Day: April 18, 2019

How to Charge Your Hoverboard Properly – Don’t Get Burned!

How safe are hoverboards?

Aside from the natural concerns of balancing and falling off, there are much more serious concerns. Namely: “How do I know that the product will not explode, melt, or catch fire when I’m charging it?”

Indeed, there have been several mishaps of late, related to the charging mechanism in these hoverboards. To understand why, it helps to have some background knowledge of the product.

There are over 20 factories in China that make these things. Some are reputable, and some are not. When you order off of eBay, Amazon, or Alibaba, you are likely buying from a re-seller who imports them. Maybe they buy a quality product, or maybe they buy from the lowest bidder to earn more profit on the turnaround. In other words, it’s a gamble. When someone buys a new product from Amazon, the last thing on their mind is burning the kitchen down, but it is worth considering. In fact, it has happened to at least two people in the UK within the last 6 months. So, the first step is to buy from a reputable source that does not use cheap electronics on the interior, especially the batteries and charging mechanism.

“These Ain’t Your Momma’s Batteries”

Hoverboards are powered by the newest generation of Lithium-Polimer, or “Li-Po” rechargeable batteries.

For those new to Li-Po batteries, they are different from previous battery technologies in that they maintain a nearly full charge right up until they are almost fully depleted, and then they are empty almost immediately. They produce a lot of power, and are prone to thermal runaway (meltdown) when overly depleted, so in addition to buying a quality product, we have a few more words of caution we would like to share with you.

First, because of this steep drop-off in power when the battery gets low, it is important to stop riding the board when the battery alarm starts. Although you can continue to ride it due to the constant voltage, doing so could reduce your long term battery life. If you continue to deplete the battery for just a minute or two longer, you can actually force it to a point from which it cannot recover, and it will no longer accept a charge at all. In this case, the battery is prone to get very hot and possibly damage other internal components. So, the moral of the story is: stop riding when the low battery alarm (continuous beeping) starts.

Secondly, unlike other kinds of batteries, it is not recommended to store a li-po battery with a full charge, as this will also reduce the long term battery life. The good news here is that our engineers have already thought of this, and our chargers use a simple red-light/green-light charging system. When the charger turns green, the battery is optimally charged for safety, battery life, and a sufficient battery duration. The word of caution here is that you should unplug the charger when it turns green so that you …

Tips For Interior and Exterior House Painting

Here are some excellent interior and exterior house painting tips.

First, gather the tools that you will need to paint the interior of the house. Being organized is the first step in preparing to paint the inside and outside of house. Find a good brush to do the trim, rollers to roll on the paint, drop clothes, rags and plastic bags to assist you with keeping everything tidy.

Next, remove the furniture from the house or move everything to one place in a room. Cover the furniture with drop clothes. Make sure that you cover everything well to avoid spills on the furniture. Cover the furniture with old sheets after you place the drop cloths over them for extra protection. You may wish to remove all the hardware from cabinets, switch plates, and light fixtures from the wall. A lot of people try to paint around the hardware, but inevitably get drips all over it.

Prepare yourself for house painting. Wear old comfortable clothing and shoes. Wear a hat, scarf or a shower cap on your head to protect you from spills while you are painting the ceiling. Wear shoes that are easy to remove to prevent from tracking paint from one room to another.

Now that you are prepared to paint, prepare the interior surface that you are painting to receive the paint. If there is wallpaper, you must strip the wallpaper and prime the walls with a good quality primer. If the walls are not clean, you must wash them with a solution of three tablespoon of laundry detergent to one gallon of water. Any paint that is peeling or cracking should be sanded and any cracks should be fixed.

Choosing your paint can be quite a task. Do you want water-based or oil-based paint? Water-bases paint is easy to clean up and it dries quickly. Oil-based paint is great for cabinets and woodwork. Clean-up can be accomplished with paint thinner.

Once you have chosen the right color and gloss for your walls, you can then begin to paint. Now you may thing that you just aim and begin to paint. However, here are a few tips to make the job a little easier. Start with a small brush and paint the areas where the roller will not fit. Make sure that you use painter’s tape to cover areas that you do not want painted.

Roll a light coat of paint in one direction. Your goal is to apply a light coat and then a second heavier coat of paint in another direction. This will hide the streaks.

In preparing the exterior of your house to be painted, all you may need is a good washing down. You can utilize the water hose and scrub the dirt with a brush and detergent. You may even need to power wash it.

Your home may need additional attention before you can paint it. Some of the shingles or siding may be split. Nails may have popped out or you may …

Why People Like Artificial Plants

What can be done with artificial plants is just a matter of seeing it for yourself. Who knew that manipulating plastic could even turn out to look that beautiful? If you are the type who's against the destruction of the Rain Forest, who said that you should not have any green in your home? Artificial plants are odorless and the only thing they do catch is dust. Taking a damp cloth, or even having the kids spend on morning on a Saturday cleaning them, will bring back the color of the plants.

Artificial plants can resemble actual flowers and it will take a second – maybe even a third – glance to realize that they are not real. A few of the plants are available with artificial water, which adds to the look-a-like effect, and be beautiful centerpieces on the coffee table, on the mantelpiece or even on the bedside pedestal. There is nothing wrong with having plastic in your house, and if you are against it, you just have a look at a few of the artificial plants and decide for yourself. You will not be blamed if you are taken to the artificial plant section and can not tell the difference between real and plastic.

The two are very close – maybe so close that there is no fault. To tell the difference all you have to do is put your nose near each of them and smell the difference. When owning artificial plants in your home and would like to give it a fresh smell, try adding a few drops of potpourri oils on the brim of the vase. That should convince the visitors that your beautiful flowers are making the room smell so nice. Share your secret with them and tell them and then see the looks on their faces when they stand there in disbelief.

People love artificial plants for many reasons as you can see. Since they are not as delicate as real plants, they can also be easily found and purchased online. Find any artificial plants you like online and take measurements to make sure they'll be a perfect fit for your home. …

Prepping the Bathroom for Winter

Now that there is a slight chill in air and winter is well on its way, this would be a good time to start preparing the bathroom for that long cold season ahead. Since we tend to stay inside the majority of the time, what better way to while away the hours than to begin fixing up the bathroom and adding the desired essentials. By keeping a observant eye on your budget and equipped with an abundance of the necessary professional information, it is easy to pull off the look you are trying to attain. First evaluate what your bathroom lacks compared to the luxury items you would like to have.

So how do you choose between that so desired steam shower or over the electric shower or bath whirlpool spa? They all provide an inviting winter escape for a sumptuous place to unwind and loosen up. You want to get as much flexibility out of the bathroom now and for years to come. If possible your bathroom should have both a bathtub and a shower and also where careful planning comes into play. As a general rule, if you have a small space to work with, it is best to stick to the original layout of the bathroom. Understanding the limitations will help when shopping around for new bathroom pieces. Steam showers require a unique space along with plumbing requirements, but on the other hand, electric showers can be installed inside the existing bathing area.

Inspect the bathroom pipes

One area homeowners tend to overlook is a through check of the existing plumbing. Before installing a new bathroom suite or any other type of bathroom fixture, it is vitally important to examine the pipes, molding, and tiles to include cracked grouting. Before the installation of a new vanity cabinet and sink have a look at the seals and welding around the pipes and drain lines. Wear and tear especially in an older home can often lead to rusty pipes and hairline cracks. If the plumbing is old and there were no prior water leaks, when you started ripping out the old sink and rattling the pipes, if there was a weak spot in any of the metal pipes or tubing, this can cause small pin holes.

The same principals should be followed when installing a new shower or replacing the bathtub. Before the final placements of the bathroom fixtures have a close look at any loose or cracked tiles and grouting. If you leave cracks and holes unfixed, water and moisture can cause some water damage and mold which is not visible until it is too late. Whether or not you plan to replace the bathroom suite or fixtures, these are all must do's to prep the bathroom for winter to ensure it is kept a safe warm place for the entire family.

Another way of keeping the bathroom warm and cozy over winter are towel warmers. Not only a great economic way of heating the bathroom, but are …