Home improvement has become a constant state at my place. I recently used a New Tech Machinery MACH II gutter machine. I was really happy with the results. The machine itself was a work of art. I had recently redone my roof with a standing seam metal one. I chose a fake copper that really looks good. One of the things about copper in the dry air of Colorado is that it turns a dark brown within a year. As a result, there are number of treated metals that are created to look just like copper. The only difference is that fake copper continues to look like copper for a lifetime. There is also a price difference as well. Real copper has become pretty expensive in the last couple of years. So I was stoked on my fake copper roof. It looks so real that whenever someone new comes over to my house, the first question is always, “Is your roof real copper?” The roof looked so good that I didn’t want to diminish it with cheap gutters. One of the truly unique things about using a New Tech Machinery MACH II gutter machine, is that it is truly customizable. I was able to use the same fake copper metal on my gutter as I used on my roof. The MACH II gutter machine is also able to add what the company calls gutter art. The machine is able to emboss patterns onto the gutters. Once again, with the MACH II, the patterns are totally customizable. I had so much fun customizing my gutters that I actually decided to reach out to my neighbors to see if they would be interested in me throwing up new gutters on their houses. The way I figure it, the better the houses in my neighborhood looks, the better my own house looks. While I don’t have any plans on selling. It’s always nice to know that you have good equity in your house. It was a gesture that allowed me to get to know some of my neighbors in a way that was only possible by working with them. I never appreciated how much gutters improve the look of a house. By using a New Tech Machinery MACH II gutter machine, I was able to obtain a customized classic look that wouldn’t have been possible in any other way. The only issue that I had with the new gutters was that now I feel like I have to up the ante with other home improvement. Now, I think I need to change out the windows. I hope that if I can match the window with the copper of the gutters, it will tie the house together. New windows are actually a way to save money because of the energy savings that they offer. I only hope that I can find a way to customize the new windows in the same way that the New Tech Machinery MACH II allowed me to customize my gutters.
Cleaning the bathroom is surely not anyone’s favorite job. However, considering what we put them through each day, it surely deserves a special cleaning attention. Bathrooms definitely need to be cleaned often. Unlike other rooms in your home, they cannot be just “picked up” and still be considered clean. Fortunately, modern cleaning tools are designed to make the job of bathroom cleaning as easy as possible.
The first step in cleaning your bathroom is to prepare your tools and materials such as dust mop, broom, step-ladder, cleaning cloths, disinfectant wipes, small bucket with handle, sponges, stiff brushes, glass cleaner, toilet brush, cleansers of choice, plastic sack for the trash can and some tile cleaning tools. Having all your bathroom supplies and cleaning tools stored together can make the job easier. If you have to hunt all over the house for supplies, you will eat away your time and make the job much longer. You should also be cautious about the storage of dangerous chemicals where children or pets can reach them.
Below is a ten-step guide in cleaning your bathroom in a fast and easy way. But before doing these steps, make sure to leave the window open to ventilate the cleansers you use.
Dust down the ceiling and the corners of your bathroom.
Dust off the vents and exhaust fans.
Take down the dirty draperies, curtains or blinds. Wash or clean them accordingly.
Scrub the shower area and bath tub.
Scrub down the toilet including its handle and crevices on the outside.
Clean the inside and outside of medicine and linen cabinets.
Wash down the sink and other bathroom fixtures.
Do some rug cleaning. Shake out bathroom rugs, launder them and hang to dry.
Sweep and mop the floor.
Empty and clean the trash can.
Making these recommended steps a routine maintenance for the bathroom will make each cleanup go a lot faster and easier.
Just an additional advice in cleaning the toilet, remember to wear eye protection when cleaning one. You should protect your eyes from splatters of toilet water and cleanser. You may also want to use gloves to prevent contact with your hands.
For best results, you should also know that there is a right way to begin cleaning a toilet. The right way prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses. The right way of cleaning a toilet also saves time and energy.
First, do not use sponges when you scrub a toilet. Sponges are a great way to breed bacteria, and we all know that there are already enough in bathroom. Paper towels are advisable options because they are disposed easily. However, if you use reusable cloths, wash them immediately in their own load on hot water with bleach.
You should also use a disinfecting spray cleaner or all-purpose bathroom cleaner to spray toilet rims, seat and lid, tank and bowl exterior. Be sure to check the label for the suggested standing time. Most antibacterial cleaning products require a certain amount of wet exposure to kill germs. Lastly, check all pipes for possible water damage.
It was a night like any other night. They went out to dinner at one of their favorite restaurants and ordered the specials on the menu and split it like they did every other time. This time, she wore one of her best dresses and he wore a nicer suit than he usually did. They were holding hands and talking about their day, their dreams and then about how much they love each other. And then it happened. He dropped his fork on the ground in true clumsy fashion and when he came to stand back up, he propped himself on one knee, pulled a tiny velvet black box from his pocket and asked my friend to marry him. “Will you make me the happiest man in the world?” Tears filled her eyes as she threw herself around his neck and started kissing him profusely while yelling, “Yes, yes, yes!” at the top of her lungs.
That same night I was in bed about to go to sleep when I received a phone call from my friend. It made me a little nervous because she was calling so late but I soon learned the reason for her phone call. She was engaged and she wanted me to be the maid of honor. I was baffled and over joyed. How fabulous that she was getting married to a good man and she wanted me to be in the wedding. The only problem was I was completely inept when it came to planning things and I wasn’t sure where to start when it came to helping my friend.
Fortunately someone let me know about A Music Plus, a leader in the wedding entertainment industry for over twenty-eight years. They have extensive options for anyone trying to find the exact right music for a wedding but beyond that they offer an incredible list of resources to help anyone find any service they could possibly need for the perfect wedding. For example they have resources for cakes, dance instruction, libations, catering and so much more. This is excellent because neither my friend or I knew where to start or who in the world to call. A Music Plus has been observing companies in the wedding industry for years so they are confident these companies will provide the absolute best services.
My friend was also very stressed because she wasn’t sure what kind of music she should pick for the wedding. Fortunately, A Music Plus has a great number of options for people to choose from when it comes to the music selections they offer. You can choose one of their exclusive and well trained wedding DJs or go with a wedding music band. Whichever one you so choose! They have you tell them about yourself so they can pair you with the right band and DJ. I am so excited for my friend because her dream wedding is unfolding before her eyes. What better way to tie all of the magic of your wedding day than through excellent live music with a wedding music band that really represents the style of her and her future husband.
If you are looking into buying a new home in Colorado, one organization you should start becoming familiar with is the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA for short). CHFA loans were set up thirty-five years ago to help Colorado residents and hopeful residents get into a good home. The statewide mortgage loan program gives a thirty-year loan with three percent of the total cost of the house required as a down payment. In order to be approved for a CHFA loan, you must meet a certain level of income, purchase price limits, a minimum credit score base depending on the program and complete a CHFA- approved homebuyer education class which is offered in both English and Spanish, after the class a follow up one-on-one counseling session with an agency counselor is required. There are a number of different programs available within the CHFA loan structure including the CHFA Advantage program, the CHFA Smart Step program and CHFA Smart Step Plus program, the CHFA Home Owner and CHFA Home Owner Plus program, the CHFA Second Mortgage loan and the CHFA Statewide Mortgage Credit Certificate. For people with disabilities or are parents of a child with disabilities, there is the CHFA Home Access program, which is available to low income, first time homebuyers who have not owned property or been listed on a title in the past three years. These CHFA loans assist with the down payment and closing costs of the home. The CHFA loans also have an option for Section Eight and Section Eight Plus programs for individuals who are approved by the Public Housing Authority. The Section Eight programs allow low-income earners and first time homebuyers assistance with down payments and closing costs as well.
More information over any of these programs can either be found online, from the Colorado Home Finance Division or gathered by any of your local Colorado banking agencies. It is a long list of available options and it can be rather scary if you do not know what you are getting into and exactly what you are looking for. That is one of the reasons why it is particularly important for any possible homebuyer to do enough research on all of the options out there as well as to find a good banker and banking agency who is willing to help you with any of your questions and help guide you through the process. CHFA loans can be a great asset for Colorado residents who are looking into getting into a new home. The variety of programs offered by CHFA loans means that most people, no matter your situation, can get into a home in Colorado that will best fit you and your specific needs. Even if you are not sure if you will be able to apply for any of these programs, the only way you can know for sure is to call a few Colorado banks in your area and see what they all say for you and your family’s particular situation.
The country of Niger and a French energy multinational company, Ariva, have been negotiating for a relatively long time over the company’s uranium mining operations in the area.
Arive owns stakes in the Cominak and Somair mines but their licenses expired last year in December 31. The company’s authorization from the government to operate for ten years on those mines ended without a new agreement between the company and the country. The country, however, issued a decree before the licenses expired that provided a legal framework for the French company to continue operating under the 2006 mining law. But, the company closed the mines since the middle of December. The company explained that the mines have been closed due to “routine maintenance.”
Some interpreted the move as the company’s way to pressure the Nigerian government to yield to their terms. The company’s senior executive vice president personally visited the capital Niamey for the negotiations. The company is not making any statement about the ongoing negotiations nor about their terms.
The Nigerian government, however, made public their demand to the company that they want their royalties of the company’s uranium production and revenues. The previous royalty was at 5.5%. The Nigerian government wants to increase it to 12%. Some political analysts in the region see this stand-off as a measure of strength not just on the French company but on the Nigerian’s government ability to generate more benefit from its own natural resources. This sentiment is shared no just by most Nigerian citizens but of other African countries, as well, who are purportedly weaseled out of their natural resources by big multi-national companies.
The company, however, once mentioned that increasing the royalties rate would make unprofitable for the company to remain operating. The company is 87% owned by the French government. There is bit of a long history between France and Niger. Niger used to be a French colony, which made it relatively easy for the company to start operating and to remain operating for four decades in that country. The company owns two-thirds of the Somair mine. The Somain mine reportedly produced 3,000 tonnes of uranium ore in 2013. The small Cominak mine operated by the company also reportedly produced 1,000 tonnes of uranium.
The stand-off might not just be about money. France gets three-fourths of its energy requirements from nuclear energy. It has not been publicly established, however, to what extent, that the French’ 58 nuclear reactors rely on Niger’s uranium stocks. The Nigerian government and several non-government agencies claim, however, that “one in three light bulbs in France is powered by Nigerian uranium. A government report in 2008, however, puts it at “one in five.”
Niger is quite poor. It ranks last among 187 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index report in 2012. Seventy five percent of its citizens is simply living on less than $2 a day. Many of its people are malnourished, and the country, itself, is frequently beset by droughts. Despite the fact that mining makes up 70% of Niger’s exports, it only contributed less than 6 percent to its gross domestic product.
We all know solar panels exist. We see them all around but it never occurs to us to utilize the technology for ourselves in our own homes. I think that a lot of people figure “Why bother?” Well I plan to answer precisely that question. Companies like Golden Solar of Colorado are already making solar panels readily available and affordable to the public and there are a whole slew of reasons to put solar panels on your property. Some are obvious and some are not so obvious. Hopefully by the time you’re done with this article you’ll have a better idea on why you too should dip your toe in the solar pool.
Low Environmental Impact: This one is pretty obvious. When you look at solar panels versus fossil fuels, solar panels win, far and ahead. Solar panels don’t have any emissions at all. That means no CO2 or methane into the atmosphere. They’re clean and they’re quiet. When you’re supporting solar energy you’re also not supporting fossil fuels and the environmentally unfriendly ways to obtain them such as strip mining. You’re doing the Earth a service when you choose solar energy.
Freedom from the fossil fuel market: Most people just pay their electric bill and accept it. There’s only one business and town if you want electricity in your house. At least that’s what I used to think. If you have solar panels in your house, you break free from the whims of big fossil fuel companies. Fossil fuels keep rising in prices and there’s not much the everyday consumer can do about it. Solar panels give people an alternative energy option while still being very cost effective. Last time I checked, the sun isn’t going to run out any time soon so you don’t have to worry about the scarcity of any resources. In fact, with net metering, you can actually get paid for generating energy. Imagine if that electric bill was a check in your name. Seems almost too good to be true but it’s a possibility
Get a financial boost for going solar: A lot of people in the residential market are concerned about the initial setup of solar panel installation, but any solar installer can tell you are a lot of incentives for turning to solar power including tax and utility incentives. These initial incentives can easily lower the cost of installation greatly. If you couple these with net metering, a service offered to solar owners that pays you for producing energy. You have a steady flow of income benefits and all while you’re producing energy for yourself
Increase your home’s value: Solar panels are at very minimal cost to maintain so if you’re looking to sell your house, having solar energy readily available will bring a natural increase your property value. No one likes to pay big electric bills! Buyers will jump at the fact that they’ll be able to create their own energy without any hassle and you’ll be able to pass on all the perks of being a solar energy user to them without any fuss.
Finding the right concrete raising company can save your time, money, and hassle. It surprises some to learn that concrete can actually be repaired. Whenever you see a piece of concrete sinking into the ground, whether it is a sidewalk, front porch, or driveway, it can probably be fixed by mudjacking. Despite the strange name, mudjacking is a pretty simple concept. First, a hole drilled down through the concrete to the other side of it. Once there is an open hole going to the soil on the other side, a slurry, which is a mixture of water, mud, and gravel and has been mixed in a precise fashion, is injected to the other side. The force of the slurry being crammed underneath the concrete forces the concrete up and back to its flush position. So the name mudjacking is not actually that strange when you understand how the process works. You are jacking up the concrete with mud, just like you would jack up a car in order to take the tire off. As simple as it sounds, however, it is actually quite hard to pull off. Because of this, it is of great importance to hire a professional mudjacking company that has lots of experience in the industry. First, an experienced company will come prepared with the right tools to get the job done in one day. You do not want to drag out the job any longer than you have to. Their ability to read the ground and assess what it needed in order to get the job done correctly will speed along the process. But one of the best ways to make sure that the job gets done quickly is if they have a truck that is large enough to contain enough slurry for one job. No matter how experienced a mudjacking company is, they cannot predict what is actually underneath the concrete. Instead, an experienced concrete raising company will know to bring a truck large enough to hold more than enough slurry. If not, the job is going to slip over into another day or two. Beyond the preparation that experience comes with, the value of an experienced concrete raising company yields a bit of wisdom and caution. Theodore Roosevelt said, “The best thing is to do right, the next best is to do wrong, and the worst thing is to do nothing.” This is definitely not the case in mudjacking. Trusted companies like AAA Concrete Raising know that you can actually mess things up pretty bad if mudjacking is impossible. The worst thing that a company can do is to give you false hope that your concrete can be mudjacked and then messes it up. An experienced concrete raising company will know that the disappointment of recommending against mudjacking is actually the best thing for you. There is no point in making things exponentially worse. In this way, they can save you money. Look for testimonials. Look for their tract record. If you find the experienced concrete raisers, you life is going to be easier.
Choosing to get a puppy is a big commitment, one that can span almost as long as it takes to raise a child. A family needs to be ready to love and commit to a dog as though it is one of their own before bringing home a cute cuddly puppy from the dog breeder on a whim. A lot of things need to be taken into consideration before going to the pet store and picking out the cutest puppy you can find.
First and foremost, who is going to take care of the dog? Who will feed it, walk it, pick up after it, and train it? Puppies need a lot of attention and discipline, especially when they are young, and someone needs to be able to work with the puppy on a regular basis to make sure it is being properly trained and disciplined. Puppies need lots of attention and even though they might need less constant attention as they get older, dogs still need to be fed, loved, walked, and cared for in general. Regular trips to the dog groomer are recommended, especially for certain breeds that have longer hair or trouble staying clean. Regular walking and exercising is an important part of any dog’s lifestyle, much like any person’s healthy lifestyle.
Dogs can live anywhere from twelve to eighteen or even twenty years, depending on the breed. It is important to be sure that you can care for a dog for a long time and that it will fit okay into your lifestyle before committing to such a long period of time. If you travel a lot, it might be necessary for the dog to go to day care and boarding on a regular basis, which can be quite expensive. Taking the dog to the veterinarian for regular check-ups, vaccinations, teeth cleaning, and having it fixed are also pricey, so it is important to make sure you can afford all of the necessities before bringing home a dog as well.
Raising children comes with anxiety, lots of additional expenses, and a tremendous amount of responsibility. Dogs come with less of each of those items, but it cannot be stressed enough that they are a big responsibility and it is up to each owner to determine how much money they can afford to spend on a dog, what kind of breed fits their lifestyle, and whether they want to adopt a dog, get a dog from a breeder, or a pet store. Each of these factors makes a difference when making a final decision about a dog. Above all else, please make sure to do your best to determine the right dog for your lifestyle and make sure it is going to be properly cared for. If it is a very social breed and you will be leaving it alone for most of the day, consider getting it a companion. If it needs lots of exercise but you do not have time to run it or take it to the dog park, it might be time to consider a different type of dog.
There are several methods that the diamond industry uses to determine the clarity and the quality of a diamond. As diamonds are generally sold by wholesale in the form of loose diamonds, it is necessary to grade every diamond and then include it in a whole sale batch of other diamonds that have the same clarity rating. Three of the most commonly used ratings are the EGL, HRD, and GIA ratings. We have taken the time to explain below what each of these ratings mean, and who gives them. This is an important piece of the loose diamond industry, and all the decisions that are made regarding the grading and the clarity will follow the diamond through its life, having an impact on what it is used to make, what the selling price will be, and who will buy the diamond at the end of the diamond chain.
EGL loose diamond certification
The EGL certified diamond, or the European Gemological Laboratory certification, grades the diamonds on a scale: Internally Flawless, Very Very Slightly Included, Very Slightly Included, Slightly Included, and Included. After Internally Flawless, each category has three different variations. So the end result is a diamond that can be rated up to three levels within the main heading. This offers them a great ability to detect even the smallest clarity error and rate the diamond accordingly. This EGL certified diamond is often used in Europe and in India.
GIA loose diamond certification
The GIA certified diamond used a scale that hasn’t change since the early 1990′s, and today it is the most commonly used, making GIA certified diamonds the standard for diamond clarity. This scale is divided into six categories, adding just one to the front that makes the main categories different from the EGL certified diamond. The GIA certified diamond includes a Flawless category to represent the most perfectly clear diamonds. There are also eleven grades total, making up these categories. This allows for even greater differentiation between the different category levels. Flawless being the most clarity that can be found in a diamond, and Included being the least clear diamond that can be found on the market today.
HRD loose diamond certification
The HRD certified diamond is essentially the same scale as the other two use above. There are slight variations, and it is used most predominantly in Africa. Because of this, the certification is often changed once it reaches the country that is going to import the loose diamonds, and the scale is often transferred to that predominantly used scale for that country. This often happens, even with loose diamonds that have been previously graded using a different clarity scale, once they are imported into the final country for sale. The clarity scale system that is used in that country will be used to recalculate what the clarity of that diamond is, so that the loose diamonds are easier to sell to the buyers in that country.
Overall, when a diamond has even one of these certifications, it means that it is a high quality diamond that will be used in many types of jewelry.