It's Time to Remodel Your Bathroom! Do You Know What to Do?

How can you tell when the time is right to do a makeover on your bathroom? It's probably a job you've been putting off while, telling yourself that it really does not look all that bad. After all, the toilet works most of the time, and only a little of the grout is gone from between the tiles, and there's just a little rust that you can not get out of the bathtub, and … Wait a minute! I'd say it's time for a makeover. What do you think? Take a good look around and see what other little things you can find that are signaling you that now's the time:

Start by looking at all the little details you might have been ignoring. Are your porcelain fixtures looking a bit yellow? Maybe there's a ceiling tile missing from the renovation of 1974. If you have wallpaper, is it starting to curl up a bit on the edges? None of these problems in itself is a world-stopper, but they are still the clues you need to motivate you to get busy remodeling.

If your bathroom still looks like something out of the '70s, that's another clue. Look for the 1 "wall tiles, stained vinyl flooring, and the colors that will date your room on their own: harvest gold, avocado green, and bright oranges. If this is what you're seeing, it's definitely time you did something about It.

A good time to remodel is when you've decided to sell your house. A nice bathroom is a real selling point for most people and can even raise the value of your home. You know for yourself, from being in some yucky public restrooms that no one likes a crummy bathroom, so spruce yours up a bit, and you'll have a hit on your hands.

It may be that you do not want to completely remodel everything in the bathroom. Maybe you're only interested in making it look better without the effort and expense of an excessive makeover. One way to do this is by changing the accessories in the room. If your bathroom is too far gone, this will not work, but if the room is just looking tired and dreary, new accessories can make a world of difference. You might get new fixtures, some fluffy towels, soft cozy rugs, or bright shower and window curtains. By adding these new things, you'll probably be amazed at how much nicer your old bathroom looks.

For the major overhauls, you might want to hire a bathroom contractor. I know they cost money, but unless you're a better plumber than I am, you will find it money well spent. You do not have to hire a contractor to do the whole room, but it would be good for any plumbing and fixture installation you want to do. Have you ever lived a porcelain bathtub? Believe me, a contractor comes in mighty handy for that kind of work. Find someone who comes with a lot of …

An Information Guide To Maintaining Limestone Fireplaces

Limestone is very durable and is an extremely good choice for a fireplace!

However, limestone is also rather soft and reliably porous, so it does require care from the householder to prevent stains and grubby marks spoiling the surface – especially for new limestone fireplaces!

A few important points for first time buyers!

Your limestone fireplace should be chemically sealed with a good quality sealant. The better sealants do not change the color of the limestone to any degree, but prevent easy penetration of possible stains from getting into the stone. Your fireplace supplier should either seal your fireplace for you, (probably at extra cost) or provide a tin of liquid sealant for you to paint over the surface yourself (also probably at extra cost). These sealants cost around £ 20 or more per tin, so if you see one for much less, do not use it, as it may not be good enough, and could darken your limestone fireplace color!

If you have a limestone heart, this should be sealed twice. Leave the first coat to completely dry and then add the second. Make sure you do not apply too much sealer, as this could cause a change to the surface if soaked!

You may have to repeat the complete sealing process after about six months or a year, especially if the fireplace is for solid fuel. After that, your limestone fireplace will probably not require any further chemical sealing.

Cleaning Limestone Fireplaces

The best way to clean off a grubby mark from your limestone fireplace is simply to use a clean cotton cloth dampened with very dilute washing up liquid. Do not soak the stone though!

If you have coffee or wine etc, spill onto your limestone fireplace surface do not panic, just clean it off thoroughly with a dampened cloth and everything should be fine.

A number of things not to do:

  1. Never use wax or spray polishes on a limestone fireplace, as these products can darken the surface of the limestone and create patches.
  2. Never use kitchen or bathroom cleaners, as they could react with the limestone surface.
  3. Never allow cigarettes to be placed on the stone surface, the heat could cause a brown scar.
  4. Never stand vases with flowers directly on the limestone surface, as this could cause a permanent ring mark!
  5. Never stand red wine, tea or coffee etc, directly on your limestone fireplace -stains and ring marks could result!
  6. Never stand coal or logs directly on the fireplace surface – damage and stains may result!
  7. Never plaster down to, or on to a limestone fireplace – the stone will take up color from the plaster.

The above list of " do not do's " for limestone, can also be found here on the Money Saving Expert Forum, as I posted it there in the first instance, prior to writing this article!

Real Fires, Limestone Fireplaces and Cracking caused by heat! It is important to be aware that limestone can crack from the heat …

Weymouth Holiday Cottages – Doggy Cottages

If you are the one who likes to take their pet each time you go for a vacation, then the Weymouth holiday cottagesare the place for you. This is the perfect break for you and your pet. There are over 100 cottages in Dorset. The Weymouth holiday cottage properties range from traditional thatched cottages to the contemporary newly designed houses.This will certainly be a great place to be for you and your dog. The facility provided in each set has a colored television; The kitchen has an oven with hotplate, rings, a gas burner and a microwave, a toaster a kettle and an iron. Duvets and pillow have been provided in all bedrooms.

There are many cottages available available for you and your pet. One of them is the Lulworth Cove. This is set up in an elevated position, surrounded by territories and lawns. Its a beautiful walk across the hills to the various bays. Within walking distance once can find the Village Inns and shops.

As far as the accommodation is concerned on the ground floor, in bedroom one, there is a king size bed. In the second bedroom, twin beds have been placed. There is a large lounge with an open fire. The dining table has a seating capacity of ten people. On the ground floor there is a bathroom with a bath shower and a separate kitchen. In the third bedroom and the fourth bedroom there are twin single beds, without any wardrobe. There is a double bed in the fifth bedroom.

Standard facilities have been provided in these Weymouth holiday cottages like a dishwasher, washing machine, and a dryer, fridge, freezer, a pay phone, DVD player. A garage is a also present with unrestricted parking on the road. There is a large garden on the sloping lawns. A garden table with chairs has also been placed. Internet access has been provided for, only for recreational activity and not for business related purpose. The speed or service may vary as per the package obtained by the owner of the property

For booking purposes reservations for these Weymouth holiday cottages are made upon the receipt of a deposit which is one-third of the total cost of the holiday or full payment incase the trip is for less than eight weeks away, plus an additional of twenty pounds, Along with a booking form signed by the applicant who has to be over 18 years of age, and he also signs on behalf of all the people who will e staying in the property. Only the number of people specified at the time of the booking will be allowed to stay during the trip. Once the payment has been received and the conformation has been made, any changes to the booking can not be done. In case the payment is made by a credit card, then an additional charge of 2.5% as the processing fee will be also charged to the guest at the time of the booking. Guests have …

Common Stomach Problems and Their Treatments

Many people today suffer from a variety of stomach problems. You may be one of them. If so, you know how a case of diarrhea or nausea and vomiting can ruin your plans for the entire day. Heartburn can torment you in the late night hours as well as spoil the enjoyment of a good meal. While most of these are temporary annoyances, persistent stomach ailments should cause you to seek out medical intervention. Sometimes these are symptoms of much more serious conditions.

Diarrhea is a problem with loose, watery stools that sends you flying to the bathroom, often at the most inopportune times. It can be caused by food poisoning, or bacterial infections such as e-coli. If you are lactose intolerant you may also feel the unpleasant results of enjoying those dairy products. More serious issues that cause these stomach problems are Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In the case of food poisoning or bacterial infections, your symptoms will usually lessen by consuming only a clear liquid diet within 24 hours. Drink as much fluid as you can because dehydration can be a real concern. To avoid this problem in the first place, always practice good food safety habits in the kitchen, insist on well-cooked food, and return food that is served to you looking as though it has been sitting out for some time, especially if mayonnaise is involved. If mucous or blood shows in your stools, consult a doctor immediately.

Nausea and vomiting are stomach problems that are rarely life-threatening but can also cause dehydration and even shock if unchecked for too long. The typical causes are an upset gastrointestinal tract, pregnancy, vertigo (dizziness) from inner ear problem or motion sickness, food poisoning, brain injury, carbon monoxide poisoning, and reactions to medicine. It seems that whenever the brain is affected by injury or illness, nausea and vomiting will also be present. Taking slow, deep breaths helps settle the queasiness, as do Vitamin B6 and ginger supplements. There are OTC antihistamines that will also ease your distress.

Heartburn is a burning sensation in your upper abdomen or chest that often mimics the effects of heart disease. Because of this, a doctor should be made aware of your condition if it does not respond to OTC acid buffers and H2 blockers. To reduce acid reflux you should quit smoking and drinking carbonated drinks. Raising the top of your bed, eating small meals, and avoiding coffee, chocolate, fatty foods, and whole milk has also been shown to help. Most stomach problems can be improved with lifestyle changes such as these, but more serious ones will need medical treatment including possible surgery.…

Amazing Health Benefits Of Eating Raisins

Raisins are prepared with the process of drying the different types of grapes either in the sun or in driers. During the process of drying with both means, it turns into golden, green, or black in color. The nutritional value it preserves while drying are considered as the boon for many diseases. Generally sweet and juicy in taste, the dry fruit is a healthier alternative for the sugar rich candies for the people with sweet tongue. It is a storehouse of all the vital nutrients and has most health benefits to keep you fit and fine. Consuming raisins on the daily basis helps you to maintain good weight, aids in constipation, gives you younger looking skin, reduce acidity, treats infections, and are good for the eyes. High in potassium, Iron, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin K, etc. it provides amazing benefits to the hair, body, and skin.

Raisins For Skin –

  • The super food has the potent nutrients to repair the skin damages while guarding the cells from inside and keep the damage at the bay. Packed with the antioxidants, it prevents free radicals from the cell damage and enhances the elasticity of the skin.
  • It is the best at delaying the signs of aging and erases the fine lines, wrinkles, and marks of blemishes. The antioxidants also boost up the speed of repairing the cell damage prevent the skin from sagging.

Raisins For Hair –

  • The tiny gems are loaded with the vital nutrients to give your hair a good health and provide extra nourishment. The handful of raisins is full of iron and gives you healthy looking strands while maintaining the natural color of the hair.
  • The enough amount of vitamin C in the raisins strengthens the blood vessels and prevents the formation of dandruff on the scalp through reducing the itchiness to a great extent.

Raisins For Fighting With Diseases –

  • The sweet and sticky dry fruit improves the overall oral hygiene of a person while reversing the cavities and prevents the tooth from decaying. It has one of the five phytochemicals that is known for inhibiting the growth of oral bacteria in mouth.
  • Digestive aid is another benefit of raisins as the highly fibrous fruit helps to keep the things moving through the intestinal tract while reducing constipation and bathroom issues like diarrhea. The dry fruit is high in calories but also have high amount of fiber to give you amazing surprises of raisins.

Floor Steam Mop Versus Steam Vacuum, Advantages And Disadvantages Of Each

Why even consider getting a floor steam mop or a floor steam vacuum? If you are like me and are doing your own house cleaning, you might be faced with a dilemma as of how to best use your time and resources when it comes to cleaning your living spaces, the kitchen, the bathroom area, and the shower area.

Your carpet in the living room may have developed several dark stains that will not go away by vacuuming alone. The tiles in the shower may have developed dark grout, and the sinks may be covered with shampoo and soap stains.

Since you have already spend over $100 for the vacuum cleaner which doesn’t really do the job to your satisfaction, you want to make sure you are getting a piece of machinery that will do a better job, that is for sure.

We will discuss here pros and cons of two competing carpet cleaning technologies that go beyond vacuuming. The first one is a carpet steamer, or a carpet steam mop, and the second one is the carpet steam vacuum. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Floor steam mops

Floor steam mop is an appliance that looks like a mop but it has a canister attached to it, and uses an electric heater to bring the water in the canister to a boil. The resulting water vapor is then led through the mop handle and the vapor is then sprayed through the micro fiber pad at the top of the mop. The micro fiber then mops the debris from the floor or the carpet that you are canvassing.

A big advantage for many people of the steam floor mop is that it is environmentally friendly, that is, it will not dispense harmful and potentially toxic chemicals in your house that might take days to be removed, and may even accumulate, causing air toxicity in the house.

A disadvantage of the steam mop cleaner is that, even with a high temperature setting of as much as 300 F, before the steam reaches the tip of the mop, it is already chilled significantly. That means that, in all likelihood, the steam will not be as effective in removing carpet stains, or any other stains from the floors or tiles. Also, the effectiveness of the micro fiber pad in removing all the resulting debris is in question.

You may be able to remedy the low temperature problem by removing the steam mop stick or using a shorter one. That way, the steam temperature will be maximized, and tougher stains will be removed.

Floor steam vacuums

The steam vacuum is similar to a steam mop, but it has an additional feature, namely, it sprays the water onto the carpet, agitates the carpet, and then vacuums the resulting liquid back into the “dirty water” tank.

The advantage of a steam vacuum is that, since it does vacuum up most of the debris, it is typically used with detergents and cleaning chemicals, …

Weymouth Holiday Cottages – Doggy Cottages

If you are the one who likes to take their pet each time you go for a vacation, then the Weymouth holiday cottagesare the place for you. This is the perfect break for you and your pet. There are over 100 cottages in Dorset. The Weymouth holiday cottage properties range from traditional thatched cottages to the contemporary newly designed houses.This will certainly be a great place to be for you and your dog. The facility provided in each set has a colored television; The kitchen has an oven with hotplate, rings, a gas burner and a microwave, a toaster a kettle and an iron. Duvets and pillow have been provided in all bedrooms.

There are many cottages available available for you and your pet. One of them is the Lulworth Cove. This is set up in an elevated position, surrounded by territories and lawns. Its a beautiful walk across the hills to the various bays. Within walking distance once can find the Village Inns and shops.

As far as the accommodation is concerned on the ground floor, in bedroom one, there is a king size bed. In the second bedroom, twin beds have been placed. There is a large lounge with an open fire. The dining table has a seating capacity of ten people. On the ground floor there is a bathroom with a bath shower and a separate kitchen. In the third bedroom and the fourth bedroom there are twin single beds, without any wardrobe. There is a double bed in the fifth bedroom.

Standard facilities have been provided in these Weymouth holiday cottages like a dishwasher, washing machine, and a dryer, fridge, freezer, a pay phone, DVD player. A garage is a also present with unrestricted parking on the road. There is a large garden on the sloping lawns. A garden table with chairs has also been placed. Internet access has been provided for, only for recreational activity and not for business related purpose. The speed or service may vary as per the package obtained by the owner of the property

For booking purposes reservations for these Weymouth holiday cottages are made upon the receipt of a deposit which is one-third of the total cost of the holiday or full payment incase the trip is for less than eight weeks away, plus an additional of twenty pounds, Along with a booking form signed by the applicant who has to be over 18 years of age, and he also signs on behalf of all the people who will e staying in the property. Only the number of people specified at the time of the booking will be allowed to stay during the trip. Once the payment has been received and the conformation has been made, any changes to the booking can not be done. In case the payment is made by a credit card, then an additional charge of 2.5% as the processing fee will be also charged to the guest at the time of the booking. Guests have …

Athlete’s Foot – 9 Steps to Treat Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is caused by parasitic fungi which usually attack the feet. Many people are plagued by this malady, since the organisms which cause it are spread from contaminated floors surrounding pools and showers. The skin between the toes is most often attacked, but the disease may spread to any part of the feet and may break out on the hands. However, what appears on the hands is usually caused by absorbed toxins in the bloodstream rather than the organisms themselves.

As athlete’s foot develops, blisters or cracks appear in the skin, which softens, turns white, and peels off in flakes. There is itching and burning – occasionally pain. The disease is more severe in warm than in cool weather.

What to Do

  1. Keep the affected skin areas as cool and dry as possible. Wearing sandals or open-toed shoes will help.
  2. Protect other members of the household by refraining from walking barefoot about the house, especially the bathroom. Don’t use the family shower, and before using the bathtub soak the feet for at lest five minutes in a warm, saturated solution of boric acid.
  3. Every night at bedtime wash the feet briefly with mild soap and warm water. Then soak the feet for 15 to 30 minutes in a warm, saturated solution of boric acid. If boric acid solution is not available, use a warm saline solution (one tablespoonful of table salt to a quart of water). Then with a bit of gauze pick and rub away all loose bits of skin, taking care not to get any of the contaminated material under the fingernails. Then apply an athlete’s foot cream, working it carefully into the affected skin, especially between the toes.
  4. Every morning, wipe away the remaining medicated cream with dry gauze and dust the skin area thickly with antiseptic powder.
  5. Wear cotton hose, preferably white, changing it daily. To launder hose, boil for ten minutes or re-infection is certain.
  6. If sores appear on the hands, use only mild ointments. If itching is severe, apply 1 percent phenol in calamine lotion. When the sores on feet have healed, those on hands will probably disappear.
  7. To prevent a relapse after the infection appears to be cured, apply 2 percent ammoniated mercury ointment each evening, and talcum powder containing 1 percent of salicylic acid each morning, continuing the treatment for several weeks. Dust the same powder into the shoes daily.
  8. In severe cases, keep off the feet as much as possible and use the soaks and medicated cream as in (3) twice a day instead of once.
  9. In a persistent case consult a dermatologist. An antibiotic is usually helpful, but this requires a physician’s prescription.
  10. The person with athlete’s foot should be considerate of others by not using public showers or swimming pools until his infection is completely cured.

Your 4-Step Beginners Guide to Fitness and Weight Loss

Step 1 – Food. Counting calories, carbs and grams of fat can be very intimidating. I do not and will not do it. It is easier and quite effective to just try to increase your nutrition, and cut out the foods that do not actually feed you. This will automatically reduce the calorie content. Look for high protein foods such as, meats, fish and eggs (if vegetarian there are alternatives). Add lots of green veggies. Raw is best as the nutrients are still intact, not heat damaged or diluted by boiling; Lightly steamed or quick stir fry is okay. Avoid white food (except cauliflower) as they are high starch, and high on the glycemic index (I will over simplify to say high on the glycemic index means it converts to fat easily). Avoid anything made from flour. This means cakes, cookies, pasta and bread. Do not worry, you will not starve. To keep from being hungry either increase the proportion of the proteins, or veggies or add beans. Beans are starchy so they are filling. They have high fiber, and although they have calories they are processed slowly so you do not get hungry for quite a while. This means you end up eating less. If after you fill up on these foods you want one of the foods you are avoiding go ahead. Have ONE. One cookie, or one slice of cake. Not one each. If you feel deprived of these things you will not keep up with the healthy eating. Or instead of giving yourself permission to have one treat a day, some people prefer being very, very strict with themselves 6 days a week and on the 7th having a "Cheat day". I can not stop with just one, so I like the cheat day myself. I even write down the foods I really want, it is a reminder that I do not have to give them up forever, I can still have cheese cake. Other people say no cheating, never. If you can do it, I salute you. I have tried and ever I just wave up. I want a plan that actually works, not one where I can play the martyr with my friends and family or where I try to impress people with my will power. I do not actually have any will power.

Step 2 – Water. You need water for your body to be able to flush out the fat, and the toxins stored in the fat (that could be a whole other article). Everything your body does, it does better with adequate water. Chances are, you are not drinking enough water (soda, coffee and juices do not count). Start getting more water by substituting water or tea for your soft drinks and coffee. Do this slowly, give yourself time to adapt. If you normally drink 4 soft drinks a day, then on day one make it 3 soft drinks and 1 water or green tea. When you are used to the …

Hinge – Giving It The Attention That It Deserves

Most people only think about hinges when they are staring at a pesky, painted-over door hinge, trying to remove the pin so they can move a new piece of furniture into the room. But even then, the most attention the hinge probably gets a few choice curse words. How poor we treat the hinge, especially since some historians consider it an invention on par with the wheel. The simple hinge has simply changed our lives.

The most basic hinge, the pivot hinge, was in use in 1600 BCE (Before Common Era), based on archeological evidence from the ancient city of Hattusa. The pivot hinge is simply a post that rests in a socket or ring of stone, wood, or metal. This basic hinge design allows a door to swing fully open in both directions, or be blocked on one side to stop. Because of this feature, pivot hinges have been passed down through history and are still around everywhere, though in slightly fancier form. Saloon-style doors and bathroom stall doors are often mounted by pivot hinges.

By the beginning of the Common Era, Romans were the most profitable with hinges and had downsized the hinge from a massive piece of hardware to on that would work inside the home on cabinet doors and boxes. The Egyptians, Assyrians, and Babylonians were also using hinges, but they were not as sophisticated as the Roman hinges, nor as sized down, and they were most often used for large doorways and other entryways such as city gates. No one knows when pivot hinges evolved to the strap hinges of the eleventh and twelve centuries, but that evolution brought hinges one giant step closer to the hinges of today.

Advances in metalworking seem to have made a big difference in hinge development. All archeologists have discovered that pivot posts and sockets were eventually reinforced with metal and several centrifuges later, cast iron strap hinges became common. Early examples of this type of hinge can be seen through Europe. You can also see how the simple strap hinge become more ornate. By the 1600s, smithies were busy forging many items for household use, among this list were a variety of hinges.

The settlement of the West thought on even more demand for hinges for all of the new homestead-building. Even the "tailgate" of the iconic Conestoga wagon relied on hinges as did the toolbox sometimes mounted on the side of the wagon. Initially, the blacksmiths were concerned with production and quality. Occasionally, they had more time to create items that were both functional and esthetically pleasing.

Most of today's hinges developed from refinements of the basics of these simple designs. A common door hinge has open rings (sockets) on both the door and the frame and a pin (post) that runs through the rings. If that sounds familiar, it's because it still uses the basic physics of the original pivot hinge developed over 3500 years ago. …