Green Cooking – Cedar Plank Salmon

Salmon from the wild waters of Alaska is one of the world’s healthiest, tastiest, and most sustainable foods. The state of Alaska has taken careful measures to ensure all of these qualities. They constantly monitor water quality, although with such a vast territory and small population, it is hardly surprising that Alaskan waters should be some of the most crystal clear on earth. They carefully supervise fish runs and breeding cycles, ensuring that enough salmon are able to pass through unharmed as a promise of future generations of fish. Fishing seasons and catch quotas are strictly enforced, and are adjusted each year to adapt to changing conditions. When you eat Alaska salmon, you can be proud to be part of an eco-friendly process that properly appreciates and protects nature’s bounty.

Make this homage to nature a part of your cooking as well! Use only the freshest herbs and vegetables, locally grown and purchased. Let natural flavors dominate the dish. Take this one step further and try cedar plank salmon. Cedar plank salmon simplifies the grilling process, and infuses your salmon with the earthy and aromatic flavors of the forest. This method simply requires a plank of cedar, presoaked in water for two hours. Place your seasoned salmon on the board, and put this onto the grill, over indirect heat. It’s great for the salmon, since you don’t have to flip it over or worry about any succulent bits flaking off wastefully into the coals. The wonderful flavors of the cedar are cooked right into the salmon, uniting icy Alaskan waters and towering cedar forests into a gourmet dish.

With a rustic and natural look, cedar planks for grilling also make lovely serving platters. They can also, in a sense, be recycled. You will only want to use a plank a couple of times, after which it will begin to lose its potency and become a bit charred. However, it then makes great woods chips for smoking salmon or burning down as charcoal for the grill. Cedar planks for grilling can be found in kitchen stores, some supermarkets, and are easy to find online.

Grilling up cedar plank salmon does justice to the diverse essences of nature, and supports a sustainable and high quality practice. Bring these magnificent blessings straight to your dinner table, for a savory taste of the great outdoors.

Dental Insurance – What is a Capitation Plan?

When considering dental insurance one of the most popular plans nowadays, especially for people with a history of dental problems who may need regular treatment, is the capitation plan.

 

If you decide that this is what you want to do, your dentist will calculate the monthly premium that you will pay based on an oral health check and costs of running the surgery. Also, there will usually be an initial examination fee included in a comprehensive scheme and because you pay directly to the dentist prices may differ from dentist to dentist as there are no standard fees. The monthly payment is the same each month and will cover you for any treatment that you may require regardless of the cost.

 

There are two types of capitation plan; one is a maintenance plan and covers basic accidental or emergency treatment and standard maintenance, and the other is comprehensive which will cover more complicated procedures such as extractions or fillings.

 

There are mixed reports on these plans – those who are in favour say that the dentist is able to spend more time with their patients, and those who are not enamored are of the opinion that patients are almost strong-armed into these schemes so that dentists can optimise the earning potential of their private dental surgeries.

 

As we said earlier, capitation plans are most suitable for those who know that they will need a fair amount of dental care and it enables them to spread the cost of paying for it rather than having to pay rather large bills whenever any work is done.

 

Below we explain in more detail the different types of cover and the difference in their price structures and there is often mandatory insurance included for hospital benefits and oral cancer and dental accident or emergency.

 

Maintenance Plan – With a maintenance plan it is fairly standard to be covered for two examinations and two oral hygiene checks which includes X-rays each year.

 

The cost of this per month is around ten to fifteen pounds – you are not required to have an initial examination and you get discounts on any other procedures that you may need and may also include an initial registration fee.

 

Comprehensive Plan – A comprehensive plan generally offers unlimited treatment and includes examinations, hygiene checks, root canal and extraction, crowns, fillings bridges and X-rays.

 

Your monthly premium is calculated on your oral health and is usually between ten and fourteen pounds. If you have fairly good oral hygiene you could pay below twenty pounds per month. An initial registration fee may or may not be included depending on individual practices.

 

It would be prudent to have some kind of dental cover even for peace of mind with the ever decreasing numbers of NHS dentists. If you have got problem teeth then it would be fair to say that it is essential cover to have and can work out to be cost effective.

 

If you want to find a plan that is suitable for you the best action is to find an online broker who can search the whole market for you and find you the best deals so that you can compare them, and the cover that they give, so you can find a policy that is suitable for you.

How to Build Deck Railings

There are numerous designs that can be applied into your desired deck railings aside from safety features. Traditional railings are the easiest to construct and place while other variations may need the help of an engineer to build to ensure their safety. It is very important that a railing meets the safety standards because it is use keep individuals safe.

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR BUILDING A DECK RAILING

The materials that you need to acquire for your project are one by three inches outdoor stock, one by two inches outdoor stock, sandpaper, nails, screws and bolts and glue that is typically used for carpentry.

TOOLS

The tools needed in building your platform railings are a drill with complete bit set, saw, hammer, marker, paper, level, chalk line and yarn or string.

STEPS

This kind of system is a very simple to place down and construct. The vertical parts of your project are called stiles. Carefully cut as many as you needed to the length that the building code in your area requires. Although there are visible differences that you should follow, most building codes require about four inches of space in between the stiles.

If you are constructing a traditional railing, you have to decide whether you will be placing the stiles just to the elements of your deck rail or to the joist below your platform. Divide the stiles to your local building height codes. Divide the outside portion of the upper part of the stile at any angle that you want for additional design. Place a pair of screw holes into the divided part of the stile-one at upper portion and the stile’s countersink.

If the posts place in the corner of the platform does not reach the upper portion of the deck, you should trim the deck in order to continue placing the post. But you can just utilize a bigger stock for your corner post.

Utilize the lower part of the joist as a pattern when placing the stiles. A hole that is pre-drilled in the structure is appropriate for nails that needed to be galvanized. Make a jag for spaces in between the stiles and secure them in place with a nail.

When you reach approximately ten inches, place another support for the header portion. This board will help stabilize the upper portion of the stiles and is usually ten inches long. As you continue to place stiles in your railings, start to install the header board. This will connect the whole thing together. Put the drill into the hole that you previously drilled at the stiles and continue placing the hole into the joist.

Connect the stile to board with a screw. For additional strength, place nails that are galvanized into the cap and header area. Connect the two parts with a nail. For a finishing touch, you can either varnish or paint your project. If you divided the stiles of the railings, it will be simpler to varnish before you put them together.

Wrought Iron Fencing is Practical and Looks Fantastic

Gates and, in particular, wrought iron fencing used to be thought of as simply a means of safety and security and to put up a physical barrier between the property and that of the neighbors property.

In recent years however, these utilitarian purposes have not been the only reasons that wrought iron gates and fence-work is being used in homes. These days, aside from providing the necessary safety and security from an increasingly hostile modern world, the design qualities and workmanship of this type of fencing and gates enhances the aesthetics of any garden and driveway and many homeowners now have their gates and fences made to order.

Custom made, or bespoke, iron gates and fences are made from high quality materials by craftsmen using traditional methods. They look better than other products because they are made by hand and will last longer than other fence materials. Many people like the style and look of these fences and they tend to be highly valued due to the workmanship and art that goes into their creation.

Not only do they look good on their own but these iron gates and fences really do add to the visual impact of the garden or property they surround. The fence can also provide an additional barrier if a hedge circles the garden. Surprisingly, this fencing can also improve the appearance of existing hedging. Not only will a fence contain the growth of a hedge by placing the fencing in front of it, but a very satisfying visual effect is also created.

Wrought iron is basically made from solid steel, so for that reason, if it has been prepared correctly, it does tend to last for a very long time – fifty or sixty years is not unheard of. If the wrought iron has not been through the correct treatment processes it will deteriorate much more quickly when open to the elements. So for this reason it is important to discover the different options for treatments and to ask the company to tell you the best option to make sure that your new iron balustrade or fencing will last for the longest time possible.

Managed Network Switch – 3 Types of Managed Switches for a Home Office You Can Choose From

For most homes that share internet connection and storage using a home network, a managed network switch will be an overkill. However, these days, many of us are using our home networks for streaming of videos to our HDTVs, for VoIP telephone lines. Some of us are even entrusting our home security footage to our home network storage. In such situations, an unmanaged switch may not be sufficient.

Why Are Managed Network Switches On The Rise in Home Offices?

Regardless of why, managed switches have found their way from large corporations, to smaller ones, and finally to home offices and homes. The prices of managed switches, even managed gigabit switches are falling recently and the number of features and their user friendliness is increasing, so it makes sense even for a home office to consider replacing a regular switch with a manged one. Why? To improve quality of video streams, including security footage video streams, and to improve your VoIP quality. In a business that uses VoIP telephone lines, that should be reason enough! In this article, we will give a quick overview of the three types of a managed network switch that you can choose from: Unmanaged, Smart/Managed, and Managed network switch. We will refute some of the myths and market-speak in the process. This should make it easier for you to determine what kind of a switch is best for your home or home office and whether you should s-w-i-t-c-h now. Pun intended.

Unmanaged network switches

Unmanaged switches are the type where you plug the switch into the wall outlet, attach all the network cables, and the switch “just works.” They might work for you as well, but, stay alert. If you notice lower quality of your VoIP telephone connection with the clients, or even dropped calls, maybe it is time to upgrade to a managed version.

Smart switches

“Smart switches” were invented by marketing departments of large computer and networking manufacturers when it was obvious that the prices were coming down and the features were increasing. One of the important features was management of a switch over a web interface, resulting in a term network managed switch. The switches were marketed as switches that can smartly manage most of the features on their own, while giving you web access to some other features. For the most part this meant that, using the web interface, you just could not control as many features of a network switch as with a regular, older, command-line interface. So we can classify smart or web managed switches somewhere in between the unmanaged and fully managed. When you are shopping for smart network switches, you are shopping for a compromise between the price and the features, so keep that in mind.

Fully managed network switches

These are the switches which allow you maximal control of the traffic through your network. They usually include a powerful CLI, command line interface, and often times also include the web interface. These are the top of the line managed switches, and also the most expensive ones.

Unregistered Land

• Not all land is registered with Land Registry – over a third in England and Wales is not

• All land and all buildings have an owner – this includes waste land, scrub land, abandoned properties, disused land, empty buildings

• Adverse possession takes at least 12 years, sometimes as much as 30 years

• Unregistered just means that the property or piece of land is not registered with land registry it does not mean that it is ownerless.

Finding the owners of unregistered land UK is not an easy thing to do, there are no clear ways of finding owners; it is a case of investigating old documents and maps, speaking to people and researching information. Some people do not want to find the owners of vacant land they would prefer to try and claim the land through adverse possession, this takes 12 years as a minimum and if the owner comes out of the wood work at any time then you are in trouble. Some people suggest putting a fence round the land and using it, this is the principle idea of adverse possession but they fail to mention what happens when you fence it off at a cost of thousands and then someone comes out and proves ownership, you have wasted your money. It is easier and more honest to simply find the owner and speak to them regarding the vacant land or building, you can then ask permission to use the land or even look at buying vacant land from them. In the UK over a third of all vacant land is not registered and finding the owners of land UK searches go on all the time.

Adverse possession

In common law, adverse possession is the process by which title to another’s real property is acquired without compensation, by holding the property in a manner that conflicts with the true owner’s rights for a specified period. Circumstances of the adverse possession determine the type of title acquired by the disseisor (the one who obtains the title as a result of the adverse possession action), which may be fee simple title, mineral rights, or other interest in real property.

Adverse possession’s origins are based both in statutory actions and in common law precepts, so the details concerning adverse possession actions vary by jurisdiction. The required period of uninterrupted possession is governed by the statute of limitations. Other elements of adverse possession are judicial constructs. Adverse possession is sometimes called squatters rights.

Finding the owners of private roads

This can be a laborious task and is complicated; you cannot go down the adverse possession due to the frontage being used by more than one party. There are ways to trace the rightful owner of any private road but it is not easy. It may be a good idea to go straight to a professional company regarding these searches.

Abandoned properties searches

Searching the owner of abandoned property would work in the same way as finding the owners of unregistered or unclaimed land.

Starting point

The starting point for any land search UK should be to contact the local Land Registry to confirm that the vacant land or building is indeed unregistered with them, you can save a lot of time and effort by doing this on the off chance that it is registered, saying that over a third of all vacant land is still not registered in England and Wales.

So what to do next? Finding the owners of vacant land is difficult, there is no easy way, you cannot simply access a database and find the information you must become an investigator. The first steps should be to

• Find any old documents

• Speak to local people

• Investigate all information given fully

You can use a company to find the owners of unregistered land, some people try solicitors to do this but they are very expensive and sometimes use outside agencies to carry out the work on their behalf at further cost to yourself. Some companies specialise in finding land owners in the UK. Charges vary so look into the matter closely. Different search terms will bring up different products and services but you should search the following terms in Google

• Find the owners of unregistered land Uk

• Find the owners of vacant land

• Find the owners of abandoned properties.

These should give you a good idea of some of the companies out there. Good luck finding the owners of a piece of unregistered land.

A Roman Holiday – Touring St. Peter’s Basilica

Are you planning a trip to Rome, Italy? If so, St. Peter’s Basilica is a “must see” that should be included in everyone’s itinerary! The basilica, located in Vatican City in Rome, was our first stop on our tour of the city after we arrived and as you can imagine, we were anxious to get out and see the sites! I am going to share some of the highlights of that visit in this article. You will have to visit my blog to see amazing pictures, links to very useful sites and to read more about the exciting places I have traveled.  

Before leaving the US, we booked a private, guided tour of Vatican City that included St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, the gardens and of course, la Capella Sistina or the Sistine Chapel. A life-long dream about to come true, I have wanted to visit the Sistine since my days in art history courses in college and experience the majesty and breathtaking beauty of one of Michelangelo’s greatest achievements! And it really does take your breath away!

After walking a few blocks from our hotel, Atlante Garden on via Crescenzio, we arrived in the enormous Piazza San Pietro, a huge oval shaped piazza flanked by two colonnades of tall and majestic columns that cascade from the opening of the piazza and surround the entire area in sweeping arms that eventually lead to the entrance facade of the Basilica. These colonnades that embrace all visitors who come to the square, were designed by Bernini and completed in 1666.

As we toured around the square, our attention was drawn to high atop the front facade where 13 statues including Christ, St. John the Baptist and 11 Apostles stand looking down on all those in the piazza. The only apostle missing is St. Peter and that’s because he stands to the left of the front steps leading up to the doors of the church. Each statue is 6 meters high with exception to Christ who stands at 7.5m. This truly is an amazing site and is not the only vantage point in which to see them. As you climb the cupola, discussed later, you will have another chance to get up close and personal. 

At this point, I feel compelled to provide some history of this place so you can appreciate all that you see even more. However, I will keep it brief. The basilica, as you see it was started by Bramante in 1506. During construction, it was managed by da Sangallo brothers and Rafael; Michelangelo served as “Commissioner, Director of Works and Architect for Life”; and was finally consecrated in 1626, exactly 120 years after the work had begun. Even more astounding is the fact that it was exactly 1300 years since the consecration of the very first basilica in 326 by Constantine.

Enough history.  Back to our tour.  We made it through a short security line and began our tour inside but before we entered, our guide from Roman Strolls, a local tour company, pointed out the Holy Door which is opened only in the year of the Jubilee or every 25 years. Once through the main entrance and one of the main reasons why visitors come to the basilica, is Michelangelo’s Pieta, located to the right after you pass through the doors. A truly astounding accomplishment at the age of 24! Despite the fact that it is behind bullet proof glass, it’s a sight to behold with your own eyes.  Although carved from marble, Christ and Mary are so lifelike and their garments so realistic, that the vision suspends your disbelief for quite some time.

After that, we strolled down the nave while our guide pointed out some of the statuary along the way. Located at the central axis of the nave and transepts is the Baldacchino, a large sculpted bronze canopy designed by Bernini as well, that hangs over the Papal altar. Tall Solomonic columns rise to the heavens. To the right as you look into the apse, is the statue of St. Helena, Constantine’s mother who holds a cross representing the “True Cross” relic she discovered in Jerusalem. As you approach the papal altar, follow the columns that seem to stretch to Heaven especially when you’re looking up into Michelangelo’s cupola high atop it all. By the way, if you not faint at heart, I strongly recommend you climb to the very top. There is an elevator to first level which provides a view of the altar from above. Then you ascend 323 curving steps around the cupola and eventually arrive outside to a most breathtaking view of Rome!

After our journey back down to ground, we toured the remainder of the basilica and wrapped up our adventure with a tour of the Papal tombs. To get there, just head to the right of the altar and find the set of stairs that lead down to the Vatican Grottoes. Here, you can see the resting places of the Popes including John Paul II. There is no admission charge however save this underground excursion for last because it will lead you outside of the church. 

Well, that should be enough to whet your appetite just a little.  I could go on but then this article would never end so you will just have to experience it yourself. Be sure to add this awe inspiring, thought evoking and memorable place to your Roman holiday itinerary. Arrivederci!

Military Tattoo Designs – Tattoos For Soldiers and Others

Military tattoo designs have always been very common among those in the armed forces. Many people who have also lost loved ones that were in the military also honor them through a tattoo with a military design. In this article I want to tell you about military tattoo designs and where to find the best ones.

Perhaps the most well known military tattoo is the anchor symbol that is worn by many people who have served in the Navy. It is considered quite a tradition for someone either currently serving or someone who served in the past to display the anchor somewhere on their body.

The Navy is not the only branch of the military that uses tattoos frequently. Branches such as the Army, Marines, and Air Force also have signature tattoos that many people have. Usually these tattoos somehow involve the design of an American flag and an eagle.

Now, on to where you can find the best military tattoo designs for your next tattoo. Printable tattoo design databases have thousands of designs that can be browsed through and printed off whenever you want. All you have to do is join the database through its website and get access.

These printed out designs will be of the highest quality and your tattoo artist will enjoy working off of them. These databases eliminate a lot of wasted time that is usually used to find the perfect design and then get it printed. Plus, you can always go back and look for new designs when you seek to get a new tattoo.

I highly recommend using one of these services when looking for military tattoo designs. You will be happy with the results you see and the time you save by quickly finding the right design for you.

An Overview of Heat Shrink Tubing

Heat shrink tubing is a type of tubing used frequently for electrical purposes that shrinks in diameter when exposed to heat. This type of tubing comes in three main types of categories: thin-wall, medium-wall, and thick-wall tubing. The tubing is used to insulate electrical wiring, offering protection and abrasion resistance for conductors, connections, joints and terminals. Other uses of the tubing are repair work for wiring and bundling wires. For this purpose it has become popular as a tool to keep computer wires organized.

When placed over a connection, heat shrink tubing should be heated with a light heat source that causes the tubing to shrink but will not heat it to the point of melting or scorching. Sources of light heat might include a hot air gun like a hairdryer, an oven, a lighter, or a soldering iron. It is recommended that if using such a direct heat source as a lighter or soldering iron, that the flame be held away from the tubing so as not to scorch or melt. Heat shrink tubing is unique in that it can shrink from as far as one sixth of its original diameter without reducing length. Some tubing has an adhesive inside that allows it to bond more tightly with desired materials once heated.

Heat shrink tubing is made from several different types of thermoplastic materials including PVC, neoprene, silicone elastomer, polyolefin, and others. It also comes in a variety of different colors to make organization and color-coding possible, which is one reason it has become so popular in organizing computer cables and wiring. Whatever the use, the design of heat shrink tubing makes it an ideal product in insulating and protecting wiring from dust and other foreign materials.

Useful Tips To Choose The Best Gaming Motherboard

Motherboard is the heart of the whole computer system. It is the part that connects all the other parts together and make sure they run smoothly. As such, choosing the best gaming motherboard is the most important task that you need to do when building a gaming computer. This article will teach you how to choose the best gaming motherboard.

Decide which type of CPU to use

This may seem irrelevant to choosing a motherboard. In actual fact, this is the most important thing you need to do before selecting a motherboard. The reason being that the type of CPU will determine the type of motherboard you need. For example, if you choose an Intel CPU, then you have to get the socket 775 motherboard or else the CPU won’t fit into the motherboard. Deciding on the type of CPU will help you to make a better choice when choosing the best gaming motherboard.

Determine if the motherboard supports the type of CPU you have chosen

As mentioned before, if you are using an Intel CPU, you have to get a socket 775 motherboard whereas an AMD CPU requires a socket AM2 motherboard. In addition, some of the older socket 775 motherboards do not support dual core processors (even though they use the same socket) or even quad-core processors. Check out the manufacturer’s website to get confirmation before you buy the motherboard.

Overclocking feature

If you are overclocking your CPU, you have to get a motherboard that allows you to change the FSB speed and CPU voltage in small increments.

RAM support and no of memory slot

Your motherboard must be able to support DDR2 RAM, for a simple reason that DDR2 is currently the fastest RAM in the market. Extra thing to take note is the maximum speed of RAM that the motherboard supports. Some motherboards can support only up to DDR2 667MHz RAM while the latest ones can support up to DDR2 1066MHz.

In addition, you may want to upgrade your RAM in the future, therefore your current motherboard must have at least 4 memory slots and can support up to 8GB RAM so that you have the option to upgrade in the future.

SLI/ Crossfire ready

SLI / Crossfire ready motherboard means that you can make use of two identical high performing graphics card to render the graphics, thus achieving a faster and more realistic video effects. Not every motherboard supports this feature. As video effects getting more and more advanced, it will be soon that SLI or Crossfire technology becomes the standard for video display. Therefore, even if you are not using this technology now, it is still advisable to get a gaming motherboard with SLI or Crossfire feature.

SATA 2 controller

SATA2 can transfer data at twice the speed of SATA 1. When it comes to gaming, every single speed counts and that increase in speed might be the deciding factor in your game. A SATA 2 port is backward compatible with SATA 1 devices, but not the other way round. It is better for you to get a motherboard that supports SATA 2 devices. In addition, if you are using RAID, then you have to get a motherboard that has four SATA 2 ports.

Extra Features

You might want to consider extra features such as extra USB2.0 ports, firewire, integrated LAN and front-panel LED when choosing a gaming motherboard. Some of the motherboards contain more features than the other and you have to compare around to see the differences.

Features such as integrated sound and video are not as important in the best gaming motherboard since they could not contribute well to a good gaming session. For a gaming computer, you have to get a separate graphics card and sound card so as to play the latest game in the market.

Conclusion

When getting the best gaming motherboard, it is worthwhile to do some market research and compare with various boards. Since it is the most important part in the whole computer system, don’t ever scrimp money on it.

Doors – Understanding Walk Through Openings

When it comes time to change out or install an opening in a wall, like a door, there are certain considerations that should be taken from the beginning. It’s a good idea to have measurements from or have the door and frame already purchased, so you can rely on those measurements while doing any work.

First, if this is part of any new construction project, the framework will already be exposed for easy modification of the studs. This is the easiest point in which to cut and install any opening for a passage, door, window etc. Secondly, when the walls are finished, (drywall, plaster, paneling, etc.) there’s more work to be done, let alone the decision of where you would like the opening to be.

Today, we will be discussing the installation of a pre-hung door. Sold at most retail centers. When starting this project with finished walls, you will need to determine where the framework is inside the wall and cut into the wall to create an opening from top to bottom, left to right, slightly larger than what you desire. Usually by one studs span (roughly 14 1/2″ – 16″) and then replace the stud at the correct spot to receive the frame of the door. For strength, the opening (any opening) will need a header, which is a beam above the opening, usually a 4×4, 4×6, or larger, set with king studs, cripples and trimmers. King studs run the complete height from bottom plate to top plate. You should see this if you opened up the wall correctly. Then the trimmer 2 x 4’s are the movable parts to set the door correctly with shims. The header sits just above the trimmer 2 x 4’s, nailed to the king studs. Cripples are nailed to the header and run up to the top plate.

At this point you will need to rely on the measurements from the door and frame that you are installing. Note: The header length should be slightly longer than the width of the door frame that receives the door. Once you have the framework ready for the door frame, install the frame and door into the opening and plumb / level. You are almost done…to wrap this up, check out the website below, for tips and advice on this topic and more…

How to Repair Car Rust Holes

Cars are prone to corrosion. Older unkempt vehicles tend to develop more rusts than well maintained ones. And when these rusts are untreated, overtime they eat the metal and create unsightly holes. Fortunately, there are simple ways that can be done to repair these holes. Unfortunately, the repair doesn’t guarantee that it will last.

Nevertheless, repairs can still be done to fill up rust holes on your vehicle. There are numerous ways to do this. But the most cost-effective and practical way of repairing these rust holes is by using the fiberglass cloth kit. The steps are relatively easy to follow and carry out. All you just need are a good amount of elbow grease, of course the fiberglass cloth kit, electric grinder and drill, spreader, sandpaper and sanding discs.

Here are the 10 steps in repairing rust holes using the fiberglass cloth kit.

Step 1: Remove all excess trim and loose debris from the corroded part of the vehicle. Cut the rusted metal but leave enough to maintain the overall shape of the body of the car.

Step 2: Using an electric grinder with 24-grit disc, grind all traces of the rust including the primer and paint, just about four inches from the edge of the rust hole.

Step 3: With the use of 100-grit sanding block, sand the affected surface to get a clear and shiny surface. As for the edges of the rust hole, slightly tap them inwards using a ball-peen hammer.

Step 4: Get the release film from the fiberglass cloth kit and cut it about three inches larger than the sanded area. Lay the film over the rust hole. Mark this area with a pencil but avoid wrinkling the film.

Step 5: Cut two pieces of fiberglass matte to cover the rust hole. One piece of this matte should be about one inch smaller than the sanded area. The other piece should be one inch smaller than the size of the first matte.

Step 6: Get the cut release film and spread over it a layer of auto body repair jelly. Make sure that the film is facing outward. Then take the smaller fiberglass matte and place it over the release film with the jelly. Spread more repair jelly to the smaller fiberglass matte then place the larger cloth on it.

Step 7: Then place the entire repair material over the rust hole, making sure that the film is facing outward. With the use of a spreader, smooth it out over the rust hole in an outward motion. Follow the shape of the car body and make sure that you remove all the bubbles.

Step 8: Let the repair material cure overnight. And then the following day, remove the release film. Check if the repair material is completely set. Then sand the repaired area using an electric drill and sanding disc. Complete the repair and sanding using a block sander.

Step 9: If there are low spots, fill them with the filler material. Once the filler dries, file and smooth it out with 80-grit sandpaper.

Step 10: Apply the topcoat and hardener to create a smooth finish to the repaired rust hole. Smooth the topcoat using 200-grit then 400-grit sanding block. This should be enough to prepare the car body for masking, priming and painting.

Remember, this treatment can repair and fill the rust hole up. But this doesn’t give you an assurance that the rust will not return.

Outdoor Solar Lights – Ideas For Solar Garden Lights

Installing outdoor solar lights can be a great and fun project. Although solar technology is quite advanced, you don’t need a rocket science degree to do the job. No need for complicated and expensive electrical wiring. In no time you can give your garden a beautiful look and illumination which will make you neighbors an friends jealous. In addition to the aesthetic effect achieved, outdoor solar lighting will also add safety to your property. All this at no running cost.

Here some outdoor solar lights that can fit perfectly with your landscape:

Copper solar lantern lights

If like me you like the classic look of old copper lights, these ones look beautiful. As they age, their color will change adding a nice vintage look to you garden. This is a good example of old looking design combined with high technology.

Solar rock lights

These outdoor solar lights are for you if you don’t like the modern look of lighting fixtures and prefer to blend your lighting naturally. These solar spot lights come in different colors and shapes. They are designed to look like real rocks and will integrate nicely into any garden.

Stainless steel solar garden lights

These ones are for those of you who prefer to give a modern look to their outdoors. Stainless steel solar lights are available in a wide selection of designs. From solar spot lights for accent lighting to fixtures producing dim illumination, there is one model for every taste.

Solar plastic lights

They offer the most affordable way to illuminate your garden and usually mount on ground stakes for easy setup. They are also available for wall mounting. The plastic body is weatherproof and keeps the price reasonable. Like more expensive outdoor solar lights they use ultra-bright LEDs and provide decent illumination.

Which ever of the above models you choose to install, all these outdoor solar lights are equipped with ultra bright LEDs and operate automatically from dusk to dawn. They are affordable, easy to install and require minimum maintenance. Now you have no more excuses, you can treat yourself and give your garden this beautiful illumination it deserves!

The Best Retail Store Lighting Systems

Why is Lighting an Important Aspect of Your Store Design?

Store lighting needs to meet the following objectives:

• Attract prospective customers as they pass by your store.

• Entice them to enter the store.

• Persuade them to purchase your merchandise.

Research has revealed that store lighting intricately installed with consideration of the above objectives will result in increased sales and ultimately increased profit for your retail store.

Retail lighting does not only illuminate the store and products it also forms a part of your store image. For example a designer store would use more a sophisticated lighting system that highlights product appearance compared to a dollar store or pound shop that uses fluorescent lighting throughout their stores.

Retailers who understand the importance of the creative use of lighting are the most successful in the retail industry. Retailers who struggle are those who fail to make the connection between good lighting systems and retail sales.

What Are the Benefits of Retail Store Lighting?

Appropriate lighting for your store sets the mood for customer willingness to stay longer in the store and engage with your products which could ultimately result in sales. Good lighting can make some items appear more valuable than they are. For example lighting used to illuminate jewellery in display cases can increase their perceived value.

The following are benefits of good retail lighting systems:

– Entices customers to enter the store

– Enhances the appearance of products in a retail store

– Increases perceived value of products

– Enhances appearance of the store

– Encourages customers to purchase

– Increases customer visibility of the products

– Increases security of the products

– Increases staff productivity

How to Implement an Effective Store Lighting System:

1. Consider Your Target Market.

When selecting your lighting system ensure it is appealing to your target market. This will attract your desired customers as they pass by your store.

2. Define the Functionality of the Lighting System.

You need to be able to outline the functionality of each and every light in your store. There needs to be different lighting systems installed in different areas of your store. For example you will have different lighting in the food section compared to the clothing section. You cannot have the same lighting system in the food section as you will have in the clothing section as different products need to be illuminated in different ways.

3. Using light as a marketing tool.

Lighting systems installed in jewellery and other high value product displays needs to serve the specific purpose of highlighting the beauty of the products to enhance their value.

4. Install appropriate lighting systems for fresh food department.

Inappropriate lighting installation in the fresh food department can accelerate the deterioration of products. Therefore it is imperative to select the right lighting system for your fresh food department.

Fireproofing Drapes And Curtains – Why We Need To?

Around the world today, one big problem that needs to be looked at is fireproofing. This is something that needs to be looked at and needs to be done, but too many people take it too lightly. Also, a lot of people do not take the time to really fireproof their homes or apartments. To many people that live in a home or an apartment, think that just because they have fire walls built into their homes that they are safe from fires. However, what are you going to do if the fire is started within your our home? The only thing that fire walls are going to do is to keep the fire in your apartment or home. Fire walls are only really helpful if the fire is trying to come into your home from the outside. That is why a lot of apartments have fire walls in between the apartment rooms, to make sure that if one goes down, they do not all go down. However, as said before, what good is that going to do you if the fire gets started from within?

Well, that is why it’s very important, in this day and age, to fireproof your drapes and curtains. It is stated that almost 50% of all household fires are started, because of curtains or drapes catching on fire. This is because they are usually made out of fabric that is very easy to catch on fire. Also, most drapes and curtains tend to hang down, usually over outlets and too close to tables and lamps. If the drapes are over an outlet and a spark hits a curtain, then it’s going to go up in flames. So what’s the problem if they are over lamps or tables? Well, if the drapes are over a table, this is the main spot where people like to put candles, and it’s very easy for a drape to fall into a candle by mistake. Also, keep in mind that the fire does not have to touch the drape to catch it on fire. If it’s just close enough, then the heat from the candle can catch it on fire. Also, lamps tend to get very hot, if a drape is to land on top of a lamp, or sit too close to one, then you are just asking for trouble.

This is why it’s very important to fireproof your drapes and curtains. This is something that does not cost a lot of money, and in the end, it could save you tons. The fact of the matter is, they make very inexpensive fire retardant out there for drapes and curtains. All you do is spray your drapes and curtains with these chemicals (usually outside to let it dry out), and then you are done. You can hang your curtains back up and not have to worry about them catching on fire. However, you should still keep them away from open flames. After all, fireproofing something does not mean that it can not catch on fire. It’s just less likely to catch on fire