Shield Your Digital Camera With Shades

If you think that shades or sunglasses are only created for people, think again. Many of you may not be aware that the digital cameras have their own version of the shades as well. And just like the shades we all know, those for digital cameras are also meant to protect them from the harmful rays of the sun.

Exposing digital cameras to too much heat outdoors is not ideal. The LCD screen is very sensitive to light the reason why you need to shield it from extreme sunlight as much as possible to avoid any damage. This should not be a problem today, though, as there are digital camera accessories such as the shades that you can use. They're not only great at protecting your highly valuable gadget but they are also very affordable.

* Xtend-a-View – This combines an LCD shade and a 2x power magnifying loupe eyepiece where you can view the images you're taking. Selling at $ 16.95 on retail, this accessory can be easily attached to the viewfinder screen of your digital camera through its adhesive Velcro strips. If you're not using the shade, the Velcro strips can be easily removed. Created by Williams & Associates, this Xtend-a-View shade fits more models and can be used together with other add-ons such as the Extend-a-Lens and Extend-a-Bracket.

* JAR sun shield – Unlike the Xtend-a-View which is a closed type of digital camera shade, this one created by Jess Russel is the open type. It covers the sides and top part of your LCD screen with the bottom part open allowing you to see your images clearly even while exposed to sunlight while at the same time giving you easy access to the control buttons of your camera. It can also be attached using Velcro strips. There's a newer version, though, where the bottom part is already covered to block reflections coming from below. Available in black, this digital camera accessory is very convenient because you can just fold it after use and store it in your bag. This brand is selling for a very affordable price of $ 10.

* Hoodman LCD sunshades – These are the folding type of sunshades which come in different sizes. Ideal for use on LCD screens and video monitors, they can be attached via an elastic strap and Velcro fastener although the strap can not be used in all camera models especially the larger ones. For mini digital video cameras, this sunshade can be strapped through its elastic cord to the video monitor to keep it steady. Even with the elastic strap, it's still possible to access the control buttons of the gadget. You have the option, though, to use the supplied self adhesive Velcro strips around the LCD screen for fast mounting.

The Hoodman sunshade is an open type which covers all sides of your LCD screen to keep sunlight away. It's small, lightweight, can easily be folded and sells at a reasonable price of $ 19.95.

Remember to get yourself one of these sun shades for your digital camera so that the next time you head outdoors, you can take as many pictures as you want even while under the sun.

Controlling Light for Best Effect – Retractable Awnings and Shade Gardens

Shade gardens are consistent landscaping themes because they're beautiful and, more important, easy to maintain while using less water. In some regions, designing with shade may be a necessity; even full-sun plants are still blistered by heat throughout the south. Retractable awnings are integral elements for shade gardens by providing a consistent way to filter heat, UV rays, and sunlight while still allowing sufficient light at the right times to help plants grow.

Lighting Issues for Gardens

The big question is: why does shade matter to a garden when sunlight makes plants grow?

George Gustafson, a master gardener with the Oklahoma State University Extension Office, explains that sun can cause damage to leaves and blooms, retard growth, and depleted moisture from the soil. Even plants labeled full sun may not be able to actually withstand full sun; Gustafson says the industry labels a plant full sun if it requires daylong sunlight if planted north of Kansas City. For any region south of Kansas City – from San Diego to Little Rock to Atlanta – even full sun plants can die in afternoon sunlight. Plants marked "full shade" still need light, but it should be filtered, like morning light or filtered light.

Another factor is the affect sunlight has on maintaining a garden. Indianapolis-based landscape architect Dean Hill points out that sunlight stimulates weed growth and increases how frequently one has to water, fertilize, and manage plants, such as mowing and pruning.

Both Gustafson and Hill recommend low-water use landscaping techniques (called xeriscaping) to lower the amount of maintenance in a yard, and Hill notes that low-water use techniques are also more eco-friendly. A few options:

o Incorporating shade elements like retractable awning lowers heat and sunlight, reduces weed growth, and keeps water in the soil.

o Reducing the amount of turf (grass) in the yard since flower gardens can actually require less water and maintenance.

o Using native plants since "native plants are hardy," Hill explains. "They require less maintenance and less water." Gustafson notes the smaller blooms for native plants make them less popular than their cultured cousins, so other xeriscaping techniques, like using shade, are important.

Gardens depend on shade elements for filtered light. Controlling glare and heat creates more enjoyable and useful garden spaces. Some people avoid retractable awning shade elements because they think shade plants should all green, something Gustafson disputes. "There are all kinds of hostas and ferns – yellow, white, variegated, different colors."

Hill agreements. "A little research will reveal a veritable plethora of plants," he says, "a really expanded plant palette. Hydrangeas, ferns, shrubs, perennials. One of Gustafson's favorites is a special kind of rose bush which is well suited to almost any environment: "It blooms all summer, grows north-facing, can go full sun or shade."

Using retractable awnings for shade gardens can offer a variety of beautiful and long-lived texture, with "bright leaves in dark spots," as Gustafson describes it.

Even apartments, condos, and balconies, prone to swinging temperatures and low moisture because of the shallow soil depth, can benefit with retractable awnings protecting container gardens. Retractable awnings block sunlight and heat gain; light-colored fabrics reflect heat and light more effectively while keeping the balcony bright and welcoming. Potted gardens allow you to experiment with your garden. "If a plant does not do well in one place, put it in another location," Gustafson encourages. "Find out what grows best in their place."

Effective Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings control shade, which makes them much more versatile than fixed awnings or permanent construction. Retractable awnings have adjustable pitches (slopes) and can be extended and retracted part-way, so the amount of light can be adjusted according to your garden needs. Other features make retractable awnings even more functional:

o Motors control retractable awnings remotely through sensors or timers.

o Sun sensors respond to light levels and retract the awning in the morning or on cloudy days, when the sunlight is filtered and mild, while being automatically protecting plants from damaging afternoon sunlight and heat.

o Wind and motion sensors automatically retract awnings in high wind speeds or when abrupt motions occur that could damage the awning.

o Timers and remote controls control retractable awnings by preset schedules or at the touch of a button.

Stylistically, the clean lines of retractable awnings fit with almost any kind of landscaping or architectural design. "Retractable awnings are very easily incorporated in landscape structures," Hill says, "cutting down on sun exposure and quite honestly, just improving comfort." Through extensive fabric selections (as many as 500 options for long-wearing solution-dyed acrylic) and nearly a dozen frame styles. Lightweight, durable aluminum frames mean that retractable awnings are also easy to install for a do-it-yourself-er.

The Key to Easy Gardening

Shade makes it easier to keep up your garden. By cleverly positioning retractable awnings through your landscaping, you can create an oasis for plants – and yourself – by providing controllable shade elements, so you can:

o Lower the amount of watering

o Depress weed growth

o Have healthy plants by filtering light

o Control heat

From apartments to acreages, gardens are a vital avenue to experiencing nature. Retractable awnings moderate temperature and sunlight for a better outdoor environment.

Hoover SteamVac Parts

Should there be a need for you to replace parts of your Hoover Steamvac unit, the online retail store of the Vacuum Cleaner Shop offers the complete replacement parts for the following models: F7205-900, F7220-900, F7210-900, F7221-900 , F7225-900, F7226-900, F7426-900, F7425-900, F7441-980, F7440-980, and F7430-900.

An illustration is available for reference. There are about 72 parts available for sale, which are classified into the top section and the bottom section. In the top section, the upper handle assembly is not readily available but can be ordered. The set of 2 switch buttons is offered at USD 4.39. Switch rods, for a set of 2, is offered at less than USD 4. The rinse switch is sold at a higher price of USD 9. The tool holder cover is only available for F7220-900 models & up and F7425-900 models & up. The control lever and the cord wrap are both sold under USD 4, while the upper rear handle is sold at USD 7.79. The turbine upholstery nozzle sells at USD 68.69 while the tool caddy is offered at USD 17.89.

Items that are priced under USD 10 for parts in the bottom section start off with the threaded assembly assembly and the twist cap assembly. There is a slight price difference between the two wherein the latter is more expensive. Images of both are available for comparison. The solution tank handle and the recovery tank handle are sold at less than USD 8. The left & right recovery tank latch, motor cover, motor seal, O-ring, cord hose hook, left & right hand trunnion bracket, right hand solenoid cover , turbine actuator arm, indicator knob, float, and float retainer are all priced at less than USD 4.

Even if you opt to buy the solution tank assembly, the solution tank handle will not be included. For the recovery tank lid, however, the float and float retainer are included in the purchase. These are the also expensive parts to purchase as these are sold between USD 20 to USD 50.

Nozzles for models that begin with F7205-900 up to F7226-900 sell at USD 79.99, while those between F7425-900 and F7441-980 cost USD 90.50 each. Turbine assembly for F7205-900 up to F7226-900 models sells at USD no less than USD 54 while Turbine assembly that begin from F7425-900 are cheaper at below USD 35. Hood assembly for all models is sold at a constant price of USD 43.49 .

The main body and main body front panel for the F200 series are sold at USD 32.59. The same price applies to F7400-900 series. Only the main body front panel for models that are included in the F400 series is available at a cheaper price of USD 10.

All solution valves for both pressure and gravity have the same price of USD 18.99.

Other items that are not shown in the illustration are the power cord, the upholstery hose assembly, the upholstery nozzle, and the bare floor tool for all models.

5 GoPro Mount Locations for Your Race Car Video

There are several locations on a race car that are ideal for a GoPro mount. These spots reveal the most racing action with the least amount of custom camera mounting fabrication. This article discusses 5 potential mounting spots that will add to the quality of your racing videos right off the bat with minimal testing.

Spot 1: Roll Cage. With GoPro’s standard roll bar mounting equipment you can locate the camera just over the driver’s shoulder on a vertical, diagonal or horizontal bar. This location offers the best view of in-car race action, whether it’s on the drag strip, road course or oval. In addition to the forward view of the track and racing competitors, a GoPro camera mounted on the cage can be easily adjusted to capture the driver’s upper body, dashboard and gauges, sponsor logos inside the car and race traffic on either side of the car. Slight adjustments in camera angle and resolution will yield different effects. Roll bars make stable platforms so the video is normally vibration-free. Make sure you use the open back GoPro housing cover if you want to capture car sounds.

Spot 2: Front Bumper. This is one of the riskiest locations, especially for stock cars, drifters and road racers, due to inevitable contact with competitors. However, mounting your GoPro on the front bumper has advantages for creating realistic and exciting video. First, the low camera angle gives an awesome sense of speed. The track surface rushes under the car in the lower half of the footage, giving viewers a great sense of speed. Second, close up action with competitors in front, the track, crowd, etc. is captured in a way you can’t get otherwise due to the wide angle lense. The driver always feels close to the action — to get this effect with a camera you must mount it physically close to the action. Obviously, the risk of the bumper mount is you will lose the camera in an impact. This risk can be lessened but not eliminated by locating the mount on top of the bumper toward the rear, or even inside the grill area.

Spot 3: Roof. The GoPro car mounting kit includes a strong suction cup mount that is ideal for locating the camera on a car’s roof. The benefit of a roof mount is the unfettered view in any direction. It gives a “birds eye” view of the action from a high angle. This allows the camera to capture multiple cars, lots of the track and even interesting things like trees flying by, the starter’s flag stand, fand in the crowd and other views. A roof mount is perfect for showing sponsor logos on a car’s hood, roof or rear deck lid. The suction cup mount is sturdy and rarely comes off. The downside is the excitement and impact of being in the driver’s seat doesn’t translate as well from up high. However, this is one of those locations that provides great add on footage for your racing videos.

Spot 4: Outside Over Driver’s Shoulder. The drifting crowd has made this camera spot popular. The GoPro is mounted using a simple sticky mount or a suction cup to the outside of the window behind and above the driver. It has the benefit of capturing the driver’s head and hands during the race, which adds a fabulous sense of action to your video footage. When the camera is located higher it offers some of the birds eye roof mount effect. When mounted lower it offers more driver action in the picture. Beware of mounting it too low or you’re liable to have the camera peeled off by a competitor! The outside window spot is best for very wide angle views.

Spot 5: Inside Pointed at Driver. This option offers a ton of variety in where the camera is mounted and what you focus it on. On the dashboard directly in front of the driver pointed back at his face films his eyes and reactions during the race. This makes the video very realistic and conveys the interesting human element of racing. Moving the camera on the dash toward the center or far corner progressively captures more of the driver’s side and what’s going on outside the car. These angles blend driver action with techncial control movements and outside competitor activity. Pointing the dash mounted GoPro directly backward usually isn’t the best since 75% of the view will be the car’s interior and very little race action will be shown. There are many other spots such as footwell, opposite door, steering wheel pointed back, etc. to play with.

Mounting one or more GoPro cameras in any of these spots on a race car will yield great footage for your next racing video. Feel free to experiment or use these locations as a starting point.

Self-Hypnosis – Steps 1-3 For Autosuggestion

This article is meant as a preparation lesion for the self hypnosis session. This is part 1 (steps 1 – 3).

If I had to choose a picture to describe the relationship between autosuggestion and hypnosis, I would definitely pick the nail and hammer association. Thus, I would say autosuggestion is the nail and hypnosis is the hammer; even if this image may seem rather abstract or exaggerated to you now, at the end of the article things will lighten up and you will understand the association.

Autosuggestion has been coined by Emile Coue, who used it in combination with hypnosis and imagination. He also came up with the well known saying – Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better 'that we quote so often.

We have coined the term "autosuggestion" – now is time now we learn how exactly to use it. Here are the first 3 steps to follow:

1. Write down your suggestion. The key is to be positive and logical. This step is paramount in this exercise since it helps you get a clear image of your problem or desire and at the same time forces you to face it.

2. Symbolize your suggestion by only one, simple word. Find the right word to personify your idea and when doing that stay away from negative words. Do not use negative expressions like 'lose weight' for example if you want to get slim; in this particular case the word slim is the best idea for personifying your aim. Thus, picture yourself as slim.

3. Read your suggestion and analyze it. Make sure it is logical, positive and clear. If you have doubts about it, start again and destroy this first version.

If your mind may drift other phrases related to the symbol, phrases or words you initially wrote down, let them in and try to build up a picture using them, for example looking good in a bikini on the beach in case you are a woman. In other words, try to visualize how you will act as a slim person who is invited by everyone. Let that feeling of pleasure get you and do not think of anything, just feel that pleasure the slim version of you gives you. Let the images related to it come and go of your mind.

How to Use Stained Glass Patterns For Mosaics

There are patterns designed specifically for mosaics, but you do not have to be limited by using just mosaic patterns. If you find a stained glass pattern, you can easily adapt it for mosaics.

The major difference between a mosaic pattern and a pattern for stained glass deals with the spacing between the pieces of glass and the size of the individual pieces.

Many mosaic pieces are used outdoors. Due to the range in temperatures that exist outdoors, mosaics made with large pieces of glass will crack over time. To avoid this, be sure the glass is well placed in the cement and there are no air bubbles under the glass. Another way to avoid cracking is to use smaller pieces of glass. The larger the piece of glass, the more of a chance there will be for future cracks.

Another factor you need to consider is the amount of space between the individual pieces of glass. Hanging on the pattern you use, spacing between pieces of glass should not exceed 1/4 of an inch.

To turn a stained glass pattern into a mosaic pattern, you first need to resize it to fit your mosaic mold size. Then cut the individual pattern pieces 1/16 to 1/8 smaller. This will give you a spacing of 1/8 to 1/4 inch. If you would like the look of traditional stained glass, cut the individual pieces 1/16 smaller. Spacing of adjacent glass pieces should be uniform.

If the pattern you have chosen has large pieces of glass, cut these pattern pieces out (1/16 inch smaller), then divide that pattern piece into smaller pieces with 1/32 inch space between the pieces. Using this smaller spacing within the design, where once was a large piece of glass, will convey unity and prevent future cracking.

By using the two different spacings, the overall effect will be a unified piece. Larger spacing will provide definition and the smaller spacing will unify the color.

Another alternative for turning a stained glass pattern into a mosaic pattern is to first resize the pattern to fit the mosaic mold you plan to use. If you are using a clear mold, after wiping down the mold with Vaseline, cut a piece of clear contact paper to fit the bottom of the mold and place it in the mold sticky side up. Then place the pattern under your mold. Using glass nippers make small piece of glass to fill the areas within the pattern. Remember to place the individual piece upside down, when you remove your mosaic piece from the mold the bottom will now be the top. When all glass is on the contact paper, firmly press the glass to obtain good adhesion. Now you are ready to fill the mold with concrete.

If you are not using a clear mold then place the clear contact paper sticky side up on top of the pattern. Proceed as if you were using a clear mold until all the glass is placed on the contact paper (upside down). Then carefully place the contact paper with the glass into your mold.

The Famous and Lovable American Painter & Illustrator – Norman Rockwell

American painter & illustrator of 20th century, Norman Percevel Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894, to Jarvis Waring and Ann Mary (Hill) Rockwell, in New York. His grandfather, Thomas Hill, was an English artist, who was known for his animal drawings. His father was a businessman and liked to copy illustrations from magazines. Apart from his artistic lineage, Rockwell's friends too were instrumental in his growth as an artist. The painter was a gawky, skinny child with pigeon-toed feet & spectacles, and with a nickname "Moony." Norman Rockwell made up for his lack of interest in sports by painting for his friends. At the age of five, the artist would make cardboard cutouts of ships and paint them, which made him popular among his peers.

Owing to his interest in art, Norman Rockwell joined the Chase School of Fine and Applied Art at the age of fourteen. Later, he joined the National Academy of Design, but their strict schedule drve Norman to join the Art Students League in 1910. It was here, at the age of sixteen, the artist received his first paid assignment, where he painted four Christmas cards. In 1912, the painter had his first job as an illustrator for the "Tell Me Why Stories." These illustrations made him very popular. At the age of twenty-one, Norman's family moved to New Rochelle, New York, where he set up a studio along with the cartoonist Clyde Forsythe. There the illustrator began a series of freelancing work for magazines, such as "Life," "Literary Digest," and "County Gentleman."

On May 20, 1916, Norman's first cover of Saturday Evening Post made its appearance. This work was titled, "Mother's Day Off." The same year, the artist married Irene O'Connor, which though, ended in 1928. Rockwell published 321 covers for the Saturday Evening Post over a period of 47 years. Some of his famous pieces of work include "Circus Barker and Strongman," "Gramps at the Plate," "Redhead loves Hatty Perkins," "Man playing Santa," "Mother tucking children into Bed," "The Willie Gillis series, and "Saying Grace (1951)." In 1930, the painter married Mary Barstow. During this period, Norman was asked to illustrate Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer." The perfectionist that he was, Rockwell traveled to Hannibal, Missouri to get a feel of the place in order to make his illustrations optimal close.

During World War II, in1943, the artist painted the "Four Freedoms" series, which deputed President Roosevelt's principles for universal rights. These paintings became so famous that they raised $ 139.9 million in an exhibition for the war effort. The same year, Rockwell's studio was engulfed in a fire, where he lost all his paintings and his props. In 1958, after the death of his wife, Norman Rockwell started work on his autobiography, "My Adventures as an Illustrator," which was published in 1960. In 1961, Rockwell married Mary L. "Molly" Punderson. In 1963, Rockwell ended his association with Saturday Evening Post and started working for "Look" magazine. It was here that he was able to express his concerns on civil rights and poverty. "Southern Justice (1965)" and "The Problem We All Live With" are a few provocative creations of the painter.

In addition to the above, the artist did advertisements for AT & T, Campbell Soup, Coco-Cola, and Ford Motor Company. He also made movie promotional booklets, murals, posters, six United States postage stamps, and an album cover for Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper. Rockwell used to make nearly $ 40,000 in a year. His last published work was the cover of "American Artist" in 1976. In 1977, the artist was conferred the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Norman Rockwell died on November 8, 1978, at the age of 84 at Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His illustrations continue to fascinate and inspire the next generation of artists worldwide.

Have You Ever Wondered How High – Pictures, Chandeliers, End Tables?

How high should a picture be hung? How low should a chandelier hang over a dining room table? What's the appropriate height for an end table?

Here are some helpful guidelines:

Hanging Pictures – generally, pictures should be hung at eye level, but who eye level? Hang it so that the center is at 5'8 "to 5'10". But it should refer to the height of the furniture (and the objects on it) and not be hung too high. Also, the width of a piece of art or group of art should be a minimum of 2/3 the length of the piece of furniture it is hanging over. If hanging two or more pictures next to each other, the ideal spacing is 3 to 4 inches between them but no more than 8 inches.

Dining Table Chandelier – the bottom of the chandelier should be 30 to 36 inches from the tabletop.

Cocktail / Coffee Table -Should be 2/3 to 3/4 the size of the couch or loveseat they are in front of and should be placed 12 to 16 inches from the edge of the seat to allow for legroom.

End Tables – for comfort (and so not to knock things over), the height of an end table next to a sofa or chair should be within 3 inches of the height of the arm of the sofa or chair.

Table Lamps – the bottom of the shade should be within 2 to 4 inches of your eye level.

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Tilling the Soil

Working the soil

The best landscape plan in the world will turn into an empty dream if the plants grow poorly. So before you turn the first spadeful of earth, ponder this question: How has the weather been?

If the dirt is gummy wet, wait until it dries out enough to crumble when you try to squeeze it into a handy. If it's brick hard, water deeply and then wait until it dries to the moist but crumbly stage. If your spade slides in easily, read on.

Spade, Shovel and Moon Phase

The hard work of turning up the soil will seem a little easier if you use a spade. It should be square, sharp, and straight or nearly straight in its shank. When you push it into firm earth with your foot, you want all the force to go straight down the blade. And if you use a file to keep it sharpened, roots and clods of soil will not be major obstacles.

The best time for cultivating your garden is during the waving phases of the moon or when the moon is transitioning from full moon to new moon. To further refine the best time for tilling the moon should be in an Air or Water zodiac sign.

A scoop-shaped shovel, with its pointed blade, should be used for mixing or turning loose materials. You handle it as if it were a combination of a spade and scoop.

The point on the shovel helps you slide it into the material and the concave blade keeps the material from slidding off as you lift and turn. A shovel blade is set at an angle to the shaft so it fits flat when you push it horizontally into a pile of material.

In spading up small areas of soil, many gardeners make the mistake of turning each spadeful of earth completely over. If you make the same mistake, any weeds, leaves, or other debris in the soil will form one spade-deep barrier that cuts off air and water.

Instead, you should lay the dirt on its side (against the previous shovelful) so the original surface is vertical to the ground.

Machine Power

Using a spade to turn the earth is fine for small areas, but for really big jobs you may want to rent or buy a power tiller. Because a tiller is adjustable, it can either scratch the surface or dig down several inches.

If you want to add adjustments to packaged soil but find it hard to make the teller dig deep enough, start tilling at a shallow depth. Go over the area a second time (or even a third) with the toller at a defect setting each time. (Generally, the more powerful the trailer and the higher its horsepower, the deer it can dig into the soil.)

In adding amendment, you should mix in a quantity that is from a quarter to a half of the finished volume of soil. (For more information on soil amendments, see soil adjustment chart) Do not pile up so much modification that the tiller can not penetrate the soil.

To avoid this, start by adding the amendment in 2 or 3-inch layers, tilling in each layer. If the amendment you choose needs nitrogen, add part of the amount with each amendment layer. Finally, do not till in the same direction each time you add a layer of amendment. For the best mix the furrows should be at right angles to the furrows you made on your previous run.

Three Step Soil Amendment Guide

1) Spread a 2 to 4-inch layer of soil amendment over soil with a rake; add nitrogen fertilizer if needed. Do not till yet.

2) Scatter superphosphate or bone meal (following package directions) for good root growth. If modification is sawdust, also add iron chelate.

3) Cultivate in one direction, then at right angles, tilling the top 8 or 9 inches of soil. Repeat several times to mix soil even with adjustment.

Following these steps will increase your chances for having a wonderful year in the garden. Happy tilling!

Types of Construction Equipment and Their Uses

Construction equipment range from the very heavy equipment to the portable and mobile lighter equipment, some of them with a prerequisite description of their functions are detailed below.

Engineering equipment with a front bucket / shovel and a small backhoe in the rear combined with a tractor is known as backhoe loader. It is mostly used in small construction sites and in urban engineering such as fixing city roads.

A crawler, which is very powerful and attached with a blade, is called a bulldozer. Even though any heavy engineering vehicle is known as bulldozer, it is actually a tractor with a dozer blade.

Combat engineering vehicles are used for engineering work in the battlefield and for transporting sappers. They are mostly armored vehicles.

A compact excavator is a wheeled or tracked vehicle with a backfill blade and swing boom. It is also known as mini excavator. The functions and movements of the machines are transported out by transfering hydraulic fluid. This makes a compact hydraulic excavator different from other construction equipment. Find more info at []

To compact gravel, dirt, asphalt and concrete in construction work and road laying a road roller which is also known as roller-compactor would be used.

A motorized cultivator with a rotating blade to work in the soil is known as rotary tiller. They are either drawn behind a tractor or self-propelled.

A crane is a derrick or tower equipped with pulleys and cables for lowering and lifting materials. The cranes used in construction industry are mostly temporary structures.

Dragline excavation systems are heavy equipment mostly used in surface mining and civil engineering. The smaller type of dragline excavator is used for port and road construction. The larger type dragline excavator is used in strip-mining operations for coal extraction.

In the building industry, to make foundations, a drilling machine is used. It is also used in oil wells and water wells.

An excavator commonly known as a digger is an engineering vehicle, with a cab mounted on a rotating platform or pivot, and a backhoe on top of an undercarriage with wheels or tracks.
In untamed regions which are being reclaimed for construction, a feller buncher, a machine having an attachment, which falls trees, is used.

A forklift, lift truck or forklift truck is an industrial truck used to pick up and transport heavy material using steel forks under the material to be lifted. The most common usage of a forklift is to move materials stored on pallets.

A loader also known as a bucket loader, front-end loader, scoop loader, shovel, or front loader is a type of tractor using buckets, which can be tilted to lift and move material.
A paver is used to spread asphalt on roadways.

The Squat – The One Best Exercise

If you had to choose 1 and only 1 exercise to do, which one would it be? The bench press, curls, shoulder presses? To get the most bang for your time, the one exercise that you can not ignore is the squat.

The squat is the one exercise that will work your entire body and by working your whole body at one time you can accomplish much more in a shorter time period. Also, the main muscles that the squats work, quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings, are the largest in your body and release the most hormones that help you gain muscle in the other areas of your body.

The squat also helps you tone your body. One of the main benefits of the squat is that it is a compound full body movement which helps to engage just about every muscle group in your body. Squats help you to fully use the most muscles per exercise and is the # 1 exercise for toning and tightening your entire body.

Another benefit of the squat is that it aids in injury prevention. It strengthens the connective tissues, ligation, and the many stabilizing muscles.

When performing squats you have to know the proper technique. Using poor technique can be very dangerous because you are using such a heavy weight. Serious back and knee injuries can happen if you are using poor form.

The Squat Setup

• Approach the rack with the bar at approximately mid-chest height.

• Move under the bar and place it on your back. Hold the bar in place with your hands.

• Stand with and even stance. Your feet should be shoulder width apart with your feet facing out at a 30 degree angle.

• Lift the bar out of the rack and take ONLY one step back. Take a big breath. Tense your entire body. Squat.

Squatting Down

• Start from the hips – Bend at your hips and sit back into the squat. Imagine you are sitting down on a seat. The hips joint should always bend before your knees.

• Check your knees – Keep your knees out. Your knee joints should be pointing in the same direction as your feet all the way down. If your knee buckle in it normally means that the weight is too heavy.

• Keep your weight back – Keep your weight distributed toward your heel.

• Go all the way down – You should always aim to squat to at least parallel. Meaning, your hip joint needs to be at least parallel with your hip joint. This is incredibly difficult to judge yourself, even with the aid of a mirror. Ask someone else to assess your depth either in the gym or by video taping.

• Think about squatting up – On the way down think about squatting up. This will help to prepare your brain and make the upward movement easier.

Squatting Up

• Bounce off the bottom – At the bottom position of the squat your hip muscles should be tight – storing energy. Use this energy to help you bounce out of the bottom of the squat. Ensure that you are bouncing off the hips – not the knees.

• Focus on your glutes – When powering up out of the squat concentrate on squeezing your glutes together.

• Drive your hips up – Most of the power for the squat comes from the hips. Drive the hips in an upward motion.

Racking the bar

• Step forward. Ensure that your bar is over the pins before lowering the weight.

That's It.

Special Safety Features of Home Elevators

A really good thing to have which will be very useful in your home is a home elevator which will allow you easy access to other floors of your house. If you have one, you will no longer need use the stairs. For individuals who are fully -abled, this can be a fairly easy task for them yet this might be arduous for individuals that use a wheelchair to move around as well as for many who are weak and have limited mobility. It also helps make transportation quite heavy items much easier. Setting up elevators also offers additional advantages such as higher resale value for your house and also more cost-effective construction cost since building your house outward is more expensive than building it upwards.

Much like commercially-used elevators, home elevators have a number of features that ensure the safety of the passengers. Even if there are fewer floors involved, certainly, there is still the possibility getting stuck in case of an energy disruption or maybe technical malfunction. Safe and smooth rides are guaranteed by home elevator sets. It really is quite important to know what elevators are, how they function, and help you stay free from danger before purchasing what home elevator to set up your home.

Door Interlocks. The doors of the elevator open and close only if they are expected to. Until they're forced open, the doors for the elevator interlock and will allow it to open only up to at a certain point.

Manual Lowering Device. In the event of an electric disruption, the passenger of elevators may actually bring them all the way down through the manual lowering system.

Emergency Lighting. It has an automatic emergency lighting system inside the cabin which will switch on just in case of aa power failure.

Handrails. One can find handrails positioned in the major of elevators intended for the use of those who are disabled to make it much easier for them to get in and out. In order to hold on to the handrails quite easily, it is attached to the walls at the proper height.

In-cab telephones and alarms. Despite staying inside the cabin, the passenger can easily still contact individuals outside the home elevator in the event of an urgent situation through the phone set up inside the cabin. An alarm system can be also installed to signal people outside that a problem is taking place inside the home elevator.

Ultimate Switches. In case none of the controls are functional, this ultimate switch makes it possible for you to stop the home elevator from moving or even take it to a particular level.

Emergency Stop Buttons

Realize that different types of elevators require different levels of safety features. There are numerous models of home elevators and a handful of the top brands are Thyssenkrupp, Austand, IGV, Savaria and Stannah. These leading brands are made with compliance to ISO standards in addition to manufacturing safety regulations for it. You will not have to make important architectural changes to the place if you choose to put in a home elevator, however it is advisable to contact a specialist first to see if it could be set up. Select the home elevator that best fits your personal safety requirements.

Large and Oversized Door Pulls and Push Plates

Using Large Door Hardware

Replacing door hardware in older homes can sometimes be a daunting process because it is difficult to determine if the new hardware will be compatible and function correctly – this is especially true for oversized or large door hardware components such as push and pull plates, hinges and doorknob sets. The weight and size of a door are important factors to consider when replacing any older and worn hardware because you want to install high quality pieces that will not break under the strain and will look appropriate on your door. Even if you are installing new doors (especially entryway doors) it is important to consider these points during the installation to prevent problems later on.

A big door requires solid hardware that is typically cast in solid brass or iron. While both are great materials for replacing or upgrading your current hardware, solid brass has the added bonus of extreme durability and a broad range of designs and finishes. Large exterior doorknob entryway sets in solid brass can be matched or coordinated with knockers, doorbells and kick plates very easily because of the flexibility of this medium. Interior door hardware (like hinges or push and pull plates) should be appropriate for the size of the door and the weight they need to carry. Underestimating your needs can lead to damage later if the door is too heavy and can not be moved without extreme difficulty.

What Is Oversized?

Oversized can be a misleading term however because what size hardware is appropriate for your door is dependent on the size of the door itself. If you are replacing older hardware look for pieces that are near the size of the originals. If you are installing new hardware on a new door ask a local designer or contractor for advice regarding how big your new hardware should be. Remember that replacing or installing new hardware is simply simple but attention to details matter. By replacing all the hardware on a door you can create a consistent and beautiful design that can be used as the basis for a common theme throughout your house.

Gourmet Cooking – Handy Butane Stoves For Effortless Cooking!

Preparing gourmet food with the help of butane stoves provides quite a trial by fire. If faced with such a dicey situation, how would you go ahead and prepare tasty meals in order to make a great impact on your family and friends? The word gourmet, when carefully studied, refers to food that is made painstakingly and skillfully and of a high quality. It is gently prepared at the proper temperature and served in an attractive manner. Now that things are clear, you certainly can attempt preparing gourmet food on hand butane stoves.

Prepare in Advance and Excel

For you to emerge successful in this endeavor, a number of critical factors have to be taken into account. In the first place, you need to have a suitable recipe to prepare. It is very likely that you may wish to locate all the recipes that can be attempted over the open fire. After this, you may wish to experiment with them. Cooking gourmet food on butane stoves is not as simple as it looks, but a little bit of effort and actually trying them out is all it takes for you to for you to excel in any kind of gourmet cooking using a butane stove.

Always bear in mind that you should have a butane stove that is of the finest quality. You may wish to purchase something that is durable and is very convenient for you to use, ensuring the correct cooking temperature is maintained and prevent food from being excessively done. Usually, getting used to cooking on the butane stove takes a certain amount of time, before one excels in making delicious food using it.

Lastly, you need to have suitable equipment to deal with the task in hand. In order to cook gourmet food with a butane stove, you need to have proper cooking utensils, as well as a good quality thermometer you can locate.

This is your most precious tool, as you can prepare food effortlessly, recognizing the exact moment when the right temperature is attained, thus ensuring your food is properly done. You should stock the herbs you require and use them liberally to turn any uninteresting meal into fabulous rich one. You are also required to have suitable cooking pans and pots for using on these grids to ensure the proper consistency is attained and you dish looks truly wonderful.

If you wish to prove your mettle by trying to cook gourmet food using a handy butane stove, then the ideal approach is to meet it head on. You may well appreciate the superior and the know-how of the resources available on the web, which assist you in selecting the best recipe and supply you with the necessary cooking instructions. With this invaluable support, cooking gourmet food using handy butane stove turns out to be simple and pleasurable task.

Seafood Paella Recipe – Professional Results Made Easy

Here's how you can create a great seafood Paella in your own kitchen. Just follow David's step-by-step guide to produce a professional standard result with a minimum of fuss. He's been making and enjoying Paellas and other Mediterranean Recipes for many years and this one will tick all your boxes for: great flavors, aromas and really authentic appearance. There are a lot of ingredients – but do not be put off, It's really easy and great fun. Preparation is the key: get all your ingredients ready and laid out on a good sized work surface, after that it's a doddle.


  • 4 Oz's. Chorizo ​​- Chopped
  • lb. Medium Prawns
  • 2 Small Squid "Calamaris"
  • 12 Oz's. Monk fish Fillet in Bite size pieces
  • 12 Fresh Mussels
  • 1 Small onion Coarsely Chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper cut into 1 "Dice
  • 1/2 a Cup of peas
  • 1/4 lb. of Mushrooms Chopped
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic Finely Chopped
  • 2 Cups of Paella Rice
  • 1 Quart of Fish and Shellfish Stock
  • 12 Threads of Saffron
  • 2 Lemons cut in quarters lengthwise
  • 1 Bunch of Flat leaf Parsley
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • A 13 "Traditional paella Pan or" Paellera "


  1. Cut the Chicken up into 1 "Dice.
  2. Cut the Squid into Bite size pieces.
  3. Cook the Mussels in a little water until they open (discard any that do not open).
  4. Take off the half shell and reserve the mussels – Add any liquid to your Stock.
  5. Leave the Shells on Eight of the Prawns and shell the Rest.
  6. OK – Add 2-3 Tablespoons of the olive Oil to your Paella Pan.
  7. Now – on a high heat – fry the onions – Mushrooms and Red Pepper with the Chicken.
  8. Pieces and Squid – stirring frequently for about five minutes, You want them to color but not burn.
  9. Reduce the heat to low and add the garlic and Chorizo- stirring for two minutes.
  10. Then the Rice – which you stir for a couple of minutes until it begins to turn opaque
  11. Add a little more Oil if it looks too dry.
  12. Remove from the heat and boil up the stock with the Saffron for about ten minutes.
  13. Now – replace the Pan on a high heat – add half the stock and give it a final stir.
  14. Arrange the Fish and Prawns in the liquid with the Shell on Prawns on top.
  15. Let the liquid reduce (do not stir it again) – and add the rest of the stock.
  16. Let the liquid reduce until there is almost none left and then remove from the heat.
  17. Arrange the Mussels around the Rim of your paellera.
  18. Cover the Pan with a clean cloth and leave for ten minutes or so, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.
  19. Cut the Lemons in Quarters Lengthwise and arrange around the rim.
  20. Now – chop some parsley and sprinkle liberally on top of your Paella.

Fabulous aromas and flavors of the Mediterranean – Buen Proveche!

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