Mosaic Tiles Offer Eco-Friendly Designs

Picking the types of material to create your mosaic tile is a fun adventure. There are several color options and materials you can use. Glass, pebble, and stainless steel, and just a few environmental friendly materials you can use. Natural stone materials like ceramic, marble, and limestone are popular options. You have the artistic freedom to create a mosaic tile piece with just about any material you want. You should search for tile installation companies in your area to answer any question you have or to actually do the remodel.

If you are not artistic enough to design your own masterpiece, then buy a design pattern. Better yet, there are tile installation companies that will design and install the mosaic tile for you. Besides the type of material, and color, there are also different textures to choose from.

You can create a custom design that is completely flat and smooth on the surface or combine textures, colors, and finishes to create a less uniformed surface. You can use one color, multiple colors, smooth materials, or random textures, there’s no specific guideline you must follow. Tile installation companies will suggest the best combinations for material.

You can remodel your kitchen with colorful glass and pebble that will blend beautifully with your stainless steel or granite countertop. Mosaic shower tiles will add a touch of luxury to your bathroom. Remodeling a pool side or sun deck will promote a relaxing atmosphere, like you get when lounging at a fancy resort pool. Tile installation companies remodel homes and businesses and should have pictures you can look at to help decide what will look best. Just imagine the endless eco-friendly alternatives a mosaic tile remodel can offer.

Mosaic tile art dates back to cavemen using designs of pebbles to make patterns to guide others to specific locations. There are Churches and Villas with massive works of mosaic tile masterpieces from the Renaissance era. Today you see mosaic tile art work everywhere you go, in commercial and residential settings. In fact, tile installation companies remodel city streets and structures all over the word that use this type of environmental friendly tile in one form or another.

If you want to do a mosaic tile remodel, take the time to research all the design options available. Use all the resources and support you can find to create your vision. If you need help designing an environmental friendly mosaic tile piece, call a few experienced tile installation companies. Their expert knowledge and craftsmanship can design exactly what you are looking for. Use the internet to find images of other remodel work., and research the different types of material you can use. Make sure to pay attention to what types of material will be most suitable for the area you will have the tile installation done. Last but not least, whatever you do decide to use, the sky is the limit!

How to Use a Painting Knife

What is a painting knife?

A painting knife is a knife that has a pointed tip and a flexible steel blade. The blade can come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. For example, it can be in the shape of a rectangle, a triangle or even a diamond. The main part of the blade is lowered from the wooden handle like a trowel. This is to prevent the artist’s hand from coming into direct contact with the paint on the canvas. Painting knives look a lot like metal spatulas.

So why do artists use painting knives?

Painting knives are mainly used for applying paint on to a canvas. Because they come in different shapes and sizes, a variety of different effects can be produced. Using a shorter blade can create angular strokes, while using a longer blade makes it easier to put down a long stroke of colour in one go. Painting knives can also be used instead of a brush and are useful for adding texture to a painting. Using a painting knife to apply paint is similar to buttering a piece of bread.

Isn’t it the same as a palette knife?

The two are often confused because they are very similar. Palette knives have a flexible, blunt blade that’s straight and wide with a rounded edge. Palette knives are more suited to mixing oil and acrylic paints on a palette, hence their name. Many people do refer to painting knives as palette knives and vice versa, even though they are different.

How do I use one?

Scrape the knife across the surface of the paint, as if you were getting butter or jam on to a knife. Hold the handle firmly with a tight grip and use your wrist if you want to change the angle of the knife in relation to the canvas. The simply apply the paint like you would apply butter or jam to some bread. It’s that easy, even though it is a bit different from using an ordinary brush. There are a few different techniques that can be used for extra effects.

Different effects

You can produce very thin lines of colour by dipping the knife edge into some paint then gently tapping the knife on to the canvas. Or you can spread the paint around as if it were butter, smearing it on to the canvas. This way you can have a completely flat texture. If you want ridges in your paint, simply life your knife up from the surface of the paint as you go along. You can even use the tip of the blade to scratch into wet paint, creating a variety of different effects; the sharper the knife’s edge, the finer the line will be. You can even alternate the pressure as you apply the paint, creating different effects in a single go.

What paints can be used?

The good thing about painting knives is that they can be used with any types of paint, even watercolours. You’ll get better effects if you use a paint that is quite consistent and retains its form, as well as any marks you make with the knife. A handy hint for using acrylics is to add a bit of modelling paste so the paint will be a bit thicker. Beware that some additives can affect how long it takes paints to dry. Additives can help retain imprints and add to the overall consistency of the paint.


This article has given an overview of painting knives and some ideas as to what they’re used for and how to use them. If you’ve always painting with brushes and fancy trying something different, go for a painting knife. Experiment with different paints, colours and techniques. Learn how the knife can add different effects to your painting and implement these into your next work to add texture and depth.

A Welcome Mat – The Door Mat

Door  mat  is also called sometime as welcome  mat . This actually helps to keep unnecessary mud and dirt away from the floor of the room and house. The drawback of these  mats  is that they may wear out with frequent uses. However, rubber and plastic  mats  are also available that are inexpensive and can last longer.

Types of doormats:

There are different types of doormat available including,

Pvc door  mat : This is made of Indian coir thread that is clumped on vinyl. This is to give strength and durability to the  mat . These  mats  are available in numerous sizes and designs. Moreover, customers are also facilitated by designing their prints or ideas on the  mats .

Cotton doormat: These are of very high quality and produce with the help of pure cotton. In these  mats  nice color combinations are used that attracts the consumers. Various sizes, shapes and designs are extensively available in the market.

Hand made  mat : These are used in formal entrance and flowers and other beautiful prints are carefully carved by hand. These are especially place to welcome the guests. Other suitable places for these  mats  are kitchen doors, passages, next to beds, offices, restaurants or hotels. These are available in lively and exciting colors and delicate designs.

Rubber door  mats : These are best for floor coverings. They are durable as well as available in stylish cuts and designs. They also make it convenient to use for out door purposes and may stand with weather conditions. Moreover, these are easy to handle, light weight as well as cleaning is also very easy.

Sisal doormat: These are used widely as door  mat  and car  mats . They are also used for pets.

Coir door  mat : These doormats are available in natural and artificial varieties. They may vary in size and colors. Moreover, different shapes are also available in these  mats .

Embroidered doormats: These are available in a number of designs. A number of motifs are used to apply on these  mats . These are usually handmade. However, machines are also used in their manufacturing.

Jute doormats: These are used for casual usage and settings. Sometimes these are used for kids and while designing these  mats  the ultimate goal is to achieve strength and not only beautification.

Cast Iron doormats: The recent trend with antique finish and look is the most elegant and beautiful design. These are powerful and the most durable items. It is also easy to maintain them. These are very functional and available in various shapes and sizes.

A Guide to Choosing Your Home Flooring Material

Whether you plan to install new flooring in one room or all throughout your home, there are many floor materials to choose from out there and they can really make an impact. Today, there is a myriad of new hardwoods and even some old favorites are making a comeback (yes, you guessed it: linoleum has been on the radar the past few years!) No matter your budget, there are quite a few choices in flooring material that will make a dramatic difference to any room.

Your first consideration when picking out a flooring material is that you’d better really like it. Flooring can last quite a long time (with some carpeting and cheaper vinyl products being exceptions), in the cases of hardwood floors – 50 to 100 years. If you pick out the latest trend or latest fashionable color, it could become dated in a short period of time. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make a bold statement with your floors, but don’t always jump at the first color or pattern. Think it over for some time, ask friends and family for opinions, and compare it to your existing color palette in each room.

The next consideration is wear and tear. When installing new flooring, think about what kind of a beating these floors will be taking. Is the flooring in a “wet” area, like a main or side entrance, a bathroom, or a kitchen where there is the potential for a lot of moisture? Water can do a lot of damage to a wood. If you’re putting new flooring in a family or living area, will it be comfortable? Ceramic tile can be quite cold during those long winter months. Natural stone can handle a lot of traffic in a kitchen, but it can be hard to stand on for long periods.

Finally, consider what your budget can stand and take into account the overall value of your house. You might want to install marble throughout your house – but if you can’t afford it, well… you can’t afford it. Stay within your budget and you won’t need a second mortgage to replace or install your flooring. Also, if your home is in the low to medium value range, it might not be a great idea to install an expensive flooring material. An incredibly luxurious floor in a below-average home can really expose all the other weaknesses around it. And when it comes time to sell, it will be hard to recoup the investment if the floor is in perfect shape and the rest of the house is not up to par.

So, what are the latest flooring materials for your home today? Hardwood floors are still at the top of everybody’s “wish list.” Naturally. But there are a host of materials currently rising in popularity across the country, including: stone, concrete, laminate, vinyl, tiles, and – yes! – Linoleum is coming on strong. And don’t leave carpet out of the equation.

Carpet has fallen out of favor over the last twenty years. But many are still taking advantage of the new carpeting patterns, colors, and styles that are available today. Gone is the boring beige carpet found in nearly every apartment, condominium, and model home across America. It’s being replaced by stain-resistant carpeting with high quality padding and great designs. To recap some of the major carpeting styles, you can choose from Saxony, Berber, textured, velvet, frieze and sculptured. Saxony is the plush style that shows the footprints and vacuum marks. Frieze is the durable style that resists footprints and the short pile can really highlight the colors and textures in the carpet. The name Berber seems to be everywhere these days. Berber is usually made of non-allergenic wool with flecked colors, usually with short thick loops that make it easy to clean. It’s great for high traffic areas.


– Great insulating capabilities; energy savings

– Soundproofing

– Excellent selection of colors, textures, styles, & designs

– Very comfortable to walk on


– Carpeting can hold onto odors, allergens, stains, and bacteria

– High maintenance

– Not as durable as other materials

Hardwood floors are probably the most popular and most requested flooring option these days. There are a huge variety of natural woods with oak, pine, birch and maple still at the head of the pack. But these days, people are branching out (sorry, couldn’t resist!) to new types of wood, including mahogany, bamboo, cherry, pecan, hickory, Brazilian walnut, and more. Why is hardwood so popular? It most likely starts with the durability of wood. Hardwood flooring should last the lifetime of the house (and in some cases, outlive it.) It’s also very easy to maintain. Even after years of wear, the surfaces can be easily refinished to remove stains, grooves, and cuts. Properly installed, hardwood floors can not only add to the beauty of a home, but also to the overall value.


– Easily cleaned

– Timeless beauty; works with nearly every design style

– Due to popularity, it’s a great investment

– Promote healthy indoor air quality


– Easily stained; easy to scratch

– Water is the enemy of wood; can warp or shift and even rot, if ignored

– Expensive to install; pricing of material varies, but can cost a lot

Laminate flooring has been gaining in popularity because of an increase in the technology that makes it look exactly like hardwood, stone, or tile floors. It’s actually a man-made material that comes in either boards or tiles. It can be installed anywhere and it’s very easy to maintain. Of all the flooring materials, it’s probably easiest to clean.


– Durable

– Easily maintained

– Stain and fade resistant

– Variety of styles, designs (look like wood, stone, or ceramic tiles)

– Easy and inexpensive; should be fairly cheap to install


– Can be noisy to walk on

– Cold and noisy to some

– When parts wear out, you can’t replace sections but need to replace the whole floor

Porcelain, Quarry and Ceramic Tiles are a perennial flooring favorite. It’s been big in kitchens for years because of the durability, low maintenance requirements, and the variety of designs and colors. Ceramic tiles are made from pressed clays and color is added. It will either be glazed or have a matte finish applied. Porcelain tiles are baked at a high temperature and the color is usually consistent all the way through (which is great if the tile chips.) Quarry is usually not glazed and maintains that flat matte look of natural stone. The tiles are impervious to water, mud, and grease.


– Looks very luxurious; adds value to home

– Easy to maintain

– Very durable

– Low maintenance

– Individual tiles can be replaced if damaged


– Grout lines can stain easily

– Can be expensive for quality tiles; installation is expensive

– Cold underfoot; hard surface to stand on for long periods

– Can be slippery on glazed surfaces

Stone floor tiles are made up of a somewhat porous natural stone like marble, granite, limestone, travertine, or slate. These stone floors are the definition of the term luxury. Many love the unique look, the veins, and color changes within a natural stone surface. The material can last the lifetime of the home and most applications are usually considered permanent. Granite is nearly indestructible but some stones can be cracked or chipped or even dull from heavy foot traffic. It can be easy to clean, but… if you have marble floor throughout your house, you probably don’t clean the floors yourself anyway.


– Gorgeous natural look; elegant

– Very durable

– Perfect for radiant heat application

– Adds excellent value for the home; great ROI


– Not great for long periods of standing

– Expensive

– Porous surface needs to be constantly treated to prevent stains

– Can be very slippery

Concrete? Really? Well, we’re not talking about the cold, gray concrete that’s out in your garage. Concrete is, of course, that mixture of sand, water, and cement, but it can be tinted and textured into whatever style you want. It can be made to be smooth and seamless or have the look of a tiled floor – at much less cost than tiles or natural stone. Another nice custom touch is when pebbles or broken glass are added to the concrete for a truly one-of-a-kind floor.


– Inexpensive; cost effective replacement for natural stone

– Can be styled to look like aged brick, ceramic tiling, or even marble floors at a fraction of the cost

– Extremely durable; easy to fix problems or damage


– Surface is porous and needs to be sealed on a regular basis

– Can be hard and cold underfoot

– Hard to stand on for long periods

– Noisy

Vinyl flooring is next on our list. Vinyl has been around for ages and new technologies have helped it make a comeback. There are more choices in textures and finishes, designs and colors. The vinyl can either be inlaid, where color goes all the way through, or rotogravure, where the color and design is only on the surface. It can come in either sheets or tiles and it can be fairly easy to install. It’s very easy to clean and considered to be somewhat durable, depending on the quality of vinyl purchased.


– Easy to stand on for long periods

– Least expensive of all flooring options

– Easily installed

– Readily available in a variety of styles


– Can peel off if not installed properly

– Easily stained if not treated and monitored

– Low life expectancy for lower end vinyl

– Not quite as visually appealing; lower end tiles can look cheap

Linoleum is sometimes confused with vinyl flooring, but it’s actually a natural material. It’s made with felt or canvas covered in linseed oil, resin, and cork – which makes it more environmentally friendly than vinyl. It also comes in sheets or tiles and looks very similar to vinyl. It’s durable enough to last 10 to 15 years (perhaps more with proper care.) As with the other materials, linoleum comes in a huge smorgasbord of bright, vibrant colors and patterns. It’s very durable, comfortable, and easy to maintain.


– Anti-static material; surface doesn’t hold on to bacteria or allergens

– Environmentally friendly

– Cost effective

– Doesn’t mark as easily as vinyl

– Water resistant if installed properly (although it’s not recommended for basements)


– Needs to be waxed and polished on a regular basis

– Can smell for long periods of time after installation

– Hard to remove once it’s installed

– Not as many design or color options as vinyl

The shear number of flooring options has exploded over the last fifteen years so the decision can be mind boggling – the choices are probably ten times greater. When you’re ready to install a new floor, do plenty of research and visit a lot of showrooms or websites to find out what’s out there.

How to Clean Rugs Professionally

Carpet  rugs  form a vital part of house decoration as they enhance the beauty of the floor to a great extent. They are very expensive so good cleaning and maintenance is necessary. Cleaning is done periodically to improve the durability and make it appear new. We can clean the  rugs  by ourselves but it will be difficult for the beginners and due to less experience they may damage the  rugs . In this case one can go for professional  rug  cleaning where the cleaners come to your home and clean the  rugs  in a professional way.

The  rug  cleaners do an excellent job and also do all the work related to  rug  maintenance. You can call them if you want to restore your damaged  rugs  and make them look new. During cleaning or repairing they do not spoil the original look of the  rugs . So you do not face any loss by buying a new  rug  instead of repairing the old one with the help of these cleaners.

The most common services done by them are water extraction and damage restoration of the  rugs , odor removal, pet stain removal, duct cleaning, air duct cleaning, upholstery cleaning, dryer vent cleaning etc. apart from carpet  rug  cleaning they also provide furniture cleaning services which helps you a lot. You do not want to strain moving all the big furniture and cleaning them.

Most of the professional use the technique of steam cleaning to clean your  rugs . They use a powerful truck mounted machine which has an excellent vacuum power and uses hot water and steam. It does not use any chemical to clean so it is very affordable. Steam cleaning cannot be used to remove pet stains and odor and cannot be used in wools.

Deep carpet cleaning can be used where steam cleaning cannot be used. They can be used for cleaning woolen carpets and area  rugs . It is a very suitable process for deep stains or if you want to remove soil or moist dirt.

Bonnet cleaners are used when one wants wet cleaning. These cleaners consists of an absorber pad which is dipped in t the solution consisting of water and cleaning detergents. This is then applied on the  rugs  to clean stains like, pet stain, milk, soil dirt etc. spot  rug  cleaners can be used for small stains which are difficult to clean. They consist of aerosol sprays which can be applied on the spoiled area and then left dry.

Best Fishing and Lodging

Alaska is definitely one of the best places in the world where you could go fishing. There are many great fishing spots where you could go fishing in the place. Aside from the very good fishing spots, you could also get to enjoy the marvellous views that the place provides. If you are looking for the perfect place for your fishing vacation, Alaska is definitely the right place for you. There are many Alaska fishing and  lodging  places that you could get to enjoy your vacation in.

There are many different kinds of fishes that you could get to catch here in Alaska. The most common of these fishes is the salmon variety. If you want to catch fish that has very good weight, you should definitely catch King Salmon. They usually weigh in at around 20 to 70 pounds, which is definitely big enough for most people. There are also other varieties of salmon around Alaska’s waters.

If you are looking for fish that gives you a lot of action and excitement though, you might want to try looking for Silver Salmon. These are smaller fish, but don’t take their size for granted. Although they are small and weigh only around 8-14 pounds, they are by no means an easy catch. They fight back really hard, and catching them is even harder than getting the bigger fish. If you are looking for some great action on your fishing trips, you should definitely look for Silver Salmon.

Another great fish that you would really want to catch in Alaska is the local Halibut. Most of the time, you would be able to get halibut that weigh around 30 to 60 pounds. This is still a good catch, but if you are lucky, you might even have the chance to catch fish that are over a hundred pounds. Some people even reported to have caught fish around 300 pounds. Alaska is definitely a great place if you are looking forward to bringing a big fish home.

When you go fishing in Alaska, you would really need a place where you could stay after a long day. There are many Alaska fishing and  lodging  places around, that could really give you a comfortable stay. The fishing lodges in Alaska all have the amenities that could rival the world-class inns. Aside from that, they have many other features that make your stay really worth it.

The fishing lodges have really well appointed rooms and private bathrooms. Some fishing lodges even offer their guests a private cabin that they could stay in. You could also have cable television and internet connectivity so that you can still stay connected to your family and friends. The Alaska fishing and  lodging  places still have plenty to offer people who are really interested in fishing.

After you go fishing, you could bring your catch to the fishing lodge and have it processed by their cooks. You could just wait in your room until your meal is ready. Aside from that, you can also socialize with other people on the common areas of the fishing lodges, like the bars and lounges. With these in mind, your stay in Alaska would be more enjoyable on the Alaska fishing and  lodging  places.

How to Rent an Apartment With a Felony

If you are looking for an apartment, one of the things you can expect is for the management at the leasing office to conduct a credit check and a criminal background check. In the last 10 years, this practice has increased and even become controversial as some apartment offices are accused of downright discriminatory behavior. Nonetheless, the practice of running background checks has become more widespread as technology makes it easier. Today, a leasing office manager need not conduct make any phone call as all the background information on a prospective tenant is easily and readily available online at the touch of a button. If you have a misdemeanor criminal conviction, chances are you may still sail through a criminal background check because most apartment managers are actually looking for felonies and this is where it gets tricky. Can someone with a felony conviction get approved for an apartment?

A felony conviction is deemed much more serious than a misdemeanor and can actually result in a denial of an apartment or other housing where a criminal background check is conducted. There are many kinds of felonies but apartments are mostly concerned with those that involve:

  • Violence
  • Sex
  • Drugs

These three types of felonies are deemed serious enough for an apartment management to deny you housing. But is there hope? If you are currently looking for housing and have a criminal felon y conviction, the first thing you need to do is come clean beforehand. Do not wait for the apartment manager to pull the record but rather, inform him or her of the existence of the record. This can be even more effective when you write, in your own words, the circumstances surrounding the conviction. In many cases, this gesture can cause you to be approved.

Another way to gain approval would be to come with a number of references. These should be people who are reputable in the community, such as the local sheriff or fire Marshall, the local pastor or bishop, elected official or other prominent character. These references should state that they know you and that they attest to the fact that you are now a responsible individuals and the episode that surrounded your conviction is a thing of the past and is not likely to recur.

Finally, if you have a felony conviction, many apartments are willing to overlook it if it something that happened in the distant past. They tend to frown at recent convictions and will be lenient on cases that occurred years ago as long as there has not been any recent incidences.

People with felony convictions can also secure housing by approaching private landlords. While some do conduct criminal background checks, many do not.

GFRC and Seismic Design – Key Benefits of Using Architectural Concrete in Earthquake-Prone Regions

In areas of the world that receive earthquakes, architectural design and construction is not just a matter of aesthetics. Professionals must also plan and build structures that are resistant to the highly destructive forces of earthquakes. Seismic design is important not just because it helps preserve buildings, but also because it plays a role in protecting the people, animals, and valuables that may be inside them as well as pedestrians below.

There are three main reasons why architectural concrete is particularly well suited for seismic design applications. First, Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete is lighter than many other commonly used construction materials, including brick, stone, cast stone, terra cotta, and traditional precast concrete. Lighter weight means a reduced seismic load on the structure and simplified connection details.

Second, GFRC is reinforced throughout. Because the glass fiber is integral to the product, there are no unnreinforced areas in a GFRC panel or GFRC element. Since the reinforcing is continuous, there are no fragile, unreinforced sections in GFRC.

Lastly, fiber reinforced concrete is capable of flexing without breaking, making it ideally suited for use in seismic zones. Unlike rigid masonry or precast concrete, Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete can withstand a considerable amount of bending forces and shaking and still remain intact.

There are a few important considerations with respect to using fiber reinforced concrete in seismic areas. First, the anchoring system which attaches the GFRC panel or element to the structure must be suitable. Second, the jointing must be designed to allow for the maximum wracking of the structure without placing excessive stress on GFRC elements.

On a final note, anyone who is uncertain about the potential of earthquake activity in a given area can consult any one of the major building codes. They contain maps of seismic zones, and also rate various regions according to the potential severity of earthquakes. Any designs for Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete panels or elements should comply with all local building codes to minimize the risk of earthquake damage.

How to Remove Crazy Glue

When the new super bonding glues first came out, they were hailed as the best thing since sliced bread. Until someone got their hand stuck to the breadbox.

Super Glue is indeed great stuff, and certainly can create a secure bond. But when that bond is between your fingers and something else, or the glue is a puddle on your kitchen counter, a wet paper towel isn’t going to get you very far, because it will be stuck to it, too.

If you’re going to have a tube of Crazy Glue in the house, the smartest thing you can ever do is to buy the solvent at the same time. It’s just the nature of Man, that sooner or later someone will have even a small accident that is only a drip or spot, but which could turn into a major problem if they can’t get it cleaned up.

If you don’t have the solvent, or don’t know where to find it, here are a few tips you can try. Many emergency hotlines will recommend using vegetable oil for skin-to-skin bonding of fingers. This has mixed success.

Because the active ingredient in Crazy Glue and other super bonders is cyanoacrylics, what you really need is 100%   acetone . While some fingernail polish does contain this, it’s not usually in the strength needed to break the bond. However, for something like a spill or drops on a surface like a countertop, if you pour the nail polish on and let it sit for 15-30 minutes, it may do the trick. Otherwise, you should try a hardware store for the  acetone .

Some users report successful removal with lighter fluid. Keep in mind though, that anything of a chemical nature can damage the item with the glue on it. Test a hidden or small area of material or surfaces with the glue on it, and wash hands immediately after having it removed from your skin.

Architecture Animation

In today’s world of instant gratification, Architecture Animation is providing a virtual tour of the property in a future-completed state can be a very intense and emotional experience although it is in the concept stage in reality. Animation usually begins with the panoramic representation of the external features that include landscaping, hedges, fences, roads and exterior surroundings in general. The exterior view of the building shows the facade where architecture, materials and design can be understood.

Architectural Animation is a small architectural movie created on a computer. It is a series of hundreds or even thousands of still images. When these images are assembled and played back they produce a movie effect much like a real movie. The project consisted of exterior and interior Visuals to help with design approval. The Architectural Development was accurately shown within the Architectural Visualizations and the Animation. It is possible to add a computer-created environment around the building to enhance reality and to better convey its relationship to the surrounding area; this can all be done before the project is built giving designers and stakeholders a realistic view of the completed project. Architectural Animation is now a key part in Architectural Project Development.

In recent years the accelerating importance of animation in communicating architecture, it can take shape in a variety of ways – slick animated renderings bringing a prospective project to life, a finished project layered with music and a narrative bringing the emotive dimensions of a building to the surface, and even the purely conceptual expression of architecture as an artistic exploration.

They represent an animation object of architecture by taking into consideration various geometrical entities and rules. Architecture Animation are made with focusing heavily on different factors like width, height, breadth, lines, surface with curves of building components. Considering in the avenue of film or in current events how time and cost consuming it could be to recreate an event. The architecture animation allows artists to create these events using models, than rendering the models, which provides life into the structure to create a sequence of events.

Imagine that you want to make your building better than others in an effective manner. Then you will need something to make you very clear about how to build your proposed building structure. If you have some kind animation of your building well before it gets constructed, then it becomes a lot easier for you to achieve your goal. Animated buildings and animated interiors design for buildings are the best suitable option for you to do this.

Hammer It Home!

Did you know that the  hammer  is the oldest human tool? Gosh, imagine the Neanderthal man with a  hammer  in hand trying to make some music by banging that beautiful  hammer  on those mineral-rich rocks!! Anyway, Wikipedia defines the  hammer  as “a tool meant to deliver blows to a target, causing it to move or deform.”

Though the  hammer  may seem ordinary, every homeowner needs it at some time or the other. It is mainly used for driving in nails, breaking up things, and some more fun activities – remember, it is not to be used for threatening your neighbor. There are different types of  hammers  for different uses, and the following is their list.

Types of  hammers 

Claw  hammer : Bangs in nails from one side, while the other side is shaped like a curved claw and is used for extracting nails.

Ripping  hammer : This is like the claw  hammer , except that the side that is used to extract nails, is straight. This  hammer  helps in ripping boards.

Finishing  hammer : Used in smallish workshop jobs and also for general use, the finishing  hammer  features a smooth face on one side and a pick on the other.

Tack  hammer : This is a lightweight  hammer  used to drive light stuff such as tacks and brads.

Ball Peen  hammer : One of the sides of this is round or ball-shaped and this  hammer  is used for working on metals.

Mallet: This looks like a brute, but is made with wood and plastic chisels and normally used to strike chisels.

Sledgehammer: These are the  hammers  that the blokes on the World Wrestling Entertainment carry around. A sledgehammer is used for heavy work, such as breaking concrete.

Thor’s  hammer : There is no such  hammer  in the tools industry.

Working with  hammers 

Here are some handy tips on how to use  hammers :

  1. If you want to extract a longish nail, first place a piece of wood under the  hammer’s  head. This ensures that the wood that is worked on, is not damaged.
  2. While  hammering , wear safety goggles because you don’t want wood and metal particles flying off into your eyes.
  3. Take the thinner piece of the wood and measure its thickness. Now, the nail that you must use should be double (in length) of that thickness.
  4. Drill a small hole before  hammering  the nail into that spot.
  5. Blunt the point of the nail before  hammering  it in. You can do this by tapping the nail with the hammerhead.

 Hammers  are designed for a specific purpose and there are loads of models available on the market. At some point or other, you will feel the need of a  hammer , so it will be prudent to equip yourself with a  hammer  kit.

Custom Tile Mosaics and More

Robert Hennessy, Mosaic artist and owner of Hennessy Floor Company located in Hendersonville, NC, combines modern technology with an ancient art form to create custom mosaics for homes and businesses who are seeking a green alternative. Decorative mosaic tile and glass art are perfect for indoor, outdoor and wet spaces. Glass and ceramic mosaic tile will give you unique and beautiful custom sustainable decor for bathrooms, kitchens, floors, back-splash, mirrors, tiled fireplace surrounds, pool borders, and many other projects.

Robert’s innate artistic vision enables him to take an original art piece, or adapt a one-of-a-kind design and translate it into a rich and beautiful mosaic masterpiece for a sustainable addition to any home or business. Using high quality glass, ceramic tile and other fine materials, Robert’s affinity for an ancient art form, can turn any space into a truly beautiful piece of contemporary mosaic art. This rich, vibrant and timeless art form can be used in architectural, fine art, home decor and public art spaces.

Mosaic, the art of putting together tesserae through meticulous and labor-intensive setting to form various patterns, is one of the most powerful ways to decorate floors and walls of your residence, thus to fully express yourself. Robert, has a combined 50 years experience in the custom flooring and tile business. The product of both Sicilian and English parents, Robert’s passion to carry on his family’s artistic legacy shines through in his careful detailing; eloquent testimony of his devotion, dedication, and determination to carry on one of the oldest human crafts. Mosaic tiles are cut in much the same way they were generations ago. Mosaic tiles are not so much cut as they are broken into shape, which calls for concentration and skill to get that perfect fitted piece, achieving the right shape and appearance.

Mosaic is an ancient art form with a rich history that dates thousands of years and is one of the original recycled products. For centuries, artisans have used recycled glass, stone, pebbles, and even shells to create low maintenance, high impact mosaic imagery. Mosaic tile and glass is the ultimate choice for green surfaces due to its inherent durability, sustainability, and timeless beauty.

Robert hopes that by offering and carrying green products at Hennessy Floor Company, we can be a small part of reducing the eco footprint on our planet. Robert say’s, “If we all come together and use green products, we can impact our planet Earth and make it a better place for generations to come. Shopping with the planet in mind can make a big difference in many ways. Collectively, we can reward environmentally responsible practices, discourage waste, help close the recycling loop and reduce the amount of toxic materials entering our ecosystems. Shop like your life depended on it. Buying products and services that don’t harm the environment is one of the most powerful choices a consumer can make.”

How to Repoint Ridge Tiles

Roof tiles and mortar joints should be checked every other year at a minimum. Repointing simple mortar cracks can prevent leaking roofs and expensive reroofing jobs. Pay extra attention to ridge tiles since they are exposed to weathering from all sides and may exhibit cracks in the mortar joints before other tiles on the roof. If cracks are discovered in the mortar between ridge tiles, the options are repoint the joints or rebed the ridge tile.

If the cracks are small and the tile seems firmly bedded, repointing the mortar is an acceptable option. If the cracks in the mortar are as wide as the mortar joint and the ridge tile seems to have some movement, it is a better idea to rebed the whole tile instead of repointing. If you repoint a tile that is no longer firmly bedded, the repair will not last very long and the crack will quickly reoccur.

The most important thing to remember when repointing is safety. When working on the roof, be sure to tie off to a sturdy structure. As well as considering your own safety on the roof, it is advisable to set up a roped off area on the ground where falling objects may land. Repointing ridge tiles is the same process as repointing brick or block work. Once you are secured, use a metal spike to rake out mortar in joints you determine need repointing. Dampen the joint, apply mortar, and use a pointing trowel to smooth jointbetween the ridge tiles.

Unfortunately, sometimes the needs to be rebedded instead of repointed which requires a little more work. Again, be sure to use all safety precautions while working on the roof. Use a hammer and chisel to remove the mortar as well as the ridge tile. Use the hammer and chisel to remove the mortar from the bed on the roof and mortar from the bottom of the ridge tile. Once the ridge tile is off, replacing the ridge iron is a good idea especially if there is any evidence of rust. Remove any organic matter such as moss or mold and use a fungicide to ensure the area is clean. Then soak the in water while mixing mortar. Mix a stiff mortar in a ratio of 3:1 (sharp sand: cement). Dampen the roof and tile as you work. Mortar each side of the ridge tile and use a trowel to lay a bed of mortar on the roof. Place on the mortar bed and press down. Remove any mortar that squishes out between joints. Ensure the joint gaps are filled and smooth joints with pointing trowel.

The integrity of the roof protects your biggest investment from damages resulting from weather. Checking and repointing roof before cracks allow water to penetrate into the house are simple ways to save money.

Types of Yoga Mat

Yoga is fast becoming popular because of its many health benefits to its practitioners or the yogi. If you are interested in starting yoga, you must first know the required materials in the yoga practice. This will include loose and comfortable clothes, yoga mat and maybe a yoga ball. Indoor yoga is done barefoot and for outdoor yoga, you can wear a sock or a pair of flat shoes.

A mat for yoga is necessary in providing cushion against the hard floor. In addition, it allows the yogi to perform various yoga pose and positions by giving a non-slip surface to grip on. Traditionally, these mats have a jute or cotton structure. However, as the number of practitioners increased, and so is the variation of these mats.

Today, there are different types of yoga mat. Some of the common mats are PVC containing mats, traveling rubber mats, sticky mats and cotton mats. Each of which has a different use. For example, the cotton mat is only for yoga classes and yoga practices done in the house. This is because they are quite heavy and moving them from one place to another is very hard.

If you are a traveler or attending a yoga class and you want to personalize your mat, then the light rubber mat is best for you. You can fold and roll it into a bag for easy transport. This type of mat is usually the ones recommended for people who are always on the go. You can go to work with the mat inside your bag and attend yoga class right after your work.

The other popular yoga mat is the PVC containing mat. You can commonly buy this cheap mat in sport stores and yoga shops. They are light and durable with a firm grip on the floor. However, this type of mat can have adverse effect to the skin and the body. Since the composition of the mat is PVC, prolonged contact and usage may bring about some skin diseases.

The sticky yoga mat is also getting popular lately. The mat gives a perfect traction allowing the user to perform even the most complicated yoga positions. This can help avoid injuries sustained from accidental slipping when trying out a yoga pose. Such mat is available in stores that specifically focus on yoga accessories and apparels.

In addition to practical use, some types of mats comes with a great pattern or design for aesthetic purposes. The yoga mat is a personal item and its appearance would reflect the personality of the user. If you are to going to buy a mat for yoga practice, buy the patterned mat.

For a patterned yoga mat there different designs like hibiscus, lotus, zebra stripes, leopard dots, simple dots and stripes. To make it even more personal, some stores offer services such as putting a picture chosen by you on the prints of the mat. To look for such yoga mats you can go online and make a search through the Internet. With these mats, you can now do yoga with style.

How to Choose Carpeting For Stairs

Most manufacturers rate their carpeting for light, medium, and heavy wear. Heavy-wear rating is best for stairs. If a carpet is not rated, you can judge its durability by the density of the fibers.

Roll a corner of the carpet around your fingers. Little or no backing should be visible at the base of the fibers. Look too for a strong backing to which fibers are firmly attached.

One needs to consider how the carpet will look when it gets lots of day-to-day traffic.

Good choices are tweeds, patterns, and tightly looped or highly twisted textures in medium colors.

Any of these will show fewer footprints and less soil than plush or velvet. If you do buy plush or velvet carpet, choose one with a lower pile. Avoid light and dark colors and piles with extreme variations in height. Back your carpet choice with the best quality of padding available.

To prolong carpet life, vacuum stairs frequently and shampoo them about every 6 months. To attain additional life, you can have an extra foot folded under the front of the top or the bottom riser when the carpeting is installed. Then, before heavy wear at the front of each stair tread becomes obvious, move the carpet up or down by a few inches or so.

An important tip to remember is whenever you are carpeting any stairs; make sure it is a tight installation because loose fitting carpet on steps can be dangerous and potentially cause harm if someone should slip or trip due to poor installation.