Bomb Proof Spy Sun Glasses? And We Are Not Joking!

Yes, now you can actually get bomb-proof lenses and frames! Spy sun glasses have introduced their Haymaker range which is built from bomb proof Grilamid materials. Combining strength, safety and fashion in one package.

But what is Grilamid? Grilamid is basically a transparent polyamide that is processed using thermoplastic methods. (It is suggested if you want to get the full scientific notations for Grilamid, you look elsewhere as we’re not scientists!) However, among the exceptional properties of Grilamid is its lightness, gives good transparency, has high flex fatigue strength, impact resistant and weather resistant, can be coloured and has low flammability and is resistant to chemicals at temperatures and to stress cracking.

The Grilamid used in frames and sunglass lenses not only have very good optical and mechanical properties, they are also resistant to damage from a large number of normally corrosive chemicals. Grilamid is resistant to cracks up to at least 23 degrees centigrade after one minutes exposure from substances such as diesel and petrol fuel, amido sulphuric acid (used as a descaling agent), acetone and butyl acetate to name but a few.

Spy sun glasses are not the only range from the Californian innovators who also produce goggles and apparel that are now made in Italy. It is perhaps no surprise that they introduced these sport inspired Haymaker sun glasses given that the founders are action and motor sports enthusiasts!

Uses for these Spy sun glasses are obvious. Not only are they a fashion statement coming from Spy, they will protect your eyes if you work with hazardous materials. We’re not saying a direct and hard blow with a hammer won’t damage them, as it probably may, but debris flying up while you are digging, gardening, skiing, and partaking in other action and motor sports, should not be a problem. Accidentally spraying petrol in your face while filling your car won’t be a problem either if you are wearing your Grilamid glasses. In fact, any work where you need to wear protective glasses outdoors would be a good place to use Grilamid sun glasses.

Given the nature of the material, only authentic designer sunglasses who claim to use Grilamid will actually use it! If you buy fakes and you need them for safety reasons, it could lead to eventual eye damage as the fakes won’t protect you in the same way. The Haymaker range from Spy sun glasses are built from Grilamid, have 100% UV protection and come in a range of colours. There are other “bomb proof” sunglasses around if you want a different style, but they can be difficult to track down.

English Pronunciation – Word Stress

Pronunciation is an important aspect of learning English. If you learn the incorrect pronunciation of a word, you may not understand it when someone pronounces the word correctly. Also, when you use the word, the person listening may not understand you.

Let me give you an example. An exchange student from Mexico asked me if we could go to a “boo-fet.” I did not understand where he wanted to go. I asked him for clarification. He then asked if we could go to a “boo-fet” where you eat all you want. Now, I understood. He was trying to pronounce the word buffet (buh-fay). He learned the incorrect pronunciation from his teacher of English.

How many words do you know that start with photo? Let’s make a list:

photograph, photographer, photography, photographic, photographed, photographically, photogenic

Do you know the correct pronunciation of these words? You probably can pronounce some of these words correctly.

In English, one syllable in any word is called the stressed syllable. The stressed syllable is the part of a word that you give the most emphasis to. Stressed syllables are often perceived as being more forceful than non-stressed syllables. Let’s look at some examples. The following underlined syllables are stressed:

sofa, telephone, celebrity, computer

Here are the pronunciation rules. Remember, every rule has an exception or two.

When the word ends in -al (architectural), -crat (democrat), -ist (economist), -meter (thermometer), or -y, -cy, -gy, -fy, -phy, -ry, -try, the stress generally falls on the ante-penultimate syllable. For example, in architectural, “tec” is the ante-penultimate syllable.


ar chi tec tur al

al – ultimate syllable

tu – penultimate syllable

tec – ante-penultimate syllable

When the word ends in -ian, -ic, ics, -sion, -tion, the stress is usually on the penultimate syllable. For example, politician, “ti” is the penultimate syllable.


When the word ends in -ee,-eer the stress usually is placed on the last syllable.


Most other endings, for the most part, do not change the stress of the base word. For example, -able, -ed, -er, –ful, -ing, -ise, ize, -ist, -less, -ly, -ment, -ness, -ous, -ure.

architecture, employed, useless

Prefixes usually do not change the stress of the base word. Here are some examples.

generate / degenerate

believe / disbelieve

national / international

action / transaction

In the list below, underline the stressed syllable in the word families.

photograph, photographer, photography, photographic, photographed, photographically, photogenic

economy, economic, economist, economics, economical, economically

architect, architecture, architectural, architecturally

industry, industrial, industrially, industrious, industrialize, industrialization, industrialist, industrialism

democrat, democracy, democratic, democratically, democratize, democratization

employ, employer, employee, employing, employed, employment

use, used, user, useless, uselessly, uselessness, useful, usefully, usefulness, usable

Six Steps in Buying Racquetball Shoes on the Internet

One of the most difficult decisions to make in the game of racquetball when it comes to equipment is buying racquetball shoes. Note I say racquetball shoes because many players play in regular tennis or track shoes that are not optimized to give you the specific performance you need in a small court area that requires constant direction change, good gripping support, etc.

A player’s best option when it comes to making this decision is to order it online and take the chance of it not fitting in size and/or not being a comfortable fit. Ordering online is a great, time saving option and to make sure you order the right size… here are some suggestions.

Here are 6 steps in helping you make the right decision the first time.

1. Know what you are looking for in a shoe.

– Do your feet need special attention?

– Do you experience pain in the arch of your feet? You may need more arch support.

– Do your feet pronate (apply majority of your weight onto the inside sole of the foot)? This can be corrected and a proper fitting shoe can help.

– Do you need insoles for more support? Are you flatfooted? Do you have high arches? Is comfort your main concern or is it the weight of the shoe?

– What is your budget?

– How much would you pay for a good pair of racquetball shoes? (Note: top quality racquetball shoes frequently cost less than half of what top athletic brands cost and in most cases are about the same cost of a quality sneaker (seriously). The highest priced racquetball shoes are all well under $100 and many high quality shoes cost $60 or less.

2. What shoes are most high caliber players playing with? Ask them for their opinion on the shoes. What shoes are other players talking about? Is there a particular brand that most players talk about? Are you loyal to a brand and do they offer shoes?

Testimonies of personal experiences are as good as it gets.

3. Talk to a knowledgeable person about the indoor shoes you are wanting to purchase and if it is right for you. Someone who sells racquetball shoes on a regular basis would have good ideas as to what works for you.

4. Know your size. I can tell you from personal experience that having a shoe that is not the right size can cause long term pain. As you get older, your body changes including your feet.

We just got back from a tournament where we set up our pro shop and strung racquets and sold equipment to players. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that more than half of the players looking into shoes were off when they told me their shoe size. I measure up their foot before putting a shoe on and more than half of the players trying on shoes were off at least a half size to a whole size. One player was off by a whole size and half and now new why his big toe was hurting.

Be careful of size differences. If you are purchasing online, make sure that you read the descriptions carefully to find as close to the right shoe size as possible. Shoes sizes can be different between each shoe company and from country to country.

A couple of ways to get your foot measured could be to go to a shoe store and get your foot measured. They won’t have a problem with this as you are a potential customer for future purchases. You can also measure your feet from the comfort of your own home.

If you prefer to measure your feet from home follow these directions from an article from

Choose a shoe that gives you a thumbnail space from the front of your shoe to your longest toe. Have someone (family, friend, significant other) check the fitting while you stand with your shoes on with all your weight on your foot. You should have a thumbnail length in space.

How do the sides feel? They are new and will break in but know when a shoe is too narrow. One good way to know… Ask yourself… Are they REALLY tight on the sides?

5. Order from a secured website if online otherwise call them.

6. Know the return policy if you are unhappy with the shoes? Don’t be stuck with shoes you are not happy with. As long as a retailer can resell them at full value (repackage them correctly and make sure you haven’t marked up or walked outside with them, etc.) you are sure not to have any problems returning the shoes. A good way to try them to be sure of happiness with the shoes is to wear them around your home for a few hours.

Look for my other article on what to look for in a good supportive shoe for your indoor game.

History of Construction in the United States

The Empire State Building, the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the United States Capitol – all have one thing in common (except for the obvious fact that they are all situated in the USA): they all testify to the rich history of architecture of the USA.

The architectural timeline of the USA can be divided into 5 different periods viz.

* The Colonial period (1607-1830)

* The Federal Age (1789-1865)

* Victorian Era (1837-1914)

* Arts and Crafts (1860-1920)

* Modernism (1920 and beyond)

In the 1600s, USA was mainly occupied by immigrants from Europe who settled in various parts of the country. Thus, the buildings built by them mainly constitute the architectural timeline of this period. Early colonial architecture varied considerably from region to region, based on the nationality of the settlers. What is now commonly called as folk architecture is normally a direct effect of uncomplicated motifs of the homelands of the builders finding their way into the architecture. Important constructions of this era incorporate Virginia state capitol (one of the leading examples of Georgian architecture) and Pennsylvania state house.

Federal constructions were a usual find in the post colonial era, from the creation of the US constitution to the starting of civil war. Federal architecture predominated government buildings and was heavily found in American settlements (mainly New England).

Federal period architecture is generally based on the English form of architecture. However, a renewal of Greek forms is also noticed, signifying the architectural freedom of America from the European heritage. With the commencement of the Civil War however, the acceptance of the Federal form died down. The United States Capitol was built in this duration.

In 1837, Queen Victoria started her command in United Kingdom. The early decades of the Victorian era witnessed the enlargement of the industrial revolution. Mass production began to set in, thus lowering the price of materials and handling time. Houses started to shift out of their squarish shapes and box like structures, paving the way for more complicated floor structures and confused architecture. As the luxury of American cities spread, a widespread demand for a today’s (according to timelicurrent (according to current (according to timeline) shape of architecture was noticed. This led to a widespread tradition of the Victorian form of architecture. However, inception of World War 1 in 1918 marked the ending of this period.

However the increasing industrialization of the Victorian age had a frequent feedback as well. People started returning to craftsmanship, instead of heavily relying on machinery. Spanning the whole of Victorian age and going beyond the World War, the age of Arts and craft was a notable duration throughout the whole world. America was no exclusion.

Modernism in American architecture is simple, and notional. Going beyond the 1920s and more, modernism is heavily influenced by futuristic designs. With examples of giant skyscrapers like the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center, modernism has given America the pet name of the melting pot. The roots of the background is expressed, while a substantial move towards more futuristic designs is maintained, signifying the fact that variation is absolute.

The Best Flashing Material For Building A Sturdy, Watertight Roof For Your Home

Choosing the right material when you are building a roof, whether from scratch or choosing an existing one for your home can be confusing. With the wide variety of materials that readily available and worthy for consideration in the market which include wood, composite shingles, slate, concrete, clay tiles and metal, it can be hard to settle on one. Additionally, you will also need to consider a variety of factors such as the quality, durability and design.

To help you choose the perfect material you can use for your home, here is a list of things you need to know.


There are of course different type of materials that are required for every roof. A flat roof will require a surface that is different from one with a steeper pitch. In these cases, slate and tiles are your best choices. To further elaborate, here are the different type of materials for your roof:

Wood – For centuries, building a roof using wood was the main choice. Even today, you will find a lot of home owners prefer using wood for roof but for some areas, fire codes forbids its use. Wooden roofs are usually made of cedar, redwood or southern pine.

Metal – Aluminum, steel, copper, and lead are the most durable type of metal roofs however, it is quite expensive. While copper/asphalts are often installed as shingles, other materials are used for seamed roofs consisting of vertical lengths of metal joined with solder.

Slate – among roofing materials, a slate has been known to be one of the most durable type. In fact, hundred-year-old slates are often recycled for reinstallation with the expectation that it will last another century. It is however, expensive and very heavy.


Like every durable roofing, whatever your choice of material may be, you will probably need flashing. Far all exterior work such as roofing and siding, flashing is an important factor that makes sure your material lasts longer. Flashing is a process of applying metal or plastic film applied in strips to areas where dissimilar materials adjoin.

An excellent flashing work will help prevent water from seeping into the gaps of your roof edges. If you wish to have a good flashing for your roof, choose one that has undergone extensive trials and tests all throughout the country to make sure that the product complement the geography of all different regions and are sure to withstand all their harshest condition.

Importance of Using Rubber Mats at Industrial Floors

Safety and security are two important factors in the workplace. Most of the business owners always try to keep their employees safe. Everyone can witness liquid, grease and chemicals on industrial floors. Accidents are quite common due to the slippery nature of cement floors. Falling or tripping can cause huge problems. They can indirectly affect production in the business, spending money due to medical issues and loss of reputation. Slippery surfaces can also lead to machine destruction as well. To keep all the situations under control, business sectors are using rubber mats.

What Make Rubber Flooring Surface Popular-

There are various reasons behind using rubber matting solutions. In the earlier times, people use rubber flooring only at home. However, nowadays, they are getting a better place at the workplaces. Here are some of the advantages of using these underfoot surfaces-

1. Available in Various Colors-

One of the greatest advantages of using mats made with rubber is that they are available in various color and texture. The commercial clients can choose any variety depending upon their requirements. They are custom-made depending on utilities. The dark-colored mats are in great demand among the commercial clients.

2. Anti-slip in Nature-

The rubber flooring accessories are anti-slip in nature. They offer better grip to the feet. They reduce accidents. Employees can work safely on the cement floor without worrying about falling down and breaking legs.

3. Easy to Install and Clean-

Rubber flooring items are easy to install and maintain. Grease, chemicals, and acids cannot affect rubber underfoot surfaces. They take very less time for installation. Business owners install them at walking pavements, working areas, store rooms and even over the stairs.

4. Low in Price-

This is one of the biggest advantages of using rubber mats on the floors. These products are affordable. Even you can also get them at discounts from reliable sources.

These above points show some of the features that generally motivate customers to use rubber matting products. Individuals use them for multiple uses. The electrical mats are very popular in these days as they are shock resistant and long-lasting. Hospitality and catering mats are also gaining importance in the market since, they are resistant to chemicals and oil. When you are buying these products, make sure that they are from the reputed companies. You can search online to find the most reliable company that manufacture and supply these underfoot accessories.

Venus and Mars – In Astrological Houses

These planets when placed in the Birth Chart – introduce an important factors that refer to one's personal love life and relationships or when assessing fortune or problem areas in life.

Venus in a male chart will indicate relationships with female or gentle influences as Mars
helps in determining relationship with males in a female chart. These planets represent opposition poles of energy related to electro-magnetic powers. Venus energy is centripetal or inward pulling as Mars radiates centrifugal force.

Other planetary and zodiacal effects must be taken into consideration. It must be allowed that the following are indications and must be considered as such, and much as a single culinary ingredient does not give a hint as to the final flavor of a dish.

Venus in the Houses

1 This when well expected shows a loving and attractive nature
2 Material possessions give pleasure and are important -with the aesthetic sense strong
3 Pleasure in studies in art, design, interior and the decorative arts and crafts
4 This is a fortun sign regarding good domestic life and early upbringing
5 Often inclined to be in love with love – romantic and strongly focussed on affections
6 None badly expected it is favorable for good health and compassion for others
7 This is an ideal place for marriage and harmonious partners
8 Material good fortune and bequests are often included as a benefit –
9 Travel and a love of change are usual inclinations – whether as career or personal
10 Inherent philosophic attitudes towards peace and harmony – high expectations of others
11 Love of social life is usually the case – or activities in ethical groups and projects
12 The placement here indicates unrequited love or secret associations and affairs

Mars in the Houses

1 A vital, passionate person to whom excitation and advancement is important
2 Friction relating finances or problems through domination of others' fortunes
3 Hyperactivity should be avoided and attention to the art of good communication
4 Care to avoid rash or sudden occurrences and insure against accidents in the home
5 Strong emotional impulses and attractions to the opposite sex need control
6 Build health and conserve energy as a discipline to avoid contracting any illness
7 Ensure financial security through conservation funds – to be independent
8 Indication of violent accidents or is a factor in charts of medical surgeons
9 Avoiding schooling or a special fervor in studies depending upon other factors
10 This gives abundant energy available for business and serious commitments
11 Relationships difficult and sometimes perplexing antagonistic reactions of others
12 Retirement or escape from difficult circumstances is sometimes a factor

Do not Forget Your Dog in These Tough Economic Times – Help Them With Small Touches Like a Dog Ramp

Every year thousands of pets are abandoned. May is traditionally one of the worse months when animals bought for Christmas start growing and are abandoned by some owners because they are 'a useful'.

Sadly, recessions increase the number of pets being dumped. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK) has said they have seen abandoned animals rise by 50% in the UK. The charity reports that in 2008 11,586 pets were dumped by their owners.

So a rare a thought for pets during these tough economic times. More than ever, owning an animal and treating him well can help you through even the most stressful and busy times in your life. Research by Cambridge University has found that dogs do help us psychologically. Tests showed that walking a dog or just having one companion can help speed recovery from illness and aid in rehabilitation.

In another study, the University of California, Los Angeles found elderly people, who own a dog needed 20% less medical care than people without a pet.

But pets do need looking after, especially as they get older. You can help your dog, for instance, by investing in a dog ramp. These dog ramps can help pets which have difficulty climbing into the boot of a car or onto a favorite armchair. Similar to dogs which are incontinent there are doggie nappies. Think also about their bed – you could make it more comfortable such as with an extra blanket.

Times are hard but remember your pet's needs. It's the little Touches such as investing in a dog ramp or dog nappies, which can make all the difference to both owner and pet.

Buying Guide for the Best Hammer Drill

When there are thousands of hammer drills available in the market, choosing the right one becomes the toughest job for you. Therefore, it must not be taken lightly.

You have to reflect on the quality, cost, and availability of this device before you label it as the best drill for you. But most importantly you have to ask yourself-

"Does it fulfill my intended requirements?"

Apart from serving on construction sites, a hammer drill offers numerous services in your life. For example, for any DIY (Do it yourself) project, you must have it in your grip.

A drill has the feature of a drill and a hammer which lets you drill holes on concrete surfaces.

When you are looking for the best hammer drill in stores or online shopping sites, you must do research to get the complete idea of ​​the best features of this tools.

We would recommend you buy one from online shopping site people leave their valuable opinions in the comment box. This way you know about all the pros and cons of it.

Moreover, there are thousands of products available in stores and online shops. Therefore, it gets easier to choose the best one for you after comparing their prices and features.

Before making the purchase, you should take a few things into account. You should understand that the best one will provide the most versatility.

And the best drill machine will drill holes fast, make perfect sized holes and perform efficiently. Holding it will grant you a sensation of flexibility, plus, it will have options to drill smaller or bigger holes.

You will stay in safe heaven if you choose the bigger one.


Because you never know when will have to make a big hole for the greater purpose, but you are left with the option of a small tool.

Of course you will try to push the smaller one with all your force, but in the end, you will end up wrecking your handsome hammer drill and then harbor an adverse impression.

Our next question is, which one to choose, corded or cordless hammer drills?

You should be informed that there are other types of hammer drills but these two are the main varieties of such.

Their physical attribute may separate them from one another, but their functions are all similar. However, the cordless drills are more accepted for house purpose than the corded ones.

On the other hand, the corded drills having more power and uninterrupted services are popular in projects.

Another important difference between them is that the former cordless one has portability features for being small in size and having a battery in it. When the later requires a continuous power supply and hence, has no portable quality. Also, it needs more space than the cordless drill.

A 'personal' advice for you

If you want to be on the safe side while purchasing a hammer drill but you have little knowledge of such tool, we would recommend you to buy one from a renamed company.

As our independent team of experts recommends, Bosch, DeWalt, Hitachi, and Makita are the most famous names in Amazon. You can certainly rely on their build quality, we guarantee.

Apart from this, you can always check on the comments from the users of that particular product and choose the best and right one for you.

We believe our buying guide has been helpful to you and now you know where to look the best and what things to consider prior to making the purchase.

How Bitcoin Works

Bitcoins are a decentralized form of crypto currency. Meaning, they are not regulated by a financial institution or the government. As such, unlike a traditional bank account, you do not need a long list a paperwork such as an ID in order for you to establish what’s known as a bitcoin wallet. The bitcoin wallet is what you will use to access your bitcoins and to send bitcoins to other individuals.

How To Setup An Account

You can acquire a bitcoin wallet from a bitcoin broker such as Coinbase. When you open up a wallet through a certified broker, you are given a bitcoin address which is a series of numbers and letters, similarly to an account number for a bank account and a private key which is a series of numbers and letters as well, which serve as your password.

How Does Bitcoin Work As An Anonymous Payment Processor

You can do 3 things with bitcoins, you can make a purchase, send money anonymously to someone or utilize it as an investment. More and more merchants have been accepting bitcoins as a form of payment. By utilizing bitcoins instead of cash, you are essentially making that purchase anonymously. The same thing goes for sending money, based on the fact that you do not have to submit a mountain of payment in order for you to establish a bitcoin anonymously, essentially you can send money to someone else anonymously.

How Does Bitcoin Work As An Investment

The price of a bitcoin fluctuates from time to time. Just to put things in perspective, back in the beginning of 2013, the average price of a bitcoin was approximately $400 per bitcoin, but by the end of 2013, the price for bitcoin rose to over $1000. This meant that if you had 2 bitcoins worth $800 in the beginning of 2013 and you stored it as an investment by the end of 2013 those two bitcoins would have been worth over $2000 instead of $800. Many people store bitcoins due to the fact that the value of it fluctuates.

Bitcoin Casino and Poker Sites

Due to the anonymity of bitcoin the gambling industry has taken up bitcoin as a payment method. Both bitcoin casinos and bitcoin poker sites are coming to life and offering their players to make deposits, play with bitcoin at the tables and withdraw directly to their bitcoin wallet. This means that there’s no taxes or possibilities for government control. Much like a regular Nevada casino where do you don’t need to register anywhere and all your transactions are anonymous.

How Do You Send Bitcoin

In order for you to pay for goods and services or to send bitcoins to an individual, 3 things are needed. Your bitcoin address, your private key and the individual’s bitcoin address. From that point, through your bitcoin wallet, you will put 3 pieces of information, which are: input, balance and output. Input refers to your address, balance refers to the amount of bitcoins you are going to send and output is the recipient’s address.

Try Composting and Reap the Rewards of Better Soil

If you want to make the most of your vegetable gardening, why not try composting if you are not yet doing it. It's a great way to make use of household scraps and trimmings from your garden. The end goal is having a great source of organic matter to add to your vegetable garden soil to help boost productivity.

This easiest way to get started is find a place in your yard you can start to pile up stuff. Stuff like any table scraps except meats, grass cuttings and leaves. The smaller you can cut your trimmings the faster they will compost. Keep the pile damp, it can take about a year for it to break down.

For a faster method, use an enclosed space like a three sided box. Add your ingredients like above and keep damp. Turn the pile a couple times a week to allow air to circulate and help decompose the matter. If you add some compost you already have it can help speed up the process. It could be ready to use in a few months.

If you want to spend some money at it, check out the compost barrels. They are supposed to make composting even faster. They are convenient in that you just turn the crank to rotate the barrel for mixing. This may be the cleanest way to compost.

I have even loaded up a large plastic bag with yard clipping and poked a few hole in the bag. I set the bags out where they are in the sun most of the day. The ends of the bags are not secured so I can add water if needed. A couple months time is what they usually need to turn to compost.

Land Profit Generator – How to Buy Land For Pennies on the Dollar

Have you ever wondered if it is really possible to buy vacant land for pennies on the dollar, using land investing systems like the Land Profit Generator? This review will help you see and understand why owners of raw land are often motivated enough to make that happen.

First, it’s important to understand that not all land owners will let you buy their property for very little money. But many will. Think about this. How many times have you bought something that you thought you would need or use. Maybe you did use it for awhile and then got tired of it. How often did you end up not using it at all?

The exact same thing happens to many land owners, believe it or not. They buy the land with some ideas of future appreciation, or to build on it later on. Or maybe to go there on vacation and pitch a tent to escape from the hectic of their every day lives.

Guess what, so many of them either never get around to using the vacant land for the intended purpose, or they get tired of it over time. And here is the next astonishing but all too human thing that happens. When you don’t use something for the purpose that you had in mind for it, the perceived value of that item goes down.

The same thing happens to owners of vacant land, too. They don’t really think of the real value that the land might have, and over the years they rarely keep track of the actual property values in the area. So the perceived value of the property tends to get very low. Often, the only time they think of the property is when they get the ta bill every year, so they really start to think of it as a burden and not an asset.

When you can manage to locate these types of land owners, it can be extremely easy to buy their property for less than the perceived value. Many times these owners will just deed you the land to eliminate the tax burden. And really all you need to do is locate land owners who have owned the property for several years. At that time they may have gotten tired of it and let you take it over for pennies on the Dollar.

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Garage Door Opener Types

In times past garage doors could only be lifted by grabbing the handle at the bottom of the door and lift up to open it and to shut it you repeated the steps. Today, in order to open a garage door you need some type of opener, which was invented in the 1920’s. They can be opened by a remote control or from a switch on the garage wall. There are several different garage door openers on the market.

Belt drive

This opener is not as noisy as the chain drive. They can be installed for a garage that is below or next to the home. This opener is more durable and stronger than the chair drive, which is why many people prefer this one. The unit of this opener consists of a rubber belt instead of a steel chain.

Chain drive

This one is the cheapest and one most commonly used. It is very easy to install this device because it is basically a metal chain connected to the motor of the opener. You can activate it with a remote control or switch. To lift the garage door up when the main switch is turned on the opener uses a shaft and sprocket chain. This is the noisiest type of garage door opener made. C. G. Johnson made the first types of these openers. Normally the switch is installed on the garage wall for better access, both on the outside and the inside.

Screw Drive

This was founded by a manufacturer called Genie and is an automatic opener. A motor called direct driver operates it. The garage door is lifted with the help of a threaded steel rod. It moves when the motor is switched on using no belts or chains so there is no noise at all. It also has more speed than the other two types of garage door openers making it more efficient,

When choosing a door opener for you garage look at the power you are going to need. If you are opening a single door, a smaller motor will work but if you have a double door garage you will need a motor with at least one-half horsepower. You should look for one that offers a safety mechanism that will keep the garage from closing all the way if something is in the electronic beam that stops the door from closing, helping to prevent accidents that could be serious, even fatal. Another safety feature you might consider is a rolling code. This changes the opening signal each time you activate the door. This will prevent crossed signals with your neighbor’s garage door and protects your security code. Look for the simplest one that fits your need.

Guide To Installing A Bird Cage

To protect your birds, you need a cage.

Best wires to use

There are many types of wires you can use with the most popular being:

Galvanized wires: A galvanized wire is one that is coated with zinc which is highly toxic. The main role of the coating is to prevent corrosion thus increasing durability. To protect your birds you should consider removing the coating. You do this by soaking or sandblasting the wire. To prevent the wire from corroding apply non-toxic paint to the wire.

PVC coated wire: From its name, this is the wire that has been coated using PVC. The coating is usually very thin and can be easily removed. Due to this, you are advised from installing it in a cage with chewing birds. You should use it in areas with non-chewing birds such as softbills and finches. If you want to use the wire in chewing birds, you should go for a powder coated wire. A powder coat is a cooked coat that is difficult for the birds to remove. The wire will be expensive but the coating will be sturdier thus the birds won’t be able to remove it from the wire.

Stainless steel mesh: This is the best material to use. It will protect your birds without rusting. It also doesn’t require a lot of care. To buy it you should head to your local hardware store.

Installing a bird cage

After you have settled on the right wire, you should go ahead and install the unit. To completely keep predators from your birds you should place an outer layer. As rule of thumb install a tough material. This calls for you to avoid plastic netting as predators can easily tear through it. Larger birds can also easily chew holes through it. For peace of mind, install a 14 gauge 1″ x 1″ grid wire.

You can install a cage with a wooden frame or go for an all-wire unit. It’s all about your preferences. If installing an all-wire cage, you should go for a mesh wire or chain-link fencing. You should go for a pattern that the birds can’t easily pass through. The pattern should also be able to hold the perches and bird toys.


This is what you need to know about bird caging. You should choose a material that is strong and durable. You can install the unit on your own but for ideal results, hire a professional to help you out.