Some Pointers about the Car Transport Industry

car transport companiesWhen moving to a new location, you get engrossed in packing up the household stuff, and only realize later, that you have not considered how the car will get to the new location. Taking a car across long distances comes with certain challenges. The car will build up a lot of mileage, thus affecting its resale value. The car will also undergo plenty of wear while on the road. The drive will also be exhausting to you, and you may have to sleep in several hotels before you make it to your destination. Car transport services are the best option when you need to move your car across several states, and they ensure that the car remains in the same condition that it was when you handed it to them at their terminal.

When you consider costs, you will note that using a car transport company to ferry your car, is more economical than driving it yourself. The cost of fuel is shared among the owners of the vehicles being ferried by one truck. The expenses incurred by the driver are much less than the cumulative expenses that would be incurred if each owner drove his or her car. Basically, these companies pass real savings to the owners of the vehicles, including you. Consider quotes from different companies and see which one will give you the best bang-per-buck, for their services.

Because of the competitive nature of the industry, you can be assured of getting quality services from several providers. Whether you are an individual, or a motor dealership, you can expect the same quality of service across the board. Each car is carefully inspected before it is loaded onto the carrier. This report is placed on file, and you can ask for a copy, for your own records. The carrier will give you a tracking number, which you can use to trace the movement of your vehicle while in transit. The company will take details about the date that you will be moving, and they will give you a date, on which to expect your delivery. The customer service departments of these companies are very helpful, and will give you pertinent information whenever you request it. Basically, you can expect top-quality service from a car transport service.

To ensure that you get the best quality from the players in the car transport industry, you should rely on credible information sources to get referrals, reviews and testimonials. Your friends, and family, who have used the services of such companies in the past, will give you valuable feedback. The Better Business Bureau is another great source of credible information that will tell you which the best companies are, considering your budget. It is your responsibility to ensure that you precious car gets to its destination in pristine condition so do your due diligence and research the experience and reliability of the companies available. Once you have done this, take your car to the pickup terminal, and then travel to your destination, and wait for it to be delivered.

Heat Pumps and Boise A/C Repair

Boise Air Conditioning RepairOn a recent Boise a/c repair I was asked.  What is a heat pump and how does it work?  Is a heat pump right for me?  A heat pump is an air conditioner that will do both heating and cooling from the same unit.  To understand how a heat pump works you have to understand how an air conditioner uses Freon to move heat around from one place to another.  The compressor in the a/c unit takes Freon in a gas state and pumps it through a coil outside that has a fan on it.  The air from the fan changes the hot gas from a gas to a liquid.  That liquid Freon is then pumped toward another coil and thru a small hole called a metering device.  At the metering device the high pressure liquid passes thru and a portion of that liquid picks up heat by boiling back into a gas.  This process cools the remaining liquid which is then passed thru the coil removing heat from your home by boiling off the remaining liquid as it absorbs the heat from the air passing through it.  At this point the (mostly cool gas) heads back to the compressor to start the job over again.  On a typical day where the outside temp is 90 degrees and your home is 75 degrees, the air coming from your cold coil (inside) would be about 55 degrees and the air coming from the hot coil (outside) would be about 120 degrees.  These temperatures will vary as the outside and interior temperatures change.  Freon does not go bad under normal use and never wears out.  Think of it as water boiling to steam as you heat it and then turning back to water as it cools again.

So a heat pump then, has what is called a reversing valve that simply reverses the flow of the Freon so that the outside coil becomes the cold coil and the inside coil becomes the hot coil thus removing heat from outside and returning it to you inside.  So it stands to figure then that the warmer it is outside to more heat a heat pump will return to your home and the more efficient it will work.  On most heat pumps you will also have (back-up) heating elements.  These heaters are electric coils that heat up as electricity passes through them (like a space heater or electric stove element).  These (heat strips) are used in several ways.  When set up correctly they add extra heat to your home when the heat pump cannot do the job alone, they can be used instead of the heat pump when the temperatures outside are too cold for the heat pump to work well, and they provide heat to warm the air during a defrost cycle.

Good question “what is a defrost cycle”?  When the temperatures are very cold outside, that cold coil we spoke of is below 32 degrees and will start to form ice on it from the surrounding humidity in the air.  Too much ice means low heat transfer, so we need a way to remove the ice so we can get back to heating correctly again.  This is called the defrost cycle.  In defrost the reversing valve changes back to cooling mode (causing the outside coil to get hot) it also shuts down the fan motor so the coil gets hot faster to melt the ice in the fastest time possible.  During defrost the unit sends a signal to the heat strips to turn them on so that the air entering the house is not so cold.  A typical defrost will happen about every 30 to 60 min. of running time and last for between 1 and 15 min.  Your unit knows when to go into and out of defrost by using a sensor, most sensors measure the coil temperature and will start  defrost when the coil is below 30 degrees and end it when it reaches 60 degrees.

For this Boise a/c repair a heat pump was the correct choice.  The only other option to her was propane which for our area is very expensive.  Other important factors are how cold does it get where you are?  Heat pumps are better in areas where the temps stay above 25 in the winter such as Las Vegas or Phoenix.  In colder areas such as Boise, often times natural gas heating is a much smarter move.  

2 Big Ways Manufacturers Can Reduce Waste

Manufacturers turn out an impressive amount of product, junk, paper, and garbage. Recent cultural trends are helping them focus their attention on reducing the amount of waste in their lives.

Landfills are filling up fast with things that could be reused. Production plants may be overproducing things that aren’t needed.

The following are a few ideas to help manufacturers reduce the waste they produce. These are just a few examples though and if you have any ideas, please post them in the comments below.

Go with Packsize for your packaging needs. Packsize is a packaging company dedicated to protecting the environment.

This packaging company has finally built the dream machine for reducing costs and reducing waste. They created a machine that will single-handedly reduce packaging, corrugated costs, product damage, shipping costs and much more.

What is this packaging company doing different? They are putting the power to decide the exact size of your box into your hands.

Packsize machines allow you to input a custom size into the computer. It then cuts out a box to your exact specifications.

Having a custom shaped box will save you costs on air pillows, peanuts, and other packing materials. They also help your product fit more snuggly into a box, reducing chances of product damage.

The smaller sizes weigh less, saving you money in shipping every year. The more compact sizes also allow you to fit more products onto the truck.

Your customers complain less because of the excessive girth of the box. Little storage space is needed to place the machines and supplies.

The best part is that this packaging company is helping manufactures reduce their waste. The smaller boxes they produce, the less corrugated waste that goes in the landfills.

When companies produce or ship on a massive scale—like Staples, Amazon, or Dell—they reduce their addition to the landfills by significant amounts every year. How can you say no to those benefits?

Companies like Staples have jumped on board with this idea. More and more manufacturing plants are converting to this packaging company and its ideals every day.

Packagingisn’tthe only problem though. Large companies pound out tens of thousands of paper products every year.

Companies should turn to email marketing as often as possible. How often do people actually look at paper ads and how much more personal is an email?

How many paper ads do they receive in their mail from day-to-day? Although there is a conversion statistic for how much conversion a company receives from these ads, how much does that rate decrease the more and more people use it?

Clutter never helped anyone sell anything; you have to stand out in a different way. Get into email marketing to get the same conversion rate as your paper mail marketing and save a few bucks on the materials.

Reducing your packaging and papering will help you save money, space, and the environment. Become a better steward of the world around you and your financial situation by taking advantage of your technological opportunities.

Architectural Iron Works give Form and Function to Buildings

iron worksArchitecture that follows the process of the having both form and function delivers beautiful designs to buildings throughout New York City. Ornamental railings and awnings that are stylish and practical provide a cityscape that captures the history and traditions of the past. But ornate iron works in New York City are not limited to the craftsmen of the past they are also being added to commercial and residential properties throughout the five burrows today. Metal shops that specialize in creating detailed iron gates, railings, staircases, and other functional products can be found in modern architecture styles that are adding to the ever changing New York skyline. Bodegas that have a metal awning overhanging the shop window rely on installers and repairmen who work exclusively in iron to keep their stores looking their best. Gates that are found in parks and surrounding communities provide protection that comes from the ironworkers that have been servicing the needs of the city since 1927.

Railings, Bars, and Fences can be Found Everywhere

Fire escapes that are added to the exterior of a building or the appointments that make a two-story home more accessible with a spiral staircase keep the demand for quality produced products on the mind of builders and architects alike. From design to fabrication the intricate details of wrought iron add strength and stability to any construction project. Metal railings that escort a staircase inside a building’s lobby provides the support that thousands of people use as they are going to work or meeting with clients, partners, or vendors. Large doors that are formed by the curling flow of twisting metal designs provide the security that makes it impossible for an intruder to break into a home. In some neighborhoods the addition of iron bars to the facade of a building’s windows keeps unwanted people from entering a home from the outside.

Ornate Metal Fixtures offer Strength and Beauty

Architects who are refurbishing Brownstones or adding their contribution to the Manhattan skyline incorporate the practical and functional metals that are precisely cut and welded in a family owned manufacturing facility that has served New York for generations. Even though the technology used to create the intricate patterns for a specialty project have been upgraded over the years, the commitment to delivering customer service, accompanied with the pride taken by the master craftsmen has not been altered with the passage of time. Using highly efficient machinery that increases production of custom designed metalwork, the people that are contributing to the various commercial and residential projects throughout New York are delivering long lasting strength and beauty in every piece of iron that leaves their factory.

Iron Stands the test of Time

Throughout New York there is evidence of the skilled mastery that takes a piece of steel and transforms it into something special. On every street in each of the burrows there is evidence of the iron works New York City has become known for. From Battery Park in Lower Manhattan to the houses that line the streets of Queens and everywhere in between the railings, fences, and gates that divide property lines make it easy for anyone to appreciate the small details that make a big difference. Homes and businesses in the city and around the edges are still being benefitted by the addition of iron fixtures that can stand the test of time.

Soft LED Kitchen Lighting

Soft LED kitchen lightingThere are many ways to light a kitchen; numerous design possibilities and products. It is not necessary to install overly bright or sterile fluorescents that make you feel unwell after an hour of food preparation and cooking. You still need good lighting and you would probably love it if your bulbs were efficient too. Consider LED kitchen lighting if you are still using traditional bulbs.

The initial cost of LED bulbs is marginally more at the outset, but remember they last much longer and cost far less to operate than even CFL bulbs. Since they are so much more efficient than any other kinds of bulbs, they are far less expensive to run. They last much longer, meaning you are going to be less wasteful. Their efficiency allows them to burn cooler so they are far safer too, while they tend to be more durable than ordinary lights. Plus they do not contain any mercury so they are much safer.

You will appreciate the warmth of the lighting. Although you can choose a style that is perfectly bright enough for the area where you do most of your chopping and slicing, the clean adjustable light will still be just right, not a glare that makes your eyes hurt.

Two of the most convenient forms of LED kitchen lighting are strip lighting and long, narrow lamps. LED bulbs are very small so they lend themselves to either format. A lamp can be built into a ceiling or wall sconce, suspended from your ceiling to a desired height, or supported from the counter upwards and designed to hang slightly away from the wall. You get the light exactly where you want it in every instance.

Warm white light is not just for practical purposes like as cooking. You might like to install LED strip lights in areas of the kitchen where there are items for display. Install them inside the glass cupboard where you keep your china or above an antique appliance. Place them along the bottoms of cupboards to offer a welcoming, guiding presence late at night. Strip lights are flexible so you can adjust them to take a corner or a curve. They are also flat, so the fixture disappears while its glow shines through. Strip lights are also helpful in the dark recesses of a deep cupboard, such as your Lazy Susan, where bottles and jars have a tendency to hide.

For areas of the kitchen that get wet, such as right behind the sink, there are waterproof strip lights. Gain that extra feeling of security knowing that your LED kitchen lighting will not shatter if exposed to cold water, or cause an electrical accident. Use these to enhance a water feature in your kitchen or somewhere else in your home such as a soothing indoor fountain.

Working With A Professional: Why You Need A Trademark Lawyer

trademark lawyers protect your interests in complicated trademark casesTrademark cases are complex. They involve not only showing that you own (or that others do not own) a particular mark, and they also tread into various areas of use, intellectual property rights and a dozen other assorted subjects. If you find yourself looking down the barrel of a trademark case, you owe it to yourself to consider hiring an attorney. Starting out you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of lawyers in your area – it seems that even small towns have a couple of dozen people hanging around the courthouse looking for work. Rather than simply hiring the first person you see to represent you, you should make sure that you contact an attorney with a specialization in trademark law.

A Specialized Discipline

Trademarks are, to put it bluntly, complicated. While they are not quite the sort of thing that the average lawyer will shrink away from in terror, the cases that feature trademarks will almost always be passed off to an individual with considerable trademark experience. Most state bars require attorneys to pass on a case if they cannot provide the proper level of representation, and trademarks usually fall outside the scope of most attorneys’ knowledge. If you find yourself heading towards a trademark case, you might as well contact a trademark lawyer from the beginning- if you do not, you will likely find yourself being recommended to one anyway.

But Really, Why a Trademark Lawyer?

Perhaps the best reason to seek out a lawyer with experience in trademarks can be found by look at the average law school curriculum. First year students get a good foundation in topics as diverse as criminal law and federal civil procedure, but trademarks are nowhere to be found in the required subjects. In fact, an individual has to go out of his or her way to become educated on the topic – most classes are elective, and the topic may not even be covered on the bar exam. Trademark lawyers are those individuals who actually seek out the knowledge for use in later practice.

This educational gap transfers over to professional practice, as well. Trademark cases are not the stuff of daily practice for most lawyers, and most will go an entire career without ever having a client ask for trademark advice. A trademark lawyer, however, will represent individuals in these cases all the time – it is, after all, the area of law that these individuals choose to practice.

Trademark litigation or protection requires an attorney who is actually skilled in the practice. It is always better to seek out someone who has skills and experience rather than depending on a local attorney – it might hurt not to work with your family’s lawyer, but trademarks are simply too complicated to trust to anyone other than a skilled trademark lawyer. Finding that lawyer can take time, but it is well worth the effort.

Most Popular Places To Use Stair Lighting

stair lightingThere are a number of different types of stair lighting systems, but the one that most homeowners use just consists of individual strip lights that can be attached to the bottoms of the stairs. They go under the slight lip at the top of the stair, meaning that they are mostly hidden from the naked eye, even when you are going up the stairs. All that you see is the warm glow illuminating your path. Below are the most common places where people you these types of lights. It is interesting to see how others have used them to change the appearance and functionality of their homes.

On Garage Stairs

The number one place where people use stair lighting systems is on the stairs that lead out to the garage. The reason for this is that more trips are made into or out of the garage in the dark than in any part of the home. When you get home and get out of your car, carrying a late-night load of groceries, you probably do not have any way to turn on the lights that are by the front door. You just have to stumble across the dark room, looking for the concrete stairs with your feet. If they have their own lighting, you can protect yourself from tripping and falling in the dark.

On the Back Porch

It can be great to sit out in your backyard on a summer night, looking at the stars as dusk falls. However, when you decide to go back inside and go to bed, the walk up the wooden steps can be rather treacherous. Unless you have remembered to turn the interior light on beforehand, you won’t be able to see. If you have turned the light on, your peaceful view of the stars will be interrupted. You need a compromise, something that will make it possible for you to see without obstructing your view and ruining the atmosphere. Strip lights are ideal because they are not overwhelming, and they show you just what you need to see.

On In-Home Stairs

Finally, you could use stair lighting on the main staircase that leads from the living area to the bedrooms. You probably will not want to go upstairs and turn on a light when it is not even dark out, but this means that it will be very dark when you turn off all of the downstairs lights and then try to make your way to bed. Stair lighting makes it so that you can see. The low-powered LED lights can then be turned off when you get upstairs, using a second switch, or they can just be left on all night long.

The Important Role Of A Trademark Attorney In Your Business

trademark attorneyAn attorney who guides clients through the trademark process is involved in intellectual property law. In other words, the property in question is not a physical object one can touch, but an idea. The idea is a company slogan, name, or logo: a trademark. Think of the jingles and symbols you remember from certain products you loved. These were forms of advertising. Even a catchy name is one way to garner consumer attention and is, thus, important. When an entrepreneur first starts up his business, he often turns to a trademark attorney who will ensure that he does not infringe on someone else’s rights.

How might he make this mistake? If a new business owner registers a name, logo, or slogan without conducting a proper search of existing intellectual property, he might find himself facing a law suit. It all depends on the perspective of the trademark holder and the success of this new business which is using another person’s intellectual property unwittingly. Sometimes the issue will be dropped because the applicant was clearly unaware of his mistake and no damage was really done. In other cases, the plaintiff will seek reparations of some kind.

A trademark attorney is tasked to protect a client from making this kind of mistake, but also to protect a client from being compromised by someone else’s poor decision making. He conducts a search of registered trademarks and makes a trademark application for his client. There is often a set, one-time fee for this service based on the extent of the search plus the application. Clients can ask for more extensive searching to be done, thus paying a higher fee. Going deeper means reaching into not just federal but also state databases.

If the client wishes, he can request a letter of attorney opinion stating his findings. This will reflect the extent of his search into the legality of a trademark application and is part of a thorough search rather than a basic, federal one.

Yearly services are also available if a client is concerned that his trademark is going to be infringed upon. The trademark attorney protects this trademark by monitoring upcoming applications and various commercial markets to see if anyone is at risk of committing trademark infringement. The client also has obligations as the holder of a trademark and will be advised by her attorney if she is crossing any legal boundaries which put her at risk of litigation.

Not all cases of infringement are accidental. Sometimes a business person will take the risk of assuming that he will not be caught stealing someone else’s intellectual property. This is when attorneys act to protect the client from losing the power of a well-chosen name, symbol, or phrase.

Setting Itself Atop the Industry – YNAB

YNAB 4It’s truly amazing to review how personal financial software has taken off since the days of Microsoft Money and Quicken being the first to battle for market share.  Today, over 100 applications have been developed, all built upon the same time tested principles that will be employed 100 years from now.  Despite so many variations, some have become more popular than others.  Among the leaders is a budgeting tool called “You Need A Budget”, better known as YNAB.

YNAB provides people with a pro-active strategy based upon the practical approach of planning their money before it is spent.  YNAB’s unique methodology begins by employing savings to cover one months worth of expenses instead of using the estimated income that will be earned during the month to cover those costs.  This, in YNAB jargon, is referred to as a “buffer.”  And comparatively, the YNAB system offers an improved ability for delivering on short and long term objectives while breaking people free from the living paycheck to paycheck mentality.  As income is earned throughout the month, the buffer is replenished for the next month.

The YNAB Methodology uses four rules of cash flow management:

ynab 4RULE 1 – Give Every Dollar a Job   Each dollar must be either saved or spent resulting in a “zero budget” result for the monthly income.

RULE 2 – Save for a Rainy Day   YNAB addresses the need for paying for unplanned events such as auto repairs or other similar emergencies which allow for reduced emotional stress when these events occur.

RULE 3 – Roll with the Punches   Since even with a forward looking and planning system you can sometimes overspend in a Budget Category, YNAB has a method that spreads that overage across the next month’s budget where it can be absorbed more readily. Since (by design) a person has money reserves at hand (The Buffer) the overage can be covered easily.

RULE 4: Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck   This is the end state YNAB will enable people achieve. It is measured complete when the person has gone through an entire month without using any of the income earned during that period.  The budget categories for the next month is has that money applied towards those expenses.

Consider the path YNAB had to take to reach it’s current spot atop the personal financial software competition.  It’s amazing that something this successful and well designed began as a cool spreadsheet.  YNAB is popular because it focuses people on activities that will actually make a difference in the way they manage their money.  It’s simple and effective.

It is no wonder why YNAB is a leader in the market.

Todays Modern Machine Shop

machine shop in BoiseAccording to National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), lights-out machining or unmanned machining is increasingly gaining prominence in many machine shops and industries throughout the United States. It is a great way to improve both efficiency and productivity. Once the automated system has been fully implemented, the machine operator’s job would be reduced to just inputting commands/instructions into the computer. The machine follows the instructions to the letter. The end result is exemplary workmanship. However, just like any other technology, lights-out machining comes with its own unique set of challenges. Because of this, it is important to note that there is nothing like unmanned production. However, there is industrial production or machining that is largely automated and requires minimum human attention. Irrespective of the perspective that you look at it lights-out machining presents factories, machines shops and industrial plants with several tangible benefits. However, it is important to carry out a detailed analysis before jumping into the lights-out machining bandwagon.

New technology is almost always used in the monitoring of machining conditions. This task was previously undertaken by human operators. More often than not, lights-out machining means swapping labor costs with costly capital expenditures. Capital expenditures may be beneficial in the long term, but they do not offer quick paybacks. Being a new technology, lights-out machining comes with its own risks. Before implementing such a system, you should carefully review the associated risks. A thorough review should include tool monitoring systems, power monitors, fire suppression systems, part gauging techniques, bar feed machines, replacement tooling systems and multipallet pools.

Tool monitoring systems are a vital part of lights-out machining. For example, an automated bar-fed lathe may be set to run from 6pm to 11pm. Once the tap, drill and turning tools are properly set, the drill is set to on-mode. Should the drill bit break at around 8 PM without a tool monitoring system in place, the tap will be next to break and the machine will continue to process scrap parts till the programmed 11 PM stoppage time. Three hours worth of metal scrap is by no means a small loss. Tool monitoring systems avoid such eventualities by engaging emergency shutdown procedures. These systems also eliminate costly damage due to simple malfunctions and human errors.

Multipallet tools enable the machining of one part in a single cycle. There are stand-alone systems that process complicated work pieces in a complete unmanned or lights-out situation. A single machine is capable of churning out up to 32 unique parts in a single cycle. So, the next time you visit a machine shop in Boise and witness lights-out machining, remember the owner may be operating second and third shifts with few or no machine operators. On average, these machines return roughly 30 percent reduction in labor costs.

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