Maintaining Your Gutter

Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your home gutter system intact. Making sure that your gutters have no bent areas is one suggestion made by those who help you prepare your home for sale.Clean and well maintained gutters add to your home’s sale-ability.

Most home improvement experts suggest that you clean your gutters twice yearly. If your gutters are clogged with debris such as leaves and twigs the rain will not run off or drain properly. It’s important to make sure that the rain isn’t spilling over the top of your gutter and onto your foundation. Over time this can cause damage to the home’s foundation.

It is suggested that you clean your gutters in the Fall after all the leaves have fallen from the surrounding trees, and in the Spring. While you’re cleaning your gutters you will want to inspect them for any holes or rust through. Make sure there are no loose nails. Check to make sure the gutters are securely fastened to the house.

After you have removed all the debris from the gutter you’ll want to rinse any remaining debris down the gutter and into the downspout with your garden hose. This will also help you to make sure that your downspout isn’t clogged with debris. If you find the water not running into the downspout you can remove the downspout, clean it and then replace it.

Make sure that the water running out of the downspout is being properly diverted with the use of a plastic or concrete diverter. You don’t want the water emptying out on the ground where it will cause erosion.

Gutter guards have become very popular and do away with the problem of having to clean your gutters, although they will still need twice yearly inspection. For a do-it-yourself type installing gutter guards isn’t a big deal, and, it could save you thousands of dollars over having the gutter guards installed by professionals.

Some people think that gutter guards are very expensive and not worth the money. While gutter guards prevent large leaves from entering the gutter they do not stop much smaller natural debris such as seeds, buds, small pieces of bark and twigs or evergreen needles. All this type of natural matter breaks down over time to form debris in your gutter. Also, debris can build up over the gutter guard screening that will have to be manually cleaned off. Some have found that gutter guards actually cause them more problems.

There Is Always Something To Improve or Innovate For Comfort

In this fast moving world of the 21st century, we are always forced to do everything in a rush, even eating and sleeping. The normal words of today are “hurry”, “rush”, “fast”, “quick” and “immediately.” In comparison with 20 years ago, today we have to move or work as fast as possible to survive in a competitive environment with creative and innovative ways. Even though modern technology innovations were introduced decades ago, the new technology has not yet given us the opportunity to create new products to reduce the stress of people in everyday life. We are living under constant mental and physical stress, with more and more demands from our current society. There are many consumer products claiming that they will cure stress and make life easy, but it is still hard to find good and innovative products on the market for consumers. From time to time, I wonder why multimillion dollar companies, which have hundreds of research engineers and scientists in their R&D departments, are not creating and producing the new, innovative products for consumers. New product innovation is not complicated to create. By watching how people are using the products, anyone can have an idea of how to improve existing products or create new ones. No products are perfect when they are invented or developed in the first place; therefore any product has room to be improved into a better one.
For example, examining paint related-products, I could not find really innovative or new products for improving paint jobs to make them easy and enjoyable. We are still using the same products and the same methods of doing paint jobs as we did a hundred years ago. In the past, whenever I did a paint job, I always found something bothering me or some inconvenience about painting and I have asked myself why better products do not exist for easy and quick paint jobs. About a year ago, I finally decided to research and develop new paint-related products that are simple to use, inexpensive and environmentally friendly.
1. Ergonomic Paint-Can Handle/Opener
Everybody knows that carrying a paint can by its wire handle is uncomfortable and causes hand and arm pain. Based on research among professional painters, I discovered there is a need for a comfort handle. The Ergonomic Paint-Can Handle/Opener is a new invention that is ergonomically designed for comfort in holding the paint can while brushing directly from the can, and eliminates hand and arm pain. It also keeps hands clean when dipping and brushing directly from the can. The Paint Can Opener conveniently provides for easy opening of any paint can lid and bottle cap instead of using a screwdriver.
2. Rapid-Pour Paint Spout
Nobody like messiness or hassle while pouring or brushing directly from the can. The rim and gutter always seem to get paint build-up that causes dripping on the floor and difficulty in resealing the lid after use. The Rapid-Pour Paint Spout is a new invention that removes the mess and inconvenience of painting. It provides drip-proof pouring, prevents paint build-up, in the can rim and gives a tighter reseal. Tighter reseal will result in less spoiled paint, keeping longer, saving money, and it’s environmentally friendly. When the paint is dried, just tap it and it will peel itself off. There is no need to use water or solvents for cleaning. This is an environmentally friendly product.
3. Rapid Paint Mixer
Mixing or stirring paint in the can causes not only discomfort when stirring with a paint stick, but can also cause hand and arm pain, which makes it takes longer and results in the paint not mixing well. The Rapid Paint Mixer is a new invention that is ergonomically designed to remove these inconveniences. The up and down plunger handle provides effortless, easy, quick and thorough mixing of any paint products. It is simple to use and reuse. When paint is dried, just tap and the paint will peel itself off. There is no need to use water or solvents for cleaning. This is an environmentally friendly product.
4. E-Zy Zip Bag for Paint Brush/Roller
It is always a difficult task to keep the paint brush/roller clean and fresh after use. The bristles/roller of even a thoroughly cleaned brush/roller will harden when it dries. Sometimes it is hard to reuse, and we end up discarding. This is simply wasting our hard-earned money. The E-Zy Bag for Paint Brush/Roller is a new invention that is designed to cover the hand while brushing/rolling. It keeps the brush/roller moist to prevent hardening after use, so it can be reused as new. Just insert the brush/roller handle through the E-Zy Bag mouth to the bottom opening until the handle is out. Remove liners from both sides of tape, and press to adhere them together to the brush/roller handle to seal the bottom opening. Fold the E-Zy Bag over to expose the brush/roller and to cover the hand while painting. This protects the hand from paint. Clean the paint brush/roller with hot water or solvent after use by holding the protected handle. Turn it inside out to cover the brush/roller, and seal the bag opening with the self-sealing plastic strip to trap air and moisture in the bag.
5. Magic Sleeve
Nobody likes cleaning the paint tray after use. It is the worst part of the paint job, and is not only inconvenient but also environmentally unfriendly. There are plastic paint tray liners on the market, but they are not only expensive to throw away after use, but do not fit into all paint trays. The Magic Sleeve is a new invention that eliminates cleaning the paint tray, keeps hands clean, avoids messiness, and makes it possible to reuse the paint tray as new. It is a plastic bag with adhesive inside. Just place the Magic Sleeve onto any paint tray, peel of the liner of the adhesive inside, and press it down onto the paint tray. It will cover and take the form of the paint tray. After the paint job, simply remove by turning it inside out and disposing in the proper recycling bin. There is no messiness, no hassle involved in cleaning the paint tray. This is environmentally friendly product.
These paint related-products are designed and developed to improve the ease of your next paint job, based on my paint job experience and gathering complaints from other painters. As an engineer, I am always curious about anything from consumer products to machinery to methods of manufacturing. It is my honest goal to improve and innovate existing or new products to provide comfort and ease of use for consumers. I have designed and developed over 20 other inventions that are patented or patent pending. Some are in the market currently. My curiosity pushes me to think and solve whatever problems I face with the existing products. It is very satisfying to know that my inventions may contribute in some way to consumers by providing comfort and convenience in this complex, stressed-out and competitive world.

Safe Cleaning With Ladder Use Tips

Fall and spring are the two seasons closely associated to annual general cleaning and house maintenance. For gutter cleaning or window washing, ladders are the basic tools people reach for to start their cleaning chores. It doesn’t matter if you use wood ladders, giant ladders, fiberglass ladders, or any super ladder out in the market. These ladders’ structure and material may reduce your risk of being unstable and falling but only just. They are indispensable tools, but can cause a lot of trouble if not used properly. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported over 547,000 cases were admitted in hospitals and medical outposts due to injuries incurred from ladder use. Though mostly fractures, bruises, and minor cuts, some barely escaped with head trauma and concussions. As such, ladder safety is as essential as your trusty ladder is.

To formally start your cleaning sessions and hopefully finish it without going anywhere near the hospital, inspect your ladders. Loose screws, nuts and bolts, hinges, and rungs must be tightened properly to ensure that the ladder will remain stable while being climbed. Even if you have regular ladders, giant ladders, fiberglass ladders, or any super ladder, dirt, mud, and grime can accumulate and settle on its corners and steps. This is especially true if the ladder is not stored properly or kept outdoors. These grime and muck must be wiped off and cleaned. This will reduce your risk of slipping on the steps. Second, for practicality and safety, position ladders on hard, level ground. The thawing of the soil after the winter will leave the ground with much moisture content. This will make your ground soft and muddy. There is a possibility that your ladder may sink in the mud and be shaky. Uneven ground or flooring also make ladders prone to wobbling and instability. In addition, make sure that the locks and braces are fixed and properly engaged. This will keep your ladder from folding under you.

Regular ladders, giant ladders, fiberglass ladders, or any super ladders are not structured to support your entire weight for long periods. They are structured to be climbing tools only, meaning they support your weight for a limited period while you are climbing to a more stable surface like the roof. This means that you should not, under any condition, use ladders as seats. You will stress the steps and may cause the braces to weaken. Climb down if you want to rest and settle on a chair. It is also important to use the proper ladder for specific purposes. Stool ladders and utility ladders are advisable for low heights while extension ladders like giant ladders are preferred for reaching high levels. Fiberglass ladders are also preferred because of their strength. Also, it is essential to move carefully when carrying things while on top of ladders. Unnecessary wobbling and jerky movements can cause the ladder to shake and be unbalanced. Lastly, it is almost common sense to position the ladder close to the surface you want to reach to avoid leaning over. Asking help in climbing and supporting ladders never hurt anyone as long as you make sure that the one supporting you understands these safety concerns. Make your cleaning a breeze with your trusty ladder and safety tips.

Things You do not Know About American Indians

There are several misconceptions when it comes to Native Americans Indians and the way we identify ourselves in society. As the Seminole Indian woman, I have had my share of “rain dance” jokes and uncomfortable conversations.

These stereotypes stem from inaccurate portrayals in popular culture that was never adequately challenged.

Here are some basics I believe everyone should know.

We exist today and live modern day lives.

Being typecast or dismissed is an issue Native Americans face daily. The hearing, “Can you are in a teepee?” is like a rite of passage.

There are multiple ways to handle Native America.

Native Americans, Natives, Native Americans, Indians, Indigenous peoples, First Nations peoples, Aboriginal, Indian Country. The list can continue. It is ideal to make use of the name of a particular tribe or nation, like Sicangu Lakota or Comanche. It is the difference between asking a Japanese person “how’s Japan?” instead of “how’s Asia?”

With whichever term you utilise, be cognizant of your relationship to whom you are addressing, where you are. Context and respect are everything.

We do not all look the same.

Some Natives are tall; some are short, some are fair-skinned, some are dark. We have varying highness of cheekbones, varying weights, varying hair lengths and hair colour.

Native American is not so much a “racial” identity. It is more of a political one. We share the same relationship toAmerica government in that were indigenous, but are distinct nations in one another across North America.

You can find more than 560 federally recognised tribes in the U.S.

For being federally recognised means to be legally recognised by America Bureau of Indian Affairs. Even still, there are a large number of tribes, bands, nations, and peoples throughout the U.S. that aren’t recognizedby a government or legal level. They self-identify as Native American.

Tribes are separate entities from the United States, are self-governing individuals with tribal courts and elected leaders. “Domestic Dependent Nations.” Though not entirely sovereign, just like a foreign country, American Indian sovereignty continues to be pushed and expanded.

Moreover, each tribe has its identity as a nation, independent in one another.

I cannot stress it enough: Native American is not a unanimous culture across North America. We do not want all hunt buffalo or wear buckskin. Every tribe has its unique languages, traditions, histories, politics, economies, religions, and overall ways of life.

There are overlapping practices and characteristics because of complicated histories. Still, each nation remains individual. Southeastern tribes are different from Northwestern ones. I cannot speak for totem poles because Seminoles do not practice that tradition, but my pal from the Shuswap nation can.

There are countless nuances between nations. It can be hard to maintain with, but it is why is Indian Country so intriguing and beautiful.

There are still huge issues to overcome before Indian Country can rest, Indigenous Resistance is alive and well.Using the advantage of the Internet and more significant opportunities for education, each generation is getting louder and louder. We could begin to portray ourselves in the media on our very own terms. Research more on American Indian culture.

Read this post for more informations: http://www.chippewacree.org/understanding-native-american-jewelry/

Understanding Native American Jewelry

Do you own a Native American designed piece of jewelry? Chances are, you do own a piece of Native American jewelry whether you are aware of it or not. According to an article, Native American jewelry is made from a variety of materials such as: bone, seeds, and beaded. You may not be aware of this but many Native American jewelry designs have beliefs, symbols and aesthetics based on particular artist and tribes. There is both new and old Native American designs available to you with a lot of the pieces being in turquoise blue. A lot of the older pieces were also made as pawn pieces made from silver. Much of the older pieces have more value is left alone in a non-cleaned state. Each layer has a meaning behind it. If you clean a ‘tarnished’ piece of Native American jewelry you could be robbing it of its history. So, what is the significance behind the jewelry mostly being turquoise anyways? According to an article, since the dawning of time, people have held turquoise in the highest regard for spiritual reason. The Native Americans associate turquoise with communications with healing, good fortunes, and spirits.

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American Indian Jewelry

For the last hundred years, Native American jewelry has been greatly sought after. You cannot blame men and women for wanting to get their hands on such pieces as they are truly breath-taking. Have you ever seen a Native American bracelet? The craftsmanship and skill, not to mention time, put into it is amazing and no-one can say it’s not worth the effort in finding them. Native American jewelry is very special and finding it can be a real treat also.

Why Choose Native American Jewelry

To be honest, Native American jewelry pieces are gorgeous. These are authentic pieces of quality jewelry and you can instantly see the effort put into them too. You are going to be hard-pressed in finding quality jewelry such as genuine Native American jewelry. However, they are in great demand and it’s quite easy to find some lovely pieces too. You can find great bracelets, earrings, necklaces and many more items if you are willing to look for them. What is more turquoise is a gem vastly used in Native pieces so you are getting more value for money there too.

Go Online In Search for Authentic Pieces

If you want to find quality items then you may want to consider shopping online. Now, there are a lot of websites online but gives you a real advantage. You can look for only the very best pieces and can compare one piece of jewelry to another without having to walk too far. Native American jewelry is easy to find online and a quick internet search will reveal that to you. However, if you’re shopping on auction websites you must be careful you aren’t paying more for a replica instead of a genuine piece from that time. If you’re happy with a replica that’s fine but make sure you know what you’re actually getting for your money. Many antique stores may also be able to offer you some great and authentic Native American jewelry items.

Replicas Can Also Offer a Unique Appeal

However, if you are looking for a simple piece of jewelry that has been inspired by Native American items, replicas are going to be the way to go. Replicas of Native American jewelry will be a lot less costly than authentic pieces which might be relevant to you. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend then replicas is the ideal solution. However, you can get some amazing pieces that look genuine and again, you don’t have to go crazy with the costs. There is now more jewelry available at great pieces if you look for them. Take your time to find a store you trust and get a good deal.

Love Authentic Native Jewelry

Bracelets, necklaces and even earrings aren’t made as they used to be. Today, it’s all diamonds, gems and fancy over the top pieces but the subtle approach is better. With gorgeous Native American jewelry you can look stunning and you may appreciate it far better also. This is something with a lot of history so it’s quite special to be able to have Native American jewelry – enjoy it and wear it with pride.

Indian Nations Chippewa Cree

The history about nations chippewa cree is described here in the video below