Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

Risks of lead piping

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Risks of lead piping, home improvementThere are a lot risks involved with lead piping. You have to know that lead is an element that is natural and it has a potential to be high in toxicity, which is very harmful for your body. Exposure to these substances may be caused by the inhalation or contact in a direct way with those substances that have a high content of lead in them. The substances may come in contact with the body through the water that you drink.

Water pipes that are made of lead are dangerous in this regard. Lead water pipe is very common for reaching out water in different rooms of buildings. This is absolutely non healthy can cause the human body to suffer from a number of different diseases. Therefore, lead pipes should not be installed in the buildings as the chances of drinking toxic water becomes very high for the human beings, which is extremely harmful.

When is time to replace your water heaters?

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Replace water heaters, bathroom appliancesIf you are a budget friendly homemaker than you shall prefer repairing than replacing appliances, but as far as important home appliances are concerned like water heaters replacement becomes unavoidable after a given point. There are various reasons where you must consider replacement without further delay.

The life span of a water heater is around 8-12 years. If it is used at a place along with certain other high use appliances, your heater is bound to lose its efficiency particularly if your water heater is electric. If your water heater has outrun its prescribed life expectancy then a finance friendly decision is to replace it. Another reason that leads to replacement is corrosion. Water heaters are machines that function under constant high temperatures. Corrosion leads to leakage thus replacement becomes inevitable. Besides this if you suspect that your water heater is faulty or inefficient you can opt for a justified replacement.

Walk in bathtubs for seniors

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Walk in bathtubs, bathtubsWalk in bathrooms are a necessary evolution in the domain of innovations of safe and secure bathing solutions for the non-ambulatory humans. For most, it allows the elderly to maintain their personal levels of hygiene with dignity and independence. These bathtubs cross the normal bathroom needs and wants. They are praised to raise the level of relaxation and provide a luxurious experience for users.

Walk in bathtubs feature doors that open either inward or outward totally on the preference of the user. As the customer enters the bathroom the door seams closes with a water tight seam and it forms the basin of the bathtub. These are crafted with special emphasis on critical safety; ease of use and with dignity. Safety rails are an essential feature that is installed on the side and front of the bath tubs. In a walk in bath room one can easily undress in a safer, more managerial and convenient way. Apart from the entire above, walk in bath tubs utilize comparatively a far less space than what normal bathtubs do. They are found in different sizes, shapes and depts. One can choose according to one’s need and desire.

5 steps of stripping your old wallpaper

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Tips to strip old wallpaper, wall careThe method you employ for getting rid of your old wallpaper depends on the quality and type of paper you want to strip down or one may say what variety of paper you are willing to rip off and also what category of surface is it. One can find the various methods of stripping down the old wall papers of your room by surfing the various websites on the internet as they can help you with several tips and tricks on how to eliminate your old wallpaper without making a mess or the exact effective procedures of ripping off the wallpaper off your wall.

On can follow the technique of dry-stripping as it is said to be very effective and a clean process of eliminating old wallpaper. If your old wallpaper is capable of being dry-strippable, you just have to to undo each one of the wall paper strip at the corners by means of a putty knife and bit by bit strip it from the backside at a ten to fifteen degree angle.

Things to keep in mind while purchasing kids’ furniture

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Purchase kids’ furniture, furnitureThere are some important things that must be considered while you are out in the market purchasing furniture for the kids. The very first thing that you will have to consider is the safety of the kids. The furniture should not have any sharp edges to it as it may injure the kid. The kids are definitely going to run around the room and you do not want to hurt them because of the furniture you have bought.

Then, you have to consider the fun element of the furniture. It is one furniture, that will find its place in the kid’s room and so it has to be bright and attractive to the kid. Go for the furniture that will have a theme. You can go with any themes starting from super heroes to jungle book. The furniture has to be of good functionality along with an element of fun so that the kids can enjoy their time inside the room.

Time to upgrade: let’s paint

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Paints for home, paintsHomes can turn out to be a little monotonous after sometime and it is not unnatural too. If one comes back to the same place everyday after work and sees the same atmosphere then they are bound to get tired of it. A re-decoration of the house is the best way to change that mood and infuse some positivity in the whole house. One of the best things to use while doing so is paint. Changing the paint of the house or the room can be a major makeover technique.
These days, there are a lot of different types of paints that are available in the market in different shades. One can even mix them up and create their own colours for that perfect shade that one wants to have. There are also special decorative brushes and techniques which can lead to a completely new way of painting the walls depending on one’s imagination.

Things to ask your mason contractor

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Hire a mason contractor, mason contractorHiring a good mason contractor for your home is always a tricky proposition. One should always lay emphasis on hiring a reputed contractor for masonry rather than one who gives you the lowest quotation for the entire project. Here a list of questions that one might ask before selecting the proper mason contractor.

The first thing to verify would be whether he has any concerned certifications or whether he is certified by the MCAA. Also, verifying the fact that whether he has any experience in working with the genre of materials that you would like to use while constructing is a good idea. Time is of the essence and getting a rough deadline before hand is always beneficial.

References always boost the faith of the customers. So, finding out if he has any references will hold you in good stead. Verifying the mason’s insurance proof is also something that one needs to ask before starting of with the work.

Build your own coffee table with simple tips

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Tips to build a coffee table, coffee tableYou can build your own coffee table in your own way without having to look around much and search for the best one you’ve been looking form. Human mind is unique and its hard to get an item of your choice in the market if you have really unique ideas. The point is, having the chance to build your own coffee table will give you the option of customizing it your way without having to compromise on the options that you wouldn’t have got at any store. If you have your own carpenter you can have him design your table and give him valuable ideas on which he can improvise. If you want to do it yourself you need to get a few carpentry items as well and get started with it. Before getting started you need to keep in mind a few things and you shouldn’t be upset it doesn’t look as fancy as the ones you get in stores because you’re not a professional carpenter and this is the best you could get.

Water based penetrating concrete sealer

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Penetrating concrete sealer, concrete sealerFor the basement floors and garage flooring, water based penetrating concrete sealer is one of the best finishing options. How will this benefit your flooring? It actually keeps the floor surface protected and safe from getting stained. It also increases its durability and sturdiness a great deal. Go for this coating only after the concrete is cured absolutely. At least thirty days after the concrete has been poured, get this thing done; not before that.

The reason why people should use this water based sealer is that it bonds really well with substrate or the concrete surface. The sealing using this sealer is much more strong and deeper too. Another good thing about this sealer is that recoating it would not be a big issue. You will have no trouble maintaining it and the price of these sealers are quite reasonable too. This protective option for flooring is very good.

Varieties of sandstone sealer

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Sandstone sealer, types of stone sealerStones have always been one of the most preferred building materials by humans since the historic times. With the advent of technology the use of stones has decreased but there are some stones that are still used as building material. One of the most common stones that are used till date is sandstone. The sheer variety in colour and texture make it a stone in demand.

There are mainly 2 different types of sealers that are used to hold sandstones together. One is known as the penetrating type and the other as topical type. The former ones are the better ones and get into the sandstones and hold the substrate together. The latter one is cheaper and can be used as permanent holders and temporary ones. These are not UV resistant unlike the former and they get yellowed over a period of time. The former is used mainly outdoors whereas the cheaper one is used for residential purposes.