When hanging pictures, shelves or other items, use painters tape to mark measurements rather than pencil marks. Painters tape is meant to come off without damaging surfaces so it should remove easily. You can put tape in the approximate area and mark the exact measurements onto the tape itself. Drill the pilot hole or tap a nail lightly to pierce it before removing. No leftover pencil marks to hide behind your picture frames or peeking out from the edges of shelves!
When changing your water filter you don’t have to waste water. Whether you have a water filter in your refrigerator, a water filter faucet, or a water filter pitcher they have something in common. Directions for the new filters say to run the water for quite a while or fill the pitcher a couple of times before considering the water drinkable. But you don’t have to just let that water run down the drain! Capture it in pitchers, and use it to water plants, or pre rinse dishes. It is still good water, just not filtered yet!
Before you leave on vacation or a weekend trip, sprinkle some baking soda in your sink drains, especially in the kitchen. It’s the perfect time to let the baking soda sit undisturbed. When you rinse it away after returning your kitchen will smell fresh and clean!
While enjoying pool parties and bar b ques, beach days and baseball games please remember to appreciate the freedom to do these things and those who fought to make this country what it is. Our founding fathers had a wonderful vision for this brave new country. Let’s keep being worthy of that dream. Happy Birthday America!
This was a tip from someone else recently. Good advice is worth sharing so I was inspired to start writing my Quick Tips again.
Reader Jimmy commented on previous a post, Quick tip for Friday-Water saving tip-check your water bill , “It is really important to monitor your drains and water outlet. I think it’s a good idea to have a plumber picked out before you actually need one.”
It’s great advice and goes for other trades as well, such as electricians. Don’t wait till an emergency to be scrambling for help and get stuck using whoever is available rather than someone you know you can trust for the job!
Thanks for the good advice Jimmy!
Cheers to 2017
A fresh start before us, this New Year brings.
I wish you health, joy, prosperity and all the good things!
May your pockets be heavy,
your challenges light.
May your troubles be few,
your days happy and bright.
May your heart be full
from morning till night.
Embrace the New Year to bring a fresh start,
and let not our differences tear us apart.
May 2017 be a wonderful year
of people coming together in love and not fear.
With open hearts and minds may we talk and we listen.
Treating others with kindness is always the mission.
Listen with empathy, speak with compassion.
Acting with love is always in fashion!
Fight for what’s right, but treat ALL with respect.
Don’t stoop down a level, pull them up a step.
Hold loved ones close and cherish each day.
Live, laugh, love and make time to play!
Enjoy Mother Nature in all her beauty.
Remember, caring for our planet is everyone’s duty.
Wishing you much happiness, well-being, good health, prosperity and love in this New Year and always.
All the Best,
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A friend recently mentioned to me one of her chili plants was falling over and I told her one of my favorite tips.
Small plants can get a little support with some chopsticks. Make sure to use something thick enough to tie it so as to not cut into the delicate plant. You can also use the bamboo skewers we all have around this time of year for doing kabobs on the grill, especially for taller plants. Happy gardening!
This is a decent article from Angie’s List. It is important to keep in mind how much the laws vary from state to state regarding construction related work so it is challenging to write a simple advice column about this subject.
As mentioned in the article there are monetary limitations on non contractors in California. I have heard in Florida you pretty much can’t touch electrical or plumbing unless you are licensed in that particular trade.
The key is always going to be a at least a little bit of knowledge/research on the part of the consumer to go with a well recommended provider of services.
Always, only hire someone you are comfortable working with. If the person working on or in your home does not make you feel comfortable they should not be there.
I put together quite a bit of Ikea furniture. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Some people really hate doing it and tend to think I am a little bit crazy, but they appreciate my brand of crazy when they ask for my help so it’s fine with me! I’m happy to save them from a task they despise.
While doing some of these jobs recently it occurred to me to put together a few tips to make the process less painful for others when putting together Ikea or other assembly required items.
So here is some of my advice:
- Mentally approach the project like a jigsaw puzzle.
- Verify and sort the hardware and individual pieces first thing upon opening the box.
- People frequently tell me how much they hate the wordless instructions with Ikea furniture, but they are very effective if used correctly. Pay close attention to the details in the pictures, match up the patterns of holes, sizes of the pieces, the finished side vs raw side, etc exactly as shown.
- Give yourself plenty of room to work and move things around.
- Give yourself plenty of time. DO NOT rush. Take your time, doing it over will always take longer than doing it slower but correctly!
- Lay out all the pieces but keep them from being in your way; lean them against walls, stack matching pieces together.
- Examine the pieces for damage and so you can recognize them more easily.
- Browse the entire set of instructions before starting any of the assembly. You don’t have to fully comprehend each step in advance but getting an overview of how the process works and in what order can save SO much time and headaches.
- Make note of how much room you might need to move things around or turn them over and to layout partially assembled sections as you go.
- Does this item require the help of another person to lift or move things?
- Do you have the necessary tools ready and nearby?
- Always work on a surface that protects the pieces and keeps hardware from rolling away:
- Carpet or a rug is ideal.
- Sometimes you can use the packaging box, usually for smaller items.
- If working on wood, tile or concrete laying a blanket, sheet or drop cloth for your work space is very helpful. Just be careful as fabrics can be slippery on the hard surfaces.
- There is such a thing as brand quality. I’m no spokesperson, but I can say I would rather put together stuff from Ikea than the office supply stores based on recent experiences.
- If the package contains an additional insert providing a toll-free number to call if you need assistance, you will almost certainly end up needing to call!
- Sometimes there are slight changes to the manufacture or assemble process and instead of re printing ALL of the instructions the company will put in this extra slip of paper offering customer service help. Use it, if you start having any trouble at all, I learned this one the hard way. Trust me, just call the number.
- I have usually only see this in non furniture items. I have come across this issue on blinds, ceiling fans and other light fixtures, accordion doors etc.
- Know when to get help.
- If you are not inclined towards this sort of project you might think you are doing a bad job when there is actually something wrong with the parts or instructions. Ask someone else to look at it with you if you started but are struggling.
- Get help that helps. Don’t ask someone who hates doing this also, or gives you a hard time if you made a mistake. Reach out to someone who can make it better rather than worse!
- Someone who does these projects frequently might realize more quickly if there is a problem with the materials, or the instructions rather than just being a complicated project and find resolution faster.
- If you really hate puzzles maybe you shouldn’t put together pre fabricated products. Maybe it is worth the cost of hiring someone to assemble that new dresser or bookcase over the amount of stress and lost personal time you will experience doing it yourself? Sure, you CAN do it, just like I could change my own oil, but some things are worth having someone else do. Ask your friends to help, chances are you have at least one nutty pal like me!