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Split Air Conditioners | 3 Tricks To Elongate The Lifespan Of Your Split Cooling Unit

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Split Air Conditioners | 3 Tricks To Elongate The Lifespan Of Your Split Cooling Unit

Split system air conditioners are ideal for cooling rooms without taking up too much space on walls or windows. Like any other electrical device, your AC is subject to regular wear and tear. Consisting of both outdoor and indoor units, these split system air conditioners needs proper maintenance and care to keep them functioning for longer.  Here are some tricks to help you elongate the lifespan of your split cooling unit. Clean The Outdoor Condenser Unit Regularly Split system air conditioners have outdoor and indoor units that work together to cool down your room. But the outdoor unit is susceptible to dirt, debris, leaves and other pollutants. When these pollutants block the outdoor condenser unit, your split AC will need to work harder to cool the room. This will not only stress out your AC and cause it to overheat, but it will also push up your energy bills. Cleaning involves hosing down the unit and vacuuming the condenser fins to remove dirt and debris. You can either choose to clean the condenser unit on your own, or you can get an AC professional to clean the unit professionally every once in a while. Vacuum The Indoor AC Vents And Ensure Free Airflow The indoor AC vents ensure that cool air flows from the unit into the room. But over time, these vents may get filled with dust and grime, especially if they are not cleaned for long periods. This will severely affect your indoor air quality because it will become laden with dust as it circulates through the room. You should ideally vacuum any dust and debris from the air vents to maintain cool airflow. Make sure that items like furniture, blinds and toys are kept away from the vents to allow undisturbed flow of air through the room. Clean Or Replace Your AC Filter Air conditioning filters are vital to ensuring that the cool air in your room is clean. This netted component blocks all debris and dust from entering your room by acting as a filter. But over time, this air filter is bound to be laden with dust and debris. Blocked air filters filled with dirt will cause your unit to work extra hard to cool down the room. You will either need clean the air filter with a vacuum cleaner and hose or you will need to replace it completely. Air filters are usually available at home improvement stores, but you will need to select one based on the make and model of your split...

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How To Enhance Your Awning With Lettering Or Graphics

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Enhance Your Awning With Lettering Or Graphics

A decorative awning not only provides welcome shade for your patio or decking, but it can also be used to enhance and complement your outdoor décor scheme.  You can make your awning truly individual by adding lettering or even your own graphics.  Read on to find out more. What you’ll need fabric chalk (available from dressmaking or haberdashery shops) clear shellac paint primer acrylic latex paint paint brushes hairdryer The paint, primer and brushes can all be obtained from good DIY stores.  Before you begin this project, it’s recommended that you practice first on a piece of scrap fabric. How to add lettering or your own graphics to your awning Begin by laying your awning out on a flat surface.  In order for the technique to work properly, the fabric must be flat, so make sure that any wrinkles are smoothed out before you start.   Use a piece of dressmaker’s chalk to draw your design or lettering onto the awning fabric.   Beginning at the outside edge of your design, paint the outline using shellac primer.    Now you can fill in the inside of the design or lettering with primer.  Be sure to use firm downward pressure when applying the primer.  This helps to ensure that the product penetrates the awning fabric fibres through the waterproofing that has been applied.   Allow the primer to dry.  A coat of primer underneath the paint will prevent the colour from bleeding through into the awning’s fabric.   Now paint around the outside line of your design or lettering.  Keep your brush strokes short and work from left to right, so that you achieve a crisp line.   Next, fill in the inside of the design with paint.      Allow the paint to dry completely.  If necessary, you can use a hairdryer on a low heat setting to speed up the drying process.   Depending on the colour scheme you have chosen for the lettering or design and the colour of the awning fabric, you may need to use several coats of paint to achieve the effect you want.  Repeat steps #6 and #7 as necessary.   Allow the paint and primer to dry for at least 48 hours before exposing the awning to sun and rain. In conclusion You can add a unique finish to your patio or decking by embellishing your awning with lettering or your own bespoke design.  Just follow the guidelines above, and let your creative streak run riot! For more customised options, talk with professional awning or window furnishing companies, such as Queensland Blinds and...

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Bathroom Renovations: 4 Toilet Styles You Should Consider for Your Refurbished Bathroom

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bathroom Renovations: 4 Toilet Styles You Should Consider for Your Refurbished Bathroom

While toilets certainly don’t make for stimulating conversation, you need to be well-versed in your options when making a change during your bathroom renovations –– especially if you’ve decided to replace your old toilet with a new one. This guide is designed to help you distinguish between different toilet styles so you can identify the one best suited to your specific bathroom needs. Wall-Faced Toilets Wall-faced toilets sit the flush against your bathroom wall and feature a sleek, modern look for any contemporary-styled bathroom. The flush tank or cistern and pipework are hidden within the wall of the bathroom, giving the space a neater finish. Wall-faced toilets are supremely easy to clean and work well in space-crunched small bathrooms. The cistern concealed within the wall makes them slightly more expensive to install, but the aesthetic appeal and space-saving value they bring to bathroom renovations is unmatched. Close Coupled Toilets More traditional in appearance than wall-faced toilets, the close-coupled toilet features a flush tank or cistern that sits directly above the toilet pan instead of the wall. In this case, the pipes connecting the cistern to the toilet pan are exposed. This is a relatively inexpensive toilet solution, making it suited to most mid-budget bathroom renovations. While this toilet design offers tidy lines, the gap between the back of the toilet and the wall can be tricky when it comes to cleaning. Back-to-wall Toilets Back-to-wall toilets are fixed to bathroom wall surfaces and represent a more traditional toilet style, similar to close-coupled toilets. In this case, the pipes connecting the cistern to the toilet pan are subtly hidden thanks to the cistern attachment on the wall. The difference between back-to-wall and close-coupled toilets lies in the cistern attachment, where the former is attached to the wall and the latter to the toilet pan. These types of toilets also fall in the mid-range price category for your bathroom renovations.  Wall-Hung Toilets Wall-hung toilets are perhaps the most modern toilet styles available today. These toilets are mounted to a wall bracket and are lifted completely off the ground, making them supremely easy to clean around. Featuring a concealed cistern located unobtrusively inside the wall, you’ll relish the uncluttered appearance wall-hung toilets can bring to small bathrooms. While relatively more expensive to install than other toilet styles, wall-hung toilets are well worth the price when you consider their visual and functional appeal in smaller bathrooms. Take the time to consider these different toilet styles when planning your bathroom renovations. Contact companies like Summit Bathrooms to learn more about your...

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Things to Consider Before Turning Your Bathroom Into a Wet Room

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things to Consider Before Turning Your Bathroom Into a Wet Room

There are few bathroom renovations that look as sleek as a well fitted wet room. During a wet room conversion, many of the bulky features of your bathroom, including bathrooms and shower units, will be removed so that the whole of the bathroom is level. There will be no barrier between the shower area and the rest of the bathroom so that the whole design is totally seamless. Wet room installation is, however, a big undertaking, and you should think carefully about it before you totally commit to your new wet room space. Waterproofing. In a wet room, the shower unit is not contained and separate from the rest of the bathroom. This means that moisture will get everywhere and it’s essential that you have a waterproofing strategy in place if you want to avoid growth of mould, mildew, and fungus. First of all, it’s very wise to choose flooring that is impervious to moisture in the first place. Some kind of sealed stone tiling is usually a popular choice. Of course, if your budget can extend to something like marble, it would be a wonderful choice. Also, because the walls are just as exposed as the floors in a wet room, it can be a good idea to completely cover your walls with the same tiling materials as you choose for your floors to create a seamless, elegant effect. It is extremely important that you seal in between the tiles with grout, but be aware that cement grout is not totally waterproof. For a totally water resistant finish, you will need to use an epoxy based grout throughout. This is difficult to apply, so you may not want to turn it into a DIY job. Consider turning to a waterproofing specialist for a guaranteed quality job. A strong shower head. Without a separate shower or bath unit, your wet room’s main feature is probably going to be its shower head, so go ahead and pick something that makes a statement. You are going all out with a wet room so pick something strong like a large rain shower. Just be sure to consult with a plumber before installation to ensure you can get strong water pressure to really make that shower sing. Ventilation. The key feature of a wet room is, you guessed it, moisture, and this means you need robust ventilation in place to ensure that your wet room doesn’t become a steam room. This is particularly important if you are converting a small room that doesn’t have a window. Think about installing additional extra extractor fans — and spend more on quality so the noise of the fan doesn’t drive you crazy. You can also invest in a device that measures humidity to that fans are used when humidity reaches a certain...

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How To Fix Shutter Louvres That Won’t Stay Open

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Fix Shutter Louvres That Won’t Stay Open

A common problem with plantation window shutters is louvres that will not stay open. Unfortunately, the weight of the tilt rod that’s attached to the louvres, combined with the natural forces of gravity, gives the louvres a tendency to rotate downward instead of remaining in the position you’ve selected. Luckily, you can fix this problem yourself relatively easily with a little know-how and some basic DIY skills. Read on to find out more. What you’ll need flat-bladed screwdriver louvre panel screws drill clamp You can source everything you need from a good DIY or hardware store. The course of action you’ll need to take depends upon the tension mechanism installed on your shutters.  Tension screws If your shutters have tension screws, you’ll find them recessed on the outside of each stile of the louvre panel. The stile is the vertical part of the shutter’s frame into which the louvres are set. In order to pull the louvres closer to the stile and create the friction necessary to keep them in place, all you need to do is to tighten the tension screws by turning them clockwise using a flat-bladed screwdriver. No tension screws If your shutter panel does not have tension screws, you’ll need to check out the integrity of the actual panel itself. Start by examining the joints between the stiles and rails. The rails are the horizontal parts of the shutter’s frame sited at the bottom and the top of the panel.  If the joints are weak, the panel may come apart and therefore the tension between the louvres and the stiles will be lost.    You should be able to carry out this repair without having to take the shutters down. To fix this problem, clamp the stiles and rails into their proper position, making sure that the panel is square and that all the louvres operate correctly.    Next, drill a hole through the outside of the stile adjacent to the rail at the corner of the panel. Keep the hole parallel with the rail and square to the stile. Screw the stile and the rail together. Place a second screw just below the first to make sure that the panel remains securely held together.   Repeat step #3 on all the corners of the panel.   If you find that the louvres on your plantation window shutters refuse to remain in the position you want, you can fix them yourself quickly and simply by following the guidelines given above. You can also call in a contractor proficient in shutters to help,...

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Maintaining Blinds | 4 Golden Rules For Cleaning Fabric Roller Blinds

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintaining Blinds | 4 Golden Rules For Cleaning Fabric Roller Blinds

Fabric roller blinds are stunning additions to the windows of living rooms, bedrooms and family rooms, but they can acquire considerable dust and grime over time. Dusty blinds bring down the decorative appeal of the room, so you’ll want to get them cleaned as soon as you notice dust stains and blemishes on them. A few simple cleaning steps will help you wash and dry fabric blinds. This guide is designed to help you in your endeavour to clean your fabric roller blinds. Vacuum To Remove Surface-Level Dirt Before getting into any deep-rooted cleaning strategy, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt embedded on the surface of your blinds. Be sure to vacuum every inch as thoroughly as possible to remove all the loose dirt from the surface. You can use a brush attachment for the vacuum cleaner to brush out all the dirt before it gets sucked into the vacuum. This step should ideally remove a hearty amount of loose dust from your roller blinds. Fill Your Bathtub Or Large Bucket With Water Once you’re satisfied with your vacuuming process, fill your bathtub or a large bucket with warm water. Pour some liquid laundry detergent into this until the water begins to foam up. Remove the roller blinds from their brackets and lower them into this soap water solution. Let the blinds soak in the water for a little while to slacken dirt’s grip from the surface. Before placing the blinds in water, test a small portion by applying soap water to it and letting it sit for a while. If the colour doesn’t run, you can soak the blinds entirely. Scrub With A Soft Bristled Brush To Eliminate Stains After letting your blinds soak for a while, use a soft-bristled brush or sponge to scrub the surface for removing any residual stains or dirt. You can even use a toothbrush to concentrate on specific stains on the blinds. Give your blinds a good scrub to eliminate as much dirt as possible. Rinse the fabric blinds in clean water after emptying out the bathtub or bucket. Keep refilling with clean water until no more soap comes out of the fabric. Dry Your Blinds Once you’re satisfied with the water rinsing process, lay the blinds on an outdoor clothesline or flat on a surface to allow for drying. Depending on your weather conditions, the drying process may take more than a day. After the blinds have dried completely, reattach them to the rollers. Your fabric roller blinds will look brand new. Follow these simple steps for easily cleaning your fabric roller blinds. You can use the same process for cleaning fabric awnings and...

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How To Clean Silk Curtains

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Clean Silk Curtains

Silk curtains add style and class to any décor scheme, but they attract dust and dirt like any window dressings and will require cleaning from time-to-time to keep them looking fresh.  You don’t have to spend a fortune on specialist cleaning for your silk curtains either; you can easily clean them yourself at home.  Read on to find out how. What you’ll need mild detergent or soap flakes bathtub water white vinegar dry towels How to do it Take down your silk curtains and remove any curtain hooks.  Put the hooks somewhere safe while you’re working on the curtains.   Fill the bath with lukewarm water, add a cup of soap flakes or detergent, and mix well.   Place the curtains in the bathtub and immerse them completely in the water.  Gently hand-wash the curtains, adding a little extra soap or detergent to areas that are particularly badly stained.  Don’t scrub the material too vigorously, as you may damage the finish.   Now drain the bathtub and rinse the curtains in cool water to remove any residual soap.  The easiest way to do this is by using a showerhead if you have one.  In the absence of a shower, just turn on the water and let it run over the curtains.   The next step is to give your curtains a little extra brightening and odour treatment.  To do this, refill the bathtub with lukewarm water and add a splash of white vinegar.  Carefully hand-wash the curtains again, and allow them to ‘rest’ in the water for a few minutes before rinsing them clean as outlined above.   To finish off the process, drain the bathtub and then dry the curtains by balling them up and gently squeezing them.  This will get rid of most of the excess water.  Don’t wring the curtains out, as you could stretch or damage the silk.   Lay the damp curtains out on some dry towels and then roll them up together.  This will enable the towelling to absorb most of the remaining moisture.   After a few minutes, unroll the curtains and hang them up to air-dry, out of direct sunlight to avoid bleaching.   When the curtains are dry, iron the reverse side using a very cool iron.   Finally, give the curtain hooks a swill in warm soapy water to get rid of any dust and dirt.  Rinse the hooks thoroughly in clean, warm water.  Dry the hooks and rehang your curtains. In conclusion Silk curtains can be cleaned quickly and simply at home, saving you the expense of a professional cleaning...

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Patios | 4 Creative Upgrades To Transform Your Patio Into A Summer Party Haven

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Patios | 4 Creative Upgrades To Transform Your Patio Into A Summer Party Haven

Aussies love spending time in the great outdoors, so if you have a patio in your home, there’s no doubt that you’ll want to enjoy your alfresco lifestyle during summer. If you’ve decided to host plenty of summer barbeques and soirees, then you’ll want to pimp out your patio to live the good life.  Here are some eclectic upgrades for transforming patios into summer havens. Introduce a Cocktail Bar No afternoon or evening get-together is complete without cocktails and conversations, so why not do both together? Instead of running between indoor kitchens and patios, you can build a cocktail bar to infuse a luxurious feel to your outdoor living area. Make sure you have water supply, storage units and a display area to showcase your fancy cocktail preparations. Your guests will love this idea, especially if they are the boozy kind. Craft a Seating Area You’ll naturally want your guests to be comfortably seated during the party, so be sure to create a cosy feel with seating options in a designated area. You can add a few wrought iron or timber chairs, a bamboo sofa and a fold-up dining table to give the space an eclectic feel. Choose the look you want to create based on your patio décor. For example, a stone table can give the place a rustic feel, while bistro tables are chic additions to patios. You can even add hammocks and hanging sofas for casual decorative appeal on patios. Get Groovy By Preparing a Temporary Dance Floor If your friends like to get groovy, you can add a temporary dance floor to your patio by earmarking a special corner patio area using a decorative rug or carpet. This is a great way to imbue some excitement into your party so your guests don’t just end up sitting around and chatting. Make sure your dance floor is away from the bar area because you certainly don’t want someone’s crazy dance moves breaking your expensive alcohol bottles.   Refresh Lights For A Fun Party Vibe Don’t let your party feel like a dull affair with poor lighting. You can easily brighten patios with new lights to liven the space. Give new purpose to your old chandeliers by giving it a coat of paint. Place sconce lights on your patio walls to brighten up the space. Give your outdoor space a whimsical impression by adding string lights around your patio lattice. Use these creative upgrade ideas to turn patios into summer party havens. And talk with contractors, like those at Patioworld NSW Pty Ltd, for constructing assistance with any other major patio...

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Factors to Consider When Buying Plantation Shutters

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Factors to Consider When Buying Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are interior window blinds that are designed using slats of wood mounted on a frame. Although wood is the common material used in making plantation shutters, it is possible to find custom ones made out of plastic, vinyl or other composites, which can be painted, dyed and given other finishes for an appealing look. They are attractive, versatile and cost-friendly and allow free flow of air in and out of the room during the hot season. Characteristics There are various reasons that make plantation shutters a better treatment compared to the traditional draperies and other window furnishing options. These include the following. Aesthetics. Plantation shutters are available in various sizes, finishes and mounting options. They are able to blend in with any décor that you have in your home and offer a calm and cohesive look throughout the entire room. They can also be customized to the desired configuration and style for a more personalized look. Durability. Plantation shutters are highly durable as compared to other furnishing options. Though they may be a little costly to buy and install at first, they pay off in the long run and eliminate any costs involved in replacing other types of draperies and window shutters. Low maintenance. They are easy to clean and maintain and are basically low maintenance. A damp clothe can be used to occasionally  wipe off the dust, dirt and grime in a quick wipe down. You do not even need to take them down in order to clean. When purchasing plantation shutters, there are some few factors that should be taken into consideration. These include the following. Measurement and layout The layout and measurements of your window panels should be taken before purchasing plantation shutters. The dealer should be willing to come to your place to take measurements, since shutters can only be customized based on the specific panels dimensions. If you intend on buying shutters online, you may get a local skilled dealer to take the measurements for you at a fee. Opt for shutters that fit your windows perfectly. Inside mounted vs. outside mounted Plantation shutters can be inside mounted or outside mounted. Since these are modifications that come after construction of your house, there is little you can do to adjust the space available for installation. If there is adequate space in the inside for the shutters to fit with the wall perfectly, you can have them mounted inside. However, if the interior space available is not adequate, you can have them on the outside. Installation services Purchase plantation shutters from a company that will carry out installation. This will save you from incurring any exorbitant costs of hiring a third party to install them for you. Hiring a firm that sells and installs shutters will ensure that they monitor and are accountable for the entire process. If you want to add an aesthetic appeal to your home, ensure you choose plantation shutters in the finish and style that compliments the look of your home. For more information, contact a professional services, such as Blind...

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How to Choose a Split System AC Unit

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Choose a Split System AC Unit

You may have been attracted by the lack of complicated ducting systems when one installs a split system AC, and you may now want to buy a spilt system for your home. This article discusses three important factors that you should consider as you select a split system air conditioning system. Conditioning Zones Conditioning zones refer to the number of areas that you wish to heat, or cool. Buy a single zone system if you wish to cool only one area/room. Such a system will have only one indoor component (air handler/evaporator) and one outdoor component (condenser). Buy a multiple zone system if you need to condition the air in several rooms. Such a system will have several indoor units for each outdoor unit. The number of indoor units varies from one manufacturer to another. BTUs BTUs or British Standard Units are a measure of the power of an air conditioning system. One of the most important aspects that you need to consider is the total area you need to cool so that you pick a split system AC that will have the capacity to cool that area. Each indoor unit and each outdoor unit has a given BTU rating. The combination of indoor and outdoor units should match the total area that you wish to cool. Talk to an HVAC technician so that he or she can help you to assess the BTU rating that will deliver satisfactory results without using a lot of energy. Installation Mechanism This boils down to what you prefer as an individual and the conditions existing in your home. Some split system indoor units require to be mounted on a wall. Others can be mounted on the ceiling while others can be placed on the floor. Each installation system has its pros and cons so pick the one that meets your needs. For instance, wall-mounted split systems are easy to access for routine maintenance but they may disrupt the uniformity of your interior décor if their colour clashes with your colour theme. Ceiling-mounted units may be unobtrusive but it may be difficult to access them when routine maintenance work needs to be done. It will be easier for you to identify the best split system air conditioner if you use the factors above as a guide to narrow down your options from the multitudes available on the market. It may also be advisable to request a certified HVAC technician, such as those at ACSIS Airconditioning Warehouse, to install the system so that you get the best of what it has to...

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