Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Charleston's Most Water Damage Prone Places

Let’s face it. Living in the south is beautiful, but it comes with a price. Heavy rains, storms, and hurricanes happen thanks to living next to the mighty Atlantic Ocean. This sometimes unfriendly neighbor can cause major flooding for people living in Charleston, South Carolina. Whether you’ve lived in Charleston for one year or 20 years, you know rain is as consistent as a batch of grandma’s sweet tea. So if you’re looking to move to a new place in Charleston or moving there for the first time, make sure you understand the most water damage prone places. Especially because hurricane season is right around the corner.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Make Sure Your Auto Extended Warranty Includes the Right Coverage

Car damage and maintenance can be an unexpected and costly circumstance. If an individual is planning on holding on to their vehicle for a good period of time, they should look into buying an extended auto warranty. This is often a great way for them to keep unforeseen expenses at bay.

It is also more of an insurance policy for their car. It can help people lower the cost of having their car repaired, but choosing the wrong coverage can have detrimental effects. Not only will it render their extended warranty useless, they will also have to pay the entire cost for their car’s repair. There are several important things that people should remember when purchasing an extended auto warranty to make sure that they have the right coverage.

Always Read the Hard Cover

Finding the best car warranty company requires research. People should not base their extended auto warranty buying decision on data that is provided in the pamphlet or brochure. They should always remember to read the actual car warranty contract in order to review the conditions and terms of the plan along with its coverage. This will help people make sure that they are buying a warranty that meets their individual needs.

Always Determine the Type of Coverage

When considering what extended warranty they should purchase, people should also bear in mind what type of coverage it offers. There are two types of coverage that an extended warranty should provide. One of them is bumper-to-bumper coverage.

If an extended auto warranty has this coverage, people should determine if it lists the items that are covered. This is done in order to determine if it is real bumper-to-bumper coverage. Usually, true bumper-to-bumper coverage does not list all things that it covers, and it is also exclusionary.

It means that it will only list some of the things that are not covered. The types of components that are not usually covered are cosmetic and maintenance items. Another important thing that people should look into is wear and tear and mechanical breakdown coverage. The majority of extended auto warranties will only provide coverage for repairs that are caused by mechanical breakdowns. Extended auto warranties that have tear and wear protection ensure that an individual will be covered for the parts that break down due to constant use.

An Important Thing to Remember

People should also bear in mind that there are a number of extended auto warranty companies that include tear and wear exclusions within their plans. These exclusions can be for a number of items such as valves, struts, piston rings and other valuable mechanical components that will wear out due to use over time. People should always proceed with caution when they are dealing with these kinds of extended auto warranty plans.

Specialty Items and Over-Heating

People should also determine if their extended auto warranty provides coverage for overheating and specialty coverage. Overheating can often be a common factor in a car’s mechanical problems when it breaks down. People should always make sure that their extended warranty includes damage that was caused by overheating.

Aside from that, people should also determine if it provides coverage for important car components such as early ABS braking systems. This is because these are expensive items to replace and repair. People should avoid extended warranties that have special clauses that exclude these kinds of coverage.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Water Tubing

Margaux Triumphs Over the Tube
Margaux Triumphs Over the Tube (Photo credit: CliffMuller)

Water tubing is the perfect activity for those who are new to water sports. Unlike some of the more advanced hobbies like water skiing, water tubing requires only minimal skills. Instead of extreme agility and balance, water tubers need only be able to hold on tight! It’s also fun and exciting for lake goers of all ages. Tubing can be done at any speed, and can even be enjoyed by the youngest children if you have a large tube that accommodates more than one person. Tubing is also a great group activity as compared to other popular water sports. Even if you only purchase individual tubes, it is far easier to take turns while water tubing than other activities.

With new boat technology, it’s even easier to incorporate tubing into group outings on the lake. Before, tubing was most exciting with a fast speedboat that could zip the tubes along and create wakes that allowed for jumps. Now, pontoon boats can get in on the tubing action without sacrificing the speed and excitement. Pontoons from Manitou Pontoon Boats specifically boast V-Toon design and Sport Handling Package technology that combine the party atmosphere of a pontoon with the handling of a speedboat. These features are perfect for families or groups who are interested in recreational water tubing.

Safety is essential when water tubing, as with any sport. Life jackets should always be worn aboard a boat, but especially when tubing. Riders often become temporarily separated from the boat when an unexpected bump causes them to loosen their grip, so having a floatation device is essential. Having the right equipment is also important. Make sure your tube is appropriate for the weight you plan to have on it, and that the tow line used is securely tied and in good condition. Finally, everyone needs to be alert and aware of surroundings while tubing. Drivers should pay close attention to distance from other boats in the water, tubers should keep a firm grip and not be reckless, and others aboard the boat should keep an eye on the rider as well.

Tubing is a popular and easy sport for boaters of all ages, and is now even easier to enjoy as a family due to new pontoon technologies. As with any water sport, safety is essential, but if everyone remains vigilant tubing can add a lot of fun and excitement to water excursions.

Monday, February 25, 2013

History of the Swiss Plateau

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The Swiss Plateau, or sometimes referred to as the Central Plateau, is a fairly hilly area that rests between the Swiss Alps to the south and the Jura Mountains to the north. It is a significant area of Switzerland, as it is home to the majority of Switzerland’s population, with the majority of Switzerland’s cities and economic activity.

Roughly 40-60 million years ago, the area significantly rose and fell as a result of the folding of the Alps, and the area was flooded by a sea. This event happened several times, as recent as perhaps 5 million years ago, and many fossils of snails, shells and even shark teeth can be found today in such a high altitude. The events made the area relatively flat for a mountainous area, making it more habitable for living and growing crops.

If you’re interested in visiting the Swiss Plateau, I’d recommend staying in the Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof, which is a great hostel located in Interlaken, Switzerland. I'd recommend staying in hostels while traveling Switzerland, and they are a quality one that gives you the greatest value.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Gifts for my Son

Even having now graduated and moved on as a professional, my son still loves reminiscing about his college days in the student section at football games. We often go to games together, the two of us. Rainy days, sunny days….even snowy days. We’re there on all of them. Needless to say, after so much time spent at the field, fan gear can get a little worn or out dated. My son had worn the same hat all through college. He loves it, but it’s worn and falling to pieces. I decided to pick him out a brand one from the selection of Alabama hats at the Crimson Tide store. I ended up picking out a stylish, but simple hat. He’s a simple kid. It resembles his old one, except this one is a crew hat for a low profile look. It features an adjustable buckle strap, 6 eyelets and the embroidered Alabama logo on the front. It’s also washed cotton, so I know it’ll be comfortable- just what he always goes for. Among the Alabama T-shirts, I picked out one which sums up our dedication to the team. The front of the shirt features a screen print design with the team name and text that reads, “The Good…” and continues with “The Bad and the Ugly” on the back. Truly a statement we can both agree on! I got one for myself too! It’s 100% cotton, so it’s sure to be comfortable and great to wear to games on sunny days, to football parties or just relaxing around the house. It will definitely get a variety of uses from the both of us in our time spent together. I’ve only recently discovered the Crimson Tide store, but now that I have, I will be visiting often! I’ve got other loyal family members who have discovered my new obsession and are already making out Christmas lists!

If you need to buy gifts for your daughter, check out the suggestions in this article.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pool Product Graveyard - Ultrashine Plus

It wasn't long ago that there were a lot more products living the good life in the pool cleaner market. But like most industries, everything has eventually been bought up and consolidated (check out the vast array of cleaning supplies now available in a pool cleaners section here), and that leaves behind all kinds of crazy memories for the pool nerds of the world. So with no further adieu, here's the details on an old product many of you may remember..

Paradise UltraShine Plus™ is the ultimate cleaner, polish and protectant for many types of plastics, as well as a variety of other surfaces. It comes in your choice of 24-ounce pistol-grip spray or 2-ounce pump spray and is non-aerosol. It will clean, shine and protect all in one easy step.

UltraShine Plus™ is quick and easy to use. Simply spray on a dry surface, wipe off and lightly buff with a clean dry cloth (do not use paper towels). It leaves no sticky or oily residue.  This unique formula contains a special ingredient that actually protects the surface while also making it easier to clean the next time.

Paradise UltraShine Plus™ was originally formulated to clean and shine many types of plastics including fiberglass, acrylic, Plexiglas®, Lexan®, Formica®, and Mylar® (i.e. window tint). It is also a handy addition to your bathroom and kitchen cleaning supplies, working well on chrome, cultured marble, stainless steel, glass and mirrors, marble, and porcelain.

Paradise UltraShine Plus™ will leave your acrylic or fiberglass spa sparkling! It removes dirt and water spots leaving a brilliant shine - and the "Plus" is a protective seal that makes it easier to clean the next time.

Some of the other uses for Paradise UltraShine Plus™ are eyeglasses and sunglasses, boats, personal watercraft, computer monitor screens, showers, tubs, and chrome wheels.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Facing Adversity - Reward with Gift Cards

Most sales people can easily find out from their company how much commission they have made to date. Just take the booked, shipped, or invoiced number (or whatever term defines success in your environment) and apply it to your commission plan to work out where you are. Simple. Now, should you want to see where you’ll end up at the end of the quarter, however, that’s a different story. Do you think it’s important to know where you’re going to end up?

The sooner you know that there is going to be a shortfall in your goals, the more time you have to make up the difference. If you know at the beginning of the quarter that you have a projected shortfall, then you have time to do something about it. Hoping that everything will work out is just not good enough. If you are in fact able to achieve such a difficult goal, then it is important to show your team appreciation for the work they put in. This can be in the form of a celebration, recognition, or prize incentive like Amazon email gift cards. Regardless, it creates an atmosphere where people are willing and ready to work hard in the face of adversity, and your team will be much more reliable in the long run.