Month: January 2017

Why You Should Seriously Consider a Ventless Bathroom Fan

A ventless bathroom fan is the answer to your humidity problem if installing a wall or ceiling ducted model is not a practical option. For example, if you have a bathroom in the basement or if you live in a rental home that does not currently have a fan, why should you have to deal with the odor and the mold that is associated with all of that extra moisture from your shower? It is fair to say that no bathroom should be without some type of fan.

Features

With these types of fans, you do not have to worry about cutting any holes or fitting into walls. Ductless systems require no outside vent and can be installed either on the wall or the ceiling. They feature 12v motors that are traditionally removable so that they can be easily cleaned.

You will also find that installation is a breeze with these units as they usually have tension spring mounting. Not to mention, they often weigh less than five pounds.

Why You Need One

While you may be able to live without a bathroom heater fan, you still need some type of unit in there to help with humidity. When you take a shower, you create steam which leaves you with an abundance of moisture left in the air. Where exactly do you think all of that water goes? It actually has no place to go besides to be absorbed by your wood molding, cabinets, cloth shower curtains, rugs, towels, decorative items or any other absorbent material that you have in the room.

Moisture that lingers in a bathroom that has no ventilation promote the growth of mildew and mold and you should know that these are living, growing organisms. Additionally, moisture from your shower creates another serious problem with your wood in the room being that it rots it which will cause a larger home improvement project in the long run when you have to start replacing moldings, etc. Not to mention, the smell of mold as it continues to get moist and grow over time is anything but pleasant.

Whenever possible, your goal is to install an extractor fan that is manufactured by a trusted company such as Greenwood, Silavent or Xpelair that comply with all building regulations. However, if you absolutely cannot add the duct work to your bathroom, a ventless bathroom fan is your next best option.…

Should the Grout Match or Contrast With the Tile Color?

Those pretty little mosaic wall tiles deserve a lot of fuss, but be sure about the appropriate grout. Handling backsplash tiles would be so much easier, but the choice of tile needs to be carefully made. Choose the grout color and decide whether sanded or unsanded grout. Fine sand added to the grout mixture makes it stronger. Lesser chances of aging grout breaking up easily. Consider color equations too. Sanded grout offers rich colors to match or contrast with the beloved tiles.

With all those advantages, who would choose unsanded grout? You need them if tile joints are 1/8″ or smaller. Everybody wants durability all right, but if tiles are made of soft stone, unsanded grout is the answer. The sand may end up damaging the tiles. Besides, not all like the grainy surface that sanded grout needs to have.

A few selection of mosaic tiles with information about the best grout patterns.

Saddle Canyon Rhomboid Glass Mosaic

These classy diamond-shaped tiles are colored green, white and speckled black. The wonders of crackled glass shine through in pretty shades. Colors appear randomly and 3D effects in the modern bathroom leave you breathless. Such a glass mosaic tile variety requires unsanded grout to avoid damage to the glass.

Arctic Ice 4×12 Glass Mosaic

Pretty walls covered in subway tiles have existed for over a century. Classic is the trendy theme of this august glass mosaic. Crystals of a frosty whiteness reveal a reflecting surface. Install this cleanly polished glass tile on accent walls and backsplashes. They find effective applications everywhere in modern and fashionable surroundings. Sanded grout would work well because of the wide joints between the tiles.

Keystone Blend Interlocking Marble Mosaic

It is a linear pattern of dreamy interlocking marble mosaic. The gray, blue and white are revealed in random spaces. The truth is that Arabescato Carrara Marble has been blended with glass. Use it as a backsplash or let it cover the lower part of the wall. Each way, it is a fabulous winner. The gentle nature of the mosaic calls for unsanded grout.

Café Forest 2×2 Marble Mosaic

A dramatic nature display, the gray, ivory and beige contain dark brown veins. Any room comes to life under its impact. Visually exciting and immensely elevating, they help decorate spaces gracefully. Unsanded grout would best fill the narrow joints.

Walnut Travertino 2×2 Porcelain Mosaic

Coffee and cream combine in porcelain mosaic tiles made of Walnut Travertino. Install it on the floor or the wall. Fill the joints with a contrasting color of sandy grout.…

Grass Colors and What They Mean

Everyone knows that grass is green, but did you know that your lawn can change its color slightly throughout the year? The color of grass depends on the environmental conditions – how much sun and rain it gets and what the soil is like. Most subtle color changes are harmless, but if your lawn seems to be changing color drastically it could be a sign of an underlying problem. Below are some colors your grass may go, and what they all mean.

Dark Green

Dark green grass is a sign that it’s producing lots of chlorophyll – this is a sign of a healthy plant. It’s got enough nutrition to produce chlorophyll and thrive. Your grass may turn a darker green during the spring and summer when it has lots of sun, especially if you’ve fertilized during the spring. Make sure your lawn has enough water and you should have a lush green garden all summer long.

Yellowish

Yellowish grass isn’t producing much chlorophyll because it isn’t getting enough of the right nutrients from the soil. You may need to use a fertilizer to get the green color back. The best time to fertilize is during the spring and autumn, as this gives the grass time to take on nutrients before its main growing and ‘sleeping’ phases. If the fertilizer doesn’t work your grass may have a disease.

Red

A red tinge to your grass could mean several things. Sometimes it’s just a sign that the grass isn’t producing a lot of chlorophyll. If your grass turns red during autumn and winter, wait for the warm weather to come round again because this might cure the problem. Some grasses, like Ryegrass, have a natural reddish hue so check what species your plant is. Red can also be a sign that the plant is under stress – this could be because of environmental conditions, or it could be because of disease.

Orange

Orange color is normally produced by fungi that live on the grass plant. Rust disease for example leaves orange-colored spores that come off if you rub the grass between your fingers. They’re harmful and can kill the grass, but they usually don’t kill the whole thing off. If you do have rust disease you’ll need to treat your lawn to minimize damage.

Tan color

By the time your grass goes tan it’s most certainly dead. Tan grass has been scorched and dried out in the sun, shriveled due to lack of water, or mown too harshly and succumbed to damage. If you’ve looked after your lawn and it’s still dead it’s probably been a victim of disease.

You should always try to make sure your grass has a healthy growing environment, as this may halt or reverse the color-changes you see. Make sure your lawn gets enough water and nutrients and ensure that you mow correctly. A stressed lawn is prone to weaknesses and this is when negative (although reversible) changes can occur. If nothing works then you should …

A List Of Property Definitions

There are numerous types of property on the market that are being advertised at any given time. Some of these names for different properties may be confusing, so it is vital that you know what to expect, here are the names of the property types and their definition.

Terraced Housing:

Terraced Housing is an old fashioned property set up where more than two (usually three or four) houses are joined together. To avoid using the phrase terraced, estate agents will now use the phrase link. A terraced house, or a mid link house is one of the properties which is between others.

An end of terrace, or end of link house is the property which is the last one in the row of houses.

Town House

Usually, the term Town House is used to describe a standard two story terraced house which is more modern. Some Estate Agents will also use this term to describe newer properties that have three or more floors.

Semi-detached House

A semi-detached house or property is used to describe of pair of houses which are usually attached in the middle. Semi-detached properties tend to offer their owners front and back gardens, with many also offering drive way space in more rural areas.

Detached House

A detached property is a solo property with it’s own land which is not adjoined by or to another property in any way. This type of property is usually more sought after by families who want extra privacy.

Bungalows

A Bungalow is a single story property which can be terraced, semi-detached or detached. Bungalows are often considered to be smaller properties, which usually have two bedrooms. Big loft spaces are commonly found in bungalows, which allow their owners to convert a second story living space if desired. Bungalow’s tend to maintain their value and can be more expensive compared to properties of similar size.

Flats

Flats essentially come in two forms. The first where an existing house has been split (usually into two separate dwellings). The second is a block of flats where there could be many separate flats in one building.

There is some terminology that you need to be aware of, a communal entrance is a main entrance that allows its residents to access their properties. Communal gardens is a shared garden, which you usually are required to pay a maintenance charge. Flats are often referred to as apartments, particularly in newly built developments.

There are also variations of apartments that you need to be aware of, here are the more commonly found variants.

Duplex Apartment

A Duplex Apartment is an apartment which has more than one floor, usually two. These can be found in converted houses or apartment blocks. Usually these types of flats are found towards the top of the buildings if they are in a block.

Penthouse Apartment

A penthouse apartment is a more luxurious and bigger apartment which is located on the top floor of the building.…

Organic Gardening – A Speech for Teachers

Organic gardening has increasingly become an important part of the curriculum in schools around the world. Teachers at every grade level find themselves teaching it to students, and sometimes being called on to give a speech to a group of parents. As a career educator and principal, I know the difficulty of opening up time for speech preparation, and offer this organic gardening speech for your use. Feel free to edit it to fit your needs.

Organic Gardening Speech

How selfish are you? On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, how selfish would you rate yourself? If you are the least bit selfish, you might be interested in organic gardening.

An organic gardening speech might seem more appropriate coming from a Home Economics teacher, but I am just selfish enough that I love organic gardening. I want to share that love with you and with your children.

Imagine

I want you to come with me, in imagination, to a time and place before the Industrial Revolution. The year is 1707. It is late summer. We find ourselves walking the streets of a small town. Houses are spaced well apart for privacy. Land stretches out behind each house. As we look, we notice that much of that land is taken up by gardens. Here and there, we see both adults and children actively engaged in gardening. The plants are beautiful.

You call to one of the adults and ask what they use to make the garden so lush. A broad smile breaks, and through the smile come the words, “Feed the soil, and the soil will feed the plants.”

You shake your head. Poor people. Too bad they don’t know about that miracle combination of chemicals you saw advertised on TV last week. That’s the easy way to grow spectacular plants!

Dinner

The organic gardener invites us to join them for the evening meal, and we accept. At dinner, we join in the prayer of thanks, and then watch in amazement as the children, one after another, begin eating fresh vegetables.

You yourself are not that fond of vegetables, but you politely take a small serving of each. You bite into a leaf of steamed cabbage, and your eyes open wide in amazement. It is sweet – twice as sweet as the cabbage you buy at your local market! You watch a small child fill his mouth with dark green kale, and shudder. There’s a small spoonful of the nasty vegetable on your own plate, and you pick at it, putting a single small leaf in your mouth. Amazing! It, too, is twice as sweet as any kale you ever ate. The same seems true of every vegetable on the table. You decide that if your supermarket vegetables were this good, you would eat a lot more of them.

Our imaginary trip ends at that dinner table, and we return to the present.

Organic Gardening’s Benefits

Organic gardening has many benefits. If you are completely selfish, you …

Doghouse Plans – Selecting the Proper Size Doghouse For Your Pet

Before you purchase dog house plans there are several things to consider. It is very important to select the proper size Doghouse for the safety and comfort of your pet. The first step is to measure your dog to determine which category he or she may fit into. If your dog is just a puppy then you need to refer to the list of breeds below to estimate the size your dog will be at approximately one year old.

The typical sizes of doghouses are small, medium, large, and extra large. Be sure to choose a plan that is large enough so your dog can easily turn around inside. The interior width and length of the dog house should be equal to or greater than the overall length of your dog excluding his tail. Choose a width that is an inch or more, greater than the length of your dog. Select a length that is approximately 30 percent greater than the length of your dog.

The interior height of the doghouse should be 25 percent greater than the overall height of your dog. As an example; if your dog is 20 inches tall from the top of his head to his paws the interior height should be 25 inches tall.

Be sure the door is large enough that your dog can enter the doghouse without crouching. A good rule of thumb is to make the door opening a minimum of 1 inch taller than the height of your dog as measured at his shoulders. Your dog will lower his head as he enters the dog house.

Select a small, medium, large, or extra large doghouse plan to suit your breed based on the list below.

Small Dog House Plans for Small Breeds:

Chihuahua, Dachshund, Pomeranian, Toy Poodles, Toy Terriers, or Yorkshire Terrier.

Medium Dog House Plans for Medium Breeds:

Beagle, Boston Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Shih Tzu, Scottish Terrier, or Welsh Terrier.

Large Dog House Plans for Large Breeds:

Basset Hound, Chow, Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Husky, Labrador Retriever, or Shar Pei.

Large Dog House Plans for Large Breeds:

Akita, Dalmatian, Doberman, English Setter, English Sheepdog, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, or Weimaraner.

Dog House Plans, Tips for the Handyman:

o Choose a design with an overhang to keep the inside of the doghouse dry in rainy weather.

o In colder climates, select a plan with 2×4 framing to allow for insulation.

o Slope the floor of the dog house slightly towards the door. This will ensure any rain water will run out of the doghouse.

o Build a small doghouse for a small dog. The interior will be kept warmer in the winter by the dogs’ natural body heat. You can also use a bed of straw for comfort.…

Using Color Psychology to Sell Your Home

When painting your home for resale, choosing the right colors can make a huge difference in your paycheck at closing. For instance, did you know that the exterior color of houses selling most quickly is a certain shade of yellow, but that choosing the wrong shade of yellow can kill a sale?

You'll find many brochures in paint stores, showing various combinations of exterior paint colors. But most people do not realize that most of those combinations actually include three colors, and not just two. Limiting your exterior paint scheme to just two colors also limits your income potential.

For a fast sale, think fun colors and go for a third, or even a fourth, exterior color. Think "Disneyland Main Street," where every shop is painted in glorious multi-colors. Adding more colors will also add definition to the various architectural details of your home. Use gloss or semi-gloss paint on wood trim.

The Psychology of Exterior Colors

When choosing exterior colors, take the sales price of your home into account. Certain colors, especially muted, complex shades, attract wealthy or highly-educated buyers, whereas buyers with less income or less education generally prefer simpler colors. A complex color contains tints of gray or brown, and usually requires more than one word to describe, such as "sage green," as opposed to "green."

On the other hand, simple colors are straightforward and pure. Usually, houses in the lower price range sell faster and for higher prices when painted in simple colors like yellow or tan, accented by white, blue, or green trim.

The Psychology of Interior Colors

Using colored, rather than bland, white walls will increase your profit potential. Lynette Jennings tested the perception of room size and color, and discovered that a room painted white appeared only appeared larger to a few people when compared to an identical room painted in color – and the perceived difference was only about six inches! Most people also look better when surrounded by color, and feel happier, and since buyers pick homes that make them feel happy, that knowledge can put dollars in your pocket at closing!

Entryways should bring the exterior colors into the house. Repeating shades of the exterior through your home will make the entire home seem to be in harmony. Living and family rooms painted in a slightly lighter shade of the exterior color will ensure that you've picked a color your buyers like, because if they did not like your exterior colors, they would not have bothered to look inside. If they loved the exterior colors, they'll love the interior, too.

When choosing interior colors, consider the use of each room. For instance, kitchen and dining areas that are painted in "food colors," such as coffee browns, celery greens, and scrambled egg yellows, feel natural.

Since, deer shades of color implying intelligence and serenity, I like to paint master bedrooms a medium shade of green or blue for warm selling seasons, and rouge red for cooler weather. Other bedrooms can be …

Sex Tips for Penis Care: Get Cooking in the Kitchen

Variety is the spice of life and spices belong in the kitchen – so these sex tips can spice up the sex life by moving things into the chef’s room. As long as a little basic common sense is used to ensure penis care, there’s no reason a guy can’t suggest getting things cooking – in a different way – in the kitchen.

1. Location. Many sex tips expert will agree that changing up the location where a couple has sex can be an excellent way to add a little something “extra” to their sex lives. Sex in the kitchen is something many couples fantasize about, but too few engage in. But with a little preparation, some of the “obstacles” to successful kitchen sex can be dealt with.

2. Finding space. One of the biggest problems, especially for couples in tiny urban apartments, is simply a lack of space. There are several ways of overcoming this. For example, leaning the woman back over a (carefully cleared) kitchen counter or table is an option. If that won’t work, this can be an excellent opportunity to finally see if sex in a standing up position is a possibility for the couple in question. (Care must be taken here, so don’t push beyond safe capabilities.) Finally, sex doesn’t have to be limited to intercourse; oral sex with one partner on their knees and the other standing can be perfect for the kitchen.

3. Get tasty. And speaking of oral sex in the kitchen, why not spice it up a little? Plenty of food choices are right at hand, so this may be the time to add a little whipped cream or chocolate sauce or honey to a partner’s privates while providing them with pleasure.

4. Keep the sex and the cooking separate. It’s kind of titillating to think about combining sex and cooking, but it’s harder to pull off in real life than in fantasies. Pots and pans get in the way, fires become hazardous, food gets burned, etc. And cooking naked leaves the body open to all sorts of unforeseen injuries. (Chili powder on the penis can result in a rather unpleasant burning sensation.) Instead, a couple should get the meal in the oven, clean off the counters and then concentrate on getting their personal ovens heated.

5. Except for the foreplay. Going at it hot and heavy while cooking can be a problem – but engaging in some light foreplay while prepping the dinner isn’t necessarily a bad idea. (Unless handling of knives is involved.) Standing behind a mate, wrapping his arms around her and kissing her neck as she sautés some onions can be fun. Or letting the woman stroke the man’s penis as he washes the lettuce for the salad can be very incentivizing.

6. Accessorize. Utilize kitchenwear and equipment in imaginative ways. Most men have never experienced the feel of oven mitts wrapped around their penis. What’s it like to have sex with a woman who’s wearing an …

Houses for Rent – A Perfect Place to Live

People always prefer to stay in a residential location along with their families. Due to the increasing crime and theft, they are forced to move from one residential location to another in search of safe and secure place for living. This is indeed taking most of their valuable time and also the presence of mind. The main factor concerned all these problems is the commercialization of the each and every location. On one hand commercialization can be considered as a boon to mank due to various facilities that can be formed within the reach without moving around in search of them. On the other hand, this is also being a curse as it spoils the peace of mind in and around the residential location due to varying reasons like fraud activities. House should be the most peaceful place for everyone as they will be getting back to their home after experiencing a lot of encounters and tensions in their official lives. People usually get back home to relax and enjoy their time with all the loved ones. It is really horrible if you are again meeting the same challenges you come across in your official life within your locality where you stay.

You can definitely come across many residential locations that you can easily afford. Sometimes you will have to depend upon any real estate companies or agents working with them in order to search for the best place that suits your budget. You need to approach a real estate company in any particular location if you are planning to settle in that location as only this company will tell you the exact details on every aspect of the society staying there. Also you should take complete measures in order to check for the identity of the real estate company. Internet is the best place you can depend in order to get a list of all the real estate companies in Carlisle who are engaged with finding a property for rent. You should also give importance for all the facilities provided in the house apart from the expense. You should take extra care in checking whatever the property is in any legal dispute that can further cause trouble in future. You should also make sure about all the utilization power of energies like water, electricity mainly to ensure about the free flow of these resources without any problem. Companies working for renting house in Carlisle will be able to help each and every person in finding their dream home. …

Ancient Egypt Fish Tank Decor

There are numerous ancient civilizations that have awesome fish tank decorations these days. These include the Mayans, Asian and the always famous Greek ruins. Using any of these would create stunning scenes of times gone by, producing an air of wonder and discovery in your very own room.

The one ancient civilization that I personally love to use in my tank designs is the Ancient Egyptians. Who has not seen at least a photograph of the Great Pyramids or the towering mighty Sphinx. With the cool and extremely detailed tank ornaments you can get these days, you will be able to bring the exact replica of the Egyptian landscape into your aquarium.

With the Egyptian tank decor, you basically have a couple of options. You could create an outdoor scene, an indoor scene or just use Egyptian artifacts.

To create an outdoor Egyptian scene, you would be utilizing replicas of the massive structures that are synonym to Egypt. These would include the pyramids as well as the Sphinx. This is placed on top of a sand colored gravel to give it the impression of being in the desert. If you plan to use plants, they should not be of the leafy variety. Java Moss is one option you can look into. To make the theme work, a great idea is to place a fish tank background depicting a desert scene. This would give it a 3D effect to the whole design.

For the indoor effect, you would use indoor structures such as Egyptian columns as well as the Pharaoh’s sarcophagus. Place them to look like a scene from an archaeological dig. The gravel would still be sand colored. As a backdrop, you could either use one depicting Egyptian hieroglyphs or a rock face. These days you would be able to get 3D rock backgrounds where the rocks protrude out instead of a flat print. This makes theme look so much more realistic. Being indoors, you would not place any plants because they might make the theme look odd. You may place rocks if you wish, just make them out to look like they came crashing down from the roof of a temple. This means simply scattering them around the decor. Try not getting smooth faced river rocks, the ones you get should look as if they were once bricks that made up the walls.

Egyptian artifacts are new additions to the fish tank decorating scene. The most common ones that you can find are the Egyptian vases. Though they are only aquarium decor, they are made to look extremely authentic. What I love about the Egyptian vases is the holes that they always have in the side. These make awesome caves for the fish and if you have been following my posts all these years, you would know that I am big on caves for aquariums. Apart from the vases, another really cool tank ornament that I love a whole lot is a bust of Pharaoh. The bust is golden …