The Five Golden Rules To Tinder

Internet dating sucks. I have heard many a man say this line to me, and it’s usually the guys who haven’t had a date in months that say it. I understand if you are getting no love online then the first thing to blame is the entire World Wide Web, but just like we can’t blame the entire chicken industry for a bad chicken leg at KFC, we cannot blame the internet for our dating woes. The blame lies with only one person. YOU

Tinder IS the greatest dating application since… well, forever. Never have my friends and I had so many dates in so short a time with little to no effort. The greatest thing about Tinder is that it allows you to essentially “speed date,” you match with a girl, shoot a bit of banter back and forth, and get a date. Yes, not every girl will say yes to your request for a romantic evening under the stars, but they are on Tinder for a reason, and if they have swiped right on you, then they are already considering meeting you. So without further ado, let me break down the five golden rules of Tinder so that you too can enjoy the benefits that Tinder provides to so many men out there.

1.) 5 good photos: Now guys, I’m NOT talking about mirror selfies, or shirtless selfies. Please delete these from your phone immediately. These would be great if you were on Grinder, but luckily for us men, the female of our species isn’t searching for a six pack online. She can find that any day and anywhere. The photos must be clear, so at least an iPhone 6, but I suggest a better camera then that. You need a face shot, a full body shot, a shot of you enjoying an activity, and just showing how awesome your life is. I would also suggest that you don’t have photos of you drunk, and hanging off some girls. Some guys will put photos up with them surrounded by girls at a nightclub. This just looks try hard. Just show yourself with some friends, in classy situations, looking like a cool dude. End of story. Selfies are a big NO NO. Oh, and no pictures of your… manhood, no matter how impressive you think it maybe.

2.) The Opening Line: Okay, erase the following line from memory “Hey, how are you?” NEVER!!! Say this line again. You realise how many matches a beautiful girl might get a day? And you are opening with the most boring, generic, mundane sentence of all time. Put yourself in a girls shoes for a moment. She has jumped on Tinder. Probably because she’s bored and a little curious. Most girls will just play it like a video game, with no intention of ever meeting anyone from it, so the only way to get through to these girls is to MAKE IT FUN. Make it rhetorical and don’t ask a question. She can reply if she wants, if not, who cares. It has to be without need, without care, and look like a simple expression of the awesomeness that is radiating through you. Here are some of my favourite opening lines.

1. I sense by your witty and creative tagline that you could perhaps be lacking a little magic and spice in your day, so I am offering you a chance for your day to be enhanced by the presence of my awesomeness.

2. (Insert name here) I believe you have a confession to make…

3. I’m currently trying on a variety of outfits for my dress up party tonight. I’m thinking Batman, but then again, the redness of Superman’s underwear really makes my eyes pop.

4. I had the strangest day today. I woke up thinking it was Saturday, but then I quickly realised it was (insert day here). Luckily I am speedy and made it to work in time.

You can see that all these opening lines have one thing in common. They communicate that I don’t care, that I’m not taking this too seriously, that I am a happy guy, that I’m making it fun, and that I’m probably a pretty cool guy too.

3.) Get offline quickly: The world of Tinder moves fast, just like the real world moves fast. Women are emotional creatures, and once they stop feeling, they start forgetting. You could be amazing on Monday, but by Tuesday, you could be completely forgotten if you don’t stay fresh in her mind. This is why you must become a real person as fast as you can. Tinder should only be the method of meeting and opening. After that you need to get offline as fast as you can. Get that phone number within 4-6 messages. Just make it fun, fun, fun, fun, and then say the following sentence.

“Hey I’ve got to scoot. I have lives to inspire. You sound like you might not be a creep or a stalker. I dig that. Give me your number and perhaps I’ll message you.”

4.) Get the first meet quickly: My advice is to get it for that night. But I understand that some people may have to work week nights so you may have to wait a little. But get it as quickly as possible, and then once a day until the meeting send a funny message so that you stay fresh in the girl’s mind. Remember, woman follow their emotions, keep giving her emotion, and she will remember you, the moment you become boring, goodbye to you kind sir.

5.) Don’t bite off more than you can chew: This may be a quality problem. But once you have got steps 1-4 handled then this can become a problem. If you start matching too much, and start talking to too many, then you can actually start to get nothing. “Person who chases two rabbits catches neither.

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How to Clean Attic Mold, Kill It, Or Maybe Forget Attic Mold Remediation – It Could Be Cheaper

House attic mold is one of the most “popular” items in my property inspection reports. And now is time for an explanation of how to kill mold and / or how to clean mold in the attic. But before I do that, let me give you a little advice, something to consider before you sign a few (if you’re lucky) thousand dollars contract agreement with a mold remediation company.

Attic mold remediation TIP – an alternative (to consider):

Let us assume that you are in the middle of a real-estate transaction, and the home inspector just revealed to you, that your entire house attic is contaminated with mold.

If you have a brand new roof, you can only blame yourself or try to blame the roofing contractor for not checking the attic before replacing the roof (he will laugh at you unless you’ve actually asked the guy to check the attic before the roof replacement). If you have an older roof, the importance of this advice is even greater.

Call at least 2-3 mold remediation services for an estimate – specify to the representatives, that you not only want to have the mold removed, but also attic ventilation system corrected / installed if necessary / ask if the attic insulation requires replacement.

With the numbers from the mold remediation contractors, call 2-3 roofing contractors, and ask them for a quote on the roof replacement cost including decking boards / plywood (ask the roofer to check the attic area), attic ventilation improvement, and insulation if necessary.

Be cautious if they only suggest humidistat controlled power vent installation – without properly functioning soffit vents or any type of vents along the lower portion of the roof this might not be an adequate solution.

If the attic insulation replacement is not required (it most cases it will not be possible to tell without laboratory testing), make sure it’s sealed with plastic foil before the roof and its decking replacement. Fold the foil sealing its contents after the contaminated decking has been removed, and dispose of as a regular waste (EPA recommendation).

If you only have a small area of attic contaminated with mold, the roof replacement option would be more expensive. But with an entire attic that needs mold remediation, it might be cheaper (or even much cheaper) to remove all contaminated decking, install completely new roof and correct ventilation issues.

I have seen $3,000.00 – $10,000.00 invoices for the attic mold remediation process in approximately 1000 square feet of attic area.

Benefits of the roof / decking replacement over the mold removal:

  • roof and decking replacement might be cheaper than cleaning of an entire attic contaminated with mold
  • the real-estate transaction killing mold is gone
  • attic ventilation improvement is much easier during the roof replacement and often handled with no significant / additional cost
  • the buyer gets a brand new roof

Even if the roof replacement price is slightly higher than the mold remediation process, it is still worth to take it under the consideration because you are gaining a valuable house update (new roof), that will be disclosed on a real-estate listing.

In some cases, the roof decking and framing are contaminated, and replacement of the decking only would not entirely solve the problem. In such case, you’d have to clean contaminated joist or trusses.

How to kill mold and how to clean mold in the attic.

This is not a mold killing or mold cleaning case study, it is just an explanation based on my observations and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommendations.

Even if you are dealing with a small contaminated attic area – 10′ x 10′ is the maximum area recommended by the EPA to be treated by non-professionals, forget about killing mold with spraying it with bleach or other disinfectants. It ‘s been confirmed by laboratory testing that it does not kill all of the spores and in most cases you’ll be just making a mess.

The best way to kill the attic mold (just like any other mold) is to remove it from the surface it’s growing on, or remove the contaminated surface!

EPA recommends four mold cleanup methods and all of them can be applied in the attic, assuming that it is a small area (up to 10 sq. feet).

  1. You can clean the surface by using a wet vacuum – the type you can fill its tank partially with water to contain mold residue from the contaminated surface
  2. Wipe the surface with a damp sponge or rag – use clean water or wood cleaner
  3. Use high efficiency HEPA vacuum cleaner on thoroughly dried surfaces, and dispose of the picked-up contents in well-sealed plastic bags
  4. Remove all contaminated material, seal it in plastic and dispose of as a regular waste. They recommend using HEPA vacuum after this, but in the attic you’d most likely have to remove the floor insulation (if contaminated). You can also cover the insulation with plastic foil, and fold the foil sealing its contents after the cleaning process.

You may or may not have any allergic reactions to mold. However, always use protective equipment, especially in the attic area where you are exposed to the insulation fibers and dust.

As a minimum protection during the mold removing procedure EPA recommends: Gloves, N-95 respirator and eye protection (preferably fully enclosed goggles). As an additional protection you can add half face respirator or full face respirator with HEPA filter, disposable full body clothing, head gear, and foot coverings.

How to clean mold if large section or an entire attic is contaminated

I personally wouldn’t even attempt to do it myself, so my suggestion is:

Use a professional mold remediation company:

  • check their background and check it manually by calling their clients
  • ask for clients who had their attic mold remediated approximately 1 year ago – it usually takes a winter for the mold to start growing again if the job wasn’t fully completed
  • Insist on removing the mold completely instead of encapsulating it (Media Blasting methods give the best results).
  • Encapsulation is simply a process of covering the mold contaminated surface with paint (paint like product) that contains (or at least some of them do) mold killing chemicals

If your attic mold is properly removed and all of the issues responsible for its growth corrected, which is even more important than mold removing, it will not re-grow / no need for encapsulating.

  • Hire a different contractor for mold testing and mold remediation to eliminate conflict of interest.
  • Make sure that you perform an independent clearance test after the mold remediation process completion.
  • Clearance test is to determine if there are any mold spores remaining in the previously contaminated area

Extremely important – examine the attic (or have somebody do it for you) after the mold cleaning procedure is finished.

Inflatable Water Slides For Your Next Party

What do you look for when looking for something fun for your kids to do at their birthday party or other kid party? A lot of people look for party rentals of bounce houses, bouncers, or moonwalks. There are other great alternatives as well. Inflatable water slides are an example of one of these great alternatives.

Inflatable waterslides are great for kids to use a birthday party, especially during the hot summer months. They are basically dry inflatable slides that are blown up and have a hose put on them. The hose is ran continuously so that the slide stays wet at all times. Adding water to an inflatable slide adds a great extra dimension of fun for kids. They will remember their slide for years to come and probably request it for their next party!

Most slides for backyards are about twelve feet tall. You can also get slides that are much taller, all the way up to forty feet. That will not fit in most backyards, unless you have a football field in your backyard. These tall slides are truly incredible. Kids just love to slide though. Many times they don’t even care what size the slide is. Bigger kids love the larger slides.

No matter what size slide you use the premise of inflatable water slides is the same. The kids love to zoom down the slides into the water that awaits them below. It is really a great time for the kids. Adults love water slides too!

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) When, How, and Why to Supplement

Pyridoxine (B6)

Sources and Physiologic Functions Sources: Poultry, fish, liver, and eggs are good sources of this vitamin; meat and milk contain lesser amounts. Pyridoxine in animal sources is 96% bioavailable. Vitamin B6 can be made by intestinal bacteria in healthy persons. Plant foods such as legumes, peanuts, potatoes, yeast, bananas, corn, cabbage, yams, prunes, watermelon, and avocados also contain this vitamin.

Populations at risk: As this vitamin is widely distributed, deficiency is rare except in chronic alcoholics and among women taking oral contraceptives. Elderly persons and infants of preeclamptic mothers or mothers deficient in B6 are at risk. Patients on Cycloserine, hydantoin, hydralazine, isoniazid, and penicillamine should be given B6 supplementation. High protein diet increases the needs of this vitamin.

Severe deficiencies of vitamin B6 are rare, but mild deficiencies are extremely common. Dietary data from Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES II) in 11,658 adults aged 19-74 y showed that 71% of males and 90% of females consumed less than the 1980 recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is the most common deficient water soluble vitamin in elderly. Single drug and drug combinations taken by elderly individuals may impose nutritional risk. Unwanted outcomes of drug-food and drug-nutrient interactions can be minimized by instructing elderly men and women and their caregivers to avoid timing errors in drug-taking behavior and toxic reactions due to food incompatibility. In addition, drug-induced nutritional deficiencies can be avoided by advising drug-taking elderly on the appropriate levels of nutrient intake. In a study which compared the nutrient intakes of American children aged 2 to 10 years, vitamin B6 was found to be below the RDA in more than 50% of the population.

Birth control pill usage and occupational exposure to carbon disulfide induce vitamin B6 deficiency and/or enhance vitamin B6 requirement. Both compounds cause adverse psychological/neurological disorders such as extreme irritability, manic depressive tendencies, headaches, and other variables, but related disorders presumably by disrupting normal vitamin B6 metabolism and vitamin B6 administration has been found to alleviate their adverse psychological symptoms. Further studies are needed to experimentally evaluate this interrelation. Conjoined exposure to OCs and CS2 may result in an enhanced disruption of tryptophan metabolism which may in turn cause exaggerated psychological sequelae associated with CS2 exposure.

Signs and Symptoms of Deficiency: In infants, convulsive seizures and hyperactivity are the usual presenting symptoms. Diarrhea is also common. Anemia and peripheral neuritis are seen in tuberculosis patients on isoniazid who develop pyridoxine deficiency. 20-30% of homocystinuric patients with dislocation of the lens of the eye, osteoporosis (brittle spine), mental retardation, and a tendency for spontaneous blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and death, respond to vitamin B6 therapy.

Biochemistry: Vitamin B6 isa collective term for pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine, all of which serve as precursors of the biologically active coenzyme, pyridoxal phosphate. Pyridoxal phosphate functions as a coenzyme that catalyze reactions in protein metabolism, conversion of tryptophan to niacin, fat metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, folic acid synthesis, glandular and endocrine functions, and for the nerve and brain energy. Vitamin B6 has a clear benefit in lessening the severity of homocystinuria, a rare disease that usually results from a defect in an enzyme used for degrading homocysteine.

Safety: Deficient and excess intakes of pyridoxine can produce neurologic disturbances. Most cases of sensory neuropathy have resulted from intakes of over 600 mg/day, but some evidence suggests that it may result from doses as low as 300-500 mg/d and that the total exposure over time is the determinant of toxicity. There is one report that a daily intake of 117 mg/day (on average) for 2.9 years may be related to some toxicity. In the same study however, the control group that did not get any neuropathy had an average intake of 116 mg/day for an average of 1.6 years, and some women in both groups had been taking as little as 50 mg/day, questioning the accuracy of the telephone survey method used to determine neuropathy.

Vitamin B6 is toxic at doses that are 1000 times the RDA. Daily doses of 2 to 5 g of pyridoxine can produce difficulty in walking and tingling sensations in the legs and soles of the feet. Continued consumption of the toxic dose results in further unsteadiness of walking, difficulty in handling small objects, and numbness and clumsiness of the hands. Where vitamin B6 supplementation is stopped, recovery begins after 2 months. Complete recovery may occur after 2 to 3 years of discontinuing consumption of the vitamin B6 supplements. One study showed development of pure central-peripheral distal axonopathy with pyridoxine abuse. Pyridoxine dose was 0.2 to 5 g/d, and duration of consumption before symptoms was inversely proportional to the daily intake. In all patients with adequate follow-up, improvement followed discontinuation of pyridoxine.

Is pyridoxine safe for long-term use in large segments of the population, including children? It would appear from retrospective analysis of several studies that pyridoxine is safe at doses of 100mg/day or less in adults. In children, there is not enough data to make any sort of suggestion. Because the major neurologic complication is a peripheral neuropathy, and the causes of this condition are myriad, pyridoxine may cause neuropathy only in patients with a pre-existing susceptibility to this condition. Family histories, drugs, alcohol, nutritional status, and toxic exposure at home or in the work place may all be predisposing factors which, in combination with pyridoxine, produce the peripheral neuropathy that is not seen in other patients taking the same dosages. The duration of exposure that causes neuropathy is still a major question. Extremely high doses cause neurologic injury within a few days, and chronic low doses seem relatively safe.

Deterioration of acne vulgaris or eruption of an acneiform exanthema was demonstrated during treatment with vitamin B6 and/or vitamin B12 in 14 patients. Females were, by far, the more frequently affected. The appearance of skin symptoms, even outside the age groups typically affected by acne vulgaris, is characteristic. The clinical appearance of acneiform exanthema occurring during treatment with vitamin B6 or B12 consists of loosely disseminated small papules or papulopustules on the face (especially on the forehead and chin), on the upper parts of the back and chest, and spreading to the upper arm. The pathogensis of the change is not yet certain. The acneiform rash generally fades within a short time after vitamin B6 or vitamin B12 treatment has been stopped.

Recommendations: RDA in mg.

  • Infants birth to 6 mos – 0.3mg  
  • Infants 6 mos to 1 yr – 0.6mg  
  • Children 1 yr to 3 yr – 1.0mg  
  • Children 4 yr to 6 yr – 1.1mg  
  • Children 7 yr to 10 yr – 1.4mg  
  • Adolescent males 11yr to 14 yr – 1.7mg  
  • Adolescent females 11 yr to 14 yr – 1.4 mg  
  • Adolescent males 15 yr to 18 yr – 2.0mg  
  • Adolescent females 15 yr to 18 yr – 1.5mg  
  • Adult males 19 yr to 50 yr – 2.0mg  
  • Adult females 19 yr to 50 yr – 1.6mg  
  • Adult males 51 yr plus – 2.0mg  
  • Adult females 51 yr plus – 1.6mg  
  • Pregnant Women – 2.2mg  
  • Lactating Mothers (1st 6 months) – 2.1mg  
  • Lactating Mothers (2nd 6 months) – 2.1mg  

Pyridoxine B6

Food Source Serving Size/Amount # of mg/serving

Chicken (dark meat) 3.5 oz 0.37 mg

Chicken (light meat) 3.5 oz 0.63 mg

Atlantic Salmon (wild, raw) 3.0 oz 0.70 mg

Tuna (canned in water) 3.0 oz 0.30 mg

Liver (beef braised) 3.5 oz 0.91 mg

Live (veal braised 3.5 oz 0.91 mg

Navy beans (boiled) 1 cup 0.30 mg

Peanuts (dry roasted) 1 oz 0.07 mg

Potato (boiled) 1 medium 0.40 mg

Banana 1 medium 0.66 mg

Prunes (dried) 10 0.22 mg

Watermelon 1 cup 0.23 mg

Avocado 1 medium 0.48 mg

The Literature: Heart disease Prevention:

Homocysteine

Hyperhomocysteinemia, a risk factor for atherosclerosis, is associated with deficiencies of vitamin B6, folate, and cobalamin. Patients who were given vitamin B6 for carpal tunnel syndrome and other degenerative diseases were found to have 27% of the risk of developing acute cardiac chest pain or myocardial infarction, compared with patients who had not taken vitamin B6. Dr. Ellis found that among his elderly patients expiring at home, the average age at death from myocardial infarction was 8 years later in those who had taken vitamin B6, compared with those who had not taken vitamin B6. The preventive effect of vitamin B6 on progression of coronary heart disease may be related to increased formation of pyridoxal phosphate, the coenzyme that is required for catabolism of the atherogenic amino acid, homocysteine.

The total homocysteine (tHcy) level in the serum is related to pregnancy complications, neural tube defects, mental disorder, and cognitive impairment in the elderly. In addition, over 80 clinical and epidemiological studies provide ample evidence that an elevated tHcy level is a common cardiovascular risk factor. Oral treatment with pyridoxine up to 300mg/d does not lower the fasting tHcy level in healthy subjects or vascular patients. However, pyridoxine (10 – 250 mg/d) lowers an abnormal postmethionine load tHcy level in most patients and, when combined with folic acid, nearly all obtain a normal postmethionine tHcy level.

Platelet aggregation:

In a randomized trial, Pyridoxine inhibited ADP- or epinephrine-induced aggregation by 48% and 41% (p < 0.001), respectively. It also prolonged both bleeding and coagulation time. Pyridoxine significantly reduced total plasma lipid and cholesterol levels, whereas it enhanced HDL-cholesterol level. Thus, it is suggested that oral vitamin B6 inhibits platelet aggregation in normal subjects.

Essential Hypertension:

In a study, treatment of hypertensive patients with pyridoxine significantly reduced systolic (p < 0.01) and diastolic blood pressure (p < 0.005), plasma NE (p < 0.005), and E (p < 0.05) within 4 weeks. The dose of pyridoxine used in these patients was 5 mg/kg body weight/d. Thus, pyridoxine may be beneficial in the treatment of hypertension.

Neurotransmitter Production

Pyridoxine has been known as an essential cofactor in the production of neurotransmitters. For this reason, it has been considered a therapeutic adjunct in a variety of conditions with known or suspected neurotransmitter abnormalities. Among these conditions are seizures, Parkinson’s disease, depression, chronic pain, headache, behavior abnormalities of adults and children, and peripheral neuropathy. Other clinical uses for pyridoxine include treatment of premenstrual syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome. The potential neurotoxicity of pyridoxine makes it essential that vitamin intake be included as part of medical history.

Diabetic neuropathy:

Vitamin B6 has been recommended in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. Vitamin B6 deficiency was thought to be the causative factor for neuropathy in diabetes. However, several studies show that vitamin B6 supplements may not be beneficial in these patients. In one of these studies, 18 patients with symptomatic diabetic neuropathy were treated with placebo or pyridoxine. After 4 months of follow-up, there was no difference between the two groups with regard to fasting plasma glucose, motor nerve conduction velocity, or ophthalmologic examination at the beginning or at the conclusion of the study. These results suggest that vitamin B6 deficiency is not a factor in the etiology of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Gestational diabetes:

In a study of 14 pregnant women with gestational diabetes, a relative pyridoxine deficiency was thought to exist. After treatment with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 100 mg/day for 14 days, the oral glucose tolerance improved considerably. It was hypothesized that increased xanthurenic-acid synthesis during pregnancy may cause gestational diabetes. Treatment with vitamin B6 makes the production of xanthurenic-acid normal by restoring tryptophan metabolism and improves the oral glucose tolerance in patients with gestational diabetes.

Kidney Stones:

Weak evidence suggests that pyridoxine may be useful in the therapy of kidney stones. Twelve recurrent stone formers with hyperoxaluria were administered pyridoxine-HCl (10 mg/day) daily for a period of 180 days. Urinary oxalate decreased significantly (p less than 0.05) by the 90th day of pyridoxine therapy, and thus, pyridoxine in low doses (10 mg/day) is of therapeutic value for hyperoxaluric stone formers.

Autism:

A review of four therapeutic crossed-sequential double-blind trials with 60 autistic children examined the effects of vitamin B6 alone, magnesium alone, and in combination on behavioral improvement. Modest behavioral improvement was observed among children taking both magnesium and B6, but not when either one of those taken alone.

Cognitive Development

Vitamin B6 is an essential cofactor in the developing central nervous system and may influence brain development and cognitive function. Recent work in animal models suggests that vitamin B6 deficiency during gestation and lactation alters the function of receptors thought to play an important role in learning and memory. A deficiency of vitamin B6 during brain development has been shown to result in neurochemical and morphological changes that are expressed behaviorally as tremors, irritability, abnormalities in motor function, and spontaneous seizures, although the specific mechanism is still not understood. Numerous studies have suggested that pregnant and lactating women may have dietary intakes of vitamin B6 that are well below the recommended dietary allowance, which may affect the vitamin B6 status of their offspring. Reports indicate that unsupplemented lactating mothers have a milk vitamin B6 level that, in some cases, is lower than 100 μg/L, a concentration that places infants at risk of development of seizures. Although this level of vitamin B6 in milk does not always result in clinical signs of frank vitamin B6 deficiency, it may influence the normal development of the child. Evidence for such an effect was noted in an Egyptian study where abnormalities in behavior were observed in infants whose mothers had vitamin B6 levels in milk below 85 mg/L.

Thus, many conditions in clinical neurology may be responsive to pyridoxine as a therapeutic agent. The observations that serotonin deficiency is a common thread in patients with headache, chronic pain, and depression, and that pyridoxine can raise serotonin levels open a wide range of therapeutic options. Comparison with amitriptyline in the treatment of headache appears to show about equal efficacy, although side effects would be expected to be more of a problem with the amitriptyline. Some medical authorities have taken this so far as to suggest that many of the behavioral disorder problems are caused by “toxic” exposures to chemicals that are pyridoxine antagonists and that supplementation at early stages may reduce the incidence of hyperactivity and aggressive behavior.

Interaction with Medications

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) supplementation during isoniazid (INH) therapy is necessary in some patients to prevent the development of peripheral neuropathy. In vivo pyridoxine is converted into coenzymes which play an essential role in the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, fatty acids, and several other substances, including brain amines. INH apparently competitively inhibits the action of pyridoxine in these metabolic functions. The routine use of pyridoxine supplementation to prevent peripheral neuropathy in high risk populations is recommended.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Vitamin B6 is effective in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and related disorders in patients with vitamin B6 deficiency. A study found that higher plasma pyridoxal 5′-phosphate (PLP) concentrations, particularly in unsupplemented males, appeared to be associated with less frequent pain/discomfort, tingling and nocturnal awakening. In contrast, higher vitamin C concentrations or a relative deficit of plasma PLP in comparison to the plasma vitamin C (higher ASC/PLP ratio) were, in some analyses, associated with greater sensory latencies or with more prevalent and frequent symptoms. This raises the possibility that vitamin C supplementation in the presence of vitamin B6 deficit might be injurious to the median nerve and thus promote the development of the hand/wrist symptoms of CTS. Thus, there are significant relationships between plasma vitamin levels and both components of CTS (specific symptoms and median nerve slowing). The interaction between plasma PLP and ASC appears to be particularly important with respect to symptoms. Hence, vitamin B6 is commonly recommended for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Premenstrual Syndrome

A review of 12 controlled trials on vitamin B6 in the treatment of the premenstrual syndrome showed a weak evidence of positive effects of vitamin B6. A major drawback of the trials is the limited number of patients included. In a more recent well designed study, 120 women were randomized to receive active drug or placebo. Pyridoxine at 300 mg/d showed no greater benefit compared to placebo in symptom reduction.

Vitamin B6 and Exercise

Vitamin B6 may play an important role in exercise response. Vitamin B6 is essential to the production of energy during exercise. If vitamin B6 status is poor, exercise performance may be impaired. Vitamin B6 supplementation may increase the levels of plasma growth hormone during exercise and immediately following exercise. The physiologic significance of these changes has not been explored but are thought to increase muscle mass and reduce body fat. Female athletes and those who participate in sports which emphasize low body weights (e.g., dancers, wrestlers, gymnasts and runners) may be prone to low dietary vitamin B6 intakes.

Asthma:

Weak evidence suggests that vitamin B6 may be useful in asthma. A double-blind study with 76 asthmatic children followed for five months indicated significant improvement in asthma following pyridoxine therapy (200 mg daily) and reduction in dosage of bronchodilators and cortisone. The data suggest that these children with severe bronchial asthma had a metabolic block in tryptophan metabolism, which was benefitted by long-term treatment with large doses of pyridoxine. In another double-blind placebo-controlled trial, 31 patients requiring steroids (oral or inhaled) for the treatment of their asthma received pyridoxine 300 mg per day or placebo. After a 9 week follow-up, treatment with oral pyridoxine failed to improve the outcome variables in patients requiring steroids for the treatment of their asthma.

Depression:

Weak evidence suggests that vitamin B6 may be beneficial in the treatment of depression. The augmentation effect of 10 mg each of vitamins B1, B2, and B6 in 14 geriatric inpatients with depression who were treated with tricyclic antidepressant treatment was assessed in a well-designed study. The vitamin treated group showed trends toward greater improvement in scores on ratings of depression and cognitive function, as well as in serum nortriptyline levels compared with placebo-treated subjects. Thus, B complex vitamin augmentation in the treatment of geriatric depression should be considered.

Summary: Pyridoxine is essential for protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, folic acid synthesis, glandular and endocrine function. It is also essential for the formation of serotonin, and dopamine, and aids in the formation of several neurotransmitters and is therefore, an essential nutrient in the regulation of mental processes and the mood.

A number of claims have been made about the beneficial effects of vitamin B6 on numerous conditions: atherosclerosis, attention deficit disorder, autism, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, diabetes, fibrocystic breast disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, chemotherapy, HIV patients, nephrolithiasis, osteoporosis, photosensitivity, retinopathy, and canker sores.

Evidence strongly suggests that vitamin B6 has a preventive effect in the progression of coronary artery disease. Although it did not show any effect in lowering the fasting plasma homocysteine level, vitamin B6 supplementation is shown to lower postmethionine load tHcy, which might be the reason for its cardioprotective effect.

In well done studies it has shown efficacy on par with amitriptyline in the treatment of chronic headaches. Many clinical conditions like chronic pain and depression, which are caused by serotonin deficiency, might benefit from vitamin B6 therapy. As it functions as an essential cofactor in the production of several neurotransmitters, it may be considered a therapeutic adjunct in the treatment of several conditions like seizures, Parkinson’s disease, behavioral abnormalities of adults and children, and peripheral neuropathy. Vitamin B6 is also found to be effective in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome in patients with vitamin B6 deficiency. Exercise performance is improved with vitamin B6 supplementation.

Populations who are prone to be deficient in this vitamin such as chronic alcoholics, women on oral contraceptives, patients on Isoniazid, and athletes should receive supplementation. Pregnant and lactating women should consume adequate amounts of vitamin B6 in their diets for the normal development of central nervous system and cognitive function and for the prevention of abnormal behavioral development.

Our recommendations for adults is 40 mg/d, as there is weak evidence of some toxicity at 50 mg/d. Vitamin B6 is usually safe and can be consumed in amounts of 10-300 mg/d. Although side effects are rare, doses over 300 mg/d may result in adverse neurological outcomes. Pregnant and lactating women should not consume more than 100 mg/d. Vitamin B6 supplementation should be stopped immediately when sensory neuropathy with numbness in the hands and feet and/or difficulty in walking develops while on therapy.

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Change is something that you will have to embrace if you want to learn how to make money. Of course, it is hard to make a leopard change its spots, or a tiger change its stripes for that matter. This is especially the case when we have become so accustomed to doing things a certain way, that we no longer need to think about them. Nonetheless, developing new habits which are contrary to what we are used to will require courage, perseverance, and self-instruction.

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One of the most common occurrences, if acting impulsively upon a desire to make money money. As a result, many are often enticed by promises of immediate fortune. Based on the promise that handing over thousands of dollars to an absolute stranger will soon result in tens of thousands of dollars, many people fall for the bait. Unfortunately, they realize that the only individual who has any chance of receiving tens of thousands of dollars, is the person who just relieved you of your hard earned money. It quickly becomes apparent not only that there is no money to be made, but that you are worse off than you were in the beginning.

Nonetheless, if you really want to learn how to make money consistently over time, some changes are going to need to be made. For starters, you will need to do the things stated below.

1. Learn How To Learn

Apart from having the internal motivation to succeed, being able to discover what you need to know to be successful on your own is extremely important. You have to find out what actions you need to consistently take daily in order to accomplish your goals. However, there is a caveat. You must be able to discern what is fact, and what is fiction. While the Internet is a great information resource, it is full of an abundance of rough, and very few diamonds. As such, you have to beware of the individuals who are making promises which they know that they cannot keep. As a rule of thumb, you should always come to the conclusion that if something is too good to be true, then it is too good to be true.

2. Keep it Real

I know that there are a myriad of people on the Internet who not only tell you that they can teach you how to make money, but how to become rich beyond your wildest dreams within 30-90 days. When you encounter such nonsense, ask yourself why this individual is so eager to make you rich, as opposed to making all of the money themselves. Once you teach yourself what is real and what is fiction, you will have a great idea of what needs to be done to achieve your goals, and how long it will take. This in turn will allow you to set expectations, and avoid potential disappointment.

3. Visualize, Plan, Then Attack

For those of you who want to be successful, you must visualize your success, plan what you need to do to achieve this success, then do it. You have to write your plan down. I do not care if it is sophisticated or not. What I suggest, is simply purchasing a notebook for a couple of dollars, and placing your vision within. In your notebook, you will outline both your short-term, and long-term goals. Keep in mind that you short-term goals are merely stages which must be completed to reach your long-term goals. For each goal, you must write down the specific actions which must be taken for it to be achieved, as well as the length of time it will take. Each time you achieve a goal, check it off of your list. It is very important that you track your progress over time. Whenever you feel like reverting to your old negative habits, look at what you have accomplished thus far. You will not only surprise yourself, but also motivate yourself to keep on track.

4. Just Say NO

Get as far away as possible from circumstances which will divert you from your goals. This is of the utmost importance in the early stages of your action, as you have not yet formed habitual behaviors.

5. Give Yourself a Big Thumbs Up

The fact of the matter is that you deserve accolades right now for taking the first step to determine how to make money. This is a step which most people do not even bother to take. In the future, when you accomplish specific goals, make sure that you acknowledge these accomplishments in a manner which is consistent with the achievement. For instance, if you were ashamed to look at your bank statement in the past due to how little money you had in your account, when you reach your bank account balance goal, print your bank statement off, highlight the balance, and hang it on the wall in your office.

Photo Booth Rentals For Conventions And Trade Shows

The same type of photo booths you’ve seen at the mall can be used at trade shows and conventions. Many party rental companies rent photo booths for use at weddings and other social events. But a master marketer should realize that putting a free photo booth in your exhibit space is an excellent way to increase your foot traffic, spark conversation with prospects, and generate general warm fuzzy feelings about your brand. Further, if you know what to look for, a photo booth rental can actually give you much more than that. Modern photo booths take advantage of technology to spread your brand or message, and collect information from prospects. Some will even collect video testimonials about your product.

Make sure any photo booth rental is capable of putting your message on the photo strips. Better photo booths will even allow you to design a postcard with your branding all over it. In my opinion, this is the way to go. People loose the swag given out at shows. Free pens get used up or lost. T-shirts fade. But people generally keep photos forever. Imagine your message pinned to your prospect’s refrigerators for 10 years. Be sure to ask if the rental company charges extra for the design work.

Some photo booths will allow users to email themselves their photos. They simply enter their email address and the booth sends them an email with your custom message along with the images attached. Booths that do this are capable of storing the user’s email addresses to use for your marketing purposes later. It’s great way to fill your lead list. Since you’re giving them something for free, there’s no ill will about collecting the email address and using it. Just make sure you use a professional email service like Constant Contact to allow users to un-subscribe if they wish.

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The most advanced booths allow users post their photos to their Facebook accounts right from the booth. If you are advertising at a trade show, imagine having your message show up in the Facebook news feeds of professionals in your industry. People almost always have colleagues from their same industry in their Facebook friends list. If they are doing something goofy in the picture, the picture will spread even further as people hit the “Like” button.

If people at the convention have already used your product, why not collect some video testimonials about it? A video capable booth will do this for you, as long as you have someone there to coach the users through it. I recommend using specific questions to make it easier on them. For example “when was the last time you used my product?” Or “how has my product changed the way you do business?” Post the best videos to a YouTube channel, and embed them on your site. As an added bonus, having a YouTube channel associated with your brand and web site will help your search engine rankings. Google, in particular, loves a site with rich content like videos.

Make the most of your photo booth rental by having a strategy. People will be laughing and having a great time in your exhibit space. Capitalize on the jovial atmosphere created by the booth. Engage prospects in small talk as you usher them in and out of the booth, and let that lead into your sales pitch. Most of all, have fun! If you’re having fun with it, your prospects will loosen up too.

Buy Your Dream Home With Home Loans

If you have the required money to buy the home then its perfectly fine, otherwise this is the situation where there would be a need for Home Loans for people who don’t have sufficient money to buy a home. Loans are of various kind and nature to suit the demand of the consumers. There are various kind of loans, like home loans, car loans, property loans, personal loans, etc. All these types of loans are available for certain situations and requirements with certain fixed amount of interest.

Loans is an amount of money, which you borrow from banks at a certain rate of interest for a certain period of time. Whenever someone needs a large amount of money for investing in business or to buy home or some property, he can apply to the banks for granting him loans. Once the bank receives all the required document from the customers, the bank after verifying the document grant the person loans as per the banks rule and condition.

Home Loans is the most common type of loans available in all parts of the globe. Almost all the public and private sector banks offer Home loans at a certain rate of interest. This interest rate may vary from bank to bank, but there is a minimum fixed rate of interest for every bank. Keeping in mind the competition in Home loans category banks are offering attractive home loans plan to suit the customer needs.

Almost all the banks are offering attractive loan interest rates, financing up to 90 percent of the property cost, up to 25 years tenure for home loans, minimum documentation, home loan papers delivery at your doorstep, sanctioning the loans without the selected property, free personal accident insurance, insurance options for home loan at attractive premium. Even some banks are offering special rate of interest on green homes for protecting the environment.

On home loans, the bank charges two types of Home loan EMI. The adjustable home loan EMI and the fixed rate home loan EMI. These home loan EMI are the amount, which the consumers have to pay to the bank every month. This EMI amount will depend on the amount of loans the consumers has taken from the bank. If a consumer fails to pay the EMI for some month, the bank will charge him some penalties. Even the bank allows the option for repaying your loan amount at one go with some less amount of interest.

With the boom in real estate property, many people are investing large amount of money in this sector. The margin of profit in real estate property is very high and with the upcoming Malls, business centre, multiplexes and high-rise apartment, this sector is doing wonders.

To cash in real estate property sector, people are taking loans from the bank to invest and develop property to earn profit. Banks are also having good time with so many loan borrower who are paying good rate of interest.

Home Loans are best option for all classes of people while buying home, flat or property. This loan helps the consumers to have a dream home or property of their own without having the adequate money. The attractive offers from the banks on home loans is luring more and more consumers to opt for this kind of loan.

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Bounce House Rentals

Visit any kids’ birthday party and you’ll see the newest fashion in birthday party entertainment; the fun, inflatable bounce house which is popular as well as party jumper, moonwalk, water slide or inflatable moon bounce. Fairly cheap to rent and filled with a constant stream of cold air, these sewn vinyl party supplies come in bright colors and fun shapes (like castles, houses, slides) and keep kids jumping and entertained for hours. Bounce House rentals are huge hit with both kids and grownups. Not only do they keep children occupied, they also give the parents a needed break and help them socialize with guests. Bounce house rentals and bouncy house birthday parties for children are generally held in backyards, front yards, but depending on the season and the area, they can even be held in local parks, recreations or indoors.

Perhaps the key factor when renting a bouncy house or other inflatable such as water slides, party jumpers, moon bounces or jump and slide combos is safety. A good party rental company will have insurance, and this is particularly important if kids will be using the bounce house. Most city parks in Los Angeles and all over USA also consent that the party requires insurance if they are to set up in a community area. If possible, go and see the bounce house jumper before hand, just to be sure it is safe. You may also want to check and be sure it is clean, as microorganisms can pose just as great a danger as substantial injury. Although there are many reputable companies involved in this business, there are also those who do not appropriately take care of the party supplies.

For many customers, bounce house rental rates are the biggest concern. While you want to make sure you don’t pay more than you have to, be sure you do not sacrifice quality or the safety of your kids. Most moon bounce party rental companies have a set rate for the entire event, including set-up and break-down. Try to find some information on the company you are considering renting from. Check the Internet, ask friends and family, and look at local business reviews. A little bit of research can help you a lot. Remember just because jumpers cost more or less than their competitor, it doesn’t mean they are better. Do some shopping around; try to find a price that you can afford. For a 13′ by 13′ sized Bouncy House, it should cost around $95 US Dollars for 8 hours, and that should include delivery setup and break-down. Also be sure you try to rent one with a front ramp, the last thing adults are going to want to be doing are lifting kids in and out of the jumper all day long.

Before you rent a Bounce House you need to find out what your requirements are. Take into consideration how many kids are invited, what their ages are, if any grown up will want to join the fun jump, etc. If there are going to be small kids or babies visiting, it may be worth renting a small Jumper House as well, to prevent possible injuries with older kids inside the moon bounce. Also evaluate how much space is available on the area, as Bounce Houses can be pretty big. All in all, bounce house rentals are a great way to add fun to any occasion.

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How To Choose a Bartending School

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a bartender, there are many different ways to enter this potentially high paying and interesting field. The least expensive and hardest is find someone to train you for free because most places don’t have the time or a knowledgeable trainer.

Your second choice is buy a drink recipe book and start memorizing hundreds of recipes. Not a good idea because you may be memorizing hundreds of recipes that aren’t popular. The easiest way and most expensive is to go to a bartender school. Although there are articles on the internet from so called “experts” trashing bartending schools and calling them scams. None of them claim to have attended a bartending school or even visited one. It appears their misinformation comes from a few bartenders or bar owners and not graduates. Some bar owners won’t hire a graduate and that’s their choice. Usually, it’s because the establishment has extremely high volume and the graduate doesn’t have enough speed to handle the bar customers and servers. For every establishment like this, there are many others where a graduates skills are more than adequate to do the job.

You’ll seldom hear a negative comment about a bartending school from a bartender who has graduated from a state licensed accredited bartending school. The negative comments come from insecure non-graduates who are threatened because the graduates are more knowledgeable and better trained. Where else can you get trained for a good paying job in only 1 or 2 weeks. Especially when you and earn back your investment in a few days of bartending Not all bartending schools are equal. There are many that call themselves bartending schools but who are scams.

These are things one should consider choosing a school. Is the school state licensed? State licensed bartending schools have to meet curriculum requirements, be financially secure, have proper training facilities, and approved instructors. Can you watch a class in progress? This will allow you to talk to current students to find out they like the bartending school Does the school have a real bar and full working bar equipment and tools? How long is the training program? Beware of schools with short 1 or 2 day classes. There is no way you can learn to be a professional mixologist in less than 32 hours of hands on training. Does the school have a real job placement department and can they show you a list of current job lead? How long has the school in business? If it’s only been open a short time they could be here today and gone tomorrow.

Don’t make a decision on price alone. A cheap short bartending course may save you a few dollars but won’t give you enough practice time behind the bar to build your speed and confidence.

Be a smart consumer. Don’t make a decision on a phone call or a website. If you’re serious about working as a bartender, put in the time and effort to make sure you’re going to get what you pay for.

Is the school a member of the Better Business Bureau or can it show you a license from the state department of education? There are many good schools that can start you on the right path.

One of the oldest and most reputable bartending schools is the American Bartending School. In 42 years of training bartenders, they have a 99 percent satisfaction rating from graduates. There are many other good schools for bartending out there, but be sure to take the time to visit them before making a decision.

Sports Wheel Chairs – Three Types Described

Sports wheel chairs are amazing devices that give freedom to mobility challenged people who might not otherwise be physically able to play sports. These wheel chairs are anything but normal or traditional! They’re built especially for individual sports and are customized to exact specifications so they fit the athlete perfectly.

A sports wheel chair is lightweight, but is constructed in such a way that enables the athlete excellent mobility, stability, turning radius, and responsiveness. These chairs are designed with a low, folding back, quick-release wheels, and no armrests (to allow freedom of movement). Most weigh less than 30 pounds. Some athletes use their sports wheel chair on a daily basis given that these wheel chairs are easy to maneuver and transport.

Do you love to play soccer, basketball, volleyball, rugby, hockey or tennis? Do you love to race or ski? There is a sports wheel chair on the market today for just about every sport. The frames on sports chairs are designed specifically with aluminum frames that will endure strain and impact.

There are three styles of sports wheel chairs:
1) Racers – these amazing chairs are built for speed and weigh less than 20 pounds so you’ll go like the wind. Constructed with a horizontal frame and featuring front wheel cornering traction, a racing wheel chair can be tricked out with paint and emblems to look like a race car. Some racing chairs can be outfitted with a titanium seat frame to reduce the total weight of the chair by 3 pounds.

2) Handcycles – a handcycle looks much like a bicycle, but is customized with handlebars, footrests, and a comfortable seat to meet your physical needs and safety while riding. Handcycles allow you to enjoy the bike trails with your children or for exercise purposes. There are a number of wheel chair sports that employ handcycles as well.

3) Court wheel chairs – the wheels on these chairs often appear to be crooked, but in fact, the wheels angle in toward the athlete to provide excellent agility and maneuverability while on the court. A court chair works well on any court – basketball, tennis, or volleyball, to name a few.

Sports chairs are colorful and trendy and can be used for every day activities in addition to sporting events.

Why are sports wheel chairs important? Athletes, who stay active, despite their physical challenges, are much healthier and more confident than those who choose a more sedentary lifestyle. Research has shown that athletes in wheel chairs enjoy better motor skills, more flexibility, better heart health, better memory, and have amazing cardiovascular and muscular endurance.

Sports wheel chairs are not inexpensive and most times, are not covered by insurance companies. A sports chair can be as low as $500 or as high as $8,000, depending on the sport you want to play. Used sports chairs can be found, but because they’re customized to fit one person, it may be difficult to readjust the fit for a different athlete. However, it’s always worth a try if your budget is limited.

If you’ve never attended a wheel chair sporting event, go! You’ll be amazed at what these athletes can do when outfitted properly.

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Refurbished Laptop Prices

Refurbished laptops are those laptops that undergo a remanufacturing process for minor technical faults or for some defective components. As a result refurbished laptop prices are slashed down considerably. Many renowned brands such as Apple, IBM, HP, Compaq, and Toshiba sell refurbished laptops at cheap rates. This is an occasion for a customer to secure modern models and versions of laptops at low prices.

Refurbished laptop prices for bulk order are much lowered. Refurbished wholesale laptops are available to retailers for three to five percentage discount per laptop. As a bulk number of laptops are ordered in single wholesale dealing, transportation charge is saved to a great extent. All refurbished laptops come with standard specifications of AC adapter, battery, and pre loaded operating system. If the customer wants to upgrade memory, hard drives, and other accessories special price is to be given.

In a discount sale, refurbished laptop prices are even lowered to half the regular refurbished price. Some firms also offer free transportation and six to one year warranty with every purchase. Discounts are granted to students, military personnel, senior citizens, and charitable organisations. Special incentives such as USB drives, headphones, and full software suite are also given for promotional sales of refurbished laptops.

Refurbished laptop prices give substantial savings for the customer. If the refurbished laptop has more advanced features, then the price also increases. Refurbished laptops with graphics programs or video games tend to be more expensive than ordinary ones, but the price is anyway lower than a brand new one. For affordable refurbished laptop prices, always depend on a genuine dealer with a good reputation. Many of the refurbished laptops sold today range about $250 to $800. Brand new ones are sold for around $3000 and above. This means that the customer can gain up to eighty percent while buying a refurbished laptop.

Selecting a New Fridge Freezer

Fridges are designed to keep your food cool for a few days and work well for keeping the milk fresh and other produce. Freezers can be used for storing meet and will keep food for many weeks. You will also see combination, fridge-freezer products where the unit has a small freezer compartment at the top of the fridge. There are also chest freezers, which have a lid on the top face of the product. Chest freezers have a higher capacity than upright freezers but may not have many drawers. Chest freezers are available in short width (600mm), similar in width to a washing machine, and full-width, approximately 1.6M wide. Look out for lockable lids on chest freezers as you can store a lot of food in a chest freezer, which is going to be worth a lot of money. The lid on a wide chest freezer could be quite heavy also so see if it has a counter-balance mechanism, which will make it easier to open.

A fridge temperature should be no more than 5 degrees whereas a freezer works around minus 18 to minus 22 degrees. Some fridges and freezers have warning lights and audible alarms if the temperature gets to hot. They also have a fast freeze mode to reduce the freezer temperature quickly.

Energy Ratings:
In the shops you will see energy efficiency ratings for washing machines. Fridges and freezers machines are rated on a scale from A to G where G is the least efficient and uses more energy than the A rated products. Most fridge freezers available today are at least A rated, which has lead to the introduction of an A+ and even A++ standard.

American style fridge freezers tend to be around 2m high with two doors and a cold water dispenser built into one of the doors. They are available in a choice of styles and colours and may include a fast freeze feature.

Integrated fridge freezers or under-counter fridge freezers are designed to fit under a work surface and are a similar size to a washing machine. The fridges and freezers tend to be separate items with approximately 3cu.ft of storage capacity. They are available in a choice of colours to fit with your other kitchen appliances.

Options
Some options you may see when looking for fridges and freezers include: LED temperature display; door open warning light; Independent fridge and freezer temperature controls; Energy saving option; fast freeze feature; Dairy and egg trays; Ice cube trays; Can dispenser; Bottle racks and humidity controls to make salad crisper.

Noise performance:
Fridges and freezers tend to be fairly quite products and have only one compressor which would be making noise. The noise is measured in dB(A) or decibels.. If you prefer your fridge or freezer to be quieter then look for one with lower figures for noise performance. Typical noise performance figures for fridges and freezers are around 42dB.

Colours
For many years fridges and freezers were available in white but more recently we have seen some manufacturers making their products available in other colours including: Black, Silver, Cream and even Pink! Some manufacturers such as SMEG also have designer products with flags and other styles if you’re looking for something a bit more funky.

Brands
There are many companies around the world manufacturing washing machines and leading brands include Samsung; Bosch; Hotpoint; Miele; Zanussi and Indesit.

Prices
Under-counter fridge prices start at just over £100 at the lower end of the scale and rise to over £1200 for designer products. An average fridge will probably be around £150 to £300 for an under-counter fridge or £300 to £600 for a full-height fridge. Cheaper washing machines tend to be made using lower quality components and the finish may also degrade over time. The fridge/freezer components including plastics, shelves and door may be more likely to be broken during use and the fridge freezer may last only a few years. More expensive fridge freezers tend to use higher quality components and finish and have been designed and tested, to be used for many years. Of course, if a fridge freezer breaks down you may be able to simply buy a new one compared to the cost of fixing a higher quality machine. Cheaper machines will tend to be more noisy, have fewer features and may take slightly more energy in use.

In conclusion, there’s a staggering range of fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers available on the market to suit your tastes and price point. Fridge freezers are well-developed products and whether you chose a higher cost quality product or lower cost route you will find many products to fit your budget.

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Photo Birth Announcements

Congratulations on the birth of your little one! Now, you want to show the world just how precious they are, and why not do it with photo birth announcements? Well, actually, you may have come up with a number of reasons why not but we will show you a great solution that will allow you to experience the great benefits of photo birth announcements without all those pesky problems.

Reasons for Not Having Photo Birth Announcements

Well, we might as well come right out and say it – photo birth announcementsare usually expensive and time-consuming when you probably have very little money and time. It takes time and money to get all those photos printed, write in each one, stick all those stamps on the envelopes, address the envelopes, and then still send them out. Oh, and another problem is that you’re not even sure they will arrive after all of this.

As a new mom or dad your time is really precious. Baby is taking up a lot of it and you still need time to eat, sleep and shower yourself so time is one thing you do not have. Money is probably scarce after buying all those new baby items too so if you can save money you will. Well, as we say, this is USUALLY the case with birth photography announcements but not always and we will tell you why…

Baby Photo Birth Announcements Online

Today you can quickly and easily put up a web page for free (you can sign up for a free web page at Events Listed Photo Birth Announcements). Once your web page is up you can put up all the photos you like (after all, it is free – you don’t have any printing costs). You will also be able to add audio clips, video, other little notes and really whatever you feel would make your photo birth announcement just too precious and help express your excitement on the birth of your new baby.

If you are having one of those announcement parties to announce the birth of your new baby then you can also send out invitations via your web page and collect responses.

This also acts as a permanent reminder and you can keep it up as long as you choose – go back and add little notes about baby’s first words, take some videos of when baby learns to walk and put these up, and add to the web page as baby grows up. Then one day when these days are long past you, and your now grown child, will be able to look back at these precious moments with joy because of the way you have captured it forever.

Don’t get put off by the problems associated with photo birth announcements, instead just change your tactics – put all those photos as well as audio and video online and you will be able to make an even cuter announcement for free and still have time left for all those other things that make the life of a new mom or dad hectic. Remember, you also want time to enjoy the little one, so go now and quickly put up that cute photo birth announcement online.

Discover the Best Moments of Your Life With Maternity Photography

Maternity photography is a growing concept in various parts of the world. In recent times, a lot of women from different parts of the world have undergone maternity portraits to capture the best moments of their motherhood. However, not everyone is quite sure about which maternity photographer or pregnancy photographer should one hire. It’s important that you make the right choice in this regards and hire a maternity photographer who can create the correct picture and mood. If you are looking for the finest maternity pictures then you must approach various professional services or freelancers who provide you with the best shots of the motherhood.

The reason why this form of photography is getting popular is that it can be shot anywhere. Ideally, outdoors are preferred locations for these shoots. The scenic views further improve the quality of the photography. A garden or a seaside as background is a perfect options for such kind of photo shoots. In case you want some different look then you can decorate your home and provide an excellent setting to the background. In maternity photography, you need to ensure that you don’t fascinate it with various elements but should try to keep it as simple and sweet as you want. This photography is all about mother and baby and thus you should not use many props or make-up or else it will defeat the purpose. You must try to make the photos as beautiful as you can with smiling facial expression. A professional pregnancy photographer will also add some wonderful effects to the picture so as to enhance the appeal to even a greater extent.

Always look for reputed photography services when it comes to motherhood photography as these memories are something that you will cherish for a lifetime. A professional photographer brings different perception and angles in the photo shoot so as to bring out the beauty of the image thereby making it appealing to many people. They are also an expert in clicking abstract shots and reveal your innocence and glow in the photographs. It’s better to plan your maternity photo shoot. Pre- planning will make things less difficult for you. Also, you should try to have this shoot between 6-8 months of pregnancy. A good photographer will also tell about various dos and don’t of a photo shoot so as to ensure the safety of mother and child during the shoot.

Help With Styles of Wedding Photography

Confused when it comes to styles of Wedding Photography?

You may have heard the terms Reportage, Photo Journalism, Traditional and Candid wedding photography styles, however you may be puzzled as to what the differences are between each style.

When it comes to Wedding Photography it’s always good to understand the differences so you know what to expect from the different photographers out there. Some photographers will often offer a mixture of these styles and capture different elements of your wedding day in different ways. Other photographers will capture your day in a certain style of their own. Always discuss wedding photography styles with your chosen photographer to establish the style of photographs that you would like your special day to be captured in.

What are the differences between these Photography Styles?

If you’re looking to book a Wedding Photographer it’s very important to know what style of photography to expect because your Wedding Album and your photographs will be one of a kind and they will be your own personal keepsakes of your special day.

Reportage Photography
They key behind this style of photography is that the Photographer will capture the day as it unfolds. The photographer needs to be a professional in order to capture the moments with precision as they happen. The photography generally stays in the background and simply captures your day without intruding.

The photographs captured in this matter tend to reflect the natural happenings of the day. Natural smiles and unique moments are captured with this style of Photography. The unique moments of the day are what makes each wedding special and to capture these moments the photographer has to be extremely aware of what is happening and where the next shot is going to be. Take a look at previous sample images of your chosen photographer and check for yourself if these special moments have been captured.

Photo-Journalistic Photography
This particular style is becoming more and more popular and goes hand in hand with the contemporary storybook albums. Photo journalistic photography is about capturing the story of your day. As you view the photographs back they should showcase the story of your day from beginning to end showing all the major events and fine details of your day such as your wedding dress hanging up in the morning preparations or the detailed sequins on your bridal shoes. Storybook albums fit perfectly with this style of photography as the final wedding album will unfold your wedding day page by page and moment by moment.

Traditional Posed Photography
Traditional posed photography is a little more formal photography style. It’s a great way to capture your wedding guests in posed group photographs and these always look great in a wedding album. Other than capturing photographs of the wedding guests it’s also a great way to capture a selection of personal portrait shots of the bride and groom. Taken away for a selection of posed shots around the wedding venue is a popular way to capture some beautiful photographs of the bride and groom. These look fantastic in the modern Storybook albums as well as the Traditional albums.

These styles are some of the most popular photography styles used by today’s wedding photographers. It’s important to know the differences so you can get an insight into the photography style for your own wedding day. If your choosing a photographer look at sample images to find out what style to expect. Most photographers will use a mixture of the above styles for different situations during a wedding so best to view lots of sample images to get an overall feel for the style of photography and make your decisions when you are comfortable with what you find.

Outsourced Vs In House SEO

Internet Marketing is growing by the day. In such a situation, it is not enough for a business to have just a website. It is important for this website to be visible to the users and appear in search results when users search for related keywords. With so many companies and websites selling the same products or services as your business, how do you make sure that you get noticed and get more business?

This is where Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes into picture. Many companies are incorporating SEO into their marketing strategies. This raises one more question. Is In-House SEO better or should you Outsource the SEO of your website to an agency? What are the pros and cons of getting the SEO of your website done In-House as compared to outsourcing your SEO needs? Both In-House SEO and Outsourcing SEO have its pros and cons. Each company needs to look into both these models and then decide based on their needs.

Pros of In-House SEO

1. An In-House SEO expert will know your business well and hence will understand the nuances of company and its challenges as well.

2. Doing your SEO In-House gives you complete control over the strategies and their execution. The SEO expert can be contacted immediately for any changes since he sits in the same office as the other members of the company.

3. The In-House SEO expert works only on your website and not on any other websites. This means that the expert can give full attention to your site and can work on improving the rankings of your website.

4. Sometimes In-House SEO is lesser expensive that Outsourced SEO agencies.

In-House SEO Cons

1. SEO is a rapidly changing field. The algorithms of search engines keep changing. One needs to always be updated with the changes. The skills in SEO also keep changing. If you decide to do the SEO of your site In-House, then you need to spend time and sometimes money to learn the new aspects of SEO and keep yourself updated with the changes.

2. It may be time consuming if you have to keep up to the trends of the business. And it is important to keep with the trends of the business if you choose to do your SEO In-House. You will also have to pay attention to the overall marketing of your website and may not find the time to update yourself with the latest in SEO. This can result in outdated SEO practices which can further affect your sites ranking.

3. SEO requires a number of tools. If you choose to do your SEO In-House, then you need to buy these tools. This can be very expensive. Just having these tools is not enough. You also need to learn how to use them which can further take up a lot of your time.

Outsourced SEO Pros

1. The biggest advantage of outsourcing your SEO needs to an agency is that you get the expertise of an entire team of SEO experts who will work on your website. Since, it is a team that only works on SEO projects, they will be up to date with the latest trends in business and hence you do not have to spend time or money in getting yourself familiar with these trends. The team will create SEO strategies for your business keeping these trends in mind.

2. SEO agencies work with a large number of clients. The advantage of this is that they have the experience of working on different kinds of businesses and understand their needs better. This wide perspective can be a big advantage in getting visibility on the web.

3. If you outsource SEO to an agency, you don’t have to spend time, effort and money on hiring an In-House SEO team, training and tools.

4. The outsourced SEO agency will not be affected by the pressures of other aspects of marketing your business and can concentrate only on the SEO of your website.

5. Outsourcing SEO means faster execution of tasks since you get a team of people working on your website as opposed to one or two in-house experts.

Outsourced SEO Cons

1. Outsourcing SEO may require you to sometimes invest a little more money than you would if you were to do the SEO of your website in-house by yourself.

2. If you outsource the SEO of your website to an agency, then they would need sometime to get to know your business and the way you work. This would take up sometime till the agency gets used to working with your company.

3. Since the agency will be handling more than just your website, you cannot be sure of the time and focus that the agency will be giving your website. You may have to constantly keep checking on the work done and on the progress of your site.

4. Some of the SEO agencies may use cheap tool based SEO or black hat SEO techniques to get the results that they promise their clients. You may have to be involved with the agency’s work to make sure such techniques are not being used for your website.

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SEO Services

Professional SEO services can lift your site above your competitors. According to SEO experts, they help business owners deliver their sites to top rank search engines. They ensure that the site has a unique setting that attracts Internet users. Search engine optimization experts apply the newest analytics service, which has a positive impact on a website. SEO companies are facing great competition in the SEO field. However, they introduce guaranteed SEO services to cope with the competition.

These SEO companies have a strategy requiring clients to pay the major search engines (including Google and Yahoo) for monthly website maintenance. However, the company has guaranteed SEO services, where clients do not pay maintenance for that month.

Google has remained top, since they have accurate methods and algorithms that deliver credible results to the searchers. However, Google has made it difficult for web developers to use optimization tricks in manipulating search engines. This is why SEO companies have the guaranteed SEO money refund.

SEO companies ensure that guaranteed SEO services include the Google’s webmaster guidelines. Webmaster guidelines boost website rank and search activity. The services clients get from SEO experts are like marathons. However, clients should be aware that SEO tricks can have a great impact on a website and damage it-which is why they have to use the legitimate SEO strategies in order to receive impressive results.

Although one may read a lot about the search engine ranking, no search engine optimization company can ensure that his or her site will get the first page in Google or Yahoo search engine results. Despite this, SEO companies have guaranteed SEO services and it is great when one signs with Google. The fact remains that SEO services assure clients that even if the site will not rank among the top search engines, the money will not be a waste because of the refund.

Many webmasters are confused when hiring a search engine optimization SEO expert. Although SEO experts are believed to save time and improve webmaster sites through SEO strategies, they can also frustrate webmasters. Thus, webmasters must investigate the pros and cons of SEO services. The major tasks of the SEO experts are:

– Ensure that the site is well reviewed in the content or structure
– Provide Search engine optimization SEO advice on website development like use of JavaScript and web hosting
– Develop website content using SEO services
– Provide online business improvement campaigns
– Target keyword research
– Offer SEO training

However, the webmasters can grasp search engine optimization SEO through websites. They will understand the benefits of hiring an SEO expert and what to expect from one.

It is clear that when webmasters hire a search engine optimization SEO expert, they stand a better chance of maximizing their SEO services. When they want to start a new site it is good to look for web developers who have web design talent. The web developer will ensure that a webmaster’s site reaches the top search engine ranking like Google or Yahoo. The web developer also assists in improving an existing site.

However, webmasters have to ask several questions about search engine optimization SEO including:

1. Do they have previous examples and testimonies from past clients?
2. Do they follow the guidelines from the Google webmaster?
3. Do they implement the SEO Internet marketing services to improve online business?
4. Do they have experience in the webmaster’s industry?
5. Do they have knowledge of the webmaster’s country/city?
6. Do they have experience in developing sites for international companies?
7. What are the best SEO techniques to implement on the webmaster’s site?
8. How long has the SEO expert been in web design?
9. Does the SEO expert have good communication skills when making changes on the client’s site?

Although the SEO experts provide great SEO services to their clients, there are a few who ruin the web design industry through their greed in marketing efforts and manipulate search engine rank. If search engine optimization SEO does not involve ethical practices, the site may have low visibility on Google or even be removed from the Google index.

SEO and social media marketing ensure that one’s site has the best SEO Internet marketing, which means that their company can remain competitive in the online market. All the individual has to do is transition in their online business.

SEO Internet marketing has major components, which develop the website traffic, and top search engine rankings. However, webmasters should be aware that these components are not easy to get. They must apply formulas and SEO strategies to produce effective results. There are many websites providing pertinent information about SEO and online marketing, and you can learn from them.

If one’s business does not have SEO Internet marketing strategies, he or she will need help from SEO experts. They will have to find SEO expert websites, who will help the business owner’s site have many customers in online marketing. The obligation of SEO experts is to create exposure to businesses. They focus on SEO Internet marketing goals and provide top search engine rank like Google and Yahoo. However, to accomplish all this, web developers use SEO custom services, which have long-lasting SEO Google rank.

SEO companies ensure that your site has all the SEO Internet marketing such as business improvement, localized product sales, high quality online generation and the rest. Webmasters are guaranteed to remain competitive in the online business if they stick with SEO experts. They will have all they need to ensure business success.

Business owners who do have a business website lose massive amounts of money from online marketing. They should know that SEO Internet marketing mandates a business website, since it is a necessary online marketing tool. A website or blog is same as news ads, letterheads, or the yellow pages. However, the website must be user-friendly and just as advertisement is important, the SEO website is the same.

It is true that 44% of small businesses do not have a website or blog. They are unable to reach 73% of Internet users each day. If your company has a website, customers can research the latest products the business owner’s company offers. SEO Internet marketing can help any company through their site to sell products. All businesses should have their own website, including companies using websites provided by insurance.

Our SEO writers for hire can write engaging content that your potential customers will find online.

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What’s Up With the “We Buy Houses” Signs?

There are many companies in Phoenix, AZ that offer the services of “We buy houses”. In fact, one would easily notice the large amounts of street signs that state We Buy Houses in Phoenix throughout major roads. These companies have become very popular these days due to the tough real estate market. With over 50,000 homes currently for sale on the MLS, selling your home fast is a very difficult task. Because of the long wait, many homeowners are starting to see the value of using a company the pledges We Buy Houses in Phoenix.

Businesses that state We Buy Houses in Phoenix have some definite advantages. We Buy Houses companies will typically pay with cash, close fast and many don’t charge any commissions or fees. Although these companies do not pay market value for your home, they will buy your home in as is condition. Many homeowners these days simply don’t have the money to repair or fix up their homes before selling.

The company that advertises We Buy Homes in Phoenix can actually save homeowners money. Frustrated homeowners often give up and abandon their homes. An abandoned home can be an invitation for neighborhood kids and transients to enter. Vandalism, graffiti, and theft can be present with an abandoned home. Furthermore, the stress on a homeowner who has a vacant home can be enormous.

Many people see the value in calling a We Buy Houses companies can close on the home quickly. They usually don’t charge any fees and will buy the home in as is condition. Selling a damaged home in a tough market can be huge relief of stress for a homeowner.

There are many We Buy Houses companies in Phoenix, AZ. With that in mind, homeowners who are looking for a We Buy Homes company to buy their house must make sure the business is legitimate. One way to verify the track record of a We Buy Houses company in Phoenix is to call the Better Business Bureau. Make sure to check and see how long the company has been in business, and how many complaints the company has received. Many companies that advertise We Buy Homes in Phoenix are highly reputable and honest businesses. But with that in mind, always do your homework before signing any documents.

Roofing – Under the Shingles – What’s Under the Asphalt, Metal, Wood, Rubber Or Clay Tiles on a Roof

Imagine, you’re standing on the sidewalk, looking at an average house. You see the siding, the windows, the front door, and way up above, you see the roof. Does the roof have asphalt shingles? Wood shakes perhaps? Maybe it’s made of metal or rubber tiles? What you see is where the focus goes, but it’s what you don’t see that really matters. There’s more to roofing than meets the eye. So let’s talk about what goes on, under the shingles.

The Roof Deck

We learn to crawl before we walk, so when talking about roofing let’s start with square one, the surface area of your roof which is made of wood. Your wood roof deck is comparable to an automobiles metal body. It is installed on top of the basic house frame to give a surface area on which to install Shingles. Without a roof deck installed on your house, there would be nowhere to install your Shingles. And of course without the shingles, your roof deck would rot away due to exposure to the sun, rain, snow and ice and etc…not a comfortable home at all!

On Newer Houses, sheets of plywood or OSB boards are fastened on top of wooden trusses in your attic to form the roof deck. Plywood or OSB boards are installed in a staggered formation with small spaces between them to allow wood to expand and contract as the wood heats in the summer and cools in the winter. Older homes often have lengths of 2″ x 6″ installed instead of plywood or OSB board. When the time comes for you to replace your Roof System, remember to have your Calgary Roofing Contractor replace any and all damaged wood.

Remember, if your roof deck is rotting or damaged in any way, people walking on your roof could potentially crack or break through the wood, causing further damage to the roof system, such as to the shingles…and to the person who walked on it! However, most roof decks can withstand a little bit of exposure to water or ice before it needs to be replaced.

Metal: Drip Edge and Rake Edge

Drip edge and Rake edge is the first part of the Roof System to be installed. It is a long and narrow piece of metal which is installed along each end of your Roof Deck, ie: along the eaves trough and along the gable ends.

Some area local building codes require the installation of Drip Edge and Rake Edge and other building codes do not. Check with your local city building offices to find out. In Alberta for example, the Building Code does not require the installation of Drip edge or Rake edge. Therefore many new homes and/or low budget roof systems do not have drip edge installed in order to allow for more affordable roof prices. We recommend however that Drip edge and Rake edge be installed on every Roof System, no exceptions.

Drip and Rake edge is available in a variety of different colors and sizes and can be custom built for the needs of your roof system. Installing an appropriate drip edge often saves hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars when your roof system needs replaced.

If your Roof System does not currently have drip or rake edge installed, do not panic, you’ll survive well enough. Just be aware that when your roof needs to be replaced, the Roofing Contractor you may need to replace some of your wood Roof Deck on an as needed basis.

Metal: Chimneys and Skylights

Arguably the most important part of every complete roof system. The metal installed in the valleys, chimneys and skylights take the brunt of water flow on every roof. Poorly installed, a brand new roof system can make a waterfall out of your living room.

Every chimney and skylight needs what is referred to as “a back pan”, which consists of sheet metal folded at around a 90 degree angle (depending on the slope of your roof) and tucks under the shingles and up under the siding, stucco or counter flashing on the chimney or skylight. Every back pan needs a small 2″ section of metal sticking out 1″ or more from either side of the chimney or skylight to divert water away from the corners. Water should hit the metal back pan and be directed away on either side where it can continue its run into the eaves trough.

Metal: Valleys

In the same way water runs along the valleys between two mountains, water runs along the valleys on your roof peaks. Valleys generally receive the highest concentration of water flowing through them, therefore installing them correctly is extremely important!

As mentioned in the Leak Barrier section, valleys have leak barriers installed underneath them. Even though some Building Codes do not require such a leak barrier to be installed, we recommend installing one always in every valley.

A word of caution: Many roofing contractors install valleys in a style referred to as ‘closed’. A closed valley consists of Shingles woven inside the valley, as opposed to an ‘open’ valley which has sheet metal running from top to bottom. Both the ‘open’ and the ‘closed’ style of installation are acceptable by the most Building Codes and by most manufacturers, however, the ‘open’ style installation has consistently out performed the ‘closed’ style…and costs exactly the same price to install. Ask your Roofing Contractor to use the ‘open’ style of installation for your roofs valleys, this could save you from having to replace your roof system prematurely and also can avoid headaches in the long run. Typically, an ‘open’ valley is installed with a 30 gauge sheet metal, 4′ wide, coming in 10′ sheets. This metal can be ordered in any color to match the shingles on your roof system.

Leak Barrier

Think of a leak barrier as a “second layer” of protection for your Roof Deck. A backup plan, if you will, and also a protection against moisture build up. Leak barriers are nearly always installed on top of the Drip Edge and Rake Edge metal along eaves trough areas, gable areas and valleys because of the risk these areas pose for leaks, ice build up, shingle deterioration and water back flow.

If you’ve ever looked at your roof during winter, you’ll notice how ice and snow builds up along the length of your eaves troughs and inside the roof valleys. As with Rake Edge and Drip Edge, some Building codes require Leak Barriers to be installed and some Building Codes do not. In Alberta, the Building Code requires a leak Barrier to be installed on all eaves trough and valley areas of a Roof Systems because of issues related to such snow and ice build up. As an optional upgrade, some high end roof systems even have leak barriers installed on top of the entire Roof Deck (as opposed to only along the special areas we just mentioned) where normally a standard Roof Deck Protection would normally have been installed.

Virtually all roofs in Calgary, Alberta have leak barriers installed, and many different types of leak barriers are available in today’s market, each offering a different level of reliability, functionality and warrantee and produced by many different manufacturers.

Choosing an appropriate Leak Barrier and installing it properly is an important step in every Roof System. Speak with your Roofing Contractor to learn more about leak barriers, how to choose the right one and how to choose a Professional Roofing Contractor to install it.

Roof Deck Protection

Roof Deck Protection is very similar to a Leak Barrier. The difference is that Roof Deck Protection is installed on the entire Roof Deck area instead of only on “special areas” as we mention in the Leak Barrier section.

Typically, Roof Deck Protection is a step lower in quality than a Leak Barrier. As with Leak Barriers however, there are many different types of Roof Deck Protection available to choose from ranging from basic felt/tar paper to advanced plastic woven sheets of rip and wrinkle proof material. Choosing a reliable Roof Deck Protection is an important part of a quality Roof System.

A word of caution; most roofing companies use felt paper as Roof Deck Protection. Although using felt paper is a standard and acceptable practice, some issues can arise if the felt paper becomes wet during or after the installation. Ever notice how paper tends to curl when it dries after it was wet? In a similar way, felt paper can curl if water or excess moisture touches it. For this reason, and because the cost is quite small, we recommend installing a higher quality Roof Deck Protection such as a GAF/ELK Deck Armour. For a relatively small additional cost, you’ll be rewarded with a much more reliable Roof Deck Protection.

Ask your local trusted Roofing Contractor about which under-layer would be best for your Roof System any why.

Conclusion

So there it is, life beneath the shingles. See how much goes on behind the scenes? Professional roofing contractors know this stuff inside and out and can help immensely in ensuring a roof system is reliable for many years. Product suppliers such as GAF/Elk and IKO can help answer specific questions about products as well.

All the best with your roofing project, and remember, be proactive, make educated decisions.

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Tiling Tips – How to Avoid the Cowboy Tilers by Asking Simple Questions – Employ a Professional

Pre quotation stage

I would firstly like to point out that I’m not aiming to patronise anybody with any of my writing here, I’m simply extending my knowledge from inside the industry to enable the consumer to have more confidence to deal with any maybe cowboys that enter their home or industry. The way I see it at the moment is, that a lot of cowboy tradesmen are masquerading as professionals behind logos written on vans, by so called guilds and associations that only require a fee to join, and don’t actually mean that they are good tradesmen, so beware! Check them out first before allowing them into your home, or go for personal recommendation only, where you can see their work done for a friend or family. There are also some good recommended tradesmen websites to check out, just be sure to check for references, and try and find out the criteria needed for them to register on there or their affiliate membership association. Websites tell a great story about who you are dealing with. Invaluable in my honest opinion. As a professional tiler, it’s all too frustrating to see how many people are still hoodwinked into employing cowboys who want to do the job for maximum profit with minimum care.

Quotation stage

Assuming that you are happy with their credentials, or that, intuitively, the company/attitude feels correct, you are now at the point where it’s necessary to make contact with the company/person. It’s extremely difficult to get an accurate quotation over the phone, as every single job has different scenarios, in my opinion, it’s essential for the company/tiler to survey the site prior to a quotation.

On arrival at your premises, a professional, in my opinion, would need to have a means of writing information down, some form of measuring equipment, and a spirit level, at the very minimum, to be able to provide an accurate and fair quotation, I would be very concerned if there wasn’t a tape measure to take basic measurements. I would also expect eye contact, and a good general demeanour, feeling comfortable with your tradesperson is important for good communication later, should anything crop up. If you feel intimidated, go elsewhere. You may have to leave them in your house alone at some point, it’s unavoidable sometimes, would you trust this person?

When they/he/she have measured the area to be tiled, ask the following questions or similar, to establish their professionalism, and to get an idea of whether they know the correct procedure or not, you will understand the logical process of it all by collecting information at this stage, and you are more likely to get an accurate second opinion, if you need one.

1. How much preparation is necessary, and how long will it take? The answer should be something like; -x no. days to remove the tiles/wallpaper/paint; x days to re-board walls/floors or re-plaster/render to make good. (Sometimes it’s necessary for the tiler to go away and think carefully, so he/she/they should say so at this point). They also should have a rough idea of the time for the actual tiling work also at this point.

2. Do you prime the surfaces before tiling? The answer should be something like; All surfaces that need to be primed will be primed.

3How do you cut round the window? (if applicable). The answer should be something like; I centre the tiles to the window reveals and then cut to the corners of the room as they fall (if you have a tile handy it can be demonstrated there and then, it’s always handy to have a sample of the tile anyway so that the job can be priced according to the type of tiles to be fitted).

4How is/are the floor/walls going to be laid out? The answer should be something like, I centre the floor/ walls according to the obstacles at the edges and the position of pedestals (e.g. toilet/basin), if these are removed anyway, then the tiles would normally be centred to the room and tiled out to the edges so as to avoid slivers at the edges and in the corners. At this point, it’s good to agree which way round the tiles are going to face,and, if there are any patterns, borders to be fitted, or staggered joints. This way, there will be no surprises for either party when it comes to the start of the tiling itself, or at the time of billing when the price increases because the job has taken longer as a result of a bespoke design. Use your imagination as much as you like, a professional tiler can do almost any design with tiles, provided you want to pay for it of course, I find all too often that consumers are sometimes told what they are going to have, there’s no need, you have the choice!

5. How do you finish the edges and corners? The answer should be; silicon sealant to the floor edges(only if up against skirting or tiled walls or left open if skirting is to be fitted over the tile edges), silicon sealant to all the internal wall corners and around the bath and tanking behind the bottom tiles over the bath (to prevent water ingress around bath edges). At this point you should agree whether you want tile trims to exposed edges and external corners also, as with some tiles, it’s not necessary, and you may want to have the exposed corners with the tile edges mitred together. I would also hope that the tiler would give you the option of silicon to match the tiles and grout as closely as possible too, it shows conscientiousness.

6. What colour grout can I have? The answer should be; I can find a matching grout for you or a close colour, or you can have whatever colour you like (there aren’t many you can’t have- even sparkly pink is available). If you want to see a sample of the colour, most tile stores have grout swatches to look at, but, please bear in mind, that special colours may be more expensive and take a while to be delivered, compared to stock items.

It’s a lot to think about and remember, but don’t worry if you have to read it from notes while the tiler is there, I never have a problem answering questions, as I know my stuff and so should any other tiler that enters your house in my opinion, please don’t hold back! I can pretty much say that after these questions, you will know your tradesperson and their abilities pretty well to make an informed decision at this stage. I’m sure they will have shown their true colours by now. There are so many good tradespeople being robbed of work by the less caring among us, I feel with the experience I have gained over the years, that it would be a shame to keep this knowledge from people, so I felt I had to share it with you, and I hope that you may be able to use this format for any trade that you employ to work in your much treasured home in the future.

I am passionate about all things to do with tiles, whether it’s ceramic, marble, sandstone, limestone, granite, mosaic or slate tiles, I love them all, they make a huge impact in a room, and for relatively small outlay if that’s what you desire. My approach is unassuming, professional and friendly, which you will find out if you decide to take me on to beautify your home. My main areas of work are Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, and, I will travel anywhere to work, and, I will take on any design that you require, your imagination and budget are the only things that limit you.

If you would like to find out what a real professional tiler is, please click on my above url, here you will be taken to the homepage of my website, wherein, you will be able to find out more about the type of work that is the mainstay of my business and view some photos, and when it’s finally finished, a video of my work in progress.

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Infrared Saunas – What Are They And What Do They Do?

Everyone knows what a sauna is, but what is a far infrared sauna? Not so many people are familiar with infrared saunas and what they do.

A regular sauna, often known as a Finnish sauna or hot rock sauna, works by heating the air inside the sauna. Anyone who sits in the sauna is thereby heated as well, and the heating effect produces various benefits, including a feeling of wellbeing, de-stressing and relaxation. There are also many health benefits claimed for sauna use.

However a regular, or Finnish, sauna can get up to temperatures of 200 deg or above, and can be quite uncomfortable. Many do not like the sensation of overheating and heavy sweating that come from a while in a regular sauna. And this is usually accentuated by the use of water thrown on the rocks to increase the humidity.

However the number of people who swear by the benefits of saunas are testament to how successful they are.

But there is a new kid on the block. The infrared sauna, otherwise known as the far infrared sauna.

Everyone knows about infrared light, even if they don’t know it. Every time the sun comes out from behind a cloud and you feel that immediate heating effect you are sensing the effects of far infrared light.

Infrared is light that comes from the invisible part of the suns spectrum of light waves. It lies somewhere between visible light, and microwaves. Infrared light, or more specifically the far portion of the spectrum, heats us up, but the light in the near part of the infrared spectrum does not.

Infrared has been used in therapies for many years, most are familiar with the old “heat lamps” that use infra red technology. And infra red heating is used in hospital humidicribs. However it is now also used in saunas to produce a more “user friendly” sauna.

As the infrared light used in the sauna does not heat the air as is the case in traditional saunas there is not the same sensation of overheating. The infrared light heats the body in the same way that the sun does, and this is much more relaxing, not producing the same sensations of overheating and oversweating.

And many say that all the therapeutic health benefits of saunas are equally available from infra red saunas, in fact more so. And there are many many claimed health benefits from the use of saunas, including weight loss, cardiovascular improvements, improvements in skin conditions, loss of cellulite in women, reduction in blood pressure and lots more. Infrared therapies are certainly on the rise.

Not only that but unlike traditional Finnish saunas, infrared saunas can be made light, easy to pack up and totally portable, so you can take it along with you. Throw a portable infrared sauna in the car when you go away and take it with you.

If you’re handy you can even build your own infrared sauna, so there’s no excuse not to have one.

Get yourself an infrared sauna, it’s way better than a traditional one, and just as good for you.

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Choosing a Florist for Wedding Bouquets

Choosing a florist for wedding bouquets can be tricky but also easy, as long as you know what you’re looking for. But not every bride knows exactly what she is looking for, so here are a few tips to get you started to finding that perfect florist to help perfect your wedding.

Before visiting any florist, you’re going to want to figure out what colors your wedding is themed around. Knowing what colors you want in a bouquet will help the florist determine what flowers can be used, or what dyes the florist needs to prepare. If you know you want a specific type of flower, but you don’t know if they come in the color you’re looking for, ask the florist if they can dye flowers for you. For information on a flower shop in Raritan, NJ click here.

If you’re having trouble figuring out exactly what colors your wedding will have, bring samples of what you already have and the florist will probably be able to help you. Wedding bouquets can be very specific to your demand if you know what you want, and most florists are able to work with you on that. A good florist will always do his/ her best to meet your demands.

Florists are great at helping with designing the bouquets that you want. Even if you know what design you want, it’s always best to get a second opinion from the florist. They know exactly what colors and designs go well with each other, so they may have some suggestions on improvements to your design.

If you have no idea what design you’re wanting, a good florist will be able to give you several options of what to choose from. You can also try looking over the internet for different ideas. Ask for estimates to get the best deal. Compare prices and designs. Keep in mind that a good florist should know how to substitute expensive flowers with the one which look similar to save some money. Work with a florist that you feel comfortable with.

Choosing the right florist for your wedding can be difficult at times if you can’t seem to find what you’re looking for. Asking to see samples of the florist’s previous works for weddings will help you in your decision. If you’re not impressed, ask if you can pay a small fee for a sample of the design you want for your wedding bouquets. If they meet or surpass your expectations, then you’ve found yourself a florist for you wedding. That’s when it’s time to sit back, take a deep breath, and relax.

6 Trends in Modern Family Photography

Do you want your family photos to reflect your family’s style? Today’s families are using custom photography to tell a story with their family photos. Families are trending away from the chain photography studio shots and opting for more casual, documentary style photos. These photos can often show off your family’s personality and allow everyone to feel more at ease during the session. Check out these top trends in today’s modern family photos.

Urban Environments

Urban settings can provide a great backdrop for family photos. You can typically find an urban style location almost anywhere, but you’re most likely to find them in a downtown or historic area near you. Urban environments often contain brick walls, interesting stairways, train tracks, and walkways. Jeans and casual clothing typically work best in this environment.

Open Fields

You’ve probably passed that big empty field everyday on your way home, but never thought of it as a location for family photos. Open fields can often provide a great location for child, family and engagement photos. The emptiness and repetition of elements can let you be the star of your photos in this environment. You’ll want to have these sessions close to sunrise or sunset to get great lighting in your photos. Little girls in dresses are typically great for this location.

Your Home

Sometimes you don’t have to go anywhere at all. What better way to show your family in their “element” than to have photos taken in your home. You don’t have to have a million dollar home to have a great environment for family photos. Sometimes it can be something as simple as a favorite sofa, room, or wall in your house. If you have a room with great window light, that can be a great area for family photos. You can also move the family outdoors to your backyard for some family fun. Plan outdoor activities that the entire family can participate in to capture great family moments.

Candid Interaction

Gone are the days of stiff posing for the camera. We all remember those photos that mom made us take with everyone smiling, while posing on the person’s shoulder in front of them. Bleh. These days families are opting for candid style photos that show genuine interaction between them. Sometimes it just takes something as simple as telling a joke or playing tag to capture those candid moments on camera. Those photos are often the ones that are treasured for years.

Jeans/Casual Clothing

Everyone remembers dressing up in your best dress or suit for “picture day” back in the day. Today, family photos are often taken in casual clothing. You definitely don’t want your family to look like they just hopped out of bed but jeans and a nice casual shirt can sometimes make your family members feel at ease during your photo session. To get that polished look, try coordinating your family’s clothing color scheme. Come up with one color scheme or style that will determine what everyone in the family will wear. You don’t have to all dress alike, but coordinating your family’s clothing makes a more compelling photo in the end.

Unique Photo Gifts

While prints are certainly classic and timeless, today’s families are finding more unique ways to show off their photos. Custom coffee table books make great gifts and are the perfect alternative to the traditional photo album. Canvas gallery wraps can turn your family photo into a work of art that can be displayed almost anywhere in your home. Before starting your session, think about what you would like to do with your photos. Maybe you want something to help cover that empty wall, or perhaps a photo gift that you can send to grandma. Whatever the occasion, unique photo gifts can provide treasured memories for your family.

Modern family photography simply means capturing your family as they are. No frills or special tricks needed. Find a photographer that reflects your family’s style.

Top 10 Reasons You Should Hire A Professional Pest Extermination Company Vs DIY

When it comes to pest control problems, it simply isn’t worthwhile to take on the critters yourself. For one thing, if you don’t eliminate your infestation the first time you waste time and money. Relying on an expert extermination company means peace of mind as the job is done right, with a guarantee. If those reasons aren’t convincing enough for you to call your local pest extermination company, here are ten reasons you should hire a professional instead of trying to go it alone:

1. Leave The Chemicals To A Trained Professional.

There are some pest control companies that offer low-toxicity as well as organic options for home pest control. If you do opt for a chemical treatment to eliminate the pests in your home, it is much safer to leave the chemical application to the pros.

2. Cost-Effectiveness – Especially For Tough Infestations

If you’ve got a yearly ant problem that resolves itself after a couple of weeks and a few ant traps, that’s one thing. But if you have a rodent infestation, for instance, you will save yourself money, time, and trouble leaving this particular home pest control issue to the experts.

3. Products On The Market Won’t Always Help

For some types of animal or infestation, the products available at the hardware store will not eliminate your problem. When you hire a professional extermination company, you will receive a recommended course of action and the expertise of someone highly trained to execute it with the right product to ensure your pests are gone for good.

4. Leave The Unhygienic Pests To Someone Else.

Did you know that some mice carry hantivirus in their feces, and breathing it can be toxic to humans? Even if you don’t mind touching the creepy crawlers that infest their homes, know that if you want to take care of the bees, birds, mice, rodents, or snakes yourself, there are health risks involved.

5. Leave The Safety Risks To Someone Else, Too.

In addition to disease, some pests are simply dangerous to approach and can cause harm by stinging, biting, or clawing. A professional pest control company ensures their technicians are highly trained and prepared for all the risks involved in home pest control.

6. A Highly Trained Professional Is, Well, Highly Trained.

When you leave pest control extermination to professional pest control companies, you take away the predictable risk, but also the unforeseen that can happen when dealing with pest extermination. An expert will ensure you, your family, your pets, and your home are safe throughout the process.

7. The Right Tools For The Job.

Leave the dirty work to a professional pest control company and they’ll have the right tools for any job. If you’ve ever tried to get rid of a bee hive with a broom and a water hose, we’re talking to you.

8. Ease And Convenience.

For many people, handing over your pest problem to a professional is a very attractive option, for many reasons. Wouldn’t you prefer that someone else scale the ladder to deal with the hornet’s nest, venture into your dusty attic to get to the mice, or bravely face whatever is under your back deck?

9. Solving The Problem, Versus Hiding The Symptoms.

While you may be able to remove your pest control problems for a while, you may only be covering up the symptoms while the infestation continues to thrive. A professional pest extermination company will search for the root cause and solve it.

10. Save Precious Time.

If your first, second, and third attempt to eliminate pests fail, you have not only wasted money, but precious time. Hire an expert to get your home pests dealt with right away and save yourself the added frustration of time lost.

Many people think professional pest control is expensive. But when you add up your own personal time, money spent on products, and potential health and safety risks, most people find hiring a pro is the smartest option in the long run.

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Proper Stump Removal

Whether you’d like to remove a tree or you moved to a place where stumps need to be removed, grinding is the best way to do the job.

Removing tree stumps and the root system might just be the hardest part of tree removals. This is why you should properly prepare for the hard job or just hire a professional service. If you choose professional help, make sure to ask for an estimate before hiring them. You can also opt for renting a stump grinder, but the grinders that are used for lending usually aren’t as strong as the ones the workers use because of safety issues.

If you choose to manually remove the stump, you need a lot of patience and a mattock. Using an ax, shovel, hoe, pick and/or chain saw might help you dig out the stump, but it can take you days and the process might end unsuccessfully.

An efficient but slower method for stump removal is to let nature do the work for you, the only thing you can do to speed up the rotting process is to add nitrogen and water.

You can also use a stump grinder which has a rotating cutting disk that chips away the wood. The disk has unique metal teeth that destroy the stump as well as the root system, turning everything into small chips of wood. The root system has to be destroyed at a depth between six inches and one foot, which would allow the soil to remain healthy and usable for later planting.

All in all, the final step of the tree removal is the removal of the stump, which can be complicated but the easiest way is to hire professional service. For Stump Removal Hampshire click here.

Google Reviews Don’t Just Affect Your Online Reputation – Reviews ARE Your Online Reputation

How important are reviews and what is the impact on your web marketing?

There are many marketing benefits to be gained from lots of positive reviews. (These are defined by Google as reviews with 3 ½ stars out of 5.)

  1. Positive reviews make it easy for shoppers to select you over your competition
  2. They add keyword-rich content when you post them on your site
  3. They can generate referrals from one customer to another
  4. They add credibility to your website
  5. They allow you the opportunity to address poor reviews before they begin to tarnish your reputation
  6. Your paid search ads (Google AdWords) will display the bright orange stars to viewers on the search result pages. This has a huge influence on the click-through-rates because the ads practically jump off the pages.
  7. Your natural (organic) listing may also display the stars, making even lower position results stand out
  8. Provide improved rankings on the search engines
  9. Populate the Internet with positive reviews
  10. Become one of the most influential and trusted service providers in your community.

In order for your business to begin to see these some of these benefits you’ll need a minimum of 30 reviews in the previous 12 month period. And you’ll need to ensure at least 30 reviews in any given 12 month period moving forward.

Make it easy for your customers to post reviews

Simply send them an email with links to your review sites. This way, your customer is already at their computer, ready to write a review right when they receive your request. The link prevents them from having to search for your business’ review page.

Most business owners struggle to get customers to leave reviews. The good news is that is has become easier than ever for you to leap ahead of your competition.

But it begins and ends with you… website operators who get it and fully understand the value find a way to get them. And, if you get it, getting reviews is really quite easy.

Don’t be tempted to incentivize your customers to leave reviews

Google says this can be construed as a “bribe”. Here’s what Matt McGee from Google has to say:

“Reviews are only valuable when they are honest and unbiased. Even if well-intentioned, a conflict of interest can undermine the trust in a review. For instance, do not offer or accept money or product to write positive reviews about a business, or to write negative reviews about a competitor.

Please also do not post reviews on behalf of others or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with the place you are reviewing.”

The benefits to buy Google Reviews for Google my business process for website operators are enormous. Failure in this arena will become progressively more costly in the coming months and years.

Your competition is just beginning to catch on so you still have the opportunity to gain a substantial edge in winning the trust of more new customers than ever.

90% of customers say buying decisions are influenced by online reviews. “According to a new survey conducted by Dimensional Research, an overwhelming 90 percent of respondents who recalled reading online reviews claimed that positive online reviews influenced buying decisions, while 86 percent said buying decisions were influenced by negative online reviews.”

If you ignore these facts, you do so at great peril.

Consumer reviews are gaining importance in landslide proportions so now is the time to act.

Five Questions You Have to Ask Your Acupuncturist!

Acupuncture works! But your experience with acupuncture will depend largely on the acupuncture provider that you choose.

You want to find an acupuncturist that best suits your needs. If you like and trust your practitioner, your encounter with acupuncture will be more positive.

You will also want to know about the acupuncturists training and experience and what to expect from the acupuncture treatment. The clearer you are about who it is that is treating you and exactly what the treatment entails, the more you will be able to relax during the acupuncture session and benefit from this ancient form of health care.

Determine your goals

Do you have a specific injury or complaint or do you want to try acupuncture to balance body, mind and spirit? Are you looking for a primary health care practitioner, or someone to work in conjunction with your current physician?

Here are some questions that you should ask when choosing an acupuncturist.

  • Where was he or she trained to practice Oriental Medicine?
  • How long was the training?
  • How long has he or she been in practice as an acupuncturist?
  • What experience does he or she have in treating your specific ailment?
  • Is he or she licensed?

What Qualifications to look for when Choosing an Acupuncturist

Today acupuncture is an acknowledged and respected field of medicine. In most States, provinces and countries formal training and certification is required in order to practice.

The United States has set rigorous training standards for acupuncturists. Most states require a 3-5 year Masters degree in Oriental Medicine from an accredited acupuncture school and issue a written and practical state board exam before an acupuncturist can become licensed.

In the states that do not require licensing, choose an acupuncturist certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. Its members have a degree in Oriental Medicine from an accredited school-or have worked as an apprentice acupuncturist for at least four years – and have passed both a written and practical exam. Acupuncturists who have passed this exam are entitled to add Dipl. Ac. (Diplomate of Acupuncture) or Dipl. O.M.. (Diplomate of Oriental Medicine) after their name.

Acupuncture requirements for Western doctors are generally more lenient than for non-MD’s. Choose a physician who also a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.). If there are none near you be sure that the M.D. or D.O. is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture; it requires a minimum of 200 hours of training for membership.

Veterinary acupuncture is considered a surgical procedure that, legally, may ONLY be performed by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine.

Ask About Treatment Styles

Acupuncture and Herbology encompass several distinctive styles. Korean acupuncture, for example, primarily uses points on the hand, while Japanese acupuncture calls for fewer and finer needles inserted at shallower depths.

There is no evidence that one particular style is more effective than another, but you should know what you are getting into.

Discuss Length of Treatment

Decide in advance what your expectations are and discuss them with your acupuncturist in Dublin. A chronic illness may need several months of acupuncture treatment to have a noticeable effect. If you are not happy with your progress, think about changing acupuncturists or check with your western doctor for advice about other options.

10 Effective Web Design Principles

As Steve Jobs once said, “Design is not just what it looks like feels like. The design is how it works. “functionality and the serviceability, not the visual design, determine the success or failure of a website. The visitor of the page is the only person who is looking for information regarding a product or a service.

With a click of a mouse the visitor decides, the user-centric design is the necessity for success and profit-oriented web design.

We will focus on main elements of web design, lateral thinking and result oriented approaches for effective web design which can lead to more sophisticated decisions, as a result, simplifying the process of comprehending the presented information.

Before seeing the guidelines for effective web design, it is important to know, what users think when they interact with a website.

The behaviour of the user, when he or she interacts with a website, is similar to a customer interacting with a store. Visitors glance at each page, text and images. They narrow down to clickable links which catch their interests.

Most users when they visit a web page they are looking for a specific information, product or service.

  • Users Like Quality: If a web page provides quality content, then it is compromised with advertisements and design of the web page. One should remember that a mix of good design and quality content, is needed to drive relevant traffic on the webpage.
  • Most Users Scan The Webpage: When a user visits a web page they scan the webpage for the information which fulfils their needs.
  • Web Users are Impatient and They What Instant Gratification: If the content on the webpage is not properly structured and if the visitor is not able to get the required information within the first three seconds. Then the chances of users exiting the webpage increases.
  • Users Don’t Make The Best Choices: Web page visitors don’t go page by page to search for the required information, rather they scan the web page and the link, which satisfies their requirement and they jump to it.
  • Web Users Follow Their Individual Intuitive Feeling: Most users scan the web page instead of reading line by line. According to the information architect Steve Krug, it is mainly because the users don’t care. “If we find something that works, we stick to it. It doesn’t matter to us if we understand how things work, as long as we can use them. If your audience is going to act like you’re designing a complex design, then create a great design which makes users think.”

Now, having seen the users behaviour, next we are going to checklist the web designing principles

  1. Don’t Make Users Think too Much: According to Krug’s first law of usability, the web page should be self-explanatory, it should contain answers to most of the questions which users can get after going through the web page. If the navigation and website architecture isn’t designed properly, the user will find it difficult to comprehend how the system works. A well thought and structured design along with clear and concise quality content direct the user towards availing the services or making a purchase. Thus, well-planned structure reduces the mental load. Once this is achieved, it will be easy for the user to navigate through the website.
  2. Use Minimum Fill in Forms: In every project which is designed to cater to the specific needs of the user, try to keep users requirements minimal. First-time visitors will like if they don’t have to fill in long forms to try out your service. Basically, remove all barriers, a user registration using a long fill in the form is enough to cut down on the incoming traffic.
  3. Divert users attention towards your USP: A website contains both static and dynamic content, some aspects of the user interface are more attractive than others. Attractive content, images and videos should be used to attract customers towards your USP (Unique Selling Proposition).
  4. Strive for Attractive Content-Rich Interface: Modern web designers focus more on the visually appealing interface, and they neglect architecture of the web page and content. A good mix of design, layout and content will drive more quality traffic to the webpage.
  5. Strive for Simplicity and Effective Writing: The content on the web page should be clear, concise and properly structured. As it helps the user to find the required information easily.
  6. Innovate But Not Distract: An impressive web design uses innovation and creativity. Use white spaces or negative spaces as per the requirement. A white space is the area of the page that is empty, mainly used between the images and videos.
  7. Aesthetically Appealing – Target As Per The Niche: Every industry or segment caters to specifically targeted customers based on factors like age, geography and gender. The design of the web page should be explicitly designed to target selected niche.
  8. Build Online Credibility and Trust: Nowadays everybody is present on social platforms, users and business enterprises both. Use your web page to build trust and credibility on social platforms. A testimonial from the existing clients is a great way to do this.
  9. Optimized Web Page: Web page should be optimized to load faster without compromising on quality factor.
  10. Responsive Web Design: Due to increase in handheld devices and data penetration. Mobile devices are the main source of traffic on the website. Web pages should be responsive to load in any device irrespective of the screen size.

Thus, a web page should be designed keeping in mind, the user and business needs. Use these web design principles to get an aesthetically appealing and result oriented web page. For more information on a job as a web developer on the Sunshine coast look at computer science.

Explore the Exquisite Beauty of Kelowna

The Okanagan Valley comes under British Columbia with a beautiful city called Kelowna. This city is considered as a metropolitan area. While ranking in Canada, this city stands on 22nd position in the largest area. This city is surrounded by the Lake Country, which has made it a tourist destination. Because of this reason, most of the people in Kelowna are able to get employment without much effort.

There are many sports which tourists can play in every season. They can enjoy few games in summer which includes hiking and biking and golf. During the winter tourists can play alpine Skiing and rordic skiing and can enjoy by playing these games.

The resort is a place which allows you to relax with environment, enjoy accommodation and various activities. In this type of place you can avail all the services and all kind of entertainment under one roof. A resort can be town or it may be a place and a commercial establishment.

There are few famous resorts known for skiing and snowboarding, they are Crystal Mountain, Mount Baldy Ski resort, White Ski resort, Apex ski resort, Silver Star ski and Mount Baldy Ski resort and so on. Moreover there are two popular parks which have been attracting most of the people. These parks allow viewing the waterfront and they are able to serve nice water views, where, tourists can enjoy casual walks. These both parks are known as City Park and waterfront Park.

There are many facilities available with these resorts; following are the detail of few facilities:

Entertainment/Recreation

Resorts are allowing various sports like archery, tennis, volleyball and badminton. Recreational activities also include some fitness center. For every recreational activity there are professional staffs available in resorts. These staffs give all kind of instructions on the various activities.

Swimming pool

Tourists can have a deep dive in Swimming pool and can enhance the enjoyment.

Waterfall spa

They have beautiful waterfalls where you can see the nature so close to you.These waterfall makes you feel the peacefulness and calmness of the natural beauty.

Guest laundry

As said earlier these restaurant provide all kind of service to their guest, out of those services one is Guest laundry.

Games room

They provide various games including indoor game too. Game rooms are available for these types of games. These rooms having internet access also where you can get connected yourself to the other destination.

Dance show

Most of the Restaurants organize dance shows and some other cultural shows. These shows are able to provide entertainment to the people.

Mainly all the restaurants are able to provide varieties of dining facilities.

Since Kelowna, British Columbia became very popular for its natural beauty, many restaurants are coming up with some unique things in their services or qualities and facilities. There is huge competition between resorts. Each resort varies from the other one. So you have to select the resort of your choice where you can get all types of facilities which you wish to utilize.

Select the Right Roofing Company for Your Home

Introduction

The average lifespan of a roof is 30 years – provided it was well-constructed with quality material. Roofs are however, prone to weather damages because they are the most exposed part of a house so more often than not, roofs require repairs in some parts.

Caring for your roof is essential. Doing repairs when necessary prevent leaks in rainy weather. Leaks lead to the development of moisture that can damage the wooden structure of the house. Not waiting until it is too late to have repairs done will also save you lots of money.

For many DIY people, the most obvious thing to do is to repair the roof themselves. But roofing repairs, it must be noted, can be quite tricky and unless you are a roofing contractor yourself, you must come to terms with the fact that you might need to hire a professional roofer.

In the following short report, you will find out practical reasons why roofing repairs must be left to the professionals only, the benefits of hiring a roofer and the 5 essential things you must know before calling the local roofing company.

Should You Do It Yourself?

Many people opt for DIY repairs because it saves a lot of money, and it can be fun sometimes. However, there are simply some projects that must be handled only by professional contractors and roofing repair is one of these.

There are lots of mistakes that one who is not well versed in doing roof repairs can commit… And these mistakes can be really costly and even life-threatening!

The following are the most common mistakes DIY people commit when it comes to roof repairs:

They ignore safety precautions

Roofing repairs and installations is one of the most dangerous occupations of all time. There are a lot of hazards involved in it such as falls, tool hazards, injuries like puncture wounds and cuts, electrical and fire hazards and natural dangers like strong winds, ice and lightning. Is it worth it to lose limb or life just to save a small amount of money?

1. Fasteners end up in the wrong place

Just one fastener out of place can cost you hundreds of dollars plus more repairs. This mistake is easily avoided if you know what you’re doing or if you hired someone who does.

2. They buy the wrong roofing systems

A poor choice in roofing system increases the risks already associated to roof repairs. Metal roofs become slippery with the slightest amount of moisture and asphalt roofs require a certain slope to prevent leaks. Speaking of slopes, there are requirements that must be considered and only a roofer understands these.

Mistakes in roof repairs or installations will lead to the necessity of replacing the system again, thus the need to spend more cash. Additional expenses can be avoided by hiring a reliable roofing company.

Why It Is Best to Hire a Professional Roofer

Aside from the avoidance of mistakes and unnecessary expenses, there are other benefits to hiring a professional roofing contractor:

• The right type of roofing system is used. Since there are many different types of roofing materials (metal, steel panels, wood shakes, asphalt shingles, clay tiles, rubber slates, etc.), choosing the right one can get confusing. By hiring a roofing contractor, you are spared from making mistakes that you’ll soon regret.

• The old roofing material is properly disposed of. Majority of roofing contractors will cover everything from removing the old roofing, replacing it and disposing of the old material.

• Expert installation. You are sure that the roofing system is installed securely and weather tight.

• Damage to the roof system is avoided. Roofers have scaffoldings that they use to repair or install roofs without inflicting damage to other parts of the roof or house.

• Your roofer will help you decide if a new roof needs to be installed or if some repairs are all it takes.

• Get advice on the side. Good advice on roof care is a bonus you get from your roofing contractor. A professional roofer can tell you ways to care for the most exposed part of your house and ensure that it will last as long as it can.

Roof repair is not as simple a task as many might think. There are lots of tiny details that must be considered if you want your roof to become good as new. A reliable contractor can help you figure out what needs to be done and how much everything will cost you.

The 5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Roofer

Now that you know the benefits of hiring a roofer and the risks involved to doing the repairs or installation yourself, there are still a few things you need to understand before picking up the phone and calling your local roofer.

Upon deciding to hire a professional roofer, your first thought will naturally be to call the nearest contractor and get a quote. Not all roofers are the same and if you want to get the best service for your money, there are things you need to consider. There are bad roofers and there are the reputable ones. Of course like any sane homeowner, you’d want to make sure you deal only with a reputable contractor.

Here are some of the things you must know prior to hiring a roofer that can help you identify the best contractor to hire:

1. Know Exactly What You Want Done

Before you make that call, it is but sensible to have an idea of what the problem is and what you want done exactly. It’s not as simple as deciding the roof needs fixing and calling someone over to fix it. When talking to a contractor, he will likely ask you a lot of questions concerning the project. And if you have not prepared or have no idea what you want done, you can be swayed easily into believing that there are more problems than there really is.

You must know the extent of the damage so you can tell your contractor exactly what needs fixing. Are there holes? Are there shingles falling off or missing? Does the flashing need to be re-aligned? What about the drainage, is it working fine?

Knowing exactly what must be fixed will also save you money. When discussing the project with your contractor, you can tell him everything that must be covered; he will make the assessment then give you a quote. Anything you forgot to tell him will cost you extra.

2. Know the Signs of a Bad Roofing Contractor

There are rogue contractors who will only rip you off so you must be careful.

The following are signs that a roofing contractor is far from trustworthy:

– Not fully licensed, bonded and insured.

– When asked about cost, they do not discuss it in an open, clear or comprehensive manner. If you deal with such a contractor, expect additional costs to spring up along the way.

– They have a bad history of unresolved complaints from other clients. Check with the BBB for any unresolved issues or complaints. Review the reviews on Angie’s List; check their information on the Contractor’s License Board. Always call a couple of previous customers. Feel they are real and not paid. Even the best contractor cannot please everyone. There always someone who just can’t be pleased. But a lot? That is an indication there is something wrong with the contractor’s work or service. Stay away from them.

– You don’t feel comfortable about hiring a contractor. Sometimes, you get this gut feeling that you and the contractor cannot get along properly. If you feel that way, it is best to keep looking.

– The contractor’s rates are cheap, in fact way too cheap compared to others. When it is tempting to go for the lowest rate available, you must be wary because most roofers who have really low rates will end up charging for more than you are prepared to pay. Cheap contractors also rarely redo a project for free so if there’s a problem with the workmanship, they might ask you for additional payment before they fix it.

– They do not send a qualified estimator. A reliable roofing company will always send someone over to consult with you, make assessments, do actual measurements and discuss roofing materials with you.

3. Know Your Options

One thing you must understand before hiring a roofer: there are lots of fish in the sea.
You have a lot of options so don’t settle for the first contractor you find or hire the one that offers the cheapest rate. By speaking with several other contractors, you can determine which one is most suitable for your needs and who you can easily work with.

For many homeowners, the first consideration is always the price. This is understandable because we all need to save money. However, the cost should not be the deciding factor. You must weigh other factors too prior to making a choice. Keep in mind that you can’t always expect a good job from someone offering a cheap rate and the costliest rate doesn’t always mean the best service.

Speak with at least three different contractors and make comparisons. By doing this, you avoid paying for the highest rates in the industry as well as get to know more reasonable rates. Aside from being able to compare prices, interviewing several contractors will also let you know their relevant experience, specialties or whatever special offers they might have.

The best way for you to know your options is by doing your research. Go online and search for roofing companies and contractors near you and compare them. Find out each one’s work history and see how customers find their services. Ask relatives, friends or neighbors for their recommendations, they might know a good contractor you can check out or a company you must be wary of.

While researching, you should also take the time to learn some bits about roofing because basic knowledge can help you avoid getting scammed by unscrupulous roofers.

4. Know the Terms of Their Insurance Policy

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners commit when hiring roofing contractors is not bothering to ask about the company’s insurance policy and warranties.

When there are a few roofing companies that automatically include insurance in their package, there are many that don’t, so you need to ask to make sure.

The insurance should cover both client and worker so that in case an accident happens while the repair or installation is going on, you won’t be held liable. The roofer’s insurance can help cover you against anything unexpected. Ask for the proof of insurance and make sure that the policy is in effect through the duration of the project.

Warranty is also very important. You should know if the warranty covers only the roofing material or only the labor or both. Roofing material manufacturers offer warranty for their products and their conditions and limitations might be different from the contractors. Some of the things you must know pertaining to warranty are the dollar limits, whether or not it is prorated over the life of the roof, the life of the warranty, provisions that might void the warranty, etc. Only certified roofers would offer you certain additional warranty from the manufacturer.

The contractor must provide at least 2 years workmanship warranty and clearly discuss the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty. Don’t forget to get a copy of the proposed warranty.

5. Know What Should Be Included In the Written Agreement

Securing a copy of a written agreement is necessary because this will ensure that there will be no surprises along the road. It will provide you with a clear view of what is to be done.

The agreement, signed by you and the contractor, should clearly state the following:

– What materials are to be used
– Expected completion date
– Pricing details
– Payment schedules

Conclusion

The roof is the most neglected part of the house, yet it is the one part that takes the most beating. Any damage to the roof that is not properly repaired can affect the whole house, costing you more money and headache.

When it’s time for roofing repairs or replacement, choose to hire a trustworthy roofing company. You want someone reputable working on your roof, people who know what they are doing, are honest and can deliver as agreed.

Take note of the five things to know before hiring a roofer as these will help you locate a contractor you can trust. As a bonus, here are a few other things to consider when looking for a roofer:

– A website is not enough; the contractor must have a physical office, landline, business license and tax ID.

– Ask for references; a reputable contractor should have a lengthy list of customers who are satisfied with their work

– Find out if the contractor belongs to any regional or national industry associations which is an indication that they are indeed professionals

– A reputable company is financially stable and should be able to provide current financial information when asked

– Ask the contractor to explain quality control and their supervision procedures. Find out how many workers are needed and get the name of the person in charge of the project.

– Opt for the contractor that has the right experience, shows professionalism and gives importance to quality workmanship.

You don’t want your roof to come crashing down your head so seriously consider hiring a roofer when the time comes for repairs or replacements.

You might want to tackle the project yourself, especially if you are skilled in repairs but keep in mind that roofing repairs have special considerations and there are hazards involved. It is still best to go to a professional for help and with the tips you just received, finding a good contractor that won’t rip you off and give value for your money has become a lot easier. For further information on roofing in Oklahoma City click here.

Student Loan Tips and Guidelines for the New Student

With the unsteadiness of today’s economy and the amount of people getting laid off, more and more people are looking at what they can do to improve their quality of life, and employment! Many people are choosing to go back to school because they have the free time now but also because they are tired of putting everything into a job that won’t put anything back into them. Here we’ll put together some student loan tips for you to help you get started and to be able to take advantage of the different types of financial aid that is out there.

With the record number of layoffs and unemployment rates, students that weren’t eligible for financial aid then could be now. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) should be filled out every year even if you think you won’t qualify.

Deadlines
Financial aid applications have deadlines and they should always be met. Different colleges have different deadlines it’s up to you to keep on top of the dates. If you miss the date, the schools hands are tied and they will not be able to help you.

Family Contributions
The amount that your family can contribute basically means how much money the parents can add to help offset the expenses of college. This amount is determined by the college and based on the information that was provided in the FAFSA any other financial aid forms that were turned in. The family contribution is given in a dollar amount but not all the time is how much a family will pay. The amounts can vary from college to college.

Total Costs of College
One of the biggest mistakes future students make is that they don’t sit down and figure out how much money they need ahead of time. Being ahead of the game is half the battle. You’ll need to calculate up costs for textbooks, supplies, and anything else you might need on top of the tuition.

Eligibility vs. Need
If a student is eligible for a Pell grant, the school must and will give out all of the funds to you. This doesn’t mean though that you are automatically eligible for any other types of aid. The best thing about the Pell grant is that they don’t have to be paid back!

Need based and Merit based
Merit based is only concerned with a students academic performance whereas need based is based on the student’s or student’s families financial circumstances.

Types of financial aid
There are many different types of financial aid for students. It’s important for you to be very versed in what they are and which ones you can qualify for. The reason I’m saying this is because sometimes not all the options are laid out for you when you visit a school. The areas to be aware of are the federal student loans, private student loans, scholarships, and grants.

Appealing the award
If you were denied any type of financial aid and then something changes in your or your parent’s financial status, you should contact the financial-aid office and explain your case. Most of the counselors will do their best to assist you when times change.

What you just read is only scratching the surface of the different options you might have. Don’t get discouraged and keep trying. Multiple small loans and scholarships are just as powerful as a large one so it all depends on how bad you want to be in school.

Washing Machine Buying Advice

The market is filled with loads of washing machines of various sizes manufactured by various brands. In this case it is often difficult to choose one washing machine that is best suited to one’s needs. Before buying any product the first thing to be considered is personal requirements. Depending on our requirements we then need to narrow down our search and finally arrive upon one machine. Here are a few tips a consumer needs to consider before buying any washing machine.

Types of Washing Machines

There are two types of washing machines: – front loading and top loading. If you are considering a washing machine that is to be placed beneath your kitchen counter then front loading is the best choice, however if you are looking for a narrower machine. Compared to the front loaders the top loaders consume more power and water, however they have larger capacities.

Wash Load capacities

The wash load capacity determines the load the machine can handle for one single wash. It is advisable to use the machine to its full load capacity for optimum energy conservation. There are three categories as per the wash load capacity of a washing machine.

Machines with less than 5 kg are best suited for small families with one or two members

Machines between 5 to 7 kg are best suited for families with about 3 to 5 members.

Machines with more than 7 kg are suited for large families.

Spin Speeds

The spin speed of a washing machine determines the speed at which the machine will spin the clothes to remove the water while washing and drying it. It is measured in revolutions per seconds (rpm). Most of washing machines only determine the maximum spin speed capability of the machine. A higher spin speed is required for cotton clothes while a lower spin speed is suited for synthetics and delicate clothes. Users need to check for the option to vary the spin speed so that the machine can be used with all types of clothes.

1000 to 1800 rpm is the higher speed required for cotton clothes
400 to 800 rpm is the lower speed required for synthetic and delicate clothes

Wash Programmes

Users need to check out the various wash programmes provided. The main ones are hand wash, wool wash, delicate wash, silk wash, quick wash and anti-crease option. The secondary ones are pre-wash, intensive wash, extra rinse, economy wash, anti-bacterial wash etc.

Many new washing machines include a Fuzzy Logic programme in which users only need to add clothes in the washing machine and then the in-built sensors selects the correct settings as per the requirements of the clothes.

Efficiency

Efficiency is usually rated on a scale of A-G where A is the highest and G is the lowest. Thus a A rated machine will offer maximum efficiency compared to a G rated one which offers the least.

Such ratings are provided for each washing machine on the basis of energy consumption, water consumption and drying capability. The best ones are usually the AAA rated ones which offer the highest efficiency for energy, washing and drying.

Wash Temperatures

Different types of clothes are to be washed at different temperatures; for example silk and delicate clothes cannot be washed at high temperatures, while cotton clothes are cleaned better if set at a higher temperature. Thus it would be better if the washing machine comes with a few temperature settings that can be used for different types of clothes. Most of the washing machines provide at-least 3 to 4 wash temperatures e.g. 30°, 60°, 90° etc.

Water Supply

Most machines are designed to accept cold water which is suited for delicate clothes and fabrics and help in better stain removal. These machines are considered more energy efficient.

Some machines are designed to accept cold and hot water, thus two valves are to be connected to the machine; one for the cold water and other for the hot water. These machines are however less energy efficient.

Noise Level

All the washing machines make some amount of noise. The amount of noise made by the machine is measured in decibels (dB). Usually they are categorised as: Less than 40dB, 40-50dB, 50-60dB and more than 60dB of noise. Most of the washing machine in the market today fall in the 50-60dB category which is equivalent to the noise made by a doorbell.

Although there are many exciting features offered by the washing machines, you need to buy the one which has the features which you commonly use, as the extra features come with a price tag. Thus the best step is to check individual requirement and then browse through the features of various washing machines and narrow down on one that most fits into the bill.

Siding Installation: Price Vs Value


There are many things to consider when looking for a professional to transform your home. Depending on the project, some things are more important than others. But in every case, the single most important thing you’ll need to consider is whether you’ll choose the best price or the best value – they are rarely the same thing. Case in point is a homeowner that contacted me for a quote to install siding and replace the roof on their house.

I first met with this customer in September and offered our services as a roofer and siding installer. Hearing nothing back, I followed up in December to see if they had made a decision or if I could answer any more questions. At this time they said we did a great job of presenting ourselves, but they went with somebody else due to price. Although I was disappointed, I understand that this happens.

Rather than chalk it up as a loss, I decided to take the opportunity to learn more about the competition. After learning who the homeowner hired to install their siding, I took a close look at the quality of work, cleanliness, and project management. The first thing I noticed was that the siding had been installed before the roof. I always prefer to do the roof first to avoid the risk of damaging brand new siding while tearing off the old roof. Doing the roof first also allows me to cut back the old siding and make sure all the flashing gets installed perfectly – which can’t be done if the siding goes on first. It’s possible that the weather played a role in the other contractor’s decision, but I’d still prefer to wait until the weather cooperates and do what’s the best for the customer.

The siding the customer requested was popular brand of fiber-cement siding with very detailed installation instructions that have changed over time. This is why when we install this product, we print out the installation instructions the day we begin the job to make sure there have been no changes and our customers receive the warranty protection they deserve.

Like most building products, this cement siding’s warranty specifically states that improper installation can void the warranty. Unfortunately, I found two such problems in the installation that could have been easily avoided. The most glaring is that the siding was installed right up to the roofline rather than providing the “two-inch minimum clearance between the roofing and the bottom edge of the siding” that is clearly called for in the installation instructions. The second thing I noticed was that the siding was sitting out completely exposed to the elements throughout the project. “Store flat and keep dry and covered prior to installation” – again this quote is from the installation instructions.

One more thing I noticed was a tremendous amount of “face nails,” or nails where you can see them, in the siding. Although not specifically wrong, “blind nailing,” or nailing under the overlap of the previous pieces, is the preferred method of installation for lap siding products.”

I guess I don’t understand why, in a situation where it is not necessary, would they face nail that much? Yes, there are instances where it is necessary, but I can assure you this was not one of them. Lastly, I noticed that the siding was installed with a variety of “reveals,” which is to say that the exposed portion of each piece of siding varied slightly. The obvious result of this is that the siding will look crooked, and this siding did.

So, did this customer get a better value? No. They paid a lower price upfront and received a service commensurate with the price they paid. Is saving a little money worth voiding the warranty protection of the product? Or having crooked siding? I just really hope that nothing goes wrong for this homeowner because they may not have warranty protection when they need it.

Brian Buresh founded Buresh Home Solutions in 2003 and has been providing home improvement services to homeowners in Central since its inception. BHS is a full-service home improvement company, offering kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, siding installation, roofing, interior, and exterior painting, handyman services, and much more. BHS service territory includes areas within a 60-mile radius of Des Moines and over 70% of all of BHS business comes from referrals from past customers. Continue reading

Aromatherapy Diffusers – Top Tips

In learning to use the best aromatherapy diffusers in Australia it is important to first understand the theory behind diffusion. This is the process of dispersing essential oils so that the aroma will fill an area with fragrance. There are many different techniques that can be utilized for this purpose. While simple methods do exist for diffusing essential oils in a room without using a special tool, there are also many different aromatherapy diffuser devices that can be used for more elaborate diffusion.

One of the easiest aromatherapy diffusers to utilize is simple facial tissue. By placing a few drops of essential oil of your choice on a tissue and then placing it in the room, you can quickly and easily create a wonderful fragrance in your environment. It should be noted that while this method is very easy to use and be used practically anywhere, this method will only emit a slight amount of fragrance. If you want something more noticeable, it will be necessary to utilize a more elaborate aromatherapy diffuser.

A steam aromatherapy diffuser can also be utilized to place a couple of cups of boiled water and adding several drops of the essential oil of your choice into the water. This method can be used for a variety of purposes, such as freshening a room or treating a cold. There are some disadvantages to this method; however. For example, while the aroma is diffused quickly, it does not last particularly long.

Candles also prove to be wonderful aromatherapy diffusers. For this technique, any candle will work. Simply light it and allow it to burn for a few minutes and then extinguish it. Place a single drop of essential oil on the melted wax and light the candle once again. The only problem with this method is that you must be extremely careful because essential oils are flammable. You must make sure the oil is placed on the wax and not the wick of the candle.

There are also numerous aromatherapy diffuser products currently on the market that are quite safe and provide long-lasting fragrance. One of the best aromatherapy diffuser products currently on the market is lamp rings. These rings can be placed directly on a light bulb to hold essential oil. The heat from the light bulb will heat the oil and diffuse the scent into the room.

Candle aromatherapy diffusers are another inexpensive diffusion option that can offer a nice scent in practically any location. Due to the fact that they do utilize candles; however, caution should be exercised.

A nebulizer is also a good choice if you are looking for an aromatherapy diffuser that will provide a lot of therapeutic benefits in a small space.

How You Can Benefit From Traffic Lawyers


The law is a complex and varied topic and there are many different areas of the law – some of which are related and others of which bear little relation to each other. Finding the right lawyer for your particular needs is highly important if you hope to be able to win a case in court and avoid a heavy fine or other penalties or conversely if you are trying to get compensation yourself. If you need criminal lawyers for instance then this will be for a criminal court case, whereas divorce lawyers can help you in a divorce settlement of course.

It’s very important that you choose the right type of lawyer for the particular areas of the law you are dealing with because this will ensure that they have the most relevant knowledge and experience to help you win your case rather than a more broad knowledge that is less relevant and in-depth.

Traffic lawyers then will help you in cases where you are in dispute over an accident or a ticket. If for instance, you find yourself on the receiving end of a traffic ticket or speeding ticket that you don’t believe was your fault, then you might opt to use traffic lawyers in order to argue your case and avoid getting the points on your license and the nasty fine. Meanwhile, you might choose to find a traffic lawyer in the instance that you have had a car crash and don’t believe it’s your fault.

Traffic lawyers can help in either of these situations in a variety of ways. For instance, in the case of a speeding ticket, there are many loopholes that might help you to get around the matter. For instance, if the speed sign or even the road sign were to be blurred or in anyway illegible then that could help you to fight a ticket (as you could really argue that you were unaware of the limit). Traffic lawyers play an important role here because there are many cases where people end up paying for tickets that they didn’t deserve – and if you end up losing your license as a result then this can end up very drastically altering your lifestyle for the worse.

In the case of a traffic accident then you might use a traffic lawyer to either defend yourself or to prosecute someone else in a civil litigation case. Here the roles of a traffic lawyer and criminal lawyers might overlap in cases where you are being prosecuted for criminal driving – such as a hit and run.

Here there are various bits of evidence that can work in your favor if you are innocent. For instance, a mark on the road might tell the court where you started breaking or your precise trajectory. Likewise, witnesses and CCTV might be able to indicate more details, as can the nature of the damage to the vehicles and/or property. As such it can help you greatly to act quickly when you suspect you are going to need a traffic lawyer to take the names and numbers of potential witnesses and to make a note of any details that might be relevant at a later date.

Summer Time Water Slide Fun

Summertime is a great time for kids and water slides. Kids love to play and be off school during the summer. There is nothing better for creating memories for your kids than renting an inflatable slide for their birthday party, a block party, or just for your kids to have a great time!

Phoenix water slide rentals have gained in popularity over the past few years. They are a great alternative to regular bounce houses during the hot summer months of the year and are a great option for a fun and healthy children’s activity. They are a great thing to have when your kids want to cool down and have a good time with their friends.

You can set up an inflatable slide almost anywhere. Most of them fit in normal-sized backyards, but some are very massive and may only fit in the largest of backyards or at a park. Some parks, however, do not allow these big slides due to the park’s possible liability.

When you are renting an inflatable water slide it will be very important that you rent from a company that cleans and sanitizes their slides after every weekend use. This is important because these slides can be messy depending on where they are set up. Kids running around in the grass with a lot of water around means sometimes there will be mud. If the inflatable rental company you buy from does not clean their units, you will get a muddy slide!

Inflatable slides are a great way to cool down the upcoming summer! Make sure your kids have one of their own for their party!

Summer Time Water Slide Fun

Summertime is a great time for kids and water slides. Kids love to play and be off school during the summer. There is nothing better for creating memories for your kids than renting an inflatable slide for their birthday party, a block party, or just for your kids to have a great time!

Phoenix water slide rentals have gained in popularity over the past few years. They are a great alternative to regular bounce houses during the hot summer months of the year and are a great option for a fun and healthy children’s activity. They are a great thing to have when your kids want to cool down and have a good time with their friends.

You can set up an inflatable slide almost anywhere. Most of them fit in normal-sized backyards, but some are very massive and may only fit in the largest of backyards or at a park. Some parks, however, do not allow these big slides due to the park’s possible liability.

When you are renting an inflatable water slide it will be very important that you rent from a company that cleans and sanitizes their slides after every weekend use. This is important because these slides can be messy depending on where they are set up. Kids running around in the grass with a lot of water around means sometimes there will be mud. If the inflatable rental company you buy from does not clean their units, you will get a muddy slide!

Inflatable slides are a great way to cool down the upcoming summer! Make sure your kids have one of their own for their party!

Can You Really Make Money With Damsel In Defense?

What Is It?
Damsel in Defense is an MLM that focuses on selling self-defense products for women, including products for women to carry and those for the home.

Short Review
The product line of Damsel in Defense isn’t what you typically find at an MLM, but that’s where the uniqueness of the company ends. I do actually like the (idea of the) products! Essentially, the company is yet another MLM that is targeted at women and focuses on the idea of empowering. In this case, the products themselves are promoted as ways to empower women as is the opportunity. Realistically though, the chances of making money from this company are the same as most other MLMs, slim, at best.

Product Breakdown
So, the product line at Damsel in Defense is a little bit unusual. As the name suggests, the company sells self-defense items that are targeted at women.

It supports charitable causes
In line with their mission-driven marketing, Damsel in Defense supports many women’s charities and does good work for women’s causes.

Damsel in Defense Complaints
Now that we have covered what we like, it’s time to have a look at some of the complaints and see if these are deal-breakers or not.

Lots of Recruiting
To earn more, chances are you will need to recruit a lot of people in your downline in order to earn a percentage of the sales they make. This means hosting in-home parties and trying to recruit people to grow your network.

So, Join Damsel In Defense.

Stamped Concrete – Should It Be Considered for Your Home Improvement Project?

Why would you possibly want to use stamped concrete?

Are you in the market for a new concrete driveway, walkway, path, patio or pool deck? Why would you consider using stamped concrete? Do you know what stamped concrete is?

Stamped concrete is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Concrete is poured into a mold containing metal rebar or fiber frame. Once it begins to harden, the concrete is stamped with fiber molds lined up side by side or rolled on with a roller. Sounds simple enough? Well, it is. Even though the process is pretty simple, the results are actually pretty impressive. Due to the wide variety of stamp patterns, you can pretty much create any design that you can imagine. You can create the look and feel of an English walkway or a cobblestone path. Stamped concrete is flexible enough to accommodate any design scheme or landscaping look.

Some of the most popular stamps are:

Ashlar Stone

English Cobblestone

Canyon Stone

Vermont Slate

Fractured Slate

Cobblestone Running Bond

New Brick Herringbone

Another benefit of using concrete for your project is the wide variety of colors available to you. You can make use of these color options in your concrete project in a variety of ways. You can use concrete stains, color hardeners, integral color, or concrete dyes. Ask your concrete contractor which type of coloring method to use for your project. The methods used will depend on the type of project and whether it is indoors or outdoors. Some methods are not weather or UV resistant. The method of coloring and color tone that you choose will make a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your project. Do you want a soft, neutral look or a very bright and vibrant feel? Stains, for example, will give a more natural look, whereas dyes will generally give you a brighter tone. Be sure to discuss the availability of color choices and methods with your concrete contractor to ensure they have exactly what you are looking for.

Does it sound like stamped and stained concrete can give you what you are looking for? Sure it can, you say, but what about the cost?

Like most things, the cost of your concrete project will depend on several factors:

The cost of installation (labor and materials) in your area.

The complexity of your project.

The amount and type of coloring used.

A simple project with one type of pattern and color will run around $8 per square foot. If you add multiple colors and a border your cost will increase to around $12 to $15 per square foot. If you want to go all out with a variety of patterns, borders, and colors, your price will rise to around $20 per square foot.

While your initial cost of stamped and stained concrete will be higher than asphalt or plain cement, it is considerably cheaper than using natural stone and brick. Stamped concrete is also more durable and requires less maintenance (like yearly sealants) than asphalt and cement. Low required maintenance makes stamped concrete cheaper over the life of the project. Plus you must consider the benefit of a boost in home value due to the considerable increase in “curb appeal” that stamped concrete provides.

You Can Get Insurance From A Private Company

There are so many types of insurance out there: car insurance, health insurance, and renters insurance are just a few types. How do you decide which type of insurance you need? How much should it all cost? Read the advice and suggestions in this article to learn which insurances you need and how to get the best rates.

If you receive your homeowner’s insurance from a company that also sells health or auto insurance, consider combining your policies. Many companies offer bundled discounts, so if you combine policies you could save a considerable amount.

If you are moving, be sure to check with your moving company to see what kind of insurance they carry. Most moving companies just have a “per-pound” policy on all contents. This might be alright if you just have fairly ordinary, large furnishings; however, if you have very expensive furniture, artwork, lots of electronics or other items that may not weigh much but are valuable, you should ask your insurance agent about supplemental moving insurance.

To save money on insurance, you should shop around and find out how different companies will discount for multiple policies for the same household. Most companies offer a standard 10% discount for placing all of your business with them but some firms will be able to make larger concessions.

If you own a small business, make sure you have the right insurance. An insurance should cover any damages that your employees might accidentally cause to your customers, as well as the value of the building and inventory. A small business insurance can be quite expensive, but is absolutely necessary.

Save money by shopping around for insurance. Most people tend to renew their insurance policy over and over, rather than looking for a better deal elsewhere. This can potentially save you hundreds of dollars, so it is worth it to take some time and shop around for the best price.

Get your auto and homeowner coverage from the same insurance company. When you do this you will get a better deal on both policies than you would if you bought each policy separately. This will also help you to build a better relationship with your agent, which can come in handy if something happens where you need to use your Medicare plan G.

Always do your homework. Make sure, the insurance company and broker you are planning to work with is licensed, insured and covered by the state’s guarantee fund. Your state’s insurance commissioner or department can provide this information for free. This ensures that, in case of an insurance company default, your claim will still be paid.

Avoid making monthly payments and instead pay your premium on an annual basis to save up to 60 dollars a year. Most companies charge between 3 to 5 dollars a month if you are paying every month. Put your money aside, and make the payment once a year or every six months instead of paying the extra fee.

If you want to save a large amount on your insurance, you should increase your deductibles. If you don’t plan on filing any claims in the future, then you’ll never have to pay the deductible to process a claim. In the meantime, you’ll be saving as much as 15% to 30% on your premiums.

Medicare

To keep the cost of travel insurance down you should check to see what your current health insurance plan would cover. Some policies, and Medicare, don’t offer any coverage if you are outside of the United States and territories, others may only cover the a fixed amount for an accident but nothing for sickness that requires hospitalization.

If you are a senior, consider long term care insurance. Long term care insurance will cover your expenses, should you end up in a nursing home. This can allow you to choose the nursing home you want, rather than depend on those that will accept Medicare or Medicaid.

Insurance is the best way to financially protect yourself. But with so many insurance types and an overload of information, it can be hard to know where to start. Use the advice you’ve learned in this article and get the insurance you need to protect yourself.