Semirugged Cellphone Case

I've had a cell phone of one sort or another since the early 1990s but even when they finally shrunk to a size that made them comfortably pocketable, I rarely carried one. You can't do real work or efficiently surf the internet with a smartphone so I always carry a tablet. And because I'm a serious amateur photographer, it's with disdain that I view the camera capabilities of any smartphone.So when I heard of the Panasonic CM1 Android based smartphone with a one inch 20 megapixel sensor and a Leica lens, I knew the future had finally arrived. But the retail price of over $1000 meant I did nothing for nearly a year until Panasonic slashed the price in half just in time for additional Black Friday savings.Being such a niche product, Panasonic never expected to sell many of these units and as a result there are no available aftermarket protective silicone cases. The type of case that is energy absorbing and able to protect your phone from a mild drop while adding minimum bulk.Apparently I was destined to make my own.I thought the silicone polymer material that dental mouthguards are made from would be an ideal material to make a custom fitting cell phone case. The material typically comes in 5"x 5" sheets so I had to use a butane fueled torch to heat and melt two sheets together to form one sheet large enough to cover the cell phone.A very accurate mold of the cell phone was made with polyvinylsiloxane putty, used to take oral impressions for fabricating dental prosthetics. Alternatively you could use a variety of urethane liquid rubber products (www.smooth-on.com) available widely at arts and crafts stores. A stone model was made from this mold and was placed on a short stack of coins to elevate it above the perforated vacuum forming box.This box was constructed out of pine with a single 2.25" circular opening to accept the hose of a Shop-Vac.The extensively perforated top surface is where the vacuum delivered by the Shop-Vac would be drawn down from.A pair of rectangular steel frames made from common steel stock available at hardware stores was very poorly MIG welded together . The 10"x5" polymer sheet was sandwiched by the pair of metal frames and held together with binder clips. The whole affair was placed in a 400 degree oven for about five minutes until the material was seen to sag and turn clear.Wearing oven mitts, the frame was removed from the oven and quickly placed over the top of the wooden box, pressing down over the stone model with the Shop-Vac running. The hot and pliable polymer sheet can be seen to be drawn tightly over the stone model by the vacuum. Wait for it to cool sufficiently to handle.After you separate the material from the metal frame and stone model, you need to trim the case grossly with a pair of scissors, and then finely with a razor blade.And there you have it, a custom tight fitting case that looks store bought.

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Wooden Roof Rack
NOTE: This is an edited version of my original Instructable.I want to thank the Instructables members who have taken time to review my roof rack Instructables project and expressed their opinions of it. Although not all the comments were of the 'constructive' variety, I really appreciated those that offered alternatives. I understand the safety concerns that some of you have express regarding using wood as my main construction material. While I personally believe that the base and the rail I made from oak is strong enough to handle my intended use of my rack, I have decided to heed some of the advice I was given and modify these two parts of my project. I don't want to possibly cause any harm from my project or from anyone who may want to try making one of their own. First, as a few of you have suggested, I have found aluminum that will work well for the four base units to which the rails will be attached. I am still looking for substitute rail material, although I still may use the oak rail, but strengthen it as described below. To view the companion Instructable, please click here.The second option, as suggested by Instructable member rowerwet, would be to sheath the base blocks and the rails in marine epoxy and layers of fiberglass which will make the wooden roof rack many times stronger.My wife and I enjoy many outdoor activities, including camping, cycling, cross country skiing, canoeing and kayaking. We generally use our pickup truck to haul some of this equipment. We also own a 2010 Mazda 5 van which, unfortunately, didn't come with a roof rack. Using our van would be more economical to haul skis, a kayak, and other camping equipment around. I recently found out that the Mazda 5 (and probably many other vehicles) actually have four bolt holes in the roof which allows a roof rack to easily be attached to the vehicle. These holes are covered with a plastic clip which can be easily removed. After discovering these bolt holes, I looked into purchasing a roof rack system for my van. I found the cost for most roof racks to be quite expensive. Since I am always looking for projects using materials from my salvaged "stuff", I thought I'd try to build my own roof rack and. as well, a variety of equipment carrier attachments.To complete this project, I used the following:Table SawMiter sawRouter with round over bitSanderDrill and various sized drill bitsSalvaged material - oak pallet wood, satellite dish brackets, broken deck swing, arm rests from broken office chairsPlywood scrapsLinseed oilVarious bolts, u-bolts and screwsAircraft cableI love building with wood, so I decided to make the roof rack from oak. I used re-purposed oak from large old shipping platforms that I got free from a local farm implement dealership. The lumber is solid oak and comes in a variety of dimensions. The largest pieces I've found are 5" x 8" x 11 feet long, This lumber is usually quite rough and weathered, so I use my table saw and, sometimes my thickness planer, to cut it into dimensions that I needed for some of the Instructables projects I've done in the past.For the first part of this project, I used a piece of oak that was about 3.5" square. Using my table saw, I trimmed the rough edges of the wood to expose the nice oak underneath. Next I cut the wood into four pieces 6" long and then cut a bevel at each end of these four blocks as shown in the picture. To give the edges a nice round edge, I used a round over bit in my router. Finally, I finished the blocks by sanding them smooth.I drilled a large 1 inch hole in the centre of these blocks. This hole was drilled about halfway through the block. I then drilled a smaller 3/8" hole through the remaining section of the block. I will use this hole to bolt the block to the roof.These four blocks will be the base points of the rack. To attach the blocks to the roof, I removed the plastic clips that cover the bolt holes on the roof. By trial and error, I determined that the bolt holes take a metric size 6 bolt.Before attaching the blocks, I decided to cut a 3" channel in the top of the blocks. This notch would be about 1/4" deep and 3" wide. The channel will be used to hold the rails that will span the roof.To cut the channel, I clamped the four blocks together (as shown). Using my table saw, with the depth set at about 1/4" and the table saw fence set about 2" from the blade, I made the first cut in all four blocks. Then, by adjusting the fence distance approximately 1/8" further from the blade, I made the second cut. I continued adjusting the fence further and further from the blade, I eventually completed the channel that I wanted.In order to protect the oak from weathering, I coated the blocks with linseed oil. I used this rather than a urethane coating because linseed oil absorbs into the wood. This will allow me to redo the wood anytime its needed without having to sand it.(NOTE: To add an extra level of strength to these blocks, I plan to coat the blocks with marine epoxy and fibreglass as was suggested by fellow Instructable member rowerwet .(See his comment below))The blocks were now ready to install on the roof. Using a metric #6 screw and a washer, I attached each block to the roof of the Mazda 5.The cross rails were next. Again, using oak from the pallets, my thickness planer, table saw and miter saw, I cut two pieces 3" wide and 1" thick and about 40" long. I then used the round over bit in my router to again round off the edges of the rail, leaving about 4" at each end square. This is the part of the rails that fit into the channel of each block. I sanded the rails and, again, coated the rails with linseed oil. The next task was to attach the rails to the block. I used #8 x 2" GRK low-profile washer head screws to attach the rail to the block. I pre-drilled the holes to prevent the rails from splitting. My roof rack was now complete and ready to use. I was quite amazed and pleased with how solid and strong the wooden roof rack is.(NOTE: Again, to add an extra level of strength to these rails, I plan to coat them with marine epoxy and fibreglass as was suggested by fellow Instructable member rowerwet as per his comment below.)Now that I had finished the roof rack, I wanted to add a variety of attachments to make it more useful. I have a ski rack that I hadn't been able to use for about four years. Now that I have this wooden rack, I was anxious to try it out again. As you can see from the pictures, the ski rack attached perfectly to the wooden rails and the system worked very well. It's a shame I hadn't thought of making the roof rack years ago.The cross country ski season will soon be over. I want to make the rack more useful after the ski season. Since we like to camp, a roof rack would be handy to carry a variety of camping equipment. I searched through my salvaged materials for ideas. When our deck swing broke last year after a very heavy wind storm, I decided to take it apart and save the metal pieces. One of these pieces was the rectangular frame that forms the seat section of the deck swing. I thought this could be modified into a cargo luggage holder. One side of the frame had holes approximately 4" apart. I drilled matching holes along the opposite side of the frame and also along the two short lengths of the rectangle. Using some aircraft cable that I purchased at my local hardware store, I wove the cable through the holes in both directions to form a web as shown in the pictures.To attach the frame to the rails, I used four u-bolts. I centered the frame on the wooden rails, and marked the location of where the holes need to be drilled for the u-bolts. After drilling the holes, I attached the metal frame to rails with the u-bolts. The platform was ready to use. Another piece of equipment that we haven't been able to use since we bought our van was a Thule soft car top carrier. These are great car toppers because they are light and collapse tightly around the cargo inside with the compression straps. While it's not camping season yet here in Canada, I wanted to try to mount the car top carrier to see how well it attaches to the metal frame. As the pictures show, it fits nicely on the frame and attaches easily with the web straps. I look forward to using it this summer. As the other pictures show, the metal frame carrier will be useful to haul many other things, such as lawn chairs, plastic tubs or maybe a spare tire.The final accessory I made for the roof rack is a kayak roof rack. There are a variety of kayak roof racks in the market, everything from J-cradles, stackers and saddle racks. I decided to make a saddle type kayak roof rack. After checking through my supply of "junk", I found some brackets that are used to mount satellite dishes to roofs or walls. I used to install dishes and there was often left over pieces which I usually saved just in case. I thought the wall bracket would make a great adjustable kayak saddle. It will be adjustable to a range of angles depending on the shape of the kayak bottom. to attach the four saddles to the rails, I again used blocks of oak similar in size to the roof rack blocks.To attach the metal braces to these blocks, I cut a section out of each side of the blocking a curved fashion using the same method of incremental 1/8" cuts using the table saw fence.I then drilled a 1/4" hole in each block to allow the wood to be attached to the metal frame. Before attaching the two together, I coated the blocks with linseed oil.Next, I used some scrap pieces of plywood to make backer board for whatever soft material I will use to cradle the kayak. After cutting the four boards, I rounded the sides with the router and round over bit. I applied linseed oil to one side of the boards and edges. I marked and drilled four holes for the bolts needed to attach the boards to the metal brackets. I attached the four boards as shown. Next, I found some dense foam,and cut it into four rectangles the same size as the plywood boards. I then glued the foam to the plywood boards, and, using a utility knife blade, I trimmed the foam. This completed the four kayak rack saddles.To attach the saddles to the wooden railing, I purchased four square u-bolts. These were 3" wide by 7" long, which was too long for what I needed. I had to cut off about 2.5" off each of the 8 bolts. I then attached the four saddles to the wooden rails using the u-bolts. It is very easy to adjust the distance between these saddles and the angle of the foam boards to achieve the best fit for the kayak. Using the tie-down straps as shown, the kayak is mounted securely to the van. Attaching the extra straps at the front and back isn't needed, but does add an extra level of stability.Once again, since it is still winter here, I won't be using this kayak rack for a while. I am really looking forward to the summer season.The kayak saddle rack I made works real well, but they seemed a little bulky to me. I decided to make another set, one that is a bit smaller. So I again went looking through my "stuff". This time I found something which I thought would make a perfect low-profile type of saddle kayak rack. I'm not sure why I saved these, but when some of the desk chairs at my work place broke, I decided to salvage the wheel casters and the adjustable arm rests. The arm rests are molded pads and all four I had salvaged were in excellent condition. I removed the pads from the arms .As I did with the first set I made, I cut blocks of oak wood ( approximately 3" x 3" x 6" long). I made 5 of these so that I have a spare in case I ever needed one. I then cut a wedge off each of the blocks. This wedge was cut at a fairly flat angle so that the pads would sit quite flats as well. Next, I found a pallet board that was 3.5" wide , 1" thick and about 4 feet long. Using my thickness planer and table saw I cleaned up the rough board. I cut the board into 5 pieces, each 6" long. I again rounded the edges of the board with the router. Finally, I drilled two 3/8" holes in these boards 4" apart to allow the boards to be attached to the foam pad.I then attached the boards to the blocks I had made earlier using glue and #8 x 1.5" GRK low-profile washer head screws. After the glue dried, I coated these blocks with linseed oil.The last step was to attach the foam pads. I used 1.5" long bolts with washers to lock the foam pad to the blocks. The new saddle pads were finished and ready to attach to the roof rack rails.I used the same u-bolts as I had used for the first set I made. The kayak sits nicely on this new saddle rack and I really like the sleeker look to these pads. I can't wait to try them out this summer.I really enjoyed making the roof rack and all the other attachments. I am still thinking of adding more to the project. I would really like to design a bike rack for the system.Update: I have added a roof top bike rack in my companion Instructable. To see it, click on This has been a fun project that I think many of you would enjoy.
Samsung Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force Laptops Launched
Samsung has launched its new laptop range-- Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force. The Notebook 7 comes in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch sizes while the Notebook 7 Force only comes in 15.6-inch display size. There are three models of the Notebook 7 and one variant of the Notebook 7 Force. All the models come with 8th-gen Intel processor. The Notebook 7 Force offers NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 and supports up to 24GB RAM and there is a dedicated 512GB SSD along with support for two more memory slots-- one HDD and one SSD. On the other hand, the Notebook 7 models offer up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The new Notebook 7 range offer Dolby Atmos audio with 720p HD camera for video chats along with dual array mic. Connectivity ports including USB-C, USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, and an SD card reader. Both the Notebook 7 and the Notebook 7 Force feature a solid metal frame design , the Notebook 7 Force measures 17.9mm in thickness. All the models offer FUll HD resolution with backlit keypads. There is an inbuilt fingerprint scanner as well in all the variants. The Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force will initially be available in Korea and Hong Kong, followed by the U.S. and Brazil later in 2019. The Notebook 7 can also be purchased in Mainland China. "The new Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force blend elegant design with impressive power and top-notch speed to give consumers an unparalleled experience. These devices expand our portfolio in new directions, giving consumers the opportunity to pick the device that perfectly suits their lifestyle," said YoungGyoo Choi, Senior Vice President of the PC Business Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.
Missing Woman Found Dead Under Hotel Bed
THE body of a Memphis woman missing since January has been found under the mattress of a hotel room where she had been living and had since been cleaned and rented out to other customers. On January 27 Sony Millbrook was reported missing to the Memphis Police Department after she failed to pick up her children from school, myfoxmemphis.com reported.Family members advised officers that they checked the hotel where Millbrook has been residing and she was not there.Millbrook had been staying in room 222 at a Budget Inn and was last seen there at 7am local time by a staff member who advised officers the room had been locked that day for lack of payment but all of her personal belongings were still inside the apartment.The case was assigned to the Missing Persons Bureau for follow-up investigation, however due to the nature of the incident the case was reassigned to Homicide in February.A Homicide Investigator conducting a follow-up went to the Budget Inn, and spoke to two clerks and a security guard. The investigator learned that Millbrook did not make a payment after January 26 and her belongings were boxed up and the room released for rental.On Tuesday, homicide investigators were called to room 222 where the body of a female had been located under the bed, after a report of a bad odour in the room. The body was identified as Millbrook's and it was apparent that she was the victim of a homicide. The cause of her death has not been released.The bed in which the victim was located is a metal box frame which sets directly on the floor and the box springs and mattress set inside the metal frame. The room had been rented approximately five times and cleaned by the hotel staff numerous times since her death.Homicide Investigators located Millbrook's boyfriend, LaKeith Moody, and interrogated him during the course of the investigation and later charged him with a gun violation.He is currently in Mason, Tennessee, being held on a federal gun charge. Mr Moody remains a person of interest in this case.
Find Out Right Curtain Rod for Each Different Rooms
If you want to add the real touch to your bedroom or any other room, you ought to be a bit resourceful. If you do not feel confident, then asking for expert help is quite practical, or else you have the option of reading a few articles on window treatment. A house has different rooms with different purposes and you treat every room differently, especially when you go and decorate them. You have clear norms about its characters and features and want to decorate accordingly. For instance, you may never try a heavier decoration for your kitchen or study. Likewise each room has its own features and this is one reason you need to find out different types of curtain rods. Here are a few varieties which you can identify and utilize for your purpose.Single rod curtainsAs the name suggests, such drapery rods comprises of a single rod which holds up the window cloth. Though they come as single rods, you get a variety of styles including different shades and patterns. If you are creative, you can go ahead and give an artwork on to the rod with some paint or any other appropriate material. The best thing about this curtain rod is that they are easy to use with pocket curtains or tie top ones. This type of rods can be used in wash rooms, studies, kitchen, and store rooms.Transverse curtain rodsIf you have a home office, a transverse curtain rod can style the window perfectly. This rod has a pulley system with which you can open and close the drapery effortlessly. This provides convenience to the user. As you are not pulling the cloth every so often, it remains fresh and intact. You may find a wide spectrum of traverse rods easily and you can find out the one which goes well with the window pane designs.Double/triple rodsWell, this is designed for heavier drapery which usually adorns your living room or hallways. This will help you to have layered and patterned curtains. By selecting this decorative curtain rod, you are bringing a great style to your room. They look classy and elegant. This is commonly used for living rooms and bed rooms.Tension rodsThis type of rod is made with springs which help; the drapery to say in its place. Also, there are no worries about drooping or sagging. They perfectly remain in its place and give a decent look to the drapery panel. This is a type of rod that can be used anywhere you want provided you select the one which holds up the weight of drapery.Magnetic rodsIf you choose to use a metal frame for your window, then it is great to have magnetic rods. For such rods, strong magnets are used so that they help in supporting the draperies perfectly. However, light weighted fabrics would be appropriate for magnetic rods. This rod is good for kid's room or study room.
Girl with Broken Doll' Syndrome Receives Makeup for Christmas After Having Her Face Rebuilt
A teenager who resembles a 'broken doll' received makeup for the first time ever this Christmas, after having her face rebuilt.13-year-old Kira Yates suffers from a rare condition, Apert syndrome, which means she was born with malformations of the skull, face, hands and feet.Apert syndrome is a condition involving abnormal growth of the skull and the face due to early fusion of certain sutures of the skull.Children with the condition have bulging eyes that are usually wide-set and tilted down at the sides.They are known to have problems with teeth alignment due to the underdevelopment of the upper jaw while some have cleft palate.Among other anomalies, children with Apert syndrome have webbed fingers and toes.It affects one in every 100,000 babies.Four years after pioneering surgery where her skull was 'smashed and reshaped', Kira asked for makeup for the first time.Her mum, Michelle, 52, says her daughter used to get bullied for her looks, but ever since the series of operations she has thrived.She said: 'When she had the surgery we lost Kira and gained an entirely new girl.'It has completely changed her life. Kira has started a dance class, is doing really well at school and has become a typical teenager.'There are still many things that she won't be able to do but she has done so well.'Kira has started to love fashion and has asked for make-up for the first time this year. She keeps up with the latest trends, she is a completely new person.'I'm so proud of her.'Kira has had more than a dozen major surgeries in her life already - including the 14-hour operation at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital to lift her sunken face.The surgery involved inserting metal plates into Kira's face before fitting her head with a metal frame - which she then had to keep on for three months.Since having the frame removed, Kira struggled at school with bullies - but has been moved to another specialist school where she is now thriving.Michelle, a full-time carer for Kira, said the cruel taunts 'never stopped' her daughter.She said: 'The children can be so cruel. Kira knows she is different but doesn't understand why at this point.'As she gets older she is asking more and more questions [about her condition].'Since she moved schools, Kira has done so much better. She is happy now and has a lot of friends.'While she had the frame on her face, Kira continued to be able to feed herself.She now attends a dance class and loves watching Youtube videos and spending time with her new friends.Mum who asked people to send birthday cards to son who had 'given up on life' gets 3,000These star shaped pimple patches are an acne game changerCult Beauty launches its first-ever advent calendarMichelle, who also shares two older children, Ryan, 22, and Victoria, 20 with husband Mark, added: 'She loves everything to do with fashion now. She has bought herself some trendy new leggings and is keeping up with all of the trends of her friends.'Kira is just like any other schoolgirl. The surgery has allowed her to be more independent.'There is light at the end of the tunnel now.'MORE: The best fitness deals in the salesMORE: Artist gives iconic women 2018 makeovers, with botox, lip fillers and more
Battered Cyclist Ponders Value of a Ticket to Ride
KEN Anderson eases back the hospital blanket to reveal a left leg amputated from above the knee and a pelvis held together by a metal frame.He faces months of rehabilitation, sees everything in double because of bruising on his brain and is eager to have a prosthetic limb fitted to relieve the discomfort of phantom pains.He cannot recall anything of the day five weeks ago when he rode his bicycle to work and was involved in an accident with a truck in Swan Street, Richmond. But the severity of his injuries means he will never forget what it cost him, although he counts himself one of the fortunate ones.''I consider myself lucky to be alive,'' he said from his bed at the Epworth Hospital with wife Ruth and youngest son Jonathan beside him.Mr Anderson, 62, said he always knew cycling to work carried risks and had considered giving it away after countless scares and a fall he had last year when he damaged his wrist after being sent flying over his handlebars when a truck driver opened a door in front of him.''Every second day there'd be something that would happen on the way to work,'' Mr Anderson said.''It was usually on the way to work ... because drivers are in more of a hurry. Someone would pull out in front of me or cut me off around the corner and I'd have nowhere to go, and I'd have a feeling: 'Why am I really doing this? Is it worth it?'''Mr Anderson, who took more than a week to regain consciousness in The Alfred hospital after he was injured, said Melbourne had a long way to go before it could count itself a safe cycling city, and has vowed to contact the City of Yarra to urge improvements to infrastructure.He also believes the state government must consider mandatory licences for cyclists, which could increase respect between riders and motorists, with the revenue funnelled into better bike paths.''Drivers have to have more respect for cyclists and, in order to get that to work, the cyclists have to earn the respect,'' he said.''I'm coming to the conclusion a licence might be desirable. That allows ordinary kids and adults to ride on footpaths and in the parks ... a licence shows you know the road rules and it just shows you're one notch above the hoon cyclists.''Mr Anderson also suffered a lacerated spleen and nine broken ribs, but has been told he is making good progress in his recovery and is aiming to recover sufficiently to take his wife on a four-wheel-driving holiday.He has been told a prosthetic limb will allow him plenty of movement and let him live a relatively normal life, but admits his days of stress on a bike are probably behind him.''The jury's out on that. Ruth doesn't want me to and I'm not keen on it,'' he said.
8 of the Best Four Poster Beds - the Daily Telegraph
Medieval in origin they may be, but canopy and four-poster beds are enjoying quite the renaissance. The statement bed, which can afford both grandeur and privacy, is set to go mainstream in 2018.If you fancy making an investment to cut back on central heating, it's worth noting that with the addition of drapes they're also renowned for their naturally insulating, cossetting qualities.Four-poster drapes also absorb external sounds, creating a hushed, retreat-like sanctuary. And today's versions are far from dark and traditional:floaty Polynesian stylesfit in perfectly withasummery scheme.Go for simple fabrics for amodern, up-to-date look.£516.50, Maisons du MondeThis 160 x 200cm canopybed frame can be styled inmyriad ways. For us, it has a hint of the effortlessly stylish bachelor pad about it. It's our star buythanks to its chic, modern aesthetic.£2,590, OkaThis seasonally transitional design borrows from the Polynesian tradition.It works unadorned in minimal schemes or can be dressed up with drapes to create something more lavish. The curvaceous, slim metal frame is finished in a soft grey, and comes witha fully sprung, British-made king-size mattress. To keep your mattress in premium condition, rotate it 180° after 3-4 weeks so that the head becomes the foot. Then, 3-4 weeks later, flip the mattress so that the bottom becomes the top.£529.99, wayfair.co.ukRauch is a sustainability-focusedGerman brand established in 1897, renowned for its attractive bedroom and storage space solutions. This simplewhite design can be dressed up or down, and measures 200cm x 150cm.From £949.99For more of an antique look, allow us to point you in the direction of this hand-carved mahogany bed with a slatted base. It will add elegance to a shabby-chic scheme, and is delivered semi-assembled. It will fit up most staircases, and thesimple wood poles supplied are designed to take the drapes of your choice.£1,995, lombok.co.ukLombok's four-poster beds have been carved from solid teak using traditional methods by skilled craftsmen in Indonesia. The rich hues and natural grain areguaranteed to make it a focal point. It has agrand, Eastern-inspired feel, and is available in both king and super-king sizes. Solid wood inners have been used for durability and longevity.£1,195 fora king size, The White CompanyPart of The White Company's classic Pimlico collection, featuring furnishings in mattwhite, the Pimlico four-poster bed is constructed from a solid alder frame and a base of birch-ply slats. Delivered flatpack, it requires assembly - but is so worth it. The king-size version is 220cm in height and162.2cm x 217cm. £310.50, Maisons du MondeThis romantic design has a French feel, and measures 160cm x 200cm. It needs to befitted with an upholstered bed base (which isn't supplied) but the ivory heart designon the metal framework will make you swoon. It's also incredibly good value for money.£5,844, The Conran ShopThis wenge-stained oak and pelle Scozia super-king manufactured by Italian design house Zanottais the bed of modernists' dreams.Designed in 2006 by Emaf Progetti, it features clean lines, and isa modern twist on a classic silhouette. The leather achieves a balance between stain-resistance and suppleness, and is paired with adjustable beech wood slats. Telegraph Media Group Limited 2019Need help?Visit our adblocking instructionspage.
How to Set Up a Tree Stand
Setting Up the Tree StandSo you've picked out your location and you're ready to set up your tree stand. Now you'll need to make sure you have all the equipment neces­sary to set up your tree stand. Not all tree stands require lots of equipment -- climbing stands and ladder stands reduce the amount of extra gear you'll need. But here's some gear you'll need no matter which stand you choose:Because a climbing stand has its own mechanism for ascending and descending trees, you don't need to worry about climbing gear. Just make sure the tree you select is relatively straight, doesn't have limbs lower than where you plan to sit and isn't too thick or thin. Unlike other stands, when using a climbing stand you can (and should) use a safety strap attached to the tree as you climb up to your position.Although ladder stands are bulky, they're relatively easy to set up. They come with safety straps at regular intervals along the ladder. You should cinch the straps tightly around the trunk of the tree to secure the stand in place.Tower stands are also relatively easy to set up. Several manufacturers offer portable hunting stand towers that consist of a platform on top of a simple metal frame. Homemade wooden towers take longer to build and require standard construction tools such as drills, hammers and saws.Fixed and permanent stands also require you to carry some extra tools. Most fixed stands use straps, ropes or chains to hold fast to a trunk. You may need other tools like power drills and hammers to build a permanent stand. You'll also need a way to get up the tree to secure your stand. The most common tree-climbing tools include tree steps, climbing sticks and tree ladders.Tree steps are small bars that protrude horizontally from the trunk, giving you a foothold. Some tree steps have straps that you cinch around the trunk. Others have a sharp, threaded end that you must screw into the trunk of the tree. There are a few ways you can do this. You can use an auger to bore a hole in the tree, or if you prefer power tools, you can use a cordless drill with a bark drill bit. As you can imagine, it can take a while to set tree steps in place. And you should always check local laws or landowner preferences before you drill into a tree.­Climbing sticks are long poles that have horizontal footholds protru­ding off the side. You attach the stick to the trunk of the tree using safety straps. Climbing sticks are similar to tree ladders, which are just like a typical ladder, except that ladders have safety straps.You should always use a safety harness securely fastened to the tree while fixing your stand in place. If you lose your footing, the harness could save you from serious injury or death. Always wear a secured harness while you are in your stand.Finding the perfect spot for a tree stand can be a challenging and rewarding experience. It teaches you to recognize the signs of recent game activity and take the surrounding terrain into account. It gives you the opportunity to work with your hands in a natural setting. And it just might give you your chance to make the perfect shot later on.To learn more about hunting and related activities, scout out the links on the following page.­
How to Fold Nordictrack Treadmills | Livestrong.com
NordicTrack makes all kinds of exercise machines, including folding treadmills. Folding treadmills are great for apartments, home gyms, dorm rooms and anywhere that space is at a premium. With a foldable NordicTrack treadmill you can store your treadmill in a closet or other discreet location. Even if you don't have somewhere to fold it up and store it, simply being able to raise the deck means you can flatten your treadmill against a wall without having to worry about tripping over it when it is not in use. This feature also allows you to vacuum under the treadmill more easily and move the treadmill up stairs and through doorways.Insert the safety key and use the bottom incline button on the treadmill's display to lower the incline until the treadmill is in a completely flat position. Failure to do so can result in damage to your NordicTrack treadmill.Remove the safety key and unplug the treadmill.Stand at the rear of the treadmill for lifting. Bend your knees. Grab the sides of the metal frame below the deck. Do not grab the plastic foot rails. Make sure your hands are dry and use gloves if you cannot get a solid grip.Lift the deck up toward the treadmill's display. Keep your back straight and your shoulders away from your ears. Straighten your legs as you lift so you do not injure your lower back.Gently push the frame into place when it is completely perpendicular to the floor. Listen for the latch knob located under the deck in the center of the frame to click into place. The latch knob must be locked into place for the treadmill to be safely kept in the folded position.
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The shade of a tree Sheltering under a tree just sounds like common sense, but actually it's all about photosynthesis. A sun shade helps keep the rays off, but the heat gets absorbed in the shade and some of it comes through, which will warm you up. On the other hand, a canopy of leaves on a tree absorbs the same energy but then uses it to make the sugars it needs to grow. All this means less heat is passed through to you and you end up staying much cooler. The dribbling teapot To avoid the frustration of making a pot of tea, pouring a cup and finding half of it has dribbled on to the table, apply a bit of science. The definitive French research on this subject has three solutions. First, pour the tea more quickly, as more speed of the liquid means less dribble. Second, teapots with a sharp lip on the spout, like metal ones, dribble less. Finally, apply a bit of wax to the inside bottom of the spout lip to create a water-repelling surface. No shocks The static shock you get when you clamber out of your car is about 30,000 volts of electricity. It sounds a lot, but aside from surprise and pain, it won't cause any damage. It happens because of your clothes and the material on the car seat. As you swivel around to get out, the motion generates a huge build-up of static electricity. To avoid the shock, before you get up from the seat, place your hand on the metal frame of the door to discharge the static. Tearless onions Onions make you cry because a bunch of chemistry starts as soon as you slice them. The result is a gas that floats to your eyeballs and turns on pain nerves, making you cry. To avoid tears you need to stop the gas getting to your eyes. To do this, cut them quickly using a sharp knife and put the onions into a lidded saucepan to trap the gas, or switch on an extractor fan. Otherwise, wear swim goggles. Clearing the fog Do not turn your heaters on full blast to demist your car windscreen on a cold morning. Since the car is cold, and the heaters take time to warm up, this won't help. Instead, turn the air conditioning up high, directed towards the windscreen. This not only cools the air, but dries it as well. Cold, dry air will demist the window more quickly than hot air that's not yet hot. Keeping it fresh Never put bread in the fridge. The flour in bread is almost entirely made up of a chemical called starch, which can take a number of slightly different forms depending on the temperature you keep it at. In a fridge at 5ºC, the starch changes and sucks up and locks away some of the water in the bread. So if you store bread in the fridge it may keep longer, but it will taste stale more quickly. Either store it at room temperature or freeze it. Oxygen and wine As soon as you open a bottle of wine, the oxygen in the air starts a chemical process that turns the alcohol into vinegar. How quickly this happens depends on things like the colour of the wine and the temperature at which you keep the bottle. But once opened, you have a week at most to drink it. To delay this process, put the bottle in the fridge as the cold slows down the chemical reaction. Make everything taste better If you want to give anything you eat a rich, mouth-filling, meaty taste, add a bit of umami. We're taught that there are four basic sensations of taste - sweet, sour, bitter and salt - but there are at least five. The fifth taste is called umami and is found in tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms, fish, meat and Marmite. - Daily Mirror