A Striking Home Needs Striking Art-The Mosaic

Are you looking for something a little different to accentuate your home? Some piece of art that will be unusual or striking – but also attractive to the eye?

Why not try a mosaic, one of the most ancient forms of art known to man and one that has flourished in cultures across the world. Whatever your choice in art – the human figure, flowers, animals – it can be reproduced as a mosaic. Reproductions of famous mosaic styles of the past are selling well today, as are modern creations. They can be placed in any room the house without fear that they will be harmed by heat, damp or humidity – indeed they can even be displayed in your yard.

A mosaic is a picture or decoration made of tiny pieces of "tesserae," colored stone, glass or other material, which are inlaid onto a backing to form a design. These pieces are cut into squares, triangles, or other shapes, which is an effort in itself. These tesserae are then pasted onto such things as vases, to more intricate designs inset into tables, walls, floors or ceilings, on fireplaces or even out in your pool.

Organizations For Mosaic Artists
Many organizations exist today to further the cause of the mosaic – which is flourishing today as much as it did thousands of years ago. The Society of American Mosaic Artists has a web page, as does the Institute of Mosaic Art. Individual mosaic artists also have their own web pages, of course, or there are cooperatives such as mosaicartists.org. There's even a mosaic webzine, Mosaic Matters.

History of the Mosaic
Mosaics have been found as early as 4000 BC, in a palace in what was then Macedonia. Roman families also decorated their villas with mosaics. Some of the most well-known mosaics today were found in the excavated cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, in Italy. St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is also embellished with beautiful mosaics.

The Alexander Mosaic, also known as the Battle of Issus, is one of the most famous mosaics in the world. It dates from approximately 200 BC, and depicts the battle between the forces of Alexander the Great and Darius III. It measures 19 X 10 feet, and contains over one and a half million tiny tesserae! In 2003 a copy of this mosaic was made (the original is rather damaged). It took 22 months to finish the mosaic. Can you say, labor-intensive?

It is fascinating to look closely at these mosaics to see the "pointilism" involved in the depiction of the figure of an animal or human being. Each small square of color must be precipitated placed and the colors graduated precisely to give the image of realism.

There's no question that a mosaic vase, table or wall hanging will be a lovely addition to your home.

Boat Manufacture

GRP boat construction

Most yachts and boats today are constructed of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP). This strong and resilient material is a combination of a resin (which is made to harden or set chemically) and a strong reinforcement material, usually fibers of glass, which gives the material its common name of fiberglass.

The resin may combine polyester, solvents, catalysts and other additives. The reinforcement is either glass fiber cloth (a smooth woven fabric), roving (a coarse, basket-like woven fabric) or mat (a random combination of many shortfibre strands of glass).

Production begins with the formation of a smooth female mold (itself typically made of GRP laminate) over a typically constructed wooden plug, which establishes the hull shape. The color of the hull is established by gelcoat resin, sprayed against a parting agent, previously applied to the surface of the mold.

Glass and resin are then combined in a hand lay-up process to produce the hull structure. Thickness can be varied by the composition and number of layers and is determined by the correct compromise between the strength and light required over different sections of the hull. The deck is produced in the same way.

Thereafter the real skill lies in the fitting out. This includes the construction of bulkheads (athwartships hull-stiffening panels), joinery of the interior and the proper connection of all elements of GRP, wood and metal. 'Sandwich' construction involves laminates of GRP enclosing a core of closed-cell foam or balsa wood. This provides a stiffer structure, weight-for-weight, but has reduced impact resistance. Fittings have to be attached to sandwich hulls and decks carefully, so as not to allow water to see in and degrade the core.

Increasingly more advanced materials are entering the boat building trade. Epoxy resins and graphite aramid fibers such as KevlarTM, carbon and other new reinforcements promise remarkable strength, stiffness and structural weight-efficiency.

Wooden boat construction

Since the beginning of time, wood has been the traditional boatbuilding material. Ancient ships, and until the nineteenth century, trading and naval vessels, were constructed of wood. Interest in yachting and speed under sail led to lighter but sturdy built and carefully designed timber structures. Even 100-year-old yachts, if properly designed, built and cared for, can still be serviceable.

Carvel has always been the most common form of wooden construction. Typically, a skeleton of steam-bent oak is formed to support planks from stem to stern. These are made of light wood in small boats and harder woods, such as elm, in larger craft. The seams between planks are packed with caulking to make the structure watertight.

Clinker / lapstrake construction, common for small boats in the past, is a method where relatively thin, shaped planks overlap each other at the seam. Mechanical fasteners (often copper rivets) join the plank edges, both to seal against leaks and to secure the shell to internal stiffening pieces.

A smoother finish can be achieved by using a molded wood construction, which involves the fabrication of a single glued-ply unit for the entire hull.

Wooden boatbuilding has had something of a revival in recent years with an increasing number of people rediscovering the joys of more traditional craft. Complete with rigs derived from the working boats of times past, original construction techniques are being enhanced with the use of modern materials, such as epoxy resins, to increase strength and, despite most importantly, reduce maintenance while retaining good looks.

The choice of good building materials and a close fit among members are essential to the durability of yachts. Quality construction will go a long way in keeping out water and preventing rot.

Metal boat construction

The strength and durability of metal construction are appealing, particularly for larger yachts. Except for small craft, the traditional riveted connections for steel or aluminum have given way to welded hulls.

Two types of hull framing are possible. Transverse framing encompassed curved, angled or T-section stiffeners inside the hull in the same pattern as the conventional framing of a traditional wooden hull. Longitudinal framing runs fore-and-aft, itself supported by bulkheads.

Welding is used initially to tack shaped and curved hull plates to the framing grid and to position plate edges to each other. Welding passes are then made to fill all butts and seams, for hull strength and water-tightness. Further selective welds are made to ensure satisfactory connection of the hull plating to framing and stiffeners.

During welding, shrinkage of the weld metal as it cools is a critical issue for the ultimate shape. Therefore, a proper welding sequence, from port to starboard and deck to keel, over the plating must be followed to prevent distortion of the yacht's shape from the desired geometry and to prevent the building up of internal stresses, which may limit the external load- carrying capability of the hull structure.

Skillful lofting – the full-sized drawing out of hull-shape lines, accurate forming of frames and set-up – plus a proper welding sequence, can achieve an accurate, reasonably smooth hull surface. Neverheless, for a proper yacht-quality hull surface, a layer of fairing compound is required over the metal plating. After a priming coat to inhibit corrosion and ensure proper bonding, the filler material is trowelled on and finally hand-sanded to the desired accuracy and smoothness using long, flexible sanding planks. Conventional or sprayed polyurethane paint coating finishes the job.

Lower Your Golf Score by Improving Your Swing

Many golfers reach a point where they find that they are no longer able to lower their score any further. This can be very frustrating, and if it's happening to you I know exactly how you feel. There was once a point where I could not seem to improve my game matter how much are practiced, and I also like quitting the game of golf altogether. When a breakthrough came when I realized that the key to being a great golfer is having a consistent swing.

In order to improve your swing, it is necessary to first break it down and look at each component involved in the swing. This will allow you to see exactly where you are making your mistakes and correct them and systematic way.

The first part of the swing you should look at is your grip. You should hold a club that awaited as comfortable for you, and make sure your hands are always facing each other. Another thing you should do is make sure you are using the exact same group every time you swing the club.

Your stance is another important element of the golf swing that many golfers overlook. Like with the grip make sure you're standing the same way every time you go to swing.

The backswing is the next part of your swing that you should be analyzing. Many golfers make the mistake of having far too much backswing, as though they're in a long drive contest rather than playing a game of golf. This is not a competition to see how hard you can whack the ball, and accuracy is far more important than distance.

Finally there's the downswing, the final element of your swing you should work on. Make sure that your body is not twisting too much or too little, as this could cause you to hook or slice the ball.

Well Built and Designed For Convenience – Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners

Even though light weight vacuums have fewer features than some bulkier models, they have the same cleaning ability amount.

One of the main differences between a light weight vacuum and a bulkier model is the machine. The machines of lightweight vacuums do not have their own propulsion. A self propelled motor adds to the mass and weight of a vacuum cleaner, but because the lightweight vacuum cleaner has light weight, it does not need that kind of motor.

Light and stick vacuums are convenient and usually less expensive. They're very easy to use for fast vacuuming, such as floors, small rugs, and tiny spills, as well as a fast way to clean up before family member arrives.

Most light vacuums are intended to fit in small storage so they're perfect for garages, workshops, attics and basements. They're just the ideal size for use in RV's as well.

Experts suggest lightweight cleaners for floors or rugs, especially the design without a brush-type of roller.

In addition to easy-to-store, light vacuums are easy to maneuver and lift.

Some light vacuum cleaners are fixed with shoulder belt, making it so easy to carry on the stairs.

The hotel business is one of the places where light vacuum cleaners have been promoted. The lightweight vacuum model was promoted with the thought that housekeepers would rather use them on the heavier models that are used because of the need for far-reaching vacuuming. The lightweight vacuum cleaner is just as sturdy and durable as its counterpart, and is very much easier to use.

Light vacuum cleaners are more silent than bulkier models and could be utilized quickly. In addition, their attachments and hoses are also lightweight.

Making use of lightweight vacuums is less stressful, does not much strain the back, and because of their compact design, they could reach into more crannies and corners.

Lightweight Canisters versus Lightweight Upright

It's exciting to remember that even though today, light upright vacuums are intended making use of space age metallic materials and durable plastics, they're still bulkier than their canister counterparts.

They're also broadly in comparison, as models of canister are much easier to control beneath furniture.

Light canister vacuums are much easier to wash out.

In the market these days, lightweight canister vacuums are much more expensive than the upright lightweight vacuums counterparts.

Building A Garage In 3 Steps

You do not need to be a journeyman carpenter to build a garage. If you understand basic construction techniques and aren’t afraid to get dirty, building a garage is definitely possible for the ambitious homeowner. Following these 3 important steps will put you on the right path to getting the job done right.

1. Determine Garage Type And Size Requirements

The first step is to determine the type of garage you need. Will it be attached-connected to the home, or detached-set away from the home? Do you need a one-car garage, a two-car garage, or perhaps three? Will you need extra door height for a large truck or motor home? What about storage? How much more space will be needed for shelving? Will you be using the garage as a workshop? If so, what equipment and machines will you need space for? These are just a few of the questions that need answered in the first step.

2. Obtain Plans For A Garage

Once you have determined the type and size requirements of your new garage, you will need a set of quality plans for a garage. That can be done three different ways; draw them yourself, pay an Architect or Engineer for a custom drawn set or purchase a pre-drawn set. The benefit of a pre- drawn set is you will be provided with a complete list of materials for your project. This list will be extremely beneficial to you for keeping your job within budget. Should you decide to pay someone to build your garage, providing a contractor with accurate plans and a material take off list will make his job much easier.

3. Apply For Zoning and Building Permits

Now that you have determined your needs and obtain the right drawings, it is time to apply for local Zoning and Building permits. The more information you provide with the applications, the easier it will be for the Zoning officer and Building official to make a determination on your new garage. If you live in a neighborhood that has a Home Owner’s Association, you’ll also need to check with the association to make sure your garage falls within the HOA regulations.

Woodturning: How to Use a Faceplate Safely

Woodturners tend to split the craft into two categories, spindle turning and faceplate turning. This refers to the orientation of the grain of the wood with respect to the bed of the lathe. Spindle grain runs parallel to the bed of the lathe and faceplate grain runs perpendicular. Obviously this can vary but it is a good rule of thumb. Even more helpful is to realize that most bowls are turned faceplate style while narrow chair rungs or table legs are spindles. Bowls are often turned from large pieces of wood, are only held on one end and can be dangerous because of size. It only makes sense for us to turn them safely.

Faceplates appear to be as old as wood lathes and are simple in design. A metal disk of given diameter has a central nut or sleeve that has a thread the same size as that of the headstock of the lathe. The nut may be welded to the disk or they may be cast or otherwise made of one piece of metal. When looking for a faceplate ensure that the thread size is correct and that the nut is sized to the headstock. Various lathes will have various lengths of thread available for the faceplate nut and a faceplate should have a long enough threaded sleeve that the end of the sleeve tightens against the screw of the headstock. This is what gives the strength to the faceplate mounting on the lathe. If the sleeve is too short washers will be needed to provide a solid fit.

Bowls are often started from green wood and solid screws are needed to hole the wood to the faceplate. Broken or loose screws may allow the wood to become airborne or to be damaged against the tool rest or other part of the lathe. Drywall screws are often used because they drive quickly with electric drill drivers without needing pilot holes. However, they are narrow, brittle and designed for going through drywall and into kiln dried softwood. They are not safe for woodturning. Regular wood screws are a good compromise but even better are self tapping sheet metal screws, preferably in a number fourteen size and in as long a length as is reasonable. They are very strong and have deep cut threads for a superb hold. Use as many as there are holes in the faceplate. Some turners will tell you that only two are needed but with safety in mind, overkill can be vastly underrated.

Finally, make sure the faceplate is well seated on the piece before it is fastened. For a good join, the flat surface of the faceplate should be mounted to a flat surface on the wood. Take the time to make sure this happens. Use a sander or plane or whatever it takes, but make sure the surface is flat. It will add a great deal of strength to the hold of the screws. To ensure an even better fit, note that screws often lift a bit of wood around them as the wedge action of the threads cut into the wood. Fasten down the plate, remove it and pare the lifted wood with a chisel and refasten the faceplate. It will be as strong a join as you can make and as safe as can be sought.

Woodturning is enjoyable for a great number of people and faceplate turning in particular. However, while it is one of the safest of activities in the woodworking world, it is still undertaken on power tools with sharp implements while wood rotates rapidly in the turner’s direction. There is an element of danger in it that should be reduced as mush as possible. Faceplates are carefully engineered to lend safety to the turning process as long as they are used properly. Not only is this easy, but also it encourages and maintains the delight in turning wood.

Rubbish Removal After Home Improvement

If you have an undertaken a home improvement project, you may find that you are left with a great deal of rubble, both construction waste and other trash that builds up.

How do you dispose of all that waste? There are several options available.

The first option, if you will have a large amount of waste, is to rent a dumpster from a rubbish removal service. This may be your primary garbage hauling service, but they are often too big to be bothered with a small customer.

Look on Craigslist or in the yellow pages for other waste removal services that offer dumpster services. The best idea is to get them to come before you begin the project so that you can fill the dumpster as you work on the project. Most have a variety of dumpster sizes, and many will drop one off at your home or job site, leave it for a week or more, and then pick it up when you have completed the project.

The price is usually fairly reasonable, and it gets rid of all the waste at once. Often you'll have room in the dumpster to get rid of other junk removal that has been piling up in your home as well.

Another option for removing waste is to call a trash hauling service. These services generally operate with a dump truck or large pickup and come to your home. For an extra fee, they will usually load the junk onto the truck, or you can load it yourself. Advantages of this method is that it is done quickly and is less trouble than hauling it yourself.

These services also advertise in classified services or on roadside signs with names like 1-2-3 Junk or something similar.

The next option is renting a truck and hauling the load to the dump yourself. First, you need to contact the local dump and determine if they accept trash hauled in by homeowners. If not, call around until you find one that does accept such trash. You'll need to tell then basically the type of materials you have to dump and about how much before they will quote you a price.

There are trucks available at home improvement stores that rent for about $ 20 an hour plus gas, or you can just check at a standard UHaul or rental truck establishment. The costs there may be slightly higher, depending on the vehicle you rent. You can often rent just a pickup truck, if that will do the job.

The next option is to advertise on Craigslist yourself. Note the type of waste that you have available, and see if it is of interest to anyone. People with wood burning stoves are often looking for inexpensive fuel sources, and others have different reasons for wanting some waste products. You may be able to winnow it down to a reasonable amount to simply throw away in the standard trash.

The last option is to break up the waste and bag it a little at a time, throwing it out with your regular garbage. If you have a small amount of waste and a great deal of patience, this method gets rid of the waste at no additional cost to you.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cast Iron Radiators

Cast Iron Radiators could be just the thing you need if you are making improvements to your home heating system. These heaters offer several advantages over the more costly and less efficient forced air heaters. There are also a few disadvantages to using this type of dated heating technology. So just what are the advantages and disadvantages to using them in the home?

Home builders have been using these radiators for a long time because they are reliable, dependable and safe. They are typically more efficient than most other methods of heating, including forced air. While forced air requires expensive duct work throughout your home, the special radiators made of this heavy type of iron do not. These heaters also heat your home much more evenly than forced air heaters and do not require nearly as much maintenance. Although there are other radiators made out of lesser quality materials, cast iron radiators are vastly superior because they can radiate heat evenly. Other materials can’t be heated to a high enough temperature safely to heat an entire house.

There are two draw backs to using these. One is that most radiators of this type are antiques. Even though manufacturers are beginning to restart production of them, finding materials and the skilled labor to repair them can be difficult. They can also be dangerous to small children since they tend to be very hot and may not be sufficiently guarded against tampering.

There are several reasons why you should consider cast iron radiators if you making improvements on your current heating system. Not only are they efficient and economical, but they also bring a taste of old-world architecture to your home that just cant be found in modern home heating equipment.

Simple Home Improvement Ideas to Maximize Appeal

If you want to improve or update your home, but are not ready to take on major demolitions or rebuilding projects, this article will show you six ways you can make a big impact with minimal effort.

1. Landscaping

The average resale return on any landscaping project is 100 percent. That means every dollar you put into your lawn will come back to you at sale time. If you're not sure where to start, most garden centers either offer free consulting services or can refer you to a garden designer.

2. Paint

Inside or out, paint is the most cost-effective improvement you can make. For just a couple hours' work and a few dollars a gallon, you can dramatically change the appearance of your home. Before any paint job, remember to wash the walls, patch up any holes or dents, tape the trim and lay down a tarp to protect the floors.

If you want to create the illusion of space, opt for softer and lighter colors like pastels and light, neutral tones. These will make a room seem larger and more open.

3. Organize Your Closets

If you're wrestling for space, one of the simplest solutions is basic organization. By updating your closets, you can unearth an intense amount of unused space and make your closets functional again.

Typically, prepackaged closets kits are going to be more economic than purchasing individual components. You can typically get a good closure organization system for less than a few hundred dollars.

4. Update Your Accessories

If you do not have time to redo your flooring, buy a new couch and totally overhaul your living room, try simply updating your accessories. It's amazing how quickly new rugs, light switches, pillows, ceiling fixtures and window furnishings can update a room. In the real estate business, this is called "staging" a room.

5. Bathroom Remodels

Because bathrooms are small, they're not as huge of an undertaking as redoing a whole kitchen or refinishing a basement. While plumbing and wiring can get expensive, bathroom overhauls offer a great return on your investment.

For simple fixes, you can re-caulk a tub or have it re-glazed for less than $ 400. Meanwhile, tile fixes can be cheap if you find great tile on sale.

6. Update Your Lighting

New lighting and fixtures can cost anywhere from $ 100 to about $ 500 per room, and you can dramatically alter both the mood and the appearance of your d├ęcor along with the cost of your monthly electricity bill.

Bathroom LED Lighting: Make Use of Your Bathroom for All Its Purposes

It is always advised that the light above the mirror is soft (but not very soft), enough to see your reflection properly. If the illuminance is very low, while using it for vanity purposes, there might be shadows on your face. The light should evenly illuminate your face, so instead of having one it is advisable to have multiple bulbs. At the same time, you should not be using fixtures as this also makes the lighting uneven.

If the light comes from different angles, all parts of your face will be illuminated equally. For example, while applying makeup, you should be sure that both sides of the face are evenly made up, but if the light falls differently on both sides you will never be sure or if the light is showing it as such.

If you have a bathtub, then you should light the area with soft lights. You draw a bath to calm your nerves and relax and with minimal lighting, you can get the feeling of being in a spa. In case you have a shower, it is better to have lights away from the water, preferably in the ceiling. It should never be a naked bulb, recessed lighting is a good idea as well.

There should be a lot of lights in the bathroom, but you should be sure that you do not put it in an unplanned manner. Plan what use every corner will serve and light it accordingly. LED lights are helpful in this as they are cost-effective and bright.

In terms of colors, it is always better to use yellow light since it is not harsh. It adds to the aesthetic and makes the bathroom warm, a place to relax. You can also install a dimmer switch to change the light according to your mood and time of the day.

The mirror should also be placed in a way that during the day you have natural lighting. Design the interiors of the bathroom accordingly. There should be ample bright light, it is always great to have an option. Some people also prefer lights over the mirror, so make sure the size of the bulb is proportional to that of the mirror.

Shades over the light may obstruct its illuminance, so if you still still have them, then you should use light color shades with bright LED bulbs of a higher voltage, probably 60-80 Watts. But the most important thing to keep in mind is all bulbs in the bathroom must be energy saving and cost-effective. Nobody likes to pay an exorbitant electricity bill after all.

While making a bathroom in business places like restaurants and hotels, the interiors are slightly different. People frequent restaurants and hotels to break away from their mundane lives at home and office.

Places like restaurants, clubs and coffee shops require lighting that are long-repeating and can run long hours in the day cost effectively. Since they require lighting at all times and only seldom are they switched off, it is best to choose a LED that is energy efficient. People prefer to have yellow fluorescent LED, however, it is best to use a bulb of 60-80 watts. It makes it easier for people to see their face in the mirror and use it for grooming or touching up. If it is a single door washroom, it is best to have high voltage lighting, but if there are multiple cubicles with a powder room, make sure that is bright lit. Malls and shopping complexes usually prefer white light or a mix of white and yellow lights. It is best to keep the cubicle medium light and the light near the mirrors to be sharp.

In Hotels, it is preferred that bathrooms use multiple lights for different parts. The light above the bathtub or shower space should have dimmers for the guests to choose their preferences. The main idea behind staying at a hotel is to have a leisure time and relax. Conceived lights are a good idea to create an ambience of relaxation. Guests prefer to have yellow bulbs as it is soft on the eye but is still bright. Over the seat, people prefer a small, soft light, so they can switch that on on case they need to in the night and it is not harsh on the eyes. Near the basin and above the mirror, the light should be bright so that the face is even lit. It is good to have ceiling lights with covers so that the light is not direct and harsh.

Lighting can create or break an ambience. Harsh lighting in place of relaxation (like the bathtub) can change your mood drastically and not positively. While we may assure the importance of ambience in the bathroom, it has a lot of effect on our mood. And by playing with lights and styles, you can get the perfect ambiance.

Door Security Systems

The number of cases related to unauthorized entry has increased over the years, which has prompted many companies to design and manufacture automated door security systems. Door security systems are designed to protect houses, shops, offices and other buildings from forced entry and minimized the opportunities of robbery.

Door security systems can be installed on different types of doors such as metal, wood, plastic, glass and fiberglass. They are available in different specifications to suit the security requirements of different types of buildings. Household security systems may consist of a password enabled electronic locking device, whereas high-end door security systems are often combined with intruder alarms and security cameras to provide enhanced security.

Door security systems used in large organizations and government agencies such as FBI and CIA have advanced identification systems that are manufactured according to the security needs of the organization. These may include biometric solutions, such as fingerprint identification systems that contain digital fingerprint records of authorized personnel and do not open the door, unless the user's fingerprint matches with the stored digital print. The latest door security systems record the iris patterns of authorized users, and use alerts to alert the control room in case an unauthorized person tries to open the door.

Laser technology is also used in some door security systems, in which an invisible beam of laser surrounds the door. If an intruder or any other thing gets in the way of these beams, the circuit is interrupted and an alarm is activated to alert security. Door security systems also use motion sensors to detect movement in front and around a door.

Door security systems have enabled households and organizations to protect life and property at reasonable costs. Manufacturers are deploying a large portion of their revenues in research and development for developing new door security systems, as trespassers often find a way to bypass commonly used security systems.

Bridge the Gap Between Success and Failure

Running a business takes a lot of hard work, but it will all pay off when you bridge the gap between success and failure. Finding time to make phone calls to potential customers or the time needed to write up the script for a training call you're putting on could very well be the gap between success and failure. So what is going to take to make this happen? It really depends on you, but the answer could be a Virtual Assistant.

Outsourcing tasks you do not have to do to grow your business is a good way to find time to do those tasks you can not hand off to a Virtual Assistant. These tasks would include customer follow-ups, training calls, or creating new products just to name a few. This means you need to outsource the still important tasks that you do not need to handle and these would include your ezines, article marketing, and blog posts to name a few.

When you start the process to bridge the gap between success and failure by hiring a Virtual Assistant you'll see that success is possible. You'll have the time to work the tasks you need to work to see the income you've dreamed of having and you'll be able to work your business in the way you want because you will not have to take the time to do the tasks that indirectly grow your business.

To begin this process you need to write down the tasks your Virtual Assistant will do for you. This will help you to find the right person for your needs. It's better to find one person that has the ability to do everything than it is to need two or three people to do the job. You'll find you may end up spending more money if you go that route and that's not the best way to bridge the gap.

Once you find the right Virtual Assistant to meet your needs, it's time to sit down with her and tell her what you want and what you expect of her. Create a list of tasks you want her to perform and include deadlines and anything special she will need to know. Make sure she has an understanding of what you expect and give her your number, email address, and anything else she'll need to get in touch with you if she has a problem or questions.

These suggestions along with your own ideas based on your business will help you find success. Bridging the gap between success and failure is not impossible. With a little hard work and a Virtual Assistant by your side, you can make it happen.

Marble Tiles – Bring Color to Your Life

A house is certainly a structure of bricks until they are embellished with proper material. Any structure can be an amazing piece of architecture if decorated with mosaic tiles. Mosaics are very colorful and eye catching. Because these are assembled form of colorful stones these are far different from unusual tiles. The pebbles are especially taken from Indonesia which is famous for its natural beauty. The tiles are made of different colors and there is huge range of color options to choose from.

For each room color can be selected accordingly. So, one tile type can be used for an entire house and burden of shopping for individual rooms is omitted. Taking rough idea white or light pink colored marble tiles can be suitable for the frontal walls and floors. Conversely, black colored mosaics plates will loo beautiful n living room or halls. Black color can be used to add extra shine to the shelves as well. Blue and golden colored mosaic pieces are good alternatives for guest room and bed rooms.

There are three major types of marble tiles- mosaics limestone, mosaic glass tiles, and marble mosaics. Mosaic limestone is a preferred tile for kitchen, like in basin and walls. This form of mosaic is available in different textures, like natural, polished, flamed, hammered etc. They look marvellous in each of the textures when given final touch, but they are more demanding in terms of their maintenance.

Mosaic glass tile on the other hand are known to add an exceptional simmering look to the room. Due to their shining effect any room gets a glamor effect. Direct sunlight or electrical lights magnify their exuberant glaze. This amazing glamorous tile offers too many options such as swirled, mini, metallic, iridescent and vitreous glass mosaic.

Mosaics are basically an art material which is used for creating various types of art pieces. The scope of marble tile is not restricted only to walls and floors, but there are many more amazing applications. Mosaic pools, mosaic tables, rack and shelves are few examples of mosaic tile's application. Among them mosaic table tops look astounding when used in living room.

However, it can be used anywhere one wants. Whether severely can effect mosaic and hence it can be placed outside as well without the fear of damage. Many people like to have mosaic table top as coffee table in their backyard or garden. So, there are endless utility of marble tiles now it depends how they are used to enhance the beauty of home.

Construction Estimating Or Construction Guesstimating – It's Up to You

Too many contractors are losing their butts and their businesses because they do not prepare their construction estimates in a way that almost guarantees that they will make money on each of their jobs! Discover how you can start making money consistently on your jobs

Many contractors will go to estimate a job and look at, for example, a 10 foot wall and say to themselves, and put it on paper, that will take me about a day to do and about $ 150 in materials.

The same contractor, a week or two later, will look at another job with a 15 foot wall and say to himself, and put it on paper, that will take about a day to do and about $ 150 in materials.

What's wrong with this picture? Is he right or wrong on the 10 foot wall? Is he right or wrong on the 15 foot wall? Will he ever know? Actually, he probably will when he finds out that he has no money (or less) in his pocket at the end of the job. Or, he never got the job because his pricing was too high.

Based on talking with thousands of contractors over the years it's very clear that contractors that prepare their estimates based on measurable units are the ones that are making money consistently. Let me explain how it works.

Before I start, let me say that this method works for any kind of construction. I do not care if you're a general contractor, home builder, remodeling contractor, any specialty you can name, the principles are the same.

When you're taking off a wall, for example, your costs should be based on either per linear foot or per square foot of wall. If we're doing a wall, let's say that we think it takes an hour of production per linear foot of wall and we believe materials are going to cost us $ 12.50 per linear foot.

So, for the 10 foot wall we have a labor time of 10 hours and a material cost of $ 125.00. So, here's what's great about this. When the jobs done (on a large job you did measure weekly) you look back and review how long it took and how much it cost. Let's say it only took 8 hours (8 / 10ths of an hour per linear foot), but it cost $ 150 ($ 15 per linear foot of wall) for the materials. We've learned something here that we apply to our future estimates.

For this discussion by the way, I'm going to assume that nothing unusual happened on the job, it was just a normal day on the job.

We use this information when we bid the 15 foot wall to estimate that it will take 12 hours (15 feet times 8 / 10ths of an hour) for the 15 foot wall and cost us $ 225 ($ 15 per foot times 15 feet) for the materials . This estimate will be closer to the real costs than our first estimate.

Based on what you've learned, you make adjustments to your estimating so you're not making the same mistakes over and over again. It's a continuous process that you need to follow to stay on top of your costs.

If you think about it, it's like driving a car or truck. You do not just get in, point it in a direction, lock the steering wheel, and drive. You're continuously making adjustments to the direction you're going. If you do not, you'll run in to a wall or a telephone pole or another car. The same thing is true in estimating. You've got to make adjustments or you'll run into a wall … and it's going to hurt!

Anvil Wrapping Machines Are Beneficial for the Food Produce Industry

Food retailers have been wrapping their produce, such as fruit and vegetables with clear cellophane or cling film for decades. It is a good way to close and seal a pack of apples or grapes while still making it visible to the customer. Every customer wants to see what the fruit or vegetables look like before they buy it. The only problem was that the staff had to seal the packs by hand and it would take many hours to complete a batch. Anvil Wrapping Machines are beneficial for the food industry because it reduces the wrapping time.

The Anvil Wrapping Machines are nifty units. There are 2 units to choose from namely, the 380MM and the 500MM options. Both units are suitable for food retailers who have much fruit, vegetables or other food produce to wrap. These machines use a large roll of cellophane to seal the food packs. You can save money by buying these rolls in bulk if you tend to use the machine daily. Each unit has a maximum roll size capacity of a 380 millimeter roll and a 500 millimeter roll, respectively. If you tend use the machine more or for larger packs, then the 500 millimeter roll is the better option. If you wrap smaller packs, then the 380 millimeter roll option is better suited.

The Anvil Wrapping Machines are lightweight and portable so you can use it anywhere in your store. This catering equipment can go to where the product stock is instead of bringing the produce to the machine. The 380MM unit weighs only 6 kilograms and the 500MM unit weighs 7 kilograms. Anyone can lift and carry these wrapping machines. In addition, they are not large, either, with the machine dimensions of 463 x 670 x 158 millimeters for the 380MM unit and 583 x 670 x 158 millimeters for 500MM unit.

With the Anvil Wrapping Machine you can wrap strawberries, grapes, bananas, oranges, mushrooms, cheese, onions, peppers, and cubed fruit or vegetables. It can be used in supermarkets that have a fresh produce section, by farmers who package their own produce, as well as by butcheries that may use it to seal meat packs. This machine is able to wrap these packs in a much faster time frame than you would be able to do by hand.

The Anvil Wrapping Machine is a very handy catering equipment that can be used by anyone in the food produce industry. It is lightweight, portable and makes wrapping an efficient and quick process.