Crossing California Mountains by Bike San Diego CA to Yuma AZ

There are only a couple of bike routes doable from San Diego CA to Yuma AZ and they are indeed challenging, especially consider the mountain pass. You go from Sea Level to just over 4,000 feet in elevation. It is a wicked ride with lots of hills and heat. Often there are severe crosswinds and you get rather sandblasted on a bicycle. The route is a little tricky for the first 22 miles, but may I suggest you start out at the Hotel Del Coronado to help work you into the route. The wind along the Pacific is brisk and always blowing.

Now then starting from the Hotel Del you travel down Hwy 75 south about 9-miles and a beautiful ride with the wind at your back. This will be the last of the beauty for a while, the warm-up will be nice considering the future that lies ahead. Once you hit Palm Ave. you are ready for your trek Eastward across the bottom of the state. Take Palm Ave to Beyer Blvd North to Orange Avenue East, which turns into Olympic Parkway. Turn left onto Hunter Parkway 1 mile to East Otay Lakes Rd and then 7 miles to Hwy 94, which you will endure.

You will then take Hwy 94 to I-8 about 50 miles of hard riding, dry, hot and long and just before you get there you will take Old Hwy 80 about 10 more miles, which then connects to I-8 for a bit for about 10 miles over the 4,000 foot pass, that is one heck of a climb indeed. Next you will get off on Hwy 98 and take that to Calexico about 38 miles, but it is most all down hill and refreshing, well considering the dusty desert and winds. But you are now on the flats and you can make a good clip across the desert.

After Calexico you ride another easy, but rather boring 20 more miles to Evan Hewes Hwy, which is like a frontage road for awhile and then you will come to the 186 Hwy and go North to Araz Junction and follow Araz Rd. to Yuma Crossing State Park, where you will ride into Yuma, AZ on Business 8 or Fifth Street. You made it 177 miles, not bad for 12-hour ride now may I suggest cruising through the town to Barnes and Noble, as it is a great pick-up point with an air-conditioned coffee shop, Meanwhile I will prepare myself for my second day of riding into Phoenix on my Ride Across America.

Rain Gutters – When It’s Time to Replace Them

There are several reasons why you should install new gutters. The most important of these reasons is water and water infiltration.

Gutter Replacement Reasons

The first reason why you should look into new gutters is the affect wind has during a rainstorm. Wind may direct the water on the facade of the house. Without effective gutters, even an extended roof cannot protect the walls. Water causes damage to most construction material – wood, cement plaster, break and concrete to name a few. When home walls become wet, their heating capacity is impacted.

Second, water from an unprotected roof goes directly to the ground next to the home. From there it then infiltrates through the dirt to the foundation of the home. If this continues long enough, your foundation will begin to deteriorate and crack, causing water to eventually seep into the ground floor, basement or plinth of your home. Water infiltration may lead to many other problems and correspondingly reduce the lifetime of the basement. Furthermore, a weakened foundation will impact other parts of the whole house.

Another challenge of water infiltration is rotting and mold. Once water begins to seep into a basement or foundation, it is hard to remove effectively. This is because the infiltrated basement starts to create its own bad micro-climate in the house. This micro-climate features dampness and high humidity. Coupled with a dark environment (as basement lights are normally off), these conditions provide an ideal environment for mold growth. The impact can be damage doors, decks, furniture and carpets.

Looking to the outside of your house, another challenge emerges. Flowing water, brought on by damaged or old gutters not functioning correctly can destroy sidewalks and landscaping on your property. This is caused when the water that comes from the roof is not captured and channeled correctly when the water hits the ground. It may create an unplanned system of channels and ponds full of water. Water splashing back up on the house’s siding may also produce mold, staining and other deterioration.

Gutter Replacement – Top Indicators

How do you know when it is time to replace your gutters? There are several signs that may indicate it is time to change gutters. Here are a few warning signs:

1.) There is evidence of water staining and mold on the building facade.

2.) Small ponds of water appear near the house after a rain storm.

3.) Small water channels are emerging in your landscaping near the house.

4.) Areas of your landscaping are getting washed out.

5.) Nails start to pop out and gutters become floppy.

6.) Some gutter sections are missing or loose.

Gutters, More Than Function

Besides gutter systems’ primary objective – home protection, they can also add an aesthetically pleasing addition to your existing home design. In some cases the addition of a new gutter system may positively alter the exterior design of the house.

Gutter Contractors

Choosing the right contractor involves a lot of research. Visiting websites of the companies will provide wealth information.

Good contractors should give the client proof of liability insurance and workman`s compensation. Many contractors provide a guarantee to repair or change gutters if they are defective or damaged. Some companies even provide a lifetime warranty.

Home Mole Removal Guide

There are many different ways you could try to remove an unwanted mole, such as:

Natural Remedies:

* Apple Juice

* Baking Soda and Caster oil

* Onion Juice

* Dandelions

Over the counter Treatments:

* Herbal Treatments

* Mineral Salts

Cosmetic Surgery

* cut off surgically

* burnt off

* frozen off

* laser

However when it came to removing ugly moles/sun spots from my body I decided to use my own method of removal:

Burning off Moles with a Soldering iron:

Items:

* Soldering iron-Clean/Sterile, ensure it has a small tip as large tipped soldering irons may cause damage to surrounding skin.

* Alcohol wipes

I must however state that the moles/spots I chose to remove appeared ‘normal’ in that they were not irregular in shape or colour and what I considered to be risk free of being cancerous.

Obviously, anything that appeared odd I would leave and have it looked at by a specialist.

I must state again that I am in no way suggesting that anyone else do what I do, I am not a specialist in this field and would recommend seeing a specialist before treating anything on your skin.

Procedure:

For the initial removal I will post here I used an assistant as it was on my head, and I obviously needed help to remove blemishes from my head/back/back of legs etc.

-Ensure the soldering iron is clean by using cloth/tissue soaked in antiseptic, steel wool may even be used if the tip has some old residue built up on it.

If the iron was too dirty I would then consider replacing it with a new one.

-Switch on soldering iron allowing it to warm up.

Place it on a heat resistant surface when not in use, eg I use a plate or saucer.

On this occasion I chose to remove a mole from my head:

-Ensure plenty of antiseptic wipes on hand, don’t use tissue or toilet paper as some may be left on the wound.

-Wipe the area to be treated with an antiseptic wipe.

-Now all I was doing was removing the mole/ freckle/sun spot which is basically on the surface of the skin or just under the surface, so I did not have to go too deep.

-What I simply did was give a few light taps to the mole.

The mole or surface of the skin kind of melts/shrivels away with the heat.

-This was only very fast and light taps on the skin, just to transfer some heat into the skin, if I was to hold the iron on the skin too long it would become quite painful and I guess could do some significant damage and cause significant scarring.

-Usually after a few taps 3-5 I would simply give the skin a wipe with the alcohol wipes and usually the top layer of skin would come off and generally the mole with it.

If a mole was not removed after around 10 taps, I would simply leave it as I considered it too deep to remove.

I would then clean the area and leave it to heal over the next 1-2 weeks, ensuring to keep the area clean as it healed.

-What I discovered many times was that even if the mole was not removed and I considered it too deep, as the scab fell off the entire mole would be removed.

I believe the heating process kind of killed the mole or in fact the scab that formed ‘suffocated’ the mole and it would then be removed with the scab.

Screw and Bolt Tips For the DIYer

Screws are a great invention; they secure things ten times better than nails and don’t need any impact to insert. However there are quite a few tips you may need to know on how to deal with screws. Now not being a DIY expert myself I have looked up ways of solving some of the problems you have when using screws.

* Quite often we want to get a screw out and it has rusted up. If you soak it overnight with some lemon juice by wrapping a lemon juice soak tissue, this will make it much easier to remove.

* If a screw is stuck no problem here’s a great trick to sort it out. Assuming the screw head is above the surface use a small hacksaw blade to cut a new groove

* You know those little bags of silica gel crystals you find in many electrical products packaging? Save them and put it in you screw boxes. Apparently it will keep them shiny.

* Another tip for rusty screws came up trying to remove it. Try using a soldering iron to heat the head of the screw. The heat will expand the metal and loosen the rust.

* Cola has a phosphoric acid content, which eats rust. So when you have a rusted screw dip it in some coke overnight and the rust will be gone.

* Yet another interesting, but successful tip for rusty bolts is the use of good old Tabasco sauce. Just squirt a small dose on the screw and make yourself a cup of tea. After which there shouldn’t be any problem unscrewing it.

Finally, a very useful tip for the storing screws using a jam jar with a metal screw top. Simply drill a hole in the top of the lid and screw it to the underside of a shelf of table. You now have a place to put the jar and its contents, what a space saver this is.

Learn the Various Types of Allen Wrenches

No matter whether you lease or own your own house, keeping proper tools on hand can certainly make a difference when an item breaks or must be constructed. Anyone can make simple repairs, no matter how much practical experience they have. All that’s needed is a little bit of patience, along with the proper equipment. Don’t like shelling out a bundle as soon as something breaks, getting in touch with an expert, or needing to replace your belongings? Happily, the answer is to have the proper tools. Give thought to finding an Allen wrench set and a comprehensive collection of additional hand tools to help with making your repair jobs a little bit simpler. Let us take a look at some of the possibilities:

Socket Sets

Socket wrenches are a kind of tightening tool designed to use detachable sockets, hence it is possible to accommodate an array of nuts and bolts. All these wrenches allow you to tighten or loosen a nut without refitting the wrench for just about every turn. Socket sets that include an Allen wrench likewise generally incorporate flat head and Phillips head screws, as well as star headed sockets. The right socket sets should include a sprinkle of everything, making it easier to get the job finished.

Allen Wrench Key Sets

These sets are a terrific choice for people who need to have an Allen wrench always ready all the time, or folks that have a tough time keeping track of their tools. These Allen wrenches are part of a pocket tool with folding hex keys. They are available in Imperial and metric measurements, and have ten to fifteen Allen keys per tool. They fold up beautifully, and are only about the size of a pocket knife while not being used.

L-Style Allen Wrenches

This L-shaped tool delivers strength and simplicity. A given set will usually incorporate eight to fourteen keys on a ring or in a small box. Shorter L-shaped tools work well in smaller spaces, while longer tools make it easier to reach more problematic spaces.

Ball Hex Sets

These Allen wrench sets tend to be somewhat different. They’ve got a ball shaped head operates nicely at some of the tighter angles, where L-shaped wrenches can’t quite reach. This kind of wrench set can be obtained in all kinds of measurements and makes use of a variety of handle shapes.

T-Handle Allen Keys

Just as it says in the name, these Allen wrench keys have a T-shaped handle, not an L-shaped one. The T-shape makes it less difficult to turn the wrench. The standard set should include a sturdy series of wrenches in all sizes – generally ten or so. You should definitely spend the additional dollars so you can get tough wrenches that will likely not break during use.

Chess Openings – Indian Systems

Indian Systems were first introduced in the 1920s, but were never used as openings in tournaments until the 1940s when Soviet Union chess players began using them. Many current World champion players now use them. Indian Systems are very unique and very important. The theory behind them is simply this: instead of attacking the center with pawns, one attacks the center with the pieces that are on the wings, i.e. fianchettos.

There are many move sequences that can produce an Indian System arrangement, and, just like Closed Games, Indian Systems often change into other openings as the game moves along. All of them are categorized as Semi-Closed Games and all of them begin with 1.d4 Nf6. This unbalanced opening arrangement helps give both players an equal opportunity to advance.

Usually, in reply to that the opening move of 1.d4 Nf6, White will move 2.c4 in order to secure more space in the middle of the board. This also gives Knight a chance to possibly move to c3 and gives the pawn a chance to possibly move to e4. Now Black has several options of how to respond to 2.c4

2 … e6

Black may play 2…e6, which allows more development of the Bishop. Black then has the choice of entering into several Indian variations-Nimzo-Indian Defense, Queen’s Indian Defense, Bogo-Indian Defense, Modern Benoni Defense, or even a transposition to Queen’s Gambit Declined.

The sequence 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 is called the Nimzo-Indian Defense, an old favorite Indian opening. In this opening, Black attacks the center squares with minor pieces, trying to swap a Bishop for a Knight in order to produce doubled pawns on White’s Q-side. Sometimes White plays 2.Nf3 in order to avoid this whole conflict, which leads to the Queen’s Indian Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6). This defense gives Black a solid position. One can use the Bogo-Indian Defense instead, but this approach is not as popular.

In the Catalan Opening (or Catalan System), after the movements of 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3, White’s goal is to fianchetto the Bishop. This approach has features of both Queen’s Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4) and Réti Opening (1 Nf3 followed by fianchettoing of both Bishops). There are a number of methods that allow a fianchetto to the Bishop.

2 … g6

2…g6 aims to develop the Bishop through a fianchetto and leads to Indian variations called Grünfeld Defense and King’s Indian Defense.

The King’s Indian Defense (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7) is another old favorite that is used even at the highest levels of chess competition because of how forceful, yet risky, it is. Grünfeld Defense (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5) differs from King’s Indian Defense only by the move d5. This defense is also very popular among World Champions.

2 … c5

2…c5 produces an opening called the Modern Benoni Indian Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5).

In this movement, Black allows White to create a stronghold at d5 as well as gain control of the center with his pawns. It is risky business, but if Black moves his pieces wisely, it ends up making for a dramatic game. Some of the risk can be avoided by playing 2…e6 and then 2.c5.

Another variation is the Benko Gambit (or Volga Gambit), which is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5. In this opening Black’s gambit aims to open lines in the Q-side, and White usually does not accept the offer.

Others

Other Indian systems include Old Indian Defense, Black Knights’ Tango (Mexican Defense), Blumenfeld Gambit, Döry Defense, Accelerated Queen’s Indian Defense, and Slav-Indian Defense. Anti-Indian combinations for White include Budapest Defense, Neo-Indian Attack, Torre Attack, and Trompowski Attack.

Indian Systems are listed under a variety of ECO codes; A45 to A79, D70 to D99, and E00 to E99.

Golf Lessons – How to Play a Par-3 Hole

First you will need to look into the change in elevation between your tee box and the green. While you could reach the green on just one shot you will need to choose the right club when you are going from the tee box based on the elevation difference between you and the cup. If the elevation of the green is lower than that of the elevation of the tee box you should look to go after the ball with a lighter club so that you will be able to keep from getting the ball to roll too far. You will also be able to take advantage of a lower amount of roll after you hit the ball.

You should not take the distance between you and the cup into consideration when you are going up to a par-3 hole. Be sure to consider the wind and elevation considerations of the hole when you choose a club. Sometimes a weaker or more powerful club might be a better option for you to use.

When you aim for the green you should aim you shot about ten feet beyond the green. This is easy to handle because most golfers tend to be more successful when putting from a shot past the hole than when it is short of the hole.

Another thing to do for your shot is to aim your shot in the right direction in the event that there is a tree or other obstacle located between you and the cup. You should aim twenty degrees away from the side of the obstruction in this case. You may not be able to get an easy shot at a birdie in this case but it will help you to at least look to get a good shot onto the green to possible try and get a shot at a par for the hole.

Be sure to use these tips for playing on a par-3 hole. By using these it will be easier for you to work towards getting a birdie or at least a par on a hole. Who knows, you just might even ace a hole when you use the right strategies.

The Great British Holiday – Blackpool Illuminations Through the Years

It was before the First World War that Blackpool had it’s first Illuminations on an organised scale. However, in 1925, “The Lights” went on in earnest, extending the summer season by several weeks and providing a fine excuse for another nostalgic peep at Blackpool before the winter. The Autumn Illuminations were revived on a scale much grander than pre-war. Crowds flocked in to see this fairyland spectacle which extended the season well on into October and eclipsed the attractions of all other British seaside resorts.

Thanks to Hitler, Blackpool Illuminations were suspended again in 1939 when Blackpool shed her gay, mad, multi-coloured look of peace and almost overnight became a drab reception centre for uniformed men and homesick evacuees. The famous “Lights” had gone out with a vengeance.

The Royal Lancashire Show came to Blackpool in 1949 and, in the autumn of that year, the Illuminations were re-introduced on a more lavish scale than ever before. Millions came by road and rail for this great post-war spectacle. People came from all parts of the British Isles on an annual pilgrimage to this six mile stretch of winking, multi-coloured lights and illuminated tableaux.

There was an intense rivalry for years between Blackpool and Morecambe in the magnificence of their Illuminations but, by 1953, Morecambe had lost the battle. That year, the weekly paper at Morecambe, the Visitor, had to admit: ‘We cannot hold a candle to Blackpool.’

Even in those days there were 300,000 lamps, 75 miles of cable and 50 miles of festoon strips in the Blackpool Illuminations. The Illuminations Department of 160 had really worked their imaginations. Every lamp post was decorated with lights – Disney characters, weeping willows and winking bulbs. Colour, movement and ingenuity created a charm and magnetism hard to forget. There were large working tableaux, the most spectacular of which was a circus over 60 feet long in which every figure moved. The signs of the zodiac winked at you. Large illuminated models of crabs, lobsters, sea-horses and mermaids crowded the promenade. There were model stained glass windows of the first Queen Elizabeth and our present Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Cornwall and Princess Anne with the signatures of the two Queens underneath. Giant models of nursery rhyme characters loomed at you. The variety was unlimited for the entire stretch of promenade.

The Blackpool Illuminations have gone on ever since, extending Blackpool’s summer season by several weeks. The Lights are bigger, better and brighter as each year passes. It seems incredible to think that people have been enjoying the spectacle for so many years. The attraction of the lights is as popular as ever and modern technology is constantly helping to make the experience even more amazing. A visit to the Illuminations proves to be unforgettable and is enjoyed by everyone – both young and old alike. The Illuminations usually run throughout September and October each year. As well as the lights, there are lots of Blackpool shows to keep you entertained along with all the other attractions that Blackpool has to offer.

Teams – 5 Barriers to Team Success

Highly effective teams can achieve extraordinary results for the organisations that they serve. Achieving success for the organisation leads to greater personal success, and achievement. Yet in truth, team success is not guaranteed. So what are 5 common barriers to team success and what can you do to avoid them?

Barrier 1: Fuzzy outcomes

If a team is to prosper and deliver results, it needs to be crystal clear about the results or outcomes that are expected to be delivered by the team. Too often teams are set outcomes that are fuzzy and vague which unsurprisingly leads to little in terms of results. Make the outcomes specific and measurable. For example, reduce waste from product X by 10% by 31 December 2008 is both specific and measurable.

Barrier 2: Unproductive conflict

All successful teams need to have challenge and conflict otherwise it all becomes too cosy. On the other hand, it is important to ensure that conflict is productive rather than destructive or unproductive. Lively and heated debate that actually results in a better outcome or solution is an example of productive conflict. Challenge that focuses on all of the negatives without offering any alternatives is unproductive.

Barrier 3: Playing it safe

Making a step change in performance or turning things round requires teams and team members to take some risk and step out of their comfort zone. This will only happen if the culture within the organisation supports and rewards this type of innovative and balanced risk taking approach. For example, if the culture is to look for scapegoats when things go wrong, people will keep within the safety boundaries rather than taking a chance.

Barrier 4: Individual agendas

If a team is to prosper, all members need to sign up to and be committed to the team goals first foremost. For many this is particularly challenging as in business, we are used to being concerned about our own individual situation. Creating a reward system that relies on the group can be a useful stepping stone to encouraging teams to focus on the team agenda.

Barrier 5: Leadership

In teams someone has to take on the role of the leader. A team without a leader is like a ship without a captain. The team might select a leader or as the team develops someone may emerge who is the natural leader. However, any successful team needs a leader.

Bottom Line – Teams can achieve great results but it is essential that the barriers to team success are identified and addressed. So what barriers are getting in the way of your teams success?

Ceiling Coving & Cornice – Tips and Guidelines on How to Install

Tools needed

Saw – a medium tooth, cross-cut saw is best. Choose one with a reasonably stiff blade – if it is too flexible it may bend when cutting the coving, resulting in a curved edge making it difficult to obtain a good fit with the adjoining coving length.

Mitre box – ensure that it is big enough for the coving you are cutting. Remember that the coving is propped against the back plate of the mitre box – a common mistake is to lie the coving “flat” and cut as if it was architrave or a picture frame. The coving is always put in the mitre box “upside down” – i.e the edge that will be fixed to the ceiling should be on the base (horizontal section) of the box. 

Adhesives – Use the recommended adhesives for the coving you are installing, which sometimes includes a specialist cement for the joins (a high bond adhesive that will prevent any cracks appearing later on). Ensure the room temperature is above 10°C otherwise the adhesives won’t cure quickly enough.

Other tools required will be: Pencil, ruler, spirit level, standard caulking/cartridge gun, hammer and small nails, sponge & water, filling knife, trimming knife, paintbrush (to use when blending in the filler).

Cutting – Use a firm, positive stroke of the saw. Don’t try and force the cut or cut too quickly. Hold the coving securely with your non-cutting hand to prevent it slipping or moving in the mitre box. If possible, try and support/raise the other end to the same level throughout so that the cove isn’t sloping along it’s length. Make sure you position the adjustable stops in the mitre box to the correct measurement (the amount that the coving/cornice protrudes across the ceiling). Measure, don’t guess!

Internal corners – When positioned in the mitre box, the main section of coving that will be hung on the left wall should be to your right, and similarly the main section of coving should be on your left for the piece that will be hung on the right hand wall.

External corners – The same theory applies to external corners – except this time you will be cutting using the opposite 45° guide. A stop end is cut the same way as an external corner using a short surplus length.

Hanging

If you have any external corners (such as a chimney breast), start with them. Otherwise start at the first corner you see when entering the room (it is always easier to get the 1st corner of the installation correct, so make sure it is the most noticeable corner in the room).

Establish the drop down the wall from the ceiling that the coving will be fixed at, and ensure this is clean and sound. Draw a line around the room at this position (or mark at various points). Ensure the line is horizontal – do not be tempted to follow the ceiling which may not be level (if there is any subsequent gap, this can be filled later). At every 500mm or so, tap a small pin nail into the wall as a temporary supporting guide. (The small nail holes will eventually be covered by the adhesive/filling compound). For extra adhesion you can score the area between line and the ceiling. Optionally, repeat this process on the ceiling.

Now, carefully measure along the wall the length you need – then measure it again! Transfer these measurements to the coving, and if it helps, also mark a line in the direction that the cut will roughly be, so that when put in the mitre box you can be assured you are cutting in the correct direction.

Make the cut, then offer up to check you are happy that the 2 sections meet. Don’t worry if they do not meet perfectly – not many rooms have corners that are exactly 90°, so a perfect join is rare. That’s where careful use of the filler comes in later!

Using the adhesive, apply along the entire length of the back edges of the coving where it will meet the wall and ceiling. As a rough guide to coverage, a 310ml cartridge should be sufficient for 6-8m.

Using the line on the wall as a guide and the nails as a lever, push the coving firmly into place, adjusting as necessary. Now apply a thin layer of jointing cement to the end of the coving where it will meet the next piece. This will give an ultra high strength join and prevent any cracks appearing in the future (if applied correctly, the join will be stronger than the actual coving piece itself).

Repeat the above process around the rest of the room.

Remove any excess adhesive and use it to fill in any gaps – between joins and between coving and wall/ceiling. Use your finger, a filling knife and a damp paintbrush to smooth over, followed by a wet sponge to wipe off any remaining adhesive. Finally after allowing 3-4 hours for the adhesive to dry, remove the nails and fill the holes as above.

Painting

The coving is pre-finished with an undercoat/primer already applied, so it will be ready to paint after 24 hours. Although any paint is suitable, remember that emulsion is water based. This means that it may suffer hairline cracks if there is excessive movement or vibration in the ceiling. Acrylic/oil based based paints have more “elasticity” in them so are less prone to these fine cracks.

© Davuka GRP Ltd

Carrier Heat Pump Prices – A Reliable Pump

Carrier heat pump prices vary depending on the efficiency of the unit that is being purchased. They are well known in the heating and cooling industry. They have been producing solid heat pump unit for years. They have created a new generation of heat pumps, namely their Infinity and Comfort Series, taking efficiency to a new level. The pricing and performance of the pump system are on a par with all of the major residential manufacturers.  

The best thing about the units is that they come with programmable thermostats. This thermostat can increase the efficiency of the unit simply by being able to heat and cool your house on a time schedule that can suit individual’s needs. They are a good choice if you are looking for a new unit.  It has SEER ratings of up to 19 SEER for the Carrier Infinity Series and up to 15 SEER for the Performance and Comfort series. They can also take on the toughest of heating and cooling jobs and can do it efficiently.   

Their Advanced Infinity series offers the highest efficiency, while their Performance Series and Comfort Series provide economical comfort. The higher the SEER and HSPF ratings of the pump, the more efficient it is. They even have a gas furnace, which lets you enjoy additional heating called the hybrid heat dual fuel system, which is the most cost savings system that you can buy.    

Carrier heat pump prices range from around $600 to $900. Prices can depend on the size of the unit and optional units attached to it such as for heating hot water. It can also depend on the type of pump: if it is air or ground source or on whether it will be used for heating, cooling, or both. Installation also entails additional cost for the pump.   

However, one thing you have to remember is that you cannot save money, or get lower heat pump prices if you try to do the installation yourself. Thus, you must employ a trained professional to do the installation.   In looking for a heating and cooling device, always buy from a reputable seller like Carrier. It is better if you do not take someone’s second hand unit. This is because you do not really know the condition of second hand units and some may not even have warranty. Do not be tempted to buy a unit without a warranty.  

In buying a unit, you will also have to consider the capacity, meaning how large the unit you need. The larger capacity pumps demand a higher price. However, they may do a better job of heating and cooling than a smaller heat pump unit may. In purchasing a pump, do not only consider the Carrier heat pump prices but also the cost of installation. Some company may charge extra cost for installation. Other companies can include the installation in the purchase price of the unit itself.

Full Tilt Poker Report: The Poker Party is Over

I was taking a look at Party poker tournaments recently just to see how bad things have become there since the company decided to interpret the recent gaming legislation passed by George and friends in a way that required them to pull out of the American market. Basically, things are quite boring at the Party Poker tables now. Combine that with some tough competition from the likes of Full Tilt Poker, and the Party does seem to be coming to an end.

What used to be the biggest, most powerful earning machine on the internet, Party Poker is now a shadow of itself. At one point, Party Poker was clearing $100,000 US per hour! Now after clearing out more than a 100,000 American poker players this site is no better than a doomed upstart like JetSetPoker.

Before the legislation Party Poker had a plan in motion that would have created an online tournament next summer, so huge that it was destined to eclipse the prize money of even the WSOP. Yes, that is where they were going. Now suddenly, The Monster promotion disappears without notice or explanation to its loyal players. So do, go the numerous guaranteed tournaments, the juicy Super Weekday tourneys, and the Guaranteed Sunday Million. It took Party nearly 3 weeks to even post an updated web page bluntly, unapologetically, nixing all the above, even though many of us had won entries into these bigger tournaments.

Now, as I am going through the site, I see the biggest action tournaments are FREEROLLS, where players that still have accounts there can try and earn a few bucks from Party Poker reserves. The rest of the active tournaments pale in numbers – where the most interest is in a 6 buck tourney. Party used to put these on every second hour and get twice as many participants fro each one. Now there are just a few per night, ranging from 50 to 750 players at peaks hours.

Besides the disappearing promotional tournaments, the Super Weekday tournaments have gone from 800 – 1500 entries, to 100 – 300 entries at best! It’s a total collapse. The site was always plagued by irritating tournament software quirks that were never paid attention to. Now they may have time to fix some things. A lot of things.

The day after the BAD DECISION, I waited 15 minutes for a $10 buck sit and go tournament to start. I use to wait for 15 seconds or less. Never mind that, I got so fed up with my STEPS credits that I burned through the sit and gos, basically donking off my credits because there weren’t enough players to fill the next higher level anyway. What a joke.

The Party got interrupted at the climax of the night. Now having a look at that site and the pathetic tournament action, it’s hard to remember how fun it once was.

I fear it now for Party Poker that even if someone gets some gusto in that corporate office and reverses one of the worst business decisions ever made in history, there is really no chance of capturing that Party magic again.

Advantages Associated With Solar Umbrella Styles

A solar umbrella is an amazing outdoor structure that many homeowners consider having. These items come from many brands and this is why they look different. You need some for your veranda, garden or anywhere else in your home compound. Many of these have just the right weight and hence very portable. Therefore, you can take them to the beach or anywhere you want. These amazing structures are very versatile, as many of you will soon find out. You can freely choose the correct color, height, and the design you want.

Usually, this structure has a shaft and a canopy just as an umbrella. A canopy is made of a very special fabric that has good qualities. For instance, the best fabric is waterproof, mildew proof and it can as well resist damage from ultraviolet rays. As a result, the fabric can last for many years looking as good as new. As long as you choose one that is easy to clean, you will not have any problems. Furthermore, a fabric has many different colors, such as red, orange, white, blue, yellow and several others. You can even get yourself a patterned awning.

Some have beautiful stripes and color combinations. If an item’s aesthetic value matters to you, then you will enjoy choosing a sunshade for your home. Shape is another detail that makes different awnings beautiful. Some are circular, square, rectangular and even hexagonal. The other detail you should never ignore is the item’s pole. Make sure that it is strong enough so that it can serve you for many years. Mostly, a solar umbrella has a metal pole, often aluminum to make it durable.

You can even find some items that are made of steel, which is even stronger. The pole connects to a base which can support itself properly. You can keep it on the floor, on top of a table or any other flat surface. The table shape does not matter because many awnings can fit properly. The tilt mechanism is rather different, as you will realize when searching for these items. You can adjust them to any angle you desire. Of course, lighting systems is the most trendy and useful feature your awning could have. This includes lights, solar panel and a rechargeable battery. The panel is usually at the tip of the umbrella.

It contains no wires or cords that requires connecting. This is why many people love these structures. They help them to conserve energy during summer season when parties are common. Besides, solar lights are not risky as electric-powered are. They are easy to recharge as long as the batteries have good quality. Note that LED lights are different in terms of colors and the way they look. They can feature clustered bulbs or individual bulbs in a pod. It is up to you to pick the right styles. You may even decide to install the lighting personally, especially if, you already have a solar umbrella. Simply do your shopping on the Internet because you can get high quality products.

Patio Awnings – The Range of Fixed, Portable and Retractable Awnings

Due to the weather, you can’t always use your patio. Perhaps it is too hot or the rain has set in for the day. However, one way you can enjoy your patio all year round is to install a patio awning. Such awnings provide cover against the sun and rain so that you can be out on your patio regardless of what the weather is throwing at you.

At its most basic, a patio awning consists of a piece of strong canvas stretched over a solid frame. They can come in fixed or portable. Fixed awnings are attached permanently to the side of your home and reach out over the patio to provide the necessary protection. Portable look a little like tents and can be moved around or put away as you see fit.

As far as fixed patio awnings are concerned, you can buy retractable or permanent. A retractable patio awning can be retracted or extended depending on the circumstance. Depending on the type of awning, this can be achieved by cranking a handle or pressing a button. Permanent awnings simply stay attached and can’t be retracted. This way they provide cover regardless of the actual weather.

High winds are dangerous for awnings. A strong gust can blow them over, tear the canvas or pull them off the side of the house. If you have a retractable awning then you should keep it in the retract position during storms or windy days. For fixed awnings you need to consider the winds that arise where you live and wether or not it is too dangerous to install an awning.

How To Go About Crazy Paving

Crazy paving is an unique way to enliven a particular pavement or a garden walkway. But what exactly is crazy paving? It is a style of paving which makes use of more than one color or style for designing an area.

This is one of the easiest design techniques and requires the least amount of hassles. In case you are sticking to using just different colors you do not have to worry about which colors goes with which other color. You can just use any number of colors and try to get a lively look. However when you are using multiple styles it is best you try to picture which style compliment which ones, i.e. because often the use of too many similar styles can mar the entire look.

But how exactly do you go about doing this type of paving? Before you begin with the paving make sure the soil is set rightly. In fact it is ideal that the soil is excavated to be level. Over the soil you can add on your mortar mix which would form the base for your pavement. In case you are using different stones make sure that the stones you get are more or less of the same size. Many use broken pieces of colored tiles on this mortar to bring in a colorful and crazy look. Some also use broken pieces of colored glass. In fact you can even use different scrap materials and recycled stuff to use on this pavement. There are some tiles which are used just for the purpose of crazy paving. You could pick up some more ideas from magazines or gardening books.

In case you are considering the use of plants then it is a good idea to buy them in flats. Buying plants in flats come at an economical rate. In that case it is a good idea to take up the project in the month of March. March being the onset of spring is a good time for planting. After the whole task is done, sprinkle the area with water. A light shower would be enough. Once dried brush the surface area off, get rid of the extra scrap and excess materials. One factor that you must remember while you are into crazy paving is that you should not try to be formal. In fact this whole style looks best with a carefully careless look. Try sticking to that.