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How To Choose A Record Player That Would Fit In Your Home

Are you looking to improve your home entertainment system? If you are, you may want to consider investing in a record player. Besides the air of sophistication it adds to your home, the music produced by a record player is second to none! Before you head out to the stores, you may want to consider your budget. Though it may be theoretically possible for a turntable to cost you up to $1000, not everybody would be able to appreciate the differences between the higher-end and low-end systems. A completely diverse musical experience could be had for the rise in price. The components utilized to build these models are going to be of the very best quality for increased precision as well as reliability. For your turntable, you’ll also need to think about the dependability of its foundation. In the ideal case scenario, the plinth will be produced from either metal or timber and its surface will be protected with a slender coating of rubbery substance for vibration assimilation.

Using this method, none of the vibrations coming from the lower body aspect will resound to the very top and impact the audio getting transmitted. The platter wherein the record sits on is equally as significant right here. The weight of the platter is essential considering that the bulkier it is, the less considerable the vibrations are going to be. It is additionally a well accredited fact that there are 2 main forms of drives within a turntable.

simple vinyl storageIn past times, a belt driven device has been the most common option since motor is found further beyond the platter and therefore, less vibration will be transferred along onto the platter once the motor unit is switched on. Lessened vibrations indicates decreased interference with the music listening sessions. Another sort of drive is referred to as the direct drive and the motor unit for it is actually installed right underneath the platter itself as a way to spin it. As a result of the actual connection that is present amongst these 2 factors, vibrations were frequent, which decreased audio quality. With more effective dampening management, the issues of vibrations have been discarded almost fully and today, direct drives is able to do equally as well as belt driven models.

It befuddles many individuals with regard to the precise reason for settling for a direct drive device if you could simply go for a belt drive unit. Scratching or the reverse play function is only available in turntables that have direct drives and that is the most essential attribute of a turntable for DJs. The truth is, the term “record players” are sometimes called “turntables” instead as a result of how professional DJs would spin the vinyl by hand to produce new tunes. It’ll be considerably trickier to locate a new turntable with a belt drive on it currently since most development is geared towards creating products with a direct drive. The best record players are usually direct drive units as they are more convenient and reliable.

With regard to the tonearm, it is the component that’s attached (commonly) to the corner of a record player, with its opposite end hanging across the record and also the platter. When the platter begins to spin, the needle ( stylus) that’s attached to one end of the tonearm is subsequently lowered on the record. Only the tonearm element itself may possibly mean the difference between a great turntable and one which is underperforming. Delicate as well as consistent connection between the vinyl record and the stylus must be maintained otherwise the vinyl may be damaged. A number of units will offer the operator with a choice of whether to manually or automatically lower the tonearm over the platter. On top of that, there are several devices that could return the tonearm into position automatically once the music has finished playing. Because lesser amounts of components will be needed to build a manually operated turntable and thus there’ll be lesser chances of disturbance, audiophiles often favor this kind of products.


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What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Fleas On Cats?

Before we go into the methods of getting rid of fleas, the first thing you should know is that the most common species of flea that is likely infesting your house and pet is the cat flea, known as ctenocephalides felis. Don’t let the name ‘cat flea’ fool you though; these fleas will bite cats, dogs, and humans (this means you!) as well. While there are dog fleas (ctenocephalides canis) and human fleas (pulex irritans) as well, cat fleas are far and away the most common. In this article, we will speak briefly about life cycle and habits of the cat flea, as well as various methods of control and elimination.

Cat Flea Habits and Lifecycle

catDespite the pervasive belief that fleas as ‘everywhere’, cat fleas prefer to spend most of their time in your pet’s bedding and your carpets (since I bet your pet prefers to lie down on your carpets too) as it provides adequate shelter for the fleas to lay eggs. When the eggs hatch into larvae, which have no legs meaning that they can’t jump around like the adults, the larvae feed on ‘flea dirt’ which is the dried feces and blood of the adult fleas. Since the larvae are relatively immobile, the adult flea always makes sure to lay their eggs in areas which the larvae would be safe and have sufficient access to food. An adult flea can lay over 20 eggs in a single day and over 800 eggs over the lifetime of a typical flea. After consuming sufficient nutrients, the larvae spins a cocoon (which is waterproof and provides a high degree of protection against most insecticides) and emerges a few weeks later as an adult flea.


Eliminating Fleas

Fleas are a persistent nuisance and they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. If you have fleas attacking your furry friends, read up on these tips on how to get rid of fleas on cats for effective flea killing strategies. Despite the prevalence of many natural methods out there on the Internet, insecticides are still the most effective way to combat a flea infestation as they are specifically formulated to kill the flea at every stage of their lifecycle. In comparison, natural methods most often work as repellents (with questionable effectiveness) or only kill adult fleas (methods such as diatomaceous earth or other flea traps).

When it comes to insecticides, there are five common types that you should know about, they are malathion, limonene, pyrethrin, linalool, and carbaryl.  Both pyrethrin and linalool are organic compounds that are naturally derived from flowers. Insecticides containing pyrethrin, limonene, and carbaryl will take care of adult fleas and flea larvae, while compounds containing both limonene and linalool is able to eliminate fleas at all stages of their lifecycle, including the eggs (but may be ineffective against the pupae). Malathion is an insect growth regulator, meaning that it stops flea larvae from developing into adult fleas.

Flea Control Methods

  1. Insecticidal Soaps – Your pet is the source of the flea infestation and needs to be taken care of first. Give it a good bath with warm water and use an insecticidal soap for maximum effect. Note that some soaps are specific to your pet, so make sure you read the labels carefully, also some soaps are not appropriate to be used on puppies or kittens.cat after a bath
  1. Flea Dips – After a nice bath in insecticidal soaps, you can follow up with a good flea dip. The most common active ingredient in flea dips is pyrethrins, which are derived from the chrysanthemum flower. As an organic compound, pyrethrins are very low in toxicity while being no less effective. WARNING: Pyrethrins are extremely toxic to cats, so keep their use to dogs only. Mortality rates for cats treated with pyrethrins can range from 5% to 35%.
  1. Flea Sprays – If the flea dips wasn’t effective or you have felines instead of canines you can use a flea spray which usually have linalool and limonene as the active ingredients. These are citrus extracts and are extremely effective. Use on both your pet and their bedding.
  1. Flea Dust – The most common active ingredients in flea dusts are carbaryl and malathion. Carbaryl is a great choice for felines as they tend to be less sensitive to them. You can also purchase carbaryl and malathion separately at your local garden or hardware store, just be aware that malathion won’t kill fleas on their own as it is an insect growth inhibitor and not an insecticide.

Application Methods

A general application method for insecticides and insect growth regulators is as follows: you will need two treatments, with the first one being a combination of both insecticides and insect growth regulators while the second can be purely insecticides. The reason is that the first application may miss fleas in the pupal stage so you may still see adult fleas after the first application. The second application is to get rid of these newly minted adults.

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6 Pillow Tips & Tricks For Optimal Sleep

Taken a trip to your local Bed, Bath & Beyond lately? There are so many different types of pillows on sale that choosing a pillow can often be as hard as choosing a breakfast cereal, without the ease of the brand loyalty aspect. So that means people choose a pillow entirely based on its features, of which there are even more! Check it out, there are memory foam pillows, shredded memory foam pillows, buckwheat pillows, blended fills, pillows with weird slopes on them etc.

Yet choosing a pillow should not be a trivial choice; in fact it is far more important than choosing your favorite breakfast pillow; scientists have linked lack of or non-optimal sleep to higher risk factors for all sorts of health conditions including high blood pressure and diabetes. So if you haven’t been able to find the right pillow for you yet, here are 6 tips and tricks to get the most out of your pillow.

Rotating Pillows May Actually Be Good for You

Just because your current pillow may not be the most comfortable doesn’t mean it’s time to dump it and head to the store for a new one just yet. Often, simply swapping out your pillow for another one (even if that other pillow is not brand new, such as the one in your guest room or something) can help if you have been waking up with a stiff neck in the morning. If you are one of those suffering from a painful neck, try this great pillow for neck pain. It is voted as one of the top pillows for neck pain and I can attest to that! Some people prefer to swap pillows on a regular basis, such as once every two weeks, in order to mitigate their neck pain. This is a similar concept as back pain sufferers who use different types of chairs throughout the day.

multiple pillowsConsider Using Multiple Pillows

While one pillow per person has become a societal norm, there is absolutely no reason that it is appropriate for you. The idea of a pillow is to provide support in such a way that allows you to maintain a neutral spine and posture, and for people with very broad shoulders, large curves in the upper back, or even just those who have very soft mattresses, using multiple pillows might be more suitable. The best is the thick/thin pillow combination or two medium ones.

Try This Butterfly Pillow Trick

This is a little trick if you find your pillow is too skinny. Take your skinny pillow and twist it lengthwise in the middle; it should now resemble the shape of a bowtie or butterfly. This gives your pillow a firmness gradient; firmer in the middle and softer at the edges. Obviously this depends on the type of pillow you have; there’s no way you’re doing this to a memory foam, latex, or buckwheat pillow, for example.

Do You Know How To Make One and a Half Pillows?

Another neat trick you can do to better make your current pillow work better for you, presuming it’s currently just a little too thin for you and insufficiently firm. Find the softest towels in your home and place them on the pillow (under the pillowcase, of course). Adjust the layering until you can get to your desired firmness and thickness.

Ensure You Use the Right Pillow Positioning

Ummm, under your head right? Not so fast! Little do most people know but there is in fact more than just one way to lay your head on the pillow. A pillow needs to occupy the space between your neck and your shoulders while giving your head a little raise, meaning that you may need to adjust your pillow further down the bed or up your headboard depending on your body type.

Your Sleeping Position May Not Be Right For You

sleeping on tummyDepending on your sleeping position, there will be different individual characteristics in a pillow that you will be looking for. For instance, when you sleep on your side (the most common sleeping positions with researchers estimating that 70% of the populace are side sleepers) the distance between your head and the mattress the breadth of one shoulder, meaning you will need a thicker pillow or a specialized side sleeper pillow. Whereas if you are back sleeper you would want a pillow that’s a bit thinner, while if you’re a stomach sleeper (the rarest), you would want the thinnest pillow possible or one to support your stomach. That said, you should consider that your sleeping position itself may not be optimal for you. If you find yourself awakening in awkward positions such as arms twisted underneath your body or randomly splayed over your head, you may want to discipline yourself to change your sleeping position.