Tips For Installing Vinyl Flooring

Written by Lee Dobbins

Installing an new floor can spice up a tired room and you can even save some money by installing it yourself. Of course, if you are not handy and have never done any type of installation, you may want to leave it to a professional as installingrepparttar flooring incorrectly can ruinrepparttar 137631 whole look!

If you do try to attempt installing vinyl flooring yourself, here’s some tips that might help your installation look like it was done by a pro:

1) Take time to dorepparttar 137632 appropriate prep work. With vinyl flooring, it is vital thatrepparttar 137633 subfloor underneath is free from debris and also has no divets or holes. Both of these can cause holes inrepparttar 137634 vinyl floor over time. Make sure you remove anything that sticks up, fill in anything that is indented and cleanrepparttar 137635 floor thoroughly before startingrepparttar 137636 install.

2) Remove as much stuff as you can. Remove allrepparttar 137637 furniture and any appliances that you can. Take outrepparttar 137638 moldings – this will makerepparttar 137639 edges ofrepparttar 137640 flooring look much better when you put them back on afterrepparttar 137641 install. Be careful when puttingrepparttar 137642 appliances back in since draggingrepparttar 137643 acrossrepparttar 137644 vinyl can rip your newly installed floor!

Here There Be Dragons – The Symbolism Of Dragon Lore In Western History

Written by Faith Harper

The first appearance of dragons in Western mythology wasrepparttar Norse “worm,” a large scaled creature that was able to breathe fire and regenerate itself if vivisected. It didn’t haverepparttar 137538 arms, legs, or wings of later dragon stories, but was often pictured as an enormous snake. Because these multihued dragons were often seen streaking acrossrepparttar 137539 sky, many of these worm dragons sightings have been attributed torepparttar 137540 natural ball lightening phenomena that occurs during some thunderstorms.

Inrepparttar 137541 Bible,repparttar 137542 serpent isrepparttar 137543 creature most often used to symbolize evil, so it makes sense that these early serpent-like dragons were incorporated intorepparttar 137544 legends of early Christianity. Dragon lore became parables ofrepparttar 137545 triumph of Christianity over Paganism in early church lore.

One ofrepparttar 137546 most famous stories of St. Peter (althoughrepparttar 137547 story originates inrepparttar 137548 12th century, long after his death) was that of him slaying a dragon. Legend has it, that during Peter’s travels in Libya, a terrible dragon was terrorizing a small village, which had offered up a princess to appeaserepparttar 137549 beast. St. Peter foughtrepparttar 137550 dragon and savedrepparttar 137551 princess from her fate. Duringrepparttar 137552 battle, Peter was able to take respite under an enchanted orange tree thatrepparttar 137553 dragon’s poison could not touch. The orange tree inrepparttar 137554 story is also very symbolically similar to Tree Of Life lore fromrepparttar 137555 pagan tradition and Garden of Eden lore fromrepparttar 137556 early bible.

Many other legends of saints includerepparttar 137557 slaying of dragons. St. Sampson (the Archbishop Of Dol) is told to have led a dragon out of his cave and over a cliff to his death. St. Philip is credited withrepparttar 137558 slaying of a dragon in Hierapolis in Phygia. St. Martha fell a dragon known as Tarasque at Aix, while St. Romain performedrepparttar 137559 same feat withrepparttar 137560 dragon known as La Gargouille.

St. Florent, St. Cado, St. Paul, St. Keyne, St. Michael, St. George, St. Clement, St. Margaret, Pope Sylvester, and St. Serf have all been documented as having slain dragons. Two gentler legends find saints Petroc and Carantoc leading dragons off to unpopulated areas, assuringrepparttar 137561 safety ofrepparttar 137562 villages these dragons had originally overtook.

Dragons are replete in other early Western literature. Spencer’s epic poem, The Faerie Queen, features a dragon slain byrepparttar 137563 Redcrosse knight. Scholars believe thatrepparttar 137564 dragon in this story has a two-fold symbolism. Besides representing Satan himself (inrepparttar 137565 form ofrepparttar 137566 dragon-like beast from Revelations), as well asrepparttar 137567 corruption ofrepparttar 137568 Catholic church as seen fromrepparttar 137569 point of view of a 16th century Protestant.

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