Tamil Recipes – Madurai Prawn Fry

This is a very easy Tamil Recipes Madurai Prawn Fry but oil consuming (which also tastes super) affair. But nothing to beat this recipe for taste and pleasure of original prawns flavor. My mothers special from Pasumalai, Madurai.

Ingredients:

Prawns/shrimp 2 to 4 cups depending on size of prawns

Red chili powder 2 tsp

Turmeric 2 tsp

Fennel 1 tbsp

Ginger/garlic paste 2 tbsp

curry leaves a few

Salt to taste

Oil 4 cups

Water to cook

Method:

Method:

1. Clean the prawns well and peel the shell off, then rub red chili powder, ginger/garlic paste, salt and turmeric for about 15 minutes

2. Pour oil in a deep frying pan and let it heat up in high

3. Now add fennel and fry a bit with curry leaves. Add the prawns in smaller quantities depending upon the number of prawns and the size of your wok. Do not let them stick to one another.

4. After about 5 minutes they should have become brown by now so turn the side and let the other side also become brown and crispy

5. Serve as side dish for any meal or eat it as a snack or bites for drinks

Prawns are the shrimps in America and it is also called as ‘eratu or ratu’ in Tamilnadu. It is a seafood that gas become expensive int he recent past. The entire export market in India picked up in the last two decades and make it almost impossible for people living in India especially y in the coastal regions to buy and eat shrimp. The export market can afford to pay a higher price because of the market demand for shrimps abroad the local price of shrimps and prawns have increased beyond the common man;s ability to pay up.

The recipes for this seafood like shrimps as many and varied. They are regional in perspective as taste in India differs greatly from regions to region. The south has traditional curry based recipes and north has different sets of criteria. These are also available for frying like this one above and many forms of curries and gravies abound. Coconut is also used with any of these prawn recipes throughout South India especially Kerala.

Some have allergies associated with any sea food more so with shrimps. You may need to consult a doctor before trying out any of these dishes in shrimps. All the curry and ingredients are available in America in Indian and Asian grocery stores in major cities all over the USA. The internet also now supplies all kinds of imported items through courier services.

Glass Block Crafts – How to Make Gifts and Keepsakes They’ll Love!

One of the newest trends in do-it-yourself gifts is glass block crafts.

Advantages include that glass blocks are readily available at your local home improvement and craft stores, they’re inexpensive, and anyone can do it!

What Can You Make With Glass Blocks?

Of course, the only limitation is your imagination!

Some popular glass block crafts ideas include making lighted holiday decorations, centerpieces and nightlights, both fresh and silk flower arrangements, coin banks, lamps, knife holders, decoratively etched display pieces, picture “frames” and more.

Glass block crafts are great because the blocks themselves are heavy and quite stable, so they are hard to knock over. They can be filled with sand or marbles, coins or even water with fresh flowers. They are well-sealed, so they don’t leak.

Where Do You Get the Blocks for Crafts?

Any home improvement store will carry glass blocks, and they are typically cheaper there than at the craft stores. Block prices range from about $3 to as much as $10, depending upon size and style of the glass.

Glass blocks can be clear, or they can come in a wide variety of frosted or decorative glass styles. One style is where the glass has little circles on it, or stripes, or unique varying patterns.

Blocks can be as small as 4 inches by 8 inches, or as large as 12 inches by 12 inches. You can find glass blocks that are 3 or 4 inches thick, depending upon your preference.

One disadvantage to home improvement store blocks is that if you are intending to fill the blocks in any way, you will need to drill a hole in the block yourself with a glass drill bit. This is something that anyone can do, but it does require a little care. Use a 5/8 inch glass bit, and drill slowly so as not to crack the block. Make sure to wear eye protection.

You can also choose to buy your blocks at a craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. They will be more expensive at a craft store, but in most cases the blocks will come pre-drilled with either a one inch hole, or a 4 or 5 inch pre-cut rectangular slot on top.

Blocks from the craft store will range in price from about $8 to as much as $15.

Some Glass Block Crafts Ideas

Table Centerpiece. One idea for a party or shower centerpiece is to fill a glass block with holiday lights, either clear, white or colored. Try to choose a white cord for your lights since they are less likely to be noticeable.

Stuff a 20-light chain into your glass block. Leave the cord outside the block so it can be plugged in. You may choose to apply a vinyl message like “Fun!”, “Party,” “Enjoy!”, “New Baby!”, etc., on the outside of the block. Window clings work well also.

Wrap the block with a colorful ribbon and tie the top or side with a large bow. You can use this as a table centerpiece or mantel decoration. It looks very festive when the lights are on, and even more so when there are several blocks of varying sizes!

Snowman. Choose 2 or 3 blocks of increasing size, one for each ball of the snowman.

If you choose to paint your blocks, do so before you start to assemble your snowman. You can ask at your local craft store for the appropriate type of paint for glass. Allow the blocks to dry for 24 hours before assembling.

Fill the blocks with clear lights, about 20 lights per block. You may choose to use a longer (50 lights or more) single string in order to make your project simpler. You may need to drill additional holes in the bottom of the blocks to allow the strings to go from top to bottom of your snowman.

Adhere your blocks together with glue at the top and bottom raised edges of the blocks. You can use silicone adhesive, or any glue that is designed for glass.

Decorate the snowman with buttons for his eyes and mouth. Glue twigs to the blocks at the seams for his arms, and add a carrot decoration or other piece for his nose. Some people will add a small hat or scarf, your preference.

Wedding or Shower Gift. This glass block crafts idea uses no lights.

Take a photograph of your choice that is slightly smaller than the glass block you’re using.

Cut a piece of adhesive, colored vinyl (craft store item) that is slightly larger than your block. Center your photo over the top of the vinyl so that it will form a border around your photo. The photo will stick to the vinyl.

Place the bordered photo against the outside back of the glass block. When you look through the block, you’ll want to see the photo.

Add a large ribbon around the block, and tie a bow on the top. You can add other things if you like. For example, a teddy bear or baby rattle looks nice for a baby shower.

Photo Frame. This is a simple glass block project that anyone can do.

Choose your favorite photograph. Coat the back with spray adhesive and place it on a piece of cardboard, laminate, or something firm but thin. Cut the backing to fit the photo.

Fill your glass block with sand, no more than 1/3 full. Place your photo inside the block and stick in into the sand. The sand will hold it in place. You can add seashells or other small decorative items as desired.

As you see, with a little imagination and creativity, you too can enjoy glass block crafts!

Roller Blinds – How to Manually Seal a Fraying Edge

Roller blinds are very popular as a window covering. They come with many different finishes and styles, and are available in literally hundreds of fabrics covering a full spectrum of colour, texture and design. They can be bought made to measure or in readymade blind sizes and even cut down to fit a specific window size. But one problem that roller blinds can have over time is fraying, usually due to repeated use. Because these can be delicate and hard to handle, they require special care when you want to repair and limit the damage. Here’s how to manually seal a fraying side of a roller blind if the blinds are out of guarantee.

The first thing to do when trying to repair this is to not go about it while the roller blind is still attached to the window. Instead, remove the roller shade from its support, and lay it down on the ground. The best idea here is to put it on top of old newspapers or another smooth surface. Make sure not to entangle the cords or damage them somehow. Because these items can be fragile when taken out of their set installation, you need to be careful when handling them paying special attention not to soil the fabric. If you have rubber gloves, it’s a good idea to use them, or at least be delicate with each blind. The first step is to carefully remove any pieces of fabric which have already frayed from the weave using sharp scissors, being careful not to remove too much. Next, you’ll need a glue solution called fray stop, something you can get in any good haberdashery shop or is widely available online. Simply squeeze the container to gently get some sealer out, and apply the substance on the frayed side of the roller shade, using a fine tip, usually included with the solution. Here, you can seal only the obviously frayed areas, or you can decide to seal the whole roller shade, to prevent any future problem.

You can use cotton swabs or a towel to clean up the result, and make sure no glue is left exposed. The solution will usually go on white and dry clear. It is bets to consult the instructions on your fray stop solution for how long to leave the blinds to dry, however if in doubt you can leave it overnight. Then, before putting the blinds back into place, you should wait for the process to dry out completely. This can take several hours. In the end, fray stop can help keep your blinds nice and clean for years to come, and extend the life of your product. Because it helps not only existing problems, but also keep the blind safer from future issues, it’s a great solution.

Overall, it’s fairly simple to manually seal a fraying side of a roller blind by using a fray stop solution, and it’s something that can not only solve a problem, but enhance the quality of your blinds. There’s no need to pay a professional to do it, all you need is the right steps, and some careful handling. Then, you can do it all yourself, save money, and extend the life of your blinds even further.

Steel Garage Buildings – Pros and Cons

Steel buildings are completely made of steel while steel frame buildings have only the inner structure made from steel. The outer portion of the building such as the siding and the roof can be of other materials. A steel frame garage may have resemblance to any regular wooden garage. Pondering into steel garage buildings, we could seek out some advantages and disadvantages.

Building a garage using steel is definitely cheaper than constructing a conventional garage made of wood. This is one advantage where owners can save on the construction cost. Comparatively, steel is much sturdier than wood. Steel is strong and do not require additional support. Its design and structure are naturally strong thus they provide greater support than the wood. Little maintenance is required and the challenge is only the building part.

Steel structures are multipurpose. They can be utilized to house farming equipments, be used as a large storage sheds, making a workshop or you can build an area for your kids’ band practice. Besides, steel may not necessarily appear to be steel. You can have your garage made of steel yet appear as other designs, colors and textures. The outer modification can be altered according to your personalize preferences.

Steel structures are also lighter compared to other materials such as brick, wood or concrete. Steel also offer the trait of fire resistance. It is definitely much safer than wood garages and allows lower insurance costs as well. You may obtain a tax credit as many steel garage buildings are energy efficient buildings. Steel is also resistant to damage. It does not easily warped or bent if there is power forced on it. It does not get wet with the presence of water; neither does it attract termites or fungus.

However, steel garage buildings may need certain equipments to build. You will need a garage kit and some effort to get your garage erected. Moreover, steel is a good heat absorbent thus it can absorb and dissipate heat very quickly. It will become rusty if damaged so you may need to apply some protection if it is scratched or dented.

How To Wholesale An Apartment Building

It sounds totally impossible, taking a big apartment building and assigning the contract for tens of thousands. Can you really do that, and if you can, how is it done?

Well, the answer is indeed yes, your can flip an apartment building. People no smarter than you are doing it all across the country every month, maybe every day. The way you do it is not so different to the way you flip a house, but with a few tweaks. In fact, it’s probably a little easier than flipping a house.

You may be familiar with this series of events. 1) find a profitable deal, 2) get the deal under contract, 3) find a buyer with cash, 3) assign the contract to your buyer for an assignment fee, 4) deposit the check in your bank account.

The variations are in 1) and 3).

First of all, when you are trying to find a property at a wholesale price that the end investor will still be interested in, you have have to know what goes into creating value in apartment buildings.

There’s more to it than just looking for shabby properties with deferred maintenance. You are looking for otherwise quality properties whose owners have let go for whatever reason and are in a bind because of it. One must have factor is location. Bad location is tough to overcome.

The deal has to have upside in it; there have to be things currently wrong with the property that will represent increases in value once they are turned around. So if the property is 20-30% vacant, the rents on the occupied units haven’t been raised in 5 years, and there are repairs that haven’t been done, that creates potential upside. A buyer you resell to could come in, turn all these factors around, and cause a big bump in the property’s value.

Big apartment complexes typically don’t attract newbie investors. The people you resell to are going to be pro investors who know what a good deal looks like. If your deal doesn’t have these upside factors and it doesn’t have location working for, they’ll see that immediately and bid you goodbye.

Also when you have these three elements present in the property, it is highly likely the owner is going to be hurting financially and motivated to sell cheap just to get out of the property. Deferred maintenance scares away good tenants, rents then need to be lowered to fill the units, lower rents attract lower quality tenants, lower quality tenants are harder on the property and don’t pay, and the spiral continues downward.

It is these very elements you put to work in your negotiations to get the cheap price on the contract you need. Without a big upside no end-investor will be interested, so you must know these elements.

The other thing that is different with flipping apartments is the kind of buyer you will be selling to. Rehabbing houses has become so popular that you often find yourself reselling to relative newbies, which comes with it’s own problems. When flipping apartments, just about all of the time you are dealing with flat out pros.

These are people with multi-million dollar lines of credit, bank accounts with a few million in cash sitting there, or both, who have absolutely no problem with you making a $50,000 profit assigning your contract to them. They know full well they will be pulling a couple million out of the property in two years or thereabouts, so fifty thousand dollars is a small price to pay.

The truth is, by saving the end investor the time and hassle of having to go and find the property you have created a great deal of value for them. He/she will gladly pay your fee, ensuring you receive the money because they want you to go out and do for them all over again.

This is the world of flipping apartment buildings. It may be a little different to what you are used to.

Carbuncles, Furuncles and Boils Oh My!

DO NOT SQEEZE A BOIL. Yes, it looks like a giant pimple and it is red and hot and has a head. Do not squeeze it. It is a communicable staph infection that you don’t want to drive into the blood stream. A Carbuncle is a boil with two or more heads and a Furuncle is a boil with one head. All will be treated here as just BOILS. A boil is NOT an acne pimple. Do NOT treat it as an acne pimple.

Whenever you deal with the boil, wear disposable rubber gloves. Launder some rags with hot water and bleach. Use them or paper towels, toilet paper, gauze or cotton squares. Everything must be clean and cleaned up afterwards. Everything must be thrown away.

With the clean, disposable rags, make hot compresses. Just put the rags in hot water and wring out. Hold a compress over the boil until the rag cools. Do this a few times a day until the boil comes to a head. You will see a green or yellow dot in the middle. The boil will be hot and painful. It may turn the skin red, yellow, gray or even green. Do NOT pick the head or dot in the middle.

Apply OTC Ichthammol 20% to the boil. If your drug store doesn’t have it, you can order it on line. The price is about $6. It is also called Black Ointment or Black Drawing Salve. Use a disposable implement to apply it: a tongue depressor, back of a plastic spoon, a plastic knife, or a gloved finger. Apply rather thickly to the center, and then bandage to keep the black off your clothes. Throw away the tools and gloves.

Some doctors say to leave the boil open to the air to dry it out. I prefer to cover it with a bandage or a cushion of gauze held on with adhesive tape. If the boil pops, the pus won’t get on your clothes and it won’t get on other people. A good pad of gauze can cushion the boil against discomfort from clothes or just daily living. If the boil oozes, it will stick to the bandage. This is GOOD. When you rip off the bandage, the head of the boil will stick to the bandage. This will open the boil so you can clean it.

When you are ready to clean the boil, wear disposable gloves and have an abundance of disposable rags or tissue, etc. Have plastic bags to throw away all the contaminated material. You are dealing with something highly contagious. Look at the boil and how it mounds up. Go the edge of boil where the skin is still flat. With tissue over your fingers, press down and OUT, away from the center of the boil. This is different from how you treat a pimple. Do NOT press IN. Pressing in could cause the infection to go deeper into your body. Press OUT. If nothing happens, leave it alone. Put on a hot compress; remove it; and then bandage.

Eventually when you press down and out, the head will pop and pus will come out. Clean it up with toilet paper or tissue. Look at the pus. What you are looking for is a core of hard tissue. It may be white, red, or green. It may look flat on the top and taper to a point like a cone. It may not come out the first time that you clean the boil. After pressing on one side of the boil, move your fingers perpendicular to the position that they were in, and press down and out again. This will be very painful to the “victim” so be gentle. Eventually no more pus will come out. Clean up the area and bandage. Put all the contaminated paper and gloves into a plastic bag to tie up and dispose of.

The next day, do the same. You may have more pus than the day before. When the core of hard tissue comes out you will feel rewarded because you know that you are on the road to recovery. The boil will drain more easily after the core comes out.

Every day continue with hot compresses, pressing OUT, and bandaging. Anytime that pus comes in contact with anything not disposable, clean the area or item with Clorox. Some people advocating putting a drop of Clorox on the bandage to kill the germs. I don’t usually do this because it can sting.

Eventually no more pus will come out. Keep the area bandaged until all weeping is finished and the boil heals.

Towels, wash cloths, sheets, pajamas, etc. used by the patient should not be shared and must be changed and washed daily in hot water with Clorox. It is better to take a shower than a tub bath. If the boil were to pop in the tub, the pus would get in the water. With a shower, the pus would wash off in the flow of the water. After a shower, the shower floor should be doused with Clorox. Rubber shower mats can be washed in the washing machine with hot water and Clorox. Strict hygiene measures must be followed to prevent the spread of boils to other areas of the body and to family members.

Strengthening your immune system with extra Vitamin C may help prevent and heal a boil. Some people believe that Echinacea and Golden Seal supplements act as natural antibiotics. Pregnant or nursing women should not take Golden Seal, nor should people with high blood pressure, kidney or liver problems.

How to Make Money From Things Found in the Woods

There are numerous ways to make money from things you can find in the woods or even fields. Most people think of logging timber or cutting firewood, but I’m going to list some different options that involve less physically demanding work, less equipment, and less environmental impact. The majority of them will not affect the ecosystem if done moderately. Here are eight ideas to get you started.

Morel mushrooms, also known as dryland fish, can be found in the woods in the springtime across most of the entire Eastern half of the United States and a few places in the Northwest. Morels can sell for $20 or more per pound.

Pine cones come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be turned into crafts which can then be sold. You can also soak them in certain chemicals which will in turn cause them to burn different colors when put in a fireplace. These treated pine cones sell for around $15 for a 3 pound bag.

You can dig ginseng and other herbal roots such as goldenseal, black cohosh, and wild hydrangea. A pound of wild ginseng usually brings anywhere from $300 to $800 a pound depending on the market that year.

Arrowheads, flint tools, and other Indian rocks and artifacts can be found in fields and woods across the country. Just one nice artifact could be worth anywhere between $10 and $1000.

Keep an eye out for twisted, small trees or branches. You can make really nice walking canes out of these fairly easily. Just try to use trees or branches that have a unique, distinctive quality. This makes the cane a one of a kind item with character.

You can find giant cane, also known as river cane, in 23 states. It is often found in floodplains with sparse tree cover overhead. You can take a few of the larger ones and make fishing poles (cane poles) out of them and sell them.

You can find and sell antler sheds from deer, elk and moose. Many sell for several dollars a pound, but if you find a trophy-sized shed it could bring much more.

You might need to exercise some caution on this one. Most people wait until after the fall frost. It is gathering hornet nests. They generally bring around $20-30 apiece from people who want them as a type of rustic decoration or just collect them. Plus, hornets do not use an old nest, they build a new one each year.

Hopefully, you have gotten at least a few ideas from this article and maybe you have most of these things in your area. Just please be responsible when taking advantage of nature’s available resources and always check your local laws and regulations before proceeding.

Antibiotics for the Most Common STDs – Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomonas

Sexual activity is starting at a younger age today and many experiment without thinking about the repercussions. They may not be aware or educated about the many problems that can arise with sexually activity. This always leaves a concern of STD’s due to unsafe safe practices.

Do you think that you’re suffering from an STD? Find out more about the signs, symptoms and treatment of common STD’s below.

There are several common Sexually Transmitted Diseases or the newer term Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) that are seen more often that others in the United States today. Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomonas (Trich) are the most prevalent STD’s in the U.S. With appropriate antibiotic treatment these infections are curable.

The person may present with no symptoms, or have some overlapping of symptoms. Common symptoms include increased vaginal or penis discharge, painful urination and irritation or itching. There is a hallmark symptom that may help distinguish Trichomonas from Chlamydia or Gonorrhea. Malodorous frothy better described as bubbly, yellow, green discharge is characteristic of trich.

These sexually transmitted infections may be diagnosed clinically, but usually lab testing is done in order to verify the results. Testing is recommended for those who have had sexually activity, specifically risky behaviors such as: no protection or multiple partners. Common testing for STD’s includes a NAAT test, gram stain or urine test.

There are many different routes that may be chosen when treating a STD. Many different antibiotic options are available when trying to cure the infection. Antibiotics therapy is based on cost effectiveness and severity of symptoms. A few of the antibiotics below are options for the treatment of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Two (Chlamydia and Gonorrhea) of these three infections can be treated with about the same class of antibiotics. Antibiotics effective against these two bacterial infections include a third generation Quinolone which is somewhat expensive. The Tetracycline family or a first generation Macrolide is a cheaper yet effective antibiotic route to treat Chlamydia if cost of antibiotic therapy is a concern. A second generation Quinolone is a cost – effective option for Gonorrhea but efficacy must be considered.

It is thought that if you have Chlamydia or Gonorrhea that empiric treatment for both is usually indicated because co-infection is common.

Trichomonas (Trich) is an anaerobe protozoan infection and therefore is treated with a miscellaneous categorized antibiotic. Flagyl is first line treatment for trich and is also offered at a reasonable price.

If you are pregnant or less than 18 years of age a different antibiotic may be indicated due to contraindications. Tetracycline and Quinolone antibiotics are not used during pregnancy or if less than eighteen years old.

Partner treatment is highly recommended and Abstinence must be practiced until antibiotic therapy is completed. These common STDs can be cured when the right antibiotic is taken as specified. No follow – up is usually indicated unless symptoms persist. If symptoms do persist contact your provider for further evaluation and possible treatment regimens. If left uncured further complications may occur such as pelvic inflammatory disease.

To help prevent the spread of STD’s there has been a push in the area of education and abstinence pertaining to combat sexually transmitted infections. Safe sex practices for those who chose to become active are also being emphasized. Condoms and monogamy are key areas of emphasis to prevent acquiring or transmission of these sexually transmitted diseases.

Visit with your medical provider for evaluation if you have any of the above mentioned risky sexual behaviors or signs and symptoms of an STD. Your provider may want to do testing for possible STD’s and start treatment if indicated.

The Clarity Pyramid – Poem to Practice Word Choice Techniques

The Clarity Pyramid

The Clarity Pyramid is a recently created short poetry form. Like most short forms, the key to success is to choose your words wisely. Because of this, it is a great option for you to practice word choice techniques.

The first line is the keystone of the entire poem. All other lines exist to further support and define this single word. In other words, they clarify this word for the reader.

BRIEF HISTORY

Jerry P. Quinn, a financial strategist and poet, is the architect of the Clarity Pyramid. He constructed the poetry form in 2002.

MUST HAVES

—Three stanzas which are made up of two triplets and a final clarifying line.

—The foundation of the clarity pyramid is the first line, which is a single syllable word.

—The first line must be in capital letters.

—Each successive line is increased in syllabic count by one – except the forth line, which increases by two.

Form Structure:

1 SYLLABLE

2 syllables

3 syllables

5 syllables

6 syllables

7 syllables

“8 syllables”

—There are also criteria in the construction of each line.

Remember, the first line must be a single, one-syllable word and must also be capitalized. This line has the added function of being the title of the poem. Here is what you must keep in mind as you build rest of the lines.

Line two and line three must clarify or be synonyms of the word in the first line. All the lines in the second stanza must describe a life event linked to the word in the first line. The eighth and final line must be in quotations and further describe the first line.

That particular rule bothers me, and would be one of the first rules I would break with my poetry contractor’s license. I don’t like using the quotes unless I am – well, quoting someone or using them in order to show dialogue.

COULD HAVES or What’s The Poet’s Choice In All This?

—You may choose to center align the poem or not. Many poets choose center alignment in order to create a visual pyramid, but it isn’t a requirement.

—The use of rhyme and meter, although I wouldn’t recommend either for this short form.

—What language your first word is in. Actually, what language your entire poem is in, but since I am an English speaking poet – I will speak from this perspective.

NEW VARIATION 1: I love words and thought it would be interesting to take a word in another language for the first word and then use the rest of the poem to “clarify” it in English. (This could also be a good opportunity for non-native English speakers to take an English word and use the rest of the poem to “clarify” it in their native tongue.) Because many languages use a lot of syllables in their words, this might be the time to take the Clarity Pyramid to the next level and create another new variation (See below).

NEW VARIATION 2: Follow the rules set in place, but change the syllabic count to word count.

OF NOTE

Jerry P. Quinn has won several poetry contests and had many of his poems published.

Bad CCTV Power Supply? Make Sure!

If you have a multi camera surveillance system; then most likely you are using a CCTV power box with multiple inputs to power all of your CCTV cameras. Sometimes if you’re surveillance system goes offline and it seems that your power supply is bad; that may not actually be the case. Let’s go over a few steps we can take to make sure that is the problem.

First Step Or Last Step

The first or last step can be to take another CCTV power supply and replace the one in question to find out if you start receiving power with this new one.

Now this is an easy first step to take for a surveillance installer or dealer as they would have quick access to another power source most likely. For an average installer or customer; this may be a bit trickier to do and really would be a last resort type of scenario.

Whatever step you end up doing this in, you will have 2 different outcomes. Either the new power box will work and power up your surveillance system; or it will have the same failings as the other.

If it works, then most likely you have found out that your problem resides in the power box itself. On the other hand if this new box also fails; then you have most likely eliminated the power box as the source of failure.

Next Step – Camera Short?

If you have a security camera that has an electrical short in its connection to your power supply; then this would force your power supply to shut itself down. To test this it can take a bit of time, but you will have to individually connect each camera to your power supply and test if one of them stops the system from powering on.

If you find a camera that is shorting the system out; then you will need to determine if it’s the CCTV cable or the security camera. To do this you will need to get a hold of another power and video cable or take one from a working source and test the camera again. If this works; then your problem lies in the cable and it needs to be replaced. If the new cable does not work; then you will have to check your power connections on your camera, and possibly replace the camera itself.

Not A Camera Short? Try The Main Power Cable & Connection

Honestly this should be the very first step before anything else; because if it is at fault it saves you a lot of time. Each CCTV power box will have a plug that connects to an outlet, and to test this you can try replacing the cable or you can connect it to multiple outlets to see if the outlet is at fault.

Check The Fuse

If you are only experiencing power outages to certain security cameras; then you may have a blown fuse (Assuming Your Using A Fused Power Supply). Most CCTV power supply boxes come with spare fuses, and replacing your fuse may do the trick.

By trying these various troubleshooting methods; you can more accurately determine where your CCTV power problem lies.

Closing Costs When Buying a Multi-Family Apartment Building

When buying a multi-family building as an investment property, closing costs can add up to a large amount, and thus should be calculated with careful attention since the investor needs to estimate if he has enough funds for the down payment and the closing costs prior to closing the deal.

It is also important to estimate how much cash is needed to put aside for the closing costs prior to closing since one of the bank’s conditions when approving a mortgage is making sure the buyer has enough funds for the down payment and closing costs together.

Appraisal Fee: This requirement is helping the bank to assess the market value of the property, so that it can estimate the LTV (loan-to-value). If the appraised value is $500,000 and the LTV is 80%, then the bank is willing to loan $400,000 out of the total assessed value. Appraisal fee is usually a must with insured mortgages, but for conventional mortgage, it can sometimes be waived at the discretion of the bank that provides the mortgage. Appraisal fee depends on the size of the multi-family buildings and other considerations. The appraisal directly correlates to the size of the building: the larger the building, the higher the appraisal’s fee.

Phase 1 Environmental Fee: Environmental analysis of the property and all surrounding uses or conditions to make sure the property and its surrounding aren’t contaminated from any past use of chemical, oil tanks and other hazards. Usually this fee is associated only with insured mortgages only and not with conventional ones.

Inspection Fee: Inspection fee includes careful inspection of each unit in the building to make sure there is no structural problem with any of the units and the building overall. Inspection should be done only by a professional, since missed issues by him can later on cost you a lot of money to repair. The more units to inspect, the higher the fee that is charged by the inspector.

Land Transfer Tax (LTT): This fee depends on the province the multi-family building is purchased in. Specifically, if the property was purchased in Toronto, the land transfer tax needs to include Ontario LTT and Toronto LTT.

Legal Fees & Title Search & Disbursements: Each transfer should be reviewed legally by a lawyer. A lawyer is in charge of completing the transfer of the deed, preparing the mortgage, and conducting various searches such as, title search.

Land Survey Fee or Title Insurance Fee: A recent survey of the property is usually a requirement of the lender. If non is available, then title insurance can replace it.

Mortgage Application and Processing Fees: This overall fee depends if the mortgage is insured or not. If the mortgage is insured, then the investor needs to pay both the insurance company (CMHC or GE) and the lender itself. CMHC charges processing fee and mortgage insurance premium depending on the amount being loaned and the amortization period. On top of that, each lender charges application fees as well. The lender’s application fee depends on the institution the money is being lent from.

Reserve Fund: Reserve fund should be added to the closing costs to make sure that in the first couple of years (before any cashflow has been accumulated) there is enough money to be spent in case “big item ticket/s” need/s to be fixed/replaced, such as leaked roof, furnace stopped working, etc.

It is very important that you search around for different professionals before deciding on which one to go with. Your considerations when choosing should include price, reputation, and efficiency.

In conclusion, the total amount spent on closing costs can start from 2.5% of the purchase price and go up to much higher amount depending on various factors, such as the amount put into the reserve fund, the province you choose to buy your investment property in, etc

Tips For Choosing Runner Rugs For A Hallway

Hallways are a part of the home. Many homeowners decorate their hallways, but others tend to leave it bare. Actually a really simple way to dress up your hallways at home is by using a floor rug that is just the right size and shape for a narrow area such as this. What you need are runner rugs. How can you get the best sized runner rugs for hallway areas at home?

In order for you to get the best sized runner, there is a simple trick or rule of thumb that you can follow. This trick will make sure that you not only get the best length for your hallway, but also the best width. By following this simple method, you will be able to get runners that frame your hallway perfectly.

First of all, you need a tape measure and a pen and a piece of paper for some easy calculating and for noting down the best length and width that you need. Now, measure the area of your hallway. Get the exact width and length. From here you can do the simple math. From the width of your hallway, subtract 4 inches. So if your hallway is about 40 inches wide, your perfect runner width would be about 36 inches. This will give you a nice 2 inches of space form the runner to your wall on both sides.

The same applies for the length, although you may need to subtract more inches here. From the length of your hallway subtract 22 inches. What this will do is give you a nice 11 inch of space at each end of your runner. The space between the runner and the wall will give it a nice framing effect. It will also ensure that the runner does not overwhelm the hallway area.

The above rule of thumb will give you perfectly sized runner rugs for hallway areas at home, no matter how big or small your hallway is.

Get Rid of Spiders On Your Boat Quickly and Easily

One of the most common questions I hear when I visit the marina is “how do you get rid of spiders on your boat?” This is a yearly struggle for many boat owners. Spiders seem to find their way into every nook and cranny of your hull. Inside and out – spiders make their homes everywhere!

So how do you get rid of spiders? And more importantly, how do you keep them off your boat and your dock? This article will explore several options for spider control in marine applications.

First, let’s talk about what not to do. A lot of people have used the “bug bombs” and foggers in their homes or garages in the past. While those may be okay solutions around the house, they are not a good idea on your boat. Most spider repelling foggers contain harmful chemicals. You might not have any problems using it in your large garage or house (so long as you keep your pets and kids out for a few hours or days). But using a fogger in your boat can be troublesome. These potentially harmful chemicals coat every surface inside your boat and can be incredibly difficult to get out. The smell can be overwhelming. And in such a small space, you might find yourself dealing with odors and pesticides for weeks after bombing your boat. I don’t recommend this method for my fellow boat owners.

If you spend any time around other boaters, more than likely somebody has told you to simply leave the spiders alone. They eat other pests and can be beneficial in many ways. If you and your spouse can live with your spiders, then go for it! I’m all about “live and let live.”

Here are a couple other tricks:

  • Place a couple dryer sheets throughout your boat. I’m not entirely sure why this seems to work, but I’ve heard a few local boaters who swear by this method. It also works for mosquitoes! Just stick a dryer sheet in your pocket when you’re outside.
  • Vacuum your boat thoroughly. While this is not a miracle solution, doing this once a year can make a huge difference. Remove everything you can from inside your boat. Shake everything out and clean it completely. Meanwhile, vacuum out every corner of your boat. Open every hatch, lift every cover, and get in ever small space you can.
  • Install screens on as many openings as possible. This is another obvious solution. But many people overlook it!
  • Make sure you remove any eggs you find! You might only notice a couple spiders hanging out, but rest assured – they may have laid hidden eggs containing hundreds of spiders.
  • Try sticking some moth balls in a coffee can and leaving the can open on your boat when you aren’t there. When you take your boat out for the day, just stick the lid on the can and sail away!

I hope some of these solutions can help you enjoy the boating season even more for years to come! Best of luck. One of these solutions is bound to help you get rid of spiders on your boat.

Emotional Freedom Techniques For Benzodiazepine Withdrawal – The Ideal Self Management Tool

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal and EFT- the Ideal Self-Management Tool

I’m an advanced Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner as well as being a recovered involuntary benzodiazepine (benzo) addict. I came off benzos in 1988 and qualified in EFT in 2006. That’s quite an unusual combination. I wish EFT had been around when I was coming off. But now I’m qualified, it puts me in the unique position of being able to offer EFT tapping routines to people who are withdrawing from a place of personal experience. And that’s really good news because if there’s one thing you need when coming off benzos – it’s the advice and support of others who’ve been through it – ‘survivors’.

My own withdrawal in 1988

There wasn’t much information available when I came off, certainly nothing like there is now – internet sites, books and organisations. Professor Heather Ashton, world authority on benzo addiction and withdrawal, hadn’t set up her withdrawal clinic in Newcastle or written her manual (see below). I devised my own withdrawal programme, putting together a variety of complementary therapies and emotional /psychological support techniques. The result is ‘Safe Benzo Withdrawal’, my double CD set (see below) which contains advice and information based on my own experience. There is also a guided relaxation which I wrote specifically for benzo withdrawal. The data CD contains equivalence tables for switching to Diazepam (valium), a slower acting benzo.

Withdrawal Symptoms vary

Not everyone has a tough time coming off. We’re all different and there are many factors affecting the type of withdrawal i.e. dosage, type of medication, time you’ve been taking it etc. Rest assured. Many thousands of have now successfully come off and are living proof that it can be done. And now there’s a whole variety of withdrawal support resources available. (see below)

What is EFT?

EFT is a healing tool developed by an American, Gary Craig. It’s a kind of emotional acupuncture based on ancient Chinese healing. About five thousand years ago the Chinese discovered the human body had energy channels, called meridians, through which the body’s essential energy or chi flows. Managing the flow of chi forms the basis of the Eastern healing practices, such as acupressure and acupuncture, which are now widely used in the West.

How does it work?

When we experience anything which distresses us, be it physical pain, emotional distress, anxiety, anger, fear etc, there is a disruption in the body’s energy field and the EFT tapping is designed to remove this disruption and restore a sense of calmness and equilibrium. These energy disruptions can be held unresolved in the body, for many years, and often tapping is addressing an event from childhood that continues to affect one’s present life.

How do you do it?

You tap with your fingertips on various points on the energy meridians around the face and body whilst focusing your thoughts on a distressing symptom or feeling you’re having and repeating an affirmation or positive self-healing phrase. (full instructions, see link below)

Why is EFT perfect for benzo withdrawal?

  • It’s easy to learn and very simple to use. Concentration span can be very limited when you’re withdrawing, so a technique that’s quick and easy is important
  • Use it anywhere, anytime. Benzo withdrawal symptoms, especially panic attacks, can be unpredictable. They might wake you at night, or come when you’re out somewhere. With EFT you don’t need another person, or any equipment – just your own fingertips and a minute or two of your own time.
  • It’s a tailor made self-healing tool. You can design your own tapping routines to address whatever symptoms you’re experiencing.
  • EFT is a self-management tool. This is about taking back power and responsibility for your own healing. Addiction, whether voluntary or involuntary (iatrogenic*), drains your self-empowerment. Using EFT can restore a sense of control over your life.
  • It’s free. Just download the manual (see below). There’s no financial outlay. Of course, you have the choice of consulting a qualified EFT practitioner from time to time, to keep you on track and to gain some objectivity, and maybe learn some more advanced techniques – see my contact details below. But the basic routine taught in the manual consistently produces good results.

So there’s five excellent reasons to use EFT in your withdrawal and help you on your journey to recovery. Top three withdrawal tips are; Be safe – talk your GP. Be sensible – taper off very gradually at your own pace. Be supported – find or start a support group, either face to face or on the internet. I wish you all strength on your journey to recovery.

*iatrogenic = caused by the medical profession

Remember: never stop taking your medication suddenly. This can be dangerous. Consult your GP. The information in this article is not intended as a substitute for medical counselling.

When Hawgs Could Fly: The Harley-Davidson Tri-Hawk

Yes, the legendary manufacturer of the classic Harley-Davidson motorcycle now long past celebrating its 100th Anniversary did indeed sell an automobile… well, kind of.

For many years in addition to its Big Twin cruisers and lighter weight Sportsters. Harley-Davidson made three-wheelers in the form of utility and police “trikes,” but they were Barney Rubble lumps compared to the svelte Mirage Fighter looks of the short-lived, but fast-paced Tri-Hawk, circa 1984. Chances are you didn’t ogle one in your local Harley dealer’s showroom for they appeared only briefly, and were chalked up to a marketing miscalculation and rather rapidly deselected from the Milwaukee line-up.

The two-passenger Tri-Hawk had already been in limited production before the Motor Factory decided to take it on as their own ostensibly to fill some exotic niche which had no name. In the previous year, H-D had made a deal with the Austrian Rotax company for engine-gearbox racing units destined for 500 cc short track racing, so maybe it was in this euphoria of internationalism that Milwaukee opted for a three-wheeled machine powered by a French-built Citroen four-banger. And yes, “Citroen” does seem to loosely translate as “lemon.” But this lightweight, knife-edge handling bird-of-prey was no bit of sour citrus.

Decades earlier the fuel-economical, albeit quirky German Messerschmidt “car”, a recycled bit of Luftwaffe fighter plane, had carried two passengers around post-WWII Germany. Since then all kinds of other motorcycle engine-powered three-wheeled car/bike hybrids have been born in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, but none ever caught on. In the early ’80s, the Tri-Hawk appeared at a time when experimenters were again looking for alternative designs and better power to weight options. The Tri-Hawk was a product of this enthusiasm, the design conjured up by race car engineer Robert McKee while the deep pockets underwriting the project was millionaire sportsman Lou Richards. The finished product was assembled in a small plant located in a beachside town called Dana Point that basks in the SoCal sun betwixt Los Angeles and San Diego. The 1299 cubic inch flat four air-cooled engine rode up front while the frame and suspension echoed McKee’s racecar experience. Again borrowing from French technology, the builders incorporated a hydraulic braking system manufactured by Renault.

Tipping the scales at 1300 lbs., and powered by 80 horsepower through a 5-speed transaxle transmission, theTri-Hawk has what could be called “exhilarating performance characteristics.” Also it was not shy in the exhaust note department, a snarling Formula One rapture issuing from the pipes.

If you wanted to buy a Tri-Hawk back in the autumn of 1984 at the time of Harley-Davidson’s acquirement of the company, you had to cough up $12,000 which today will buy only about two-thirds of a Big Twin. Back then 12K seemed a lot for a vehicle with no top and only three wheels. Yet it had appeal, and substance, both in performance and in the looks department. It coulda, shoulda…but the Factory game plan was lacking in the area of infrastructure to support sales. Milwaukee decided not to sell them through their dealers, leaving only the factory in Dana Point and three other franchise locations to sell the Tri-Hawk… not exactly universal availability nor were there Super Bowl ad spots in the way of promotion. Even then, only about eleven Tri-Hawks were leaving the factory nest on a monthly basis, again not exactly flying out of the assembly door into the waiting arms of the motoring public. So like many endangered species, the Tri-Hawk died not from intrinsic design flaws, but from neglect.

Bottom line, the Tri-Hawk is an intelligently designed, seriously made sports machine that shares much of the adrenaline producing qualities of the Cobra’s eyeball sucking performance and the Lotus car’s nimble handling, but with motorcycling licensing and insurance perks, plus a bit of jetfighter tossed in. It could carry two in relative comfort, and safety thanks to the integral roll bar and safety belts. And you didn’t need to know French to drive one. They weren’t delicate or temperamental, gave good gas mileage, and were easy to park. And in the curvies, they ate big Beemers and Benz’s for breakfast. Today 12 grand seems a bargain, except the last Tri-Hawk this author knows about sold for $25,000. You might catch it near Los Angeles flying around the Malibu Canyons piloted by a guy with a big grin.