5 Things to Think About When You’re Having Plumbing Problems

Clogged drains, burst pipes, leaky faucets. It seems like no matter what precautions you take, plumbing breaks down one way or another.

Plumbing problems can be a huge headache, but if you're smart about making repairs and replacing equipment you can save yourself a lot of time and money.

Making smart repairs

When you're having plumbing problems, you obviously want to get things back in working condition as quickly as possible and save as much money as you can. But depending on the situation, it might make more sense to replace the broken equipment completely rather than just fix the problem temporarily.


 

Here are a few things that you should consider when deciding whether to repair or replace:

  1. Cost of repairs

  2. How often your plumbing needs to be repaired

  3. How long the broken equipment has been in use

  4. Energy efficiency of the current system

  5. The safety of the set-up you have now

Some plumbing problems, like a clogged drain or a leaking faucet, are easy to repair on your own, and your plumbing will be as good as new. Other problems, however, are the result of old, leaky pipes, recurring clogs, broken equipment, and harmful lead pipes. These items should be replaced, since repairing them isn't a long-term solution.

If you do choose to repair rather than replace, there are plenty of local and online retailers for inexpensive replacement parts and tutorials to help you along the way.

As long as you feel confident making repairs and replacements yourself, you can save a lot of money by doing the work yourself. Otherwise, it may be worth it to call in a professional, whether to assess the situation or do the actual repairs.

It's better to be stuck with repair bills than make the problem worse by leaving it untreated or risk making it worse.

The History of Role-playing Games

An infographic made by the Forevergeek Kickstarter Store on the history of role playing games, from their early and humble beginnings using only dice, paper and pencils to the million dollar console and computer games of today



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Making Economical Decisions to Build a Website

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All small businesses should have a website, according to Small Business Chronicle. Unfortunately, many small businesses feel they do not have the money necessary to build the website they need. They feel they should be investing their money into endeavors that will bring in money immediately. What these businesses may not understand is the fact that a website brings in business both directly and indirectly. No business can afford to lose the attention having a good website brings in. Best of all, creating a website does not have to cost a lot of money. You can have a site with great design with a template, a host for your site and possibly a freelance web designer. These can help you to create the kind of site you will be proud to show off.

Use a Template for Your New Site

One of the most expensive parts of creating a website is the initial design process. This is a cost you can eliminate altogether with a website template. The template allows you to simply plug in the different elements you want to have on your site. The process of setting up a new site becomes very easy, even for those with no knowledge of computers or coding for websites. Simply go to a site with multiple templates to choose from, pick out the one you like and implement the template to create your site. There are a large variety of templates available, and many are customizable for specific types of businesses. In many cases, you can go to a web design company and use their online tools to completely build your site online.

Using a Host for Your Website

Once you know what your website looks like, you want to make sure it is accessible and secure. This ensures the visitors to your site can actually see and use the site. Using a web hosting company ensures that all of the information is available to be viewed at any time. These generally charge you based on the amount of space you need for the site rather than on the number of visitors you expect to have. They provide all the bandwidth, so you do not have to worry about the site crashing from too many simultaneous views.

Employing a Freelance Web Designer

If you are concerned about having a website with all the right elements, you can always spend a little more to hire a freelance web designer. The Internet is filled with web designers willing to work for rates far more competitive than you can find in a business. You can look through sites like Elance and oDesk to a wide variety of freelancers willing to work on your site for you. In the end, you will have a professional looking website you did not have to spend very much money on. It is an effective way to get a professional site without a major expense. You may even hire a freelancer to go over your site after you have put it together and make some minor alterations or improvements.

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Private Vs. Traditional Colleges: How Do They Compare?

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Whether you're a high school senior on the college search or just curious about education, there's a lot to be said about the differences between private (for profit) universities and the traditional state colleges. Obviously both have their pros and cons, but by looking at two specific schools, Arizona State University (a traditional state school) and Grand Canyon University (a private school), we can see exactly how such schools differ in specific areas.

Consider the following ways in which private universities compare to state schools.

Admissions

A state school like Arizona State is going to have a much higher acceptance rate (89%), while a private university is able to be more selective and therefore accept fewer applicants: only 37%.

Cost of attending

With a state school you have to worry about in-state tuition vs. out-of-state tuition, which is going to be more expensive. Private universities have a flat rate for everyone, whether they're residents of the state or not.

In the case of these two colleges, it would be cheaper to go to Arizona State if you can get in-state tuition, but if you're coming from anywhere other than Arizona you'll get a better deal at Grand Canyon.

Financial aid

One of the most important factors of a college decision -- the financial aid a school can offer its students -- can be a determining factor for almost every potential student. In this department, the state school has more to offer. About 89% of Arizona State students get financial aid compared to the 74% receiving aid at Grand Canyon, and Arizona State students tend to get more grants and fewer loans so they have less debt after school.

Diversity

At a state school like Arizona, the student body will be 50/50 male to female, while at Grand Canyon the student population is 2/3 female and one 1/3 male.

Student-to-teacher ratio

At a private school, class sizes are typically smaller and students get more one-on-one time with their professors.

Keep in mind that these are just single examples of the two types universities. While we can make broad statements about state vs. private colleges and how they differ, there are other factors -- such as location or student body, for example -- that go into making a school unique.

Increasingly, online schools present an attractive alternative to students, who have them to think about and the options they have to offer.

 

A Guide to Plasma Cutting

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A plasma cutter is a safe and convenient tool used to cut various metals in a range of thicknesses quickly with an incredible level of accuracy. Plasma cutters use a torch to heat the metal and create a clean cut.

Usually, an inert gas (and sometimes just air) is blown at high speed out of a nozzle while an electrical arc is shot through the gas. The combination of the energy and the gas creates a plasma that cuts the metal.

New technology is making plasma cutters even more precise, to near laser quality, as well as making them smaller and easier to transport. It's also helping to lower the cost of a new plasma cutting table. Soon, plasma cutters are likely to be accessible to general hobbyists rather than just in professional settings.

Using a plasma cutter can be incredibly easy with a little bit of training. Generally, plasma cutting tables come with free on-site installation and free training along with a comprehensive manual of instructions.

With programmable software, you can get the right cut every time in basically no time at all. You can even use the software to choose from pre-loaded shapes, parameters, and dimensions, or simply input your own information to get the exact shape cut out.

Using your plasma cutter

Once you have access to a plasma cutter and you're ready to put it to use, there are a few factors you have to think about to get that perfect cut in the shortest amount of time.

1. The material

The first thing you have to consider is the material you're trying to cut. A mild steel will cut differently from a stainless steel, for example, and you have to make adjustments for that.

Aluminum is usually the fastest and easiest to cut through but it won't always be the material you're using. The thickness of any metal also controls the speed at which you'll be able to cut.

2. The amp setting

The amp settings -- 65, 85, and 105 amps -- affect the speed at which you'll cut. The higher the amps, the higher the speed.

3. The speed

Cutting speed can range anywhere from around 15 inches per minute to well over 200 inches per minute. The thicker your metal, the slower you'll go. Obviously when you have a thickness of 3/8" or 1/4" and a high amp setting you'll be able to breeze through a job very quickly.

7 Tips for Making an Advertisement Stick

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Stickiness is often thought of as a bad thing: who wants sticky floors or hands? But in the world of marketing, stickiness is the ultimate goal, whether you stick in people's minds or your campaign is so good, it goes viral as more people pick up that sweet, sticky campaign graphic.

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Recycle

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Wrong Food System

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What do you eat? Do you know what is right or wrong with our Food System?
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SEO At a Glance

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What is SEO and all about it summed up in minutes
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Source: http://visual.ly/seo-glance

About Infographics

Even though infographics are hugely popular I'm still surprised by the number of inquiries we get from people who aren't sure exactly what they are, how they are created or why they are important.

So, we sat down and decided to make an infographic about infographics!

This design was published on Performancing.com

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Speaking of Languages

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There are roughly 7,000 languages currently spoken around the planet today. As the world continues to become more interconnected, due in large part to the ever-increasing use of the internet, language use will undoubtedly evolve, as well. Check out our "Speaking of Languages..." infographic below to learn more about the future of the world's many languages.

Which Came First?

Everyone believes that the iPhone came before the first Android phone, but is that really true? We decided to take a look. Especially revealing was the crossover of Andy Rubin, whose connections to both companies is telling in itself, even if Apple won the race to public release by more than a year. View Infographic ›

The Space Economy

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Asteroid mining is now being touted as the next frontier for minerals and with big name backers such as James Cameron and Google it could be the next gold rush. Planetary Resources hired us to create an infographic for them explaining how these asteroids rich in minerals and ores will be harvested. View Infographic ›

Rise of Dropbox

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MIT graduate Drew Houston co-founded Dropbox back in 2006 when he got tired of keeping track of his USB flash drive. He knew there must be a faster, more convenient and safer way of not just storing data but also sharing it. Today Dropbox is one of the hottest tech start-ups around and is going from strength to strength so much that tech giants such as IBM and Google are playing catch up.

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Brand Advocates

A infographic created for Zuberance.com looking at brand advocates and how much influence and reach they have.

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Overview of Pinterest

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A look at what Pinterest is and who is using it around the world.

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The SOPA Outrage

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This infographic design looks at what SOPA was and what affects it would have had on the internet had it been pushed through along with the unprecedented protests that followed.

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Business by Country

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An infographic looking at some of the factors on ease of setting up and running a business in nations around the world for 2012. This infographic examines business issues such as construction permits, ease of tax compliance and how well shareholders are protected.

What are the best countries to do business in?

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