Sunday, June 28, 2015

Make Exercise Machines Work for You

Make the Right Choice

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Not all Gym Equipment are created equal. Photo Credits

Going to the gym can help you a lot in terms of instilling discipline and in improving your health through physical fitness.

But as all gym-goers know the best type of exercise machines are the same machines that they most likely have almost no opportunity to use because everyone flocks to it.

Exercise and body building website Muscle and Fitness came up with great alternatives to these machines so you no longer have to make a beeline to it, wasting your precious gym time.

“No one likes waiting around for a machine at the gym. Not only is it frustrating, but it also kills your momentum: it forces you to take long breaks, which kills your fat-loss effects, slows your cardio benefits, and cools down your body (which can cause injuries). Rather than standing around for minutes just to do a certain exercise, use substitutes that target the same muscle groups, have similar intensity (if not more), and require minimal equipment. You’ll be able to get more work done at the gym, save time, keep your heart rate up, and get more results.”

Check out their list here.

Some are great, some are not helpful at all

Huffington Post Healthy Living meanwhile came up with a list of exercise machines that you should refrain from using, as their expert resource person for the article believes free weights and body weight exercises provide the maximum benefit to the gym-goer.Build Safe

“Besides parking you on your butt, most machines isolate a single muscle, meaning you’ll burn fewer calories and gain less muscle mass rep for rep. Most importantly (at least as far as medical bills are concerned), exercise machines can lead to injury. Even with their adjustable seats and pegs, finding the proper position can be close to impossible — and even then the movements just aren’t natural.”

Know about the machines to avoid here.

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But if you are not a gym rat, and would rather exercise at the comforts of your own home. Fitness website Ferrigno Fit, enumerated a list of exercise machines that you should not waste your money on.Electrician

“We’ve been trying to cut corners for centuries. In the 1000s, William the Conqueror tried to lose weight by staying in bed and exclusively drinking alcohol. Europeans in the 1800s thought vinegar would do the trick. Some bet on pills filled with tapeworms. Have you ever bought into an idea hoping it would solve your weight loss problems? Maybe some late night infomercial convinced you that some special machine would tone your legs or build your arms? Most of us have fallen into that trap.”

Find out what Ferrigno Fit is referring to here.

The best way though to stay fit without having to shell-out money are free exercises such as walking, running, free weights and floor exercises.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Battery Packs are No Longer Just for Small Electronic Devices.

It Can Now Power Homes

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A Do-it-Yourself Battery Pack. Photo Credits

Website Business Insider reported that American Automotive and Energy Storage Company TESLA is working on a battery pack that could be used to supply power in individual residences. The website reported that this is not the first time TESLA hinted about something like this. “Musk had laid out his ambition to make something that would live in consumers’ homes, instead of their cars. ‘We are trying to figure out what would be a cool stationary (battery) pack,’ Musk said. ‘Some will be like the Model S pack: something flat, 5 inches off the wall, wall mounted, with a beautiful cover, an integrated bi-directional inverter, and plug and play.’

Read more about it here.

The Powerwall

A few months after that statement, TESLA indeed unveiled the in-home battery pack dubbed as TESLA Powerwall. Canadian website The Globe and Mail reported that this technology is coming to their country but not as a battery pack for the home. Electrical Contractors

“That’s because most solar electricity generated by Canadian homeowners’ rooftop panels is sold into the power grid through Ontario’s ‘feed-in tariff’ system. There is no incentive to save the power for personal uses, because homeowners get high prices for the electricity they deliver. Still, Ms. Verschuren said, there are other applications here where it would be useful, including providing backup power during power outages, and time-shifting so people can buy electricity at times of the day when it is cheap then use it at times when it is expensive. Some people who want to get entirely off the grid with a solar system may also want to buy the batteries, she said.”

Association of Edison Illuminating Companies. Read the rest of the story here.

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Website Engineering.Com meantime shared that custom battery packs indeed do a lot to solve portable power problems.

“Off-the-shelf battery packs are similarly designed as simple shapes, which lower production costs, but give away much in weight and power density terms. Custom solutions allow the pack designer to maximize power density in the smallest volume with the best possible integration into the parent device.”

Read the rest of the write-up here.

Does the idea of using battery packs for home use appeal to you?

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stay Safe and Avoid Getting Electrocuted

The Dangers of Electrocution


The Hazards of Electrocution. Photo Credits.

Electrocution is no joke. It may be a mild jolt, or an electric shock that could send you straight to the ER, if you will be lucky enough to reach the hospital in time.

In Miami, Florida for example, a teenage boy died after getting electrocuted while using his mobile phone that is being charged. Website Most Extreme News reported that the boy answered his phone when it rang while he was charging it.

“In just a few seconds a surge of electricity traveled from the wall up the length of cord and knocked the boy to the floor with a thunderous jolt. The boy’s parents discovered him unconscious. His body was still warm and his hands showed signs of being severely burnt. He was rushed to the University of Miami Hospital. He was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving by ambulance in the hospital’s ER department.”

Read more about it here.

Dangerous Rails

In New York, one of the city’s graffiti legends also succumbed to electrocution. New York Post shared that the 42-year old artist died along New York Subway’s train tracks. “A well-known Queens graffiti “artist” was electrocuted by the third rail in a Brooklyn subway station, sources told The Post…Underground graffiti legend Jason Wulf, 42, was found dead on the tracks…It’s unclear exactly what Wulf was doing right before he died, but the MTA said it is ­investigating the death. A pal said it was possible Wulf was “tagging” — or about to. When cops arrived at the scene, they found him alone, sources said.”

Electrical Contractors. See the rest of the article here.

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Build Safe. India TV News meantime posted an article about a dog who sacrificed his life to save train commuters from electrocution. “Sensing the oncoming fate, the dog itself jumped in front of them landing into that puddle of water, dying instantly leaving passengers around in shock. Nobody could understand what just happened; a minute before there was a dog barking frantically and the next moment he was lying dead with a crowd of people around left shocked. It was then, when one from the crowd noticed a loose cut wire hanging down inside the water. Had those six men put their foot in the water, they would have died of electrocution.”

Read more about the act of heroism here.

Electrocution is no joke and people should do what it takes to ensure electrical safety in their homes.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Off-the-Grid Lifestyle

What it is like to live off-the-grid


The Serenity that Off-the-Grid Lifestyle Provides. Photo Credits

If you are one of those people who are tired of what civilization has to offer, and what you have to give back in return, then you might as well take a peek in the lives of those who mustered the courage to live life as we know it.

Website The Mind Unleashed featured the story of a French photographer who went off-the-grid for three years and lived with those who chose that type of existence. “The artist wandered through remote mountain regions without any fixed destination or route in mind, but along the way met several individuals who had willingly abandoned hectic city life in exchange for retreat in the deep wilderness. These people sacrificed modern comforts for greater autonomy and freedom, and in result became inspiration to the inquisitive photographer.”

Build Safe. Check out the photos here.

Sustainability is the key

These couple meanwhile did not totally leave the convenience of today’s modern lifestyle, but managed to create a home that is off the grid, yet very sustainable. Website showed photos of the island home that a couple took 20 years to build.

“Made entirely out of recycled materials, this colorful destination is an off-the-grid, eco-friendly environment they call Freedom Cove. It consists of 12 large platforms connected to one another through carefully assembled planks of wood and metal. The couple and their 2 kids are self-sufficient, living off the crops they grow in their greenhouses.”

Read the rest of the story and see the pictures of the island home here.

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Electrician. If you have been inspired to try out off-grid living, you may no longer have to do anything drastic like build a floating island. featured this tiny capsule home that can be brought anywhere off-grid. “he Ecocapsule is a micro-shelter that offers a variety of sustainable offerings. Ultra-portable, the capsule is powered by solar and wind energy, includes rainwater collection and filtration, and even has a tiny kitchenette that can be used to prepare a hot meal. Truly, this is one of the most impressive off-grid luxury tiny homes we’ve ever seen.”

Know more about it here.

Living off the grid has generated interest mostly among those who are envisioning a life free from the stresses that come with a more convenient lifestyle.



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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Uncommon Uses of a Refrigerator

There is More to Your Refrigerator than preserving food

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Your Refrigerator has a lot more to offer than storage and cooling. Photo Credits.

Did you know that an up and coming model of refrigerator can now make a cup of steaming hot coffee? In its website, CNN Money reported that GE Appliances is coming up with a refrigerator that dispenses coffee. “To make a cup of coffee, you snap the brewer out of the fridge’s water tap, put in a K-Cup coffee pod and slide the brewer back into the water dispenser. The fridge will ask you what size you want. After the fridge heats up the water, you push a safety knob to the left (so you don’t accidentally scald yourself), and your fridge will brew the coffee.”

Watch the report here.

Think out of the box meantime featured a refrigerator owner that used his ref’s ice dispenser as to dispense chocolate candies instead. “Yes, you heard that correctly. In the place where ice should be, instead there is candy.”

Electrician. Watch the video here.

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A walk-in refrigerator meantime served as a safe hiding place for some Jewish hostages in a shooting incident in Paris, France. Website shared what had transpired. “A young Muslim man has been hailed a hero for hiding hostages fleeing gunman Amedy Coulibaly after he stormed a Jewish supermarket. Lassana Bathily, originally from Mali in west Africa, reportedly shepherded terrified customers to safety in a walk-in chiller as the jihadist gunman took hold of the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, Paris.”

Read the rest of the report here.

Refrigerators can do a lot for you. Association of Edison Illuiminating Companies.  How do you use yours?

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Friday, June 19, 2015

A Closer Look at Vintage Lighting

Accentuate your Space with Vintage Lightning

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Accentuate that space, and set the mood with vintage lights. (Photo Credits)

Vintage Lighting is slowly taking center stage as more and more quaint homes, spaces, and business establishment, accentuate their spaces with this kind of lighting style.

Website Little Black Book Delhi emphasized in one of its posts that lighting can make or break an area. “For smaller home accents, and light fixtures, their brass, aluminium and steel pendant lights, vintage lanterns and globe centrepieces double as both winning centre pieces and interesting hanging statement pieces. If you ticked the reading in solitude box, we’re anticipating a love for lamps. And will they deliver.”

Take a look at the vintage lights here.

Love the Lights meantime hyped up vintage lighting particularly Edison’s squirrel cage design. “His “squirrel cage” design has a circle of vertical carbon filaments. Build Safe. And once it’s lit you can definitely understand the name. You have probably seen these in cool restaurants before…Use these bulbs in any of your open fixtures or simply combine a few with twisted fabric cord in hanging sockets and enjoy the amazing vintage hip look they will bring to your home!”

Read more here.

Related Electrical Services meantime shared what it saw when it toured the Philips Museum, where they saw lightbulbs of the yesteryears. “Philips may be a somewhat diminished force in today’s tech world, but the Dutch company has, over its 123 years of history, been a major player in radio tech, audio, cassettes, CDs, TV and — perhaps most famously — the humble lightbulb. CNET paid a visit to the prestigious Philips Museum in Eindhoven, and now presents the most fascinating exhibits for your viewing pleasure.”

Electrician. Check out the photos here.

Lighting, as they say does not only brighten up a room, it also sets the mood.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

All About Washing Machines

How to Sanitize and Deodorize your Washing Machine

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Sanitize and Deodorize your washing machine regularly. Photo Credits

There are a lot more things one has to know about washing machines. The routine usage of this home device has just become so ordinary, homeowners tend to forget what else they can do with it, or what can be done to make laundry easier to do.Build Safe

Mothering website shared many ways to deodorize and sanitize a washing machine. She said, regular cleaning and disinfecting of washing machine is a must so that clothes do not get stinky or contaminated with bacteria. “Although your washing machine is designed to clean your clothes, it gets lots of yucky stuff in it on a regular basis, from potty accidents, washing underclothes, and general dirt and debris we collect on our clothes and other washable fabrics. All this stuff leaves a film of bacteria, mold and mildew in your machine, along with build up from detergent residue and hard water, that can combine over time to make a yucky smelly mess.”

Read the tips here.

There is a quick and easy way to sanitize it

Website meantime shared a video of how to easily disinfect a washing machine, this time using the same solution you use to disinfect your mouth! “So if you’re one of those people who smells your clothes to see if you can get a second or third use out of them, you’re going to love learning these clothes cleaning hacks that will make life just a little bit easier.”

Watch the video here.

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But if you want to do more with your washing machine, you might as well buy the bicycle washing machine  featured over at Australian website “That way, you have to hop on the bike every time you need to do the laundry, creating some sense of a regular exercise schedule – it seems like the Bike Washing Machine is geared towards the more exercise averse among us. Because pedaling on the stationary bike generates the power for the laundry cycle, theoretically you would save money on your household electricity bills and contribute to the planet by using truly renewable energy right from your own legs.Electrician

See the Bike Washing Machine here.

So when is your next laundry day?

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Do Not Neglect that Exhaust Fan

How to Clean your Home Exhaust Fan

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Do not neglect them. Clean them regularly. Photo Credits

Cleaning the exhaust fan is definitely a chore. For one, you will need a ladder to climb up onto it. You need to take out the cover and unscrew it.  All the while straining your neck and shoulder muscles, while sneezing because of the dust bunnies that accumulated in the fan blades.

But fans need to be cleaned. And for a very good reason.

Dirty exhaust fans can trigger fires

In its website, media outfit WTVR shared a video on how bathroom exhaust fans can trigger fires. According to one of their interviewees, the lint and dust build-up in the fan may cause the fan’s motor to heat up, and possibly ignite. “’These fans, over time, build up lint that insulates the motor, exacerbating the heat build-up; the lint provides an easy-to-ignite fuel source which in turn ignites nearby combustible building materials.’”

Read the rest of the write up here.

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A fire in Oregon was an apparent testament to this. In Junction City, a bathroom exhaust fan caused a fire in a restaurant. “An exhaust fan in the women’s restroom at Subway suffered a “catastrophic failure” that set fire to the building. The Junction City fire chief said investigators for the insurance company determined the fire started with the fan. Firefighters spent hours battling the blaze.” Grove.

Watch the video here.

To avoid a potential fire hazard and to maintain cleanliness in the home, website shared a visual step-by-step guide in cleaning an exhaust fan. “Having a clean and functional exhaust fan in your bathroom not only helps with bathroom odor, it also moves moisture out of the bathroom and helps prevent mold and mildew, which can become a health issue if left unaddressed. Electrician. Since bathroom fans work in a damp environment, they can get bogged down with dirt and dust over time and become less effective. If you haven’t taken a close look at what’s lurking under your bathroom fan cover before, I encourage you to do so”

Build Safe. Read the detailed instructions here.

So when was the last time you cleaned your exhaust fan?

Here’s an instructional video on cleaning a home exhaust fan.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Decorative Lighting

Of Mason Jars, Paper Flowers, and Other Lovely Decorative Lighting Trends

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Set the mood in any event through dramatic lighting. Photo Credits

Lighting really does a lot in terms of beautifying a home, making an event even more special, or accentuating a corner of an otherwise plain space. Orange county electrician Repair shared 19 weddings that are made even more magical by the lighting used during the event. “Nothing transforms a space quite like the right lighting. Candles, string lights, light bulbs, colored lights and lanterns all create ambience and add warmth to indoor and outdoor weddings alike.”

ElectricianVisions Newport beach. Take a look at all the lovely photos here.

Plain spaces in your home, shop or office, can be brightened up by these Do-It-Yourself Mason Jar Lighting projects featured over at the website

“Everyone loves the mason jar… creating lighting with a mason jar is a hot decorating trend that crosses from modern to rustic d├ęcor. It’s inexpensive, creative and versatile. Check out these great mason jar lighting ideas to set your small home apart with style.”

EVElectrician Los Alamitos. Take a look at the DIY Guide here.

If those are not enough lovelies for you, then better check this out. EVElectrician Irvine. Paperflowers light up a room in this newest lighting style innovation featured at “Each flower is hand-sculpted around a hollow shape where battery powered LED lights are hidden. The flowers glow safely from within with no need to hide pesky wires.” EVElectrician in Santa Ana

Electrical Contractors. Take a look at the paper flower centerpieces here.

Lights indeed does not only brightens up a space, it changes the mood, and makes everything glow positively. Association of Edison Illuiminating Companies

Here’s a nice video on decorative lighting use for weddings and events:

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Unique Lighting Ideas that Really Brighten up a Room

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Lighting has become a big thing in most modern houses, that you will think it is a work or art – a centerpiece and a conversation starter at the same time. ElectricianVisions Orange County, CA

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Pendant Lights lend a classy vibe to any room. Photo Credits. has shared lovely artisanal lighting trends that are classily illuminating modern homes that are looking for that unique lighting vibe. “The backlash to a throw away society has given rise to the value of artisan craftsmanship, using expertise and traditional materials to create the latest luxury; something unique, unprocessed and sustainable. We’ve seen a particular focus in lighting, using age old techniques to create cutting edge designs that are one of a kind.”

ElectricianVisions Westminster. Take a look at the photos of artisan lighting here.

Website meantime put the spotlight on the pendant lighting trend. “it is interesting how these trends reflect larger design trends in the realm of interiors. Like jewelry for your home, pendant lights give the rooms they adorn the perfect finishing touch. Not to mention, they provide much-needed illumination. From retro-style pendant lamps to compact pieces that pack a lot of style into their petite forms.”

EVElectrician Garden Grove. Check out the photos of pendant lighting here. meantime shared lighting ides specifically for the dining area. The elegant designs are just so classy, it lends taste and tranquility to the dining room. In their post, they showed four styles which include the modern, the traditional, the cottage, and the transitional. EVElectrician Costa Mesa

For the modern dining room, they recommend a practical fixtures. EV-Electrician Los Alamitos.  “Give a modern room industrial chic with unexpected commercial lighting. Electrician. This practical yet beautiful modern dining room fixture instantly reminds one of the work lights found in 20th century manufacturing plants. With a distinctive, clear prismatic glass shade and brushed nickel finish, this single pendant light handles its job with style. Layer in more industrial-inspired design and added functionality with a sleek, chrome table lamp.”

Build Safe. Take a look at their three other lighting styles here.

So what is your lighting style?

here’s an informational video on pendant lights:

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