Why People Make DIY Foam-Lined Clothing

May 29, 2012 by · Comments Off on Why People Make DIY Foam-Lined Clothing 

In extreme environments and perilous situations, ingenuity and creativity are most often what help people get by, not the quick and easy, pre-packaged solution. So while traditional parkas and down-filled jackets will fit the bill for people shoveling their driveway or walking from their car into a store, some people gleefully push their boundaries with adventures few others would dare to attempt.

For these outdoor argonauts, cold-weather endurance is one of the greatest tests of know-how and ability. Days and nights in frigid temperatures are dangerous, even for those with experience and knowledge. This is why the right equipment is so important, and to survive in areas where big-box store gear won’t get the job done, many enthusiasts have turned to creating their own survival gear, using open-cell foam as their secret insulating ingredient.

By those who swear by their own DIY foam-based clothing, open-cell cushion inserts are said to retain heat better than the most expensive apparel. The foam materials minimalize transfer of heat through the clothing, so while the body stays warm, the outside of the material doesn’t warm ice and snow around the user. This is incredibly important, especially when sleeping or resting, because the water from melted snow can quickly make an individual uncomfortable. Water serves to draw heat away from the body, making for an incredibly dangerous circumstance in extreme situations.

Folding foam sheets and cushions into DIY coats and pants made from breathable outer fabrics creates a protective layer that individuals claim dries quickly from generated body moisture while maintaining heat. This concept can be applied to sleeping bags as well, with the right cushion size having the same effect of staying warm without warming the areas around you.

It’s imperative that you never place yourself in a dangerous situation without having the knowledge and preparation to handle it. But for those who are equipped with the right skills, creating their own custom foam-filled gear can help them weather extreme situations.

What is 550 Thread Count?

May 20, 2012 by · Comments Off on What is 550 Thread Count? 

Many people purchase bedding without even realizing what the thread count means. In technical terms, the thread count equals the number of threads which are sewn together in each square inch. You would count both lengthwise and widthwise. For example, if there were 100 threads across and 100 threads up and down, that produces a thread count of 200. So a 550 thread count means that there are 275 threads lengthwise and 275 threads widthwise. 

             A circular tablecloth is one that fits a round table. However, these can sometimes be hard to measure. So to find out what size tablecloth you need, you need to measure the length and the width of your round table. With a round table, the length and width will be the same. Then you need to add the drop length which is the part that hangs over the sides. You would measure from the top of the table down to how far you wanted to hang off the sides. Multiply this number times two and add that to the total diameter. As a general rule, if you have a table is 48 inches in diameter, a 72 inch round tablecloth will work fine.

             Egyptian cotton bedding is made from luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton. Most of us sleep on the thread count of anywhere between 180 to 360. However, Egyptian cotton sheets thread counts can go up to 1500 threads per square inch. In fact, many four and five star hotels use Egyptian cotton sheets that are 400 thread count and higher. These resorts use their Egyptian cotton sheets as selling points so people will rent their rooms.

Outside-The-Box Furniture Options

May 14, 2012 by · Comments Off on Outside-The-Box Furniture Options 

Not every person is satisfied with traditional furniture like rigid wooden chairs and heavy, immobile couches, and they only have them because of a lack of better options. Fortunately for those who desire a little more flexibility in their homes, there are many alternative furniture products available to outfit a home the way they really want.

One of the most popular alternatives in furniture is a classic staple of home décor: bean bag chairs. Little has changed in bean bag chairs since they burst onto the scene in the 60s and 70s, but while you can still find these chairs filled with recognizable white foam beads, that filling is more frequently being replaced with luxurious and plush open-cell foam, offering greater longevity and resilience. In addition to better durability, open-cell foam offers greater versatility as well, as you can get a firmness or density that meets your needs; even memory foam bean bag filling. The unique comfort and usability of bean bag chairs make them a great option for those considering alternative furniture.

Similar in concept to bean bag chairs are floor pillows, as they’re also stuffed full of soft cushioning material. They are often much lower profile products however, and more like an oversize pillow or sofa cushion than the rounded, taller bean bags. These large pads of furniture foam are sometimes shredded but more often are solid slabs of foam, perfect for people who like to spread out, re-arrange things constantly, or want easily stored guest seating.

With their utility, futons are yet another staple in the world of alternative furniture. Able to be used as couch seating during the day and a bed futon at night for sleeping, you can maximize space and make a quick transition from one setup to another. If you often think outside of the box and want to do the same when considering home furnishings, there are many options available to you that make sense for your needs.

Advantages of Frameless Glass Balustrades

May 13, 2012 by · Comments Off on Advantages of Frameless Glass Balustrades 

The interior design is continuously changing in a positive way due to new ideas and concepts being redefined on a regular basis. At the first view, many of these ideas look pretty strange, but if you spend a minute to think about it, they look good and that is all that matters. The frameless glass balustrades, for instance, represent one of the latest innovations in the modern architecture. They basically come in one large piece, without any obvious margins. Although the small details are said to make the difference, the simplicity is one of the modern concepts these days, hence the popularity of this new design.

A similar rule applies for the frameless glass pool fencing. The simple idea may not be embraced from the first time you see it. But once you get to observe its benefits, you will adore it. First of all, it is a lot cheaper. You no longer need customized frames and handles with various models. These small details are actually the most expensive parts.

On another hand, a frameless glass pool fence gives you the sensation of extra space. Your pool will definitely look larger. Most of these materials are used in malls and large shops to display the items accordingly, but today, they can be part of your home too. Unlike most expectations, the glass is extremely durable and often comes from a flexible material that can support the extra pressure and stress. There are absolutely no reasons at all to worry about the safety of your family

5 Facts on Solar Energy

May 3, 2012 by · Comments Off on 5 Facts on Solar Energy 

Article Submitted by Top Solar Energy Companies

Ralph Nader once quoted, “The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.”

It raises the question why we cannot make progress with solar energy in an age where technology dominates, but whether or not this is true, there’s no reason to doubt why solar energy is an excellent alternative for fossil fuels in the long run.


Here are 5 facts that support why solar energy is the next big thing:

#1: Environmentally speaking, for every kilowatt of solar energy, you won’t have to burn 170 pounds of coal. This would translate to 300 pounds of carbon-di-oxide not being released into the atmosphere for each kilowatt of energy.

#2: Almost 2 billion people in the world do not have electricity, thanks to the inability of their leaders to create infrastructure for the same. Solar power can change all that if a standalone device is built and is inexpensive too.

#3: Australia’s current power requirements are but a fraction of the amount of solar energy falling on the country. Even if photo-voltaic cells only tap 15 % of this energy, we’ll still have more than 2000 times the annual requirement.

#4: Israel, the United States and Germany, known for their inventions, are the first few countries to begin the transition between fossil fuels and solar energy. With the former now building a 100 Mw plant, the latter boasts of having the largest solar energy electric system at the 10 Mw Bavaria SolarPark.

#5: With the annual global consumption being at 14 Terawatts, which includes the consumption of fossil fuels, this could easily be compensated for as Africa’s Sahara Desert could produce upto 450 TW per year.

Use Sound Insulation to Improve Your Recording Studio

May 1, 2012 by · Comments Off on Use Sound Insulation to Improve Your Recording Studio 

Recording studios are acoustically treated not just to prevent the entrance and exit of noise and sound, but also to create an atmosphere where recordings and mixes can be created with the most clarity and accuracy possible. This is difficult, because sound waves travel at different frequencies, reflect off of surroundings and pass through others. For these reasons, a room’s contents, building materials and shape all have an impact on the quality of sound. Reverberation and distortion can be reflected around a space and high and low frequencies can be absorbed or diffused at different rates, also impacting how music is heard.

A sound acoustic treatment system is the solution to this issue in studios, be they professional, pay-to-play setups or home studios deadened with basement foam for those passionate about their music. For individuals looking to get better sound in a space, acoustical treatment foam is a material that can be utilized to clarify and improve sound. Acoustical wall tiles come in numerous designs and colors, from pyramids and wedges to tessellated patterns made in compression die cutters. These help diffuse the reflection of high and middle frequencies within a studio. Special material sheets can cover large areas in a single product and can be made in patterns equally attractive as the smaller tiles. It’s important to remember that acoustic foams are different products than packaging materials despite their similar appearance, as they are specially engineered for sonic purposes.

When placed in the corners of rooms, bass absorbers help with low frequency issues while broadband absorbers and studio columns manage middle frequencies affecting a space. Acoustic treatment is also able to be factored into the construction of studios. Foam tiles can be used in drop ceilings as can sound barriers, and closed-cell foam blocks can decouple a room from the rest of a structure in a “room within a room” build, for the ultimate in sound isolation.