Home Improvement | March 17, 2019

Salt Based vs Salt-Free Water Softeners – Which one is Right for You?

How do you know if you need a salt based water softener or one that’s salt-free? The average person reading this may be scratching their head to learn that there are softeners that don’t require the use of salt. They do exist, and many people are delighted with them. It’s all about the type of water that you have and what your expectations are. Let’s dig a little deeper into this and see what’s best for you.

Salt is the most common softener

Almost everyone you know uses a salt-based water softener. You may be surprised to see how many people are using Fleck salt based systems. Ask your friend’s what system they’re using. Don’t be shocked to learn they’re using something made by the trusted manufacturer Fleck. You can find salt-based systems far more easily than those without it. Plus, it’s also easier to find someone to service them. There are many service technicians in your area that can help you with any problems that may arise. While this may be true with systems that don’t use salt, the amount of knowledgeable technicians will be less. This is simply due to the fact there are less of these systems in use.

A salt water softening system works immediately. That’s not the case when it comes to a system that doesn’t use salt. Those use electricity and pass the water through carbon filters. While this system is often smaller and less costly, the drawback is that they don’t work right away. It takes time for a system to work that doesn’t involve salt. The saline solution works immediately, and it filters all the stuff out that you don’t want. Systems that don’t use salt neutralize the minerals and the result is different.

Maintenance is easier with salt-free systems

A salt-free system is something that you set and forget. There’s nothing more to do than to check on it every once in a while. A salt-based system requires you to buy salt continuously. You’ll have to lug big heavy bags of salt down to your basement. Then, there’s the cost of the salt itself. You will have to continue buying salt as long as you use the water softener. You may find companies that deliver salt free of charge. If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll want to compare prices to make sure they’re competitive with retail chains.

It’s all about what your needs are

You’re probably going to go with a system that uses salt. If you want a maintenance-free method, then without salt may be the best. However, you should expect much different results. If your water is very hard, then you’re more than likely going to have to go the salt route. Salt-free is suitable for water that isn’t full of minerals and is reasonably easy to soften. All other water will require salt and an aggressive approach to make sure that hard water doesn’t ruin your appliances. The reason for wanting softer water for many is to make appliances last longer and to make washing easier. That is entirely possible regardless of which type of system you choose.

Entertainment | February 8, 2019

5 Famous Film Actors Who Started in Theatre

In such a technology-driven world, it is almost hard to think of some of today’s more famous actors have performed on stage. The reality, however, is the theatre influence still runs deep in today’s premier actors. The skills these actors learned during the early stages of their career while doing live theatre have no doubt contributed to their long and successful careers in the entertainment industry.

Patrick Stewart

Even for Stewart’s newer fans, the influence the theatre played in his career should not be a big surprise. While he became famous to most Americans for his role on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” Stewart had and continued to have a very successful presence in the theatre world.

Stewart first fell in love with acting during his days with the Royal Shakespeare Company. First joining the troupe in 1966, he would remain there for more than a decade, leaving in 1982. It was during his early career that he met Ben Kingsley, a friendship that continues to this day.

His role on “Star Trek” required him to leave the stage behind but as the series was winding down, Stewart realized he missed stage acting horribly. He would resume his theatre work in 1990. One of his more recent appearances was in “Waiting for Godot,” co-starring with Ian McKellen, who is now famous for his role as Stewart’s arch-enemy, Magneto, in the “X-Men” franchise.

Gwyneth Paltrow

While Ms. Paltrow got her start on stage, she hardly had the long and distinguished career of Patrick Stewart. In fact, as baseball players would say, she barely had a cup of coffee on stage. The main reason Paltrow even ended up on stage was due to the influence of her mother, who was a regular performer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

After making her debut at the festival during the summer of 1990, Paltrow quickly made the transition to film in 1991 in the movie “Shout,” where she would meet our next famous actor who started in theatre.

John Travolta

For many, Travolta’s big start came on the TV show, “Welcome Back Kotter,” but that was hardly where his journey in acting began. Travolta’s first big break in acting was playing with a touring group performing “Grease.” He would eventually make it to Broadway when in 1974, he performed in “Over Here!” That, however, would be the end of Travolta’s stage career.

During the latter part of the 1970s, Travolta’s career blew up after he had the starring role in “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.” Of course, during that same period, he also snagged the lead in the movie version of “Grease.” More success followed with “Saturday Night Fever” and “Urban Cowboy.”

Sarah Jessica Parker

Ms. Parker got an extremely early start in her acting career, first performing on Broadway at the ripe old age of 11. Fittingly, she would get her break in “Annie,” a show that seems to be at the start of many of today’s starlets. Initially, she played a small supporting role, but she would eventually take over as Annie from Andrea McArdle and Shelley Bruce.

Hugh Jackman

When fans think of Hugh Jackman, most associate him with action, not the stage. They would, however, be entirely wrong, as Jackman got his career started in theatre in 1995 and continued to dabble in it from time to time.

Jackman’s first paying gig was actually in a 10-part TV Series. He would, however, immediately transition to the stage to pay his dues. An Australian native, Jackman would perform in Melbourne, landing the role of Gaston in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Jackman would remain active in the theatre locally until he got his big break in 2000, landing the role of

Wolverine in “X-Men.”

As you can see, it is never wise to judge a book by its cover. Regardless of their current niche, a significant number of actors and actresses all got their start on stage, often playing in local theatre troops to very small audiences. So, next time you head to the local theatre, grab some autographs, because you just may be watching the next big Hollywood star singing and dancing right in front of you!