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Tips For Newbie Pistol Shooters On The Gun Range

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Pistol shooting is an enjoyable and addictive pastime, whether you shoot purely for the personal challenge of improving your aim or take part in competitions.  If you’re new to the sport, there are a few things you should bear in mind before you head off to the shooting range.  Read on for some helpful newbie pistol shooter tips.  Gun handling safety essentials The first thing that must be at the forefront of your mind when attending the shooting range is safety.  Staff at the range will give you a full safety briefing on your first visit, but meanwhile here are four key rules. Always carry your weapon with your finger OFF the trigger.   Keep your pistol holstered and with the safety in the on position at all times when you are not on the range’s firing line.   Always regard your pistol as ‘loaded’.   Concentrate on the target and the area immediately behind it (the ‘backstop’). Size matters Although you don’t want to buy a huge weapon, it’s important for your comfort that you choose something that isn’t too small.  The reason for this is that very small pistols have a much more vicious kick than big ones.  Something like a medium or large 9mm has a modest kick and is much easier to handle than a tiny.22 or .38. A knowledgeable range buddy Aside from the fact that it’s much more fun to go to the gun range with a group or with a friend, it’s also much safer for newbies.  An experienced range buddy will be able to give you the benefit of their knowledge of safety and range etiquette so you’re visit will be safer and much more fun too. Semi-automatic pistol safety A big mistake made by many newbies with semi-automatic weapons is to place their thumb on the top of the pistol slide.  This is the part of the weapon that recoils when fired and can cause a nasty injury if your thumb is in the way when you take your shot.  To avoid injury, put your thumbs on top of each other and well away from the slide. Suitable clothing When you go shooting, you must dress suitably for the occasion.  For example, don’t wear flip-flops, open-toed sandals or high heels.  Most importantly, never opt for a ‘V’ neck top or shirt.  This is because a funnel effect is created when you take your shot, sending the round directly down the front of your top – ouch! In conclusion Pistol shooting is great fun and you can maximise your enjoyment as a newbie by following the shooting range tips given...

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Troubleshooting Some Common Forklift Problems

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A good forklift should last for years without any major problems, but of course it can suffer some needed repairs as parts break down or the piece is simply misused. Knowing what to look for when you have problems with your forklift can tell you if you can handle the repair on your own or if you need to call a repair professional. Troubleshooting these common problems will also tell you what you might expect by way of repair bills. Note a few tips when it comes to addressing common forklift problems. 1. Overheating One common cause of overheating with a forklift is a broken fan belt. The fan needs to run to keep the engine cool as the forklift is in use, and when the belt breaks, the fan shuts down. You can often see the fan belt at the front of the engine compartment and may have noticed squealing or other sounds before it broke, as this often means the belt is getting brittle or torn. You may be able to replace this belt on your own; replacements parts are often available from the forklift manufacturer, and this will get the fan running again. 2. Pulling, bumping, or difficulty steering If the forklift is difficult to control because it pulls to one side or if it seems to bump up and down as you drive, this is usually a problem with the wheels. Note if there is damage to rubber wheels for lighter forklifts, as any chips or indentations can cause difficulty controlling the forklift. For rubber tires, note if the tread is unevenly worn or even torn in certain areas. Changing the tires and giving the forklift an alignment once new tires are installed can usually address this problem. 3. Lift problems If your forklift is struggling to lift any load, and if you’ve ruled out the chance that the load is simply too heavy, note if it needs hydraulic fluid. The hydraulics used by many forklifts have fluid inside that creates the pressure needed to lift the forks. When this fluid is low, there isn’t enough pressure built up for lifting. They hydraulics could also be clogged with debris or dirt, or there may be excessive debris along the masts that lift the forks. Clean this area thoroughly and do this often, especially if your facility is especially dusty or you work with oils and other contaminants that may cling to the...

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Freelance Writers: Four Business Deductions You Need to Claim

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you work as a freelance writer, you likely fall into the category of independent contractor, and as a result, you are required to lodge your tax return as if you are a business owner. To that end, you must report all of the income you receive, but you are also allowed to deduct expenses from your income. The expenses must be incurred whilst running your business. They cannot be personal expenses. To help you out, here are four types of expenses you can deduct as a freelance writer: 1. Office incidentals Do you buy paper to take notes, apps to organize digital notes, stamps to mail manuscripts or other office supplies? If so, you can deduct those expenses as business expenses on your tax return. Remember that the expense must be incurred for business. For example, if you buy six notebooks and you plan to give five to your kids and use one for work, you can only deduct one as a work expense. Ideally, you should buy the notebooks separately so that you have a single receipt with just your business related expense on it. 2. Electronics such as computers It isn’t just small purchases that can be counted as business expenses. You can also deduct large business expenses. These are called capital expenses, but you cannot deduct their entire cost in the year of purchase. Rather, you need to deduct the cost incrementally over a period of years. If you have a small business without a lot of assets, you can write off items that cost less than $1,000 during the year of purchase. This means that if you buy a $900 computer, you may be able to deduct the entire expense right away, but if you buy a $1,100 computer, you may have to deduct it over a period of a few years. 3. Travel If you travel for work to craft a story, meet with a client or for another reason, you may be able to write off your train, bus or airfare. In some cases, you may also be able to deduct the cost of hotel rooms. Unfortunately, however, you cannot deduct entertainment costs.. 4. Accountant’s fees Figuring out what you can and cannot write off can be tricky, and as a writer, you may prefer to focus on your craft. Luckily, as a business owner, you can typically write off professional fees as part of your business, and that includes accountants’ fees. An accountant can help you optimise your deductions and organise your finances. Keep in mind, however, if you want to write off accountant’s fees as business expenses, that professional needs to focus on your business rather than your personal finances. If he or she does both, ask him or her to separate the billing so it’s easy to figure out which expenses are business related and which are personal....

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Helping attract young families to an area with multifunctional facilities

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are looking to attract young families to your local area or housing development it can be useful to do some town planning to create spaces that are open and inviting to young families. In many cases, this will also help to make the area more attractive to owners in other age groups.  Wide and shaded walkways For parents of young children, it’s important to be able to push strollers around the neighbourhood, as well as being able to take young preschoolers out on walks when they are toddling. Parents often appreciate shaded walkways in parks and public areas that are easy to traverse in both directions with wide strollers or meandering toddlers. It’s ideal to make sure these are separate from shared bike/walkways that are used for commuters, as corporate commuting bikers can often be headed at a very high speed compared to strollers.  These kind of pathways are also attractive to the seniors with mobility issues, as they also like to share the path with slower walkers and prefer easy-to-traverse wide paths.  Common meeting areas Young parents often appreciate being able to meet up with similarly aged friends at the park, playground or library. It can be useful to plan in some non-commercial meeting areas in easy to access area, that people can use at low costs to help them feel able to head out into public spaces for social catch ups. This helps to build a sense of community. These areas can also be useful for the disabled community or unemployed people, who often appreciate extra facilities for social and community connection outdoors.  Playgrounds Parents of young children love the chance to take their children to well-designed playgrounds. These can also function as fitness centres for the wider community with items such as monkey bars being great for people to practise their pull-ups and activate upper body strength, which stairs and slides can be great for cardio workouts. By including some signage giving people some ideas of how they can use the equipment as adults you can maximise utilisation and help parents and the wider community find extra ways to stay healthy.  Creating a family-friendly community is more complex than simply planning to add some extra play space to a development. However utilising a town planning approach as detailed here can help to create a range of spaces that are useful for residents of all ages and can help increase community...

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Growing your own vegetables with hydroponics

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you live in a rural location it can often be hard to get fresh fruit and vegetables for a reasonable price. If you are eager to start eating healthier meals and would like to start growing your own vegetables, hydroponics can be a great option.  How does it work? With hydroponics, you grow your plants in a liquid mineral solution, with the plants held in place by an inert substance (commonly perlite gravel).  This ensures that your plants are constant being supplied with the nutrients and water that they need and there is no risk that the plants will take up contaminants from the soil. This is a great option for people living in a location with poor soil, very dry conditions or where the soil may have some contaminants. By growing plants inside you also have a much lower chance of the plants and fruit getting nibbled by insects, birds or native animals such as kangaroos. The plants are grown inside under controlled lighting, which can help growers who are trying to grow vegetables in very hot climates where the plants can burn and wilt under the high UV rays in the middle of the day.  What can I grow in a hydroponic set-up? While hydroponics can grow any fruit or vegetables, they suit the higher fluid varieties and plants that grow quickly. Common choices include tomatoes, strawberries, herbs and salad leaves such as lettuce leaves. Hydroponics tend to have great yields as you can adjust the nutrient level for each plant to optimise the health of each plant and manage any issues with the plant quickly. Hydroponics offers more flexibility in growing plants that are not native to your area, as you have full control over the growing conditions. What do I need to get started? There are some great DIY instructions online and getting started can be as simple as cutting the top off a PVC pipe and filling the pipe with perlite and recirculating a hydroponic nutrient solution through the plants. You can also build more complex DIY setups or buy a ready-made kit. (Some sets also offer humidity control, which can be useful for tropical plants). Kits come in a range of sizes and set-ups, including vertical walls for space-poor gardeners.  If you need some more advice why not find a hydroponic store online and call or send an email? They can give you advice specific to your situation and recommend which set up might suit your...

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Reasons Why Start-Up Businesses Need Management Consulting Services

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A common misconception among several start-up companies is that management consulting is only suited for established and large businesses. Well, the reality is that early-stage companies can also profit from management consulting services. The objective of management consulting is, essentially, to offer advice. Nobody wants to ignore the advice of seasoned professionals and surely not entrepreneurs who are starting a company from scratch—regardless of their expertise in the industry. Here are 4 reasons explaining how start-up companies can gain from management consulting:  Staying abreast with changes Existing and new businesses exist in an ever-changing setting. What is relevant and appropriate today might be tired, obsolete and ineffective the next day. Basically, consultants keep up-to-date with variations, from market volatility to technological advancements to transformations in standards, therefore entrepreneurs can remain concentrated on their ultimate objective: launching successfully. Solving a business’ problem Managers usually give management consulting firms challenging problems to decipher. For instance, a particular company may wish to know whether or not to purchase a component, invest in a line of business, or adjust a marketing strategy. Additionally, the management may inquire how to reform or streamline the company to be able to adjust more easily to change or what the most viable solution is for a challenge in morale, compensation, internal communication, efficiency, management succession and so on. Seeking answers to challenges of this type is definitely a legitimate function of management consultants. Brand awareness One of the major challenges facing start-up companies concerns being discovered. Company visibility requires significant time and effort, as well as monetary investment. The work of a management consultant is to teach you how to devise a preliminary marketing campaign that publicizes your brand to the outside world. Start-ups get to learn about the campaigns that will generate the biggest return-on-investment profits and how to formulate a scalable, viable plan so that you do not surpass your budget expenditure or invest too much on a probably futile activity. Honest, impartial feedback You are likely to receive glowing feedback about your business idea from friends, family and even your professional networks. Soon after, you begin thinking that your concept is remarkable and fool proof. However, unbiased and practical advice is difficult to come by lest you allow management consulting professionals have a look at your business concept. Not only can be sure of honest feedback regarding your business idea, you will also get unbiased details in regards to execution, management and other important matters. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Ferrier...

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Benefits of using wood flooring for your new house

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Fancy your new home with the best products you have always desired. Part of your home is the floor, which must be treated with care as it defines the outlook of the inside of your home. Wood flooring will give you a better way to display a high quality look for your home. Wood flooring tends to be more expensive than other floor types on the market, hence many price-sensitive home owners disregard it. Here are the benefits of timber flooring that will change your perception and make you consider it for your home over other flooring materials. Easy to clean You want a home that is welcoming at any instance. Cleanliness, the appearance of your home to visitors and your comfort are factors of interest. Wood flooring for your home makes it easy to clean compared to other types of floors such as carpets, ceramic tiles, laminate flooring, and so on. You are able to apply light vacuum or simple brush to make your apartment look great and elegant. In addition, if mud has been dragged through the house, a wet mop can remove the dirt with ease compared to other floors such as carpets that have to be dried. Choose wooden flooring to experience ease with cleaning and maintain a beautiful apartment. Durability You want to invest in something that is worthy and will serve you for a long time. Hardwood floors that have been well kiln-dried, installed, and manufactured to the required standards are durable for many generations. With such standards, wood flooring can sustain heavy foot traffic and active workplaces as compared to others. For instance, tiles break into pieces when subjected to busy foot traffic and active workplaces that have machinery and industrial activities. Make a choice of spending more on wooden floors but be assured of a long term service that will outdo the money you invested in the wooden floor. Change of profiles Getting used to your home sometimes stimulates the urge to change the outlook of your household. Wood flooring does not restrict you to a specific shade or color as you are able to change the theme of your floor as many times as you could. Carpets and other floor materials are completely restricted to the original colors and once you get bored you have no choice but to replace them. In addition, a major advantage of wooden floors with the ability to change themes is that the value of your home may be increased on selling the...

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Maintenance Tips for High Pressure Washers

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

High pressure washers are important cleaning aides that can be used to clean out dirt, oil, grime and debris from cars and car parts, lawn mowing machines, driveways, parking lots, garages, etc. However, the cleaning efficiency of this cleaning equipment relies by a great extent on how well they are maintained. If you wish to keep your high pressure washer working at peak efficiency, here are some useful maintenance tips that you should follow before and after using the equipment. What to do before each use Here are guidelines you should following prior to using high pressure washers: If you own a fuel-powered model, make sure to check on the oil and fuel levels first; top up if the levels are low, but do not overfill as this will cause oil to stick and accumulate on the surface of the pressure washer. Letting fuel to flow out freely while you’re running the equipment can be extremely hazardous since the fuel is often highly flammable. Remember that oil with dark color is an indicator you should change the oil.   Inspect the water inlet screen, which is usually located at the point where you connect the hose pipe. If the screen looks dirty or blocked, flush it with buckets of clear water. If it is damaged, you have to replace it. If your high pressure washer has an inline screen in the wand extension, ensure it isn’t clogged as well. Use clear water to clean it and, if required, replace a spoiled screen. Inspect the high-pressure hose to detect if any leaks, abrasions, cuts, or bloating of cover has occurred. Don’t attempt to repair the hose if it is damaged. Replace it in accordance with the specifications of the equipment manufacturer. Before connecting the hose to the pressure washer, flush it with clear water to ensure there are no obstructions that would hamper water flow inside the hose. What to do after each use Do the following once you are done using high pressure washers: Flush out the cleaning detergent from the equipment and run clear water through it for a couple of minutes. Turn off the engine and let the pressure washer cool. If you own a pressure washer that runs on electricity, disconnect it from the electrical power source. Then, halt the water supply. To release the pressure off the equipment, engage the trigger lock on the spray-gun; press and clench on the trigger until all water is ejected from the water supply line. Disconnect all removable components, e.g. hose pipes from the pump and the spray gun. Pull the recoil handle a couple of times to get rid of any water remaining in the equipment. Flush out any debris from the equipment and store it in a cool, dry place for future...

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How to Maximise the Life of your Hot Water Tank

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Replacing a defective hot water system is not only expensive, it’s incredibly inconvenient. If you’ve recently had to endure the process of installing a new hot water tank, chances are you’re not too keen to repeat the process. Luckily, maintenance procedures for hot water tanks are very easy to carry out, and they greatly reduce the chance of your tank failing without warning and leaving you with a week’s worth of freezing cold showers. Replace the Sacrificial Anode The sacrificial anode is a metal rod (usually made of aluminium or magnesium) that protects your tank from corrosion through cathodic protection. The way it works is that, essentially, the anode material is more prone to corrosion than the tank material (steel). As long as the aluminum anode is suffering corrosion, the tank is left untouched, hence the name ‘sacrificial’. However, this does mean that the anode has a limited lifespan, and as soon as the anode is fully corroded, the tank is left unprotected. Needless to say, your hot water tank won’t last long without a functioning sacrificial anode. How often you should replace your anode will depend on the manufacturer’s recommendation; usually, you can expect to replace it every 3-5 years. Make sure to hire a qualified professional to do this for you, as hot water tanks are usually attached directly to the gas or electricity supply (extremely dangerous around water), so this is definitely not a job you should carry out yourself. Check the Pressure Relief Valve The pressure relief valve is the valve on the front of your tank that acts as a safety mechanism – in the event that too much pressure builds up within the tank, the valve will open and let the pressure out. If the valve is not functioning correctly, the tank is at risk of exploding. Check the valve a couple of times a year to make sure it is functioning properly. This is a simple process – simply turn off the electricity going to the tank (or the gas if it’s a gas heater), shut off the cold water inlet, and position a bucket underneath the valve. Now, simply pull the trip leaver on the valve. If the valve is functioning as intended, you will hear a rush of air and see some vapour exit the valve. If the valve is not functioning as intended, have it replaced as soon as possible. Inspect for Leaks and Drips You should regularly inspect your tank for leaks and drips. More often than not, leaks and drips are caused by a fault with the water supply equipment, usually a worn-down component in the supply hose. These issues are easily fixable with plumbers tape. However, if you notice a drip coming from the pressure relief valve, this could be an indicator of a number of problems. In this case, make sure to bring in a professional plumber to inspect the tank and assess the...

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Why Opt for Laser Cutting and Folding for Your Production Facility?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you own or manage a production facility that involves the need to cut and fold metal of any sort, you want to consider investing in a laser machine for these tasks. While the investment may be more initial costs than other forms of machinery, it can be worth it in the long run. Note a few advantages of using lasers for cutting, folding, and other metal fabrication. Less personnel interaction with machinery When you use a laser for cutting and folding machinery, the laser is contained in a housing unit and the operator typically guides it remotely, with the use of a computer or front panel. This results in less interaction with the machinery itself and in turn, a safer environment for workers. If you use a welder to cut metal pieces, the welder needs to get up close to the metal being cut and operators may also need to be very close to punches and presses that cut and fold metals. All of these can mean increased risk for accidents and injuries, and this risk is reduced with a laser cutter. Less or no heat People often think that lasers work by concentrating heat onto a surface but in truth, a laser often works with very little to no heat as the laser is a beam of light, not fire. This reduced heat can mean less cost for cooling your production facility and can also mean less warping of metals and other materials. Less heat can also be safer for your environment, as you will have less risk of propane and other stored materials igniting or being damaged due to nearby heat from welding and other forms of cutting and folding. Easier training of personnel Welding is a specialized skill that may take months to learn and if you use welding for cutting metal, you need to hire someone with this special training. Punches and presses may also require those who are familiar with how to feed metal through this machinery and ensure the metal is not damaged when being cut and folded. With laser cutting, your personnel may only need to learn how to use the control panel to set thicknesses of cuts and certain forms of folding, and the computerized interaction can often be easier to learn than working with machinery. This can allow you to hire even those without specialized skill and experience to work the laser cutter, which makes keeping your facility properly staffed easier on you overall. For more information or advice, contact a business such as Hunt...

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Mechanical Cutting Techniques in Steel Fabrication

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

There are diverse metalworking processes which are utilised in the production of custom commodities, machine components and structural materials. Cutting is one of the integral steps because it allows the excess volume in the raw materials to be removed. Generally, there are laser and mechanical cutters in the manufacturing industry. The former has grown popular over the years but there are still numerous advantages of choosing the latter. If you are thinking about ordering some custom steel products, it is crucial for you to understand your mechanical cutting options. This will help you choose a process that suits your budget and steel fabrication goals. Here are the main techniques to consider when making your order. Lathe Machining A lathe is designed to hold and rotate the steel work piece during the cutting process. This machine has attached tools which modify the product during the fabrication operation. For instance, there are hardened cutting blades which are used to eliminate the unneeded material and to shape the work piece. This is a favourable technique because other tools can be attached to carry out other fabrication tasks. The additional operations can include sanding, drilling, deformation and even knurling. The combination of processes means that there will be minimal finishing required so you will enjoy lower costs. Milling A milling machine is designed with rotary cutters which are efficient in metal cutting processes. This technique is advantageous because it can make modifications from a variety of angles. Basically, the fabricator will be able to make complex and intricate products without using several types of metalworking machinery. Over the last few years, the technology and nature of milling machines has advanced significantly. Some steel manufacturers have machining centres with mills which can use different tools to perform the task. This type of set-up requires little labour so the fabrication costs may be lower. In addition, ensure that the fabricator has computer numerical control (CNC) for improved precision in translating the design. You will find milling equipment in both small-scale machine shops and large fabrication operations. Grinding Grinding is a cutting process that utilises abrasive force from rotating discs in steel machining. This technique is a popular choice for high-volume projects that require refined finishes as well as light and precise cuts. The grinders are available in a wide range of sizes and configurations so there will be a machine that matches your requirements. There are other mechanical cutting processes such as turning, threading and filing so you should discuss all the viable techniques with your steel...

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