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    • Child Proofing Tips For Your Kitchen

      By cooldude | November 10, 2013

      kitchen careKitchen is the room in which the parents spend most of their time. Thus it is possible that children also come to the kitchen frequently for some reason or the other. Kitchen is not a safe place for your kid because of the potentially harmful electronic appliances present in the kitchen along with dangerous things like heavy utensils, glass items, knives and so on. In order to ensure that your kitchen is safe for your kids, you have to child proof your kitchen appropriately.

      Firstly, store all the sharp objects and harmful chemicals under lock and key so that your kid cannot get hold of them. The kitchen cabinets should be situated at such a height that only the adults can get access to them. On the other hand, if the kitchen cabinet is situated at the ground level then it should be locked properly because children are most likely to open them first. You always have to keep your kitchen organized and neat.

      Kitchen appliances such as a mixer grinder, oven, blender etc must be stored in a safe place so that the children cannot get their hands on them. The electrical sockets in your kitchen must be covered up when not in use especially when your kid is present in the kitchen. Never allow your kid to sit on the kitchen countertop. The kitchen garbage should also be kept away from the reach of your child.

      If anything spills on the floor of the kitchen then you must clean it immediately so that your kid does not trip and fall. Discourage and warn your child against pulling the tablecloths or curtains utilized in the kitchen as he/she might get tangled or get injured badly. Installing a safety gate is a must so that your kid stays away from the kitchen when you are not around.

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      Arranging a home office

      By cooldude | October 19, 2013

      home officeAre you planning to start a home based business? Well, home based businesses are extremely profitable and starting a home business will be a great boost to you career. However, there are a lot of things that you will have to consider when you start a home based business and one of the most important things is creating a small office space at home for your work. Irrespective of whether you have a small apartment and your office space will be in a closet or you have a huge home and your office will cover an enter floor, a lot of planning should go into it. Here is some help.

      The desk that you get for your office should be according to the size of your office as well as your requirements. If the office space is smaller and you need to have two computers and a printer on the desk, you should opt for a long, thin desk. To enhance space efficiency in a small office, you can opt for a wall mounted desk. Along with the desk, you will have to choose the right chair as well and you are advised to opt for a chair that can be completely pushed underneath your desk. This will ensure that you can walk around comfortably in your office. Secondly, you will have to make sure that there is proper storage space in your office and for this a mail rack is a wonderful idea as it does not take up much space as well.

      There should be ample lighting in your home office. Natural light is the best and you should also have provision for above head lighting and fan lighting. It is very important that you keep your home office clutter free and make sure that only your work related stuff are kept in it.

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      General Information About Plumbing And Associated Issues

      By cooldude | October 6, 2013

      PlumbingYou will need the help of a plumber only when your pipes start leaking, your drains get clogged and the state of the dripping pipes is worsened in such a way that you cannot handle the repair or replacement on your own. If you ignore the maintenance of your plumbing system and its related minor issues then in the future you will have to spend loads of money to get your entire plumbing system repaired.

      In order to avoid plumbing repairs or problems completely, you must install equipments and pipes that are of top-notch quality and extremely durable. When you are installing some plumbing equipment for the very first time and do not install good quality ones then your plumbing system will suffer from regular problems. Do not buy bad quality plumbing materials and fixtures to save your precious money.

      At times even if good plumbing equipments are installed, your plumbing system might face challenges like water pressure problems, leaks, damages etc. Thus it is your responsibility to inspect your plumbing system on your own or get it inspected by a professional on a regular basis to detect the signs of problems in the system at an earlier stage.

      If pipes get frozen due to the cold weather conditions then you can use a hair dryer to thaw out the pipes. You can even use a cloth soaked in hot water and place it on top of the frozen pipe to thaw it out. A plunger can help you get rid of minor clogging problems. But sometimes the clogging problem can be a major one. Thus it is advised that an expert plumber should be hired to do the repairing job for you.

      Ensure that you hire a professional who is experienced in the field of plumbing and charges a reasonable fee from you.

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      Tips to decorate a modern kitchen

      By cooldude | September 14, 2013

      modern kitchenThe kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house and it should equally treated as the other rooms in the house. So if you are planning to decorate the other rooms you should also pay attention to the kitchen. In fact with the modern kitchens you have more option to decorate. Earlier the kitchen was out of sight it seemed as if it was not a part of the house but with the modern houses becoming smaller and compact, the kitchen can be seen from the living room or dining room. Now the question is how you will decorate your kitchen. Since kitchen is something that you may not have decorated earlier you may face some difficulty at first but it is very easy. First of all you should pay heed to the walls. Kitchen walls do not need any kind of fancy coloring or themes. You can simply add a few flowers that will make the kitchen a bit more colorful naturally.

      In an ideal kitchen you will see a box shelf where you keep the cooking ingredients. This can be used to the fullest extent in order to decorate the kitchen. You can add small lights to them or if you want you can also add a small lamp shade. Now the lamp shade can be of different colors or designs according to your choice and budget. This will not only add light to the kitchen but will also make the kitchen attractive. If you are thinking to decorate the kitchen is the simplest possible way then it would be wise if you do not add any furniture to it. They often occupy the space and that would not help to decorate it. Apart from the necessary furniture there should not be any extra furniture in the kitchen.

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      Planning before decorating your house

      By cooldude | August 22, 2013

      decorating your houseYour house is a place where you can always relax after a hard day’s work. Your house is a place where you can be together with your family. And your home is also the place where you can experiment with all the different ideas you have about decoration. So if you are up for it then you should get going straight away. Decorating your house does not need you to be very intelligent. You just have to select a theme and all the other things will start working automatically. So what exactly do you need to do in order to decorate your house? Following are some of the planning and special tips that you need to keep in mind:

      • Planning is something that you need to do in the first step. If you think that decorating the whole house is going to take long then you can always take one room at a time. This will also help you to get an idea as to how you can approach with the other rooms because once you have one room covered you would want the other room to look a bit different from that one.

      • Secondly you should pick up a theme according to which you would choose the decorating items. The furniture and everything can change according to that but if you do not want such a thing to happen then you can always shuffle your furniture around. This will make the room fresh and it will seem that you are a new room.

      • Decorating can burn a hole in your pocket and if you do not want that you would have to control the budget. Try to choose things that are at a low budget but still adds to the theme of the house.

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      Get cotton curtains for your home this summer

      By cooldude | June 26, 2013

       cotton curtains, curtainsCotton curtains are really helpful to keep you comfortable during the summer months. The cotton fiber has a greater insulation capacity in comparison to man-made fabrics and the cotton curtains would keep the home cool during warmer months- keeping you away from harsh afternoon sunrays.

      Apart from keeping the room cool, cotton curtains are also preferred for their versatility. You will find a huge array of cotton curtains in varied designs and colors to match up with any form of décor theme. Whether you have a trendy décor or a vintage one, cotton curtains are a must for the summer months.

      The, it’s good to mention that cotton curtains are easy to maintain. You can wash them over and over, if needed and iron them up while rehanging. Cotton is heat resistant and hence it won’t be a problem while ironing them. Last but not the least, cotton curtains are really affordable.

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      Glass installation for home

      By cooldude | June 18, 2013

      Glass installation, home decorGlass installation does not necessarily require you to hire a professional. All you need is a few efficient tools and a little experience for you to install in on your own. Before you start you need a measuring tape with the help of which you will measure the size and width of the opening which needs the glass to be installed in it. In order to avoid lapses in the size of the glass, your measurement should be accurate.

      Next, you will require a glass cutter to cut the substance. It is said the Gold glass cutters are of the finest quality. There are other specially designed cutters for an oval or round shaped glass. If for instance, the glass you have is very big then you will require a lifter for the glass to be moved in different places so that you do not injure yourself or break the glass.

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      Top Roofing Issues to Look For

      By Mhouse | June 5, 2013

      Roofing issuesWe all know replacing a roof is really an expensive option.  Thus everyone wants to stay away from that option. But in certain conditions you need to opt for that. If you want to stay away from this there is some time when your roof needs attention and you need to give that. Roof repairing and maintenance is far better option as compared to roof replacement. So it is really advisable to know what the common roofing problems are and identify those problems at an early stage to stay away from expensive roof replacement process. Here are some of the most common roofing issues which need to be fixed if detected in your roof.

      A buckled roof will look like something which is under the roof and that thing is pushing the shingles up. There can be lots of reasons for buckling. One of the reasons can be improper installation of the felt or tar paper. If this felt or tar paper is not stretched properly when it is applied to the roof decking then it can lead the shingle to rise and cause buckling in the roof. Improper roof ventilation can also be one of the reasons for buckling as it causes the water moisture to build up in the attic space of the roof.

      If the shingles are under stress then it can lead to cupping and curling. This is also a sign of replacement of shingles. This can be noticed when these shingles have a concave centre instead of being flat and the edges of the shingles are curled. This means that shingles are cupped and curled and they need a replacement. Shingles are in a fragile situation when they look like this so you should avoid walking on the roof unless you are in the process of repairing it.

      This is actually a technical roofing term which relates to the shingle fasteners which are very heavily driven. Roofers usually use pneumatic nail guns and while using this if the pressure is very high the tile is thumped in by the nails with extreme force and it is drived too far. The mat of the shingle is usually broken when such thing happens. The shingle will not do its work in an efficient manner.

      Ice dam is also one of the common roofing issues which people usually take lightly and then suffer in the end. Ice dam occurs when a ridge of ice is built up on the edge of the roof and this thing stops the water to run off which is collected from the melted snow. The collected water then lies on the tiles itself and cause damage to the roof and even the walls and ceilings. The snow which is collected can be dangerous to the roof as it can lead to water leakage and water leakage can lead the roof to rot. This water should be kept away and along with the snow.

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      Comparison of automatic and manual garage doors

      By cooldude | June 4, 2013

      automatic and manual garage doorsWith the introduction of automatic garage doors it is now a question for all the home owners which door to select. This is a tough choice to select. The automatic garage doors come at a price that pinches your pocket a bit. They not only come with the function of door opening and closing automatically but it also has several features that it performs. These different functions are not required by any of the users yet they need to pay the high amount to the company of the garage door producer. This is definitely a waste of money.

      The automatic doors are also needs a bit of technical knowledge. So it is for the people who know how to handle things technically. The cost of garage door is high apart from the cost you may also need to spend some money on changing the garage a bit. These doors are not meant for all types of garage. The manual doors are easy to use and will demand less money to fit in. So if you are looking to make a garage in a certain budget then manual doors are the best one for you.

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      Keeping your shed safe during rains

      By cooldude | April 26, 2013

      shed care, home careIf you have an outdoor shed in your home, then you should try and protect it during dangerous weather especially during the rains. During the construction, adopt proper safety measures to ensure the shed doesn’t collapse during heavy rains. Get proper support for the shed by adding proper hinges at the edges or by installing proper angle supports.

      Also get proper weather resistance, anti corrosive paint for the shed. This will protect the color of the shed from getting faded away during heavy rains. So choose the color properly by making a good research of the market which color is resistant enough to serve your purpose.

      During construction of the shed, you should be very much careful to ensure safety. It is advisable you take the help of some experts to construct the shed in the proper way. If the support is not strong enough or given in the proper way at the proper place, the shed may collapse during heavy rains.

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