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Tips For Quickly and Cleanly Changing Your Lamy Fountain Pen Nib

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Lamy fountain pens are perfect for producing elegant, professional-looking handwriting and signatures, and there’s a wide selection of different nibs to choose from, depending on the effect you want to achieve.  However, changing fountain pen nibs can be a little messy if you go about it the wrong way.  Here’s a quick guide on how to change your Lamy fountain pen nib quickly and cleanly. What you’ll need replacement nib disposable gloves a piece of paper warm water paper towel sticky tape (for Method #2) How to do it Before you start either method, put on a pair of disposable gloves to protect your fingers from ink stains.  If you want to use the second method, you can obtain purpose-specific tape from your Lamy pen supplier. Method #1 – The pen cap method Start off by removing the cap from your pen.  Turn your pen over and lay it on its back on a piece of paper.   Take the pen cap, turn it upside down, and place the rim on the very end of the nib.   Now, very gently push down on the cap with one hand, and firmly pull the pen with your other hand.  The nib should come off easily.   Wash the removed nib in clean, warm water to get rid of any residual ink, and dry it with a paper towel.   Turn your Lamy fountain pen over and carefully slide the replacement nib into position, following the guides.  You’ll hear a ‘click’ when the nib is firmly in place. Method #2 – The tape method Begin by rinsing your pen nib under warm water to get rid of any ink.  Dry the nib thoroughly with a paper towel.  This step is important because the tape won’t stick properly if the nib is dirty or wet.   Cut a piece of tape about three or four centimetres long.  Lay the tape over the nib as close to the pen body as possible.  It’s important that you don’t put the tape over the part of the nib through which the ink flows.  Sticky tape residue here could prevent smooth ink flow and damage your pen.   Press the tape down firmly so that it sticks to the nib.   Now, pull the tape gently and slowly away from the body of the pen; the nib should slide off.   Now you can fit your new nib as described in step #5 above. In conclusion You can quickly and simply replace your Lamy fountain pen nib by following the guidelines above.  For more advice on choosing and replacing fountain pen nibs, have a chat with your local Lamy pen...

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Some Important Reminders When Buying Fine Jewelry

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Fine jewelry is not jewelry you would wear every day, but includes expensive and rare stones and metals and is valued higher than most other jewelry pieces. For many people, fine jewelry is an investment and a luxury, so it’s good to know how to buy it without getting scammed or winding up with a piece that is actually worth much less than you paid for it. Note a few simple but very important reminders when you’re ready to buy some pieces of fine jewelry. Treating colored stones Colored stones such as rubies and emeralds are always treated with something to enhance their color; this doesn’t mean you’re getting a synthetic stone or something of less value. A natural stone is usually heated in order to be cut and then pigments added, and this treatment is somewhat standard. However, silicon and colored glass are sometimes added to even real stones in order to enhance their appearance and make them stronger, and these materials greatly affect their value. Remember that gemstones are valued, not just by appearance, but also by their weight. Adding silicon or glass can artificially boost their weight. The only way to ensure you don’t get a gemstone with silicon or colored glass is to have it inspected by a jeweler, who can tell the difference between these materials and the standard treatments added to these stones. Flaws are hidden under prongs of jewelry pieces If you’re looking to invest in diamonds in particular, you want to inspect them loose rather than after they’ve been placed in a setting. This is because the flaws of a diamond and other similar gemstone may be hidden under the prongs that hold it into place. If you examine the piece while it’s in a ring or other setting, you cannot see clearly that bottom side and may overlook some cloudiness, black flecks, or even a poorly cut gemstone. A setting can also hide the actual weight of a gemstone and this too can undermine its value, as mentioned above. Note that a gemstone weight doesn’t mean how much it actually weighs but refers to the density of the stone; the denser the stone, the more valuable it is. You cannot get an accurate weight of a stone when it’s in a setting. Teputable jewellers will usually be willing to oblige if you ask for a stone to be removed from its setting, or be sure to examine stones before having them set in a...

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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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Who Should Use a Migration Agent for Entering Australia?

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You are not legally obligated to use a migration agent for entering Australia, but it’s often recommended that you employ this type of professional when applying for a long-term visa of any sort. They can ensure you are filling out the right forms and that the forms are completed properly and can also help when you need a translator to assist. Note a few other reasons to use a migration agent for entering Australia and what circumstances might especially warrant their assistance. When you’re in a same-sex relationship Australia does not yet recognize same-sex marriages; however, someone in a same-sex relationship may be allowed to enter the country using a de facto partnership visa. This visa is applied to long-term, committed relationships between couples who are not married; even if you have a marriage license from another country that recognizes a same-sex relationship, it would not be used for an actual spouse visa to enter Australia. You would, however, be able to apply as a de facto couple if one individual was already an Australian citizen or had permanent residency in Australia. If you are part of a same-sex couple and wish to bring your partner into the country, work with a migration agent to ensure you apply for the right type of visa, given your circumstances. If you have a criminal record A substantial criminal record may keep you from being able to apply for a visa to enter Australia, and a migration agent can explain what is meant by “substantial” and if this would apply for you. Note that this would depend on, not just the crime itself, but the length of any prison sentence and other punishment applied. You might also be denied a visa if you were part of an organization that was involved in criminal activity. Rather than assuming anything about your own criminal record, work with a migration agent who can review the facts of your past record and help determine if it would cause your visa application to be denied. If you’re a refugee There are many different programs in Australia for those who are refugees or who may need to apply for political asylum. This can be applied to those who may have entered Australia illegally, without proper paperwork and a visa, because of an emergency situation. Rather than assuming you will be in some type of trouble if this describes your situation, work with a migration agent to apply for refugee status, because you may be afforded special protection due to your circumstances. For more information about entering Australia under special circumstances, contact a company like Fisa Pty...

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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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Some Simple Tips for Buying the Right Line Marking Stencils

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Having your own inventory of line marking stencils used for creating lines, arrows, symbols, and the like on your parking lot or even inside a warehouse can allow you to create that signage on your own, without calling in a professional to paint them for you. Not all line marking stencils are alike, so it’s good to know what to look for before you shop. Note a few quick tips to keep in mind; this will ensure you opt for the right stencils for your facility and choose quality products that will last. 1. Material Thin, lightweight cardboard stencils may be very cheap, and if you’re sure you’re only going to use the stencils once, they can be a good option. However, be sure you have plenty of thick tape you can use to keep the stencils in place as you paint, or they might easily shift in the slightest breeze. If you know you’ll use your stencils more than once, opt for a plastic material instead. Thin cardboard can easily get torn or otherwise damaged when held against the rough surface of asphalt or concrete, so that they can’t be used more than once or twice. They may also absorb moisture when they’re stored, so they shred and even warp. 2. Permanent stencils Thermoplastic logos can be a good choice for when you want line markings that are permanent and very durable. These are made of a type of plastic that you actually melt into the pavement using a heat source, such as a torch. These stencils don’t need retouching or reapplying over the years, and can be good for very high traffic areas such as shipping docks where constant, heavy traffic might otherwise damage standard paints used with other types of stencils. 3. Line thickness You may know the right overall size for a stencil, such as the legal required width and height for a handicapped spot in a parking lot, but note the line thickness of stencils as well. If you’re covering over old lines, you may want new stencils that are larger or wider in size, so the old lines don’t show through. There may also be local regulations that state how thick certain lines must be, such as lines that designate a stop sign or handicapped parking space. Be sure you look at more than just a stencil’s overall size but note the thickness of the lines when shopping, to ensure you’re compliant with regulations and make cover-up jobs easier on you. For more information, contact A1 Roadlines Pty. Ltd or a similar...

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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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