Staying Green in Cold Weather

Cold weather can often be an issue for outdoor lighting and fixtures. Low temperature environments can cause adverse performance such as “fluttering,” reduced light output, and difficulties with ballast start up. In these conditions, enclosed fixtures jacketed lamps, and the newer, more efficient fluorescents can help ensure better performance. Cold weather ballasts can be used for HO and VHO lamps at temperatures as low as -20F.

For better energy efficiency, replace the older style T12 Fluorescent lamps with a T8 or T5 fluorescent lamps. They produce a better quality of light, last longer, and use less electricity. Most lamps available at hardware stores or retail outlets are rated for residential use. Replace these 120 volt rated incandescent and halogen lamps with 130 volt rated commercial grade and compact fluorescents (CFL). Standard incandescent lamps will burn out quickly, especially outdoors in cold temperatures and damp conditions. Incandescent lamps are also affected by vibration. Fixtures close to doors that are constantly being used are especially subject to early burnout. Using the 130 volt commercial grade lamp will help sustain longer life of bulbs used in these key positions indoor or out.

Loose or defective incandescent lamp sockets are subject to inclement conditions. Water and moisture, along with extreme cold can corrode and loosen socket conditions. To ensure good electrical contact between the bottom of the socket and the bottom center of the lamp, turn the power off, then try raising the center of the eyelet contact in the bottom of the socket, pull it up gently to bend and raise it slightly. If the wire connections to the socket are loosed or eroded, the sockets should be replaced.

Wall pack fixtures, a very common fixture used for storage facilities, that use metal halide or high pressure sodium lamps are often susceptible to early burnout due to exposure to the elements and low temperatures. Enclosing or covering the outdoor can offer protections from moisture and extreme cold.

During winter months, timers should be re-set to reflect the fewer hours of daylight. Compact fluorescent or energy efficient “spirals” do not work well or efficiently on timers, dimmers, or motion sensors. LED (light emitting diode) or cold cathode lamps are dimmable, work better, and last longer on timers although the technology can be “pricey”.

On a final note, many local energy companies subsidize the costs of replacing older, less efficient bulbs thought a rebate program. In addition, switching to the new fluorescent tubes, LED’s, compact fluorescents, cold cathodes will produce significant costs savings on the monthly energy bill. Not to mention you will be “going green”.

Do your part “Go Green”

Learn More about Going Green and Priority Lighting by visiting our blog at http://www.prioritylighting.com and see how our products can help you save money and the environment.

Tips For Opening A Taxi Firm

Taxi firms can either be very successful, or they can go under in a few weeks. It all depends on how much work you put into it and how you pay for the taxis. If you do some research before you open the firm that can mean the difference between success and failure.

It is important that if you are thinking about opening a taxi firm, you know what you are getting yourself into. If you do into it thinking that everything is going to run smoothly, all the time, then you might go running for the hills on the first day.

It is not going to be all fun and roses all the time. There will be times when you feel like nothing is going right and there will be times when you think that it is the most amazing business in the world. You have to learn to take the good with the bad, and there will be bad.

If you are thinking about opening your own taxi firm, read on for some tips on what you need to know before you get started.

Licenses

Before you even think about opening the taxi company, you need to know what licenses you need in the country where you are operating. You can’t just put a few cars on the road and then start picking people up. You need licenses.

You will need a taxi firm license and then you will need licenses to pick people up and licenses for your drivers. If you put cars on the road without the proper licenses, then you will be labeled a pirate taxi firm and you are liable to face fines or even prosecution if you are caught.

Drivers

You need to make sure that your drivers are screened before you let them drive people around because if anything happens, like if they crash their car or they are rude to the customers, then you are the one that is going to be liable.

Most of the time, if a customer has an issue, they will phone up, complain and nothing will happen. But, all it takes is one adamant customer and your business could be in serious trouble.

The customer will be more likely to take legal action against you rather than the driver because they will assume that they will make more money off a company when compared to a person.

Staff

You will need more staff than just drivers. You will need people to answer the phones to send drivers to their fares and you will need staff to do the accounts and take care of the administration side of things, unless you are willing to do that yourself.

Don’t just assume that you only need money to buy the cars and then you are ready to go. You need to have money to pay staff member wages and you probably need money to hire the premises for your firm.

Buy vs Lease

When you get your cars, you need to make sure that you know whether you are going to buy the cars or lease them. You might be tempted to buy them so that you don’t have monthly outgoings but there are benefits to leasing.

You don’t need a massive amount of money to buy the cars if you lease them. You will just need to pay a monthly fee and you could take the money out of the driver’s fees. You could even tell the driver that it is their responsibility to pay the rent because they are essentially renting the taxi off you.

A Golfer Is As A Golfer Does

Did you ever stop to think about what the difference is between a good golfer and a … well…not so good golfer. I’m not talking about the obvious differences like how they hit the ball, or how they score, or even talent, but just the things they do. I guess you could call them the ‘habits of successful golfers’.

I play with all kinds of golfers. They run the gamut from beginners to single digit handicaps. It’s easy to tell which is which…and I don’t even have to see them swing. The guy that shows up 5 minutes before the tee time, coffee in one hand, tying his shoes on the tee, no warm up, no practice putts…well you know which one he is. He’s the one that wonders why he’s 6 over after 3   holes  and still struggling to find his game at the turn.

Golf is a game that requires hand eye coordination. It’s not easy hitting that little white ball. Sure natural ability helps. We can’t control what God has given us. But there are many things we can control and many things we can do to maximize the natural skills we do have.

Let’s take a look at some of those things you can do…some of those habits.

Warm Up

Every good player I know makes sure they are ready to play. That means arriving at least an hour before their tee time. They go to the range, stretch their muscles and hit some warm-up shots. I’m not talking about a full-fleged practice session here. But they do hit enough balls to not only loosen up their swing muscles but to see what their shot tendencies are that day. Are they generally making good contact? Are they able to move the ball left to right and right to left. Which ball flight is coming easy. How they hit the ball during their warmup will determine their level of expectation for that day and the kind of shots to avoid.

On the putting green they make sure they have a feel for the speed of the greens. They work on both uphill and downhill putts and long, medium, and short putts. They don’t want any surprises on those first few  holes .

PreShot Routine

Just like a free throw shooter in basketball, a pitcher in baseball and the serve in tennis, having a routine prepares you to perform your motion. In golf, a preshot routine is critical for consistency. A good one not only helps make sure you are mentally prepared for your shot but also that your alignment is correct, your body is free of tension and you are focused on your target. Every good player has a very precise preshot routine that is consistent down to a few seconds.

Knows how far they hit each club

Golf is a target game. Sometimes the target is 50 yards away and sometimes it’s 250. Without knowing the approximate distance you hit each club, your game is just guesswork. A single digit handicap knows how far they hit each club within 5 yards. A pro knows down to a yard or two. Good players may also have different swings with each club that go different distances.

Checks yardage for shot

Hand and hand with knowing your club yardage is finding out how far it is to your target. That target may be a spot in the fairway 270 yards away from the tee or a precise location on the green. The pros and good amateur players know every shot yardage within a yard or two. They know distances to front, middle and back of greens, how far to clear a hazard, and the yardage to their next shot in the fairway based on their favorite locations. There is no guesswork when it comes to precise shotmaking.

Good players who don’t have caddies to help them, walk off yardage from yardage markers and sprinkler heads until they have at least a general idea of their yardage. Many use the new laser range finders and GPS systems to provide better accuracy. Without accurate yardage a scratch golfer would have trouble breaking 80.

Has equipment fitted

Good players know that an improperly fitted club can cost distance and accuracy. Without the correct length club for their body and the right flex shaft for their swing speed, their shots will be inconsistent. Every good player knows their clubhead speed, wrist to floor measurement, lie angel, and hand size just as well as they know their shoe size.

Has a strategy for every  hole 

When a good player sizes up a  hole  they think strategically. They work their way back from the pin location to the ideal spot in the fairway to approach that pin. They then know how far and to what location to hit their tee shot. If the trouble on a  hole  is in a certain place they plan how to avoid the trouble. They know the precise distance and direction required. They may even plan the shot shape (left to right or right to left) to give them the best chance of hitting their target.

They know which  holes  are birdie  holes  and which  holes  to be happy with a par. They plan when to be aggressive and when to be conservative.

So what kind of golfer are you? Do you warm up before you play and have a preshot routine. Do you know how far you hit each club, check your yardages, and have your clubs fit to your swing? Do you have a realistic strategy for how to play each  hole . Most beginners and even intermediate golfers do none of the above. Adopt these habits and you can become a better golfer without extra practice, major swing changes or having a lot of talent. After all… a golfer is as a golfer does.

Drawing and Painting Tips – The Layout Sketch

A layout sketch is the process of faintly outlining the key elements of an image on to paper (or canvas). The aim should be to get each component the correct size and in the right position before moving forward. However, this first stage is where most amateur artworks go wrong!

In a portrait for example, the layout sketch would merely ensure that the outline of the eyes (nose, mouth, etc) are the precise shape, correct size, accurately aligned and the right distance apart. The layout sketch requires no further detail, but get this wrong, and your artwork will be doomed to failure, no matter how good your painting or drawing technique is.

It is possible with a great deal of practise and care, to complete a layout sketch by eye alone, but is that how professional artists work? No they don’t! Time is money and professional artists use techniques and tools to get precise layout work done quickly.

Here are the most common tools and techniques for working from a photograph.

Measuring

The simplest tool is use of a pencil as a ruler and protractor. For example, when drawing a face, the pencil can be used to measure the relative size of an eye, the distance between the ear lobe and the corner of an eye, or the angle of the nose. This works best when copying from a large photograph, and reproducing an image at the same size.

The technique is simple: lay the pencil flat on the photograph. Place the point of the pencil where you want to measure from, and grasp the other end of the pencil at the exact point you wish to measure to. Without changing your grip, move the pencil to the paper and make a mark on the paper at the tip and point of your grasp.

Similarly, angles can be duplicated by laying the pencil on the photograph, say a roof line in a landscape, and carefully moving the pencil to the paper while retaining that angle. An easier method is to place you reference photo over your paper, so that the pencil can be rolled from one surface to the other without altering its angle significantly.

A slightly easier method is to use a ruler, and take absolute measurements. If you need to re-scale an image, the use of a ruler is preferable. For example, when scaling up to twice the size, you simply double the measurement (etc). But, this technique has become outdated.

Alternatively, it is possible to buy dividers that achieve the same measuring effect. Some even have a limited re-scaling function.

Most people now have access to a PC with peripherals, so it is easier to scan and re-print a photograph at the same size you want to draw or painting, rather than re-scale as you go.

The use of a pencil (or anything else) as a ruler is best employed for checking minor detail dimensions and angles.

Grid method

Another slightly outdated but effective method of laying-out is the grid. Briefly, you need to draw a grid over the reference image, and a grid on your paper. The layout is achieved by separately copying the contents of each box of the grid. In effect, your layout will comprise lots of tiny drawings that all fit together to make the whole.

Using a grid limits the potential for error, and the smaller your grid boxes, the more accurate your copy will be. If your grid is say 1cm squares, then your layout lines can never be inaccurate by more than 1cm (unless your grid is inaccurate, or you draw something in the wrong square), but the chances are your sketch will be pretty close to millimetre perfect.

You can use grids of different sizes for the reference photograph and the artwork. In this way, re-scaling (if you need to) is easy. For example, to double the size of your drawing, use a 1cm grid on the photo, and a 2cm grid on the drawing paper. However, for the system to work, both parts must have the same number of grid boxes.

Grids take a good deal of effort to use. The other down side is that the reference photograph must be expendable (you need to be able to draw lines all over it), and you need to remove the grid lines on your art paper when you have finished the layout. Grids are good for oil paintings, since they can be painted over.

Tracing Paper

Many professional artists use tracing paper. It is a really accurate way of completing a layout. I recently read an instructional article on the use of tracing paper, published on a major UK artist site. My recommended method of use is very different.

The first thing is to lay the tracing paper over the image to be copied, and mark its position. This is so that you can place the tracing paper over the image time and time again, and always in exactly the same place.

Although tracing paper is very transparent, it can be hard to see detail in darker tones. The best way to use it is with back illumination; do your tracing on against a windowpane (in the day time!), rather than on a desk or table.

Draw carefully around the key elements with a sharp pencil (step 1). Reverse the tracing paper and draw accurately over your pencil lines, to create a mirror image on the backside (step 2). Use a sharp soft pencil for this, and remember that an outline with be transferred to whatever your tracing paper is resting on (so use some scrap paper). Now place the tracing paper right side up on your art paper. Mark its position, so you can put it back in exactly the same place if you need to. Draw over your pencil lines again to transfer the image (step 3). At no point should you scribble. Use the minimum pressure on your pencil marks; the aim is to transfer a light (temporary) pencil mark, not engrave an outline into your art paper.

It takes some time, but you should end up with faint, but very accurate layout lines. Obviously, you cannot re-scale an image using tracing paper. Tracing paper works best on a smooth surface. You may struggle to achieve a transfer on watercolour paper, and toothed pastel papers, so aim to transfer the minimum detail you need for a layout.

When working with darker papers, a white pencil at step 2 gives better results. A white pencil also often gives better results with coloured pastel papers.

Tracedown Paper

Tracedown paper is a form of carbon paper for artists. I have never personally used it, but it works like tracing paper with steps 1 and 3 being performed simultaneously, and step 2 omitted completely. Briefly, you place the transfer down paper on your art paper, the photograph on top, and you draw around the key elements directly on to the photo. The pressure of your pencil makes a faint line on your art paper.

As with tracing paper, re-scaling is impossible, and I imagine the reference photo takes a bit of a battering.

Projectors

There are a number of specialist projectors that can be purchased. Briefly, this tool projects an image on to art paper, and allows layout lines to be drawn directly on to the paper (or canvas), using the projected image as a guide. They are fast, and designed to accommodate re-scaling, but they are expensive and aimed at professional artists. The projector is a modern take on a system of layout transfer used by the old Masters.

Finally: trying to do everything by eye alone is foolish and unprofessional. Get an accurate layout down using any technique or device available to you.

Colonial Outdoor Lighting With Function And Style

The outward appearance is what people see first, thus they cannot be blamed when they form judgments with that. What contributes to the feelings that one can feel towards a person or object may be the first impressions formed as well. For a home’s physical characteristics, you can say the same thing in terms of judging. Great styling with the exteriors will make people turn their heads in awe, even to the point of them being rooted to the ground. An increased level of curiosity might even emerge, especially since people are easily drawn to things that appeal to them visually. No matter what time of the day where your house is either lighted by natural light or colonial outdoor  lighting , it will draw in admirers if it is undoubtedly lovely. It just goes to reflect how the owner can apply good taste in the aesthetics, and this can even inspire people who aspire to have their homes look just as lovely.

If you are told by an interior designer that  lighting  is important, you better take it seriously since most people often neglect it. We do chores every day inside our homes, thus we need to be able to see our surroundings to act on them properly. Even moving around the house can be a task especially with lazy days, thus you also have to walk around with clear view of everything. Meanwhile, while most activities occur inside, you also have to understand that the outside space is still your property. Good exterior illumination means so much not only for styling but also for safety. An impression of an occupied home will discourage thieves because there are higher chances that they will be caught. Also, it is also important to be able to see the outside of your home clearly. This way, you can see if people are there lurking around suspiciously.

You should be alert in detecting anything that may lead to something unfortunate. Given your environment, you surely must have chosen a community that is safe. However, we can never predict happenings so well, so it’s better to be vigilant. Colonial outdoor  lighting  can provide for the light you need, but apart from that comes its great potential to be a decorative piece. With the designs you can choose to match your exteriors, surely you can add your flair in styling to make it all the more appealing and a sight to behold.

However, there are certain factors that you have to consider to make sure that your installations are of great use. First, what is the size of your light sources and how wide are their reach? Will they be enough to ensure that no spaces are shadowed? You also have to be careful with the kind of intensity as provided for by the wattage. Glare and dimness can both cause discomfort, so to avoid this, choose the proper  lighting  needed.

Home styling is more than just letting design govern. When you choose furniture and  lighting  sources, you have to make sure that the function is done well so that tour money will be worth it. Colonial outdoor  lighting  is available online, and all you have to do is browse through the internet for your priced choice.

Tips on Installing a Radiant Barrier

A radiant  barrier  is a material that works with your insulation to prevent any heat increases or decreases and to help keep the temperature of your home at a constant level. Usually, it is installed in the attic because the attic is usually the largest source of heat loss in the home.

The radiant  barrier  reflects cold or heat that permeates through the roof of your house. For example, on a warm sunny day, the heat can permeate through the roof and into the house. The  barrier  if installed will reflect most of the heat back towards the roof, thus keeping it out of the house. As you can see, this could reduce the heating and cooling costs quite significantly.

In some cases, people also notice that a radiant  barrier  provides less wear and tear on their equipment. Specifically, they are referring to maintenance and repair costs for the air conditioner and furnace. It is believed that a home that has one of these  barriers  installed could save up to fifteen percent on their total energy costs for the year. For people who do not have them installed, maybe it is time to get it done.

During the winter months, a radiant  barrier  will work at keeping warm air inside the home. Adding the material over your existing insulation is the easiest method of installation. Make sure the reflective side is facing up.

Another method of installing a radiant  barrier  involves attaching it to the roof of the house. Typically, it can be installed under the existing attic rafter framing or under an attic roof truss. It is an easier installation if it is a new home construction. The  barrier  can be installed overtop of the rafters before installing the roof deck.

If you are comfortable with do it yourself projects then installing a radiant  barrier  in your attic yourself is doable. If you are not comfortable with it then find a contractor that will do it for you. Obviously, get a few estimates before you hire someone.

Many people that have a radiant  barrier  installed notice a difference in the temperature of the home. For example, you may be able to turn down the air conditioner or not run it as often than before the  barrier  was installed.

Where to Install a Fireproof Safe?

The location of your fireproof safe depends on its type and capacity. Therefore it is important to consider the type of safe that you need while deciding the site for it.

What should done before deciding the location of your fireproof safe?

WALL MOUNT:

One of the options to place your safe is to mount it on the wall. Since the fireproof safes can be accessed by the means of a combination or in some cases, biometric means, be sure to mount in a place where it is easy to reach the dial. The weight of the fireproof safe, along with its contents has to be taken into account while mounting it on the wall because the weight adds to the fore applied to the beams in the walls. This can lead to cracks in the walls and can even result in the weakening of the reinforcements of the wall.

Wall mounting of this is not a common practice as it can lead to several complication not only in the installation but also in the maintenance.

FLOOR MOUNT:

A standard file safe cabinet itself is of a very high weight, but in the case of a fireproof fire cabinet the weight is greater. This is because of the additional fire protection measures added in order to provide insulation of the to the documents from any fluctuation in the temperature outside the safe. So, if your fireproof safe weighs greater than 1000lbs, it is advisable to install it on the ground floor of your home or in the garage.

The type of the fireproof safe that you purchase, will directly determine where you place it in your house. If it is a floor safe, then it must be installed on a slab. This is the best choice in case of installation of fireproof safes. If you have slabs on the floor, it is recommended that you install your safe there.

It is better not to consider installing a fireproof safe on higher floor. This in because, in case a fire breaks out, the floor becomes susceptible to damage and breakage. In such cases, if the floor gives away, the safe can fall through the height and on an impact from the ground, it can unhinge, scattering its contents all over.

Another important parameter that is the deciding factor for the positioning of your fireproof safe is its contents. If you choose to keep items that you might need on a regular basis and at hand, then it is ideal to install the safe in your bedroom or office. If the contents of the safe need not be accessed frequently, then its location is not the primary concern. In such cases, an out of the way spot is considered a good choice.

It is should be also be kept in mind that it is not the best protection against burglary or physical break in. So, try finding a spot for your fireproof safe that is not very obvious. It should be a safe and secure place that allows access to authorized personnel only.

Bathroom Wallpaper Borders: The Final Touch

For those of you who have a painted or wallpapered a bathroom, adding wallpaper borders could give your bathroom that finishing touch that it needs. Adding a border to your bathroom can pull the entire theme you have set together and add a distinctive touch to the room. There are a variety of ways that bathroom wallpaper borders can be used to create several different effects.

Adding a Border to the Top of Your Wall

If you have a small bathroom that is broken up by the bathroom furniture then adding a bathroom wallpaper border at the top of your wall can give the eye a more unbroken sweep of your bathroom. It tends to break up the monotony of bathrooms whose walls and ceilings are the same color and shade or close to it by forming a natural and attractive break from the two.

Adding Wallpaper Borders to the Ceiling Itself

If you have a low ceiling bathroom and add bathroom wallpaper borders to the ceiling itself, then you can create the feeling for a bathroom with added height. This is often helpful in homes where the bathrooms are smaller and have low ceilings as it gives a less claustrophobic feel to the entire room.

Adding Borders Half Way up the Wall

On large bathrooms whose walls are only broken by the shower or the tub shower combination adding a bathroom wallpaper border halfway up or a little more on the wall can provide an unbroken line and can make the bathroom seem a little larger than it actually is. This is a great way to give the illusion of more space in a bathroom with little actual floor space.

How Borders Can Add Just the Touch to Your Decor

Whether your bathroom decor has old country charm, a touch of the dramatic or a chic and sophisticated look, choosing the right wallpaper border for your bathroom can add just the right touch to give your bathroom that finished polished look you are looking for. Choosing your bathroom linens, a decorative wreath or a bit of art work that echoes or contrasts with your bathroom wallpaper border gives a wonderful atmosphere to the entire room.

There is a wide range of wallpaper borders to choose from many of which are designed with just the bathroom in mind. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to just those borders, you can choose from a whole host of borders that are designed for any room in the house. You can choose from a number of themes such as seascapes, western, Asian and Victorian or choose a border that is sure to go with just about any theme at all.

If your bathroom walls are rather plain and neutral choosing a border with pictures or designs and a little color will add interest to your bathroom. If your bathroom wallpaper design is a little on the busy side then choosing a more neutral border will compliment the wallpaper quite well.

If you are undecided about two or more choices see about bringing a couple of samples of the borders home and see how they look against your bathroom wall itself. This will ensure that you like the bathroom wallpaper border you choose and it is one that you really want in your bathroom.

Framing Memories With Brass Picture Frames

Brass frames are very popular as picture and mirror frames. The main reason behind the popularity of brass frames is that they are extremely light weight. They can be polished and transformed into designs that vary in their styles ranging from a rustic look to an antique look, from a modern, classic to a funky look. Some of the common styles and designs are as elaborated below:

Antique Brass Picture Frame

Antique picture frames were often crafted in heavy and bulky metals and also the designs. While the designs were trademark of the era they were crafted in, metals were the only possible variation is the metal. Antique brass frames are available varied in the styles. Engraved frames, intricate carvings and ornate decorations were some of the popular styles in the antique frames. Simple designs are a rarity in vintage frames.

Decorative Frame

Decorative framing is also preferred when the choice is for a special memories and highly decorative frames. Often bought for gifting purposes, they may be decorated with either pseudo jewels, semi-precious gemstones, intricate engravings of symbols or the ethnic patterns, colorful paints, etc.

Personalized Frame

Personalized frames are usually made or order, customized according to the personal needs. For example, an antique looking frame, or a wooden one with special text on it, modern and lighter version with personalized messages, floral decorations for round picture frames or any other feature can be added by personalizing a basic frame.

A brass picture frame adds elegance to any photograph and at the same time is light and easily portable. Its flexibility to be easily molded into desired shape, designs and ability to be engraved allow it to be produced in a variety of styles. All these styles provide for enough variety and choice for framing some precious moments.

Make Your Floor Green

Can anyone deny the need to protect natural resources? Environment is the most precious natural resource. So it’s high time we wake up from our long slumber and take a step forward to ensure a better environment for generations to come. Moved by this green push, green flooring is gaining huge popularity with trendy home makers. Green flooring technically refers to flooring made with natural renewable materials like bamboo, cork, rubber, linoleum, hardwood and the like.

Green floorings can be made out of:

Bamboo: Bamboo is one of the eco-friendly options that are extremely high on the sustainability quotient. Bamboo floorings look great with the appearance of hardwood. It is therefore an excellent pick for homeowners looking to take the greener route.

Cork: Another interesting choice for green floorings can be cork. It is a renewable resource material extracted out of the bark of the oak tree. Since only the bark is required, it prevents cutting down the entire tree. Cork floors absorb noise and are very comfortable to walk on. Cork floors are resistant to fungus and bacteria and are even good for people suffering from asthma.

Linoleum: Linoleum is a durable as well as bio-degradable item which makes a good pick for green floors. It is produced out of recycled natural contents such as linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins and ground limestone. Linoleum floors are easy to clean and offer good foot support.

Hardwood: Hardwoods are very durable. It is generally obtained from old buildings and thus averts ruthless cutting down of trees and greeneries. Thushardwood flooring is the right choice for those looking for a pepped up retro look.

Reasons to go green

Green floorings are manufactured out of natural resources.

The intrinsic materials are mostly renewable.

Green floorings have varied price range so homemakers can make a choice depending on their financial resources.

Green floorings are not that hard to maintain.

Going green minimizes felling of trees to a large extent.

Green floorings are trendy and fashionable and lend a snug natural feel to your home décor.

Opting for green floorings will be your step forward in the pursuit of eco-friendly and sustainable living. So now you can get stunningly textured and great looking floors without cutting down a single tree. Transform your sweet abode into a cozy nest of mirth and tranquility by going green with the flooring.

Penis Pump Exercises – 3 Things You Need to Know About Penis Pumps & Whether They Work

Do you want to increase in size quickly? Do you want to know all the facts about penis  pump  exercises before this becomes a major issue? Great! Follow this article through and you’ll know everything you need to and be able to make the best decision to increase in size!

#1 The cost

The good thing about using a penis  pump  is that it won’t cost as much as a lot of other forms of male enhancement. Look at enlargement surgery for instance, most surgeons will charge you in excess of $7,000, yet the results they produce are not that great!

#2 The dangers

When looking at any form of male enhancement, always take into account the possibly side affects. The problem with using penis  pump  exercises is that a lot of people are over enthusiastic, which means they could result in causing damage such as long term bruising or even an erectile dysfunction.

#3 The time factor

Unlike a couple of other forms of male enhancement, you will need to put a lot of effort in to achieve the results you desire. Expect to spend somewhere in the region of 15-30 minutes a day and work for over 5 months before you see any physical gains.

Warning: Most people think that penis  pump  exercises will be hassle free and a great way to increase in size. They are a great way to increase in size, but you need to set aside a lot of time if you really want to increase in size over time.

How to Get Lower Abs Flatter and Leaner

Learn from the experts – we know what is best for your lower abs!

Abs exercises are the easiest exercises to maintain and develop. All you need is a clean flat surface where you can do away your abdominal crunches for a leaner and sexier you. In creating those flat lower abs, one of the best techniques is to do the leg raises, either with straightened legs or bent. But are those crunches the only way to go for having flatter tummies? Definitely NOT!

Diet affects your abs more than your exercises!

It is the ultimate truth! Your choice of food does affect having your abs look and feel leaner. To give you an idea, foods that gives you gas and contain a lot of sodium create a bloated feeling and will make your tummy bulge immediately. However, if you integrate both diet and exercise, you sure do know how to get lower abs really flat and sexy in no time at all!

Don’t be fooled by other “exercise experts”!

There are those who claim that they know everything about your abs and exercising. However, check their credentials first and identify if they really are who they say they are. Nevertheless, you need not waste your time in investigating them. Rather try to assess yourself instead. Does your body need an exercise? You may not be an expert in exercise moves, but you would know if your body is not in its best shape. So get on with it and start working out now!

Secrets of Commercial Retractable Awnings

Commercial Awning has to be a Fixed Awning – if you are a believer of this myth, let me tell you that ideas are changing and Retractable Awnings have made its way towards commercial premises of late.

Retractable awnings offer loads of benefits over traditional fixed awnings and fixed canopies. People have started realizing the potential advantages of retractable awnings. That is the reason retractable awning has crossed the fences of household premises and made its place in commercial buildings, offices, corporate houses, shops and other business premises.

Apart from effective sun protection what else retractable sunshades can offer? And what extra benefits does it provide to a business that a fixed awning cannot? The advantages of retractable commercial awnings include easy and simple maintenance, easy installation, durability, energy efficiency, branding and inexpensive building expansion.

The advantages of Retractable Commercial Awnings:

Bespoke commercial retractable awnings are certainly good for businesses from all the above mentioned perspectives. The monetary advantages associated with retractable awning are definitely lucrative. Better branding and effective marketing options make them more appealing to business-minded persons.

Let’s go through the features of retractable commercial awning one by one. The features advantageous for commercial buildings are discussed here as the topic is commercial benefits of retractable awning.

1) Complete Element Protection:

Retractable awnings effectively protect the covered places from sun, rain and snow. Unlike a fixed canopy or sunshade, the slopes of these shades can be adjusted according to requirements. A higher slope can be good for rain protection whereas, an almost-horizontal surface provide better protection from the midday sun.

Retractable commercial sunshades provide you with this flexibility. Slope of the shades can be changed either manually or mechanically. Some awnings are equipped with switches that help you control the slope. Fixed shades can never give you this flexibility; you have to manage with the same angle of inclination through out the day and through out the year.

2) Durable:

Retractable sunshades are more durable than fixed canvases and canopies. They can be retracted during harsh weather, hence can be protected from sustained wind, heavy downpour and huge snowfall.

Today’s awnings are equipped with sensor that automatically retracts the awning as soon it senses conditions that can damage the awning. Thus the fabric and frame of retractable sunshade go longer than those of fixed shades.

3) Branding:

Made to order commercial awnings are personalized for the commercial building wherein they are going to be used. Business owners can get their brand color, product names and imageries, phone numbers and other relevant information printed on their awning.

This is certainly a cost-effective way to promote any brand. Top of that, this helps you grab the attention of passersby.

4) Monetary Benefits:

Retractable awnings are easy to install and as they are more durable you need not spend on re-installation in next couple of decades! Being retractable the fabric and frame are protected against adverse weather.

Retractable sunshades keep the indoor temperature much lower than the outside; hence, it reduces the load on the cooling system and cuts on your electricity bill. Top of all, it offers a space for effective and compelling advertising.

These are the some of the reasons for the increasing popularity of retractable awnings in the commercial world.

Great Value for The Money – Motorhome Insurance Policies

When you are thinking of buying any type of insurance for your motorhome, probably the first thing that comes to mind is getting real value for money and peace of mind. There is some great value for money insurance plans available in the market and at very competitive rates. Depending on what type of insurance you are looking for be it Third Party Fire and Theft or fully comprehensive there is sure to be a rate that will suit your pocket.

Some factors come into play with the amount of premiums you will pay such things like, how long have you owned a license, the longer the better, and what age you are, and if you are in full time employment and if you are retired or not. All these will be taken into consideration when you are applying for insurance on your motorhome.

If you are seeking insurance for a converted panel van into a motorhome or any other type of self build motorhome, you may well have to go to some specialists in insurance who deal with this type of vehicle cover, and in some cases you might have to have an engineer’s report done after you have completed the conversion of your van. This is something to keep in mind when thinking about the insurance side, as there may be only a few companies that will provide the cover that you want.

You may also like to consider what you will get for policy premiums such as does the insurance cover your trips in the United Kingdom and also for mainland Europe, and is there a limit or not on the amount of trips that you can take, and how long will the cover be for when you are in mainland Europe. Another factor you might like to weigh up is, breakdown cover for any rescue you might need here or abroad, and what about any legal fees that might be incurred? Also does the insurance cover you should you lose your keys to your van? As getting replacement locks fitted can be a very expensive outlay.

When you are considering motorhome insurance it is wise to try and achieve as much no claims discount as possible, as this will result in a cheaper policy that will be offered to you. Whilst no one likes the idea of having their windscreen damaged, this again can be a costly item to replace, so you might like to ask your insurance company if this is covered, especially if you plan to make several European trips, as some of the roads in Europe are not up to the standard of roads in the UK, and tend to have more loose debris on the roads which can easily damage your vehicle or shatter the windscreen.

Also see what the amount of cover is for your personal items, as nowadays many motorhome vans are fitted with many of the main luxuries of life, such as TV’s and stereo systems. Finally see if your motorhome insurance will also cover you if you have an awning, as these can be expensive to replace.

Cyprus Nightlife

The town of Ayia Napa in Eastern Cyprus has established itself along with Ibiza and Magaluf as one of the party destinations of the Mediterranean. And in the small villages beloved of eco-tourists there’s little to do beyond the local taverna – lively though that may be on the right evening. So what else is available for visitors venturing out from their holiday accommodation for a holiday night out?

Limassol, like Ayia Napa, is a city for clubbers and holidaymakers looking to dance the night away, and other major towns such as Larnaca and Paphos also have a range of nightclubs playing everything from the most up-to-date international house and techno to less edgy Greek and European pop.

Nicosia has a more sedate and up-market nighttime scene, with the pedestrianised Laiki Geitonia area lined with stylish   pavement  cafes where the beautiful people sip strong Cypriot coffee. Along with other large towns such as Paphos and Larnaca, it also has a range of theatre performances throughout the year, so it’s worth looking out for shows in English or which you might otherwise find ways to appreciate. Cinema is popular, with most decent-sized towns having a number of screens, and as most films are shown in English with Greek subtitles they are accessible for tourists. Nicosia, Paphos and Limassol also have art-house cinema clubs which show a range of alternative and foreign titles. For theatre, cinema and other arts listings keep an eye out for Cyprus Weekly, the island’s main English-language newspaper.

For tourists looking for a flutter, a trip to the north of the island is necessary, as it’s home to Cyprus’ only casinos. Mainly catering to tourists from Turkey itself, the best casinos are to be found in upmarket hotels in Kyrenia and Famagusta.

Ayia Napa, to be expected, largely caters to party crowd with limited interest in tracking down good cuisine, but most other towns have restaurants and tavernas which will please most palates. The obvious choices are likely to be traditional tavernas, for their authenticity, because the huge range of mezze in a good taverna means there’s something to please everyone, and also because many have some form of entertainment – live music or dancing – on at least a few night per week, either intentionally or, if you’re lucky, down to your fellow patrons’ spontaneity. Coastal cities such as Limassol and Paphos are often also home to good fish restaurants, making the most of fresh local catches, and to an increasing range of international eateries, from the excellent Syrian Arab Friendship Clubs of Nicosia and Limassol to the Indian and Italian restaurants of Paphos.

Finally, many of Cyprus’ towns and cities host festivals of one kind or another during the year. Limassol has the annual wine festival [suggested link to wine & wineries page], while Larnaca is home to the Kataklysmos, the Festival of the Flood, five days of music, poetry and dance competitions, for which tickets often need to be booked in advance. Paphos hosts the Aphrodite festival in September and the Akamas festival in March, both of which focus on classical music, which is also performed year-round at the Markidion Theatre.