A Guide to Glass Caskets

Glass caskets are not commonly used for human burial, but they are widely used as funeral caskets that display the body of the deceased. Glass caskets are used for the burial of small pets. Glass urns are used to contain the remains of a person who has been cremated. Some glass urns can be made with the ashes of the deceased actually baked into the glass.

Glass caskets are often used in funeral services to display the body of the deceased. The caskets are usually completely translucent from head to foot. Glass funeral caskets are usually laid horizontally so it appears that the person inside is resting. The bodies can be left in vacuum-sealed glass caskets for up to two days before they start to decompose. Glass caskets are not used for burial, as the glass is not sturdy enough to withstand being put to earth. Glass caskets are usually rented from the funeral home.

Glass caskets are much more common for pets than they are for people. Several companies make small glass caskets for pet burial, as well as glass urns for cremated pets. Some manufacturers can make custom glass caskets built to the specifications of the pet owner.

Glass urns are an alternative to traditional burial caskets. These urns can hold the cremated remains of the departed or they can hold personal keepsakes. There are an endless number of shapes and sizes of glass urns. Some are elaborately decorated while others are simpler. Some custom glass urns can have some of the ashes of the deceased contained within the glass itself. These urns are frequently used to hold keepsakes. The ashes are baked into a pattern in the glass, with the keepsakes inside the urn.

Glass caskets are commonly used for display during funerals. They are also commonly used for pet burial or as containers of ashes. Glass caskets provide a nice alternative to more traditional funeral caskets.

A Guide to Garage Door Openers

Garage doors are no longer the regular roll-top ones, which have to be pushed up by hand. These days, garage door openers are provided with various accessories to make opening easier. No matter how heavy the garage door, it can be fitted with the right kind of opener. These openers ensure utmost safety and security for garages under any conditions. They are also provided with several options and in various designs to suit the exact requirements of the user. The best thing is, they can be installed within 3-5 hours (even do-it-yourself ones). A professional can install a garage door opener in 1 hour!

Garage door openers are of two kinds depending on the use: residential and commercial. In the commercial range of garage door openers, the main models are: Trolley, Jackshift, Hoist and the Slide models. While Trolley openers are used for standard lifting on sectional doors, Jackshift is used for grilles, rolling doors and shutters. Hoist operators are similar to Jackshifts but they are also suitable for heavy duty industrial doors. The slide door openers are meant for single and bi-parting slide doors and also for fire doors.

The main step in purchasing a garage door opener is to determine the actual drive system. Garage door openers are of three kinds depending on the drive system: belt driven, chain driven and direct drive. The most important points to be considered in a garage opener system are the kind of motor and the horsepower. Garage door openers differ in speed also. The average speed is 7 inches lift/drop per second. There are openers that operate at even double this speed.

Garage door openers are provided with different kinds of warranties. Safety is another important aspect while choosing the right garage door opener. It is mandatory that all automatic door openers should be equipped with a non-contact invisible beam system that can sense the approach of a person and make the door to reverse back to the open position. Other mandatory features of garage openers are: automatic lights, a timed reversing feature, a manual emergency release cord and a force adjustment feature.

Garage door openers are usually noisy but some advanced models are being designed to be really quiet. Proper maintenance and lubrication would also lessen the noise made by garage door openers. On the whole, garage door openers should be weather resistant, safe, and should have the least wire exposure for long life.

Garage doors can also be operated by a remote control. This is especially useful for people who have homes with multiple garages. However, it is better to have a rolling radio signal code for the control as it is easy for thieves to capture the code from thin air. Garage door openers can also have an automatic light, remote control and a wall operator, as well as the option of single/two/three button transmitters.

A Guide to Garage Door Opener Parts

There are several parts in a garage door opening system. The smooth working of all these parts ensures the well functioning of garage door opener. The main parts in a garage door opener system are: the remote control, remote control transmitters, receivers, keypads, circuit boards, sensors, brackets, rollers, lock kit, key pads, receiver/remote kits, Gear kit, Screw drive Traveler, Front/Rear Idler, Gear and sprocket assembly, sequencer board, wall consoles/ wall buttons, logic board, safety sensors, monitor, lubricants etc.

Garage door opener parts are designed to suit the exact model and brand. Normally, the parts can be installed by following do-it-yourself installation manuals. Almost every major manufacturer of garage door openers like Chamberlain, Sears, Genie, Wayne-Dalton etc. also provides garage door openers parts as well. Spare parts are available for repairing garage doors or for adding some additional functions to the garage door openers.

Most garage door opener parts are available on websites and can be purchased online. The only challenge is to identify the exact problem with the opener and find out exactly which part is to be replaced. Many online stores provide support while purchasing the parts for a garage door opener. Parts for a garage door opener can be brought even from the local garage door dealer.

A Guide to Fruit Baskets

There is almost no occasion, event or holiday gift that can’t be properly addressed by sending some kind of fruit basket. From humble beginnings as a device fruit growers used to expand their business beyond supermarkets, fruit baskets have become one of the most popular categories of gifts in the country. No longer is this merely a device for fruit growers to send out more of their freshly grown produce at retail prices.

Nowadays, many of the items advertised, sold and shipped as fruit baskets contain hardly any fruit at all. Fruit baskets have matured — come of age, as they say — and it’s possible to satisfy a gift giving need by ordering a fruit basket from any of literally thousands of suppliers across the country. You’ll find that many of the local retail stores in town have some form of fruit basket deal to ship their wares, if not all year round, then certainly at appropriate holiday times. For at least two major gift-giving holidays, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, fruit baskets surpassed flowers as the gift of choice on a national basis several years ago and have kept on growing ever since.

Built around themes for the holidays, fruit baskets can contain any type, and almost any amount of high quality merchandise designed to make the receiver very happy upon arrival. Christmas baskets specializing in winter fruits — especially popular in the colder, Eastern states — have been stuffing Santa’s bag for many years. Valentine’s Day brings chocolate-dipped goodies, especially cherries and strawberries, which really say “I Love You” to that special person in your life.

Baby baskets send the freshest of fruits for the new parents along with a few bottles of a healthy brand of baby food and other appropriate gifts for the newborn. For Mother’s Day, children delight in sending a choice selection of gourmet items to the woman who gave them life. And there’s no better way to say ”I Love You, Dad” on Father’s Day than by sending a basket brimming with Dad’s favorite items and a few new ones as well.

Even giant corporations have gotten accustomed to sending out appropriately stuffed fruit baskets to their highly valued clients and special employees, instead of more traditional fare. Fruit baskets containing all sorts of items have become the easiest and most personal way people can give something to one another that is almost always appreciated. In addition to being one of the easiest and most satisfying experiences, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’s ever returned a fruit basket for any reason whatsoever.

A Guide To Free Screensavers

There are millions of Screensavers available on the Internet. Almost all of these can be downloaded and installed easily. These are usually categorized according to themes. Nature lovers can choose picturesque locations. Fish lovers can choose from different kinds of aquariums with multi-colored fish that are swishing through colored water. Those who really like adventure sports or aircraft can choose from a wide array of moving images and clips of death-defying stunts. Screensavers can also be slide shows that have various pictures of movie celebrities, sportspersons and politicians.

However, some precautions need to be taken before downloading Screensavers. The most important one is that Screensavers must be downloaded from trusted sites. It’s also always a good idea to scan Screensavers for viruses and other potentially dangerous elements, such as spyware and adware. If an anti-virus is already installed on the system, a right click enables a menu which provides for a ‘scan with…’ option. This option can be selected and left-clicked to check the selected download before double-clicking it and installing it.

Sometimes Screensavers are extremely graphic-intensive. This means that they contain so many graphics that they are huge files. Huge files take a lot of space on the computer when they run, and make the computer work so much harder and so much faster than normal that the computer freezes. Then the computer needs to be restarted and all the unsaved information on the computer — such as open files that were being worked on before the Screensaver was activated – is lost.

Some Screensavers also make the hard drive of the computer crash, causing irretrievable data loss. Therefore, it is important for users to download Screensavers that are compatible with the configuration of their computers. This means that the speed of the processor in the computer, and the free space on it, should be sufficient for the Screensaver to be downloaded, installed and run.

Many users like to create their own Screensavers, often with the visuals and audio of their choice. Some software applications facilitate this. Out of these, some can be freely downloaded from the Internet. However, these should be downloaded only from trusted sites, and should be supported by the configuration of the user’s computer. Once downloaded, these should also be scanned for viruses and other common infections. When installed, these programs enable the user to combine images, video clips and audio clips to create a personalized Screensaver, sometimes even for circulation amongst friends and family.

A Guide To Fireplaces

Fireplaces form an open recess in a wall, at the base of a chimney or flue, creating a place where an indoor fire can be built. Fireplaces produce perfect warmth and eliminate cold during the frosty winters, forming the central point of any home, where most family and friends tend to gather.

Creative additions to any room, conventional fireplaces have many parts such as foundation, hearth, firebox, facing, ash dump door, cleanout door, damper, smoke chamber, throat, flue, chimney chase, crown, cap or shroud, and spark arrestor.

A fine selection of masonry or prefabricated fireplaces, in contemporary and classic style designs, which suit every budget, is now available for both indoor and outdoor use. The common ones are wood burning fireplaces, gas direct vent fireplaces, gas ventless fireplaces, pellet fireplaces, and electric fireplaces. Wood burning fireplaces made of brick, block or stone, though difficult to install, create an absolutely vibrant ambience imparting glowing warmth against the crackling sound of burning wood.

Gas direct vent fireplaces work on a steady supply of propane or natural gas and are vented directly outdoors through a blowhole in an exterior wall. The gas ventless models function without venting to the exterior. The pellet types are sophisticated combustion appliances that burn pellet fuels, are more expensive than the wood fireplaces and often require a venting. Electric fireplaces, coupled with the advantages of wood fireplaces, are the perfect ones for short-term residents and renters.

Traditionally, fireplaces were installed in a living or a family room. However, with the advent of ventless gas fireplaces, attractive fireplaces adorn unusual locations such as the bedroom, kitchen, and even bathrooms. Two-for-one fireplaces connect two rooms with a single cozy fireplace. They are open on two sides, directing heat into the two rooms.

Regular maintenance is essential for the safe and efficient functioning of fireplaces. Further, it is recommended to install a fire detector in rooms with fireplaces to avoid the risk of fire.

A Guide to Electric Wheelchairs

A wheelchair is a mobility device that enables a sick or a disabled person to move. It’s basically a chair mounted on wheels, which can be propelled either manually or electrically. Wheelchairs propelled electronically are known as electric wheelchairs.

Electric wheelchairs are powered by motors. They can be used indoors and outdoors and cost at least $1,500. Depending on the kind and extent of use, there are several kinds of wheelchairs available on the market. Some features to consider when buying a wheelchair are the weight and size of the person using it, convenience of both indoor and outdoor use, the chair’s weight capacity, power source, warranty and cost.

Electric wheelchairs are generally used by people who have limited or no mobility due to many different ailments. Some people can be required to use a wheelchair because of old age, paralysis, weight, degenerating muscle diseases, broken or weak bones or other illnesses. Electric wheelchairs are easy to use because they are powered by batteries and can be controlled by a joystick. They are also highly maneuverable as they can turn 360 degrees in one spot. They are also very quiet but they require more maintenance than manual wheelchairs.

Electric wheelchairs are now being designed according to the users’ requirements. Advanced technologies like spring suspension, pneumatic wheels and hydraulic systems are being applied to increase the wheelchair’s strength and durability. There are basically three types of electric wheelchairs, including rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, and mid-wheel drive.

Rear-wheel drive wheelchairs are the traditional and most common type. They are faster then front-wheel models but are not as flexible while turning as the front-wheel drive and mid-wheel drive wheelchairs.

Front-wheel drive wheelchairs are becoming more popular because they are more flexible and maneuverable. They are slightly slower than the rear-wheel drive wheelchairs because of this.

Mid-wheel drive wheelchairs are the tightest-turning wheelchairs. However, they tend to be slightly unsteady while stopping and starting.

Other types of electric wheelchairs are based on weight, ranging from ultra lightweight to heavy-duty wheelchairs; transport wheelchairs; tilt-in-space wheelchairs; wheelchairs with an elevating seat; rough terrain wheelchairs; pediatric wheelchairs and specialty wheelchairs, among others.

Various options are available for almost every part of an electric wheelchair. The wheelchair frame can be foldable or rigid while the wheels can be front-wheel or free wheel. Various foot and armrests are also available including, detachable, swing-away or elevating. The footplates and armrests can be customized to adjust for both angle and height.

When purchasing a wheelchair the above considerations are only the start of choosing the right design. Other important considerations are the dimensions of the chair’s backrest and whether it will be foldable and/or able to recline; the dimensions and upholstery of the chair’s seat; automatic or hand brakes; the type of controls; kerb climbers and whether or not the wheelchair will be outfitted with lights. Other options that can be attached to electric wheelchairs include a tray, crutch holders, seat belts, bags, drink holders and anti-tip bars.

A Guide To ECGs

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a noninvasive test used in the examination of heart disease. Abbreviated from the German Elektrokardiogramm (EKG), this test records the electrical activity of the heart in the form of a continuous strip graph.

In the 19th century, it was discovered that the human heart generated electricity. British physiologist, Augustus Waller of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington (London), was the first man to systematically approach the heart from an electrical viewpoint. In 1887, he published the first human electrocardiogram, which was recorded with a capillary electrometer from Thomas Goswell.

The breakthrough came in 1893 when Willem Einthoven of Leiden (The Netherlands) introduced the term ‘electrocardiogram’ at a conference of the Dutch Medical Association. In 1901, Einthoven invented a galvanometer for creating electrocardiograms using a fine quartz string coated in silver. This new equipment was more responsive than the capillary electrometer that Waller used. In 1902, he prepared the first electrocardiogram recorded on a string galvanometer and assigned the letters P, Q, R, S and T to the various deflections. In 1924, Einthoven won the Nobel Prize for physiology for his discovery.

ECG is now one of the most important tools in cardiac electrophysiology. It measures the rate and promptness of heartbeats as well as the size and position of the chambers, the presence of any hurt to the heart, and the effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart, like a pacemaker.

To make an electrocardiogram, 10 ECG leads (electrodes) are attached to each extremity and to 6 pre-defined points on the neck, on the arm and legs, and over the heart, while the patient lies flat on a bed. The skin is coated with a small amount of gel that permits the electrical signals of the heart to be more easily transmitted to the leads. Velcro straps are small suction cups attached to the ECG leads. This painless test continues for about 5 minutes and the results are traced on graph paper.

During ECG tracing, it is essential to be relaxed and relatively warm, because any motion, including muscle tremors such as shivering, will change the recording. Other factors affecting ECG results are movement or faulty position of the leads, disproportion of electrolytes in blood (such as too much or too little calcium, potassium, magnesium or sodium), and low body temperature.

The major advantages of this test are that it is painless, noninvasive, safe, inexpensive, and easy to perform. Besides, the machines are readily available in most medical facilities. But, ECG does not produce an exact diagnosis for all time. It can often be normal or nearly normal despite a serious heart problem, including undiagnosed coronary artery disease, and this is known as false negative results.

A Guide to Duvet Covers

A duvet is a type of bedding, similar to a comforter. Duvets (pronounced do-vey) are very popular in Europe and are catching on in the rest of the world. It is a type of blanket filled with down, wool or synthetic fibers that is used put on top of a fitted sheet, in place of a second sheet and other blankets.

A duvet cover is a large sort of pillowcase that is used to encase the duvet and protect it from getting dirty. Most duvet owners use duvet covers because they are much easier to launder than the actual duvet. There are a nearly unlimited number of different designs for duvet covers, ranging from solid colors to elaborate patterns.

Duvet covers usually have one end that has a zipper or buttons that can seal the duvet cover around the duvet. Duvet covers fit tightly around duvets and protect them from getting dirty or soiled. A duvet cover can be compared to a pillowcase in that they both cover and protect bedding materials in a similar manner. The person can wash the duvet cover with the fitted sheet whenever necessary. It is much easier to load a duvet cover into a washing machine and dryer than it is to wash the full duvet itself. Most duvet covers are made of materials like cotton that are safe to wash in machines and do not need any special care.

Duvet covers come in a wide variety of styles and patterns. They can have nearly any type of design to go with the décor of the room. They come in almost any solid color imaginable and can have patterns or designs woven into them.

Duvets need covers to keep them from getting dirty when people sleep on them. Duvet covers are easy to take care of and come in colors and designs that compliment the color scheme of any room.

A Guide To Discount Tires

Worn tires compromise an automobile’s safety, traction, and gas mileage. Buying new tires is intimidating due to the cost; thus a number of car owners replace worn tires with discount tires. Discount tires may be bought from the original dealership, warehouse stores, or the automobile section at a department store.

When purchasing discount tires, a car owner must be aware of the manufacturer’s name, model year, and model name of the vehicle. That is generally all a tire store needs to know to fit correct tires on the vehicle. It helps to be aware of the size and rating of the tires. If the discount tires are pre-owned, a car owner must make certain that the tread is of adequate depth for gripping the road, that there is uniform wear across the tire, and that there are no bands breaking through the tire.

It is imperative that, even under budget constraints, a car owner does not purchase tires that have a lower speed index or load rating than the original tires. It is not compulsory to replace all four tires together; conditions vary depending on the wear. Automobile stores and tire warehouses have trained professionals who can recommend suitable options.

Increasingly, people are shopping for discount tires online. These sources offer a broad selection of branded tires in every configuration. While car owners cannot see their choices in person, the expediency can make shopping for discount tires more convenient. Many online retailers ship the tires directly to a local service station so that they can be fitted there when the car owner brings the car in to have them installed.

When choosing a source for discount tires, it is advisable to keep in mind that the price of the discount tires may not include mounting and balancing, yet these are necessary expenditures.