Fusion Stair Parts By Richard Burbidge

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Having purchased my first property just over two years ago I have been slowly making improvements to the house whilst making it more modern and trying to progress my DIY skills. For some time I have been intending to make a start on the internal stairs in the house, although I must admit I have been putting it off for months. The main reason that I delayed making a start was that I wasn’t convinced that I had the necessary skills to undertake the project just yet.

However, having pulled the carpet up and taken a closer look at the stairs, I found that most of them were sound and only a couple of them needed replacing. The biggest part of the job was going to be to fit the other stair parts. Fortunately, I spoke to a joiner friend of mine about the project before I started on it and he pointed me in the direction of the Richard Burbidge website. He had recently used their Fusion stair parts range for a house that he has bought as a rental property and said that it was very easy stuff to plan and fit. Great news for me!

The Fusion concept

The idea of Richard Burbidge’s Fusion is that you can select different stair parts from the available range and they should all fit nicely together. So you can, for example, choose from stair posts and handrails made from different timbers and metals, providing you with the finish that you require. However, each item is designed in a manner that will allow it to be fixed easily to the relevant stair parts. This is done through co-ordinating metal brackets using the best cheap impact driver, which enables stair posts to be fixed to handrails without the need for carpentry joints. There are also flexible fixing brackets that allow easy installation of the balusters.

Making a plan

I liked the idea of this kind of approach so I went and took a look at my friend’s property. I was very impressed with the overall quality of the stair parts that he had installed and the finish was superb. Of course, as a joiner, he has plenty of experience in this kind of work and I did wonder if I was going to be able to replicate the finish quality that he had achieved. The only problem that I had with my friend’s work was that I didn’t think that the choices he had made in terms of timber and color of metal components would suit my property and I voiced my concerns. He then told me that there was a planning tool on the Richard Burbidge website that lets you go through a selection process, picking the options that you think will suit. At the end of the process, you are presented with an actual photographic representation of the products that you have selected which enables you to find exactly the right option for you. I have used every other planning tools on company websites with varying success, but his tool was especially handy and after playing around for an hour or so I decided that I would go for a combination of pine and chrome stair parts.

Doing the fitting

Once I had bought the required parts I set aside a full weekend to undertake the installation. I have to say that the ease in which the pieces went together made things much simpler than I had expected. I didn’t have to worry about cutting anything or making good joints, which I could well have messed upon. In the end, I had to go out and take care of something unexpected on a Saturday, so I only spent about 5 hours of the day working on the stairs. This meant that I had to finish the job off on Sunday, but had I had the full day on Saturday then I may have got it all finished in one day. The overall finish of the project is very good and I was quite pleased with myself when I finished; but more importantly, my fianc© was also impressed! Definitely a product that I would recommend – especially if you aren’t the best at DIY like me. The website is also very useful and gives you all the information and help you need to make your choices.

What is an optical coating, and how to choose the best option?

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An optical coating is used on bulbs, lenses, mirrors, and prisms. It is mainly used to block certain wavelengths of light. It is also beneficial for providing a highly reflective surface. As you can see, many optics and optical components are coated with a fine layer of material, and it modifies the light reflected from them. Well, this material is known as optical coating. You should also check some essential details related to this term to know it in a better way. 

The optical coatings are used to enhance the transmission and polarization properties of an optical component. The optical coatings are divided into two categories, which are – protective and functional coatings. The protective coating type is used for the safety of optical elements or when a functional coating is needed. On the other hand, the functional type of coating is used on optical elements for providing the necessary reflective coefficient. In the below post, we are going to mention other important details related to Optical Coating. 

Tips for the selection of best optical coating

As you know, the small changes in requirements can make a big impact on the performance of a system. It is important to take a lot of essential factors into consideration while choosing the thin-film coating. The different types of thin-film coatings are available on the market, but all of them are not the same. Before going to choose the best optical coating, you should pay attention to numerous factors which have been mentioned below. 

  • Type of application 

Before searching for a thin-film coating, you should determine your needs. It is also important to check the type of optical system which you are using. After considering this thing, you can easily find the right coating, which is suitable for the specifications and performance requirements of your optical system. Make sure the film coating is also suitable for your budget. It is also important to choose the film coating that is most economical for your application. 

  • The right coating type 

Many types of coating are out there, but you should pick the one that is suitable for the application that you have in mind. Always pick the right coating type as per your project and after considering some other important things. You can either choose the standard coating design or the custom one. As you read earlier, it is essential to check your application to ease up the selection process. Find the right coating type that suits your application. 

  • Size of the part 

If you are not checking the size of the parts of your system, then you can’t make the right choice. After determining the size, it becomes easy for the thin-film coating manufacturer to design and use the most efficient production method. Never ignore this aspect as it has great importance during the selection of the best optical coating. 

  • Reflection characteristics 

It is true that the optical coatings are designed on the basis of interference effects. The use of the optical coating can enhance transmission and reflection characteristics. You should always keep this thing in mind. Always choose the right type of coating as per the performance requirements of your optical system. 

  • Pay attention to environmental conditions 

Never forget to pay attention to the environmental conditions of the coating while choosing it. All you need to do is to consider the operating temperature of your system. After this, you should check whether the coating that you are going to choose is able to perform as expected or not. The thin-film coatings are durable, but their performance can degrade when they exposed to extreme temperature and humidity. 

After taking all these tips in mind, you can easily choose the best optical coating to meet your requirements. 

Conclusion 

The optical coatings are designed for optical systems in order to perform for certain requirements. While looking for a coating, you should consider https://www.evaporatedcoatings.com/optical-coatings-for-glass-substrates/. You just need to mention the requirements of your optical system to optical engineers, and then they will provide you with the best options. Always try to choose the right coating as per your budget as well as other preferences.  Make sure you are picking the best coating option for your optical system.

Holiday Gift Ideas For Men Women Should Avoid Giving

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Ladies do not make the mistake of giving the men in your life bad Christmas gifts. They want gifts they can use. In addition, there is an advantage to great gift giving to men. When they receive a gift they like and use it, they will think of you. Here are a few examples of worst gift ideas for men.

Clothing

Do not give the man in your life clothing. Many men have their own sense of style, usually have certain shirts, pants, and so on that they prefer. Unless you know him extremely well, such as exact size, style and designer he likes. I would shy away from giving clothes as a gift.

Cologne

Giving cologne to a man is a bad gift idea. He may feel that you think he smells bad and needs a little help in that area. Besides, you may pick out cologne that he does not like. Leaving him no choice but to put it aside and not wear the cologne, you gave as a gift.

Tools

Do not give tools as a gift to men. Men may think, “Great she wants me to fix something in the near future.” It is great to have a handy man around but shy away from giving him the tools for Christmas. If you want something fixed or repaired, wait until you give him a gift he will love. Once you do that, he will fix anything for you.

Gift Cards

Shy away from giving the man in your life a gift card. He may feel that you do not know him well enough to buy a Christmas gift for him. Men can be like women during holidays. They want to feel appreciated for the things they do. Spend timing searching for the right gift, so he knows you cared enough to put some effort into his Christmas present. You can also include a card wallet on this gift idea. Men have their own cards too so they need something where they can put them into. But you have to be very choosy when picking the right style and design so the recipient will surely love it.

Decor

If the man in your life lives alone, do not give him a gift for the house. Men do not like this as a gift. Your taste in decor may not be his taste. Men that live alone have a look to their home that, lets just say, is all their own. Why mess with that? He may feel you are trying to hint at something like, you need a woman’s touch to your home or you think he has bad taste for d├⌐cor. Ladies, you do not want him thinking like that.

If you would like some great holiday gift ideas to give your man, check out the links to best holiday gift ideas for a man.

Top 10 Movies of the Decade: Action

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This decade featured some of the best action movies ever made and choosing just ten is as formidable a task as any foes the heroes on this list encountered.

An argument could be made for many action movies, depending on one’s inclination (there were three “Transporter” movies, no?). A war buff might include “Black Hawk Down” (2001) or “The Pianist” (2002) while Quentin Tarantino fans would kick “Kill Bill Vol 1  amp; 2” (2003-2004) or the recent “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) onto their lists. “Master and Commander” The Far Side of the World” (2003) and “District B-13” (2004) bring audiences onto the sea and the suburbs of France while comic book fans can add the first two “X-Men” movies (2000, 2003) and “Iron Man” (2008) to a growing list of respectable movies based on graphic novels. The recent release of “Avatar” could also soon push other choices off the list. The LotR is abour 525K words long to read for the person. The language should be understandable or use of the translator can be done. With the release date, the following of the book can be done through the person. 

The decade starts off with a classic (and Oscar winner) “Gladiator” (2000) brought to the screen through the eyes of director Ridley Scott. The movie successfully takes you back in time through great cinematography and excellent use of special effects. The action is paced perfectly from beginning to the end, especially the confrontations inside the coliseum, but what makes “Gladiator” work so well is having an actor like Russell Crowe give an Oscar winning performance as a soldier facing life after the death of his family. Crowe’s tortured performance goes head to head with Joaquin Phoenix playing his evil brother. This movie is old fashioned but done with everybody from cast to the crew at the top of their games. The audience is still vexed by “Gladiator” a decade later.

Originally one of the biggest risks, the producers of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy made not one but three consecutive movies before the first one came out. Gutsy. It’s easy to overlook the fact that such a huge investment has resulted in three great movies, consistent in their styles and storylines. From “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), director Peter Jackson establishes a unique look specific to the world created by author J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Two Towers” (2002) continues the epic adventure and solid action while introducing us to the evil little guy known as Gollum, a realistic special effects character that fits seamlessly with the live actors. “The Return of the King” (2003) concludes the stories as the various characters engage in battles, both internal and external, lead by the perfectly cast Viggo Mortensen. The battle sequences in all three movies are compelling and exciting. Seen as one huge trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings” is already aging like the classic epic adventure envisioned by Jackson and captured by the hard working cast and crew. Precious indeed.

“Spider-Man” (2002) brings playfulness to the movies and an innocence that works well to introduce the Marvel character to audiences. “Spider-Man 2” (2004) is even better, balancing action and character development in equal measure. Tobey Maguire perfectly fits Peter Parker in the sequel, matched by Alfred Molina as the reluctant villain Otto Octavius. The fact that mentor and student are friends before Molina turns evil helps ground the story. There are terrific action scenes, especially on a subway train. With great characters and storylines comes success.

Matt Damon as an action hero? Tired of silly over the top films like “Die Another Day” (an invisible car?), audiences were ready for a down to earth and believable hero. In “The Bourne Identity” (2002), the storyline has the hero suffering from amnesia, making him not only relatable to the viewer but also allowing the audience to discover his identity at the same time as the hero. The fight sequences feel real for a change and the suspense is maintained from beginning to end. “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004) makes a gutsy move at the beginning, leaving Bourne even more alone. Paul Greengrass directs the sequel with more kinetic energy but without losing sight of the characters and the intriguing storyline. Brian Cox and Karl Urban provide a great one-two punch of cerebral and physical villains who keep Bourne on his toes. “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007) wraps up the trilogy better than expected, ending in full circle to the beginning of the first movie. The cat and mouse between Bourne and the people chasing him works in all three movies with exciting action and solid suspense.

“Minority Report” (2002) manages to touch on many fascinating issues while entertaining the audience with its thrilling action and superb visual effects. Being accused of a crime before you commit one is at the core of the intense storyline. John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is bombarded with images (being scanned no matter where you go) in a world filled with advertisement that does not feel very far-fetched today. Director Steven Spielberg doesn’t allow the action to overtake the intriguing story. The hero has to prove his innocence while dealing with the loss of his son, making “Minority Report” a compelling science-fiction movie.

“The Incredibles” (2004) is an animation movie, but it is also one of the most dead-on action film ever made. Every member of the Parr family is a fully developed character, voiced perfectly by a talented group of voice actors. The action is fun and thrilling to watch as the family tries to save one another. You end up caring for them as much as any live action characters. There are numerous gags and nods to other movies and cultural characters in a script that blends humor and action. “The Incredibles” is an amalgamation of action with humor and interesting characters with emotions.

“Casino Royale” (2006) reinvents one of the most famous characters in a perfect blend of action and story. Daniel Craig effortlessly steps into the role of James Bond, whether pursuing a fast runner in Madagascar or falling in love with mysterious Vesper Lynd (radiant Eva Green). What makes “Casino Royale” tick is the blend of action in various locations around the world and the romantic tête-à-tête between Bond and Vesper, especially their mental striptease on a train. The movie does a great job at accessing how Bond became the character audiences have known for years. For the first time in the history of Bond movies, there was a direct sequel “Quantum of Solace” (2008) that continues to explore Bond’s progression as a secret agent.

“Children of Men” (2006) slowly builds up to become an emotionally haunting movie. Clive Owen fits the eerie style of the movie as Theo Faron trying to preserve a baby in a world in which human beings can no longer procreate. Director Alfonso Cuaron and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki fabricate a futuristic world all too real. Cuaron establishes a couple of excellent long sequences that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Thought-provoking and poignant, the movie comments on human society without sacrificing characters and suspense. “Children of Men” leaves an emotional impact long after the final shot on the boat.

Flawed and not the best action movie per se, “Shoot Em Up” (2007) fits as one of the most insane and illogical movies of the decade. But there is something pure Looney Tunes about this non-stop action movie that features a great performance by Clive Owen (completely opposite his role in “Children of Men”), Monica Bellucci (the ultimate femme fatale) and Paul Giamatti (clearly having fun). Director Michael Davis shoots the action sequence in all kinds of weird but fresh angles. Giving up on logic is part of the fun. In the genre of action, “Shoot Em Up” starts off with a bang and never lets up until the end. There certainly are much better action movies but few can keep up with “Shoot Em Up.”

With “Batman Begins” (2005), director Christopher Nolan creates a new, more realistic vision of the Dark Knight and Gotham City. Blending suspense with the genesis of a hero storyline, “Batman Begins” allows its cast to breathe life into the characters. “The Dark Knight” (2008) harmonizes action with colorful characters brought to life by a skillful cast. Heath Ledger simply disappears as the Joker, pushing the trio of heroes to the edge of the law. The supporting cast, especially Gary Oldman, add weight to a more realistic comic book movie than audiences are used to. “The Dark Knight” is as adept with action as with character conflict, especially the interrogation scene between the Dark Knight and the Joker. The movie explores how many of the characters are really just different extensions of each other.

Why so serious? Any of these action movies will keep you entertained with their blend of thrills, characters and suspense.

Women Only Play the Sims

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It was a hot summer day as I stood in my dining room pacing the floor, speaking with the VP of marketing at EA. I was smiling and starting out the window at what I call the back yard zoo. While most think it would be the ultimate dream job, to get paid to play video games for a living, anyone who actually does it will tell you it’s fun, but it’s hard. It’s a thankless, tiresome, tedious job, that yes, we all love doing, and most times for no pay. So while a little stressed, I was not even remotely angry until I heard a phrase from him that has never left my mind since the moment I heard it over five years ago. “Well we don’t see the point in sending you other games to review. Your site is a niche site and women only play The Sims anyway, ” said the Veep.

I yelled, “WHAT did you just say?!” into my headset mic and began to rip this guy a new one. After a half hour of schooling this guy, he agreed to send me a box of EAs latest titles. One presumes it was to shut me up, so he’d never have to speak to me again, and we’ve not spoken again. While several of the then staff of my sites were horrified that I dared speak to someone at EA this way, several other women gaming community at large, were very supportive. They understood what I had understood years ago about the gaming industry and their behavior toward women. It’s pure, unadulterated sexism. I tell this story over and over via our podcast, not because I want people to hate EA but because I hope that EA will for one, talk to it’s staff about how they deal with gaming media sites, even ones they consider “niche” and two will be one of the few companies that stops treating women as though their sex even matters where gaming is concerned.

I understand why women would not be allowed in the NFL, it’s dangerous to have a 400 pound man fall on a 125 pd woman and it’s not something that most would find appetizing to watch. I understand why women may be excluded from a lot of male oriented activities. But in the gaming industry, the fact that one would wear Manolos to work does not make her a better or worse coder than her male counterpart. Prettier, yes, but no better. Nor does it affect her ability to wield a controller with equal deadly force as the man sitting next to her. Ironically, men call women emotional and unpredictable, but it seems they are more affected by a female presence in what they feel is a male space, than women are by them. Recently when a female gamer was accosted by a fellow gamer at a tournament, it was clear that he was the one affected by her being there. He was caught on camera saying some horribly sexist and sexually harassing comments, while she opted to walk away. This is the stance of a lot of women when faced with such blatant sexually charged attacks at events. It is also why I believe women need to take a different stance in the industry.

With the ‘me too’ movement doing the rounds everywhere, it is difficult for women to be completely trusted as they are no longer the symbol of purity they once were but nevertheless, it goes without saying that sexist comments are the norm for all industries like a pokemon go hack game.

Studies are already showing that women gamers out number the men, with us being more than 50% of the gaming population world wide. It is time to stop walking away and actually turn to say something. I am also a card carrying member of the PMS Clan and one of the reason I still identify with these ladies is their refusal to take the proverbial ‘high road’ when dealing with asinine male gamers. They would give as good as they got with the trash talk and be ready to back it up with a good game. There are too many women who think ‘I’ll be the bigger person,’ and don’t realize, men do not think the way women do. Walking away does not impress upon them that women gamers are equal and that the behavior will not be tolerated. I’m not saying punch anyone in the face, at least not literally. Verbally, yes, please do punch them. We as women gamers have lost all sense of sisterhood that generations before us had and don’t even offer our respective communities much needed support.

More and more women are involved in the marketing of games and are rarely inclined to give any of these games to or purchase ad space from smaller, female oriented sites. These sites would no longer be niche if they could get some much needed revenue and be able to serve our very under served demographic. Countless times I’ve heard many women gaming professionals say to me, ‘We don’t want to exclude the guys, ‘ but don’t understand, they have absolutely no qualms about excluding us. Being the ‘bigger person’ is costing us in more ways than we realize. While the number of women getting into tech and gaming has increased, it by no means comes close to matching the men entering the industry. And little girls, much like little boys, do need to see themselves involved in things to know they too can do it. A while back I wrote an article about taking little girls in my family to see Sucker Punch. They reacted the same way little boys do when leaving a movie with lots of action. They pretend kicked and punched with each other and gabbed about how cool the characters were. Little girls need to see other women in the industry, doing great things while not being naked or sitting in pies a la Attack of the Show. They would see them if our gaming professionals would toss a little support toward the female sites so that we can feature, spotlight and sing your praises to any little girl and big girl who would listen.

And yes we need the militant ones like myself and Shanley Kane who spoke out against the co-founders of Geeklist about a sexist video posted by the developer, via her Twitter. While my staff and I argued that she went too far too fast on our podcast, I think she did a good job ripping him a new one and I for one am proud to call her a sister gamer. She, like so few women gamers, understand that this is indeed a struggle and we’re not going to get anywhere by being sugar and roses all the time. Certainly don’t go out and start bashing the men over the head with bats, we’d like to keep them all healthy and not comatose, but do speak up and support one another as much as you can. Otherwise don’t be surprised when you find yourself being attacked because you were simply born female. Don’t be shocked to hear someone tell you they don’t want to hire you for an industry job, yes, because you’re female. This is definitely the time to develop a thick skin or dare I say, ‘Man up’ ladies.

I heard a quote on the now defunct GamerChix forums via Microsoft some years ago and it has always stayed with me. ‘Once again women must fight for their place in history, this time from behind a controller’. When my sister gamers understand this, then the change will truly begin. I for one have already donned my ‘Tank’ shirt and am ready.

Setting Up Your Home Aquarium: The Complete Guide

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Step 1:

Decide whether you are ready to take the plunge: Having a fish tank to call your own can become the focal point of any room in your home, but it takes effort on your part in order to keep it looking the best that it can. Aquarium keeping requires daily attention, most of which doesn’t require much work on your part. Feeding the fish is one thing, but are you ready to clean the tank two or three times a month?

Establishing an aquarium also requires some initial costs. Tanks, filters, and heaters all cost money in the beginning, but they are only a one time purchase when compared to fish food, filter media, and fish, which need to be purchased as needed. Your fish must reside in an environmentally friendly and inexpensive structures. However, there are some things and material that you need to purchase for you to make an ideal and durable aquarium. If you are willing to put in the time and money, follow the proceeding steps in order to get your tank up and looking its best.

Step 2:

Determine the size and location of your aquarium: Fish tanks come in various sizes, from as small as a gallon or two, to thousands of gallons. The typical home aquarium is between 10 and 250 gallons, but size isn’t everything. First, determine where you are looking to put the tank, as well as if the floor under it will be able to support the weight of the tank. Remember, water weighs approximately 8 lbs. per gallon, so a 125 gallon tank may look appealing, but can your floor hold at least 1000 lbs? It is a good idea to keep the tank away from things such as open doors and windows, since sunlight can cause major algae problems in the tank. Also, make sure your tank is located near an outlet, since every piece of equipment for the tank will require its own plug. In this case, it is a good idea to use a surge protector to maximize your main outlet to compensate for the extra plugs. Finally, take into account what type of fish you are looking to keep. Some fish get rather large, and will require a larger tank in order to house them in the future. This must be planned for, as keeping large fish in a small tank is a disaster waiting to happen.

Step 3:

After deciding on a tank, it is time to purchase the other equipment that is needed to get the tank up and running. Among these, a filter, and heater are the most important, being that most tanks come with a hood and light fixture with them. If not, one can be purchased at your local fish store based on the size of the tank you have. (See filter section for details on different types) There are also many other types of equipment that serve specific purposes in the home aquarium, which I have outlined in the Equipment Section.

Step 4:

Now, the actual set-up process begins. If using a stand to display your tank on, place it in your desired location, leaving adequate space behind it for easy access and cleaning. Next, it is a good idea to rinse the tank out to remove any dust that accumulated while it was in the store. ONLY USE WATER TO DO THIS, NEVER USE ANY TYPE OF CHEMICAL OR SOAP AS IT WILL HARM THE FISH. After it is cleaned, place it on top of the stand, followed by the hood, but do not plug it in yet. At this time, it would be appropriate to add a background to the tank if you desire, but this is completely optional. If you plan on adding one, it is best to attach it to the back of the tank with clear tape, such as Scotch.

Step 5:

Rinse the substrate to remove any packing dust. The method that works best for me is putting the gravel in a strainer and running it under tap water. Once it is adequately rinsed, you can just dump it into the tank, and then repeat the process. When putting it in the tank, it is nice to make things such as gullies or mountains, since it adds to making the tank look more natural. There is no right or wrong amount to add, so this is completely up to you to make it fit look the way you would like it to.

Step 6:

Add the water. It is a good idea to use something such as a dinner plate in order to displace the water evenly as it flows in. This will prevent the gravel from becoming disturbed. Also, be sure to leave some room for the water to expand when things such as rocks and plants are added. If this step is skipped, it could cause your tank to overflow.

Step 7:

Add your filter. If using a hang on back filter, place it over the back or side of your tank, and if using a canister filter or wet/dry filter, place it below the tank inside the stand. For the hang on back filter, just add the filter cartridge into the filter housing, and partially fill it with water in order to prime it. In the case of the canister or wet/dry filter, follow the instructions that come with the filter in regards to setting up the necessary tubing and hoses. Don’t plug the filter in yet.

Step 8:

Add your heater. This step is relatively simple. Attach the suction cups to the heater and stick it to the glass wherever you think it looks best. It can be attached both horizontally and vertically. Again, don’t plug it in yet.

Step 9:

This is where the creative freedom comes in. It is now time to add things such as rocks, plants, and decorations, but make sure that you rinse them off first to remove any package residue or debris. Aquascaping your tank is very enjoyable, and it can be done in an endless amount of ways. Keep in mind that you are going to have to clean the tank and gravel, so don’t make it overwhelming intricate.

Step 10:

Place the hood and light fixture on top of the tank, essentially topping off the tank. At this point, if your tank came with a canopy, it can be placed over the hood now as well. It is also a good idea to stick a thermometer on the side or front of the tank in order to monitor the water’s temperate at all times.

Step 11:

Plug everything into your surge protector aside from the heater. It is a good idea to wait 10 or 15 minutes after adding the heater to the water before you turn it on just to let it get acclimated with the current water temperature. Once this time has passed, turn on your heater and adjust it to approximately 78 degrees for the time being (it can be adjusted based on the fish you are going to keep). Make sure the filter is running, and turn on the light.

Step 12:

Don’t forget to add dechlorinator to the water in your tank. This is a crucial step in removing harmful additives in common household water. Any pet shop has many brands of dechlorinator or tap water conditioner, and they all do virtually the same thing.

Step 13:

Congratulations, your tank is now up and running. Now, go against your will to add fish and wait. Waiting is crucial at this point to your tank cycling properly.

Decorating a Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

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Brown and white might seem like boring hues, but they are anything but lackluster, especially in a traditional kitchen. Cabinetry and furnishings in a deep rich shade of brown can be lovely. White contrasts beautifully with the dark hue, and it coordinates with the shine that naturally emanates from the surface when it is hit by natural or artificial light. It can look rich, exquisite, and very inviting.

The last kitchen that I designed was chocolate brown and lily-white. The results were stylish and very impressive. My client selected dark oak cabinets boasting heavy duty slide rails, deep brown Corian countertops, a white island, and beautiful Pergo flooring. It was my job to come up with the finishing touches that would make the traditional kitchen warm and inviting. I wanted to find ways to add life with color.

Display Green Plant Life in White Milk Glass

White milk glass is a traditional collectible glassware, and when decorating a brown and white kitchen, it is a lovely addition. Display green plant life in white milk glass when decorating a brown kitchen. The white glass will contrast beautifully with the cabinets and countertops, and the greenery will add natural color and appeal.

When decorating my client’s traditional kitchen in brown and white, I purchased a milk glass vessel that would be used to hold a beautiful peperomia plant. I provided adequate drainage by adding a layer of pebbles, and I filled the vessel with rich organic soil. Consider a single plant when decorating a kitchen in brown and white, and use a traditional milk glass container instead of a planter. A single green plant in a beautiful container is far more impressive than dozens of plants in ordinary plastic pots.

Decorating with Beautiful Faux Blooms on a Tiered Platter

I prefer to use unexpected items when decorating homes. After all, why use the same decorating accessories as everyone else? Unique items are much more impressive, and some of the most unique items of all have alternate uses. Consider decorating a brown traditional kitchen with a beautiful white tiered platter. Add color and appeal by adding flower heads in colors and varieties of your choice. When decorating my client’s brown and white traditional kitchen, I filled the tiered platter with high-quality flower heads in lavender and blue. It looked amazing.

Create a Focal Point on a Single Wall

When decorating a kitchen or any room in the home, choose wall art that will become the focal point of the space. With the approval of my client, I chose an oversized work of sculpted metal for a bare kitchen wall. It was comprised of a brown planter filled with blue and violet hydrangeas. It was one of the most beautiful wall hangings that I had ever found, and it looked great on the bare tan wall. The colors brought more attention to the blooms on the tiered platter. With the deep brown cabinets, flooring, and other decors, my client’s traditional kitchen looked absolutely amazing.

Laundromat Law Of Attraction

Emery

I broke my washing machine. Did I take a baseball bat to it? No, but it might have been fun. I guess I still could if I really wanted, although I really need to get on craigslist and post it for scrap. I broke my washing machine with the power of my mind. Moreover, reading manifestation magic reviews also gave me a little confidence in myself as well.

I do a lot of laundries, and every time I put a load in, took a loadout, or walked past that machine I imagined it breaking and then me using a brand new energy-efficient machine. I imagined how it would look, the detergent I would use, the decrease in our water and electric bills, how it wouldn’t rock and howl like a maniac when it got unbalanced on the rinse cycle, how the clothes wouldn’t come out dripping (a real problem when you exclusively line dry in rainy winter), and then I’d finish up this wonderful fantasy with the thought that I would buy a new one “as soon as this one breaks beyond repair!”

Now I suppose this wasn’t the most mature way to go about obtaining myself a new washing machine. The question on everyone’s mind probably is “if you hated it so much, why didn’t you just save up for a new one?” I guess that does make more sense, but when you are currently applying for an income-based repayment on thousands of dollars of school loans and negotiating payment plans on six-month-old bills to your eye doctor, saving up for a new washing machine seems just a little frivolous. I guess I felt like I would really have to deserve to get a new washer and part of that feeling seems to have included flooding my garage numerous times, failed repairs, and hauling two kids and six loads of stinky laundry down the street twice a week.

When my husband and I finally decided this needed a replacement I found myself balking and dragging my feet. I knew I should just suck it up and get another free machine and wash it into the dirt again, but I just couldn’t. Finally, I pieced together my reluctance and my visions. When I told Edward about my broken washer daydreams he just sighed and said “why did you do that?” then helped me find the perfect washing machine.

We have a remake of an old wringer washer on its way to us right now. It should be here next week. I am so excited. It’s a little more labor-intensive, but I kind of like that. That’s partly why I line dry. There is something so soothing and meaningful about handling each item. When you don’t own very much, caring for what you do have becomes more important, and as you care for each item, it’s almost as if you infuse it with the love and appreciation for what it does for you and in return, you feel that love surround you as you wear it. I know, I’m a little batty. I’m sure that’s not what my family is thinking as they slide into cold damp clothing that didn’t get completely dry.

How To Make An Ant Free Cat Or Dog Feeding Bowl

Emery

In addition to a couple of indoor cats my wife and I enjoy feeding several additional outdoor pets. Two of these ‘outsiders’ are cats we have adopted which were born in the wild and prefer to live outside. In addition (at last count) 3 abandoned/stray cats are frequent guests at the three feeding and water bowls we maintain on our covered front porch.

From our breakfast room window we enjoy watching the almost constant parade of cats of all shapes, sizes and colors to and from our front porch.

Each morning we rinse out and wipe clean the 3 feed bowls and fill each bowl with 3 cups of dried, pellet cat food. In the evening we replenish the bowls with an additional cup of food. The water bowl is replenished daily and changed every third day.

During the winter months our feeding routine presents few problems. The cats, knowing our feeding schedule are hungrily standing by as we refill the bowls and will revisit the bowls throughout the day until all of the food is gone. Different people have the question that How to wash and groom a dog’s face? The washing of the face should be done with proper care through soap and water. It can be done through the experts also.

However, with the first sign of Spring a new problem surfaces. Overnight thousands of ants appear, marching in straight, orderly lines from the ground, up the foundation wall, onto the porch and into the feed bowls. As Spring gives way to Summer ants are everywhere, thousands upon thousands of hungry, marching ants. These little critters not only cover the floor of the porch, but concentrate so heavily in the feed bowls that the brown pellets appear to take up the orange tint of shoulder to shoulder ants.

Making matters worse even the most hungry of our cats will not feed once the bowl is infested with ants.

What to do?

In an attempt to eliminate the ant problem we considered using any of several commercial pesticides, but after reading the warning labels we were very concerned about the potential environmental effect of applying these poisonous sprays and powders which could possibly end up in our ground water. Most of all we did not want these poisons in and around our cat feeding area.

The solution we found was both simple and effective and importantly, presented no danger the health of our cats or the environment.

Step 1:

From a neighborhood Home Furnishings store I found and purchased 3 sets of very inexpensive plastic bowls. Each set contained six varying sized bowls, nested together on top of one twelve inch diameter saucer.

Step 2:

From each set we selected the smallest bowl, which was 6 inches in diameter and three inches deep, to be our new cat feeding bowl.

Step 3:

From each of the three sets we selected the 12 inch in diameter saucer and filled each with two inches of water.

Step 4:

In the center of each water-filled saucer we placed the 6 inch bowl (step 2 above) and filled it with the usual 3 cups of pelltized food.

The weight of the food filled bowl is sufficient to keep it from floating. Placing the food bowl in the center of the saucer provides a 3 inch water filled moat around the food bowl which serves as a very effective and safe deterrent from invading ants.

After initial deployment of our new defense the ants would march up to the saucer, climb its’ side and circle the perimeter, looking for a way to cross over to the feed bowl. Evidently in response to the smell of the food the ants returned for the next three days before giving up the fight.

As an unexpected by product of our feeding system we were surprised to see the cats happily alternating between feeding and drinking from the saucer’s ‘moat’.

This environmentally safe system has continued to work quite successfully for us.

Hiking The Narrows At Zion National Park

Emery

I’ll never forget my first trip to Zion National Park in Southern Utah. I’ve been to other National Parks, but none have compared in beauty or in array of activities. The main attraction, if you had to narrow it down to just one (no pun intended), at Zion is The Narrows. Carved from the Virgin River, The Narrows is a natural wonder unlike any other. The pottery smooth walls that tower to heights that skyscrapers would envy are just the beginning.

Being the adventurous type, I couldn’t just do as others do and enter the bottom  amp; work my way upward… No, that would be too easy. I like to take the road less traveled and that is exactly what I did, after getting my backcountry permit of course. With driving directions, a not too specific hiking guide, and a few companions, I headed to the journey of a lifetime. The sunset drive was definitely notable and the directions lead me to a not so smooth dirt road that eventually came to a gate that opened to a small parking area in a cow pasture.

We were specifically told that no tents were to be pitched on this private piece of property, so we prepared for a chilly night under the stars with the cows. Awaking early, very early, the next morning we got ourselves together, ate a bagel, and went on our way – flashlights in hand – to find the entrance of the National Park. As we set out, the movie “Stand By Me” came to mind. The first portion of the adventure is an easy walk on a dirt road that leads you to the river. I remember that it was cold and the sun hadn’t officially started work for the day when we reached the river. I carefully hopped from rock to rock to cross without getting wet, something that seems quite ridiculous since the next 10 hours were spent in the water, I guess I just needed some time to come to grips with the reality of hiking in a river.

It isn’t so bad once you make the commitment to have wet feet. It wasn’t long until we reached the beginning of the Narrows, marked by a sign that welcomed us to Zion National Park. It seemed out of place, considering we were in the middle of a river in the middle of nowhere. We continued onward, stopping to take pictures of the scenery. I remember the feeling of awe that came over me when I finally decided to stop and turn around. Had I really walked right past those amazing sites without even taking notice? From then on I made it a point to stop and smell the roses more often, while still intently watching my every step from slippery rock to slippery rock (please note – walking sticks are a must). I vaguely remember a sign marked Campsite 14 (?), I couldn’t believe my eyes. Were they kidding? Who in their right mind would hike hours through a river with camping gear? Although, I must admit it seemed a bit intriguing and I even noted the sites that were the most compelling.

The nonstop scenery was unbelievable: waterfalls, narrow passages that shut out the sun, blue pools of water, trees growing right out of the rocks, rocks that were producing water, caves, birds nests, fish, and absolutely no other people. We had been alone for about 10 hours before we saw our first human life forms. We ask them what time it was and how long they had been hiking. To our disbelief they had started at the bottom the same time we had started at the top. It was then that I realized what an accomplishment we had embarked upon. What we saw would never be seen by our upriver hiking friends. Eventually we came across more and more tourists wading their way to swimming holes and natural waterslides. Most of the hike was pretty straight forward in ankle to calf high water, but it did entail the occasional climb over fallen trees and big rocks, and a few episodes of carrying your backpacks over our heads while wading through chest high waters. When it got too hot we’d hike to a bank where we could leave our belongings and make use of the deeper parts of the river. When we got hungry we stopped and ate on a big rock.

There were several photo ops and we took advantage of all that we could (a word of advice, bring a lot of film). Towards the end of the hike, my feet were waterlogged and I was getting tired. The flagstone stairs to the trail that lead to the bus, that lead to the car, that lead to the drive back to pick up the other car, was a very welcomed site. We deposited our walking sticks in the bin for others to make use of and left the peaceful canyon. We ate a quick bite at the Zion Pizza  amp; Noodle Company (great pizza, pasta, salad, and beer!) before heading to our riverside campsite for some toasted marshmallows. Since then I have planned a Zion Camping Trip every year to either take on the Narrows or to explore other wonderful attractions, like the Subway! For information on how to plan your own Narrows adventure, check out the National Park Service site: http://www.nps.gov/zion/ZionNarrows.htm

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