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September 27th, 2016

The Addition of a Water Slide to Your Pool Could Transform Your Summer

As you install your new fibreglass pool kits you might think you’ve hit the holy grail of swimming pools. But what if it could get better? Imagine that you have a way to make a massive splash this summer and your entire family is set to have an experience unlike any other. All of those is possible when you add a water slide to your pool.

This takes an average pool, and adds some adrenaline and excitement to it. Yes, your swimming pool is fun to lounge in, but you’ve spent good money on the pool and you need something that gives you the ability to relax when appropriate, and the ability for the kids to live it up!

With some fibreglass pool kits allowing for an expansion of a water slide, the process is easy. Just follow the directions accordingly, and ensure you review all the safety requirements. Then as you climb those stairs for the first time, feel your heart pounding, and propel forward down the slid, you know you are set to make a splash.

When you do this, keep in mind the ages of children in your home. As some of these slides may not be appropriate. Others require improvements to the ground, and an appropriate amount of yard to install the slide in. Once you’ve gotten past the formalities, it’s smooth sailing from there. Then all you have to do is race down the slide, find new ways to add to the thrills on it, and host a gathering with friends. One where you are the envy of the group, because of the awesome new water slide that you’ve installed.

If you’re interested in learning more about fiberglass pools and the things that you need to install a fiberglass pool kit, pay a call on

May 28th, 2016

Decompression Sickness a Major Problem for Lobster Divers

Cámaras_hiperbárica_collageMiskito Indians along the Honduran coast are dying and being disabled diving for the spiny lobsters that are so popular and cheap in the restaurants of the USA and Canada.

Because the demand for these lobsters has increased enormously over the last few decades and there is little other work in their sparsely populated area, the young men of Honduras’ Mosquito coast, dive too often and too deeply, using inadequate equipment, in search of “red gold”.
The lobster industry is profitable for some and accounts for nearly 10% of Honduran foreign trade or over $50 million for the Honduran and Nicaraguan economies. The divers, however, are lucky if they get $2 a pound diving 10 to 15 times a day over a 12 day journey at sea.

Because of the structure of the industry, dive masters are in control of the divers who often must rely on oxygen lines that get clogged, archaic diving equipment without gauges to tell when the air in the tank is getting low or the depth to which they are diving. And, when these dangerous conditions result in divers succumbing to decompression sickness or the “bends”, they are left without economic support, unable to work or provide for their families.
Because scuba diving for lobsters has become intensively industrialized safety procedures are often ignored. Inadequate management of this natural resource means that divers must go ever deeper to find the spiny crustaceans. The divers face the additional risks of greater pressure at these depths and, without adequate training, they may resurface too quickly, not making the necessary decompression stops along the way up. When a diver moves too quickly from a high to a low pressure area, gases in the bloodstream can create bubbles that block small blood vessels, cut off oxygen to body parts including the brain, resulting in severe joint pain, paralysis, damaged nerves, disability and even death.

A World Bank report in 1999 said that “Nearly 100% of the Miskito divers showed neurological damage.” Another study found that approximately 4200 divers are living with their diving injuries – this is nearly half of all the Miskito divers under 35 (the divers are all young). They also reported that roughly 50 divers die from decompression sickness each year. This gives Honduras the dubious honor of having more deaths and disablement from decompression sickness than any other country.
Diving training, more hyperbaric chambers, hyperbaric technician training, in the locations where divers may come ashore exhibiting decompression sickness symptoms would vastly reduce these incidences of disability and death. However, so far local and national governments have not found the money nor the political will to help the 40,000 Miskito Indians (or 6300 families) dependent on lobster diving.

As long as the demand is there, men will risk life and limb diving into the cold, deep waters along the Honduran coastline. However, what will happen when the once plentiful lobsters are over fished to the point that divers no longer find them at the depths to which they are diving today? How much deeper can they go?

February 21st, 2015

Making Toy Storage Fun and Exciting for Your Child

best-friend-850693-mWho said that teaching your child to keep their room tidy should be a tedious and difficult task? With a little bit of creativity, you can make toy storage fun and exciting for your little one. In case you are still wondering how to make it happen, take a look at the following simple and fun ideas.

Take It Slow
First of all, it is important not to rush things. Start by asking your child to put their toys in the respective place. You can get started with such exercises at an early age to instill healthy habits.

Get Creative
Get creative and replace the traditional toy storage option with something fun and exciting like a toy storage hammock. You can choose from a wide variety of colors, sizes and fabrics. It is important to consider your kid’s preferences when you pick the right stuffed animal hammock.

Depending on what your little one likes, you can choose a plain mesh hammock or one of bright colors and decorated with ribbons. Selecting the appropriate toy storage hammock will add something beautiful and exciting to your little one’s room. It will also show your respect for the child’s opinion.

Go for a triangular stuffed animal hammock at the corner of the kid’s room to keep the space organized and cozy. When your kid sees how beautiful their room looks, they will learn to appreciate organization and build a useful habit for a life.

Keeping toys in order doesn’t have to be a tedious task that your child hates. A little bit of creativity, patience and the selection of the right storage option will deliver the best possible results.

January 28th, 2015

Advantages of Laminate Flooring

house-cat-1428933-mLaminate flooring is a synthetic alternative to wood flooring. Laminate flooring was not sold in the United States until about 1996, but it has been sold in European countries for about 20 years.

Laminate flooring is made up of several layers:

The surface is a hard as nails film, normally made of aluminum oxide. Right underneath the surface film is a photographic image or decor paper (usually of wood), to give the flooring the look of a natural wood floor. The core of laminate flooring is made of various materials, most often high density fiberboard, or wood particle board. The final layer of laminate flooring is the backing, made of various materials. Backings made of laminate material are superior as far as water or moisture damage is concerned.

Laminate flooring may be installed over any kind of sub floor, as it is not directly attached to the sub floor, but is a floating floor. Many laminate flooring manufacturers use a click system on the tongue and groove joints, so you can just fit the joints together and you are ready to go. Other manufacturers require you to glue the pieces of flooring together, but in either case, you do not need to nail the floor to the sub floor.

If you are laying the laminate flooring directly over a concrete sub floor, you’ll need to lay down a damp proof membrane, a.k.a. DPM, before laying the flooring. This is to keep moisture from seeping up through the floor into the laminate flooring.

Laminate flooring has quite a few benefits: affordability, low maintenance, ease of installation, attractive looks, and more. It also has a few drawbacks, though: it’s not as durable as real wood, doesn’t absorb sound well, doesn’t feel as warm to your cold feet on winter mornings, and may warp if it is exposed to moisture.

December 24th, 2014

The 2015 Subaru WRX has Arrived

Long known as one of the most potent sports cars on the market, the Subaru WRX has enjoyed success in Japan, the United States, and all around the world. WRX is one of the most well-known brands in the automotive world, helped in large part by Subaru’s massive success in competitive world rallying.

Subaru has upped the stakes again for the 2015 model year with the all new WRX sedan, and it’s a car you can find at Landers McLarty in Huntsville.

Precision, Power, and Technology

Subaru has been developing the WRX since it entered it into rallying in 1992. Since then, the car has gone through numerous development changes, from which we have arrived at the 2015 WRX.

The new WRX features a direct injection turbocharged engine, one of Subaru’s best yet. It produces 268 horsepower, and can pump out an impressive 258lb-ft of torque between 2000 and 5700 RPM. Unique to this boxer engine, the torque is available all throughout the rev range, meaning that you’ll get instant power any time you put your foot down.

Symmetrical all-wheel drive on the WRX enables precision handling in any condition. Rain, snow, ice, tarmac, gravel… none are a challenge too big for the WRX. Remember that this car cut its teeth on rally stages. Just imagine what it can do on the road.

There’s plenty of technology to ensure that driving remains dynamic and safe. Active torque vectoring helps to distribute power so that the car stays planted throughout the corners, no matter where the weight is moving on the chassis. The suspension in the new WRX has been designed around highly tuned springs and dampers to enable flat cornering without sacrificing ride comfort.

Any motoring enthusiast will have fun behind the wheel of a WRX. The paddle shift sport transmission offers the convenience of an automatic gearbox, while retaining total control over gear shifting. It’s hard not to crack a smile when you’re behind the wheel of a WRX, and in Alabama we have plenty of roads on which to enjoy this car.

Confidence in Motion

A spacious interior, advanced ring shaped airbag system, active electronics for stability, and of course the raw power of the 2015 Subaru WRX make it one of the most exciting cars that you can drive today. With starting prices below $27,000, it’s almost impossible to find a better alternative in this class.

Landers McLarty Subaru has the WRX in Huntsville, along with the rest of Subaru’s popular lineup. Come and see us today to find out what it means to drive with confidence in motion.

December 14th, 2014

Unique Ways to Use Chalkboard Labels

id--63Labels are a cost-effective, functional tool that makes home management simpler and more efficient. When you label items, you are doing one or more of the following:

  • Reminding your entire household of rules you expect them to follow
  • Designating where things go so that they are always easy to find
  • Simplifying daily chores for young children and those new to your household
  • Reminding yourself of things worth remembering

Even if you live alone, you can still use labels to remind yourself of important things or to communicate with guests in a respectful manner. If you have children of any age, then you may rely on labels and stickers to keep your home flowing smoothly day in and day out. That is where chalkboard labels and stickers are essential because you can use them over and over for different purposes, saving you tons of money over time.

It’s easy to think of some traditional ways to use chalkboard stickers, but there are also some unique applications, including:

  • Hang 26 stickers on the wall and allow children to practice writing the letters of the alphabet with a chalk pen.
  • Place a sticker under each toy bin in a child’s bedroom or playroom, clearly identifying where they should put toys when cleaning up. Use shapes or color-code the words for children too young to read.
  • Hang up a sticker for each day of the week and write in the chore that your child should do that day.
  • Use them as name tags when hosting a party to introduce new friends. The chalkboard theme will fit with many party themes if you think creatively.
  • Label the shelves in your kitchen to make it easier for kids to remember where different items go when they do the dishes.
  • Label laundry baskets so that every member of your family sorts their own laundry, making it easier for you to wash them later on.

If you think creatively, you will find hundreds of ways to use chalkboard labels in your home. What are the unique applications that come to mind for you?

December 14th, 2014

What You Should Know About Siding

bleeding-planks-1-993277-mSiding for your home is an important investment. Not only will it help to improve the overall appearance of the home, but it will also aid in the longevity of the home, while making it easier to maintain. Since there are different types of siding, homeowners can select, there are some important things to keep in mind.

Siding is designed to ensure that the home is protected from the elements. You need to ensure that it has been properly installed and maintained to get maximum protection from the rain, wind, snow, and sun. This is why it is important to find an installer of siding Omaha residents can trust in advance.

When exploring siding there are three main things you’ll want to keep an eye on. They are the cost of the installation, the life expectancy of the siding and what kind of maintenance will be necessary once it has been installed.

Wood is a common option, but it isn’t a long term solution. Wood takes a great deal of maintenance like repainting and staining every few years. If you don’t keep up with it, you’ll end up having warped and damaged wood.

Aluminum has a longer lifespan that can reach 30 years. While it was incredible popular in the 1950s – 1960’s, it has gone out of style in favor of vinyl siding options. In recent years, fiberglass has also seen a resurgence in popularity since it tend to require less maintenance.

No matter which route you go, just understand that you should always get guarantees and warranties on any companies install. That way, if you encounter a problem at any point, you’ll have something that requires them to come out and fix the problem for you. In the long run, this will give you some peace of mind.

November 20th, 2014

Approaching The Victims of Anti-Youth Culture

Juvenile delinquency refers to antisocial or criminal acts performed by juveniles. It is an important social issue because juveniles are capable of committing serious crimes, but most legal systems prescribe specific procedures and punishments for dealing with such crimes.
Approaches to the problem generally fall into two camps: the public health solution, and the law enforcement solution. Advocates of the public health approach tend to see juveniles today as victims of an anti-youth culture. The problem is not just parents failing children, but a whole attitude among adult society that is increasingly hostile toward youth.
A “delinquent” is defined as under the age of majority who has been convicted in juvenile court of something that would be classified as a crime in adult court.
It’s also not just poverty, per se, among children, but the relative deprivation of living in a society of affluence in which self-esteem is tied to achieving affluence. People are only hosts, not causes, of social problems, according to the public health model.
Most of the broken home literature, for example, shows only weak or trivial effects, like skipping school or home delinquency. Another area, the desistance literature, shows only that children from two-parent families age-out of crime earlier. In fact, there is more evidence supportive of the hypothesis that a stepparent in the home increases delinquency, or that abuse and neglect in families lead to a cycle of violence.
Mentally ill teens are often arrested, placed on probation, or held in juvenile correctional facilities. When a juvenile treatment center such as Elk River Treatment helps teens by using alternative methods, their problems with mental health disorders are sometimes more readily and more rapidly overcome.
Studies show more than half of juveniles in custody suffer from mental health problems. Nearly a third have attempted suicide and one in 13 take psychotropic medication, yet these troubled youths rarely get the treatment they need. Elk River Treatment can help.

November 11th, 2014

Road Trips Are Fun.

It is fun when you are taking road trips. Even the gasoline’s price is keeping rising, families are still taking road trips. Or maybe because of the higher air fares caused by higher gas prices, people are opting to take more trips by car. Kids get bored riding in the car. If the children are bored, they start to pick on each other or insist on asking the dreaded, Are We There Yet? question that all drivers love to hear every 10 minutes. Below are some suggestions to keep your ride fun and most importantly, peaceful!

Assuming your children are old enough to read or at least recognize letters, alphabet game is a great game to keep young travelers occupied. There are a few variations. They must find the alphabet, starting with A on signs, billboards or license plates. You can make up the rules if you’ll use a combination of sources or just stick to one (it’s harder and takes a lot longer if you limit it to just license plates.) The next big decision you need to make is whether or not the word must start with the letter you’re searching for or if it just has to contain the letter. For example, if you’re looking for B, and drive past a Burger King restaurant, then you have your B, and can begin looking for C. If you decided it’s ok to find the letter anywhere within the word, then you could also claim the E, in Burger King. The key is that you must find these letters in sequence. You can’t claim an E if you haven’t found a D yet. Nor can you say There’s a D on the street sign Doors R Us and there WAS an E on Burger King. There are no retro rules allowed.

Another variation of the alphabet game is that you have to find objects that begin with each letter. If you drive past a red barn, you could probably claim either an R (red) or a B (barn), depending on which letter you need next.

There’s always the trusty I SPY game. I spy something green and it’s outside (as opposed to inside the car). Riders take turns looking outside for something green. If you’re driving, chances are the object will pass by quickly so participants have to be alert. Or perhaps you spy something black and inside. Possible guesses would be the steering wheel or Mom’s purse.

Equally important to the entertainment is the intermission.

Take frequent stretch breaks. Even if you’re on a tight time frame to get to your destination, if you let others have a chance to get out of the car, to tap a kidney, have a snack and get some fresh air, your road trips will be much more enjoyable for all involved! Have fun!

Above all, make sure that you’re driving a well maintained and reliable car before you head out on your road trip.. Find that car at Landers McClarty DCJR.

November 9th, 2014

Lawyers & How They Negotiate Personal Injury Settlements


If you have recently been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you may find yourself in a sea of lawyers without knowing which one to choose. After being injured, many individuals turn to lawyers for help in protecting their rights and helping to ensure they are fairly compensated for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Depending on the accident, medical attention may or may not be required. In an automobile accident, for example, the individual who caused the accident will be responsible for any repairs to the victim’s automobile, along with the previously mentioned compensation. Most individuals hire a lawyer soon after the accident occurs even though settlement negotiations will typically not begin until after medical treatment has ended.

After concluding medical treatment, lawyers will begin to negotiate with the insurance company representing the person who caused the accident. During this time, lawyers will assess the amount of medical bills, doctor reports and diagnosis, lost wages, damages and will attempt to estimate a fair amount of pain and suffering. After gaining your approval, personal injury lawyers will submit a proposal to the insurance adjuster for consideration. It generally takes 30 days for a response, which is expected to be a counteroffer. At this time, lawyers will discuss the offer with their client and see if a fair settlement can be reached. If not, the lawyer will prepare another letter explaining that the adjusterís offer is not acceptable and will, once again, request that the case be settled for a slightly lower amount than the original proposed amount. This situation is a test of each side as the adjuster wants to settle the case for as little as possible while the lawyers want to make sure their clients are properly compensated. After several letters back and forth, and perhaps some telephone calls, the lawyers will advise their client when a fair offer has been reached. While they cannot instruct their client on what to do, they can advise them on the fairness of the offer and how that figure may change if the case were to proceed to trial.

For reasons of both time and expense, the majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court. Once a trial is granted, attorney fees and court costs increase dramatically. An attorney receives a pre-negotiated amount of the client’s settlement, but receives a larger percentage if the case moves to trial. There are a number of lawyers who handle personal injury cases and it is always important to select one that is most sincere and seems most knowledgeable about the process.

The information in this article is to be used for informational purposes only. It should not be considered as, or used in place of, professional legal advice. Individuals who need legal help should consult a lawyer in their area who can assist them with their questions and concerns.