Tips For Decorating a Staircase

Some homeowners may not realize that a staircase is just another area of their home that can be decorated to make the home appear stylish. Staircases are often overlooked when it comes to decorating, but depending on the layout of the home, the staircase may be more important than you think, especially if it is the first thing people see when they walk in. Here are some useful tips for decorating the staircase in your home.

Use Photographs to Decorate the Staircase

Frame a few of your favorite photographs and hang them up along the wall of the staircase. These photographs can be ones of your family or they can be of nature or other decorative objects.

Hang them so that they appear to be descending with the staircase. Be sure that the frames you choose complement the color of the wall. A good idea is to match the color of the stairs (if they are wood) to the color of the wood in the frames.

Paint a Mural or Design on the Staircase Wall

If you really want your staircase to stand out, then consider painting a mural or design that goes up the stairs. This could be as simple as a leaf or flower pattern that follows the stairs or it can be a larger and more intricate mural.

If drawing and painting aren’t your best skills there are stencils that you can use for the design or you can hire a professional painter to do the mural.

Add a Decorative Banister to the Staircase

If you have a plain banister, look for a more decorative one that matches the style of your home. There are plenty of banisters to choose from depending on the type of stairs you have.

A new trend is to mix wood with wrought-iron for the stairs. This may go well with a Spanish style house or even a modern style home. Check out the pictures in home décor magazines or on the Internet for all the different styles that you can consider.

Lay Down a Decorative Runner on the Stairs

If you have wooden stairs you may consider laying down a decorative carpet runner to add more style. The carpet can be solid colored or, for a real attention getter, it can be patterned and multi-colored. Runners even work with staircases that are already carpeted or tiled.

Choose a carpet runner that is slightly narrower than the width of the stairs so that the edges of the stairs show on the sides. There selection of runners is extensive so there should be no problem finding one that fits your staircase as well as it matches the style of the area.

For a homeowner who has a staircase right in the entryway of their home, decorating those stairs is quite important. You want to be able to show off the staircase to its best advantage so that it doesn’t look like an eyesore. You may even consider choosing more than one of these decorating ideas for your staircase in order to make it more appealing.

How to Properly Measure Your Stair Railings

A stairway adds a nice touch to any home. Whether your stairs only have three steps or you have a long flight of stairs in your home, one thing is evident. The structure helps family members ascend and descend comfortably and safely.

Stairs, regardless of their shape and size, need to be properly constructed to make it safe to use by people. The right measurements have to be taken before installing the vital parts. Carpenters are skilled in this task and if you’re not knowledgeable on this aspect of home construction, it would be best to get the help of qualified carpenters to assist you. If you’ll be ordering your stair railing, you will have to provide the company with the precise measurements.

To get the measurements, you will need to get the average rise and run of steps or the height and width, the number of stairs or treads, measurement from tip to tip as well as from the house to the tip of front steps and the angle of the staircase.

The shapes of stairs have evolved since the olden times. Some people know this structure to be just the straight one. Today, however, there are different shapes of staircase such as the round and spiral apart from the straight type.

A flight of stairs is composed of different parts. The tread is what people usually step on and this requires a certain thickness. The riser is the vertical part between each tread while the nosing is the edge portion of the treat that protrudes over the riser. A major component is the balustrade system which includes the balusters, handrail and the railing. The stair railing is the one that prevents people from falling over the edge of the structure. The part where the railing is attached is called the newel or a large baluster.

Railings need to be sturdy and firm to ensure the safety of those who use the staircase. Depending on the choice of material, they have to be built in a way that will not allow any adult or child to get through it. A very common type of stair railing makes use of vertical posts or balusters made of wood. Two of these posts, also referred to as spindles or guards, are normally required for each tread.

But with the entry of various materials, different designs can be used for the railing posts notably for the open styles. Homeowners with small children who want to provide a safe environment for their kids can choose a close type of railing for their stairway.

If you’re living in a home that’s been existing for quite some time, ensure that your stair railing is intact with its posts, balusters and handrails not loose. Should you observe some loose parts, act right away to have it fastened by an experienced carpenter. Doing it yourself especially without proper background may be difficult as the balustrade system normally involves long bolts and pins.

If the stair railing, however, is quite old for you, you can always have it changed. There are companies that build and assemble precut railings and get rid of your old one.

Remote Light Switches – How They Work

Remote light switches – switches which allow you to turn lights (or other appliances) off or on without having to manually toggle the switch – are getting pretty commonplace these days. From internet searches to infomercials to the shelves of your local home improvement stores, these devices are everywhere.

Wireless television remotes were first developed in the 1950’s. By today’s standard these mechanical devices were primitive. When you pushed a button it would hit a metal bar with an audible “click” (hence the term “clicker”). The television circuits would respond to the resultant frequency and the television would turn on, turn off, change channels, etc. Unfortunately, anything that resulted in the same frequency would have the same result as my family found out when we discovered we could manipulate the television while eating simply by the sounds of our knives and forks hitting each other or the plate (my brother was especially adept at this).

Technology improved and the number of practical applications for remote controls increased. Remote light switches typically send signals to receivers either wired to the device to be controlled itself or receivers which have been plugged into an outlet with the device then plugged into the receiver. The receiver is programmed to respond to certain remote control transmitters. When you push a button on the remote, the device responds to the transmitters as programmed. This technology is sometimes employed during remodeling of rooms and in the construction of log homes, when accessing the electrical wiring to the house directly can be difficult.

When was the last time you were in the basement and absent-mindedly turned off one light before you turned on another and you were literally feeling your way along the walls to turn on a light so you could see? Or the last time you hit your shin on something in the living room stumbling around in the dark? How about the last time you stayed out later than you planned and came home to a dark house?

How to Use Comparable Sales to Determine the Current Market Value of a Property

When assessing the value of a property, many investors and other commercial property buyers look at comparable sales to determine the true current market value of a property. The comparable sales can show you exactly what properties are selling for, not just the asking price. If you know three or four properties of similar characteristics sold for about the same amount, then you can determine what the value of your property is. Don’t ever just look at the asking price, as it can be as far off as the owner wishes. He or she may be dreaming in regards to what the property is really worth!

Comparable sales, or comps, are the properties that have sold around the subject property that are zoned identically, and are about the same amount of acreage. It also helps if the comparable sales are from properties that have similar uses.

Comparable sales may not always be the most accurate for your specific property. They could be from many years ago, may not be of similar use, many not have the same characteristics such as the availability of utilities, or may not have a comparable amount of road frontage, or could be a considerable distance from the subject property.

In order to get around this problem, you must use the closest properties that you can. You simply adjust the price according to the changes in the market or property characteristics.

For example, if a comparable sale was from 2001, and the current year is 2006, then you can adjust the price according to the appreciation the overall commercial market has experienced in a specific area.

Or, if the subject property has a total road frontage of 200 feet, and the comparable sale property has frontage of 1000 feet, you can adjust the price or value appropriately.

As you can see, finding the true current market value of a property can take some investigation and adjustment in relation to the properties that have sold in the past. The more recent and similar the comparable sale is, the easier and more accurately you can assess the true value of the property.

It is a good idea to collect as many comparable sales as possible and take inventory of each. What are the characteristics? What are the uses? Assess each one individually and then group them together to determine an overall consensus. You should be able to determine the current market value at this point. The more properties you have to pool from, the more accurate a number you will have.

Very often brokers or agents supply you with comps from the area of interest as part of the service of selling the subject property. If you are not familiar with the area, you must be leery of the comps that they send you.

I have received comps of properties in the most affluent areas for a subject property that was positioned in a lower to medium class area which completely misrepresented the true market value of the property. Unless I had investigated further and asked many questions, I could have easily taken this property as a true comparable sale, and would have expected a far greater return than what I really would have experienced.

Unfortunately, as much as you want to trust the information that you are given by a source, you must always perform your very own investigation because brokers and agents are there to sell their properties. Many of them are honest and will do the best they can to give you the most accurate information. However, there are those who will dupe a buyer in order to sell the property and receive their commission. It is important to be aware of these tactics. Although we don’t like to admit that they happen, they most certainly do.

Comparable sales are really the only way you can determine the true value of a property. It may take a comparable from another city, or even county of identical characteristics to determine the most accurate value. If necessary, ask a trustworthy broker or agent for assistance, as they will know their market inside and out, and be able to point you in the right direction as to what the property is really worth. Get two or three opinions in order to validate any information you might receive.

Suspended Platform – Wide Application on High Rise Building Cleaning (Facade Cleaning)

With more and more high rise buildings appearing all over the world, high rise building cleaning has become more and more important. Exterior works of high rise building include high rise window cleaning, exterior wall cleaning, curtain wall clean, high-rise exterior wall paint, concrete repairs, sealing and aerial advertising installation etc. The article mainly introduces the suspended platform (swing stage) application on the high rise building facades cleaning, and its advantages than BMU and Bosun’s chair.

According to the characteristics of high-rise building, the main equipments that are used in exterior wall cleaning include three kinds as below:

1. Building Maintenance Unit, also is called BMU

2. Temporary Suspended Platform or Swing stage

3. Bosun’s chair

The BMU is a special equipment for exterior wall cleaning of high-rise building. Its main usage is cleaning exterior wall of modern high-rise building, which change the traditional suspended work operation into automatic, efficient, high quality mechanical operation. It is the latest generation of powerful exterior wall cleaning robot, and fills up the blank from domestic to overseas in high-rise building exterior wall maintenance. In China, some of senior high-grade constructions, which were built in 80-1990s, were designed by foreign architects and they had considered the installation of BMU since then and adopted abroad BMU to maintenance building. These efforts have laid a good foundation for building cleaning. But since 1990s, there are many buildings had not considered the application of BMU when they were designed and some of them can not be installed BMU, at the same time, BMU does not belong to standard products and also often bring higher cost, all of those lead to BMU has not been widely used nowadays.

Because of Bosun’s Chair’s flexibility, it has been widely adopted in the world. However, as its risk in operation and often brings accidents, the Bosun’s Chair has been more and more replaced by suspended work platform. We believe this is a tendency of development. Now, in China, many cities have already stipulated that in aerial work cleaning, workers must use suspended work platform and forbid to use Bosun’s Chair, to avoid more accidents happening.

The suspended work platform is a new type of aloft working machinery. Because of it’s operate smoothly, comfort, safety, energy saving etc, it has been widely used in domestic decoration and cleaning industry.

The main materials of exterior wall include glass curtain wall, Aluminum composite plate, marble, granite, mosaic, ceramics, drying sticky stone, granitic plaster stone and so on. Due to the dust, grease and erosion caused by acid rain (fog), the new buildings become smudgy easily in short time, especially in some serious air pollution cities.

According to the weight-bearing ability, the suspended work platform can be divided into 1000kgs, 800kgs, 600kgs, 500kgs and 250kgs etc. According to the length of platform, it contains 10m, 7.5m, 6m, 4m, 2m and so on. The length of platform can be assembled to suit for different requests. Now the main types that are usually used in cleaning industry include swing stage ZLP630 and ZLP250 and the length ranged from 6 to 10 meters is more popular.

Preparation work before construction

1. Check the work site and assure the plan. Check the roof condition and ensure that it can be installed suspended work platform and sure the movement has no obstacle like neon lights and billboard. The engineers design construction plan.

2. To ensure the construction environment without wind, snow and high temperature, low temperature phenomenon. The wind in site should less than 6 levels.

3. Prepare cleaning tools such as bucket, gun, towels and sucker etc.

4. Two workers carry cleaning tools, get into platform cradle and fasten safety belts.

Do safety inspection before operation.

1. To check the each parts in suspended work platform(swing stage), for exam, if the fasteners, fittings, hoister, and safety protection devices in good state and confirm no hidden dangerous before work.

2. To check whether the suspension mechanism installed on roof, fasteners, drawing rope are firm and confirm no hidden trouble in operation.

3. To check the length of safety rope and see if there were any damage or broken stocks on it.

4. Fixed the safety rope and confirm the length is more than building height.

5. To check the insurance belt employee used no damage.

6. To check if the safety lock are flexible and reliable.

7. To check if the fixed position where the safety rope joined on the top of building is firmly.

8. To check if the staff dresses meet the following requirements: wearing a helmet and wearing long-sleeved work jacket and long pants. In corrosive environment, let workers wear corrosion-resistant clothes and shoes with soft bottom, which also features of corrosion-resistant.

9. To check if the junction between safety rope and building parapet has the liners. If found no, we shall be stop working immediately.

10. The employee’s self-lock device installed on insurance belt should be knotted on safety rope, not buckle in suspended platform.

11. Please set up the fence in operation area and arrange one ground security officer to preventing pedestrians. If no security officer or protecting fence, we should stop the work. 12. Check the attitude of workers who operate in top of buildings, if have some problems, stop working.

Operation process

1. Use water gun to wash corners and remove dust.

2. Dip spreader into barrels and after it fully absorb sanitizer, we smear evenly on the surface of glass. Later use wiper scrape glass up and down including window frame and corners. Ensure to pull crossly and no miss some small place and then use towel dry it.

3. After finishing one position, let the platform move to the below site and when end the cleaning from top to bottom, we turn left or right to adjacent position and continue to work from top to bottom again.

4. After finishing total work, sorting machines and tools and remove fences and billboard and clean the water on ground.

5. Cleaning and maintenance equipments and after removing dust and dirt we pack the device in warehouse.

How to Solder For Radiator Repair

Radiator is a dynamic and an imperative to regulating the car’s temperature low like perspiration, which is the body’s ability to keep you refrigerate. The auto radiator uses ambient air to cool down the coolant that flow through, it is usually at the front of the vehicle. Automobile radiators are either made up of aluminum or brass and copper. Plastic could also be used for the tanks at either ends. The radiator repair techniques may differ, depending on the automobile and other material.

There are two main kinds of radiators; one is cross flow and the other is vertical flow. You need to locate the tanks. Whether they are at the top or bottom, then it is a vertical flow. If they are on the sides, then it is a cross flow. You need to check the tanks if they are made of metal or plastic. The radiator construction material must be determined. The radiator must be made of brass or copper if it is painted. If it is shiny like chrome, the radiator is made of aluminum.

Repair could be done many times, if the damage to the radiator is not wide-ranging and extensive. The repairs could be done many times by soldering. Soldering is not like welding or brazing as it does not bond together the two models physically, but it is a similar patch, which is considered to be a pleasant one. Welding is considered to be necessarily better and gives an improved outlook. As much as the solder repair is of a good quality, the bond for the radiator could last for the lifetime.

There are specific instructions that could be followed;

The first step is to make the damaged and fragmented area ready for soldering. This involves removing the paint with a wire brush, or by using a small grinding wheel along with removing any sharp edges or burrs that might occur. You must be careful, not to make the damage grow worse, if you are using a grinder, as the radiators are made up of ultra-light material. You can then clean the area with strong solvents like brake or Green cleaners, so that the fuse support and stay with the radiator without causing any problems.

The next step is that you should solder the damaged and troubled area thoroughly. You must use a high-wattage soldering solid wire or metal. You need to heat up the gun carefully to get the solder melt down and bonds with the surface of the radiator. Then heat up the damaged part of the radiator along the soldering iron, introducing the wire slowly with it, try not to drip the solder itself into the radiator. After that, slow down the work when you get down the crack until and unless it is fully covered with the solder. You must always remember to unplug the tool when you are done with soldering, as most of them do not turnoff themselves.

Third step is to drudge the solder has no sharp edges or burrs. This could be done with a wire brush or a small wheel. The concept behind is to make the solder line as easy as possible and also to remove the contaminants, if any are there. The repaired portion could be left alone or even repainted. You are required to fill the radiator with the coolant, which would allow the car get the operating temperature low, keeping your eyes on the soldered area for leaks.

How to Solder For Radiator Repair

Radiator is a dynamic and an imperative to regulating the car’s temperature low like perspiration, which is the body’s ability to keep you refrigerate. The auto radiator uses ambient air to cool down the coolant that flow through, it is usually at the front of the vehicle. Automobile radiators are either made up of aluminum or brass and copper. Plastic could also be used for the tanks at either ends. The radiator repair techniques may differ, depending on the automobile and other material.

There are two main kinds of radiators; one is cross flow and the other is vertical flow. You need to locate the tanks. Whether they are at the top or bottom, then it is a vertical flow. If they are on the sides, then it is a cross flow. You need to check the tanks if they are made of metal or plastic. The radiator construction material must be determined. The radiator must be made of brass or copper if it is painted. If it is shiny like chrome, the radiator is made of aluminum.

Repair could be done many times, if the damage to the radiator is not wide-ranging and extensive. The repairs could be done many times by soldering. Soldering is not like welding or brazing as it does not bond together the two models physically, but it is a similar patch, which is considered to be a pleasant one. Welding is considered to be necessarily better and gives an improved outlook. As much as the solder repair is of a good quality, the bond for the radiator could last for the lifetime.

There are specific instructions that could be followed;

The first step is to make the damaged and fragmented area ready for soldering. This involves removing the paint with a wire brush, or by using a small grinding wheel along with removing any sharp edges or burrs that might occur. You must be careful, not to make the damage grow worse, if you are using a grinder, as the radiators are made up of ultra-light material. You can then clean the area with strong solvents like brake or Green cleaners, so that the fuse support and stay with the radiator without causing any problems.

The next step is that you should solder the damaged and troubled area thoroughly. You must use a high-wattage soldering solid wire or metal. You need to heat up the gun carefully to get the solder melt down and bonds with the surface of the radiator. Then heat up the damaged part of the radiator along the soldering iron, introducing the wire slowly with it, try not to drip the solder itself into the radiator. After that, slow down the work when you get down the crack until and unless it is fully covered with the solder. You must always remember to unplug the tool when you are done with soldering, as most of them do not turnoff themselves.

Third step is to drudge the solder has no sharp edges or burrs. This could be done with a wire brush or a small wheel. The concept behind is to make the solder line as easy as possible and also to remove the contaminants, if any are there. The repaired portion could be left alone or even repainted. You are required to fill the radiator with the coolant, which would allow the car get the operating temperature low, keeping your eyes on the soldered area for leaks.

How to Fit Plasterboard Around Sockets

If you’ve ever tried to fit plasterboard then you will know that one of the most difficult parts is when you have to make the cuts around sockets and things. This is where it all goes wrong for many people and they are left with huge big holes that later become a nightmare to fill and make good.

Wouldn’t it be nice if just for once, you could make one cut and have it fit perfectly first time. Well now you can because I promise you it’s such a doodle when you know how.

I’m about to give you a little tip that will save all the rigmarole and make the job a so much easier. All you need to do is hold your piece of plasterboard up to the wall in the place that you want to put it, then where your sockets, or rather back boxes are (these are the metal boxes that the plastic socket cover with the plug fittings screws into), give the board a good tap and you will make an mark on the back of the plasterboard where the cut needs to be. Simply cut it out with a sharp blade and when you fit the plasterboard permanently in place, you should find that it fits accurately around the socket.

Another way of doing this is also leading the front of the back box around the edges with a pencil before pressing the board up it to get the impression in the right place. Believe it or not, I’ve even known people to mark the socket with ‘tomato sauce’ to make the impression onto the board. Now tomato sauce maybe taking matters a little bit far, but I guess the idea here is to just get that impression on the plasterboard where the precise cut needs to be.

Next time you’re taking on a project where you need to fit plasterboard, be sure to try this simple but very effective and time saving method. Please always be cautious and careful when working around any electrical sockets. Where possible, you should always isolate the sockets power supply to ensure complete safety. If in doubt, consult a qualified electrician to do this for you.

Chess Openings – Closed Games

If the first two moves of a chess match are 1.d4 d5, then the opening is called a Closed Game or a Double Queen Pawn Game. An important thing to remember about a Closed Game is that it does not automatically result in closed positions. The term “closed” is simply a label, not a reflection of the pieces.

The 1 d4 d5 approach offers similar advantages to 1.e4 e5 approach. Both methods help the player control the center squares of the board and both methods clear the pathway for the Queen and the Bishop-two musts for a good opening. But with the e4 opening, the pawn is without defense, while with the d4 opening, the pawn has the advantage of being protected by the Queen. This important detail is part of what distinguishes closed openings from other types of openings. This is why many chess players prefer the Queen’s Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4) over the King’s Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.f4). Furthermore, note that a closed game opening often turns into another type of opening, whereas an open game opening does not.

The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit openings are definitely the favorite out of all the closed openings. Each begins with 2.c4, which offers the pawn. Then, the opening divides into variations depending on how Black responds. Remember that this particular closed game opening is not actually a gambit because the pawn is recovered every time.

A Queen’s Gambit Accepted occurs when black takes the pawn using 2…dxc3. This capture is usually coupled with later c5 and cxd5 moves. In doing this, Black gives up control over the central section of the board in order to isolate the White d pawn. White then can stay in control of the center board as well as keep the initiative by way of good piece development.

On the other hand, Black can ignore the offered pawn. He may play 2…e6, which would produce Queen’s Gambit Declined, or he may play 2…c6 which produces Slav Defense. Each of these openings has multiple variations-it takes a lot of patience to learn each opening fully. The following are only some of the variations of Queen’s Gambit Declined: Lasker’s Defense, Orthodox Defense, Cambridge Springs Defense, Tartakower Variation, Tarrasch Defense, and Semi-Tarrasch Defense.

Other less common responses to the offered gambit include Chigorin Defense (2…Nc6), Symmetrical Defense (2…c5), Baltic Defense (2…Bf5), Albin Countergambit (2…e5), and Marshall Defense (2…Nf6). You will not see these often, but some masters do prefer them.

Additional Closed Games

If White never offers the c pawn, it produces other openings like Stonewall Attack and Colle System. While these are not too popular for masters, they are great for general club play. Each method is fairly simple and offers many options to White. If Black is somewhat familiar with these closed openings, it makes for a good competition.

Many variations exist of Stonewall Attack and Colle System. Colle System usually follows this pattern: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 and Stonewall Attack often moves 1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.f4. The pawn structure in the Stonewall Attack (c3, d4, e3, f4) can be achieved through different moves, but that causes different positions for Black. In both the Stonewall and Colle closed games, White’s goal is to create a certain arrangement of pieces no matter how Black moves.

Richter-Veresov Attack (1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5) and London System (1.d4 d5 2.Bf4) are some other uncommon closed openings. Blitz chess players love the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.e4) because it opens up the lines for attacks.

D00-D69 are the ECO codes for the closed games.

Hole In One Golf Trophies

Achieving a hole in one victory is exceptional. Not many professional golfers have achieved this in their entire golfing career. Whenever someone sends the golf ball into the hole with one stroke of the golf club, everybody rejoices. People remember such moments. If you are one of those who have scored a hole in one victory, you can hardly forget how amazing such an experience is.

A lot of players get so caught up in the moment that they miss keeping the lucky ball, golf club or other golf equipment and accessories used during that particular game. If you are one of those who neglected to keep any sort of souvenir from that special game, you can buy hole in one commemorative items such as hole in one golf trophies.

Trophies have long been used in sporting events to recognize players for their accomplishments. A hole in one trophy does not only represent the act of winning the game, but the honor bestowed upon the person who has made such a remarkable achievement. For the golfer who made an ace, a hole in one trophy serves as a reminder of that memorable day.

There is a great variety of hole in one golf trophies out there. They are available in novelty or golf equipment stores and display item shops. A simple handcrafted wooden trophy with a brass plate costs about $50. A small golf trophy mounted on a solid wood base is priced at about $74, while a bigger 16-inch golf trophy with a gold-plated golf ball mounted on a wood base sells for about $265.

Smaller trophies with a miniature sculpture of a golfer mounted on an acrylic base, usually five to 8 inches tall, are less expensive. They are sold from $6 to $14. They are usually finished in gold or pewter paint to resemble expensive figurines or sculptures.

The Illumination On Wall Candles

During the olden times, candles were used more because they cheap to produce and they worked relatively well considering the needs of the people at the time. Some chandeliers before used numerous candles to light up an entire ballroom and do take note that in a ballroom they utilized more than just one chandelier. Now with the use of electricity, candles became more of an emergency staple, wherein they are more commonly used as backups when a blackout occurs. However, there are those innovative people who see candles as something much more different from just a mere backup. Wall candles are often seen as decorations for different places, and you cannot change the fact that they really make a difference in terms of design.

A candle is one of the most basic objects to make: it is composed of wax and a wick. When you burn the wick, the wax slowly melts, making the wick last longer than it was made to do. Candles take up many shapes and forms with some of them built as tea candles while others as decorative ornaments, the most common candle is the candlestick. Wall candles, however, also use the same principles as other candles. It is just that they are used in a slightly different manner.

In terms of candleholders, they all come in different shapes and sizes. Candlesticks are candle holders made to hold individual candles, but when multiple candlesticks are placed together, it is called a candelabrum. The term chandelier came from the fact that multiple candles were being held up in the air. Tea light candles have a wide variety of holders made for them, such as small glass holders and even multi candle stands. A hurricane stand is sold for decorative purposes, but they can also be seen being utilized as a candle holder used outside the house. A sconce is for wall candles that are often used in groups to promote a certain ambiance in a location.

Despite the loss of popularity, candles are still being used in many different ways. Aside from being an emergency source of light, they are often used as a means to set the ambiance of a room or a specified area. Candle-lit dinners are there to give an aura of intimacy. Restaurants usually use wall candles to encourage a feeling of coziness and an earthy feel. This ambiance of coziness comes from the yellow light that emanates from the candle, highlighting the feeling of relaxation.

Candles have evolved from being used as a practical, everyday object to a mere emergency kit staple to a mood setter and decorative object. In one way or another, candles have permeated your life and have helped you in many ways. The best thing about wall candles is that it is not restricted to restaurants, and can be installed in your own home. Do take note that having candle holders bolted on your walls do pose a serious threat to the safety of your home, and there are certain safety measures that should be applied. Good thing that most sconces are safety regulated, so the only thing you need to do is bolt it in, light the candle and feel the ambiance of a room change.

Proper Lighting Techniques – How to Improve Your Retail Store’s Image

When it comes to proper store lighting there are a few things retail store owners should understand that can dramatically increase sales in most cases. Proper store lighting can strengthen a store’s image which will in turn attract more customers. And while adjusting the lighting in your store is very important, it is also mandatory that once they are in place they are properly cleaned and maintained. Hopefully once you read this article you will understand how important lighting is to your business.

Something that many small business owners struggle with is creating a strong image. Improving your store’s or brand’s image is something that every retail store owner should work on. An easy way that can significantly provide a boost to your image for first time customers is the lighting in the store. In fact many experts agree that lighting may be the single most important factor of your store’s design. With so many of the baby boomer generation getting on in years now, some are finding it more difficult to read labels and prices which can make decisions difficult. Improving your store’s lighting is a very simple way to make it easier on them and at the same time increase sales.

Every retail store owner knows that the best way to increase sales is to attract more customers. Well proper store lighting has been proven to make customers more comfortable about making purchases and has a very direct impact on how they interact with your products. It can also increase how much they will buy from you. Poor lighting, on the other hand, will have people backing out the door and into your competitor’s store. But ensuring that you have the right illumination and distance are not the only factors for improving your overall lighting scheme.

An important aspect of a properly lighted store that not many small business operators consider is the proper cleaning and maintenance that the lights require. Well maintained lights gives objects character and creates a comfortable environment that many customers will appreciate. A good light also shows distance and space but poor lighting will only make things worse.

You should now have a greater understanding of how lighting is one of the most important aspects of store design and should approach it in a different “light” (bad pun I know). Just remember that your store’s lighting enhances your stores image and attracts more customers and you will do fine. So go put this to use and get the best lighting for your store as you can afford!

Barriers to Health Care For Teen Pregnancy

Although teen pregnancy rates have been declining in the past, it is still a trend that is disturbing. With some having sex as early as 11-12 years of age, the chances of a teen pregnancy are increased. With teen pregnancy comes the need for health care. Unfortunately, there are many barriers to health care for a teen pregnancy.

Education is a must

One of these barriers to health care for the pregnant teen is education. Schools do not educate students about their bodies and the way they work. Parents tend to be uncomfortable about discussing sex education matters with their teens, so any information the teen may get usually comes from their peers. This is not usually an effective means of gathering correct information.

Financial Barriers

Another barrier to health care for teen pregnancy is income, or the lack of it. Health care is prohibitively expensive for many adults, and even a teen with working parents may not have access to health insurance. When a parent has to decide between rent and food or health insurance, the medical needs are often overlooked. With access to education about pregnancy, and clinics available for teens with no health insurance, there might be a rise in teens seeking out medical care for themselves and their unborn child.

Along with inadequate health insurance and low income parents, teens may face lack of transportation to a health care facility. Many 2 income families have one car, and no support system to turn to in times of need. Often health care is not available within a reasonable distance, or there may be no gas for the second car. Even if there is transportation available, a parent may not be able to get time off from work to take the pregnant teen to the doctor, providing the parent is aware of the pregnancy in the first place.

Shame and Fear

This brings us to another barrier to health care for teen pregnancy. Shame and fear in a teenager can be a powerful motivator for many actions they take. Shame for being pregnant, and fearful of the consequences they may face from a parent can influence a teenager in many ways. One coping skill that stems from these feelings is not admitting to the pregnancy, even to themselves. This, of course, can lead to the teen not receiving any health care until she has progressed far into her pregnancy. This only sets the teen up for possible complications down the road for her and her baby.

With education of parents and teens together, perhaps we can overcome these barriers to health care for our pregnant teens. Communication for all can be a good first step in providing access to health care for both the mother and her unborn child.

The Importance of Desktop Wallpapers

The computer has become a necessity of life. We use it every day, in office and at home, and we cannot imagine our lives without it. When I wake up, the first thing I do after I brush my teeth is switch on my computer and read the mail. And I guess so do you. In the middle of the day I use a computer to do my job like the majority of office workers. And in the evening, after I finish my job, I use my computer to relax: watch a new movie or play a game. This is how our lives go these days.

Because we use computers so often, it would be boring, if they showed us the same screen all the time. That’s why almost all operating systems allow changing the look of computer desktop. For example, in Microsoft Windows, which is the most popular operating system in the world, you can change skins, color themes, and desktop wallpapers.

Desktop wallpaper is an image, which is being showed as background on Windows desktop. Windows has many nice built-in background images that you can use. If they are not enough for you, you can add your own wallpapers. But where can you get them from?

The easiest way of obtaining a wallpaper is to download it from the Internet. There are a lot of websites where you can download wallpapers for free. There is a wide choice of designs, screen resolutions and image formats. Even if you have non-standard screen resolution, you will be able to find a suitable wallpaper without a problem.

If you don’t like wallpapers made by others, you can make one yourself. It is easy. You don’t have to be a professional artist or designer to make a wallpaper. Everyone who has a digital camera can do this; just make a nice photo that you will be pleased to see and put it on your desktop.

Fireproof Your Marriage – I Will Not Take For Granted

Do you know what it’s like to feel taken for granted? Most of us do fairly well at showing appreciation when we receive a special gift or surprise. But….do we stop and appreciate the daily routine jobs our mates do for the family or marriage? Do you take for granted the marriage you have? Or the husband you have? Or what your wife does for you?

It seems that the wedding vows should include: I will not take for granted: my wife, her love, my husband, his work ethic, his fathering, what she gave up to stay at home with the kids?

It’s never too late. Most couples would love to keep their marriage like it was when they first started dating…..wanting their current love life–better–more energized, but they do not always know how to do it. I’d like to share the story of Jan and Mike…. a couple that I mentored,..not their real names, of course.

Mike had worked very hard over the years to grow his own business and to support his family. But, as often happens when you have your own business, it began to spill over into the evenings and weekends and use up what could have been intimate time for himself and Jan. Jan took care of carting the children to their activities, keeping track of everyone’s schedules and went back to school a couple of days per week–in addition to the regular chores such as cleaning, laundry and cooking. When schedules conflicted, Mike’s travel often took him out of the picture and it usually fell to Jan to make sure everything else that needed to happen in the family–actually happened. Mike had kept himself so busy all of the time–that he hardly noticed his own feelings of being taken for granted, let alone how overburdened and unappreciated Jan was feeling.

When I met Jan, she was on the verge of leaving the marriage. She felt that love was taken for granted in their marriage and she didn’t see any hope of change. She had tried to talk to her husband about how unappreciated and taken for granted she felt–for a couple of years at that point. Keep in mind: Mike wasn’t getting quality time with his wife either, but he kept himself so busy….that he didn’t really notice. Mike was only getting his work needs met. When Mike found out she was really thinking of a marital separation, he finally ‘got it.’

One of the most powerful things Mike changed– that made her want to stay in the marriage–was to show his appreciation of her. He started telling her–at the end of every day–something he appreciated about her or what she did or how she treated him. It completely changed her attitude about him and about the marriage…once she realized his sincerity. The threat of the marriage ending made him determined not to take for granted–anything that he had. He realized that he had almost lost it.

What started as kicking up the appreciation–snowballed. Before you know it, she was appreciating things that he did, wanting to more time with him. Because he no longer felt taken for granted, he wanted to do romantic things for her and because of the increased romance…..their sex life came back. They were able to keep their marriage together and it all started with the increased appreciation. This is not something that you can force to happen. You can just start with your part. Start showing appreciation for your wife or husband….and be open to the changes that come.

If you want to get motivated to show your wife appreciation or tell your husband that you appreciate him, ask yourself: What would my life be like without my husband? What would I do without my wife? Does my wife (or my husband) feel taken for granted? Is love taken for granted in our marriage? Fireproof your marriage with Appreciation. Kick it up–starting now.

Whether you are young marrieds or married for many years, I’m sure you want to keep love alive — for all of the wonderful things it brings with it.