Dogs

Hyper Dog Ball Launcher Review

I purchased a Hyper Dog Ball Launcher from Amazon because my hyper dog, Sheila, is a real pain in the butt. She’s a German Shepherd / Husky mix with more energy than a two-year-old high off caffeine. She won’t just settle for one walk. She demands a jog, a rubdown, and perhaps even a lengthy game of fetch. Suffice it to say, she’s a real handful, which is why I decided to invest in a Hyper Dog Ball Launcher.
It’s essentially a slingshot. You hold it steady with your left hand, and pull back with your right. Then you let go and watch your dog charge at the ball like a rhino. At first Sheila was unsure about it, but now she literally goes buck wild every time I pull back on it. The hard part is trying to keep her still. Methinks that running for the ball before I’ve launched it is akin to cheating, Madam!

Since the Hyper Dog Ball Launcher is a slingshot, you do have to work at it-in that the harder you pull, the farther the ball will launch. According to the manufacturer, the Hyper Dog can launch a ball up to 220 feet. That’s a lie. I’m a decently strong man, yet the farthest I’ve been able to launch a ball is 200 feet. Granted, that’s farther than I would have been able to launch the ball with just my hand, but still.

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If a young and handsome albeit geeky man can barely launch a ball 200 feet, can you imagine how far someone with weak or arthritic hands would be able to launch it? My point is that the Hyper Dog Ball Launcher isn’t an optimal choice for people with any sort of hand or arm condition. It’s not a no-sweat solution. It’s a lot less tiresome than taking Fido on a walk or throwing the ball 150 billion times, but it still requires effort.

Another concern is the band. The launcher came with an extra pair, but I still worry. Every time I pull back, especially when I pull hard, I worry that the band will snap and fly right into my face. I even heard about a guy who got a welt the size of a knuckle because his band snapped. It hasn’t happened to me yet, but still.

Ultimately, I’m fairly satisfied with my Hyper Dog Ball Launcher. Whereas exhausting Sheila used to require playing two hours of fetch and jogging for an hour, all that’s required now is one simple 45-minute (max) game of what I call ‘Super Duper Fetch.’ I plan to take it up a notch real soon by purchasing some bouncy Kong tennis balls. My hope is that it’ll cause the ball to go even farther, which will in turn force Sheila to work even harder! (HAHAHA evil laugh).

Anyway. If you’re in good shape and health, and you’re interested in finding a way to work your dog more quickly and efficiently (especially on those days when you’re just swamped with work), then definitely consider buying a Hyper Dog Ball Launcher.

Final Review Grade: A-

Construction

Title 24 Calculations

California has one of the most austere energy efficiency standards in America famously known as the Title 24. Title 24 is a set of building codes that help to manage California’s annual household energy consumption. Here is how Title 24 is used to help you cut down on energy costs.

You present your building plans for a new home or for renovations to a consultant who looks at your house’s energy needs and compares them to those of a standard model. The assessment is based on a number of Title 24 calculations and there are various approaches that a consultant can take based on section 140 of the code.

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Performance approach

In this approach, your consultant will calculate your energy cost following the requirements of section 141 of Title 24. That way, you will be able to ensure that your building won’t use more energy than is necessary. Traditional methods of calculating energy based their assessment on a flat figure. The problem with a flat figure is that each kilowatt saved is given the same value throughout the day. However, Title 24 uses time-based calculations, which consider life cycle values as they change with time of day, and climatic zones. As a result, using an hourly factor results in energy savings in your home.

Prescriptive approach

The other approach is known as the prescriptive approach because it uses all the guidance provided in section 142 to 146 of Title 24. In addition, you can also find prescriptive steps under section 146. Furthermore, important aspects such as lighting are provided under section 147 while signage comes in section 148.

With these new sections, your consultant will be able to provide you with calculations on permitted indoor energy density using any of the three approaches provided below.

Complete building method

This approach is best suited for permits or projects that involve an entire building with either mixed or single type occupancy. One figure dominates the whole building. However, this method can’t be used with motels and hotels. Retail buildings can use this calculation approach, although under special circumstances only. 

Area category approach

In this calculation method, the energy value in use is an aggregate of all allowed energy values in a building. For that reason, each area in the building is assigned a special value to help in energy calculations. 

The tailored approach

According to this approach, energy needs are calculated based on an assigned primary function. In this method, energy calculation is done on room basis. However, this method can cover a maximum of 30 percent of a building that is using the area approach. No trade-offs are allowed in this case. Nevertheless, if the building is a museum or a retail sales structure, this approach applies to the whole building. For that reason, the code does not provide any exemptions for spaces that are still unconditioned. For exemptions and restrictions, consult Title 24 in its entirety.

Final word

While Title 24 helps you to manage your home’s energy needs, there are various ways to arrive at figures on current or projected energy consumption. If you prefer to do calculations on your own, consult Title 24 and find a method that works for you. However, it is often easier to let a professional do it for you.

Plumbing

Ice Water Surprise

Who Was The Plumber?
House sitting can be many things: You learn to be flexible, how to live with as little STUFF as you can and still be comfortable, how to meet and deal with new challenges, adventures and more.

Lots of the house sitting can involve dogs and cats and if you get on their good side in the very beginning, it solves a lot of possible problems later on. How many dog biscuits to buy on your way to a new house is a consideration If you don’t like dogs and cats, be sure that’s not part of the job description.

You have to have a good memory, if you don’t and forget where the water shut off is, which closet the breaker panel for the electricity is in, is the cat an outdoor type? If so, and you forget and leave the cat in, will an odor begin to emanate from the closet? There can be any number of things that may just decide to malfunction as soon as the owners drive away in Pomona.

Being a Jack of all trades is definitely an asset where house sitting is concerned. Are you familiar with wood stoves and fireplaces, hammers and screwdrivers? Do you know what a water heater looks like and where to shut it off if it springs a leak? Knowing how to repair a leaky toilet is at the top of the list. There are lots of things that should be considered before deciding house sitting is for you.

Even if you’ve made a long list and checked it off more than once, you may still be in for some surprises the owner forgot to tell you about in their rush to get to the plane. One of those vivid in my mind is what I call, the ice water surprise. SO make sure you find water heater repair in Pomona.

I find shaving while I shower works best for me. Obviously, I don’t use an electric razor. Nice hot water and a liberal application of almost any good hand soap makes shaving easier than anything that comes in an aerosol can. I have found a soap that works wonders in one location may be a total dud in another. The water seems to be the determining factor and where we live and house sit, most clients are on wells and the water can vary widely from one side of the valley to the other as can the type of filters they use, if any.

At one house in the country that’s on a well, I was surprised to find the cold water didn’t go to the pressure tank and then into the basic water system. I found that out while shaving in the shower. Well water temperature in the valley is directly related to the climate. We have lots of snow and well water is only a few degrees of freezing.

I’d just gotten back from a seven mile, hard aerobic racewalking workout on the rural mountain roads and I was feeling good. Runner’s high isn’t just for runners. I had the water on hot enough to make shaving comfortable, had my eyes closed and was thinking about how good I feel after a hard walk. I was putting some more soap on my cheek when the well pump came on.

Imagine my surprise, and the words that burst from my mouth, when my nice warm water turned to a spray that was a degree or two above freezing. Fortunately, the pump and pressure tank are located inside the house to keep it from freezing during the winter months and I could hear it cycle on. Even though I hadn’t given any thought to listening for the pump before, I was well aware of the pump’s sound after that.

Why did that happen? When the house was built whoever did the plumbing plumbed the cold water side into the faucets before the well water went into the pressure tank. This means the cold water gets an uneven amount of pressure from the pump, a much higher pressure than what’s delivered to the pressure tank, and consequently the hot water heater, if cold water is on anywhere in the water system. The pump and tank are located under the stair well and the space is restricted. With a small pressure tank, the pump cycles on quite often.

I’m sure my hearing became much more acute and will remain so, at least during my showers. It’s amazing how fast we can learn and how much of that learning we will retain when hosed down with ice water.

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Dogs

Disciplining Your Dog with a Noise Maker

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Disciplining your dog can be frustrating when it calls for quick action. Obnoxious barking, unwanted chewing, jumping on furniture, snatching food from counters, or chasing the family cat are bad behaviors. There’s a technique ideal to combat this issue with a handy tool that makes noise. Dog discipline will be easier than you thought using this simple noise maker or you can try to get one of the best bark collars online.

You’ve likely heard of this homemade tool before – an empty soda can with 2-4 pennies in it. If not, it’s a great deterrent for your dog’s bad behaviors. The loud, attention-getting noise startles the dog, immediately putting a stop to the annoying activity.

This technique is perhaps the easiest form of disciplining a dog. Put 2-4 pennies inside an empty soda can and tape the top well so the pennies don’t fly out when you rigorously shake the can. It’s effective for numerous behavior corrections not only in dogs, but cats as well.

What’s great about this method is it’s very successful and quite harmless. It takes very little shaking of the device to discipline your dog. Dogs dislike the sound of this noise making tool and quickly associate it with the bad behavior they’re displaying.

Disciplining Dog: Examples for Use

The noise making can is perfect for dog behaviors which consist of hyperactivity, incessant barking, unnecessary growling, bothering another pet, jumping on furniture or being restless in the car.

If you have a dog in the house that barks constantly at just about everything, picking up the can and shaking it at them yelling “no” will do wonders. It’s so handy because the soda can is accessible and doesn’t require running after the dog while correcting the bad behavior. The soda can with pennies requires no additional physical effort than that of shaking it at the dog.

When hyper dogs ride in cars they tend to be restless, unsettled, and refuse to settle down. This gets annoying to a driver real fast if the dog is big, blocks view through the rearview mirror, and wants to jump in the front seat. Have the soda can near you and when the dog acts up, just shake the can at the dog and firmly say “lay down” or “sit.” When you first do this, the dog will be startled and sit, wondering what that loud object was. When the dog resumes the bad behavior again, just the sight of you picking up the can will deter the dog from acting up and he will finally get the point he needs to settle down.

The same principles apply for disciplining your dog when they jump on furniture. When you see the dog on the couch or in the act of leaping on it, instantly shake the soda can and yell “get down!”

If you have a family cat or a dog lower in the pecking order, shake the soda when the dog misbehaves towards the other animals. It may scare the other animals momentarily, but the bad behavior in the top dog will decrease with this method.

Disciplining Your Dog: Effective Discipline

What makes the soda can technique so effective with disciplining your dog is it’s harmless, easy, and stress-free. It’s ideal for in-home use and it’s a clear message to your dog. The key with this tool in disciplining your dog the moment the misbehavior begins.

Dogs

Two Items that Should Be in Any Basic Obedience Training Course

Finding a dog training program can be a challenge however depending on what you are looking for a dog training program can help out. I know that when I was looking for a dog training program my dog was already potty trained, knew his name, and knew some basic commands. Some of the training programs do offer help with these topics though so if you are looking for that type of program here are some things that you should expect.

I know that potty training can be a hard thing to teach a dog that is just learning to go potty. Now some of the training programs will teach you how to pad train your dog which can be a good thing if you have time to clean the pads or do have time to take your dog out all the time. Sometimes the dog training instructor will give you various things to do that will help you teach your dog how to go potty outside. If you are looking for a program that provides this type of training you will want to make sure that the program will be able to successfully train your dog to use the potty. Obviously if the program does not live up to helping you potty train your dog then you will want to ask for a refund or see what kind of remedial training they offer for your dog and his potty training issues.

Getting your dog to know his name.Getting your dog to know his name can be difficult to teach him. Now granted a lot of times after you repeat his name many times he will learn that you’re talking to him, but some dogs will not realize that you are talking to them. A training program that will help you with the dog knowing his name problem then will be considered successful by getting your dog to know his name. While sometimes the trainer will have to help you learn how to talk to your dog to get them to know the name faster it will help you out in the long run the faster that your dog learns his name.

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Finding a dog training program can be hard at times, but you have to know what you are looking for in a dog training program before you can determine which one you need. If you are looking for a dog training program that will help you potty train your dog then you will need a very basic course, if you want a course that will teach your dog his name then you might just need a consult with a trainer. Any form of training that you give your dog though will help you both live a long and happy life with each other.

Choosing Banners Tips, Trade Shows

Pop Up Banner Stands

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When you think of the putting a pop up banner at any promotional event to advertise your business the most important thing that you will require is the pop up banner stand. However, before deciding on the pop up banner stand one should finalize on the type of the pop up banner suitable for their business. There are a number of options available in the forms of the pop up banners like small banner, large banner, pop up stand, roller stand or pull up stand.

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About Pop up Banner stand

As the name of the stand itself describes, the pop up banner stand is the stand on which the ad pop up. These are likely to be little bigger when compared to the pull up banners and hence become very much popular for exhibitions as well as the trade shows. The number of sections of the pop up banners stands is altogether clicked for making one banner stand that appears quite impressive. The pop up banner stands little bit costlier than the pull up banner stand.

201242919312The pop up banner stand is very much simpler to get installed and takes very little time in the process. It also gets referred as the roller banner or the roll up banner stand and usually has a height of 2 meters, whereas the width of the stand entirely depends on the need of the business.  It can also be printed on both the sides at much more affordable cost as compared to the other alternatives of the pop ups. The pull up stands are very much easy to set as well as to collapse. This is the reason it has become very much popular among sales teams who visits various trade shows. The cheaper or the affordable cost of the stand also make it an ideal option for advertising your business at any location.

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The three basic differences in between pull up or the pop up banner stands are:

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  • Cost
  • Size

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Hence, next time when it comes the time to order the banner stand for advertising your business, one should keep the major differences in between the pop up and the pull up banner stands while deciding your budget.

Choosing Banners Tips, Retractable Banners, Trade Shows

The Top 4 Tips for Choosing the Right Retractable Banner

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When you are designing a trade show booth, the best investment for your money should be a cheap retractable banner. This will ensure that you take full advantage as you show case your business to the viewers. There are many benefits that you get by using the right retractable banner to promote the products and services you offer in your business.

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They are more convenient, portable and have the ability to grab attention of the viewers in an effective manner. However, it is good to ensure that you select the right retractable banner in order to get the best results. To help you make the right choice, this article offers you some of the top 4 tips for choosing the right retractable banner.

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Versatility

trade-show-graphicsOne of the factors that you must consider is the versatility. This is especially if you require one to use for many shows or when you want use them for indoors or outdoors purposes. It is good to consider versatility; so that you can choose the right retractable banner depending on the conditions you will use it. Those used for outdoor purposes have wide range of features that makes them to have high level versatility, including durable scrim vinyl that makes it impossible for the graphics to fade as a result of the sun. They also have the ability to stand upright even in windy conditions. This means that it is hard for retractable banner to let you down regardless of the conditions. Indoor retractable banners are designed to be used for indoor shows, so do not choose them for outdoor purposes.

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Consider the quality

0fe9c2aJust like when you are choosing other products, it is vital that you consider the quality of the retractable banner you want to buy. This will ensure that it will last for many years even if you use it many times. It is better you spend a lot and buy a high quality retractable banner, than the cheap ones that last just for a short time. You do not want to go for a trade show and be let down by your banners because this will make viewers develop negative attitudes towards your business.

Size matters

The retractable banner that you choose must be of the right size, so that it can serve is purpose well. They are usually provided in different sizes and the one you choose is highly determined by the size of your booth. The general rule here is that the banner you select should not distract potential customers, but should pull them so that they can come inside your booth.

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Choose banner that will promote your best interests

It is good to consider the number of times that you plan to use the retractable banner for different promotions. If you want to use it for certain purpose, throughout its entire lifespan such as showcasing your business logo and advertising your flagship product, you should choose a fixed graphic cassette. However, if you will be using it for different purposes, you need an interchangeable graphic cassette so that you can be bale to make changes of the display graphics when you want.

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