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Smart Storage | 3 Steps To Pack Your Expensive Crystal Bowls For Storage

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If you’ve decided to move overseas temporarily or if your home is under renovation, you may need to invest in a storage unit for placing all your household items until you can use them again. Packing for self-storage units can be a daunting task if you don’t have the right materials for your expensive crystal bowls. This step-by-step guide aims to help you in your quest to properly pack your high-priced crystal bowls for the storage unit. Ensure They Are Clean And Set In Bubble Wrap Your first step is to ensure that the crystal bowls are clean and devoid of any food particles. This could cause mould and mildew to form on them. Even though the glass can be cleaned, you don’t want these types of bacteria to sit on your precious crystal-ware at all. Once they are clean and dry, you must place each bowl individually in layers of bubble wrap. Use packing tape to secure the bubble wrap robustly on the crystal bowls. Set Up Cardboard Boxes Make sure you spend time preparing your cardboard boxes for your crystal bowls because you don’t want them to accidentally break through the box as you carry them into the storage unit. You know that your crystal bowls are expensive, so don’t skimp out on the cardboard box material. Make sure the box is thick and strong enough to hold the crystal bowls you place in it. After setting up the box, you may want to tape down the sides and bottoms so that they don’t break open in transit. Make sure you use strong industrial-grade packing tape for this box-securing task. Tape up all corners and openings to give your cardboard box the best possible chance of survival in the storage unit. You can alternatively use a wooden box for more secure crystal bowl storage. Place Crystal Bowls Inside Box Once the box it set up, it’s time for you to set the crystal bowls into the boxes. Take care not to overload the box. Depending on the size of the box and bowls, you may only be able to pack a few bowls into it. Start by placing crunched up newspaper or packing paper at the bottom to give the crystal bowl a soft cushion to sit on. This way if the box moves or falls for any reason, your crystal bowls will remain unharmed. Once the bowls have been placed in the box, secure the sides and top with more newspaper or packing paper until everything is taut inside. Avoid using packing peanuts to secure the bowls in place because they will tend to fall to the bottom in transit, leaving the sides of the box unprotected. Close the box and seal it with packing tape. These steps will ensure that your expensive crystal bowls remain undamaged in the storage unit. For more tips and materials, talk with a local storage unit company, such as All Purpose Self...

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Quick Tips for Choosing Bathroom Accessories

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Your home’s bathroom accessories may be more important than you realize. These accessories need to be functional but they should also be visually appealing, as they may work to bring together all other elements in your bathroom including the surface materials and shower curtain. The wrong bathroom accessories can take up too much space and look out of place, whereas the right accessories will make the space look finished and polished. Note a few tips when you’re ready to shop. 1. Complimenting surface materials It’s a common mistake to choose bathroom accessories that are the same material as the surface materials of your bathroom. This can cause them to compete or to look as if they don’t actually fit; if you opt for a different shade of wood for your accessories than the bathroom’s wood floor, they may actually clash. A better choice is to choose complimentary surface materials. If the bathroom has a dark wood floor and a dark wood vanity, choose a light porcelain for your bathroom accessories. If the bathroom has a glass shower screen, opt for nickel or anther metal or a darker material for the accessories rather than glass so they stand out and don’t compete with the shower screen. 2. Size Bathroom accessories that stand out and make a statement can seem very decorative, but getting pieces that are oversized will make your bathroom crowded and cluttered. Measure the space you have for a wastebasket and your bathroom counter space. If your bathroom is very small, choose accessories that attach to the wall so they’re off the sink and save space. Look for matching shelves so you can line up your toothbrush holder, tissue box cover, and other accessories and keep them neat but out of the way. 3. Look for added storage Most people wish they had more storage space in the bathroom, and your accessories can often do double duty by providing you with added storage. Look for small cupboards you can attach to the bathroom wall or tall towers with storage boxes that sit on the bathroom sink. A towel rack might have a canister at one end that holds your hairdryer or curling iron so the cord won’t get tangled and it’s always at your fingertips. They might also have hanging shelves that allow you to get more items off the sink while still keeping them close at hand. No matter your choice for bathroom accessories, shop around for those that offer these added storage options for maximum space in the...

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Why Use Custom Kitchen Cabinets Made From Wood?

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These days, kitchens are no longer just places to cook, clean and store food; modern kitchens are significant interior design showrooms, and it is quite evident that modern-day home owners are constantly looking for new ways of remodeling their kitchen space. So, what makes custom wood kitchen cabinets an ideal choice for kitchen renovation projects? Optimal utilization of space The best thing about using tailored wood kitchen cabinets is that they can be designed to fit into virtually every inch of space in your kitchen. Whether they are mounted on the wall or installed at the center of your kitchen area, these cabinets can add greatly to the volume of useable space in the kitchen. These box-shaped fittings often come partitioned with shelves and separate lockable drawers so that you can neatly store your things when you are not using them. Because wood kitchen cabinets are made-to-order, you won’t have worry about purchasing ready-made cabinets that might turn out to be too big or small to fit into the intended spaces. Hence, using these cabinets is an ingenious way of creating more functional space in your kitchen place. Explore your personal sense of style Ready-built kitchen cabinets often deny home owners the liberty to have products that match their personal sense of style. Even though there might be a broad array of standard cabinets available out there on the market for you to choose from, you will probably be compelled to settle for those which only have most (and not all) of the features you might have wanted. Custom wood cabinets are made from a personal choice of wood types, finishes, and accessories to match your exact desires and needs. As such, you can select features that will work best for you and integrate a personal touch of style into your kitchen as well. Easy to refurbish The best part about having custom wood kitchen cabinets is that you can refurbish them when you are tired of the old look. All you need is a skilled wood craftsman to help you ingrain or repaint the surface of the wood to give it a fresh look. Better still, you can save a few dollars by refurbishing the cabinets yourself provided you have the right blend of carpentry skills and tools. Extras like cabinet knobs and pulls, drawer inserts, door hinges, spice racks and many more can be used to inject new life into old wood kitchen cabinets look as if they were brand new. This way, you can give your kitchen a facelift as many times as you want across the...

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Considerations When Purchasing a Shed for Your Vehicle

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One of the biggest investments that you will make is your vehicle. As such, you would like to ensure that it is cared for and maintained well to ensure that it serves you for a significant period of time. However, some homeowners do not have the privilege of having an easily accessible garage to park their car in. As such, their vehicle is forced to bear the changing weather elements, and this will make it more susceptible to succumbing to wear and tear. The good news is that if you have some extra space, you could purchase a shed for the specific purpose of providing shelter for your car. Here are some of the considerations that you should keep in mind. What type of material should your shed be? The most common material sued on prefabricated shed is wood. Pine is a common choice as it is economical and abundant. However, it is not the best option of you are looking for a shed that will be rot resistant. If you are concerned about the wood rotting, then you could opt for a shed made from cedar as this type of wood has a higher resistance to rot. Another popular material for sheds is metal. Although these will not have the same rustic appearance as wood sheds, they tend to be rot and fire resistant. They also come with sliding door making it easier for you to park and remove your car. Metal sheds will require some maintenance though to ensure that they do not start developing rust. Lastly, you could opt for plastic sheds. These require the least maintenance when compared to other materials. However, they are not particularly attractive thus may not add much aesthetic value to your property. How sturdy is the shed? Generally, homeowners will use their sheds to store small items such as garden tools and other items that are not used on a regular basis. As such, you will find that not all sheds are built with sturdiness in mind. However, if you are looking to purchase a shed for the sole purpose of using it as a carport, then you need to ensure that it is strong enough to keep your vehicle secure. One of the aspects to check is the alignment of the roof. A sagging roof will not be able to withstand extreme weather conditions and thus would not be a good choice for your vehicle. Another aspect to check is the sturdiness of the walls. You should try to push against them and feel whether they offer up resistance. If the walls of the shed bend and flex rather than resist your pressure, the shed is not strong enough to be used as a...

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Choice and Maintenance: How to Make Sure Your Awnings Will Do Their Job for Many Years to Come

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It’s said that your eyes are the windows to your soul. So, perhaps your actual windows are the eyes of your home? Sure, some windows really do look like eyes, and your windows help to give your home its distinctive look, and even its personality. “Eyes” that are constantly exposed to the often harsh Australian heat need a bit of protection, and this is why outdoor awnings can be a fantastic idea for your windows. They give your home an entirely new look while still complementing its existing design. Outdoor awnings also keep the sun out without being intrusive. Awnings can be a significant investment, so you want to do everything you can to prolong their life for as long as possible. With a few simple steps, you can ensure that your awnings will be there to do their job for as long as possible. Choosing Your Awnings The initial choice of outdoor awnings is the most important step for determining their longevity. Most awnings are made from synthetic fibres or treated canvas. These materials are water resistant to minimise mould and mildew. Which Colour is Best? The choice of colours and patterns are entirely yours. Having said that, you should stay away from patterned awnings, as fading will be more obvious than with plain coloured awnings. Choose a colour that repels the sun, such as white or beige. Plain coloured awnings are far less susceptible to fading from the sun and will look newer for longer. To Retract or Not to Retract? Retractable awnings are slightly more expensive, but allow for more variations, which in turn prolongs their life. You can retract the awnings during the winter months, which then greatly reduces the fabric’s exposure to the elements for long periods of time. Prolonging the Life of Your Awnings Once you’ve chosen the best awnings for your home, you just need to follow a very simple process to keep them looking as good as new. If any organic debris come to rest on the awnings (leaves, dirt, bird droppings), simply brush them off as soon as possible. Brushing the awnings on a weekly basis is a good idea, and you can just use a broom. Any mild stains can be removed using your garden hose, and some light scrubbing might be required. Just use a soft brush and some household detergent. Don’t use an abrasive cleaner, as this can strip the fabric’s protective coating. Be sure to oil the retraction mechanism before extending the awnings after the winter. This will ensure that they won’t become stuck, leaving you with a half extended awning. Never retract the awnings when wet. Even treated fabric can develop mold spots when the water is trapped against its surface. Wait for the next sunny day to ensure they have adequately dried. Choosing the best awnings for your home will ensure that you’ll get the most use out of them. Once that choice has been made, maintenance is a breeze, and you can get decades of use out of your awnings.  For more information, contact home improvement stores, like Blind...

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Choosing the Best Landscaping Tree for Your Yard

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When choosing a landscaping tree for your yard, you want to ensure you choose something that will look good and also thrive in your environment. Trees are affected by the soil, sunlight and weather, just like all your other landscaping features. You also need to remember that not all trees grow the same, so you should consider their foliage and overall mature size before planting them. Note a few tips to consider before you visit the local nursery for plant supplies. 1. Deciduous trees versus evergreen When shopping, you may notice that trees are described as deciduous or evergreen. Deciduous trees have leaves that change color in the fall and then drop away, whereas evergreen trees don’t lose their leaves or needles. If you enjoy the look of fall colors, then deciduous trees are good, but evergreen trees may provide a nice backdrop for the blankets of snow you’ll get during wintertime. For smaller deciduous trees that will fit your yard, look for crabapple or flowering dogwoods.  2. Large versus small trees If you want shade for your home, then you might choose a large tree, but note that you should opt for something very strong that can withstand harsh weather elements without losing branches or toppling over. This will keep your home safe from damage caused by falling branches. Look for oak, maple, and elm; these are very popular in residential neighborhoods because they’re so strong. For smaller trees, look for anything that offers fruit or flowers. This would include apple trees or cherry trees. Japanese maple trees are also smaller and may fit right next to a home and offer very striking colors. 3. Soil and weather conditions Planting a tree in your yard will mean challenges for the tree, as man-made structures as well as pollution, salt during wintertime, and other such factors can weaken the tree and its roots. Some of the strongest trees that can withstand poor soil conditions such as a lack of drainage include maple and oak, or a Washington hawthorn.  It’s also good to purchase trees that are specific or native to your environment if you live anywhere with extremes in temperature. For example, pine trees are exceptionally strong against winter weather, whereas palm trees are native to warm and humid environments and can withstand harsh sun. While you may love the look of a certain tree, note that it may be too delicate to grow in your area and may wither one summer or die away during a rough winter, so shop according to your zone or standard weather...

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Various Advantages of Opting For Fibreglass Pools

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If you have been contemplating the addition of a swimming pool to your residence, you should be thinking about what kind of material to use. Conventional swimming pools have been made from either concrete or vinyl. However, what most homeowners do not realize is that the popularity of these materials has been gradually diminishing over time. One of the more popular alternatives for in-ground swimming pools is fibreglass. There are numerous reasons why this material has been gaining in popularity. Here are some of the various advantages of opting for fibreglass pools. Easy maintenance When you install a swimming pool in your yard, the work does not stop there. Your pool needs regular maintenance to ensure that it is safe for swimming. In addition, maintenance is required to ensure that the materials that make up the swimming pool do not degrade before their time. With this in mind, homeowners should seek out alternatives that will enable them to keep maintenance costs low rather than haemorrhaging money in pool maintenance. Fibreglass pools do not need excessive chemical treatments to keep them in pristine condition. In addition, they are easier to clean thus not a lot of manual labour is needed to ensure they remain aesthetically appealing. They are eco-friendly Fibreglass pools are designed to last for a significant amount of time. Since these pools do not need to be lined for them to be used, you also ensure that vinyl liners are not being dumped in landfills and polluting the earth. In addition to this, the surface of fibreglass is smooth as well as non-porous. This means that algae cannot breed in the pool like in concrete pools or vinyl lined pools. Since they do not harbour the growth of algae and other bacteria, you also do not need to use many chemicals to ensure that the pool water is clean and healthy. They are compatible with salt One of the components of fibreglass is salt. This means that you can opt for salt-water chlorination without having to worry about the surface of the swimming pool degrading. The same cannot be said for both steel as well as concrete alternatives. Over time, steel will begin to rust due to excessive exposure to the salt water and this not only affects the pool water, but the pool’s structural integrity may be compromised too. Easy installation Another great advantage of fibreglass pools is that the mould that makes up the swimming pool is pre-manufactured to your specifications. This means all the contractors have to do is come in and fit the pool into the area created for it, and then fill it with...

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Troubleshooting a leaky bath tub

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A bath tub that leaks can soon cause major damage to the flooring of a bathroom. Rather than simply fixing a small hole or crack, the homeowner can be facing a major repair job. It is critical that you can not only locate a leak, but can also fix the leak if it is not in the drainage system or piping; for this, it is probably best to call in a plumber as soon as you can. This article looks at how to locate a leak and then concentrates on fixing smaller leaks that are within the capabilities of a DIY homeowner. Finding The Leak There are three main areas to concentrate on — the bath tub body, the grout and the tap. Although close inspection of the grout and the tap will be enough to let you know if they are leaking, it can be a bit more difficult for the tub itself. A good idea is to tape some newspaper to the exterior of the tub — once you have made sure the outside of the tub is dry. Then, slowly fill the tub with water and look to see where the newspaper gets wet the fastest. This will help you to locate the leak. Fixing The Tub And The Grout Both of these areas can be repaired using a heavy duty type of waterproof sealant that can be purchased from all DIY outlets. Before attempting to seal the grout, let it dry fully beforehand. Applying the sealant to a wet area will last only a very short time before you have to repair it again. Cover the grout with the sealant and allow about three hours for it to dry. For the tub, follow the same process; ensure that the exterior of the tub is fully dry, apply the sealant and wait for around three hours for it to dry. You can then use a fine graded sandpaper to smooth off the surface of the sealant. Fixing The Tap The tap is a little more difficult to fix but still well within the capabilities of almost all DIY enthusiasts. Begin by taking off the plastic cap or cover that is located in the centre of the tap and you will expose a screw behind it. Carefully remove this screw so the handle can be taken off. Under this handle, you will notice a bolt that secures the tap stem in place. Remove this with a ratchet and remember that some water may spray out at this point. Inspect the gasket — this is a small rubber hoop — for wear and tear. If it looks damaged, take it to a plumbing outlet and get an exact replacement. Replace any other parts that look in poor condition, such as the stem washers. Reverse the procedure to open up the tap once the new parts are in place. Always ensure that the main water supply to the property is switched off before starting any of these fixes. If after fixing a tub leak yourself it continues to leak, or if the solution doesn’t last long, it might be time to replace the whole tub. Talk with a professional from a company like Acqua Bathrooms to learn about replacement...

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Nine Reasons To Carry Out Kitchen Renovations

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The kitchen is the centre of the home for many households. Carrying out kitchen renovations is a challenging task. It cannot only be costly but also inconvenient for many people. However, regardless of this, home owners still find good reason to carry out certain renovations to remodel their kitchen. There are many different reasons as to why home owners may decide to renovate their kitchen. Deterioration Peeling counter tops, cracked tiles, broken cupboard doors, old appliances and the fact that the kitchen seems to be falling apart may all help towards a decision to carry out kitchen renovations. Lifestyle Perhaps the layout of the kitchen was ideal for the previous home owners, but you would like something different such as a breakfast bar where you and your family can grab a quick bite together without having to use the dining room. Value Kitchen renovations are often carried out on a property to increase its value. A newly-renovated kitchen will be more appealing to prospective home buyers than an outdated one. Carrying out kitchen renovations may also help to sell the property more quickly, as new buyers don’t have to worry about the cost of carrying out the alterations themselves. Energy Saving Energy savings may be the reason for kitchen renovations. Adding skylights to a kitchen can allow more natural light to come through, saving on energy bills. Solar water heaters and energy-efficient appliances can reduce utility bills. Gourmet Kitchens For those home owners who consider themselves to be gourmet cooks, the main reason for carrying out kitchen renovations is to create their dream kitchen. Gourmet cooks need modern equipment and all the amenities. Modernness Kitchens can be clean yet appear outdated. If your kitchen has a retro appearance, but you want it to be modern, then renovations may be the only solution. Home Improvement TV Shows Such TV shows can inspire a person to make changes to their homes. They might not have ever thought of performing such a project until watching a home improvement program. Special Needs Kitchen renovations are sometimes necessary to meet the needs of a disabled family member. If a family member is in a wheelchair and can’t reach high cupboards, kitchen renovations can make things easier for them. Change Some home owners may simple require a change. Even though their current kitchen may be fully functional and attractive, they may just want a change of...

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Troubleshooting Garage Doors

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Installing garage door systems can cost you a lot of money, but replacing them is even more expensive. This is why it can be a massive headache when your roller door breaks or stops working as expected. If you can’t pinpoint the exact source of the problem, this headache can balloon into a migraine. Here is a troubleshooting checklist that will help you find the source of the problem. Take a look around The starting point of the troubleshooting process should be to look around for any external causes that might have broken down your garage door. You might be surprised at how many problems can occur by pieces of equipment or small tools becoming trapped somewhere in the assembly of the garage door. Clean up If not subjected to regular maintenance, your garage door might accumulate a thick, gooey substance on the tracks and its rollers. This usually happens because of accumulated debris, or it can also happen as a result of excessive lubricant use during the maintenance process. The friction that results will cause some parts of the garage equipment to become stuck, which means that the door won’t be able to function properly. This gooey substance can be removed by using any regular cleaning agent or a mild soap. Make sure to dry everything properly before using the garage door again in order to avoid any problems. Check the springs Once you have made sure that everything is clean, the next step should involve checking the cables and extensions springs. The extension can easily be found on the sides of the garage door running from pulleys. Make sure that neither those nor the cables are rusty; if they are, contact a local professional from a company like United Doors Pty Ltd in order to determine if they need to be replaced or simply cleaned. When replacing the springs, always replace them in pairs so as not to create any imbalance. In most high-end garage systems, a torsion spring is used, which can be quite complicated to repair by yourself. Tighten down Just like anything else, roller doors are subjected to wear and tear. Hinges, screws, and bolts are no exception to this rule, especially since you probably use the garage door daily. Check the bolts and screws of the opening mechanism, and make sure that none of them wobble. If you’re lucky, your problem can be solved by tightening these screws. If there are loose holes and the screws can’t be tightened anymore, you can use a piece of wood to serve as filler....

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