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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 …

How to Make Your Own Cologne

Basically, every cologne has four essential components:

-Water
-Alcohol
-Fragrance
-Fixing Agent

The water used should only be distilled water. Tap water can contain impurities which can interfere with the aesthetics and aromatic qualities of a cologne. The alcohol provides a solvent for the other ingredients. It also releases fragrance as it evaporates. The fragrance can be any floral oil, essential herbal oil, liquid gums and resins you desire to provide fragrance. The fixing agent could have various gums and resins, however, glycerin is an excellent fixative for colognes, as it is already a liquid and blends easily with other liquids. The fixing agents job is to maintain the fragrances integrity.

Steps to Creating Cologne From Flowers

Using flowers to make cologne is probably the oldest method of cologne making. If you have a favorite flower in your garden and want to make a cologne from it's blossoms, this will work well for you.

First, fill a Mason jar with flower petals, packing them in tightly. Add distilled water to the jar until it is 3/4 full, then add 2 tablespoons of liquid vegetable oil. (Avoid highly scented oils, such as peanut oil, as they will interfere with your fragrance.) Finally, add 1 ounce of unscented rubbing alcohol. Cover the jar with a tight lid and shake contents thoroughly. Set the jar aside remembering to shake it a couple of times a day, or as often as you like, as shaking the jar will agitate the ingredients and speed up the cologne making process.

As the flower pets became fitted with water, the cellular membranes burst. This releases essential oils, as well as some of the coloring pigments. These floral oils escape into the water and cling to the vegetable oil. The alcohol acts as a solvent, dissolving the oils so that they mix with the water.

After a few days, pour the liquid cologne into jars for storage and discard the solids. To keep your cologne pure from some of the settlement, pour your cologne through cheesecloth. Now, add your glycerin. Use 1 ounce of glycerin to a quart of cologne.

Tip for Creating Cologne Faster

If you do not want to wait a couple of days, you can always speed up the process by placing the jar in a sunny window. As the sun worms the jar, you will be able to see the petals' cellular breakdown and release of essential oils. By using this method you can often have a cologne in the same or next day, rather than having to wait a few days. Be sure the jar is kept tightly covered. Remember, agitating it from time to time will speed up the process of dispersing the essential oils.

If you've been reading my blog, you know I like to do things as easy as possible. With all the fantastic essential oils available you can make or mimic many of the name brand colognes. The following recipe is just an example. To change the fragrance, just …

The Used BMW X5 Gains Favor

The BMW continues its dominance of luxury car markets the world over as more auto players enter the arena. Car technology has definitely changed exponentially in the last 50 years. With the entry of more auto manufacturers into the world market competition has intensified as each automaker attempts to prove themselves. While it is a true statement that most of these automakers have brought truly wondrous features to the cars they have produced, a few automakers continue to dominate the luxury divisions. One of them is the BMW. There are many brands of the BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG ) but one brand that has stirred attention is the x5 sports utility version.

A new x5 is a technological marvel. BMW was somewhat late in joining the SUV market but when it did, it represented itself well. This statement was solidly sent out through the X5 which is a next generation sport utility vehicle.

A new x5 can run up to $55000.00. This may be a hefty amount and due to the tough economic times, many are looking for bargain prices and have therefore settled for looking for a used BMW x5. The used versions can be equally delightful depending on the actual condition and the dealership. Car dealerships like CarMax take particular care to ensure that a used model fits the actual standards of quality. This means that extensive tests are run on the actual model to ensure that everything is in shape. A used BMW x5 can run you anywhere between $20,000 and $45000 depending on the features installed.

The x5 is usually 4-door and comes with standard SUV features. It has a v8 32v 8-cylinder engine which is primarily powered by gasoline. Hybrid brands are still in the works. The exterior deviates a little from the standard “Big Three” SUV models in that is appears to be more compact. It comes with a 5 -speed or automatic transmission that boasts dynamic stability allowing the passengers to experience some of the smoothest rides ever in the motoring world.

The interior comes with climate-controlled AC which employs computerized temperature-monitoring. This means that the front of the car can have an entirely different temperature setting from the rear seats. Some models come equipped with additional accessories such as an auxiliary DVD player with a screen which flips open much like the one inside an airplane. The sound system is Bose, which offers customers an added layer of luxury. The speakers are optical surround which is ideal for very high quality orchestra sound.

Other features include heated seats, dual temperature controls, cruise control and tinted windows. It also comes with anti-lock ABS brakes and dual airbags. Newer models also sport side airbags. Most features which come preinstalled in most high-end vehicles are also found standard in the X5 such as power steering, power windows, front and back wiper blades, automatic side mirrors and the like.

The best place to buy a used BMW x5 is at the local dealership. This is …

Interior Designers Are A Very Creative Breed

People often confuse interior designers with interior decorators and interior stylists. They are not as different as chalk and cheese but they are quite different. While a decorator would create your home space with different kinds of objects and put the various objects to make them look catching on the eye, the interior designers study forms, design, symmetry of structure and related aspects. Their study is considered more bent towards the theoretic side of the job but they have a deep sense of creativity and a well-harnessed idea of ​​compositeness.

Designers have always looked towards the past to create something modern and fresh. It is because past is an unfailing library for the interior designers. Interior designers believe that period pieces can be made to work very well even in conjunction. Yes, the underlying idea is not to disturb the consistency of theme. However hard it might seem, they can keep a uniformity of structure spirit despite bringing in tons of different periods.

House of building designers understand the need of creating a form and its structural dimensions that suit the taste of a budding owner. It is after all his home or commercial space; it has to be its style statement too. Often they are ready to hold back their own style in favor of the owner's statement and yet keep their creativity intact. Designers are sometimes blessed with a vision that can put to shame even the Cubists.

These professionals all over the world are challenged by new aspects of modernism. It's because the basic idea is to keep the convention of form and geography of place in mind. House or building designers can not use their skill sets distancing themselves from the medium in which they work and getting adrift from the geographic requirement of place. These professionals know all about choosing the exact raw materials. Yes, they often take suggestions from the interior decorators to put forth this plan. Interior designers use consistency to create a complete theme for a home. Parallel motifs can not truly convert a home into a likeable place. They feel that a kaleidoscope of motifs can potentially kill a structure.

Interior decorators are paid pretty well if they have beaten the initial days of hardships. People acknowledge their craft and understand the supreme creativity in their vision. Today, you can get in touch with top interior designers through internet. Most of them also flash their work and achievements over their website.People often confuse interior designers with interior decorators and interior stylists. They are not as different as chalk and cheese but they are quite different. While a decorator would create your home space with different kinds of objects and put the various objects to make them look catching on the eye, the interior designers study forms, design, symmetry of structure and related aspects. Their study is considered more bent towards the theoretic side of the job but they have a deep sense of creativity and a well-harnessed idea of ​​compositeness.

Interior …

Homeschooling Kindergarten – What Does it Take?

Kindergarteners are active and inquisitive, yet the thought of home schooling a Kindergartener can send any parent into a panic. They worry that they will not "do it right" or will choose the wrong curriculum. I've had many people come to me asking me what they should do for Kindergarten.

My answers are really quite simple. You taught this child to eat, drink, talk, use the bathroom (for the most part), and a host of other tasks that you do not even think about. Did you send your child to talking school or buy a curriculum to teach him how to talk? So here are a few "tools" I would use to teach my child:

1. Read to them for 30 minutes a day. It sounds simple, but it's very powerful. Children learn a tremendous amount of vocabulary and facts just by being read to. You can use picture books or chapter books or a combination of both.

2. Answer their questions. Most 5 and 6 year olds have plenty of questions. Just take a few moments at the time they ask the question to explain the answer to the best of your ability. If you do not know the answer, just tell them and then find the answer together.

3. Take them to interesting places. I'm not saying you should go to a science museum once a week. Just look for opportunities in the natural course of your life to take your child to places that might interest them. A construction site, bakery, farm, bowling alley, grocery store can provide some great learning opportunities.

4. Play games with them. You can carve out a game time each day or a few times a week. Children learn a tremendous amount of math, relational skills and even reading skills just by playing games. You can borrow games from the library or trade with another family if you do not want to go out and buy a bunch of games.

If your child enjoys books, you can use those, but there are not too many kindergarteners that do. Pay attention to how they learn and capitalize on that. Do they learn from listening or watching or doing? You have gotten them this far and you have much more you can teach them and learn from them. …

Tips on Buying a House!

Step 1: Determine your housing requirements: where do you want the house? The price range? How big a house do you need? What kind of a house is appropriate for you? The distance of your house from municipal and community services, etc …

Step 2: Understanding you Local Housing Market: Hire an agent to determine the market prices for the kind of house you are looking for? Your agent gets paid, so he / she must work for you and work hard. Ask them any questions that you may have and make them work for you. Determine if it is a buyer's or seller's market? How favorable are the conditions towards you, etc …

Step 3: Calculating your Costs: The most important thing when buying a house is your financial capability. How much can you afford monthly? How much downpayment are you planning to give first up? Maintenance Costs? Renovation Costs? Services Cost? Propery Taxes? Insurance?

Step 4: Choosing your Team: Make sure you choose an agent who you are comfortable with and who is willing to work hard for you and who has time for you. A good more experience, the younger ones, in general, are considered to be more active and salesperson makes all the difference in the world. While older agents are deemed to be involved. Choose an experience Notary and ask your agent to help you find a good housing inspector and mortgage lender.

Step 5: Arranging your Mortgage: For this aspect, your agent should take care of the all the paperwork and all that is involved in this. After all, they are getting paid for their service. Understand all different types of mortgages and the benefits and cons of all these.

Step 6: Closing the Deal and Moving: Make sure that all the paperwork has been taken care of and the appropriate and required documents are submitted before the notary and all the requirements have been met. Keep in frequent touch with your agent in order to be up to date as to what is going on with your house. Find a reliable moving company and insure that your moving is as smooth as possible. …

Bath Hardware Perfect to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Installing new bathroom hardware is one of the most popular – and most affordable – ways to upgrade your bathroom. It allows you to bring the entire style of the room together and spice up a would-be boring bathroom. There are numerous options for bathroom hardware and the first place to start is the finish.

The finish you choose for your bathroom hardware should be the same through. This is one of the musts when remodeling a bathroom. Whether you choose brushed nickel, rubbed bronze, brushed natural pewter or something completely different make sure the finish extends to everything, from light fixtures and towel racks to the bathtub hardware and faucet. This will ensure your bathroom looks planned, put together and stylish.

So what do you do after you've fallen in love with a finish? Next comes the fun part: shopping. Decide what your bathroom will need. Common accessories and hardware items include the sink faucet and bathtub hardware, a light fixture, toilet paper holder and soap dish. Be sure not to overlook the special touches like cabinet handles, towel stands and wastebaskets. Shop around to get the best deal on bathroom hardware. As long as you stick with one finish it can be very easy to purchase items individually from a number of stores.

There are a number of advantages to upgrading your bathroom hardware. If your home was built new or comes with cheap starter hardware replacing the hardware can actually increase the value of your home. It may also be a good idea if you purchase a home with mismatched hardware. Lastly, replacing outdated or unattractive bathroom hardware and accessories allows you to completely redo your space and create an oasis.

Keep in mind that replacing the hardware in your bathroom does not have to be expensive. You can also start small. If everything already matches consider replacing just your sink faucet with something grand and luxurious. You'll spend under $ 200 but completely change the feel of the room. You can also replace the bathtub hardware with a beautiful, retro faucet. Adding items such as a towel warmer can also make the space more welcoming and enjoyable on those cold mornings. Remember, it's all up to you. Changing bath hardware is all about personal taste and is a simple way to recreate the bathroom for yourself. …