Pond and Lake Leak Location and Repair

Perhaps nothing is more frustrating that finally constructing the pond or lake of a lifetime only to find that it does not hold water. Just as frustrating are repairs and repair theories that do not hold water.

We will focus our leak location and repair strategies in 2 main areas – 1) SYNTHETIC LINED BASINS from small garden ponds to multiple acre ponds and lakes. 2) NATURALLY LINED BASINS – can be excavated ponds or lakes with no dam embankment or a pond or lake constructed with a dam.

First things first – how do you locate the leak? This can be exceptionally simple or painfully depending on the situation. Let's state the obvious and move on from there – look for the wet spots around the pond. A soil probe will allow you to find moisture below the surface. If you do not have access to a soil probe, a ditch shovel will work just fine. Probe or Dig as deep as you can in the suspect area and examine the soil for moisture content. The best time to look for moist areas around the pond is after an extended dry period – preferably a week or more. If you find significant moisture, you are likely in the vicinity of the leak and can narrow your search. Pay attention to vegetation around the pond. Lush green vegetation during extended dry periods can help you narrow the search as well.

Once you've narrowed the search or if you just can not narrow the search, allow the pond water surface to fall without replenishing the water until the water level stabilizes. Mark this level and explore the pond around this elevation. For a synthetic liner pond, you have found the elevation of the leak, careful inspection of the liner at this elevation should allow you to find the leak.

If you have an EPDM rubber liner (Firestone Pondgard or similar) the repair is quite simple once you've found the leak. Purchase an inexpensive EPDM Repair Kit and apply per instructions. If this is the only leak in your pond, you may refill and enjoy!

If the pond is a natural bottom or unlined pond, the search becomes a little more complex. As with the lined pond, it is worth examining the pond at the elevation where the water level stabilized. There are 2 reasons that the water level may have stabilized at this level. One, this is the elevation of the leak or two, this is the natural groundwater elevation (water table). A simple pump test will determine with reasonable certainty whether or not the pond bottom has intercepted and is connected to the water table.

To accomplish the pump test, select a pump that will allow you to draw down approximately 6 inches of water from the pond surface in less than 3 hours. Mark the starting water surface elevation and ending water surface elevation. Over the next 6-8 hours monitor the water surface carefully. If the water surface rebounds toward the starting point, the pond has most likely intercepted the water table. If the water surface stays at the same elevation, the initial water surface elevation is the elevation of the leak.

Now that the leak has been located or at least the location has been narrowed down, it's time to review the options for leak repair.

First and foremost let's dispell a common misconception. Sprinkling a modest, or even substantial amount of bentonite in any of it's various commercial forms into standing water is VERY unintentionally to stop or slow a leak. Bentonite is an expanding clay found in Wyoming which does have a role in repairing leaks and sealing water bodies. To be certain it is a great product when used properly.

To properly apply bentonite to seal a pond, the pond must be drained and the bentonite then incorporated into the soil of the pond bottom and sides. The application rate for bentonite ranges from 2 pounds to more than 5 pounds per square foot depending on the soil characteristics. For clayey and silty soils, 2 pounds per square foot MAY be sufficient. For sandy soils 4 pounds MAY be sufficient and for soil containing gravel and rock, in excess of 5 pounds will be required to obtain a seal. Once the bentonite is applied, the soil should be disk harrowed to mix the soil and bentonite and then compacted.

For a leaking embankment, if the location of the leak has been identified, it may be possible to construct a core trench in the embankment to slow the leak. To install a core trench, excavate a minimum 12 inch wide trench to 3 feet below the pond bottom elevation. The trench should be located as far back from the pond edge as possible while still remaining on the flat top of the embankment. The goal is to create an impervious core in the embankment which will not allow water to pass through. This impervious core can be created in a number of ways. Bentonite can be mixed with the excavated soil at a rate of 30% bentonite and 70% native soil. The material should be placed back in the trench and compacted with a trench roller, whacker, or excavator bucket in 6 inch lifts. Alternatively, EPDM liner can be buried in the embankment by draping a solid sheet of EPDM liner along the trench wall closest to the pond and carefully backfilling the trench. Again, the soil should be compacted as the trench is backfilled. Applying a bentonite mix at the bottom of the liner curtain and at the ends of the liner curtain will help to prevent water from seeing around the curtain.

Another common location for leaks is along pipes which penetrate the pond embankment. All pipes that are installed through the pond embankment should be fitted with an antiseep collar to prevent water from flowing along the pipe. If a pipe is installed through the embankment without an antiseep collar, the pipe can be excavated and a bentonite plug installed around the pipe. Ideally, the bentonite plug should extend at least 3x the pipe diameter around the pipe.

A Trip to the Land of Walt Disney

Orland is a city located between US state and Florida. This place is amazing for its scenic beauty, the weather and of course the wonderful Orlando Vacation Homes. The city has its nickname as "The City Beautiful". The attractions that it provides are simply wonderful. It is absolutely impossible to talk about a trip to Orlando without a sense of sheer pleasure. The list of the attractions is a huge one and each one is worth visiting. The Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, Sea World theme park, Gator land, and Wet 'n Wild Water Park, now, who would not like to visit a place such as this? Approximately 47 million tourists visit Orlando every year.

A huge economic gain of the Orlando region is due to its tourism. The greatest and the biggest attraction is the Walt Disney World Resort, the main features of which are the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studio and many more. Universal Resort is another such resort which provides with City Walk and Island of Adventure. The Wet 'n Wild water park also is very famous and delightful to visit. This city can be a best holiday destination with the family. The kids would love the trip and enjoy to their fullest. The whole world of cartoon characters that they watch on television comes to life in front of them. So, it's very obvious that they would love the experience.

Orlando has a huge lot of hotels in the city. After Las Vegas, the number of hotel rooms is the largest in Orlando. The city has hotels for the budget conscious people as well. And of course luxury hotels are also present. There are also several golf courses in Orlando. The most popular all is the Bay Hill Club and Lodge. These places make the city so famous among the tourists. Vacation homes in Orlando therefore are such a huge company in the city. The visitors in the city are so huge that the industry expands with a great speed.

This Vacation Homes Orlando has its bookings on for the year year. The rush is never less. It can sometimes be a little less crowded sometimes. The internet has made things much easier. It is not at all difficult to plan a trip if you have saved enough money. The booking of hotel and resorts can be done through the internet. And the air tickets can also be purchased through the net. There are several vacation packages offered by the travel guides on the internet. All you have to do is go through all the packages and select the one which suits you the best. The city is very much crowded during the summer vacations, the New Year's Eve and during the Thanks giving. If you want a peaceful vacation, do avoid these times. But, the city is worth visiting during this time because it is much more beautified at these festive moments.

He Dropped Itching Powder From the Ceiling at The Auction

Why should you hire someone with a sense of humor?

Well, let me tell you a story.

Recently, I was interviewing a gentleman who had made some outlandish claims on his resume. His last job was working at an Auction House and he claimed he was able to increase the company’s revenue by over 5000% in one-year. This seemed a little questionable, so I challenged him on this notation on his resume. I started by leaving him an “out” and asked him if this was a typo – and if he meant to say 5%, 50% or was it 500%. He acted appalled that I didn’t believe the 5000% gains in revenue figure. He told me;

“Well, it was 5000% and may even have been higher!”

At this point I had to hear his secret. He said;

“It was simple, during each auctioning session, he’d sneak up in the rafters and sprinkle ‘itching powder’ very lightly on the crowd below. Those bidding couldn’t help themselves and kept itching their hair, head and shoulders. – and each time they did that bumped the price up because those were seen as gestures to bid higher.”

Well, that’s a creative solution indeed, but was it real? And, how did he quantify this? He explained the numbers and increases and yes, it was somewhere near 5000%. A 4960% increase in fact when I did the math. I never found out if he really did that or not, but he was the most interesting person I’d ever interviewed and I was hiring for a position in the R&D department, the title being Director of Innovation, in charge of all the innovation team leaders.

He delivered his statement with such a straight face, that I still wonder if it was true. If he made it up, that’s just hilarious and should be a cartoon in Barron’s or the Wall Street Journal. If it’s real – “Wow, that’s quite a business story.”

It’s good to have fun people in your company’s innovation center – having interesting people who think outside the box is also a very good thing. Sometimes as human resource professionals we take ourselves too seriously. We don’t treat people like people. We fail to see the human side, and how certain personality traits can be far more important than base knowledge, University degrees, or years in an industry.

Unique people are valuable to an organization – but if you disagree, well, maybe you should just hire a bunch of robots and call it Robotic Resources instead of Human Resources. Oh and while you are at it, why not save your company some money and hire a robot to replace you too? Who needs a dull and boring human in human resources – we have enough of them already. That’s probably why we have the problems in this sector that we do today! Think on this human.

What Is a Managed Service Provider (MSP)?

A Managed Service Provider or a MSP is a service provided by an IT company to mostly small and medium-sized business, and sometimes large organizations, non-profits and governments. These businesses typically do not have a full-time in-house IT staff member.

A MSP either charges a monthly recurring fee or on an annual basis. There is usually a service level agreement (SLA) that is tied to the contract. The contract will list out all items and tasks to be included. Tasks list might include as 24×7 network monitoring of servers, laptops, desktop and endpoint devices. It will also specify other items and how they are to be fixed. Hours of operation such as regular Mondays to Fridays business hours or a business requiring 24×7 support will be spelled out. The service provided may also include patching of devices to keep them updated and repairing any issues that arise when they are seen while these systems are being monitored.

MSP provides a great value by being proactive in fixing issues before they occur. They continually assist with optimizing the IT environment to prevent and lessen the need to have a regular break/fix issues or any at all. Most of the services provided by the MSP are usually remote. Issues can be monitored and fixed remotely using a Remote Monitoring and Management system (RMM). They generally have access to the environment that they will monitor and are prepared for any emergency issues that require attention. MSP helps to provide a piece of mind.

MSP have technicians that assist with the IT tasks and most are skilled in the area to fix most IT issues. There are different levels of technicians such as Level 1, 2, and 3 or higher. The MSP can choose to provide different billable rate for each technician that is assigned to work on the issue. They may help you save on cost as some issues are not that complex and just require a level 1 technician to be sent out. Make sure this is mentioned in the order if this is what you would like or just a single flat rate for all technicians.

Businesses that decide to use a MSP greatly benefit from not having to deal with the day-to-day operation and tedious tasks are required for their IT infrastructure. This allows them to focus on managing the other higher business priority to increase their business objectives and bottom line.

The Various Uses of Metal Detectors

Metal Detectors can be very useful to many of us. They are very good for detecting valuable substances like coins and jewelry. They have a lot of usage in normal day to day life provided you know how to do so. They can be managed by anyone and it can be put to use in more than one way.

How can you make use of these Metal Detectors? You must have seen them in use at a mall, sporting event, musical gig, business houses and even houses. These are used for security reasons and make a place safe and secured. Detectors like the ones manufactured by Garret and the Garrett Scanners are top class scanners.

Modern day detectors are held by hand which makes it obvious that they need to be light in weight. So they are portable and there is no additional problem of installing them. They are something which do not radiate any harmful rays and are absolutely skin friendly.

A little about the benefits of a super scanner is that that it can detect almost anything. In fact some of them can go to extent of detecting coins if accidentally your child has swallowed a coin! They are of immense assistance in a courtroom, an airport or any other public place where people will get detected if they carry any dangerous objects.

Again a walk through Metal Detector is also very good as they enable a mass detection. This way no one has to ask for individual checking. People walk into these detectors and this way it is not insuring for anyone as a lot of people find hand held metal detectors to be.

Now the question arises that where can you find a Metal Detector? The answer you can walk into a nearby store and get one. The only problem with that is that they may sell you what is available with them other than giving your needs priority. Plus they do not have a variety of products on display.

As an alternative you can look for these scanners in the internet. You will get a lot of options in the net. Well you can also get the chance to shop around and then make your own choices. This way you can get opportunity to get a good bargain as well.

In conclusion what can be said is that when you are all set to buy a metal scanner you need to be careful about your investment. These scanners come very handy for small and big businesses alike. All you need to is a little knowledge about how to control them. Here are some of the features of Metal Detectors, which can be of great assistance for professional as well personal use.

Installing Attic Insulation

Interested in saving some money this year in heating and cooling bills? That's a stupid question is not it? A good way to save money on that is getting insulation put in your attic. Before we do this although we want to make sure that every thinks is to code and that the right permits are dropped. Now that that is done you want to make sure that you have the right tools to do the job. Make sure that you have full body covering unless you like the feel of fiberglass. A utility knife a straight edge to help push down the insulation when cutting, the material to do the job is a good thing to have too. Another good thing to have is some wire mesh to keep the insulation away from anything that gives off heat and cause a fire. Oh and some sort of light would be nice too.

As for material you're going to need either fiberglass insulation of blown in insulation, and rafter vents (except there already in the attic). Now for the material that you want to use fiberglass or blown in, it's up to you about that just that fiberglass is a bit more economic. The blown in insulation needs a machine that blows all the insulation in the attic and may need a second person to insert the insulation into the machine. Here we are going to talk about the fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass insulation is 31/2 – 6 inches thick 16 or 24 inches wide and about 8ft long.

When dealing with insulation you're going to come across a term called R-value. The R-value is the resistance to heat flow. The more the R-value the less heat that transfers from hot to cold. Mainly to get an R-value of 38 takes about 10 -14 inches of insulation. Usually you're going to want to have two layers if you are redoing all the insulation. You might just want to add one layer if you a leaving the original insulation.

First you're going to want to put the late vents in so that when you insulate that you do not prevent the flow of air in the attic. Then when rolling out it out you want to make sure that the foil or paper is facing towards the heated area, and that you are following the ceiling joists. Be sure not to puncture the paper that is on the insulation. When rolling this out you want to make sure that when you come to electrical or pluming you back cut the insulation so that the paper can still be facing the heated area. Now when you come to an object that extrudes heat you want to make sure that you stay away from them about 3 inches so fire does not break out. You can use wire mesh or the like to keep it away. When cutting it you want to make sure that the insulation is about 1-2 inches longer so that you can insure a snug fit.

Now that you have the one layer in it's a good idea to put in a second layer. You're going to want to lay the second perpendicular to the layer before. All the same rules apply to the second layer except one thing, no foil or paper. Now if you bought a crap load of insulation with the paper on it, that's OK because all you have to do is perforate the paper on the insulation and install it facing the same way that the other insulation is.

Now that everything is laid out and it looks like yours done your going to want to check everything be for you leave the attic. Make sure that none of the venting is blocked so that proper air flow and flow through the attic. Another thing is to make sure that you did not miss any spots and that you covered all the areas needed. A very important thing to remember is to check all the things that produce any heat and make sure that they are not cover in anyway. After that is all said and done there you have it insulated attic and you'll notice those heating a cooling bill fall.

Garden Shed Storage Construction

A garden shed storage is a structure, much like a regular cabinet, that holds all the garden tools and other garden things in one place. This is a good way of organizing all your gardening needs, and making your backyard look neater and more pleasant to the eyes.

There are many garden shed storages sold in the market. However, you can also build your own if you are on a budget. Also, sometimes it is better to build your own shed storage so you can customize the dimensions and materials accordingly. Follow simple steps in constructing a garden shed storage.

First delineate shed perimeter to identify the exact location and reduce mistakes. Using three 2×3 stakes, trace right angles and triangles to create impression of second perimeter. Attach strings in the triangle to form four-sided perimeter. The strings must cross over the corners of actual perimeter.

To concretely block foundation, use concrete pots or concrete slabs. Concrete pillows are elevated at at least 8 concrete piers buried below frontline. On the other hand concrete slabs are formed by digging hole and placing plywood and truss beams which will rest on the ground.

To build floor systems, floor joists must be arranged corresponding with the shed. Two parallel joists are marked for every 12 inches. Create right angle patterns using the triangle method. Brackets are nailed in the center and strings are also attached. Plywood is nailed to cover an entire surface of the floor. Ensure that plywood is perpendicular to joists.

Build walls one by one on the shed floor. Nail studies at both ends. Attach plywood panels to walls. Use temporary braces to hold up the wall until all of them are joined together. Nail four walls with each other.

Build rafters every 16 inches. Mark rafters where the truss beams will be placed. Cover with oriented strand board. Install the doors next.

As for windows, there are pre-built windows available. Install them next. Then install the roof

Generally garden sheds use 3 types of materials: metal, vinyl, and wood.

Metal is usually galvanized steel or aluminum coated with baked enamel finish to achieve toughness. They come in variety of colors and are easy to maintain.

Vinyl panels are tough and come with paintable steel doors. The structure withstands any type of weather and is also easy to maintain.

Wood possesses traditional look of barns. It has solid lumber frames and resemblances into a small house.

Some of the most popular accessories used in garden sheds are listed below.

Ramps are sturdy single story structure used to move equipments in and out the sheds like the lawn mower. It is usually made of wood or metal. Some ramps are wiser than lawn tractor tires.

Windows and skylights are used to increase natural light within the shed. Skylights are horizontal windows placed in the roof of the shed. It helps save money and energy. Shutters and window boxes are also available together with the windows.

Lofts are created as parking spaces for mowers. They are basically used as space for larger equipments.

Shelves are installed to serve as storage place for tools and other materials to achieved organization.

Work benches are important when shed is used as hobby shop or gardening area.

Siding Contractors Reveal Why They Prefer Fiber Cement Siding For Their Own Homes

Aluminum siding has long fallen out of favor with homeowners in favor of vinyl and other materials, including fiber cement. When you're getting ready to give your home's exterior a face-lift, you'll most likely look at a variety of options, but how do you choose the right material for your home? Comparing the various materials available is a good place to start, and local siding contractors can give you plenty of information designed to help make the process easier. You should also ask remodeling experts and contractors which material they would choose for their own home. In most cases, fiber cement will top the list. Why is it so popular with those in the home improvement industry? Because it offers an impressive array of advantages and can save you money down the road.

Initial Costs Are Deceiving

Do not let the up-front price of fiber cement intimidate you. While it does cost more than vinyl, you're getting great value for your money. Siding contractors will tell you that the initial payout is quickly redeemed through lower costs over time and the long life of the product. Take the time to look at the various costs you'll face down the road and do a comparison over the life of the products; you'll quickly see that vinyl is cheaper in the short term but much more expensive when it comes to the cost of repairs, frequency of repairs, repainting and a host of other situations.

Siding Contractors Praise Its Durability

Home remodeling experts agree that fiber cement is stronger and more durable than vinyl for several reasons. For one, it's five times thicker and is made from cement, sand and cellulose or wood fibers. This combination of natural ingredients yields an exceptionally strong material that's both denser and more durable than the alternatives. It's fire resistant, so it will not smolder, ignite and burn like vinyl. Because the color is literally baked onto the top layer, this type of siding keeps it true color longer and is less sooner to fading. In fact, it is 30% better at retaining its original good looks. The thicker, more rigid material also experiences far less buckling, cracking or warping, which means you'll be less likely to need repairs due to damage from extreme heat or cracking due to cold temperatures.

Increase Your Home's Value

Having to repair or replace your home's exterior less often is one way that this material saves you money, but it certainly is not the only way. The beauty of fiber cement is obvious to siding contractors, who regularly install it on today's finest homes. The textured surface and careful attention to detail during the manufacturing process give it a rich, architectural beauty that simply can not be duplicated in vinyl. The resemblance to genuine wood is striking, which means you'll increase both the curve appeal and the resale value of your home.

Decrease Expenses

Because it is so dense and far thicker than vinyl, fiber cement is a good insulator, keeping out the cold winter winds and shielding your home's interior from the punishing rays of a summer sun. This translates into reduced heating and cooling costs, which you can reduce even more if you have siding contractors layer additional insulation behind it. Because the material is moisture-resistant, it also prevails underlying wood rot and can help keep pesky insects at bay, including termites. Because you will not have to worry about wood rot or the need for exterminators, you'll save money on upkeep and repairs. High winds, hail and even flying debris can cause expensive dents and holes in vinyl, but fiber cement can stand up to far more while looking great.

One of the most important reasons siding contractors prefer fiber cement to vinyl is the impressive life expectancy of fiber cement. Some companies warranty their product for as much as fifty years, ensuring that it's really a once-in-a-lifetime investment. There simply are not any vinyl manufacturers who can give you that kind of protection. If you still have questions, talk to siding contractors in your area about the benefits of this option. You'll quickly be sold on its value and beauty.

With Casting Bubbles, You Can Cast Flies With Your Spinning Rod and Reel

If you spend time fishing in lakes, ponds or streams you know how effective artificial flies can be. However, by themselves, flies are way too light to fish effectively with traditional spin fishing gear. The best way to remedy the problem is to use a casting bubble and "fly fish" with the spin fishing gear you already own.

If you do not know what a casting bubble is, it's just a small plastic sphere, like a bobber. You add it to your line, and you can adjust the weight by adding water or shot. Casting bubbles are often clear in color, which makes them less visible to the fish (they usually do not like the green ones much). Add a baking bubble to your line and fasten it securely. Then add the leader using a brass swivel and a clinch knot. At the tapered end of the leader, tie the fly on using a clinch knot. Make sure to add enough weight for casting with your standard spin-fishing rod, reel and line. With a casting bubble, you can use dry or wet flies. When fishing lakes and large pools on rivers where there's not much current, using a fly & bubble casting rig can be an excellent method for catching tons of fish.

Extra Strength Magic Casting Bubbles from Best Fishing Secrets are probably the only bubbles you'll ever need. Use them empty, fill them with water, or with shot to create the exact weight for the depth you want to fish. To be successful, you'll want to cast your bubble out, allow the water to settle, and then begin to slowly reel in the fly & bubble casting rig. This is an excellent way for any spin-fisherman to work with flies, without having to get into the additional cost of fly fishing equipment. Casting bubbles let traditional spin fisherman use flies while fishing for trout, bass, salmon or most any other fish in lakes, ponds and even streams.

The fly & bubble casting rig packaging comes with detailed instructions on how to tie your rig, including pictures of the knots you'll need as well as tips on actually fishing with the casting bubble rig. What type of fly you attach below the bubble is entirely up to you. The fly and bubble casting rig comes with two patented Universal Flies, which are big streamers that trout and other fish just love. Good fly fishermen are always trying to match the insects the fish are eating with the flies that use. So they generally understand the fish's feeding behavior pretty well.

Fishing with a baking bubble and traditional spin fishing gear is an excellent way to learn about the feeding behavior of the fish in your area. Keep some casting bubbles, shot and a few flies in your tackle box as an option on your next fishing trip. It's an excellent idea if you want to catch more trout, bass, crappie, catfish, salmon, perch, bluegill – just about every species of fresh fish – in the Rocky Mountains or anywhere else in the world. If you're serious about catching fish, with the help of a casting bubble, you can cast flies with your spinning rod and reel.

The Many Uses of Teflon Or PTFE

Teflon is the trade name for PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), a polymer consisting of carbon and fluorine. Teflon was developed back in 1938 by a DuPont researcher named Dr. Roy Plunkett. The development changed the plastic industry forever.

Plunkett and his DuPont team created one of the most slippery substances that exist. PTFE is not only beneficial for its nonstick property; it offers many other great qualities as well. The polymer is resistant to high temperatures, chemical reaction, corrosion, and stress cracking. These traits allow PTFE to be used for many different purposes.

One common household use for Teflon or PTFE is cooking. Many kitchen supply brands market their Teflon pots, pans, and utensils. These products are safe and make cooking a lot easier. The non stick PTFE component guarantees your food will slide right off the pot or pans surface. Cooking sprays and grease are no longer needed when you cook and bake with a Teflon coded product.

Another at home use for PTFE is with beauty products. Nail Polish is commonly infused with Teflon to create a strong, crack free product. Once applied, the Nail polish will stick to your nails longer with chipping. Many hair styling products, like curling irons and flat irons are also made with PTFE. The non stick coating helps the tools glide smoothly through hair, unaffected by the high heat temperatures.

PTFE is also significant in the automotive industry. One frequent use is with windshield wiper blades. Manufacturers coat their wiper blades with Teflon so the well known “squeaky blade situation” does not occur.

A fourth public use of PTFE is as protection for carpets and fabrics. Carpets and fabrics that include Teflon are less susceptible to stains. The PTFE acts as a repellant to liquids so spills can be easily wiped off.

Besides household and personal use, PTFE is widely used in a variety of business industries. The Steel and Chemical Processing Industries are two prime examples. These industries need strong and reliable hoses and tubing to transfer highly caustic and corrosive chemicals. They work with high temperatures to produce their products or services and they have to have a means for withstanding the heat. Teflon is great since it is carries the heat resistant and corrosion or stress free characteristics. PTFE tubing and hoses deteriorates less rapidly than metal piping. Manufacturers are catching on to this cost saving technique.

As you can see, PTFE properties are endless. They assist us with day to day tasks like cooking, cleaning, and driving. They contribute to our beauty prepping. And, PTFE’s play a major role in the processes of industries like the Steel and the Chemical Processing Industry. Plunkett and DuPont might not have realized just how far their development would go. They created a product that remains essential to many functions in society today.

Water Extraction & Damage Restoration – Keeping Your Home Mold-Free

Severe water damage from flooding can be a traumatic experience for every homeowner. Flowing is caused by various factors and it is important to have a clear picture regarding water extraction & damage restoration so you can be ready to face the problem once its there.

First, turn off the main power source, even if the water is far from electrical outlets and devices. In cases of water damage, it is important to plug off all electrical devices and turn all the lights off as a measure of safety precaution. Any sign of water near an electricity generator can pose a lethal threat to people and the structure.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, safety gear such as protective goggles, gloves and boots should be worn before going to the flooded area. In accidents like this, it would be a lot better and safer to hire the services of a water extraction & damage restoration specialist. Assess the situation immediately and decide if professional help is needed or if the task can be accomplished without their help. If the flooded area is carpeted, extract the water immediately to avoid more serious water damage.

If the area was submerged for a long time, it will more likely damage the walls and the general structure of the house. It would consume a lot of time and energy to do the extracting and restoration process alone, so, it would be cheaper and more efficient to hire the services of a professional company that specializes in water extraction & damage restoration.

After extracting the water, immediately clean and let the area dry. Use fans and dehumidifiers to make the drying process faster. Dispose all the things affected by the water damage that can not be salvaged or restored. Clothing, draperies and other textiles that got soaked should be washed out immediately to prevent further water damage and mold growth. Move any wooden furniture outside to dry and avoid any chance of more water damage and fungi development. Choose a safe and dry where you can keep and dry out your reclaimed belongings. If possible, dry out all the things that have been saved under the sun.

After extracting the water and putting the water damage under control, be sure the area is well ventilated. Open all windows and doors to give appropriate ventilation and dry out the water damaged area. Regular air flow through the water-damaged area will definitely minimize, if you eliminate, the growth of mold and mildew. Do not forget to remove wet items in the area since they help increase the level of moisture in the air.

How to Make Icebox and Garlic Pickles

Summer gardening usually means an abundance of cucumbers which suits me just fine, since I love to make homemade pickles. When it comes to picking out the right cucumbers to make pickles with, you need to consider the following:

1. Cucumbers are very sensitive to heat, always store them in the refrigerator. If you store them at room temperature, it will cause them to go limp.

2. They should be firm with rounded edges with a nice medium to dark green skin color. Avoid any that have defects or damage to them.

3. Always start off by cleaning your cucumbers under cool tap water, pat dry with a clean cotton cloth.

Icebox Pickles

6 cups sliced ​​cucumbers

1/4 cup sliced ​​Vidalia onions

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 teaspoon celery seed

In a large bowl, combine the sliced ​​cucumbers with onions. In a small bowl, combine sugar, vinegar, salt and celery seed until well blended. Pour liquid brine mixture over sliced ​​cucumber and onion mixture. Seal bowl and refrigerate for 24-36 hours, stirring every 6 hours.

Note: If you do not have time to make your own pickles, you can use this cheese recipe to make garlic pickles.

Garlic Sweet Dill Pickles

2 jars of dill pickles

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup water

Drain juice from jarred dill pickles. Cut pickles down to bite sized pieces and finely chop garlic cloves. In a large saucepan, combine granulated sugar and water, boil together for 4 minutes. In a large bowl add pickles and garlic together, stir in the hot sugar syrup. Let cool for 45 minutes, seal bowl and place in the refrigerate for 48 hours.

How To Hypnotize – 4 Steps To Tear Down Low Self Esteem (Self Hypnosis)

The four steps to tear down low self esteem:

1. Feel incredible.
Once you feel incredible you're going to be amazed at how different your thinking becomes. And now it becomes easy to identify clearly what your dreams are. Remember those times when you really felt like you were on a roll, how the ideas just kept flowing.

2. Have a plan
Once you have a plan you're ready for the fun part. In order to create real change on self confidence and self esteem, you need to know exactly what you want to experience in life and who you want to experience it with.

3. Change your predefined setting
Have you ever noticed that your weight stays in a certain range, same with your income, and your habits. There may be temporary changes, but more often than not, things return to how they were. You have to understand your mind a little differently and change up your approach. In order to create real change you need to "reset" your unconscious settings.

4. Think what you want to be
People often sabotage themselves by concentrating on what they do not want to be. How does telling yourself to stop being dumb dumb slob who opeats and fails at everything, make you feel? Do you feel motivated? It's much different when you say: "I love myself and I want to eat fresh foods and move more, so that I have the energy to generate a boatload of money and do what I want."

There are four of it. You might find it nonsense or stale because you already read these things somewhere and they just really hard to do. Change your habit, think what you want to be, even have to feel incredible when we have nothing to be confident at.

It will not work if you just forcing your self to do it. The only thing to make these easier is to make the steps flow easily in your life and unconsciously doing it in the real life. Once the self hypnosis entered your unconscious mind, they begin to manifest itself automatically in your life.

Feels good to be loved,
Choi Rowling

5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Rental Rip-Offs

We've all been there ….

It's the middle of winter, it's darn cold and the days rotate around the start and finish of work. Not fun. And so we start thinking or fantasizing about long hot summer days when the nights seem endless and you can actually do something other than …. well let's see …. work.

We need a rope to cling to, a bright spark to look forward to. What better than a summer holiday with the family? We trawl the web while sitting in our cold study looking at luxurious hotels, motels, holiday apartments and then a listing catches our eye. An amazing holiday rental located in just the area we want. Well what the heck we say and investigate further. The holiday rental is glitzy, it's glamorous, it has amazing views across the sparkling sands, modern décor, you name it – it has it. Wow! we say. Bet that will cost a fortune. So we hesitantly press the check price button. The price flashes up, we hastily do the math and calculate that, well, it's actually not too bad. The daily price per person is not much more than the local caravan park. What the heck. We send off an email inquiry.

Several days later the owner contacts us with availability, prices and bank details for us to pay the deposit. It all reads okay and so we go ahead, confident that we have secured the family a great holiday at a great price. We sit back with a smug smile feeling very pleased with ourselves.

Holiday time comes around. We load the family in the car and set off down the road. After six hours battling the roads and other drivers we're tired, the family is grumpy from being forced to sit in a car bulging with holiday requirements and our partner is complaining about a migraine caused by the kids constant fighting. The destination can not arrive soon enough.

And then we're there. The owner has clearly provided us with a map. Sure it's a little sketchy but hey you navigated the London Tube. How difficult will it be to locate a holiday house? Your partner with the impending migraine navigates for you, issuing instructions that you know can not be right. What do you mean turn off the highway? It is still 10k to the beach. Ahhh, you comfort yourself, the holiday rental was advertised as private. A side road winding down to the coast is all part of the plan. The bitumen road turns to gravel and after a few more k's becomes a narrow twisty path that resembles more of a goat track which inevitably causes to swallow the car in one of the more impressive potholes. The beginnings of nervous perspiration bead on your forehead. Your heart however, lifts with relief when your partner yells "There it is!"

You swing the car into the driveway, wincing as branches from unkempt bushes whip along the side of the car. 'It will all be okay' you mutter reassuringly to yourself. The house emerges, a quaint woodsy cottage surrounded by freshly mown lawns and bush. You stare in disbelief at the heavy native forest surrounding you. This can not be right. You grab the map and check it again; confident your partner has made a mistake. No mistake.

You sneak a look at your partner whose face is frozen into immobility. Your teenage daughter, as usual, sums it up perfectly with the classic one liner 'You can not be serious! I'm not staying in that dump! ' Even your son, an adventurous soul, appears lost for words.

Ever hopeful, you clamber out of the car, confident that the beach and stunning ocean views are tucked away. You just have not discovered them yet. You stand on the verandah and see the ocean. A pale patch of blue far, far away in the distant. In the meantime your partner is scanning the instructions provided by the owner on where to find the keys. You both set off in pursuit of the keys. Okay, the view was not quite what you expected but hey, maybe the house will be better.

After ten minutes of fruitless searching you return empty handed. No keys. By now you're losing it. You punch the owner contact details into your phone and mentally prepare yourself to give this owner a serve, growing more frustrated when your call clicks through to voice mail. Resisting the urge to leave a few choice explets you go with a short, terse message. Call me. Now. '

Conveniently your partner 'finds' an open door and you step intrepidly inside. To your relief the inside appears okay, better than expected. On closer inspection you find dead flies and much to your daughter's horror a large spider has nestled with an extravagant web over a doorframe. There are breadcrumbs on the bench; fat splattered on the hotplates and the oven resembles an open fire roasting pit. The mattress guards are stained, the window ledges are dusty, there's a few choice cockroaches scuttling for cover and quell horror, your partner finds a condom under a bed.

You think you have finally hit rock bottom when a screech from the bathroom has the entire family running to find one grossed out daughter staring at a pubic hair on the tiles. You admit defeat. There is no way your family is going to allow you to get away with this.

Half an hour later having exhausted every holiday accommodation site for the area on the web you come away with a small victory. A campsite at the local caravan park and the park owners kindly offer to provide the tent and bedding for an extra 100 bucks a day. 'Bargain' you mutter sarcastically while bemoaning the unwarranted damage to the bank account and the exciting prospect of pursuing the MIA owners for a refund.

Yeah, we've all been there. So how do you avoid holiday rental rip-offs? Read these handy tips and while you may not avoid all problems you'll definitely learn how to eliminate some of them.

1. Do your research. And then research some more. When you find a property you like, Google the name and address. See what other sites the property is listed on and check for different photos so that you get a good idea of ​​what the property really looks like. Look at the property on Google Maps. Is it as close to the services as the ad claims it to be? Check the amount of bookings – it is likely that if the property is regularly booked the owner has a good reputation.

2. Check the terms and conditions of the website that you are ordering through. Do their terms and conditions cover the individual properties advertised or are they a set of generic website terms that state 'all care and no responsibility' or refer to owner?

3. Take a look at what other guests have said about the property. Have a look at the reviews on Trip Advisor or look at reviews of the property under the Google Business listing.

4. Be careful about payment. Read the cancellation and refund policy carefully. Chances are if you have booked for Easter or Christmas it may be difficult for you to obtain a refund for other than genuine reasons. Your booking has received the owner from accepting other bookings for that period and as one of their major income weeks – they will want to be paid and will have terms and conditions to cover that very eventuality.

5. Unless you know the owner of the holiday rental personally, have booked the property previously, or know someone that has, it pays to go through an established holiday rental business. The properties are managed by experienced and qualified property managers, standards are set and if not met will be corrected, there will be a local office and staff that you can actually see to speak to and as holiday rentals are their business and you are their client they will be very eager to ensure that you are well looked after.

What Are the Different Types of Iron Fireplace Screens?

There are at least three different types of this particular fireplace screen. These are wrought iron, cast iron, and steel. They are made from iron that has been heated to very high temperatures so that it becomes soft. The softened metal can then be pounded into different shapes. A wrought variation can be very beautiful, but do tend to rust easier than other types, so it is necessary to keep them primed and painted regularly.

The next type is cast iron. Cast iron is iron that has had small pieces of carbon and silicon added to it. The addition of these materials cause cast iron to be considered an alloy. The result is a very durable metal that lends itself well to being used in fireplace screens. Cast iron is more rust-resistant than wrought iron, and therefore may be easier to care for.

Steel is another iron alloy in which carbon and iron is mixed together. Steel can come in different types, one of which is known as "mild" steel. This is a very easy material to work with, and is suitable for iron fireplace screens as it can withstand heat.

No matter which type of iron fireplace screens you choose, you can find one that matches your interior decorating scheme. If your home is decorated on a modern format, brushed steel fireplace screens can be a beautiful addition to a room. The brush marks that are left in the steel actually serve as the design, and can add a very interesting touch.