Buying a Digital Camera? Avoid a Mistake with 7 Insider Tips

Buying a digital camera? Avoid a Mistake with 7 Insider Tips So, you’re ready to buy a digital camera, huh? Maybe it’s your first, maybe it’s your fourth. It can still be an overwhelming and confusing venture. With so many digital cameras on the market today ranging in price from under $100 to over $7,000, it may feel like there are TOO MANY CHOICES! Many people begin the buying process by investigating all the features and functions of 10 – 20 cameras in “their price range,” however that is determined. Some people find that process too frustrating and buy the first digital camera that “looks” right. Personally, I’m an analyzer. As a professional photographer, when I start analyzing digital cameras, …

Butterflies In The Bedroom

Kids and nature. Kids seem to love most things that nature throws at them. And that includes little bugs running around the house and flying in the windows. When I was a kid I loved nature. And butterflies were part of that love. Along with my sisters and brother we caught caterpillars. Put them in a box to watch them hatch into butterflies. Our favorites were the Monarch butterflies as they were the most beautiful. Back in those days, when I was a kid, we had to actually go out and look for caterpillars and butterflies, the pet shops never stocked them. Now the modern generation have it so easy, they can buy them on the internet and the postman …

Building The Fastest Radio Controlled Car

Many people think of remote controlled cars as toys for kids. However, there is a huge difference between remote control cars for kids and remote control cars for adults. The complexities of the cars have a very wide gap. Kids cars will run on just a few AA batteries. RC cars for adults feature full miniature engines. Lots of the popular motor kits run on fuel such as gasoline or nitro. Others run on large battery packs that are essentially beefed up versions of kids toys. These cars require just as much maintenance as a real car, since they have all of the same components (plus all of the radio transmitting gear!) to deal with. When building a remote controlled …

Camera Tricks For The Trigger Happy

How to be an expert photographer How many times have you returned from a fantastic trip only to find the photos that you have taken don’t really do justice to your memories? This was very common when everyone used old-fashioned film to take their shots, and had to wait for days for the prints to arrive – often excitement followed by disappointment. Digital photos haven’t changed much besides shortening the wait for the photos at arrive. The preview screen on the digital camera does not give the exact idea of the end product. The snaps usually are a let down as a result. But you could keep some pointers in your mind that would allow you to take great photographs. …

Cactus Grafting: Lophophora williamsii to Trichocereus candicans as a Rapid Propagation Technique

A host cactus such as Trichocereus candicans can be used for grafting purposes to accelerate growth patterns for cactus such as Lophophora williamsii. Once a person gets the hang of it, it is very easy. A single graft can be done in under 5 minutes. Buttons grown in this manner can be expected to increase in diameter at the approximate rate of one inch per year, not to mention the multiple side pups which are also growing at the same phenomenal rate! It is desirable to use a host plant such as Trichocereus candicans for grafting purposes to accelerate growth patterns for cactus such as Lophophora williamsii. Trichocereus candicans is preferred as a host plant over San Pedro or others …

Coin Collecting as a Hobby

Most people engage in different activities that they consider hobbies. When people consider a particular activity as a hobby, it means that people find that activity pleasurable in that they enjoy collecting different kinds of coins. In this context, it does not necessarily follow that the coin collector will focus more on the monetary value of the coins. When the focus of coin collecting delves more into the monetary value of the coins than the gratification the collector obtains, it is no longer deemed a hobby but an investment. History tells us that the main reason other generations collected coins was the value that coins would someday attain. The ancient form of coin collecting was even labeled a hobby “fit …

How The Grandfather Clock Got Its Name

Over 100 years ago in Piercebridge, North Yorkshire, England, a quaint country lodge known as the George Hotel was managed by two bachelor brothers named Jenkins, also from England. For many years, a floor clock (now known as a grandfather clock) stood in the lobby. This old clock was different in that it had always kept very good time. In those days, clocks were not generally noted for their accuracy. One day one of the brothers died, and suddenly the old clock started losing time. At first it lost 15 minutes a day, and even though several clocksmiths tried to fix it, by the time they had given up trying to repair the afflicted timepiece, it was losing more than …

How Soundproofing Material Works

Word Count: 609 Summary: Sound vibrations are transmitted through the air, causing problems with noise entering and exiting your home studio. Many materials used in home construction, such as wood and drywall, are conductors of sound. Blocking out these sound waves is the purpose of a soundproof room. This is usually done for a home music studio. For the highest quality, most complete soundproofing, you should hire a professional. The cost of a professional can be prohibitive for many people. You … Keywords: home improvement, soundproofing material, acoustical foam, floor insulation, soundproofing, Article Body: Sound vibrations are transmitted through the air, causing problems with noise entering and exiting your home studio. Many materials used in home construction, such as wood …

How To Build With Cobb

Word Count: 91 Summary: The tradition of earth building is again enjoying a revival in North America. People from all over are looking for building methods which use ecological and sustainable resources. Cob buildings meets these standards. It is an easy to learn technique using locally available resources a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water to build the walls. Cob walls are extremely durable, lasting for centuries, and create no pollution or disposal problems. Cob structures are well suited to a variety of temperate climates. They can withstand earthquakes, won’t catch fire, are energy efficient and inexpensive to build. Keywords: eco building,cobb building,eco friendly, Article Body: Clay, sand and straw is mixed by foot on a tarp or with …

How To Build The Home You Have Been Dreaming About: Making A House Plan

Word Count: 633 Summary: Planning to build a house is surely an exciting endeavor in anyone’s life. It is a major step throughout the course of a lifetime, one of the milestones that most hardworking people look forward to. Being a major decision, making a house plan can be a very difficult feat. Without the proper knowledge, one can turn a dream into a nightmare. Fortunately, with some basic know-how, one can be guided into making a good house plan that can make one’s dream home come into reality. … Keywords: house plan,house floor plan,free house plan,cool house plan,southern living house plan Article Body: Planning to build a house is surely an exciting endeavor in anyone’s life. It is a …

How To Build A Waterfall

The number one, most asked question that I receive about water features is “How do I build a waterfall?” The first advice I give is to visit natural waterfalls or at least look at photos. Don’t try to memorize just how they look…just get a general idea how the water flows around and over the rocks. The design of your falls will depend on topography, pump and pipe size, length of water flow from pump to falls, pond size and possibly other site-specific factors. If your pond is just 4′ x 6′, you certainly don’t want a large, three foot wide falls – keep the elements of your water feature in scale. One of the most common mistakes results from …

How to Build a Shed

The easiest way to build a shed in the backyard is to make a trip to the local Lowe’s or other hardware shop to purchase a shed-building kit. Never choose one from a picture in a brochure or from the Internet. When viewing in person, you can check for important quality control details such as thickness of timber, overlap structure of panels, type of wood, whether it is pre-treated with a preservative and the quality of flooring. Thick timber is longer lasting. An overlap structure on wall panels is important to prevent water leakage. It is beneficial for the shed to have been pre-treated with preservative, but in your upkeep you will still want to treat it once a year. …

How to Build a Home Sauna

Three Important Questions to Answer Before Building Considering that home saunas are believed to produce numerous health benefits and provide a relaxing spa experience, it’s no wonder than more and more people want to know how to build a home sauna. The answer to this question depends on several factors, including your budget, the space available, and how handy you are. There are three important questions to answer before you begin building your home sauna. What Will You Use For Heat? The first factor to evaluate when planning how to build a sauna is your heat source. Will you use electricity, gas, wood or some other type of energy? Many people consider the wood-burning sauna to be the top choice, …

How To Build A Deck – 5 Considerations For Building A Wood Deck

Word Count: 628 Summary: How to build a deck? Building a wood deck correctly can create the perfect transition between your home and your backyard. How to build a deck planning and construction should result in a wonderful place to go to relax and unwind after a hectic day. Whether you are going to have your deck built by a professional or do it yourself, building a deck correctly requires proper planning and design. Here are five basic considerations for building a wooden deck: 1. Choose Your … Keywords: how to build a deck,building a wood deck,building a wooden deck,deck building, Article Body: How to build a deck? Building a wood deck correctly can create the perfect transition between your …

How to Budget for Home Improvements

Word Count: 851 Summary: Home improvement projects often scare people away. The typical homeowner will believe that it will cost thousands of dollars to remodel one room since they often lack the skills to do the job themselves. They may also feel that the project is too expensive since many materials and tools are needed. Keywords: home improvement,home improvements,improve your home,diy home improvement,diy home improvements,home improvement projects Article Body: Home improvement projects often scare people away. The typical homeowner will believe that it will cost thousands of dollars to remodel one room since they often lack the skills to do the job themselves. They may also feel that the project is too expensive since many materials and tools are needed. …

How to avoid foreclosure

Word Count: 793 Summary: Foreclosure. It’s a word that’s sending shivers of fear down the back for many a household in the current financial crisis. If you see you maybe heading for trouble, you can take steps NOW to prevent foreclosure on your home. Keywords: financial crisis, foreclosure,debt Article Body: If you see you maybe heading for trouble, you can take steps NOW to prevent foreclosure on your home. As with anything of this magnitude, you need to act quickly. Don’t wait until it’s too late to turn things around. You may be facing: . oThe loss of a job . oCuts in hours or overtime pay . oRetirement . oIllness, injury, or the death of a family member . …