Choosing the Right Replacement Canopy For Your Gazebo

There is a gazebo sitting out in the yard, with no canopy on it because the original one that came with the gazebo is ripped and torn after years of wear and tear, and the frame is still in excellent condition. What do you do? You can either throw the gazebo away and fork out $300 to $500, maybe even $1,000 or more for a new gazebo OR buy a replacement canopy top to fit your existing frame. Sure, buying a new gazebo may sound like a good idea, but throwing away the old metal frame of the old gazebo, which is probably not that old to begin with, is not environmentally friendly. Plus, that is a lot of money to pay every couple of years for a new frame. So, the only practical, environmentally friendly, and cost effective solution is to buy a replacement canopy. Not only will you have a new top for your gazebo frame, but added years of enjoyment and fun for you and your family.

There are a lot of replacement canopies to choose from, and it all depends on the type of frame you have. Today’s gazebos come in all shapes and sizes, and the trend seems to be that gazebos are getting bigger. It is very rare nowadays to find an 8 x 8 square gazebo. Today, gazebos come in all shapes and sizes, straying away from the traditional square shape, and offering rectangular, hexagon, and round shapes. With various gazebo shapes retail stores provide, the style is just as important. Detailed scrollwork on the canopy such as leaves, flowers, and lattice work give the gazebos a unique look, as if the gazebo itself is another room where you can relax or entertain guests. The ability to customize and add furniture and other decor creates an extension of the family living room, only it is outdoors.

Which canopy is right for me?

As every gazebo is different, so too, are the replacement canopies for it. All of our replacement canopies that we manufacture are made specific to that gazebo. The first step in determining which replacement canopy you need is with a model number (also known as style number, SKU number, etc.). This model number can either be the manufacturer’s model number or the model number the retail store assigned to the product. This is the gazebo’s identification number. The model number can be found on a tag on the underside of the original canopy or on the netting set. The instructions manual also include the model number. Most think the model number is etched on the frame of the gazebo. That is not the case, and should be a suggestion to manufacturers, as that would be the easiest place to find the model number.

If you do not know or have the model number, the store from where the gazebo was purchased narrows down the many different types of gazebos you will funnel through to determine which replacement canopy will fit your frame. We carry replacement canopy tops for gazebos that were sold at big box retail stores, such as Home Depot, Target, and Wal-Mart, to name a few.

What makes my gazebo different than the rest?

The store where the gazebo was purchased and the model number are the best chances of finding a replacement canopy. However, if those are not available, the unique characteristics of the frame itself are another tool in finding that specific canopy top. Ask yourself, “What makes my gazebo different?” Finials, or ornaments such as bulbs, arrows, and spears that are used to fasten the canopy onto the gazebo frame.

Gazebos are usually single tier or double-tiered. A single tier frame canopy looks like a pyramid. A double tiered frame has another top tier structure to accommodate another, smaller canopy top. Also, the way the canopy attaches to the frame is another difference to consider. Some canopies attach over the frame of the gazebo for a secure fit. Other canopies attach by a corner pocket design, where the canopy attaches to poles which extend past the frame of the gazebo. Some attach by hooks into holes on the frame. In addition, every gazebo is constructed differently. Some gazebos have panels that contain detailed scrollwork or shelves where you can display plants, vases, and other outdoor items. Strong, sturdy posts, or a fenced in look are also unique characteristics that vary with each gazebo.

Choosing the right replacement canopy

The best way to determine which canopy top you need for your frame is with a model number. The varying details of the gazebo frame can also help, but will not guarantee a fit. Although there is a universal that is available, choosing a custom fit will make your gazebo appear brand new again. The universal replacement canopy provides a generic fit and not a custom fit for most standard 10 x 10 square size gazebos. With a custom fit canopy, there is less likelihood of the canopy fabric deteriorating, as a replacement canopy that does not fit can shorten the lifespan of the canopy. In addition, the accumulation of water after a light or a heavy rainstorm creates a pool of water on the canopy, which results in mold forming, and tearing of the fabric.

If you want to make your gazebo look new again, a replacement canopy will definitely add more years of enjoyment for you and your family. Our replacement canopies are made out of a nylon material and weighs 200 grams per square meter, which is above the industry standard of 140 grams per square meter. The material may be 30% more durable than the canopy that came with your original gazebo. Our replacement canopy tops are lacquered to be water resistant, and is also UV treated.

Training Your Siamese – Three Ideas to Keep In Mind

Siamese cat owners understand that their cats have a strong will. Stubborn is too mild a word for these cats. Although Siamese love people and are generally easy to be around, sometimes they have habits that people might not want to live with.

Siamese are curious and active cats. They have the long athletic lines as well as the ability to jump well. They can easily navigate countertops or cooking spaces that might be off limits. Because they tend to be easily excitable, they may also scratch on surfaces that are not appropriate, like the formal living room sofa.

When attempting to train your stubborn Siamese out of these habits, you may find yourself frustrated. Pet owners often make certain mistakes when trying to train their pets. Siamese cats can be particularly frustrating. It helps to remember these three things

First, remember that your cat learns at the moment of the action. After the cat has scratched the furniture or gotten off the counter is not the time to punish them. This is one problem with the squirt gun approach. The cat has nearly finished with the behavior before you, as the owner, are able to get there with the squirt gun. If you say no to a cat, it may listen and then do exactly what they want a moment later–the time of the “no” has passed.

Second, be consistent. This can be difficult if your cat loves to be on the counters while you are at work or in another room. You might hear them and come running. However, the cat has learned that they just need to not get caught. Remember the first thing, you need to train during the event.

Third, let your environment do the work. This is probably the most effective training method. Spray something the cat doesn’t like on the nice sofa to keep them from scratching that and make the scratching post very available. Citrus scents work well as cats dislike this smell. Another idea is to place double sided tape where the cat scratches. It can also be placed on counters. Low jelly-roll pans filled with water along the counter can be useful for a short retraining. This is actually more effective than the noisemakers that are sold. Siamese are light footed and can thwart the sensors on these.

The environment can be consistent in its application of punishment. It is always there when the cat performs the action. The environment is the perfect teacher. You can sit back and reward your cat with treats when they do the things you want them to do. You can enjoy the house the way you want your house, while still enjoying the love of your Siamese cat.

John Deere Engine Serial Numbers Explained

John Deere, like other engine manufacturers, uses its unique terminology and arrangements, to mark its products, and to assign part numbers. Understanding this marking categorization and system is crucial to part number identification, which is then used to select rebuild kits, components, and maintenance parts.

A typical engine serial number looks like TO4045T123456. To better understand this number, it will be split into several parts. The first segment is the two initial letters “TO.” These two initial letters indicates two things:- one, which country was it manufactured in, and secondly, if it is Powertech or non-Powertech.

All John Deere engines manufactured in Dubuque, Iowa, USA, are preceded by the letters “TO,” all engines preceded by “CD” are manufactured in Saran, a factory located in the Loiret area of France, and all engines manufactured in Torreon, Mexico, are preceded by the letters “PE.”

The next set of numbers in the John Deere engine serial number are four (4) or (5) numbers and letters. In our example, this refers to “4045T.” This can be further sub-divided into the “4045” and the “T”. The 4045 indicated that this is 4045 model. The initial “4” indicates that its build with four (4) cylinders. The “T’ that’s comes after the engine model number tells that the engine has a turbocharger attached onto it, and thus this is a turbocharged engine. This factor is significant as turbocharged engines are designed differently from non-turbocharged engines. Most importantly, parts may not be interchanged between these two kinds of engines.

The last set of six (6) numbers is the sequential number of the engines as it comes off the assembly line. If this number is 123456, then the next serial number of the next engine on the same assembly line will be 123457. This will continue until John Deere decides its time to upgrade or to build another model.

There are many variations of the above serial number. The model 4045T can be marked 4045D. Here the “D” symbolizes that the engine is a diesel engine (some early John Deere’s were manufactured to operate on gas), and that’s it’s naturally aspirated, i.e., it’s not turbocharged. Thus, this serial number could have been TO4045D123456 and this would have been totally different from the TO4045T123456.

The 4045 in serial numbers can also be 3152, 3164, 3179, 3029, 4202, 4219, 4239, 4039, 4276, 6303, 6329, 6059, 6414, 6068, 6414, 4270, 6404, 6466, or 6076. They can be followed by a “D”, a “T” or a “H.”

The issue of how to identify which engines are PowerTech and which are not non-PowerTech often arises. This can be solved by further dissecting the John Deere serial number.

For the engines made in Dubuque, Iowa, USA,(TO Engines) all engines with a sequence number more than 700,000 are all Powertech engines.

For the engines made in Sarran, France,(CD engines) all engines with sequence serial number more than 500,000 are all Powertech engines.

On the contrary, however,, all John Deere engines made in Torreon, Mexico, (PE engines) are PowerTech engines. This sequence serial number began with one thousand (1000). Thus, all PE PowerTech engines will have a sequence serial number of one thousand (1000) and up.

A Review Of The Landice L7 Treadmill

The L7 Series Treadmill is its most popular home treadmill. It comes in three models; the Pro Sports Trainer, Cardio Trainer and Executive Trainer. When you review each of the Landice L7 Series treadmills there is one model that is clearly the best buy out of the three.

Landice makes the L7, L8 and L9 Series of treadmills. Although the L7 is the cheapest it’s still an expensive piece of exercise equipment. The 3 home edition models of the L7 Series range from $3,600 to $4,700.

All of the units use the same motor, frame, treadbelt and so on, with the only real difference being in the treadmill’s console. You get the same ultra solid steel frame that supports a maximum user weight of 400 pounds. The motor is probably the best in the industry; an American made beast that is 3 hp continuous duty. The steel rollers are 14-pounds and are 2-1/2″ in diameter. You get a 4-ply treadbelt that is 20″ x 58″ with 15% electric grade elevation. You also get a speed range of 0.5 to 12 mph even when carrying the maximum weight of 400 lbs.

But which of these models represent value for money?

The Landice L7 Series Cardio Trainer Treadmill

The selling point of the Cardio Trainer is that it comes with a contact heart rate crossbar and transmitter strap, which is used in conjunction with any of the 4 Heart Rate Control (HRC) programs provided. The first two standard heart rate control programs maximize workout time by instructing the treadmill to automatically change speed and inclination in order to maintain the targeted heart rate for the duration of the program. There are also two user HRC programs that allow you to create separate custom HRC programs. Each HRC program is broken down into 20 programmable segments for more variety in your heart rate controlled workouts.

While monitoring your rate in conjunction with a treadmills speed might be nice for some, the price of the Cardio Trainer is $400 more than the ProSports Trainer. You have to ask whether the extra 400 bucks is worth it. Probably not, and besides, other treadmills that offer this system, like the Smooth 9.25 treadmill, are cheaper and offer better value for money.

The Landice L7 Series Executive Trainer Treadmill

The control panel of the Executive Trainer is quite awesome. You get numerous alternative displays. You can select the Virtual Situation Indicator (VSI), the Road Display, the Training Calendar, the Track Display and – well, the list goes on. The Executive Trainer is the most expensive of the 3 models, so you’ll be paying around $4,700, which is more than $1,100 more than the ProSport model.

But you have to seriously ask if getting a very fancy console is worth the extra money. Quite frankly, you’re paying a lot of money for what amounts to ‘execute toys’.

The Landice L7 Series ProSport Trainer Treadmill

All this brings us to the cheapest model. You don’t get the fancy cardio-system or the fancy console but what you do get is a great piece of kit that can satisfy the most demanding of athletes. This model is the best in the range and is good value for money. Very few other brands of treadmills can match it in terms of build quality, performance and price. If you’re going to buy a L7 this is the one to go for.

The L7 is an excellent machine with very few equals in the industry. Many reviews of the Landice L7 treadmill, on the web and in trade magazines, back this up. By all means buy the model which suits you best, but of the three, the ProSport 7 Series treadmill epitomizes what makes a great treadmill.

How to Find His Mobile Porn

Our society makes it way too easy for a man to look at porn. The Internet is the biggest threat, and the easiest way to access porn. It used to be that if someone wanted to look at porn on the Internet, he needed a computer. Not anymore! You can get all the porn you want on your iPhone, or dozens of other mobile devices. It can be overwhelming to a woman who wants to know if her loved one is viewing the garbage.

But now equipment is available to know if he is looking at porn on even his mobile devices. Let’s look at a couple of pieces of spy stuff that can help you in your hunt to verify faithfulness.

First off, there is the iPhone Spy. This piece of pro spy stuff is a recovery device that is made for the Apple iPhone. You can recover phone call history, contacts, and pictures, and see the texts, maps, and so much more that he has viewed. It takes 20 minutes to scan his phone to see what he has been up to.

If he uses another smart phone to view his porn, then the Cell Phone Recon is for you. It can view all his pictures, websites, texts, and calls, and you never have to plug it into his phone. Just get the phone model number and serial number, and plug the software into your computer. It will even track where his cell phone is currently! Incredible piece of spy stuff! Spy supply does not get any more advanced than the Cell Phone Recon’s technology.

And then there is the Porn Detection Stick. Just plug this flash drive into a computer and it will show you all the porn that has been viewed on the computer. You can even find deleted porn. And if that’s not enough, you can download it onto the Porn Detection Stick.

So don’t feel like you can’t know if he is lying to you about porn. You now have the tools to check him out.

A good spy supply shop will have every tool you can imagine. I do caution you about buying spy equipment from overseas, or from an auction site. You have little or no recourse if you want to return it. If you buy from a USA vendor, you can rest assured you are buying top-notch spy stuff, and you can pick up the phone and get live help if you have any questions. And if you have problems you will know that you will have warranties that will be honored by reputable companies. I have a friend who bought a spy camera flashlight from China. I told him I could get him one. But he wanted to save money. Twelve weeks later he got it. It lasted two days and broke. He just threw it away because he knew that returning it would be nearly impossible.

So ladies, that’s your technology lesson for today. Please check out my link below to see all the cool spy stuff I mentioned above, and much more.

Advanced Sexual Performance (ASP) Review – Does ASP For Men Work?

ASP for Men also known as Advanced Sexual Performance (ASP) is an all-natural male enhancement supplement. For this review, I will examine a few key points about ASP including examining the ingredients, manufacturer’s claims, and overall customer satisfaction.

However, before I begin my review I think it is important to spend a little time discussing the meteoric rise in popularity of male enhancement products. Fifty years ago, men with sexual health issues including ED, and premature ejaculation did not have many options. Moreover, fifty years ago, men simply did not openly discuss their sexual problems including with their doctor.

And then there was Viagra.

As soon as the commercials for the little blue pill started airing, droves of men were asking for it by name as well as asking their doctor for any alternatives such as using a natural male enhancement product like ASP for men.

However, rather than discuss the pros and cons of using a prescription male enhancement product, I will instead focus on determining if ASP for Men really works.

The first part of this review will examine the ingredients in Advanced Sexual Performance (ASP). According to the manufacturer’s website, ASP contains:

Horny Goat Weed, Rhodiola, Maca, Longjack Root, Muira Puama, L-Arginine, Prostate Glanddular, Pygemun, Africanum, Damiana, Licorice, Dorean, Ginseng, Oyster Extract, Stinging Nettles, Dicalcium phosphate, Terra Alba, Whey Magnesium Stearate, Gelatin

I had heard of a few of these ingredients before including Horny Goat Weed, but had to research most of the other ingredients.

For example, Rhodiola improves physical and mental performance. Another ingredient, Muira Puama is a rainforest botanical that is traditionally used in South America to improve and increase sexual desire, libido and performance. Finally, studies performed on men that used L-Arginine showed an improvement in erectile dysfunction. Of course, a few of the other ingredients such as Oyster Extract are fairly self-explanatory as most people are aware of the sexual benefits of Oysters.

Customer Feedback

After reviewing the customer feedback on the manufacturer’s site, it seems that they have a very loyal customer base. A lot of customers tried other products first and then tried ASP for Men. This is a typical story since there are so many male enhancement products out there.

However, it would not be a complete review of Advanced Sexual Performance unless I reviewed customer feedback from other sites as well. It should be noted that one customer I found did not have a positive response to ASP. However, the overwhelming consensus is that ASP for men does work and that the manufacturer’s claims are true.

Top 6 Trends Followed by the E-Commerce Website Design Company

An e-commerce web design has its own unique character and is indeed designed to lead the online shoppers to make purchases from the site. When a business designs an e-commerce website, it needs to consider the chief principles of designing e-commerce website. An e-commerce website has to be attractive and must use the right color combination. Only a well-organized website can help you convert. The best e-commerce website design company follows the latest trends in e-commerce website designing.

If you are looking to have an online store or redesign the site, you must choose only an e-commerce website design company which follows the latest trends in web designing. Let us check out the latest 6 trends.

· Bigger background to redesign your site: When it comes to designing the website, companies are looking to incorporate video backgrounds and large images. If the background is large, the company can convey the story of the business and talk about the products and services in details. The more convincing the story sounds; the more chance of conversion is there. Buyers will be attracted towards the products and end up making purchases.

· The use of animations to engage the customers: If you want to engage the customers in the best possible manner, it is great to use attractive animations. A reliable and experienced company will use rich animations into the design to make the shopping experience enjoyable. It is only animations that can make your customers feel that you care for them.

· Cleaning off clutter: Nowadays, when it comes to creating an e-commerce website, the more focus is upon having a clean design. Among the designers, the hidden menus are extremely popular. It helps in cleaning clutter from the site and this is why it is so popular. Initially meant only for the mobile devices, now hidden menus have established their presence in the desktop design as well.

· Long scrolls: Now everyone is used to long scrolling web pages. This is all due to the coming up of mobile friendly websites. If the website features long scrolling, it will allow more of visuals, storytelling and also permit easy navigation. If the scrolling is permissible, the users will like to stay to the site for longer periods. This will promote interaction and open the door for more sales.

· The layout is responsive: More and more web designers focus on creating responsive websites featuring a responsive website design. The design of the site must be such that it is displayed well on the mobile device or any other device. Your site must be accessible from multiple devices.

· Pleasant browsing experience: Ecommerce web design companies in India focus on giving your users a pleasant browsing experience. Thus, they can shop comfortably without any delay in page loading. Professional designers include only relevant content and thus help your brand establish trust relationship with the customers.

If the e-commerce website design company follows all the latest trends in e-commerce website designing, your site is sure to succeed and gain an edge over the competitors.

Charm Jewelry: It’s Not Just For Kids

Create Heirlooms and Personalized Jewelry in Traditional or Italian Styles

History of Charm Bracelets

Charm bracelets have been popular from as early as 500 B.C., when Assyrians, Babylonians and even Persians wore charms which they associated with special powers. In recent years gold charms and silver charms are becoming popular once again.

Charm jewelry was also very popular during Victorian times in England, when charm bracelets were standard attire among fashionable women seeking spiritual protection and trendy jewelry. Queen Victoria was known to wear charm bracelets containing tiny pictures of family members.

Charm fashions did not become popular in the U.S. until the 1940s, when soldiers often collected gold and silver charms from cities they visited during the war.

Today charm jewelry is most often purchased as a keepsake; many charms are theme based, while others are sentimental in nature, often purchased as a souvenir of a trip or reminder of a special occasion. Charms are even passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms, often given to children when younger.

Owners may add their own charms to bracelets over time, including those representing favorite places, hobbies and interests.

Italian Charm Bracelets

Italian charm bracelets are slightly different from traditional silver charms or gold charms. Most charm bracelets are fashioned with the charms dangling from a chain; Italian charm bracelets however, are made with the charms soldered to flat links that can be removed from a stretch bracelet. Charms can easily be switched on and off depending on the owners personal preference. Italian charm bracelets are a   unique  and fun twist on the standard charm bracelet because they are dynamic, fun to wear and trendy. Popular among the young and old alike, these link style charm bracelets are usually made of high quality, hypo-allergenic stainless steel. The actual charms may be fashioned from a variety of different materials including 14 or 18k gold.

Most charm bracelets come in standard sizes, small-medium-large. For Italian charm bracelets these sizes are categorized as follows:

  • Small – includes 17 charm links
  • Medium – contains 18 charm links
  • Large – contains 19 charm links

Traditional Charm Bracelets

Traditional charm bracelets are made of a silver or gold chain with charms dangling. There are literally hundreds of different styles and themes to choose from when purchasing traditional charm jewelry. Some of the more common themes and styles of charm bracelets available include:

  • Beach lover themes
  • Victorian style charms
  • Vintage charm jewelry
  • Memoir or locket style charms
  • Silver charms
  • Gold charms
  • Gemstone charms

Traditional charm bracelets make superb gifts. You can literally find a charm to represent almost any interest, hobby or theme. Sports, animals, travel, landscapes… you name it! In the world of charms, almost anything is possible. Many people enjoy receiving and exchanging charms as part of a hobby or friendship building. Others pass on charm jewelry as part of family traditions. Charm jewelry fashioned with lockets is most commonly the type used for family heirlooms. Perhaps the best facet of charm gifts is that they can be modified at any point in time to reflect a person’s changing interests and style preferences. Bracelets or chains can even be upgraded over time without losing the original charms.


Silver charms and gold charms may run anywhere from $2 all the way up to $2000 depending on the materials the charm bracelets are made from. You can purchase chains or starter charm bracelets without any dangles for the $20 or less price range in most cases. Less expensive versions crafted of sterling silver with one charm can be purchased. The more expensive charms are usually gold charms crafted of 18k gold with diamonds and other precious gems embedded in the charm.

Italian charm bracelets $10 to $100 or more depending on the quality and the charms included. Their affordability makes them very popular among younger consumers, who are interested in investing in trendy jewelry that won’t break the bank.

Price will also vary depending on the number of charms that come pre-fashioned with a particular piece of jewelry. Keep in mind that with charm bracelets, you can start with as little as 1 charm or buy into a bracelet that has several charms pre-selected. The choices are literally endless when it comes to charm jewelry.

Building a  Unique  Charm Bracelet

Anyone can create their own  unique  charm bracelet, whether Italian style or traditional. If you can’t find something that exactly fits your needs and personality, why not create your own? Crafting individualized charm jewelry is increasingly popular among jewelry fans young and old alike. You can even create your own personalized family heirloom thanks to the versatility charm jewelry has to offer.

Before you begin you’ll need to decide whether you want an Italian style or traditional bracelet; remember that the traditional style holds charms that dangle, while the Italian version has charms that are embedded in chain links.

Once you decide this you can decide on a starter chain bracelet. There are literally hundreds of different starter bracelets to choose from. Consider your personal preferences. Do you prefer the look of gold or silver? Perhaps you like a combination of both? You’ll also want to have an idea of what size starter bracelet you need. Often you can tell this by measuring your wrist. You can do this by taking your thumb and middle finger and wrapping around your wrist. If your two fingers just touch, you’ll probably need a medium. If they overlap, a small charm bracelet will work best for you. If your fingers do not touch, then you’ll likely need a large.

Once you have decided on a type of chain and sizing, you can begin selecting the perfect charms! Consider a theme, charms that represent personal interests, places you’d like to travel to, or hobbies.

Remember that charm bracelets are a fun and  unique  way of buying or making jewelry that expresses your style and personality in a  unique  way!

Underfloor Heating – What Can Go Wrong And How To Fix It

Undoubtedly, underfloor heating technology used today is by far a more economical method of heating one’s home. The home is heated by heated water that flows through pipes or by electric cables. When underfloor heating systems are installed they are often installed under a raised floor with access hatches. These access hatches allow access to the heating system for maintenance or troubleshooting, in the event of a problem.

Depending on the type of underfloor heating system there are a few things that could possibly go wrong. For example, if water pipes are used to heat the home the pipes could develop a leak. This is especially true if the heat has not been used in quite some time, with water left standing in the pipes. In this case the first thing to do is to check for any possible leaks. You will need to open the access hatches to your heating system, observe and check for any visible dampness under the raised floor. If the heating system appears to be losing water it will be necessary to diligently locate any leaks.

Yet another malfunction is noticing that the heating system does not get hot enough to warm the floors. In this case you’ll want to immediately check the rating of your boiler. If the rating is insufficient, it could be that the boiler is not capable of getting hot enough to heat your home.

If on the other hand your heating system uses electric cables this is an entirely different matter. Instead of using heated water through pipes an electric element is designed and positioned under the floor. AS the electric current flows through this element it heats and transfers the heat to the floor.

There are, unfortunately, several things which can affect the functioning of electrical underfloor heating. First, it could be a matter related to the fuses and wiring of the electrical element itself.

Secondly, and definitely most dreaded, are rodents. Damages caused by rodents such as mice or house rats or even a wayward squirrel that found his way in, could damage wires of the system.

Regardless of the type of system your home is equipped with, it is necessary that you examine and ultimately determine the cause of the malfunction. If in fact you have a heated water system, leaks in pipes can be very costly and damaging to your home. If you are very lucky and the leak is not located around a connecting joint it will be a simpler fix. In this case you can purchase plumbers tape from a plumbing supply store. Wet the tape thoroughly in water and wrap securely around the leaking pipe. If, on the other hand you are unfortunate and the leak is around a connecting joint, you will need to use a plumbing product called epoxy resin. Ultimately, the best and most desired repair is to replace the section that is leaking. If this a financially feasible option, it is your best bet.

In the event you have electric underfloor heating, in some cases it could be a simple case of just a blown fuse. If that is the case a simple fix of replacing the fuse will solve the issue. Unfortunately, in the largest majority of cases though, it is damages caused by mice and rats chewing through electric wires. This of course, results in a short in the wiring system. In this case you need to replace the sections of affected wire. Following that it is necessary to rid the area of the rodents by poisoning the rodents.

If you are unsure about replacing the electrical wiring it is best to contract a licensed electrician. Both underfloor heating systems are efficient and less costly to heat your home. Proper care and maintenance will keep them operational for years to come.

Sports Betting Tips – How to Bet on Futures

You may or may not have already learned that future bets are wagers placed far in advance of a sporting event after reading our Overview of Sports Gambling Bet Types. The basics are all there, so the purpose of this article is to explain why futures offer such strong value and give tips on improving your chances to win when betting futures.

The main advantage of futures is that you can get appealing odds by betting when oddsmakers first release them or well before an event is decided. For example, placing a future wager on the Kentucky Derby a month ahead of time can get you a much better price on a horse than betting much closer to the race when the real contenders are revealed for all to see. Future odds are not set and can be adjusted by sportsbooks periodically, but the odds at the time of your wager are the odds you are locked into.

A futures bet example with major team sports would be NFL futures, where you often can get much higher odds on a team by betting before the season starts. An NFL future bet on a team to win the Super Bowl might be 20/1 in the preseason, but by midseason, those odds might decrease to 10/1 if the team turns out to be a legitimate championship contender.

It’s important to note that sportsbooks can change futures at any time, and they are available to be bet all the way until the event gets underway. Future bets are also not restricted to the championship game, as you can bet on who will win a conference or division too.

Future bets in NFL and college football, NBA and college basketball and MLB baseball are team-oriented in that you bet on the team’s performance while proposition bets on non-team future events that involve individuals like boxing, tennis, golf and NASCAR are also available. Keep in mind that with futures you are always betting that the event will happen, on whether the team will accomplish something such as a championship and not against their chances of doing so. For example, if Duke is 5/1 to win the NCAA Basketball Championship, you can bet $100 on Duke and will win $500 if they win it all – but with standard future betting you cannot bet against Duke winning it all.

Tips to Win

The key to betting futures is realizing their true value and using the right Tips to Win. The most important consideration is determining what changes a team has made to enhance their chances of vying for a championship like the Super Bowl or World Series. Draft choices, coaching changes, free-agent signings, trades and returning starters all impact a team’s ability to compete, so each aspect should be considered when making your future bet.

The Draft

The draft is a much bigger factor in NBA basketball and NFL football since a rookie can approach superstar status much earlier (i.e. LeBron James) than other sports like MLB baseball where it can take years for players to develop. Of course the way the drafts are structured, the weaker teams almost always select players higher than the stronger teams. However, elite teams like the San Antonio Spurs and New England Patriots are well-known for making the most of their picks despite poor draft positioning.

Player Movement

Nothing has changed the landscape of sports over the past 20 years more than free agency. Superstars like Shaquille O’Neal can simply walk away at the end of their contracts, forcing their teams to decide the likelihood of their re-signing and potentially trading them before their contracts are up to get something in return.

O’Neal is a perfect example to examine since he left the Orlando Magic as a free agent to join the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996, leaving the Magic with nothing in return. Eight years later, he forced the Lakers to trade him to the Miami Heat so the Lakers could get something in return while he was still under contract since he made it known he would not re-sign with them.

O’Neal’s status changed the balance of power between the Eastern and Western Conference in both situations, with the Heat becoming serious title contenders in his first year with the team. A smart NBA futures bettor would have put money on the Heat to win the NBA title or Eastern Conference right after the trade was made.

In NBA basketball and MLB baseball, the midseason trade deadline could also be very critical to a team’s improvement. The New York Yankees tried very hard to yank ace pitcher Randy Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the 2004 deadline and probably would have won the World Series if they had done so. Instead, they were forced to wait until the offseason to make the trade for Johnson and didn’t have enough pitching to get past the Boston Red Sox, who went on to win the World Series.

In college football and basketball, there is the added dimension of a team’s returning starters. Graduation or early defection of players to the pros play a critical role in the team’s makeup for the next season and should be examined. However, while losing a Heisman Trophy winner like quarterback Carson Palmer in 2003 seemed to be a blow to USC’s chances of winning a national title, it also allowed another Heisman Trophy winner to shine in Matt Leinart, so not all losses hurt an NCAA program.

Timing is everything with player movement. Sometimes these moves pay off, sometimes they don’t, but they often seem to give teams a fighting chance in bettor’s minds and make future bets more interesting.

Coaching Moves

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made big news during the 2002 offseason when they pried Jon Gruden away from the Oakland Raiders to be their head coach. Tampa Bay management felt like they had the right players in place and just needed the right person to put all the pieces together and lead the way.

After a series of hiring mishaps, including the failed recruitment of coaching legend Bill Parcells, Gruden turned out to be their man and proved to be the difference. It wasn’t cheap since it cost the Buccaneers a number of draft picks and money, but nobody could argue it wasn’t worth the price when they won their first Super Bowl. The best futures price on the Bucs turned out to be before the regular season started and the full impact of Gruden was felt in Tampa and throughout the rest of the NFL.

Measuring True Value

Once you put all of the Tips to Win together, you need to try to measure the true value of a team’s future bet chances. But your perception of how well a team will perform and how you interpret the significance of the Tips to Win will determine whether or not a team is worth betting on.

Sometimes a team comes along like the 1999 St. Louis Rams, who won the Super Bowl that year despite entering the season as a longshot at incredible 200/1 odds. When such longshots come in it demonstrates another strong appeal of future bets, that a fan can make a small bet on a longshot, enjoy following their results all season, and just maybe cash a huge ticket! A safer approach is to pick a playoff team or one that just missed out from the previous year and made some smart moves to turn them into a contender.

Betting the preseason favorite like last year’s champs is a bit risky since their odds are already so low and a lot more money would need to be wagered to make it worthwhile. However, there is still some value in instances like this if you feel strongly that they can go deep into the playoffs again. The further they go, the smaller their odds will likely get along the way and the more value you will have by betting far in advance.

That’s the bottom line with any futures bet – the true value comes down to how you feel about a team compared to the oddsmaker’s projections. If your Tips to Win point to a team worth betting on and that team ultimately follows through, you’ll have a rooting interest all season long and will get the very most out of your futures wager!