By Georgia Templeton

If you love to read, you probably find yourself trapped amongst piles of newspapers, magazines and books in every room of your home. They tend to pile up in corners, near your favorite reading chair and around the bedside table. Throwing out your beloved treasures is simply not an option, so what do you do to reduce the reading clutter in your home? Try using those piles of printed materials as decorating fodder.

Magazine Holders

Magazine holders come in every shape and size and can be found in contemporary, classic and even rustic designs. Wall mounted holders can get those piles of magazines up off the floor and utilize those beautiful covers as home accents instead of obstacles.

Magazine holders with acrylic fronts can protect and display rare or lovely magazine covers while storage bin type holders can keep the clutter out of sight. Depending on the material used in making the holder, you can use complimentary or contrasting design elements to draw attention to your beloved reading materials.

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Bookshelves do not have to be boring square wooden planks. Ladder type shelves, wrought iron racks or even large books themselves can be mounted on the wall, propped in an alcove or suspended from the ceiling.

The tops of kitchen cabinets can be used as storage space for cookbooks and other infrequently used books. Even hidden spaces like the inside of closet doors and the area below a banister or handrail can be equipped to store books in an attractive and useful manner.

Decorating With Books

One great way to use books to accentuate any room is to group them according to color. Especially large book collections can look stunning when arranged according to the color of their spines. Keeping one display area strictly black and white can create an interesting decorating area. Another option is to group volumes of similar size together, or alternating a few very large books with a few smaller ones. This play on geometrics can create a visually stunning effect.

You can stack increasingly smaller books under table lamps, potted plants or knick-knacks. Turn three or four larger volumes on their sides and you they can be used as colorful, impromptu bookends.

Old volumes or rare collections can be displayed in a glass wall mounted case just like fine china. Books with gilded pages or spines may be used along with accent lighting to create interest in a library.

You can scatter a few collections of books throughout each room of your home or confine them all to one central library with floor to ceiling displays and book accents. End tables, baskets, window sills or built in shelving can all be used to display your treasured books.

By turning those piles of books into decorating elements, you can reduce the clutter in the home while surrounding yourself with your cherished old favorites and new books waiting to be discovered. If you love to read, you can turn your passion into decorating fodder by organizing your treasures while keeping your favorites close at hand.

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By Timothy Micek

Weld safely Know the risks

With out proper knowledge and safety precautions welding can be both dangerous and unhealthy. Most welding processes involve an arc flame, so the risk of facial and flesh burns is very high. Both the eyes and skin can be affected by the bright light and extreme temperature. Most skin burns begin similar to a sunburn, but can get much more serious. Eye burns are much more serious even in the slighter cases of damage. Additionally, the brightness of the weld area can cause flash burns in which ultraviolet light causes inflammation of the cornea and can burn the retinas of the eyes. The risk of blindness is always there if not properly protected. Welding helmets are durable and dependable, the bulk of them protects the face by drastically reducing the amount of exposure.

Welding helmets with an auto darkening lens are specifically designed for optimal protection of the eyes. Standard welding helmets protect the eyes from ultraviolet emissions released during multiple arc welding processes; exposure to these emissions result in inflammation of the cornea and is known as arc eye or ultraviolet keratitis. These dangerous ultraviolet rays can cause the same amount of damage regardless of the source be it natural or artificial. Unfortunately, the symptoms (gritty painful eyes, eyelid twitchy, very watery eyes, aversion of bright light, pupil constriction) are not recognized until hours after exposure once the damage is already done. Damage is cumulative, so the longer duration and higher frequencies of exposure will result in more serious injuries and damage. In these cases blindness is most likely to occur. However, with the proper protection of a welding helmet with an auto darkening lens injuries are easily and effectively prevented.

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If not properly shielded, other damage to the eyes can occur such as retinal burns and total loss of vision. Welding helmets are always essential since damage can occur over a relatively short period of time. Arc welding operations are potentially very dangerous. Many health hazards can arise from the emission of electromagnetic waves, namely ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet light is the most frequent cause of radiation based eye injuries. In addition to the ultraviolet exposure risk there are other ways in which the eyes can be damaged without proper protection during welding. Such risks are photochemical and thermal damage to the retina. Photochemical damage is a result of exposure to intense blue light. Thermal damage occurs when exposed to visible and near infrared radiation. In all cases, the longer the exposure the greater the damage. Therefore making welding helmets a very important piece of safety equipment.

The newer, electronic models of welding helmets are similar to the older models but with substantial safety and convenience enhancements. For example, all welding helmets include a window filter known as the lens shade. In the older models this window was made of tinted or polarized glass. Thanks to electronic advancements the more modern models use a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) filter, or shutter, that better adjusts to the bright light. Essentially, the auto darkening lens allows the welder to continue working with adequate vision and normal lighting.

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