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The different types of hiking / trekking tents.

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The different elements of the tent:

  1. The room: it is the space where you’ll sleep. Therefore, choose large enough to be comfortable (keep your feet touch the tip).
  2. The double roof: this is the layer that provides protection to the room. It protects you from the elements (rain, snow, wind …)
  3. The apse area in front of the tent, sheltered by the fly. It serves as a general rule to protect the bags, cooking in case of bad weather.
  4. The hoops: they will create the structure of the tent. The hoops are mounted and easily disassembled for easy storage.
  5. Sardines metal elements that allow the docking of the tent and the voltage of the fly.
  6. The ventilation windows facilitate air circulation and thus help prevent condensation.
  7. Shrouds: strings that will allow reaching the tent to optimize wind resistance.

In this section, we will examine the characteristics of hiking / trekking tents.

No matter at which prices you can afford your tents, these characteristics must be included no matter how cheap the tent is.

  1. Price

There are all sorts of prizes for hiking / trekking tents (fivefold). Make your choice based on your usage and your means. Or you can purchase for cheap camping tents for sale., but this needs more carefulness.

2 .Self-lift

The tent that you will buy will be “self-supporting” or “fixed”. A tent called “standing” is unusual stand without sardines and shrouds.

The standing tents offer several advantages:

  • You can move them to another location without having to disassemble and reassemble the tent.
  • You can easily drain or dry the positioning upside down.
  • You can put yourself in a place because fixing sardines is difficult (rocks, fine sand)

Note that all the tents, including freestanding types, are generally anchored to the ground by sardines and guys (especially to provide better stability in the wind)

3. The level of protection

The tents are characterized by their level of protection.

4-season tents are designed to be used throughout the year and are able to withstand the most severe snowstorms.

Tents 3 seasons protect you against difficult conditions in summer, spring and autumn. However, they will not be able to protect you in difficult winter conditions.

Tents 2 seasons: perfect for use from late spring until early fall, but they are not designed for the toughest conditions. This type is usually cheaper than mentioned ones

4. Capacity: number of guests in the tent

Today, tent manufacturers give an estimate of the exact number of people that the tent can accommodate. Beware of these estimates because in most cases you’ll be packed like sardines.

From our side, we are more followers of a tent or comfort one feels comfortable.

If you go to three, take a tent with the indication “3+”, that you will be off and if necessary to keep your bags with you at night.

Of course, this choice is often at the expense price. So if you purchase cheap tents, think of individual tents.

The apse (space in front of the tent, sheltered by the fly) is also extremely important. This space will allow you to store your bags, your shoes (preferably packed in a plastic bag, you never know) or also to cook if the weather is execrable.

We advise you to opt for a tent with an apse that offers a large volume. You will not regret it.

5. Weight of the tent

One of the basic elements to consider before buying a tent is the weight. Unlike the classic camping or bike roaming in the mountain, you will wear your tent on the back! Therefore prefer light-weight tents, especially if you make the progressive trail.

Manufacturers have made great efforts on weight gain. You can even find on the market tents (for the lights) to 1.5 kg for 2 persons.

The tent is lighter, the more expensive it is. You have to find the best compromise for the use you make of it.

6. Stability wind

In the mountains, it is not uncommon to have difficult conditions (strong wind gust). Your tent must be able to withstand these conditions.

7. Ventilation / Breathable

Condensation is a common problem. Tents with a double roof waterproof and breathable room provide better protection against condensation.

8. Installation Difficulty

The effort required for installation differs from one tent to another (especially in difficult conditions or that factor can be crucial).

A long tent to put up with an unwieldy often becomes an ordeal in the mountains.


All about the longboard

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The material: Most trays are made of Canadian maple layers, but in recent years found new materials that provide other properties, such as bamboo, which provides flexibility or fiberglass, carbon and of plastic, which also provides flexibility and durability. The tray material conditions much the board’s behavior as well as its longevity.

The form: There are a wide variety of form plates, any characteristic of their practices.

The pintail: the classic longboard shape, reminiscent of the shape of the surf, perfect tray for the cruising and carving.

Downhill: Thick and very heavy plates for the descent.

Twin-tip: symmetrical boards with passages cut wheels, for multipurpose use, freeride.

Street: the same shape as the boards Street, with a tail up to the board and do tricks.

Freestyle: a tray with a “nose” and “tail” to be able to make figures.

Concave: the concave can be positive or negative, on the boards carving and slalom it is positive to give nervousness to the board and help to “pump”. On the boards of freeride, downhill or street, it is negative, it is called as the “rocker”, it allows for the well attached to the board feet, to gain stability and control. It is flat to the boards of dancing.

Size: The size affects the handling and stability of your longboard, longer wheelbase between the trucks is long, unless the board will turn quickly. The width of the board will play on the stability, you find the size that fits your expectations and your template.

Flex: Flexibility allows a significant comfort to the cruising or carving it absorbs the kinks in the road, but also to “pump” and so relaunch your board without having to push. By cons, it is better a rigid board for demanding disciplines of responsiveness and accuracy (freeride, downhill, slalom).

Trucks and editing:

The trucks are played on the stability and handling of the board, first by their width, in fact, more a truck is wider, it is stable, its size varies depending on the width of the plateau, between 150 mm and 195 mm.

Then there will be the angle of the truck with the board that will play, the greater the angle, the greater the turning radius will be important and therefore the board will turn more easily. By cons it will lose stability at high speed, so for a stable board, prefer trucks with low angle (40 to 44 °) and, thus, for the carving of trucks with a wide angle (50 °).

Another point of trucks that plays on the behavior of the board, are the gums. There are many that are specific to types of goods trucks. In short, more gum is tender, the trucks will be manageable and they are hard and crushed, the more management is hard and therefore the board is more stable. For this, it is advisable to opt for a Santa Cruz longboard.

Last, it is the assembly of trucks on the board, there are several types:

Mounting trucks

– Top-mount: the trucks are attached directly to the board, the board remains manageable.

– Drop-through: the set is cut in order to fix the trucks on the board, the board is lowered, it loses maneuverability, but is more stable. It is a mounting truck for freeride boards.

– Pads: a mounting top-mount, it is possible to add pads to raise the board to make it more manageable and prevent the wheels touch the tray by turning ( “wheel bite”), but also change the angle of trucks with sloped pads, and thus make the board more playful or more stable in terms of practice.

The wheels

Wheel size and hardness will also play on the board behavior. The larger the diameter of the wheel, the higher you will wait for high speeds effortlessly through against a smaller wheel will be more manageable. A large wheel will be more stable and have more grip, but will be less maneuverable than the thinner wheel.

Finally, hardness plays on the grip and rolling, the hardness is Shore “A”, the lower the number, the higher the gum is hard. Soft wheels in 78 or 80A have a good grip and good comfort, making it ideal for carving or cruising, the harshest A 84/86 wheels are wheels that will tend to skid and will take more speed, so more for freeride and downhill.


Low cost heat with a water heat pump

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A water heat

pump gets geothermal energy from groundwater. Even in winter, it has a constant temperature of 7

to 12 degrees! Sufficient groundwater is purchasing a water heat advantage: you can apply for a subsidy

through the subsidy renewable heat. Find all the necessary information about water heat pump in this

article.

What is geothermal energy

Among the geothermal means in the upper part of the earth’s crust stored heat. Geothermal energy is

energy stored in the earth so far that can be extracted and used. Geothermal energy is considered one

of the renewable energy sources (renewables). Geothermal energy can be used directly by means of a

heat pump system, both for heating and for cooling.

Solar energy is stored in a depth of 1.20 to 1.50 meters in the ground, and even at low temperatures, a

geothermal heating system provides you with sufficient heat. Especially in winter, the difference

between soil and air is noticeable. For, as already mentioned, prevails at the specified depth in the soil is

always a temperature of about 10 degrees Celsius. In the course of the winter, while the ground cools

down, but the available geothermal energy is still sufficient for heating.

Applications of water heat pump

  • In combination with heat pumps, geothermal heat is usually used for buildings heating andcooling and water heating;
  • Geothermal energy can also be used to generate electricity or in a combined heat andpower
  • Geothermal energy can be used for heating buildings for industrial, domestic or agriculturalpurposes and is even used for the desalination of seawater
  • Geothermal is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Geothermal heating

Geothermal heat is an important source of renewable energy. This energy from the bowels of the earth

can be used effectively to heat the house with a geothermal heating system. The cost of a geothermal

heating often are lower than with gas or oil-fired heating. In listing the benefits of geothermal heating,

environmental aspects may of course not be excluded. A geothermal heating system is environmentally

friendly and there is no exhaust gases arise. Regarding the return does not include a geothermal heating

to other heating systems.

How does a water heat pump work?

The heat pump is a machine that converts heat at a low temperature to a higher temperature. Heat

pumps find much use in refrigerators and freezers. A heat pump withdraws heat from the surroundings

and passes it to a higher temperature level off again, so it can be used for domestic heating and hot

water. The operation of a heat pump is similar to a refrigerator, but then to heating instead of cooling.

Heat pumps are able to deliver 25% energy generated 100% heating efficiency. In other words, 75% of

the heat performance is derived from the ground water and only 25% of electric energy. With this ratio

is shown to the attractiveness of a water-heat pump.

Operation of a water pump

A water heat pump (geothermal heating) uses power from the grid and thereby drives has a compressor

that additional heat from the groundwater. This allows stream 2 with 1 part to 3 parts free heat which is

obtained from nature.

A suction mechanism (groundwater well) is withdrawn by means of a heat exchanger energy to the

groundwater. Next, that ground water is led back into the soil. Water heat pumps are designed so that

they can provide functionality similar to a central combi heating system, thus heating and hot water.

The advantages of a heat pump water

A heat pump system is not only applicable in a new house. If local conditions such as the listed quantity

and quality of groundwater are present, nothing prevents the use of water pump in an existing home in

the way. Apart from the aspect of reducing energy consumption, the water pump has many advantages:

  • Takes up little space: the required wells and pipelines are all sunk into the ground
  • No storage space required for the installation of an oil or gas tank
  • An absolutely safe operation;
  • Low maintenance: water heat ask virtually no maintenance
  • Fully automatically and therefore extremely comfortable
  • Low operating costs if the conditions are right
  • Environmentally friendly and therefore generally preferable over an oil or gas
  • Until 2012 one could grant renewable heat applications through the subsidy renewableheat.

Hiking tips for young and old!! (Part 1)

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Hiking tours require some

preparation and there is often more than just the journey.

What do you do in bad weather? What shoes are the best for your feet? How much training is required

for a longer hike? What can be the best food and drink?

The walking is immensely fun when you prepare yourself well!

Training and Technology – Food

Walking requires energy, walking with an empty stomach is not recommended. What can you best eat

beforehand? The regular meal is enough or do you need more power? What can I eat during long walks?

Here are some tips;

Take 1 ½ hours of the journey for a good hearty meal full of carbohydrates and vitamins. Take preferably

whole grains (such as whole wheat pasta) and NO white products; This is the “slow sugars”, which slowly

release the energy and this is better than the “fast sugars” are in white goods.

Make sure you take plenty of fluids for your body (water, tea -NOT ordinary tea, but herbal teas, sports

drinks,…)

Take no carbonated drinks and alcohol. And CERTAINLY NOT “POWER

DRINKS”!!

Eat on the go, for example fruit, soup or broth, (brown) bread with smoked meat. Do not drink too cold

drinks, especially in cold weather, hot tea very good. The sugars will make your performance FLYING

down!

Drink during the hike regularly, if you get thirsty, you’re already too late! In hot weather, bring drinks

containing salt, but do not take salt tablets!

Training and Technology – Injuries

Walking is, according to the experts, to improve the sport of choice for a responsible and relaxed

condition, without running a great risk of injury. Walking is not entirely free from risk of injury. Too

fanatical start using incorrect footwear and / or walking in a wrong posture, increase the risk of injury.

Attitude: It is important that you relax, and walk upright. Let your arms relax and go with the walking

pace.

Warm: never go to a quick start, first walk at a leisurely pace, give the muscles need the opportunity to

be hot.

Advice: if you suffer an injury, take your first break, if it does not pass or if the injury comes back, tell

your doctor. Do not wait for too long! Search internet if necessary. Contact (via a referral from the

doctor) with a good sports physiotherapist or osteopath (without reference).

Blisters: one of the most common evils is the bright spot. New shoes, therefore, well, can not directly

used as a new shoe hiking trip, this can spoil your enjoyment considerably.

Training and Technology – Clothing and ‘footwear’

Regarding clothing, there are many possibilities, it, of course, depends on what makes you comfortable

while walking: the weather (cold / hot / dry / wet) and of course it depends on your budget.

It is especially important that you choose clothing in which you can move yourself well. When it gets

colder you can wear several thin layers.

In hot weather it is advisable to opt for airy and breathable clothing.

The improved outdoor sports or sports jackets and blouses are available with ventilation holes under the

armpits, this promotes the dissipation of heat to the outside.

In case of rain, it is nice to walk if you wear breathable rainwear, so the moisture stays outside, but

there are also walkers who experienced an umbrella as the rain hit most ideal.

Listen to the weather, when rain forecasts do not hesitate to bring your rain gear.

Footwear

Footwear must meet several requirements. The shoes have been run and be smooth and easy (not too

tight) sitting. The feet swell namely something on running after a while. Bumps on the inside or broken

inside are unacceptable. Thick soles prevent you from being hurt after a few hours. Today’s shoes are

very appropriate, as long as it stays dry. With hefty rain or puddles, however, your feet are still wet.

With soggy feet, you will not feel comfortable at all.

It is best to go to a good sporting goods store, specialized staff with lots of knowledge of materials can

make you see and experience in the field of shoes that best fits your feet. Bring your old shoes along

because in a good (outdoors) sporting store, one can read your running style based on your (old) shoes.

When buying shoes, you should not only pay attention to the length of the shoe; width and height are

just as important. It has to fit together. You often see that the leather is wrinkling on the forefoot. This is

because there is too much space between the top of the foot and the shoe.

Socks

The choice of socks is very important. It would be a shame to nullify the purchase of expensive walking

by then wear in ‘bad’ socks. Wool, terry or cotton socks, without seams or stop and not too coarse

texture are good. If your socks are not too large seams, it’s best to wear your socks inside out. Make

sure they are soft after washing. Good socks help prevent blisters!


Tips for remodel garage

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Remodel the garage as further accommodation need is a good option. Remodel a garage provides an

extra room. If you are going to remodel the garage create a roadmap and tell you how it is with a

building permit. When remodeling the garage you may need proper insulation and ventilation. There is

also talk of reconstruction, it must be adjusted in the insurance. Because your home has increased in

value after the renovation of garage which let you re-assess your home.

Remodel garage: How do you start

Before going to remodel the old garage, put your course on paper how you want to have the garage

renovated. Where will the converted garage be placed? What kind of room is it? This should be clear.

Before you remodel the garage, also think carefully about where you place the outlets, where the

windows are, and last but not least, where the pipes are placed. Try to get tips from friends or

professional for renovating the garage. Also budget provision is important before you start remodeling

the garage. Calculate the maximum amount that you can / want to stabbing in the construction of the

garage. And at last, make a plan.

Remodel garage: license required

If you are going to remodel the garage, it is possible that you have to have a construction permit. Unless

you have a license located on the municipality in which you live and the structural adjustments that you

are going to do when remodeling the garage. You can receive more information at building inspectorate

of the municipality.

Requirements

If you are going to remodel the garage, the new extra room must meet some requirements. One of the

most important requirements is that the room must be watertight. Since the garage becomes a living

departure, it must be watertight. Is there a cavity wall? It must be waterproof in the room. If the garage

is not insulated with half stone walls then they are not waterproof. In this case, all you need, if you are

going to remodel the garage, is turning it into a cavity of lime sandstone or aerated concrete blocks. The stonework on

the outside impregnate you, what can be water repellent.

Insulate garage

The garage can be renovated when you go to the garage with roof insulation and wall insulation. This is

the cheapest option. Wall insulation insulates the inside and finished with vapor-proof film (or coating

plates). The inner wall must be free of resounding and rising damp, and there should be ventilation

between the outside wall and new insulation material that has been treated with water-repellent agent.

The windows and doors insulation should be finished in order to prevent problems with moisture and

insulation.

Insulated wall panels

There are ready-made panels that are already insulated and that you can confirm with moisture

resistant glue. The wall panels are provided with a vapor-tight layer.

Ventilation

The cultivated area should be well ventilated by opening a window or put through air vents.

Insulation

Choose windows HR glass. Isolation is important to avoid any loss of too much heat.

Garage remodel and demolish the supporting wall

A bearing wall can not be without demolishing. When demolishing a supporting wall you have to act

correctly and places a steel beam underneath. Do not go without doing all of this. Ask advice from a

professional. The demolition of a bearing wall are obliged to apply for a building permit, because it may

affect the construction of your home.

Reinstatement valuation

You are about to remodel your garage, so you must take into account the changes in home insurance

and contents insurance. Your house has an extra room and this increases the value of your home. So

let’s determine your home value back. There is reconstruction and this should be adjusted in the home

insurance. So your house is appraised again. Because you have more possessions contents insurance

should be adjusted.

Tips for growing garage

  • Check whether the boiler is in good condition
  • Intrusion prevention is necessary?
  • Close off the cracks
  • Place a smoke detector
  • The fuse box enough capacity for new outlets and pipes

What do we mean by low-energy houses?

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One of the main criterias to design a property as a low energy house is the K-value. This factor

indicates the overall insulation level of the building. The lower it is, the better is the isolation of a house. There are

several measures that can bring down the value. The K-value is calculated according to the density of

the structure and the materials with which the house was built. The average K value of our homes is

between 55 and 70. In this article, you will find all necessary informations about a low energy house.

The K-value by region

In the capital region, the K-value of new housing can be up to 40. This is due to the introduction of the

new EPB regulation. In other countryside region, the maximum K-value is 45. Such houses are

considered as standard low energy house.

The passive houses are very popular at the moment. These house often have a K value of 10 to 15. Such

houses are well insulated and consume little energy. But prospective owners sometimes forget that they

will have to adjust their way of life somewhat.

Different housing types

There are three different low energy house types: standard housing, low energy house and the passive.

Homes that have a k-value of 45 are considered to be standard. The low energy houses have a K-value of

between 25 and 35. And the passive house has a K value of 10 to 15.

In the standard house, the standard is applied. At the low energy house, the effective measures that

keep energy consumption as low as possible and apply to the passive extreme isolation that eliminates a

heating system.

Think carefully before you opt for a low energy house

The best investment in the purchase of such property is well in advance to think about and to advise you

if you are considering a low energy house. There are many more factors that are involved in such as the

performance of the heating and ventilation. There are also many specialists and organizations who want

to help with this through simulations that give you a picture of your energy consumption, the

investment required and the time needed to earn that investment back.

It is more than just calculate the K-value

It is not only the calculation of the K-value but the number of centimeters insulation in the

walls also creates a low energy house. The performance of the heating and ventilation must be brought

into account. We must free ourselves of a number of measures. Your heater will no longer be allowed as

a means with regard to heat your home, but as a compensation for any heat loss. You can limit this by a

sound insulation lining on the walls. Focus your attention on what must happen first, then on the roof,

the windows, the walls and the floors.

Different ventilation systems

There are four main ventilation systems. Currently, the system is considered with double flow and heat

recovery as the most energy efficient. Such a system accurately calculates the flow rate. Check the

house and go out and ensure mechanical ventilation in all rooms is in the best condition while it

recovers heat from the outgoing air to heat the incoming air. The better your house is insulated, the less

will be on your heating. Additionally, you can also consider additional investments in order to make your

home a low energy house, such as water and electricity. You can think of the renewable energy or

alternative heating system. The use of renewable energy does not affect your consumption, but on your

heating costs and CO2 emissions.

Finding a favorable parcel

Finding a convenient plot and property is certainly an important first step towards a low energy house.

The construction of a low energy house is not so evident. There is a lot of thinking to advance and the

work should be strictly followed: The preparation of the budget, the implementation of certain

measures and assessing their relevance and the return to investment certainly require some time.

Residents should also have a low energy house to change their lifestyle and philosophy of life.

That is all about the low energy house. I hope that you find useful information for your house. And if you

want to get your house a renovation, good luck!


The renewal of the sewerage

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Do you frequently suffer from clogged sewer lines, it may be advisable to see whether your old sewage

still works well. Below are some considerations to renew the entire sewerage system.

Regular constipation

Do you frequently suffer from poor continuous drains from sinks, kitchen sink or washing machine and

dishwasher, then it is time to take a closer look to your system.

The sewer drain

A sewer drain in the past was usually constructed at where the sewage water with feces and debris went

through. The system was designed so that the heavy parts settled and the liquid portion was discharged

into the municipal sewer. With the well developed bacteria, a large part of the heavy sediment was

eaten away. Every few years the well had to be evacuated once again.

Thanks to our modern cleaning products, which contain a lot of chlorine and other chemicals, the

bacteria do not get much chance to break down the sediment. This speeds up the process of filling up of

the well.

Rainwater and drainage basins fell through that hole, but directly to the sewer and usually came a few

meters after the pit at the same vitrified clay pipes correctly.

Old vitrified clay pipes

Do you have some older house, chances are you will still have the old vitrified clay pipes underground.

Usually, this vitrified clay pipes are currently combined with a sewer drain as described above. One of

the major disadvantages of that vitrified clay pipes that they are coupled to each other by short lengths.

This gives more chance for cracks and subsidence in the couplings. Another disadvantage is the growth

of plant roots which make their way between the joints. Which roots can grow as fast in a relatively

short period of time to cause a blockage. The rate of growth which is dependent on the type of trees or

plants that are growing in the area of the sewer.

Repair or a complete new drainage

Repair of prolapse and ruptured pipe is of course possible, but also there are costs involved. Usually, the

adjacent, still unrepaired part, in no time will be broken and you will lose more money than with a

completely new system.

If you only replace a portion of your sewer system, then it may be that there are accumulations occur,

the transition from old to new. This flow differences may also be due to the different types of materials

such as vitrified clay pipe (stone), cast iron and PVC. An additional

drawback is that there is no warranty on the entire system by the installer, but only on the newly

created piece. This may cause a malfunction problems with the payment, because it is difficult to prove

where the problem actually is right.

New construction or renovation

Do you plan to build your home? For example, to install a new kitchen in a different place than before?

It is also useful to see if there is still good to connect your old sewer pipes. Suppose the main drain is

made up of old clay pipes, then there is something more to do with that connection. And we have not

even mentioned yet the older cast iron sewer pipes. They are not really probable to connect. In that

case, you had better consider a new PVC. To lay a new system, consider the diameter of these tubes

which is absolutely no longer meets the current requirements.

What are we looking for?

With a renewal of the entire sewer system, it is more complicated than people think: Excavation, search for possible electricity cables

in the ground, any license, breaking open floors, pouring new flooring or repairing them, repaving and

replanting, calculate correct flow, correct thickness PVC. Use pipes and connect to the main sewer of the

municipality.

Where you should definitely look for in a quotation

  • Ask at least two companies for a quote. This gives you a good comparison.
  • Walk with the installer if the offer is made and notice that there are no “hidden” wells.Afterwards more work is always expensive.
  • Ask questions about things that are not clear in the offer. Let important issues still include inthe tender. Verbal agreements may subsequently be “forgotten”.
  • Make sure garden delivered neatly and pavement after the job is neatly compacted.

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