Sex Toys – A Guide For Beginners

Sex toys have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years but they are becoming more popular than ever in modern day society. Often referred to as marital aids, adult toys facilitate sexual pleasure for couples or for solo use. A recent study of the Temptations Direct website purchaser figures illustrates that the proportion of women and men buying adult toys is a fairly even split with 52% of women and 48% of men being consumers. If you are new to marital aids and want to try them out for the first time to heighten sexual satisfaction and spice up your bedroom activities but are unsure what sort of toy to buy this guide could help you to make a decision.

What type of sex toy is the best to start off with?

Which sex toy to start with is one of the first things to consider when thinking about the potential purchase of an adult toy? Adult toys come in many different guises: dildos, cock rings, anal sex toys, male and female sex pumps, sex dolls, strap ons and vibrators to name but a few. If you want to experience a penetrative sex toy for the first time it is a good idea to try something that has some degree of flexibility such as a jelly dildo. Non penetrative adult toys such as cock rings that are made of silicon or rubber have some give in them and can help to prolong an erection which is firmer and fuller that can lead to increased sexual satisfaction for both parties. These cock rings have far more flexibility than rigid metal cock rings, which cause considerable restriction to the wearer.

Size and cost matters

Other important factors to consider are size and cost. Start small and work up to bigger martial aids when you are more experienced. Mini vibrators deliver a fantastic orgasm but are small enough to be transported just about anywhere. You also do not want to spend a considerable amount on your first purchase if you are unsure whether you will enjoy the experience of a sex toy. Small vibrators start from as low as £4, jelly dildos are anything from £10 and cock rings retail from as little as £2 and therefore do not result in a considerable outgoing.

Use sexual lubricants

If you are a beginner to penetrative adult toys it is always advisable to use a sexual lubricant. This is especially important in the use of anal sex toys as neither the anus nor the rectum naturally produce their own lubrication so it is imperative that anal lubrication is used for more pleasurable and comfortable anal sex toy pursuits. Moreover, some anal gels and sprays are specifically designed to condition the tissues surrounding the anus and relax the anal muscles, therefore making penetration considerably easier. Anal finger stimulators are ideal for first timers to anal play as not only are they small and inexpensive but they are often made of soft silicone making penetration far more comfortable.

Sex toy cleaner

On purchasing your adult toy you should also contemplate buying a sex toy cleaner. Cheap to buy, this additional item should be utilised immediately after adult toy use to keep it clean. Safe, effective and ant-bacterial, marital aid cleaners help to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria and help to keep your adult toy last for longer.

Tips on How to Install Doors

Are you remodeling or building a new house? Let us show you how to install interior doors in your home or office.

There are different ways to install doors whether you are hanging them above carpet or hardwood flooring. There is a difference!

Let us assume you are installing the doors over hard wood flooring.

List of Tools:

  • Level
  • Electric Drill
  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Chop Saw
  • Caulking Gun

Material List:

  • Doors
  • Door Shims
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Passage Sets
  • Putty/DAP

Tips on how to install the Doors:

Make certain that the door swings away from the light switch.

Fasten the hinge side of the Door Jam by removing one screw from the hinges and reinstalling a longer screw which will fasten it into the 2×4. Do this with all 3 hinges, one screw only. Make certain that it is flush with the drywall on both sides.

Check whether it is plumb to the opening. Also ensure that the top of the door is level. Close the door to ensure that the spacing of the door and the Door Jam are equal all around.

On the opposite side install the Shims between the Door Jam and the 2×4. Now place the first shim about 3″ from the floor and nail it into place. The second one should be where the Strike Plate will be. And the third one at the top corner. Now ensure that everything is flush with the drywall and nailed into place. Once this is completed, install the trim around it.

Installing the Trim:

Determine whether you want a flush or an off-set finish. If an off-set finish, it should be about 1/8th – 1/4″ depending on your preference. Once you have determined which measurement you would like to use, measure from the floor up to the point that you chose. Now cut a 45-degree angle from the short to the long corner. The short corner is where you first marked the Trim. Make a mirror cut for the opposite side and install these two pieces. To determine the length of the top piece, hook the tape over the trim and measure across. This will give you the measurement from long to long point. Next cut and install it into place! Follow the same procedure on the other side of the door. These three pieces will have a different length then the first side, so make sure to re-measure.

Fill any gaps and nail holes with DAP. Once you have applied it, take a damp rag to wipe away any extra for a clean surface.

Now install the hardware and stand back to admire your handiwork!

Buffalo Sabres All-Star Break Report 2009

WGR 55 radio talk show hosts have most of it right. You just don’t get a good feeling this year. The up and down Sabres leave you with the feeling they will be battling for a playoff spot again this year. These are the reasons why:

Coaching: I am a Lindy Ruff fan. I watched him play and coach with passion. He gets the most out of his players. I don’t always like the line combinations and I think the power play point men are bad. Pomminville is not effective and they all lose the puck too often. The assistant coaches are all great too. Can’t blame the coach here.

Players: Here is a review of the Sabres, player by player:

9 Roy, Derek C – One of the top five players on the team. Immensely talented puck carrier and great shot. Even mucks it up a little. When he’s not going offsides and faking penalties, he is a top NHL forward.

10 Tallinder, Henrik D – He looked great a couple of years ago. Did injury effect him? He is still good but seems to have lost some fire. Maybe he likes to be more offensive and they won’t let him. Used to be a good point man on the powerplay.

12 Kotalik, Ales RW – I should start with the fact that he is the most frustrating Sabre to watch. He could be the number one guy when it comes to strength, speed, and shot, yet he just plain looks uninterested. He can take a useless shot from a bad angle without looking for anyone. He avoids checks and checking as if he were 150 lbs and sick. Please trade him.

19 Connolly, Tim C – What can you say. Stay healthy. If we could just put him in Kotalik’s body. Laser shot and Gretzky like stickhandler.

20 Paille, Daniel LW – Don’t trade this guy. Strong, young, and hockey sense. He is one of a half dozen Sabres that sctually check people.

21 Stafford , Drew RW – Maybe I thought he had more potential than he actually has. Just a shade slow but has lots of skill. He could flourish if surrounded by some good mockers.

22 Mair, Adam C – Should be wearing the “A”. The team example of determination. The kind of heart you see from players without lots of talent that comes through in playoff tough circumstances.

26 Vanek, Thomas LW – “Work on your defense Thomas”. He wouldn’t need to if he was playing with a whole team that played like they cared every night. This guy is a top NHL power forward and a class act. THE number one Sabre and should wear the other “A”.

27 Numminen, Teppo – You gotta love him because he plays so smart but let’s face it. Do you want to see him in the corners during the playoffs with Lucic or Latendresse? Time to hang um’ up.

28 Gaustad, Paul C – Should be the Captain – hands down, and a regular on the power play. He is all class and tough as nails. Plays hurt. Great in the playoffs.

29 Pominville, Jason RW – Remember that Hartford Whaler who scored 50 goals one year and was never heard from again. The long term contract was a mistake. He has skills and played a lot tougher when he was hungry. The teenage girls buy tickets to see him. Maybe Florida or LA would be a better place for him.

30 Miller, Ryan G – The fans in Buffalo adopt only special guys like Jim Kelly. Miller is a fixture and I think will always be here. He may not be the best in stats but look who he is playing with. He steals as many or more games than any goalie.

34 Butler , Chris D – With all the crappy non-checking forwards in Buffalo , the young defensemen give hope to the future. This guy can play. He does everything well.

36 Kaleta, Patrick RW – I don’t know about you but I think he should be getting more money than several hot shots on this team. He gives up his body every night.

37 Ellis, Matt LW – Wow, a real hockey player! Let’s just keep Vanek, Roy, Gaustad, Mair, Kaletta, Connely, and duplicate Ellis for the third and fourth lines.

38 Paetsch, Nathan D – Ditto again with Butler . Just a good hockey player.

40 Lalime, Patrick – Best backup in a while but could be a little more consistent.

41 MacArthur, Clarke – Cool name. Stands out in one of every five or ten games.

44 Sekera, Andrej – Great puck carrier who can play defense too. One of five good young defensemen this team has (2 are in Portland ). Don’t forget Mike Weber, he could be the best.

5 Lydman, Toni D – Sometimes is the anchor of the defense. Gets hot and cold in long stretches.

52   Rivet , Craig D – Solid two way defenseman. Should not be wearing the “C”. They need him to lead all those talented young guys.

55 Hecht, Jochen C – Enough is enough. Hecht and Kotalik – Portland or trade.

6 Spacek, Jaroslav D – I like him. He plays hard most of the time. One of the few guys that can come away with the puck from the power forwards. Not so hot at the point although at least gets some shots on the net. He and  Rivet  should be good teachers for the young defense. Should wear the “A” too.

61 Afinogenov, Maxim RW – Should score 50 goals with his skating and stick handling skills. Hands of stone. Should try a straight stick. Terrible shot.

76 Peters, Andrew LW – Getting a little better as a hockey player. Doesn’t really win fights big anymore. Should be dressed more against teams with big forwards who like to fight.

Mark Mancari – Looked decent.

Nathan Gerbe – Why he didn’t stay up and replace Hecht is beyond me. Tough little guy with skills.

Intangibles – Great radio and TV coverage. MM Arena caters to kids too much.

The American Italian Baby Boomer

Corrections in Individual Fencing Lessons I

The individual lesson on the plastron of the fencing master has long been the gold standard in the range of fencing lessons for the intermediate to advanced fencer. In this lesson format the student works one-on-one with his or her coach to learn a new skill, to understand its application, and to develop its execution in the bout situation. Because of this individual attention, there is a better chance to correct errors and to have those corrections be internalized by the athlete.

Corrections in individual lessons to a great extent depend on four elements: the intent of the lesson, the skill level of the student, the student’s level of correction response, and the closeness of the relationship between master and fencer. As a result the form of corrections is highly variable, both between students and even in corrections in different lessons with the same athlete.

The lesson objective determines the type and range of correction. In a teaching lesson, correction is similar to that in group lessons, with all of the corrective steps used in that type of lesson. In addition, student execution of the skill can be refined by continuous correction of that skill toward a desired range of performance.

The method of correction is different in the other common lesson types. In a training lesson, the assumption is that the student can execute the skill. As a result corrections are minimized and are only directed toward major deviations from the accepted range of performance. Correction now is mainly to increase speed and accuracy of performance, and is achieved by coach acceleration, narrowing of opportunities to hit, and by rewarding errors with a hit or serious threat of one. The same approach applies to bouting lessons. In training and bouting lessons those corrections not made by coach action can usually be achieved by reminding the experienced athlete of correct performance orally.

The warm-up lesson is a special case. The purpose of the warmup lesson is not to teach the athlete skills or tactics. Rather the objective is to get the fencer to a physiological and psychological state of readiness to perform at a high level in a competition. Corrections other than a reminder of one significant vulnerability and of tactical choices have the potential to confuse and even demoralize the athlete. The athlete is not going to learn and be able to apply a new skill by the pool round, and they are not going to fix major or even minor faults. The morning of the competition your fencer has what she has, and you job is to get the athlete ready to fight with that capability.

When you stand in front of your athlete to teach or to train or to prepare or to warm-up you must adjust your corrections to the goals and requirements of the lesson. Making the right types of corrections helps you teach a better lesson.

Estate Fencing: Beauty and Function

The art of estate fencing involves keeping your property protected from trespassers while maintaining its beauty. The goal is to find fencing materials and design that add appeal to your estate while keeping it secure. The most common type of estate fencing is wrought iron railings. The fence is made from metal bars that are galvanized. This type of estate fencing is easy to shape and it works well on uneven ground. This adds beauty and charm to any estate. It gives it a classic look that is appealing without being over whelming.

You can find estate fencing that is made of iron but is it round instead of flat. This makes it lighter and more flexible, but this type of estate fencing is not as durable. This type of fencing works well when you have to move it for cattle grazing or other types of projects. It has a powder coating to prevent it from rusting over time.

Some estate fencing is very high while others are standard height. It depends on the look you want to give your estate. Adding a very high estate fence with large doors that open up to drive into the estate are very beautiful. They also help keep people and animals from getting into your yard.

Estate fencing can be purchased from farm and ranch supply stores, home improvement stores, and on the internet. If you aren’t sure which type of estate fencing to purchase take a look at the various styles and designs on the internet. You will want to find out the best type of material to use for your fencing needs as well as compare the prices. Most estate fencing is quite easy to install. If you aren’t interested in doing it yourself, the internet is also a great way to find an estate fencing installer.

Dubai 7 Star Hotel: IXS

The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai is the only 7-Star hotel in the world. It is a place where imagination becomes reality. Designed to look like the blowing sail of a yacht it is an impressive structure at 321 metres tall. It is also the tallest hotel of the World.Its sight at night is unforgettable. It is surrounded by choreographed colour sculptures of water and fire. This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer.

It is a stricking 28-story All-Suite Hotel housed in unique sail-shaped building overlooking Jumeira Beach. It charges from 1,000 US dollars per night for a one-bedroom Deluxe Suite to 10,000 US dollars for a Royal Suite. It has enjoyed growing popularity and 90 per cent occupancy rate six years after it opened in Dubai.

The hotel boasts of offering the world’s best service, and continues to attract guests from all over the world despite the emergence of more luxurious hotels, like the three-billion-US dollar Emirates Palace which opened in March, also in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Burj Al Arab ([] ) does not have rooms; it has 202 suites, each one arranged over two floors. Ranging from a capacious 169 sq. mts to an astonishing 780 sq. mts in size, the floor to ceiling glass windows offer simply breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.

Decorated with lavish textures and exuberant colours, each suite features a sumptuous living and dining area, state of the art entertainment system and office facilities. Their sheer opulence in every tiny detail is underpinned with technology that does everything from controlling the 42 inch Plasma screen TV to closing the curtains.

With your chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, discreet in-suite check in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers who provide around-the-clock attention, you can be assured of a highly personalised service throughout your stay.

Offering the highest levels of personalised service in the most luxurious surroundings imaginable, your private butler will ensure that every little need is met. Designed to provide maximum comfort, our unique service levels mean that even your check in will be in the privacy of your suite.

Its Deluxe suite having 1 Bedroom is ideal for life. With beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf, the Deluxe Suite features a handsome spiral staircase that leads you from one floor to the next, perfectly separating the entertainment and living spaces. Area – 169 sq. mts Lower level – Living room with large lounge, dining table for 4, private bar counter, guest washroom Upper level – Dressing room, bedroom with king size or twin bed, luxury bathroom with Jacuzzi Occupancy – 2 Adults and 2 Children below the age of 12, or 3 Adults. Transport – Chauffeur driven Rolls Royce or BMW available at a charge

Burj al Arab is full of Leisure Facilities. Assawan Spa & Health Club situated on the 18th floor with magnificent views over the Gulf. Treatment rooms, hydrotherapy baths, oriental massage, stand-up solarium, sauna, steam rooms and jacuzzi, two swimming pools, squash court, two fully equipped fitness studios and an aerobics floor. It also provides Unlimited access to Wild Wadi Water Park.

The wonderful Royal Suite of this only 7 Star Hotel in Dubai is located on the 25th floor. It is indeed the last word in luxury, with its lavishly appointed interiors, majestic colour scheme and sumptuous furnishings. The Exclusive privileges include private elevator and private cinema. Its special features are Marble and gold staircase, leopard print tufted carpets, Carrarra marble flooring and mahogany furniture Lower level – Dining area, Arabic majlis (reception) style lounge and library Upper level – Master bedroom with rotating four-poster canopy bed and second bedroom, each with adjoining marble bathrooms with spa bath, walk-in shower, fine porcelain fittings and full sized Hermes 24 – Faubourg fragrances and body products Occupancy – 4 Adults and 2 Children below the age of 12, or 5 Adults (only). Chauffeur driven Rolls Royce or BMW are also available at surcharge.

The world’s most luxurious hotel has its very own helipad 200m above ground, but it appears unlikely any helicopters will be landing.

Burj Al Arab ties to provide an international atmosphere to make guests from all nationalities feel comfortable. Its staff come from many countries and speaks 15 languages.

A Heritage Of Hospitality, A Vision Of The Future : Burj Al Arab is a Monument Worthy Of A New Millennium. The Arabian Experience, its Influence and achievements, can all be found in this true reflection of a culture of hospitality.

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Golf Packages For Myrtle Beach

Golf trips can be expensive. The sport in and of itself can be a pricy passion. It’s not like basketball where all you need is a ball and court. It’s not like cross country or swimming where all you need is your body to rely on performance. Golf involves equipment, knowledge on different clubs, experience, and talent. Courses are not so small like a court or pool, but rather are acres of playing fields. With equipment, travel costs, hotel stay, food expenses, course fees, and cart fees in mind, it is important to find the most economic solutions when planning a golf trip. Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular destinations for golfers and therefor has a world of options for booking packages. Packages are a great way to save money and time spent booking and can be easily found online.

When starting your search for golf packages in Myrtle Beach all you have to do is perform a simple online search. Since it is such a crazy popular golf destination, there are tons of options for packages. Typically when you find the company you want to book your vacation package through they will have free quotes, golf package options, a golf course guide, and a lodging guide.

Free quotes: when you book your trip you can play with dates, numbers of golfers, number of nights staying, how many people there are coming, and more. Custom packages give you the option to literally build you trip based on what courses you want to visit and what accommodations you want to stay. The idea is that no matter what courses or lodging you book you will get a discount and perks.

Golf package options: you can book just for golf or as a lodging and golf combination. Discounts are greater if you book your trip as a group.

There are Northern, Southern, and Coastal courses to choose from for packages in Myrtle Beach. The Grand Strand and further inland is completely garnished in award winning and challenging courses. The area is home to 120 different golf courses-many of them featured in magazines and designed by top designers. Diamond Back, The Wizard Golf Club, Indigo Creek, and Rivers Edge Golf Club are just a few of the top choices for courses. You’ll find that most of the courses in Myrtle Beach are public. Golf package sites will have full descriptions of all the top courses so you can absolutely decide which ones intrigue you most.

Booking your trip to Myrtle Beach as a package deal is the smartest way to go if you are planning a trip. There are several options with all the top courses and lodging available.

Eight Great Reasons to Retire in Texas

The most popular state in the country for retirees used to be Florida-but these days, Texas is giving the Sunshine State some serious competition. And with a low tax burden and costs of living, beautiful scenery, huge variety in types of communities, and plenty of opportunity for fun, culture and travel, it’s easy to see why. Here are eight reasons why retirees love living in Texas.

An easy tax burden. Texas does a lot of things to make taxes easier on those aged 65 and older. If you’re a homeowner, you get an additional $10,000 off the assessed value of your home, on top of the normal $15,000 homestead exemption, that is exempt from school taxes. Another $3,000 is exempt from local taxes of other types. There is also a tax ceiling on the total value of your home for school taxes, and in some cities, your overall school district taxes are frozen on the initial year you qualified for the residence exemption. In addition, there’s no state income tax.

Plenty of travel opportunity. Texas is a big state-and it’s ideal for seniors who love to travel. From the Alamo to Texas Hill Country during Bluebonnet Season, there’s plenty to see-and plenty of reasons to fire up the RV and take a road trip.

An affordable housing market. For such beautiful and historic surroundings, housing in Texas is surprisingly affordable. The median listing price for a home in Texas is around $189,000 according to 2013 numbers at, although more expensive areas do exist, particularly around Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Even so, with the home prices mostly low, many seniors can afford to save more-or splurge on a larger home or one with lots of land.

Mild winters. Summers can get hot-but winters here are mild, even in January in some areas. In North Texas, humidity is fairly low during the summers, so the summer heat is more tolerable. If you like summers spent by the pool and no need for snow tires in the winter, you’ll love Texas weather.

Low cost of living. On a scale where the average cost of living nationwide ranks at 100, the cost of living in Texas is ranked as an 88.7. When you add in the low taxes and housing prices, it paints a very affordable picture.

Plenty of variety. Whether you’re looking for the music and culture of Austin, the history of San Antonio, the bustle of a big city like Dallas, or a sleepy rural town among stunning scenery, Texas has it all. There are intellectual college towns, cultural hot spots, high-ranking sports teams, and the slow, relaxed pace of small town life-often within the same city.

Opportunities for self-development. There are lots of colleges in Texas-including six separate public college systems throughout the state and eight private institutions, many of which are high-ranking nationwide. Many colleges offer lifelong learning opportunities for seniors who wish to take individual classes-so you can keep developing new skills and pursuing subjects of interest after retirement.

Great hospitals. Nine hospitals in Texas have strong national rankings-while forty-two smaller hospitals also have strong performance statewide. If you live in Texas, chances are a high-quality hospital will be just a short drive away.

There’s no question-Texas is a great place to retire. With its low cost of living and housing, the low tax burden, mild weather, and plenty of opportunities to pursue your interests in culture, sports, history, travel, and more, it’s definitely worth a second look.

The New Construction Methods

The development of new construction methods evolved together with the new materials, it is not possible for its development if it is not associated with it. For example, large glass panels could not have been used in the eighteenth century even if they had been available. No large-span lintel-support back then. Both new materials and new methods are developed to be able for the architects to be free to design. Present day structures are usually a combination of old and new skeleton-frame, curtain wall and cantilevered construction are good examples of old post-and-lintel.

The skeleton frame is one of the first methods developed. It employs modern materials. It is an open frame to which a wall covering is attached. The frame is the primary support and the covering is the shelter. It became popular because it is light, strong and usable. It is common in family dwellings. Steel-cage construction is a skeleton frame using steel for the skeleton.

The shapes are the architectural restrictions of shapes, such as square, cube, triangle, octagon, pyramid, pentagon, circle, and sphere used by most architects. This has come about with the development of materials that are stronger, lighter, and with many uses.

The sizes are the advances of sizes to a size greater then ever before. Sears Tower, tallest building in Chicago, but as technology develops even more buildings can increase to sizes previously thought impossible. Who can say what will be possible?

The location is the architect choosing, because design is not just its enormous size but also locations unthought of years ago. The advances in architectural and engineering will make more possible and workable locations.

The components are constructed piece of a building, it is the parts or sections made in advance. The use of components allows the builder to construct away from the site. Some examples of components are, assembled windows, trusses, or molded bathrooms.

The future of construction of buildings is related to new materials, new methods, and sociological changes because people live in a different society. Developments of new materials and methods of construction restrict the builders of traditional materials and methods.

Tips For Selecting The Right Bow

When it comes to choose the right bow for hunting, there are several things to consider. Along with the vast selection of bows comes a myriad of accessories. Whether you need the accessories or not is dependent upon personal choice, but it also pertains to what you will be hunting, as well as the terrain and your visibility.

Selecting a bow is as personal as selecting a hunting rifle. The durability and ease of using the weapon is just as important as your comfort and flexibility in handling it. Just as it is when purchasing a hunting rifle, you will want to select a bow that is not cumbersome or awkward for your body size. That would not only be uncomfortable, but it could present itself as dangerous also.

The styles of bows often determine speed, distance and accuracy. These are other factors to consider. Many of the accessories that are available heighten the performance of the bow, increase the chances of accuracy when aiming at your target and amplify the surroundings to increase visibility, to name a few. It is always worth checking out the accessories to see if any would be beneficial for you.

It is crucial to have accurate visibility when hunting, not only for the satisfaction of hitting the game you are aiming at, but for the safety of yourself and others. If you understand the importance of eye dominance, then you are well on your way to choosing the proper bow. If you are a novice, there is a method to determining your eye dominance. This is an important fact to know, in order to help you choose the appropriate bow. It has been proven that oftentimes, a right-handed person possesses eye dominance in their right eye and vice verse. To test this theory, select a bow and take aim (unloaded) at a potential target. Be sure you have a focal point and do not rush. When you have your target in sight, take turns closing one eye and then the other. Take note of the position of your finger. If your finger appears to still be pointing directly at your target and your right eye is closed, then suffice it to say, that your left eye is your dominant eye. The same works the other way around. If your finger wanders away from the target when you close one eye, then the open eye is not your dominant eye.

Once this is established, you can move on to consider other things before purchasing your bow. Draw length (the width of your shoulders coupled with the length of your arms) is important when it comes to comfort, consistency, and accuracy. Your draw length pertains to the differential between the drawn bowstring and the grip. The staff that handles the archery section will be able to help you with determining your appropriate draw length, so that you can purchase the ideal size bow for your body type.

Do some research on the internet and discover what other experienced hunters are have said about specific models of bows; the pros, cons and their advice. This will arm you with some knowledge that you can take with you to ask the experienced staff at the archery shop and ask them questions to help you choose the proper bow. Draw weight, brace height and axle-to-axle length are more areas to consider. It need not be overwhelming, as there are resources available to help you choose the best bow. Once informed and armed with the proper bow for you, your success and satisfaction in hunting will be greatly improved.

Why Correct Land Drainage Is a Necessity

Most property owners, until there is a flooding problem, don’t even think about proper yard drainage. Water by nature will always flow to a lower elevation by the path of least resistance. Because of this fact, problems will occur when the original flow directions are blocked by new construction or were insufficient to begin with. Incorrect sloping and drainage on your property can cause the water to end up where you don’t want it, like under foundations, pavement and in the basement. A flooded basement or a cracked foundation is a problem that could cost thousands to repair, but could be prevented by taking a few precautions beforehand.

There are two methods of supplying water to a lawn, subsurface and surface. The subsurface method of water supply places the water under the topsoil and does not allow the water to go deeper due to the soil tension beneath. Also called the “water table”, this layer of water is in all soil at different depths according to the area. Too much water on the surface can raise the water table when it penetrates the soil and cause problem areas and flooding. Source of surface water are irrigation and rainfall. Sprinklers can cause problems in areas that have many impervious surfaces, such as urbanized areas.

Parking lots, driveways and streets, with all the concrete and pavement, leave the rainwater with nowhere to go. As far as lawns go, runoff will collect in depressions or saturate the edges. With no drainage assistance for the removal of excess water, when the soil gets to 100% saturation, it will start to collect in pools and will take longer to evaporate. All this extra water will slow plant growth because is decreases aeration in the soil around the roots and lowers the supplies of nutrients going to the plants. Excess water can also cause damage due to freezing in the winter. Proper drainage will prevent water collecting around your foundations, minimize the erosion of soil and protect your plants and other vegetation from disease and death.

Both subsurface and surface drainage solutions are vital for protecting your lawns and buildings. Surface drainage is the natural path that water takes when irrigating or during a rain, and can be controlled by rain gutters, downspouts, French style exposed drains or surface grates as well as grading and shaping your lawn to maximize the surface water removal with a minimum of soil erosion. Subsurface drainage is the process of placing pipes and drains in the lawn to remove the extra water that has been absorbed into the soil. Water travels in the soil by what is known as “capillary action”, which is a similar action as getting one side of a paper towel wet and seeing that it travels across the whole surface of the towel getting the entire thing wet. French drains are a great solution for excess water removal from the subsurface. Subsurface drainage will maintain healthy plant life, soil will warm sooner in the spring and suffer less freeze damage in the winter, and minimize damage to your buildings and foundations caused by frost heaving.

Brain Drain in India

Indian education system is counted amongst the best in the world. The land of Aryabhatta has given many intelligent minds to the world.

The Indian system of education follows a smooth hierarchy from basics to perfection. The school drop outs in India are very less as compared to other parts of the world. But still there remains a huge uneducated population that sometimes nullifies the effect of the good things that the intelligent minds of India do!

After completing their education in India, people often leave for foreign countries in search of better working environment and pay package on account of unemployment. This concept of taking education in a country but earning for another is known as brain drain. Asian countries have been a victim of such concept since the west opened up job opportunities s for eastern countries. They get cheap and hardworking labor in this manner!!

Unemployment in India has been an overused excuse by the one’s who are responsible for such brain drain and also by the ones who are desperately trying to contribute to the same. The opportunities inside the country suddenly seem small and worthless in front of the starry image of the west. More than anything else, better lifestyle and a developed country name to flaunt, has lead people into migrating their working areas from their native place to a western country. But the question remains is it really so starry as it seems? Are there seriously no “good” job opportunities in India? Well, had this question come a decade earlier the answer would have been a tragic yes, but today when many multi national companies are desperately trying to establish a branch in India, the verity differs!

Going to foreign countries to earn can be beneficial for your native land only in case you are sending back money in foreign currency and adding to the countries funds and also going with an intention of returning.

The patriotism should not be lost to personal fervor.

Be an Indian, support India!

Using Drill Bits For A Wall

Many people find it easier and cheaper to do their basic around the house fittings by hand rather than hiring a professional to do them. There is nothing wrong with this approach, but some care does need to be taken when you are  drilling  holes into walls.

It is not as simple as getting  drill  bits for a wall and just making a hole in the plaster. You have to consider a number of different aspects.

The first is the location of the hole. If you can see where the bricks meet, it is a good idea to  drill  there.  Drill  bits for a wall handle the softer masonry much better than the much denser brick. You will stand less chance of blunting it or damaging your  drill .

You also need to consider the depth of the hole. Do not  drill  to deep. Many walls contain electrical wiring and  drilling  may damage these if the bits for a wall go too deep and hit a wire.

Then you need to use the right type of  drill  bits for a wall. In order to decide what kind of bits for a wall you need, you need to know what kind of material you are going to be  drilling  into. A bit that can handle plaster may not be able to handle concrete or masonry, while a bit that is too thick or too rough may cause a lot of damage to the surrounding areas.

How much pressure should you put on the  drill ? It is important to put enough pressure on the  drill  to keep the bits for a wall in place, but not to use all of your strength as that could break the bit or even the  drill  itself.

Use the right kind of  drill . The best  drill  is a hammer  drill . This is because a standard  drill  slices into fibrous material while a hammer  drill  uses a combination of two actions – hammering to break the aggregate material and scooping out the bits that break loose. This is why a standard  drill  works better for materials like wood while a hammer  drill  works better for man-made substances.

And the right kind of screws. The screws you use have to be strong enough to handle the weight that is going to be put on them or they will either break or pull loose from their moorings.

You also need to remember to protect yourself correctly. Dust and debris can easily get into your eyes and lungs, as such you need to wear safety goggles and a dust mask to protect yourself from this. It is also a very noisy operation and it is a good idea to wear ear plugs to protect your sensitive ear drums from the noise.

So, as you can see, using  drill  bits for a wall is not as easy as attaching the bit to any old  drill  you have lying around and running riot with it. You have to be careful about where you  drill  and how deep you go and you need to protect yourself from the inevitable debris and noise.

Timber Framed Homes Vs Steel Framed Homes

When building a kit home you will invariably come across the option of designing and building with a plantation timber or modern light-weight steel frame. Though some clients have a preference for timber over steel in the look of the home, we would like to share some practical information to make this decision easier.

Why timber or steel?

Timber and steel framed kit-homes are typically used in the country where there is little access to project home builders or the block of land makes building on concrete slab impossible or extremely expensive. With timber or steel framed homes, you won’t need to engineer retaining walls, subsoil drainage or compacted fill. Rather you can construct a framed floor system, also known as elevated floor system or pole home, right onto your site.

Plantation timber and modern light-weight steel are supported by Australian design standards and other proactive professional industry bodies.

Most builders partially pre-fabricate the homes (wall frames and roof) as per your design and deliver it to your block. Depending on which of the building stages you have chosen, it is either hand it over to you to build with easy to follow instructions or carpenters can erect the home for you.


Fortunately, wood is a sustainable resource and I’m sure we would all like to keep it that way! Sustainably managed Australian plantations replant trees after harvesting them, to ensure that trees continue to be a plentiful natural resource.

According to the Australian Forest Learning website:

“Sustainable forest management (SFM) refers to the management of our private and public forests to ensure they continue to provide not only a sound supply of renewable timber for present and future generations, but also maintain their environmental values and social services.”

There are other benefits to choosing timber-framed homes. It does not require as much energy to build timber homes, therefore less greenhouses gases are produced and released into the atmosphere.


Western Australia is a stunningly beautiful place to live, and when building we have to take into account the environment!

The timber industry suggests that all new homes are protected from termite attacks. You can ensure your home is termite proof by using the right materials, construction methods and by regular inspection. Once building is completed, ensure that your home stays termite proof and inspect your home regularly. Depending on the exact location, most builders use Blue Pine Treatment Protection System or Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) where the elements are more severe, giving clients complete peace of mind against termites and European borer.

Though some clients might prefer the timber look they might like to combine the two materials to reach a build finish they are most happy with.

Steel framed kit homes are made of modern, light weight, durable steel produced from partially recycled materials. All joins are fully welded and treated producing a very strong, termite resistant, true and lightweight product.

Termite and Borer Proof

The wall and framing steel in steel homes is naturally 100% termite and European Borer proof. This means that there is no need to spray the steel with additional chemical treatments to protect them from pests. Because there is no need to treat steel homes, they are recognised worldwide as a healthy alternative for asthmatics.

Strength and Durability of Steel

Steel homes are made from extremely strong and durable light-weight steel. Steel homes provide a structure that withstands the variety of conditions of Western Australia climate. The steel frames will not twist, warp, shrink or expand over the years, maintaining their strong, durable structure for many years. With steel homes, you won’t experience sticking windows, wavy roof lines or jamming doors resulting from the steel frame moving or changing over time.

Flexibility in Design

Choosing steel homes, gives you flexibility in the design of your home that you might not have with other materials. For example, because of the light-weight nature of steel and the strength-to-weight ratio, you will have more capacity to design longer spans and large, open living areas. Also, you can be creative with the roof-line with steel homes.

Wood – Great For Interiors And Exteriors

The numerous advantages of wood make it an apt material for various aspects of house construction and designing. The use of this natural material not only brings uniqueness but also adds grandeur with a touch of timeless beauty to the house.

Wood has been used as an interior design accessory since times immemorial. The versatility, great visual appeal and the wide variety available in solid wood derived from special tree trunks is processed and polished for various purposes.

Lumber is bifurcated into two broad categories – hardwood and softwood. However this does not mean that hardwood is harder than softwood. Hardwood is a term applied to the lumber derived from trees that produce seeds with a covering, also called angiosperm trees. These are denser, which makes them immensely sturdy. These are also very expensive due to their scarcity. Deciduous trees like Oak, Mahogany, Cherry, Walnut, Teak, Rosewood and Maple are some of the examples. These have perfect texture and their patterns add richness and class to your home design.

Softwood on the other hand is from trees that produce seeds without a covering and are also called gymnosperm trees. These are less dense and can be cut into desired shapes with ease. This kind of lumber is derived from coniferous trees like Pine, Cedar, Beech, Redwood and Fir. Each of these possesses a distinct characteristic and need to be used appropriately. Mahogany, teak, pine, oak and maple work best for furniture whereas Cedar and Redwood are used largely for outdoor projects. Depending on the quality, these are classified into two major grades – Select Lumber for the best quality and Common Lumber which comes with slight defects. Each of these undergoes further gradation to provide a perfect description of the quality.

Solid lumber is used for designing the interior of a house, especially for beautiful furniture and cabinets. Door panels, window frames, floors, walls, ceilings, staircase, decks and even an entire house can be built with it. The toughness and durability of this naturally occurring building material has lured interior designers to create exotic house designs. Being resilient to heat, erosion, dust and frost and a bad conductor of heat and cold, it is durable and acts as a natural insulator. The patterns and designs of the exotic lumber pieces are exquisite and can be further carved to create beautiful designs.

Woods with various shades, scales and grain alignment can be patterned to create unique house designs. Lumber houses and doors prevent sound from outside penetrating into the house and allow a peaceful ambience. In earthquake prone zones, lumber houses are the safest option as they are lighter than concrete houses and can be easily rebuilt. Wood frames are the most common building element mainly because of their low cost and easy maneuverability during construction.

Lumber can be maintained for a long time quite conveniently by periodic cleaning. It is highly porous in nature, which leads to water absorption. In order to prevent this undesirable occurrence, these furniture pieces should be kept moisture free. When used for exteriors, lumber must be treated with extra varnishing to prevent moisture penetration. Timely polishing can help retain luster for a longer duration. You can design wood to suit any kind of home design, be it traditional, contemporary or any other style.