Monday, September 8, 2014

When we are talking about how to buy the best plumbing tools, we are mostly concentrating on the DIY crowd, people who need plumbing tools that will suffice for personal use in their home. Professional plumbers will have their own equipment that will cost much more and that will probably include tools a DIY-er will not require. Also, it has to be said that some people will need additional tools, in case they are quite serious about their plumbing DIY skills and needs.

What you cannot go without

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There are a few DIY plumbing tools that you just cannot go without. The first of these is the toilet auger, a specifically designed plumbing tool which is used to unclog the toilets. It has to be pointed out that it is an extremely bad idea to use a sink auger for toilets and the other way around, and not just because of hygiene.

A flange plunger is the toilet auger’s best friend when it comes to toilet unclogging. It is a particular type of plunger which fits onto the hole in the bottom of the bowl, thus providing perfect vacuum that you need to plunge the toilet properly. Of course, it goes without saying that you will also want to have a regular cup plunger.

Teflon tape is yet another one of these basic plumbing tools, if you would call it a tool. It is an adhesive tape that is perfect for sealing the pipe threads that have been joined. You can also use it to prevent any leakage that can occur with threaded connections.

An adjustable pipe wrench is the hammer of the plumbing tools, the very, very basic tool without which you are nothing in the world of plumbing DIY-ers. It provides the grip that you require when working with cylindrical objects that are often wet and it also provides the leverage you need to properly seal.

You will also need a faucet package, so to say – with packing and washers for your faucets, as well as the seat wrench and the reseating tool. Finally, we would also recommend that you get a tubing cutter which is used to work with copper wire which you will be working with, trust us.

Where to buy

If you already have experience with buying plumbing tools and if you know what brand is a good one, then we would recommend that you go online and purchase your plumbing tools that way. This way you will get the best deals possible. On the other hand, nothing really replaces going to a store where you can feel the tools in your hand and where you can talk to the salesperson and where you can get professional advice.

How much money to spend

When it comes to tools, the price really means a lot and for the best tools, you do need the priciest. It is therefore very important to seriously consider how much work you will be doing and how likely it is that you will actually give up and call up a professional kitchen plumbing service when something goes wrong. If you are serious, then by all means, spend some money on your tools. If you are just thinking about it, the chances are that you will give up in the end and it will be less than prudent to spend too much.

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James Burbank is a blogger who knows his plumbing, his NBA history and his World War II history. Father of two and ready to learn new stuff on daily basis.

Friday, September 5, 2014

A house is probably the most expensive thing you’ll ever buy. For the majority of people, it is the one thing that takes them a whole generation (calculated at 25 years) to pay for. Getting it right, so you make money on the deal and end up with a comfortable home at the same time, is vital. Knowing a few tricks of the trade can give you the edge when it comes to finding and securing your ideal property.

Consider Your Location

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Buying in your own area is relatively easy because you have local knowledge and automatically know which areas you prefer and which you want to avoid. Steering clear of the rough spots, targeting the most desirable locations and making sure the kids have access to good schools are amongst the first things people think of when considering location.

Going that bit deeper, however, such as learning which is the sunny side of the street, or which end of the road everyone parks or turns around in, can help you avoid costly mistakes.

Speak to Your Bank

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Don’t leave it until you’ve found a great property to get in touch with your bank or mortgage lender. The property can slip through your fingers while you organize your finances, so make this your priority as soon as you decide to buy. Having money in place and ready makes sellers take your offer seriously, and puts you in a good negotiating position. Property purchase can be a long, drawn out affair, so anything you can do to streamline the process will make vendors consider your offer above one from someone less organised financially.

Understand the Market

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Basic research carried out over a few weeks will give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay for the type of property you’re interested in. Without this basic knowledge there’s no way of knowing if you’re paying over the odds or whether you’re getting a good deal. Beyond fundamental price research, find out what type of property is most in demand. If you’re searching for a property type that everyone else is searching for, prices will naturally climb if demand exceeds supply. If you can be flexible enough to change your search criteria to a less in-demand property type, you may be able to secure a better price.

Get Experts on Your Team

Most people start their property search by signing up with all the estate agents in their area and waiting for property to come on the market. What most people forget is that estate agents act for the seller. Once the almost exclusive domain of wealthy international buyers, these days more and more professional families and individuals across the UK are turning to property buying agents to help them find their ideal property. The time, frustration and money saved by not travelling to view unsuitable properties makes the professional help cost effective.

Utilising any of these tips will raise your property hunting and buying skills enough to give you an advantage. Using all four will give you a definite edge and help you buy at the right price and in the right area, creating a solid investment for the future.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

According to the method of preparation there are three types of plastering: monolithic (wet), dry plastering and plaster skimming. According to the volumetric weight, plaster can be divided into: light, regular and heavy plaster. According to the number of binding materials it can be: simple (with one component) or complex (with two or more types of binders. According to the type of binder you can find: lime plaster, grout, stucco, cement-lime plaster and lime stucco.

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Lime plaster is created by mixing lime, sand and water. It is used for building block walls, stone walls, brick walls and for interior plastering. This type of plaster is suitable for its plasticity effects but lack strength is his negative side. It has poor water resistant properties so it is not suitable for a wet environment. The proportion of lime and sand should be from 1:1 to 1:4.

Grout is a mixture of cement, sand and water with a proportion of water and sand going from 1:1 to 1:4. It is suitable for masonry and wall plastering as well as for creating a base and layering. It has great strength and it is resistant to water and moisture so it is suitable for wet areas. It has a short period of attachment (15 to 30 minutes) so you need to work fast with it and not use large quantities at once.

Stucco is a mixture of gypsum and water or it can be a mixture of gypsum, sand and water in a proportion of 1:2. Since gypsum is resistant to frost and moisture it is mostly used for interior plastering.

Lime-cement plaster contains cement, lime, sand and water in different proportions. Lime is added as a plasticizer and it is used for external and internal masonry as well as wall and ceiling plastering. This type of plaster is characterized by a lower strength of cement plaster. Its elements are binding a lot slower so it needs a lot of time to harden. Therefore, it is easy to work with this type of plaster because doesn’t tend to crack while binding and it is less resistant to moisture.

Lime-stucco contains lime, gypsum, sand and water with a specific solid proportion that can be 1:1:5, 1:2:6 and 1:3:9. During the preparation this plaster is firstly mixed with lime, sand and water followed by gypsum which is applied just before plastering. Lime-stucco is used for internal plastering and it is not recommended to for external plastering because it has low moisture resistant properties. It is suitable for installations and processing due to presence of lime. This plaster is divided into several types according to its purpose:

Plaster for brick masonry and special plasters for decorating, waterproofing, thermal insulation, soundproofing, repairing and injection plasters which are used for final layering of the floor.

When you decide to look for plastering services, reliability is the priority number one. Sometimes the first choice is not the best way to go so you should look for some reliable recommendations. You can even use search engines to look for the best plastering services and by reading some reviews you can easily recognize the ones that are suitable for you. Every plastering company has its own policy and different services that they provide to their customers. By analyzing the way they work you can estimate what company is the most suitable for your needs.

About the Author:

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Diana Smith is a passionate blogger and a full time mother of two beautiful girls. In her free time she loves to write about home decoration and alternative medicine. Diana loves to see her readers getting useful information from her articles.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

How many of you have actually paid attention to the comfort factor over style while buying slippers or shoes? Many of us do not do that because most of the times, slippers are bought for the face value. But that should not be the case. Our feet help us walk and if they are not comfortable in the shoes or slippers you have put them in, there are chances that you will reach home with sore toes or heels in the evening.

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When you are buying plush slippers for kids or for yourself, you need to pay attention to some facts. What are they? Take a look!

Do they Fit? - Whenever we are buying stuffs for a kid, it is obvious to go overexcited but do not get carried away by the collection. Slippers are worn for comparatively longer period of time and so, you need to ensure that they fit right or else it can create problems. Buy those plush slippers that are suitable for the size of your or your kid's foot and keep the design your second priority.

Pay Attention to Material - Ultra soft plush slippers are made with high quality materials and they offer high comfort to feet while walking. But not all are the same. So, check the material quality and choose those that allow proper breathing space to the feet. Avoid those made of rubber or plastic.

Comfort First - Be it for adults or for kids, slippers should perform one role properly and that is to provide comfort. Never compromise on this factor. Slippers are worn for 8-9 hours in a day on an average. Can you bear pain for that longer by preferring something stylish but not comfortable? So, buy those that can be easily worn and removed. Once you have confirmed that the slippers fit perfectly then you can enjoy how great they look!

Make it Easy on your Wallet too - Many times, plush slippers are expensive because of being high quality product. But, there are many sites or stores that provide plush slippers at a great price along with amazing designs that will be loved by your kids as well. You can search for them and make a purchase.

Are they Healthy for your feet? - Slippers with good soles offer great flexibility and also prevent you from slipping. These factors should also be kept in mind while purchasing them. Generally, plush slippers have softer soles and are good for indoor use but there are many that can be worn outside as well. It all depends on your needs.

A Luxurious Experience!

Plush slippers have gained huge popularity in the recent years as they not only make our feet feel velvety soft but also make us happier with amazing designs. Kids love cartoons and fairy tale characters and these slippers are available in all these designs. In fact they are loved by adults too. So, all you need to do is keep above mentioned purchasing tips in mind and then you can surely keep your kids and loved ones happier.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A lot of women who decided to straighten their hair and want to buy a flat iron have a hard time of choosing between ionic, ceramic, tourmaline, teflon or infrared flat irons. So what are the differences? Ceramic, tourmaline and teflon are materials that are used for coating the iron plate.

What are the advantages of irons?

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Our hair is full of positive electric charges caused by friction and natural movement of the hair so after washing it tends to spread and gets difficult to shape. Positive electric charges also cause the opening of the hair cuticle which results with a feeble hair look. The negative ions neutralize the positive electric charges and thus relax, straighten and beautify the hair.

On the other hand, there is really nothing special in the infrared radiation. All heating objects (including all straightening irons) produce infrared rays.

What to choose? Ceramic, tourmaline or Teflon flat iron?

You can choose any one of these irons without a guilty conscience because all of these materials produce negative ions. However, on today’s market you can find a lot of them with a triple protection for your hair because they are coated with three more layers.

What width of the irons to choose?

This depends on the texture and the length of your hair. Wider irons are recommended for very rough, thick, curly long or medium long hair. If you have hair with the same texture but shorter in length, narrow iron should do the job.

If you have normal, long or medium length hair, choose the iron in medium width. However, if you have normal short or fine, thin hair of any length, choose the narrowest flat iron. This is also recommended for hair that has been chemically planed.

Irons with narrower plates are lighter, easier to use so it is possible to use them in many more ways than larger irons. On the other hand, although difficult and less practical, wider irons can cover larger areas so they can straighten hair more quickly and save you a lot of time.

What is the most suitable temperature for ironing?

Different textures of hair require different temperatures for ironing. Here are a few common examples:

-For ironing normal hair the right temperature should be between 180ºC and 190ºC

-For ironing rough, thick and curly hair set the iron to a temperature between 190ºC and 210ºC

-If you have bleached, fragile or fine hair, do not raise the temperature over 180ºC!

It is important to buy a hair straightener with the ability to adjust the temperature.

How to prevent hair damage?

As we have already mentioned, it is very important to iron your hair at a temperature adequate to your hair texture. Try several temperatures beginning from lower to higher in order to determine the right temperature point for your hair. Also, it is very important to use products which protect the hair from damaging temperatures. You can always consult with your hairdresser and find some professional products for that purpose.

Many women who have curly hair got used to their hair as it is, but most of them are still trying to straighten their curls and waves. How to achieve this goal?

Preparation is most important

After you dried your hair with the towel apply the foam or the gel. Do not reach for the hair immediately. Wait a few minute for the hair to dry out naturally. If you have bangs start with them first. Comb them forward and hold them firmly with your fingers while until they dry from the root to the tips. After they dry run a brush through them.

Divide the hair in 5 segments with the brush and attach hairpins to all except one. Dry that one by pulling the lock with the brush from the outer or the inner side. Hold the hairdryer on a distance of a few inches and direct it towards the floor. Repeat this process with all of the strands. Use the iron on a dry or slightly dap hair to straighten it out from the roots to the tips. To give your hair a healthy shine and make it stay smooth longer, apply a drop or two of silicone serum or cream. Do not put more because it will make your hair look greasy.

About the Author:

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Diana Smith is a passionate blogger and a full time mother of two beautiful girls. In her free time she loves to write about home decoration and alternative medicine. Diana loves to see her readers getting useful information from her articles.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

When decorating their apartment or house, many don’t really find carpets or rugs that important a deal. Well, this is where they are mistaken! Rugs can give such a great feel to your room or ruin it completely! When you have the right carpet chosen, the one that fits good in shape, color and size, you’ve taken care of almost half the decorating.

Be prepared that choosing just the right carpet can be a tricky business. Starting with its fits to the cost you are willing to spend, there are three main elements to keep in mind when choosing the right rug for your space.


No matter what they say, size DOES matter! Same goes for carpets. When you are choosing a rug, it should fit the size of your seating area. This is not necessarily the entire room but make sure the carpet is as large as possible. An important tip: Unless you are aiming for that vintagy look, then don’t choose rugs that cover the whole floor! Always let a little floor visible.

The goal when deciding on the rug is to be able to fit all furniture on it.

Think of orientation, too! With rectangular rooms choose rectangular rugs oriented in the same direction while square rooms look amazing with either square or round rugs! Another great way to put carpets to use is to divide large living spaces with different types/colors of rugs! Along with this goes thinking about the style of the rug you are going to buy. Many make the mistake of buying something they simply like instead of thinking how it would fit their furniture and living space. Your educated approach to buying a rug means you will be happier with it, it will look better and - it will last much longer!


Color is one of the most important aspects of any room. With rugs, it may be even be the starting point of any choosing. Depending on the space you are decorating, you should look for your rug to give depth and class to the entire room. The key is not to overdo with anything - pattern or plain colors. If the room is already crowded with pattern and color, choose a single-color rug. This color can be either a shade that complements your existing furnishings or something neutral. If, on the other hand, you want a patterned rug with many shades, choose it before you choose furniture. It will generally make it easier to decorate the space and add accessories that coordinate afterwards.

Don’t treat the carpet you choose as just another element to your rooms. It is actually the central piece of any room and it’s the piece that holds all other elements together. It should compliment not only furniture but the tones in your flooring, walls and other fixed finishes.

Still, there is really no reason to play it too safe: modern rug can be just the thing you need for your space to look amazing!

If you are a classical style type, consider Oriental and Persian carpets. If you are more of a contemporary carpet kind of a person, then go for neutral and plain, such as hemp, jute and sisal. They can also be a great solution to add graphic elements to a room.

If your existing furniture is plain or lacking in strength, a patterned rug or some graphic imagery will add an instant layer of excitement to a space!


Texture of a rug is probably the most overlooked aspect when choosing a rug. Such a mistake! One of keys to great exterior is to give your room richness and fullness which is achieved through mixing of several different textures. Pay attention to the texture of your rug and soon you’ll realize there's so much more out there than cut and looped wool!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It is necessary that you have your home office if you are working from home. This is very important because working from home can sometimes decrease your productivity if you don’t separate your private from your professional life. The best way to make yourself realize that working hours are working hours and not just regular time at home is to have a home office. The good part is, you can keep it as casual as you like as you are still at home and you don’t have to keep up the appearances. Of course, if you are expecting to have clients coming over, you need to take that into consideration and make things a bit more formal.


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Check very carefully how much space you have for your home office. There is a great difference if your office should take only one corner of your room or you have an entire room or two for that. Whichever the case may be, you will need very accurate and precise measurements of that space, because you need to know how much furniture you may fit in and just how big it should be. Therefore, measure, measure and measure some more before you actually purchase something that needs to fit that place.

Desk and Chair

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When you think about the things that you will need in your office, the two things come to your mind – something to work on and something to sit on. These two elements are very important so their choice needs to be perfect. The chair needs to be chosen according to your ergonomic needs. You need to have good back support, you need to be able to flex your legs in knees at 90 degrees and to place both feet on the ground. Wheels are optional, but very useful if you have big desk with many functions. As for the desk it entirely depends on the work you are doing. Drawing will require a special kind of desk, while paperwork can be done on any sort of surface. If you don’t like what you see in the shops, you can always order a desk that is made especially for you.

Other Furniture

While the desk and the chair are essential, they are not the only two things that are needed in the office. Other type of office furniture is needed there as well. You definitely need some shelves or even some chairs and tables for the clients if you are planning on receiving them at your home. These depend on the space. One very great thing about shelves is that they can be multifunctional, you can put them anywhere and you can use them for anything. Lack of space and cluttering can be solved with shelves all over the walls. You can even put printers, fax machines and computer components on them if you arrange them properly.


Just make sure that you don’t use too much of them and make clutter. Other than that, you are allowed to use personalized coffee mugs, all sorts of colorful and crazy details, photos and office material. Just be sure that you have all the office material that you need. Make weekly reminders if you need.

The bottom line is – the whole point of the home office is to make it as personal and as casual as you like. However, just like in any other office, the paperwork will pile up. Therefore, besides making sure that the office is decorated perfectly, make sure that you also have storage room for archives to keep all the old files from cluttering the office.

About the Author:

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Diana Smith is a passionate blogger and a full time mother of two beautiful girls. In her free time she loves to write about home decoration and alternative medicine. Diana loves to see her readers getting useful information from her articles.

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