It is widely known that every factory and every household uses water but what some of you maybe do not know is that that water is not pure at all. When we have problems with water, we usually call it water hardness. In that case water contains dissolved ions, mainly magnesium and calcium. These ions have two origins one of them is from carbon dioxide which you can find in all waters and the other one in limestone.
This was just a little introduction so that you can understand this problematic situation. Now we move on to the next stage and that is – How to get rid of that water hardness?
The problem with hard water is that it does not just cause stains but they make everything more difficult. When we say everything we mean laundry and bathing. Now even though these facts may seem scary, do not worry, there are so many different ways you can get rid of water hardness and they are not complicated at all.
One of them (and that is maybe the simplest one) is to purchase ion exchange water softener. These water softener units are made of 2 tanks, one of them is salt tank and the other one is a resin tank. The resin tank is filled with some small plastic beads and we call them sodium ions. We use them to exchange the magnesium and calcium that are in your water. If you want to use the beads all over again you must soak them in salt water. Once you do that calcium and magnesium will be taken away from those beads and you will get new sodium ions. It does not sound too complicated right? You can check these best water softener reviews for more info about these systems.
Now there are things you need to think about before buying a water softener. You need to think about your household and how much water it uses on a daily basis. Approximately one person uses around 85 gallons of water per day. Also you should think about the hardness of your water and how hard and long your ion exchange water softener should work.
This is only one way that can help you get rid of water hardness. If you don’t like it then maybe you should read our next suggestion. Boiling water is also one of the ways that can help you with hard water. If you decide to boil water in a kettle, that process is called “furring of kettles”. It will make some kind of deposit calcify somewhere at the bottom of that kettle and it will create like a scale-like formation. Once that happens you will get the soft water and you will be ready to use it again.
And now last but definitely not least here is another suggestion for you. It is called lime-soda ash treatment and it was created by Thomas Clark. What did he do? He added calcium hydroxide to the hard water supply. Once you mix these two it will cause that hardness to harden and precipitate and it will become removable through filtration.
Everyone knows that there are a vast amount of different wheelchairs types available worldwide. There are those which are designed for the disabled and for elderly people who are unable walk long distances. Thanks to the mean and women who designed all of the different kinds of wheelchairs to aid their mobility, these people are able to live a fairly normal life despite their difficulties with walking.
Electric wheelchairs are just as the name suggests, wheelchairs which are powered by electric motors. This type of wheelchair is generally larger and heavier and due to its need to hold both batteries and motors. Because of these extra components, electric wheelchairs are quite a lot more expensive than a standard manual wheelchair.
Electric wheelchairs are getting more and more sophisticated lately and can even go up stairs and travel through gravel and loose ground without too much issues. Some more complex models even have a lifting mechanism which raises the user up higher in order to reach higher surfaces and shelves, meaning the home doesn’t need adapted to install lower counters.
Some models can be pretty quick off the mark – with rear wheel drive you can reach more than walking speed, so can get around just as quick, or quicker than had you been walking. Most electric wheelchairs are pretty agile and can turn around easily without requiring a lot of space to do so.
Electric wheelchairs can be expensive but the exact price will depend on which model you’re to buy and, and which features you require. When buying an electric wheelchair you need to plan and research before you buy. Your doctor or medical consultant should be able to advise you on which particular type of wheelchair should be best for your particular medical condition.
There are many different categories of motorised electric wheelchairs to choose from, some of these are;
Heavy Duty Electric Wheelchairs, these are very sturdy and good for bigger and heavier users – people who have weight issues which are also causing mobility problems will often be recommended a heavy duty wheelchair to ensure it keeps them mobile.
Light weight electric wheelchairs, these are generally smaller and can be folded up for easy storage, an example of a folding lightweight wheelchair is the Foldawheel PW-1000XL Lightweight Powered Wheelchair which is a great choice for people who need the storage space and a lighter model.
Standard Electric Wheelchairs – These are generic electric wheelchairs which are built to be used by as many different types of people as possible, whether they be an amputee or paralysed, or simply have a broken leg or loss of sensation in their legs, a standard electric wheelchair is in the one size fits all category (almost!).
The majority of wheelchairs can be used both indoors and outdoors, however some are better than others, as in your home you will require a wheelchair which can fit through doorways, and turn around in smaller spaces than a wheelchair which you only intend to use outdors.
Buying a wheelchair can give you back your freedom, but it is important that you get a wheelchair which won’t antagonise your condition, so speak to your doctor or physician first so that you don’t buy something which will do you more harm than good.
Paying an expensive car repair bill can cause a real strain on your finances. Did you know that you can take out a car warranty at any time, even on a second hand or older car?
The cost of repairs on a car engine can often make it uneconomical to repair, but if you’ve taken out a warranty then much of, or all of the work may be paid for you.
Not only can you take out a warranty that covers non wear and tear items, e.g covering engine faults, sensors etc, you can also take out wear and tear warranties on newer vehicles, this will cover things such as tyres, brake components and other service type parts – whilst these parts may not cost much on more common vehicles, they certainly can on more exotic cars.
This type of warranty is often called “bumper to bumper” warranty, this covers almost anything which could go wrong on your car.
Car warranty plans are an excellent choice if you want to properly maintain your car and keep it running properly, but don’t want to or don’t have the means to pay out large lump sums.
When selecting a company to provide your warranty or extended warranty, it is important to ensure that the company is reputable, and has a good customer service history, you can check out reviews online before deciding to sign up for a company, the last thing you want is to pay a monthly fee every month, and then have your claim refused when you need something sorted!
Remember, many policies will have a clause with certain things which may void your warranty, it is important to read this and take note, whilst the conditions aren’t usually very restrictive, it’s best to stick to what they require.
Generally the only things that will void your warranty are things which are seen as misuse, for example going off-roading in a car which they are covering for road use only.
Many warranty companies will bundle additional benefits such as roadside recovery so you can save your annual recovery fee too in some cases!
If you can’t afford to pay out a large lump sum if your car breaks down, don’t delay – get yourself a warranty policy sorted out as soon as possible, your next break down could happen at any time, it’s not worth the risk.
You may have heard of powder coating, but do you know what it is? Powder coating is commonly used to coat metal to protect it from corrosion, many car enthusiasts have car parts or alloy wheels powder coated, and powder coating is used for bicycle frames as well as many many other different parts.
The process involves coating a metal with a powder coating which is then baked to form a hard protective layer over the part.
The motorcycle and car industry uses powder coating heavily, but one question we see over and over again is “can you powder coat chrome?” And according to powder coat painting Scotland, the answer is a firm YES. Whilst chrome is a hard material to adhere to, it is certainly possible if the company performing the powder coating knows exactly what they are doing.
Now, that being said – to powder coat a chrome piece, you should know the following;
You’ll need to strip all of the chrome off the part to be powder coated – the chrome coating will stop the powder from sticking properly, but as chrome is a coating, it can be stripped down – this is what any good powder coating company will do.
You can have the stripped chrome replaced with a chrome look powder-coat, although it isn’t actually chrome, it is a very shiny silver surface which looks just chrome, but is more hard wearing and protected.
Parts should be sand blasted to make sure any chrome residue is removed, prior to the powder coating process commencing.
It is important that any part to be powder coated is completely clean before the powdercoat is added. If the part is not thoroughly cleaned, you’ll start to see the coating peeling and flaking off before long.
When choosing a powder coating company, be sure to ask them as many questions about their process as you like, make sure you are happy that they will follow all of the necessary steps and perform the work to the highest possible standard – getting a poor job where the coating flakes off is just a waste of money.
When deciding whether or not powder coating is right for your part, you need to take into account that powder coating works better for applications where you need a product which does not emit any volatile organic compounds, this is important in the likes of home appliances, work surfaces or countertops, as some coatings can emit checmicals into the air – this is why powdercoating is so popular, it does not do this.
Powder coating is more versatile than most paint coatings and generally provides a better finish so this is definitely something to consider when you’re looking to have a part re-coated in a different colour, or if you wish to protect against rust and corrosion.
If your website (or websites) is not making as much income as you’d hoped for, or you need to free up some quick cash for another project (or even to buy another website) then it may be an idea to get in touch with a specialist website broker such as w3businessadvisors, who will be able to not only value your website, they will be able to sell your website for you and deal with all of the administration work required too.
Not every website is going to be worth selling, the domain itself may hold some value but unless it has a popular keyword in it, and is at least 1 – 2 years old, it is likely to not be worth much more than the price you paid for it.
If, however, your website has a good, proven earning potential, or even better, has a track record of monthly earnings it is likely going to sell without too much hassle.
If your website falls into the first category – e.g, fairly new and no revenue generated, then it is unlikely that a website broker would be interested in marketing this for you, the simple reason for this is that a website broker works on a commission basis, they will generally charge a percentage of the final sale value as their fee. In most cases, the time saved, and the higher price that a broker may achieve will pay for the commission fee without it making much difference to your return.
If a broker isn’t interested, all is not lost – you can still post your website or domain online in various website/domain marketplaces in an attempt to raise some interest. Flippa, ebay, digitalpoint etc all have dedicated areas to sell non-established (and indeed established) websites.
What if your site is worth a good amount of money – you may be thinking you could save some cash and sell your valuable website in the same place as a non valuable one (flippa, ebay etc), and you’d be right, but you’ll lose out on some of the benefits which a broker provides such as;
Website evaluation – The broker will value your website based on many factors, from current traffic and income levels and income, to the potential income. They will also use other factors such as the age of the website, how well the website is built, how complex it is to run and keep maintained, and of course, based on their own years of experience in the website market.
Screening interested parties – The broker will answer calls, emails and other queries from prospective buyers, ensuring that they are both genuinely interested, and have the means to buy. Have you ever sold a car or similar item on the second hand market only to have many dreamers contact you offering half your asking price, or saying they’ll buy it for the price you want, only to not turn up? This happens in the world of website sales too – a good broker will filter out the dreamers from the real prospects.
Handling administration – a website broker will handle all of the related administration including purchase agreements/formal offers, acceptance letters, through to closing the deal and handling the transfer of funds and website between the seller and the new owner.
Free up some cash today by selling your old or unwanted websites!
Why buy a domain name of your own vs using a subdomain of a hosting provider?
It may be tempting to use a free subdomain from a hosting provider such as wordpress.com or strikingly, but there are many reasons to purchase a proper domain name of your own.
a) A well thought out domain name is easy to remember, you can tell people and they shouldn’t forget and is generally a lot easier to say mybusiness.com rather than mybusiness.wordpress.com
b) Stability – a free subdomain style domain name or blog can be closed by the provider at any time, of course you would likely need to break their terms and conditions for them to close your account, but if they did, then not only have you lost all of your content, you’ve also lost the subdomain you were using, and there’s no way to get it back – you’ll have lost all of the traffic to your website too, and you’ll need to start from scratch. With a domain name, you are free to host your website with any webhost, and if that webhost closed your account, you could just point your domain name at a new webhost.
c) Choice of webhost – if you decide to purchase a domain name you will be able to choose what webhost you wish to use and also what platform you wish to use for your website, whether it be WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or another CMS, or just a good old HTML website. If you use a subdomain of another host such as tumblr, you’ll be tied to using them to host the website, and you’ll have to use their own blogging platform, there is no way to move your subdomain away from them now, or in the future.
d) Search engine optimisation – whilst doing SEO on subdomains of the large web 2.0 property providers is possible and can be done effectively, you are effectively puting time, money and effort into something which you do not own, and can not choose to move elsewhere if you want to. Should you decide to switch to a domain name of your own in the future, any SEO work done on a subdomain style website would be lost, and you would need to start over.
e) A domain name of your own promotes your brand, often you can purchase a domain name which relates to you or your brand or product, having a domain name allows you to easily advertise your business, and you can also use your domain for promotional material such as flyers or TV adverts, as well as having a [email protected] style email address, which, for a business looks much better than using a [email protected] type email account.
f) If you don’t snap up a domain name relating to your company or product, someone else will – there are many people out there who register domain names for the sole purpose of selling them to people like you, people who the domain names would be of interest to – of course, they do so at a greatly inflated fee – they will often try to sell you a domain name which cost them $10 for 100s or even thousands! Get in there before these people do and buy it cheap.
g) Domain names aren’t costly, they only cost the equivalent of around 1$ per month which, to secure your business or product domain name is next to nothing. Remember that once you have a domain name registered, keep it on auto renew, because if you for get to renew it at the end of your registration period, there are companies and people out there who’s main business is to register expired domain names, either to sell them on to another person, or to build a website on them – if this happens to you, your domain is lost forever, unless you offer to buy it back for a large price!
5 Email Marketing Ideas
1. Make the signup simple
The easier an action is, the more likely someone will perform it – keep your email signup form as simple as possible, preferably just an email address box and a submit button, if you start to take up users time by requesting their name, their address, or other information that you don’t really require, it’s quite possible that they’ll just abandon the idea and not sign up at all.
2. Drip feed your campaign
Don’t send out 1 single email to your list giving away all of your promotions, or guides in 1 go – send out an announcement of an up-coming promotion, send an email when the promotion goes live, send another email shortly before the promotion ends, send out emails saying you have a new guide releasing next week, and another email to release the guide – this might seem like a lot of emails, but if you’re providing quality in each and every one of them, the user won’t mind, and more importantly, it’ll keep your brand in their mind.
3. Double opt-in:
Where possible, use double opt-in, this means that the user will verify they signed up to your list (usually by clicking a confirmation link). This not only covers you from being blacklisted for spamming, it also shows that the user who signed up is definitely interested in what you have to offer, they have taken time out to sign up to your list, and then again taken more time to confirm they wish to be a part of your list.
4. Execute an email-optimization process:
If your emails aren’t converting, look at the copy you are sending, employ a company to write your copy or to check how your campaigns are performing, and offer their suggestions on what to change to improve your response. Remember that you should always pick a recommended company, someone like Calgary SEO, to ensure you get the best possible advice.
5. Test everything, proof read – twice
There’s nothing worse than receiving a poor attempt at email marketing in your inbox, whether it be badly written or mis-spelled, or the links or buttons don’t work, it’s a real put-off, when I receive emails like this I often unsubscribe from the list, it’s not worth my time reading an email which is badly written, to find I can’t even click through to what is being offered or sold! Send the email to yourself first, read it over, twice, have someone else read it over, and ensure all links and buttons work correctly.
If you follow these simple steps you should see the performance of your email campaigns increase.
A tall ship is a large sailing vessel with traditional style rigging.
Usually a tall ship will have a seperate topmast and top sail, and will have rigging in the traditional square rig or gaff rig style, although other styles are also possible.
Tall ships have become increasingly popular over the past half century, thanks in no small part to the Sail Training International organisation which organises tall ship races and cruise in company sailing events.
The Tall Ships’ Races are annualy held races within European waters, held out of different ports across Europe, and actively encourage young people to take part, with at least 50% of the crew of each vessel consisting of young people.
After the second World War the use of sailing ships began to die out, with seamen instead fairing steam powered vessels. Bernard Morgan, a retired solicitor from London had the idea of bringing young cadets and other young people together from across the globe to compete in a sailing competition, and thus the Tall Ships’ Races was born.
The Tall Ships’ Races are now organised by Sail Training International, an association of national sail training organisations set up with the aim of “the education and development of young people of all nationalities, religions and social backgrounds, through sail training”.
The Tall Ships’ Races are hosted as part of an event from various ports across Europe, generally changing ports every year.
Some ports have hosted the races more than once with Antwerp in Belgium hosting the event 3 times in the past 20 years, and hosting it again this year. Waterford in Ireland have hosted the event twice in the past 20 years, with Belfast hosting the event once.
A full list of locations from the past 20 years is shown below;
2016: Antwerp (Belgium)
2015: Belfast (United Kingdom)
2014: Harlingen (Netherlands)
2013: Aarhus (Denmark)
2012: Saint-Malo (France)
2011: Waterford (Ireland)
2010: Antwerp (Belgium)
2009: Baltic: Gdynia (Poland)
2008: Liverpool (England)
2007: Baltic: Aarhus (Denmark)
2007: Mediterranean: Barcelona (Spain)
2006: Saint Malo (France)
2005: Waterford (Ireland)
2004: Antwerp (Belgium)
2003: Gdynia (Poland)
2002: Alicante (Spain)
2001: Antwerp (Belgium)
2000: Trans-Atlantic: Southampton (United Kingdom)
1999: St Malo (France)
1998: Falmouth (United Kingdom)
1997: Aberdeen (United Kingdom)
1996: St Petersburg (Russia)
2017’s race is said to be held in Halmstad, Sweden.
This years tall ship races are now open for entry. If you’re at least 15 years old, you, your children, your grand children, your school or your employees are all eligible to sail on board the Tall ships in this years race events and be part of the Tall Ships Races history.
This years events include;
The Tall Ships Races
Antwerp – Thursday 7th July 2016 – Sunday 10th July 2016
Race 1 – Lisbon, Portugal – Friday 22nd of July 2016 – Monday 25th July 2016
Race 2 – Cadiz, Spain – Thursday 28th of July 2016 – Sunday 31st of July 2016
Race 3 (including cruise in company)
A Coruna, Spain – Thursday 11th of August 2016 – Sunday 14th of August 2016
The second event is the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta
Blyth, UK – Friday 26th of August 2016 – Monday 29th of August 2016
500 Nautical Mile Race
Gothenburg, Sweden – Saturday 3rd of Semptember 2016 until Tuesday 6th of September 2016.
Once the vessels entry is complete, vessels will be looking for crews to man the vessel during the races and cruise in company stages of the events. Vessels will advertise for crew as and when required.
If you’re looking for more information on the ports hosting this years races and the festivities surrounding them, you can check them out on Sail Training International site here: http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/
Sail Training is more than just a sailing activity, participants will learn both physical and emotional strength, taking part in gruelling races aboard vessels which have floated the seas for hundreds of years. Most participants find the experience positive and state that they would take part in future events, so challenge yourself today and get aboard a vessel!
Spectating the Tall Ships’ Races can be quite an event on its own, whether you make it to one of the visited ports along the route, watch the event on standard television or watch a streamed feed on a smart TV box, you’ll get a great deal of enjoyment all round.
Builders, roofers, and other related building contractors can, from time to time find themselves in need of a large piece of expensive machinery, for example a crane – which is an expense which would not make sense for most companies due to the overall cost of purchasing and maintaining the machine, and also in terms of the amount of use it would see – the return on investment would not make sense. For companies who find themselves in such a situation, a crane hire company is the best possible solution. Not only do crane hire companies hire out the use of their machinery, in most cases they will also provide a trained, licenced operator to run the crane and deal with the associated work related to lifting and moving with a crane.. It is extremely important that any crane hire company is reputable and provides machinery which is in a well maintained condition. There are some factors which should be able to influence your choice in crane hire company, some of which we’ve listed below.
A reputable crane hire company such as the likes of http://ldncranehire.co.uk/ will offer a fair price, and will also provide a quote before undertaking any work, outlining what is and isn’t included in the price, so that you will know beforehand exactly what you will need to spend to hire a crane.
Companies which refuse to quote before undertaking the job, or at least provide a fairly accurage estimate are best skipped over – if their organisational skills are lacking then they may be lacking in other areas of the business, and a crane hire company which is lacking good business practice is something you’d wish to avoid. A reputable company should be able to explain all of the costings up front, ensuring you don’t get stung by any expensive transport or setup costs which may not be included in the price.
Whilst older model cranes are not bad, per se – the older a piece of equipment is, the more it costs to maintain – if a company is willing to spend more on maintenance than it would cost to purchase a new model, then you must ask yourself whether or not the maintenance is being performed correctly, or on schedule. Make sure that all maintenance records are in place – you do not want a defective machine on your site. Be sure that the company offers the type of crane that you require, whether that be a mobile crane or a tower crane, and ensure that they can have it on your site at the exact date and time you require, otherwise you’ll end up waiting around, wasting both time and money and pushing your deadlines further back.
Most builders, roofers and contractors in a certain area will know each other to some extent, whether through work, or through other contractors, and they will be willing to recommend hire companies based on their experience. Ask around and gather any recommendations of reputable companies which have been used in the past. Find out whether there were any issues during the hire period and whether they could be avoided.
Safety is perhaps one of the most important factors you need to look into when hiring a crane from a company. Any good company should be happy to show you their licencing and inspection certificates which proves their safety. If you are aware of any regulatory bodies then you may be able to check with them to make sure that no safety or procedural violations have been made by the company, and that they have not been fined or penalised for bad practice in the past – remember, there are many crane hire companies out there, taking a risk on a company who has serious breaches in the past really is not worth it, move on to the next company and try again.
Cranes are serious pieces of machinery and are not something to mess with. They can be extremely dangerous if used incorrectly and could damage property or even cause a fatality – this is no joke, do your homework and hire a company who follows the rules to a T – it might make your project less convenient, but so would a catastrophic accident.