Quick Key Lime Pie

When you want to serve a delicious dessert and love key lime pie but don’t have a lot of time to prepare it, this recipe for quick key lime pie is what you need. This makes the delightful and tasty recipe. Parts of the recipe can be prepared before you need to serve it to help you save you time on the day you want to serve it. Simply keep it chilled until you are ready to add on the topping and garnishes.

Ingredients for Quick Key Lime Pie:

o 6 tablespoons of butter – melted

o 1 1/2 cups of fine graham cracker crumbs – about 24 squares

o Yolks from 4 large eggs

o 1 can sweetened and condensed milk – 15 ounces

o 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly grated lemon peel

o 1/2 cup of key lime juice

o 1 cup of heavy whipping cream

o 2 tablespoons of sugar

o Strips of lime peel to garnish

Directions for making Quick Key Lime Pie:

o Heat oven to 350 degrees

o Prepare a 9 inch pie plate

o Mix the butter and cracker crumbs in a bowl

o Press evenly over the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate

o Bake about 8 minutes or until it is set

o Set on a wire rack to cool completely

o Beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl with a mixer on medium speed until it is pale

o Beat in the remaining filling ingredients

o Pour into the crust

o Bake 20 to 30 minutes until the filling sets

o Cool on a wire rack

o Refrigerate at least 4 hours

o Beat the cream and sugar in a medium bowl with a mixer on high speed until peaks form

o Swirl on to the pie

o Garnish with the lime peel

o Refrigerate until it is ready to serve

If you want to save some time, you can prepare most of it a day or two you are ready to serve and simply cover. When you are looking for the limes to use for this quick key lime pie recipe, you want to select the key limes from Florida that are smaller, rounder and tarter than other kinds of limes. If you are unable to find fresh key limes or the bottled key lime juice, you can use regular limes instead. You can also garnish this pie with strips of the lime peel. This delicious recipe will be a great addition to any kind of dinner you serve, as well as make a nice afternoon dessert treat with a cup of coffee or tea. No matter how you serve it, this recipe for key lime pie is a great choice to serve anywhere.

How To Design a Commercial Bar

Good bar design depends upon design and technical skills and an understanding of the area. Bar designers will design the space to suit your needs, but it helps to fully understand what you require first. Fully understanding what to ask for will help your bar designers create a design which suits you.

The Law

For large construction projects you will need to obtain advice from your local planning authority. This only really matters if you are altering the construction of your space or you are building a bar for the first time. If they are only altering your room cosmetically – even if that means a whole new bar – you shouldn’t need to receive planning permission.

Hygiene and licensing laws also need considering if you are opening a new bar.

Layout

They will ask you about the layout you require in your bar. Put a lot of thought into this. If you have any qualms about the current size or layout (eg. there isn’t enough room for staff or the glass washer is too far away from the shelving for glasses), make sure you tell your bar designers. Now is the time to change anything which isn’t working well in your current bar, even if they are seemingly minor factors.

If you are adding a bar to a space which does not have one think even more thoroughly about the layout you require. If you will have more than one member of staff behind your new bar at a time try to make sure that everything is easily accessible all the way along (eg. a long row of glasses or red wines). Features which there are only one of (eg. the refrigerator and till) should be centrally located for ease of access.Your bar designers will be able to help you make practical decisions over these floor plans.

Features

During the bar design process you will also need to consider sinks, glass washers and a built-in ice bucket. How many will you require, where will they be situated in the bar and will the area need plumbing work to accommodate them?

Also consider lighting. You will need extra lighting on the bar, and you may also want mood lighting in or above your shelves to highlight displays.

Appearance

Think about the ‘look’ of your new bar. This is more down to your bar designers, but you should tell them about the look you want to create with your commercial space. Do you want a contemporary look, with shiny glass shelves and veneered surfaces, or a traditional wooden bar?

Cockapoo Grooming – A Few Simple Tips on Grooming Your Dog at Home

Part of keeping your dog healthy and happy includes frequent grooming. While some breeds require more care than others, the Cockapoo has a very high maintenance coat. They are known for their very thick and curly fur that tangles and mats easy. Neglecting the hygiene of your pet could cause health issues and make her very unhappy.

Cockapoo grooming costs can add up quickly if your pooch is an outdoor dog. Most poos love to roll in the grass and lay in the dirt. This can make them smell earthy, necessitating the need for frequent baths. If you find yourself needing to make frequent trips to the parlor, you might consider these few tips to save some money on your grooming costs.

Giving your dog a puppy cut will make it easier to keep her clean. Shorter coats do not hold as much dirt as thick and long coats. Fleas and ticks can be easily spotted when the fur is kept short, helping you to keep your dog pest free. A short cut will also make brushing and bathing your dog much easier.

Brush your dog once a day to keep her from getting mats and tangles. For Cockapoo grooming, I like to use a wide tooth metal comb and not a slicker brush. The extra space between the combs teeth makes brushing much easier. I like to brush my dogs once a day in the evening while watching my favorite television program. A daily brushing routine is a great way to bond with your dog and keep her fur neat and clean.

Following these few simple tips will help you to keep your dog neat and clean and will even help you to save money on your pet care needs.

The Way an Indirect Cold Water System Works

The draw-off point in an indirect system is fed indirectly from the cold water storage cistern, one outlet being fed directly from the supply pipe. The system is designed to be used in low pressure water areas where the mains supply pipework is not capable of supplying the full requirement of the system. This type of system also has a reserve of store water in the event of mains failure.

Water company stopcock – this can cut off all the water to the premises and is the point where the responsibility for the water pipe changes; up to, and including, this stopcock is the responsibility of the water supply company (even if the stopcock is on your land); from here to the house, is the house owners responsibility.

Make sure you know where this stopcock is located and, periodically, check that it’s working – if you have a disaster in the house, you may want to turn the water off at this stopcock quickly.

Householders stopcock – this normally can cut off all the water within the house but the householder is responsible for it. It’s usually located where the rising mains enters the house, often under the kitchen sink.

Draincock – this allows the rising main within the house to be drained down at the lowest point.

Stopcock – this stopcock can be used to isolate the rising main from the storage tank to allow maintenance without having to cut off all the water from the property.

Storage tank with a ballcock float valve to control the water stored. The tank will typically hold from 230 to 360 litres (50 to 80 gallons) of water at the highest part of the building – the higher it is, the better the gravity feed pressure at the taps etc.

From 1991, the tank should be fitted with a close fitting lid; the expansion pipe from the hot water tank should pass through a grommet in the lid to keep out contaminations.

Gate valve which can isolate the cold water feed to the hot water tank.

Gate valve which can isolate the cold water to the WC and taps etc.

Hot water cylinder.

Gate valve which can isolate the hot water to the taps.

NOTE: Without the valves 6, 7 and 9, any maintenance on the taps or hot water cylinder etc would require the storage tanks to be drained down – by using the appropriate valve to isolate the part being worked on, the amount of water wasted is minimised.

Storage tank overflow pipe – this takes any overflow of water from the storage tank out of harms way and deposits it outside of the building. It needs to be positioned so that any water flow is immediately noticed as it would indicate a problem.

Since 1991, the entry to the overflow inside the tank should include a filter to prevent even a small insect from entering the tank.

WC overflow pipe – this takes any overflow from the WC cistern out of harms way and deposits it outside of the building. It needs to be positioned so that any water flow is immediately noticed as it would indicate a problem.

Inline valves to isolate water feeds to washing machine or dishwasher etc.

Dust Mopping Rooms and the Cleaning Equipment Needed

Recommended Supplies and Cleaning Equipment:

Dust Mop Treatment

Dust Mop Handle and Frame (36″, 48″, 72″)

Dust Mop Head (36″, 48″, 72″)

Dust Pan

Counter Brush

Scraper/  Putty  Knife

Recommended Method:

1. As in all cleaning procedures, the first step is to gather the recommended janitorial equipment together and bring to the area to be cleaned.

2. Prior to using the mop head, it should be pre-treated with the dust mop treatment – at least 8 hours or more in advance. One effective method is to apply the treatment to the mop head and place in a plastic trash bag and tie the bag. This allows the treatment to be absorbed by the fibers in the mop head and will reduce or eliminate “streaking” when mopping the floor.

3. Begin mopping by placing the edge of the dust mop head against the baseboard and push it the length of the corridor out in front of the dust mop.

4. At the starting point, gently brush off the dust mop into a pile and replace the dust mop on the cart.

5. Pick up the pile using the counter brush and dust pan.

6. Use the scraper/ putty  knife blade to remove gum or other materials on the floor as needed.

7. After the days’ work is done, the dust mop can be brushed and stored on a hanger so the mop head is not resting on the floor.

If you are in a health care facility, it is usually recommended that a fresh mop head be used every day. Check with your supervisor for information in your particular facility. In other facilities, you may re-use the mop head until it appears soiled. Then it should be replaced. Since bacteria can grow in dust mop heads, it is suggested that you do not try to continue using a mop head for more than a few days.

Note: two passes will cover a 6-8 foot corridor, but wider corridors will require additional passes

Daily or frequent dust mopping will reduce the amount of gritty soil on the floor and extend the life of the floor finish. It will also reduce the amount of soil that will be removed when damp mopping and extend the time between disposing of soiled mop water and preparing fresh solution.

Why Do Celebrities Influence Our Lives?

What is a celebrity? A celebrity or “celeb” as I refer to them is someone who is easily recognized within our society, relishing on the limelight and media attention. Some gain there celebrity status through their chosen professions in life from musicians to golf players, footballers to actors and actresses. But no matter who they are, or how they came to be a celebrity, they have a huge effect on our every day lives.

Every time we turn on the television or radio their there, for every newspaper and tabloid we buy, their there and they even dominate the magazines from top to bottom and from front to back page, there really is no escaping them. Why are they there, well thats one question I can answer easily, because celebrity gossip makes money, thousands and thousands of pounds each day, every day, week in and week out, month after month and year after year.With the press, photographers and paparazzi at every corner continually watching the celebrities every movements, what else could or even would dominate the headlines. Whether the gossip is good or bad for publicity we still crave that constant celeb gossip.

Is everything that we read really true? Now there is a question I cant answer, I honestly don’t know, and I guess the only people that can genuinely answer that are the celebs themselves. Even the celebs that are “quick to put the record straight” use the limelight to correct the misunderstandings which in turn creates a media frenzy. But fame can also be very costly to those involved and this has been very apparent with certain celebs of late. Where their antics off screen or pitch has hit the headlines all over the world for the wrongest of wrong reasons.

And what about the celeb gossip sites. I personally believe that some celebs thrive on the constant and endless stream of attention. Knowing that the endless comments can only heighten their notoriety, what better way can a celeb boost their bank account. If some reports are to be believed then the celebs themselves are to blame for the invasion on their personal lives. Making deals worth mega money over exclusive rights for their pictures.

Then you get the celebrities who believe they have every post covered when it comes to keeping secrets, and amazingly that BIG SECRET still hits the headlines followed normally with a law suit trying to sue the photographer or magazine for publishing the pictures before the celeb themselves even have a chance to develop their own photo film, how does that happen?

In general people just love to know more and more about their favorite celebs and are forever trying to fulfil their appetite for gossip. And online gossip blogs have really hit the big time, real time updates and posting live streams keep the followers forever riveted to the screen, awaiting the next huge scoop. Often small snippets are released as teasers to the followers quite often from the celeb themselves via twitter, this then encourages us to look a little more in depth into the credibility of the snippet, and so starts another huge online following. Online celeb gossip site really are the easiest and quickest way to find out all the latest celeb news. And to be honest I personally believe the celebs think that this is the best thing to happen to their industry.

We all seem to absorb ourselves into the lives of our favorite celebs, who they are dating, weight loss, weight gain, who’s next to divorce, and so on. And celebs truly influence every aspect of modern day living, from the next fashion designer to hit the high streets or the latest must have hair style, we love to live in a world of surreal fantasy.

Love em or hate em you cant escape the world of celebrity gossip, true or false, fact or fiction we are the ones who if truth be told, pay their annual wages, yet 99% of us will never achieve the notoriety or ever become a celeb in our own right. What really makes celebs different to us, well again I’m going to have a genuine guess and say nothing, they are no different to us we are all living and breathing humans.

Fencing Officiating – Refereeing Dry Bouts I

The dry bout (a bout fenced without electrical scoring equipment) represents a significant challenge for the referee and judges: how do you both fairly and accurately assess the results of the fencing so that the better fencer in the bout wins? The answer is a mix of several factors, including organization with well defined responsibilities, training, and the ability to recognize fencing actions and hits. This series of articles examines the referee’s role in the bout.

In the not so distant past, referees were called Directors or Presidents of the Jury. Both of these titles capture what the referee does in ways different than the modern title of referee. Director implies that the official directs and controls the operation of the contest, an organizational role with clear responsibilities. President of the Jury acknowledges the role of the referee as part of a voting body that recognizes the actions, interprets them, and sees the hits. These two roles are critical to what the referee does and to the efficient, accurate, and fair conduct of the bout.

When we think about the role of the referee, it is vital to understand that the bout is about the fencers, not the officials. The referee and judges create a structure for determining who wins, but that structure should never obscure or diminish the actual combat between two fencers. The officials facilitate, not dominate.

The referee in the dry bout manages a team of 5 people, himself as referee, and four judges. Two judges stationed behind the fencer on the referee’s left watch the target of the fencer on the right to observe whether a hit arrives. Two judges stationed behind the fencer on the referee’s right watch the target of the fencer on the left to observe whether a hit arrives. The referee watches both fencers’ targets for hits, and determines which fencer has the right of way (in foil or sabre) or which fencer arrives first on target (in epee).

To do this effectively the referee must move with the action so that the two fencers remain centered in front of him or her. Ideally the referee should be as far from the strip as practical – 10 feet is a good starting point. This distance allows the referee to easily see movement on the part of both fencers, key to establishing priority of actions. The reality in many clubs and venues is that as many strips as possible are packed into as small a space as possible, with the result that referees work within 3 feet of the strip edge. Not only is this unsafe, but it virtually ensures that the referee’s calls often will be influenced by whichever fencer moves in the restricted field of view.

Two other officials complete the set of officials for a strip, although the functions of one or both are often subsumed into the job of the referee. A timekeeper runs the clock of fencing time used between the commands “fence” and “halt.” A score keeper maintains the score sheet, recording touches awarded and any warnings or penalties. If at all possible, these two positions should be staffed, as the added burden detracts from the referee’s ability to manage the activity on the strip.

The referee thus has a responsible job. A good referee with competent judges creates the conditions that allow good fencing with the fencers being satisfied that they have had a fair chance to win. Bad officiating unfortunately creates the opposite, bad fencing and frustrated fencers. Every referee has a moral obligation to continually work to better understand the job and to give the fencers the bout they deserve.

Fencing Drills – Tactical Analysis Drills

One of the challenges of developing fencers is building their ability to recognize their opponents’ actions and use that knowledge to gain a tactical advantage. The fencer who has this ability is at a significant advantage in the bout, but it is one that many fencers struggle to develop. The Tactical Analysis Drill may provide a tool you, as a coach, can use to help in that struggle.

The Tactical Analysis Drill develops the fencer’s ability to recognize and act on opponent actions by presenting the fencer with a series of actions and requiring the fencer to predict what the next action will be. This drill can be done as a coach and fencer drill in a queue drill format at any level. It could be done as a paired drill with two fencers, but that format requires higher intermediate or advanced participants.

(1) The coach identifies a set of related actions the fencer is capable of performing well. At the same time the coach identifies three cues that reflect reasonable responses that might be expected of an opponent the fencer will face. In my experience three actions works well as a set – two actions do not provide sufficient variety, and four or more actions make the drill cycle too long.

(2) The coach (or fencer partner) decides whether the skills will be presented randomly or only one skill will be presented. For example, the three actions the student will be expected to perform might be (a) change of engagement, straight thrust if the opponent does not react, (b) change of engagement, disengage against lateral pressure on the blade, and (c) change of engagement, counterdisengage against the attempt to change the engagement to its original line.

(3) The fencer and the coach do three actions. In our example, if the coach wishes the fencer to use all three actions the coach would randomly respond to the change of engagement with no reaction, lateral pressure on the blade, or an attempt to change the engagement. The coach uses all three cues or only one cue three times.

(4) The student has to identify whether this is a series of all the actions the opponent knows (three different random actions) or if the opponent is repeating one favorite action (three of the same one of any of the action set). This identification has to be complete by the end of the second action.

(5) The student reacts appropriately to each cue.

(6) At the end of the first action, if the student is willing to take risks, he or she can assess the probability of the next action and commit fully to the counteraction. This requires significant risk, for the student does not know whether the cycle is three of the same or three different actions, leading to a fairly complicated set of mental mathematics to determine the best course of action. Alternatively, the student can wait for the second action to commit fully.

(7) At the end of the second action, the student should know with certainty what the next action will be and commit fully to the appropriate counter.

The Tactical Analysis Drill does not force the students to make and stay with a choice to the degree required in the Analysis/Commitment Drill. Its strength is in being able to determine the opponent’s scenario and in recognizing a number of different actions and combinations of actions.

This drill forces the student to fence eyes open for the first and second actions, and helps to train the student to recognize specific actions and sequences of actions. It also helps to develop the ability to assess probabilities of specific opponent courses of action. By concentrating on the identification and prediction function in the drill the student starts to develop the skills of observation needed to be a successful competitive athlete.

Dubai Silicon Oasis – An Excellent Living and Working Community

Developed in the year 2004, the Dubai Silicon Oasis is a city within the city rendering a myriad of benefits for residents & professionals. Owned by the Government of Dubai, this free trade zone community comprises of modern office spaces, beautiful apartments & villas, R&D and industrial units, hotels, resorts, schools, hospitals, and multiple entertainment venues. The entire project has been divided into 5 pillars constituting of industrial, residential, commercial, educational, and public facilities. With an aim to promote and facilitate the expansion of technology based industry in Dubai, this community provides ample incentives for a business to thrive and succeed. For residents, there are several leisure and lifestyle options for relaxation & rejuvenation.

Location

Spanning over 7 million square metres, the Dubai Silicon Oasis is at a 15 minutes distance from Business District and Dubai International Airport. One can easily access the development through the famed Sheikh Zayed Road.

Facilities

The array of facilities available at Dubai Silicon Oasis includes pools, spa, salon, 24-hour security, white sand beaches, community centers, restaurants, hotels, gyms, entertainment hub, banks, play areas, parks, and much more. Some of the superlative shopping malls in the neighborhood are Dragon Mart, Mall of Arabia, and Dubai Outlet Mall. Families can send their children to premier educational institutes lying in the vicinity such as Deira International School, Latifa School for Girls, Rashid School for Boys, and Repton School Dubai. The list of health institutions in the locality includes the names of Welcare Hospital, American Hospital, and Medcare Hospital.

For professionals & businessmen, there is a host of benefits such as low cost of operation, online e-business systems, a rich talent pool of engineers & technicians, customer base of 5 billion people, stable administration regulations, and more. Further, since it is a free trade zone, hence businesses do not need to pay income tax, corporate tax, import tax, or export tax.

Occupants & tenants can also derive advantages from amenities such as advanced telecommunications, excellent sewerage management system, combined fire, water, & irrigation supply, fiber optic networks, 8 power stations, tier 3 data center, and many more.

Villas & Apartments

Residents can choose to stay in a luxurious villa or an aesthetically designed apartment. While Silicon Residences and Silicon Plaza offer one & two bedroom apartments, the Cedre Villas & Semmer Villas projects provide three to five bedroom accommodations.

Aspiring investors and corporate houses willing to buy units in this exclusive community may get in touch with a real estate agent or visit a classifieds website. This development has a lot on offer to suit every taste, need, style, and preference.

For exciting bargains & deals on properties of Dubai Silicon Oasis, one may visit the website of ezheights.

Enjoy Vancouver Sights

Booking Vancouver cheap flights is a splendid way to travel to Canada. Many vacationers take advantage of this savings each year, as they explore the city. Vancouver is the third most populated city in Canada. It offers many attractions for tourists to enjoy. Each of these, grants visitors the opportunity to truly experience this destination.

Vancouver cheap flights, serves to help vacationers plan for an exciting adventure. With the money saved from airfare, they are able to see sights like Stanley Park. This location is one of the most famous in the city. It is filled with possible fun activities. Families traveling to Vancouver will especially love Stanley Park.

This location comprises 1,000 acres of wonderful scenery. Here visitors will find the Seawall Promenade. Also inside the park, is the Vancouver Aquarium, a popular attraction. Families will be able to spend the entire day exploring the aquatic animals there. This aquarium is Canada’s largest. It is a research center for marine animals.

The aquarium is very educational for children. It offers hands on programs for kids to participate in. Another park attraction, which Vancouver cheap flights can allow visitors to explore, is Ambleside Park. This location is best known for its gorgeous beach shores. It is situated between 13th Street and Marine Drive.

Ambleside Park is the most popular recreation area in West Vancouver. It has an inviting pier overlooking the water. Vacationers will enjoy sunbathing and swimming here. There is also a miniature golf course for the entire family. The park provides many hours of exciting activity.

Many visitors, who come to this city, will have shopping, in mind. Vancouver cheap flights, gives vacationers the opportunity to experience the retail delights here. Robson Street is an important shopping destination in Vancouver. It is located in downtown Vancouver, one of the largest areas for finding great shops.

Along Robson Street visitors will discover fashionable shops and designer stores. And when you’re in the mood for a little snack, it offers exceptional coffee bars. This street is intersected by Granville, which is also known for providing sensational shopping. Here you will find not simply shops, but theaters as well.

Granville is home to Theatre Row. This is the area where tourists can experience many different sorts of entertainment. There are movies, concerts, theatrical performances and more. Those traveling through Vancouver cheap flights, will especially like the offerings of this location. From fine dining to scenic views of the city, there is a lot to do here.

Lodging can be another benefit that Vancouver chap flights provide. Some travelers will opt to experience some of the best accommodations the city has to offer. One fabulous lodging option is the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Known for its luxurious rooms and beautiful decor, guests love the quality of this hotel. Located at 791 West Georgia Street, the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is a good choice for those wanting to pamper themselves. It is a 5-star rated accommodation.

Another lodging location is the Hotel Le Soleil, which is also a 5-star location. Tourists love all of the quality and expert service of this hotel. Vancouver has many highly-rated hotels and suites available. It will depend on what part of the city visitors want to be in. Finding the right location will be simple.

The lovely scenery of this city provides a gorgeous backdrop for tourists exploring this destination. Vancouver has historic sites, as well as, modern architecture. There are many exciting activities and locations to see. A trip here will offer everything vacationers want from a trip to Canada. They will have the opportunity to really discover the excitement of this vacation destination.

How To Make A Big Profit On Real Estate

Right now, the housing market is one area where you can really make money. With housing prices right now at historic lows, you can buy properties inexpensively and earn a profit as the market rebounds. The reality is that this type of investment is a good way to increase your cash flow.

Even if you have other investments, investing in real estate is a great way to diversify your investment portfolio. Adding real estate to an investment package that includes stocks and bonds is very wise, especially if you are nearing retirement age.

Keep in mind that investing in property and housing is different than other types of investments. For example, when you purchase bonds, your work is done after you complete the transaction.

Yes, you probably will check to see how much interest your bond is earning, but that is about it. With real estate, you will need to maintain the property in order to rent it out or to sell it.

This will take work. Of course, if you keep the property and rent it out, then you will have ongoing expenses and maintenance. However, you will also have an ongoing source of income.

As with anything in life, there are good and bad things about any decision. If you do not mind home maintenance tasks or if you are handy enough to fix things yourself, you may not mind this process at all.

If you do, you may want to consider selling a property once you have remodeled it. Then again, you may want to hold on to the property for a little while until the prices of real estate rebound.

Of course, before you purchase a home for investment purposes, you should definitely get the opinion of someone who has experience with construction.

Some homes will need so much work that there is no way you could ever re-coup the cost of your investment. It is best to avoid these types of properties.

Before buying a property, make a list of the repairs that will be necessary to either sell or rent the home. Then, create a budget which you will need in order to properly finish the repairs.

After you have done that, estimate the amount of rent you would need to charge in order to get back your investment in the property. Then, check the area to see how much rent you could possibly ask for in your area. This will tell you if the investment is a good idea or not.

If you want to sell the home, you will need to calculate what the selling price will be in order to recover your initial investment. Then, check the prices of homes in your area. If home prices are extremely low for comparable homes, it may not be a good idea to invest in a property in that particular area.

Even if it takes a little bit of time to recover the money that you put into renovating the property, it still may be worth it. Of course, everyone has different needs and expectations.

Carefully evaluate your options as well as the reality of your financial situation before taking the plunge into the real estate market.

Elements of an Efficient Home Building

The construction market has evolved rapidly over the last few years. Lots of prefabricated houses, terrains and tools have been invading the market putting at the customers’ disposal lots of variants of remodeling their shelter. A good example would be the sandwich construction with wood structure, covered with paneling or OSB and insulated on the inside with cotton and fiberglass. A building like this is more efficient and retains heat better than a building from traditional materials, even if their price is definitely worth taken into account. For these types of constructions two people could sometimes be enough.

However, approximately 90% of the privately-owned buildings in North America are wooden based resistance structures. Their style combines constructively simple and modern solutions which gives them many advantages over the brick construction. In the U.S. and Canada, the choice of this style construction is based on research on resistance, thermal comfort, health and environmental protection, such as resistance to earthquakes of over 8.5 degrees Richter, reduced energy expenditure, regardless of thermal comfort climate, interior moisture optimal prices, while the execution time, renovations and remodeling are no longer concerning factors.

Nowadays, a new system begins to impose on the construction market. The building is AMVIC insulated formwork system, which aims to the formation of concrete walls, monolithic type. These molds are made of two panels of expanded polystyrene, united with hard plastic straps. The effective combination of expanded polystyrene insulation with the advantages of a monolithic reinforced concrete wall is absolutely fabulous and long term resistant! A house built on this system is up to 300% more thermally efficient than a traditional system built on masonry. AMVIC is a rapidly building system so that two people can build 100 square meters per day including the pouring of concrete in the wall.

Nevertheless, the constructions made on the wooden structure are an affordable way of building while the maintenance of such buildings is not expensive at all. This type of construction provides its occupants with all comfort and requirements that they need. Whether they are houses, offices or retail space, wood construction adapts to any architectural style, primarily the traditional one. The main advantage of these constructions is that they don’t require a construction skill. They can all be done with volunteers, thing which is possible because the system is built just after such a dwelling, wood frame and walls lined up with mineral wool.

Arc Welding Basics

One of the most popular and common types of welding in use today is arc welding. Yet the average layman walking the street has little understanding of this welding process other seeing the blinding light flashing from a construction job site they may walking past at rush hour. Welding is basically just a fusion process for joining metals. The metals are simply melted together by intense heat and fuse as one piece. If done correctly, welding makes the joining of two pieces of metal with the same strength as single solid piece. A welding joint is superior to gluing because through the welding process, the metals are actually melted together instead using the bonding properties of glue to hold them together.

The key concept in welding is a heat source is needed in order to fuse the metal together. There are several methods of welding and arc welding is one of the most popular. The term arc welding comes from the fact that an electrical arc is created to produce intense heat. This arc is formed between the metal being worked on and an electrode connected to the arc welder. The electrode rod is moved along the joint and is melted by the electrical arc. The rod has two purposes. One is to help produce the arc and the other is it makes a filler material as it is melted.

At its heart, arc welding is about creating an electrical circuit. An arc welder needs an electrical power source that produces either AC or DC current. The metal piece you are attempting to weld becomes part of the electrical circuit by attaching a cable from the arc welder to metal. The other hot cable is attached to electrode that the welder is holding. An electrical arc is created between the metal work piece and the electrode when the electrode is held close to the metal. Now there is a complete electrical circuit between the arc welder and the metal. This process creates some pretty amazing temperatures. The tip of the arc can reach temperatures in excess of 6500º F. Now there is enough heat to fuse the metal pieces together and create a strong bond. To ignite the arc, the electrode must be pressed against the metal and then pulled away.

Besides creating heat, the arc produces a very bright light. This light is hazardous to the welder and those around the welding job site. You should not look directly into the arc without proper eye protection. However, the visible light is not the only danger. The arc gives of infrared and ultraviolet light that is invisible to the naked eye. This is why welders wear auto darkening welding helmets. These helmets will automatically darken when the arc is struck to shield the welders eyes from the bright visible and the lens filter is designed to keep out infrared and ultraviolet at all times whether the lens is darkened or not. Welders also put up welding blankets or shields to protect other people in the work area that may not have proper eye protection.

Despite these hazards arc welding is a safe and reliable method for fusing metal together and with some practice anyone can become competent enough for basic welding.

What is a Bow Stabilizer?

When you think of archery I would suggest most of us imagine the equipment as simplicity itself – a  bow  and an arrow. To a certain extent this is true. If you simply want to take an arrow and fire it from a  bow , these are the basic pieces of equipment you will need. If you want to fire that arrow accurately and be able to continue to fire arrows accurately for any length of time, one of the pieces of equipment you will need is a stabilizer.

A stabilizer serves two main functions. The first is to hold the  bow  steady and more stable, hence its name. From this comes a secondary advantage with using a stabilizer and this is that it reduces hand shock and vibration. I’ll explain why this is important in just a moment.

Firstly we should examine what a stabilizer is made of so we can understand how it works. In the past they were metal tubes. Metal is a rather heavy material and although you want to add some weight, because this is what keeps the  bow  stable, you don’t want to make it too heavy. So these days the body of the stabilizer is made from carbon or AMS plastics. Carbon is ideal because it is a durable, lightweight material that is also rigid enough to perform properly.

A dampening device allows the stabilizer to perform its second function, that of reducing the vibration through the  bow  from the force of releasing the bowstring. The dampening device will most likely be made of rubber although other vibration absorbent materials may be used. By positioning the dampening material away from the end of the  bow  their effectiveness will be maximised.

The final device you will find on a stabilizer is a weight which will sit right on the end after the rubber material. The purpose of the weight is to counterbalance the  bow  and it is this that keeps the  bow  stable when it is being shot. With the weight sitting at the front of the  bow  consistency in aiming the  bow  is made easier.

When deciding on which stabilizer to use you will find that they come in a variety of lengths. The length of the stabilizer you need will depend considerably on the type of archery you plan on doing. In general, the longer the stabilizer you use the more steady your  bow  will be and consequently, the more accurate you are likely to be. Target archers use long stabilizers. Bowhunters, on the other hand, use shorter stabilizers because of the conditions under which they will be carrying and firing their  bow .

The shorter frames of hunting  bows  mean that an overly long stabilizer is not required. Considering some of the terrain you may be covering, long pieces protruding from the  bow  would be more likely to snag and hinder progress as well as make more noise. Similarly, any extra weight on the  bow  would be accentuated the longer the  bow  has to be carried to the point where it would become extremely tiring.

Finally, we return to the importance of reducing vibration. Any vibration experienced by the  bow  is going to be expressed as noise and when you are bowhunting noise is one of your worst enemies. Vibration will also cause movement in other components on your  bow  which will inevitably affect accuracy.

Not only is it important for your  bow  to be fitted with a stabilizer but it is important to have one that suits you, your  bow  and the type of shooting you’re going to use it for. Take a measured approach, look for quality and temper your decision with thoughts on suitability and you will be sure to be shooting quietly and accurately.

How Important Is Drainage Maintenance?

A drainage system comprises of a water line that carries waste water outside home. Most of the time people often put off their drain cleaning tasks until the day when something serious strikes.

Regular drain cleaning is very necessary in order to have a properly functioning drainage system; this will eliminate clogging that blocks the water ways. A clogged drainage system can run havoc with the interior as well as exterior structure of the property resulting in flaky walls, water logging in the basement and weakening the foundation of the property itself.

The Hazards of a Bad Drainage System

The simplest of clog or blockage could bring about severe destruction such as flooding the whole house and damaging the things inside the house. Most of the home insurance policies do not cover damages caused by water flooding, as a clogged drain shows the home owner’s carelessness to take hold of the problem before it gets out of hand.

The first thing that every new homeowner must learn is that water can cause huge destruction to the home if there is lack of a proper drainage system. For instance, a crack in the ceiling can leak, leading to the ceiling to rot away. If pipes are clogged with high compressions then it can even burst open because of high water pressure. When water saturates and collects in a stationary place it can give rise to the growth of bacteria which can destroy walls and pose health hazards to the inhabitants of the property.

Finding a Drainage Solution

Trained Roofers and Roofing agencies not only offer roof repair and replacement services, but they are also well trained in solving problems related to the drainage system.

The support that these roofing and drainage contractors offer covers the entire area by providing clients with the best resolutions. Their drainage solutions include jobs such as; installation of drainage system, reconstruction, cleaning of drains, waterproofing, excavating, drainage repair and maintenance services. As a matter of fact, these contractors provide complete service that ensures that the drainage system is at par with the rest of the house’s safety and there would not be any future issues to the proper functioning of the drainage system.

The Types of Solution Procedures

Roofing & Drainage Contractors offer residential as well as commercial drainage solutions: Some of the solutions include repair clogged or damaged drain systems, video inspection, drain and sewer cleaning, sewer and sump hook-ups, garden and yard drainage, repair of cracked or leaking foundations, re-construct storm drains, repair and installation of drain tiles, cleaning of electric drains, waterproofing, excavating, and concrete wall repairs.