Replacement Pool Dehumidifiers for Hotels

Useful life of hotels’ old technology pool dehumidifiers are ending!

Thousands of hotels with indoor pools built over the last 30+ years have reached the stage of retrofitting or replacing their pool dehumidifiers that have reached the end of their life cycle. Many systems fell short of their operating lifespan due to poor pool chemistry; systems not designed or sized properly, poorly installed, lack of negative pressure, or poorly designed air delivery/duct systems. Many pool systems are no longer energy efficient and operating costs are high. For any hotel manager, it is an extremely challenging process to cut operating and energy costs with indoor pools. However, today’s technology in hotel pool dehumidifiers offers significant energy costs reduction, and many offer a wide range of improvement options over what was available even 5-10 years ago.

When retrofitting your hotel, there are several significant areas to review to ensure that your new pool dehumidifier will provide all of the updated “GREEN” technology, energy recovery, and benefits that support a longer life span and a healthy, stable pool room environment.

It’s not enough to simply pull out your existing pool dehumidifier and put the same system back into the natatorium. Before your purchasing decisions to ‘simply replace what’s in place’ are made, you will want to start with your pool room data. Do not necessarily rely on the pool dehumidifier in place, (although we would like to determine your existing tonnage and CFM), as equipment may be oversized or undersized, may lack the necessary air turnovers, which was very common years ago. It was also very common years ago to size a system that was not accurately based on the air and pool water temperatures hotel facilities actually maintain.

Let’s go back to the drawing board and start from scratch. When replacing a system, owners will review their existing pool system tonnage and cfm to size the next pool dehumidifier. This is a good place to start, however each client should take a few additional measures to ensure the sizing, air flow and evaporation rates are met with the new system. The following data is recommended:

POOL ROOM INFORMATION

Square feet of the total pool room space?

Square feet of the pool and/or spa?

Other water features within the space

Ceiling height of the room (average)

a. Is there a drop ceiling in your room?

Temperature of water and temperature of air maintained?

Humidity levels within the space that you maintain (i.e. 50, 55, 60 %?)

Maximum number of occupants?

Hours of operation?

What Chemistry do you use? [ ] chlorine [ ] bromine [ ] salt [ ] other

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A NEW POOL DEHUMIDIFICATION SYSTEM

(1) THE FUTURE FOR ALL POOL DEHUMIDIFIERS is to reduce size, refrigerant and maintenance costs!

Today’s technology is much more advanced (called Secondary Coolant Technology). The future is in refrigerant reduction first and foremost due to the expense and environmental damages caused by hyydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) refrigerants, such as R-22, and other refrigerants. All manufacturers are aware that this will be a continually changing arena and as such should be or are engineering pool dehumidification systems to comply with the more “green”/Leed requirements, which will utilize a fluid/dry cooler for the cooling side of the equation. This technology is not new to the industry; KMART has used Secondary Coolant Technology for over 30 years in their buildings. Several pool dehumidification manufacturers have been using this liquid cooled technology for over 20 years. Other companies are now beginning to understand the importance of reduction in the refrigerants used in today pool dehumidifiers.

HIGHER MOISTURE REMOVAL capacity and higher efficiency:

The concerns that many engineers and contractors have is whether a reduced refrigerant charge is a trade-off for efficiency. When designed properly, reduced refrigerant systems are overall more efficient. They are equally as efficient as their DX counterparts in the high cooling demand on summer design days and as much as 5-6% more efficient than conventional DX pool dehumidifiers throughout the rest of the year.

However, we recommend all clients review carefully the claims of “up to 80-90% reduction in refrigerant” as this can be very misleading. Let’s use a few comparisons: an EC096 8 Ton pool dehumidifier with glycol/dry cooler technology provides a total of 9.25 lbs. of R410A refrigerant in the completely installed system. A NE08 series comparable 8 ton system (for example purposes and verified), even with claim of “new” secondary coolant technology, utilizes almost 34 lbs. of refrigerant. That is still almost 4 times the amount of refrigerant. A DCA3600 Nominal 7.5/8 Ton unit does not use R410A. This system utilizes R407C Refrigerant with a stated factory charge of 45 lbs. of refrigerant. This also does not include the outdoor condenser package.

Therefore, do your research carefully when comparing products to products – as all pool dehumidifiers are not reduced refrigerant management systems. When shopping competitive equipment, always verify the following, as eventually everything comes at a cost whether it is in parts or service/maintenance down the road:

– Refrigerant (type- R410a, R134A, R407C etc.)?

– How many Lbs. of refrigerant in the unit and the total installed system?

YOUR INDOOR POOL SYSTEM MUST ACCOMPLISH THE FOLLOWING:

– A completely packaged system (split system)

– Lower equipment cost

– Small footprint to fit into existing space

– Dehumidify and maintain the environment between 50-60% Relative Humidity

– Heat the space

– Cool the space

– Complete heat recovery/heat reclaim (free heat to space and pool water)

– Offers the option to heat domestic hot water for the hotel

Pool Dehumidifier Considerations:

– UL, (CuL) and/or ETL Listed, and/or CSA Certified

– Least amount of refrigerant per ton in the installed pool dehumidification system

– R410A to U.S. Standards, R-22 is no longer available

– Should have an average life span of 15-20 years if regularly maintained and pool chemistry is balanced properly

– Smallest footprint, Vertical, Horizontal, Counter flow Design

– Single or Dual Compressor systems

– Evaporator Coils: 3 & 4 Field cleanable, or 6 & 8 Row coils that are impossible to clean once they become dirty?

– Longer warranties

– Rooftop vs. Indoor Pool equipment Installations: Out of sight, out of mind! (Higher costs with rooftop installation, ducting, plumbing, craning and 30-40% higher maintenance costs over the life span of the system generally due to lack of preventive maintenance).

Lastly, many facility managers are beginning to understand the importance of automated pool covers. Swimming pools are one of the largest utility costs of any hotel and as such are coming under more severe scrutiny than in the past regarding the operating and higher maintenance costs of pool rooms.

Once a pool is covered, the pool is not losing heat, (savings of pool heating costs), the pool does not evaporate (savings in run time of dehumidification system), and lastly, chemicals are not lost to the air during evaporation cycle (savings on costs of chemicals). We highly recommend all facilities consider a pool cover when feasible to do so. Even covering a pool from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. – you will see a reduction in costs!

GO GREEN for a longer useful lifespan!

It is not an easy task to begin your replacement process. This is where we can help you with over 28 years experience in the hotel industry, correct sizing, data, evaporation rate calculations based on your design temperatures and conditions. Call us today for additional information 800-514-7051 or email chris@dxair.com.

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Top Tips For Choosing A Heliski Holiday

There are few opportunities in life to feel like a daredevil action man or woman, but here’s one suggestion – try heli skiing Canada.

Imagine the finest run you’ve ever done in a regular ski resort and then imagine doing something at least that good and probably a hundred times better – all day long. There are no crowds, no lines, no ice, no lifts. Just you, your friends and thousands of square miles of untracked powder. That’s why heliskiers go back year after year!

What’s more, the ski experience of a lifetime is open to any decent intermediate skier or above. Heli skiing is no longer the preserve of the experts with modern fat skis (which you’ll be provided with).

So how do you choose a fabulous heli skiing holiday? If you’re booking for the first time – or even if you’re a seasoned heli skier or boarder – here are some insider questions to ask:

How many groups share a helicopter?

This can make a big difference to how much skiing you get in, how ‘wild’ the mountains feel and how much potential other skiers/boarders have to disrupt what you want to do. You’ll get the best experience – and better value for money – by going with an operator that has fewer groups using the helicopter.

How many skiers/boarders per group?

This varies between three and eleven. Smaller groups probably give you more flexibility, but if you have a large group of friends it can be fun to all ski or ride together. You’ll also want to ensure the group you’ll be skiing with is at the same level as you.

What is the refund policy when you can’t ski?

Most operations guarantee 30,500 vertical metres (100,000 vertical feet) of heli skiing as part of a week-long package. If you choose to ski more than this you’ll be charged for it – usually about £40 (US $75) per 1,000 metres.

However, if bad weather prevents flying you’re refunded at the same rate for unskied vertical. The amount can vary from one operation to another though, so it’s important to know exactly what you’re committing yourself to before booking a trip.

And watch out – some operations will include one amount of skiing in the price whilst only actually guaranteeing a lesser amount.

Wilderness lodge or hotel accommodation?

In either case you’ll be spoiled rotten, but the wilderness lodge does give you more of a – well, a wilderness feel.

What’s the terrain like?

It’s vital you check this and ensure you’re going to ski with an operation that can provide the kind of terrain you like. Most operations cover such big territories that there’s plenty of variety.

However, many will not take you on steeper terrain, some emphasise tree skiing and some have no tree skiing at all (such as in Alaska). Look into this before you go and make sure you end up somewhere that definitely has what you want – something that can be hard to get from a company that does not want to lose your business to a competitor.

When’s the best time to go?

It really depends on where you go. As a general rule, the season in Canada is very reliable from January through until mid April, often with some of the best conditions late in March and early April. As you get closer to the equator, the window for optimal conditions tends to narrow somewhat.

On certain weeks of the year demand is slightly less, so prices are lower, but conditions are still excellent. Choosing one of these – they’re usually outside the main school holiday periods and at the start and end of the season – can give you excellent value for money.

But how do you get the best value for money?

With competition on the Internet becoming quite intense many companies are advertising deceptively low prices (this is particularly true for Russian heli ski outfits) in order to attract business.

Whilst these operations may appear less expensive than others you could find on closer inspection (or maybe only once you arrive) that significantly less vertical is guaranteed as part of the overall package, and you’ll actually end up paying more to ski once you go over that guaranteed amount. It can often be the case that the heli ski companies which initially appear most expensive work out to be the best value for money… so check them out carefully.

On a pure cost basis, heliskiing is not cheap, but in return for your hard won cash, you get the ski experience of a lifetime. How else could you ever ski 15 runs (or more) in a day on pristine powder with only a few friends for company? And when you add it all up, a few days skiing costs the equivalent of a couple of pints a night over the course of a year – so cut down on the beer and go heliskiing instead!

In conclusion, you can see that when you go heliskiing there are range of factors to consider that don’t necessarily come into play when you’re booking a resort holiday. So it’s worth doing it through a specialist heliski tour operator, who can show you a range of options and answer your questions.

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Ceramic Pro vs Opticoat vs other Paint Protection

Car paints can now be protected with coverings making use of breakthrough paint protection. Scratches and damages on automobiles are any vehicle owner’s headache. Nanotechnology is ending up being increasingly popular in Melbourne. This service is perfect for paint protection finishes and automobile paints. In reality, when it comes to Paint Protection Melbourne is ahead of many other cities.

Kinds of paint protection:

Nanotechnology based automobile paint protection can be divided into 2 classifications, i.e., technology incorporated within the automobile paint formula which is used as a finishing on traditional vehicle paint. The 2nd range is more versatile. It is likewise a true blessing for secondhand vehicle purchasers. Such coverings further vary in their compositions. Examples of nanotechnology based finishings include ceramic polymer finishes and some nanoparticles containing finishings. The composition of the coverings ultimately identifies the effectiveness of the covering.

What nanotechnology based car paints and paint coverings provide:

For beginners, these paints and finishes securely affix the car’s existing paint to the body of the car. For that reason, scratches and swirl marks do not establish on the paint as quickly as they would without such innovation. Cracking of paints is likewise not likely with this technology in the paints or thanks to the finishing over the paint.

The nanotechnology based paints and coverings are also weatherproof. Therefore, water, heat, ultraviolet light, impurities and some strong chemicals are unlikely to damage the existing paint on the automobile.

The automobile’s paint normally begins looking faded after an amount of time. With this finishing, the car looks as shiny as a brand-new car.

Cleaning the vehicle ends up being very simple, and less time taking in too. Bird droppings can likewise be cleaned extremely quickly and will not damage the underlying paint. Likewise, a few of these paints and finishes secure the automobile from scratches.

White paint on cars tends to turn yellowish in time. Some of these coverings are specially created to prevent this.

Conventionally, waxes and sealants were used for keeping water off from the car’s body. However these disappear within a year or two, and they have to be used again several times throughout the life-span of the car. Unlike such waxes and sealants, nanotechnology based automobile paints and paint coverings last for a long period of time, almost for the lifetime of the vehicle. Water, pollutants and some extreme chemicals are accountable for the rust on the metallic frame once the paint wears away. Gunk likewise makes the automobile appearance unclean and cleaning it is not that easy either. However with nanotechnology based car paints and paint finishes, cleaning grime and dirt is considerably simpler.

Paint Protection in Melbourne

In Melbourne one of the most popular nanotechnology based paint coating is the Ceramic Pro. The producer of this paint finishing, makings the vehicle’s exteriors shine like a brand-new automobile, provides a lifetime warranty also. As the name recommends this paint coating includes a ceramic polymer.

Conclusion:

Nanotechnology is fairly in the market of vehicle paints. It will quickly find its way into other paints and minimize the have to regularly paint vehicles. New approaches are still being studied making the innovation a lot more reliable and people from Melbourne will be ahead of others in adopting such technologies.

Essential Car Cleaning Tips

Carnauba wax is used in blends alongside other thickening ingredients, such as cocoa butter, to add hardness to the texture of a product. Keeping your car clean from inside out is important to maintain its value and appearance. Many car owners hire local car cleaners to wash their cars daily or try and do it themselves whereas some opt for car cleaning services offered by car service companies. You get the best quality car cleaning products, tool kits and gadgets in the market to make life easy. However, it is important that your car is washed and cleaned in an appropriate way and on regular basis. Car owners can follow these easy and simple car cleaning tips to maintain the look of their cars all the time.

Trash All The Waste:
The very first thing one should do to keep their cars clean is trash all the waste in the car regularly. You may have left empty bottles of water, bags from restaurants, wrappers, etc which should all be trashed in order to keep the interiors clean. Some car owners keep a small bin in their cars to collect the waste and trash it.

Clean The Car Mats Regularly:
Car mats get dirty very soon and should be cleaned or washed regularly. These mats can be easily removed, shaken out to remove the dirt, mud and debris. You can ask the car cleaner to wash the mats with water every alternate day.

Back Seat Organised:
Usually all the items we carry while travelling to work or otherwise go on the backseat. You can always keep a bag or a box to store all the extra stuff and keep the backseat of your car organised.

Car Cleaning Tools And Products:

Many DIY car cleaning tool kits are easily available in the market and online. You can use protecting sprays, car cleaning detergents and other cleaning products instead of household detergents, liquid leather products for leather seats etc. You can use a vacuum cleaner to clean the interiors of your car once a week. You can use a crevice tool for the vacuum to clean areas between the seats and console.

Exterior Cleaning:

Most car cleaners only use water to wash and clean the car. However, a combination of water and wax will save time and add some shine to your vehicle. Once washed, you can use a soft towel to dry the body of the car. You also get sprays to clean the wheels of your car.

Place An Air Freshener:

Finally, you can place an air freshener to add some fresh and flowery fragrance in the interior. You now get air fresheners in different flavours, shapes and sizes at car accessory stores.

Your car is one of your priced possessions. You feel fresh and can drive comfortably in a well maintained clean car. Many leading car care companies offer a wide array of Car Cleaning Services and car wash services at affordable prices. If doing it yourself is a task, opt for cash wash services available at fuel pumps and service stations.

Follow These Steps To Ensure You Choose The Right Inflatable Swimming Pool

An Inflatable Swimming Pool is an investment of obvious appeal – many of us love the idea of a pool that is not only more affordable, but also easier to assemble and move around than the obvious alternatives. It gives you more freedom in how you use the space around your home, not least given the many different shapes and sizes in which inflatable pools are also available. Pool removal cost Sydney is not a problem if you don’t have money because there are companies that allow installment.

But what are the steps that you need to take to make the right choice of inflatable swimming pool?

First Of All… What Type Of Pool Do You Want?

Inflatable swimming pools aren’t all the same – indeed, they tend to fall into one of three categories: hard-side pools, framed pools and ring inflatable pools.

Hard-side pools incorporate a solid steel or aluminium frame that surrounds the pool, helping to maintain its stability. When durability is one of your greatest priorities, this is likely to be the inflatable swimming pool that you choose.

Alternatively, a framed pool is defined by the metal poles that support and hold it in place, while a ring inflatable pool has a top ring that holds the pool to keep it stable. Both of these latter types of inflatable pool are moderately durable.

How Do You Plan To Use The Pool?

The way you intend your inflatable swimming pool to be used will largely dictate the type and size of pool that you choose.

For instance, not only are hard-sided pools the most durable option, but they are also the inflatable pools for which the largest sizes are available, which makes them a good choice for groups. But if you want your pool to be quick to set up on your own and easy to maintain – such as if you are a renter or don’t have much free time – it might be a ring inflatable pool that makes the most sense.

What About Size?

Naturally, the size that you specify for your Inflatable Swimming Pool will depend largely on the size of the area in which you intend to position your pool.

However, picking the right size of pool isn’t quite as simple as just opting for whatever fits the intended space. That’s because you’re also advised to allow an additional three feet between the pool and any surrounding structures for safety reasons, which is also why you should avoid placing any above-ground pool below overhanging trees or electrical lines.

Shape And Height Matter, Too

The deeper the inflatable swimming pool you choose, the deeper the water can be, which naturally affects the swimming experience. If you intend to use your pool for actual swimming, a height of up to 54 inches should serve you perfectly well. However, a shallower pool is a safer one, particularly when children are using it.

There are various shapes from which you can choose for an inflatable swimming pool, too. Round is an especially popular option, and a good one for making the most of a large space, but rectangular and oval pools sell well, too, particularly to those who only have narrow spaces to use.

Why not peruse our extensive inflatable swimming pool range here at Pool Warehouse today, to appreciate just how much the right such pool could enhance your life – as well as how affordable it can be when you purchase it from our online store?

Car Maintenance – Getting a Spring Tune – Up

Car maintenance is important to keeping your car running well and ensuring that it runs efficiently. There are a few simple things which most people should be able to carry out at home that will help keep your car moving. Car polisher produces a consistent high-quality polish on each vehicle.

Air Filter

Your owner’s manual will usually give you an idea of how regularly you should change your air filter, but it’s usually around once a year. The air filter is fairly straight forward; locate the box, which will be a large black plastic box near the engine. This will come apart fairly easily with a screwdriver and you should see some metal casings holding the air filter in place. Just prise these open and replace the filter, now just re-attached the box and you are done. This should save you the 20 your local garage would charge you.

Spark Plugs

Check your spark plugs during your car maintenance to ensure they don’t need placing or cleaning. These can be removed using a wrench and come out fairly easily. Once removed inspect the spark plugs for any cracks and replace if found. Older spark plugs can get fairly dirty which reduces how well they work, gently clean the ends with a wire brush to remove the clumps of dirt. This should help them last a little bit longer before replacements are required.

Fluid Levels

As part of your regular car maintenance you should always ensure that your fluid levels are kept topped up. Some of these can be damaging to your car if left to get too low, such as the engine coolant and oil, others can make your car dangerous to drive such as your brake fluid, power steering fluid and windscreen washer fluid. All of these are easy to check by lifting you hood and looking for the minimum and maximum markers which will be present on each. Top these up if required, however if you’re constantly topping your fluids out this could be a symptom of another problem so get your car checked out.

Tyres

Finally give your tyres a check over to ensure they are safe. Firstly you should ensure that your tyres have no cuts or delves missing from the tyre wall. Theses could rupture causing the tyre to explode. You should also check that the tread is deep enough. UK law states the tyre tread should be at least ¼ inch across three quarters of the tyre. It is important to keep your tyres inflated as running on flat tyres will use more fuel. The manufactures guidelines will tell what pressure level to inflate your tyres too.

You should carry out a check on your car as part of your regular car maintenance, and if you find a problem and aren’t sure click here on how to fix it consult a mechanic as soon as possible.

Best Tips For Shining up Your Car

After buying a new car or when you are fixing up your current car, the rational step is getting and using the correct tools and chemicals that get you that perfect shine. You are, of course, inspired to go that extra mile which is why quality car care products are appreciated by all auto/truck enthusiasts. Unless your vehicle is used primarily for heavy duty or industrial purposes, you’ll highly benefit from applying a thorough layer of carnauba wax to your vehicles paint.

Aftermarket car care products can always prove challenging when first buying for your car. Car care products and detailing supplies are the fuel that makes a passion for a new or new used vehicle so that choosing the right products are essential to having keeping a vehicle nice.

Some Quick Tips for Shining Up That New or New Used Vehicle

1.Car washes mitts, brushes, applicators, sponges, dusters and leather care products – these are the tools that keep the interior looking its best. Selecting the correct car wash product is not as easy as it used to be. Nowadays there are many types all designed at an superior level of car care far beyond those old standbys – dishwashing soap and dusty, rusting bucket. Many products that aren’t available in auto shops are now online. Don’t be afraid to ask or email to get the products that fit your requirements.
2. Polishing utilizing a gentle, high lubricity formula that’s trouble-free and safe for all paint types is the best. Add to that the latest clear coats which can be used on a daily basis to remove dust, grim and loose contaminants keep your car looking its absolute best. If you’re not entirely versed as to what products are right for your surface care needs, you need to establish a relationship with a reputable car shop or online store owner.
3. It is very important to figure out prior to purchase if the vendor is knowledgeable and helpful. You need to ask clear questions, look for online support either via instant messenger or via email and establish rapport with the vendor who can steer you in the right direction.
4. Establish rapport and clearly outline what you plan to do from a simple clean-up and shine, a full service overhaul and near professional detailing for your car to meet qualifications for show excellence, or just minor detailing for fun and hobby on the weekend. Either way with a good relationship, you should be able to find the best specialty and regular car care products to bring out the perfect finish on your car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle.
5. There are various car care products offering differing levels of quality all designed for people who care about the appearance of their car. Things to remember when emailing is to ask questions like:

  • Does it leave a white residue on plastic trim
  • Will it produce a durable shine that lasts
  • Is it competitively priced
  • Do you provide inexpensive accessories to do the job
  • Shipping and handling costs
    Some car care products are made from inexpensive carnauba waxes and there are also unique product categories which can help discerning consumers decide what types of products best suit their vehicles. With a range of personally selected, high quality automotive products to compliment and enhance the results with dedicated customer support are an essential part of the mix.
    6. Try and find a store or online outlet the combines the best of various outlets including: best car wax, car care products, and auto detailing supplies to give your vehicle the perfect show winning shine. You want it to be one-stop shopping so that you can get as much of your project materials and start the work. It should be the number one car care source for auto detailing supplies, the best car wax, car care products, car polishes, auto accessories, polishers, and car detailing tools store.
    Len Patti Mitsubishi offer an extensive range of motor vehicle protection products, designed to Prolong, Preserve & Protect the life, appearance and value of your motor vehicle.

Auto Detailing – Interior and Exterior

A clean car is a happy car, and it also reflects on you as an owner. Take pride in keeping your car clean inside and out, and people will notice. One step above just washing your car is getting it detailed. Detailing isn’t just an interior cleaning, detailing can be an exterior concept as well; and you might be surprised what goes in to detailing a vehicle.

Interior

Detailing a car’s interior means paying attention to all the cracks, crevices and fabrics inside your vehicle. An easy place to start is by removing the floor mats. Vacuum the mats, floor of the vehicle (front and back, moving the seats forward and back to reach all the carpet), upholstery, rear parcel shelf, dashboard and trunk.

If your carpet or upholstery has any stains, using a foam cleanser and rubbing it in with a damp cloth or sponge should get rid of them. Make sure you allow the cleanser to set in for a few minutes before scrubbing the spot. Repeat as many times as needed to clean the spots. Make sure to wipe up the cleanser with a damp (not soaking wet) sponge and do a final blotting with a dry towel to get all the wetness from the fabric and carpet as possible.

Leaving your fabric and carpet damp may cause mold and mildew.

While your floor mats are out, spray them down to get all the sand and dirt off, and then dry them before putting them back in the car.

After you’ve cleaned the dash there are still probably places you can’t easily get the dust out of. Using a can of compressed air should help blast that dust out of hard-to-reach places in the dash, doors, and other places around the car.

Wipe down all interior hard surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner. Use a super-absorbent (for dust) detailing brush on your air vent grilles.

For cloth seats, shampoo them with a wet-vac, making sure they are plenty dry afterward. Leather or vinyl seats can be cleaned with a special cleaner and wiped away with a microfiber cloth. Condition your cleaned leather seats so the leather looks shiny and doesn’t dry out or crack.

Finally, spray glass cleaner on your interior windows and windshield and wipe off with a microfiber or lint-free cloth.

Exterior

Starting with the tires, spray the rims with a degreaser or wheel cleaner. Leave on for a few minutes before scrubbing off with a stiff-bristled brush. Repeat as necessary. Wash the tires with a whitewall tire cleaner and let it soak in for a nice glossy finish.

When washing your car by hand, use a car wash soap, not dish or laundry detergent. Using a microfiber cloth or towel will trap the dirt and grime without leaving scraps of lint behind. Start with the top of your car and work down. Work quickly so the soap does not have time to dry on the car’s surface. After rinsing off with a hose, make sure to dry the car thoroughly with a terry cloth towel or chamois, as air drying will cause soap spots to form. Clean the exterior windows with glass cleaner.

One special product used in detailing the exterior of a vehicle is detailing clay. This is a bar of an engineered resin compound that looks similar to a bar of soap, and it’s used to remove contaminants from the surface of a vehicle’s paint, glass, fiberglass and metal. This bar of clay can be natural or synthetic. Most manufacturers prefer synthetic clays.

Detailing clay is a very elastic type of clay, offering enhanced durability as it is used to detail, being rolled, flattened, smashed and stretched repeatedly during the detailing process. In addition, this clay is designed to repel the kind of contaminants regular clay doesn’t deal with; such as industrial fallout, rail and brake dust, and other pollutants your vehicle comes in contact with. These things can scratch and pierce paint finishes, as well as glass and metal, and they can remain stuck on your vehicle even through rain, car washes and hand polishing. However, with the use of detailing clay you can eliminate these unwanted blemish-causers.

There are a lot of components in getting your car into shape. However, keeping your car in top maintenance will not only prolong its lifetime, but will also help its resale value when you’re ready to trade up. by Jason J Junge!

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Healthy Corporate Catering

Morning Tea

Healthy eating is all about replacing your unhealthy choices rather than ruling them out altogether. You can still enjoy tea and cakes over a morning meeting with a client or a ten a.m. brain-storming session. Replace the old bakery sticky buns and tea cakes with a fruit-bread or fruit-based pikelet: low-sugar banana bread and date loaf are other great alternatives. Fresh fruit- or vegetable-based muffins in different flavour varieties are perfect with a cup of coffee: wholemeal muffin options are a great source of dietary fibre. Similarly, wholemeal biscuits are a great alternative to the standard Arnott’s variety pack, particularly if they contain additional good fats like nuts, or natural sugars derived from fruit.

Steer clear of cakes, muffins, and biscuits will cream fillings or iced tops. Packaged foods not only contain high additives and preservatives, but also hidden sugars, fats, and salts. Hiring a caterer to prepare a healthy morning tea for you is a much better alternative to purchasing your ‘low-fat’ options at the supermarket: not only is your food fresh, but it’s free of all of the hidden surprises of packaged food.

Lunch

Salads are the obvious option, but also a catering favourite. Talk to your caterer about incorporating fresh, seasonal produce into a series of sensational salads. Think colourful leafy greens like mixed lettuce, rocket, and spinach, as well as plump tomatoes, crisp carrots and cucumbers, mushrooms, capsicums, and snap-fresh snow peas. You can make any salad more exciting with seasonal summer touches like stone fruit, berries, or edible flowers.

A sandwich platter is another perfect way to incorporate goods carbohydrates, fibre from whole grains and nutrients from fresh vegetables into your daily diet. Whole-wheat or whole-grain breads or bread rolls are healthier alternatives to highly-processed white breads. You could also try rye bread or pita, plain focaccias or lavash bread. Talk to your caterer about what they can make or source fresh for you.

Replace deli ham or packaged salami with healthier, protein-rich alternatives like lean beef, lean roasted chicken or turkey breast, or boiled eggs. Tinned fish is another good alternative, so long as it is well drained and rinsed of oils or brine. You might be better to talk to your caterer about ordering fresh smoked salmon or grilled white fish. The best part about having your healthy lunch catered is that you can talk to your caterer about the cooking process to ensure that as little fat and oil is used to prepare your meals.

If you’re catering for vegetarian options, use ricotta or reduced-fat cheese as a sandwich filling. Raw vegetables are another great alternative: cram as much fresh salad as you dare onto your sandwiches!

Ditch salty supermarket spreads in preference to a homemade mayonnaise or relish. Avocado is a great spread alternative, as well as being high in good fats. You could also try cottage cheese or a poly- or mono-unsaturated margarine in place of butter.

Platters, Appetisers and Finger Food

Fruit platters are the perfect crowd pleaser! Include a wide selection of fresh, seasonal fruits for your Vitamins A and C, as well as some of your daily iron and potassium intake. Melons, citrus, apples, stone fruits, banana, pears, and berries are ideal for any fruit platter. If you’re tired of the classic office platter, why not have your caterer create fruit kebabs for you? You could even include sweet, reduced-fat yoghurt as a dipping sauce.

Fresh sliced vegetables are another fantastic raw food platter for the office. In the winter, you could ask your caterer to prepare a platter of vegetables still hot from the grill, or, again, vegetable kebabs. Tzatziki, hummus, vegetable-based salsas, cream cheese, or organic nut butter are great healthy sides for vegetable platters.

Cheese and cracker platters can be revamped to suit your dietary requirements as well. Replace fatty cheeses with ricotta, fetta, or other hard cheeses. Forget water crackers: include salt-reduced crisp breads or crackers, almond bread or a toasted lavash or pita bread. Nuts, are great source of healthy fats and protein, can be served roasted and unsalted: almonds, brazils nuts, pecans, and pistachios are your best options. Finish off your cheese platter with some dried fruit or some crisp grapes.

Finger food is just as simple to serve fresh, healthy, and delicious. Have your caterer make up platters of fresh sushi or rice paper rolls with loads of fresh vegetables, avocado, and smoked salmon or chicken breast. A low-fat, salt-reduced soy or sweet chilli sauce makes for a great dipping sauce.

Beverages

Keep up the healthy tone of your function by including a series of diet-friendly beverages in your catering service. Plain, chilled water is an obvious option: lace it with fresh lemon or orange, or mint for an extra burst of flavour. Plain, decaffeinated coffee is the perfect alternative to your morning jumbo latte with three sugars. Green or white teas are rich sources of antioxidants, while herbal teas come in wide ranges of flavour. You could even have your caterer create a series of fresh fruit and vegetables juices, incorporating current health trends like spirulina or goji berries.

Your caterer will be able to advise yon on the best ways to make your corporate catering health-conscious and tongue-tantalising. Talk to your experienced Sunshine Coast catering service today for diet-friendly inspiration!

Pure Catering was the first significant corporate caterer in South East Queensland to adopt these practices. Check out our website for more information of eco-friendly Brisbane corporate catering for your function. Corporate Catering Brisbane

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A New Kind of Digital Art

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “digital art”? Do you think of images filled with numbers, random geometric shapes, wild colors that make you feel like you’ve been in front of a camera’s flash bulb going off? I can’t say I blame you as that is what many perceive digital art to be and in a large part it is. By using computer programs artists are able to come up with geometrical, colorful designs that blow the senses and in many ways correspond to the old-fashioned abstract paintings and sculptures that have been around for a long time now. These kinds of art make the viewer think, it lets them imagine whatever they want when they look at it because it’s rare that two people will see the same thing or get the same idea from an abstract piece of art and this is the same thing that happens when viewers are looking at digital art that is of this nature.

I’d like to introduce you to a new kind of digital art; I call it “digital painting” and it is the style of art that I work with the most. What I call digital painting is using a computer graphics program along with a graphics tablet and pen. Yes it’s true, when you use a program you can use a whole array of filters that are available, both free ones and commercial filters but I prefer to paint using mainly the graphics tablet and pen along with the program of choice; in my case I use the Paint Shop Pro program. There are many programs out there, both free such as GIMP and pay-to-use programs including Photo Shop but I’ve found that Paint Shop Pro works well and it doesn’t break a person’s bank account. On occasion I’ll use one of the filters it comes with or that I’ve collected over the years but I mainly do that when I’m designing graphic designs for my website, a client’s site or designing for my clothing and gift stores. I use the included brush types to paint with and just as a regular artist uses smudge tools, erasers and the like, I use the smudge tool and similar tools while I’m painting to give my subject matter life, to make it look like a regular oil, acrylic or water color painting. It’s amazing how when you work with a tablet and pen you can create realistic brush strokes just as you would if you were using a painting palette and brush; you find yourself doing the same sort of movements with your hand and wrist that you would do if you were using the regular tools. One of the best things I’ve found by painting digitally is the way you can create different layers so you don’t have to completely throw away a painting if you mess up. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve actually had several experiences where I had to throw out the entire painting and start from scratch but in general you’re able to correct mistakes you’ve made much easier than when you use a canvas and paint. And it’s amazing how many people wouldn’t know my work’s digital if I didn’t tell them it was.

When I first began painting digitally, I used the same techniques I described above but I had to use my computer mouse to do it and let me tell you that after a few months of using the PC mouse to paint it definitely does a number on the wrist; plus I found that there are certain movements you just can’t do with a PC mouse that you can do with a graphics tablet and pen on the computer. I always had a difficult time with any kind of spherical shapes when using the computer mouse; without using the vector tool that is built into the PSP program that is and since I prefer to paint digitally the same way I would if I were using a canvas and brushes I always felt it was cheating to use the vector tool to create circles and other spherical shapes.

When I first connected the graphic tablet and began using it, it took me about 2 or 3 days until I was comfortable with it because when you first use it, you have to get your bearings as far as where you are pointing to on the graphic tablet and how that corresponds to the computer screen. However, once I got the hang of that, I was absolutely in love with this tool! It lets you work so freely with your creations, and I’ve found that I’ll even use my bare finger on the graphics tablet to do the smudging and blending in addition to using the pen that comes along with it because you honestly feel like you’re working with a real palette and canvas when you paint with a tablet. For example, when you use a graphic tablet to paint digitally you can paint fur that is so much more realistic than with a PC mouse; when I paint any animal with fur, I apply each piece of fur strand by strand, one by one, I do the same when I’m painting birds’ feathers and dragons’ scales also; I paint the darkest layer first and then paint lighter layers on top of it to give the animal depth which is also what I do when I am painting the shadows on the animal’s body as well as the bony areas that you can see such as the ankle joints and the like. Also, the shading you can accomplish, using a graphic tablet, on an animal’s eye to give it real depth and authenticity is much more vivid and lifelike in my view than using a PC mouse.

Some critics state that digital painting isn’t real “art” but I have to disagree with them. The definition of “art” as defined by dictionary.com website is, “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.” Now I will give you my definition of the word “art” as I see it, being an artist myself, art means taking what I’ve experienced through living, taking examples from nature and putting that into something that can be viewed and shared by everyone. If I can capture the feeling I had when I saw a bald eagle flying or when I get upset by man trying to destroy our environment for greed, if I can capture that emotion and use it to create a painting that is “art”. If I can take the sadness & anger I feel when I lose a loved one and use that energy to create a painting that is “art”. The medium I happen to choose to express those emotions, those ideas is irrelevant. Now, when photography first emerged in the late 1880’s staunch art critics didn’t view this as an art either but as we’ve seen, it’s viewed now as a major form of art with not just magazines using photographs but also museums devoted to photographic art as well. This is what I see happening with digital art and digital paintings; this form of art is a continuation of the never-ending evolution that is “art” and I truly believe that in the future, digital art will be just as respected as the more traditional forms of art because believe me, it’s no less difficult to master, no less temperamental to the creative process; the only difference is, it requires different tools than what many are used to when they think of “art”.

Author: Mike”Birdman”Sexton
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