Protect the Environment When You Hit the Slopes

If you plan on doing some skiing or snowboarding this winter, there are some things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint along the way. By simply taking the time to do make a few simple choices, you can be happy about the difference you have made along the way.

Buy Green

Many people are unaware of the fact that they can buy eco-friendly snowboards. These snowboards are made from renewable materials like bamboo and hemp, so you can be certain that your new board has been constructed in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.

Clean Up

You’ll probably want to bring snacks and drinks with you up the mountain, but that doesn’t mean that you have to leave your garbage behind. By simply packing out what you have brought in, you can make a huge difference not only to the environment, but to the people who have to clean up the hill every evening.

Car Pool

Before heading up to the hill, ask around to see if anyone else is going on the same day. Social media is good for this, as you can simply put a post out there and wait for a response. When fewer cars head to the mountain daily, it reduces the carbon emissions in the area.

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Maintaining Your Home’s Water Heater

Few people stop to consider how important their home’s water heater is until the device suffers an unexpected breakdown. Although many of us seldom give any thought to our water heaters, we wouldn’t be able to bathe or engage in other water-based grooming rituals without them. That being the case, it pays to stay on top of water heater maintenance.

Leaks are among the most common causes of water heater mishaps. However, by catching them early on, you can save yourself a substantial amount in repair costs. With this in mind, test your water heater for leaks at least one a month. This test can be performed with a dependable leak detector, which can be purchased from a CNC machine shop. Furthermore, to prevent your water heater from falling victim to sediment buildup, it’s imperative that you flush the tank several times a year. This can expand the life of the device exponentially and ensure that your home’s water is consistently sediment-free.

Nothing is worse than stepping into an ice-cold shower. We may not pay it much mind, but heated water truly is a luxury. The more diligent you are about water heater maintenance, the longer your water heater will remain operational.


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How to Purchase Used Skis?

If you need skis and you want to save money, you always can opt for used skis. To get the best used skis for your dollar, you should remember these simple concepts:

  • Do some research to see what kind of skis is best for you. Once you have narrowed things down to a brand, price and type of skis, you will be able to find what you need faster.
  • Check bindings and waist for wear. If you have already bought ski boots, make sure that they are fully compatible with your bindings. Otherwise, you will spending more money soon for new boots. You don’t want to do that when you buy used ski equipment.
  • Look for used ski deals outside what is popular. That is, look for a deal on skis that are not where they are typically bought. For example, park/powder skiing is popular on the West Coast. That means it is a smaller market for downhill and cross country skis. And the opposite is the case on the East Coast.
  • Buy your skis online through a proper dealer. You will be more likely to find good quality skis at a good price.

If you really need good skis, you can save a lot of money by getting some lightly worn ones, so good luck with your shopping.

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Hitting the Lake

Everybody loves a trip on the lake or a voyage out onto the ocean. A good boat trip can bring an afternoon of relaxation and fun with friends and family. However, buying a boat is a big investment, and it’s not something you want to rush into.

A used boat dealer can either be an angel or a devil, depending on who you go to. Don’t get ripped off, and instead, be prepared so you know what to look for. Do business with someone you trust. Right now, many used boats are entering the market. This is because there was a surplus of boats being sold at the end of the 20th century and into the early 2000s. Many of these used boats still command a high market value, but that doesn’t mean you want to let yourself get cheated.

One of the first things to look for in a dealer is whether or not your given choices. Does your boat dealer give you a wide selection to choose from, or does he keep trying to push one particular boat on you? This can be a red flag. Good dealers will also be knowledgeable, so they’ll be able to provide information on model, power, lake and river models.

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Seeking Appraisal

You’ve heard the story before. Someone sells of something – it could be a painting, vase, or even a comic book – only to later find out that it’s worth hundreds, thousands, or even millions. This has happened before, when people have sold off property that they didn’t realize was rare or collectable. This is why, before selling off these things, it’s best to take it to an expert.

An antique appraiser can mean the difference between giving away a treasure and holding onto something that is invaluable. However, you want to find a good one, and that means finding an accredited appraiser who upholds a strong ethical and professional code.

When an appraiser has completed his assessment, you should be provided an estimate on the item’s value, a full description of the item, and the value of what a buyer would pay you. The appraiser will often charge anywhere from $200 to $400. This varies depending on their expertise, experience, and location.

Certified appraisers should be sought out first before taking them to a collectibles dealer, because an appraiser will give a price assessment with no conflict of interest. Since they’re not looking to buy, you can rest assured that they will provide you with an honest judgment of your items value.

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Things to Look for in Engagement Rings

The holidays are almost here. This is the most popular time of year to propose marriage. Buying engagement rings can be stressful but doesn’t have to be.


First, how well do you know your girlfriend’s style and taste? Be honest. If you are not sure what her personal, jewelry style is, take a look at what kind she wears. Is it simple? Ornate? If this is not something you feel comfortable, you can either talk to someone close to her (who won’t tell your girlfriend). You can also take pictures of her current jewelry and take that with you to the store.


Before you go to the store, set your budget. Don’t think you are tied to the old adage that the right should cost a month’s salary. It is more important to find a ring that she will like. Remember, you aren’t going to give it to her with a price tag on it.


Diamond clarity is more important than size. It is tempting to think that size is the most important factor in picking an engagement ring but diamond quality can be seen in their clarity. A better quality diamond will appear larger as it sparkles more. You can also consider other gemstones. Talk to the jeweler about your options.

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Spending Family Time Together on the Water

One of the best ways to spend time together as a family is to pursue a hobby that all members of the family will enjoy. Boating is an ideal hobby that families will enjoy, as it appeals to children and adults. On the water, they can choose from many activities including fishing, water skiing, swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing and more. Depending on individual family preferences, boat dealers can help buyers decide which type of boat would best suit their individual needs.

Furthermore, boating is really a great, affordable alternative that can provide year-round entertainment. Instead of spending money on movie theaters, trips to the zoo, or toy-stores, the elimination of forgettable outings can easily justify affordable monthly payments towards a new boat. Best of all, the boat is not only an investment in your family’s fun, but can also be an asset in your portfolio. Should you ever want to sell your boat, or trade it in for a different model, there is an additional source of income that can go towards something else.

Most importantly, boating is a great way to spend time alone without people being connected to devices constantly and helps facilitate the art of communication. When relaxed, children are more likely to communicate and be open, and parents can take advantage of this time to find out how their children are really doing; making the experience on the water a time to reconnect with family.

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