Do Men Love Their Mistresses?

I often hear from wives who ask me how husbands really feel about their mistresses. I often hear things like: “It’s bad enough that he cheated on me and had a physical relationship with someone else. But, the emotional cheating is the hardest to take. Because I don’t think I could bear it if he was in love with her.”

Or, “my husband claims that he loves his mistress. I don’t think this is even possible. They haven’t known each other for very long and she’s not the type of woman he would even typically find attractive. What in the world has gotten into him? He’s usually a smart man, but he’s acting so stupid.”

As I’m sure you already suspect, a husband’s feelings about a mistress can be a facade. There are many reasons why he may think that he’s in love with her. I’ll go over some of these reasons in the following article. And I’ll tell you why I typically don’t buy most of them.

Often, The Husband Wants To Love His Mistress So That His Actions Are Justified: Let’s face it. Cheating on your spouse is not the behavior that many people are most proud of. It’s deceptive. It’s immature. And, it indicates that you’d rather go behind someone’s back to solve a problem rather than handling it like an adult. So, often husbands will try to convince themselves that the action they took was based on strong, undeniable, and irresistible feelings that come along once in a lifetime.

So a husband will often say to himself “I didn’t plan to cheat. But she’s my soul mate. How am I supposed to turn my back on that?” Because he is looking for a way to justify his actions, he’ll often magnify how he feels about her. Imagine cheating on your spouse just because you think you might “like” someone. This doesn’t make as much sense, right? So he has to exaggerate his feelings both to himself, the mistress, and to you until his actions begin to feel justified or appear to make some sense.

A Man May Think He Loves His Mistress, But What He Really Loves Is The Way That She Makes Him Feel About Himself: A husband may look you right in the eye and tell you that the mistress “understands.” “gets,” or “appreciates” him in a way that you don’t. Of course he would like to believe this. Because often, she’s telling him that he’s wonderful, exciting, and does no wrong. Who wouldn’t respond to that?

She doesn’t see the man who trims his nose hairs in the sink or who leaves his underwear on the bathroom floor. It’s easy for her to be “into” him because she’s not seeing the real him. In time, this changes. But in the beginning, her attention and feedback likely makes him feel valued, exciting and unique. It’s not her that he loves. What he loves is how confident and alive being with her makes him feel.

The problem is that none of this is based on any form of reality. Eventually, she too will see his flaws and eventually she too will turn her attention back to real life. But in the meantime, he may tell you that he’s “in love” with her, but know that what he truly adores is how she makes him feel.

So where does that leave you? Well, knowledge can be power. Eventually, she’ll have to pick up those dirty socks or deal with his other issues and all that excitement and energy is going to start to fade. And when it does, the feelings are going to follow right along. And suddenly, along with his disappointment, you’ll also see those loving feelings begin to reveal themselves as what they really are. An affair usually comes out of some personal crisis or self esteem issue. He usually does nothing (other than have an affair) to address this. These issues are going to eventually affect the affair in the same way they affected the marriage.

It’s Highly Unlikely To Find A Soul mate Within A Sea Of Deception: When men claim that the mistress is their “soul mate,” you have to ask yourself about their logic. A relationship based on lies, deception, and imagination is usually destined to fail. How are they ever going to have a relationship based on trust, mutual respect, and admiration when you consider how their relationship began?

A loving and healthy relationship is based on history, honesty, transparency, and hanging in there for a long haul. The mistress doesn’t have any of these things on her side. Sure, in the beginning, everything may seem shiny and exciting but it can not and typically does not last. As these two return to reality, what’s real about that relationship will usually reveal itself. And when it does, so too do the feelings behind it.

It’s often only then that a man will see that he doesn’t love the mistress at all. Perhaps he thought he did. Perhaps he loved how the relationship made him feel. Perhaps the feelings were heightened due to the risk and sense of urgency. But it’s usually all a facade in the end. I’m not saying that the husband and the mistress never make it in a long term relationship. This does occasionally happen. But I find that it’s the exception rather than the rule.

In the end, they usually have too many factors stacked against them. And once they return back to real life, this will typically become pretty apparent.

Is Your Headphone Jack Plug Giving You Problems?

You are doing your favorite activity and listening to music on your headphones. Suddenly the music just stops or its interrupted with a loud crackle. How annoying! Weather it is your old Sony Walkman, MP3 player, new Apple iPod, iPhone, iPad or your lovely laptop, the thought of an audio malfunction could be shocking. Most likely your audio interruption is caused by a problem with your Headphone Jack Plug.

Sometimes it’s the simple things that count. With all the complicated circuitry and programs going on inside today’s audio capable gadgets, it may be the common headphone jack that causes the most problems. A set of headphones and the headphone jack gives us the capability auditory interaction with today’s popular electronic devices. Depending on the type, a headphone jack costs anywhere from a fraction of a dollar to a few dollars. That is why it can be very frustrating when you realize you may have paid hundreds of dollars for an electro-gadget that doesn’t work because of a relatively cheap!

The term headphone jack or headphone plug refers to both male and female metal connectors that come in various sizes. The most common sizes are a 6.35mm or 1/4″ jack, 3.5mm miniature jack and a 2.5mm sub-miniature jack. The malfunction of a simple headphone jack can be a big headache.

There are a few different causes for its malfunction. The female part of a headphone jack is most prone to causing a failure because it us an opening into the inner circuitry of any device that has one. Allowing sand, dust or water to get inside could cause a problem. Some of today’s latest audio devices have a “moisture” detection sensor. If liquid or excessive moisture gets inside the headphone jack, a small LED light will change from white to red to indicate unacceptable moisture levels. Such indication may cause the device to shut down in an attempt to avoid further damage. Another common cause of headphone jack failure is a bad connection do to the spreading of the internal metal contacts. This is the reason for most repair requests or returns for MP3s, cell phones and iPods. It has been noted as one of the most discouraging problems for audio technicians. Technicians have stated that it is a shame that such beautifully designed devices fail because of a jack malfunction.

So, what can be done to avoid and/or repair a problem with headphone jacks? If you think dirt or dust got into the jack, you could try blowing out the jack hole. You can blow into the hole yourself or buy a can of compressed air commonly sold in electronic and computer stores that are made specifically for cleaning electronic devices. If you think liquid or moisture got into the hole, just let it sit for a while in a dry warm place for a couple of days, the device might dry out and begin working properly. If none of these works and your device is under warranty, send it back to the manufacturer for repair.

Although not recommended, you could try a do it yourself fix. To do this, remove the cover of your device. This may require you to remove a number of screws around the perimeter of the cover. If you have soldering skills you can remove the old solder from the jack by heating up the old solder with a soldering gun and tabbing it off with a toothpick. Then apply new solder using proper soldering technique. If you do not know how to solder try cleaning jack connectors with an alcohol swab. Test your device to see if it works. If not, you may want to re-solder the connections. Soldering properly requires some skill.

If all of the above methods do not resolve your jack problem, your best bet may be to send it back to the manufacturer for a repair. Follow the instructions in your user manual for the repair process. But there are ways to avoid problems with your headphone jacks. Be gentle when inserting the male jack into the female receptor. Angling when injecting may cause the female connectors to spread, thus causing a loose connection, which may require constant jiggling. Use device clips to secure your device to your belt or pocket to avoid pulling on the jack if your device falls or is pulled.

Sometimes the best way to avoid jack damage is prevention. Some devices come with jack covers but others do not. If you have a device that does not have a headphone jack cover you can buy one at your electronics store or go on-line and search for “headphone jack cover”. Protect your investment, avoid dust and moisture and get a cover if you don’t have one.

Different Kinds of Welding

  1. Stick
  2. TIG
  3. MIG
  4. FCAW

There are multiple names used for the same process in welding because they have become commonly accepted slang terms. It does not matter what you call it, as long as you understand they are the same. Let me explain.

Stick welding is a slang term for “Shielded Metal Arc Welding” and is commonly abbreviated, or referred to, as “SMAW”. The slang term comes from the rod that is used because it is looks like a stick. This is a process that uses a power source that produces constant amperage to create an arc. This type of welder uses a rod, or electrode, made of metal with a flux coating on the outside that protects the weld area from the air while the rod is burning. SMAW is mostly used in the field because it is a practical welding process that is cheap, works great on most metals, and allows for welding thick materials. This makes it an excellent joining process for most industrial construction needs. SMAW is also the most basic form of welding that is taught in the majority of schools as foundation to learning other types of metal joining processes.

TIG welding, or TIG, is an abbreviation for “Tungsten Inert Gas” but its proper name is “Gas Tungsten Arc Welding” commonly abbreviated and referred to as “GTAW”. Back in the day, it used to also be known as “HeliArc”. GTAW is a joining technology that uses a constant current power supply just like Stick welding. What changes is the way filler metal is deposited into the joint. TIG uses a torch that has a piece of tungsten to produce an arc. The torch also has shielding gas flowing through it to protect the weld area from air. Characteristics of tungsten allow arc temperatures to reach more than 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The way TIG works is that the arc is created and then a filler metal is added to the joint. Filler metals for this process come in wire form and are simply cut to length. The most commonly used shielding gas is Argon, which is used for welding more than 90 percent of metals. TIG welding is used for welding exotic metals or anywhere that requires high quality welds. This process is one of the most difficult types of welding to learn.

MIG welding, or MIG, is an abbreviation for “Metal Inert Gas” which is more formally known as “Gas Metal Arc Welding” or “GMAW”. The term MIG comes from the original shielding gasses used that were the inert, or Nobel, gasses. Today the gases used vary, so the name has officially been changed to “Gas Metal Arc Welding”. MIG welding is the slang term that is commonly accepted. It is also known as “Wire Wheel Welding”. This process uses a wire feed to feed solid filler wire to the weld joint. The wire feed is connected to a constant voltage power supply that creates the arc to melt the wire when it hits the weld joint. Before the wire creates an arc there needs to be a shielding gas feed through the system. MIG welding is done through a MIG gun that combines the wire, electricity and shielding gasses all at the same time. The MIG gun has a trigger that, once squeezed, starts the metal joining process. This process is considered semi-automatic because the filler metal is continuously feed to the weld joint. This metal joining process is typically used in factories where high production is needed. MIG is easy to operate but setting up the equipment can be troublesome for a less experienced operator.

FCAW, or “Flux Cored Arc Welding”, is technically considered a different type of welding process. The truth is that FCAW is a different type of electrode or filler wire used in a MIG welding machine. The electrode is a hollow tube that has flux in the center. What this does is allow the electrode to weld without using an external shielding gas. There are two types of electrodes used in FCAW; self shielding and dual shielding. Self is an electrode that does not need any shielding gas. It is very much like a Stick welding electrode turned inside out. What this does is allow welding in windy conditions. The down side of MIG welding is that wind or drafts cause welding defects. A self shielding FCAW electrode solves that problem. Dual shielding electrodes need shielding gas to work properly. The benefit of this type of electrode is the amount of weld it can deposit. FCAW is typically used in shipyards or anywhere that needs lots of welding to be done on thick metals.

There are many more different kinds of welding that are used. Some examples are:

  • Oxy Acetylene
  • Lasers
  • Brazing
  • Soldering
  • Plasma
  • SAW or “Submerged Arc Welding”
  • Friction
  • Plastic
  • Electron Beam
  • Explosive
  • Thermite
  • Forge
  • Ultra Sonic

And the list goes on! In the end the most commonly used processes are Stick, TIG, MIG and FCAW. These are the processes that have become popular because they are what industry needs. They produce welds ranging from mass production to x-ray quality.

Electrical Safety Precautions When Using Table Lamps

There are so many uses for table lamps. They have been one of the most reliable sources of light. At the same time, they accentuate the room and highlight its focal points.

Nowadays, most table lamps are powered by electricity. This means that you need to plug them to an outlet in order for the electrical current to power them. This evolution has paved way for a safer lighting device and a more convenient source of light.

Despite the many advantages of lamps, you still cannot deny the fact that the use of electricity poses many risks. Therefore, no matter how advanced your table lamps are, you are still entitled to follow safety precautions when using them.

Safe Practices in Using Lamps

Table lamps pose a risk for electrical fires or faulty wiring. Anything that deals with electricity must be used with caution. Lamps are awesome devices, but you can never tell what is going to happen next. That is why anyone who owns them should take the necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of electrical fires.

Here are some safety procedures when using them:

o Do not plug the device in an overloaded socket.

o Make routine checks on its wiring. If there are bare parts, use electrical tapes to cover them up.

o As much as possible, keep easily combustible materials away from the device.

o If it starts to heat-up, make sure to let it cool down. Therefore, it is also important to turn it off when leaving the room.

o Do not leave the device plugged-in especially when it has no bulb. If you have kids, they might accidentally touch the socket of the bulb (even you can be a victim), which can result to electrocution.

o As much as possible do not hide the wiring of the table lamps under easily combustible materials like rugs, curtains and other forms of fabrics.

o Use the right socket for the lamp’s plug.

o Use the right bulbs with the right wattage to prevent overheating.

o Do avoid buying lamps with cheap materials. Study the features to determine if they are fire hazard.

o If you see the lamps are starting to emit electrical sparks, turn it off and avoid using them until repaired.

Be a responsible owner and do not just rely on product descriptions. Even if it is the highest quality lamp, you still have to use them with caution. Doing so will prevent accidents, injuries and most of all, losing your home.

Get Your Ex Girlfriend Back By Using The Method Of Opening The Lines Of Communication!

As you know that getting an ex girlfriend back is not an easy mission. If you really do want to get her back, then you need to know how to take the right step in order to achieve what you want. What is the right step I’m talking about? Well, you should be able to know how to open up the lines of communication with her.

It is very possible that poor communication between the two of you is considered to be the real reason behind the break up. In addition, this is also considered to be the root cause for many broken relationships out there.

If you want to get an ex girlfriend back by trying to open the lines of communication with her as mentioned, then honesty should be your best policy. Remember, trying to get her back by using dirty tricks is not going to help. Even if you can get her back by using those tricks, but she will break up with you again, sooner or later.

However, you really need to be patient in order to try this honest communication method with your ex girlfriend. Just keep in mind that once you can communicate with her, then it is very possible that your situation will keep getting better.

In addition, in case that the problem in your relationship took a long time to develop, then you should understand that it will take some times to get it fixed. Even you can open the lines of communication with your ex girlfriend, but don’t expect that things will get better overnight. However, if you can communicate with her, then you are considered to be on the right path to get an ex girlfriend back. At least, you are trying to fix the problem in the relationship and you need to make sure that the same problem will not happen again.

Home Cures For Thrombosed Hemorrhoids – Should You Pop It?

Imagine yourself being in so much discomfort from having a Thrombosed Hemorrhoid that you take matters into your own hands and actually attempt to pop your hemorrhoid.

I have heard stories of people doing just that, using a mirror and sterilized needle and actually making a hole in the swollen hemorrhoid. The drainage that comes out is smelly, and usually mixed with blood and pus. I would recommend, that before things get this far, you take a look into Home Cures For Thrombosed Hemorrhoids.

A thrombosed hemorrhoid is simply a hemorrhoid that has become full from blood pooling there. It then begins to clot and a collection of blood, pus and mucus forms. These can become extremely painful and affect everyday life. Whether you are trying to sleep, eat or go to the bathroom; your hemorrhoid is constantly on your mind.

Here are some hints to relieve some of the discomfort..

  • After you go to the bathroom, dab with wet toilet tissue. The water makes the paper softer. Just dab the area, don’t wipe. You can also use a bottle (like the ones for dish soap) cleaned out and filled with warm water and use this to gently spray the area-then dab dry
  • Don’t strain when you use the bathroom. If you sit down to have a bowel movement and it is slow coming, get up and walk around a bit, then return to the toilet.
  • Soak in a warm saltwater bath three or four times a day. You can buy the sitz bath salt at your local pharmacy. This will not only relieve the pain it will also help to speed up the healing of your hemorrhoids.
  • Increase the amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains that you are eating. The fiber in these foods will help to keep your stools bulky and easy to pass. Increasing your water to at least eight glasses a day with the fiber is important to help the fiber to work.
  • Increase the activity you get will also help in promotion of softer stools and the healing of your hemorrhoids.

Now the fact is that sometimes a Thrombosed Hemorrhoid can actually pop all by itself. Things like sneezing or laughing can bring the pressure of a very swollen hemorrhoid to the point of bursting.

Home cures for Thrombosed Hemorrhoids are proven to be very effective. If your hemorrhoid becomes far too full, swollen and painful, you can make an appointment with your doctor. The doctor can make a puncture or small incision to let the contents of the hemorrhoid drain out. This would lessen the risks associated with popping your hemorrhoid yourself.

Who Cares, 3528 LED Or 5050 LED Diode?

3528 LED or 5050 LED are the most 2 common use LED in flex strip lighting. They can also used in either mono-light or RGB flex strip lighting. So what is 3528 LED as compare to 5050 LED? The supplier will reply with a simple sentence, 5050 is the diode which much brighter than 3528-LED.

Let us talk slightly more over here.

LED comparison

Please see the image for better understanding. You can find out that 3528-LED is smaller size as compare to 5050-LED, every 5050 LED diode actually compose of 3set of 3528-LED diode.

A 3528-LED diode will illuminate brightness equal to 6lm, and a 5050-LED diode will deliver the brightness for 18lm. Same as power, a 3528-LED diode will consume 0.06w; on the other hand a 5050-LED will use 0.18w of energy.

Since both diodes are considered as a low power diode, we don’t see much difference between heat dissipation. Or to put it another way, heat dissipation may not be a big concern for their application.

Application for 3528 LED and 5050 LED

We note that both diodes are mainly used in flex strip lighting, apart from flex strip lighting; we also notice that some of the manufacturers tend to use multiple 3528 or 5050 LED diode integrated in a household LED light bulb, is that any difference? In term from user stand point, it doesn’t make much difference because it emit similar amount of light brightness. However for most cases, people are still preferred to have high power LED diode.

In general, 3528 and 5050-LED are two general type of LED diode in the market that used for flex strip lighting. Select 5050-LED diode if illumination or brightness is the major concern.

Distinctions Between the Following Brands of Lighting – Progress Lighting, Hinkley Lighting, Kichler

Progress Lighting is the first preference of advance people. No other lighting brand could give decorative lighting products in the market like Progress Lighting. The name “Progress Lighting “is given to Progress Lighting only due to its progressive activity for introducing the most decorative products in the market. Progress Lighting products are not limited to a single type of decorative product.

Step lights, outdoor lights, landscape, Hall and Foyer lights, wall bracket, tracks lights, flex track system lights and many more decorative lights have been introduced in the market by Progress lighting which helps you to decorate each and every part of your house. Choose specific Progress Lighting product for the specific part of the home e.g. for hall and foyer, you should choose only hall and foyer products.

Your search for best and well experienced lighting companies will end with the name of “Hinckley Lighting” as it comes naturally in our mind. Hinkley Lighting has been giving the lighting products since last 85 years. One can conclude about the firmness of Hinkley Lighting products from their experience of giving lighting products in the market. Hinkley Lighting products make your rooms bright and one can easily perform his task within the Hinkley Lighting product. The basic target of Hinkley Lighting Company during making their products is to make such products which may bright a place more and more with the use of very small amount of electricity but they take care of decorating their bright products too.

People prefer to buy Hinkley lighting products mostly due to their lighting in the rooms instead of their decoration. If you have any lighting product in your house and you feel that that light does not bright your specific place enough, you should fix Hinkley Lighting product there.

Kichler lighting products are known in the market for their high quality and expensive prices. If Kichler gives high quality products, it suggests high prices for its product. It is considered that the Kichler designers are the most hard working designers of the world and they burn mid – night – oil to give high quality products in the market. Kichler lighting products are sold like hot cakes in the market due to their high quality. People pay high prices of this company product because they do not have to disappoint after paying high prices but feel happy when their products bright their room and no problem takes place when these products are used for long time.

People like to use Kichlet lighting fixture products to make their homes different and unique from others about brightening the house. Products like Willowmore 3 light bath, westwood floor lamp, four lights Oxford brass floor lamp, Olympia group lighting and many more kitchen products are the most favorite products of people by this company.

The three companies which are well known about the lighting products are Progress Lighting, Hinkley Lighting and Kichler Lighting and have different features from each other about their products.

Common Road Barriers

Vertical Concrete Parapets – Concrete Vertical Papapets are designed to absorb vertical loads on impact. Unlike the Jersey barrier, they are designed not to lift the vehicle but instead prevent it from rollover by keeping all four wheels on the ground. These barriers will cause substantially more damage to the impacting vehicle and driver injury could be substantially higher. The driver and passengers could be thrown more forcefully from the vehicle either into the barrier itself through a side window or through the front windshield due to the direct impact into the barrier.

Portable Concrete Barriers – Portable concrete barriers ( PCBs) are primarily utilized in construction work areas to keep wayward vehicles from hitting workers. They are produced in sections, which are then transported and linked together on site. Although their portability make them a great choice for ongoing and moving projects, their safety lies in a combination of long segments and significantly tight connections. The tighter connections allow for bending capabilities within the barriers. This will not occur if the sections are haphazardly connected to one another.

Additional security can be gained by securing each of the sections at either end to the roadway, however this does make the barrier sections less portable and does require more labor.

Low-Profile Concrete Barriers – Low Profile barriers are manufactured utilizing the opposite design of the Jersey Barriers. These barriers slope inward making them slimmer at the bottom. This reverse design causes the vehicle bumper to be pushed down rather then lifting it. Low-Profile barriers are often used in areas where driver site distance could be impaired by utilizing a higher profile barrier. They were introduced by the Texas Department of Transportation but have only been crash-tested with smaller vehicles at approximately 45 mph. It has not been tested utilizing higher speeds or larger vehicles so their effectiveness under these conditions remains unknown.

Each barrier serves a valuable purpose depending on the road conditions and project. Of all the barrier types the F-Type has been proven to be the most advanced and effective of the barriers while the Jersey barrier is the most widely used barrier available and has proven to be a very effective safety barrier by employing a variety of adaptations while minimizing vehicle damage upon impact.

How to Save Your Marriage When it Seems Impossible

When your partner doesn’t want to cooperate, you need to carry the challenge of how to save your marriage alone. It will be hard but always remember, nothing is impossible if you hold on to what God suggests you to do. He has promises to each one of us and for whatever it is, you will see that His plan is perfect.

If you desire to save your marriage and your partner is not cooperative, what is the best thing to do? You have to examine what is wrong with the marriage. It will be important that you speak to your partner according to his availability. You need to know what it is that makes your partner unhappy or happy. He/she may have things to hate about you and you need to know them so you know what to change about you.

Fixing a broken marriage is too hard especially when you both need to change things in yourselves, and the change means major adjustments. If your partner is having an affair with another person, it will be too painful and hard to solve, but you need to do something if you really want to save your marriage. You have the right to do something about it so don’t just sit there and watch your falling marriage.

How to save your marriage and win back the heart of your spouse is easy in a way. How do you do it? I always tell my friends who have the same problem that it will be easy if we will just surrender it to God. True love comes from Him and so if we want genuine love, we ask it from Him. Have you watched the movie “fireproof”? In that movie, there was only one of the couple who wanted to save the marriage, the other one doesn’t even care. But in the end, as the husband waited on the Lord and continuously listen and obey God’s instructions, his wife realized that she loves his husband so much.

It may seem that you don’t know how to save your marriage and it may be too impossible to make things work out. But if you will just try to know what God says about it, you will understand that it wouldn’t be impossible if it is really what He wants. Remember He has a plan for all of us. All we have to do is focus on Him. He will guide our way.

The gap between you and your spouse may require you and your partner to be changed. Remember that you cannot work on the change, you need God to do that. You are not capable of changing yourself and forcing your partner to change too. Changing your spouse will take place in God’s intervention so learn how to trust in Him. God knows how to save your marriage. Pray and believe. When God is with you, who can be against you. If you have clean intentions, God will see that. He is always knocking. Let Him enter and take control.

Taking A Look At The Benefits Of Non-Woven Wallpapers

Non-woven wallpapers are papers that are produced on a paper machine from a mixture of textile fibers and long fiber cellulose pulps combined with binders. To provide opacity, pigments are usually added during the manufacturing process. It’s also common for the web to be reinforced using acrylates. Special additives are usually used to provide wet strength and absorbency.

Benefits Of Non-Woven Wallpapers

There are many benefits that come with non-woven wallpapers. Some of these benefits include:

Washable: since they are made from natural and synthetic fibers, you can easily wash the papers. Due to the material used in making them, you can use them in a wide range of areas.

Breathable: the materials used in making the papers ensures that they are breathable which eliminates the vapor lock that often results to mold and mildew. Since they are breathable, you can effectively use them in kitchens and bathrooms.

Tear resistant: who wants a paper that will tear every now and then? Non-woven wallpapers are tear resistant which makes them durable. The cool thing is that you don’t have to take extra care of them during installation or removal.

Don’t change in size: since the paper doesn’t expand or contract, it never changes in size. Due to this, you don’t have to let the paper relax before installation-you simply buy it and install it on your wall.

Seamless: seams tend to give your wall an unsightly look. Non-woven wallpapers don’t have seams as the seams simply disappear when you install the papers in your home.

Easy to remove: if the paper is old and you need to replace it you don’t have to worry of damaging your wall as you can easily remove the paper while completely dry. The good thing is that you are able to do it without using any special tools or chemicals. You are able to remove the wallpaper in full sheets and without any tear. In fact, you can remove the paper from one wall and install it on another.

Easy to repair: if the paper gets damaged you can easily repair it. All you need to do is to paste the back of the new wallpaper over the damaged area while carefully matching the pattern. To easily cut through both layers of wallpaper you should use a broad knife and a sharp blade.

Conclusion

These are some of the advantages of non-woven wallpapers. For the papers to last for a long time you should take good care of them. For example, you should protect them from getting wet.

Smartest Flooring Choices For Home Resale Values

Popular flooring choices per region is what should guide you when deciding what type of flooring to install in your home in regards to resale value. There are several factors you need to consider to make a smart choice. The value of your home and location are the most important. Also, you need to choose a flooring style that is popular in your area. Here is a list of the most popular flooring choices for various areas in the United States.

It is almost impossible to make overall generalizations, so I am going to break down the most popular flooring choices in several ways; by home value, home locations and specific rooms. As far as flooring color, it is always important to go with a light to mid range color, and not something too exotic. The specific flooring color and species needs to match your home design.

For homes that range from 50,000 – 100,000; the most popular flooring choices are Vinyl and Carpet. For homes that range from 100,000 – 200.000; the most popular flooring choices were some kind of tile or stone and carpet.

For homes above the 200,000 dollar range there was a dramatic increase towards tile, hardwood flooring and area rugs.

Installing flooring for specific rooms: Vinyl is most popular for kitchens and bathrooms, and Carpet for bedrooms and living rooms. In the past the most popular flooring for living rooms has been Carpet, but the last 10 years has shown a definite change in the amount of Hardwood Flooring installed in these spaces.

As far as geographical location there were some areas that showed specific trends.

Northern California; in this area there is an increase in the sale of eco friendly flooring. Bamboo, Cork and Reclaimed flooring are constantly gaining in popularity. Upper scale homes in California are seeing an increase of installations of Antique French Limestone.

New York; Parquet wood flooring has been very popular in New York City. But, recently there has been growth in Stained Concrete. Stained concrete is gaining in popularity in New York Loft apartments.

Florida; Beach communities are specials areas in consideration to flooring. Because of moisture, Engineered Hardwood Flooring is recommended. But also, Tile, Marble, and stone are big sellers.

North Carolina; Reclaimed Hardwood flooring is growing in popularity among high end home owners, especially Reclaimed Pine Flooring.

Tennessee and Georgia; most popular flooring choices are Vinyl and Carpet, but Engineered Hardwood flooring is gaining in popularity.

Chicago is seeing a growing tend toward Luxury Vinyl Tile instead of Ceramic Tile. There is an increase in sales of luxury wood look products. Vinyl is more durable than Hardwood and is not as cold as Ceramic or Porcelain Tile. Hardwood Flooring is very common in upper middle class homes. Solid Hardwood is the largest seller.

Colorado and Utah; increases in the sales of Engineered Hardwood Flooring, but Carpet is the most popular flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is second for higher value homes.

Arizona and New Mexico; these states shows increases in Tile (specifically Porcelain Tile), Laminate and Vinyl Plank Flooring.

Texas; the biggest selling products are Hardwood and Carpet, but Laminate sales are increasing.

Growing trends in commercial flooring installations: Stained Concrete, brightly colored Linoleum, Aluminum Flooring and Vinyl Plank Flooring.

There are many flooring trends that impact specific areas or specific home design types. If you are interested in your homes resale value, it is always a good idea to contact a local real estate agent to get input before buying new flooring.

Comparing the Watts Premier Recirculating Pump to the Metlund D’Mand System

The Watts Premier Hot Water Recirculating System

According to Watts, the Premier Recirculating system gives you hot water instantly at every faucet. Here’s the quote from their website: “Watts Premiers Hot Water Recirculation Pump brings convenience and saving to your home, giving you hot water instantly at every faucet, when you need it.”

Technically that’s not really true…

A luke-warm water circulating system

The Watts Premier system is what I like to call a luke-warm water circulating system. The system consists of a valve for placement under the sink, and a pump located at the water heater. The pump creates a pressure difference between the hot faucet and the cold faucet.

The valve connects between the hot and cold faucets, and when the temperature drops to below 98° water flows through the valve bringing the heated water towards the sink/faucet/valve installation.

When the valve senses a temperature above 98° the valve closes and the flow stops. In other words it operates identically to a traditional temperature controlled circulating system, except instead of hot it circulates warm water, and of course, uses the cold water line as the return line.

Wasting energy

The water may not be hot, but it is much warmer than with no premier system, consequently your water heater will have to consume more energy to keep the water in that big heat exchanger you call your plumbing system warm.

One nice thing about the Watts pump is that you can place a valve under every sink if you wish, and get instantly warm water to any or every fixture. However, you will at the same time increase the energy consumption of your system.

Won’t work with tankless water heaters

The pump is very small and does not consume much energy, however as a result it can’t pump much water either. It’s unlikely that the Watts Premier will be able to turn on even a small tankless water heater. According to the pump curves on the Watts website the pump cut-off pressure is about 1.5 psi.

Watts uses a Grundfos UP15-10SU7/TLC pump with a 1/25 horsepower motor which consumes 25 watts. The pump runs continuously, so running it for say 16 hours a day would consume 25 watts/hour x 16 hours/day x 365 days/yr = 146,000 Watt/hours per year in electrical energy consumption. That’s 146 kWh and at say 13 cents per kWh would be $19.00 per year. This would be substantially less than the energy lost due to circulating warm water.

The hot water will of course arrive more quickly than if the pipes were allowed to cool down completely because being colder, they would suck more heat out of the oncoming cold water as it flowed to the faucet. But it certainly can not be called “Instant”.

The listed price for the Watts Premier system on its website is $225.00

The Metlund D’mand Pump

The Metlund D’mand system is a demand type hot water delivery system. It only pumps the water to the fixture when you “demand it” by pressing a button. The D’mand pump mounts under the sink, and connects to the hot and cold water supply valves like the Watts valve. A power outlet is needed to plug the pump into.

When the button is pressed the pump begins pumping the water to the fixture returning the cooled off water in the hot water pipes back to the water heater through the cold water pipes. When the pump detects sudden increase in temperature it shuts off so hot water does not get into the cold water line.

No wasted energy

Since all the pump does is fill the pipes between the fixture and the water heater with hot water just as you would do by running the faucet, you don’t use any additional energy from the water heater with the system. Since the pump runs for a very brief time, it uses far less electricity than the Watts pump, about $1.00 per year.

Works with any tankless water heater

Some models will work with tankless water heaters. Since tankless water heaters typically take 10 to 20 seconds longer to get water to the fixtures, the Metlund pump is a very nice accessory for any tankless water heater, gas or electric. You get your hot water very quickly with no additional energy penalty and you save a lot of water.

The Metlund pump models range in price from about $350 to about $750 retail price.

Lean Six Sigma in Field Service Organizations – Identifying and Eliminating Waste

You have no doubt read various examples where Lean Six Sigma was used to identify and eliminate waste in both manufacturing facilities and service companies (i.e. financial institutions and hospitals). Most of us can quickly see how concepts such as inventory reduction and improved product quality are applied to physical objects or documents. But what about Field Service Organizations where the primary product (a completed service request) is often vaguely defined and the main component (technical expertise) is intangible? How can we apply the same techniques to obtain the same results (increased speed, reduced costs, and improved quality)?

In this article we will focus on just one element of Lean Six Sigma: Waste Reduction. While service managers may intuitively suspect that there are many areas of waste within their organization, they may not realize that the same tools used to streamline production assembly lines can be used to improve field service processes.

Let’s begin by comparing the fundamental activities performed in both a manufacturing facility and a service field organization:

System Inputs

  • Manufacturing: Product sales order is entered directly into the MRP
  • Field Service: Phone call or e-mail manually entered into SMS

Scheduling

  • Manufacturing: MRP checks parts stock lead times, current inventory, etc. before sending detailed demand to plant floor.
  • Field Service: Typically SMS only checks technician availability before dispatching (with limited detail).

Process Activities

  • Manufacturing: On plant floor – fabricating; assembling; testing.
  • Field Service: At customer site – replacing parts; troubleshooting; adjusting.

Completion

  • Manufacturing: Final QC inspection; Ship; Invoice.
  • Field Service: Customer Sign-off; Forward info; Invoice.

Although the specific tasks are different (along with the terminology), you can see that there are many parallels within the two processes. And, being similar processes they often are subject to similar sources of waste. Below we examine the most common areas of waste that are normally targeted by Lean Six Sigma projects.

Processing

Processing waste is often the results of over processing in both manufacturing and service. In manufacturing this refers to making products at higher (and more costly) specifications than required by the customer.

In a field service organization you can over-service a customer by exceeding the contractual Service Level Agreement (SLA). For example, you may provide an average one-hour on-site response when the SLA only specifies an average 4-hour response. While it is usually better to over-perform than under-perform on SLAs, it still represents waste as you are not matching the customer demand requirements – which can lead to higher costs or missed revenue opportunities.

TIP: Measure your actual response times separately for each service area and compare to the local competition. In some areas you may have a competitive advantage (e.g. lower than industry standard response times) that can be leveraged by your marketing team.

Transportation

On a manufacturing floor, products are transported from station to station throughout the process. When these are mapped and measured carefully, you will often find the product moves great distances throughout the facility, and represent potential opportunities to reduce waste.

Transportation waste in a field service organization takes the form of miscommunication. Service request information is transported (communicated) from the customer to the call center, from the call center to the field technician, and (often in paper form) from the technician back to a central billing location. If you have a separate dispatching or triage help desk, there are even more handoffs. Each handoff represents an opportunity to introduce delays, errors, and non-value-add activities.

TIP: Create a pipeline report that shows the number and average age of service requests in each stage of the process (Opened – Not Dispatched; Dispatched – Not Started; Started – Not Completed; Completed – Not Invoiced; Invoiced). This will help you to identify bottlenecks that are caused by transportation delays within the process.

Motion

There are several Lean Six Sigma tools that focus on creating effective work areas by, among other things, reducing the unnecessary and awkward movements an operator may experience while performing their activities.

Perhaps ironically, motion waste in a field service organization is often the result of an attempt to improve quality. For example, if a Dispatcher needs additional clarification of a SLA requirement, they may physically walk over to the Contracts area to retrieve a paper file. Likewise – especially during an end-of-month billing frenzy – the Invoicing team may run to the Finance area to find a “live” person to check credit status.

TIP: How often do you observe call center personnel walking around the office while speaking to customers over their wireless headphones? Consider physically rearranging the work areas and/or creating electronic data marts where customer account information will be easily accessed by everyone in the office.

Inventory

Spare parts inventories in either central warehouses or technician vehicles are often subject to management review and scrutiny. In fact, this may be the one area where you have already applied Just-In-Time or other Lean Six Sigma techniques.

However, inventory can also be thought of in terms of unutilized field service hours. These hours are typically non-productive and non-billable. Since Field Labor cost (excluding overtime) is essentially fixed, even minor productivity gains will have a significant impact on your bottom line.

TIP: Revenue-by-tech is an often-used and sometimes misleading measurement. Technicians can boost this metric by replacing more parts or increasing repair times. While your company may benefit from short term revenue, customer satisfaction and overall profitability will suffer. Technician productivity (hours billable / hours available) is a key metric for any field service organization and should be measured continuously and reported daily.

Waiting

Just like a worker on the production floor or a teller at the bank window, field technicians are generally paid even during idle times. But beyond this obvious cost concern, delays within a field service process are typically passed directly and immediately to the customer – leading to increased frustration and lower satisfaction.

There are multiple opportunities for waiting in a field service process including: Dispatching (technician waiting on service requests), Parts Shipping (technician waiting for parts to arrive at site), Invoicing (billing personnel waiting for completed paperwork from field technician), and Contract Administration (waiting for site audit information or pricing to enable contract set-up in SMS).

TIP: When measuring Time-To-Dispatch, make sure you measure from the service request Open time to the technician Accepted time (not when the call center first relayed the request to the field). This ensures you are measuring delays that impact the customer, not just when calls are “thrown over the wall” to the field.

Defects

Most manufacturing facility closely monitors product defects throughout the production process. The goal is to identify and correct defects before they are passed forward to downstream operations.

You are probably aware of (and currently measure) two of the most common and visible product defects in service organizations: Call Backs and Re-bills. But note that these are end-point defects, that is, they are often the results of other errors passed throughout the process. For example, the Call Center may mistakenly identify the wrong piece of equipment when the service request is entered into the Service Management System. This defect could lead to assigning/dispatching errors and/or the technician arriving to the site without the proper replacement parts. If the technician then returns the completed paperwork without correcting the product information, the Invoicing team may apply the incorrect pricing and payment terms. The same defect is passed through multiple operations causing multiple errors.

TIP: As a general rule, you should divide Call Backs into a least two categories: with and without parts. If parts were used, you may need to review stocking practices and policies. If no parts were used, it may indicate a technician training issue (insufficient troubleshooting or other repair skills).

Overproduction

Producing too much product is easily visible as excess inventory in a factory setting. But how does overproduction affect field service? Remember, your finished product is a completed service call. While it may seem counterintuitive that you could have too many completed service calls, you must consider this in terms of scheduling. For example, a technician may have four Preventive Maintenance (PM) visits scheduled over the next two days (two PM visits each day). If the technician completes all four PM visits on the first day you may feel you have gained some advantage. But what if these PM visits are performed at the expense of other non-PM service requests? What about the schedules of the other technicians in the same service area? Were their PM schedules affected as they covered the non-PM workload of the first technician? Did the service office as a whole experience more overtime expenses as the team scrambled to meet customers commitments?

Smoothing out field service production is as important as a manufacturing floor. Not only does it make you a more efficient organization, it also reduces the stress on the Dispatch Team, Field Management, and (most importantly) the customers by reducing the need to constantly adjust and communicate ETAs.

Tip: Segment the each field technician’s labor hours by Time-of-Day, Day of Week, and Service Type (PM, non-PM, Install, etc.). Then compare this information among technicians working in the same service area. If the hours-distribution varies significantly among technicians it could indicate a scheduling or performance issue.

The items noted above represent just a few examples where waste could be found throughout the field service process. There are many, many more – each which could have a significant impact on your service business. Also, you may have noticed in the comparison above that manufactured products are typically subjected to various quality checkpoints throughout the production process. This helps ensure defects are not passed to the next work station (an important Lean Six Sigma objective) or, even worse, to the customer. However, field service events have no final inspection – except by the customers themselves. This factor alone should encourage you to consider using Lean Six Sigma to proactively identify waste and other process issues.

Help Your Tinnitus With Nasal Irrigation Using a Neti Pot

How to use a neti pot.

First thing you need to do is put together the solution required which includes approximately 8-10 ounces warm water and about 1/4 teaspoon of salt. You need to make sure that the temperature of of the water is correct for you, Also you must make sure the salt has dissolved in the pot before you start. I must stress the importance of making sure that you have not used too much salt and you have let it dissolve, If you do not then you will end up with a very very sore nose.

Now comes the actual use of the neti Pot. Please make sure you do this over a bath tub or a sink if it is your first time, Since you are likely to lose some of the salt water either from the pot or your nose. Now you need to turn your head to the side and insert the neti pot into your upper nostril, When you start to tilt the neti pot and the salt water starts running into your nose the real tactic here is to relax. I know this can be hard when you have salt water running up your nose, I recommend you open and breath though your mouth to help you relax more also if you keep you chin tucked in the water should not run down the back of your throat, When that nostril is done tilt your head the other way and repeat the process again.

The next part is very important and it basically just involves emptying the water out of your nose, To do this you need to bend forward a little and turn you head from left to right also another good method is too breathe out your nose as fast as possible. Try not to hold either one of your nostrils closed or you could end up getting the water in a place where it will not dry very fast. You can also hold a tissue on the outside of your nose during this process to help dry out your nose.

If you get any problems please feel free to contact us. Problems are likely to be because of two things either the water temperature or the salt content, Please remember the inside of your nose is very sensitive so make sure the water is lukewarm or the right temperature for you, Also make sure you make sure the salt is dissolved.