Your fusebox holds the secret to the control and distribution of the electricity in your house. It’s important to know where it is in case you ever need to turn off the electricity due to an emergency, and in general it’s safer for you to understand how it works so you don’t make any mistakes and are better prepared to deal with emergency electrical situations.

The fusebox is sometimes locate din the garage or outside the main house. Sometimes they’re inside the house, however.

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Once you’ve found the box, you have to see if it’s a Fuse or Circuit box. The difference lies in whether you see round, glass topped shapes or small tubes with metal ends. If you see either, you’re looking at fuses. If there’s switches that you can toggle, you’re looking at a circuit breaker box.

If you’ve got a fuse box, you might want to go to the hardware store and purchase a few extra fuses just in case one fails. Be sure to pick fuses with the proper amperage (amperage is the measure of the amount of electricity that an electrical appliance uses).

It also makes sense to keep a flashlight near your fusebox, and to make sure that flashlight’s batteries work and are fully charged. It’s also helpful to keep some rubber gloves near the fusebox.

So contained within your fusebox is a main switch, fuses and/or circuit breakers, and Residual Current Devices.

The main switch allows you to turn off the electricity supply to your home. You might have more than one main switch if your home has electric storage heaters or something of the like. In that case, you may have a separate fusebox.

The residual current devices are switches that trip a circuit under dangerous conditions, instantly disconnecting the electricity.

The circuit breakers are automatic protection devices in tech fusebox that switch off a circuit it they detect a fault. They’re about the same size as the fuses but give more precise protection so that only the faulty circuit is switched off and you don’t lose access to the electricity in your entire house. When they ‘trip’, you can just reset the switch once you correct the fault and everything should function swimmingly.

circuit breakerSometimes instead of circuit breakers you’ll find fuses, which are rewirable and have a special fuse wire running between two screws. When a fault or overload flows through the fuse wire, it heats and melts, breaking the circuit and disconnecting the faulty circuit. This is the easiest way to keep you safe.

If and when a fuse blows, the first thing you should probably do is unplug all appliances that are plugged in to receive electricity from the overloaded circuit. Then be sure to turn the main breaker off within the box. This is very important for your safety! Toggle the main On/Off switch to the “Off” position. Find and wear your gloves when working in the fuze box and remove any jewelry, and also be sure to wear rubber-soled shoes. If you need a ladder to reach the panel, use a non-conductive wood or fiberglass one.

I know what you’re thinking: impossible. How and why would any good housewife bring it upon herself to sharpen her precious stainless-steel blades with something as mundane and likely to scratch as sandpaper. You already have your sharpening stone oiled under your sink anyway, so what’s the point in looking any further for knife sharpening needs?

sandpaperWell it may benefit to tell you that there are many different ways to sharpen knives with sandpaper, and you can pick whichever one best suits you based on your very own preferences so, benefit number one, you actually get to make a decision about something for once.

Before you rush forward in excitement, you likely want to clean your knife of any dirt or food particles. Grab a brick or a block of wood from your back yard, cover it with sandpaper, and then run the blade of the knife (lying flat) across it in a circular motion. Remember, you want to spend an equal amount of time on both sides of the knife to ensure cutting equality. Make sure you give each side at least a few minutes.

Another method: if you keep the knife at about a 22-degree angle and stroke it across sandpaper, making sure the tip is also making contact, you can sharpen it that way too. To get a 22-degree angle, make sure the knife edge is against the sandpaper at a 90-degree angle, then a 45 degree angle, and then 22-ish will be right in the middle of that. You don’t need must pressure with this method, just make sure to move the knife away from you as you draw it across the sandpaper.

whetstone2You may be more familiar with methods involving whetstone, as most people are. Here’s the thing about wet stones: they’re non-disposable and require you to waste precious oil on them for preparation. They also are slippery and, considering you use them to sharpen knives with, not the best thing to be putting a pressured blade against. Finally, the surface can be corrupted by continuous knife sharpenings, making the wet stone less effective and potentially more dangerous (if the stone causes your knife to slip in different grooved paths, you may find yourself accidentally losing control of a very dangerous motion).

Sandpaper, on the other hand, is familiar to most and has great traction, meaning that you have that much more control over where it’s going and, as a result, where your knife is going. It’s also disposable, cheap, and comes in a variety of grains to better suit your particular knife sharpening project. If you want quick knife sharpening without the hastle of summoning your own elbow grease, you can even use a power sander on the blade of your knife to be chopping up even the toughest meat in seconds. Just be sure to wear goggles and non flammable clothing; sparks will fly!

Ok, hope this article helped you with all your knife sharpening needs and please tune in later for more appliance related advice!

When it comes to maintaining your emotional and financial well-being, the same tried and true phrase applies: little things can make a big difference.

What if every time something in your kitchen went wrong, instead of seeing a dent in your fun money, you saw a chance to experiment and better your understanding of physics and the world around you? With some basic knowledge of kitchen appliance repair and maintenance, you can make this optimistic perspective a reality.

whetstoneLet’s start off easy: keeping your knives sharpened. No matter how nice your knives are, they’ll dull eventually and if you buy inexpensive knives, they probably weren’t very sharp to begin with. If you want to amp up your blade game, you’re going to need to go out and buy something called a whetstone, preferably with one course and one fine side. The night before you’re planning on sharpening your knives, put the whetstone in a deep pan and cover it with household or light machine oil. Let it soak for at least eight hours then wipe any loose dirt off of it using a soft cloth soaked in mineral spirits (also called white spirit, mineral turpentine, petroleum spirits). Just so you know, when you’re not using the stone you can just keep it in a sealable plastic bag or a box with a lid.

So now the whetstone is prepared for use: oil its surface lightly and hold the knife you’re sharpening with the blade at a 30-degree angle to the stone. If your knife is very full, use the course side of the whetstone first. If it just needs a little tuning up, skip to the fine side.

Now it’s useful to discuss what a bevelled edge is. A bevelled edge refers to an edge of a structure that is not perpendicular to the faces of the piece.  A knife’s bevelled edge is its sharp edge.

bevelled edgeOk, you’ve got your knife and your prepared whetstone. Now you push the full length of the blade’s bevelled edge gentle but firmly away from you, at a diagonal across the stone. Turn the knife away from you and repeat the same motion at the same angle. Make sure to do the same number of strokes on each side. By alternating the strokes, you’re able to avoid allowing any tiny burrs to accumulate as you’re sharpening. Remove any debris on the knife with a soft cloth.

If you’re working with carving knives and other fine stainless steel blades, a fine-grit silicon carbide slipstone will be a better choice than whetstone. It’s also better to use smaller, circular motions to sharpen these kinds of knives. Again, make sure to sharpen both sides to keep them even.

Sharpening steel is great for touch ups; you can simply pull a knife’s cutting edge across a length of steel (make sure these sharpening motions are always in the opposite direction of your body!), stroking the entire length of the blade from handle to tip. Again, make sure to do this on both sides.

Scissors can benefit from a little maintenance as well; after all, dull scissors are really frustrating and practically useless. Instead of replacing them, sharpen the old pair on lightly oiled whetstone just like a set of dull knives. You probably can get away with just using the fine side of the whetstone. Make sure you only work them on their bevel edge; scissors sharp on both sides are pretty dangerous.

Home decor trends come and go; pictures of Ronald Reagan used to be new and exciting household additions, but now unless those pictures are outfitted with secret surveillance cameras that look out from between his lips, they’re old news. What with the technological era gearing up to be the beginning of the rest of our lives, home decor needs to have a new age twist to be considered fun and up-to-date. Here are some tips for creating the perfect tech vibe in your home or business without emptying your wallet.

cup holder furniturePut Cup Holders in All of Your Furniture

Whether it’s an armchair, a desk or a water cooler, it probably could use a cup holder. Cup holders are an excellent example of timeless technological advancement. Not only do they create a place for you to put your coffee cup when you’re typing on your smart phone, but you can fill unused cup holders with flowers, mardi gras beads and colored rocks depending on your mood. Cup holders are also good for candy wrappers and the paper that individual straws come in.

Wrap Your Refrigerator in Tin Foil

Simultaneously stylish and ironic (which makes it even more stylish and ironic!), wrapping your refrigerator in foil will give your kitchen that space-age look without requiring you to break the bank on a fridge made of tin foil.  This can work with ovens, microwaves, toasters, egg beaters, kitchen cutlery, organic basil and other tin foil dispensers.

Make Decorative Displays with Neighbors’ E-Waste

Earn points in your cul-de-sac by  offering to take the neighborhood’s E-Waste to the dump once a month. Once you’ve accumulated enough broken laptops, cracked smart phones, floppy disks and old generators, just save any pertinent data that might be stored on them to your external hard drive and then you’re free to start prying things open! Make a decorative wreath for your front door using power cables and spare glass or glue some broken Wii’s together to make a throw pillow.

dog roombaMake a Roomba Costume for Your Dog

Roombas are the delight of all tech-savy homeowners, and just because you can’t afford a maid robot doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun! Create a home-made Roomba costume for your small dog using a 3D printer and the copyrighted Roomba design; just program the printer to leave a space in the center long and wide enough for your pup to stand in, attach a harness around him that connects to the Roomba shell, put a shoe box over his head and body to keep his furry body out of sight and let him roll around as he pleases! The only drawback? Your Roomba’s box-like addition will make it seem like an earlier model; just tell your friends you splurged on a vintage collectible and you’re home free!

Painting home is really an art and you can have great fun while painting your home. It is to be remembered that beautiful paints can make you feel the coziness in the environment. It will help in revealing the beauty of your dream. But you need to be more careful that even a small mistake in the painting may spoil the entire beauty of home as well as your dream. Hence each and every step towards the painting must be placed carefully. Right from choosing the paint to the equipments to be used, everything must be planned well in prior. Here are some exclusive painting tips which will help you to spice your home with beauty colors.

Choose the quality paint

Before choosing the color, it is more important to choose the paint which is made up of good quality. Good quality paint will have resistivity against water and dust particulars. Today there are many exclusive paint brands in the market which are considered to be water proof. Especially such paints must be chosen for the exterior walls as they are supposed to withstand the atmospheric changes. Hence choose different paints for your interior and exterior walls. Obviously the best paints in the market will be little costlier than other brands. Remember that these paints are not only supposed to add beauty but they are also meant for the protection of walls. Hence the paints which you choose must not cause any negative impacts on the walls.

Choose the best color

Today the paints come in many exclusive colors and you can be free enough to choose the best among them. But always remember that the color of the paint must enhance the beauty of the home and they should not cause negative impact on home. If you are poor in choosing the color or if you don’t have idea on the exclusive colors in the market, you can also approach the experts to choose the best color for your interior and exterior. Since the professionals have good experience, they will help you in coming up with the best colors. You can also make use of the exclusive software in the market to come to a better conclusion. With this software you can review the beauty of your home with varying colors and can choose the best among them.

Use the right equipment

All the above mentioned effort will go in vein, if you fail to choose the best painting equipment. Today there is massive painting equipment in current market which can be used for easy painting. Since the option is wide, choose the equipment which is easy and safe to handle. For example, the equipment should not cause any impact to the walls while using on it.

If you find all these tasks to be tiring and risky, you can hand over the responsibility to the professional painting services who can complete the work on time. A good professional service will also help in completing the work with good finishing.

fox5Most of the person is looking for best service to keep the home appliances in good condition for long years. To achieve this maintenance and repair steps it is important to catch the best source to regain the value of product. One of the trusted home appliance service providers is Wolf Company where the customer can get the repair solution from all type of home appliances product.

The main trusted name for this company is derived from their quality of service in perfect time. The ovens are playing best role in the kitchen area to prepare the fast and delicious food. The service from wolf oven repair provides excellent quality of replacement and the trained engineers in this company provide the best assistance to repair the product and bring them in to good condition.

They are using perfect tools to maintain the oven without corrosion. They have not only provided the repair steps but also they have imparted guidance to maintain the oven with perfect condition. The technicians are highly experienced in this field of home appliance repair. They have also taught installation steps for the customers. The guaranteed home appliance service provider is authorized dealers of wolf oven repair. The technical engineers are give assist the customers about maintenance steps and self testing of repaired products. In the oven heat fluctuation is the main problem happened regularly. So they have concentrate on the cleaning and testing of the oven used in kitchen.

carpet1In today’s modern world, the style carpet is a status symbol. It is the common floor covering the item. Carpet adds to the price of the house owner and it also adds to the grace of your living room. Any room covered with carpet looks awesome and great, it gives a nice feeling while walking and stops several falling object from breaking. Carpet installation is a skilled and careful job and there are many companies which are providing this service in a professional and specialized manner.

Are you deciding to carpet your room? It would be better for you to consider different factors before taking the final decision. You should consider measurement of the room along with texture, type and color of a carpet.

There are two types of carpet installations which is direct adhering and smooth edge installation. Direct adhering is an easy method; you would get the right measurement of the room, have the carpet of the exact size and lay it down. In this type of process, you wouldn’t have any support underneath or padding. Texture and type of the carpet plays an important role because this installation doesn’t want any padding or cushion between the floor and the carpet. The carpets which used for the direct adhering process are manufactured with padding.

The other process of installation of carpet is known as smooth edge installation. In this type of process, carpet would be laid in the room with the help of an angled spikes and gripper made of timber. This type of carpet lying is recognized since it is a simple process. If you are going for installing a carpet outside the room, say in patio or porch, you should select a different carpet quality which can be easy to clean and should be moisture resistant.

After the process of installation, the next vital point would be maintenance and cleaning of your costly carpets. You should do regular vacuum cleaning and should clean carpets at least once a year. It would be better for you to the avail the services of a professional carpet cleaning company for this purpose. If you are cleaning your carpet once in a year, then it would help in maintaining its appearance and looks.

carpet2 From the health point of view, the regular cleaning is very much beneficial. It helps in preventing dust, bacteria and other harmful elements. By doing regular cleaning of carpets, the life of the carpet would be increased. The carpets would last longer and it will decrease your budget on this particular amount.

There would be some disadvantage if you are contacting a professional carpet cleaning service to do the carpet cleaning task. There may be some hidden charges which should be sorted out before hand. It is better for you to search and try carpet cleaning service yourself as professional companies are mainly equipped with modern gadgets and equipments to give the effective result. So, contact any professional carpet installation company now and get their high quality of service.

house1You might think that selecting or choosing a commercial cleaning service would be an easy task. Many maintenance managers are responsible for overseeing the health and cleanliness of their building; know this is really not simple. There are many cleaning service companies which can help you in cleaning your business offices. They range from mid-size, small and large and all have their own type of service to offer.

First you should consider the size of your facility and type of business which can help you in narrowing down the commercial cleaning services list to research. You should decide the type of service you need and the surface type which needs to be cleaned. Other thing would be your budget.

For any large or mid- size facility there can be more than one areas to be cleaned. Whether it is a retail space, supermarket, hospital, school, or a warehouse, every place has floors to be maintained and cleaned. Do you know what kind of surface is it? Is it vinyl, carpet, ceramic? Never forget the windows. If it’s a supermarket, then you may require cleaning of department such as bakery, hot foods, meat rooms etc. If it’s a hospital, then they would have their own level of clean to maintain with very stick rules, procedures and regulations to be followed. Choosing a best and reliable commercial cleaning service can offer you a diverse menu of services and would be best for you. You should add to your list commercial cleaning service franchises as they can provide the services which you mostly need always.

Below are the some of the vital questions which can help you in making the right decision on the choosing the right cleaning service.

• In which type of services they are specialized?
• Is it Franchise Company? Would they have service multiplication locations if necessary?
• Will they have the man power to complete the services you want?
• How many years of experience they would have?
• What types of cleaning products would be in use?
• What type of clients they have and all are satisfied? Do they have experience in working with other business as well?house2
• Would they have references? A commercial cleaning company can give you at least 3 references of the current clients from where you can about the company services very well easily without any problem. Make sure the company is confident enough to provide you the service you want at any cost.

You should look for a well rounded commercial cleaning service which must have a proven track record of all the clients. After all you never want to keep repeating the process of hiring. You can also ask the commercial cleaning service for a cleaning checklist which can show the services performed for each cleaning. This would help you in insuring that you are paying only for the services which have been provided to your satisfaction. So, what are you waiting for? Contact them now!

bedroom1In the today’s competitive world, it is easy to buy the Bedroom Furniture at a reasonable price. High quality, tasteful, good and well made furniture can be purchased at an affordable rate. It would be better for you to know about the type of furniture which you really want to buy. If it is the master bedroom, then what type of design you want, the decor and theme of your home, and most importantly your budget. After all, the bedroom is the only place where you would be spending your lot of time, to sleep, to lie and to relax.

You are looking for furniture which should be comfortable and smoothing also. If its any bedroom furniture for your kids, then furniture choice would be depending on the number of children and their sex and age. If it’s a guest bedroom, then you really want furniture which is not very costly and practical.

Bedroom furniture is mainly made from wrought iron, wood, particle and metals board. There are many different qualities of wood which are used in making the room furniture. You can get tasteful designed and sturdy bedroom furniture in wood which wouldn’t be much costly. There are several expensive wood furniture’s made from mahogany, walnut, teak and other expensive wood. But you can also get reasonable priced bedroom furniture made from ash, fir, pine, poplar and other cheaper wood.

As we all know that the quality furniture makers would be using good quality seasoned wood as they would have a reputation to maintain in the market. These quality furniture makers know that everyone cannot buy mahogany or any other expensive furniture. So they are using only cheaper quality wood but they are not compromising on the furniture quality in any circumstances. In few bedroom furniture particles board and wood are combined in furniture manufacturing.

bedroom2If you want modernistic looking furniture, then you can try Wrought iron furniture which is very famous among the buyers. There is some well made and very tastefully designed wrought iron bedroom furniture available in the market. The price of the Wrought iron furniture is not expensive unless its designer furniture.

In the traditional days, we used to purchase Bedroom fixture only from the furniture stores but now those days are gone. Now you can buy bedroom furniture online easily by visiting furniture sites. You can pick up easily good quality and reasonably priced wood furniture. Most renowned and famous furniture makers have their own web sites from where you can book your order or get the address of their shop in your vicinity.

You can buy good quality bedroom furniture on the internet. Make sure that they are providing the return facility also in case you don’t like the quality of the furniture. Some furniture suppliers provide guarantees also so that you can return it at any time.

So, what are you waiting for? Get a nicely design bedroom furniture for your home and give your room a shinny and attractive look.