Thursday, June 29, 2017

Storing your bike – solutions you may not have thought of

 sliding bike rack

Bikes can be a big investment, so you want to make sure that your pride and joy is kept safe and secure. Bike storage is a major concern for any bike owner. You do not really want the inconvenience of having to wind your way around your bike every time you walk through the entrance to your home, but how else can you keep it safe and out of the elements?

The good news is that you do have options, when it comes to storing your bike. Some of them can actually be cool ways of adding a fun decorative feature to your home.

Bike racks for the wall

If you are looking for a fun and funky interior décor idea, and a place to store your bike, then why not combine the two. Bike racks are permanent wall fixtures where you can hang one or two bikes. This means that you bike is out from under your feet, it's safe and it creates a talking point when your friends come over for dinner.

Bike hooks to make your machine stand out

This is probably not an ideal solution if you have a very small space, but it can look cool, and it's simple. All you have to do is attach a bike hook to the wall and it keeps hold of the front wheel of the bike, while the back wheel simply rests against the wall. You need to remember that the bike itself sticks out from the wall, so you should allow for sufficient space.

Making use of the ceiling with a bike hoist

As you might expect, a bike hoist enables you to hoist your bike up, and suspend it from the ceiling. It's an excellent way of using space that is not currently utilised. You can use a bike hoist in your home, and make a feature out of it. You can also use a bike hoist, or multiple hoists, in your garage.

Making the most of a small garage

You do not need to have a huge garage to be able to store your bike in it, as well as housing your car. There are some creative ways in which you can make the most of your garage space. An excellent bike storage solution is to use over bonnet storage units. After all, you are probably not going to do anything else with the space above the bonnet of your vehicle.

Being able to store your bike safely and securely is a major concern, especially if you have invested several hundred dollars in the machine of your dreams. As you can see, there are more options than you might think. You can even use your bike as an interior décor feature in your home, when you are not out riding it. You do not even need to have a lot of space to do so; you just need to get creative.


Image credits: Brendon Connelly - https://flic.kr/p/9ZCmWb



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Is Do It Yourself Termite Control an Option?

Termites are one of the most destructive pests in the world, costing homeowners in the Unites States over $5 billion annually. These devastating insects run havoc on your home and literally eat the floorboards under your feet. You must act quickly and stop the destruction before the structure of your home becomes weak and uninhabitable. There are several forms of termiticide sold in stores that will create a protective barrier around the vulnerable areas of your house. Many of these insecticides will also control tick, spider, and cockroach infestations. Any insect that touches the poison will die, or better yet, ingest the poison and excrete it at the colony where other insects are poisoned. The best do-it-yourself approach is to used termite bait and place it in strategic locations near the infestation. To understand how to properly bait your home, you need to know what termite bait is, where to place the bait, and how successful these products are at eradicating an infestation.


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Termite baiting is just like any other form of bait, it appears to be a tasty treat for the pest, but it has slow-acting poison that will kill the insect and harm the colony. The bait is most effective when paired with a highly preferred food source such as paper products, old cardboard, and untreated firewood. The first step is to place the food source near the colony so the termites will feed on it and continuously return for more. Once it is clear the termites have enjoyed the food supply, you will add your poison. Be cautious not to use too much poison and kill the termites at the food source. If termites come across several dead termites, they will know the food has been compromised and they will search for food elsewhere.

Termites have wings which allow them to enter your home from the ground, or by the air. They love to land on your roof and will eat their way through your attic. For termite infestation such as this, you must find the holes in the wall where they push out their excrement, and place the bait near these entry points. Underground termites are difficult to find because they may not have an obvious protruding mound like an ant hill. Instead, they will burrow vast chambers underground until they reach a food supply. You will place bait in several plastic tubes in various locations around the yard until you find the culprit.



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By Johnmuncaster - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

There is much debate surrounding the effectiveness of store-bought bait. The largest factor being termites finding the bait in the first place. If a colony of termites is already feasting on your walls, why would they want to switch to a new food supply outside of the home? The second common variable was using an appropriate amount of poison, so insects aren’t dying immediately near the food supply. With the inconsistent reviews of the most common termite poison, you should call a professional to inspect your home. It’s always a better idea to spend a few hundred on an exterminator, than thousands on a contractor.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Trekking in Breckenridge

Trekking in Breckenridge

Breckenridge is a town in the Rocky Mountains that’s a haven for skiers during the winter. Fans of the outdoors know that there are a number of other things to keep us occupied here too. This little town is also a good base to check out some of the trails to hike in the mountains. The difficulty varies from a relatively easy hike to 12-hour endurance treks. If this is something that interests you, check out the Breckenridge vacation rentals and make your way up here. This article describes why you should go trekking from this little town and reviews three trails of varying levels of difficulty.

Why Should You Go Trekking in Breckenridge?

The first reason is that the scenery in this part of the country is absolutely breath-taking. You’ll get amazing views of the snow-capped mountains in every direction and have the chance to unwind in nature. Regardless of the level of fitness you’re at, there’s sure to be something for you.

Some of the trails are easy and require a basic level of fitness to enjoy and experience. On these trails, you’ll find yourself walking up a path that gently rises up the hill. The more difficult ones for experienced hikers or those looking for a challenge can reach altitudes of up to 14,000 feet. You can find pretty much everything else in between.

Tips for Hiking in Breckenridge:

Before we look at and review some of the trails, it’s important to mention a few essential things that you should be aware of. The first is the altitude. Some of the trails do go up pretty high and the effects of altitude sickness can come on suddenly. For this reason, it’s not advisable to do anything too strenuous in the first few days of arriving in Breckenridge. Unless your body is used to being in this environment. Your best bet is to relax on the first day and attempt some of the easier trails until your body is acclimatized. .

The next tip is to arrive early in the morning. Parking is limited at the foot of some of the popular trails and you want to make sure that you get a space. Also, make sure that you bring enough food and water for the hike. If you’re driving, keep some of the essentials in the car for when you get back. This may be extra water of sports drinks for quick rehydration. It’s more important than ever to keep properly hydrated when hiking at these altitudes. If you don’t, you’re more likely to suffer from sickness. This isn’t ideal if you’re six hours into a difficult hike and far away from help.

An Easy Hike in Breckenridge:

Spruce Creek Loop is one of the easiest treks that's just a few miles from Breckenridge. The trail follows a gentle rise through the forests and you’ll pass two lakes and a waterfall. This is quite easy and covers about four miles with amazing views from almost every angle. Don’t overestimate your ability - it may be a lot more difficult than you first imagine. This is a popular place to hike during the summer months to escape the heat from below. And you’ll still see snowcapped mountains at almost any time of the year.

A Moderate Hike in Breckenridge:

If you’re looking for something that’s a little tougher, the Blue Lakes-Mont Cristo Gulch is a perfect trail for you. This starts higher up the mountain at around 12,000 feet and takes you around the old mining area. You can see what life was like for the gold miners who lived in these mountains in the late 19th century. The trail also passes a few lakes, plenty of streams and the views are almost certainly going to blow your mind.

The great part about this trail is that you go deeper into the mountains.This means you’re more likely to encounter some of the wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see mountain goats grazing on the steep slopes. You may come across the odd bear trail too, but it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter any. Some of the climbs are quite steep and you may need to take lots of breaks. There are also a lot of loose rocks on the ground, so be careful when you’re hiking.

A Difficult Hike in Breckenridge:

This is the daddy of hikes for the experienced climbers and endurance junkies. The Wheeler National Recreation Trail is 11 miles of challenging trail that includes steep climbs at over 12,500 feet. You’ll pass over a few peaks and will be rewarded with the 360-degree views of the surrounding mountain tops. Later, the trail goes through a smaller mountain village before you’re faced with a steep climb that lasts for a grueling five miles. There are several switchbacks as you gain altitude on the loose scree and it’s sure to push any athlete to their limits.

In my experience, the best time to go trekking is during the summer months as the trail gets buried beneath the snow in the winter. You should also aim to start as early as possible because you’re going to be out for most of the day. Being stranded when it’s getting dark is far from ideal.

Concluding Remarks:

If you want to go trekking in some of the most beautiful mountains in the United States, consider coming to Breckenridge. You can find lots of trails that vary in difficulty and time needed to finish them. And, it’s a certainty that you’re going to be rewarded with the amazing scenery.