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Choosing Your First Lawn Mower For A Small Lawn

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Your First Lawn Mower For A Small Lawn

If you’ve never owned a lawn mower before, figuring out what to buy can be daunting. You probably have a vague idea of what you want; just a little light thing that you can whizz over the lawn with and won’t have to clean up after. Once you’re looking at actual options, though, it all gets a bit complicated. Rotary or cylinder? What on earth does a hover mower do, anyway? How does a person cope with grass that’s already got a bit unkempt? Never fear–it’s actually all pretty simple, and this easy guide is here to help you figure it out. All you need to do is ask yourself three simple questions: How much time, effort and energy am I willing to devote to lawn maintenance? For some people, their lawn is their pride and joy; they enjoy maintaining a beautiful expanse of grass in tip-top condition, and get a kick out of spending an afternoon caring for it. Those people probably want a cylinder mower; these can be tricky to manoeuvre as they’re often quite bulky, but nothing leaves a more perfect finish on a lawn. Even the Royal Horticultural Society says they’re the best way to achieve the classic striped look. If, on the other hand, you’d just like to keep your grass under control so that your garden looks decent, you should look at a rotary mower. They do a good job–and they’re also cheaper, lighter and easier to store.   Am I prepared to pay extra for convenience? Two major features you might be confused about really come down to this cost vs. effort question–cordlessness and grass boxes. Corded mowers need to be plugged into your mains electricity, meaning that you’ll probably need an extension reel and you’d do well to invest in a circuit breaker for safety purposes. Cordless mowers are battery powered and rechargeable, thereby getting around all that–but they’re currently far more expensive. Better Homes & Gardens are big fans, however, so if you’ve got enough money in your mower budget they’re well worth considering! You can also save a bit of money by buying a mower without a grass box, but you’ll need to rake up the grass cuttings and dispose of them afterwards rather than simply emptying the mower as you would a vacuum cleaner.    How often am I realistically going to get the mower out? If you’re the kind of person who wants to mow their lawn every week it hasn’t rained too much, a lightweight hovering or hand-push model is the perfect choice. If, on the other hand, you reckon you’ll do it every month or so in the spring and summer and then leave it over the colder months, you want something that can handle long grass; corded electric rotary with a good grass box is probably the way to go. Which? suggests that these are the best choice for family lawn mowers, as they get the job done with minimal...

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Aluminium Foil In The Residential Garden: 2 Alternative Uses

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aluminium Foil In The Residential Garden: 2 Alternative Uses

Aluminium foil is a common feature in a large number of modern residential kitchens. Aluminium foil is often the “go to person” whenever a homeowner needs to wrap up various food items.  Not known to a large number of homeowners is the fact that aluminium foil can be put to a number of alternative uses in residential garden areas. This article discusses two among the several alternative uses for the benefit of stay-at-home mums who are passionate about gardening. The “Aluminium Seed Pot” A large number of stay-at-home mums would rather plant their seedlings in a seed bed/seed pot as opposed to having them planted into the residential garden directly. Aluminium foil can be used to make a seed pot of sorts, in which plant seedlings can grow and develop until they’re ready to be transplanted into the garden. In order to use aluminium foil for this purpose, one will need to cut the cardboard tube around which the foil is wrapped into the desired number of pieces. Each piece will be used as a seed pot. If cutting the cardboard tube does not produce a sufficient number of “seed pots”, similar tubes can be obtained from rolls of toilet paper as well as paper towel rolls. The cardboard tubes are then fully wrapped with the foil so as to protect them from water damage. Once wrapped, a waterproof tray is closely packed into each tube before the tubes are filled with the chosen seed-starting mixture and before the seeds are planted into the various “pots”. Plant Protection In the kitchen, aluminium foil is often used to prevent the blackening of pie crusts and to keep the crusts from falling off before the pie is ready. In the residential garden, aluminium foil can be used to protect young garden shrubs and other young plants from the potentially destructive nature of animals that would wish to make a meal out of the young plants and shrubs. Examples of these animals include rabbits, mice and goats. Aluminium foil wrapped around the base of a young plant or shrub is sure to make the plant less appealing in the eyes of its predators. Using aluminium foil for plant protection reduces the risk posed by predatory animals, thereby increasing chances that the shrubs and plants in question will exploit their full growth potential. Next time when out shopping, get two rolls of aluminium foil. One for the kitchen and one for the...

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3 Simple Repair Tasks You Can Carry Out on Your Horizontal Blinds

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Simple Repair Tasks You Can Carry Out on Your Horizontal Blinds

Horizontal blinds have various advantages, one of them being that you can easily regulate the light that comes into your room. They are commonly used in most homes and offices. However, frequent use of these blinds can lead to small technical faults, which you can easily fix if you are handy with your toolkit. Below are some of these faults, and how you can correct them. If you get stuck, don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance to avoid any permanent damage. 1. Blind won’t release after first installation Sometimes horizontal blinds have their lift cords tightly pulled during manufacturing, causing the blinds to refuse to release even when the cord is pulled. After you have installed the blind on the window according to instructions, try to pull the cord at an angle while pressing the bottom rail upwards. This should release the tension in the lift cord enabling you to release your blinds easily in future. 2. Blinds won’t tilt to open or close This is another problem you can fix easily. To begin, pull the blind up completely so it is tight on its headrail. Carefully remove the valance from your blinds, and then unhinge the bracket on the box end to take down the blind from the window. Examine the lengthwise-running cords from the top of the blind. You may notice that some strings are tangled, or the cords could be stuck between the headrail and hardware. Untangle or release the tangled/trapped cord carefully. Reinstall the blind, pull it down completely and test the tilt. If the problem persists, contact a professional technician; your tilter mechanism, located on one end of the headrail, may require replacement. These are available online and with local retailers, who can also arrange to install the new one. 3. Blinds are too long Maybe you moved to a new house or you just want to change the window on which your blind sits to a shorter window, which means that you also need to shorten the blind to fit the window length. It is possible to remove a few of the slats until you achieve your ideal length, and you can do this easily by following these instructions: Check the bottom railing of your blind and remove the small plugs you see; keep them someplace safe for replacement when you finish Pull out the lift cords from the bottom rail and undo the knots in the cord This allows you to pull out extra slats as needed until you have the right blind length for your window Take out the bottom railing from the removed slats and place it in the tilt ladder where your last slat now is Thread the lift cords through the holes on the blinds’ bottom railing and retie the cord knots as they were before, ensuring that the rail is levelly rested in the knots Once you have confirmed that the lift cord is level and its height is okay, cut the extra cord below your knots and push the knots into the rail. Replace the plugs onto the rail Whether you have Luxaflex blinds or another brand, keep these tips in mind when they start to...

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What You Need to Know About a Roller Door for Your Home Garage

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Need to Know About a Roller Door for Your Home Garage

A roller door is a good choice for smaller properties, as the door simply folds and rolls up into its overhead housing unit when opening rather than swinging out into the driveway. If you’re thinking of choosing a roller door for your home’s garage, you may have a few questions about their function and safety, so note some basic information here and then discuss this choice with a garage door contractor. 1. Are roller doors loud? If you’ve ever heard the roller doors at a car repair shop or other such facility rolling up or down and wondered if you would need to put up with the same noise at home, note that the doors installed at a commercial facility are often very different than the ones installed in a residential home. A commercial garage door may not have layers of insulation between the panels as is common with a residential door, so the metal on a commercial door may be more likely to shake and create noise when in use. For a residential door, the insulation typically used between the outside layers of metal help to absorb noise. 2. Can roller doors be opened if they’re not locked? You may assume someone can just push open a roller door at home and slide it up, like you might see at a car repair shop. However, if you choose a roller door with a motor for opening and closing, that motor acts as a lock when the door is closed. You cannot just push the door open, as the motor needs to run to move the chains that control the door. In a commercial garage, their doors may work with a manual chain and pulley system so there is no motor to keep them in place, but with a residential door, the motor itself provides a good measure of security. 3. Are roller doors heavier than standard garage doors? You might be worried about the weight of a roller door if the motor should fail and you need to lift it manually. Note that the weight of a roller door is affected by the same factors as any other type of door, namely, the size of the door including its thickness and its material. An aluminum door will be lighter than steel, and steel skins with a lightweight insulation between them will be lighter than a solid steel door. Note the overall weight of a door when choosing one for installation if you’re concerned, but remember that a roller door won’t be any heavier or lighter than a standard door, depending on your...

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Rid Your Bathroom Roller Blinds Of Mould and Mildew

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Rid Your Bathroom Roller Blinds Of Mould and Mildew

Their ease of operation and effectiveness as privacy providers makes roller blinds extremely useful in a bathroom setting.  However, the humid environment can cause mould and mildew to form on the fabric, leaving your blinds looking stained and grubby.  Here’s how to get rid of mould and mildew from your bathroom roller blinds.  What you’ll need soft brush vacuum cleaner with a soft brush hose attachment lemon juice salt chlorine bleach clean cloths fabric freshener How to do it Tackle mould and mildew as soon as you discover it on your bathroom blind to try to prevent it staining too deeply.  Take the blind down and clean it outside to avoid spreading the mould spores further around your house.   Begin by using a soft brush to flick the dusty surface mould away.   Next, use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to suck up any remaining mould from deeper within the fabric fibres.   Use lemon juice to moisten any stained areas.  Spread salt over the lemon juice and then place the blind in the sun until it dries.  Rinse the blind thoroughly using clean, warm water.   If the stain is still there, make up a weak solution of warm water and household chlorine bleach.  Use a clean cloth to apply the solution to the stain and allow it to activate for approximately five minutes.  Rinse the blind thoroughly using clean, warm water.   Lemon juice is very good for removing odours, but if a musty aroma remains on your blind, try giving it a spritz with a good quality fabric freshener.     Preventative measures Mould and mildew thrive and spread in humid, damp conditions, which is why your bathroom is such a breeding ground for them.  You can help to prevent mould and mildew from forming by keeping your bathroom well-ventilated.  If you have an extractor fan, always ensure it’s turned on after you’ve had a bath or shower, or open windows to create a good airflow to remove moisture from the room.  Don’t roll up the blind while it is still damp.  Use a kitchen towel or a dry cloth to wipe down the blind and remove condensation, and then allow it to air dry completely before rolling it up. In conclusion If your bathroom blind is blighted by mould and mildew, don’t despair.  Just follow the guidelines given above to clean and freshen-up your blind, as well as to prevent the problem recurring. For further assistance, contact a local outlet, such as Blind...

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How to Maintain Your Fabric Blinds

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Maintain Your Fabric Blinds

Fabric blinds provide a great way to have an affordable window treatment that is easy to install, and provides a beautiful appearance to any room. However, the care instructions are different from wood or vinyl blinds. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your fabric blinds.  Vacuum the Blinds Regularly With fabric blinds, you will not be able to wash them or dust them like with other blinds but, instead, will use your vacuum. The brush attachment is a great tool for removing dust and debris from the blinds. Whenever you are vacuuming the floors or furniture of your home, it is a great time to spend a few extra minutes vacuuming the blinds. The more dust you can remove during these routine cleaning sessions, the less buildup you will have to remove later on. You can also dust the blinds with a microfiber cloth if you don’t have access to the vacuum attachment. Use the Right Cleaning Products Your fabric blinds can be washed, but you need to be careful what products you use. For example, you don’t want to use traditional cleaners often used on vinyl or wood blinds, with the exception of mild detergent. When washing them, you are not going to get them too wet or submerge the blinds in water, but, instead, spot-clean them. This is done by finding stains on the blinds and applying a small amount of soapy water to them with a rag. You will then rinse off the soap by dabbing it with a rag dipped in just water, and pointing a hair dryer at it to dry it. Keep the Blinds Dry With fabric blinds, one of the most important things to do is make sure they stay dry. One way they can get extra moisture is by getting window cleaner on them. When you are washing the windows, not only push them aside so they are open completely but cover them with plastic so you don’t get the cleaner on them. Window cleaner contains ammonia and other chemicals that are not safe for the blinds. When you are washing them, make sure they dry quickly afterward. If you happen to get anything wet on the blinds, open the window and let the air come through, sufficiently drying the blinds. If you don’t feel confident in your ability to clean the blinds, you can have residential cleaners handle the blinds along with any other cleaning services they provide to...

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Reasons to Choose Bamboo Blinds As Your Window Treatments

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons to Choose Bamboo Blinds As Your Window Treatments

Switching up the window treatments in your home can seem like a daunting task when faced all the array of materials and types of window treatments you can opt for. The good news is if you are looking for something that is functional as well as aesthetically appealing, then you cannot go wrong with bamboo blinds. Not only are these types of blinds versatile, but they make a great addition to any home no matter what your interior d├ęcor choices are. Here are some of the reasons to choose bamboo blinds as your window treatments.  Bamboo blinds are environmentally friendly Over the years, more and more homeowners are taking measures to incorporate green living solutions into their homes so as to reduce the impact that they have on the environment. If you are looking for an eco-friendly option when it comes to window treatments, bamboo blinds would be a good choice. These blinds are manufactured from renewable resources, therefore, you can rest assured that you are not playing a role in the depletion of the planet’s natural resources. Bamboo inherently has a fast growth rate, thus, the plants are harvested and replaced at a quicker rate when compared to other materials such as timber.    Bamboo blinds are durable Window treatments tend to be exposed to the elements to varying degrees depending on whether they have been installed indoors or outdoors. When you blinds are installed indoors, they still have to contend with heat from the sun as well as constant exposure to UV rays. When installed on the outdoors, your blinds have to be durable enough to withstand exposure to moisture, high winds and more. Materials such as timber do not fare well under these conditions as they eventually succumb to wear and tear in the form of buckling, warping and more. Bamboo blinds, on the other hand, tend to be resistant to moisture. Hence, you do not have to worry about placing them in rooms prone to wet conditions such as the kitchen or the bathroom. They also do not warp or buckle due to exposure to high temperatures, which works toward an extended life span. Bamboo blinds come in an array of styles Opting to invest in bamboo blinds for your window treatments opens you up to a range of style options for your blinds. Some of the designs you could consider include Venetian bamboo blinds, woven bamboo blinds that work toward blocking out all sunlight, matchstick bamboo blinds that let in natural light to filter through them when they are closed and many other options. This ensures that you will always find designs that will best suit your needs as well as aesthetic preferences....

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The Three Benefits of Leasing Office Furniture

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Three Benefits of Leasing Office Furniture

When you open a new office, one of the first things you need to get is furniture. You will need a wide range of items, from desks and tables, to chairs and meeting room furniture. It can be expensive to purchase them all brand new, so another option is to lease them. Here are some benefits of choosing leasing for the office furniture. Save Your Capital If you are just starting your business, you might not have a lot of capital to work with. You may want to use the business loan funds for inventory, office supplies, and electronic equipment like computers and a photocopy machine. By leasing the office furniture, you will be paying a smaller amount each month instead of having to make a large investment up front. This can be easier to manage, as your monthly profits will help to pay for the furniture. Your Furniture Is Delivered Immediately Another great advantage to leasing the office furniture as opposed to buying it from a furniture store is that you can get it sooner. You don’t need to wait for another loan to go through or save money first to be able to afford all the furniture. You just need to fill out the leasing application, sign the contract, and make arrangements to have it delivered. If you want to start working as soon as possible, this is an ideal option. If you were to buy it upfront, it might take longer going through your finances and getting the furniture you need. You Can Trade It In Leasing office furniture means you don’t have to settle on the furniture you choose and be stuck with it forever. When the contract is up, you can either keep the furniture and pay the remaining balance, or you can trade it in for different styles. This gives you the opportunity to upgrade your office or change the overall style. You might even be able to switch to other furniture styles when you are still in the middle of the leasing contract. You may decide after a few months that you would prefer nice teak furniture from a company like The Teak Place instead of the original oak you started with. Read the details of your lease to find out for sure. If you are going to lease office furniture, compare the costs of paying monthly with interest, or buying it all upfront. Read the fine print of the contract so you are aware of any fees or stipulations associated with...

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Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Deck

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Deck

Many people are usually confident about building their own deck. However, more and more people are injured, and others hit with regret, each year due to faults they’ve made when timber decking. Timber decking can really boost your home’s value, but blunders would make your money go down the drain. Mistakes occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from inadequate knowledge to trying to cut corners. So if you’re planning on building your own deck, here are some of the most costly mistakes you should avoid. Not properly connecting the deck to the house One of the most common mistakes that result to collapsing is failing to connect the deck to the house. Failing to do so reduces the structural integrity of the deck and increases the likelihood of collapsing. But simply connecting the deck to the house doesn’t guarantee a stable structure. Poorly connecting the ledger boards to the house is also a major mistake. When connecting it, avoid using nails: go for through bolts or even galvanized lag screws. These screws will give better and long lasting connection of the deck joists and house band joists. In addition, they are also able to resist the expansion and contraction of wood. Rotting posts Another grave mistake is not considering that rotting and wood are really fond of each other. That’s why you need to avoid placing your posts deep directly in concrete. The reason is simple. Concrete is porous and holds quite a bit of moisture. Keeping it in contact with your posts simply means that the moisture will slowly penetrate the wood and completely destroy it over time. As an alternative, you can use post stirrups. These are anchors that are used to mount the posts into the concrete or bolted against existing concrete. Poor board layout This mistake is normally the result of inadequate planning. Having a poor layout and using smaller board lengths results in a series of problems. First, you’re definitely going to waste your boards, because the layout contributes greatly to the number of boards you’ll need. That means you’ll have to order for more boards, which will consequently cause you to exceed your planned budget. The installation would also take much longer. So before you start your decking, just plan. Think carefully about the layout. You’ll have to make calculations on the width of your bearers, post spacing along with the joist sizes. You can hire professionals to do this work for you. That way, you’ll be sure about the material you’re going to...

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Home Additions Parents Should Discuss with Their Home Builder

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Additions Parents Should Discuss with Their Home Builder

You’re already excited for your new baby, but now you are facing having a new home built as well. There are so many things to consider and so many choices to make. Your new home builder can make some suggestions that will give you a safe and happy environment for your little one. There are also some options you may want to bring to the home builder. Here are just a few home plan additions that parents like you should consider. Pocket Gates You already know there are certain areas of the home you want to block off with baby gates. The issue is that these gates can sometimes look out of place and throw off the look of your entire home. They can also be somewhat concerning when you think about your little one getting their fingers stuck in the gates and in the latches. Instead of spending money on these contraptions, consider having your home builder install pocket gates. Pocket gates can slide into the wall and stay hidden when not in use. They can also be constructed of solid wood to match the room and to avoid those little gate holes that little ones find so intriguing. Hidden Outlets Electrical outlets are a problem for many parents. You can buy safety covers, but sometimes little hands can figure out how to get those off. Instead of worrying about electrical shocks or the plugging and unplugging of different appliances and lights, consider having hidden outlets installed. Your home builder can come up with plans to hide the outlets so they are easy for you to access but otherwise stay tucked away from view. Some popular styles are outlets that hide inside countertops or are recessed into walls and hidden with a panel cover and hidden access button or release. Bathrooms for Children One of the aspects you may overlook is your little one’s bathroom. Most children can handle smaller bathrooms that include toilets that are lower to the ground or tubs with lower entry ways much better than they can handle adult-sized options. The smaller options will last for several years and make it easier to potty train and give your child bathroom independence as well. They can reach everything easily and they can feel more comfortable in their own environment. Your home builder can not only design these options into your current plans, they can also update it later to larger sizes as the child grows. These are just a few of the options you can have your home builder consider. Discuss your needs with your home builder and see what ideas they can come up with as well. You may be surprised about what they can do for you and your little one....

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