Taking The Mystery Out Of Electronic Strikers

byAlma Abell

For people upgrading their security or changing door control systems, the term Electric Strikes may come up. People who aren’t familiar with locks probably don’t know what an electric strike is or what it does. When shopping for door control systems, it’s important to know what some of the components of those systems are. The quality of the components in a control system will affect the system’s ability to perform its job. Once a person becomes familiar with what an electric strike is, it will be easier to know whether or not the best one for the job is being purchased.

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Electric Strikes are devices placed on doors so the doors can be used with an access control system or some kind of system that relies on remote access. Unlike a magnetic lock, an electric strike isn’t responsible for actually securing a door. The purpose of the strike is to give access to a door that is secured without a key being needed to unlock the door. Security kits with these types of strikes will have different prices. While some can come cheaper than $100, other will easily cost several hundred dollars. Able Lock Shop and other lock retailers offer a variety of strikes.

There are some other things shoppers must know about these types of strikes. Some doors can’t use these strikes. A door without a lockset can’t use an electric strike. Also, there are times when a lockset might have to be changed so a strike can be used. The best type of lockset to use with an electric strike is one with a store-room function. This is when a lock doesn’t have any kind of unlocking mechanism on the inside of the door. Any door that has an unlocking mechanism negates the purpose of using an electric strike.

When should a person use an electric strike? Since there are many different electronic lock systems, an individual has to examine each one on a case-by-case basis. In general, if appearance is important to a door, it is usually best to choose an electric strike instead of a magnetic lock. If more security is needed, it may be best to choose a magnetic lock. You can like them on Facebook.

Chloroform spill forces evacuation of building at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York
Chloroform spill forces evacuation of building at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York

Monday, August 11, 2008

Buffalo, New York — The Buffalo Fire Department and Police were called to a hazmat situation at Canisius College on Main Street after security reported that a one gallon glass container containing chloroform broke, spilling about a pint onto the floor of the college’s science building.

According to communications by firefighters, who arrived at around 8:20 a.m. (eastern time), the glass container spilled on the third floor in room 318. As a precaution the building was evacuated and East Delevan road between Main Street and Jefferson Avenues was closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic while crews worked to clean up the spill.

At about 9:15 hazmat crews entered the room and began to clean up the chemical “using kitty litter” and fans to air out the room. They then sealed the material in a five gallon container. At 9:23 a.m. firefighters stated that they no longer detected the chemical in the air and began to pack up their gear.

Officials for the college assessed the situation and decided to keep the building closed for the day. “At 8:22am this morning the Public Safety Department and Buffalo Fire Department responded to a report of a chemical spill on the third floor of the Health Science Center. As the building is cleaned, the Health Science Building will remain closed today and reopen tomorrow morning,” a college official said to Wikinews, adding they could not confirm the firefighter reports.

Firefighters believe the container containing the chemical was knocked over while someone working with maintenance was cleaning the floors.

There are no reports of injuries, but WKBW reports that the maintenance worker was taken to Sister’s of Saint Mercy’s hospital not far from the college for observation.

Chloroform is a common solvent used in chemistry laboratories. Minimal exposure can cause dizziness, headaches and fainting while prolonged exposure can cause liver and kidney damage. It is considered a hazardous material and environmentally unsafe. Banned as a consumer product since 1976 in the U.S., it was previously used in toothpaste, cough medicines and pharmaceuticals.

Report urges Kenya to ban plastic bags
Report urges Kenya to ban plastic bags

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 File:Plastic bag stock sized.jpg

They are cheap, useful, and very plentiful, and that is exactly the problem, according to researchers. A report issued on Feb. 23 by a cadre of environment and economics researchers suggested that Kenya should ban the common plastic bag that one gets at the checkout counter of grocery stores, and place a levy on other plastic bags, all to combat the country’s environmental problems stemming from the bags’ popularity.

Arson charge for man who cleaned home with gasoline
Arson charge for man who cleaned home with gasoline

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ernest Krajniak from Chilton, Wisconsin in the United States has been charged with arson after a lit cigarette ignited gasoline soaked clothes, setting his apartment ablaze.

On Friday April 3, Krajniak, 47, cleaned his entire apartment with about five gallons of gasoline, wiping everything down with the soaked clothes. After he was finished, he piled the soaked clothes in the center of his bedroom, lit a cigarette and then threw what was left of the still lit cigarette, into the pile.

Krajniak never called the fire department and never pulled the alarm. Instead he yelled ‘fire’ a few times then walked to the police station where an ambulance took him to a local hospital for the treatment of minor burns. The fire department later arrived to put out the blaze and his apartment was extensively smoke damaged. 11 other apartments were also damaged, leaving the occupants without a place to stay for at least a week.

“I should have never used that,” said Krajniak during a court appearance on Monday. He admitted to knowing that gasoline was highly flammable. He was arrested and his bond has been set a US$2,500. Krajniak’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, April 13. According to WISinfo.com, Krajniak has no prior criminal record.

The careless smoking of cigarettes has been blamed for thousands of fires across the U.S. In January 2008, an unnamed elderly woman in Buffalo, New York was receiving oxygen for medical problems in her home and lit a cigarette and began to smoke it. The oxygen coming from her mask then facilitated the ignition of her clothing, setting her on fire.

In the U.S. in 2002, only 4% of all residential fires were reportedly caused by smoking materials. These fires, however, were responsible for 19% of residential fire fatalities and 9% of injuries. The fatality rate due to smoking is nearly four times higher than the overall residential fire rate; injuries are more than twice as likely. Forty percent of all smoking fires start in the bedroom or living room/family room; in 35% of these fires, bedding or upholstered furniture are the items first ignited.

4 Methods How Experts Perform Wood Floor Restoration In Newcastle}

4 Methods How Experts Perform Wood Floor Restoration in Newcastle


Kevin Elliott

Natural wear and tear can cause wood flooring to lose its glaze and charm over time. In that case, it has to be restored by professionals with sophisticated machinery and technique. Luckily, if you live in the UK, then you can get wood floor restoration in Newcastle or other nearby places.

Restoring wooden floor involves a lot of complicated processes depending on the timber type. It can also be done without the help of professionals but that might get a little tricky and messy.

Professionals use expensive tools and equipment combined with considerable knowledge in this process. So, hiring them for wood restoration is a better idea.

Below are few processes that experts use to restore wooden floor. Read on!

1. Repairing

If installed by tongue-and-groove method, the joints of damaged planks need cutting to release them from their position. Professionals in Newcastle or Northumberland usually use a circular saw to cut through these joints.

Next, replacement of old planks takes place with new ones of the same size. This can be tricky because cutting new planks according to the size of the previous ones requires precision.

These planks can be fixed either by drilling holes and fixing with nails and screw. Or, professionals can also use glue for better adherence.

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2. Staining

Staining involves applying a solvent to darken or colour the wooden floor.

It primarily starts off with sanding the floor to remove all the sawdust. Next, the floor is wiped using a wet cloth or a mop so that the stain can be easily applied.

After drying the floor for approximately 30 minutes, application of stain happens. The professionals in Sunderland or other places have considerable knowledge about the stains. How to apply and how much to apply to this floor is something they hold expertise in.

Lastly, removal of excess stains and application of polyurethane finish to the floor takes place after the stain has dried.

3. Sealing

Sealing is the act of applying lacquers or varnishes to seal the pores on the wood to make it smoother.

Types of Wood sealers:

Poly sealer – This sealer, considered to be the best, exhibits light fumes, is incombustible, and provides superior adhesion. Application can take place up to 3 times and the floor screening can take place in almost 2 hours.

Water-based – This sealer is almost same as a poly sealer except it raises wood grains so the floor requires rigorous screening.

Universal – This sealer is usable with both oil and water based polyurethane but is highly combustible. Performance quality of this sealer is not also up to the mark of water or oil.

To apply this sealer, first, experts clean the floor thoroughly. Then, the application of sealant takes place carefully using brushes or other tools. Also, in this case, professionals have greater knowhow on what sealant to apply and how much to apply so that it does not ruin the floor.

It typically takes 7 to 10 hours to dry after which another coat is applied and dried again. After getting satisfactory results, the floor gets sanded to decrease roughness.

4. Installation

Installation doesn’t relate to wood floor restoration, but its requirement may arise if a large part of the floor needs replacement.

The process:

Tongue-and-groove – This method involves fitting one side of a plank to another side of another plank. The insertion of protruding part of the plank called tongue occurs with the groove part of the other plank.

Floor connection system – In this installation method, all the planks have a groove in them, joined with each other with rubber, plastic, or even wood.

Woodloc system – This system involves fitting a plank having a tongue on the upper side to another plank having a tongue on the bottom. The tongues interlock with each other and require an adhesive. This process is also known as a click-lock system.

Floating – The floating installation process involves laying all the planks on top of another underlay without using glue or nails.

If you too are looking for restoring your old wood floor in Morpeth, Newcastle or other area, then hiring professionals is a better idea. That will ensure a safer and long-time investment.

Northumberland Floor Sanding is a company that provides wood floor restoration in Newcastle , Northumberland, Sunderland and Morpeth. The company specializes in wood flooring repairing, straining, sealing, along with installation. They are one of the leading companies in the UK that provide such flooring services at affordable rates.

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Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder
Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder

Friday, March 20, 2009

In the United States, a suspended Pennsylvania state trooper has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his girlfriend’s estranged husband.

Kevin Foley, 43, faces a mandatory life sentence without parole for slashing to death John Yelenic, a Blairsville dentist who was in the final stages of divorcing his wife, Michele. Foley’s attorney said he plans to appeal the decision. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Foley previously said he “loathed Dr. Yelenic” and asked another fellow trooper to help kill him. During his testimony, which lasted several hours, Foley claimed he was joking and had no true intention of carrying out the threat, but the Indiana County jury rejected that defense after about six hours of deliberations.

John Yelenic was found dead in his home on April 13, 2006, one day before he was planning on signing his divorce papers. Charges were brought against Foley in September 2007, more than 17 months after the murder.

Foley, who had been on suspension from the Pennsylvania State Police, was himself the final witness to take the stand Wednesday in the trial. Foley insisted he was innocent during his testimony, and even made jokes that the jury laughed at on a few occasions.

“I never made a threat with the intention of carrying it out,” Foley said under cross-examination by the prosecution.

When Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Krastek pressed Foley for what was funny about asking another state trooper to help him kill Yelenic, Foley answered, “There isn’t any joke. It’s just my personality, my behavior (with co-workers).”

Prosecutors said Foley killed Yelenic after going to the dentist’s house to confront him over the terms of the divorce. Prosecutors claim Foley slashed Yelenic several times with a knife and pushed his head through a small window. Yelenic bled to death.

“John has his justice tonight,” Mary Ann Clark, a cousin of Yelenic, told MSNBC. “John deserved this; he was the most wonderful person in the world. He died the most horrible death and tonight, this is his night. The system worked.”

Foley had been living with Michele Yelenic for two years at the time of the homicide. Prosecutors previously said Foley and Michele helped perpetuate rumors that Dr. Yelenic molested their son. John and Michele Yelenic had been separated in 2002. Michele Yelenic stood to collect Dr. Yelenic’s estate and a US$1 million life insurance policy, and could lose about $2,500 a month in support if the divorce was finalized, a Pennsylvania grand jury previously determined.

Michele Yelenic, who has not appeared at the trial, may face legal action herself, media reports indicated. A sentencing hearing for Foley is scheduled for June 1.

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Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/AL-KY
Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/AL-KY
See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list and for an alphabetically arranged listing of schools.

Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Alabama
  • 3 Alaska
  • 4 Arizona
  • 5 Arkansas
  • 6 California
  • 7 Colorado
  • 8 Connecticut
  • 9 Delaware
  • 10 District of Columbia
  • 11 Florida
  • 12 Georgia
  • 13 Hawaii
  • 14 Idaho
  • 15 Illinois
  • 16 Indiana
  • 17 Iowa
  • 18 Kansas
  • 19 Kentucky
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Don Imus reaches settlement with CBS, sued by Rutgers member
Don Imus reaches settlement with CBS, sued by Rutgers member

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Don Imus has reportedly reached a settlement with CBS and is now negotiating with New York’s WABC radio for a job there.

CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said Imus and CBS Radio reached a settlement to pre-empt Imus’ threatened $120 million breach-of-contract lawsuit.

Martin Garbus, Imus’ lawyer, and CBS Radio issued a joint statement, saying “[Imus and CBS Radio] have mutually agreed to settle claims that each had against the other regarding the Imus radio program on CBS,” but did not release any specific details about the settlement.

Imus was fired from both CBS radio and MSNBC in April after using the phrase “nappy headed hos” when describing the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

CBS and MSNBC argued Imus’ remark was racist and sexist. Meanwhile, Imus’ attorney cited a clause in his contract that said CBS acknowledged that Imus’ services were “unique, extraordinary, irreverent, intellectual, topical, controversial.”

On the same day, Imus was sued by Kia Vaughn, a Rutgers team member. That suit also named NBC and CBS as defendants. The suit alleges libel and seeks monetary damages as of yet unannounced.

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‘Purity’ ring case taken to High Court
‘Purity’ ring case taken to High Court

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Lydia Playfoot, a 16 year old schoolgirl from West Sussex, England, has been faced with expulsion by her school, Millais School of Horsham, for wearing a purity ring that symbolises her dedication to chastity.

Her case, that she should be allowed to wear the ring as it is an “expression of [her] faith and should be exempt from the school’s rules on wearing jewelery”, was taken to the High Court on Friday. Judgement in the case was reserved for a future date.

This case echoes a decision in a case last year. The Law Lords rejected Shabina Begum‘s, former pupil of Denbigh High School, in Luton, Bedfordshire, appeal to wear a Muslim Jilbab to school.

Miss Playfoot spoke to BBC Radio regarding the case. She said “Muslims are allowed to wear headscarves and other faiths can wear bangles and other types of jewellery. It feels like Christians are being discriminated against.” Her lawyers have argued that her right to wear the ring as a symbol of faith is upheld by the Human Rights Act 1998

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News briefs:June 7, 2006
News briefs:June 7, 2006

The time is 17:00 (UTC) on June 7th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.


  • 1 Headlines
    • 1.1 11,000 evacuated in Indonesia as Mount Merapi threatens to erupt
    • 1.2 Gunmen Seize 50 in Iraq
    • 1.3 U.S. Senate defeats bill banning gay marriage
    • 1.4 Australian PM announces nuclear taskforce
    • 1.5 EPA block massive West Australian energy project
    • 1.6 “Ten Commandments” judge loses Alabama gubernatorial primary
    • 1.7 20 percent of Victorians drive on worn tyres
    • 1.8 Body found in the Christchurch, New Zealand Avon River
    • 1.9 Real body found at mock crime scene in Florida
    • 1.10 Raw Audio starts Australia’s first regular live webcast
  • 2 Closing statements
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