Why You Need to Shock Your Pool

Shocking your pool is Step 2 in good pool care.

Shocking is as important as regular sanitizing with chlorine (step 1) and adding algaecide (step 3). All pools need to be parked on a regular, weekly or bi-weekly basis. Period.

Shocking your pool weekly helps rid the pool of organic & organic wastes such as sweat, cosmetics, suntan lotions, body oils, urine, contaminants brought in by rain or wind, bird droppings (most pools are outside, exposed to the surrounding air) dead bugs and small animals that "visit" your pool or even make up water. Proper shocking helps ensure that the sanitizer (chlorine) can concentrate on killing bacteria & algae rather than having to fight these other foreign materials.

When a pool is properly shocked, the pool stays cleaner, more sparkling, is less sooner to algae blooms and cloudy water. An added bonus is that you will use LESS chlorine over the course of the average swimming season. Shocking should be done at least every week or 2 weeks from pool opening to pool closing depending on use & current conditions.

Even pools using other sanitizing systems such as bromine, ionizers, salt generators (chlorine is still being produced), biguanides such as Arch Chemical Baquacil® or BioGuard® Soft Swim® must use the appropriate shock treatments to oxidize swimmer and environmental wastes on a regular , routine basis following the particular manufacturer's instructions.

But there's more to it! Are you shocking, trying to reach "break-point" chlorination or curing a chlorine demand? Let's take a closer look.

Regular Shocking.

"Regular Shocking" is just that. The pool is otherwise clean & clear. Algae is under control. There is no haze to the water. When you test the water (done twice each week), the Total Chlorine is the same as the Free Available Chlorine (FAC) – when using a DPD test kit. There are no Chloramines (chlorine combined with swimmer and organic waste) present.

Regular shocking should be done once every one to 2 weeks from the time you open the pool until closing or winterizing.

Regular shocking oxidizes swimmer and organic wastes that accumulate in the pool water over time. These wastes include sweat, urine, lotions, cosmetics, "stuff" that is introduced from the wind & rain. More recently, there is a concern for "stuff" or wastes that are bought in from normal "top offs" of municipal (tap) water or well water.

These wastes contribute to red, irritated eyes, hazy water, algae growth, and water that smells like it has "too much" chlorine. Actually there is not enough FAC. Shocking helps to "re-chlorinate" the chlorine. A properly treated chlorine pool should smell fresh and be sparkling in appearance.

Mono-persulfate shocks are OK to use from time to time to oxidize wastes, but chlorine shocks such as Cal-hypo or lithium are the preferred product. Liquid shocks? Sorry, but they are just not strong enough (11% versus about 50% available chlorine) to do a thorough job. Household bleach? Save it for the clothes in the laundry! Would you use pool chemicals to wash your clothes?

Typical doses: BioGuard® Burn Out® Extreme: 1 bag per 10,000 gallons (or any part of) every week or 2 weeks depending on weather and usage. BioGuard® Burn Out® 35: 1 bag per 6,000 gallons (or any part of) every week or 2 depending on weather and usage.

"Break-point" or super-chlorination.

The need for "break-point" or super chlorination comes when there is a build-up of chloramines or combined chlorine in the pool water. Chloramines are a combination of chlorine and usually nitrogen. When the chloramine situation becomes "bad" it is because hydrogen has combined with the nitrogen to form ammonia. This is also the preferred treatment for algae blooms and cloudy water.

The more chloramines present, the more dull the water becomes. The pool does not sparkle as it should. The added nitrogen becomes food for algae. The water smells like there's too much chlorine, but the actual FAC (the chlorine that is killing bacteria) is low or maybe even zero!

Here's an example: The total amount of chlorine in the pool is 2.0 ppm but the FAC is 1.0. That means there is 1.0 ppm of chloramines. Those chloramines must be completely destroyed or they will produce MORE chloramines and the situation will worsen. When you are treating chloramines, it's an "all or nothing" proposition.

In cases of very high chloramines, it is often a good idea to use a mono-persulfate shock (MPS) which will break up most if not all of these nitrogen bonds without adding more chlorine to the pool. This is good to do in cases where the FAC is over 1.0 ppm.

If your pool has less than 1.0 ppm FAC and lots of chloramines, follow that MPS shock with a solid chlorine shock of Cal-hypo or lithium shock. about a day later. Retest after 2 – 3 days for an accurate chlorine reading (MPS shocks will distort the actual chlorine for a brief time).

To reach break point, 10 times the amount of chloramines present must be reached to destroy the chloramines. In the example above, you would need to reach 10 ppm of FAC to reach break-point! So, a 10,000 gallon swimming pool with 1.0 ppm combined chlorine will require 4 (round numbers) lbs. of Calcium hypochlorite shock to reach breakpoint chlorination (or about 6 lbs. of Lithium hypochlorite).

Typical doses: At least Double or Triple the amount of regular shocking.

Chlorine Demand.

These are the typical symptoms if your pool has a chlorine demand problem: an inability to hold or maintain a normal Free Available Chlorine residual (1.0 ppm or higher) over several days, cloudy or hazy water, visible algae that just will not clear up . Behind the scenes, there are most likely chloramines that are combining and re-combining due to exceptional shock treatments. When "break-point" is not reached, chloramines recombine with a vengeance & become more difficult to destroy. Mono-chloramines can become dichloramines which, when allowed to worsen become trichloramines (used in tear gas!).

Treating a chlorine demand is similar to break-point chlorination except that the stakes are higher. Treatment must be complete and done at ONE time. It's like long-jumping the Grand Canyon; you must do it in one jump. You can not be short!

Most folks do not know that their pool has a chlorine demand problem until they have shocked & shocked & shocked but nothing has happened. The water will not clear. The algae persists. A solid chlorine level is almost impossible to maintain. Even a clear pool can have a chlorine demand. If the pool can not hold chlorine, yet the water balance (pH, total alkalinity & calcium hardness) is good and proper, then a chlorine demand most likely exists.

The best way to determine a chlorine demand is to perform a chlorine demand test. The BioGuard® Accu-Demand 30 is the best method available for testing. The test takes about one hour and is very accurate. In extreme cases, the test may call for shocking the pool with up to 50 lbs of shock in a 20,000 gallon pool. Do not be "shocked"! Sometimes, that is what's needed. There's no getting around it.

Here's another analogy: Let's say you have a leaky roof. The house is over 50 years old and there are already 2 layers of shingles on the roof. You want to save money by not removing the old layers so you insist that the roofing contractor (who knows what he's doing) NOT remove the old curled up shingles and simply install the new shingles right on top of the old. You sign the papers that YOU are responsible for the roof and its leaking, not the contractor. What happens with the first serious rainfall? The roof fails and it leaks. What must be done to correct the situation? Start from scratch! Rip everything off and start again.

The good news is once the chlorine demand is met., It is met. The pool will normally stay in great condition for weeks or months on end. But remember to shock the pool weekly or you could be back to a break-point or chlorine demand situation.

When shocking your pool, always …

  1. Use the full dose or amount of shock needed. Do not skimp!
  2. Do not guess the amount of shock needed. Know your pool's actual gallonage & calculate properly. For example, if you think you have a 16×32 foot inground pool with a 6 ft deep end, but the pool is actually 18×36 with an 8 ft deep end, the gallonage is going to differ by several thousand gallons and you will not reach break- point.
  3. Do not use the pool until the chlorine level comes back down to 3.0 ppm or less.
  4. Make sure that the filter system is operating properly.
  5. Remove the solar blanket or automatic pool cover to allow oxidized wastes to "gas off" and away from the pool water.
  6. Shock the pool the evening before a party and immediately after the party to keep sparkling, clear water. In this case a slightly higher chlorine level will help bathers with added protection from bacteria.
  7. Shock the pool after heavy rain storms.
  8. Be sure to rinse out and properly dispose of empty shock bags or bottles or containers. Do not reuse them.
  9. Brush the pool to help distribute the chlorine to all levels of the pool water.
  10. Indoor pools should have plenty of good ventilation to properly draw out contaminants that have gassed-off during the shocking or super-chlorinating process. Without good ventilation, waste gases will literally hit the ceiling and fall back into the pool.
  11. Follow all chemical label instructions.

Shock regularly, prevent problems. It's that simple.

Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Foods: Which Is The Better Method for Long Term Survival Food Storage

The Process of Freeze-Drying
Freeze-drying is a complex process of preserving fresh or already-cooked food by removing up to 98% of the food's moisture, leaving the food texture, flavor, aroma and nutritional value.

The process requires that the fresh or cooked food be quickly frozen at temperatures as low as -50 ° C. The frozen food is then placed into a vacuum chamber. This vacuum chamber lowers the pressure, and raises the temperature to just about 0 ° C.

At this specific temperature and pressure, the ice crystals in the food evaporate into water vapor, bypassing water's liquid form, through a process called sublimation.

This process preserves the cell structure and nutritional content of the food, resulting in a product that, when rehydrated, very closely resembles the original food.
The process also prevails the water from being reabsorbed by the food and thus decreases its weight significantly.

Most food items such as fruits, vegetables and meats are well-suited to freeze-drying, and can be used for long-term food storage and preservation.

The Process of Dehydration
Dehydrating food is a food preservation method which has been used for centuries. Native Americans dehydrated their buffalo kills in their hunting camps to make it simpler to transport. Pemmican (a dehydrated concoction of buffalo meat mixed with fat and berries) was a staple of many of the nomadic North American tribes. This low-heat dehydration process involved either air drying (with nearby campfires), or sun drying strips of meat on drying racks.

Dehydrators are a modern method for slowly removing the moisture from food without actually cooking it. A drawback of dehydration is the limited amount of food which can be discharged at one time. The positive aspect of dehydration is that this method of processing for food storage can easily be done at home.

How Do These Two Methods Affect the Food?
Freeze-dried foods preserve much of the original color, shape, aroma and freshness of fruits, vegetables and meats. Freeze-dried food does not usually contain additives or preservatives, so it remains true to its original form. And the look, texture and flavor of the food remains after re-hydration.

Unlike low-heat dehydration, freeze-drying allows for the preservation of pre-cooked meals, including recipes such as soups, stews, stroganoff, and the like. An obvious benefit is that since the meal was prepared in its own prior to freeze-drying, all you need to do is simply add water, then heat for a few minutes in order to create sumptuous meals.

Rehydrating freeze-dried food takes just a few minutes, simply by adding boiling water. Some foods, like many fruits and vegetables, need no re-hydration before eating.

Dehydrated foods shrink during processing as the moisture is removed. So the food item itself is significantly smaller than its original size.

The re-hydration time of dehydrated foods takes a bit longer than freeze-dried, but it stills tastes like the original form of the food. Some dehydrated foods contain added ingredients to enhance flavors or assist in preservation. As with freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, dehydrated fruits and vegetables can be eaten without any re-hydration.

Both methods of food preservation increase the long-term storage life of food. Most commercially produced freeze-dried and dehydrated foods have a shelf life of 15 to 20 years, if properly packaged and stored in a cool, dry environment.

In addition to their being a reliable source of food in an emergency or long-term survival scenario, because of their light weight and ease of portability, these foods are also great for taking on camping, hiking and hunting trips. They are also a wise choice to keep in an emergency road-side kit for the car, or in your bug out bag.

If you choose to keep these foods in your car as part of an emergency kit, please remember to rotate them periodically. Temperatures in a car can reach extremes, both hot and cold. High heat as well as continuous temperature fluctuations contribute to quicker degradation of both dehydrated and freeze-dried foods.

Which Type is Better for Consumption?
Everyone is different, and each person has their own personal tastes and preferences. With that in mind, there are a few things to consider before making a decision between frozen-dried or dehydrated food.

Home-grown fruits and vegetables are better preserved via dehydration, since the average person can not afford the expensive machinery used in freeze-drying.

Foods used in everyday cooking and meal preparation should probably be free-dried. This permits the food to be quickly re-hydrated as it is cooked prior to serving. If accessibility and portability are important, than either type of preserved food should meet those particular needs. Once again, it's a matter of personal preferences.

In a nutshell, both dehydrated and freeze-dried foods are excellent choices for long-term food storage, as well as for daily use or for hiking, camping, etc. They both provide light-weight, portable, convenient foods. The primary difference is that freeze-dried foods tend to better preserve the shape, texture and flavors of the original food.

Most people will find that a combination will work best for their needs. Single-item foods such as vegetables, potatoes, and other staples and grains are well-suited to low-heat dehydration. Freeze-drying is more appropriate for meats and fruits (which texture can be preserved), and for pre-cooked meals with a variety of ingredients such as soups, stews and sauces.

As you incorporated freeze-dried and dehydrated foods into your lifestyle, whether for camping and recreation, convenience, or as a survival strategy, you will learn which items you prefer to be dehydrated, and which you prefer to be freeze-dried. In either case, be assured that your choices will offer the peace of mind of knowing that you have a reliable source of food in basically any situation.

Haidong Gumdo – Korean Sword Martial Art – An Introduction and Comparison

It's time to set the record straight about Haidong Gumdo. For those unfamiliar with this, Haidong Gumdo is a Korean martial art focused on the use of swords. The visual aesthetic is familiar to most Americans, and will remind one of the Japanese samurai due to the shape of the sword and the dress which is worn. Haidong Gumdo is about grace. It is about precision, and power. It is about mastering one's own mind and body in the development of physical skill. It is not, however, about cultural imitations or derivations.

The Sword
The sword used in Haidong Gumdo practice is known by multiple names, including hwando and jingum , which is the equivalent of the Japanese word shinken , or "real sword". It is important for those more familiar with Japanese sword arts to realize that the jingum is not a katana, despite certain surface similarities. This is largely related to differences in cutting technique. While historical Korean swords come in many shapes and sizes, the modern jingum is easy to distinguish from a Japanese katana by the shape of the tip and the method in which the blade is mounted to the handle. Quality jingum typically has a wider tip, and are mounted with a pin and bolt in the handle.

The Uniform
The Haidong Gumdo uniform used by the World Haidong Gumdo Federation is something else that causes confusion to those more familiar with Japanese sword arts. This is because of the pants that are worn, which flare outwards similar to the Japanese hakama . As with the sword, however, there are differences between the Japanese and Korean styles. The Japanese hakama are worn outside of the gi (or jacket), while in Haidong Gumdo, the jacket is worn over the pants. Since the top of the pants is therefore not visible, they have an elastic waist, rather than the elbow ties of the hakama.

In addition, Haidong Gumdo makes use of a short sleeved dobak , or uniform. This allows more freedom of movement, without worrying about catching the sword in the sleeve. Finally, Haidong Gumdo makes use of colored belts to denote rank, similar to more familiar arts such as the Korean Taekwondo, or the Japanese Judo.

Relations with "other" sword arts
Unfortunately, the aesthetic similarities between the Korean and Japanese sword arts, coupled with a history of tension between these two peoples, has given rise to a significant amount of misunderstanding and strife in the martial arts community.

This is not to say anything at all negative about Japanese sword martial arts! I feel no need, for example, to dispute the history or legitimacy of Iaido, which is a modern Japanese sword art as practiced by the All Japan Kendo Federation. It is beautiful and graceful, and, I may add, new. The same is true of Haidong Gumdo.

Yet the martial arts community remains plagued by the tension which has exhausted between these peoples for quite some time. As American practitioners of these arts in particular, we should respect each others' chosen disciples. That's not even to begin the mention the negativity which arises from meaningless debts about historical origins, uniform styles, or effectiveness. This kind of slander only serves to weak us in our pursuit of mastery.

So let's move the discussion in a more positive direction. Do you practice a martial art? What do we even mean when we use that term?

The Meaning of "the Way"
I would argue that sports such as MMA ("mixed martial arts") do not fit the definition of martial arts in the traditional sense. The word Gumdo translates as "the way of the sword". "Way" is used here the same as it is used in Taoism. In fact, "Tao" and "Do" are the same character, pronounced differently in different languages. To quote Wikipedia:

"The martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development."

That second phrase is important. A significant part of martial arts practice is mental, physical, and spiritual development. So this would include the various styles of Chinese Kung Fu, Japanese Karate, and Korean Taekwondo, among others. It includes the various ryu of Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship, and yes, it includes Haidong Gumdo, an indigenous Korean sword art. Sure, nothing develops in a vacuum, and Korea necessarily shows influences related to its geographical location and its interaction with other cultures. But that does not diminish the art or its practitioners.

Conclusion
Haidong Gumdo focuses on multiple aspects of swordsmanship, from drawing and sheathing, to forms work and stance training, to test cutting with a live blade. There is no trick to being able to perform these cuts, whether on bamboo or other targets – no stage magic, just years of training and practice. Personal betterment and a constant driving to improve technique are what makes it work.

Martial artists of all disciplines should be interested to see a positive sharing of ideas. Show me some of your own martial arts practice, and let's compare. Anyone in the area is also welcome to visit my studio, Blue Mountain Martial Arts, to see my sword work first hand. Check out http://www.BlueMountainMA.com for more information.

Building Projects With Treated Wood

Building with treated wood and the idea that this project will last forever because of the wood you used is not necessarily true. Over the years I have seen contractors and homeowners use treated wood for projects like building decks with this idea in mind.

I just met with a homeowner that was asking me about vinyl fencing. The homeowner approached me with some facts about vinyl fencing. She started to explain to me how long a vinyl fence would last cases a wood fence. I reminded her that the vinyl posts typically slip over metal or wood building materials.

She proceeded to inform me that treated wood will last a lot longer than wood used when building a wooden fence. It took me a while to change her mind and reprogram her with a few picture this from my website. I know this is hard to imagine but wood rots and steel rust.

All you end up with is a vinyl fence that is in pretty good shape if taken care of properly laying down in your yard with broken or rusted fence posts.

Do you know that some people use treated wood for countertops and food preparation areas when building certain projects like an outdoor barbecue? Do you know people build outdoor furniture with treated wood and then sit in it with a chance of toxic chemicals entering into your body? This is where Redwood comes in as a natural building product or other nice looking woods. Redwood is classified as a softwood and if used for a countertop and a barbecue kitchen area you will have to protect it from heavy pans and people using the countertop for a cutting board.

Do not use treated wood for a projects that will be used for food preparation later.

It's a good idea to wash your hands after handling treated lumber. It's a really good idea to wash your hands after using treated lumber if you are going to eat something or make something for another person or yourself.

For all the homeowners and building contractors that use treated wood and bury it in dirt. Or build a low lying deck right above the ground I would like to share something with you. I have been repairing and replacing your work for over 30 years now. You guys keep me busy and I want to thank you for all the years you guys have been in business.

I still can not believe the amount of work I see being done using treated wood with the illusion that it will last longer than regular construction standard wood. I do not know how else to put it except to say treated wood will rot fast in the right conditions.

Treated wood does need to be protected from rain, snow, heat and other elements of the weather. It can not sit in the dirt or lay in water for long periods of time without slowly disintegrating. Oh yeah one more thing termites will eat sections of the wood that is not completely treated.

Use treated wood properly when building and inform other people about some of the stuff you learned in this article. Reread this article later and save it for the future.

How to Build an Electric Generator to Power the House?

Would you like to learn how to build an electric generator to power the house? Using a renewable household electricity generating system has many benefits, both environmentally and economically. By producing electric at home with renewable sources, there will not be emissions of harmful gases. Also, such a generator has been able to help me save a lot of money that I would have had to pay for the electricity.

1. How Much Will It Cost To Build The Whole Electric Generator System And How To Built It?

The 2 most feasible solutions are wind turbines or solar power generators, and you can choose to build either one or even both if conditions allow you to use them. The guide that I use contains a whole list of all the parts required to build both the solar and wind powered system.

The wind turbines will require you to get PVC pipe for building the blades. If you are thinking of building bigger turbines, you will probably have to build wooden blades instead to reduce the possibility of them breaking. For the body of the turbine, you will need to have a 40 foot TV tower. All the parts can be easily acquired for a small cost or even free if you look for them at the right places.

2. Why Build Your Own Homemade Electric Generator Instead of Buying A Ready Made One?

Making the whole homemade electric generator system by myself has costed only about $ 180 for both the wind and solar powered ones. This system will have to be bought for at least $ 4,000 if they are in ready-made condition. Of course, building your own system will some time and you may also take some time to understand the guide first, so it is up to you to weigh the costs and benefits.

Thousands of people have already eliminated their own home electricity bills with the free energy system. They learned how to build it by downloading a step-by-step guide online. You can find out more about how to build this home power system at the website link below.

Managers Coaching in the Workplace

Workplace coaching has been for the reserve of executives or individuals within organizations. Now organizations realize that managers using coaching skills can provide direct performance and business benefits.

More than 70% of organizations with any formal leadership development activities use coaching as an important part of that. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) states that line managers typically deliver 36% of the coaching to their reports, while HR and Training and Development specialists were delivering 30%. This suggests an expectation for line managers to deliver more coaching.

I will start with defining what is coaching in the workplace, and what it is not. I will cover how it works as a development tool, the topic of the Manager as coach, their roles and responsibilities; the deliverables to the business and the pros and cons of delivering coaching.

I will cover how a manager can coach, who they will coach, and different styles and to conclude the issues that it may raise, how they can be recognized and some solutions.

How does it work?
Organizations realize that they can improve the performance and motivation of their people through coaching. A coaching style of management is preferred to the traditional command and control approach.

Coaching is a more a management style rather than a tool. Application of coaching has many examples; delegating, problem solving, team building, planning and reviewing.

Coaching embraces 2 fundamental principles, that of awareness and responsibility. Huge potential lies within all of us. What blocks that unleashed potential? Restrictive structures and company practices, the lack of encouragement and opportunities provided, and management style of the company. The most common internal block is self belief. Building self awareness, responsibility and self belief is the goal of a coach.

Awareness can be raised by focussed attention and by practice. It is the clear perception of the relevant facts and information. It helps in recognizing when and how emotions or desires distort our own perception.

When we accept, choose or take responsibility for our own thoughts and actions, our levels of commitment increase, and so does our performance. Performance is likely to improve if someone chooses to take action, rather than being told.

Effective questioning in conversation best generates awareness and responsibility. Questions should be open beginning with words like what, when, how (much / many), and who. Why is discouraged as it suggests criticism. Questioning will follow the coachee's train of thought. If they appear to be going way off track a simple interjection like "I notice we have not talked about", helps bring things back on course.

What should we ask, and in what sequence? Several coaching models exist. The most familiar is the (T) GROW model. The G is for Goal, setting the agenda for the session as well as the long term aspiration. The R is for reality, exploring the current situation. The O follows for options or courses of action. Finally W is for what is to be done, when, by what (the way forward).

Other coaching models exist, such at the SHOOTS model. Here they cover Seek to understand, Hone the goals, Objectives set, Options and action planning, Try it out, Success review. One further coaching model the "Coaching path", is another.

The Manager as Coach the pros & cons
Can a manager coach and do their own day job? With the demands placed on managers these days, adding one more task to their list of objectives in an ever demanding workplace.

Organizations realize that they can improve both the performance and motivation of their associates through coaching. Focussing on encouraging people to think for themselves, a coach provides support, challenge, feedback and guidance, but rarely answers.

A survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggests managers who have been trained in coaching can also self coach. While operational coaching carried out by line managers will help to improve performance, it is dedicated internal coaches who will bring about long-reflecting behavioral change that can really add value.

Dedicated internal coaches within an organization must raise the question of value for money and cost effectiveness. My own observations of cost-cutting programs, flatter organizations, and the need to demonstrate value for money leave little room for a coach to exist as a dedicated resource.

There are some additional pros and cons for coaching a team From the perspective of the coach is a successor could be created, avoiding team members being "off the job" to develop skills, and could be cost effective. The downside to this is that they (the manager) feel their own job may be jeopardized, it can be time consuming, and giving people responsibility may encourage them to dispute the coach's authority. The manager in coaching may develop a lack of confidence if the coaching experience does not go well.

For the team the benefits are that they will be trained by someone who knows them and their development needs. Development is part of the job and is there immediately directly relevant and useful, and it makes work more challenging and interesting. The downside could be if coaching is not taken seriously.

Coaching may not always be appropriate. A manager may have to switch from a coaching role to a routing role and then back again. As long as this is explained to the team this should not cause an issue. If not then the behavior can be seen as ambiguous.

For the manager to be successful he needs to build rapport with the people he is coaching. Without this coaching will have limited benefits. The relationship will often be one to one, however in the case of a development or performance focus; the manager may have to report to a sponsor to give feedback. All parties will need to know this from the start.

How can a Manager Coach?
Organizations need to decide how coaching will be deployed, who will do the training (internal / external) and how many managers are to be trained. This would usually be led by the HR function, supported by senior management. This could be built into the organizations objectives and targets. By the creation of a "coaching culture" coaching will be more readily accepted.

Various coaching models are available for the manager as coach. The most common is (T) GROW. Used effectively it's relatively simple to use (previously discussed). Regardless of which model the coach chooses to take, it will give them a repeatable model to use. One disadvantage of having many managers coaching in organizations is standardization, a model will help.

Assuming the manager has received coaching training, and is now armed with a repeatable model to follow, what next? There are several dimensions in the coaching relationship to consider. One is between the coach and the coachee (team or individual).

A third dimension which is the manager to the organization. This may mean reporting upwards on progress and developments of a coaching relationship.

A manager can coach in various ways; coaching downwards, meaning coaching individuals who report directly. Coaching upwards, meaning the relatively unusual situation of coaching ones superior. This can be dangerous as a senior manager may ask for honest feedback, but does not want to hear the truth! I would advise extreme caution in this situation.

Coaching sideways, meaning coaching groups peasants or equals in the organization. This occurs in different areas and can benefit the coach, coachee and the organization with an exchange of views and knowledge. It allows challenging questions to be asked, which may not necessarily be raised if one had expert knowledge of the functional area.

Team Coaching, is another dynamic where a manager can apply his coaching skills. For a team there are times when coaching intervention will be effective. These are the beginning, midpoint and ends. The beginning helps establish boundaries, identifies what to do regarding tasks and timings. This helps the group to have a good launch, and can clearly enhance member's commitment to the team and the task. At the midpoint failures and successes can be shared, as well as experiences. Teams are able to review how they have worked together and will be open for some coaching intervention. The end of a task or performance should be time for lessons learnt for future project work.

These 3 coaching interactions can be summarized as motivational in the beginning, consultative at the midpoint, and educational at the end. Evidence suggests that coaching a team in between these points in the cycle may have small beneficial effects.

What issues does it raise?
There are three angles, the coach (manager) the coachee (individual and team) and the organization.

In all organizations politics have their place. It is important to remember that as a coach your role is non-judgmental. The manager needs to recognize when there is a conflict of interests and flag at the earliest opportunity. By finding themselves "in the middle", this is potential for stress. Managers should be aware and take early action to avoid this situation.

In commercial organizations, Return on Investment (ROI) or at least a clear measure of how coaching will impact the organization is required. Few initiatives will be approved or deployed unless there is a clear measurement system. This is where a "coaching culture" may support the initiative. Being incorporated into the organizations missions, and values ​​as well as one of the organizations corporate objectives will support success and adoption.

Tracking success of coaching can pose a headache. Process tools & guidelines will help with this. For example specifying how long the coaching will last for, the assessment instruments and agreement as part of the contracting phase.

One issues a manager may face when coaching in an organization is that of standardization. For example coaching models, how information is recorded, and how coaching sessions are conducted.

A barrier to coaching is the perception the time to do it. Small companies and some owner managers are likely to complain that they do not have the time to do everything. Smaller companies tend to have fewer dedicated resources. However it is accepted that some small businesses fail as a consequence because they had not quite developed their key staff.

Managers as coaches may well come across the international dimension and are an aspect that the manager as a coach needs to be aware of, even within a single organization. This is particularly relevant in a more diverse workforce.

Managers bought to understand how development impacts on people in the organization. Managers need genuine interest; otherwise they may only pay lip service to the "coaching culture" or their organizations "strategy and vision". In hostile environments (such as fast paced manufacturing) with aggressive attitudes and styles, change needs to happen quickly, and coaching is not automatically chosen.

Autocratic environments where management "tell" their associates display language and behavior in direct conflict to the coaching style. If managers have to "tell" their associates, they handle and remove any ambiguity in their role as coach. As long as this is explained to associates this should not cause an issue.

If time is upmost then telling will be the fastest way. If the quality of the result is upmost, then coaching for high awareness and responsibility is likely to deliver. If maximizing learning is upmost, coaching will optimize learning and retention.

Coaching is a tool for people development. What if there is now for the people to develop to? Organizations adopting flatter and leaner structures, particularly in the light of current economic situations there may leave little scope for individuals to move without someone leaves. Succession planning helps here but people may have to "stand still" for some time.

As a consequence of downsizing individuals find them with even higher workloads than before. Organizations typically employed jobs and structure with little thought as to how the business processes and people are affected.

Other organizational barriers to coaching success are lack of time, where the managers did not feel that they had the time; they want things done now so revert back to "command and control".

Fear of skills coaching used, for managers who can not or will not coach will oppose its use. They may feel weakness in their ability. Fear from the associate's side their mengers are not confident in their role as coach, and some associates may be better than them. From the manager's side there is the fear of the coach, that the coach can perform better than them and perceive it as a threat. There is the fear of risk, that if it does not bring the results that are expected (whether reasonable or not) that it would be a waste of money (externally provided), or resources and time (internally provided).

Coaching is not a "catch all" for everything and everyone and the manager needs to recognize when coaching is not appropriate. As a guide but by no means exhaustive, when faced with the following situations, a manager may question if coaching is appropriate. If a criminal act is committed, serious health or emotional problems, stress, and substance abuse.

Conclusion
Coaching has been recognized as adding value in the workplace, not only for high achievers and executives. Responsibility for delivering the coaching still rests largely with the line management team in an organization (70%).

Coaching is applied in a non-directional, non-judicial way. Before improving performance awareness and responsibility need to be raised. Coaching models exist to aid the manager the most common being (T) GROW.

Coaching may appear an additional task on f the manager's already heavy workload. Done correctly, it allows the manager more time on core tasks such as long-term planning and objective setting. In developing staff it avoids them being "off the job" to develop skills. There are occasions where a manager will have to "tell" staff and needs to be handled by them appropriately.

Coaching can be done at various levels within an organization, team, individuals, peers, superiors or themselves. It is important for the manager to recognize when coaching is not appropriate and seek assistance.

The manager needs to be aware of any conflicts of interest, particularly in the area of ​​values ​​and beliefs. A demonstrable measurement system will support the coaching approach. The standard of training and ongoing support to coaches is important to ensure that a coach does not have a negative effect on the work. Cultural and diversity dimension also needs to be considered.

Coaching is clearly not a "catch all" or a sticking plaster for a manager to heal over their areas of responsibility. It is extremely powerful when used as a management style, supported by a strong and visible coaching culture within an organization.

The final question I would raise to any organization not using, or considering using coaching is why would they not want to benefit from the overriding benefits that it can yield?

You Should Read the Dictionary – I Know it Sounds Crazy, But You Will Be Glad You Did

Who on Earth would bother to read the dictionary? Well, you are reading an article about someone who did and has read several dictionaries from cover to cover, and I must say has learned a lot along the way. And just in case you think I am crazy, did you know Bill Gates read the entire encyclopaedia? Do you think Bill Gates is crazy? What is it that people who read reference books gain? Hmm, well, I think you bought to find out that answer to yourself.

In fact, I am going to recommend that you read the dictionary, no, not the unabridged Oxford version that is one foot square and ten inches high, yes, I have one of those. It does have just about every word you'll ever read except for the create-a-word blogging bandits vocabulary. Rather, I am going to recommend that you read a smaller version with adequate print. My choice is the;

"Webster's Dictionary" with over 50,000 entries for home, school, and office. Edited by John Gage Allee, Ph.D. 1978.

Why do I recommend an older version? Well it does not have all the new buzz words or recent words that you already know, so you do not have any silly distractions. It's only 446 pages and that is not much bigger than a long novel. Yes the print is smaller than a novel, so maybe its equivalent to a 892 page book, but you can handle that, you are a grown up now. And even if you read only one letter per day you will finish in a month without breaking a sweat and your mind will have more time to soak it up too. Go for it.

Dumpees Gone Wild – Think Before You Dump Your Lover

Let's face it …

Nobody likes to be dumped. Especially when you're madly in love with your partner, and had no idea whatever the relationship was in any trouble.

Not only do you have to get through the inevitable feelings of loss and disappointment, but you'll also have the cope with feelings of rejection, and sometimes even humiliation.

What are you going to tell people when they ask why the relationship ended? Can you face admitting you were dumped, or will you make up a story to save face?

While we all hate the idea of ​​being dumped by a lover, most of us would "Get over it" in the end, and could move on with our lives left with nothing more than a slightly bruised ego.

For some however, swallowing the bitter pill of rejection is just too much to take, and as you're about to find out can push some people over the emotional edge.

You're about to see what happens when "Dumpees Go Wild!"

The Ultimate Humiliation

In years gone by, seeing a woman throwing her ex's belongings from an upstairs window would have considered shocking, but that's nothing compared to the length jilted lovers will go to today to show their partners how unhappy they are with their decision to end the relationship .

Down in southern Texas a few years ago, a dental surgeon came home to find a note from his fiancée telling him she'd left him, and had moved out to live with her sister downtown.

He raced off in his Hummer to try and talk his lady round, but when he arrived at her sister's house he got the news that would tip him over the edge.

His fiancée was not going to be living there at all. She'd instead moved a few blocks down the street to make home with her new lover, a 60 year old truck driver!

He decided to pay his ex and her new man a visit, but instead of using the front door, he violated his Hummer straight through the front window of the house, and into the shocked couple's living room!

Of course he was arrested, but I think he made his point.

Last year saw a controversial story of revenge hit the headlines when a man jilted by his woman paid for a huge billboard to be put up near their home in New Mexico, claiming his ex girlfriend had had an abortion, not a miscarriage as she'd claimed.

While the truth behind that story remains a mystery, it's not the first time dumpees have used billboard advertising to embarrass those who dared dump them.

A couple of years ago over in the UK a woman plastered her local town with adverts with a picture of her ex-boyfriend and the text, "Ladies, this man is a cheat and he's rubbish in bed!"

Although the adverts were dropped down within the week, I think it's fair to say her ex would have been recognized on more than one occasion.

Do Women Do It Best?

When it comes to wild dumpees getting virgin revenge, guys do some pretty extreme things to make their point, but in 2006 a 23 year old from New York went as extreme as you can get. Punishing her boyfriend for cheating and planning to leave her by slicing off his genitals, only to find out his infidelity was a lie!

It was late winter, and while out at a Christmas party Jenny was cornered by one of her boyfriend's so-called "friends".

This friend proceeded to tell Jenny how he spotted her man out with different women, and had overheard him telling someone he planned on leaving her in the New Year. It was later discovered the guy had made up the story in a bid to split the couple up. He had a crush on Jenny and wanted to come across as the knight in shining armor.

Heartbroken, and slightly the worse for wear after a number of vodkas, Jenny charged out of the bar in tears and made straight for home, where her unwitting boyfriend lay sleep.

It was only on feeling the shooting pain of a cold metal blade across his manhood that he woke up to Jenny's uncontrollable screams. It was suggested he actually got away with deep lacerations, and some minor tissue damage. Thank goodness he was not a deep sleeper!

It's not known how much truth there is in the story, or whether it's just a myth to scare men from being tempted by the fruit of another.

One thing's for sure, in a world where dumpees will go to extremes to get their revenge, you should think very carefully before you decide to dump your other half.

Is the relationship really that bad?

Could your problems be sorted out with better communication?

If you think the time really has come to end your relationship then our very serious advice is to be completely honest and open with your partner about your feelings. Let them down gently, and do everything in your power to ensure their pride is not too poorly damaged.

Do the dirty on them and you could find your face plastered all over town, or even worse you'll be calling in the builders to replace the front wall of your house!

Work Ethics and Etiquette – Leaving Your Job Through the Front Door

About a year ago, my friend (and former co-worker) Steve was having issues with a manager. He is -or used to be- sentenced to bursting into flames when he disliked the way he was talking to or when he felt that something was unfair. One August afternoon, he had enough with this supervisor, confronted him (maybe even using some expletives) and walked away from the facility, never to be seen again.

Unless you've already gotten another job, leaving your current one in a tempestuous manner will certainly not help you in your quest to find a new job. Employers usually perform reference checks on candidates so if Steve applied for a job in a different company or decided to re-apply to the company where he quit, what do you think HR is going to say when required by the recruiter? That moment of "Wookie Rage" may condition your professional future for a long time. Diplomacy is mandatory.

This may be an extreme example of how not to end a job relationship. There are also grays.

Keeping your team on the loop

If you are transferring to another department make sure your boss and teams know beforehand about your intentions to leave (same rule applies when migrating to a different organization). Big companies have migrated to online recruiting platforms. Internal applications are now typically handled through the company's portal or intranet which have automated notification services that inform the person's direct supervisor when an employee is exploring new opportunities. And let me tell you, I (nor, I think, anyone) appreciates finding out that someone is leaving the team through an automated notification. Sadly, It happens a lot. People will find out you are planning to leave sooner or later. It'd Rather be sooner.

Letting your boss know you are leaving does not mean that he or she will start looking for ways to fire you if you do not get the job you are now applying for. On the contrary, it will give the company time to find someone to fill your spot and make an orderly transition. In the case you do not get the job … well, they get to keep you for a bit longer.

What you get from it

Letting those around you know about your plans can bring a wealth of benefits for you. When I left my last job I made sure everyone knew-before I applied for the new one, even knowing that it was not sure I would get it- my intentions and the reasons I was leaving. When I was finally given confirmation that I was accepted in my new position, I got not one, but 2 farewell parties (with cakes and everything), more than 30 cards (including a Gift Card: thank you Nurse Jan !!!) and the director of the program offered me her help, give references or advice if I ever run into problems or needed something in my new job. She did not have to do it, but she did it anyways. My former direct supervisor? We go sailing together every other week (or when our schedules permit).

The second possibility is that you could be tempted to stay either through a promotion or raise. If you do not say anything about your departure, this will never happen.

Sneaking behind everyone's back is bad work ethics, poor teamwork and a way to be remembered in an unfavorable light. This is particularly important in today's hyper-connected world. Some people fear what his / her boss may say or do if they applied for another job so they choose to keep it under the carpet until the " right moment to say it ". Usually that right moment is often known as too late . I'm sure there are a myriad of other possible reasons why people do not notify their superiors or co-workers but I sincerely do not know them. If you do, I'd love to know.

How to Care For Life Jackets

Wearing a Coast Guard approved life jacket is one of the best safety moves you can make for yourself and your loved ones when you are on or near water. Knowing that your life protection gear has been properly maintained and cared for will greatly enhance your feeling of security.

A life jacket that has not been properly cleaned and stored between uses, and especially between seasons, can lose its buoyancy. A flotation jacket with less than optimal buoyancy will not float as high in the water and will not support the amount of weight it was initially designed for. Following these seven simple guidelines will insure that your life preservers will be in the best possible condition to save a life in a water emergency.

1. Inspect for rips, tears, mold, mildew and worn areas. Discard any life vest that is not in good condition. When under stress what may appear to be a slight tear or worn area can give way, putting the wearer's life at risk. If you are discarding worn out flotation devices, cut them up so that no one else may be tempted to use an unsafe item.

2. Rinse your life jackets at the end of the day. Salt and sea spray left on a flotation device will attract moisture, which in turn attracts mildew and rot. Removing salt will help keep them dry in storage. Even life preservers that have been worn only in fresh water, or have not been in the water at all, will collect salt from your skin. Rinse them well when you are done wearing them for the day.

3. If a vest needs more than a quick rinse, use a mild detergent to wash it down, and then rinse thoroughly. Never use strong cleaning products and never dry clean a life jacket. These chemicals can weaken the fabric and reduce buoyancy.

4. Air dry all flotation gear thoroughly before storing them away. Never dry them in direct sunlight or in front of a radiator, stove, or other source of direct heat. Excessive heat can weak or destroy the outer fabric and break down the inner flotation material.

5. When clean and dry, store your life jackets in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place. Many people store their flotation devices in cubbies or storage cupboards aboard their boats. During the boating season these storage areas work well if they are dry and well-ventilated. During the "off-season," all life preservers should have been removed and stored on shore away from moisture.

6. Never place heavy objects on top of a life jacket. Unrelieved pressure on a flotation device can compress the air pockets in the flotation material. Avoid using them as boat bumpers, seat cushions or pillows, as well.

7. Be prepared to immediately replace any child's life vest that has grown too small. Your child will be reluctant to wear a life jacket that is too tight or has grown uncomfortable. A too-small flotation device will not properly support excess weight in the water. A life vest that is not worn, or that does not float high enough in the water, is a life vest that can not properly do it's life-saving job.

Follow these seven simple guidelines to caring for your life jackets and other flotation devices and they will give you many years of service and peace of mind in, on, and near the water.

How to Replace Suzuki King Quad Axles

ATV’s are designed for long term vigorous use. It is not uncommon for them to get muddy and dirty as they are also used to rough terrains and even rougher drivers. However, this makes them vulnerable to some damage and therefore it is not uncommon for the axle to give out over time.

A Thing or Two about Replacing Quad Axles

Replacing a Suzuki King Quad Axle can be a costly venture. Therefore it is important to keep your ATV in good working condition. Always inspect the ATV parts at least once a month and thoroughly clean them. Furthermore, depending on the make and model of your ATV, some axles may be a bit difficult to find or may require special ordering from a different state. Therefore it is always best to have a spare Suzuki king quad axle on hand. Should the current axle get damaged, the replacement will come in handy and the ATV will be up and running with little downtime.

Suzuki ATV and Quad Axles

Suzuki ATVs are known for their popularity and just like any other ATV they can also encounter broken axles. This article will focus on replacing Suzuki King Quad axles in order to better equip readers with the knowledge and procedures involved in successful removal and replacement.

Suzuki King Quad Axle Removal Procedure:

The entire process consists of two parts. The first part entails removing the defective Suzuki axle. The second part is about installing the new one.

Tire Removal – The very first step is to remove the tires in order to get to the quad axle. To do that, the ATV must be put on a stand or a jack.

Caliper Removal – Removing the tires will expose the break caliper. It must be removed in order to get to the axle. Remove it using the appropriate tools.

Hub Nut Removal – Getting to the Suzuki quad axle requires the removal of quite a lot of pieces. Next in line for removal is the hub nut. This is the most difficult part of the entire procedure as it requires a lot of force to loosen up the large hub nut. Once removed, the broken axle can easily be retrieved.

Suzuki King Quad Axel Installation:

The installation follows the exact same procedure mentioned above in reverse.

• Once the faulty Suzuki king quad axle is removed, simply slide the new axle in.

• Install the hub nut back in place and tighten it as hard as possible.

• Install the brake calipers.

• Put the tires back on the ATV

• Drop the ATV off the stand or jack.

The process itself doesn’t look much difficult on paper however in actuality it does require a certain degree of patience and skill. Nevertheless its not something one must go to an ATV mechanic to get fixed. ATV’s are similar to automobiles in many ways because the underlying mechanics of both types of machinery are the same. Suzuki king quad axles are sturdy pieces of equipment but even they can get damaged over the course of time. So push your ATV to the limits if you must, but do not overdo it.

The Advantages of Grille Guards for the Front End of Your Rig

For all of us driving a custom pickup, Jeep, or off-road vehicle, we know how important protecting the front end is. Whether you're hitting the back roads, constantly on a jobsite for work, or just cruising through town, it's good to know that you can count on that extra protection up front that you get from a custom fit grille guard.

Grille guards are designed to sit out front of your existing grill, thereby keeping it and all that sits behind it wayward tree limbs, stumps, rocks, and so on. They are also an excellent barrier if you should happen to bump into something like another vehicle, a tree, telephone pole, and mail box. They do wonders at absorbing the impact of such collisions.

Another wonderful advantage to adding a grille guard to your rig is that they are made to look good, and to look strong. Typically made of formed tube steel, you will find them in black, chrome, and stainless finishes, and most custom designed to fit your vehicle. No more intensive cutting, torching, and welding, but a true, easy to install, fit. You can pick from one piece, modular pieces, and even headlight guards – so that you can pretty much design and cover what you want to.

You may hear other terms used when referring to vehicle front end protection such as bull bars, push bars, brush guards, and grill guards. Oddly enough, grill guards and grille guards are the same product – just a spelling preference. Nothing more. Brush guards are one of the more common front guards, because they are designed to protect the bumper, grille, paint job, and beyond from getting scratched up by brush, branches, and the like. Push Bars are more of a combination guard and unit to assist in pushing other vehicles. The Bull Bar usually comes with a skid plate, and is more focused on protecting the lower front end from low lying stumps, boulders, and concrete contraptions that might be lying in wait, below your normal sight line.

Grille guards are available from a number of top quality manufacturers, such as CSI, Rugged Ridge, Westin, Cobra, and others. Each has their own styles and looks, so it is important that you do some serious shopping before you decide on the right one for you. These are all easily visible on the many on-line aftermarket auto accessory web stores, complete with pictures. All this makes it easy for you to visualize what this will look like on your particular rig.

All in all, the grille guard is a wonderful addition to the front end of any truck, jeep, 4×4, or off-road rig. Great protection for the grille, bumper, paint, lights, radiator, and so on. And just a great look up front – which really dresses things up right. So, do not delay one more minute, just start looking around, both on line and around town. Check out other vehicles like yours and see what others have done. Find what you like – and get that front end protected!

A Security Guard’s Work Environment: What Should You Expect?

The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tracks numerous types of data about various occupations; this includes information on work environments. For many jobs, the work environment is relatively consistent; security officers, however, have to face a wide variety of settings and be able to adjust and function in each of those.

In fact, security guards have one of the most diverse job environments of any industry. While a teacher generally practices her craft in the classroom, a logger works in forests and a surgeon rules the operating theater, just about any building or location could need a guard. Schools, malls, casinos, hospitals, nuclear power stations, courthouses and airports all need varying levels of protection.

In its official category of “Security guard and gaming surveillance officer,” the BLS counts both private security officers and ones that work for the government; however, the agency makes a distinction between them and police. The main difference between the two is that police are always government employees and have the power of arrest, as well as a much more stringent training requirements.

The BLS identifies several industries that employ the greatest number of security personnel. In 2012-13, over half worked in “investigation and security services,” while government employed 9 percent, 6 percent worked in education facilities, both public and private; 5 percent were in accommodation and food services, and 4 percent protected hospitals.

Transportation security screeners and other security personnel provide services in transportation facilities such as airports, train stations and sea terminals; they work for the federal government.

Gaming surveillance officers work at casinos and other gambling institutions; for that reason, this is an occupation that only exists in jurisdictions where gambling is legal. While many in gaming security work in observation rooms and maintain surveillance with cameras, others patrol the floor in order to quickly respond to incidents. Gaming security officers are, as a rule, more highly paid than generic security guards, with an average wage premium of $7000 per year; however, they also face a higher than average rate of injury.

The work isn’t generally challenging physically, with long periods of little activity. Security officers either man a station for the duration of a shift or make rounds inspecting a facility. Both situations require most officers to be on their feet for long stretches of time, which is something to be taken into account if you have lower back pain or other health issues that could be exacerbated by standing or walking.

However, in case of theft, burglary, altercations or other incidents, a guard will be required to confront a potentially volatile or violent situation, in which case they should have both the personal skills to defuse a situation peacefully if possible, and the physical fitness to deal with a threatening individual if the former doesn’t work. This is why states require security officers to undergo training and certification, although it varies – while Florida, for example, mandates 40 hours’ training, a Connecticut security guard license only requires an 8-hour course.

In conclusion, it’s generally difficult to predict in advance the nature and comfort level of a security guard’s workplace. The higher an officer’s skill and training level, the more likely they will be to get a comfortable and well-paid assignment, so if you’re considering going into this industry, make sure to prepare thoroughly and train the skills you will need to ensure safety for yourself and others.

The Importance of Cooling Systems for Electronics

As electronic equipment has advanced, so has the need for effective cooling systems in order to keep processes running optimally. With devices generating high levels of both heat and sound, products such as the fan tray assembly and anti vibration mounts have become even more advanced, with a number of different products on the market to meet all kinds of customer needs.

The problem of overheating can be common when it comes to PCs and laptops, yet the situation can become a lot worse in the case of electronics that are operating in cabinets or other enclosed spaces, with the reduced airflow dramatically raising temperature. The installation of an adequate cooling fan or fan tray assembly is therefore essential for keeping temperatures at reasonable levels.

So, just why is overheating so bad and why are cooling systems so useful? There are numerous reasons why installing a fan system is a good idea, some of which will be explored below.

Firstly, if electronic equipment heats up too much, it can simply cut out in order to cool down. This is not only a major inconvenience, but can actually cause serious damage to the equipment components too. It should also be noted that overheated equipment can be a serious fire hazard, which is not good in either the home or the workplace.

Overheating can also cause electronics to function more slowly, even if they do not stop working completely. This is because in-built fans may be working exceptionally hard at keeping temperatures down due to elevated levels of heat. A solution would be to add a fan tray assembly or other cooling fan system in order to provide adequate levels of cooling.

Fans that are working too hard to lower high temperatures can also cause a great deal of noise. This can be at best distracting, and at worst unbearable, especially in the workplace where there is a large amount of electronic equipment. Again, adequate cooling systems such as a fan tray assembly can stop fans striving to keep temperatures down and keep noise at an acceptable level.

Another factor touched on above is that critical components of electronic equipment may be damaged if exposed to elevated temperatures. As all electronic components have maximum temperature ratings, overheating caused by insufficient cooling can cause serious damage to essential and costly equipment.

There are many ways to avoid all the negative effects of overheating – and the main one is prevention. The easiest way to do this is by keeping electronics in a cool environment that is well-ventilated so that temperatures do not rise to a dangerous level, running the risk of the problems listed above.

Installing a cooling fan system or fan tray assembly is one way to keep areas well ventilated and air circulating sufficiently in order to keep electronics from overheating. Heat produced by these devices will dissipate a lot faster if the surrounding air is cooler, meaning temperatures are kept in an acceptable range.

In addition to installing the right equipment it is important to keep it well-maintained. Cleaning the cooling fan system regularly will help the fan operate optimally, ensuring that in turn your electronics are kept at a reasonable temperature for efficient functioning. Regular cleaning will clear out all dust and fluff that will impair fan functioning and pose a potential fire hazard.

For personalised advice on which cooling fan systems or fan tray assembly products are appropriate for your electronics and their particular installation and use, it is always best to consult with a specialist designer and manufacturer of these products.

With their expert knowledge, you will be able to create an environment that ensures optimal functioning of your electronic equipment and minimises risk and potentially costly damage.

5 Reasons to Prefer a Hotel Over Rental in Derby

When someone plans for the tour with his family, then the first thing that comes into his mind is the safety. This is the reason people book a quality hotel because they have enough custody and supervision over various aspects of security of their clients. The main purpose of a family tour is to enjoy unbounded and unlimited and a family can not enjoy in the shadow of insecurity. Therefore, people prefer the hotels that have the best class security and safety services.
One can relive every moment of tour heartily only after being ensured towards the security of his family. So, people choose such kind of places that are known only for the world-class accommodation, food and other related facilities. Derby is one of the places that are reckoned for the best staying, cuisines and secondary related services because it has a chain of luxurious hotels that offer the premium amenities. Book one of the Derby hotels and enjoy your tour here and avail all other amenities that a rental home can not provide you.

Amenities that make the Derby hotels the most desirable and way better than rentals are:

Awesome location

Derby is an English City located on the banks of the River Derwent in Derbyshire. In the west of the river, there are Derby Museums and Art Gallery instead of that there exists home to Joseph Wright paintings and Gothic Derby and Southeast along the river. In its northwest is Markeaton Park that offers a craft village and boating lake. These all make it the perfect place location wise for visiting and spending vacations in a completely cheerful manner. Whereas, there are also many rentals here, but that are located in the areas that are distant from the city. You can not opt ​​for them because they do not have enough amenities to stay nicely even for some time.

0% Compromise with Privacy

All the luxury hotels have different rooms so that their guests do not have to take care about their privacy. The hotels in Derby have various types of rooms such as single bedrooms, double bedrooms and also the suites that leave no space in order to spoil any guest's privacy in any manner. When, when we talk about the rentals nearby here, their arrangement of accommodation is as poor as you can not expect any privacy from them. The reason is they do not have even separate rooms for two separate families so how can you think about privacy. After receiving their service charge amount in advance, they do not provide all the services that they have discussed you earlier. It is one of the major drawbacks of the rental rooms in Derby.

Value for Money

The Derby hotels offer the complete value of your money by serving you with their premium hospitality services. Firstly, they have all the basic facilities and they keep all their commitments until you check-out from the hotel. They serve you with the best of their hospitality services and avoid any kind of misbehavior that can harm their reputation. This way, they present their level of quality and hospitality so that a guest can observe all the positive aspects of their services and he'll make the source of their advertisement as well, such as he 'll suggest the same hotel for the other who are opting for a hotel. And, if in future, it requires a review of the guests then they will prove an asset for the hotel if the guests provide the positive review. The star ratings also depend upon the quality hospitality services of a hotel.

Family-Friendliness

When we say family hotel then it denotes that a hotel should posses a warm-behavior with the kids and senior members of the family that are checking-in. It should have appropriate amenities for the entertainment of the kids and when it comes to adults then the hotel should have enough arrangements for them as well like anytime doctor availability, transportation to reach the nearest multi-specialty hospital, spiritual and calm place in the hotel promises, etc. Derby hotels provide all the above rated amenities that's why they are known as the dominant family hotels. Whereas, the rentals do not have that scope to offer you required services for the kids and elders.

Better Transportation System

A quality and luxurious hotel must have their own cars or taxis so that to pick-up and drop their guests at airports, railway station, bus-station and any other visiting place directly from the hotel. The hotels in Derby have affiliates with leading taxi agencies and they provide taxi 24 * 7 to the guests so that they can reach their desired destination from the hotel. On the other hand, either the rental rooms have sufficient budget nor they take it as their responsibility to pick or drop any guest from any place.