Angled Deck with Access Panels
This deck is still an easy one to build but has a few more issues that need to be addressed before the work can be started. The position of the deck coincides with a manhole cover, two drains and a drainpipe. Fortunately, these elements are all easy to work into the finished deck and the design is such that they are still readily accessible.
The Read more ...
Fitting a Door Beneath the Stairs
With the basic panel below the stairs completed you could just decorate it to match the room. However, adding a door, fielded panelling and other details will create a more finished appearance and you can choose the look which best suits the overall style of your home.
Tools for the Job:
tape measure & pencil
fine handsaw or jigsaw
nail Read more ...
Do I need to wax my ski soles?
The Polyurethane low friction base will have the sliding quality improved by waxing – melt on and scrape down smooth. The block waxes are colour coded – Red for wet snow, Blue for below freezing and Neutral for general snow conditions.
Is a special skiing holiday Insurance necessary?
It is important to be covered for accident, rescue facility costs and any Read more ...
Skiing involves the learning of movements and changes of posture while in a sliding motion over the skis. Some of these movements are not instinctively natural and require instruction to acquire the correct feeling. Outlined here are some of the mistakes made when progressing through the fundamental stages of learning to ski.
General stance in motion
Too upright and stiff, no flexibility. Sitting Read more ...
Analyse the experts
Watch an expert ski down an undulating slope; it is a picture of effortless fluency. To achieve this proficiency the expert skier has had to learn by experience how to adapt ski technique to meet each new situation. Years of skiing practice will have helped develop a highly sensitive feeling for the skis, so the skier is always ready to make a change in direction according to the Read more ...
The total skier practises the skills and techniques learned for turning and controlling the skis by selecting the most friendly parts of the piste. Anticipate the terrain and the snow to give the most satisfying run down. At the same time develop a respect for the hazards to be avoided or treated with care, and always choose a sensible speed and skiing line which does not present you with unnecessary Read more ...
Before going on a ski holiday it is wise to be as fit as possible. You need to be prepared for physical activity which may involve muscles and joints in positions that you do not normally use. For the beginner the first time on snow will mean falling down and getting up again, which can be demanding on muscles that are unused. Without some exercise preparation beforehand, it is possible to become stiff Read more ...
Skiing has spread throughout the world – anywhere there is snow, a hillside and people who want to ski, lifts are built and a ski area developed. From the mini ski areas on the eastern side of North America to the high Himalayas, there are lift-served ski slopes. Instructors from the northern winters travel south to the mountains of Australia, New Zealand and South America in the summer months to Read more ...
Of all the skier’s equipment, boots are the most important item. A correct fit is essential to transfer the controlling movements from leg to ski without movement loss, and to hold the foot comfortably for the ski.
The modern plastic boot is made in two parts: a rigid outer shell moulded in plastic material, and a softer foam-filled inner boot that cushions the foot. There are many Read more ...
Although they look fairly solid, green plants are about 95 per cent water. They wilt when not watered. Water also provides plants with their own internal transport system, moving nutrients and manufactured carbohydrates and hormones to wherever they are needed, in order for the plant to grow, survive and reproduce.
LEAVE IT TO NATURE
In the wild, plants get by without being watered. Our garden Read more ...
The Science of Plant Growth
Everyone has to start somewhere, so instead of thinking about what to do first or how to plan your garden, start with a tidy up
. You may be surprised by what you find. Old shopping trolleys and bikes spring to mind here – as our introduction to our current garden – but that’s not always the case. Someone once told me to do nothing but tidy for the first year, until Read more ...
Doing the Groundwork
Soil doesn’t look very exciting, but it provides the heart of the garden. It is like a supermarket, supplying water, air and food to the plants it has growing in it. It also gives roots something to grip onto, so that they can hold plants upright. To garden successfully, you need to know a bit about your soil. This can vary from garden to garden, or, in some cases, within Read more ...
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