brickwork, here is some advice to help repair the problem if you feel handy with a trowel.

The continuous exposure to moisture in the cement between your brickwork will cause it to soften, from the outside in, so the first thing to do is rake the cement out from in between all your brickwork, about 15mm deep, or until you start hitting solid cement again, taking care not to damage your bricks.

The surface area must be cleaned once you’ve finished raking out the soft cement, and then with a clean pointing trowel you can begin to fill in the joints. Always fill the perpendicular, or vertical joints first, and then fill in the bed or horizontal joints, finally running the repair slightly over the affected are so as to blend it in to the older brickwork.

When the brickwork itself is water damaged the affected bricks must be carefully removed and replaced, taking care to match the existing brickwork. It is always worth noting at this stage that a brick that has been spoiled on the showing face can quite often be good on its remaining face . If carefully removed in one piece it can be turned around to show the unaffected side. This will be the best match to your existing masonry. After removing the problematic bricks, the hole should be brushed clean of any loose sand and a new bed joint is to be laid making sure that the joint is full.

The last joint in your replacement brickwork is the most important. This is the joint that will be directly under pinning the exsisting brickwork and this should be compacted using a piece of hard wood the same thickness as the joints. This is used for ramming the morter to the back of the new joints. Care should be taken that the replacement bricks are bedded in line with existing face work to insure continuity and an inconspicuous repair.

When it comes to cracking in your walls, if you only have cracks following the pointing of your brickwork usually this isn’t such a big job to have repaired, however if your cracks follow on through the bricks then those bricks will need replacing, as well as work being done to discover and repair the root of the replaced were the horizontal cracking has occurred it is a simple repointing job has described.

It goes without saying that before you attempt these repairs you must take care of any remedial work first , checking also to see potential future problems and addressing them accordingly.

Five Things Your Painter Will not Tell You

If you're like most people looking for some curb appeal, the first and most valuable project that you undertake is painting. Whether inside or out, fresh paint provides excellent return on your investment of time and money. Many people find painting outside of their realm of expertise and hire professional painters, expecting them to be similar in quality and craftsmanship. Unfortunately, the spectrum of quality is broad and sometimes difficult to discern. You'll need to research a company before you hire anyone and unless you ask the right questions, you may be disappointed with the results. Here are five things your painter is not likely to tell you.

1. "I guesstimated the costs involved in painting your home. I hope I do not have to cut corners to complete the job." How much have you really saved if your paint job only lasts three years? With proper cleaning and maintenance, a good exterior paint job should last 7-10 years. I have found that even within circles of true professional companies, the most difficult aspect for them to perfect is the estimating. When a person makes the transition from painter to business owner, the details of estimating, cost accounting and general business operations are not generally taught, but learned … or not. If your painter is guesstimating, there is a real possibility that you will not get what you paid for. Unless it's an obviously sloppy job, you probably will not know it until your painter has already spent your money. You'll want to see a detailed estimate with everything in writing including the scope of work, warranty, payment terms, etc.

2. "I use the cheapest materials to help hold down the cost of the job." A quality job is never done with the cheapest material. Material costs generally run 12-15% of the total job with the bulk of the cost in labor. Outside, cheap materials may only last one or two years before they start to chalk and deteriorate. Cheap caulk is even worse since when it fails it allows moisture to intrude causing rot and paint peeling. Inside, cheap paint can take several coats to cover and may be difficult to touch up. You do not always need to use the most expensive materials, but certainly do not waste your money on the cheapest. You'll want to see in writing what materials will be used as well as the manufacturer's product information on the material so you do not get duped into buying the inferior products.

3. "We do mostly new construction, so we do not usually deal with the preparation needed for a repaint job." Very often in the painting trade, a company will only do new construction, or commercial work, or repaints, etc. With the significant slowdown in the new construction market here on the Outer Banks, many companies are searching for work outside their areas of expertise. You might think that the jobs are similar, but they are actually very different. From cleaning, to protecting landscaping, to product selection, the repaint segment has many steps that a new construction or commercial painter may have never performed. You'll want to see testimonials and check references to ensure that the company has successfully completed jobs like yours.

4. "My worker's comp and liability insurance only covers me, not the other five people working at your home." This is a big problem and if one of those guys gets hurt and requires medical attention, the homeowner is stuck with the liability. Many contractors will pay their people as subcontractors. In that circumstance the subcontractor is supposed to carry their own insurances, but very often does not. It's a great way to hold down overhead and job costs, but not so great for the homeowner if anything happens. Lots of things can happen too. From falling off a ladder, to paint spills, to oversprayed cars, the painting trade offers lots of opportunities for the gremlins to do their thing. You'll want to make sure the company and all its employees are covered by worker's comp and liability insurance.

5. "We never check an employee's background, but I do not think anyone has ever been jailed for theft or assault." Lots of unscrupulous people work in the trades, and so is the case with painters as well. Your home and its contents being the most valuable assets you own, you should have some peace of mind knowing that you do not have to hide the cookie jar when someone is working there. Enough said? You'll want to know that you are hiring a reputable company with good employees.

Even if your painter passes the test, there is still the question of craftsmanship. Testimonials are a great way to check a company's reputation and level of craftsmanship so ask to see some. If other clients have taken the time to give a testimonial, it's a good indicator that you will be treated in the same fashion.

Make sure that you're not surprised by what your painter will not tell you … hire a professional!

Vintage Chandeliers

A chandelier is undoubtedly an indulgence that can be seen used through history. Museums all over the world showcase exquisite pieces of intricately made chandeliers used by royalty. So, when in today's times one opts to give his home decor a vintage touch, it is the thought of a chandelier that first enters the mind. But then just any chandelier will not add a vintage touch to your home. The chandelier itself has to bear a distinctly vintage visage.

The best place to look would be antique shops. Spread the word that you are on the lookout for a vintage chandelier and if you are lucky, someone you know may have an unused one in their attic. As to why it is in the attic and not hanging in the living room, there is just one answer- tastes differ.

Vintage chandeliers are generally ornate pieces with intricate carvings. Candle chandeliers are a good bet as they have an antique feel to them. But they might not be a practical acquisition unless they have been modified to accommodate electrical fittings. Other materials that vintage chandeliers are made of are crystal, wrought iron, brass or antlers. Do remember that vintage chandeliers are rarely, if ever, shiny in appearance.

If you do not find a suitable piece of vintage chandelier on the market you have another way of procuring it. Buy a wrought-iron or a brass type of chandelier and work upon it to age it. This is possible by the application of an antiquing glaze on the chandelier. This process will impart a suitable authentic antique feel to your brand new chandelier. When the glaze is still wet, rubbing the metal with a soft cloth gives the metal a worn out look, and, your vintage chandelier is ready.

Take care to alter the decor of the surroundings also in a suitable manner. The vintage look must be enhanced by a vintage ambiance.

Investing For Retirement – Not an All Or Nothing Play

In 1519, Hernando Cortes, beached on the shores of unexplored Mexico, made a fateful decision: he would burn the ships he and his men arrived in and attempt to overthrow Montezuma and the mighty Aztec empire. The decision was risky. The Aztecs were meant to possess large numbers of brave warriors while Cortes had only a handful of men. If Cortes had the slightest setback there would be no escape. On the other hand, Cortes had no choice. The powerful Governor of Cuba wanted his head. Cortes had defied the Governor time and time again and his best option for getting out of the situation was to win favor with King Charles by conquering a civilization rich in gold and other treasures. Since Cortes' men might get a little antsy if the going got rough and decide they would prefer going home, Cortes decided it would be best to completely align their incentives with his. He did this by burning the ships. Anything but success would now equal death for Cortes and all of his men. Thus began the famous march from Vera Cruz to Tenochtitlan.

Your retirement is not the conquest of New Spain. All or nothing plays, though they can be wildly successful and can lead to conquistador like splendor, are not the kinds of risks you should be taking with your future. Putting all of your savings into a single speculative venture should be reserved for situations when there is truly nothing to lose.

When investing for the future you should take a much longer view of things. You should understand that the economy undergoes boom and bust cycles, fads come and go and sometimes you just plain get unlucky. To combat the vicissitudes of fortune you must diversify your investment holdings.

A lot of people go about their savings in a very simple way: they have their employer take money out of their paycheck and put it in a 401 (k) plan. This is a good, tax advantaged way to save. The problem often comes, however, when the employee falls prey to the employer's siren song of re-investing in the company. Perhaps the company has been doing well lately and the employee is bullish on the future success of the company. He or she then goes ahead and contributes 100% of his 401 (k) to purchasing company stock. That is a potentially disastrous decision.

Most people's livelihoods are not well diversified. For the most part people rely on their employer for their future well being. Your employer supplies your paycheck, you are counting on your employer for wage increases and you may also be expecting a nice little pension when you retire. That is already a lot of eggs in one basket. Companies fail suddenly, layoffs occur and you do not always have the meteoric rise in your career that you might hope for.

To subject your savings to the fortunes of the company that you already are so dependent upon is something you should do only after careful consideration of all the alternatives. It might be the right thing to do, but you are taking on a lot of risk in doing it.

So if you are not doubling down on your company's future, what should you be doing with your retirement savings? The answer obviously depends on where you are in your life. When you are younger you can take a few more risks in life. Your portfolio should be weighted towards slightly riskier assets rather than stable, income producing assets. As you get older the mix should change until you reach a point in life where, finally, your portfolio consists of mostly income producing assets.

This is not carte blanche to go on a wild stock-picking adventure with your retirement money while you are young. You should leave that to the pros. There are people who dedicate their lives to learning the art of investing. These people study The Intelligent Investor like it was a bible. They pore over annual reports and study where Warren Buffet went to lunch that day in an attempt to glean a precious new piece of information. If this profile does not sound like you, stay away from stock-picking. Even the pros have a hard time beating the market and they have advantages that you can never hope to have on your side.

Sure you can gamble a little bit of money on that hot stock your cousin told you about, but think of it the same way as putting a pile of money on red at the roulette table: odds are you are going to lose your money, but , hell, you might get lucky and win.

For proper long term planning, concentrate on finding a mutual fund that has a nice track record, low fees and a good rating from a reputable publication like Morningstar. If you want to make a bet on the growth of America, buy an S & P 500 index fund. For a little extra diversity, maybe research an international or emerging markets fund and put some money there. As long as you stay away from French companies, you should be fine.

The Advantages of Utilizing Mechanical Excavation Plants

Much has been said about the use of mechanical excavation methods in earthworks and excavation projects. With all of the information out there, it can be hard to make sense of what using mechanical excavation plants really means. However, you can be sure that the issue is not as complicated as some would have you believe and there are, in fact, distinct and straightforward advantages to using mechanical excavation methods.

Earthwork and excavation is a very large undertaking, whether on a large industrial or civil level, or on a smaller private or residential level. So, why is it a good idea to use mechanical excavation and earthwork plants? Here are just a few:

Faster Completion of Projects-It’s no secret that earthwork and excavation projects are expensive endeavors, and the longer a job takes, the more expensive it will be. Using mechanical plants can cut down on the excavation and earth-moving process and therefore significantly cut down on the cost of the entire job.

Safer Practice-In some cases, manual labor is the only option, but when mechanical methods can be employed, they significantly cut down on injury risks on the job site. A mechanized work site is a safer work site, because the machines do all of the work that can easily harm or injure a human worker. This also cuts down greatly on total job costs because insurance rates for the job will be positively affected and, of course, payment to injured employees becomes unnecessary.

Get Deeper-While the amount of digging and excavation that can be achieved by a human worker is extremely limited due to fatigue and other human factors, mechanical backhoes and face shovel excavators can reach much deeper into the earth. This is important because some jobs require a massive amount of earth to be moved and these amounts can only be moved with the use of mechanical excavation plants.

Less Manpower Ultimately Needed-Efficiency and cost-effective methods are extremely important in excavation and earthworks projects. As mentioned earlier, these projects can be very expensive, but having a mechanical plant on your excavation job can cut the cost of manpower at least in half. Fewer workers means a cheaper and more efficient job invoice. In addition to the immediate money-saving effect that having to pay fewer workers has, having a mechanical excavation plant also decreases the risk of bodily injury on your job site.

No matter how big your earthwork and excavation job is, using a mechanical excavation plant just makes good sense. Backhoes and face shovel excavators can dig deeper, work faster, move earth more safely, and save you more money than a purely manual workforce. The FGS Group employs a careful combination of mechanical excavation and manpower for each job we take. We have all of the mechanical excavation machines needed to do a fast, safe, and cost-effective job, and the experienced manpower to run it all. Call the FGS Group today!

Information Worth Knowing About a Face Lift

A face lift (also known scientifically as a rhytidectomy) is a procedure performed by a plastic surgeon that reduces wrinkles on the face and removes some of the more obvious signs of aging. Face lift surgery can help to improve and soften the look of the face and the jaw area. Aging is not the only thing that makes the face look older as time passes. Stress and sun exposure can also contribute to this.

Not only can lift surgery serve to improve your looks but it can also be an instant self-confidence booster. It is worth noting however that not everyone is a suitable candidate for a rhytidectomy. The very best results are seen in those who are in good health and who have skin that is still reasonably supple. In other words, the skin on your face must be able to move, adapt and be flexible to the work that would be done on it.

Some patients may decide to combine their lift operation with other cosmetic procedures such as a forehead lift (also sometimes referred to as a brow lift) or a neck lift. Whether you wish to have more than one procedure done at once is up to you and also up to the discretion of the plastic surgeon. Those who have realistic expectations about what a lift on their face can and can not accomplish tend to be the most satisfied with the final results.

There is more than one type of rhytidectomy surgery. The surgeon will explain your options to you at your consultation and will examine your face to determine which one he feels would be of the most benefit to you. The four main types of lifts for the facial area include the lower (standard) lift, the mid lift, the mini "weekend" lift and the thread lift. With many different options for you to choose from it is important to be guided by more than just the balance of your bank account.

There is a reason you want to have a face lift in the first place. Take into consideration the particular areas on your face that are bothersome to you and that you wish to improve. The recovery time for this surgical procedure varies based on which method is chosen and you therefore must decide how much time you are able to set aside to recuperate and heal. How you wish to look post-face lift matters as well. Take a close look at yourself in the mirror and decide what it is you would like to see your face look like once the bandages from your operation come off.

Advantages of Using Elevators

Elevator is a tool or equipment which enables easy access and mobility to different levels or floors of a multi storied building. It can also be defined as a machine, usually used in multi leveled buildings, which is capable of moving vertically up and down to carry people and goods from one floor to the other with the help of a rotating motor (which rotates both way) and a shaft or with the help of a high magnetic force. Nowadays the elevators have become very common in the world and people have really started to make a habit of not using the stairs-evolution! But there are valid reasons too.

There are just too many advantages of using an elevator. The elevators are very convenient in making easy access to different floors of a building. Especially the people who are physically disabled find it very easy for them to move from one floor to the other which otherwise would have been impossible. It is also used for carrying heavy materials and goods up and sown the building very easily. Similarly a pregnant woman or an elderly person who is facing difficulties to climb up the stairs would probably take the elevator as a messiah in their lives with the help of whom they are being able to move about the building and without whom it would not have been possible. For the building makers or the building constructors it may act as a strategy to make more profit as it increases the floor area of the building and thus they can charge more while selling it and have quite a bit of extra profit. With increase in the rate or price of land the constructors use another strategy of installing elevators, as adding floor upward would be very cost effective rather than constructing it outward. So they tend to make more profits.

Other than these the elevators also come in different and uncommon shapes, designs and looks rather than the one usually used with the grilled doors, like with glass doors, both way open doors, sliding doors, doors with abstract designs, in-tube, etc and shapes like capsule shaped, cylindrical, cubical, pyramid shaped, etc which add up to the interiors and the décor of the house. Hence it also increases the resale value of the house. Even installing a normal elevator increases the resale value of the house since it helps a lot by diverting people or the households towards a comfortable detour. Elevators also have a very special weapon or advantage of having good security facilities like ‘stop button’ which allows the lift to stop at any point or level in case of any emergency, emergency lights which works when there is a power failure with the help of a rechargeable battery. Manual lowering adapters are also there which help the elevators to get lowered slowly and manually from the inside in case the lift, as it may also be known as, faces a sudden breakdown. There are many more advantages of an elevator may be which are yet to be found.

Free Reverse License Plate Lookup – Find Out the Owner by Using Reverse License Lookup

Using a reverse license plate Lookup can be very helpful in many situations. If you have witnessed a hit-and-run accident and you had enough sense to write down the license plate and you can find out who the owner of the car is. There are many places online that offer this kind of service and you should search and find one that fit your needs the best.

Many things can happen when you are driving and you may have a need to find out only certain vehicle. You may be out driving around and you see somebody swerving could be drunk behind the wheel. The best thing that you can just jot down the license plate number that way later you can lookup the owner of the vehicle. You would hate to see somebody get hurt because a drunk driver was driving irresponsibly.

When you are online and you have the number in front of you make sure that you spend time searching for a website that allows you to get the information you need for free. There are lots of sites online that will charge you money for this type of search and in all reality you should be able to use a free service.

Remember that reverse license plate lookups are a very handy thing to use. You never know when you may be involved in an accident and the other driver speeds away and the only thing you have is their license number. You now have the ability to lookup that number and get the identity of the driver who hit you.

Pellet Stove Inserts For Your Home

Heating your home during the long winter months can be very expensive as you are paying a lot for your electricity or gas. However, there is now a cheaper alternative to the traditional home heating systems – pellet stove inserts. Pellet stoves or freestanding pellet stoves as some people call them use pressed sawdust pellets as fuel. Those that have used these stoves say they will dramatically lower your energy bill during the cold winter months. In addition to being more economical they are a great deal more efficient than traditional heating systems.

There are differences however between a pellet stove and the pellet stove that takes inserts. The major difference is between each type of stove is the look of each. Pellet stove are chosen more often than the insert stoves simply because when installed they give more of an authentic look. Pellet stoves are freestanding stoves that give the look and feel of old fashioned pot bellied stoves. If you have recently purchased an old Victorian home a pellet stove would be an excellent addition to the kitchen or the living room, tucked away in the corner.

Pellet stoves that take inserts are slightly different and they often resemble a fireplace rather than a stove. This type of stove is usually placed in the living room. The installation of these stoves is a little more complex and time consuming and is usually done in a remodelling process or during the construction phase of a house. These stoves come equipped with thermostats so that the temperature can be controlled inside the home. When you adjust the thermostat, a machine in the stove feeds pellets into the fire to keep it going. This is a great alternative to other stoves that you have to constantly stand over and feed the fire. With the pellet stove you are free to do other things around the house.