How to Make a TARDIS (Doctor Who)

Doctor Who is an enduringly popular TV show, with a large fan base among adults and children. So what could be more appealing to the mini Doctor Who fan in your life than their own homemade TARDIS play house? While this project will take a few hours and needs some rudimentary DIY skills – namely the ability to saw pieces of wood and hammer them together with nails – how effective the finished product looks is more than worth the effort. Here are some simple instructions for how to make a TARDIS.

* Unless you have a suitably sized, unused TV cabinet or cupboard available to you, your first job will be to construct a box from 5 bits of wood. The minimum depth the wood needs to be is about 5mm, otherwise your TARDIS will not be sturdy enough. You will need to, of course, leave the front of the box open ready to attach the doors.

* Next you will need to cut two pieces of wood to the height of the box and half the width, to form the doors. Long slats of wood can be purchased cheaply from DIY stores which you can superglue or nail onto each “door” to create a panel effect. The TARDIS has 8 panels – 4 on each side – but if you don’t want to build a TARDIS to its full height, six panels looks just as effective. Once you are happy that you have created two panelled doors, screw on some silver handles and attach them to the box with hinges.

* Using thick blocks of wood, cut two squares of wood slightly smaller than the top of the TARDIS and hammer these onto the top to create the shape of the roof.

* Paint the entire TARDIS dark blue. Crown do a suitable colour called “Dramatic”. Once this is dry, paint the windows black (acrylic paint gives the best finish).

* Next you want to add a light. Shop around for a push-light or torch which looks suitable. If you get a handheld torch which comes with a magnet on, you can make the TARDIS light detachable. This will allow your child to take it off and take into the playhouse to use as a light.

* The finishing touches are the Police Box sign, the public notice and – if you want to bring your Doctor Who TARDIS up to date – a St John ambulance sticker. The St John ambulance symbol can easily be found as clip art on the internet. The signs can be created on programmes such as Word and paint programmes such as Paint Shop Pro. A suitable font to use is Sergoe script.

If your homemade TARDIS is for a child, let them decorate the inside with their favourite Doctor Who posters!

Corfu Kanoni

The first of these two short routes from the town takes us to the famous beauty – spot known as ‘Kanoni’ and to the remains of ancient Corcyra.

On a day at any time except the summer it would be pleasant to do at least part of this route on foot. However, those without their own transport would be able to take Town Bus no. 2, which goes to Kanoni and circles Analipsi hill, the destination of our itinerary.

We start from the Spianada and move south, passing on our left the Yacht Club installations at the foot of the castle. On the right is a statue of Count John Capodistrias.

When the road reaches the bottom of the hill and begins to run along the shore of Garitsa Bay, we pass a signpost to the Archaeological Museum, which should on no account be missed. Although it is not a large collection it has some excellent exhibits, which are clearly labelled in English and Greek.

Further along we come to the Obelisk erected in 1841 to Sir Howard Douglas (1776 – 1861), a leading military theorist of his day who was Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands in 1835-40. Douglas was the author of the first textbook on naval gunnery.

Behind the obelisk, in the grounds of the police station, stands the Monument of Menecrates. The area around here was the ancient cemetery, and this monument was erected in memory of a man who was in fact not buried there; he was drowned at sea. The inscription around the top of the monument, which dates from about 600 BC, is in Archaic script and is read from right to left. It tells us that Menecrates was Corfu’s consul in his birthplace, the town of Oiantheia, near Galaxidi on the north shore of the Gulf of Corinth. The monument was discovered in 1843, during road construction work, and it is supposed to have been topped by the Lion on display in the Museum.

The road continues along the front, had a narrow entrance protected by two towers, the easternmost of which has been found.

We continue up the hill. The northern side of the peninsula was protected by a wall running from the end of the Alkinoos harbour, and one part of this has survived near the modern cemetery and the monastery of the Sts Theodori. The only reason that this section of wall survived is that it was built into a Byzantine chapel. It consists of a tower about six metres high, and is locally known as the Nerantzicha tower. It is believed that the tower may have guarded one of the gates along the north wall.

Also close to this area are the very scanty traces of the Temple of Artemis. An Archaic building constructed around 590-580 BC, it had 17 columns on its long sides and 8 on its short sides, but this is more or less all that can be said about it today, since the destruction has been so great.

However, the site did produce the pediments which can be seen in the Museum, and on the site is the enormous altar, which gives some idea of the size of the original building.

The temple was brought to light during fortification work carried out by the French in 1812, diggings which also uncovered part of the ancient aqueduct.

After meandering among the fairly scattered houses at the foot of Analipsi hill, our road suddenly swings up and we burst out on to a little square with a superb view – one that has to some extent become Corfu’s trademark.

This is the Kanoni, which we might translate as One-Gun Battery. The name originates with the French, who installed a cannon here. The cannon stands above the little square, next to the tourist pavilion, on the site where the Republican French installed an artillery battery in 1798. This is one of the most beautiful places in Corfu, one which wins over all the visitors to the island. No tourist should miss the experience of the superb and unforgettable view from here, at any time of the day. During the day, the light shimmers on the water beneath, and in the evening there are wonderful sunsets. Moonlit nights are magic here, too. The view must be one of the most frequently-photographed in Greece. In front of us and slightly to the right is the entrance to the Hyllaian harbour, which in ancient times was guarded by nets and a boom. Now there is a causeway across it to Perama.

To the left are two little islets, each of which has a monastery on it, neither of which is of any particular interest to the visitor. The nearer one reached by a causeway, is to Our Lady Vlachernai, and the further one, on Pontikonisi (Mouse Island) is to the Pantocrator.

There is a myth regarding Pontikonisi which perhaps requires a little explanation. The second of the great Homeric poems, the Odyssey, which, like its companion, the Iliad is generally regarded as having been written about the 8th century BC though it refers to semi-legendary events five or six hundred years earlier, mentions an island in the west called Scheria, which is the name used by other ancient writers to refer to Corfu.

What happens is as follows: Odysseus, having escaped from Calypso, is on his way home to Ithaca at last. But the sea-god Poseidon, who has had it in for him since the beginning of the poem, sees his ship and either sinks it or turns it to stone. Odysseus is washed up on the shores of Scheria, which is the kingdom of the Phaeacians, a friendly people ruled over by King Alkinoos.

The king’s daughter, Nausica, had that day been inspired by a dream to go with her handmaidens to a distant beach to wash clothes. Of course the beach is the one on which the exhausted Odysseus is lying asleep. While waiting for their clothes to dry, the girls sing and play with a ball, and their cries wake Odysseus. Without revealing who he is, he makes friends with them and is taken back to the palace, where he admires the buildings, the harbours and everything else about the city and is made thoroughly welcome.

Indeed, he might well have thought about marrying Nausica and staying on Scheria, but his home is calling. A minstrel singing about the Trojan War forces him to reveal his identity and tell the Phaeacians about his travels, after which he leaves.

The relevance of this story to the route we are describing is that Pontikonisi is, according to legend, the ship which Poseidon turned to stone.

It is not alone in claiming that honour, however: one of the islets off Palaiokastritsa is also supposed to be Odysseus’ ship. The truth of the matter (if there is one; Homer is not always to be relied on in matters of geography) is still far from clear, since no archaeological findings have come to light to support any of the theories.

Let it be said, however that Ermones beach on the west coast is a principal claimant for the site of the meeting between Odysseus and Nausicaa: it even has a stream of fresh water where she could have washed her clothes.

We leave Kanoni along the continuation of the one-way road system round Analipsi hill, passing amongst the hotels, restaurants and other tourist facilities which, in spite of the proximity of the airport, have made this one of the busiest parts of the island in summer.

After about 1 kilometre a road branches off to the right, in the direction of the top of the hill, and we take this.

Most of the top of Analipsi hill, which was the site of the acropolis of ancient Corcyra, is occupied by the Mon Repos estate. The mansion house which stands at the centre of the grounds (to which there is no admission) was built for High Commissioner Sir Frederic Adam in 1824 and then passed into the hands of the Greek royal family. The Duke of Edinburgh was born here in 1921. Since the abolition of the monarchy in Greece, by referendum, in 1974, the former royal properties have been the subject of legal disputes and Mon Repos, like the others, is not currently in use.

Opposite the gates to Mon Repos are the ruins of the Paleo-Christian church of St Kerkyra or Palaiopolis, which was certainly built before 450 AD, using ancient materials, and was rebuilt a number of times since then after destruction by various raiders. Its most recent destruction was by bombing in 1940. The inscription over the west entrance refers to the founding of the church by Bishop Jovian of Corfu after he had destroyed the pagan altars on the island. Pieces of the mosaic floor of the church and some other remnants of it can be seen in the Museum of Christian Art.

Most of the remains of ancient Corcyra lie inside the densely – wooded grounds of Mon Repos and thus cannot be visited. These ruins include that of the city’s largest temple, a Doric building reconstructed in the 4th century BC and probably dedicated to Hera. The temple was mentioned by the historian Thucydides.

However, if we continue on up the road towards the top of the hill we can visit the Kardaki temple, another Doric building of which, however, little has survived. The temple was probably dedicated to Apollo, and was discovered by chance in 1822 by British troops digging to find out why the Kardaki spring, which was used to water passing ships, had suddenly dried up. The eastern side of the temple has fallen into the sea.

The view from the top of the hill is excellent and it is possible to see quite a large part of the Mon Repos estate, including its charming little harbour.

Returning to the Analipsi one-way system, we wind round and down the hill and come out at the southernmost extremity of Garitsa Bay. Here is the Church of Sts Jason and Sossipatros, one of Corfu’s finest Byzantine monuments – indeed, one of the few buildings to have survived from this period. The saints to whom the church is dedicated are said to be those who spread Christianity on the island. Both were disciples of St Paul, and tradition has it that Sossipatros was martyred here in the time of Caligula.

Their church dates from the 11th century at the latest, to judge from the wall-painting of St Arsenius on the east wall of the narthex, which has been dated to that period. The building itself incorporates three ancient columns, each carved from a single piece of stone. The paintings of the two saints are the work of the late 16th century artist Emmanouil Tzanes, one of the principal representatives of the Cretan School of icon painting.

We are now back on the front at Garitsa, which is the end of this route.

The Four Most Common Styles of a Mortar Joint

Marking an overall surface area of 17% of the whole brickwork, the mortar joints play a substantial role in accentuating the appearance of the masonry. The color, shape and form of the joints in the brick units are all very important factors in building up the final look. Due to the strong influence of the mortar joints, many profiles have been developed and designed. In some of the walls, the mortar is kept recessed while in others it is protruding out. It can also be made in a way that the bricks and joints are at the same level, forming a homogenous, smooth surface. The most common styles which are used by Pointing services are flush, bucket handles, weather struck, recessed or raked and keyed joints. The formation of the specified type of joint can be done at the time when the bricks are laid. The joints can be left untouched to be formed by the pointing later on when the brickwork has hardened. The excessive mortar is skimmed off with the help of a trowel. To do this, the trowel is kept at an angle under the extra mortar and it is cut off. The trowel should not scrape off the brickwork. After that the mortar joints are given the proper shape.

Flush Joint: This type of joint is completely merged down with the brick. The bricks and the mortar are kept at the same level without any recession or protrusion. It does not require any shaping or extra work but only requires the trimming of extra mortars. After the bricks are placed, the mortar is wiped off with the help of a cloth or a tool. This style does not show much resistance to water penetration as the surface is not compacted or tamed. In the Repointing, it is used for the bricks which have lost their sharp edges and are not suitable for any other type of joinery.

Recessed Joint: In the recessed joint, the mortar is scraped down and the edges of the bricks are protruding out. The depth of the mortar defines fine edges of the bricks and imparts a unique appearance. For a visually attractive brickwork, the depth of 5mm is considered as the best choice but there are masonry works in which the mortar is more recessed. Since this type of joinery obstructs the flow of water down the bricks, the masonry gets wetter and there are more chances of water penetration or the seepage. It is advisable to compact the mortar to increase its water penetration but the surface can be left rough. The tools which are used in this type of joinery are wheeled jointure, square edge jointure and a slipper iron. This style is famous for Georgian and Victorian brickwork but it is not recommended in the areas with heavy rainfalls.

Weather Struck: This style has the most promising ascetic results and the fa├žade looks neat, properly done. The play of lights and shadows accentuates the look of the brickwork. The inset edge is kept at around 2mm depth than the brick and the forward edge is at the level of the brick. The skillful use of the trowel is the key in producing the right results. The edges of the brick must be well formed and repairs must be done with Brick repair services. Since this art requires a lot of time and patience, it is more expensive and less prevalent. The direction of the joint style is kept the same throughout to present a well-organized look. The thickness and pressing of trowel blade are very important factors and this is why it can only be done by experienced masons. The slope of the mortar must be smooth and well formed. Other than its strong visual appeal, it is also resistant to hard weather condition.

Bucket Handle Joint: This joint style is also called as concave joint and the mortar is recessed in the brick in a round shape. A half circled jointer is used and it is pulled along the edges of the mortar. Other than this, pipes or specially designed metallic tools can also be used. Brick cleaning services will be needed to clean off the dirt on a regular basis which accumulates inside the joint. The tool must be the same throughout the masonry to achieve an even look. The mortar must be compacted but it must be left a bit rough to give a more attractive look.

Choosing the Right House Painter

Whether you are looking to paint the interior or exterior of your home, choosing a good painting contractor is important to get the job done the first time. First, you need to determine the scope of your project. This will allow you to look for the right professional to complete it.

If you have a small painting project (for example, one or two bedrooms to repaint), hiring a solo painter-operator could be the best choice. Because owner-operators carry virtually no business overhead (no staff, no office, no commercial vehicles, etc), they can get your small project done for relatively cheaper than a large painting company.

Larger projects, however, are a different story. These need to be done in a time efficient manner and single painter-operators simply do not have the labor or resources to complete such large projects to the industry standards and on time. Such large jobs require the use of a trained painting crew, proper painting equipment, and a good project leader, or foreman. Typically, large painting jobs include multi-room or whole interior painting and exterior painting jobs.

Once you have determined whether you should hire a solo-operator or a full painting conractor firm, there are other things you need to pay attention to.

First, when getting quotes for your house painting job, make sure that each contractor outlines the scope of the work. You want to be sure that the estimates include the same service items from each of the contractors. Things like the type of prep work that will be done, how many coats of paint will be applied, and what brand of products will be used, need to be consistent across all painting estimate that you get. This way, when you are later going over the proposed prices, you are comparing “apples to apples.”

Many times, inexperienced or non-professional painters will quote the same job for a substantially lower price than any of the legitimate contractors who gave you quotes. Homeowners often get very excited about the immediate savings they would incur, and rightly so. However, as the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” More often than not, these extremely low bidding painters – in order to save money – skip crucial steps in the prep process, use the cheapest products they can find, and perform shoddy work. In the end, the paint job will not last and the homeowner will have to get their place repainted prematurely.

To determine whether or not you are hiring a legitimate painting company or someone who will ruin a paint job, make sure to check for the following items:

1) Business registration. Is this is a real company and will I be able to hold them responsible in a few months time if the paint job fails? Unregistered individuals can take you money and virtually disappear and you would have no recourse options and no one to hold responsible for shoddy workmanship.

2) Insurance. Does this company carry insurance? In case of unfortunate events, you want to be sure that your home is protected. If a ladder accidentally falls on your car or breaks your window, you need to be sure that the company has liability coverage to cover for these unfortunate events.

3) Examples of past work and customer testimonials. Don’t just take the painters’ word for it, find out for yourself what others have been saying about their painting and look at pictures of work they have done in the past.

4) Lastly, a legitimate painting contractor should never ask you for a substantial amount of money upfront. Typically, 10-15% upfront is considered the norm to cover material costs, but if the painter asks you for anything over that amount, you should be wary.

Defining Crystal Chandelier Parts

For the past decades, modern chandeliers have consistently captured our visual interest. In fact, it is hard to imagine luxurious hotels, homes and restaurants if chandeliers are nonexistent on their ceilings. However, more than the emphasis we give on their aesthetics, it is also imperative to comprehend their parts in order to utilize chandeliers to their full extent. Although every chandelier has their own distinct qualities, most of them share the same parts which if properly understood would make it easier for chandelier owners to fix them and locate their problems.

As it has been observed, modern chandeliers are what defines our ceilings and interiors. But, wouldn’t these pieces be nicer to look at if they are properly functioning because all their parts are doing their responsibilities to keep these fixtures up and running? The parts of your chandelier requires more than just knowing their names and their location, it is all the more important to realize their individual functions. While most manufacturers would provide you with manuals on how to install these lighting fixtures, they do not necessarily provide you any information about the parts of your chandelier and their importance.

As crystal chandelier is perhaps the most common chandelier design in use today, it is best to identify its parts and their functions. To begin with, the main feature of a crystal lighting fixture is the crystal itself. Crystal pieces are the decorative features of chandeliers. These natural stones may come in different sizes and cuts; some pieces used for chandeliers may be expensive and clear, others might be economical and colorful.

The arms are the parts of a chandelier that extends from its body and then branches outward to create a unique finish to the chandelier. It serves as the primary holder for all the miscellaneous parts of the chandelier. They are usually constructed from metals such as brass and wrought iron, as seen from wrought iron chandelier pieces, while some are made from glass and other synthetic materials, which adds more appeal to the chandelier. Traditionally, chandeliers arms follow the S pattern; however, contemporary arm designs are now taking more complicated forms to heighten the appeal of the chandelier.

The candle is part of a crystal chandelier that functions as the light producer. Chandelier candles can be literally wax candles if you are using a traditional chandelier, while for more contemporary pieces the candles may refer to the bulbs at the end of the chandelier arms. These candles are usually held by candle cups, which stands as the catcher of candle drippings for traditional chandeliers, but also functions as decorative parts for contemporary chandeliers. Chandelier candles further accentuate crystal pieces by reflecting the lights they produce towards these stones.

Other than the crystal, arms and candles, crystal chandelier have several miscellaneous parts that helps it to function properly. The socket, bulbs and converters are electrical parts that allows the chandelier to emit light with the use of electricity. For proper ceiling suspension, a chandelier uses chains, canopies and collars. By understanding the parts and functions of your chandelier, you will definitely maximize its efficiency.

Kate Spade Sunglasses – Get Them Cheap

Choosing the right pair of sunglasses is pretty important, as they can be worn for many years. Kate  Spade  sunglasses are a relatively new brand, and they are quickly becoming pretty popular because of how stylish they are, how sturdily they are built, and how cheap they can be. Of course, they are only cheap when you compare them to brands like Versace and Ray-Ban. Aside from that, you can still expect to pay between $100 and $200 for them, and that is money well spent. Unless you lose them, it is not likely that you will have to replace them soon or ever.

For those that don’t want to spend that much on quality sunglasses, what can you do? There are a couple of ways to get Kate  Spade  sunglasses for less. The first is to try to buy them during the spring. Demand for protection from the sun doesn’t really ramp up until the summer months, and that is when the prices increase. Surprisingly, they are also high during the winter, as a lot of people live in areas that can be equally bright in the cold weather. So just by shopping in for them during the spring or the fall, you can expect to get them with a discount of up to 25%.

There are other ways to save money on sunglasses from Kate  Spade  and other brands as well. If you buy just the frames, you can get them for nearly half off. You can then simply buy the lenses and put them in yourself. No one buys designer eyewear for the lenses, anyway. You buy the nice pairs because they are made of durable materials like carbon fiber and will never break. You buy them because they are a style that compliments your face and makes look great when you wear them. You also get them for protection from the sun’s UV rays, but any lenses will do that.

So just by purchasing Kate  Spade  sunglasses during the spring and only getting the frames, you can save up to 75% off the already low price. This works for just about any other brand that you might be interested. It might be a good idea to get a couple pairs, as it is a pain to go without any sunglasses should you lose them. Also, you can keep some in your car at all times and have some at your office or in your house.

Shovel Ready Projects

The 112th Congress that will be elected in November, 2010, will have a number of shovel-ready projects waiting to be turned into mulch for the White House garden. These projects range from health care reform to the czar program, carbon payoffs and numerous others.

Winston Churchill once said “socialism seeks to pull down wealth, liberalism seeks to raise up poverty.” Based on that description the progressive party has effectively combined socialism and liberalism without so much as an obituary to commemorate the demise of responsible, patriotic liberals. If you believe in true liberalism as defined by Mr. Churchill then you are running out of time to stand up and say so. You can no longer afford to sit back quietly and endure rebranding while your government is being dismantled one liberty, one freedom and one job at a time.

In 2008, the voters of America handed over control of two and a half of the three branches of our government to people who want to see the destruction of capitalism. They have set up mechanisms to bring that outcome into reality. If they are given two more years to finalize such action we all may need to start learning to speak French, the official language of the United Nations. English is the international language of business but there won’t be many of those left in America at the rate we are going.

We need to care for the least among us. We also must be able to pay for it. Penalizing the high achievers into inactivity will cause everyone will suffer, especially the poor. If we support negligence with handouts and shelter nonperformance with legislation we will inarguably increase failure by every measure. We must systematically reward success and encourage progress while consistently punishing the cheaters. Innovation is why America has the world’s largest economy with only five percent of the earth’s population.

A few years ago Air America, liberal talk radio, had recently been launched. Conservative talk shows were discussing some of the outrageous statements that were being made by liberal hosts. I came across it one day and decided to listen for myself. What I heard for the next hour was very surprising based on the buildup. The people calling in to this program were American citizens who loved their country and were concerned about its future. They were discussing the exact same topics that conservatives mentioned on their programs.

Although most of us know what isn’t working, we do disagree on what to do about it. We have different views and therefore offer up varying solutions. Not once did I hear a liberal suggest that we go Nagasaki on the U.S. economy. True liberals do not want these sweeping takeovers. Their party has been taken over by socialist-minded people. Congressional leaders are so far off the mark that they have resorted to using stimulus money to bribe members into voting for these travesties and it will ultimately backfire on everyone involved.

For instance, we read that Mary Landrieu is bringing home $300 million to the people of Louisiana. Is that a win for that state? No, and here is why. Machiavelli wrote in his book on political analysis, “The Prince,” “one inconvenience cannot be avoided except at the risk of being exposed to another.” In other words, this gift/bribe is ultimately going to cost the good people of Louisiana dearly. The next time a major hurricane blows into town the people of Louisiana will likely be left to deal with it primarily on their own. This statement is not intended to sound cruel. We are all called to be merciful to those in need. I was born and raised in Louisiana and have friends and relatives all over that state, but LA had better sock away some of that bribe money for future hurricane relief because the other 49 states will already be strapped financially as a direct result of the actions of Congresswoman Landrieu. She pocketed money that did not belong to her. It sounds bad to say but $300 million will buy an awful lot of sandbags and bottled water. Now do you see how this really works?

Of course there were other members of Congress who accepted kickbacks in exchange for votes. They will all get what is coming to them. Demanding hundreds of millions of dollars from a bankrupt federal government is like asking for a nicer stateroom on the Titanic after the lifeboats have all been launched. In an effort to avoid one risk, Senator Landrieu has exposed the citizens of Louisiana to another. A receding tide sinks all boats, as does icebergs.

What Is A Patient Lift?

A Patient lift is a very safe and efficient medical device designed to assist caregivers in pain free and safe patient handling. There are two main kinds of Patient Lifts: a manual, and an electric. A manual is the most basic kind of lift; it features a hydraulic cylinder and a hand pump. While a manual is easy to operate, an electric is even more user friendly. An electric lift offers a battery for power and a wand with controls, for ease of use.

The basic design for the sling lift was patented in 1955, and is still used in the same fashion it was more than fifty years ago. A Patient lift is used by placing a sling, a specially designed piece of material, under the patient. The sling straps attached to the hanger bar and the patient is secured in the lift. The lift then picks up the person, transfers them to the desired location and the reverse steps are followed to unlatch the person from the lift. As of today, there is no technology available to allow one person to move themselves; someone must assist at the time of a transfer.

There are several designs of Patient Lifts available on the market today. While most lifts ordered fall into two main kinds, full body type lift and Stand Assist lift, there are others. There are bath lifts, which are placed into a bath tub, and then the patient can lower themselves into water to bathe. Bariatric lifts are able to support patients up to 600 pounds are becoming more common in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. There is a swimming pool lift, which lowers a person in and out of an in-ground pool. There is also a ceiling track system, which is installed to move a person from one room to another; or from a bedroom to the bathroom.

There are many benefits to using a patient lift. For one, less people are required to move a patient from wheel chair to bed or vise-versa. The patient needs only one care giver present if the patient has some control over their extremities, otherwise two caregivers will need to be in place for fully paralyzed or non-mobile patients. Patients who are considered obese will also find comfort in being moved with the help of a patient lift. Second, being moved with a patient lift is far safer than having health aids, or care givers moving a patient and possibly causing injury to the patient or caregiver.

Patient care has always been number one in hospitals, nursing homes, and medical facilities. While home care and lift use is on the rise, because of an aging society, there are many applications for patient lifts in the medical community. Making sure that all standards are used and followed correctly, a patient lift is a very effective piece of medical equipment.

How to Install a Personal Elevator

If you want to have your own personal  elevator  at home, you can reduce your costs by installing it yourself. However, you will have to ensure that your are complying with building laws and that you have the necessary skills and equipment for the construction. The personal  elevator  may be outside mounted so that there would be minimal changes to the current structure of your home if that makes sense for your particular installation.

The first thing to do when preparing to construct this personal hoist or  elevator  is to determine exactly how it will be used. This is to ensure that you really need it before you begin spending the money, time and effort for it. For example, if an elderly or physically challenged member of the household is capable of lifting himself or herself out of a wheelchair and onto a seat, then a stair lift, which is less costly, may be sufficient. And if there are no physically disabled or elderly members of the family and you simply want to use the personal  elevator  to help in lifting heavy objects to the upper floor, a dumbwaiter may be simpler and less expensive.

It is also vital to make sure that you can correctly interpret the diagrams that are found on the building plans. If not, it may be better to just contract the services of an expert builder because the installation of the  elevator  can be complicated and needs a certain degree of construction and engineering skill. If you are not sure that you have sufficient skills for the job, it would be advisable to obtain the services of a professional. The task of constructing home  elevators  is also very time consuming. Therefore, if you are quite busy, it may be prudent to leave this job to the expert builders.

Meanwhile, when considering the costs that are involved in the installation of residential  elevator , it may be helpful to realize that technological innovations have made the production of the different parts of these machines less expensive and more affordable. Moreover, the improved mobility that it provides to the physically challenged and elderly members of the household is priceless. Aside from this, the market value of your home will be greatly enhanced by the presence of the  elevator . Adding an  elevator  to allow the expansion of the floor space through the addition of floors may also be more cost effective because increasing the home’s footprint to attain the desired floor space may be more expensive.

You will then take pictures of your home, specifically the portion where you plan to install the personal  elevator  and then send copies to the different companies that produce materials and parts for self-install  elevators . And when you have found a company that can provide you with the materials and parts, it is time to purchase the various tools that you will require to install the  elevator , such as drills, Allen tools, wrenches and screwdrivers. You may then start to erect the structures for the  elevator  after the parts and materials have arrived.

License Plate Names

Vehicle registration  plates  are known by different names, such as license  plate , number  plate ,  plate , or tag. It is a metal or plastic  plate  attached to the motor vehicle for official ID. Its record is as old as the record of vehicles. Massachusetts was the first state to issue government  plates .

In most countries license  plates  are issued by the national government. In the U.S, however, they are issued by state governments. But the federal government retains the right to allot numbers to its own motor vehicles and vehicles possessed by foreign envoys.

A person who wishes a special license  plate  has to apply to the state department of motor vehicles. At this stage the applicant has to specify whether the special license  plate  being requested is intended to generate financial support for a particular cause or charitable group.

For an extra fee, motor vehicle departments issue “vanity” license  plates . These  plates  carry some message on them. Some  plates  in Washington, D.C. read “taxation without representation” to vent dissatisfaction over Washington’s not having voting representation in Congress.

Similar to vanity  plates , there are also novelty license  plates . These are often sold in gift or novelty shops. These novelties are printed with individual names. But unlike vanity  plates , these are not intended for lawful recognition of automobiles.

Specific designs and dyes for the special license  plates  can be suggested by the user. Personalized license  plates , custom license  plates , and vanity license  plates  read almost anything the user wishes. It is a great way to advertise businesses, promote the user’s favorite hobby, or just be displayed for fun.

Choosing the Right Camping Stove

There are several types of camping. Backpacking, car camping, and RV camping. Depending on the type of camping you are doing, determines the type of camping stove you will need. Outdoor camping stoves vary in size, weight, burners, and types of fuel used.

Usually camping stoves that take up little room, are easy to set up, and tear down are the best. Also, the type of fuel plays an important part of selecting the right camping stove. A good camping stove should be able to support itself and the cookware placed on them with little to no chance of tipping over. The camping stove you select should be durable, reliable, easy to light, and perform well in all conditions you may encounter while camping.

Liquid-fuel stoves are generally a compact single burner stove that burns white gas, which is a form of pure gasoline that contains no additives. However, some liquid fuel stoves burn kerosene, #1 diesel, unleaded gas, and jet fuel. All these fuels burn hot which makes this stove ideal for the backpacker who camps in harsh weather conditions and high altitudes. Because none of these fuels burn clean, it is imperative that you keep the burner clean for the stove to perform as intended.

Liquid fuel stoves come equipped with a separate tank for the fuel, a primer pump to create pressure in the tank, a valve to control the flow of fuel going to the stove where the gas is mixed with air so it can burn. To improve their efficiency most liquid-fuel stoves come equipped with a wind screen and to improve their stability they are equipped with wide supporting legs.

Canister stoves are some of the lightest and easiest stoves to use. There’s no pumping or priming, just turn the knob, light it and you have maximum heat. The heat will adjust from low to high with ease. Canister stoves burn clean on butane, propane, or a mixture of both resulting in very little maintenance. Butane burns hot, yet it does not perform well in temperatures below freezing, whereas propane works good down to zero degrees. Canister stoves by far are the best stoves for the backpacker that does not camp in extreme cold temperatures or high altitudes.

Propane stoves are available with single burner, duel burner, or one burner with grill.

Best Slow Cooker – Programmable Slow Cooker With Meat Thermometer

Of the best 6 quart programmable slow cookers on the market, one of them has a unique feature that makes it the best slow cooker for many families.

The special unique feature the Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, that makes it the best slow cooker in this category, is the meat thermometer.

If your family would like to regularly enjoy a moist slow cooker roast, tender turkey breast, pork tenderloin, or slow cooker chicken, the meat thermometer probe gives you peace of mind and worry-free results. When you use your Hamilton Beach programmable slow cooker with meat thermometer to help you make dinner, the meat portion of your meal will always be cooked to perfection when you are ready to serve. If you are concerned a programmable slow cooker might be hard to use, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Cooking with the Meat Thermometer Probe

You simply insert the meat thermometer probe into the middle or thickest part of the meat, through a tiny hole in the lid. Select high or low and set the temperature. The probe monitors the cooking process until the meat has reached the set temperature. Once the desired internal temperature is reached, as per the food safety guidelines, the meat is cooked and the unit automatically switches to warm mode. Warm mode will keep your meal warm until you are ready to start serving.

If you cook chicken or turkey breast, pork chops or large pieces of meat regularly, the meat thermometer probe will be a frequently used feature, as it will ensure the meat is perfectly cooked every time. No need for you to calculate or guess how long it will take to cook, and therefore, there is no risk of under or over cooking the meat. Ingenious! In my opinion, the meat thermometer has got to be one of the best reasons to own this particular model.

To use the program cooking mode, just put your meal together in the cooker, select the cooking time, choose the heat setting, and then you can literally walk away. Which is exactly why it is called Set ‘n Forget. Once the cooking time has finished, it will automatically switch to warm mode.

Hamilton Beach 33967 – More Special Features

This Hamilton Beach crock pot has some additional special features, for example, power-interrupt protection, a clip-on spoon, a clip-tight gasket lid and side handles which make it easy and safe to carry or move. I really like the clip-tight gasket lid which is designed to prevent spilling your pot luck dinner in the car on the way to the party. The gasket also prevents the lid from developing a steam pressure rattle; instead, your slow cooker will just quietly simmer away on the counter top.

A Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker is a Real Time Saver!

This good looking, generously proportioned, oval Hamilton Beach 6 quart slow cooker easily takes up to a 7 pound roast of meat, a turkey breast or whole ham; or will cook up to 9 servings of soup, creamy pasta, curry, chili, casserole or chocolate fudge pudding. It is an ideal size for a larger family or a cook that likes to have enough left over to freeze.

I also recommend smaller families and singles consider the Hamilton Beach 33967 too, as long as they are able to freeze the additional servings. Most weeks I serve one or two meals that were cooked and frozen the previous week. I find it a major time and cost saver to be able to get a meal out of the freezer to reheat for dinner that night, rather than to cook another one from scratch.

When I have the inclination, which is usually fueled by buying a quantity of discounted meat or tomatoes, I use my slow cooker to batch cook chicken casseroles, curries and spaghetti sauce etc, so I have some for now and some to freeze for later. I actually always find everything tastes even better when reheated.

I use mine nearly every day, so I know you will find owning a programmable slow cooker is a real time saver! It’s amazing that just 5-10 minutes meal preparation time in the morning, gives you time and saves stress at the dinner end of the day. If you have a busy life and a hungry family to feed you will really enjoy every benefit of owning one of these Hamilton Beach slow cookers. Like me, you’ll look forward to coming home to the major part of the meal ready and waiting.

Your instruction manual comes with 7 mouth-watering recipes using the meat thermometer to get you started. The recipe for “Maple Boneless Pork Roast” sounds amazing. You will find, between the recipe pages and the “Cooking Guide for Probe” page, you have all the information you need to get in and get started with using your slow cooker to make dinner for your family.

Yes You Can Do That With Plastic

When you think of what you can do with plastic, maybe your credit cards come to mind. If I talk about nylons, your first thought is probably about women’s hosiery. As exciting as that would be, there is a whole side to plastics you might not think about very often.

For those who are old enough to remember, think about the automobiles that were coming out in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. I was less than impressed with what auto manufacturers were selling us back then. As they began using more plastics, most of us rightfully perceived it as cheap because these plastics were not good replacements for conventional methods.

In those days, the U.S. government was mandating reduced vehicle weight, increased fuel efficiency, and emission standards. It was trial by fire because manufacturers were not yet ready. The result was that almost any impact would basically destroy one of these more delicate vehicles compared to their resiliency in earlier decades.

We have now come through the trial, and we are stronger because of it. The plastic body panels on cars are now more resilient than the metal they replaced. Instead of dents and dings, plastics now flex and spring right back into shape with no evidence of any impact. Instead of rust, plastics stay looking new much longer.

Today’s plastics can even withstand heat, chemicals, petroleums, and the harsh effects of ultra violet radiation from the sun. The idea of a plastic engine may seem far fetched, but it is closer to reality than you may think. Lightweight, injection molded parts are in close proximity to engine components producing heat in excess of 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

Your car probably wears nylons.

Lift the hood on most of today’s cars and behold a thing of beauty. This does more than provide an impressive showroom appearance, it stays looking new for years, reduces vehicle weight, and even performs better. Many of these parts are possible because of advances in nylon technology. They resist the high engine temperatures and warping that prevented their use for many years.

These high tech nylons are finding their way into places many would have thought impossible a few years ago. You can find injection molded nylon in transmission parts and covers, exhaust outlets and sensors, brake pistons, and even rocker panels. In addition to heat resistance, these parts must also withstand cold impact, a traditional weakness of plastics. Can they take it? They can now.

This has been a brief look at automotive application only, but these are just a few examples that say, yes you can do that with plastic.

Wide Plank Laminate Wood Flooring Installation Tips

Whenever you are planning to consider installing the laminate flooring, it is vital to know which type of laminate flooring is the best. You have to consider two aspects; the finish of laminate and wood grain. Ordering for samples and retesting them is also not a bad idea. Ensure that you invest in durable laminate floor for your home. In fact, it is very simple to install this flooring and can be installed even by amateurs. With this information it will surely help in cost cutting. So, here are wide plank laminate wood flooring installation tips:

1. Firstly you need to measure the floor properly so that you will understand how much flooring you need to buy. There are some stores people who will send somebody to measure the floor as getting right proportion yourself will get a bit difficult for you as there are special cuts as well as waste parts to be considered. The best idea is to add up 20% of the floor measurement and can return the packed flooring boxes for a complete refund.

2. You will need some simple tools such as table saw for faster cuts and plank ripping. You will also need a saber saw which will guide you in cutting out the floor vents or near the cabinets or doorways. The other tools would include a hammer, pencil, small square and tape measure. Buying the spacers is also recommended so that you can keep the planks at right distance from walls to allow expansion as the baseboards will cover the same.

3. If your floors are in uneven position, then repair or place an underlayment before laying new laminate flooring. Always make it a point to begin the job from a wall as this will need fewer cuts.

4. Use different length of wood pieces to start every fresh row so that end seams won’t match with each other. Even slight difference of one or two inch will be enough for giving some kind of variation so that the job will be nice looking in the end. Once your second row is done, the installation procedure will get simpler as your speed will improve. As rooms hardly have precise width, you will need to rip off to correct width for the final row. Ensure that you don’t damage the floor with the tools. Try to get maximum planks into place before using the hammer and tools as with this you can snap the last row perfectly. Also, take special care during complex cuts.

So, now that you know the right way to install the wide plank laminate installation, do it yourself and feel proud of it.

Creating A Simple Business Plan

A business plan in simple words is a document that communicates the decisive features, the goals and how they can be attained and financial projections about any business enterprise. An important thing that has to be kept in mind while preparing the business plan is about the reader of the plan and once you are aware of the readers then the plan should concentrate on that particular audience.

The simple plan should not be too long an average plan has a length of approximately 40 pages as this is a manageable length for the readers. What you should include in a business plan is not fixed. It depends on the type of audience and what you want to achieve from this document. Though a simple plan covers the following topics:

•Executive summary

•Business description

•Environmental analysis

•Industry of business

•Competitors analysis

•Marketing plan

•Operational plan

•Management Team

•Financial projections

Preparing a business plan is not as simple as it looks. It requires knowledge from different disciplines of business like marketing, finance, human resource management, operations management and supply chain management. A well written simple business plan can assist a business to look reliable, logical as well as attractive for anyone who is not familiar with the business. Reading the business plans made by other entrepreneurs enables you to get a feel how to go about the business.

The aim of business can be different for profit and non-profit organization like for profitable organizations the spotlight is on making of wealth whereas for non-profit and governmental organizations the objectives and goals of the business can be on providing facility and convenience to the general public or society. Though, not for profit businesses can aim on optimizing revenues.

Before presenting the plan to the venture capitalist it is advisable to get other people to go through the simple business plan. When you are sending the document it is never recommended to send the document to every venture capitalist as many people only look at the plan when it has been recommended by someone.

Make sure that you put in realistic financial figures when doing the financial projections of the business as many investors like to see the profits that the company is going to earn. You should provide financial forecasting for five years because many venture capitalists are not interested in the short term profits but they have their eyes on the long term profits and growth of the business.

Other important calculations like Break even, Payback period should also be calculated. Therefore, you should know about the competitors, the demand of products and services you are providing, cost of production, employees that would be required, external factors that could influence your business as all these information would help in calculating the figures more accurately.

Investors would hardly spend 5 to 10 minutes on the initial review of your business plan and during this time they would be going through the executive summary to get an idea about the company.

For that reason, executive summary of the business plan should try to convince the investors about the idea of the business. Though, how venture capitalist evaluate a business plan is not predictable as it is an art, not a science.

One last thing that writing a high-quality simple business plan does not promise you success, but it can help in decreasing the probability of failure.