Carefully measure the room to find the middle of the floor and mark this initial starting

Carefully measure the room to find the middle of the floor and mark this initial starting position with a pencil. Starting with the corner of a tile on the midpoint, position tiles towards one of the side walls. Don’t stick the tile down at this stage. If this results in a narrow gap between the last tile and the wall, move all the tiles away from the wall by about half a tile’s width. Adjust your starting position mark by the same amount. Repeat this process of laying tiles from the starting position to one of the end walls and adjusting the starting position, if necessary, to avoid having to fit thin strips of tile. Once you have established the starting position, measure carefully, then use a straight edge and draw a pencil line parallel to the nearest side wall. From the same starting point, use a combination square and straight edge to draw another line perpendicular to the first, which will be roughly parallel with the end walls. If you are using self-adhesive vinyl tiles, peel the paper off the first tile to reveal the self-adhesive surface. If you are using tiles where you apply adhesive yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Place one corner on th...

From stubble to big beards, maintaining your look is essential, so use one of these tried

From stubble to big beards, maintaining your look is essential, so use one of these tried and testing tools for the job Facial hair is big business – you need only turn to the red carpet to see how many celebs are rocking a full face of fur.  Whether it’s Jeff Bridges’ beard, David Beckham’s sculpt or (god forbid) Justin Bieber’s ‘stach, maintaining your mane can be a challenging and often confusing space.  While beard oil (a must) and even a good shampoo are both helpful, nothing is as important as the tools you use. Over the last month, our team have tested the trimmers that can touch-up, tame and tidy all shapes and styles of facial hair, providing you with the lowdown on specs, looks and whether it’s right for your lifestyle. Trim away. You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.  The smart-flexing head on this makes it the easiest of trims, literally guiding your hand along the contours of your face without any accidents. It has a slightly shorter length ra...

India’s second-biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, Ashok Leyland, is suspending production at several units from five

India’s second-biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, Ashok Leyland, is suspending production at several units from five to 18 days in September, triggering fears that the slump in the automotive sector shows no sign of letting up. The BBC’s Nitin Srivastava reports. Ram Mardi is worried he may lose his job. He works for a company that makes spare parts for cars and heavy vehicles in Jamshedpur, an industrial city in eastern India. But he has worked only 14 days in August. “We had a comfortable life until recently. Now, it’s hard to arrange food or pay for the children’s education,” Mr Mardi says. The factory he works at temporarily suspended production for half of the month to reduce inventory in the face of shrinking demand. Industry heavyweights such as Maruti, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra have all announced production cuts over the past several months. India’s economy is facing a slowdown. It grew at 5% in the quarter ending June 2019 – its lowest in five years. This – along with a drop in private investment and a banking crisis that has made it hard to access credit – has weakened consumer demand....

Combinatorial morphogenetic and mechanical cues to mimic bone development for defect repair

↵* Present address: Departments of Ophthalmology, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA. ↵§ Present address: Departments of Bioengineering and Orthopedics, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA. Endochondral ossification during long bone development and natural fracture healing initiates by mesenchymal cell condensation, directed by local morphogen signals and mechanical cues. Here, we aimed to mimic development for regeneration of large bone defects. We hypothesized that engineered human mesenchymal condensations presenting transforming growth factor–β1 (TGF-β1) and/or bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) from encapsulated microparticles promotes endochondral defect regeneration contingent on in vivo mechanical cues. Mesenchymal condensations induced bone formation dependent on morphogen presentation, with BMP-2 + TGF-β1 fully restoring mechanical function. Delayed in vivo ambulatory loading significantly enhanced the bone formation rate in the dual morphogen group. In vitro, BMP-2 or BMP-2 + TGF-β1 initiated robust endochondral lineage commitment. In vivo, however, extensive cartilage forma...

Base Metals Explorer Climbs on Nickel, Copper Results

More than a few speculators took a shine to copper and nickel assay results from a base metals explorer Thursday. Here’s some small stocks making big moves on Thursday, September 12, 2019 (as of 11:30 am EST): Garibaldi Resources (TSXV:GGI) shares gained 10% to $1.83 on Thursday after the base metals explorer announced additional assay results from the 2019 diamond drilling program at its Nickel Mountain project in British Columbia, which included 18.2 meters of 7.04% nickel and 3.81% copper. Bracelet Blank Findings As well, shares of Eskay Mining Corp. (TSXV:ESK) rose 20% to $0.12 as the junior explorer said its President and CEO, Hugh Balkam, has increased his ownership interest in the Company by more than 2%. Western Magnesium Corporation (TSXV:WMG), meanwhile, reported that it intends to complete a US$5 million non-brokered private placement with a U.S.-based private investment firm at a price of US$0.25 per unit. Western Magnesium stock moved up 18% to $0.20 following the announcement. See more Small and Micro Cap Market Movers Daily from Sean Mason. Tomorrow’s big stock market winners could be found here today! Pentant Necklace, Earring Blank, Rings Blank, Pendant Blank, E...

Steel manufacturer closing local distribution center | News

ANDERSON — Mill Steel is closing its distribution center at 444 W. 29th St., citing a decline in the market for its flat-rolled carbon steel products and displacing up to 50 workers. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based manufacturing company also has plants in Jeffersonville, Indiana; Birmingham, Alabama; Detroit and Houston. The closure of the Anderson location, which could happen within two weeks, is not entirely unexpected, officials with the city of Anderson said. “The economy is fluid,” said Greg Winkler, executive director for the Anderson Economic Development Department. “Things change, and obviously Anderson is no stranger to plants closing. We haven’t had that happen in a long time.” Winkler said he visited the facility Monday and spoke with several employees, offering to connect them with opportunities at other companies in the city. He said that, while losing manufacturing jobs is a blow to the community, there is considerable optimism that those workers won’t remain unemployed for very long. “We’ve got enough available jobs and enough opportunity in the marketplace that I would hope we’d be able to get them back to work in a very short period of time,” he said. Her Memo...

Move over Honma and PXG: this set of clubs will cost you $16,000

There’s been a renaissance in premium golf equipment over the last few years with the emergence of PXG and Honma making a more concentrated effort into the global market. While those companies attach a steep ticket price to their sticks, this figure on a new set of Bentley clubs…well, it makes the aforementioned brands look like bargain-barrel bats. Bentley Motors, renowned for its elegant—and expensive—cars, brought their business model to golf in the beginning of 2016, launching a set that cost $5,000. Though it’s golf arm has been around just three seasons, the company is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year, and in honor of that mark, Bentley is releasing a special batch of clubs dubbed “the Centenary Set.” The simple yet striking design is focused on a very visible and defining haunch line that can be seen across the set. Whilst the haunch line is very prominent, other detailing has been used that is synonymous with Bentley both past and present. The use of the new diamond knurling can be found on the grip. The wheel centre caps from the Le Mans car are prevalent on both the wood heads and the grip end caps. The irons are made utili...

Managing aluminum welds from surface prep to finishing

Spray applicators are now available that coat welding nozzle surfaces and prevent spatter adherence and nozzle obstructions. This allows shielding gases to flow freely and the wire to feed evenly. Compared to common gel-based products, these applications have been shown to last longer and reduce nozzle replacements, treatment costs, and spatter removal labour costs. Aluminum’s high strength-to-weight ratio has long made it an obvious choice in automotive and aerospace sectors, primarily because it is lightweight and corrosion-resistant. Although aluminum is not the strongest of metals, alloying it with other metals, such as copper, magnesium, tin, and zinc, helps increase its strength, durability, and mass. Aluminum alloys are easily workable but, as with any fabrication material, there are advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, cast aluminum products are relatively low-cost because of aluminum’s low melting point. On the other hand, they have lower tensile strengths. Additionally, aluminum alloys will warp at high temperatures. They have lower fatigue limits than steel and weaken with repeated stress, which is why aluminum alloys are rarely used in high fatigue-tolerance ap...

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Sensenich now offers a full line of ground-adjustable composite propellers for aircraft powered by Continental and

Sensenich now offers a full line of ground-adjustable composite propellers for aircraft powered by Continental and Lycoming engines, said Donald Rowell, company president. Rowell said there is a high-speed, three-blade, 68-inch-diameter propeller for 180- to 210-mph aircraft like high-performance Lancair, Glasair, and Van’s Aircraft RV models; a mid-speed, 76-inch propeller for 150-mph aircraft; and a short-takeoff-and-landing propeller with a diameter of 82 or 78 inches. Pricing of the new propellers varies by diameter. Two-blade props start at $3,500 and three-blade at $3,750, increasing to $4,250 in January; equipment is included but not a spinner. More information is available online. Steel Pipe, Steel Sheet, Galvanized Coil, Steel Profile, Steel Coil – Goldensun,https://www.gssteelgroup.com/

Dollar Store Garden Lights As ATtiny Power Supplies

Solar garden lights are just another part of the great trash pile of our age, electronics so cheap as to be disposable. Most of you probably have a set lurking somewhere at home, their batteries maybe exhausted. Internally though they are surprisingly interesting devices. A solar cell, a little boost converter chip, and a little NiCd battery alongside the LED. These are components with potential, as [Randy Elwin] noted with a mind to his ATtiny85 projects. The YX805A chip he references in his write-up is one of several similar chips that function in effect as joule thieves, extending the available charge in the battery to keep the LED active as long as possible when their solar panel is generating nothing, and turning it off in daylight when the panel can charge. Their problem is that they are designed as joule thieves rather than regulators, so using them as a microcontroller PSU without modification can result in overvoltage. His solution is to use the device’s solar panel input as a feedback pin from his ATtiny, allowing the microcontroller to keep an eye on its supply voltage and enable or disable the converter as necessary while it keeps running from the reservoir capacitor...

Area Golf News: Shep’s deposits Randall State Bank

EAST GULL LAKE — Shep’s on 6th destroyed Randall State Bank 27-17 Thursday, July 11 to build a 2.5-point in the men’s league standings at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. Edward Jones defeated US. Bank 26.5-17.5 to stay within striking distance and Team Legacy is in third with a demanding 37-7 victory over Hy-Tec Construction. Mark Gronning and Russ Dreyer each collected 11 points for Team Legacy. Shep’s On 6th 86, Edward Jones 83.5, Team Legacy 80.5, Von Hanson’s Meats 77.5, Frandsen Bank 74, Giovanni’s Frozen Pizza 74, Friends Of Tony 73.5, .925 Silver 72.5, Thelen Heating 72, The Tee Hive 72, Reichert Bus 71.5, Nexthome Horizons 71, Big Wood 65, Randall State Bank 64.5, Sazama Family Chiro 63.5, Brainerd Eyecare Center 63, American National Bank 62, Riverwood Bank 60.5, People’s Security 60, Mid-Minnesota FCU 59, State Farm Insurance 58, Deerwood Bank 57.5, Holden Electric 56, US Bank 51.5, CTC 47.5, Hy-Tec Construction 36 The Tee Hive vs. Deerwood Bank, Reichert Bus vs. American National Bank, Giovanni’s Frozen Pizza vs. Mid-Minnesota FCU, US Bank vs. Big Wood, People’s Security vs. Edward Jones, State Farm Insurance vs. Von Hanson’s M...