Ways Cloth-Backed Foam is Used

When it comes to intricate and ornate upholstery detailing, there is a limit to what traditional foam can handle. Patterns and channels can be sewn into foam cushions, but with any amount of use, the foam will rip and tear, not only making a mess of the upholstery design, but also damaging the longevity of the cushion as well.

For detailed projects like this, a specialty material is needed, and this is where cloth-backed foam steps in. Cloth-backed foam offers a functional substrate for upholstery projects that need something to grab onto, without creating something overly rigid or unattractive.

Cloth-backed foam is exactly what it sounds like – a sheet of thin fabric is laminated to one side of a sheet of foam. This fabric is what allows channeling and similar designs to be made in automotive and marine upholstery, because it will hold the stitching. The foam behind it still offers padding however, and keeps the feel of a soft cushion, while helping to facilitate a full, fluffy appearance.

Instead of sewing into the cushion, the cloth-backed foam is used in place. After the sewing is done, the cover is placed over the cushions, essentially having the foam and cover as one single form now. Placed over the actual cushions, the upholstery can retain its looks, and the seat retains its comfort and durability.

While primarily used for automotive, marine, and similar seating applications, cloth-backed foam is  great for any application where demanding upholstery jobs require a product that offers more than standard materials can.

Article submitted by The Foam Factory, a leading online source for soft cushion foam.

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submit on November 1st 2013 in Goods and Services

Finding Your Family History Begins with You

It seems everyone these days is going nuts over genealogy. And why not? Genealogy research helps people learn a lot about their family history and about themselves, from medical history to traditions and customs. Discovering your family history is also great way to help preserve information about your family for future generations.

There are many modern examples of how people have used research about their family histories to create online resources that everyone can appreciate. Here are just some examples: Turner, Henry Family, Winslow Family History, Tilley Family History, Smith Family Forum, and Phineas Upham Family Genealogy.

If you’re excited to trace your genealogy but don’t know where to start, look in the mirror. Most people are so eager to find out about their past that they forget to document their own lives. The first step is to write down vital but basic information about yourself. Once you have the information, you can use it to create a Family Group Sheet. You can also volunteer the information to an online directory, making it accessible to other family members who might be searching for you. Examples of online directories include Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and Geni.com. Here is what you need to record:

  • Full name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Marriage date (if applicable)
  • Spouse’s full name
  • Spouse’s birth date
  • Spouse’s birth place
  • Spouse’s death date (if applicable)
  • Spouse’s death place
  • Same information about your kids (if applicable)

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submit on November 1st 2013 in Genealogy

Foam is Everywhere

Foam is one commodity that is more often than not overlooked. It can be found in almost all aspects of our daily lives, from the mattresses that we sleep in to the foam packaging that your prized possessions are packed in are stored when moving. Polyurethane foam sheets are everywhere and we don’t even know it. Can you imagine a world without foam? Wherever you sit won’t be as comfortable, your various gadgets will be stored in store keeping units that offer little to no protection from external physical forces.

If you think about it, foam is integral to all businesses too, especially those that require their products to be protected from various forces. One uncommon application is for sound proofing or improving sound quality in a room. Any studio that’s worth their salt is bound to have some sort of acoustical foam that can give the recorders the ability to isolate the sound they need minus the ambient sound in the room; thus improving the quality of whatever they’re recording. Various furniture shops also use quality foam sheets to make sure their items are as comfortable as possible without sacrificing structural rigidity.

It’s a common misconception that these kinds of foams are very expensive and hard to find, but in reality there are already a number of foam suppliers that can cater to all your foam needs. These items aren’t even as expensive as they seem, the relative cost is miniscule as compared to other implements commonly installed.


Foam Distributing is a distributor of various foam sheets for applications ranging from furniture stuffing to sound deadening. Upholstery foam suppliers have been known to be their best customer as they provide the best quality foam at a lower bulk price.

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submit on October 30th 2013 in Goods and Services

11th hour deal to extend the debt ceiling and fund the U.S. government

At the 11th hour on October 16, 2013, the U.S. Congress adopted and the President signed a Resolution ending the government shut down since the begging of October and temporarily extending the U.S. debt ceiling. The compromised deal will extend the funding for the government until January 15, 2014 allowing budget negotiators of the Senate and the House to work on a budget. It will also extend the borrowing power of the U.S. government to pay its bills until February 7, 2014 averting a debt payment default on October 17, 2013.

The last minute compromise averted a fiscal disaster that affects not only the U.S. but also the entire world. The Chinese and Japanese governments are warning the U.S. government to get its fiscal policies in order. The Chinese are more specifically questioning the viability of the U.S. dollar as the world’s preferred currency in light of the whole ordeal.

Domestically the whole ordeal creates political headaches for the President, Republicans and the Democrats. It appears that the public anger is aimed more towards the House Republicans than any other. Political fallout could continue until the next year’s Congressional elections making some current members more vulnerable to voter revolt.

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elegant on October 21st 2013 in Finance

Car Rental in Grand Cayman

Though it can seem like just one of many expenses, renting a car in Grand Cayman is almost necessary in order to get the most out of your trip. That’s because the island has so much to offer, but it’s all spread out. Unless you plan on spending your whole vacation in George Town, a rental car is the only way to make your stay worth it. With beaches on every coast, the blow holes located in the East End area; there’s the Mastic trail; the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is certainly a sight everyone must see. All these attractions are only possible to people who take advantage of Grand Cayman car rental.

For the most part, Cayman Islands rent a car services are very affordable. Tourists get to take advantage of the competition caused by high demand. Unless you wish to splurge and spend money on a Grand Cayman car hire that includes a driver, costs are generally quite low.

To make things easier on yourself, call to reserve a rent-a-car the moment you establish you’re going on a trip. This is especially important during the winter months, when tourism increases. Holidays like Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving generally garner the most visits, so it’s imperative you make the most use of your time if you wish to rent a car during those time periods.


Article submitted by Andys Rent-a-Car. The company is a reliable Grand Cayman rent a car provider. Visitors are assured the lowest possible rate and are always provided the seventh date free of charge.

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submit on October 14th 2013 in Services

A Quick Guide on Choosing the Right Type of Foam for Home Applications

Whether you need to change your couch cushions or your RV seats, it is important that you choose the right type of foam to have cushions that will last for a very long time. Today, there is a variety of foam available that may prompt the question “which foam will best suit my needs?” The best thing to do is to research beforehand so you will not have the mistake of investing on the wrong type of foam. Here are some tips that you may follow to guide you when you are looking for sofa foam, outdoor cushion and other applications.

The conventional foam is one of the most popular and most used types of foam. It is very durable which makes it the perfect cushion filler for furniture that we use in a day to day basis such as the living room sofa. If you have a music or theatre room, it is best to install acoustic foam panels on the walls to refine the sound quality while also limiting the amount of sound emitting out of the room. Outdoor furniture needs cushions that can keep up with weather conditions. Dryfast foam is the perfect cushion for patio furniture as it allows liquid to pass through easily, keeping your seats odor-free and dry.


Article submitted by The Foam Factory. The Foam Factory is one of the leading online suppliers of foam products. They offer seat cushions, mattresses, RV beddings, custom cushion and many more.

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submit on October 13th 2013 in Hardware, Industrial and Manufacturing

The Importance of Networking in Makeup Artistry

Guest post is provided by Cosmix Inc., one of the few special effects makeup schools in the country.  Check out their website for more information.

In order to be successful in the field of makeup artistry, it’s crucial to know how to network.  Attending a makeup artistry school or a fx makeup school is the first important step in the networking process.  As a student in a makeup school, you have many opportunities to make connections with people who are already working in the industry.  This can lead to job opportunities as well as referrals.  If you don’t attend a make up artist school, it can be much more difficult to break into this competitive industry.

Networking skills are essential in the field of makeup artistry.  Networking is about building relationships, establishing contacts and meeting future employers.  Networking has a lot to do with knowing how to promote yourself and how to make a name for yourself in the industry.

One of the keys of successful networking is knowing who to connect with and preparing the adequate marketing materials.  It’s important to consider all of those that hire makeup artists including photographers, hair stylists, fashion stylists, and wedding planners.  These are all key professionals to network and develop relationships with.  Not only could these connections potentially hire you, they could also refer you to their friends and business contacts in the industry.

It’s crucial to meet as many photographers as you can and always carry business cards with you.  In addition, it’s important to attend workshops, continuing makeup education classes, and networking events.  Another wonderful option is to find an established makeup artist who can mentor and guide you while you make connections and learn about the industry.

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submit on October 11th 2013 in Education

Padded Tabletop Gaming

Tabletop gaming is a very involved hobby, whether it’s card, dice, or figurine based. Because of this, participants purchase or build tables that are dedicated to the style of game they play, much like poker players.

Space, affordability, and practicality can all be issues for individuals who want to dedicate a substantial piece of furniture to a game that only happens once or twice a month. At the same time, using the kitchen or dining room table, or even a card table presents its own issues. Hardwood tables can make dice rolls noisy and hard to control, while cards can be difficult to pick up. And while padded card tables may seem like a solution, they’re often too small for playing a full-scale group game.

So what do you do when you can’t have a dedicated table, but the surface you do have isn’t conducive to playing? You add a foam pad! With soft foam padding overlays, you can turn any existing table into a gaming table!

Using closed-cell foam sheets, you can add a thin foam layer on any table that is firm enough for play, but soft enough to make play easy. Foam types such as neoprene, cross-linked polyethylene, and gym rubber are all available in thicknesses that can add a comfortable pad to a tabletop that is easily trimmed to the shape of the playing surface.

The benefit of a foam table pad is twofold. Firstly, games are easier to play. Cards are more easily picked off a table when the surface has a bit of give to let you get fingers underneath. Dice also roll more quietly, and won’t bounce erratically off the table. And if you have any delicate figurines, dropping or knocking them over on a padded surface instead of a hard one reduces the chances of damage. The other benefit is that a game pad is easily added and removed for play. These can be rolled up quickly and stored in seconds.

Whether space, cost, or versatility is an issue, you can improve the game night experience greatly, just by adding a piece of custom cut table foam padding!

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submit on October 1st 2013 in Goods and Services

The Best Tourism Attractions in Wrangell, Alaska

The City of Wrangell is a Borough located in the State of Alaska USA. Visitors coming to this city stand a chance of sampling some of the best tourist attractions that the state of Alaska has to offer. Tourist attractions in Wrangell Alaska include the Petroglyph beach, Stikine River. Alaska waters and bear observatory among others. These tourist attractions offer a variety of pleasurable activities for the various types of visitors that come to the Wrangell. History enthusiasts can get to learn more about the borough from the well-furnished museum in Wrangell. Adventurous visitors can participate in adventurous day tours or take a boat ride along the Stikine River.

Additionally, visitors that come into Wrangell can also benefit for the numerous sights that the borough has to offer. Wrangell is the best city to visit especially for those who would wish to partake of Alaska sightseeing. As stated earlier, Alaska’s richest tourist attraction sights are found in Wrangell area. Among the leading attractions for sightseeing in Wrangell, the Anan Creek Bear Observatory tops them all. Visitors that come to this place have a unique opportunity of seeing the bears in close range. The famous polar bear can also be spotted in this observatory. The inscription and carvings found at the Petroglyph beach also has wonderful features for those wishing to sightsee.

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submit on September 17th 2013 in Goods and Services

Five-year anniversary of the collapse of the world financial markets

It has been five years in September 2013 since the collapse of the Wall Street investment banking behemoth Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008, the collapse of the stock market and the subsequent collapse of the housing market in 2008. The crisis continued until 2009 affecting economies worldwide. The S&P 500 reached its intraday low of 666 on March 6, 2009.

A lot has happened since the collapse and the economic recovery still continuing. In the U.S. Volcker Rule, a specific section of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, named after the former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, introduced restrictions on banks trading on stocks that do not benefit the bank’s clients. Many refer to the rule as a ban on proprietary trading by commercial banks. Attempts to fully implement the Rule are still on-going.

Passage of Dodd-Frank legislation affect the oversight and supervision of financial institutions, provides for new procedures for large financial institutions, creates a new consumer financial agency to protect consumers, introduced higher capital requirements for financial institutions, and host of other financial regulations. A total of 153 of the 398 required rules under the act have been finalized.

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elegant on September 16th 2013 in Finance