Bathrooms and Kitchens Are Equity

If you watch any home and garden show, you will hear that most of the hosts will say that you always get your money back in a home’s kitchen or the bathroom. Most people think that the way to add value to a home is by adding more space or just by painting, but the painting will not show an updated home if there is really old appliances in the kitchen or a terrible shower stall in the bathroom. People will go and get a shower replacement in Queens NY and that means that they are looking to improve their bathroom. (more…)

We Picked Up Bed Bugs Staying in Motels While Traveling

We took a road trip. Our plan was to buy an RV and go traveling. We decided to stay in budget motels instead. We had a fabulous time over the winter and into the early summer. We were home for a couple of months when we had to call for bed bug removal in NYC. Somewhere on our trip staying at one of the budget motels we picked up the critters and brought them home with us. The experts in bed bugs said they probably came home in our luggage on our clothes. Is that creepy or what?

I was surprised to have bites after we were home and not while on the road. We actually were trying to be careful about that. We brought and washed our own linens. That is probably how they hitched a ride. We would put the dirty linens in a mesh laundry bag, stop at a laundromat, wash them and then put them on the bed at the next hotel. (more…)

I Do Not Want to Be Afraid

I am generally not the type to give in to hype or live in fear. I am not going to jump out of an airplane anytime soon, but I am also not going to seclude myself in the house because of crime outside my doors. I guess I was living in a bit of a bubble though because crime had just never reached my doorstep. It still hasn’t, but it got mighty close two weeks ago, which is why I did an online search for ADT in Cincinnati.

My neighbor three houses down was the victim of a home invasion. He told me a few days later he was in actual fear of not making it out of his house alive. Thankfully, the two men didn’t even hurt him, physically at least. The reason this is so shocking is because we live on the outskirts of Cincinnati in a tiny town that doesn’t even see vandalism but once every few years. This scared me though because it could have easily been my house that had been chosen. (more…)

Finding Info for Direct TV Deals and Plans

I really want to switch to Direct Television because from everything that I know about it, it seems like it would be a lot better of an option than what I have at the moment. It is sad that I have been paying too much for my cable for so long and did not really realize how much better the other options were. I did not a bit of searching and found http://www.directstartv.org/ which is a site that I guess has listings of services and the prices of Direct TV.

I am pretty eager to check it out, and I really want to read about all of the different packages closely, so that I can really understand what is going on with them, and what they will include. I don’t think that they are going to be so nice as to tell me what the actual channels are that are included in each package. Although that would certainly be some good information to have.

But it should help me out with a lot of the decision process, and so I am going to get started with this soon. I already told my kids that we were going to get more channels by switching to satellite television, and they were both very excited about it. Too excited really, and they kind of thought it was going to happen instantly, or that I had already made arrangement for the satellite to be installed. When that is not in fact the case, and so now looking back on it, I should have used better judgment and waited until I actually knew when we were going to get it to tell them about it. Or maybe i could have just surprised them with the news as well. That would have worked pretty good, I think so myself.

Tips of Back Pain Relieve in 2019

Electrical Nerve and Muscle Stimulation for Herniated Disc

A herniated disc (also known as a slipped disc, or bulging disc) is when there is a rupture in the outer layer of the cushions (discs) between the vertebrae. The discs have a softer inner core like a jelly filled donut. Sometimes due to injury or simply wear and tear, the tough, outer “skin” of the disc will develop a crack, and then the gelatinous center leaks out. This can irritate nearby nerves and cause searing pain.

Most herniated discs occur between the ages of 30 and 50 and are due to the effects of aging. After the age of 50, however, there is less fluid in the discs, so herniated discs are less common.

In most cases, herniated discs will heal on their own, given enough time. Unfortunately, the extreme pain that is experienced during that period of time can be debilitating. Electrical Nerve Stimulation is a non-invasive treatment option that avoids the risks of surgery and the side effects of medication.

What is Electrical Nerve Stimulation?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation administers low-level electrical currents to the herniated disc area. This is accomplished by placing the electrodes that carry the current directly on the skin, or just under the skin via a small incision. The patient usually experiences little or no pain but may experience a tingling sensation. Typically, this treatment is administered by a machine called a TENS device. The scientific principle that enables this treatment to work has yet to be fully defined, and it doesn’t produce pain relief in all clients.

TrueTESLA Electrical Nerve and Muscle Stimulation
Because of the limitations of a typical TENS device, the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers offer a unique treatment called TrueTESLA Electric Nerve and Muscle Stimulation. This procedure surpasses the results of a TENS device by increasing the voltage while maintaining low amperage of the electrical current. Consequently, not only is back pain blocked, but it stimulates muscle fibers as well.

The improved function of TrueTESLA Electrical Nerve and Muscle Stimulation allows us to treat even advanced cases of herniated disc back pain– without drugs or surgery.

Other benefits that exceed the typical TENS machine treatment include increased blood circulation (this facilitates natural healing), easing of muscle spasms, improved range of motion, prevention of atrophy due to muscle disuse, and muscle re-education (reacclimating the muscles to the way they functioned before the herniated disc occurred.)

The benefits are twofold: TrueTESLA technology supports and enhances the body’s natural healing ability while reducing severe pain.

 

Is It Time for a New Mattress?

Getting a full night’s rest is one of the tenets of a healthy lifestyle, so purchasing the right mattress will be among the most important investments you will ever make. If you’re currently dissatisfied with how you are sleeping, examining your mattress can be crucial to improving you are well being. The following are some basic questions you should ask if you are wondering if it’s time for a new mattress.

How old is your mattress? Typically, the average mattress lasts about 5 to 7 years depending on the quality of the mattress, your lifestyle, and sleeping habits. So if it’s been over a decade (or two) since you invested in a new mattress, it is definitely time to start anew.

How are you sleeping? Do you consistently wake up in the middle of the night? Are you sore in the morning or feel stiff? Poor circulation and tossing and turning are indicators that your mattress isn’t doing its job anymore. If you are having these common symptoms, then it is definitely time for a new mattress.

Do you have the wrong type of bed? The best thing to do is to lie down on your current bed – prior to bedtime. Pay attention to how it supports you, what qualities seem to be lacking and write down a list of what your ideal bed should do for you. There are memory foam mattresses, natural latex mattresses, as well as traditional innerspring mattresses that have distinct advantages you may be looking for.

If it hasn’t been that long since you have acquired a new bed, memory foam mattress toppers and memory foam pillows can go a long way to improving your sleeping regimen.

These days, the majority of brands offer free-trial periods that are long enough for you to compare and make a final decision. Should I get a memory foam or a Sleep Number bed? Read our comparison.

So don’t be shy – if you are thinking about buying a new mattress, the time may be sooner than you think.

Adjustable Air Beds – Digital Number Beds & Mattresses

Technological advancements over the last twenty years have brought adjustable air beds and air mattresses to the forefront of the sleep industry. More durable than ever before and providing levels of comfort that is fully adjustable, these digital air mattresses are practical alternatives when a traditional innerspring mattress is no longer providing the kind of rest you need.

Far from that portable air mattress that you keep in the attic for special occasions, these are bona fide beds that look and feel like your traditional mattress but will have you sleeping on air.

So how do adjustable air beds work? Like an innerspring mattress, there is a core of support, but instead of metal coils, the support comes from air that is contained in specially designed air chambers. The core is also molded out of vulcanized rubber, which gives the mattress the strength and durability it needs to support the sleeper’s body weight for years. However, unlike a coil system that has a fixed firmness, air beds can adjust to the sleeper’s tastes – a remote control conveniently adds or releases air through an electric pump, so the mattress can become as soft or firm as you like. The rest of the mattress is much like any traditional mattress, with layers of foam and upholstery to provide a soft, comfortable top to sleep on.

Digital air beds are best for people who enjoy being able to control the firmness of their mattress depending on their mood, or what their body needs from day to day. They are especially ideal for couples who require different levels of firmness, as the core of the mattress is divided in a way that allows one side to be more or less firm than the other.

Read more about the Sleep Number bed by Select Comfort and the competitively priced, quality mattresses at Dream Number Beds, the leading providers of adjustable air beds and air mattresses. We also offer air mattress reviews that compare the digital number of beds.

Innerspring Mattresses

After a century of being in mass production, innerspring mattresses are still the dominant type of mattress in the world, holding about 80% of the market share. Most of us have grown up on one, and know quite well how they feel. They are tried and tested, have made significant advances over time, and are available in the most known configurations of all kinds of mattresses, more than its newest competitors including memory foam beds by manufacturers like TV Brand memory foam, latex beds, and air beds. Before delving into the latest technologies, it’s important to consider innerspring mattresses for your new or replacement mattress – you may be surprised at what you find.

An innerspring mattress is just that – a mattress whose core is a system of springs or coils that provide the sleep support. The coils can be found in varying thickness – also known as the gauge – and come in different configurations, from standard Bonnell coils to fabric pocketed coils, hinged and flexible offset coils, and continuous coils. Each configuration offers a different type of support, from incredibly firm to supply and contouring. Around the core is generally a cushioning foam layer, which is then surrounded by upholstery that provides the comfortable mattress surface. By varying any one of these elements, you have a unique mattress that can provide the surface you are looking for.

These days, it’s possible to find almost any kind of innerspring mattress for every type of body, sleeping habit, and tastes. While features like the pillow-top and Euro-top have increased the quality of softness, you can even find innerspring beds that are beginning to integrate rival technologies, like a layer of memory foam. So if you want to try out a new level of sleep without committing to the unknown, innerspring beds are still the standard to beat. The best mattress brands for innerspring mattresses are Sealy, Serta, and Simmons – check out each brand’s features and decide which one is best for you.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Developed technology during the 1970’s as a material to relieve astronauts from the pressure of g-forces while in flight, memory foam wasn’t originally intended for mattresses. It took a little ‘outside the box’ thinking by a Swedish company to realize that the potential sleep benefits of the material were too great to be ignored. With a unique ability to mold to and support your body, this material had the ability to relieve more pressure than any previous type of foam. It also takes a long time to return to its original shape – the long-lasting impression of the shape of your body is what inspired its creators to coin the term ‘memory foam’.

So how does memory foam mattresses work? As opposed to innerspring mattresses, there are no separate parts. The incredibly durable polyurethane based foam is filled with billions of minuscule air pockets, which decompress when met with body weight and heat. As air releases, the person sleeping literally sinks into the bed, providing a floating sensation while balancing the body and aligning it correctly. Choosing the right thickness and density can control how much sink there is; the high-density foam will provide more support, while lower density foams will allow you to sink more, and the thicker the foam, the deeper you can go. Memory foam mattresses are generally several layers of varying density that help support and distribute the sleeper’s weight.

Memory foam is perfect for sleepers who like to feel snug, and enjoy the sensation of melting into a mattress. This is also best for sleepers who don’t turn much while sleeping or wish to curb as much movement as possible. While the foam is great at minimizing movements and the chance of disturbing a sleeping partner, that also means there is no springiness to the mattress. But for a restful sensation that feels like floating, this is the mattress to get.

Read more about TV Brand memory foam and AngelBeds, two of the leading memory foam mattress providers in the nation.

 

Source: Best Firm Mattresses For Back Pain

He Needed to Recharge My AC Unit

My air conditioner is a lifeline for me in the summer months here in New York City. Even when the temperature is in the 70s, I like to turn it on because my house can become quite stuffy. When the temperatures are in the 80s or 90s, it becomes an absolute necessity. Well, I had to contact a company that does AC repair in NYC last month because my air conditioner was running but not putting out any cold air. I was thankful that the compressor was running, which indicated to me that there might just be a problem with the refrigerant level or even a leak. (more…)

We Still Do Spring Cleaning Like My Grandparents Did

My wife and I like a clean house. We are not clean freaks that worry about every speck of dust, and we are not germophobes either. I have a friend who is like that. He walks around with a bottle of hand sanitizer all the time. Still, we like our house to be clean. It is those deep cleanings that take so much time to get done. This is why we hire professional spring cleaning in Singapore to clean our condo.

We want every piece of furniture, including the mattresses, cleaned. We want the curtains and blinds cleaned too. Every wall needs to be washed, and the rooms with carpeting need to have every square inch of the carpet professionally cleaned. I really like how our house sparkles after these spring cleaning jobs are done. I really like it that we do not have to lift a finger during the process. We just supervise the professional cleaners telling them what we want done and they do the rest. It is worth it to have it done this way. (more…)

How We Saved Money on an Electricity Plan That Had Free Electricity in the Evenings

My wife told me, “We need to talk.” Just what a guy wants to hear. She said we would talk over dinner. She told me that by text. I was afraid to ask what it was about! I did not think I did anything. Well, not on purpose anyway. Over barbecued chipped ham, cole slaw and potato chips she said we needed to talk about how much our electric bill was costing. She said it has been going up and up, and it is the priciest utility we are paying. I checked out TXU electricity rate plans with her online later in the evening. We found several at a lower per kilowatt hour rate.

We found one that had a minimum usage rate that met what we use every month. (more…)

Are Perfect Teeth Necessary for Beauty

Dental work is a nightmare for most people but the United States remains one of the most dental oriented societies in the world. There’s a very real social pressure to have the best and brightest white teeth regardless of where you may live in America. The idea of having perfect teeth saturates our culture and is one of the driving points of attractiveness; if not the one defining feature that seems to be shared in the multiple interpretations of what we believe beauty to be as Americans. Have you visited your dentist in Grand Rapids? If not, I bet you feel guilty right now for doing so after being so shamelessly reminded that the beauty equation ends and begins with your teeth. It’s something that I’ve struggled with for years because I don’t have straight teeth. There’s very few women who are going to find it endearing and only a handful of women I have dated have thought that it was an attractive part of my features.

There’s nothing at all wrong with having great teeth. (more…)

Choosing a Good Web Design Team for Your Business

I remember building my first website as a young man. It was fun to spend all those hours learning how to do it. My main motivation was to show off for friends and family. I built a bunch of websites that were very basic, but they looked like masterpieces to people who knew nothing about the Internet or websites. I am very embarrassed about my efforts. I never went anywhere with it even though I considered I might make it a career back then. The company I own as an adult uses a firm that does website design in Michigan. I could not even begin to build anything now. I barely even remember a couple of basic HTML tags.

The point I am making is that we should leave some things to professionals. We should consult with people that have a proven track record of performance. I remember the early days of the Internet where small business owners were allowing employees or relatives with some web experience to build them an online presence. That never was a good idea. (more…)

Server Management for New Business Website

It has taken a lot of work and dedication from a couple of my employees, but the new website for our company is finally ready to be launched. It is a day that I have looked forward to, because this has been a long time in the making and I have worried that it would not turn out as intended. We need to hire server management for the new website though, because I do not want my employees to have to worry about keeping the website running. They have other things to attend to, and I feel like too much of their time has already been devoted to this project, to expect them to put more time into it going forward.

The real vision of the new website was what took so much effort to develop. (more…)

Thinking About Dumping My Cable Tv

Cable TV guideThinking about dumping my cable tv, but I am not sure what would be the best thing to do instead. Of course I watch a lot of live sports and that is the thing that really keeps people from cutting the cable on Time Warner and Comcast and those other pirates. Everything else you can get off the internet of you can get you a Digital Video Recorder like the Direct TV Genie and record it, then you play it back and skip through the ads. Obviously that sort of defeats the whole purpose of most tv programs. (more…)

SQL ON

The SQL ON clause is used to create JOIN queries  when information are located in different tables, i.e. allows to join related data tables by specifying a condition that involves a key field that identifies both tables, the key field contains data that is found in the first table and  in the second table, and therefore both tables are related by this key field. Is optional you have these fields defined as a FOREIGN KEY between two tables, what is essential is that there are two fields that have the data to identify the records from both tables.

Following is the general syntax to use the SQL ON clause for  two tables, using the JOIN query:

SELECT fieldNamess FROM table_1 AS one

     JOIN table_2 AS two

     ON one.field = two.field

 

When the type of JOIN (INNER, LEFT, RIGHT) is not specified the default JOIN is INNER JOIN, which returns a record when it meets the condition of the JOIN specified in the operator ON.

In the following example we are using the AdventureWorks database, to get the name of the territory for the customers. The required information is contained in the tables, Sales.Customer and Sales.SalesTerritory, the field that will serve as a JOIN condition is TerritoryID, which will be used in the SQL ON operator. This field will allow us to relate data from both tables. In the table definition, Sales.Customer has a FOREIGN KEY with theSales.SalesTerritory table.

In the result query we will get the ID and customer type as well as the account number  from the Sales.Customer table and the name of the territory from the Sales.SalesTerritory table. The JOIN syntax is as follows:

SELECT  C.CustomerID , C.CustomerType ,C.AccountNumber ,T.Name    FROM Sales .SalesTerritory AS T

INNER JOIN Sales .Customer AS C

ON T.TerritoryID = C.TerritoryID

As we see the INNER JOIN operator is used to mention the second table where we will find the additional information, later in the JOIN condition we use the  SQL ON operator, placing the field that will allow us to join the information from the two tables. In the image we can see the output of the query:

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Third Ashes Test Perth

Days 1 to 3

The third Ashes Test in Perth is an all action affair. The first three days have seen 35 wickets fall and 845 runs scored, most of them by the Australians.

As with the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, day one seemed to go very much England‘s way. Australia‘s first four wickets fell for only 36 runs, with Clarke scoring only 4 and Ponting barely breaking into double figures. But once again Mike Hussey stepped up to steady the ship. His score of 61 was only bettered by his West Australian team mate Mitchell Johnson, coming back after being dropped for the Adelaide test.  Haddin chipped in with a rapid 53 and Siddle made 35 to give the Australian total of 268 an air of respectability. Strauss and Cook finished the final session scoring 29 runs with out loss.

Day two belonged to the comeback kid, Mitchell Johnson. After his 62 with the bat, Alastair Cookwas his first victim, caught on 32 by Australian man of the series so far, Mike HusseyTrott and Pietersen were both quickly dismissed, trapped LBW by JohnsonPietersen went for a duck, after previously telling Johnson he wanted to be his best mate and could he get his phone number. Ryan Harris picked up the vital wickets of Strauss and Bell, who both made half centuries. But Johnsonfinished with 6 wickets for only 38 runs. England were all out for 187, eighty one runs behind the Australian first innings score.

Australia batted for the entire late afternoon session. Once again the top order proved fragile. Hughes was caught by Collingwood off an edge from Finn for 12. Ponting went the same way, but he was caught by Prior for only one. Clarke managed 20 before cutting a ball onto his stumps from Tremlett. The exception was Shane Watson, who managed 50 off of 100 balls, ably supported, of course, by none other than Mike Hussey, who also finished the day not out on 24. Australia ended the day on 119 for 3.

Watson and Hussey resumed on the third day, adding 58 runs to their overnight  score, before Watson was dismissed, again in the nervous nineties, for 95. Hussey once again carried the innings, scoring his twelfth test century. He was the last man out on 116. Smith hung around to add 36 but no one else made double figures. Australia were all out for 309 giving England a target 391. Much was said about the South Africans making 414 in the fourth innings at the WACA a few years ago. Hussey and Watson had proved that it was a wicket that runs could be scored on and with more than 2 days remaining England were in with a chance. But the smart money would be on Australia to level the series.

Strauss and Cook put on only 23  before Cook was trapped LBW by Harris for 13. Strauss was soon caught by Ponting off a Johnson ball for only 15. Pietersen scored only 3 but Trott put on 31 before being caught by Haddin off of a ball parried by PontingPonting damaged his hand in the attempted catch and left the field. England sent in Anderson as the night watchmen, but this was unsuccessful, as it was  Collingwood who was dismissed off the last ball of the day, caught by Smithfrom a Harris delivery. This left England with 310 runs to get for victory with only 5 wickets remaining.

Australia should mop up the innings on the fourth day, to leave things all square going into Melbourne on Boxing Day.

Second Ashes Test Round Up

England win in Adelaide

Things wound up in Adelaide with an emphatic win to England in the second Ashes Test. A magnificent innings from Kevin Pietersen saw him score a huge double century and he was ably backed by Alastair Cook who got a big century for the second test in succession. Trott and Bell both broke the 50 mark and Australia never looked like dismissing EnglandAndrew Strauss went cheaply on day 2 to an edge from Doug “the rug” Bollinger. But he was the only Englishman who did. Every other batsmen spent long periods at the crease, but scored quickly. England amassed the huge total of 620 for 5 declared, 375 runs ahead of the Australians first innings score.

The best Australia could hope for was to hold out for a draw, with the help of the wet weather in AdelaideSimon Katich bravely opened the innings, despite a painful Achilles injury that will keep him out of the rest of the series. He managed 43 before being dismissed by SwannRicky Pontingfailed again, caught by Collingwood off of a turner from Swann, for only 9 runs. Clarke overcame a difficult start to make 80 and hopefully has batted himself back into some sort of form. He was caught by Cook off a ball from Kevin Pietersen, of all people, who finished with bowling figures of 3 overs 1 for 10 to add to his 227 runs with the bat. Watson and Hussey both made half centuries, but no one else seriously troubled the scorer. Australia totaled 304 all out in the second innings to give Englandthe win by an innings and 71 runs.

The Perth test starts on the 16th December, so the players have over a weeks rest. There will be enforced changes with Katich out for Australia and Broad has returned home to England for treatment on an abdominal injury. But what else will Australia do? I suspect Phil Hughes will come in for Katich and that could go either way. In his limited test career of 7 matches he has scored two centuries and two 50′s, but he struggled against England in the last Ashes series and was dropped. I don’t expect any other changes to the batting. North will probably be retained on his home ground. So Australia really need him and the skipper to step up from their current slumps and for Clarke to continue his recovery.

But it is the bowling that is the major problem. Although the speedsters looked dangerous at times in Adelaide, five wickets in two days is never going to win a test match. I don’t know if there will be any changes to the bowling, but confidence is very low, as can be seen by good fielders dropping their chances and they are not coming along too often. I doubt that there will be any rain in Perth, so a result is almost assured, probably the same one, unless some dramatic changes take place. See you at the WACA ground Thursday next week.

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