Monday, June 23, 2014

Choosing the Best Lawn Mower

With a lawn mower being an expensive item to buy for your garden lawn it is important you make the right choice for you, the first thing you should consider is the actual size of your garden. This can determine what type of mower you will need. If you have a medium to large lawn to cut then using a manual push lawn mower will make the job difficult and hard work, you should look for one of the powered mowers available either electric or petrol there are numerous makes and models available.

The main types of lawn mower for you to consider are the hover mower, the ride on mower, rotary, and the cylinder type of mowers. People who have extremely large lawns to cut often prefer the ride on type of lawn mower, although these can be very expensive they will save you a lot of time and make cutting a large lawn a lot easier than having to walk behind a push mower.

For most of the country, lawn-mowing season is upon us, leaving many homeowners with the age-old question, "which type of lawn mower is best for my yard?" This question comes about because there are so many different types of yards and so many different types of mowers. We will discuss different types of lawn mowers, and what types of lawns each of them fit the best.

Manual Reel Lawn Mowers

lawn mower Manual reel mowers are great for very small lawns that are flat and relatively smooth. If you have a small, flat lawn this could be the best type of mower for you. Reel mowers are lightweight because they do not have an engine, there are few moving parts so they last a long time without the need for many repairs, and they are quiet. Along with that, reel mowers do a good job of cutting grass, although they have a tendency to miss tall weeds. The main drawback for a reel mower is that you must walk at a quick pace in order to realize the best cutting performance.

Battery Powered Electric Lawn Mowers

Again, this is a good choice for those with small flat lawns, although they can be used for a larger lawn than a reel mower. The benefit of this type of lawn mower is that they are quiet, they are durable, and they do a good job cutting the grass no matter how fast you walk. There are several key drawbacks if you choose a battery powered lawn mower. First, as the battery loses its charge the cutting ability of the mower will deteriorate causing multiple recharges if your lawn is too large to do on one charge. Next, rechargeable batteries only last for a certain amount of time, replacing them can be expensive, nearly as much as purchasing a new mower. Lastly, they do not work well if your grass is thick or your yard is rough.

Electric Lawn Mowers

lawn mower Electric mowers are the big brother of battery-operated mowers. These types of mowers can be used on any lawn up to about three-quarters of an acre if you have enough extension cord. Modern electric mowers are very powerful and very efficient and they are quiet. They do not require much service or repair so they make a great choice for small, flat yards, although they can do large lawns. The drawback of this type of mower is the fact that they have to be connected to electricity via extension cords, which you must drag with you as you mow.

Gasoline Powered Walk- Behind Lawn Mowers

This category of mowers has the most different types of mowers in the class, making the choice of a mower more difficult. All of these mowers share the fact that they are powered by a gasoline engine which will require more maintenance than the mowers we have discussed to this point. They are also heavier and louder than the above-mentioned mowers. Gasoline powered mowers can be used on lawns up to 1 acre in size, with any type of grass, and no matter how rough your lawn. The only thing that stops this type of mower from doing any size lawn is how much walking you are willing to do. For lawns that are one acre or larger you should look into a self-propelled mower. You will also need to choose between a two-cycle or four-cycle engine. Four-cycle engines run on regular gasoline, two-cycle engines require that you mix special oil with the gasoline. Four-cycle engines are easier to use, but two-cycle motors are typically quieter and more durable.

Riding Lawn Mowers

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There are nearly as many types of riding mowers as there are walk-behind mowers. They come in classifications of lawn mowers (the smallest type), garden tractors (very large with many options), and zero turn lawn mowers. If your lawn is more than an acre in size, you should consider purchasing a riding mower. This type of mower will save you a great deal of time and effort when mowing large lawns. If you have many trees, or other obstacles in your yard to maneuver around you should consider a zero-turn type of riding mower. Only people with very large lawns and that do a lot of gardening and other heavy outdoor yard work would need to consider purchasing a garden tractor sized riding mower.

Considering the factors discussed in this article when selecting a lawn mower should help you choose the right machine for your lawn care needs. With the right tools, maintaining your lawn can easy and enjoyable. Who knows, you just might have to get up early to beat your family to the job!

Selecting your next lawn mower need not be a chore so long as you stop and consider your needs and requirements before purchasing.

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Buying the right outdoor furniture

Furniture, whether inside or outside the house, adds the required charm to the four bland brick and mortar walls. Outdoor furniture is not meant to be the scrap that indoor furniture has turned into after so many years of usage. Your outdoor furniture not only adds value to the quality of life but also enables you to enjoy nature, with extreme comfort. The variety and quality of outdoor furniture available in the market belies the claims of conservationists who tend to hold the opinion about primacy of indoor furniture. From plastic to wicker to wood to metals, outdoor furniture is available in every material.

The fast and busy lifestyles seem to surround everyone in this day and age by having a place to relax and escape to belong to everyone by having patio furniture on your deck, porch and will give you your outdoor relaxing oasis. For some people having lush foliage and a comfortable patio chair with maybe some soft music playing is the highlight while others may choose some swing patio furniture or incorporate a patio rocker into the design. By having casual outdoor furniture, water fountains and outdoor ceiling fans will all help you to relax and lower your blood pressure. Patio deck furniture pricing may be one of your concerns but the most important consideration would be the comfort and quality that you are looking for in patio furniture. If you plan on spending a lot of time on your outdoor furniture you'll want some great leisure furniture that will fit within your outdoor decor and looks great. By spending a little extra time researching your deck furniture plan will pay off in the future whether you're looking for a wood teak patio furniture or a wrought iron patio furniture your outdoor room will have you feeling relaxed and comfortable. So research a good patio furniture plan for your decor that best suits your needs.

Buying and maintaining parameters for outdoor furniture are quite different from indoor furniture. This article aims to provide you with all the basic dos and don'ts while dealing with outdoor furniture.

The first step, of course, is to decide upon the material you prefer in your outdoor furniture. If opting for wooden furniture, Amish made furniture can be an ideal choice for indoor furniture but woods like redwood, teak, balau, cypress, eucalyptus and white oak are naturally suited for outdoor furniture. These woods are insect and rot-resistant that is vital for any outdoor furniture article. These woods have also shown sufficient signs of weather resistance. Ideally, your choice of outdoor furniture depends a great deal on the weather prevalent in your area. Weather can be the biggest enemy of outdoor furniture. Rains, heat and dust could create havoc for a delicate furniture item. If the weather is mild and pleasant, even carefully crafted Amish handcrafted furniture can be given a try. Amish furniture adds gloss to your outdoors and lends grace to your indoors! The general features for outdoor wooden furniture include substantial look and feel, ease of cleaning, periodic maintenance and always cool to touch.

If your choice is wicker furniture for your outdoors, then Rattan vine is the usual material used in making some exotic wicker chairs and tables. The general features for outdoor wicker furniture includes - lightweight, comfortable, tight uniform weave with no splinters, distinctive look and use of some synthetic material like resin.

If your choice is metallic furniture, then aluminum is your best friend for outdoor comforts. Good aluminum furniture will give out a unique look and is also extremely light weight being made of hollow aluminum tubes. Aluminum furniture come either in wrought aluminum or cast aluminum, and both are equally good. The general features for outdoor aluminum furniture includes - durability, rust-free, lightweight, weather-resistant, formal and easy to maintain.

Plastic furniture is also gaining grounds these days more due to its cost-effectiveness than good looks.

Do not forget to keep the budget on outdoor furniture under check. Generally, your outdoors should not look overcrowded with furniture stuffed in every nook and corner. Few but unique furniture items on the outdoors is the ideal approach. Never go by the beauty of the furniture article. Your requirements always come first. So, it's always handy to have your requirements in mind before you set foot to buy outdoor furniture.

Maintenance of outdoor furniture is another yardstick that should be given due regard. Wood and aluminum furniture comes on top for the maintenance criterion. A good polish or varnish can easily prolong the life of outdoor furniture.

Having the best patio furniture that blends well with your life style will give you many benefits and reasons to choose the right outdoor furniture. By having the deck patio furniture that you desire will encourage you to use your outdoor room more often. Staying inside is on nobody's mind when the weather is beautiful so by having some outdoor patio furniture on your patio, porch and garden oasis will create your personal relaxation space. Traditional patio furniture may include an patio umbrella, patio table and four chairs with maybe some patio furniture cushions. Patio swings and outdoor chase lounges can be added to finish off your creative outdoor deck plan. The final reason for you to have patio furniture that is on your deck or porch is the durability of today's outdoor furniture it is a great investment and will give you years of outdoor memories.

Godzilla (2014)


Godzilla is a giant monster or daikaiju originating from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan. He first appeared in IshirĊ Honda's 1954 film Godzilla. Since then, Godzilla has gone on to become a worldwide pop culture icon starring in 28 films produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. The character has appeared in numerous other medium incarnations including video games, novels, comic books, and television series. A 1998 American reimagining was produced by Tri-Star Pictures (the title monster of which was renamed to Zilla by Toho for later appearances), while a second American version by Legendary Pictures was released on May 16, 2014. The character is commonly alluded to by the title King of the Monsters, an epithet first used in the Americanized version of Ishiro Honda's original 1954 film.

With the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Lucky Dragon 5 incident still fresh in the Japanese consciousness, Godzilla was conceived as a metaphor for nuclear weapons. As the film series expanded, some stories took on less serious undertones portraying Godzilla as a hero while other plots still portrayed Godzilla as a destructive monster; sometimes the lesser of two threats who plays the defender by default but is still a danger to humanity.


A reboot of the Godzilla film franchise, the film retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a "terrifying force of nature". It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is credited to Max Borenstein but includes contributions from David Callaham, David S. Goyer, Drew Pearce, and Frank Darabont.

In 1954, a United States Castle Bravo test hydrogen bomb is used to destroy a large creature surfacing from the ocean. In 1999, Project Monarch scientists Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham investigate a colossal skeleton in a collapsed Philippines mine. Two egg-shaped pods are discovered, one broken open and leaving a trail to the sea. In Japan, the Janjira nuclear plant experiences unusual seismic activity. Joe Brody, the American-born plant supervisor, sends his wife, Sandra, and a team of technicians into the reactor to check the sensors. When the team is inside, the core is ruptured, releasing radioactive steam. Sandra and her team are unable to escape and the plant collapses into ruin.


Fifteen years later, Joe's son Ford is a United States Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer, living in San Francisco with his wife and son. Joe is arrested for trespassing at the Janjira exclusion zone, forcing Ford to return to Japan. Joe, convinced of a cover-up of the true cause of the disaster, convinces Ford to accompany him to their old home to retrieve vital seismic data he recorded before the plant's collapse. They find that Janjira is not contaminated, as the official report claimed. After recovering the seismic data, they are arrested and taken to a facility within the plant's ruins that contains a massive chrysalis. As they watch, a colossal winged creature emerges and escapes. Joe is wounded in the mayhem and later dies. Serizawa, Graham and Ford join a U.S. Navy task force tracking the creature, identified as a MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism). The task force is led by Admiral William Stenz.

On board the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, the scientists reveal the existence of Godzilla, an ancient alpha predator. Godzilla fed off radiation in an age when Earth's radiation levels were higher, but moved underground as levels declined. In 1954, it was awoken by a deep sea expedition and the early nuclear "tests" were in fact attempts to kill Godzilla. Monarch was formed to study the creature, while keeping its existence a secret. Ford reveals that Joe had monitored echolocation signals that indicated the MUTO was communicating with something else.


A U.S. Army Special Forces team finds the MUTO feeding off the wreckage of a Russian nuclear submarine in a forest near Honolulu. At Honolulu airport, Ford waits for a flight back to San Francisco, when the military attacks the MUTO and a battle ensues. Godzilla arrives, causing a tsunami that devastates Waikiki. After briefly fighting Godzilla, the MUTO flies away. Meanwhile, the second pod, housed at the Nevada Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, hatches into a large, female MUTO and destroys Las Vegas. The scientists conclude that the two MUTOs are communicating and will meet to breed.

The task force follows Godzilla, projecting that the monsters will meet in San Francisco Bay and Stenz approves a plan to use a nuclear explosion to kill all three monsters, despite the scientists' objections. After the female MUTO destroys the train carrying the warheads, the remaining warhead is airlifted to San Francisco and is armed. Before the plan can be put into action the male MUTO steals the armed warhead and presents it to the female, who constructs a nest around it in the downtown area.


The military fails to stop Godzilla when he arrives at the Golden Gate bridge and pulls back to allow the monsters to fight. During the ensuing battle between the monsters, Ford and a team of soldiers enter the city by HALO jump on a mission to disarm the warhead. Finding it damaged, they take it to a boat for disposal at sea. Ford destroys the nest and the female pursues the disposal team, while Godzilla kills the male MUTO by using its tail to smash the MUTO into a skyscraper. The female MUTO wipes out the disposal team at the boat, but she is killed by Godzilla's atomic breath before she can kill Ford. Godzilla collapses, while Ford pilots the boat out to sea and is rescued just before the warhead detonates.

In the aftermath of the battle, Ford is reunited with his wife and son. Godzilla, thought to be dead, suddenly awakens and lets out a final roar before returning to the sea as the media headlines label him the "King of the Monsters".

ASUS VivoTab RT TF600T-B1-Bundle 10.1" Gray 32GB with Keyboard Dock Gray

The ASUS VivoTab RT 10.1-inch tablet runs on the 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor for a better multitasking experience. Surf the Web, check emails, shop online, share photos and videos on social networking sites, and do lots more. With a 32 GB storage capacity, the ASUS tablet can conveniently store a huge amount of data. Featuring a 2 MP front-facing camera, you can video chat with friends and family virtually from anywhere.

Product Features:
    NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz processor
    NVIDIA GeForce Graphics
    10.1" HD Super IPS+ panel with 1366 x 768 resolution
    2GB DDR3 RAM
    32 GB Flash Memory
    2 GB RAM Memory
    Bluetooth 4.0
    802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
    2MP front camera and 8MP auto-focus rear camera with flash
    Features Sonic Master Technology for superb sound quality
    Large storage space for media files and more
    Ultra-slim and light
    Metallic finish design
    UPC: 886227377701

Asus Dock with Keyboard Features:
    Adds an additional 7 hours of battery life to the TF600T
    92% sized QWERTY keyboard
    1 USB 2.0 port
    Large sized multi-touch touchpad
    SD Card Reader

What You Get:
    ASUS VivoTab RT Tablet
    AC Adapter
    Asus VivoTab RT Dock with Keyboard

 ASUS VivoTab RT TF600T-B1-Bundle 10.1" Gray 32GB with Keyboard Dock Gray

Sennheiser HD-360 PRO DJ Studio Style Over-Ear Headphones

Music played through these medium weight on-ear headphones is a little overly bright on the treble end of the sound spectrum, and may need the use of tone controls or an equalizer to cut it down a bit and avoid a headache from long term use. Think of fingernails on a blackboard. The overall frequency response is definitely not flat. Otherwise, the sound is clear, with plenty of detail. I think these headphones are excellent at low listening levels, but would definitely need a way to cut the treble at higher listening levels.

I would give the sound a rating of four stars, as it is not flat enough for higher listening levels on a computer, where tone controls may not be available. The construction quality also rates four stars, as the headband could be wider to distribute the weight better, and the cord, while plenty long at ten feet, one inch, is rather flimsy at only 3/32 inch thick, and it is not a user replaceable plug-in. The design rates four stars as well.

The earcups swivel both horizontally and vertically, and even fold inwards for storage in the included storage bag, along with the 6.3mm adapter plug. The leatherette on-ear pads are ok for short term use, but they are too thin, and the clamping pressure may require bending of the ends of the headband outward to make the headphones comfortable for long-term use, and the flimsy non-replaceable cord does not seem to be either designed or destined for a lifetime of heavy use, meaning these headphones are straying into the territory of the disposables.
Comfort rates four stars, as the ear pads become sweaty with use, and the headband could be wider to support the weight on the top of your head. If you bend the metal headband to adjust it for clamping comfort, only bend the ends near the ear cups, and do not flatten the very top of the headband, as that would transfer the weight to a single point on the top of your head and become painful over time. Why can't the headphone companies make ear cups large enough to fit your ears into, so that the clamping pressure is against your head, and not your ears? Years ago, headphone ear cups were larger, like the ear cups on ear protectors, but for some reason, headphone ear cups have shrunk in size over the years. New designs are not always better designs.

Overall, we get a total score of 16 stars out of a possible 20 stars, or 80% (B-), and an overall rating of four stars. Are they worth buying? Yes...

Sennheiser HD-360 PRO DJ Studio Style Over-Ear Headphones (Black)