Month: June 2019

Install Magnaclean

  • Begin by starting a drain on your central heating, as well as your expansion tank and your plug-off feeds. Let the system’s pressure be totally released. Now, start making markings on sections. You will make a 110mm section for a 22mm unit, and a 195mm section for a 28mm unit. This is fairly simple to do, and again look for professional help if you need it.
  • This is super important – make sure that you always leave a gap of around 250mm between the bottom of the central heating system and the top of the Magnaclean canister. This will make it much easier for taking off and cleaning out for servicing down the line.
  • Using cutters, remove the pipework section that you need to add in your Magnaclean system. This should be fairly easy to spot where it should be, but it’s impossible to say directly as every system is different.
  • Start to prepare your piping & fittings, and lubricate up the olives and then start to include the valves onto the pipe. Once the valves are attached properly, use your hands and tighten the fittings to a point where they won’t move.
  • Start to include the MagnaClean canister onto the valves below, and tighten up your compression fittings. Don’t go too tight, though, as it can start to hurt the efficiency starting immediately.
  • Loosen the valve nuts, and add on the rubber washers that you got with your MagnaClean. Next, tighten up the valve until its tight but not tight enough to restrict operations.
  • Turn your heating system back on and run the system to look for any mistakes or problems along the way.

About Yard Organization

  1. To begin with make a plan. Gather pictures of what you are trying to accomplish, write down your ideas. If it is garden area, flower beds, water falls, pools, picnic areas, sidewalks etc. Lay out your vision and where each feature belongs. Think of the parties you will have and how your yard can accommodate those events. Make the most of the space you have available by optimizing each section to fit the purpose you have in mind.
  2. Define the areas you have laid out. Begin with yard prep and remove unwanted items, and begin your yard prep. Next you will need to separate each area so that plants, bark, grass or dirt won’t spill over from one section to another. Establish permanent borders that separate each special place in your yard. You can use commercial edging materials, railroad ties, bricks or you can use Creative Edge concrete borders which is the most durable product available and lasts a lifetime, to define each space. Determine your budget and do some research. You may be surprised at how affordable it is to have someone come in and install concrete curbing for you.
  3. Water is the next step. Now that you have defined each area, determine what areas will need water and run the lines needed fir each section. Begin with the more complicated ones first, such as the waterfalls, grass areas or pools. Then move to the flower beds, garden beds, or tree circles.
  4. Now that you have established the physical shape of your yard defined your yard and run your water lines, its time to install each feature area. You can put in those plants, flowers, bird baths, tables, and gardens in place. Begin with the most difficult project, such as, the waterfalls or pools. Then work your way to the more simple projects one at a time, remembering to optimize each plot to fit your needs.
  5. It’s time for the finishing touches. Now you can begin to fill in between each feature area with bark, grass, sidewalks, or patios. Begin with the more complex features working your way to the final projects. Watching your dream roll out before your eyes is very satisfying, now its time to sit back and enjoy. This stage of the game is what makes all that work worth it and what you have been waiting for.

Personalize The Gallery Wall

Look for Wall Décor items that are already in your home. They can be Family photos, Monogram letters, Wall Accents, Personal Art Works, Framed Mirrors, Three Dimensional Pictures. Personalize the space to the maximum extent. Take into account the preferences of the family members, the texture of the wall, Color of the wall. The décor pieces should match the surroundings.

  • Monogram letters and Cartoon themes are ideal for Kids Décor.
  • In the Living room, create a wall décor using Photo Frames, Mirrors, and Clocks.
  • For Bedroom wall décor, use personal Photos and Paintings that bears your signature.

Arrange the following things.

  1. Butcher Paper (According to the measurements of the wall)
  2. Painter’s Tape
  3. Pencil
  4. Scissors

Look for a spacious room, where you can easily spread the butcher paper to work.

To avoid unnecessary nails on the wall, draw a wall décor layout on the butcher paper. Accordingly, locate the décor things on the paper. Demarcate them using a pencil to prepare a template. Avoid Pens or Markers to avoid confusion. Ideal Configuration: Place Large things away from the center and fill voids with small ones. That makes an excellent wall décor configuration.

Cut templates and adhere them to the wall using the Painter’s Tape. Make sure that everything is going according to the drawn layout. Check the arrangement for any misconfiguration. If you feel it is looking good, then move to the further step. If you are not satisfied, then follow the fourth step (now you can think how bad it would be, had we done the same exercise without a paper).

After finalizing the configuration, Templates should be replaced with respective décor pieces. Start this process carefully otherwise it creates a messy environment.


Basic Maintenance for Home

  • Gutters – The gutters of your home control the amount of rainwater reaches your home’s exterior and protect your roofing as well as your home’s siding. Be sure they are attached correctly and are not sagging anywhere. It is also important to clean them periodically so that there is no build up of debris.
  • Paint – Take time to note if you need to touch up an area or call in a professional painting crew. The status of the paint job/siding will be one of the first thing people notice.
  • Siding – If you have vinyl siding, or one of its sister products, then you will want to clean it off periodically using a pressure sprayer.
  • Windows – Be sure these are not just clean, but open and close as they are designed to do.
  • Patio or deck – e sure that the boards are sound, and that any debris is swept off of them. Not only does this look better, but you can prevent any damage caused by critters/pests. Be especially vigilant against areas around windows and doors – were wood rot can occur. If you notice damage near these locations, be sure to get someone to check it out and determine the action to be taken.
  • Roofing/Shingles – Walk around your home and note any areas where shingles may have pulled away or are loose/missing. If you see any, repair them before they fall away and leave your home exposed to the elements of nature.

Dealing with home exterior issues doesn’t have to e stressful. Do some basic maintenance and then be sure to connect with the right companies within your community to help with those aspects that you don’t feel qualified to do yourself.


Finding Home Service Pro

While almost all websites will lead you to one or more home service pros, it should always be first nature to check out the pro yourself through a number of ways. First, you will certainly want to make sure the service professional is licensed and insured – whether you hire a cleaning service or full scale contractor. You never want an accident to occur at your residence and have an issue down the road.

Second, the service professional should be knowledgeable in his or her field. You don’t want to hire a guy that just does painting as a hobby on weekends. Professionals should be in the specific field. Don’t hesitate to hire a completely new company as everyone must start somewhere, but those with years of experience have shown that they have made it in this dog eat dog world.

Third, check the references of the service pro. This can be easy to do with technology as there are many sites, such as Yelp and Manta that offer reviews of services rendered. Service professionals also may have portfolios including testimonials and pictures from previous jobs.

Finally, make sure the service professional is courtesy and law abiding. While most are honest and ethical, checking them out through sex offender search engines isn’t a bad idea. Some sites verify these parameters, but many simply do not. You want to use a site that offers all of the above ensuring your safety and piece of mind.

Features that are sure to differentiate one site from another come in many shapes and sizes. Here are some examples of current service pro websites that might have an upper hand. One of the most important features is simply the way a website looks. Is it clean and user friendly and what distinguishes this site from the others out there? Splash pages that offer nice, clean images or videos grab attention. It also means the developers have put a lot of work into the site, meaning they likely thought out everything in its entirety. Interior pages that offer a clean flow for the user to easily understand is important. Why get confused on sites that bait and switch – go for a site they clearly states if you have to pay a fee or “play for free.”

Beyond the looks, how about functionality? Does the website work on your desktop, mobile and tablet devices when you enter the same URL, because it should. Having access to the website whether you are the homeowner or service pro is key nowadays to a clean, user friendly site.

Other features may include payment options. Some sites are simply debit or credit. Others take PayPal, where a Bill Me Later feature might come in handy for someone short on cash. A site that diversifies payment options is a key indicator of a well thought out site.


Properly Maintain Ponds

  • Protect your fish. If you have any fish in your pond, they need to be removed safely and carefully before you can begin cleaning. When removing the fish, make sure to use water from the existing pond in order to fill up the holding tank. This will keep the fish in an environment that they are used to. It is also important to oxygenate both the new and old pond (if you are changing ponds completely) before moving the fish, preferably 24 hours in advance.
  • Adding new water. If you need to add new water to your pond, you will first need to treat it. The treating of this water will include introducing it to a starter bacteria, oxygen supplement and Biokick. This will help to prepare the water for the fish. It is important to remember that the water needs to be exposed to these three elements for at least a day before you can add your fish into the new pond.
  • Getting rid of chlorine. Municipal water has traces of chlorine in it, which is harmful to your fish and to the foliage within your pond. It is necessary to get rid of the chlorine completely. Unfortunately, this is not possible if you are only using the three abovementioned supplements. Instead, you can also use a holding tank and place the water inside it. This water can be kept in the tank for over a week which should get rid of all of the existing chlorine. If the tank is exposed to sunlight and you pump air into the tank, you could get rid of all the chlorine within 24 hours.
  • Clean out the debris. During the cleaning process, you should make sure to get rid of any debris or foreign objects that are in the pond. Remember to remove the fish first before doing this! There are a variety of different cleaning tools that you can use so as to get rid of the debris. If it is natural debris, you can place it in your garden to decompose. Any foreign objects, however, should be thrown away in the appropriate manner. If you are using a pond vacuum cleaner like the Oase Pondvac, you will be able to clean out foreign objects quicker and safer. You can even use the Pondvac with the fish inside the pond, provided that you keep the suction nozzle away from the fish.
  • Put in new plants. Once your pond is clean, it is a good idea to add some new plants. Plants are natural bio-filters which will absorb harmful substances like nitrates and ammonia. It will also introduce healthy substances back into the water like oxygen which fish need for survival.


Picking a Custom Splashback for Kitchen

Most probably, you would come up with splashing water, greasy marks, splatters and blobs. As much trivial of a concern as they may sound, stains have the potential to not only ruin the countertop, cabinets and walls but also mess up the entire setting of the kitchen.

And this puts splashbacks straight into perspective.

Splashbacks have been around for a long time – to protect kitchen surfaces from stains and splashes and to add a bit of aesthetic charm to the design of a kitchen.

A unique custom splashback comes with an opportunity to make a significant difference to the look of your kitchen. But with the seemingly endless custom choices available for kitchen splashbacks, anyone can easily get overwhelmed.

So, how do you go about finding the right fit?

More often than not, the best fit is the one that reflects your personality and lifestyle. Like you, each splashback kind has a unique character. Decide which one suits and depicts your character the best.

To make it easier, pick from the following list a word that absolutely describes yourself or is the closest at least.

  • If you pick distinctive, mirror finish will do for your kitchen. Mirror splashbacks tend to reflect the light around making your kitchen look spacious. And in case you have a beautiful view across the opposite window, the finish can give instant colour and vibrancy to your kitchen.
  • For those who are more on the fun and playful side, printed splashbacks make an ideal choice. Digitally printed acrylic splashbacks and wall panels are a great way to showcase elegant artworks while incorporating your individual style and personality into your kitchen space.

In addition, printed splashbacks call for a little care and maintenance and suit almost any kitchen surface.

  • So, you prefer to be a bit sophisticated! Go for glass without any doubt. Though glass splashbacks are expensive than other options, they provide your kitchen with a sleek, streamlined look that is worth a few more dollars.

The best part about glass creations is that you can choose to mount a custom piece of artwork on the back of the glass or get a digital image or paint finish. This way you can give your dull traditional kitchen space a contemporary boost.

  • If you fancy more of a funky look for your otherwise monotonous kitchen, you got to go with designer splashbacks. An increasingly popular option among owners with modern home structures, designer splashbacks come in a wide range. Each kind brings your kitchen beauty and character regardless of the colour and texture.


Successful Wheelchair Ramp Installation

Higher entrances require longer ramps. Once you get steeper than a 9.5-degree slope, the incline is no longer safe for an occupied scooter or wheelchair. Ramp installation experts suggest a 4.8-degree slope for maximum safety.

To reach a 4.8-degree slope, the height of your staircase in inches is directly related to the length of your ramp in feet. For instance, if you have two 5-inch stairs – a total of 10 inches – you can expect to have a slope that is 10 feet long.

As you can imagine, higher staircases necessitate longer runways. You may find that your slope needs to wrap around the house or go in a zigzag pattern rather than a straight line. What if you have a small front yard and four 5-inch stairs leading to your front door? Somehow, 20 feet of runway needs to make it up to your home.

Within your home, you may need very small inclines to get over thresholds or into your shower. These can easily be installed or you may consider a portable option. It all depends on how many of your doors have raised thresholds.

Installation experts suggest that the width of your incline be slightly wider than the wheelbase of your chair or scooter. Obviously, the device needs to fit onto the slope, but you should also have a safety margin on either side. That way if you weave a little from one side to the other, you won’t go flying off!

No matter what size of your wheelchair ramp, installation experts highly recommend options that are stable, firm (no sagging as you ride over), and slip-resistant. You also want to find a model that sheds water easily.


Install A Tin Roof

Once you have these things, you should select the type of tin roof that you want. There are two main types that you can choose: an R-panel or V-crimp style. The difference between the two is that an R-panel requires you to use 5/16 inch lap screws while a V-crimp doesn’t use screws.

For you to make the decision you need to consult your roofer. You can also make the decision depending on your budget.

After making the decision you should measure the length and width of your roof so that you are able to determine the amount of edging needed. When taking the measurements you should add two to four inches for the overhang. If you need to deflect rainwater, you should add a slightly larger overhang at the door.

Before you install the tin roof you should remove all of your old shingles. Once you have removed all of the old shingles you should now lay you first piece of tin roofing.

For ideal results you should position the roofing so that it overhangs the edge at least four inches. You should then hold the sheet in place using 1 ½ inch wood screws. You should tighten the screws enough to hold the panel in place, but not enough to create dimples in the tins.

Once the first sheet is in place, you should add the second sheet. To prevent leaks you should ensure that the second sheet overlaps the first sheet. You should continue adding the panels until you complete the first row. When you reach the last panel you should cut it to fit the edge using a jig saw.

After doing this you should now start the second row. To waterproof the roof you should ensure that the second row starts above the last panel of the first row.


Cosy Up Bedroom During Winter

Go Dark

Perhaps it’s just us but when we think of cosy we think of dark! Dark walls, dark accessories, dark lighting all help create a warming environment. A recent design trend has been to paint one or all of your walls in a dark, bold paint and mix it with metallic style accessories such as copper and gold. This trend works perfectly in a bedroom and can help create that all important focal point. Painting the wall behind your bed creates a wonderful backdrop to feature your bed in front of as well as allowing you to hang mirrors, wall art and feature accessories to add warmth.

If you’re not feeling that brave you can always incorporate dark with black framed mirrors, wall art, black cushions and even black bedding. Dark colours are a great way to add the feeling of cosiness whilst also remaining chic and stylish. The touches of dark colours offer a sumptuous feel that is bang on trend!

Make Use Of Mirrors & Lighting

Lighting and mirrors can make such a huge difference to a space and actually complement each other perfectly. Add some soft low light lighting to your bedroom like table lamps, chandeliers or even fairy lights. A bedside lamp with a low watt bulb with a warm tone can create a soft, warm glow that is charming and delicate. Draping fairy lights around your bed or even around a mirror can also make a stunning visual appearance. Chandeliers are a great option for bringing a touch of glam to your bedroom, opt for a brass, champagne or gold finished chandelier to guarantee a warm glow.

Mirrors work exceptionally well with lighting and can help project the light around your room. Adding a mirror to your space can help add life to your bedroom as well as covering bare walls that can give off a cold impression. There are various ways to incorporate a mirror into your bedroom space. A full length, wall or cheval mirror is great for functionality, you can also feature a mirror directly above your bed or perhaps behind each bedside table to create an eye catching feature. When selecting a mirror opt for an ornate framed design with lavish gold, silver or champagne finish.

Invest In A Bedside Table

This is a must for any bedroom and it doesn’t have to match your existing furniture. If you have space either side of your bed the addition of a bedside table can actually help to add warmth. Without it your bed would look lonely and the extra space could add a cold, minimalist feel which is the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve.

Look for a unique, eclectic style or perhaps a charming, rustic design that is able to add elegance and charm. You can then dress it up with a bedside lamp that can be dimmed and perhaps some candles that can be lit to create a relaxing, calm feel. These wonderful additions either side of you bed can create a comfortable, inviting little nook that exude cosiness and style.