Claustrophobia – 7 Quick Tactics to Stop the Panic

If you’re reading this, you’re probably all too familiar with that horrible growing panic when you’re in elevator or a crowded subway.

Around 2-5% of the population suffer from claustrophobia. Not only is each attack a terrifying experience, it can really mess with your lifestyle and freedom – but only if you let it. So what can you do about it?

Let’s look at some diversionary tactics that you can use quickly and easily to occupy your mind, and ward off the anxiety & panic of claustrophobia.

7 quick tactics to use immediately:

1. Count numbers down from 100. Do this very quickly, and repeat over and over.  Say the numbers softly out loud if possible.

2. Disempower the attack and laugh about it. Tell yourself: “This can’t hurt me, never has. This is meaningless.” 

3. Keep moving constantly. Step up and down, rub your hands together, rub or lightly slap your face repeatedly. 

4. Shake your arms and legs, and clench your fists. Do the same thing with your feet. Roll your shoulders over and back again repeatedly.

5. Talk to someone nearby, whether it’s someone you know or not. Even just saying hello can be enough of a distraction.

6. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose. Count to 4, then breathe out slowly through your mouth. 

7. Relax your shoulders and focus intently on a single, static object.  Fascinate yourself with that object.

Use a combination of any or all of these tactics for the greatest effect. The panic should gradually subside. The more you practice, the easier it will become and the better you’ll get at it.

Best Kitchen Tech 2018

The year 2018 is marked with unique design and smart technologies in kitchen appliances. Smart appliances can make your cooking really easy and fun. You can enjoy smart coffee-makers, microwaves, precision cookers, grill masters and what not! Most are internet connected so you can adjust your tech through Amazon or Google applications. Some have video chat and video-making capabilities while others can be adjusted remotely, even when you are shopping!

In line with smart innovations, some companies offer traditional appliances with unique design and architecture. With these appliances you make life time investment which will delight you and your guests in style.

Whirlpool microwave, for examples, is internet connected. It works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. This means you can tell your smart speaker to cook your food in your microwave. This tech is more than a microwave where you heat up your food. It has a cooking element built in which makes it a kind of oven. This microwave identifies your cooking habits and makes cooking for your really easy. With some USD 619 you can make cooking really fun.

Another innovation you can enjoy later this year is GE Appliance Kitchen Hub. Working with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, too, this tech has built in cameras that can be used for video chats while cooking. The cameras facing down can take shots or videos of your cooking activity.

Sears Crock-pot 6 qt. Smart Slow Cooker w/WeMo is also connected to the internet. The basin of this smart kitchen appliance hold 6 qts., which means you can cook large cuts of meat or a big pizza for the whole family. The removable stoneware and glass lid can be dish-washed. The incredible feature of this tech is that you can control the setting from wherever you are. You can be shopping and your food will be ready while you arrive. Isn’t that incredible? The crock uses free WeMo® App. This smart Slow Cooker adjusts temperature, cook-time and more – all from your smart device.

KtichenAid offers some top appliances that can inspire you in the kitchen. If you want to save space and create style in your kitchen, KtichenAid undercounter refrigerators are for you. Ranging from $2500-3000, these refrigerators can be a long-time investment. You can find 24″ Stainless Steel Refrigerator/Freezer Drawers, 24″ Panel Ready Refrigerator/ Freezer Drawers, Double Refrigerator Drawers, etc.

KitchenAid also offers dishwashers, grills, hoods and vents, disposers and compactors, cooktops, wall ovens, water filters and many other new kitchen tech.

Those, who care about the style and beauty of their kitchen, cannot miss Bertazzoni kitchen appliances. Owned by Italian family, Bertazzoni inspires the customers with unique architecture. The Italian company made a splash at the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Bertazzoni products are high in price. They range from $6000-8000 on average. Buying Bertazzoni you will make a life time investment.

Whirlpool, GE Appliance, Sears, KtichenAid and Bertazzoni are just a few of top kitchen appliance companies. If you care about smart technology, Whirlpool, GE Appliance, Sears are the best choice. Most of 2018 products are connected to internet and can be remotely adjusted. In line with smart offers in the kitchen, companies like KitchenAid and Bertazzoni offer unique products both in design and capabilities. They will make your kitchen a place you will want to spend time and delight your guests!

Neff Freezer

There are three Neff freezers available in the matching fridge and freezer range and they are available in two heights: 874mm and 818mm. The twinned fridge and freezer combinations can be built into a unit where the fridge is on top of the freezer or as a single fridge built in at eye level over a standard sized cupboard. All of the matching Neff freezers and fridges are compact appliances, but still offer quite a lot of storage space and are a good option for homes with cosier kitchens.

The G5624 model matches with the K5604 fridge. It is 874mm tall and has a 106 litre capacity. Inclusive features such as the SuperFreeze function, optical and acoustic warning system and the removable magnetic door seal make this appliance quite attractive and the interior houses 1 freezer drawer with a removable pull out berry tray, 4 transparent freezer drawers and individual freezing elements. This particular model has an energy efficiency rating of A, which leads to this Neff model consuming just an average of 208 kWh and an approximate running cost of just £20.80 per year.

The G1524 is available in white, brown and stainless steel and matches with the K1514 fridge. Although this model of Neff freezer has the same energy efficiency rating as the G5624, uses the same average energy amount and costs about the same to run per year, its capacity is smaller at 98 litres. Despite having less capacity though, it does have a couple of different features to the G5624. These include the high temperature warning light to keep control of the freezer’s temperature easily and sliding hinge system so that it can be built in to existing cupboards.

The G4344 model is also built in, but uses the fixed hinge system. This particular Neff freezer matches with the K4316 fridge and is smaller than the other two models at 818mm. What it lacks in height though, it makes up for in capacity. Despite being smaller than the other two it has a useable capacity of 110 litres. This model has a different internal set up to the other two models and has a control panel that incorporates a red warning light and acoustic alarm, an amber SuperFreeze light and a green operating light. Instead of four transparent freezer drawers, this Neff has three, but it does still have the individual freezer elements for each door and the removable magnetic door seals that come with the G5624 and the G1524. The G4344 model also has an energy efficiency rating of A, but costs a bit more to run- not really enough to notice, but on average about 40 pence more than the other two freezers as it consumes around 4 kWh more per year.

The matching fridges and freezers do not have Neff’s FrostFree technology that is available with some of the bigger fridge- freezers, but they are a little bit more versatile and they allow for a bit more choice in their composition and installation than some of the other Neff freezers, but it is always important to consider all of the options available to you before making such a large purchase.

Building a Panelized Home – Pros & Cons of Building With Panelized Walls

Panelized framing walls can be a godsend. Or, they can be a pain in the butt. With a little forethought and planning, you can ensure that you experience the advantages.

 

Most home builders use some form of panelization. Framers on site at a “stick-built” home, typically build the framework in panels and tilt them up and into place. But, that’s not what I’m talking about. A panelized home is where a factory pre-builds these panels, in various lengths, and delivers them to the building site.

 

Will Pre-Panelized Walls Work for You?

 

If you’re an owner-builder who is going to be involved in some labor and looking for labor cost savings, panelization may be ideal for you. If, on the other hand, you intend to hire a crew of experienced professionals to frame a complicated home structure, you should probably stay away from pre-panelizing unless the framers prefer and ask for them.

 

The following Pros and Cons will help you decide whether or not to use them as well as ensure quality if you do.

 

PRO: Speed. A well panelized home that the on-site framers are prepared to work with, can allow for the home to be framed in as little as one third the normal framing time. The benefit is money saved.

 

CON: Shipping & Handling. Panels must be shipped to your site … sometimes from great distances. This can be costly and cause damage during shipment. Also, the panels can be difficult to store, move around the site, and then into place – especially on two story homes.

 

PRO: Many Panel Choices. Traditional 2×4 & 2×6 wood studs are popular but you can choose steel framing studs, SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels), and other types as well.

 

CON: Dealing With Issues. Rarely is a panelized framing package error free. These mistakes will drive an experienced framing crew crazy if they were not in favor of using pre-built panels. And, getting the manufacturers of the panels to correct their errors quickly can be a real chore.

 

PRO: Quality & Uniformity. Panels are made in controlled environments to exacting specifications and usually utilize the better quality materials. They often incorporate better and more uniform framing practices than many homes built on-site. These advantages can give you a stronger home in the face of nature, and a more square home that makes it easier to hang cabinets and doors, and lay tile and wood floors.

 

CON: Difficult to Ensure Quality. While the advantages stated are extremely valuable, it’s difficult to ensure that you’ll receive what is promised. You may need experienced professionals to help you analyze their framing methods as well as inspect what is delivered to you.

 

PRO: Reducing Onsite Waste. Panelizing can be a green building approach. Limiting waste and/or using Structural Insulated Panels give you that advantage.

 

CON: Panelized Homes are not Always Kits. Just ordering a panelized framing package is not going to streamline your entire homebuilding process. If that’s what you want, use a kit home. Kit homes usually panelize your walls but panelization factories don’t always provide complete kits. Be sure you know what you’re ordering.

 

You Do Have Options

 

As you can see, you have options. But it pays to remember that you also have the option to not use pre-panelized framing walls. The advantages may be insignificant or even non-existent in your situation.

 

My advice is to honestly assess your situation and goals. Keep researching your options. Hire a home-building coach to help decide. Then go in the direction that best serves your needs.

Planning for, Choosing and Installing Granite Countertops

As with most all projects, in the correct weather, it is most enjoyable planning the project while snuggled up in pure wool blankets for sale.

As soon as the cabinets are installed, measure very carefully for the granite counter top. The overall granite size should overlap the top of the cabinets by 1 "to 1 1/2". The outside edge of the counter top should have a finished edge specified. A bull-nose edge is one style used often. Granite can be ordered in a modular system which is best for doing it yourself. With the weight of the granite it requires a 3/4 "plywood base over the top of the cabinets for support.

Choosing granite includes selecting grade, color, layout, style, etc. Once the choices are made the granite must be ordered as soon as possible. It can take a couple to several weeks for delivery. If you choose to use a granite fabricator, the fabricator will usually want to do its own measurement and installation to be sure the work is done properly. Lastly, make sure there is proper storage space for the slabs before they are installed.

The top of all the base cabinets must be covered with the 3/4 "plywood to support the granite. The plywood should be attached with screws.

The granite slabs can be very heavy. Get the help you need and handle them with care. To cut (scribe) to fit, apply duct tape to the base of the saw to protect the granite. Use a dry cut segmented diamond blade on a circular saw to do the necessary cutting. Test the fitting for pieces that are cut.

Place the slab in place on the sink counter. Trace around the opening exactly for the sink onto the plywood. Remove the dry-fitted slabs only. Make a pilot hole in the plywood then use a jigsaw to cut the sink hole. Cut about 1/8 "outside the line you drew for the sink.

Leveling the slabs to join the seams, use a 1-1 / 4 "screw from underneath to raise and lower the countertop.

To glue the counter top down, having others helping, lift the granite and put half-dollar dolops of silicone all around the perimeter of the cabinets. Spacing should be about every 6 "to 12". Next place a bead of caulk around the sink rim sealing the sink to the plywood. Then apply a second bead on top of sink rim. This will waterproof the gap between the sink and the counter top. Now gently lower the granite slab back down.

To glue the seams tape over each seam with blue masking tape. To fill in the seams start with a dollop of polyester-based resin and add a little amount of color. Try to match the granite color. Mix the resin with a putty knife checking the color match. Make a few different colors to blend the seam. Add the hardener 3% to 97% resin. Mix only small amount for the 5 minutes before it will dry.

Apply a base-coat of a neutral color mix to the seam. Smooth as applied also adding a little lighter color. Put in the darkest color last. As soon as finished remove the masking tape. After the resin is washed smooth it out with a seam stone using a slow speed keeping the stone moving in small circles.

One item I often think is that this project is not the same as glass table top replacement.

Brake Pad Replacement: What Are Anti-Lock Brake Systems?

Many people know Anti-Lock Brake Systems as ABS. This is a system that has been installed on most cars since the early 1920's that was developed for aircraft. Vehicles only experienced the first ABS in the 1960's.

The purpose of them was to control the car easier around corners. It also has various electronics that prevents the car experience wheel lock up. ABS is known to be a safety feature on all cars and it is standard to have the system installed by law to protect drivers.

ABS usually comes into place when the wheels lock up when applying the brakes quickly. This system allows you to steer even when you are braking. This gives you the control you need as a driver.

Anti-Lock Brake Systems also prevent the car from skidding whilst braking. Any driver will know how dangerous this could be especially to pedestrians. Whilst skidding you also lose the ability to steer which removes your title as the driver but with ABS you get can grab hold of the wheel and avoid hitting what you were avoiding in the first place.

ABS works wonders as a traction controller. Sometimes in harsh weather conditions such as rain and snow, the wheels struggle to grip the road. The system helps the car to gain traction to continue driving comfortably.

A new system is also being developed for most cars. With the electronics and intelligence of the ABS engineers have invented automatic or self-braking. This uses the ABS software and a radar located in the front of the car to detect if the vehicle is about to collide with an object or another car. Of course, the system will alert the driver but if the driver does not react to the stationery object, the car will automatically stop.

Did you know that off-road cars have the function to turn the ABS off? The system does not work so well on terrain such as sand and rock. The off-road car also needs to grip onto the rocks and the Braking system prevents the driver from doing this effectively.

All systems on your car have to be maintained and serviced at all times. ABS allows a smoother drive and a safer car in the end. To get the Anti-Lock Brake System checked you need to visit your closest brake pad replacement workshop to ensure that you and your passengers are safe on the roads.

SMS Based One Time Password: Risks and Safeguarding Tips

With the digital world evolution, the need to secure customer identities also evolved. The customers of today are expecting a secure experience from organizations. The increasing utilization of cloud based services and mobile devices has also enhanced the risk of data breaches. Do you know the overall account hacking losses increased 61% to $2.3 billion and the incidents increased up to 31% compared to 2014?

SMS based One-Time Password is a technology invented to deal with counter phishing and other authentication related security risk in the web world. In general, SMS based OTPs are used as the second factor in two factor authentication solutions. It requires users to submit a unique OTP after entering credentials to get themselves verified on the website. 2FA has become an effective way to reduce hacking incidents and preventing identity frauds.

But unfortunately, SMS based OTP are no longer secure nowadays. There are two main reasons behind this:

  • First, the major security of the SMS based OTP relies on the privacy of the text message. But this SMS relies on security of the cellular networks and lately, many of the GSM and 3G networks have implied that the privacy of these SMS cannot be essentially provided.
  • Second, hackers are trying their best to intrude in customers data and therefore have developed many specialized mobile phone trojans to get into customers data.

Let’s talk about them in detail!

Major risks associated with SMS based OTP:

The key goal of the attacker is to acquire this one time password and to make it possible, many of the options are developed like mobile phone Trojans, wireless interception, SIM Swap attacks. Let’s discuss them in detail:

1. Wireless Interception:

There are many factors that make GSM technology less secure like lack of mutual authentication, lack of robust encryption algorithms, etc. It is also found that the communication between mobile phones or base stations can be eavesdropped and with the help of some protocol weaknesses, can be decrypted too. Moreover, it is found that by abusing femtocells also 3G communication can be intercepted. In this attack, a modified firmware is installed on the femtocell. This firmware contains capabilities of sniffing and interception. Also these devices can be used for mounting attacks against mobile phones.

2. Mobile phone trojans:

The latest rising threats for mobile devices are the mobile phone malwares, specially Trojans. These malwares are designed specifically to intercept the SMS that contains One Time Passwords. The major goal behind creating such malwares is to earn money. Let’s understand the different types of Trojans that are capable of stealing SMS based OTPs.

The first known piece of Trojans was ZITMO (Zeus In The Mobile) for Symbian OS. This trojan was developed to intercept mTANs. The trojan has the capability to get itself registered to the Symbian OS so that when they the SMS can be intercepted. It contains more features like message forwarding, message deletion, etc. Deletion ability completely hides the fact the message ever arrived.

Similar kind of Trojan for Windows Mobile was identified in Feb 2011, named as Trojan-Spy.WinCE.Zot.a The features of this Trojan were similar to above one.

The Trojans for Android and RIM’s Black Berry also exist. All of these known Trojans are user installed softwares which is why they don’t leverage any security vulnerability of the affected platform. Also, they make use of social engineering to convince user into installing the binary.

3. Free public Wi-Fi and hotspots:

Nowadays, it is no longer difficult for hackers to use an unsecured WiFi network to distribute malware. Planting an infected software on your mobile device is no longer a tough task if you are allowing file sharing across the network. Additionally, some of the criminals have also got the ability of hack the connection points. Thus they present a pop-up window during connection process which requests them to upgrade some popular software.

4. SMS encryption and duplication:

The transmission of SMS from the institute to customer occurs in plain text format. And need I say, it passes through several intermediaries like SMS aggregator, mobile vendor, application management vendor, etc. And any of the collusion of hacker with weak security controls can pose a huge risk. Additionally many a times, hackers get the SIM blocked by providing a fake ID proof and acquire the duplicate SIM by visiting mobile operators’ retail outlet. Now the hacker if free to access all the OTPs arrived on that number.

5. Madware:

Madware is the type of aggressive advertising that helps providing targeted advertising through the data and location of Smartphone by providing free mobile applications. But some of the madware have the capability to function like Spyware thereby being able to capture personal data and transfer them to app owner.

What is the solution?

Employing some preventing measures is must to ensure security against the vulnerability of SMS based One time password. There are many solutions here like introducing Hardware tokens. In this approach, while performing a transaction, the token will generate a one time password. Another option is using a one touch authentication process. Additionally, an application can also be required to install on mobile phone to generate OTP. Below are two more tips to secure SMS based OTP:

1. SMS end to end encryption:

In this approach, end-to-end encryption to protect one time passwords so that removing its usability if the SMS is eavesdropped on. It makes use of the “application private storage” available in most of the mobile phones nowadays. This permanent storage area is private to every application. This data can be accessed only by the app that is storing the data. In this process, the first step contains the same process of generating OTP, but in the second step this OTP is encrypted with a customer-centric key and the OTP is sent to the customer’s mobile. On the receiver’s phone, a dedicated application displays this OTP after decrypting it. This means even if the Trojan is able to get access to the SMS, it won’t be able to decrypt the OTP due the absence of required key.

2. Virtual dedicated channel for the mobile:

As phone Trojans are the biggest threat to SMS based OTP, since performing Trojan attack on large scale is not difficult anymore, this process requires minimal support from OS and minimal-to-no support from the mobile network providers. In this solution, certain SMS are protected from eavesdropping by delivering them to only a special channel or app. The process requires a dedicated virtual channel in the mobile phone OS. This channel redirects some messages to a specific OTP application thus making them secure against eavesdropping. The use of application private storage ensures security to this protection.

Lastly, no matter which process you choose, no technology can ensure you 100% security. The key here is to be attentive and updated of the rapid changes occurring in technology.

Optimism In Two Feet Of Snow

So, another foot of snow just fell on my home in South Ontario and I could not be happier. I was up at three in the morning, watched my favorite show then bundled up to start moving some snow. Normally I absolutely hate freezing my butt of in the sub zero temperatures but today was the exception. I would not say that I was having a great fun time but I was really optimistic and enjoying the exercise that I was getting. I can not say that I really understand my feeling of joy towards manual labor but it was just simple and easy work that takes absolutely no thinking at all, just doing.

I normally spend my time stagnating in front of my computer with little or no exercise at all. My usual exercise for the day is walking up and down the stairs in my house. It is mostly because of winter and I am kind of hibernating but I usually stay indoors because there is nothing for me to do. I'm not too much of a hermit or anything but I just prefer to stay comfortable and warm in my house rather than outside spending money and possibly getting myself into trouble.

So last night before I went to bed knowing that there was already a foot of snow on the ground and that I was going to be responsible for the rest of it in the morning. I thought that I promised too much, but almost as soon as I woke up this morning I was out there shovelling. To my surprise there were other people out there doing he same same thing. It was four in the morning, I was surprised that anything or anyone was moving at all.

I decided to write about this because instead of my usual pessimism, I was happy to be up and working hard first thing in the morning. I'm probably going back out there in an hour or so. I just looked outside and there is another layer of it on the ground. Only three inches or so but still enough for me to have a reason to go outside and get some much needed exercise. I guess I'll just have to wait until the snowplough ever goes by. Then I'll have a good excuse to head out there instead of just going out to clear away a light dusting of powder.

My back is kind of sore but it worth it because whatever does not kill me only makes me stronger. I hope that there are others that feel the same way that I do about bad situations like this one because I have never seen anyone smiling while shaking snow. Sometimes you just have to see the bright side of everything that you do and hopefully your can live a long and very happy life.

Mortgage Refinance Rates: Lifting the Weight of Financial Pressure

Anything can happen in the future. Not only can a dream job be secured, but a current job can be lost. If the litter occurs, then meeting current debt obligations can be very difficult, and a mortgage can become practicable impossible to pay. Thankfully, mortgages can be made again again, with lower mortgage refinance rates reducing reimbursements significantly.

Refinancing home loans is one of the most effective ways to deal with mounting financial pressure emanating specifically from a mortgage debt. While the deal was affordable when it was initially agreed, fluctuations in the economy may have changed things dramatically. So, striking up a new and more affordable deal becomes necessary.

Thankfully, there is little trouble in finding mortgage refinancing schemes with most mortgage providers offering the option. In fact, your own mortgage provider is probably the best port of call. And, so long as the rate charged is good, then saving money and lower financial stress are both guaranteed.

What Does Refinancing Mean?

As the name suggests, a refinancing transaction effectively changes the terms of a financial agreement in an attempt to make it more affordable. When it comes to mortgages, the only way to ensure that this is the income is to have lower mortgage refinance rates than those charged in the original mortgage agreement.

Refinancing home loans effectively effectively means buying out the remaining balance with a second mortgage that boasts a lower interest rate. Lowering the interest is always good news for borrowers. While sometimes just $ 50 or $ 100 may be saved on the size of a mortgage repayment, over the lifetime of the mortgage, it can translate to tens of thousands of dollars.

For example, on a good mortgage refinancing scheme, if the mortgage balance is $ 165,000 after 5 years of a 30-year term and monthly payments of around $ 580, a refinancing loan of $ 165,000 is used to buy out the balance. The repayments over 30 years then fall to $ 460.

Key Benefits to Choosing a Refinancing Loan

There are several benefits available to those mortgage holders that opt ​​to secure lower mortgage refinance rates. The lower repayments means there is extra cash available for other bills and expenses, so borrowers find themselves in a very strong financial position over just a few months.

Another key benefit is that, because refinancing home loans means paying off the original mortgage, the credit score of the borrower is improved veryly. It does not matter that a loan was used to clear it, the fact is the mortgage was paid off in full. A high credit score means lower interest rates in future loan deals.

However, it is important to keep in mind that even with a good mortgage refinancing scheme, the term of the refinancing loan will extend the debt to the original term at least. So, a 30-year mortgage with 10 years paid up, reverts to a 30-year term when the refinancing deal is done. The interest paid is, therefore, much higher over time.

Securing The Best Rates

Finding the best mortgage refinancing rates is not too difficult, but it is important to know where to find the right refinancing loan. The current mortgage providers are the best place to start, with their interests served by having the original mortgage paid off in full. Also, getting a lower rate is more likely here.

However, the Internet is also a great resource, with comparison sites providing the fastest identification method for the lowest rates out there. Keep in mind though that refinancing home loans are a major investment, so accurate information is essential to find the right deal.

And, of course, as with all transactions done over the Internet, check out the reputation of the likely lenders before signing up to a mortgage refinancing scheme. So, consult the Better Business Bureau website or the Verify1st site first.

3 Common Accidents In the Commercial Construction Industry

If you are either looking for work in the commercial construction industry or are new on the job; you might be wondering what kind of dangers you face. Actually it makes more sense to ask this question before you begin your search. But whether you did this or not, the answer to your question is that there are some accident risks you should be aware of. This is true of any labor-oriented job; not only construction jobs. The list of possible accidents you could be involved in is rather long. For the purposes of this article we will focus on three of the most common ones. If you would like additional information do a search on the Internet. It is also a good idea to have a lot of applicable insurance available to you incase an accident does happen.

The first of these accidents we will talk about is construction site falls. It is an unfortunate statistic that more than 300 deaths per year on construction sites are attributed to falls. It is even more unfortunate that these deaths and other serious injuries can be prevented and really ought to be. These incidents are called accidents for a reason and never happen on purpose. However; if safety standards are strictly being adhered to, most of them never would occur. This is true of any of the accident types we are discussing here; but perhaps more so when it is related to a fall.

Another type of common construction site accident is when the crane falls. Although operating any of the heavy machinery on these sites is hazardous, the crane is perhaps more hazardous. This is because the crane part itself is very heavy and stretches way high into the air, often while in motion. The crane does have a multiple number of brace-like parts on it that are designed to secure it to the ground. But accidents do happen when now and then the crane becomes too unbalanced to reverse and the whole thing comes toppling to the ground. When this event occurs; typically somebody is injured, and at times the injuries are fatal.

A separate type of construction site accident relates to our earlier discussion of workers falling. That is holes in the flooring and is a more common occurrence than you would think. This is another incident that is very preventable by clearly marking the site of the hole for all workers to see. When people get careless or sloppy because they are in a hurry to get the job finished is when this kind of accident is the most prevalent. Again; nobody deliberately sets out to hurt somebody. They either are rushed or maybe just plain tired from working so hard and they get careless. In this way the culprit is actually a victim too because they have to live with this for the rest of their lives.

No matter what type of injury has affected you or a family member you ought to speak with a reputable attorney about any legal action you can take. Plus; like we stated earlier, if you are going to work at this kind of job you really must have excellent insurance coverage. Be safe, not sorry – get the insurance.

A Review of Air Compressor Manufacturers

It is no surprise that with the increase in demand for high quality air compressors, several manufacturers are continuing to perfect the quality and standards for these devices.

You can find at least a dozen very well-known and responsive air compressor manufacturers. Most of these companies adhere to the strict quality and safety standards as set forth by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This governing body is responsible for regulating air compressors and all of their certified products will be labeled accordingly.

One of the most popular air compressor manufacturers in the United States is Sullivan-Palatek, located in Indiana. This company prides itself on creating some of the most advanced engine-driven air compressors on the market, both in terms of quality and safety. These air compressors are among the most energy-efficient available. They also offer used air compressors and air compressor rentals.

Atlas Copco Compressors Inc. is also a very well respected authority in air compressor manufacturing. Located in Massachusetts, Atlas Copco has been in business for several decades. They specialize in both portable and stationary air compressors. Their popular stationary models include lubricated, oil-free, PET, centrifugal air & gas and turbo expanders.

These three companies are just a few examples of the fine air compressor manufacturers located in the United States. With decades of experience, most of the companies that manufacture air compressors are continuously driving to make them better. They are in a continuous process of promoting features to make air compressors affordable, long lasting, safe, and energy-efficient. When choosing an air compressor manufacturer, you should probably choose one that has been tested and certified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Many states only allow the sale of devices certified by the organization. This group has set rigorous quality and safety standards that should be applied to most air compressor models.

Latex Gloves: A Simple Way to Ensure Workplace Safety

Latex examination gloves are a smart and easy way to keep any workplace safe. From safeguarding employees against harmful elements to ensuring that nothing contaminates the workplace, latex hand wear provides appropriate protection. When selecting the best latex exam gloves, there are a number of elements to take into consideration before making a final decision.

The first thing to understand when looking at latex exam hand wear is the size. Standard latex options will come in a small, medium, or large. These sizes are designed to fit a range of hands, which means that workplaces interested in such standard latex rubber hand wear should probably stock all three sizes in order to accommodate all employees. However, the size of the hand wear may also refer to the length. Latex exam gloves are often cropped to cover only the skin on the hand. Other latex rubber gloves, however, may include extra material to fully cover the hand and wrist for added protection.

Workplaces that wish to keep employees safe from chemicals or cleaning products may opt for the longer size of latex exam gloves while those need medical gloves will usually buy the standard sizes. Thickness is another consideration when selecting the best latex examination gloves. The thickness will determine the strength and versatility of the latex rubber gloves in question. Thin latex exam gloves may provide added sensitivity and dexterity, making them ideal for precision work. However, thicker latex rubber gloves will provide added protection, which may be especially important for individuals working with chemicals or dangerous substances. Some latex disposable gloves are even flocked lined in order to provide an extra layer of protection.

The size and thickness will usually be related to the overall intended purpose of the latex disposable gloves. When buying latex gloves, it is a good idea to consider the manufacturer's purpose. Some latex gloves are medical gloves, designed to withstand normal use in such settings. Other latex rubber gloves may be tested against chemicals in order to gauge how the gloves wear in such conditions. Some latex medical options are even tested by the FDA or the USDA and may be approved for use in certain industries. It is important not to purchase gloves that may provide insufficient protection.

The other main consideration when looking at latex gloves is the cost. Each brand and type of latex rubber gloves will carry its own price tag. The price is often determined by the durability and strength of the latex gloves. Thicker latex gloves will often be somewhat more expensive due to the extra materials needed to make the gloves. However, one great way to save money with any latex exam gloves is to buy in bulk. By purchasing in bulk, it is easy to ensure that there are enough latex gloves for extended use while also saving money.

Overall, the right latex gloves will be determined by the unique needs of any workplace. By carefully considering the size, thickness, purpose, and cost of the gloves, anyone can find the best latex gloves for their workplace.

What Is The Biggest Ski Resort in the USA?

Skiing & Snowboarding are such popular sports and really offer a great break from the Winter blues. Ski season in the USA generally lasts from about mid November to mid April depending on the resort & weather conditions. All ages can really enjoy this sport & you’ll see tiny kiddies through to octogenarian ski clubs on the slopes. There are so many ski resorts in the USA that it can be hard to choose which one to visit. Yes there are the big names like Vail & Aspen world-famous resorts, known throughout the world as great ski areas & deservedly so.

But do you know which is the biggest ski resort in the USA? Major changes are afoot and the biggest ski area in the USA is now Park City Mountain Resort.

Ski resort operating giant Vail resorts took over Park City, after it was already running next door Canyons ski resort. These 2 fantastic ski resorts are being combined to make one giant ski resort called Park City Mountain Resort. Major investment is adding a new “interconnect” gondola to connect the 2 resorts between the Silverlodge lift in Park City & the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. In addition to this new lift there will be major upgrades to Kingcon chairlift changing it to a 6 person high-speed detachable chair & increasing capacity. The Motherlode lift is being upgraded to a 4 person high-speed detachable lift from the old fixed grip chairlift, making it much easier to access the slopes.

From the new interconnect gondola it will be possible for skiers & riders to unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge (snow conditions permitting) & ski or board down to Thaynes Canyon. There are also going to be new runs from Pine Cone Ridge down to the Canyons Iron mountain area.

So if you love skiing there will be so much to ski at this one mountain. The new ski resort will have 7300 acres of terrain, bigger than Vail and have a great variety of runs from green beginner, through to blue intermediate pistes & black expert areas. The total combined lifts will stretch for nearly 23 miles & the vertical rise will amount to 34,400 feet. Altogether there will be 17 peaks to swoop down, after checking out the views from the top of course. The 14 bowls will be paradise in the powder & after all this area of Utah, USA does get 355 inches of snowfall on average per year, so chances of some epic freshies are high. Over 300 ski runs will be marked & over 150 park features for those who love to strut their stuff in the terrain parks. 8 half-pipes including the super pipe will also be ideal for those who love to get big air.

The whole resort is being called Park City Mountain Resort and will still be connected to the Town of Park City & historic Main Street via the Town lift. The old canyons village is being re-named canyons base area at Park City, but the ski runs rising out of the village will all be part of Park City Mountain Resort.

Three Tips For Choosing Student Housing

Packing and leaving for college can be an exciting yet daunting task. For anyone who has not planned ahead, it can also be very stressful, since student housing can be difficult to come by when not secured months before arriving. Fortunately, there may still be some options available.

Special Accommodations For Graduate Students

Staying on campus is a very convenient option, especially for those who enjoy meeting new people. Undergraduates tend to have access to two-person rooms or multi-person room suites that are shared. However, for those who are in a masters or PhD program, there may be options that include special accommodations for more mature individuals who are working toward an advanced degree. This is something to consider when searching for student housing.

Sharing An Apartment Or House

Getting an apartment or house is another option to think about, but it should be considered carefully. First, research the rent cycle of the city by asking those who currently rent in the area. Some areas have high turnover, which can make it easier to get a place. Smaller areas can be more difficult.

Once an apartment or house has been secured, make sure to have roommates who understand the leasing process and are willing and able to pay rent, deposits, and utilities in full and on time each month so not to jeopardize the living situation.

In addition, pay attention to the terms of the lease. Leases are not typically based on semesters. For example, anyone who intends on graduating in December should not sign a lease that lasts until June or July of the following year, as that will leave the rest of the housemates with having to find a new tenant. Conversely, the student who leaves may be responsible for paying the remainder of the lease until it is up if the others on the lease cannot find a roommate.

Research Cost Of Living In Advance

For those moving into an area for the first time, it would be advisable to do some research to see what the cost of living will be. Different areas of the country can be vastly different with regard to student housing costs, utility expenses, and even groceries. When looking at advertisements, check for not only the rent each month, but also how many utilities are included and the remaining cost. Think about whether or not that is affordable.

Moving to college can be a fun and exciting time, but it is important to consider everything that comes along with it. Think about where the best place to live would be based on the budget available. For those interested in on-campus student housing, it is important to research that option, at least one semester in advance, to ensure there is a place available. For off-campus living, be sure to carefully consider cost of living expenses. Also, be sure to choose roommates wisely. Not enjoying the other housemates can lead to a very stressful year.

Alfalfa Sprouts – Grow in Your Kitchen

Alfalfa has been grown for many civilizations for over five thousand years. Alfalfa was planted in hot, dry regions of Mesopotamia before recorded history. Alfalfa is grown throughout the world under extremely diverse climatic conditions. Alfalfa seeds are in the legume family. The name "alfalfa" means "father of all foods." The saponins in alfalfa sprouts may help to reduce cholesterol. They contain significant dietary sources of phytoestrogens connected with prevention of menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease. Alfalfa sprouts are full of nutrition. Research shows that sprouts are loaded with antioxidants, and are full of protein, chlorophyll, vitamins and amino acids. Sprouts contain enzymes which digest themselves. They add enzymes that heal the body, aid in digestion and are affordable. Enzymes are considered the key to longevity and are abundant in sprouts. Sprouts have the largest relative content of nutrients per unit of intake of any food known. More nutrients reach the cells with less food. Research has shown sprouts to have high levels of disease preventing phytochemicals. They contribute to better health by prevention to treatment in life threatening diseases.

Sprouts are widely recognized by those who are nutrition conscious and health care professionals as a wonder food. Home sprouting can supply delicious fresh food without the environmental toxins. They require no soil, only water. Sprouts are usually added to other foods. They are completely natural and known for their powerful nutritional and healing properties. Sprouts continue to grow even after you have ate them. Alfalfa is the most famous sprout in the United States. It has a mild flavor, an abundant amount of nutrition, and easy to grow.

Alfalfa sprouts are low in calories, about 10 calories per cup. Other nutritional information include: vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Alfalfa sprouts contain more vitamin C than oranges. They also have calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, carotene, chlorophyll, amino acids, and protein – 35%.

Sprouting Instructions: Yields approximately 2 cups of sprouts. Add 2 tablespoons of seeds to a mason jar with strainer lid. Rinse thoroughly with 60-70 degree water. First day, fill half way with water overnight to soak. Set out of direct sunlight and at room temperature, 70 degrees is optimal. The kitchen counter is fine. Rinse and drain twice a day. At the end of day 5 or the start of day 6 your sprouts will be ready to eat. Refrigerate your sprouts 8-12 hours after the final rinse and drain. Enjoy your sprouts in salads, sandwiches, soups, juices, omelets, slices, pizza, stir fry, casserole, scrambled eggs, wraps, dips, spreads, side dishes or as a topping to any dish.

Seed to sprout: 5 to 6 days, yield: 7 to 1, Sprout shelf life: 2 to 6 weeks,
Sprout seed shelf life at 70 degrees: 3 to 4 years.