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Archive for July, 2018

30
Jul

A Beginner’s Guide to the Different Archery Equipment

Archery as a sport has been around for the longest time, and is becoming increasingly popular in Singapore. The beauty of archery is in its simplicity in terms of equipment: bow, arrow, and target. Once you have all three, it’s really up to your technique and how frequently you practice.

If you’re only starting out in archery, it’s important to know and understand the different kinds of equipment and what makes them. Read on to find out more.

Bow
The concept of the bow is universal – the frame has to be elastic enough to support the strain from the energy exerted by the drawstring and return to its original form.

Though the earliest bows were made of wood, today’s bows can be made of different types of materials, as well as different parts. These are the following:

• Stabilizers – They stabilize and balance the bow when raised
• Grip – The handle is covered in tennis grip material to stop it from slipping
• Risers – This is the bow handle and the foundation that supports the whole bow
• Dampener – Once the arrow is released, this part minimizes the resulting vibration
• Limb – This is the part from the handle to the tip where the string is knotted.
• Clicker – This helps the archer to release at the same spot where he/she drew.

Choosing the kind of bow that you want to use is a very personal choice, but it is an important one. The kind of bow that you’re comfortable with can greatly improve your aim as well as your accuracy.

Arrow
The arrow is more than a pointed stick with feathers at the end – it has to be at the right weight as well as aerodynamic in order to minimize drag. It’s also composed of different parts:
• Pile – This is the arrowhead, which penetrates the target. In modern times, the pile is shaped like a bullet.
• Nock – This is the arrow’s “butt”, which is the attachment on its rear that holds it in place in the bowstring when drawn.
• Fletching – The feathers attached to the arrow, whether real or fake, help to stabilize it during flight, and must be consistent in their color pattern.
• Shaft – The arrow’s body connects the pile to the nock, and can be made out of any substance. In modern archery, the shaft is marked with the archer’s initials to make it easier to identify who it belongs to.

The Target
This is situated seventy meters away from the archer with an incline of seventy-five to eighty degrees when following competitive archery standards.

The target’s total diameter is 122 centimeters and is divided into ten equal rings, each one measuring 12.2 centimeters, with five different colors: white, black, light blue, red, and yellow.

30
Jul

The Pros and Cons of Flooring for Your Home

When choosing to renovate your home, an important thing to think about is the flooring. Different types of flooring have different pros and cons, and can be a difficult task if you’re looking to do them yourself.

For instance, though one type of flooring can be easier to install, that same type of flooring may be more difficult to clean. Another type of flooring can be both easy to install and clean, but may be more expensive than one that isn’t. Here are some of the different types of flooring to get you started:

1. Ceramic Tiles
Tiles have been used for a long time in a lot of homes, and they’ve become a go-to for a reason.
Ceramic tiles are strong, durable, and come in a wide variety of shades and colors that you can even mix and match to go along with the desired paint color or wallpaper for your walls. They are also easy to clean and sterilize, especially if you have small children.

One disadvantage that they have is that everything brittle, such as glass, tends to break when dropped on them. They are also difficult to install.

2. Wood Tiles
While ceramic tiles have been used for a long time, floating wood tiles have only come to use in households recently.

They do have the advantage of being easier to install, being stain-resistant, and much easier to clean. However, they are made of laminated wood strips, and thus can show scuff marks as well as being really slippery when wet.

3. Hardwood
They may not be made of laminated wood, but are instead strips fashioned from actual wood trunks. Common hardwoods used for flooring include hickory, maple, and oak.

Though hardwood floors are extremely durable, can be sanded many times throughout their lifetime, and don’t retain heat easily (great for keeping cool in Singapore’s humid climate), they are really difficult and labor-intensive when it comes to installation.

4. Vinyl
Vinyl is a fully synthetic polymer flooring that’s flexible and non-porous. Not only is it durable and easy to install, but it can be glued or even nailed to the floor. It’s also stain-resistant and easy to clean.

However, though cheap, vinyl flooring can actually be pretty dangerous. The process used to make vinyl tiles emits VOCs into the atmosphere as a by-product, and because sharp objects can damage this material, is really hard to repair, and sections are often entirely replaced when damaged.