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Archive for April, 2011

a few months ago we had a new "top of the line" carrier infinity series central ac and heat pump put in to reduce our electric bills and to get rid of the baseboard heaters. our house is all electric no gas or oil of any kind. house is about 1000 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, ranch style. no basement no garage attic for storage only. also had weatherization done by electric company 1 year ago. during the summer the system runs perfect with the fan speed set to auto. but now that the temps are dropping and i have the heat on im noticing the bedrooms are about 6 degrees colder. i have a separate digital temp reader in my bedroom thats how i know. when i have the system set at 69 with fan on auto the bedrooms stay at 63. and you can definitely feel the difference. the thermostat is in the living room. our system fan speeds say off, auto, low, med, and high. questions. if my fan speed is set to low will that make my electric bill huge? will it burn out the fan sooner? will it hurt the system in anyway? (we paid a lot of money for this system i want it to last). i did run the fan on low for one day and it did a great job at keeping the bedrooms the same temp as the rest of the house but we are afraid of getting a huge electric bill or burning out the fan. help please?!
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With this Carrier system do you have the infinity 4 wire communicating thermostat thermostat?. Read the setup and owners manual cover to cover. I would check ALL the advanced settings and see if there is a "circulate" fan speed option.This will bring the fan in intermittently and "circulate" the air in the bedrooms. If not keeping it on low will be fine..In my opinion, the fan does not suffer any consequences by running constantly.Especially if it is a variable speed motor..The electric consumption with a variable speed motor is extremely small.$0.20 to $0.60.a day..I would also check the insulation in the attic and basement Look for any heat loss/gain areas. 6 degrees is a lot..Killer system seen good results on lower elect. bills


I live in Minnesota, where there is SNOW! I play baseball and that is the only sport I play. It’s just baseball because I train in the winter. I was going to use my garage to train, but it’s to small. I have a big backyard but I am 13 and can’t pay or install insulation for heating. There are no baseball indoor facilities in my town. I want to train for hitting, catcher drills, ground balls and pitching. I am serious about the sport and I need a solution or my dream could be in the dumps. Ideas?

You are probably limited for actuall baseball training.

Take advantage of the good weather days and at least throw outdoors.

There are some indoor facilities, though most appear to be in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area. You might be able to find at least a automated indoor batting cage within a days drive.

Another option would be to find more kids like you in your area that are llooking to have a indoor facility and pool your money together and rent a reasonably prices warehouse. You will need a lot of netting, too, which will cost quite a bit, so you will have to come up with a fair amount of cash. Either that or get an investor to put up the money and make a business out of it and charge people to use it.

Finally, you could contact the nearest colleges in your area that field a baseball team. They often have indoor facilities. You could inquire about using them, though it is unlikely any of them would be open to the public.

Otherwise, you will have train at the gym and at home. Lift weights, run on the treadmill, swim laps, stretch, etc, focusing more on conditioning.

Good Luck.


Organization. That’s the key to leading a leisurely life. If you have a place for everything and put everything in its place, then you won’t have to waste time looking for such things as your car keys, matching shoes for your shirt or dress, or papers that you need for work. And if you don’t have to waste time looking for misplaced items, then you won’t have to deal with the feelings of frustration or aggravation that always result from such activity!

Today, it is possible to purchase all kinds of shelves, racks, drawers and cabinets for every room in your house. You could always cobble together something on your own, of course, but the quality and utility of it will probably be better from a store-bought item.

Do you have a laundry room, complete with washer and dryer? Is it arranged to your satisfaction? If not, here’s a few items designed specially for the laundry room. It all depends on how much space you have, of course, but the right items can at least double your space.

Wire shelving is one way to add that space to your laundry room. If the walls are of tile or for some reason you don’t want to attach the shelving to them, you can get shelving designed to fit over the top of your washer. You can also find folding tables, specially designed for the laundry, on which you can sort and fold your clothes, and then fold and put away until next time. A laundry sorter with divisions for colors, darks and whites is also helpful. And of course the laundry room is probably where you store your mops and other cleaning material. Get a wall organizer from you can suspend all these items, and it will improve the look of your laundry.

Once you’ve finished washing your clothes, it’s time to put them away in the appropriate closet. Alas, there’s no way yet to teleport the clothing directly, so you do have to make the time for that. If there’s enough room in your laundry so that you can fold the clothing into appropriate piles, that makes things easier, of course.

How’s your closet? Are your shoes jumbled on the floor in an unattractive mass, and more often than not buried underneath clothing or bags or other items? For the guys out there, are your silk ties and belts mashed together in a single drawer?

Many systems exist to help you take care of your shoe collection, no matter how extensive it may be, from over-the-wall hangers that fit on the back of your closet door, to tilted floor shelves. You can even get a rolling shoe rack that you can slide underneath your bed, which will leave your closet floor completely empty.

Tie and belt racks, designed specifically for the purpose, will ensure that these items stay where you put them, and will make it easier than ever for you to choose the appropriate one. There are swing-out racks so that the ties or belts will nestle against the wall or door, swing out to give you easy movement while you make your choice for the day, and then swing back to give you room once more to look at your shirts or dresses.

Some people don’t like to lay their slacks out in drawers. For these people, they can suspend their slacks on hangers of course, in amongst the dresses or shirts, or you can purchase a pants trolley which will roll right into and out of your closet for ease of use. Make sure you purchase a trolley made out of a sturdy metal or wood.

If you’ve organized your closet and still don’t have room, it’s time to move some of your clothing to storage. If you live in a location with clearly defined seasons, you can store away your winter clothing until it’s needed again, for example. Airtight storage bags are the ticket here.

And finally, don’t forget the little things. You don’t want moths getting into your clothing! Moth balls, cedar blocks or herbal sachets are of use here, and of course the cedar blocks or sachets will give off a pleasant aroma. If you live in an area subject to damp, you’ll want a closet moisture absorber to take care of that problem.


April 29, 2011

Oops, I Lost My Data

You may be in a situation where you know your data is not being backed up correctly – or at all. You know it needs to be looked into………….but you just can’t ‘find the time to speak to the other team members about it.

Data is the second most irreplaceable and valuable asset after ‘people’. In the event of a disaster, insurance money can only pay compensation and replace tangible assets; it cannot replace people or your unique data.

So where do you start? Well every business has their own requirements and generally will look to their IT support company for advice on their specific needs. In my experience IT companies (particularly for SMEs) just rather organise blue cable, servers, peripheries and maintenance plans – than ensure a decent Disaster Recover (DR) plan is in place. And if they recommend a DR plan, it will be based on their biases on the subject.

Here is what to consider and investigate when developing a data backup plan.

First – How much data are you generating each day? That is how many Gigabytes?

Second. How many days/hours of data can you afford to lose?

Third. If there is a major systems failure – how much downtime can you afford?

How much data needs to be backed up daily? You should only need to do an incremental backup of the NEW data for the day.

When to do a FULL backup? ……………. Usually weekly.

Also you may require Archive backups……………often monthly.

Once you know the quantity of data to backup daily & weekly, you can then decide on the method.

You need to consider how much data needs to be stored on Disc (eg NAS) for rapid access in case of a systems failure; and how much data can be stored on Tape (LTO, DLT). Tape is cheaper to run but takes longer to backup and access.

The simplest method is to buy a Tape drive unit that can backup about 200 – 400 GB of data. The costs vary ($1000 – $2000) for the unit and the individual tapes cost about $50 – $60 each (you often need about 20 tapes). If your data is close to a Terabyte (TB), you are now looking into more money to set up ($5000 – $10000).

– Removable hard drives are becoming more popular as they are now becoming more affordable when compared to tape. Although they store less information than tape – you can access the data faster on a hard drive than a tape.

On the other hand, you can store a lot of your daily data on Disc Storage (NAS etc..) however the hardware can be very expensive to purchase and very expensive to operate. You need to keep the units running constantly – even if you just want to have access to a simple word file – the whole unit needs to keep running. A lot of electricity for disc, whereas tape just sits on the shelf.

You just have to know what data you need to store for rapid access (Disc storage) or archive or not so urgent (Tape) and balance your expenditure and operating costs accordingly. Also remember to factor in the amount of data increase you are experiencing in your organisation (thanks to emails and larger file sizes – there is at least a 50% increase in all extant data per annum!!!). Finally make sure you calculate the running costs (electricity, consumables, depreciation, repair) for the method you choose.


Some experts will say tape is vulnerable to damage and corruption. The solution is to make multiple tape backups and then store in a cool, safe place. Actually tape will last years without problems.

Many companies offer off-site tape storage. This allows you to store tapes in a library/cataloguing system that can be viewed online. They are kept in a secure vault with idea climate conditions for tape longevity. You are also able to instruct the storage company how often they visit your office to exchange your backup tapes on an agreed tape rotation plan.

What about the Internet?

Yes some people have backup software that allows their data to be de-duplicated and compressed so as to fit in the available bandwidth. Some IT people actually backup onto the available space on their Website Database. Web hosters often offer a certain amount of data to be stored in the back end of the web site itself – for a monthly fee. Just check to see the extra costs associated with data transfer. Also in the event of a systems failure (where communication lines can go down – thus internet and WAN) how are you going to retrieve the data?

IT people are also known for taking home older servers – placing them in their garage and backing up data over the internet to their second hand PCs. Is this a reliable solution considering sick days, holidays, burglary and internet integrity?

Some companies will host your data in a similar way to Web hosters? Just ensure that they are in fact a suitable option when you factor in costs, reliability, bandwidth, data restoration time and DR.

What if you need a ‘Standby Data Centre” in the event of a major disaster?

You can always consult your IT Company on what to do if you need to rebuild a whole server room in a major crisis. Larger organisations have a remote DR site that allows their staff and their whole network to relocate and recommence with 1 – 2 days, in the event of a disaster. This of course bears a huge capital cost.

You can always ensure that you have data kept off site in one form or another and that you have a plan in place that allows your IT company the option to rebuild a server – load your data and get your company up and running in a couple of days….at least for critical systems. There will be some ongoing costs to keep this plan running….but keep in mind the cost of downtime for your own business. How much money is lost every hour your business is not operating?

Other simple solutions

There is more software being developed that will compress and simplify your data so that you are only backing up a smaller parcel of data.

This is definitely worth investigating, however I would recommend that you start changing policy internally with regard to backup solutions. Remember that a large source of your problem is that company employees often make several copies of the one file, do not delete there ‘Sent files’ and do not archive or manage their emails. This is where you can save a lot of memory – and thus know for sure the REAL amount of data that needs to be stored.

Glenn Caldwell

Glenn Caldwell


Architectural area lights feature an aesthetic component that differentiates them from the purely functional fixtures used in typical site lighting. Although the lamps used in both architectural area lighting and site lighting are often similar–if not identical– light sources, architectural area lights are made with a noticeably higher level of decorative design and ornamentation. As such, purchasing costs can be rather high, and this can deter municipalities, academic institutions, and even small corporations from making an investment that would otherwise serve their outdoor lighting needs on a number of levels ranging from public appeal to commercial branding. When commercial site developers, architects, and contractors encounter this type of resistance, they can turn to RLLD Commercial Lighting for adjunct lighting design support that will enable them to propose cost-effective, energy saving light sourcing that offers both tangible benefits and ROI on multiple levels.

Contractors frequently encounter office buildings, churches, museums, civic centers, municipal headquarters, universities, restaurants, resorts, and country clubs that require a highly customized, often very sophisticated architectural area lighting system that will contribute certain key elements to their property, building architecture, and public image. The fixtures and lamps that will ultimately be used to build these systems must completely accommodate the multiple demands of dark sky laws, increasingly strict LPW efficiency codes, minimum foot candle requirements, and bring the client measurable ROI through reduced power requirements and minimized ongoing maintenance.

If you are a commercial developer or sole proprietor working as a DIY electrical contractor, you can quickly and accurately accommodate these many demands in an expeditious manner is to work with a vendor like RLLD Commercial Lighting that offers complimentary, adjunct design services with a systematic approach. Before we suggest any specific lamps or fixtures, we first want to learn more specifics from you regarding your client’s site. When we understand architectural area lighting to actually be a combination of four separate elements- parking lot lighting, parking garage lighting, building architectural lighting, and security lighting- the right questions to ask become readily apparent. Does your client have a parking lot, a parking garage, or both? What is the total number of buildings located on the property? Are there public park areas, open landscapes, recreational areas, or walkways that require special lighting? How many people work or visit the facility at night? What is the total acreage of the property if it is located on a considerably large piece of land? How much light will the entire system output, what it will cost, and what will be the expected return on investment for your client?

The data gathered from this dialogue is now inputted into sophisticated lighting design software that enables us to calculate on a point by point level the exact photometric requirements needed to determine which specific fixtures will best provide building accent light, perimeter and walkway security, glare free, well-lit parking areas, and aesthetic, shadow-free landscape, and an energy savings package that offers a measurable ROI by means of energy and maintenance cost savings. By eliminating the guesswork from architectural area lighting, RLLD Commercial Lighting helps contractors first determine exactly what lighting levels and power requirements are optimal to propose, and second, which actual products will most effectively and affordably offer clients lasting solutions that are affordable, reliable, and aesthetically superior. By giving smaller design firms and individual lighting design consultants access to software normally affordable only to larger firms, RLLD Commercial Lighting also helps level the lighting design playing field, arming small companies and consultants with competitive advantages that can rival even the largest firms in photometric accuracy, specification grade quality, and multiple benefits at the line item level.

RLLD Commercial Lighting maintains a full selection of architectural area lighting fixtures, lamping options, commercial lighting poles, and mounting accessories that allow the contractor to offer more options to the client at the line item level. As a representative of a number of reputable, domestic, and established manufacturers, we can offer any commercial developer, architect, or lighting designer impeccable lead time on products made here in the United States and drop shipped anywhere in the country to expedite time to market delivery of products and services.

R. Neal


Full body paint has good shine
No odors, non-smoker, and no pets
Leather six way power captains’ chairs also swivel and recline
Extra wide passenger seat has a power footrest
Left side cloth upholstered sofa becomes a bed 48″ x 77″
Right side leather recliner also swivels
Free standing dining table on the right side
Kitchen on the left side with raised panel wood cabinets
Ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen and bathroom
Carpet in living area, cab, and bedroom
Bedroom in the rear
Bathroom located between the kitchen and bedroom
Day/Night shades throughout
Roadmaster chassis
Allison electronic transmission
Sony rearview monitor
Tilt/Telescoping steering column
Air brakes
Cobra hand held CB radio
Cruise control switches on the left console
Keyless entry
Power step cover
Sun visors for driver and passenger
Side mirrors have two mirrors per side to help prevent blind spots
Privacy curtains for windshield and front side windows
Power adjustable and heated side mirrors
Map lights for driver and passenger
Fog lights
32″ Sharp Aquos LCD TV in front
In dash Sony AM/FM/CD radio
19″ Sharp LCD TV in bedroom
One slide out
20′ Carefree of Colorado power patio awning
Topper awning with metal wrap weather shield
Window awnings with metal wrap weather shield
Left side has one outside pass through storage compartment with a slide out storage system and one pass through compartment
Right side has one outside storage compartment with a slide out storage system, a pass through compartment with a slide out storage system, and a pass through storage compartment
Electrical, cable, and phone outlets in outside storage bay
Power automatic entry step
Contains storage for sewer hose
Outdoor shower
Norcold four door refrigerator/freezer with raised wood panel door faces
Sharp Carousel convection microwave
Kitchenaid recessed two burner range with solid covers to match countertop
Double sink. Single handed faucet.
Built in soap dispenser
Ice maker
Plenty of cabinets and drawers for storage
Contains shower, vanity, and toilet
Sliding wood doors for privacy
Corner shower with glass surround and a skylight
Fantastic Fan high volume fan with temperature control
Medicine cabinet
Raised porcelain toilet and a temperature controlled Fantastic Fan high volume fan are located in a separate room with a wood door for privacy
Towel racks
Plenty of cabinets and drawers for towels and toiletries
Bed size 60″ x 80″ with two nightstands and storage under bed
Sliding wood door for privacy
Individual reading lights in bed
Emergency exit
Plenty of cabinets, drawers, and closet space for clothes
Aqua Hot water heating system
Eureka central vacuum
Dual rear tires for maximum stability
22.5″ Bridgestone tires
LP gas detector
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
Washer/Dryer combination
Plenty of overhead storage
Dometic Duo Therm electronic comfort control thermostat system
Ducted roof air conditioning
Onan generator
50-amp shore power cord
110 volt to 12 volt converter
2″ x 2″ square receiving hitch
Full width Monaco mud flap

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Learn what materials you need to build storage shelves in your garage in this free DIY home improvement video.

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Bio: Jon holds a Bachelors of Science in Education and Human Sciences degree, with an endorsement in Industrial Technology Education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
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Create an extra closet worth of space in less than five minutes with the only no tools attic storage system. No measuring, no cutting, no mess. Organization has never been so easy!

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James Migani from Precision Door Service, takes “The Balancing Act” on a tour of the garage to look at smart solutions for a safer home garage door. Learn what you can do to make your home safer.

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