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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Caltrans chief, Victorville mayor compare road maps

Caltrans chief, Victorville mayor compare road maps
Victorville Daily Press, CA - Feb 17, 2006By MIGUEL GONZALEZ. VICTORVILLE Caltrans District 8 Director Michael Perovich spent part of the week meeting local officials ...

Monday, February 27, 2006

Heavier sound comes to Boone area

Heavier sound comes to Boone area
The Appalachian Online - Feb 07 8:36 AM
Fan support and local support is whats lacking in music today, Perfect Lie drummer Joel Smith said. The live music scene is not what it used to be. Theres a lot more bands out there and they are all really good, its just competitive.Save to My Web

The Myrtle Beach Sun News - Feb 03 12:13 AM
P.O.D. 'Testify' What passed for nu-metal earlier in the decade - an angst-ridden maelstrom of shrill guitars and hip-hop posturing with techno-babble optional - today sounds laughably old hat.Save to My Web

Those dull '50s just got duller
Pioneer Press - Feb 23 4:12 AM
The inexplicable Barry Manilow renaissance continues on "The Greatest Songs of the Fifties," which hit the pop chart at No. 1 this month. In Manilow's 1970s heyday, no one imagined his modest voice would give him a second career as an interpreter. But he hasn't been writing songs lately.Save to My Web

Hockey star just a little bit country
Boston Herald - Feb 19 12:47 PM
Same team, different tastes. Judging from the iPod playlists seen on, it seems members of the U.S. Women's Hockey team, who play their final game today, may have trouble deciding...Save to My Web

Steve Petersen is loving every moment
Palm Springs and Coachella Valley Local News and Guides - Feb 17 4:07 AM
After three years in show biz, things are beginning to break for Steve Petersen of Palm Springs.Save to My Web

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Montgomery Advertiser - Feb 09 12:13 PM
What passed for nu metal earlier in the decade -- an angst-ridden maelstrom of shrill guitars and hip-hop posturing; techno-babble optional -- today sounds laughably old hat.Save to My Web

For The Record: Quick News On Avenged Sevenfold, Britney Spears, Chris Gotti, Black Crowes, George Lucas & More
MTV Music Television - Feb 14 2:37 PM
Avenged Sevenfold and Coheed and Cambria have tapped the support acts for their forthcoming tour. Head Automatica will open for the early dates of the bands' co-headlining trek, and Eighteen Visions will take the later leg of the tour.Save to My Web

For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Hilary Duff, P.O.D. & More
MTV Music Television - Feb 13 3:07 PM
Britney Spears plans to party at Mardi Gras in New Orleans on February 28. "It is so important for this amazing day to continue its annual traditions, and I am really looking forward to being involved," Spears said in a statement.Save to My Web

Mower Coming
antiMUSIC - Feb 04 7:16 PM
(Luck Media) Since the release of Mowers blistering, intentionally assaulting self-titled debut in 2003, the San Diego based powerhouse some call Californias hardest working band has shot up to the rock and metal big leagues, touring and opening for icons like Metallica, Deftones, Linkin Park, P.O.D., Staind, Soulfly, Papa Roach, Slayer and Disturbed.Save to My Web

San Jose Mercury News - Feb 07 4:42 PM
`Black Cadillac' Capitol 1/2 Between 2003, when she released the ``Rules of Travel'' album, and mid-2005, Rosanne Cash lost her stepmother, father and mother -- which became the springboard for ``Black Cadillac.''Save to My Web

Explore vegetables, grains during Lent

Explore vegetables, grains during Lent
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Feb 25 9:21 PM
Ash Wednesday is this week, signaling the 40-day fasting period for Christians before spring's most significant religious holiday April 16.Save to My Web

CD reviews: Alpert 'Rewhipped' works better than Mendes
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Feb 18 9:09 PM
It's nice to see of the Black Eyed Peas resurrecting the music of Sergio Mendes, but "Timeless" is a complete miscalculation.Save to My Web

Rice has deep roots
Detroit News - Feb 23 1:32 AM
I was just talking with my friend and neighbor, Naomi Shine, about Black History Month and the foods that reflect it, and I got the feeling she was somehow perplexed by my modern eating habits. Naomi, who is just shy of 78, was born and raised in South Carolina near Charleston, and when she started talking in her staccato South Carolina patois, I think she was darn near accusing me of straying Save to My Web

Friday, February 24, 2006


The devices and implements used for fighting plant enemies are of two sorts:
(1) those used to afford mechanical protection to the plants;
(2) those used to apply insecticides and fungicides.

Of the first the most useful is the covered frame. It consists usually of a wooden box, some eighteen inches to two feet square and about eight high, covered with glass, protecting cloth, mosquito netting or mosquito wire. The first two coverings have, of course, the additional advantage of retaining heat and protecting from cold, making it possible by their use to plant earlier than is otherwise safe. They are used extensively in getting an extra early and safe start with cucumbers, melons and the other vine vegetables.

Simpler devices for protecting newly-set plants, such as tomatoes or cabbage, from the cut-worm, are stiff, tin, cardboard or tar paper collars, which are made several inches high and large enough to be put around the stem and penetrate an inch or so into the soil.

For applying poison powders, the home gardener should supply himself with a powder gun. If one must be restricted to a single implement, however, it will be best to get one of the hand-power, compressed-air sprayers. These are used for applying wet sprays, and should be supplied with one of the several forms of mist-making nozzles, the non-cloggable automatic type being the best. For more extensive work a barrel pump, mounted on wheels, will be desirable, but one of the above will do a great deal of work in little time. Extension rods for use in spraying trees and vines may be obtained for either. For operations on a very small scale a good hand-syringe may be used, but as a general thing it will be best to invest a few dollars more and get a small tank sprayer, as this throws a continuous stream or spray and holds a much larger amount of the spraying solution. Whatever type is procured, get a brass machine it will out-wear three or four of those made of cheaper metal, which succumbs very quickly to the, corroding action of the strong poisons and chemicals used in them.

Of implements for harvesting, beside the spade, prong-hoe and spading- fork, very few are used in the small garden, as most of them need not only long rows to be economically used, but horse- power also. The onion harvester attachment for the double wheel hoe, may be used with advantage in loosening onions, beets, turnips, etc., from the soil or for cutting spinach. Running the hand- plow close on either side of carrots, parsnips and other deep-growing vegetables will aid materially in getting them out. For fruit picking, with tall trees, the wire-fingered fruit-picker, secured to the end of a long handle, will be of great assistance, but with the modern method of using low-headed trees it will not be needed.

Another class of garden implements are those used in pruning but where this is attended to properly from the start, a good sharp jack-knife and a pair of pruning shears will easily handle all the work of the kind necessary.

Still another sort of garden device is that used for supporting the plants; such as stakes, trellises, wires, etc. Altogether too little attention usually is given these, as with proper care in storing over winter they will not only last for years, but add greatly to the convenience of cultivation and to the neat appearance of the garden.

As a final word to the intending purchaser of garden tools, I would say: first thoroughly investigate the different sorts available, and when buying, do not forget that a good tool or a well-made machine will be giving you satisfactory use long, long after the price is forgotten, while a poor one is a constant source of discomfort. Get good tools, and take good care of them. And let me repeat that a few dollars a year, judiciously spent, for tools afterward well cared for, will soon give you a very complete set, and add to your garden profit and pleasure.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Foolproof Ways to Install a New Doorbell

Whether you are waiting on guests or unexpected visitors drop by, you’ll seem like a surly host if you don’t answer the door because the doorbell doesn’t work. Don’t let your reputation suffer when fixing a doorbell is one of the easiest “do-it-yourself” (DIY) electrical projects of all! In just a few short steps, you will once again be known as the most attentive host on the block.

New Installation
I hereby declare this the DIY project for the complete and total non-DIYer. The easiest way to install a doorbell when there is not an existing one is to buy one of the wireless models. Talk about foolproof!

To get slightly more technical, a wireless doorbell is actually a transmitter. When a visitor pushes the button, a coded signal is sent to a receiver attached to the bell, and the doorbell chimes.

Some of the advantages of the wireless doorbells include:
If you have a hard time hearing the doorbell (even when it’s working that is), you can purchase more than one chime unit and tune them all to the same button. This way, you can place chimes all around the house to hear the doorbell ring wherever you may be.

It involves no wires and no more electricity than that of a small battery. The button unit requires a battery, but most of the indoor chime units can be plugged into an electrical outlet, ridding you of the need to remember to change multiple batteries.

Although replacing a wired doorbell is a quick project by most DIY standards, this one is even quicker. Other than the time spent choosing between the brass or gold finish, this project can be accomplished during one commercial break.

Replacement Installation
If you are really pressed for time or not interested in dealing with wires, simply replace your wired doorbell with one of the wireless models mentioned above. Remove the old doorbell switch with a flat screwdriver, tape up the wires with electrical tape, and tuck them back in the doorbell hole. Affix the new switch to the doorframe, covering the hole. Indoors, plug in the chime unit(s).

However, even replacing a wired doorbell with a new wired model will typically not take more than a half-hour. The only materials needed are the new switch and a flat screwdriver. To make life easier or show off your well-stocked tool kit, you may also choose to have wire strippers handy.

Decide whether to turn off the power. Typically this is not a question, but the main commandment of electrical work. However, because a doorbell is a low-voltage device and operates on a mere 12 volts, you can do this repair without turning off the power. If you are uncomfortable with leaving the power on or suspect that your doorbell may run on a higher voltage, go ahead and turn off the power at the breaker box or service panel.
Remove the old switch. Take out the screws and set aside, as you may choose to reuse them. Disconnect the wires, securing them so they cannot slide back in through the hold, and discard the old switch.

Cut and trim wires, if necessary. If the termination ends look worn or frayed, pull the wire out so you have a bit of slack and trim the wires to equal length. Strip approximately a half-inch of insulation from each wire.

Connect wires to the new switch. Connect wires to the two screw terminals on the new switch. It doesn’t matter which wire goes to which switch—it will work either way. Tighten the screws.
Install new switch. Feed the wires back through the hole and push the new switch so it is flush against the wall or doorframe. At this point, if the power is on, the new switch should be working. If you splurged and purchased a lighted model, look to see if it is lit. Test it and listen for the chime.

If you chose to purchase a new chime unit as well, find and replace the old chime unit using the same process. Pay attention to which wire goes to which terminal, however, because in this case they do need to be connected to the appropriate terminals on the new chime unit.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Five Technology Tools for Effective Time Management

For those with a busy lifestyle and schedule, there are several different resources and tools that can help to keep you on track. Technology has begun to produce several different devices to help you to manage your time more efficiently. Some of the management devices will include list makers, time planning technology, organizing software, and calendars. No matter which type of technology you choose to use, there are several different avenues that will help you to effectively manage your time. Here are five of the top technology tools that can help you to organize your day and get off to a good start.

Handhelds and PDAs. These are handheld devices that you can put in a purse or in your pocket. They are like small computers, and are good for allowing you to organize everything any way that you like. These small handheld organizers will provide ways to manage your day effectively with such things as; a calendar, a list making system, and a way to send reminders to your self. Many of the handhelds also include word document software, spreadsheets, power point presentations, photos and even MP3s. Many also will have built in wireless technology so that you can use your internet or check your e-mail away from home. These are great devices to take anywhere with you and use as an organizing tool, instead of the paper and pencil.
Palm Portable Keyboard. This device allows you to enter text into a small device that is much like a computer. This will open into a full size keyboard, with a handheld like device at the top of it. It will then fold neatly so that you can fit it into a smaller area and take it with you. This is another technology device to use when you need to make lists, goals, appointments, or keep track of the time that you need to do things.

Life Balance. This is a software tool that you can download onto your computer. It helps you create lists as well as set goals to get certain things done. Through entering your goals, your lists, and you’re desired times, the software can then calculate what you need to get done each day. This is a technological device that helps you to learn about what you can do to improve your time management. If you need help making plans or coming up with strategies then you can use this to help set your goals. This software program can become a tool much like a life coach that helps you to keep on track with your time management.

Plans Plus. This is another type of software that you can use for your computer. It can be downloaded onto any computer that has Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft XP, and is also available for your handheld device. It comes in two different types of software programs, depending on the type of system your computer is running. It has things such as a daily task lists, appointment schedules, and a daily notes section. It also has productivity boosting features available to let you look at the types of things you need to increase your time management. Along with this software is a Franklin Covey training seminar that helps with time management. Many of the features on this software highlight the important time management skills that are taught through this course.

Time. This is a different software tool that is available for time management. It will not only help you make lists, but will also generate reports on how you are doing with your management skills. Through time registration and product sheets, you can use this program for your own personal time management skills, as well as for time management through a small company. A free test is available on the web to see if this is right for you.

These are only a few of the available software and technology products that can be used for producing effective time management skills either for personal use, or for use in the office. You can also use things such as Microsoft Outlook, etc. for basic and easier technology tools that are available.

By using technology to become organized with your time management, your daily tasks and schedule will become easier as well as more efficient. Products are continuously being made and updated for you to move forward with your time management skills.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Five Power Tools You Cannot Live Without

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when you’re a home owner. If you’re a new home owner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Don’t forget too that you’ll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.
Five power tools that you can’t live without is a short list, but the work that they can do is a lot. Take a gander at the tools, and how they help you with tasks around the house.
Cordless Screwdriver. A cordless screwdriver will help you for all of those small tasks that don’t need a lot of heavy power to do it. For example you’ll be able to use it for screwing furniture together, pre-drilling holes for hanging heavy objects on walls, or even to drill holes for picture frame hanging. One added benefit is that most have a reversible switch which lets you back out the screw if you need to.
Cordless Drill. You’ll need a cordless drill especially if you’ve got a larger number of holes to drill for a project, and it’s handy too for not having to change out your screws between the screwdriver and cordless drill. They are great for making pivot holes for screws. The typical size of bit for home use is a 3/8 in. Anything larger is considered commercial size grade.
Corded Drill. A corded drill is necessary when you’ve got a large number of holes to drill. The cordless drill just doesn’t have the power to drill through some material as a corded drill does. Its limitation is the length of the cord, but extensions can be added safely to it.
Power Circular Saw. Power circular saws are much easier on the hands than a hand saw, and they cut much more efficiently too. Break out the power circular saw when you want to cut large 2x4s, or any sheets of lumber such as particle board. Usually this power tool can cut a depth of up to 3 in. thick board without having to cut twice. It’s a must have for any major home remodeling job.
Jig Saw. The jig saw will help you out of tough tight cuts. Intricate work like cutting around cabinet edges or anywhere a close fitting cut is necessary.
As you can see these power tools are the tools that you’ll need to get just about any job done around the house. Don’t think that those will be the only tools you’ll need for living in your house. Here is a quick list of other necessities.
Caulking Gun. A caulking gun is used for a variety of projects around the house. If you want to put up a shower wall you’ll need the gun for adhesive. Other uses are for caulking around window frames and filler for holes.
Damaged Screw Remover. A very valuable tool for removing screws in which the head has been damaged from a bad bit, or from an overzealous drill. It can be a safety issue too. Damaged screws can have rough edges and deep cuts can result.
Damaged Nut Remover. A typical application of this neat little tool is for example removing a rusted bolt when replacing a toilet. It’s good too for bicycle repair.
Wrenches. Different size wrenches are always good to have around the house.
Magnet. Long handled magnets on a stick are good for remodeling uses. Nails, nuts, bolts are easy to loose track of, and at times in very inconvenient places such as between floorboards or behind appliances. Make sure to get one. It might save you from an extra trip to replace hardware that’s lost.
Circuit Tester. Inexpensive circuit tester kits are useful for testing to see if wires are useful for any electrical need that you have.
Home ownership is a joy, but it’s more joyful when you’ve got the correct tools to upgrade or fix any problem that you might have. Be prepared and get the 5 power tools, and pick up the other extras while you’re at it. You’ll breathe a sigh of relief when something comes around that you need to have your power tools for.

Five Steps to a Brand New Door

Learning how to replace a door opens a whole new window of opportunity for a do-it-yourselfer. A new door can change the style of a room or brighten up the exterior of a house. In addition, a new door with a better seal can help prevent drafts and improve heating bills.

There are three types of doors: entry doors, interior doors, and combination storm/screen doors. The five steps below describe the technique for replacing an entry door. If you can master replacement of an entry door, replacing most interior doors is actually a simplified version of that process, as the locks are typically simpler or nonexistent. Replacement of combination storm/screen doors can follow the same process as that of entry doors, or it can become more complicated. If you are unsure about the process for installing a combination storm/screen door, check your manufacturer’s information for additional instructions or speak with a representative of the manufacturer or store that sold you the door.

Remove the old door.

To remove the old door, open it and wedge under the outer corner to take weight off the hinges. Once the door has been removed, set it aside to use as a pattern in trimming the new door unless it is seriously warped or damaged.

To remove the door, follow one of the two options below.

A popular method for hanging doors is the use of loose-pin hinges. With loose-pin hinges, half the hinge attaches to the door and the other half to the doorframe. Both halves are held together by a pin. If this is the type of hinge you’re dealing with, remove the pin by tapping it up and completely pulling it out. Start with the bottom hinge and work your way up. Once the hinges have been removed, you can take the door off the frame.

In some older homes, a different type of hinge may be used or the pin cannot easily be removed because it has been covered by layers of paint. In this case, unscrew the hinges from the doorframe (still working from bottom to top) and remove the door.

Remove hinge leaves.

Remove the hinge leaves from the door and the frame. You can choose to either reuse the original hinges or hang new ones. If you reuse the original ones, you can buff them with sandpaper and spray them with a clear protective coating. For new hinges, simply insure that they are the same size as the old ones.

Once you have gotten the hinges in the shape you want them, install the new hinge leaves on the door frame. Be sure your screws are long enough to pierce both the frame and the stud-wall framing. This is an extra security measure.

Trim new door.

If possible, use the original door as a pattern for the new one. Alight the top and side edges and see whether the new door needs to be cut down along the bottom. If you cannot use the old door as a pattern, measure the door opening and allow a 1/8" bottom clearance and 1/16" top and side clearance. If the door opens over carpet, increase the bottom clearance to 3/4" or more. Mark the appropriate dimensions on the new door.

Trim the bottom of the door with a fine-toothed saw. Alternatively you can work from the corners to the center of the bottom edge with a block plane. Also use a jack plane for edge trimming if necessary. To prevent binding when the new door is opened, bevel the latch edge inward.

Prepare new door for hinges.

The first step in preparing the door for the hinges is to create the new mortises, which are carved or routed-out depressions where the hinge blades are placed, which keeps the surface even. Again using the old door for a pattern, mark hinge mortise locations. If you choose not to pattern after the old door, stick the new door in the opening and wedge it 1/8" from the bottom. Mark the hinge locations on the door.

Next, set the door on its latch edge. Use a square and pencil or knife to draw a line across the door edge at each hinge location. Outline the new hinge on the door by using the hinge leaf as a template.

Score marked edges for the hinge mortises with a wood chisel. Do not cut deeper than hinge leaf thickness. Angle the same chisel with beveled edge downward. Make several cuts in the scored area, again to the depth of the hinge leaf. Remove wood chips with a chisel. Insert the hinge leaf to double check fit, but do not affix it to the door.

Typically, doors taller than six feet require three hinges for weight distribution. Place the middle hinge halfway between the top and bottom hinges.

Coat door edges with wood sealant. Use wood screws to attach hinge leaves to the new door.

Hang new door.

Placing the newly sealed door in the frame, insert the top and bottom pins. If the fit is acceptable, close the door and mark where the middle hinge falls on the door frame. If the old door had a middle hinge, the best case scenario would involve the new middle hinge falling in exactly the same place, necessitating no work on your part.

If the middle hinge falls differently on the new door, take down the door by removing the bottom hinge pin and then the top. Use the hinge leaf as a template to outline the middle hinge’s location on the door frame. Cut the mortise in the same process used for door mortises. Attach the middle hinge to the door frame.

Set the door in place and insert the hinge pins, working top to bottom.

Another project for another day is installing a new lockset. For now, open your new door and go out and celebrate your accomplishment!

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