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“Believer in suburban utopia. Father of organic architecture. Doghouse designer. Cape-wearing dandy. Purported target of grave-robbing. Bootlegging apprentice. Speed demon. Homewrecker. Survivor. Attention-hungry celebrity. Mystery guest. Teacher. Pacifist. Bad boss. And if you don’t believe what others had to say about the architect Frank Lloyd Wright in his lifetime and long after, judge the man on his own ‘You see, early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and see no occasion to change now.’”

Read Kelsey Keith's excellent no-punches-pulled piece on the great Frank Lloyd Wright over at Curbed.


3 Trendy bathroom remodeling ideas on a budget

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The cost of remodeling a mid-range bathroom costs around $3,000 to $5,000. Those figures only cover fresh paint, new tiles for countertops, and lighting. It does not include new flooring or new sinks yet. If you want to change everything, right from the flooring down to the fixtures then you definitely have to shed more or less $20,000. These are just rough estimates because there are other factors that could influence the entire remodeling cost.

Your location can influence the cost of labor and construction materials. For instance, expect to spend less on an Orlando bathroom remodeling than a Jupiter Island remodeling. The latter is the most expensive city in Florida so expect everything to cost higher. With all these considerations, it can be hard to believe that there is such a thing as a "cheap bathroom remodel." However, you can still a save few dollars by following these tips:

  1. Repurpose materials to add new storages and shelves. You do not have to buy new a shelf or a towel rack to freshen up your bathroom. It may be tempting to add the little stuff but even those small fixtures can blow your budget. Take your DIY skills to the next level if you are on a serious budget! For storage solutions, you can use old mason jars as containers. Use wood palettes as floating shelves to give your space a rustic feel. If you are not in the mood for some DIY, save money shopping upcycled bathroom accessories on Etsy.

     

  2. Refinish fixtures. It's fine to trust your DIY skills for the little things like painting the walls and installing new shelving unit. But there are things that you should leave to the pros, like refinishing your tub. You will also need help for the difficult operations such as plumbing and tiling. It is important to note that there are fixtures that are better replaced than refinished. For instance, you will actually shed more if you refinish your sink than having it replaced. A professional can help you find better and more cost-effective alternatives.

  3. Shop for everything before starting with the project. You can save money by finding your own deals. You will be overwhelmed with all the choices you have. If you are on a budget, shop for the budget-friendly options. A luxury vinyl is a good alternative to fancy porcelain tiles. You can find moisture-proof vinyl floorings that also have excellent heat insulation. You can even use pebbles from the dollar store as an alternative to tiles.

Sprucing up your old bathroom does not need to be expensive. Remodeling does not always mean you have to tear-out and replace everything. Repositioning items can also drive up the entire cost of the remodeling project. Keep the plumbing in their place as much as possible. Besides that, you can stick to your budget by choosing simple materials. After all, who needs all those high-end floorings and bathroom fixtures? What matters most is the bathroom stays functional and pleasant for daily use.

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3 Ways that cleaning your air ducts regularly can help your health

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During summer and winter when the outdoor temperature is either too warm or too cold for our comfort, millions of residential and commercial buildings rely on air conditioning and heating systems to keep the air temperature at a comfortable range. During these seasons, an average American is expected to spend more than eighty percent of their day breathing circulated indoor air and only less than twenty percent breathing fresh air. The air quality indoors might even be more hazardous compared to that of the outside especially inside establishments that rarely open their vents to fresh air. This is contrary to what many people believe that air pollution can only exist outside of the buildings.

Over time, dust and mold can accumulate inside the air ducts of your home and other commercial buildings. This can create a huge problem to the establishment’s heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems. Not only can a filthy air duct system lead to poor air circulation and increased electricity consumption, but it can also cause a negative impact on your health. Thus, it is important to regularly schedule an air duct cleaning session with a professional to keep the system working as efficient as possible. Read more about the top 3 ways that cleaning your air ducts regularly can help your health.

  1. Get rid of allergies.

Dirt, dust, and other small particles are usually trapped inside air ducts which do not get a regular cleaning. In fact, a typical American home produces 40 pounds of dust every year. Just imagine how much of these contaminants circulate around your house every day. These can trigger allergic reactions to people with sensitive immune systems which include a runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, asthma attacks, and in some cases, skin rashes and migraine. Getting your air duct system cleaned can remove even the smallest particles which are not visible to the naked eye. Most people have experienced instant relief from allergies just by having their air ducts cleaned by a professional.

  1. Remove molds and disease-causing germs.

Aside from dust and dirt, a wet and damp air duct system is also a favorable breeding ground for molds, bacteria, and fungi. When inhaled, these microorganisms are capable of causing different kinds of respiratory diseases and fungal infections. Unlike dust and dirt, these microorganisms can not be removed completely just by regular vacuuming. Fogging anti-microbial solutions into the system can effectively kill these microbes and prevent further growth.

  1. Improve your respiratory health with better air quality.

How often should you clean your air ducts typically depends on how much activity goes on inside your home each day. Having kids, cats and dogs would need a more frequent cleaning. But overall, getting your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system cleaned will improve air quality and will promote good respiratory health. It will also help your system achieve a comfortable temperature range at a lesser time, giving you instant relaxation from harsh outdoor conditions such as extreme cold, heat, and polluted air. Get your HVAC air duct system cleaned now and experience a healthier lifestyle like never before.

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Bath Fixtures: Don’t Overcome Style Constraints, Celebrate Them!

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When you live in a house with its own specific architectural identity – whether it’s an historic movement, like Arts & Crafts or Mid-Century Modern or Victorian, or just a strong shape/color theme in a more modern home – you don’t want the most functional parts of the house to clash with your design vision. Sometimes that can be hard: you might have to pay an enormous amount of money for period-style modern kitchen and bath appliances, or have custom items made, or go the other way and get something neutral that neither celebrates nor (hopefully) detracts from the thematic or symbolic elements of your home’s design.

With a bit of hunting, though, you can find something that fits both stylistically and functionally – but you may not be able to see these items at your local big box or plumbing fixture store. The internet has allowed us to discover small resellers and brands that we might not otherwise be aware of; I found Maykke recently, and they fit the bill for both historic and modern homes on a number of different levels.

Want a clawfoot tub or other traditional-style tub made with modern materials (as opposed to having an older, heavy cast-iron tub sandblasted and recoated – a very expensive proposition)? They’ve got you covered – a brand-new, contemporary-material and finish tub in a classic style will cost you less shipped & installed than refinishing your reclamation yard find will. And Maykke’s come in the slightly wider, longer, and deeper sizes that today’s customers prefer. Their modern freestanding tubs, in acrylic and other materials, are also surprisingly affordable, extremely sturdy, and come in a wide enough range of styles to not just fit into but actively work with the design of almost any bathroom.

The same goes for bathroom faucets. A lot of companies have pretty limited ranges available, but Maykke’s stock range from very traditional, almost transparently-utilitarian styles to well-designed (and built) fixtures that straddle the line between Craftsman/Prairie and modern. I was also happy to see not just the usual fingerprint-friendly stainless, but brushed nickel and other finishes as well.

Maykke has more than just plumbing fixtures, though. A friend had considered having his contractor build custom bathroom cabinets for several thousand dollars – and found a modern bathroom vanity design he liked even more available in just the right size from Maykke for half the price! Again, the styles ran the gamut – wood-based designs for rustic, traditional and Japanese-inflected rooms, as well as basic, straight-ahead early American designs, some in wood and others in acrylic or MDF. Mirrors, sinks and other accessories in a variety of shapes and sizes are also fairly-priced and available shipped pretty much anywhere.

So don’t limit yourself to the stock of a local chain or omnipresent online retailer; stretch your legs a bit and explore – you’ll be impressed with what you can find, both in terms of good prices, excellent build quality, and sophisticated design.

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5 Benefits to building with structural insulated panels

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A Structural Insulated Panel or SIP is a high-performance composite building material which since its conception has played a major role in contemporary residential and light commercial construction. Each panel is composed of a core of insulating foam or composite honeycomb (HSC) sandwiched between two layers of structural boards which can be oriented strand boards (OSB), sheet metals, plywood, cement or magnesium oxide boards (MgO).

While the cost of constructing with SIPs is roughly similar with that of constructing wooden frame buildings, there are a lot of benefits that you can gain from using SIPs over other conventional construction materials. Learn more about the 5 advantages of building with structural insulated panels and experience the comforts of smart architecture.

  1. Faster Construction

Structural Insulated Panels are prefabricated and are ready to be assembled on site. Unlike other common methods, building with SIPs is faster as it does not require the installation of frames thereby reducing construction time from several months to a couple of weeks or less. They can also be custom designed by the manufacturer to suit the requirements of the architectural plan. A shorter construction time can also help cut down labor costs, ease the planning stage, and lessen the stress for you and your contractor.

  1. Energy Efficient

The SIP building system, with its superb airtight technology, is among the best construction systems when it comes to insulation and thermal efficiency. Coupled with properly installed heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, SIPs can effectively retain heat during cold days and keep your space cool during hot summer days. These materials can help reduce energy consumption and fuel costs, cutting down your household’s carbon footprint by as much as 60%.

  1. Noise Reduction

Whether it is a crowded commercial area or a residential unit located in the middle of a busy city, we all want our working and living spaces to be as quiet and peaceful as possible. If you are planning to construct a soundproof building, choosing SIPs as primary materials should be a good way to start with.

  1. Maximum Space

While providing similar or even better insulation, structural integrity, and soundproofing as with other construction materials, SIPs are lighter in weight and are thinner when used as walls. This could lead to as much as 10% more floor space in medium-sized structures. And since it is unnecessary for structures built with SIP to construct roof trusses, you can also use the space to add an extra attic bedroom or flaunt an elegant high ceiling inside your home.

  1. Structural Integrity

These sophistically-engineered Structural Insulated Panels are known to have extreme durability even with their light build. SIPs are more than twice as stronger, three times stiffer but five times lighter than conventional steel frames. Structures built with SIPs in Japan, southern United States and other disaster-prone areas are tested and proven to withstand shaking caused by earthquakes and high-speed winds produced by hurricanes. With SIPs, you will have a peace of mind that your home is structurally stable and can last for several decades.

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Keeping Your Home Safe This Summer

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Having your home burgled is a horrible experience for anyone, and can be a difficult thing to truly recover from. But it can be easily avoided with just a few small adjustments. Take a look at these handy tips to make sure your home stays safe and secure.  

  • Alarm

One of the biggest positives of having an alarm isn’t necessarily the obvious answer. Simply owning an alarm, whether it’s set or not is an effective deterrent, as burglars will look for alarms before casing a property, leaving them more unlikely to break into a property that is guaranteed to draw attention. Even if you’re unlikely to set it due to pets or family members being at home, having a visible alarm can make a difference.  

  • Don’t Advertise

Although we love to brag about where we’re heading or how long we’re away for, it can often be an open invitation for burglars. If someone knows you’re away for an entire fortnight, it gives them very few reasons not to check the property out. The same goes for checking in on social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook. It’s very easy for people to work out where you live if all of your posts let them know what your street name is and when you’re out of the house on the other side of the world.

  • Door

Although your front door may seem secure, a professional thief will know the difference between a cheap door and an expensive one. If you truly want to fool proof your property, try trading in your old front door for a modern composite door to guarantee safety and security. Also be sure to pick obscured or frosted glass on your door to stop people or potential thieves seeing into your property.

  • Windows

Especially whilst the weather is warm, it’s fairly common to leave the windows open in your home, but it’s simply an invite for people to break into your home. Be sure to close all windows on your property when you’re not at home, and encourage family members to pull curtains and blinds across when you’re out so people can’t see in. Even small or hard to reach windows can be used access, so make sure to check all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Electricals

If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on expensive tech items such as consoles, TVs, laptops or tablets, be sure not to keep them on show. Keeping items near easy to access windows, or letting the neighbours know you’ve picked up a new PlayStation is risky business. Also, once you’ve received your new items, don’t keep the packaging on show in easy to see bins or outside your property. This is simply another way for thieves to work out what possessions you have in your home.

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Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them

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You depend on your plumbing each and every day, from the hot water in your shower to the water boiling on your stove. As such, it’s important to maintain your plumbing regularly to make sure there aren’t any major issues such as leaks or sewage backups. But plumbing problems can still occur with regular maintenance, so it’s good to be aware of common plumbing issues and what you can do to solve them or minimize damage to your home.

Low Water Pressure

Proper water pressure is necessary for washing your hands, cleaning dishes, and taking a shower. If you’ve noticed a significant drop in your home’s water pressure, you probably have a clogged pipe. It’s also possible that you need to fully open your shutoff valve. If you’re only having water pressure issues with one faucet, the solution may be as simple as cleaning the aerator or removing a nearby clog.

Dripping Faucet

Depending on the severity of the drip, a dripping faucet can raise your water bill and waste a significant amount of water—not to mention how annoying it can be. Luckily, fixing a dripping faucet is usually as simple as replacing seats and springs or a washer in the faucet.

Running Toilet

It happens so frequently: minutes after flushing your toilet, you can still hear the toilet running as if the bowl is filling with water. This is an incredibly annoying problem to have, but usually, an easy one to fix. Remove the lid from your toilet tank and make sure that your tankball, flapper valve, and flush valve are working properly—if any of them are sticking or not functioning right, they’re easy to replace.

Clogged Drain

Clogged or slow drains are probably the most common plumbing problem. Plumbing pipes are designed to allow water and waste to flow through freely, but over time, built up hair, soap scum and other debris can form a clog in your drain that prevents water from passing. This is almost sure to happen in any home given enough time. You can use vinegar and baking soda to break up clogs in your sink, or you can buy a drain auger and remove the clog manually.

Sometimes the clog may be deeper in your pipes or too severe to easily remove, look into professional plumbing services; they have the equipment and expertise to clear clogged drains without causing damage to your plumbing.

Leaking Pipes

Leaks aren’t just an annoyance, they can significantly increase your water bill and quickly cause damage to your home. If you have a leaking pipe that’s beyond a slow drip, shut your water off as soon as possible. If there is any chance of mold or structural damage to your home, call an emergency water cleanup company to avoid spending a fortune on repairs. Leaking pipes generally need to be replaced, but you can use marine tape or epoxy to cover small leaks temporarily—just remember to shut the water off first.

No Hot Water

Have you ever rolled out of bed and into the shower only to find there’s no hot water? It’s not a good experience. Chances are you’ve got something wrong with your water heater, most probably an electrical problem such as a thermostat or element. If you’re not comfortable troubleshooting your water heater, it’s a good idea to get help from a trained, knowledgeable professional.

Plumbing truly is an essential part of our everyday lives. We can’t all be professional plumbers, but with a little bit of research and hard work, you can stay cool, calm and collected in the face of a plumbing emergency.

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5 Tips to organizing your cluttered garage

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We can all agree that one of the most topsy-turvy areas in our home is the garage. It is where the old stuff along with the garden and house tools are stored. It is where the old cans of oil and dirty car parts are placed when they are no longer needed. It also tends to be the dumping ground of the house because of its big open space. Sometimes, the garage also becomes the storage unit for those unused gym equipment items. But, your garage doesn’t have to be like this. It deserves to be cleaned and organized too. By cleaning your garage, you will be able to organize and maximize the space as well as avoid unnecessary accidents. If you are interested in the idea then here are 5 tips that will keep your garage organized.

  1. Take everything out of the garage and organize

This is the first step when cleaning and organizing your garage. Take everything out and clean the inside of the garage. Then you can start segregating the things that are to be thrown out and are to be kept. You can also distinguish and put those things that belong to a group like the tools for cars or gardens, the old Christmas decorations, and other stuff. This will give you a rough idea on how you will organize your garage.

  1. Use vertical space as much as possible

By placing things vertically, it helps you save more space. The rakes and shovels should be standing up instead of lying down. It is also the best way to protect your car’s tires in case you run them over. You can also take advantage of the ceiling space by placing a shelf horizontally at the ceiling or putting a net up that will serve as a container for some light materials. You can also brighten up the ambiance in your garage by keeping things vertical.

  1. Use Storage Cabinets for Garage

This is the best way to keep your things organized especially those small things that are easily misplaced. These garage storage cabinets are handy when it comes to keeping your tools intact and keeping them out of reach from the children. Garage storage cabinets are also a perfect spot for chemicals and paints that are not in use. Not only will it make your garage look good but it will also keep your tools and materials safe and sound.

  1. Store your things by group

By grouping your things together based on their class and their uses, it will be easier to find them in case you need them. Group together the car tools, the garden tools, and the gym equipment so that you don’t have to disarrange the things just to find one specific object. Also, try to store those things that are used more often in the place where it is easy to spot so that you don’t have to search each corner just to find them.

  1. Put it back after you use it

A lot of people always forget this but the number one cause of a cluttered garage is the practice of not putting back things after using them. You might think that it is harmless but when you forget to put it back, you will find a hard time looking for it when you need it again. And things will just worsen with time, tools found in random places will be lost eventually. So before making things worse make it a habit to return those things after you use them. If you want, put a sign in your garage that says “put the things back in their place after using”. That will surely remind you every time you are finished using the tools. Make it your habit to maintain your organized and clean garage.

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3 Tips to finding a top residential air conditioning repair company in the heat of the summer

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One of the most stressful things to deal with as a homeowner is the immediate need for the replacement of an air conditioning system in the heat of the summer. This is because chances are that your home is hot and the need to replace your broken system is of the utmost importance. Using a fan to circulate air inside your home can work for a period of time but after awhile the need to replace the air conditioning will be too great to ignore any longer. If you are in need of professional assistance for AC repair in McKinney or elsewhere, there are local companies that can assist. This article will help you identify ways to find the best residential air conditioning repair company during the heat of the summer when prices are the highest as demand is great.

 

  1. Do your research. There are a plethora of air conditioning repair companies that are willing to come out and help you in fixing your AC unit. Before you commit to a company, be sure to look online at their website to understand the services that they offer along with any warranty details that may also be provided. Then check out social media channels and explore how they interact with potential and current customers. After you have done that, look at your own social media channels and ask for recommendations from family and friends. Once you receive some recommendations, you can then begin to decide which companies you will call. Call at least 3 companies and schedule an appointment for them to come assess your unit and give you an estimate. Many companies offer this service for free as they hope you will purchase your new system with them.

  2. Understand what you need. Understanding your air conditioning system along with a general idea of how it operates will help you in discussing your challenges or repair needs with the professional technician. In addition, the more knowledgeable you are about the problems you are having, the more you can understand what you need done to remedy the problem. This can also help you in negotiating the cost of service. While it may not be typical to actively negotiate the cost of their AC repair, you can make a wiser decision about the services rendered for the price. For example, if company A offers the installation, repairs, and a 5 year warranty and company B offers installation and repairs but is a few hundred dollars cheaper, you may choose to spend more because you will receive a warranty with the purchase. These are decisions you have to make on your own about the investment you are purchasing for your home.

  3. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). More than ever, air conditioning units are easier and more efficient to use than they have been in the past. New technology has allowed for the measuring of efficiency of air conditioning units as well as heat pumps. When purchasing a new unit, be sure to look for a higher SEER number. If you are a US resident, you may be eligible for a rebate or tax deduction at the end of the year.

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Modernize Your Plumbing System

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As technology develops and our scientific understanding of the world improves, the kinds of materials used in all sorts of industries have changed. This is no more true than in the construction and plumbing industries, two inter-related professions that have consistently updated their material requirements to reflect our knowledge of materials.

Toxic Levels Of Lead In Drinking Water

One popular example of this change is lead pipes. For a long time, lead was thought to be the best substance to make pipes with. It is sturdy, durable, and relatively rust-repellent. It was the industry standard in construction all the way through the 19th century and up till the early 20th century. Lead was present in city water filtration systems, residential homes and commercial properties – it was everywhere. However, scientific research in the early 1990s showed that lead was present in people’s drinking water. It came to be understood that most people’s drinking water across Canada and the United States was toxified by the presence of lead, which, at certain levels, is extremely harmful.  

Very quickly a campaign to remove lead pipes from people’s homes was undertaken, a project which continues to this day.  

Clay Pipes Are Another Thing Of The Past

Homeowners should know that modernizing a plumbing system means incorporating some of the most resilient materials that are more durable and effective than ever. A great example of this modernization is the transition from clay pipes to plastic pipes.  

Before plastic existed, clay pipes were used for plumbing of all types, from homes to sewers and commercial buildings. The fact of the matter is that dried clay is not very durable. People with clay pipes will probably know about them because they probably have an issue with leaks. Clay is prone to cracking and is also very susceptible to root infestation. It is, after all, a form of earth.

Today, a lot of hold homes will still have clay pipping, usually in the outbound drainage plumbing system connecting to the city’s sewage system. A homeowner can rest assured that when cracking emerges there is a suitable alternative in the form of plastic pipes. Plastic is cheaper and more durable than clay, the two major reasons why it has replaced clay in plumbing since the 1960s. Clay pipes are still used in some instances today, but more so in municipal project instead of residential properties.  

Options With Clay Pipes

Older homes with clay pipes have not fallen too far behind the times though. In most cases, depending on the layout of the piping, it’s possible to re-line the clay piping with a no-dig drain liner. This retains the structural integrity of the piping and supports it in case of leaking.  

An experienced plumbing company in Toronto will be able to answer any questions regarding lead or clay pipes. As the industry changes, professional plumbers have an increasing number of tools at their disposal to improve the plumbing infrastructure of a home. It’s nice to know that modernization in the plumbing industry means homeowners can be safer and save money on maintenance.

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Your House, Your Dog: 9 Things to keep in mind when training your puppy

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Unlike some other animals that can live outside of the house, most dog owners prefer that their pets live mainly inside.

Although this might sound adorable having everyone in one place, it does lead to some issues – the biggest being training.

“As you can presume, things can go really wrong,” says puppy training specialist Lene Kaufmann.

No matter what type of a training you choose, there are a lot of rules you need to follow. In fact, it is common for people to make mistakes on their first try.

Luckily with this article Lene Kaufmann will try to prevent you from making too many of them.

Let’s check some cool tips that will help you with your dog training.

  1. Before anything else, it is necessary to consider dog’s breed. Different breeds have different temperaments and behave different in certain situations. Some of them will have more energy, others will be better with kids etc. For example if you have a small dog, this means you will have to walk him more often during potty training making the entire process more tedious.
  2. Next, you need to think about dog’s age. While puppies can be influenced while young, they become less affected with older age. As they say “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. If you truly wish to teach an older dog something, there will be a long road ahead of you.
  3. Now that you considered basics stuff regarding training, you need to think about your role. Like with educating a child, it is necessary to be strict, disciplined and consistent. There shouldn’t be any mixed messages of any kind as the dog can easily be confused. You need to create a routine which you will stick to no matter what. Any changes can affect the animal.
  4. Besides patience and consistence, it is also necessary to show a lot of love. Dog takes in the emotions and while it cannot understand your speech, it can understand your mood and mannerisms. If it senses you are satisfied, it will also be happy.
  5. With that being said, it is necessary to avoid any type of punishment. Mistakes will be made no matter how you look at it. But you shouldn’t react extremely by shouting or beating a dog. Instead, you need a command like “no” that will tell a dog it isn’t ok what its doing.
  6. Make sure you have one and the same command for an action. It is also ok to add a hand or body movement in order to augment it. But no matter what you do, you shouldn’t use several different commands for the same thing. This can only confuse a dog. This rules applies on everyone within the household, on people who are teaching him how to potty etc.
  7. If a dog messes up things, do not pet it. This will again send a bad message and the dog will think that such behavior is acceptable
  8. Treats are another thing that needs to be considered. They shouldn’t be your regular dog food. Instead, make sure to find something that dog truly loves and treat him in cases he does something good during the training. This will bring exclusivity and it will make your dog more inclined to listen.
  9. Training should always be done in one and the same space. Dogs have strong senses and can easily remember a place. They will also connect training to this space. If you take it someplace else, you will need to restart the whole process and dog will become confused.
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3 Ways an electrician can help you

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Most people are not aware that being an electrician is actually a very stable and consistent job. It may sound occasional and less interesting compared to other collared jobs where you go to office buildings with suits and briefcases, but it is actually a very satisfying and fun career path. First, an electrician is a staple job to any country, from third world countries to first world countries. Even in the future, where everything is flying and robots roam around doing different sorts of jobs, electricians will still be in demand if not the most demanded job by that time. As for the fun part, being an electrician will allow you to talk with a lot of people as you work with them in their electricity needs. You will be able to build a network with the building owners and business establishments that have their electrical systems managed by you. Furthermore, you would be able to have fun and mingle with a family as you try to fix their bulbs and lighting. The opportunity for social interaction is virtually unlimited.

 

If you are still wondering how being an electrician will be able to help you, then here are 3 objective ways that only electricians can help you.

 

Installation of new electrical system

 

Before a house, business or a building is fully operational, electrical systems must be installed properly in order to ensure that appliances and equipment will be able to function at their capacity. And without an electrician, it would be impossible to do it yourselves. It takes a lot of studying and planning before the wirings are laid and are installed. Furthermore, equipment and appliances require different kind of voltages, power supply, switches and other specifications that only electricians can understand and provide. Without their services, a building or house will just be a skeleton and won't be able to serve their true purpose.

 

Maintenance, Inspection, Advisory

 

Regular maintenance of electrical systems and wirings are also done by electricians. Overtime, there will definitely be changes caused by different factors such as weather, wear and tear, accidents, and other unexpected circumstances. And only electricians will be able to ensure that the certain condition of your electrical system is functional and safe to use. And if they deem necessary, they would be able to provide repair and additional maintenance services.

 

Electricians also are capable of giving advice and recommendations for better electricity usage or wiring management. In some companies, there are even regular reports submitted by electrical companies to the top management containing observations, problems, and suggested solutions. This, in turn, will increase efficiency and productivity in the daily operations of the company.

 

Upgrade

 

And last but not the least, is that electricians are able to provide upgrade services. For example, today, a lot of households have been upgrading their lighting to LED in order to save on their electricity bills and also enjoy the benefits of a LED upgrade. And only reputable and expert electricians are able to ensure this kind of service. Without the knowledge and expertise of an electrician, there will be faults and even accidents that might even cause additional expenses.

 

If you want to know more about electricians and their services, visit electricians-portsmouth.co.uk.

 

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Amazing and actionable ideas to decorate your living room

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It is normal to put a lot of emphasis on decorating your living room. In the end, this is the part of your home where you spend most of your free time. It is also area where your guests sit and as such, it represents you. Worst thing that can happen is having a dirty or distasteful living room.

Sometimes, idea will not click for your living room. You might try something that looks awesome on paper only to discover that it really sucks. Numerous things need to be considered and because of that, it is easy to fail.

In order to help you out, we have created a list of incredible ideas that can help you decorate your living room. Have in mind these ideas are quite unusual and a real breath of fresh air. This is precisely why they will do wonders for you.

1. Using the mirrors to your advantage

Mirrors are a must for every home. Today more than ever, market is saturated with different models and we can purchase mirrors online from sites like HollywoodMirrors.co.uk. We can choose from Hollywood mirrors, LED mirrors, folding mirrors etc. In this case, you are searching for mirrors that will help out your interior décor. Functionality is secondary as you probably won’t fix your makeup on a mirror that is placed in the living room. So why are mirrors such great decorative pieces? No matter where you place a mirror it will reflect rest of your room. This means that you’re practically doing nothing with it; if the rest of the design is nice, the image in the mirror will be nice. However, mirror provides something else that is valuable. Simplicity. Instead of using paintings or something else for your walls, you can simply add mirrors.

2. Using smaller pieces of furniture

Most homeowners do not like having small pieces of furniture for their living room. We are used to a big sectional that is placed just in front of a big screen TV. This is an ideal that was singed into our brain. But, you can do something completely different. Break things up by getting chairs, settees or ottomans. Mix things up a bit. First of all, this will create shocking experience as people are not used to this layout. It also leave you with more room for sitting as you do not have to squeeze with anyone else. In terms of positioning, you can still group these items together. Still, you will have your personal space.

3. Bookshelves and open cabinets

People usually do not realize this but books can easily be used as decorative pieces. Each book has a different cover. They usually come in vivid colors. By grouping titles together you can create an awesome visual experience. And best thing yet is that books can be rearranged all the time allowing you to freshen up the space. You don’t even have to invest much time in it. Just use the stuff you already have. But for this to be effective (and even noticed) you need to have open shelves or cabinet. These books need to be seen by the viewer. Otherwise there is no point. If you have a bigger collection, you can place it in separate sections. For example, you can use two smaller furniture pieces and spread “book feel” all over the room.

Conclusion

When it comes to proper decoration of the living room, try to be neutral. Trying too hard to mix everything together can create an adverse effect. This is why you have to go with tricks that can easily be changed and that can fit any interior.

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Make your home shine with a fiberglass pool

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The beauty of your dwelling is not confined to the interior designs only. The exterior should also be shiny to impress the visitors or perhaps the potential real estate buyer wanting to purchase your home. There may be other ways, but none surpasses the wonders of the fiberglass pool in making your dwelling shiny. Fiberglass preference is gaining momentum in other parts of Europe due to its tremendous benefits when compared with its counterparts, concrete and vinyl swimming pools.

There are plenty of design impressions of fiberglass pools to add value in decorating your home. These swimming pools are pre-fabricated. The manufacturer can easily fabricate it to your preferred style and size that matches with your dwelling style. Need any fiberglass pool installed in your home? Then contact Riverinapools to book your pool today. The company has a wide array of pool designs and shapes designed by its team of dedicated professionals in fiberglass pool manufacturing.

How to make your home shiny with fiberglass pool?

The first step is to install the fiberglass pool. Typically, the manufacturer will manufacture the pool at their production premises per your specifications in line with the excavation dug. Construction of the fiberglass pool is an absolute breeze when compared to other pool materials. Once the pool is complete, they will transport it to your home. If you are in Australia, Riverina Pools is a specialist in fiberglass pools.

The installation is also easy as it will be fitted into the excavations. You will be all sorted to start using the swimming pool. It will add an instant gratification of a shiny dwelling. The steps and the seats are built-in so there’s no need to spend extra money in making additional seats like you would do with the concrete pools. In terms of costs of installation, there’s not much difference although the concrete is fairly more expensive.

The beauty of your fiberglass pool will continue impressing visitors because of its low maintenance costs that are affordable to homeowners to keep cleaning. Moth or algae are less likely to be nuisances to pool cleaners because of the smooth surface of these pools. Treating and caring for these pools will be effortless because not much chemicals are used.

In fact, one of the reasons that homeowners now prefer the fiberglass pools over other materials is the effortless work of maintaining them. There are more benefits of installing the fiberglass pools as highlighted hereunder:

  • Quick and easy to install – it takes a few weeks to fully manufacture and install the pool
  • Low cost maintenance – the non-porous surface makes it easy to easily remove any dirt without using much of the disinfectant chemicals. The water will not be prone to the formation of algae.
  • Durability – the fiberglass pool can withstand the inclement temperature changes
  • Safety – unlike concrete, the fiberglass pool has a smooth surface. So it will hurt the swimmers’ feet.

Given these benefits, who would reject these fiberglass pools? Certainly nobody! The only downside of these pools is the limitation in terms of the shape and the size. This is understandable when taking into account the limitations of products to be transported on the road. If it was manufactured at your home, probably the size limitations could be a thing of the past.

Making your home shiny with the fiberglass pool could be an added benefit if you want to sell your home later on. Keep in mind that the prospective homeowners are looking for such amenities that look attractive. However, they don’t want the amenities that will cost them a lot in maintaining after purchasing the home. Fiberglass pools are preferred over concrete or vinyl pools.

So do not hesitate in adding the curb appeal and first impressions to your home if you want to sell it in future. Not only will it be impressive to the buyers, but also to visitors when you host birthday or wedding events. Who knows, you might even be asked to host other events at a cost because of the shiny appeal of your dwelling. Contact us today to make a custom fiberglass pool for you. There are many fiberglass pool designs and styles you can choose from to suit your style.

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