Fine Living With Luxury Furniture

There are several things that conjoin to make a life worth living. Some of these things can be spiritual while some others can be extremely materialistic. In fact it may be unabashedly acknowledged that there are some items of personal luxury that contribute momentously to our smiles of comfort and good living.

One of these things is the home and all that makes it wonderful. The home is where we love to spend most of the leisure and available hours from work and other pursuits. Thus the elements that go into the making of a comfortable living within the home is important and significant for our comfort and relaxation.

Fine Furniture

There are different kinds of furniture that is use within a home. And the nature and use of these are dependent on the setting for which they are made. For example the furniture for a living room will be different in design and purpose than those that are made for the bedroom.

But there is an aspect of commonality between these.

Here are some of aspects that make fine furniture irrespective of their purpose and placement in a home.

Comfort

Styles

Wood or other raw materials

Elegance of finishing

Engravings and carvings

Polishes and varnishes

These are some of the common factors that segregate fine furniture from those that are made with less precision.

Luxury Furniture

There are different styles in which luxury furniture are made to ensure comfort as well as that extraordinary look of elegance. A great deal of inspiration is derived from the examples of classic furniture made in the bygone eras.

A true example of fine furniture making can be termed as the French style of different couches, sofas, beds and dressers among several other items.

There are certain aspects about French style furniture that sets it apart in the world.

Most articles of luxury French furniture that were made were purely handcrafted.

Furniture styles were marked with exquisite carvings and engravings of ornate designs.

There were high quality varnishes and polishes used which were not only radiant in their effects but were probably the best in terms of durability. French style furniture across homes and palaces of the world retain their radiance even today.

French furniture is also known worldwide as a trendsetter when it came to the manufacturing of fine furniture. There were several new styles of beds, sofas, couches and a variety of different furniture items that were made by French craftsmen which still adorn the homes and palaces across many countries of the world.

Antique Fine Furniture

There was a certain trend in furniture making that was followed in the olden times. Apart from French styles furniture there were the remarkable furniture that was also made in England and other countries of the world. Fine and ornate carvings along with dark and high gloss polishes were the main attractions of these items.

Contemporary Luxury Furniture

The notion of contemporary furniture designs fulfills every aspect of the interior décor of a place. Therefore these have more onuses on the background colors and the setting of a room after which the furniture is styled. There are simple designs that are made for comfort with lighter shades of paint at times to match the room décor.

Setting Up Shop – Stationary Power Tools

In this article we’re going to talk about the big guns; the tools that you see in all the TV shows and all the pictures of “serious” woodworking shops. I’m going to go though the list of stationary power tools that I think make up a basic shop. Again, if you’re just starting out in woodworking and you’re not sure exactly what kind of woodworking you want to do, don’t go out and empty your savings account buying all these tools. The best advise that I got when I first started woodworking was, “buy tools as you need them”. Tool companies do a great job making you think you couldn’t possibly build anything without their latest and greatest tool. Talk to other woodworkers, join a woodworking guild in your area, visit on-line discussion groups on woodworking, (the best known is rec.woodworking), and see what others are saying about tools you’re considering purchasing.

All the power tools that I’m about to mention have less expenses tools that will do the same job. So why do we even need these bigger more expensive stationary power tools? Speed, durability, and repeatable accuracy. Stationary power tools are built to do certain tasks faster, there built to do that same task over and over again, and they are built to cut wood as accurate on the first piece you send through them as the last piece. Let’s take a look at our list.

Table saws: The first machine you’ll probably want to invest in is a table saw. The table saw is the center piece for most shops. If you plan on building cabinets, furniture, doing home repair and remodeling, instrument building, architectural millwork, boat building, etc, this will be your workhorse. Buy the best you can afford. You need one that’s has a flat table top, has a fence that’s parallel to the blade, can accept a 3/4″ dado blade, and the arbor that the blade goes on needs to be parallel to the miter gage slot (or at least be adjustable). The amount the fence can move away from the blade will determine how big a piece of wood the saw can cut. If you plan on cutting a lot of sheet goods (plywood) get at least a 50″ fence.

There are three major types of table saws: Bench top, Contractor style and Cabinet style. Bench top saws naturally aren’t stationary tools but I wanted to include them in this list because they have come a long way in the past several years. This saws used to be small and somewhat dangerous to use. Several manufactures have put beefier, safer, more portable, with larger cutting capacity than ever before. That being said I would still caution against buying one of this saws as a stationary tool in your shop. However if you need something that you can take with you to a job site, then this is the way to go.

Contractor saws are stationary tools. They typically have an open base with the motor hanging out the back. Unlike bench top saws, contractor saws are belt driven so they’re much quite. The better ones all have the things I mentioned early to look for in a quality table saw. I didn’t mention this in my list of types of table saws early, but some manufactures have developed “hybrid” saws that have attributes of both contractor saws and our next style, the cabinet saw. The price difference between a hybrid saw and a cabinet saw isn’t much, so I would buy a contractor or go ahead and make the jump to a cabinet saw. A cabinet saw is the “Big Daddy” of table saws. They’re heavier, which cuts down on vibration, the trunnions are beefier, they’re wired for 220 volts, the base is enclosed which gives them good dust collection, and they have more powerful motors (usually 3 to 5 horsepower) to slice through thick, tough woods. Most professionals and hobbyist that deal with thick pieces of hardwood opt for the

cabinet saw.

Thickness Planer: A thickness planer does exactly what its name implies, it cuts down a piece

of lumber to a desired thickness. Most rough cut lumber is right off the sawmill which means the thickness usually varies along it’s entire length. If you buy a 4/4″ (1″) board from the sawmill and you need it’s finished thickness to be 3/4″ you will have to either use a hand plane or the thickness planer to get there. Hand planes will do the job, but if you have several boards to thickness you’ll appreciate how fast and accurate a thickness planes can get the job done. Thickness planers come in portable or stationary machines. Portable may be stretching it for some planers, some are close to a hundred pounds! Most hobbyist and a lot of professionals opt for the portable planers. Most of these planers have a 12″ capacity which is usually enough for most pieces of wood you’ll come across. A good planer will have a flat table that’s adjustable, a easy to read depth scale, easy to get to and change blades, and good dust collection. The

stationary thickness planers offer all these traits while being heavier, beefier, and offering a larger

width capacity, from 15″ on up.

Jointer: Putting pieces of wood together is easier and much more predictable if you are dealing

with straight, flat lumber. Many people assume that they don’t need a jointer if they have a thickness planer. What they don’t understand is that a thickness planer doesn’t flatten a board, it only makes it a uniform thickness. If you put a bowed board through a thickness planer you’ll get a bowed board when it comes out. The jointer first makes the board flat on one side. It does this by having two flat tables one on each side of a spinning blade. The board is pushed over the blade that is set to take off a certain amount, say 1/32″. The other table on the opposite side of the blade is set 1/32″ lower to compensate for the amount of material removed in our example. By doing this you get a flat surface.

What size jointer is the biggest question to answer when deciding which one to buy. A 6″ jointer is the smallest jointer size that would probably be of any use if you plan on building furniture. The thing to consider is what is the width of the boards that I normally deal with when building projects. If you’re like most 6″ to 10″ is normal. So lets go out and buy a 10″ jointer, right? If you have the money the answer is YES! Just realize that for each 2″ you go up in

capacity above 6″ you increase the price of the jointer roughly by (you may want to get a paper bag to breath in before you read on) $1000.00!

So, buy the biggest one you can afford, 6 to 8″ is what most end up going with just because of price. A good jointer will have a dead flat table top, a fence that slides easily and have stops at 90 and 45 degrees, and have good dust control.

Drill Press: Sure a hand drill can bore a hole but a drill press can do it so that it’s square to an edge or surface or at precise angles. Larger bits are better used in a drill press as well because you can change the speed to a lower setting. You can also use a wider variety of accessories on a drill press like a hollow-chisel mortiser, a biscuit cutter, and even sand curved edges. Drill presses come in bench top models and floor models. Floor models will have a lot more capacity, but you may not need that. Even if you don’t need the extra capacity, the versatility of the floor models make them attractive to many woodworkers. A good drill press will have a table that’s flat and square to the chuck and be able to tilt to 45 degrees. It should have variable speed and be able to accept 1/2″ size drill bits.

Compound Miter Saw: A compound miter saw excels at cross cutting boards to length. Yes, a

table saw can also do this but is difficult with long boards. Also, with a fence setup on either side of a miter saw you can quickly, easily, and precisely cut boards to different lengths all without a tape measurer. A miter saw also excels at mitering boards up to 45 degrees, and beveling boards. A Sliding compound miter saws can also increase the cutting capacity of a miter saw by several inches, so if you cut a lot of wide boards over 8″ you may want to look into one of these. Compound miter saws usually come in 8″, 10″, and 12″ sizes which refers

to the size blade it uses. Naturally the bigger the blade the wider boards it can cut.

A good compound miter saw will have a flat table that is perpendicular to the blade when set to 90 degrees and be adjustable for the times it might get out of square. It should have a degree scale that’s easy to read and have stops at 90, 45, and 22.5 degrees. It should also be able to tilt to 45 degrees for cutting bevels and compound cuts.

Band saw: The band saw is arguably only second in versatility to the router in the woodshop. Here are just some of the things that the band saw can do: cut curves and circular parts, cut small logs into lumber, cut out round blanks for turning on the lathe, resaw thick planks into thinner book matched boards, and cut thin slices into veneers. In my opinion (and it’s worth what you’re paying for it) with this much versatility you want to buy a good saw, much like with the table saw, don’t skimp here. Band saws are sized by the capacity between the blade and the back of the saw (refer to as the “throat”). So if a band saw is said to be 14″ that means it can cut a board that’s 14″ without hitting the back of the saw. How thick a board you can cut is determined by the space between the table and the upper blade guide. If you plan on using your saw to resaw lumber then you need a larger capacity between the table and the upper guide. Some saws are able to have a “riser” added to them which can increase their resaw capacity from 6 to 12″.

There are so many different shapes and sizes out on the market now that it can be overwhelming in deciding which band saw to buy. My advise is not to jump in and just buy one if you’re new to

woodworking. Decide what you like to build first. This will determine more than anything what size saw to buy. If general furniture is in your future my suggestion is to buy a 14″ band saw. You can go back and add a 6″ riser latter if you find you need the extra capacity. As I stated earlier, ask other woodworkers what they use, what do they like about it, what they don’t, search the archives of rec.woodworking to see what others say about a saw you’re looking at buying. By doing some research up front you’re more likely to have buyers remorse.

That’s my list of essential stationary power tools. This is by no means an exhaustive list. But starting out with these tools, along with our list of hand tools, and power hand tools, you’re setting yourself up to be able to build almost anything you like.

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Damp Proofing Your Home

What is Damp?

Damp is the presence of moisture in the structure of a property. It appears within the bricks and mortar and can be caused by rain water, condensation oradequate drainage. Indeed, as the UK experiences 25,000 gallons of rain water each year, damp is one of the most frequent problems encountered in homes. Yet, the problem can also arise from a lack of poor property maintenance concerning the floors, doors, windows and pipe-work. The presence of damp can cause all sorts of issues ranging from colder temperatures and the degradation of a property's interior to risks of mold and more seriously, aggravated respiratory problems.

Minimizing Condensation

Condensation is the only cause of damp that you can partially manage. Here are some tips:

• Produce Less Moisture in Your Home

There is always some moisture in the air but adding to the amount will only increase the likelihood of damp. Dry clothes outside instead of on the radiator, have the windows open when bathing and showering and keep lids on the pans or use a ventilator when cooking.

• Ventilate your Home

Keeping windows slightly ajar can help to reduce the natural moisture that occurs from breath. Close the kitchen and bathroom doors when these rooms are in use and open the windows accordingly. Leave space between furniture and the walls to allow air to circulate. Investing in a dehumidifier is also a great way to remove moisture from your home.

• Heat, Insulate and Draft-Proof your Home

The warmer your home, the less likely the presence of condensation. Keep your home heated as much as you can and install insulation and draft-proofing measures for the loft, walls and windows to keep your home warmer for longer. Double glazed windows are another effective option.

What are the Signs?

As damp can be quite a problem, it's a good idea to keep a look out that it is not effecting your property. When attempting to spot signs of damp, look out for:

• Wallpaper or paint that is peeling away from the wall
• Skirting boards that have become discolored or decided
• Crumbling or discolouration of plaster
• Timber floors that have become decayed.

Yet, damp does not always make itself as obvious as this so if you're still worried that it's present in your home, call in an expert to carry out a specialist inspection.

Damp Proofing

If your building has a history of or is suffering from a damp problem, it's a good idea to start alleviating the situation before it spirals out of control. Damp proofing most often requires a professional hand and depending on the type of damp situation, it could involve one or more of these measures:

Damp Proof Course:

This is the course most often taken for cases of rising damp. The process involves drilling holes into the brick of the property's internal walls and injecting the structure with a damp-proofing fluid to lessen the movement of water through the wall's capillaries. The course acts as a barrier to moisture rising from the ground and passing into the walls. Choosing this route will also involve the need to re-plaster the walls.

Structural Waterproofing:

This system involves the incorporation of a drain membrane into the walls and floors. It is the best remedy for damp problems that are caused by high ground levels. Once the membrane has been installed, the presence of damp is managed as the moisture can run down the membrane and be channeled into a drain.

Cementitious Tanking:

This process involves coating the internal walls of a property to seal moisture out of the home. This technique is useful for general moisture but ineffective for situations such as flooding. Three coats are applied and then the wall re-plastered.

Biggest Skin Care Trends of 2018

Over the past year, people have become more conscious of their skin. The focus has shifted from makeup trends to glowing skin. More and more customers are convinced that taking care of skin comes before prepping it with external elements. Therefore, there is an increased interest in finding ways that will produce professional results when it comes to good skin. Following are the largest skin care trends of 2018.

1. Personalized Skin Care

One of the best things that we have learned so far is that everyone has a different skin type; therefore, your skin shelf should include products that suit you. Whether you have oily skin, sensitive or dry skin your care should consist of products that specifically cater to your skin type. If you have tried a number of products but still have not seen satisfactory results then you might be using products which do not suit your skin.

2. Serums All the Way

Another important development in skin has been the breakthrough of serums. From top models to dermatologists, everyone is convinced of the noticeable results of including serums in your skin care routine. There are so many different types of serums to tackle with various aspects. For instance, aging skin needs more moisture and hydrations; therefore, fore you can look into hydraulic acid serums. To restore bright skin you can include Vitamin C serums.

3. Mask On, Mask Off

Another skin care trend of 2018 is face mask. There are different types of face masks like peel-off, wash-off and sheet masks that are packed with ingredients for bright and healthy skin. Face masks are a great way to get rid of impurities and maintain good skin. You can try enzyme mask, deep seal facial mask or anti-stress mask for a healthy looking skin.

4. Start From Within

You are what you eat. This is why skin specialists warn people against fried and preserved foods which extremely lead to acne prone and oily skin. However, with help of probiotics, you can get rid of toxins in your body. You can eat foods that have probiotic properties such as kimchi and yogurt. There are also supplements that promote gut wellness which can be used for restoring stomach and gut health. By taking care of digestive health, you can clear up your skin.

5. Toning is Essential

Excessive use of cleansers and exfoliators can strip off natural oils from your face which can adjust the pH balance so increasing oil production and acne. It can also cause aging in the skin because your skin becomes dry as a result. This is why you should go easy on the skin and switch to tonsers for cleaning skin in the morning. You can use toning pads or toning liquids for the promotion of naturally good-looking skin.

6. At-Home Skin Care Tools

Another interesting trend that has become incessantly famous is the use of at-home tools that will help you get the salon results without going to one. There are several gadgets such as exfoliation sets and micro-needling rollers that play an integral role in making your skin look flawless. Such devices can be used on your own without any assistance.

7. Skin Care is Synonymous with Body Care

While you are looking after your skin, it is also important to look after your body overall. You can buy imported moisturizers from many online resources to make sure that your body is always moisturized. Beside that, body scrubs and exfoliators will get rid of dead cells and leave your body soft and smooth.

8. Go Natural

2018 is the year of going all bare. People are minimizing the amount of makeup they put on their face and becoming more confident in their own skin. This is an important trend for a healthy lifestyle. Embrace it by using products that make you feel confident without wearing any makeup. You will feel more empowered and confident if you take care of your overall health.

Water and Health

Water is the life blood of every living thing in the world. Most of the earths surface is covered by water. Plants, fruits, vegetables, Animals, and Mammals need water to survive. Humans are no different. Water should be the beverage of choice for all of us. Sadly it is not. As a result some people suffer the consequences of not making significant water drinking a daily priority.

As I grew up my mother would always tell me to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day. I’m assuming she heard this somewhere. Perhaps she heard it on Oprah or one of the talk radio shows she used to listen to. I can still hear her telling me to drink lots of water till this very day. At times she would not let me drink anything else until I had met my water requirements for the day. Often I would tell her I had drank enough water at the water fountain at school so I could drink kool-aid or soda. That response never worked. Most of my meals as a child were occupied by a glass of water. I’m thankful that she created the habit in me to drink water regularly because it has afforded me good health. Currently experts actually say you should drink water with meals because it helps the body feel refreshed.

Seventy percent of our body is made up of water. Half of our weight is water weight. Water aids in our internal systems working properly. Our blood and cells are mostly made up of water as well. When we don’t drink enough water our bodies actually retain water. We can tell that this is happening because our urine will be dark yellow. This is the bodies way of telling us that we need to drink more water. On the contrary when our urine is light yellow or clear our body is getting rid of excess water because we are fully hydrated. You really want to stay on this end of the spectrum.

Some experts say we should drink half of our weight in ounces of water a day. If it is warm outside we should drink more water than usual. While exercising or doing strenuous activity that causes us to sweat we should drink water before during, and afterwards. If we do not do this we may become dehydrated. There are a lot of unhealthy consequences that come with dehydration such as fainting, headaches, strong smelling urine, and many more you don’t want to experience.

There are many ways we can get our daily dose of water. Foods we eat such as fruits, and vegetables contain lots of water. Natural fruits, and vegetables are the best source not those that are processed in a bag or can. Many of the drinks we drink daily have lots of water in them even coffee. However, be careful not to totally depend on juice, soda and kool-aid for your hydration sources as these drinks have high sugar and calories that aren’t good for the body in high doses. Pure H2O is always a pure and elite source of hydration. In addition for every serving of alcohol we drink we should drink a cup of water to subdue it because alcohol actually absorbs water.

I am aware that many people just don’t like the taste of water. There are many water supplements on the market that give water flavor as well as added vitamins and minerals that are actually good for you. Personally my water flavor enhancer of choice is twist tubes by a certified organic health and wellness company. They have several flavors that help enhance immunity, joint health, and fruit and vegetable servings the body needs. The flavors range from orange to kiwi strawberry. Personally I use the immunity Kiwi strawberry flavor in place of airborne. I have found that these twist tubes give my water a delicious flavor without all the added sugar, and calories that other competing water flavoring brands give.

Really there is no excuse for not staying hydrated and drinking enough water everyday. If you are not currently drinking water I suggest you start to make this a regular routine in your life. You will feel better, and it will help your health. Your body will thank you.

Salt – A Highly Valued Commodity

The Arabs say, “There is salt between us,” and the Persians speak of a person “untrue to salt” (disloyal or ungrateful). Because of its preservative qualities, the word ‘salt’ came to have connotations of high esteem and honor both in ancient languages and in modern ones.

Some Historical Facts

Throughout history, salt has been such a precious commodity that wars were even fought over it. One of the contributing causes of the French Revolution was the high tax on salt imposed by Louis XVI. Salt was also used as a valuable medium of exchange. Moorish merchants traded salt for gold, gram for gram, and some central African tribes used slabs of rock salt as money. The English word `salary` comes from the Latin salarium (from sal, salt), referring to the early Roman soldier’s wages, part of which was an allowance of salt. The Greeks paid for slaves with salt, giving rise to the expression “not worth his salt.”

During the Middle Ages, certain superstitions developed around salt. The spilling of salt was considered to be a portent of doom. For example, in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the `Last Supper,` Judas Iscariot is depicted with an overturned saltcellar in front of him. Up until the 18th century, sitting above or below the position of the salt at a banquet table indicated one’s social rank, the honored position being above the saltcellar, near the head of the table.

From early times man learned to extract salt from natural brines, seawater, and rock salt. An ancient Chinese treatise on pharmacology deals with more than 40 kinds of salt and describes two methods of extracting salt that are amazingly similar to those used today. For instance, solar energy is used to extract salt from seawater at the solar saltworks located on the shores of the Bahía Sebastián Vizcaíno in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica it has been estimated that if all the oceans in the world were completely dried up, `they would yield at least 4.5 million cubic miles [19 million cubic km] of rock salt, or about 14.5 times the bulk of the entire continent of Europe above the high-water mark.` And the Dead Sea is about nine times as salty as the ocean!

Use of Salt Today

Today salt continues to be a precious commodity, used for seasoning food, preserving meat, and manufacturing soap and glass, among other things. Sales of dry salt jumped 37.2% in 2007 to 31.7 million tons, according to the annual Salt Institute Statistical Report of US Salt Sales released in February, 2008. Over 200M tons of salt is produced worldwide every year. North America produces more than one-quarter of it.

But a particularly interesting use is in the public health field. For example, in many countries of the world, salt is fortified with iodine to combat endemic iodine deficiency, characterized by goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid gland) and in severe cases by mental retardation. Also, some countries add fluoride to salt to prevent dental caries, though this practice has proved somewhat controversial, with some even suggesting it is detrimental to health.

In the chemical industry, salt is used in the manufacture of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), hydrochloric acid, chlorine, and many other chemicals. Salt is also employed in soap, glaze, and porcelain enamel manufacture and enters into metallurgical processes as a flux.

When applied to snow or ice, salt lowers the melting point of the mixture. Thus, large amounts are used in northern climates to help clear streets of accumulated snow and ice. Salt is used in water-softening equipment that removes calcium and magnesium compounds from water.

While salt is essential for good health-regulating blood volume and pressure-what about the association between salt intake and high blood pressure? Doctors have routinely restricted salt and sodium intake in hypertensive patients. About one third to one half of people with high blood pressure are salt sensitive. In this case a lower salt intake has been shown to lower blood pressure. The recommended daily limit for the normal person is 6g of salt.

Can White Chocolate Really Be Called Chocolate?

So white chocolate isn’t actually chocolate as it mainly consists of milk. rather than cocoa solids. Often it contains palm oil or other ‘fillers’ and lots of sweeteners. Cocoa butter gives white chocolate its creamy texture and colour.

So who first produced this white bar? It seems that it was Nestle. The company began producing the new bars commercially in Switzerland in 1936. The story goes that it was originally made in order to use up the excess milk powder that had been made during the First World War. At the end of the war, it was no longer in demand, so making the new white bars was one way of using up the surplus. This also uses up the cocoa butter that is extracted from the cacao bean when cocoa powder is produced. Cocoa butter is not only used in making white chocolate, but it can also be found in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

The cost of cocoa butter increased dramatically between 2005 and 2015, which led to many chocolate manufacturers using less of it and adding fillers such as vegetable oil to their chocolate.

Manufacturers of these white bars of our favorite confectionary are experimenting with new flavours. These include flavouring it with turmeric and pomegranate, mango, chilli and lime, rosemary and sea salt, and even Thai curry shrimp. Now white chocolate can be made with non-dairy milk as well as goat’s milk. You can also get a superior chocolate which has lemon oil and lemon salt in it. One German manufacturer puts kale and mustard in his, as well as combining it with broccoli and Sicilian almonds. Other producers add roasted blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. This kind of white confectionary lends itself to enhancement. You can even buy bars that are flavoured with black sesame seeds, vanilla, and matcha, but this is grey rather than white in colour. Other combinations include za’atar (a spice blend from the Middle East) candied orange and pistachios.

If your chocolate bar is very bright white, it has been bleached, (cocoa butter is yellow, not white) and most likely deodorized. Read the label before you buy. You are recommended to buy bars of the stuff which contain just cocoa butter, sugar, milk powder or milk solids and perhaps vanilla and lecithin.

Obviously, it is best to buy your bar from a speciality or craft chocolate shop, or a specialty grocers emporium.

Perhaps we should all try these new flavoured bars and give our jaded palates a treat!

Pet Accessories: Solutions for Pet Lovers

We all know the basics when it comes to living with a pet – bowls, leashes, bedding and the like. While you can get by with just the necessities, there are a lot of wonderful extras available to make living with your pet even more enjoyable than it already is. These are a few of the incredible pet accessories available for pets and pet lovers alike.

Ramps & Steps

If your dog is on the small side, elderly, or has trouble jumping, a nice ramp or set of steps can make it easier for Fido to get onto your bed or into your car. These handy pet accessories can be compact and folding or fancy and designed to stay in place. They are also designed for all budgets and dog sizes so you can find something that will meet your needs.

Cuddle & Carry

Dog and cat owners are no longer limited to the standard bed and carrier when it comes to transporting and providing comfort for their pets. Cat accessories include tunnels, heated beds, and even slings to carry kitties close when out and about. For your dog, pet accessories for travel include car harnesses, stylish carrying bags, blankets, and beds in all shapes and sizes.

Fashion

Want something special to complete your pet’s wardrobe? Collars are no longer just for identification and leash anchoring, with options from jewels to charms to bows and beyond. Dogs walking on cold days will appreciate a stylish set of boots to keep their feet toasty and dry. From head to tail, your style options are endless.

Exercise & Play

Whether you are interested in basic training or fancy tricks, there are a number of pet accessories to help you accomplish your goals. Look for great tools like clickers, agility obstacles, and training harnesses to mold your pet’s behavior. There are often a number of toys designed to keep your dog or cat occupied and engaged instead of resorting to destructive habits.

The extras list for dogs and cats is truly limitless, and so many of these options make life so much easier and more fulfilling. Consider trying something new and see what it can do for you, your dog, or your cat. While not all accessories are right for every pet or pet owner, there are a lot of great solutions out there for the common pet parent issues that we all face.

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Fashion Do’s and Don’ts When House Hunting

Mark Nash author of 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home offers homebuyers fashion home runs and strikeouts when shopping for a home. It might not be obvious that what you wear when house hunting can impact what you pay for a home. Years of showing homes and introducing prospective buyers to home sellers, the way buyers project themselves fashion-wise makes a big impression.

First impressions by real estate agents and home sellers are all they have when assessing potential buyers. If you appear well-groomed, under-stated and wear home price-range-appropriate clothes you could pay less than the tattooed, big-hair, over-jeweled and torn-blue jean buyer your in competition with in multiple-offers for the same home. Buying a home is a business transaction, think business wear when shopping for a home.

Women

-Pants are fine, but make sure they’re not low riders.

-Ditch the tee shirts, tank and tube tops. House hunting is not a vacation.

-Skirts are great. Minis send the wrong message.

-Wear comfortable but presentable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking, climbing up stairs and in and out of transportation.

-Forget high-heels. Spiked heels on shoes can easily dent bamboo and other softer wood floors. Plus if you got into the yard to take a look at the roof you might end up aerating the lawn.

-Leave the animal prints for when you’re out to a nightclub. Busy or fussy fashion looks can be distracting and not on everyone’s top ten fashion list.

-Simple jewelry and limited amounts accent your business perspective. Omit the” bling” otherwise you might end up paying more for a home, because the sellers think you can afford it.

-Simplify make-up, hair and manicure styles to appeal to the majority of people. You’re not going to get a better deal because the sellers love your fabulous acrylic nails.

-No fur coats, ever. It’s a political and extravagant statement that could cost you a home or an additional $10,000.

-No low cut or revealing looks. Very rarely do homebuyers get a discount for sex.

Men

-Verify shoe soles aren’t caked with mud before you enter any open house. Many a homebuyer never made it to the kitchen after walking across freshly cleaned carpet with dirty shoes.

-No jogging, gym-wear, bike shorts or swimsuits. Unless, you’re testing the workout facilities in a condominium building on your second visit.

-Business-casual pants are best, but if you must wear jeans, make sure they’re clean and not ripped.

-Open collar shirts work fine, but realty agents and home sellers don’t need to see your buffed or not so buffed chest or four gold chains.

-Think twice about sporting more than one earring. If we were all the same life would be boring.

-Omit muscle and tee shirts and no underwear elastic waistbands displayed please. You might turn Ms. home seller on, but Mr. home seller might not appreciate it.

-Limit tattoo exposure, they’re the rage, but not for everyone. Ditto the ladies on this one.

-Wear simple patterned shirts with matching plain pants. Remember that red denotes power.

-Don’t over-dress to impress. Leave the cuff links and French cuffed shirts at home.

Both

-Coffee “go-cups” aren’t a fashion accessory. Coffee is easily spilled on carpets when walking up stairs or opening closets and cabinets when touring properties.

-Baseball caps are for bad hair days. Plus they send the wrong negotiating message when purchasing the largest asset you’ll own.

-Wet umbrellas should be parked outside the front door, not on hardwood floors or entry tables and chairs.

-Wear slip on shoes when touring open houses. You might be asked to remove your shoes out of cultural respect to the owner, inclement weather or newly installed floor coverings.

-If you don’t want to take off your shoes buy and carry blue disposable surgical booties-or ask your agent for a pair.

-You must wear socks or stockings. No sandals, period. If you are asked to remove your shoes, owners don’t necessarily want your bare feet on their floors.

-Cell phones. If you need to make or receive a call go to a place where you won’t disturb others at the open house. Never negotiate a home purchase contract on a different property contract while your viewing a home.

-Carry bicycle and motorcycle helmets with you. Ask before your park them on any surface.

-Shorts are okay if they are close to knee length. No torn or overly tight styles.

-Dress for the season. Don’t wear shorts in snow or black wool in August, even if it is your best house-hunting outfit.

-Remove your sunglasses when inside buildings. People expect some eye contact.

-Go easy on the perfume. Many people have allergies to it today and they could be the owners of the house you fell in love with.

-Put cigarettes, cigars and pipes out of view. They’re not exactly a popular fashion or political statement in 2006.

Children

-Tops, pants, shoes and socks required.

-Diapers are not fashion.

Responsive Web Design or a Mobile Web App – Which Is Better for Your Business

The evolution of simple mobiles to high performance smartphones has completely redefined our lives. People now stay connected to each other more often. This trend is compelling companies to shift their business strategies towards smartphones. An app-first approach works great now. This shift has forced web designers to incline more towards mobile platforms and less towards desktop web.

There are several ways to achieve dynamic mobile web presence, such as creating an app or choosing a responsive web design that can fit every mobile size.

Now, in order to choose which one will work best for your business you need to understand both technologies.

Mobile Web App

Before discussing other aspects, one needs to be aware of what actually is a mobile web app. It is a type of mobile development in which the application is built to run over Internet from a server, where it can be accessed by mobile device through a web browser. An easy option for businesses looking for a mobile version of their website is to build a separate site. It is a different version than original site that redirect users when they access a website via smart phone.

Advantages: –

1. Caters to majority of users as mobile traffic is more compared to desktop traffic.

2. Offers an enhanced experience including rich look, better readability, offline browsing and better viewing of videos.

Responsive Web Design

You may be familiar with responsive web design. It is a technique that develops a website in a way that its design and implementation responds to user environment based on the screen size, orientation and operating system. Its framework consistors of flexible grids, layouts, images and intelligent use of CSS. The website itself adapt to accommodate different types of devices such as mobiles to desktop, thereby, eliminating the need of resizing, scrolling and panning.

Advantages: –

1. Economical and easy to maintain.

2. Ensures that users get the same feel if they access website from a desktop, tablet or mobile.

3. Improves page ranking.

4. Better control over website.

Comparison

Development Cost – Responsive web designs are costly to develop.

User experience – UI is much better on a mobile app.

Time Factor – It takes more time to develop a responsive website than a mobile web app.

Maintenance Cost: A responsive site is cost effective to maintain.

Conclusion

Selecting responsive web design or mobile web app is quite difficult. It depends on your taste and need. If you want a business solution that's easy to maintain, control and cost efficient, then responsive web design is correct approach. If you want a better user experience, quality performance and fast implementation, then you should opt for the later.

Building a Dog House? – The Type of Wood to Use

Despite the fact that many families provide their dog with a wooden dog house in their backyard, only a few people realize there happens to be quite a few various kinds of wood offered on the market.

Cedar is definitely the most popular kind of wood used nowadays. It is a very common choice for wooden dog house simply because of its resistance to corrosion, rotting and insect devastation.

This type of wood is simple and easy to work with as well as being resilient, reputable, and low maintenance.

Pine and hemlock are among other kinds of wood that are chosen in constructing a dog house although they do not tend to be as popular. It is attributed to the fact that they are lacking resistance to decay, rotting and destruction by insects as opposed to cedar wood. Whenever in contact with the yard, these two types of wood will get rotten rather fast so they are hardly ever used to construct the frame work of a dog house as well.

If you decide to build your own dog house, be weary of utilizing pressure-treated timber. Even though they resist rotting and damage from bugs, they carry dangerous chemical substances that may possibly present a threat to your dog.

Also, you should decide on a wooden house over a plastic one simply because they keep a lot warmer throughout the winter season. Additionally, a wooden dog house will help to dissipate warmth the natural way during the summer time.

Furthermore, wood is less of a challenge to work with when compared to plastic material. All you need to have is a hammer, a saw, and a good quality woodworking plan to construct your dog house. In case you are eco-conscious, then making a wooden house is actually much more environmentally friendly in addition to being conveniently recycled for various other uses.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Bullet Proof Doors

Bullet proof doors have been used for years in financial institutions, but companies are now choosing this type of glass door to protect their companies on a daily basis. As with any type of glass, these do come with advantages and disadvantages, which you need to take into consideration before making a decision.

The main advantage to bullet proof doors is the strength. These doors are exceptionally strong, enabling them to withstand heavy impact, including bullets. Due to their strength, these are exceptionally durable and will last for many years. They are thicker than most other glass doors, which add to their appeal, making staff and customers feel safer.

This means that bullet proof doors improve safety in the work environment. Staff at counters is able to lock the doors and feel completely secure should they feel threatened in any way. The biggest advantage is that these can make it more difficult for burglars trying to access your property once everyone has gone home.

In most cases this type of material is used for banking institutions and jewelry stores, any company that stores high value goods which appeal to burglars. It can help reduce the risk of theft, while also keeping staff and customers safe.

Because of the durability of this material, rocks, stones, bullets and other heavy objects won’t get into the premises when bashed on the glass. A gunman can stand and fire a shot directly at the doors without compromising the people inside. This is a huge advantage to high risk businesses.

Of course with bullet proof doors come a few disadvantages as well. While they are exceptionally appealing and used by high risk businesses throughout the world, they can break after repeated impact.

What this means is that over time they will eventually start to wear, which you would expect from any type of glass material. The good news is that this type of material will take longer to wear, unless it’s constantly being bashed on a daily basis by heavy objects.

The next disadvantage is the price. Because bullet proof glass doors are thicker than the average glass material and offers the added security you would expect from this material, the price is inflated.

While it may seem a lot of money to pay for an entry to your property, think of how these can help you save money in the long run. If you didn’t have this material in your entry way, burglars would get easy access into the property without much effort, making it easy for them to steal valuable items before the police could reach them.

You need to always take the return on investment into consideration when looking to purchase bullet proof doors. Take the price of the doors and work out how much you will save against theft and safety of your customers and staff. You’ll be amazed how these long lasting doors can make such a difference to the overall security of your company on a daily basis.

Don’t purchase your doors from any company. Always do some research to ensure the company is able to supply, install and repair them if necessary. This means you only have one company to call when you need repairs or installation done.

Further check to see if the glass companies you are thinking of has the necessary licenses and insurance in place, offering you that added peace of mind you need when you allow workers into your property.

Always check to determine if they offer an emergency service. Some of these repair companies will offer their services twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, which is essential should you open for extended hours at certain times of the year.

The Top 5 Ways To Add Extra Ponies To Your Nissan 300ZX Twin-Turbo

The Nissan 300ZX Twin-Turbo has one of the most powerful engines created for the best Nissans.The VG30DETT has huge amounts of potential. This engine is putting out 300hp and almost 290 foot Lbs. of torque stock! The twin turbocharged and inter-cooled engine lacks very little. Read on to find the 5 most cost effective configurations to give you the most horsepower for your hard earned dollar!

# 5

Throttle body modification:

The throttle body modification is not going to be the largest gain in hp in the world, but the best part is, it's FREE! In case you missed that, yes, its completely free! All you need for this modification is a metal file or a 10mm wrench (depending on what year 300zx). All you have to do is simply remove a nut or a bump of molded aluminum that is sitting right by your throttle cable. This bump or nut is preventing your throttle from being able to open completely. By allowing it to open completely you've increased your air flow which increases your horse power.

# 4

Upgraded air filter:

An upgraded air filter is the most basic of all configurations. Adding a higher flow filter is going to allow your Nissan cars [http://www.jdm-4u.com/nissan_cars.htm] engine to consume a much larger amount of oxygen then the stock air box. Imagine attempting to run a mile while using a straw to breath. It's not a lot different for your car if you modify the car and not the air filter.

# 3

Upgraded exhaust system:

An upgraded exhaust system is the same concept as upgrading your air filter. All the air that is being consumed by the engine needs to be evacuated. The problem that many people run into is they go about doing this the completely wrong way. BIGGER IS NOT BETTER! Having an exhaust that is to large for your car is actually going to hurt your 300zx's performance. You should have no more than a 3 inch system without you plan on running somewhere around 1000hp! This problem is somewhat obvious, but one that very few people think of; the larger exhaust drops exhaust temperatures considerably. Having a lower temperature means the air traveling through the exhaust system is going to be much heavier and then harder to move, which hurts your engines performance. Installing the correct exhaust size is going to give you the correct temperature of exhaust and will evacuate the air effectively. Contrary to what many think, a car does not actually lose horse power because it has a large exhaust because of a loss of back pressure. It looses horsepower with a large exhaust because of turbuable and the cold din air.

# 2

Upgraded computer chip:

An upgraded computer chip is one of the easiest definitions. Upgrading the chip will enrich the fuel curve. This gives your car a bit more fuel to support the added power. Some also say it will help cool the pistons. In addition to the added fuel, the JWT chip maximizes the engine's ignition timing and also tunes the cam timing. Most of the chips out there will have a couple additional features like raising the rev-limiter 200 rpm, and eliminating the top speed governor. Having an aftermarket ECU is nice because of the ease of calibration for future modifications like higher boost levels.

# 1

Boost controller or boost jets:

Boost controllers and boost jets are the recommended way to increasing your boost pressure. Adding a boost controller essentially tricks your waste gates, waste gates vent boost preventing the car to just run at 8 psi. The boost controller or boost jets trick the waste gates into thinking that there is less boost than there really is meaning you will have a quick spool up time and a large increase in total boost pressure. Boost pressure equals power. Running higher boost pressure is only capable after an ECU upgrade. Investing in a turbo timer is also a good idea when running higher than stock boost, as a turbo timer will help cool your turbos when its time to shut down.

There are many other upgrades to the 300zx but this will get you down the road with the least pain to your pocket!

Testing SCR – How To Test And Check Silicon Controlled Rectifier

Testing SCR (silicon controlled rectifier) can be done by using an analog multi meter or specialize tester (such as the Peak electronic atlas component analyzer) designed to check semiconductor devices easily. SCR can be found in many electronic circuits. Part numbers such as the FOR3G and MCR 100-6 were very common used in computer monitor. Some called SCR as thyristor but in actual fact the word thyristor should not be associated exclusively with the silicon controlled rectifier. It is in fact a general name given to all four layer PNPN devices including the commonly used SCR. The diac, the Triac, and the SCS are the other popular devices belonging to the family of thyristors.

SCR consists of three pin of Gate (G), Anode (A) and Cathode (C). In order to identify the pin out, one must find it from semiconductor data book such the famous Philips ECG master semiconductor replacement guide. The data book will list out the general specification of the SCR such as the volt and ampere. If you want to know more details about a particular SCR, you can always try to search from the internet. Usually the SCR manufacturers will provide the full datasheet for those who want it.

Once you know the pin outs of the G, A and C legs you can begin to test the SCR. If you have the Peak electronic atlas component analyzer tester, what you need to do is to connect the three small clips to each pin of the SCR (any part number will do). The tester will begin to analyze the SCR and prompt you with the display such as “Sensitive or low power thyristor” before it tells you the exact pin outs of G, A and C. After the first test, the tester will eventually show you the answer at the LCD display. Red is Gate, Green is Cathode and Blue is Anode. It is a simple process and you will know the answer in less than 10 seconds. If there is a problem in the SCR, the tester would not be able to show the results instead it shows a shorted reading.

If you don’t have this tester for checking SCR, I’m showing you another easy way on how to test SCR fast. You need an analog meter set to X1 ohm. Place the red probe to the Cathode and black probe to the Anode pin. At this time the meter doesn’t show any reading. Now gently move the black probe and touch the Gate pin (the black probe still touching the Anode pin) and you will notice the meter’s pointer will kick as shown at the picture (low resistance).

Removing the black probe from the GATE pin (the black probe still touching the Anode pin) you would noticed that the resistance continues to be there (low resistance). This is due to the conduction of SCR as the meter battery is usually able to supply current more than the holding current. If at this stage you removed the black probe from the Anode pin and connect it back, the pointer will dropped back to infinity (high resistance). If the SCR could hold the resistance then the SCR is considered good. If it can’t hold then the SCR is faulty.

Conclusion- Practice testing SCR more often to see how’s the result like. Try some different part numbers and power SCR-and if the resistance don’t hold using X1 ohm, you may try X10 ohm and etc.