The Top 10 Most Violent Movies Ever Made!

The films listed in this article are in my opinion, the top ten most violent movies ever made. WARNING: The descriptions of these movies are very disturbing, please do not read this if you are easily upset! This guide can either serve as a sort-of parental advisory warning to sensitive viewers of the films to avoid at all costs, or it can provide gorehounds with the titles they need to take their extreme viewing to the next level beyond the typical Hostel and Saw movies. These films are very gruesome, please read at your own risk! You have been warned!

10. Faces of Death (1978)

A gory, mock shockumentary that inappropriately mixes scenes of fake suicides, accidents, animal attacks and bloody murders with real footage of gruesome autopsies and the aftermath of traffic accidents mixed with footage of actual animal cruelty including scenes from inside a slaughter house, chicken decapitation and the clubbing of baby seals, all set to cheesy music.

9. Laboratory of the Devil (1992)

Laboratory of the Devil ups the body count where Men Behind the Sun left off as Unit 731 continues conducting gruesome experiments on Chinese captives. A woman’s skin is peeled from her hands and a gruesome autopsy is conducted on a live human. Other victims are killed by poisoning, lethal injection, frozen limb smashing, amputation, shootings and body burning.

8. Shogun’s Sadism (1976)

In the tradition of the Tokugawawo series, Shogun’s Sadism consists of two short stories of love taking place in the Shogun era amidst cruelty, persecution and religious wars. Featuring rape, boiling water torture, decapitation, evisceration, a foot smashed with a sledge hammer, eyeball branding, a fetus ripped out of a pregnant woman and a girl being drawn and quartered.

7. Flowers of Flesh of Blood (1985)

A serial killer kidnaps a woman and performs an ancient samurai ritual for his camera, turning her into a flower of flesh and blood. He cuts off her hand, then cuts off her arm, he saws off her leg, he slices her stomach open and pulls out her intestines, he cuts off her head, then scoops out her eyeball with a spoon. After that he shows us his collection of body parts from other victims.

6. Salo (1975)

In Italy during World War 2 a group of Fascists torture and humiliate 16 teenagers for 120 days. They strip the kids naked, they put them on leashes and force them to be servants, beating them and making them eat excrement. Then they take the children outside and mutilate them to death, they burn their genitals, cut out their tongues, remove their eyeballs, stab them and shoot them in the heads.

5. Tumbling Doll Of Flesh (1988)

The filming of a porno becomes a sadistic snuff film when the two actors involved begin torturing their actress. They saw off her leg and her arm. They pet her face with the severed arm. They snip her tongue apart with scissors. They disembowel her and have sex with her intestines. They then finish her off with a meat cleaver to the face.

4. Men Behind The Sun (1988)

After World War 2 Chinese victims are experimented on in a Unit 731 camp where a woman’s hands are frozen and peeled to the bone, an actual kitten is fed to rats, a child is dissected alive and a pressurized tank forces intestines to explode out of a man’s rectum.

3. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

An investigation of a documentary crew massacred by Cannibals in South America leads to the discovery of lost film footage of rape, castration, disembowelment, forced abortion, anal impalement, rape with a rock, bodily mutilation and the infamous gruesome acts of actual animal cruelty.

2. August Underground’s Mordum (2003)

The most gruesome movie ever made in my opinion! Disguised as actual snuff footage with realistic depictions of throat slittings, forced self-castration, rape, cannibalism, disembowelment, intestine rape, vomit torture, child necrophilia and maggots being eaten from the corpse of a dead infant.

1. Philosophy of a Knife (2008)

A 4 hour reenactment of the torturous experiments conducted by unit 731 including decapitation, dismemberment, disembowelment, fetus removal, teeth pulling, genital freezing, radiation exposure, electrocution, skin slicing, tongue snipping, pressure chamber deaths, suicide and a cockroach being forced inside a woman’s vagina as her face is removed.

The Benefits Of Having Interior Painting For Your House Done By A Professional

Painting the interior of your house can be very tricky. It is easy to just slap on some paint on the walls with a paintbrush and a roller. What is difficult is painting the interior details of your home such as the mouldings, recessed ceiling, etc. It can be a bit tricky to do that and it requires some level of skill and expertise to be able to do it well.

The advantage of having the interior painting of your house done by a professional is that a professional painter has the skill and expertise needed to make the interior of your home look amazing. A sloppy paint job of your home interior will not help to make your house look beautiful. No matter how elegantly designed your house is, if the paint job is done sloppily then it will still fail to impress your guests. It will be such a waste of a beautifully designed home if the interior is not painted beautifully as well.

A professional painter has all the right equipment to do the job right. They have paint sprayers, different sized rollers and paint brushes that help them to do their work faster and more efficiently. Getting the paint job done faster is very important because you can finally enjoy your home without the blank-covered furniture and protective rugs on the floor. You do not have to end having the painting crew come in and out of your house through the entire day. The faster they can get the job done, the better it is so that you can begin to enjoy your beautifully painted home.

Painting the interior of your home is not easy. You need to be extra careful so that you do not get any paint all over the floors and furniture. This is one of the reasons why you need a professional painter to paint the interior of your home. They have the expertise earned from years of experience in painting homes to be able to do the job right. They know how to make the necessary preparations to protect your home before they start painting. They will lay out drop cloths and plastic coverings to avoid getting paint on your carpet and furniture. Cleanup is also another tiresome task when painting your home. A professional painter can do the cleanup in no time. There is also less cleanup needed since a professional painter will have little or no mess to cleanup. There will be no paint drippings on the floor or hand smudges on the walls.

Advantages of Brass Chandeliers

Brass chandeliers are used everywhere. Hotels, restaurants, and offices use them. In homes, brass chandeliers can be found in almost any room. What makes brass chandeliers so popular?

Brass chandeliers have a long history. Before electricity, brass chandeliers were used with candles or kerosene. Brass is a sturdy metal with a long life, making it the perfect metal for the brass lanterns that used to be placed in homes and used as street lights.

In addition to being a long-lasting metal, brass has the added advantage of requiring little maintenance. Brass chandeliers are particularly suitable in coastal areas where corrosion is a problem because by nature it is anti-corrosive.

Two types of finishes are usually available for brass chandeliers: highly polished and antique polished. A highly polished finish, as the name suggests, makes the brass look bright and polished. Antique polishing gives an older appearance that some find very elegant.

Periodically dusting with a soft, dry cloth is the key to maintaining your brass chandelier. If it gets dirty enough to need a more intense cleaning, use a gentle dish soap and warm water to clean it. Do not forget to dry after washing. Do not use an ammonia-based cleaner because this will cause tarnishing.

If your brass chandelier is tarnished and you have not used an ammonia-based cleaner, first determine whether or not it's solid brass. Try sticking a magnet on it; if the magnet stays on, your chandelier is made of steel-plated brass. In that case, the tarnish you are seeing is likely rust and can be removed with steel wool. After removing the rust, your next decision is whether to have it re-plated. If you do not want to have it re-plated, you can choose to paint it.

A solid brass chandelier which has tarnished is reliably easy to clean. First use a brass cleaner to get the tarnish off. Once it has been removed, follow up with clear lacquer spray paint.

When purchasing a brass chandelier, remember that it is not intended as a main light source. Chandeliers are hung for the elegance and grace they add to almost any room. Brass chandeliers come in many sizes, so they are appropriate anywhere.

There are many types of chandeliers available to add grace to your home or business. If you are in the market for one, remember the long life and easy maintenance of brass chandeliers. You'll be glad you did.

Gross, Ugly, Embarrassing Warts

Warts are (lets call a spade a spade) gross, ugly, and very embarrassing. They are usually skin colored and rough to the touch but they can also be dark, flat and smooth. Plantar warts (warts of the soles of the foot) are usually smooth because they have been pushed, from the pressure of walking, back into the skin of the foot. A staggering fifty percent of sexually active Americans will contract Genital Warts in their lifetime.

What causes the ugly little buggers:

Warts are all sub-types of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of the HPV viruses. All warts are spread by physical contact; however, genital warts are the most infectious and are sexually transmitted ONLY. Warts on the body, face, fingers, or feet are also spread by physical contact. Once you are infected with the warts virus, outbreaks of warts can occur at any time especially if your immune system is depleted.

Will They Go Away On Their Own?

Often warts do disappear on their own especially in children, although it may take many months, or even years, for the warts to go away.
Do They Need To Be Treated?

Usually, yes. Besides being embarrassing when they grow on your face, fingers or genitals, they are also othersome. They can bleed and cause pain when they're bumped or scraped. Treatment should decrease the chance that they will be spread to other areas of your body or to other people.

Common methods of getting rid warts in the US

1. Freeze them off. Cryosurgery for wart removal is still used today. It is painful, you will experience blisters and you will usually have scaring. This method has a recurrence rate of a whooping 73%. OMG!

2. Burn them off. Electrocautery also involves blistering and scarring.

3. Cut them off. Large warts are sometimes surgically removed with a recurrence rate of 21%, YIKES.

4. Poison, Acid, Or Prescription Medication them off. Most all of these treatments will get rid of the warts initially, but in many cases the darn things will recur.

5. Get them off the natural way. Yes, this sounds like a winner! No pain … lots of gain … and quickly (in 3 days) gets rid of the humiliating little growths forever. The natural way is a painless, and effective way to permanently remove moles, warts and skin tags in just three days. This method has a 98.5% success rate.

"Work-Workout" – Digging Holes

The workout hat can be obtained by digging holes with good old fashioned pick and shovel, I would place at the level of splitting wood. This is an incredible whole body workout that is about as intense as it gets. It utilizes the arms, legs, entire core region in a major way. If done with the right intensity, It can be both aerobic and anaerobic at the same time.

Now I’m not encouraging anyone to be like an army recruit and go and dig a hole just to fill it in again. As a matter of fact even digging a hole may not be required. Sometimes just handling a shovel to move a pile of loam can give you the same effect. Figure that a human machine, in good condition can move about one cubic yard per hour. If you utilize a wheel barrow, that is shovel from the pile into the barrow, and then move the load to another part of the yard…say for a vegetable garden, now you are getting a good shoulder and upper back workout too.

Remember the theory behind the work-workout is that some sort of productive, valuable spin-off must come about the general activity along with the fitness benefit. So, that being said, here are some other ideas that can put that shovel, pick and wheel barrow to good use…along with that muscle power!

Dig a hole to bury a tank or drum for a gray water collection system. Grey water is waste water that does not contain any sewerage. Examples of sources of gray water are washing machines, showers -even if you are one of many people who tend to pee in the shower, kitchen and bathroom sinks. What is great about this water is that the soap in it is generally very good for watering plants and grass. But, experiment or do research to find out what products to avoid. That is the value behind this system. It save resources, and makes double use of the water. First as potable, then as irrigation water.

You will also have to dig a trench to run the piping to the tank from the sources. If you really want to go all out, trench for a sprinkler system from the gray water storage tank.If it works out well maybe you can bury some more, and tie in a rainwater collection system from the gutter off the house in addition to the gray water.

If there are restraints on these types of systems in your area, then here is an alternate plan. Dig for a drywell. This is a system that will let your gray water be absorbed into the ground. This can take the load off your septic system somewhat, or even the waste treatment facility if you are connected to municipal sewerage systems. All a drywell is composed of, is a good sized hole, filled with stone. This facilitates the water being absorbed into the ground. Do some research, it’s not “rocket surgery”, but it is labor intensive…just what the physical trainer ordered.

Remember to use both sides of your body when shoveling. It may feel awkward, but with enough practice you will get ambidextrous. It’s always important to practice muscle balance, and to stretch before and after this kind of strenuous exercise. If our hands are not toughened up from this sort of work, be sure to wear gloves to prevent blisters.

Body Shaper Underwear – Three Great Spandex Body Shapers

What Does Ann Michell, Spanx, & Vedette Have in Common?

A woman's body is the canvas she uses to advertise what she has going on inside. Sometimes, for all the effort in the world, that body just doesnt quite say the right things. Fortunately, someone invented spandex body shapers to help guide the curves that are already there into a slightly more pleasant shape. There are three great examples of women's shapewear out there: Ann Michell, Spanxs and the Vedette.

Ann Michell body shaper underwear is made by a Columbian company of the same name. While their lines of body shapers have a great deal of variation in their firmness (going all the way from slightly firm compression all the way to hyper compression), Ann Michell is differentiated because they're more comfortable than most other women's slimming undergarment.

They get this extra comfort from being lined with especially soft materials – good for when you've got people to impress all day long. One of their very popular lines is the Alejandra style 1046 – just do not eat a big meal with this spandex body shaper on, or you'll regret it. The level of compression is pretty intense – but the look (and the looks you'll get) make it all worthwhile.

Now let's talk about Spanx. Other than having a fun name, Spanx (go on, say it out loud) spandex reshaping line has the advantage of not technically being spandex. They're actually more of a lycra material, which is only important if you're concerned about the added weight actual spandex rings to shapewear underwear. It also brings the advantage of being a bit more similar than other, similar products – you will not be crushed into Spanx shapers, but you'll definitely feel that your curves have gotten smoother and sleeker from it. It's kind of like the old rule of make-up, where the idea is to make it look totally natural.

The Vedette brand of women's body shapers are the most specialized type of body shaper underwear. They do not just have regular shapers like corsets and full body shapers. They even have two separate styles of butt enhancing panties – the kind that adds padding where nature forgot to, and the kind that actually surrounds and lifts up your buttocks. One really great thing about Vedette is that their designers are absolute masters of slimming down a poochie waist. And another, possibly even better aspect of their line is that they use a special Brazilian style of rubber that lets your pores breathe better – so it does not feel quite so much like medieval knight armor.

The Elevator Pitch – Benefits For a Speechwriter

We've all heard of the "elevator pitch" – an overview of an idea for a product or service that gets the point across quickly.

Entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to venture capitalists. Job seekers are encouraged to develop a compiling elevator pitch to land an interview. Speed ​​dating has even introduced the elevator pitch into our romantic lives.

What about speechwriters? Why should we bother to develop an elevator pitch for a proposed speech topic? Why not just get on with it and start writing?

Pitching your ideas

Freelance writers and journalists are used to pitching a story idea to an editor. They write a brief outline of the topic and the approach that they've taken. Based on this, the editor can determine whether the idea suits the needs of the publication. In other words, they sell the story to the editor before they write it.

Whether you are freelance speechwriter or work in government or private industry, pitching an idea for a speech has a number of advantages. It's a proactive move that shows you are a true professional.

Peter Giesinger, a speechwriter based in Canberra, Australia, uses pitches in two ways. He crafts a speech outline to pitch an executive he's representing as a potential speaker for a conference. If the conference organizers express interest, he uses that same outline to pitch the executive on the idea of ​​delivering the speech.

Giesinger has found that for his pitch to succeed, he must do his homework. He researches the opportunity in depth and sees wherever the event aligns with the speaker's expertise and priorities. He determines whether the proposed topic is relevant to the specific audience. Only if it checks out will it proceed with the pitch.

Elements of the pitch

The main aspects of the pitch include:

  • What is the speech about? Be sure to include the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of the event, the topic and the speaker.
  • What's unique about the speech? What angle on this topic will your client take that's different from that of other speakers?
  • Why is the speech important or interesting to this audience? You'll have to convince the conference organizer that it's worth time on their agenda.

For a pitch to be compelling you also need to:

  • Pitch ideas, not just topics. A speech should be newsworthy, informative, even controversial. Will it make the audience sit up and take notice?
  • Understand what the conference organizer is looking for. The speech must connect with the theme of the meeting.
  • Reassure the client. They need to be sold on the idea that this will make them look good and advance their own agenda.

Multiple advantages

A pitch is effective if it secures a booking for the speaker. But the real payoff comes next.

There are a number of side benefits to a great pitch. The pitch can be easily repurposed into a speech abstract for the conference agenda.

These are often required weeks in advance of the event. It can also serve as a blueprint for the full text. The tight focus on the core message of the speech will keep you on track as you work through the various drafts.

Michael Gury, a New York-area marketing and branding expert, finds the effort he puts into researching the pitch pays off. The details he gathers about the venue, locale, and organization help make the speech unique. This is useful when, as with many freelancers, he might not know the client well enough to be able to write in their "voice" – especially if it's the first time he's working with them. "The research helps add tidbits to flavor the speech," Gury says. "It can make the moment special for the audience."

So do not just sit around passively waiting for your next assignment. It's time to wind up and pitch your ideas.

Ice Cream Truck Vending – Finding a Cold Plate Freezer

When you are beginning your own ice cream vending business 1 of your largest capital costs as of your truck is going to be the freezer. Obviously the freezer is not something which you wish to cut too many corners on because if yours is not working correctly you stand to shed hundreds of dollars in lost income from spoiled stock – and even worse could get you in deep trouble with your local health inspector!

Most modern ice cream truck vendors use a chilly plate freezer for this purpose. A cold plate freezer works by merely plugging it in and letting it charge overnight – it will then stay chilly for the rest of the next day. An used cold plate freezer will probably cost you anywhere between $ 2,500-3,500 while in a new 1 will probably set you back about $ 5000- $ 7000 so this is really a main investment that you've got to correct. Although you wish to save cash you should ensure that any unused freezer you purchase is fully functioning and non-defective. Make sure to test it initial or you could shed a bunch in melted ice cream!

Some Facts about Freezers:

. A great cold plate freezer will keep the temperature down to about -20F.

. The temperature in a properly functioning cold plate freezer will never go above 0? F even on a hot day.

. In the past ice cream truck vendors used dry ice to keep ice cream chilled but it's quite unreliable and is no longer accepted by several well being authorities.

. Cold plates are fantastic because they do not require constant power, are better insulated and have smaller hatches then normal freezers meaning less warm air touches the ice cream.

Homemade Wood Stove – How to Make a Homemade Wood Stove

You know what the best part about DIY guides? The fact that you can construct anything by yourself in turn saving so much on what you would have to spend so much on a normal basis. It's pretty amazing what you can build by yourself nowdays with the help of these DIY Guides. This time, I'll show you how to make your own homemade wood stove without needing to break that bank account for too much.

Back then, building your own wood stove stove finding an unused 50 gallon drum a starting from there, but times have changed and innovation has kicked in. Nowadays, using an unused discarded water heater has the capacity to hold 3-50 gallons of water. The first step to finding the ideal electric water heater is by finding one without any damage and rust in the heater. Remove the steel wrap around the heater to check for corrosion and rust and remember that this step is very important due for health related concerns and should not be skipped. Next turn the heater on to its side to weld on the metal legs as this will keep the heater up.

The next step will involve making holes to the heater. So make sure to be careful as not to hurt yourself. Make a cut around the upside portion of the heater and weld it back upside down. It is this portion where you should make a few holes because this will aid in the circulation of heat during cooking. Make another hole in the back of the heater as an outlet which will allow the smoke to be taken outside your house via a metal pipe, add a lever here to make sure you can control the intake of air.

Build a grill to cook your food on by cutting vertical strips on the inside portion which you welded back to the stove. Once you're done with this step, you're pretty much done, but you can also add some ventilation pipes to your new "stove" and connecting them to your chimney (if any).

It's pretty amazing how people come up with their own ways to build and construct things and how many of us follow to find out that these innovations really do work. After following this guide on how to make a homemade wood stove, you can usually invite friends and family over because you've cooked dinner on your new homemade wood stove aka a discarded electric water heater. Interesting is not it?

Using a West Bend Slow Cooker For Rabbit

Thanks to the extremely efficient and versatile slow cooker, the braised rabbit New Brunswick stew, one of the most well known and most celebrated dinner items, is easy to prepare and full of flavor. Slow cooking the tender meat from a rabbit is probably the best way to bring about the natural flavors and aromas of this dish, and combined with very carefully selected, complimentary ingredients, this dish is one of the healthiest and most delicious entrees for all ages and at any time of the year.

Essentials you will need for this recipe:

One 7-quart slow cooker, preferably one such as the West Bend slow cooker, so ingredients slow cooked and simmered through the course of the day are kept at a constant temperature and cooking pressure for even cooking (thanks to the slow cooker) and distribution of heat, maximizing flavor and texture.

Other ingredients you will need for this recipe:

1 sm Rabbit; (1 to 2 lb.)
1/2 ts Basil; chopped
1/2 ts Chervil; chopped
1/2 ts Lemon thyme; chopped
Salt and pepper; to taste
2 tb Butter; clarified
1 Red onion; pared, halved
1 Carrot; (batonette)
1 Celery rib; (batonette)
2 Red potatoes; cut in quarter
1 qt Brown chicken stock
4 oz Lima beans; sheled
1 tb Tomato concassee

Nice to have, but not essential ingredients for this recipe:

Tomato concassee: skinned, seeded, finely chopped tomato pulp basil, chervil, lemon thyme, chopped, to taste

Preparing the braised rabbit New Brunswick stew:

Remove the hind legs and thigh bones from the rabbit. This makes rabbit meat pieces the perfect size for simmering and to fit into the slow cooker. Combine herbs by sprinkling generously over rabbit meat and season folds with salt and pepper.

Trim off belly and front legs, place pieces around buttered onions, carrots and other vegetable ingredients. Rabbit loin, potatoes, stock and lima beans sit on top of other ingredients, to ensure slow cooking process cooks smaller pieces uniformly on top of larger ones, with precise timing. Set it on medium heat for 6-9 hours, or until ingredients form thick, gravy-like consistency. Slow cooker will simmer ingredients together, and rabbit meat's rich flavors and intense aromas will infuse with the rest of vegetable ingredients and spices to result in a perfect combination. Slow cooking rabbit meat also maximizes texture and tenderness for the best possible flavor.

To serve braised rabbit New Brunswick stew:

Remove any leftover bones from rabbit loin, reserving warm meat at the bottom of each bowl. Arrange celery, carrots and thigh pieces on platter, arranging potatoes and other ingredients left in the cooker between rows of meat.

Pour warm stock over all ingredients; serve steaming hot with fresh corn bread.

Intra-Uterine Devices of Contraception

Doctors are still not entirely sure how the intra-uterine device (IUD or IUCD), often called the coil, works. They believe that it is one of the methods which discourage implantation of a fertilized egg. Early IUDs were made of metal but current devices are usually plastic, or plastic and copper wire. The copper wire appears to improve the efficiency of the device, so that it can be made even smaller and still function. However, whereas plastic-only devices can be left in place for many years, a plastic and copper IUD must be changed about every three years.

The IUD has the advantage that once installed it gives protection against pregnancy immediately. The safety rate is about 98 per cent. It can even be inserted in order to prevent pregnancy some days after unprotected intercourse has occurred. Another advantage is that on removal of the IUD, the woman is able to become pregnant immediately.

An IUD should be inserted by a trained doctor. The woman may experience discomfort, resembling menstrual cramps, during and after the procedure. The more experienced doctor and relaxed the patient, the less likely this is to happen. Women who have not had pregnancy or those having multiple partners are slowly more at risk of suffering a pelvic infection with an IUD and there is greater risk of ectopic pregnancy. Also, since the device can encourage heavy periods, women with already troublesome periods would have been advised to try another method. Another disadvantage is that the device may be expelled by uterine contractions. If this occurs unnoticed the woman may uncorrectly think intercourse is safe. Apart from simply checking that it is still in place by feeling the thread attached to it in the vagina, no further contraceptive care is needed.

Chemical methods

Spermicides are chemical preparations that kill sperm. They are not in themselves reliable opponents, but give added protection when used with other methods. They come in jelly or cream form, in a tube or as a foam from an aerosol. They are also available as pessaries. Spermicidal cream or jelly is spread over a diaphragm or condom before insertion. The effective life of the spermicide is about three hours, so if intercourse does not take place in that time, a further application of spermicide should be made, either the jelly or cream using an applicator, or in the pessary form. The spermicide should also be 'topped up' in this way if sex takes place more than once.

Wide Plank Flooring – Caring Tips

Wide plank flooring definitely has many advantages. Realize the exquisiteness of this type of flooring by learning more about it. You will soon realize why it is increasingly becoming the floor choice in many modern homes today.

If you are planning a home improvement project, wide plank flooring could be your ultimate answer. If you wish to give your abode a face lift and shower it with subdued charm and elegance, then go for this form of wooden floor. Not only are they spectacular but they are sure to turn your dreams of a perfect home into a reality.

Wide plank flooring is made of solid wood planks. The unique designs that form on its surface replicate the distinct artist of nature. Furthermore, its unbelievable toughness and resilience gives your home a lifelong value that is yet to be equaled. Even in prior centuries, wood plank flooring was used to produce wonderful pieces of craftsmanship. Presently these same qualities are conveyed to your home, providing your interior with a noticeable aura.

BEING INFORMED ABOUT WIDE PLANK FLOORING

Delicate wood types are inappropriate for floors as they are not tough and strong enough. Typically the types of lumber used for wood plank flooring are solid Oak flooring and Cedar hardwood flooring. If you fancy eye-catching wood floors, you can go for Walnut flooring, Redwood, Ebony, Ironwood, Tiger wood, Rubber wood or Teak flooring. Some individuals still deem wood plank flooring as rural due to its features. If you think in the same way and crave a more classy and up to date look then pick a pale type of wood to make it less country looking. These planks can also be colored, painted or left without a finishing treatment. It comes down to your preferences and selected output.

What's wonderful about wide plank flooring is that when it gets damaged, it can be returned to its former condition without remodeling the whole floor. This is especially advantageous for sections that are subjected to heavy traffic. Whilst wood plank flooring is sturdy and can deal with tremendous traffic, they will involve some repair after a period of wear and tear.

Maintaining your wood plank flooring in good condition is fundamental. Be sure to clean the floor on a regular basis to relate particles that can bring about possible harm. You can use a damp mop, hardwood vacuum cleaner, or a gentle brush to protect your floors and keep them in good shape. Be aware that too much water is a concern for wooden floors so mop up any spills straight away with a cloth and let it dry completely.

Be wary not to use heavy or high heeled shoes indoors as it can lead to scuffs. Furthermore prevent dragging furniture around to inhibit scratches, alternately use furniture pads to safeguard your floors. You can also use wax to keep your floors looking polished and shiny as well as giving them additional protection from excessive scratches.

The Top 10 Fixtures Most Commonly Damaged During Residential Construction

Construction projects are very complex. There are many different construction workers, subcontractors, plumbers, and electricians working on different areas all at the same time. This, combined with dust, debris, and heavy building materials, often results in damage to expensive home finishes such as cabinets, counter tops, doors, etc. Here is a list of the top ten fixtures that tend to get damaged during the construction process:

1) Cabinets – In residential construction, cabinets are often one of the most expensive and easily damaged fixtures. According to the NAHB New Construction Cost Breakdown *, cabinets cost on average somewhere around $ 10,395 to install in a new home. They tend to be installed fairly early on in the construction process, so they can be easily damaged by stucco spray, impact from stray tool belts, and general carelessness by subcontractors. A great way to prevent damage to cabinets is to use thick, adhesive foam such as Protecta-Foam to cover it. It is easy to install and protect cabinets against spray, dust, dirt, and sudden impacts.

2) Doors – Much like cabinets, both interior and exterior doors can be quite expensive. On average, interior doors cost homeowners around $ 2,883 while exterior doors cost $ 2,150. High end homes often have grand entryway doors that can cost upwards of $ 10,000. Doors are also installed early in the construction process, and with subcontractors and construction workers coming in and out, sometimes with heavy equipment in hand, dents and dings are a persistent problem. To prevent damage, use reinforced corrugated cardboard or specialty door protection such as Door Guard ™. This will prevent dings and scrapes and will help builders deliver a truly brand-new and quality product to homeowners.

3) Bathtubs / Showers – Bathtubs and shower pans are some of the trickiest fixtures to protect from damage in a home. Along with windows, they are the first fixture to be installed; very early in the bathroom construction process. Bathtubs cost on average around $ 4,346 but can be much more. After the bathtub has already been installed, subcontractors such as electricians, tile installers, and plumbers will all work in and around the expensive tub. Many subs actually actually do their work while standing inside the bathtub, and some construction workers even use it as a toilet! With so many people working in the area, damage can happen very easily. In conjunction with a company policy that absolutely forbids using the tub as a toilet, builders can use a spray-on tub protector that dries to a rubbery consistency and peels off easily when the project is done.

4) Carpets – Most homes have extensive carpeting, which often shows dirt and debris easily and is more difficult to clean than other types of flooring. The average price of carpet for a home is around $ 8,363. Foot traffic can track in dirt and dust from subcontractors and can end up requiring the builder to either replace some carpeting or foot the bill for expensive cleaning after the job has already been completed. A great way to prevent damage to carpets is to use adhesive carpet films. These clear films stick to carpeting but must be replaced every thirty days to avoid adhesive transfer. Make sure to check the quality of the carpet film before you buy – anything less than 3mils thick is low quality and may not protect carpets adequately.

5) Hardwood floors – Homeowners love hardwood floors and they are extremely common in new residential construction. On average, hardwood floors cost $ 1,939 to install in a new home. Floors are subject to a lot that may result in damage, including foot traffic, heavy materials or machinery, dust, dirt, and general debris. It is absolutely critical to take measures to protect hardwood floors during construction. The first thing to consider is how long the floors have been down for. If they are newly installed are still curing or breathing, breathable protection is available. There are many different types of protection ranging from a light duty protective film to recycled cloth to heavy duty builder board.

6) Door jambs – Jambs often get bumped and scratched during construction. Since they are installed very early in the process, each subcontractor coming through with material or installation tools could potentially inflict damage that results in the need for replacement or, at the very least, repair. Jambs typically run around $ 148 for a home. Many different types of protection for jambs are reusable, so a single box of ten will last through several projects. There are many options ranging from plastic to cardboard to cloth.

7) Stairs – Much like the issue with carpets and hardwood floors, stairs see a lot of foot traffic before the home is completed. The stairs for a typical home generally cost around $ 1,052 to build and install. Stairs are usually either carpeted or hardwood. With construction workers and subcontractors going up and down to complete their work, stairs really need to be covered to ensure they look perfect when the homeowner moves in. There are several types of stair protection depending on whether the stairs are carpeted or wood. While many general floor protection products can be used to protect stairs, only a few specialized types of surface protection will protect stairs without needing tape that could potentially damage paint.

8) Thresholds – Door thresholds get very dirty and scratched on a construction site. On average, thresholds cost around $ 213 for a home. While that does not seem like much, the threshold is the entrance to their home, and as such homeowners want to make sure it looks perfect. There are several high quality, 9mils thick protective tapes on the market that do a great job protecting thresholds at a cost-effective price point. If the home is being built in a sunny or hot area, it is important to take the time to invest in protection that has UV protective qualities.

9) Countertops – The countertops of a home are extremely important to the homeowner. Countertops, along with cabinets, are a significant cost of a kitchen remodel and they need to look perfect for the homeowner to be satisfied. At an average price of $ 5,141, it is important to prevent damage or scratching that may happen from careless subcontractors or construction workers leaving a large, dirty mess of cups, cans, food, liquids, or other junk. Paint drips, mud and stucco splatters, etc. can ruin an expensive countertop. There are two main types of countertop protection; film and adhesive bubble. If deciding to use a film, make sure to invest in a high-quality 3mil film. If heavy-duty protection is needed, Tack Guard ™ bubble is the way to go. It is a thick adhesive bubble that sticks to the counters without leaving a residue. It looks professional and is a great deterrent to workers looking to place junk on the countertop.

10) Handrails and Banisters – Handrails and banisters are often overlooked during construction. After they are installed they may be subjected to paint and stucco splatter, dust, scrapes from moving, and more. Handrails and banisters in the average home cost around $ 646. Investing in protection is a sound investment when looking at the potential costs that damage could incur. An effective way to protect handrails is to use an adhesive bubble wrap. Swiftwrap ™ is a great product for handrails because the adhesive sticks to itself rather than the handrail. This makes removal very easy and eliminates the possibility of adhesive transfer.

With proper protection, builders can protect these expensive fixtures and save time and money on replacement / repair costs. For more information about protection materials, visit www.buildsitepro.com .

* Estimates for average cost of materials came from:

2011 NAHB New Construction Cost Breakdown

Deck Railing Ideas to Help You

Finding the right deck railing idea to suit you need not be a huge chore. There are literally hundreds of designs to choose from and generally it is all a matter of finding something which goes well with both your home and your garden.

The Right Materials

It does not really matter which material you choose as there are plenty of designs to choose form with each different material out there. So, when thinking of your deck railing idea, the material you choose is basically down to personal preference. It could also be decided upon by the location you live in. For example, do you live in a moist area? If so you will need to choose a material which is weatherproof such as metal.

One material to consider if the look you are after is a sophisticated, natural yet long looking look is generally composite over synthetics. Iron is definitely one of the most beautiful looking materials to use for deck railings but it might be out of some people's budgets. If it is not it is worth investing in as it is hardy, it lasts for years and it needs very little maintenance. However, if not looked after properly they can deceive over time, especially the ones which are not very weather resistant.

If you do want iron railings, wrought iron may be better for decking. It is weather resistant and it is extremely long lasting and pure than any other metal railing. However, if you are looking for the best material for low maintenance, cedar is generally the best choice. Cedar is natural and it comes in two natural colors – either red or white. It has a natural sweet smell to it which would really help to produce the perfect atmosphere while you are out on the decking, socializing and entertaining.

Ensuring the Deck Looks Professional

If you are looking to socialize with friends and entertain around the decking, it is essential that the deck looks professional and welcoming. In order to ensure this you will need the following:

o A saw

o Finishing Nails

o Balusters

o Measuring Tape

o Finials

The above will help you to successfully install the deck railings without much hassle, providing you with a professional looking finish at the same time. It is always important to research everything about installing the railroads before you actually do it as this will help you to create the best possible results.

Pool Fences – Safe and Attractive

For anyone who has an outdoor swimming pool in their front or backyard, getting a pool fence is quite important nowadays and they can also be a great way to decorate the surrounding area. There are even certain laws in many parts of the country which are laid out for homes with swimming pools. This is because there is a substantial number of deaths (mostly child deaths) caused due to drowning.

If you have small children in your home it is your responsibility to keep them safe and if you do not have a pool fence then you are certainly not doing a good job keeping them safe. Even if you do not have children in the family there can be times when your friends or relatives children may come over for a party or some other occasion. This is why it is always better to set up a fence for your pool.

Many people do not like getting a pool fence because they think it will obstruct the surrounding view and make the area look ugly. This is because the most common material used for building pool fences is wood. Wood is inexpensive, lasts long (only if it has a coat and taken good care of) and is not very hard to install. But now you are able to get a glass pool fence which will not obstruct the view as well as make the pool look a lot classier.

Glass pool fencing is also extremely easy to install and you can find a wide variety of styles to suit the design of your pool and backyard. A glass pool fence will also block out extra noise in case you live near a busy street. It is quite affordable and the best thing about glass fences is that they are extremely long lasting. Unlike metal pool fences, glass cannot rust and unlike wood, it cannot deteriorate. It also does not need to be treated with any extra coating to make it last longer. Another great thing about glass is that it does not require any sort of maintenance.

Glass pool fencing looks great around any type of pool, heightening the design of your property as well as value. It looks modern as well as stylish and it will last longer than any other type of fence.

While getting glass pool fencing installed, make sure it is effective in keeping children away. Make sure that the height of the fence is tall enough to keep children from climbing over and also make sure it has only one gate. It is also good to get several quotes for the price from a number of different companies in order to get the best price on your glass pool fence. Once it is installed you will not regret taking the decision to get a glass fence.