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Top 5 Benefits of Installing Awnings for Home


Awnings are considered as one of the most important things for the residential as well as the commercial buildings. It provides shade in the outdoor areas. There are various benefits of installing the awnings but one of the main benefits is the protection it provides to the building from the unfavorable weather conditions which helps in keeping the building look new and safe for a longer time. Talking about the variety of the same, there are different types of awnings available in the market. Be it the color, design or pattern, you can get plenty of options to choose from. Awnings provide a lot of benefits to the residential as well as commercial buildings.

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Benefits of Installing Awnings

  • Make Your House Look More Spacious: Awnings provide extra space to play and enjoy the outdoor games. You can actually use the space according to your desires and requirements. By installing awnings at your home, you can have a large number of guests without worrying about the space. No matter, if it’s a beautiful sunny or extreme rainy day, you can enjoy both by sitting on your verandah. With the help of awnings, you can design your house according to your own preferences.
  • Gives Your Home a Classy Look: Installing an awning in your house doesn’t only make it look beautiful but also makes it look expressive as well which increases its value. Awnings make a house look attractive and provide a bigger space to enjoy and have a good time with the family. If you’re someone who wants everything up to date and do not want to keep things boring and mundane, then installing awnings in your house would be the best idea for you. You can also customize according to your requirement.
  • Reduce Energy Costs: When you install awnings in your residential or commercial buildings, it helps in reducing the direct solar heat, which is why the cooling energy costs get reduced eventually. To save even more money, you can opt for the retractable awnings.
  • Protects House from Various Weather Conditions: After installing awnings in your house, you don’t worry about sun’s harmful UV rays, snow, rain or any weather-related problems because awnings protect the house from all these. The house remains new as no discoloration and deterioration happen to the house. Awnings help in protecting the indoor as well as the exterior furniture.

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These were some of the valid reasons for installing the awnings in your house without giving it a second thought. There are different types of stylish awnings available in the market. You can choose any of them as per your need and give your house a brand new look. Talking about the cost of installing the awnings, it depends on the service provider.  Some service provider may install the awnings in affordable price, whereas some can charge extra or quote price that may beyond your calculated budget or price. Therefore, industry experts suggest of conducting research before hiring any service provider. These were some of the important information related to the awnings.

 

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How to build your network when you’re feeling alone


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Wanting some spiritual direction?

Lately I have become a penchant for solitude, quietude and practicing a lot of mindfulness. There are a lot of books out there on learning how to use your quiet time to reflect on what is more important in life. For example, taking the time out to read a novel or the bible when no one is around, and its just you in the room. I have really been into podcasts lately, and also will post a favourites post in the future of what I take my time to listen to!

“How to pursue your dreams when no-one is around you”

When you feel like you are alone and have no one to share your life-long goals and dreams with and feel like nobody cares, the first thing you actually need to do is to spend time with yourself before you can create a group of friends or network support.

So, how do we go about this?

Let me share with you my tips on when I have my own quiet time and take the time to renew, and rejuvenate my lifestyle.

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Split System Installation: Install Indoor and Outdoor Separately


Scorching heat during summers can exhaust your energy level. That is why, coming after a hard day’s work at home, your Air Conditioning unit is something that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.  Some would say that central air conditioning may not always be possible then it is wise to look for window units. But in case both the options are unmatched in your case, you can always find more cool air in your home with split air conditioning system. But before you jump into any conclusion of split system installation you better look through some general information like what and why would you choose it?

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What Is a Split Air Conditioner?

In any split air conditioner system, you will find two main parts, the outdoor unit, and the indoor unit. This outdoor unit is installed near the wall outside or even in the room where you want it to be cool and the indoor unit is the sleek part of the appliance. The outdoor unit has the condenser coil, compressor and expansion coil. The indoor unit has the cooling coil, an air filter, and a long blower.

Before figuring out the process of split system installation you should know that this type of air conditioning system is different from other types of AC units. The main cause is that this system does not require any ductwork. Both the outdoor and indoor units only require some electrical wiring and tubing.

Why Choose Split Air Conditioner?

Any kind of air conditioning system using split technology uses an indoor mounted unit which is capable of blowing cool air in the room and the outdoor unit dissipating the heat from the cool place. There are quite some benefits of choosing this system:

  • It has a R410A refrigerant that is used to cool or heat the area. It is very environmental-friendly.
  • In most of the split systems, you are going to have DC inverter technology. This is responsible for precise thermal control.
  • When you will decide on split system installation you will find that it is a compact form of an appliance that not only saves your expenses through electricity usage but also compliments the modern surroundings of your home.
  • The filters will remove the impurities of the air and helps you breathe in healthy air.
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How to Install Split System?

Install the indoor unit:

Step 1: You must select a location for installing the indoor unit of your split unit which is away from direct sunlight or any type of heat source. Make sure that the unit has at least 6’’ of open space above it.

Step 2: In this step, you will drill holes for affixing the mounting plate on the wall. Make sure it is perfectly horizontal.

Step 3: Drill a hole in the wall for fitting the pipes. Consider the distance first for connecting it with the outdoor unit. The hole should be 3’’ in diameter and slope downward. Insert a flange in the hole.

Step 4: After checking the proper diagram mentioned in the unit, you should now connect the pipes. Lastly, secure the indoor unit.

Install the outdoor unit:

Step 1: The outdoor unit requires 12’’ of space around it so choose a place for it which is not too much crowded, hot or even dusty.

Step 2: Lay the concrete pad which must be leveled properly on the ground.

Step 3: Connect the electrical wires of the unit.

Step 4: You now must secure the flare nuts with the corresponding pipes on this unit.

Step 5: You must check the air and humidity from the refrigerant circuit.

Step 6: Now wrap the joints of the piping and affix it to the wall with clamps. It’s better to seal the hole in the wall with polyurethane foam.

This split system air conditioning is the best choice when budget is your prime concern. If you consider split system installation you are actually protecting the environment also.

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Creating Characters


Hello everyone.

Before we dive into the next topic in the Writing 101 series, there is a housekeeping issues I’d like to address. I have decided that I will publish writing posts not once but twice a week. You heard correct. That is twice not once a week. These days are Monday and Friday. I am going to try my best to get one done and published on Friday which will begin this new routine. Now for this evening’s topic.

Characters

Every book (whether good or bad) has characters. It is not a book or a story with a cast of main characters and secondary characters.

As the title suggests, main characters are the ones that drive the story.

For example, Frodo and Sam in Lord of the Rings drive the story. The same goes for Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

What should an author’s characters look like? Most characters are shaped from the author’s experiences. They are a form of who the author knows and of herself.

Developing characters that are based on yourself is totally okay too. Many authors before us have done this. I have two examples of this.

The first comes from one of my favorite childhood authors: Madeleine L’Engle. She wrote the famous Wrinkle in Time series and the Vicky Austen series.

When asked if she was like her heroines, she responded that she was both Meg Murray from A Wrinkle in Time and Vicky Austen.

My second example is J.K. Rowling. Rowling based the character of Hermonine a bookish young red head on herself.

Now, how does one go about forming a character? Well, it is safe to say that it is good to start perhaps with a name. Then from there start describe the person. Does she or he have blue eyes? Brown? Hazel? What hair color do they have? Where do they live?

But characters are more than just how they look. You need to make them three dimensional.

What does that mean? It means you must make your characters as real as possible. Readers must feel as if they characters they are reading about are real. Like someone they have known all their lives. Otherwise they won’t care about the story.

A while back I came across a wonderful worksheet for writing characters. A worksheet that goes beyond just giving your character a name, eye color, and hair color but it goes deeper to help you flesh them out.

Character Chart

I hope you find this chart helpful. Please let me know how forming your characters goes in the comments below. I’d love to hear how it goes! I am also filling out this chart for my characters in my new story.

Comment below and I will share how it is going for me as well. Stay tuned for the next installment which will be coming out on Friday. Until then, happy writing!

This is part of the Writing Series, Writing 101 with Gabrielle Emmons. The first post was “How to start a novel”.

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All That You Want to Know About Solid Wood Flooring


Solid wood flooring is one of the most opted options for people across the globe. The wood colors compliment most of the colors compared to carpets that date with time. So many people are opting for this option because it is simple, beautiful and elegant as well. These are available in a wide range of colors and price ranges. Purchasing these flooring options is not difficult, however installing and maintaining may require professional help. You need to be proactive in identifying the areas that need proper attention and take care to maintain these for a long time. Here are some of the reasons why many people prefer solid wood flooring.

Match with Any Wall Color

Natural colors can match with almost any color and so is true with the solid wood flooring. As a homeowner, you do not need to rely on the color of your floors while choosing the wall color because almost any color will match. You can experiment with various colors and choose the ones which will be perfect for your interior designing plans.

They Add Classy Appeal


The solid finishing of these floorings adds a classy appeal to your home. As a result, visitors and friends that come to your house will never stop talking about it. The floors with solid wood flooring can be a perfect complement for contemporary as well as the traditional floors. The beautiful shine and look of the floors can match up well with any setting. All that you need to do is to take regular maintenance seriously and polish the floors in the set interval in order to keep it looking like new.

Durable Choice

Most people believe that the solid wood flooring will even outlast the homeowners and get better with time as well. If you have carpets on the floor, it will need constant vacuuming and cleaning to keep it free of dust. If there is a wine spill on the carpet you can forget about it, but that is not true with the solid wood flooring because all that you need to do is to clean it and make it shiny again. You can be happy that with regular cleaning and timely maintenance there is no chance of stains on your floor.

Cost-Effective

Solid wood flooring is a cost-effective choice for sure. The investment that you make in the initial stage may be higher than some other options because the installer also needs to be experienced in this process. However, when you consider the number of years these floors will provide beauty and elegance to your home, you can be happy and relaxed that the overall process is cost effective. You do not need to spend on the regular maintenance of the floors and in this way, you are able to save a lot over a period of time.

Low on Maintenance

Well, the installation and taking care of the flooring is easy and low on maintenance. All that you need to do is to clean the flooring on a regular basis and not worry about what stains are going to come because even a single mop is good enough to clean many of the days to day dirt and dust of the floor. However, every once in a while, you can go for a polishing to bring out the good and sparkling looks back again.

So, make sure that you compare the several options in solid wood flooring out there and get it installed by a professional with years of experience to get good looking and durable flooring.

 

 

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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017 by Gabrielle Williams


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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction considers first and second books from Australian authors, with the aim of recognising exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature.

Over the past year, the judges have read their way through over 70 Australian titles and were impressed by the number of edgy voices who didn’t shy away from starkly original concepts. The task of filtering the terrific longlist down to a shortlist of just six books was difficult, but in the end they considered the following books to be their top picks… Continue reading “The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017 by Gabrielle Williams”

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FREE ONLINE COURSE – Genealogy – Researching your family tree course – Week 1


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In Week 1, our focus is on the importance of documentary evidence.

Lets start by considering the importance of finding and using actual sources to fill in your family tree and explore the differences between primary, secondary and primary sources.

You will begin to understand why the government, & other organisations created documents in the first place and how knowing this can help you get more out of what you discover. We’ll cover the varying amounts of information that different types of documents can provide. From there, we’ll consider what transcriptions, abstracts and indexes are and find out how providers of online databases actually go about creating these.

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GENEALOGY COURSE: RESEARCHING YOUR FAMILY TREE with UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE


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Welcome to the course – OVERVIEW

Welcome to ‘Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree’

a six-week online course being run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Postgraduate Programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde.

Tahitia McCabe, Knowledge Exchange Fellow in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde, will be leading us through the six weeks. Graham Holton, Principal Tutor in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde will also be teaching on the course.

If you use social media you can follow them on Twitter @FLgenealogy and use the hashtag #FLgenealogy to follow the conversations.

They would also be grateful if you could complete the pre-course survey to help them  understand more about who’s taking the course and what they can do to improve it.

In Week 6, they provide a downloadable list of the linked resources (websites, blogs, etc.) mentioned on the entire course.

Throughout the course we will be following the development of a beginning family history researcher called Chris. Future Learn open the course a week at a time to enable them to reflect on the progress she has made and also to give you time to digest the material. We also don’t want to spoil research discoveries made in Chris’ story by giving too much away too soon.

However, here is a week by week overview of what will be covered on the course:

Week 1 Analysing Documents

We will start our course by considering the different types of records that genealogists use, major issues that impact on what they contain and how much a researcher can rely on the information within them. We also provide a short guide on how to begin research for the complete beginner. After completing this week, you should begin to be familiar with:

  • The importance of basing your research on documented data rather than hearsay.
  • The differences between primary, secondary and derived primary sources and why knowing this can help your research process.
  • The importance of knowing who made the documents you are using, why and how they were created and why this can be useful to know.
  • What transcriptions, abstracts and indexes are and how they are created.

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Week 2 Effective Searching Techniques

You begin to think about how to define what you are actually searching for and we’ll introduce some key ways to think laterally about searching for your family information. Topics to be covered are:

  • How to create a research plan and what an effective search looks like.
  • Different ways to approach research: FAN/cluster techniques and mind mapping
  • Getting to grips with spelling and name change issues
  • What primary source databases are and how get the best out of searching them, including wildcards.

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Week 3 Using Major Source Types

We’ll introduce the main source types used by genealogists including civil, church, census and military records. While some country specific sources will be detailed, primarily we’ll give a sense of the typical type of data these records contain and how to use them in your research. We will also ‘visit’ a local archive and explore what they (and other archives) have to offer. A review of major international and some more local and specialised databases will be shared and we’ll consider how to evaluate databases.

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Week 4 Genealogical Proof and DNA Testing

Genealogists need to be sure they have found the ‘right’ person and we will cover some of the techniques used to decide on the best match. Also important is how to know when you’ve done enough research to come to a reasonable decision on a match. We’ll also introduce the use of DNA testing in genealogical research. Topics to be covered are:

  • The principles of the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • How to establish proof
  • How to evaluate evidence
  • An introduction to genetic genealogy with some case studies on using it to break down brick walls.

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Week 5 Putting your Research into Context

Week 5 sees the focus shift to sources that put the flesh on the bones of the family skeleton. It’s the historical and social context coming from using secondary and other sources that bring an ancestor to life. This week explores the sources that help genealogists provide this context; considers their quality and how to find them. Topics to be covered are:

  • Useful types of secondary sources: local histories, ‘regular’ books on history, historical magazines, film, etc.
  • Other sources of context: newspapers, maps, images
  • How to assess the quality of these types of sources
  • Finding these sources; useful online databases.

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Week 6 Documenting and Communicating your Research Results and Sources

Week 6 introduces the main types of tools used by genealogists to store, track and analyse data along with an overview as to why such tools are useful. Paper based resources, genealogical software of various types and online tools will all be explored. We will explore what types of reports and charts are commonly used, different approaches to writing a family history and some specialist tools. Ways to protect your physical records and digital data will also be explored.

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Genealogists need to provide evidence that the statements and assertions they make are based on documents and other types of resources so the use of referencing in genealogical reports and charts will be explained and we’ll discuss various systems of genealogical referencing.

We’re very happy to welcome all of you and hope that exciting discussions are generated throughout the course. Don’t forget, whilst robust debate is encouraged, it’s important that you follow the FutureLearn Code of Conduct and are respectful of your fellow learners and don’t disclose anything information of a private or confidential nature.

Get extra benefits, upgrade your course on FUTURE LEARN

When you complete this course on FUTURE LEARN you get a Certificate of Achievement or Statement of Participation: To help you demonstrate your learning they will send you a Certificate of Achievement or Statement of Participation when you become eligible. Find out more

 

Note: I have basically copied and pasted the overview notes from the Future Learn website, so that you can learn a course just by clicking on my blog. I will be posting this weekly so that we can learn together, and you are welcome to write your notes in the comments section. I haven’t planned in advance so, if there are tests, or multiple questions, I may not be able to upload or create one on this blog. I may do it manually, and I will do my best to make it engaging, and educational as possible. I will be posting weekly at the same time I do the course myself. Feel free to open conversations about topics or the course in general in the comments section below.

 

 

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Organize Your Laundry Room With Laundry Cupboards


In order to add beauty and storage to your laundry room, the best thing is to incorporate laundry cupboards and cabinets. With the time, the need of laundry cupboards are increasing, as to dump the unused laundry there is a need of space. Besides, houses these days are made with tight space.

Therefore, to tackle the space crunch opting for laundry cupboards are the best solution.

In addition to that, with the help of these storing cabinets it is easier to organize the laundry room in a systematic way. This enables you to keep your home neat and clean.

What are The Multiple Utilities of A Laundry Cupboard?

#1 Good Value for Money

Well, in order to keep your laundry and intact the cupboards must be up to the mark. As when your clothes are in its place these will be enough space to perform other household tasks. You can comfortably work in the spacious area. The cupboards facilitate to arrange clothes in an arranged way. Thus, buying and installing a laundry cupboard is a great idea. Nevertheless, depending upon your budget and other requirements decide on which cupboard you want to buy. There are many types of laundry cupboards available in the market for various storage purpose of clothes such as used, unused, dry, wet, etc.

#2 Different Styles, Pattern and Design

Those who need storage space, the laundry cupboards proves handy in solving the storage problem. These cupboards are available in different patterns, styles, and designs that individuals can use the best one, that too with maximum storage capacity requirements. Additionally, with this, the clothes are done perfectly and they are not scattered all over the place. People choose the cabinet that goes well with the décor of their house, as well. Therefore, you can choose the best design or the pattern of the laundry cupboard and cabinets that meets your requirements. The best part is that, you can also get customized designs and patterns for the laundry cupboards depending on the size and preference.

#3 Adjustable and Expandable

Out of many features, people mostly go for the ones that come with the adjustable and expandable feature. This is the biggest advantage and feature of the laundry cupboards. In addition to that, it is of a great use in a big families or families with kids, where there are several dirty clothes or unused clothes. Even when guests are at your home, you can easily change or adjust the shelves as per the storage requirement. Moreover, you can dismantle them when you want to keep them back in its original shape. These are meticulously designed with precision. Besides, these are light in weight also, although, it mostly depends on the material of the cupboard.

#4 Various Types of Laundry Cupboards

In addition to the functionality and meticulous design, they come in various types such as foldable, wall mounted, hanging, under or above washer and dryer, floor to ceiling, floor cabinets, counter cabinets, and different other types. Therefore, according to your need and requirements or whichever suits best to your laundry room area and space, you can buy and install the cupboard.

Apart from that, you can also opt for custom laundry cupboards according to your laundry room, but that all depends on your budget. Overall, to maintain and organize your laundry room in a systematic way, it is important for you to install the best laundry cupboard for the storage and shelving. This enables you to organize your clothes and keep your laundry in a perfect way. Thus, consider these things so as to decide why it is important to have laundry cupboards.

 

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My name is Zoe Sewell. I am a professional writer to share my blogs and ideas about Home Improvement, Business, Lifestyle and Automotive that will be informative for readers who loves to gain knowledge. View the social networks of the website at Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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7 Ways to find your purpose in life


I recently bought a new magazine…… and I am IN LOVE with it…… I am basically copying from the book, but this is practical, and a huge guidance for you if you want to find purpose in everything that you do. Whether you’re a full-time working mum, single entrepreneur, starting your own small business, or creating ideas for a future business, or even if you want to find out anything about yourself when applying your own qualities to life itself.

Below you will find the link:

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“Empowering Women to become the BEST version of themselves.”

By supporting small business owners, entrepreneurial women, Shar Moore is the CEO and founder of the magazine.

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