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Best Horizontal Bars 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best Horizontal Bars of 2018
I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency). Following is the list of top three horizontal bars of 2018. There are dozens of choices for an horizontal bars these days. These are composed of modern styling with modern technology to match it. Here are some good examples. Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs.
Test Results and Ratings
№1 – Indoor Single Parallel Bars Horizontal Bar Equipment Multifunction Split Training Fitness Equipment
Why did this horizontal bars win the first place?
The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.
Why did this horizontal bars come in second place?
This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
Why did this horizontal bars take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
Horizontal Bars Buyer’s Guide
Let’s look at how to store your bike indoors.
Without a proper storage solution things can get ugly pretty quickly
There are many permanent bike storage solutions that mount to walls or ceilings, but if you’re renting this could prove problematic. With this in mind, we’ve divided our guide into two distinct sections — permanent and non-permanent — with permanent options needing to be bolted or screwed in place.
Here we’ve focused on functional and readily available solutions, but it’s worth keeping in mind that putting a little ingenuity and a trip to the hardware store to use is always an option.
Also, for many people the floor remains the cheapest and most suitable option. Axle and wheel racks are readily available, which will keep the bikes upright.
Permanent storage solutions
This is a good route if you own your home and have a solid wall or ceiling that can support weight and fixtures.
Permanent type racks are generally the cheapest option and allow for a great deal of tweaking to suit your fleet of bikes. We’ve designated permanent racks simply by the orientation they hold the bike: vertical or horizontal.
Holding the bike by a single wheel, this method is best for storing bikes where width is an issue, but depth is not. It’s the most effective means of storing multiple bikes together and is commonly used in many bike shop workshops.
Generic hooks can be bought cheaply at hardware stores, but Park Tools offers these vertical hooks in a range of sizes that’ll even accommodate fat bikes
Taking the basic vertical wheel hook one step further, there are many options like these that offer a backing plate for the tyre and have secure anchor points. The PRO bike rack (left) and Delta Cycle Leonardo are popular choices
More advanced and secure options include those that bolt to the wall with multiple points of attachment and feature a built-in backing plate, such as models from PRO, Topeak and X-Tools to name a few.
If you’re looking for a permanent vertical hook, the SteadyRack comes at a premium, but is superb
Lastly, the ultimate is something like the SteadyRack (read our review here), which holds the outside of the wheel and will not mark the rim.
Its unique design allows you to swing the bike nearly 180 degrees to get access to others or have the bike sit closely against the wall. The downside? This rack isn’t cheap, especially if you want more than one.
If vertical storage is best for when width is an issue, horizontal storage is ideal for when depth of space is the concern.
Generally holding the bike underneath the top tube, this method requires more wall space.
This rack from IceToolz is an example of a basic permanent-horizontal rack
Basic options include foldable hangers that bolt to the wall, with more expensive options taking the design concept further and creating something that is visually appealing.
Brands such as Feedback Sports offer models with adjustable hooks to fit a variety of frame shapes, while other brands offer racks that double as shelves.
Bicycle hoist systems are handy if you’re looking to store bikes in roof space
For those with plenty of ceiling or wall space out of easy reach, there’s the hoist system.
They’re commonly found in hardware stores to be used for items such as ladders and kayaks, but also work well with a bicycle.
Generally, they are best for people that see cycling as an occasional pastime, rather than a lifestyle — it’s not the quickest system to use and installation is more involved than mounting a fixed hook or bracket.
The most common type of non-permanent off-the-floor rack is the pole type that clamps between floor and ceiling.
Ceiling-to-floor racks are a strong solution for rental properties. The Feedback Sports Velo Column (left) and Topeak Dual-Touch are both great options, with the Velo column being a little more stylish and the Topeak offering a firmer hold against the ceiling
Most common examples are the Feedback Sports Velo Column and Topeak’s Dual-Touch.
These use either a spring or hinge to lock in place, but can easily be removed if needed. Generally, these racks will hold two bikes, with the option to hold a further two with aftermarket kits.
The most important of this is the car seat!
It’s so important, in fact, that hospitals pay special attention to your car seat and won’t let you leave if you don’t have one that meets all of their standards. So why is it that 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly and another 40% of people are using car seats that are too big for their child?
Simply put – we see the wrong things, we think they are right, so we repeat them.
Our car seat buying guide will help you to better understand how to choose a car seat, which car seat the best for your family, and how long you can use a car seat for. To do this, we looked at the pros and cons of each car seat, the customer reviews, and the specs.
Of course, you also have to ensure that you install the car seat properly, or all of the research in the world isn’t going to keep your child safe. You don’t have to spend a ton of money. You don’t have to travel far and wide. You don’t have to get something that doesn’t fit your car or buy a new car just so you can keep your child safe. Instead, you just need to use your head.
Find the Car Seat Model That Works for You and Your Baby
When your baby is born, he or she might need something special. Some babies are born really small. Some are born very light. Some have special requirements because of health conditions. While you can’t really wait until your baby is born, you should be proactive in determining if you will have any of these issues. Not all car seat models work for extremely small babies.
Then, you have to think about transitioning. Do you want to have a car seat that lasts for years but you have to transition it or do you want to get a few car seats?
Once your child grows out of the infant seat, most parents will move to a convertible seat. Some people will start with a convertible seat, but there are very few that provide enough support for smaller infants. By your child’s first birthday, a convertible seat is likely what you will have, installed either forward-facing or rear-facing. Some parents prefer to keep their child rear-facing for as long as possible, but it really depends on your car, your seat, and your child.
If your child is younger than a year old and weighs less than twenty pounds, you should keep him or her in rear facing mode. Some of the tougher convertible seats allow you to go up to 50 pounds in the rear facing mode, but you would need to get a special system that accounts for the length of your child’s legs, especially if you plan on taking longer trips. For short trips, they could be fine. However, if you are in an accident and your child’s legs are squished, it could be a huge problem.
Your child will let you know if he or she is uncomfortable. Better yet, you should pay attention to when it looks like you can safely move your child from a rear-facing car seat to a forward facing mode.
Most convertible seats will have a convertible harness system, but the weight limit is higher, meaning that the system is tougher.
All-In-One Car Seats
If you don’t want to keep shopping for new seats every time your child grows (and they grow very quickly), you can get an all-in-one seat. Note that they do save money and they are easier, but they aren’t typically as safe and effective at each stage like the individual seats are. Since these seats work with infants starting at pounds going all the way up to 120 pounds, that is too wide of a margin to really support every stage equally.
Another reason many people don’t go for the all-in-on car seats? They are extremely bulky and lack the convenience in the different stages.
Still, they can be a great option for grandparents or people who won’t transport your child all that often.
Saddles & Rollers
If you frequently drive through storms, two sets of saddles will offer a rock-solid support for your kayak. Saddles offer plenty of great benefits; they are easy to load and unload, they offer only the slightest resistance to wind and they take advantage of the aerodynamics of the kayak to reduce fuel usage.If you are looking for more convenience, you can replace the saddles with a pair of rollers. Rollers allow you to lift almost half the weight of the kayak (the bow) onto the top of your car, then pick up and roll the stern onto the saddle placed on the forward bar so you can securely strap everything.
Rollers are especially recommend for cars with long rooflines such as SUVs as they hold the kayak firmly and securely. But you must be prepared for a little shuffling around on the rollers, especially if you drive in rough weather. You can choose saddles or rollers depending on whether you want your kayak to be more secure when transporting it or if you like the ease and convenience of loading and unloading it at your destination.
Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Pro
The Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Pro, the company’s newer version of our previous pick, hits all the high notes of its predecessor. Like the others we tested, it has multiple grip options—for narrow, neutral, and wide handholds—the last of which are cleverly integrated into the crossbar that rests on the doorframe, a feature not found on any other unit we tested. Even smarter, the rectangular doorframe supports make greater contact with the woodwork or wall than the competitors’ cylindrical bars and are therefore less likely to mar your home. The wide-grip handle position also erases any elbow room issues that could arise during a wide pull-up because the arms are in front of, rather than within, the doorframe, and they are also low-profile; others with grips this wide projected farther out from the unit, expanding the footprint dramatically. Like most of the field, save one, the Multi-Gym Pro is weight-rated up to 300 pounds, which should make heavier people feel more secure, despite a slight sag upon initial grip from the compression of the foam. It also has actually straightforward instructions (many others did not), with a couple of assembly options to better fit various moldings and doorways up to 3inches wide, and is one of only three that offered any assembly variation to account for woodwork. One note: Those wide-grip handles are extra-wide—2inches at narrowest, compared with about 20 for the rest—which may be too much for narrower-shouldered people.
Who this is for
Pull-ups provide a simple (but not easy) and effective way to increase strength and coordination across multiple joints and muscle groups. Pulling, as a movement pattern for the fitness of the body, is essential for targeting the posterior muscles of the back and shoulders, and is more challenging to create in a body-weight training program than its front-of-body partner, pushing. Therefore, doorway-frame pull-up bars are a relatively inexpensive piece of equipment that makes well-rounded functional fitness accessible at home.
In this guide, in addition to our best-for-most-people pick, you’ll find recommendations for smaller-framed people and larger-framed people, as well as one that’s multi-use for the whole family (with additional accessories sold separately).
We noted if the bars left marks, dents, or chipped paint.
To see how the bars worked for people of different sizes, we asked a large male trainer to work out with us. He and I hung from each bar, noting if we experienced any initial bowing or sagging, and if we had to bend our knees to get off the ground. (Spoiler alert: At 6-foot-3, he always did, at least to some extent.) Both of us did a minimum of two pull-ups from each grip on every bar, rating each one’s variety, placement, and comfort, including whether there were any elbow-room issues on the way up or down.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
Those wide grips are really too wide for narrow-shouldered people—when you do a wide pull-up, your hands should be just outside of your shoulders. On the Multi-Gym Pro, hands would be better placed just inside from the wide handles, on the one part of the bar that’s (somewhat inexplicably) lacking a foam covering. That said, they should be fine for most adults and many teens who are larger people.
Slightly smaller and similarly priced to our Stamina pick for smaller people, the Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Sport is a solid basic option if you prefer a higher, 300-pound weight rating. That said, its grips offer among the least variety, and the wide ones may not be wide enough for broader shoulders (whose owners may be among those who’d prefer that higher weight rating).
The Easy Effort Doorway Pullup Bar Universal Door Mount (UD-6) has neutral grips on one set of L support bars that come under the doorframe. The whole thing cants forward and down at an odd angle, and it costs nearly double most of our other picks.
The Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar: Extreme Edition sagged a bit under an 185-pound user. Setup is also comparatively difficult since it comes with picture-only instructions. Customers also complain about black scuffing from the black foam pad, and that the padding deteriorates.
The Stamina Boulder Fit Door Gym’s screws and bolts were difficult to align in the holes. Stamina also claims that the bar works on doors from 2to 3inches wide, but when we put the unit on a 28-inch door, we immediately noticed that the end of two cylinder crossbars pushed into the doorframe molding. The black plastic crossbar that sits on the interior, top doorframe molding wouldn’t sit flush against the wall and down on the molding.
The Pro-Grade 12-grip position bar sold by Beachbody was one of our least favorites, because it didn’t work on any of our doors (and we’re not the only ones, apparently). Its safety feature also requires drilling into the drywall over the interior door, top-molding mount position.
The Wacces 3-in-Fitness Bar looks and works just like the Iron Gym Total Upper Body Gym basic unit, but reviews complained that it didn’t necessarily fit doors as advertised (from 2to 3inches).
The GoFit Elevated Chin Up Station was rated for larger doorframes (3inches and larger, which is on the wider end of your typical interior door width), but with the way leverage worked on these units, it appeared this one would be hard on a doorframe. This customer attests to that being the case.
We disqualified Yes4All Deluxe Chin-Up Bar after just looking at the rubber supports that sit on the right and left molding because they scuff or dig your doorframe (even user reviewers who like this unit otherwise concede this con). People who buffer those right and left supports with fabric or carpet seem to be very happy with use, but again, we didn’t want to recommend a product that needed home modification.
Big Mike’s Fitness 3-in-Door Gym and its slightly more expensive “deluxe” version are a lot like the Iron Gym Basic and Iron Gym Extreme models, but they are pricier.
Back Bar Coolers
The back bar cooler is designed to keep bottled and canned beverages cool, and give bartenders convenient access to drinks and other chilled products. Choose economical solid-door refrigerators when your drink selection is simple and the equipment won’t be within sight of customers. You can also store other chilled products like lemons and mixers in a solid door unit. Alternatively, a glass-door bottle cooler can double as a merchandiser when it’s used where customers can get a glimpse of the bottled and canned drinks you have to offer. Because of that, glass door units are the most popular.
The majority of bottle coolers are built with swinging doors. If you’re outfitting an area that’s particularly space-limited, consider investing in a cooler with sliding doors that won’t block walkways when it’s accessed by bartenders. You also have the choice between coolers with economical, scratch-resistant black vinyl exteriors and those with sleek stainless steel cabinets.
Draft Beer Systems
Draft beer systems, known sometimes as kegerators, give you an easy way to serve draft beers without investing in more complex beer delivery systems. These coolers are available in one-keg versions up to sizes large enough to hold five kegs. Each of a cooler’s dispensing columns can be fitted with one or two taps, so one column can dispense beer from two kegs. Many systems have the capacity for an extra keg, so you’re able to keep a supply of your customers’ favorite brew chilled and ready.
To keep surfaces clean and tidy, kegerators are built with drip trays underneath their taps to capture excess beer foam. In the case of stationary equipment, that drip tray will connect to a floor drain. Mobile equipment mounted to casters is often engineered with a system that will collect that runoff and hold it until it can be manually emptied.
Some draft beer systems include additional cabinet space that can store bottled and canned drinks or chilled glasses and mugs. Those compartments are generally covered by sliding lids that give bartenders convenient access to their contents. Other draft beer systems are equipped with one or more glass doors and a cabinet with shelves for merchandising bottled and canned drinks beside kegs.
Commercial Wine Coolers
If you take your wine service seriously, consider investing in a commercial wine cooler for keeping each variety of wine you serve at its ideal serving temperature. If you opt for a single-temperature wine cabinet, makes sure it’s designed to hold the wine you want to store in it or that it offers an adjustable temperature feature so you can dial in the ideal holding temperatures. Here are the ideal temperatures, given in Fahrenheit, associated with popular wine varieties :
If you want to serve beer and cocktails in frosted glasses, invest in a glass chiller. This equipment is sized for dozens to hundreds of glasses and keeps them frosted so drinks served in them stay cold longer than drinks served in room-temperature mugs. The smallest 24-inch mug chillers can hold 100 glasses each. Busier bars can take advantage of 50-inch mug chillers that have an average glass capacity of 250 pieces.
Glass chillers hold internal temperatures around 0 degrees Fahrenheit to make mugs ice cold and frosty. Sliding-door glass chillers are the most common type, but space-limited venues can benefit from undercounter glass chillers with swinging doors. Whichever type you choose, be sure not to store food or drinks in the cooler; doing so is forbidden by health codes.
DILAS Diodenlaser GmbH vertical, horizontal and two-dimensional CW and QCW stacks that have tight tolerances and can be customized to meet the performance and production configurations for stacked array solutions
Definition: arrangements of multiple diode bars, delivering very high output power
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A diode stack (also called diode laser stack, multi-bar module, or two-dimensional laser array) contains a number of diode bars, which are arranged in the form of a stack.
The most common arrangement is that of a vertical stack as shown in Figure 1.
Effectively this is a two-dimensional array of edge emitters.
Such a stack can be fabricated by cleaving linear diode laser arrays (diode bars) from a wafer, attaching them to thin heat sinks, and stacking these assemblies so as to obtain a periodic array of diode bars and heat sinks.
There are also horizontal diode stacks (see below), and two-dimensional stacks.
For the highest beam quality, the diode bars should be as close to each other as possible.
On the other hand, efficient cooling requires some minimum thickness of the heat sinks which need to be mounted between the bars.
Due to that minimum spacing, the beam quality of the combined output of a diode stack in the vertical direction (and subsequently its brightness) is much lower than that of a single diode bar.
There are, however, several techniques for significantly mitigating this problem, e.g. by spatial interleaving of the outputs of different diode stacks, by polarization coupling, or by wavelength multiplexing.
Various types of high-power beam shapers and related devices have been developed for such purposes.
Schematic structure of a laser diode stack. The emitters are shown in blue, and the microchannel coolers in dark gray.
Depending on the application, a diode stack may be used with or without attached optics.
A common option is the use of fast axis collimation lenses, which are directly attached to the bars (see Figure 2).
Further optics can be used for collimation also in the slow axis (horizontal) direction, or even for coupling the output into a multimode fiber.
Diode stacks can provide extremely high output powers of hundreds or thousands of watts, as used for pumping of high-power solid-state lasers, or used directly e.g. for material processing.
There are also fiber-coupled diode stacks, delivering e.g. several kilowatts from a multimode fiber with a core diameter of 600 μm.
Some applications such as welding of metals or plastics, where a high beam quality is not required, can directly utilize the output of such a laser system, which can have a very high wall-plug efficiency.
This is also attractive for other direct laser diode applications such as hardening, alloying, and cladding of metallic surfaces.
If laser radiation with much higher brightness is required, the laser radiation may be used for pumping a high-power fiber laser based on a double-clad fiber.
Such a device can serve as a brightness converter, delivering a somewhat reduced output power but with much higher beam quality.
Photograph of water-cooled diode stacks, kindly provided by DILAS. The number of diode bars varies from (left-hand side) to (right-hand side). One device has fast axis collimation lenses attached to the bars.
There are also horizontal stacks, where the diode bars are arranged side-by-side, leading to a long linear array of emitters (see Figure 3).
Such an arrangement is more easily cooled, and may thus also allow for a higher output power per emitter.
The emission pattern of a horizontal stack is suitable for, e.g., pumping of rod lasers, whereas it is probably less convenient when an approximately circular output beam is required.
The number of diode bars in a horizontal stack (and thus the total output power) is more limited than in a vertical stack.
Electric Supply and Cooling
Typically, all diode bars within one stack are electrically connected in series.
If one has a stack containing 1bars, each one emitting 100 W, the laser diode driver will typically have to provide a drive current around 100 A and a drive voltage of the order of 20 V.
As a single diode bar would require the same high current, the electrical cables do not have to be stronger for a stack; only the voltage will be higher, but still quite moderate.
The higher voltage allows the laser diode driver to reach a higher power conversion efficiency.
The cooling of such diode stacks is somewhat challenging, as a high dissipated power is produced within a small volume, and the means for cooling (e.g., microchannel coolers) should consume as little space as possible.
The technical demands for cooling are highest for continuous-wave operation and much more moderate for quasi-continuous-wave operation with pulses of e.g. a few hundred microseconds duration and a pulse repetition rate of some tens of hertz.
The latter mode of operation makes it possible to obtain very high peak powers, which can be used e.g. for pumping Q-switched high-power solid-state lasers.
Highly popular, French-door models combine the drawer-style freezer of a bottom-freezer unit with the low-clearance doors of a side-by-side unit. This means that you’ll have a full-width, double-door fridge with plenty of storage space. With your refrigerator door effectively split into two, it also means that you won’t be letting quite as much cold air out when you’re opening just one door to grab the milk.
With the high demand for French-door refrigerators, you’re sure to find a huge variety of options, including models with top-of-the-line smart features you won’t find with other styles. You can also upgrade the look of your fridge to match your kitchen or even camouflage itself entirely among your cabinets, but be aware that you’ll likely be tacking a few thousand dollars onto the already steep price tag.
Take care of the foods you love
First, think about the things you like to cook and/or eat, then look for features that take really good care of those things. It’s a safe bet that those are the features you’ll enjoy using the most. Are you a devoted foodie who always wants a variety of fresh ingredients on hand? Many models offer sectional climate controls for the different compartments in your fridge or even dedicated, temperature-adjustable drawers. Do you live off of TV dinners and frozen leftovers? Look for advanced defrosting features designed to help eliminate freezer burn. Love a nice glass of pinot grigio? Look for a fridge with a built-in wine rack.
Consider the water dispenser
One trend that we’ve seen over the past few years: creativity from the water dispenser. GE is been leading the pack here, with French door models capable of dishing out the exact amount of water you want, and even ones capable of shutting off automatically once they detect that your glass, pitcher or pot is full. You’ll even find nifty features in GE’s less-expensive top-freezer models — most notably, ones that come with an “Autofill Pitcher” that’ll fill itself back up whenever you place it back in the fridge.
This GE fridge comes with a special pitcher that fills back up with water whenever you dock it into place.
If you’re in a hurry, here are the most important things to consider before you buy a television. We explain each of these points in greater detail in the text below:
Don’t buy a TV with less than 4K resolution (i.e., avoid 1080p sets) if you want a future-proof set.
LED and LCD Sets
Most LCD sets use LEDs on the edge of the screen. The better of these models support active dimming, but it takes some digital sorcery to do this by merely manipulating lights along the edge.
Full-array LED sets have light-emitting diodes directly behind the screen, in a grid of “zones” that can be lit up or darkened individually. Such an arrangement makes the backlight more precise and allows a more-detailed picture regarding contrast. Full-array backlighting was once reserved for top-tier models, but with more Ultra HD sets appearing at lower prices, this feature is becoming more common on modestly priced sets.
Another LCD technology, called quantum dots, is becoming more common, spurred on by the requirements of HDR to produce a wider array of colors and more brightness. An LCD that uses quantum dots basically has another layer, or added “rail,” of different size nanocrystal dots that light up when the LED backlight hits them. The result is a wider color spectrum and increased brightness.
Be aware that some brands offer confusing labels. Samsung’s newest sets are dubbed “QLED.” These are quantum-dot LCD TVs — not to be mistaken for OLED.
Wide array of prices, sizes and features; Some affordable Ultra HD 4K models; Bright screens visible even in a sunny room; Image quality steadily improving with full-array backlighting and quantum-dot technology.
OLED TVs go one better than full-array LED-LCDs with a few dozen lighting zones. In place of a backlight, OLEDs use a layer of organic LEDs, controlled at the pixel level, to achieve absolute black and stunning levels of contrast. (Footage of fireworks against a black sky is a favorite demonstration of OLED technology.)
LG isn’t the only company actively pursuing OLED technology in large screen sizes, with new OLED models arriving from Panasonic, Philips and Sony
Best TV picture, bar none; Colors truly pop, deeper blacks and better contrast and shadow detail than LCD TVs achieve; Retains image quality when viewed from the side.
Stratospheric prices; lower peak brightness than some LCD sets, uncertainty about how screens will fare over time, including whether they will retain “ghost” images (also known as burn-in) from displaying a static picture for too long.
Silver bars are less expensive than silver coins
Why? Premiums are lower because coins have more intricate designs and thus greater labor and machining costs. Coins may be prettier, but you pay extra for that appeal.
Here is the current difference in premium (what you pay over the spot price of silver) between silver Eagle coins and top brand silver bars. You can see that bars are decidedly cheaper. Their premiums are half or even a third of what you’ll pay for Eagle coins.
Silver premiums change regularly. Table shows March of 2017.
Silver bars are easier to store than silver coins
Space is a consideration when it comes to storing your silver bullion, especially as you accumulate more and more ounces. A silver bar takes up less space than the same number of ounces of coins. Here’s what that difference looks like.
Buying silver bars instead of coins doesn’t compromise any of the core advantages of owning physical silver: they’re portable, private, liquid, and will last forever (assuming you store them correctly, since silver does tarnish).
Choosing a Silver Bar Mint or Brand
As you begin to shop, you’ll quickly find out that there are a lot of different refiners in the silver market. The main guideline here is to buy silver bars that are made by a reputable refiner. So what’s a reputable brand?
To begin with, all reputable refiners will have proper stamping. You should see this information on any silver bar you consider buying: • Content or weight (how much silver the bar has—for example, ounces) • Purity (how pure the bar is—for example,.999purity) • Refinery (you want to see the manufacturer’s name stamped on the bar) • Serial number (every silver bar should have a unique number printed on it)
There are some private mints in the world that don’t include all of this information, which could mean it’s not a pure silver bar or has low quality. You can avoid these problems and assure that your silver is real by buying a bar with proper stamping.
Better Business Bureau or
Trustpilot rating. Give preference to those with lots of experience. Check for repeat customers—buyers wouldn’t return if they had a negative experience. By the way, if you see the Better Business Bureau or Trustpilot logo on the dealer’s website, don’t assume it’s legitimate… search for the company on the rater’s website, since logos can be copied.
An educational dealer or website.The biggest tipoff you’re dealing with a “salesy” dealer is if they promote only the most expensive products—for example, if they try to steer you away from silver bars and into rare coins, which have higher markups. Trust your gut here… if the dealer doesn’t feel right, there’s plenty more to choose from. A good example is GoldSilver’s commitment to education through our popular YouTube series, “The Hidden Secrets of Money.” • Larger dealers. Look for dealers that have strong volumes, because they will have greater flexibility. A small dealer, in contrast, may have limited product selection or be unable to fill a large buy or sell order. Be sure to ask about delivery times, too; it’s a red flag if they don’t ship within 24-4hours of your payment clearing. • Multiple forms of payment. Most dealers will accept a check or money order (or cash, if you buy from a local shop). Bank wires and credit cards come with extra costs, though the convenience is hard to beat. Some dealers now offer PayPal, Bitcoin and other digital means. Regardless of payment keep in mind that online dealers will wait until your payment clears before they ship your order. • An online store. Once you’ve identified some reputable dealers, consider the advantages of online ordering vs. a brick-and-mortar store: it’s quick and easy, can be done any time of day, and allows you to lock in your market price at the precise time you want to buy. And believe it or not, many online dealers are cheaper than your local shop even after paying for shipping, since their overhead is generally much lower.
If you’re new, try comparing three dealers. Be sure to compare total cost—commission, credit card or bank wire fees, and shipping and insurance. And keep in mind that cost isn’t the only factor when buying silver bars: ease of ordering, delivery promptness, customer service, and buyback policies are all important to consider in where you shop.
One effective method for first-timers is to buy from two different dealers, so you can compare service, delivery, and cost. It also provides you with two vetted sources for future purchases.
Buy your silver bars from a reputable dealer with plenty of positive customer ratings, a buyback policy, and strong educational resources.
Silver bars are one of mankind’s most definitive forms of money—they’re a tangible asset, are highly liquid, and will protect your portfolio from various financial crises. Owning silver bullion at this point in history is not only very prudent, but will return a huge profit in the next bull market.
Quadrant shower enclosures
There are various types of shower enclosure available that will suit different areas. In tight spaces, notably corners, a quadrant shower enclosure with sliding shower doors is ideal especially for small bathrooms or an en suite.
Fitting snugly into the corner of your room, this 6mm sliding door quadrant shower enclosure is a great space-saver
Frameless shower enclosures and doors
A sleek and compact frameless shower enclosure is ideal for contemporary bathrooms. Our range of frameless shower doors and enclosures are minimally styled to maintain a light, open and airy feel. The Frameless enclosure creates a distinct feature whilst offering the best you could want in terms of shower enclosure manufacturing.
Hinged shower enclosures and doors
A sleek and compact hinged shower enclosure is ideal for contemporary bathrooms, especially as a chrome bar handle is used to complete the ultra-modern shower enclosures designer look. Our range of hinged shower doors is minimally styled to maintain a light, open and airy feel. Like the Frameless option the hinged shower door enclosure also creates a distinct feature whilst offering the best you could want in terms of shower enclosure manufacturing.
Sliding shower enclosures and doors
Sliding door shower enclosures are ideal for saving space in any bathroom and are easy to manoeuvre so getting in and out of the shower is effortless. The Frameless sliding shower door with clear glass is ideal for those looking for a light and open feel to the bathroom.
Pivot shower enclosures and doors
Pivot shower doors are probably the most common type of shower door available. They are either right, left or centre pivoted and the type of hinge used depends on the shape and configuration of the bathroom. Most pivot doors open outwards away from the shower so it’s always important to consider where the rest of your bathroom suite will be before deciding on a configuration. The Pivot Shower Door and Pivot Shower
Enclosure are also available with frosted glass, a great chrome finish and a universal handed door, making a good choice for this type of shower enclosure.
Bifold shower enclosures and doors
Bi-fold shower door enclosures are good space saving options, as the doors concertina – so there’s less space needed for them to open out. The
Bifold shower door 760, for example, is a great space saving shower range. As the door folds within the shower area, it reduces the clearance space that is required at the opening of the shower enclosure.
If you’re looking for the ultimate showering experience then a shower cabin is ideal. Moulded from high quality acrylic as a single piece, you’ll find a slider rail shower kit, adjustable body jets and, in some cases, even an internal towel rail, mirror and seat – perfect for creating a luxury spa bathroom right in your own home.
The glass backed quadrant shower cabin comes with sliding shower doors, body jets and an integrated shower system
Luxury 8mm shower enclosures
Our luxury 8mm shower enclosures have been engineered using premium components, delivering a high level of style and affordable luxury. Each enclosure comes with 8mm glazing, strong cushioned magnetic seals and solid brass, chrome plated handles and fittings. The aluminium profiles are the thickest in our range and have a highly polished finish. This ensures any 8mm shower enclosure will maintain its superb look even with regular family use.
As part of our 8mm category, you’ll also find a range of elegant, frameless walk in shower enclosures. Manufactured with minimalist design in mind, this range offers all the premium benefits of our 8mm enclosures, whilst providing an open-space feel to your bathroom – the latest in contemporary living.
Once you know what type of scanner you’ll need, the next big question is what form factor the scanner will be. Most of us are familiar with the basic gun-style and in-counter scanners from retail and grocery stores. There are main form factors for scanners, and each has advantages depending on your application and how you’ll use the scanner.
These are by far the most common form that scanners come in and are very easy to operate. Simply aim the scanner at the barcode and pull the trigger. Most models, like the Motorola LS2208, will also offer a stand for hands-free operation. Handheld scanners are also available in cordless form to avoid cable clutter and increase your mobility.
Presentation scanners, like the Metrologic MS7580, are designed to sit on a counter-top and don’t need to be picked-up or held. These scanners are made for hands-free scanning and will not require triggering to read. Likewise, instead of a single aimer like handheld scanners, presentation scanners have wide reading areas to reduce the need for aiming. You’ll find these types of scanners at retail check-outs since it is easy to scan many items quickly. Just present the barcode in front of the scanner and it will read it automatically.
While they also do more than what basic scanners do, mobile computers provide complete freedom since both the PC and scanner are in a single device. Where other scanners need to be connected to a PC, mobile computers like the Motorola MC75A can move around freely while storing information into their internal memory or communicate via Wi-Fi and Cellular (WAN) networks. Mobile computers are ideal for applications that require true mobility like inventory management and asset tracking.
In-counter scanners are similar to presentation scanners in that you just present the barcode in front of the reader – however, these are made to be embedded into a counter-top. You have probably come across these types of scanners at grocery stores and self check-out lines. Units like the Datalogic Magellan 8300, are easy to operate for any user. Many models also have integrated scales to completely serve a POS lane.
A fixed scanner is a bit more specialized compared to the other types since it is really meant to be integrated with a larger automated system. These scanners are made to be mounted on a conveyor line or in a kiosk and do not have a typical trigger or button to scan. Often, these scanners will always be on or get triggered by external sensors or controllers. Fixed scanners come in a wide range of speeds, like the Microscan MS-9, to accommodate even very high speed assembly lines without any user intervention.
Regardless of the environment that you’ll be using your scanner in, ruggedness is always something to consider. Environment is a big factor, though you should also consider how the scanner will be used. You may be in a standard environment but if the scanners are mistreated, a more rugged option will help save time and money down the road.
Most scanners are designed for daily use in an office or retail environment. An accidental drop once in a while will be ok. But if you are using your scanners in a warehouse or outdoor environment, you will want to consider a ruggedized unit like the Motorola LS3408FZ. The differences between a ruggedized and standard model are quite drastic. Rugged units are completely sealed against dust and can handle repeated 6ft drops on concrete. With a rubberized case, they can handle severe mistreatment. Some of them can even be used as a hammer without any problems!
You can always tell a ruggedized scanner by their bright yellow or red cases. They may be more expensive, but the time lost when a scanner breaks and the cost of replacing it quickly balances out the initial extra cost.
Routines on the mat are done virtuoso, and the gymnast may or may not include a prop like a ring, hoop or baton. However, men will not perform on the mat with a prop, or perform dance routines like the women do.Tumbling and flipping will develop shoulder muscles like the trapezius, deltoids, and pectorals. It will also strengthen your calfs, thighs and core muscles.
Vault is a stationary apparatus used for vaulting. The gymnast will run down a padded run way, bounce off of a spring board onto the vault with their hands then execute a practiced stunt.This will exercise similar muscles as the mat with a little more emphasis on shoulders and arms. Controversially the vault is considered one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in the gymnasium.
Then there are the bars, there are two different types of bars that are both entirely different, the horizontal bars and the parallel bars. These and the maneuvers practiced on them are not similar.
The parallel bars are based more on precision and control, where the horizontal bars are more about exerting large amounts of energy but still maintaining control. Both these will greatly strengthen your biceps, triceps, and pectorals major muscles.
Because of the obvious health implications it provides for men, women have exclusive rights to the beam. The beam is used to demonstrate balance and grace.
Rings are the male equivalent to the beam, in the sense that women don not use them. A routine on the rings consists of a swing, strength, and holds, and are usually executed with a dismount.Pommel horse is also exclusively used by men. It is often demonstrated with some single leg and double leg work.
Sunny Health & Fitness Tri-Fold Exercise Mat
Soozier PU Leather Gymnastics Tumbling/Martial Arts Folding Mat, Blue/Green, x 10′ x 2″
Joom Beem Gymnastics Mat 8x4ft Tumbling Mat Pink & Purple
Z-Athletic Folding Panel Mats for Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Tumbling ( Multiple Sizes/Colors) (Purple, 2ft x 6ft x 2in)
Polar Aurora Thick Folding Gymnastics Gym Exercise Aerobics Mats 4’x10’x2″ Stretching Fitness Yoga New Pink & Black
4′ x 8′ x 2″ PU Leather Gymnastics Tumbling / Martial Arts Folding Mat – Blue
We Sell Mats GM4x8BKv4-50M Black 2″ Thick Gymnastics Tumbling Exercise Folding Martial Arts Mats with Hook & Loop Fasteners On Sides Crosslink PE Foam Core
Giantex 2’x6’x1.5” Gymnastics Mat Thick Two Folding Panel Gym Fitness Exercise (Purple)
Peerless Plastics KM100 Basic Rest Mat, 4-Section, 45″ x 19″ x 5/8″ Size, Vinyl, Red/Blue
Giantex 4’x10’xThick Folding Panel Gymnastics Mat Gym Fitness Exercise Pink/black by westernb2k
Tumbl Trak Tumbling Panel Mat, Bright Pastel, ft x ft x in
ProSource Tri-Fold Folding Thick Exercise Mat 6’x2′ with Carrying Handles for MMA, Gymnastics Core Workouts, Blue
4’x10’x2″ Gymnastics Gym Folding Exercise Aerobics Mats Black Stretching Yoga Mat – Pink
Soozier PU Leather Gymnastics Tumbling/Martial Arts Folding Mat, Pink/Purple, x 10′ x 2″
New Mixed 4’x8’x2″ Thick Folding Panel Gymnastics Mat Gym Fitness Exercise Mat
List of Power Towers for Home Gyms
Below is a list of some of the finest power towers you can buy. These have multiple grips for pull-ups and also support knee raises. The power towers listed below have varying weight capacity ranging from 300lbs to 500lbs. Some of these also support resistance-band hooks for performing assisted pull-ups
Tomshoo Fitness Power Tower
Tomshoo Adjustable Power Tower allows workout through fitness power tower. It offers exercises to tone your upper and lower body. The abdominal exercises can also be performed through this fitness machine. Tomshoo fitness tower is great for muscles, biceps, triceps, chest, arms, back, and more.
Tomshoo also offers cushioned arm rests to rest while performing exercises and to take breaks when needed.
Weider Power Tower for Home Gym
Weider has been producing diversified home gym equipment and its power towers with pull-up and dip stations are known for their quality. The machine provides impeccable support and is an outstanding product for doing wide-variety of fitness exercises.
You will get four workstations with the Weider power tower including biceps, dips, pushups and knee-raises. The power tower will target your biceps and triceps, core body muscles and shoulders in the upper body and calves and shins in the lower body.
The good thing about Weider Power tower is that it has a padded hand grip that acts like a cushion while you perform exercises. Personally speaking, I am not in favor of padded grips because they leave your hand soft. But, for beginners, this will work wonders. Not only will they be able to gain energy, but they won’t get vexed due to naked dip bars.
The XMark XM 443power tower is durable despite its low price.
As the pull-up bars face inwards, you can position it directly against the wall. It is easy to assemble and provides great workouts.
The XMark Power Rack is known for p90x andp90Xworkout programs. It is great for dips, pull-ups, push-ups and sit-ups as all the power stations are built right into it.
Exercises Possible with a Power Tower
There are multiple exercises you can perform with a power tower. And, the reason most people consider a power tower instead of a pull-up bar is because these are easier to use and do not ruin the door frame. The problem with most pull-up bars is that they can ruin the door frame of your house, or, they may not fit on any of your door if the doors are not three-feet in size. The exercise power racks for home don’t have that limit. They are lighter in size and can be used for multiple exercises.
Functional Training Rig Features
The popularity of functional rigs can be attributed to their versatility. They open up the possibilities of creating unique and exciting workouts, allow coaches to be creative and encourage users to perform simple, natural, body weight exercises that utilise complementary functional training equipment.
Given that there are such a wide range of features available on functional training rigs today, we can’t go in to everything in detail, however we thought it would be worth covering them under the two sections, primary and secondary features.
These secondary features are what really brings the high level of versatility to functional training rigs. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it gives a guide to what rig attachments and accessories to consider when kitting out your box.
Dip Attachments – usually these come as an additional attachment that hooks onto one of the vertical parts of the rig structure, sometimes in a similar way to a J-hook.
Plyometric Platforms – like dip attachments, these often hook into the upright beams that make up the rig with the height being adjustable to suit users of different heights.
Gymnastics Rings – attached to your rig using straps and a buckle, these let athletes perform challenging gymnastics and body weight movements like ring muscle ups and ring dips.
Boxing Bags – as part of HIIT programmes boxing drills can be a great conditioning tool. Therefore the option to either add a boxing bag or a boxing bag attachment is offered.
Cable Strength Machines – functional cable strength machines like, a dual adjustable pulley, are becoming more popular components of rigs simply because they are extremely versatile and save taking up any other gym floor space with resistance machinery.
Rebounders and Wall Ball Targets – Medicine ball and wall ball exercises are great explosive, full-body exercises, so two of our favourite additions to functional rigs are overhead wall ball targets and ground level medicine ball rebounders.
Battle Rope Anchors – We often see battle ropes being used looped through kettlebell handles and around plyo boxes, but a far more secure option is a fixed eyelet or hook through which the rope can be securely threaded at the base of your rig.
Pivot Attachments – Pivot points are great core trainers and are a strength training tool that can allow trainers to teach scalable versions of key compound and Olympic movements. These can often be found built in to the feet of your rig or attached close to the ground.
Storage – In smaller, busier gym environments every foot of space needs to be used effectively to allow the gym to work at capacity and storage can often be an issue. Many rigs build in storage shelves or hooks to give gym owners a convenient place to store items like medicine balls, power bands and kettlebells.
Origin Functional Training Rigs
This section looks at modular and what we’ve called, Origin Zones Rigs. These are rigs that have various stations that you can choose from in creating a product that is suitable for your needs in terms of shape, size and functionality.
The modular nature of these rigs has made them increasingly popular with community run gyms as they offer great versatility in a simple, easily constructed package. They do not require to be bolted to the floor, meaning they can also be moved during any refurbishments required – a big deal if you’re looking to modernise you’re gym at regular intervals.
The Origin Fitness functional training rigs are made up of a selection of stations and storage spaces which use overhead connecting bars and ladders to create up to 5different rig configurations which can be added to and expanded over time. This range is also appealing to lots of PT studios and small gyms because the stations include a half rack, dual adjustable pulley, rebounder, punch bag arm and ample room for suspension systems, pull ups and other functional exercises.
Storage options can be added but will take up significant space in a station and will not be able to accommodate all accessories, unlike the modular storage rigs which are built with storage as one of its primary functions.
Origin Performance Rigs
Most other ‘off the shelf’ rigs would fall into this standard category. While every manufacturer will have a slightly different take on the production and marketing of their products, the principles with all the top brands remain the same: Quality equipment that will withstand very heavy use over a very long time.
Standard rigs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some manufacturers are creating rigs shaped like cubes, hexagons or octagons aimed at open spaces where the functional structure will form the centre of the gym or area. Alternatively, there are rectangular options which are suited to long/thin spaces and come in increasing lengths eg. 2, 3, squat stations etc.
The general formula allows you to pick between available cells, which are flatpacked and easily mounted once on site. These can be freestanding or wall mounted, allowing for certain creative freedom when it comes to setting up your rig.
Modular Storage Rigs
One of the most recent developments in the modular rig market is to add integrated storage solutions. This means that, next to being able to design a rig completely relevant to your facility when it comes to workout requirements, it can also offer a variety of smart storage platforms to maximise the space available to you and your members.
There are over ten different storage types, so whether you’re looking for a place to put your ViPR’s, Gym Balls or Kettlebells, there is sure to be a segment ready to eliminate any clutter issues.
Bespoke Functional Training Rigs
To make the most effective use of the space you have available at your gym or studio, one option to consider is the production and installation of a fully bespoke functional training rig.
Your bespoke rig can be measured and fitted to non-standard sizes in order to maximise the use of the space available. This includes meeting any specialist requests, requirements or features you may have. The other advantage of bespoke rigs is that you’re able to customize and add your own branding to the equipment which, is always a nice touch in a new or refurbished facility.
Origin Fitness is able to deliver this type of functional training rig for clients and in the past have coordinated the install of bespoke training rigs at Functional Fitness Dundee CrossFit, Linlithgow RFC and Gymbo’s Sawston to name just a few.
Through the increase in availability and demand of bespoke rigs, the price of bespoke training rigs have also been driven down making them an affordable option for most facilities.
Wing Attachments and Pull Up Bars
Often found bolted straight on to the walls in a facility where space is at a premium. These are great for saving space and for hanging one or two TRX or body weight suspension systems. Smaller rigs are commonly found bolted to the wall to maximise the rest of the floor space in the gym by placing the rig alongside a wall.
Alternatively, if suspension training is a focus for your facility and you do not want the hassle of attaching and detaching straps, there are special suspension training frames that offer multiple anchor points for TRX and PT4Pro Suspension Trainer systems.
Ok, so you paid all that money for a TV, you want to use up the whole thing right? So you hit the stretch button and now you can see how fat this women just got because it’s all stretched out. Although this might seem like a good idea at first, the fact that everything looks out of proportion starts to get to most people.
If you hate black bars, then at this point you’re thinking, “now we’re talking.” Sure it seems great at first because her face doesn’t look bad at all. But just wait, because as soon as the camera pans from right to left you might just lose your lunch. Just stretching the edges seems like a great idea because most of everything you care about is in the middle, but it isn’t worth it either.
A combination of two
We don’t have a good example of this one, so we’ll just explain it. Basically this is what some channels like TNT HD do. The image gets cropped and at the same time a non-liner stretch is performed. On top of this, sometimes little black bars might be left on the sides which will either be not noticeable or won’t be seen at all since most TVs have a little overscan. This is without a doubt the most tolerable of all the modified ways to show 4×3, but for us, when we do watch 4xcontent, we’d just as soon see the black bars.
Widescreen optimized for 4xand then displayed on a 16xHDTV
This is the most annoying example ever. Here we have a widescreen image optimized for a 4xTV and then displayed on a 16xTV. Believe it or not this is how all early DVDs were done, but luckily it’s hard to find new ones like this. There really isn’t any excuse for this these days, but it isn’t hard to find. The only consolation is that it is the easiest to deal with, because all you do is activate the crop or zoom feature on your TV to eliminate the black bars. Of course the image will probably still look terrible since it isn’t HD and now it’s been zoomed.
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Staying in control
Once your sound bar is hooked up and set up, you can usually use your TV remote to control its volume. Most TV and cable or satellite remotes can be programmed to control a sound bar, or the sound bar can learn your TV’s commands. Most sound bars include at least a basic remote control, and often there are free remote apps that let you use your smartphone or tablet as a remote.
Initially developed as a reaction to wimpy TV sound, sound bars have taken on a life of their own, providing a user-friendly combination of performance, convenience, and value. With so many models to choose from, everyone should be able to find a model that suits their preferences and pocketbook.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Horizontal Bars wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Horizontal Bars
- №1 — Indoor Single Parallel Bars Horizontal Bar Equipment Multifunction Split Training Fitness Equipment
- №2 — Purple Junior Adjustable Horizontal Bar
- №3 — Tumbl Trak Gymnastics Junior Kip Bar