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3 Annual Home Maintenance Tasks To Keep Big Repair Costs Low

Written by 9rules Blog on February 5, 2016

Owning a home can be both a blessing and a curse. While you get all the advantages of having your own space and building equity, you also have to take on all the home repairs and maintenance on your own. For those who love being handy, this could be seen as just another advantage of home ownership. But for those who either don’t enjoy home maintenance or can’t afford to make large home repairs, this can turn into a real headache.

While making big replacements and repairs can be both financially and labor intensive, taking preventative maintenance action can help alleviate both of these burdens. By undertaking certain aspects of home improvement annually, you can save yourself from having to take on the more major tasks of complete replacement or professional repair. To help you begin this process, here are three annual home maintenance tasks anyone can do to help keep big repair costs low. (more…)

10 Tips for Planning the Perfect Birthday Party

Written by 9rules Blog on January 30, 2016

It doesn’t matter how old you are – it’s fun to have a party on your birthday. However, for the person planning the event, it’s not always enjoyable. The stress that comes with the responsibility of planning the party can be overwhelming to say the least, particularly if you don’t have any concept of what makes a good birthday party. From deciding on the perfect theme to reserving the venue, let’s take a look at making your next party great!

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1. Decide on a Theme

A birthday party without a theme is just a party. Your guests and VIP will have a much more enjoyable time if you come up with a theme. It doesn’t have to be cheesy. Just choose something fun that will reflect the birthday person’s interests. (more…)

Migraine Prone? Avoid The Common Dietary Triggers

Written by 9rules Blog on January 30, 2016

There are many factors that can contribute to migraines, including weather changes, lack of sleep, and hormone fluctuations. Even depression is linked to increased migraine activity. What many migraine sufferers have noted, however, is that there are certain foods that consistently trigger migraines. If you’re prone to migraines, you’ll need to target your own unique trigger foods. Here are a few common triggers to investigate first.

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Mind Your Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol is a common migraine trigger for multiple reasons. First, any alcohol may cause dehydration, which can trigger a migraine, so it’s important to counter any alcohol with adequate amounts of water to prevent this from happening and avoid drinking in excess. (more…)

4 Considerations when Opening a Dental Practice

Written by 9rules Blog on January 30, 2016

So you’ve graduated from dental school – now what? If you want to open your own dental practice, you’ll need more than just your skill at filling cavities. In addition, you’ll need a business plan, significant funds, and a few sets of hands ready to help. Before you strike out on your own, consider these questions.

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Do You Know How To Write A Business Plan?

You went to dental school, not business school, so a business plan may not be a genre of writing you’re intimately familiar with. But if you’re going to get lenders to invest in your new practice, you’ll need a business plan that reads well to the people who control the purse strings. (more…)

Ship Shape: 5 Boat Maintenance Tips

Written by 9rules Blog on January 30, 2016

Just like your car, it’s important to always keep your boat properly maintained, as even minor neglect can turn into a significant problem if not remedied quickly. Here are 5 vital maintenance activities you should be performing on your boat if you want it to be ready to set sail in the near future.

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1. Look Smart

Boats are funny creatures. Unlike many other vehicles or tools, some corrosion is typical and you need to learn to differentiate between visual signs of concern and normal wear and exposure. Frayed rope, on the other hand, is often much more of a problem than corrosion. Always check your ropes and replace damaged lines as noted. You can also reduce the likelihood of element-based wear by always keeping your boat covered. Excessive sun exposure can be a contributing factor to damaged rope, so cover your boat well when not in use.

2. Do An Oil Check

Just like a car, boats need to have their oil changed regularly. Though specifications may vary, standard interval for oil changes is every 100 hours of boat operation. Ideally you should change your oil while your boat is in the water, as it naturally keeps the engine cool. It’s also important to use “marine grade” oil in your boat – using the wrong kind of oil, such as what you would put in your car, won’t protect the heavier machinery of the boat motor.

3. Motor Care

One maintenance task that should be performed every time you use your boat is a complete motor flush. During this check you should also monitor your engine’s cooling system and other internal fluid levels. While checking these motor features, be sure to note any physical changes like rust or damage that could prove to be a problem down the line.

4. Steer Safely

If your boat has mechanical steering, you’ll know it’s time to change your steering cable when you notice excessive friction or movement during steering. There are a couple of steps to changing your steering cable, but overall it isn’t an excessively difficult task.

The most important thing when changing your steering cable is that you replace your cable with the same type as was originally found in your system. Mixing cable types can cause significant steering problems. If you can’t identify the cable by sight, consult your owner’s manual.

5. Storage Style

To prevent damaging your boat, you’ll need to store it properly when it isn’t in the water. Start by removing any plugs and disconnecting the battery. In colder climates, you should remove the battery altogether in order to store it somewhere where it won’t be at risk of freezing.

Disconnecting your battery will also reduce the likelihood of power loss during the period it isn’t in use, but you should still check your battery’s charge level before reinstalling it.

The Beauty Of Boating

A well-cared for boat is a thing of beauty, but maintaining it properly takes time and skill. Commit to your boat and you’ll enjoy the beauty of boating with friends and family for years to come.