• Stainless Steel Sink Gauge – What it Means and What Gauge is Best For Your Kitchen

    Searching for a new kitchen sink for your home can be easy and pain-free if you are well informed. There are several aspects of stainless steel kitchen sinks that many consumers are not very well educated on, one of which being a sink’s gauge. The gauge of a stainless steel sink indicates the thickness of the metal that is used in its manufacture. It can be measured using a micrometer. The gauge of a sink will vary depending on brand, type, and purpose of the sink. It can be very deceiving to the uninformed consumer who finds a 18g and a 16g sink and assumes it is of better quality and thickness because the number is higher. In truth the lower the number, the thicker the sink.

    If you are having granite, marble, or another solid surface countertop installed you will most likely have an undermount sink installed. Undermount sinks range in gauge from 16-20g. The average thickenss in stainless steel undermount kitchen sinks is 18g. The 18g is widely considered a good thickness for use in a kitchen sink. You should have no bending or dinging over time from an 18g sink. Twenty gauge sinks are usually not used as they are generally regarded as very thin. Obviously, the best choice would be to go with a 16g sink. A 16g sink is going to be the most durable option, and will most likely outlast your kitchen.

    If you are having laminate or another type of countertop installed you will most likely have a topmount sink installed. Topmount stainless steel sinks are usually available thinner, and are generally less expensive than undermount sinks. The average topmount sink is 20g, but they can be found ranging 18-22. The same rules apply to topmount sinks, the lower the number, the thicker the steel, and more likely the better the quality of sink.



    Source by Jackie Bogedain

  • Home Extensions – Top Ten Mistakes Made by Builders

    It might look nice but did your builder avoid the most common mistakes whilst creating your home extension?

    Mistake 1 – Excavations & Foundations

    The first part of the home extension is usually to with the foundations and you will be surprised to learn that at least 25% of the foundations are not positioned directly under the walls on top. Excavating off centre or in the wrong position is quite common and in one particular case I had a builder that excavated for a two room side extension on the wrong side of the line that was set up. His ignorance doubled the cost of the excavations and foundations at the drop of a hat.

    Mistake 2 – Damp Proofing Course & DPC Membrane

    This part of you home extension is a minor job but of vital importance. If it’s done wrong the damp enters the new walls within a matter of weeks and over a year or causes severe damp problems.

    On one site I inspected a few years back the builders had used plastic rubble bags to form a damp proofing course instead of using the correct width dpc roll.

    Mistake 3 – Extensions Are Rarely Square

    The vast majority of home extensions do not have 1 square corner. At least 98% of builders that I have met in the last 30 years didn’t have a clue as to how to check if the home extension there were building was in fact square to the property.

    Mistake 4 – Services in the Floor

    Time and time again I have come across copper pipes and electrical cables that are run directly in the concrete floors without any form of sleeving or protection. Copper pipes corrode quickly when encased directly in concrete as the cement practically eats the copper. As for the idea of electrical cables running around live within the concrete without any sleeving well that just make the hair on my neck stand up.

    Mistake 5 – Windows & Doors

    You might think this is an easy job but once again it is pretty common that the height of windows and doors are often comprised because the height of the floor was laid wrong or the bricklayer made a mistake. Ideally all you should see in a doorway to the garden is the wooden threshold and not a little wall under it. In some cases you don’t even see the threshold because the frame was set in too low and this equally is simply poor workmanship.

    Mistake 6 – Floor Heights

    New floor heights are amazing in the various ways they can be botched. Probably the worst scenario is when they are too high usually resulting in a step up from the main house all because the builder didn’t drop the ground a bit more when building the extension.

    Mistake 7 – Ventilation To The Sub Floor

    When you build a side or rear extension to an older property with ventilated sub floors it is essential that you continue to provide ventilation through the new extension floor. It’s a simple task that costs peanuts but eight times out of ten the builder doesn’t bother and the end is result is usually dry rot within a few years.

    Mistake 8 – Insulation 8

    A few years ago extensions were built with little or no insulation. I’m pleased to say times have changed and that you are now required to have insulation within walls, ceilings and floors. Most local councils now insist on additional dry lining with an insulation backed board to breeze block walls so make sure you builder conforms. Also make sure that they put at least 100mm of insulation into any concrete floors. If you don’t tell them they wont bother and building control may not pick it up.

    Mistake 9 – Drainage

    This has to be one of the easier tasks that invariably gets done badly or in fact missed out as much as possible.

    When you add a full width extension you must always allow for the rainwater from the main roof. Time and time again you see that this water is left to discharge onto the extension roof which it is simply not supposed to happen as it will always lead to premature problems.

    The other point of course is that rainwater is not meant to discharge into soil stacks and has to have it own means of going in to the sewer system or soak-away. If your builder gets this wrong its usually a huge problem to put right at a later date.

    Mistake 10 – Encroachment

    I left encroachment until last mainly because its an unfamiliar word to the builders and to most homeowners but can be a huge nightmare if it occurs on your build project.

    Encroachment is where you build …

  • Understanding WineShop At Home: Can You Really Make Money With WineShop At Home?

    WineShop At Home began in 1995 and offers a large variety of wine and wine related products in addition to a business or income opportunity for those that would like to make an income stream marketing their company or products. However, can you really make money with WineShop? To answer this question, we will take a look at their compensation plan. I will also explain the products and give specific explanations of a few of them while also going over the cost it’s going to take to actually join the company itself and start making money all from home, if possible.

    The Thing:

    You guessed it, wine! Other than wine, they also offered wine related products and gifts. Categories of items offered by WineShop At Home are Wine Related Accessories, Gifts, Specials, Stemware, Personalized Wines, and of course, Wines. I will give a brief explanation of a few of the products offered by the company below.

    1. Adagio 2014 Sonoma Country Pinot Gris – You can get a bottle of this wine for $24.00 and flavors in the bottle consist of Mango, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemon, and Bergamot.
    2. Wine Country Chefs Apron – This apron is also $24.00 and is listed in the gift category. It comes in black and with the WineShop At Home Logo in addition to the slogan “Bringing The Wine Country To You” printed on the front.
    3. Artisan 5 Star “Sparkler Stem” – This is a set of 4 and cost $69.95 and is in the Stemware category. It is designed to develop persistent bubbles and forms a crown at the surface.

    The Opportunity:

    If you become involved with this company, you will be given the title “Wine Consultant”. Now is time for the big question! Can you really make money with WineShop At Home? In order to answer this, as mentioned before, we must take a look at their compensation plan. For this company, their compensation plan is pretty basic so let’s go ahead and get the ball rolling.

    1. Personal Commissions – As a wine consultant you will be able to earn a Base Commission of 20% and will be eligible to earn bonuses up to 35%.
    2. Team Commissions – As for most network marketing companies, you can build a team to leverage even more income. You can earn up to 44% commission from your teams generated sales and will be eligible to earn cash bonuses up to $3,500.

    To Conclude, Yes, You Can Make Money With WineShop At Home!

    The Cost:

    Yes, there is a cost! It’s important to remember, if you get involved or affiliated with this company you are opening up your own business! All businesses require some type of start-up fee. However, in the industry of Network Marketing, Affiliated Marketing, Multi-Level Marketing, or whichever name you decide you enjoy more, it is generally much more affordable than starting a traditional company in which can range from $5,000 to $10,000 easily.

    If you want to get involved with WineShop At Home, you must purchase one of the three kits offered!

    1. Mini Kit – $79.00. This kit includes a Wine Tasting Guide, Wine Tasting Training DVD, WineShop At Home Corkscrew, 3 Posi-Pours, 5 Host Planners, 10 Interest Forms, 5 Host A Wine Tasting Brochures, and a Guest Wine Tasting Tablet.
    2. Starter Kit – $149.00. This kit includes a WineShop At Home Logo Messenger Bag, 2 Bottles of Wine Club Select, A Wine Tasting Guide, A Wine Tasting Training DVD, WineShop At Home Corkscrew, 10 Order Boards, 3 Posi-Pours, 10 Interest Forms, 5 Host Planners, 5 Opportunity Brochures, and a Guest Wine Tasting Tablet.
    3. Premium Kit – $299.00. This kit includes an Insulated 6-bottle Wine Carrier Bag, A Launch Tasting Sampler, 4 Bottles of Wine Club Elite, Personalized Wine Sampler, WineShop At Home Apron, Wine Tasting Guide, Wine Tasting Training DVD, WineShop At Home Corkscrew, Wine Away, 15 Order Boards, 6 Posi-Pours, 20 Interest Forms, 10 Host Planners, Host Postcard Invitations, 10 Opportunity Brochures, and a Guest Wine Tasting Table.

    Final Thoughts:

    I’m not a big drinker. Matter of fact, I don’t drink expect maybe once a year. However, I would still consider marketing their products just for fun. I know a ton of people enjoy drinking, alcohol, and more specifically, wine! Therefore, I believe this company has a Massive Market! A massive market is very important to look for before joining any company like this and if it doesn’t have a massive market you will likely become frustrated before making any actual money!

    The opportunity affiliated with the company is honestly pretty weak. They only offer two different payouts. I was unable to find any referral bonuses, any leadership bonuses, any Match-Up Bonuses, etc. This company started in 1995 and it doesn’t seem they have expanded their compensation plan very much which is a …

  • How to Become a Professional Home Builder – Part I

    Over the years I’ve had many of our builder students ask pertinent questions such as what size home do I build; what do I put in it; where do I build it? Looking back it’s easy for me to make these decisions now, but when I first started building in 1975 these were trial and error situations. And my hindsight is crystal clear. It’s very easy for me to look back and see things I wished I had known when I first started building. That’s what you’re going to learn in this article.

    You’ll learn the pros and cons of being a speculative or spec builder (as opposed to a contract builder.) If you’re not familiar with those terms, a spec builder is one who will select a site, choose a design, build a home and then sell it to a client. A contract builder is a builder that you hire to build a home for you. By the way, spec building is how I suggest you begin rather than building a home for somebody else. I’ll explain why later.

    I’ll begin by showing you how to be one of the best spec builders in your area, even if you’ve never before built a home. I’ll expand this information by discussing points that are unique to spec building. Next I’ll discuss points that are unique to contract building, and points that pertain to both spec and contract building.

    A Word Of Caution

    I want to stress that when starting your construction business, you must separate your business from your personal life. In the early 70’s I was in real estate commercial sales. I barely survived a major recession. Almost everything I owned was in my name and most of it was repossessed. Had I known then what I know now, I’d have retained that large home, that Mercedes and that airplane.

    In the construction industry there are many things that can happen to you, some of which you have absolutely no control over. According to the 2008 Annual Report by the National Center for State Courts, in 2007 Americans filed over 90 million lawsuits, more than a third of which were civil cases. This does not include the volumes of legal disputes that were settled before a lawsuit was ever filed. Based on the sheer number of legal disputes that arise, in and out of court, one could say that most Americans run the risk of being involved in a legal dispute at some point in their lives – for many people, more than once. This is especially true for those who work in professions with high lawsuit vulnerability such as doctors, dentists and, yes, especially builders! You should invest in hiring professionals to help you protect your assets. It’s easier than you may realize. This is one time you can’t procrastinate. I can tell you some great horror stories but I don’t want to scare you this early in the game. Anyway, don’t live in fear of what might happen. You only lose if you don’t play.

    I. Speculative Building

    A. How To Be One Of The Best Spec Builders In Your Area

    Before you buy a lot, before you buy any house plans, the first thing I want you to do is put together your success team. I call this the Henry Ford philosophy. If you read about Henry Ford, you’d learn that some people considered him to be illiterate. He once sued a Chicago newspaper that wrote an article claiming he was illiterate. In the lawsuit, Henry Ford emphasized that he didn’t need to know everything about everything because he hired experts to assist him in all that he wanted to do. This left his mind free and clear to do all the things that he really knew how to do. Well, I’ve learned from that philosophy myself over the years. I realize there is not enough time in this life to do everything. I now hire experts to assist me in my decision-making, and it has been a positive factor in my success building homes.

    Your success team should include the following:

    1. Real Estate Agent

    2. Landscape Architect

    3. Artist/Architect

    4. Kitchen/Bath Designer

    5. Interior Designer

    6. Lighting Designer

    I’ll discuss each of these team members in detail as we go through the course. Don’t be concerned. When you start out, you don’t need the best. These team members are more affordable than you could possibly imagine.

    B. Obtaining Your First Loan

    Let me tell you a story. And the further you get away from this story, the harder it’s going to be to borrow money to get started.

    Let’s assume that you’re gainfully employed. If you’re not employed, but instead are self-employed, then you have to have a high credit score or produce tax …

  • Bathroom Remodeling: Small Bathroom Remodeling Tips

    Bathrooms are one area of the house that offer solace and comfort, which means they deserve a lot of attention when it comes to bathroom remodeling. A little planning will ensure the remodeled bathroom will suit the décor of your home and offer you a comfortable retreat. The key to creating a bathroom you love is combining creativity, style and logic. Looking at pictures of other people’s bathroom remodeling projects will give you ideas of how you can remodel your bathroom to make it more inviting and reflect your personality.

    In order to achieve the bathroom remodeling effect you desire, you need to plan appropriately. You should decide on the theme or style that you want for the bathroom. Once you have chosen the basic design you can really customize the effects by purchasing the right accessories or fittings for the bathroom. In order to save money you may choose to use some of your old fittings, it’s certainly not required to purchase all new fittings if you can get by with your old ones. Part of the fun of your bathroom remodeling project is finding a way to get the project finished within the allotted budget, so have fun with it! Craigslist can be a great way to get beautiful household items at rock bottom prices.

    One common misconception amongst people is that a small bathroom cannot be remodeled, or that there really isn’t much you can do if there is very little space to work with. On the contrary, you can easily give your bathroom a brand new look irrespective of how small it might be. You should get rid of any storage area in the bathroom since this adds to the bulky appearance of the bathroom. You should consider light colored tiles so that it makes the bathroom look bigger. If you do want to go in for darker shades of flooring and paint, you can strategically place mirrors to give the effect of a larger space. Be as innovative as possible and consider investing in modern accessories that help save space.

    You will have to make a decision on whether you are going to attempt the bathroom remodeling project yourself or if you plan to hire a professional bathroom remodeling contractor to ensure that the job is done correctly the first time. Using a good professional contractor can make the whole project a snap and save you lots of stress. Should you decide to use a professional for the job, your next step will be to hire a bathroom contractor who can give a shape to your creative ideas. One of the best ways to find the right contractor would be to get recommendations from your friends or family.

    In Toronto, the preferred bathroom remodeling contractors are Mario and Rob from http://www.KitchenBathroomBasement.ca.



    Source by Mario Paul

  • Ensure Your Kitchen Sink Stays Unclogged With Three Easy Steps

    Ever started trying to cook or wash dishes and found out that the kitchen drain was clogged. What a nuisance! Food particles, gunk, cold grease and grime all play their part in stopping up your sink.

    Luckily there are easy steps that anyone can take to prevent this from happening. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way. By following this advice and keeping your sink clean you can avoid having to call an emergency plumbing company who will charge you extremely high fees for short-notice service.

    Tip #1

    Grease builds up in your sink like you would not believe. Many times when grease is being poured into your sink it is hot and is in a liquid form. It is just coming off the stove, oven or microwave. But as it is going in the sink it cools, rather quickly. As it does so it becomes rather thick and over time forms a gooey barrier that keeps not only water from leaving but catches all kinds of debris.

    You need to pour a degreaser down your sink on a regular basis, especially after you have cooked any kind of meat. Pour it slowly and make sure a lot of it gets to the drain pipe.

    After you pour some degreaser into your sink let it sit there a while. Boil some hot water and then pour it down the drain. Do this one a month and you will find that very little grease is trapped in your drain.

    Tip #2

    Here is a mix that does an excellent job at cleaning your drain: boiling hot water, apple-cider vinegar and baking soda.

    Start by pouring some baking soda down your drain. Make sure it cakes the lining on the inside of your sink. Next, pour a couple teaspoons of vinegar and let it react with the baking soda. As it reacts it will also clean the drain. It will break up food particles, bacteria and left over deposits that did not get washed down. Wait five minutes and then pour the hot water down the drain. Presto! All of the grease and debris is washed away.

    Tip #3

    Garbage disposals are worth their weight in gold. The problem is we think they can handle more than they actually can. Do not put large chucks of food down your sink. Try to throw as much food as you can away if its trash. The garbage disposal is the last ditch effort but too many people use their sinks as a glorified trash can.

    By following these three tips you should avoid having to ever call a plumber out to unclog your kitchen sink.



    Source by W Barras

  • San Francisco Reworking Contractor For Kitchen Makeovers

    kitchen renovation ideasAt Alure Dwelling Enhancements, the kitchen reworking services that we offer in Long Island, NY, are extraordinarily important to our shoppers. There are so many home improvement new ideas for kitchens right now than there were 15 years in the past after we built the home.

    Eat-In Kitchens – One of many a number of accepted Kitchen renovations Perth is that of an eat-in kitchen.

    So upon getting selected (but before you purchase) on the home equipment and other equipment to your kitchen, the key to a effectively designed and purposeful kitchen is that you just work with your kitchen designer to make sure you get the perfect outcome.

    Because the kitchen is the most used room and is the core of any abode, it will be significant that you do not underestimate the worth it might probably add to your own home.

    Assuming all the pieces goes in accordance with plan, the kitchen will likely be done by July 26, 2012.

    Along with a full mission description, the contract also needs to embody the price estimate and timeline.

    Not only this, designer of renovation corporations also makes sure to the bathroom renovations at the most effective.kitchen renovation nyc

    Home Improvement

    She was a renovation designer on the TV collection Property Climbers, winner of a number of interior design awards and design consultant to more than 600 property homeowners prior to now 9 years.

    Thus the preferred mission of those custom kitchen designers could be to enhance the usual of lifetime of the purchasers by strengthening these phones make informed options in the best product designs, items and companies all inside the finances from the shopper Subsequently the finished customized kitchen from the shopper is really as related as his signature.

    A kitchen is typically the costliest room in a home to rework – home equipment, cabinetry, counters, floors, walls, plumbing and wiring – all of it provides up!

    A $30,000+ renovation might include putting in customized cabinets, hardwood floors, granite counters, and excessive-finish home equipment.kitchen renovation budget

    Kitchen Remodeling

    The butcher-block counter tops, black cabinetry, large industrial pendant lights, and a porcelain apron sink—all from Ikea!—kept costs down without sacrificing type, while black appliances (less expensive than stainless ones) match the cabinets for a seamless impact.

    The Harwood strategy to designing and producing award successful kitchen renovations isn’t not like their approach to any new building or renovations venture and follows their very simple four step process.

    Kitchen renovation starts with you and our group would hearken to you diligently to remodel the idea in your thoughts into reality.

    We’ll then invite you back to our 8,000 sq. ft. kitchen showroom to present you with our concepts to show your present kitchen from drab to FAB!

    We approached our kitchen reno the way in which we approached our wedding ceremony: there were something things we needed to spend money on (a Viking range that also makes us giddy) and other things that, effectively, have been high-quality if they have been good high quality, but not high of the road (IKEA cupboards versus customized-made and installed).

    Kitchen designers at dwelling home improvement corporations or at kitchen design stores sometimes design your kitchen free of charge.

    In case you’re doing it your self, give your self a breather and hire a housecleaner to scrub your kitchen.