Home Improvement

Experimenting with Water Features

Once you have setup and made a water feature functional, there are some things you can do as supplementary projects. These subsidiary activities, to some extent, resemble the process of potting a Bonsai Tree over the period of time. They can also be related to the work of drawing designs in a sand garden that change with time in addition to the surrounding conditions and disposition of the tracer. Much like a Bonsai Tree which will look distinct based on how its caretaker tends to it, a water feature will likewise be influenced by its owner after some time. Continue reading

Thanks jet dot com for the quick refund

Thanks, Jet.com for the refund of my returned items. I appreciate it a lot. It was nice shopping in this online store that offers discounts for every item. I will be purchasing more stuff in this store soonest. I love shopping at jet dot com as it offers free shipping and free return.

Talking of return, I just visited the nearby FedEx store at Citadel Colorado Springs, gave them my items, and they printed the acceptance receipt. Then I waited for this refund. And at that particular date (screenshot belo), jet dot com refunded me. It is always fun to shop online!

New bedroom look

Now, this is the new look kids’ bedroom! The girl loves the loft bed except that she’s not safe on it as there are times that she will stand up and get down from her bed in the middle of the night. I just bought a 30″ wide day bed for her. I tried to check the update of my order, and it says that it will arrive this Friday. I hope the mattress is not cheap as it is not a twin mattress and I cannot just buy a replacement here in town as it will just an online order. To make it a little feminine looking bed, I’ll try to find and buy pink day bed accessories for it.

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Returning another mattress in a box and a pink day bed

Yesterday I returned one day bed through FedEx and today I will return this mattress in a box again. Online shopping is convenient, but then I cannot feel the texture and see the original product. Since the return is free, I’ll just send this today. With the pink day bed, I love that one except that it won’t fit under the loft bed. How I wish the house is bigger so that my kids can have a bigger room for each of them. On the other hand, I am thankful that there is a house for my family to live with the hope that someday somehow we can have a better place to stay.

Returning the twin quilted mattress

I ordered loft bed and a day bed online the other week with mattresses in Jet. The one that arrived yesterday was the mattress, but since the price was low, the materials were cheap. The mattress wasn’t packed with plastic as it was just folded thrice and placed it inside this big box. The top and the bottom of the box was lacking tape. When I returned it, I made sure that there’s a tape around the box so that the mattress will be clean enough upon receipt of the seller of Jet. Another thing was that I kept on sneezing whenever I get near the mattress. I just didn’t know why. Oh well!

And so I printed a return address last Saturday and shipped the box to the FedEx office before 6 pm last Sunday. I just carried the box in the office by myself as it wasn’t heavy. Then the female staff thought that I was so strong because I just carried the big box without using the trolley. I told her that the box wasn’t heavy. And yes I am strong because I can carry 50kgs or more. Anyway, I returned the mattress for free. I hope I can have the refund as soon as possible.

Room clean up – my kids are happy to use this room

This is the then and now photo of the extra room in the house. I did my best to clean it before the school year starts last Monday. I am thankful that my kids are able to use it these days. Though, they are still trying to adjust to the aura of the room but I know they are happy to use this space. They are still using their old beds. In the coming days, there will be a mini loft bed and a day bed for them. Hopefully, it will arrive soon so that I can assemble it. I hope it will fit in this area coz I cannot remove the closet on the other side. I’d love to remove the closet to give them more space but well, it’s not my house. Also, it says that if closet is removed it will lessen the value of the house. So, I’d better utilize the space that is available and I am thankful for it because this house gives us comfort to live whole year round for all these years. Thank God that I am able to clean this room after all the years of living in this place. Blessings!
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7 Small Upgrades that can Make a Big Difference to Your Home

It does not matter whether you are trying to turn your home into a better place to live, or hoping to improve the sale potential of a property, there are certain simple things you can do to help. Yes, it’s good to be able to re-decorate throughout, or add another bathroom, to make life easier, but these are big jobs which can cost a significant amount of money.
Simple changes can make a big difference in a property. Here are some that you may want to consider for your home.

Add a water filtration system

Drinking water is an excellent way to stay healthy. But, have you ever worried about whether the water which comes from the tap is safe? The best way to make sure that this is the case is to install a water filtration system in your home. A counter top system is an affordable option, but if you want to be able to filter a bigger quantity of water, you may want to invest a little more, and have an under-sink system plumbed in.

Replace that lackluster front door

One of the first things that people see, as they approach your home, is the front door. A shabby and worn door, with peeling paint, does not look very welcoming. This is especially important if you are selling your property, and you are trying to attract potential buyers. The really good news is that a new front door does not just look good, it can also help to improve energy efficiency in your home.

Change up your staircase

A staircase can be a really eye-catching feature, if you let it. You can make simple changes, such as painting the staircase you have with a vibrant colour, or stripping it back to the original wood. You can also choose to be a little more adventurous, and have an intricate metal staircase fitted in your home; click here for more information.

Get the mirror effect

Mirrors are an excellent way of creating a feeling of additional space in your home. It’s important to be clever about the way you use them. Consider locating one across from a window, or behind a light source. You can even create an entire mirrored wall, if you do so in the right way.

Install charging stations

The use of mobile devices continues to rise, so it’s a fairly safe bet that you have a few in your home; especially if you have a big family. Installing a charging station in your home helps to make charging appliances more organised. You can also shut the station away, behind a door, or in a drawer. This means that it does not interfere with the décor.

Upgrade the thermostat

If the thermostat in your home has been there for the decade or more that you have, it’s probably time for a change. Install a touchpad and you have total control over the heating in your home. You can even program the thermostat so that you know you are making best use of your energy supply. This can help save you a significant amount of money, in the long term.

Go soft close in the kitchen

The slamming of cabinet doors in the kitchen is not just annoying; it can also damage the hinges. Most modern kitchens come with soft close hinges as a feature. If you are happy with your kitchen and do not want an upgrade, but would like the benefit of soft close then just have new hinges fitted to your current cabinets.

As you can see, you do not have to undertake huge projects, to make significant changes to your home. All of these simple upgrades can improve your living experience, or make selling your property a little easier.

Whole house surge protection – the facts that you should know

Whole house surge protection is something that many house builders are now offering as an optional add on. If you are buying a new build it’s worth investing in the protection that these whole house systems offer. Likewise, if you already have a property, it’s worth having whole house surge protection installed. Doing so could end up saving you thousands of dollars.

Next time you have an electrical inspection carried out on your property, ask the experts about installing whole house surge protection. Generally, you should expect to pay between AUS$600 and AUS$700. The job should take a qualified electrician around two hours to complete.

Why is whole house surge protection a good idea?

If a surge of electricity enters your home it can potentially cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Electronic items, such as computers, used to be worst affected by this type of event. Whilst computers are still vulnerable, they have now been joined by a long list of day to day appliances. Do not forget that items such as refrigerators now often have complicated circuitry which can easily be blown by a power surge.

The worst type of power surge is one that is caused by a lightning strike, as this type of surge is massive. Fortunately, this is a relatively rare occurrence, and the lightning has to strike within a mile of your property in order for a surge to happen.

Power surges can also be caused by events such as power cables falling down or the amount of electricity being used in the neighbored fluctuating suddenly. Any power surge has the potential to cause damage, so it’s worth having protection in place.

Using individual circuit surge suppressors

Even if you use whole house surge protection, there is still a chance that around 15% of the electric from the surge will get through to appliances. This is why it’s a good idea to use individual circuit surge suppressors as well. These plug-in suppressors help to protect the most vulnerable appliances and devices in your home.

Normally, electricity flows through the suppressor, on its way to the appliance or device. If a surge in electricity occurs, the electricity is diverted to the ground wire. As soon as the surge is over, the electricity starts to flow normally again. Do not forget that all of this often happens in less than a second.

The best way to protect your home and its contents against surges in electricity is to use whole house and individual circuit protection, at the same time. You may think that all of this sounds like a lot of trouble when you have never had a problem from an electricity surge. The fact is that these surges are quite common, and it’s better to have the protection in place. You may not even realise that you have had problems in the past, as not all results of damage are obvious instantaneously. It can take months for a device to fail due to damage caused by a surge in electricity.

You can guard against these failures, by simply having surge protection in place.

How Deep Am I Allowed to Dig Under My Yard?

Written by: Quintin Bentley Crevling

Before you bring in an excavator and accidentally dig up your main water line you should know how deep you can dig into your yard. It’s easy for people to get caught up in the hype of owning a home, and forget that they still need to consider their neighbors wants and needs. Digging into the ground without a permit could cost you thousands in repairs and lawsuits. It’s important to consult a utility mapping service that find and mark the locations of important underground utility lines. This will give you clear parameters to work within. To give you an idea of how deep you can safely dig around your home you should consult a utility mapping service, know how deep each line may lay, and know some basic safety tips to avoid striking an important line.

There are several utility lines that run under your lawn to connect you with public supply/waste lines. A simple utility mapping of your property will save you the headache of finding these lines in your yard, and make your construction project easier. For example, you have pipes that provide fresh drinking water to your home, pipes that remove wastewater to the public sewer system, gas pipes that provide heat, telecommunication lines from the phone company, and electrical powerlines. These are all crucial supplies that make your home suitable to live, and damage to these pipes/lines will cost you hundreds to repair. A broken main water line could cost you as much as $3,000 just to fix, let alone all the other damage it can cause to you, and your neighbors properties.

Having your yard mapped is incredibly important because the pipes are only buried 225 mm into the dirt. If you were digging in your yard to plant a small tree you would strike your shovel into the pipe with your second jab into the earth. This is deep in the ground compared to pipes underneath concrete slabs, which are only 75 mm underground. This is when it’s important to know the history of your home, and ensuring it has been kept up to code when renovations occur on the property. Electrical wires lay deeper into the ground, and are buried to a specific depth depending on the voltage of the power supply. These wires are a minimum of 450 mm deep, and at most 750 mm underground.

Digging is a relatively easy job that requires strong muscles, and a good work ethic to get a task completed. There are a few safety tips that will keep you safe and protect your pipes from devastating errors. Once your utility pipes are marked you should outline the boundaries with chalk and flags to make is absolutely clear where the restricted zone is located. If you are digging within a meter of the restricted zone you must use hand-held tools to limit the chance of striking an important line. If you follow these tips, your job will go off without a hitch.

What Areas Are Susceptible To Termites?

Written by: Quintin Bentley Crevling

Termites are one of the most devastating pests a homeowner can deal with, costing Americans $5 billion annually to repair damaged areas. Termites wreak havoc on your house by slowly eating away at the wood in your home. Some species of termites have wings and will fly to a new destination to start a colony. This can make is particularly difficult to protect the exterior of your home for an infestation. To determine which part of your home is most susceptible to termites, you must first know which type of termite you have. There are over 2,000 types of termites in the world and only 50 reside in the United States. These 50 species of termites fall into three categories: dampwood, drywood, and subterranean. If you are interested in having your home sprayed for termites, click here to learn more about your free home inspection.

Dampwood termites, as their name suggests, infest wood that has a high water content. This means they love to live in areas of your home that are beginning to rot. This species of termite can be particularly worrisome as they are much larger than their counterparts, measuring up to one inch in length including their wings. Because these termites only live in damp wood and fly, they can attack any section of your house that is above ground. Unlike the other species of termites, dampwood’s do not burrow into the wood. Instead, they devour the wood from the outside inward. As long as homeowners repair all signs of rot, they will not have to worry about this species of termite.

The drywood termite is the most destructive species of termite in the United States. This pesky insect silently destroys the interior of your home by eating zigzag tunnels into your walls. Just like dampwood termites, the drywood species also has wings that allow them to fly to any location on your home. They will often fly to your roof and work their way into your ceiling. The major difference between the two species is that drywood termites burrow tunnels into the wood and will live long periods of time without leaving the safety of their tunnel. These incredible little animals have evolved inside of trees, so they no longer require a water source to survive. The insects draw moisture from the wood they ingest and excrete a completely dry pellet that is often confused for sawdust.

Subterranean termites live below ground in a massive colony that can house countless tunnels. Since these termites live in the soil, they are most likely to enter the home from the side of your house. You can always tell a subterranean termite by the mud tunnels they construct along their path to a food supply. They build these tunnels so they never have to expose themselves to predators. Because these insects build their nests in the soil, they are much easier to prevent. To eradicate the termites you should have a pest control expert come to your home to spray termiticide, and potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

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