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Living in Paradise: 3 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Aluminium Garden Ornaments

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Liven up your garden by decorating it with ornaments. You’ll be surprised at what a big difference several ornaments can make. Aluminium ornaments, in particular, tend to be quite popular, as they are colourful, robust and rather durable. In addition, aluminium does not rust, although it may corrode, which will basically dull its shine. Still, if you’ve found the perfect aluminium ornaments that will really spice up your garden, here are 3 tips to make sure your ornaments prevail through anything that Mother Nature throws their way. Combat Corrosion and Restore Shine When aluminium corrodes, its shine will be greatly dulled because the aluminium will have oxidized. Generally speaking, most aluminium ornaments are coated with a protective layer of wax. If you see any oxidation, it means that this protective layer of wax has been worn through, and another layer should be applied immediately to prevent further oxidation unless you’re looking to achieve a rustic look. Before applying a protective layer of wax, which can be purchased at your local home hardware store, you want to remove as much of the oxidation as possible. You can do this by using a metal polishing paste or by making a concoction made up of 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water at home. Make sure you don’t spill this solution, as the white vinegar can scorch and damage grass. Preserve the Smooth Finish with Regular Cleaning Even if your aluminium ornaments are still shiny and look like new, you should consider wiping and cleaning them regularly with a wet cloth. Aluminium ornaments are vulnerable to bugs, bird poop, and — most importantly — sap. Once the sap hardens, it can be extremely difficult to get it off. Tree sap is a tad acidic, and will eat away the aluminium surface and compromise the structural integrity and appearance of your ornaments in the long run. If you’ve noticed that the sap has already hardened, getting it off with a wet cloth will be almost impossible. In these situations, you might have to find some type of cleaning solution or agent that is designed for removing sap. Make sure to test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the ornaments first in order to verify that the solutions will not damage the aluminium. Keep the Ornaments in Areas Without a Lot of Plant Interference Picking the right place to put the aluminium garden ornaments is another key feature in making sure the ornaments last and remain in good condition. You want to stay away from areas that are densely packed with bushes and trees because swaying branches can easily scratch up the aluminium. You also want to make sure that the ground is stable. In short, shy away from muddy areas because small shifts in the soil may cause the ornaments to topple over. Conclusion Investing some money to purchase aluminium garden ornaments for your home may really help improve the overall appearance of your garden. As aluminium is a hardy material that can withstand most weather elements, they are one of the better materials to choose...

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The 3 Benefits of Having a Window Air Conditioner

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When it comes to having cool air in your home, you have multiple options. If you don’t want to go through the installation process of central or split air conditioners, you can get a window air conditioner. Here are some of the top benefits of this type of air conditioner to help you decide if it is the right option for you. You Save Money One of the top reasons people choose to get a window conditioner instead of one of the other options is that it is less expensive. It is one of the least expensive air conditioning units, with many different models to choose from. Based on your budget, you can choose different sizes and styles, selecting from a variety of special features. Some units have basic features like high and low settings and setting it to auto, while others come with a remote control so you can turn it off and on from the comfort of the couch or your bed. No Installation Is Required You will also not have to get it installed, since it is simply placed in the window sill. This not only saves money, but time as well. You don’t have to wait to have cool air until the HVAC contractor has installed central air conditioner but instead get cool air as soon as you put it in the window and turn it on. It is a great option if you are in the middle of a heat wave and need cool air right away. It provides better cool air than what a fan does, but no construction needs to be done to your home. It Saves Energy You can also save on your monthly energy bill and lower your carbon footprint by choosing a window air conditioning unit. Since it only cools off the room you are in, it is not attempting to go through vents and cool off your entire home every time the unit is turned on. It is also inexpensive enough to get multiple units so that you have one in each major area of your home. However, this is often not necessary, since having the unit in a large room often provides enough cool air for a good section of the home. Window air conditioning units also require minimal maintenance and inexpensive repairs. You can speak to an HVAC contractor about the pros and cons of window air conditions and other options like Daikin air conditioning...

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How to Optimise Your Central Air Conditioner

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Before the hot months of summer arrive, you should take some time optimising your home’s air conditioner. This will help you get it clean and maintained and address any current issues before you need it most. It is also going to help lower your monthly energy bills. Here are some tips for optimising your central air conditioner. Improve Your Home’s Insulation You can start optimising the central air conditioner by improving your home’s insulation. If you have poor insulation, your air conditioner has to work harder in order to achieve the temperature you have programmed in the thermostat. This is not only hard on the air conditioning unit, but causes your energy bill to be much higher than necessary. Have an energy assessment done to find out exactly what level of insulation you have. Check all windows and doors, looking for gaps that need to be repaired. Also check that you have sufficient insulation in your attic. Keep the Filters Clean You also need to make sure the AC unit’s filters are kept clean. These filters are meant to keep dust, debris, and dander from entering your home’s air supply through the vents and registers. However, this also means the filters quickly get filled up. If they get clogged, it can reduce the efficiency of your central air and heating. To remedy this, check your filters every few months, at least. If you have reusable filters, you will need to clean them and make sure all debris and dust is removed. It might be easier to get disposable filters, which can be thrown away and replaced with a new one. Clean the Coils and Fins To clean the air conditioning system a little more, head outside to the air conditioning unit. You need to clean the condenser coils and fins, both of which help your home to have clean, cool air when you need it. You first need to make sure the unit is turned off. When you know there is no power going to the unit, open it up and find the fins, which are metal blades that go around the entire unit. Use a microfiber cloth and water or vinegar to clean them thoroughly, ensuring no dirt or dust is left on them. Be very careful not to bend the fins. Next, open up the unit and find the metal coils, which are the condenser coils. Clean these in the same manner. Get the System Inspected A professional should also inspect your central air conditioning unit and heater about once a year or so. If you don’t have any problems, once a year should be frequent enough. They will look at the unit outside, make sure it is clean, and look for signs of leaks or bent fins. They will also go inside the home to inspect the vents, registers, and...

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Rise of the Robots: Mowing Your Own Lawn Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past

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If the science fiction movies and TV shows of years ago were correct, you should have an array of robots by now to take care of every conceivable domestic duty. While this is not yet the case, the domestic robot revolution is coming. Robotic vacuum cleaners already sit alongside their manual counterparts at department stores and the price is no longer prohibitive. Robots are also available for more high-intensity domestic tasks such as mowing the lawn. The technology is improving, and it’s only a matter of time before mowing the lawn becomes something you can have a robot take care of, no matter what kind of lawn you have. So what sort of robot lawn mowers are available now, and what will be available in the near future? The Current Technology A number of manufacturers already offer robot lawn mowers. You need to bury a guide wire around the perimetre of your lawn, and then the mower cuts the grass within this invisible border. A guide wire can also be buried to guide the mower to a different patch of grass, such as if your front and backyard lawns are separated by a paved area. The more advanced models come with a smartphone app, allowing you to remotely start and stop the mower. It can also send you a distress signal if it encounters an obstacle it cannot pass, like a large piece of wood that might have fallen in its path. These mowers are pricey, but as more manufacturers begin to produce them, the price will come down, leading to more competitive pricing. The Next Generation The next generation of lawn mowers will work in a similar manner, but without the annoying need for a buried guide wire. A robot lawn mower has been developed that navigates via partially submerged beacons, which are small stakes hammered into the lawn. You can reposition these stakes at your leisure, allowing you greater control over the area that is mowed. This robot will still be synced with a smartphone, which will give you remote control. In the Future Future models will not need a guide wire and will be able to analyse the area to be mowed without assistance. Currently, when the lawn mower’s battery runs low it will return to its charging station, sometimes leaving a half-finished job, and then finish the task when it has recharged. Some models are likely to have solar panels that will greatly increase performance time. The durability of the machines will increase, allowing them to mow a variety of terrains in varying sizes. As it stands, robot lawn mowers can only mow an average suburban backyard that is reasonably level. This will certainly change as the technology improves. It’s funny to think that the chore of lawn mowing will quite soon be a thing of the past, and lawn mowing service providers might be men and women who service robots rather than cut the grass themselves. If you’d like a new lawn mower, contact a company like Cox Mowers to learn about your...

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Today’s Hottest Trends in Shop Fitting and Displays

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Shop fitting refers to fitting a retail shop or restaurant with the right displays and pieces that are needed to showcase items for sale. It’s important that any retailer or restaurant owner understand how items should be displayed in their location, as this will encourage buyers to browse or help them easily see items for sale they might overlook, such as at a register of a restaurant. Shop fitting also sets a mood or tone in a store or restaurant which can help with brand awareness and even bring in foot traffic, or cause customers to linger. Note a few tips from shop fitters that you’ll want to consider for your store or restaurant today. 1. Rustic chic Rustic chic means using rustic materials but in a more upscale way. You can create a country look or soften the look of modern displays and designs with a rustic chic look. To accomplish this, consider rustic materials you might find in the country such as hay bales, wooden picket fences, rope, and the like. Use artificial hay bales as stands for display and wooden picket fences to anchor certain groupings or as a backdrop to displays. Rope can be used to hang items rather than standard metal pieces. 2. Comfort A good way to keep customers in your store or restaurant is to make the space seem comfortable. You can use oversized pillows such as you would see in a dorm room or living room in a waiting area, or add actual small recliners to your store or restaurant foyer. Work your displays around these so customers can actually be shopping while relaxing! 3. Trophy cabinets Trophy cabinets are a popular option for stores that sell items to teenagers, as they can make the space resemble a school hallway. You can display outfits or accessories in a trophy cabinet and then make it look even more like a school with actual trophies, medals, photos of a sports team, and the like. Do the same at your restaurant; display pies in a trophy cabinet with blue ribbons on the front to make them appear to have won a contest, for a fun touch. 4. Color blocking For a very visually appealing look, use fixtures to create color blocking in your store or restaurant. Display clothing according to color rather than type of clothing, or use this in a restaurant to display cupcakes and cakes that have the same color frosting together with tarts and other desserts with the same...

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The Pros and Cons of Common Types of Insulation for Your Home

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A well-insulated home is more comfortable throughout the year and helps to reduce the cost of heating and cooling during winter and summer. Good insulation can also keep out moisture and excess humidity so your home is less likely to develop mold and mildew. There are a few common types of insulation that are available for a home, including blanketed insulation, loose fill insulation, and blown foam insulation. Note a few pros and cons of each of these so you can determine the best choice for your home. 1. Blanketed insulation One of the best things about blanketed insulation is that it’s very easy to install on your own. This insulation comes in rolls which you simply put into place, unroll, and then cut. The rolls are very lightweight and usually available at virtually any home improvement or hardware store. They also come in a wide variety of thicknesses, so you can opt for something very thick for maximum protection or something thinner if you’re on a budget. The downside to blanketed insulation is that it can be very irritating to your skin and dangerous for your eyes and nose. You need protective clothing, long gloves, wrap-around safety goggles, and a breathing apparatus when you install this type of insulation. It can also compress over time so that it loses its insulating properties and needs to be replaced. 2. Loose fill insulation Loose fill insulation consists of loose fibers that are blown into areas behind walls and which then fill in all the nooks and crannies. It can be very efficient as the smaller pieces reach crevices that are not always covered with blanketed insulation. It may have a high recycled content so it’s good for those who are environmentally conscious. However, using the machine that you need to blow this insulation into the home can be cumbersome and you may need to rely on a contractor to install this material for you. 3. Spray foam Spray foam is very lightweight and it expands when it starts to dry. This allows it to fill in even more cracks, crevices, and tiny openings that would otherwise be missed with other forms of insulation. Often the foam is sprayed, allowed to expand and dry, and then cut to be level and even. It may better insulate your home against drafts and also provide sound insulation as well. Spray foam may also need a professional to install it because of the equipment used so it may not be the right choice for the...

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Three Of The Best Bathtub Materials For Budget Bathroom Builds

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If you’re in the market for a new bathtub, you might assume that your options are limited to traditional, heavy cast-iron bathtubs with thick enamel coatings — quite a daunting investment if you’re on a tight budget. However, with modern materials and casting methods, you now have a wide range of bathtub materials to choose from, many of which are significantly cheaper and easier to fit than ordinary iron bathtubs. However, these materials come with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to shop around and find the material most suited to your individual needs. Fibreglass If you’re after a simple, cheap and cheerful bathtub, fibreglass might be the material for you. Fibreglass tubs are generally the least expensive options on the market, but despite this, they are very durable, and largely invulnerable to damage caused by thermal shock. They are also very lightweight and can be made in almost any shape or configuration, making them the best option when it comes to quick and easy fitting. Unfortunately, the finish on most fibreglass bathtubs leaves much to be desired, and your shiny new tub won’t stay shiny and new for long. Surface scratches and chips are easy to inflict and practically impossible to repair without professional sealing equipment. They also suffer from fading and discolouration over time due to oxidisation, and the thin materials used means that a fibreglass bathtub tends to flex under your weight whenever you move — hardly ideal for a long, relaxing soak. Acrylic Take a fibreglass core and coat it with a thick layer of plastic acrylic, and you have the acrylic bathtub, one of the most popular options on the market today. Acrylic bathtubs have many advantages; they are durable, easy to clean, and have excellent heat insulation properties, keeping your bathwater warmer for longer. Acrylic tubs are also very resistant to scratches and cracks, and any marring of the finish can be easily repaired by yourself with acrylic filling kits. Acrylic bathtubs tend to be more expensive than simple fibreglass models, but are still cheaper than most other options. You might not be so enthusiastic about acrylic if you have a keen aesthetic eye, however. Acrylic bathtubs are available in a wide variety of colours and shapes, but all have the ‘plastic-y’ gloss and feel associated with their cheaper fibreglass cousins. They are also significantly heavier than fibreglass tubs and can be difficult to clean if you opt for a rougher, non-slip surface finish. Cultured marble You might think that a marble bathtub is way out of the price range of any budget bathroom build, and you’re probably right. However, cultured marble, a material made from crushed limestone and resin covered with a resistant gel coating, effectively emulates the luxurious look and feel of real marble at a fraction of the price. Cultured marble tubs have a striking, glossy shine, and the tough gel coating makes them easy to clean and maintain. However, eventually the gel coating will wear away, and the limestone-resin mix beneath it is porous and easily stained and damaged — as such, you’ll probably need to renew the gel coat every few years to keep a cultured marble tub looking new. They are also more expensive than either fibreglass or acrylic tubs (though still cheaper...

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What to Do When Your Car Remote Stops Working

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Keyless car entry systems work through a complex system of communication between memory chips using radio signals. Such a system can occasionally malfunction, rendering you unable to use the remote to open or lock your car. This article discusses some of the measures that you can take when that happens. Confirm that It Is the Remote with a Problem Many keyless entry makers provide two remote controls. Get the second remote and try opening the car with it. If it opens, then the other remote was defective (for instance, it had an old battery). Take any of the steps below to restore that defective remote. In the meantime, use the spare remote control panel. If the second remote doesn’t open the car, chances are high that the locking mechanism of your car may be defective. Contact an emergency locksmith to diagnose and solve the problem. Change the Battery The battery may have become worn out if you have had that keyless entry system for an extended period (such as a year). Your first line of action should therefore involve replacing the battery with a new one. Examine the remote for a small slot on its side. Slide a fingernail inside that slot and force the remote open. Once it is open, check the number on the old battery. Buy a replacement battery with the same number. Take the remote to a battery store and ask the attendant to open it for you if you fear that you will damage it as you open it. Test the functioning of the remote after replacing the old battery. Reset the Remote Control Panel Enter your car by opening it using the car key. Get the manual of the keyless entry system and read the reset instructions. Follow those instructions and reset your remote. The remote control can lose its memory for a variety of reasons. For instance, the battery may have been old and the sensors struggled to communicate with the memory chip on the door locks. If you do not have the manual, this procedure may help. The exact steps vary from one car model to another so only try them as a last ditch effort. Enter the car and close all doors. Insert the key into the ignition. Turn the key several times (as if you want to start the car) but just fall short of actually starting it. When you hear a chiming sound, press one of the remote keys. Wait for the chiming sound again. Once you hear it for the second time, exit your car and lock all its doors. Wait for about 20 seconds, and then try using the remote. It will work if it needed to be reset. If the procedure doesn’t work, contact your emergency locksmith. Try the methods above only once, and then call an emergency locksmith like Nelson Locksmiths for help. Repeated DIY attempts may cause further damage to the car or the keyless entry...

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Self Storage | 4 Steps to Store Your Prized Painting In a Storage Unit

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Whether you’re moving homes or renovating, you’ll need to store some of your household items away. Certain items like appliances, outdoor furniture and glass tables can survive in regular conditions with ease, while other items like paintings, wine collections and leather furniture more require delicate care. If you’re an art connoisseur with prized paintings in your possession, follow these steps to place them in self-storage units. Wrap in Plastic Paintings are subject to breakages, tears, smudges and impacts while they are being transported to the storage unit, so you’ll want to wrap them in plastic to keep them clean with a protected finish. Wrapping paintings before transportation also prevents fingerprint marks and stains on their surfaces. You can get plastic wrap from any stationery or retail store. The wrap is used to give your painting a protective layer before it is boxed and is similar to plastic wraps used in kitchens for covering dishes in the refrigerator. Seal the Painting Frame in Polystyrene Foam Before Boxing Once the painting is wrapped, you should seal the frame in polystyrene foam before placing in a box for the self-storage unit. Polystyrene is a lightweight material closely constructed from spherical balls to give it performance and strength. Any transportation or removal service should be able to provide you with Polystyrene sheets for covering the frame. Alternatively, you can purchase these sheets from a building supply store. Polystyrene sheets will give your frame an armoured layer before you place it in a cardboard box. It also ensures that the painting and frame don’t directly touch the cardboard base or ground for enhanced fortification. Place Gently In Cardboard Box Before taking the painting to the self-storage unit, you’ll want to pack it properly in the cardboard box to ensure that it doesn’t move around. After placing the painting in the box, fill all empty spaces with bubble wrap to prevent it from bouncing around in transit. Seal the box shut with packing tape. Avoid using loose packing peanuts because they will tend to move around and settle at the bottom as the painting is in transit –– leaving the top unprotected. Store Safely in a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit Any heat or moisture can cause sudden changes and damage to your art piece. That’s why a climate-controlled unit is the best storage choice for expensive paintings.  A climate-controlled self-storage unit protects vulnerable items from extreme moisture and temperature damage by keeping humidity low and temperature constant. Place the box gently in the self-storage unit and ensure that you do not place any other items above it. Following these simple packing steps for the self-storage unit will ensure that your prized painting remains damage-free...

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Different Ways Roller Shutters Can Benefit Your Home

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In years past, homeowners would steer clear from roller shutters, assuming they were only beneficial for commercial properties. This was typically because of their lack of creative designs since they were primarily used for security purposes. However, over time, manufactures have begun producing stylish roller shutters that not only offer practical applications, but also enhance the aesthetical appeal of your residence. Here are some of the different ways that installing roller shutters can benefit your home. Enhanced thermal insulation Windows are typically installed to face the sun so as to maximise on natural light in the home. One thing to note though is that, with this increased exposure you are also letting in harmful UV rays into your residence. With roller shutters, you can control the amount of UV radiation by lowering them, thus protecting your furniture and flooring from aging due to excessive sun exposure. This also works toward keeping your home cooler during the sweltering summer months, thus decreasing your dependence on your air conditioning system. Enhanced soundproofing If you live in close proximity to a busy road or other noisy locations, you may want to consider enhancing the acoustic insulation of your home. One of the best ways of doing this is through roller shutters. Some of the designs available incorporate materials that work toward muffling noises from the outside, hence ensuring that the noise levels that permeate into your home are tolerable. Enhanced fireproofing Granted, roller shutters cannot prevent a fire from engulfing your home. However, if you live in a location prone to bush fires and other fire hazards, then having these window treatments installed could make the difference between losing all your valuables and having some extra time to save them. The materials used to manufacture these roller shutters make them slightly fire resistant, meaning they will burn at a slower rate in the event of a fire hazard in your residence. Enhanced versatility in applications Generally, roller shutters will typically be used as window treatments. However, with the myriad of materials they are manufactured from, you get the chance to experiment with them for different applications. One creative way of using roller shutters is as room dividers. These can be easily installed in large rooms to create individual spaces that conveniently work toward multipurpose living. You can also use them outdoors as an enclosure for your patio, as connector doorways and more. Since they come in array of designs and colours, you can be assured that your choice will complement the overall décor and design of your...

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