Six Deadly Pool Purchasing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The six deadly pool purchasing mistakes are frequently made as a result of simply not being informed and knowing what questions to ask. Avoiding these mistakes could save you thousands of dollars and hours of heartache and frustration.

So you want to buy a pool but don’t know where to start? Perhaps knowing the common mistakes people make when purchasing a pool will help you start off on the right foot. Everyday, people get “duped” into buying the wrong pool, the wrong way, with no recourse or protection. These same people wind up being dissatisfied and even angry because their expectations weren’t met.

Throughout my long career in the pool industry, I have met many people who have made serious mistakes when they purchased their pool. Every year it seems as though I hear the same stories over and over. As a result of talking with scores of pool owners and through my own years of experience in the industry, I have concluded that there are six common mistakes that people make when purchasing a pool.

The Solution to Avoiding the

Six Deadly Pool Purchasing Mistakes is. . .

Ask the right questions! It’s simple. If you ask the right questions, you’ll uncover 90 percent of the potential problems that most pool purchasers commonly face. There’s always that 10 percent chance that something will happen that you couldn’t have foreseen; but, for the most part, you’ll be able to avoid almost any surprise.

However, if you’re like most other pool purchasers, you know so little about pools or pool construction that you don’t even know what questions to ask. That is why I wrote this special report just for you. After reading this report, you will be one of those few pool purchasers who “know what they’re talking about.”

The first questions you need to ask yourself when thinking about buying a pool are:

1. Why do I want a pool?

2. What will my family and I use the pool for?

3. Who is going to maintain the pool?

Why are these questions so important? Before you can decide “what” type of pool you want, you need to understand “why” you want a pool. Is it for family recreation, entertaining guests, physical therapy, exercise, personal recreation or just to “keep up with the Jones’?”

Knowing the answer to these questions will help you avoid the first deadly pool purchasing mistake, which is. . .

Mistake #1:

Not Designing Your Pool for its Intended Purpose

You might have heard the phrase, “Form follows function.” To know what type of pool you want, you need to know what you’ll be using it for. The type of pool you’ll select should depend on what you’ll be using it for.

More often than not, people considering the purchase of a pool have a specific purpose in mind. It is important to write this down and have it ready when you start to talk to pool builders.

For instance, if you are going to use your pool mostly for family entertainment, then you will want to include safety features such as gating or fencing that will control access to the pool. If your primary use is for entertainment, then you may consider mood lighting features with special landscaping features, such as waterfall features in and around the pool. If you want to build a pool for physical therapy or exercise, you might include a longer shallow area for swimming or perhaps built in spa jets in the seat, pull up bars, or even a smaller pool with swim jets.

The Myth of the Large Pool

An interesting phenomenon frequently happens when the majority of first-time pool buyers desire a large pool with a deep end and a diving board. After about a year of pool use, new owners discover that the deep end rarely gets used and the diving board becomes more of a safety hazard. Most of the games that are pla

yed by the kids are done in the shallow end and that’s where the adults spend 95 percent of their time. Because they decided to build a large pool with a deep end, only 35 percent of the pool gets utilized, resulting in unnecessary expense and low usage. It’s also important to consult with your insurance agent regarding increased premiums with diving boards.

Fencing is always an important element of your pool, not only for child safety but to provide a certain level of privacy. You may consider a retaining wall if your yard is on a slope so that you can step down to the pool, providing you more privacy. Many pool builders will try to talk you into elevating the level of your pool if your yard has a slope. Simply because there’s less dirt to remove, builders can cut trucking expenses. This can leave you with an inground pool that has an above ground look.

You should also have an understanding or vision of what you want your entire backyard to look like, not just your pool. Your pool should compliment your existing backyard and integrate with your intended landscaping goals, both now and in the future.

Here are some other points to consider when designing your pool:

1. Access – Ensure there is easy access to your pool from your house, restroom or entertainment area. You might want to consider how patios, decks or walkways are positioned to provide a safe and simple entrance and exit between your home and your pool.

2. Lines and Cables – Before settling on a location, you need to ensure that there are no electrical or telephone wires, sewer or septic lines or buried pipes.

3. Drainage – Water needs to drain away from the pool to avoid standing water or dirt and mud getting into the pool. This is especially important if you’re in a location that has a history of flooding.

4. Add-Ons – If you plan to install a diving board, spa, slide or waterfall, make sure that you plan for adequate deck space for each add-on.

5. Sheds – A common method of protecting equipment is to build an equipment shed close to the pool.

6. Sun vs Shade – The sun can help to keep your pool water warm; however, placing your pool under trees can result in a lot of extra maintenance.

7. Covenants – Find out if there are any subdivision covenants regarding the construction of pools.

To obtain a building permit, it is generally required to get a survey or plot plan of your entire property. In fact, you should already have one from when you bought your home. The survey will help you to decide where to locate your pool and any other accessories.

Make sure you schedule an initial on-site consultation so that your pools primary functions and activities are reflected in the design. Furthermore, an on-site consultation should urge you to consider the overall vision of what you want your backyard.

Mistake #2

Choosing the Wrong Pool “Container”

There are three basic types of in-ground pools: concrete/gunite, fiberglass, and vinyl liner.

No matter what type of pool you choose, you will be required to perform a certain amount of maintenance. However, each type of pool provides its own maintenance challenges. It’s important to understand these challenges by pool type before you make your selection.

Concrete/Gunite Pools

Concrete and gunite (a type of reinforced concrete) are the most common in-ground pool types because they have been on the market longer than the new, more efficient types of pools.

Concrete and gunite are sprayed over a framework of steel rods and wire mesh, then coated with plaster to give the pool a smooth, printable surface. Today, concrete and gunite pools are most commonly used for commercial and public swimming pools.

The nice thing about concrete and gunite pools is that you can virtually build them in any shape or form that you wish. Unfortunately, it is the most expensive of the three types of pools and it takes a long time to build.

Furthermore, concrete and gunite is porous, therefore providing small areas for algae and bacteria to grow. In addition, it can easily crack and chip with the change of the temperature and weather conditions, providing even more areas for algae and bacteria to grow. This is why concrete and gunite pools require the most maintenance of the three types of pools, costing $100 or more a month to maintain. It is also rough on the kids feet, and because kids will stay in the pool for extended length’s of time makes this extremely damaging to the skin.

Concrete and gunite pools require periodic annual or semi annual pool draining for cleaning purposes. When the pool is drained, the cracks in the concrete and gunite need to be repaired and the pool siding acid-washed and perhaps re plastered, if necessary. Acid washing is necessary every one to three years, depending on water condition. Acid washing does remove a layer of plaster or mar cite. Usually, after the second acid wash you can expect to re plaster the pool.

Vinyl Liner Pools

Vinyl liner pools use a high-density vinyl lining, offering a cosmetic textured pool surface. The lining is “seamed” together throughout the sides of the pool. Polymer or steel walls are bolted and fastened together on concrete flooring. The vinyl liner is spread over the floor and paneled walls and connected to the top of the walls by a vinyl rib at the outside edge of the liner.

The upfront cost of vinyl lined pools can be inexpensive when compared with concrete and gunite pools and take much less time to install. However, the maintenance on vinyl lined pools is high because the liner can be easily scratched or cut, especially if there will be toys or hard objects in the pool (even mechanical pool cleaners!). To repair a vinyl lined pool, you’ll need to replace the entire lining, which can cost from $1,500 to $3,900 or more depending on the time of the season for replacement.

Also, algae and bacteria tend to nest in the porous texture of the fabric and seams of the vinyl, requiring high amounts of chlorine to keep the pool clean. It’s kind of like a shower curtain that is exposed to moisture and heat on a consistent basis.

Severe problems can arise when algae starts to grow under a vinyl liner because it can start to eat the liner from the underside and is very difficult to treat. You can expect to pay up to $100 or more a month to maintain a vinyl liner pool.

In addition, heating costs will generally be higher, especially on steel wall construction. The only thing between the ground temperature of 57 degrees and the pool water is steel and vinyl. A polymer or plastic wall does reduce the cost of heating somewhat; but, it also adds considerable cost to the construction of the pool ($1,500 to $2,500 in some cases).

Fiberglass Pools

Fiberglass pools are made out of a seamless one-piece, pre-formed fiberglass container that is set in the ground and can be installed in less than five days. The fiberglass itself has a smooth, non-porous gel coat surface.

Although fiberglass pools have a wide range of sizes and shapes, and can be moved if you choose, you are restricted to those sizes and shapes that are offered, unlike a concrete or gunite pool. You’ll rarely find a fiberglass pool over sixteen feet in width because the come from the factory ready to install in one piece.

Fiberglass pools are appealing because they require much less maintenance than either of the other pool types. Fiberglass will not rip, tear, crack, chip or leak, providing a longer-lasting surface. Therefore, monthly maintenance costs are minimal. The durability of fiberglass is especially important if you live in a cold weather climate, or unstable soil, in which surface materials contract and expand. This is why concrete and gunite pools crack and chip.

Because a fiberglass is non-porous, algae and bacteria cannot stick to the surface. This reduces the amount of chlorine necessary to keep the pool clean to about one-fourth of the amount that other pools use, which can add up to large cost savings over time.

Fiberglass pools never require draining for cleaning, which is a huge chore. In addition, to clean the fiberglass surface, all you need to do is vacuum the bottom of the pool, which takes only 10-15 minutes a week. At first you might think that concrete/gunite pools are the most stable; however, fiberglass pools can flex about two feet without sustaining any damage and can safely withstand more external pressure than concrete/gunite pools.

However, there are huge distinctions between different fiberglass pools. (They are not all created equal.) Vinyl Ester resin is a must! This material is a bonding agent that helps hold the pool together. Vinyl Ester also prevents cobalting, which is a black or purple stain that forms from the outside in. It is a chemical reaction within the fiberglass itself. The stain can usually be removed but will continue to resurface. Make sure you see it in writing that the pool has Vinyl Ester. If it’s not advertised in print, chances are it doesn’t have it.

It’s also important to have some sort of vapor barrier in the fiberglass. Even though the gel coat or finish is smooth and non-porous, the back of the pool is without a vapor barrier. Fiberglass is a cloth that will absorb moisture from the ground. Moisture or even ground water will leach through the fiberglass causing blistering on the gel coat that is not usually covered by warranty.

You also want to make certain the pool is constructed with hand laid fiberglass as opposed to chopped glass. Hand laid fiberglass is much stronger and is built with full sheets of fiberglass cloth. Chopped glass fiberglass is a pudding-like substance with shreds of fiberglass usually sprayed or rolled on. Fortunately, because fiberglass pools are pre-built, you can see the pool prior to installation. Check out the finish beforehand. If it doesn’t look good out of the ground it won’t look good in the ground. Remember, water magnifies any flaws.

The technology in this industry is changing and evolving almost monthly, with recent introductions like the infusion of Carbon Fiber which adds extreme strength, and some pretty nice looking colors, this makes this worth a closer look than in the past.

Mistake #3

Choosing the Wrong Developer

The worst mistake that a person buying a pool can do is choose the wrong developer to build the pool. There are many “fly-by-night” pool developers that use temporary workers to install pools,. Other developers employ installers (or subcontractors) that have virtually no experience with pool installation.

Pool developers consistently experience a high turnover with their staff so it’s a constant struggle to keep good, experienced people who have installed a lot of pools. There are also a lot of developers who will sell you a pool with no regard for how it will be integrated with your landscape and lifestyle.

Make sure the developer has a firm brick and mortar location and is not working out of his garage. Also, do not purchase a pool from the Internet. Take time to visit the location.

After narrowing it down to the top two or three builders, invest in the time to visit their location to look at their products and services. See how their staff treats you. (Remember, people who feel good about themselves produce good results).

This is the biggest investment of your life next to your home. Invest your time. Take the family on a fun day out to look at pools and builders. Stop for lunch. Slow down, take your time. Feel comfortable and investigate.

The following are several questions you can ask potential pool developers when you request a proposal or bid to build your pool.

1. Do you offer the type of pool container that I want (fiberglass, concrete/gunite, vinyl liner) and how much experience do you have with installing that type of pool?

Most pool builders specialize in one of the three types of pools. A builder that is an expert in installing concrete pools may not necessarily be an expert in installing fiberglass pools. Find out how many of the same type of pools the builder has installed. If you are having accessories such as a deck, spa or landscaping done with the same builder, make sure that they have done that type of work in the past with other clients.

2. What is the average experience of your installation staff or do you subcontract out the construction? Do you hire only licensed and bonded sub-contractors?

It isn’t uncommon to find a pool builder that uses subcontractors for the entire installation process. In this case, you need to consider the experience level of the subcontractors. A pool builder is only as good as the people doing the installation work. Preferably the builder will have his own staff, resulting in better quality control. However, if a subcontractor is used, make sure that they are licensed and bonded to protect you if things go wrong.

3. Are you certified by the National Spa and Pool Institute? What other trade organizations do you belong to?

The National Spa and Pool Institute (NSPI) is the association that supports the spa and pool industry. The NSPI has a “Certified Builder”course that teaches builders how to build high-quality pools using the latest techniques that meet specifications. Having the certification means that the builder has at least met some standard education requirements to do the job right and it shows the builder’s commitment to quality. This one question can weed out a fly-by-night builder from a reputable builder. If the builder belongs to the Better Business Bureau, a Chamber of Commerce, or even a Rotary Club, it demonstrates that the builder intends to be around for a long while.

4. Do you provide financing for the pool construction project?

Even if you have the money sitting in the bank or you plan to get it from a commercial lender, asking this question may result in some revealing information. If a builder provides financing, it means that they have been around long enough to build credit and a good reputation with the banks. It is advantageous to have options for financing the construction of your pool. Another benefit of financing your pool is that in-ground pool construction is considered a home improvement and the interest payment on your loan is tax deductible.

5. Can I speak with several of your past customers?

This is the killer question. The proof is in the pudding and if you can’t speak to a previous customer, it probably means that they don’t have one or that they are disgruntled. Run from a builder that can’t provide you with testimonials from prior satisfied customers.

The real test is talking to those customers yourself. Ask the builder if you can pick one or two from a list of 10 previous customers. This will ensure that you’ll be choosing a non-biased customer. Ask the customer, “I know that the builder does great work but all jobs have at least one or two things that didn’t go as planned. Can you tell me what were some things that didn’t meet your expectations?” This question will get the customer off the fence.

6. To what extent is the owner involved in the daily operations of the business?

If the owner of the business isn’t 100 percent involved in the business, it doesn’t mean that you write them off but you should find out how the business is being managed. Quality usually has a direct correlation to the level of involvement by the owner of the business.

7. Can the builder present a certificate of insurance to prove that they are fully insured?

Ask the builder about any liability and compensation insurance he may carry to protect you in the event of an accident during the construction of the pool. There’s nothing worse than getting into a situation in which things didn’t go as planned and not having recourse for receiving compensation because of damages. Every reputable builder should be fully insured. Period.

If you ask and don’t receive a copy of worker’s compensation and liability insurance, don’t use the builder. You may even go as far as to call the agent listed to verify that their insurance is in force. Finally, remember worker’s compensation protects people. Liability protects property. You need to have both.

Other things you might consider are the builder’s credit rating and you may want to check county records for lawsuits.

8. Does the builder offer in-home design services?

Many good builders will offer in-home design services that will not only save you money but also demonstrate the builder’s experience and expertise.

9. If there is damage to my yard or landscaping, will you repair it?

It is imperative that you set your expectations up front during the interview process with the builder, especially when it comes to damage. Many pool buyers are surprised when they see the amount of damage to their yard that takes place during a pool installation.

However, there is such a thing as excess damage due to negligence on the part of the builder. Make sure you address this right up front and that it gets into your contract. Some pool builders aren’t willing to take on the risk of paying for yard damage.

10. What are the electrical and plumbing requirements and who will perform them?

Your pool builder should know about existing electrical, plumbing, zoning, building and grading requirements. It’s important to test the knowledge of your builder. Even if you don’t know the answers yourself, you’ll have an idea whether they have a good grasp on the requirements.

By the way, never allow a pool builder to force you to take a permit out in your name. It should always be in the builder’s…

11. What type of maintenance training will I receive upon completion of the pool?

Upon completion of pool installation, your pool builder should provide you with training, including: equipment maintenance training; chemical and cleaning training; winterizing training; and safety training. These topics will be crucial to the longevity of your pool.

12. How long will the construction take and when can you start?

Even if a pool builder is good and you feel comfortable with their skills and ability, their schedule needs to sync with your schedule. A good pool builder will most likely be booked, so you may want to start the search process early in the season or reset your expectations as to when the pool can be installed.

Never choose a pool or a builder based strictly on schedule. Make your choice on the quality of both the product and the builder. A high-quality builder will never sacrifice quality for speed. Remember, if you are a first time pool buyer, another couple of months won’t hurt you. Stay focused on quality.

13. What is the cost and how much do you require as a deposit?

Ultimately, your pool needs to fit your budget. You should ask for a proposal only from builders that you feel comfortable with and meet your minimum requirements. Although it varies from builder to builder, 2 percent to 5 percent down is an acceptable amount to ask as a deposit. If a builder asks for an amount greater than 10 percent down, it’s time to end the interview. Also, make sure you examine the down payment schedule and make sure the builder explains it to you.

Good References are Important

Overall, asking this series of questions will help you get a feel for who may be the best choice to build your pool. Remember, good references are important because they are based on past experience rather than a right answer to an interview question. Call local building departments, call the state, and call the Better Business Bureau. A good builder’s reputation will precede them.

Mistake #4

Not Getting a Full Understanding of Your Pool Contract and Warranty

It is certainly a deadly mistake not getting a full understanding of your pool contract and warranty. As Ross Perot once said, “The devil is in the details.” Pool contracts and warranties can be deceptive if they are not read carefully and if you don’t ask enough questions.

Parts of a pool usually included in the warranty are:

1. Structural – Structural integrity of walls, reinforcements and concrete.

2. Equipment – Equipment such as filters, skimmers, pumps and heaters.

3. Plumbing – Materials and workmanship on electrical, gas, piping and pool plumbing.

Generally speaking, most pool buyers get surprised when something goes wrong because they didn’t take the time to understand the details of what is included in the warranty and more importantly, what is NOT included in the warranty. Try to make sure your pump, filter and heater are from the same manufacturer. That way you have one warranty that covers your main equipment. Plus, most pool companies will not stock repair parts from multiple manufacturers. Things like discoloration in fiberglass and vinyl liner pools are usually not covered because the color of the walls have a lot to do with how you’ve maintained the pool and the chemical balance of the pool water. Chipped concrete or gunite are not usually warranted because that’s the nature of concrete when exposed to the elements.

When purchasing a vinyl liner pool, you need to be cautious about what’s included in the warranty for the liner. Is it just the seams or is it the entire liner? Most vinyl liner pool builders stress the warranty on the seam, but the seam never goes bad. What frequently goes bad is the vinyl lining, not the structural walls or the seam.

Who’s Warranting What?

Understand who warranties what. For instance, who warranties the pump and filter? The manufacturer or the dealer? Who do you contact to report problems? Do they have a toll-free number? Who comes out to fix the problem? In some cases, each individual manufacturer will warranty each separate piece of equipment and will have different service providers fixing the problem. There’s rarely a one-stop solution for pool warranties and service.

Read the warranty carefully with the builder and ask questions. Ask what is not warranted and why. After you’ve seen a couple of warranties side by side, the questions will become much easier.

Mistake #5

Focusing on Upfront Cost Rather than Cost of Ownership

Because in-ground pools can cost up to $40,000 and more, most pool buyers are concerned about the upfront price and pay little attention to daily operational costs. Purchasing a pool that requires little maintenance will usually be the cheapest deal in the long run. Pools that don’t require a lot of chemicals, cleaning, resurfacing or replacement parts will cost less over the life of the pool.

Additional Costs

Additional costs of required basic equipment can surprise some pool buyers. Equipment such as filter systems, steps or ladders, and skimmers for surface cleaning are considered essential.

Many pool owners install heating equipment and pool-side decking of concrete or wood. Pool covers are often used to keep water clean and retain heat when the pool is not in use. If used properly, these covers can be a wise energy-saving investment.

Mistake #6

Falling for Slimy Sales Gimmicks

Once you have decided to build a swimming pool, there is a natural excitement and eagerness to have it installed as soon as possible. This is often the point at which unwary buyers can get into hot water because dishonest salespeople and builders will be quick to take advantage of the situation.

Keep in mind that the late spring and early summer months can bring these unscrupulous people into communities where home swimming pools are popular. Attractive advertisements can turn up, offering deals that seem too good to turn down. Here are some warning signs that signal “Buyer Beware!”

1. Salespeople who tell you an advertised pool they offer “on sale” is not worth having and then try to switch you to a more expensive model. This is called “Bait and Switch” and is a tactic that is often used in the retail world.

2. Salespeople who use the ploy of offering a reduced price on the basis your pool will be used as a model.

3. Salespeople who pressure you into signing a contract. Remember: no reputable builder and no authorized representative of a reputable builder will rush you into signing any agreement or contract at any time.

4. Never get talked into taking out the “Building Permit” yourself or in your own name. The contractor should do this. Always make sure that the contract clearly states that the pool builder is required to hire only licensed and bonded “subcontractors.”

5. If the pool builder will not do an on-site initial visit, be alerted to the possibility of a hard sale. Chances are, the builder does not understand or care to understand your requirements.

Conclusion

Purchasing a pool can be a scary experience, especially for those first timers who haven’t been through the process. There are a myriad of items to consider… pool type, maintenance, warranties, contracts, liability, plumbing, landscaping, electricity, drainage, restrictions, accessories, and so on. It’s no wonder many pool buyers make mistakes that end up costing them hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.

With the information in this special report, you will be able to avoid many of the most common mistakes people make when purchasing a pool. It will equip you with the ability and know-how to ask smart questions that will result in helping you find the right pool for you and your family.

Prostate Milking – The Best Position to Stimulate the Prostate

The act of stimulating the prostate gland in order for men to reach orgasm or ejaculate is called prostate milking. This could be done for medical reasons or just for the fun and pleasure that it brings. We must understand what prostate milking is first before we tackle more about the topic.

Let’s talk about the medical reasons first, medical doctors have used this technique to relieve the pain felt by the people who have prostate disorder. They also use prostate milking when they need to get a semen sample from paralyzed patients. They soon discovered that there are more benefits that could be reaped from performing prostate milking though. One of those said benefits is the less chance of acquiring prostate cancer.

How does this work?

The doctors explained that when men ejaculate or have orgasm in the normal way, not all of the semen gets released. There are traces of the semen left behind and given the right situation; those could develop into prostate cancer. I am not saying that these residues are the only culprit to having prostate cancer. I am merely saying that they contribute to the chance of having one.

Let us move on to something much fun. As I have mentioned earlier, another reason for prostate milking could be because of the ecstatic feeling that it brings to us men and for some couples alike. Though it may be considered taboo, we cannot deny the fact that it really brings a higher level of satisfaction.

Many couples have even testified that performing the act not only gives men pleasure but it also brings great pleasure for both parties. Having this in mind, did you know that there are different positions in performing this? Do you know what position works for you? If you are not familiar with the different positions of prostate milking then let me teach you some. You could determine later what works for you. Mind you, there are some things you must remember before doing any of these positions.

First of all, prostate milking could be done either by only you or with the help of your partner. Second, you have the liberty of using your fingers or an adult toy. Just make sure to lubricate before inserting anything. Lastly, have proper hygiene when performing this because you would have to touch or apply pressure in sensitive areas. Read on and enjoy.

• PROSTATE MILKING POSITION 1: STANDARD FETAL POSITION. Do this by lying on your side and bending your knees. Place your knees as close to your stomach as possible. By being in this position, you could easily reach for your anus or your perineum.

• PROSTATE MILKING POSITION 2: LIE ON YOUR BACK AND LIFT YOUR LEGS. Insert your finger or your toy before you proceed to be on this position. Also remember that you have to do this slowly so as not to cause any damage to the membranes inside your anus. You could also place padding underneath the small of your back so that you would be more comfortable in the position.

• PROSTATE MILKING POSITION 3: ON ALL FOURS. You could start by kneeling on a soft surface. You could either do this on the bed or anywhere that you may fancy. You could experiment on this position. You could try stretching your hands farther away in front of you. You could also try and arch your back for a bit.

There are still other positions for prostate milking that you could try. Your imagination and your creativity would be the only limits. Bear in mind that though pleasure is good, it is still better to on the safe side of things.

How to Pray and Receive a New Car – Within 4 Weeks!

Last month, one of my readers needed a new

car. He asked the LORD for it. And the Lord

answered and showed him this beautiful,

new SUV.

Only problem was: he had no money to

buy it.

He asked me if I had prayer points to

release the car.

I gave him my closely guarded recipe

(one that I used personally to attract

my new car and my new house).

Here it is:

1. Pray the prayer of a DOER according

to Phil.4:13 (A friend just christened it,

“The 6 little prayers that move mountains”)

2. Say to the Holy Spirit

– I really desire this car

– but the money is not yet in my

bank account

– how can I create value for OTHERS so

that I’ll be compensated and I can

buy this car?

3. Then the Holy Spirit will

– lead you to go out

– create value

– trade that value for money

– trade that money for the car

Rapid Result

– he was able to create a useful product

– sell it and get the money to buy the

car

– ALL WITHIN 4 WEEKS!

Everyone has benefited – he’s got his dream

car; others are enjoying the product he

created; and the amount of value in the

world has grown for everyone – all within

4 weeks!

In A Nutshell

I have just uncovered to you the

“Secrets” of what is called the

“Prayer of the Doer.”

This is a prayer so powerful, it has

been kept under lock and key by veteran

prayer warriors through the ages.

Among the insiders, it is discussed only

in “hushed” tones.

* It is a mysterious prayer that’s been

known to turn paupers into millionaires

almost overnight.

* Those who’ve been tutored on how to apply

it well have been reported to have started

businesses almost out of nothing and grown

them beyond their wildest dreams… in very

short order.

Please go through this little piece again carefully

and let the Holy Spirit speak to your

heart.

This is how God wants his children

to create value in our world.

Apply these simple steps diligently and you’ll

soon find yourself swimming in the ocean

of abundance.

You can find more information on this

and more in the latest version of

my popular ebook, “Prayer Cookbook for

Busy People.” Plus, the prayer points

and WHEN to pray them.

Get it here: http://www.firesprings.com/freereport4.htm

Be blessed!

Travelling With Children

It’s wonderful to see the world through the eyes of a child. There is freshness and wonder which they bring which makes adulthood seem jaded and washed up. Children love to discover new things and places and they are very open in their admiration or disgust. These are some of the reasons why traveling with children is such fun.

This does not mean that there are no challenges when one is traveling with children. These can be overcome however with careful planning and co-operation from the children. There is of course differences in requirements when traveling with a baby, a toddler, a ten year old and a teenager. Each child at different stages brings different challenges.

When traveling with children, one of the most important considerations is keeping the child or children in sight without losing them. This is of course highly dependent on their ages and older children are better able to understand and follow instructions. Younger children may prove more challenging as they require a great deal of attention to meet their physical needs such as feeding and clothing.

Having help is a good way to ensure that you travel successfully with children. Managing more than one child on the train, bus or an aircraft can be difficult if you have no assistance. The degree of difficulty depends on the age and needs of the child. Having the care of one or more children under the age of 8 years as you travel can be challenging.

It is always a good idea to pack games and toys which can entertain and stimulate the minds of the children. Children who are bored are likeliest to find themselves involved in activities which can be troublesome. This includes marking on public walls, frequent visits to rest rooms, fusses with siblings and other challenging behavior. Be sure to bring along their favorite toys, books or games.

Even though they may be very excited to visit new places and make new friends, there is need to ensure that the children have some regularity in their schedule as it relates to their eating and sleeping habits. Feed them substantial, nutritious meals in between activities and encourage them to rest at a specific time each day. On the actual travel days, look for long intervals whilst you wait on your transportation to encourage in between naps. Be prepared to stay up a little longer at bedtime given the interruption in their regular sleeping schedule.

Once you arrive at your destination, encourage the children to participate in physical activities appropriate for their age and development stage. This is a good way for them to use up excess energy and to get a good night’s rest. You will also have the opportunity to get some much needed sleep once they are in bed.

Carry the appropriate equipment and clothing to make your travel time as easy and as stress free as possible. This may mean a stroller, comfortable sneakers or slippers, socks or baby slings. Where necessary make contact with airlines, bus companies or train stations and find out their policies with regard to any special equipment you may need to take along. Traveling with children can be fun and exciting if you plan for it.

Interesting Facts About Olympic Athletes

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The 27th Olympiad was held in Sydney, Australia… American sprinter Marion Jones became the first woman to win 5 track and field medals in a single Olympic Games. She was born in Belize, a small country in Central American.

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The XVI Summer Olympic Games were held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA)… Jefferson Perez became the first athlete from Ecuador to win a gold medal. Perez was given a hero´s welcome when he returned to his country.

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Peru won the silver medal in women´s volleyball in the XXIII Summer Olympic Games in South Korea. The silver medal for Peru was the second ever won by that country in Olympic competition.

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The 26th Olympiad was held in Atlanta… Venuste Niyongabo became the first runner from Burundi to win a gold medal. Burundi is one of the most poorest countries in Africa.

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One of the most famous athletes in South African history is Josia Thugwane. He won the gold medal in the marathon at the Atlanta Olympics. Josia became South Africa´s first black gold medalist.

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Costa Rica has had great sportswomen in the Olympic Games: Claudia Poll Arenhs (swimmer, won Olympic gold medal in 200m freestyle, 1996) and Sylvia Poll Arenhs (swimmer, won Olympic silver medal in 200m freestyle, 1988).

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Frankie Fredericks was the first sprinter from Namibia to win four Olympic medals (Barcelona´92 and Atlanta´96 ).

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John Akii-Bua is the only Ugandan athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. He won the 400m hurdles at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

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Edwin Vasquez Cam became the first Peruvian athlete to win an Olympic medal in shooting. He was Olympic champion in 1948.

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Lloyd Labeach is the only Panamanian sprinter to win two Olympic medals. In 1948 he won two bronze medals at the London Olympics (100 and 200 meters).

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The XXI Summer Olympic Games were held in Montreal, Canada… Hasely Crawford became the first athlete from Trinidad & Tobago to win an Olympic gold medal.

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Anthony Conrad Nesty is the only Afro-Caribbean to win an Olympic gold medal in the swimming competition at the Olympic Games. He won the 100m butterfly at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He is a hero in Suriname, a beautiful country in South America.

Problems With The Male Erection

Oh, the little soldier won’t stand to attention. The little soldier does not want to play. Now I am not talking about a toy. I am talking about erection. The soldier is sometimes a little shy. As we grow older into adult men, many of us will experience erection difficulty at one time or another. And also for some of us men, this may be a on going problem. At this point, you should be seeking some kind of treatment.

So how would you know if you have a problem with your little soldier? If you are just finding out that you are having difficulty in keeping or even having a erection, well then yeah, this is a strong indication here. These erection problems are known as erectile dysfunction or impotence. This is a man’s inability to have satisfaction in erections for sexual intercourse.

Also, the men who are experiencing this form of erection problem is commonly at the age of 60. And what I am telling you is that aging is a factor in erectile dysfunction. This is associated with the decrease in male hormones.

What a man should do is start having physical examinations. This is the first step in the treatment process. This should be done so you can rule out injury, diseases, and disorders: Diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney disease, alcoholism, multiple sclerosis or even high blood pressure. Go to the doctor and check to see if any of these health problems are going on. The doctor will develop your history as a patient and then will discuss treatment with you. Some treatments like vacuum devices might be prescribe. Viagra, Levitra or Cialis may be prescribe to you as well.

Now listen to me, don’t even let it get this far. Intervene Now!! Take care of your prostate. Keeping the blood flowing regularly through your penis will produce better erections. The male erection. Very important to stay healthy. More resources and details on a mans health is available at my blog. Looking forward to blogging with you again soon.

Thought of the Day for Basketball Practices

A tremendous impact opportunity for basketball coaches is the stage that the sport provides to instill success habits in their players that will can last a lifetime. Basketball is more than just a sport, it can be one of the best preparations for life after school that a young person can experience.

One way that I have tried to take advantage of the teachable moments is to have a “thought for the day” before every practice. It might be an inspirational quote, a snippet or idea from a book or an article, or an observation from one of the coaches about the team.

The thought has to fit the following three criteria before we will use it.

1) I want the thought to be something that will improve their “mental game” to contribute to them having the most rewarding season of their basketball careers.

2) The thought must be in line with our program’s core values. I want it to enhance the trademarks we emphasize, and not contribute to information overload

3) It must be something that will have value for all areas of their lives, not just basketball,

The thought for the day is so important to developing the mindset we feel that we must have to be successful. I believe that mental toughness is one of the most important skills to have in a winning program. To develop that needed mental toughness, we teach attitude and effort every day. I also like to place the thoughts for the day in players’ notebooks and on the bulletin boards and locker room walls.

Here are just a few examples of some of the past thoughts of the day that we have used. I hope they give you some ideas to find and create inspirational basketball quotes to pass on to your team.

  1. We practice and play with the intensity, toughness, and togetherness of a state championship team every day.
  2. The game honors toughness-Brad Stevens
  3. Players play, but tough players win-Tom Izzo
  4. United we stand, divided we fall
  5. Never mistake activity for achievement-John Wooden
  6. We are relentless!

I like to present the thought of the day at the beginning of practice and ask for the players input as to how it applies to both our team and their lives. Then, as the practice unfolds, if there are times to apply the Thought for the Day to situations that arise, I make sure to capitalize on those teachable moments. Finally, we huddle at the end of practice to quickly review the practice and include the Thought for the Day as a part of that recap.

I firmly believe that basketball coaches that define and then establish a success mindset will be more successful in both the long and short run. The short run being the players’ experience both in basketball and in other areas of his or her life. The long run, being the much more important growth toward becoming a productive, contributing, and happy adult. Having a specific them for each day helps with that success mindset process.

Dry Penis Skin Could Be Due to Hypothyroidism

When the pants come off, a man wants to present a beautiful specimen as a gift to his partners, so dry penis skin is definitely not something he wants to deal with. But there are numerous factors that can lead to dryness in the nether parts; one of these, which doesn’t come immediately to mind when investigating issues affecting penis health, may be hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism

The medical world is filled with words and phrases that are difficult to pronounce and whose meanings may not be readily apparent to the lay public. Such is the case with hypothyroidism. Sometimes called low thyroid or underactive thyroid, the condition means that the thyroid gland is not functioning properly – specifically, it is not being “active” enough.

Thyroid gland

Everyone has heard of the thyroid gland, but not everyone knows what it does. The thyroid gland plays a huge role in regulating the body’s metabolism and protein synthesis; it creates some hormones and also is a key factor in how the body reacts to hormones.

What does all this mean? Well, essentially the thyroid affects things like a person’s appetite, glucose, cholesterol, breathing, heartbeat, growth and development – and even baldness. When the thyroid is working right, things are fine. When it’s underactive, there can be issues in these and other areas – including the bedroom. (Hypothyroidism is also associated with a low sex drive and erectile dysfunction – in case the importance of the thyroid hasn’t been driven home yet.)

Skin

As might be guessed, the thyroid also has an impact on skin. The slow metabolism resulting from an underactive thyroid decreases the secretion of oils which are part of the body’s natural skin hydrating system. In some cases of hypothyroidism, sweating also ceases, which contributes to the dry skin situation.

Symptoms

How does a man know if he has hypothyroidism? A visit to a doctor is called for in order to obtain a reliable diagnosis, but there are several symptoms commonly associated with hypothyroidism. These include:

– Dry, coarse skin

– Feeling tired often or constantly

– Poor appetite

– Easy weight gain

– Difficulty concentrating and /or remembering

– Constipation

– Shortness of breath

– A coolness in the extremities (hands, feet)

– Swelling

– Low sex drive

Treatment

As indicated, a doctor will need to make a diagnosis of hypothyroidism in order to rule out other possible issues. The doctor will also then prescribe the appropriate course of treatment.

Typically, hypothyroidism requires treatment with a synthetic thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism doesn’t get cured; it gets treated. That means the administration of the hormone is continues. However, the amount of hormone needed usually changes over time, and so the dosage may need to be adjusted periodically. Most of the hormone medications can be taken orally and is not difficult to take.

In addition, men may need to treat some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism – such as dry penis skin – separately. It can take time to replenish the skin moisturization, so using a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) is definitely advised. With dry penis skin, there is a need to create a “moisture lock” so that any wetness added is better capable of staying in the penis skin. A crème that includes the natural hydrator vitamin E can do this, as vitamin E creates a barrier that helps prevent moisture evaporation. The presence of an additional hydrating agent, such as a high end emollient like shea butter is also crucial. An extract from the fat of the shea tree nut, shea butter works in tandem with vitamin E to not only moisturize but keep moisture in place, hastening the healing process for dry penis skin. Using a quality penis health crème will help give a member beautiful, lustrous skin.

A Guide to Medical Sex Toys

If you are of the understanding that sex toys were mainly made up of vibrators and dildos you would be incorrect in your assumption. For those that take part in bondage and fetish activities, medical sex toys can be very appealing. Instead of comprising of the usual bondage and fetish gear of ankle and wrist restraints, blindfolds, bondage spreader bars, collars and gags to name but a few, medical sex toys derive directly from items associated more with the practice of medicine than the practice of sex. They can be used for playful fun and games, role play, cleansing and more extreme forms of pleasure/pain. The most popular medical sex toys are as follows:

1. Wartenberg Wheel

The Wartenberg Wheel is a pin wheel with a handle that is intended to be rolled over the skin. There are a number of different types of these instruments available ranging from light to severe depending upon the number of spikes included on the wheels and the number of pin wheels built-in.

2. Urethral Sounds

A urethral sound is an instrument especially intended for use by men. It is a metal stemmed instrument that you insert into the penis in order to experience pleasure and pain simultaneously. Urethral sounds are available up to a width of 17mm and can be pushed as far into the penis as the pleasure/pain threshold will allow.

3. Speculum

Intended for either vaginal or anal use, speculums are made from either metal or plastic and allow either the anus or the vagina to be prised open with prongs to a leverage of the user’s choosing. They are also easy to keep clean after use.

4. Intimate Douche

Classed as a medical sex toy, a douche is a unisex device that uses water to cleanse the anal or vaginal areas that is both pleasurable and practical. Douches either come with one of more attachment, the number of holes on which determines what the flow of water will be into the chosen intimate area. An aluminium douche that screws into the shower head can provide a more powerful douche experience.

5. Breast Pumps

Breast pumps have cups on the end that go around the nipple and/or breast depending upon the size of the pump. A bulb is attached to this. Simply squeeze the bulb to extract the air away from the area surrounding the nipple and breast and temporarily extend the length of the nipple as well as increasing sensations in this area.

6. Glycerine Squirt

Metal glycerine squirts enable up to 200 centilitres of fluid to be deposited into the penis, vagina or anus through different nozzle ends. A variety of new sexual feelings can be experienced by using this type of medical adult toy.

7. Torture Skin Roller

Torture skin rollersare the ultimate in torture tools. A sturdy rubber grip handle is connected to a skin roller which contains spikes over its outer surface. Press down on the skin lightly to inflict a tingling sensation or more firmly which may result in considerable pain and blood being drawn.

8. Medical Irrigators

Manufactured from synthetic materials, medial irrigators help the individual to experience colonic irrigation at a much lower cost than having to book into a clinic which specialises in this kind of treatment. They usually consist of a jug or bag (for the water), a long pipe, a tap to control the flow of water and an attachment that fits onto the end of the pipe which is pierced with holes.

9. Stethoscope

Perhaps more associated with bedroom role play, a stethoscope can be also be the ideal accompaniment if you are attending a fancy dress party as a doctor or a nurse and it isn’t included in the costume.

As with all sex toys medical adult toys are intended for pleasure between consenting adults.

33 Tips For Becoming a Great Piano Player!

Are there really secrets to becoming a really good piano player? Or is it just a matter of practice, practice, practice?

Practice is necessary, of course, but you could practice until the cows come home without understanding what you’re doing at the piano, and all you would end up with is fingers that behave obediently to whatever the sheet music or score tells them to do.

Understanding how music works in terms of form and content is the key to productive practice. Then you are not just playing mechanically by rote like a machine, but you can get “inside” the music and eventually let it flow out of your brain and heart as well as your hands.

“There are at least 33 elements that contribute to becoming a good pianist,” says Duane Shinn, pianist and owner of Keyboard Workshop in Medford, Oregon. “There are probably more, but without these 33 principles a pianist cannot hope to rise to the level of his ability.”

So yes – there really are secrets to becoming the piano player of your dreams. It’s not that anyone is purposefully trying to keep a secret from you, but it’s a rare teacher who has the ability to not only play well but to be able to explain music theory – chords, melody, rhythm, dynamics, and all the other elements that contribute to playing the piano well and with feeling.

In our piano teaching studio at Piano University we have identified 33 distinct skill that must be developed if a person wants to play up to the limit of her or his potential. Here they are:

1 – Hand & Body Position — Should you look down at your hands? How to use “eye flips”

2 – The key to productive practice — Spaced repetition

3 – Attitude — how it affects your learning

4 – How & when to pedal. Using explosive dynamics

5 – Exposure: why it’s critically important

6 – Ear Training — Intervals from 2nds to 13ths

7 – Fingering — which finger do you use when?

8 – Chord substitutions that create fantastic sounds

9 – Chord recognition — how to recognize what chord is being used

10 – Musical vocabulary: tempo words, form words

11- Arranging: how is your “bag of tricks” coming along? “Head arrangements”

12 – Melodic sense: how does the melody relate to the chords?

13 – Sight-reading: 7 fundamentals you just cannot ignore

14 – Key orientation: Can you think in the key you’re playing in?

15 – Scanning the score before you start playing

16 – Mental practice — how to learn music in bed

17 – Repertoire: Why you need one to be prepared for any opportunity

18 – Goal setting: How good can you get? Is there a limit?

19 – Rhythm awareness — samba, bossa nova, bolero, etc.

20 – Why knowing music history is important to you

21 – Idea stealing — how and where & from who

22 – 12-bar blues; creating a motif; “blue notes”

23 – Extended chords: 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, suspensions

24 – Technique acquisition: rubber balls, fingering drills

25 – Harmonization: Using I, IV & V to harmonize

26 – Key identification: Recognizing key signatures

27 – Voicing: Open, closed, registers, color tones

28 – Improvisation: Making music right out of your head

29 – Harmony & theory: How much should you know?

30 – Stylistic devices: Western, boogie, jazz, etc.

31 – Analysis: How to understand what you’re hearing

32 – Riffs & runs & fills: How to develop them

33 – Cross-pollination: The best of all worlds!

While reading music is important, the individual who develops these 33 basic skills will be light years ahead of the person who simply plays sheet music the way it is written. There is no longer any reason to be “tied to the written music” when you can master these techniques that allow you to play from the heart.