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Condo Interior Design Tips

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Functional Condo Interior Design

Living in the city can be as exciting as visiting an amusement park. There is a vivid thrill in immersing yourself in the sights and sounds that welcome you as you enter the entrance gates. When you are at the center of the activities, participating in the fun and games and riding the amazing roller coaster rides, you tend to feel that vibrant glow you can’t find anywhere else.

Yet after every ride, when your energy simmers down and you take in the chaotic frenzy all around you, there’s a desire that springs from your heart to escape, get away from the crowd and commune with yourself and the people that matter to you. You search for that place where you can rest your head and reflect on the previous events in your life; you want to find that peaceful place that is more familiarly called home. Can such a place exist in the active and demanding metropolitan area where you chose to live and fulfill your dreams?

Let’s call it the best of both worlds; this idea of condo living that is sprouting up everywhere. You can be involved with this all-consuming world, or make believe that you are, and still be focused on your own growth as an individual with intact social ideals and healthy life perspectives. If you are living in just a 40 square meter condominium unit and you dream of transforming it into a livable and personal abode, then you need not fret about it because there are thousands of practical and creative ways to do this using modern interior design ideas. The principles of innovative condo interior design will make this task more interesting and more enjoyable.

 The limited area of your condo unit can dampen your spirits if you choose to focus on the negative side of things, but if you choose instead to view this as a challenging factor, then designing your own space will be a breeze. Below are some creative tips to help you beautify your home in the city:

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Gorgeous functional modern apartment interior furniture decoration And also apartments and condos design projects 2016   small design ideas - KitchenDecor

Convertible Furniture Pieces

Design Materials

 Alternative Furniture Pieces and Accessories

In planning the layout and design of your place, do bear in mind that the key aim for efficient condo interior design is to maximize the limited space. The kitchen should be adjacent to the dining area, which in turn should be accessible to the living area. There has to be an interrelation among the spaces and the details should be consistent to one theme so your home will not to be overwhelming for you and your loved ones to live in.


Hunter Douglas Plantation Shutters

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Hunter Douglas is an old and very large world-wide company. So products carrying its brand name is 100% high quality.

Talking About the General Idea of Plantation Shutters

In the first place, why does a homeowner want to install plantation shutters? They make the home more comfortable and beautiful. More comfortable because they control the amount of sunlight entering the room, thus reducing glare and providing privacy. They keep the room cooler during summer, and warmer during winter.

Units of plantation shutters consists of a frame of vertical members called stiles and horizontal members called rails (top, center and bottom). Set within this frame are louvers or slats (both operable or fixed, horizontal or vertical), of wood, faux wood, glass, fiberglass, aluminum or any other material. The unit is mounted on the window frame. Either inside the room to serve as interior shutters, or outside the house on a window or door, to serve as exterior shutters.

Traditional shutters have slats that are 1-1/4” wide. Whereas slats or louvers of plantation shutters are from 2”, increasing in width by half inch increments up to 4-1/2”, which has the advantage of preserving the view outdoors. The plantation shutters generally are fresher in design. They are available in different finishes to complement décor of the house. Because of their versatility they can be used in practically any window.

Plantation shutters are made of different materials:

Wood plantation shutters are very common. However, there are some problems inherent to wood, specially the soft wood, such as warping, twisting, splitting, attack by insects and rotting. To avoid them, the homeowner has the choice of certain hardwoods, specifically Spanish Cedar, Honduran Mahogany and Teak. Being hardwoods, they are resistant to rot and decay. Also, the tannin in these woods protects them from insects. Hence, these hardwoods are far more durable than a softer wood like pine.Hunter-Douglas-Shutters4

Other than wood plantation shutters, homeowners have the choice of faux wood which looks like real wood. It has the beauty and feeling of warmth of wood. Yet it has the durability of good composite materials, which are able to resist damage by insects, high humidity, twisting and rotting. Therefore, good composite plantation shutters are an excellent choice for kitchens and baths.

However not all synthetic materials are equally durable. Though PVC or vinyl shutters have the advantages of being moisture resistant and being cheaper, since this material can be arched and angled by makers for specialty shaped windows. And so they are good for humid environments like shower enclosures and places near Jacuzzis and sinks. Yet, please check their disadvantage. They may lack structural strength, and so may have to be hinged with three or more hinges so they require additional hardware, and they may have the tendency to eventually sag in the sun.

Another material is fiberglass. It is not prone to rotting or twisting. And because it has low expansion and contraction, its dimensions remain stable. Fiberglass is a reinforced plastic, so it does not warp or sag much like the vinyl or PVC which are not reinforced. Its strength is comparable to aluminum. And it is not damaged by corrosion and electrolysis.

Regardless of which kind of plantation shutters you choose, provided you get yours from a reliable supplier, you will enjoy more the new looks and feel the greater comfort of your home or office after you have them installed.


Choosing a Bike

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Choosing a Bike

These days, a lot of people are choosing a bike for transportation purposes. Cars have been the transport of choice through the years but the use of bike has become increasingly popular. More and more people are starting to ride bikes to work and school, in an effort to keep things “green” and to take care of our planet. The price for gas is also not cheap; choosing a bicycle for transportation can save you a lot of money. Besides, choosing a bike is choosing wellness. Riding a bike can be your major form of exercise excellent for burning those calories.

Choosing a bicycle that is right for you doesn’t have to be a complicated task. Of course, there are different bikes out in the market to choose from. But how will you know which bike is right for you? There are several things you have to consider including the type of riding you will do and the type of bicycle that suits that riding style.

Types of Bike Riding

Knowing the different types of riding will help you in choosing a bicycle that’s right for you. Generally, the types of riding include:

Recreation

Recreational biking means riding a bike mostly for leisure or part of your regular exercise. It is also known as leisure riding wherein people go for a ride to enjoy the park with your kids or your friends. This type of riding is usually short on flat and easy terrains. Speed is not a factor and so as the equipment and gears are not that important.

Touring

Touring or long distance riding is best for exploring places. Touring or expedition bikes are mostly preferred for long journeys.

Road Riding

Road riding is basically done on superior surfaces such as pavements. This type of riding is best for those who commute to work, ride for errands and for those who bike for exercise purposes. The road surface is generally not a problem so any kind of bikes could be used.

Off Road Riding

Off road riding is usually done on dirt or rock trails and gravel roads. Country roads, dirt roads, off road trails are generally uneven and regular bikes are usually not up to the task. Choosing a bike that suits the terrain will make the adventure ride memorable and fun. Off road riding is also popularly known as mountain biking.

Racing

Racing or competitive biking is a type of biking that needs a bike that’s built for its speed and performance. Organized races and charity rides often need bikes that have fixed rear gears for maximum speed. Choosing a bike for joining competitive races will depend on where it will be done. Basically, road bikes are best for triathlons but some triathlons are done in extreme terrains like mountain trails, so mountain bikes are more suitable.

Types of Bikes

There are several types of bicycles out in the market; each has its own uses and advantages. The following are some of the basic types of bicycles you get to choose from:

Road Bikes

Generally, road bikes are characterized by their light frames and narrow tires great for long distance riding, commuting, racing and fitness riding. Road bikes are basically lighter in weight as compared to mountain and comfort bikes. When choosing a bike for its speed and performance, road bikes are on the top of the list.

Mountain Bikes

Mountain bikes are basically the most popular type of bike for their comfort and durability. Mountain bikes are built with strong components suitable for rough terrains like mountain trails and dirt roads. Best for off road riding, mountain bikes became extremely popular because you can practically ride it anywhere.

Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid bikes (also known as city bikes) have the features of both mountain bikes and road bikes combined. They are versatile enough so you can ride comfortably both for smooth pavements and rough roads.

Touring Bikes

Touring bikes have eyelets for attaching racks for carrying cargo. These bikes are best for long distance journeys.
Cruisers. Cruisers (also known as comfort t bikes) are old style bikes that place the rider in a very upright position for maximum comfort while cruising down the beach.

BMX Bikes

BMX bikes are lightweight bikes perfect for doing stunts and tricks.

Recumbent Bikes

A recumbent bike ultimately places a rider in a reclined position. It is generally a lot more expensive than your average bike but riding it will give you a better view of the surroundings.

Electric Bikes

Electric bikes offer a battery-powered motor ideal for those who want to go work not wanting to arrive sweaty or out of breath.

Now you know the different types of bike riding and the different bikes for each riding purpose. You see, choosing a bike is easy — if you know what to look for.


Gutter Cleaning Tools That You Will Find Useful

Posted by in Gardening, Home Improvement, Tools
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If you have made the brave decision to clean your own gutters rather than hire a professional gutter cleaning service, then you might be looking for some advice about what kind of gutter cleaning tools are most important and some gutter cleaning tips that will make the job easier. This article will attempt to introduce some of the more important types of gutter cleaning tools and help you in you in your endeavors.

ladder safetyThe first classification of gutter cleaning equipment that you need to assemble is your gutter cleaning safety equipment. You will need the right kind of ladder, some protection for your hands and face, and a partner. Choosing the right variety of ladder will help to prevent accidents. If the ground next to your home is level and you only need to climb one story, an A frame ladder is the best bet. If the ground is uneven or if you need to go higher, then you should use an extension ladder. The mold and mildew that grows in gutters can be toxic so that is why you want a good pair of gloves and a face mask for respiratory protection. The second individual is there mainly to hold the ladder and help in case of an emergency.

After your safety tools are in line, the next classification of gutter cleaning tools is the actual cleaning items. You may use a gutter scoop, a gutter cleaning wand, a gutter brush, or a combination of any of these. Gutter scoops are probably the most common gutter cleaning tool because their purpose is to scoop out the debris that is clogging the gutter parts. There are gutter scoops that you can buy in a hardware store, or you could make your own out of an empty milk or juice container. The only rule is that it must be comfortable to hold and have high sides so that you can hold as much debris as possible in each scoop.

If you want a less labor intensive way of cleaning your gutters then you might choose a gutter wand. A gutter cleaning wand is a tool that you attach to the end of your garden hose. It has an adjustable nozzle that allows you to direct a high pressure stream of water into your gutters in order to spray out the clogs. The telescoping nature of most gutter cleaning wands means that you can clean your gutters from the ground instead of working on a ladder which could be dangerous.

Whether you remove the bulk of the debris with a gutter scoop or a gutter wand, you will still have to scrub the inside of your gutter system to get rid of mold and mildew. That is where a gutter cleaning brush comes in. The round brushes are designed so that you scrub both the floor and the sides of the gutter system at the same time.

amerimaxThe last type of gutter cleaning tool that we will discuss is preventative gutter maintenance products. If you use the right products from this category, you may be able to avoid needing heavy duty cleaning like gutter wands and gutter scoops altogether. The most useful gutter maintenance product is a gutter guard. Gutter guards are ways to prevent debris from ever making its way into your gutter system. The most basic type of gutter guard is a gutter screen. Gutter screens are mesh that covers the opening to your gutters so that rain water and melt water can still get in, but debris is blocked. The main problem with this type of defense is that the holes in the gutter screen can get clogged or covered by debris and then the water will not get into the gutters and the entire point of having gutters goes out the window.

If you have problems with clogging of gutter screens then you might want to try another type of Amerimax gutter guards that works on the principle of water adhesion. The Amerimax gutter guard is not the only one that works this way. The concept is that the water with debris mixed in will run over a gutter cover and at the very edge of the cover there is a small slit on the side leading into the gutter system. The debris is carried off the edge of the house due to its momentum, but the water adheres to the edge for just a fraction longer allowing the water to fall into the slit.


Four Ideas for Kitchen Window Treatments

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Window treatments for your kitchen should allow light into the area and improve the appearance of the space as well as being practical in a room where so much cooking takes place.

Choosing a window treatment for your kitchen can be a fun task and not too tough if you measure any curtain you are thinking of buying against those criteria. Always ask yourself whether the window treatment will block too much light and whether it enhances or detracts from the style of your kitchen, as well as looking how practical it will be to keep clean and fresh.

Here are four kinds of kitchen window treatments that are especially popular. Think about which of these would work best in your kitchen and if you’re not sure leave a comment below and we’ll try to help.

Kitchen tiers or Café Curtains

kitchen curtainsTiered curtains are a simple style of curtain that lets a lot of light in while maintaining moderate privacy. Café curtains usually cover the bottom half of the window while leaving the top open to allow in light. Tiered curtains usually have another layer – a valance at the top of the window and sometimes side swags. These curtains are frequently seen in cafés, hence the name. Café or tier curtains often have patterns like plaid or checkers, or images of food items. They generally work well in a casual informal kitchen unless they are in a very tailored formal style in a solid color with something like tab tops rather than gathers.

Simple Venetian Blinds

venetian blindsVenetian blinds are made from slats of wood, plastic, or metal that can be adjusted to open and close using a rod on one side of the blinds. They can also be drawn up or down using a cord on the other side. People don’t often think of using blinds alone but if you choose a classy set, you won’t need anything else to dress your window. Light colored blinds or wooden blinds look great in kitchens and metallic venetian blinds are also excellent in modern kitchens if they match the appliances or handles on the cabinets. These blinds can generally be wiped clean with a damp cloth but it can be a pain making sure that you clean every slat.

Roman shades

Roman shades will give your kitchen a fine, clean look. They can be completely raised, completely lowered, of half-raised. Because they are made from fabric which is raised or lowered in soft folds they soften the hard lines of a kitchen without give a country or homey look that gathered curtains might point towards. Ready made roman shades come in many styles and colors so it’s easy to match them to the rest of your kitchen but if your windows are not standard sizes they can be custom made for a reasonable price. The only tricky part is cleaning. In general these blinds will need to be dry cleaned.

Kitchen Valance

Finally, you can use a valance on the top half of the window either on its own, or combine it with other window treatments. Valances soften the top of the window and hide an ugly curtain rod very effectively. Used alone they draw attention to a great window or a great view without leaving the window too bare. Combining a valance with blinds or shades is also a great look especially where you feel the blind is too simple for the room. Valances are easy to find or simple to make. If you can’t sew, you can do something as simple as drape a scarf around the curtain rod for an extremely easy window treatment.

Have fun with your kitchen window treatments. You can create some great, unique designs for your windows that will greatly enhance your kitchen when you let your imagination loose.


Why You Should Buy a High End Home Air Purifier

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Are you looking to buy an air purifier for your home? If you are, you will soon see that you have a number of different options. There are a number of brands to choose from, as well as a number of price ranges. One type of home purifier that you will want to examine is that of a high end air purifier. Did you know that there are a number of benefits to owning high end air purifiers? There are and a few of these reasons are highlighted below.

Better Brands

Most the makers of high end home air purifiers are well known. Since you do have a number of different options when looking to buy high end home air purifiers, you may be wondering how you can go about finding the best. You may find the best luck with doing research online, as it can be done quickly and easily. You can also get a number of good ideas, in terms of quality, yet affordable brands. To get started, perform a standard internet search with phrase such as “best air purifiers,” “top ten air purifiers,” or “high end air purifiers.”

Better Results

High end home air purifiers are known for producing better results. These results include cleaner air. Unfortunately, many individuals wonder how you can tell that an air purifier will produce better results. The good news is that you do have a number of different options. For starters, check ratings and reviews online. This can be done by visiting online stores that allow ratings or reviews or websites that are based solely on rating products. Both of these website types can be found with a standard internet search.

Another great and relatively easy way to tell if a high end air purifier can produce better results is by examining the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). This is the rate in which an air filter can deliver clean air. Most times, high end air filters and purifiers have high CADRs.

Last Longer

High end air purifiers are known for their strength and durability. This means that many are able to last longer, especially when compared to the cheaper alternatives. In fact, a large number of high end air purifiers come with warranties or you should have the option to purchase an extended warranty plan. This can help to give you comfort in knowing that you are purchasing an air purifier that will be able to keep your home’s air clean for years to come.

Come In a Number of Different Formats

All air purifiers, including those that are considered high end air purifiers come in a number of different formats. In addition to different makes and models, there are also different sizes. Another common difference or choice that many have involves filter or filter-free air purifiers. They both have their own pros and cons.

Filtered air purifiers are preferred by many buyers. One of the reasons for that is because they can actually see that the air is being cleaned. Many like to see the dirt, toxins, and other pollutants that have accumulated on their air filter. For many, this serves as proof that they did make the right purchase decision. As for filter-free air purifiers, they are convenient and they can help to save money overtime, even though they do cost more upfront.

They Are Easy to Find and Buy

The ease of buying air purifiers, including high end air purifiers for the home, are another reason why they should be purchased. High end air purifiers are available for sale both locally and online. Due to their increased cost, many discount stores and department stores do not sell high end home air purifiers, but most home improvement stores do. If you are looking for the largest selection of affordable, high end air purifiers, the internet should be examined. As previously stated, you can use the internet to compare prices. You can also use it to make your purchase as well.

Watch this short video for a good summary of a quality air purifier.


The Beauty of Artificial Turf in Your Garden

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The Problem with our Grass Lawn

A little over 18 months ago we were getting very frustrated with our garden. We don’t have a very large garden, but it does have a grassy area which in the summertime both myself and my wife, and three children enjoy greatly. About five years ago we purchased a dog, is a lovely good-natured and friendly dog, but during the long winter months he does tend to tear the grass in our garden to pieces. The result is that come spring a significant part of the grassy area in our garden is really nothing much more than a muddy track, giving us a good idea as to his route as he tears around the garden checking all the boundaries.

Such was the level of grassy ruin that we were encountering we calculated that for at least seven months of the year our garden was virtually unusable. This was a shame, and one which we definitely noticed as restricting.

In addition to the issues with the dog, the fact of the matter is that grass requires continual maintenance otherwise it begins in a very short space of time to look untidy, and patchy. It also grows relentlessly with the result that if you don’t cut it at least every two weeks during the summer months you can find yourself with a veritable jungle instead of a nice clean grassy surface which everybody enjoys spending time on.

Artificial Turf was the Solution

Solution to this was replacing the turfed area of our garden with a modern artificial turf. We were somewhat concerned about the quality that the turf would be and whether or not it would look like realtor when it was installed. In order to allay our fears we requested a significant number of samples of the different grasses available from most of the main artificial turf suppliers that we can source on the Internet.

When receiving these samples you do tend to get a variety of sizes. What you want is as large a piece as possible, what you get is often barely more than 20 centimetres square which is very difficult to make a judgement upon and certainly gives you no context of what it will look like when actually in position in your garden.

Notwithstanding these issues, we narrowed the search down to a local provider of artificial turfing, who were also able to install the turf. They did a site survey, and during that survey they were able to offer us sight of a much larger sample of the prospective grass that we were considering installing, which meant that we had a much better idea as to what it might look like when in place.

We went for a two tone type grass, which essentially is a combination of the traditional green grass look knitted together with a light her browned off version of the grass. This gives it a very realistic effect.

Installing your Artificial Grass

As with many things to do with the home the decision making process took so long that it was winter by the time we decided to go ahead and install the grass. This did not deter installers however, it was a long and arduous task removing the dirt from the backyard and replacing it with gravel. In fact the process is multi-levelled. First they remove approximately six inches of turf, then they replace it with gravel which they level off to the best of their ability the final layer then is grit which provides a very level surface upon which the artificial turf is laid. To say that the process of removing the turf and bringing in the gravel and grit is arduous would be an understatement it extremely hard work and the DIYers amongst you should take note that unless you’re prepared for a great deal of hard work then we suggest you reconsider and get somebody else to do it for you.

Once the grit has been levelled off it is whacked, with a powered whacker machine. The turf is then laid almost exactly the same way as that for carpets, except that at the edges is glued and pinned.

We Love our Grass Now

artificial grassThe end result however is absolutely brilliant. We have been delighted from the very first day with the quality and feel of the lawn now. The turf as a weed barrier installed below it which means that you no longer have to maintain the turf in anywhere near the amount of effort that goes into looking after real lawn, and yet it looks all through the year as though it’s an almost perfect example of a real lawn.

When it rains the water drains through the gravel away quickly and the surface becomes dry in very short time, often as little as half an hour which means that the children can quickly go out again and play on the grass despite the inclement weather. We would thoroughly recommend anybody considering installing artificial turf to take the plunge, we are sure that you won’t regret it.


Keep Yourself Warm This Winter With These Simple Tricks

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The winter is well and truly upon us, and although this year it has been an exceptionally mild start to the winter, it is likely that, New Year temperatures will drop sharply and we will be exposed to the full impact of the cold weather.

So, how does one manage to stay warm in your home when the cold weather starts to bite. There are a number of things that you can do in order to hold off the effects of the cold and we will go through them in this article now.

Young woman wearing pullover and capWear more layers – this is perhaps the simplest, cheapest and one of the most effective ways of staying warm when the temperature in your home falls sharply. The fact of the matter is that each layer of clothes that you wear traps cushion of air which is gradually warmed by the heat from your body and then stays providing installation for you no matter what the temperature in the house around you.

temporary draught proofingInsulation – this one requires an element of prior preparation, as much of the work will want to be done before the winter draws in. The work that would be required entails essentially making sure that the cold air from outside as no easy route into your home, and that the warm air inside is no easy route out. Perhaps the best way of doing this is to make sure there are no drafts underneath doors and between window panels. And these are relatively easy to fix with some adhesive insulation tape. More complex remedies would include double glazing windows, which can be expensive but can also be done relatively cheaply on a temporary basis. Insulating your attic area to make sure that there is as little as possible heat loss through the roof of your house. And other things more expensive still such as cavity wall insulation.

young smiling girl is sitting near oil heaterPurchasing a portable space heater – one of the problems of heating a home over the winter months is that although central heating may well do the trick, the use of it can become expensive if it is left on for any length of time. And if you are spending considerable amount of time in the home then clearly you are going to want to stay warm for all that time, which may mean that you have to run your central heating from many hours at a time. One great solution to overcome this is to purchase yourself a portable space heater (h/t spaceheaterpro.com) which is a great way of providing localised heating, essentially heating in just the room that you are occupying. In a relatively quick and inexpensive manner.

There are many different space heaters on the market, and they are much more sophisticated than the traditional fan heater or propane heater of old. Indeed you can get some extremely energy-efficient space heaters nowadays that utilise thermostatic control and timer switch offs to make sure that you don’t continue to heat the room when it’s not in fact necessary.

Hopefully you can see from this article that there are a number of things that you can do in order to address the problems of cold temperatures when you’re at home, some of which are very inexpensive and easily accessible. If you found this article useful, please make a comment below and tell us what methods you use in order to heat your home during those winter months.


How to Solve Hard Water Problems

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The problem of hard waters can be solved by converting them to soft water, i.e. removing the calcium and Magnesium ions out of water to reach it to soft and acceptable water.

There are two basic methods of removing hardness from water:

1) The precipitation method

2)  Ion exchange, the zeolite method

In general, the precipitation method is less expensive, but there are situations where ion exchange is advantageous and less expensive.

Treatment Methods

There are several commercial ways to treat hard water including water softeners, water filters, electromagnetic water conditioners and reverse osmosis. Following we will look at several of the available methods to treat hard water.

There are two ways to control water hardness: use a packaged water softener (precipitating method) or use a mechanical water softening unit.

In the packaged water softener method we are using chemical materials to control water hardness. They are actually two categories: precipitating and non-precipitating

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In the first category, precipitating water softeners, washing soda and borax participate. These two materials form an insoluble precipitate with calcium and magnesium ions which in turn are not able to interfere with cleaning efficiency but make the water cloudy and will build up on surfaces. This precipitating water softener increases the cleaning solution’s alkalinity and therefore may damage skin and the other materials being cleaned.

In the second category, non-precipitating water softeners use complex phosphates to separate calcium and magnesium ions. In this reaction no precipitate is formed and alkalinity is not increased.  If enough quantity, non-precipitating water softeners will be able to dissolve soap curd within a period of time.

Units of mechanical water softening (Ion exchange, or the zeolite method) can be permanently installed into the plumbing system in order to continuously remove calcium and magnesium.  Here, water softeners operate in the process of the ion exchange. In this process, water is passing through a media bed, which is a usually sulfonated polystyrene bead. They are supersaturated with sodium. As hard water passes through the softening material the ion exchange process takes place. The calcium and magnesium ions, the hardness minerals, attach themselves to the resin beads and at the same time sodium on the resin beads is released into the water. After the resin becomes saturated with calcium and magnesium, it must be recharged. The process of recharging is done by passing a sodium chloride (brine) solution through the resin. The sodium replaces the calcium and magnesium (by mechanism of ion exchange)  which are discharged in the waste water. We have to add sodium ion (salt) in hard water treatment with an ion exchange water softener.

Other commercial ways of treating hard waters are widely used today including water filters, electromagnetic water conditioners, and reverse osmosis.

This is a technical subject and there is a lot more on this if you want to read it over at Water Softener Authority.

You can follow some orders you can do at home to reduce the effects of hard water in your home, without doing any major changes:

glasses_largeChoosing the Correct Detergent

 These days there are washing powders and liquids available to deal with water hardness. You must be sure to pick up the right and suitable detergent for your area.

Reducing your Boiler’s Temperature

 By increasing temperature you will have more minerals deposit in your dish washer. So by reducing your boiler’s temperature to 55 degree Celsius you will have enough warm temperature to take shower while the deposits in in your tanks and pipes.

 


A Brief Guide to Ceiling Fan Installation

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Introduction

Ceiling fans are becoming more popular as more and more homeowners discover dramatic, year-round energy savings. In summer, ceiling fans create cooling breezes, which reduce the pressure on air conditioners. In winter, they circulate heated air to keep the room warm. What is often overlooked is how the fan’s housing will fit in with the rest of the design aesthetic in your space. Many ceiling fans come with a variety of finishes, so it is important to think carefully about all of the options, and choose according to your stylistic needs.

Considerations in installing Ceiling fan

Installing a ceiling fan is not mechanically difficult, and most fans come with good installation instructions; however, they are usually fairly heavy, so it’s a good idea to have a helper assist you. This is in contrast with say the installation of say, a saltfree water softener system that I wrote about previously.

Ceiling fans need to be properly anchored to an electric ceiling box that’s designed to hold a heavy fixture. It will not only hold the wiring, but also support the full weight of the fan. If you’re swapping a simple light fixture with a ceiling fan, the box will likely need to be replaced with one rated for a ceiling fan.

The ceiling fan you install should be the right size for the room

Consider proper clearance; Manufacturers generally require that fan blades be at least 7 ft. above the floor. Since most fan and motor assemblies are less than 12 in. high, they’ll fit under a standard 8-ft. ceiling with the proper clearance.

ceiling fanPreparation

Safety precautions

Getting started

Ceiling fans are installed and wired like ceiling fixtures. They always require heavy-duty bracing and electrical boxes rated for ceiling fans.

Most standard ceiling fans work with a wall switch functioning as master power for the unit. Pull chains attached to the unit control the fan and lights. In these installations, it’s fairly simple to replace an existing ceiling fixture with a fan and light.

If you will be installing a new circuit for the fan, use three-wire cable so both the light and the motor can be controlled by wall switches.

Because ceiling fans generally weigh more than ceiling lights and the motion of the blade creates more stress, it is very important that the ceiling box is securely mounted and is rated for ceiling fans. Ceiling boxes rated for ceiling fans are marked with the phrase “For ceiling fan support.” If your existing ceiling box is not fan-rated, replace it with one that is. And be sure to inspect the manner in which the box is mounted to make sure it is strong enough.

Installation varies from fan to fan, so be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


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