Problems With Wood Siding – Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding

Wood siding is often valued for its aesthetic look, and it is in fact usually much more expensive because of this fact. That is the first down-side of wood siding alternatives. In addition to the high cost, wood siding requires routine care and maintenance. Wood must be treated and painted regularly to prevent common problems associated with wood. One of the most obvious concerns associated with wooden siding is termites. Termites can eat the wood siding and cause significant damage to your home and pocketbook. Also, wood is susceptible to mold and mildew growth, caused from moisture that can permeate the wood if not properly protected.

The Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding

While fiber cement siding is typically more expensive than vinyl siding, it is far less costly than natural wood siding alternatives. Fiber cement siding is available in a wide variety of colors and styles, such as horizontal, vertical, and shingle-style siding. The siding can be found with different patterns as well, such as wood grain or stucco, and is offered as a soffit material as well.

Fiber cement siding is typically more versatile than vinyl or wood alternatives, due to its durability. Fiber cement siding is mar-resistant, and peeling, chipping, or cracking is not as common as it is with vinyl siding. The fiber cement clapboard is significantly thicker than vinyl claddings, which gives it more resistance to damage from high winds or objects.

Unlike both vinyl and wood alternatives, fiber cement siding is flame-resistant. It is non-combustible and approved for fire-rated construction.

Fiber cement siding is naturally resistant to fungus, mildew, and termites, so there is no routine maintenance required in order to prevent these problems as with wood siding.

Although fiber cement siding is available in a wide array of colors, it can also be painted any color you choose, should you ever feel in the mood for change. Also, it will hold the paint color. This cannot be accomplished with vinyl siding, as the paint will peel and crack in a relatively short period of time.

Unlike vinyl and wood siding alternatives, fiber cement is more resistant to shrinking and swelling due to changes in temperature and climate. Vinyl siding can become misshapen and sag or bow over time, caused from humidity. For this reason, fiber cement siding can be considered a smarter alternative, especially in extreme weather areas.

Fiber cement siding is promoted to last longer than both vinyl or wood siding, and is often offered with a 50 year warranty. Many vinyl and wood manufacturers and providers offer a “lifetime” warranty with their products, but “lifetime” is often open to interpretation and the details of these warranties should be thoroughly examined.

As with any siding material, the ability and experience of the installers is crucial to the outcome of the final product and fiber cement siding should always be professionally installed be a capable, experienced specialist.

Low Back Pain When Leaning Backwards

There are many, many diagnoses available for those suffering with low back pain, and they can all present with very similar signs & symptoms. One such symptom is pain when leaning backwards. Two typical examples for this type of pain, which would dictate completely different treatment procedures, would be facet joint pain and a disc bulge.

If facet joint pain is your problem, this would be due to the joints in your back being ‘forced against’ one another as you lean backwards. The aim of treatment here would be to elicit any muscle imbalance about your lower back and look to stretch and strengthen as appropriate. In addition to this, gently mobilising the joints will also help to take some stress from them, therefore encouraging the healing process. A simple exercise to get you started may be lying on you back and then gently hugging your knees to your chest.

Alternatively, if it is a disc bulge which is causing your pain, this is likely to be a result of the disc being ‘pinched’ as you lean backwards, therefore causing you pain. The irony of it is, if this is the case, some kind of extension (leaning backwards) exercise will form the basis of your treatment. This is likely to begin with you simply lying on your stomach little and often throughout the day. From here, you may well progress to gentle extension exercises while lying on your front.

The important thing to note here is, what may appear to be similar problems due to them both causing pain when leaning backwards, will actually need completely different treatment techniques to resolve the problem.

If you were to perform the exercises intended for a facet joint problem on a disc bulge, or vice versa for that matter, you will only succeed in making your pain worse.

No treatment or exercise programme should make your pain worse, if it does, something needs to be changed. It maybe you are performing the correct exercises, but are just being a bit to vigorous to begin with. However, it may also be that you are simply performing the incorrect exercises for your problem.

Either way, if things are making your pain worse, you need to change what you are doing, either by easing off or trying a different exercise altogether.

Workers’ Compensation Cases Tilt Toward the Employer’s Benefit

The cost of workers’ compensation benefits has risen drastically in the past two decades but not because of any major increase in the number of claims filed.

For many years workers’ compensation was a fairly small program at the federal level compared to the costs of unemployment insurance, food stamps, and similar government programs. Then, beginning in the early 1990s, workers’ comp costs more than tripled due to the explosive growth in health care costs.

The number of claims filed are not primarily responsible for rising workers’ comp costs because many workers remain uninformed about their rights to benefits for workplace injury or occupational diseases.

The fact is that almost all employers know far more about workers’ comp law than does the average employee. Although many employers are honest and well-intended, there are far, far too many unethical employers who will cheat their workers out of entitled benefits.

An injured worker who returns to work to a specifically created position may find that, 100 weeks later, the position is eliminated and he is laid off – no longer eligible for workers’ comp.

Many employers hire doctors who are much more interested in maintaining a relationship with the employer than with accurately diagnosing the employee. When this happens, employees need an attorney to protect their rights when one of these ‘hired gun’ doctors tries to block them from getting necessary treatment, cut off benefits, or sends them back to work too early.

Workers’ Compensation is the name given to a system of laws intended to protect injured workers. The goal is to make sure that anyone injured at work will receive appropriate medical care, lost wages, retraining and rehabilitation if needed to re-enter the workplace, or benefits for the family if the employee is killed on the job. There are three basic types of benefits: lost wages, medical, and vocational rehabilitation.

Workers’ Compensation is considered a “no fault” insurance system because the worker is compensated regardless of blame unless the accident is caused by intoxication, willful misconduct, or gross negligence. Often workers’ comp claims are paid voluntarily by an employer, but certainly not always.

The employer can refuse to pay benefits from the beginning, terminate benefits after payment has started, or call the employee back to work before he or she is physically able to return. At this point, the employee needs to hire an attorney who will begin the hearing process laid out by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

There are informal hearings conducted by a mediator who considers the evidence, makes a recommendation, but has no authority to order payment of benefits. A formal hearing is where both sides are represented by counsel before a magistrate who has the authority to order payment of benefits. An order to pay benefits is known as an open award.

In some cases, the employer and the employee agree to a lump sum payment for all past, present and future benefits. This is called a redemption and is a full and final settlement of any and all claims the employee may have against the employer for workers’ compensation benefits.

Promotional Umbrella Case Studies – 1

Throwing promotional umbrellas out into the hands of all and sundry is probably not the most cost effective way of using your budget. Whilst a personalised corporate umbrella will give distinct advantages, a concentrated plan of action returns the best number of views per pound.

You will want to get your promotional umbrellas seen at the right locations, at the right time and by the right people. All you need to do is recognise the opportunities. In all probability Renoir and Monet must have regretted that they did not consider including printed umbrellas in their paintings.

Take weddings, probably not the first thing that comes to mind when considering promotional umbrellas. Say you run a fleet of chauffeur driven white or silver limousines. You therefore depend on the wedding market. How can corporate umbrellas help you?

Keep a collection of various styles of promotional umbrellas in the cars. If there is rain, sun or the slightest suggestion of either, get your drivers to open a personalised printed umbrella for them to protect the bride, bridesmaids and other heavily photographed participants. With a bit of thought the design, with your logo and website on it, can be seen to fit in perfectly with the ambiance.

If every bride’s nightmare of persistent rain does make an appearance then the chauffeur can distribute promotional umbrellas to the throng. You will lose a few, but they will still go on working. But at every wedding there are others considering the same thing. When they look at the photographs they will see your printed umbrellas and think of the care and thought of the chauffeur.

Or if you are the wedding photographer, how about a few candid pictures of the bridesmaids sheltering from the sun under your promotional umbrellas as they wait for their turn to pose? When the next bride in line is considering which photographer to use, there are your contact details on the printed umbrella.

The trick with promotional umbrellas is to be seen by those who matter. And those who matter are the ones who can bring business your way. Mothers are often surrounded by mothers to be. They might be looking for just the right pram and there it is in front of them. There will be no need to ask where they bought it as the lovely little sunshade, in fact a corporate umbrella, attached to the side of the pram, tells them.

If your business doesn’t depend on love and fecundity, the lessons for use of promotional umbrellas still applies. Work out where your logo and corporate message needs to be seen and then ensure that you stick your corporate umbrella in that spot. One that is personalised gives that extra degree of confidence that you have it just right.

For help, advise and guidance on what products are right for you speak to a professional promotional product supplier who is a member of both UK trade associations, PROMOTA and BPMA,

Florida Parking Lot Regulations

For property managers considering a facelift for their property, often the first thing that comes to mind is the parking lot. The first impression a customer or client will receive is when they enter a parking lot.

A good paving contractor in Florida will understand the proper layouts for a new or an existing lot so as to facilitate proper traffic flow, provide a safe environment, and to comply with particular State statutes and guidelines such as the ADAAG, the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.

Parking lots have many signs that offer drivers information about not only the “rules of the road” but give direction to drivers regarding specific Florida parking lot regulations. Some of these road markings or parking lot signage includes the following:

No Parking Areas– Any paved area that is not a designated parking space or thorough-fair can be marked off with a combination of road signs and surface road markings. For a no parking area, diagonal, yellow cross lines can be applied equidistant from each other over the parking area to designate to drivers that parking is not allowed.

Visitor Parking Spaces– Often facilities will offer visitors specifically designated spaces near the entrance of a building. As with no parking areas, a visitor parking space can be designated by adding a metal road sign and/or surface road markings. The word “Visitor” can be applied to the asphalt using epoxy, plastic tape, thermoplastic or paint. Your paving contractor can make a recommendation for the best type of application based on your particular facilities needs.

Handicapped Parking Spaces– The State of Florida has a State standard for parking spaces provided for disabled persons entitled, “Parking Spaces for Persons Who Have Disabilities”. This statue is Florida Statute 553.5041. The statute sets requirements for the number of handicapped accessible parking spaces based on the total parking spaces in the lot. It is up to the property manager to comply with the statute. Ask your paving contractor to create a layout for the best line striping design and pavement marking layout.

Other important pavement markings include directional markings, fire lanes, loading and unloading zones, stop lines – sometimes called stop bars, and of course stall lines.

Selecting a Florida paving contractor that is familiar with all the Florida parking codes and laws will ensure that your business meets all the local and state requirements. By having a professional paving company complete your facilities parking lot signage, not only will your parking lot make a great first impression, it will also be safe for your buildings occupants and customers and comply with state and local code requirements.

Learn to Play the Bridge Card Game

Bridge is becoming an increasingly popular game and anyone of any age can learn to play. In the UK, Australia and New Zealand players usually use the ACOL system. This ought to be a clever acronym, but Acol is just the name of the road where the system was first devised.

Bridge can be played at a variety of levels, depending on your interest. For some people it becomes a serious passion and the challenge is to rise to the top of the game, becoming a bridge master and taking part in national and international competition. If that is “you”, you will find there is never a dull moment. You will travel, meet people with the same interest and find challenge after challenge.

For other people, bridge is a fun, social activity. Almost every town and village has a bridge club and new members are usually welcome with open arms. Before you join, make sure you know the standard expected to ensure you join the right club for you.

Learning to play bridge is a fantastic way of meeting people and expanding your social circle. I recall many years ago moving to a flat in the South East of England. After just a few days a neighbour stopped me in the car park to ask if I played bridge. If you are single, widowed or moving to a new area playing bridge is an easy way of meeting new people and making friends.

For many people, bridge holidays are a highlight of their year. There are a whole range of holidays on offer: weekend breaks; full weeks; classes for beginners; classes for improvers; tournaments; holidays in your own country; holidays abroad. If you are single these holidays offer a fabulous way of seeing new sights and meeting new people – and you will find many of your fellow guests are also travelling alone.

If you are looking for a new interest, nothing can beat learning to play the bridge card game. It is mentally challenging, every game is different, it’s sociable, fun and totally absorbing. If you are a beginner or improver find a class near you and start learning.

Work From Home Assembly Job Opportunities

Work from home jobs are increasingly popular for many people. Typically, work from home jobs are often associated with article writing and online web researching. But there are job opportunities available that are intended for those who have skills in crafts and carpentry. You can choose from a wide variety of products and services to be assembled from jewelries, wood works, miniatures and many more without any special training or equipments required. This type of job is suitable for moms, retirees and anyone who wants to earn money right within their very home.

Work from home assembly jobs can be found using the internet. Most companies offer start up assembly kits that usually cost around $20 – $50. It will include all the materials and a detailed instruction needed for you to start in developing the product of your choice. You should always beware of giving out payments because you might end up paying for starter kits that don’t exist. Make sure that your work from home assembly company is legitimate before going into any agreements or payments. Find out if the company really does exist and has a good reputation in paying for the efforts their providers are giving. These are some precautionary measures to keep you from having a wrong choice of company, wasting time and valuable money.

Work from home assembly jobs are done right within your very home. You are free from all the pressures and stress that a usual work place may provide. The company will ship the product that you chose to assembly. It can be anything you want or interested in learning to assemble. Just ensure that you are capable and determined to finish your project to give your time, money and efforts a more valuable cause. Work from home assembly jobs has a high rate of rejection. Companies can easily reject your product and leave you unpaid for the long hours and effort you gave in finishing up the product. That is why work from home assembly job will also enhance your patience and skills to make your product more worth it. After finishing the products, you will just have to either ship them back to the company or let the company picked them up from your home. The convenience work from home assembly jobs provide makes it increasingly more popular for many job seekers out there.

In the long run, work from home assembly jobs are not only hobbies or part time jobs that can be done during your free time. It can be a business opportunity for most who wants to achieve more from the skills and efforts they are learning. Work from home assembly jobs can be a stepping stone for people who desire to build their own business and creating more products that are helpful and sellable in the market.

There are many opportunities for everyone who seeks. You must not stop looking for the perfect job for you. It can be very difficult for some but after a while, your patience will yield great results and more knowledge.

How to Wall Mount a Plasma Or Lcd on a Plasterboard Wall

This is the way I wall mount a plasma or LCD TV on a plasterboard wall.

Firstly fit the tv bracket to the TV, ignore the wall mount part at this stage. Follow the bracket manufacturers instructions on what screws to use and use any washers supplied. Make sure the screws are tight but not over tight. The brackets I use are the long rail type which will most likely span two beams in a stud plasterboard wall.

Next decide where about on the plasterboard wall you want to mount the TV. Mark the center position on the plasterboard wall and a line where you want the bottom of the plasma to be. I use a spirit level to do this. If you are mounting it over a fireplace mark the middle of the mantelpiece and use the spirit level to take the line vertically up to where the center of the wall mount will go. To get the height of the wall mount, measure from the bottom of the plasma screen to the top of the “hook” part of the TV bracket. Now transfer that measurement to the wall. Measure from the line where you wanted the bottom of the screen to go to the distance you measured. This will ensure you get the plasma TV at the height you wanted it to be.

Now offer up the wall mount to the center line and the measured line for the height. Using your spirit level to make sure the wall mount is straight. Mark the holes on the wall.

There are two types of plasterboard wall. One is “dot and dab” where the plasterboard is stuck to the blockwork using an adhesive. The other is stud wall. You can tell if you have dot and dab by tapping the plasterboard wall. If there are solid sounding parts of the wall about 600mm apart then it is dot and dab. This is the preferable place to drill the holes. The reason for this is that when you tighten the screws the plasterboard doesn’t pull in and crack. Normally if the bracket covers a couple of these solid bits then you will be OK. Make sure you fix the tv bracket here. If the TV bracket doesn’t span two solid dabs then maybe you need a professional!

If the plasterboard wall is a stud wall, when you mark the tv bracket holes hopefully you will find at least one studs to fix to and therefore take the weight of the plasma or lcd. One is usually enough to take the weight seeing as most flat screen TV’s are so light these days. Put a couple of extra fixings in anyway to stop the bracket slipping out of level. I normally use the butterfly type fixings for this. Make sure you have a least a couple of fixings into the wood though, if the wall was to get wet from a flood or leaking pipe and you didn’t have fixing into wood the plasma or LCD would hit the deck!

When you are sure you have good fixings and the wall bracket is level you can hang your TV up.

Choosing The Right Hammer For The Job Can Be The Most Important Decision You Make

Hammers have been with us since the beginning of recorded history. Our earliest ancestors used stones for countless millennium (which some believe may have lead to the creation of some of today’s colorful language as the bashing of fingers was a real hazard) as a tool. Sometime around the 4th century B.C. some intrepid individual (likely fed up with the constant throbbing of mashed fingers) figured out a way to attach the stone to a piece of wood. The hammer as we know it was born.

In this article I intend to cover some of the types of hammers in use today as well their care and storage.

Probably the most familiar hammer is the curved claw. It is the preferred tool to use for nailing and nail-pulling. Its bell-faced striking surface minimizes marring when nails are driven flush, and reduces nail deflection from off-angle blows.

Other type hammers are ripping, tacking, ball peen, mallet, and sledge. The ripping hammer, with straight claws, is designed for rough work like opening crates. Tacking hammers are designed expressly for small finishing type jobs. The ball peen is suited for metalwork; mallet for shaping metal without marring; the sledge for heavy-duty work such as demolition.

Hammer weights, based on head weight, are commonly 7 ounces for light work up to 20 ounces for general carpentry. One fairly recent breakthrough in hammer technology is the use of titanium in the manufacturing process. This extremely strong, durable, and lightweight material allows the user to perform tasks originally suited for a heavier hammer. An added benefit of the lighter weight is the ability of the user to employ the tool for longer periods of time without the added strain.

A quality hammer can last a lifetime if used and stored properly. Probably the most important thing to remember is to use the one best suited for the work it is intended to do. Strike only with the face of the hammer and don’t use it to hit anything harder then its striking face. Not only can you damage the tool, the possibility of having it bounce back and strike you is a very real.

If you own a wood-handled hammer, keep it in the living area of the home, since high humidity can swell the wood fibers inside the head. Leaving it in a too dry environment can shrink the handle, causing looseness as well as raising the danger of having the head fly off during use. A dry-shrunk handle can usually be restored by soaking the head end of the hammer.

Storing a hammer in an area prone to the formation of condensation will produce rusting unless the metal is protected by a light film of oil.

Hammers, like any other tool, only function properly when used for their intended purpose. Although not the ‘sexiest” tool you might own there is little doubt that most jobs around the house, or on the jobsite, couldn’t be completed without this most common and useful tool.

Mosaic BackSplash Tiles – Quick Installation Review

Decorating with mosaic backsplash tiles is considered an easy task and can easily make a change in any living quarter’s internal decoration. The term backsplash is usually related to the area of wall that is in most cases located above and behind kitchen and bathroom countertops, sinks, cooking corners, fireplaces, and shower walls.

Backsplashes no longer need to be dull and conventional as you are able to easily look for a vast mixture of mosaic backsplash tiles in many colors, shapes and patterns that make them a perfect solution for transforming bathrooms and kitchens look modern and impressive. These wonderful natural tiles come in a varying height and thickness depending on your specifications and preferences.

Working with mosaic backsplash tiles is considered as none complicated and no special professional or technical skills are required. Mounting the tiles is an easy task and it is very similar to mounting conventional ceramic panels. Undoubtedly, there’s no need to hire a professional or become one, what you need for installation are basically simple items such as epoxy cement, a trowel, a sponge, and grout. Usually, installation process is able to be completed within only a few hours.

Installing mosaic backsplash tiles is becoming more popular these days and they are considered a great solution when you look for an idea that’ll make your inner redesigning unique and distinctive. These tiles are considered among best and affordable options available, since they are so versatile, easy to use and gettable in a selection of varying designs, textures and hues.

Types Of Tile Adhesives

A tile adhesive is required for the bottom of a tile to bond to the surface of the setting bed. This is the surface prepared to receive the tile and its accuracy and preparation is very important to the final product, whether it be wall tiles or floor tiles. There are different types of adhesives available and the choice of one would depend on whether the floor or wall is in a dry or wet area, whether it is indoors or outdoors and whether the surface on which it is to be applied is concrete, wood or drywall. Use of adhesives is best done without allowing too much of the material into the surface, as such excess material may come to the surface and cause problems for tile cleaning.

Mortars for Use as Adhesives

You can buy premixed thin set mortars in tubs which already have a latex additive in it. You can also buy dry powdered mortar but this requires to be properly mixed before use and is not recommended for DIY enthusiasts. This mortar is cheaper than the premixed kind. Thin set tile mortar does not dry immediately and stays wet for some time, so that you can make sure that the tile patterns and tile designs are properly laid out and move them around till they are satisfactory.

It also allows you to ensure that the levels are correct. This is absolutely important in areas that need to drain water like in bathrooms. The consistency of thin set premixed mortar is like mud and allows for easy application with a trowel. Manufacturer’s instructions for thin set mortars need to be followed for best results, as it is only with proper mixing and correct applications will good results be obtained.

Water mixed mortar is a combination of Portland cement and sand and is widely used as adhesives because of its property of water retention which is aided by an additive like methylcellulose.. You can also use cement slurry with sand to make a mixture that is trowel able or brush able. It is quite often used in cases where the substrate is still plastic or still has to be cured. This is still a very commonly used tile adhesive called the wet set method.

Other Adhesive Materials for Tiles

Petroleum or latex based adhesives are called organic mastic. They are mainly used for vertical surfaces where you need the wall tile to stick to the surface immediately. They are not amenable to leveling and are therefore rarely used for floors. They do not require any mixing. They are not suitable for external locations subject to heat and other weather conditions. They are ideal for use for shower tiles.

You can buy a tile adhesive that is acrylic mixed mortar that has increased adhesion properties. You can also get mortars that are made from cement, resins and hardeners that constitute the mortar types known as epoxy mortars. They are more expensive than the other adhesives but have phenomenal strength making it ideal for handcrafted tiles that may have uneven backs.

Hiring an Interior House Painter? Check Out These Tips First

Painting the interior of your house is no small project. If you are like many people you don’t have the time to do the project yourself or your want more professional results that you can get doing it on your own.

The logical thing to do would be to hire an interior house painter to do the job for you. While this sounds like an easy task there are actually a few things you should consider before jumping in and hiring the first painter you stumble upon in the phone book. Here are some tips for hiring an interior house painter that will help you get the best value for your money, get professional results and make sure the job is done right.


One of the most important considerations when hiring a painter is cost. Prices can vary wildly between companies so it is a good idea to call around and get quotes from as many companies as you can before hiring one.

Time to Complete the Job

The last thing you want is for your house to be torn apart for weeks while you are waiting for a painter to finish the job. While you are calling to get cost estimates for the job be sure to ask each painter how long it will take for them to complete the project. Some companies may be able to finish the job in a day or two while others can take a lot longer.


Even if you find a company that is inexpensive and promises to get the job done quickly, it is still not a guarantee that you will get good results or that they will stick to what they promised.

Candle Chandelier – Decorating Never Looked This Sophisticated

Have you always wanted a candle chandelier in your foyer, but you were just not sure if it would look right? No matter what your home decor, you can find one that will coordinate well. Before you rush off and start shopping consider all your options.

If the style of your house is ‘Rustic’, consider a fixture made from deer antlers that hold votive candles. Maybe you have a ‘Simple Elegance’ theme going on in your home? A classic piece held with basic chain and lit by large pillar candles would go perfectly in that setting. Perhaps you are a person who would like something a bit more formal; May I suggest a traditional candle chandelier with hanging crystals and tapered candlesticks, as that would look stunning in any elegant entrance? For the more contemporary or artistic styled home, the options abound from wrought iron arms and multiple circles to concentric ovals and ornamental creations.

Okay, so you’ve picked out your candle chandelier and now it needs to be installed. Be sure that your installer positions it low enough that you are able to light it, yet high enough so that your guests head?s will clear the bottom without anyone having to duck down. If you have an extremely large foyer with very high ceilings, there are cable and winch systems that you can have installed so that the piece can be lowered for lighting and cleaning.

A small step ladder positioned in an easy access closet will also help you in lighting your new fixture. A handheld flame snuffer is a must as you do not want to be blowing out a flame as it sits atop hot wax just above your head. An alternative to using real candles is to purchase battery-lit flameless candles. This option will eliminate flame, wax, snuffing and the risks associated with accidental carelessness. If you do choose to go with the real thing, take all the safety precautions that you normally would when burning candles.

The best way to clean your new candle chandelier is to use a feather duster or microfiber cloth. Be sure not to clean any parts of it until all the wax is completely cooled and has set back up. If you happen on some misdirected wax, the way to get rid of it will depend on the surface you’ve found it on. For carpet, scrape off and remove as much hardened wax as possible, next apply a clean dry paper towel to the area and gently go over it with a warm iron until the wax has melted. Set the iron aside and press down with the paper towel, picking up the melted wax on the bottom of the towel and blotting with a clean area as you go so you do not spread the wax. For wax on other surfaces, look at the manufacturer’s instructions or call the company for recommendations.

A candle chandelier can look fabulous in any home. Dazzling in the daylight and positively stunning at night, you are sure to be happy with your latest finding.

Why Is My Dog Trembling? Common Causes of Dog Shaking and Trembling

Our dogs are like family to us and so naturally it’s very upsetting when they become sick.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you knew how to give your dog a check-up, so you could spot a problem early? Before it became truly serious or even life threatening? It is definitely a reason to be concerned if you notice your pet trembling coupled with shaking, however it really is hard to determine what causes it. Here I will discuss the most typical factors that might cause your dog to tremble.

  • Cold. That seems very basic, but dogs do shiver and shake when it is cold, particularly if they have a short coat.
  • Pain. If your dog is hurting, he may tremble and hold his body tense. Has he over-exercised and perhaps injured a leg? Is he reluctant to jump or climb stairs which may indicate he has a sore back?  Even a tummy ache can be enough to cause your dog to shake. If he is in pain, he’ll also be reluctant to move.
  • Anxiety. Some dogs are more nervous than others and if they feel anxious or afraid, they will shake.  Nervous dogs will also try to escape scary situations and often try to hide behind their owners.
  • Internal organ disease. Now we’re getting into the more serious reasons your dog may shake.  Some medical conditions such as kidney disease or diabetes can cause trembling in dogs, particularly of the legs. Disease or injury to the brain and spinal cord also lead to weakness and trembling. Dogs that have been poisoned often start out with trembling which may progress to full blown seizures.

How do you get to the bottom of your dog’s problem? Some causes of trembling are easy to identify.

  1. If you are feeling cold, it’s possible that your dog is also a bit chilly. This is easily remedied. Dog coats aren’t expensive and will keep your dog warm. Bring him inside where it is warmer. Make sure his crate or sleeping area is sheltered from the wind, give him some blankets to snuggle into, and keep his bed off the ground.
  2. You should be familiar with your dog’s personality and be able to recognize if he often feels stressed and anxious. In this case, he isn’t likely to show any other symptoms of illness, and will be otherwise quite well. Anxiety disorders can be treated with a combination of medication and training, and that will make life more pleasant for your dog.
  3. It can be difficult to tell if he is in pain. You will notice if he’s limping, or is walking stiffly, but dogs can be very stoic and he may appear to feel fine. However, you may notice some subtle changes in his behavior such as reluctance to move and less of an interested in his dinner. There are many safe and effective treatment options for pain in dogs, so do make an appointment with your vet for treatment.

If you are in any doubt as to why your dog is trembling, or the shaking is lasting longer than you would expect if he was just cold or stressed, make an appointment with your vet. The peace of mind will be worth it.

Our dogs are like family to us and so naturally it’s very upsetting when they become sick.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you knew how to give your dog a check-up, so you could spot a problem early? Before it became truly serious or even life threatening?

Stair Lifts Rentals – Pros and Cons of Stair Lifts Rental

When it comes to looking to get an stair lift installed in their home, the first question a person will ask themselves is “Should I buy or should I rent one?” Certainly on the face of it, stair lift rentals does hold a certain amount of appeal compared to having to purchase one.

Firstly when it comes to making an initial payment for your stair lift rental, it will be a lot cheaper then the actual price of purchasing one. Also because you are paying a regular monthly fee which will often include the cost of having the device installed in your home makes it a much more viable option compared to purchasing one out right. This is especially important for the elderly as often they do not have enough money available to enable them to purchase a stair lift outright.

However you should only consider renting a stair lift if you are going to be using it for a very short period of time. Although in the beginning the thought of having monthly payments that are easy to manage seems the ideal option, if you keep the stair lift for any extended period of time then the costs you end up paying could be much higher than if you had decided to purchase one.

But if you do decide to rent one then it is important that you know exactly what the contract includes within it. It is important that you therefore get everything relating to your agreement given to you in writing and also read all the small print that comes with the contract. You may well discover that the rental agreement you are looking at is not as cost effective as you first thought it would be.

Generally when it comes to renting an stair lifts you will be expected to pay between $1,000 and $2,000 as a deposit. The price will cover the installation, maintenance, breakdown cover and also the power supply for the unit as well as costs for removing the device from a person’s home once it is no longer required. After this initial deposit payment has been made then a person can be expected to pay between $100 and $200 each month as the rental payment.

Also when it comes to stair lifts rentals you will often find that only straight stair lifts are offered up for rental purposes. The simple reason for this is that they are much cheaper and quicker to install than curved models. Plus a lot of the rental models being made available have been used before and you will find that you are actually limited to the type of models and colors that can be made available to you.