Day: December 21, 2018

Preventing Mishaps on Stair Treads

Stair treads are one of the most abused parts of your stairs. This comes as no surprise since the other name for them is the ‘step’, meaning that they are being stepped on boundlessly every day. This is also why keeping them always safe to use is a must for every home or office. After all, you’ve already heard about many accidents that happen on the stair case. So here are some effective but simple ways to prevent mishaps with stair treads:

A good point to start with is ensuring that your stair treads are durable enough to withstand constant abuse and pressure since they take the bulk of the weight of whoever is using the stairs. Investing in stair parts that are durable will also ensure the safety of your stairs.

Start off with your material. If you are using wooden stair treads and a fully wooden staircase, it’s best to use hardwood made from a reliable supplier of stair parts/ supplies. If you are using concrete or steel, it’s also a good way to have a safe and durable staircase. Don’t forget to maintain it too. Always be on the lookout if it needs repair.

Do you have small kids in the house? Then installing some anti-slip treads should do the trick. This type of stair treads has a non-slip surface which offers great traction whenever you step on them. Trips and slips are drastically minimized when these are used. Also, never leave anything lying around near or on your stairs. Things like toys and rugs should be kept away from stairs. If it makes you feel safer, you can also install end gates for your stairs. You can put these at the topmost and the bottom end of your staircase. This is to prevent your small kid from using the staircase without your supervision.

Using high shine floor polish on your stair treads is a very bad idea, because this will be only increasing the chances of slips. Stair carpets should also be secured completely. When it comes to maintenance, it just basically involves wiping down the treads, stair railing, and balusters, just to keep dust at bay. Just keep the high shine effect on the hand railings or on the balusters.

Preventing mishaps on your stair treads is easy if you will follow the tips previously mentioned. Making sure that safety of your stairs is not taken for granted should be every homeowner’s priority.…

7 Steps For Starting Your Kitchen Renovation

Before any remodeling project can begin, there is always going to be some demolition required. Depending on how far you are taking your kitchen renovation project, that could mean simply removing the countertops or stripping the room down to the bare studies. For many homeowners, the demolition can easily get out of hand when hammers and pry bars are flying around. While it may be a good way to get our aggression, it could result in more problems than you had before. Taking your time and actually disassembling the room versus destroying it, is the smart way to go. Here are 7 steps to remodeling your kitchen.

1. Think Safety. If you are going to around any electrical outlets or plumbing, it is important to make sure that both are turned off. As we all know, accidently hitting an electrical wire can prove painful, if not lethal. While hitting a water line may not be lethal, it can sure cause a lot of headaches and a big mess.

2. Protect The Items You Are Keeping. For example, if your floors are in good shape, and you plan to keep them, it is important to cover them. The last think you want to do, is damage something during demo or construction and increase your overall remodeling budget.

3. Remove all fixtures. If you are planning to keep any of the lighting fixtures, knobs, faucets, etc .. it is important to remove them and put them in a safe place. That way, when you are wildly swinging that hammer, you damage any of the fixtures you were planning on keeping.

4. Save the Trim. In most cases, you can usually save and re-use the moldings and trim that you will find in the room. By removing them now, you will prevent any accidental chips or dings when removing the countertops and cabinets. Once you have the trim removed, start working on the countertops. Depending on the type of countertop material, it may be as simple as using a utility knife to cut the caulk or paint between the countertop and the backsplash and cabinets. For laminate or other artificial materials, you may also have to remove any screws that are holding the countertop to the cabinets.

5. Removing the Countertops. It is usually a good idea to have some extra hands to remove the countertops, but if you are trying to do it yourself, and it is a material like laminate, you can usually chop it into manageable pieces that you can haul out on your own .

6. Base Cabinets. Start by removing the drawers and any movable parts on the cabinets. Once you have that off, it is time to climb into the cabinets and remove any of the screws that are anchoring the cabinets to the walls. After the base cabinets are free from the walls, it is now time to separate them from each other. Most base cabinets will be secure with screws as well, so by removing …

Kitchen Mats – Points to Ponder When Going a Commercial Kitchen Mat

When considering which type of floor mat would work best in your commercial kitchen, one should take into consideration just how much abuse the mat will need to withstand. The challenge is to find a kitchen mat that will serve the needs of those in the workplace and enhance their working environment. Issues like comfort, ease of maintenance, safety, drainage and tolerance for animal fats and chemicals need to be addressed.

Food Preparation and cooking environments, where food is handled are often areas where there are inordinate amounts of animal fats, greases, water and cleaning chemicals. Keeping these areas clean is, or at least should be, a top priority along with the prevention of slips and falls and employee comfort. A few points to consider when choosing the best kitchen matting are:

  • Are the kitchen mats under consideration rubber mats, vinyl mats or mats designed for some other application altogether (ie carpet mats, industrial mats, dry anti-fatigue mats, etc.)?
  • Do the kitchen mats have holes for drainage? If so, are the inner walls of the holes smooth? Are there any "lips" at the base of the perforations?
  • How heavy is the matting?
  • Do the kitchen mats possess any Grease Proof or Grease Resistant qualities?
  • How thick are the kitchen mats? Will the thickness pose any tripping hazards? Are the edges of the mat beveled?

Animal fats and oils associated with frying areas and bakeries tend to cause a serious degradation to most mats unless they are a rubber. Nitrile rubber kitchen mats or rubber mats with an added grease resistance will perform much better in a kitchen environment than any matting that is made up of a vinyl. Vinyl mats are good for certain abusive environments, but should not be used in areas subject to animal fats. It goes without saying that carpet mats should not be used in areas where food is being prepared as the fibers provide a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Many municipalities levy fines on restaurants that use carpet matting in a kitchen environment.

There are many types of mats on the market. Anti fatigue matting is a large sub-category of Floor Matting. Kitchen mats is a sub – category of Anti Fatigue Mats. Not all anti fatigue mats should be used in a kitchen environment. Some fatigue mats are designed for dry areas, static environments, or industrial applications, etc.

Kitchen mats should have holes to allow liquids and food particles to fall below the walking surface of the floor mat. The holes or perforations should be smooth and not possess any "lips" at the base of the hole that can catch debris. This single feature will make it much easier to clean your kitchen mats as the debris and food particles will fall all the way through the mat and remain on the floor when the mat is picked up for cleaning. Any nooks or crannies present in the design of the mat, will become filled with debris and it will be necessary …

How To Easily Install Interior Window Shutters Yourself

When it comes to many home improvement projects a lot of people are fearful or apprehensive about doing them on their own just because they have never done it. When it comes to installing your own shutters this does not need to be the case, installing your shutters is not a difficult process at all. The main thing to remember here is to work with shutters that are specifically built for each individual window opening in unison with the detailed instructions from the manufacturer.

The first thing you need to do is measure the window opening where you want to install the shutters. Depending on whether you will mount them on the inside or outside this is where you will need to measure.

If you are going to mount them on the window jamb on the inside of the window opening, which is the preferred method, you will need to know the width and height across the inside of the window framing. The reason this is the preferred method is because it makes for a cleaner installation and does not require additional hang strips or frame strips, you just have to be sure the window you are working with is square and has a solid window jamb to screw into .

Next you need to determine the depth of the window by measuring from the front plane of the window back to the near obstruction that will obstruct the louvers and keep them from rotating. If you prefer, the manufacturer you bought your shutters from can also tell you the window depth for the style you ordered. Sometimes the manufacturer may suggest an alternative installation method to use in case the window is out of square or if it has a drywall opening without a solid wood jamb using rear hanging strips concealed behind the shutter panels that will allow adjustment up, down, left, and right for easier alignment.

If you choose to mount outside of the frame you will attach to the wall or existing trim just to the outside of the opening of the window. Usually the frame will surround the shutter panels on three or four sides, depending on whether or not a lower sill exists.

Hanging strips are used if you decide to install a cafe type shutter style, the hanging strips will be screwed directly to the wall or trim, and the hinge of the shutters attached to the frame or the hanging strips.

The old adage of measure twice cut once applies here too, also be sure to use a steel tape for the most accurate measure possible. …

There Is A Lot More To Interior Design Than First Meets The Eye

Interior design is a complicated profession. It is sometimes referred to as interior architecture and often confused with interior decorating. It involves the design, organization and planning of an interior structure rather than just refinishing and furnishing existing interior spaces. It involves managing a business, hopefully meeting the desires of the client and delivering to them an interior environment that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. There is a lot more to interior design than first meets the eye.

The further you go back in history, it can be seen how interior design has blended with artistic societies such as during the Italian Renaissance. It has been shaped by numerous styles, movements, social developments and technological revolutions. It has crossed emotional boundaries, traveled across continents and has publicly revealed much of the lifestyles of societies and their artistic cultures in any marked period in time.

There are different types of interior design. Residential interior design involves dealing with home owners normally on an available budget. Some interior designers specialize in working on bathrooms, kitchens, living areas or even bedrooms. Others work in the larger and lucrative commercial market. In this marketplace, interior designers are spoiled for choice and may select the retail industry, the hospitality business, the commercial building sector or specialize in related business as diverse as creating exhibits for art galleries and trade shows.

Interior Design is an exciting and rapidly growing field and it seems that interest in this particular career is increasing in popularity. Interior designers are licensed design professionals qualified by education, work experience and time. In the 1960s and 70s independent organizations were established to assess qualifications for these design professionals and their programs. There are now many dedicated individuals in organizations such as CIDA and NCIDQ who currently work diligently to increase public awareness of spacial design while developing the profession to where it is today.

There are ID courses in universities, colleges and even online and an accreditation process that certifies a program that will teach the principals necessary to ensure that the students acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to be successful in their future careers. All of this is seen as beneficial to the consumer who can be assured assured of being led through the design process by someone who is not only creative and educated but also competently trained.

Examine the basic family home. Basically it is a cluster of interconnected rooms each with a primary function such as eating, entertaining, sleeping, washing and possibly even working. The conscious aim of this form of spacial design is to balance the owner's needs with the spaces available. It is rarely straightforward. There are so many external forces that influence the decision making process. The key to this art form is knowing how to make sense out of the relationship between the owner, the home, the family and their lifestyle.

Interior design is a process. This practice often involves the manipulation of texture, proportion and the efficient usage of light in …