Articles from: April 2017

Can You Buy Different Color Jackets Of Romex Cable

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The jacket colors of Romex are standard because they are stocked at the factory. The only way to get a Romex cable in a different color jacket is to place a special order with a minimum quantity which youll be able to see in about 5 to 6 weeks. Southwire owns the brand name of Romex and will give a minimum of at least 30,000 feet in order for them to take off the standard product to manufacture a special cable.

NMB cable is the same type of cable but Romex is a brand name that has slight differences to the standard NMB cable. Both types of electrical cables have the same approvals and color codes though. The 14 AWG cables come in a gray jacket that identifies it as a 14/2 cable or a 14/3 cable. Both would also come with an additional ground wire.

Romex 12 AWG cables come in a yellow jacket to identify them as 12/2 or 12/3. The difference between the 12/2 and 12/3 is the amount of conductors. The 12 means 12 AWG and the 2 or 3 designate the amount of THHN wire inside the cable. Remember that the ground wire is always extra so it would be a third or fourth wire as a bare copper ground.

NMB 10 AWG cables come in an orange jacket to identify them as 10/2 or 10/3. Having these cables with color coded jackets helps the electrician, contractor or installer automatically identify they cable without having to cut it open or rely on the faded printing on the jacket.

The balance of Romex cables come with a black jacket. They range from 8 AWG through 2 AWG in a 2 or 3 conductor count. All of the NMB cables have THHN wires as their conductors and a bare copper ground wire. You can request different inner conductors but it will most likely result in buying a different type od standard cable. Many requests are geared towards the amount of flexibility the cable has.

Speak to your supplier about the cable youre going to run and the environment that it will be running in. That way the supplier can help you find the cheapest version of what you need with all of the approvals needed to pass inspection. Analyzing it your self can result in buying a more expensive cable than what you need or possibly buying the wrong cable all together.

Pros and Cons of a Healthy Lifestyle

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Pros and Cons of a Healthy Lifestyle
by David Junno Psy.D.

Word count: 512

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Deciding to change your lifestyle.
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Once we recognized we have a problem, the temptation is to want
to make a change immediately. This, however, is rarely a good
idea. The reason is that for our attempts to be successful we
need to be absolutely sure we are willing to make the changes
necessary.

For example, if we discover that we have high cholesterol, we
might want to immediately start dieting and doing more exercise.
However, this can lead to problems. If we have not made a firm
decision to make the necessary changes, then when we encounter
obstacles, (which there will be many of), we will not have the
commitment to overcome them. We then might define our inability
to overcome the obstacles as a failure on our part. This is
likely to lead to the belief that we cannot make the necessary
changes, and we give up trying.

To avoid this problem we need to focus on making a decision to
change, rather than just reacting to bad news. One of the best
ways to do this is to focus on the pros and cons of making
changes.

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The Pros and Cons of Changing
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Take a piece of paper and write on the top what you want to
change, for example: exercising more, or eating less saturated
fat. Then make two columns on the paper and title one of them,
pros and the other one, cons. Under pros, write down all the
good reasons for making your change. For example under exercise
you might say, get into better shape, or have more stamina.
Under eating less saturated fat, you might write: lose weight.

Under the Cons, write all the reasons for not making these
changes. For example under exercise you might say, “I don’t
feel I have the time”, or “I don’t like exercising”. Or for
eating less saturated fat you might say, “I would have to
give up my favorite foods”, or “It will require a lot of
changes in my meal preparation”. According to Prochaska,
Norcross and DiClemete in their book, “Changing for Good”,
for a change to be successful the pros have to outweigh the
cons.

Are your pros more than your cons? If so, go ahead and start
preparing to change. If your pros are not more than your
cons, do not despair. This just means you need to focus your
efforts on looking for more of the pros, and coming up with
responses to the cons that will decrease their influence on
you. Being aware of the cons of making a change is very
important, as they tell you what you need to prepare for.
Being prepared for the obstacles before you encounter them
will improve your chances of success.

David Junno Psy.D. is a personal coach and author of:
Lower High Cholesterol, Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease-
READY OR NOT! an e-book program for living a healthier
lifestyle. You can e-mail him at: djunno@… or
visit his website:

Emerging Cities In Fashion Scene

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New York, Paris, London, Milan are known as the big names in fashion cities to see the best of fashion world has to offer. In these fashion capitals shadows are emerging cities that are frequently overlooked by the masses, enabling them to develop truly forward-thinking creativity in bustling art communities, and perhaps most notably, the freshest in fashion. We choose the three most promising cities for a sneak peek of whats to come in the world of fashion.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands:

Some have called it the “Venice of the North.” Amsterdam is known worldwide for its tolerance and liberalism. This beautiful city also reflects these qualities in its eclectic and creative fashion sense. Big scarves, stripes, leather booties, and bright accessories rule both the streets and the ever-popular boutiques dotting the Dams zig-zagging narrow lanes. In July and January, the city becomes the backdrop for its red-hot International Fashion Week, and the AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute fosters the freshest faces in the industry year-round.

Cape Town, South Africa:

Cape Town is Africas most progressive fashion city. Known for its multicultural population and gorgeous oceanfront landscape, it might be hard to focus your attention on just one visual pleasure, but a quick trip to one of the citys many boutiques is sure to distract you. Cropped trousers, full skirts, body-con, tiered dresses, pleats, drapes, sheer, chiffon and lace are ruling styles from Cape Town designers and fashionistas, making for an interesting interplay between conservative and sensual.

A benefit for many travelers in Cape Town is the favorable exchange rate and comparatively low production costs, so giving in to that to-die-for garment becomes that much easier. A capital of goldsmiths and jewelry makers as well as textile producers, look for high-quality leather goods and inexpensive, luxurious accessories. Greenmarket Square and the Cape Quarter are two places to start your shopping explorations, and mid-August is the time to catch Cape Town Fashion Week.

Bali, Indonesia:

Bustling and vibrant, the archipelago city, though known perhaps more for its gorgeous textile supply than groundbreaking design, local fashion thought is on the upswing. Maybe the best place to explore grassroots style is at one of the many open-air markets in the city, with colorful prints and breezy fabrics begging to be worn on Pacific-tanned bodies. Local style as of late has been centered on retro dresses, defined waistlines, relaxed-fit trousers and show-stealing peeptoe pumps. The citys fashion week has been suspended since last few years due to international economic troubles, but Bali is back in our list of fashion cities regardless of big fashion events speaks volumes.

So, whether you are planning a fashion trip around the globe or exploring the new fashion designers, keep in mind that the world of fashion goes well beyond the traditional hubs.

Carmelo Anthony, New Jersey Nets

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I gotta give big props to New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov for shutting down the studio on the Carmelo Anthony trade once it became obvious that the Denver Nuggets had the loose lips of a narco snitch and that Carmelo wasnt interested in signing a 3-year, $65 million extension with any team not called the New York Knicks.

Once the Russian billionaire found this out he did what any self-respecting man would do. He called off a hot date with the Nuggets All-Star forward on live TV. Burn, burn. Its been too long and too expensive, Prokhorov said. The English translation: This whore just wants my money. Then he had New Jersey Nets GM Billy King text Denver and the Detroit Pistons to tell them the sexy 3-way is off. Having your best friend do it? Thats priceless.

So theres a reason why this whole situation should piss Chicago Bulls fans off. Now all the sudden Anthonys agent is saying his client would be receptive to a trade to the Bulls. And Carmelos boy William Worldwide Wesley is expected to travel to Chicago for Bulls games on Thursday and Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers. You might remember him from last summer when he used the Bulls as leverage for Lebron in his dealings with the Miami Heat.

Oh really do the Bulls look that desperate, Carmelo? The Bulls dont have the worst record in the Eastern Conference (next to the Cavs) like the Nets do. The Bulls are 28-14 as I type, and were 18-4 at home. Derrick Rose is our Point Guard. You know that dude, Carmelo? He runs the show here in Chicago and last I checked he wasnt looking for a crutch like your boy Lebron.

Chicago doesnt need this kinda drama, and I hope John Paxon and Gar Forman ignore all calls from the 303 area code and delete William Wesleys thuggish voicemails without listening to them. What Worldwide Wes must not understand is how we love Joakim like we loved Dennis Rodman. We arent about to diss our dope-smoking rebounding machine for the next Free Agent Tramp of the Month.
Hopefully Bulls fans can take comfort in that last summer Bulls executives investigated a trade for Carmelo, but Denver insisted the Bulls include Joakim Noah in the deal. Pax and Gar laughed at that, talks cooled quickly, and Bulls fans can only hope its still funny.

The truth is we never wanted Chris Bosh. We never wanted Lebron. And we sure as hell dont wanna be Carmelo Anthonys easy mistress while hes engaged to be married to the New York Knicks in 2012. Take your talents to Madison Square Garden, you whore.
Derrick Rose for MVP!

Rich Laskowski
The Region Rat

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