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Summer Heat

Ugh, the heat! It seems like summer is getting hotter and hotter every year! As soon as temperatures start soaring, I dread having to go outside for more than 15 minutes. Well, it’s not just the heat, but the sheer strength of the blistering sun. Every time I walk out the door, I can almost hear my skin sizzling like a piece of bacon in a frying pan. When I was a kid, summer was this magical time of freedom, hanging out with friends, and having a blast in the sun. Now, it’s turned into 3 months of me being an Air Conditioning addict, who doesn’t step foot outside unless it’s absolutely necessary. And I don’t love that about myself. But what am I to do? I don’t live near the beach, so building sandcastles is out of the question; unless I fancy spending half a paycheck on plane tickets. I love spending my afternoons soaking in the pool, reading a book, cocktail in hand… Then drying off on a chaise longue, watching the pink and blue sky as the sun sets. But you can’t really do that at your local aquapark! All those kids running around, splashing water everywhere… no, thank you! So, this year, I pulled the trigger and bought a pool for my backyard. And I honestly couldn’t be happier! Best purchase ever! I didn’t want to turn my yard into a construction site, so I opted for an above-ground one. That way, I can set it up every June and pack it up by mid-September. I like that it’s not a huge commitment; I only have to look after it when I’m actually using it, and I don’t have to perform a labor-intensive bimonthly cleaning for the entire year. I like that it’s small – but still large enough that I can float around on an inflatable ring and catch up on some reading.

Pool Maintenance

Having your very own pool can be incredibly rewarding, but it doesn’t come without its share of responsibilities. You need to sanitize the water every single day using chorine tabs and do a partial water change every two weeks. You also need to get ahead of the pesky algae by using an algaecide solution weekly. Perhaps the most important thing that you’ll need to buy is the pool pump. It’s what circulates and filters the water, keeping it clean and fresh. Be sure to take some extra time, in the beginning, to make sure the pump is functioning properly. Otherwise, it might completely overturn your summer plans! Another thing newbie pool owners might not be aware of is the importance of a heater. If you think the atomic power of the sun is enough to heat the entire pool up on its own, you’re in for a chilly dip! We’re talking about tens of thousands of liters of water; by the time the sun completely heats all of that up, you’ll only have a couple of precious hours of daylight left. The best above ground pool heater is one that is easy to operate and that does its job very quickly. No one wants to cramp up in the freezing cold water, waiting for the heater to finally start working. Stay warm and happy soaking!



Care for Your Canine

Puppy Love

Dogs are the best pets! Ok, I might be a bit biased, but no one can deny that coming home to the rushed excitement of their zoomies is the most amazing feeling ever! You slide your key in and you can already hear their little paws clicking impatiently, and, though you can’t see it, you know their tail is wagging out of control! As soon as you open the door, they explode in a tornado of kisses and jumps. The thought of coming home to their love and affection makes each day go by easier. The second best thing about owning a dog is getting to enjoy their energy. Going on long walks helps you get your exercise in while bonding with your best buddy. Playing fetch is as pleasant for you as it is enriching for your dog. Sharing your life with an animal can help lessen feelings of loneliness, and the physical exercise strengthens your immune system and helps keep your body healthy. However, even the best things in life come with sacrifices. Maybe the most significant drawback to owning a dog is that it ties you to your home. Holidays, short trips, or traveling the world – not quite as accessible to those of us who own pets. You can pay for a pet-sitter, but make sure you know that person well! You don’t want to entrust a total stranger with the life of a member of your family. While dogs do have a hyperactive nature that is contagious at times, you really have to be careful how you balance it out. No matter how much we love them, we have to show our puppies that they are not the ones running the show. We have to impose boundaries and stick to them no matter what. Dogs are highly intelligent creatures: they like to make the most out of every opportunity. You need to learn to have eyes in the back of your head! Dogs are highly intelligent creatures

A Helping Hand

The two things every dog should have are freedom and boundaries. Without freedom, they’ll feel stuck, miserable and unstimulated. However, give them too much power, and you run the risk of losing them. It’s difficult to find the right balance, but I can tell you of a few tools that have really helped me out. First, if you’re fortunate enough to have a backyard, get a dog door. There are countless possibilities, from plastic to wood to glass and you can opt for a sliding one or one that has a simple flap for easy access into the house. Some of the best dog doors even come with a microchip reader, so your neighbors’ pets won’t slowly invade your house. Hope your dog enjoys the high-tech entryway you’ve installed for them! When it comes to setting rules for your dogs, I would highly recommend not letting them set foot into the kitchen. Once they get a taste of the wonderful world of dropped chicken nuggets and leftover snatching, you’ll be in for a long barking recital at dinner. In order to shut them up and keep them out, consider investing in dog gates. They work a lot like baby gates, so they’ll make sure your 4-legged friend knows his place. The perfect balance!



What can you do with the Dremel rotary tool

The Dremel multi-purpose rotary tool is the staple tool of many toolboxes worldwide. It achieved its deserved fame due to the unimaginable versatility. The only thing limiting the Dremel rotary tool is the number of attachments and there are hundreds of them. The Dremel company was the one who originally came up with the concept of a rotary tool and they are still the best at what they do.

Powered by a small rotating engine, the Dremel rotary tool is a handheld machine that can be easily used by anyone. It has various uses and going over all of them would take forever but here we will describe some of the most common ones.

Sanding

You can easily sand large surfaces using the Dremel rotary tool. The process is much easier than sanding with sandpaper and isn’t as tiring. You will notice the difference when after a day of work there will be no muscle pain in your arms. For sanding with the Dremel rotary tool you will need appropriate sanding bits, i.e. a drum and a sanding band. The sanding band is covered by sandpaper-like material and comes in different grits. The coarse grit is used to even out large indentions and shape the material while the fine grit finishes off the sanding process and makes the surface completely smooth.

Cutting

This one might not be so intuitive but the Dremel rotary tool can actually be used for cutting various surfaces. To do so, you will need to purchase additional Dremel metal cutting wheels. They are often made from stainless steel so that they are able to cut even through the hardest metals. You can also use it on wood, aluminum, and plastics. These Dremel metal cutting wheels are an excellent tool for many DIY home projects.

Sharpening

You can use sharpening stone attachments to grind and sharpen various tools and knives or shape such items as bathroom tiles. You will need to remember, however, to choose the proper attachment for the material you are intending to grind. The grinding stones are available in two common materials: hard green silicon carbide bits and slightly softer orange aluminum oxide. Both can be used for grinding glass or ceramic tiles, but for steel you should only use the orange ones. The green stones are perfect for grinding aluminum.

Engraving

The Dremel rotary tool can also be used for decorative purposes. Due to its small size, it is easy to control and is perfect for completing jobs that require precision. There are several different attachments meant to be used for engraving and carving that come in various designs. They can be used on wood, metal, and glass surfaces to add your personal touch to any project you are working on. Any craftsman will be happy to receive these engraving bits as a gift. And because they are so easy to use even people who don’t work with power tools very often will have no trouble using this Dremel tool.




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