Month: May 2017

Stainless Steel Trivia and Facts

Stainless SteelStainless steel is considered one of the most durable and long-lasting building material today. It is commonly used in many industries and in various types of work. There are a lot of benefits to be experienced from using tools or materials made of stainless steel.

But did you know that…

– there are many different types of steel including stainless steel, galvanized steel and carbon steel

– steel is an important alloy (combination of metals) that is created from a mixture of metals, mostly iron

– some stainless steel can be magnetic, depending on its microstructure

– stainless steel is recyclable because its main alloying elements (chromium, nickel and molybdenum) are all highly valuable and can be easily be recovered and separated from other materials

– stainless steel can be made into soap to neutralize or reduce strong odors as a result of handling fish, garlic, and onion

– stainless steel still expands and contracts when the temperature varies

– stainless steel can be manufactured into metallic fibers, which can be woven and worn

These are just some of the common facts and interesting details about stainless steel you may have just probably known. Now you know that stainless steel is not just used for building and construction projects.

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Fascinating Facts About A 6-Pack Abs

abs-1146030_960_720There are several different muscles that make up the abdominal region. The actual 6-pack that usually shows through is the rectus abdominis, which is a single muscle that is flat and long and runs vertically from the hips to the rib cage. It is actually formed by the fibrous tendons that reinforce the fascia covering the muscle.

Functions Of Rectus Abdominis

The rectus abdominis has several functions. Anti-extension of the spine is one. Another function is to pull the hips closer to the chest or vice versa.
This long, flat muscle is made of slow-twitch fibers, which is primarily designed for endurance. As with most muscles, the rectus abdominis must also be worked with same muscle building principles.

Effective Ab Exercises

Lying Knee-Raises – This exercise is performed in 2 stages. Lie on your back on a flat bench, making sure that the half of your butt hangs off the bench. Grasp the sides of the bench very firmly. Slowly tense your abs. Bring your knees up until they point up to the ceiling. Then, bring your butt off the bench. Your finish position would be your knees must be touching your elbows. You can’t isolate the lower and upper abs so the first stage emphasizes the lower abs while the second stage will hit the upper abs.

Stability Ball Crunches – Put your lower back against the ball. Then, lower your butt whilst leaning back and place your arms over your head. Lastly, lean your head and arms at your back so you can feel a deep stretch in your abs.

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Imported Pests and Their Arrival to the United States

japanese-beetle-279869__340Pests in their native land can be easily kept in small numbers because they can have many enemies like parasites, predators, and diseases. However, if they get into places where none of their usual enemies exist, a pest problem can develop quickly.


Japanese Beetles

When Japanese beetles arrived to the U.S., they became a serious lawn and garden pest. This insects are gold and shiny green. They lay their eggs in grassy areas. The young ones, called grubs, feed on grass roots for a year until they emerge as adults in mid summer. When they become adults, they eat a wide variety of plants including the cultivated ones.

Japanese beetles made their way to the United States as larvae that were included in the iris bulbs being shipped from Japan to New Jersey, where the insect was initially discovered. Today, Japanese beetles have reached almost the whole of North America and the task of getting rid of them is among the top lawn care priorities of farmers and gardeners.


Gypsy Moth

With a scientist’s goal of producing a hardy silkworm, the gypsy moth was allowed to be brought to America. In its native land, it is not considered a serious pest.

When it escaped from the laboratory, it established itself in the forests of Massachusetts. And without the European parasites, diseases and predators, its population exploded. The gypsy moth caterpillars eat the leaves most trees. They are capable of eating the leaves off of every tree in the forest.

From Massachusetts, the insect is spreading slowly southward along the East Coast of the United States.


Other Exotic Pests

Mediterranean Fruit Fly or Med Fly – arrived in California and became a major pest

Chestnut blight – a fungus disease that killed the American chestnut tree throughout it s entire natural range.

Dutch elm disease – another fungus disease responsible for killing many elm trees.

Citrus Canker – a bacterial disease that caused major pest problems in Florida.


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5 Grass Varieties That Are Very Useful

Picture3Did you know that there are more than 7,000 kinds of grasses? Of all these grasses, there are 5 large groups that are commonly used by people and grazing animals.

Cereal Grasses
These are grasses that have been domesticated as grain crops. Wheat, rice, oats, corn, rye, millet, sorghum, and barley are examples of such.

Sweet Grasses
These are usually grown for the sweet sap they contain. Hollow stems of sweet sorghum and sugarcane are cut, pressed to extract the sweet juice, and then cooked to yield molasses, cane syrup and sugar.

Woody Grasses
These grasses have hollow culms and are usually found in tropical and subtropical environments. These include bamboos and their relatives. Some can grow 100 feet tall or more. In most tropical countries, bamboos are very important because they are being used for constructing buildings, fences, weapons, furniture, and food.

Pasture Grasses
These might occur naturally in a certain area or be intentionally sown. These are hardy, sod-forming perennials that can survive the effects of mowers and hoofed animals.

Turf Grasses
These are vigorous, low-growing, and sod-forming grasses that can withstand frequent mowing and very heavy foot traffic. These include creeping grasses and common lawn grasses.

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Most Common Types Of Lawn Pests Found In Texas

lawn care company in TexasPests, both big and small, can be found anywhere in Texas. Pests, including bugs, however, are more drawn to lawns. Whether the insects are creepy crawlers or flying ones, you will see a lot of them outside on your lawn.

In Texas, the most common varieties of bugs or insects found in lawns include the following:

1. Ants. Various species of ants can be found in Texas. These include fire ants, carpenter ants, and sugar ants. Ants prefer open, sunny areas such as lawns, pastures, and parks and are more prevalent in spring and fall. Although ants do not cause any damage to turf grass, their mounds in lawns can become unsightly and they bite when they are disturbed.

2. Mosquitoes. Like ants, mosquitoes do not cause harm to grass and plants but they carry possibly deadly diseases including yellow fever, dengue fever, and chikungunya. Mosquitoes are prevalent in Texas since there are plenty of standing water in this state and the general humid weather conditions.

3. Chinch bugs. These pests primarily attack grass. Their favorites are St. Augustine, zoysia, and Bermuda grass. They cause expanding, irregular patches of dead or stunted grass surrounded by a halo of yellowing, dry grass. You’ll end up having a dead, unsightly turf if you fail to control this type of pest.

4. Snails and slugs. Although small and slow, snails and slugs attack the leaves, flowers, and stems of plants. You have to get rid of these pests immediately if you have an organic garden since they can easily devour young vegetable plants.

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Interesting Facts About Infinity Pools

swimming-pool-1737173_960_720Infinity pools are also known as negative-, vanishing-, disappearing-, and zero-edge pools. They appeal to just drop off into the horizon on a certain edge, resulting to a seemingly infinitely extending horizon.

With an infinity pool, an ordinary spot can be transformed into an oasis. The fading edge turns the entire pool into a kind of mirror for the scenery.

How To Create The Infinity Effect

An infinity pool will feature 1 or more walls coming to water level instead of above it. These walls will slope downward away from the pool, which creates that tranquil waterfall effect.

Where does the water go? The overflowing water falls into a catch pool, a basin sitting beneath the vanishing edge. From here, the water will be pumped backed into the main pool. But there are different components that the infinity has to make the view stunning.

View – The vanishing edge must be properly positioned so that you cannot see the catch pool from the prime viewing spots.

The depth of the basin – The catch pool must be deep enough to accumulate all the spillover water. But this should not be so deep that the water level is always low.

Water pump – The catch pool must have its own pump and filter to make sure that the water keeps circulating into the main pool. The filter will make sure that the pool itself is debris-free.

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