Tuesday, October 20, 2009

12 ways to make your home cool

Give your home a light and breezy feel with this easy Do-It-Yourself ideas.

1 Let your room breath. Put away clutter. Clear up areas for easy access and passage.
2 Ventilate. Open windows to let the cooling and air breeze in.
3 Bare your floors. Put away area rugs and carpets and expose your wooden floors. Bare floors help make a room feel light and airy.
4 Allow natural light to come in. Use glass curtains for a brighter room or plain light-colored drapes for subdued lighting.
5 Wake up on crisp, neutral-colored cotton sheets. Nothing beats the feel of pure cotton bedding in summer.
6 Paint your walls a light shade. Pale colors, particularly white, create a cool and bright feeling throughout a room.
7 Cool the eyes with fresh flowers and greens. Real flowers and foliage never fail to soothe and refresh the eyes.
8 Freshen up with soft, absorbent towels. Feel the summer heat being wiped away as you dry yourself with soft, absorbent cotton towels.
9 Maximize light. Mirrors helps reflect and spread light throughout the house.
10 Make full use of glass. Use sleek glass vases, instead of ceramic ones, for a lighter feel.
11 Take the indoors out. Dine outside and bask in the sunny and breezy weather.
12 Bring the outdoors in. Create the feel of a summer getaway without stepping out of your home.


Monday, October 19, 2009

How to choose the Best Plants for your Garden

After some talking about how to beautify and secure our homes, let us talk another way in doing it so. In our homes, a garden is a plot of ground where plants are cultivated. The flowers or vegetables or fruits or herbs that is cultivated in a garden makes as satisfied with this activity.

Most often we buy plants on impulse then find there is nowhere in the garden that really suits and matches them. Carefully examine your garden before buying plants to see how much sun and shade it gets or simply whether the soil is well drained or waterlogged and whether your aspect is sheltered or unsheltered. You'll then be equipped to go and buy the best plants for your situation;
  • shade-loving plants for the sheltered areas
  • sun-lovers for the warm spots
  • drought-resistant plants for the parched areas which may be either sunny or shaded
  • swamp plants for the poorly-drained parts.
That is not all! Test and examine your soil first to determine the pH level of your soil and what kind of nutrients you need to add. This will come up. Is the soil acid or alkaline? Most plants like better soil that is slightly acidic. There are some that must have alkaline soil to grow. You can alter the soil's pH level but it's much easier to simply plant for the soil you have.

You neither are nor ready to plant. That’s almost. Will you plant in groups or separately? If you buy 'one of everything' your garden may seem rather spotty, group plantings is organized, harmonious and you can diverge the color for interest and importance.

Remember to place your chosen plants around the garden bed in their pots to before planting to see how they will look. Re-arrange them until you are satisfied. Grouping plants in sets of threes or fives usually looks better than planting in groups of even numbers. Make sure that you have a motivating combination of colors and textures of plants. Tall plants should go to the back or the centre if your garden will be viewed equally from all sides. Keep in mind to keep your plants away from trees. The roots of trees are fiercely competitive and will steal all the nutrients and moisture meant for your flowers and other plants in your garden.

Choosing the right color scheme is one way of maintaining the harmony and accord in your garden. Imagine the color of the flowers when they are in bloom. Some colors may clash with others, but can still be planted side-by-side if they have a different blooming season. Foliage color is also important. Many flower plants have silver, grey or purplish foliage that is just as attractive as the flower. This means that they are still attractive well past the blooming season and so have added value.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Basic Knowledge about Home Surveillance System

Every home owner installs home security systems for identical basic reason: to safeguard our home, even our garage, our valuables, and for the most part, our loved ones. The cost of losing your precious belongings or having your family’s safety at risk is only secondary to the cost of an alarm system.

Whenever you are interested in safeguarding your home with a surveillance or security system, grasp first the concepts of the ever changing technology. You can find several home surveillance systems to choose from, making it in your best interest to learn all you can. The majority of them are not tricky to install or monitor providing that you have the right guide for the installation process.

Sometimes it can be nearly impossible to ask the right questions or complete your goals without first finding yourself overwhelmed by possibilities. There are many alternatives and “what ifs” to any home surveillance system. Choosing which type is best for your home can be a bit easier if you know what the product is which one will work the best for you.

It is known that closed circuit television and several other types of electronic devices are much more common these days, and easier to operate than ever before. They are also more affordable as well and becoming more and more popular with home owners. The basics behind closed circuit systems lets you know that the signals the camera picks up are not broadcast through the air but instead sent directly to the monitor which can be observed from virtually anywhere at anytime.

Being more familiar of the basic concepts involving home surveillance systems can make more sense of the language when you talk to salesman and other people in the trade. If you are not familiar with any of the technology or systems at hand, you won’t know what salesman or others in the trade are talking about when you inquire about your home surveillance system.

For that reason, you should always do your best to learn as much as you can about the terms and subjects of home surveillance system. It is actually easier than you may think, as long as you keep it simple. Once you have built the foundation, you’ll find it easier to learn more.

1. The first thing to know is that the camera is responsible for all images that are displayed on the monitor or captured. The performance of the camera will vary on the reflected light available on the area that you are surveying, the quality of the components that you are using, and the overall performance of the camera. Some cameras are high quality, while others can be very poor and lack in direction.

2. Overall quality with a home surveillance system however, will greatly depend on the weakest area of the chain. To get the most from your system, you should always make sure that each and every component is of the same quality. This way, you can get great display images without having to worry about shoddy quality. If you do your research and compare, you can even get great quality at very affordable prices.

3. When you select the home surveillance system that you will be using, you should always take the time to research and compare. If you understand the basic concepts of home surveillance, you’ll have a much easier of time of selecting your equipment and components.

4. To make the best decision possible, you’ll need to look at certain areas of home surveillance systems, such as the illumination, lighting, resolution, sensitivity, and the video signal that is sent to the monitor. The quality will vary among the different options you have available, which is why you should always look for the best system that you can afford. This way, you’ll have the surveillance protection you need for your home at a price you can afford.

Good luck to your quest in protecting your love ones and your valuables that you have invested into your homes for a long time. Build your home and make a move to protect it. Visit YellowPagesGuide to know more on DIY.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

When to need a locksmith?

Locksmithing, as the name implies, is the assembly and designing of locks and their respective keys. Before we can observe from most TV programs or movies in which intruders were making off with costly jewelries and other jewels. Then nearly all the law-breaking persons were eventually hunted down back to the local locksmith who did the service all of the homes. But in today’s real life, it is not always a mirror image of TV Programs. There must be times in our lives (in which I am also) when we misplaced or totally lost our house’s keys, locked our car keys inside the car, or have to change locks because of some life-changing event like buying another home.

Now you will be puzzled of the conflicts that you have observed or have been experienced. There are times that you will trust those companies whose services are intended for this purpose. You will ask then the question; how do I select a right locksmith for my needs?

The following will be your guide for this reason:
  • Decide on Before the Emergency. The very most accommodating approach is to find a locksmith in prior to needing them. We all know that they will have access to our home, car or business; it is a very crucial decision. I am pretty sure that you want someone who is trustworthy, recommended by previous customers, and with membership in professional organizations.
  • Offered Services. Is the locksmith well trained and experienced in all types of locking systems? Are they trained in security systems, able to service and recommend solutions to your security needs? Will they provide a free estimate for the work you need done? Do they have a price list for emergency services? Will they provide a list of references from recent customers?
  • DIY. If you are just an observer, there is a wide range of lock sets available at your local hardware that is relatively easy to set up as replacement sets for existing ones. The task is more difficult if for example you are adding a new deadbolt lock to a door that has never had one. The same stores sell a door template kit that is a U-shaped bracket that clamps to the side of your door and comes with a hole-saw for both the knob mechanism and the bolt. Most of the stores will make another key to your lock set if you bring the key cylinder or the whole lock set to them.
  • Additional Concerns. The locksmiths can recommend superior quality locks that are of good quality than you might purchase at a local store. The majority of local retailers sell locks with 5 pins in the lock cylinder; locksmiths generally supply locks with 6 or 7 pins that are also considered "pick-proof".
  • If you have chosen to select a locksmith, it is a good idea to keep their contact number in your wallet, cell phone, on your fridge and in your cars or to any important and valuable organizers.
In our lives, we have not to like in needing for locksmith service. But life has a way of biting us at times, and it might be a wise idea to check out what services are available in your area. But always be safe and be curious to who you are calling. Just look for the yellow pages guide for more.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

5 steps to a clean garage workshop

When you got home you just park your car in the driveway and you still have to work on your projects in the back yard. If you don’t use your garage for its much designed purpose and reason, why not turn it into a tidy workshop?

Refer to these five steps to turn your garage in a perfect small home workshop:

1. Create your own workbench from an old door some sawhorses or scrap wood.

2. Mount a pegboard on the wall to store your tools. It would be an impressive idea to mount it above your workbench. Strategically place pegs according to the type of tools you will be placing on the board. After hanging your tools, trace around them with a marker so you will know where each one goes. This way you can trace and figure out what you are looking for.

3. You can use old jars for keeping nails, nuts, bolts, screws and other small items.

4. Make a storage box for the rugs because they tend to build up in your working area.

5. Make use of a small tackle box for transporting items such as screws and nails as you move around the place.

The garage area can have this cool look if you just know how to utilize it. Make it as one of your chic place aside from just using it as a parking. Make it tidy to have a better output.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cleaning your Appliances

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In my last post, I have mentioned about the tips on buying home appliances in the best way. After having these pieces of machines to your homes, you will have to make it stay longer. If you are looking into various methods for cleaning appliances, then you are probably inundated with abrasives, chemicals and natural products.

Get the lowdown on different ways to clean appliances like your fridge handle, dishwasher, microwave and toaster. You can make your appliances surfaces look like new. This will be expensive for you if you will not do it regularly. Cleaning your home appliances most often will help its life longer. Check and learn these important cleaning methods of your appliances.

  • Unplug appliances before cleaning them. When you're cleaning appliances, it's easy to accidentally hit a knob and turn it on so it's just a good idea to make sure that there's no way to burn or cut yourself. Be safe always and unplugged it from the outlet.
  • Wipe all solid debris from the surfaces of your kitchen appliances. This is the easy part. Simply dampen a rag with hot water and vinegar. If you prefer, you can use an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe away the solid debris leaving behind the appliance surface that probably has brown gunk in between the nooks and crannies of the surface texture. Advanced cleaning techniques are in order for this type of surface.
  • Moisten a microfiber sponge with water. Sometimes the sponge can be damaged through the use of chemicals including mild dish soaps. Be sure that your appliance is free of soaps or cleansers and wipe gently with a microfiber sponge. If you may ask why they are called "magic" you will soon find out. In just a few gentle wipes, the textured surfaces are clean and free from gunk. Wipe the gunk away with plain water and enjoy your appliances looking like new.
  • Dip a damp dish sponge into baking soda. The baking soda is a gentle abrasive that can be scrubbed into the textured surface to release the gunk that's deep in the crevices. Rinse the baking soda from the surface by wiping with a damp sponge until you no longer feel the slipperiness of the baking soda. Baking soda cuts minerals, and makes the water very alkaline; this also helps to release the gunk.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Guides on buying Home Appliances

Your homes will surely be a replica of yourself. This is where you star building your dreams. Dreams of having to fully decorate based on what your taste and the budget dictate you to do so.

Your home decorating plans will surely be accompanied by these appliances you may want to have. Appliances that will complete the lifestyle you want to achieve in your homes. But remember to buy appliances wisely and with a little study before you make a purchase. Check the internet for comparisons, check the companies for literature relating to the appliance you are interested in, and check your needs as to size and options as this will affect the design of your homes.

A little thinking ahead may save you money and get the appliance most workable for you.

If you are choosing a refrigerator, freezer, stove, washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave or anything else, the following will surely be of big help. Check these out!

1. Look on the internet for information about the appliance. Check consumer buying sites for discussions about the quality and performance of the appliance you are interested in purchasing.

2. Go window shopping: Collect literature from different home improvement stores or appliance stores before buying appliances. Review this literature in relation to your needs and the appliance specifications. If you have a choice of electric or gas, compare the difference in cost per year.

3. Look for bargains. There are often sales, discounts, and the Stimulus Bill has a Rebate for Appliances that are Energy Star that replace an older more inefficient unit. Watch for the rebate terms and see if your appliance can qualify. There are also scratch and dent sales, last year models, and going-out-of-business sales to watch for.

4. Read the warranty information. Many of the new appliances require that you ship the item at your cost to a center they approve, if repairs are necessary. Of course, you would prefer to find an appliance warranty that will support local service.

5. Understand the Service Contract. Most service contracts are not worth the cost, and add expense without benefit. This is particularly true for a freezer and appliances that routinely have little maintenance and a long life. Some of the service contracts are the same coverage as the Limited Warranty.

6. Compare brands, size, Energy Star information, and options for the appliance you may buy. It is never recommended to purchase an appliance larger than needed because of the added energy cost of operation. Certainly do not purchase an appliance that will not fit in the space you have available. Measure to be sure.

7. Save your money. While you are deciding what appliance is best for you, save your money so you can pay cash or pay off the credit charge without paying the interest. This is the smart way to shop to buy appliances.

8. Take your time. Shop smart, and buy only when the price is the best. Once you find the appliance you are most interested in, compare the internet price with the local prices. Find the bottom price and if it is not local, negotiate. Do not let your emotions enter into a purchase of an appliance. Do not make a decision on the spur of the moment, and do not let high pressure salesmen affect your decision.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Gadgets for your garage

Your garage is one of the coolest places in your homes. If you do spend a lot of your time at home in your garage or if you want a clean and well-arranged garage you need a few gadgets. Garage gadgets come in many forms and for different purposes. The following maybe useful to you:

1. A stop light for parking may come in handy for someone who has a problem with depth perception or for someone who comes home late from work and is very tired. If you have such problems, you need this tool. It is easy to install and use and it helps you to park the car in the same spot every time when the motion sensors are triggered.

2. If you need space on the walls next to the door, you can mount a garage door opener on the ceiling above the door to eliminate chains.

3. Bike storage is ideal in a garage for “hanging” your bike on a wall so you have easy access to it with the advantage of having more clear space in the garage.

4. Having a lot of items in your garage than you really have and the walls are full of shelves and cabinets; you definitely need additional storage devices like an overhead storage system mounted directly on the ceiling.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Garage doors

Each home with cars has a garage. Obviously it has doors right? This is a large door on a garage that can either be opened manually or by a garage door opener. Even though of many designs, most garage doors are upward-acting, sectional, and self-storing. Garage doors are necessarily large to allow passage of your automobiles and/or trucks (or similar).

There are four basic types of garage doors and three types of materials commonly used to construct these doors.

1. Thus, if a traditional look is desired for the garage, then the side hung garage door is the usual solution. Side-hung doors can be fitted directly or straight on a wood frame or on bricks.

2. Another type of garage door is the sectional garage door. These doors are perfect where the space in front of the garage is limited because they open vertically. They are perfect for a new garage that is intended to have an aesthetic appeal.

3. Similar to sectional garage doors are the roller doors. The door rolls up inside a drum above the opening of the garage door. Also there is no need to allow any room inside or out to operate the door so it would be well suited for limited space in front of the garage.

4. And finally, the last type of door is the most common one, up and over garage door. This is the most popular type. They can be manufactured from timber, steel and GPR materials. They can also be manual or automatic and they are relatively easy to install.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

6 easy ways to set up your garage door opener

You can expect that there are a lot of collections of garage doors openers on the market each using different mechanisms to raise and lower your garage door. The following instructions offer general steps most people will follow while installing a chain or belt style garage door opener.

First: Check your existing garage door for opener readiness and safety. Begin by checking the garage springs. They should support the weight of the door and open and close easily by hand. Also, make sure the door is well lubricated and that all hanging cords have been removed.

Second: Construct the opener. Begin by putting together the rail (or tube) that guides the trolley (or traveler) along the belt or chain. Then attach the trolley onto the rail according to the manufacturer's specifications. Finally, attach the rail to the power unit (opener motor) on one end of the rail and idler unit to the opposite end.

Third: Mount the idler bracket on the wall directly centered above the garage door and attach the idler unit to the idler bracket. The power unit will remain on the floor during this step.

Fourth: Raise the power unit so that it is above the garage door, and then open the door to its maximum position. Next, adjust the power unit to its required height. A step ladder and scrap pieces of board make an excellent prop for fine tuning the height of the power unit. Finally, attach the power unit to the ceiling using the provided brackets.

Fifth: Close the garage door and slide the trolley toward the idler unit. Attach the door bracket near the top of the garage door. Next, attach the straight bar to the trolley and the curved bar to the door bracket. Finally, attach the curved bar to the straight bar.

Sixth: Install the controls inside and wireless keypad outside (if provided). Install the electric eye units toward the bottom of the door.

I hope you have followed all the steps and performed it well. Good luck to your new garage door openers.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Customize your home theater

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Craving to always watch your favorite movies on wide screen cinemas? It is a good place to watch movies and relax. This is because you watch the movie in a wide screen with sound that can make you easily get lost in the movie scene. The picture and the sound is the most entertaining part of the cinema experience. However, if you can bring this technology home and with lesser expense, this is definitely something you will enjoy. This is the concept for those who can afford to set it up in accordance with their budget. A good number of people now are going for a customized home theater and starting to be less interested in going out of their houses to watch movies. This is due to the evolution of home theater system.

A simple home theater is easy to set up. All you need is a television set that measure like 32 inches or more, a DVD player and three speakers. These are the basic components of a home theater. This may already give you the home entertainment you can enjoy with the almost theatrical experience. Why do I say almost, when I am sure you want the perfect feeling of a movie theater. This is because there are other equipments you might add to complete the home theater experience that will boost a cinematic experience right in your own living room. As mentioned, you may still enhance the three basic components by adding home entertainment furniture; however, everything is dependent on the budget you set for your home theater. But of course you can have much bigger ones and more hi-tech using HD home theater technology. The size of the room is another consideration of the complete package of your home theater.

Many would create or set up impressive stuffs for their home theater. I have relatives and friends with a complete line of full HD projectors who demand image excellence. With this one, you can maximize the size of the projection you have ever wanted for a good design and impeccable performance. If you’re looking for the ideal home theater projector, be sure to have one that suits your meticulous standards. Big-screen entertainment has never looked better. Experience the entertainment of movie theaters right in your own living room.

A careful and smart advice however by home theater specialists who are experts to this one is that you need to find a good size television set for you home theater set up. A good size does not mean the biggest you can find in the store. A good size television is dependent on the place in your house where you will set up the home theater. Big is not always good for your home entertainment system. It is a recommendation, however, that the television set should not be smaller than 27 inches. This is because the projection on a smaller television might be too inferior for your home theater.

Knowing how big the room where you will set up your home theater will be the basis of how big the television needs to be. The size of the room is another consideration for the number of speakers. If the room is somewhat big, you may need more than the basic three speakers. Adding a sub woofer may also do good to achieve the best surround sound if your home theater is place on a huge room.

Ask your friends or if you have somebody who knows where to get a good surround will be best. You can have it from your trusted stores or ask some techy persons who can set it up for you to cut that expenses you fear of. In addition, you need to be sure that if you do not find the speaker that gives you enough surround sound, you need to be able to return it. There are speakers that sound good in the store but when you put it in a room, it may not sound well enough that will satisfy your requirement. If the store allows replacement, then that is a good deal. It would also be great if you have chosen a good quality DVD player. It is however a belief by home theater experts that all DVD players deliver clear and crisp images, although there are those that promise a flicker-free picture, almost all DVD players provide this feature.

All of these will give you the best home theater experience in years to come. A home theater designer or specialist may be of big help in ensuring you will have the best home theater set up that will give you the best possible movie experience right in your own living room.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Make sure that your event will go as planned in 4 ways

Once you are trying to prepare a remarkable event, you want that everything will go just right so that it all goes as planned and prepared. It is a fact that this may not always be easy and in reality you will have to work hard at it to make sure that it does go the way that you are looking forward to happen. You should not get all worked up about your event. As long as you have the accurate materials and the work ethic to do it, you will have a great and flourishing time.

I will be giving you four ways to make certain that your affair will just as you have planned.

1. You will first want to make a financial plan. Once you know how much you can afford to spend on this special occasion, you will then be able to sketch or plan out all that you have to spend on your purchases. This will give you some kind of start so that you can follow through on it. It is very important to stick to your finances or budget so that you are not forced to go over and have to find ways to pay the extra cost which is not a good idea.

2. As soon as you have the budget in place you will want to make a list. This is the second way to guarantee that everything goes as planned. Once you have all the lists of the materials and things that you need to plan out, you will then be on your way to making the most of your special event. You will want to figure out the different things that you will need and then go from there.

It is a good practice to make sure that you are checking things off of your list as they are done or completed. This is for the purpose of ensuring that you do not forget to take care of something and this will help you leave nothing undone. Planning out the event will go a lot easier and faster when you have a great plan to move on with. This will be a very good way to stay organized and on track.

3. The third way to make sure that your occasion goes as intended is to ensure that you have a lot of help from others. It is not a good idea of taking on all the challenges of running an event yourself. Seek as much help as you can so that you are able to make the most of your special day in lesser effort and time.

You may have your friends to help you out as much as possible as well as even hiring some extra hands to get everything done for you immediately. They will also be able to keep an eye on things at the event. They can watch over and make sure also that all is running smoothly and if there is a problem, they can try and fix it before you even find out about it. This will be a great help and also take some of the stress off of you when the time comes.

4. And lastly, to make sure that you are achieving something with your planned event is to have a lot of patience. As the saying goes that “patience is a virtue”, you do not want to get yourself too much exhaustion. You want to make sure that you are calm and ready so that you can handle any problems that may come up during the event. You will feel better and be able to relax when you can manage in control of the situation. This is something that a lot of people do not do and they will find that they have no fun at their own occasion.

You did all these planning and hard works and you should be able to enjoy it as much as you can. Calm down and have patience. Things are going to go beyond your expectation and there is nothing that you can do about it. All you can do is work hard for it and hope for the best.

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