Wood Door Awning Plans – Things to Consider in Building an Awning For Your House

A door awning can serve several purposes. Two most prominent purposes for this additional structure is for protection as well as decoration. You can buy a pre-made awning however, using quality wood door awning plans, you can build one yourself just as easily yourself.

The advantage of building your own awning is that you have control of which materials to use. As a result, you can be assured of the quality of the structure since you’re the one who choose the materials and build the awning.

If you’re decided on building an awning for your home, there are a couple of things you need to look into first. Some of these things include:

Size

First thing you need to do is to measure the exact dimension of the awning. To do this, you need to go over the door over which you will install the structure. The size and dimension of the awning has a lot to do with the width of the door.

As a general rule, the awning has to be wider than the door. Personally, I extend the awning six inches more on either side of the door frame. You can decide for yourself based on the space that ou have how wide the extension is going to be.

Additionally, you also need to determine how far the awning is going to cover. It has to be enough to give ample protection from rain and sun. Three or four feet is generally a good number to follow for this.

Materials

Next, you would want to prepare the materials you’re going to use for this project. Not to worry, this project will not cost you much in terms of materials. In fact, you may also scout for used wood you may have somewhere in the storeroom and use that for this project.

For the cover, you can use aluminum. As for the finishing, you have several option for this. Depending on the design as well as your preference, you can use either paint or varnish for the finish. Just make sure that the finish blends well with the design and finishing of your home.

Wood Door Awning Plans

Whether you wish to build an awning for protection or decoration, you need to have the help of good wood door awning plans to be able to build it on your own without any glitches during construction. It’s going to keep the construction on course thereby the speedy completion of the project.

If you are going to choose the plans, make sure to go for plans with easy to follow instruction. On top of that, it would be to our advantage if you use blueprints with excellent working diagrams as this will help you implement the instruction well.

Permeable Pavement Reduces Storm-Water Runoff

Storm-water runoff from roofs, sidewalks, roads, parking lots and other impervious surfaces is a major source of water pollution today. In fact, an estimated 70% of all water pollution is caused by storm-water runoff.

Storm-water runoff occurs when water from rainstorms, snow-melt, or over-watering hits an impervious surface such as an asphalt road. The water pools in depressions or is channeled into storm-water systems, which typically empty into nearby creeks or rivers with no treatment to remove pollutants. Because storm-water systems collect large amounts of water, sometimes very quickly, they frequently cause erosion of stream-banks and other nearby land, contributing further to the pollution of waterways.

In contrast, when storm-water hits a pervious surface such as a lawn, meadow, or forest floor, the water sinks into the ground, where plants and soil organisms remove many of the pollutants before they enter groundwater supplies.

Permeable pavements offer the best of both worlds. They provide a level surface for people and cars to travel on, while also allowing water to sink into the ground as it would in nature. Some permeable pavements even incorporate traffic-resistant plants to provide beauty and absorb water more quickly. In this way, permeable pavements not only reduce storm-water runoff and the pollution and erosion it causes, they also prevent dangerous melting and refreezing of ice and snow on pavement in wintertime, and reduce the chances of flooding on sidewalks, roads, and nearby basements.

At the present time, permeable pavements are not suitable for most high traffic areas, such as busy roadways. However, they work perfectly for many driveways, alleyways, parking lots (the world’s largest permeable parking lot is currently located at Chicago’s US Cellular Field, home of the White Sox), patios, and other low or moderate traffic areas.

Replacing impervious pavement such as cement and asphalt with permeable pavement during new construction or remodeling projects would reduce storm-water runoff, flooding, erosion, and water pollution from your residential or commercial lot.

Bridges of Japan

We sometimes forget that Japan is a nation of islands. In Japan, they have taken bridge building to another level, connecting islands and this island nation providing an infrastructure second to none. Many of Japan’s most well known bridges connect Shikoku Island to Honshu Island.

Ohnaruto Bridge is part of the Kobe-Awaji -Naurto expressway. Complete in 1985, it has a central span length of 1629 meters and connects the islands of Awaji and Shikoku. At one point in time, it was touted as the longest suspension bridge in the world, only to be replaced by the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in1997. The bridge passes over the Naruto channel known for its tidal whirlpools created by the rushing tides of the Pacific Ocean into the inland sea.

The Seto-Ohashi Bridge is really a series of bridges that connect Okayama and Kagawa prefectures. With a length of just over 13.1 kilometers, it is the longest two-tiered bridge system in the world. On the upper deck, you will find two lanes each way for cars.  The bottom deck is for the Seto-Ohashi line with a rail track in each direction. The bridge was designed to also accommodate a shinkansen (bullet train) line in each direction.

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge lays claim as the longest suspension bridge in the world with a central span length of 1991 meters. Completed in 1997, it connects the island of Awaji to Kobe, thus completing the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto expressway. The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is an architectural and engineering feat.   With six lanes of expressway, it provides a much need connection between the islands.

Although bridges are found throughout the world, you can surely see the advances Japan has made in connecting lands and people.

Blacksmithing Tips – What Type of Power Hammer is Right For Your Shop?

Blacksmith Power Hammers or Trip Hammers

If you have ever worked with a power hammer you see the blacksmithing world through different eyes. Power hammers really fall into 3 basic categories, Hydraulic Presses, Mechanical Hammers, and Air Hammers. They are all designed to increase the amount of force that you can apply to the steel. This means you can do more work in a given amount of time and you can work bigger bar. Suddenly this opens a whole new creative reality with the steel.

Hydraulic Presses

I don’t use one in my shop but I have used one years back in another smiths shop. Hydraulics have tons of power (literally) and can force the metal into many different shapes very effectively. They are useful for extreme controlled force applications such as forcing steel into preshaped dies, or cutting at specific lengths or angles etc.

This is not an impact machine such as mechanical hammers or air hammers, and is not fast. It can be used for drawing out steel but this is tedious. Although it would save time from drawing out by hand and allow you to work bigger bar I would go crazy with the slow process.

Essentially the machine is a hydraulic ram mounted on a frame with an electric pump. You use a foot control to squish the metal. Step with the foot apply more force. Release the foot the dies back off then you can move the bar and apply the force again in a different spot.

There are a couple of positive aspects of a hydraulic press. They have a small footprint, and require no special foundation. Prices are manageable for this type of tool. About $2000.00 in my area. There is no impact noise or vibration with this type of machine. The whine of the hydraulic pump can be loud but it doesn’t have the same annoyance factor for neighbors as the impact from a hammer. Presses are rated by the number of tons pressure that the ram can produce. 20 ton, 40 ton and 60 ton are common sizes.

Mechanical Hammers

All mechanical hammers work on a variation of the same principle. A rotating crank shaft lifts the weighted hammer head that is counter balanced, then forces it down on the next half of the revolution. The attachment on other hammer head has to be a spring construction of some sort so that the impact is absorbed in the spring not the crank shaft. The counter weight relieves some of the strain on the motor.

There have been many different configurations of mechanical hammers over the years. Little Giant comes to mind but this is only one style. Others include Helve Hammers etc.  Mechanical hammers are rated by the hammer head rate. So a 25 lb Little Giant has a 25 lb hammer head weight. The heavier the head weight the larger the steel that you can work under it but the larger the motor that you need to run it.

Something to think about. If your shop is in open air but has no electricity you could run a mechanical hammer off a small gasoline engine. A little expensive but compared to the amount of work you could do this way, it might be worth it.

I have only worked a little with mechanical hammers but a 1 hp motor will run up to about 50 lb Hammer head weight.

The beauty of a mechanical hammer is that it is relative simple to build or repair. The concepts of the movement are very simple and easy to follow in slow motion. Mechanical hammers were relatively common in industrial settings in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s so you may be able to find one for a good price in your area. The downside is that parts may be impossible to find and you may have to fabricate your own.

You can also build your own mechanical hammer. It will take some tinkering but a good working hammer can be made pretty economically. They don’t take up a lot of space. Perhaps 2 feet by 3 feet for a small one. They are a bit noisy to run and have an impact sound to them. They do need a good foundation, although a small one can get by with a small foundation. They are a bit limited by the tasks that you can do with them. If you are creative with your tooling you still can do a lot of work and save your arm.

Air Hammers

My personal favorite. The air hammer was originally conceived as a steam hammer for huge industrial applications. Like the mechanical hammers they are rated by the hammer head mass, and usually range from 50 lb to 1200 lb or more. The upper end of the scale are massive machines that require mammoth foundations to work properly. These are poetry in motion to watch a skilled smith use.

The principal behind the air hammer is fairly simply. Air pressure lifts a weighted hammer head then  some thing shifts the air pressure and the hammer head is dropped under air pressure force then it is lifted again. The air on the bottom of the air cylinder acts as the cushion replacing the springs in a mechanical hammer. This process creates a cyclic hammering of the steel. The weight of the hammer head and the pressure of the air both contribute to the force applied to the steel.

Most smaller blacksmithing shops use 50 lb to 150 lb size. There are two subclasses of air hammers that you should be aware of. The self contained and the air compressor version. The self contained uses two air cylinders. One is the compressor cylinder and is driven by a motor. This cylinder provides air to the hammer head cylinder. So every up stroke of the drive cylinder forces the hammer head cylinder down and every down stroke forces the hammer head cylinder up. Valving causes the air to be either exhausted or sent in varying amounts to the hammer head cylinder. This provides the control on the stroke and  force applied to the steel. This cyclic timing is governed by the speed of the electric motor.

The air compressor reliant air hammer feeds off a constant line pressure and has a feed back circuit built into the design. The hammer head travels up and trips a switch that tells it to go back down. Once it reaches a certain travel point another switch tells it to go back up. The amount of the exhaust dictates both the speed and the force applied to the steel.

Although air hammers appear to be a bit more complicated than a mechanical hammer there are actually less moving parts and less to wear out. I find them to be more versatile. You can adjust your stroke and force just by moderating your foot peddle. With a mechanical hammer you have to make a mechanical adjustment to change your stroke height. Your force is controlled by the speed of the impact or the speed of rotation.

How to Install Different Types of Floor Tile

With any successful do it yourself project, being prepared is important.

Things you’ll need:

Tape measure

Mixing paddle

Drill

Chalk line

Pencil

Notch trowel

Bucket

Tile saw

Grout float

Tile spacers

Research tile and find out what type and size fits your needs. Tile must be installed on at least one and a half inch of sub floor; or you can use a concrete backer board.(thinset backer board to floor and screw off or roofing nail it). Measure square footage and purchase an extra box for mistakes.

Check for square walls and measure off of two square walls and find center of room. Measure that distance from one end and then the other. Repeat off other square wall and strike lines, take the distance and divide it into size of your tile to find out how the tile will end up from wall to wall; and include size of grout lines. Start either with the tile on the edge of your lines or place the tile in the middle; that way all of your tiles will come out the same all the way around the room. Mix a bucket of thinset and trowel out some thinset with quarter inch notch trowel. Place in tiles gently in a turning motion, back and forth while staying in the lines. use appropriate spacers. Do not tile yourself into a corner.

After placing all of your full uncut tiles measure out edge tiles and cut to size. If you have a door way or transition between rooms you can use a slueter strip that you thinset in with the tile or a transition strip over the top. You can back butter the smaller pieces if needed. Finish placing cut tiles. Stay off of tile over night; 24 hours to let thinset cure. Mix grout and float into lines with grout float.

Float grout at a 45 degree angle making sure all areas are completely stuffed with grout. Let stand until a haze appears. Carefully wipe tiles with clean sponge and water. Tiles will again get a haze, repeat; changing water often. Make sure you don’t pull grout out or get too wet. Let dry over night, and seal tile and or grout as directed by manufacturers. Enjoy your beautiful new floor.

Tips & Warnings

– Never start laying tile in a corner

– You can use a speed set if the area is in a traffic area which you can grout or walk on with in hours

– You can rent a tile saw from your local home depot.

– Always wear safety glasses when cutting tile.

Painter, Sculptor, Ceramist, and an Inspiration Called Joan Miro (1893-1983)

Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramist, Joan Miró i Ferrà or Joan Miro i Ferra or simply Joan Miro was born on April 20, 1893 in Barcelona, Spain. He started sketching at the tender age of seven and by the age of 14, he was attending classes at the La Escuela de la Lonja School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, along with his business studies. He enrolled himself in the art academy, Gali’s Escola d’Art in 1912 and studied there until 1915. Joan’s early works reflect the shades of Fauve and Cubist movements, which were famous in Spain during the 19th century.

In 1920, Miro made the first of his many trips to Paris where he met Pablo Picasso and other Surrealist poets and writers of the likes of Max Jacob, Pierre Reverdy, and Tristan Tzara. In spite of being frequently identified with the Surrealist movement, the artist never accepted the movement’s creed. In 1921, he settled down in Paris and exhibited his first solo exhibition at Galerie la Lincorne in the same year. His works also formed a part of another exhibition, Salon d’Automne in 1923. Miro joined the Surrealist Movement under Andre Masson and Max Ernst, in the year 1924. A year later, he held his second solo exhibition and participated in the first Surrealist exhibition at Galerie Pierre in Paris. He, nevertheless, chose to remain a passive member of the movement, and pursued different styles of paintings such as automatic drawing, Expressionism, and ‘Color Field’ painting.

By 1930, Miro had advanced to a distinct style of painting, characterized by the liberal usage of bright colors and simplified forms that made him an internationally renowned artist. His work was tilted more towards Surrealism and Dada, which is reflected the best in his one of his most famous paintings, “Harlequin’s Carnival.” He had shifted back to Spain after his marriage with Pilar Juncosa in 1929, but had to move back to Paris in 1936 after the Spanish Civil War broke out. However, in the year 1940, Joan Miro moved back to Spain and tried his hands at sculptures, ceramics, and murals. During 1948-49, the artist kept shuttling between Spain and Paris and rolled out several lithographic works with the help of his printer friend, Fernand Mourlot. His shows held at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York in 1951 and 1959, were amongst the best of the many one-man shows he held during his lifetime. “The Wall of the Moon” and “The Wall of the Sun” are two ceramic murals Joan made for the UNESCO building in Paris in 1957-59. Joan’s sole glass mosaic mural, the “Personnage Oiseaux (1972-78)” in the United States is the largest 2-D project he undertook. One of the most valuable pieces, Miro’s Tapestry work of 1974 at the World Trade Center, New York, was destroyed with the Twin Towers.

In 1954, Joan Miro won a prize for printmaking in Venice Biennale. He also won the Guggenheim International Award in 1958 and received the Gold Medal for Fine Arts from King Juan Carlos of Spain in 1980. The artist earned his doctorate ‘honoris causa’ from the University of Barcelona in the year 1979. In 1976, his museum, the Fundació Joan Miró, Centre d’Estudis d’Art Contemporani, was officially opened in the city of Barcelona, which has a collection of over 200 of his paintings, 175 sculptures, 10 textiles, 5 ceramics, and around 8,000 drawings. On December 25, 1983, Miro died of heart disease at his home in Palma, Mallorca.

The Shopper’s Guide To Buying Crystal Chandeliers

Most people tend to instantly associate crystal chandeliers with the spectacle of elaborate adornments. The truth of the matter is that these ornate lighting fixtures usually come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. While some may appear to have highly intricate and lavish designs, there are others that possess just the right look for your humble abode.

The ability of crystal chandeliers to enhance the appearance and ambiance of any room make them a decorating essential in most affluent homes. Even middle-class homeowners share the same opinion about the stylishness of these lighting fixtures. Then again, certain things have to be considered when shopping for a crystal chandelier. Remember that, aside from the style, you also need to take your budget, as well the look and height of the room, into account.

Pre-shopping Essentials

Before you head towards the nearest shopping mall, you need to perform a few things first. For starters, get the height measurement of the room wherein you intend to install the chandelier. Preferably, crystal chandeliers should not be more than 30 inches above your head. If you hang it extremely high, it will surely look dwarfed.

You also need to consider the appearance and décor of the room when choosing a crystal chandelier. Keep in mind that different areas of the house require different lighting capacities and styles. The design of the chandelier should complement the style and mood of the existing room furnishings.

You may also decide ahead of time whether you would go for something with clear or colored crystals. If you find it hard to choose between the two, then simply pick a crystal chandelier that has a combination of both types.

Useful Tips When Shopping For Crystal Chandeliers

Once you’re done with the pre-shopping essentials, head for the nearby store that sells crystal chandeliers. But don’t make that purchase yet. Try to shop around in an effort to come across the best deal. Remember that most high-end chandeliers are valued by the quality, size and quantity of the crystals. Then again, if you wish to increase your options without having to walk around, request to skim through the chandelier catalog of the lighting shop.

Don’t forget to ascertain whether a prospective buy uses standard or special bulbs. The latter is usually more expensive and harder to find. In addition, see to it that the total wattage of the bulbs does not go beyond 400 watts.

The last, yet equally important, factor to consider is maintenance costs. Bear in mind that crystal chandeliers act as dust magnets. Therefore, you definitely need to examine a prospective purchase for ease of cleaning. Less intricate designs are typically easier to clean and polish compared to the highly elaborate variety.

Mining Equipment For the Weekend Prospector

Most persons just getting into weekend gold prospecting don’t know about how to get started especially when gathering the tools that they might need.  So I am going to get you thinking about mining equipment you might want to take with you when looking for gold.

First of course are digging tools.  Most of us have an old shovel laying around along with some garden tools like a pick for loosening hard ground and some type of short handled scoop.  In the old days a pick Axe and a shovel and an old iron skillet or gold pan were what the old timers used to dig gold bearing materials out of the ground to pan.

Today we have a lot more mining tools than the donkey prospector.  We have many modern gold pans from around the world. .Some of them are better than others.  I have tried them all and have a favorite of my own.  You will find yours too eventually.  

There are picks and scrapers, and tools for digging materials out of cracks in rock.  There are vacuum packs that are essentially a portable vacuum with a 5 gallon bucket attached to the bottom of it for sucking up material out of holes, crevices and cracks on bedrock.  This is an important tool for working a dry wash or an old river bed in gold country.

Then there are high-bankers which have motors that suck water up into a sluice that has a receiver tray at the top that you shovel your materials into.  The water washes the materials down the sluice bed and catches the gold and black sands in the riffles.  The lighter materials wash off the end of the riffles.

Some high bankers have been made into smaller models that fit into its own carrying tub that can contain the water that you recycle through your riffle arrangement.  This allows you to go to remote areas with 5 gallons of water  to recover gold with.

You also can choose a tool called a dry washer that comes in various sizes and can be gasoline motor driven or battery driven.  These work on the principle of vibrating the lighter materials off the riffle bed after you have fed the receiver classifier screen on the unit.

There are gold wheels that are essentially a spiral pan with a receiver hole in the center that dumps gold into a small cup on the backside.  These sit in a rectangular tub and are powered by a battery.  Materials are fed into the unit by hand in smaller amounts and is a slower process, kids love to do this part.

Dredges are floating high-bankers that have a suction nozzle that is used underwater to suck materials up onto the riffles to catch the heavier gold and black sand materials that get dropped in the riffle areas.  This type of equipment is heavier and can require more than one person to operate.  There are however backpacker models that a person can go it alone and hike into a spot to dredge.  I know a guy who dredges in California and who had all of the materials in caught in the riffles assayed…turns out that even though there was no visible gold after he picked the nuggets out. The assay stated he had 12 ounces of gold per ton of his riffle materials.

This is why you should always save the black sands you get from your mining efforts for evaluating later.  What to do with your black sands is a whole other topic in itself.

Lastly for the small miner there is metal detecting which is one of my favorite ways to hunt for gold. There are many types of detectors out there.  I like Mine-lab detectors but also use other models.  Detectors with modern technology can locate metals in the ground and can even identify the metal.  

In closing I would like to say that I have been prospecting for many years and have met many wonderful people that have become my friends and who go with me into the field.  We work hard together but we have fun and we do find gold and get some good exercise and sunshine to boot.

What is a Scissor Lift?

A scissor lift is equipment used for lifting persons or objects to the required height. This type of lift moves only vertically. It is extensively used in manufacturing and construction industry where it is common for people to work in hard to reach spaces. It is also used for doing maintenance work of high-rise buildings. It reduces the efforts of the workers, as they do not have to carry heavy loads manually. Also, it helps them reach a height that is comfortable for performing their task properly. For example, if a worker has to clean the window panes of a third floor, he can use the scissor lift to reach to that height. In simple words, this equipment increases the efficiency of a worker. These are also used widely by emergency services like fire fighting.

There are different types of scissor lifts. However, all such lifts have more or less similar type of construction. They consist of three main parts – platform, scissor arms, and controls. When the scissor arms stretch, the lift moves in the upward direction and when the scissor arms compress, the lift moves downward. These lifts could be divided in to two types – manually propelled and self propelled. Whereas self-propelled lifts move up and down with the aid of motors, the manually propelled lifts are moved up and down manually.

The scissor lifts can also be categorized into two types depending upon their drive mechanism – hydraulic lifts and pneumatic lifts. In hydraulic lifts, a liquid is used for the upward movement of the lift. When the liquid is released, the scissor arms stretches and the lift moves up. The amount of liquid released depends upon the height to which the lift has to be raised. It is regulated with a valve. In pneumatic lifts, air bags are used to move the scissor arms up and down. Depending upon the source of power, a scissor lift can be divided in to gas and electric powered lifts. Gas powered lifts are usually used for outdoor applications whereas electric ones are used for indoor applications.

While renting or buying this equipment, one should pay attention to its specification. The two most important things to look for are the height to which the lift can move up and the amount of load it can hold. The maximum height it can reach is around 50 feet and the maximum load it can carry is around 10,000 pounds. Nowadays, lifts with special features are also available. Some of these features are tilt, rotate and horizontal shift. The tilt feature allows the worker to choose the angle of the platform and the rotate feature allows the platform to rotate. Some of them have a platform that can even move horizontally. Some companies manufacture s according to the requirements of their clients. You should choose from either a or standard scissor lift depending upon your requirements.

Scissor lifts are dangerous, if used incorrectly. The user should always follow the safety instructions carefully. Also, one should avoid loading the lift more than its permissible load limit. Overloading can cause accidents and hence, should be avoided. Moreover, you should keep the equipment locked, when not in use, to avoid its unauthorized use.

Elevator Speech Examples – The FIVE MOST Common Mistakes

As a small business you need an elevator speech. Whether you actually call it an “elevator speech” a “30 second introduction” or an “infomercial” is irrelevant. When you are asked “what do you do?” then your answer is your elevator speech whether you like it or not.

This needs some thought and practice to avoid these most common mistakes. Beware! Succinctly getting your message over in a way that grabs attention is not always as easy as “just telling others what you do”.

Mistake 1 – Talking about yourself

Eh? How are you going to tell people about what you do without talking about yourself? This is THE MOST common mistake as a result. It sounds like a list of what you do. For example “We do this…” or “I am an internet guru” or “I am a professional with this, that and the other service”

The downside to this is twofold. Firstly, people don’t really care about all your services, accolades and self-appointed titles. They are trying to decide quickly if you are someone who may be able to help them, or are worth chatting to further as a networking partner.

Secondly – it is so common that your message will sound very similar to other people in the same niche. When that happens it is hard to grab attention.

The solution is to change your mindset and put yourself in the shoes of your ideal client and think about the CHALLENGES they face and how you solve them. Use that as the lead into your elevator speech. In other words: “I work with (this type of client) struggling with (this type of problem).

Mistake 2 – Expecting others to “get” you

The most common example of this is assuming people will understand AND be interested when you label yourself or your company – “We are tax attorneys” and leaving at that. Here’s the thing: people often either don’t get what you do (perhaps they have never heard of it) or they assume they know what you do and it is different from the reality.

In either case it would be nice to think your listener would stop you and ask you to elaborate. They won’t. They will be confused, embarrassed they don’t understand or disinterested and move on.

Avoid labelling yourself – stick to the formula above and talk to THEIR challenges.

Mistake 3 – Irrelevant information

You must have heard how this sounds: “We have been in business 75 years and are based on main and 35th street, just opposite from the big new McDonald’s that has opened there……..”

This is a variation on talking about yourself but is specific and common enough to warrant it’s own category. Again, unless this is of specific importance and relevance to the audience (you are a retail outlet or restaurant in which case location is important) then it is just noise to the audience.

The solution is simply to cut it out of your intro – it wastes time and adds little value. Again, stick to your target audience and what concerns them. That is the litmus test of all your intro material.

Mistake 4 – Trying to be cute

Tricky one this. There is a lot of advice out there recommending a tag line to keep you memorable. This can certainly work but for every funny play on words there are countless groan inducing puns or worse, tag lines that really don’t make sense.

It is the same advice as humor in a presentation. It can be great, but you really have to know what you are doing and so few people do it well. There is a very fine line between being witty and offending. Also a clever play on words can confuse.

If you have a clever tag line that works, by all means stick with it. However it isn’t necessary and don’t waste time thinking one up. Just stick with your message that you help a certain audience with a specific problem of problems.

Mistake 5 – Not trying

This might be harsh when considering an elevator speech but, let’s face it, sometimes people give up with their elevator speech and sometimes they will tell you about it:

“Well, I’m really nervous/not good at this so I will just tell you about the company”

At other times it is basically being unprepared and it can be embarrassing to watch someone stumble through an elevator speech without a clear goal or plan. Don’t let it happen to you!

You should ALWAYS be prepared to introduce yourself – there is no excuse for being caught off guard and certainly not to give up on the whole thing and muddle through.

These mistakes are on display at every networking event. You can avoid them, and therefore stand out by sticking to the simple formula mentioned above. An Elevator speech doesn’t need to be rote, learned by heart or formulaic. You can use different words and gear it to your audience as long as you have thought about it beforehand, and keep these mistakes in mind!

Benefits of Using Vibration Plate

Benefits of Vibration Plate Machine

The latest craze vibration training used by celebrities like Madonna is the next big thing in weight loss and all over body toning. Thanks to the Russian Space Program scientists experimented with vibration exercise therapy and have transformed the way we workout today. The Vibration Plate offers a total body workout whilst giving your body stimulating overall massage. Improve your overall health and fitness, by giving your muscles the ultimate workout and burn those calories. All it takes is 10-15 minutes every day, the machine burns those calories away and see how toned up you get without the sweat and hour long session at the gym.

You can finally enjoy exercising and actually see the results and it does not matter how old you are or how fit you are. The Vibration Plate has revolutionised getting into shape and burning those unwanted calories. These machines are being used by medical departments, fitness trainers, universities, sporting professionals and in homes. The oscillating platform provides a safe and efficient way to exercise at different levels and combines both a massager and exercise machine in one. The Vibration Plate allows you to tone up, reduce cellulite, improve muscle strength, lose weight, reduce stress and increase growth hormone.

The Vibration Plate works by generating vibrations in the plate base, the vibrating force is then transferred directly through the entire body causing all muscles to contract and relax. The lower speed vibration helps to refresh and relax the body, where as the high speed vibration creates intense and rapid muscle contractions. The Vibration Plate is a great machine for those of you who spend most of the day sitting at home or in the office. Studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time make people put on weight and more importantly puts you at risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Benefits

– Improves and increases your muscle strength, body shape, tone and posture.

– Helps to burn unwanted fat, combat cellulite, tighten your skin and improves your body’s natural collagen levels.

– Improves joint movement and increases flexibility.

– The massaging motion eases aches and pains (low speeds).

– Reduces tiredness, stress and reduces your back, muscle and joint pain.

– Increase metabolism, helping to burn fat and raise energy levels whilst improving digestion.

– Improves your blood circulation and lymphatic drainage which improves joints, cartilage, decreases blood pressure and cortisol levels.

– Quick recovery from joint, muscle and ligament injuries

– Strengthens bones and fights osteoporosis.

– Strengthens the pelvic floor and improves continence

– Improves balance, coordination and core stability

– Increases energy levels and improves overall fitness

The compact vibration plate is really beneficial for those with restricted space, its power is not compromised because of its size. 10 Minutes of Vibration training is equivalent to 1 hours training at the Gym.

Pellet Stoves

Some people are surprised to find that are quite a few different kinds of pellet stoves. They come in many different brands such as Vulcan, Lancaster, Bixby, Glow Boy, Harman, Ashley and Breckwell. No matter which brand you decide to go for you might be helped by a general information on pellet stoves and how they work their magic.

A pellet stove usually needs to be refueled once a day. It has a fuel storage built in that holds the pellets until they are needed for burning. Normally these storages fit between 35 to 130 pounds of pellets, depending on the model.

A pellet stove has a really smart and convinient way of creating the heat itself. A feeder device that looks like a large screw, drops the pellets a few at a time into the chamber for buning. The pace at which the pellets are fed to the burner, decides the heat output. On more advanced models you get modern technology at your aid with a built in small computer and thermostat that controls the feed rate of the pellet.

There are several advantages with this heating source. Some advantages of pellet stoves include:

The fuel for pellet stoves is compressed and bagged, saving heavy lifting and dirt.

Most pellet stoves stay rather cool on the outside (watch out for the glass doors though!).

Pellet stoves burn the fuel so completely, very little creosote is created, meaning less of a fire hazard.

As with most things there are also some potential disadvantages of pellet stoves including:

A pellet stove is more complex than its wood counterpart and has more pricy pellet stove parts that can break down.

To control fans and pellet feeders you need electricity. Normal usage consumes about 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh), equivalent of about $9 of electricity a month.

If the pellet stove does not have a back-up power supply, the loss of electric power means no heat and some potential smoke in the house. A battery back-up can be a good idea.

Are you thinking about buying a pellet stove? Make sure you compare pellet stoves before you buy to see which ones fits your needs best. Decide if you want freestanding stoves or pellet stove inserts. Also check that it is easy for you to find a good supply of pellet nearby.

When you have this down, you are set for your pellet stove installation and for a great heating source using recycled fuel.

Top 10 Pressure Cooker Recipes

Top 10 things to cook with a Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers are possibly the most convenient, cleanest, quickest and most importantly the healthiest way to prepare our food. But there is no point in owning a pressure cooker unless your actually going to use it. That is why we have come up with Top 10 things to cook with a Pressure Cooker. Freeing up time for you to concentrate on cooking the recipes rather than searching for them.

1. Curried Lamb – Most people will agree that having a curry every now and again is more than just a treat it can be a great taste experience.

2. Spicy Chicken and Polenta – A little known dish that will get your taste buds tingling. This meal is not only hearty but nutritious too and will be the talking point among your dinner party guests.

3. Chicken legs with scallions and carrots – an extremely basic yet easy to throw together meal. The combination of the chicken legs and the scallions is second to none.

4. Pork Loin with Onion – Another pork dish in the top 10 this recipe is easy and quick and incredibly hearty.

5. Spicy Shrimp – Not overly filling yet an incredibly satisfying dish. The combination of the shrimp with sweet chilly source is enough to send your mouth watering while your read.

6. Pasta with Chickpeas – An unusual combination fusing flavours of the Mediterranean with a typically Asian dish. A vegetarian dish to blow away your taste buds and great for impressing guests.

7. Quail Eggs with salad – Not for the unadventurous amongst you however incredibly good to eat. Simple, quick and tasty food.

8. Asparagus Cream soup – What most people do not realise is they can use their pressure cooker to create great soups and this in particular is fantastic.

9. Veal Stew with Vegetables – The only “game” recipe to appear in our top ten. This hearty and typically manly meal is ideal fair after a day out at the hunt.

10. Quick Ratatouille recipe – Not a meal in its self however this great tasting side dish will have your guests asking where the chef is. Fantastically quick, simple and tasty.

Why not hit the kitchen now and start creating some of the Top 10 things to cook with a Pressure Cooker. Put your own twist on each recipe and you will have a great string to your bow in the kitchen.

Update a Kitchen With Decorative Fluorescent Diffuser Light Panels

Kitchen updates are typically very costly and require a lot of work. If a fluorescent light fixture is located in the kitchen area, a quick facelift could be just what you need to get an instant update to your kitchen space. The best part about this addition is the affordably.

With each decorative fluorescent diffuser light panel costing only $60.00, it is a welcomed addition for those people working on a tight budget. Light panels that are clear are unsightly and often times become an eyesore rather than a kitchen d├ęcor accent.

There are many styles and colors available for these fluorescent light panels. Some popular options include cloud designs, tree designs, floral designs and miscellaneous geometric shapes. Adding a splash of color to your existing kitchen through decorative light panels is unique and fun. Get the look you are looking for by comparing each below.

Geometric shapes: Adds a subtle accent to a room. These designs are not typically overbearing and offer a special touch to a kitchen or room. Geometric decorative panels also are well suited for modern style furniture and design.

Tree design: Tree designed panels are great for the family that loves the outdoors. It is a welcoming choice for confined areas to give it a larger feel. Tree designs are calming and comforting and work well in a kitchen to give it a settled look and feel.

Cloud light panels: Cloud designs give the feeling of openness. They can be substituted for a skylight and have the benefits of being non-permanent and easily removed. Clouds give a feeling of comfort, openness, hope and generally uplift a space.

Custom fluorescent panel designs are also available through reputable dealers. This gives the opportunity to really transform a kitchen into something special and truly unique. Give the space a personal touch through printing an image personally designed by you or even an image that inspires an area.

It does not matter if you get a custom design or pre-made fluorescent diffuser panel design, they are both easy to install. Decorative panels for fluorescent kitchen light fixtures is much cheaper than getting granite counter tops, putting in new tile and replacing the cabinets. A kitchen enhancement that is under $100 that adds so much to the space is a rare find- take advantage of these benefits by contacting a professional decorative fluorescent light diffuser manufacturer.

Tips on Installing Vinyl Wood Plank Flooring Without Any Hassle

Wood flooring adds an altogether new dimension to a regular looking room or area. Though it was considered to be expensive options but with the foray of substitutes such as vinyl and PVC, it has become the hottest trend in the flooring arena.

Vinyl flooring is quite easy on pocket as compared to the authentic wood floor. The next question that pops up: is vinyl wood plank flooring easy to install? Well yes, with increased awareness and new techniques of flooring, installing wood based tiles and floors is more of a cakewalk. It just takes a few hours and some professional help to renovate the floor of your house with vinyl wood flooring.

The greatest advantage of Vinyl based floors over the authentic wood planks is that the former is waterproof, is available in planks (therefore numerous designs and patterns can be carved to lend an illusionary look) unlike the latter, that gets stained each time a liquid spills on it. Vinyl planks are not only scratch resistant but are quite durable in the long run, hence a great option to be used in bathrooms and kitchen of your house. It is quite easy to clean and inhibits the growth of mildew and moth

Here are a few tips that can help you in easy installation of your vinyl plank flooring

* Always start placing from the wall which is the line of sight for the room

* Highlight the boundaries using a chalk as it will help in getting a neat finish

* Start from one corner, peel off the paper backing and simultaneously place the plank on the floor

* It is advised to use the adhesive recommended by the vinyl manufacturer for better results

* Preferably use a floor roller to smooth the surface once the planks have been placed on the floor

Vinyl planks can be purchased in different designs and sizes; In fact there is an array of color available in the market such as maple, mahogany and oak that you can lay your hands on. And a lot of manufactures sell the self sticking planks that have an inbuilt adhesive and are quite hassle free to install.