A guide to your best investments in bathroom improvements

Don’t let the prospect of a bathroom repair dampen your spirits. Addressing a problem with a sink, shower or toilet is also an opportunity to update or upgrade your bathroom, making it easier to use, easier to clean, and much more attractive. “Most of the bath updates we do start as a repair job,” says E.J. Snyder, service manager for South West Plumbing of Seattle. “We get to talking and realize that once things are taken apart to be fixed, it’s the best time to make a significant improvement.” South West Plumbing, serving King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, focuses on plumbing repairs, replacements and remodeling projects. Snyder reports that when it comes to bathrooms, by far the most popular improvements are to sinks, toilets and showers. The most common pain point for bathroom sinks involves broken faucets. They leak, drip and the handles come loose. Metal finishes on the faucets chip, corrode or discolor. “New, functional faucets make a real difference,” Snyder says. Replacing a faulty faucet set not only gives you better performance but enables you to make the bathroom easier to use. Some households find a streamlined single-handle faucet more convenient, while others pr...

Free Boulder Bach Festival concert and other Boulder-area events March 5, 2019

The Boulder Bach Festival Fellowship artists perform a thrilling, wild and passionate program of Italian music. This free-of-charge event features Boulder’s most dynamic young professional musicians, artists exploring the fascinating sound world of Baroque period instruments, played with insight and imagination. The seven-piece ensemble, along with Artistic Director Zachary Carrettín, will engage the audience with performances, stories and anecdotes; 2:30 p.m., The Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder; free; 720-507-5052, facebook.com/events/394259391325070. Graduate Program Open House— Interested in pursuing a graduate degree at CU? Visit the Glenn Miller Ballroom to speak with graduate program representatives who will be available to answer questions about CU’s graduate programs, research opportunities, funding and more; 10 a.m., University of Colorado Boulder, Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder; free; 303-735-7187, bit.ly/gradopenhouse19. Boulder Tuesday Thursday Hikers— Carpool to trailheads and reimburse the drivers for expenses. Bring your lunch, water, snacks and be prepared for all weather conditions; 9 a.m., North Boulder Park, 2848 9th St., Boulder; free; 303-910-...

The Short List of the Best Men’s Workout Clothing Brands

Whether you’re a regular gym rat or just starting to dip your toes into the athletic world (good for you!), chances are you could use some new workout gear. Sure the stuff from college is technically fine, but why not ditch the old gym shorts and invest in some high-quality garments that could actually optimize your workout instead of just barely getting you through it? With that in mind, we thought we’d run through some of the best brands for men’s workout clothes on the internet. These companies run the gamut from household names to exciting newcomers, so there’s bound to be one that’s going to be the absolute perfect fit for you and your type of workout, whether that’s hoops in the park, sprints on the track, or lifting weights in the gym.  In the decades since its founding in 1964, Nike has gone on to become the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel. Christened with the brand’s iconic swoosh, each product is as sleek as it is practical, marrying functionality with a fashion-forward aesthetic. This is perhaps why Nike has always been such a hit with both athletes and streetwear enthusiasts alike and garnered such a solid reputation among a myriad...

We’ve Gotta Have It: Spike Lee and a New Black Cinema

In his production diary for Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee refers to the look he wanted for his film as “bright… Afrocentric bright.” Like all of Lee’s films to date, DTRT is afrocentric — not only in its look, but in its language, rhythms, humor, and most important, its worldview. The film chronicles the events on the hottest day of the year on a block in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy­ — events that jostle and collide with one another and finally erupt into a riot. It shows the close-knit life of the block, and it is very real. Lee gets things right, the cacophony of the street, the intimate wranglings that burst into public view, the small hurts and slights at the store counters and from the neighbors. And most of all, he captures the embattled attitude people carry with them at home or at work or in the street. Early in the film a character named Smiley (Roger Guenveur Smith) appears in front of a church, strug­gling mightily to express himself through an uncoopera­tive stuttering voice. He is selling postcard photos of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. and trying to give voice to what those images mean to him, a black kid trying to survive. It is a stunning evocation of the inexpres...

Editor’s note: This story originally ran in 2010 and has been updated. You can read the

Editor’s note: This story originally ran in 2010 and has been updated. You can read the previous post here. As Americans, we can feel patriotic when considering tin ceilings. It’s one of the few decorative elements found in the Victorian Age that didn’t come from directly from England or another part of Europe. They originated in the good old U.S.A., but were inspired by European decor, and from the highest examples of such. By the mid-1800s, photography, books and actual travel had made the wonders of the tradition of fine plasterwork — as found in the manor houses, churches and government buildings of England and other parts of Europe — known to Americans, and they wanted it, especially the growing numbers of the up and coming middle class. But decorative plaster ceiling elements were heavy, difficult to ship, and hard to install, and therefore exceedingly expensive and impractical. So America turned to technology to solve the problem. Some smart person thought of stamping designs on sheets of thin, rolled out tin, and an important decorative industry was born. Thin sheets of rolled tin or steel were placed on a raised cast iron mold, called the die, and a heavy cast iron pla...

It has been the practice of some to place them in the supply using a manifold

It has been the practice of some to place them in the supply using a manifold just above the boiler; this is often in conjunction with the “pumping away” concept. Each zone valve is controlled by its own zone thermostat. End switches in each zone valve control the central circulator and the burner. On a call for heat, the valve is opened. When it reaches the fully open position, the end switch “makes” (makes contact), causing the aquastat relay to pull in, starting the circulator and the burner. If the circulator control and high limit switches are closed, the circulator and burner come on. All of the end switches in a system are wired in parallel. This ensures that the circulator and burner are powered when any zone calls for heat. The circulator and burner shut down when all the thermostats are satisfied. Note: The following troubleshooting procedures are intended to familiarize you with some basic types of systems. For detailed instructions on particular zone valves, refer to the manufacturer’s spec sheets. Also, try to move the valve stem assembly by hand to be sure that the paddle is free. Some exceptions will be where a plunger will have to be pushed down manually to see i...

Après avoir lancé une Moonwatch en or, Omega présente une seconde montre commémorative (en acier) que

Après avoir lancé une Moonwatch en or, Omega présente une seconde montre commémorative (en acier) que tout le monde attendait avec impatience. Est-il encore nécessaire de rappeler que les astronautes américains portaient une Speedmaster lors de la conquête lunaire ? Cette année, à l’occasion des 50 ans de l’alunissage, Omega met les petits plats dans les grands et présente la Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, éditée à 6 969 exemplaires (9000 €). Les collectionneurs vont se l’arracher pour ses signes distinctifs : cadran alternant deux couleurs (gris et noir), aiguilles et logo Omega en or dit « Moonshine », index de 11 heures signalé par deux 1 en or (en référence à Apollo 11) et surtout… cadran auxiliaire à 9 heures figurant Buzz Aldrin descendant l’échelle de la capsule vers la Lune. Au dos, un fond noir gravé au laser de l’empreinte de pas d’Armstrong et de ses premiers mots : « That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind ». Abraham Louis Breguet est l’inventeur, entre autres, du tourbillon. Cette complication horlogère extrêmement noble est destinée à améliorer la précision des montre...

Global Luxury Mega-yachts Market has been revealing an escalating performance from the last couple of decades

Global Luxury Mega-yachts Market has been revealing an escalating performance from the last couple of decades with a heavy yearly … Global Luxury Mega Market has been revealing an escalating performance from the last couple of decades with a heavy yearly … Electrical Insulation Material, Laminated Sheet, Insulation Paper, Insulation Film – Yaan,https://www.yaanelec.com/

Bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease detected at Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan

Ford Motor on Wednesday said low levels of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease had been detected at its plant in Dearborn, Michigan, but it stressed there’s no health risk to employees. The auto manufacturer employs about 4,400 people at the Rouge complex, where the F-150 and F-150 Raptor pickup trucks are built. Of those workers, about 4,200 are hourly employees, according to Ford.   Media reports earlier in the day relayed that Ford told workers in a letter that low levels of legionella bacteria had been detected at the site, a scenario Ford confirmed.  The company regularly tests for legionella, and its water-quality management includes “steps to take if legionella bacteria are found,” a Ford spokesperson emailed CBS MoneyWatch. “We immediately disinfected the equipment where the bacteria were found. The level of Legionella detected in our recent sampling is very low and does not present a health risk to our workforce. We are not aware of any employees that have contracted the bacteria,” the statement said. The bacteria can cause an infection known as Legionnaires’ disease, or Pontiac fever, a severe form of pneumonia, acco...

The average FDM 3D printer is not so different from your garden variety laser cutter. They’re

The average FDM 3D printer is not so different from your garden variety laser cutter. They’re often both Cartesian-coordinate based machines, but with different numbers of axes and mounting different tools. As [Gosse Adema] shows, turning a 3D printer into a laser cutter can actually be a remarkably easy job. The build starts with an Anet A8 3D printer. It’s an affordable model at the lower end of the FDM printer market, making it accessible to a broad range of makers. With the help of some 3D printed brackets, it’s possible to replace the extruder assembly with a laser instead, allowing the device to cut and engrave various materials. [Gosse] went with a 5500 mW diode laser, which allows for the cutting and engraving of wood, some plastics and even fabrics. Unlike a dedicated laser cutter there are no safety interlocks and no enclosure, so it’s important to wear goggles when the device is operating. Some tinkering with G-Code is required to get things up and running, but it’s a small price to pay to get a laser cutter on your workbench. We’ve seen [Gosse]’s 3D printer experiments before, with the Anet A8 serving well as a PCB milling machine. is it really that hard to modify 3...

Luxor Linen’s Sale Gets You 63% Off Long Staple Egyptian Cotton Beach Towel

With summer spreading across your weekends, equipping yourself with a high-quality beach towel you care about and care for is a smart investment. And Luxor Linens’ sale on its Anatalya Classic Resort Beach Towel is a great way to save on an upgraded and top-rated towel. Using code ANATALYASUMMERSALE gets you an extra 63% off the customizable classic, so that any of its nine available colors go for $26 right now. More than 60 verified reviews leave these towels a 4.9-star average rating, so you’re in good company for choosing them. And they’re made from breathable and soft 100% long staple Egyptian cotton, which reduces that sand-clinginess so many towels are guilty of. And if you want to add a custom monogram, you get eight different formats to choose from and dozens of colors for each. With a sale like this on a fun and functional towel in this collection, your beach plans can take an affordable step up to the next level. | Get It at Luxor Linens > Scouted is internet shopping with a pulse. Follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter for even more recommendations and exclusive content. Please note that if you buy something featured in one of our posts, The Daily Beas...

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