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Wooden Shutters And Hurricane Protection

If you live in an area that is prone to storms or hurricanes, there are several types of security storm shutters available that will help you protect yourself and your home.  Storm shutters aren’t in the wooden shutters category, although they are durable shutters that move horizontally between the lower and the upper track.

Interlocking blades found on the storm shutters are made from aluminum and make up a wall of protection in the shutter.  If you have a large area to cover, it can half a center opening with half of the shutter moving to the right and the other half to the left.

Even though this shutter doesn’t fall into one of the most decorative styles of shutters, it does provide great protection against theft, flying debris, forced entry, and even the dreaded hurricane.  Storm shutters will also give you more privacy and help to reduce noise.

A great example of a protective covering that will do a great job in protecting from the sun’s glare and heat is the aluminum awning.  They are affordable in price and very functional, they fit doors, patios, porches, and windows as well.  There are two types available – the standard awning and the winged awning, and both will easily close down to convert to storm shutters.

For those who live in bad storm areas, storm shutters are among the best ways to help protect your family and your house.  They don’t cost a lot of money, they are easy to install, and they won’t make your home stand out in a crowd.  If you want the best in protection from Mother Nature and the peace of mine in knowing it – storm shutters are just what you need.


Exercise And Sleeping Better, When Your Nights Are Long!

The amount of physical exercise that you exert during the day is one of the key ingredients to helping you get a good sleep at night.  The more active your body is during the day, the more likely you are to relax at night and fall asleep faster.

With regular exercise you’ll notice that your quality of sleep is improved and the transition between the cycles and phases of sleep will become smoother and more regular.  By keeping up your physical activity during the day, you may find it easier to deal with the stress and worries of your life.

Research and studies indicate that there is a direct correlation between how much we exercise and how we feel afterwards.

You should try to increase your physical activity during the day.  The goal here is to give your body enough stimulation during the day so that you aren’t full of energy at night. 

Your body requires a certain amount of physical activity in order to keep functioning in a healthy manner.  It is also important to note that you should not be exercising three or four hours before you go to bed.

The ideal exercise time is in the late afternoon or early evening.  You want to make sure you expand your physical energy long before it is time for your body to rest and ready itself for sleep.

You should attempt to exercise at least three or four times a week for a period of 30 minutes or so. You can include walking or something simple.  If you prefer, you can include strenuous activities such as running as well.

The goal here is to increase your heart rate and strengthen the capacity of your lungs.  By adding a regular exercise activity to your daily schedule will help you to improve your overall health and help you emotionally as well. 

Along with running and walking there are several other physical activities that you can add to your daily life to increase your level of physical activity.  If you are battling not sleeping, you’ll find aerobic exercise to be the best.

Your goal with exercise is to increase the amount of oxygen that reaches your blood stream.  Overall, there are many types of aerobic exercise for you to choose from.  The activities include running, biking, using a treadmill, dancing, and jumping rope.

There are some non aerobic exercises that you may find beneficial to help you solve your amnesia problem. 

Yoga is an exercise that has a stimulatory effect on your nervous system, especially the brain.  Yoga utilizes breathing techniques and yoga postures to increase the blood circulation to the brain, promoting regular and restful sleeping patterns.  The regular practice of yoga will help you to relax as well as relieve tension and stress.

Tai Chi Tai Chi is an ancient art of breathing and movement that was developed by the Chinese monks.  The movements involved are slow and precise, which is ideal if you have joint pains or you are unable to participate in high aerobic exercises.  Research has shown that Tai Chi can help with insomnia by promoting relaxation.

If you discover that you don’t have any time to exercise on a regular basis, you should try to sneak moments of activity into your schedule.  Whenever possible, you should take the stairs instead of the elevator, as little things like that will do wonders for your body.

You should also park your car around the corner and walk that extra block or two to get to your destination.  As you may know, there are many small things you can add to increase the activity in your life.  Your overall goal here is to have a healthy and well balanced life – with plenty of sleep.

Vacation Time In The Myrtle Beach Area, Enjoy The Beaches

North Myrtle Beach is an excellent beach vacation that offers endless stretches of powdery white sand and the crystal blue Atlantic Ocean.  These are all but the beginning of what a truly great vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is all about.

No matter if you are looking for a relaxing break from your daily routine or a vacation filled with activity, you’ll find it all and then some in Myrtle Beach.  There is something for your entire family here, including miniature golf, water parkers, fine dining, shopping, and a lot more.  Golf lovers will find paradise in choosing from over 80 pro courses in the Myrtle Beach/North Myrtle Beach areas.

When the sun goes down in Myrtle Beach, the fun doesn’t stop.  Several fine dining restaurants will tempt you with their delicious food.  After you have dinner you can visit one of the many night clubs in Myrtle Beach that offers a dazzling array of entertainment that includes comedy, country music, rock ‘n’ roll, and of course the shag music that the beach is so very well-known for.

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of life you’ll find endless stretches of sandy beaches with the sounds and smells of the ocean.  The salt water marshes here are full of shrimp, crab, oysters and even fish.  No matter what you do, you can’t help but relax as the ocean breeze caress the amazing landscape of North Myrtle Beach.

Located just eight miles north of the Myrtle Beach area, North Myrtle Beach offers beaches that are less crowded, the pace is much slower, and fewer high-rise hotels help to maintain a family oriented atmosphere.  Here, you can take early morning strolls along the ocean and discover the endless treasures that nature has left for you and your family to enjoy.

Belts And Performance, When It C

The belts for vacuum cleaners can come in many styles and hundreds of different sizes.  Normally, vacuums use a belt to drive an agitation device, which is also known as a brush roller.  With very few exceptions, most vacuums will use either a flat belt, round belt, or a geared style belt.

The type of belt that your vacuum uses is very important, not only for durability, but performance as well.  The condition and type of belt your vacuum uses will have a lot of impact on the system’s ability to clean carpet.  The proper use of agitation is almost 70% of the cleaning ability of a vacuum cleaner. 

Suction is also very important.  The suction is what pulls the dirt that is removed from the carpet into the collection area of the vacuum.  The suction, or airflow, is the key when cleaning hard surfaces or when using attachments.  Without suction, a vacuum cleaner could only bring more dirt to the surface of carpet.  Even though both agitation and suction are important with vacuuming, the agitation is what actually cleans them.

Almost all manufacturers use brush rollers that are made of wood, metal, or even plastic that is driven by a suction or brush motor through the use of three different kinds of belts – round, geared, or flat.

The round belts are the earliest type as they were easy to produce and easy to engineer.  The round style, unfortunately, is normally run in the same space as vacuumed dirt.  What this means, is that almost all of the dirt, staples, and hair you vacuum up will pass around the belt; cutting, nicking, or even scratching it along the way.

Vacuum cleaner belts have to stretch quite a long way, placing even more stress on the roller and the motor bearings.  The round belt is still common, and used even today.

The flat style of belts are most often run in a circular fashion as well, unlike the twisted route the round belt takes to deliver the performance in the proper direction. 

The style allow manufacturers to run the belt off of one side of the brush roller, instead of the center where all of the dirt is.  This is truly a great innovation, as you can eliminate premature failure due to the soil and dirt in the belt path.

The latest belt design is considered to be the best in the industry.  Even though there are many variations out there, the geared belt is the most efficient means to drive a brush.  The geared belt is also known as a positive brush system because the energy of the brush motor is transmitted directly to the brush.

Both the brush and the motor are locked by fixed teeth to each other through a cogged belt without tension.  The resulting direct connection results in higher cleaning efficiency because the brush can be driven at a faster speed regardless of the age of the belt. 

The flat style can stretch as they become warm, which will cause them to lose tension.  When you use your vacuum, the belt is always going to stretch.  Believe it or not, it will lose its tension the moment you put it up to rest in the closet.

There is however, one real drawback to geared belts – the cost of the vacuum.  Geared belts are normally used on two motor vacuums.  Not only does this require a separate suction and brush motor, but it also requires electronic sensory systems to tell you when something is wrong with the brush.

For The Real Estate Investor, Office Condo rentals

Throughout the United States there is a growing demand for what are called “office condos.”  Office condos are similar to condominium units in that each person owns a unit in an attached development.  Office condominium developments give business owners a chance to own their property instead of leasing.  

Not all business owners, however, want to own an office condominium.  Consider an attorney or doctor who is just starting out.  They may want the desirable location of the new office complex, but not have the money to pay for the purchase of the property.  They may prefer to rent.  

Purchasing office condo rentals is one way to invest in commercial real estate with little risk and work.  You can use the rent to pay off the loan on the commercial property.  As the area continues to grow, the office condo rentals will increase in value.  Eventually, when you sell the commercial real estate investment, you will have earned a profit.  

Office condos have maintenance fees just as residential condominium developments.  If you purchase one of the office condo rentals, you will be responsible for the maintenance fees.  This is known as common area maintenance and is usually split between all of the occupants of the development according to their square footage.  The fees for the common area maintenance are generally passed on to the renter.  

One of the nice things about investing in office condo rentals is that you will be renting the property to a business instead of an individual.  Most office condominium developments are either purchased or leased to professionals such as those in the medical field or legal field.  These people work hard to get to the point that they do and rarely default on their rental payments.  It does not look too good for a doctor to get evicted for not paying his or her rent.  While residential rental units can sometimes be a battle when it comes to getting good, qualified renters, office condo rentals usually bring you quality renters.  

In addition to purchasing an office condominium to rent to a professional, you can also opt to build an office condominium development.  This does not have to be a large development, but can offer some professionals a chance to purchase their office space instead of leasing.  You can even rehab an older building and turn it into office condos as long as you get proper authority from the municipal zoning board.  There are hundreds of opportunities to construct office condos for commercial real estate investing.  You can continue to own the condominiums and collect the rental to pay towards the loan, waiting for the property to rise in value before you sell, or rehab or construct office condos and sell them outright.  

If you decide to work with office condo rentals, or perhaps build an office condo development, you will need to set up a condominium association that will handle the maintenance of the area surrounding the building such as the grass, snow removal, trash removal and any repairs on the common area. 

Real Estate Investing, Are Apartment Buildings For You?

When purchasing an apartment building, consider the following: 

  1. Make sure that the building is in a stable area.  Purchasing an apartment building in a blighted area where the price of real estate is decreasing is not prudent.  You will want to buy an apartment building in an area where the home prices are stable or appreciating.  This will cost more money, but you will be getting more out of your commercial real estate investment in this way;
  2. Do a home inspection before you even think about closing on the property.  You may have to pay for this if the seller does not offer it, but it is worth it.  You do not want to purchase property that is falling apart or needs extensive repairs.  A home inspection is a wise idea when investing in any real estate structure, including commercial property;
  3. Get a survey and a title commitment.  The survey will show the property lines and make sure there are no other buildings encroaching on the property.  The title insurance will reflect the current owner, any liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes and covenants or restrictions.  Covenants and restrictions are often placed on multi family property.  This can include such things as “no hanging clothes on the balcony” to “no antennas on the roof.”  If you are unfamiliar with reading a title commitment or survey, hire an attorney with experience in multi family commercial real estate investing;
  4. Make sure you see the leases and you should even interview the tenants to see if they are happy with living in the building, if there are any problems and if they plan on staying.
  5. Figure out who is going to maintain the property.  This will include shoveling snow, salting the driveway, cutting the grass and basic repairs in the building.  You can do this yourself, if you are handy, or you can offer one of  your tenants a discount in rent by agreeing to take on this job. 

These are the most important aspects when purchasing an apartment building.  Many people, when seeking to invest in commercial real estate, prefer working with apartment buildings, particularly if they are handy and can do basic maintenance in the building.  Remember that your tenants will look to you if anything goes wrong in the building.  You will be required to make sure that your tenants have hot water and heat or else you may be in violation of  several municipal, state and federal laws. 

You also have to know the lease laws when purchasing an apartment building for a commercial real estate investment.  Lease laws vary from state to state as far as the responsibilities of both tenant and landlord, but  federal laws prohibit any form of discrimination based on a variety of conditions.  You must be familiar with these laws before even thinking of leasing property or purchasing an apartment building.


If you are handy and can do basic home maintenance, and better yet – if you plan on living in the building where you can keep track of what is going on, buying an apartment building can be a good way to get started in commercial real estate investing.

Exercise And Stress, Your Health Matters!

Even though exercise may not be the most exciting word in your vocabulary, it sure is a word with a lot of benefits.  Participating in daily exercise will not only make you healthier in general, but it can also diminish the effects of stress on your body as well.

Think about all the times you have heard someone say “the doctor says it’s stress related”.  Normally people will laugh it off, concluding that doctors say that when they don’t know the real answers or diagnosis.  The truth of the matter is that too much stress will play a role in many diseases.

To help increase your immune system and decrease your stress level as well, try exercise, as movement is the key word here.  Bending, stretching, reaching and walking.  There’s really no need to buy any expensive equipment either, as you can implement more movement into your daily routine and reap the benefits.

If you like aerobic exercise, you should grab a partner and have a blast with one of the basic aerobic videos.  Or, you can simply go out for a walk and enjoy spending time together.  As you may have heard, walking really is the best overall exercise you can do for your health.  As long as you have a pair of walking shoes, you’ll be fine.

As you go through your daily activities, make it a point to walk a little farther, bend down and pick something up without using a pick up stick or moving the item towards you with your foot.  While you are sitting, you should also do some simple and quick stretches for your neck and shoulders.

If you enjoy sitting around watching television, you should consider buying a jogging board.  These padded boards will make running, jumping, or walking in place less stressful on your knees and joints.  They are easy to store as well and also very portable.

In many people’s opinions, jogging boards are the best pieces of equipment you can buy.  They are also far cheaper than bulky treadmills and stationary bikes.

There are several different exercises that you can do to help you eliminate the stress in your life.  Walking is by far the best, as you can easily lose yourself and your troubles by walking.  Even if it is just around the block, walking can do wonders for your health as well as stress.

If you have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to consider a gym.  Working out then sitting in the sauna is also a good way to relieve tension.  If your gym has a pool, you may find swimming to be very beneficial as well, as it helps you to relax.

Tropical Beach Vacation Ideas, Enjoy The Tropics.

Tropical beaches and tropical islands are located within 23 1/2 degrees either north or south of the equator.  They enjoy warm weather year round with plenty of sunshine and warmth.  Depending on where you are headed, there are many tropical destinations around the world, including Hawaii, Fiji, the Caribbean, and Bora Bora.

Hawaii The Aloho State of Hawaii offers you several different islands and beaches.  Oahu Island is the most popular, home to the infamous Waikiki Beach and Honolulu, the state’s capital.  Maui offers you several luxury resorts, 16 golf courses, and a 10,023 foot volcano.  Molokai and Lanai can both be reached by ferry from Maui, or you can simply fly there from Honolulu.

Hawaii’s Big Island is the largest of all islands, featuring Volcanoes National Park, with amazing waterfalls and breathtaking beaches.  Kauai is known for it’s tropical vegetation and has even been used for setting of many Hollywood movies.

Caribbean Islands The Caribbean Islands are comprised of many different large and smal islands, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, the Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Anguila, just to name a few.

The Caribbean Islands offer splendid beaches, crystal clear water, and warm weather.  The vacation activities include diving, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, and even fishing.

Fiji The island of Fiji is composed of many tropical islands that are famous for their azure waters and sandy beaches.  There are several resorts for you to choose from, including the Fiji Islands Resort and the Yasawa Island Resort.

Bora Bora Bora Bora is one of the most amazing islands in Tahiti, which is located south of the equator – in the same time zone as Hawaii.  The beaches here are protected by coral reef.  The tropical island of Bora Bora is home to several resorts, and breathtaking scenery.

Decorating Your Windows, Shades, Blinds, Window Treatments

The best parts of decorating your windows are the different window treatments you can choose.  This is where you can make decisions on fabrics, colors, and also styles.  Each decision you make between contrasting borders, cording or fringe will show off your own individually.  If you add repeating fabrics and colors in other parts of the room you could help to add a dash of flair to your home.

You also have different styles of draperies and valances to choose from.  With draperies, you have the options of rods with tap tops, tie tops with different pleats, grommet rod pockets, flouncy tops or plain rings.  With valances you can choose to have them gathered, pleated, shirred, swaged, bundled, formal, casual, scalloped, lace, or even flat.

You also have a different variety of shades and blinds to choose from.  You can choose between fabric shades or cellular shades.  If you don’t want to go with shades, you can choose from metal mini blinds, natural blinds, or even wood blinds.

With fabric shades you can choose between the Roman, balloon, Austrian, bottom arched, pleated, or even flat panel.  If you prefer cellular shades, keep in mind that they will give you a cleaner look and are also available in sheer or non-sheer materials.

If you decide to choose blinds, make sure that they meet your homes requirements.  Metal mini blinds offer choices in weight and size, special finishes, privacy options, header choices, cloth tapes, and hundreds of different colors.

Wooden mini blinds also offer a variety of sizes, tape colors, and finishes.  Natural blinds are also known as bamboo blinds, and are available in matchstick, sewn slats, and have several choices of natural fabric like appearance.

Types Of Vacuum Cleaners, Keeping Your Home Clean

If you are planning to really clean your home, car, camper, or job site, you’ll want to check out one of the many types of vacuum cleaners.  There are several out there, with each one offering you an array of special uses and features.

The ideal thing to do is make a list of your price range and budget and what you need your vacuum to do. Then, you can start shopping around and narrow your list down until you find the vacuum that is perfect for your needs.

There are several vacuum machines on the market today, and you’ll have no problems finding one that will complete your tasks with ease and durability.

Vacuums are available in several different colors, sizes, and prices.  Basically, there are two types of vacuum cleaners – wet and dry vacs, and there are even companies out there that have found ways to combine both features.  You can choose from cordless, handheld, and even bagless models.  If you are feeling really lazy, you can even purchase a robotic vacuum cleaner that will vacuum your entire house for you while you watch.

Normally, vacuum cleaners are made of either durable plastic or aluminum.  They range in colors, from red to silver and white to blue.  For the models, you can choose from upright, canister, stick, hand-held, and shop vac models. 

There are some vacuum cleaners that are specifically designed to help get debris and dirt out from under your car seat and others that are made to help you clean your hardwood floors.  Other features can include extra detachable extension tools, retractable power cords, a HEPA filter, and an easy to reach power switch.  There are even models out there that will pick up nails and even glasses of water.

Several companies out there produce vacuum cleaners, including Oreck, Simplicity, Dyson, Hoover, Bosch, Sanyo, Bissell, Eureka, and Kirby.  If you are looking for a vacuum cleaner, you have a large selection of discounted and refurbished vacuums out there waiting for you. 

One of the greatest things about vacuum cleaners is the fact that the sky is limit.  There are literally hundreds to choose from, giving you everything you need to complete your task.  The most popular types of vacuums on the market today are bagless, as there are no bags to change, all you need to do is empty the cylinder after you vacuum.

Whenever you are shopping for a vacuum, you should always compare prices.  This way, you’ll get the best deal for your money.  They range in prices from 30 dollars to 500, making it more than worth your time and money to shop around.  Before you know it, you’ll have a vacuum cleaner that will making cleaning your home or business both fun and exciting.