Month: August 2016

Ensure Your Kitchen Sink Stays Unclogged With Three Easy Steps

Ever started trying to cook or wash dishes and found out that the kitchen drain was clogged. What a nuisance! Food particles, gunk, cold grease and grime all play their part in stopping up your sink.

Luckily there are easy steps that anyone can take to prevent this from happening. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way. By following this advice and keeping your sink clean you can avoid having to call an emergency plumbing company who will charge you extremely high fees for short-notice service.

Tip #1

Grease builds up in your sink like you would not believe. Many times when grease is being poured into your sink it is hot and is in a liquid form. It is just coming off the stove, oven or microwave. But as it is going in the sink it cools, rather quickly. As it does so it becomes rather thick and over time forms a gooey barrier that keeps not only water from leaving but catches all kinds of debris.

You need to pour a degreaser down your sink on a regular basis, especially after you have cooked any kind of meat. Pour it slowly and make sure a lot of it gets to the drain pipe.

After you pour some degreaser into your sink let it sit there a while. Boil some hot water and then pour it down the drain. Do this one a month and you will find that very little grease is trapped in your drain.

Tip #2

Here is a mix that does an excellent job at cleaning your drain: boiling hot water, apple-cider vinegar and baking soda.

Start by pouring some baking soda down your drain. Make sure it cakes the lining on the inside of your sink. Next, pour a couple teaspoons of vinegar and let it react with the baking soda. As it reacts it will also clean the drain. It will break up food particles, bacteria and left over deposits that did not get washed down. Wait five minutes and then pour the hot water down the drain. Presto! All of the grease and debris is washed away.

Tip #3

Garbage disposals are worth their weight in gold. The problem is we think they can handle more than they actually can. Do not put large chucks of food down your sink. Try to throw as much food as you can away if its trash. The garbage disposal is the last ditch effort but too many people use their sinks as a glorified trash can.

By following these three tips you should avoid having to ever call a plumber out to unclog your kitchen sink.…

How Technology Has Changed Our Kitchen Appliances

Modern day technology has changed the way that we cook and eat in our kitchens. We can easily see this with the many gadgets and kitchen appliances found in kitchens all over the world. As kitchen technology has evolved, our dependence for such innovative products has also increased. With busy daily schedules, the technology used in kitchen appliances shapes our lives because of how easily they make it to prepare and cook healthier meals.

The kitchen is the busiest place in our house because this is where our everyday food is being prepared and consumed. Besides appliances such as food processors, which have made preparing foods so easy, perhaps the most revolutionary technologies are the appliances that have made clean up a breeze when using a dishwasher. Since the invention of the computer, there are very few kitchen appliances today that are not powered by computer programs and memory chips. From our can opener to our ovens, every electrical appliance that we use is operated using technology. The good thing about these changes is that this breakthrough has contributed so much in easing up our daily activities especially with cooking healthy meals.

Kitchen appliances have evolved so much since the discovery of gas ovens that now new modern appliances are not just manufactured to be more efficient but designed to suite the taste of our decorative styles. The most modern day appliances we typically see now are indicators of what was lacking in the past when women needed to put extra effort on their cooking needs. Some of these modern kitchen appliances include the freezer with no frost, automatic toast makers, dishwashers, microwave ovens, sandwich makers and juice extractors. Not only do these appliances do terrific jobs of cooking and cleaning, you can buy them in complete packages to match the style of your kitchen. Now the person who is in charge of the kitchen does not have to worry about doing all of the cooking, baking, grilling, grinding and washing the dishes at the same time. With the push of a button, everything is literally taken care of.

As a result, technology has not only increased the values of our kitchens, it has made cooking once again enjoyable. You can now easily watch or listen to your favorite show while you enjoy preparing a wonderful meal for your family. As kitchen appliances improve, so will our time increase that we get to spend with loved ones.…

Characteristics of a Modern Office Interior Design

A conventional workplace is no longer the norm, as many companies around the world are seeking more creative interiors for their offices. As a result, most of the top corporate organizations have given up the traditional concept of having plain walls and individual cubicles. Instead, they are opting for an office interior design that creates a more open work environment, where their employees can simply plug in their laptops anywhere to do their work. A creative interior design can help the overall environment in the offices as they fulfill the following purposes:

Encourage an Open Work Culture: Today, many businesses are letting go of the traditional concept of individual offices and are introducing more creative and stylish work spaces for their employees. One such revolutionary concept is an office without walls. It guarantees transparency and team spirit, while making it easier for managers to supervise their sub-ordinates and communicate with them.

Ensure Optimum Utilization of Space: At times, there is a possibility that a workplace may occupy less space than the original planned work area. No organization would want to pay for the extra space, and along, many businesses today allow most of their employees to work from home. This is the reason why it is necessary to plan the required amount of space before designing the office interiors.

Create a Warm and Friendly Reception Area: When clients visit the office of a business enterprise, the reception area is the place that they see first. The reception will create an image of the organization in the client's mind and can also leave the client with a lasting impression. It is, therefore, essential for businesses to get the reception area of ​​their offices designed in a way that creates a professional and welcoming atmosphere.

Provide Some Private Spaces: Having an open design is a great idea, but certain private spaces may be required for a private meeting between a manager and sub-ordinate or for an interview. Such spaces would also help some individuals at times to work without any distractions and enable them to be more focused on their work, thus enhancing their productivity.

Inspire Positive Employee Behavior: It is easier for companies to inspire a particular behavior in their employees by incorporating certain elements into the office design. Installing recycling stations throughout the office would encourage employees to recycle. A centralized breakout area would encourage employees to build relationships and bond with each other during their breaks.

Allow Flexibility of Space: Keeping the workplace as flexible as possible can be helpful when it comes to adding new employees. Dividers can be used to increase or decrease the space between work stations. The organization can buy desks and tables that facilitate easy movements, while certain areas lying vacant can be used for team meetings.

When an organization wants to create a new office or remodel the existing one, the emphasis must be on flexibility, productivity and creativity with less clutter. Hiring an interior design consultancy that uses holistic design principles and …

The Benefits Of Using Copper Hood Vents In Your Kitchen

It is becoming more and more popular to have a hood over your oven in modern kitchens. In the old days, people just used to open their windows, but the technology wasn’t around then, to manufacture a good hood system.

Now, if you were to ask someone to design you a kitchen, they would have a hood over the oven. Some would say that hoods would take up a lot of storage space, but the benefits that you would gain from using a hood, far outweigh the negatives.

The aim of this article is to look at hoods and their materials, and see what benefits you could gain from using a copper hood in your kitchen.

Materials

If you were to order a hood from a kitchen company that mass-produces all of their kitchen elements, then the hood will probably be made of stainless steel. It might look a little bit plain, but it will be incredibly cost effective.

However, you do have the option of choosing a better kitchen specialist and having a hood designed out of copper. This might be a little more expensive but it will be a benefit to your kitchen in the long run.

If you are thinking of using a copper hood, instead of a stainless steel one, then read on for more information about the benefits of using a copper hood in your kitchen.

Benefits

  1. Design – With copper hoods, you will have more design options. You don’t have to leave the hood plain because hood companies have the capabilities to add more design features to the trim of the hood. Therefore, the hood will blend in with the rest of the kitchen. It will not be an eye sore like some other steel hoods.
  1. Affordable – Copper, as a material, is less expensive that steel, therefore the copper hood would be extremely affordable. In some cases it might be a little bit more expensive, especially if you are adding in other elements to the hood. However, it is still better value for money when compared to a steel hood.
  1. Sizes – Copper hoods can be designed to a wide range of different sizes, so you don’t have to have a massive hood that takes up a lot of space. Hoods can be made to fit underneath cabinets, so that they can be hidden. Therefore, the smaller the cabinet, the cheaper it will be, so you do have further options for lowering the price of the hoods.
  1. Durable – Copper hoods are known for being durable. The material is strong and copper is not easily damaged by moisture and smoke. As a result of this, if you buy a copper hood, it will last you for a long time to come. When you look at the price of copper hoods, they become extremely affordable because you will probably never have to buy a hood again in your lifetime.
  1. Anti-Bacteria – Copper hoods are renowned for getting rid of microbes and bacteria on their

Traditional Russian Christmas Ornaments and Decor

Russian Christmas ornaments come in almost every shape and design imaginable; making any Yuletide décor more festive. Many Russian Christmas ornaments are made from durable plastic, but many are still hand made and hand painted in delicate wood and blown glass. Some are designed not to grace your tree but to beautify every room in your home with traditional images of the Christ child and Holy Family, keeping the true spirit of the season alive in eye-catching adornments that will become heirlooms in your family.

Ornaments popular around the world are also popular in Russia, including angels, Christmas trees, snowmen and, of course, Santa Claus. They come in many sizes and painted in every color of the rainbow. Many of the ornaments are uniquely Russian: Pieces patterned after the famous nesting dolls or “matryoshkas” or the Snow Maiden of Russian literature. The magnificent onion-shaped domes of Russian Orthodox church steeples, like Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, are also popular. Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcraker” will always be the traditional performance of the season and nutcracker Christmas ornaments are a perfect reminder of that beloved classic.

Taking their cue from the fabulous Faberge Easter eggs, some Russian ornaments are eggshell shaped and painted in minute detail with Grandfather Frost, angels, rabbits and snow-covered dachas. Even a whole village might find itself hanging among the needles in miniature.

Whatever your personal preference in Christmas tree decor, a Russian ornament will add a distinctive flavor to your Christmas scene that family and friends will remember. In fact, don’t be surprised if their next tree looks a lot like yours did this year!…

Astrology – The Derivative House System – Another Layer of Reading

The field of astrology is huge with so many possibilities. In order to study it in a manageable proportion, we must look at it segment by segment. Once we have two astrological segments under reasonable control we can then merge them to develop a comprehensible narrative. Once we have studied an additional segment, we use the same merging process to enlarge our information while keeping it cohesive. We study segment by segment, adding to our previously storage until we have a whole, usable body of information from which we can draw at any time. This reminds me of the way we learn anything, step-by-step, adding as we go.

In order to individualize that body of astrological information we start with the natal wheel for any birth. We then draw from that information pool at will, weaving together the various segments that are appropriate to that wheel in order to read the life story of that person. In short, we learn the basics of astrology so we can tell the personal story for each individual sky map.

In other articles I have suggested that there are four cornerstones to astrology: planets, signs, houses and aspects. Further, it is my conclusion that the planets are the keystone of the four cornerstones. Each of these four segments should be studied in the early stages of astrology so they may be combined as described to begin the process of a reading. In this article we will look at two of the segments, planets and houses, in a particular combining technique called the derivative house system. This technique is usable for those students of astrology that have completed the beginner stage. In brief…

  • Houses are the division of the 360-degree wheel into 12 compartments. Each compartment contains approximately 1/12th of the life experience or issues for any person, so each compartment is chock full of issues. Since the entire house system is constructed with Earth in the center of each wheel, houses are the down-to-earth experience for that wheel and person.
  • Planets represent the various functions of the human, such as the ego and self identity urges, the nesting, family, and emotional urges, the function of communication and learning, the urge to relate, to name a few. Traditionally there are ten bodies: our star, our satellite the Moon, and our eight sibling planets.

Derivative House System To study a single planet deeply, we must go beyond the generic meaning of that planet to see it working in the sign in which it is positioned, the house it occupies, the house it rules, and the aspects in which it is involved. All of that is valuable and is usually as far as any reading goes. The derivative technique can give you another layer of house meaning simply by looking at the 12-fold process of any of the ten planets. How? You simply start with the position of a single planet in the house it occupies and mentally recognize it as that planet’s first house expression. You …

Ten Important Facts About Garden Gnome Statues

Some of the most interesting pieces that can be found in gardens and front lawns of many houses are the garden gnome statues. Cute, funny and adorable, a lawn gnome is the envy of many, especially children. They have their own way of tickling your senses and beautifying your lawns.

Why are these statues such a hit with homeowners? What’s with these statues that make them the favorites of many? How did the hype in these statues start? Well, get to know them better from these important facts:

1. Garden gnomes are woodland creatures known for their gentleness and hard work. They wear pointy red hats and live for more than 400 years.

2. These small creatures are known to help with the household chores, particularly planting and sweeping. No wonder that most garden gnome statues are seen holding garden tools! However, most of the statues we see today depict them as sleeping or sitting.

3. Garden gnome statues are believed to be harbingers of good luck, especially when they are placed in lawns or insides the homes. This is also where the practice of placing them in the front lawn originated.

4. The first lawn gnome came about in the 1800s during the Victorian age. Germany was the first country to popularize these statues which were originally made from clay. Later on, variations of these famous statues came in different materials such as polyresin and plastic.

5. It was in 1960 that these statues were mass produced. However, during that time, statues were made of plastic and badly painted. They did not last.

6. In 1997, gnomes appeared in a hit movie which paved the way for some people to have interest over these little creatures. The fad caught on because four years after, in 2001, gnomes appeared in another movie.

7. In some parts of Europe, gnome kidnapping has transformed into a practical joke. An ad campaign for one website was even seen depicting a kidnapped statue sometime in 2003. Gnome followers even proposed for a bill penalizing the act as a crime.

8. Some people have caught up with the hype on gnomes. This lead to another passion, which is garden gnome collecting.

9. Garden gnome statues are not only ideal outdoors. They are also perfect for display indoors. Since they come in different designs, a cute figure will come as the perfect decor.

10. One place in North Devon, England has been transformed into a gnome reserve. Unbelievably, the park is home to more than 1,000 garden and lawn gnomes.

Garden gnomes have gone a long way from being just a mythical creature into an iconic symbol. They even have their own following, whether on the internet or in the real world. As garden gnome statues, they have evolved from a mere plastic ornament into clay, concrete or of poly resin material. They come in different sizes too and with different moods. Let’s face it. Gnomes are making a big comeback. In fact, they have already …

Interesting Facts and Information About Organic Gardening

What is an organic garden?

An organic garden is grown and maintained using only natural fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides. No chemical are used whatsoever. Organic gardening also considers the earth and the environment. One should strive to replenish and nourish the soil.

What are the benefits of planting an organic garden?

* the food is fresher and tastes better

* it is better for the environment

* it is healthy and does not contain harmful chemicals

* it is cheaper than buying organic produce from your local market

What is compost tea and how does it benefit my organic garden?

* Compost tea is organic plant food

* It is made from steeping aged compost in water

* Fights off a number of plant diseases including molds, wilts and blights

* It is a great way to control insect infiltration

* Creates healthier plant environment by helping to grow beneficial bacteria in the soil

* diluted compost tea can be used as a foliar spray If you plan on purchasing compost be sure it isn’t too new. If the compost is too fresh it can burn the plants.

What are some great natural pesticidal and fungicidal recipes?

* Garlic & Onions – crush the garlic and onions and mix with vegetable oil. Works great as a fungicide, and it kills soft body insects * Hot Peppers – mixed with the garlic spray, it does a great job keeping rabbits away. It also kills soft body insects with the strength of the acidity

* Canola or Vegetable Oil – Pesticide must be diluted heavily with water or it will burn the plants (3/4 cup/gal H2O)

* Alcohol – Pesticide must be drastically diluted with water (1-3 Tbls /gal H2O)

* Apple Cider Vinegar – works as a mild fungicide and fertilizer (1-2 Tbls/gal H20)

* Corn Meal – works as an anti-fungal when put in compost tea

* Compost Teas – mild fungicide and helps control diseases

* Cloves – works as a repellent for flying insects (4-5 Tbls ground cloves/gal H2O)

* Mild Dish Soap – can paralyze insects on direct contact. Partners with compost teas by creating a sticky surface (1-2 cups/gal H2O

Some facts about organic gardening that you may find beneficial:

* Organic farming involves using insects in order to keep away other insects and pests. Lady bugs in the early spring for example will help you to get rid of spider mites, mealybugs, aphids, white flies e.t.c

* Plant disease can also be easily eliminated if you use organic products such as Eco oil, this will help you to keep insects at bay and get rid of those annoying bugs.

* Studies have also shown that pesticides can be very harmful to young children and can lead to long term health problems in both children and adults.…

Sell ​​House – How to Sell Your House Profitably

Every home seller wants to sell the house fast for the maximum price. To achieve this it is important to know which repairs are absolutely necessary and how to price it competitively to sell the house in the shortest time. By planning carefully and sprucing up the house professionally to maximize first impressions you can ensure a quick sale. You must get marketing tips on how to find qualified buyers and attract many offers to sell the house.

Best time to sell

Real estate markets generally pick up in February and the wave usually lasts till the end of June. This period is considered to be the strongest selling season. Another strong period is from early September to late November. Late November sees the market slow down due to the holiday season.

Pricing

Avoid overpricing. The market situation also should be taken into account. The pricing should be in line with the prices of recently sold homes in the area as identified in the comparative market analysis report. Get purchase offers and make a counter offer and be prepared for multiple offers if you have priced the house right. After finding out what the house is worth by looking at the prices of other houses in the neighborhood, you can price it 10% below them. This will help to sell your house in no time if it is the cheapest and newest in the market.

Marketing

The advertising to sell the house must have all the selling points. Quality photographs and virtual tour of the house online can increase the traffic and shows. Hiring a professional stager for staging your home is a good idea to impress the potential buyer.

Repairs to be transported out

Find out which repairs and home improvement projects can increase the value to sell a house. Patch the cracks in the walls and replace the cracked floors and tile of the kitchen counter. Repairing and touching up kitchen cabinets can enhance the overall look of the house. Repair or replace door knobs, drawers etc. Leaky taps and faucets should be replaced in the bathrooms. The creaky floors and jamming drawers should be fixed. Make sure that the toilet seats are to be replaced. Repairing and replacing the missing shingle or tiles from the roof is also very important. Paint the exterior fixtures like the door frame, window trims, fence and the mail box. Polish door handles and rust spots and make sure to repaint the areas with peeling paint. Paint the exterior fixtures like the door frame, window trims, fence and the mail box. Polish door handles and rust spots and make sure to repaint the areas with peeling paint. Repairing faulty doorbell and sprinkler system are a must.

Preparing the house for sale

Once you have made the decision to sell your house the first thing to do is to dissociate yourself from it. Family heirlooms and personal photographs should have been removed from the house. Removing all clutter is essential before showing the …

Commercial Refrigeration Vs Residential Units: What’s the Difference?

At a given time, your home refrigerator probably holds enough food to feed you and your family for about a week. A restaurant refrigerator, on the other hand, has to be stocked every day with enough food to keep a dining room full of paid customers happy, with surplus stock just in case. That’s why restaurant kitchens need commercial refrigeration units rather than standard residential fridge models.

But what’s the difference between the two? Aside from the sheer volume of food that has to be stored inside, commercial refrigerators have several advantages that help them meet the high performance expectations in a restaurant setting. Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, when your fridge breaks down, you want to hire the right person to fix it-and for a commercial model, you’ll need a repair technician with the training, licensing, and specialized experience to get the job done right.

Size and Layout

It may seem obvious, but commercial fridges must be significantly larger than residential models, which are usually designed to be as sleek and unobtrusive as possible in a home kitchen. Additionally, while residential fridge models often feature an array of shelves and drawers to separate food, commercial models tend to be utilitarian inside: two to four shelves designed for easy food access and stacking. A home unit might have an attached freezer, ice maker, and water dispenser, while in commercial kitchens, those are often separate appliances.

Cooling Power

Commercial refrigeration systems are much more powerful than standard models. This is in part because they’re larger and must cool more food at once. Additionally, in a restaurant setting, there are health department codes related to the temperature at which food must be stored. A commercial fridge must keep food at a consistent temperature so that all food that goes out of the kitchen is safe for customers to eat. Note that residential fridge models are often more energy-efficient than commercial units; in order to produce consistent cooling in a large space, a commercial fridge must run constantly.

Aesthetics

Residential fridges can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. You can choose a colored exterior, a plastic finish, or a shiny metal surface, depending on your kitchen decor. With commercial refrigerators, however, aesthetics aren’t really a consideration. Most commercial units have a stainless steel exterior for ease of cleaning. There are fewer size and shape options, as well, because in a commercial kitchen, form matters less than function.

Repair Considerations

Because of these differences between residential and commercial refrigerators, not all refrigerator repair technicians will take both house and business calls. In general, it’s always a good idea to ensure that the appliance repair professional you hire has experience or training to work on your specific unit, and this is even more vital in a commercial setting. Delayed or improper refrigerator repairs in a restaurant kitchen can shut down the business or make patrons ill, resulting in a loss of income and possible fines from the health department. …