Steps on Setting up an Outdoor Kitchen

Learn how to setup a stylish backyard that is altogether functional by incorporating your very own outdoor kitchen.

Before: a homeowner’s solarium is rendered to be useless after some time.

Setting up an Outdoor Kitchen 2

Things that you would need:

  • Caster (have twelve of this)
  • Framing tool
  • Safety glasses
  • ¾” plywood. Specifically get the one which is of BCX grade. Have seven sheets of these
  • Power miter
  • Bolt sets. Have forty eight of these. Specifically the 2’ carriage.
  • Pencil
  • Brad gun
  • Air compressor (choose the ones that include hoses)
  • 1’ x 2’s (measurement should be 8 ft long). Have 48 of this.
  • Measuring tape
  • Table saw
  • Cultured stone ( for the color, choose caramel)
  • Mortar
  • Brick trowel

Cultured stone is used to cover the cabinets that will be used for outdoor kitchen. Above it a work surface is fashioned to the style of butcher-block.

After you have determined on the main layout that you will be using for your area, get the necessary measurements that you would need to make a fit working space. In this example, it was made surround the current grill that the homeowner already had there. Two surfaces, which were to be used for an area to work on, are then setup looking like “wings” and were positioned in such a way that the grill was place in between. There was a cabinet storage below each wing. One side permitted convenient entry to the storage. The other one hid the refrigerator out of sight. Out of plywood, the cabinet was made. It was then made to have an exterior that was made of cultured stone which had the color similar to that of caramel.

To enable convenient carriage, the cabinets were setup on casters that were made to be lockable. The caster height as well as the countertops’ thickness was made part of the unit’s final height. In the example used, 4’ was added from that of the casters. A 2’ countertop was then installed in top of cabinet.

Setup your plywood sheets in such a way that a ledge will be made on the base for the stone to go in. Get your wood glue as well as your brad power tool to setup your boxes. After that, setup your casters.

Setting up an Outdoor Kitchen

After you have setup the boxes, proceed with laying out stone. Mortar can be used for stones like this. The same goes for construction adhesive. The latter works quicker though.

Then apply one coat of primer to your wood boxes. Choose the kind that is chemical-blocking since the unit you are working on is intended for food preparation. Allow the primer to dry.

After that, put in metal lath onto outside part of boxes.  Use staples to make sure that the lath is firmly in place.

Start to apply the mortar on ledge that you have setup at the base part. Start with the stone layout as well. Proceed in working to the upper part of box.

In the example that was used above, the cabinets had a 2” countertop (butcher block) to serve as work surface. After everything was installed, the grill just had to be rolled out, as well as the cabinets, and everything was done.

Steps on Installing a Heating System for your Floor

Tiles that are cold to the underfoot would no longer be an issue once you install a heating system into your flooring. It may sound complicated but it really is quite simple to install. And it is all done in your bath.

Things that you would need:

  • Radiant heat system (this one is electric and is specifically made for flooring in the bath). Choose one that has a thermostat included.
  • Chisel
  • Sponge. Ensure that it is damp.
  • Screwdriver
  • Utility knife
  • Trowel. Specifically the kind that is notched.
  • Glue gun
  • Bathroom tile
  • Chisel
  • Pry bar
  • T-square
  • Drill
  • Grout
  • Mesh tape. Specifically the one for fiberglass.
  • Hammer
  • Adhesive. Specifically choose the thin set one
  • Drywall saw
  • Screws. Specifically the galvanized kind.
  • Backer board (specifically the one for cement)
  • Paddle bit


First thing that you would need to do is to uninstall the threshold of your door. Set it aside and proceed in removing your baseboards. Do the same thing with the molding. Get the assistance of your pry bar to carefully pry your baseboards loose. Follow it up with your hammer. Then, work on getting the door of your bath dismantled from the connecting hinges. Do not hurry in taking off the commode.

Next thing to do is to get your t square. Use that to your backer board to have it marked. Then cut with your circular saw according to your intended measurements.

Installing a Heating System for your Floor

Now, flip the backer boards so that the back is facing you. Apply adhesive on each of them (figure A). Once your done, position the to the vinyl floor you currently have. Then tread carefully on top of the boards so that they will set. Get your galvanized screws and have them secured, an 8’ gap on each screw.

Bear into mind that installing the backer board as well as the tile over the current floor would elevate the floor. The jambs of your doors would have to be realigned. The same goes to the door’s bottom part. Use the tile to predict your floors’ new height. Use a saw in cutting your jamb (figure B).

Now, apply adhesive to every seam that you see among the backer boards (figure C). Use a notched trowel in doing this. Apply mesh tape to your newly applied adhesive. Repeat process creating a 2nd layer. Then just leave it and wait for it to dry.

Prior to setting up your heat mats, get an ohm meter and see to it that the resistance passes the qualifications put in by the factory. Make sure that the floor is free of any debris to prepare you for your layout.

Now from your toilet, as well as from the tub and have 6” measured off that. Do the same with the edges on your wall. Mark each of them. Now position your mats and have them set in place by applying your tape (figure D). You may follow it up with a stapler to the part where you find an orange weave just to make sure it is firmly in place.

Now get your ohm meter again and check the resistance just in case your mats were ruined while being installed. Ensure that no mat overlaps another. Also make sure that your mats are carefully laid out in such a way where “cold” lead will have no trouble returning to its thermostat.

Get your utility knife and use that to your backer board, making sure you score it properly to address the wiring. Then, create a bed for the wiring by using your chisel on the board to put in a groove. Then screw in your sensor conduit. After that, install cold lead onto the newly created groove that you have cut in (figure E). Do the same with the connection wires. Apply hot glue to secure wires. Then leave it to dry.

Now setup your thermostat box so that it will be placed 60’ above your floor. It is recommended that it be placed close to your light switch (figure F). However, if you would rather not do it yourself, ask for the services of an electrician. Get your drywall saw and use that to do away with the space where you will be putting your thermostat.


After that, create a hole in the base of your wall. Get your drill and use that to cut in 2 holes, with the assistance of a paddle bit as well, on your plate’s base (figure G). The first hole will be used for your leads while the other will be intended for you sensor which will convey your wiring to go to your thermostat. Have a string inserted into one hole and connect your wires. After that, take back your string to go to the hole intended for your thermostat.

Now do the same with the conduit, pulling it similarly upwards.  Take off its cap then put the wire that is for the sensor unto the conduits’ tip (figure H). Run cold lead unto the box that would be for the thermostat. Mount the box unto your wall. Then have cold leads connected to your thermostats control contacts. Once you are done with the wiring, screw it into place (figure I).

Now you are prepared to install the tiles. Make sure that you there is no longer any debris in site. Do a dry fit until you establish a pattern that you like and gauge how you will go about it.

Start at the corner of your room, specifically the right side. Apply adhesive to your backer board. Do the same with your heating mats. Maintain an inclination of 45 degrees when spreading the adhesive. Put in one tile first while twisting it a bit to fit correctly. Deploy spacers for evenness. Remove excess adhesive that comes out from the tile. Fill the whole floor (figure K).

It is now time to grout. Get your grout float and use that to evenly apply grout on the area you are covering (figure L). Remove any excess grout. Wait for around 20 minutes to allow grout to set. Then wipe the tile with a damp sponge. Wait for it to dry. Look for a cloth that is dry and use that to buff your tiles.

The image above is the completed project. It was complete on 3 days. Total estimated cost amounted to $1,000 more or less.

Pool Maintenance

We have listed some important tips to ensure that we help you with easier pool maintenance, leaving you more time to enjoy. Every pool requires regular cleaning and using inferior equipments consumes a lot of time and effort. Therefore we recommend the use of the best cleaning equipments.


Brooms are one of the most important tools for pool cleaning, especially if you have a pool with a rough finish or filled with pebbles. The bristles help you remove algae from the little crevices and if you remove the algae periodically, you will be able to save the finish for a longer time. If you have a pool with a vinyl liner, make sure you choose a broom that doesn’t have long bristles or sharp edges. You must use the brooms in the corner of the vinyl pool, without having the head to come in contact with the liner.

Pool Maintenance 2  Extension handles

There are different kinds of extension handles available in the market. The best thing is to purchase high-quality aluminum extension handles. They are durable, lightweight, easy to use and compact. They look huge when telescoped and can accommodate different cleaning accessories.

Leaf scoops

Pool Maintenance

You must get a scoop that effectively removes sticks, leaves and other objects from the bottom of the pool. A scoop must always have a thin edge and a large leaf bag, so that it can collect large pieces of debris. Scoops are usually exposed to a lot of strain, therefore look for ones that are sturdy yet lightweight. Repair the net with a waterproof adhesive.

Pool cleaner

Pool Maintenance 3

Every outdoor pool will need a pool cleaner. It is interesting to see the amount of debris that lands in your outdoor pool on a daily basis. A pool cleaner will not really clean your pool, but it will take you less time to clean the pool before you take the plunge. Most pool cleaners have one moving edge.

Getting rid of Wallpaper from Wood

I want to do this! What’s This?

Get rid of the old wallpaper and put the new one.

Wallpaper ahs been commonly used on wood surfaces and getting rid of it when you want a new look should not scare you of. It is actually a rather simple procedure that can be worked out very easily with the right tools and tactics. Water can be used comfortably when removing wall paper from wood surfaces.  Wood is not easily damaged by water as compared to the other kinds of surfaces such as the dry surface. It is always advisable to perform a little test to ensure that the wood is not affected by water. This can be done by using a very minute wooden surface.

Getting rid of  Wallpaper From Wood 2

The procedure will require the following items; Sand paper for sanding purposes, water for cleaning, paint roller, towels, a knife and towels. Once you gather all this items then commencing the process requires you to follow the following procedures.

The towels mentioned above are used to ensure the floor does not get over watered. Spread the towels on the floor right adjacent to the wall that is going to be worked on.

Once you have the towels laid out you are sure your floor is protected from dampening effects. The next would involve getting organized and starting from a corner to scrub of the wall paper using the knife. This procedure should be carried out with utmost tact so as avoid any damages on the wall. This process should up to the point the top part of the wall paper is removed. It is most likely that you will have some stubborn wall paper remaining stuck on the wall. This is definitely expected as nothing is entirely perfect.

Using the spray bottle, moisten some parts of the wall especially where you have the stubborn wall paper. Very carefully scrap of the wet wallpaper using the knife and maintain the most recommended position of 45 degree angle. This should be done with utmost caution as the wood can very easily get damaged. This process should go on until all the wallpaper is removed from the wooden wall.

This procedure is not complicated at all but, it requires a high degree of concentration and caution. The damages can be enormous if the procedure is hurriedly done and therefore it is very advisable to go slow but maintain precision and you will definitely achieve the perfect end result.

Getting rid of  Wallpaper From Wood

Most importantly, be very selective about the type of knife you use. Ensure that the knife can handle the job. Some knives are definitely either just too sharp or too blunt making it very difficult for one to use. Remember the knife coupled up by your skill will determine how successful you are.

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A Guide to Removing Paint

To Remove Varnish or Paint Using Chemicals

  • There are a number of different types of home repairs that you may do where you will have to remove older paint from the area before putting a new one on.
  • Older paint and varnishes can be removed through the use of three different methods, and the one you choose is up to you.  The first is through the use of chemicals to make the paint easier to get off.  After this, a scraper is used to take off the paint.
  • The other two ways to remove paint are through sanding or using heat.  Most of the time, the chemicals are going to be the fastest and easiest way to get the paint off.

A Guide to Removing Paint 2

  • There are a number of different chemical removers that come in both liquids and pastes.  Most of these will be called either paint strippers or paint removers.  There are a number of basic kinds of chemical paint removers:
  • Liquid is best used for just one or two paint layers that need to be removed.  This is something that will dry fast, so it will not be able to penetrate more than just a couple of layers of the paint.  This is great for areas of fine detail or a surface that is irregular.  It is also good to use as a follow up to a washable for the few spots that are left.
  • Brushables are a paste that will stay wet and strip even ten or more layers of paint with just a single application of the stripper.  This is also great to use on vertical surfaces or even those that are overhead.  It will cling to the surfaces easily.  Some of these are called wash away, and others are water wash.  The only thing that this means is whether or not this can be simply washed away using your hose and cause no environmental problems.
  • If you are using this on a piece of furniture, then you will need to make sure that you do not leave on too much for too long.  If you do, there could be damage caused to the wood.
  • Before you use any product you should always make sure that you are reading all the labels and know you are using the product in the proper manner.
  • Any time that you remove paint, you should put a small part of the remover into can that is small with a wide mouth.  This will preferably have a lid that is re-sealable.
  • Make sure that you have a brush of good quality so that you can get a good coat of the remover on evenly for the entire surface.  Only brush in a single direction.  Don’t brush over the areas that you have already done.
  • Sprayables are easier to apply.  Some of the removers that you can buy will come with a spray bottle or other type of sprayer.  These are usually thin so that they are able to be sprayed, but will still cling to the surfaces.  The majority of these are also water washable.

A Guide to Removing Paint

  • Aerosols would be the fastest and most convenient method of applying your paint remover.  These are a type that is sprayed on and then become a foam that will cling to nearly anything and remove multiple layers of the paint.  If you need to reapply this, it is easier to do as well.  These are great to use on small things and areas of great detail that don’t as easily allow you to use a brush.  These are also available in most places that sell other removers.
  • Some of the newer removers that you will find are made with chemicals that are more friendly to the environment.  These will usually work more slowly, but some of them can be used inside with proper ventilation of the area.  While these will cost you more, they are great for those who are more chemical sensitive.
  • There are also specialty removers that are sold.  These are designed for use on particular surfaces or to remove certain types of paints or varnishes.  One of these types is particularly  for the removal of stain on fiberglass.
  • After you are done scraping, you will use the proper solvent to remove the paint remover and paint, or water if it is a water washable type of remover that you used.
  • For coatings that prove more difficult to remove, you can use sandpaper to scratch it first.  Make sure that you do not go too deep during this process or you could end up scratching the surface underneath.  After this, you would apply your chosen remover and cover it with a plastic to keep the remover as wet as it can be.
  • Make sure you are checking the labels of the removers so that you know how long you are supposed to leave it on.  The average is 20 to 30 minutes.  After this time you can test the progress by using a scraper that has a blade which is resistant to chemicals and rubbing it in a motion that is circular to see if the paint is getting loose.
  • If your scraper is able to get to the surface that is under the paint, then it is finished.  Make sure that you are in an area with good ventilation, and that you are wearing gloves which are resistant to chemicals.
  • Make sure that you are not putting the remover on an area that is too large for you to work with.  The area should be small enough that you are able to get it all off before it has the time to dry.
  • Coat the remover on the surface thick.  Do not touch it after it is on.  You will need to give it time to work before you do anything with it.
  • So that your clean up process is easier, you should have some cardboard or newspaper under the remover so that any that drips is caught.
  • After the remover is finished working, it is time to remove the paint that has been loosened by it.  This is best done by getting as much as possible off the first time around.  A scraper is perfect for this.
  • After you have done this, you will want ot use steel wook that is medium grade, rags that are old, or some kind of abrasive pad.
  • For the areas that are not wanting to come off, you may need to apply a second coat of the remover.  One thing that might work is to put some of the remover on the steel wool.
  • The better the paint remover that you use, the better it will work.  The best ones will often work well enough that the paint will just wash away with some water from your hose.  If you are working on fine furniture, you will need to remember not to use too much of the water on it.  After the paint is gone, you can then rinse the surface completely clean with water.  If there are any areas that are rough, go over them with steel wool or the scouring pad.
  • After it is all cleaned, it should be let to dry.  Most of the time after it is dry you will need to lightly sand it in order to refinish the surface area.  If you use one of the better removers, then you should not need to sand or swab.  There are some types of paint that are more difficult to remove than others.  These will usually leave you putting a second coat of the remover on.  If there are multiple layers of the paint on the surface, then you may even need a third application of the remover.

Removing The Varnish or Paint Through Sanding

  • Varnish and paint can also be sanded off.  This can be done with any sander both powered and hand.  The jobs that are larger may require you to use a powered one.  There are belt, drum, and disk sanders available.
  • While this is a method that will quickly and easily remove the varnish or paint from a surface, there is also one downfall.  It will also remove some of the surface that is underneath.  If this is a piece of wooden furniture, then sanding is probably not the way to go.
  • When you are sanding off old paint, use coarse sandpaper that is open coat.  The finer sandpapers will clog and make it take longer.
  • The basic rule of thumb is that sanding is not for rough jobs.  Chemicals are much easier to use here.

Removing Varnish or Paint From a Surface That is Irregular

  • The unfortunate truth is that all the surfaces that you may need to remove paint from will not be nice and smooth.  For areas that are cut out, curved, or otherwise hard to reach, you should use chemical removers.
  • One particular example is the paint that is around the area of the spindles on a chair.  Put a heavy coat of remover into the area around the spindles.  Allow this to sit for the recommended time, and then scrape it off.  If there is still paint left, then repeat.
  • When you apply the remover to chair legs, table legs, and other surfaces that are round you will use a paint brush.  You can use a small can that is metal such as a tuna can to catch any excess remover that runs.  When you apply brush the remover from the bottom up to prevent as much excess as possible.
  • On surfaces that are round, you will want to be sure to use adequate remover.  Make sure that the application is heavy enough.  You may have to do this multiple times before all the paint will come off.
  • Scouring pads are great for the removal of old paint from areas that are carved on your furniture.  A copper one or plastic one will work well to get into the areas that are small and hard to reach in the carving.  Make sure that you use the remover first so that the paint is ready to come off.  Steel wool is also an option for these areas.
  • Always be sure that you rinse the surface after the scouring pad has been used.  This will remove the residue left from the remover.
  • When you find that you cannot use steel wool because the area is too narrow, you can try a wire brush.  Make sure that you do not use too much pressure during this.  The surface that is underneath will be softened from the remover, and this means that it will damage more easily.
  • If you find an area that is too small for a wire brush, then you can use a small piece of wood to try and scrape out the old paint.  This can be a more useful tool than you may have ever though.
  • If you are working on a table that has a leg which was turned, this can be rather hard to get the paint off of.  The best tool here is a twisted up piece of burlap or a shoe shine cloth.  This will take the remover off easily and quickly, and the old paint will usually be more than willing to come off too.
  • There are some areas that will not allow for the use of paint remover.  This would be something such as a keyhole or areas where there has been hardware on cabinets.  Make sure these are blocked off before you use any remover.
  • Most will purchase new hardware for the cabinets when they give them a new look, but if you were planning to use the old stuff again you can.  Just take a minute to give it a run through the paint remover so that it is all clean and ready to go.
  • After you have used the remover on the pieces of hardware, you will want to thoroughly rinse them to get it all off.  To restore the shine to them, you will simply spray them wiht clear lacquer.

Paint Removal Through Heat

  • There is also the option of using heat to remove the paint.  This will destroy the old paints film.  After that is done, it will be easy to scrape off the old paint.  There are special heat guns that are sold just for this purpose.
  • Scrape the paint off as soon as it has been heated.  For the fastest removal of all the paint, you will want to use a broad scraper and run it right behind the source of the heat.
  • Do not allow the heat gun to remain in a single area for too long.  This could burn the surface that is under the paint.  Make sure that it is always moving.

Tools Needed:

  • Brass brush
  • power sander
  • steel wool
  • burlap
  • 4″ scraper
  • scouring pad
  • gloves that are chemical resistant
  • small can and plastic lid
  • brass wire brush
  • metal or plastic pail
  • hand cleaner
  • sandpaper
  • garden hose
  • paint brush
  • paint remover

A Guide to Installing Exhaust Fans In the Ceiling

Installing ceiling exhaust fans is much easier to do if you have an overhead light fixture in your bathroom and an attic in your house.  This is because the wiring will already be run and the switch will already be in place.  Anyone can do this on their own and save the money on hiring a professional to do it for them.

Things Needed:

  • screwdriver
  • screw gun
  • jigsaw
  • pencil

Installing Exhaust Fans In the Ceiling 2 First: power

Make sure to turn the power off to the bathroom lighting at the breaker box.  After you have done this, you will take the screws out of the light fixture in the bathroom.  Take down the light fixture and be sure the you disconnect the wires that are attached.

Second: Electrical box

Go into your attic and find the electrical box at the ceiling of the bathroom.  It should be attached to a joist and be either a plastic or metal box right above the bathroom.  There will be wires running into the box.

Third: Unscrew the box

Unscrew it and take all the wires out of the box to where they are out loose.  Throw out the box.

Fourth: Fan

Now you will day the fan where the electrical box was at.  The hole should be completely covered, and it should be right against your ceiling joist.

Fifth: Pencil

Now, you will use a pencil to make a mark around the edge of the fan on the drywall.  Use your jigsaw to cut around the line that you marked out.

Sixth: Placement

Now put the fan into the hole that you made and attach it to the joist.  Make sure that you screw the bracket to the joist as well.

Seventh: Connect

Make sure that you connect the hose for the exhaust to the fan and follow the directions that are provided.  You will again need your jigsaw to run the hose so that it vents to an exterior wall.

Eighth: Wires

Now you will wire in the fan using the wires that you took out of the electrical box.  This is done by color coding the wires.  Use wire nuts to make sure that the connections are safe and seal it all up with tape.

Ninth: Power

Now you will put the vent on inside the bathroom and then turn on the power to the bathroom.

Tenth: Test

Make sure that you give your fan a test run so that you know if it is working properly or not.  To be sure that everything is in proper working order, your fan should be attached to the same switch that you know had worked previously.

Installing Exhaust Fans In the Ceiling

Through the instructions that have been provided here, you can install your bathroom ceiling exhaust fan on your own.  Just remember that you should never work with anything electrical without making sure that you have disconnected all power to the area first.  Also, take care when you are moving around in your attic not to step in an area that is not solid enough to support your weight.

Waterproofing Your Basement With Crystalline Waterproofing Material

Basements are known for being dark, damp, and full of mold and mildew. Thankfully, two of these issues can be remedied with crystalline waterproofing. This paste which is generally painted on, penetrates the pores in concrete walls to form a moisture barrier.

One of the advantages of crystalline waterproofing is that it can be applied days, years, or even decades after the concrete has been poured. This makes basement waterproofing a possibility no matter how new or old the home is.

However, waterproofing a basement not as simple as slapping a few coats of crystalline waterproofing on; proper application is necessary for effective results. In addition to following all the steps below, homeowners should try to determine the root cause of the moisture problem and take steps to correct it as much as possible.

Step One – Surface Preparation

Crystalline waterproofing can be applied to the interior or exterior of basement walls. For best results, application to both sides of the wall is really ideal, but in most cases this just isn’t an option.

Whether the crystalline waterproofing will be applied inside or outside, proper surface preparation is necessary. Carefully inspect every wall the crystalline waterproofing will be applied. All cracks must be repaired and loose pieces, paint, and other debris must be removed. It’s important to note that crystalline waterproofing should only be applied to walls that have not been previously treated or sealed. Ideally, after the initial inspection and repairs are made, the walls should be sandblasted for maximum adhesion. If this isn’t possible, then try to sand the walls by hand.

Step Two – Wet the walls

For the crystalline waterproofing to cure properly, the walls must be thoroughly damp but not wet. Use a spray bottle to wet the walls and a sponge to wipe up any remaining water drops. Crystalline waterproofing will not adhere to dry walls, but wet walls will dilute the product.

Step Three – Mix the Powder

Once you’re ready to start applying, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing the crystalline waterproofing paste. Please note that the mixture will produce some heat; this is normal from the chemical reaction. While mixing, be sure to wear all the proper protective equipment including goggles, face mask, long sleeves, and gloves.

Step Four – Apply Two Coats

Working slowly, apply the first coat of the crystalline waterproofing material. Remember to keep the walls wet, but not dripping as the product is applied. Once the first coat is done, a second coat should be applied. The first coat should not be allowed to dry before the second coat is applied. It’s important to note that some manufacturers make a separate product to be used for the second coat.

Step Five – Keep Moist

Crystalline waterproofing material needs to be kept moist, but not wet, for a minimum of two days (longer is better) to set properly. Hang tarps to help hold in the humidity. After a few hours, it may be necessary to lightly mist the surfaces. Again, remember that water should not be dripping down the walls; everything just needs to be damp.

What Are the Two Styles of Foam?

When somebody mentions foam, it’s one of those rare products that while common, means many things to different people. For some, foam is the squishy couch cushion material. For others, it’s the crunchy, white packaging board. Both of these ideas, and many others, are correct, as foam is actually divided into two main categories which encompass all varieties of the material. These two styles are open-cell and closed-cell.

Texture is the easiest way to distinguish between the two styles. Open-cell foam is soft and spongy; the same stuff used in couches and foam mattresses. Closed-cell, meanwhile, is more solid and rubbery or plastic-like. Neoprene and polystyrene are two examples.

The names of these materials are derived from their cellular structures, which is one way of distinguishing them from one another. Open-cell, as you would expect, has a cellular structure where all the cells in the foam are interconnected. This is due to the intentional rupturing of these cells during formulation. It makes the material softer, absorbent, but not as durable as closed-cell foam.

Closed-cell, meanwhile, can be thought of as millions of tiny, tiny bubbles stuck together to form a solid material. These cells are filled with air or gas depending on the foam type, and since they are not interconnected, they are not absorbent, as there is nowhere for moisture to travel, other than the incredibly small spaces around the cells. Even then, this only occurs after years of being subjected to vapor and moisture in an environment like on a boat or as a hot tub cover. Closed-cell is stronger, but it is firmer and less comfortable for personal use.

Depending on your application, open-cell or closed-cell may be better than the other. But by now knowing their differences, you can be more equipped to make the right decision!

Article submitted by The Foam Factory, a manufacturer and retailer of both open-cell and closed-cell foam and foam products.

3 Popular Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping is a great way to handle problematic issues with your property, update its overall value or just get a great look. Fortunately, we provide all kinds of affordable South Jersey landscaping services if any of those benefits appeal to you. Of course, there are countless ways you can alter your property to receive them. Below are the three most popular landscaping ideas we recommend for homes in South Jersey.


No one wants a plain old boring lawn featuring nothing but green grass. So most people mix theirs up by adding in some flowers where it makes sense. The great thing about gardens is that there is no limit to your options, making it possible to achieve just about any look you can think of.

One of the best ideas for a garden is placing it toward the front of the house, especially leading up to the door. This way visitors can’t help but notice it and they’ll get a pleasant first impression of your home. Your whole neighborhood will get to enjoy it in passing too.

Make a Place to Unwind

For our money, no backyard is complete without a patio of some sort. It makes for a great place to hang out with friends and family or simply unwind with a good book after a long day. Plus, it gets you outside under the sun and in the fresh air.

You have all kinds of options for your patio too. You can use concrete, stone, brick and a number of other options for the floor. Setup a barbeque, a bonfire pit or both and you’ll have an effective centerpiece for bringing people around.

Create Walkways

Chances are your property presents a number of opportunities for great walkways. In fact, they’re often necessary. You need one to your front door of course, so guests can arrive and walk in without an issue. But you probably have a number of other areas that could use them.

For example, if you have a patio in your backyard, you should have a walkway that makes for easy access. The same goes for any of our gardens. Consider walkways that lead from your driveway, too, for casual visitors who want to walk from the street or sidewalk to your bonfire pit or barbeque location.

Why Vancouver Oak Furniture is Right for You

When it comes to high-quality, contemporary oak furniture, Vancouver Oak is the furniture of choice for many people; boasting a highly charming selection of bedroom, dining room and kitchen furniture as well as excellent occasional furniture, this line provides a wide range of options when it comes to furnishing your home beautifully.

Charming Pieces

This particular line of furniture offers a variety of exquisite and charming pieces crafted from solid oak that make it possible to furnish your home the way you want; with both Vancouver Oak and Vancouver Oak Petite, a line with similar yet smaller, more compact dimensions, there are a wide range of options available.

The Petite line is wonderful for slightly smaller rooms that require smaller pieces and work very well in settings such as country cottages; while the craftsmanship is sleek and modern, the Petite furniture holds all the rustic appeal of traditional styles, while holding true to the incomparable quality of the line.


Dovetail Joint

The style of Vancouver Oak furniture is very distinctive, from the beloved dovetail joints and the beautiful lacquered finish, to the strong yet gorgeous durability of the line, there are a range of pieces to fit any type of home, lifestyle and/or family arrangement.

For the bedroom there are practical and gorgeous chests, from 2 to 8 drawers, as well as beautifully crafted oak dressers, mirrors, wardrobes and tallboys; beds come in practical sizes such as single, double and king and the pieces are beautiful enough to create an appealing and rustic look in every bedroom.

In the kitchen, Light and Furniture would say that Vancouver Oak furniture helps create a fantastic rustic appearance, with the gorgeous look of a solid oak dining table and chairs which come in many styles; no matter what the kitchen arrangement, this line of furniture will never let you down; not only do these impressive collections come in regular sizes, there are many elegant and attractive pieces in the petite style, complete with chunky handles made of brass which enhance the beauty of each solid piece.

Kitchen Collections

Kitchen collections also include ornate oak sideboards with wine racks, breakfast bars with matching stools and an oak dresser.

Living room collections are sturdy and practical while maintaining the beautiful appeal of oak and boasting coffee and end tables, wall units designed to house the TV perfectly as well as a host of other pieces from bookcases and other occasional furniture.

Occasional pieces feature shoe racks to coat racks, wall shelving and mirrors and desks as well as storage units; there are a variety of different styles to choose from regardless of your needs and with such a wide variety of options it’s easy to find items to suit both your needs and your particular tastes.

Vancouver Oak is a wonderful combination of excellent style and high quality, and the collection is available for delivery all throughout the UK; if you’re looking for practical furniture with a sturdy, solid reputation and long-lasting quality, look no further than this amazing line of beautifully crafted furniture.

Furniture to Consider For Your Small Space Home Office

Having an office with a small space does not have to be a hassle for you. Surely, you cannot be able to place everything you want in your office; however a limited space can still be able to accommodate all the basic furniture an office needs.

If you are dealing with this problem, then it is a must that you equip your home office with space-saving furniture. By doing so, you will be able to make sure that you can carry out all your usual tasks in a much more efficient manner. For limited space, investing in compact and functional furniture is what you should do.

Given below are some types of small office furniture you should have in your home:

Portable filing cabinets

Filing cabinets that have wheels can provide a great solution to a cramped home office. This is due to the fact that you can place these wherever you wish, even under the desks. You can even place these in your closet or behind your desk in which case it may even double as a side table. Since you can move your filing cabinet, it means that you will not have to use too much floor space just to store your files.

Corner computer tables

With the use of this type of computer desk, you can be able to maximize office space. In addition to that, it gives you more privacy than the usual type of computer desk. Oftentimes, these types of desks are designed with ergonomics in mind. As a result, body strain will be minimized and productivity will surely be improved.

Under-desk storage carts

If you cannot find a space where you can place your printer, fax machine, telephone or scanner, then this type of storage will provide you the best solution. Today, you can find carts that have wheels which you can easily roll under the desk. You can also easily pull it out. Opt for carts that have the capacity to carry heavier machines and equipments. You can also opt for carts with built-in shelves so that you can place pen, paper or any other files in it.

Rolling computer desks

These are the most popular small office furniture that you can buy today. You can easily push it in any corner of your office, creating more space in your home office. Most computer tables of this type feature shelving units, overhead compartment as well as keyboard trays. Truly, this office furniture is designed to save space.

Multi-functional shelves

You can easily find this type of furniture today. This type of storage solutions actually come with wide storage spaces. Aside from this, there are also some enclosed spaces along with additional shelves where you can keep all your office supplies and many other accessories.

Aside from function, you must also make sure that the office furniture you will invest in are of high quality, like that of Interior Concepts Commercial office furniture. By doing this, you will not only be able to save space, but money as well.

5 reasons a flatshare is a wiser move than buying in 2014

It seems that few people hesitate when given the opportunity to get onto the housing ladder, with many still seeing property as their future pension pot. However there are plenty of downsides to purchasing property that make house sharing look all the more appealing. Here we tell you about just 5 of the main reasons why you should think house share, rather than house purchase, in 2014.

5. Fluctuating house prices

With the housing market having seen some of the most tumultuous highs and lows in recent year’s property prices are currently on an unprecedented rise. However many experts suspect that the average house rises remain uncertain, leading to the possibility of buying a house that then loses value, or placing an offer on a property only for it to be rejected in favour of the vendor putting the price up. Additionally, the recent plateau’s in the Bank of England interest rates are predicted (and have been for some time now) to see increases in the near future, making future mortgage payments unpredictable.


4.It is a great way to test the market before taking the plunge

Buying a house isn’t just the biggest financial decision you’ll make in your lifetime, but the costs associated with running a house thereafter can easily be underestimated. Unlike renting, you’re required to have building insurance, as well as considering the additional fees such as surveyors and solicitors services. You’ll also need to think about paying for any unexpected events that may not be covered by your home insurance, such as replacing your boiler, or fixing your roof. These two tasks alone can easily reach thousands of pounds in costs each.

3.You aren’t tied down to one area or property

Today, house shares are more common than ever, which means that you’re not constrained by the choice of area or property you can opt for. This means that rather than being stuck in an area or property if you’d have purchase it, you’re free to move on after your initial tenancy term.

2.It is way kinder on your bank balance

If renting is cheaper than buying then renting through a house share is going to be even more so. This leaves you to enjoy your freedom (and your ‘in the black’ bank balance) for a little while longer, and you may even be able to save up a decent deposit so that you can have a smaller mortgage when you do eventually decide to take the plunge.

In addition, you can decide to rent with a flat share – Cityflatpals goes flatsharing in London and found that it’s a far more affordable way to afford to live away from home and still save some money. This is something often not possible with a flatshare at home.

1.House shares can be rewarding in more ways than you imagined

House shares, when you’ve picked suitable flat mates and established the ground rules, can be more rewarding than you originally imagined, not only are there the financial benefits to consider, but there’s also the social factors, such as meeting new people, holding plenty of parties and never getting lonely.

Additionally there are also elements such as the household chores which we’re sure you’ll be glad to share!

Tips for Housing in London

No matter if you are a London resident since your childhood or you are moving here right now from some distant places, finding an apartment or a house that will suit in your needs and your budget can be quite a challenging task. When it comes to search of dwelling you have to find the neighborhood that would be comfortable for you, look through millions of classifieds, and visit numerous properties until you sign a lease. The following tips will help you ease your search and make the right choice.

Considering neighborhood is the first thing you should do, as it determines everything. There are pretty lots of neighborhoods in London and suburbs, and depending on which one you choose, the cost and the way of life may vary. Thus, Central London is extremely expensive to live in – Hampstead and Knightsbridge are famous and luxurious, and full of famous people, while places like Islington and Muswell Hill are both nice and family-friendly (though the second one is not that cheap). If you are a young professional, you may want to opt for neighborhoods like Wandsworth, Balham or Tower Bridge, where you can both enjoy the architecture of the city, and have a fast access to your work and the most popular parts of the city.  Those who are interested in trendy areas of London may consider finding a dwelling in Columbia Road, Brick Lane or Hoxton, but that would only work if you don’t mind the hassle of the city. In case you are a big sports fan, you can find parks and sport fields everywhere in London, as well as choose to live in South London (that is from Streatham to Dulwich) – you will find a lot of interesting stuff for you. If you want no problems, avoid moving to New Cross, Canning Town, Brixton and Stockwell.

Look for apartments or houses in the neighborhood you’ve chosen to live in. even if you see the sign that the property is renting for the moment, don’t waste time on looking at the property – research the prices at first. Addressing real estate agent might sound like a good idea, but in fact you can find the listings of the property on specified websites (like or any other classified ads services) that would be cheaper than your agent may offer you.

Research the property you’ve chosen to see if there were any foreclosures or troubles with manager or the owner. After that, if everything is ok, go and view the property, and pay attention to parking lot, security and general maintaining. Look at the windows – these usually show what kinds of people are living in such apartments. Any garbage on the balcony or shabby windows may be signs that your potential neighbors can cause some troubles.

After you’ve figured out all the issues and found the property that fits in your needs and your personal budget, and you’ve talked to the property manager or the owner, you may feel free to sign the lease. Before you actually sign it, read it attentively and make sure you understand all your responsibilities.


Types of Insulation Services

In the majority of cases, when your home is built it comes with building insulation. Home builders go by code and insulate homes as required, however, this does not necessarily mean that you will have enough insulation in your home. Today, you can enjoy receiving benefits from Mesa insulation for a variety of reasons from lowering your monthly bills, to providing better acoustics and even more.

Lowering monthly bills is the number one reason families choose Mesa insulation. Your attic could be one main reason you have high energy bills as you must remember when your home was built the amount of insulation placed in the home was regulated by codes and had nothing to do with saving energy. During the winter months all that heat could be easily escaping through your attic as well as the nice cool air in the summer. Both of these can cause you to be paying more to keep your home comfortable than you need to be.


Mesa insulation services can be found that offer a large array of different types of insulation to meet your needs and to help you conserve energy at the same time. The products used will promote heat conservation that will last for years to come. No matter if you have a brand new home or an older home, Mesa insulation could be your answer for a more energy efficient home as well as quieter one.

When it comes to Mesa insulation, you will find there are many different types of services. These services include cotton batt insulation, mineral fiber, fiberglass, blown in fiberglass, sprayed on foam insulation, blow in cellulose insulation, exposed air duct repair, exposed air wrapping, soy based insulation products, refrigerant water pipe wrapping, solar attic fan installation, foil and spray on radiant barrier, exposed water pipe wrapping, attic caulking, wall penetration caulking, roof caulking, water heater wrapping, repair insulation, insulate garage doors, remove insulation, caulk walls, doors, and windows, install door weatherstripping, and clean attic vents.

Choosing Mesa Insulation Services

Whatever reason you may be looking into adding more insulation to your home, Mesa insulation services it a great option. As you search for the right insulation company you should look for one that offers all of the above mentioned services so you have more options.

Since 1981, King Insulation has been a full service provider of insulation throughout Arizona. King Insulation was built on the following principles:Watch Video

1.Provide the most professional job possible;

2.Install only the best products available;

3.Pay more for the best and most experienced Installers;

4.Always exceed the customer’s expectations by giving a little extra, whether it be material or service;

5.Strive to provide a complete energy saving system, not just sell insulation;

6.Maintain competitive pricing.

With King Insulation you can be assured you will receive the greatest value for your money. Contact us now for a free evaluation and estimate.

Do You Know What a Hook-up Wire Server is For?

Not everyone knows about the different types of wires and cables available on the market or the specific purpose each type of these serves, unless the person is an electrician or a qualified technician, contractor or professional whose knowledge is related to the applications in which this wire is used. So with that said, it is important that you learn to identify a hook-up wire from the different types of wires when it comes to performing a do-it-yourself repair or to build a specific application on your own.

A hook-up wire is used for low current and low voltage applications and therefore, it can be used for a large number of projects including computer internal wiring and peripheral connections, any kind of control panels and remote controls, internal connection and wiring of electric and electronic environment, diverse types of meters, automotive applications, household appliances, and even in military projects that require the development of an enclosed electric circuit.

Hook-up Wire at A Glance

Commonly used in robotic applications, hook-up wire is a flexible wire that is built with soft copper stranded conductors. Strands are coated in a way that is easy to strip them without having to twist the wire. Hook-up wire have different temperature and voltage ratings, which match specific values according to the final application purpose and therefore, you can get different variant hook-up wires, from which is necessary to select the wiring product carefully, so it provides your project with the proper insulation.

The most popular insulation materials used in hook-up wiring is vinyl plastic (PVC) because it is solvent resistant, offering fast stripping and which colors make it easier for connections of applications such as lighting fixtures, transformers, electronic circuits, motors, switch boards and more. PVC also is ozone resistant, oil resistant and usually complies with the VW-1 Vertical Wire Flame Test specifications. Other insulations materials used in hook-up wires include ethylene-propylene diene elastomer (EPDM,) Teflon, neoprene, XL-Dur, silicone rubber, PTFE and Tefzeland wire.

Quality Does Matter

Buying hook-up wire is not rocket science, but certainly it is either a game of chance. Buying your electric materials at the corner warehouse could be a practical solution, but not necessarily the best option, unless their stock include the quality hook-up wire that meet your particular wiring project. Buying quality wires and cables guarantee a long-lasting application and minimize fire as well as electrical hazards that may occur when the chosen wire has poor insulation or none.

Fortunately, there are companies that sell wires and cables that meet residential, business, and military specifications, which makes it easier to find exactly the hook-up wire for the different applications, which must not be confused with coaxial cables used in computers and television internal wiring. You can also buy these cables and many more with a leading company that may even provide you with a full catalog of products upon request. Whatever your wiring project is, do not look any further and get ready to find the right hook-up wire for the job here!


Hot Dip Roofing Nails Stay Strong for Decades

The last thing you want after paying someone to re-roof your house, or doing it yourself, is for the roofing nails to corrode.  This process weakens their holding strength and their integrity, which means that shingles or tiles will dislodge sooner.  Eventually, the protection above you will wear away, allowing water to seep into the underlying felt and wooden sheeting.  This will lead to mold, rotting and damage to your home.

To make sure that the houses you roof stay dry inside, you will need to use galvanized steel nails to secure your roof.  You have two different choices for this type of fastener.  Originally, the term “galvanization” was associated with depositing a very thin layer of zinc over steel by running an electric current through a saline/zinc solution.  While this layer can be helpful to prevent corrosion, it is not as thick or long-lasting as hot dip.

Hot dip galvanized nails require that the steel be dipped into molten zinc, usually at 860 degrees Fahrenheit.  The dipping process allows for a thick coating to cover the steel, meaning it offers long-lasting protection against corrosion and weakening.  These days, hot dip roofing nails are less expensive than their electroplated cousins.

Your source for hot dip galvanized roofing nails can vary, depending on the quantity needed.  If you only need a dozen or so to repair a few shingles, you would be best served visiting a local hardware store.  If you are a contractor or you plan to re-roof your own house, you will want quantities of five to twenty five pounds and be able to choose from several lengths and gauges.  You can do so online at such sites as, which offers free delivery, too.

Get your hot dip roofing nails from an inexpensive and reliable source so that your work is of the highest quality.