Varying Aspects of Swimming Pool Service

Should I get a professional company to maintain my swimming pool?

Finally, after all these years you bought a house with a swimming pool. You can see yourself now, everyday sunny summer day floating over the cool blue water sipping from your favorite beverage with a straw and waiting patiently for your skin to turn a deep bronze because of the constant sun. That may be what you are dreaming about but if you are like most of us you are going to realize that owning a swimming pool is going to come with a great deal of responsibility.

First off, pools require constant maintenance. You can never get ahead of schedule with maintaining a swimming pool. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just dump a years’ worth of chemical into your pool on New Year’s Day and not have to worry about it again until the next year? Hey, it would be nice if you could drop a handful of chemical into your pool and not worry about it again until next month but unfortunately when it comes to swimming pool service you just can’t do that.

Your swimming pool needs to be constantly monitored. The chemical levels and water needs to be checked commonly, the equipment needs to be checked to make sure that it is running properly and
you need to regularly brush and clean your pool or it will get gross. Some of the things that will be required by your pool (at least weekly) are:

1. Chemical levels checked
2. Water quality checked
3. Pool equipment check
4. Regular cleaning and Brushing

If you fall behind in just one of them you can quickly find yourself falling behind in all of them. Brushing your pool with broken pumps and filters will do no good, properly functioning equipment with improper water chemistry will turn your pool into a swamp. With all of this responsibility come the time costs and the cost of chemical and occasional repairs. These costs can build up surprisingly quickly during the month.

Because of all these problems and costs many people are simply deciding that the best way to ensure a clear pool, and the cheapest way is to pay a professional to make it their problem.

A professional swimming pool technician should meet the following criteria:

1. Personable and easy to communicate with
2. High level of understanding regarding pool care
3. Ability to fix broken pool equipment
4. Dependable and shows up regularly
5. Stingy with your money (no unnecessary “repairs” or service)

Prices for full time residential pool service for a normal size pool vary depending on where you live. Prices can be anywhere from $90/month to over $200/month. Prices tend to get higher the more uncommon swimming pools are in a geographical area. Hot cities in the desert southwest, tend to be cheapest while prices in the north east portion of the country tend to be the highest.

Type in your city and “pool service” on the search engine of your choice to find companies that provide pool service where you live. Most companies will provide a free estimate over the phone on what it would cost to maintain your swimming pool.

We wish you the best of luck in finding the right service provider.

Author Todd M. Hallmen: Todd Hallmen has been in the swimming pool maintenance business for over 5 years. You can visit the websites of two of his partners at:

Linux Power Tools – Great Tools to Make System Administration Easy

World War II – Germany decided to attack Poland.
Poland had many great warriors. They all prepared to fight the Germans.
They were all ready with the best armor, the best and well trained
horses, and ofcourse the best weapons , swords , spears …. And
the Pols were brave and were ready to give their lives for their
country. Sadly they did just that… give their lives. The Germans
had tanks… It is very important to have the right weapons when one
goes for a war.

In the same way it is very important for system administrators to have
the right tools to to work smart. Linux is a great desktop OS for
developers as well as system
administrators. Let us take a look at some of the utilities which makes
this a great environment for system administrators and developers. Most
of the content below is taken from the home pages of these apps and the
I make no claims on the originality. My aim is to introduce the reader
to the
wonderful tools that are available in a Linux/BSD desktop environment.


Let’s start from what most people think Linux is all about – a text
based shell. Konsole is what
is known as an X terminal emulator, often referred to as a terminal or
a shell. It gives you the equivalent of an old-fashioned text screen on
your desktop, but one which can easily share the screen with your
graphical applications. What makes Konsole special?
Konsole’s advanced features include simple configuration and the
ability to use multiple terminal shells in a single window, making for
a less cluttered desktop. Konsole is also available as kpart and
can thus be easily embedded in other applications, like practiced by
Kate and Konqueror.

As most system administrators need log into servers on a regular basis
the konsole gives them a benefit over the Windoze command prompt. In
windows one needs to use a program like putty to log in using SSH. Also
as linux is the desktop OS the techs can use the man pages on the local

One can also try out the various commands locally. Consider a simple

Is it

$ ln sourcefile destinationfile

or is it

$ ln destinationfile sourcefile

Such things can be easily found out locally without carrying out
experiments on the server. Many techs believe that servers are places
where they can experiment. However, such experiments can lead to major
losses to the customers due to one small error. A system administrator
must understand that people have immense faith in them when they give
their entire data to them and they cannot risk carrying out simple
experiments on servers.

Some screenshots of the konsole can be seen at the konsole site

Personal Information Manager / Groupware

There are two popular choices here. Evolution
from Novel
and the Kontact
from KDE. Both these an email client, calendaring, meeting
scheduling, a task list, contact management and syncing functionality.
Kontact is essentially the regular KDE PIM components which have been
put in together i.e. kmail, korganizer, knotes etc.. It is very a very
neat package and is stable and light. Both these are very
functional and can connect to many groupware servers.


Klipper is the KDE clipboard utility. It stores clipboard history

What Size Grant to Ask For From a Grant Making Foundation

After you spend hours upon hours researching thousands of foundations, you find some that are a good fit for your organization. But how do you know how much funding to request from this foundation?

As you spend more time researching a foundation you will develop a better understanding of how much to ask for. When you are sending your first proposal to a foundation you do not want to ask for too much money, because foundations normally give larger awards to organizations they have built a relationship with over the years. You also don’t want to ask for too little money, as you may deprive your organization of potential funding.

Developing relationships is an important building block as is the case in the rest of the Fundraising field. You can call the contact person for the foundation and talk to them about your organization and if it is something that interests them. If the conversation goes well, you can also ask them how much they normally give to an organization who is applying for the first time. They will normally be up-front and provide you with either an amount or a range.

Of course some foundations will not have any phone numbers listed for contact information, and you will need to determine how much you are going to request from the foundation by making an informed decision. A very good way to reach an informed decision is to analyze the available data.

Foundation Directory Online

A good place to obtain information on foundations is on the Foundation Directory Online website – which is run by the Foundation Center. The Foundation Directory Online is a subscription based program with the Professional version priced at $1,295 per year. This provides a good review on the financial data for the foundation. They will list how many grants and much money was awarded for that particular year, and they will provide the highest and lowest amount awarded. Sometimes they will give information on the average award size. For an example we will use the following financial section posted for an organization in the Foundation Directory.

Financial data: (yr. ended 12/31/03): Assets, $115,944,286 (M); expenditures, $6,831,492; total giving, $5,611,933; qualifying distributions, $6,063,290; giving activities include $5,611,933 for 172 grants (high: $500,000; low: $5,000; average: $10,000-$100,000).

The information listed above that we took from the Foundation Directory is a valuable tool to aid us with our process of determining of how much to ask for. Through this information we can decipher how much money they awarded in 2003 ($5.6M) through 172 grants. The lowest grant was $5,000 and the highest was $500,000, with the average range between $10,000 and $100,000.

Analyze the Data

Based on the earlier information on foundations providing larger sized grants to organizations they have built relationships with, we know it is not advisable to ask for $500,000 from this particular foundation. Normally it is not advisable to request an amount in the higher end of their average range. We could request a grant between $5,000 (their lowest grant) and $50,000. I picked $50,000 because it is just below the middle of their average range of $10,000 and $100,000, which should have a pretty good chance of being funded. Also, be mindful of your budget, as you do not want to ask for more than 25% of your budget. For an even more informed decision you can include an additional step.


This additional step is to check the foundations information on Guidestar. Guidestar also requires a subscription to view their content. Guidestar contains the IRS Form 990, which is an annual reporting return that federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization’s mission, programs, and finances. It also includes who they awarded grants to and the amount of each award. Look through the Form 990 from the latest year listed and create a tally sheet broken down into financial ranges (i.e. $5,000-$19,999; $20,000- $29,999; etc.) Then tally how many grants were awarded in each range. By doing this you will discover that they awarded more grants in one range of proposals, between $30,000 and $39,999 than

Leak Detection

Leak detection can be a tricky business unless you really know what you are doing and have the right experience.  Top Sydney Plumbers

Roof Leaks

The place to start looking for roof leaks is not on top of the roof. Rather the place to start is inside the roof. Get up in the roof and look for any evidence of water damage or staining. Water will generally fall straight down due to gravity or run along the underside of tiles and beams. Cracks in tiles can also be spotted by looking for sunlight shining through.

Ill fitting flashing on the top side of the roof can be another source of leakage in a roof.

One of the most common causes of water getting into the roof space is through gutters that are clogged with leaves and debris. The water builds up and then flows over into the roof often causing significant damage.

Pipe Leaks

Leaking water pipes are not just a waste of environmental resources they are also a waste of your hard earned money. It may only be a drip but a continual drip can add significantly to your annual water bill.

Gas Leaks

Leaking gas pipes or fixtures can pose a very real hazard and risk of significant damage to your home if not addressed. Gas is obviously highly combustible and if the concentration of gas builds up in a confined space where an ignition source or spark is present disaster can be the result. Gas leaks are serious and should be dealt with by an experienced gas installation plumber straight away.

Pool Leaks

An easy way to see if your pool is leaking is to mark the current level of the pool water. Look again after 24 hours and compare the water level with the mark that you made the day before. A difference could mean a leak. A plumber that specialises in pool leak detection can help you fins such a leak fast.


Leak detection is a vital aspect of your home or commercial installation’s regular maintenance program. Ignoring this important task will be to your detriment. Addressing problems early, before significant damage is done, is the best way to save money and inconvenience. The ability to detect leaks fast is quite a specialised skill that not all plu

Tips to Save Money On Auto Parts

Buy OEM parts

It is simply not true that OEM parts are always more expensive than aftermarket parts. Remember that cheap parts are usually cheap for a reason, so if an OEM part is more expensive than an aftermarket part, the higher price serves to remove the reasons why the aftermarket part is cheaper.

These days, there is no telling where any given aftermarket part was made, or even who made it. The global parts market is flooded with cheap, substandard garbage that does not conform to any accepted safety and quality standards, which in practical terms, means that you could be endangering the lives of your family by refusing to pay “exorbitant” prices for safety critical parts at the dealer.

Moreover, if an OEM part fails, you know who to talk to about it, which is often not the case with aftermarket parts. The result of this is that you often have no recourse, and you simply have to buy another part at a different auto parts store, hoping it won’t fail again within a few days. Thus, by occasionally paying more for an OEM part, you can save a lot of money, time, and aggravation in the long run.

Compare prices

If you do choose to go with aftermarket parts, despite the risk of receiving substandard auto parts, you can often realize substantial savings by shopping around. However, when you do shop around, you must compare prices for the same brand.

If you don’t know your way around the parts jungle, it is easy to fall prey to unscrupulous dealers who do not have your best interests at heart. Reputable auto part manufacturers will always brand their products, so stick to brands you know and trust: auto parts that come in unbranded white boxes (or in plain plastic bags) may be cheap, but you just don’t know what you are buying.

“Cheap” never translates into “good quality”, which means that by the time you had replaced an aftermarket auto part of uncertain provenance for the third time, you’ve probably spent more money than you would have done had you bought the part from the dealer in the first place.

used auto parts

Buy used auto parts

We are not suggesting that you should always buy used parts, but where used parts do not pose a safety risk, such as trim panels, mirrors, body parts/panels, and the like, you can often save substantial amounts of money. Moreover, by shopping around and comparing prices at a few junk yards, you can often negotiate a price that will make you come back for more.

Buy refurbished parts

Major auto parts like alternators, drive shafts, and transmissions are always expensive when you buy them new, but refurnished parts can be a viable alternative that can save you substantial amounts of money. However, not all refurbished parts are rebuilt to OEM standards, so if you want to take this route, be sure to investigate the company that does the refurbishing.

Remember that no refurbished auto part ever comes with a warranty that matches the warranty of a new part, but the warranty should offer at least two thirds of what a “new” warranty offers. Nonetheless, a warranty means nothing if it is not backed up by a solid history of superior after sales service, so be sure to check out the supplier’s record with regard to after sales service.

The Truth About Online Gambling and Credit Cards

The credit card companies lobbied for laws governing online gambling with credit cards, although one would think that people would be the ones hesitant to their credit or debit cards online.  Kalyan Matka

The main reason behind the shift in laws is that too many people have made it a habit to create debt that they cannot repay. Lawsuits have pardoned the debt, paid lawyer fees in full and left credit histories untouched. This is good for the people in debt, but bad for the credit card companies who end up losing a lot of money.

Response from Credit Card Companies

Charge card companies have decided to exact stricter regulations regarding credit balances by amending the terms and conditions surrounding receiving a card. Now you find higher interest rates incurred for particular transactions, so hopefully the user thinks twice before creating debt in certain ways.

Avoiding Financial Difficulty

Many people struggle with gambling addiction and online gambling with charge cards make it easier to spend large amounts of money than when gambling at a land-based casino. Many land-based casinos even advise players to leave their cards at home, so that they are not tempted to spend more than they can afford. Visiting online casinos makes this discipline even harder because generally you access these games from home. It is best that you then have someone you trust take responsibility of your credit and debit card while you play so that you do not end up making rash decisions regarding your money.

What Does the Law Say?

Some countries and states have designated areas where gambling is legal and those where it is not. This means that you could easily be breaking the law when pursuing online gambling with credit and debit cards. Online gambling is already illegal in the United States of America and this has led to interesting convictions in courts whereby credit card companies are being persecuted for allowing the activity to take place instead of the player for gambling online.

No More PayPal

You can no longer use PayPal as a direct payment option for online gambling and the majority of accredited online gambling sites have removed any mention of PayPal. This means that players do not have the option of transferring money from their MasterCard or Visa to PayPal accounts in order to gamble online.

Credit institutions each have their own policies regarding online gambling with credit cards and it is best that you familiarize yourself with those that apply to you and your credit card company. American Express, for instance, offers credit services managed independently from other banking institutions, while MasterCard and Visa is affiliated with many different banks around the world.

If you still want to use your credit card for online gambling, some casinos have developed a method that bypasses PayPal and the credit card bans against online casinos. Simply put, you use your credit or debit card to buy a “gift card”. You then use the gift card in the online casino, and MasterCard, Visa or other card company sees a purchase for a gift card.

Gambling Funding for New Zealand Charities

In New Zealand, gaming operators are required to donate 7% of their profits to community initiatives across the country. The system is one of the most beneficial in the world, providing more money to community projects than most other gambling markets. The money gathered from gambling operators is used to fund a wide range of projects, including sports, arts, health and education initiatives. Many of the donations from gambling grants go back into the communities in which they were raised.  Kalyan Matka

Gambling operators donate their money to a wide range of Gambling Trusts across the country, such as Pub Charity and The Lion Club. Community groups and organizations then apply to these foundations for funding. Operators do not directly handle donations in order to avoid conflicts of interest.

The proceeds donated by gaming clubs provide the most significant source of community funding for not-for-profit organizations across New Zealand. Gambling grants make a more significant impact on community efforts than any other financial resource in the country.

Over the course of the last year, The Lion Foundation donated more than $53 million to 4175 charities and community efforts across New Zealand. In its 26 years of operation, the foundation has awarded over $590 million in gambling grants. Last year, sports received the most amount of funding with $20.5 million, followed by community efforts which received $16.1 million. Health and education both received over $8 million.

This year, Pub Charity donated $24 million. Sport and community, yet again, received the most funding with sports clubs receiving $7.6 million and community efforts receiving $6.9 million. Education and Health Services received $4 million and $3.3 million, respectively. Emergency services received $1.9 million.

Unfortunately, funds derived from and other online gambling websites are not used to help community efforts in the country. This is because offshore gaming websites are not regulated by the New Zealand government. Politicians are currently reviewing the Interactive Gambling Act, however, and the regulation of international gambling websites is not entirely out of the realm of possibility.

A common worry among organizations requiring funding is the possibility of receiving funds from problem gamblers. However, The Lion Foundation assures that gambling is not a detrimental activity for New Zealand residents. The foundation quotes the Department of International Affairs, which states that “gambling can be a harmless entertainm

Free Online Multiplayer Games – Get the Most Out of Your Online Gaming Experience

Having played online games since the beginning of online games I have run across many people who have struggled or had a difficult time with different aspects of online gaming. Some couldn’t figure out how to play effectively and some couldn’t figure out how to get along with the community. Ultimately, these issues led to them not enjoying the game and quitting altogether. However there are very simple, easy to follow steps that almost ensure your success in any online multiplayer game.    SattaMatka

First, as a rule of thumb you want to ask for help when you need it. While asking for help may let people know that you are not sure what you are doing, it will save you a lot of frustration. Besides, people expect that new people will begin playing the game and need some help, and many people are open to helping you out and showing you the ropes.

Once you understand what you are doing fairly well, begin to play with or challenge other people depending on what type of game you are playing. More and more games have added friend lists and chat options and if the game you are playing has it then by all means make use of it. This can help if you need someone to play with later and also help when you have a question with something. This way you don’t always have to ask the question in public but can instead ask one of your friends who may know the answer.

Another important thing is online etiquette. While there is nothing wrong with a little competition, rudeness and derogatory speech are usually not well accepted. If the game has game managers, speaking in such a manager is usually enough to get your account suspended or banned altogether. Even if the game doesn’t have game managers, negativity can be a quick way to get many people to steer clear of you and have a bad outlook on you.

The last thing that can make your online experience a positive one is helping other players. Once you have a good grasp on what you are doing you are sure to at some point run across someone who needs help with some aspect of the game. Helping this player can not only increase your friend list by one person but may end up paying off later. There have been multiple instances where I have helped a player in need only to have them come back later and pay me back in some way. Pay it forward; it will pay off in leaps and bounds. Now go out, have fun, and have a great experience with whichever online multiplayer game you choose.

Overview of Casino Games

Games played in a Casino are called casino games. The player will gamble in a casino game using Casino chips for the random outcome. There are also online casino games. These games are generally controlled by laws. The laws differ from each country. The Casino games are of great entertainment.

There are generally three type of casino entertainment, namely table, electronic machine and ticket games. The slot machine is the important machine in a casino. Online games are very popular today.

You can find slot machines in all casinos worldwide. But these slots games are even more easily accessible, some of them are free and for others you need to pay. These slots games have very simple rules, you just want 메이저놀이터 to know which button you should hit. You can get bonus games also, if you play well.

The advantages of these games is you that you shall play without leaving your home, sitting comfortably in your room and some games do not require registration or downloads. People play these slots game for real money and to get bonuses. There are thousands of visitors for every online site. The good online casino provides a lot of slot machine varieties to suit each and every customers need. These slots are easier, fun and have potential earning opportunity.

Choices of games, the bonus and jackpot sizes are the three important things to consider while choosing an online slots activity. Sometimes, interesting online slots are found surprisingly in small casinos. Online slot game rules vary from casino to casino and also even from slot to slot. Studying the rules thoroughly will help to make the games more fun and interesting.

If you never tried online slots game, come on, go ahead and search for online casinos. Sure you will have a great time.

No Download Online Casinos

The demand for online casinos has grown massively over the course of its existence. Online Casino games are vastly popular and making waves at almost all corners of the globe. Casino sites have made it more attractive to players in the form of more lucrative jackpots and great convenience. There are also various online casinos which offer to play free casino online games and no download casino.  안전공원

For players who love to play at online casinos without having to download the free software that comes with it and there are some online casino sites that offer no download casino.
Normally these online casinos utilize Macromedia Flash Player that does not require any software downloads. Playing no download casino offers several advantages to a player. Since
the game itself does not require free software, the Macromedia Flash
Player that was developed for the game makes it quicker to access. Online casinos that utilizes Macromedia Flash Player is also considered as flash casinos or instant casinos due to the convenience it offers the player at the shortest possible time. Cutting the downloading and waiting time for software to be installed is one reason why many players go to casino sites with no download casino games.

No download casino or flash casino is ideal for players who are logged on the internet via a firewall. Many network companies would set-up
firewalls to avoid hackers from intruding into their systems. Usually,
firewalls prevent players from downloading software from the internet. And in order to access these casino sites and play online casino, one has to go to an online casino site that offers no download games. There are alternatives to flash bingo such as Java bingo games and the usual downloaded casino. Casino games that are facilitated by Java are not so common unlike those that utilize Macromedia Flash. Java enabled games are internet based and does not require downloading. A player who uses Netscape can expect the best possible game experience since Java games run best in this browser.

In comparison, the downloadable casino game is quite bigger than the internet based or no download version in terms of graphics and sound effects.
Utilizing a software to carryover all the features of an online
casino is essential in order to have more appeal and more running
space for the game’s memory. Nevertheless, playing a no download casino game is
essential and offers options to players, particularly those who wanted
to play and win instantly.