How to Care For Your Pool Cue {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

Now that you’ve purchased your very own pool cue, and hopefully followed some of the advice from earlier articles before doing so, you’re going to want to take care of your investment. A good cue is relatively durable and forgiving, but all cues require care and a little bit of maintenance. We’re going to be talking about wood pool cues here, graphite and fiberglass sticks are virtually bulletproof and require somewhat less care.

CASES. You are going to need a case in order to carry your new cue to the pool hall. I would think that would be obvious but yet I constantly see people coming in carrying their new cue in their hand. Come on now, you just spent your money and took the time picking out a pool cue that you love, but you can’t spring for some sort of case? Basic cases are vinyl or soft-sided material. These will protect your cue against minor drops and dings, but not much else. I highly recommend hard cases just because they offer so much protection. Some cases are tested by driving a car over them without damaging the cue inside! Your pool cue can take a lot of damage in your car, in your house, and even at your billiard hall so protect it as best as you can.

While we’re on the subject of transporting your cue – never leave your pool cue in your car, especially in the trunk! Wood is highly susceptible to temperature changes and to humidity, so avoid storing your billiard stick in your vehicle at all cost. The wood will expand and contract which could lead to warping, loose joints, and cracked points.

THE TIP. The tip of your pool cue (the part that hits the ball) is the most important part of the stick. You can shoot pool with a tree branch or a broom handle – or the most warped stick in the house, if the tip is solid and properly shaped you can play with it! No joking! Screw- on tips are a serious no-no, so don’t even go there. “Real” tips are glued on and come in a variety of hardness. Soft tips hold chalk better and are better for applying “English” but they wear out and mushroom quickly. Extremely hard tips last forever but need constant re-chalking. Some say they make for a more accurate shot as well. A medium hardness tip should be fine for most players. The tip must be able to hold chalk, so periodic scuffing is necessary. The roundness of the tip should be maintained with a shaper. Most players compare the roundness to that of a nickel, though some prefer the tightness of a “dime curve”. Shaping and scuffing too often will cause your tip to disappear quickly, so only shape and scuff when necessary. The sides of the tip should be even with the ferrule, not mushroomed out. Get yourself a scuffer/shaper and take care of that tip!

THE SHAFT. When you first purchased your pool cue the shaft was nice and smooth, and slid through your bridge hand ever-so-easily. That didn’t last long, did it? The sweat, oils, and dirt from your hand will gum up on your shaft very quickly, making it sticky and not so smooth. How do you prevent this, and how do you clean it up? First, you cannot do much to prevent this from happening aside from washing your hands often and keeping them clean and dry. Some people use powder, like baby powder, on their bridge hand and on the cue. A tiny amount of powder that has been thoroughly rubbed in to your hand is okay – it makes your skin softer, but powder should never be used as a lubricant. Wash your hands! Powder will cause your pool cue shaft to gum up more quickly, and powder ruins the felt on the pool table. Nothing looks worse or plays worse than clean green felt with white baby powder all over it because some idiot thought that they had to dump powder all over themselves in order to shoot better! It just ain’t so – so don’t do it. It is bad for your cue and bad for the table. Have some respect, huh?

Wiping the shaft of your pool cue down with a soft cloth in the course of play will limit the amount of crud that builds up on it. Not eating or drinking with your bridge hand is a good habit to get in to as well. Using a very light leather burnishing pad occasionally is a good idea. In time however, the pores in the wood of the shaft will become completely crammed full of dirt and oils and it will need a thorough cleaning. I’m going to tell you how I do it, just remember that if you screw up you could ruin your cue. Forever. The first step is to completely wipe down the shaft (not he ferrule) with a soft cloth and some rubbing alcohol. You don’t want to soak the wood with it, use just enough to clean the wood. Continue wiping with alcohol until you don’t see dirt on the cloth. The alcohol removes the dirt and oil from the wood and opens the pores of the wood. Now you want to just let it sit and dry for several hours. Now it’s time for wax! That’s right, I said wax. You need to use 100% carnauba wax for this. Car wax is fine, as long as it is 100% carnauba wax.

Just like waxing a car, apply a coat of wax with a soft cloth or applicator and let it dry to a haze. You cannot let it dry too long, just let it sit awhile and have some patience. Once the wax has dried thoroughly you’ll want to wipe it off – and immediately start working the shaft with a leather burnishing pad (or a plain piece of thick leather if you don’t have a burnisher – which you should have anyway). Wrap the leather around the shaft and stoke it up and down as fast as you can (yes, it sounds dirty). The more you rub and the faster you rub the hotter the wax will become, which allows it to work into the pores of the wood. When you are finished you will have a beautiful, smooth shaft once again – but you’re not finished just yet! You are going to need to run through all of the steps again, except for the alcohol part. Apply more wax, let it dry, rub the heck out of it, repeat until you have at least 3-4 layers of wax thoroughly worked into the wood. Now take care of the tip and go shoot some pool!

THE BUTT. The butt of your pool cue shouldn’t need much maintenance at all. Keep it clean and wipe it down with a soft cloth during and after play. Don’t hit things with it and don’t drop (or throw) it on the floor. The joints will loosen up, the wood will crack, and parts will separate if you do. Then you’ll have to buy a whole new cue.

“Dings” in the Shaft. Nothing is more annoying than working your pool cue through your bridge and feeling little “dings” in the wood. As hard as we try to take care of our pool cues these little dents always seem to show up – as if by magic. Here is a method I learned that will remove small imperfections from your pool stick’s shaft. First, you need to wipe the shaft down with rubbing alcohol just like in the paragraph on cleaning the shaft. This will open the pores of the wood. Next, find a spot where you can place the shaft where it will not roll, and where it won’t get bumped. Lay the shaft (horizontally) down with the dings that you want to remove facing up. Now, soak a very small piece of tissue with water and roll it into a ball (think miniature spitball) and place the tissue ball directly on the indented spot on the shaft. It is important that the tissue ball not be larger than the actual indent on the shaft. Let that set until it dries completely – what happens is that the wood in that one tiny area absorbs the water from the tissue and swells, bringing that spot level with the surrounding wood. In a perfect world the “ding” will have disappeared, but what usually happens is that the “ding” becomes a small “bump” – which is fine because bumps can be worked out with a burnishing pad fairly easily. Once you have all of your “dings” up to level or slightly above level it is time to wax the shaft. Follow the instructions above for the proper method to do this. Of course another way to remove dings and dents from your pool cue would be to take it to a professional, but where’s the fun in that?

NEVER USE ABRASIVES. Ever. Period. That means no sandpaper, no scouring pads, no wet/dry paper, nothing. If it was designed to remove wood than keep it far away from your pool cue! You never want to remove a layer of wood just to make it smooth – you want to clean the existing wood to maintain the shape, balance, and feel of the cue.

Your pool cue represents an investment on your part, so keeping it clean and in good condition will make it last a lifetime – now that’s a lot of pool playing!



Source by Steve Didier

Why Aren’t You Willing To Invest In Yourself And Your Future? {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

A huge roadblock for a lot of people when they’re thinking about joining a home based business is the fact that it costs money to join. People just can’t seem to fathom having to pay money just to WORK a business. After all when you go to work they pay YOU not the other way around right? However, a home based business is defiantly NOT a job and it’s less about paying THEM and more about investing in you and your future.

How much money are your dreams really worth to you? Is it worth $250? $500? $5,000!? I don’t know about you but my dreams and goals are worth a whole heck of a lot more than that. And that’s why I’ve chosen to work from home and build a business that will allow me to live the life that I’ve always wanted to live. If you honestly think that a couple hundred dollars is too much money to spend on something that will change your life forever then I don’t know what to say to you because nothing in this article is going to make a difference.

99.9% of traditional jobs are never going to give you the life that you really want to live. That’s because jobs are set up one of two ways. 1. you work hard for very little money or 2. you work hard for a lot of money but very little freedom. So which is it? Do you want lots of money with no time to spend with your family or do you want more time with the family but no money to give you the things you want? Oh you want both? Well then it sounds like a home based business is exactly what you’re looking for!

Invest in yourself and your dreams. Don’t let a number as small as a couple hundred dollars stand between you and the life that you really want. You CAN have it all and a home based business is the key to having it! Invest in a home based business today.



Source by Dan T Himes

Sir Edwin Lutyens and His Garden Bench {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

You may have seen the expertly carved backrests and the signature scrolled armrests but not realized you were looking upon history. The Lutyens garden bench is the work of one genius designer, whose work symbolized the English countryside during the Victorian era. Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) was one of the greatest British architects of his time. He built commercial building, country homes, monuments and much more. His crowning achievement is considered the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi.

Sir Edwin was not one to be pigeon-holed and never became associated with any specific design school or movement, though he briefly dabbled in and found inspiration from the Arts and Craft movement of the later 19th century. His interest in mathematical intricacy, along with visual puns made people take notice. Surprisingly, his making of furniture was the least known of all his body of work. This is due in large part to the small quantities in which his designs were produced.

These days, it’s rare to find an original Lutyens, as most of the sparse collection has been lost to time. His estate still carries on his name and tradition, though, crafting beautiful pieces with his individual styling in mind. As an homage to the man and his legacy, these are a few of Lutyens garden bench models that best represent his style. They are typically made from English Oak, though other companies will utilize other woods.

Thakeham

One of Lutyens more elaborate benches is the Thakeham garden bench. It was created specifically for a garden at Little Thakeham, near Storrington in West Sussex, England. The extra long bench comprises scrolled, slatted armrests, with delicately carved curves along the top of the backrest. The backrest itself consists of thin slats spaced wide apart and supported in back by three beams. Because it is so long, the bench is supported on either side by two long beams running lengthwise. Unfortunately, over time this form has become disassociated with Lutyens, but his estate remains the only authentic manufacturers of this model.

Hestercombe

The Hestercombe bench represents a collaboration between Lutyens and his colleague, renowed artist, designer and writer Gertrude Jekyll. This garden bench was created for Jekyll’s garden at Hestercombe, in Somerset, England. This bench is the stereotypical marker for Lutyen’s English countryside aesthetic. Unlike some of the other benches, the Hestercombe lacks the scrolled armrests. It does however still have the gracefully curved back. And like the Thakeham, the backrest consists of thin, widely spaced slats, but this time only supported by a single central beam.

Delhi

Another collaboration with Jekyll, the Delhi garden bench was well-liked by Lutyens and used in many of his furniture schemes. Drawing from the Arts and Crafts movement, one can see details like scrolled back and armrests. The armrests and detailing is rounded, with widely spaced slats on the back. The armrests also feature wooden slats.

Lili

Either manufactured for one or two people, the Lili garden bench breaks away from other Lutyens designs. This model was named after Lutyen’s great granddaughter, Lili. Sir Edwin had in mind more modern, yet simpler tastes when he set about creating the Lili bench. This is evident in the more streamlined, but still unique design. By far the most basic of his models, the armrests on this bench are simple, with rounded edges and a single, beveled wood support underneath each side. There are two beams running lengthwise along the legs for support, but the real treat is the backrest. A carved top edge represents yet another curved design on the backrest, with the back supporting a dynamic hatch pattern, rather than the typical parallel slats. Three sections of cutout squares are held together by four wider wooden pieces.



Source by Tonya Kerniva

The Importance of Garage Storage Cabinets {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

If you want extra storage room in your garage, and let’s face it, who doesn’t, then garage storage cabinets are the simplest solution to organize the overfilled garage. Garage cabinets are very important as they provide a very clean, professional and organized look and give you a place to store all your junk!!

Garage storage cabinets are very important for any garage as they provide the extra storing space that every homeowner needs. Garage storage cabinets are available in a wide range of materials like wood, metal and heavy plastic that can help with storage of heavy items and keep them safe. And I will personally even vouch for some of the heavy plastic items, in saying that if assembled and installed correctly, are probably more sturdy than some of the metal or wood units.

Make sure to get cabinets that are strong enough to store all kinds of tools and equipment that you keep around the house. You should always consider installing cabinets with shelves that are capable of storing equipment that measure up to hundreds of pounds. You can make your cabinets a well-built storage by fastening it together with dovetails joints.

Importance of Garage Storage Cabinets

The importance of well crafted and customized garage storage cabinets cannot be defined. It’s something that you need to experience to know its value and importance! A well installed garage storage system prevents tools and floor from humidity, pests and other destructive agents. A good garage cabinet storage is an asset to your home; make sure to make it in a proper and systematized way. Steel garage storage cabinets not only save your supplies from harm but also cut down the waste and disorder in garage.

On the other hand, hard plastic garage storage cabinets are easy to install, more durable and economical. Once you have proper storage space for tools, you no longer have to hunt for things as they would be stored in the right places. Wrenches, screwdrivers and paint brushes can be stored in shallow compartmentalized drawers or on pegboard hooks instead of large deep drawers as they might get lost there. Tools that are used often can be hung on pegs and stored that way as it saves the hassle of opening the drawers over and over again.

Having properly installed garage storage cabinets is as simple and good as maintaining and keeping your home organized. Not only this, but with garage cabinets you can make your garage a real place to park your car where everything is organized and in order.

Garage Storage has become a necessity for most of us! Just imagine, when your garage door opens for your car, everything in the garage is perfectly placed and all the car accessories are organized.

These days, state of art modular cabinet systems are being made that add style, sophistication as well as strength in modern cabinet designs to transform your garage into a functional room to keep all your extra stuff, leaving the house clean and ordered.

Not only your garage, but these cabinets also provide you a chance to keep your house clean. Now you don’t have to leave your machines, devices and tools lying around. With proper garage cabinetry, all these things can be stored in their rightful places to be found easily whenever you need them!



Source by Nick Garrard