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Flooring Slip Tongue – Important Facts To Know Before You Buy

February 27, 2015

If you are installing a hardwood floor, you will need to use hardwood slip tongue. Slip tongue is nothing more than a sliver of wood used to connect to separate pieces of wood where they join together. For example if you are laying floor in two directions, eventually they will need some way to connect – that is where slip tongue is used!

Before you begin to lay your wooden floor, you should prepare everything you’ll need. And one of those things is a strip of hardwood spline. Here are some thing you need to know about and should consider with hardwood spline:

Consider How Much You’ll Need: It’s worth preparing in advance how much flooring slip-tongue you need before you begin laying the hardwood floor panels. There’s nothing worse than getting started on a project and having to stop halfway through because you don’t have everything you need. If you don’t have any slip tongue, then you’ll have to halt any progress as soon as you need to change the direction of the wood.

Size Requirements… most hardwood slip tongue used today is 3/4 inch, but just to be safe, make sure you measure for correct size. Once you are sure of the right size go ahead and place your order. The worse thing is to order the wrong size – that will stop your flooring installation dead in its tracks! It is a real pain, but if you get stuck and only need a piece or two you can try cutting the piece yourself.

Make Sure You Order The Right Size: Obviously, you must have the right thickness of hardwood slip tongue to do the job. While hardwood floors do come in may different sizes, so does spline. Having said that, most hardwood floors installed today use 3/4 inch spline.

Again, there’s nothing worse than being halfway though laying the floor then realizing you have to stop because the slip tongue is too thin or thick. So as well as getting the appropriate length of hardwood slip tongue, be sure to get the correct thickness. If you don’t want to buy the slip tongue of the specific thickness, you can always cut a piece of hardwood yourself to the appropriate length and thickness.

Bottom line? If you want your new hardwood floor to look great and flow seamlessly between rooms, you will need hardwood slip tongue made from poplar because poplar takes nails much better than oak.

Finally, make sure you buy quality – poplar, not oak. Poplar is far easier to nail. Also make sure each piece of slip tongue is double end trimmed to eliminate end checks and problem splits. Also remember buying from the manufacturer typically means better prices and better quality.

Fundamentals of Energy Conversion and Lower Power Bills

February 26, 2015

Conserving Energy at Home: Energy Conversion

Energy conversion for heat

One
of the fundamentals of conserving energy that we need to keep in mind
as we strive to use less energy and become more energy efficient is the
simple fact that energy is neither created or lost. Rather, to suit our
needs to power our homes, we simply change energy from one form to
another.

Whether we live in a single family home in the burbs or a
multi-family unit near downtown, residential energy is constantly being
changed from one form to another. Electricity is changed to produce
light and natural gas to make hot water. The power plant that is burning
coal changes coal energy to electricity to power your entertainment and
firewood is converted to heat by combustion to heat our homes.

In
all this energy conversion, what we really need to do is work towards
seeing how little energy we need to convert. Households and the
environment are simply better off if we work to leave energy in it’s
original form. Leave the wood in the forest and the coal in the ground.
By leaving energy in it’s original form, we are conserving energy, kind
of like down at the shoe store where you buy one pair and get a second
pair of shoes at half price.

I think energy efficiency goes beyond
just a percentage. If we have a gas furnace that is 70% efficient and
we replace the furnace with a 95% efficient furnace, one could argue
that your home is now more energy efficient. I would like to add that,
beyond the fact that we are more energy efficient, we should not be
satisfied until we are conserving energy by not turning on the 95% furnace so often.

Combustion Heating and Conserving Energy

Maintenance Conserves Energy

Most
homes in the United States are heated by combustion heating systems.
When the carbon and hydrogen atoms in the fuel mix with oxygen and a hot
flame, the chemical reaction we call burning begins. The trouble is, we
also call this chemical reaction by some other choice names. Names like
pollution, global warming, carbon release, dirty energy, etc.

The
transfer of chemical energy into heat at the flame is usually nearly
99% efficient. However, the farther the heat travels away from the
flame, through the furnace and through the distribution system, the more
heat is lost. These progressive heat losses make most central heating
systems less than 70% efficient at converting the fuel’s chemical energy
to useful heat for the home.

Electric Heating and Conserving Energy

Electric
resistance heating changes electricity, usually generated by heat, back
into heat. When an electric furnace turns on and the coils or plates
turn red with heat energy, the resistance elements are converting
electricity at a rate of one watt in and one watt out. Therefore, it is
said that electric heat is 100% efficient. However, considering one
dollar in and one dollar out, the electric furnace is not as efficient
as a gas furnace or heat pump.

Best Ways to Stop Converting Energy

Consumer education:

Household
education can be one of the most beneficial and cost effective energy
conservation measures. Notice I said “household education”! Energy
efficiency is not supported by a home that has the teenager leaving the
TV on in their room all night, the wife that keeps lowering the
thermostat to get more cooling, and the man-of-the-house taking a 30
minute shower after work.

Behavioral differences, living habits,
comfort perceptions, and household operation and maintenance can account
for a lot of unnecessary energy conversion.

Home audit conserves energy

Maintenance and tender loving care:

We
are better at changing the oil in the car than the filter in the
furnace. We are quick to replace the ineffective windshield wiper blades
but the door seal on the refrigerator remains damaged for years. The
sun roof leaks a little water and gets fixed right away. The heating
ducts can waste a ton of conditioned air and cost hundreds every year,
but goes unnoticed. The dryer needs to run twice as long as it used to
to dry a load of clothes, but the dryer vent never gets cleaned.

Basically,
we all seem to have the mind set that the home is suppose to take care
of us instead of us taking care of the home. To keep from turning the
heating and cooling system on so soon, we need to spend a little more
time making sure the system is in good working condition.

Home Energy Audits

When
the car is making a funny noise or there is an idiot light shinning on
the dashboard, we usually take the car to a pro, somebody that has the
training and the equipment to diagnose the problem and make educated
guesses on how to fix things. The same is true of your home.

There
are energy audit programs on the web and it is possible to perform your
own home energy audit. If you have a little construction or energy
experience, the do-it-yourself method maybe the way to go. If your
better at programming a computer than checking the insulation level in
your attic, than I would suggest letting a pro audit your home for
energy efficiency. The best place to start to locate a good energy
auditor is through your power company. Give them a call, they know more
about Conserving energy than you would believe.

Conserving energy
is going to be more important as time goes bye. More people and more
energy demands means we had better begin to get the most out of ever
molecule of energy we convert for our use.

Bath Foam Motion Detection Hidden bathroom Spy Camera DVR Support SD card capacity 32GB

February 24, 2015

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The Home Alarm System and Live Monitoring

February 22, 2015

The single best feature that any home alarm system can have is
that of live home monitoring. The entire point of having a new age alarm
system is to cause an alarm output and response-not to the local
neighborhood (though some systems do have this feature) but to a central
monitoring center. The monitoring center is split up into several
bases, usually located in major cities across various states. The
ability of the security system to communicate with the monitoring center
is of central importance. This is why some companies have multiple
interconnected command centers. This is in contrast to lower quality
monitoring centers, some of which have only one center, or even
companies that outsource these emergency call center jobs to other
countries.

One problem with the old school home alarm (that simply
sounds a large siren, alerting neighbors to call the police) is the
prevalence of false alarms. Not only can they be irritating to
neighbors, but also after so many times, neighbors may start to ignore
the sirens and put off investigating the cause. In rural areas, a
sounding siren is somewhat pointless since there may be miles of empty
land and no one to hear the noise.

That leaves homeowners and home
security companies two choices: direct phone wire alarm system
monitoring or broadband monitoring. Both technologies of alarm systems
have advantages, as some believe hardwire systems to be operate more
efficiently and have less chance of failure, but others believe
broadband (or wireless) alarms function accurately thanks to improving
digital technology, and they are also far more convenient.

Most monitored alarm centers do not merely respond to
alarm signals; rather, they speak directly to the homeowner or in some
cases the intruder. This is ideal, as it not only protects the
homeowner’s property but can also summon medical officials in the event
of a medical emergency. If the operator speaks directly to the intruder
then one of two things can happen. Either the operator will urge the
intruder to cease and desist, informing him that police officials are on
their way to the scene, or the operator will ask cloaked questions of
the intruder, treating him as the homeowner and listening for a
predetermined password. While most monitoring center operators follow
the latter procedure, some people believe that patronizing the burglar
would be just as effective, hoping that he will desist from stealing
property knowing he has one chance to run away. Most home security
companies will leave this option up to the consumer.

Another
advantage of live home monitoring is that operators can respond to a
variety of emergency signals beyond just home intrusion. Signals can be
sent for fire alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, sprinkler monitoring,
medical response and even computer failure. As you can see, live
monitoring continues to be the most important feature in any home
security system. Make sure that the company you work with is willing to
answer questions about their monitoring center and is willing to provide
full protection.

Cost control for garden landscaping

February 22, 2015

You want to begin a long overdue garden project so where do you start? Some of you will go to the local DIY store and pick up one of the many flyers that these stores produce that show how to do virtually anything from putting a post into the ground to building an extension to your property.

Some of you will go to a library, hunt out the most relevant books that are available and then return home and hope that your research has uncovered the books that have all that you need in them. Then there are those who need to know how things work, who want to take control so, they will treat the project as an excuse to learn something new and will attend night school or college to achieve the desired result.

However and whatever it is that you do for your project you will need to keep track of your costs. It is no use not having a clue on what it is going to cost as you will quickly realise that unless you keep them under review they will spiral out of control and you will spend more than you intended to.

When you are doing the job yourself it is important that you use a software package that allows you to be in control of your costs. It must be easy to understand and allow overspend areas to be identified quickly. It must be easy to use otherwise you won’t bother to use it and control will be lost. There are a few suitable software cost estimators on the market that can be used to help you but not all of them work on the behalf of the everyday designer/builder in a way that is understandable and straightforward.

As an individual you will find this process quite stressful and difficult.

Imagine how the stress levels would rise if you were in a gardening / landscaping business where people come to you for your knowledge and expertise and who want you to the work on their behalf. They will expect you to provide a professional looking quote, a detailed breakdown of costs around each element of the garden design and they will expect and demand that their money is being spent in an agreed manner and will not be interested in excuses as to why something is going to cost more than has specified.

They rightly feel that if costs escalate after the quote has been agreed and confirmed then the loser should be the landscaping company and not the customer. This is why is it is imperative that the professional has control over all aspects of design, build and costs because it protects their profit and this is an essential element of today’s cut throat business activity.

To protect and enhance your most precious commodity, that is, your reputation, is a vital part of your future business. Your clients must trust in every thing that you do for them. They can see that your testimonials show that you work closely with Landscape Architects, Garden Designers, Landscape Contractors, Local Authorities and Domestic Clients on a regular basis. They can see that you are a professional in the delivery of Landscape and Garden designs to cost and quality specifications, and as a Landscape tender consultant who wins and manages profitable projects for both employers, design professionals and contractors. What THEY want from you is someone who understands, and communicates that understanding of what They want, by providing clear, concise and accurate information on the project you are undertaking for them.

How To Layer Your Garden Landscaping

February 21, 2015

Enjoy your house with a beautiful new layered landscaping and garden? Probably so, and that is a good thing. Garden landscaping is more fun than one can imagine, and there is nothing more exciting than planting your own flower bed.

Great landscape gardening ideas can be found, and some of the best are online. A simple search on your favorite search engine will reveal an abundance of sites each with at least one fresh and unique landscape gardening idea you will be able to use as is or incorporate in your plan. The perfect landscape gardening idea is the key to success when looking at your front and rear gardens.

In order to get a good sense of what can be done, begin by walking around your property. You will want to be educated with the various levels and inclines on your land, as well as where the water drains. This will help you determine which landscaping idea could be right for you, as soon as you see it. The things will be easier if you notice them more. Never choose a landscaping idea without the proper research as you may not realize it can be completed until midway through the project. Consequently, careful research of each landscaping idea is needed so you will be well informed.

By layering your landscaping beds you will be able to add a whole other level of beauty to your landscaping design. Your yard makes the first impression on any visitor to your house, so giving a tour that showcases your awesome garden is a wonderful idea. You will be the talk of the neighborhood, and for all the right reasons this time, when you do some really good landscaping.

Layering your garden landscaping is uncomplicated. Finding out what kind of flowers you are planting is very important. The layout of your landscaping will be affected by many things including your choice of flowers and other plants. It is important to place the shortest plants in front of the taller plants. This is obvious but you should still make a rough sketch of where you want things laud out for your garden landscaping before you begin. This will assist you in keeping things as uncomplicated as possible. By proceeding in this manner, your garden landscaping will be finished more expeditiously and with less snags.

While doing your layers there should be 3 layers. If possible, your back row should face north and have the tallest plants, while the remaining rows should contain plants and flowers that go in in height. The trick of this kind of garden landscaping is that frequently the plants we buy are baby plants. Consequently, you will be required to speak with the workers at your nearest gardening center about the eventual size of your fully grown plants. This is key to successful garden landscaping. You need to plan so that the tallest part of your garden is at the rear, when layering your landscaping.

The layering affect of your landscaping project will add depth and make your garden much more interesting to look at. This factor alone will help you win at garden landscaping.

Cake Decorating Tips

February 21, 2015

If you are facing the prospect of decorating a cake for a friend or loved one, you may have found yourself looking for cake decorating tips. Through this article, you will be provided with some basic information about cake decorating tips.

Of course, there are a number of resources available to you through which you can find helpful and handy cake decorating tips. For example, in the brick and mortar world, there have been published some splendid books that can provide you with a wide number of different cake decorating tips. Additionally, in the real world there are some DVDs and videos that provide you cake decorating tips and step by step directions and instructions about how you can make these cake decorating tips into sweet realities.

And, finally, as with so many things in the 21st century, the Internet and World Wide Web is a good resource for people who are looking for cake decorating tips. By spending some time surfing around, you will be able to find different websites that offer to you different cake decorating tips.

There are many creative ways to decorate a cake, even if you cant decorate with icing to save your life. All it takes is a little creativity and you can create a masterpiece that will have everyone talking. Does your recipient like games? Use game pieces to decorate the cake such as dominos, chess pieces, checkers, trivial pursuit pieces and monopoly pieces. These are sure to bring joy to the board game enthusiast.

If you have a poker fan in your life, try using a deck of cards to decorate the cake. Use playing cards to edge the sides of the cake and create a winning hand, fan it out and glue it together so it stays. Then stick it in the middle of the cake so that it is standing up.

Other easy decorating ideas include flowers, fresh or silk, bows and ribbons, colorful hard candies, photos, and trinkets. Actually, the possibilities are endless. Just about anything that a person enjoys doing can be duplicated or portrayed in a cake decoration. It does not have to be complicated or elaborate, it just has to come from the heart and be lots of fun. So, make your next cake personal.

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Why Home Security Alarms Are Important

February 20, 2015

When we are sad or in trouble we always go to the place where we
find comfort and security – our home. It is in our homes that we feel
comfortable, secured and safe from harm and from our enemies. But then,
what if someone tries to trespass our property and go inside our home?
Isn’t that scary? For sure, you want you and your family to be safe
within the house. Well, safety and security are the foremost reasons why
home security alarms were produced.

The home security alarm
systems that are now widely available in the market as what homeowners
find effective in keeping their home secure, protecting their valuables,
decreasing incidence of burglary and most of protecting their family.
Although, security alarm can be an additional expense on the part of the
homeowner and some alarms are expensive but then it is worth buying
especially nowadays that crimes particularly burglary happen in any
area. Alarms are now a necessity for us to purchase.

The
technology being used in security home alarm system has evolved during
the past years. Before, an alarm is usually made of long rolls of wires
being inserted in walls which can be a hassle to homeowners because it
sometimes requires renovation of the area of the house where these wires
will be attached. Also, in the past, it takes several days to finish
installing an alarm system especially when you have a big house to hook
up to. Some home owners says it “It’s a week of trash, dirt and damage”
just to install security alarms inside the house. But today, you will be
on the effectiveness and ease of installing modern home security
alarms. Most alarms now are wire-free and easy to install which means
you can set up an alarm system within a day or two. Furthermore, you
don’t need to break your walls to insert wires since wires will no
longer be necessary.

Apart from that, these home alarm systems are not
limited to burglary alone because a lot of alarm systems now include
unique features like they can detect motion, or even detect carbon
monoxide which can be harmful to the body and is considered to be a
silent killer. Alarm systems can also be customized to fit the needs of
the owners.

Before installing your own home alarm system, you
should check out different home security alarms before finally
purchasing one. Determine where you will place the alarm and which part
of your home is vulnerable to burglars. You can also ask police stations
in your area and see if they have a central monitoring where you can
pass signal from your security alarm.

Purchase the home alarm system that fits your home and will surely protect your family and your belongings.

Designer Bedroom Furniture And Fitted Kitchens Uk Services

February 20, 2015

Everyone who is building a house is worried about the furniture to be installed in their home. Functionality and style are the major concerns while considering purchasing and installing furniture. However, it is not mandatory that choosing designer furniture, wardrobe, or kitchen cabinet must always be a costly affair.

There are plenty of options for you purchase stylish and well-made furniture at a reasonable expense. However, you have to be bit knowledgeable and choosy to achieve this goal.

Bedroom furniture and wardrobes

If you are looking for furniture to your master bedroom, then you have to choose on which rightly suits to your taste and matching to the dcor and theme of your house. It should well fit to your budget also. Moreover, bedroom is one of the places where you may be spending plenty of your time at home, so it should be relaxing and most comfortable.

Wardrobes also should suit to your customized needs. These can be custom built during the time of construction itself and should be made to measure wardrobe door accordingly the size. This task to be done with the help of an expert consultant. While planning for your bedroom furniture and wardrobe, it is always advisable to take the help of an experienced consulting agency.

The bedroom fixtures are mostly made in wood; however there are new-generation furniture also available in metal, wrought iron etc.

Fitted kitchen

Fitted kitchen unit is the new trend, which can be easily installed on to your kitchen space to fit to the area and be utmost functional. Designer fitted kitchens UK service will help you taking the exact measurements of your kitchen and custom make the kitchen cabinet and chimney accordingly. Now, there are plenty of kitchen design ideas and functional specifications available to choose from based on the tastes of the homeowners, usage, style choices, and budget.

While choosing designer bedroom furniture, always be vigilant and take decisions on the basis of in-depth consultation with the experts. You taste and budget always come first, but should also be flexible to ensure proper functionality also. Nowadays, there are computer-based designing options also where you can try several combinations through virtual 3D design software and choose the best possible combinations.

Custom installation is also possible with the help of an expert consultant UK, but make sure that you get the service of the best experienced installation professionals to take care of this task. As far as kitchen unit is concerned, you have to always keep in mind that safety is the primary consideration.

Essential Home Decorating Ideas For A Beautiful Home

February 18, 2015

The primary concept which determines Home decorating ideas is that your personality must be reflected within the design. The ensuing idea is that it should go well with the surroundings. If your house is situated in a suburban area, earthy colors for your room are a great option as it merges with the indoors as well as the outdoors. In an apartment, you can experiment with vibrant colors. You must encourage the active participation of your family and friends in this process. This is an enjoyable as well as interesting way to decorate your home.

Every aspect of decorating the house must be taken care of, from the kitchen to the bedroom as every space must reflect your individual taste. At the same time, the rooms must be comfortable. The home decorating tips will give you the necessary inspiration, to design the kind of rooms your family and friends will unquestionably appreciate.

You can paint a single wall with your preferred color and see to it that it is the central point. You can put up an attractive painting on that wall.

Greenery always brings fresh air inside a room. This is why you must decorate your room with plants.

You can arrange your furniture at interesting angles, to make your room look different. For instance, if a sofa is set crossways across a constricted living room the room will appear wider.

Home interior decorating necessitates a combination of your deftness, effort, creativity, imagination, funds in addition to time. You must incorporate the most modern ideas for home design to ensure that your residence is competently designed. Other aspects which determine the interior decoration of a home are affordability, flexibility as well as the resilience of the materials you opt for. Interior decoration for your home can be a costly business; however if you do it proficiently you can get a beautiful home, devoid of unnecessary expenditure.

Home decoration is all about innate creativity. Interiors such as furnishings, paint, wall panels, carpets, and so forth are considered, when you plan to decorate your home. These aspects must be coordinated and matched to create a relaxing and stylish home dcor. Another important consideration is your budget. It is imperative to select paints with soothing colors as they merge well with the overall look and trimmings within your home. It is also important to select light colors in case your rooms are undersized, while the larger rooms must be painted using darker shades. It is essential that the flooring, carpeting, painting, curtains should intermingle with the shade and color of the furniture inside your house. You can also add wall paintings, antique show pieces, wall hangings in your house to highlight the home dcor.