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How to Clean Double Roller Blinds

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Clean Double Roller Blinds

Double roller blinds are perfect for your home because they are able to blend into the architectural style of the home rather than appearing like a piece of decoration. But just like any other part of the house, double roller blinds are able to accumulate dust and small bugs as well as splashed foods. Fortunately, cleaning them is an easy task that only requires a short amount of time. Check the Care Label This is necessary in order to avoid cleaning the blinds in a way that will damage them. Depending on what the care label states, you can either wash the double roller blinds in a bathtub or spot clean them, which means cleaning only the spots that are dirty.Take out the blinds from the window and from the roller as well in order to be able to spread them on the floor. For those that have a disk to the side, rotate it until the blinds come free. If the care label says to spot clean them, lay out some newspapers on the floor to cover your workspace. Vacuum the Blinds If the amount of dirt on the blinds is more than average, you might want to consider vacuuming them first in order to make cleaning easier. Vacuuming will get rid of cobwebs and those large clumps of dust and grime. You should vacuum both sides in order to remove as much dirt as possible. Where you’re spot cleaning, you can wipe the entire surface of the blinds using an old sock or a microfiber cloth. Wash the Blinds Soak the blinds, one at a time, in the bathtub in lukewarm water for about 20 – 30 minutes in order to get the dirt and grime off the surface. Use a sponge or toothbrush to get rid of the tough stains. After washing it, drain the tub of the soapy water and rinse the blinds. You can also hold them up under the shower and use it to rinse them. Ensure that you rinse them properly because soapy patches attract dirt. Spot Clean the Blinds Having laid the blinds on the floor on top of the newspaper, make a cleaning solution using water and detergent. Ensure you wring out the cloth properly before start spot cleaning. You can use a toothbrush for the spots that are tough to clean, However, be careful not to saturate the blind to avoid lasting damage. Dry the Blinds You can place the blinds on drying lines outside or on a drying rack and leave them to dry. Once they are dry, reinstall the rollers and hand them back on your windows....

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What You Should Know About Radiant Floor Heating

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Should Know About Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating is a type of in-floor heating that heats your home from the ground up, instead of going through vents and ducts in your home. This is done through a heat transfer system installed between the finishing layer and substrate layer of your flooring. Here are some things to know about this type of home heating system. There Are Different Types of Radiant Floor Heating The first thing you should know about this form of heating is that there are actually different methods. There are hydronic heating systems that work through radiant air floors in your home, though this is the less popular option. This is done by having tubes installed underneath the floor’s surface, which hot water goes through. It works similar to a radiator. When hot water fills the tubes, it helps to heat the home. The other type is electric radiant heating, which is the option used most often. There are wires underneath the flooring that heat up when the system is turned on. They Cost More to Install In terms of cost, radiant floor heating costs more during the initial installation period, but can end up costing you less in operating costs. This is especially true with the hydronic heating systems, which are difficult to install and require an HVAC specialist. It requires installing the tubes underneath the floor and registers in the baseboards. Many homes choose to have these floor heating systems installed during construction, since it tends to be an easier process before the floors are installed. However, you can still get it even if your home is already built, it just may cost you more. Consult a local contractor to discuss the installation and how much it might cost you in comparison to other heating options. You Can Install it in a Basement On the plus side, if you have a basement or crawl space beneath your home’s flooring, you can use that to install the heating system. This allows you to get the benefits of radiant floor heating without having to pull up all your flooring. In a basement, it is installed near the top of the basement and underneath the flooring of the first floor of your home. In the basement, you might not get much heat, but the rest of your home will be nice and toasty. Radiant Heat is Eco-Friendly Since less energy is used to heat your home with radiant in-floor heating, you will be lowering your carbon footprint as well. The system uses a type of space heater under the floor, which doesn’t run for a long time before the home starts to heat up. Combine that with the option of changing the thermostat’s temperature to a lower setting, and you will save money and energy at the same...

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How to Build a Simple Grecian Urn Water Feature

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Build a Simple Grecian Urn Water Feature

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as the sound of water gently bubbling over stones on a pleasant summer’s afternoon. You can build your own Grecian urn fountain water feature in just a weekend using supplies you’ll find in a good DIY or garden store and a few basic DIY skills.  Read on to find out how. What you’ll need large, Grecian-urn-style pot decorative stones and pebbles barb fitting PVC female adapter plumber’s epoxy drill with masonry bit waterproof catch basin cinder blocks sand plastic grate flexible tubing submersible pump hose clamps x 2 flexible screen reciprocating saw PVC pipe black spray paint How to do it Begin by creating a drainage hole in the bottom of your urn using the drill and masonry bit. If the vessel already has a hole, you may need to widen it slightly, and you can do this by slowly rotating the masonry bit around the sides of the existing aperture.   Next, place the barb fitting through the hole so that the threaded end lies inside the urn. Now, thread the female PVC adapter onto the barb on the inside of the pot.   Finish this stage of the project by placing plumber’s epoxy around the base of the fitting so that it’s sealed in place. This is very important as it makes the urn watertight.   Dig a hole that’s deep enough for the catch basin to sit just above ground level. Place a thin layer of sand in the bottom of the hole. This will allow you to adjust the position of the reservoir easily.   Put a couple of cinder blocks in the middle of the basin for the urn to sit on.   Make a trap door in the corner of your plastic grate that will allow the pump to pass through smoothly.  This is important so that you can get to the pump for maintenance without having to take the whole water feature to pieces.   Make a small hole in the middle of the grate to accommodate the flexible tubing. Fix one end of the tubing onto the pump. Clamp the tubing firmly into place and then push the other end out through the hole in the middle of the grate.   Set the screening into place over the grate and make a corresponding hole to accommodate the flexible tubing.   Now, cut a piece of PVC pipe that’s the same height as the urn and spray the top half with black paint.   Put the PVC pipe into the female adapter with the black-painted side uppermost.   Put the urn on its side by the reservoir, twist the flexible tubing onto the barb, and then clamp it into place. Stand the pot upright.   Arrange your decorative stones and pebbles onto the screening so that the reservoir is well hidden.   Fill the reservoir with water, plug the pump into a power source and switch it on. Adjust the water flow through the pump to achieve the effect that you want. In conclusion With a few basic DIY skills, you can create your own Grecian urn garden water feature. This simple project is perfect for small gardens where there isn’t room for a full-scale waterfall feature or large...

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Looking Beyond the Energy-Efficiency of Using Double-glazed Windows: 3 Other Essential Benefits

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Looking Beyond the Energy-Efficiency of Using Double-glazed Windows: 3 Other Essential Benefits

The main consideration behind the design of double-glazed windows is to improve energy-efficient in homes. That’s why these window units have an extra layer of glass to provide insulation against the cold weather outside and keep your home warmer, especially during winter. Likewise, the insulation will protect your home against high temperatures outdoors by absorbing some of the solar heat burning through your windows during those excruciatingly hot, summer days. Besides associated energy-efficiency, double-glazed windows provide other essential benefits as well, including: Noise reduction Do you want to keep your home quieter and more peaceful despite not having any say on noises coming from outside? Equipped with two layers of glass, double-glazed windows will dilute noise coming into your home from outside, dramatically reducing noise pollution and maintaining a quieter indoor environment. Noise reduction will vary depending on the type of double-glazing chosen. Laminated glass, for instance, can decrease noise levels significantly when used as part of your double-glazed window. With a large cushioning air cavity existing between the two pieces of glasses, the window unit can considerably reduce disturbing noises originating from an aircraft flying above your roof, large crane trucks humming at a construction site adjacent to your home or a nosy neighbour interfering with your peace by playing his music too loud.  Increased security and privacy When the same type of glass is used and all other things are held constant, double-glazed windows will be tougher and are more difficult to break than single-glazed units. Apart from requiring more effort to break the both layers of glass, the shards in double-glazed windows usually stay put even when tampered with to guarantee improved security. This security feature can be further improved by choosing window units with toughened glass. Since they come with a tighter sealing as compared with their single-glazed counterparts, double-glazed window units are tougher to force open from the exteriors. If the glazing is tinted, it will be difficult for criminal elements to see inside your double-glass windows, and this will discourage them from trying to gain unlawful entry inside. Reduced UV damage UV rays from the sun can cause your drapes, curtains, carpet and furniture finishes, and many more household items to fade or lose colour. By using double-glazed windows, you can considerably reduce the amount of UV radiation that enters your home. This will, in turn, reduce the need for window blinds, thermal drapes, and awnings, which can obstruct your view of the outdoor environment. For more information about the various benefits of double glazing on your windows, contact a local window installation...

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5 things you should inspect every year to keep your lawn mower in top condition

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 things you should inspect every year to keep your lawn mower in top condition

Your lawn mower might be one of the machines that you use the most out of all of the machines and appliances that you use in your home, at least during summer. If frequent use is paired with poor maintenance, this could seriously damage your lawn mower and shorten its life length significantly. To make sure you keep your lawn mower in good condition, there are a few things you should consider doing every year before the lawn mowing season begins. 1.Empty and refill the fuel At the end of every mowing season, you should make sure to drain all old fuel out of the lawn mower. Old fuel left in the tank is one of the main reasons to why your lawn mower stops working or doesn’t start. Fill up your empty fuel tank every year before the mowing season starts as a first thing before performing all other types of maintenance. 2.Check the oil Check the oil level in your lawn mower every year and fill it up if it’s not enough oil. You should also check the oil for floating dirt or debris that might have gotten into the oil tank during last season or while it has been standing in your garage. Another thing you should take notice of is the colour of the oil. If it’s too dark, it might have gone bad and you should empty it out and refill it. 3.Change the spark plug A clean spark plug is essential to make your lawn mower work properly, as it is the key element for being able to start the lawn mower without too much effort. When you’re installing the new spark plug, be careful so that you don’t tighten it too hard, as this might cause the starting mechanism to malfunction. Follow your lawn mower’s manual to find out which type of plug fits it best. 4.Check the filter If the filter is too dirty, or if it’s clogged, then your lawn mower won’t use fuel as efficiently as it is supposed to. Your filter might not need changing every year, but if it is dirty when you do your annual inspection, then a good practice is to change it to optimise your lawn mowers fuel efficiency. 5.Sharpen the blades This is also something that you might not need to do every year, but you should make sure to inspect the blades every year to ensure that they don’t need sharpening. You can use a paper to drag along the blade to inspect the sharpness of the blades. Don’t use your fingers. If they do need sharpening, this should be done in a shop like Cox...

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The Immediate Aftermath of a Home Burglary: 3 Ways to Secure Your Home with the Help of a Locksmith

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Immediate Aftermath of a Home Burglary: 3 Ways to Secure Your Home with the Help of a Locksmith

Coming home to find that a burglar has broken into your home, gone through your things and stolen valuable items is every homeowner’s nightmare. Unfortunately, home burglaries are not that uncommon in Australia, with approximately 335,700 break-ins recorded from 2009 to 2010. Immediately after discovering your home was broken into, one of the first people you should call after the police is an emergency 24 hour locksmith. Securing your home from further break-ins can really help you and your family feel more at ease. Here are 3 highly recommended preventive mechanisms. Replacing All Locks with More Secure Models Regardless of whether the burglar broke through the front door or simply walked in via an unlocked door, you’ll feel safer at home if you replace all of your locks. You never know whether the intruder may have gotten their hands on a spare set of keys you had lying around. Most locksmiths would recommend that you replace your locks with deadbolt locks that have at least a one-inch or longer throw. The throw is the bolt that passes from the lock to the door frame. Although locks with a single cylinder should be sufficient, you should ideally aim to get a double cylinder lock, especially if your doors have glass panes that are within 40 inches of the door knob. Securing Sliding Windows If you have sliding windows in your home, you should also consider having the locksmith secure them. Sliding windows are easy targets for professional home burglars, as the entire window pane can be pulled out from the frame. In addition, siding windows with standard factory locks can usually be broken into with relative ease. As the burglars are already familiar with the blueprint and layout of your home, they may choose to target any sliding windows or doors the next time they come around. Locksmiths can help you further secure sliding windows by installing professional locks that jam the inside tracks, so the windows cannot be opened from the outside. There are also locks that will prevent the sliding windows from being lifted from their tracks, like through-the-frame pins for vertically sliding windows. Installing a Peephole to Your Front and Back Doors After being a victim of a home burglary, you may find that you’ll feel uncomfortable opening your door to strangers for some time. As a result, you should consider having your locksmith install a peephole to both your front and back doors. This way, you can get a good view of who is knocking on your door before opening it. There are plenty of different types of peepholes with more advanced features. For example, some peepholes rely on improved technology and designs for a wider view. There are no places for those outside to hide. Conclusion After calling the police and reporting the break-in, call an emergency 24 hour locksmith immediately to secure your home from further break-ins and home burglaries. You’ll regain control of your home and feel a lot...

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Built-in Wardrobes | 3 Golden Rules For Choosing Between Hinged and Sliding Wardrobe Doors

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Built-in Wardrobes | 3 Golden Rules For Choosing Between Hinged and Sliding Wardrobe Doors

Built-in wardrobes are vital bedroom applications because they serve as storage rooms without cluttering your bedroom floors. These built-in wardrobes will hide your clothes, accessories, ties, bags, bed linen and all other items that you can fit into them. If you have an open bedroom wardrobe and plan to install doors, you will need to decide between hinged and sliding doors. Understanding the basic differences between the two types will help you make a decision that works best for your bedroom. Here are some golden rules for choosing between hinged and sliding doors. Understand Basic Functionality Both sliding and hinged doors work on different principles. As the name suggests, sliding doors are set on a bottom track and are slid sideways for opening and shutting. Hinged doors are set on pivots connected to the wardrobe frame, and follow a frontal opening and shutting mechanism. Both types of doors will open and shut by using their own mechanisms. Once you’ve understood the basic functionality of these doors, you will be in a better position to decide what’s best for your built-in wardrobes Think About the Space You Have Available Choosing between sliding and hinged doors for built-in wardrobes will rely heavily on the space available in your bedroom. Before making a decision, you will need to measure the space around your wardrobe to establish whether hinged doors are possible for your wardrobe. The last thing you will want is to settle on hinged doors, only to realise that they open out too much and end up blocking some other element in your bedroom. If you choose sliding doors, you need to be sure that there is enough space between the hanging clothes and doors to ensure that your items don’t get damaged as you slide them open. If you have less space inside your wardrobe, but have no limitation to the space, then hinged doors are the perfect choice. If you have ample space inside your wardrobe with limited outer space, then sliding doors are a good choice for your built-in wardrobes. Consider Your Personal Style If you have ample space inside and outside your wardrobe, then the final decision will boil down to your personal taste and preferences. For example, if your bedroom is infused with traditional-styled décor, then classic hinged doors may be better suited to your taste. If you enjoy the idea of sleek, modern styles, then sliding doors will be a good choice for you. You can also decide whether you’re looking for a standard door or something more ornate, depending on your personal taste. Use these golden rules when deciding between hinged and sliding doors for your built-in...

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3 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Cook With You

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Cook With You

When you have kids, you want to expose them to all of the greatness of the world, but you also need to protect them from its dangers, and this tricky negotiation is why many parents choose not to introduce their children to the kitchen. With bubbling pots and pans, sharp knives, and electronic gadgets running, it can seem like a space that is just too hostile for a kid’s presence. But spending time cooking together in the kitchen is immensely valuable. It’s wonderful quality time, and you’ll be teaching your kids a very important skill. Here are three tips to make sure your parent-child cooking sessions go totally to plan. Re-organise your storage. When you have kids, you might just have to re-think your kitchen’s storage solutions. To encourage your children to be curious about foods, certain foods should be on their eye line (but keep sweets out of reach!), but they also need to be kept away things like toxic cleaning products and sharp knives. You may even want to invest in some additional high-up storage so that anything dangerous is totally out of harm’s way and you can enjoy your kitchen safely together. You could even talk to a renovation company that specializes in kitchens to make sure your new storage spaces add to the decor instead of looking out of place. Buy them their own kitchen kit. Your kids will get really excited about spending time in the kitchen with you if you buy them their own pieces of kitchen kit that are theirs to use and nobody else’s. Of course, this shouldn’t involve dangerous items like knives, but you could let them pick out things like spatulas, whisks, piping bags for decorating cakes, and their own measuring spoons (which will double as a way to get a sneaky maths lesson into the kitchen!). Use them in every part of the kitchen. The great thing about cooking is that it is such a multi-faceted skill that there are multiple ways that you can get your kids interested in the cooking and food prep process. If you have really young kids who shouldn’t handle knives or hot pans, you can still get them involved by showing them how to wash vegetables or how to sift flour into a bowl when making a cake. And if they are teens with no confidence in the kitchen, ask them how they would like to help (by choosing recipes, picking out ingredients, cake decorating etc…) and use an area of interest to boost their culinary confidence. Enjoy the time you spend with your children in the...

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Swimming Pools | 3 Inspired Tips To Design Your Home’s Swimming Pool

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Swimming Pools | 3 Inspired Tips To Design Your Home’s Swimming Pool

The idea of a swimming pool in a backyard is a dream most homeowners share. If you’re one of the lucky few that can turn your dream into a reality, then you’ve got your work cut out for you to install the best swimming pool you can afford. When planning swimming pools, you’ll need to consider everything from size and material to design and depth. This inspired guide is aimed to help you in your endeavour to design your home’s swimming pool. Choose the Shape of Your Pool Based on Your Personal Preferences Once you’ve selected between concrete and fibreglass swimming pools, you’ll need to consider the shape of the pool. While the size of the pool will depend on the space you have available, you can afford to be more flexible with the shape to suit your personal style. If you don’t like the idea of sharp edges, then oval, figure-eight and round-shaped swimming pools would suit your home perfectly. If you enjoy the idea of a conventional pool, then square or rectangular shaped pools would work well. You can even customise the shape with a pool designer or builder to install a pool form that’s unique to your home.  Add Visual Enhancements to Create a Delightful Oasis Small visual enhancements won’t cost you much and will add to the beauty of the swimming pool in your home. These decorative features can make swimming pools feel like relaxed havens, giving you a lovely backdrop for added relaxation. You can add aesthetic features like waterfalls, fountain bubblers, deck jets, in-pool coloured LED lights, tiny fire pits and attached hot tubs for elevating the look of your swimming pool and backyard. If you have small children, a small waterslide is an excellent attraction to let them splash around in the pool. Consider the Type of Pool Decking You Want to Install Besides the shape and visual enhancements, you’ll also want to consider the decking around the pool. If you have a patio that overlooks the pool area, you may want to choose similar materials and shades for a uniform look to your backyard. You can also choose decking materials to blend into the exterior décor of your home. For example, wooden pool decks go well with traditional-styled homes with wood exteriors. Decking made of pavers, poured concrete, decorative concrete and stone are good choices for conventional and modern homes. Swimming pools bring tremendous aesthetic value to any home –– use these inspired tips when planning the design elements of the swimming pool in your...

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Cabinet Carpenters | 3 Attentive Strategies For Installing Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cabinet Carpenters | 3 Attentive Strategies For Installing Custom Kitchen Cabinets

If you have decided to scrap the idea of buying off-the-rack cabinets and have your heart set on installing custom kitchen cabinets, you’ll need to consider whether to undertake this as a DIY home improvement task or whether to hire professional carpenters to handle the project for you. Even if you’ve decided to hire professional carpenters, your job is not yet over. You may not be part of the building process, but you’ll certainly need to be more involved in the rest of the decisions that involve material, colour, size and style. To help you get started, follow these attentive strategies for installing custom kitchen cabinets. Let Your Material Echo the Style of Your Existing Kitchen You have a myriad of choices when it comes to selecting the material of your custom kitchen cabinets, but to ensure that they don’t stick out like sore thumbs, it’s ideal to find a style that echoes your existing kitchen décor. For example, if you have stainless steel appliances, workstations and benchtops, you may want to maintain the same level of continuity with stainless steel cabinets. Similarly, wooden benchtops and workstations should preferably inspire timber kitchen cabinets. Base Your Cabinet Size on the Movement Space in the Kitchen You’ll want to have ample space to move around while you cook in the kitchen, so you wouldn’t want protruding cabinets that end up hampering the space. Since you’re lucky enough to have custom kitchen cabinets, you can ensure that the size fits in well with your kitchen movement comfort. Keep in mind that if you have a small kitchen, you don’t always need to have closed cabinets with pullout doors. You can choose cabinets with sliding doors or you can install open cabinets in areas where space is minimal. As a rule of thumb, make sure that custom kitchen cabinets are the same outward length as your refrigerator and workstations, so they don’t protrude more than other kitchen accessories. Dress Cabinets Well for a Classy Finish Once you have decided the base material, you’ll be in a better position to select the hardware, hooks, handles and other cabinet fixtures. You’ll want to choose classy fixtures that elevate the look of your cabinets instantly, so make sure the hardware complements the style of your custom kitchen cabinets. For example, if you have modern stainless steel cabinets with minimalist style, you can invest in invisible hardware like spring-loaded hinges to pop doors open. You can also choose stainless-steel handles to add harmonised interest. If you have wooden cabinets and are looking for a rustic cottage-style appearance, consider weathered brass hardware to help you replicate the earthy look you desire. Use attentive strategies to install custom kitchen cabinets for elaborating your cooking space...

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