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Selecting The Right Steel Carport

Your car or RV is something that may have taken you a very long time to save up for or pay off. You may still be paying it off, and there is nothing worse than if it gets damaged in a snowstorm or hail storm.

You will want to keep your vehicle in tip top shape so that you can resell it at the highest price possible, so this is why it is the best advice to invest in a steel carport.

You can find many qualified professionals and companies that will be able to offer you the best in steel carport service and they will help you to draw up plans and install the carport as well.

If you are investing in a permanent steel carport structure, you will need to get it approved by the building laws in your area and then you will have to have plans drawn up and checked. It is much easier; especially if you are just using the steel carport for your home, to get a free standing one.

These are made to be light weight but highly durable and are very easy to assemble. They come with all the fittings and accessories that you will need to erect it yourself, and there are detailed instruction and plans on how to erect it properly and safely. The last thing you want is for the carport to collapse and damage your car.

A steel carport is a wise choice because is will withstand most weather conditions and most of them will be powder coated with many layers for extra strength and durability. The poles will also be sturdy and will be able to sustain high winds. As these structures are so easy to assemble and take down again, you can even use it as a picnic shelter or covering for a party in case of rain.

The side are overhanging to keep even more rain from entering and you can have a flat top carport, one with a slanting roof, a gabled roof, and many others. You just need to have a look at some ready made designs to find out which one will suit you the best and the area that you have open for it.

You may even want to park two or three cars under the steel carport. That is no problem as you can get any sized steel carport that you want. There are also extra high ones for parking your RV under or your boat.

If you are in an office environment, a steel carport may be the answer to the problem of employees that smoke. This structure can be outside where it will not bother anyone and they are kept out of wet weather conditions.

A steel carport can also be added onto a clubhouse like an awning so that players can sit outside if they would like or spectators that come to watch matches can also enjoy the games out of the rain or wind. The steel carports can be used for just about anything.

Phones for the Elderly – A How To Buy Guide

When is a phone not just a phone? When special needs are involved the purpose and use of the phone changes. First consider the type – you can choose from corded, or uncorded. I recommend that the elderly have at least one phone in their home that is a corded phone. This generation grew up on just lifting up a receiver to talk, and putting it down to hang up. Using a button to answer or hang up on a cordless phone can cause confusion – especially since many phone brands name their buttons differently to answer and hang up, or they don’t understand the symbols on the buttons. Corded phones are more practical and less confusing also because the battery doesn’t need charging in the handset.

If a cordless handset is NOT placed in the charger correctly – it doesn’t charge, or the user can let the battery die from not putting the handset on the charger. They pick it up and it is dead – this can be particularly confusing to an elderly person. Also, VERY IMPORTANTLY, you can always RELY on a corded phone – even during a power outage. Corded phones receive a small of electricity through the phone line, it is not dependent on the electricity in your home or office like a cordless phone. A cordless phone can’t be charged during a power outage. Lastly, the corded phone is more secure when giving out sensitive information like social security, medicare numbers, and personal information.

Is an amplification phone necessary? According to the National Institutes of Health about 50% of persons over 75 have some degree of age related hearing loss. Many elderly men experience hearing loss due to service in the military – especially when the ears weren’t seriously protected when they served many years ago. First try to find out the degree of hearing loss. Generally, a phone with up to 28dB is good for mild hearing loss; 30-48dB for moderate hearing loss; and 50dB+ for severe hearing loss. So, unless your elderly family member has a more serious hearing problem, I would recommend a corded phone that provides sufficient amplification for mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Most have adjustable volume and tone to match their need. Remember that age related hearing loss is usually progressive. Most modern amplified phones do more than make the conversation louder, they actually make the words clearer, and more understandable.

Make it Simple. Many elderly persons are starting to experience at least some mild memory loss or other cognitive problems. If the phone is for your aging parent, watch how they use their current phone, especially if it is a cordless phone, loaded with bells and whistles. If they are having a problem, choose a simpler phone. Many times they won’t come out and say I don’t understand how to use this phone – they might say I keep calling the doctor’s office and no one answers the phone, or the phone rings, I pick it up and no one is there. You should then suspect a problem.

There are telephones available with larger keypad buttons which are especially good for those persons with Parkinsons or other tremor problems. When the hand shakes, it is difficult to accurately press small buttons. Sometimes, just having large fingers can make it difficult pressing small buttons.

If you choose a phone with Caller ID, make sure it has a large backlit LCD display with large fonts – this makes it easier to read and less mistakes are made. Vision loss is also common with advancing age so make life easier for them.

Lastly, if necessary there are S.O.S. Alert Emergency phones. These phones can add a measure of safety and peace of mind. The elderly person wears a pendant around their neck or a wrist watch type device when at home. If they fall, or feel that they are having an emergency, they just press the button on the transmitter device and the phone automatically calls pre-programmed emergency contacts, 911, family members, etc. With these phones you have emergency monitoring without the monthly fees from security companies. So, if you have a family member that lives by themselves and you worry about them falling, or some other kind of emergency, you can have some peace of mind, and they can continue to live independently in their own home. You would, of course, program this type of phone for them, making sure it is done correctly.

Whether or not you choose to purchase a phone with an answering machine, depends on whether the elderly person can understand how to use it, or if a basic, simple phone would be better. Perhaps some early senility is beginning to set in, sometimes, technology has just become too advanced for some older persons – or perhaps – they just prefer simple – in that case buy the simplest, amplified phone. When considering a phone with an answering machine, also think about whether or not the person gets up out of a chair slowly and walks slowly. In order to reach the phone in time before it goes to the answering machine be sure you get a phone with the ability to set the ringer to a higher number of rings. I find that 6 rings will allow most people to answer the phone if indoors.

Treadmill Belts – What’s The Difference

Walking belts are known by many different names, but there is not a difference in the basic accepted design even though different people may not use the same term to name a walking belt. Other names are: treadmill belt, striding belt, running belt, jogging belt, bands (with the same descriptive variations), runner, and mat.

For simplicity, we call it a walking belt but our terminology does not limit the type of exercise that you can do. There are different grades of walking belts and they can vary widely in terms of quality and price depending upon the type of construction. Most walking belts are made with two different types of materials that are formed together to form the finished product you see. Most people assume the belt’s top coat is rubber but most today have a PVC top coat. PVC tends to hold up better under a wide range of shoes and applications and due to its strength, many people are fooled into thinking that their belt is OK when the backing is completely worn out.

The backing of the belt is the most important area. The most popular backing materials are monofilament, polyester, cotton, and urethane. Of these backings, the softer the material the less noise the belt will make. So a cotton backed belt will be much quieter than a urethane belt. The trade off is that the softer the material and the less noisy the belt the quicker the belt tends to wear out. Many companies over the last 20 years that once used cotton have now switched over to a polyester blend. The main advantage is that the belt is still rather quiet but it is more heat resistant and is tougher over the long run in its ability to withstand wear.

A backing that is growing in popularity is monofilament. This uses a single type of fiber. Since it uses synthetic materials, it tends to be more heat resistant and can be formed more easily to a rougher backing that will have less surface contact with the deck. The reason this is important is that less contact area will result in less friction which puts far less strain on the motor and controller. The drawback to a monofilament belt is that it noisier than either cotton or polyester backing. Another drawback is that since it is a single fiber, it tends to have less tensile strength than woven or urethane fibers.

The most expensive backing is urethane. It also tends to be the noisiest but if you maintain a urethane backing properly, we’ve seen them last over 10 years in a light commercial setting. It is a very durable material that has the best ability to withstand the rigors of heavy use and the heat buildup that is normally associated with club use.

There is much confusion about layers of a walking belt. Most companies advertise a 2 ply belt but some claim as many as 4 plies. The confusion arises because more layers is not necessarily a better thing. As HealthRider found out several years ago, a very thick belt can be a disaster. HealthRider took a standard 2 ply belt and then glued a layer of carpeted neoprene to the top of a standard belt. The result was a 3 ply (or 4 ply depending upon how you interpret the final addition to the belt) which now had a nice insulation layer of neoprene that did an incredible job of holding in heat and emphasized the potential problem of using a multi-layered belt. Even in a residential setting, the HealthRider belts simply fell apart from the wide variance in heat they experienced. Fortunately for the consuming public HealthRider stopped using these belts a few years ago.

Other companies will advertise an orthopedic belt that has either additional layers or a thicker top layer that helps cushion the foot fall. Once again, our big problem with these belts is heat problems and the fact that many of these belts can weigh as much as 3 to 4 times as much as a regular 2 ply belt. The heavier the belt, the harder the drive system has to work to keep moving the belt around. Combine that with the heat problems inherent in a thicker belt – remember, its’ better insulated – and you can quickly see why we aren’t big fans of the orthopedic belts.

If you are choosing a new treadmill pay attention to the walking belt. It is the heart of a treadmill despite popular opinion naming another part. If you already have a treadmill, maintain your belt and keep it clean and your treadmill will thank you for it in the long run.

Finding Homes in Austin

Austin is famously livable. In a 2009 edition of Forbes magazine, Austin was rated the least stressful metro area to live in in the country. That same year, MSN rated it the “greenest” city in America, ranking it above other famously sustainable cities such as San Francisco and Minneapolis. It is the fifth-safest city with a population of over a half-million people, and it boasts of an extremely low violent crime rate. People are friendly here, so much so that CNN has pointed out that we have the second-“best” people in the country (referring to Austinites’ friendliness). With good people like that in Austin, it’s no wonder Money magazine has bestowed the state capital with the honor of being the third-best place to live in the country. And all of this comes with a pleasing price tag: According to bestplaces.net, Austin’s cost of living is 3.86% lower than the U.S. average. (Please forgive an Austinite for a bit of bragging.)

Deciding to move here is an excellent idea. Between April 2008 and April 2009, in the midst of the worst economic downturn in decades, Austin was the only major metro area in the country to add jobs, yet housing prices remain relatively low by virtue of the area’s cheapness. Should you decide to live here, you should take several factors into consideration. These include the size of the home you’ll need, how much money you’ll be able to spend, and what area of town you want to live in. The first two considerations are basically the same anywhere you might move to, but the last one requires some knowledge of Austin neighborhoods. For those looking to raise a family in a prosperous yet centrally-located area, Tarrytown, with its leafy, oak-lined residential roads and proximity to downtown, is an excellent choice. Young professionals looking for a quiet, charming neighborhood would likely fall in love with Hyde Park, just north of the University of Texas campus. And for the true “Keeping Austin Weird” experience, you can’t go wrong with the 78704 zip code, which features the famous and unique South Congress shopping drag.

Before you decide to move, you’ll obviously have to do some research. In these situations, it never hurts to contact a good realtor who has a strong idea of Austin homes [http://www.austinfineproperties.com/texas/austin/zip] and neighborhoods. They’ll be an invaluable tool in sifting through the many living options Austin has to offer.

Cheerleading Benefits

Cheerleading is a sport which includes all the art and talent of dance, tumbling, cheers, jumps and stunting. Cheerleading always help to lead the spectators of any events to cheer on the teams, especially in the sports. Cheerleading always draw more attention to the event and encourage the concentration, involvement and participation of the audience to a particular event. The people, who do these activities of dancing and cheering, are called cheerleaders. They are the people who are talented and trained with the athletic abilities.

Being a cheerleader always take a lot of practice and dedication. The common and important factor of cheerleaders is that they are hot. Those who do the cheer leading need to get in to shape. Cheerleaders usually will be very flexible. Cheerleaders will be always confident with themselves. With out confidence, no body can survive in the field of cheerleading. Cheerleaders also need to learn the basic hand movements and jumps. They should work on and maintain the dance skills, voice skills and tumbling is always a part of their try-outs. A cheerleader always requires marvelous talent, energetic personality, and the ability to bring smiles to the spectators of the events.

Cheerleading profession has always got so many benefits other than money. Cheerleading improves the confident in us. Cheer leading makes us learn how to perform in front of a huge audience, under certain pressure. It gives the opportunity to study the proper way to bond with the opposite sex. Cheerleading can help a person to be positive in the attitudes. As cheerleaders know how to root each other and also the team they are cheering for the good and the bad. They will be always optimistic in the life. The cheerleaders will be constantly moving and have some regular schedules in the work outs. This helps them improving the stamina, fitness of the body, coordination and strength. Being more conditioned and coordinated can help them in many other aspects of the life too. Cheerleading also improves the team work skills and also helps to give trust in other people of the team.

When cheering on the home team, the cheerleaders should do all the stunts and maneuvers like flipping, twirling, pyramids, jumps, tossing etc. So as there are a lot of chances to get hurt, cheer leading can be as adventurous as any other sports.

Cheerleading has been a practice or a method over the years. Cheers are not limited to football these days. Now we have the squads at basketball games, softball games, Cricket tournaments and much more games. If there’s a team which demands the support, there’s a set of colorful cheers to provide it. So many constitutions and cheerleading camps provide good coaching and guiding for cheerleading. Some current cheerleaders are also giving the training for the same. Both the gents and ladies who have the talents and sincerity to the job can always make a success in the field of cheerleading.

Cost Of Mesotherapy

The total cost of Mesotherapy depends on several factors and varies widely from one clinic to the other. Costs include consultation fees and treatment fees, which in turn depend on the level of expertise of the person providing treatment, the size and number of body areas to be treated, and the total number of treatment sessions needed.

The higher the certification of the individual providing treatment, the higher the cost usually is. A board-certified plastic surgeon will be more expensive than a nurse practitioner. Clinics with higher overhead will also be more expensive. It is best to consider at least a couple of options to determine the level of expertise and price range one is comfortable with.

In general, an initial consultation for a Mesotherapy treatment may cost between $50 and $500. During this consultation, a treatment plan is chalked out depending on whether the aim is to reduce cellulite, localized fat, or both.

Once the treatment plan is decided, a patient may undergo between four and ten treatment sessions. The total number of sessions depends on the type of treatment (cellulite reduction versus localized fat reduction), and area of the body that is being treated. For each area of the body being treated, such as the thighs or buttocks, one session may cost between $200 and $600. If the body area to be treated is the neck or eye, or face region, greater skill may be required and the cost accordingly goes up.

Because there are so many variables involved in the final bill for Mesotherapy, it is best to find out what costs are involved upfront. Mesotherapy is not covered by health insurance, and treatment costs can run into the thousands of dollars. Costs per injection session may not include drug and equipment costs. Certain treatments may also require follow-up after the initial injection treatment is completed, adding to the total cost.

Warning Signs That Indicate Not To Buy Used Cars

There are a lot of websites that promote buying and selling of used goods. This is a good way to get rid of things that are not required and also buy the things that one needs at a subsidised rate. One such used item that has become extremely popular among people is cars.

However, if you are planning to buy a used car, there are certain pointers that you must keep in mind and certain warning signs that you should be careful about. So, here are a few warning signs that you must be careful about when buying a used one:

Absence of repair records – If you are buying a used car and the seller fails to show you the correct repair records, it is a clear sign that you should stay away from the vehicle and not purchase it as it indicates that it has not been serviced properly.

Neglected Condition – If the car you are planning to buy has dints and dents, stains and smells, then it is quite clear that the seller has not been treating it properly and wants to get rid of it. So, you must refrain from buying such a vehicle that is in a poor condition.

Evidence of mechanical band-aids – If it is too much tidied up and too clean, then you must beware and keep your eyes open as it indicative of the fact that the seller may be trying to hide a major defect by making up for it by keeping the other parts of the car super clean.

Cars with High-Performance – Although it may look very appealing to buy, it is recommended that you do not fall into the trap of buying high-performance ones. This is because such cars focus more on the performance rather than the comfort. Comfort should come first and thus, you must steer clear of high-performance cars.

Smokers – It is recommended to not buy a vehicle from a heavy smoker because it may stink highly of smoke as the smell of smoke does not really go away. Also, you may become susceptible to diseases due to the smoke.

Damage due to accident – It is recommended that you do not buy any car that has been involved in an accident as it is an indication that the car has already been repaired once and is not as strong as it was before and thus, is damaged.

So, look for the above pointers when buying a used car and if you see that you come across any of these then do not buy the car.

Defining Custom Logistics and Shipping Services

Shipping services are one of many important components that make a logistics provider reliable. A company with the best available logistics can still be unreliable if the shipping companies used cannot deliver loads on time. Businesses depend on timely and safe deliveries for customer satisfaction. Logistics and shipping services must both be perfected for a business to truly benefit from this type of service. A consistent provider offers many advantages including cost savings, easier exporting and importing, and delivery of goods in less time.

It is beneficial to learn about custom logistics and shipping services before determining if a provider is right for your business. Shipping logistics is the process of using technology and knowledge to maximize individual freight loads. This service may be used for full or partial load transporting. Providers help decide which shipping companies offer the fastest and most affordable transport of a load. Partial loads are combined with other shipments for minimized costs. Full truckloads are evaluated for the both money savings and faster delivery. Standard shipping companies often cost more. Attempting to manage these processes internally can prove to be difficult unless your company has its own shipping equipment and department. Many companies find that using a third party provider for logistics shipping has more advantages.

Logistics and shipping providers have more knowledge of each countries customs policies. Importing and exporting delays are less likely with their assistance. Reliable providers also have many contacts that a business does not have available on their own. They are familiar with various shipping services and know of genuine shortcuts. Some providers even have their own customs departments that assist with the customs clearance process. A logistics services main purpose is to assist businesses in cutting down shipping costs. Dependable companies only recommend the most effective options based on the shipment at hand. They assist in route planning, packing, warehousing, and delivery. Climate, weight of the load, traveled terrain, cost, and type of goods are all taken into consideration by their specialists.

Air Freight Forwarding Decreases Shipping Time for Long Distance Loads

Logistics companies that offer air freight forwarding have additional time saving benefits. Air transport is required any time your company moves goods in and out of the country. If a provider does not have air shipping, they are most likely going to require more time to ship your goods. This is due to the fact that a cargo carrier will have to be used for the shipment. Transport by sea takes longer. Air forwarding has its advantages even when you do not ship outside of the country. Shipments that must be transported across the country may either be transported by truck, train, or air. Trains have limited drop off points and may have to be combined with truck transportation as well. This opens up room for damage and errors during transport. Both methods take more time for delivery. Air transport makes it easy to get a shipment to its drop off location when products are time sensitive or must be transported quickly. This basic knowledge will help your company obtain the exact shipping options and services needed for important deliveries.

How your Values Shape your Life

Values are a set of beliefs that shape our lives. They are the principles that make the core of our being and define who we are and how we choose to be, to do, or to have. They determine what is important for us. They answer the questions: Why am I different from other people? Why do I choose to do certain things and avoid others? Why do I behave a certain way? Why am I attracted to some people and not to others? What am I willing to die for? What am I committed to? And many others.

Everyone has values; though many people go about life not really knowing what they are. Some people may know some of their values but they act in an unconscious level, like an automatic pilot. Most of the situations we face in life are acted upon as if they were an automatic reaction: we are not really aware that it is our values that are making us choose how to deal with these situations.

Our values are related to our culture, our society, and our own experience. We receive our values from the important people in our lives: first, parents; then, family members, friends, and other influential people, such as religious leaders, teachers, political and artistic personalities, society in general, and so on. In fact, we keep borrowing values and changing them until we reach a certain level of maturity and decidedly know which ones best serve us. But they are still not set on fire.

This is very interesting for as we change our beliefs about certain things, so we change our values. Some of our values are never static. Remember the story of John Newton, the composer of Amazing Grace? Now, he used to be a slave trader and, during an epiphany, had a change of heart. He shifted his values 180 degrees; from yellow to green or vinegar to wine. His is a great story. How many others are there and which direction did they take? Though I forgot his name, I met a man who used to be a cattle rancher and suddenly realized the suffering he was inflicting upon his animals and became an avid advocate of animal rights. His change of values was also drastic as to making him a vegan–a total vegetarian who avoids anything that has an animal ingredient in it, in dressing and eating.

Even we, in our regular lives, can come up with great shifting in our values. Each decision we make comes from a value that we hold dear. For example, to some, patriotism is a great value to behold; to others, education is more important. To some a lie indicates dishonesty; while others couldn’t care less about a white lie here and there. Things get shaky when sometimes we have to choose between two conflicting values; for example, you love your country but you are also a pacifist. What happens when your country goes to war? How do deal with this internal conflict?

The more paradoxical situations we experience in life, the more interesting the holding of our values become. This is easily demonstrated with high debatable topics such as abortion, for example. Suppose a friend of yours gets pregnant and needs support into provoking an abortion. You dearly love your friend, but your value is that no one should get killed for whatever reason. Even your friend has serious doubts about this decision, though circumstances prevent her from having a baby. How do you cope with the situation? When we think about our values, there are always pros and cons about them, and this is very much explained by the fact that some people have certain beliefs and others don’t. Now, this is where judgments come from.

If we want to understand who we are, we need to be aware of the values we hold dear. If we want to understand others, we need to know about their values. It is this learning about ours and their values that will help us have tolerance for the diverse world around us, and accept people just as they are. Our relationships will thrive, especially our loving relationships: a better understanding of ourselves and our partner will lead to a better relationship in general, and, as a product of this understanding, we will find happiness.

That is why knowing of our values is so important. Our values determine who we are and give us directions to where we want to be, what we desire to have, and what we want to do. It is based on our values that we determine our goals, objectives and directions.

Why is the Clothes Dryer Destroying My Clothes?

It happened again, your clothes were ruined by the dryer! Burn holes in your underwear and your other articles of clothing, torn and shredded. What is going on? You dryer might need some fixin’ and here’s what you will need to replace.

If your clothes are getting ripped, cut or torn, your dryer probably has a felt-like seal at the front and/or rear of the dryer drum that has worn out, is torn or is missing. Your clothes might be getting caught in the gap between the clothes drum and the front or rear of the dryer interior. When a clothes dryer seal wears out, you need to replace it.

Also, check the lint filter or lint trap; it might be worn or showing sharp edges. Your clothes could possible be getting caught on this during the cycle. Be sure to replace this part immediately.

If your clothing comes out marked up, the support parts for the dryer drum might be worn out, thus, throwing the drum off-balances and getting your clothes pinched in between parts of the dryer. Check the glides, rollers, wheels, and seals for wear. Replace the whole set of glides, rollers, or wheels if one or more are bad. You will also want to check the rear support for any play in it. Sometimes the rear drum bearing gets worn out.

If your laundry is coming out smelling smoky, your dryer may have had a small lint fire inside the cabinet, leaving a smoky odor in the clothes drum and on your clothes. Even though there is a lint filter in your dryer, it doesn’t catch all the lint. You need to check inside the cabinet at least yearly to look for and clean out any lint build-up. Check the inside cabinet and inner ductwork of your dryer. A dryer vent lint brush will help you reach inside the machine and vent to brush off and remove any built up lint. Also, be sure to clean out the lint trap after every use.

A lint fire is nothing to take lightly; many house fires are caused by lint build up in dryers and their vents. According to this 2005 article from CBS News, 15,000 house fires are caused by dryers every year. Keep your family safe by checking for lint buildup in the cabinet at least yearly. Be sure to check your outside exhaust vent for blockages. Install a smoke alarm near your dryer for added protection. Have a professional appliance repair person check the dryer for damage caused by any lint fires and to cleanout any lint from any pipes connected to the dryer.

Also, don’t put items in the dryer such as garage rags stained with motor oil or gasoline, and aprons, dish towels, or napkins stained with cooking oil. Even if the items was washed previously, some residue might still remain and possible cause a combustion.

Other items that aren’t meant for the dryer: anything made of rubber or plastic, such as baby diaper pants, bath mats, even foam-padded bras (bras and other delicates should be air-dried anyways to prevent them from bending and losing their shape!)

A signal that your dryer might be becoming clogged with lint, your clothes just aren’t coming out dry. Clean your dryer with a link brush or call a professional to have it cleaned for you. You might not need a new dryer, just have it cleaned.

If your clothes are coming out all wrinkled, do not let your clothes sit in the dryer after the cycle has ended – remove the clothes promptly from the dryer and either hang or fold them. Also, dry only one load at a time; don’t pack the dryer too full. Do not dry heavy items with light items. Use the permanent press cycle to give clothes a cool down cycle at the end to reduce wrinkling.

Make sure you are also washing the clothes in the correct temperature (water that is too hot can also cause clothes to wrinkle). Be sure to read and follow the care instructions on the clothing item’s label for best results.

Finally, if it’s a little wrinkled, you can always rewash and dry the clothes again.