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Guide to Pick Accent Lamps For Your Garden

Before you decide on what kind of accent lamps you will use on your garden, you need to first take a look at the size of your garden. If you have a relatively small rock garden, you may want to consider getting small lights and hide them behind some of the rocks. Placing small accent lights in strategic places in your rock garden can make the place look bigger than it actually is.

On the other hand, if you have a big garden and you have plenty of space for everything, you might want to place around a little bit when it comes accent lamps. Be more creative and adventurous. For instance, you may consider putting oil accent lamps in your garden and give it a nice twist of the ancient world. Find some oil accent lamps that are made of pots or metallic crafts and install them in your garden.

Just make sure that the lamp base of your oil accent lamp is planted securely on the ground to prevent it from toppling over. Moreover, you should make sure that you put out all the flames before you leave your garden at night. You don’t really want to accidentally set your garden on fire and ruin it.

If you are more inclined toward contemporary accent lamps, consider using solar lighting on your garden. There are many uniquely designed solar lamps being sold in the market today. The good thing about these solar lamps is that they are energy efficient and they are friendly to the environment. What’s the catch? Solar lightings are a bit more expensive compared to other types of lightings. However, the good news is that solar lightings are durable so you will not need to replace them ever so often.

Consider the Overall Lay-out of Your Garden

You need to make sure that your accent lamps fit into the overall lay-out of your garden. No, you cannot just install any types of lightings in your garden. If you really want your garden to look relaxing at night, you need to make sure that your lightings do not contrast with the overall lay-out of the place.

 

Carpeting Your Floors – The Pros and Cons

On the con side, carpets can have maintenance and health concerns. It’s more difficult to keep a carpet clean than a floor, vacuuming takes longer than sweeping and spills and stains can cause problems. Improper maintenance can destroy or shorten the life of carpet and proper maintenance will demand periodic professional cleaning.

If the homeowner has pets or young children, maintenance can be even more of an issue. One of the big concerns with carpeting is the fact that carpets can harbor lots of undesirable and unhealthy substances. Aside from dust and dirt, which alone can trigger allergies or exacerbate health problems such as asthma, there are the potential problems caused by moulds, dust mites and bacteria – all of which carpets may contain. Carpet should not be installed in bathrooms or anywhere moisture may be an issue, and if a family member has any respiratory problems, carpet should not be installed in the bedroom.

However, carpet has many obvious advantages over floors. Carpeting makes for excellent insulation and can actually help keep energy costs down in the summer or the winter. It’s nice to have carpet under your feet in the cold months and even in the summer it can help keep heat from coming up through the floor. Carpet absorbs sound as well, and can make a room more pleasant by reducing echoes and reverberations from noise sources. And, of course, carpet can add beauty and comfort to a room and many styles, textures and colors available. Carpeting can be a big part of the decor and can add value to the home.

By and large, the decision comes down to the individual’s needs and taste. Carpeting can be a beautiful and valuable asset, but it’s important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages for each room in the home. If you do own or plan to install carpeting, make sure you schedule regular maintenance from a professional carpet cleaning service. You’ll find that for carpet cleaning London has reputable, affordable firms in every neighbourhood. Take good care of your carpet and it will retain it’s beauty and functionality for years to come.

 

Decorate Bathroom with A Tropical Beach Theme

The first thing to think about is the plant life for a tropical beach. What would be there? Of course! Palm trees are very good to focus on. They have those big green fronds, and the tall stalks that hold them up. Palm trees are often found in art prints or painting that would look great on your tropical beach decorated bathroom walls.

Bamboo is also common on a tropical beach. You can use bamboo in many places in your bathroom – like buying a curio cabinet or towel rack to hang above the toilet, made from bamboo. Bamboo is he altimate renuable resource, and a great thing to include in a tropical beach decorated bathroom.

What about the fruits of the islands? They’re important, too, and can be featured in various places in your bathroom. In particular, coconuts and pineapples are terrific – look for island fruit shaped hand soaps and art prints for the walls.

How about Real Plants?

Plants that are live and growing go well in a tropical beach themed bathroom, decorated with whatever other items you want. The plant can go in a corner of the counter, or be on the windowsill. Choose a plant that can take the humidity of the bathroom, as well as the level of light that your bathroom has. If you need to, you can rotate a chosen type of plant in and out of the bathroom on a monthly schedule, so that when it isn’t in the bathroom it is soaking up sunshine and fresh air outside or in a sunny room.

Animals – What Animals?

What animal are there on a tropical island beach, usable in bathroom decorating? Monkeys are a possibility, as are colorful tropical fish and tropical birds like colorful parrots. Snakes could also be used as part of a tropical beach decorated bathroom. Incorporate the animals however you’d like. Maybe they’d be on the shower curtain, or on art prints for the wall. Or they cold go well on curtains for the window, or embroidered on the hand towels.

From the Beach…

Consider using more beach decorating for your tropical bathroom. This can be done by having prints of the ocean and sand, or using shells or starfish as part of your decorating. Really, you can have the beach be the theme of the entire bathroom, if you want, as there are plenty of items (accessories, etc) that can be used in a beach themed bathroom.

 

Effective Way to Use Free Space at Home

You might not realise it but you probably have more space than you think, you just don’t know how to use it effectively. Re-organising the house and choosing the right storage solution can solve this problem and get your home in order. A few simple ideas to consider that won’t break the bank involve drawers or boxes fitted underneath beds, converting attic space to store items safely, building an outhouse or shed, and adding shelves under the stairs.

Kids bedrooms are always a pain as they go in there, trash it and then leave all the tidying up to you! There are some great storage ideas for children’s rooms and a clever way to get them into helping is by investing in some colourful plastic storage boxes where toys can just be thrown in and tidy-up time takes next to no time. You can even get plastic boxes to co-ordinate with the rooms.

Drawers under beds can hold a lot of items and don’t take up any extra space, or if your child is old enough for a loft bed then get it fitted with a workbench underneath and use it to store their belongings in. Hanging shelves are always useful and come with a variety of bracket styles. If you use wall-mounted units with adjustable shelves then as the child gets older the height of the shelving can be adjusted to grow with them.

The garage space is also an extra space that is often wasted, everything seems to get thrown in there but then either gets forgotten about or can’t be found when needed! Fitting practical shelving and storage units means you can store lots of larger items as well as park your car, and it can be organized very quickly. Transferring larger items, or those not used often, to the garage will free up a lot of space inside the house making it less cluttered and easier to keep tidy.

Use your garage to hang larger items on the walls – surfboards, ladders, power tools and sports can be stored out of harms way and are less likely to get damaged. Left lying around on the floor or in a corner they could easily be tripped over or turned into a plaything for bored children.

Most garages are large enough for a small workbench and shelving units to be fitted at the back, hang your power tools here for convenience and safety. Other items can be put away in plastic boxes and shelved keeping everything organized, label the boxes and you’ll never lose anything again. There are lots of larger items we collect when we have a family that just get in the way inside the house – kids bikes, BBQ equipment, gardening tools, and patio furniture – pack them safely away until the weather is fine again.

Effective storage can turn your garage space into a quality workspace and harmless area as you remove tools and other items left lying around to safer locations. Leaving sharp tools and other expensive equipment within easy reach is just asking for trouble. Also remember to keep potentially dangerous items such as fertilizer and weed killers away from anywhere they can be picked up by young children, either on a very high shelf is advised or preferably locked away in a storage cupboard.

You can also incorporate various sized plastic boxes and bins into the home for clearing clutter and making more space. There’s a huge selection available in all shapes and sizes, from colourful stack n’ nest boxes and tray stackers to strong polypropylene boxes with snap shut lids and small containers for screws and bolts.

 

Mistakes To Avoid when Installing Wall Sconces

The most common mistake in wall sconce installation is failing to identify the appropriate height for placement. It is suggested that wall sconces be placed 66″-78″ above the floor to prevent them from being bumped or scratched. If placed above the bed as a reading light, make sure to mount the fixture 30″ above the mattress. If you are placing your sconces lower than what’s recommended, be sure that you are using flush-to-wall sconces. Also take into consideration the optimal height at which the shade offers the most protection from the glare of the bulb. If multiple sconces are being installed, they should lie 6′-8′ apart for the best aesthetic balance.

Be mindful of the other elements in the room where your sconces are placed. Do you foresee a change in dè(c)cor or style in the later future? If so, you may want to select sconces that compliment traditional and contemporary styles of dè(c)cor. Assess the surrounding furnishings. If you’re one who frequently rearranges furniture, be sure you install your sconces in a place that allows you to be flexible with layouts and design.

Another common mistake in selecting wall sconces is size consideration. When choosing wall sconces, keep in mind the distance from the sconce to where people will most likely be standing. The further the distance, the larger the sconce can be. For example, you wouldn’t be standing as close to a sconce hung on either side of a garage door as you would a sconce hung on either side of a bathroom mirror, so a sconce selected for the exterior of your home would be much larger than one selected for the interior.

Wall sconces can pull together the other design elements of your home while playing up the best features of a room. Combining wall sconces with other forms of lighting diminishes shadows and provides optimal general and task lighting.

 

Lightweight Garage Doors Installation

All new garage doors will come with installation instructions that may seem easy at first glance. However, once the garage door installation procedure has begun it may quickly become a reality that it is something that is not as easy as it looks. Installing the side tracks on which the door will glide up and down has to be done with the right amount of spacing at the top and bottom to insure the door seals in the frame when closed and yet, does not bind on the door frame while going up and down.

Rollers on the side of the door provide some allowance for the width of the door during the garage door installation but if the tracks are too close together they will prevent the door from moving and if they are too far apart, the rollers will simply fall out during the door’s operation.

Lightweight Doors are Easiest to Install

There are some garage doors made of fiberglass or other lightweight material that make the garage door installation easy enough for the inexperienced. They require no springs to help take the weight of the door and are light enough for one person to handle. One of the keys to garage door installation is to insure the rubber astragal on the bottom of the door provides a good seal between the door and the garage floor.

This seal can prevent the intrusion by wind, rain and snow during inclement weather as well as keeping uninvited guests out of the garage, Mice, bugs and other small animals and insects will try to find comfortable living conditions and a bad garage door installation job can leave many openings for them to access the house.

For the homeowner who has little or no experience, it is probably best to hire someone who knows how the garage door installation project should be done. Many homeowners have attempted the installation on their own and find a professional installer often charges more to undo what the homeowner messed up in addition to their regular price for garage door installation.

 

Adding Gazebo Canopy in Your Yard

A gazebo canopy is nothing except a massive piece of material, or some other material typically vinyl, which is used to keep the gazebo shaded from sunlight, or protect it in the rains. As a result, whatever be the weather conditions, you will be in a position to spend some quality time with your friends and family in the gazebo at the backyard. Since most gazebos are made from wood, it is necessary to protect them, especially from rain. Otherwise, it won’t be long before the whole foundation gets damaged. This is primarily why getting a gazebo canopy once you have made a gazebo, is necessary.

Before buying a gazebo cover, you need to decide the precise reason why you need it. This may determine the size of the cover you will have to purchase. Buying an enormous canopy for a small place or vice versa will not serve the purpose. Another thing you need to consider is the time for which you’ll be putting it up. Some of the people go for an enduring gazebo canopy construction. For this purpose, you’ll need to give the dimensions to the explicit company, and they will come and construct it for you. However, mostly folk enjoy going for non permanent gazebos. The gazebo cover for this purpose will be made from vinyl, and you can buy it from any hardware storeHardware stores across the country store. It is very easy to set up, and you can put it up if you need.

The sole important thing is that you have to select the correct size for your gazebo. My friend had once chose a giant cover for a barbeque party. He did not get it using proper dimensions. As a result, the dimensions of the canopy was enormous, and covered up the entire place. There was no daylight visible at all, and folk were suffocating from the barbeque smoke because it wasn’t being able to escape! Thus, my recommendation is, log in to a site or visit your nearest hardware store, provide them the dimensions, and buy a suitable gazebo canopy.

 

Waterfall Fountains

You can easily obtain these benefits by spending a small amount of money to install a wall fountain or barrel fountain indoors or go all out and install an elaborate multi-tiered waterfall in an outside garden area. Either choice will provide a pleasing effect and either choice will also require a little effort to maintain your fountain and allow it to operate at maximum efficiency. Since these units are usually self-contained and operate using a static water supply, routine maintenance is vital to insure that you receive the benefits that your investment pays for.

If you have a small fountain unit, such as a wall fountain, barrel fountain, or small waterfall, it is advisable to periodically change the water in your fountain. This will allow the water to remain fresh and not become dirty or cloudy as impurities from its surroundings will naturally land in the water. If at any time you shut the unit down and will not be operating it for any length of time, it is advisable to remove all the water from the unit and give it a good cleaning to prevent any foul odors that may occur due to any residual, stagnant water. If you unit is located outside, a regular skimming to remove leaves, twigs or other debris will keep your waterfall fountain operating freshly and efficiently.

Larger waterfall fountains will be more difficult to drain of all the water, therefore, some people choose to periodically add treatments to the water to maintain its cleanliness and prevent any unwanted growth of microorganisms. If you are intending to use any kind of chemical treatments in the water, be sure to check with the pump manufacturer to be sure the chemicals will not damage your pump in any way. As with the smaller units, routine skimming to remove any unwanted debris will keep the unit clean and prevent any foreign materials from entering the pump or clogging the pump filter.

Regardless of the size or type of the water feature you own, it is advisable to keep a periodic check on the water level and to replenish it as necessary. The natural effects of splashing and evaporation will take its toll over time and the last thing you want to occur is for the pump to run dry and suffer the effects of cavitation due to too low a water level. The pump will also need to be removed occasionally to clean any screens or filters that are part of its protection system. It is also a good idea to periodically back flush the pump to remove any impurities that may accumulate on the interior workings of this most important part of your water feature.

Finally, if you live in an area of the country where freezing temperatures are the norm during the winter months, it is advisable that you remove and drain the pump to prevent it from freezing and bursting in the cold weather. If your unit is small enough, the best thing to do is to drain the entire unit of water and store it in an area inside and away from the freezing weather. Mostly, the care and maintenance of waterfall fountains and other water features are just like the care of anything that utilizes water, keeping it clean and preventing it from freezing will ensure it operates safely and efficiently for many years to come.

 

Guide to Refinishing Hardwood Floors

To start refinishing hardwood floors, you are going to need to fill in any gaps and cracks. It is important to do this step first, because you are not going to be able to turn back and get this done after you have started the process. Remember that the winter months tend to be drier and as a result this makes cracks and gaps in the floor more visible.

So if you are going to be refinishing hardwood floors, your best bet is probably going to be to wait until the winter time so that the gaps and cracks open up more and you can get right in there and fill them up.

Then there are a few tools that you are going to need for refinishing hardwood floors, and this includes a drum sander, floor edger, buffer, orbiter or palm sander, putty knife and scraper, shop vac, natural bristle brush, and some ear protection if you want just to protect your ears from the loud noises of the machines while you are using them. This will be especially important if you already have bad hearing to begin with.

Sanding is the next step for refinishing your hardwood floors, and then you want to finish buffing the floor and this is to help tighten the wood grain before you go ahead with staining. The staining and finishing of the floors are going to be what really make all the difference here, and you want to make sure that you are using the right stains to use.

 

Applying A Portable Flowmeter Benefits

Transit time enable portable flow meters to measure relatively clean fluids with low to moderate aeration accurately. These meters operate by comparing the time for an ultrasonic signal to travel with the flow against the time for an ultrasonic signal to travel against the flow. By measuring the downstream time versus the upstream time you can get a proportional measurement of the flow. A portable flowmeter is a unit that has two clamps on it that attach to the pipe and send the signal.

The portable flowmeter will convert the information to the flow rate and total flow. By mounting the transducers on the outside of the pipe, a portable flowmeter is able to measure the data without having to go into the pipe. This is a huge advantage over the more invasive methods of having to actually cutting into the pipe.

Magmeters, vortex meters, and turbine flow meters have immense down time for installation and can contaminate a system. A portable flowmeter does the same job with no risk of these things happening. There is no pressure drop, no moving parts, and no risk of leaks. Once in place, a portable flowmeter is completely maintenance free.

The other huge advantage of using a portable flowmeter is that it can be moved from site to site and be used to measure different parts of the pipe. Traditional flow meters do not offer this advantage. In addition, a portable flowmeter is at least if not more accurate than the alternative methods. The reason for this is simple; it does not change the active system in any way while it is in operation.

Hopefully this has helped to give you an idea of what a portable flowmeter can do for you. The only way to really see how useful these tools are is to get one for yourself and try it out. Luckily for the most part the tools are not that expensive and can measure a wide variety of pipes.