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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Tricks Save Space in Home

Use a chest or an ottoman with storage inside as a coffee table – most living rooms have a coffee table but double it up as a storage box and you have a brilliant way of hiding that extra clutter you just don’t know what to do with. Things like magazines, books, remote controls and old photos are just a few ideas of things that you need but don’t necessarily want on display all the time.

Use corner bookcases – there are many areas of the home that simply cannot be used for tables, chairs and other furnishings. However, you can take advantage of wasted space by using corner bookcases. As well as acting as an extra decoration and a bit of character, it provides you with a great way of displaying books, magazines and other decorations without looking untidy.

Put shelving up – if you are tight for space then cupboards are just going to take up valuable space. Instead put up shelves because this offers an extra place to store things but won’t interfere with the amount of available space you have in the room.

Put your things in self storage – if you have items that you don’t really need or use but don’t want to throw away, then self storage is the perfect place for them. Out of your way, you can be rest assured that your goods are being well looked after and that you can access them at any point in the future when you may need them.

Buy a shoe rack – most of us take off our shoes when entering our home which means that the front door is frequently littered with dozens of pairs of shoes. Rather than being greeted with an unsightly heap of shoes every time you enter or leave your house, use a shoe rack so they can all be stored neatly. As well as looking much tidier, a shoe rack can also save you a lot of space and best of all, you won’t be tripping over everything when you walk through the door.

Installing Window Blinds

Blinds can regulate the light that enters the house. The laths can be spaced in such a way that no brightness or just a little radiance can get in. These shades are also available in different patterns, colors and styles. Thus, you can create the desired look in your bedroom, living area, kitchen or dining room. Consider the Venetian, roller, roman, cordless, and mini blinds based on your design preferences. Multiple varieties of materials will enable you to choose one that conforms to your style and budget. Authentic wooden blinds are more expensive than faux wood. There are also aluminum, bamboo and plastic which are relatively affordable. You may choose to cover the windows with blinds thereby keeping the warmth inside during winter and minimizing heating costs. Blinds are also utilized by many as home adornment which is receiving a lot of positive comments lately. While blinds are functional, these window treatments also complement the aesthetic aspect of any home.

You can relish absolute privacy that you may not get from ordinary curtains. The top-down model is an example of blinds that allows homeowners control of privacy. Moreover, blinds are easier to maintain. All you need is to wipe these canopies with a dry or wet cloth occasionally to remove dust or dirt. On the contrary, washing and drying curtains can be difficult, time-consuming and more expensive. When it comes to health and wellbeing concerns, opting for window blinds can lessen the possibility of acquiring eye irritation and headaches. The character of your room or house becomes ideal for surfing and reading books as well as watching television.

Rainwater Harvesting

Depending on the size of the use will determine how big the system needs to be. Your rainwater collection system can be as simple as one or more rainwater cisterns, or rain water barrels connected to the downspouts of your home gutters. Or if you prefer, you can construct a more elaborate system piece by piece.

A complete system for rainwater collection could include either above ground or below ground storage tanks. While above ground tanks are easier to install, they can definitely be more expensive and less attractive. Below ground tanks might require some digging, but they are less prone to evaporation since they are underground and not in direct sunlight. Preventing evaporation may be extremely important- especially in drier climates-depending on how much you rely on your rainwater supply.

You may be both excited and overwhelmed at the thought of collecting rainwater and all the benefits which come along with doing so. Once you are ready to begin building your rainwater collection system, you will be ready to begin a worthwhile, rewarding endeavor. So do not hesitate, contact a pump supplier and get your own rainwater harvesting system installed.

Remove Old Steel Railings

To remove the stainless steel railing you need to first remove any screws that might be holding the railing brackets to the wall. The best tool to use here is the screwdriver.

Once you have removed all the screws you should place an 8-inch blade in the reciprocating saw and set the saw against the vertical supports of the steel handrail. For ideal results you should ensure that you place the saw as low to the ground as possible.

While holding the reciprocating saw to the railing support, you should depress the trigger of the saw and cut through the vertical support of the railings.

If the railing is longer than you can handle, you should cut the horizontal bars. Here you should cut in the same way that you cut the vertical support. If you find it difficult to cut, you should consider changing the saw blade and replace it with a sharp blade.

You should continue and cut through each old steel railing post and remove the entire handrail.

After doing this you should attach a ¼ inch thick hard grinding wheel to a 4-inch grinder and grind the stub of the vertical railing. If the stub is longer than ¼ inch, you should place the grinding wheel on the ground, against the vertical support extending from the ground and cut the stub off the ground.

To make the cut surface smooth and even with the floor, you should file it down.

Once you have done this, you should not leave the metal filings on the ground. This is because they rust quickly and they can easily stain concrete. To be on the safe side you should clean the area immediately. Here you should use warm soapy water and a wire brush to remove any rust stains that might be there.

You should note that steel is recyclable; therefore, you should not throw the railing in the general trash bin. The best way of disposing it is taking it to a scrap yard where it will be recycled.

Since you will be using machines in the process of removing the stainless steel railing, you need to be very careful when handling the machines. This is to avoid injuries.