Posts Tagged ‘Home & Garden’

New vinyl flooring? Say no to detergents!

Finally, thank you Shawna for your question!  Your vinyl installer was right.  Many of the vinyl floorings used today are damaged by strong detergents as well as other cleaners.  Do not use them on your floors.  Just use straight warm water and rinse often.

The reason for no detergent is this, it eventually will remove the protective coating on the vinyl exposing the subsurface to dirt, stains and grit.  You’ll want the coating to last for years so, plain water only.  If you want to disinfect or remove some stain once in a while than typically you can use a little vinegar in your water, but not straight vinegar!  I mix a couple of tablespoons in a pint spray bottle with the balance filled with warm water.  Spray, then rinse with the mop.  Works great!  Thank you for your question!

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What I’ve been up to . . .

Now that my better-half and I have been in this “new” home of ours for nine months now, our efforts are finally beginning to show around the homestead. Particularly the shrubs and plants found in our yard! Here’s a dozen to sample.

And this doesn’t even include the four varieties of plum trees and the taller fauna! I hope like me, you’re all staying busy and enjoying the beautiful weather we’re having now!

God bless.

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A WordPress glitch?

For the last couple of days, my WordPress Blog all but disappeared. Not only were all my tags gone, but a number of “pages” too. As for my writings, all but one day plus the one I was working on were gone. Now today, I’m a happy camper once again as all of it is back! What happened? I’ve no idea although I’m now considering a way to back it up, possibly offline or would it be easier to just let it all “blow in the wind” and shut it down if it were to happen permanently next time?

As for backing up a WordPress blog, has anyone a “simple” suggestion for this lay-person? Please leave me a comment if you do. Thanks to all and God Bless.

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What’s the best light for reading?

“What is the best light for reading?” She asked. Thinking of my “standard” answer for many years as an electrician, I would normally have said, “Incandescent light bulbs.” But in recent years flourescents have advanced in many ways. They now have many “colors” of the light spectrum, along with different wattages and multiple configurations. Useful for floodlighting, spotlighting, striplighting, general illumination, accents and yes, even reading. Keep in mind this isn’t all that’s available either. There are also halogen and other types of low-voltage lighting available as well. Regarding the latter, I’m sure you have seen the familar halogen “desk lights” popular for the last few years as an example. For fluorescent, consider viewing what’s available at your local lighting store and while you’re at it, remember to buy your spare light bulbs there also. Don’t buy light bulbs at the grocery store. Why? Do you buy your groceries at the lighting store? The light bulbs sold in the check-out lane at the local store can have a markup of  1,000 per cent! So buy them from the lighting store to get the best price and while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the other options available for your lighting needs.

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Woodstove burning how-to

After stepping outside to walk my dog earlier tonight, I proceeded to cough and hack for twenty minutes afterwards. Why is it most individuals don’t even know how to properly use their woodstoves before they go and have them installed in their homes?

So I decided to find some further information on how to accomplish this without smoking out your neighbors in the process and I ended up on this site located here. There is a multitude of good information found on their site. Be kind to your allergy sensitive neighbors, like me! Be sure to check it out.

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Long-life light bulbs

I had a previous customer of mine ask me this: If “long-life” bulbs are such a great thing, shouldn’t I use them throughout my house?” The short, quick answer is No! Now for a little more explanation for those that would like to know why not. First let’s define what the typical “long-life” light bulb actually is. It is a standard incandescent light bulb found in the more common A-19 configuration and typically found in the average home but with one difference. Instead of being designed and constructed to operate on 120 Volts of Alternating Current (V.A.C. or VAC), they are designed and built to operate at a slightly higher level of 130 V.A.C..

Why? Because by operating a light bulb designed for 130 VAC at the lower 120 VAC, you aren’t constantly pushing it to its maximum load limits thereby prolonging the overall service life of the light bulb. While doing this sounds great at first glance, why not make all of them “long-life” bulbs? Because it also presents us with a disadvantage in the process. In using these 130 volt light bulbs at the lower voltage, the actual light or lumens put out by the bulb will be less than a comparable wattage 120 volt light bulb while using the same amount of power in each.

So bottom line, you will get longer life but less light output in a 130 volt light bulb than the same wattage in a 120 volt light bulb. What this means is this, as recommended by Phillips Westinghouse, General Electric and Sylvania; use the 130 VAC light bulbs in light fixtures that are hard to access. Such as high elevation fixtures found in entry and high ceilinged rooms and the like, where it is difficult to get to them to remove and replace frequently. If it can be reached and therefore changed readily, stay with the lower 120 VAC light bulbs. As you might as well get all the lumens from the electricity that you are paying for and get the full amount of lumens for the wattage used.

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About refridgerators

As follow up to a comment I placed at Julie Warner’s site, found here: Kitchen and Home Appliance Blog, I’ve decided to show the original posting as well as all the follow up comments by linking to her posting. Here it is:  http://blog.warnersstellian.com/2010/01/13/refrigerator-seal-fridge-maintenance/#comment-214  Be sure to check it out as she has some sage advice for all.

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