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3. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW WHILE INSTALLING NEW CABINETS FOR YOUR HOME

Millions of people tend to remodel their home annually, especially the kitchen because the heart of the home draws so much attention. New cabinets can turn an old-fashioned bathroom or kitchen into an organized, functional and modern space. In recent times, they are accompanied with arrays of options and finishes at different price levels. So, you need to get smart about the choices you make.

Here are some essential things you need to know about installing new cabinets:

  • Pick a Certified Brand

Search for products that have been certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, as they are subjected to series of tests that resemble years of usual bathroom and kitchen abuse. These cabinets tend to endure exposure to humidity, and dousing of mainstays in kitchen such as lemon, vinegar, ketchup, fruit juice and so on without exhibiting signs of discoloration, blistering or damage.

  • Know the Lingo

The most common cabinets in the market are the stock and semicustom cabinets. Stock cabinets reign because of the low cost of purchase, instant delivery and, increase in accessory options such as furniture feet and extension glides. The semicustom cabinet models provide a wider range of finishes, styles and sizes. Custom models take longer to fabricate, and they are the most expensive.

  • Personalize your Storage

Most cabinets that are fabricated nowadays have user-friendly options like the full-extension glides, big drawers in the base cabinets, and in-built open storage systems.

  • Select the Right Look

Woods, maple and oak that are light-colored makes the bathroom or kitchen look brighter and larger than normal, while the dark-colored woods create a furniture-like and dramatic effect.

  • Consider the Box

The box is the backbone of the cabinet- the stronger it is the better for you. Box materials include Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), but most people tend to go for plywood with mortise joints and wood or metal corners for rigidity. Cabinets that are of high-quality possess dovetail joints in the boxes of the drawer.

  • Be Prepared for Future Repairs

Before parting ways with your cabinet supplier, you should pick up some repair kits such as putty, markers or colored wax to conceal repair dings or set nails, buy surplus drawer slide systems and hinges because these are the items that tend to wear out first. Also, remember to unpack your cabinets before they are installed and make sure you receive the correct sizes of unit you desire.

  • Make Use of the Right Screw

Attach the cabinets to studs with 2-inch screws; avoid drywall screws as they tend to easily snap under the heavy weight of upper cabinets. Join the cabinets together to form a single unit and ensure fitted seams between the frames.

  • Provide Support

Screw in 1×3 cleat beneath the layout line to provide support before placing upper cabinets in their positions. Try to get some help when doing this, but if you can’t get any help, hold the cabinet with a cabinet jack while you attach it to the wall.

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Excellent Home Improvement Tips to Delight Y0u

The home can be castle or a dungeon; it just depends on how you choose to see it. Sometimes all it takes is just a little direction to get your living space to meet your vision. We’ve compiled a list of ideas you can rely on. These tips can help you create a castle with a little bit of pizzazz.  Thank us later.

Step Up to the Challenge: It is a handy idea to store your cleaning supplies or any other equipment on a couple of flight of stairs which you can open up like a lid and-voila! The landing can also be a good old place.

Shoot for a Place at the Table: You can invest in a dual purpose piece of furniture. Yes, a pool table that doubles as a regular dining table does exist. It works by letting you take out the top to reveal your play area and can be recovered to serve family and guests. This wonder is available at Amazon.com

Bring the Garden in With You: There are all sorts of benefits to be derived from installing a vertical garden right inside your kitchen: such as ease of access on rainy nights, the comforting silence of the herbivorous world.  This saves space, where there’s lack of that, if you’re in the middle of the city perhaps.

A Tree-house Themed Room for Adventures: A nice tree-house themed room would help to stimulate the kids’ imagination and foster the bond between parents and offspring, especially with late night book reading. Boy Scout and Girl Guide adventures could be born here too. Just don’t attempt to simulate a fire, though.

Feasting on the Balcony: Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to spend languid evenings eating your favourite dish on the deck? Yes. I thought so. You can install a bar rail on the balcony to hold your plates and drinks while you gaze into the sunset.  How about that?

Table Tennis Door: All you’ll need for this one is to stand right in front of the door and say ‘open sesame.’ Not exactly, but if a little physical fitness is something you want as part of the household routine then this gizmo would certainly be apropos. The table tennis panel can be unhinged from the main door and comes with the net fittings so you can ping-pong your way to a healthy life.

Install Dutch Doors: These help you keep your toddlers and pets from running about unsupervised while giving you that near omnipotent ability to peek through to ensure that they are safe.

Carpet Dents: Carpet dents can be a sign that stuff hasn’t been moved around in a long time whether they are drawers, chests or the bed frame. You might be considering selling off the carpet but be stumped by these dents. Don’t worry. Just let a few blocks of ice sit on the dents for a while and soon your carpet should be back to new.

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SD 101: Scuba diving for dummies

“Oh! They’re just Scuba divers”

Movies and documentaries depict them all the time. Either it’s a hero trying to sneak into an enemy’s yacht (James Bond et al.) Or researchers trying to study aquatic life (Deep blue sea; Nat Geo). We often see these men and women wearing funny costumes. Spandex body suits with fin-like feet. And the most intriguing part; A tank is hitched to their back with flexible pipes sticking out all over to the nose and mouth. They dive inside water and are able to move underwater for minutes. After some time you begin to notice bubbles at the surface. Many times, we flippantly say: “They’re scuba divers” or “It’s just scuba diving”.

 

Diving into scuba diving

Easy to say, but have you ever really thought about what scuba diving involves? What does that rectangular tank contain? Why do bubbles come up to the surface when they’re underwater? How do they survive in the water for that long? (If you think staying underwater is not a big deal, try staying submerged in your bathtub for 3minutes).

This post will try to answer these questions in some basic and relatable ways- you, however, will definitely need to do a little further reading.

The Basic Basics

SCUBA is actually an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Well, the name actually says a lot. Scuba diving is an activity (or sports or profession or field of study, depending on the participant) in which an individual (or individuals) is/are able to live, move and survive below the surface of water (at various depths) for a (varying) period of time using a portable and self-contained apparatus (without the need for air from external sources).

That was pretty easy, wasn’t it? Now to the tough part, how do they breathe and survive underwater? Your guess is right, the secret is in that famous tank.

What’s in that tank?

It’s called an autonomous compressed air equipment and its purpose is basically to enable underwater breathing. Well, you may want to think of it as giving you temporary fish abilities (this may be cool or demeaning depending on your perspective). The reason for this is that for breathing to be successful, you need to have access to the kind of oxygen that is fit for human breathing. Underwater, oxygen is dissolved for aquatic life. You can’t breathe that kind of oxygen, so you need to bring along your own oxygen (like taking your lunch to work because you don’t want to eat unhealthy junk). The tank holds the oxygen you need to breathe in sufficient quantities so you can last underwater and return to the surface alive.

Where do the bubbles come from?

It’s simply the carbon dioxide being exhaled by the diver that’s piped out into the water through an exhaust valve. It’s when the CO2 breaks the surface that bubbles appear.

Great! These are the basics, but you are by no means ready to start SCUBA diving. Be on the lookout for subsequent blog-posts to learn more.

 

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