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First Time Home Owner Tips on Home Improvement

1. Before you embark on any home improvement or renovation program, confirm all taxes are paid and all regulations complied with. Dereliction to do so is tempting trouble in the future.

2. You may require spending money to save money. Buying more effective electrical appliances and upgrading your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems may cost you initially, but you will end up saving much more in the long term.

3. One of the least precious yet more effective ways to upgrade your home and elevate its appearance is by wallpapering. A modern coat of paint can also do wonders.

4. Laying new carpets can significantly improve the living place, as can appropriate practise of correct furniture.\

5. If you place a premium on privacy, soundproofing your rooms is a great way of achieving it. If you need to modify one of the rooms into a mini-theater, use of acoustic foam to upgrade its acoustics is recommended.

6. With global warming being on every ones lips, you can do your bit by using renewable power from the sun and wind. Installing solar

Tips to Cleaning Gutters

Cleaning gutters is important to prevent any leak. Certain tools and items are needed to clean the gutters with air. Following are given the list of tools and items required to clean gutter with air.

– Bucket
– Gloves
– Safety goggle
– Ladder
– Hardhat
– Garden hose
– Safety line
– Leaf blower

Steps

Some simple steps are given here to help the homeowners to clean their rain gutters with air.

1. Wear safety goggles, gloves and hardhat before starting your work.

2. Set up a ladder against the house reaching the top of the roof. You need a partner to hold the ladder firm while you work on the top. Ask your partner to wear hardhat, gloves and safety eyes goggles to prevent any injury.

3. You need a leaf blower. There are chances that it might slip from your hand, so to prevent it from falling down secure it with a ladder with a safety line. You also need a bucket secured to a ladder.

4.

Tips to Installing a Shower

The first point to bear in mind is that a shower is made of several parts – the hot water supply system, the cubicle that you stand in, the door, the tray that collects the used water and sends it down the drain, the shower head that emits the water and directs if over your body, and such items as the shower rail, curtains and hooks.

First, let’s look at the hot water supply system of which there are three main types – electric showers, mixer showers, and power showers. Each type functions differently and has its own requirements for installation.

An electric shower is the simplest and most popular. It consists of a heater unit which draws cold water from your main supply, heats it up and passes it out through the shower head. Installing an electric shower is a simple procedure, you just need to install the shower unit in your bathroom, hook it up to your water supply and install the electrical wiring.

However, first you have to determine if your site fulfills all the requirements as regards the water

Backyard Fish Pond Design

The Location of the Fish Pond

When planning the backyard fish pond, it is important to choose the location of the fish pond carefully to get the most open space that you can in the backyard. Reducing the amount of room available to a small amount of space will dramatically decrease the homeowner’s enjoyment of the backyard.

Fish ponds that are placed near the home leave a great deal of open space further out in the yard where the person can hold a get-together or where children can play without the risk of falling into the pond. The types of plants that are chosen for placement near the pond can attract different types of birds, butterflies, and insects which can add some natural allure to the areas around the fish pond.

The Plants Around the Fish Pond

When planning backyard fish pond, the homeowner should choose the placement of the plants around the pond very carefully. The plants around the pond should be placed in areas that receive ample sunlight to allow the plants to grow properly. If the person would like to place plants in shaded areas near their backyard fish pond, they

Installation Dishwasher Guide

Required Items

– 12-gauge power supply cord
– Waste-T tailpiece
– Wire connectors
– Utility knife
– Screwdriver
– Rubber hose
– Level
– Hose clamps
– Hole saw
– Drill
– Drain hose
– Combination tool
– Channel-type pliers
– Brass L-fitting
– Braided steel supply tube
– Air gap

Steps

1. Turn off the power at the main service panel of the dishwasher. Also disconnect the water supply through shutoff valve. Locate the drain hose and detach it from sink waste T-tailpiece or garbage disposal. Locate the access panel under the dishwasher door. Take it away also. Now find the electrical box, take its covering off and disconnection the electrical connections. You will find white, black and green (neutral) wires connected to the points. Disconnect them all.

2. Remove the water supply tube at the L-fitting with channel type pliers. Don’t forget to place a pan under water inlet valve before removing the tube. Unfasten any screws holding the dishwasher in place. Remove the dishwasher from the cabinet by sliding it out and eventually separate it from the cabinet. Examine the kitchen sink and look for a pre-drilled hole or sink opening.

Tips to Treat Bedbugs

Required Items

– Hot, soapy water
– Washer and dryer
– Insecticide approved for use on mattresses
– Heavy-duty black garbage bags
– Stiff-bristled scrub brush
– Vacuum with hose attachments

Steps

1. First of all, take all the infected material like pillows, bed linens, stuffed animals, clothing, or any other such material away and put them in a trash bag. Pour hot water into a washing machine and soak the infected material into the washer. Wash the material in hot water. Hot water is enough to kill the bedbugs, but still if you want to add any washing detergent, you can add it to washer. After washing the infected material, dry them on high heat.

2. You might have some fabrics items, which you cannot wash in the washer. Put them in trash bag and place the trash bag in direct sunlight or hot sunny place. If that is not possible then set the freezer temperature under -5 degrees Celsius and place the material in the freezer for at least five days.

3. The nest step is to deal with your room. You need to vacuum the mattress, box springs, chairs, corners

Types of Roof Vents

Roof Ridge Vents

Roof ridge vents as the name make it simpler to understand are the vents which are installed at the peak points of the roofs. These do help and allow the hot accumulative air to rise and escape out through the top of the roof. These roof ridge vents can be installed on the new roof or can be added to the present roof of the home. Thus it allows the sheathing cool and increases life for asphalt shingles.

Turbine Vents

Turbine vents are the one which are dome shaped and are so designed to catch the wind and spin the vent to pull hot air out of the attic. In this case wind provides free power to turn the turbine and vent the roof, but without wind these provide very little ventilation and are not allowed in few areas, especially those areas which are hurricane prone. In turbine vents one has to be very careful as to cover the turbine vents in the winter months and they may allow rain to enter the attic.

Pot Vents

The pot vents are vents mount over a hole in the roof and resemble

Steps to De-cluttering Your Home

1. For inspect the entire home thoroughly to check what sort useless material is placed and where in the home. This inspection will give you an idea about useless things scattered in the home.

2. The best thing to start with is to make a list of all the articles and objects. This list contains:

– A list of articles that are useless that needs to be removed immediately.
– The second list contains the furniture and items which are of no use.
– The third list contains the list of things and articles which can be used in future.

3. To clear up the mess, start with your kitchen. Mostly kitchen is the place where things always mess up. Countertops, drawers, shelves all at times give the picture of junk matters accumulated at one place. Look for every shelf, drawer and cabinets to remove the useless things or things which are no longer required. You can also clear the mess by rearranging the items on its specific place. It is better to do the clear up after every couple of month.

4. Arranging any party of function at your place can greatly help you to banish clutter. Any festive time is

Uses of Solar Power for Homes

Solar energy can be used at homes for serving various purposes. They are primarily used for running small, low-power appliances like radios, lightings, gadgets, small water pumps, and even children’s toys. Solar power can also be stored in batteries and used for lighting the house during an episode of power failure. And of course, solar power is increasingly being used for heating homes during winter.

How Home Solar Power Systems Work?

To use solar power for homes, photovoltaic (PV) panels are attached to the roof of a house such that their expanded surfaces face south for houses located in the northern hemisphere. For those in the southern hemisphere, the panels should face north to gather maximum solar energy.

The average power production of a solar cell is about 11 to 22 watt per square foot. The solar energy, when received by the panels, generates electric current in them. This current is stored in a large battery bank that is connected to the PV array through a charger controller. The DC current stored in the battery is converted to AC current (used in homes) by a DC-AC inverter for running home various appliances.

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Steps to Detection Dry Rot

Following items are required to detect the presence of dry rot in different areas of your home :

– Screwdriver
– Flashlight
– Dry rot sensors
– Metric drill

Steps

1. The very first step is to examine the surroundings very carefully. You need to examine each and every possible location where this fungus can build up. Check under the floor boards, roof timbers and other wood sources for any possible signs of dry rot. In early days of its development dry rot looks like cotton sheeting. Any orange or brown colored pancake growth on the wood exterior will be a sign on presence of rot.

2. Inspect the wood sources closely. Anything that has the appearance of dark stains or pale stains might be affected internally by dry rot. Another sign of presence of dry rot in dry woods is that it may appear dry or cracked unusually.

3. Knocking on the wood beam can further help you to detect the presence of dry rot. The affected wood will give hollow sound. You can also use screwdriver to inspect the presence of dry rot. If the dry rot has already been developed

Tips to Clean Wood Floors

Required Items

– Cider vinegar or white vinegar
– Water
– Broom or vacuum cleaner
– Soft, absorbent cloths or mops
– Natural soap (olive oil soap)

Directions

1. Regular cleaning and vacuuming is necessary to keep your wood floor clean. Place a door mat outside the door and ask people to come in after cleaning their shoes on a door mat. If possible ask them to come in bare footed and removing shoes at the door.

2. Any kind of liquid or water is not good for wood floor. So, take care not to spill any liquid or water on the wood floor to avoid damage to it. If you get any spills of liquid wipe it immediately with soft absorbent cloth or paper towel.

3. A mixture of natural soap (olive oil soap) and water is the best option to clean and wash the unfinished wood floor. Always use the soft cloth to wash or clean the wood floors. Avoid any sort of puddles on the floor surface. Cider vinegar and water solution is another good way to wash the unfinished wood floors.

4. In case you have a finish