Replacing Broken Appliances is a Good Option, But Only if They’re Unrepairable

No matter the brand, no appliance can guarantee that it will work without any problem. As a matter of fact, expensive brands clearly express this reality via their ‘timed warranties’ or even ‘lifetime warranties’. According to many appliance repair experts, some appliances may have a major problem Read more

Plumber’s Advice: Bad Bathroom Behaviors to Avoid

When a plumber visits your home to fix broken pipes or toilets, they can save you a lot of cash since you don’t have to replace the damaged parts. Other than that, Done Plumbing & Heating says plumbers can diagnose the bad routines you didn’t know you were Read more

Practising Safety in Pyrotechnic Shows

Pyrotechnic shows involve the use of commercial fireworks—an intricately arranged display of fireworks. With the audience situated from a distance, pyrotechnic shows require safety precautions due to a large number of fireworks involved in the performance. Fireworks International, a provider of affordable fireworks, discusses the four Read more

Replacing Broken Appliances is a Good Option, But Only if They’re Unrepairable

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Appliance Repair No matter the brand, no appliance can guarantee that it will work without any problem. As a matter of fact, expensive brands clearly express this reality via their ‘timed warranties’ or even ‘lifetime warranties’.

According to many appliance repair experts, some appliances may have a major problem while others have smaller ones, but any kind will always result in headaches—if left unchecked. That is why it is important to repair them when damages start to show to preserve both the integrity and the reliability of the product, and extend its life for many more years.

It is nice to buy items with a lifetime or unlimited warranty, however, most of them are either too expensive or you actually won’t need them too much. That is why many appliances found in homes, a broken device or machine is a common scenario. And the first thing they do is find a repairman before even thinking about getting a replacement.

Just like any other service, some are better than the others. So keep the following things in minds for a more satisfying experience with your tradesman:

Referrals – Ask your friends or neighbours for referrals if you don’t know anyone in your area. Doing so will help you find a good company instead of calling repair shops using the Yellow Pages. If your friends trust them, they are probably good.

License and Insurance – These documents provide customer protection in case some accident happens causing more damage to your item or your property. A license and service insurance also means they can provide a warranty for their work.

Customer Reviews – As a rule of thumb, the older the company is, the more credible it is. But credibility doesn’t mean a great service. So you should look at the history of that company via customer reviews before calling them.

Unless your appliance is too old and begging to go to junkyard heaven, or the cost of repair will far exceed the price of a new one, it is still better to repair them. Not only to save your budget, but also to save the environment from more industrial rubbish.

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Plumber’s Advice: Bad Bathroom Behaviors to Avoid

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Clean BathroomWhen a plumber visits your home to fix broken pipes or toilets, they can save you a lot of cash since you don’t have to replace the damaged parts. Other than that, Done Plumbing & Heating says plumbers can diagnose the bad routines you didn’t know you were doing.

Taking Steamy Showers

Molds are the main issue in bathrooms as they can affect the caulking, the crevices, and even the ceiling. Keep the shower dry by using the exhaust fan while you shower. You also have to use the exhaust fan after a shower to get rid of excess moisture. If there is still mold, it might be due to water seeping into the back of the tub or tiles. Otherwise, there could be a leak behind the wall.

The Environmental Working Group shares that you can add 15 to 20 drops of tea tree oil, which is antimicrobial, into a water-filled spray bottle. Spray this do-it-yourself anti-mold spray onto the tiles after every shower. Get rid of water in the shower curtain by shaking it and halfway closing it so air can freely circulate in the room.

Leaving Fallen Hair

There’s nothing wrong with hair unless you don’t regularly pick them out of the shower drain. If you’re the forgetful kind, it’s better to purchase a hair guard at the nearest hardware store. Once hair is mixed with excess soap, it may become a barrier the size of a rat’s nest.

If you ever do encounter a clog and see it close to the top, get the blockage out by using tweezers. You may use a wire clothes hanger that has a J hook at the end. You only have to put it in the drain, twist it a few times to get a hold of the hair, then slowly tug it out.

Plumbers do not only fix your broken stuff for you. They can also save you time before any of the bad habits lead to expensive financial issues.

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Practising Safety in Pyrotechnic Shows

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Colourful Fireworks DisplayPyrotechnic shows involve the use of commercial fireworks—an intricately arranged display of fireworks. With the audience situated from a distance, pyrotechnic shows require safety precautions due to a large number of fireworks involved in the performance.

Fireworks International, a provider of affordable fireworks, discusses the four categories of fireworks in the UK.

  • Category 1 – These are low hazard fireworks intended for use within small, confined places.
  • Category 2 – These are low hazard fireworks as well with low noise level intended for use in small, outdoor spaces.
  • Category 3 – These are medium hazard fireworks with a noise level that is not harmful, intended for use in large, outdoor spaces.
  • Category 4 – These are high hazard fireworks with a noise level that is not harmful, only allowed for use by professionals.

Given these categories, and with the fire hazards involved in pyrotechnic shows, it comes as no surprise that there are safety procedures for you to follow in the event of pyrotechnic shows.

In organising a fireworks display, here are some tips for you to follow to ensure safety:

  • Plan ahead on who will be operating the display. Unless you are a licensed pyrotechnician, you can only light a display utilising fireworks under categories one to three.
  • Evaluate your site. Ensure that there is enough space for your display. This involves the landing site for the fireworks, overhead power lines and other possible obstructions.
  • Prepare for emergency situations. In the event that something goes wrong, you should be aware of what to do and who to contact.
  • Ensure the quality of the fireworks by obtaining them from a reputable supplier.
  • Your fireworks storage should be suitable.
  • In case you plan on having alcoholic drinks served during the show, locate the bar from a safe distance from the site of your pyrotechnics.

It will serve you well to research on the proper operation of pyrotechnics shows. As lives and properties are at risk, always practise due diligence and responsible use of fireworks.

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What’s it Like Being a Student in Singapore

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StudentCompared to other regions in the world, Asia is often overlooked as a study destination for international students. Contrary to popular belief, however, there are in fact many outstanding universities in Asia. This is true if you are aiming for Singapore.

English-speaking Community

Many people are not fully aware that Singapore is an English-speaking nation. This means that communication will not be a problem because you can comfortably talk and interact with the locals and students when you enrol at any university in Singapore without worrying about the language barrier. Apart from English, the city-state has three other spoken languages: Tamil, Mandarin, and Malay.

The Eighth Safest City

Globally, Singapore ranked eight (first in Asia) as the safest city. Better not worry about your safety, while you are busy studying in the Lion city. It is all thanks to the country’s strict and harsh punishment that most people, local or not, tend to comply with the law. If ever you have plans on visiting or studying in Singapore, better do a research about the dos and don’ts while you are staying.

World-recognised Education

Another fact about the Lion City’s educational system is there are at least two universities in Singapore that made it in the top 60 of World University Rankings 2015-2016. This means that once you graduated from its colleges, the chances of being employed internationally are higher.

Scholarship Grants

Along with the city-state’s highly recognised education standards, Singapore also offers a number of scholarship grants for international students. Depending on what you applied for, these can be on partial or full-time funding. Regardless of what type of educational endowment you are in, Singapore can certainly provide you with all the aid you need to finish your studies.

Considering these benefits, Singapore is indeed one of the best options to get your international education. The next time you think about taking your bachelor’s degree abroad, do not forget to include the wonderful nation of Singapore on your choices.

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Debunking Myths About Home Heating

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Central HeatingWith a sudden shift in temperature and nothing much to do, you may choose to stay at home during winter. There are several ways to keep you warm at home during the winter months. A fireplace can keep you warm, but nothing can beat the warmth of a home furnace. Should you need to install central heating, NZ has various service providers that can assist you. Feel free to call and visit them for assistance.

However, there are some home heating myths that continue to mislead homeowners.

Central heating service provider Tim Miller Plumbing suggests that all should know and digest these myths and debunk them completely. Here are some of them:

Setting the thermostat to its maximum temperature will warm your house faster.

Your furnace won’t give more heat even if you set your thermostat higher. It will only heat your home longer until such time that it feels uncomfortably warm. For that, you gain nothing but a higher energy bill.

Space heaters cost less than a gas heating system.

Using space heaters instead of a gas heating system doesn’t mean a decrease in your energy bill. Tim Miller Plumbing reveals that using electricity to heat your home costs the same as heating the same space with a gas furnace.

Turning off the heater during the day conserves energy.

Letting the temperature drop by turning off the heat, then switching it on again later is more expensive than what you think. It can damage water pipes, and repairs can cost you much. So if there’s a chance of extreme cold or freezing, never attempt to turn off your heating system.

A wood-burning fireplace can reduce your energy bill.

Fireplaces don’t suit large areas. At times, they are for decorative purposes only. Most of your heating comes from your central heating system.

Replacing your leaky windows will decrease your energy bill.

Leaky windows allow heat to escape, which is a waste of energy. Some homeowners choose to replace them with new ones. Adding insulation around plumbing vents and wall sockets or weather stripping doors are better alternatives. They cost less than installing new windows.

Winter, being the coldest season, is the most dreaded part of the year.  But with central heating, staying at home can be fun. Just make sure to maintain it properly. 

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Making Lasting Impressions: Designing a Welcoming Foyer

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Welcoming FoyerThe purpose of the foyer is to welcome guests and bridge the space between outside and inside. It is the critical introduction to the home, where your visitors create their first impressions and set expectations. Start the story of your home with these basic principles of designing an inviting foyer.

Space

Space is the first and most important consideration when designing your home’s foyer. It must be spacious enough to become functional and beautiful at the same time. It should have space for a few furniture pieces and for a few people to move around comfortably. Bear in mind that the foyer is a transitional space, so design it with an eye towards its purpose.

Balance and Scale

If you have a small space to work with, design your entryway according to scale to make it appear more spacious, airy and inviting. Rely on your walls, floor, and ceiling to create a welcoming atmosphere. Go for light paint and hardwood parquet floors or stone to give that indoor-outdoor feel.

Functionality

To maximize space, design your foyer in a way that it will look visually stunning but at the same time, functional and utilitarian. Allocate space for a small dresser for additional storage or a convenient place to put your keys, mail, or other stuff you need to grab on your way out.  

Lighting and Comfort

You’re entryway should have comfortable lighting and climate so walking through it would be a breeze. That way, you and your guests will really study the space before moving on to the rest of the house. Suburban Glass Service, Inc suggests a double entry door with framed glass to let natural light flow into the foyer. Go for stained glass to play with light and glazing to keep out noise pollution and the weather. If you have windows, add shading elements, such as blinds or a plant, to keep a desired level of privacy.

Style

If your entryway opens to your stairs or risers, add drama to your stairs by finishing it with paint, carpeting, faux finish or wall art.  If you have minimalist architectural details and furnishing, add a bit of flare by playing with accents and contrast. Or, spice it up with stunning wall art. There are infinite ways to style a foyer, and if you want your imagination to run wild, make sure it still makes sense to the overall motif of your home.

But your foyer is not only designed for your guests, it should also be inviting to you as a homeowner. As you come through the door, your entryway should immediately relax your thoughts and comfort you with the idea that you are safe and sound. Make a statement but make sure you are telling your personal narrative. 

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What Homeowners Should Know When Installing HVAC Systems

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Installation of HVAC Systems in Salt Lake CityWhether it’s the scorching heat of summer or winter’s biting cold, a good HVAC system can keep your home at a comfortable indoor temperature. Few things have more of an impact on your family’s comfort than having a good air conditioner. Now, if you’re installing a new system, what do you need to know?

A central air conditioning system is a considerable investment, especially since they are expected to last for well over a decade. These factors are what you should pay attention to most.

1. Control – Temperature consistency and humidity control are important for total comfort. You want a system that will keep your house at a constant temperature.

2. Energy Savings – Your unit’s energy efficiency determines its environmental friendliness and how good its long term savings are.

3. Air Quality – Filtering the air and removing airborne contaminants is an indispensable role of HVAC systems, and one that directly affects your health.

Additionally, getting a unit with enough power for your home’s size is crucial. A unit that’s too weak will take longer to cool or heat a room. Oversized systems, meanwhile, will use too much electricity and fail to lower humidity effectively.

Understanding Your Budget

The purchase price of your new HVAC system is just one of the costs you have to keep in mind. To make a proper budget, you need to be familiar with the installation process. However, if you’re not replacing an old system, you will probably have to hire a core drilling service in Salt Lake City to make holes in the building’s concrete.

Most contractors will also show you a “payback” calculator, which will demonstrate how many years it takes for the increased energy savings to make up for the unit’s cost. A general rule is that while the more expensive systems require a significant investment, they are far more cost-effective in the long run.

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Ergonomics Basics for a Healthy, Productive, and Happy Workplace

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Office FurnituresIf you work in an office, you know how it is like sitting on a chair in front of a desk for the better part of the day. However, you might not fully realize how much strain your body receives just because of how your workstation is set up. Your best bet for a productive and healthy office environment is an ergonomically sound workplace.

Giving your office an ergonomic makeover

Ergonomics refers to a field of study wherein the design of items used by people specifically conform to the needs and functions of the body. The main objective of this design approach is to lower the strain on muscles, bones, joints, and soft tissues.

Traditional office furniture does not offer ergonomic features. Their components are usually fixed, and does not allow for adjustments, which could improve the comfort of users. For this reason, millions of dollars in profits are lost every year from employee absence due to musculoskeletal problems brought about by poor furniture design. As QualityUsedOffice.com notes, the idea of office equipment being custom-fitted to the individual user is now getting traction if only for the obvious improvements in employee attendance and productivity.

Case in point: The office chair

With the help of an ergonomic consultant, companies can easily find affordable pieces, which are ergonomically sound. For example, in assessing whether a chair is acceptable, you only have to refer to the natural sitting posture. A chair must have the proper length, height, and shape so that it can support your back, buttocks, and thighs. This is how you can sustain proper posture for long periods without fatigue and undue strain to your bones, muscles, and joints.  

An ergonomic makeover may be necessary to boost productivity in your workplace. Choosing furniture with appropriate ergonomic features is not as complicated as it seems.

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5 Common Electrical Wiring Mistakes Homeowners Do

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Electrical Wiring One of the most common causes of residential fires is faulty electrical wirings. This is why a duly licensed and well-experienced electrician should be the one to set up the electrical wiring system in your house. By doing this, you can be assured that everything is where they should be and that this greatly eliminates the risk of electrical fires.

Now, if you do choose to do the electrical wiring yourself, it is important to be knowledgeable of the most common electrical wiring mistakes that homeowners do. This is to help you avoid these mistakes and save you tons of trouble later on. Engineering Supplies shares more information below:

Not Using Appropriate Electrical Boxes

For safety, all electrical splices should be done and collected at a fireproof electrical box or an electrical receptacle box. These boxes literally protects the splices from possible ignition if a flammable material is nearby.

Overcrowding the Electrical Panel

Some homeowners crowd their electrical panels with a lot of electrical wires in an effort to save on costs. But, you need to understand that electrical wirings generate substantial amounts of heat. If they are packed closely together, and also without heat shrink protection, then you run the risk of electrical overheating which can lead to fires.

Not Using Appropriate Grounding for Electrical Outlets

In the past, electrical outlets were only composed of two slots. But, there was always the danger of a stray electricity. Grounding receptacles are now the mainstay of electrical systems in order to provide a much safer route for any stray electricity to flow to a safer location while at the same time tripping the circuit breaker. This should warn you of the existence of a problem somewhere in the electrical circuit.

Use of an Extension Cord on a Permanent Basis

The diameter and capacity of an electrical extension cord is inherently smaller compared to permanent electrical wiring fixtures. These extension cords should only be used as a temporary means to bring electricity to a particular appliance and should not be turned as a permanent circuit.

Mismatched Wire at the Circuit Breaker

Individual circuit breakers have a certain amperage that requires a specific size of wire. As a general rule, never use a wire that is smaller than what is recommended for the amperage of the circuit breaker.

These are just five of the most common electrical wiring mistakes that homeowners do. Now that you know them, pay special attention, so you will not commit any of them.

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Seven Amazing Uses of Poly Bags

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Poly BagsMade of thin plastic film, poly bags have greater uses than carrying things. After one use, people usually throw these bags away and forget to recycle the pouches for future purposes.

Poly bags can be easily recycled into other consumer products like yarn, park benches, and even new plastic bags, as said by rutanpoly.com. To implement this, poly bag users just need to set their priorities straight and reuse responsibly.

Here are seven ways you can use poly bags again.

Pill Carrier

Bulky medicine bottles eat too much space on your luggage, and are too hard to rummage. If you are always on the go, a small poly bag is a great pill carrier because you can easily tuck it in your wallet or your bag’s side pocket.

Fruit and Vegetable Protection

If you’re into gardening, then poly bags have plenty of use. During the fall, bugs and insects land on sweet fruits and green vegetables, which makes them rot. Use recycled poly bags as cover to keep pests away from your harvest.

Wax and Cream Applicator

Running out of brushes? Don’t worry because you can use poly bags as a wax and cream applicator. The plastic’s shiny texture is great for cement and marble surfaces with oily spills and muddy stains.

Frosting Dispenser

Pastry bags are usually expensive, which makes poly bags a great frosting alternative. Decorate a cake by scooping the frosting inside, and sealing it shut with a rubber band. Snip off a tiny corner from the poly bag and start piping.

Umbrella Holder

Everybody dislikes wet umbrellas inside their bags. To avoid dripping water all over your belongings, always carry a poly bag inside your luggage in case of moody weathers. You can also use these umbrella holders in your house to keep water off your floor.

Paint Can Seal

Nobody finishes a paint can in one go, which usually makes it dry and unusable. After painting, place a poly bag over the paint can lid to prevent air and dirt from coming in. This way, you can still use your paint the next time you need it.

Side Mirror Protection

It’s hard to remove sleet from a car’s side-view mirror, especially when it’s still freezing outside. When you’re expecting snow, tie a poly bag around your car mirror so you can just scrape the ice off when you need to start your vehicle.

The many uses of poly bags contribute to our recycling efforts, which make it great for conservation. Keep old poly bags in a clean storage so you can still use them in the future.

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