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Kits for Dry Cleaning

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There are clothes which can be washed using a machine. There are also clothes that are great to wash by hand but some clothes are best to be dry cleaned because of the delicate material and detailed embellishments. The washing instructions of clothes are usually found at the label so you must be careful to follow to avoid any damages.

Before, clothes that need to be dry cleaned are brought by owners to dry cleaning shops. They would leave the clothes for a few hours or a day then come back to get the already clean garments. These days however, if you have clothes that require dry cleaning, you either bring it to the cleaning shop or you may purchase home kits for dry cleaning.

Using kits provide users the opportunity to clean clothes without subjecting the garments to industrial solvents utilized in shops; the steps however are practically similar. Clothes labeled as hand-wash or dry-clean only can be used with a dry cleaning kit.

A dry cleaning kit contains a stain remover (some kits also contain pads that absorb stains), cloth (dryer-activated) and a reusable bag for drying. The procedures on how to use the kit will of course be provided on the box or label. Make sure you follow the instructions and safety precautions.

The main advantage of these kits is that they prevent the user from being exposed to the perchlorethylene solvent. This harmful solvent can cause brain, kidney and liver damages. Another advantage is cost efficiency. The cost of professional cleaning for a piece of clothing is equivalent to cleaning about 16 pieces of clothes with home cleaning kits. Take note that this may only be true is your clothes are not very dirty or greasy. Kits also save you time and fuel expenses on driving to the shop.

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Carpet Installation Tools

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One way to cut cost in carpet installation is to set up the carpet on your own instead of hiring somebody else to do it. The task is easy provided you have the right and appropriate tools to get the job done.

To know which tools you need when carpeting, you may read about useful articles on the internet before having a trip to your local hardware store. Some of the essential tools to be used in carpet installation include:

  • a tape measure. You will need this to get the exact dimensions of the room so you know how much carpeting materials you will need.
  • nails (concrete or masonry) and a hammer. The tack board will have to be attached on the floor by the use of nails and the hammer. Be sure to know what type is your subfloor made of so you can buy appropriate kinds of nails.
  • tack strip. In order to hold the carpet down and in place, the tack strip may be installed around the room’s perimeter. Tack strips are not like band aid strips for first aid, instead they are made of flat wooden strips on top of which small nails are attached that you can use to push the carpet on and stay in place.
  • carpet padding. The carpet alone may feel soft when you touch it but when laid on the floor, it may become somewhat hard. Therefore you will need laid cushion on the entire floor up to the tack strips you have installed.
  • carpet glue. You will use ample amount of glue to hold the padding to the floor.
  • trimmers or special carpet shears. When you lay the carpet on the floor, of course you should expect that some areas may require cutting in order to snugly fit at the edges of the floor.
  • power stretcher. In order to make the carpet tight, this is the tool which you need to use. It will pull the carpet from the tack strip without damage and will ensure that no wrinkles will appear on the carpet after it has been installed.

Electricians are professionals who can skillfully install, maintain and repair electrical systems. Yet not all electricians are the same. They differ in the environment or setting in which they perform their electrical-related tasks.

The Domestic electricians are those who work on electrical systems and appliances in a home or residential setting. The electrician may be hired to test or fix an alarm, electrical appliances repairs and rewire existing systems. When we look for a domestic electrician, what we need to ensure is that he has the necessary qualifications and perhaps membership from a known trading association. By doing so we may be able to get great quality of services at a reasonable price.

The Commercial electricians are those whose tasks are carried out in commercial environments, big or small. Their jobs include installing, maintaining and testing old and new electrical systems and units in places like hospitals, shops, stores, malls and schools. They may be hired to work with security systems, health and safety equipments, or building rewiring. Same with hiring a domestic electrician, your commercial electrician must also possess national qualifications and trade association membership for quality assurance. They may be hired on a contract or on a short time basis only as a freelance electrician or representative of a firm.

The Industrial electricians are those who perform jobs in large industrial establishments, buildings and factories. They install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair the equipments, controls and units that utilize electricity in the industrial work environment. They are supposed to be adept and familiar with repairing robotic and computerized electrical equipments which are commonly seen and found in many industrial and manufacturing companies. They regularly check if the electrical facilities are in good working conditions to avoid any major damages that can affect the productivity of the factory. An industrial electrician may work exclusively for a certain company by contract as a freelance or as a representative of a contracting firm.

The Plumbing Career

The plumbing career is one of the important professions that make up a community. The plumber’s work is one of those things which make our lives a lot easier. In some areas, plumbers obtain their licenses based on their expertise or which area of plumbing they are adept at performing. There are numerous tasks that a plumbers needs to know in order for them to be given licenses.

There are plumbers who install pipes in newly constructed homes, while some install pipes in commercial and industrial places. There are plumbers who work in residential facilities and there are also commercial plumbers hired to work in commercial or industrial settings.

Like other professions, the plumbing career also offers specializations to plumbers. For instance, a plumber may specialize in working with a sprinkler system or fixing gas lines.

Most plumbers know the basic unclogging of a drain to more complex tasks related to plumbing. When hiring a plumber you need to first check the license of that person to know if he can really get the job done. Like if you need your water line or gas line fixed, you will see in his license if he is indeed certified to perform the task.

The plumber’s license will show you the level of expertise of that plumber. The license level will indicate how experienced a plumber is. There are the apprentice level, the journey level and the master level. Apprentice level license is for plumbers at a legal age who have just started their career in plumbing. The journey level license is for those who have finished the apprenticeship and required number of training hours from a master plumber. When the required amount of working hours is completed by a lumber with journey level license, he can then take a test regulated by the state or government to acquire the master plumber license.

Common Plumbing Culprits

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Plumbing is one of the systems in the house which we cannot live without yet we tend to forget and disregard most of the times. Some plumbing tasks can be done on your own but there are also those that only a licensed plumber can do. Plumbing repairs can be very costly so to prevent such hassles, preventive maintenance may be performed. This involves doing scheduled checks to make sure your plumbing fixtures are in good condition.

Malfunctioning toilets make you spend unnecessary money on water bills. Leaky toilets can waste water amounting to 100 gallons per day and this will add about a hundred of dollars to your bill. Imagine spending that much on water you do not use. That money could have been used on other important things like money savings or home repairs. You need to determine what causes the problem. Add some food coloring drops in the toilet tank and allow it to sit for up to 20 minutes. If the dye has flowed down the toilet, the flapper valve is the cause of the problem. If you know how to repair it then do so but if you are uncertain, hire a plumber and the problem is solved within minutes.

Leaky faucets are also one of the common culprits in home plumbing that can make you spend unnecessary amount of money of water bills. A faucet dripping each drop of water every second can fill up to 17 gallons of water every day. The usual solution to this is by sealing the faucet. However, the leaky faucet may just be a minor symptom of a major problem such as old and deteriorating pipes. For this you will need to seek the help of a professional plumber to inspect the visible pipes and those which are hidden beneath the walls.

Annual cleaning of the water heaters is also recommended to prevent it from major damages. Dirt tends to accumulate in the water heater system than can lead to rust formation. The pilot light of the heater can be damaged as well as the main burner which can cause the carbon monoxide to come into your home.

tiles (กระเบื้อง) - Tak, Thailand

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There are many advantages to having tiled flooring. Tiles make the floor look elegant. Tiled floor is easy to maintain and clean. Tiles are also cost efficient. Initial cost of installation and labor may be higher that other floor treatments, but that can be covered for by the hard weariness of tiles.

The cost of tiling the floor is greatly varied in every circumstance. One reason for this is that the ground may still require some pre-treatments before the tiles are laid, such as concreting the ground to create a flat surface for the tiles.

The type of tiles you want to use will also have a big effect on the floor tiling cost. Glazed ceramics for instance will cost up to $20 for each square foot. Unglazed quarry type of tiles will have an average cost of about $2/ft2. With porcelain tiles that can look like authentic stones, you can expect to pay up to $4/ft2. Art tiles which can be custom made according to your own design will cost more than $25/ft2. There are also tiles made of metal, glass or leather. These tiles will cost quite expensively than porcelain tiles so they are better used as borders or accents.

There are also terracotta tiles which will cost up to $2.5/ft2. Other tiles made of natural stones such as slate, marble and granite may cost from $2 and up for every square foot. Price will increase depending on your custom design or special requirement.

Mosaic tiles may also be used on the floor. Each square tile measures no more than 2 inches at a side and are set up on a 12” by 12” mesh sheet. Such tiles may be made of metal, stone, glass and porcelain. Mosaic works will generally cost more expensively than other tiles.

Another factor to remember you be the cost of the installation tile work by Tilers. The more detailed the installation you require, the more that the cost will add up. For instance you wish to lay a warming system under the tiles, which too will increase your tiled floor expenses.

Home Theater System Costs

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While some people enjoy the pleasure of watching a movie from the big screen, others prefer a more relaxing movie viewing at home with their own home theater systems. Investing on a theater system for your home can really be a great deal to spend your money on but will definitely be a source of entertainment when you are at home.

Since money is needed in purchasing a theater system, you might want to familiarize yourself first with the cost of such home viewing equipments. Home theater systems have varying costs, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars, which are usually based on what features are included in the system. The cost of a theater system at home will surely not involve only the amounts you need to pay for the components but other factors too such as room enhancement where the home theater will be placed.

The materials prior to the installation will also contribute to the total cost of the home theater. Your preferred screen size is also a major contributor in your home theater expenses. The size too and the type of your chosen projector will greatly affect the costs. Speakers will also contribute to the amount you need to pay. Bigger speakers may also require special installation that can increase your expenses.

The total cost of the home theater is not only comprised of the price of the individual materials. Of course if you want an optimum viewing experience you need to place the system in an exclusive and insulated room that will serve as your home’s movie room. So you will spend also on the materials needed to insulate the walls and provide acoustic enhancements for better viewing. If there is no available room in the house, you can just replace your television with the home theater system in the living room.

The furniture where you will place the equipment, like a table or cabinet, will effectively add up to the cost. If you want to really create a home viewing experience that is similar to that of a cinema, you may also want to buy a popcorn maker.

Here’s an interesting clip from youtube on How to Compare LCD & Plasma TVs.

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