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2 weeks ago

Outdoor Freeze Proof Faucet Repair Parts

If you've got a freeze proof outdoor faucet, it's only a matter of time before it starts leaking. It's just the nature of the beast. While these designs do an excellent job of not freezing up and bursting during the cold winter months, they tend to eventually leak. Sometimes they'll leak through the handle apparatus, other times through the valve stem. Sometimes you'll only notice a small drip, other times you'll find yourself taking a shower every time you open it up.

The good news is that it doesn't take much money or handyman experience to get these back into tip-top shape. In fact, the average DIY (do it yourself) guy or gal can probably get a leaking freeze proof faucet back into

2 weeks ago

Trademark board rules against Washington Redskins name

The U.S. Patent Office ruled that the Washington Redskins name is "disparaging of Native Americans" and federal trademarks for the name have to be canceled.

The 2-1 ruling came Wednesday after a campaign to change the name gained momentum over check out this site the past year. The team doesn't immediately lose trademark protection and is allowed to retain it during an appeal.


Redskins owner Dan Snyder has refused to change the team's name, citing tradition, but there has been growing pressure including statements in recent months from President Barack Obama, lawmakers of both parties and civil rights

2 weeks ago

SERP Optimisation by Paul Martin

Building a website in 2006 is nothing like it used to be. Today, the majority of visitors to your site will come from search engines. The top three - Google, Yahoo, and MSN refer more than 90% of all search engine traffic. This is the reason you need to make your site look as good as possible in the search engine's eyes.

SERP optimization is a process by which one seeks to receive a better placement in the results anyone receives when searching for a particular keyword in Google or any other search engine. SERP comes from Search Engine Result Page and represents th

3 weeks ago

Is Global Warming Real?

With the increase in population, more motor vehicles on the road and all of the greenhouse gasses floating up into the ozone, there must be an impact of some kind on the environment. Even if you do not believe global warming is real, the pollution, not to mention the chemicals we eat daily ( that's a topic I will discuss in another article) is a health hazard, but cleaning up the environment is not an impossible mission. It simply starts with a local goal, a little education and motivation to spread that goal.

One of the organizations I really admire is the National Wildlife Federation because NWF President Larry Schweiger goes above and beyond his call of duty to educate the public about global warming, energy conservation and protecting wildlife and our future on this planet. I have to admit that I once was skeptical about global warming, but after much research and especially after seeing "Inconvenient Truth" I believe it is necessary to reduce if not eliminate greenhouse gas and convert to other more natural energy sources. No I do not believe Al Gore made that documentary for self interest.

I believe he sincerely has a passion for educating people about the effects of green house gases. What is great about NWF is the wealth of information they provide at their website, and they are non-political. They have a whole section for kids and you can order magazines such as "Ranger Rick" which includes ice experiments, how to attract backyard wildlife and more. NWF also has many photos of nature and wildlife to view and if you have kid artists in your house, they can enter their artwork and have it posted on the NWF web site. It's way cool! Anyway, check it out and read a little about nature and global warming and check out some of the pictures. You can also read Larry's blog at

The reason I am posting this is because global warming has now entered the political arena and somehow I believe the majority of the U.S. population will not take it serious if it becomes nothing more than a debate between politicians trying to win a vote. On a positive note more people are aware of it thanks to politics and the media. Perhaps I and hundreds of thousands of others around the world are wrong, but I would rather take the necessary precautions and find out I was wrong in 20 years than do nothing and suffer the consequences.

3 weeks ago - 'Clean diesel technology' showcased

Group urges lawmakers to back White House plan for tax credits

From Paul Courson


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Proponents of diesel-powered cars drove to Capitol Hill Thursday hoping to distance themselves from a questionable image that the engines and vehicles have had with consumers in the past.

During a fuel price crunch in the 1980s, Oldsmobile tried using a gasoline engine as the basis for a more thrifty diesel design. But the engine suffered a high failure rate, and consumers complained so loudly that General Motors offered a gasoline replacement engine.

Twenty years later, in the grips of another fuel price crunch, supporters of diesel technology hope consumers will consider developments in diesel engines for cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles.

"These engines are designed from the risky investment ground up" for diesel, said Allen Schaeffer, the head of the Diesel Technology Forum, noting the fuel is still the economical choice for long-haul trucks and heavy industrial equipment.

Allowing reporters to test-drive cars that ranged from a Jeep wagon to a Mercedes sedan, Schaeffer said the attraction is that "we don't see any exhaust emissions coming out the tailpipe, and we have a very quick start off the line."

None of the vehicles had the telltale dirty rear panel -- soiled with an oily, sooty film from diesel exhaust -- yet all had the characteristic rattling sound of a diesel engine.

"If you put a diesel beside a gasoline, it's really not that much difference," Schaeffer said. "The consumer is only going to notice the take care fuel difference where it counts -- and that's at the pump. They're going to be spending less on fuel, about 30 percent less, with a diesel as compared to a gasoline model."

The group hopes to persuade congressional lawmakers to support White House plans for tax incentives to encourage people to buy diesel-powered vehicles.

President Bush told a business group Wednesday that anti-pollution measures for diesel "will remove more than 90 percent of the sulfur in diesel fuel by 2010."

The president called for fuel management expanding his existing tax credit proposal, which currently applies to hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles, to include those using new clean diesel technology.

"Clean diesel technology will allow consumers to travel much farther on each gallon of fuel, without the smoke and pollution of past diesel engines," he said.

While typical gasoline engines ignite fuel using spark plugs, diesel engines -- patented in 1893 by German engineer Rudolf Diesel -- do so with compression, according to the forum.

11 months ago

The Essentials of PPC for Small Business | Bianca Rothschild

This article is part one of a series of five posts on the basics of online marketing for small business. The series is Full Report designed to inform and empower small businesses about their online marketing options and give them the confidence to explore the potential growth opportunities that are available through online marketing.

This week will focus on paid search engine marketing. Pay per click (PPC) advertising is an excellent way to attract visitors to your website and target messaging towards an intended audience. For this reason, PPC is a core element of many small business' online marketing strategies.

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