Men, How to Create a High-Voltage Orgasm

Every man, who is sexually active, is interested in creating a stronger, more intense and powerful orgasm, whether he is aware of it or not. The byproduct of the sexual act is orgasm and the longer and more voluminous a man can ejaculate has a direct relationship to his sexual-based pleasure.

There are two simple methods to get a man on the fast-track to high-voltage orgasms. Both are easy to implement and do not require any rocket science to get started.

The first step is to increase the quality and quantity of sperm. Why is this important? Because the seminal fluid that accompanies the sperm (during ejaculation) will be increased if there are a larger number of sperm. Seminal fluid has many jobs. One of them is to decrease the acidity of the vagina and the second one is to provide food and nourishment for the sperm when they are in the vagina. So by increasing the number of sperm, you automatically increase the amount of seminal fluid to accompany them on their journey. What does that mean? It means that when you ejaculate, that you will be ejaculating more and for longer periods of time. This increases your pleasure enormously and makes it last longer. How can you start to accomplish better quality sperm? Stop drinking alcoholic beverages, stop smoking, and increase your dietary consumption of zinc.

The second step is to strengthen the muscles involved in the ejaculatory process. There are many muscles involved, from your cremasteric muscles to your abdominal muscles in the ejaculatory process. Without getting into heavy detail, start doing sit-ups. Strengthening your abdominal muscles will strengthen your ability to ejaculate. Stronger ejaculations means more intense pleasure for you.

To really get a high-voltage orgasm, read IRON MAN PENIS – THE RUSSIAN SYSTEM and give your partner the shock of their life.

Regards,

Georg von Neumann

Socket Wrenches

If there has ever been a fun element to a wrench, it is certainly represented by the Socket Wrench. What you may know from your childhood as a ratchet, could very well derive its nick name from the sound it is creating when used to tighten or loosen bolts. You can turn it 360 degrees, and it creates the noise usually associated with mechanics, tire changing places, or other production environments.

Throughout the years, these wrenches have been an essential tool for the professional mechanic as well as the do-it-yourselfers and have come a long way since they've been introduced to the market in the mid 1860's. There are several reasons for their brilliance.

* Bidirectional use . With the simple flip of a mini lever, you can move the handle of this tool in either direction, while its head is fastening or loosing the bolt.

* Interchangeable heads . This tool has the ability to accommodate several different socket sizes to adjust to any bolt head size. As an example, look at your auto mechanic, body shop, or even the store where you exchange your tires. If you pay attention to how quickly the heads can be exchanged, you'll see a demonstration of the true flexibility of this tool.

You will find a variety of different socket wrenches, based on their dedicated use.

Typically, there are 4 different associations;

* The 12 point socket wrench ; meaning that you can start your wrench from 12 possible positions around the center. Much like gears of a watch, this wrench has 12 teeth on its gears, giving this wrench the most room for movement. The downside, due to the amount of teeth, the 12 point wrench can sometimes slip.

* The 8 point socket wrench ; this particular style is slowly disappearing from the market as its main use was for square bolts, which are no longer commonly produced. Nowadays, most bolt heads are hexagonal, leaving the 8 point wrench with almost no use in a mechanic's shop.

* The 6 point socket wrench ; opposing to the 12 point wrench, this version with less teeth and there starting starting positions, is commonly regarded as more secure, since it has greater teeth and less opportunity to slip. Most professional mechanisms favor the 6 point for this very reason.

* The impact wrench; Unlike its manual counterparts, the impact wrench is most often found at tire changing stations and often seen in car race pitstops such as NASCAR, where professional tools that provide speed and accuracy are the key to success. The impact wrench, driven by compressed air, is designed to deliver maximum torque to tighten or loosen bolts faster than any manual socket wrench.

The sockets for the ratchet come in either metricor SAE sizes and while it often times may seem that you can use a metric socket for a SAE bolt head, it's clearly not advisable. This wrench and its attachment depend on a firm grip on the bolt head, or you run the risk to round off the edges of the hexagonal heads basically stripping them. It's definitely a good idea to own a metric set of attachments as well as the SAE version of the same. Both socket sets are reasonably affordable.

Manufacturers like Snap On, Craftsmanor Mac Tools are among the most well known suppliers of professionally crafted tools and most commonly use chrome-vanadium as material for the tool production.

Enjoy the sounds of the ratchet wrench next time you're working on your projects!

Effective Application Forms and Cover Letters

Most people tend to find having to complete application forms a 'pain in the backside'. But as they say, "no pain, no gain"! Whilst the majority of UK Employers in the Private Sector prefer to receive CV's, quite a number do not – they request you fill in a form. In the Public Sector the reverse is generally true, and in some parts of that sector, such as Local Authorities, it promises to be an automatic requirement!

Here are a few practical tips;

• If you're a 'bit messy' then get the form photo-copied first and start by using that!

• Follow all the instructions; ie Use Back Ink so they can copy the form!

• Have the Job Advert, Job Description and Person Specification to hand

• Make sure you address all the Employers stated requirements by spelling out clearly on your application that you meet his / her requirements. ie Show you match their needs as far as you can!

• If you add additional pages, put your name and Job applied for at the top of each – they may get detracted inadvertently when opened!

• Check everything through thoroughly, check spellings and grammar.

• Take a copy for your own use and to prepare if you are interviewed.

• Consider whether you need an accompanying letter, not usually required with an Application Form, although some Employers' do ask for one!

• Use as large an envelope as possible because if it's folded many times and crumpled up that will not give a very good impression.

• Remember the closing date and post it in good time!

Covering letters:

These are usually used with CVs and there are some of a much larger topic, like I said about CVs and I can not possibly give you all the low down. However I can give you some important practical tips and guidelines, again from my extensive personal experience.

• Use single sheet, good quality A4 paper – usually white

• Get it word – processed, except the advertisement specified 'please send a hand – written covering letter'

• Remember "Dear Mr …" or "Dear Mrs …" at start, – "Yours sincerely", at the end

• OR Dear Sir / Madam at start, – Yours faithfully, at the end.

• Do not repeat yourself by re-hashing the CV, keep it short, otherwise they will not get into the CV itself.

• Three short paragraphs should do: An opening one to make clear which Job you are enclosing your CV for, remember they may have more than one kind of Job advertised. A middle paragraph which clearly picks out how your experience and background fits with what they want. Very brief main point or two only! A final one which ends positively, ie do not say 'I hope to hear from you'. It's better to say "I look forward to hearing from you shortly" etc.

• Finally, do make sure you include your full postal address and current Telephone Number and email address if you have one. You would be amazed how many people get that wrong or miss part or all of it out!

Making Money On The Internet Boils Down To Having These 3 Things, Period

When it comes to making money on the internet it really is very simple. And in all actuality all you need are three things. No lie. Now I understand this may go against what you have been taught especially if you've been trying to figure out how to make this thing work.

Trust me I know. I've been where you are. I've been at the infancy stage where I went to Google and typed in "making money on the internet". I've been at the point where I was overwhelmed and kept going down a deer rabbit hole.

I've been at the point where I started to gain more understanding on how this stuff works. I started generating leads on a consistent basis. It took me over a year but I hung in there. Then sales started coming in.

I've been at the point where I started making money in my sleep and I could not remember who was joining me in business. Then I've been to the point where your lead flow has vanished over night because the traffic source I was using dried up fast.

So as you can tell I've been on all sides of the spectrum. That's why I am extremely confident that the information I'm going to share with you works. When it comes to making money on the internet you only need 3 things.

If you are ready to know what they are so you can finally be in position to possibly start earning some life changing income keep reading.

The Only 3 Things You Need To Make Money On The Internet

1. Lead Capture Page

The purpose of this is to do one thing and one thing only, capture the visitors contact info. Now I've used lead capture pages where it capture their name and email; name, email, and phone number; and then just email. From what I've seen just capturing the email gives you a higher opt in rate. That's basically the percentage of visitors that opt ​​in to your email list. Keep this in mind as we move on, the # 1 rule to making money on the internet is to build your list. That's what the lead capture page allows you to do.

2. High Converting Sales Funnel

This is golden right here. Let me explain something about marketing, whether it be online, offline, or even what you see on TV. All successful marketers have a sales funnel. Basically the ad that you see (no matter where it is) is designed to drive you through a process where the end goal is for you to buy.

Since you want to make money online then you need to have a sales funnel in place. Not just anyone but a high converting one. A sales funnel that converges so well that once you know the numbers you can pretty much determine your ROI (return on investment). And trust me not all sales funnels are created equal.

3. Email Auto Responder

This is a time saver. Trust me. Back in the day and even now traditional sales teachers that you have to pick up the phone to make a sale. Pick up the phone to stay in front of your prospect. Pick up the phone to build a relationship with your prospect.

Not anymore. When you have an email autoresponder, it follows up automatically with your list (remember the # 1 to making money on the internet), allows you to stay in front of them and build a relationship at the same time. There's a statistic that it takes people on average 5-7 times to see an ad before they buy.

Let's say even as a newbie you have 200 people on your list. Would you want to pick up the phone and call those 200 people everyday? Or would you rather type up a quick email and send it out to them?

And that's it. Those are the only 3 things that you really need when it comes to making money on the internet. Forget about buying a bunch of e-books, courses from everyone that claims they've developed a push button system, etc. I believe in keeping things simple for people and that's what I've done for you.

Use of LED and Photodiode in Pulse Oximetry

Pulse-oximetry technology was available in 1930's it became easily available only in the 1980's with advances in the Light Emitting Diode (LED), microprocessors, optical plethysmography and spectro-photometry. Today pulse-oximetry provides a simple, non-invasive, portable and inexpensive method to continuously monitor oxygen saturation and heart rate with good accuracy.

A pulse oximeter is a particularly convenient noninvasive and measurement instrument. It has a pair of small light-emitting diodes (LEDs) facing a photodiode through a translucent part of the patient's body, usually a fingertip or an earlobe. One LED is red, with wavelength of 660 nm, and the other is infrared, 905, 910, or 940 nm. Absorption at these wavelengths differs significantly between oxyhemoglobin and its deoxygenated form, therefore from the ratio of the absorption of the red and infrared light the oxy / deoxyhemoglobin ratio can be calculated. The absorption of oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin is the same (isosbolic point) for the wavelengths of 590 and 805 nm; earlier oximeters used these wavelengths for correction for hemoglobin concentration.

Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive and continuous method of determining the amount of oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin in a person's blood supply.

A pulse oximeter is a particularly convenient noninvasive and measurement instrument. It has a pair of small light-emitting diodes (LEDs) facing a photodiode through a translucent part of the patient's body, usually a fingertip or an earlobe. One LED is red, with wavelength of 660 nm, and the other is infrared, 905, 910, or 940 nm. Absorption at these wavelengths differs significantly between oxyhemoglobin and its deoxygenated form, therefore from the ratio of the absorption of the red and infrared light the oxy / deoxyhemoglobin ratio can be calculated. The absorption of oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin is the same (isosbolic point) for the wavelengths of 590 and 805 nm; earlier oximeters used these wavelengths for correction for hemoglobin concentration.

Uses of pulse oximetry-
– This helps clinician in
– Noninvasive arterial oxygen saturation monitoring.
– Pulse rate monitoring.
– Trending of saturation and pulse rate

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Employee Communication: The Secret to Business Success

Business surveys consistently show us that poor workplace communication is a major source of employee dissatisfaction. The repercussions of this include not just low employee morale. Employee productivity suffers, along with a range of other business performance indicators.

Business Impact of Poor Communication

Have you stopped to think about how much unsatisfactory communication practices are costing your business? Some of these costs include:

  • increased employee turnover
  • increased absenteeism
  • dissatisfied customers from poor customer service
  • higher product defect rates
  • lack of focus on business objectives
  • stifled innovation

How many of these costs can you recognize in your business? You can turn the situation around. Employees will put in that extra “discretionary effort” when they are kept informed openly and honestly on aspects of their job and the business and they feel that they are being listened to with empathy.

Employee Communication Needs

What and how should you communicate with your employees? Communication in your organization should satisfy the three key employee needs before they can be engaged and highly productive. Each and every employee needs to:

1. Know that …

-included here are facts about your organization and their specific job – what business you are in, who your customers are, specific details about your product or service, where forms are located, who to see when there is a problem …

2. Master that …

-included here are the practical skills required to do their job well – repairing a machine, filling out an invoice, designing a building, writing a software program …

3. Feel that …

-included here are the interactions that give them a sense of belonging and self-worth – being listened to, respected, trusted, valued …

Managers predominantly concentrate on the first need – know that – and pay less attention to the second need to master skills. The third need – feel that – is what makes employees distinctly human and what drives them to outstanding achievement in work and outside of work. And yet it is in this dimension that employee communications are most lacking.

Look closely at the communication happening in your business. Is it satisfying what employees need to be fully engaged and working productively? Consider each of the four fundamental levels of communication in your organization for an answer:


1. Organization wide communication – involving all employees

2. Departmental communication – specific to one department or unit

3. Team communication – within one cohesive team or group

4. Individual communication – specific to one employee at any one time

Communications may be working effectively at higher levels, with regular and informative newsletters emanating from Head Office. However, the quality and quantity of communications may fail dismally at the more local level. The interpersonal skills of supervisors, team leaders and local managers are especially critical at levels 3 and 4, as these are the people that frontline workers develop working relationships with most personally and closely. Many exit surveys have shown that employees commonly leave an organization because of a poor working relationship with an immediate supervisor. How are the communication skills of the supervisors in your organization?

Just as important is the communication between and within levels. Gone are the days when departments could stand as silos, isolated from the rest of the organization by impenetrable barriers. Intra-national and international competition is now so fierce that everyone in the organization needs to collaborate closely on solving organizational challenges and on achieving agreed strategic objectives. What are the communication barriers in your organization?

Where is your organization at in its life-cycle? Is it large or growing rapidly? As more people are added to an organization, communication needs and stresses increase exponentially. Joe, who used to do purchasing, inspection and warehousing on his own now needs to talk to three other departments as well as the people in his own growing team. What structures, systems and processes has your organization put in place to encourage and facilitate effective communication flow?

Well-designed organizational culture surveys and employee communication surveys can determine how well your communication systems and practices are contributing to your organization’s performance – or how much they are hindering performance. This information will then help you in devising an effective employee communication strategy. Whatever else you do, communication practices impact every facet of your business. Looking closely at communication in your organization is well worth your while, because even if you do not, your employees are.

Fireproof Office Safes – Why Are They Important?

Most offices use safes to keep valuable data and documents safe and protected. A wide variety of office safes are available to choose from, according to the management. With different types of safes, from basic physical-locking safes to biometric safes, offices these days are certainly well equipped to keep their belongings safe. However, very few offices choose to have fireproof safes. These offices are among the few organizations that have realized the consequences of a fire accident, and can appreciate the amount to which a fire can damage and destroy office property.

Fireproof safes are specially designed safes that can protect their contents even when external temperatures rise to over 1700 degrees Fahrenheit. These safes are made of materials like ceramic fiber and asbestos, arranged in alternating layers. Not only do these safes come with all the necessary safety devices such as locks, alarms, etc., but also protect their contents from getting burnt or damaged due to the fire.

Fire resistant office safes can help offices save thousands or even millions of dollars worth of property per year. They are generally quite light-weight, and most of them come with basic security features. Some can even be customized, and it is possible to opt for a feature that can sound an alarm or call the police if tampered with. It is even possible to get a safe that can be opened only by particular employees.

Apart from these features, right from the time when punch cards were used by employees to clock in, all attendance-keeping and other employee records were handled by separate departments. The usage of a digital safe will automate things greatly. These are just a few of the benefits that come with using a digital fireproof office safe.

Fireproof Movie Review

A review of Fireproof from a Christian perspective.

Fireproof is a very realistic portrait of marriage when it is suffering. I was very impressed by Kirk Cameron's acting and the feeling behind each role in this movie. Many times a Christian movie misses the mark … however, in this case the movie was top notch.

Fireproof shows the major maritime struggles of Caleb and Catherine. They are so far apart emotionally that all they do is fight and accuse. A little while into the movie Caleb's dad gives him a book called the "Love Dare." He makes his son commit to doing it and walks him through when it looks like it will never work.

Caleb's character finds the Lord in this movie and it gives him strength to access a powerful stronghold in his life and press on to save his marriage.

As you all know, I do not like to give too many details in my reviews, so I will move on to things to watch for with the kiddies …

There is no actual sexual content. However, there are innuendos to Caleb's pornography issues AND Catherine has a flirtation with a doctor at the hospital she works at. However, nothing develops that would make it off limits.

As far as violence, there are couple scenes where Caleb and Catherine yell at each other and Caleb screams in her face. He appears to scare her when he does this. There are also a couple of intense fire and rescue type scenes that may scare younger children.

Overall this is an AWESOME movie. I give it a 4 out of 4 stars. I HIGHLY recommend it to all married couples no matter what sate your marriage is in. I also recommend that if you PLAN to get married it would be a great movie to watch. It may prepare you and help you prevent the failures you see in Caleb and Catherine as individuals.

10 Reasons to Choose Steel Buildings

Metal provides several advantages over other more traditional building materials. However, it seems that most of that knowledge remains unknown for many people since not everyone is familiar with the construction industry. With this in mind, below are listed top 10 reasons why a metal building could have been the best possible choice for your next building project.

1. Fast and efficient construction

Metal buildings take a fraction of the building time, compared to other kinds of buildings. Constructions can be assembled quickly and efficiently in all seasons, including only a small, skilled team of workers is required to carry out the work. Steel allows for precise, accurate assembly because components are pre-manufactured off site in the factory based on the building project specification. Depending on a project's scale and complexity, a whole frame can be identified in a matter of days or weeks. It corresponds up to 40% reduction in construction time relative to on-site construction.

2. Economical savings

Any building is an investment. However, pre-engineered metal buildings are one of the most economic choices available. Because of it's own strength, steel is very economic material. Less constructive components are required and there's no need to build solid load-bearing walls. Steel structures can be significantly lighter than concrete equivalents and require smaller, less extensive foundations. All of this means that you will save time on construction and labor costs.

3. Ease of maintenance

The savings do not stop after construction ends, though. Metal actually offers better lifecycle returns because it's less expensive to maintain and lasts significantly longer than alternative materials. Constructions feature durable coatings and paintings that boast a service life of up to 40 years, preventing rust and corrosion. Building will serve several decades long without significant interference. Basically, the only maintenance required is the occasional washing of the external walls, clearing snow from the roof, etc.

4. Design freedom

Perhaps, to many people metal is still associated with the boring "box" type buildings, however modern construction technology allows a project of almost any size and shape. You can customize building exterior with a wide choice of finishing materials to achieve the look you want. Steel gives architects more freedom to explore ideas and develop fresh solutions. It has a capacity to bend to a certain radius, creating segmented curves or free-form combinations for facades.

5. Elastic expansion options

When a company grows, there may be a need to modify or expand the existing building. Steel buildings are among the easiest of structures to modify, no matter the shape or size. Thanks to the constructive properties, modifications in no way affects the overall structural integrity of the building. Repositioning walls, building new space and adding it to the existing framework – all of these are easy tasks, with shorter construction times and lower costs.

6. More open space

Steel sections provide an elegant, cost-effective method of spanning long distances. Extended steel spans can create large, open plan, column free internal spaces. Overall width and length of the building is not limited. Minimizing the number of columns makes it easier to subdivide and customize spaces. These open spaces also increase the building's value, as it can be used for any number of things, and make it a more competitive piece of real estate.

7. Proven durability and longevity

Unlike many materials, steel's behavior remains consistent and predictable with time. Metal is insect-resistant, mold-proof, noncombustible, and it does not warp or shrink. When treated properly, metal also resists corrosion and rust. Steel structures and their joints are effective against weather-induced loads of severe storms, earthquakes, and a thick blanket of snow.

8. Fire resistance

Extensive testing of structural steelwork components for many decades has provided the industry with a thorough understanding of how steel buildings respond to fire. Steel has been tested more than any other building material. This has allowed to develop precise specifications of fire protection requirements for steel-framed buildings.

9. Energy efficiency

Metal buildings are energy efficient. You will spend less money trying to keep a building building hot or cold in the extreme temperature months since metal buildings are so much better at retaining the inside temperature. Heat radiates quickly from steel roofing and walls, creating a cooler environment in hot weather. In cold climates, double steel panel walls can be well insulated to better contain the heat.

10. Eco-friendly material

Steel is the world's most recycled material, and unlike many other recyclable products, it does not lose its strength and structural properties after being recycled. Steel is 100% recyclable and produces minimal waste. It also saves on the use of natural raw resources since around 30% – 50% of today's new production is already being made from recycled material. Beside, reuse of materials is less intensive and energy consuming as compared to new production.

As you can see, the benefits are obvious when it comes to steel. Whether you are seeking a commercial or industrial structure, a steel structure building can save time and money as well as contribute to the environmentally friendly movement.

Investing in Real Estate Profitably: Eliminating the Need for Mortgage Insurance

In an earlier article, we presented various options for ensuring that you have positive cash flow when holding rental houses, by minimizing loan payments. One problem which we now can address is to how to eliminate the need for paying mortgage insurance.

Any loan with less than 20% down payment will include or require mortgage insurance. It may be included in the rate (which is called "Lender Paid Mortgage Insurance" or LPMI) or more commonly it is a separate itemized item, but in either case you must pay it.

If you want to pay less than 20% down, the best way to get around mortgage insurance is to finance your purchases with two loans, a first and a second mortgage. For example, the first mortgage is commonly 70%, 75% or 80% of the purchase price and the second mortgage makes up the difference to 90% or 95% of the purchase price. You can get both mortgages from the same lender, but usually you can find better rates on the second mortgage from a lender that specializes in second mortgages. An independent loan broker can put this together for you nicely.

Both mortgages typically close escrow at the same time and both lenders are fully aware of each other. For simplicity, put both loans in the same escrow and sign them both at the same time. If you want to be tricky and try to use two mortgages to get 100% financing (ie no down payment), there are ways to do this, but we do not recommend it and it is not within the scope of this article.

The second mortgage is typically at a higher interest rate than the first, but not always. For example, there are some very competitive home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) with rates only a fraction above the prime interest rate. You have to have good credit scores to qualify, but if you do, they are very attractive. The problem with a HELOC based on the prime rate is that it charges the prime rate does not get too high before you pay it off. As you may recall from the early 1980s, the prime often does go sky high and it could happen again.

There is a particularly large variation in the interest rates for second mortgages from various lenders. Moreover, if your credit, income, and assets are not ideal, you may not be qualified for certain second mortgage programs, so it may be more difficult to find a second mortgage at a good rate that you do qualify for. It is very important therefore to ask your independent loan broker to check out various options and to shop the rates. He / she should be comparing at least half a dozen different second mortgage programs.

When you use two loans as described above, it is usually advisable to have an interest-only or minimum payment loan for the first mortgage. This allows you to focus on paying down the principle on second mortgage over a period of say 5 years, if you can afford it. If you can not do that, than obtain a second mortgage that also has a 5-year fixed period and an interest only option. You are then covered with predictable and low payments for at least 5 years.

This article has reviewed a strategy for improving your cash flow when purchasing investment rental homes – namely, using two loans to eliminate mortgage insurance. There is much more to say on this topic. So keep an eye out for additional articles by the same authors on this and related topics.

(c) Copyright 2004, Jeanette J. Fisher and Robert S. Kramarz. All rights reserved.

Tips on Decorating Your French Country Kitchen

You stare out the small white framed window and gaze at the rows of lavender. The soft rays of the sun rest at the base of the horizon, as the day surrenders itself to the beginnings of dusk. Your hands remain under the luke warm water as you carefully rinse the last of the ceramic dishes. You shake off the excess water from one of your hands and open the window a crack. The smell of fresh late spring air fills the room, followed with a hint of fresh lavender. Although you may not be staying among the rolling hills of the intimate french countryside, you can certainly feel like you do, with your own french country kitchen.

The french country kitchen with its' worn rustic look, can be the ultimate family gathering place to begin the day, break for lunch, or retreat after a long days work. And there are not many better ways to bring the family together, than the aroma of delicious cuisines and an atmosphere unique to the countryside of France. This is one reason why the french country kitchen remains a cooks dream. So, how do you decorate your dream kitchen?

The country french kitchen uses a distinct palette of warm and cool colors. The colors include soft gold yellow, weathered rust, cheerful greens and cool blues. Some french country kitchens will have an emphasis on the warmer colors, while more traditional country french kitchens, will have an emphasis on cooler colors. Iron, charcoal or black can be used as accent colors. The color of scheme of your kitchen is a great place to begin brainstorming.

Natural and hand-made accents are important when decorating your kitchen. This helps give the kitchen an authentic and worn look, which is characteristic of the country french style. Accents may include wooden ceiling beams, plastered painted walls, worn wooden window frames and dark unfinished wooden flooring to name a few. By keeping a worn look, you will be keeping true to the authentic country french style.

Country french furniture is an important part of the french country kitchen. No kitchen would be complete without the wooden island, the dining room table, ladderback chairs and a cupboard full of porcelain dishes. If you want to put extra emphasis on the worn look of your kitchen, you may purchase your furniture used and save extra money. You may also purchase brand new country french furniture which is made to look authentic.

By following the above tips and unlocking your imagination, you can be living your dream in your own french country kitchen. Just do not forget the vase of lavender.

All About Swimming Pool Sand Filters

Swimming pool sand filters are one of the ways to keep your pool crystal clear and clean. This type of product uses sand as a means to collect and remove debris from a body of water. Sand is contained in a vessel or tank, water is pumped into the top of the tank, and into the internal distributor. This allows the pool water to "rain down" and flow through the media. As the water flows through, dirt and debris are collected and removed from the water. The debris is held behind and the clean water is returned to the swimming pool.

What are some of the items found and associated with a type of filter?
1. Multi Port Valve OR Control Valve

What are some of the functions found on a standard Multi Port Valve?
o FILTER – For normal filtering and vacuuming.
o BACKWASH – For cleaning the filter bed of accumulated debris.
o RINSE – Use after completing the backwash cycle to ensure all dirty water is rinsed from the tank to waste.
o WASTE – By-passes the tank for draining or lowering the pool water level and for vacuuming heavy debris directly to the waste line.
o RECIRCULATE – Water is recirculated through the valve by-passing the filter.
o CLOSED – Shuts off the flow from the pump to the filter

Internal Parts
2. Tank Or Vessel – Main body of the unit.
3. Top Diffuser – Allows the pool water to enter the tank and distribute the water inside the tank.
4. Media – Captures the dirt and debris from the pool water as it flows through.
5. Laterals – Located under the media, allows the pool water to exit the tank and flow back to the pool.

How are sand filters cleaned?
Most filters come equipped with a valve, commonly referred to as Multi Port Valve. The Multi Port Valve has various settings allowing water flow to be directed in many direct directions. One of the directions is BACKWASH. In the backwash mode the water inside the tank is made to flow in reverse. Instead of the water flowing from the top of the tank down, the water from the pool is fed into the bottom of the tank through the laterals. This causes the sand to be churned, the dirt and debris which has been contained is flushed out of the tank through a separate waste line. Many Multi Port Valves have a sight glass for viewing this process. As the water is backwashed, use the sight glass to inspect the water, as the water becomes visually clean the backwash should have considered finished, the pump stopped and the valve now put in the RINSE mode. Reenergizing the pump in the rinse mode allows the water to flow in the standard operating direction and allows settling to occur in the tank. Dirty Water is flushed out to waste during this process.

NOTE: This process will lower the water level of the pool. Once the pool level is lowered additional chemicals may be needed. Retesting of the water will be required to determine the type and amount of chemicals which will be required.

What if backwashing is not enough?
If backwashing does not "clean" the media, the time has come to disassemble the unit, empty the tank and replace the sand. The media will deteriorate over a period of time, become hard and crusty, and forming channels. When this takes place, backwashing will not be enough to allow proper filtration. It is important to remember the following when performing this task.

1. If the filter has not been disassembled for some time, when removing the multi port valve, top dome or top half of the tank, remember to have new o-rings available which will be in the area of ​​disassembly. Old o-rings stretch and crack over a period of time and need to be replaced periodically.

2. Carefully remove the old media from the tank. This can be accomplished by scooping or by using a sand vac tool (a tool which by using a garden hose and exhaust hose, vacuums the sand out of the filter tank.

3. Inspect the bottom laterals, checking for damage or cracks. Replace any laterals which are defective to prevent by-passing of sand back to the swimming pool.

4. Prepare to refill the tank with the new media (Check the instruction manual for the filter and use the size and type which is recommended).

5. Fill the tank half full with clean water

6. Slowly and carefully add the new media to the tank. Use caution not to damage the laterals during this process. Add the correct amount for the size filter being serviced.

7. Reassemble all parts removed, top half, dome, and valve, replace o-rings as required.

8. Position the multi port valve in the RINSE position to set the new media, check for leaks, once settled, turn off pump and return the valve setting to the filter position. Restart Pool Pump and begin normal operation.

How often does the sand need to be changed?
Filter size, pool usage, bather load and weather conditions will dictate the time frame for changing and recharging the filter.

These types of filters have been utilized for many years as an effective means of swimming pool water filtration. Maintaining the filter and valve will provide many years of service, keeping your water crystal clear, enjoyable and ready for fun.

8 Great Tips To Avoid Eating Troubles When You Travel

One of the best parts of traveling is getting to taste and savor all kinds of new and delicious foods, whether you're driving across the state or flying across the world. And, without a doubt, it's fun to let go a little and eat things you would not normally eat during a week at home, that's part of the freedom and excitement of being on vacation!

But we all know the feeling when we've had way too much for too many days in a row: the total lack of energy, the bloating, dehydration, headaches, or hangovers, the pronounced jet lag, the increased susceptibility to getting sick. All of these things can really get in the way of maximizing your travel enjoyment. And if you're someone with food restrictions, you know the added frustration of trying to find good food that will be good to you, too!

The great news is that it's easier than ever to make the kinds of food choices that will keep you healthy and energized while you're away from your usual routine. Here are some simple ways to eat great while you're taking in the best moments of your trip:

  1. Plan ahead. Often when we're traveling, we're out of routine and are not eating at regular intervals. Sometimes we can go several hours without eating anything.

    Contrary to the popular myth that you should hold off eating to "save room" for a big meal, going for long stretches without eating actually slows metabolism and causes your body to become sluggish and tired and hang on to calories. Our bodies experience these periods as "mini-starvations" and send our brains into panic mode. To keep blood sugar stable and avoid energy lapses (which can then lead to overcompensating with high-sugar or fried foods), aim for eating a little bit every couple of hours while in transit and while you're out and about, in the form of foods that are nutrient-dense and high in lean protein. Pack snacks for easy access: nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, firm fruits (like apples), veggies and hummus, or natural fruit-and-nut bars.

    If you know where you're staying, scout out restaurants in the area of ​​your hotel. Check with your hotel or resort to peruse menus and see what's available. Once you arrive, you can use an app like AroundMe to locate healthy restaurants in your area. And check out these smart phone apps that can help you find gluten- and other allergen-free options while you travel.

  2. Do not forget the grocery store! A supermarket, and especially a local co-op, can be your best ally while traveling. You'll have easy, cheap access to fresh produce and bulk healthy snacks. You'll find a wider variety of great foods that are free of gluten, dairy, and other common allergens at a reasonable cost. Plus, many co-ops also have a deli where you can get delicious sandwiches, salads, or wraps to take with you during the day.
  3. Your mother was right: get your greens and take your vitamins. While you're traveling, your immune system is exposed to tons of new pathogens-especially on airplanes and other mass transit. You want to make sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy and fight germs and process toxins. Do not forget to pack your multi-vitamin and your other supplements! If you can not get ready access to fresh greens, consider getting some powdered greens that you can bring with you and easily mix into a glass of water or a morning smoothie.
  4. Speaking of morning smoothies … if you're really dedicated to getting your daily intake of fruits and veggies, you might even consider bringing along a travel blender. This may seem extreme to some, but consider this: most of them are under $ 20, fit easily into a suitcase or the back of the car, and can be just the thing to quickly make a power breakfast of fruits, nuts, and vegetables that will keep you going all morning.
  5. Drink way more water than you normally do. Planes and hotel rooms are notoriously dry. Walking around all day expends energy and dehydrates. Often people drink alcohol or sodas with meals, which also are dehydrating. Drinking more than your usual 8 glasses of water a day will keep you energized, hydrate your cells, keep your skin glowing, and will help flush out toxins.
  6. Drink less alcohol than everyone around you is drinking. This can be challenging especially on business trips, where drinking is a familiar pastime. But in addition to worsening dehydration and jet lag, tossing back more than two drinks leads to more unhealthy eating. (A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men take in an extra 433 calories on average from alcohol and food when they consume more than two drinks!)
  7. Try to get your eight hours' beauty rest. Easier said than done, I know! But getting decent rest helps steady your metabolism, resets your adrenal system, and boosts your immunity. Being sufficient rested will make every other choice you face on your vacation so much easier.
  8. Try the "one and done" rule. Let yourself have trips and enjoy them-just keep it to once a day. Get that gorgeous piece of chocolate cake. Have an extra helping of steak fries. Order the thing that's happily doused with butter, and love every single bite. And then, be done with the less-than-healthy food for that day. There's always more.

However you decide to plan your meals on your trip, we're love to help you get there! As your travel agency, we can offer you insider tips on transportation, accommodations, and entertainment and so much more.

Shade Sails – Turn Your Backyard Into a Summer Resort

Available in multiple colors and sizes, the sunshade sail can be installed using various design options including installation at various heights for an offset look that is visually stimulating. The colorful fabric and unique shapes provide a cool and relaxing atmosphere and a feeling of being on vacation without leaving the home. Shade sails are comprised of commercial grade knitted fabrics and can be easily cleaned using soap and water. The durable mesh tarp fabric is designed for years of enjoyment and is naturally resistant to mold, rot and mildew.

Selecting The Position Of Your Shade Sail:

Prior to purchasing a sail it is important to select and measure the installation areas. Consider what design element you are trying to achieve and pick the most suitable location. Some of the key factors you want to consider before purchasing a sail include

  • The desired size.
  • The desired shape.
  • The strength of existing structures that may be used as anchor points.
  • The direction of the sun at sunrise and sunset.

Once you have decided on the location for your sail it is important to consider and determine the fixing points. The fixing points where the sail will be attached can be and existing structure such as an attached patio, overhead deck or even the eaves on your house. If there is no existing structures for installation then consider using galvanized steel poles or wooden posts as anchor points. Post and pole lengths should be calculated with the consideration of both the desired height of the shade sail plus the depth of your feet. Properly designed footings should be a minimum of 32 "deep and 16" square. Each footing should be filled using a concrete mixture.

Installing Your Shade Sail:

Once you have purchased your shade sail and it has arrived to your location, installation can begin. The sail can either be purchased with the fixing accessories included or they can be purchased separately. However, in order to properly secure any shade sail it is recommended that the manufacturers hardware should be used to prevent any unforeseeable problems. The sail will be connected to the mounting points using the fixing accessories. It is important to ensure that all connections are secure and face towards the center point of the sail before attaching them to the anchor points. The shade sails use a ratchet tensioning system that can be adjusted until the desired look is achieved.

Installing a sunshade sail is the perfect do it yourself project for summer. Aside from the added benefits of shade and protection, the shade sail will instantly transform your backyard from ordinary to extraordinary. The elegant and modern looks of the shade sail will not only make everyday outdoor activities such as swimming and barbecuing more relaxing but will turn your home environment into a beachside resort like atmosphere.

RV and Camper Awnings

One of the most enjoyed activities by millions of Americans is traveling via recreational vehicles, or RVs. RVs can provide all of the comforts of home as well as the ability to visit thousands of destinations. RVs can range from small, pull-along trailers to mammoth driving trailers. One way to increase energy efficiency and beauty on a traveling trailer is through the use of an RV awning.

You can generally choose from two styles of RV awnings; those that can be rolled up, and those that stay open with the awning fabric and roller tube exposed. The most popular type of RV awning is probably the conventional type. Most experts will agree that the overwhelming popularity of the conventional RV awnings is because they are much less expensive than other types. These types of awnings do not fit directly against the RV's sidewall, therefore causing a potential danger in high wind situations. Window RV awnings, however, do fit snugly and closely against the RV and, depending on how well they are roled, can have a much better resistance against wind.

RV camper awnings can provide many of the same benefits as home awnings. They can add charm, elegance and functional qualities to your home. Energy efficiency is a huge plus when considering a camper awning. In many cases, you can reduce solar heat gain by up to 70% and you can imagine the utility savings.

Some people enjoy traveling in their RVs for leisure, while others choose to make the RV their primary residence. In either case, camper awnings are certain to make your motor home feel more like a comfortable and inviting place to live and entertain. You can start your search for a camper awning by contacting any local awning installation company; most of these companies provide awnings for both homes and RV's.