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How to Build a Garage: Save Thousands Building DIY Garage Vs Hiring a Contractor



Learning how to build a garage is not as daunting as one would expect, well, for detached structures at least. Homeowners who build their own garage can save thousands over hiring a builder who, in many cases, will subcontract to the same construction crews that you can hire. Or if feeling adventurous, or just downright thrifty, one can invite friends over for a few beers over the weekend and put them to work.

There are many items to consider while in the early planning stage such as:

Garage size: One car, two car, or even a three car garages can be designed with various sizes, but the lot and homeowner’s budget are generally the limiting factors. Local building codes vary, but typically a structure must not encroach within eight feet of property lines in rural areas and from zero to four feet in city limits. Detached garages must also be set back from other buildings by a minimum of eight feet, but this must be confirmed with local building offices as bodes vary. One important consideration is roof overhang. Eave and gable end overhangs are typically 12″ – 24″ (although less than 12″ is common in windy areas) and must be considered when determining building size and placement.

One method of determining the perfect size is to add 12′ to 15′ of width for each vehicle. If planning to use the interior walls on the sides for storage this will require another two feet of width per side. The length should be a minimum of 22′ and add four to ten feet for a work bench and storage. A two car garage could be calculated as 2 x 12′ +4′ for storage along each wall = 28′ x 22′ long without a work bench. Common sizes include:

1. One car: Common garage sizes include 12′ x 24′, 14′ x 24′, and 16′ x 24′. A length of twenty four feet is pretty much the minimum if you have a full size truck and even with a small or mid-size car there will be little wiggle room at twenty or twenty two feet.

2. Two car: The most common garage size in many states and provinces is 24′ x 24′ because many building codes required an engineered drawing and two inspections by a structural engineer for concrete floating slabs (monolithic) larger than this size. If space is scarce and the two cars are small to mid-size a 20′ wide may adequate, but certainly not comfortable.

3. Three car: There are many three car garage sizes due to more room for numerous designs and homeowners often have larger budgets when considering these larger construction projects. Common sizes are 36′ – 42′ wide by 26′ – 30′ long.

Foundation: floating slab (monolithic) and slab with frostwall are the two most common foundation options. The floating slab is less expensive and easier to build, but often require an engineered drawing and two inspections for larger concrete slabs (i.e. 24′ x 24′). In cold weather climates many contractors install 2.5″ foundation foam under the concrete to reduce heaving during freeze/thaw events. Engineered floating slabs in cold climates usually require this with an addition two feet extending out around the perimeter of the slab.

Adding 6′ x 6′ #10 wire mesh to the slab is an inexpensive method of increasing the floor strength and reducing cracking of the concrete. Most contractors install floating slabs with a thickened concrete perimeter 12″ – 16″ thick around the outer 16″ – 24″ of the perimeter. Adding two rows of #4 rebar will increase the edges. Concrete strength should be a minimum of 3,000psi and many contractors use 4,000 and 4,500 psi as the additional cost is minimal. Another consideration is ordering concrete with fibermesh, and macro-synthetic fiber used for secondary reinforcement of concrete. Local concrete suppliers can provide costs for adding this to concrete. Slab thickness is dependent on the concrete strength and reinforcement designs, however a good rule of thumb is to pour a 4″ or thicker slab.

Frostwall minimum depth is determined by local building codes and is typically 48″ in cold climates and 36″ in more moderate areas. Once the trench is excavated a footing approximately 12″ wide by 8″ thick is formed and poured and a keyway is etched the length of the footing to prevent movement of the concrete wall. The frostwall is formed and poured on the on the footing and anchor bolts are installed in the to attach the walls to the foundation. The concrete slab is then poured to designed thickness. Obviously this foundation system requires more time and expense.

Wall construction: If the garage is going to be insulated now or possibly any time in the future the wall studs size is important as 2″ x 6″ studs allow more insulation that can meet building code requirements (for garages with apartments) than 2″ x 4″ studs. Of course, 2″ x 6″ studs are stronger, which results in a more structurally sounds building.

Walls height: Walls are generally 8′, but 9′ and 10′ walls are common. In city downtown areas there is often a height restriction on structures, such as less than 16′ to the roof peak based on the average height from the four corners measuring at grade. This means that you can get a little extra height if the garage is nestled into a bank with a concrete curb or retaining wall on this end and backfilling to top of retaining wall. Another method to maximize height in these areas is to pour a 12″ concrete curb on the concrete slab perimeter and backfill earth up to the top of the curb and grade away from the structure. This method can gain 12″ of height while still meeting the height restrictions (confirm this will local building offices prior to implementing this strategy).

Garage door placement: The garage doors can be on the gable end or the eave side. A few things to consider:

1. Existing house design may dictate the direction of the roof line. A method to assist visualize this is to take a picture of the house and include the area where the garage will be built. Print two copies of the picture and hand draw in the garage using both the gable and eave options.

2. If the garage will be built in a cold climate the garage doors in the gable end is a better design as snow and ice will slide down the eave end.

3. Flexibility with the garage doors in the gable end allow height for a future car port.

Roof style: Often the roof style is dictated by the existing house, for example if the house has a hip roof this would be a good option for the garage. If this is a DIY project and the homeowner is building the garage it should be noted that a hip roof is more difficult to build than installing standard trusses. Roof pitch must be considered as well and often this should match the existing house. Roof pitch less than 4/12 (rises 4″ for every 12″ of run or length) is not recommended due to increased chance of water leaks. Higher pitch roofs with certain truss designs can allow for storage, loft, or even apartments above the main level. The most common roof trusses for garage roof design include:

1. Standard Fink: This is the most common residential truss.

2. Double fink: Designed to handle high weight loads for higher snow load requirements.

3. Attic: Common for designs that allow storage above the main floor. Access can be stairs or attic drop-down stairs and the option available may be dictated by local building codes.

4. Scissor: This options provides cathedral (vaulted) ceilings that provides more interior ceiling height. For example, a 24′ x 24′ garage with an 8/12 pitch may have a ceiling height of 12′ in the center and 8′ at the wall. This system is usually weighted against building with regular fink trusses and higher walls.

If this is a DIY garage project don’t forget to order two gable trusses for each gable end. Otherwise two regular trusses will require wood filling for attaching sheathing and siding (not too mention the building inspector may not pass the framing inspection. If insulating the ceiling consider ordering “raised heel” trusses to allow adequate insulation between the wall top plate and the roof sheathing. This is the only way to meet many attic insulation level requirements (i.e. R40).

Garage plans: Once decisions are made on the above items it is time to get the garage plans for the building permit application and the builder. It is important to obtain good quality garage plans that are easy to follow, accurate, and provide a materials list (well, a material list is not important, but it will certainly save a lot of time). There are several websites that offer garage plans create by dozens and hundreds of different company so consistency and quality control are something to keep in mind. There are a couple of companies that do their own in-house drafting and a search of the internet should find these companies. Another option is to hire a local draftsperson to create the garage plans.

Plot (plat) plan: The building compliance department will require a drawing showing (site plan) the lot with existing structures, proposed structure, and property lines with measurements indicating distances between property lines and structures. This can be a hand drawn diagram of a marked up copy of the plot/plat plan. The building department may require a survey to confirm accuracy of measurements for precise garage location requirements.

Building Permit: Make an appointment to meet with a building inspector to discuss the project and submit the garage plans, material list, and site plan to the building department. A building permit may be issued at this time or the building inspector will require a few days to a couple of weeks to review the documents.

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Experience Unfolded – A 360 Degrees Perspective




The Vans Warped Tour is not a show anymore. It has turned into an annual tradition. Band artists often address it as ‘Punk Rock Summer Camp’. Fans from far off places travel along with the tour from city to city. And it’s not that the musicians, athletes and fans are the only ones who have fun, but the work personnel have it too. Once their work gets over, they join in and have the time of their lives. No where can anyone find an event/ festival/ show that acquires interests of all.

Let’s have a look at the 360 degrees perspective on the exhilarating experience!

Music bands’ perspective: The music bands that have performed at the Vans Warped tour unanimously agree that it is supposedly the best tour across the world. Some of the European bands assert that they have never witnessed such a show/ tour at their home grounds. The kind of warm welcome, appreciation and adulation each band receives, is truly out of the world.

Fans’ perspective: One word that explains the experience of fans is, ‘Ecstasy’. More than 20,000 fans follow the tour across North America because the tour promises them ‘Latest Features’ every time. Moreover, it gives them the opportunity to imbibe great music and watch out extreme stunts- all under one roof. The fans are even able to interact with their favorites once their performances are over.

Employees’ Perspective: Although the employees at the Vans Warped Tour work really hard to make it run as a great show, but once it is up there and happening, there is nothing that can equate the feeling of joy to see the kids having a ball of a time. No matter how tired the employees are- when they see the kids sustaining the weather and yet enjoying it to the fullest, they gear up to give in even more!

The Vans Warped Tour promises wholesome entertainment to its ardent followers. Everyone who is associated with it is sure to have a gala time. And there isn’t just kick ass music to be danced at, or breathtakingly splendid stunts to be awed at, but a lot of substance as well. Eco-initiatives and charitable trusts address some of the most prevalent issues of the contemporary world and thereby, urge the people to take a corrective action.

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Chamberlain PD210D Power Drive 1/2 HP Security Plus Garage Door Opener




The Chamberlain PD210D Power Drive 1/2 HP Security Plus Garage Door Opener will provide smooth and reliable performance year after year and will allow you easy access to your garage. This particular model is extremely easy to use and operate. It comes equipped with an innovative security system that prevents anyone else from stealing the information you use to remotely open your garage door.

Unlike inexpensive models from competing manufacturers, this system features a remote control that generates a unique, non-repeating security code each time it is used. Another benefit of this system, from a security standpoint, is that once the door is closed it stays locked.

The Chamberlain PD210D includes an industrial strength motor that is able to lift just about any garage door. The gear casing is enclosed, which provides the electric motor with a longer life and higher performance than standard models. This opener was engineered with a safety system to prevent the door from closing on objects that are under the door opening. Families with children or pets should appreciate this design.

The reviews on the PD210D are somewhat mixed. While a large number of customers love the product, some people found it cumbersome to install and operate.

Chamberlain PD210D Features:

* Industrial strength chain-drive motor
* Innovative Security Plus technology
* Battery-operated single button remote control
* Makes use of billions of security codes
* Weighs 38 pounds

Chamberlain PD210D Reviews:

Many of the reviews for this garage door opener are positive and mention that it is quick and easy to install. Some customers who have owned this model for a number of years have said that it is durable, performs well and is trouble-free. The extra security features give owners added peace of mind and many buyers liked the smooth and quiet operation.

In contrast to the many positive reviews, there were a few from customers that disliked the product. One of the main complaints was that the door opener was in fact not very easy to install. Another criticism was that there were far too many pieces and wires to adjust to make it work correctly. Yet another objection mentions the reliability of the product and that it will work at times and not at other times.

While there are mixed reviews of the Chamberlain PD210D Garage Door Opener with contrasting views on the ease of installation and reliability of the product, the majority of reviews seem to indicate that this garage door opener is a strong, durable product that can operate with almost any garage door. Most consumers thought it was good value and a number have owned one for a number of years with no major problems.

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Gardening Business – Developing Your Elevator Pitch and Unique Selling Proposition (USP)




There are two (2) concepts that you need to understand and embrace if you want to succeed in business. These concepts are your Elevator Pitch and your Unique Selling Proposition.

The Elevator Pitch is:

  1. a short and sweet summary of what you do and it is not really about trying to sell to someone. So instead of telling someone “I mow Lawns”, you might say “We turn our customers gardens into Landscape Showpieces”.
  2. a pitch for other people’s attention
  3. what you tell people if you were in an elevator and you only have 30 seconds (or 100 to 150 words) to impress them or to engage them
  4. a pitch for someone’s attention telling them what you do and hopefully they will be interested to ask you for more information. It is an introduction to what you do and in the process you create some intrigue and hopefully generate some enquiry from the listener

Your Unique Selling Proposition is:

  1. the reason (or the compelling Point Of Difference) your customers choose you over your competition
  2. the foundation of your advertising program – it is what you communicate to your market-place. It may be your slogan or tagline.
  3. the foundation of your professional image – Your image and brand are a result of devising your USP, and your image and brand is carried through to all your livery – clothing – uniforms, letterheads, business cards, magnetic stickers, motor vehicle signage, web sites, emails, flyers, brochures
  4. the first impression new customers and prospects have of you
  5. most probably more important to have than your Elevator Pitch

If you avoid or skip defining your own USP, you’ll struggle to grow your business.

Your Unique Selling Proposition is what you tell the market place through your Flyers, Leaflets, Website, Business cards, Brochures, Radio advertisements and so on. It helps to remind prospects and existing customers why you are different to your competitors. It is a summary of all the benefits (as opposed to all the features) you provide to your customers.

This Point of Difference (your USP) that you articulate may be something as insignificant as the location of your business, the way you carry out your service, or the speed of service delivery. So when you develop these concepts or slogans don’t say something like “We provide excellent service”, because anyone can say that. In other words there is NO point of difference here!!!

Famous examples of good Unique Selling Propositions include: “You get fresh, hot pizza delivered to your door in 30 minutes or less – or it’s free.”

Domino’s Pizza:

FedEx: “When your package absolutely, positively has to get there overnight”

DeBeers’: “Diamonds are forever”

You can see why the Domino’s & FedEx slogans are so effective because they are very specific with their mentions of benefits & guarantees. These slogans or taglines are complete statements which can be verified by the customer and they don’t resort to marketing hype words like “ultimate”, “best”, “greatest”.

The “Advertising Age” voted the DeBeers’ “Diamonds are forever” the best advertising slogan in the 20th century. Also, DeBeers would have benefited nicely from the glamorous James Bond film and book with the same name.

In summary, with both the Elevator Pitch and your Unique Selling Proposition, you are communicating to prospects and customers how you take Prospects with a Problem or Pain to another place where there is Pleasure.

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Bedroom Collection: The New Generation of Home Decor




The Bedroom has always been a place where people can shed their outer clothes and be what they are. A bedroom of any house can be seen as the place where the residents can have their “me” time. It caters to the most personal characteristics of the person and can spend some quality time. Bedroom is not a place to sleep, but one of the most prominent areas of the house after the living room.

The bedroom is not made up of a couple of furniture put together, but it is a designated place where people come together and have their best time. The bedroom comprises of many furniture articles which include bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, display units, TV Unit, wardrobes and many other furniture items.

The various artifacts, when comes together in perfect synchronization, creates the perfect harmony and ambiance which is desired by many individuals. A Bedroom collection is a compilation of different furniture blending together which is flaunted and envied by many, so it should be commendable.

Let us analyze what significance does each component hold in the bedroom collection.

Bed: The Bed is the crucial part of the furniture, It is an expression of one’s personal lifestyle. Beds come in a wide variety of shapes and size. One chooses the bed according to one’s comfort and convenience. The bed also comes with storage options and without storage options, but the most trending one is the former. Beds are not just furniture where we can complete our required hours of sleep, but it also allows to have a more comforting and chic furniture added to your home decor.

Beds are chosen by many factors like formation, shape, number of members and height. Also, what are the various functionalities it is rendering to the home decor?

Bedside tables: This is a new trendy way to add on the mandatory storage without refurbishing the home decor. Bedside tables are ideal for a variety of reasons. It allows you to keep your knick knacks in place. Also, you can keep your lovely memories besides you. Bedside tables give you a lot of freedom to exercise your creative thoughts.

Chest of drawers: They have become an integral part of the bedroom collection. Chest of drawers help the persons to store their vital medicines and important thing, right in the bedroom, this is important because it keeps the things safe and helps the individual to have an eye on the various critical articles without any additional security. Drawers also help in storing things in a closed enclosure.

Display units: Gone are those days when the display of showcase articles was done only in the living room. The souvenirs which form a part of your life can be posted inside the bedroom. This approach also gives the person some privacy as the articles are only seen by individuals who have access to the bedroom. This is an important factor as it safeguards the things and gives a sense of private display.

The display unit can house various artifacts, small mementos, and pictures of the loved ones when the bedside tables are running out of space.

TV Units: A person always finds solace when comfort is the top most priority. This allows the bedroom to have a place where a person can be in his/her actual state, wearing off the inhibitions they drape every day for the outer world. Also, relaxation in today’s contemporary world means watching the favorite flicks in the comfort zone of the bedroom. This very thought gave birth to TV’s being installed in the bedroom which renders a refreshing time.

Wardrobes: They are a source of primary storage in every house. It houses various things which include clothes, shoes, ties, valuables and what not. This is the storage which is extremely personal and caters to particular individuals. Wardrobes are now becoming more contemporary and chic. They are not the old fashioned almirahs; rather it is now properly designed and sketched to meet and blend with the home decor, becoming an important part of the show.

All these combined with the state of the art technologies and manufacturing process allows the person to create an irresistible bedroom collection. There are many vendors which customize the furniture to match and suit the home decor. This allows all the furniture to render the same quality and feel.

So grab your design ideas and start your bedroom collection right away.

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Kitchen Sponges And The Environment




Most of the talk about kitchen sponges is around the amount of bacteria they can harbor. Sure, it’s a very good point, but what about the effect of these throwaway items on the environment?

How often do you change your kitchen sponge – once, twice a week? Imagine that being repeated millions of times each week around the world. It’s a lot of waste, especially given that so many sponges are made from plastics, making them yet another item in our home that’s derived from oil.

While changing your sponge regularly is good hygienic practice, try to purchase ones that are made from only from cellulose fiber – and the cellulose is sourced from plantation forests or recycled.

There’s an added danger with many synthetic sponges these days; often they are impregnated with chemicals such as Triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent and is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as being a pesticide. It’s also used in many antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes and cosmetics.

Aside from increasing evidence linking triclosan to health problems, it is also believed to destroy fragile aquatic ecosystems; especially algaes that other animals may depend on – either directly or indirectly.

As sewerage and waste water treatment plants cannot remove triclosan and the compound remains stable for long periods of time; it’s posing an increasing problem in our waterways – it’s now one of the most common man-made chemicals found in U.S. streams.

Any sponge pack that states is anti-bacterial or destroys odors is probably best left on the supermarket shelf as it’s likely to contain triclosan or something equally damaging to the environment.

To help keep your “green” cellulose sponge free of nasty bacteria, try to keep it as dry as possible between uses. You can sterilize them by soaking for a few minutes in boiled water, or try a dilute bleach/hydrogen peroxide solution.

Just on bacteria – we seemed to have developed quite a paranoia about these critters. Not only are there good bacteria, but in order to develop resistance to some of the less desirable ones, we do need some exposure to them. While good basic hygiene practices should never be forsaken, all we’re doing with disinfecting everything we touch is weakening our immune system and producing more robust bacteria.

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‘The Code of the Woosters’: A Treat to Fans of Jeeves and Bertie




P.G. Wodehouse describes his own style of writing as being a ‘musical comedy without music, and ignoring real life altogether”. The Code of The Woosters is very much in keeping with such a style.

The novel features some of Wodehouse’s best-known characters – Bertie Wooster, the good-natured young aristocrat whose mental endowments are often found wanting; Jeeves, his manservant, whose mental prowess is known to be able to get him out of the tightest of spots; Augustus ‘Gussie’ Fink-Nottle, whose obsession with newts continually wrecks havoc in his love life; and many others.

The story begins with Bertie Wooster throwing a party one night to his friend Gussie Fink Nottle, who is engaged to Madeline Bassett, a dreamy, poetic kind of girl, who was once engaged to Wooster. Wooster, who fears the very prospect of spending his life with a girl who thinks stars are tears shed by angels, is overjoyed and relieved that he would never have to worry about marrying Madeline Bassett again.

The next morning, Wooster gets a request from his Aunt Dalhia to go to a particular antique shop and talk disparagingly of a certain cow-creamer, with an aim to signal to the seller that it is of little value. Bertie’s Uncle Tom, an avid collector of what he considers to be unique antiques, has been very keen – in fact, close to desperate – to get his hands on that cow creamer, and Aunt Dalhia wants to make sure that not too much money is squandered away in buying the same.

However, in endeavoring to carry out the assigned task, Wooster bumps into Madeline’s father and his uncle’s rival collector, Sir Watkyn Bassett. He remembers that Sir Bassett, a judge by profession, had once fined him – unjustly, in his personal opinion – five quids for what he considers a perfectly harmless crime of pinching a policeman’s helmet. Sir Bassett makes gentle enquiries with Wooster about whether he has transformed since. At this point, Bassett’s companion, Roger Spode, opines that no transformation has taken place, and points out the fact that Bassett’s umbrella is presently in Wooster’s possession. Wooster realizes that Spode is right, and wonders how it even came into his possession. He laughs it off as being just ‘an impulsive reach for an umbrella that was at arm’s length’. Spode and Bassett, however, do not take to it lightly, and let off Wooster with a stern warning. Wooster then caustically criticizes the cow creamer to the shopkeeper, hoping to make him reduce its price, but later finds out that his efforts were in vain, as the cow creamer has been purchased by Bassett.

Meanwhile, Fink-Nottle telegrams Wooster that his engagement is broken off, and asks him to help. This news shakes Wooster badly, as he conceives of the dreadful prospect of Madeline returning to him.

Aunt Dalhia orders Wooster to go to Totleigh Towers, the residence of Bassett, and steal the cow creamer from him, failing which, she threatens him, he would never again be allowed to avail the services of Anatole, her famed cook. Finding such a prospect unbearable, Wooster agrees. Unable to figure out how he can walk into Totleigh Towers after his last encounter with Bassett, he asks Fink-Nottle to arrange for an invitation. After getting the same from Madeline, who wrongly assumes that Bertie is coming with hopes of getting her back, he sets off to Totleigh towers with a double mission in mind – getting the cow creamer, and fixing Madeline’s engagement with Fink-Nottle.

However, on reaching there, he finds out that Bassett’s opinion of him still remains unchanged, and to make it worse, Spode is in Totleigh, too. Wodehouse compares Wooster’s predicament with that of a prospective murderer, who on reaching the villa where the execution is planned to take place, finds out that not only is Sherlock Holmes staying there on a holiday, but Hercule Poirot, too.

He meets Fink-Nottle, and tries to console him, but finds out soon enough that his differences with Madeline have been sorted out, and they are engaged again. He heaves a sigh of relief at the discovery that he has been steered clear of Madeline for good.

He also finds that Fink-Nottle is uncharacteristically confident and even stands up to such ghastly people as Spode and Bassett. On being asked the reason behind such a transformation, he explains that he observes their respective idiosyncrasies very closely, and writes down those which are extremely funny and laugh-evoking. The way Bassett eats, and the way Spode wears his moustache, for instance, make him see them more as comedians than dictators, and this makes him feel superior to them. This scheme, he tells Wooster, was Jeeves’ brainchild.

A problem arises, however, when Fink-Nottle loses his diary, where he has written all this down. Wooster tells him that he can never hope to marry Madeline if Bassett finds that diary and all that is written in it. Being extremely anxious to see Madeline married off and hence free himself, Wooster is desperate to get the diary back for Fink-Nottle. Fink-Nottle remembers having it last when he was in the company of Stephanie, a ward who stays at Totleigh.

In between all this, Wooster attempts to steal the cow creamer and gets caught, embarrassingly, by Spode. Spode informs Bassett, and the duo is convinced beyond doubt that Wooster is a born thief and his sole intention behind visiting Totleigh Towers is to loot the cow creamer. Madeline, somehow, rescues Wooster from them, but they remain convinced of his intentions.

Meanwhile, Fink-Nottle is convinced that his secret diary should have been put by Stephanie into her stalking, and he ventures out to test this theory. Unfortunately, in carrying out this far-from-graceful act, he is spotted by Madeline, who loses all respect for him. He also finds out, to his dismay, that his theory held no water.

Madeline decides that she has had enough, and decides to just make Wooster, who she thinks genuinely loves him, happy. She informs Wooster that she will marry him, much to his chagrin and despair. Wooster decides that the only way out for him is to get the diary and explain everything to Madeline.

To get the diary, he sneaks into Stephanie’s room in her absence, but she comes back before he is even able to complete his search. He finds that she has brought his boyfriend, who also happens to be his old mate ‘Stinker’ Pinker, now a curator. Stephanie, feeling that her uncle, Bassett, would not agree to give her hand to a curator, comes up with an idea. She suggests that Wooster pretend to steal Bassett’s precious cow-creamer, in disguise, and Pinker would act like he catches the thief and beats him up. Wooster’s identity would be concealed by a mask. Wooster, having already been caught trying once, refuses firmly. Stephanie tells him that he would not be able to get the diary unless he does.

Jeeves comes to Wooster’s rescue and offers a solution. He suggests that Bassett should first be informed that Stephanie loves Wooster. This would leave him in a a state of profound shock, as he perceives Wooster to be a thief and hates him with his heart. In this state, if he is informed that it is in fact a curator, and not Wooster whom Stephanie loves, he will welcome him with a red carpet. Any bridegroom will be sweet as honey to Bassett in comparison to Wooster.

The plan is executed, and Bassett agrees to Stephanie marrying Pinker. He is just happy that things that ‘could have been far worse’ are not happening. Wooster informs Madeline of Stephanie’s engagement, who then starts feeling that she had perhaps judged Fink-Nottle a tad too prematurely. She reconciles with him, and they get together again, much to Wooster’s immense relief. Unfortunately, the relief is short-lived, as Bassett comes to get hold of Fink-Nottle’s diary. After reading all the abuses and digs directed at him, he makes it absolutely clear that he will never have him as his son-in-law.

Meanwhile, because of Wooster’s lack of correspondence, Aunt Dalhia comes in person to Totleigh Towers to do something about the cow creamer. At the same time, Stephanie gets into trouble with an inspector over the activities of her pet dog. Enraged by his attitude, she decides to teach him a lesson. She gets Pinker to steal his helmet, so as to teach him a lesson. Co-incidentally, this is the same inspector whose helmet Wooster once stole.

Two thefts happen – Aunt Dalhia’s theft of the cow-creamer, and Pinker’s theft of the helmet. Both are hidden in Totleigh towers. With respect to the the cow-creamer, Spode and Bassett have no doubt at all that Wooster is the culprit. The inspector comes to Totleigh towers, suspecting that Stephanie has stolen his helmet, but on seeing Wooster there, he decides that Stephanie should only have been the planner, and the execution should have done by Wooster – again.

Stephanie asks Wooster not to give away the fact that Pinker is the actual thief. She implores him to go to jail for a month for her sake. Wooster firmly refuses. ‘The code of the Woosters is never to let a pal down,” she reminds him. Moved by these words, Wooster agrees. Aunt Dalhia dumps the cow-creamer in this room, and his room ends up accommodating both stolen items. Wooster sends Fink-Nottle home with the cow-creamer, but the helmet gets stuck in his room. The inspector and Bassett barge in, perform a search, and find the helmet in the room. They immediately accuse Wooster of theft. Bassett locks him inside and asks the inspector to arrest him the next morning.

Jeeves, using his quick mind, finds a way out. He remembers that he has some very embarrassing information about Spode, which he obtained from his valet (Valets of all gentlemen are part of a club, and they are all obliged to share information about their masters with one another). Spode, apparently, is an expert at making women’s undergarments and has a small shop specializing in the same. Jeeves figures out that this information, if made public, would cause Spode major embarrassment, for he has long created the information of being a tough, authoritative kind of a person. Armed with this information, he orders Spode to confess to the theft of the helmet. He reasons that doing so would cause no harm, as Bassett, who is engaged to Spode’s aunt, is unlikely to pursue any legal action against him. Spode, fearing the consequences of a leak of his long kept secret, obliges, and makes a false confession, as instructed, to Bassett. Bassett, feeling embarrassed, apologizes to Wooster.

On Jeeves’ suggestion, Wooster threatens to take defamation action against Bassett, if he doesn’t agree to the marriages of Pinker and Stephanie; and Fink-Nottle and Madeline. Bassett, knowing the legal consequences of his actions, being a judge himself, sees that he has no option, and agrees. Wooster also points out that the missing cow-creamer has probably been smuggled underground, and could, in the future, be sold to his Uncle Tom, and warns him against creating an issue if he sees the cow-crewmer in Uncle Tom’s possession in the future. Seeing that he has no bargaining power whatsoever, Bassett agrees.

Thus, thanks to Jeeves’ razor-sharp brain power, the couples are happily married, Uncle Tom gets his cow-creamer, Aunt Dalhia keeps her cook, and Bertie Wooster continues to be a happy bachelor.

The book, like all of Wodehouse’s books, is a literary feast. Wodehouse’s choice of words, particularly those used by the character Jeeves, demonstrates a command of the language that inspires and fascinates. The strong undercurrent of humour that runs throughout the novel keeps the reader smiling all the time, and on occasions, leaves him in splits. Witty quotes like ‘If not disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled,’ show a level of mastery of the English language, as well imagination, which are hard to find in most other humorists. The plot, with all its comic twists, outrageous characters, and a climax that would keep the reader in splits, is only one among Wodehouse’s many masterpieces. In short, a genius book from a genius author, and a must read for anyone who wants to de-stress or have a good laugh.

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Cricket News Quenches the Thirst of Die Hard Fans




Everyone in this world knows that cricket is a game of passion that involves action, emotion and speed. All these make it all the more important for one to be informed about the latest happenings in the field of cricket. It is the cricket news that gives information about the latest. Cricket news is the most updated source of information for cricket enthusiasts and this also keeps them abreast of the latest happenings. Cricket news has a special value for fans as they are able to know more and more about their favorite game, player and team.

Is it that you do not have enough time to catch up with the status of an entire tournament but still do not wish to miss any information about it? Cricket news is surely going to help you out about this. It is because cricket news tells not only about the ins and outs on the cricket field; it also provides detailed information on scores and position of the team in the tournament. Regular updation in cricket news helps cricket enthusiasts to know all the facts about the game. Knowing about latest happening in the field of cricket seems to be the thing that is on priority in the mind of fans.

Many times fans are on a constant watch for news related to any kind of cricketing issues as they keep adding spice to the daily monotonous life of fans. Usually, issues and controversies have the ability to raise discussions and this makes it possible for fans to talk out something related to their favorite game. Cricket news always has a special value for fans because this is the main thing that acts as the source of information data for fans. With the help of such sources, cricket fans can enhance their knowledge and be in touch with all the latest happenings in the cricket field.

News is meant to inform people about any new event in the field of cricket. Latest cricket news creates awareness among fans because news helps to tell about the things that can happen in near future. Such news can be found in newspapers, on news or sports channels and also on cricket sites that are running online. Everyone tries to access that means which is convenient for them to gain information on cricket events. After all, it is the importance of cricket that has made the fans crazy for each and every detail of things related to cricket.

The game of cricket has caught the attention of people to such an extent that people constantly keep on thinking and discussing about it. The real pleasure of fans is seen with the opening of a match. During this time, latest and updated cricket news holds much significance as fans are eager to know the details of the happenings. With the increasing passion of fans, cricket news is widely in demand. It is the best thing with which fans can keep in touch with on-field and off-field moments.

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Show Your True Colors! Sports Fan-Wear Guide




Get Your Sports Gear; Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Kansas, Washington and Minnesota; the list goes on. Every logo, color, state, team, size and shape is out there. Of course, I’m talking about sports gear.

You can find hats, shoes, jerseys, caps, accessories, tee shirts and more as near as your local mall, sports shop or even the internet. Wearing sports apparel is not a new concept but it is gaining ground. Even the smaller and lesser known teams are hoping people shop for their goods. Naturally, the big teams always have their fans and those that buy their gear, but the lesser known ones are discovering that they too can sell their products and people will shop for them.

The interest in wearing sports apparel just keeps growing and growing. Sports are big business and so is sports gear. Americans love their teams and there sure are a lot of teams out there. Shop the internet or your local mall and you will probably find gear for teams you haven’t even heard of. Sports sells and sports gear is no different. Men and women, young and old normally have at the very least one item of clothing that is sports related. MLB, NBA, NCAA, NHL, and NFL; they all have their licensed gear out in the shops ready for fans to enjoy.

Everyone loves sports these days and even if they don’t, they probably still have some sports apparel. We love the teams; we love the colors, the spirit and everything else about it. Many of the items are the same, but if you shop around you can find some unique sports gear and accessories. It’s nice to be a part of the crowd and have the same shirt or cap that everyone else does but it’s even better to be able to stand out and still show team spirit from time to time. No problem; you can even find Sox tee-shirts (and just about any other team) in pink or light blue or many other colors. What’s nice about these is that they are not worn by everyone but yet are trendy.

Women’s sports wear is gaining popularity. Thankfully there are more shops that are catering to the buying trends of women sports lovers. Accessories based on sports teams including purses and jewelry are making more of an appearance too. Not only in football and baseball but in gear from the NHL, NCAA and more are offering women more choices in sports gear.

Kids aren’t left out either. Even babies have little team cheerleader outfits or jerseys that their parents proudly put on them. Whether you are in Minnesota, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio or Colorado (or anywhere else for that matter) you can find both local and national sports gear. Online shops are offering more choices too in sports apparel. Some of it is getting down-right creative and fun and not just the same old thing.

No matter what your taste, there is sports gear out there for you.

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Starting A Home Daycare Business




The childcare or daycare business has become a valuable part of modern society. Parents want a place they can leave their children while they are at work and be assured that their kids are in good hands. With this said, it is apparent that for anybody interested in running a home based daycare business or daycare center, the first priority must be the love of children. Their safety and well being must come before financial gains on your priority list. Starting a daycare center could be the best way to positively impact on the lives of the children and parents in your community. Obviously, in the long run, if properly planned, a daycare business is bound to be lucrative, but you are sure to enjoy the bond created between you, the children and their parents in decades to come, more than any financial again.

However, the love of kids cannot be the only requirement for starting a daycare business. As with any other business, especially small and home based business, several other factors must be put into consideration before jumping into the business. Let’s take a look at some of these vital requirements.

For a start, you really have to do thorough research. You have to know what you are getting yourself into, the pros, the cons and the prospects. Does your locality need another daycare operator? Will it be profitable in your area? Are those running the existing centers enjoying the experience? These are some of the numerous questions you need to get answers to. It would be a great idea to visit existing daycare centers; you could interview parents about what they think of the services they are getting, what they expected and also the operators about how well the business is thriving.

You will also want to learn about licensing and certifications required for running a daycare business. Some states will require that you get licensed while some others may not. You may also want to get First Aid, CPR or other kind of certifications. Even if these were not pre-requisites, they would come handy when the business gets into full swing. You never can tell what events could occur, it is always better to be prepared for accidents and eventualities.

There is also the personal side of the story. You need to consider if you want to run a home based daycare business or a daycare center. If it is going to be home based, do you need to modify or change your house to be make it child friendly, do you own a building or will you have to rent the required space. You should also consider what impact being with children all day long would have on you and your family. If you are not a natural child lover, a daycare business may be very demanding, as tending children requires a lot of love, understanding and patience. If you have growing kids yourself, the task may be more demanding, as you never can tell what impact the kids you are tending will have on your own children. However, if handling such things is not stressful for you or if you are stay at home mom that is seeking to supplement her income with the venture, then a home based daycare business might just the right thing for you.

As with any other business venture, a clear business plan would definitely impact positively on its success. You need a business plan to map out the viability or otherwise of the venture. You need to consider the initial capital and expense you will incur setting up the business, where these monies will come from and how you are going to recoup your initial capital plus profit. Your business plan will also take care of all necessary accounting and tax expenses, and even create back ups in case of accidents or other eventualities.

In all, the success of your business venture will be directly proportional to how well prepared you were before you jumped into it. Do as much research as you can, learn all you can find about children and their needs, what parents wish for their children and especially, a good business plan. It is never wrong to be well prepared, you will be better for it.

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Benefits of Installing Iot Based Security System for Your Home




The technology of iot is the latest buzzword of today’s era. The idea of internetworking with most of the household items in hand to hand sounds enticing, you don’t have to wait for long to witness the things changing. Take a look around your home and its security system and you will surely mark the difference in the technology, where are the things heading now.

Now, how is this meant to work for future homeowners? According to the statics, the most common reason for burglars to intrude is the ease of accessibility to the home or office. With the advancement of technology, the breaches into the homes are going to drop massively.

So, match up the pace of technology by installing the iot based security system ensuring no more break-ins to your home and offices. Some of the advantages witnessed by you with the iot technology are below:

1. Managing All Of the Things From One Place

The convenience of managing all the task from one place is enormous. Being able to keep the technology in your home and stay connected with one platform is a great step forward in the security system and home management.

For this, you just have to learn how to use one App on your smartphone or tablet and you can manage countless function and other devices at your home. It makes a lot easier to access the functionality you always wanted for your abode.

2. Maximizing The Security

To make your home security and safety skyrocket then surely incorporate IoT safety and surveillance features into your home’s smart security system. There are a lot of options out of which some are explored like smart access, self-monitored and a lot more technology added to this.

With these in hand technologies, you are at ease of receiving alert messages whether you are at home, business location, or halfway around the globe.

3. All The Home Functions- Just With A Touch

Are you thinking to control all the home functions with a touch or from a distance? This is exceptionally dream come true with iot technology, all the comfort you thought of comes to you. Switching on the ac before you reach home from work, assuring the lights are off, serving the dinners with hot dishes are some of the instances you crave for and are complete with just a touch on the remote.

4. Increased Level Of Efficiency

With the proper optimization of technology, it is possible to ensure your living space more energy efficient. As like, you can control the heating and cooling effects on the temperature of your home. Everything is precise and personalized to increase the efficiency without wasting energy.

The Last Thought:

So, if you are inquisitive about upgrading your home and workplace with IoT based smart security system, check out the best automation services at NewDVR Pvt Ltd, a nutshell for all the latest security systems.

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