Home Security Monitoring: Your Electronic Watchdog

In times past, people didn’t have electronic home security monitoring systems to watch over the security of their homes and families. They relied on a more primitive means of monitoring their home’s security, the watchdog.

The watchdog was more than just a home security monitoring system, however, it was a trusted member of the family. Homeowners knew that so long as their loyal and faithful watchdog was monitoring their home’s security, they were safe, and so were their families and possessions. When an intruder or suspicious person was about, homeowners were confident that their living home security monitor would raise a quick alarm.

Times have changed, but the fundamental necessity of trust between a homeowner and his or her home security monitoring system has not. Homeowners need to feel the same unshakeable, unquestionable, faith and trust for their home security monitoring company as past homeowners felt for their loyal watchdogs.

Home security monitoring can cost anywhere from $10 to $100 per month. Selecting a company you can trust to provide quality home security monitoring is vital to ensuring the maximum return on this investment.

Modern home security monitoring generally works like this: when a home alarm system is tripped, a central home security monitoring station sends an alert to the central home security monitoring station via phone. Within just a few seconds, the central station will contact the homeowner over the phone or through the security keypad to determine if there is a threat to the safety of the home.

If the home security monitoring provider reaches someone in the home, the provider will ask for a passcode to ensure he or she belongs there. If the contact can’t provide the passcode, or if no one answers, the home security monitoring provider will call law enforcement to the scene and …

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The Natural Beauty of Bamboo Garden Water Fountains

Bamboo is one of the most popular materials for outdoor garden fountains.  Not only are these Zen-style water fountains very naturally appealing, they are known to attract positive energy as well.  If you are interested in transforming your garden into an oasis with Japanese flare, a bamboo garden water fountain is the right choice.

Types of Bamboo Garden Water Fountains

There are two basic types of bamboo water fountains.  The traditional stationary bamboo fountain consists of multiple hollow bamboo chutes with one chute typically placed upright or angled along the edge of the fountain reservoir for water flow.  The other type is the shishi-odoshi (or deer chaser) bamboo fountain.  In this type of fountain, a hollow bamboo chute moves back and forth as water flows through it.  This creates a melodic sound in addition to the calming sound of flowing water.  It is called the deer chaser because it was originally intended to scare deer away from gardens with the sound of the moving chute.  There are many shishi-odoshi bamboo garden water fountain designs, with the most common one consisting of two vertical bamboo chutes inserted into the ground, and a central bamboo stick sandwiched between these serving as the water tube.

Creating Your Own Bamboo Fountain

Bamboo garden water fountains are an elegant and natural way to enjoy the soothing sound of flowing water in your garden.  While you can find these fountains complete with a pump, you can also add a pump and bamboo spout to any container to create your own bamboo garden water fountain.  There are a number of bamboo spout kits available on the market.  Some bamboo spout kits are quite simple while others incorporate several bamboo sticks and figurines.  There are also bamboo water wheel accessories available.  By adding an adjustable bamboo spout, the …

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No Cost Landscaping Ideas

The Internet has a great many sites dedicated specifically to free landscaping ideas, thereby enabling people to initiate their own landscaping projects, at their own pace, without the cost of engaging a contractor.

Generally, these sites offer easy to understand instructions, and are presented in such a way as to make it easier to achieve your desired result. Therefore, should you be looking to start a landscaping project of your own, having never done so previously, the internet would be your best bet as a starting point place of reference, for no-cost landscaping ideas.

This too, will give you a good idea of just what is involved, considering materials; space and perspective; step-by-step procedures and approximated time needed to complete each task; estimated costs; detailed elements of landscaping including patios, front and backyards, water features such as swimming pools, and other decorations, that previously you may not have considered – had you even been aware of them.

Here are just a few free landscaping ideas available on the web.

Keep in mind, that you can chop and change most of the elements in any free ideas you view on the internet, nothing is “carved in stone” as far as ideas go, AND, you will not be wanting your particular outdoor-space, to be looking exactly like everyone else. So, mix it up a little.

1. Trees.
Apart from the fact that most trees are “set and forget”, i.e. plant them, water them, but largely leave them to their own devices; trees, whether a single specimen tree, or a stand or copse of them, add a focal-point to a garden.

Depends on what it is you are after – somewhere to sit in the shade; something to contemplate – a particular tree of beauty; somewhere for the kids to play; maybe as …

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Meal Ideas For Outdoor Fire Pits

There is absolutely nothing that brings back the great memories of bygone times like roasting hotdogs on outdoor fire pits. For most of us, a traditional campfire built on the ground in the forest is practically impossible to recreate but an outdoor fire pit is an easy addition to any backyard. It allows you to once again enjoy the taste of food cooked outside over an open fire and the ambiance of a cozy fire on a chilly night.

A fire pit can be a great place to do as much or as little cooking out as you want to do. In addition to just roasting hotdogs on outdoor firepits, you can also cook corn on the cob, fish, meats, vegetables and much more. The list of foods and dishes you can make on a fire pit is endless.

One thing you must keep in mind is that you do need to have the right tools in order to be able to cook out easily and with the least amount of fuss and mess. A grate to put over your fire pit is essential to any cooking you want to do on it. Without a fire pit grate, you will have tired arms from holding things over the flames, not to mention how warm it gets when you stand within arm’s reach of the fire for a while. A mesh basket is another great investment for fire pit cooking. It is the perfect way to cook vegetables, fish and shellfish. You’ll never have to worry again about dropping good food into the fire and watching it incinerate. Last, but not least, when you’re doing those marshmallows and roasting hotdogs on outdoor fire pits, you need extra long metal skewers with stay cool handles.

A great idea for an outdoor fire …

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Back Yard Designing

Where to find new, original yard landscaping ideas for your next design? If you’re into landscaping, at newbie or expert level, you’ll end up out of ideas sometimes. If you’d like to make your next yard project unique and original, you want to think out of the box. Read on to learn a few ideas and tips that will put the ball rolling and you can come up with a novel design!

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Tip one – Tree planting

Ok, it does not sound fascinating or unique, right? But in reality, tree planting is brim-full of creative possibilities. As claimed before, think out of the box : you may use trees in a suggestive, unique way, using them as ornamental ornaments, or in certain shapes or lines that might draw the notice to a certain feature in your yard.

If you go for planting trees on the fringe of the swimming pool be careful to choose evergreen trees that won’t fill your pool with leaves.

You can give more dimension if you plan your flowerbeds when planting so to have rows of flowers descending in height.

How to do it? Separate your flowerbed into 3 or 4 sections from back to forth. The back row will be used to plant the highest flowers and plants. This way, your flowers will stand out and your flowerbeds will go out of the regular horizontal plan.

Tip 3 – Use water!

There are masses of things you can do with water. Include a few water features like pools, fountains and even fish tanks. Water features will make a great focus in your yard, and they’re not that difficult to create. Water fountains …

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Garage Remodeling And Organization

Garage remodeling is when you transform that almost neglected part of your house that your wife and children do not even dare to enter. Remodeling of garage is more efficient today because of recently developed garage organizing and storage systems. Remodeling of your garage is very important aspect of the home remodeling. It is probably the quickest way to add much needed space to your home.

If you are considering any sort of home repair this may just be the one that should be first on your list, because it is often the most visible exterior element of a home. Its no wonder that garage remodeling is getting a closer looks from homeowners. How to deal with a cluttered garage is an issue faced by every family at some point and garage remodeling and organization are among the most popular solutions. Therefore, the first important step in garage remodeling is to empty out the garage completely of its contents.

Door

The garage door is beginning to get more attention from todays homeowners as garage remodeling is becoming more important to them. To give you some idea of what you might be looking at, a new garage door usually costs somewhere around $1,000, and a garage storage system is another $1,000. For garage door tips, consider changing your old garage door. Newer garage doors are more secure and make better use of technology for safety and security.

An old door and opener could be a real threat for your children playing near the garage. The door needs to be maintained every now and then to ensure its continued safe use. When a door and opener gets really old, periodic maintenance gets even more expensive as some worn out parts would have to be replaced. The best way to go is to …

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Solar Power Motor Homes For Sale

If you are wondering what solar power and motor homes for sale have in common, you might me pleasantly surprised. Solar power can be the difference between boondocking or tailgating in style and roughing it.

Why You Want Solar Power
Let’s face it. You get an RV so you can travel and play without limits. While this works 90% of the time, you are still limited to places that have pedestal power or that allow generators. But what do you do when you cannot use either?

That is why solar power is such a great option. Whether you are boondocking, tailgating, or just stopping at a place without power, solar power is the perfect option. It is quiet, efficient, and has the capacity to power all of your appliances.

Additionally, solar panels last for 20+ years. They actually pay for themselves in the energy saved. Not to mention, going green is good for the planet.

How Solar Power Works
Solar power has been used for decades. Everyone has owned a solar powered calculator or other solar powered item at some point. There was even a big wave of adding solar panels to houses a few years back.

The reasoning is simple. Everyone has access to the sun and the sun has an infinite supply of energy. Photovoltaic (PV) systems take the sun’s energy and turn it into usable electricity. It does this by capturing photons and passing it through the PV material. This allows the electron to escape from its normal position and become part of a current.

How Big are the Panels
The sizes of the panels vary depending on how much energy you need.  It is a process that involves calculating watts per hour appliances used and adding different stuff up. You can find a solar calculator on …

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Helpful Tips for Purchasing a Ham Radio Console

Although ham radio’s heyday has long passed, the hobby still enjoys a dedicated following. In addition to helping hobbyists become well-versed in the mechanics of amateur radio, a good console enables them to connect with other ham operators. Whether you’re interested in making friends or simply wish to enjoy some casual conversation, ham radio can be a great way to meet people. However, if you’ve never purchased a console, you may find yourself at a loss regarding what to look for. To ensure that you wind up with a console that perfectly suits your needs, take the following tips to heart when shopping around.

The Internet is Your Friend

Although you can still find ham radio supplies at a number of hobby shops, you’re likely to find a better selection of parts and consoles online. Now that ham radio has essentially become a niche hobby, most brick-and-mortar hobby shops don’t stock nearly as much equipment as they used to. Additionally, the sales clerks you encounter are unlikely to know very much about it. With this in mind, seek out ham radio specialty stores on the web. Not only will you find a wider selection of consoles, directional couplers and other pertinent components, you’ll be able to address any questions you may have to experienced hammers.

Take Size into Account

Ham radio consoles come in a variety of sizes. People interested in traveling with their consoles are encouraged to look into portable models. Conversely, hobbyists who intend to leave their consoles in a single location may find their needs better served by fixed-station consoles. Although fixed-station models generally have a lot more power under the hood (not to mention a greater range), they tend to be a lot pricier than their portable counterparts.

Be Wary About Buying Used Equipment

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Backyard Landscape Designs – Home Vegetable Gardening Designs

Nothing is more challenging for a gardener than to come up with a good garden design.

Designing a home vegetable garden should starts with the right knowledge regarding the type of garden you would want to have and the way you plan tin utilizing it. Sounds like a pretty great deal of work to get started but then there are easy principles to consider in your home vegetable gardening designs.

Let us start with choosing the site for your home vegetable garden. The site that you have to choose is the one that receives long hours of sunlight each day. Vegetables best grow with more absorbed sunlight. This is such a very important thing to be taken into consideration. Neglecting this aspect will surely result to a negative impact on your home vegetable garden.

After knowing the sun’s movement in your garden, the next big thing to do is lay outing. Layout of the garden will give you the dimension and space to work on even when your crops are already planted. This makes the garden works easy to perform. This is in connection with the paths to be built across your garden. Pathways are essential to have accessibility in all areas of your garden with ease. Having well built and well positioned pathways will give access not only with the foot traffic but with the wheel barrows and other gardening equipments to get in and out of the garden without disturbing the crops. Having pathways also guarantee you that the loosened soil you have worked with will not get compacted as continues traffic would go through it. Compact soil is not good for your crops because it logs the water and lessen the air spaces from which the roots of the crops to breathe.

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The Three Stages To Sewer Damage

Author: Juan Garcia

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1. Roots have entered the sewer system, causing partial stoppage. This can usually be cleared by cabling or water jetting. However this would only give temporary relief.

2. Roots have clogged the sewer system causing serious damage. This can be fixed permanently by replacing a section of your sewer Pipe, or water jetting to cut out the roots and Pipe-lining to repair the break.

3. Roots have caused the sewer to collapse or have severely damaged the pipe. This usually causes a catastrophic stoppage. Sewer rehabilitation will be required.

4. Complete Replacement: In the unfortunate event that your sewer line has sunk (due to ground movement or settling and cannot be cleared by cabling or water jetting it may need to be completely replaced. Lining the pipe will not help a sunken pipe or remove a “belly” in a sewer or drain line. We have two solutions available to correct this problem.

Pipe bursting: often called trenchless technology may be the best solution.

Two holes are dug; one to expose your horizontal Sewer pipe near the front of your house, and another near the curb (or lowest point) of your sewer main. We run a steel cable through the old pipe, fuse together 20’ sections of HDPE pipe into the desired length. At this time, a large cone-shaped hardened steel breaker head is inserted through the pipe and is pulled by hydraulic rams ( 30 ton pulling capacity) splitting the old pipe and creating a channel large enough for the new …

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