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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Choosing the Perfect Plasma Cutter for Auto Body Repair

Auto body repair requires some pretty heavy duty equipment, and plasma cutters are one of the most important tools you can have.  Choosing the right model can be very difficult though.  There are a lot of reviews out there, but you need to closely examine the features to determine which one is the right one for you.

Best Plasma Cutters

hobart 500i plasma cutterThere are a few manufacturers that are better than the rest when it comes to  plasma torches and cutters.  One of the very best in the world is Hobart.  Hobart has been making quality equipment for nearly 100 years.  The build and durability of their components sets the bar for the rest of the industry.  They make a wide variety of equipment.  From heavy kitchen equipment like mixers, to CNC cutters and the like, they put the same level of quality and design into every part they make.

When it comes to setting the bar.  Their 500i model plasma cutter is one of the best in the industry.  It is powerful enough to cut through just about anything you will need to in working with cars whether it be sheet metal or frame material.  The accuracy of the torch is top notch allowing you to work with speed, efficiency, and most of all confidence.

All of their parts are rigorously tested to meet their high standards in terms of reliability and durability.  As a result they are confident enough to offer some of the best warranties in the business.  You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that has been unhappy with either a Hobart product, or the company’s support of their product.  On top of that, when something does go wrong, there are a whole host of certified Hobart repair facilities nationwide.  This speaks to the popularity of the brand.  They just don’t come any better than that.

So if you’re looking for a new plasma cutter for your shop there are very few brands better than the Hobart.  Their quality and durability literally set the standard in the industry and they make a solid piece of equipment for any repair shop.  For more information check out

Enhance Your Education and Your Salary

There’s never been a better time to enhance your salary than right now.  With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, nicknamed ObamaCare, millions of previously uninsured individuals are going to be able to seek medical care.

This is going to overload the existing system of care in the United States.  As a result, hospitals, labs, private physicians, and other health care facilities are desperately going to need new, motivated, and trained individuals to help relieve this pressure.

Some of the most important fields are those involving medical technologies.  And some of the best paying fields happen to be in this exact same category.  Ultrasound technician salary levels are a perfect example.  In the last few years, sonographers have seen an increase in pay from an average of $50,000 per year to upwards of $65,000 per year.

These numbers get bigger with experience.  It’s not unusual for a vascular sonographer to earn six figures in a year.  Considering they level of education required, this is a very rewarding field.

Many professionals in this industry have nothing more than a four year degree and 18 months of job specific training from an accredited school.  This education can be had relatively cheaply as well.

Other medical positions that offer opportunities in today’s economy are radiographers, radiologist assistant, and nuclear medicine.

There are any number of online schools that are perfect for pursing a career in this field.  Performing a simple search on the web can provide you with a list of schools in your area.

The only thing to be aware of when heading into this field is that the Affordable Care Act is going to have an impact on hiring and overall hours.  Because hospitals and healthcare providers have to live by the same rules as all other businesses they will be looking to keep employees under the 30 hour minimum for providing health insurance coverage.

Many technicians are having to work for multiple employers in order to get enough hours each week.  But there is something to be said for not putting all of your eggs in one basket.


Some Tips for Saving Money Around The House

In challenging economic times, it’s always a good idea to know where you can save some money. Here are a few tips on things you can do to help save a bit of money during these tough economic times.

Reduce your energy costs.  Reducing your power bill each month can add a lot to your bottom line.  I know in our house our gas bill can reach upwards of $200 in the winter.  Much of this is due to heat lost through the windows.  One trick is to install shades that can act as a barrier to heat transfer.  This room darkening shades guide is very helpful in determining what will work best in your home.

Another area to save money is on food.  Reducing waste in the kitchen is a great way to save money on your budget.  And one way to do this is to make sure your utensils are in tip top working order.  This guide will help you find the best knife sharpeners ensuring your knives stay sharp and easy to work with.  While it may sound counter intuitive, a sharp knife is a safe knife.  This is the case because a sharp knife will cut cleanly through whatever it is you’re cutting, while a dull knife is more likely to slide off course and possibly cut you.

For ladies a great way to save some money is by reducing your expenditures on make-up.  Make-up can be extremely expensive. And it’s one of those creeping costs that you don’t notice as much because you’re not necessarily buying it all of the time.  But $40 here or $25 there adds up pretty quickly.  And there are so many different types of make-up that having a well stocked make-up kit can cost upwards of $200 or more.

Finding the best undereye concealer can be tricky.  But once you’ve found it, compare prices of brick and mortar stores with popular online outlets.  Often you can find better prices online, and can often get free shipping as well.  Just be sure that you know what color and tone you need before ordering.  While most online outlets have excellent return policies, it is a slow and frustrating procedure to ship things back and forth because you got the wrong product.

These are just a few of the things you can do RIGHT NOW to save some money.  Of course there are any number of other things that can dramatically impact your bottom line.  We’ll cover more of those in future articles, so check back often.…

Paleo Diet

After an analysis of 229 hunter-gatherer societies, researchers found that the greater part of their diet consisted of animal products.  This in addition to foods that were readily available through foraging such as berries, tubers (sweet potatoes, parsnips), fruits, and vegetables make up what is known as the ‘Paleo Diet’.

As with any successful diet, there are any number of spinoffs that have followed. Low carb, Atkins, and many other diets are all close relatives.  While consuming far fewer carbohydrate than what Americans are used to eating is a major part of the diet, there’s much more to it than just that.  Consuming more saturated fats from healthy sources such as eggs, bacon, coconut oil, and other animal fats is also a big part of the diet.  And while consuming MORE fat may seem counter-intuitive to everything we’ve been taught, fat is an essential part helping our body’s maintain proper health

Another important part of the paleo diet is omitting things like grains, legumes, and vegetable fats such as canola oil.  On an evolutionary scale, grains didn’t become a part of our diet until very recently.  In fact, the earliest know consumption of grain as a major source of daily calories didn’t occur until about 14,000 years ago.  And while that may sound like an extremely long time, in evolutionary terms it’s actually quite short.  Additionally, some cultures didn’t start eating grains until the last 100 years or so.  As result, our bodies have not developed the necessary processes to digest and absorb nutrients from these sources of food.  What grains do have going for them is that they are cheap, and can easily produced and stored in abundance.

One of the biggest challenges for those adopting the paleo diet is to find replacement foods for all of the grains that they would’ve normally eaten.  For this reason there are literally thousands of recipes online for common food items such as paleo granola, caveman cookies, primal meatloaf, and other dietary staples.  You can find many of these on  The wordplay off of paleo actually gets pretty clever at times, with any number of recipes and blogs named after the paleolithic time on which the diet is based.

Not to be overlooked, these blogs can be an incredible resource for information on the diet, inspiration, success stories, and of course recipes.  There is no limit to the creativity of these bloggers in coming up with recipes that look, taste, and feel like their non-paleo counterparts.  A great place to start reading is Mark’s Daily Apple.  At MDA they refer to it as the Primal diet, but for the most part it is the same as paelo.

MDA is updated every day with new information, studies, success stories, and recipes.  Nowhere else is there as much information available in one place on the paleo diet and lifestyle.  And the information is presented in a way that makes it very interesting and inspiring to read.

So if you’re interested in the paleo diet and what it can do for you, go to MDA, or just search ‘paleo diet’ from your favorite search engine.



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