Monthly Archives: July 2016

Four Practical Ways to Improve Your Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool in UtahYou want your pool to adhere to industry and beauty standards. After all, what good is a pool you won’t be proud of?

Adding a pool is a great way of enhancing the value of any outdoor space. A well-crafted pool can provide that calming and refreshing effect during a hot afternoon, especially if you live in an area that normally has brutal summers such as Salt Lake City. A pool also provides a great way to exercise and keep fit.

Below are some aspects you can improve on.

Design

Improving design can be tricky if you got it wrong the first time. However, Dolphin-pools.com says you can decide to extend your pool or remodel the surrounding space to match it to your exterior’s design. The best way to design the pool and the surrounding area is to go for tweaks that work for the space you have while also complementing the house and compound design.

Lighting

Well-placed automatic lighting adds character and a personal touch to your pool. You can also install an automatic chemical distribution system, which is a trending standard.

Landscaping

Landscaped surroundings can do wonders in enhancing the beauty of your pool. Trimmed hedges, well-manicured lawns, and trees get you closer to nature when taking a swim. If you have a family, everyone can get involved in landscaping the area.

Furniture

Good looking furniture can improve your pool and make you feel as if you’re on some exotic destination. Make sure the furniture integrates seamlessly with the theme.

There’s always room for improvement. One small change can mean so much for your family and your property. Check some options and get started on improving your pool.

Why are FHA Loans so Popular When Few People Understand Them?

FHA Loans in Draper

FHA Loans in DraperWhenever you decide to do some research on your mortgage there’s going to be one term that will pop up a lot – Federal Housing Authority (FHA) loans. Almost every lender, bank, or fiduciary with a website has a section that explains and offers FHA loans as an option for people who need a mortgage, and people often take them. The question is why?

The fastest answer is that the marketing for the option is really good. The second fastest answer is that – as an option – FHA loans actually work. Both can be necessarily correct, but it doesn’t quite explain the disconnect some buyers have with it. People often know FHA loans exist and are willing to give them a shot, (many of them even love it) without knowing precisely what they are.

Psychologists point to this as a clear example of cognitive ease, or the state in which people are comfortable accepting something because they’ve heard it so many times. Take this statement, for example, “FHA loans only require a 3.5% down payment”.

If it feels like you’ve heard that before, it’s likely that you have. It’s a fact that you can see on Bank Rate, Wikipedia, Investopedia, the US Bank, and even this video. The 3.5% statistic is everywhere, and there’s no harm in that because it’s true. But, in doing so, everyone may have unwittingly accomplished is a level of cognitive ease that makes FHA loans more attractive an option than it otherwise would have.

Is this a good thing? It all depends on the situation. FHA loans have plenty of benefits to offer people, especially for people who don’t make the necessary income to pay off the down payment for a conventional loan. But, there are terms within it that may not apply to certain cases.

Blindly agreeing to the terms of any kind of loan is a bad idea, which is why it’s a universal recommendation to consult with a professional before making a decision. An informed decision is always the priority, especially when it comes to money.

How Aluminum Copings Can Keep Your Swimming Pool Safe

Swimming PoolAdmit it or not, one of the scariest parts of being in the pool is coming out of it and actually slipping. That said, have you ever wondered how the water stays inside your pool even after all the splashing and spilling? 

It actually has a lot to do with the design of the pool.

Pool Design Secrets

Not many people may notice it but a few inches from the swimming pool, there is usually some sort of drain. This is where all those water overflows drain into, responsible for keeping the area near the pool dry. In effect, it helps prevent slipping and falling.

Steel bars are important in any construction, and your swimming pool is no exception. However, this is something that you do not actually see in your pool. For this, you have to thank what most professionals known as copings. The market offers a number of copings option, but the most popular are aluminium copings, Contour states. This is because aluminium copings tend to be lightweight, versatile, and easy to install.

Apart from this, one can easily paint over an aluminium copings so that they the overall look or design theme of your pool. Copings are typically installed on a bond beam, allowing it to cover the concrete edges of the swimming pool.

Swimming Pool Copings

Swimming pool copings can come in three forms – top-mount coping, cantilever-edge coping, and flat-mount coping. Top-mount coping is considered to be the most popular form of swimming pool coping. It is usually made of aluminium and is quite popular due to the ease by which it can be installed. On the other hand, the popularity of the cantilever-edge coping comes from the possibility of stamping the coping with your preferred designs. Of the three options, it is the flat-mount coping that is not really a coping. It is more of a track for the pool liner with the actual coping mounted on it.

Copings are nowadays essential in swimming pool construction. Before, you only had to excavate a roughly rectangular hole in the ground, smooth its edges with concrete, and fill it with water. Today, construction is more sophisticated, but with such sophistication comes additional safety.

Cleaning House: Items You Might Forget About But Shouldn’t

House Cleaning in New ZealandCleaning your house does not end with sweeping the floor of debris. Dust and other particles can still be hiding in your home, building up in corners and lingering on objects. Sometimes, even vacuuming does little to rid your house of these potential health hazards.

What you need to do is conduct a major cleaning around the house including some items you might forget to look into. Here are some things you could be missing out:

Curtains

They might protect you from sunlight and filter dust particles in the air but they can also collect debris. It might not be noticeable at first but the longer they are up, the dirtier they get. It can be a problem for people suffering from asthma when the wind blows and unleashes all the dust they have gathered over time. It is not enough to brush your curtains or use the vacuum cleaner. Taking them to curtain cleaning experts and replacing them with new ones every two or three weeks can help prevent harmful buildup.

Carpets

Like curtains, carpets also need to undergo regular cleaning. Since they are on the ground, they are more likely to collect dust settling in the air. Bringing in shoes from outdoors may also contribute to dirt buildup. If you have pets at home, hairs from shedding might also add to the problem. Brushing or vacuuming cannot easily remove these types of debris. You can extend the life of your clean carpets by imposing some rules within the house. If not handled properly, carpets can be a breeding ground for mould. Spores from mould can be hazardous to anyone who might breathe them in.

Watch out for these items you might be forgetting to clean. You do not want your family or your guests suffering from sneezing whenever they are in your living room.

Content at the Heart of Everything Else (Online)

Content MarketingWhat comes to mind when you read the words “content marketing?”

Most likely, you’ll answer the obvious contenders: original landing copies, ranking blog posts, keywords, or even whitepapers. While these terms are part of content’s characteristics, is that all there is?

Traditional content marketing examples serve as good reminders, but just sticking to these isn’t enough. If you want your strategies to work, it’s time to look at content as the heart of your brand. Content shouldn’t just speak—it should stem from the brand, become its voice, and serve as an advocate.

Engage to the Nth Level

One of the best strategies for businesses online is simple: ENGAGE.

Static content has no role in today’s marketing. To keep the customers coming, interactive content is your best bet. This form of content offers readers a tailored and one-of-a-kind experience. For example, Chipotle released an informational content piece entitled Friend or Faux. The unique journey allows users to discover which food options suit them better.

Interactive content should also be shareable across different platforms. Also, mobile is your best friend, so make sure your content is mobile-friendly.

What do People Want?

Want to be successful in content marketing? Put an end to redundancy.

Readers don’t want to read the same content multiple times—even if you write in different angles. To gain their attention, you must be unique. Come up with new ways to offer solutions to their problem. If you want fresh ideas, conduct surveys or studies to find out what your readers want.

Be Relevant

Customers can easily disregard amazing products or services when they consider your content irrelevant. Earn their trust through in-depth content filled with information that stays relevant to all types of readers. Doing so establishes good rapport between you and potential customers. If you do it right, expect better organic traffic and more leads.

Good content should be the core of every business. It’s not just an option—it’s a must. Build your reputation by taking relevant content seriously. 

Need Fast Internet Connection For VoIP Calls? Consider VSAT

Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) TechnologyToday's communication systems require fast and efficient methods of connectivity. One of the best methods of communication is Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT). Here the signal is directly beamed from a satellite to a local dish antenna which, in turn, is connected to small dish antennas. The signal is sent from the smaller dishes to the local mobile servers, computers, or any such receivers. 

The VSAT technology is fairly young and is being harnessed to make communication through the Internet like Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls more efficient. VSAT is also being used for mobile communication and mobile Internet connections.

Here are some benefits of using VSAT as means of communication:

Better connectivity: Unlike geo synchronous satellites that have very limited reach, the VSAT connectivity has a greater purview. Since the entire communication method is divided into various parts, it can be used to connect even remote areas to urban centres. Moreover, VSAT supports a greater bandwidth than the common methods of communication and has provisions for bandwidth control.

Internet communication: This method of communication allows better Internet connectivity and also WAN links. This form of Internet connection is ideal for domestic use. The Broadband connection provided through WAN links is steady and supports greater bandwidth.

Rapid disposition: Once the satellite is put in orbit, the setting up of the communication system is much simpler. This makes the VSAT process of communication also cost-effective because less manpower is required to maintain the entire system.

Hence, the VSAT means of traditional landline connectivity, Internet connection, and mobile access has revolutionised the telecommunication industry. With better communication and sustainable access to the Internet, VSAT is one of the best and cost effective methods of connecting remote areas and also has a strong viability in the commercial telecommunications industry.

Growing a Garden: Simple Solutions to Control Pest Growth

Garden PestsHaving your own garden assures you of fresh fruits, veggies, herbs to augment your food supply. You can even beautify your home with flowers. However, garden pests can make growing your plants and harvesting the literal fruits of your labor a difficult task.

Here are those very persistent pests: 

Aphids – These insects are small and come in large numbers. They feed on fruits and plant sap and are found crowded together happily ingesting the liquids off a branch until the leaves fall off or the crops shrivel up. One simple solution is to apply pepper spray on the branches and use high-pressure water sprays regularly. Also, the more natural means of bug control being encouraged in Utah includes the introduction of aphid-eating insects to your garden like ladybugs and lacewings.

Bugs and Beetles – Some of the more infamous insects under this category are the potato beetle, sowbug, pillbug, stink bugs and squash bugs. Some of these insects, such as the pillbug and sowbug, are actually helpful insects. But in great numbers, they can destroy the roots and newly-sprouted seedlings. The other mentioned beetles feed on the fruit, soft stems and leaves of most plants in your garden. GetGreenside.com says an effective way to deal with these bugs is weed removal, propagating bug-repelling plants and using chemical-free and natural sprays.

Caterpillars – No matter how cute they are or how beautiful their adult phase will be eventually, too many of these critters will make short work of your plants and crops. True, butterflies and moths do assist in the reproduction cycle of plants, but caterpillars might not leave anything to reproduce. There are moth traps, floating row covers and tar-paper squares available in most garden stores complete with instructions on how to set up. The simplest way is to remove them by hand.

If you end up with an infestation, do call a reputable exterminator to deal with your pest problems. Otherwise, regularly checking your garden does discourage insect growth. Remember, be kind to your garden and it will definitely be kind to you.

Why the Cavaliers Overcame the Warriors in Game 7

Basketball Game

Basketball GameThe Golden State Warriors looked set to become back-to-back champions with a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals, but it turned out the Cleveland Cavaliers had some tricks up their sleeves.

It was a historic conference for both teams: The Warriors finished with a 73-9 record during the regular season, while the Cavs bounced back from a 3-1 deficit during the crucial moments of the best-of-seven series to become the first NBA team to do so—in addition to ending a more than 50-year championship drought.

Any basketball player who attended a basketball training camp learns game strategy and conditioning. So what went wrong for the Warriors? The disappointing loss allowed LeBron James to redeem himself and ultimately keep his promise of bringing a trophy for the Cavs.

Yes Coach!

The Cavs didn’t win just because their California-based opponent squandered a huge advantage as they entered the final stretch of the season. The chess game between Tyronn Lue and Steve Kerr proved too much for the latter, as it was perhaps his decision to field Festus Ezeli onto the court late in Game 7 that turned out to be a wrong call.

Shooting Stars

…or not. One of the reasons the Warriors lost to the Cavs involved their poor shooting prowess in the last and most important game of the season. Curry and Thompson displayed their skill in flawlessly dropping 3-pointers all season. But that changed during the finals, as even that costly 3-pointer by Kyrie Irving in the last few minutes of Game 7 appeared to be a deal breaker for another Warriors championship.

Of course, we can’t discredit the fact that James—who was named finals MVP—fired from all cylinders. It’s true that stats no longer mean so much when the going gets tough. However, looking at the numbers, it seemed as if James was almost unstoppable, especially with those dramatic chase-down blocks.

Now, the Warriors are brushing off their defeat by not dwelling in the past, even booking Kevin Durant to beef up the team.

As for James, he should consider opening a training camp for basketball enthusiasts post-retirement to pass on the torch.

Basketball Camps: Helping You Shoot That Hoop

Basketball Camps“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night,” says Michael Jordan.

If you want to be part of a college basketball team or the NBA, you may want to listen to Michael Jordan. Effort goes a long way and has made him to what he is today — a legend. Training and a whole lot of passion can make you be the next Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or any basketball star your admire.

These basketball stars started somewhere before they made it to the NBA. J Robinson Intensive Camps, LLC says that you should start somewhere too, like joining basketball camps to improve your playing.

Hone your skills

Undergo extensive training, both mental and physical, to be in your best possible shape and deliver a good game for the team to win. Join basketball camps that will not only hone your basketball skills, but also teach you different playing techniques. These camps often offer a variety of training that will suit your learning and playing style.

Be part of the team

Increase your potential, as an individual and as a part of the team. Basketball camps provide motivation and encouragement to help increase your potential, making you a smarter, tougher, and better player. Training, meeting new people, and playing every day cultivates your physical, mental, and social skills. In addition, you get to learn a lot from your fellow players.

Joining basketball camps may be a small thing for others, but it will always be one of the basic foundations that you would look back and thank when you are gaining a name for yourself. Train now and have a solid foundation to have a great career in the future.

A Quick Guide to Passing the SHSAT

Exam Preparation in New YorkBack 2012, around 27,000 students took the SHSAT. Less than 20% of those students passed. Fewer students pass it because the test has a completely unique format.

The SHSAT is not the kind of test that last-minute crammers can ace. Procrastination and lack of preparation will only lead to a slim chance of passing. This extremely competitive test needs intense preparation.

The Actual Test

The SHSAT is divided into two main sections: Verbal and Math. Education professionals normally recommended spending half the time allotted (more or less 75 minutes) on each section. However, on the actual exam, neither proctors nor assistants are there to time the sections and warn the students that they must proceed to the next. Indeed, it can be hard for an eighth grader.

Acing the Exam

Central Park Tutors says the best way to pass the SHSAT is to know what to study and how to study. There are many SHSAT tutoring guides in NYC, and they will teach everything a student needs to know. To pass, students must learn the strategies to improve their scores. They can’t rely on luck. Parents must help their son or daughter in physically and mentally preparing for the test.

They should help each other in looking for the answers to common questions that are given in the SHSAT, and find out how to get ahead using the structure of the test. It’s equally important to know how the test is timed. Exam takers have two and a half hours to finish the exam.

Parents can buy prep books or register their children to extensive private tutoring. But at the end of the day, everything will still depend on the effort and hard work of the child.