HOME IMPROVEMENT CHECKLIST

When doing a home improvement project, there are things to consider first before having to spend some money or have something in your house be replaced. First, identify what you want to change in your home’s current design. For example, living room setup, kitchen equipment, bathroom shower, and many more. Next, after you identify the areas you want to improve, you would want to list down what are the things you want to change or upgrade in that area. Another example is if you want to change the design of your sofa.

There are two categories that need to be considered which are functional and aesthetic. But for home improvements, both of these factors are needed. Here are some checklists for Home Improvement projects.

1. REPLACE BROKEN UTILITY

Functionality of the house is very important. It should be the top priority of every home. Every homeowner should have maintenance to their plumbing system, electrical wiring, water supply, etc. The aesthetic of your house is also important. There are several ways to add aesthetics to your utility tools such as having more modern showers, modern faucets, and even light switch plates that can now be decorated. Although the light switch cover doesn’t get much attention, it is actually great to have designs even in the smallest details.

 2. REARRANGGING FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES

To have more creativity and uniqueness in your home, consider having rearrangements in your home. To avoid having a boring and somehow repetitive layout in your house, try changing the things in your house from time to time to add a new perspective.

3. PAINTS

Paint jobs are also one of the factors to add to the checklist for home improvements. If there are signs of paint chips, faded colors, cracked, peeling, or when you no longer like the color of your paint. Consider having your house repainted so your walls will be protected. Having a new paint job can also have your house look elegant instantly. When choosing the right color of paint, choose the color that you really like to match your personality.

4. NEW MATTRESS

If you are no longer comfortable in your bedroom, consider buying a new mattress. When choosing  a mattress, it should be made from a high-end material that gives comfort and coziness. Choose a mattress that gives both durability and comfort at the same time. Since you will be using your new mattress for a really long time.

5. NEW TOOLS

Tools can also have an expiration date, if you are using a microwave for a really long time, it might not work perfectly as it was before. Buying out new tools for your home can also avoid you from getting infections and bacteria. For example, if you still use the same kitchenware for years, some of its properties might peel off and be included in your food. So it’s best to change it from time to time. Another examples are knives, when it becomes dull, it is time to change it. Appliances are also included in this list since it becomes a tool that you use every day. Having functional home results in an elegant home.

6. EXTERIORS

Exterior walls also need to repaint, pathway and walkways also need cleaning maintenance from to time, and windows needs to be treated. The roof also needs to be checked from time to time, especially if there is bad weather. It’s better to spend some money on repairs rather than getting wet from leakage when it’s raining.

 

In conclusion, for every household, there will be a different checklist for home improvement. The lists that were mentioned earlier are just an example. Home improvements vary for each individual. So to have the right checklist, always identify the things that you wanted to improve first from your house and create a list on what you want to do after figuring out what are the areas in your home that needs improvements.

HOW TO SELF-INSTALL YOUR NEW INTERNET SERVICE

Have you ever wondered how to self-install your new internet service? You can usually achieve this by following the instructions given to you by your service provider. 

It’s often a simple process that involves plugging in the modem and router to a central location of the home and signing onto the network using a default password before updating it to a password of your choosing.

While it might seem overwhelming to take on such a technical task, we’ve done it before and have helped many others complete their own internet self-installation, so you can do it, too.

Below, we share how to self-install your new internet service with step-by-step instructions. While details may vary depending on your service provider, these instructions should help you get up and running.

MAKE SURE YOU’RE ELIGIBLE

Before you begin the process of self-installing your new internet service, it’s crucial to check that you’re eligible to do so. Your eligibility is typically indicated by whether or not you were given (or offered) a self-installation kit when you signed up for the service.

If you don’t have a self-installation kit, that usually means you’re not eligible to self-install and will need to wait for a technician to do it for you. Waiting for a technician can take days or even weeks. If you’re eager to get online, self-installing is your fastest option.

Some addresses may not be eligible for self-installation if there has never been internet provided at that address by the provider before. You can find out if you’re eligible by entering your street address as you order your internet online. Another option is utilizing chat or their customer service phone number to check.

Other providers may not offer a self-installation option. Some popular providers that do offer this option include:

  • At&T
  • Century Link
  • Google Fiber
  • Cox Communications
  • Spectrum
  • Verizon
  • Xfinity

If you’re eligible for self-installation but still prefer to have someone do it for you, that’s possible, too. However, you’ll need to wait longer for an available technician.

Also, if you have a provider like Verizon, your self-installation might be a bit harder. Here is an extra resource on this

ORDER A SELF-INSTALLATION KIT

If you’re eligible to self-install your new internet service, you should have received (or been offered) a self-installation kit. Your kit will include everything you need to get online, including the:

  • Modem
  • Router
  • Coaxial cables
  • Ethernet cables
  • Printed instructions or a link to access online instructions

If you didn’t receive a self-installation kit, don’t worry. You can try ordering one from your internet service provider’s website or customer service line. They may even send one to you overnight so you can get started as soon as possible.

You may need to return your old equipment before they ship you a new self-installation kit if you’re upgrading your internet speed and need a new modem that’s compatible with the higher speeds.

FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS AS PROVIDED

Once you have your self-installation kit, it’s time to get started. The first thing you’ll want to do is read through the instructions provided. Either read the printed material that came with your kit or follow the link to online instructions.

It’s crucial to follow the instructions since they are specific to your service and equipment. Don’t try to shortcut the process, as it could result in problems later.

If you have questions about the instructions, don’t hesitate to contact your internet service provider’s customer service department for help.

FIND A CENTRAL LOCATION TO INSTALL

One of the first things you’ll need to do is find a central location to install your modem and router. A good location should be somewhere near an outlet and close to where your main computer or TV is located. 

You don’t want to place it on either end of the house, as the WiFi signal may not reach the other side. Try to find a place that’s in the middle of your home so it can reach every room. It’s also important that the location has enough ventilation to help keep your equipment cool.

If you’re not sure where the best place to install your modem and router is, take a walk around your home and look for potential locations. Once you’ve begun the installation process, you can try doing a test WiFi connection from that location to double-check the strength of your signal from various spots in the house.

INSTALL THE MODEM

Once you’ve found the best location for installation, it’s time to set up your modem. Start by plugging the power cord into an outlet and then connecting it to the back of the modem.

To do this, take the modem out of the box and use the cord to plug it into the wall. You may be plugging it into a:

  • Phone jack
  • Coaxial jack
  • Optical or Ethernet jack

The specifics will vary for different providers, so refer to your specific provider’s instructions.

CONNECT MODEM AND ROUTER

Now, plug your modem into your router to connect the two using an Ethernet cable.

PLUGIN ROUTER

Plug your router in so that both devices are plugged into the wall and connected to each other.

WAIT FOR A LIGHT INDICATOR

After about 30 seconds to 1 minute, check the light status on your modem and router. They should be blinking or solid, depending on your provider’s instructions.

LOCATE NETWORK DEFAULT PASSWORD

Check the back of the router or the box it came in for a network default password. You’ll use it to sign on to your WiFi for the first time.

CONNECT TO WIFI FROM YOUR DEVICES

Using your default password, connect to your WiFi network. Once you’re connected, you should be able to follow the instructions given to you by your provider to change the password to something you’d prefer.

WRAPPING UP

By following these simple instructions, you should know how to self-install your new internet service without any problems. 

If you have any trouble along the way or run into issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to your provider’s customer service department for help. They’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Guest Contributor: Andreas Grant

AWESOME HOME IMPROVEMENT IDEAS FOR DOG OWNERS

Our dogs are our family members, and every family member deserves to feel comfortable, safe and welcome in their own house. So if you’re planning to conduct some home improvements in the future, don’t forget to surprise your pup with some improvements for their own comfort. If you need dog-friendly renovation ideas, you’ll find plenty here:

INSTALL DOG-FRIENDLY FLOORING

Let’s start your renovation from the bottom up by installing new flooring. If you have an indoor pup, choose the flooring that’s easy to clean and resistant to slips. For dogs, concrete, tile and hardwood floors are the best choices that can’t be damaged by your dog’s claws and accidents. And consider installing heating under the floor—this will feel so good on your senior dog’s joints and bones.

BUILT-IN DOGGY DOORS

Suppose you don’t like the open space concept, then you know how annoying it can be to constantly go around the house, opening the doors for your pup. Well, you can make your life much easier with built-in doggy doors. There are costly but super-practical sliding doggy doors that are built into the walls, but those that install on your regular doors are a great option too.

BUILD A MUD ROOM

If you regularly walk your dog or let them into your yard (as you should), you know how much dirt your furry friends can drag inside. This can be solved with a practical mud room. This small room is usually built near the entrance of the house and can be used to leave dirty clothing and shoes, as well as wipe your dog’s paws and store their personal items. If you have space to work with, you can also install a small dog shower in your mud room and have a practical grooming station in a safe and easy-to-clean place.

BUILD A DOGGY SANCTUARY

Dogs usually love to be surrounded by people, but sometimes even they need some peace and quiet. When there’s a lot of noise and chaos in your home, or when you have visitors over, your dog will love to retreat to their sanctuary and avoid over-stimulation. You can easily designate a corner under the stairs or in your catch-all closet to make a cozy dog nook. Make this place soundproof, and boost the comfort with a cozy dog bed for sweet dreams and relaxation. The best bed options are doggy cots which are lightweight, easy to move and wash. Providing your dog with a safe space will create a calm and secure dog without stress and anxiety.

CREATE A DESIGNATED DOG FEEDING AREA

If you want to additionally boost comfort for both you and your dog, then build a designated feeding area. This doggy dining room will ensure they get all the privacy they need while eating without taking away any space in their kitchen or living room. A practical solution for a feeding station is a pull-out drawer with bowls for feeding. Next to it, you can build a cabinet with kibble bins for easy access. Since these cabinets and drawers close after use, they prevent the spreading of any dog food odors and allow you to avoid spillage.

STYLISH GATES

We usually allow our dog access to all the parts of the house, but sometimes, we just need to limit their access to certain rooms, either for their safety or for the safety of other people. What most people resort to are baby gates, but these can be very ugly and short. A better solution is a sliding half-door with a metal railing resistant to scratching and biting. These are easy to build between the kitchen peninsula and the wall, on top of the staircase or between rooms.

INCLUDE EASY ACCESS FOR SENIOR DOGS

Some dogs are very susceptible to joint and spine issues, especially in their senior years. To make your pup easier to navigate their home, you can consider building ramps to your entrance, couch or first floor. This can often be a very cheap improvement that will mean a lot to your pup.

SURPRISE YOUR DOG WITH A VIEW

Don’t worry, you’re not a bad dog parent if you sometimes leave your dog alone at home—this is a sad necessity for many of us. However, you can also expect your dog to get bored while you’re not there. One thing that can give them something to do is look outside the window. Build a practical window seating for your pup so they can get a nice view outside, keep an eye on the intruders and watch squirrels play around outside—it’s like a blockbuster for dogs!

Like any family member, your dog deserves to have their needs met at home. With these practical home improvement ideas, you’ll not only make your dog’s life better, but also make your house easier to clean, maintain and keep beautiful and stylish. You’ll get to spend less time stressing over your house and more time cuddling with your dog!

Guest Contributor: Diana Smith

BED BUG DIY MISTAKES YOU SHOULD NEVER DO AT HOME

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Bed bugs have always been a looming problem in both residential and industrial areas. While both business owners and homeowners have been shown bed bug removal methods they can do by themselves, doing the wrong thing could lead to mishaps.

DIY isn’t entirely wrong, but it should be well-informed and done right so as to avoid hazardous issues. But just to be on the safe side and avoid further mishaps, the best option for treating bed bugs is to contact a professional that can do bed bug heat treatments in Sacramento, CA.

Here is a rundown of some bed bug DIY mistakes that should never be done at home.

USING THE WRONG PESTICIDES

Of course, pesticides are highly toxic and hazardous. Even the ones that are registered by the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) have been linked to multiple health problems such as acute poisoning, certain types of cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, neurotoxicity, organ damage, and more. The use of these pesticides are more dangerous than their benefits.

That’s why it’s important to check with a professional exterminator. After assessing the infestation, they will come up with a proper treatment plan to deal with the bed bugs in your area. They also have the right tools and equipment to carry out these treatments.

NOT BUYING A VAPOR STEAM CLEANER

Nowadays in the cleaning industry, steam cleaners are one of the fastest growing technologies. We’d even go as far as saying that these are a heaven-sent item for anyone that’s wary about bedbugs. Vapor steam cleaners look similar to a vacuum, but they are much more powerful. Steam cleaners use water and electricity to clean, disinfect, and deodorize any surface. These are safe for use in homes since they don’t need any kind of chemicals. 

Vapor steam cleaners are great for maintaining a bed bug-free environment because they generate  a tremendous amount of heat, eliminating pests from clothes, furniture, and beddings. The steam vapor can also reach nooks and crannies, just where bed bugs like to hide most. If you’re trying to steer clear of bed bugs, vapor steam cleaners are worth an investment.

NOT USING A BED BUG MONITOR

Bed bug monitors/interceptors have been one of the most useful devices ever invented for bed bug monitoring and management. These devices are usually shaped like a plastic dish with an outer shallow part designed to catch and contain bed bugs. They function on the assumption that bed bugs do not have the ability to climb slippery, vertical surfaces. So with these things, you can breathe easy for a bit knowing bed bugs won’t reach your pillows.

Other uses for a bed bug monitor and interceptor include the following:

●      Keeps bed occupants from bed bugs

●      Sees and counts bed bugs present

●      Assess the effectiveness of certain bed bug treatments

●      Serves as an early detection system for bed bugs in hotels, apartments, houses

●      Used as part of a DIY bed bug management practice

NOT PREPPING THE ROOMS PRIOR TO TREATMENT

Most, if not all, pest control companies will require homeowners to do significant preparations prior to the start of a treatment. These requirements may differ based on the type of treatment as well as the type of residence. Unfortunately, some clients don’t think this is necessary, leading to a myriad of problems that pest control companies are all too familiar with.

The actions they require Below is a sample checklist for clients to complete before their bed bug service begins.

Below is a list of the preparations homeowners should take note of before having exterminators begin their treatment:

●      Lift mattresses and box springs out of the bed frame

●      Empty all closets, dressers, drawers

●      Wash and dry all clothing within the room on high heat

●      Bag all personal items that cannot be laundered

●      Empty all luggage and travel bags into untied bags

●      Remove all sofa, chair, and other upholstered furniture cushions and accessories

●      Remove all sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and other bed coverings from the mattress and box spring and dry for at least 50 minutes on high heat

●      Thoroughly vacuum your mattress, box spring, inside of dresser drawers, all carpeting throughout your entire home, floors, area rugs, sofas, futons, recliners, upholstered furniture, and physical bugs you may see

●      Remove and dry all curtains and window dressings on high heat

●      Inspect items that cannot be washed such as books, electronics, picture frames, and plastic toys

●      Place them into plastic bags only if you do not find bed bugs on these items

●      Reduce clutter under your bed and around the room

●      Encase your mattress using specialized mattress encasements

Unless homeowners do these themselves, technicians will leave the room just as it is. This results in a lot of mishandling in materials that could spread bed bugs throughout your home, or even destroy your beddings and belongings. Neglecting proper preparation could prolong the whole treatment process.

BED BUGS ARE TOUGH, BUT YOU HAVE TO BE EVEN TOUGHER

Dealing with bed bugs takes so much time and energy, but that’s why there are pest control companies that can help. These companies have exterminators that are properly trained and equipped with the right tools for carrying out bed bug heat treatments in Sacramento, CA. DIY methods may be cheaper, but these may not be as effective and some mistakes can even cost you more money instead.

BEST PLUMBING TIPS FROM EXPERTS: 2022 LIST

You can never know too much about plumbing: how it is still changing with new and innovative ideas. Understanding the basics of your plumbing systems is often a must if you do not want to deal with the hassle of leaky pipes in your building. If you’re new to plumbing work, read this plumbing checklist to help you understand it better and how it works.     

    

Plumbing Tips    

These are some of the essential plumbing tips in 2022 that will help you care for your plumbing system. If you want to ensure that your plumbing systems continue to function correctly, consider these tips:    

   

Tip 1: Inspection is A Must  

It will help if you do assessments routinely. Your plumbing system is an integral part of your building, and problems with it can cause problems in some other parts of your structure. Your plumbing system controls water flow, wastewater, drains, and more.     

Inspection can help you find possible problems in your system and fix them right away. Without this, you may encounter minor issues that can turn into something serious, which causes more problems and additional costs. It would be best if you also considered hiring a professional to inspect your plumbing systems as an amateur or someone with little to no experience will be unable to spot not-so-obvious signs of deterioration or damage.  

    

Tip 2: Cleaning and Maintenance      

Maintaining and cleaning your plumbing systems are just as crucial as inspection. Professionals inspect to see if repairs are needed or if you have significant problems with your unit. Consider installing access doors for easier access to your plumbing systems while keeping them safe and protected. Consider hiring professionals to clean and maintain your plumbing systems, as they would know what to do and how to do it properly.       

By ensuring your pipes are getting their routine cleaning and maintenance done, you are prolonging their lives and durability, saving them from damage and deterioration. It would also be best not to attempt to clean your pipes alone, as you will need more than just a brush and some cleaning chemicals.  

    

Tip 3: Know the Important Parts    

You should always know the essential parts of your plumbing systems, especially the shut-off valves. You can shut it off by twisting these valves to save yourself from water damage or flooding in your building. Every central plumbing fixture in your building will come with a shut-off valve for emergencies.  

    

Tip 4: Always Trust the Professionals    

Another tip you should not take lightly is to trust professionals over your intuition or some random DIY YouTube video. Don’t take any chances, especially regarding something as important as your plumbing systems. One amateur mistake can lead you to more significant problems and costly repairs. If you are unsure about the problem with your plumbing systems, call a plumber and deal with that issue immediately.   

    

Tip 5: It is Always Worth the Cost    

While some people might think they can do the plumbing work themselves, it does not usually end on a good note. Without proper experience and tools, you cannot expect to get an easy fix by following a guide online. Plumbing problems may cause various issues, especially if you run a commercial business like a restaurant or a hotel. Remember that paying for plumbing work will always be worth the cost.     

    

If there is any doubt, always call a professional. To prevent plumbing issues early after construction, hire a plumbing expert to provide you with the design of your plumbing system, not someone who understands just the basics of how plumbing works.   

Guest Contributor: Chris Jackson

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A LICENSED PLUMBER?

Hygiene is one of the critical factors in maintaining large cities. The cleanliness we enjoy today is all thanks to the accessibility of clean, running water. Without this convenience, cleaning our homes and workspaces becomes difficult. The humble plumber is a wonderful person you can thank for clean running water.  

Giving people confidence in your abilities is essential to such an important task delegated to plumbers. Nothing sparks confidence in your clients like your shiny new plumbers’ license.    

If you’re looking into becoming a licensed plumber, this article is just for you!  

  

Check In with Your Authority Having Jurisdiction 

Different states have different prerequisites for becoming a licensed plumber, and some states don’t need a license altogether. To figure out what you’ll need to become a licensed plumber, you must refer to your state’s AHJ.  

AHJs for plumbing have information regarding local safety standards. As such, they are one of the most reliable sources of information for becoming a licensed plumber.  

  

Apprentice Plumber  

Like all jobs, you’ll need to accumulate the experience necessary to become a plumber. Depending on the state that you’re in, you may need to apply for an apprenticeship license or register as an apprentice. You’d need basic requirements to become an apprentice. These include being 18 years old and obtaining your high school diploma or GED.  

As an apprentice, you’ll typically work with Journeyman or Master Plumbers, learning skills directly from them through on-the-job training and coursework. Apprenticeships last between two to six years, so take your time to learn from the best plumbers to become one yourself.  

  

Journeyman Plumber 

After working with other plumbers for a while, you’d be looking to start doing jobs on your own. The process begins with becoming a journeyman. To become a journeyman, you’ll need to pass the licensure exam in your state. If your state does not have one, your city or municipality may instead have one, so it’s essential to check the requirements in your area.   

Understanding the questions you’ll encounter in the exam is vital. Thankfully, the internet makes it easy to look for the recommended study material in your area. The licensing board responsible in your area may have their recommended study guides, which will go a long way in achieving success with your exam.  

You can choose which industries you want to work in as a journeyman plumber. For example, during your apprenticeship, you may prefer working on big commercial construction projects or doing minor residential service work. With this journeyman license, you have the liberty to choose your path.  

  

Master Plumber  

The highest level in plumbing and what most plumbers work to achieve in their careers is becoming a Master Plumber. While becoming a master plumber, you’ll need around two to four years of additional experience and work in the plumbing trade on top of your experience as a journeyman. Depending on your location, you may also need to complete a training course.  

As a master plumber, you open yourself up to a variety of opportunities, such as being able to work towards a high managerial position, maybe you prefer doing planning work through 3D CAD software, or perhaps you’d like to open your own company. You also get the most prominent influence in choosing the components that go into any job, so it’s essential to take your time doing research, like deciding if you need Plumbing Access Panels or not.  

  

Conclusion  

Any job can be worth working in as long as you want it to be, and that’s certainly no exception than becoming a plumber. The best thing is the freedom you get with this career. If you enjoy going out on your work truck doing the jobs yourself or prefer managerial and planning roles, you open your career up to take the path you want by becoming the best plumber.  

Guest Contributor: Chris Jackson

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE MOST COMMON PLUMBING EMERGENCIES

Plumbing problems are inevitable. Sooner or later, something will age out, rust, or burst. When that happens, you need to know what to do and how much you can DIY.

WATER LEAKING

First of all, find and shut off the main valve. It’s usually next to the water heater, under a sink, or near the washer. If you can’t find it, go out by your metre and turn the water off there. You need a special key tool for that.

Don’t try to showcase your DIY skills in this situation. Plumbing work in Australia is regulated by specific codesand you might get in legal trouble for trying to wing it. Better call a local professional.

Stop the inflow and sanitise the immediate damage. Then call a plumber to address the underlying problem (burst pipe etc). If only hot water is leaking, shut off the valve on top of your heater. Your home will still have a water supply, albeit cold.

PILOT LIGHT IS OFF

The pilot light on your water heater indicates whether the heating is working. First, find a metal box with knobs near the bottom of the heater. Set the temperature control to the “pilot” position. Next, look for the access panel and look inside.

There’s a button that feeds gas into the pilot light (usually red). Use a long lighter to reach in safely. Light the pilot light, then hold down the gas button for 35-40 seconds. Let go and, if the light stays on, change the temperature control knob back to “On”.

If it goes out again, call a plumber specialising in water heater repair. You’re almost certainly dealing with a faulty thermocouple (safety device).

JAMMED SEWER

When a home sewer becomes clogged, toilets might refuse to flush, water can flood out from under them, or sewage might come out of the shower.

For residential sewer troubleshooting, it’s best to look for experts who are familiar with the area. For example, if you live in Greater Western Sydney, you would look for a reputable plumber in Hills District. Until you can get professional help, reroute the waste outside. Find your cleanout and remove the cap. This reduces pressure on the line and the sewage goes into your yard instead of into your home.

GAS LEAKING

Gas leaks occur near stoves, furnaces, and water heaters. Move the appliance and turn the (usually red) valve or handle a quarter-turn to stop the gas flow. Leave the space and let it air out completely before you start diagnostics and repair.

If you still smell gas, shut off the main gas line. You can also call the gas company or a plumber to do it for you. In that case, also request immediate repair service. Gas leaks are fire and suffocation hazards and must be fixed immediately.

CARBON MONOXIDE LEAKING

These are highly lethal and even more urgent than gas leaks. Speed is key: CO acts insidiously and affected persons could just fall asleep and not wake up. Common symptoms of CO poisoning include drowsiness, headaches, and nausea.

Outfit your home with a CO detector. If it goes off, shut down every gas appliance, evacuate everyone, and call emergency plumbers.

Water leaks, malfunctioning heaters, and blocked sewers are all common household plumbing emergencies. You can troubleshoot the immediate damage and patiently wait for professional help. Gas leaks and CO leaks are hazards that require urgent action. Know which appliances run on gas, where the valve is, and educate all members of the household on emergency and evacuation plans.

Guest Contributor: Diana Smith

A BUYERS GUIDE TO CHOOSING MODERN KITCHEN TABLE

Tables are an integral part of a kitchen. It is the place where you can create and share a meal with friends and family. But more than merely functional, tables come in many different shapes and styles, from round to rectangular. A good table will last for years, providing comfortable seating for all your guests and a clean surface to enjoy your delicious meals on.

Choosing the right kitchen table is an important decision. It will often be the one piece of furniture you and your family spend the most time around, so it should be comfortable, durable, and stylish enough to fit into your home’s decor. That is why this buyer’s guide for modern kitchen tables is here to help.

BEST MATERIAL FOR KITCHEN TABLES

The material is the first thing to consider when shopping for a kitchen table. While there are many choices, glass, marble, and metal have their unique pros and cons.

GLASS

Glass is a great material for a modern kitchen table because it is sturdy, easy to clean, and can be found in various colors and thicknesses. It does not scratch easily but should be handled with care because it can break.

MARBLE

Marble is made of stone and therefore durable, but it has the added benefit of looking elegant and classy and being stain resistant and easy to clean. However, marble can chip or crack if dropped or bumped against something hard, so care needs to be taken when handling this material.

SOLID WOOD

Solid wood tables look great but are not as durable as glass or marble, so this material should be used with caution. While it is the most expensive option, solid wood is also a very stable material and very easy to keep clean.

METAL

Metal is a good option for modern kitchen tables because it is lightweight and not prone to chipping or breaking. However, it also tends to scratch easily, and it will also rust if left wet.

CHOOSING YOUR KITCHEN TABLE SHAPE

The next important thing to consider when buying a kitchen table is the size and shape of the table itself, both in terms of its overall size as well as the size of the individual seating pieces that make up the tabletop.

ROUND TABLE

We can’t all be the owners of an oval or round dining table, but if you find a nice round table that looks good in your kitchen, you may want to consider investing in it. Round tables are more comfortable to sit at than rectangular ones.

This is the most common table shape in modern kitchens because it allows for maximum visibility – particularly with regard to seating arrangements – and provides maximum surface area for food preparation and serving.

SQUARE TABLE

A square table provides a roomier area for the same number of people as a round table, so it is a good option if you feel cramped at round tables. It also allows for more leg room. Square tables are great for young families who have to accommodate children’s booster seats.

Consider a square table instead of a round table that doesn’t fit in with your kitchen’s look. This is the most common shape for traditional dining tables, so it should be the one you choose if you want to keep your kitchen’s appearance classic.

RECTANGULAR TABLE

Rectangular tables are the most popular table shape in modern kitchens because it provides a roomy area for sitting and dining or entertaining, even with an asymmetrical seating arrangement. They also suit modern homes, providing plenty leg room for all guests.

A rectangular table can work well in any layout, as long as the seating arrangements suit your needs and the overall size is appropriate for your kitchen décor. You can make it work as long as you have enough room for everyone to feel comfortable.

OVAL TABLE

With an oval table, you may have to adjust the kitchen’s layout depending on where the seating arrangements will be. This is because it will take up more surface area than other dining options. However, it also provides extra room for food preparation and serving and more flexibility in seating arrangements since more people can fit around one circular shape than any other type of table.

CHOOSING THE CORRECT TABLE SUPPORTS

The next thing to look out for when buying a table is the type of support it has. This will depend on whether the table uses legs to support itself or if it is an entirely flat surface.

A-FRAME

This type of support is typically paired with glass tables, as they are a good option for casual surfaces such as coffee tables, and they provide adequate support without taking up too much space in the living room or family room. However, if your table will see heavy use, this support may not be strong enough to hold it up properly over time.

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This support is typically paired with metal or wood tables, as they provide a table’s most sturdy and stable support. Metal tables can also be found in other types of materials, such as glass, marble, and solid wood.

SQUARE LEGS

If you have a small table, you may want to consider square legs to give it some extra structural support. This will help ensure that it will last a long time and not become unstable over time, which is important if you plan on entertaining large groups of guests or family members regularly.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Buying a table for your kitchen can be stressful, but with the tips and tricks that we have provided you, you should be able to purchase a great table without too much work. If you choose the right size, shape, and material for your kitchen, your new table will be a piece of furniture that will last for years.

HOW COUPONS CAN SAVE YOU MONEY WHILE RENOVATING YOUR HOUSE

Renovating your house can be a costly endeavor. However, there are ways to save money while renovating your home. One way to save money is by using coupons. There are many websites and apps that offer coupons for home improvement stores. By doing a little research, you can find coupons for the materials you need to complete your renovation. Here are some tips on how coupons can save you money while renovating your home.

1. START BY CREATING A BUDGET FOR YOUR RENOVATION PROJECT

This will help you determine how much money you need to spend and what coupons you can use. It’s important to track all of your expenses so you don’t go over budget. Additionally, always remember to account for the sales tax on your purchases. If you know your budget, you can search for the items in different stores. If you know what stores have the stuff you need on sale, you can use coupons to save money. Also, for example, codes for Home Depot promotions can save you a lot of money. It’s important to do your research so you can save money on your renovation project.

2. ONCE YOU HAVE A BUDGET, START LOOKING FOR COUPONS

There are many websites that offer coupons for home improvement stores. Some of these websites include RetailMeNot, Coupons.com, and Slickdeals. You can also find mobile apps that offer coupons for home improvement stores. These apps include Shopular and Flipp. By doing a little research, you can find coupons for the materials you need to complete your renovation project. Also, don’t forget to ask around. Your friends and family might know of some good deals on home improvement materials.

3. USE COUPONS WHEN YOU PURCHASE MATERIALS FOR YOUR RENOVATION PROJECT

Once you’ve found some coupons, it’s time to use them. When you’re at the store, present the coupon to the cashier and they will apply the discount to your purchase. It’s important to note that some coupons have restrictions. For example, some coupons may only be valid on certain days or times. Additionally, some coupons may only be valid on certain items. Be sure to read the fine print on your coupons so you know when and how to use them. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan in case the store doesn’t accept your coupon.

4. SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS AND TRACK YOUR SAVINGS

Once you’ve used your coupons, save your receipts and track your savings. This will help you see how much money you’ve saved by using coupons. Additionally, it will also help you keep track of your expenses. By tracking your savings, you can see if using coupons is worth your time and effort. If you find that you’re not saving much money by using coupons, you might want to try another method of saving money on your renovation project. It’s important to do what works best for you and your budget.

5. USE CAUTION WHEN PURCHASING CLEARANCE ITEMS

While it’s tempting to purchase clearance items, be cautious. These items are usually cleared for a reason. For example, the item may be damaged or missing parts. If you’re going to purchase a clearance item, be sure to inspect it thoroughly before taking it home. Additionally, be prepared to return the item if it’s not what you expected. This way, you can avoid wasting money on an item that you can’t use. It’s important to use caution when purchasing clearance items so you don’t end up wasting money.

6. JOIN STORE LOYALTY PROGRAMS

Many home improvement stores offer loyalty programs. By joining these programs, you can earn points or rewards that can be used towards future purchases. Additionally, you might be able to get exclusive coupons or discounts. Store loyalty programs are a great way to save money on your renovation project. If you shop at a particular store often, it’s definitely worth it to join their loyalty program. It’s easy to sign up and the rewards can add up quickly. This is an easy way to save money on your renovation project.

Coupons can save you money while renovating your house. By doing a little research, you can find coupons for the materials you need. Additionally, store loyalty programs can help you save money on your renovation project. By using coupons and store loyalty programs, you can stretch your budget further and get the most out of your renovation project. It’s important to do what works best for you and your budget. Be sure to use caution when purchasing clearance items and always track your savings. This way, you can ensure that you’re getting the most out of your renovation project.

HOW TO MAKE A FAUCET SPOUT SWIVEL EASILY

Is it easy to make a kitchen faucet spout swivel? If the spout of your kitchen faucet won’t swivel, you can still easily make it swivel. Whenever you buy faucets whether it’s touch sensing or manual, always make sure that it has spouts that can swivel easily.

The faucets spout with swivel helps you a lot with the water flowing and makes your life easy and comfortable, especially in the kitchen. If you don’t know how to make a faucet spout swivel easily, then follow this guideline.

4 STEPS TO MAKE A FAUCET SPOUT SWIVEL EASILY

Tools:

Rag (cloth for cleansing)

Silicon grease

Hex wrench

Adjustable wrench

Step 1: Turn Off the Water Supply

Both ball and cartridge are the same styles of a faucet. They both have a regular type of disc inside them. First, you will have to turn off the water supply. Either from the valves below the sink or from the main water supply, which connects the whole house.

So, you can repair it easily and water doesn’t be wasted. And cover the drain, so that small parts don’t go inside it. After that remove the handle from the sink.

Step 2: Remove the Handle from Sink

Now remove the handle from the sink. You’ll see two head screws that hold the faucet. You can easily do this with a wrench. Simply, loose the screws of your faucet and then pull out the faucet.

Step 3: Remove the Spouts and Clean it

Now remove the spouts from the faucet. Take it out completely by pulling it off. And then clean the spouts very carefully. Don’t break it. You can clean the spouts with a sponge or with spray also. Then keep it somewhere to become dry. Then apply silicon grease to O-rings.

Step 4: Apply Silicone Grease to O-rings

In this step, you will have to clean the O-rings which are inside the faucet. These O-rings are the main reason faucets don’t swivel. You can clean the O-rings with the help of a rag.

 

After cleaning it, apply some silicone grease around the O-rings. Apply some silicone grease inside the body of the sleeve of the faucet, where O-rings are attached. Never use regular grease because it will damage the O-rings and eventually cause them to leak.

 

HOW TO REMOVE A SWIVEL KITCHEN FAUCET

Step 1: Loose the Screw

You need to look beside the faucet handle for a little oval shape screw. This screw prevents the faucet handle from coming out, whenever you turn the water on and off. Now, use an adjustable wrench.

Step 2: Use an Adjustable Wrench

To remove the handle, use an adjustable wrench to loosen the screw. This should allow the handle to lift off easily. Now, remove the metal nut.

Step 3: Remove the Metal Nut

Now, you must remove a round metal nut that helps to hold the faucet cartridge in place, but it’s made in the same soft metal as the faucet handle and spout.

If you try to pull it off by hand and it seems stuck, you can use locks to get some leverage. But wrap a rag around the metal first, or else the teeth of the locks will gouge it.

Keep those locks handy, though, because you’ll need them to remove the final nut. Twist it to the left until it pulls out completely.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A KITCHEN FAUCET WON’T SWIVEL?

The O-rings which are inside the faucet make it hard to swivel. The mount’s underside is where it is located. As the months and years are going by, its O-rings will become tightened and is stiff to turn.

The reason is that the lubricant inside the faucet becomes dry or sluggish. And O-rings inside the faucet become so dry that it tightens the spout. This will make the faucet spout un-swivel.

This problem is very common in every house, and it can be repaired without spending single money. If you wait too long to fix this problem, then the spout of your faucet can be a problem or may become more tightened.

If you still confuse how to fix, follow Lisa Burk. She is an expert on faucet and sink plumbing.

CONCLUSION

Most people apply WD-40 for making the faucet spout swivel. They think it is an easy solution. But this is not a solution to the problem. If you want the right procedure to make a faucet spout swivel easily, you can follow all the above steps.

You can easily make your faucet spouts swivel by putting off all parts, applying grease to it, and then assembling it again.

Hopefully, now you can easily make the faucet spout swivel without any issue.

Guest Contributor: Karl Larabee