Swimming Pool Water Testing Instructions

swimming pool water testing instructions

Bring pool water to normal level.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket with pool water approximately 3-4 inches from the top.

Place the bucket on the first or second step of pool (preferably the second step without immersing it).

With a marker or electrical tape, mark the water level on inside of bucket.

Shut off pump and mark pool level on outside of bucket.Resume normal pump operation. Make sure auto/manual fill valve is off during test.

After 24 hours, compare the two levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the inside water level, there may be a leak.">
Bring pool water to normal level.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket with pool water approximately 3-4 inches from the top.

Place the bucket on the first or second step of pool (preferably the second step without immersing it).

With a marker or electrical tape, mark the water level on inside of bucket.

Shut off pump and mark pool level on outside of bucket.Resume normal pump operation. Make sure auto/manual fill valve is off during test.

After 24 hours, compare the two levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the inside water level, there may be a leak." src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/-kJCDu2XBP1o/VGJDwf3f_UI/AAAAAAAAAEw/SJays6g5hyk/14%252520-%2525201.jpg" width="100" height="100" />
15 #EssentialGadgets for Your #Weekend on the #Water<br /><br />It's time to take inventory of your weekend water essentials.<br /><br />While neon floaties and a Rambo-esque Super Soaker might have cut it in your teenage years, you as an adult need a more cutting-edge arsenal of water tech.<br /><br />High-tech gadgets aren't limited to traditional water activities such as fishing or boating, though. Whether you're a kiteboarder, wakeboarder or recreational beachgoer, there are a slew of gadgets to help you get the most out of your aquatic enterprise.<br /><br />Here are 15 grown-up toys to jumpstart your next #weekendonthewater.<br /><br />1. Bring a waterproof tablet to the beach<br /><br />For years, humans have dreamed of enjoying their favorite gadgets beachside, maybe even while in the water. Unfortunately, the only factor undercutting this dream is our trenchant fear of submerging our device in water. A first world problem? You betcha, but a quandary nonetheless. What if, however, there was a way to binge-watch Dora the Explorer in the tide pool?<br /><br />The solution is a waterproof tablet, like Sony’s Xperia Z2 tablet, which is light, sleek and waterproof for up to 30 minutes in fresh water. Take it with you to the ocean, lake or river — just keep it away from the pool and remember to keep all of its ports and slots shut.<br /><br />2. Put on a waterproof radio helmet for better water sport communication<br />Water sport enthusiasts know all too well that a boat engine's whirr can drown out important instructions from instructors or teammates. While you can try to work around the problem by bringing a radio headset into the water with you, in the past, such gadgets haven't been waterproof.<br /><br />Thanks to technological advancements, that's changing.<br /><br />Headzone’s hand-built Jump Helmet contains a waterproof receiver and gives users access to 16 ultra high frequency channels. With a two-mile zone, you can communicate with your partner who might be farther downstream, which means no more barking indiscernible directions over a boat’s engine or flashing mysterious gestures.<br /><br />3. Turn your smartphone into a data-filled dive computer<br /><br />Whether you’re a hobbyist diver or a pro, it always behooves you to have the best tech at your disposal. While in the past that meant shelling out big bucks for a slew of devices, now you can use the iGills SE-35 Smart Diving System as both a waterproof case for your smartphone and a high-tech dive computer.<br /><br />The system’s polycarbonate case protects your iPhone up to depths of 130 feet while still allowing you to use the computer via six buttons on the outside of the case, next to depth and temperature sensors. All told, the computer system syncs to your phone and allows you to access and log data (like ascent rate, nitrogen loading and low time) underneath the surface. iGills also has a camera port on the outside of the case for mid-dive photos and videos.<br /><br />4. Grill the afternoon away on a specially engineered barbecue boat<br />You’ve hit the high seas and reeled in some fantastic flounder. Suddenly, though, hunger hits, and you don’t want to wait until you’re back on land to cook your catch. While you can always take out the Foreman and grill on the spot, you'd prefer to savor the taste of your fare with a full barbecue experience.<br /><br />For that, you need a fully equipped grill boat, like the Barbecue Dining Boat, which, at almost 12 feet in diameter, can hold up to 10 people. The trolling boat has 24-inch steel charcoal grill and a 30-watt electric motor capable of eight hours of continuous BBQ’ing. Has eight hours of barbecue ever been a bad thing?<br /><br />5. Use a GoPro to record your kiteboarding spree<br /><br />Though a relatively new sport, kiteboarding (also called kitesurfing) has exploded in popularity, gaining more than 60,000 new participants every year, according to the International Sailing Federation. While many of those new arrivals come from backgrounds in wakeboarding, paragliding, waterskiing and surfing, you don’t need to be an expert to kiteboard on a breezy summer day. In fact, kiteboarding classes are taught around the world, making it an easy activity to pick up. When you get comfortable on the board, strap on a GoPro Hero 3 with a head strap from the brand. You’ll be able to record videos while you whiz around the ocean at speeds exceeding 50 mph and leap more than 20 feet high on your board.<br /><br />6. Hit the waves on a motorized surfboard<br />If you’re a water sport junkie who can’t decide whether to surf or waterski, check out the Jetsurf Pro Race motorized surfboard. Weighing in at a svelte 30 pounds, the durable board (it's made out of carbon fiber and Kevlar) can easily be packed away for a trip and unsheathed when the time is right. Its two-stroke engine can register speeds of 35 miles per hour, so the Pro Race isn’t for dilettantes who want to dawdle in the high seas.<br /><br />7. Catch fish with an underwater camera<br /><br />Though you can be an experienced trawler and have great equipment (like an expensive fish finder), a lot of fishing is left up to chance, i.e., you're not sure what you’ve hooked or how to hook it until you've reeled it in.<br /><br />If you’re going to be doing stationary fishing off a dock or want to get a better feel for the aquatic life near your fishing hole, grab ahold of a FishEyes Rod and Reel. The device, fitted with a camera and an LED light, lets you peer beneath the water's surface. If you want to turn what you’ve learned into lunch, you can attach a lure or bait basket to the rod.<br /><br />8. Use a foldable solar panel to charge your fishing boat's motor<br />Bait? Check. Newfangled fancy rod? Got it. Solar panel? Wait, what?<br /><br />While solar power isn’t normally the first thing a weekend angler thinks to load onto his or her skiff, it can save a lot of power and cash in the long run. The Goal Zero Guardian foldable units are easy to store on a small boat and will continuously charge your trolling motor throughout your day on the pond. If you’re an avid fisherman, that means fewer trips to buy batteries and an end to paddling to shore.<br /><br />9. Walk on water in an inflatable ball<br /><br />You don’t need to be from Nazareth to walk on water. When swimming just isn’t doing it for you anymore, check out an inflatable water ball to traipse around the pool or lake. Just try to take breaks during periods of intense sunlight. Other than that, you’re free to test out your divinity.<br /><br />10. Play water sports and blast music at the same time with waterproof earphones<br />The sound of you swimming in the ocean doesn’t have to be the sound of screaming children or a boat motor. Try throwing on your own playlists — made possible by a waterproof device case and waterproof, noise-canceling headphones. The Kevlar design of Yurbuds allows you to control playlists and enjoy music at most non-diving depths.<br /><br />11. Affordably and seamlessly rent a boat for the day<br /><br />So you wanna rally the troops for a day of sailing the high seas, but you don’t have the skiff (or the funds) necessary to do so. We understand. Boats, after all, are extremely expensive to own and maintain. What if, however, there was a peer-to-peer service that let you seamlessly rent a boat for a day?<br /><br />Boatbound is just that — a service that allows boat owners to list their crafts for rent — similar to how Airbnb gives apartment and homeowners the opportunity to list an extra room or the full spread when they’re out of town. On Boatbound, you can captain the rented ship if you have adequate experience. Or, if you’re a novice sailor, you can rent a captain along with the boat. Either way, you get to spend a day on the water without losing your savings.<br /><br />12. Fight sea sickness with specially designed anti-motion sickness glasses<br />Being a seafarer isn’t the most natural fit for everyone. While there are few things more exhilarating than trawling the ocean, there are also many activities more desirable than vomiting and feeling seasick while doing so. An ingenious cure for that maritime malady does exist, though.<br /><br />XPAND Anti-Motion Sickness glasses use shuttering lenses to reduce the severity of motion sickness for car, boat and plane passengers. When the glasses are turned on, their electro-optimal system makes the lenses strobe, which creates gaps between what the person is seeing as they're jostled around. That quality minimizes the difference between perception and vestibular interpretation of movement (a.k.a. one's sense of balance) that causes motion sickness in some seafarers.<br /><br />13. Use your smartphone to plan the perfect beach trip and find nautical data<br />Think of BlooSee as a one-stop shop for nautical junkers — whether they love sailing, fishing, kitesurfing, boating or virtually any other aquatic activity. The platform — available on mobile — has institutional and crowdsourced boat routes, nautical charts, scores of weather data for surfers, information points like marinas for boaters and dive sites for scuba lovers and much more. For those interested in maritime history and conservation, BlooSee also houses information on sights like Roman aqueducts and environmental calamities, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.<br /><br />14. Find the best fishing grounds with a state-of-the-art fish finder<br />Fishermen will go to great lengths to find the best catch. Today, there’s plenty of technology to help them meet that goal, much of it mobile. The FishHunter fish finder has a sonar pod that floats in the water and reports back to your connected device on the boat. The pod, capable of floating up to 80 feet away from the device (you might want to tether it so it doesn't stray), can track fish at depths up to 120 feet. Above water, it links with your smartphone app to tell you what the bottom of the lake is like and what fish are in the vicinity — information that can later be mapped to create hot spots and identify species.<br /><br />15. Snap incredible photos and swim safely using a dive mask with a built-in camera<br /><br />Though few places are more beautiful than a coral reef, dive cameras can be expensive, unsafe and unwieldy (it's tough lugging around a $1,000 device
Digital pH Meter<br /><br />http://www.natures-energies.com/electronics/digital-ph-meters<br /><br />Obtain a quick, accurate pH reading on the water in your;<br /><br />Pools<br />Spa<br />Aquarium<br />Home Brew<br />The traditional litmus paper test or other chemical test kits are far less accurate, many of them giving an accuracy of +/- 0.5. pH meters do not require replacement, as with litmus or other available chemical test kits, although they do require occasional recalibration.<br /><br />Standard Digital pH Meter<br /><br />Description<br /><br />Factory Calibrated<br />Easy to use at the touch of a button<br />Provides you with a precise and quick measurement, freeing yourself from traditional expensive litmus paper tests<br />LCD display allows you to read the value directly from the screen<br />Portable and hand-held size<br />Technical Specifications<br /><br />Color: Yellow<br />Range: 0.0pH - 14pH<br />Resolution: 0.1pH @ 20°C<br />Operating temperature: 0-50°C<br />Relative humidity <95%<br />Plug: fixed electrode<br />Power supply: 3 x 1.5V AG-13 button batteries (approx. 700hrs of useage)<br />Dimensions: 142 x 29 x 15 mm<br />Net weight: 51g<br />Package Includes<br /><br />Hand-held pH Meter x 1<br />Calibration Screwdriver x 1<br />Manual x 1<br />Plastic Case x 1
Readying Your Car for the Hot Weather<br /><br />As the temps start to soar, we’re really putting our vehicles through their paces. Air conditioners go on more steadily, tires are speeding along hot surfaces and the interiors are roasting in the sun. While winter does a number on our cars, summer’s almost worse, but there are things you can do to protect your car from heat-related maintenance problems, increase gas mileage and prolong the life of the vehicle.<br /><br />Air Conditioning: If it’s not functioning properly, it could be not filtering the air inside your car’s cabin sufficiently, and it may not be cooling to temp. A qualified technician can check for you.<br /><br />Windshield Wipers: They can crack and become too brittle or chipped to clean your windshield when you need it most. Pick up a new pair if you’re in doubt, before you get stuck in a summer storm!<br /><br />Tire Pressure: Fuel mileage and safety can both depend on your tire pressure. If you have a tire gauge, you can check this yourself but refer to your manual and tire documentation to be sure the tires are where they should be.<br /><br />Check your belts, filters and brakes: if you’re unsure of anything, get a certified professional to look into it further.<br /><br />While you’re doing this, take a walk around your car and if possible, enlist someone else to be your helper. Turn all your lights on/off to be sure they function, and ask someone to step on your brakes and test your turn signals to be sure they all light as they should.<br /><br />Concerned about your interior leather? Get a windshield screen, which will not only protect the direct sunlight on a lot of the dash and inside, but it will lower the temperature of your car, making it cool down faster and save on your gas and air conditioning wear and tear.<br /><br />Test your alarm, too! Sometimes crime increases during hotter weather, so do what you can to prevent theft of your vehicle or belongings inside. Cellphone theft is at an all-time high so don’t leave it in the car, or anything else of value, especially visible to anyone peeking in your windows.<br /><br />Last but not least, be sure your first aid kit is stocked, you carry spare water (both for your personal hydration and/or for refilling your radiator) and your battery cables are in good order, along with an emergency beacon or something to help you get the attention of passers-by in the event of a breakdown.<br /><br />If you’re using a rental car and the above doesn’t apply, we still have a couple of safety tips for you. Carry a copy of your rental agreement with you when you leave the car, so it’s easy to call for help if someone does attempt to steal the vehicle. Put your bags in the trunk if possible; tourists and travelers are more frequently the target of a break-in because thiefs assume there could be valuable electronics or souvenirs amongst your bags.<br /><br />Enjoy your summer vacation plans and travel safe!<br /><br />#summer   #travel   #rentalcar   #FOXRoadtrip   #vacation   #safety  
Intraplast® Z BAHAN UNTUK CAMPURAN CAIRAN SEMEN UNTUK INJEKSI GROUTING<br />Expanding Grout Admixture<br /><br /><br />Description An expanding grout admixture in powder form. By introducing micro bubbles into<br />the mix, it produces wet volume expansion and increased fluidity without<br />segregation<br /><br /><br />Uses Intraplast Z is used to increase cohesion in cement grouts and is suitable for use in<br />the grouting of :<br />■ Pre-stressed cable ducts.<br />■ Rock and soil anchoring.<br />■ Bearing plates.<br />■ Pre-placed aggregates.<br />■ Tunnel linings.<br />■ Pre-cast concrete elements.<br />■ Tilt construction wall panels.<br />■ Crack injection.<br /><br /><br />Advantages<br />■ Intraplast Z plasticises the mix with water reduction of up to 20%, thus<br />improving the strength of the grout.<br />■ Gas generated during setting distributes bubbles causing expansion to take<br />place (3%8% by volume) thus compensating for normal shrinkage.<br />The initial retarding effect of Intraplast Z improves grout penetration, reduces<br />water separation and bleeding.<br />■ The expansive forces generated completely fill voids.<br />■ Non toxic, non chloride.<br /><br />Dosage 1 2%<br />Typical Dosage 1.5%<br /><br />Instructions for Use Add directly to the gauging water and mix with cement.<br />The mixture must be stirred continuously.<br />For pre-stressed concrete work, a mixing time of 3 minutes with a w/c ratio of 0.42<br />has been found to give the best results.<br />It is not recommended to add sand into the mix.<br /><br /><br />Technical Data<br />Form Powder<br />Colour Beige<br /><br />Bulk density Approx. 0.7 kg / ltr<br />Shelf life 1 year if stored in unopened original container in dry, cool place<br />Packaging 20 x 0.75 kg bag<br /><br />Remarks<br />■ High alumina cement and cement containing high content of fly-ash are not<br />suitable for use with Intraplast Z<br />■ To obtain optimum results (flowability, expansion, bleeding, etc) the suitable<br />w/c ratio and Intraplast Z / cement ratio shall be determined through trial mixes.<br /><br />Handling Precautions<br />■ Avoid contact with skin and eyes.<br />■ Wear protective gloves and eye protection during work.<br />■ If skin contact occurs, wash skin thoroughly.<br />■ If in eyes, hold eyes open, flood with warm water and seek medical attention<br />without delay.<br />Legal Notes<br />The information, and, in particular, the recommendations relating to the application and end-use of Sika<br />products, are given in good faith based on Sika’s current knowledge and experience of the product when<br />properly stored, handled and applied under normal conditions in accordances with Sika’s<br />recommendations. In practice, the differences in materials, substrates and actual site conditions are such<br />that no warranty in respect of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose, nor any liability arising<br />out of any legal relationship whatsoever, can be inferred either from this information, or from any written<br />recommendations, or from any other advice offered. The user of the product must test the product’s<br />suitability for the intended application and purpose. Sika reserves the right to change the properties of its<br />products. The proprietary rights of third parties must be observed. All orders are accepted subject to our<br />current terms of sale and delivery. Users must always refer to the most recent issue of the local Product<br />Data Sheet for the product concerned, copies of which will be supplied on request.<br /><br /><br /><br />SikaSet® Accelerator<br />Set Accelerating Admixture<br />Description A concentrated solution of accelerating, plasticizing, and shrinkage-reducing<br />agents. It is added to Portland cement to produce quick setting mortar.<br />Use To produce quick setting, low shrinkage, high strength concrete patches.<br />It can be used for sealing leakages and for plugging water infiltrations in concrete.<br />Advantages Rapid set time<br />Low shrinkage<br />Good adhesion<br />High early strength &<br />Surface Preparation Chip away deteriorated, unsound substrate<br />Clean cavity completely.<br />Mixing SikaSet is to be used with fresh compressive strength.<br />Dosage Added to the mixing water within the range 1:0 – 1:5<br />Instructions for Use<br />Portland cement.<br />Actual initial and final setting time will vary with different brands of cement and job<br />conditions, test with small quantities of cement to be used should be conducted on<br />job site to determine proper dilution ratio for the desired setting time.<br />Application As Waterplug<br />Plug cement paste into crack or hole. Hold in place with hand, until it has hardened.<br />As Dry Pack Mortar<br />Used for patching concrete structures.<br />Dry pack mortar is made with 1 part OPC + 2 sand + SikaSet diluted with 2 to 5<br />parts water, depending on setting time desired.<br />Technical Data<br />Form Clear liquid<br />Specific Gravity Approx. 1.28 kg/ltr<br />Storage Dry, cool, shaded place<br />Shelf Life 1 years when unopened<br />Packaging 200 kg drum/20 kg can<br />Handling<br />Precautions:<br />Avoid contact with skin and eyes<br />Wear protective gloves and eye protection during work<br />If skin contact occurs, wash skin thoroughly.<br />If in eyes, hold eyes open, flood with warm water and seek medical attention<br />without delay.<br />Table of Contents<br />Back<br />Sikaset2 ® Accelerator 2/2<br />Legal Notes<br />The information, and, in particular, the recommendations relating to the application and end-use of Sika<br />products, are given in good faith based on Sika’s current knowledge and experience of the product when<br />properly stored, handled and applied under normal conditions in accordances with Sika’s<br />recommendations. In practice, the differences in materials, substrates and actual site conditions are such<br />that no warranty in respect of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose, nor any liability arising<br />out of any legal relationship whatsoever, can be inferred either from this information, or from any written<br />recommendations, or from any other advice offered. The user of the product must test the product’s<br />suitability for the intended application and purpose. Sika reserves the right to change the properties of its<br />products. The proprietary rights of third parties must be observed. All orders are accepted subject to our<br />current terms of sale and delivery. Users must always refer to the most recent issue of the local Product<br />Data Sheet for the product concerned, copies of which will be supplied on request<br /><br /><br />DERMACEM FIBRO<br />Synthetic polymer and cement based fibre-reinforced<br />two-component liquid waterproofing<br />p.1<br />CHARACTERISTICS<br />Dermacem is a synthetic polymer and cement based two-component liquid membrane in water dispersion used for waterproofing concrete surfaces<br />such as flat roofs, balconies, terraces, bathrooms, etc. and is ideal for irregular structured decks and for waterproofing water containers such as cisterns,<br />tanks, pools and fountains. Thanks to fact that the product contains high-module synthetic fibres, it may be used without reinforcement in appropriate<br />fields of application (recommended for flat surfaces under 20 square meters and vertical surfaces). When used on terraces and balconies,<br />the ceramic covering (tiles) may be glued directly on the surface with a glue suitable for outdoor use, without laying a cement deck. Thanks to its<br />micro-porous structure, the membrane also ensures a certain degree of transpiration to the deck. The membrane is elastic and thus absorbs small<br />cracks due to structural movements caused by settlement of the building and thermal expansion, and also compensates micro-cracks that may appear<br />on the deck due to shrinkage of the cement screeds.<br />Dermacem Fibro is the ideal choice for:<br />1- Waterproofing walking surfaces such as balconies, terraces, flat roofs, bathrooms, showers and valley gutters, gluing the flooring directly on the<br />product.<br />2- Waterproofing non-walking surfaces.<br />3- Restoring old bituminous coverings (with a specific primer, Acrybase S).<br />4- Waterproofing foundations, supporting structures and wherever the application of a bituminous membrane is difficult.<br />5- Waterproofing swimming pools or R.C. water reservoirs.<br />6- Waterproofing irregular-shaped surfaces.<br />7- Protecting cement structures from penetration by aggressive substances in the atmosphere such as carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and sulphur<br />trioxide, soluble salts such as chlorides and sulphates in soil and/or sea water.<br />APPEARANCE<br />Component A: milky white liquid.<br />Component B: grey powder.<br />CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LIQUID PRODUCT<br />Characteristic U.M. Value Tolerance<br />Specific weight kg/dm3 1,51 } 0,05<br />Dry residue % 76 } 1<br />Weight ratio of the two products (A:B) - 2 : 1 -<br />RECOMMENDED PRIMER<br />Acrybase S on bituminous decks.<br />APPLICATION METHOD<br />Pour component B (powder) slowly into component A (resin) stirring with a drill fitted with blade, until the mixture is perfectly smooth and lump-free<br />carefully scraping loose powder from the bottom and sides of the container. The product, applied by roller or brush, may be used as a primer, diluted<br />with 15-20% water; when used as membrane on the top layer, the product may be used as such or diluted with 5% water. Apply several coats of<br />Dermacem for a coverage of approx. 22 kg/sq.m. (1.3 kg/sq.m. in the case of vertical surfaces without reinforcement). To repair old bituminous waterproofing<br />021-91263709
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Slipping, sliding and making a splash!<br /><br />For the kids (and those young at heart) taking a dip in the pool and then racing down the water-slides is always gallons of fun.<br /><br />If you're cruising on certain +Carnival ships, heading to the popular Waterworks area, you will find swimming pools and slides alike - and you may even want to test your nerve zipping down the Twister....<br /><br />To find out more information about swimming pools and slides on board all of your favorite cruise lines, check out our guide here - http://www.cruise.co.uk/cruise-guides/cruise-information-swimming-pools/
#WaterAndFoodCrisis<br /><br />Society of Engineers: How Nigeria Can Avoid Water, Food Crises<br /><br />To avoid being caught high and dry and being steeped in food and water crises, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, has announced a number of measures that must be put in place to ensure food security for the country.<br /><br />Among them are the development and passage into law of a definite and all-encompassing policy on agriculture, and that government at all levels, private firms and civil society groups must mobilise and pool resources for sustainable development and management of critical water infrastructure.<br /><br />Another is the urgent need for collective action to change existing capital outlay cycles which underfund water infrastructural development, and subsequently ensures rapid deterioration of these assets due to poor operation, maintenance and general post-development management.<br /><br />These were contained in a 19-point communiqué issued by NSE at the end of its three-day international engineering conference, exhibition and annual general meeting in Abuja.<br /><br /><br />In the document read by the outgoing president, Mustafa Balarabe Shehu, the umbrella body of engineers in Nigeria noted that the widespread folding up of agro-allied industries, affecting virtually all segments of our national life and economic growth, necessitates the initiation of a well-coordinated inventory to guide professional bodies like NSE, the private sector and manufacturers association for a visionary intervention.<br /><br />Shehu said waste water treatment, water recycling and demand management measures were necessary to counter the challenges of inadequate supply while the generation of agricultural waste and waste water was steadily increasing in Nigeria, with less attention given to converting such wastes to wealth.<br /><br />Lamenting that there was no comprehensive agricultural mechanisation policy in the country, it recommended the need for a paradigm shift from subsistence agriculture to commercial practices leading to industrial growth.<br /><br />The communiqué called on all tiers of government to facilitate the synergy between the incubation centres and local entrepreneurs to manufacture the relevant machinery for small-scale farmers.<br /><br /><br />It suggested appropriate legislation to empower research and development centres to carry out agricultural machineries and implement testing and certification effectively.<br /><br />“To acquire and transfer technology for the support of critical sectors of agriculture and water resources, there is need for fostering functional linkages (among) the academia, professional bodies, regulatory bodies and the industry,” Shehu said.<br /><br />He stated that for Nigeria to meet the water demand projected in the third National Water Resource Master Plan starting in 2014, strategies for composite supply drawn from surface and ground sources should be sustained with a quality infrastructural development plan. The master plan provides a definite road mao on water demand structure for the five principal areas of municipal water, irrigation, aquaculture, livestock and industry.<br /><br />“The reorientation of regional integration and consolidation of resources to develop the capacity that would lead to the establishment of quality infrastructure which can guarantee sustainable economic competitiveness of the nation is imperative,” Shehu averred.<br /><br /><br />He added that the stakeholders must be given a voice and real responsibility in a collaborative water infrastructure planning, development and to share ownership.<br /><br />Source : Thisday
Pontiac, Mich., August 18, 2014 – Oakland County Health Division (OCHD), under the leadership of L. Brooks Patterson, is urging individuals to take precautions to minimize mosquito exposure and protect themselves from West Nile Virus (WNV) after the virus was identified in a bird in Oakland County.<br />According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, this is the first species testing positive for WNV in Oakland County. As of August 15, 2014, there are no human cases of WNV in the state of Michigan or Oakland County.<br />“As the end of summer approaches, mosquitoes are older and more likely to carry WNV. We stress prevention to avoid mosquito bites when attending picnics, concerts, fairs and other outdoor activities,” said Kathy Forzley, OCHD manager / health officer. “The last weeks of summer are a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but we want residents to remember to take some simple precautions to prevent West Nile Virus.”<br />Follow these prevention measures to reduce the mosquito population and the risk of mosquito borne disease:<br />Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or other EPA-approved active ingredient to skin or clothing following manufacturer’s instructions.<br />Avoid shaded and wooded areas where mosquitoes may be present.<br />Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes when outdoors.<br />Limit outdoor activity between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.<br />Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.<br />Eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home. Empty standing water from flower pots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, swimming pool covers, old tires, buckets, barrels, cans and similar items where mosquitoes can lay eggs.<br />Mosquitoes can be infected with WNV or other mosquito borne diseases by biting a bird that carries the virus. The virus can then spread to humans through the bite of the infected mosquito. Most people infected with WNV or other mosquito borne diseases have either no symptoms or experience a mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches. However, in some individuals, mostly the elderly, a much more serious disease affecting the brain tissue can develop.<br />Find more information by visiting www.oakgov.com/health or find Public Health Oakland on Facebook and Twitter @publichealthOC.<br /><br />248-344-2544 Time for a seasonal enclosure from the sunroom builders....
Order a porch today 248-344-2544 with lots of screens or windows with screens because..... Pontiac, Mich., August 18, 2014 – Oakland County Health Division (OCHD), under the leadership of L. Brooks Patterson, is urging individuals to take precautions to minimize mosquito exposure and protect themselves from West Nile Virus (WNV) after the virus was identified in a bird in Oakland County.<br />According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, this is the first species testing positive for WNV in Oakland County. As of August 15, 2014, there are no human cases of WNV in the state of Michigan or Oakland County.<br />“As the end of summer approaches, mosquitoes are older and more likely to carry WNV. We stress prevention to avoid mosquito bites when attending picnics, concerts, fairs and other outdoor activities,” said Kathy Forzley, OCHD manager / health officer. “The last weeks of summer are a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but we want residents to remember to take some simple precautions to prevent West Nile Virus.”<br />Follow these prevention measures to reduce the mosquito population and the risk of mosquito borne disease:<br />Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or other EPA-approved active ingredient to skin or clothing following manufacturer’s instructions.<br />Avoid shaded and wooded areas where mosquitoes may be present.<br />Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes when outdoors.<br />Limit outdoor activity between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.<br />Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.<br />Eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home. Empty standing water from flower pots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, swimming pool covers, old tires, buckets, barrels, cans and similar items where mosquitoes can lay eggs.<br />Mosquitoes can be infected with WNV or other mosquito borne diseases by biting a bird that carries the virus. The virus can then spread to humans through the bite of the infected mosquito. Most people infected with WNV or other mosquito borne diseases have either no symptoms or experience a mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches. However, in some individuals, mostly the elderly, a much more serious disease affecting the brain tissue can develop.<br />Find more information by visiting www.oakgov.com/health or find Public Health Oakland on Facebook and Twitter @publichealthOC.
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If you're looking for a phone that's as tough as nails, but doesn't compromise on features, the CAT B15 -- which runs Android Jelly Bean -- might be perfect for you:<br /><br />Price: £300<br /><br />Verdict: The CAT B15 is water, dust and shock proof, but unlike some tough phones it boasts a 4-inch touchscreen and Android Jelly Bean software. It's strong enough to put up with a tough life on a building site, while letting you enjoy apps and games from the Google Play store when you've finished constructing things.<br /><br />Good<br />Water, dust and shock proof<br />Runs Android Jelly Bean<br />Dual SIM card slots<br />Expandable storage<br /><br />Bad<br />Very poor screen<br />Lacklustre performance<br />Unimpressive camera<br />Bigger and fatter than most 4-inch phones.<br />Full review<br /><br />In order to survive the batterings, drops and splashes thrown at them each day, toughened phones generally need to be hefty, armour-plated beasts. The CAT B15 is no exception.<br /><br />It's fat and chunky, but this heft is due to it being water, dust and shock-proof. It has a 4-inch screen and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That means you can play with apps and games from the Google Play store on your break from building houses, chopping down trees or blowing up asteroids.<br /><br />It's available now, SIM-free, from Amazon for £300. Interestingly, it has two SIM card slots. That'll come in handy if you regularly travel to another country and want to keep a local SIM card inserted at all times.<br /><br />Should I buy the CAT B15?<br /><br />If you've been lusting after a top-of-the-range Android phone to show off at your mate's house then no, move along to the HTC One immediately. If however, you're a builder, lumberjack, or anyone whose day-to-day activities involve a lot of dirt, action and general burliness, it might be the phone for you.<br /><br />It's water, shock and dust proof, but unlike some other tough phones on the market, it also packs a host of smart phone features. It has a 4-inch touchscreen, which together with its Android software, means you can properly take advantage of the hundreds of thousands of apps from the Google Play store.<br /><br />If you need a tough device for work, but can't afford to buy a smart phone for apps and games when you're not building things, the CAT B15 is a good compromise. If you only want the toughest phone for work and don't need apps, the Sonim Land Rover S2 might be a better option. Similarly, if you want a great Android phone you can spill a drink on, Sony's Xperia Z will be the phone for you.<br /><br />Design and build quality<br /><br />It's immediately obvious that the B15 is designed for a rough and tumble lifestyle. At 15mm thick, it's a lot chunkier than most recent smart phones. Its size, together with the rubber surrounds, makes it look like you've got a regular smart phone shoved inside a big protective case.<br /><br /><br />The Cat B15 is tough as nails... or perhaps screwheads in this case.<br />Its design is exactly what you'd expect to see from a company that specialises in producing mining machines weighing tens of thousands of tonnes. The black rubberised edging is offset by aluminium sides. The screwheads are showing on the sides too, which is of course an intentional effort to make it look more burly.<br /><br />It's far from pretty, so it's not going to win you any favours if you whip it out on the catwalk. Its aggressive style and exposed screwheads might just draw a smile on the building site though -- all truly tough chaps love exposed screwheads.<br /><br />The hardened looks aren't just there for show though. The B15 is designed to put up with the tough life faced by any builder's tool. It's IP67 rated, meaning it's waterproof to one metre for up to 30 minutes. Unless you're building a swimming pool, you're unlikely to submerge it to that extent, but it at least means it can handle on-site rain and an accidental dip in the foreman's PG Tips.<br /><br /><br />Splish, splosh, splash. The Cat B15 can have a lovely time in the water without having to worry about damaging its innards.<br />The screen has been designed to operate when wet, too. You can't use it underwater, but it's fully functional when covered in flecks of water. Many touchscreens aren't able to properly track a a finger when wet, meaning using them in the rain is a no-go. The B15 should still be responsive regardless of what you spill on it -- although I wasn't able to test it with wet cement.<br /><br />It's drop proof up to 1.8 metres too. I did numerous drop tests onto a solid floor and found it held up fairly well. The screen showed no signs of cracking and the rubberised edges weren't damaged. On a couple of occasions though, the back panel did pop out, along with the battery. If you dropped it inside, it's not a problem, but having it expose its delicate internals like that might be a problem when you're out and about.<br /><br />Sony's new flagship, the Xperia Z, has the same waterproofing as the B15, so if you're just after a mobile that can survive a dunk in the bath, that might be the blower to go for. Its all-glass front and back however means that it's not going to put up with much abuse in a manual work environment.<br /><br />On the edges you'll find a power button, volume buttons and dedicated camera shutter button, all of which are bright yellow, presumably to make them easier to see when covered in mud. The volume buttons are easy to press but the power button on top sits very flush with the rubber surround. It's slightly awkward to press with a finger, so expect it to be almost impossible when you have thick work gloves on.<br /><br />There's a micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack too. They've both been covered by rubber seals to keep them waterproof, which makes them a bit awkward to access in a hurry. The B15 comes with 4GB of built-in storage as standard, but you can expand it with a microSD card.<br /><br />Screen<br /><br />On the front of the B15 is a 4-inch touchscreen. The iPhone 5 has a 4-inch display but of course, without all the protective casing, it's a much more pocketable device. The B15's screen size does at least mean that it's not stretching out your palm quite as much as phones like the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2.<br /><br />It has a 480x800-pixel resolution, which falls far short of the Full HD displays of the HTC One or Sony Xperia Z. It's perfectly acceptable for the majority of day-to-day tasks you're likely to need on a building job though. Icons are reasonably sharp and small text on web pages is handled well enough. It's at least good enough to read email instructions or urgent messages explaining that the house you've demolished should have been the one the next street over.<br /><br /><br />If you're looking for a phone primarily to watch videos and check out photos on, the Cat B15 isn't the one for you.<br />It doesn't do a great job of displaying colours though. Images and video look somewhat washed-out and colourful games like Angry Birds don't have the same vivid punch you get from other phones. Its black levels aren't up to much so contrast isn't good and there's a small amount of light leak around the bottom edges.<br /><br />All in all, the screen is very disappointing. If this was a top-end smart phone designed for consuming high-definition media, it would be a huge problem. It's really not designed with photo and video in mind though so it's difficult to hold this against it too much. It's pretty bright, but did throw up a few reflections under our harsh office lights. If you work on sites in bright sunlight, this might be an issue.<br /><br />Software and processor<br /><br />The B15 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which is almost the most recent version of Google's operating system. Most phone manufacturers tend to tweak the standard Android experience in order to slide in its own software and services. CAT doesn't seem to have done much here though.<br /><br />The Android interface is the same as you'd find on any standard Android phone. You have multiple homescreens to swipe through and fill up with apps and widgets. Four apps of your choice will remain along the bottom for quick access and you can jump into a grid of apps for anything you don't want on your home screens. Navigation is performed courtesy of three touch-sensitive buttons below the screen -- settings, home and back.<br /><br /><br />The Android Jelly Bean interface is the same you'd expect to find on any standard Android phone.<br />It's fully accredited by Google, meaning you'll have full access to the Google Play store. You can choose from hundreds of thousands of apps as well as stream movies, music and buy books and magazines. It's easy to operate, whether you're experienced with Android or not.<br /><br />It's running on a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz. Like the rest of the specs, that's not going to tempt smart phone addicts to part with their cash, but it should provide enough power to keep the essential tasks ticking along.<br /><br />The Cat B15 scored 676 on the Geekbench test, which isn't exactly impressive. To put that into context, the HTC One scored a whopping 2,668 on the same test and the Xperia Z managed to clock up around 2,000. Both those phones are of course much more expensive and designed for hyper performance in every respect. It's more in line with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, a budget Android blower that you can pick up for around £230 SIM-free.<br /><br /><br />That's a far from impressive score, but it's at least powerful enough for essential tasks.<br />It won't handle tasks like video editing and intense multi-tasking, but it's got plenty of juice for normal use. Swiping around the homescreens wasn't slow or juddery and it handled mobile games like Angry Birds without any trouble.<br /><br />Camera<br /><br />On the back of the phone you'll find a 5-megapixel camera with a VGA camera on the front for video calling. Given the phone's more affordable price tag and lacklustre specs elsewhere, you might expect the snapper to not be much of a performer. You'd be absolutely right.<br /><br /><br />The B15's camera provided decent colours, but it suffered from image noise and an overall lack of clarity (click image to enlarge).<br />My test shot in the office was bright enough, and the colours on the art on the far wall were quite deep. However, it suffered hugely from image
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Here's a shot from last summer, back when my ear wasn't broken and diving was something I used to do.  Several weeks after this image was taken, I suffered a barotrauma (pressure related injury) in my right ear.  Yeah, that sucked.<br /><br />As a result of this injury, I have been 'dry' for over seven months, the longest time out of the water in the thirteen years since I got certified to dive.  But I'm hoping that will change.<br /><br />My girlfriend, Kendra, won a free trip to Fiji for a week aboard the Nai'a, a liveaboard boat catering to divers.  Of course, I will be joining here on this South Pacific adventure, and our flight leaves later this month.<br /><br />I've been worried my ear won't last on this trip, and I think I will never shake this fear, but I hopped into the pool at my work for a ten foot test dive the other day.  And my ear seemed to do just fine.<br /><br />The next step is another test dive in the pool, this time with my underwater camera rig.  I'm looking forward to that!  Next step will be some warm-up dives in the cool waters off Carmel and Monterey, where this image was taken.<br /><br />These sea nettles jellies were a real treat to dive with and I was happy to be able to swim with them as I feel they are a very photogenic species.  As you can see, there were plenty of them.<br /><br />If you want to play along, choose your jelly with a note.  I, of course, will take the big one in front! :)<br /><br />Nikon D300<br />Tokina 10-17mm fisheye @ 10mm<br />1/160sec, f6.3, ISO 200<br />Aquatica Housing with Megadome Port<br />Sea & Sea YS-110 and YS-90DX strobes on manual power䆠
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French Journal Day 103 (Travel Diary Day 183)<br /><br />Apart from being able to save people from crocodiles, travelling has given me other new skills. Over the past three years I have learned how to swim reasonably well. I could swim beforehand, mind you, but whenever I was in the water it always looked like I was just trying to stay alive. I’d watch people gently breast-stroke their way up and down a pool and wonder why every time I tried it my feet sank to the floor.<br /><br />I’d start out doing breast-stroke and end up walking. It was a mystery to me.<br /><br />Part of the problem is my rational fear of sharks. I’m not fond of them mainly because they’ll eat me. Sharks can be found anywhere there is water.<br /><br />I was in a pool once when I was a kid. I ducked my head under the water with my eyes open to test how far I could see. I couldn’t make out the other side. I decided it was best to leave the pool in case there were sharks. I was never a rock ‘n’ roll kid. A few weeks later we were back at that pool and we were all asked to get out. There was a large human poo floating in the water. It wasn’t mine.<br /><br />When I swim in the sea there must always be a wall of humans between me and the shark, even if that wall is made of children. In fact, a wall of children is even better since I’ll probably be quicker than some of them.<br /><br />You can imagine my horror when we went snorkeling in Thailand and our guide told us that our first destination would be Shark Bay. I came up with a quick list of reasons why the shark wouldn’t eat me. I always think there’s just one shark and he knows where I am.<br /><br />List of reasons why the shark won’t eat me while snorkeling<br /><br />There were other people there for him to choose from besides me, including a chubby kid.<br />It’ll probably be too shallow for him to get me.<br />I could just shout at him under water and then punch him in the face (Recommended).<br />I could put my hands on his snout as he went to eat me. That way he’d just be pushing me – probably further out to sea but don’t think about that (To be avoided)<br />There are dolphins in the sea. They’ll protect me. I saw it on the TV.<br />Why would the shark eat me when I’m really hairy?<br /><br />I survived that day and have spent many days since perfecting my breast stroke. My feet no longer sink and I can swim for a decent amount of time.<br /><br />Today’s Photo – The Peak<br /><br />This is the Merapi’s peak, hiding.<br /><br />http://strange-lands.com/daily/2013/01/13/the-peak/
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15 #EssentialGadgets for Your #Weekend on the #Water<br /><br />It's time to take inventory of your weekend water essentials.<br /><br />While neon floaties and a Rambo-esque Super Soaker might have cut it in your teenage years, you as an adult need a more cutting-edge arsenal of water tech.<br /><br />High-tech gadgets aren't limited to traditional water activities such as fishing or boating, though. Whether you're a kiteboarder, wakeboarder or recreational beachgoer, there are a slew of gadgets to help you get the most out of your aquatic enterprise.<br /><br />Here are 15 grown-up toys to jumpstart your next #weekendonthewater.<br /><br />1. Bring a waterproof tablet to the beach<br /><br />For years, humans have dreamed of enjoying their favorite gadgets beachside, maybe even while in the water. Unfortunately, the only factor undercutting this dream is our trenchant fear of submerging our device in water. A first world problem? You betcha, but a quandary nonetheless. What if, however, there was a way to binge-watch Dora the Explorer in the tide pool?<br /><br />The solution is a waterproof tablet, like Sony’s Xperia Z2 tablet, which is light, sleek and waterproof for up to 30 minutes in fresh water. Take it with you to the ocean, lake or river — just keep it away from the pool and remember to keep all of its ports and slots shut.<br /><br />2. Put on a waterproof radio helmet for better water sport communication<br />Water sport enthusiasts know all too well that a boat engine's whirr can drown out important instructions from instructors or teammates. While you can try to work around the problem by bringing a radio headset into the water with you, in the past, such gadgets haven't been waterproof.<br /><br />Thanks to technological advancements, that's changing.<br /><br />Headzone’s hand-built Jump Helmet contains a waterproof receiver and gives users access to 16 ultra high frequency channels. With a two-mile zone, you can communicate with your partner who might be farther downstream, which means no more barking indiscernible directions over a boat’s engine or flashing mysterious gestures.<br /><br />3. Turn your smartphone into a data-filled dive computer<br /><br />Whether you’re a hobbyist diver or a pro, it always behooves you to have the best tech at your disposal. While in the past that meant shelling out big bucks for a slew of devices, now you can use the iGills SE-35 Smart Diving System as both a waterproof case for your smartphone and a high-tech dive computer.<br /><br />The system’s polycarbonate case protects your iPhone up to depths of 130 feet while still allowing you to use the computer via six buttons on the outside of the case, next to depth and temperature sensors. All told, the computer system syncs to your phone and allows you to access and log data (like ascent rate, nitrogen loading and low time) underneath the surface. iGills also has a camera port on the outside of the case for mid-dive photos and videos.<br /><br />4. Grill the afternoon away on a specially engineered barbecue boat<br />You’ve hit the high seas and reeled in some fantastic flounder. Suddenly, though, hunger hits, and you don’t want to wait until you’re back on land to cook your catch. While you can always take out the Foreman and grill on the spot, you'd prefer to savor the taste of your fare with a full barbecue experience.<br /><br />For that, you need a fully equipped grill boat, like the Barbecue Dining Boat, which, at almost 12 feet in diameter, can hold up to 10 people. The trolling boat has 24-inch steel charcoal grill and a 30-watt electric motor capable of eight hours of continuous BBQ’ing. Has eight hours of barbecue ever been a bad thing?<br /><br />5. Use a GoPro to record your kiteboarding spree<br /><br />Though a relatively new sport, kiteboarding (also called kitesurfing) has exploded in popularity, gaining more than 60,000 new participants every year, according to the International Sailing Federation. While many of those new arrivals come from backgrounds in wakeboarding, paragliding, waterskiing and surfing, you don’t need to be an expert to kiteboard on a breezy summer day. In fact, kiteboarding classes are taught around the world, making it an easy activity to pick up. When you get comfortable on the board, strap on a GoPro Hero 3 with a head strap from the brand. You’ll be able to record videos while you whiz around the ocean at speeds exceeding 50 mph and leap more than 20 feet high on your board.<br /><br />6. Hit the waves on a motorized surfboard<br />If you’re a water sport junkie who can’t decide whether to surf or waterski, check out the Jetsurf Pro Race motorized surfboard. Weighing in at a svelte 30 pounds, the durable board (it's made out of carbon fiber and Kevlar) can easily be packed away for a trip and unsheathed when the time is right. Its two-stroke engine can register speeds of 35 miles per hour, so the Pro Race isn’t for dilettantes who want to dawdle in the high seas.<br /><br />7. Catch fish with an underwater camera<br /><br />Though you can be an experienced trawler and have great equipment (like an expensive fish finder), a lot of fishing is left up to chance, i.e., you're not sure what you’ve hooked or how to hook it until you've reeled it in.<br /><br />If you’re going to be doing stationary fishing off a dock or want to get a better feel for the aquatic life near your fishing hole, grab ahold of a FishEyes Rod and Reel. The device, fitted with a camera and an LED light, lets you peer beneath the water's surface. If you want to turn what you’ve learned into lunch, you can attach a lure or bait basket to the rod.<br /><br />8. Use a foldable solar panel to charge your fishing boat's motor<br />Bait? Check. Newfangled fancy rod? Got it. Solar panel? Wait, what?<br /><br />While solar power isn’t normally the first thing a weekend angler thinks to load onto his or her skiff, it can save a lot of power and cash in the long run. The Goal Zero Guardian foldable units are easy to store on a small boat and will continuously charge your trolling motor throughout your day on the pond. If you’re an avid fisherman, that means fewer trips to buy batteries and an end to paddling to shore.<br /><br />9. Walk on water in an inflatable ball<br /><br />You don’t need to be from Nazareth to walk on water. When swimming just isn’t doing it for you anymore, check out an inflatable water ball to traipse around the pool or lake. Just try to take breaks during periods of intense sunlight. Other than that, you’re free to test out your divinity.<br /><br />10. Play water sports and blast music at the same time with waterproof earphones<br />The sound of you swimming in the ocean doesn’t have to be the sound of screaming children or a boat motor. Try throwing on your own playlists — made possible by a waterproof device case and waterproof, noise-canceling headphones. The Kevlar design of Yurbuds allows you to control playlists and enjoy music at most non-diving depths.<br /><br />11. Affordably and seamlessly rent a boat for the day<br /><br />So you wanna rally the troops for a day of sailing the high seas, but you don’t have the skiff (or the funds) necessary to do so. We understand. Boats, after all, are extremely expensive to own and maintain. What if, however, there was a peer-to-peer service that let you seamlessly rent a boat for a day?<br /><br />Boatbound is just that — a service that allows boat owners to list their crafts for rent — similar to how Airbnb gives apartment and homeowners the opportunity to list an extra room or the full spread when they’re out of town. On Boatbound, you can captain the rented ship if you have adequate experience. Or, if you’re a novice sailor, you can rent a captain along with the boat. Either way, you get to spend a day on the water without losing your savings.<br /><br />12. Fight sea sickness with specially designed anti-motion sickness glasses<br />Being a seafarer isn’t the most natural fit for everyone. While there are few things more exhilarating than trawling the ocean, there are also many activities more desirable than vomiting and feeling seasick while doing so. An ingenious cure for that maritime malady does exist, though.<br /><br />XPAND Anti-Motion Sickness glasses use shuttering lenses to reduce the severity of motion sickness for car, boat and plane passengers. When the glasses are turned on, their electro-optimal system makes the lenses strobe, which creates gaps between what the person is seeing as they're jostled around. That quality minimizes the difference between perception and vestibular interpretation of movement (a.k.a. one's sense of balance) that causes motion sickness in some seafarers.<br /><br />13. Use your smartphone to plan the perfect beach trip and find nautical data<br />Think of BlooSee as a one-stop shop for nautical junkers — whether they love sailing, fishing, kitesurfing, boating or virtually any other aquatic activity. The platform — available on mobile — has institutional and crowdsourced boat routes, nautical charts, scores of weather data for surfers, information points like marinas for boaters and dive sites for scuba lovers and much more. For those interested in maritime history and conservation, BlooSee also houses information on sights like Roman aqueducts and environmental calamities, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.<br /><br />14. Find the best fishing grounds with a state-of-the-art fish finder<br />Fishermen will go to great lengths to find the best catch. Today, there’s plenty of technology to help them meet that goal, much of it mobile. The FishHunter fish finder has a sonar pod that floats in the water and reports back to your connected device on the boat. The pod, capable of floating up to 80 feet away from the device (you might want to tether it so it doesn't stray), can track fish at depths up to 120 feet. Above water, it links with your smartphone app to tell you what the bottom of the lake is like and what fish are in the vicinity — information that can later be mapped to create hot spots and identify species.<br /><br />15. Snap incredible photos and swim safely using a dive mask with a built-in camera<br /><br />Though few places are more beautiful than a coral reef, dive cameras can be expensive, unsafe and unwieldy (it's tough lugging around a $1,000 device

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Digital pH Meter<br /><br />http://www.natures-energies.com/electronics/digital-ph-meters<br /><br />Obtain a quick, accurate pH reading on the water in your;<br /><br />Pools<br />Spa<br />Aquarium<br />Home Brew<br />The traditional litmus paper test or other chemical test kits are far less accurate, many of them giving an accuracy of +/- 0.5. pH meters do not require replacement, as with litmus or other available chemical test kits, although they do require occasional recalibration.<br /><br />Standard Digital pH Meter<br /><br />Description<br /><br />Factory Calibrated<br />Easy to use at the touch of a button<br />Provides you with a precise and quick measurement, freeing yourself from traditional expensive litmus paper tests<br />LCD display allows you to read the value directly from the screen<br />Portable and hand-held size<br />Technical Specifications<br /><br />Color: Yellow<br />Range: 0.0pH - 14pH<br />Resolution: 0.1pH @ 20°C<br />Operating temperature: 0-50°C<br />Relative humidity <95%<br />Plug: fixed electrode<br />Power supply: 3 x 1.5V AG-13 button batteries (approx. 700hrs of useage)<br />Dimensions: 142 x 29 x 15 mm<br />Net weight: 51g<br />Package Includes<br /><br />Hand-held pH Meter x 1<br />Calibration Screwdriver x 1<br />Manual x 1<br />Plastic Case x 1

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Readying Your Car for the Hot Weather<br /><br />As the temps start to soar, we’re really putting our vehicles through their paces. Air conditioners go on more steadily, tires are speeding along hot surfaces and the interiors are roasting in the sun. While winter does a number on our cars, summer’s almost worse, but there are things you can do to protect your car from heat-related maintenance problems, increase gas mileage and prolong the life of the vehicle.<br /><br />Air Conditioning: If it’s not functioning properly, it could be not filtering the air inside your car’s cabin sufficiently, and it may not be cooling to temp. A qualified technician can check for you.<br /><br />Windshield Wipers: They can crack and become too brittle or chipped to clean your windshield when you need it most. Pick up a new pair if you’re in doubt, before you get stuck in a summer storm!<br /><br />Tire Pressure: Fuel mileage and safety can both depend on your tire pressure. If you have a tire gauge, you can check this yourself but refer to your manual and tire documentation to be sure the tires are where they should be.<br /><br />Check your belts, filters and brakes: if you’re unsure of anything, get a certified professional to look into it further.<br /><br />While you’re doing this, take a walk around your car and if possible, enlist someone else to be your helper. Turn all your lights on/off to be sure they function, and ask someone to step on your brakes and test your turn signals to be sure they all light as they should.<br /><br />Concerned about your interior leather? Get a windshield screen, which will not only protect the direct sunlight on a lot of the dash and inside, but it will lower the temperature of your car, making it cool down faster and save on your gas and air conditioning wear and tear.<br /><br />Test your alarm, too! Sometimes crime increases during hotter weather, so do what you can to prevent theft of your vehicle or belongings inside. Cellphone theft is at an all-time high so don’t leave it in the car, or anything else of value, especially visible to anyone peeking in your windows.<br /><br />Last but not least, be sure your first aid kit is stocked, you carry spare water (both for your personal hydration and/or for refilling your radiator) and your battery cables are in good order, along with an emergency beacon or something to help you get the attention of passers-by in the event of a breakdown.<br /><br />If you’re using a rental car and the above doesn’t apply, we still have a couple of safety tips for you. Carry a copy of your rental agreement with you when you leave the car, so it’s easy to call for help if someone does attempt to steal the vehicle. Put your bags in the trunk if possible; tourists and travelers are more frequently the target of a break-in because thiefs assume there could be valuable electronics or souvenirs amongst your bags.<br /><br />Enjoy your summer vacation plans and travel safe!<br /><br />#summer   #travel   #rentalcar   #FOXRoadtrip   #vacation   #safety  

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