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Preparing For Painting And Decorating!

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 5:48 pm

Preparing for painting and decorating is probably one of the most important blogs that i will do on the decorating trade, I’ve said many many times that the trade should be called “Preparation and Decorating” – Not “Painting and Decorating”, preparing for painting and decorating is something that needs thinking about as there is so much that can go wrong, you must understand that NO AMOUNT of preparation can turn bad plasterwork or joinery into great surfaces for paint (or wallpaper)

However I’m going to assume for the while that the walls and woodwork in the area that you are going to decorate are sound areas, with good plaster and wood work. The 1st thing is always do is to use a sanding stick to sand down all of the wall areas, this is without doubt one of the best tools when preparing for painting and decorating and this will take any nibs or bits or plaster off the wall, however, make sure that there are no nails protruding from the walls area as your sanding stick may get damaged, you can use sandpaper by hand but once again be careful here in case your hands get damaged by nails.

Once I’ve sanded the walls and they are relatively smooth, then it depends whether you are applying paint or wallpaper, if paint then apply a 1st mist coat (e.g.: mix at least 25% water to the paint) and apply (usually with a roller, then cut in with a brush) Now, you may be wondering (Hang on a bit, what about the filling) this is a very important point that many people outside of the trade don’t understand, NEVER ever fill the walls before applying a coat of paint, once the paint has been applied this will show all of the defects on the wall, and will be so much easier to fill after the 1st coat.

Now if I’m wallpapering, this is not entirely necessary as the paper will simply cover smaller defects, and you can see the larger defects to fill, I personally don’t always line the walls (50% of cases i do) but i ALWAYS size the wall with a good glue size, you never want to get into a situation where the paper will not move on the wall and matching becomes almost impossible, you might as well start all over again.

You’ll also need several good filling knives (not scrapers) and a filling gun (for caulk) for your walls, but these can be bought easily from and decent decorating centre. Many DIY people forget that preparing for painting and decorating is one of the most important tasks when refurbishing your home – Don’t forget it.

Chantal Tea Kettle – Elegance For The Kitchen

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 4:54 pm

A Chantal tea kettle is amongst the most excellent tea kettle you can possess. Whether you fancy a contemporary or classic style, they will be the perfect stovetop centerpiece for your kitchen.

If you take pleasure in tea, a Chantal kettle will give chic to your kitchen and a easy means for you to brew your tea. Chantal tea kettles are available in an array of colors, all guaranteed not to fade. There are plenty of styles that you will not have a issue finding one to match with your kitchen decor. With a Chantal tea kettle you can make not just a burning cup of tea but also a mug of instant coffee, hot chocolate or cereal. These kettles heat water quickly and present a abundant spout.

The Enamel-On-Steel Classic tea kettle was originally launched over twenty five years ago. The design is timeless; it is built of enamel and comes in platinum, cobalt blue, onyx, chili red and white. Its stainless steel handle extends over the top of the lid making for a unique design; the kettle offers a two tone Hohner whistle and it has a capacity of 1.8 quarts.

The brushed stainless Loop tea kettle offers an elegant, modern design. It has an interesting shaped handle that loops around the top of the kettle and it is relaxed to handle and pour. The handle is very relaxed to grip and it has a single tone whistle which will alert you to when your water is boiling.

The Bridge tea kettle has a elegant design with a dome stainless steel lid. It comes in fiesta green, mimosa yellow and vanilla. The green and yellow will present a daring accent to your kitchen. Needless to say, all Chantal tea kettles whistle and remind us why we like tea so much.

Chantal kettles work on all stove types. On a gas stove, the tea kettle’s handle cools down quickly and some of the models come with a hand mitt so you do not need to worry about burning your hand. Those using an electric stove have no problem when the handle heats up. They are also very strong and can be moved from place to place without a dent or ding.

Chantal was founded in 1979 and to this day they remain committed to developing a unique line of tea kettles. These kettles have been featured on numerous television shows and their gorgeous colors and environmentally friendly materials make Chantal tea kettles a favorite among many devotees.

Forex Grid Trading

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Unusual as it is, the Forex grid trading system still entices many traders to come and give it a try. Why? Well, this is because of the significant rewards that one could get if they were able to do it properly. Simply put, buying and selling the same currency as a means of creating a hedge isnt the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. Not to mention the fact that if you have no idea what youre doing, it can also be a very high risk investment. Now, there are many different things that a trader would require if they are intent on giving this type of trading a try. The first thing youll need is a brokers account that would allow the different types of transactions. However, this can be a bit tricky in some places of the world that actually prohibits traders from having to buy and sell transactions open at the same time. This also extends to their ability to place target orders and other entry which would activate automatically at predetermined price levels.

Once you get the account, there is another challenge to overcome. This would be your own mindset and combating boredom. Forex traders or day traders very rarely allow any deals to be active beyond a specific number of days. However, when it comes to Forex grid trading, you would need to make use of relatively large size grids which are typically around 150 or 400 pips as this can help lower any risks. However this means that this grid system might take up to a week before it triggers a transaction and a month after that before you can get a result. As you can see, if youre used to doing things quickly and efficiently then the waiting period might make you want to simply lose interest. Just do not make the mistake of reducing your grids size in order to shorten the waiting time because doing that can increase the risk level.

So there you have it, just some of the things that every trader must know about Forex grid trading before giving it a try. Remember, do your research well so youll be prepared for any challenges that lie ahead.

Bank Bonuses up! After bail out fill’s CEOS pockets

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm

How you would feel if you could take home 10 to 15 million as a salary? Just for having a title and being a simple money manipulator. The banks say they need this type of talent (What talent?) to run these banks to make this sum of money they bring in. Imagine did we here the banks in Canada made a mere 140 Billion. Wonder how these guys can sleep at night when there is people they take their homes from and put people out on the streets. Imagine what would happen if you took a ten dollar bill out of the till? Think they would miss it? You’d get fired and they are allowed to take from anyone they choose hundreds of dollars and charge you outrageous sums for service charges. How come they don’t have the heart NOT to through people out on the street? They and the Governments have to be in bed with each other, It’s legal to take a home that some one has been paying for, sell it off for what they owe you and to pocket the “rest?”, But don’t take that 10 dollar bill from the till! Heard the term thieves dressed in flesh? They all fit the bill. No love in their hearts for the one who has been feeding them. They will go to far and cut off the hand that feeds. Wait and see and it will happen and these bankers will all starve! The word of God says people will be throwing their jewelry in the streets for a loaf of bread. Wonder if they’ll realise they are the money manipulators of the death for the majority of the human race? Wonder if they’d be ashamed of themselves knowing this and if they can sleep at night? Most of these types are psychopaths who don’t have a conscious and no real love in their heart. What they have has lied to them all their life. They caused this mess and people will remember. They will not rest, wait and see. Remember to take all you can from the working stiff and cut off the hand that feeds, but don’t take that 10 dollar bill from the till. And they won’t even help stop global warming research, while they live an affluent life of Reilly. Remember to, even when you live in the United States, these affluent soles ( shoe leathered) will close their doors to your money before they will give up their life style. And you will have nothing! Factual! David Chura, research investigator, field of CMA energy, Buy oil support Terrorism or before it’s to late STOP and Prove your not! donating to the middle east terrorist funds! Who supplies their funds for weapons?

Treat yourself with Indian Cuisine in San Jose

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 2:39 pm

Its always a nice change in your daily life when you treat yourself to a different type of cuisine. Indian cuisine is also one of the most renowned cuisine in the world. Indian cuisine is also specially known for its mouth watering delicacies and even for a variety of spices. Change is the spice of life. It is also very important in every aspect of life. So never compromise on food. Especially when it’s the delicious Indian food, your taste buds are surely in for a fantabulous treat.

There are numerous Indian Restaurants In San Jose Ca who have a menu full of mouth watering Indian delicacies and Chaat. They even have some of the well known Indian street food items. These Indian Restaurants In San Jose are also very conscious about hygiene. Their list of snacks goes and on. Some of them are

Samosa Dahi Vada Pav Bhaji Pav Vada Gol Gappas Bhel Puris Choole Kulcha Sev Poori Sprout Bhel Aloo Tikki With Chatni

These are some famous Indian street food also available. Pani puri is the most loved among all. Once you start having pani puri, you cannot resist yourself from the habit of having it everyday! You can even have chaat items at these Indian Restaurants in Santa Clara where it is hygienically prepared in adherence of the highest standards of food quality. Aloo tikki, kachori with sabji, paneer tikka, raj kachori, bhalla papri, choole kulcha, lachha tokri, pani puri, bhel puri, matar kulcha, pao bhaji, dahi bhalla, paneer masala chilla, and papri chaat are some other popular chaat items available with us.

Also If you are born with a sweet tooth, you will never ever have enough of these Indian sweets they serve. You will never be satisfied with the sweets savoured. The ultimate way to end a meal is a dessert and with spicy Indian cuisine it becomes a necessity to have a dessert. They even have a wide range of Indian sweets such as gulab jamun, rasgullas, barfi, ras-malai, badam kheer, kulfi and the list goes on.

These Indian Restaurant In Mountain View also provide home delivery services. So you don’t want to miss the game??It’s ok we provide you with services such as home delivery. They deliver your favourite food items straight to your home or to your office, anywhere you want. Just give us a call and leave the rest to us. They will handle it for you So you can just sit back and enjoy. For more details visit :

Refund of Service Tax Issues & Challenges

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Service Tax, as the name suggests is a tax leviable on all duties. It is a tax levied on the transactions of the facility specified by the Central Government under the finance Act, 1994. It is an indirect tax (akin to Excise duty or Sales tax), which means the service provider pays the tax and recovers the amount from the recipient of the taxable work.

Service Tax is generally recovered by Assessee in two ways:

By utilizing the same as in the form of Cenvat Credit, or

By Claiming the Refund.

Any Assessee can utilize the amount of duty paid by him in excess by adjusting the same with the duty amount paid in subsequent period. Refund of tax can be claimed by Assessee where self- adjustment of Service Tax is not feasible.

Refund of Service Tax generally happens in case of export oriented companies (STPI, SEZ, EOU units) which export their final product/duty, as no tax is levied by Government to promote the export. Such companies disburse excise on the input/output assistance procured by them but are not able to utilize the Cenvat Credit because no due is received by them on export of their services. As a result, such companies have to opt the procedure of claiming refund for unutilized cenvat (tax) credit.

The Export Oriented Units, especially the STPI units have been facing many hurdles and difficulties while claiming the service tax refunds. There had been inordinate delays towards the scrutiny of refund applications coupled with rejections of the claimed amounts due to various reasons by the designated authorities, primary reasons being:

Time Limitation for the refund claim of duties.
Relevant date for the calculation of limitation period in respect of filing the refund claim.
Implication of the Principle of Doctrine of Unjust Enrichment.
Submission of separate Foreign Exchange Remittance Certificate (FIRC) in case of segregated export of goods & utilities.
Submission of Original documents such as Invoice, BL, SB, BRC etc.

The Central Board of Excise & Customs is seized of this matter and has been regularly clarifying on this issue through various clarifications/Notifications covering many procedural issues with respect to refund of service tax paid. It has settled many issues like the time within which the refund claim shall be filed, acceptance of certified photocopies as a valid document, submission of self-certified statement along with FIRCs etc.

Despite various initiatives taken by the department, there has been a huge pendency of tax refunds primarily because of the incomplete documentation by the claimants, tedious process of physical verification of documents submitted to the department and the difference of perception between the claimant and the department regarding the admissibility of input services eligible for refund.

There are many specialized Service Tax Consultant in Delhi, NCR that helps companies in sorting out the problems they face related to tax. But it is always advisable to do some serious research before contacting a STPI Consultant in Delhi.

Calories And Alcohol 5 Tips For Cutting The Calories In Alcoholic Drinks

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 1:31 pm

If you’re not careful, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages can add up to a huge amount of calories. If you’re trying to lose weight (or maintain your current weight), keep the following five tips in mind.

1. The first rule to remember for low calorie drinking applies to drinking in general: Limit your alcoholic beverages. The maximum recommended amount is two per day. If you go above this, you’re adding extra calories to your day as well as perhaps dealing with the problems of drinking too much alcohol. This may not be too much of a problem if you are only drinking occasionally. But if you find it difficult to stay to two drinks per day, you may want to seek professional help.

2. Not only does the quantity of the drinks make a difference in your calorie level, but the quantity of beverage that is in your glass counts as well. Seek out mixed drinks that have a lot of low calorie mixers, or add some water to further dilute the alcohol.

Ask for drinks made with soda water or regular water. If you don’t want to mix water into your drinks, try alternating an alcoholic beverage with a glass of water to dilute the amount of calories in your system.

3. When it comes to filling your glass, you can trick yourself into drinking less by using a lot of ice. If your glass is filled to the brim with ice, you’ll end up putting less of the drink into your glass to begin with. The ice will melt as you drink the beverage and your drink will become naturally diluted. More dilution equals fewer calories, and you’ll automatically drink less. You probably won’t even notice the difference.

4. Watch out for high calorie mixers. Mixed drinks can be tricky because there are a lot of mixers that are very high in calories. Anything sweet, sour or a mixture of both tends to be very high in calories.

There’s a reason those beverages taste good! They are filled with sugar to offset the flavor of the alcohol. Flavored liqueurs can also be chock full of sugar which can significantly raise the level of calories in your drink. If a mixed drink tastes like a dessert, it’s best to just leave it alone. Look for drinks mixed with soda water or regular water for your best low-calorie bet.

5. Finally, you can skip mixed drinks all together and go for an all around lower-calorie beverage choice, such as wine, champagne or light beer. These drinks all have significantly lower calorie levels than mixed drinks. There are some light beers that are just 60 calories per bottle.

Do keep in mind that having a low-calorie beverage isn’t a reason to drink more. It’s a good idea to limit your alcohol consumption to two drinks per day not matter how few calories your drink has.

Ever Heard Of A Volcanologist (and Other Science Careers)

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm

If you have decided that you want a career in science but are not sure which field to choose then you should look at all available options to see which most interests you. There are literally hundreds of scientific fields and many of these have a shortage of specialists. With that said, if you can commit yourself to a particular science career then you are likely to have a career for life. Science careers are rewarding and can be well paid.

So what sort of science careers are there? Some to consider include:

– Ecologist: Studies of nature and ecology
– Astronomy: Study of space
– Biologist: Study of living things
– Volcanologist: Study of volcanoes [a branch of geology]
– Engineer: Can take many forms in many different sectors. Generally to do with designing structures
– Science Teacher: Person who teaches science at school, college or university
– Geologist: Study of rocks, minerals and Earth processes
– Computer Scientist: Study advanced computer technology like virtual reality and robots
– Physicist: Study of the forces of the universe
– Chemist: Either a lab technician or a pharmacist
– Zoologist: Study of animals in captivity
– Medicine: Study of human health
– Archaeologist: Study of past civilizations, fossils and other ancient objects

The above are just a few of the hundreds of possible careers in science. Medicine is also considered a science and as such, becoming a doctor also involves studying science, particularly biology and chemistry. The earth sciences like geology, archaeology and volcanology are extremely exciting fields that are always moving forward fast. They can also provide qualified people with the chance to travel to the world to study scenarios the world over.

To become a qualified scientist in any field you must undertake a bachelor’s degree in the field of your choice. Many scientists then choose to take on post graduate study to further their knowledge and to specialize in a sub-niche of their chosen sector of the scientific field. Many opt to undertake a doctorate and become a professor however this is usually only after many years are spent in the field.

Whichever science career you choose, make sure it is one you are passionate about and feel you can undertake forever. Because many scientific careers blend into one another, it is possible to change fields throughout your career and shift to a related scientific career. Without a doubt science careers are very satisfying, challenging and rewarding.

When Should You Go to an Urgent Care Clinic

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 11:41 am

Urgent care clinics are specialized in walk-in emergency and non-emergency medical care. Here are four circumstances where an urgent care clinic is almost always the best health choice.

are becoming increasingly popular, and there’s a reason for that. But many people still aren’t sure what an urgent care clinic is or when they should go to one. Urgent care clinics are walk-in, short-wait clinics that are capable of handling emergencies and provide a full range of medical services. This makes them among the most flexible clinic options around, and there are certain times when they’re the best choice. So when should you go to an urgent care clinic? Here are four of the most common reasons:

1. In Emergencies. Many walk-in clinics are set up only to handle a short list of standard procedures, and cannot serious emergencies. But urgent care clinics are specifically structured to be able to handle emergencies just like a hospital ER does. They also tend to have less patient load, meaning more personalized attention and less pressure to discharge patients right away. If you have a medical emergency you can count on an urgent care clinic without having to call ahead.

2. When You Need to Save Money. Urgent care clinics generally accept all major insurance providers, and provide a host of services that might normally be spread between your physician, a specialist, and various labs. But insurance companies often allow urgent care clinic visits without a referral from your main physician, meaning you only have to make one copay – and attend one appointment – instead of two.

3. When You Don’t Have an Appointment. Probably the most attractive aspect of an urgent care clinic is the easy walk-in structure. Most of us don’t have the kind of schedule that allows us to take off from work at odd times to make a doctor’s appointment, and you don’t want to wait weeks to get a slot that’s convenient for you. Urgent care facilities are almost always walk-in friendly.

4. For No-Hassle Services. Whether you need to be screened for a disease, get your immunizations before travel or just come in for a physical, it shouldn’t be an ordeal. Urgent care clinics have a menu of quick in/out services that staff are used to handling quickly, efficiently and professionally every time.

These are just a few of the reasons to try an urgent care clinic. Have you been to one? What do you use these clinics for?

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General Discussion Forums Relationship Forums Tv Show Forums

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:14 am

An online chat forum/community is a great way to create general discussion forums. Participate or create relationship forums or TV show Forums. Topics can be anything relating to sports, entertainment, religion and etc.

Explore the different general discussion forums that interest you most. Individuals who like debating can create or participate in various topics. The debates are challenging and often require factual evidence of events and information.

Users of an online community chat forum can register to a social community forum for relationships. Topics in the relationship forums can be about anything. Some of the most popular discussions are love, bad relationships, tips on dating and other topics.

It is free to register to an online community and forum. The registration process is very simple and quick. Once in the chat community various users can participate in kinds of discussions and debates.

Discussions and debates must always be in an intelligent and informative manner. Learn different ideas and receive incredible advice on various forums. The information provided can be beneficial.

The online chat community and forum are for young adults and people of all ages. Learn about the latest news in sports, music and games. Start a discussion about the latest hits and your favorite music artist.

Men and women share opinions, advice, and knowledge about almost everything. Users can create a starter thread to discuss various TV shows they like or dislike. Threads can be accessed from the present to the previous year.

Follow topics that were created last year and learn the different topics and opinions. The TV forums are used to discuss your favorite actor or previous series you missed. Discuss your favorite daytime drama or night show series.

Online chat forums are a great way to meet new people and share information and life experiences. The relationship forums are very interesting and can be of any topic. The topics may be on love, break-ups, dating, or personality conflicts.

Learn about real experiences of love relationships. Users can create topics to open discussions on whatever they are experiencing at that moment. The topics may be about infidelity and trust.
A growing online chat forum has a large social community with general discussion forums on almost every topic imaginable. Registration is free and can be completed in a few minutes. Create a discussion on your favorite topic.