5 Places To Pick Up Your Timber

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Your choice of timber for your next project can make all the difference in its success or failure. Timber improperly cured will warp, cup, and split, ruining your furniture or flooring. Kiln-dried timber is the best, but only if it has been dried to the right humidity levels for your area. For example, timber dried to suit the ambient humidity of Dorset will split and ruin in the Nevada desert. If timber is overdried, when you use it in the UK, it will absorb moisture from the ambient air and swell, which is just as destructive to your goals. You may also have an issue regarding the use of sustainable timber as opposed to old-growth. Another issue may be supply and delivery. With these in mind, you may enjoy this list of places to pick up your timber in the UK. These suppliers are ranked highly in the quality, sustainability, and customer service by hobbyists and construction companies.

B & Q Timber

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One of the biggest timber suppliers in the UK is B & Q Timber. They offer parts for staircases and decorative mouldings, as well as fine wood for furniture. You can find sheet wood and sawn timber here, too. They offer a wide variety of softwood timbers for framing, and sheet wood for sheathing. Besides wood, timber, and trim, you can get valuable training on any number of woodworking and building projects. They also sell hardware, lighting, security equipment, plumbing fixtures, flooring, tile, and many different interior decorating finishes.

Wickes

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Another of the biggest home improvement chains in the UK is Wickes. As with B & Q, you can find anything you need for building or renovating your home, or working in your garden. Their timber is high quality, selected and prepared for this part of the world so that you shouldn’t have any problems with incorrect moisture content. Their customer service receives fairly high rankings, with delivery listed as being timely and courteous. Large orders of timber should be made with plenty of time for fulfilling the order.

Code 6

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One of the top suppliers of home grown Western Red Cedar is Code 6. Red Cedar is a sustainable product, and most of the timber sold here is grown right in the South Western part of England. A slightly smaller company that the two mentioned above, Code 6 still delivers across the UK, receiving good reviews for timeliness and customer service. The timber they provide comes in a wide selection of edging, including tongue and groove, Bead and butt, feather edge, shiplap cladding, and channel cladding. Red cedar is a durable product that withstands weather and will not rot. Their timber Somerset is graded and dried specifically for the UK, and large orders are accepted.

Timber Store

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The Timber Store UK is another home improvement superstore that can keep you furnished with timber, plumbing, paving, and other elements necessary for building.

Buying timber for your next project is exciting. When you find the right timber store, you’ll probably go back for your next project.

Hiring A Marquee For Your Wedding

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As you plan your wedding, or that of someone special, you may consider hiring a marquee for your wedding. Venues vary in price, parking, and availability, but a marquee can be set up just about anywhere, and serve any function. Here are some pointers for hiring a marquee for your wedding, and some suggestions on their use.

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Contacting Marquee Providers

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Check for marquee providers online or in your local phone book. Usually, you can find the specifics for each rental on their website. Look for capacity, or how many people the marquee will hold or shelter. Most marquee providers prefer to set up and remove the equipment themselves, so that they will be taken care of, so don’t expect to get a discount by offering to do it yourself.

However, if you can provide seating yourself, you may save money there. As far as catering goes, most marquee providers also have catering services. You can save a lot of money by bundling services.

You may also be asked to make a deposit to hold the marquee for your specific date. Check to see whether or not the deposit is refundable, or whether or not it will be applied to your entire rental fee.

Uses for Marquees

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If you are using the marquee just for serving, people may cycle through to receive their refreshments and then move on to other areas. In these cases, the marquee only needs to cover as many people at a time as you wish to shelter.

In parts of the world where the weather is questionable, you may want a marquee with drop-down sides. This way, if a rain storm or dirt storm blows through during your wedding, you can drop the sides and continue with the festivities. This has given many people the chance to enjoy outdoor weddings without the worries over weather problems.

One of the disadvantages of hiring a marquee is it is, after all, a glorified tent. However, you will find that tents have come a long way. Marquee providers also provide décor for these facilities, including carpeting, drapery, lighting, and even sets for ceremonies. You can also have them install a dance floor. They also provide a sound system for the speaker, the person officiating, and for the band. Most providers can even recommend a disc jockey.

The marquees can be connected to climate control, making the facilities more comfortable. This is a vast improvement over the days when temperature variations ruled the day.

A marquee can be erected just about anywhere. Therefore, you can have it placed near an area with plenty of parking and restroom facilities. Some couples arrange to have the shelter erected near places that have sentimental significance, such as a park or in a theater district. Another great convenience you gain when you use marquee hire in Somerset is that it makes your event more visible to the guests.

As you plan your wedding, consider all of the conveniences you get when you hire a marquee.

 

A Great Glamping Gift For Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is upon us, and, as usual, many of us are frantically looking for a special gift for that special someone. Thanks to modern entrepreneurs, there are a number of fabulous ways to show your love for that person in a romantic, beautiful setting. Here are some suggestions to make this holiday memorable.

Limousine Ride

It seems like most teenagers these days have ridden in a limousine at least once. A “stretch limo” is parked in front of the school building at least once a month, hauling excited 10 year olds to the pizza place in style to celebrate that much-anticipated birthday.

By contrast, most adults have NOT ever ridden in a limousine. That’s just unfair!

Hire a limo to pick your loved one up at work. Even if you just take the long way home, you can share a glass or two of champagne on the ride.

Go Luxury Camping

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Face it – the words “luxury” and “camping” don’t really go together. Unless you are familiar with glamping. Glamour camping is an incredible way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life without giving up comfort.

A luxury tent rental places you right in your favorite camping spot, except you have climate control and catering. You can select different kinds of tents, from Bedouin style to a yurt. Imaging taking your sweetheart to your favorite nature site, topping the rise, and seeing a fabulous tent awaiting your arrival – complete with a butler!

The tents have floors and luxurious carpeting, bath facilities, and regular sized beds. They even have electricity, although wi-fi may be subject to location. You can request catered meals to suit your dietary needs or taste for special dishes. If your idea of romance is to be a part of one of the many festivals in the UK, you can actually be on the grounds, rather than on the outskirts.

Basically, the service you are receiving is the luxury camping. Take your luxury hotel room with you, and have a great Valentine’s day.

Have a Couple’s Spa Day

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Share a spa day with your loved one. This can be simply a couple’s massage, or you can spend the entire day getting facials, steam room treatments, and massages. There are many places that provide this type of service, and you can find a wide variety of amenities provided.

Go Float

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If your sweetie is in constant motion and seems to always be distracted, arrange for a float session. This is actually based on a sensory deprivation technique, but in limited sessions, it can be very relaxing. You put on your swimsuit and float in a “pod”. Filled with water dense with Epsom salts, the pod is dark, body temperature, and quiet. You wear earplugs to keep the water out of your ears, and float in the warm darkness for 30 minutes or so. The effect is rejuvenating.

Whether you enjoy glamping or some other luxury on Valentine’s Day, just be aware that there are many businesses dedicated to original experiences.

 

Drying Your Clothes, Outdoors Or Indoors?

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Should you dry your clothes indoors or outdoors? There are different schools of thought, and different preferences.

Location

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First of all, you have to consider your location. In many cases, it simply may be impossible to dry your clothes outdoors. The absence of a garden or yard may make an outdoor drying rack or clothesline impossible. You may also live in a neighbourhood that would frown on the use of an outdoor clothesline.
However, this does not mean that you have to limit yourself to indoor drying. Many portable clothes drying racks can be set up on the patio to dry some items outdoors.
If you have a very small apartment, or your house has no laundry room, you may feel the need to dry some items outdoors on a clothes drying rack.

Clothes Drying Racks

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For small areas, a ceiling drying rack may be the best solution. It will not take up any floor space, and can give you plenty of drying surfaces. One of the great things about a ceiling drying rack is that, since heat rises, the clothes will dry more quickly.
Another advantage of drying racks indoors is that they can raise the humidity in the house. When winter comes and forced heat saps moisture from the air, drying your clothes indoors can add some moisture to the atmosphere. This often can help people with sensitive sinuses.
There are, however, some potential problems with drying your clothes indoors, on a drying rack. Some racks are in the way, and can get knocked over. In some cases, the garments placed on the rack may be so wet that they drip, which can get the flooring underneath the rack to get wet. If you use the drying rack a lot, the excess moisture can cause carpeting or rugs beneath the rack to mildew. Hard flooring may become slick, so you need to be careful.

Drying Clothes Outside

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Drying your clothes outside is a great way to freshen them, and the sun may bleach out your white items a little more. If there is a little bit of breeze, the clothes will dry even quicker.
However, it is not always a great way to dry clothes if there are bugs about. Some bugs are attracted to the moisture in the fabric, and you may carry the bugs into the house when you bring in the laundry.
Sometimes, too, the fabrics are more stiff. This is usually due to the fact that there is no fabric softener sheet for the clothes line. When you dry clothes in the dryer, you can add a dryer sheet.
Drying clothes outside on a clothesline may also leave marks on the garments from the clothespins. If this is the case, you may want to switch to a drying rack. With a rack, you just drape the items on the rack without clamps. You just have to be careful that the wind does not blow them away!

5 Ideas For Building With Timber

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To paraphrase an old pearl of wisdom, I would say “Give me a piece of furniture, and I have furniture. Give me a circular saw and some timber, and I have an avocation.” Working with timber is one of the most satisfying hobbies and/or careers a person can perform. I helped my dad build the addition to our house when I was a child. The scents of sawdust and of wood overheated by a dull saw blade still make me feel at home. The sound of a nail being driven into the wood, with its pitch rising with each successive blow, is music to my ears. I still analyze the grains of wood to determine hardwood or softwood, ash, oak, mahogany, white pine, or yellow pine. In short, I am a dedicated timber nerd. I can spend hours strolling through the home improvement store, just enjoying the scents. But, enough about me. Here are 5 things you can build with timber.

Raised Planting Beds

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This is a pretty simple assignment – build a raised planting bed. It is, basically, a box. They are used in city-scapes, home gardens, and interior spaces. The raised planter gives you the opportunity to have plants around you regardless of soil conditions, because you get to determine what kind of soil in in the planter.
When you build a raised planting bed, use timber that is resistant to rot. Redwood or cedar are the most common choices for this. You also want boards that are of a pretty substantial weight and size, so that it will withstand the weight of soil and water, and the pressure of plant roots. Dig out a trough for the boards, and make sure they are level before you screw them together. Some people line their planter with plastic, but make sure that it can drain properly to avoid root rot.

Timber Retaining Walls

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These are beautiful solutions to property that is steeply sloped. You can build up your lawn or garden, once you have build a sturdy retaining wall. This is often done with landscaping timbers that are laid horizontally and staked to the ground in successive layers. Others will sink the timbers vertically into the ground, with reinforcement behind to keep them from splaying. This can look great with a home that features timber cladding.

Deck

Decks are particularly popular with homeowners, because it gives them the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors without having to slog through mud or other inventions of nature. The deck can be an outdoor living area, complete with floor space, steps, shade, and planters. Timber of various sizes can be used for this project, giving you more opportunity to try your joining skills.

Gate

Dress up your garden with a beautifully crafted timber gate. Patterns abound on the internet and at woodworking stores. You don’t have to work in wrought iron to build a beautiful gate.

Stairs

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If you elect to build stairs to your home or deck, remember this – each riser should be EXACTLY the same height, and level. Otherwise, people will trip.
Now, go – enjoy working with wood and power tools.

Buying Garden Ornaments

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Buying garden ornaments can make your garden more beautiful and personal than you would ever think. There are many ways to “fix up” your garden, and they can make it more accessible, comfortable, and welcoming than you may have ever thought.

Gazing Balls

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Despite the weird name, the gazing ball can be a great accessory to your garden. This is an orb with a mirror-like finish, and evokes the idea of a crystal ball used in fortune telling. The orb can be a made of glass or metal, and can be brightly coloured. The name indicates that one would sit and stare at the ball, rather than the garden. However, the true purpose of the gazing ball is to create a centrepiece in the garden. It can be a spot of colour, adding accent to an area and drawing the eye to a section of the garden. In formal settings, it can act as a centrepiece, sitting in the middle of the garden. In other uses, it can be a spot of colour or light in a dark corner of the garden, automatically giving that corner more significance in the overall structure of the garden.

Water Features

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A water feature can bring the sound of flowing water to your garden. This is not only a restful sound, it can also drown out neighbourhood noise quite effectively.

Contrary to what you may think, a water feature does not have to be a formal, three-tiered fountain with a cherub at the top peeing a stream. Those may be great in a large, formal garden, but what about your small patio garden? A wall fountain may be the best solution, wall fountains also look great with Illuminated plant pots UK. Wall fountains are available in every style you can imagine, from lion’s head fountains to slate walls down which water runs to the retaining tank. The flowing water does not attract mosquitoes because they only live in stagnant water.

Statuary

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Statuary is another garden ornament that is popular with many gardeners. But, how much is too much? the answer is with you. Some people want one garden gnome hidden in the shrubbery for the children to find, others want all 7 Dwarves. You may want a St. Francis statue for your bird feeder. many places have a wide assortment of statuary for your garden, all of which can be a great addition.

Furniture

Benches, tables, and other garden furniture make the garden beautiful and functional. A teak bench located beneath a shade tree, a lounger placed on a sunny deck, or a table and dining chairs on the patio all create a welcoming atmosphere that encourages you and your visitors to enter the garden and enjoy the scenery.

Planters

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Planters are not always considered a garden ornament as there are inside variants aswell, but garden planters can be just as decorative as any sculpture or water feature. Planters come in a range of different shapes sizes and materials.

Pavers can also make an exciting addition to the garden, River rock, mulch, gravel, and shaped stones, either used exclusively or combined with each other, can lead the eye, and the garden visitor, throughout the garden for beautiful experiences.

 

Why A Weight Loss Retreat Might Be Your Best Option

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Losing weight is such a pain, sometimes, isn’t it? People get sick to death of trying to lose weight, and with winter and the holiday seasons approaching, we often feel like we are in a no-win situation. Even any exercise regimen we may have started is disrupted with the change in the weather, and colder weather makes us want comfort foods full of calories. That’s why a weight loss retreat might be your best option for getting your weight under control.

Get Away From it All

The pressures of needing to lose weight can drive a person crazy. You are rushing around trying to get the morning started and get to work, then meeting deadlines at work, only to rush home and cook dinner. Then, there is the pressure of selecting something that everyone will eat, but that will fit within your diet plan. That is if you actually cook dinner, rather than getting take-out.

With a weight loss retreat, you can get away from it all. Any appointment is for your benefit, rather than for others. You have a schedule to follow, and it is the same every day – not changed because you had a flat tyre or run out of gas. You can do your yoga routine without having to answer the phone or pick up a sick kid at school.

Meals at Weight Loss Retreats

Weight loss is greatly linked to your food intake, as we all know. At weight loss retreats, your meals and snacks are all planned for you, and you do not have to make any decisions harder than “which delicious meal will I choose tonight?” Weight loss retreats have their own dieticians on staff, and most of them employ chefs. They prove that food that is good for you can also taste good. In addition, most of them will provide special diets for medical needs, such as diabetes and allergies.

Exercise

Your exercise regimen at weight loss retreat will be geared toward your abilities and your needs. You will be there with other people just like you, who are trying to better themselves and be healthier. Most weight loss retreats will assign you a personal trainer who can spur you on to greater accomplishments.

Setting

You will also find that many weight loss retreats have a beautiful setting. There is usually a garden to enjoy, and many of them have full view of countryside and even beaches. The rooms are almost spa-like, and you have access to a masseuse and hot tub at most retreats.

The Right Track

Attending a weight loss retreat can get you on the right track. You lose a few pounds, detox your body, and find your inner balance once again, so that when you go home, you are stronger and more able to take care of yourself.

A beautiful setting, comfortable lodging, delicious foods, attainable goals, and appropriate exercise are all available to you when you go to a weight loss retreat.

 

Treating A Lawn With Problems

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A beautiful lawn is a benefit to the ecosystem, but lawn maintenance can be a mystery. Why won’t grass grow in THAT SPOT? Why are there brown spots on the grass? Why are there big dead circles in the lawn? Here are some tips for treating a lawn with problems.

Aeration

You may have trouble with sections of your lawn that do not ever seem to get covered with grass. There may be a simple lawn treatment to this. That area of the soil may just need aeration.

Some sections of the garden or lawn that are barren are often just packed down and need to be aerated. You can do this with a motorized machine that looks much like a reel-type mower. Or, you can use an aerator punch that you stand on to poke holes in the soil.

Grub Worms

If you have June bugs, then you have grub worms. Grubs are the larvae of June bugs, and they eat the roots of grass. Those big bare spots in your lawn are probably grubs that have hatched from a June bug’s egg sac.

There are chemicals that will kill the grub worms. Then, your lawn can begin to spread back over the bare spot. It helps to keep those spots moist to encourage runners from your lawn grasses to take root.

Brown Spots

Brown spots in the lawn are usually caused by pets. They use the bathroom on the grass, and the urea or feces kill the grass in that area. Some lawn care companies sell a chemical that can help the grass recover in those brown spots. The quickest and best way to treat those areas is to remove any feces, and, with a water hose, hose feces and urea off of the area, diluting it so that it does not damage the blades of grass.

Brown Tips

You have been so careful to fertilize at the right time, and aerate the soil, and keep the kids and pets off of the grass, but the tips of the grass blades are still brown. This is especially bad after you mow.

To keep brown tips from marring your beautiful lawn, sharpen the mower blade. A dull mower blade will tear up the grass tips, rather than slicing neatly through.

You also need to raise your mower. Cutting the grass too close to the ground will burn the tips of the grass blades, and by raising your mower, you can keep the grass healthy.

Finally, to combat brown tips, lightly sprits your lawn with water after mowing. This will moisturize the tips of the grass that have been cut, and they will heal more quickly. Misting will keep the grass from burning.

With a sharp mower blade, correct height, and a sprits of water, you can keep your lawn nice and green, rather than brown looking.

For other problems, you may need to consult with a landscape specialist. He or she can give you advice on laying pavers for pet trails, and other such situations.

Cultural Diversity Encouraged By One Direction

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This may seem a bit out of place on my shopping blog but I absolutely love One Direction!

Singer Harry Styles knows how to make a “splash” whether it is through singing or “whale spouting” during a particular song. This week, however, he took his showmanship one step further in wishing everyone an enjoyable Eid Mubarak.

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While Styles did not need a translation agency to spread the well-wishes, the sentiment was well received by his fans. He went on, later, to tweet

Better load up now. Yom Kippur just around the corner.”

Styles is good about staying in touch with fans of One Direction, tweeting frequently about activities and incidents. This brings fans into the fold, making them feel like part of his life and of the workings of One Direction.

Liam, as well, scored points with fans when he mentioned that Tampa is, “hands down” the best crowd. He went on to say,

Not even halfway through the show and I can early tell.”

Liam had spent a great deal of his childhood in the Tampa area, and says he loves the area.

Finally, some fans were very relieved to discover that Harry’s tattoo of the name “Anne” on his knuckles is done with a sharpie.

Shopping For A Personal Trainer

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When keeping up with your workout becomes a drag, it is usually time to find a personal trainer. A personal trainer can get to know you and know what encourages you, as well as what discourages you. The expertise is nice, too. But, how do you go about shopping for a personal trainer? Here are some pointers that will help you find a good match.

Finding a Personal Trainer that is the Right Fit

 

You wouldn’t wear someone else’s trainers to work out, would you? Well, one size does not fit all when it comes to personal trainers, either. One of the best ways to get an idea of who would work for you is to ask friends, family, and coworkers who they use for a personal trainer. Do they like the trainer? How do they work out their schedule with the trainer? Does the trainer provide one-on-one time, or is everything in groups? By getting to know how a personal trainer interacts with others, you may be able to tell if you would have a good relationship, too.

Certification of Personal Trainers

Some personal trainers are just good cheerleaders. Maybe they have a knack for encouraging people who lag behind, or maybe they are good at boot-camp scenarios. But, you can find out if a personal trainer is certified just by asking. They can get levels of certification in fitness, as well as rankings in various martial arts. They can also undergo training and certification in many workout techniques, from cross-fit to spinning and aerobics. A personal trainer who has taken the time to gain certification in one or more areas of fitness can be an invaluable asset to your routine. You may even find one that has training in diet.

Online Personal Trainers

Many people are opting for online personal trainers, these days. You can have access to the expertise of certified personal trainers who specialize in a variety of fitness routines. Online training also usually includes dietary advice and even menus.

One of the most popular features of your online personal trainer is that your time is your own. You no longer have to make an appointment and plan your life around your workout. You clock in on the app when you are ready to work out, and get the advice and guidance you need for that particular workout, wherever you are. This is especially helpful for people who travel a lot, or who have irregular work hours.

These apps also can advise you about what to order when you eat out. Ordering suggestions, nutritional information, and serving size pointers are available at the touch of a screen. This is one reason that so many people are turning to online fitness – they can tailor their sessions and planning to their own needs, even if those needs change on the fly.

 

Costs of Personal Trainers

Finally, online personal trainers often are not nearly as expensive as one that comes to your house. You can have all the benefits, with a fraction of the cost.