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Home Storage Solutions

Today the housing market is running out of control and it seems like we are getting less and less for our dollar when it comes to buying or renting a home. In order to combat this reality we need to either change the way we store our belongings and what is deemed necessary for keeping, or we are going to be in a very clustered and claustrophobic Space Saving Furniture: 19 Small Space Furniture Designsexistence that breeds inefficiency. We often think of this as were losing something or that we are getting ripped off if we consider going small. But the truth is no matter what your situation you can benefit from a more organized and streamlined existence. Not to mention this is becoming extremely fashionable and is the new cool. By going small you can do big things in terms of the comfort and appeal of your home or business. So come along as I show you a few ways you can really step your game up for cheap. Its all about knowing what improvements are right for you and your needs.

  1. The Hide Away Office:

This is a great improvement for multi use space in your home. We often have this fantasy of a home office that is tucked away in its own separate room. This is strange when you consider what is needed for the office of today, which is little more than a computer some desk space and basic office materials. All of this can store neatly in to a drawers. What I would suggest is that you have a Murphy style work surface that folds into the wall, and on the back is a mirror. Therefore, when you are looking at yourself in the mirror and considering yourself and impact on the world, you can in a moments notice pull down the desk and get to work. Plus this is beneficial because it is right in your common space and makes you feel that you do not need to miss out on time with your roommates or partner to get work down, and will probably be more likely to do it then.

Multi-Use Furniture:

This should be at the core of all of your design when considering a small and organized existence. With the differencelkj9 of uses of your rooms coming down to the slightly different arrangement of furniture you should think of making one space into several by allowing your furniture to be modal and changeable.

For instance, you can turn a stairway into a very sleek system of shelves by having a drawer fit into the dead space under each step. the same effect can occur when by accessing the dead space from the side, for a more book shelf feel.

Another cool way to not over purchaser for things is to have a window blind that doubles as a towel rack. This is great for drying as well and allows you to not need to get something that serves only one purpose. Now your power is also a blind.

Finally, consider tables that piece together like Lego’s and are module on two planes. Therefore, you can make any number of combinations to depending on the mood of the moment.


Knowing What Bathroom Upgrade Is Right For You

There is possibly no appliance we use that we have such an intimate and personal relationship as we do with our toilet. A bad toilet means a bad home and there are no two ways about it. No matter where you go, you’re gonna have to, well, go. There are so many dead ends and frustrations that go into buying a new toilet the task can seem daunting, so I’m happy to inform you that you came to right place, for the most comprehensive toilet guide. In order to get the right toilet you need to consider what makes a toilet superior ? Some think a toilet is just a simple fixture that lets you keep the poop out of your living quarters ? wrong ! a toilet is the catalyst to clean civilization and a vessel that ensures public health and safety. The toilets of today are no joke, and can actually work to save you money. Another thing to consider that is worth its weight more in gold is getting the toilet that is right for your size and height. All to often we settle for a toilet that isn’t suited for use and this can lead to discomfort and even injury. Getting a toilet that is fitted for your specific dimensions is actually a great way to improve your life for not too much money compared to other life style changes.

The most common problems we face as toilet users is some toilets and their lack of flushing power. When you really need a toilet to answer the call it all to often comes up short and you are left with the hastle of rectifying the situation. Most toilets today use about 1.6 gallons per flush, although most that guarantee a flush usually use about 3.5 gallons which is an astronomical amount of water. Luckily some have learned to bridge the gap. The trick is to allow for a higher rate of flow and water pressure to achieve the same quality of flush as some of the high flow toilets can provide for about a 1/10 of the water usage.

The first measurement you need to know when considering where you are going to make the new thrown is refereed to in the industry is the “rough in.” This refers to the distance that exists between your outlet pipe and the wall that’s behind your toilet. This is the distance that exists between your outlet pipe and the wall behind your toilet. Most homes have a standard rough in which is about 12 inches give or take 2 inches. pooOlder homes will likely have a rough in of about 10inches which is to be expected when considering. I know like this sounds like a lot of math, but here’s a little pro tip for your. Measure from the wall, not from an installed baseboard or wooden trim piece because that will affect your measurement and the overall quality of the toilet. Finally if you want to avoid all of this you can just go for the highest end toilet I have reviewed and save some time.

Problems? Could be the Sump Pump

Say you’ve got some basement flooding problems so you install a sump pump to remedy the situation. You might then develop sump pump problems, because that’s just how life is. There are a number of things that can go wrong with your sump pump, and probably one of them happened if you’re finding that the sump pump has become ineffective at preventing floods. Here’s a list to help you diagnose your sump pump’s problems.

sump pump2You may have a plugged screen. What does that mean? Well first consider that sump pumps have a small scree or opening through which the water flows that allows you avoid flooding. If this screen becomes clogged or blocked, the water won’t flow properly and your basement is likely going to flood.

Alternatively, there could be a switching problem. Switching problems are themselves caused by a variety of issues including that the sump pump’s switch could be lodged against the side of the basin or the basin inside the pump may have itself moved, leaving the switch totally useless. The switch could be debilitated due to debris becoming caught. Just take a look at the switch and see if it’s connected where it should be and if there’s any debris stuck on there.

Now say there’s a frozen sump pump drainage pipe causing you issues. This is likely if you live in ac old climate where the temperature commonly dips below freezing. Check is the drainage pipe outside your house has become frozen and install a stop that redirects the drainage so that the water can eat the house before reaching the frozen drainage pipe if this is indeed your issue.

sump pump3It may be that the whole issue stems from a tripped electrical circuit breaker. All home appliances use energy that traces back to you home’s circuit breaker, and if there’s some kind of short circuit or issue in the flow of electricity in your house, the circuit breaker may end up tripping the circuit in order to avoid an electrical fire. Sump pumps are always located near water, so be sure that the outlet is projected by a ground fault interrupter to avoid this issue.

What if you have a noisy sump pump? That sound that you’re hearing is known as water hammering. It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with the sump pump, but you can do something about it. You can just install a quieter check valve to reduce the noise all you need.

If there seems to be an issue with your sump pump not covered here, either check your owner’s manual or go online to the sump pump manufacturer’s website and see what troubleshooting processes might be appropriate for you to experiment with. If it’s still unclear and you feel that the issue may be rooted in electrical issues, just bite the bullet and either buy a new sump pump or hire an electrician before you end up taking the thing apart and potentially setting the stage for an electrical short that could do some serious damage to your body.

Meet the Toto Washlet

Bidet lovers in American parts will be happy to hear about the Toto Washlet, a Japan-based invention that allows for bidet attachments to be installed onto the standard porcelain throne.

toto washlet2Four different models are available in the U.S. for costs ranging from just under $900 to over $2,200. Even the base model of this handy little invention takes toilet time to a new height; the least expensive C110 has rear- and front-cleansing options, water pressure and temperature control, and- this is the kicker- a heated seat. What bells and whistles could possibly be added to the $2,200 model? The S400 actually has a warm-air drying feature, an automatic air purifier, an auto-flush option, and much, much more.

Toto Washlet features can even be customized to the customer’s liking.

Some Americans may be wondering, why even “upgrade” to this European luxury? Well, bidet lovers will swear it’s more hygienic and worth the money. And they’re not just commonplace in Europe; plenty of places in Asia and the Middle East take bidets for granted and are grossed out by the prospect of going without it. For many, our bidet-less state is one of the many aspects of culture shock to which immigrants must grow accustomed.

…unless they opt into the Toto Washlet. The Washlet replaces standard American toilet seats and can be used with many different brands. If you’re dying for one and unsure whether or not it will work in your bathroom, check out the manufacturer’s site. It has information regarding what kind of Washout will fit on what kind of toilet, and includes round and elongated shapes that are made to fit one- and two-piece toilets.

toto washlet3The toilet’s parts include the heated seat and lid which attach to your toilet, the water filter and drain that attach behind the unit to supply water to the spray wand, the water supply hose that connects the unit’s water supply port to the water source at the rear of the toilet, the jet spray wand that sits beneath the lid and sprays water upwards on command, and the control panel or remote control, which can be located next to the unit or on the wall depending on the model and allows for users to control when water streams happen as well as the pressure and temperature of the water.

The toilet even has a self-cleaning nozzle; it cleans the wand by passing through a sheet of water as it extends, and then again as it retracts.

For a decent fit, the original toilet must have 1.75 inches of space between its front tank and where the seat bolts would go. There also must be a grounded electrical outlet within 3 feet of the toilet so you can plug it in and enjoy its seat warming features. Installation instructions are included in the unit, so you can try your hand at fitting the thing on yourself or call up the plumber.

On top of its increased functionality, the Toto Washout asserts that its use is actually more environmentally friendly than the use of a standard American toilet. It removes the need for the annual use of 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper by Americans, i.e. it saves 15 million trees. Producing soft ply also uses more than 473 million gallons of water, plus packaging and shipping requires energy as well. TP use is also detrimental to sewer systems.

Know Your Appliance; Voltage, Current and Resistance

The concepts of voltage, current and resistance are little-understood by most of the people who benefit from them, which is understandable considering how much faster science is moving than culture is, but is still strange and should probably be changed. If you’d like to better understand your electric appliances and how they work, here’s an article to help you brush up on the innerworkings of voltage, current, and resistance, and how they affect the way your stuff functions.

Electric current refers to the number of electrons in motion in a circuit. It’s measured in amps.

electric circuitsVoltage refers to the “pressure” that pushes electrons along through a circuit. As one would expect, the unit “volts” refers to the voltage of a current. If you live in the United States like I do, it’s likely that the power outlets in the wall of your house or apartment serve up 120 volts each.

Once you have these two terms down and know how many amps and volts are involved in a specific circuit, you can actually determine the exact amount of electricity consumed. This particular figure is generally measured in something called watt-hours or kilowatt-hours.The time-aspect of the unit may be somewhat unexpected, but its necessary part int he measurement becomes elucidated if you think about it in the following way:

Imagine that you own a space heater and it’s a cold winter day. You plug it into your wall outlet and measure the amount of current flowing from the wall outlet to the heater, which comes out to 10 amps. You can therefore deduce that it’s a 1,200-watt heater because that’s the amps (10) multiplied by the volts (120 [we assumed you were in the United States again]). This method holds true for any electrically powered appliance. If you have a light that draws only a third of an amp, you’ve got a 60-watt light bulb.

Ok but wait, what about the hour part? Right so let’s assume you’ve only got the space-heater plugged in and you’re checking out the power meter outside. The meter is there so that it can measure the amount of electricity flowing into your house and the power company can bill you for it. If your space heater is using 1.2 kilowatts and you leave it on for one hour, it will have used 1.2 kilowatt-hours of power. If your power company then charges you 10 cents per kilowatt-hour of power, the company will end up charging you 12 cents for every hour that your space heater is left on.

toaster2Now let’s cover resistance: Resistance is limit of how much electricity can travel through a wire at once and is measured in Ohms. According to Ohm’s law,

I (current) = V (voltage) / R (resistance).

Resistance sounds like a hindrance to the effort to use electrical appliances, but it’s actually a property that’s utilized all the time. For example, your toaster functions by sending wire through a wire that has high electrical resistance, forcing a lot of the energy of the moving electrons to be converted into heat while traveling through the wire. That heat turns your bread into toast.

The Ins and Outs of Garbage Disposals

Most people don’t appreciate how handy their garbage disposals are until something goes wrong. Suddenly owners are left with swamp sinks and broken appliances that threaten to liquidate the hands that feeds them. If that sounds like your situation, don’t worry; this article can be your crash course on garbage disposal repair.

First off, here’s a quick explanation of how garbage disposals work: As you can see from the diagram provided by, a garbage disposal consists of a motor, a motor shaft, a drain, a flywheel, an impeller, a grind ring, a dishwasher intake, a hopper, mounting bolts, a support ring, and a flange (listed from bottom to top). There are of course other smaller and more intricate parts, but these are the primary ones that you need to understand to grasp how the device functions.

When the garbage disposal is plugged in and you flip the switch that initiates the motor, it turns the flywheel. The impellers, which are responsible for grinding up the food, are attached to the flywheel and rotate along with it. When food enters the chamber where all this is happening, it is ground up by these spinning parts. Once the food is cut into smaller particles, it can be flushed through the drain pipe on the side of the chamber and flow into your house’s septic system.

garbage disposal pp…At least that’s what’s supposed to happen. It’s common for garbage disposals to break down, in which case a variety of things could have gone wrong. Luckily, a lot of common garbage disposal issues are simple to understand and easily repaired, meaning even home owners can take care of the problem on their own.

For example, you might have issues with the flywheel. If it’s stuck, it can’t spin the impellers that grind up your food. This could in turn cause issues with your motor. To check the status of the flywheel, look at the bottom side of the disposal and see if it has a hex (six-sided) hole. If it has one, there should also be a hex wrench in a pouch near the disposal that will allow you to rotate the motor shaft and flywheel from the outside. If it doesn’t, you’ll have to purchase one. Insert the wrench in the hex hole and rotate it in a circle in both directions to break the flywheel out of its jammed position.

garbage disposal pppSay your issue is that the disposal is leaking. Before you set out on a disposal issue, do make sure that the water isn’t warm (in which case it’s likely coming from your dishwasher) or completely clear (in which case it’s likely coming from your sink). If the water is room temperature and nasty like what you’d expect to come out of a garbage disposal, then you probably have an issue with the disposal’s hoses and seals.

To check, pinpoint the source of the leak. If it’s coming from underneath the disposal, it’s probably leaking through the flywheel seal and directly into the motor, in which case you’ll need to disassemble everything, clean and cry it, and replace the seals.

Finally, you may find that the disposal seems to be running but the food for some reason takes forever to get ground up. This is a big indicator that the impellers on your flywheel have become worn down and need replacement. To check, unplug the disposal and/or trip the circuit breaker if necessary to ensure that it cannot turn on. Then remove all the hose fittings and twist the disposal free from the support ring. It may need to be unscrewed depending on the design. Loosen the flywheel lock nut and either remove and replace the impellers or sharpen them in place. You may need to replace the entire flywheel assembly depending on if the design lends itself to impeller sharpening.

Try using these tips for your domestic repairs

Machine repairs regularly strike at the most inconvenient times. Lamentably, they can leave a vast injury in your financial plan, on the off chance that you don’t anticipate them. Here are a couple of thoughts and tips to consider that will help facilitate your next machine repair issue.

Before You Do It Yourself

Verify the apparatus isn’t secured by an administration guarantee. In the event that’s despite everything it secured under guarantee, you should discover how to utilize the guarantee appropriately. To begin with call the organization offering the guarantee and approach them for illumination on utilizing the guarantee legitimately (DO NOT void the guarantee by attempting to alter the machine yourself). After that, your next step is to contact (or take) the apparatus to a suitable upkeep or administration organization. Have them do the domestic repairs under the defensive front of your guarantee. Additionally, you ought to verify you are legitimately repaid for all charges in the wake of having your machine repaired.

Do It Without anyone else’s help

On the off chance that there is no guarantee or scope on your apparatus, your next step is to find the proprietor’s manual, and attempt and make the repair yourself. You shouldn’t repair an apparatus without having the administration manual with you. At the point when the manual or guarantee isn’t a choice, your next decision will be to look under the cover, or within the machine, and locate the essential direction rules. Most apparatuses have a little arrangement of working directions, imprinted on the machine some place, which MIGHT help you take care of your issue. For a large portion of us, however, these strides most likely won’t be sufficient.

Discovering an Appliance Repair Service Company

In the event that you aren’t ready to make the repairs yourself rapidly and effortlessly, then you should discover a machine repair administration to carry out the occupation right, and get your apparatus working once more.

Machine Repair Services

A larger part of repair organizations have professionals accessible who can repair most family unit machines. Real machine repair organizations will normally make administration calls to your home. Little apparatuses frequently get repaired at the nearby repair shop, rather than at your home. On the off chance that it’s a little machine, you need to verify they offer repair or substitution administrations for it. This would incorporate things, for example, microwave broilers, stove fans, warmers, blenders, other little incidental kitchen apparatuses, and possibly power instruments.

Things to ask Repair Companies

When you have the names of a couple machine repair administration organizations, you may need to solicit any or all from these inquiries when you call…

  • Ask when the soonest they can turn out to make the repair? In the event that the timing is sufficient, ask how reliable they are (and on the off chance that they have an insurance on the time)? There’s nothing more awful than sitting tight throughout the day for a repair that won’t happen that day.
  • Inquire as to whether they offer a certification on their work and their parts?
  • Get some information about a composed appraisal; administration call charge; expenses; or a blend of composed evaluation with last bill?
  • Inquire as to whether it is conceivable to add administration call expenses to your month to month service for the domestic repairs