Mixing The Right Elements Of Great House Remodeling

By Jon Caldwell

In remodeling your house, you should first consider how far your budget can go. And if you think your resources will not really allow you to go on with the project, you need to delay the work first while saving up for the required money.

Once you are ready to renovate, and you really want to make your home look refurbished, focus on the kitchen and bathrooms. These two rooms in your house are the priciest to remodel, hence upon finish, your house will appear to have more value.

Sometimes remodeling does not mean outright tearing down of the walls and ceilings. You only have to add some fixtures such cabinets, shelves or a window. Repainting can be a good way of remodeling your house without necessarily reconstructing anything.

You want to remodel your house, or at least give it a new, fresh look. You have laid out your plan and have filed for a leave from your work. You even solicited the help of your spouse and he happily agreed. You are ready and set to start on the renovation, but you are constrained by your budget.

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In this case, you still can freshen up and give your home a touch of newness. Refurbishing does not only entail carpentry work. You don’t have to hire the services of a contractor at all. All you need is some imagination, a few pieces of interior decors and perhaps a new shade of paint. Hanging paintings on the wall, draping fresh curtains on the windows and re-varnishing furniture can give your home a totally different look without going through the pains hiring an expensive remodeling team.

Some house remodeling tasks can either be undertaken by the owners themselves or contracted out to professionals or experts on the field. Which ever way the owner wants the task done, before starting any remodeling project, the first thing to be considered is the estimation of the cost.

To approximate the cost, the house owner must be able to compare prices among various outlets from where he will be making purchases of the materials to be used. This way he is able to get the most out of his money. In other cases too, the house owner, in order to save himself the time, may just entrust the cost estimation to his contractor.

It’s true that remodeling your house on your own can save you the cost of hiring a professional contractor. However consider the hassles that come along with doing the project by yourself.

First, you are not an expert on the matter. You are not very knowledgeable about economical ways of using materials available. In the end, you might be dismayed to find yourself spending more than what you expected. Second, since you are not an expert on the matter (unless you are an architect or engineer) you might not be able to competently meet the time frame of your project. This will create a problem later on especially when you find out you have spent almost all of your vacation days and yet your house remodeling project is only half way through.

If you happen to visit a home furnishing shop, you might be astounded to find out so many new and modern and lovely designs for bathrooms, it can be confusing which one to pick. But don’t be too carried away by the amazing displays you see in these shops. Be prudent.

Firstly, make up your mind about your purpose in remodeling your bathroom. Why do you want to remodel it anyway? Is it for convenience and comfort? Or is it plainly to satisfy your want for aesthetics? These questions will guide you in selecting and deciding which bathroom fixtures and design you really need and want.

About the Author: Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at houseremodelingtips.net

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Chef who appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ commits suicide

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 

Joseph Cerniglia, a chef who had appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s television show Kitchen Nightmares, has commited suicide. Cerniglia was the owner of Italian restaurant Campania. He jumped off a bridge into the Hudson river on the New York–New Jersey border. At the time of filming in 2007, Cerniglia owed suppliers $80,000.

Officials reported that 39-year-old Cerniglia had jumped off of the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson. His death has officially been ruled as suicide. His body was retrieved from the river after reports of a man jumping off of the bridge.

Ramsay released a statement to the Press Association saying “I was fortunate to spend time with Joe during the first season of Kitchen Nightmares. Joe was a brilliant chef, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and staff.”

Cerniglia told Ramsay about his personal debt when he came to the restaurant in 2007. He said “I am financially in trouble. The debt of the restaurant alone is overwhelming. My personal debt — wife, kids, mortgage — that’s a lot of debt”.

Chef who appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ commits suicide

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 

Joseph Cerniglia, a chef who had appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s television show Kitchen Nightmares, has commited suicide. Cerniglia was the owner of Italian restaurant Campania. He jumped off a bridge into the Hudson river on the New York–New Jersey border. At the time of filming in 2007, Cerniglia owed suppliers $80,000.

Officials reported that 39-year-old Cerniglia had jumped off of the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson. His death has officially been ruled as suicide. His body was retrieved from the river after reports of a man jumping off of the bridge.

Ramsay released a statement to the Press Association saying “I was fortunate to spend time with Joe during the first season of Kitchen Nightmares. Joe was a brilliant chef, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and staff.”

Cerniglia told Ramsay about his personal debt when he came to the restaurant in 2007. He said “I am financially in trouble. The debt of the restaurant alone is overwhelming. My personal debt — wife, kids, mortgage — that’s a lot of debt”.

Chef who appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ commits suicide

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 

Joseph Cerniglia, a chef who had appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s television show Kitchen Nightmares, has commited suicide. Cerniglia was the owner of Italian restaurant Campania. He jumped off a bridge into the Hudson river on the New York–New Jersey border. At the time of filming in 2007, Cerniglia owed suppliers $80,000.

Officials reported that 39-year-old Cerniglia had jumped off of the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson. His death has officially been ruled as suicide. His body was retrieved from the river after reports of a man jumping off of the bridge.

Ramsay released a statement to the Press Association saying “I was fortunate to spend time with Joe during the first season of Kitchen Nightmares. Joe was a brilliant chef, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and staff.”

Cerniglia told Ramsay about his personal debt when he came to the restaurant in 2007. He said “I am financially in trouble. The debt of the restaurant alone is overwhelming. My personal debt — wife, kids, mortgage — that’s a lot of debt”.

What Dogs Should Not Eat

By Dave Jackson

Dogs, especially puppies, are so innocent to their surroundings that they’ll experiment anything once, even if it’s harmful. Even this morning, as I was spraying an organic insecticide made from flowers, my miniature schnauzer took a few licks to see what is was. Just like snakes, dogs use their tongues to test the environment. This spray isn’t that bad because it’s all natural. Still, even natural repellents are pretty hard on the kidneys.

Dogs will try anything, even more than cats, which seem to be the most finicky pets you could own. So when you are putting out the dog food, chances are, even if there is something bad in there, if it tastes good enough, they’ll eat the whole bowl and look at you to see if more is coming. And by the way, make sure you’re not overfeeding your puppy. Don’t feed them scraps or your unfinished food. That’s a lot of food for an animal that doesn’t get out very much. With nowhere to burn off the food, your pup will put on the pounds.

So if dogs can’t tell you how the food tastes, or read the label to see if there is anything in their food that might be rough on the kidneys or digestive tract; it is up to you, their caretaker, to carefully check what is in that big bag that sits in the pantry. With the recent horror of the Chinese putting anything in mix, it is time for you to do a little label investigation to make sure you are not slowly killing your dog with ingredients that still make it onto American shelves.

First, a little lesson in economics. Dog food manufacturers are in business for one, primary reason – and it isn’t to make dog food! It’s to make a profit. Dog food is only the vehicle to get them profitable. This being the case, know that if they can save money on manufacturing and beat the competition, they will. They don’t do this because they want to hurt your pet. They do this because if they don’t – the way their business model works – they will lose money and sell less dog food.

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Have you been to the dog food aisle lately? Some stores have two or three aisles. There is huge competition on price and ingredients. You’ll find your normal dog food; names you’ve grown up with, and then you’ll find newer, organic or special diet dog foods. So know that there is not a lot of concern going on for your dog – just marketing what may catch your fancy. But you need to be aware of what to look out for on those labels.

Since Fido will probably eat the same food day in and day out, it is important to look past the attractive labels and clever marketing. Current pet food regulation allows manufacturers to use ingredients you wouldn’t feed your pet in you knew. Look for the word “by-products” on the label. This can mean feet, bones and intestines.

Because dog food manufacturers have to make sure the product won’t spoil, typically 12 months, they include preservatives. Fats used in dog food would go rancid, so they use synthetic preservatives called butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), propyl gallate, propylene glycol which is also used as a less-toxic version of automotive antifreeze, and ethoxyquin. Look for these on the label. There is not much information documenting their toxicity, safety, interactions, or use in pet foods that may be eaten every day for the life of your dog. Propylene glycol was banned in cat food because it causes anemia in cats, yet it is still allowed in dog food.

These potentially cancer-causing agents such as BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin are allowed at pretty low levels. Using these chemicals in dog foods has not been thoroughly studied, and long term build-up of these agents could be harmful. Because of the questionable data in the original study on its safety, ethoxyquin’s manufacturer, Monsanto, was required to perform a new, more rigorous study in 1996. Monsanto didn’t find significant toxicity associated with its own product, but in July 1997 the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine requested that manufacturers voluntarily reduce the maximum level for ethoxyquin by half, to 75 parts per million.

The ball is in the air on ethoxyquin. Some pet food critics believe that ethoxyquin is a major cause of disease, skin problems, and infertility in dogs, others claim it is the safest, strongest, most stable preservative we have for pet food. And ethoxyquin is approved for human foods, preserving spices such as cayenne and chili powder, at a level of 100 ppm but it would be pretty hard for even the most hard-core spice lover to consume as much chili powder every day as a dog would eat dry food. Ethoxyquin has not been tested with cats. Still, it is commonly used in veterinary diets for both cats and dogs.

What is the answer? What I suggest is that you contact suppliers who make dog food in small batches and ship them to your door. These companies are few and far between, but they do exist and they have higher quality ingredients with none of the dangerous preservatives. I discuss this in detail on my website.

About the Author: Dave Jackson lives in south Florida with his miniature schnauzer. He has great tips on how to care and feed your dog on his website

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2008 DRAMeXchange Compuforum: Global DRAM market to be changed majorly

Friday, June 13, 2008 

Seminars and forums always played key roles to forecast the future of ICT industry worldwide after the COMPUTEX became more and more critical for businesspeople. Not only e21FORUM, the DRAMeXchange Compuforum was progressively respected by DRAM industry since 2006.

Since the mobile devices have become popular in the presence, the supply of DRAM modules is still inadequate to meet the demand. “The abandonment of 12-inch fabs and the suspension of 8-inch fabs are considered critical issues in this incident. If the Mainland China wants to enlarge its market stably, the supply chain and costs of material should be cautioned.” stated DRAMeXchange Technology.

Mass storage devices with high capacity often linked with enterprises. With innovations of information technology, capacity of USB flash drives and mobile drives are larger and larger. “Capacity, costs of production, prices, and efficiency on writing and reading are critical factors to determine an user on choosing SSDs, hard disks, or flash drives.” stated Hitach Corp.. “The market shares on storage will transform from enterprises to digital storage with a significant grown-up of Internet users within four years.” stated Seagate Technology.

2008 DRAMeXchange Compuforum: Global DRAM market to be changed majorly

Friday, June 13, 2008 

Seminars and forums always played key roles to forecast the future of ICT industry worldwide after the COMPUTEX became more and more critical for businesspeople. Not only e21FORUM, the DRAMeXchange Compuforum was progressively respected by DRAM industry since 2006.

Since the mobile devices have become popular in the presence, the supply of DRAM modules is still inadequate to meet the demand. “The abandonment of 12-inch fabs and the suspension of 8-inch fabs are considered critical issues in this incident. If the Mainland China wants to enlarge its market stably, the supply chain and costs of material should be cautioned.” stated DRAMeXchange Technology.

Mass storage devices with high capacity often linked with enterprises. With innovations of information technology, capacity of USB flash drives and mobile drives are larger and larger. “Capacity, costs of production, prices, and efficiency on writing and reading are critical factors to determine an user on choosing SSDs, hard disks, or flash drives.” stated Hitach Corp.. “The market shares on storage will transform from enterprises to digital storage with a significant grown-up of Internet users within four years.” stated Seagate Technology.

Stores drop game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” after given ‘Adults Only’ rating

Thursday, July 21, 2005 

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) changed its content rating of the controversial Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game from “Mature” to “Adults Only” on Wednesday. The ESRB change came after a investigation proved that sexual content in the game could be unlocked by anyone with the Windows version or with a modified console.

Graphic sex scenes in the game can be revealed if a user downloads a patch from the internet of the “Hot Coffee modification” or enters codes into a 3rd party modifier such as the game shark. This opens up a locked mini-game that depicts characters as having sex. The secret code as well as the patch is widely available on the Internet such as gamer sites, MoFunZone.com and Gamespot.

In response to this, Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive stopped making the version of the game with the sexual content and plan to release a “Mature”-rated title in the fall with the “Hot Coffee” content removed.

Game maker Take-Two says the ‘game mod’ is third-party software that violates the end-user license agreement of the company’s intellectual property rights. Citing what the company calls standard industry practice to create content that never makes it into the final version of a game, the sex scenes included in the software, “were never intended to be found.”

After the rating change, stores such as Wal-Mart and Target pulled the game off their shelves under their policies not to sell “Adults Only”-rated games.

This controversy has lead to major debate between execs and politicians whether the video game industry should continue to judge itself or not. Many of the watchdog groups were unaware that content like this is usually “locked away” instead of being deleted.

Vacuum Cleaner: From A Pillowcase To A Housewife S Best Friend

Submitted by: Randy Letter

In olden times, they were called whirlwinds . When the 50 s came, they were named as the housewife s best friend . Nowadays, some call them hoovers. However it is called, this machine still occupies an irreplaceable position in every household. No machine works harder to keep floors free of dust bunnies. These extraordinary appliances are more commonly known as vacuum cleaners.

Vacuum cleaners first made an appearance in Georgia, U.S.A. in the year 1900 but back then, they were unwieldy and difficult to operate. The early machines required you to crank a handle while pushing them along the floor. Needless to say the housewives wanted a more elegant and maneuverable appliance. In 1901, the inventor Hubert Cecil Booth created a huge version of a vacuum cleaner that sucked dust out of large buildings. It was so big it had to be carried in a wagon and pulled by a team of horses. Again, this machine was useful in some ways but for normal homeowners, it was a bit too large.

W.H. Hoover and his company, the Electric Suction Sweeper Company, made the most famous and most handy vacuum cleaners. Most people credit Hoover with the idea for the portable vacuum cleaner but it was actually deserved by a man called James Spangler, a cousin of Hoover s wife. Spangler was originally a janitor in Ohio. He wanted a better cleaning device for the floor of the department store where he was working because the dust was giving him a very bad cough. And so, with a pillowcase, a broom handle and an old fan James Spangler created the first crude version of a portable vacuum cleaner.

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It was just in time, because his cousin s husband, Hoover, was looking for a new investment and so he took Spangler s invention. Under Hoover s care the production and sales of the vacuum cleaner flourished. In the year 1908 Hoover started mass-producing vacuum cleaners and selling them to wealthy homeowners.

Hoover improved the old vacuum cleaners and made them look more like the ones we see around today. He created new and improved attachments, brushes to clean the floor as dust is sucked up, filters for the dust, and a new exterior design for the machine itself. At first the machines weren t so popular with the public but Hoover used door-to-door salesmen to boost his sales. He also came up with the 10-day free trial idea. He left each customer a vacuum cleaner for ten days, free of charge and at the end of the trial they could choose to buy it or not. This idea worked miracles. Housewives all over America started trying the vacuum cleaners and falling in love with them. Sales went through the roof.

Nowadays vacuum cleaners have been modernized and completely revamped. Vacuum cleaners use an air pump to create a vacuum that sucks up the dust and particles from floors. The new and improved vacuum cleaners use air pressure to force the dust out of the carpet or floor and into the sucking spout of the cleaner. Brushes have also been added to most models of vacuum cleaners. They sweep the dust up and into the vacuum. These additions create a better type of cleaner for homes. Brushes and vacuum root out dust particles that settle into tiny cracks and fissures.

Usually when the air is sucked into the cleaner it passes through a filter that catches the dust and particles. The dirt is deposited in a bag attached to the handle of the machine. A small motor runs the air pump and powers the created vacuum. A small fan cools this motor; however in some vacuum cleaners the air sucked into the machine also cools the motor. A smaller motor within the machine usually powers the brush attachment that loosens the dirt on the floor.

The vacuum cleaner is perfectly built to cater to the needs of janitors, cleaners, and homeowners everywhere. Inventors have been tinkering with the design for decades and new models for every kind of floor have popped up all over the world. There are vacuum cleaners for hardwood, carpet, and even a vacuum cleaner that works on its own with no help from a person. The vacuum cleaner has come a long way since James Spangler and his pillowcase. It s become a necessity to every house and home and a serious threat to dirt and dust everywhere.

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United States begins testing equipment for demolition of a major VX nerve gas stockpile

Saturday, May 7, 2005 

Testing began on a chemical reactor at the Newport Chemical Depot near Terre Haute, Indiana on Friday morning. If successful, the reactor will be put to use destroying the large VX nerve gas stockpiles stored at the facility over the course of the next two years. After the disposal project experienced several delays, the facility announced it would begin pumping VX into a completed disposal unit for testing. The unit consists of a chemical reactor in which the VX will be mixed with water and sodium hydroxide, heated to 194°F while mixed with paddles. The resulting chemical, called hydrolysate, is chemically similar to commercial drain cleaners and has similar properties. If the test is successfully completed , the unit will continue processing the VX until the entire stockpile has been neutralized, a process projected to take two years. Administrators expect to complete testing on May 10, 2005.

According to the controversial plan, the finished waste product would be shipped to New Jersey for final reprocessing. The inert chemical would then be emptied into the Delaware River where natural attenuation would occur.

Residents near the proposed river disposal site in New Jersey oppose this idea. The contractor for the final component of this disposal would be the DuPont Corporation.

NCD is a bulk chemical storage and destruction facility in west central Indiana, thirty miles north of Terre Haute. Originally founded during World War II to produce RDX, a conventional explosive, it later became a site for chemical weapons manufacturing during the Cold War. It is now used to securely store and gradually neutralize part of the US stockpile of VX.

VX was manufactured by the U.S. in the 1950s and 60’s as a deterrent to possible Soviet Union use. It was never deployed, and the manufacture was halted in 1969 after an order signed by then-president Richard Nixon.

In 1999, the Army announced it awarded a disposal contract to Parsons Infrastructure & Technology, Inc., a business unit of Parsons Corporation. Some 220 civilian Parsons employees work at the facility, which is supervised by an Army officer reporting to the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency, and a board of civilian government overseers called the Indiana Citizens’ Advisory Commission, some of whose members are appointed by the state governor.

Security at the facility is controversial. A private security service, supplemented by a complement of Indiana National Guard soldiers, guarded the facility until April 14, 2005, when the soldiers were withdrawn. An Indianapolis television station has questioned security measures in some of its special reports.