Ice Dams – Learn how to prevent this nuisance build-up…

First, I’d like to explain how this massive ice mound forms on the most outer edge of your roof…


It snows and your roof surface will continue to accumulate this falling snow and the temperature (outside) of your home drops to below freezing.

1.) The temperature inside your attic is above freezing (warmer), due to the heated living area (below the attic) allowing heat to infiltrate the attic cavity, thus raising the temperature of your roofing material to above freezing.

2.) Because of the temperature differential and the warmer roofing material, the snow on top of the roof starts to slowly melt and gravity takes over. The melted snow (now water) starts to cascade down the roof (underneath all the accumulated snow) in an attempt to drain off the roof or into your gutters.

3.) As soon as the water reaches the outer edge of the roof (where the outer roof edge will not be as warm as the attic cavity) it gets exposed to the freezing air. The cascading water now freezes into an ice mound (that literally clings to your roofing material) along the edges of your roof and the gutters (if applicable).

4.) As more and more melted snow (water) continues to cascade down your roof, it continues to freeze behind and on top of the previously frozen run off, forming a much larger ice dam. Once this ice dam takes shape, it will literally trap any water that is attempting to drain down and off the roof. Now, all the melting water is dammed and has nowhere to drain to, so it builds up. This accumulating water is simply backing up and is forced right under your roofing material and into your attic or soffit cavity (and then gravity takes over once again), and this water infiltration simply drips down into your living area wall cavities, causing the nuisance staining and damage that may be observing throughout your walls.



When the heavy snow on your roof field becomes excessively uneven, this is indicative of your heat infiltrating your attic cavity and melting the snow on your roof, which causes ice dams.

Preventing this ice from forming on the edge of your roof in the first place is absolutely preventable. Many homeowners are continuously researching articles on “HOW TO PREVENT ICE DAMS” and they learn that proper insulation and ventilation is necessary to prevent these ice dams. That’s fine, but after most homeowners obtain their education on “HOW TO PREVENT ICE DAMS” they may attempt to correct their ice dam situation, but are still baffled and are unable to figure out exactly where any improvement is needed. That’s why they call me in to access their situation. I’ll literally show home owners how to alleviate this nuisance ice build-up.

Your solution to alleviate your ice dam issues is the use of Infrared technology combined with my professional experience in dealing with many ice dam situations in the past. My infrared inspection is a brilliant method of providing you with an instant snapshot of any active heat loss seeping through the most outer portion of the walls and ceilings of your home. Deficient insulation is a poor insulator, which allows it to now become a great conductor of your conditioned living area air, and this is what enables me to easily detect the inefficient insulation applications throughout your home. Infrared imaging will visually show thermal mapping of any improperly insulated ceiling and wall cavities that are causing the ice dams at the outer roof edges of your building. Even though attic access is convenient, Thermal Imaging does not require access to your attic in order to determine the cause of your ice dam situation.

Take a look at the images below and see how easy Infrared detects uninsulated/problematic cavities where ice dams were occurring…

Infrared clearly detects cold air (blue color) infiltrating the living area

Infrared detects missing insulation at all outer ceiling cavities

Thermal imaging detects cold spots from improperly installed soffit vents

Infrared detects insulation issues above this bathroom ceiling.


The brown ice clinging to this particular siding is caused from excessive ice dams at the eave area combined with excessive mice activity (and old dust/dirt build-up) in the attic cavity. The brown color of mice excrement (and old dust/dirt build-up) mixes in with the ice accumulation (at the attic cavity over your living area). As this ice dam starts to build-up in the attic cavity, it melts and this brown mess will start to seep out from the eave area and behind the siding material.

Note how this brown mess will follow the contour of the building.

You can see how this brown ice seeps out from behind the clapboard siding.

This church had ice dams with signs of mice activity below the belfry soffit.


You can get simply pull away any accumulating snow off of the edge of your roof with a snow rake, but… by the time you perform this clearing, it’s already too late. Look at the image below where a homeowner decided to pull the snow off of their roof edge (thinking that the ice will stop accumulating) but discovered that a 4-6 inch thick ice sheet is coating the entire roof edge at least 6-8 feet up the roof field. If they would have only taken preventive measures to avoid this ice dam in the first place, this area of the roof wouldn’t be a concern.

Massachusetts Infrared (Thermal) Imaging

My name is David Valley and I am the founder of Massachusetts Home Inspections, which is located in Methuen, Massachusetts. I personally perform every home inspection myself and I always give my home inspection clients the utmost personal attention they deserve.

That is one benefit that is not always possible with the large multiple inspector firms in Massachusetts. As a licensed professional, I have a fiduciary responsibility to all my home inspection clients and I have high regard for every last one of them. I respect the fact that they rely on me and my vast home inspection knowledge to personally assist them during their home buying process.

Lex Van Dam and Anton Kreil: Breaking the Myths of the Financial Markets

Is it possible for a complete newbie trader, with only two weeks of training, to make money trading the financial markets? If the lessons learned from the BBC reality show Million Dollar Traders are anything to go by, then it’s highly probable that anyone can create wealth by trading the financial markets. The show broke many long held myths about the financial world of trading, and how “difficult” trading actually is. It also highlighted valuable lessons that every wannabe trader should learn in order to survive and succeed in the world of trading.

Million Dollar Traders was in effect a project that explored the hidden potentials of ordinary men and women and how effective they were in playing the market. The project was conceptualized by Lex Van Dam and Anton Kreil, both former Goldman Sachs traders. The concept was simple. A group of eight ordinary people belonging to different age groups, employment history, educational background and demographic were given one million dollars capital to finance their trading activities over an eight week period. The money was provided by Van Dam. Anton Kreil was the supervisor and mentor to the group. The participants underwent two weeks of intensive training and were then unleashed with the one million dollars, to trade as they wanted too for the two months. The only goal was to make money by building their portfolios and successfully trading them in the markets.

The format of the series combined the popular elements of typical modern day reality shows and informational documentaries. Refreshingly, there wasn’t much of the normal overacting that you would associate with most reality shows. It was presented in a very straightforward manner and in my opinion was edited very well by the production company Century Films. The complexities and intricacies of the financial world of trading were for once explained really well to the mass audience, especially by Kreil. The production team seemed to strike a perfect balance between giving enough information to the audience so they understood what was happening, and at the same time managing to steer away from “dumbing down” the show too much. Of particular interest was how the show demonstrated that everyone can become their own trader.

The first episode introduced the wannabe traders and followed them closely as they began building their stock portfolio’s. The second episode tested the mettle of each participant in trading and managing their risks, and the final episode turned dramatic when four of the underperforming traders resigned and walked out of the office in protest. This was in reaction to when Van Dam and Kreil fired one of the traders for chronic underperformance. At the end, only a soldier, a student and a single mum had survived the eight week ordeal. The three of them together then had two weeks to trade one million dollars between themselves in an attempt to claw back the losses of the original group.

Incidentally, Million Dollar Traders was filmed when the global financial meltdown occurred in the summer of 2008. The context provided much stress, excitement, anxiety, and confusion for the novice traders. As U.S. Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were blowing up, Kreil summed up how difficult the markets were perfectly

“If this happens the U.S. could be over for a generation…, for anyone that has been in the markets for a long time, this is proper scary stuff”.

Even as a viewer watching you could feel the pressure of the moment. One contestant broke down in tears for almost ninety minutes. Another one totally blew his investments, which made Van Dam furious. However, some of the contestants did show exceptional skills beyond their experience in managing risks and handling the stresses of trading.

At the end of the show, the entire team had lost two point four percent of their investments. But this figure was far better than the performance of most professional traders who lost more than five point five percent on their investments. Van Dam and Kreil showed that a novice trader can perform well in any market versus the professionals. I was certainly a fan of the show and I’m eagerly awaiting the second installment.

Get to know more about Anton Million Dollar Traders by visiting the Anton Kreil website. Know the inside story about the Anton Kreil Million Dollar Traders to learn how to become successful in the financial markets.

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Why is There Corruption With Infrastructure Projects and Dams in China?

There is no doubt that the Chinese are great infrastructure builders, and perhaps, they are better at building infrastructure then even other species of this planet, for instance ants that build giant colonies. One only has to look at the Great Wall of China to realize that when China gets serious about infrastructure, nothing can stop them. If you’ve ever been to Beijing, Shanghai, or even the Quangdong Province and have seen all of the buildings, infrastructure, factories, airports, etc., you’ll never forget it.

In fact, the Chinese have the world’s largest dam. It’s so big with so many tens of trillions of gallons of water that it has changed the balance of the planet and actually slowed down the rotation of the Earth by a measurable amount; as in micro-seconds. Some say it has also caused problems with plate tectonics in their regions, and altered the flow of Continental drift. How much? Some people say an even greater amount than the great ice shelves that have broken off at the poles.

The Three Gorges Dam project is not the only one. The Chinese have built tens of thousands of new dams on nearly all of their water ways and rivers. Unfortunately, many of these dams have been done with shoddy workmanship and have the same problem of corruption that the United States has had in New Orleans and Louisiana. This means that many of these dams might fall down in the future during Earthquakes or under extreme load during a large flood year.

Why is there so much corruption with regards to infrastructure projects and dams in China? Apparently, the Chinese have learned a lot about capitalism, but apparently they haven’t learned the long term ethical standards that are required, and the regulations to make it all work. With rampant corruption, one has to ask if China will re-experience one of the great floods of the last 100 years. If and when this happens, there will be only one culprit; Chinese Corruption. Please consider all this.

Not long ago, I mentioned this to Guang Wu, the author of a new book; “China: Has the Last Opportunity Passed by!?” and he indicated that this was a topic that the Chinese Government has been addressing and that often, the World media blows it out of proportion.

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Grand Canyon National Park Adds Edyne All Electric Truck


All electric vehicles are starting to become more popular as the years progress. These vehicles require no fuel whatsoever other than what can come from standard outlet. Simply plug one in overnight and the next day it can be used for ten hours at a time or more, depending on the car. GreenGo Tek (GGT Electric) has produced a line of these electric vehicles that has been well treasured by many parks around the country, and they have slowly become a forced to be reckoned with in the electric truck world.

Because Edyne vehicles have become so popular, the Grand Canyon National Park has decided to add some Edyne vehicles to its fleet for the coming years. That means that the Grand Canyon will actually have eco friendly, fully electric vehicles moving around on it as park officials aim to clean up and show people around. These vehicles were not meant for speed or torque. They simply were meant for transportation. They can provide that though in a way that is unlike any other vehicle on the market. Grand Canyon National Park was able to acknowledge that and they opted for the green route.

There are many different vehicles that GGT has to offer beyond the work ones that the park decided to buy. For regular consumers, they have a range of standard vehicles that can be just as functioning as gas powered vehicles without the heavy footprint on the environment. They also offer a line of “retrofit” vehicles, which were originally gas powered and have been converted to electric power for energy saving purposes. No matter who you are or what you may need a vehicle for chances are there is a GGT option out there that will fit your needs just right.

For the Grant Canyon National Park, the needs were met with Edyne vehicles. You may discover that these could work for your business, or you may find that you are in need of something else. Whatever the case may be, you can take the inspiration from the park into your own life and start trying to live green today. Your car is a great place to start making a difference in your environment. Take a look around at your options and see just what eco friendly cars are available for you. You could be plugging yourself in tonight if all goes according to plan.



This article was written by GGT Electric


Full Day High Dam, Unfinished Oblisk, Philae Temple

Enjoy a private tour to visit a modern and an ancient engineering marvel in Aswan when you visit the High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk. See two of Egypt’s engineering wonders with the incredible Unfinished Obelisk lying exactly as it fell, and the world famous engineering miracle that is the High Dam. Depart your Aswan hotel or cruise ship and travel to the High Dam of Aswan. Located near Aswan, the world famous High Dam was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. Containing more material than used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops, the Dam is 11,811 ft long, 3215 ft thick at the base, 364 ft tall and is carved into from the existing granite, providing irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt. from the top of the High Dam you can gaze across Lake Nasser, a huge reservoir created when it was built, to Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the north. Continue to the Unfinished Obelisk in the granite quarries of Aswan where much of the red granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from. The Unfinished Obelisk located in the Northern Quarry still lies where it was carved when a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. Your qualified Egyptologist guide will explain how the 1 tonne obelisk was carved, and why the crack caused it to be abandoned. This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites during the tour.
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“ice Dams In Montgomery County Maryland Need A Handyman Company”

Ice dams and ice dam prevention is a concern again this winter during the last few snow storms, due to the thousands of homeowners in Montgomery County Maryland that suffered from extensive damages last year with ice damming on their roofs last year.

If your home has had a problem with ice dams in the past and you still haven’t been able to put any ice dam prevention methods in place, the problems will occur again. Be on the lookout for icicles hanging from your gutters this winter for ice dams and if you notice a problem, hire a contractor as soon as possible. Icicles are usually one of the first warning signs of possible ice dams on your roof and if you don’t act quickly extensive damages will occur to your walls and ceilings from the melting snow.

This article will go over the basic questions you need to ask when hiring a contractor to remove ice dams and to find a solution to your ice damming problems.

How to hire an experienced ice dam removal contractor

Before hiring any contractor to perform ice dam removal services on your home make sure that you ask them the following questions. Hiring an inexperienced contractor to remove ice dams can lead to thousands of dollars in damages to your home and to your roof. It can also cause you significant legal issues as well if they contractor doesn’t carry liability insurance or workers compensation.

How long have you provided ice dam removal services?

Over 80% of companies fail within their first five years of business due to bad planning, lawsuits or bad service. Make sure the contractor you hire has experience performing the services you need and that the company is stable enough to be around in the future if problems arise from the work they performed.

Do you use OSHA approved safety harness’s and equipment to perform the job?

Ice dam removal isn’t as simple as most people think. A lot of contractors become overnight experts when the need for services is high but they skip details like safety equipment, training and learning from someone with experience. Skipping safety details can cause someone to be paralyzed or killed. Owning the correct safety equipment isn’t cheap but it’s worth it’s weight in gold when your sliding off the roof of a 4 story home!

Do you use sub contractors to fulfill your contracts?

Many contractors use sub contractors as fill in employees to meet their service obligations. Sub contractors aren’t always a bad choice, the problem is do they have the same experience level and quality of workmanship that you were promised?

Are you licensed, bonded and insured?

In most states there are laws governing anyone that does any type of repairs or maintenance on a residential property to have a Home Improvement License, Insurance, Workers Compensation and a Bond. In my opinion, these are the minimum requirements you should ask for when hiring a contractor for anything at your home.

Before hiring a contractor for removing ice dams or for preventing ice damming on your home, make sure you do some research on hiring a contractor to avoid some of the common scams.

Henry Bockman is a Veteran in Montgomery County Maryland and operates two companies, Commercial Restorations and Henry’s Housework Inc. His companies provide services in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia since 1989.

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How to Pick a Las Vegas Day Trip to Grand Canyon West or South Rim

Deciding on whether to visit the Skywalk or Grand Canyon National Park while staying in Las Vegas? That’s a tough one. Both attractions are worth the trip. However, there are a few logistical and budgetary differences between the two that can help solve the dilemma for you.


This is a big issue for a lot of people. It takes a bus 2.5 hours to reach Grand Canyon West and 5.5 hours to reach the South Rim. It takes a helicopter 45 minutes and an airplane 25 minutes to reach the West Rim, respectively. It takes an airplane 45 minutes to fly to the South Rim; there are no direct helicopter flights. Be prepared to spend a full day on trips to the West Rim. South Rim airplane trips need a full day, too, while bus tours average about 15 hours.


The one-way driving distance from Las Vegas to the West Rim is 128 miles and 279 miles to the South Rim. Both are relatively long trips. Fortunately, today’s motor coach has all the amenities, including plush seats and a clean bathroom. There are also a number of stops where you can stretch your legs (including Hoover Dam).


Each rim has distinct things to do. The West Rim is famous for its man-made attractions while the South Rim is praised for its incredible natural beauty. Additionally, while there are visitor facilities at the West Rim, the ones at South Rim are more developed.

South Rim


This part of the Canyon is crammed with fantastic viewing spots. The most famous are Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station, Yaki Point, Hermit’s Rest and more. All can be reached via the Park’s excellent free shuttle bus system.


Plenty of casual dining here. The Bright Angel Lodge restaurant serves up home-style cooking that’s priced right. Maswick Lodge offers cafeteria style. There’s a small snack bar behind the Lodge Restaurant. High-end dining (and cocktails) can be had at El Tovar. Near Mather Campground is a supermarket with deli, fried foods, and pizza.

Gift Shops

This is a South Rim “must-do.” For Native American handicrafts, it’s the Hopi House. Go to Verkamp’s or Kolb Studio for books, DVDs, and maps. The gift shop inside the Bright Angel Lodge is the place for t-shirts, water bottles, keychains, and postcards.

Grand Canyon West


The Glass Bridge is becoming Las Vegas’ hottest “off-Strip” attraction. Since opening to the public in 2007, more than one million people have experienced the Bridge. It’s a fantastic structure: Made of special glass, it extends 70 feet over the Canyon, wherein you are suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.

Hualapai Ranch

This is truly a special place. It features a Wild West town where gun fights are staged. Other cowboy “games” include axe and hay bale throwing. You get saddle up and go horseback riding or be involved in a cattle drive. Overnight lodging is available.


Eagle Point is the main lookout for the West Rim. Spectacular views are to be had. Be warned – There’s no guardrail. The region includes an Indian village and outdoor amphitheater for talks on local culture, flora, and fauna.

Gift Shops/Food

Grand Canyon West is a relatively new development of the Hualapai Indian Tribe. The complex that services the Skywalk is the hub of activity and includes a gift shop (this is where you pick up your Skywalk souvenir photos) and snack bar. The Tribe’s future plans for the area include hotels and restaurants.


There’s a huge difference in climate. The South Rim is located in a national forest at an elevation of 6,000 feet while the West Rim is atop high desert at 4,500 feet. Here’s a snapshot of each rim’s annual temperatures:

West Rim/Skywalk
Elevation is 4,700 feet.

Jan. – March
Average high temperature: 70 degrees. Average low: 43 degrees.

April – June
Average high temperature: 96 degrees. Average low: 65 degrees.

July – Sept.:
Average high temperature: 105 degrees. Average low: 76 degrees.

Oct. – Dec.:
Average high temperature: 76 degrees. Average low: 46 degrees.

South Rim
Elevation is 7,000 feet

Jan. – March
Average high temperature: 45 degrees. Average low: 21 degrees.

April – June
Average high temperature: 69 degrees. Average low: 39 degrees.

July – Sept.
Average high temperature: 82 degrees. Average low: 52 degrees.

Oct. – Dec.:
Average high temperature: 52 degrees. Average low: 27 degrees.


Warm layers in the winter and wind-resistant, cool clothing in the summer. Expect winter snow at the South Rim and wear pants, shoes and a jacket (it’s not uncommon to see people in shorts!). During the summer, always bring a water bottle and plenty of sunscreen.


Grand Canyon West rim tours start at $ 94. South Rim at $ 79. Tour prices include Park entrance fees. Book online to get the best price. Skywalk tickets are extra and cost $ 29.95 for adults, $ 22.95 for children ages 3-11, and $ 26.95 for seniors and military personnel.


The Rims of the Grand Canyon are wondrous places. It would be great if there was a Grand Canyon day trip that did both but there isn’t (if there were, it would be a two-day trip). However, the Rims are different enough in terms of tour time, price, and attractions that you can find the trip that’s right for you.

Travel insider Kelly Kirbee posts the best deals on tours to the Grand Canyon’s West and South Rims at

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Ice Dams Massachusetts

Ice dams in Massachusetts are a common winter occurrence if you have lived in New England for any length of time. You have probably either experienced or seen ice dams on the roofs of houses and buildings, maybe even your own roof. If you see ice along the bottom edge of your roof you know that you have an ice dam. Gutters and down spouts can be a solid block of ice with icicles hanging sometimes 2 or 3 feet long.

As a general contractor in Massachusetts for over 35 years, I have seen this scenario play out more times than I want to remember. A customer calls me in a panic saying that they have water leaking into their house from an ice dam. What should I do? The short answer is to chisel slots into the ice to let the water escape. This process can be dangerous, time consuming, and destructive to the roofing material below.
The long answer is not always the easy one. I know that excessive heat buildup at the bottom edge of the roof is the cause, but I can’t always see how much damage has been done or how many years this has been happening.

These problems often go unnoticed for years until a drip or stain occurs. The real frustration is assessing how much structure and insulation behind walls or ceilings has been compromised. How much moisture has traveled under a roof and floor or behind walls to other areas? Has this now caused a mold or mildew problem?

Infrared Thermography is used as a predictive building maintenance inspection and diagnostic technique that is currently recognized worldwide as a highly effective non-destructive testing tool. At Infrared New England, we recognize that detecting and analyzing problems before something costly or catastrophic happens is your primary goal. Our ability to see more than just a thermal anomaly gives you the power to act, instead of react to problems that are exposed.

Infrared scans give you the best advantage by using high resolution visual output infrared cameras to detect and pinpoint deficiencies in homes, commercial, industrial and institutional building facilities. Finding the source of a water leak that can lead to mold and mildew and is often associated with moisture or detecting air leaks due to missing or faulty insulation are just a few of the benefits of thermal imaging and infrared scans provide.
Thermal imaging is without a doubt, the single most important technology currently used in the Residential and Commercial sectors for diagnostic inspections of ice dams. Thermography, or heat-sensitive IR photography known as infrared photography, can reveal these and many other serious issues that cannot be seen by the naked eye or with conventional or digital photography. Our high-resolution infrared cameras enable us to detect extremely small but crucial heat patterns from one area of a structure to another. Heat patterns can be the number one cause of ice dams.
So if your home or business has icicles hanging off its roof, or if you have ice backing up from the edge of your roof you may have a bigger problem than you think. A thermal imaging scan will help you find the real reason for your ice build up and help uncover any other issues that have resulted from having ice dams in Massachusetts.

Gerald T. Brady has over 35 years of building and construction experience. This combined with his Level III Thermography Certification and Building Science training, makes Gerry one of the most sought after experts in the field.

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A Once in a Lifetime Grand Canyon Tour Within Your Budget

Its reputation precedes itself. Mention the Grand Canyon to practically anyone and chances are, he or she knows how this massive gorge sits right in the center of Arizona and amazes those who behold it. While travel guides do their best do capture its beauty on paper or words, those who experienced it for themselves say that nothing could have prepared them for the sheer awe-inspiring and superlative-defiant experience that is the Grand Canyon. See, even these words seem futile in trying to describe its effect on tourists!

What makes it so special?

The Grand Canyon is not only one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the world; it is also a living, breathing history lesson. Several million years of raging waters from the Colorado River carved these canyons into what they are today. If you have kids, a trip won’t only be an excellent time to bond with your family; it will also be a huge and interactive learning experience. Remember, it is also a national park with 287 species of birds, 88 species of mammals, 58 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 26 species of fish. That is a lesson in biology right there.

There are five million tourists who flock to the Grand Canyon every year, that’s why it is considered as one of the most visited travel destinations in the world. So if you want to avoid the density of people, avoid traveling to the Grand Canyon during summer. In any case, you can always have that trip during spring, winter, or fall.

There is something that will hit everyone’s fancy in this place. Nature walks, for one, will allow you to breathe in the freshness of the surroundings. The scenery alone should be a great and well-deserved rest from the crowded, noisy, and chaotic backdrop of the city. Everybody needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Making the right choices in traveling

Because of the popularity of the site, there are a lot of opportunities for people who are raring to see the Grand Canyon at least once in their lifetime. Most of these packages include transportation from the surrounding areas, which range from the simple ones, like hiking and backpacking, to the downright lavish such as luxury vans and Maverick helicopters.

Needless to say, expect a Grand Canyon luxury tour to make a serious dent in your budget. And with how the economy is currently going, would you really blow a year’s worth of savings on an eight-day trip? When it means cutting down on your budget for your kids’ schooling, or having to work extra hours, or running behind on bills, can you really afford that trip?

Experience the Grand Canyon without spending a fortune

It’s true! The Grand Canyon has almost become synonymous with American tourism. Eighty percent of tourists who go to see the Grand Canyon are Americans– domestic tourists that appreciate this massive wonder practically in their backyard. However, It does not have to cost a fortune to book that trip and fulfill what is rightfully every person’s travel fantasy.

You can try the self-guided rim-to-river hiking adventure to the Grand Canyon for next to nothing! There may be millions of people who have been to the Canyon but very few can actually say they’ve gone more than a mile below the rim. Seeing the Canyon up close is more awesome!

Another option is to stay at Phantom Ranch, a friendly retreat that can accommodate up to 88 people either in stone-and-log cabins or bunk dormitories at very affordable rates. Of course you shouldn’t expect great amenities in budget places like this!

The most important part of traveling to the Grand Canyon is when you can re-live the experience for many years. It would be so much better if you can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime tour for a fraction of the price!

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Coarse Fishing Tackle Evaluation: The Dam Onliner Barbel Quiver Rod

For me, there is nothing more stimulating than coarse fishing. While some prefer to stalk trout and salmon, I very much prefer fishing for less hunted varieties such as barbel, bream, carp and chub. Such fish can be as tough to catch as a feisty trout or salmon, but they seldom are given the level of popularity they so richly deserve. Choosing the right coarse fishing tackle can make a major difference between a prosperous fishing adventure and a failed one, thus coarse anglers like myself need equipment that is both tough and versatile. Here’s a little bit of information regarding a fishing rod I’m quite partial towards: the DAM Onliner barbel quiver rod.

Key Features of the DAM Onliner Barbel Quiver Rod

The rod is created by the German manufacturer DAM, and should be considered an entry level accessory of coarse fishing supplies. You’ll find it’s affordable at around 30.00, therefore, most anyone can afford to have one in their tackle collection. This 2-piece design is 11’6″ long and has a 1.5 pound test curve. This particular rod can hold main lines in the range of 5 to 10 pounds. However, not one of the quiver tips that are included with the rod are actually marked with a test curve, so you must invest some time studying which are ideal for the pertinent weather conditions you may be fishing in.

More Details Regarding the DAM Onliner Barbel Quiver Rod

The blank that comes with this fishing rod is made of glass fibre, meaning that it lacks some of the performance present in more highly-priced carbon fibre rods. The DAM Onliner rod features a full-length EVA/duplon handle as well as a resilient graphite reel seat equipped with stainless steel caps. When I made my first cast with this rod, I detected quite a lot of friction from the tip eye. This led to the cast being somewhat short, a shortcoming I do need to mention. I did discover, however, that I could lessen the friction with a thinner line as compared to the recommended 10lb maximum. This particular rod is free of flat spots and features a progressive through action which gave me all the control that was necessary during the struggle, even close in.

Conclusions on the Onliner Barbel Quiver Rod

For those who are just starting out stalking barbel or other coarse fish species, this is a great fishing rod for starters, because it’s both cost-effective and has most of the features a novice or intermediate-level angler may need. The DAM Onliner rod is well suited to fishing major rivers at close range and handles both large chub and smaller barbel easily. Please note, however, that casting could be negatively impacted when working with thicker mainlines, thus you should contemplate reducing the breaking strain to help you counter this issue. The finish of this rod is great, without having rough or sharp edges, and the reel seat can hold even the heaviest reel safely. This is a comfortable and well-balanced element of coarse fishing tackle which functions nicely in a number of fishing circumstances. I’m delighted to rate it at 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars.

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