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Using Environmentally Friendly Fabric

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If you enjoy sewing clothes for yourself and others, and you wish to lend a hand at leaving a decreased carbon footprint in the process, you may want consider the usage of eco-friendly materials. There are several fabrics you can purchase that are woven without the use of harmful chemicals in the process. While most eco-friendly fabrics still require the use of water, energy, and land for production, they still eliminate the use of harmful pollutants. Here are some eco-friendly fabric choices you may wish to try with your next project. Organic Cotton Traditional cotton is susceptible to all types of pest invasions. Because of this, most cotton fields are laden with a high dosage of pesticides to help save the crops. When choosing organic cotton, you are helping the environment by selecting a material made without needing to add harsh chemicals to the soil to grow it. When selecting organic cotton, stay away from those with chemical dyes for the most natural fabric possible. Organic cotton is usually light brown, light green or cream-colored. If you would like to color your material, use a vegetable dye before or after stitching your articles. Peace Or Vegan Silk The luxurious, smooth fabric made from silk is not synthetically processed. It is derived from the silk worm and woven into a silky fabric many enjoy. Environmentalists use “peace” or “vegan” silk, which is the material made from silk worm casings. This fabric is considered completely eco-friendly as the silk worms are not harmed in any way. The casings are used after the worms turn into moths and vacate. Silk can be naturally dyed to give it a bit of coloring. Wool And Cashmere Organic alpaca and sheep wool is made from the animals’ fleece without the use of toxic chemical treatments. The end-product is a soft material that has natural flame resistance. Cashmere is processed by removing the bottom under-layers of hair from Kashmir goats. This material used to be only obtained through import from the Himalayan mountain region, but is now found worldwide.  When purchasing wool or cashmere, make sure the fabric is a pure form and not one blended with polyester or other chemically treated material. To have a truly environmentally friendly material, it should also be free of color additives. Pure wool and cashmere will last for a lifetime if cared for properly, making it a great material for those wishing to help the environment. Visit your local fabric store to find the right eco-friendly fabric for your next...

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3 Small Landscaping Upgrades That Can Make A Large Difference In Your Yard

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If your yard looks like it could use a bit of organization but you don’t want to put a lot of effort into your landscaping, there are a few options you can consider to make your space more inviting. Here are 3 small landscaping upgrades that can make a huge difference in your yard.  Curbing Curbing along your front lawn and around your large trees can help streamline your landscape and give your yard a modern appeal. Curbing is a simple upgrade that can be done in a few days by a landscaper or a curbing expert. If you don’t want to do traditional cement curbing, consider having your landscaper bring in decorative gravel rock to line your yard with instead to create a similar, organized appeal. Retaining wall A retaining wall is an excellent way to break up a large, open landscape without having to plant shrubbery or trees to fill the space in. A retaining wall can be made of classic brick or decorative pavers. The back end of a retaining wall is often filled in with dirt and then covered in grass to allow the structure to blend with the rest of your yard. If you’d like, you can adorn the front of a retaining wall with garden lights to illuminate your yard at night and make your landscape more inviting. You can make your retaining wall more noticeable by planing colorful blooms above the wall’s structure, such as rose bushes, snap dragons, or even daisies for added effect. A retaining wall with blooming flowers can make your large yard appear more welcoming and less plain. Climbing vines Cheeky climbing vines, including morning glory, Virginia creeper, and even grape vines, can be beautiful accessories to your fence line. Climbing vines are not only aesthetically pleasing in your yard and offer whimsical appeal, they also provide privacy through chain link and help make your property line more distinct. Consider placing climbing vines along your front fence so they can be seen as part of your home’s curb appeal. If you want your yard to look more inviting and long to make a change, you don’t need to make huge upgrades in order to make the area more modern. If you add curbing, climbing vines along your fences, or even a retaining wall, you can make your yard appear more organized, colorful, and welcoming. These small changes are a great way to give you the landscape you’ve always wanted without a lot of...

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Cleaning Tips For Wood Blinds

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Wooden blinds add a touch of elegance to any room, whether you opt for Venetian style slats or louver style shutters. The key to maintaining their timeless look is keeping them clean. Dust and fingerprints can make them look grimy and dated over time. The following tips can help you keep them in good shape. Tip #1: Skip the Water While a damp cloth is a quick way to collect dust off of plastic or aluminum blinds, water can cause wooden blinds to warp or develop spots. They are even more prone to water damage if the wood is a veneer, since this can weaken the glue and cause the veneer on the slats to peel. Instead, use a wood cleaner, such as an oil soap, to wipe down your blinds. This will remove the dust without any fear of damage, and oil-based wood cleaners also condition the slats so they keep their healthy sheen. Tip #2: Consider the White Glove Treatment Plain cotton gloves (white or otherwise) are the perfect items for cleaning blind slats. Simply put on a pair, apply the cleaner to the fingers, and then wipe down the under and upper side of each slat. You can even do two at a time if you slide one slat between your pinky and ring finger, and a second slat between your middle and index finger. Unlike similar tools made to clean blinds, you have more control over your fingers so you can even get into the tricky areas where the cords are attached. Tip #3: Go With Microfiber Not every wooden blind cleaning needs to be a deep cleaning with gloves and oil soap. Between the more in-depth dusting, do a light weekly or twice-weekly dusting with a microfiber cloth. Fully close the blinds in the downward position and rub the cloth over the slats, then flip to the upward position and repeat the process. This only takes a few minutes, but it prevents heavy dust buildup. Tip #4: Put on the Polish If your wood blinds are looking dull, try applying a coat of polish. Wear a clean pair of gloves and apply it using the same technique as for cleaning the blinds. For blinds that have become faded or discolored, you can try a rub-in stain. This can be time consuming since you have to do each slat individually. You simply rub in the stain with a clean cloth and then use a second cloth to rub off any excess. The result is new looking blinds. You can even change to a darker color, if desired. If re-staining seems like too much work, contact a local window blinds company to look at new window covering...

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3 Tips to Keep Your Home’s Hot Water Tank in Good Condition

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Hot water is something that many families might not think much about until it’s gone. Your home’s hot water tank or heater is a necessity that allows you to do everything from wake up with a warm shower to keep your dishes clean. If you want to increase your hot water tank’s longevity, you will want to perform regular maintenance on it. Here are a few maintenance tips for hot water tanks that will hopefully keep your unit running efficiently for a long time to come. Periodically Test the T & P Valve The T & P valve on your hot water tank stands for temperature and pressure relief valve. This valve is critical to the ongoing operation and safety of your water tank. This will function on its own during normal use, but you can conduct your own test to make sure everything is going as it should. The T &P valve is the only pipe sticking out of your water tank with a small lever on it. Pull up on the lever part way and then let go. The valve should snap back into place, but you will be able to hear some water gurgling as it moves into the drainage tube. If this gurgling sound starts to sound more faint, it could mean you have a drainage problem developing.  Flush the Water through the Bottom Valve Ideally, you want to give your tank a full flush in order to remove sediment buildup. But a full flush will also require turning off the water heater, which may not be ideal. Instead, you can do a mini flush and remove the water at the bottom of the tank. Look for the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. It usually has a handle or a spot where a screwdriver can be inserted. Place a large bucket under the valve and pull the handle or turn the valve with a screwdriver. The valve will release a few gallons of water into the bucket and will hopefully remove a good portion of the sediment that was building up towards the bottom of the tank. Don’t forget to turn the valve off firmly once the bucket is close to full. Get Professional Help While a mini flush can help, it is best to get your hot water tank professionally serviced at least once a year. This will involve turning the heater off completely and thoroughly removing and replenishing all water in the tank. This will allow you or the professional you hire an opportunity to fully scrub and clean all sediment inside the tank and is much more effective at giving you a clean start than simply flushing through the valve. A hot water tank specialist can also check other working parts of the tank, such as the pressure valves or the pilot light, to make sure everything will stay in good working order until your next maintenance appointment. If you want to keep your hot water tank in good shape, you should periodically check the temperature and pressure relief valve and also do a mini flush through the tank’s lower valve. But for best results, contact a local HVAC or hot water tank specialist for a full cleaning and maintenance...

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Clean A Water Well’s Submersible Pump

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If there isn’t a steady flow of water coming out of the faucets in your home, your well’s submersible water pump may require cleaning. If foreign materials block portions of the pump, water can not flow through it properly. Learn how to remove and clean this vital part with the following steps. Once debris has been eliminated, you will have access to water in your home whenever it is needed. Materials flashlight socket wrench socket set vinegar water hose bucket wire brush tube brush mild detergent sponge Remove The Water Pump And Soak It Turn off the electrical supply to the water pump so that you aren’t accidentally shocked while completing the cleaning steps. Remove the well’s cover and look down into the tank to locate the water pump. It should be next to one of the interior walls. Use a flashlight if you are having trouble spotting it. Use a socket wrench to loosen and remove the hardware that is holding the pump in place. Pull the pump out of the well. Flip the pump over and slide the filter screen from the bottom of it. Place the pump and filter in a bucket of water. Add a cup or two of vinegar to the water to help loosen debris from the pump and filter. Wait several minutes for the parts to soak. Eliminate Debris Pull the pump and filter out of the water. Set the filter aside as you clean the pump. Use a wire brush to remove dirt and debris from the pump’s exterior. A tube brush can be used to clean small crevices if the wire brush does not successfully eliminate buildup from the pump. Wipe the pump’s surface off with a soapy sponge when finished. Rinse the pump and the filter off with a water hose. Reattach the filter. Reattach The Pump Line up the pump inside the well and reattach the hardware with a socket wrench. Turn the power supply back on. Check the faucets in your home to make sure that a steady stream of water is coming out of each of them. Minimize cleaning steps in the future by setting up a time to have the inside of the well cleaned each year by a professional company like Stettler Supply Co. Make sure that the well is always covered to minimize the chance of grass clippings, leaves, or dirt from getting inside of the tank. These steps will keep the water pump clean and will prevent it from becoming...

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The Beginner Survivalist’s Guide To Storing Food And Water In Public Storage

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Survival planning is becoming even more talked about and incorporated into life by individuals across the country than it has ever been before. Even if you feel like you should get in on the survival planning and storage action, you may not have a lot of space to work with at home. If this is your situation, you should know that not all survivalists store their cache of supplies at home, especially when it comes to excess food and water. Taking advantage of public storage units is a good way to make sure you have access to the food and water you and your family would need to get by in the event if a disaster.   What types of food can be stored in a public storage facility? Every storage facility will have its own set of guidelines when it comes to storing food and water in their units. Some companies have mini units available that are designated solely for food and water storage, and these units are typically climate controlled. However, some companies will not allow any food products to be stored on the premises, regardless of its form or what unit you choose. Therefore, it is always best to ask about restrictions before choosing a specific location.  Is there a preferred way that you should store a water supply? There has been a lot of discussion about storing water in plastic containers in the recent years, because it has been suggested that some plastics release high levels of cancer-causing agents when exposed to extreme temperatures. Therefore, it is a good idea to store your water in either BPA-free plastic containers or glass if you have it available.  Is it necessary to have a storage unit with climate control? It is not absolutely necessary that you rent a storage unit with climate control to store your cache of food and water, but this definitely can be a good idea. Even though dehydrated, shelf-stable foods can last for years, humidity and drastic temperature changes can compromise shelf stability in the long term. Plus, if you do have water stored in glass or plastic containers, freezing can create the potential for the containers to bust as ice expands. Canned goods are even best kept at a temperature between 50 and 75 degrees. Therefore, climate control can be a good idea for food and water storage and is readily available in both mini storage units and those of average size. .  Keeping a ready cache of supplies on hand, especially food and water, can be one of the most intelligent things you do as a survivalist. If you would like to get started building your own cache of food and water in a storage unit, talk to a facility manager with any additional questions you have.  Visit a website like http://www.magnumselfstorage.com to learn...

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Four Ways To Chill Out Until Your Air Conditioner Gets Fixed

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The summer heat might be starting to cool off, but this weather change is no comfort to you if your home’s air conditioning is broken. The best solution for avoiding your home being hot and sticky is to contact an air conditioning repair company. Having a licensed and experienced technician visit your home to diagnose your problem and fix it will have you enjoying the cool once again. In the meantime, you’ll have to make a few simple adjustments to how you live your life to help you beat the heat. Here are four worthwhile changes to adopt. Eat Light Meals While you might inherently be tempted to avoid hot, spicy meals when you’re trying to stay cool, it’s also important to skip foods that are heavy. Heavy foods such as complex carbohydrates make your body work harder to break down, which can elevate your body temperature slightly. Avoid complex carbs such as whole grains, rice, pasta and potatoes. Instead, light salads and fresh fruit provide your body with vital nutrients and hydration and are easy to digest. Limit Your Use Of Lights Incandescent light bulbs generate a significant amount of heat and can raise a room’s temperature over the course of several hours. Wherever possible, avoid turning on more lights than you have to or switch your incandescent bulbs for LED bulbs, which don’t generate the same amount of heat. If you have a multi-light fixture such as a stretch of track lighting, even removing one or two bulbs from the fixture can provide light without excessive heat. Turn Your Fan Into An A/C Unit A standard fan provides some relief from the heat, but you can boost this item’s appeal with a simple change. Soak a towel in ice-cold water or fill a shallow pan with ice cubes and cold water and place either item in front of the fan. As the fan pushes the air through the towel or over the shallow pan, the air will cool and provide more refreshment when it hits your body. You’ll have to re-soak the towel and refill the pan over time, as they’ll eventually come up to room temperature. Find The Coolest Room Basements and insulated garages are typically cooler than the rest of your home. Don’t be afraid to change up your habits by sleeping on the pull-out couch in your basement or spending time hanging out in the garage. Rooms with tile floors are also ideal to seek out, given that the floor is several degrees cooler than the...

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The Professional Garage Door Maintenance Visit | A Homeowner’s Guide

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If you want to get the longest life from your garage door, it is no big secret that regular maintenance from a professional technician is the way to go. You can tackle some of the do-it-yourself maintenance tips on your own, but a professional with expertise in the field will be much more likely to catch problems before they start. If you have made an appointment with a professional, you may have a few questions about what to expect. Here are a few of those most common questions homeowners tend to have about the professional garage door maintenance visit.  How much will you be charged for a maintenance visit for your garage door? There are several factors that can influence the final bill of the visit from a technician, including the time of year you make an appointment and whether any repairs have to be made to your door during the visit. However, generally speaking, you should expect the technician to charge you between $80 and $100 for an inspection, which is a low price to pay to extend the life of your garage door.  What will the maintenance visit include? When the professional comes to your home, they will have a checklist of components and aspects of the garage door that they will check for wear and damage. The torsion springs, door guides, and even the opener are a few examples of things that will be inspected. The technician will then do somewhat of a maintenance tune-up on the door by tightening cables that may have loosened, tightening loose hardware, and lubricating moving parts. If you have your door checked prior to the winter, the technician may thoroughly clean the door guides and check out the rubber seals to make sure they are not damaged as well.  How often should you have your garage door serviced? There is no set time frame when you should have an inspector come out to do a maintenance check, but it is always a good idea to try and get someone to your home about once a year. The time of year you make an appointment is up to you; however, a lot of homeowners like to have a service check before the weather gets cold.  The bottom line is, keeping your garage door maintained properly can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you would like to know more about what to expect during a garage door maintenance visit, talk to a garage door repair company like Overhead Door Co. of Everett...

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4 Steps To Get The Most From Your Patio Or Deck

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After a long winter, the thought of getting outside and enjoying some warm weather and bright sunshine is exciting indeed. You can’t wait to get out the lounge chairs and patio tables and start entertaining. Of course, that winter season may have been as hard on your patio as it was on you. Here are a few tips for getting your patio or deck in tip-top shape and ready for whatever plans come your way. Step 1: Cleaning Before you even get out the chaise, give your patio or decking a good cleaning. A power washer is great for this, but may not be necessary. Get a nice stiff bristled push broom, some soapy water and a hose, and you’re good to go. Give it a good scrubbing, rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before doing any work on it or putting out your furniture. Step 2: Maintenance After it’s all cleaned up, it’s time to make sure it’s safe and ready to use. If you have a wood deck, inspect each floorboard and railing for loose nails or rot. These can lead to accidents and injuries. Repair or replace anything that won’t stand up to your expected use. Rough wood is another consideration as this can be painful to walk on in bare feet and even cause splinters. One way to correct this is with textured paint that can cover these flaws and give you a smooth finish. They’re also a great way to add some color to your outdoor space. For brick or concrete, look for cracks or settling and uneven pavement that could be a tripping hazard. A little patchwork and leveling now will save you time and money later if the problem gets worse. Step 3: Check Out The Accessories Once your foundation is ready to go, take some time to inspect your patio furniture and other accessories. Worn cushions can be uncomfortable and wobbly legs and feet can be dangerous. If you have a patio cover, inspect it for worn spots or tears. These could interfere with the mechanics that open and close it safely. If it’s motorized, make sure the mechanism is clean and working properly with no worn wires or missing pieces. Lubricating all the moving parts according to the manufacturer’s directions will help you operate it easily and smoothly all summer long. If you find your patio cover has been damaged during the winter months, contact a professional business, like Allied Awning, to replace it with a more durable, permanent cover. Step 4: Enjoy! Once you’ve gotten the cleaning and maintenance out of the way and your patio furniture placed just where you want it, it’s time to kick back, put your feet up, grab an ice cold drink and enjoy the fruits of your...

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Really Useful Tips For Buying New Living Room Furniture

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Your living room should be a space that welcomes people in and says, “Hey, come sit down and relax.” However, if your living room furniture is old, outdated, and disheveled, sitting down and relaxing may be the last thing that you—or anyone else—wants to do. Instead of avoiding your living room like the plague, maybe it’s time you think about getting some new furniture. It may surprise you how much new furniture can completely transform a space. If it’s been a long time since you have shopped for new living room furniture, here are some tips that can help you find furnishings that you and your loved ones will adore. Ask for Input Ask the members of your family and anyone who spends a lot of time in your home for their input. What type of furniture do they think would look good in the space? What type of couches would they find the most comfortable? What furnishings will improve the function of the space? The input of your family and close friends can help you choose items that everyone will enjoy. Measure Take measurements of your living room. Knowing the dimensions of the floor plan as well as the windows, the walls, shelving units, pictures that hang on your walls (and will remain), and the fireplace (if you have one) will be extremely useful when selecting the shape and size of your new furniture. Snap Photos If there are items that you are going to keep in the room, snap pictures of them and take them with you when you go shopping. Taking pictures of the spaces where you plan on placing the furniture is also a good idea. Doing so will help you choose items that will coordinate with the furniture that will remain in the space and will help you remember exactly where doorways, windows and any other items are located and will impact the size of the furniture that will work in your living room. Ask for Help Ask family members and those who shared their input to go shopping with you. Not only will having company make the shopping experience more fun, but taking the people who have a vested interest in the project with you while you shop can make the trip more successful. Test It Of course, you’re going to sit on couches and chairs that you are interested in, but you should do more than just sit. Really give the furniture a try. Lay on it. Lounge for a while. Giving it a good trial run will give you an idea of how the furniture will actually work in your living room. With these tips, you can find new living room furniture that you and anyone else who uses your living room will love. Consider searching the term “top furniture stores yorba linda ca” in your Internet browser to start your search for the perfect...

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