With Christmas almost upon us, it’s worth taking stock of elf and safety, as the festive season is also known as the accident season.
T’is snow joke either, as RoSPA reports (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) reveal that more than 80,000 people require hospital treatment each year for accidents during the Christmas period. And you’re at your most vulnerable when you let your guard down to enjoy fun activities like opening presents and putting up decorations!
Just take stock of the following and it’s highly likely you’ll be in good elf come the New Year. Though we can’t be responsible for what you get up to on New Year’s Eve.
Log splitters are a useful piece of equipment that take the strain out of chopping logs. Consisiting of either a hydraulic or electric-powered rod and piston assembly, the log splitter is normally rated by the tons of pressure it generates. Logs are driven, by a piston, onto a stationary blade with enough force to split them in two.
Log splitters are portable and easily moved from garage or shed to your log pile. There are several types on the market depending on the size and/or amount of logs that require splitting. Most home devices range in pressure from 4 ton log splitters to 7 ton log splitters, which is more than adequate for most types of wood. Also popular are dual log splitters, which can split wood in both directions to save you even more time.
Good log splitters require two handed operation. This reduces the chance of operator accidents, as both hands are occupied in using the machine rather than potentially getting caught between log and blade. The behaviour of the log being split cannot be entirely predicted, so it’s good practice to stand at the opposite end to the splitting blade. If any people are collecting the split wood, make sure that they stand clear of the log splitter whilst it is in use.
Maintaining your log splitter as per the manufacturer’s instructions is important in prolonging the life of your purchase. Cleaning and oiling after use is usually recommended. Accessories are also available for logsplitters; a log splitter table is a good investment as it raises the splitter to waist height to eliminate any further bending.
If you’re still not sure if a log splitter is right for you, watch the video below to see one in action!
Is your pocket feeling the strain? New generation smartphones cost a pretty penny, but we’re not talking about the cost of upgrading your phone.
Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus is over 6” long by 3” wide, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 measures approximately 5.5” x 3”, LG’s G3 has a 5.5” display. Time was when smaller was better, but the sheer size of the latest offerings from the communications giants makes for a lot of computer to cram into your pocket of a standard pair of mens trousers.
Forget exercise, the new watchword is ‘movement’, and the best ‘movement’ of all? Walking.
Experts now say there’s evidence to suggest that even if you work out, that hour of training four or five times a week still isn’t enough to undo the damage caused by an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. But if you walk a lot, you’re doing yourself good with every step. That’s because putting one foot in front of the other helps the body’s systems work at their most efficient, keeping you fit and healthy for longer.
And now your phone can help get you moving. Motivating, guiding and providing information on the move, walking apps make the whole business of exploring on foot just that little bit easier. Here to help you make the most of a decent pair of mens shoes, our guide to the best walking apps.
We all want to do our best for the environment, but when it comes to choosing new shoes and clothes, should you go for leather or faux leather, cotton or polyester, wool or acrylic?
The environmental choice is not always obvious. Natural materials sometimes require large quantities of chemical fertiliser, place huge demands on water resources, and their processing can cause pollution. But synthetics don’t necessarily biodegrade, and can use a lot of energy during production. And then there’s the shipping…
We don’t pretend we can speak for all fibres produced in all countries, but here is a guide that will at least explore some of the things to think about when buying new clobber.