Crafting Your Own Furniture

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Crafting your own furniture is a time consuming process. Though it can take a great deal of time to design and sculpt your own pieces, many people enjoy the challenge. They are able to design the exact piece that they are interested in and then make it to their specifications. This means that they can get the exact piece of furniture that they want. Essentially, if they dream it, it can be made.

The first step is to decide exactly what they are looking for in furniture. They will need to know where the piece is going to go and the approximate dimensions. The next step is to decide who will be making the furniture. While there are many carpenters that will make the piece for you, you may want to make it yourself. You will need to take precise measurements and know the best pieces of material to use.

After you have determined the style and size of the piece you will begin construction. You will need to make sure that you are using sturdy materials. If you have never made a piece before, you should start small. You will not want to start on a very large project or piece unless you are confident in your skills. If you truly want to make a piece, but are unsure, hire someone to assist you. A carpenter can help you with the more difficult aspects of the molding of the piece.
After the piece is constructed, you will get to choose varnishes, cloth and other finishes. For most people this is the best part of the process. You will want to choose a high quality fabric. These can be found at most fabric stores and even online. Many people choose to have their own furniture made, because they are unable to find the colors and fabrics that they want. This is your opportunity to truly step outside the box and choose fabric that is fun and edgy.

The cost of having your own furniture made can be substantial. You will need to keep in mind that you may need to hire someone to assist you. Do not be afraid to call someone in if you feel that you have gotten in over your head. Ultimately you will have a piece that is fun, comfortable and one of a kind. Both the experience and the piece will be incredibly memorable for you.

Interviewing Your Contractor

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Before you even consider calling a contractor, you need to know exactly what you want him to do. First of all, go online and see what is available in your area. You will want a contractor that is easy to reach, and if you have to leave a message, how long will it take him to return your call.

Then make a list of the projects that youll want the contractor to tackle. If the list is long, try to narrow it down to the essentials. Then pick four or five local contractors and give them a call. Ask each one similar questions so you can judge the one that seems the most honest, qualified, and reliable.

On your list write the contractors license number, workers compensation number, and bond number. Dont hire a contractor until you have those numbers in hand and contact the agency to see if his licenses are still valid or have they expired? Does the contractor have a printed contract with his name, address, phone, and license numbers?

Is the contractor qualified and has he done a job like yours before? Does he have references, and can you contact them? How long does he estimate that the job will take to complete and when can he start? Keep definite dates in mind, but allow for a bit of leeway.

Now that youve narrowed the list down to two or three, contact the contractor again and ask for an interview and a price quote. Make a note if the contractor arrives on time, or if he runs late, does he call you to let you know he is running late. If a contractor fails to do that, forget about him, and go on to the next one.

How and when does the contractor expect payment? There are laws that state how much a contractor can collect as a down payment. Make sure you know the law and hold the contractor to it. For instance the law forbids a company from taking over 10% or $1,000 as down payment.

Before you sign on that proverbial dotted line have the due dates written on the contract. For instance, the second payment may be due when they deliver the material. There may be additional payments with the final due when the project is completed to your satisfaction.

Does the contractor hire sub-contractors? If so make sure they get paid. Otherwise if the contractor does not pay the sub, they can come back to you and demand payment or put a lien on your home.

Be cautious, but not demanding, and when they start the job stay out of their way and let them do their job.

Using Residential Treatment Training For Postpartum Depression

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In recent years the importance of recognizing postpartum depression has become an importance health care issue among all health care workers. The postpartum depression residential treatment training is aimed to identify the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and reduce the short and long term cost to mothers and children alike.

Postpartum depression was once thought of as a make believe disorder and was widely discriminated upon. It has only been since the extreme actions of some mother experiencing postpartum depression, that the international community even took serious notice of the issue. That is why programs like this one have been developed and will continue to be developed in the coming years.

Postpartum depression residential treatment training is a series of courses that were developed from a research study conducted at the University of Cambridge, Uk. This study pertaining to the postpartum depression residential treatment training studied the different types of psychological treatments and designed a program suited to best address these needs in new mothers.

There are three main courses of postpartum depression residential treatment training. They are predominantly aimed at doctors to provide them with a set of skills to identify depression and then to treat it. The treatment is centered on a structured, well thought out intervention using techniques and skills acquired from understanding cognitive behavioral theory.

The second phase to postpartum depression residential treatment training is a two-day course that covers the detection of depression and of intervention techniques. Following that is a one-day workshop that also helps in the aiding of detection and of perinatal mood disorders as well as raising general awareness of the issue. This should have any practitioner ready to handle any postpartum depression case.

There is also a postpartum depression residential treatment for trainers. This is a three-day course that is in large part, designed for those in charge of training primary care workers. This course is an on campus course and is available to adhere to your independent needs.

This postpartum depression residential treatment training has an online presence and you can access their site for more detailed information on course availability. Their website is very informative and has a contact us option so that you may email them your particular needs.
It was once thought of as a make believe disorder and was widely discriminated upon. In recent years it has received international fame through extreme displays of postpartum depression.

Axial Fan Housing With Integral Venturi

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The present invention relates to the field of fans for displacing air. More particularly, the invention relates to vane-axial fans for aerating, heating, or drying agricultural spaces and grain stored therein. The present invention provides an improved housing having an integral venturi for such fans. Axial fan and heater is well known in the agricultural arts. Such fans are typically mounted to the outside of a grain bin near its bottom. The outlet end of the fan housing communicates with the grain bin while the inlet end extends outside the bin. The inlet end typically includes a vertical endplate having an inlet opening. Outside air is drawn through the inlet opening then circulated through the bin to dry or aerate the grain before being vented from the bin.

Attaching a venturi to the inlet end of the fan has been found helpful in reducing fan inlet losses due to turbulance, and thus enhances air flow performance. Existing venturis for axial fans comprise a separate ring-shaped attachment mounted on the inlet endplate outwardly adjacent the intake opening. These venturi attachments protrude outwardly beyond the inlet endplate, which lengthens the overall package length of the fan and invites damage from collisions.

The present invention provides an integral venturi housing for an vane axial fan. The housing includes a main body having an outlet end and an inlet end opposite the outlet end. An inlet endplate is secured across the inlet end of the main body of the housing and has an inlet opening therein circumscribed by an adjacent venturi-shaped flange integrally formed in the inlet endplate so as to extend axially into the main body toward the outlet end. The inlet end of the main body can be fitted and secured against the inner surface of the flange to hold the inlet endplate in place.

Whereas the invention has been shown and described in connection with the preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood that modifications, substitutions, and additions may be made which are within the intended broad scope of the following claims. From the foregoing, it can be seen that the present invention accomplishes at least all of the stated objectives.

Earning Pdu Credits – Information For Independent Contractor Pmp

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Depending on how they earn the professional development units, pdu, required to renew their credential, they can continue to bear high costs. By utilizing more of the available credit earning options, costs can be lowered.

Many project pdu managers earn the 60 renewal credits in each 3 year cycle by attending courses. These tend to be relatively expensive. Typical tuition fees for project management courses are at least $250 per day. Often, tuition is $500 per day or higher which represents a per credit cost of between $30 and $70. Along with the useful knowledge, credential holders gain 8 credits for an 8 hour course. Of course, an independent consultant would lose the billable hours, worth perhaps $800, while they attend the course. Seminars and workshops also provide renewal credits but have costs similar to course tuition fees. Again, the independent contractor loses billable hours.

Luckily there are other, less costly ways to earn credential renewal credits. Reading project management materials in journals or on the Internet earns 1 credit for each hour of activity. This is a great way to research topics and get significant credits. Up to 15 credits can be claimed in each 3 year renewal cycle. The costs can be low or free and the time is well used, usually not resulting in a loss of billable hours.Working as a project manager also counts for up to 5 renewal credits per year. Independent contractors will have to document their actual project time to claim these credits. This should not be difficult since it is likely a professional obligation already.Attending the local PMI? chapter meetings is an excellent way to earn renewal credits and strengthen local business connections. The credits earned in this category will cost perhaps $14 each. Considering the possible future value of the business connections, this is often money well spent.

Other inexpensive renewal credits are available. Volunteering to serve on a pdu board or providing project management services to a non-profit organization are recognized activities. Unfortunately, these often require a substantial investment of time. Independent contractors would likely use their free time in order to avoid a loss of billable hours. There would be possible business contacts to gain but the time commitment would need to be closely examined.Independent contractors would be well advised to consider certain writing activities for their renewal credits. Perhaps an existing blog post or a project review document would be useful as a good starting point for an article. Up to 15 renewal credits can be claimed for each project management article published in a journal. Combining various materials can help when working on an article.

Until recently, there were few publishing pdu opportunities as many journals had very restrictive submission policies. Luckily this situation is now improved. Project management journals now exist that welcome article submissions. Independent contractors will find that writing articles for these publications offer some of the best value for renewal credits, both in dollars and time.

Arranging Furniture In Your Room

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A lot of factors come together when it comes to purchasing furniture. Many people do not think about all of them until after they already have a significant amount of furniture. They run into a problem. They do not know how to arrange all of the furniture they have purchased. Others run into this problem without purchasing any furniture. Some people inherit furniture or they are given furniture as a gift.

It can be quite the task to arrange a lot of furniture. A good place to start is to think about colors. Having a neon green sofa with a plaid yellow couch in the same room is probably a bad idea. That is especially true if the room is painted blue. This is, of course, assuming that an eclectic, strange look is not the goal.

It is important to group together furniture with a similar palette. This does not mean that all of the furniture must match exactly. It is okay to combine black and white or a solid with a pattern. Everything must flow nicely together though. The only person who can determine how well it flows is the one arranging the furniture. If none of the colors work well together, putting new fabric onto the existing furniture might be the perfect option.

The next consideration is the size of the furniture. Putting a sectional to add more seating in a bedroom is very rarely practical. The largest rooms ought to have the largest furniture. The rooms where people hang out the most ought to have the most seating. It should be oriented in a way to focus on what is important. For some families, the furniture should be focused on the television for movie night. Other families may want it focused on the fireplace to get cozy during the cold seasons. The room will make more sense if there is a focal point. It will also make more sense with some flow. No one wants to jump over the furniture inside of a room!

These two factors will help make arranging furniture easier. There really is a very logical pattern to making a room look its best. Furniture is wonderful to have, but it all must be used appropriately. Sometimes, less is more with furniture. It is better to have an open room with less seating than a cluttered room where people feel uncomfortable. Arranging the furniture in an open way can make all of the difference in the world.

WAF’13 Landscape Award Winner – Australian Garden

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By Team IAnd Photography: Courtesy the architects

17 years into the making, the Australian garden, winner of the -Landscape of the Year Award’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) with Paul Thompson is a garden of discovery, of multiple experiences and of cumulative knowledge…

The completion of the Australian garden situated within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, comes at a time when botanic gardens world-wide are questioning existing research and recreational paradigms and re-focussing on new messages of landscape conservation and a renewed interest in meaningful visitor engagement.

Attempting to recreate the seductive qualities of the Australian landscape that have inspired many a designer, writer and artist, the landscape design creates a sequence of powerful sculptural and artistic experiences that recognise its diversity, breadth of scale and wonderful contrasts. Via these creative landscape compositions, the project seeks to stimulate and educate visitors into the potential use and diversity of Australian flora.

On the east side of the garden, exhibition gardens display landscapes, research plots and forestry arrays that illustrate a more formal approach, whilst on the west, visitors are subsumed by gardens that are inspired by natural cycles, immersive landscapes and irregular floristic forms. Water plays a mediating role between the two, taking visitors from rock pool escarpments, meandering river bends to Melaleuca spits and coastal edges.

Visitors engage with the botanical collections via an intrinsically interpretive experience. Didactic signage is shunned in favour of a landscape design approach that captures a heightened experience not relying on mimicry or simulacra. Designed experiences such as walking across the tangle of a Eucalypt forest floor, or the passage through wind pruned coastal heath, comprises a narrative that informs the composition, while the experience reinforces the message. It aims to strike a balance between abstraction, metaphor and poetry.

Visitors are invited into the landscape via a pathway system that constantly morphs according to the landscape narrative and garden experience. Crusty paths in the Gondwana Garden shift to become an over water circular grated plate which connects to a field of stones where the actual path is no longer apparent. It allows many layers of emotional and intellectual discovery, so not every visitor will take home the same message, as each will have their own experience.

Developed in a former sand quarry, it allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe, bringing together horticulture, architecture, ecology, and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora. It showcases some 170,000 plants across 1700 species all adapted to its challenging site condition.

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Choosing An Energy Star Home

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When you make the decision to build a new home, you want a builder who will provide the highest quality at an affordable price. Many Knoxville home builders can offer competitive prices but when you are investing in a new home, you want the best. Home ownership is a great investment, but it can also cost a lot of money over the years. You can save in future ownership costs if you choose a builder who can build an Energy Star qualified home.

What Is Energy Star?
Energy Star is an international, governmental standard for energy efficiency in consumer products. When you own an Energy Star home, you have a home that performs better than most homes in America. Your cost of upkeep and ownership is reduced, and your home will last longer without the need for repairs.

What Makes a Home Energy Star Qualified?
Energy Star homes have higher standards for insulation and water management. In an Energy Star home the walls, floors, and ceilings are all tightly sealed and properly insulated to reduce drafts and leaks. Proper insulation not only provides lower energy costs, but also better air quality. Energy Star homes will have protection from more pollen and dust then regular homes.
Energy Star homes also must have efficient water management systems. There must be a way to direct water off of the roof and away from the foundation. This keeps your roof in better condition for longer, and protects the foundation from water damage.

If you are building a new home, your quality of life and cost of ownership will be improved if you invest in and Energy Star home. Many Knoxville home builders can build you a decent home, but if you want the best, find a builder who can give you an Energy Star qualified home.

Feng Shui Principles For Setting Up Crystal Chandeliers

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Feng shui is known as an ancient Chinese practice that teaches a person to live in harmony and peace with his or her surroundings. In order for the person to increase the entry of positive energy and to have a positive state of mind, the person is made to observe procedures to ensure that this positive energy or also known as “chi” will continuously flow in the surroundings making the people in that particular place happier and have a more positive outlook in life.

These feng shui principles can be applied in different ways such as the placement of furniture in the house, the putting up of different figurines that are believed to possess that positive energy and even with the lighting fixtures such as setting up crystal chandeliers at home, feng shui principles can also be adapted

Free Flowing Positive Energy

Although there are a lot of different schools of this ancient Chinese practice, they are still grounded on the same beliefs. A lot of feng shui practitioners use different approaches in terms of the design that will give way for the positive energy to flow in.

These design principles can be properly implemented in new and currently existing buildings or homes that are believed to contribute a lot in the abundance of harmony, joy, vitality, peace and love of the environment that surrounds the area. These design ideas are also easy to try and once you get a brief look of these different principles, you will be able to enjoy and eventually put them into practice.

Tips On Choosing The Right Shades And Designs For Your Chandeliers

Chandeliers that have incandescent bulbs generate that warmer and orange hue level of lighting in the room. Compared to other sources of lighting, these incandescent bulbs create an inviting living space for the homeowner. Choose the color shades that you would like to work with for the mood that you want to create in a particular area in the house. For a calm pleasure mood, you can start off with pink shades while purple is perfect for a more passionate mood.

Instead of just using one crystal chandelier situated at the center of the room as a source of bright light, you might want to use two or more softer lighted crystal chandeliers that will create a warmer glow as well as invite positive energy to come in.

You can also add up lamp shades that are made of fabric in order to soften the light thus creating a quieter environment. If you want to achieve that active atmosphere in your home, you can go for metallic and reflective colors. The softer shades are best placed in the bedroom or bathroom while the harder shades best complement rooms that are utilized for working or other activities.

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Shingles Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Shingles Fast

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The Shingles virus is a condition that is certainly known for being the re-emergence of the Chicken Pox virus (often referred to as varicella virus) in a later stage of life, usually for older men and women.

Often a agonizing rash will appear that can be itchy and extremely unpleasant. Im going to be revealing with you several useful Shingles home remedies that you could apply immediately to help get rid of Shingles fast.

Before I point out any of the Shingles home remedies, its crucial that you make sure that you keep the infected region as thoroughly clean as possible. You need to avoid scratching or doing anything at all physical which could make things worse.

Mint Leaves And Nail Polish Remover

Mint leaves may act as a coolant for your skin and will help relieve any kind of discomfort you may be suffering from. You need to make three or four mint leaves right into a paste and apply it on the rash and blisters as a Shingles home remedies. You also want to include nail polish remover, because it has benefits to help cure Shingles. You are able to do this a couple of occasions throughout the day and make sure you rinse completely after for about 15 minutes.

Ice Pack Or Wet Cloth

Using a cold pack or even a wet cloth about the infected places may help numb virtually any pain you may be experiencing. This is a very helpful home remedy.

Aloe Vera Gel & Raw Honey

Aloe Vera Gel is advantageous for cooling your skin and has some additional healing advantages with regard to Shingles. You can also combine it with raw organic Honey, that is an additional powerful Shingles home remedies that you can use. Its perfect for the skin and will help to make you feel better.

Baking Soda Bath

Including baking soda for the bath tub continues to be known to be helpful for alleviating pain. Add it to a lukewarm bath and bathe the body in it for about 15 minutes. Make sure you dry off without a towel, as a towel can irritate the rash and blisters. Again, you need to make sure the infected area is as clean as you possibly can.

There are numerous Shingles home remedies that you could apply that will help cure Shingles fast.