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Slow Down, Go Green AND Save Money

Going green could not only be a way of reducing your impact but it could also save you money, so it makes sense on two counts. Yes, recycling a tin can isn’t going to put a stop to global warning but it’s our responsibility not to be wasteful just because we’re more fortunate than others. Rubbish removal Northern Beaches provide you with a simple, easy solution for removing the waste and debris from your property quickly, and we are ready to head to your location to get the job done promptly and without fuss.

Just a few facts to start: (Source: The Green Parent website)

  • Each year in Britain, we throw away 28 million tonnes of rubbish from our homes. This weighs the same as three and a half million double-decker buses. A queue of buses that long would go around the world one and a half times.
  • You can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one new one.
  • The UK produces 420 million tonnes of solid waste every year. That’s the weight of 5 cars for each person every year. We only recycle 11% of it.
  • Incinerating 10,000 tonnes of waste creates one job, land filling the same amount of waste creates 6 jobs, but recycling the same 10,000 tonnes creates 36 jobs.
  • Every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees.
  • In just over a week, we produce enough rubbish to fill Wembley Stadium. Over half of that waste can be recycled. (Source: DETR).
  • Every year in the UK we use 13 billion steel cans which, if you placed them end to end, would stretch three times to the moon! (Source: Steel Can Recycling Information Bureau).
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle is enough to power a light bulb for 4 hours. (Source practicalhelp.org).
  • Recycling one plastic bottle can save the same amount of energy needed to power a 60-watt light bulb for 6 hours. (Source: Recoup).

Here are some tips and ideas to live and work greener:

Follow the Reduce Reuse Recycle philosophy

Reduce – the packaging you buy in the first place. Buy produce loose. Don’t buy processed food which relies on packaging. Buy packaging that CAN be recycled. Build a compost heap.

Reuse – carrier bags, cartons, jars, paper.

Recycle – glass, paper, plastic, cardboard, clothes etc. Recycle unwanted goods to charities, car-boots etc. Sign up with the Mailing Preference Service (in the UK) to reduce junk mail.

  1. Think about what you buy and think about what you throw away. It’s just shear wastefulness in many cases.
  2. Donate your unwanted possessions such as clothes, toys etc. to charity, recycling or Freecycle. How much ‘stuff’ do you have that you never use?
  3. Eliminate 3 non-essential purchases. Check your bank and credit card statements – what’s there that you no longer use, e.g. subscriptions? What don’t you really need?
  4. If you don’t have one already, start a compost heap. Recycle all your kitchen and garden waste and create something wonderful out of rubbish. Grow something in your garden or in a pot that you can eat. Tomatoes are easy to start with and you can grow salad and herbs in a window box.
  5. Replace your light bulbs with low energy equivalents and not only help the environment but reduce your energy bills. Switch off lights when you’re not in the room.
  6. Switch off your TV, hi-fi, computer. Don’t leave them on standby – you’re still using electricity. It’s a waste both environmentally and financially. I picked up a gadget yesterday from the local council that automatically shuts down the power.
  7. Reduce your rubbish this month. Avoid buying anything with unnecessary packaging and recycle everything you can – glass, paper, tin, plastic, cardboard. If you don’t already, sign up with your green box / recycling scheme if your local council runs one.
  8. Use alternative means of transport where possible. If I have meetings in town, I tend to either cycle or take the bus. If I do drive, I make sure I’m combining tasks or meetings (good time management as well!) Walk to the local shops for your paper rather than jump in the car for short journeys.
  9. Start volunteering. If you work in a company – why not organise a day out volunteering for your team? Most companies these days get involved in the community as part of Corporate Social Responsibility, so why not do something worthwhile and make a difference to your local countryside or community?

So this week – see what you can do to slow down and green up your life.

Take some action and reduce your own waste. You’ll improve your wallet too!

Clare Evans is the author of a time management book. She is a personal and business coach and enables individuals and business owners to get more out of their day and make better use of their time.

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Choosing the Perfect Venue For Your Function

Let’s face it; there are certain things which are best done by you yourself, and choosing a venue for a special function is one of them. If you know what’s good for you, you won’t even consider asking your Mum because she’ll more than likely end up booking the church hall. This 21st birthday venues Melbourne can be prestigious if it will be organized nicely.

Ideally, you want a place which is not only attractive, but one which is modern and well suited for your particular event. Has it crossed your mind to go and check out your local function centre? Well, you may end up being surprised at just how modern it is.

If you intend having a birthday party or a Christmas party, or any other type of party for that matter, then before you go ahead and hire a venue, you should first inquire as to what your local function centre can offer you. In all probability, you’ll probably discover that your local function centre is capable meeting your needs in terms of well equipped rooms and highly trained staff that have the experience in catering for large events.

If you really want to make the occasion more memorable than ever, then you definitely need to consider a function centre on the Sunshine Coast, Australia and considering that it will more than likely be close to the Pacific Ocean, you couldn’t ask for more.

When you’re about to throw a party, you need to take a few things into consideration in order to ensure that the occasion will be a special one:

How many guests will you be inviting?

Obviously, this is something you need to take into consideration because of seating arrangements, unless you intend having a slightly more casual function. Of course, the rooms you’ll find that the average Sunshine Coast function centre is large enough to accommodate almost any size of gathering. Furthermore, not only are they suitable for functions which require seating and tables, but they’re also perfect should you wish to have an environment which allows for freedom of movement so that guests can enjoy socializing with each other.

Will your function be a sit-down function or a cocktail function?

Here again, this is something which will to some extent be determined by your budget, and also by the number of guests you intend inviting. However, you may still wish to have the function in a particular style in order to enhance the experience. For example, cocktail parties are unbeatable in terms of socialising. On the other hand, while wedding parties are usually very large, you still want to maintain an intimate atmosphere, and as such, couples usually opt for a sit-down style. Having said that; many couples are however beginning to steer clear of including sit down reception meals. If you’re hesitant with regards to what style of party to choose, then you should essentially discuss your needs with the management at the function centre of your choice.

Have you determined your budget, including food, drinks and entertainment?

Determining a budget is perhaps one of the most important things of all with regards to planning a party. Once you’ve established more or less how many people will be attending, and what type of party you’ll be throwing, you’ll need to decide what arrangements should be made in terms of food and beverages.

You’ll also need to consider whether or not you intend having any entertainment, such as a DJ. The great thing about function centres on the Sunshine Coast is that they take extreme pride in the menus they are able to provide and also in the staff that will be on hand to serve guests. Obviously, depending on what time of day you intend to have the party, you’ll be able to choose between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Over and above being able to provide excellent food, function centres are also able to cater for your beverage needs.

It is a well known fact that any party or function is more enjoyable if you have music playing, so if you can afford to hire a professional DJ, then it is something you should seriously consider doing. While most function centres don’t have full time DJ’s, they can certainly recommend one to you. If on the other hand you decide not to have a DJ present, then you’ll be glad to know that practically all functions centres have suitable facilities in order for you to be able to play in your own CD’s and etc.

Lastly but not least, you should also inquire about audio visual opportunities as well as lighting options, as these can certainly go a long way in making the occasion a memorable one. Of course, it’s only to be expected that everyone will want to be in the heat of it all, but there is no reason for you to be concerned about uninvited guests showing up, simply because the majority of function centres offer extremely good security.

The bottom line is; a function centre can in many instances provide you with invaluable help with regards to making your party a memorable event, irrespective of what kind of party you choose to throw. Rather than end up pulling your hair out, you can simply leave all the work to them.

Mary Hubbard represents the events centre @ maroochy, a Sunshine Coast function centre [http://www.eventscentremaroochy.com.au] and conference centre. Find out more about hosting your next function on the beautiful Sunshine Coast here =>

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How Charities Can Embrace Technology – Publicity and Fundraising

If given a chance for the best charities to donate to I would chose the charity for children education. The missions of charities are as wide ranging as the number of issues that different societies face across the world, however any cause can benefit from embracing the advances in technology that are taking place all around us. Whether it be communicating their message to the general public and boosting their funding or carrying out the work to help the disadvantaged that lie at the heart of their objectives, technology can help charities become much more efficient, effective and dynamic in all aspects.

The Internet

One of the biggest challenges facing charities is in publicising their cause and the work that they do, and ultimately raising the funding that they fundamentally rely upon. The internet has been a godsend in that respect and it has never been easier to create a web presence to inform the general public and potential donors and volunteers about a charity does and why. What’s more, charities can even use their online channels to obtain their funding or services directly from their donors whilst they are imparting this information to them.

The internet provides a vast array of possible mediums through which charities can communicate their messages such as standalone web sites – incorporating engaging rich media including charity videos, games, blogs and infographics – or sometimes the more effective social networking sites. What’s more, there are plenty of off-the-shelf e-commerce systems, such as PayPal and WorldPay, which can be integrated into a charity’s web site to allow them to receive donations via the internet or raise money through other initiatives such as online charity shops.

Virtually any computer literate charity worker will be able to create a simple site or blog, but for those charities looking to provide a rich online experience to its users it is worth forming a relationship with a digital development or web design agency to deliver that content. Some agencies will specialise in working with charities, using flexible agile methods to do so and possibly offering special concessions (e.g., discounts, free resource etc) so it is important for each charity to find the right agency for them.

Social Networking

The boom in social networking has given charities a way to reach out to the communities that form on these networks and communicate directly with them. The premise of sharing that drives networks such as Facebook or Twitter means that if a charity can engage effectively with users on these sites they will be shared and recommended across the communities (and sometimes the general public too) more readily, thus spreading their message in a way and at a speed previously not possible. A charity’s reach can be greatest, therefore, when it combines its own website channel with social media channels to provide a broader online presence. Information and updates that are posted on a charity’s own website can reach a much wider audience if they are also promoted through social media outlets and shared across those communities. In particular, social media can be invaluable when organising fundraising events as participants buy into the cause and actively share it with their communities to raise awareness, sponsorship and encourage other participants to volunteer.

Furthermore,, the integration of blogs and/or social media updates together with online donation facilities, for example, means that charities can provide running feedback on the success of their fundraising activities as well as on the effectiveness of the work that is being carried out with the funds that have been donated thus far. Consequently, donors (and prospective donors) are able to see exactly where and how their money is being used and, assuming they see value in its application, be more motivated to provide further funding.

Mobile Internet/Apps

Through the use of mobile browsers and apps, another dimension can be added to all these benefits in that the charities can provide updates whilst working ‘in the field’ and the public can access information and donate from wherever they are. For example, a charity worker providing aid in the wake of a natural disaster can tweet from their mobile device as they are on the scene or even record an on location video diary to bring the extent of the crisis to the attention of the public. In particular, when charities workers are operating in scenarios where other forms of communication can be difficult, mobile devices being used on location can be the only way for the workers to get their message out until they return back home.

Furthermore, the possibility of being able to donate, not just access the charity’s message, via a mobile app, browser or via text messages (with the money being taken from your mobile bill) means that members of the public are more likely to donate when they get the urge/motivation and have the means to do so at their fingertips. They no longer have to wait until they get back home or to the nearest bank, by which time they may have lost that urge. In addition, there is a likelihood that members of the public will be more generous with their money when it is being transferred in a digital ‘virtual’ medium as opposed to a more tangible one.

© Stuart Mitchell 2012

If you want to find out more about how technology is helping charities fulfil their objectives then visit charity videos. Alternatively, for more information on how charities can work most effectively with web agencies you can visit Digital Agency London.

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14 Day Pilates Lose Weight Challenge

Pilates teacher training Sydney want to teach Pilates mat work or the equipment-based repertoire of exercises (major pieces of equipment include the reformer, the chair, the cadillac and various barrels)? Are you a Pilates buff, and know and understand the benefits of a tight, toned body without having a near death experience on the spinning bike? Do you also know that one Pilates session a week won’t give it to you? Welcome to the 14-day challenge, an idea developed by my husband, Steve, who is a recent NY Pilates convert.

He devised a 14 day challenge for us one morning when in passing, I commented on how great his abs looked. “It’s Pilates,” he said surprised and proud. With only two sessions a week he had gotten noticeable results in a few weeks of consistent practice. “I wonder,” he said, “what change might occur if I go to a session every day for 14 days.” Yes, I thought looking at my own abs in the mirror, admiring my Buddha belly that has become less and less pronounced with my own two regular weekly sessions.

So, without much ado the 14 day challenge was born. We worked with the talented staff of Kinected NYC Pilates studio to devise a super well-rounded, kick-ass program that was designed to target every muscle on the body and then some.

Following are lessons learned from our 14-day challenge journey:

1) There are no excuses. Most of us are on-the-go New Yorkers managing a successful career, and living a busy social life, all while trying to get enough sleep with a moment left over to breathe. Despite all of the madness, it is totally possible to make daily Pilates sessions work without too much effort

2) It’s all about priorities – if you truly believe in something and want to achieve a noticeable result, it’s all about making time for it – which connects to the 1st lesson learned).

3) Progress isn’t always measured by an ever-decreasing waistline but rather overall fitness. My cardiovascular endurance went to a new level; for example, a previous 40 minute interval training on the bike or treadmill was a serious challenge – until 3/4 of the way through the 14 day challenge when I noticed I wasn’t winded after an intense 30 mins of 60 sec intervals at a speed of 5.5 – 7.0 on the treadmill at a 10 degree incline. Who knew!

4) You are what you do – the old adage “you are what you eat” goes for taking care of your body. You get back what you put in. If you don’t try something new and constantly challenge yourself, you will always get the same result. Albert Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting something new! So, go ahead design your own Pilates lose weight 14 day challenge and get ready for some serious benefits. Go ahead, I dare you!

Vacationing in One The Best Surfing Destinations

If you are planning to go on a vacation in between October to April then tropical destinations are best to explore and then try to use a surfing app. Tropical destinations are best to stay away from chilly winter. It is an ideal place for rest and recuperation, basking in the warm sun, surfing etc.

When it comes to tropical destinations, Bali finds its name in top ten Favourite destinations. The island of Gods, as nicknamed, Bali has a lot more to offer than great beaches. There are many amazing natural sites, landscape, rolling hills, lush forests and colourful functions to look for. The people of Bali are courteous, warm and extend such hospitality to their visitors that have a touching and lasting impact.

In Indonesian archipelago, Bali is a stunning island surfing location. Bali has been the hottest destination for surfing for many years. Surfing is part of the culture in Bali. For a novice surfer, it is recommended surfing in Bali offers a consistent and milder wave. Many water sports can be enjoyed at Bali like, banana rides, jet skiing, scuba diving etc. there are more than 300 resorts to choose from in Bali.

The southern coast and Bukit peninsula are the places where surf spots are located. It is an amazing place for trained surfers as it offers high waves and sharp curls. A suffers has to be very cautious as sudden serious reefs can also be witnessed.

Uluwatu is one of the prominent spots for surfs in Bali. It is famous for its high waves, enchanting scenery and as a temple landmark. When the waves are under feet then Uluwatu becomes crowded but when the waves start crossing great height then it really looks magnificent. The best place to stay in Uluwatu is Uluwatu Surf Vilas. The famous Uluwatu temple is located very near to Uluwatu Surf Villas. Uluwatu surf villas offer a very traditional room decor and an enchanting view of Indian Ocean. They also offer services like the fully serviced kitchen, complimentary Wi-Fi, Private swimming pool and satellite TV. Suluban, Padang Padang, Balangan, Green Bowl etc. are also famous as surf spots in Bali.

8 Ways an Artist Can Promote Their Artwork Offline

No doubt animatics artist Sydney are dedicated home for storyboarders, animatic artists, and scribers. Everyday artists are being instructed by experts how to promote their art business online, in social media and in all ways digitally. The experts espouse these “must do’s and must have’s” on how an artist should market themselves virally. Yes, digital marketing is extremely important, but artists should not forget to market and promote themselves offline as well. Marketing offline is another way to drive traffic to an artist’s website and help to create new business opportunities. Overall, offline marketing helps to make sales and to brand the artist and their artwork.

Here are eight suggestions on how an artist can successfully market and brand their artwork offline:

1. Collateral Materials: An artist should promote and direct their prospects to their website every chance they can get. Website promotional opportunities should be a part of the artist’s collateral materials such as business cards, letterhead, envelopes, invoices, business checks and mailing labels. In addition, the artist’s website should appear on their email signatures, be a part of their voicemail messages, appear on any social media networks and pages that the artist is engaged in. The idea is to get prospects and other interested people to go to the artist’s website and to make contact with the artist for further information.

2. Press Releases: Press releases sent to local media provides the artist with an alternate way to present themselves and their art. Press release copy can be sent out about anything newsworthy, such as art shows, art awards, art sales, speaking engagements etc. These same press releases can reworked and recycled in order to be uploaded to many of the free press release sites on the internet too.

3. Become a Columnist: Local news publications both offline and online are always looking for good writers who can write about interesting things and interesting ways. These are non paying positions, but the continuing publicity is an incredible way for an artist to gain more exposure to people who are interested in art. Become the local art expert in your area and reap the benefits in more traffic and more art sales.

4. Networking Events: Local networking events are an excellent way for an artist to meet people and will allow an artist an opportunity to promote their artwork. While at these events an artist should try to make a good first impression and not try to sell everyone. If an artist tries to use any high pressure sales tactics and pushiness, the networking attempts will fail. A networking event is a place to meet people and to develop professional relationships. If the artist is unsure how to “network” call and ask the event administrator or promoter or even someone who attends a lot of networking events on how to handle yourself. They will be glad to advise the artist on how this is done effectively.

5. Speak at Non Profits Events: Non-profits and charities always have monthly membership meetings and they are always looking for guest speakers to attend and speak to their membership. This is the ultimate venue for anyone in terms of “networking”. The artist has a captive audience, their complete attention and the artist controls the message. What could be better than that? If the artist is scared of public speaking and most everyone is, the more that the artist does it, the easier it gets. If the artist needs any training in this area they should join a local Toastmasters group to help.

6. Write Interesting and Helpful Articles: Editors of newspapers, magazines and newsletters are all looking for good, timely and informative article content. Just make sure the content is well written, grammatically correct and helps the reader to solve a problem or is able to inform the reader of something of value. Do not write a self serving commercial, otherwise, you will not be asked to write again. These same people may be looking for interesting interviews. Propose this to the editor as well as writing articles, as it is another way in which to get more exposure this way. The same articles can be uploaded to article sites on the internet too.

7. Publish a Newsletter: A printed newsletter is an excellent way to present and to promote the artist and their art. Newsletters also provide the artist with an effective way to brand their art business. Newsletters are a message solely controlled by the artist and can be targeted directly to the artist’s audience. Newsletters can be handed out at networking events, brochure inserts or used as handouts. Newsletters can also be left in shops and stores at the counter to be picked up for further distribution.

8. Join Trade Related Organizations: Trade organizations are another way to meet people and decision makers related to the art business. Remember, it is not just enough to be a member, become active, get on committees and become a valuable part of the organization. By doing this, the artist then becomes much more visible and well known to the other members. If these organizations have related trade events and trade shows, get involved, attend or help out.

In our local communities, on a state wide basis and regionally, there are a lot of different ways and different media that an artist can use to promote and market their art. Offline marketing opportunities are usually local in nature but if done consistently, effectively and well, will eventually lead to more website traffic and more art sales. Offline promotion also supports an artists’ branding campaign which always should lead back to the artist’s website, their online presence and to the artist’s artwork.

Art Marketing Strategies provides to new and emerging artists who want to be successful with the vision, roadmap, tools and support to market their art successfully in today’s competitive marketplace.

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Why Social Events Need Food

Bbq events has a perfectly smoked beef brisket, topped with cheese curds and a fried onion gravy!If you are thinking of holding an event in Sydney, as well as you stop to think about it, you will recognize that there is a dreadful lot of work to do to ensure that your party runs smoothly, as well as is an event that your visitors will certainly keep in mind for a long period of time ahead. You desire them to bear in mind it for the best factors, not the wrong ones.

So as to get it right, event food catering preparing in Sydney needs to be – well – prepared! There is much more to it compared to simply sounding around all your close friends and also welcoming them over for the day, or the evening. That is actually the very easy little bit, as well as you could well have actually done that before you recognize that you could simply possibly have actually attacked off more than you could eat.

To begin with, unless you have a huge household and a large home, it is most likely that your stove only has 4 hobs and also one oven. That is all that the majority of households require. Unexpectedly you have to prepare meals for maybe 20 or 30 individuals more if you have actually gone overboard and also there is no way that you are going to do that with the ordinary family oven.

Couldn’t I Make It A Barbeque Social event?

OK. The weather condition in Sydney is pleasant, the sunlight shines for 340 days a year, so we ll make it a bbq party. Right.

The people that got served first would certainly practically be prepared for their next meal by the time you had finished food preparation for the last couple. There is much additional to event catering preparing than you would realize .

What Regarding A Cold weather Buffet?

We don t like to state this, but for one of the most part offering a chilly buffet indicates cooking a bunch of food prior to the guests arrive, as well as permitting it awesome. You have to organize it so that it all fits together as well as looks rather.

As an example, permit s claim that your piece de resistance is visiting be a large salmon. You need to prepare it, permit it cool, location it on a meal, and also enhance it with natural herbs, veggies, mixed greens, or whatever you want, to ensure that it looks as though it has been done by professional event caterers.

It is likewise likely that a salmon huge enough for your functions succeeded t fit into your stove in the first place.
For any social event of even more than around a lots folks, you will certainly locate that your stove simply succeeded t deal, as well as you could have to spend so much time on prep work that by the time your guests show up all you could really feel like doing is dropping right into bed, rather than playing the perfect host.

Hmmm. Just what Regarding The Plates As well as Cutlery?

It is extremely most likely that you just put on t have enough of these to cater for even a small event, permit alone one of 30 or more. It conserves on the washing up, but you want your event to be born in mind for being a remarkable success, not something that you might see at the neighborhood religion fete.

Yes, there is a whole lot even more to party food catering planning, if you would like to have an event that is hailed as a roaring success, compared to you might in the beginning think.

ASSISTANCE! Exactly what Can I Do?

Just like a lot of factors in life, there are consistently people around that are specialists and can ensure that whatever you need is done perfectly, considering that it s their job. At Chilterns Event catering & Events we have actually been organising event catering preparation in Sydney for several years, as well as although we say so ourselves, we are respectable at it.

We have all the devices that you will ever before have to hold your event, as well as we are specialists when it comes to event meals. Not to put too fine a point on it, our entire team includes committed foodies who like nothing better than planning, and afterwards developing, food that will just make your mouth water.

We enjoy to consume the most effective ourselves, but we obtain fantastic satisfaction from offering the same for people. Yes, it s how we make our living, however at the same time we get a kick out of it, and we such as absolutely nothing more than when our clients compose, phone, and also email us after their event to inform us the amount of their guests appreciated it.

Provide us a telephone call now, or send us an email, and tell us what your ideas for your celebration are. Count on us to make it occur.

Tips On Finding A Great Electrician To Take Care Of Your Wiring Needs

When you need an electrician Brisbane 24 hours, it can be a pretty daunting task finding the right one for the job. You should look for one early before you need them; that way you have time to look around and find a good one. Here are some ways to find a good one to do your important wiring work.

Ask A Friend

Everybody needs an electrician sometimes and there’s a pretty good chance a friend of yours uses one they’re happy with. The first place to look for this type of professional is with friends, co-workers, family members and anybody else you’re close to. Getting a referral is the best way to find a trustworthy professional; if they’re happy with the work, they’ll be happy to pass them on to you.

Get Leads Online

These days, nearly every electrician has their own website. This gives you a taste of what they have to offer without you even having to leave your home. They’ll usually explain their services and maybe even offer some information on their site that might be helpful. You can have a look at many in your local area using the web as well as their sites to narrow it down.

There are also a number of other resources online designed to help. There are websites especially designed to help you find this type of professional. As with most professions nowadays, there are also sites where you can see their ratings. Customers who have used their services before can leave ratings and comments to let you know how well they did their job. These can help greatly in avoiding hiring somebody who does less than professional-grade work.

Check Their Qualifications

Every electrician should be licensed. This means that they have to pass tests and log a certain number of hours working in their field. These professionals learn their trade through apprenticeships, and this certification shows that they’ve done theirs. They’ll also have a valid permit from a building inspector. They will probably show you this upfront, but just in case they don’t, ask them about it.

Just like anything, electrical work has many different subfields. Make sure that they’re qualified to do the kind of work that you need them to do. If possible, find somebody who specializes in the kind of work you need, whether it’s snaking wires, checking power circuits or maintaining service panels.

How Do They Communicate?

You’ll need a professional who is easy to communicate with. You should start paying attention when they first pick up the phone. Are they easy to talk to? Do they ask lots of questions, and are they interested in your electrical problems? They should be friendly, courteous and interested in your problem. They should also be able to explain everything in layman’s terms so that you can understand. After all, you’re just a homeowner and not an electrical whiz.

Pick several services in your area and narrow the list down. Once you find a good electrician who does an excellent job, keep them and refer them to others. They’ll come in handy whenever you need them.

Best Quality Automotive And Caravan Cleaning Products – Why Use Them?

Using window cleaner to clean car windows look better and improve visibility while driving. When it comes to cleaning your bikes, motorbikes, Go-karts and cars you need good quality cleaning products. But why?

Vehicle Wash Products

Wash N Wax formulas use surface detergents to clean away dirt and grime in combination with natural and synthetic waxes that make your vehicle shine. If you do a lot of driving in areas with dense populations of airborne bugs, you know what a hassle it can be to get them off. You can zap road grime, salt deposits and tough bug splatters with Pre-Wash and Bug Shift Cleaners.

Depending on your needs, you can usually buy these cleaners in 3 sizes. For small cleaning jobs, the 1-liter size is sufficient. If you plan on cleaning multiple vehicles, the 5-liter bottle would be your best choice. For those looking to clean a large number of vehicles, go with the 25-liter container and buy enough to last.

Motor Home and Caravan Products

For those with motor homes or caravans, again there is a variety of cleaners. Powerful Caravan and Motor Home Cleaners removes grease and dirt, and it even contain a fungicide that removes moss and algae while preventing future growth. Most are safe on aluminium, plastic, gel coat and rubber, so you can use it to clean your entire vehicle.

No one enjoy cleaning chemical toilets in recreational vehicles, but using a great quality toilet bowl rinse solution which are lightly scented to smell give the toilet area a nice fresh smell makes the job tolerable. Most manufacturers use harsh formaldehyde and gluteraldehyde formulas but the better quality chemical toilet fluids are most commonly free of both of these chemicals, which is good because they are non toxic to the environment and do not cause harm to anyone who comes in contact with them.

Alloy Wheel Cleaner

Those who have alloy wheels on their vehicle know that they require special care. If left dirty or wet, alloy wheels can pit or start to corrode. This is especially a concern in areas with a lot of road grime or salt. High-performance HD Alloy Wheel Cleaners are the ideal choice for any steel or alloy wheel. Make sure you remove the grime and brake dust before too much builds up and irreversible damage is done to your wheels. Rims are expensive, and no one wants to have to replace a damaged set of wheels. In addition to cleaning your wheels, HD Alloy Wheel Cleaner also protects them from future damage. The best of these contain advanced corrosion inhibitors that help to keep rust at bay.

For those with wheels made of alloys that are sensitive to acid-based cleaners, Acid-Free Alloy Wheel Cleaners are a very good option. These cleaners quickly cut through the grime, while protecting your wheels from damage. While most wheel cleaners require that you leave them on the wheel to soak into the dirt and grime, Quality Alloy Wheel Cleaners act instantly. All you have to do is spray it on and wipe it off, and dirt and grime easily wipes away.

Boats and Jet Skis

People often use the same cleaners they use on their cars to clean their boats and jet skis. While they will do the job, the harsh chemicals in automotive cleansers aren’t the best thing to use on your gel coat. It takes a specially formulated cleaner to cut through the sand, algae and salt that builds up on the hull of your boat. No matter where you take your boat or jet ski, Choose a good quality Marine Wash.

Keeping your pride and joy clean is important to ensuring it stays in good condition. Leaving slime and water stains on your boat can result in permanent discoloration of your gel coat. We’ve all seen the white boats that look yellow due to neglect, and none of us wants to be the owner of one. When you get off the water and want a cleaner that acts fast. Good marine washes quickly remove algae and sea salt, and you’ll leave the launch ramp with a boat or jet ski that is every bit as clean and shiny as it was when you launched it.

Bike Cleaner

Off-Road Bike Cleaners work hard to clean all types of bikes. The surfactants in the off-road cleaning formula are designed to remove dirt and grime and if a quality product are suitable for all types of plastics, metals and paints. Acid-free and biodegradable are the best solutions to choose, ensuring you don’t leave behind nasty chemicals that harm the environment.

Cleaning Solutions

Mechanics know that grease is one of the hardest thing to remove from most surfaces. With Citrus Degreasers, this is no longer an issue. A good biodegradable product that makes removing grease a breeze should be pH neutral and be able to be used on almost any surface found in a vehicle. The better products harness the natural cleaning power of oranges to remove grease from plastic, aluminium and glass.

You can also purchase a good glass cleaners. Best quality window and glass cleaners are easy to apply and guaranteed not to leave streaks. They also work well to clean polished surfaces like aluminium and polished stainless steel. Make your shiny surfaces sparkle with a very good quality window and glass cleaner.

Purchasing the very best cleaning products is important to look after your pride and joy. Be sure to use good quality products.

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Cars I Have Known and Loved

Even though you already apply a new car paint protection process they require you to properly care for your vehicle, which many just don’t have time for. All that I know about cars could probably fit into a thimble. Considering my father and his father before him devoted their lives to Detroit’s automobile industry, this really tells you something.

I remember that the biggest curiosity I had about automobiles had to do with how many and what kind of insects I could find in the grill of my dad’s four-door Dodge sedan whenever he returned from a road trip across the Midwest.

My own first car is worth writing about in that it provided a surplus amount of lessons for the naive, young woman I once was. It was a 1965 Dodge Dart and I bought it in 1978 on the recommendation of a good friend who adored Dodge Darts. And my dad was a Dodge man himself, having given The Company 25 solid years of his life. Maybe I had a love-hate relationship with the Dodge even before I bought one because I certainly resented the lack of a father, as mine was always at work or on a sales trip. When he did come home, my mom admonished us to “leave your father alone” and let him read his paper while sipping his two nightly martinis.

The Brown Dart certainly caused its share of anguish in my early twenties at which time all I needed was a reliable mode of transportation to get me to work and back home. Prior to owning the car, I had ridden a series of buses, and before that I had hitchhiked. My friend, the one who adored Dodge Darts, frowned on the hitchhiking, disdained the busing, found me the Brown Dart, and I went along with it. He checked it out and everything seemed A-OK, so I signed on the dotted line, and the car was mine.

A few months after purchasing this “Sepia Lemon” I was on the way to the beach with my sister, Jeanne. Remember, I was 23 years old and so I found it appropriate to be driving around in my bikini. So when a cop pulled me over because the car was belching smoke out of its tailpipe (I was oblivious until he mentioned it), I stepped out of the car to ask, “Is there anything wrong, officer?” He let me off with a warning – I mean, what else could he do, right?

I took the car to a mechanic suggested by my friend (who I hope is not reading this!). Now that it is defunct, and because it is 30 years later, I think I can now tell the world that Ken over at the auto repair shop saw me coming (I had clothes on by then) and informed me that I would need an entirely new engine because there was a crack in the block. You know, $800 in 1978 was huge for a secretary like me. But I swallowed this news, and wrote him the first check of several installations, and let him and his crew go to work. It took them longer than they said it would, and I had to hitchhike and ride the bus around a lot more than I wanted to, but finally the Dart was ready.

Wouldn’t you know it, but just a few months later the car was again spewing smoke. And when I took it back to Ken, he told me that it needed ANOTHER new engine, and that there was no warranty on his prior work. It was somehow my fault that this recently-installed engine had another crack or the pistons were crooked or whatever.

23-year-old clueless-about-automobiles girl + conniving schemer named Ken = major fallout

That afternoon I was so perturbed about the whole series of events, I drove the Dart over to a collision shop that paid me $100 on the spot for the thing and I just walked away.

Thirty years later, I could write you a book on what to do and what not to do if faced with the same scenario. Instead, I will now relate the story of the first car I owned that I truly cared about, and that reciprocated in kind…. All who knew it called it the “Love Bug.”

I found it myself through a classified ad in Pacific Beach where I was living at the time. It was a 1968 VW bug that had been owned by only one other person. It had been built in Panama and it was red, and it was adorable. The only thing was, I did not know how to drive a stick shift. So the seller taught me how, and I was on my way the very same day.

As much pain and disgust as I had experienced with the Brown Dart, it was the complete opposite with the Love Bug. It was a joy to drive it around. I used to change the oil myself. It was the excellent hippy-chick ride! At one point I had it painted purple, my favorite color. Then I was involved in an accident with a guy who should have been wearing his glasses, but wasn’t, so that’s when it became the two-tone purple bug. My husband now speaks fondly about it to our friends, mentioning how it was like being in the Easter Parade when driving around in it.

I didn’t think I would ever bid goodbye to the Love Bug, except Mark and I decided to sell or give away everything we owned so that we could drive around North America, Alaska and Canada in a Chinook (small camper) in 1986, so my mom bought the Love Bug for my sister, Jeanne, who nearly immediately had it painted blue and didn’t worship it nearly as much as I did. By then I was off on such amazing adventures that no mere possessions had any hold on me. I was fishing for trout in Oregon, walking around and through redwood trees, getting chased by a grizzly in the Yukon.

I never did take a photo of the Brown Dart (maybe I would have burned it if I had) and I only have one existing shot of the Love Bug to illustrate my story relating this woman’s love affair with her car.

When we returned from our nine-month journey, we bought a Honda Civic, the first in a succession of work-horse vehicles over the years. We now have a Ford Focus and my dad is happy it’s a “Detroit product” but the charm that oozed from every pore of the Love Bug is nowhere to be found in our silver streamlined station wagon. The Focus is a wonderful piece of transportation, handsome and reliable. If I had the Love Bug today, I probably would rather hop into the Focus for a quick trip to the grocery store or the dentist. Maybe it’s the time of life that the Love Bug represents – when Mark and I were poised together on the threshold of our dreams, curious, unscathed and unafraid, proud to drive around in a purple and pink two-toned Easter egg.

Patty Mooney has been writing since the age of 16. Her favorite topics include women’s issues, homelessness, homeless veterans, the arts, cinema, biographies, nature and video production. Her work has appeared in many publications around the world, including the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Reader, Create Magazine, Post Magazine, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Yoga Journal and others. You can read her blog, “A Diary Left Open” at http://www.sandiegovideoproduction.blogspot.com Her business site is http://www.crystalpyramid.com

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