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Tips On Doing Household Chores

Handy is aware that keeping up with daily household chores can be a daunting and tiresome task to do. However, to achieve the great look of your home, you need to complete occasional deep clean and general cleaning. You cannot do these tasks all by yourself, what you have to do is to get every member of your family participates. It is easy to enjoy a clean and neat home, but maintaining it as clean as possible all the time can be crucial.

Cleaning the entire home does not end the chore, it also entails a great deal of patience when dealing with home tools and equipment. Take into account the kind of tools when cleaning them. Each tool has its distinct part, which means you need different cleaning approach. But worry not. Handy is a company that facilitates the transaction between the homeowner and professional cleaners.

Let me share some 13 tips to make household chores easier:

  1. Stained kettle or any stainless steel pot – fill the pot full of water and put a slice of lemon for every 2 liters. Bring to boil, and you will find a sparkling clean pot inside.
  2. The exterior of charred pot – you may use stain removal spray for stainless steel, which is available in stores.
  3. Stains on painted metal rails, window frames, furniture – use car wax to remove stains.
  4. Polish plastic surfaces with car wax.
  5. Remove rust from knives and forks, stick them into an onion and rub through the length of the utensil.
  6. Clean glass panels by using a semi-dry squashed newspaper and followed with a dry one to get it sparkling.
  7. Always clean any surfaces with a wet cloth and immediately go over with a dry one. Surface will glow.
  8. Odor

– To remove the smell of sweat from clothes, add three aspirin pills in half a pail of water and put clothes in.

– To remove the smell from the fridge use tea leaves or put one potato.

  1. Prevent houseflies from hovering around your food, place a small bowl sprinkled with sesame oil and pepper. Another method is to light candles with a stand on your table.
  2. Soak bristles of toothbrushes etc. with salt before use as this will prolong the lifespan of the brush.
  3. Lubricate all hinges and locks with sewing machine oil to prevent screeching and rust.
  4. Oil all garden tools before you keep them wrapped in newspapers.
  5. Polish all teak furniture and parquet flooring with teak oil or lemon oil available in stores.

A clean home is like a dream paradise that will always look accommodating and inviting. Each home is a highly personal belonging, how you take care of it is completely up to you. If you routinely clean your house, it will appear as good as new all the time.

Tile installation – Does sheetrock have to be removed before backerboard is put up

I’m building my first house, so this is new construction. The hangers put up sheetrock inside a stand-up shower that is to be tiled completely (floor, walls, ceiling). Does this have to be removed in order to hang the cement backer board, or can the backer board be installed over the sheetrock/drywall?

All I’ve read on Jordans tile websiteabout backer board installation only mentions installation over studs, and never mentions anything about existing sheetrock.

I agree with w/ DIY Doc… Even though some say it’s ok to use green board in a shower/bath area (sheds water) I’d want the feeling of knowing 100% that there won’t be a water problem (Although you didn’t say whether the current sheetrock in place is green or normal white). Lots of folks erroneously think that backer board isn’t water permeable, but water can pass through the backer board. Chances are almost nil that it will happen on backer board used on walls. (Water will fall victim to gravity before passing horizontally thru backboard).

However, you may encounter a problem at the bottom, where water may collect and could seep up under the backer board if sheetrock is present behind the backer board. This moisture could invite mould and mildew if the dampness persists. Therefore, if you decide to retain the sheetrock, you should ensure you have a waterproof membrane (such as a polyurethane or rubber sheet that is laid in the pan of the shower and run up the outside of the sheetrock, in between it and the backer board. This will create a water-tight area, where water won’t damage the sheetrock while draining away. In fact, if you remove the sheetrock, you should still have a water-proof membrane that runs up about 8 to 12 inches behind the backboard (to create a waterproof basin).

Just check out any book that talks about tiling a bathroom shower, and it will give you good detail on water-proofing your shower floor, walls, etc., including the best materials to use.

Good luck

Air condition is required for aged persons at home

After retirement, a person is staying at his home. He is not going out, except for walking, rest of the time he is spending only at his home. He is staying in completely air conditioned home. At a stage, if the air condition is not working, he and his wife could not do anything and calling only, excellent aircon repair service.  This service is under the contract for one year. Every year the contract is renewed by both parties. In this condition, there would not be any repair charges claimed by the service. The reason is already the service is taking enough amounts, only spares charge should have to be offered for the service. Of course, the service would be sending invoice only for the replacements of the spares. In air condition, there are cheap spare, and costly spares are available. In case, there is only minor mistake in the system, the repair service would complete the job in less time, people can have their air condition within one hour. One person should have to read more on aircon servicing. The reason is in servicing maintaining the system is clearly informed. Once the maintenance is good, in that system air condition problem would not be arriving. Only servicing is required. In service also the servicing person is cleaning entire system. All the dusts are removed both internal and external. After this cleaning work, an air condition would be working very well. Anybody wants to know more about the air condition system should have to read more on aircon repair. This education would help him to retain his air condition in the good condition.

The price of the air condition for the new machine is high price. This is the reason everyone is hiring the repair service. Nobody is interested in purchasing the air condition system a used one. The reason is problem with the used one would be very same as new one. So even a new system in the air condition would be getting frequent problem, therefore, hiring the service for the annual maintenance contract only could be the best solution. Of course, in case a person is shifting his home to next country, he would be selling all his products, including the air condition, through the action sales. This kind of action sales is good to purchase an air conditioner.  The reason is a person is selling only a product in good working condition.

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