Your Basic Guide to Using Truck Ramps

Wood Ramp

You have an ATV and you’re ready to explore the great outdoors with it. But the trail you’re eyeing is quite a distance from where you live, so you’ll need a way of getting the ATV there. You have a pickup truck, so transportation shouldn’t be a problem, right? Now, how do you get your ATV onto the bed of the truck for transport? You could ask a friend to help you lift it off the ground and onto the truck bed, but that only puts you both at risk of suffering from back injury.

Why not use a truck ramp instead? With the right loading ramp, you won’t have to bother anyone else with the task of loading the ATV onto your pickup truck. You can easily load it on your own. The ramp also makes the loading process a lot safer both for you and for your ATV. By doing away with the lifting, you save yourself from the risk of injuring your back; you also take away the risk of damaging the ATV, which can happen if it lands badly as you lift it onto the back of the truck.

Types of Truck Ramps

To make the most of your investment, you have to make sure you choose the ramp that best suits your needs and preferences. Towards that end, it pays for you to know what the different types of ramp are, and what their respective features are.

 Standard Ramp

  1. Standard Ramps
    This is a simple, non-foldable ramp. It is perhaps the easiest type of ramp to set up, since you simply have to secure it to your truck’s tailgate. The disadvantage is that it requires ample storage space, which means it isn’t as portable as other types of ramp. If you plan to use a standard ramp, therefore, you have to make sure there’s enough space on your truck bed for both the ATV and the ramp. It is also important to take exact measurements of the area where you plan to load the ATV so as to make sure you buy a ramp of the right length.

  1. Folding Ramps
    As the name suggests, this type of ramp can be folded for storage. There are bi-fold ramps and tri-fold ramps. Whichever style of folding ramp you choose, it will take more time to set up than a standard ramp, since you’ll have to unfold it, secure it to the truck’s tailgate, and secure the joints as well. A folding ramp, however, is a lot easier to store on your truck bed for transport. The bi-fold ramp has the advantage of being easier to set up, but the tri-fold ramp is known to be a lot more portable.

  1. Collapsible Ramps
    These are basically two or more separate ramps (also known as runners) secured together to form a wide ramp over which you can ride or guide your ATV for loading and unloading. The design is intended to provide more storage options. This type of ramp comes in both folding and non-folding varieties. Its biggest disadvantage, perhaps, is that it really takes time to set up.

  1. Extenders/Combination Ramps
    These are multi-use ramps preferred by many people. They usually have large rungs and are directly attached to the tailgate hardware. It does take considerable time to set up and take down, but it is also the most versatile type of ramp. Other than a ramp for loading and unloading your ATV, it can also serve as a truck bed extender, useful for when you plan to load many items and the space in your truck bed falls short.

You need to determine what type of truck ramp best suits your needs and preferences. Flickr.com photo by DiamondBack Truck Covers

You need to determine what type of truck ramp best suits your needs and preferences. Flickr.com photo by DiamondBack Truck Covers

Loading Your ATV

Now that you know what types of ramp are available out there, you should be in a better position to choose the right ramp to serve your needs. Once you’ve chosen and purchased a ramp, you’ll be ready to go on that outdoor adventure you’ve been planning. You have to make sure, though, that your ATV is loaded properly to keep you safe from injury and the vehicle from damage of any sort. Here are a few tips to help you along:

  1. Make sure the ramp you choose is more than capable of holding not only the weight of your ATV, but your own weight as well. You’ll either be riding or guiding the vehicle up the ramp, so you and the ATV will be on the ramp at the same time, which is why the ramp should be able to hold your combined weight. It’s a good idea to weigh your ATV and yourself before buying a ramp and then make sure the ramp you get has a weight capacity that’s more than the resulting combined weight.

  1. Make sure the ground on which the ramp rests is even and perfectly flat to prevent shaking as you load the ATV. Too much movement could result in the ATV (and you) falling off the side of the ramp. Remember that the goal is to prevent damage to the vehicle and injury to you.

  1. Make sure the angle of the incline isn’t too steep. A steep incline also increases the risk of injury to you and damage to the ATV because it can cause the vehicle to fall over backwards as it nears the top of the incline, especially if you’re riding it and you happen to go too fast. You may want to take measurements with a tape measure before buying a ramp, so you’ll know what length of ramp to get in order to have an incline that’s just right for you.

    MC Ramp Straps

  1. Secure the ramp by attaching all the safety straps and devices. Make sure the straps are snug. Straps that are too long can make the ramp sag or cause a gap between the edge of the ramp and your truck’s tailgate, which also poses a danger as your ATV approaches the top of the ramp.

  1. Be sure to load your ATV in first gear and to avoid jerky starts and stops while the ATV is on the ramp. You should also avoid riding the ATV up the ramp at high speed. That can cause the vehicle to buckle and fall off the ramp or ram into the back of your pickup truck.

  1. Wherever possible, use a winch to load your ATV, rather than riding it up the ramp. Using a winch is a much safer option because it allows you to stand clear of the ATV as it goes up the ramp. It also gives you better control over the precision and speed of loading. And in case something goes wrong during the loading or unloading process, you won’t have to worry about injury, since you’re standing at a safe distance. If you do choose to ride your ATV up the ramp, be sure to wear protective gear to reduce the risk of injury in case of accidents.

  1. As soon as the ATV is loaded onto the back of your pickup truck, set the parking brakes and then secure it to the truck bed by attaching the tie-down straps. Be sure to attach two straps in front and two at the back. The straps should be tight enough for the ATV not to move when you try to rock it. You should also secure any excess strap length so it doesn’t flap in the wind or drag. It may also be a good idea to cover your ATV so as to protect it from debris during transport.

Now you know why truck ramps are very useful pieces of equipment and how to use them properly. You can finally explore the great outdoors. Enjoy!

Things to Consider When Buying Contact Lenses for Halloween

Trying on a new persona, or dressing up as an eccentric character just for fun is one of the things that makes Halloween special for most people. For that reason, a lot of specialty shops that are normally quiet during the rest of the year suddenly become abuzz with action whenever this holiday comes around. Among those shops are the ones who sell novelty contact lenses. As observed, contact lenses have become an essential to completing one’s look for the Halloween. If you are among those people who follow this trend then there are several things you need to keep in mind when buying a pair of contact lenses.

Halloween Colored Contacts

Basically, colored Halloween contact lenses are made using similar materials as the original clear ones that are made to enhance the wearer’s vision. However, unlike the latter, not all of these lenses are prescription lenses and some of them are not safe for long term use. If you want to keep your eyes safe from any side effects brought about by carelessly using these accessories or tiny medical devices (as the FDA wants to call them) then you have to make sure to follow the necessary precautions.

Before buying contact lenses, you have to consider whether it’s safe for you to wear a pair. Contact lenses are a good addition to any kind of costume. It creates a big impact on the wearer’s appearance without doing too much. However, contact lenses are not suitable for everyone. People with allergies or dry eyes may want to reconsider the whole idea. These conditions may cause a lot of discomfort to the wearer. To avoid that, it’s best to consult an eye doctor first before getting fitted for a pair of contacts. Apart from providing accurate prescription, the eye specialist can also give sound advice for those who wish to wear contacts but suffer from occasional bouts of allergies or those who simply have dry eyes.

Contact Lens Fitting

When not used properly, contact lenses can cause several side effects. Two of the most common include corneal ulcers and fungal eye infections. These inconveniences can be avoided by making sure that the lenses are clean before wearing them. Contact lenses should be soaked in their respective solutions. Depending on which optical clinic you go to, most of these solutions are offered for free after a client or a patient willingly buys a pair of contact lenses. Whichever tactic is applied, the most important thing for now is to learn how to clean lenses properly.

 

Wearing Contact Lens? Here Are Helpful Tips for You

Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching and people are busy preparing their costumes. If this is your first Hallow’s Eve outing, you’ll need to choose your costume well. This includes contact lenses, which are essential items if you want an authentic costume outcome. There are several issues about contact lenses that first time users like you will want to have answers for.

One of the first things you’ll need to learn is how to properly handle contact lens. How do you hold them? Do you put them into the palm of your hands, or do you really need to place them on your finger? How should you wear them?

Contacts On Fingertips

First, place your contact lens on your finger (or fingertip), not in the palm of your hands. Make sure that it is positioned in the right way. Thus, the lens should form a U shape, with the edges not spread (as in a bowl). If your lens is tinted, simply make sure that the tinted area is what you see and what will clearly appear.

Some contact lenses have brand markings on them, so you won’t have a difficult time determining which side is the correct one.

Wash Your Hands Before Touching Contacts

If you’re ready to wear your contact lens, you’ll have to wash your hands before putting it on. To avoid irritation and other similar problems, do not use perfumed soaps for your hand. Likewise, do not apply lotion on your hand.

Putting on the contact lens will require a little extra care. Of course, your contact lens should be placed at the tip of your finger. Be sure that your hands (fingers) are not wet when handling the lens. Then, when you’re ready, use your free hand (or fingers) to open your eyes. Gently lift the upper eyelid, pull down the lower eyelid and then place the contact lens on your eye. While doing this, you should look up. Once the lens is inside, close your eyes for awhile and roll it so that the lens will slowly position itself. This will also help you feel comfortable.

How To Wear Contact Lens

To make sure that the lens is placed at the center of your eye, stand in front of a mirror while putting it on. If you’re using the contact lens as part of your Halloween costume, it is advisable to put them on before you dress up.

When you’re ready to remove your contact lens, wash your hands thoroughly before touching anything. Removing is a little easier compared to wearing the lens. All you need to do is look up or to the side and then gently pull your lower eyelid down. Position the lens in the middle of your eye before you start “pinching” it together. This will make it easier for you to take off the lens from your eye. However, if your contact lens is not the soft type, just bend over, open your eyes as wide as you can, and prepare your open palm (for catching the lens). The lens will easily pop out when you blink as you pull the skin by the sides of your eye toward the ear area.

Like what you did when you put on the lens, do this in front of a mirror.

Finally, since you’re wearing contact lenses as a part of your Halloween costume, remember that putting on eye makeup with your lens can be uncomfortable and may even lead to allergies. To avoid complications like this, put on your contact lens before you apply makeup and use only hypo-allergenic brands.

What You Need to Know about Colored Contact Lenses

If you are considering putting on a pair of colored contact lenses, you should be mindful of a few factors to ensure safety and comfort. Although contact lenses come in a variety of sizes that fit most wearers, there are specific situations that are out of one’s control. For instance, when staying in an air conditioned room for a period of time, your eyes become dry. This can cause some degree of discomfort, especially when you are wearing contact lenses. Sometimes, a simple blinking action can cause the lens to slide over the pupil of your eye, limiting your vision.

 Using Rewetting Drops

To remedy this, always carry around rewetting drops anywhere you go. Rewetting drops, otherwise known as lubricating eye drops, allow the wearer to rewet the lenses without having to remove them. Most extended wear contact lenses require rewetting, especially if they are on for longer periods or if you fell asleep with them still on. Although going to bed with your contact lenses still on is not advisable since it can irritate your eyes or damage the contacts.

Eye Checkup

When it comes to contact lenses, hygiene and proper care should always be observed. If you visit an eye specialist – like an optometrist or ophthalmologist – to get fitted for contact lenses, you will almost certainly be given a complete crash course on the safety, proper care and maintenance, and other responsibilities of a contact lens wearer. These include washing your hands every time you handle your lenses, whether putting them on, removing them, or simply cleaning them.

Always make sure, when handling your contact lenses, that your hands are free from dust particles, fibers, or lint. Even the minutest particles left on the lens can cause discomfort and irritation once you put it on. The lifespan of contact lenses vary on the type, quality, and frequency of use. Disposable lenses usually last anywhere between a week up to a month, while extended wear lenses normally lasts up to a year, or maybe more with proper care. Extended wear lenses can be worn on a daily basis if so desired.

Tap water getting into contact with your contact lenses is another thing you should avoid. Water, even if it’s safe to drink, contain microorganisms that can damage your lenses. Unlike your contact lens solution, which is specially formulated for cleaning and soaking, tap water can be absorbed by the lens causing it to swell. This effect will undoubtedly change how the lens fit on your eye, especially if you are wearing contacts with corrective power.

 Wearing Contact Lens

The fact of the matter is colored contact lenses are about as safe as grandpa’s false teeth. As long as the proper cleaning procedures are observed, taking into account your eye care practitioner’s instructions, there should be nothing to worry about. So, grab your prescription now and start wearing your new color contact lenses. Does sweet chocolate brown sound good, or would you prefer a lighter shade of gray eyes?

Colored Contact Lenses – Get a Fresh New Look Now

Colored Contact Lens

Colored contact lenses allow you to change your look almost instantly, just like switching from an old pair of jeans to a nice stylish dress. There are a million ways to change someone’s appearance. A guy can grow a beard or a mustache, a girl can choose to wear flashy makeup or simply go for a subtle makeover. But there is one aspect that almost always remains the same, the color of one’s eyes. This is where colored contacts can make a huge difference when it comes to a complete makeover. You can choose to make your eyes lighter and more dazzling or spice it up a bit with a darker shade of brown or green.

The two basic types of contact lenses are prescription and plano. There are prescription colored contacts available, which allow vision correction for astigmatism, myopia or nearsightedness, and hyperopia or farsightedness. Plano lenses, on the other hand, are used purely for cosmetics and eye color enhancements since they have no correctional power.

 Plano Contact Lens

Colored contact lenses work by mimicking the natural look of the iris; that’s the colored part of your eye. A common misconception is that colored contact lenses have solid colors. This may only be true for Halloween contact lenses or special effects lenses like what you see in horror movies and zombie flicks. Cosmetic contact lenses have a more intricate design, which features tiny colored dots and lines to mimic the series of shapes and streaks of the human iris, giving a more natural look when worn.

Zombie Contact Lens

The central portion of a colored contact lens is clear since this is the part that rests over the pupil of the eye. The pupil is the tiny black dot at the center of your eye. This is where light enters, allowing you to see. Although most colored contact lenses have a clear center, there are contact lenses that cover not just the iris but the pupil as well. Costume lenses like the whiteout contact lens, which gives the wearer a creepy blind appearance, covers the entire colored part of the eye, including the pupil, which is why it is advisable to wear the lens only in one eye and not wear them at all if you are driving or doing something that requires full vision.

Unlike whiteouts, black contacts have a clear center since the color of your pupil is already black. Therefore, they can be worn in both eyes. All black contact lenses are a perfect match for vampire costumes or an all black suit for a mysterious and menacing look.

Lighter shades of color contact lenses work well with people with dark complexions. When it comes to choosing the best color for you, there is no harm in experimenting. Pick a color that is a huge contrast to your natural eye color and you might just surprise yourself with your new look.

A Simple Guide to Contact Lenses: Safety Rules Everyone Should Remember When Using Circle Lenses

Circle Contact Lens

Circle contact lens or more popularly known as circle lens is a cosmetic type of contact lens that makes the irises of the eyes appear bigger, giving you a pair of striking eyes that people would surely die to have. This type of decorative lenses is very popular among teenagers and even celebrities because they can really enhance your look and make your eyes doll-like. Circle lenses were first introduced in 2004 in Asian countries such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore as a type of decorative contact lens that can help you achieve the most coveted anime look by giving you big, round doll-like eyes. Over the time, Western countries began using circle lenses that contributed more to their popularity.

Just like regular contact lenses, circle lenses also require to be taken care of meticulously. Since our eyes are very sensitive and prone to many kinds of infections, it is very important that you should know how to avoid any eye complication by taking care of the devices properly. When it comes to using either regular contact lenses or circle lenses, proper hygiene, usage, and storage should be given importance. Using contact lenses has many risks involved but if you know the safety measures, you can definitely avoid any possible eye complications. Knowing the safety rules when using circle lenses is not just enough; you must also learn to apply it.

Cleaning Circle Contacts

When you are using circle lenses, there is a list of do’s and don’ts that must be followed and failing to heed of these simple instructions, you are increasing the risk of your eyes getting infected. The first thing that you must never do when using circle lenses is not to share them to anybody. Your circle lenses should only be for your own use because if you let others wear them, you might get eye infections and irritations that might even lead to severe complications. Another thing that you must never do is to wash your circle lenses with tap water. Instead, clean your lenses using multipurpose solution which is especially made for contact lenses. By washing your circle lenses with tap water, your contacts might accumulate germs that will definitely cause infections in your eyes. Always remember also to change your solution in storage every day. It is equally important also to change your circle lenses every three months.

Using Eye Drops To Moisturize

To avoid corneal ulcers and other severe eye complications that might lead surgical operation, you must never sleep with circle lenses; always remind yourself to take it off before going to bed. Also, don’t wear contacts for more than eight hours. Moreover, if at any time your eyes are feeling dry, use eye drops to moisturize them but only in a proper portion. Using of contact lenses when going for a swim or sauna is also a big no-no; take them off if you want to avoid eye complications. Lastly, if you are feeling any discomforts, don’t hesitate to remove your lenses immediately to relieve your eyes. Wearing circle lenses can definitely make you look more beautiful but you should also make sure that your eyes are infection-free. You only have two eyes, take care of them while making yourself look even more fabulous.

How to Minimize Cost on AC Repairs and Maintenance

There are a lot of ways to save money on air conditioning repairs and maintenance. If you are technically adept and possess a little bit of experience on how air conditioners work, you can basically do your own repairs and maintenance service without spending a cent on AC specialists. But for the rest of us who are ill-equipped and inexperienced when it comes to doing HVAC system repairs, the task may seem too complicated and overwhelming.

DIY Air Conditioning Repair

Fortunately, there are ways to still save a few bucks on heating and cooling system repairs even if your technical skills are virtually non-existent. You might have better luck making duck calls than doing extensive repairs on a modern HVAC system. But the key to cost-efficiency is employing preventive maintenance. That’s how you save money on future repairs. If an air conditioner is well maintained, it’s less likely to act up and force you to call your local Summerlin HVAC maintenance service.

As the term suggests, the goal of conducting preventive maintenance is to prevent wear and tear and mechanical fatigue. When your HVAC system works over time, especially during the summer, it’s just a matter of time before it starts to cause problems for you. Checking the air filter once a month, and replacing it when necessary, is just one of the preventive measures you can do to keep your cooling system in tiptop shape. Any component that is easily accessible by hand should be cleaned regularly.

Learning about the different components of your heating, cooling, and air conditioning system is a good investment of you time. The more you learn about your air conditioning unit, the more confident and comfortable you’ll be when it’s time to do some service work on it. But as you go deeper down the rabbit hole, it is important to know your limitations as a weekend HVAC specialist. There are some things that are best left to the experts with the proper credentials.

Old HVAC System

If your air conditioning unit is over a decade old, you might be better off just replacing it with a brand new HVAC system. Older units can be energy guzzlers, which will end up costing you more on utility bills if you keep running it, especially during the peak months like summer or winter. Modern cooling and heating systems are more energy efficient compared to the vintage models from two decades ago. There are a lot of factors to think about when it comes to cost savings, and energy consumption is one of them.

Is Betting on a Sport a Legit Business?

Betting on a Sport

Surely you’ve bet on sports before, right? But can you really turn the art and science of sports betting into a legit business? The simple answer is YES, you can indeed set up a legit sports betting business. Here’s one thing you need to bear in mind, though:

Ninety Nine

99% of those who think they can make it big as a sports bettor are better off NOT even thinking about it!

Just like Internet marketing, more people fail at sports betting than those who succeed. What sets the successful few apart from those who fail? For one thing, successful sports bettors treat it not as a gamble or a game; rather, they treat it as a business. They know it’s not easy money and they need to work hard to achieve success. If you want to become a successful sports bettor, therefore, you first need to adopt a mindset of it being a business and NOT a hobby.

Sports Business

The beauty of this business is that you pick your own sports and your own hours. You even get to pick your work environment. You have no boss to answer to, no employees to pay, and no problems with daily commute. It’s a bit like stocks trading, except that you don’t need to pay broker fees. Just bear in mind that it’s more about the investment you make rather than the excitement of the gamble.

Oh, and since this is a legit business, you should be prepared to pay taxes.

Sometimes Moving a House Is a Sport

Move a House to New Location

Did you know that instead of moving to a new house, you can actually move a house to the new location? Depending on the circumstances, this may, in fact, be the more practical solution.

Brief History of Moving Houses

Back in the 19th century, moving houses was so common that many people dubbed it their “favourite winter sport.” Considering that power tools and gasoline still haven’t been invented at the time, it’s easy to understand why the act of moving a house is likened to playing sports. This act becomes even more impressive when we consider that houses were sometimes moved over long distances during those days.

Now a days it gets easier, if you are a folk who lives in the land down under (Australia). You just get professional removalists Brisbane folks, or removalists Melbourne (depending on where you are from or where you are moving into), and these guys will do practically everything for you. Although packing the boxes will still fall in your hands so don’t get sloppy.

These days, most people would opt to rent/buy a new house or have one built on their property. There are still some, however, who figure that it’s more practical to move a house to their property instead of getting a new one built. Let’s say you were able to buy a farmland. You could check nearby areas to see if there are houses being auctioned off. Be on the lookout for houses scheduled for demolition, as these are often very cheap. It may cost you much less to have such a house transferred to your farmland rather than building a new house.

Moving a house can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $60,000; a pretty small amount compared to what you’d spend if you had a house built, right? So, if you’re looking for a new sport, why not lend a hand in moving a house?