Furniture Moving Tips and Tricks

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Moving FurnitureMoving to a new property can be stressful, especially when it comes to transporting your huge furniture and appliances. A moving company might be able to help you get your things from one place to another, but it is also your responsibility to secure it to prevent damages.

Below are some practical things to use to make packing and transporting your stuff easier and safer.

Straps

Shipping and mining companies are not the only ones who have use for various strapping tools; you, as an average person, can use it when you are in need of a strong bonding material. You may choose from the different types of strapping materials depending on your needs.

Sliders

If you are short on movers, or if your furniture is exaggeratedly heavy, using furniture sliders can help you get the job done easily. These sliders are pads that allow your furniture to slide without any damage.

Blankets

Avoid dents and cracks, especially on furniture edges by wrapping heavy-duty blankets on your furniture. Professional movers use this method to protect the item they are moving. Hold the sheet in place by wrapping it with a commercial cling wrap.

Tarpaulin

A great blanket substitute is tarps or plastic sheeting. Like blankets, it can protect your furniture from dents and cracks.

Plywood

Stairs are often a problem when it comes to moving. Avoid accidents by using plywood (or other concrete flat surface) as a slide. This simple tool can help you get heavy furniture down quickly and safely.

Moving is often a daunting task. However, with the right tips, tricks, and tactics, it can be easier and safer not just for your family, but also for the movers. Pack and transport wisely!

Straw Hats – Making a Style Statement

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Girl wearing a cowboy hatStraw cowboy hats are all the rage and are likely to remain style statements forever. These straw hats are usually reserved for the summer months, and the styles and materials used to make them are many. Here’s a rundown of the types, so you can choose one which grabs your interest:

Types of American Straw Cowboy Hats

Bangora: These cowboy hats are machine made and less expensive than a handmade one.  This variety and a few others will stand up to rough use and keep you cool during the summer.  Since they have lacquer on them to keep their shape, be careful while cleaning so that you can retain the shape.

X’s: The name originated from the counting of felt in the hat and it has become an indicator of quality. If you are looking for a top-quality straw cowboy hat, A.A. Callister recommends buying one with 10x or higher, as it will keep you cool and go well with your outfit for an evening event.

Palm Leaf Cowboy Hats: These hats are a bit more expensive than the traditional straw hat, but they are easier to clean up.  They can also be shaped easily by dunking them in water and then shaping the brim the way you want it to look.                                                     

Hat-related Rules

After deciding which one you really like and want for your wardrobe, here are some points on etiquette to keep in mind:

1.       Never touch another person’s hat.

2.       Even if you mess up your Bangora straw hat, put your hat down on the crown and not the brim. 

3.       Don’t ever throw your hat on a bed.  People think it will bring bad luck and you will fall off your horse.

4.       Take off your hat whenever you step into a room or a house.

As much as it’s a style statement wearing a hat, it’s important to know some basic hat etiquette. So choose your hat tastefully and play by the rules. 

Why Erect Tanks to API 650 Standards?

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Reasons to Make Tanks to API 650 StandardsIn 1961, the API 650 standards were published by the American Petroleum Institute. This detailed the methodology that is to be used to create tanks for the gas and oil industry in the country. But companies that stored water, fertilizers, chemicals and food in above ground storage tanks, were not required to meet these standards as per the federal law.

However, some states require you to comply with the standards and also require API 650 repair regulations to be followed. There are three main reasons why it is advisable to follow the standards prescribed.

  • Built for safety

The API 650 is based on principles to engineer and build a safe tank. These standards are constantly revised by the best structural engineers in the world and some knowledgeable tank owners. This standard will make sure that tanks are economical and safe to use. The API 653 concentrates on ensuring whether the storage tank is suitable for storing a particular liquid. The structural needs of the storage tanks following the standards, are such that they can handle extreme temperatures, earthquakes, high winds and other such influences.

  • State and international standards

API 650 is a standard which is internationally recognised for building storage tanks. There are some states that have the same guidelines on constructing and preserving storage tanks. Implementing these storage tank standards can help prevent spills and leaks. Thus your products are not wasted and you also protect the environment and the people around you.

  • Customer rights

By adhering to the API 650 tank building standards you protect the tank customer rights. The customers can ask for all the papers that show that the tanks are constructed according to the prescribed standards. The standards specify that the customer can reject any product that does not completely comply with the API 650 standards. As a customer, you have the right to question the tank manufacturers for the steel certifications, integrity reports and the API 650 standard certification.

Thus building the storage tanks according to the standards is advisable as it is beneficial in more ways than one.

Onward to a Keyless Future

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Keyless Entry Door

The world has gone a long way from crude, simplistic lock systems. Today, everything is classified as smart: smartphones, smart homes, and even smart locks. The latter, with aid from commercial locksmiths like Goldy Locks, Inc., is paving the way to a keyless future.

Forget About Keys And Keyrings Soon

Having a boatload of keys is troublesome. You’re always liable to misplace or lose one, or if your luck’s worse, all of them. But, life nowadays is too fast-paced to waste several minutes just to find lost keys. Today’s the age of keyless security — the days of bringing a lot of keys might soon be long gone.

Today’s keyless security systems are much more intuitive. But, this idea isn’t exactly new; it was already conceived back in 1975. Norwegian engineer and inventor Tor Sørnes is the one to come up with the world’s first electronic keycard lock. As a result, a new market for programmable locks opened up. Since then, security systems can now be accessed using fingerprints, passwords, and even facial recognition.

The Dawn Of Handheld Security

A good number of today’s keyless security systems are controlled via a smartphone app. From their device, users can unlock and lock their doors remotely. They can then choose who to share their passcodes with—family, close friends, and everyone else within their inner circle—provided that trust is not an issue.

That’s not even the meatiest part. These systems can be set to activate at a specified time in case the user forgets to lock up. Lastly, the app takes note of who comes and goes through the system in a log, allowing users to keep track of what’s going on.

Digital Crooks

But, what about hackers? Here’s one truth about keyless entry systems: they’re still not literally theft-proof. Hackers can still find their way through these locks if they try hard enough. For one, keyless entry systems on cars aren’t particularly safe—they’re often broken into a lot of times. But, fear not: hackers breaking into keyless system-protected homes are still few and far between.

Should You Remove Roof Moss On Your Own?

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Moss-Covered Roof Houses all over the country have roofs made from different kinds of materials like metal, wood, concrete tiles, clay, and asphalt. All of them, however, are areas where moss can grow and accumulate. The roof is under high exposure to rainfall and humidity, the two things that moss needs to grow and thrive.

Moss growth is more prominent on the roof’s north side where it stays wet for a longer period. Big trees produce more shade on the roof that can promote the growth and development of moss. Rainfall and dew takes longer to dry up on the roof’s surface due to the reduced amount of sunlight it gets.

Roof damage ahead

While a moss-covered roof can give your house that quaint medieval look, moss can be more of a nightmare than a fairy tale. Left without treatment, the verdant growth of moss can result in the degradation of roofing material, especially wood and asphalt.

Why is removing moss from your roof important?

Action Maintenance & Construction Northwest and other experts say that roof moss removal is a task that should take place on a seasonal basis (or whenever necessary) to keep your roof protected and good-looking.

Below are some of the advantages of removing moss on your roof:

  • Prevents gutters from getting clogged

  • Prevents underground drainage from blockages

  • Enhances your roof’s appearance

  • Prevents damage on tile surface

  • Enables you to see and replace the damaged tiles under the layer of moss

  • Removal of thick moss can extend the lifespan of your roof

Not for DIYers

Cleaning moss off roofs can be a risky task. Wet algae and moss on an inclined roof can be slippery as ice. Working on rooftops is dangerous and is not recommended as a do-it-yourself task.

A fit homeowner can perform the task but, in most cases, moss removal on roofs involves the use of ladders, towers, harnesses, and other equipment. It’s not that complicated either but you should still leave the job to a professional company that specializes in rooftop services.

Life Lessons You Can Learn from Being a SAF Volunteer

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SAF VolunteerSingapore is heightening its national defence and security to protect its citizens. In fact, the military is eyeing on a budget to get the latest weapons and equipment to prepare themselves for sudden attacks. If you want to be part of them, lucky for you because the national defence has opened its doors for women and immigrants who want to serve the country. You can now volunteer for the national defence and acquire life lessons that only men and locals get:

Teens learn patriotism and self-improvement

Social trends, especially in fashion, technology and behaviour, have caused teens to overlook the essence of patriotism. This is why the country is encouraging the young ones to become SAF volunteers. They can have the sense of patriotism by learning to stand on their own, improving their physical strength, and serving the country without being told to do so.

Gender equality is reinforced

National defence is a duty for all men, but nothing is constant, especially now with Singapore's ageing population. This has paved the way for women to volunteer for SAF. The military believes that women can likewise contribute to the national defence with proper training. Training can strengthen their physical and mental abilities and help them learn how to handle rifles, grenades and defence strategies. Women who passed the training have proven that they can do what men can do.

Foreigners pay forward the good deeds

Many first-degree permanent residents and new citizens join the defence team because they want to feel they belong to the country. They were fully welcomed to live in the country after all. Mindef.gov.sg noted that volunteering is their way of giving back and paying forward the trust and everything the country has offered them.

Everyone can be a leader

Leadership is not only measured by power, seniority or uniforms. In training, you can develop leadership not only in national security but also in your roles. You can have assignments at a medical field, legal defence or technical role according to their skills. This shows that anyone can become skilled and be a leader in case emergency occurs.

Volunteering is a good opportunity to contribute to the national defence and support national service. With progressive training, you can be more competent, be united and be prepared for terror attacks. Most importantly, you can learn and understand the sacrifices that men have given for the country. 

Ski Guide: Choosing the Correct Ski Equipment

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Skiing in VailIf you are wondering what it would be like to ski down a slope, you know that there is only one answer to that. No amount of reading ski manuals or watching films of skiers will ever be enough to fully capture the thrill and excitement of skiing. However, before going up the slopes you need to be prepared. And when it comes to preparations, the choice of ski equipment is a must.

Just like the first time you rode your bicycle where you had to choose the correct gear, skiing also requires you to be properly equipped. This means that your ski equipment should be just right for your body size, height, and skill level. Here are a few tips you may need before visiting ski shops in Vail.

Consider your Anthropometric Measurements

Almost all skiing experts agree that skiing beginners need to have the correctly-sized skis. This is often achieved by using a ski size chart that takes into consideration your height as well as your weight. For example, if you were around 1.5 meters tall, you would expect to get a ski that has a length of around 135 to 155 centimeters. As a general rule however, it is best to choose a ski that is as long as the height from your feet up to between your chin and the top of your head.

Consider the Type of Terrain you are Going to Ski On

While the length of the ski is a good starting point for beginners like you, you also have to understand that different terrains will require different skis. Furthermore, different types of skiing will also require significantly different ski equipment.

  • If you seek ski equipment that is great for almost any terrain, then you need to choose one that has a waist of medium width, a medium radius sidecut, and an early-rise tip style of rocker.
  • If you intend on going big mountain skiing, choose ski equipment that has a wider underfoot, a longer turn radius, and a full rocker profile.
  • If you prefer skiing in the back country or just go Alpine skiing, then choose equipment with a medium width and a full camber profile.
  • If you prefer skiing on soft powder, choose one that has a considerable width, a reverse sidecut, and a rocker profile.
  • If you need a ski for freestyle, choose equipment that has a slightly narrow width and a traditional camber profile.

Essentially, the choice of ski equipment actually depends on how comfortable you are with the gear. So, it is always advisable to try them on first before purchasing.

Ski Guide: Choosing the Correct Ski Equipment

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SkiingIf you are wondering what it would be like to ski down a slope, you know that there is only one answer to that. No amount of reading ski manuals or watching films of skiers will ever be enough to fully capture the thrill and excitement of skiing. However, before going up the slopes you need to be prepared. And when it comes to preparations, the choice of ski equipment is a must.

Just like the first time you rode your bicycle where you had to choose the correct gear, skiing also requires you to be properly equipped. This means that your ski equipment should be just right for your body size, height, and skill level. Here are a few tips you may need before visiting ski shops in Vail.

Consider your Anthropometric Measurements

Almost all skiing experts agree that skiing beginners need to have the correctly-sized skis. This is often achieved by using a ski size chart that takes into consideration your height as well as your weight. For example, if you were around 1.5 meters tall, you would expect to get a ski that has a length of around 135 to 155 centimeters. As a general rule however, it is best to choose a ski that is as long as the height from your feet up to between your chin and the top of your head.

Consider the Type of Terrain you are Going to Ski On

While the length of the ski is a good starting point for beginners like you, you also have to understand that different terrains will require different skis. Furthermore, different types of skiing will also require significantly different ski equipment.

  • If you seek ski equipment that is great for almost any terrain, then you need to choose one that has a waist of medium width, a medium radius sidecut, and an early-rise tip style of rocker.
  • If you intend on going big mountain skiing, choose ski equipment that has a wider underfoot, a longer turn radius, and a full rocker profile.
  • If you prefer skiing in the back country or just go Alpine skiing, then choose equipment with a medium width and a full camber profile.
  • If you prefer skiing on soft powder, choose one that has a considerable width, a reverse sidecut, and a rocker profile.
  • If you need a ski for freestyle, choose equipment that has a slightly narrow width and a traditional camber profile.

Essentially, the choice of ski equipment actually depends on how comfortable you are with the gear. So, it is always advisable to try them on first before purchasing.

Ski Guide: Choosing the Correct Ski Equipment

Posted on by Monique Gates in Dot Edu | Comments Off on Ski Guide: Choosing the Correct Ski Equipment

SkiingIf you are wondering what it would be like to ski down a slope, you know that there is only one answer to that. No amount of reading ski manuals or watching films of skiers will ever be enough to fully capture the thrill and excitement of skiing. However, before going up the slopes you need to be prepared. And when it comes to preparations, the choice of ski equipment is a must.

Just like the first time you rode your bicycle where you had to choose the correct gear, skiing also requires you to be properly equipped. This means that your ski equipment should be just right for your body size, height, and skill level. Here are a few tips you may need before visiting ski shops in Vail.

Consider your Anthropometric Measurements

Almost all skiing experts agree that skiing beginners need to have the correctly-sized skis. This is often achieved by using a ski size chart that takes into consideration your height as well as your weight. For example, if you were around 1.5 meters tall, you would expect to get a ski that has a length of around 135 to 155 centimeters. As a general rule however, it is best to choose a ski that is as long as the height from your feet up to between your chin and the top of your head.

Consider the Type of Terrain you are Going to Ski On

While the length of the ski is a good starting point for beginners like you, you also have to understand that different terrains will require different skis. Furthermore, different types of skiing will also require significantly different ski equipment.

  • If you seek ski equipment that is great for almost any terrain, then you need to choose one that has a waist of medium width, a medium radius sidecut, and an early-rise tip style of rocker.
  • If you intend on going big mountain skiing, choose ski equipment that has a wider underfoot, a longer turn radius, and a full rocker profile.
  • If you prefer skiing in the back country or just go Alpine skiing, then choose equipment with a medium width and a full camber profile.
  • If you prefer skiing on soft powder, choose one that has a considerable width, a reverse sidecut, and a rocker profile.
  • If you need a ski for freestyle, choose equipment that has a slightly narrow width and a traditional camber profile.

Essentially, the choice of ski equipment actually depends on how comfortable you are with the gear. So, it is always advisable to try them on first before purchasing.

The 3S of Student Living in the Heart of London

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students in londonWhilst most think about choosing London for their University life, a good number say that it is, in fact, the best choice in order to start living independently and study.This is especially true, since it has been ranked as the third best, for the latter reason.

One of the challenges of living in the beautiful city of London as a student, is finding the right accommodation. Finding your home away from home in any city is difficult enough, but amidst highly coveted locations, finding one that will fit your needs and budget as a student may seem like an impossibility.

Fear not, though, as there are a number of affordable hostels in London fit for the students’ needs. Ones that address the three important aspects of student living.

Safety and Security

Living away from home may be more than just challenging. It is also dangerous, especially if you are still quite naïve and idealistic about the whole thing.

However, if you look hard enough, there are living spaces that provide adequate protection and safety. As establishments are equipped with 24-hour CCTV coverage and personnel at the front desk at all times to assist with your needs at whatever hour.

Expect to go home at ungodly hours for studying or partying, but expect a safe home waiting for you, too.

Simplicity

As a student, it is of importance that your living conditions are nowhere near complicated. If possible, even daily living should no longer be a pain, as schoolwork itself already is.

With enough research and digging, it is highly likely for you to come across accommodations that offer a variety of services to ease your already hectic student lifestyle. There are establishments offering their facilities for you to enjoy, like the kitchen for cooking—some even provide cooking services and cook your food for you.

Sociability

Despite the purpose of your stay is one purely for your basic need, one cannot simply forgo the need for belongingness, as this is next to food and shelter on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

That being said, there are hostels out there that have a wide network to help you out with your needs. Moreover, you will be bound to meet a fellow student in your living space, easing up to the cold and beautiful city becomes easier with the company of like-minded people.

If you are looking for a place to stay in London during your studies, then it is important that it addresses these 3S’s to meet your lifestyle needs.