Archive for September, 2009

lawn mowerSummer is the best time to work for the picture perfect lawn that you are dreaming for. Read on and this article will help you in getting lawn in shape. Here are the four simple steps you can do so you can be rolling in the picture perfect green yard for the next few months.

1. Cut It Right. Grass should generally end up 2 to 3 inches high after you mow. If you give it a tight crew cut you’ll remove too much of the nutrients-producing leaf surface. To maintain the height, you will have to cut your grass every 5 to 10 days.

2. Feed It Right. All lawns should be fertilized in the spring. Measure your lawn and apply 5 pounds of 20-0-0 (those numbers represents for the proportion of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous in the mix) per 1,000 square feet. Lawns in northern areas will need another two hits in the fall, one month apart. If you live in southern part of the country, fertilize again in July and August. If all those chemicals make you queasy, consider using organic fertilizer. Fertilizer with pesticides is good at killing bugs, but they are hazardous to your family and pets. Always remember that organic fertilizers have smaller amounts of nutrients, which would mean you will have to use them more often. Sprinkle some on whenever your lawn starts to fade.

3. Buy a Rain Gauge. Too little water encourages annoying crab grass while too much water spreads diseases. Most lawns need roughly 1 inch of water per week on its growing season. A rain gauge is the best way to judge how much water your lawn is getting.

4. Hire The Best Lawn Service. If you are too busy or just not interested in doing it yourself, hiring the lawn service is your best choice. Ask friends or neighbors who use lawn service for referral.


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Insulated Garage Door

Insulated Garage Door

Did you know that you can save as much as 30% of your heating and air-conditioning bill with a proper insulation? Thermal insulation is applied to reduce the flow of heat between hot and cold regions. Home-heating and air-conditioning costs can be reduced dramatically by proper installation of thermal insulator. And one of the best places in your home to start installing insulation is your garage door.

Insulating your garage doors doesn’t really require a scientist, all you need to know is some dose common sense and right tools. Here are some valuable tips on how to put garage door insulation.

1. Remove the cars and large objects from the garage to create more space on the garage flooring before insulating a garage door. This is because in a packed condition, insulation in compressed state, therefore there is a big tendency that it will spread out across a large area. You need a large space for the expansion of the insulation material.

2. Take the measurements of the garage door panels so that you can ascertain the quantity of insulation required. You can choose to either polystyrene foam or polyurethane foam sheets as insulator.

3. Cut the material as indicated in the measurement. You can use putty knife to tuck the foam along the panels of the garage door.

4. Cover up the foam with the help of aluminum foil tape. For polystyrene foam, which is stiffer that polyurethane foam. You have to cut them and attached to the door panels with glue. Fix the foam with panel brackets to secure then further.

Note: Keep yourself protected when insulation the garage doors. Insulation, when comes in contact with skin can cause severe itching. Wear proper clothing that covers your entire body, use protective gear such as goggles, masks, gloves and work boots for your safety.

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Have you experienced of getting into office in rush and suddenly you realized that your keys are still on your dresser. And the worst thing is that you remember that it was the last of your “spare” keys. Well, if that kind of situation arises you have 3 options to make. First, is to force an entry by breaking your lock or your door. Second option is to humiliate yourself and climb through your windows hoping that you left one of it unlock. And the last and most likely option to work, is to call an emergency locksmith and let them do the hard work.

In similar situation described above or in other way, most of us will find ourselves needing services of a locksmith. It could be simple job like repairing a jammed garage door lock or an important job of installing an entire security in a building. In whatever importance, a locksmith will have a complete access to your home, building, car or business which leaves you vulnerable if the job is not done right.

Here are 10 practical tips on how to choose a trustworthy, professional and reliable locksmith:

1.  Ask your neighbors or friends for a referral. If you can’t get personal referral check some community organization that rate service businesses, or look for the referral of trade association like Associated Locksmiths of America.

2.  Look for a locksmith that has been in the business for several years. Locksmith that had been around for sometime is more reliable and trustworthy.

3.  Look for locksmith that are insured and bonded. By this way, you can make sure they are capable of paying, in case of damage and losses they may incur in your property or faulty of work.

4.  Ensure the locksmith has all required business licenses and permits. If they have license, verify the authenticity of license.

5.  Ask if the company does or has done business under any other names. As much as possible avoid company that changes name. They are likely to have a bad reputation in the past.

6.  Ask for recent references and check them.

7.  Ask about certifications and professional affiliations. Trade associations keep their members informed of the latest industry developments. Members must often meet rigorous standards and some associations even require that their members pass a skills test. While this doesn’t guarantee proficiency, it does improve the odds.

8.  Get a written estimate. Give as many details as possible to get a more accurate quote. Ask if any additional charges will apply and about any discounts for which you may qualify.

9.  Contact the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) to make sure there are no unresolved complaints. Also check with the local chamber of commerce, police department, and office of consumer affairs.

10.  Ask what information will be kept on file after the work is done and why. Make sure all keys are turned over to you and that household locks are not set to accept a master key.

Hope this will help you in finding the perfect locksmith that could lock and unlock your properties and valuables.

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ClassicShagMixBlueA carpet in your living room could surely improve the looks and the mood.  Have you ever experience falling asleep in the plush comfort of a Persian carpet? Or enjoy the intricate and artistic pattern of an oriental carpet?  There is no doubt that a well-chosen carpet is an asset to your home.   But buying a carpet requires a lot of patience and care.

Shopping for a carpet is seems like choosing a husband; it requires patience, care, and trust.  Your decision should not only be based upon the look and the feel, you should know it inside and out before deciding if it is really the one.   It is actually called an intelligent decision.

To make an intelligent decision when purchasing carpet, you need to know some carpet stuffs like fiber type, carpet pile, face weight of fibers, fiber density, twist and tuft bind, and durability rating.   Without knowing these features you are doomed to divorce your carpet sooner than you think.

Fibers Type

There are four primary fiber used in carpeting.  They are nylon, polyester, Olefin fiber and wool.  Among the four fibers nylon is probably the most widely used, it is tough and resilient.  Carpet made of nylon fiber is the best choice for a high-traffic room used every day.  Nylon is resistant to dust and soil.

Polyester is the softest fiber available in carpeting.  It is the best choice for a room used for entertaining guests and bedroom which are not heavily trafficked.  Polyester fiber accepts coloration very well, that is why polyester-made carpets are usually have vibrant colors and designs.

Olefin fibers are a very strong fiber. It is extremely stain resistant, as often the color dyes are actually heated and fused into the actual fiber.

Wool is most luxurious but the most expensive carpeting available.  It is a natural fiber that accepts color well, but it also stains easily.


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Locksmith at your service

Locksmith at your service

The locksmith was known as a person who made and worked with locks.  Locksmiths are the artisans who are skilled in the art of making and breaking locks.  Based on history, locksmith as profession is an offspring of blacksmith.   Blacksmiths were laborers who worked by hand with metal and steel, most often creating weapons and armors for soldiers and horses and horseshoes for their horses.

As the years progressed, the need for someone to shape simple metal locks and keys became inevitable. Higher crime rates were a major factor in the invention of locks – people needed a device to secure their homes and their personal belongings. Thus, the service of a locksmith evolved into a larger industry.

These modern days, locksmiths provide services like creating and breaking locks and keys for everything from your garage door to your safety deposit box.

What does a locksmith do?

Key cutting. Have you lost your keys? Or need a duplicate key for your existing one?  Your friendly neighborhood locksmiths will the key cutting for you.  They can create keys to replace your lost one or make a duplicate of it.

Fitting new locks. When it comes to home security, it is better to be safe than sorry. The locksmith will fit high quality locks that will protect your home and meet insurance requirements, and will also fit door bolts to give you extra locking points, hinge bolts to protect the hinge side of your door, and window bolts to give your windows extra strength, all of which mean that extra little bit of security.

Locksmiths also provide brand new locks and customized locks according to your specifications.

Lock Repairs. Locks, just like anything else can suffer damage from day-to-day wear and tear.  Locksmiths will repair lock mechanisms that have suffered wear and tear over time, and can even repair old locks that cannot be removed owing to heritage rules, renovating them and bringing them up to date whilst ensuring that they retain their essential character. Locksmiths can also repair locks that have been damaged in other ways. If you’ve experienced a burglary, locksmiths can often repair the damage, fixing the locks (or fitting new ones) and even providing un-repairable items such as split doors and damaged frames.

Emergency Services.
Have you ever experienced locking yourself out? This is a quite embarrassing experience but it happens to many of us (yeah, I have experienced it too…), and this situation calls a 911 locksmith.  Locksmiths can also provide an emergency service such as this.   A professional locksmith will be able to break the lock on your door without causing any damage to the door itself, and will then fit a replacement lock for you.

I’ll tell you, calling a locksmith in situation like this is much cheaper than breaking your door.  And it saves you in suffering more embarrassment and humiliation of having to climb back inside through a window.

Other services. Aside from the usual locks and keys on your doors and windows, locksmith also provides services like creating special locks for safes, padlocks, garage doors lock.  Locksmiths don’t just deal in locks, they can also provide advice on home security and insurance, and will install security measures such as alarm systems, bars and grilles, CCTV, and secure access systems for communal doors in multi-occupancy buildings.

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Feather Duster for cleaning knickknacks, photos frames, and other lightweight objects.

White Cotton Glove for cleaning chandeliers and between the slats of Venetian blinds.

Disposable Swiffer Clothes for cleaning dust magnets like computer, TV screens, all kinds of hard surfaces like tabletops
and floors, and even car dashboards.

Scrub Brush with a handle for miscellaneous cleaning tasks.

Microfiber Cloth for catching and holding dust.

Cotton Swabs to get into tiny crevices in plastic bath mats, silver, and other small, hard-to-reach spots.

Tile Grout Brushes with a single row of stiff bristles for scrubbing between ceramic tiles. You can also use toothbrush.

Lint-Free Dust Cloths made of 100% cotton for cleaning easily scratched items; other fabrics used as rags can create lint and are abrasive.

Lambswool Dusters or dust mops for wiping large surfaces, even walls, to pick up dust and cobwebs. The head can be removed and washed. Or saved yourself a few bucks and make your own dust mop by wrapping an old cotton rag around the end of a broomstick.

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