So let’s get started.
1. Set appointments with your doctor and dentist
Get routine screenings to catch trouble before it starts. If you’re already experiencing health
challenges of any kind, your doctor can help you find the existing
causes of the unease. Even if your unease appears to be something minor,
you want to address it before it becomes serious.
2. Record what you eat
Record everything you eat for a week or two - every meal, snack, and
beverage. This may help you discover what’s dragging you down.
For example, looking at your beverage intake might make you realize that
you’re overdosing on sugar because of sweetened cups of coffee and
Seeing everything recorded will make it easier to make positive
3. Improve your diet
Here are some steps you can take right now to start cleaning up your
Raid your kitchen and throw out all junk foods. Ok, maybe you can save
just a little bit. But when it’s gone, no more junk food in the house! Start eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Go
grocery shopping today if you need to. Decide right now to start planning to eat well. Keep healthy snacks,
fruits and vegetables in the house. Buy foods that are low in sodium and
saturated fat. Search for and devour all the information you can about healthy cooking
and eating. Here’s an article to get you started -
4. Schedule three days a week for exercise
At this point, you don’t need to know exactly what your routine will
entail. The most important thing for now is to firmly commit to
exercising regularly. Start off with an easy goal of exercising three
days a week, but you should eventually work up to five days a week
Plan out the days, times, and length of each workout. A minimum of 30
minutes is recommended. If you don’t have a gym membership or exercise
videos, vigorous walking will do for now.
If you hate exercising, mix in some activities that you enjoy. Any
activity that gets your heart pumping qualifies - skating, hiking,
5. Control stress
Less emotional stress equals more health and happiness. Meditation,
exercise, and yoga are three highly effective methods of controlling
You also need effective ways of dealing with unexpected stressful
situations. For instance, you might go for short vigorous walks after
bad work meetings. Or, retreating to a bathroom stall to simply close
your eyes and take some deep breaths will have an instant calming
Usually, all it takes is the simple realization that stressing about a
problem does not solve it.
6. Get more sleep
In many cases, getting more sleep boils down to having the discipline to
set a daily sleep schedule. But there are many things that can disrupt a
good night’s rest. Some of them include:
elevated stress levels
consuming too much caffeine
watching T.V. right before bed
exercising too late
sleeping on a low quality mattress
Getting enough sleep is crucial, so you should do everything you can to
get seven or more hours of sleep as often as possible.
7. Improve your personal relationships
Your personal relationships can have a huge impact on your overall health
and well-being. If you’re not getting along with a coworker or someone
you’re very close to, think about what you can do to help improve the
relationship. The other party may or may not reciprocate, but you can at
least put your best foot forward.
If the relationship does not improve for whatever reason, the stress
control tips above can help you deal with it. If the relationship is
overly toxic, cut it off altogether if possible. Your mind and body will
thank you for it.
There is no reason why you can’t start taking steps at this moment to
improve your health and well-being. The sooner you get started, the
better. So, what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present.
Hopefully you won’t find yourself in the position of needing to fire
your contractor. But if you do, be sure to document everything, seek
professional advice, and stick to your guns. There are good contractors
out there, and once you find one be sure to hang onto him. They’re like
So let’s get started.
Determine requirements and obtain materials
Measure the room and examine the floor. If the surface is concrete or
old tile, then you will not need to follow Section 2. If it is a wood
floor, Section 2 is required. Obtain enough roofing felt and metal lathe to cover the floor if
Section 2 is required,. Both can overlap slightly, so an exact quantity
isn’t required. You will need enough roofing nails for one nail every
Divide the square footage of the room by 3 and use that number as the
cubic footage of sand required. Get one back of Portland cement for
each 8 cubic feet of sand.
Prepare Wood Subfloor
Roll out the roofing felt and cover the entire floor. Let the felt
sheets overlap each other slightly. Once you need help from a local tile contractor don’t hesitate to get in touch with them.
Lay the metal lathe over the felt
and nail down with roofing nails. Pull the lathe tight as you place each
nail. You don’t want the lathe to have any bounce. The lathe sheets can
overlap slightly or have slight gaps between them.
Install the Mud Bed
Mix the cement with dry sand in the wheelbarrow. This should be a
large commercial wheelbarrow approximately 5 cubic feet in size. Fill
the wheelbarrow almost full with sand leaving enough room for half a bag
of portland cement and room to mix. Add half of a bag of cement and mix
with the hoe until there is not unmixed sand or cement visible in the
wheelbarrow. You can do the mixing with just a flat-bladed shovel, but a
large hoe makes the job much easier.
Add water to the mixture a little at a time and mix it thoroughly.
Start off with about a gallon of water. Continue mixing and slowly
adding water until your mixture feels like wet sand. It should just
stick together good if you clench some in your fist. The mixture
shouldn’t be soggy or drip water when you pick it up in your hand.
Use the shovel to place two lines of the mixture across the floor.
One line should start at the highest point on the floor and extend
parallel to one of the walls, preferably toward a door. The other line
will be parallel to that one close enough that you can bridge both lines
with your longest straight edge.
Press and tamp down on the mud mixture to compress it. Your starting
place at the highest point on the floor should be at a depth of about an
inch. Place a piece of the lattice strip on the line with the starting
point. Using the level and again starting at the high point, move the
level back and forth, pressing down on the lattice strip to make it
level with your starting point. When complete, you should have one level
line of mud, fully compressed which is level with your starting point
about an inch above the highest point on the floor.
Place another strip of lattice strip on the other line. Use the
straight edge to span the two lattice strips. Place your level on the
straight edge and tamp down on the second strip until it is level with
the first. Next using the level, make the second line of mud level in
the same fashion you used on the first. At this point, you have to lines
of cement that are level with each other. This will be your working
level for the rest of the floor.
Fill the area between these two lines with mud, mixing more as
needed. Spread the mixture fairly even and level to a height an inch or
two above your lattice strips. Use the trowel to tamp it down firmly.
The area between the two strips should now be full and tightly
compacted, slightly higher than the lattice strip. Carefully remove the
lattice strips and replace them with a shorter length of 3-4 feet.
Place the straight edge across both lattice strips starting at one
end of the room. Using a sawing back and forth motion, pull the excess
mud from the center so that it is flush with the lattice strips. Use the
trowel to smooth back over the surface. If the trowel sinks into the
mud or makes a depression, trowel more mud into that area and repeat. As
you back across the room in this fashion, you should be leaving a
smooth, level cement surface flush with the lattice strips.
Slide the short lengths of lattice strip back as you go, giving you a
new surface to work from. Carefully, fill the void left by the lattice
strip with mud and smooth with the trowel. Now as you complete each
section, you are leaving a smooth, even, cement floor behind you.
Continue backing across the room using the same method until the
entire room is covered and even. You now have an even surface on which
to install the porcelain tile.
Laying the tile
Mark a straight line off the longest wall, two tile widths plus the
width of your grout joint, preferably in a line of site from a door.
This will make sure the tile looks straight even if the room is out of
square. Mix thin-set according to package directions and spread it with
the notched trowel between the line and the wall. Place the tile against
the line and work toward the wall. Gently twist or tap the tiles into
the thin-set to ensure a good bond. Make any needed cuts against the
wall with the tile saw. Porcelain tile is harder and usually larger than
ceramic tile, so a tile saw is preferred rather than a traditional tile
Continue working across the floor in this fashion, spreading and
tiling a couple of feet at a time. Make cuts as you go with the tile
cutter. Allow the floor to set 24 hours when complete. If it sounds difficult you can get help from a local licensed contractor.
Mix grout according to package directions. Spread using the grout
float, forcing grout into all joints and pulling the excess off with the
edge of the float like a squeegee. Wash grout off of the surface of the
tile with a damp sponge while smoothing the joints at the same time.
Allow grout to dry to a haze and then wash again with clean water. Allow
to dry, then buff with a clean dry towel if necessary.
Auto insurance premiums have been on the increase for several years
now, and most experts predict that the cost of insuring your car will
remain high. The increased cost of injury claims resulting from car
accidents is just one of the factors that have pushed premiums to new
levels. Increased fuel and maintenance costs have had a further impact
on drivers, and many now question whether owning and running a car is a
luxury they can’t afford. Young drivers have been hit particularly hard
by increased insurance costs.
Car insurance for young drivers is expensive because statistical data
used by insurance companies indicates that they are more likely to be
involved in accidents. Experts agree that driving experience
dramatically reduces the risk of collisions and accidents, and young
drivers simply haven’t had enough time on the road. Many insurers will
offer discounts to young drivers if they take advanced driving courses,
and this is one way to reduce premiums. New technology is now seen is
the real solution to providing cheap car insurance for young drivers.
Telematics car insurance policies offer personalised insurance cover
based on exactly when and how you drive. Insurance underwriters have
traditionally grouped people together and rated policies on the average
driver, but telematics technology makes it possible to assess the
driving habits of the individual. By having a device fitted to your car
which monitors and tracks your driving performance, you can prove to an
insurance company that you are a better than average risk.
Telematics car insurance is becoming increasingly popular, and
specialist policies are now appearing on insurance comparison websites.
Apps are now available allowing you to experiment with the technology
used by telematics insurance providers. Downloading one of these apps is
a good way to test your driving skills and assess whether a telematics
policy may be right for you. If you believe that you are a better than
average driver, it’s probably worth having telematics technology
installed. There are no guarantees of immediate insurance premium
savings, but the technology can guide you to be a safer driver and
ultimately to get the benefit of cheaper car insurance.
Data analysis proves that certain driving habits make you more at
risk of having an accident. Harsh accelerating and braking, and
cornering at high speeds are examples of the sort of behaviours likely
to lead to collisions and accidents. The time of day you drive and the
type of roads you use most often also influence the statistical chances
of you needing to make an insurance claim. Telematics technology can
track your driving habits and lead to cheaper premiums if you are a
better than average driver.
As well as helping you to become a safer driver and reducing your
insurance premiums, a telematics device can also help if you have an
accident. If the device senses that your car may have been in a
collision, it can automatically notify the insurance company. If the
insurance company believe you are in a remote location or may have been
injured, they can make contact with the emergency services and get help
out to you.
Some drivers are reluctant to have a telematics box fitted to their
vehicle as they believe this means they are being spied on. In reality
there’s very little the local company can do with the information
they are fed other than assess your driving habits and behaviours. The
police will not be notified if you break the speed limit, and there are
no cases where evidence from a telematics device has been used to
prosecute a driver. If you do drive at dangerous speeds regularly, you
are unlikely to see insurance premium savings.