The Rainbow Bridge – Ways to Remember Your Pet

The poem, “Rainbow Bridge,” describes lush meadows and hills where your pet can play after their passing until the day you are reunited. While this poem has become a favorite among loving pet parents who are dealing with the loss of their cherished companion, there are a few other ways to find comfort during this difficult time. Here are a few unique ways to remember your pet that will help you honor their loyal companionship while keeping their memory strong.

Create a Bookshelf Memorial

Place your favorite pet mementos front and center by dedicating a shelf to them. If you chose pet cremation, then this shelf is the perfect place to display the urn. Keepsake boxes can also be filled with pet tags, collars and favorite toys to provide you with a place to visit when you want to remember the good times you shared.

Pet Food Planter

After your pet has passed, you can create a living garden that is as bright as their wagging tail. Simply fill your pet’s food and water dishes with soil and some cheerful flower blooms. Then, place it near your pet’s favorite resting spot or right by your front door as a reminder of how they always greeted you with love.

Pet Paw Print

Having a print of your pet’s paw is a lovely keepsake that can be used throughout your home. Try framing the print along with a copy of “Rainbow Bridge,” and hang it on your wall. Alternatively, you could turn the paw print into a stepping stone for your outdoor garden. Many families also use the paw print to create holiday ornaments that can be hung with care each year.

Collar Bracelet

Pet collars and leashes can be trimmed down to create an attractive bracelet. For an extra special touch, consider adding their tag to the middle. Then, you can keep your pet’s memory close at hand no matter where you are during each day.

Decorate Their Resting Place

Headstones, grave markers and urns provide mourning pet owners with a physical reminder of their cherished animal. Add flowers, toys and trinkets to your pet’s space that will serve as a gentle reminder that they are in a better place.

Portraits and Photo Albums

Your pet was likely the most adorable animal you ever saw. Show off their beauty even after they are gone by compiling a photo album either with a traditional book or online. Alternatively, you could have a portrait painted using a favorite photo that can then be hung from the wall like the other members of your family.

Donate to an Animal Shelter

Giving to others in your pet’s memory is a great way to manage your loss. Contact the local shelters in your area and ask about any specific needs. Dog food, bedding and cash donations are very appreciated, and you can volunteer to help out if you have some extra time.

Create a Yearly Ritual

Your memories of your pet will last a lifetime, and honoring them on their birthday or the day of their passing each year is a great way to keep their memory alive. Try lighting a candle or going for a walk in their favorite park. Find something that connects the two of you and do it each year.

When a pet passes, it can be hard to handle the loss. Although you will never forget the way they curled up on your lap or greeted you at the door, it is important to find ways to cherish their memory. Whether you choose to showcase their mementos or create a private space to reminisce, your pet will always be remembered.

5 Tips For Managing Your Electro-Mechanical Assemblies Inventory

For any manufacturer of electronic products or products that have electrical components, one of the biggest concerns is managing inventories for maximum efficiency of your production line. Often this means taking care when selecting your electro-mechanical assembly provider, and working closely with them to make sure your inventory management and delivery system is working at the highest level. Here are a few tips.

1. Make Sure You Have a Single Point of Contact

When working with any supplier of parts and raw materials, it really pays to have a single point of contact that you can go to for answers to questions or to resolve issues quickly. While it may not seem that important, having a single account manager who knows your business and production line inside and out, and who is intimately familiar with the design of your assemblies and how they are implemented into your product, can be a huge benefit.

When you call in with a question, you do not want to wait for someone to research your company, production line, and product to get up to speed before they can give you a good answer.

2. Custom Design for Rapid Installation

Your account manager will likely be an electrical or mechanical engineer who will not only design a wiring assembly that works with your product, but will design it in a way that allows for rapid and efficient installation with little to no opportunities for technician error. Often this means that assemblies come bundled and labeled in a way that makes installation almost fool-proof.

3. Training for Your Assembly Line

Another way your account manager can help you, is to help train your production staff in installing cabling products and quality checking their work. Not only will your technicians be provided with documentation and technical drawings at their workstations to help them with the install, but they will receive ample training on both installation and looking out for errors. This training can be conducted at your facility in a way that is minimally intrusive to your production needs.

4. Inventory Tracking and Automatic Re-Orders

If your cabling provider does not use some form of inventory management software, you may want to consider finding a different manufacturer. This type of system ensures that your assembly line receives the parts and raw materials they need, exactly when they need them. As your production line works through your existing inventory of parts and raw materials, the software will trigger an automatic re-order of new parts as soon as inventory levels fall below a pre-determined amount that you can customize to your needs.

5. Custom Labeling and Coloring

One more way that a professional custom cable provider can help your operation is by custom labeling, coloring, or striping their products. This allows your technicians to easily and quickly identify the part they need by sight, and helps make sure that all connectors are installed in the correct ports. You can even get your production line’s input on this to find out what would be the best method. Custom colors for wires, custom labeling, or custom striping for rapid identification.

How to Change the Motor Mounts on a Jeep Cherokee XJ

One of the common repairs that needs to be made on an older Jeep Cherokee is replacing broken motor mounts. While the look difficult to access, changing motor mounts is actually a fairly simple process.

Begin by acquiring a new set of motor mounts. Many vendors offer stock replacement mounts style with a lifetime warranty. I use these on my street Jeeps. There are also some heavy duty aftermarket mounts available with either polyurethane or rubber bushing that is fully enclosed in a metal sleeve. I use these on my Rally Racing Jeep.

Begin by placing a jack under the oil pan to raise the engine. Use a block of wood to distribute the load so as not to damage the pan. Lift only high enough to remove the load from the broken mount. You will see it separate slightly when the load is released.

Access to the left side mount can be facilitated by removing the air box. Use two 18 MM wrenches to remove the main bolt. Then remove the two bolts that hold the motor mount to the frame. One of the bolts may be more easily accessed from below the Jeep.

If you have run the Jeep for a while with a broken motor mount, inspect the exhaust manifold for cracks while you are in there. Once the motor mounts separates, the exhaust keeps the engine torque form rotating the engine leading to cracks in the manifold.

To install the new mount, set it in place over the mounting bolts and start them in just a turn or two. Now install the main bolt through the mount and tighten it down. The main bolt can be very difficult to line up if the mount is bolted in place first. Now tighten the frame mounting bolts.

To change the right side mount, you will have to remove the oil filter adapter from the engine block. It is a good idea to replace the o rings when reinstalling the adapter. These O rings are available as a kit from the Jeep dealer and many online sources.

As on the left side, remove the main bolt. The bolt will hit the oil filter adapter before it clears the motor mount so that is why the oil filter adapter has to be removed from the block. Next remove the bolts that hold the mount to the frame.

Place the new mount in position and loosely fit the frame mounting bolts. Install the mina bolt and tighten. Now tighten the frame mounting bolts.

Reinstall the oil filter adapter using new o rings as appropriate.

Lower the engine and enjoy your new motor mounts. If you have installed aftermarket style mounts, you will likely notice slightly more engine vibration. The extra vibration is most noticeable when the starter motor is engaged. Once the engine is running, there is very little extra vibration transferred to the body of the Jeep.

WoW Blacksmith Leveling Guide for Aspiring Hammer Masters

This WoW Blacksmith leveling guide will give you an idea of how much fun it is being a Blacksmith in the World of Warcraft. Advice on how to level up with the minimum amount of gold by finding useful items is also part of this guide.

What Are Blacksmiths?

A Blacksmith is a crafter of armor and weapons. There are certain weapons that cannot be found in quests and cannot be purchased from merchants but can be made by Blacksmiths. This profession is the main supplier of armor, weaponry and other items needed by other players, particularly Warriors and Paladins.

They can also make ingredients for recipes used by other professions and create certain items necessary for quests. Blacksmiths generally earn money and gold by trading their items or making them available at the auction house. Mining is the profession that complements Blacksmiths since majority of the recipes they make are made from jewels that only Miners can provide.

Developing Blacksmithing Skills

The first thing that should be done by a Blacksmith is to find a trainer. These trainers are often found standing near an anvil or a forge. After training, buying a blacksmithing  hammer  is the next step. Grinding Stones, Weak Flux and Coal are just some of the items that a Blacksmith will also need. Plans are also needed and these can be purchased from trainers or found from monster drops.

Reaching Your Goal

Leveling up in this profession requires a lot of gold, so it is wise for a Blacksmith to take advantage of opportunities wherein he can earn extra money and gold. Getting through the lower levels will require huge expenses and skills, but it is when you get to the higher level when the profession can be more challenging.

At level 200 of Blacksmithing, a player can select a specialization. He can choose Armorsmithing, wherein he will have access to armor plans, or choose Weaponsmithing, which will provide him with access to melee weapon plans. Those who choose to become a Weaponsmith have further specialization options, including Master Swordsmith, Master Axesmith and Master Hammersmith.

In deciding your specialization, think about what is important to you, armor or weapons? If you are a member of a guild, ask your guild friends what type of Blacksmith the group needs. Remember also that you can decide to have another specialization, but you need to give up your existing one by paying certain amounts of gold to unlearn it. That is why a WoW Blacksmith leveling guide will always tell you to be sure early on what specialization you really want so that you don’t get to waste your gold.

After Effects Shapes and the Repeater

After Effects shapes offer an effect called the ‘repeater’ that let you create a grid, a mosaic, geometric patterns, a DNA double helix in only a few minutes. Let’s take a look.

Like many of my favorite After Effects tools and techniques this begins with something deceptively simple: one single shape. Start a new composition, I’d go with the predefined Web 320×240 comp. I like to create this without any other objects to fully appreciate your creation, then if you want to add some backdrop to provide offset or contrast, it’s easier to visualize once you’ve constructed your pattern.

Lets start with a simple rectangle and just to give our exercise a little head start, let it’s stroke have a little gradient glow. Create your rectangle, then click on the word ‘stroke’ on the toolbar next to the stroke and fill color icons. Choose linear gradient.

In the source area of your composition, across from the ‘Contents’ twirl down you see the ‘Add’ option which presents the shape specific effects. Choose ‘Repeater’. It’s important that you are on the ‘Contents’ selection and not the new rectangle you created. Directly under ‘Rectangle 1’ you will now see ‘Repeater 1’.

Under ‘Repeater 1’ open ‘Transform Repeater 1’ and on the position definition, reduce the ‘X’ value until your squares are close together. I used a value of twenty. Now, directly under ‘Repeater 1’ you see a ‘Copies’ option; this will set the number of boxes in your horizontal grid.

Create a second repeater under ‘Contents’ using the same ‘Add’ twirl down option. For Repeater 2, under transform adjust position only on this repeater set your ‘X’ value to 0 and ‘Y’ to 20. The copies option on this repeater will set the number of boxes on your vertical grid.

Adding these two repeaters one set for ‘X’, the other set for ‘Y’ creates your grid with spacing of 20 in each direction. A very simple way of viewing it is, you have set the spacing for your columns and rows each with these additions. Now set the number of copies, I chose 10 for first repeater and 5 for the second. This will create 10 columns and 5 rows.

You’ve done it! It will take longer to read through this portion of the exercise than to actually set it up! My favorite for some ‘instant results’ is to animate the work you’ve done so far. The copies value for the repeaters can be animated. Set the copy value for your columns and rows to 1 at the beginning of your timeline, then set the values to 10 and 5 at about 3 seconds. You will see your design magically unfurl creating this grid from your one single shape. Scrub your timeline, review the settings you’ve entered and it will be clear how you defined your mosaic grid using a single shape and the repeater effect.

The ‘one single shape’ is the next important concept here. I stated earlier that it is important your cursor is on the ‘contents’ descriptor when you add your repeaters. If your cursor is on the rectangle definition, the repeater will be category definitions under the rectangle. This was confusing for me at first but the difference is quite visible and you many want to try it just to appreciate the difference. When you apply the repeaters to the ‘contents’, any adjustment you do to the rectangle is propagated to the others. In a very real sense, they are all exact copies of the rectangle and if you rotate is 30 degrees, they will all rotate 30 degrees at the exact same time. Because your row and column repeater definition are both repeaters of the ‘contents’, this will be true for the entries grid.

If you rotate the original rectangle, every rectangle in your rows and columns will mimic. If you scale your original rectangle, all the rectangles will follow. This offers the simplicity to create synchronous shapes and rotations and opacity across your grid. If you change the shape of your single rectangle, all will follow. If the repeaters had been defined ‘under’ the rectangle instead of it’s parent, shape ‘contents’, rotating the triangle will rotate the entire shape at once, instead of rotating all the individual shapes. It is a profound difference, and definitely worth comparing and playing with a bit.

On my original definition I had to try the fun After Effects thing to do, and that is, add 3D. With the click of a button, you’ve added the ability to orient your entire mosaic in different directions, to fly like a magic carpet, to unfurl like a sample of new clothing for the princess. ‘Endless possibilities’ again comes to mind. This could be an advertisement, the single object could represent the finite detail of a complicated circuit that, only seconds later, becomes a thousand populating a circuit board destined for a NASA rocket.

All the settings we love to play with are still here. A perfect candidate would be opacity, letting this pattern unfurl in 3D space with accompanying visibility coming into existence at the same time. Any attribute you can animate for a shape, can be animated here only your simple work on a single object is instantly multiplied into many on your designer grid.

Natural Stone Pebble Tile – Important Advices Before Installation!

Natural stone pebble tile panels are fixed size panels crafted of natural pebbles which are being manually sorted together and pasted onto a fixed size mesh backing in order to create a totally seamless tile effect. These natural tiles are available in many colors, sizes and shapes.

These natural stone tiles provide many options for various indoor as well as exterior decorations and other purposes including: bathroom floors, shower pans, kitchen countertops, counter tops, patio surfaces, flooring and wall coating.

Many home-makers prefer using these natural stone tiles and they are becoming more and more popular these days due to the fact that they open various redecorating applications while no unique skills are required in order to use them.

Natural tiles installation can easily fit to any size budget especially due to the fact that you don’t need to hire a professional or use expensive materials.

As mentioned earlier, using these natural stone pebble tile panels whether in the inside or the outside requires no outstanding abilities or special materials. Prior to installation, prepare the following: scissors, grout, sponge, thinset mortar,   trowel , grout float, sealer and paint brush. Take the sealers and brush it over the rocks before you begin on tiling, later use the  trowel  to apply thinset over the relevant surface and apply the rock panels next to each other, in the last phase take the grout and fill it in the space between the stones, wait till it completely dries (min. 24hrs) then use the wet sponge to clean the excess grout that covers the surface.

You can easily find important advantages for using these tiles. Let’s examine some of the major advantages:

1) Considered inexpensive compared to other tiling solutions

2) Feels comfortable to walk on

3) Durable to any extreme temperatures such as around fireplaces and stoves.

If you plan on remodeling by working with natural stone pebble tile panels, here are some valuable tips that can help you:

1) In order to maintain these natural stones properly, it is recommended to apply sealants every two to three years.

2) In order to ensure an even color layout of the tiles, sort them before installation.

3) Order a small sample of the desired tiles prior to making a complete order – Make sure it answers your expectations.

Natural stone pebble tile panels provide numerous opportunities for both the interior as well as exterior due to the fact that they come in various shades, colors and sizes; they are easy to be used and relatively inexpensive as compared with other alternatives.

Splitting and Stacking Firewood

Here are some tips to make the splitting and stacking of your firewood easier. You will apply less effort if you follow these guidelines.

Tools that are needed:

  • Axe
  • Sledgehammer
  • Wheel barrel
  • Tarp
  • Old Tire
  • Splitting Wedge
  • Hard Hat
  • Google’s
  • Gloves

Before you start splitting, you need to put on your Safety Gear of a Hard Hat, Google’s, and your Work Gloves. Now that you are all geared up, you are ready to attack that pile of wood that you have in front of you.

A good suggestion to make your splitting easier and simpler would be to use a small Old Tire.

First find a flat area where you can lay it on the ground, then stand a log upright in the center of it. Now take the axe which hopefully you have sharpened before you decided to get the Firewood split, and bring it down with force in the center of the log. This will make the piece split in half hopefully if you applied enough energy into it. Some of the pieces may be hard to break through, this is where you will need to apply the Splitting Wedge into the cut. Now take the Sledge Hammer and drive the Wedge into the log.

With the tire protecting the log, all the pieces should be contained within it and not all over the ground. Also, it will give you more protection from flying debris that could hurt you or others. If part of the log is still standing up, you can split it again to make smaller pieces. Load your split wood into the wheelbarrow, then wheel it to where it needs to be stacked.

Once the logs are split, you want to bring the wood into a Shed and stack it in neat rows. If you do not have a Shed, you want to create a square post by staking the Wood up to make it look like a post. on both ends of the row. You may have a paved or gravel area where you can stack this Wood, but if you do not have an area available like that, then you should place some planks of Wood underneath the Fire Wood to protect it from rot.

Now start filling in the row where you created the Wood stack posts on either end. Once you have this row completed, you possibly will need to build more rows in order to have all your wood ready for your winter heating or camping.

Next apply a Tarp securely over the whole pile to protect the firewood from the elements.

Roofing – Under the Shingles – What’s Under the Asphalt, Metal, Wood, Rubber Or Clay Tiles on a Roof

Imagine, you’re standing on the sidewalk, looking at an average house. You see the siding, the windows, the front door, and way up above, you see the roof. Does the roof have asphalt shingles? Wood shakes perhaps? Maybe it’s made of metal or rubber tiles? What you see is where the focus goes, but it’s what you don’t see that really matters. There’s more to roofing than meets the eye. So let’s talk about what goes on, under the shingles.

The Roof Deck

We learn to crawl before we walk, so when talking about roofing let’s start with square one, the surface area of your roof which is made of wood. Your wood roof deck is comparable to an automobiles metal body. It is installed on top of the basic house frame to give a surface area on which to install Shingles. Without a roof deck installed on your house, there would be nowhere to install your Shingles. And of course without the shingles, your roof deck would rot away due to exposure to the sun, rain, snow and ice and etc…not a comfortable home at all!

On Newer Houses, sheets of plywood or OSB boards are fastened on top of wooden trusses in your attic to form the roof deck. Plywood or OSB boards are installed in a staggered formation with small spaces between them to allow wood to expand and contract as the wood heats in the summer and cools in the winter. Older homes often have lengths of 2″ x 6″ installed instead of plywood or OSB board. When the time comes for you to replace your Roof System, remember to have your Calgary Roofing Contractor replace any and all damaged wood.

Remember, if your roof deck is rotting or damaged in any way, people walking on your roof could potentially crack or break through the wood, causing further damage to the roof system, such as to the shingles…and to the person who walked on it! However, most roof decks can withstand a little bit of exposure to water or ice before it needs to be replaced.

Metal: Drip Edge and Rake Edge

Drip edge and Rake edge is the first part of the Roof System to be installed. It is a long and narrow piece of metal which is installed along each end of your Roof Deck, ie: along the eaves trough and along the gable ends.

Some area local building codes require the installation of Drip Edge and Rake Edge and other building codes do not. Check with your local city building offices to find out. In Alberta for example, the Building Code does not require the installation of Drip edge or Rake edge. Therefore many new homes and/or low budget roof systems do not have drip edge installed in order to allow for more affordable roof prices. We recommend however that Drip edge and Rake edge be installed on every Roof System, no exceptions.

Drip and Rake edge is available in a variety of different colors and sizes and can be custom built for the needs of your roof system. Installing an appropriate drip edge often saves hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars when your roof system needs replaced.

If your Roof System does not currently have drip or rake edge installed, do not panic, you’ll survive well enough. Just be aware that when your roof needs to be replaced, the Roofing Contractor you may need to replace some of your wood Roof Deck on an as needed basis.

Metal: Chimneys and Skylights

Arguably the most important part of every complete roof system. The metal installed in the valleys, chimneys and skylights take the brunt of water flow on every roof. Poorly installed, a brand new roof system can make a waterfall out of your living room.

Every chimney and skylight needs what is referred to as “a back pan”, which consists of sheet metal folded at around a 90 degree angle (depending on the slope of your roof) and tucks under the shingles and up under the siding, stucco or counter flashing on the chimney or skylight. Every back pan needs a small 2″ section of metal sticking out 1″ or more from either side of the chimney or skylight to divert water away from the corners. Water should hit the metal back pan and be directed away on either side where it can continue its run into the eaves trough.

Metal: Valleys

In the same way water runs along the valleys between two mountains, water runs along the valleys on your roof peaks. Valleys generally receive the highest concentration of water flowing through them, therefore installing them correctly is extremely important!

As mentioned in the Leak Barrier section, valleys have leak barriers installed underneath them. Even though some Building Codes do not require such a leak barrier to be installed, we recommend installing one always in every valley.

A word of caution: Many roofing contractors install valleys in a style referred to as ‘closed’. A closed valley consists of Shingles woven inside the valley, as opposed to an ‘open’ valley which has sheet metal running from top to bottom. Both the ‘open’ and the ‘closed’ style of installation are acceptable by the most Building Codes and by most manufacturers, however, the ‘open’ style installation has consistently out performed the ‘closed’ style…and costs exactly the same price to install. Ask your Roofing Contractor to use the ‘open’ style of installation for your roofs valleys, this could save you from having to replace your roof system prematurely and also can avoid headaches in the long run. Typically, an ‘open’ valley is installed with a 30 gauge sheet metal, 4′ wide, coming in 10′ sheets. This metal can be ordered in any color to match the shingles on your roof system.

Leak Barrier

Think of a leak barrier as a “second layer” of protection for your Roof Deck. A backup plan, if you will, and also a protection against moisture build up. Leak barriers are nearly always installed on top of the Drip Edge and Rake Edge metal along eaves trough areas, gable areas and valleys because of the risk these areas pose for leaks, ice build up, shingle deterioration and water back flow.

If you’ve ever looked at your roof during winter, you’ll notice how ice and snow builds up along the length of your eaves troughs and inside the roof valleys. As with Rake Edge and Drip Edge, some Building codes require Leak Barriers to be installed and some Building Codes do not. In Alberta, the Building Code requires a leak Barrier to be installed on all eaves trough and valley areas of a Roof Systems because of issues related to such snow and ice build up. As an optional upgrade, some high end roof systems even have leak barriers installed on top of the entire Roof Deck (as opposed to only along the special areas we just mentioned) where normally a standard Roof Deck Protection would normally have been installed.

Virtually all roofs in Calgary, Alberta have leak barriers installed, and many different types of leak barriers are available in today’s market, each offering a different level of reliability, functionality and warrantee and produced by many different manufacturers.

Choosing an appropriate Leak Barrier and installing it properly is an important step in every Roof System. Speak with your Roofing Contractor to learn more about leak barriers, how to choose the right one and how to choose a Professional Roofing Contractor to install it.

Roof Deck Protection

Roof Deck Protection is very similar to a Leak Barrier. The difference is that Roof Deck Protection is installed on the entire Roof Deck area instead of only on “special areas” as we mention in the Leak Barrier section.

Typically, Roof Deck Protection is a step lower in quality than a Leak Barrier. As with Leak Barriers however, there are many different types of Roof Deck Protection available to choose from ranging from basic felt/tar paper to advanced plastic woven sheets of rip and wrinkle proof material. Choosing a reliable Roof Deck Protection is an important part of a quality Roof System.

A word of caution; most roofing companies use felt paper as Roof Deck Protection. Although using felt paper is a standard and acceptable practice, some issues can arise if the felt paper becomes wet during or after the installation. Ever notice how paper tends to curl when it dries after it was wet? In a similar way, felt paper can curl if water or excess moisture touches it. For this reason, and because the cost is quite small, we recommend installing a higher quality Roof Deck Protection such as a GAF/ELK Deck Armour. For a relatively small additional cost, you’ll be rewarded with a much more reliable Roof Deck Protection.

Ask your local trusted Roofing Contractor about which under-layer would be best for your Roof System any why.


So there it is, life beneath the shingles. See how much goes on behind the scenes? Professional roofing contractors know this stuff inside and out and can help immensely in ensuring a roof system is reliable for many years. Product suppliers such as GAF/Elk and IKO can help answer specific questions about products as well.

All the best with your roofing project, and remember, be proactive, make educated decisions.

New Roof Styles Can Bring Higher Property Values

We have all been victim to it before: the same old, same thing. The majority of homes in America have composite asphalt shingles as their main roof material. Loved for their variety of color and ease on the wallet, these shingles have been around since most of us were born.

Just because we are used to a certain roof material and style is no good reason to stick with it forever. With so many new choices, many homeowners are surprised to learn that making changes to their roof can actually increase the value of their homes.

Leaps And Bounds

As technology advances, so do the products that are available for our homes. We now have many different materials that can be used as the façade of our home. We no longer have to choose between wood or metal siding, there is brick of all colors, stucco, cement, glass and even earthly materials such as clay.

Roof materials have also evolved over time and we now can choose from clay or slate tiles, metal panels, wood shakes and even recycled varieties of asphalt shingles. Solar panels have become more popular, allowing for many people to reap the benefits of alternative energy sources generated by their roof coverings.

Most Bang For Your Buck

When it comes to upgrading your roof style you should consider the how the new style will impact the look of your home as well as your neighborhood. Don’t choose a style that will clash with the style and color of your home. For example, if you live in a Southwestern region and are considering a metal roof, a silver metal roof may seem obtrusive to the natural, earth tones that are prominent in that region. Instead, choose a copper or gold colored metal roof. If you live in a stucco home, or one with a cement façade, a wood shake or clay tile roof may not match the overall theme of your home’s style.

Generally, you want to follow the theme of (a) the region in which you live, (b) the colors of your home and/or neighborhood homes and (c) the time period in which your home was built. Always try to pick a roof style that not only matches in color and theme, but adheres to the time period of the home as well.

  • A Victorian style home would look off putting if it had a flashy clay tile or shiny metal roof as these homes symbolize elegance and tradition. A newer styled roof material would not match the historical heritage of the home. Instead, it would be best served by a gray or charcoal colored roof made out of dark stained wood shake or slate tile.
  • To maximize the look of a Colonial style home, use a neutral (gray or tan) wood shake or matte metal roof material. The color of the roof material should be a complimentary color to that of the window shutters or columns.
  • Southwestern style homes tend to look best with earth tones such as tan, gold, copper and browns. Tiles or copper metal roof materials look best on these style homes. Solar panels are also a great option for homes in these regions as they tend to get a lot of sun the whole year.
  • Beach front or coastal community homes have cooler colors in their color schemes. A shiny aluminum or steel roof would accentuate the color scheme well in these homes. However, always check to make sure the metal is treated to prevent any rust or damage caused by the increase in moisture.
  • Traditional modern style homes, those built between 1980-2000s, have the most flexibility in roof material choices. These homes tend to have a more generic shape and color scheme, and most neighborhoods have similar or repeating pattern, homes. Since these homes tend to be similar to the neighborhood homes in style and color the only main consideration is roof color, which should be in the same color palate as the rest of the home features (i.e. shutters, trim, garage door, front door etc.).

How to Paint Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding can be  painted  easily if you have the right tools and knowledge. A house can be transformed in as little as one weekend by following the instructions below.

Type Of  Paint  To Purchase For Aluminum Siding

Always use a high quality acrylic  paint  for aluminum siding. Most acrylic exterior  paints  do not require a primer. The only time you may need a primer on your siding is if it had been  painted  previously with oil-based  paint . Depending on where you live, there are a variety of good exterior  paints  available to you. We recommend talking to a locally owned  paint  store and finding out what would be best for your project. Many  paint  manufacturers produce  paints  with a lifetime guarantee for exterior  paint .

Preparation for  painting  aluminum siding

Cleaning is the key. Aluminum siding seems to attract mold, mildew, dirt, insects, spider webs, etc. To achieve the best  paint  job you should thoroughly clean down the whole house. Usually we recommend TSP (tri sodium phosphate) as a cleaner for  paint  jobs. However, since you are working on the outside of the house where mold and mildew is typically present, we recommend using Jomax as a cleaner. Jomax is an exterior house wash that will kill mold. It is a concentrate that is mixed with soap and water and can be applied with a pump up garden type sprayer. Simply spray it on and rinse it off with water. There is no pressure washing equipment required.

Things to do before you  paint  your house

Caulking around doors and windows should always be replaced either before or after you  paint  your house, do not forget this step. Caulk is made to keep water and moisture out of window trim, door moldings, etc. Old caulk that has either shrank or fallen out needs to be replaced. Failing to do this will result in your  paint  peeling off. Without caulk to stop it, moisture will get into the wood trim of your house. The heat from the sun will draw the moisture out of the wood, popping your newly  painted  trim or siding. You can choose to caulk either before or after  painting . If you want your caulk to be the same color as your trim  paint , buy paintable caulk and simply  paint  over it when you are  painting  the trim. If you choose to caulk afterwards, there are a variety of different colors of caulk you can buy.

How To  Paint  Aluminum Siding

  1. Clean and prepare the surface as mentioned above.
  2. Whenever possible, it is best to  paint  two or three siding boards horizontally all the way across the house. This prevents lap marks from the  paint  drying too quickly if you are trying to  paint  the side of your house like you would  paint  a room (from top left to bottom right).
  3.  Paint  window trim last, if you get any on the siding it can easily be wiped off or touched up later.

Other Tips

  • Always  paint  in the shade. The  paint  will dry on contact if you attempt to  paint  hot siding. You should be able to work around the house so you can follow the shade and stay out of the sun.
  • Use a good quality house  paint . There is no sense in going to the trouble of  painting  your whole house and trying to save ten dollars a gallon on  paint .
  • There is no primer needed on aluminum siding as long as you are using a high quality acrylic  paint . Check the label or ask your local  paint  professional for a  paint  that can be applied directly on aluminum.

Crane Hook Safety Latches – 5 Important Things To Know To Size A Safety Latch

What are some attributes of a Safety Latch

First, in industrial products like a Crane Hook Safety Latch the use of steel provides the end user with the assurance of a strong and durable product. The Crane Hook Safety Latch will undoubtedly take some impacts with performing its job week after week, month after month, year after year. A steel Latch will be able to continue to function and provide a durable spring return closing mechanism across the open Throat of a Crane Hook. When properly sized it will protect those who work with a Crane Hook and around the area where the Hook may be transporting an item.

Where do I start to Size a Safety Latch

Second, it is very important to get the correct dimensions from the Hook where some one may be looking to place a new Crane Hook Safety Latch. The “Neck” dimension is usually the first piece of information needed to obtain for the inspecting Distributor Salesman. Then inspecting Salesman will need to determine the “Throat” opening dimension. Third, it is important to distinguish the Neck dimension as being the Circumference of the Neck or the Diameter of the Neck. The Circumference is the dimension obtained by placing a tape measure all the way around the Neck of the Hook, where one intends to place the Crane Hook Safety Latch. The Diameter is the distance from one side to the other and may be obtained by placing a ruler or tape measure in front of the Hook Neck. It requires the person taking the measurement to be precise. So if some one intends to get a measurement, they should not rush the process and if possible, can ask another person to view the measurement and verify the size determined.

What type of Hook do I have

The Fourth thing we need to be concerned about is the configuration of the Hook we have. Is it a Single sided Hook or a Double sided Hook, commonly referred to as a ” Sister Hook “. This should be recorded on your RFQ (Request for Quotation) in the body of the description. The information will allow the person sizing and quoting the Crane Hook Safety Latch to select the proper components from the beginning while doing his or her proposal. The Fifth item you need to know is the width of the Hook. Is this a standard Hook width like those commonly seen on the manufacturing floor of facilities around the nation and the world. Or are we describing a larger more massive Hook with a wide base area. Many Hooks have been designed to hold ladles or buckets. These hooks require a larger width Gate to insure that the item the Hook is holding does not come off. Designs can come with a number of features; one important feature to ask for is Finger Lugs. This feature allows the operator to push open the Crane Hook Safety Latch while keeping his or her fingers away from the sling or harness on the Hook or pressing against the Safety Latch while removal or loading. Your Crane Hook Safety Latch Distributor can supply you with more information and help you obtain the design best suited to your specific need.

4 Types of Coats

Women are very fashionable and always conscious of their looks. So, it is not surprising if they want to have different jackets, which they will need during winter season. If it is always cold in your area, you may need the four types of coats.

Everyday coat

This is the coat you will use when reporting to work or going around town with your family. The most typical coat for daily use is the one made of either leather or wool. Leather coats are durable and provide a chic look, especially if you have one that fits well with your body. However, if you want a rugged look, look for a coat made of distressed leather or one with hood. Aside from being durable, wool coats are also warm. If you want to wear your coats with colorful clothing, choose neutral colors.


During rainy days, you need to wear a raincoat to protect and keep yourself warm. A   trench  coat is the best coat for the rainy season. You will never feel the rain if you are wearing a  trench  coat while walking down the street during rainy days. The belted waist of a  trench  coat flatters a woman’s body. This type of coat protects you from being dampened by the rain.  Trench  coats are usually made of cotton fabric. To get the best protection, choose a  trench  coat that is at knee length or thigh-length.

Evening coat

An evening coat must have a bit of glamour, but should still provide warmth. Nice examples of evening coats are faux fur coats and wool blend coats. The soft fur coats provide a classic look and luxurious feeling while wool coats give a classy appearance and look better when worn over a dress. Simple evening coats are sometimes used by some women as overcoats for work.

Weekend coat

If you are looking for a coat to be worn while relaxing with your friends or family on the weekends, make sure it is comfortable and does not limit your movement. Suede coats have a bit more casual style, making them more appropriate for weekend activities. Meanwhile, parkas usually provide a sporty look and come in different colors. As for the length, choose long coats to have a warmer feeling and go for a shorter coat if you want to have a more casual look.

How to Attract a Girl Who Already Has a Boyfriend

Guys, have you ever been in a situation when you met and got attracted to a girl, and found that she already has a boyfriend? Let’s face it. If a girl is attractive enough, there is a high chance that she is already in a relationship. This means that you’ve got competition even right before you start.

But don’t get disheartened just as yet. I am here to tell you that YES, it IS possible to hook up with that woman of your dreams, even though she is already in a relationship. I will tell you how to do so in this article.

First things first. The reality is that if a girl is already happy and contented with her relationship, there’s absolutely nothing you do that would make her ditch her partner to be with you. Therefore, if she decides to go out with you anyway, it is a sign that she is not that happy with her boyfriend. Which is good news for you.

How do you pull her away from her boyfriend then? Here are two surefire ways that will stack the game in your favor.

1. Develop an intense EMOTIONAL connection with her. Note the emphasis on the word ’emotional’. You must never try to give her ‘logical’ reasons to make her ditch her boyfriend and be with you. Instead, evoke emotions in her to feel pleasurable when she is with you. This way, you will bypass her ‘guilt switches’ and make it irresistible to be with you.

2. Find out what she wants in a ‘perfect’ relationship, and amplify the shortcomings of her boyfriend. This is an application of the famous ‘elicit values’ tactic used by pickup artists. First, ask her about what is important to her, and the thing that she really desires. Once you get her in this frame, quickly switch topic to talk about her boyfriend, and indirectly lead her to compare him with what she would want in an ideal relationship. Most of the time, this would make her realize how flawed her partner is.

These techniques are especially effective when her partner is not sufficiently meeting her core requirements, and more so if she is already seeking ways to leave him. You then just have to push the right buttons and she will then be yours in no time at all.

Contract Risk Assessment

Or Bridging the Gap Between Commerce and Contracts (with pragmatism and common sense.)

Contracts don’t have to be measured in inches – it’s a long time since lawyers were paid by the word. Neither do they have to be some academic foray into the distant realms of possibility. On the other hand, they do have to afford you the protection you need when things go wrong.

We are all used to the concept of risk analysis as it pops up in most areas of our life, – from Councils taking the conkers off trees in case someone throws a stick up and it falls and injures a passer-by (I didn’t make that up!), to assessing the risk that our computers will send all our personal data across the ether to a student hacker. Why then, do we so often fail to ‘risk-assess’ our contractual arrangements?

It often seems as if the contractual process is, for many organisations, a purely administrative one: Agree deal, find document that looks as if it might fit the bill, change the names and products, sign it and file it. Note that there was no actual consideration of the relevance of the document in that process – no assessment of the risks involved in this particular transaction and how they might differ from the previous one.

For example, I’ve come across cases where no account was taken of the different lead times or specialist safety requirements and storage conditions in agreements for the manufacture of products – both of which could have had significant cost (and liability) implications. Similarly, when taking on a new customer, it may be wise to look for a quicker get-out clause than you would use in a contract with an established customer, or to spell out what you will (and will not) do for them in greater detail if they have less experience of dealing with organisations like yours.

The corollary to the above is an agreement of mine which has recently been reviewed by a firm of solicitors acting for one of the parties. Their suggestion that we ought to include a clause making it clear that all payments would be made in Sterling made me smile – the agreement is between two East Midlands (UK) organisations with no international connections and involves relatively small sums of money. What did I say about lawyers being paid by the word?!

My advice to anyone negotiating or drafting contracts would be to carry out a risk assessment, but be pragmatic. Look at:

  • What can go wrong?
  • What is the probability that it will go wrong?
  • What are the implications of it going wrong in terms of time, money and reputation?
  • Is the risk one you are prepared to live with, or should it be covered by the contract?

No contract can protect you against all possible risks, and if a risk is slight and the implications minor, you may be prepared to accept that for the sake of the brevity of the document. However, if the probability of the ‘event’ is high and/or the implications are severe, it ought to be covered.

How each identified risk which you want to have covered will actually be dealt with in the contract is then a matter for a closer look at the risk analysis. Simply highlighting the matter may be enough for a highly probable – low risk event, whereas a more detailed and ‘technical’ clause will be appropriate for a high-risk event.

The overall aim should always be to make the length and complexity of the contract appropriate to the risks you face. If it needs to be 20 pages long, fine. But if it only needs to be 2 pages long – save the trees, and your money!

Don’t risk it.  Always create your contracts with clarity.

How to Shop For Steel Storage Containers

With the vast array of uses for steel storage containers, you may be wondering how to go about purchasing one for your home or business needs. Shopping for an industrial storage container is not as hard as it may seem. In fact, the companies that sell and rent the containers are ready to help make the process as easy as possible.

When shopping for a container, you will first need to determine what your needs are and what container specifications will meet those needs. You will need to decide if steel is right for you. Steel costs are more than wood or resin materials, but they are made to safely endure harsh elements, i.e. fire, water, and winds. This is especially useful if you are among those seeking to use your new container for housing or a storm shelter.

While deciding what size you need, be sure to visit a company and see the containers in person. If your purpose is shipping goods, then you should buy a container that is as close as possible to the size you need, since rates are more to ship a container with a bigger tare weight. You also want to make sure your goods will not have extra room to move around and get damaged. If you are buying a metal container for home use, such as a garage, be certain that a vehicle will fit. If the company you are reviewing is online, and you cannot visit them, they may offer a chance for you to have the container delivered to your home to review before you decide to buy or rent.

Storage container retailers are available online as well as in person. If you live near a shipping yard, check your phone book. There is a good chance there are several companies around that offer steel containers. Many of these companies may also offer an option to buy or rent your container. Buying a container is more expensive, but it is the best option when you are using your container for long-term home storage. If the price of a new container is too much, you may want to consider buying one used. Some container retailers work to recycle used containers at much lower costs than new.

Once you have purchased or rented a container, you may wonder how you are going to get the container to the location where you want it. Even though steel storage containers can be quite large: 20, 30 or even 45 feet, having them moved is not difficult since the companies that sell them are already prepared for such. These companies can deliver the container to your location for you. In fact, this is often included in the price.

If you are going to be moving your container from location to location, such as for food vending, then you may consider purchasing a carrier to move your container on your own. Many companies that sell containers also offer a chassis, a metal platform that attaches to your vehicle and can hold a large load. If you have any other questions about buying, renting or moving your container, be sure to ask your retailer. Whatever your purpose, the process to find the perfect container should be a painless one.