How to Plug the Money-Drain Connected to Your Smart Devices

Truth be told, it would take some skill to travel the length and breadth of the modern day city without your smart device like your smartphone or tablet PC picking up on some open WiFi networks to connect to, many of which are free. As extensively available as free internet is being made however, the reality is there will definitely be some periods of time when you can’t find a connection, during which times you have to effectively pay for the internet you use, i.e. use your data bundles as offered by your mobile network carrier. Continue reading “How to Plug the Money-Drain Connected to Your Smart Devices”

3 Signs Your Teenager Might Be Doing Drugs

When it comes to having a teenager there can be a lot of things to be on the lookout for.  When they start high school they are exposed to a new world of temptation, and exposure to peer pressure.  It is important to know the signs to notice that may indicate that they are getting into things like drugs. Continue reading “3 Signs Your Teenager Might Be Doing Drugs”

Snapchat: Is It Hindrance To Privacy?

Snapchat is quite popular with many people, mainly because of how quickly that information gets on and off of it regularly. You don’t have to save the things that you do on the app and, because of that, you may be looking to use it as a way to share about your day without loading your phone up with tons and tons of pictures on a daily basis. Continue reading “Snapchat: Is It Hindrance To Privacy?”

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Installing a Hot Tub – What the Process Entails

If you have any knowledge about what it used to entail to install one of those hot tubs of years gone by, you’ll be happy to learn that these days installation is a bit less of a cumbersome process with no need for something like a shell to be built into the decking or anything of that sort. The typical hot tub you’d get these days comes in more of a stand-alone form, which is great news because that means installation pretty much just entails placement and some wiring.

The actual process itself, however, is not as simple as it may seem, especially if you consider it from a costs point of view.

For starters, you need to identify a place to put the hot tub, which sounds simple enough, except if you take into account the typical design of most decks, patios and porches, they’re not that well-suited to house something as heavy as a hot tub. It would need to go on a flat surface so some levelling may be required with concrete posing even more of a problem since concrete patios and the likes often have an angle built into them for drainage away from the house. Your hot tub would have an uneven water level on such a surface, so there would be extra costs associated with prepping the environment to house hot tub.

Porches and decks have the same problem and can’t support the weight of a hot tub as is, which means you’d have to have it reinforced, perhaps with some support beams that are 6×6 inches in size. You’d have to have angle brackets inserted in the corners to form a solid wooden square and have holes drilled into the beams so that the longitudinal sections of the steel re-barring can go into the holes and secure the beams to the ground – all of which sounds like some work for someone who knows exactly what they’re doing and certainly not a regular DIY job.

About 6 inches of gravel will fill the space to level off the tub.

All of this is really just so that the tub can be accessed from any angle, which sounds simple enough, but all the work that goes into making sure it sits on a level surface can get pretty expensive.

The wiring for the hot tub is a whole other story in itself, which might mean that you’d have to get someone completely different to complete that job. You’d need to get in an electrician unless you’re adequately skilled to run a 220V wire yourself as part of the required heavy duty wiring of around 40 to 60 amps the hot tub would need.

You’d also need to have a service disconnect installed so that whenever the service man or you does some maintenance on the hot tub it can be disconnected from any active features it has. That’s not all – the circuit breaker must kick in and work compatibly with your home’s electrical connections and then comes all the active maintenance once the hot tub is in full use, like having to replace the filters.

If all of this sounds a bit much, then looking into a hot tub holiday in the UK might be something you want to consider. There are so many options and you’ll be spoilt for choice, this site has a great guide which can help you choose and prepare.

Buying New Versus Buying Used

There is much debate about which is better – buying a brand new car with four miles on it gained while driving said car off of the lot, or buying a used car, a few years old and which some think is the better investment. Which option is more appealing depends entirely on the consumer in question. Some buyers want flashy and new, other buyers consider that their disposable income would be better spent on other things. Continue reading “Buying New Versus Buying Used”

Starting a Job Abroad

If you’ve ever had to endure the anxiety and stress that comes with relocating to a new city for a new job, spare a thought for those who have to relocate to a whole new country. Okay, you were perhaps prepared to go and live abroad if you actually took the time to apply for a job in another country, something which likely came with some research you completed to see how your daily life would be. Continue reading “Starting a Job Abroad”