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Ever stop to think home improvement can be accomplished through a little judicious use of gardening skills? Home improvement is a blanket term covering a huge chunk of territory. Part of that territory includes flowers, plants and landscaping materials that can all be combined to give your home a fresh makeover.

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ATRIUM

Ever notice how many office building lobbies feature an atrium these days? Atrium is simply a synonym for an interior garden with clearly defined boundaries. Really want to engage a garden as a means of home improvement? An atrium is home improvement not just on an aesthetic level, but on an environmental health level.

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Is it time to replace your outdated appliances? Are you tired of a kitchen that doesn’t fit with your family’s style of living? Have you been saving all those magazine clippings for your dream kitchen for years? Since the kitchen truly is the “heart of the home” now might be the perfect time to plan that new kitchen you’ve always wanted.

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You want a kitchen that is safe to use, easy to keep clean, and very workable for your family. While a kitchen can be a costly investment careful planning on your part can help you get a good return for the time and money invested. Here are seven tips to help you get started on planning your dream kitchen:

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There is no need to walk up and down some unremarkable stairs in your house. Why not spruce up your staircase without having to pay someone else to do it? By improving your stairs do it yourself style, you can make your stairs your own, adding your own personal touch to your steps, so they are something you truly love and can be proud of.

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The number one DIY improvement recommendation is changing the color of your staircase. There are a couple of ways this can be done:

  • paint
  • stain
  • wallpaper
  • carpet

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Most Americans take a lot of pride in their homes. We see our homes as an extension of ourselves, and as proof of our success in life. Therefore, we want our homes to be well-kept and nicely decorated. We keep our yards weeded and our lawns mowed. We keep our fences in good repair (often by using a professional company to do gate repair), and we make sure our gates are always in working order. If your home’s gate breaks you get it back to working order as quickly as possible.

Importance of Gates
The fact of the matter, however, is that having a faulty gate is more dangerous than it is simply an eyesore. Your fence and gate are security perimeters around your home. They keep you safe, delineate your property as exactly that, and alert you when visitors are arriving. Therefore, if you find yourself one day trying to maneuver a broken gate, odds are good you are going to want to get it fixed immediately.

What a Broken Gate Means
A broken gate invites intruders. It implies that your home is able to be penetrated. A gate that is allowed to stay broken for an extended period of time providing no protection whatsoever to the homeowners, is a very inviting sign for potential intruders. A broken gate may mean that your home is abandoned which may invite people with no ill-will but people who are not invited nonetheless. A broken gate means that you do not care enough about your home to keep everything about it in working order. And that sheds a bad light on your neighborhood just as much as it does on your own property.

How to Fix a Gate – Tip #1
If your gate does not work you can attempt to fix it yourself. Does the hinge not work correctly? Rust and other sediments from the outdoors can eat away at mental hinges and cause them to stick and not work correctly. Replacing the hinge may be all you need to have your gate working as good as new.

How to Fix a Gate – Tip #2
Does the actual wood or metal material of your gate have paint that is peeling? If the damage is not too severe you may be able to simply apply a new coat of paint to your fence and gate to have everything looking as good as new. Sanding down the gate after removing it from the rest of the fence will be the best way to ensure that paint does not continue to peel once you put on the new coat.

How to Fix a Gate – Tip #3
Maybe your whole gate is simply a lost cause. No amount of paint or replacement of hinges is going to change that. Perhaps it has rotted away to the point that the handles do not work to close and lock the gate. Or perhaps the metal is twisted and expanded and no longer fits effectively as a part of the fence. In such cases, you may be better off simply replacing the gate. So long as you match the gate to the rest of the fencing, you should be able to get a flawless look with a brand new gate.

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The Electrician Bondi Junction Effect

Electricity is one of the most important sources of energy at home. Contemptible electrical mistakes at home make it dangerous. These mistakes can make one be electrocuted, get a shock and even result to death. The following are the common electrical mistakes at my home.

Using of defective electrical appliances.

Defective electrical appliances such as heaters, iron boxes, mobile charges, cookers and many others are very expensive to use. They expose one’s life at risk. These appliances may have naked wires which can cause fire or electrical shock. Electrical fire damages a lot of property resulting to a huge loss.

Overloading sockets

Sockets have a specific voltage limit which should not be exceeded. Overloading a socket is very easy and mostly it is done unknowingly.When many extension cables are plugged into the same socket, it becomes overloaded. The overloaded socket makes the fuse box to keep on tripping or produces a slight burning smell. This can result to the home being in flames. Just because the extension plug has space for four or more sockets, it doesn’t mean all must be used. They should be minimized to reduce the likelihood of requiring emergency electrical repairs or experiencing a disastrous fire.

In addition, electrical appliances exceeding the extension plugs’ rating is a major mistake done. This can cause sparks and even fire.

An overload calculator should be used to check if an extension is getting overloaded.

Operating electrical appliances with wet hands
Water is a good conductor of electricity.Wet hands create a short circuit for the current when they come into contact with connected metallic appliances. This exposes one at risk of getting a shock or being electrocuted. In addition, switching on and off the light sockets with wet hands, one can get shocked.

Gloves should be worn when repairing electrical circuits and appliances. Using outdated or defective test equipment to troubleshoot. This was discovered here: http://www.electricianbondi.net.au/

Outdated or defective equipment, old voltage tester for example is inefficient. It may not identify all problems related to the electrical appliance or circuits. This exposes the technician into risk. He can’t determine clearly whether the problem is fixed or not. He may get shocked or electrocuted.
Portable electric tools and test equipment with correct ratings should be used. Ratings should be compatible to circuits they will be connected.

Use of bulbs with different wattage for their fixture
Bulbs have varying wattage. Some have a higher wattage while others have a lower wattage. Using a higher wattage bulb makes the fixture to overheat. Overheating also can lead to the fixture bursting or outbreak of fire.
Bulbs that have correct wattage requirements for each fixture should be used. Compact fluorescent bulbs that provide the same level of light at lower wattage can also be used.

Unprofessional wiring

Home wiring is very delicate. It can lead to tremendous loses if done unprofessionally. Unskilled electrical technicians may not install the sockets properly. This may lead to high voltage in light sockets and low voltage in other sockets meant for heating and cooking. Source: http://www.esv.vic.gov.au/

High voltage in lighting causes the bulbs to overheat and burst. This might expose house to fire outbreak. The high voltage can cause shock also.

Use of nails and metallic structures to attach extension cables to the wall is a big mistake. Metals can create a short circuit and cause shock or one to be electrocuted.

Planting trees near electric power lines.

Trees near electric power lines expose the surrounding into danger. They can cause outbreak of fire when they fall n the electric power lines. Similarly, the may cause the lines to sag hence reducing their height. Animals and man are exposed to risk as they can get electrocuted due to the high voltage.

Children playing with model aircrafts, kites and toys near power cables tamper with them. They should be prohibited from such areas.

 

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Homeowners have a wide range of carpets to choose from for their homes. These different types can be grouped based on a number of factors. This guide is going to look at some of the commonest types of carpets available in the market today.

Berber
This carpet gets its name from a tribe found in parts in North Africa and Asia called the Berber. It is a handmade carpet that is quite bulky given that it is made from wool. Although it was originally from North Africa and Asia, it has rapidly gained popularity in other parts of the world. Other than wool, its piles can also be made from nylon, polypropylene or a mixture of other yarns and fibers depending on your tastes and likes. It is very durable and also provides a luxurious finish to a house where it is used. However, its loops can easily be pulled by pets’ claws.

Saxony
Saxony is the best-selling cut pile carpet today. It is made from two or more tightly twisted fibers. You can easily tell it from other types by looking at the tips of the fibers. Instead of blending them together like in many different types, they remain distinct which is key in creating an elegant smooth textured finish. Since this carpet shows footprint and vacuum cleaner marks, it is ideal for a room with minimal traffic.

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Frieze
This is also a cut pile carpet almost similar to Saxony although it is a little coarse. It has a dense low pile surface with a pebbly texture making it perfect for areas of the house with high foot traffic. Unlike Saxony, its short fibers curl in different directions which is key in hiding footprints and even vacuum marks.

  • Plush
    Plush carpets are also called velvet or velour. They are characterized by:
    A sheared surface pile that is smooth and very soft.
  • An expensive look and feel.
  • Yarns are usually not so tightly twisted together.
  • Blending yarns.

Since these fibers lie facing different directions, it is possible for this carpet to look like it has multiple colors. It is also ideal for occasional rooms.

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Level and Multi-Level Loop Piles
Level loop pile is a durable type of carpet made by weaving even or level loops of yarn into the two ends of a carpet backing. The ways these loops are woven gives the carpet a casual look regardless of the type of fibers used. Multi-level loop pile resembles the level loop pile except for the fact that its loops are of different sizes. In most cases, you could have three different levels of loops repeated throughout the entire carpet. Both carpets work well in high traffic areas although the loops can easily be pulled.

Woven Carpet
If you need absolute luxury then, a woven carpet is for you. Woven carpets can be made from any material of your choice and are mainly used for prestigious installations. They also come in varying patterns. Despite their luxurious feel, they are quite expensive due to the laborious manufacture process.

There are numerous other types of carpets that you can choose for your home or even office. However, those discussed above are the common ones and you can easily find them.