Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Advantages of Carpet Tiles

Many homeowners are discovering carpet tiles and just how easy they are to use in their home. This form of carpeting is easy to install, maintain and can be found in the color, patterns and textures that you want for your home. When you compare it against the bulky rolls of traditional carpet, there are also some advantages.

Fast installation is perhaps one of the biggest benefits there is for carpet tile. Instead of struggling with a bulky roll of carpet, carpet tiles come in individual squares that are a square foot each. These squares install easily with some carpet adhesive they will remain in place, until you choose to remove them. Once you are done, there is an even appearance to the floor and no one will know that you installed it piece by piece, as it will have a uniform appearance.

Once installed, this carpet can be vacuumed and cleaned as normal. If there is a permanent stain from food or drinks, you can remove the individual sections of carpet and replace them. That means you don’t have to replace the entire floor and an eyesore can be taken care of in a matter of minutes.

You are also not limited to just one style or design on this type of flooring. If you prefer, you can use different sections of tile to create a unique floor pattern. This will allow you to add in patterns and designs not found in most carpeting and allow you to create a unique space.

If you need new carpet in your home that is durable, allows for easy maintenance and will quickly install, then you will want to consider installing discount carpet tiles in the home. With many designs, styles and brands to choose from, there is certain to be one that will meet your needs.

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Common Issues Involving Your Credit Score

cut-expenses-1-1176251-mOne of the most common issues online these days is that your credit may be used to purchase things such as music and other items online without you knowing it. Getting a free annual credit report is just one way that you can check out what has been purchased in your name and what you need to do in order to prevent it in the future.

The free annual credit report gives you the opportunity to check out any and all accounts that are currently listed in your name on your credit report and to correct mistakes on the report, as well as to close accounts or dispute them if they are not legitimately yours. Your credit rating is important. Protect yours as well as you can by making sure that nothing listed on the credit report, or delinquent there is actually a stolen account that you do not actually owe. Credit is important these days.

In an economy that is still uncertain, what is more important than protecting the good credit rating that you have worked so hard to achieve. Checking out your credit rating on a regular basis should be done at least once a year. Fortunately, today you don’t have to pay for your credit rating information. You can, because of a federal law in the United States, receive your free annual credit report one time each year so that you can check out the activity that has taken place on your credit rating and find out if there is any type of incorrect information on your credit report.

If you do have incorrect information on your credit report, you can take immediate steps to remove that information and see that it is corrected to protect your credit. The advent of the free credit reports is an important step in helping all of us to review and fix our credit report before it damages our ability to achieve loans and other things.  Make sure that you review your credit report at least one time per year.

You cant buy a house or property without solid credit ratings. Make sure that you protect yours by viewing your free annual credit report each year and reviewing every item that appears on it

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Hertzog Cookies

South African cuisine is sometime referred to as “rainbow cuisine” because it has such a wide variety of sources as well as stages. It is made up of cooking styles used by the indigenous people of the country, the styles used by the different waves of immigration and colonization, and those dishes that have evolved from both of those sources. One thing that is always true of South African cuisine is that it has a style and taste that is totally unique from region to region. Hertzog cookies are just one example of a uniquely African Cuisine.

Hertzog Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound of self-rising flour
  • 1/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3 eggs (separated and whites reserved)
  • Milk (as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F. and lightly grease a cookie sheet

  1. In a large bowl, mixt the sugar and butter together until they are light and creamy.
  2. Add egg yolks and vanilla and blend thoroughly.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and salt and add to the butter mixture.
  4. Add milk a Tablespoon at a time until mixture forms a slightly stiff dough.
  5. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut the dough into round shapes using a cookie cutter.
  6. Place cookies onto prepared pan.

Filling:

  • 3 egg whites, beaten until stiff peaks form
  • 1 3/4 Cups shredded coconut
  • 3/4 Cup white sugar
  • Apricot (or fruit of your choice) jam

Directions:

  1. Add the sugar a small amount at a time to the beaten egg whites.
  2. Gently fold in the shredded coconut.
  3. Place a small amount of jam in the center of each round cookie and spoon a small amount of the egg white/coconut mixture over the top.
  4. Place in a preheated oven and bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until the pastry turns a light, golden brown.
  5. Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then remove to a rack and let cool completely before storing.
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What Does a Roustabout Do?

Offshore Oil Rig Roustabouts

big-oli-rig-718977-mJust what does a roustabout on an oil rig do?  Well, just about anything.  The job description of a roustabout is drilling on an oil rig, but they also have other tasks, such as loading equipment and supplies from the support vessels.  They keep the decks tidy and clean and help with supplying equipment to the rig floor.  If the roughnecks are too busy to take a break, the roustabouts relieve them, so they can take their breaks or meals, until all the roughnecks have had a break.  If you don’t mind the lifestyle on an oil rig and being away from your family for extended lengths of time, then an entry level oil rig jobs, may be for you.

Oil rig jobs pay well, a lot more than land-based jobs.  If you don’t mind honest work for honest money, then research the oil rig jobs.  The rate of pay is usually double the amount you will make on land.  The bulk of the jobs on an oil rig are roustabout jobs.  These are considered entry-level positions and require no experience.  Most entry positions pay on an average of $45,000 to $50,000 a year.  If you have ten years or more of experience, you may reach $55,000.

One of the best ways to get a roustabout job is by word of mouth because oil rig workers are very tight knit.  This comes from working together under very difficult conditions for long periods of time, so in this field of work, if another worker recommends a person, this counts for a lot.  You may also contact placement companies that fill these positions.  Remember there are hundreds of oil rigs in the United States and all over the world.  You will find the work very hard and will probably work for 2 or 3 weeks, 12-hour shifts before you get any time off.  These shifts are usually night shift; you may find yourself facing all kinds of hardships such as fighting fires and working in high places.  Just remember, if you are doing the same work on land, you will probably be getting paid only half as much.

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Now is The Time for Carpet Cleaning in Nottingham

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rug-804711-mThough the Holidays are still a few months away, the time will go quickly and before you know it they will be here. Everyone wants their home to look lovely for Holiday guests and a good place to start is with a thorough carpet cleaning. Nottingham, London, or New York City, no matter where you live, having your home ready to receive visitors is something that shouldn’t be put off until the last minute.

There are many reasons why your carpet should be professionally cleaned before the onset of the Holiday Season. The main one of course is that you want your home looking its best when visitors arrive, but there are more practical reasons well.

One of the things that causes the most wear and tear on carpeting is ground in dirt. Not only does dirt make your carpet look shabby, but dirt actually breaks down the fiber of the carpet. With all of the extra foot traffic in your home during this season, starting off with a clean carpet is a must. Even if you own a carpet cleaner, cleaning your own rugs isn’t always best. Professional cleaners have access to cleaners that are specifically designed to clean deep down into the carpet and remove dirt that is imbedded in the fibers themselves.

Another reason for contacting a professional carpet cleaner is that in addition to the extra traffic on your carpet, there are bound to be occasional spills. Most professionals offer to treat your carpet with a stain guard that will make cleaning up spills much easier. These stain guards don’t allow the spills to soak into the carpet as quickly and prevent the stain from setting before it can be cleaned.

The closer the Holidays get, the more people who will be thinking of getting a professional carpet cleaning. Nottingham carpet cleaners will become busier and the chances that you won’t be able to get your carpet cleaned at all will become greater. Don’t let the Holidays catch you unprepared, call a professional carpet cleaning service, such as Brenton Carpet Care and get a head start on your Holiday cleaning.

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Preparing Your Roof for Winter

roof in winterWith cold weather rapidly approaching, it’s time to get your home ready for the cold Nebraska winter. While it’s important to seal drafty doors and windows, it’s also the time of year to inspect your roofing. The Midwest experiences some very turbulent weather during the summer months and it can often cause damage that is invisible to the untrained eye.

Hail, wind, debris, and even the intense heat of a Nebraska summer can all cause damages to your roof. Roofers are familiar with the kind of damages that are common to the area and know exactly what to look for, which is one of the reasons that hiring a local roofer is generally a wise choice. Small cracks or dents in shingles that may not be an issue now, can become larger with the expansion and contraction that is caused by a drop in temperature. Something as simple as a few cold nights can create enough of a change to cause a leak.

The soundness of a roof is often taken for granted until a noticeable leak occurs, but by this time there may already be thousands of dollars in damage to your home. Unlike damage to your siding or other areas of the home, roof damage often isn’t noticed because it isn’t readily visible as you look at the house. In order to see damage to shingles or other areas of the roof you need to be on the roof, where most of us don’t want to be.

This year as you make your home ready for winter, don’t forget about the roof. Having your roof inspected by a trained professional, can ensure that your roof is ready to take on anything that Mother Nature can throw at it this winter.

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Selecting Carpet For Your Lifestyle

duck-board---background-1-1172284-mWhenever you select carpet, you have to consider many aesthetic as well as technical areas. With well over a hundred thousands styles and colors being released every year, selecting the right carpet to match your needs can be a very challenging task indeed.

Carpet is available in several different textures, constructions, colors, and designs – which will open the doors to virtually any interior design that you can imagine. The combination of texture and color will complement the look of both formal and casual environments, while helping to bring continuity to the overall room designs.

The most important thing to consider when you shop for carpet is the amount of traffic that will be on the carpet that is going to be installed as well as the area you hope to use it in. The construction and the texture are both key aspects when you select a carpet for a specified area and use.

Nylon, polyester, and olefin are the most widely used fibers with carpet manufacturing, with each one displaying qualities that make themselves great with specific applications and uses. Even though nylon is the most expensive type of fiber, it is also the softest and most resilient, which makes it great for any room in your home, including those areas that have a high level of traffic.

Polyester fabric is less resilient than nylon, although it more cost efficient and offers a high level of resistance to stains, which makes it a great choice for areas such as bedrooms or dining rooms that are not subject to a lot of traffic.

The fiber olefin is solution dyed, which results in a highly resistant stain carpet that can be cleaned easily using a water and beach solution – without any loss to the color.

Unlike the other types of fibers, olefin is fade, mildew, and mold resistant, which results in a carpet that performs well indoors and outdoors. Keep in mind however, that olefin isn’t very resilient and as a result, it should only be considered with berber construction.

You can get carpets in either plush or berber construction. The berber type of carpets are well constructed with a continuous level loop, while plush carpets are constructed of loops that have been sheared, which results in the strands standing upright.

Berber construction carpets don’t crush or mat, due to their high level loops. They are however harder underfoot, uncomfortable to sit on or lay down on, and they can easily become damaged by pets with long nails. Berber carpets are well suited for high traffic areas, which include walk ways, living rooms, and entrance areas. They aren’t popular with bedrooms, as their hard texture makes them a less than attractive option.

The plush type carpets are much softer to walk or lay on and they offer better sound and thermal insulation. They tend to crush and mat though when they are subjected to high levels of foot traffic.

The use of nylon fiber paired with a tight low pile construction will help to limit the amount of pile and mat crushing, due to the high resilient nature of the nylon fiber and the added support that is gained from tight construction.

The warranties for carpet ranges from 5 – 30 years, with the general rule being that you don’t cover the stairs. Most carpet warranties will require the installation of new carpet padding as well at the time of installation in order for the warranty to become valid.

Check with bestcarpetvalue.com for more details on the types of warranties and what is covered on your new carpet.

 

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