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4 Tips For Purchasing A Motorcycle As A Beginner

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Have you decided to move forward with buying a motorcycle for the first time? There are a few important things about motorcycles that should be considered not only for your safety, but also to make sure you get a good deal. Take a look at this article for a few tips that can help you purchase a motorcycle that you will be proud of. 1. Get the Proper License Endorsement You must understand that having a license to drive a car does not mean that you can legally drive a motorcycle as well. It is important for you to go and take a driver’s test to get your driver’s license endorsed for driving motorcycles. If you don’t have a lot of experience driving motorcycles, you might want to actually take a class and get a permit so you can practice before taking the actual test. 2. Pay Attention to Weight It is not wise to purchase a motorcycle based on looks alone. As a beginner, it is important for you to be able to maintain good control over the bike when certain maneuvers are made. For instance, you don’t want a bike that is too heavy in the beginning because you might not be able to keep it standing when making sharp turns. A heavy motorcycle can also be difficult to pick up if it happens to get knocked down while parked. Starting out with a lightweight motorcycle is in the best interest of your safety until you get the hang of it. 3. Make Sure You Are Comfortable On the Seat When you spot a motorcycle that you want to purchase, make sure it is a comfortable fit for your height. It is important for your feet to sit comfortably on the ground while you are sitting on the seat; you should not have to be on your tip toes to touch the ground because that is a safety hazard. You need enough contact with pavement to have a sense of control over the bike. 4. Take the Bike of Choice for a Test Drive The best way to make sure you will be happy with your investment is to take a few motorcycles out for test drives. You must understand that there are many models of bikes to choose from and some might not be as comfortable as others. Test driving the bikes will also give you a good idea of how loud the motor will be, as well as the overall shape of the bike. Visit a motorcycle dealership as soon as you are...

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Custom Long Action Rifles: Two Ways You Can Make Your Rifle A Custom Job

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you like to shoot, but you are looking for a more unique weapon, you might want to create a custom gun. If you are really taken with rifles, there are a couple of ways you can make your rifle a custom rifle. You can either create a custom long action bullet chamber, or you can create a custom stock and barrel. Here is how you can customize these parts to change the traditional rifle and make it your own. Custom Long Actions Custom long actions take the action part of your gun (the area where the rifle splits down to load bullets) and makes it longer. The action may also be made to hold wider bullets or shot shells too, which gives you more options on the kinds and types of bullets you can use. Usually, a metalworks company that specializes in custom long shots is who you should to talk to, but you will have to check with the gun laws in your state to make sure a custom long action is legal. (Some states do not allow certain modifications to rifles and guns, or they only allow modifications with restrictions.) Custom Stocks and Barrels Barring that your rifle was ever involved in criminal activity, you should be able to customize the stock and barrel as you choose. Customizing the barrel on a used rifle that you purchased secondhand should be cleared with police ballistics first. Usually a licensed gun dealer will do this, but if you bought the gun from a private seller, you will want to clear it of possible illegal activity from its past before proceeding with customization. The stock can also be switched out for a hand-carved wooden stock or a full-on, custom metal stock.  When you customize the barrel, you can make it longer, shorter or you can make it match the custom long shot you have installed. It is a very good idea to customize the barrel of your rifle too. That way, any type of shot shell or bullet you use in the new long shot will be able to exit the barrel, not get stuck and/or not blow up in your hand (which could happen if the bullets cannot leave the gun). Typically, you can order a customized long shot with a matching customized barrel from the same company so that the parts are compared and fit together perfectly. Added touches, like chrome or silver plating and engraving, may also be offered by the same company as customization extras for your rifle. For more information and options, talk with a custom gun company, such as Southwest Precision...

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Learn How To Keep Birds Away From Your Boat Lift Canopy

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Boat lift canopies are designed to protect boats from the elements when they are being stored. Birds, however, often like to build nests under the canopies because their nests will be protected from the elements the same way your boat will be protected. When the birds build nests under the canopy, it can be bad for your boat because the birds can ruin your boat when they defecate, urinate, or drop food on the boat. The guide below walks you through a few easy ways to keep birds out of your boat lift canopy. Use a Solar Powered Owl Solar powered owl replicas keep birds away from the canopies because they are fearful that the owl will try to eat them if they come near the canopy. There is a solar power panel that can be attached to the top of the canopy to supply the power to the owl that can be placed on the outer deck of your boat, on the boat lift, or even on top of the canopy. The head will move back and forth so that the replica looks like it is a live owl searching for its next meal. Hang Reflective Devices Hanging reflective devices from the sides of the canopy will deter birds from going under your canopy because they will disrupt their vision when the sunlight hits the reflective devices. You can use CDs, reflective tape, or small reflective disks that are designed to deter birds. You want to be sure that the devices hang freely so that they can move around in the wind so that the sun can bounce off of them as they move. Install Roof Deterrents There are bird deterrents that are designed to scare away birds so that they do not even land on top of the canopy. The mechanisms are lightweight and maneuverable because they are attached to small sandbags, rather than to the canopy. Long, thin metallic arms stick out from the base that move in the wind and reflect sunlight. It appears as though something is reaching out of the canopy, which scares birds away from the area. Keeping the birds out from under your boat lift canopy will keep your boat safe and secure. If you have found a bird nest under the canopy before you install any of these deterrents, you may need to call your local animal control to remove it for you to ensure that you do not cause damage to the nest or the eggs.     For more information and tips about your boat lift canopy in general, talk with local boat accessory companies, such as Waterway Boat Lift...

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Military Surplus Gear For The Outdoor Enthusiast

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are in the market for outdoor recreational gear and equipment, then you have several options available. The most obvious is to simply purchase standard gear from a commercial manufacturer at a retail store or online. Another choice is to buy military surplus gear from a military supply store like Andy and Bax. This article examines the latter alternative.  What It Is  Military surplus items are those that were commissioned by a country for use by their Armed Forces. They are procured from manufacturers who enter into a contract with the government involved. The items might or might not possess the manufacturer’s label or a brand name. This is the case with U.S. and British military gear for example. Military surplus from other countries might show a manufacturer’s label or brand name.  When a country’s military no longer needs certain items, perhaps an excessive number of items were ordered or the product becomes obsolete, the surplus supply is typically sold at auction. Often, the purchasers of these items are owners of military surplus stores, and so the gear ends up for sale to the average citizen. Outdoors  Military surplus sellers offer a wide range of gear for the outdoors enthusiast. They have equipment for fishermen, hunters, campers and hikers or almost anyone who enjoys spending lot of time exploring and enjoying the outdoors. You can find gear such tents, boots, sleeping bags and outdoor clothing, among many other items.  Quality and Price  Military surplus gear is generally of good quality because the manufacturer had to make it to military standards. For example, if you purchase military clothing, you will generally find that the material and construction are of high quality and that the product is long-lasting. Items made for the military tend to be durable, as they were often meant to be used under difficult conditions.  The prices of these items are often lower than comparable gear, as the sellers usually purchase them at a deep discount.  National Stock Number  You can often determine the country that commissioned the gear you wish to purchase by looking for a 13-digit National Stock Number, or NSN on the item. The 5th and 6th numbers of the NSN are the country code. For instance, if the numbers are 00 or 01, the country that ordered the item was the U.S.  Military surplus stores sell a variety of equipment and gear for those who enjoy outdoor activities. For more information, visit a store in your...

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3 Tips For Making Your Own Yoga Blocks

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are looking to make the most out of your yoga experience, then you need yoga blocks. These blocks are used to help you gain more flexibility, and they can help you maintain your balance in certain poses. You can purchase yoga blocks from a fitness store, but they may be harder to find if your area doesn’t cater to yogis. Luckily, you can make some yourself if you can’t easily find them; you can also make substitutes to save money while you still increase your flexibility. 1. Use a Large Book (Or Multiple Books) A large book — such as a big, thick dictionary — can actually be used as a yoga block. Look for a large book that you don’t want or need anymore, or look for one at a flea market or thrift store. Then, use duct tape to evenly wrap up the dictionary. This will prevent it from falling open when you’re trying to do your favorite poses. You can also stack two or three smaller books on top of each other and tape them together, but look for books that are similar in size so that they stack easily and evenly. 2. Make One Out of Wood Even if you aren’t particularly skilled with a saw, you can still make a yoga block — it’s pretty easy to do. Simply cut a block of wood into the size of your choice, or head to a home improvement store and ask that a piece of wood be cut to size for you. Once you have your piece of wood, use a piece of sandpaper to gently smooth out the edges to help prevent splinters. You can then cover the piece of wood with a piece of cloth and sew it together for a nice-looking, custom yoga block that you can design to your size specifications. If you don’t want to work with wood, covering a square piece of cork or a square chunk of extruded polystyrene foam can also work. 3. Use a Shoe Box A shoe box is a great size for a yoga block. Although it might not be sturdy enough to use for sitting poses, it can be a good choice for helping with flexibility and balance in other standing poses. Just make sure that you tape the lid on top to prevent it from coming off while you are working out. If you don’t have a cardboard shoe box, you can purchase a plastic shoe storage box from a discount store. As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can make your own yoga blocks. Try one or all three of these ideas to create yoga...

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3 Reasons To Consider A Sidecar Motorcycle

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When shopping for a new motorcycle it is important that you consider every available option in order to ensure that you get the best bike for you. Listed below are just a few reasons to consider purchasing a sidecar motorcycle. Versatility One of the biggest benefits provided by a sidecar motorcycle is that they are able to tackle just about any type of riding activity. For example, the fact that the sidecar can easily be used to accommodate luggage makes it an ideal long-distance road trip bike. In addition, some sidecar motorcycles are able to activate a three-wheel drive feature that allows them to handle off-road terrain. Combine that off-road capability with the cargo space on the bike and you can easily use the bike to take yourself on a nice solo camping trip in a remote area. In addition, a motorcycle can also be used to easily accommodate everyday tasks. The sidecar’s storage space can accommodate groceries, a school bag, or items that you may need for work. Safety Another benefit provided by a sidecar motorcycle is that it can be quite a bit safer and easier to operate than a standard motorcycle, particularly for beginners. This is because the sidecar provides extra stability that makes it much harder to tip your bike over in a turn. In addition, the extra wheel on the sidecar takes a lot of pressure off of your legs at a stop sign or traffic light as you will not need balance the bike to keep it upright. Another benefit to the sidecar is that it can make the bike safer to operate in the winter. With traditional bikes it can be difficult to keep the bike balanced and moving in a straight line on icy roads, but a sidecar bike can make winter riding much more manageable. Passengers Finally, a sidecar motorcycle is a great choice if you want to be able to take passengers on your rides with you. Sure, a regular motorcycle allows for people to ride behind you, but this is risky as they can easily cause you to get into an accident if they do not lean right when you are going into a turn. With a sidecar motorcycle, the passenger can relax comfortably in the sidecar without you or him/her worrying about interfering with the driver. In addition, there are many harnesses available that are designed to connect to a sidecar so that you can ride around with your dog without worrying about him or her jumping out. Visit your local motorcycle dealer like Carl’s Cycle Sales in order to take a look at the various sidecar motorcycle options available to you. These bikes are safe, versatile, and can easily handle...

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Is Your Child Blind and Turning 5? Two Birthday Activities They Can Do

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If your child is turning five years old and they are blind, you have to do things a little differently when having a birthday party for them. This is true even if the other children coming to the party are not blind. Below are two great activities that your child and the other children will have fun doing. Blindfolded Games Play games in which all the kids are blindfolded. This puts everyone on equal ground, and your child will likely enjoy everyone being a little like he or she is. You could play the classic pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game, or you could purchase or draw a large clown face and have the kids pin a clown nose to the face. If you do not mind the kids getting messy, you can play a blindfolded food game. Put some ice cream in a dish along with a plastic spoon. Sit two kids in chairs opposite from each other, with one child’s hands tied or placed behind their back. Blindfold each child. Have one of the blindfolded children try to feed the other child a bit of ice cream with the spoon. The kids will have fun trying to reach each other’s mouths. Your child may also enjoy being blindfolded like the other children. Blindfolded games work well because they rely on the children being unable to see, requiring them to use other senses. Music Because your child does not have the sense of sight, let him or her use the sense of sound at the birthday party. Have the kids play musical instruments. You can purchase some cheap musical instruments at most toy stores. You can even make some of your own instruments to save money. One thing you can do is put some beans or small stones into an empty water bottles and put a lid on each bottle. The kids can use them as shakers. Make tambourines using plastic or paper bowls. You will need some ribbon, scissors, a hole punch, and jingle bells. Use the hole puncher to put holes all the way around the edge of the bowl that are spaced about an inch or so apart. Measure a ribbon so that it can go around the bowl, then add a few more inches of ribbon to that and cut it. Tie a knot at one end of the ribbon. Thread one jingle bell through the ribbon, and thread that part through one of the holes. Thread another jingle bell, and pull that part of the ribbon through the second hole. Continue doing this until you have the jingle bells and ribbon threaded through every hole. When you are finished, tie the ribbon, but not too tight. You want to give the jingle bells enough room so they can jingle when the children shake their tambourines. Put on some music and let the children play their instruments. If your child can read braille, purchase them a birthday card written in braille. You can find these online, and some places let you design the card yourself. For further birthday party ideas for children, contact an establishment like Brown’s...

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What to Look for in a Used RV

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

So you want to buy a used RV to travel the country and live your dreams. You’re not alone; many digital nomads find ways to work remotely and travel. Owning an RV is adventurous, exciting, and just plain fun. You know you want to buy used because you’d like to upgrade as your finances improve. But what should you look for when searching for the perfect used RV to fit your needs? Here are a few things to consider. Vehicle Size RVs don’t just come in one size. There’s a type of RV out there for anybody. Choose the smallest option, Class B, if you’re driving by yourself. This is essentially a camper van with limited space and a wet bath (a shower and toilet in the same space). They can park almost anywhere and get great gas mileage. For more space and a dedicated driving area, look to a Class C motorhome. These vehicles are the midpoint in luxury, size, and gas mileage. They have an overhang cab above the driving area and a room in the back to sleep a small family. Choose a Class A if you want the ultimate RV. These are the biggest RVs that come with the best amenities: larger kitchens, couches, a dedicated bedroom, and big pull-outs.  Usage Once you think you know what class of RV you want to buy, consider the usage. Are you going to quit your day job and travel around to new places every few days or so? Or will this be a vehicle used for a few local camping trips a year? If you’re going to be a full-timer, you want something the size of a small apartment, but efficient with gas. Large 35′ Class A RVs guzzle gas like no other, and can prove expensive for frequent travelers.  Sleeping Arrangements  You should also think about possible sleeping arrangements. Will you bring friends and extended family along on fun camping trips or beach vacations? Where is your dog going to sleep? Does your small child have fears about sleeping in the cab above the driver’s cockpit? Since you’ll sleep in there often, think of all these things before settling on any one vehicle. Unexpected Expenses  RVs are fun, but they can be expensive. Be sure to build surprise costs into the overall price of your budget. Think about costly maintenance, gas, nightly RV spots and hookups, and propane. Owning an RV can change your life for the better. Just make sure you think about what you truly want before signing any papers. You’ll be much happier in the long run if you weigh your options with care. Look for your used RV at lots like Pettibone Resort On The...

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Keeping Your Boat Safe From Theft When Docked

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Having a boat of your own can be an exhilarating experience and you will most likely want to take it out on the water often. When you need to leave your boat after a fun day in the sun, you may feel a bit apprehensive about its safety while you are not there to look after it. Many marinas and boat storage facilities will have some type of security available, but is it really enough? If you are concerned about the safety of your boat while it is being stored, there are a few tricks you can use to keep others away from it while it is unattended.  Watch Placement If you are storing your boat in a storage facility, do not leave it on a trailer under any circumstances. This makes it a prime target for theft. Instead, remove it from the trailer to make it more difficult for it to be moved without being noticed. If you cannot avoid storing the boat without the trailer, then chain the trailer to a tree or permanent structure so the boat cannot be easily taken. If you are keeping your boat in a marina, do not leave a set of keys inside where they can be found. Invest In An Alarm System Having an alarm on your boat will keep thieves from stealing it when you are not around. When selecting an alarm, consider the sensitivity of the unit. If you are in an area where birds may fly onto the boat, or if it is docked very close to a public area, you may wish to have an alarm with a bit less sensitivity so it will not be tripped continuously for reasons other than someone trying to take it. Placing an alarm so it goes off when someone tries getting into the cabin may be best. Place some motion-activated lights on your boat to give it some extra protection against robbery. Mark Your Belongings Place a marking on your boat, trailer, and all of your equipment with your boat’s hull identification number. These markings should be permanently engraved. Place them in unobtrusive locations so if your boat is stolen, the thieves will not be aware of them so they can remove them. Take pictures of each area where you had placed the number and store it with your personal documents. If your boat is stolen, this information will help identify your boat, perhaps having it safely returned to you as a result. For more information, contact a boat service like B & E...

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Three Ways To Add Wood Features To Your Custom Swimming Pool Installation

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Custom pools come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. If you like the warm colors of wood, it can even be used in custom pool designs. There are many different ways to incorporate wood into the design of your pool, such as using it for surfacing, decking materials, a spa or even building your entire pool out of wood. Here are some ideas to incorporate wood into your new swimming pool installation. 1. Using Wood Decking For Surfacing Around Your Pool There are many different types of pool deck surfacing that you can use for your pool. This can be concrete materials, tiles, stones and specialty slip-resistant materials. You can also have your deck surfacing built with wood decking materials. This can also be good if you want to add pool deck space down a hill where other materials will not work. When doing this, you may want to consider using hidden fastener systems for a clean look and using more durable decking materials like Ipe or cedar, which are more resistant to water, insects and fungus. 2. Adding Wooden Spas And Other Elements To Your Pool You can use other wood elements for your pool. Spas can be a great addition to your pool, and there are many spa models that are made completely out of wood. Some examples include cedar spas and Japanese-style baths. You can even build a complete sauna out of wood and a pool house with woodwork details. This can be a great place to add a bathroom and shower to your pool area, as well as a place to locate equipment for your pool. 3. Using A Wooden Structure To Build Your Custom Pool Another option is to have your custom pool built with a wooden frame.  This can be good if your pool needs to be built partially or completely above ground. For a partially above ground pool, you can also consider details like glass in your pool design. For custom designs, the liner may need to be specially made to fit the pool. A custom design will also give you the benefit of choosing from different wood materials such as large timbers. These are some ways that you can incorporate wood features into the design of your custom pool. If you need help with designing and building your pool, contact a custom pool builder to get the help you need with wood features to add to your...

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Why Choose a Charter Boat for Your Fishing Trip

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you are planning on going fishing on your own, or if you are putting together a fishing trip for yourself and a group of others, choosing a charter boat can be a wonderful option. These are a few reasons why this might be the perfect option for your offshore fishing trip. Catch Better Fish First of all, you should know that you can often catch better fish when you go out on a large charter boat. These boats can go out into farther and deeper waters, which can allow you to enjoy bigger fish and much more variety. Relax and Enjoy the Ride Who wants to worry about navigating a small fishing boat or carrying fishing supplies around on the pier? If you’re on a charter boat, you can let the captain handle the drive while you relax in a comfortable spot with your pole and tackle. Meet Other Enthusiasts If you take a charter with other fishermen, you can meet a lot of other people who are interested in your hobby. This is a great way to meet and mingle with both locals and tourists, and you can learn a lot while having a great time. Enjoy Other Activities Although fishing might be your main hobby, there will be other things for you to enjoy on the charter boat as well. Many serve delicious meals and snacks, so you won’t have to worry about being hungry or eating the sandwich that you would have taken to the pier. You can also often enjoy music, a bar and more. If you’re looking to get a little more out of your fishing experience, or if you are bringing along loved ones who like doing more than just fishing, then you are sure to love all of the additional activities and perks that are often available on the large commercial charter boats. As you can see, a charter boat can be the perfect option for your upcoming fishing trip. Instead of fishing on the pier or in a small fishing boat, consider going big with a charter. You don’t have to opt for a private charter; instead, you can sign up for a charter on a day that others will be fishing and enjoying the sea. Alternatively, you could also rent a private charter for you and your group. Regardless, you are sure to enjoy the pleasures of a fishing charter like Oregon Inlet Fishing Center...

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