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Tips to Cleaning Gutters

Cleaning gutters is important to prevent any leak. Certain tools and items are needed to clean the gutters with air. Following are given the list of tools and items required to clean gutter with air.

– Bucket
– Gloves
– Safety goggle
– Ladder
– Hardhat
– Garden hose
– Safety line
– Leaf blower

Steps

Some simple steps are given here to help the homeowners to clean their rain gutters with air.

1. Wear safety goggles, gloves and hardhat before starting your work.

2. Set up a ladder against the house reaching the top of the roof. You need a partner to hold the ladder firm while you work on the top. Ask your partner to wear hardhat, gloves and safety eyes goggles to prevent any injury.

3. You need a leaf blower. There are chances that it might slip from your hand, so to prevent it from falling down secure it with a ladder with a safety line. You also need a bucket secured to a ladder.

4.

Tips to Installing a Shower

The first point to bear in mind is that a shower is made of several parts – the hot water supply system, the cubicle that you stand in, the door, the tray that collects the used water and sends it down the drain, the shower head that emits the water and directs if over your body, and such items as the shower rail, curtains and hooks.

First, let’s look at the hot water supply system of which there are three main types – electric showers, mixer showers, and power showers. Each type functions differently and has its own requirements for installation.

An electric shower is the simplest and most popular. It consists of a heater unit which draws cold water from your main supply, heats it up and passes it out through the shower head. Installing an electric shower is a simple procedure, you just need to install the shower unit in your bathroom, hook it up to your water supply and install the electrical wiring.

However, first you have to determine if your site fulfills all the requirements as regards the water

First Time Home Owner Tips on Home Improvement

1. Before you embark on any home improvement or renovation program, confirm all taxes are paid and all regulations complied with. Dereliction to do so is tempting trouble in the future.

2. You may require spending money to save money. Buying more effective electrical appliances and upgrading your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems may cost you initially, but you will end up saving much more in the long term.

3. One of the least precious yet more effective ways to upgrade your home and elevate its appearance is by wallpapering. A modern coat of paint can also do wonders.

4. Laying new carpets can significantly improve the living place, as can appropriate practise of correct furniture.\

5. If you place a premium on privacy, soundproofing your rooms is a great way of achieving it. If you need to modify one of the rooms into a mini-theater, use of acoustic foam to upgrade its acoustics is recommended.

6. With global warming being on every ones lips, you can do your bit by using renewable power from the sun and wind. Installing solar

Different Kinds of Conservatory Roof

HEAT REFLECTIVE GLASS

This glass allows you to use your conservatory in the height of summer without it turning into a type of greenhouse. It also reduces the glare from bright sunlight while allowing light to come through on dull days. In recent years heat reflective glass has proved very popular.

It is also known as ‘energy efficient glass’ or ‘low e-glass’. It has a metallic coating on one side that makes the glass have a slight brown/gray tint to it. In effect this coating allows the sun’s energy to pass through from the outside but then reduces the heat loss from the inside. What is important here is that it does not provide heat insulation on its own and needs to be part or a double or triple glazed unit to provide substantial insulation.

Heat reflective glass comes in two types, sputtered (or soft-coat) and pyrolytic (or hard-coat). Sputtered glass is susceptible to damage by air or moisture so is usually used on sealed double or triple glazed units. Pyrolytic is more robust so therefore does not have to be sealed, but is less effective at keeping the heat out of your conservatory when

Steps to Detection Dry Rot

Following items are required to detect the presence of dry rot in different areas of your home :

– Screwdriver
– Flashlight
– Dry rot sensors
– Metric drill

Steps

1. The very first step is to examine the surroundings very carefully. You need to examine each and every possible location where this fungus can build up. Check under the floor boards, roof timbers and other wood sources for any possible signs of dry rot. In early days of its development dry rot looks like cotton sheeting. Any orange or brown colored pancake growth on the wood exterior will be a sign on presence of rot.

2. Inspect the wood sources closely. Anything that has the appearance of dark stains or pale stains might be affected internally by dry rot. Another sign of presence of dry rot in dry woods is that it may appear dry or cracked unusually.

3. Knocking on the wood beam can further help you to detect the presence of dry rot. The affected wood will give hollow sound. You can also use screwdriver to inspect the presence of dry rot. If the dry rot has already been developed

Backyard Fish Pond Design

The Location of the Fish Pond

When planning the backyard fish pond, it is important to choose the location of the fish pond carefully to get the most open space that you can in the backyard. Reducing the amount of room available to a small amount of space will dramatically decrease the homeowner’s enjoyment of the backyard.

Fish ponds that are placed near the home leave a great deal of open space further out in the yard where the person can hold a get-together or where children can play without the risk of falling into the pond. The types of plants that are chosen for placement near the pond can attract different types of birds, butterflies, and insects which can add some natural allure to the areas around the fish pond.

The Plants Around the Fish Pond

When planning backyard fish pond, the homeowner should choose the placement of the plants around the pond very carefully. The plants around the pond should be placed in areas that receive ample sunlight to allow the plants to grow properly. If the person would like to place plants in shaded areas near their backyard fish pond, they

Purifying Water Tips

Many surveys show that tap water is most of the time not pure and unhygienic. Studies say that normal seeing water may contain toxin, poison or feces and if they are not removed from the water they would have an adverse effect on the health. Many skin diseases are caused due to the presence of contaminants in tap water. Purified water keeps you safe from these diseases. Water is necessary to provide a smooth transportation of nutrients into the cells and the contaminants are harmful as they make the fluid in the body thicker and the body needs more energy to deal with these impurities. More energy consumption on these impurities means less energy available to you. Removing these impurities ensures that the wasted energy is now available for you to do your task more efficiently and effectively.

Many companies are there to provide you with mineral water bottles, though this water is pure enough to drink, but it is not always possible to rely on bottled water as they are expensive and is not always possible to have them with you. There are other options available to make the available water pure for us.

The

Different Kinds of Hardwoods

Quarter Sawn White Oak – This kind of wood is among the most sought after – this wood’s special grain pattern is achieved by a special sawing technique, at a 90 degree angle to the rings. This is a lighter and cooler color of wood.

Red Oak – For furniture with that typical warm look, read oak is an excellent choice. This strong and durable wood type has an attractive and visible grain which is its typical characteristic.

Cherry and Rustic Cherry – The special characteristic of this wood is that is darkens and appears more attractive as the years go by. This is fine grained wood with a distinctive brown-red color. A great choice for timeless and elegant furniture designs. Cherry wood that is less refined and which is sawn in a manner so as to accentuate its knots, pits and sap wood is known as rustic cherry wood. This can be in a range of colors ranging from the light to the deeper, darker colors.

Maple – Another highly popular choice for Amish furniture, this is a favourite because this is the hardest variety of wood domestically grown. Because this is such durable

Installation Dishwasher Guide

Required Items

– 12-gauge power supply cord
– Waste-T tailpiece
– Wire connectors
– Utility knife
– Screwdriver
– Rubber hose
– Level
– Hose clamps
– Hole saw
– Drill
– Drain hose
– Combination tool
– Channel-type pliers
– Brass L-fitting
– Braided steel supply tube
– Air gap

Steps

1. Turn off the power at the main service panel of the dishwasher. Also disconnect the water supply through shutoff valve. Locate the drain hose and detach it from sink waste T-tailpiece or garbage disposal. Locate the access panel under the dishwasher door. Take it away also. Now find the electrical box, take its covering off and disconnection the electrical connections. You will find white, black and green (neutral) wires connected to the points. Disconnect them all.

2. Remove the water supply tube at the L-fitting with channel type pliers. Don’t forget to place a pan under water inlet valve before removing the tube. Unfasten any screws holding the dishwasher in place. Remove the dishwasher from the cabinet by sliding it out and eventually separate it from the cabinet. Examine the kitchen sink and look for a pre-drilled hole or sink opening.

Tips to Exterminate Ants

Required Items

– Pen
– Five plastic containers
– Spray Bottle
– Sugar
– Measuring Cup
– Water
– Vinegar
– Paper Towels
– Note pad
– Borax
– Pot
– Spoon

Steps

1. The very first step is to note down the infected areas which are attacked by the ghost ants. Writing makes it easier to remember all the indoors and outdoors affected areas.

2. Make a spray of 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water. Now pour the mixture into the spray bottle and shake well. Spray the mixture on the kitchen counters, stove, sink, and other effective areas.

3. Ghost ants are attracted towards the smell of sweets and proteins. This above spray helps to illuminate the smell. After the spray several papers should be used to clean and wipe the counter.

4. Homemade ant bait can also be made by 2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water and 3 table spoons of borax. Pour all the three things into a bowl and bring to boil.

5. This mixture should be stirred from time to time. Once the mixture seems to be cooked, it

Types of Roof Vents

Roof Ridge Vents

Roof ridge vents as the name make it simpler to understand are the vents which are installed at the peak points of the roofs. These do help and allow the hot accumulative air to rise and escape out through the top of the roof. These roof ridge vents can be installed on the new roof or can be added to the present roof of the home. Thus it allows the sheathing cool and increases life for asphalt shingles.

Turbine Vents

Turbine vents are the one which are dome shaped and are so designed to catch the wind and spin the vent to pull hot air out of the attic. In this case wind provides free power to turn the turbine and vent the roof, but without wind these provide very little ventilation and are not allowed in few areas, especially those areas which are hurricane prone. In turbine vents one has to be very careful as to cover the turbine vents in the winter months and they may allow rain to enter the attic.

Pot Vents

The pot vents are vents mount over a hole in the roof and resemble

Steps to De-cluttering Your Home

1. For inspect the entire home thoroughly to check what sort useless material is placed and where in the home. This inspection will give you an idea about useless things scattered in the home.

2. The best thing to start with is to make a list of all the articles and objects. This list contains:

– A list of articles that are useless that needs to be removed immediately.
– The second list contains the furniture and items which are of no use.
– The third list contains the list of things and articles which can be used in future.

3. To clear up the mess, start with your kitchen. Mostly kitchen is the place where things always mess up. Countertops, drawers, shelves all at times give the picture of junk matters accumulated at one place. Look for every shelf, drawer and cabinets to remove the useless things or things which are no longer required. You can also clear the mess by rearranging the items on its specific place. It is better to do the clear up after every couple of month.

4. Arranging any party of function at your place can greatly help you to banish clutter. Any festive time is

Tips to Treat Bedbugs

Required Items

– Hot, soapy water
– Washer and dryer
– Insecticide approved for use on mattresses
– Heavy-duty black garbage bags
– Stiff-bristled scrub brush
– Vacuum with hose attachments

Steps

1. First of all, take all the infected material like pillows, bed linens, stuffed animals, clothing, or any other such material away and put them in a trash bag. Pour hot water into a washing machine and soak the infected material into the washer. Wash the material in hot water. Hot water is enough to kill the bedbugs, but still if you want to add any washing detergent, you can add it to washer. After washing the infected material, dry them on high heat.

2. You might have some fabrics items, which you cannot wash in the washer. Put them in trash bag and place the trash bag in direct sunlight or hot sunny place. If that is not possible then set the freezer temperature under -5 degrees Celsius and place the material in the freezer for at least five days.

3. The nest step is to deal with your room. You need to vacuum the mattress, box springs, chairs, corners

Guide to Fix Plastic Rain Gutters

Required Items

– Plastic gutter kit
– Fine-toothed
– Electric screwdriver
– Chalk line
– Tape measure
– 2 ladders
– Carpenter’s level
– Saw
– Pencil
– Wood screws

Steps

1. You first need to mark the important points to fix the gutter and its brackets. Place the carpenter’s level near the corner of the roof in such a way that it should extend about 6 inches over the edge. Take a gutter bracket and place it against the flat strip or fascia. The top of the bracket must touch the bottom of the level. Take a pencil and install the fixing holes of the bracket. Similarly mark the holes on the other corner of the roof section.

2. Draw a line joining the two marked points. The line should be straight. Now measure the length of the roof section and draw another line in such a way that lowers it by 1/6 inch after every 10 feet of length.

3. Install the corner pieces on each side of the roof section with the help of provided screws and brackets.

4. Support brackets would be installed after every 36 inches in

Steps to Replace Shower Drain

Required Items

– ABS cement
– Plumber’s putty
– Basket wrench
– Utility knife
– Slip coupling
– PVC pipe
– Shower drain
– Philips screwdriver
– Handsaw

Directions

1. Before begin, block the water supply line, which supply water to the shower.

2. Locate the drain pipes. You might have to tear off the flooring to uncover the pipes and to have better access to them. If you have access from below, you can work from below the bathroom. It depends on the position of the pipes.

3. Take a hacksaw and cut the part of the drain pipe that is leak or damage. In addition to this, you need to cut along the pipe further to remove this entire part of the pipe.

4. Take the drain away by cutting the silicone putty holding the drain with utility knife. Now open the drain cover by unfastening the screws with the help of Philips screwdriver. After removing the cover, take a basket wrench and take the drain away by turning the wrench anti-clockwise.

5. Insert the new drain into the specific place. Secure the new drain with plumber’s putty.

Ways to Pick The Right Table Lamps

Lamp Size

First and foremost is the size. You need to settle on the right size of the lamp and the place you want to lay them. If you are placing it in your bedroom, a medium sized table lamp is perfect. Oversized lamp poses danger of falling from the small table beside your bed. And for the use of study room table or outdoor table; and if it is a small table; a candlestick lamp can be the apposite choice. If you want to place it in the far end of your living room, it is fine to get a bulky ginger jar type lamp.

Lamp Style

The style of the lamp is very, very important. If you select a lamp style which does not match up with the interior style, it is going to ruin your entire interior decoration theme. For instance, if you have furnished your home in Victorian style, it is appropriate to use exquisite and ornamental lamps like crystal, shiny brass table lamps instead of going for modern trendy table lamps. A modern swing-arm lamp will be perfect choice for the high-tech interior decoration style. Likewise, there are many different

Uses of Solar Power for Homes

Solar energy can be used at homes for serving various purposes. They are primarily used for running small, low-power appliances like radios, lightings, gadgets, small water pumps, and even children’s toys. Solar power can also be stored in batteries and used for lighting the house during an episode of power failure. And of course, solar power is increasingly being used for heating homes during winter.

How Home Solar Power Systems Work?

To use solar power for homes, photovoltaic (PV) panels are attached to the roof of a house such that their expanded surfaces face south for houses located in the northern hemisphere. For those in the southern hemisphere, the panels should face north to gather maximum solar energy.

The average power production of a solar cell is about 11 to 22 watt per square foot. The solar energy, when received by the panels, generates electric current in them. This current is stored in a large battery bank that is connected to the PV array through a charger controller. The DC current stored in the battery is converted to AC current (used in homes) by a DC-AC inverter for running home various appliances.

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Things to Consider about Custom Garage Storage

The first thing to consider before purchasing your custom garage storage is what materials to use. The two main ones to consider are metal and wood. Metal is more expensive than wood, but is far more durable especially when you consider that the cabinets will be outside. Wood however is a great option if you are able to get the cabinets off the ground and keep them dry. Personally I would recommend going with metal as they will last longer and do more to increase the resale value on your home.

In addition to the cabinets you will need to look at wall hangs. You can use a variety of things from simple hooks to complex hanging systems. Depending on what your needs are either option can work. I recommend getting something that is expandable so as the amount of tools you need to store grows you are able to keep up.

Rakes, shovels, golf clubs, baseball bats and all manner of things can be safely and neatly put away using a good hanging system. In addition you will not have to go digging around to find items that you are looking for. A hanging system

Guide to Hanging Lamp Shade

First, determine how much brightness you need in the room. Some hanging lamp shades are made with double lining or thicker which tend to cover more light. These can be made from a variety of materials such as cloth, silk, wood or glass. Wood and glass are not as flexible in terms of dimming but you may ask manufacturers to add a second layer or two if you choose cloth. Glass may also be colored to have the right brightness and a style that matches.

Identify the best shape that provides the right luminescence to the area. Standard hanging lamp shades usually have a wider lower rim compared to the top so light spreads out evenly. If you intend to put some mood in the atmosphere, there are other shapes as well such as a wider top rim that tapers into a narrower bottom. A plug in hanging lamp can also come with a globular shape, square and other geometric figures. The shape is basically determined by the hanging lamp shade and light will be projected accordingly as well.

Maintain the Shade

A hanging lamp shade can accumulate more dust and is more prone to

Tips to Clean Wood Floors

Required Items

– Cider vinegar or white vinegar
– Water
– Broom or vacuum cleaner
– Soft, absorbent cloths or mops
– Natural soap (olive oil soap)

Directions

1. Regular cleaning and vacuuming is necessary to keep your wood floor clean. Place a door mat outside the door and ask people to come in after cleaning their shoes on a door mat. If possible ask them to come in bare footed and removing shoes at the door.

2. Any kind of liquid or water is not good for wood floor. So, take care not to spill any liquid or water on the wood floor to avoid damage to it. If you get any spills of liquid wipe it immediately with soft absorbent cloth or paper towel.

3. A mixture of natural soap (olive oil soap) and water is the best option to clean and wash the unfinished wood floor. Always use the soft cloth to wash or clean the wood floors. Avoid any sort of puddles on the floor surface. Cider vinegar and water solution is another good way to wash the unfinished wood floors.

4. In case you have a finish