New Balance 993 – Cadillacs For Your Feet and the Best For Over-Pronators

New Balance 993 – What an amazing shoe which I have worn on and off for the past 15 years or so. Every once in a while, I'll try a Nike or another brand, however, I always come back. Really love the fit and retro look of this shoe. I have a wide foot so this shoe was perfect, very comfortable for me and, for different buyers they can be used for multi-purposes. They always give you a great arch support, the mild to moderate slow over-pronators. This model is really worth your money, though a little expensive – a great shoe. Highly recommended!

Lighter then 992s and better than 991

Decades of years ago, New Balance discontinued the foam cushioned 991 and replaced it with the gel cushioned 992, the predecessor of the 993s. Nowadays, they upgrade the 993s by consisting of both gel and foam in its cushioning. As comparisons, they are lighter (12.00 oz) than 992s and again feel like putting on a pair of socks like the older 991s.

Yes, they are Made in The USA.

New Balance 993 is the shoe belonging to a patriot, which you can not mention the prominent USA in bold against an American flag in the back of each of these shoes with which the 993's speaks up to you We Are Made in The USA and We Are Quality Shoes, and that's why this shoe is very popular in the military.

Running? Walking? Or even for multi-purpose?

For a marathon runner or a serious running lover who does all the running 30 to 50 miles a week on the treadmill, this shoe does a great job in combining comfort, stability and their shock absorption. The 993s allow you to continue moderate jogging since arthritis in both feet that is necessary going to a slightly wider and very well-cushioned shoe.

With it looks pretty good as a casual shoe just to wear out or if you are on your feet a lot or if you were an artist who walks in the city, which is essential to an artist's well-being, you would throw out your old sneakers when you got these New Balance 993's. What's more, you will order one pair of these, and then order a second pair.

They are extremely comfortable, fit perfectly, classic, cool look, and color choices were terrific and they look great in the gym and also with jeans. If your feet are too tired to stand for 8 hours a day, you will really love these shoes. There is a great support in the sole as well as the toe bed. They are very breathable so your your will will get cold at night, especially on winter nights on the big city's streets but if your feather sweat a lot it will be a good thing.

5 width choices for your wide or narrow foot!

New Balance sneakers will always serve you well, if you have a wide foot which makes NB the perfect choice – 5 width options. In fact, even if a female with a size 8.5 wide foot you can still order these particular sneakers in a men's size 7.5 EE. Therefore, if you are female who has a wide foot with at least a size 8.5, directly give it a try of the men's shoes of this model. Apart from for wide foot, this is also the best shoe for a runner and or walker who needs a narrow one.

Indeed! Are they for over-pronator?

If your feet tend to roll inward more than necessary as you run, the 993s can assist you in correcting your motion and easing fatigue. This classic design comes loaded with technological features that cushion, stabilize, support and comfort active feet. I have to say the stability is what this shoe does and does super well ever for me, may be for you (never take my word, try it).

Shopping tip: To order the larger one.

Although many buyers of these shoes felt that are true to the size, I would suggest you to order the larger to avoid your big toes break through the fabric top after a few months. If you used to order the shoe in 10 1/2 as your regular size, you will need to go up half a size, an 11.

Communicate Effectively And You Will Respect Yourself And Your Mate

It's As Easy As One Two-Three:

To get the most positive effect in communication with our partner, we should try a more interactive approach. You will see that it will more than strengthen your relationship. Straight-away let me say that when we build up our listening skills, we notice a new spark in our partners and our listening abilities. When they speak to you, look them straight in their left eye. In this way, it will be to them, less domineering on your part, and a much smoother and a softer connection from them to you. When you are speaking to them, it is suggested that you look straight into their right eye they will be more inclined to do what you suggest, and will more readily accept what you are saying. This will capture the eye-to-eye affect and you will have their full attention, and they will be more inclined to listen to you, because this gaze will say that: "I'm serious and I want to too hear me". You do not have to arch your brow or make a stern face to get their attention or for them to actually hear what you're saying with this perfectly placed eye contact. It's just another form of communication.

Do You Know This Person?

Now people, we need to stop choosing a mate that we feel needs saving, in some way. Has it ever occurred to you why we choose needy people or someone who we feel is broken and, we feel, needs to be fixed in some way? Why do we always choose to be the "Florence Nightingale" in our mate's life? You do not even considering the amount of mental and emotional work you've got to put into helping this person to feel useful and happy in their own skin, if this is, indeed their true story. Sometimes, it's just a game that our bleeding heart just does not take the time to see, before we give them our all. As soon as we begin to hear that "somebody done me wrong song", we should immediately think "what's in it for me?"

Think of it for a moment, do you fall for someone that you feel is so misunderstood and that you are convinced, if in a relationship with you, this person will definitely see how a life with you can be the best thing since sliced ​​bread. And, that you will make them feel so strong and needed that they will be spoiled for anyone else besides you? Oh yeah wait, and that you will show them how it feels to have someone who is in their corner and will stand by them, no matter what? Yeah, right, you're not the only one who fell for that one. It is a hard habit to break, and an emotionally, deadly one to keep. We need to reprogram ourselves to cut this method completely out of the partner finding equation.

It appears that when we choose partners this way, we seem to fall for them in all of one to three months tops of just meeting them. Bad business people! Now we can not charge them for how we feel, they did not have to do or say much before we decided to become their savior. If we had just waited a bit longer, we would have seen, clearly, the game that this person was playing. The waiting game! They are just testing the waters to see just how quickly they can get us to show our vulnerability, how easily are we fooled, our naivety etc.? This is done in order to get a feel of your level of weakness. They are wondering just what can they get from you, in, a short amount of time that they could not get from other women, or are you just as strong.

It's Time For That Feel Good Moment:

Effective communication will put the "ole kibosh" on such antics. Try just going with the flow at bit longer, listen to the stories they tell a bit more intentionally, and watch where it quickly goes from there. I'm sure you get the point. When we allow ourselves to continue to go down this road, we must ask ourselves, "do I continue to put myself last, because I feel unworthy of having the kind of relationship I deserve?" or do you reject putting yourself first, for fear that someone else will reject you first? Is this why we continue to choose or select the lower base mates for ourselves? No fears people, it's all self programming and we can reprogram ourselves to get the best of the best that's out there, if we just take our time. We go out, we have fun and it's OK when we go home alone. It's not the end of the world. We save the best for the best that the Creator has to offer us.

The better we learn the skills of communication and enhance our listening skills, we will spot them every time. Maybe we'll even get a good laugh, just before we walk away, on to the next one. Let's face it, most of us are sensitive and loving people. We deserve all of the love, nurturing, and friendship that comes to us from a mate and that we are ready to give in return. We can not and should not give away our power. This is a gift that was given to us from birth, both to women and men. The more you give away the more chips away at your self esteem and self respect. Sometimes, both sexes are just looking for that one-night-thing. Look beyond the obvious, and that unspoken word. And do not be surprised if you get that "ha-ha!" moment.

They do not deserve that from you, and you should not be willing to give it to them, so easily without investing time and patience on your part. The stronger aspect of communication is to listen more than we talk, when we first meet someone. Let them tell you about them. To show that you are actually listening by occasionally repeating what they said, or ask a question relating to a comment that was made and they'll know you are listening.

You Got Him, Now Keep Him:

If you are already in a stable and secure relationship, do you use that old tried and true, listening technique? Ladies, men do not know everything that they would have us to believe, on all subjects. When he is trying to share something with you for the fifteenth time about what is bothering him about you or the way your relationship is going, let's say, and why he's not so forthcoming anymore, but wants to clear the air now, you need to stop and really listened to what he is trying to tell you. Is something happening there that makes him feel inadequate? Just take a deep breath and stop talking. Listening is a huge part of communication, as well.

If you do not learn to listen to your mate, somebody else will! Maybe it's that we fast talk our way through the conversation, and they can not get a word in edgewise. This is after you asked him to loosen up just a bit and let you in. As soon as we hear a statement from them that we do not like, unzipped go the lips and off we go again. Or, we notice a slight raise in their tone of voice, or their emotional expression changes and we feel they are going on the defense. Still we need to keep our mouth shut long enough to let them say what they need to say, and be heard. If you do not the next thing you could hear from them is, "see, this is why I do not talk to you anymore!" Egypt "you just do not listen!" and or maybe they just turn their back and walk off.

It Is Time For A Change:

Enough of that ladies, we have to change our communication methods if our relationship is important to us. It is the pattern that, if all of our past relationships went down this same road, we must stop, now. Maybe that's what they do to us, when we're trying to tell them how we feel, as well. You do not want them to push further away and seek the ear of someone else. We do not need any help from another woman, to talk to our man. Just a little silence and patience will get the job done from us. No outsiders needed, just open and relaxed one-on-one from the two of us. If that moment is too tense, wait for or create that special moment to gradually bring it up, after you both are loosened up and had a few laughs. Ask calmly if you could revisit that topic he was trying to get at, and that no matter what, you are ready to listen, and not a word from you until he's finished. Honest!

Communication is an art and if we really love and respect ourselves and our mate, then we need to practice this skill, at every possible instance, in order to get better at it. Practice does not make perfect, it makes us better. Honest and effective communications will help us to slay that beast. Who knows, just maybe, you've found that diamond in the rough!

The Dead Rabbits Irish Street Gang

The Dead Rabbits Irish Street gang, of the middle of the 19th Century, was as vicious as any gang in the history of New York City. They ruled the squalid area of Lower Manhattan called the Five Points, and if a member of any other gang dare set foot in their territory, bad things happened to them very fast.

There is some dispute as to how the Dead Rabbits got their name. One version is that the word “Rabbit” sounds like Irish word raibead, meaning a “man to be feared.” “Dead” was a 1800’s slang word that meant “very.” So a “Dead Rabbit” is a “man to be very feared.”

Another version is that the Dead Rabbits were an offshoot of a older gang called the “Roach Guards.” Two factions within the Roach Guards constantly quarreled, and during a fistfight at an especially violent gang meeting, someone threw a dead rabbit into the room. When the fighting subsided, one group took the name “Dead Rabbits,” while the other kept the name “Roach Guards.” Predating the present street gangs the Crips and the Bloods by more than a 125 years, to mark which group a man belonged to, a Dead Rabbit wore a blue stripe on his pants, while a Roach Guard wore a red stripe on his pants.

Besides the Roach Guards, the Rabbits’ arch enemy was the Bowery Boys. On July 4th, 1857, the Rabbits and the Bowery Boys squared off at the corner of Bayard and the Bowery. The incident started, when a embattled policemen, being chased out of the Five Points by a group of Rabbits, ran into a Bowery Boy’s saloon. The Rabbits followed the policeman into the dive, and were beaten back by an angry group of Bowery Boys.

The Bowery Boys took offense at their turf being invaded, so a large group of Bowery Boys marched into the Five Points area. They were cut off by a battalion of Rabbits and a two-day war started, with as many as a thousand combatants fighting with hatchets, knives, stones, and even guns. The police sent in reinforcements, but they were beaten back by both gangs and told in no uncertain terms to mind their own business. The war swayed back and forth into both territories, with Canal Street being the boundary line.

By the end of the second day, the two gangs were near exhaustion, and the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard was called in by New York Mayor Fernando Wood. The National Guard, joined by the New York City Police, busted into what was left of the skirmish and started cracking the heads of the weary warriors. When the dust settled, eight gang members were dead and hundreds more were injured.

This did not end the animosity between the Bowery Boys and Rabbits. In August, 1858, on the corner of Worth and Centre Street, a small group of Bowery Boys were pummeled by a larger group of Rabbits. As the Bowery Boys ran off licking their wounds, two unsuspecting men exited a house at 66 Centre Street. They walked right into the path of the angry Rabbits, and thinking these two men were Bowery Boys coming back for more, the Rabbits descended upon them with a vengeance. One man was able to escape, but Cornelius Rady was not so lucky. He was hit in the back of the head with a rock from a slingshot and died soon afterward. Rabbit Patrick Gilligan was arrested for Rady’s murder, but it is not clear if indeed he was convicted.

The Civil War started two years later and many of the gang members were drafted, against their wills, into the war and sent to far away places, mostly in the South. When the war ended, the Rabbits were either dead themselves, or in no physical condition to continue tormenting the streets of Lower Manhattan. But in New York City, the creature that it was, and in some cases still is, other street gangs soon followed to take the place of the Rabbits.

Loss on Drying Testing in Pharmaceuticals

Loss on drying is described as the loss of weight as percentage of w/w resulting from volatile substances and water of any kind that can be driven off under specified conditions. This test is done on a mixture of substances. If substance to be tested is in the form of large particles then the sizes must be reduced by rapid crushing to a powder. The test is to determine the water content and volatile substance in a sample is exposed to heat. Loss on drying is a technique that has been used by many pharmaceuticals. There are different methods of carrying out this test an d the technician chooses the most appropriate one depending on the substance being tested.

To carry out the test, do the following:

· Weigh a shallow weighing bottle that has been dried under the same conditions that will be employed in the determination.

· Transfer to the dry bottle the quantity of the sample specified in the individual monograph.

· Cover the bottle and accurately weigh it and the contents.

· Distribute the sample evenly by gentle side wise shaking to a depth not exceeding 10 mm.

· Dry the substance by placing the bottle in the drying chamber

· Remove the stopper and leave it in the chamber.

· Dry the sample to constant weight.

· Open the drying chamber and close the bottle promptly and let it to cool to room temperature.

· Weigh the bottle and its contents.

The temperature at which you should expose the substance to be tested is always specified and must not be exceeded lest you get the wrong results. Every substance has its specific heat level.

Loss on drying testing in pharmaceuticals is a technique of removing water and other volatile impurities from a sample of well-mixed substance. the amount of heat applied on the substance is dependent on time and temperature.

Total moisture content of pharmaceutical products can contain both bound and free water.

Where there are impurities present then loss on drying level will be higher as compared to water content.

Sometimes loss on drying level may be far lower compared to the content of water since some water molecules may not be removed heating as in other methods of determining loss on drying does. To calculate the percentage loss on drying, below is the method.

Percentage LOD = Percentage Water content – Percentage molecules of water in the API

One must know the type of substance being used prescription must be exactly known so as to determine how the experiment is carried out. For hydrate substance, anhydrous content equivalent weight should be calculated before being exposed to heating. In case any moisture is specified on the certificate the pharmacy before the substance is used in loss on drying experiment.

Conclusion

Loss on drying has been used in many pharmaceutical companies to determine the concentration of drugs. These experiments are used for testing to determine moisture present substances also. This experiment requires a lot of care and keenness for true results to be found. Weight must be measured with non-faulty devices to ensure the wait is exact. During heating, it must be done to completion to make sure to water is left.

What Are The Best Shoes Or Sandals For Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is an amazing journey in so many ways, not the least of which is the way our bodies change. Our hormones, while transforming us into givers of life, also bring with them a number of uncomfortable side effects. Morning fatigue and tiredness are common in early pregnancy, however many women do not realize that the hormones of pregnancy may also lead to various aches and pains all over the body, especially the feet.

Relaxin, the hormone responsible for relaxing the ligaments of the pelvis, in order for it to open during childbirth, exerts its effect on all ligaments in the body. Relaxin combined with the additional weight most women carry through a pregnancy quite often leads to very sore, aching feet. Problems in the feet may cause a domino effect through the body: knee problems, hip aches, back ache and headaches. A simple solution is to invest in at least one pair of supportive and contoured shoes or sandals. Birkenstock footwear is one such brand that delivers unsurpassed support and comfort and is definitely the best brand to wear during pregnancy.

Birkenstock has many styles to choose from, and all feature the famous contoured foot-bed, offering strong arch support, a deep heel cup and toe grips. They are crafted out of all natural products including cork and latex, designed to cradle and support the foot. The cork is an excellent shock absorber and will also soften and conform to your own foot shape and walking pattern. Most styles have an adjustable strap, allowing you to achieve a perfect fit through your pregnancy, even if you suffer from fluid retention and swelling. Many of the styles are also 'slip ons', saving you from bending down to do them up, which can be a challenge as your pregnancy progresses!

Birkenstock sandals and shoes are also the perfect shoe to wear while in hospital after the birth. Forget the fluffy slippers, and pack a pair of stylish Birkenstock Gizehs in Silver. They will go everything including your pajamas, they look sensational, they are easy to slip into while carrying your gorgeous new baby (also especially helpful if you've just had a cesarean) and will make you feel great too ~ And by-golly you need all the help you can get directly after childbirth!

The benefits of Birkenstock do not stop after childbirth either, you will probably find yourself out walking with the pram or stroller most days, and you will be so glad to have great feeling feet and to have sandals that you can slip straight into without fussing around with buckles or laces, especially when baby might be unsettled. Once baby is walking, you can then give him or her the best start in life with their own pair of Birkenstocks!

Retirement: How Positive Affirmations Can Change a Senior's Life

As a senior you have the opportunity to see the world with new eyes. Look at the great themes of life and you can have them or renew them. Love, creativity, immersion in nature, deep friendships, spirituality, sharing your knowledge and wisdom with others, continuing to offer your children and grandchildren guidance and understanding.

What are the ways to accomplish what you seek? Even if one idea resonates with you take it, absorb it and use it. Change is fragile but if believed it can be lasting and bring you a renewal of life itself.

There are many things you can do. Education, self-direction, exploring new avenues and joining groups that will help you find what you are looking for. If you have to choose one way to approach changing your life then use positive affirmations, a very simple but powerful method to enhance your ability to make your retirement vital and fulfilling. It is simply a way to change negative thoughts into positive ones, to experience a different life and give yourself new beliefs.

Affirmations have been used for centuries of years as a valuable form of positive thinking to foster optimism, constructive living and a more creative lifestyle. Norman Vincent Peale is perhaps the best known advocate for using affirmations as part of your daily living. More recently Deepak Chopra has spoken and written of their value to gain well-being.

Belief in your ability to succeed and eliminating negative thoughts and feelings are vital in your continuing path to successful aging. The ability to repeat various affirmations daily whenever the thought occurs to you helps maintain your positive framework. Many authors have left very meaningful sayings to inspire and spur people to lead positive lives. We are usually stimulated by such thoughts, whether from Shakespeare, Einstein, Yogi Berra, Warren Buffet or many others. Reading such affirmations can prove fruitful and meaningful. There are many books with thousands of popular and famous sayings. The Oxford Book of Quotations, The Macmillan Book of Proverbs, Distilled Wisdom and many others. And Google can be a mine of information for affirmations.

However, creating your own affirmations is not only fun but mentally stimulating and because they are your own creations they will have special meaning and greater impact on your life. It does not mean that you can not use others but your own will be especially gratifying and helpful.

The subjects are legion. Health, well-being, romance, sex, peace, love, creativity, overcoming illness, self-esteem, dieting, bonding, not judging, giving up envy and jealousy, trust, wisdom, understanding. etc.

And there are many ways of expressing an affirmation. A simple illustration is all that's needed to get started.

Let's take the subject of health. Health can mean many things. It means being free of illness, an ability to run a marathon, losing weight, eating healthfully and exercising faithfully.

An affirmation can be one or more of the following:

• I will always do everything possible to remain healthy.
• I will not overeat or eat unhealthy foods. I will stop eating junk food.
• I will always eat breakfast.
• I will walk for 30 minutes or 1 hour five times a week.

As you can see these affirmations merely point out in a few words things you want to do to remain healthy. Repeating them daily reinforces your resolve to remain healthy. Belief in your ability to change, reiterating the affirmation frequently during the day and implementing the changes expected will lead to a more positive, healthy and happier life.

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.

Solitaire Engagement Rings Vs Three-Stone and Pave Set Diamonds

This tutorial intends to review the different appearances of engagement rings that are currently in vogue. Loose diamonds can be found in many different cuts, and the most eye-catching settings often use multiple diamonds of different shapes, complementing each other to create a beautiful appearance. When selecting an engagement ring, it's critical to bear in mind the variety of setting types available, and be sure to review the different styles before making a decision.

First, as you are probably aware, diamond settings can often be produced in your choice of material. Even though platinum and white gold rings look the same, they have radically different properties. Platinum is much less commonly found than gold, but it is also composed of purer elements than even 18-carat gold (95% pure compared to just 75% pure.) All gold material is actually yellow; the difference with "white gold" is just that it's covered in a layer of rhodium that changes the exterior color. When the rhodium breaks down after the wear and tear of a few years, it will "yellow" with age, and will have to be re-plated with rhodium to maintain its original color-less appearance. Platinum does not demand this kind of maintenance, because it is a purely white metal, albeit slightly softer than gold.

Solitaire engagement rings are well-known for their classic appearance, and represent a visually simple style that draws the viewer's primary attention to the center stone. It is a great choice if you have the budget for a high-carat diamond with excellent clarity and color. Even though they appear similar at first glance, Solitaires still have unique hits. Most commonly, the center stone will be held in place by prongs, but more stylized options, like the tulip setting, also exist.

On the other end of the spectrum, other settings readily on more than just a single center stone to show off their style. Three stone engagement rings have a great history behind them, and display a more vintage appearance. Most of these, these diamonds are all the same shape and cut. One attribute of these types of engagement rings is that they can present a more, antique, or vintage, appearance. Multi-stone engagement rings have remained popular for a long time, and represent a very classic style.

For a more modern look, consider the intricate setting of very small diamonds (usually round cut) in the ring's band, along the face or sides in a manner that emphasizes the center stone. These pave set engagement rings frequently show off bands that are twisted, separate strands to create flowing contours. Groups of pave set sidestones appear to create a brilliant diamond surface, and some rings include over 100 individual stones carefully set in incredible patterns for a stunning visual effect. Micro Pave set diamonds achieve basically the same effect, just in an even more intricate fashion. If you are thinking about a pave engagement ring, it's important to remember that since these sidestones are small and fairly transparent, they will take on the color of the ring they are placed in. Due to this, white gold does a better job of preventing the pave diamonds from being seen as discolored or inordinarily yellow.

Understand the Causes of Termites to Prevent Termite Attacks

Termites are a bigger worry for homeowners than even fire or food. That alone should be sufficient for anyone to understand the capacity of these termites to wreck havoc in any house. They can destroy the wood in the house completely unless they are stopped at the right time. The best time to fight the termites is even before they attack your house.

Surprisingly most of the termite attack is caused by the actions of the home owners themselves. That is why it is important to understand things that encourage termites to attack your house, so that you can avoid them completely.

The most common reason for termite attack is the plants kept near the sides of house especially ones that have grown out of control. That is why you should always try to keep the plants away from the sides of the house. If you or your neighbor must keep plants, take care to ensure that no part of the plants including the root is touching your house.

The second most common reason of termite infestation is the use of wood, the choicest food of termites, to build shed or deck in the backyard. If you still decide to go ahead with the plan, then at least make use of wood that is less attractive to the termites. Cedar and juniper are few wood types that are less loved by the termites. Please try to for such wood items even though they tend to be a little more expensive than other wood items.

All the above reasons of termite attack had to do with availability of wood as a bait for the termites to attack your house. Moisture is another item that is equally attractive for the termites. Look out for any source of moisture near your home and try to solve the issue. If it is the rain water falling down from the roof then put gutters on the roof to catch the water and then divert it to a spot away from the side of your home. Leaking pipe lines is another cause of moisture around the home. Look for any such source of water in your yard and get them repaired as soon as you can.

I find it really stupid to expose your home to the attack of termites by ignoring such small details. Try to follow all the above advices to reduce the risk of termite attack on your home and furniture.

Timber Decking Kits – How to Build the Wooden Joist Sub Frame

Patio timber decking has become increasingly popular in the 21st century garden. In line with this, a wide selection of patio timber decking kits are now available to buy online, direct from the manufacturers and without the need to pay top-dollar prices down at the high-street DIY chains.

These kits are designed specifically to be easy and straightforward for the average DIYer to construct. Indeed, provided you have the basic tools held by most households – battery drill, saw, and a tape measure – there is almost nothing stopping anybody building one of these off-the-shelf kits in just a couple of hours.

Once you have decided where your deck is to be constructed, and prepared the over-site (the ground area onto which the deck is to be constructed) you can begin constructing the joist subframe. Why construct a joist subframe? There are a number of reasons.

Firstly, and most obviously, the joist subframe provides the DIYer with a strong and structurally sound base onto which all decking joists are mounted.

Another key reason, and one often overlooked by the DIYer (and the cheaper decking kit suppliers, for that matter) is that only treated timber should come into contact with the ground. On this basis, a minimum of C16-grade timber is required. C16 is very popular in Britain, and widely specified by architects, builders and DIYers alike for use as decking joist timbers. The classification C16 basically determines how many defects the timber has (such as grain defects, knots, etc) across the length, width and depth of the timber.

If the deck is to be raised, you will most likely use raised posts to hold the decking subframe in the air. Support posts should be no further than 3 meters apart, and regular 2″ x 4″ joists should, as an absolute minimum, be supported by the use of 2″ x 6″ timbers.

To ensure that the area underneath the deck is free draining, boards should be laid down along the gradient (Rather than against it). Raised decking support timbers are fixed through the use of either metal post anchors or metal spikes. The post anchors are bolt-down shoes, into which the vertical support timbers are inserted. The metal spikes are, quite literally, 60cm spikes which are driven into the ground and which act as ‘anchors’, into which the vertical timber support posts are inserted. Remember that any deck surface which sits at or above 60cm above ground level will fail to meet planning regulations. If in doubt, consult your local planning authority.

Plantation Shutters – Choosing Between Traditional Wood and Hi-Tech Polycore Shutters

There are several factors that determine the functionality and the aesthetic quality of interior shutters for your windows which will make them stand out as an attractive feature of your room. These window shutters will have three modes of operation: shutter slats fully open to allow in maximum light; slats fully closed to prevent light from coming in; and with the louvers partially open to restrict and control the exterior light and view to the desired level.

In many ways the most important of these three is in the fully open mode. From the functionality point of view, the louver or shutter slat width largely determines the amount of light coming in and the ability to see outside. The thinner the louver, the more light can come in and the better the view. This thickness is determined by the strength of the material that the shutters are made of. For example blinds can be angled so that one can obtain a good view; but they lack real strength and are less aesthetically pleasing. Similar one can obtain several types of polymer fabricated interior window shutters, but some of these have both the look and feel of flimsiness as well as plasticity. This lack of structural strength prevails the thinner, more elegant appearance that most people prefer.

There are two good options you could go for, the more traditional wood shutters or the Polycore shutters which use a new breakthrough technology of polymer construction with a metal core for the additional strength required to operate effectively. Both are elegant, aesthetically pleasing and operate smoothly – they do their job and look good! As to which to choose, it really is up to one's own preference. Wood certainly provides the more natural and traditional look of plantation shutters. The Polycore shutters do not have such a wide range of colors, generally only coming in white, off-white and cream. However, they are well-designed and stylish as well as being significantly cheaper than the usually more desirable wooden plantation shutters.

Bridal Shower Ideas – 10 Door Prize Ideas For a Wedding Shower

As you search different bridal shower ideas, remember that your guests will be just as excited about the door prizes as they are about being involved in the pre-wedding celebrations. They will be anticipating with curiosity what wedding shower favors and game prizes you will be handing out. Most people will be happy to receive anything, but it is always nice to give something that will be appreciated and enjoyed. The general rule of thumb is to select bridal shower door prizes that you would want to receive yourself. Here are ten door prize ideas, both inexpensive and pricier, for bridal showers.

If you would like everyone to get a prize or bridal shower favor, then you will probably want to choose one of these inexpensive favor ideas.

Inexpensive door prizes:

  1. Makeup, such as lipstick or kits in the same colors as your decorations. Think pink lipstick for a pink and brown party.
  2. Fun or romantic candles. If the wedding will have a beach theme, you can even get flip flop shaped candles.
  3. Soaps that fit your bridal shower theme. For example, you can get ‘perfect pair’ soaps for that theme.
  4. Lotions in the colors of your theme
  5. Picture frames. You could even take pictures on the day to put in the frame right away.
  6. Purse hooks. Every woman needs a purse hook for restaurants or clubs, and we rarely have one.
  7. Small mirror compacts. These can be personalized as well, for very little money.
  8. Personalized candy or chocolates. Classic mint tins or favor boxes with chocolates are always popular.
  9. Personalized book marks. These can be purchased in many theme shapes.
  10. Gift cards to places such as Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks

If you are planning to just give out one large door prize, and you can afford it, then select something from the list of expensive prizes.

More expensive door prizes:

  1. Movie tickets. A pair of movie tickets can also be combined with a dinner gift card.
  2. Restaurant gift card for a nice restaurant locally.
  3. Champagne or wine. You could also combine this with chocolate or candles for romance.
  4. Gift baskets with spa products or food. Select different lotions, bath salts and soaps; or collect gourmet wine, cheese and crackers.
  5. Spa certificates. A gift card to a spa works well if everyone is local to where the spa is located.
  6. Personalized manicure sets. Depending on what you choose, this can also be an inexpensive favor that you give to everyone.
  7. Jewelry, such as small bracelets. There are pretty silk pouches that you can put a cute bracelet or earrings in, so long as you have all girls at your shower.
  8. Plants or flowers, if everyone is local. Flowers can be placed in a pretty vase for a longer lasting keepsake.
  9. Box of gourmet chocolate. There is nothing quite like an expensive box of Belgian chocolates.
  10. Night at a bed and breakfast. This is a more expensive prize, but sure to be appreciated. You just have to make sure it is somewhere that anyone at the shower could take advantage of.

For the inexpensive bridal shower favors that you hand out to everyone, you can place them at each person’s seat if you are having a sit-down meal. Alternatively, you can place them on a table for your guests to take as they walk out the door.

If you are only giving out one or two bigger prizes, there are a few ways to do it. The gifts can be a prize that someone wins as part of your bridal shower games, or you could use scratch off lottery tickets. The person who gets the highest number wins the prize. A more traditional way to win is to place numbers under every seat or plate and do a drawing at the end in which you pull a number from a basket.

A great way to make sure that everyone comes away happy is to give a small, inexpensive bridal shower favor to everyone. Then give just one or two larger prizes for winners of a game or drawing. All your guests will have something to take home as a memory of the day, no one leaves empty-handed, and there is at least one person who is ecstatic!

Muscle Mass Tips – 3 Keys to Building Muscle While Burning Fat

Most trainees usually pick up their first barbell for two reasons: huge muscles with shredded definition. Of course everyone wants to be huge with chiseled cut's, so they should train to build muscle mass while burning fat, right?

Now here's the kicker ….

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to build huge muscles without earning some extra body fat, PERIOD!

The reason? Because to build muscle mass it is necessary to consume a surplus of calories to achieve optimal protein synthesis.

Since your body can not put 100% of it's caloric surge towards muscle growth, there will always be a caloric excess adding to your body fat, making it impossible to burn fat and gain muscle simultaniously.

Your goals should focus on building muscle mass, and then reducing body fat; Not gaining muscle and burning fat simultaniously.

It's easier to burn body fat once you've built up your muscles, so obviously starting off by building muscle mass is the quickest route. So once again; focus on burning fat only after you have gained serious muscle.

3 key tips to achieve this are:

1) Do not go crazy on calories …

Work toward a program of "optimal nutrition", simply shoving more food down your throat that has nothing to do with gaining muscle mass, and you will probably get fatter.

When eating to gain muscle; a mere 15-20% more calories over what you would typically take in to keep yourself at your current weight will achieve muscle growth without gaining extra fat.

2) Consume quality food sources …

To insure maximum muscle growth, consume only lean, quality proteins, natural / full fiber carbohydrates, and unsaturated fats.

Stay away from sugar and if there is a farmer's market nearby, try shopping from there for fresh produce.

3) Throw in a moderate amount of cardio.

During a mass building cycle, try adding 2-3 cardio sessions weekly to increase your body's ability to restrict fat gains. Long duration cardio can cause you to break muscle, so stick to high intensity / low duration sessions of cardio lasting no more than 10-20 minutes.

Craft And Hobby Woods – Basswood – Balsa Wood and Others

Many hobbies involve building, carving, or wood burning which require specialty woods. These hobby and craft woods are available for just about any purpose. Hobbyists may choose from balsa, basswood, plywood, walnut, cherry, maple, among others for their project needs. Sheets or strips of these fine woods are available in thicknesses from 1/32 "to one inch, and in widths from 1/16 through six inches.

Balsa is the most versatile of the hobby woods. Native to South America, these sixty foot trees are grown on large plantations. The wood is lightweight and strong. South Americans have been using balsa for boat and raft building since antiquity. Anyone who can recall Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki adventures will know of his successful attempt to reach the Polynesian Islands from South America on a balsa raft.

Balsa's fine grain combined with its strength and light weight have made it valuable for a great number of uses. Its heat retention ability has made it useful for insulating refrigerator and ship holds. It is used in aircraft to reduce vibration. Surfboards and life preservers have also been manufactured from balsa wood.

Crafters and hobbyists will find balsa very easy to cut and carve, making it ideal for a multitude of projects. It can also be painted or stained any color the hobbyist desires. Its greatest value for hobbyists is unduly in the construction of model airplanes. Free flight, control line, and radio control aircraft are all made primarily from balsa wood. Other uses for this versatile wood include model boat building and dollhouse construction, as well as many other craft projects. Model railroaders can use balsa for scratch-building houses and other structures, bridges, and structural support for scenery.

Basswood, or linden, is another wood crafters and hobbyists find very useful. This North American wood is grown primarily in northern Michigan and Wisconsin. Heavier than balsa, it shares many of it's characteristics – close-grained, strong, and lightweight. Basswood's hobby uses mirror those of balsa, but its heavier weight limits its use in building model airplanes. Because it carves easily, it is the premier choice for both beginning and advanced woodcarvers. Novice wood burners will also find basswood friendly, as it burns well. Like balsa, it is available in strips and sheets. Additionally, specialty shapes for dollhouse building include molding, siding, and roof shingles.

Special project needs may require the use of hobby plywood. This extremely high quality plywood ranges in thickness from paper thin 1/32 of an inch to 1/4 inch. Birch is the wood used, so it can take any stain desired. It is very durable and suitable for many uses.

Other woods are available for specialized hobby projects, including walnut, maple, cherry, and mahogany. Twenty four inch lengths include both strips and sheets. The maximum width for sheets is four inches.

Basswood and balsa are the most commonly available hobby / craft woods. Other types may need to be special ordered from your local craft or hobby shop. Check out the selection today for all your project needs.

How to Install a Rain Gutter

Many people who live in old homes do not have a rain gutter. Installing rain gutters can be either very difficult or very easy depending on the brand of rain gutter a person buys. It can also depend on whether the company provides installation or not. Usually a brand name company will provide installation of new or replacement gutters and/or downspouts at a price or for free. Some companies make the gutter easy to install, so minimal work is required. This article will explain how to install a new rain gutter in simple terms. It is best to read an instruction manual as well for clearer instructions of how to install a new rain gutter.

The first thing to do in installing a new rain gutter is to measure the slope length of the eaves. After measuring the slope and length, buying a gutter is the next step. You have to determine what material you want the gutter to be made out of. Aluminium is usually the most popular choice because of how inexpensive it is. After choosing the gutter, you then measure out and cut it to length to match the eaves of your house.

After cutting down a gutter to length, the next step is to attach the gutter parts to the eaves. This is typically done with hanging brackets that are placed into the eaves and are attached to the gutter to provide stability. Once the gutter itself is installed, the downspout needs to be placed.

The gutter usually does not have a special place marked for a downspout, so a person will have to cut out a square hole for the spout him or herself. After the hole is cut, the person must then measure and cut down to size the downspout. It is best to do a test fit of the downspout before the final assembly of it. Once it has been determined that the downspout can fit, it is fit into place and secured there with screws.

After the downspout is installed, the final step is to connect all the gutter segments and corners. It is also recommended to install leaf guards wherever trees are located to prevent clogging of your brand new rain gutter. Installing rain gutters is not too hard if you know what you are doing or if you have clear instructions. As said before, sometimes a company will provide free installation of a new gutter. It is much easier to have professionals install a new gutter than to do it yourself.