Posts by Melody Burton

Common Questions And Concerns About Implementing A Backyard Ice Rink

If you live in an area where the winters are long and temperatures stay near freezing or below for an extended period of time, your backyard is just about useless for several months out of the year. By incorporating a backyard ice rink you will be transforming your property into a place where everyone in the neighborhood can have a lot of fun in spite of the cold weather. If this is something that you are considering, you most likely have some questions and concerns about installation. Here are a few of the most common.

What Climate Works Best for a Backyard Ice Rink?

The ideal climate for a backyard ice rink would be one that provides a temperature that steadily remains below freezing. If you live in an area where the daytime winter temperature rises above freezing and only dips below freezing at night, an ice rink is not a good idea.

How Level Does the Yard Need to Be?

Your yard actually does not have to be completely level for an ice rink to be installed by a professional. The contractor will be installing a perimeter that can be adjusted to allow for slope and slight variations in the surface level of the yard.

How Is the Surface of the Ice Maintained?

When you are using your backyard ice rink on a regular basis, it will not be uncommon for the ice to be compromised with scraped, dings, and damage. It is recommended that you invest in an ice groomer that will help keep the surface smooth and safe for skating. You can also achieve a smooth surface by adding a thin layer of water to the surface with your water hose.  

How Thick Will the Ice Be?

The thickness of your ice skating rink should be around two inches. Anything much thinner than this will be prone to breakage with weight, and thicker ice will be harder to keep frozen solid during slight temperatures rises.

When the Cold Season Is Over, What Happens to the Rink?

When the weather starts to warm, the ice in your rink will melt gradually and most of it will evaporate without the need to be drained. However, if temperature changes occur quickly, you may need to open the drainage perimeter to allow water to get out. Once the rink is drained and dry, you can remove perimeter materials and store them away for the season.

You will be amazed at just how simple it can be to have a backyard ice rink installed on your property. With the help of a professional installer, your new rink can be installed in as little as a few hours and be ready for use by the next day. Talk to an ice rink installer in your area for if you have further questions and concerns.

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The Use Of Biometric Technology As A Gun Safe Authentication Tool

Gun owners traditionally store their weapons in gun safes secured behind a key lock or a combination lock. Even though these two methods are highly effective, the use of biometric technology as a gun safe authentication method is growing in popularity. Here is a brief look into biometric technology, how it is used as a gun safe security device, and why gun owners should consider buying a safe with this new authentication system.

What is Biometric Technology?

Biometric technology” is the use of human biological data for security authentication purposes. The “human biological data” used can be facial features and structure, fingerprints, iris and retina recognition, and voice recognition. 

History of Biometric Technology

Even though biometric technology has only come into fashion in the last few decades, its use in authentication actually dates as far back as prehistoric times. Historians believe that ancient people used hand prints as signatures identifying the artists behind cave paintings. Since these ancient times, cultures have used human data (usually fingerprints) to ensure the authenticity of letters, identity of children and criminals, and record business transactions.

In the last few decades, biometric technology has seen its most rapid advancements. Now, biometric technology can be used as a “password” for access to buildings, cell phones, vehicles, and of course, gun safes.

How Does Biometric Technology Work?

Gun safes with biometric technology security features usually use fingerprints or palm prints to authenticate entry. Gun safes with fingerprint or palm print authentication systems have four steps involved:

  1. A “reader” accepts the authorized person’s fingerprints or palm print;
  2. The software pinpoints key identifying aspects of the print and saves the image into a database;
  3. When a person tries to access the safe, that person’s fingerprint or palm print is compared with the data saved in the database; and
  4. The safe grants or denies access according to how closely the incoming print matches the saved print. 

Why Should a Gun Owner Consider Purchasing a Safe That Uses Biometric Technology?

Gun safes are traditionally secured behind a key lock, a combination lock, or both. There are both positive and negative aspects to these security features. For example, a combination lock gives the gun owner the freedom to access the safe at any time, without the need to constantly carry a physical key. Yet, in the event of a break-in or robbery, the gun owner might not be able to quickly navigate the combination lock because of stress or lack of time. On the other hand, a key prevents the need to remember a combination in a stressful situation, but can truly inconvenience the gun owner if the key is lost or misplaced.

The use of biometric technology as a gun safe authentication system does away with these negatives. The recognition technology quickly grants (or, as the case may be, denies) access to the safe, and the gun owner need not worry about remembering a combination sequence or the location of a key.

Some gun safes also save more than one fingerprint set or palm print, so more than one gun owner can access the safe. This is particularly useful for married couples. 

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Party Rentals For All Ages In Phoenix AZ

When my husband graduated from college I wanted to throw him a big party. I looked around and found several different party rentals in Phoenix AZ. There were so many to choose from, but I finally picked one that he would love. I found a place where there were big screen televisions and game systems. I invited all of his friends and they played games against each other. My husband loved the party and I loved that I did not have the mess at my house. It was so painless that ever since that party I have rented other venues for various events.

For my daughter’s birthday I wanted to give her a fun birthday so I decided to look at party rentals from Phoenix AZ again. I found a little place that was made just for children. It had roller coasters, balloons, prizes, and food. They planned the entire party and I had to do no work at all. It was very inexpensive and all of the children and parents loved the party. I used that same venue for all of my children and it was a big hit every time. There were so many different options for parties in Phoenix and I loved not having to do any of the work.

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