Have you ever wondered what exactly is a water softener? After all, isn’t all water soft?

Have you ever wondered what exactly is a water softener? After all, isn’t all water soft? Fair point. But water softeners were created to combat a surprisingly common problem: hard water. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, about 85 percent of American households have hard water, including homes with city water and well water. But what exactly is hard water and what can be done about? Glad you asked. The term “hard water” may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s simply household water that contains high concentrations of dissolved minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium. These minerals don’t make water unhealthy to drink. They also are relatively undetectable through smell or taste, but they can be harmful just the same. The effects of elevated mineral levels range from annoying to highly destructive. Hard water causes cloudy water spots on sinks, dishes, silverware, and shower enclosures. White, crusty deposits form on teakettles and coffee pots. Hard water also dramatically reduces the lathering and rinse-ability of laundry detergent, body soap, and shampoo. As a result, laundered clothes appear gray and faded. Bathing and showering in hard water makes your skin feel dr...

New Jersey Democrats Introduce Bill to BAN Your Current Rifles as “Assault Weapons”

New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- With the take over of the New Jersey Governors office by rabid gun banning Democrat, Phil Murphy, the first attack on NJ gun owners rights and property, of what will be many, has been launched.  The proposed bill would ban most all the rifles and shotguns you currently own and legally bought under the current NJ laws. Sponsored by state senator Senator Nia H. Gill this bill would “strengthen” the State’s current assault weapons ban by revising the definition of an “assault weapon” to include: rifles with detachable magazines and one military style feature; semi-automatic shotguns with one military style feature; and semi-automatic pistols with one military style feature. The current definition of an assault weapon sets forth a list of prohibited firearms and specifically includes any firearm that is “substantially identical” to any of the enumerated firearms. Under State regulations, a semi-automatic firearm is to be considered substantially identical to an enumerated firearm if it meets certain criteria. This bill codifies these regulations while expanding the number of firearms that would be considered assault weapons by adding criteria and reducin...

My PC is too big. Much too big. I’d always vaguely suspected it, but testing Corsair’s

My PC is too big. Much too big. I’d always vaguely suspected it, but testing Corsair’s Obsidian Series 350D case earlier this week made it quite clear. My PC is full of air and unoccupied slots and bays. I have four 5.25″ optical drive bays that I don’t use. The top one houses a DVD burner, but I can’t remember the last time I stuck a disc in it. I moved to Canada over three years ago, and I’m positive that I’ve never purchased a blank DVD in this country. Half of the expansion slots on my motherboard are set dressing. I only have a dual-slot graphics card and a sound card. In fairness, I use five of my six hard-drive bays—but that’s because I’m still holding on to old drives, including a 320GB WD Caviar SE16. If I were to build a new system today, I would probably need just two 3.5″ bays, with one 4TB hard drive in each. Add a 2.5″ solid-state drive for my OS and applications, and I’d be set. I’m sure I’m not alone. In fact, I’m willing to bet the vast majority of PC gamers and enthusiasts out there have just as much empty space in their PCs. Oh, don’t get me wrong; leaving room for upgrades is fine. However, in the age of laptops, iPads, and smartphones, it ...

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TOKYO — Chinese investment is flowing into the backbone of Japanese industry: small and midsize component makers that supply major manufacturers like automakers and electronics brands. In 2018, buyers from China acquired a record 25 unlisted companies in Japan. Many of the target businesses have been pushed to the brink by slumping sales and an inability to find successors for aging leaders. For some, backing from China not only keeps them afloat but also unlocks new sales channels across Asia. But there are also concerns about how the U.S.-China trade war might affect them, and Japan Inc. is under pressure to do more to shore up its supply chains. Often, big Japanese companies are bypassing their smaller compatriots in favor of overseas investments. Electronics component maker New Shicoh Technology is among the companies that have been resuscitated with injections of Chinese cash. Founded in 1976, Shicoh supplied micro motors to Intel and at one point was the exclusive supplier of actuators — parts that focus smartphone cameras — to Apple. But after it lost the Apple contract, the company went under in 2012. When rescue talks with fellow parts maker and spons...

Globaler GI verzinkter Stahl-Marktbericht 2019 7ᵗʰ Ausgabe Top-Unternehmen, Umsatz, Umsatz, Prognose und detaillierte Analyse

Globaler GI verzinkter Stahl -Marktausblick, Trend- und Chancenanalyse, wettbewerbsfähig Einblicke, Segmentierung & amp; Prognose 2026 Es wird prognostiziert, dass der weltweite GI verzinkter Stahl -Markt bis zum Jahr 2026 einen Wert von XX Mio. USD erreichen wird CAGR von X.XX% in den nächsten sieben Jahren. Dieser Bericht enthält eine punktgenaue Analyse zur Verlagerung der Wettbewerbsdynamik der Globus. Der Bericht bietet ferner eine vorausschauende Perspektive auf verschiedene Faktoren Wachstum des Marktes vorantreiben oder einschränken, wobei eine auf der Grundlage dieser Prognose erstellte Sechsjahresprognose zugrunde gelegt wird wie der Markt voraussichtlich wachsen wird. Die für die Bewertung verwendeten Jahre sind wie folgt; • Historisches Jahr: 2014, 2015, 2016 und 2017 • Basisjahr: 2018 • Prognosezeitraum: 2019 – 2026 Fordern Sie Berichtsmusterseiten an @ http://marketreportscompany.com/contact.phpBerichtsumfang In this report, the Asia-Pacific GI Galvanized Steel market is valued at USD XX million in 2018 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2024, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2018 and 2024. Geographically, this report split Asia-Pacific into ...

Celebrities Rely on These High-End Facials for Photo-Worthy Skin

For many celebrities, an Oscar red carpet cameo is months in the making. Such procedures as Botox or fillers, which can cause bruising, are best done a couple of weeks ahead of time. Eyelash treatments, including Latisse, show optimal effects on week 16. And a healthy diet and exercise, plenty of water and sleep, and reduced alcohol are always recommended. However, for awards-goers looking to give their skin a pre-Oscar boost, these star-favored facial treatments require surprisingly little lead time. Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills The spa at this hotel famously featured in “Pretty Woman” is the only one in the world to offer Elemis Targeted Toning — a facial and body treatment that reduces the appearance of cellulite and lines. All body parts can be treated even the day of, and a red carpet package includes a David Webb jewelry box. Prices start at $505 310-385-7023 Biba de Sousa Beverly Hills-based esthetician Biba de Sousa — who works regularly with Emily Blunt — gets skin awards-ready with a two-and-a-half-hour session. In addition to OxyGeneo, a three-in-one facial, she does Pressotherapy, a detox treatment to prevent pain and swelling (from, say, killer heels). $330-$450 ...

Oakland County community calendar Feb. 17-23 | Lifestyles

• SOAR (Society of Active Retirees) 6-week lecture series “Detroit from 1920 to 1967: A Portrait of Remarkable Change”: Feb. 19-March 27, morning classes 10 a.m. to noon, afternoon classes 1-3 p.m. at Birmingham Temple, 28611 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, 248-626-0296. Register at www.soarexplore.com, 248-626-0296, $70. • Friends of Troy Seniors Brunch & Learn Series – “2018 Income Tax Law Changes and What You Need to Know” is 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 20 at Troy Community Center Room 302, 3179 Livernois Road, Troy, 50+. • Local historian John Marshall to present “Interminable Swamp, a history of the early exploration of Oakland County”, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at Bloomfield Township Senior Services, 4315 Andover Road, Bloomfield Township, ages 50+, $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents, 248-723-3500, www.bloomfieldseniors.org. • AARP Michigan presents Disrupt Aging: Sex at 50+, 5-9 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Silver Garden Events Center at 24350 Southfield Road, Southfield, free event, health experts from DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital will be on hand to lead a panel conversation on the physical aspects of love and sex for older adults, 1-877-926-8300, aarp.cvent.com/Sex50p...

Global Wire Mesh Fence Market Analysis 2019-2025 : Long Fence, Ramm Fence Systems, Jacksons Fencing, Louis E Page

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