Swimming Pool Pump Basics

What is a swimming pool pump? It’s the thing that makes the water move through the pool pipes and circulates the water.

Basically, a swimming pool pump circulates water through the pool. The water passes through a little basket (to remove any debris) before it gets to the actual spinning pump part. The water is actually pumped by having this impeller spin at high speeds. Water is pumped out. Sounds easy right? Maybe you could build one on your own? Hah, I wouldn’t suggest it. This is an oversimplified explanation.

Keep in mind the difference between the pump and the motor. The pump is the large, tough plastic part that makes the water move, the motor is what powers it. Motors can go bad and there might be nothing at all wrong with the pump. I’ve seen a motor where someone had let an anthill grow and grow and it was actually starting to get into part of the motor (a powerful electric device). Eventually it got hot enough and the anthill got close enough and the motor was running (an electric device, remember) and the motor caught on fire.

The moral of the story is: keep debris away from your motor. There’s another story about a guy who was spraying WD-40 on his motor as it was running. Don’t do that either. There are limits to what WD-40 can fix.

What kind of pump do you need for your pool? Well, you’ll need a horsepower rating that is appropriate for your pool size. You don’t want to have the pump underpowered because then it won’t circulate enough water to keep your pool clean.

Surprisingly, you don’t want it overpowered either because then your pool might feel like a giant whirlpool. Don’t worry, though, as your local pool company should be able to calculate a pool pump that is right for their size.

What if your local pool company doesn’t have anyone that can calculate the right size? No worries, they’ll probably just call up their supplier and ask. The larger pool product distributors have people who figure things out like this all the time.

My only recommendation about buying a pool pump is to ask for an energy efficient pump. Your pump is going to be running most of the year, and it’s going to last for several years, so the cost of energy is going to add up over time. The energy efficient pumps cost a little more money initially, but the savings will add up over time, and you’ll have a lower monthly energy bill.

Also, some of the energy efficient pumps are quieter than their less efficient counterparts. Do yourself a favor and go for the efficient version. If you’re looking for a replacement for your broken pump, I’d recommend you order a replacement online. Just make sure it’s the same one you already have.

This sums up the basics on pool pumps. Your local pool builder will undoubtedly have his preferences and likes on pool pumps, but now you should at least be able to talk intelligently with him.

Overcome LEAN Six Sigma Resistance With WIIFM

Let’s face it … any change in any organization will meet with a certain amount of resistance and skepticism.

We are creatures of habit. However, when the change you are contemplating falls in to the realm of Process Improvement, there are unique challenges involved. Especially if you never learned the People Skills you need for smooth CPI Implementation.

LEAN is more than just the Technical Skill Set. In fact, sometimes the more technically qualified you are, the harder you may find LEAN to implement. WHY ?

LEAN Six Sigma does have a comprehensive set of technical tools with which you can approach any business process. You can spend months learning the various applications and nuances and, unfortunately, your data and compiling of statistics – the “Facts” does little to counter the resistance and skepticism of your Teams.

Success with LEAN Six Sigma implementation depends in large part on your People Skills.

– Your ability to quickly establish your credibility and create a Context of Trust and Respect

– To run effective meetings, keep the Team focused and on track

– To ask quality questions that keep the group engaged and involved

– Your ability to teach the team the value of Process Improvement and hand the process over to them

When you focus too heavily on the Technical side of LEAN, you can unintentionally get in the way of these People Skills tasks. And your Teams remain resistant and obstructive.

Here’s one People Skill’s Tool that will get you started on the Right Foot with a new Team.

What’s In It For Me (WIIFM)

The first step is to shift your perspective to that of your Team Members.

– Why do they want to be on this team?

– How can they benefit from the improved Process?

In short, What’s In It For Me?

People will naturally take actions that result in a personal benefit. When you know “What’s In It For Me”, you can decide whether or not to participate. This means you actually need to “Sell” the Benefits of LEAN Six Sigma by making sure everyone knows “What’s In It For Me”.

Think about the benefits of a fully implemented LEAN project for a moment … the benefits to the Team members on the front line.

In most cases, they will get more done, in less time, without working harder AND can now take on the higher level job tasks that are more fulfilling. That is their WIIFM.

You can even involve the Team in clarifying the WIIFM by asking a few high quality questions in your first meeting. It could go like this.

“Let’s brainstorm for a second… when the workplace is organized and we have made the line improvements that are the focus of this project …

– How will your work day be different

– What will you be able to stop doing?

– What else will you be able to devote some time and attention to that you cannot now?

– How will all that feel?”

Taking some time to establish What’s in it for Them at the onset of the project is not in any LEAN Six Sigma training manual AND it is a vital People Skill for CPI Success.

Try this WIIFM approach and notice the difference it makes in your relationship with the Team.

LCD Wall Mount Bracket Specially Designed to Hold Large Entertainment

An LCD wall mount bracket will free up space in the living room or family/TV room by allowing the homeowner to mount their LCD television on the wall in addition to offering a home theater experience. These brackets keep the television close to the wall for a sleek and stylish look, no wires or brackets showing on most models. There are some models that have an ‘arm’ which allows the LCD to swing out and pivot, tilt or angle for better viewing. When looking for an LCD wall mount bracket be sure to find one that is VESA – Video Electronic Standard Association approved for easier insulation. There are those brackets and televisions that do not fall within the guidelines of the VESA, but they put the standards on the electronics so it’s a good idea to choose the best.

PSW32OST Flat Panel Wall Mount Bracket

This can hold up to a 132 pound television unit that is 26 inches to 36 inches. This not allow for swiveling or tilting of the television.

LCD Wall Mount Bracket – #97-804

This capable of holding a television of up to 30 inches with a maximum weight of 44 pounds. This wall mount bracket does have an ‘arm’ for swiveling +20 degrees or -20 degrees in addition to three tilting positions. This is a low profile design which meets all VESA standards and is gray in color.

Bentley LCM-103

The prefect solution for an LCD television, an LCD wall mount bracket has a unique design last practically hides this aluminum constructed mounting unit behind the television. This is manufactured to hold LCD screens up to 37 inches with a maximum load of 33 pounds. The bracket will allow television to swivel to the left and right 180 degrees in addition to tilting up and down up to 70 degrees. Short extension away from wall at 2.75 inches however it folds flat to wall for near invisibility.

LCD Flush Wall Mount BT-7521

This is perfect for all brands and styles of LCD televisions and folds flush to the wall for virtual invisibility so the television looks integrated into the wall as well as a photograph in a frame. Allowable weight for the screen is up to 53 pounds with a width of 32 inches and is designed for VESA mounting patterns of 200mm x 100mm, 100mm x 100mm or 75mm x 75mm. The mounting rack is hooked to the wall with its brackets at only 3/4 inch from the wall and uses a single stud mounting form.

B-Tech BT-8431 LCD Wall Mount

A LCD wall mount bracket for large or medium LCD televisions up to 77 pounds and with screens between 21 inches and 37 inches. This will work with both VESA and non-VESA compliant television screens. Easy insulation features ‘hook on’ mounting. Mounting bracket allows TV screen to tilt at a plus or minus 15 degrees with knob adjustments, locking bar included for secure insulation.

Tips To Preserve An Automobile Dashboard

The dashboard of a vehicle is subject to a great deal of sunlight, solar heat and radiation. As a result, the vinyl tends to deteriorate or break down causing cracks and peeling. Since most vehicles are parked for at least part of the day in the sun, the interior literally bakes due to the heat. It can be over 150 degrees inside the typical auto.

When the dashboard is cracked, it may be repaired if caught early enough. However, once the cracks begin to spread, the only option may be to replace it. The task can be labor intensive and fairly expensive. A better option is to prevent the cracks in the first place.

A sunshade placed in the window can prevent much of the damage. In addition to providing protection for the vinyl dash, the screen keeps the entire vehicle cooler. In addition, the shade can also keep metal buckles from seat belts from becoming hot enough to cause immediate burns when they touch bare skin.

A second way to protect the dash is to keep the vinyl protected using a vinyl conditioner. The heat from the sun bakes the moisture out and oils that keep the vinyl supple from the material. A good conditioner replaces these oils and allows it to stretch and flex with temperature changes. Avoid use of tire shine products for this purpose. They include cleaning agents that will dissolve the color coat from the material.

Adding a window tint can also help the interior of the vehicle looking good for many years. In some locations, there are laws that regulate the amount of tinting that can be added to the windows. In addition, it is important to consider driving in all types of conditions. If the tint gets too dark, it can make night driving difficult, even though the vehicle will remain nice and cool on the hottest of days. An added benefit of the window tint is that the vehicle will stay cooler when driving on those 100 degree days when the air conditioning is being pressed to the max.

Car covers can provide the same function as the window shade, but for the entire vehicle. The cover not only protects the dashboard and the interior of the vehicle but the exterior as well. Since it is portable, it can be placed over the vehicle in the parking lot at work as well as at home.

The Many Uses of Canopies

A canopy is like a roof to cover the exterior part of your home. Exterior windows and doors face direct sunlight and rain, which can provide harm to them. To protect your windows and doors from these weather conditions, a canopy is the best available option for you. These canopies are very cost effective and come in different shapes and sizes. They can be made of composite material, aluminum and sometimes a flexible material to fold according to the weather.

Adjustable canopies are available in the market in a huge range. These canopies give the option of shade in summer, and can be folded up in the winter. They are suitable for shops and offices where you don’t have enough space for fixed canopies. Adjustable canopies come with an option of automatic or manual. In automatic canopies you just have to press a button, and it will fold automatically. In manual canopies, there is a rod which is responsible for its movements. Automatic canopies are preferred by many people as they don’t have enough time to adjust them manually.

Canopies are also responsible for reducing your electricity bill in summer, as they cover your windows and stop the heat from entering into your house to some extent. This process will help reduce the energy consumption of air conditioners.

These canopies can also save the wood frames of your windows from rain and snow. The glare of sunlight on your computer screen and television set can also be reduced with the use of canopies.

You can choose from several materials when purchasing canopies. Aluminum canopies have the benefit of great strength and low maintenance, but these are not available in many shapes and colors. Fiber canopies are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, however they require maintenance.

This all depends on you and which canopy will suit you best. Many people prefer the large canopy for extra protection of their patio furniture and other things. Some people use canopies only for the purpose of decoration. To match the exterior of your house, these are available in many different colors and designs.

There is also another type of canopy, which is the mobile canopy. These are especially made for use with caravans and trailers, and for those people who don’t have permanent homes. They are portable and are easy to assemble. These canopies have braces, arm rollers, and fabric shades to make them easy to use. They can also be used for vehicles specially made for commercial use. Mobile canopies have track extenders for small adjustments, as the measurement of every vehicle or trailer is not exactly the same.

Features like cost effectiveness and flexibility make these canopies very useful to give protection to the exterior of your house. You don’t have to spend a high amount of money to get the best canopy for your needs.

Salsa Shoes – How to Care for Salsa Shoes

Salsa shoes just like any other shoes are prone to wear and tear. In order to lengthen the life of your shoes and make the most out of them, you need to provide them with proper care. This will help you prolong the life of shoes and save you some money in the long run. If you take good care of your footwear, they will last a long time. You do not want to keep buying new shoes after just a few months. Following these care tips can help you get the most out of them:

Reserve Dance Shoes for Dancing Only

Do not use dance shoes for street or daily wear. The shoes are not made for constant use outside the dance floor. Using it daily for work or play can expose it to a number of harsh elements that could affect the shoes.

Salsa shoes are handcrafted split-leather. That means special care and effort were put into the making of dance footwear to ensure that they perform properly. They can give you balance when you dance. The leather used is lighter than ordinary footwear. Wearing the shoes on the streets can cause undue strain on the light material. Rough floors or pavement and wet weather can easily damage the shoes.

The dance footwear often have napped surface which will enable you to dance better on the floor. If you use it on the streets, the dirt could get in the nap of shoe. If you must have to wear the dance footwear outside then brush it with a steel brush. The brush strokes should go with the nap. If the surface is not restored to normal then you should brush in the direction opposite the nap.

Air the Shoes After Using

The dance footwear must be left to breathe on its own for a minimum of fifteen minutes before you store them in the room. This will allow the sweat to dry. The sweat is an enemy of the leather or suede since it can cause it to become tougher if allowed to stick to the material. The temperature for storing dance shoes should be 18 degrees.

Do not use direct sunlight, blow dry or radiator in drying the wet shoes. This will cause them to wear easily. Instead, let them dry in room temperature usually for 24 hours. That means, you should not use the shoes for the next 24 hours so they can dry completely.

To take care of the hide that has been tanned in the leather, put ordinary skin cream that you use into the shoes. Once the shoes absorbed your skin cream then put spread shoe cream on them. Do not use shoe polish.

Rub the shoes with soft cloth and brush them softly. This will keep the hide of the shoe constantly hydrated. In the process, the leather will not get dry and easily destroyed.

Polish Shoes Often

Suede, nappa and nu-backs require brushing and using a spray protector. This will make them resistant to water. If you want to shoe sole to stay in place, make sure to use suede brush on a suede shoe. Patent footwear needs silicon oil or polish to avoid sticking and cracking.

Keep Shoes in Shape

Men footwear should be placed on shoe-trees if not worn. Use a shoe horn when placing them.

Clean Shoes Regularly

Use the correct cleaning products on your shoes. Suede soles require shoe brush for the nap of the shoes. Brush in the toe to heel direction only. Suede shoes need tooth brush or suede brush. Use suede shampoo to remove stains. Brush shoe front to back then apply suede dressing.

Leather shoes should be polished once a week and cleaned with damp cloth. Nubuck shoes are cleaned with cloth wet with warm water and a little soap. Then brush from front to back before applying nubuck dressing. Patent leather shoes should be cleaned with damp cloth and after drying, a patent dressing. Do not use ordinary shoe polish. Satin salsa shoes require clean cloth. Refrain from using shoe polish and acetone on satin footwear.

London Bridge Is Falling Down

London Bridge is falling down,

Falling down, falling down,

London Bridge is falling down,

My fair lady.

So goes the old nursery rhyme that most likely records the destruction of the bridge by Olaf the Norwegian Viking.

There is another rhyme says Ottar Svarte that goes:

London Bridge is broken down.

Gold is won, and bright renown

Shields resounding,

War horns sounding,

Hild is shouting in the din.

Arrows singing,

Mailcoats ringing.

Odin makes our Olaf win.

The bridge was originally a wooden structure built by the Romans in 43 AD, but fell into disrepair and collapsed after they left the city in 410 AD. Over the years it was rebuilt many times using timber, which always resulted in its destruction. In 1176 however after a major fire, Peter Colechurch, a priest began the rebuilding of it in stone.

After the Romans the earliest record is in 948 AD. A woman and her son were found guilty of witchcraft and it was ordered that they be taken to London Bridge to be drowned. Sentence was carried out on the woman, the son however managed to escape.

In 994AD King Ethelred The Unready successfully defended the bridge against a Danish fleet.

In 1013 the Danes came again. This time a great fleet led by Swend arrived and after receiving the submission of northern England, marched on London. Ethelred successfully defended the city, but had to leave the country when Swend was formally chosen as king.

While Ethelred was staying as a guest of Duke Richard at Rouen, Swend died (some say he was poisoned possibly by Edmund who later became a saint) and the Danes choose his son Cnut as king. The witan and the clergy however requested that Ethelred return and become their king once more. Ethelred approached Olaf the Norseman (the Future St. Olaf, king of Norway who was in Normandy at the time with his fleet,) for assistance.

1014 AD Ethelred returned and took the city. The Danes however had built a great fortress at Southwark on the other side of the Thames. They had also taken control of and heavily fortified the London Bridge. This meant that before Ethelred and Olaf could launch a successful attack on the fortress, they needed first to overcome the Danes on the bridge.

A mixed fleet of Saxon and Viking ships attacked the bridge in force, but the shower of stones, arrows, and spears that rained down on them from above was so bad that a great many men were injured, some of the ships were sunk and they had to retreat.

Not to be beaten Olaf ordered his men to tear down some nearby houses and build roofs over the ships. This time they rowed upriver at the top of the tide and after managing to get the ships under the bridge, tied cables from the ships to the bridge supports and with the tide in their favour began to row. At first nothing happened, but then the support pillars began to move. They didn’t have to move far out of line before the combined weight of men and armaments on the bridge added to the momentum and the wooden structure disintegrated throwing the defenders in the river.

With the upriver passage clear, the area of Southwark was stormed and the Danes in the fortress surrendered. Ethelred was declared Saxon king once more. Swend was driven out and returned to Danish held territory. Ethered’s army ravaged the district and slaughtered the people as punishment for assisting the enemy. Olaf and his fleet were given a large reward for their help. The Saxons and the Danes rule England jointly until 1042.

Jobs in Assembly and Architecture

If you are looking for a new career path and have experience in architecture or assembly, you may want to think about finding a new architecture design job. Architecture has certainly come a long way in design and function over recent years, and it is a field that continues to grow and expand into new areas. As with most industries and fields, technology has truly taken the reigns and opened the door to a whole new world of possibilities based on the use of computers.

CAD programs and other architectural software programs are becoming mainstream, both in education and in the workplace, when it comes to architectural and assembly jobs. There has been a lot of growth in the field and many companies are looking for skilled and qualified professionals to run these computer drafting programs. What kind of outlook does the market hold for assembly jobs and architecture jobs? Surprisingly, quite a bit! With all of the technological advances, some people tend to think that assembly jobs in particular are going to be taken over by computers or robotics, but for the most part, the majority of positions require a human to operate the computers. In addition to the necessity for humans to operate the programs, there has also been a lot of opportunity opening up in the way of engineering and design to develop new programs and improve the existing ones that are being used.

If you are living in or moving to the south, employers in South Carolina rely on professionals in all different facets of industries to perform architecture jobs and assembly jobs. There are a lot of companies that are hiring students out of college who have completed a technology degree to fill these South Carolina jobs; even more encouraging is the fact that the demand is ongoing. Many employers are willing to train workers who have experience in other areas of drafting or assembly line positions to transform their abilities into new design and development positions. Most of these new jobs require a lot of computer training, but certainly can be complemented by experience in the field. If you are in a construction or production field and feel that you are capable of learning some basic architecture programs and computer design programs, you should think about getting the training needed and joining forces with an evolving field that will take you to new heights in your career.

Wall Mounting Your Own Flat Screen TV Is Easier Than You Think

Let's face it, flat panel HDTVs look cooler when mounted up on the wall versus being sat on a TV console. Wall mounting is also an excellent way to conserve space by not needing a bulky console on the floor anymore. Nevertheless, a lot of HDTV owners still shy away from having their displays wall mounted, even if they wanted them that way. One reason is because they're afraid they might tear up their wall with ugly holes and make a mess if they try to do the job themselves. Another is that they refuse to pay what it costs to have a professional TV installer mount the TV for them. Well in this article I'm going to share with you how easy it is to mount your own flat panel television on the wall using a retractable TV corner mount.

Retractable corner mounts are probably the easiest to install on the wall because they require you to find only one wall stud in which to drill your bolts. Others require bolting into two studs, which means more measuring and drilling. Once installed, corner wall mounts allow you to adjust the TV screen in 3 dimensions – extending, swiveling and tilting. What makes this possible is a single retractable cantilever arm that holds the television on the front end and is attached to the wall mounting plate at the back end. With most models the arm has three pivoting points, which allow you to tilt and turn your HDTV in virtually any direction so that you can get a perfect head-on view of it from any position in the room. Also, depending on your seating arrangement, it may be better to position the TV in a corner of the room instead of mounting it flat on one wall. Retractable TV corner wall mounts allow you to do just that.

First thing to do is make sure you buy a corner-cantilever TV mounting kit that is compatible with the size and weight of your flat screen television. Then you need to gather all the necessary tools and materials for the job, such as a power drill, drill bit, stud bolts, stud finder, ruler or tape measure, pencil, bubble level, and a Phillip's head screwdriver. After you've done that and decided where on the wall you want to position the TV, it's time to get to work.

Let's say you want to mount your 42-inch flat screen LED near a corner so that you'd be able to pull it out and swing it over into the corner at a 45-degree angle (cater-cornered position). Here are eight simple steps to get that TV on the wall in no time.

Step 1. Locate the stud closest to the inside of the corner with your stud finder.

Step 2. Using the mount's wall plate (or paper stencil if equipped) and pencil, mark two spots for your pilot holes. Check that the wall plate or stencil is level by using the bubble level.

Step 3. Drill pilot holes through the wall into the stud at the pencil marks.

Step 4. Attach the mounting brackets or TV mounting plate onto the back panel of your TV using the provided screws. Always use a screwdriver to tighten, not a power drill.

Step 5. Now it's time to attach your corner mount assembly to the wall. Line up the mounting plate with your pilot holes, and drill two or more stud bolts through it. Tighten securely.

Step 6. Once the mount assembly is secured to the wall stud, you may hang the TV brackets onto the cantilever arm using the bracket hooks.

Step 7. Now swing the TV over into the corner, forming a perfect triangle with the two adjoining walls. If done properly, your corner mount should be completely hidden behind the television screen.

Step 8. Voila '! Now all that's left is connecting your TV power cord and audio-video devices, and you're done.

Pick Up That Hammer

I often encounter people who believe that carpenters were born carpenters and plumbers were born plumbers. Regardless of my encouragement, there are many folks who do not think they have the ability to build their own home.

I always give them all the same talk. We as human beings have the ability to learn new things and expand our horizons. If this were not true, none of us would be able to walk, talk, drive a car, or even tie our shoes.

As a parent, I have helped my children through some of the most repetitious acts of learning. As a teacher and a mentor, I have taught people how to ride horses, program computers, speak Spanish, build houses, peak satellites, hold a newborn baby, raise a garden, the list goes on and on.

My point is that I have watched every type of person learn in different ways. I have noticed that we all have different levels of intellect. Some people are sharp as a tack and others are really quite thick. The truth that I have learned about most things in life is that a person with average intelligence has everything he or she needs to get by and even succeed with flying colors. Even those with fairly low intelligence have adequate learning abilities to do just fine.

So when people tell me that they are not smart enough to build their own house, I just have to remind them that they are probably smart enough to do much more than just build houses. Some of the most intimidating projects in building a new house can be figured out with a little concentration. Electricity and Plumbing scare some homeowners into hiring the work done, when in truth, anybody can do those things.

I see all around me, examples of able-bodied people that choose to hire contractors to do work for them. This is just fine if the people have more money than time. If however, they have more time than money, they could really benefit from doing their own labor and saving thousands of dollars. In most cases the money saved by doing ones own labor translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

That's worth learning how to do something new. Anything in this world that will save us so much money and time over the long run is definitely something valuable to know.

Unfortunately, the majority of homeowners do not see it that way at all. To them it's acceptable to pay someone else to do all the work even if it means they will end up working almost a decade of their work life to make nothing but mortgage interest payments.

To me it's simple, work for three hours a day after work for one year to build my own house, or work for eight hours a day at a job for ten years to pay the interest on hired labor. If more of us could see the reality of hired labor, we would be more likely to make better choices.

I strongly believe that we are intelligent beings made in the likeness of fully intelligent beings. We have power to learn and overcome so that we can find happiness. Sometimes we all need to be reminded of that.

Mosaic Surfaces

The surface that you choose to lay your tesserae on will be one factor in determining if your mosaic lasts more than a day. There are tons of possible mosaics bases out there but beware of inappropriate ones. Whether you choose wood, concrete, metal, or even plastic, you must know that it will hold your tiles. The best rule is that if it flexes then don’t use it!

Wood

Wood is one of the most common mosaic surfaces because it is so readily available. Go to several yard sales and you will find tons of old furniture crying out to be used for mosaics. You can also buy unfinished wooden shapes at various stores.

You do need to prepare your surface before tiling it. Either use a mixture of 1/5 Weldbond and 4/5 water or use a latex primer. Cover all sides and edges of the unfinished wood to protect it from warping. If your wood already has a finish such as polyurethane then you will just need to scuff it up a little so the adhesive will hold better.

There are several types of glue that can be used on a wooden surface. Some of the most common are Weldbond, Liquid Nails, and thinset mortar, just to name a few. You can also use any type of tesserae on this surface. Grout and seal as you normally would.

Concrete

A concrete stepping stone, bench, or table are some of the most common forms of concrete bases used in mosaics. There is no need to seal a concrete form even though it is porous. Just be sure to use thin set mortar for your adhesive. It is the best glue for your cement surface. If you are going to use Weldbond then you will need to seal the stone with the mixture stated above.

Concrete pieces are great for setting outdoors as long as you use thinset. You can place these in your garden in any environment. The only drawback is that these are very heavy. However this could be a plus for a mosaic that you want to stay in place during inclement weather.

Another form of concrete is a backerboard or concrete board such as Hardibacker or Permabase. These are ideal for large wall murals. This board can also be used for outdoor projects. Just remember to affix your hanging apparatus before setting your tiles since it is too thin to nail or screw into.

Terra Cotta

A planter made of terra cotta makes a nice finished mosaic for your patio. Remember that terra cotta is very absorbent. You have to completely seal it inside and out. Thinset or Liquid Nails is the best adhesive for this surface. These can withstand any added moisture that your soil may introduce in the planter.

A helpful tip for tiling these would be to lay it in your lap or turn it upside down during the mosaic process. There really is no need to tile the bottom though.

Glass

Glass is very common because it is so readily available. Find this in the form of vases and pots. It is a little more difficult to add tesserae to a glass vase. The tiles tend to slip easily. You will need to use silicone or Liquid Nails as your adhesive.

To make a pretty votive cup, be sure to use a clear adhesive and cathedral glass. Cover the entire back of each tile so that you can’t see the glue through the tiles.

Other Surfaces

There are many other surfaces available to use. Ceramic tiles, acrylic, metal, and fiberglass are great mosaic bases. You will just need to use the correct adhesive and surface prep for each one.

Definite No’s

If you lay your mosaic onto the wrong surface then it will not last long. If the surface flexes then your tiles will pop off. If you tile something that will decay such as wicker then you will eventually have trouble. Just make sure that you are secure in your surface choice.

Creating a mosaic that will last forever is easy. Do you homework and check out all of the possibilities of success and failure.

Beach Pebble Tile Products – Useful Tips!

Beach pebble tile products are interlocking panels created of flat pebbles which are commonly being manually arranged together and pasted onto a fixed size mesh backing in order to create a totally seamless natural rock panel effect. These natural tiles are available in many colors, sizes and shapes.

These tiles provide many options for countless internal as well as external finishing and other purposes including: bathroom walls and backsplashes, shower pans, kitchen walls, countertops, patios, flooring and wall coating. These easy do-it-yourself products are becoming more and more popular these days due to the fact that they open numerous designing ideas while no unique skills are needed in order to install them.

The installation process takes no more than few hours (pending the size of the surface you are about to cover), not including drying time.

Here is a quick overview on the installation process: Using these beach pebble tile products whether in the inside or the outside requires no unique skills or expensive tools / materials. All you basically need are the following materials and tools: scissors, grout, sponge, thinset mortar, trowel, grout float, sealer and paint brush.

First you need to take the sealer and brush it over the tiles before you begin with installation itself, in the second step you need to cover the surface with thinset by using the trowel and apply the rock panels aside to each other, in the last step you need to fill the space between the stones by using grout, after it dries use a wet sponge to clean the excess grout off the surface of the pebbles.

There are various benefits for using these tiles to redecorate your home or even in the office. Let’s examine some of the major advantages: 1) Made of natural durable stone that holds for many years ahead. 2) Can be used on surfaces at home that have high traffic and that need a product that looks good and can stand up to a lot of action. 3) Can be easily adjusted to very small / narrow surfaces where other fixed size tiles such as conventional ceramic tiles can’t.

If you plan on redecorating by using beach pebble tile products, here are some valuable tips that can help you:

1) Measure the designated area first, and then add 5%-7% more to your order just as a backup for future use and in case you may need to repair or cut small tile pieces in order to tile small /narrow spaces.

2) Order a small sample of the desired tiles prior to making a complete order – make sure it answers your expectations.

3) Epoxy based grouts are considered stronger that conventional grout, however take in mind that they are less forgiving to the ignorant installer.

Beach pebble tile products provide innumerable ideas for both the inside and external due to the fact that they come in various shades, colors and sizes; they are easy to be used and relatively inexpensive as compared with other alternatives.

The Pro Painter: Efficient Interior Painting

Professional Painters are known for their speed combined with a high-level of workmanship, but there is more to it than just ‘painting fast’. Physical ability and dexterity do come into play, but there is a science to painting that is learned over time. There is a method to interior painting to make it go remarkably efficiently, and it come down to the philosophy of least exertion to achieve a given result. We will discuss some of these pro secrets to making interior painting as painless as possible.

We will consider the example of a complete repaint; that is, walls trim and ceilings of a house interior. The professional painter must work in a way that will get all of these surfaces coated with the correct paint, while achieving straight cut lines between them, and doing it all cleanly. If there is prep to do on any surfaces, this must be done right away to allow filling compounds time to dry. Depending on how much prep is needed it can be done by the entire crew, or one painter can prep while another starts painting as soon as practical.

Ceilings are usually the first things to be painted for one main reason: gravity. Paint splatter from ceiling rolling can get on the walls, so it makes sense to paint the walls later. If there are patches to do on the ceiling, though, you must account for this in your plan of attack. Sometimes, since trim is relatively small, it can be painted first and not be affected too much by paint splatter from ceiling and walls, so that can be done while allowing patches to dry on a ceiling when applicable. The main point is to think about the needs of a project and plan the steps taken to eliminate down-time.

Often times most of the ceilings can be painted relatively soon, and since walls are going to be painted as well, there is no sense cutting the edges with ceiling paint. The pro painter will simply paint roughly into the edges, and roll out the area of the ceiling, not worrying about overlap into the walls, because these will be edged with wall paint later. This saves significant time on unnecessary brush work. The same principle can be used where trim meets walls only one paint will need edging in most cases. Walls or trim can be done last, but consider that trim paint is usually more robust and glossier, so it will be preferable to paint it last.

When it come to painting the walls, rollers are fast, but you can’t get around the need to brush edges. The goal is to minimize brush strokes while allowing for straightforward rolling of the rest of the wall areas. Rollers cant get within about 2 inches of adjoining ceilings, walls and trim, so the idea is to brush about 3 inches away from edges for some clearance, and this will allow faster rolling because you don’t have to slow down near the edges. It also important to brush areas that are hard to reach with a roller, such as around a vent, or narrow sections of walls around doors or windows. The key to professional speed is doing exactly what is needed with the brush, and no more.

When painting several rooms with a team, the cutting should start first, and then rolling follows once walls are outlined, and the cutting should continue into all rooms with the same colour paint. Rolling takes less time, so either have more painters cutting, or one should start cutting and roll afterwards while another painter cuts continuously. Paint dries quickly, so the second coat can begin back at the start as soon as the first coat is rolled.

The last concern is to minimize cleanup and setup as much as possible. Paint-filled brushes and rollers can be wrapped in plastic and kept in a fridge to preserve them overnight if they will be used again, saving some clean up.

Home Decorations – Chandelier

The fixture which is mounted to the ceiling with decorative arms holding the lights are called chandeliers. Because of its design, chandeliers became a symbol of luxury and status. They are generally used in churches, hotels and mansions. These lighting fixtures can definitely enhance any room's interiors as it comes win an array of shapes, sizes and designs. Light bulbs, electric candles, wax candles of gaslights are chandelier's source of light. Picking the right chandeliers can definitely add elegancy to any room.

Hanging crystals, glass decorations from its arms, and sparkling effects of the lights makes crystal chandeliers the most emblematic type. In elegant, classic and romantic hotels and mansions usually found this type of chandeliers. Its beauty would surely captivate and notice by the visitors. This is the most popular and the most expensive type of all hanging lighting fixture.

Shell chandelier on the other hand is very much alike with crystal chandelier but this one uses shells or beads instead of crystals. The most common piece of this type of chandelier is Capiz shell. It is known of its quality and elegance and popular of all shell chandeliers. This type can also use shells which are usually found in beaches like turbans, limpets, scallops and cowries.

If you are looking for excellent lighting fixtures for your antique houses and churches, then you might want to have metal chandeliers. This is the strongest type among any other chandelier because it is made from brass, brushed nickel and wrought iron. Its design can be classic or modern. The arms are typically S-shaped or curved.

Meanwhile, Murano glass chandelier originated from the island of Murano, Venice, Italy. Skillful Italian glass makers crafted these. Its style is curvy made fully from blown glass. Nowadays, it called Murano to indicate a style than a place of origin. It is an exquisite piece of art with many colors that will surely amaze your eyes with elegant, beautiful and unique designs. Wealthy people usually have this kind of property.

Made from antlers, branches and twigs, these are what rustic chandeliers are made of. The antlers typically come from deer, elk and moose. One would need to have patience to build this chandelier because you will put together bulk of various pieces to create a work of art. It has a unique look and serves as an excellent piece and creating a unique look in the room. You can add wax candles or electric candles on it. A lot of people want this rare design. This type of chandeliers is normally found in places like mountain lodges or nature-typed of home.

In medieval places of assembly, candle chandeliers can found and considered as the earliest type. The first style of this is a wooden cross with number of nails than hold the candles. It was hoisted to a convenient height on a rope or chain dangled from a hook. Candle chandelier still exists nowadays but have different or modern design. Typically, electric bulbs or electric candles are installed in chandelier. Wax candles installed in a chandelier are different because it adds a nice romantic touch to a room. It gives a relax feeling compared to the harassing electrical light that we are used to. No matter what type of room is it, the glitter of wax candle chandelier is amazing.

Welcome to Married Life – Time to Party

If you've gotten through the wedding planning and the wedding day without a hitch (no pun intended), then you're already on your way to a successful marriage. Marriage takes commitment, compromise, and patience – all of the things that you have needed to plan a beautiful wedding.

Here are a few final words:

Have fun

When it all comes down to it, your wedding is supposed to be a celebration of you as a couple. Forget about what the cake looks like; if it's off balance, take pictures from a different angle. If the deejay is playing horrible music or the band is off key, who cares?

Dance like a fool with your nieces and nephews. Dance with your mom or your dad. Let loose a little and stop worrying about what your hair looks like. Have some fun.

Just be with and enjoy your new spouse, family, and friends – this is a party for your new life together, not a test of your wedding planning skills.

Something always goes wrong at a wedding, so just ride with it and deal with it the best that you can. If it can not be fixed – most times no one will notice.

Eat a little

One of the things that couples forget on their wedding day is to have something to eat. Of course, this means that they will have to take some time for them selves to sit down and relax – and why not? Take just fifteen minutes to have a little something to nibble on. You'll have even more energy to dance until dawn and more cushioning in your stomach for any fun beverages that you may consume.

Talk to your family

This may be one of the few times that your entire family is together for a happy occasion. Take the time to walk around and talk to everyone. Thank them for coming and ask them about themselves. They probably have wedding stories that they can share with you as well.

Treasure this time you have together.

Smile

After all of the stress and the commotion, you are finally at the point where you can relax a little. Smile for the camera, smile for your friends, smile because you're happy. Just smile. There's no need to hold back anything for the sake of being proper or solemn. Solemn is for funerals. This is your time to rejoice in being married.

Congratulations!