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Are you trouble with the increase of rats in your home or perhaps in your farm? Mice and rats, these pests can damage your walls, eat your food, and cause all sorts of problems.  I just share with you the way of effective in destroying them…. we do not use any toxic chemicals or harmful to the people around us.

 

Kitchen is one of the busy-area in your home.  So, it is important that we consider the right materials to be used and its durability before we come to mistake and spend high-cost for the repair or remodeling.

Here are some materials to avoid for your kitchen:

Plastic Laminate Counters

This should never be used in your kitchen countertops.  This is easy to melt with just one misplacing of hot object or utensil.  They also scratch easily and delaminate.

Laminated Cabinet Fronts

 

 

Avoid cheaper vinyl cabinet fronts.  This material is not heat resistant, when there’s a lot of heat from the oven, it could warp or split into layers.

Glossy Lacquered Cabinets

 

A glossy look can be eye-catching, but it is not preferable for frequently used kitchen. It is susceptible to scratches.  Also, high-gloss can be pricey.

Low quality Vinyl Flooring

 

If you have low quality vinyl floorings, and you spend all day stepping on it, it will become thinner and will be delaminated sooner.

Carpets

Never use carpet in your kitchen.  Any kind of carpets get stained easily and collect dirt and foods you dropped.

Flat Paint

Don’t use flat paint if you want a durable paint for your kitchen.  In just one splatter of sauce, you can ruin the paint.  High-gloss paint is a good choice in this area; it can stand up to several scrubbings.

Trendy Materials

 

Avoid super trendy colors and materials when it comes to backsplashes, countertops, or even floors.  Trends change and so with your taste.   Also, trendy materials are usually expensive.  Choose the classic tiles for the backsplash that matches to the countertop, and remember that you must prefer materials that will last longer.

Your roof won’t last forever, but there are ways to make it last longer.  Here are some tips to do:

Make a regular inspection to monitor the condition of your roof. If you can do it on your own, hire roofing experts.

 

 

Keep your gutters clean. Clogged gutters cancause ruined paint, flooded basement and it can destroy your roof structure. Clean out leaves and twigs from the gutters.  If you will not remove those leaves immediately, they will gradually decompose and will cause weeds and molds that will slowly rot your gutters.

 

Remove moss and other debris because it traps water and might destroy the roof.

 

Trimming the branches of nearby trees to your home will keep the leaves off from your roof, and this also, will keep your roof damage free. The branches and leaves that touch the roof can cause damage, especially during high winds.

 

Prevent Ice Dams. It is important to remove all the ice and snow because it can damage the roof.  Use a roof rake to remove them, but don’t force the ice that’s already formed in the roof; this could damage the roof.
Repainting your wall is as easy as the first time you paint it.

Steps:

Scrape away loose, flaking, or peeling paint using the paint scraper.

Fill any holes and cracks with a flexible filler using the putty knife. Apply a thin layer and allow dry up completely.

Sand the surface with a medium fine sand paper, then, wash with sugar soap and warm water. If there’s any mold, remove by using mold solution.

 

Load up your brush with paint. Start applying at the top of the wall.  Paint down each corner, and across the bottom.

Pour the paint into a paint tray and dip the roller into the paint. Make sure it’s fully loaded.

 

Start applying the paint from the bottom to the top and spread it out. For even finish, keep the roller loaded.  Use a roller extension pole to reach the top of the wall.

Once the first coat is dry, apply a second coat following the same steps as the first coat.

While these areas of your home are the most frequent to overlooked during your cleaning, these can be a safe place for germs.

Underneath and behind furniture. This is the favorable spot for dust and mites.  Move heavy furniture and vacuum the dust gathered behind or underneath your furniture.

Inside kitchen drawers. Give your drawers a fresh start. Remove everything inside of the drawers, wipe with cloth moistened with vinegar cloth, then return the items.

 

 

Under rugs. Keep your rugs and floors in good condition. Move the furniture aside, roll up the rug and vacuum underneath. Do this at least twice a year.

Hands are the great carriers of germs.  Give the front door and bathroom doorknobs a regular wipe inside and out with vinegar or soapy water.

 

Light switches. This item comes into human contact several times a day.  Clean this surface with a cloth moistened with vinegar or any antibacterial cleaner.

Light fixtures and lamps. These can accumulate an amazing amount of dust over time. Clean your light fixtures with a duster or soft microfiber cloth.  Before cleaning, be sure that the switches are off.

Materials Needed:

Tile adhesive                                                                      Iron

Mineral Spirits                                                                   Putty knife

Rolling Pin                                                                           Rags

 

Warm the tile with a preheated iron. Heating the tile with warm iron will loosen any adhesive that still holding the tile.  Avoid forcing out the tile, because this could break. Using the putty knife, lift out the loose tile from the center to the edges on all four sides. Set the tile aside. Dissolve the adhesive on the floor using a rag dampened with mineral spirits. It’s best to dissolve the adhesive. Scrape away the old adhesive, using the putty knife. Be sure to take it all out before applying new adhesive.  If there’s a stubborn spot, warm the adhesive using the iron, then, scrape it out.  Make sure not to damage the surrounding tiles. Apply new adhesive to the floor and to the tile. Put the tile in its position. Using the rolling pin, roll and press the tile hard to get rid of any air pockets. Use the rag dampened with mineral spirits to clean up excess adhesive around the edges of the tile. Weigh down the tile with any flat and heavy object for up to 2 days.
 Fill your toolbox with these essentials so that you’ll be ready for any home projects or emergencies.

 

Hammers

Two hammers should be enough to start your toolbox. Get one heavyweight and one lightweight.  The bigger the nail, the heavier the hammer should be. This will help you in pounding nails, crowbar action, or even pulling nails.

 

 

 Drill and Bits

A multipurpose drill can be used for a large number of tasks.   This is the most comfortable when tired hands have turned many screws.  A multi-purpose drill can be used not only to bore holes, but also to screw-head bit making it go quickly inside the hole.

 

Screw Drivers

A Flathead screw driver is great for replacing switch plates.  Philips screw driver is one of the common tools in any toolbox.

 

 

 

 

Hacksaw

You should get at least one cutting tool, bigger than a utility knife.  This can be used for cutting plastic and metal pipes, wood, threaded rods, brackets, and many more.

 

 

 

Extension Cord

Keep an electrical extension cord around the house.  This will help you extend the limited cord of your tools to your jobsite, or any outdoor activity.

 

 

 

Nails

Keep a good selection and some general-purpose nails so you will always have choices available.  A box with compartments is helpful for separating nail types and sizes.

 

Tape Measure

Your tape measure is indispensable for figuring out placement of objects, measuring window blinds, furniture sizes, or hanging artwork.

 

 

 

Adjustable Crescent Wrench

You don’t have to own a full set of wrench just get one or two adjustable wrenches; since its jaws may be adjusted to fit nuts and bolts of different sizes.  Some self-adjusting wrenches are self-ratcheting, meaning you don’t have to remove them from the bolt to tighten it.

Utility Knife

Use this for breaking down boxes, scoring drywall, making precision cuts, or cutting the tops off glue bottles, and so on.

 

 

 

Scraper/Putty Knife

Putty knives are not just for applying putty, paste and spackle. They are super useful for removing old decorative coverings or scraping down loose and flaky surfaces.

 

 

 

Pliers

Buy pliers of different types and sizes.  Locking pliers are a good multipurpose gripping tool.  Get channel-lock pliers for larger pipes and valves.  Electrician’s pliers have a fine point and can usually strip and cut wires.  Small needle-nose pliers are great for getting into tight spaces.

 

 

Hex Keys or Allen Keys

These are great for putting together furniture, especially assembling bicycles, and for hanging towel bars.

 

 

Wire Stripper

This has a blade to cut and remove the plastic coating of the wire to make electrical connections.

 

 

Gloves

You should have plastic gloves for cleaning or refinishing and a leather-type work gloves for dirty work and gardening.

 

 

 

Flashlight and Batteries

Repairs can happen in dark and even when the power is out.

 

 

 

 

Step Stool

This is necessary to install light bulbs, dusting the cobwebs out of corners, and everything that out of your reach.

 

Bathroom mirror is usually frameless.  They are more difficult to mount because they don’t have hooks.  These are the steps to glue a mirror to your room. Before applying glue to the mirror, be sure of the location. Once the glue has dried, moving the mirror to another location will strip your wall’s paint. Mark the location on the wall. Place a board against the wall that will hold the mirror when it is in position on the wall.  Put several strips of masking tape across the board to hold it in place.   Place the mirror on top of the board and have someone hold the mirror in place while you’re marking the exact location. Apply the glue on the back of mirror at least an inch in from the outer edge. Apply all the way around the back of the mirror, and put several beads in the middle. Hold the mirror following the lines you made on the wall. When the mirror is in place, press the mirror against the wall. 5.  Use masking tape to hold the mirror while it dries.  Wait for the glue to dry.  After 24 hours, you can remove the masking tape strips and the board
Antilia Antilia is a 27 floor grand mansion that occupies 400,000 sq. ft.   It is located in Mumbai, India.  Mukesh Ambani has spent $2 billion to build this mansion.  It fetures 3 helipads, 9 high speed elevators, a spa, 50-seater theater, a ballroom, 168 parking spaces, and 600 full-time staff to maintain the residence.                                                 Villa Leopolda It is the Europe most expensive house that cost and estimated to $750 million.  It is located in Cote D’ Azure, France.  With 50 acres area, it consist of 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a movie theater, multiple kitchens and dining rooms, helipad, tennis court, and most of all it has its own private beach front.      La tour Odeon It is known to be the most expensive penthouse in Monaco, estimated to $387 million.  The 5-floor penthouse has 31,500 sq. ft.,  which occupies the 45th  through the 49th floors. Fair Field Pond It is located in Sagaponack, New York.  The property has worth estimated to $250 million, with 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, 12 chimneys, basketball court, 91 ft. dining room, a bowling alley, 164-seater-theater, and a hot tub of $150,000. One Hyde Park It is located in Knight Bridge, London, and has estimated cost to $221 million.  A five-bedroom apartment has an iris-scanning device to check anyone who wants to enter the place.  It also has a bullet-proof- windows.  It has been described as one of the best in London and has spectacular views across both Knight Bridge and Hyde Park.

Be careful about what goes down your drain to keep you away from calling a plumber.  Here are some ways to treat and prevent these issues using you already have at home.

From time to time pour a little bleach into the sink and let it sit for at least an hour before you run down water in the sink. Use drain screens to keep hair, soap scum, and other solids from making their way into the drain. Clean the sink stoppers regularly. Never dump paint, paint thinners, and other chemicals down the drains. Avoid pouring down the drain cold water. This will keep the grease and oil             in solid state. Never pour grease down the drain, and clean greasy pots and pans as thoroughly as possible with a paper towel before cleaning in hot water in the sink. Pour boiling hot water down your drains once a week. This will help to melt and flush away oils and grease.