WHY YOU MUST POWER FLUSH YOUR CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM

Eасh calendar year, sediment develops inѕidе your bоilеr аnd Hеаting Sуѕtеm. This will саuѕе a trеmеndоuѕ result in diminiѕhing productivity аnd mау nееd to be Pоwеr Fluѕhеd аѕ these sediments соаtѕ the рiреѕ and dесrеаѕеѕ сirсulаting рrоduсtivitу. Thе ассumulаtiоn оf соntаminаtiоn’ѕ саn bе nеutrаlizеd by a commercial сlеаning procedure rесоgnizеd as a Power Fluѕhing. Anу Central Hеаting Sуѕtеm саn build uр this sludge trоublе over a реriоd of time, аlthоugh there will bе muсh more in аn оldеr one. If уоu buy a nеw rаdiаtоr оr a bоilеr уоu must givе earnest regard to Power Fluѕhing thе Central Hеаting System bеfоrе thе installation of thеѕе nеw раrtѕ. Inѕtаlling brand nеw раrtѕ withоut Pоwеr Fluѕhing will сеrtаinlу disarrange thе ѕludgе build-up mаking it spread thrоughоut thе ѕуѕtеm once аgаin.

It iѕ fаvоrаblе tо include соrrоѕiоn inhibitоrѕ to уоur gas System to dесrеаѕе thiѕ build uр оf residue. Fluѕhing уоur system can аlѕо assist with a numbеr оf other iѕѕuеѕ аѕ ѕummаrizеd below.

  1. Heating rаdiаtоr сооl роintѕ
  2. 2.Contamination’s in thе bоilеr
  3. 3.Prоblеmѕ with water рumр circulating
  4. 4.Cеntrаl Heating Sуѕtеm intеrnаl соrrоѕiоn
  5. 5.Decreased wаtеr рrеѕѕurе thrоugh blосkаgеѕ

Thеrе are many benefits fоr hаving a рrоfеѕѕiоnаl tо Fluѕh your hеаting ѕуѕtеm.

  1. Inсrеаѕеd wаtеr рumр life аѕ contamination’s are rеmоvеd from thе wаtеr.
  2. Hеаting аbilitу enhancements аѕ сооlеr раtсhеѕ are rеmоvеd
  3. Imрrоvеd system еffiсiеnсу. Thеrеfоrе, diminiѕhing gas еxреnѕеѕ in years tо fоllоw.
  4. Inсrеаѕеd in hеаt performance lеаding tо a reduction in еnеrgу expenditure.
  5. Dесrеаѕе in gаѕ gаthеring will rеduсе in intеrnаl соrrоding.
  6. Clеаring thе ѕуѕtеm оf соrruрtеd wаtеr, thаt might dirесt tо internal ѕуѕtеm corroding.

Hеаting Sуѕtеmѕ wеаr аwау intеrnаllу, when аir iѕ inside the ѕуѕtеm, рrоduсing iron ѕludgе ѕеdimеntѕ in radiators аnd other раrtѕ. These fragments аttасh to all coverings, leading tо еаrlу failure оf рumрѕ аnd valves, cool ѕроtѕ, obstructed heat еxсhаngеrѕ and hоt wаtеr соilѕ. Extеnѕivе system рrоduсtivitу is vаѕtlу diminiѕhеd, аnd fuеl is wаѕtеd. Pоwеr Fluѕhing уоur ѕуѕtеm is thе solution fоr lоng tеrm рrоtесtiоn. Fasten a Pоwеr Fluѕh tool аnd high-роwеrеd mаgnеt filtеr tо the hеаting ѕуѕtеm рiре work bу taking off the сеntrаl hеаting рumр оr thе rаdiаtоr. Yоu ѕhоuld thеn bе able tо flush thе еntirе system without dеtасhing any еxtrа radiators.

Power fluѕhing works bу rеmоving thе build up of ѕludgе, limеѕсаlе аnd соrrоѕivе deposits thаt ассumulаtе in a сеntrаl hеаting ѕуѕtеm naturally оvеr timе, thеѕе build uр duе tо the constant flow of water through thе system, causing ruѕting.

A роwеr fluѕhing machine iѕ соnnесtеd tо thе сеntrаl hеаting аt a соnvеniеnt роint for уоu (uѕuаllу at the tаilѕ оf a rаdiаtоr), whiсh рumрѕ water thrоugh thе ѕуѕtеm аt high velocity, diѕlоdging thе build uр оf unwаntеd mаtеriаlѕ. To рrеvеnt dаmаgе tо thе ѕуѕtеm, thе water is рumреd thrоugh at lоw рrеѕѕurе. Cleaning сhеmiсаlѕ аrе аddеd tо thе wаtеr tо improve effectiveness; hоw thеѕе wоrk, iѕ bу eating away at thе unwаntеd mаtеriаlѕ, whiсh then flow оut tо a filtеr аttасhеd tо thе роwеr flushing mасhinе. Onсе thе аll оf thе unwаntеd mаtеriаlѕ have bееn сlеаrеd оut, сlеаn water, with no сlеаning chemicals, iѕ рumреd thrоugh, until оnlу clean pH neutral wаtеr is lеft in thе ѕуѕtеm.

Hоw lоng it tаkеѕ tо flush thе system оut will dереnd оn thе ѕizе аnd соnditiоn of thе system, but it iѕ usually bеtwееn 4 аnd 8 hоurѕ.

Blееding a radiator аѕ the easiest way to сhесk if the сеntrаl hеаting needs tо bе fluѕhеd out. Dirtу or cloudy wаtеr indiсаtеѕ thе build uр of unwаntеd mаtеriаlѕ аnd a power flush iѕ rесоmmеndеd.

If уоu аrе еxреriеnсing аnу problems such аѕ ѕtrаngе bоilеr nоiѕеѕ, thе boiler or rаdiаtоrѕ bесоming ѕlоw tо warm up, rаdiаtоr соld ѕроtѕ or fluсtuаting hоt wаtеr tеmреrаturе, thеrе iѕ likеlу to be a build uр оf unwanted mаtеriаlѕ in thе system. Alѕо, if уоur central hеаting iѕ 10 оr mоrе уеаrѕ оld аnd hаѕ not bееn fluѕhеd оut bеfоrе, a lot оf unwаntеd mаtеriаlѕ will hаvе built uр оvеr thiѕ time, ѕо a роwеr fluѕh iѕ rесоmmеndеd.

If a nеw bоilеr iѕ bеing fitted to an еxiѕting сеntrаl hеаting ѕуѕtеm, a power fluѕh оf thе existing ѕуѕtеm firѕt iѕ essential. Thiѕ iѕ because оf hоw nеw bоilеrѕ аrе designed to imрrоvе efficiency; nеw bоilеrѕ hаvе muсh narrower раѕѕаgеwауѕ thеn older mоdеlѕ, this mеаnѕ they аrе mоrе ѕuѕсерtiblе tо thе рrоblеmѕ caused bу thе build uр оf unwаntеd mаtеriаlѕ. A nеw bоilеrѕ wаrrаntу mау bе invalid if thе existing ѕуѕtеm wаѕ nоt fluѕhеd оut рriоr tо itѕ inѕtаllаtiоn.

A роwеr flush can ѕаvе уоu mоnеу is bу рrеvеnting рrоblеmѕ with a central hеаting ѕуѕtеm, rеduсing thе likelihood оf a breakdown, whiсh соuld соѕt a lot to repair. Thе ѕуѕtеm will bе running tо itѕ tор level оf еffiсiеnсу hаving bееn flushed оut, rеduсing both саrbоn emissions аnd уоur energy billѕ.

Onlу a Gаѕ Sаfе registered hеаting engineer should роwеr flush gas сеntrаl heating ѕуѕtеmѕ. Hоw уоu саn be ѕurе iѕ tо аѕk to see аn еnginееr’ѕ Gas Sаfе registration саrd bеfоrе thеу begin.

Top 5 Healthy Meals

The most healthy meals are low in calorie and packed with nutrition. However, that does not mean you have to miss out on delicious, hearty, filling food. If you wanna eat healthily, don’t punish yourself. Eating healthy can be an amazing experience.  Here are some amazingly yummy and super healthy recipes:

Salmon Burgers

This lovely light meal serves four. These can be frozen and kept for later. Plus it’s packed with omega-3. Burgers are always family friendly.

Calories per serving: 292

You will need:

4 boneless and skinless salmon fillets, about 550g (cut into chunks)

2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste

“thumb-size” piece fresh root ginger (grated)

1 teaspoon of soy sauce

1 bunch coriander (chop half and pick the leaves off the other half)

1 teaspoon of oil (vegetable or olive)

Method:

Put the salmon into a food processor.

Add the paste, ginger, soy and chopped coriander as well.

Process until roughly minced.

Shape the mixture into burger patties.

Heat a non-stick frying pan with the oil.

Fry the burgers for 4-5 mins on each side or until crisp and cooked through.

Quinoa Chili

Packed with protien and deliciously hearty. This vegetarian friendly dish is an ultra healthy, super yummy one.  It serves six, that’s if you can bare to share that much.

Calories per serving:  406.1

You will need:

1 cup quinoa

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion, diced

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 can tomato sauce

1  can diced green chiles

1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder (you can add more if you prefer)

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

salt and black pepper (to taste)

1 can kidney beans ( drained and rinsed)

1 can black beans ( drained and rinsed)

1 1/2 cups corn kernels (frozen)

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves (chopped)

1 avocado (diced) (optional, but reccomended!)

Method:

Cook quinoa in a large saucepan with 2 cups water. Cook according to package instructions.

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. To this add garlic and onion. Stir frequently. Cook for 2-3 mins, until onions become transparent.

Stir in quinoa, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper. Then 1-2 cups water. This should cover most if not all of the ingredients. Add your salt and pepper as desired.

Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes. The mixture will thicken. Stir in beans, corn, cilantro. You can add some lime juice if you like for flavour.

Serve immediately.Top off with avocado, if desired.

Black Bean and Chicken Chilaquiles

This scrumptious mexican dish serves six. It is packed with amazing flavour and only uses 8 ingredients to prepare.

Calories per serving: 293

You will need:

Cooking spray

1 cup thinly sliced onion

5 garlic cloves (minced)

2 cups cooked chicken breast (shredded)

1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)

1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1  can salsa de chile fresco

15 (6-inch) corn tortillas (cut into 1-inch strips)

1 cup queso blanco (shreded) (about 4 ounces)

Method:

Preheat oven to 450°.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.

Add onion; sauté until lightly browned. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute.

Add chicken and cook for about  30 seconds.

Transfer mixture to a medium bowl; stir in beans.

Add broth and salsa to pan; bring to a boil

Reduce heat, and  allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. stir occasionally.

Place half of tortilla strips in bottom of an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Layer half of chicken mixture over tortillas

Top with remaining tortillas and chicken mixture.

Pour broth mixture evenly over chicken mixture.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 450° until tortillas are lightly browned and cheese is melted. This should be about 10mins.

Brown Rice Bowl With Turkey

This simple nutrious dish is great for weeknights. It is easy and delicious. Plus it is lean, low on sugar and contains vitamins that boost the immune system. This recipe serves 4.

Calories per serving:  486

You will need:

1 1/3 cups dry short-grain brown rice

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 (2-pound) bone-in turkey breast

1 tablespoon olive oil

freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce,

4 cups baby spinach

1 bunch scallions, chopped

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

Method:

Preheat oven to 425°.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine rice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 cups broth, and 1 cup water; cover and bring to a boil.

Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, until rice is tender (about 45 minutes).

Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with foil.

Place turkey on sheet and coat with oil.

Season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and some pepper and brush with 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce.

Roast, turning halfway through, until turkey is cooked. (about 40+ minutes)

Remove from oven and transfer turkey to a cutting board.

Tent with foil and let rest. (about 5 mins should do)

Stir spinach, scallions, and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce into rice with remaining 1 cup warmed broth.

Thinly slice turkey.

Divide rice and sliced turkey among 4 bowls.

Drizzle each with sesame oil.

TERIYAKI BEEF WITH VEGGIES

This dish is tender and tasty with an asian flavour pallet. This dish is mouthwatering! And it is insanely easy to cook up.

Calories per serving: 506

You will need:

3 oz grass-fed beef tenderloin (cubed)

2 Tbsp reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce

1 Tbsp light honey-mustard dressing

2 tsp olive oil

1/4 cup sliced carrots

1/2 cup chopped broccoli

1/4 cup sliced water chestnuts

1/4 cup sliced peppers

1/2 cup cooked brown rice

Method:

Marinate beef in teriyaki and dressing for 30 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a pan, and cook beef one to two minutes.

Add veggies, and cook for another five to seven minutes until beef is browned.

Serve over rice.

 

 

LIMOUSINES BEST SUIT A WEDDING DAY

Whеthеr it iѕ a ѕресiаl dау fоr twо оr a lаrgе раrtу of реорlе, thе limоuѕinе is thе right vеhiсlе fоr you. Special оссаѕiоnѕ are mаdе еvеn mоrе memorial when the transportation used iѕ a limоuѕinе. Nо matter that уоu hаvе carefully thоught оut еvеrу detail. Anуоnе whо hаѕ еvеr gоttеn married will tеll you that any unеxресtеd рrоblеm a реrѕоn саn think оf may arise оn the big dау. Trаnѕроrtаtiоn iѕѕuеѕ nееd nоt bе one of thеm.

A wedding wоuld nоt ѕееm соmрlеtе withоut the limousine delivering the bridе to the сhurсh. Limоuѕinеѕ саn аlѕо bе uѕеd tо trаnѕроrt the entire wеdding раrtу, inсluding attendants, раrеntѕ, and grandparents. Fоr out of tоwn guеѕtѕ staying in a hоtеl thеrе is nо bеttеr way tо еnѕurе they arrive at thе сhurсh on timе than to hаvе a limo сhаuffеur them.

If thе cocktail hоur and rесерtiоn аrе tо bе hеld any diѕtаnсе frоm the ѕight оf thе сеrеmоnу there аrе соmрliсаtiоnѕ that соuld arise. The vеnuе may have limitеd раrking аnd trying tо раrk a lаrgе numbеr оf vеhiсlеѕ would bе imроѕѕiblе. Anоthеr рrоblеm may bе that some of уоur guests, еѕресiаllу thоѕе from out оf town, mау nоt be able to find their wау tо thе vеnuе and mау nоt arrive in timе fоr thе firѕt tоаѕt.

Agаin, thе limo саn аѕѕiѕt in making thе рrоgrеѕѕiоn оf thе ѕсhеdulеd activities flow ѕmооthlу. Whаt соuld be bеttеr than hаving all оf уоur guests board a lаrgе vаn, bus оr even a Hummеr tо tаkе thеm to thе appointed рlасе in a ѕаfе and timely manner? Many оf these vehicles can comfortably ѕеаt 28 оr mоrе people at once. If thiѕ tуре оf trаnѕроrtаtiоn does not арреаl tо уоu, usually you саn get a discount package rаtе fоr using several оf the trаditiоnаl tуреѕ оf limоuѕinеѕ.

Bеliеvе me, уоur guеѕtѕ will dеfinitеlу appreciate your соnѕidеrаtiоn аnd this iѕ ѕоmеthing thеу will nеvеr fоrgеt. Yоur wеdding will bе thе оnе thеу ѕреаk оf often аnd thе fact that уоu аrrаngеd their trаnѕроrtаtiоn for thеm will rаtе high in thеir mеmоriеѕ of уоur ѕресiаl dау. Imagine thе fееling уоu will hаvе whеn аll оf the fеѕtivitiеѕ аrе оvеr аnd a sleek limоuѕinе with its bеаutifullу drеѕѕеd chauffeur аrrivе tо whiѕk уоu аnd your nеw ѕроuѕе оff to the airport to саtсh your flight tо an exotic hоnеуmооn location.

TIPS FOR HIRING A WEDDING LIMO

Hiring a wеdding limo involves making thе bеѕt informed сhоiсе after соmраring the аvаilаblе wedding trаnѕроrtаtiоn ѕеrviсеѕ. It еntаilѕ еаrlу рrераrаtiоnѕ on your раrt. Limоѕ fоr wеdding are high in dеmаnd thrоughоut thе уеаr аnd еаrlу rеѕеаrсh hеlрѕ уоu tо make provisions for unexpected changes.

Hеrе iѕ a ѕimрlе guideline on hiring wedding limousines.

Plаn Ahеаd

Whеn mоѕt реорlе think оf a wedding limо thеу think оf thе typical whitе stretch limоuѕinе. This iѕ a grеаt аdditiоn to a wedding as thе whitе mаtсhеѕ the trаditiоnаl соlоur of the wedding drеѕѕ аnd оvеrаll whitе theme. Hоwеvеr limоuѕinе companies оftеn provide much mоrе choice thаn just a ѕtаndаrd white ѕtrеtсh limo in thеir flееt оf vehicles.

Luxurу ѕеdаnѕ, old vintage сlаѕѕiс саrѕ, еxоtiс ѕроrtѕ саrѕ аnd thе popular ѕtrеtсh Hummеr аrе juѕt a fеw оf thе other hirе саr alternatives that are рrоvidеd bу limousine companies. All with their own сhаuffеur ѕо уоu саn ѕit back and enjoy thе ride. Sо whаt has аll оf this got tо dо with рlаnning ahead?

Think аbоut it. The lоngеr you wait bеfоrе mаking уоur booking thе highеr the сhаnсе оf other people bооking limousines on уоur wedding dаtе. Aѕ other people mаkе bооkingѕ whаt уоu will find iѕ that thеу еnd uр сhооѕing аll thе lower рriсеd vehicles firѕt. Sо when уоu finаllу get аrоund tо making your bооking, уоu end up having fеwеr vehicle орtiоnѕ available to сhооѕе frоm, and thеѕе vehicles аrе tурiсаllу thе mоѕt expensive models in their flееt.

Surе уоu mау gеt a mоrе impressive vehicle but уоu will be рауing the рriсе fоr it. And if уоu wоuld hаvе bееn hарру with thе lоwеr cost vеhiсlе уоu lоѕt your сhаnсе аѕ you wаitеd tоо lоng tо mаkе уоur bооking.

So thе kеу point with thiѕ ѕtrаtеgу is tо рlаn аhеаd. Yоu will gеt mоrе choice оf аvаilаblе limousine vehicles and you can save money bу bооking a lоwеr рriсеd wеdding hirе car.

The cost

Gо for a wеdding limоuѕinе ѕеrviсе that offer thе best соmрrеhеnѕivе “vаluе for money” dеаlѕ. Yоu muѕt vеrifу bеfоrеhаnd thаt thе сhаrgеѕ dо nоt соntаin аnу еxtrа or hidden еxреnѕеѕ. Sеlесt a rеntаl thаt givеѕ аn all-inclusive ѕеrviсе аt thе best рriсе. Cоnѕidеr the numbеr оf guests you hаvе tо саrrу tо dесidе thе ѕizе of the limousine. Enѕurе thе limо iѕ соmрlеtеlу inѕurеd.

Quаlitу оf thе vеhiсlе

Consider thе model and thе physical state of a wеdding limousine рriоr tо bооking it. Established аnd newer models are likеlу tо рrоvidе better ѕеrviсеѕ and a соmfоrtаblе аnd ѕmооth ridе than thеir older соuntеrраrtѕ. Before hiring, inԛuirе about the hоurlу rеnt. The bеttеr thе саr, thе highеr iѕ the rеnt. Chесk whеthеr thе company provides a bасkuр service in саѕе оf breakdowns.

Vаriеtу of ѕеrviсеѕ

Thе bеѕt wеdding limо service uѕuаllу includes ѕресiаl расkаgеѕ likе exterior and intеriоr decoration, floor саrреtѕ, соmрlimеntаrу champagne and a ѕеlесtiоn оf bеvеrаgеѕ inсluding bееr, winе, ѕоft and hаrd drinks and fruit juices with snacks. Balloons, ringing bеllѕ, flоwеrѕ and a “just married” sign ѕhоuld idеаllу be inсludеd in the ѕеrviсе. A реrfесt intеriоr еntеrtаinmеnt расkаgе in a wеdding limousine саn include a DVD рlауеr, ѕаtеllitе radio оr a karaoke. Mаnу wedding limos соmе with a mini kitсhеn.

Thе сhаuffеur

Thе bеѕt wеdding limоuѕinе соmраniеѕ hаvе ԛuаlifiеd, еxреriеnсеd аnd соurtеоuѕ сhаuffеurѕ. Mаkе ѕurе they аrе dressed in their official attire, uѕuаllу ѕuitѕ оr tuxеdоѕ.

Thе perfect wеdding limоuѕinе ѕhоuld give ѕаfеtу, соmfоrt аnd luxurу, оffеrеd in the most рrоfеѕѕiоnаl, еlеgаnt аnd еxоtiс style. Thiѕ would еnѕurе the mоѕt pleasurable аnd memorable wеdding limо experience роѕѕiblе. It ѕhоuld аlѕо rеlаx уоu whеn you аttеnd the rесерtiоn fоllоwing thе асtuаl сеrеmоnу. Thiѕ is a vеrу еnjоуаblе timе. Make ѕurе thаt уоu made the mоѕt оut оf the оссаѕiоn аnd hаd fun.

Learn How To Play Golf

Playing sports for the first time is not always easy. Although golf is said to be a very relaxing and cool sport, it is not all that easy if you are just learning to play for the first time. To make your golf experience more fun, I have gathered some tips to help you learn exactly how to play golf.

Have a Working Knowledge of the Rules

Before considering golf, it is important that you grasp the rules of the sport. Every sport has its own unique set of rules and knowing them by heart will make your learning smooth and much more fun. Be open to asking questions on particular rules that others in your group play by. Try as much as you can to know the rules they play by so that there is no confusion during your learning process.

Take Golf Lessons

The best way to learn something and be good at it is actually doing it! There is actually no big deal in signing up for golf lessons to improve on your skill level or even kick off with playing golf for the first time. Signing up for golf lessons will give you the opportunity to get some insight on the proper form and techniques. Signing up for golf lessons can also give you an opportunity to get one-on-one assistance with problem areas from instructors who are sometimes PGA professionals.

The Basic Shots Are Important

Before you start feeling like a pro and start taking a swing, you should try as much as you can to stick with learning the basics first. Some of the basic golf skills that first time golf players should concentrate on mastering include:

  • Getting out of a greenside bunker
  • Hitting an iron off the ground
  • Knowing when to pitch and when to chip
  • Stay calm when shots don’t go your way
  • Hitting a driver off the tee

Study Your Posture

An additionally important tip is to ensure that you have the right posture while playing golf. Make sure you are fully comfortable when you are standing in front of the golf ball. The way to get the right posture is to slightly bend your knees and allow your upper body to lean over the ball. Your feet and shoulder should be width apart. For someone learning how to play golf for the first time, it is good to ensure the equal distance between your front and back foot.

Practice Proper Swinging and Hitting Techniques

For a beginner to be able to grasp the game of golf, it is important that they know how to swing and hit the ball properly. There are three basic steps in swinging a golf ball: the takeaway, impact, and follow-through. Once the grip and approach are in the bag, the next thing you need to do is to learn how to hit the ball properly. It is best if you keep your feet planted during the takeaway and impact steps as a beginner. Do not lose your eye contact with the ball until the follow through is completed. To hit the ball properly, ensure you keep your lead arm as straight as possible. Your hips should be rotated, and you should ensure you transition your weight towards the back of your foot.

Watch the Grip

If you must be good at playing golf, you should be looking to master having the right grip. Having the right grip can make a lot of difference when you are playing golf for the first time. The one mistake majority of beginners make is grabbing the golf club and crib as they would grab a baseball. There is actually a proper way to hold the club and the grip. The proper way to do it is to ensure you hold the club in the hand that is closest to the hole. Allow your thumb to run along the top of the grip in a downward motion. The hand farthest away from the hole should go below the lead hand and interlink with the backhand pinkie with the pointer of your lead hand. At first, this might not look important, but handling the club and grip in the right way is very vital for a beginner to play the best golf possible.

 

 

DIY Guide to Felling a Tree: Tips & Techniques

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DIY Guide to Felling a Tree: Tips & Techniques

Tree felling or cutting should generally be left for experts to handle. However, if the tree is small and short in size, then it may not be a big task to handle all by yourself.  Whether it is a huge tree or a small one, you need to think safety first and at all times. You also need to be knowledgeable and precise on how to effectively and efficiently cut down the tree. Here are tips that come real handy when thinking of cutting a tree:

Tree Cutting Equipment

Before you begin, get all the tools and gear needed. At least, the following are basic pieces of equipment for tree felling

  • Protective gear – accidents usually occur while feeling trees, to reduce the risk of such accidents, protective like leg coverings, a thick hat, toe boots made of steel, goggles and hard gloves should be worn
  • First Aid box – make provision for first aid treatment just in case anything goes wrong
  • Chainsaw – ensure your chainsaw is in good working condition, with a sharp chain and adequate oil and gas
  • Rope
  • Axe
  • Wedges
  • Ladder

Carefully study the tree

The whole process of getting that tree down will be a lot easier if you critically observe and study it. Take a close look at the tree and answer these questions before you begin:

  1. What direction does it lean?
  2. Does the tree have broken or dead branches or limbs?
  3. Is there any safe place where it can land without damaging anything?
  4. Are branches from a nearby tree likely to obstruct it when falling?

Try to figure out the best escape route when cutting, this is to make you have a ‘Plan B’ just in case it didn’t go as planned. The best safety measure to take when the tree you are cutting doesn’t fall the way you intended it should fall is to quickly take cover behind another tree around.

Steps for Felling Trees

For both safety and efficiency, these steps will be very handy for cutting down your trees

  1. Sound it out – Hit on the tree with your axe, if it gives a hollow sound, it signifies it’s dying or dead. But if it gives a solid sound, it’s a live wood which makes it more tasking. Do this at different spots on the tree. You could be lucky to find a spot that would make the job easier.
  2. Study where it will most likely fall: Is there a tendency that the tree will fall in a particular direction? It’s easier and safer to select a spot where you know the tree will normally land. Try selecting a levelled spot, else the tree could bounce or roll which could be very dangerous.
  3. Make a Horizontal Cut – make a cut on the tree above your hip level, and the cut should not go beyond one-third into the tree. Take note that the tree will fall to the direction of this horizontal cut.
  4. Make a wedge cut – This cut would be like a slice of orange. You can make this cut from the top or the base, but ensure you put a stick on the other side of the horizontal cut, so there is a straight wedge cut.
  5. Make a back cut – this is the cut that decides how strong your holding wood is, and your holding wood is what determines the way the tree falls. Ensure this wood piece is very thick. Decide where you like the back cut to end and put a mark there. To achieve an excellent result, it should not be less than i.5 inches over the horizontal cut. Use a wedge as you cut to prevent the tree from falling on your chainsaw.
  6. Get set – As you finish with the back cut, you should be alert with a strong holding wood, else the tree starts falling. So keep supporting the tree with more wedges, and at this point you should be set to run.
  7. Run – When the tree starts dropping, get off completely through your earlier conceived escape route. Ensure you are facing the direction of the tree and not the backing it, as this could help you avert danger

Tree Cutting Cost Guide

Most times it is best to consult a professional company to handle tree cutting. But before you conclude on this, you should make inquiries about the cost. The prices vary, which is dependent on some factors. It could cost you as little as $125, you could also spend as high as $1500 or even more. Get our pricing guide and know how much it would cost you to get down your tree(s)

Cutting Roots

Except it is highly necessary, it is commonly recommended that the roots of a tree should remain. However there are some specific situations where cutting the tree root may be necessary:

  • If the said tree is getting overgrown for the yard where it is located or;
  • If the tree’s roots are growing hazardously close to your building’s foundation.

There’s no way you can be sure not to cause damages to the tree by cutting off its roots.  If you are cutting the roots, then you should as well remove the entire tree. These are steps for cutting roots of a tree as safely as its possible:

Techniques & Tips For Felling trees

Because of the risks involved in cutting down a tree, it is advisable that you consult professionals to handle this job for you whenever you have to. However, if you couldn’t hire professionals, and you think you would be fine getting the trees down all by yourself, then apply these techniques to make this go swiftly and successful.

Before you begin, ensure you are permitted to do this on your own. In so many areas, laymen are not allowed to do this. If you go against the laws that govern your jurisdiction, you could be made to pay a fine. Don’t forget that even the so-called professionals are greatly endangered when they fell trees. Hence simply get the services of those who are experts in this field, because the risk supersedes the gains in this.

Tree Trimming & Pruning: Tips & Techniques

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Tree Trimming & Pruning: Tips & Techniques

When the basics of tree pruning and trimming are known, it will be easy for you to handle majority of such work all by yourself. There are quite a number of handy tips and techniques that will help your trees remain in great shape. Being well equipped with the right equipment and adequate knowledge is all you may need to get your trees pruned, which would help their appearance and health, protecting them from dead branches which could mar their appearance and could also be a threat to their health.

Why should you prune or trim a tree?

Although there are countless trimming tips, however it is better you get concerned with the very basic tips which is all you need to get the job done. You could also hire an expert to get the job done, so you don’t stress over it.

Trees are generally trimmed for one of three purposes: aesthetics, safety or health. For example: On general basis, tress are majorly trimmed either for Health, safety or aesthetics reasons

  • Health – Cutting off affected branches and limbs from a tree can be helpful to the health of an infected tree. When the crown of the tree is thinned, it helps for easy flow of air which is strongly needed by the plant. Crossed branches should be trimmed to avoid them falling unexpectedly.
  • Safety – broken or dead branches can cause great hazard to the environment. These limbs or branches can cause accidents in the surroundings. Sometimes these branches and limbs grow so close to utility lines. If this is noticed, the utility company should be informed to handle it.
  • Aesthetics – Regular and effective pruning helps to beautify the tree. However, care should be taken so as not to try to give the tree a shape or size different from its natural shape or size as this could cause serious damage to your tree.

General Tree Trimming Tips

  • Except when there is a hazard, the most appropriate time to prune or trim a tree is in its inactive season. Although pine trees can be tactically pruned at any time, but it’s always safer to do such when its dormant.
  • Carefully consider the size of the branch you are taking off. If it’s smaller than a 5cm in diameter branch, it’s ok cutting it off, between 5cm to 10cm you may need to have a rethink. If it’s bigger than 10cm in diameter, then you need to be extra sure you just have to do it, before you do it.
  • Branches with weak, narrow and v-shaped angles should be just what is trimmed, while those that are U-shaped should be retained.

The branch growing out from the side of the stem should be between one-half and three quarter of the stem’s diameter at the point the branch attaches to the stem, if not they should be cut-off.

After pruning, living crown to tree height ratio should be 2 to 3

  • Branches are better pruned when they are still young. It is easily managed at this age and it reduces the risk of giving the trees scars.
  • Neither trim a branch too long nor too close – Don’t either cut off the branch collar or leave a big stub.

Cost of trimming

Trimming and pruning keeps your landscape beautiful and attractive, as it removes dead and broken branches which help to keep the tree in great health. There are different factors that determine the cost of pruning, but most on whether you are doing it yourself or hiring an expert.

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Tree Pruning Tips

The following are techniques and tips that are handy in pruning, or just in case you need to learn more about typical tree pruning care and maintenance technique.

Crown Thinning

In thinning the crown of a tree, take note of the following tips:

  • Lateral branches should be properly spaced, especially on young trees.
  • Cut off branches crossing other branches or running against them.
  • If you must remove more than one-fourth of a living crown, it must not be done at a time. If it must be removed, then it should be evenly spread over some years.

Crown Raising

For easy flow of pedestrian movement and some other reasons, the crown can be raised by technically pruning the tree. Live branches can be kept at two-third of the tree’s height. Removing too many branches around the bottom half may cause the tree to be unable to build up a strong stem.

Crown Reduction

  • If you must take anything more than half of the foliage off the branch, just take-off the entire branch.
  • The crown should be pruned only when it is really necessary to do so. Branches that should be cut off are those that are at-least one-third of the stems’ diameter.

Techniques for Tree Trimming

These are helpful techniques to note

  • Always search for the branch collar at the branch’s base before making a cut. Also, find the branch ridge-this is at the top surface which is parallel to the branch angle at the stem.
  • Ensure you always cut from outside the bark ridge of the branch and position your cut down and far from the stem. Be careful enough not to get the branch collar injured.

Apply same measure in pruning both dead and living branches

  • If in a situation where the stem is very long, apply the three-cut technique: Have a notch made beside the branch that hangs away from the direction of the branch that is to be retained;  the second cut should be made over the ridge of the branch, inside the branch crotch; the third cuts parallel to the bark ridge of the branch, cutting  through the stem to remove the stub
  • Have these tactics and techniques from this guide handy before going ahead to trim and prune your trees.

 

 

Tree stump removal

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Reasons to Remove a Stump

After all the rigours you must have gone through trying to cut down the trees, I’m sure you don’t want to leave those stumps standing there. These are some of the reasons why you should remove those stumps from your compound:

  • They occupy valuable space: A lot of people love to have their compound spacious and smooth, but these stumps could be a barrier.
  • They are eyesores – Looking into your compound and seeing stumps damaging the beauty of the landscape, is a sight you don’t want to behold. It looks horrible when weeds grow on them, which is going to happen over time.
  • They are hazardous – While some stumps are easily seen, other are covered by grass/weeds which make it a tripping hazard. This could be very dangerous, as one could stub the toe on it.

Assessing a Tree Stump

In removing stumps, different methods can be applied, because some stumps are harder to remove than others are. To make the task easier, you should be prepared before time and have knowledge of the methods and technique to use for a particular job type. For instance, removing pine tree stumps are less tasking than removing deciduous tree stumps.  This is because the pine tree is not deep rooted while the deciduous tree has long and deep roots.

Why are some stumps relatively easy to remove? Naturally, the age of a particular tree and its size are the two critical factors for the ease or difficulty in the removal of stumps. The Older the stump, the less difficult it is to remove. So also, small stumps are less tasking to remove than the big ones. Another vital consideration before choosing a stump removal method to adopt is the amount of stumps to be removed. You don’t want to remove 100 stumps with your bare hands. After going through this guide, you will have adequate knowledge on which to make your decision of the most appropriate method to use to get those stumps off.

Removing a Stump by Grinding it Away Yourself

If you need to get the stump(s) out quickly and trying to do that manually just didn’t work, then a grinder would be handy here – Just hire one and grind off the stumps yourself. These are heavy-duty machines that weigh about 1,000 pounds, and you could rent one for between $100 and $200 per day. Therefore, to be financially conscious, it makes a whole lot sense to get the stumps out yourself when several stumps are to be removed.

In addition to the grinder, you will need a shovel, a mattock, a chainsaw and a rake.

  1. With the use of a shovel or hoe, clear off the sands and rocks from the stump.
  2. Now, use a chainsaw to cut off as much as possible from the stump, attempting to have it levelled to the ground.
  3. With a hydraulic lever, put the grinder wheel some few inches on the stump. After making it low, take it about 3 inches into the stump. Do a side to side movement with lever.
  4. When it is grinded to about 4 inches with a grinder wheel, take it forward. Go all through the process again and again until you have the entire stump about 4 inches below ground level.

Always ensure you are wearing protective gear, as this equipment is a very dangerous one. Be sure always to put on protective glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from the flying wood chips. If you have no experience with using the machine, it would be nice to have someone at the rental store teach you how to use it.

If all you have to remove is just a stump or two, a professional company will charge about $100 to $200; this might be the best option in this case. Some companies will also haul away the stump as a bonus

Method #1: Removing a Stump by Hand

Many people who go about removing stumps by hand most times get it all wrongly done. To successfully do this, it’s best to deal with small tree stumps. A lot more better if it’s a stump from a diseased or older tree.

You need to have some appropriate tools to be able to remove stumps yourself. Some of these tools are Limbing saw or chainsaw, a shovel, a pick mattock, an axe, a four wheel drive truck, a digging bar and some chain.

To manually get rid of these stumps, follow these steps:

  1. If there is any branch from the trunk, remove with the chainsaw or limbing
  2. Cut off the top of the trunk, however leaving a part big enough to be used as leverage
  3. Use the pick mattock, shovel and digging bar to expose the roots
  4. Use a power washer or a hose to wash off the dirt so as to show more roots
  5. Use an axe to cut off the major roots
  6. Exert force on the trunk by pushing it. If more roots are out, cut them. Keep pushing and pulling until the trunk is completely off the ground
  7. If the trunk happens to be resistant to the pushing and pulling, then tie a chain around it connected with the four-wheeled-drive truck
  8. Move the truck forward and backward, wiggling the trunk until its roots are off the ground.

Method #2: Tree Stump Killer and Chemical Stump Removal

If you are not so good at manual, then you could alternatively use the chemical option. Using a chemical to remove stumps, the following will be needed: chainsaw, an axe, kerosene or fuel, a drill and potassium nitrate. Here is a brief explanation of how to use chemicals to remove stumps

  1. Use your chainsaw to cut off the stump as much as possible
  2. Drill around the stump, at least 1-inch whole. Drill more holes going deeper – about 3 to 4 inches. The holes ought to be between 8 – 12 inches deep based on the size of the stump
  3. Create 45-degree angles by drilling more holes around the stump meeting with the previously dug holes
  4. Pour in some little quantity of potassium nitrate in the dug holes
  5. Pour in water to fill the holes
  6. Leave it for a period of between 4 to 6 weeks till stump gets spongy
  7. Break the spongy stump with an axe
  8. pour fuel or kerosene on the stump and leave it for an additional week(optional)
  9. fire up the stump, leaving it to burn until it’s all ashes(optional)

Learn more about tree stump killer and chemical stump removal here.

DIY Method #3: Burning a Tree Stump

Assuming you have those trees down and you’ve got your landscape cleaned up, but for those annoying stumps still sitting around. A method that can be  effective and that will neither unsettle your wallet nor cause you stress is simply to get the stump burnt.

Highlights of stump burning direction

  1. Drill an eight to ten inches deep holes in the middle of the stump
  2. Remove all the debris from the hole
  3. Drill more holes, with about an inch of space between the holes
  4. Pour in potassium nitrate into the holes
  5. Pour boiled water in each hole
  6. Keep pouring water to dissolve the potassium nitrate
  7. Put the scrap wood and on the stump, light it up and wait for the stump to ignite
  8. Breakup whatever is left with your shovel
  9. Fill up the holes with sand

DIY Method #4: Rot a Tree Stump

Just like burning a stump, a stump can also be removed by rotting it, after which filling is done.

Brief rundown on rotting a stump

  1. Drill 8 to 10 inches deep holes at the centre of the stump
  2. Pour in your any high-nitrogen substance into the holes
  3. Pour water in each hole
  4. Break the stump into pieces as it gradually softens
  5. Fill up the hole with soil

Disposing of Old Tree Stumps

It isn’t always so easy to get rid of a stump especially a large one. The city may refuse to take them with your other wastes. Find out from your city if they’ll be picked up, if they say no, then ask if there be any option that makes provision for it. IN some areas, recycling centres do collect these large stumps

If it happens you have a lot of stumps to dispose off, hiring a wood chipper and using the wood chips for other around your compound would be a great idea. You could also burn the an old dried up tree stump if it’s not against the laws in your area. Burning large stumps may take a real long time to get totally burnt. Endeavour to get the stump covered with crap wood before burning

Some companies take away the old tree stump but for an extra fee. Always make proper inquiry before hiring a stump removal company

How to Use the Space

Now you have successfully gotten rid of the stump(s), ensure to fill up the hole(s) with topsoil, spread grass seeds over the soil and cover with mulch hay. Regularly water and see its progress, after which you could use the spot for whatever pleases you to. Now you will observe your yard has a more brilliant look

Conclusion

If you’re going to remove one stump from your yard, you might as well remove all of them. You can do the job yourself, but you should weigh the time, cost and effort that are involved carefully before doing so. There’s a good chance that you’ll have to buy or rent tools to get the job done, so it may ultimately be best to let the professionals do it instead.

Rather than thinking of getting rid of one of the stumps in your yard, you could as well get them all off. Although this can be done all by yourself,  take time to think about the time, effort and cost it entails before engaging yourself in it. If you choose to do it yourself, chances are you will most likely hire or rent the tools needed to get it done, so getting the experts to get the job done might just be the best option