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Use of Custom Signs in Outdoor Promotion

January 25th, 2013

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Sign concept is as old as the mountains. Signs and banners are used to draw attention of classes and masses. A lot of people have used signs to draw audience’s attraction, spread information about services or events and to develop consensus among different people and deliver particular messages. Many businesses hire a sign painting company to craft a custom sign for a variety of uses. Standard run of the mill signs look plain, uninspired, and downright boring. True customized store front signs clearly display for all to see the character, attract customers, and show off pride that the store owners takes in their establishment. They scream, “This is a place to do business!” and many people respond.

Custom made signage has been used for outdoor advertising. It is a reliable and cost-effective way to put up a store’s logo, name, emblem, service, motto and also menu up the front of the store such as back it banners, LED signs, sandwich board and street banners.

Examples of custom signs include:

Outdoor Signs

Back lit banners which have light source at their back or street banners near stores help in getting the attention of those who are passing by. You can put the latest store information and offers on the banners to do outdoor advertising.

Floor mats

A traditional way of promoting businesses is using floor mats with the store’s name on them. Floor mats can be eye catching and can be seen easily on the floor. Commercial places like theatre, shopping complexes and eating joints also have floor signs that normally advertise on particular service providers or shops.

LED Signs

A good example of custom sign is the use of LED signs to illuminate name of stores and LED lighting system during the night. They are very effective at night for outdoor advertising. LED signs allow for a store to be spotted from quite a far distance, so they are useful for stores that often have people travelling to visit them. They help in attracting visitors and distinguishing stores at night.

LED signs very cost-effective, have simple structures, can be implemented quickly, durable, creative designs and easy to repair and this makes them a favorite for many people.

Light Boxes

These are proper advertisements, which are put up in light boxes. You can see them both during the day as billboards and as light boxes placed near a store.

Sandwich Boards

This is one of the simplest and easiest ways to put up store advertisement or latest offering. An A-shaped sandwich can be put outside a store for advertisement. The signs can help in providing some useful information outdoors and catch the attention of the public.

Big and colorful things normally catch people’s attention. Custom signs always have and will continue to get the intended attention. Photographs and images sell your business. In your client’s eyes, beautiful hand-painted signs attract their attention and separate likable products from unlikable ones. These signs are like spotlights, which shine down on your property. Signs, which are beautifully designed, can be your calling card to the outside world.

Therefore, the custom signs can be used effectively to promote stores through outdoor marketing. Other outdoor advertising options include vehicle graphics, trade show displays, real estate signs, vehicle magnets and yard signs.

The History of Your Average Joe Plumber

November 21st, 2012

When you think about plumbing you aren’t perhaps immediately filled with excitement; yet the concept of plumbing can be considered to be one of the earliest and most widespread examples of great engineering that mankind has put into practice. Plumbing is a fundamental part of our lives and one that we readily take for granted as a standard function of contemporary living; but the means with which to source water into and out of our homes wasn’t always as easy as it is today.

During the Neolithic period of man, between approximately 10,000 – 2000 BC, the first signs of large human settlements began to emerge across central Europe and North Africa. These communities placed an emphasis on the farming of animals and the building of tools. In this respect, the communities exhibited the first examples of a lifestyle that was no longer considered transient; the communities were now fixedly located in a specific area and work habits and family orientated lifestyles became the norm.

Life in the Pits

It was during the Neolithic era the first pit toilets were ‘built’ – in the loosest possible definition of the word. A Neolithic pit toilet was simply a hole dug deep into the ground into which Neolithic folk relieved themselves. Decomposition would then take its natural process before soil was tossed over the waste.

Don’t Pit On Your Own Doorstep

As a result of the emergence of these larger communities of people who settled in a specific area for the duration of their lives, the concept of a designated area for communal relief became the norm. Tribes tended to build their pit toilets away from their huts and in nearby bushes.

When in Rome, Do a Do-Do as the Romans Do

Flash forwarding a couple of thousand years, the public sanitation systems in Rome displayed the first examples of plumbing as we now know it today; evidence of public latrines can be traced back to 200 BC. The Roman latrine was a large U-shaped wooden box or stone tablet with a series of holes cut into the top and far from being a private affair the latrines could seat up to twenty people at any one time; with no partitions and no privacy. The act of going to the toilet was considered to be a social affair in which family and friends would meet to swap gossip. One such toilet, located close to the Theatre of Pompey in Rome, had a squatting capacity for as many as a 100 theatre-come-toilet goers.

In place of toilet paper the Romans used a dipstick – a short wooden stick with a sponge attached to one end, an item which gave rise to the derogatory word ‘dipstick’ and the confused state of getting ‘the wrong end of the stick’!

Flushed Out

After use the dipstick would then be washed in a small stream that ran around the foot of the latrine which, in turn, ran into a deeper stream located a couple of metres underneath the squat hole. This stream then ran into a larger sewer system and into the river Tiber and then out into the sea in one of the earliest examples of plumbing on a large scale.

Going to the John – Approaching the Contemporary

In 1596 the courtier Sir John Harrington invented the first flush toilet which came complete with a flush valve that realised fresh water into the basin and a wash down system that carried waste away. Whilst lauded as a great invention at the time it wasn’t considered to have practical applications due to a widespread lack of running water with which to use the devise. Harrington has survived in contemporary expressions with the use of the American idiom, ‘going to the John’.

Modern Plumbing – The Bog Standard

As a result of Harrington’s invention and the widespread construction of sewer systems, combined with water on tap, bathroom plumbing evolved to how we now know it around the 1960s. Up until this point many UK households didn’t actually have an indoor toilet and toilet-goers were relegated to using an outhouse in the backyard.

A Plumb Job

Contemporary plumbing now incorporates all manner of paraphernalia such as bidets, designer bathroom suites, rainwater guttering and fast-action boilers that feed hot water into your home in a matter of seconds.

If you are considering reworking any aspect of your household plumbing then companies such as The Plumb Store offer a consolidation of all modern plumbing services available in the UK. All jobs and installations are considered, with the exception of the pit toilet – it’s perhaps best to leave that in the past.

Selecting the Suitable Bathtub – Great Looks, Technology and Size

August 17th, 2012

The choice of a right bathtub is no easy matter. There are manifold things to be kept in mind like what you want to use your tub for or your bathroom size for instance. Aesthetic looks rule as well as does technology. But what’s most important is the use you intend to put it to as there is no point in getting a whirlpool bath that you barely use. Nor is it advisable to launch into a buy without some background knowledge of what you are getting into.

Varieties to choose from

Alcove fit

Alcove fitting tubs are compact and can be used as multi-purpose ones and so you can bathe the children or the dog in it too. These are small though and ideal if you want a good soak as they are shallow.

If you can’t afford a bathroom for the kids then this type of tub is a safer bet and it has more utility as well.

Soaking ease

Soaking tubs will allow you to have ample room for a good soak and come in a lot of styles. Some tub styles can hold more water while others will contain less. The stand alone bath falls within this category and so does the Victorian clawfoot. If you want a larger tub, then double-ended ones would be better. These are ideal for those who want to end a hard day with a nice long soak without feeling cramped.

Techno tubs

Air and whirlpool tubs are the latest offered by technology and are supposed to give a soothing experience by their water massage effects. The air tub has a bubble-based system whereas the whirlpool is more of a water injecting system. The problem with such types is that you may not have a compatible plumbing system or tank and so the installing costs can mount up drastically.

No edge tub

The walk-in variety of tubs  come with a door so that you don’t have to step over the edge of the tub on entry and exit. These are perfect for people who are unable to move much or for the elderly. Since the door has a seal, it is watertight once shut.

Materials and matter

Every material has its pros or cons and the one that may eventually suit your purpose will have to be gauged through both its durability as well as whether it will complement home décor.

Durable but  needing  support – cast iron and enamel on steel

These tubs are coated with porcelain enamel as a coating which wears and chips of later and so can lead to rusting. This type of tub is considered to be the most durable and can be found in standalone baths and alcove varieties. However, since they are heavy, strong support structures are required for them.

Enamel on steel is similar though lighter and is as easy to maintain as the former.

Faux enamel look – acrylic tubs

These tubs have a good gloss and a look similar to the enamel tubs. They are lighter in weight though and can be scratched more easily but repairing is no hassle. Air and whirpool baths normally fall in this category.

When Should You Hire a Professional Plumber?

May 14th, 2012

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One of the most valuable DIY lessons is knowing when to call a pro

While there are some minor plumbing jobs that a homeowner can perform without assistance, there are times that a homeowner needs to hire a professional plumber to make certain that the job is done properly. A professional plumber will know how to handle a problem and can handle the problem more quickly than a homeowner. Here are some things for a homeowner to consider when determining whether or not to hire a plumber.

Get your problems solved, correctly

Making certain that a problem is handled safely is one of the best reasons to hire a plumber. Leaks in an upstairs bathroom or water pipes in a wall can create a safety hazard if the leak comes into contact with electrical wiring or other electrical devices. Leaks in these hard to access areas can also encourage the growth of mold. Mold is not only expensive to treat and remove, but mild mold growth can be deadly for the young and old and those with respiratory problems.

Stay out of hot water!

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A pro plumber can really save the day!

Hot water problems are another situation that is likely to require the attention of a plumber. Problems with the heating element or other components of a hot water tank require expert repairs to prevent the creation of an unsafe condition. An improperly repaired hot water tank can produce scalding hot water or can produce excess pressure that may rupture the water heater or water lines. Repairs of any problems with devices that use natural gas, propane or other flammable gases should be performed by a professional.

Thinking about mucking with your sewer? Think again.

A homeowner should also contact a plumber to deal with any problems caused by sewer lines. Sewage or sewer gases backing up into a home can cause significant health problems. Sewer gas is also flammable and can create a deadly situation if not properly repaired. A plumber will also have the needed experience to perform or recommend that proper cleaning procedure to remove the residue from sewage.

Worried about your pressure?

Excessive water pressure is a problem that is generally best handled by a plumber. Excessive water pressure can cause damage to water lines and any device that uses water. High water pressure can also create leaks that can cause safety hazards or cause extensive property damage. Though not generally a safety hazard, low water pressure is a complex problem that may require the experience of a plumber to quickly diagnose and repair.

Keeping you up to code

Kitchen and bathroom upgrades may require the services of a plumber to make certain that the repairs are performed to meet local regulations. Though a homeowner may be able to make useable changes in either room, work that is correctly performed will cause additional expenses to get the home to pass an inspection when it is time to sell the home. Building codes and other regulations exist to make certain that homes are safe and energy efficient. Completing work that does not meet local building code may result in property damage and possibly even significant fines.

These are just a few examples of situations where a homeowner may need the services of a professional plumber.