Guides And Advice On Installing And Maintaining New Hardwood Flooring}

Guides and advice on installing and maintaining new hardwood flooring


Declan Ellis

If youre wanting to install new engineered oak flooring but are unsure where to start with this kind of project, a North East-based company can help you out. Flooring and Doors, a part of North Yorkshire Timber, offers an Advice Centre for customers to visit to find guides on the installation and maintenance of their new Kahrs floors. It is sectioned into a handy, easy-to-navigate collection of tips and its free to view, so if youd like some insights into the world of engineered wooden flooring, head over to their website. Below are some of the specific techniques they can help you with


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Acclimatisation is basically allowing your engineered oak flooring to get used to its new home. Wood naturally absorbs or releases moisture depending on the moisture content of its surroundings, and so it will respond to the amount if humidity in the air of your property. The humidity of properties will fluctuate depending on many factors, one being the current season it tends to be higher in summer and lower in winter. Whether your Kahrs floors need to release or absorb moisture inside your home, it will take a little time to adjust and settle.

In order to allow your engineered wooden flooring to acclimatise, it must be placed in a room which is at its natural humidity, with the heating on a normal level and windows and doors closed fully, and you must leave it for a minimum of three weeks. Furthermore, the engineered oak flooring must be unpacked and stacked properly to give it space to breathe.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The cleaning and maintenance routines of your Kahrs floors is important because it helps to prolong the life and look. There will be specific guidelines for each brand, but there are general rules that are specific to either lacquered floors or wax oiled floors. For example, a tip for lacquered engineered wooden flooring is to place doormats both in and outside of your front door to minimalize the amount of dirt and grit being walked in as this can cause considerable wear to lacquered flooring.

A tip for wax oiled floors is to be sure to treat your engineered oak flooring with an extra coat of Osmo Polyx Oil after you lay it especially if its in a room where water is frequently spilled. This is because it helps to seal the joints between the boards and gives better protection against water.

More Advice

As well as offering the free advice centre, the team at Flooring and Doors are experts in all kinds of Kahrs floors along with many other brands. They are friendly and helpful, so if youd like to know more about their products or if you need some advice about your current engineered wooden flooring, dont hesitate to get in touch with them. They are the leading providers of flooring and doors in the region so you can rest assured any advice will be professional and well-informed.

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Fans For Sulfur Industries}

Fans for Sulfur Industries


Oleg Cthetchel

H2S Hydrogen Sulfide is a major contaminant – a source of sulfur. In high concentrations it can be lethal. It occurs in natural gas, oil, volcanic emissions, and some mineral springs. In oil refining processes its presence is undesirable, and it must be removed. The Clause process is one of the methods used to remove the hydrogene sulphide, and while doing so, recover elementary sulfur.

American Blowers Co. now offers gas-tight and zero leakage steam-jacketed blowers for Sulfur Recovery in Chemical Industry.

In pactice this sulfur removal process requires a gas-tight, zero leakage, high temperature and high pressure blower for intermittent duty that must handle toxic gases and must be capable of being brought on line immediately upon demand. To do this the following features on the blower must be provided:

– Double welded casing construction;

– Steam flows between the housing walls to maintain a constant 285 F gas temperature inside the fan (because below 285 F sulfur will change from a gaseous to a solid state and will “freeze” to the blower surfaces causing damage or destruction);

– A mechanical shaft seal with heat tracing and purge by air or nitrogen;

– To assure tight tolerances between the shaft and shaft seal, the housing should be supported at the centerline, and grows concentric to the fan shaft when exposed to heat.: since this support isolates housing from the drive and mounting bases, housing thermal growth doesn’t cause forces to be applied to these bases.

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– To prevent the shaft from taking a permanent set when the blower is idle but still exposed to the high temperature, a turning gear is provided to keep the blower rotating at a very slow speed of 25 – 40 RPM; alternatively a VFD speed control can be used

Steam jacketed construction can also be used in other thermally critical chemical processes. As to air-tifgt and zero-emission construction, it is used in the following industries:

* Pollution Control

* Pulp and Paper Industry

* Printing and Converting

* Chemical Plants

* Power Generation

* Research and Development

* Petroleum

* Food Processing

* Paint and Ink Industries

for containment of hazardous organic and inorganic compounds in industrial process plants and other critical applications. Special construction and shaft sealing devices are available for blower service requiring zero or minimal gas leakage into and out of casing.

American Blowers Co. has a lot of experince with gas-tight and zero-leakage construction on fans and blowers, including: multistage lip shaft seals; Buna-N, Viton and Teflon seals; mechanical shaft seals; special fan housing gasketings; single and double carbon ring seals; hermetically sealed blowers; magnetofluidic and ferrofluidic seals; and packed stuffing boxes with barrier liquids and purgeable seals.

Specific code welding processes and special fan design features are used too – to ensure complete gas tight integrity.

Some special materials and alloys frequently used in gas tight fans, especially for service in hazardous, abrasive, corrosive and high temperature environments, include:

Corten, ASTM A36 Carbon Steel, Hastelloy, Inconel, Stainless Steels of different kinds, Titanium, Monel, Aluminum, Teflon, Rubber LIning. These materials are typical for industrial applications requiring high strength alloys and super alloys too.

Blowers Depot is a world wide distributor of industrial process ans OEM fans and blowers, as well as fan components; including high pressure blowers, high temperature fans, spark resistant and explosion proof ventilators, tubeaxial and vaneaxial high pressure ventilators. American Blowers Company also does existing fans and blowers repairs, re-build, as well as dynamical wheels balancing.

For additional information please refer to

Susanna Terlitskaia

Industrial Ventilating Engineer

American Blowers Company

Susanna Terlitskaia

Industrial Ventilating EngineerAmerican Blowers Companynis@primus.ca

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England fans watch match in cinema

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

London – A few hundred England fans weren’t watching the 2006 FIFA World Cup match against Sweden last night in a pub or at home, but instead had ventured out to their local cinema to see the game on the big screen. A number of Odeon cinemas nationwide have been using digital projection technology to screen the matches live with a high definition (HD) picture. HD broadcasts contain a greater level of detail than traditional TV broadcasts, meaning a sharper picture and better sound quality.

In the darkened auditorium of the cinema in Covent Garden, the audience (or should that be crowd?) were behaving almost as if they were at the stadium, singing along to the national anthem, cheering at the England goals and groaning at the Sweden chances. At times, chants being sung by the England crowd at the match were even picked up and sung along to by those watching the cinema screen like some kind of football karaoke contest.

Trailers before the match were replaced by a soundtrack of England anthems, both the successful and not-so-successful ones, and the traditional movie treat of popcorn was replaced by trays of beer (in plastic cups) being brought in by the punters. The cinema had cheekily listed the screening as being ‘directed by Sven-Göran Eriksson’ and as ‘starring Wayne Rooney (hopefully)’.

Despite a disappointing 2-2 draw, the audience seemed impressed with the experience. “I’m a bit short and so wanted to make sure I had good view without having to jostle around for position,” Amanda, from London, explained to me. “I also liked that it was non-smoking, and there was a fabulous atmosphere”. Sian, Caio and Laura, who lived locally, said they wanted to see the match on the big screen and commented on the excellent picture quality.

Other events that have been broadcast by the cinema chain include concerts by Robbie Williams and Elton John. Odeon Marketing Director Luke Vetere said “offering films is just one part of the cinema experience – our ambition is to offer guests the chance to watch other events they feel passionate about”. Watching football in the cinema is not a brand new event though, during previous World Cups such as in 1966, film footage from the matches was broadcast in cinemas after the event, providing a way for people to see the games in colour when TV broadcasts were in black and white.

Cinema screenings aren’t the only way that fans can watch the World Cup games in high-definition this year though, as both Sky TV and Telewest have been broadcasting the games in HD to viewers with a special set-top box. There have been trials with HD on the growing Freeview platform too, with a pilot group of a few hundred viewers in London. However, as any move to roll out HD on Freeview would use up extra space on the broadcast spectrum and would require viewers to buy a new set-top box, it seems unlikely that this will happen any time soon.

Debut from Booker-winner, final Canadian appearance of Stan Lee among announced Fan Expo Canada programming

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Toronto, Ontario’s 2016 Fan Expo Canada, scheduled for September 1–4, includes farewells to some US icons, and the debut of a new work by a Canadian icon. The first batch of programming was announced in a media release late last week.

Saturday, September 3, acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood is to launch her graphic novel Angel Catbird, with illustrator Johnnie Christmas. The panel includes a question and answer session and an opportunity to purchase the book before its general release date. Other recent firsts from the 76-year-old Booker Award-winning Atwood include a chamber opera that debuted in 2014, participating in the Twitter Fiction Festival in 2015, and being the first writer included in the Future Library project, her Scribbler Moon not to be read until 2114.

Stan Lee, now 93, is in the midst of what he claims to be his final convention tour. As first announced in February, the Spider-Man, Iron-Man, and X-Men creator is to make his final Canadian convention appearance at Fan Expo. Also bidding adieu to the convention circuit are Adam West and Burt Ward, from the original Batman television series, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The remainder of the announced schedule includes various programs for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, including appearances by actors William Shatner, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols, the four day long Geekfest Film Festival, and a live script reading of Ghostbusters by voice acting legends Rob Paulsen, Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche, and David Hayter. Panels include The Dark Knight III team, including a rare appearance by Frank Miller, the cast of Sailor Moon, and an exclusive panel of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.

The 750,000 square foot event projects “over 140,000” attendees this year to Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Two weeks ago, FanFiction.Net purged the site of much of the adult content, surprising many fan fiction readers and writers; leaving several archives on the Internet unprepared for a deluge of new users, problems continuing to this day. FanFiction.Net removed around 62,000 stories after a change allowing writers under the age of eighteen to register.

FanFiction.Net spelled out the reasons for their purge on the front page of the site:

Please note we would like to clarify the content policy we have in place since 2002. FanFiction.Net follows the Fiction Rating system ranging from Fiction K to Fiction M. Although Fiction Ratings goes up to Fiction MA, FanFiction.Net since 2002 has not allowed Fiction MA rated content which can contain adult/explicit content on the site. FanFiction.Net only accepts content in the Fiction K through Fiction M range. Fiction M can contain adult language, themes and suggestions. Detailed descriptions of physical interaction of sexual or violent nature is considered Fiction MA and has not been allowed on the site since 2002.

According to alixe75 on LiveJournal’s ffdotnetrants, FanFiction.Net deleted 2,002 Naruto stories, 1,497 Twilight stories, 1,256 Harry Potter stories, 670 Glee stories, 364 Inuyasha stories, 364 Hetalia – Axis Powers stories, 282 Kingdom Hearts, 213 Pokemon stories, 143 Yu-Gi-Oh stories, 127 Dragon Ball Z stories and 47 Doctor Who stories amongst others. rahirah on Dreamwidth provided another statistic, “Approximately 11% of all BtVS [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] stories were zapped. That may not sound like much, but FFnet is big – that comes to thousands of stories.” feckless-muse on Dreamwidth reported the purge included banning users. Despite the purge, Alexa reports no drop in traffic to FanFiction.Net.


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What You Need To Consider When Buying Cool Cars}

Submitted by: Gavin Drake

What You Need To Consider When Buying Cool Cars

If you are one of those people who are planning to buy cool cars, you should make it a point to do your homework first before you head for the car dealers place. Always remember that cool cars can be quite expensive and if you are not careful with your choices, you could end up with something that is not really worth your hard earned money. To help you choose the right cool car, here are some tips for you.

Brand New Versus Used Cars

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The first thing that you need to do if you want to buy cool cars is to decide whether you want a brand new one or a used one. Both brand new and used cars have their own advantages and disadvantages so you should be able to look closely into these things before you attempt to buy your dream car. Always remember that comparing the advantages and disadvantages of brand new and used cars will help you make an intelligent decision as to which one you will buy.

Consult Your Budget

Since money plays a vital role in your selection for cool cars, you will need to take into consideration your budget. Note that brand new cool cars can cost considerably higher than their used counterparts. However, the good news about brand new cars is that brand new cars have lesser maintenance cost compared to the used cars so if you are very much concerned about your future maintenance expenses, getting a brand new cool car may be a better option for you. On the other hand, if you are more concerned about saving money on the purchase cost of your cool car, a used car which is in good running condition may be more appropriate for you.

Select A Good Brand

Once you have made up your mind whether to buy a used car or a brand new car, the next step would be to study the different brands of cars. Note that different brands of cool cars have their own special features so it would be wise to determine first what features you want in your car and then select a car brand that can give you the utmost satisfaction. To help you select the right car brand, go to the websites of these companies. You may also read reviews about the products of these companies. The good thing about reading reviews about different brands of cool cars is that you will be able to easily compare these brands.

About the Author: Gavin Drake is a club level racing driver who owns a website for like minded individuals where fellow “Petrol Heads” can go to talk, exchange ideas, share photo’s and catch up with the goings on in the motorsport world You can find his site at

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New Jersey Governor hospitalized after car crash

Friday, April 13, 2007

The Governor of New Jersey Jon S. Corzine was hospitalized Thursday after the vehicle he was riding in crashed into a guardrail on Garden State Parkway. The Governor was on his way to a meeting between the Rutgers University basketball team and radio personality Don Imus.

Corzine was riding in the front passenger seat when a red pickup truck drifted onto the shoulder. As the truck corrected itself, a white pickup swerved to avoid it, hitting the motorcade SUV he was riding. Corzine suffered six broken ribs, a broken collarbone, broken sternum, fracture of his lower vertebrae, a broken leg, and a head gash. He is in stable condition following surgery at Cooper University Hospital, but will require more surgery to repair a broken femur that broke through the skin. The trooper driving the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Senate President Richard Codey will serve as governor while Corzine is in the hospital. An aide to Corzine said he was not wearing a seat belt.

Mysterious power failure takes down Wikipedia, Wikinews

This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

On Monday, at 10.14 pm UTC, the Wikimedia server cluster experienced a total power failure, taking down Wikipedia, Wikinews, and all other Wikimedia websites.

The servers are housed in a colocation facility (colo) in Tampa, Florida, USA. They occupy two racks, with each rack receiving electricity from two independent supplies. However, both supplies have circuit-breakers in them, and both opened at the same time, leading to a total power failure. All computers immediately went down. It’s normal for fire safety regulations to prohibit uninterruptible power supplies in colos, with the colo providing its own UPS and generator instead. The circuit breakers were on the computer side of this emergency power system, so none of the computers continued to receive power to survive the breaker trip or shut down safely.

The actual reason why the circuit breakers tripped is currently unknown.

When power was restored, it was discovered that most of the MySQL databases that store the data which makes up Wikipedia et al had been corrupted. The main database and the four slaves had all damaged the data on their hard disk drives beyond the ability of the auto-correction to repair. Only one copy survived safely, on a machine that is used for report generation and maintenance tasks, which remained 31 hours backlogged while catching up after an unusually heavy update load during the previous week.

Volunteer Wikimedia engineers worked through the night rebuilding the databases from the sole good copy onto the other servers. The Wikipedia database is over 180Gb in size, making the copying process last 1.5 – 2 hours for every server it was performed upon.

Regular back-ups of the database of Wikipedia projects are maintained – the encyclopedia in its entirety was not at risk. The last database download was made on February 9; all edits since then could only have been laboriously rebuilt from logs and recovered from the damaged database requiring much more time and effort.

Limited read-only service was established late Tuesday afternoon, with editing becoming possible 24 hours after the power failure. Final repairs continue now, as well as upgrades to prevent similar issues in the future. Server-intensive features, such as categories and ‘watchlists’ that display recent changes to selected articles to registered users, remain disabled to ease the load on the recovering systems.

The process which led to the damage originated with the operating system, disk controllers, or hard drives failing to flush the data correctly.

If the power to a database server is cut mid-write, the database may be corrupted and unreadable, however the operating system, hardware, and software are designed to make this very unlikely. In a previous incident in 2004 power was also lost to a server but the database was undamaged.

To avoid such damage, each database server saves a copy of an edit to be applied to the database on a separate storage system before making the actual update to the database itself. This so-called ‘write-ahead logging’ should ensure that in the event of a system crash, the database can be rebuilt from a ‘last-good’ state by replaying the edits saved in the log.

Earlier this year popular blogging site LiveJournal suffered a similar power failure when another customer at their colocation facility pressed an Emergency Power Off button, intended for use only by firefighters. The company suffered database corruption similar to that seen at Wikimedia.

LiveJournal are now fitting UPS to their servers to ensure that they have time to shut down safely in the event of a power failure. Wikimedia was said to be investigating the possibility of fitting similar equipment at the time of this failure.

Several pundits have suggested that the use of another database, such as the proprietary database Oracle or the free PostgreSQL, would have avoided the database corruption seen at the server cluster. A post-mortem of the incident show the failure was in the operating system, or the hardware, or some combination of the two. LiveJournal, which also uses MySQL, reported similar database corruption after their power cut.

The Wikimedia foundation only allows the use of free software on its systems, and future versions of the Mediawiki software will support the PostgreSQL database.

Users are reminded that during times of system failure or excessive demand, they can still search Wikipedia using Google. The articles may be viewed using Google’s cache.

Eleven year-old boy arrested on suspicion of assaulting a four year-old boy in East Yorkshire

Sunday, August 27, 2006

An eleven year-old boy has been arrested this morning on suspicion of attacking a four year-old boy in Hessle, East Yorkshire. The boy was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed to mid-September pending further inquiries.

Charlie Davis was left with a fractured skull after being battered with a brick. The incident happened on wasteland close to the child’s home before lunchtime on Thursday, and he was discovered by a couple who were out walking. He was in a puddle of blood and part of his ear was hanging off; doctors at Hull Royal Infirmary later performed surgery to repair it.

Yesterday, a spokeswoman from Humberside Police said: “This little boy has suffered a nasty attack and has some horrible injuries.”

Police say they haven’t been able to talk to Charlie about the attack, and they say that they are keeping an “open mind” about the attack. A police spokeswoman added: “Police hope to be able to take a statement and get a full account of the incident from the four-year-old victim some time today, so long as he’s able to speak to us.”

According to reports, the little boy was tied to a tree before being battered, but police said there was no evidence to verify such information.

The Benefits Of Using Stainless Steel}

The Benefits of using Stainless Steel



…There are many different grades depending on the exact proportion of steel and chromium, which makes the alloy suitable for a range of uses and a variety of environments.

Use of the type of metal

Due to the many benefits of , a list of its uses would be almost endless, ranging from surgical instruments to jewellery! It is also largely used in the building industry, where it is valued for both its practical and aesthetic qualities. A further use is in the manufacture of kitchen utensils and equipment.

Benefits of the metal

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Stainless! At the risk of stating the obvious, one of the main benefits of using stainless steel is that it does not stain easily, although it is not completely stainless. It also has a high resistance to corrosion and scaling. This means that is can be used in demanding environments and will retain its bright, attractive appearance long after other materials will have started to rust and fade.

Hygienic. Due to its non-porous surface and ease of cleaning, stainless steel is one of the most hygienic materials available. This is why it is widely used in hospitals and commercial kitchens, which have high demands for cleanliness and disease control. Although specialist cleaning products are available, another benefit of stainless steel is that it can generally be restored simply by washing with warm water and a cloth, thus reducing maintenance costs.

How does it look

Stainless steel has a timeless, classical appearance. Where other materials come and go as fashion dictates, stainless steel is always on trend, adding a touch of class without being overly ostentatious.

Value for money

Whist not the cheapest material on the market, stainless steel represents excellent value for money: its durability and longevity will justify the initial outlay several times over.


It has strength and durability that belies its sleek appearance, meaning that often a reduced thickness is required compared to some other materials. This clearly contributes towards cost-savings in both the short and long term. Another benefit is that it is also highly resistant to fire and heat, and will retain its strength at high temperatures. Conversely, stainless steel can also cope with freezing temperatures, which further enhances its value and application in a range of environments.


Finally, another major benefit of stainless steel is that it can generally be fabricated, welded and cut with ease, thus increasing its adaptability and range of application. This makes stainless steel the first choice of material in many diverse situations.

Colin McDonald writes on behalf of Teknomek –

Stainless steel commercial sinks

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