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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 wood and so long lasting it is a popular choice. It is characterized by very fine almost invisible grain and a light, bright coloring that can add brightness to a room.

Brown Maple – The characteristic shading of tans, whites and browns along with warm creams is a feature of this rustic looking wood. This sort of wood takes paint or a dark stain better than lighter stains.

Hickory and Rustic Hickory – Hickory is another popular choice for Amish furniture makers because of its beautiful creamy, reddish colors. The homey look is achieved by its smooth medium grain. A rustic look for hickory is achieved by less refining of the wood and a method of sawing that permits you to see the center wood and the sap wood as well.

Walnut – Another very popular choice for Michigan furniture makers, this rich and distinctive wood can come in a range of beautiful colors. The brown could be tinted purple or could be a deep chocolate color. There could be grayish, blackish or even a bluish tint that walnut wood could have. It is highly prized because this is the only kind of dark brown hardwood that is available in the area that is not imported. This is a midrange hardwood – not as hard as maple or oak, but harder than cherry wood.

With this guide to hardwoods you are now better equipped to make informed choices about the sort of furniture you want to buy – your preferences and your requirements.

 

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. That is the place where you can install air gap. If you don’t find any opening then drill a hole in the countertop or sink with drill or hole saw.

3. Drill holes into the sink base cabinet. These holes are used for plumbing or electrical lines. Holes size can be determined by manual. Different brands of dishwashers are available and each has different specifications.

4. Place the new dishwasher onto its place properly. Make sure that the dishwasher is mounted on the brackets in perfect alignment with cabinets and countertops. Ease the rubber hose through the hole.

5. Now fasten the drain hose to the nipple on air gap. In case you don’t have an air gap, just simply fasten the drain hose to the counter top’s bottom side with wire. This lifted drain hose will keep the dirty water from re entering into the dishwasher. Now connect the washer’s water supply tube to the shutoff valve with channel type pliers.

6. Install the L-fitting to the threaded outlet after removing the access panel. Fasten the L-fitting with channel type pliers. Now attach the water supply tube with L-fitting.

7. Take the cover off from electrical box and provide it with a 12-gauge power cord. To remove the insulation from the wires you can use combination tool.

8. Now connect the wires into their terminals, i.e. black with black wire, white wires together and green wire with green nut connector. Use wire connectors for white and black wires. Once the connections are made secure, recap the electrical box cover and then replace the access panel. Secure the dishwasher with mounting brackets. In the end, turn on the water and electrical supply and check the working of the dishwasher. Also look for any plumbing leak.

 

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 should simmer for few minutes and wait to cool.

6. Pour this mixture into different bowls. Each bowl can be given 1 table spoon of mixture. Divide the mixture in to 5 bowls.

7. One can place 5 bowls of homemade bait in all the most effective areas where the ghost ants are found and seen. These open containers attract the ants and the bait is consumed by them, thus illuminating the queen ant along with others.

Points to Remember

– You can use more than 5 bowls or containers if needed. Place those containers containing the homemade bait at different areas of the home. Look for and mound and if you are able to found it, place one container near to it. This will speed up the extermination process.

– Borax is a harmful chemical. Keep it out of reach from children and pets. Also avoid any skin contact to borax. Any skin contact will lead to many skins reactions. In case you eat it, it will cause borax poisoning. Common symptoms are headache, vomiting, red eyes and nausea. Immediately contact your physician if any symptom appears.

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 an up side down pot. These types of vents do not actually need any energy to operate them. These kinds are useful on roofs which have a very little roof ridge for a roof ridge vent.

Solar Powered Vents

Solar power vents as the name tells run through a solar powered motor. They also resemble pot vents. Solar operated motor turns the fan and vents hot air from the attic. They actually help air flow to vent heat on calm days when air flow through the attic is negligible.

Soffit Vents

Soffit vents are one among the best vents ever made for roof ventilation; they are fitted on the soffit of the roof and acts as inlets and outlets of air making them one of the best choices for room ventilation. They can be installed as small vents spaced the length of the soffit or as one continuous vent. They should be used with a baffle to thwart them from directing air into the insulation and demeaning it effectiveness.

Power Ventilators

Power ventilators are mounted in the gable vents and are used as electric fans to pull air from the attic. Although they are quite common in older homes, they do cause more problems than they are worth of. Power ventilators produce a negative pressure inside the attic, afterwards cause heat or air from inside the house to escape through ceiling leaks. They can also pull mold and mildew spores, radon gas and even manure gases in to the house.