Fitness Centre and Gym Sound Systems

If you’re looking to renew your Gym or Fitness Centre Stereo Sound System why not treat your members with something better than an old echoing PA this time? I understand that the focus is on the fitness, but ‘come on’ half the time the sounds can be inaudible due to the obstacles and background noise. Choosing a system that will suit the standards required will be no easy task, we’re looking at more than a radio on the front desk here.

Here’s why:

  1. You are going to need to input and receive several types of media to allow the class to bring in their personal favorites. MP3, DVD, and CD. And you will need a Digital radio signal receiver as a minimum.
  2. Output – Speakers, surround sound, TV screens, Sub Woofer, and Tweeters to enable 5.1 to 7.1 Output. The speaker sets designed for Home Theater Systems are often perfectly suited to Fitness Class needs. The clarity of the sounds are vitally important here, as we do not want the instructor impeded by distortion from inferior systems. There are also Specially Designed Fitness Centre Sound Systems, but they are far from cheap.
  3. The system is going to have to be easy to use, as if members are bringing their own tunes, they will be changing music themselves as and when they finish up the session and leave.
  4. Durability is going to be a major factor, you do not want things breaking off at the slightest bump or bash. Some of these Gym goers are monsters, and do not know their own strength. Your general stereo system from home is just not going to be up to the job, and as for that old growling PA!
  5. After Sales Support will be required, you do not want to spend weeks in silence whilst the system is constantly down, or being repaired abroad. Online Technical Support may be enough to get you through if you have a working knowledge of Stereo Systems, as long as it is not too high-tech.

After all, the instructor is going to be concentrating on the needs of the class, not working out how to operate technical Sound Equipment The adjustments need to be simple. No graphic equalisers and such like, just the basic controls, or the members will forever be adjusting the settings.

Modern systems can give high definition sounds with minimum control adjustments, stick with the basics.

Choosing the right Stereo System for your Fitness Centre or Gym can set a happy and enjoyable leisure and working environment and can have a very positive effect on the members and their results.

Thinking about the needs of the members, and the requirements of the equipment prior to investing in what could turn out to be the wrong or an unsuitable system, could save you a lot of time and money when the time for that new system arrives.

How to Replace a Light Switch With a Z-Wave Switch

Replacing a light switch can be easily done. However, the most important thing to keep in mind whenever working with electricity is the safety measures that one has to ensure before the replacement.

First and foremost, one has to ensure that there is no power to the switch at the main circuit box. Electrical panels are usually labeled according to their corresponding rooms and light switch. If there are no labels indicating breaker function, ask for somebody’s assistance to determine that it is indeed the right control to the switch to be replaced by signaling when the switch no longer has power as indicated by a light-up power meter or multi-meter. It is also advisable to put a sign that says “Work in Progress” to make certain that no one turns the power back on while the replacement is happening (more necessary in situations with multiple residents).

After making certain that it is safe to proceed, remove the two screws holding the cover plate with a screwdriver. The cover plate is the piece of metal or plastic covering the switch. Afterward, remove the mounting screws holding the switch in place. Pull the switch out of the wall far enough to expose the wires behind it. Verify if the new Z wave light switch is the right type of switch for replacement.

Again as a safety measure, it is necessary to use a voltage tester to ensure that there is no current between any of the wires and ground. After ensuring that there is no current between the wires, remove the screws holding the two wires coming out of the wall to the switch. Before doing so, label the wires according to the screws they were attached to so you would know which wire goes where, when you replace it with the Z wave switch.

Place the Z wave switch next to the old switch and attach the wires to the screws of the Z wave switch according to the labels you made earlier. The key will be to correctly identify neutral and hot as the switch requires the proper connections to power the RF communications in the device. Note that some Z-wave switches do not require a neutral wire to function, which is unique to home automation devices in this space. Put in place the new Z wave switch into the wall by securing it with the mounting screws. After doing so, replace the cover plate. Make sure that everything’s is intact before tuning on the power.

When you’ve placed everything in order, turn the main power. If the breaker pops or the fuse blows at this point, there is a mistake in the replacement. Re-check all your wire nuts and ensure that the hot and neutral were not reversed. If there is still doubt and the switch does not function, it may be best to contact a professional electrician.

However, if you are not comfortable with your DIY skills, it is still best to ask for the assistance of an electrician. It is always safety before anything else and for more information on insteon software and home automation software reviews, visit:

Monthly Vs Daily In RV Tenant Occupancy

When first buy an RV park, you assume that everyone will check in for a night or two, and then be on their way. However, you soon find out that customers’ needs are anything but that simple. Many RV owners intend to stay in one spot for an extended period The reasons include:

Temporary relocation due to working on a project (building a Walmart, etc.)

Staying near a hospital during a surgery and recovery

Permanent tenancy in a RV (primary residence)

Temporary relocation due to winter weather (“snowbirds” that go south in the winter)

Folks who are traveling in their RV but like to stay in one spot during the whole vacation.

Although daily rates of $20 or more look attractive to you in these instances, they don’t look that great to the customer. Especially is you are in a market where a monthly lot rent in a mobile home park goes for $150. As a result, it’s important to have a special rate package just for this unusual but common subset of customers.

If you have mobile homes in your park that are permanent and paying you lot rent, then the fair thing to do is to offer this same rent to the RVs, provided that they will agree to stay for at least a month and set up and pay their own utilities – just like a mobile home customer.

If you do not have any mobile homes in your park, then you are going to have to do some research to find out a fair rent. Call all of the mobile home and RV parks in your market to see what they charge “by the month”. You will have to remain, to stay competitive, in this price range. However, if you have some real additional benefit, such as lake frontage, you can probably go higher according to how desirable your park is. Be sure and ask what utilities are included in the monthly rent – you need to compare apples to apples.

When suggesting that the RV customer move into a “by the month” lot, be sure to use the price as the big driver in your sale. If daily is $20, and monthly is $200, then the RV customer will save $400 per month (minus electricity) by changing over to a monthly situation. This is compelling to almost everyone!

Of course, it is important to leave your most desirable “overnight” lots available, if possible. These lots are what attract new customers. Tell the monthly RV customer that those lots are reserved for true overnighters. Don’t tie up these choice lots on a monthly basis – you will actually lose customers as a result.

What are the benefits of “monthly” RV customers over “daily” to you as park owner?

Stability of cash flow. $20 a day is O.K., if it happens every day. If it only happens for one day every month, then $150 or so looks even better.

Reduced damage. The number one cause of problems in an RV park is what happens when RVs move in or out. That’s when utilities get run over and ruptured, and ruts put in the ground.

Barrier to moving, after a while. If you’ve done a good job, you will just be too “easy” to consider moving to another RV park, even at a lower price. Sometimes on monthly RV, the city will require the tenant to “hardwire” the power service to the home, making it more like a permanent structure than an RV. Plus many RVs skirt their RV over time to improve pipe freezing problems, etc.

There is no better feeling than knowing that you have enough RV park revenues in just the “by the month” customers to pay your bills and note payment. The daily RV side of the business can be the gravy.

So be sure to convert your customer to the appropriate monthly opportunity – before someone else does!

Greece – Cycladic Architecture

Cycladic architecture is famous for its uniqueness and charm. In fact, the rapid growth of tourism over recent years has extended its reputation well beyond the borders of Greece. When you visit a Cycladic town or village for the first time, you may have the feeling that you are inside an enchanting stage set.

The early Cycladic builders worked in the same simple yet daring style that distinguished the artists who created Cycladic idols some 5,000 years ago. With the authentic and untainted instinct of folk artists, these craftsmen constructed buildings that were adapted not only to the everyday needs of the inhabitants, but also to the beauty and grace of the Cycladic landscape.

One rarely comes across public squares in Cycladic villages. Public spaces in settlements are, as a rule, quite small. The common area is usually the street, with its exceptionally well-balanced building facades.

The street is characteristically paved with whitewash-outlined polygonal or rectangular flagstones. The pattern of the flagstones is usually adapted to fit along the outsides of the buildings, which are of two main styles: narrow-facade (“stenometopo”) and broad-facade (“evrymetopo”). Buildings in the same cluster or on the same block are most likely to be in the same style, with similar features. Therefore, a row of narrow-facade houses will have approximately the same dimensions and the same design. The houses usually have two storeys, with an outside staircase that allows separate access to the upper storey from the street.

The outside staircase exists regardless of whether the house is used as a single-family dwelling or two separate families individually own the ground floor and upper storey.

Separate ownership of individual floors is a popular tradition in the Cyclades, dating centuries back. It apparently started because of the lack of space within the fortified settlements that were built in the latter part of the 14th century when the islands first became settlements. Later, however, separate-storey ownership continued even after the pirate incursions had abated (mostly following the Battle of Lepanto in 1571), with the settlements then able to spread beyond the walls. Although the main reason for this is that it served the institution of the dowry, separate-storey ownership satisfied other needs as well, In Mykonos, for example, peasants who went to Hora (the Town) to sell their wares and do their marketing wanted storage spaces and rudimentary shelter. So, they purchased these ground floors from the locals.

The exteriors of Cycladic buildings are simple and unembellished, whitewashed, with only a few windows and a particular type of roof, which comes in three variations: vaulted, inclined, or pitched. For the most part, Cycladic houses resemble connected stark-white cubes.

Perched on cliff-sides, with an economy of space ensured by native ingenuity, these single or two-storeyed houses blend with church facades, fountains, windmills (where they exist) and dovecotes to compose pictures seen nowhere else in the world.

Buildings that form a compact mass, irregularly aligned houses, an economic use of curves, and walls that subtly slant out towards the ground to give the impression that the building is growing out of the island’s stark rocky ground, flagstone stairs rimmed in white to diminish their weight. When you add the painted doors (typically, the cobalt blue of the sea), windows and balconies, which contrast the stark white houses, you have the complete picture of Cycladic architecture.

But this is only the general picture. Each island has its own unique characteristics, determined by its history and topography, as well as by how the local materials have been utilized.

The interior of the houses is also similar, with only minor variations from island to island. The inside space is divided into two unequal sections by a kind of platform, 1-2 meters high and up to 3 meters wide, extending either the length or width of the house. This platform is called, alternately, “krevatos” (bed), “kraatos” or “sofas” (couch) depending on the locale. The furnishings, which are impressive for their aesthetics refinement and usefulness, are in total harmony with the decoration and architecture of the house. The interior decor consists of small cabinets, the “stamnos” (water jug) stand, trunks to store clothing, wardrobes, icon stands, wooden-carved chests, as well as a variety of furniture built into the walls.

This is often combined with pebble-paved front yards (particularly on Milos and Paros, as well as other islands), which add particular grace to the otherwise stark but always harmonious constructions of Aegean island vernacular architecture.

Top 11 Stained Glass Soldering Tips – Learn How to Solder Glass Art

We have boiled down our top 11 stained glass soldering tips to help you master the art and learn how to solder glass art.

This is one of the most crucial steps in the process and can truly make a difference in your stained glass projects.

So why do we use solder? Solder is a combination of tin and lead used to create a strong bond between other metals. Solder doesn’t stick to the glass pieces, so we apply copper foil tape to the edges, which is where you get the copper foil method. We melt the solder over the copper foil that holds the pieces together.

These tips are going to cover the copper foil method, but you will also utilize solder with the lead came method as well.

1. Safety: One of the most important aspect of soldering any stained glass project is to take the proper measures to safeguard your health. Soldering involves working with potentially hazardous materials like lead, flux and harmful fumes. By observing specific safety precautions and using informed common sense, working in stained glass can be a safe and enjoyable past time. Ventilation, wearing glasses, and securing the glass pieces are a few additional tips.

2. Choosing your soldering iron: There is a lot to consider when you choose an iron for stained glass. The handle should be heat resistant and comfortable for you to hold. You may be holding it for several hours at a time, so consider the weight and balance of the iron. Wattage is an important aspect of the iron you choose. It must be able to continuously generate enough heat to melt all of the types of solder you plan to work with. We recommend an iron that is at least 60 watts with a way to control the temperature.

3. Iron and tips maintenance: Investing in a soldering iron is a big step in whether you take this art seriously or not. A well maintained soldering iron and tips perform better and make the job of soldering much easier. Consider buying a soldering iron stand to keep your iron working at its best.

4. Do I need flux? Flux is a chemical compound that is used to promote the bonding of metals by removing the oxide residue simultaneously with the soldering process. Because of oxidation and other matters, it’s important to use flux in the bonding process as each mix of metals being used has a specific flux.

5. Before you begin: Make sure the foil is seated properly over the glass, trim all overlaps, put together all tools needed for the project, and secure your glass pieces. Not to mention review the safety measures.

6. Make sure you clean the surface you are about to solder. Steel wool is the best way to clean the surface of copper foil

7. Getting started: Flux all intersections first, then use a small amount of solder and flatten with the iron tip. Next fill in the gaps between the glass pieces until the solder is level with the surface of the glass. Then, coat the surface with a thin layer of solder. Finally, use your flux. We like to start at the top and work down as it tends to turn out better.

8. Running the solder bead: The best way we have found to run the bead is to hold the iron like a cutting knife and utilize your writing hand. If you run into a problem, just let the solder cool, then re-solder the joint applying more solder.

9. Fixing imperfections: If you apply too little add more. If you apply too much, then clean your iron tip and move the flat part across the seam. This will pull the excess solder easily. The key when soldering is to work slowly, but not too slowly causing heat fractures and melted solder.

10. Finishing: We use a finishing wax to make sure the solder is looking its best. Carnuba wax is one example that will work.

11. Practice: Utilizing stained glass soldering ebooks, courses, and videos and try different techniques. What works for one artist may not work as well for another. Find what fits your style.

Artist, this is just a start, but these are our top stained glass soldering tips. Yes, these get more in depth, but provide an overlay to the process and steps.

When The Eye Pops Out Of Its Socket In Dogs – How Should You Handle This?

The eyes in dogs are normally securely placed and well protected in the bony cavity called the orbita on both sides of the skull. Many muscles, connective tissue and both eyelids hold the eyeball tightly in place.

However, an eye can pop out of its place after a sudden and strong blow to the skull such as the type that a dog involved in a car accident might receive.

In short-faced dog breeds with breed-specific short jaws and nose, such as Pugs, Cavalier King Charles or Llhaso Apsos, the eyeballs are already in a more protruded position, because the bony cavity is anatomically rather shallow in these breeds. In these dogs, a rough grip of the scruff or pulling at the lead when wearing a neck collar can be enough to displace an eye.

A prolapsed eyeball usually looks very frightening and many dog owners cannot bear to look at it without getting sick.

The good news is that a displaced eye can in most cases be reconnected and saved as long as it is treated by a veterinarian as quickly as possible. More than fifty percent of these patients have an excellent chance of making a full recovery without any impaired vision or blindness.

Crucial factors in determining the extent of recovery are time, whether or not the optic nerve is injured and whether the muscles are still functioning. Relocation of the eyeball needs to be dealt with within one hour to ensure the fullest recovery.

If your dog suffers from a protruded eyeball you need to take immediate action.

Call your veterinary clinic and tell them that you have got an emergency. Protect and keep the eyeball moistened. Use a lint-free, very clean cloth – the best is sterile gauze. Soak it in warm and clean water or better still, in sterile contact lens solution, and put it very gently onto the eyeball.

Keep the gauze or cloth moistened during the journey to the vet clinic. If your dog won’t let you put anything over the eye you can also fill a small, clean spray bottle with the contact lens solution or clean water and keep it moist by spraying the fluid often onto his eyeball. Your veterinarian will need to place the eye back into the eye socket, which is a surgical procedure.

The after care at home will usually involve instillation of eye drops for a few days.

If the eyelids have been temporarily closed with stitches, your pet will need to wear a protective buster collar for a few days to prevent him from rubbing and pawing his eye. Also, you may want to take precautions to prevent future occurrences, especially if your dog is a flat and short-faced breed.

Grabbing your dog by the scruff or the neck collar and even a hug around the neck will raise the eye’s inner pressure directly, which again can cause dislocation. Therefore, if you need to gently restrain your dog, do so by holding his muzzle with one hand and folding your other arm around his shoulders.

Instead of a neck collar use a harness when having your dog on a leash. A harness will help to avoid putting pressure on his neck, when he pulls on the lead.

Windows 7 Explorer Slow To Open Folders Fix

Are you finding that Windows 7 explorer is slow to open folders? Note, not Internet Explorer, but Windows Explorer. This usually is even more noticeable when a directory folder contains larger files. There are a few different areas to check.

First, take a look at the folder settings. I have noticed that quite often Windows 7 likes to “optimize” my media directories as “Video” folders. So when opening a specific directory it will slowly chug through and generate a thumbnail based on scene from the file. By right clicking and going to options and resetting the “optimization” to “General” I sped up the access time in my media directory a lot.

That isn’t the only potential culprit though. Some third party applications run their own indexing process that bogs a machine down. For example, NERO, a popular burning application installs its own indexing program called Scout. I have heard of cases where this was quite a performance impact. By unchecking the box for Scout at the bottom of a window, it will not index the files. This reduces the load placed on large directories and can speed things up. I haven’t really come across a need for Scout, so haven’t found any harm in disabling it.

Once you get past those tweaks, if you are still experiencing Windows 7 explorer being slow to open folders you have a few remaining options. The first would be to run a spyware scanner and check for anything that might be interfering with the operation of your machine. There could easily be an application or process hiding in the background conflicting with the normal indexing and listing operations.

The last options are relatively easy and good practice in general. If you still are noticing that Windows 7 explorer is slow to open folders, try defragging the hard drive. Also, run a registry cleaner. Invalid registry keys could be causing an issue with the indexing process, file type recognition, or other similar errors. Any of those would cause Windows Explorer to take longer than normal to load the directory contents.

Pocket Hole Joints – The Easy Way to Build Furniture

Pocket hole joints are no newcomer to furniture construction. For decades, commercial manufacturers have relied on this type of joinery for super-quick and efficient assembly. Next time you’re at your local furniture store, look inside a cabinet or under the frame of a table. Chances are you’ll see pocket screws at every corner.

More recently, this type of joinery is finding its way into the homes of DIY wood project builders. That’s largely due to the pocket hole jig, which is now available in just about any store that sells woodworking or building supplies.

At first glance, a pocket joint resembles a simple butt joint – no groove, dado, rabbets, or other fancy joinery – just two boards stuck together end to end. However, a butt joint by itself is a relatively weak woodworking joint, and usually requires some type of hardware or fasteners to make it work. That’s where pocket hole joints come in. Using a special jig, builders drive a pocket screw through the edge of one board and into another (usually at 15 degree angle). This creates a surprisingly strong and durable joint between two project pieces, and in many cases, does not require glue.

In addition to its remarkable strength, the joint also offers the following great benefits:

–No complicated joinery skills. Perfect for beginners.

–No fancy woodworking tools. Use an inexpensive power drill/driver and a pocket hole jig.

–No glue required. The joint is strong enough to leave as is without gluing.

–Joints Completely Hidden. Holes can be easily hidden with plugs to cover the screws.

Basics: What You’ll Need:

–Jig (kit)

–Drill Bit


–6″ Square-head drive (#2)

–Pocket Screws

–Wood Clamps

About the Kits

Some kits include several of the items listed above, particularly the special drill bit and the square head drive for your drill. Some kits also include clamps, although I prefer using my own. Kits might also include some wood plugs for concealing the joint, but usually not enough to complete a large project.

Pocket Hole Screws

If you’re wondering if you can skip buying the special pocket screws – and just use whatever wood screws you already have in the shop, the answer is no. Well, almost no anyway. I have seen some styles of cabinet screws that are very similar, and would probably work in this type of joinery. However, since I usually have to go out and buy new fasteners for every project I build anyway, it’s just as easy to buy the pocket screws, which usually come in a wider variety of sizes anyway.

Pocket screws have two unique features that typical wood screws don’t – (1) a self-tapping auger point, which eliminates the need for a separate pilot hole into the board you are joining, (2) a flat, washer-style head that seats firmly in the bottom of the pocket. When shopping for these types of screws, you’ll have a few choices to make in which style and size to buy.

Which Thread? Fine vs Coarse

As a general rule of thumb, use fine-threaded screws for hardwoods like oak, cherry, and maple – and coarse-threaded screws for softwood like pine and poplar. A fine thread means the screw goes in slower, which makes the screw less prone to break. Plus, the shank is also thicker, which also helps prevent a broken screw.

Breaking screws is not so much an issue with softwoods and plywood, so use coarse-threaded screws for these types of materials. Coarse-threaded screws drive in much faster, and are easier to use overall. However, be careful to avoid driving the screws in too far.

Head Style. Use pan head screws for hardwoods, and washer head screws for plywood and pine.

Screw Length. The right pocket screw length depends on thickness of the boards you are joining. One of the most common uses of pocket screws is to join 1x boards (1x4s, 1x6s), so you’ll always find a good supply of pocket hole screws made specifically for this type of lumber. However, other sizes are available for different size boards (Kreg Tool offers nine different lengths of pocket hole screws).

Outdoor Projects

For outdoor projects, you’ll need pocket screws that are treated with a protective coating, something similar to what you’ll find in the Kreg SK03B Kit.

Clamp, Drill, and Drive – Pocket Hole Joinery in 3 Easy Steps.

The best part is the easy process, which can be narrowed down to three simple steps.

1. Clamp the Jig. Your first job is to align the jig on a board (where the screws will be located) and clamp it in place. Most pocket hole jigs include adjustable guides and runners to help you get the jig aligned exactly where it needs to be for a particular size board.

2. Drill the Pilot Hole. Most kits include a special bit for drilling the pilot holes (an ordinary drill bit won’t work). The unique design allows the bit to leave a small “pocket” at the entrance, where the head of the screw will rest after completing the joint. The bit should also feature an adjustable stop collar, which controls the depth of the pilot hole. Be sure to check your instructions to find out how to set this ring to match your board thickness.

3. Drive the Screw. After drilling the pilot hole, remove the clamp and jig from the board. Then take a quick look to see if the pocket holes are the right depth, and in the right position. This is also a good time to clean up any rough edges the bit might have left behind.

Which Board Gets the Pilot Hole?

Because of the self-tapping feature of pocket screws, we only need a pilot hole in only one of the boards we are joining. So which board gets the pilot hole? As a general rule, it’s better to drive screws into the side of a board (against the grain), rather into the end of a board (with the grain). This is especially true for self-tapping wood screws (like pocket screws), which have a tendency to split boards if they are driven into the end grain. After you have decided how you want to assemble your project, note where the edges and ends come together and plan your pilot hole locations appropriately.

Floor Lamps Provide You With Options of Adjusting Your Room’s Illumination

Though there are many different types of lighting options available to you, few of them provide the flexibility and illumination capabilities that are offered only by floor lamps. These lamps need not be fixed on the wall or ceiling and can be shifted from one location to the other with relative ease. The advantages are more than apparent when you make changes in the layout of your room.

Adding additional fixed lighting is not a solution when you shift your bed from one corner of the room to the other, or if you are planning to shift your study table to a different location to free up some floor space. Adding a fixed lighting accessory requires you to bore holes in the wall to fix up the lamp holder. Tomorrow if you do not require that lamp, the accessory along with the lamp will be a sore sight on your wall. However, as far as floor lamps are concerned, all you need to do is unplug the power cord from the power outlet and physically shift the lamp from its old location to the new.

This hardly takes a few minutes and does not require the assistance of an electrician. This apart, the floor lamps are available in different types and are constructed out of different materials like brass, wood, steel etc. They can also be used as decorative pieces and enhance the beauty of your room. They also throw light over a greater area and height as compared to the table lamps.

Types of Indoor Lighting

When it comes to choosing the best lighting for your home, you are going to need to figure out exactly what kind of light you need and does it fit your decorating scheme. If take the time to think and figure out what you need before going to the store to pick out the lighting, you are going to be able to spend less time at the store with less of a hassle and more aggravation.

There are steps that one should take before going to the store to chose what kind of indoor lighting you want. The second step that one should take is to go through your entire house and determine what kind of light is in your house through out the entire day and night. If you are someone who uses blinds or drapes, then make sure that you adjust them to allow the lighting to be figured properly. When doing this, you will want to note if there are any “dark spots” that need to be illuminated with some kind of light. In other words make sure the lighting is even through the entire room while determining your needs for indoor lighting.

If you are going to be going with overhead indoor lighting, you are going to want to make sure that the light is bright enough to illuminate the entire room and not just sections of the room. Ceiling fans can come with many different types of indoor lighting such as recessed dimmed or just bright indoor lighting.

Most people prefer natural indoor lighting as it tends to sooth people and help them relax better while in the room. While determining what kind of indoor lighting you need, remember that task lighting is very important. If you have a room that is an office, you will want to make sure that illuminate the areas in which more work tends to be done. Regardless of what type of day you are working in, you are going to need to determine if a lamp would be of better use than over head lighting or not. Lamps are made in many different varieties and can add definition and as well as height when it comes to making a room well illuminated.

There are many steps when it comes to choosing the best indoor lighting for your home or office. If you are someone who has many clients in and out at different times, then make sure that you choose lighting that makes them feel comfortable and welcome at all times of the day. You will also want to make sure that the light is bright to see well as well. Many different kinds of indoor lighting can be found with many different prices. Taking the time to determine your needs before actually going to shop for the lighting will help to make the trip more enjoyable and less aggravating.

The Purpose of Radiant Barrier Insulation

With the economy being at an all time low, people are trying to save money wherever they can. Radiant barrier insulation is used to keep heat out in the summer and cold out in the winter. This will significantly lower your electric bill by limiting the use of heating and cooling. It can be installed in residential or commercial buildings.

If you are looking to add some insulation to your home, you can easily do it yourself. Costs will vary widely, but it can be up to 50% cheaper if you complete the project without the help of a contractor. Radiant barrier insulation is typically made of a thin sheet of reflective material. Substances that can be coated with aluminum or another type of reflective coating are cardboard, plastic films and plywood sheathing.

It doesn’t take a genius to install this type of insulation. The barrier is ideally placed directly on top of the existing insulation in a home’s attic. If you are installing the radiant reflecting material to an existing home, this is going to be the easiest method of installation. Another way to attach the insulation is to secure it to the bottom of the roof’s rafters. If the home is not yet built, you can lay the insulated barrier on top of the roof’s rafters before the roof deck is applied.

Radiant barrier insulation works similarly as conventional insulation. The main difference is that the barrier reduces the amount of heat that is transferred between the roof deck and the attic floor. Conventional insulation traps still air within the material. This reduces the transfer of heat or cold by limiting it’s movement. The installation of certain types of radiant barrier insulation will depend on if you live in an area with very cold winters. If your product doesn’t have holes, or a way for water vapor to pass through, water may build up and end up freezing. In this case, it may be better to apply the radiant barrier to the roof instead of the attic floor in such very cold climates because this method does not require water to pass through.

Installing radiant barrier insulation is one of the easiest steps you can take to start making your home environmentally friendly. You will be pleasantly surprised at your lowered electric bill. It is very easy to manufacture, so don’t avoid adding this to your home because you think it is too difficult.

Fireproof Gun Safes – Key Tips to Buying the Right One For Your Firearms

In some states in U.S., if you have a gun, do not own a fireproof gun safe and you tend to keep them in the drawer, you might be legally liable for penalty in times of gun theft. Research shows there more than 341,000 incidents of firearm theft from private citizens on a yearly average.

Indeed, home thefts are a critical social problem almost everywhere in the world, and the greatest danger comes when your firearms are stolen to be used in robberies and other crimes. By not safeguarding our firearms, we are in actuality causing more social issues, not to mention creating danger for our own family members during burglary.

In fact, anyone who owns firearms, valuables, passport, policy documents, title deeds, jewellery, priceless collections of coins, stamps and others, would need to use a safe. And if you are strapped of cash but badly need one to keep all the above items and more, you can consider a fireproof gun safe. There are main reasons why you can use it as a multipurpose unit.

There is no need to get separate safes for different items as most of the common items can be stored into one. To understand if you can use one general unit for all items, you will need to know how the ratings for safes work. The industry standards are set by testing boards like Underwriters Laboratories in terms of UL fire resistant ratings. Once passed, you will find the label at the corner of the packaging, certifying the correct classification of category and the tenacity level of the unit.

Take for instance, for storage of paper documents, firearms, jewellery and cash, you will need an interior temperature within the safe of lower than 350 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent reaching the burning point. Hence, a UL rating of 1 hour 350 degree F is sufficient for most of the above mentioned items.

There are different locking systems to appeal to your individual preference, like biometric systems with retinal or fingerprint access, key lock system and combination lock. You can choose the most suitable one based on your budget. Depending on the type of firearms you have, you might choose to have a standing long one or a small one if you only own small handguns. You might wish to buy one which gives you some additional space for your other items to store.

Be sure that you buy you fireproof gun safe from a reputed manufacturer. Never sacrifice cost for quality and you will get the peace of mind.

Matching Groups of Wallpaper and Borders

When you want to redecorate a house, you always want to think holistically, meaning that you have to look at every aspect of the room and not just the walls. When it comes to your walls, though, you will want to pay the most attention, especially when you are looking into wallpaper and not plain ol’ paint. You have to spend large amounts of time on the design of the wallpaper as it relates to the border. Wallpaper without a border will give you an unfinished, plain look in a room.

Basics of matching colors will tell you that you don’t want your wall paper and border to clash. Choose complimentary colors. Many shops and internet stores will help you if you are color blind: literally, or figuratively. A simple tip would be to search for a color wheel using Google or another search engine if you can’t use your eye. If your a man, there is an excuse because men have less cones in their eyes.

Now, if you want to go deeper into style with pictures and other art, then you must again look at color. In addition, you must choose a border that matches your room as well as the wallpaper. Choosing a border that has a house on it standing in a winter scene should be placed in a room with very earthy colors. The wallpaper would also have to be dark and earthy as well. It is really simple to match groups of wallpaper and borders, it just takes a little practice.

Another example would be, if you wanted a tropical room. You could choose a nice light blue color for your walls. Perhaps choosing a texture that makes it look like clear blue water. Then for your border you could choose one with flowers going all the way around the room. In addition, you should place a flower in that room on a corner table to complete the look, both on the walls, and in the space.

I think you understand the basic idea of matching wallpaper borders with wallpaper. Now the rest is up to you. If you still need help, you could always ask a professional who you plan to buy from. They will be more that helpful since they want your business.

Fireproof Gun Safes – Protect Your Right to Bear Arms By Protecting Your Family

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution clearly reads, as a part of the Bill of Rights, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”

Yes, the People, with a capital “P,” of the United States of America have the right to bear arms, but along with that right comes responsibility. It is the responsibility of a gun-owner to protect his or her family and others not just from intruders, but from his guns, as well. It is should also be his own personal priority to protect his guns.

A gun-owner should not allow his guns to fall into the hands of another. To protect his guns from an intruder and to protect his own family, a gun-owner should keep his guns locked up in a safe. There are gun safes made in all different sizes for a variety of types of guns and amounts of guns. Just think of the problems that could occur if a gun fell into the hands of an untrustworthy man – keep your guns locked up in a gun safe.

To protect his own property, a gun-owner should keep his guns locked up in a fireproof gun safe. A fireproof gun safe will keep his guns safe, even when everything else is gone. A gun owner has the right to protect his own property!

One of the most important benefits of a fireproof gun safe, though, is that it protects a man’s (or woman’s) children. Children are extremely curious people. They like to get their hands on everything and try things out. If there is a gun lying around, a child is going to find it. If that gun is loaded, a child can get seriously hurt. Be sure to keep your ammunition in your fireproof gun safe, as well.

A child may even purposely seek your gun, knowing that it is something that “Daddy uses” or “Mommy uses.” So, simply putting your gun on a high shelf is not enough space between your gun and your child – your child can still find a way to get it. The only way to put enough “space” between your child and a gun is to keep that gun locked up securely in either a fireproof gun safe or a regular gun safe.

Children want to be just like their parents. They want to cook like their parents do and shave like they do… and if their parents use guns, well, they will to. And a child does not know proper gun safety. Something could easily go wrong if your child finds your guns. Keep them locked up in a fireproof gun safe. Also, be sure to talk with your children about gun safety.

All in all, keeping your guns in a fireproof gun safe protects your family, keeps your guns from being stolen, and keeps them safe in case of fire. A fireproof gun safe is most definitely the way to go.

Metal Roofing-Top 5 Metal Roof Myths Dispelled!

Top 5 metal roofing myths for your reading pleasures!

It is truly fascinating how many people are clueless when it comes to the basic understanding of metal roofing. Not too long ago, I myself had the old rusty barn roof image in my mind. But now, after having been involved with metal roofing for 6 years I have developed a true appreciation for this roofing technology, and I would like to share some of the insights with you.

After reading these tips you will gain a better understanding, and appreciation of metal roofing technology.

Myth 1: Metal roof has a higher risk of getting struck by a lightning. Reality; No metal roofing does not increase the chances of your house getting struck by a lightning. In fact, if your house does get struck, metal roof will help to dissipate the charge, and because metal is a non combustible material, your roof will not catch fire.

Myth 2: Metal roof makes a lot of noise when it rains.

Reality; You are probably thinking about that old cheap metal roof over the barn that used to sound like a machine gun burst when it is raining… Modern metal roofing is usually installed over a plywood, solid sheathing, or over your existing roof. It will make no more noise than a regular asphalt shingle roof. Oftentimes metal roof will be quieter than a non metal roof, and will shield the noise from rain and bad weather.

Myth 3: Metal roofing costs a lot of money.

Reality; It may seem like it does, but it really does not! You may be surprised, but metal roof will actually costs less than the asphalt shingle roof if you stay in your house long enough. Not only will it increase the value of your house, but it will also help you save money on cooling costs. Metal roofing can result in up to 50% savings in energy costs during summer months. And finally, metal roof may well be the last roof you will ever have to install on your house. Ever! Provided you get a quality installation from a qualified metal roofing contractor. Learn from this hypothetical example of the cost of metal roofing vs the asphalt shingle roof, from a homeowner’s stand point.

Myth 4: Metal Roof is susceptible to rust.

Reality; Modern metal roofing is built to last for decades. Steel metal roofing has a metal coating protection layer made with zinc or aluminum, which is bonded to the steel and then painted with a high quality paint designed to withstand the toughest abuse from bad weather, and provide the desirable color and looks that homeowners want.

Myth 5: Metal Roof is susceptible to dents.

Reality; Modern metal roofs are built to withstand years of abuse from severe weather such as hail, extreme winds, and snow. Hail will not dent a metal roof, and extremely high winds are not a threat either, as many modern metal roofing systems are rated for 120mph winds. In fact, metal roofs perform extremely well in the hurricane. It is not unusual to see the metal roof with no damage, next to naked regular roofs that have lost all its shingles and plywood in hurricane.

As I was writing these 5 metal roofing myths, yet another metal roof myth came to my mind! This one in a bonus! Please enjoy!

Bonus Myth: You cannot walk on metal roof without damaging it.

Reality; While you should definitely take all the necessary precautions before venturing out for a walk on your roof, metal roofs are completely walkable. I would recommend using running shoes such as Asics, because they will provide good traction for your feet when on the roof. Avoid walking on your roof when its raining as you could easily slip and fall. Rule of thumb is to stay of the roof whenever its surface is wet. Contact your roofing contractor for special techniques on how to walk on the metal roof they have installed.

I hope that you enjoyed reading my metal roofing tips, and that you have learned something new about metal roofing.

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