Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Do Your Home Improvement Right With A Good Attic Ladder

This weekend you need to head up into your attic to get some work done. You need to pull some wire for the final touches on your sound system. You know you need to get it done. It's the last part of your dream home theater system that needs work. Most of your speaker setup is on the money, but the weak point of your system is the center channel speaker and your two rear channel speakers. Well, my friend, this is the weekend to get those issues sorted out. Home theater bliss is on its way.

You know how to pull wire – how to get the measurements and all that. And the setup of the system is not a problem. That's what 15-year-olds are for. But the actually pulling the wire in from your receiver to the actual speakers could pose a problem. Not that you don't have the skills to do it. You're completely confident with that – you're a man's man. But you need to have the right tools to do the job. But up until now, you haven't found the tool that will let you do your work in such a small space. You need a multi-use attic ladder that will prevent you from stepping through your ceiling into your dining room. You don't need a Clark Griswold situation to tarnish your near flawless home improvement track record. And it is near flawless. Near. Who could have known that that chandelier you installed was way too heavy for your ceiling? And furthermore, who could have predicted that the ceiling would choose not to support the chandelier right in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner? That is neither here nor there.

All these troubles are certainly worth it. You just got the collector's edition of “Dawn of the Dead” last Tuesday. You know, the edition with 20 hours of director's commentary, deleted scenes, making and storyboards. The sooner the speakers are done, the sooner you can watch a zombie movie the way it was intended to be seen, sorry, experienced.

Then you're watching the toob, sipping a frosty beverage and you see an infomercial talking about a ladder. Not just some crummy normal ladder, but a man's ladder. The Little Giant ladder is the means to an end. A classic zombie movie. So you go and pick one up from your local hardware giant. You're instantly able to get into the attic and get that speaker wire pulled. The ladder helped get you into the attic, and it helped you get your stuff done in a minimal time. See you'd love to spend your Saturday crab crawling around in your spiderhole of an attic, but you've got some extra-butter popcorn waiting for you. That and a La-Z-Boy. That said, you got your home theater dialed in. Speakers and all. If you weren't such a man's man, you'd probably shed a tear or two at the sheer beauty of the whole thing. But you're a MAN, and you've got some zombie films to watch. And you've got nothing to thank than your sheer genius and a Little Giant Ladder to thank. Happy DVD-extra watching.

About The Author
Adam Hook is a client account specialist for Innuity – Small is the New Big. For more information about attic ladder solutions, visit LittleGiantSales.com.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Antique Fireplace Mantels

Are you looking to change your plain old boring fireplace mantel? Well if you’re thinking about setting up an antique fireplace mantel that will go with the classy theme the rest of your house has, don’t fret it can be easily achieved.

These are timeless and sophisticated mantels that have long ago been associated with mansions and palaces. But now you can get that same look in your home.

If you have an older home that is colonial then an antique fireplace would look great, because it will create an historic presence.

The vintage mantels weren’t built for today’s fireplaces, so even if you buy one from an antique or salvage store you would still have to make some adjustments to it. For the most part, the mantels tend to be a lot bigger, so you’ll have to get them trimmed. It would be wise to have the dimensions of you’re fireplace with you when you go to the store. So you get one that would fit your fire place.

As for accessorizing your mantel, you should keep with the vintage theme and put antique bottles or miniature sculptures. Once the mantel is in your room, if you feel it looks clustered, don’t worry. By putting a mirror on the mantel it can create an illusion that the room is big.

It is really important that before you do any sort of construction that you verify the building and fire codes. These mantels are quite expensive, so consider hiring someone to do it. Experts say that this type of job is for professionals only. But look at it this way, if you decide to sell your house, having a fireplace of this magnitude can increase the value of your home.

So now you can go out and get that antique mantel you’ve always wanted.

About The Author
Jason Cox is a successful freelance author that writes regularly for http://www.curtains-n-drapes.com/ . His articles have also been featured on related sites such as http://www.bestbathroomdecorator.info/ and http://www.bestheaterguide.info/.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Adding a Water Feature to Your Yard

If you feel that your backyard is lacking a certain something, a water feature might be just the thing to bring new life to your outdoors. There are many different types of water features to consider, such as a pond or a waterfall. Flowing or still water has a peaceful relaxing quality to it, and water features allow you to bring this natural beauty right into your own yard. You may be thinking that the care and upkeep of a water feature may not be worth the hassle, but they are much less labor intensive as you may think. By following a few simple guidelines and understanding how your water feature lives and breathes, you can enjoy this natural work of art for as long as you own your home.

Water fountains are considerably easier to deal with then a water garden. Fountains must be regularly cleaned, but really require little upkeep. If you want a successful water garden you will probably need to invest a little more time, especially when you're first trying to get it established. When creating a water garden, it is vital that you understand the relationships between the plants and animals coexisting in this environment. If you want your water garden to thrive, you'll need to take special care to choose the right fauna and flora.

Many new pond owners have problem with algae. If you don't want to be cleaning out your pond every few weeks, adding a few fish can greatly help as can floating plants which help to reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the algae. Ensure you don't have an excessive amount of chlorine in your water, especially if you have fish. You may want to install a pump and/or a filter along with regularly checking the pH level of water (should be between six and eight).

If you're having your pond installed for you, ask the professionals for advice on getting started. If you are still unsure about where to start you can also buy one of several books which can guide you step-by-step through the process of creating your own water garden. Once your pond is established you will likely find the upkeep to be quite minimal.

Many people find that adding a water feature to their yard can literally transform their entire surroundings. Ponds, fountains, and waterfalls add a natural beauty and serenity to any outdoor area, no matter how small or modest.

About The Author
Cynthia Bates is an Internet specialist, and periodically writes water feature articles for http://www.naturalwaterfall.com

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

One Night In Bangkok

By the end of October in Thailand finishes so called "rain season", so now it’s just the right time to visit this country and to see all its sightseeing.

Before going to one of its sea resorts, most of which have recovered from the last year’s tsunami, it could be very interesting to spend some time in Thailand’s capital - Bangkok. Bangkok is 8-million metropolis. You can live here for several years but still find something new. However 24 hours is quite enough to fall in love with the city and to see the best it can offer.

For the last 200 years Bangkok has been the residence of the Tai’s kings. Live in Bangkok boils up round the clock. All the big shops and small stores are open 24 hours a day. The night is the best time in Bangkok. No heat, bright lights... Even the mud, so usual for the oriental city seems to hide under the cover of the dark.

Impetuous Bangkok’s nightlife attracts a lot of people, mostly tourists from the West. All bars, clubs and discos are always overcrowded. Noise, smoke, different shows (go-go, burlesk etc) and Thai’s massage become the symbols of unforgettable Bangkok’s nights.

When the night is over, if you still have forces, you can enjoy all the traditional attractions tourists usually visit.

As Thailand's capital, Bangkok boasts the outstanding monuments of country’s past. Bangkok's best temples include Wat Trimitr with its five and a half ton solid gold Buddha, Wat Po with its huge reclining Buddha - the first traditional massage school in Thailand, (massages are avalable.) and Wat Banjamaborpitr - the White Marble Temple - one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples with impressive Thai architecture. Even if you're short on time you should visit with the Grand Palace - Bangkok's most famous landmark is a former residence of the Kings of Thailand.

In November Bangkok hosts the Royal Rattanakosin Loy Krathong Festival. Loy Krathong is celebrated in different styles. This special festival includes a revival of traditional ceremonies, games, contests and competitions: Krathong Competition, and Thai costume contest. The festival lasts several days. You can choose only one of them - and see the most beautiful Thai’s traditions and the most impressive national dresses.

Now, when you saw it all you can continue your vacations on Phuket, Pattaya or any other resort. Many tourists after visiting Bangkok decide to see Laos or Cambodia that are not so far away.

About The Author
Ann Corba
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Sunday, January 21, 2007

How To Plan Your Child’s Bedroom Makeover

So your child wants a bedroom makeover. You know it’s time, your daughter has had the same fairy wallpaper on her walls since she was three and now she’s eleven. But where’s a parent to begin?

My experience as a parent and as an organizing consultant has taught me the importance of pre-planning.

The best place to start is with your child. Talk to her about her current likes and dislikes. Knowing ahead of time what she favors and what she doesn’t will save a lot of time and unnecessary purchases later on.

My daughter’s best room makeover was inspired by a trip to a local ice cream shop where she fell in love with the shade of her lemonade flavored sherbet.

The sherbet was just the right motivator to get us started. We then had lots of fun shopping for coordinating accessories.

We were able to incorporate other pastel shades into her room by selecting a comforter, sham, bed skirt, and a window covering that co-ordinated well with her new lemonade sherbet walls.

When the room was completed we had managed to pull together about five pastel shades which added to the warmth and personality of her new space.

We were also surprised to discover that once the room had a fresh coat of paint and new bed coverings and window treatments that everything worked well with her existing furniture, flooring, and basic white storage containers.

For very little money we were able to transform her space from a little girl’s room into a stylish room fit for a pre-teen. And all without buying new furniture, getting new carpet or having to purchase new storage containers.

The basis of any bedroom makeover plan should be flexibility. If you’re starting from scratch it’s a good idea to give some thoughts to how long the current bedroom makeover will appeal to your child.

As children grow and change so do their interests. A wise parent stays clear of the latest trends and focuses instead on creating a space that will carry the child through for a few years.

That said, if you really enjoy redecorating and have no problem giving your child’s room a bedroom makeover every couple of years then go to it!

Either way I would suggest that you use quality bedroom furniture that will grow with your child through her teen years. Quality furniture really is the backbone of a good bedroom makeover.

For tips on how to select the right bedroom furniture for your child visit http://www.decorating-kids-rooms.net/kid-room-furniture-childrens-room-furniture.html

So once you have decided on the most appropriate furniture for your child’s room its time to focus your attention on flooring, paint and/or wall treatments and window coverings.


Flooring can be basic or jazzed up with a throw rug (even on top of wall-to-wall carpeting). It’s just another way of bringing all the colors in the room together.

Once you have a general bedroom makeover plan in place it will be easy to pull the room together using a variety of accessory items. Liberal use of lamps, posters and/or framed prints in an otherwise basic room scheme makes for quick updates as your child’s interests change.

If your child does favor a bold and trendy color you feel she will tire of easily consider painting only one wall. This way, she can still be in style but you won’t have to repaint all her walls in a couple of month’s time. The rest of her walls can be painted in a subtle more toned down shade or in a complimentary color.

To learn more about color meaning, color psychology and color therapy visit http://www.decorating-kids-rooms.net/painting-kid-rooms-and-colors-to-paint-a-room.html

Sometimes all you need to do to update the look of a room is to add a fresh coat of paint on the walls and a limited number of decorative accessories many of which may be available through a dollar or discount outlets.

Window Treatments

When it comes to window treatments they need not be elaborate. A basic shade with complimentary curtains or a window topper works well. Get the maximum benefit from any fabric by using it for curtains, on lampshades, as pillows coverings etc.

You often get to a point with a child’s bedroom makeover when you know that enough is enough. Sometimes simple is best and yet other times all you need is just one more idea to complete the look.

About The Author
Sherrie Le Masurier is an organizing consultant who helps parents organize and decorate their children's rooms. She is a member of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) and co-owner of http://www.decorating-kids-rooms.net - Copyright

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Mighty Kilimanjaro - The Worlds' Most Accessible Summit

Snow-capped Kilimanjaro, floating above the clouds is no doubt one of the most beautiful and impressive sights in the natural world. Even hard-boiled non-believers, in their unguarded moments, empathise with the Maasai who call it the “House of God”. The mountain is one of the Seven Top Summits of the world –it has the highest point on the African continent. Though there are higher mountains, they form part of mountain ranges, Everest for example. But Kili, as it is popularly known, is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. It rises gently from 3,000 feet, reaches for the heavens and only halts after a 16,000 feet ascent. The diameter at the base is an amazing 64 kilometres.

Kilimanjaro is located to the northeast of Tanzania, on the border with Kenya. There is a popular myth of how the mountain came to be part of Tanzania, which was at one time part of the German Empire. Queen Victoria is supposed to have granted the mountain to her German grandson Wilhelm (later Kaiser Wilhelm II) as a birthday gift. It is also said that the Germans had been grumbling at the blatant unfairness of missing a snowcapped mountain within their empire while the Queen has two – the second being Mount Kenya.

Though historians have discredited the myth, it has refused to die and it is still a source of amusement for many. Unwilling to allow the truth to stand in the way, some anti-colonial historians fume with indignation, citing how the boundaries of Eastern Africa were arbitrarily decided in the capitals of the imperial powers. To most people in the west, Kilimanjaro has long been associated with Ernest Hemingway on account of his 1936 short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”. In 1952, Hollywood fascinated by the magic of Kili the book evokes, turned it into a movie with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner in leading roles.

Kilimanjaro is young as far as mountains go, and geologists allow it only 750,000 years. The mountain is made up of three dormant volcanoes -Kibo (19,340 feet), Shira (13,000 feet) and Mawenzi (16,896 feet). Kibo occasionally belches some steam and sulfur. The highest point on Kibo is Uhuru Peak, where you see some awesome glaciers and fantastic views of the country below. Though Kili is only three degrees south of the equator, the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi are covered in ice and snow year round. Many learned people in Europe hotly disputed that a snow-capped mountain could be found at the equator when the German missionary Johann Rebmann reported it in 1849.

Going up the mountain, you move from tropical to artic conditions. There are five distinct climatic zones, with each zone taking approximately 3,300 feet. The zones are- the lower slopes, then forest, then moorland, alpine desert and the summit. The lower slopes are cultivated and agriculture flourishes. The forest region is dry in the north and wet towards the southern slopes. The forest carries many tree species including podocarpus, camphor, fig and olive trees and bamboo. The only animals to be found here are blue and Colobus monkeys and a variety of birds including hornbill and turaco. At the moorland region, you find the giant groundsels and lobelias common in the high altitude mountain regions of eastern Africa. Further up, vegetation and animal life are sparse.

Kili is the worlds’ most accessible summit. Any reasonably strong and ambitious person, without using any special mountaineering equipment can conquer this giant. It is however hard work. Altitude and the resulting thin air will be the main challenge and not your failing strength. To avoid succumbing to high altitude sickness, you guides will constantly advise, you take the mountain slowly, slowly or “pole pole” as they say in Swahili. You should therefore avoid a quick ascent and take time to acclimatise to the mountains’ oxygen challenged air. By ignoring such good advice many young males fail to reach the summit, when older more deliberate climbers make it.

To enjoy the natural beauty and majesty of Kili, you do not even have to climb it. By using a four-wheel drive vehicle, you can ascend to the Shira Plateau, which is perched at 12,000 feet. The first person recorded to have reached the summit is the German climber Hans Meyer in 1889. Unlike today’s climber, he did not have the benefit a route map and he only made it on the second attempt. Having been taught a lesson in humility, for the second try, he brought along an Alpine expert and a local guide. Meyer named the summit after the Kaiser Wilhelm II, but this was years later revised to Uhuru or freedom in Swahili. Since the days of Meyer, the icecap has receded and scientists worry that it will vanish altogether in 20 to 50 years. So, hurry up and climb Kili while it is still such a pretty sight.

Today, few climbers few use the difficult route pioneered by Meyer. The climb normally takes five to six days and involves four to five overnight stays in comfortable mountain huts. The Marangu route, which was established way back in 1909 is the easiest and most popular and is used by over 90% of climbers. Experienced climbers prefer the more scenic and difficult Machame route. Climbers are not entirely without a sense of humour and they refer to Marangu as the coca cola route, and Machame as the whiskey route. Other routes are Shira, Mweka and Umbwe.

Shira is a scenic route that takes you through the Shira Plateau,which you reach by four-wheel drive vehicle. The route gives you great views of the Rift valley and Mount Meru. Using Mweka, you reach the summit and return to base in 4 days. But as you may suspect, it is quite steep and therefore not easy at all. The Umbwe route is even steeper and quicker and you take only three days up and down. The route is spectacular, but it is for the fit and experienced and not casual climbers. In addition, there are technical routes such as the Western Breach and Lemosho routes.

Regardless of the route you pick, all Kili climbs start at Marangu Gate. This is where you get your permit and pay entry fees. On the typical Marangu route climb, spend four nights up the mountain. The route is clearly marked right to the summit. You start by trekking through the forest zone to Mandara Hut (9,000 ft) for the first night. Onward through moorland, you halt for a second night at Horombo Hut (12,450 ft). Then through the alpine desert, your third night finds you at Kibo Hut (15,450 ft). But you really do not sleep there as you go for the summit just after midnight. You then descend back to Horombo Hut for your last night after an overall trek of about 77 kilometres. If you want to spend more time up high to acclimatise, you can overnight twice at Horombo Hut.

On the Machame route, you spend one night more on the mountain.You overnight at Machame Hut, Shira Hut and Barranco Hut. You connect to the Mweka route and continue to Barafu Hut. After tackling the summit, you descend for your last night at Mweka Hut. On the next day, you rejoin other mortals at the base of the mountain. You are advised to pick the route that best fits your experience. Most aspire to reach Uhuru Peak - the highest point on Kibo -and indeed all Kili. Others are satisfied with Gillman’s Point, the slightly lower peak on Kibo. But Mawenzi, actually lower than the Kibo peaks, is more jagged and requires mountaineering experience. Many climbers find scaling Kili, whatever height they reach, a very satisfying experience.

But do not be too disappointed if you do not reach the summit.Different estimates indicate that only 15-30% of climbers get to the top. Climbing Kilimanjaro is for those who are physically fit and mentally prepared. It is your ability to muster that extra dose of determination that will count when the going gets tough. In terms of physical preparation, start by taking hikes uphill with a pack strapped on your back. This rehearses the climb, minus the altitude of course. Think also of putting in some aerobic training at the gym and by jogging. If you are having heart or lung problems, better not risk the climb. In all cases, it is a good idea to talk to your personal physician to ensure that you do not bite more than you can chew.

It is best you buy a climbing tour package to take advantage of those with local knowledge. The typical package will bundle together: return transfers - Moshi or Arusha to Marangu Gate, park and rescue fees, services of guides, porters and cooks, accommodation in mountain huts and all meals on the mountain. In addition, you need to hire locally or bring along equipment and sleeping bags. Some useful stuff to gather include - waterproof hiking boots, rain suit, flashlights, sunglasses, prophylactics for high-altitude sickness, hand gloves and night shoes. You need a daypack to carry a few essentials, as the porters carrying your equipment will usually hike their own way. Some items to carry on your back include bottled water, extra clothes, camera and sunscreen. Besure to review and book our very good value Kilimanjaro Climbing offers.

You can climb Kili, any time throughout the year. But it is obviously less fun during the March to June period when it rains the most. The second and lighter rains come from late October to early December. The best time is when it is warm and dry - January, February and September. July, August, November and December also good, though cooler. Due to the variation of conditions along the route- from tropic to arctic - it is convenient to dress in layers you can either shed or add on. Generally, in the northern Tanzania region, you can expect temperatures to average from 15°C in May to August and 22°C over December to March. At the mountain, temperatures drop by roughly 1 degree Celsius for every 650 feet ascended.

Many climbing enthusiasts want Christmas and the New Year to find them up the mountain, and unless you book early, it is difficult to get a slot. The best way of relaxing after the trek is by taking a safari in the unrivalled wildlife sanctuaries of northern Tanzania or heading to the beaches of Zanzibar. We have covered these attractions in earlier editions of this newsletter here.

You can book your safari or Zanzibar stay and Kili climb together - have a look at our Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Hotel offers. If you want to put together your own safari, then visit the Tanzania Car Rental and Tanzania Hotels and Lodges pages of our website.

Kilimanjaro is 475 km to the northwest of Dar es Salaam. The base for climbing Kili is nearby northern Tanzania towns of Moshi or Arusha. Kilimanjaro International Airport services the region. But it is usually cheaper to disembark at Nairobi in Kenya and then to take a shuttle bus to Arusha.

About The Author
Andrew Muigai is editor of AfricaPoint Insider online newsletter. It is part of Africapoint.com - the Africa travel website that has helped thousands of travelers discover Africa. You can view more info on Tanzania safaris at the website. http://www.africapoint.com/tours1/tanztour.htm

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

How To Choose The Best Dehumidifier

The dehumidifier is considered as an air conditioner that has coils to remove the moisture from the air. Its coils come with hot and cold and a fan that would let the air conditioner to condense the moisture created by the cold coils of the dehumidifier. It will then produce a dry air that will go through the hot coil to bring back its original temperature.

The dehumidifier is not anymore needed if there is an air conditioner available in the room. The air conditioner may do the process of dehumidifying the moisture in the room. Most households experience some problems when there is too much and too little moisture in the air.

This is the reason why many encounter problems of dry skin and itchy skin. The discomfort of having an air that is too dry may also lead to the cracking of furniture surfaces. The blocking of nasal passages would also be experienced because of the dry air produced by the moisture.

An air that is slightly wet can also cause the same problems on the skin and to the nasal passages. The continuous condensation of the moisture in windows, the expansion of molds, and the cause of rotten wood products is the effect of the dry air that is not removed. That is why it is important to have a dehumidifier in the house. To have an idea on what kind of dehumidifier to choose, here are some dehumidifier purchase costs:

1. It can be an option to have a dehumidifier that is a heat pump. These items are more complex because they are only limited. The prices of these dehumidifiers are affordable. It is advisable to buy when springtime comes where $50 to $100 of savings is offered to buyers in this season.

2. Find a dehumidifier that has a two-speed fan. These units produce less noise and gives low humidity that lessens the efficiency factor. Try to check the units before buying it. Consider the noise it produces if in case the unit will be placed near the bedrooms.

3. Buy units of dehumidifiers that have a rating of 10 L (21 U.S. pints or 2.1 imperial gallon) a day. These units may fit on those small houses that have an average moisture resistance. Their prices may range from $200 to $250 per unit. While those dehumidifiers that have 20 L (42 U.S. pints or 4.2 imperial gallons) a day rating can cost $250 to $300 per unit. These units are best for big and town houses.

4. It is not advisable to buy chemical absorbent dehumidifiers. These units are only suitable for places that have hot and weather climates.

5. Look for the (EF) or the Efficiency Factor of the unit. This is the guide to know the amount of the dehumidifier’s operation cost. There are provided information on the brochure of the unit where the operator’s manual can give the instruction on how to get the EF. There is also a label that will indicate the EF if there are no manuals available on the brochure. The label can be found at the back of the water collection bucket section.

This information on dehumidifiers may help buyers how to choose the right unit for their home. Always check the manufacturer’s reputation on selling the said product. Always look for the quality of the unit and ask for the guarantees and warranties of the unit.

About The Author
Robert Thatcher is a freelance publisher based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles and reports in various ezines and provides dehumidifier resources on http://www.justdehumidifiers.info.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Picnic Tables

No outdoor area is complete without a picnic table. Picnic tables have been an outdoor staple for generations for many reasons. They are comfortable, convenient, serve many purposes, and are very durable. Picnic tables can be made out of many types of material.

Picnic tables are convenient because they can seat several people. With tables, extra chairs are need when more people are around. Picnic tables are simply benches attached to tables, so seating can vary. In a location where there are lots of children, picnic tables are especially convenient. A large group of children can sit a picnic table and be comfortable, and when they are done, clean up is easy. And, no one has to ask then to push their chairs in.

Picnic tables are very durable because they are always outdoors. Typically made of wood, the materials used to make picnic tables have changed over time to increase their durability. Now you can find picnic tables made out of metal, recycled plastics, and fiberglass. Some picnic tables are constructed as two benched on either side, while more modern picnic tables feature a round table design equipped with an outdoor patio umbrella in the middle for picnicking convenience.

Because picnic tables are always outdoors, they can serve many purposes. Not only do they get used for eating, but they can also be used for doing outdoor projects and crafts. It’s much better to spill a little glue or paint on a picnic table than on your indoor kitchen table. Picnic tables can even be used as a sawhorse.

The decision is not whether or not you need a picnic table, but what kind of picnic table do you need, and how will you use it? The possibilities are endless.

About The Author
Cat Greenbriar writes for PatioStuff at www.ettflorida.com/. Please visit the site at www.ettflorida.com/picnic-tables.html for some of the greatest deals on all your picnic table equipment needs.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Visit Canadas West Coast in Winter

The coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet one at either end of the Pacific Rim National Park, are located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. These small towns used to rely on the abundance of the forestry and fishing industries, but with these resources dwindling, local businesses have begun to turn to their environment to provide once again. Via planes, boats, bikes and automobiles; tourists travel from all corners of the world to experience the pristine beaches, succulent rainforests and incredibly photogenic scenery.

Unlike most of Canada, the weather here is fairly mild all year. Winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing, but as these towns are both located in temperate rainforest climate be sure to bring your waterproofs. The Pacific Rim is very wet indeed. Layers of warm clothes, boots and hats are imperative for a comfortable visit.

Storm watching has recently become a new tourist phenomeneon. Visitors will stand witness to the fury of the Pacific ocean while epic winter waves rise and fall. You may be standing in the rain, bundled in heavy raingear watching from the beach. Or warm and cozy by a fire, sipping a martini as the waves smash against the rocks below. Several of the upscale lodges and hotels in the area offer both beach access and luxurious ocean view facilities for their visitors.

The variety of beaches along this coast are perfect for walking, hiking and running. Miles and miles of sand, ocean waves, wild shorebirds and mountain views make the Pacific Rim a perfect holiday destination. Wrap up warm and take a walk on the beach, while bald eagles and hunting ospreys soar above. Marvel at the flocks of tiny shorebirds and abundant sea life washed ashore. If you are lucky, you may even catch a rare sight of spray as a grey or humpback whale vents through its blowhole.

Whale watching is one of the most popular activities in the area. The migration of the grey whales are celebrated with the annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival in March, however whales can be seen all year round in these parts. Viewing with binoculars or a scope is good in several areas. Radar Hill and Amphitrite Point Lighthouse are two of the best. Pack a chair, a flask and your strongest binoculars or scope to get really great views of grey, humpback and killer whales, also known as orcas.

Spas, yoga, massage and wellness retreats are part of a healthy holiday regime. Tofino offers world class designer spa treatments, expert beauty services, professional esthetics and holistic and alternative massage programs. Lomi lomi, swedish massage, shiatsu, acupuncture, relaxing therapy, chakra wellness are offered both in the privacy of your own accomodation or in one of the many high class facilities. Tofino based facilities also offer hair salon service, an ocean view steam room, salt water pools and sauna. Private and group hatha, ashtanga and chakra yoga sessions are offered within the community on a daily basis. Keep your eyes on the community boards for special guest yoga instructors often flown in for exclusive workshops.

Hot Springs Cove is a luxury in Tofino that shouldnt be missed. Winter and spring are definitely the best seasons to visit Hot Springs Cove located about an hour north of Tofino by boat or 20 minutes by float plane. A tree canopied boardwalk tour takes you through the mystery of the rainforest from the landing dock to the hot natural pools. Seismic activity heats water bubbling to the surface and over a waterfall high enough to beat down onto a tired neck and shoulders. The hot water flows, decreasing in temperature from pool to pool before finally flowing into the ocean. The most bottom pool tickles the senses as hot water flows in and meets the cold ocean water as you sit within the tidal pull. Soak in the peace and quiet and let the stresses of everyday life melt away.

Tofino and Ucluelet have some world class reasturants. What better way to cap a day exploring the natural wonders than with a delicious meal? Fresh wild and local seafood are the highlights of the Pacific Rim. Salmon, halibut and dungeness crab are the signature dishes of the area. For landlubbers there is also a great assortment of local lamb, duck and triple A tenderloins as well. All meals can be paired with local Vancouver Island wineries or microbrewed beers. How's that for taste!

If you're coming for a weekend or a week, a visit to the Pacific Rim National Park, Clayoquot Sound, Tofino or Ucluelet will be sure to rejuvenate you. Once found, this paradise is one you'll be sure to visit again and again. For more on Tofino Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim Park at http://www.tofino-longbeach.com

About The Author
Richard Badman lives in Tofino on Canada's wild west coast. The website http://www.tofino-longbeach.com is a resource for locals and visitors alike. Featuring visitor feedback and useful information about the attractions in the area. http://www.tofino-longbeach.com

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Little Giant Ladders – a Guide To Choosing The Best Model

Everyone needs a good, stable ladder. It is always best to invest in a ladder that will fulfill any challenge you take on. Little Giant ladder is the only answer if you are looking for the best ladder. But do you know which little giant ladder is most suitable for you?

Here are the top 8 tips before purchasing the giant little ladder:

1. Stability. Look for the little giant ladder system with flared footings to enable you remain stable when you climb high, on the topmost rung of the ladder. Your little giant ladder should give you 100% protection.

2. Warranty. The Little giant ladder company should give warranty; make sure you get a warranty to prevent you from unnecessary expenses incase your ladder breaks down in the first one year

3. Construction. Look for the ladders little giant that are most durable with a longer life span and offer the best value for your hard earned money.

4. Value. Look for a ladder that will prove valuable to you. Little giant ladders have many models; so please consult the shop assistant to know the various types of ladders and the one that fits your needs - if you really have limited space you should go for little giant folding ladders for you. Get your ladder little giant in accordance to the height that you want to reach for.

5. Versatility. It is not possible to afford a garage full of ladders. Therefore your little giant ladder should serve multipurpose and thus save your money and space.

6. Weight. A professional grade aluminum ladder weighs between 25-45 pounds and a fiberglass model will weigh between 35 to 50 pounds. Anything lighter won’t be as durable or stable.

7. Accessories. When choosing your little giant step ladder, make sure you purchase the accessories for it. Accessories include wall stand offs, leg levelers, and work platforms.

8. Origin. Look for your little giant ladders manufactured in the USA as offer better craftsmanship and are of a higher quality.

Invest a little thought before purchasing your little giant ladder - you are simply not using it to get the job done; you are using it to save your life and health.

About The Author
John Dell is a professional constructor who has been using many kinds of ladders for years. Find more about little giant ladders and the best place to get them only on Little Giant ladder Source - http://www.911makemoretime.com/Little%20Giant%20Ladder.htm.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Sofa Tables-Dress Up Your Living Room Furniture

Placing a sofa table behind your couch is a great way to provide display space and a little extra spot for setting a drink. A beautiful sofa table can also provide a great way to dress up the back of your sofa when you need to place it in the center of the room. A sofa spruced up with a sofa table behind it is a great way to break up a room, creating separate seating areas without the use of walls.

Sofa tables are available in any style to suit your home. Before you choose a table, consider how much of a focal point you want the table to make in your room. If your sofa table is going against a wall, hidden behind your sofa, or if you want the pieces displayed on the table to take center stage, consider a simple no fuss design, like a shaker style table. However, if your sofa table will be out in the middle of the room, you may want its details to be a focal point just as much as the items you display there. If that’s the case, consider the details of your table carefully. Sofa tables with turned wooden legs or those made from curved metal can lend style and grace to your room. Choose a table with a beautifully finished wooden top or an elegant glass or marble top to give your display items a beautiful place to rest.

If you need extra display space, or a nice little bookshelf, take a look at the sofa tables available that have a bottom shelf. It’s a great place to stash books or other art objects. Finally, don’t forget to look at sofa tables that include small drawers. These little drawers can be great for storing little items like candle snuffers and matches out of sight.

Sofa tables can enhance nearly any living room space. Not only do they provide a great place to display your most prized possessions, they offer function and finished look to your living room.

About The Author
Jesse Akre, owner of numerous furniture websites, makes it easy to find contemporary Sofa Tables and Coffee Tables . Learn how to decorate your home in style by clicking the following link: http://www.OnlyTables.com

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Aluminum Strap Patio Furniture for the Poolside

Pools are a great addition to any home or resort. Pools offer a beautiful outdoor setting and offer endless hours of entertainment. Any outdoor pool requires the right furniture. Pool owners want furniture that will hold up to elements of the pool and are also practical for entertaining poolside. Aluminum strap patio furniture is a great way to practically furnish the patio.

Aluminum strap patio furniture prides itself on its quality. Aluminum strap patio furniture is now made from the finest components including highest quality steel and aluminum. The straps have a powder coated paint finish for resilience. Aluminum frames are coated with a high quality sealant to withstand the elements. The aluminum is also resistant to rough handling and denting. Ideal for when furniture will frequently need to be moved or stacked.

There are a few furniture pieces that should be purchased for poolside seating. Every pool should have a few chaise lounges for sun bathing. Aluminum strap is a perfect choice for this because it will not mold or mildew from wet people or towels. An aluminum table and aluminum strap dining chairs are a great idea for serving food poolside. Another great idea is a bar table and aluminum strap bar chairs. Pool users can sit casually at a bar table and watch others. Aluminum strap patio furniture also comes in a variety of colors to compliment any decorating theme.

Aluminum strap patio furniture is easy to care for. The aluminum frames and straps are very stain resistant and will usually be cleaned easily with mild detergent and water. After years and years of use aluminum strap patio furniture can be recoated with sealant and paint powder in order to provide more years and years of service.

Furnishing the poolside is easy with a few tips and a little research on patio furniture. Aluminum strap patio furniture is one of the most popular choices, and for obvious reasons. Any pool owner will be happy with their choice for years to come.

About The Author
This article was written by Michael Hargrove for www.ettflorida.com. PatioStuff is a full service provider of Grosfillex Resin patio furniture, and all commercial patio furniture and accessories. Visit the site for a full selection of discounted Aluminum strap patio furniture to furnish your pool patio at http://www.ettflorida.com/aluminum-strap-patio-furniture-sets.html

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Useful Feng Shui Tips For Bed Room

The best Feng Shui bed room tip that a Feng Shui expert can offer you is to have your bed in ‘command position’.

But before you know what is a command position for your bed it is important for you to understand what is Feng Shui.

It is important for you to know Feng Shui is an ancient spiritual discipline which makes use of a process that affects your internal landscape just as much as it affects your physical environment be your home, office or your bed room. Before you start practicing or using Feng Shui enhancements to your living environment it is important for you to know that it is for nourishing and healing your soul. In a Feng Shui practice one is enriching the soul by directing the energies of universe and natural elements such as wind, water, earth, metals to it.

It is so important to stay positive and constantly filled with good, flowing energy. If you do so, your life and all the things you are surrounded by will represent such wonderful qualities as health, happiness, prosperity, love and contentment.

As you know, one of the principles of Feng Shui is that Chi flows through all objects in a space, and each item that is present in or around your home has some effect on whether Chi moves freely or gets clogged up and the same principles apply to your bed room also.

Feng Shui believes all types of energies on the earth fall in two opposite categories, yin and yang. Once you understand this you can understand the logic behind the best Feng Shui bed room tip offered here.

Bedroom is a place where you spend 1/3 of your time so having proper balance of yin and yang is very essential, some yang energy is essential, because it helps you stay motivated get going with your day-to-day chores but too much yang on the other hand can drive you nuts! It can make you feel chaotic, frenzied and over-stimulated. It can make you feel too passionate, so that you can never just sit back and relax in your bed room.

A command position for your bed room in Feng Shui means that you face the door from the far side of the room but are not directly in front of the door. The part of the room diagonally farthest from the entry offers the best Command Position for your bed, it is this position, you are able to benefit from the Chi that enters and flows through the space, while being far enough removed from the doorway that you are not exposed to Chi that is too strong.

Another Feng Shui bed room tip is that you keep your beds in a position that provides a solid wall behind you for support. Using this position puts you in visual command of the space, and allows you to face life directly, both literally and symbolically.

Sleeping in line with the door also exposes you to excessive Chi, which can contribute to stress, irritability and health problems, but keeping your bed in commanding position prevents you from negative influences and puts you in control of your space and of your life.

Another Feng Shui bed room tip that I would like to mention about is that never keep your working desk or computer in your bedroom. The logic behind this Feng Shui tip is that the energy of computer (work) and that of rest (bed) are opposite to each other and are therefore incompatible to each other. But in case you cannot avoid this combination you can at least separate the two by using Feng Shui Elements.

As discussed earlier that Feng Shui tips are universal in nature they are applicable to each space or area as discussed in the article on Feng Shui Bagua and the logic behind each Feng Shui tip remains the same. Take for example the Feng Shui bed room tip that advises you not to keep your bed where there is window behind but ideally it should be on your right. The logic behind this Feng Shui tip is to receive the positive energies from the universe when you get up and start a new day.

Though on the outset you may think these to be fairly simple Feng Shui bed room tips, but in reality these tips have strong spiritual or scientific foundation. For example, placing your desk with your back to a large window does not go well with Feng Shui and to think practically working at a computer in this position may be problem because of the glare from the window.

There can be many more Feng Shui bed room tips that can be offered. You can also make use of Feng Shui Color (http://www.thespiritualfengshui.com/feng-shui-color.php) and Feng Shui Elements (http://www.thespiritualfengshui.com/feng-shui-elements.php) for balancing yin and yang of your bed room. Like making use of red pillows or changing the color of your bed room curtains, but for that you need to consider many other factors also.

Avoid the overhead beams, the low side of a slanted ceiling, sharp angles from interior corners, and an overhead fan in a room with a low ceiling are some of the common Feng Shui bed room tips that you can find in any Feng Shui book or web site.

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About The Author
Mike Z. Wang is an expert author on Feng Shui related topics. Feng Shui Bedroom Tips: http://www.thespiritualfengshui.com/feng-shui-bedroom.php