How to Install a Countertop – Home Improvement Kitchen Projects

Home improvements can sometimes get costly, and many people prefer to do much of the work themselves. There are many home improvement projects that can easily be done without the use of a professional. Countertop self-installation is easier than ever with preformed countertops. There are a few tips on installing countertops that can help any home improvement kitchen project to be a success.

Before beginning any installation, make sure the area is safe from mishaps by disconnecting the plumbing and shutting off any electrical appliances inside cabinets or under counters. Be sure to remove the sink and all drawers to protect them during the installation. If there is already an existing countertop, it will need to be removed. Take out the screws fastening it to the cabinets and use a utility knife to cut out the caulk that is holding it to the wall.

Proper measuring is the most important step in any home improvement project. The wrong measurements can cause extra work, wasted materials, and an overall headache. When measuring the area to be covered by the countertop surface, do not forget to include the overhang of the counter and the area to be cut out for the sink. Preformed countertops come in standard sizes so, most likely, a larger one will need to be purchased and cut down to the size of the surface area. Measure the area to be cut out on the preformed countertop surface.

Before cutting the preformed countertop, place masking tape along the cut lines to help prevent chipping. Use a handsaw to make cuts along the masking tape. Be sure to take extra care when cutting around the sink area. One of the most common mistakes in installing countertops is improper cutting or measurement of the sink area. This can cause you to have to start the project all over again. Sandpaper can be used to smooth out the edges after the cuts have been made.

Carpenter’s glue should be applied along the tops of the cabinets to hold the countertop firm to the surface area. Immediately apply the preformed countertop to the cabinets. Use drywall screws to attach the countertop to the cabinets for extra support. After the glue has dried, the sink can be reinstalled and the brand new countertop is ready to enjoy.

A new countertop is a great home improvement kitchen project to help improve the appearance of any kitchen. Installing a preformed countertop without a professional is easy and cost effective. Following a few simple tips for measuring, cutting, and applying preformed countertops can help any countertop installation go smoothly.

Home Improvement – Hire a Professional the First Time and Get the Job Done Right

With this soft real estate market in the Orlando area, home improvement has become the latest fashion trend among homeowners. A couple of years ago it was moving into a bigger and better house every few years. However, when real estate prices dropped, homeowners found themselves staying put instead of moving on. That is why there is a movement in central Florida to improve houses instead of selling them. This will add value to your property while you wait for the real estate market to recover. Nevertheless, do not make the mistake of thinking you can do all your home improvement projects yourself.

Most people can do minor repairs around the house. However, if you want to do a major improvement, you should bring in a professional. Some people consider painting the house a minor project when it comes to home improvement. However, if you do all the necessary steps to prepare the surface properly, then paint and clean up, it becomes a major project that can take a week or longer. Most people do not want to dedicate every weekend they have for the next month or two, in order to get the interior or the exterior of their house looking like a professional did the job. Save yourself the hassle by hiring a professional the first time.

What is involved in getting a proper paint job? Getting a proper paint job involves preparing the surface properly. Unless you have hours to dedicate to cleaning, sanding, scraping, patching, priming, and other preparation tasks, getting a painting professional to do it will save you a great deal of time and frustration. If you think that you can put a coat of paint on the surface without preparing it, you will be surprised when the paint begins to blister or peel within a few weeks. That is when you will consider hiring in a professional to do the job right. No matter what home improvement projects you want to tackle, make sure you hire a professional first.

Despite what you might hear, home improvement is not so easy for everyone to do. Most of the time, they do not have the proper equipment or the expertise to get a job done correctly. After trying it themselves, they spend more money hiring a professional to correct their mistakes. Unless you have several years of experience as a painting professional, leave the painting of your house to those that know how to do it right the first time. In the end, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the results.

In-Depth Automotive Review – 2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 – Stunning & Affordable Luxury

It has been a long time running and it was bound to surface sooner or later, the 2009 Hyundai Genesis sedan is the earth child of a constantly improving automotive manufacturer. There have been great praises and spy photos for the car that will give some of the most elite luxury sedans a run for the money, and consumers will soon see why. Just recently arriving at local dealers, consumers can expect wide array of features and creature comforts that come all too familiar with similar offerings from Europe’s and Japan’s elite, only your dollar goes a lot further. Think of it as a dollar menu item, what you see is what you get, and it fulfills every hunger or thirst expectation in the features to dollar ratio. Let us take a close look at the Hyundai Genesis and respect what we expect from the car that will win over prospective buyers.

At first glance, the 2009 Genesis is unmistakably an amalgamation of parts from some of the comparable models today. The front-end design is truly Mercedes S-class, the rear half is somewhat familiar in Acura RL. And of course the side profile can be a Lexus LS, if it wanted to be of course. But whatever Hyundai chose to build its first super high end auto, they surely did a fantastic job integrating a look that will make the Genesis a suitable flagship for the underdog Hyundai Corporation. In-spite of record gas prices this summer, consumers can’t get enough of the luxury mid-size sedans and coupes. But by looking at this sweet looking model, it is huge, about the size of that S-class or LS. As a result, the Genesis will appeal to those larger families and carpool fanatics that are looking for an inexpensive but awe-inspiring piece of automotive machinery.

What the Genesis lacks in light weightness (and we’re talking 4000+ lbs. here folks), the car more than makes up in superb powertrain ingenuity. Aside from the smaller V6 option, spend a couple thousand more and opt for the incredible 375 hp 4.6L eight that everyone is talking about. From push of the throttle, the car is instantaneously responsive and fluid in transmission response as it climbs the gearing. A sensible choice for the powerful engine, is the ZF 6-speed automatic with Shift Tronic control to help hold the gearing over longer, broader ranges, it doesn’t disappoint. And as expensive as gas is, the Genesis’ 20 gallon tank is consumption frugal in it’s V8 economy with 17city/25hwy, just as good as some V6 choices in other midsizers. With a large, heavy body, the suspension is taut and smooth over the California freeways with it’s 5-link and gas charged shocks, there’s nothing more relaxing for the bumps. The car does float a little at higher speeds and there is some body roll evident in the corners but the car isn’t built for tracking the curves anyways. Additionally, the steering feedback is splendid with cleanly engineered power rack and pinion internals. And finally, the 18″ wheels are glam-ready for the cruises and are performance oriented with it’s grippy tire package. The Genesis hits the mark yet again for pleasing driving dynamics; it is a little something for everyone.

In-Depth Automotive Review – 2008 Cadillac CTS, Test Drive and Virtual Walk Around

It’s not easy to form biased opinions about the cars we drive and dream about. Being an Automotive Consultant, sometimes your emotions get in the way of the truth. Seeing the all new 2008 Cadillac CTS literally brought a tear to my eye. It’s one of the most superfluous automobiles to come from old town Detroit in some time. I lived with parents who use to talk about the classic automobiles, Mustangs, old Plymouths, full sized Blazers, you name it. It was Americana, and it was great memories.

What the newly formed CTS had to offer was plentiful, what it was lacking was me behind the wheel full time. The car was balanced, super fluid powertrain and drivetrain. I didn’t drive that many other European stalwarts, but this was classy and unique. Unique as in I’ve never seen something that deviated from the cheese ball form, it was a look all its own. It was stealth fighter Cadillac!!

The car was quiet, clean fit and finish, superb ergonomics. The seats were comfortable and the dash panels were soft to the touch. Finally, Cadillac has put the money where it’s mouth is, and won! I drove a model without the Direct Injection and the Smart Navigation system. Although I’ve have seen the nav at work on a demo model, I must say it’s nothing short of revolutionary. Do you remember the globe in Geography class, its that detailed. You could almost think you can touch the screen and feel the mountains and rivers on the graphics, job well done.

My favorite feature has to be the taillights, simply a work of art. Cadillac engineered the lights with led bullets and led light tubes, it was an awesome display of lighting. The seams were tight, and the wheel arches flared out on the front and back, it looked Italian in design. The White Diamond metallic paint was gorgeous as well.

Overall, I was impressed with the complete package. But I can’t do a review without spotting a couple of ehhh, why did they do that, negatives. One complaint I had was with the rear seats, I’m six foot tall and I just didn’t feel that comfortable with my knees digging into the rear of the front seats. Cadillac should have also made the remote start feature standard on all the models, not just for the Luxury Collection package. Price was competitive with this test model’s price ringing at just 35,890, fully loaded DI models with nav and AWD can hit the mid forty’s. That’s in line with the rest, base model just slightly cheaper than others.

So in closing, this car was definitely a breath of fresh luxury air. Not only do I give the highest recommendation for the new 2008 Cadillac CTS, but no longer will the consumer have to settle for those rascally Americans. A truly inspiring story about the comeback kid, and a new love affair for a car that we can implant as a happy thought in our future memories.

Automotive Technology – Active and Passive Safety Systems

A driver is desperately trying to make a business appointment and fiddles with the phone to call ahead that she is running late. Another flips through a portfolio of CDs trying to find just the right music selection. Both overestimate their abilities and swerve momentarily into the next lane.

In today’s busy world, people often find themselves multi-tasking; and unfortunately, drivers are taking this trend to the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), not only do the majority of Americans view driving as a routine task (i.e., not worthy of special attention), 50% of all crashes involve driver “inattention.”

Safercar.gov agrees. It says 90% of vehicles in “fatal, single-vehicle rollovers involved routine driving maneuvers” and 85% of “rollover-related fatalities are single-vehicle crashes.” Based on these statistics, driver behavior seems to play a crucial role in fatal rollover crashes.

At the same time that drivers are being implored to practice safe and attentive driving, automotive engineers are also eager to create new technologies to help increase roadway safety. Isn’t there some fancy device that could warn a driver when he drifts into the next lane? React when another vehicle is in his blind spot? Apply the brakes before a crash?

Pre-crash mitigation systems attempt to combat some of the common causes of automobile accidents through warnings and automatic adjustments. Such systems are the focus of research initiatives into roadway safety and include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and side alert systems.

In a forward collision warning system, the vehicle’s system literally senses the distance between it and the vehicle or object ahead of it in the lane. Predicting the possibility of an accident by sensing the distance between slower moving and stopped vehicles ahead, it warns the driver when appropriate. If a crash occurs, the system initializes precautionary measures – such as pretensioning motorized safety belts and applying brakes. Indeed, active braking in the seconds before a collision can play a major role in crash energy reduction.

According to NHTSA, some 200,000 accidents every year are due to lane changes. To help reduce the number of these accidents, lane departure warning systems have been designed. They caution drivers when their vehicles leave their intended lanes. Using a monocular camera mounted behind the windshield, the lane departure warning system’s software programs estimate lane width and road curvature, determine the vehicle’s heading and lateral position and initialize a tactile, visual or audible alert to its driver when he or she crosses a line.

It’s not difficult to guess, then, what side alert systems do. Using infrared sensing and other technologies, such systems help drivers become aware of vehicles in side blind spots. In some models, these sensors are integrated into mirrors, taillights and side fascia. The side blind spot region is scanned for temperature changes to detect a vehicle, a visual indication can be given in mirrors, and, when necessary, an audible alert can be issued. The technology is so advanced, sensors ignore stationary roadside objects and are immune to noise.

Alternative Fuel Cars – The Future of Automotive Technology

The future of technology in terms of fuel consumption in the average automobile is slowly changing to allow for the development of more fuel economic, energy efficient, and even alternatively fueled vehicles alternatively fueled vehicles. While it may be a long time before alternative fuel cars are used as a commonplace means of transportation around the world, the technologies that may be used in place of the standard combustion engine are already reaching a form by which the average person may expect to see some of these technologies in their vehicles on the road very soon.

One of the technologies generating the most buzz in the automotive world is the possibility of using water as a way of powering a vehicle, and with good reason. Salt water, which is the type of water that has been used in numerous experiments about the viability of burning water as a fuel, is the most abundant natural resource available to us here on Earth, as we are almost seventy percent water on this planet. The experiments that have been conducted on the water have been somewhat successful on a smaller scale, but larger scale use in vehicles may be something that could be a long time down the road.

In the short term, the most viable automotive technology for alternative fuels may be electricity. Many automotive developers have been generating a lot of different methods of using electricity in a vehicle as an alternative to the use of fossil fuels to power transportation. While an electric car would be a great technology to have in a vehicle, the reality is that most of the electricity generated worldwide is done so thanks to the use of other non-renewable resources, like coal or natural gas. If an alternative means of generating electricity is also put into effect by generating companies, the viability of the electric vehicle would greatly increase.

Whether using water or electricity as the means of fueling the vehicle, the technology of an alternative fuel as a means of driving a vehicle can only be as effective if there is a commitment to mass producing the technology on a consumer level. If these vehicles are made with a price that can appeal to the average consumer, and at a level of technology that the average consumer can maintain, or at least understand, on their own, only then can the mass acceptance and use of these alternative fuels in vehicles be realized.

Health Insurance Review

The cost of health insurance for an average family is enormous but necessary in many cases. Each individual’s needs are different, and even by reading health insurance reviews it can all be very confusing and frightening. Opinions of different health insurance companies vary wildly by state, and the choices in some states differ from others. If you have never had to buy health insurance before the terminology can be quite difficult to under stand too.

The Affordable Care Act has been implemented, not just to control skyrocketing health care costs, but to attempt to improve the quality of health care also. Reforms under the Affordable Care Act have stopped some of the worst abuses by the health insurance industry and have given Americans new rights and benefits. Already more children get health coverage, the lifetime and annual limits on care have ended, and those under the age of 26 can remain covered by the parents’ health insurance.

There’s still a long way to go for these very necessary changes, but right now, people still have to go through the hassle of finding health coverage appropriate for their own needs and the biggest question for an average family is cost. If there are pre-existing conditions for any of the family member, insurance can be denied, although there is a move to stop that practice by 2014.

Finding health insurance today may often start by looking at insurance reviews online, and the best way to do this is to narrow it down by looking at reviews for your state – otherwise it is even more confusing. It is essential to have some form of medical insurance – over 60% of bankruptcies in this country are due to people being unable to pay medical bills.

Women face even larger challenges when it comes finding an individual insurance plan. Premiums are higher than men with identical coverage, and exclude coverage for pregnancy which has to be purchased separately.

Before you look at any health insurance reviews, decide how much debt you can manage comfortably if you should have a serious illness or injury. The higher the deductible you can bear the better, it will reduce the premium but you may end up paying for all your own medical bills, the actual insurance will cover you in the event of a serious illness. If you have lost a job but are expecting to start another where there is an employer-sponsored plan, simply buy short-term insurance.

Another choice may be catastrophic health insurance, which comes in two forms comprehensive and supplemental. A comprehensive plan offers coverage comparable to more traditional health care plans, with a high deductible and relatively low monthly cost. A supplemental plan acts as a supplement to other insurance plans you might have.

A good insurance agent will keep abreast of all the health insurance reviews and knows exactly what is available in your state, and knows which companies to avoid. He will discuss your particular needs and those of your family, and discuss your financial situation and then suggest the best health care policies to fit your needs. Reading health insurance reviews online may give you a little information, but there is no substitute for in depth knowledge and personal service.

Masters of Health Administration Online

If you work in the healthcare administration industry and have been considering furthering your career and your options within it, look no further. In your spare time you can start taking courses toward a master’s degree (MHA) Master of Health Administration. Earning a master’s in health administration opens many different career paths, and with a degree you can be proud of, all you have to do is choose the path that is right for you. One thing is sure, in the health care industry the outlook is bright and possibilities are endless.

Popular Health Administration Career Paths

All of America is experiencing a crisis and a shortage of health care professionals. Obtaining an advanced degree such as a masters in health administration will make you even more attractive to many employers in all fields of the industry. Some of the most common paths chosen by people who hold a MHA are clinical operations director, hospital or systems administrator, department director, administrator in a physician’s office and more. With a MHA individuals can find work not just in hospitals and physicians offices, but also in federal government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and even insurances companies.

Online Program Overview

The online masters in health administration programs are designed for professionals in the industry wanting to advance into leadership roles. Graduates from the program are highly organized individuals with the tools they need to solve complex problems that may occur every day. Online programs are perfect for those currently working in the industry that can’t take time off from their jobs but those who also want to further their education at the same time. The program is comprised of eight ten-week modules that take approximately two years to complete. All classes are taught by experienced professionals with a true passion to help students succeed in the industry and help their students every step of the way.

Law Of Attraction: Manifesting Better Health

Every time everyone talks about the law of attraction, money is always the first thing that comes to mind. Of course, that’s the ultimate goal for everyone including myself… to attain financial freedom. Many equate financial freedom to happiness which may be true according to their respective interpretation. However, when you truly understand the interaction between money and this universal law, you will realize that this focus can lead to changes that may not necessarily equate to happiness. Poor thinking and poor practices can lead to manifestations that backfire!

In order for the law of attraction to work for you, it is good to remember a crucial key which is an appreciation for your present state of abundance. A thankfulness for all the blessings that are already in your life which interprets into the realization that there is actually nothing lacking at all but instead a welcome state for more abundance. With an attitude for gratitude, you are aligning your positive feeling into harmony with the Universe.

In gratitude, you realize that money is important, but not more important than your health. A continuing state of health in the pink is a state of freedom that is immeasurable to anything else you would want look forward to experience in your life.

Now you may begin to question, “Is it possible to manifest the level of health that you want using the law of attraction?”

The principles of the law of attraction are applicable to anything you want to bring forth into your life and it does make sense in leading you down the path of good health. You can use it just the way you would apply to manifesting financial freedom by removing the fears and expectation of illnesses that surround you. You know that the Universe sends back to you whatever you send out in your focused thoughts that are strengthened by your emotions.

Good health is a natural state of your body. Believing this becomes your reality but when you allow your body to be overcome with stress, fatigue and over-indulgence, your vitality becomes your own victim. Drained of all energy, your thoughts are weakened into feeling unwell, depleted and beaten. During these challenged state, your thoughts and emotions are easily hijacked to trigger the negative physiological responses in your body. Believing them to be irreversible or incurable will soon become your reality too!

Travel Risk Management: Travel Health, Safety and Security Benefits

Introduction to Travel Health, Safety and Security Benefits

When it comes to travel risk management and the benefits of travel health, safety and security, this is what every travel, human resources, risk and general manager should know. In this article we will cover workplace health and safety standardization, productivity, efficiency and safety that complies with the company’s social and legal obligations. By reading this article you will be able to identify the main business benefits of enhanced travel health, safety and security for business travellers and determine if you our your company have a demonstrable travel risk management system that support workplace health and safety and fulfills your social and legal primary duty of care objectives.

After all, why would you exclude business travel from your overall business health, safety and security strategy and objectives?

Workplace Standardization: Travel Health, Safety and Security Benefits

Travel Risk Management Benefits

Have you ever seen or visited a worksite/office where they proudly display the amount of hours or days since the last significant incident that disrupted work progress or endangered employee safety? Most likely. Have you ever seen similar or specific information displayed and communicated relevant to the last significant incident that disrupted business travel or endangered business traveller’s safety? Probably not.

Travel risk management is not, and should not, a stand-alone or extra-ordinary risk mitigation system. It is merely a standardization between the more traditional or know workplace, office, and site health and safety requirements and expectations for employees. It is simply an extension to include all mobile and traveling personnel by means of concern, planning, resourcing and support to maximize business performance, efficiency and safety as it relates to business travel.

Any business that does not have a universal approach, that is inclusive of business travel, is sending mixed messages to their employees and most likely exposing them unnecessarily to compliance and litigation issues.