How to Measure Patio Umbrella Size

Umbrellas help keep your courtyard and patio tables cooler, providing shade from the sun. They can also help provide shade for your chair cushions to prevent the sun from fading them. You need to know what size of umbrella you need to cover your desired area before you buy an umbrella. You can measure your current umbrella size if you are looking to replace the one you have. This is same step i took when replacing my patio in St. Louis and it works great.

How to measure patio umbrellas

The size of patio umbrella is determined in width and not height. To find the correct measurements, measure the distance between the upper arm of the rib and the lower arm of the rib. Then multiply by two, which will give the right size. You can also follow the steps below:

  • Open the umbrella so that it is fully extended.
  • Measure the top of your umbrella along one of the arms of the ribs. Use a tape to measure the distance from the top center to the outer edge.
  • Multiply that number by half. This will give you the right size of your umbrella. Remember that umbrellas are not measured by height but width.
  • Take another measurement from the base of the umbrella pole to the crank mechanism. This will give you the exact measurement of the crankshaft height. You should know this measurement if you are measuring for a patio table.

There are hundreds of umbrella manufacturers all over the world. Most umbrella manufacturers build their own individual umbrella specifications, which means that not all umbrellas are created equal or constructed to the same length, diameter and thickness. Most umbrellas are very wide, reaching to several inches depending on the manufacturer. Example. A true 9 inch umbrella span would be 108 inches (12 “x 9” = 109 “) However, the rib arms can reach several centimeters plus or minus, making the measurement of any umbrella greater or less than the actual 109 inches.

Back pain and chiropractic care

pain management in St. Louis Back pain ails a large population in the world. Even in those who are it terminally ill, having occasional back pain is a norm. However, if you have experienced unceasing back pain in any period of life, you need to have it checked.


Back pain is caused by many different aspects among them diseases, strains on the back, poor self-caring skills and others. The back pain which is caused by problems to the nervous system is termed radicular back pain. Radicular back pain is related to a condition called radiculopathy in which the lower back pain is rendered painful and limited in the range of motion due to a pinched nerve root. Diseases such as cancer and arthritis also cause pain on the back. If the disease that is causing the pain is known, the they of pain will be termed specific back pain. Other causes of back pain may not be known or traced to a certain disease. Such back pain is termed nonspecific.

Classifications of back pain

Besides the three classes of back pain stated above (radicular, specific and nonspecific) pain can also be categorized as acute, subacute, chronic or recurrent. Acute back pain occurs for six weeks. If the firsts six weeks are succeeded by a second session of pain for another 6 weeks, the pain will be termed subacute back pain. If it goes beyond the first twelve weeks, it will be termed chronic back pain. If the pain comes and goes, it will be termed recurrent back pain.

Back pain diagnosis

The procedure for examining a patient involves three stages which are performed by a specialist called a chiropractor. The stages are consultation, examination of the medical history, and then physical examination. In the consultation phase, the patient narrates to to the doctor any problems they have noted to allow the latter discern exactly what ails them. Examination of the medical history follows a path which will allow the doctor establish a link between the back pain and any other conditions such as diseases that may cause the back pain. Lastly, the chiropractor will carry out physical examinations using machines such as X-rays, CT SCANS, ultrasounds and others.

Care and maintenance for back pain

After a correct diagnosis, the chiropractors will advise on the next step to be taken, the chiropractors i have visited in Louis are experts in  pain management in St. Louis, I don’t know of other area, but you can always find one. If there is a need for surgery or drugs, the patient will be referred to a surgeon or pharmacist respectively since chiropractors do not deal with drugs or surgeries. They only deal with mechanical therapies in the treatment of the musculoskeletal and neuroskeletal systems. In most cases, they employ methods such as the use of electricity, massages, exercises, water, heat, cold to deal with patient’s problems.

As one of the oldest alternative medicine fields, the field of chiropractic is gaining ground as patients get to evade the side effects of the medical drugs other approaches employ. For the best results, chiropractors use two main methods called chiropractic adjustment and chiropractic mobilization. These methods are meant to manually trey the misalignment in the spinal column.

Chiropractic Assessing back pain

When using chiropractic methods to assess back pain, there is a focus on following a method specific to this field called the triage concept of diagnosis. This method is referred to as the triage method as it categorizes back pain into three main manifestations namely; nonspecific, nerve problem and potentially serious cases.

St. Louis chiropractors

Nonspecific back pain is the back pain whose cause is a myriad of causes which cannot be specifically pinpointed. It is also referred to as mechanical back pain of the lumbar spine. This type of pain is the most common one since it can can from many different causes among them fatigue, the tearing of ligaments in the back, damage to back tissues and organs and so on. Provided it is not easily attributable to a disease, the back pain will be referred to as nonspecific.

The nerve problem occurs following the root of the nerve in the low back is compressed or pinched to cause a sciatica or radiculopathy which is very much uncomfortable. Among the conditions that can be blamed for the pinching of the nerve root are the spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and the lumbar herniated disc. In either case, this condition is caused by a misalignment of the vertebral column and its constituent parts.

For a diagnosis to be termed potentially serious or dangerous, it should be posing other risks on the individual such as paralysis or lose of bladder and bowel control. The conditions which can be categorized into this section include infection of the joints, pacemaker problems, problems with the artificial joint implants, hemophilia or prolonged bleeding, local wounds or burns that are open, cauda equina (major neurological disorders), fractures, general infections, and tumors. This group of diagnostics may require more than the purely mechanical approaches of the chiropractic field. For instance, identification of a tumor in the lower back will require corrective surgery which can only be provided by a highly trained cancer surgeon. To identify most of these conditions requires the use of physical examination methods using machines such as X-ray and ultrasound machines. CT-Scans are also handy tools in pinpointing the root of the problem.

As i was made to understand by a St. Louis chiropractors, the classification of the back pain using chiropractic care can be done into four main types of pain according to the frequency and period of the pain. This classification is employed in the diagnosis of the nerve root problem that causes sciatica. It can also be applied to most types of nonspecific back pain. The classifications are acute, subacute, chronic, and recurrent symptoms. Acute symptoms are those which manifest for a period of 6 weeks. Following the end of the first 6 weeks of acute pain, the next 6 weeks are termed subacute symptoms. If the symptoms trounce the first 12 week period, they will termed chronic symptoms.

Lastly, if the symptoms recur and disappear as per the situation, they will be termed recurrent or flare up symptoms. Another classification of the symptoms of the pain in the lower back especially that of the nerve root is that which considers it either mild, moderate or severe.


The following are the steps involved in changing a broken garage door spring.

1. Put a C-clamp on the garage door track above the bottom-most door roller to secure the door in place.

2. The movable end of the string are attached to an adjustment collar and there is a set screw in the adjustment collar which hold the spring in a tension position on the center shaft. Around the perimeter of the adjustment collar are a series of hole and you will have to insert a metal rod into one of the holes.

3. Before making any adjustments, take note of the original position of the set screw to know if there are “flats” that the set screw should be set into. They are special flattened or depressed areas of the shaft that allow the set screw to hold more securely.

4. Make sure the adjusting rod is solidly in the hole in the collar. Also,ensure that the set screw is loosened while the rod is held in position. Use the rod to turn the collar to loosen or tighten the tension on the spring. Tighten the set screw to lock collar the new position while holding the collar in the new position. Adjust the torsion springs equally to assure balance in the door.

5. Determine the proper direction to turn the collar. To increase the opening force, the collar must be turned in the same direction that the garage door cable passes over the pulley and to decrease the closing force, the collar should be turned in the opposite direction that the garage door cable passes over the pulley .

6. Make adjustments in small increments. To fine-tune a difficult door, 1/4 turn at a time is enough. Balance both springs by turning them in the same amount.

In summary, things could get screwed up, so if you are not technically incline and slow to learning things like this, i did advice you hire a professional for a penny to fix it. I myself isn’t that fantastic when it comes to technical stuff as these, so i always employ the help of a neighbor, who is a  St. Louis garage doors dealer.

And that’s that, hope you had a nice read and looking forward to sharing more stuff with you 🙂

Why you should use energy efficient windows

Many homeowners go through a lot of pain to replace their old windows. Not only does it take a lot of work to do window replacement but it can also cost a lot of money. This is one of the reasons why homeowners are tempted to keep their costs down and choose the replacement windows that are the cheapest rather than the most energy-efficient which may cost up to 15% more. However, choosing energy efficient and high quality windows can have a substantial benefit in the long run. Here are a few reasons why you should choose energy efficient windows.

Better insulation

You will be surprised to realize how energy efficient windows can be as they are able to keep the outdoor elements at bay and can eliminate the cold and hot spots in a room. The windows are good at forming a barrier against the cold weather to ensure that you home remains warm during winter and protect the interior from the hot summer sun. This keeps your room cool and pleasant even if you do not have air conditioner.

Good for the environment

Just like the name suggest, energy efficient windows are able to keep the temperature at your home at a level that is comfortable without your heater or air conditioner working as hard it would normally do. This will result in lower usage of energy and it means that your home will need less power as compared to what fossil-fuel such as natural gas and coal power plants generates. This will play a role in making your home eco-friendly.

Lower costs

Consuming less energy for cooling and heating will translate into making some savings. You may also be aware that most municipalities will offer you significant tax credit if you upgrade to windows that are energy efficient. This can be good news if you are trying to cut you your budget.

Protecting your belongings

Energy-efficient windows usually have a special coating that is able to block the ultraviolet rays of the sun. The rays can cause damage to your items such as carpets, fabrics, woods and furniture when the streams of sunlight get through the windows. Since 98 percent of the rays of the sun do not get into the home, you should not expect to see any deterioration or fading on the home flooring, furnishing and accessories.

Reducing noise

One of the key benefits of the energy-efficient windows that are highly insulative is that they have a soundproofing ability. Since these do well in sealing out the exterior conditions, it is possible to prevent you home from noise from railroads, sirens as well as roadway traffic. This can be a very good thing in this age where most areas are congested with homes built close to one another.

Less maintenance

Since windows that are energy efficient are able to minimize the transfer of energy, it is possible to considerably reduce the cases of condensation buildup. This means that the risk of molds is considerably lowered. It also creates a more conducive environment for people who may be suffering from asthma. Resulting to efficient window replacement in St. Peters where i stay, has really lowered the high level of expenses on maintaining windows.

How Much It Costs To Replace a Garage Door

If your garage door has started malfunctioning, you might consider installing a new door. One of the best moment to do these is when you are in the process or about to finish your basement remodeling. This is surely a smart investment. In fact, installing a new garage door produces about 84 percent of the value of resale, according to Remodeling magazine. In addition to getting a solid return on investment, new garage doors will enhance functionality, improve the appearance outside the home, and protect the entrance of your house and contents of your garage. Due to the fact that installation of garage doors is a job that involves electrical work, hard work and removing the old garage door, you probably need to work with a professional garage door.

A garage door costs between $200 for a single door to $4,000 for two or more doors, with doors with better materials amounting to larger cost. Most home owners claim to spend about $ 1,063 for the door and the installation. The total price must include the purchase of new tracks with which the door would move on and adhesives, connectors and fasteners. You can save money and time by placing the door yourself. But the weight of a door can pose serious risks. If you think you want to try installing it yourself, be sure to choose a garage door that can be safely managed.

The insulation that increases energy efficiency and also helps in the reduction of electricity bills is crucial when the garage door is being installed to the house. Doors with high R-value are preferred In this case. This means that the heat can be kept in because of better insulation. The higher the R value, the better insulated the garage will be against the outside no ise and the cold and warm air. Doors that are well insulated will have polystyrene or polyurethane foam in their construction.

Some other factors that must be kept in mind when replacing a garage door include:

Pinch Resistance: which tries to push fingers out of the way if they’re way too close to a door.

Tamper Resistance: which reduces injury risk from components of door. .

How to Keep Your Carpet Insect Free

A carpet gives your home a stylish aesthetic, more soft and comfortable floor to step on. However, the carpet could be a perfect breeding ground for insects, but fortunately, the simple guide below will help you keep your carpet free of insects.

Cleanliness matters

To clean your carpets should be one of the first things you should always worry of. Yes, regular vacuuming help, but they cannot remove all particles. Materials or organic oil can be introduced into the carpet fibers. Both organic matter and oils can attract insects to your home. Some of these insects can cause serious damage to your carpet, especially carpet beetles or moths that could feed on the fabrics of your carpet.

You must do everything to have your carpet regularly maintained to prevent infestation or the need to replace your carpet before it’s due.

Other insects that may be hiding in your carpet like cockroaches release particles that are airborne that can give you or members of your family allergic reactions, especially if anyone of you is suffering from asthma.

Add an extra layer of protection

Purchasing food-grade diatomaceous earth is another option you should consider as they are usually not too expensive. You can find it online or in your local health food store. This powder is fossilized algae-like organisms.

The powder has several sharp edges which makes it an effective and natural insect repellent. These edges do not pose a threat to you, simply because they are too small to harm a human. But insects are seriously wounded when they come in touch with the powder, which is why they avoid it. Diatomaceous earth helps against carpet beetles, insects, roaches and other small insects.

All you have to do is put some powder in a shaker or something and sprinkle a little around the carpet. Small fibers in your carpet should be able to keep the dust in place, so you do not have to worry about small particles floating around your home.

Just be sure enough that you do not see sprinkle dust on the carpet because you do not need so much. You do not have to replace diatomaceous earth until it is time for cleaning.

As you can see, there are easy ways to keep your house and carpets free of pest which can actually be done safely. If you find it difficult, you can as well hire an expert, I did hire an expert carpet cleaner in O’Fallon that helped with one of my apartment. its also important to mention that keeping your carpet clean and free of insects will help you get the most out of your carpet.

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