Thursday, September 24, 2015

Extending the Life of Your Industrial Equipment

An industrial pump can be a major investment for your company. Because of the amount of money you spend on it, you want to keep it in the best condition possible to ensure you get the most use out of it. When you suspect that it might be wearing down and in need of repair, you may find that you are unable to take on this kind of work. Instead of tossing out your costly pump, you can have its life extended by working with a company that specializes in servicing equipment like FMC pumps.

When you contact a company that can repair your pump, you can have the peace of mind in knowing that your pump will continue working for a while longer. If you lack the money right now to buy a new piece of equipment, you may find it more economical to buy the parts and pay for the labor of having the pump repaired. If you can use the pump for several months or even years longer, you may find that the repair job was well worth the money that you spent on it.

If you want your equipment to last even longer while minimizing the amount of money you spend on its upkeep, you can also contact the business about doing routine inspections on your pump. When you have it inspected regularly by people who know what signs of wear and tear, as well as damage to look for, you can get a heads-up well in advance about what will need to be done to prolong the equipment's life. Fixing minor things on the equipment now can save you a lot of money in the future if you have to pay for more extensive repairs or buy a new pump altogether.

Preventative maintenance also can help you keep your machinery in good condition. Simple things like having the filters changed or updating the hoses used on it can go a long way in preventing dangerous damage that could shorten its life. The people who service your pump can perform routine inspections with each maintenance check. You in turn can spend the minimal amount of money keeping up a piece of equipment that otherwise has been a great investment for company. You can find out more about these services and what parts are available by going to the company's site.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Housewarming Gift Idea

I've seen this sheet music candles via Pinterest and somehow, it gave me an idea that this could be a nice housewarming gift especially for the newly weds. You could choose any romantic song you like, better yet the couple's theme song and have it printed with the corresponding musical notes. Best for candles of different sizes.  This could also be a gift to a friend who is into music.  Of course, you may prefer to give what musicians friend used but in case you are on a tight budget and you want to come up with a more personalized gift, then I think this could be a nice option. :)

Actually, I prefer to give DIY gifts because it shows how creative you are and create that impression that you are not only giving them a plain gift but a gift of your time, as well.   

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Bonsai Basics for Beginners

If you’ve never heard of Bonsai before, it is basically the art of artificially growing a miniature-sized tree. They are grown in pots, but would grow into full sized trees under ordinary circumstances. It allows you to watch miniature versions of large trees right in your own house/yard, hence the beauty (and complexity) of the art. While the art of raising Bonsai trees is intimidating, most people can get by with basics.

Some of the materials you would need are: hammer, drill, safety goggles, drill bit, screen filter, bonsai shears, bonsai wire, volcanic rock, potting soil, spoon/chopstick, planter and plant of choice.

There are many trees with which you can begin your Bonsai journey, but you should select a tree that is appropriate to your circumstances. You should consider if you plan to keep your trees inside or outside. It is best to select an indigenous tree species. Once you are ready to purchase, you can either buy the Bonsai plant outright (at a hefty price) or you can simply purchase a prebonsai. A prebonsai is the material you will need to shape the tree into a Bonsai yourself. You can also collect the prebonsai directly from nature or, simply grow the tree yourself from the seedling, which takes more time.

Once you have your prebonsai, you can begin cultivating it using a variety of methods. This is the most difficult, yet fun part of Bonsai. The most important skill to master is pruning. This enables you to successfully manipulate the size and shape of the tree. Spring and summer are the seasons during which the most amount of pruning is done, depending on the species, and ideally you should use a good concave cutter for pruning thick branches. When should a branch be pruned? Each tree has its own pruning requirements, but here are some general guidelines:

• If two branches are of the same height, remove one while leaving the other.
• Branches that appear to be twisting and turning unnaturally should be cut.
• Branches that are too thick as compared to the other branches should also be pruned.

Wiring is another vital technique for Bonsai cultivation. You can wrap the wire around the branches to bend and shape them. Be sure that the wire is removed to allow the tree to grow without scarring.

Watering must be done properly to ensure maintenance. If you over water your Bonsai masterpiece, this could be fatal to the tree. You also need to choose the right mixture of soil and change the pot regularly so that water is not soaked up quickly. Be sure to keep the Bonsai tree free of pests and diseases. Make sure the environment is well-ventilated and lighted.

Picking the right environment is important for a successful Bonsai project. Consider a property with enough space to accommodate your Bonsai hobby. Zipmatch, an online property finder in the Philippines, which lists thousands of properties across the country, will make your search for a Bonsai-friendly space easier and faster.

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Prayer Room and a Meditating Space

How would you like to have a relaxing space right in your own home?

Well, I would absolutely love to, in fact, I am looking into creating a "prayer space" once I am ready with the home expansion that we're long planning to have.  Actually I want a small prayer room but it would cost me a bigger space and perhaps this couldn't be afford by our tight budget. :)  I want something like the one shown on the above photo but perhaps, I would just add up a prayer altar.  Not so sure, but I am looking into a Zen concept where you could feel the tranquility of the place.  This could be good for meditation, too.  I'm not a very religious person but I love to pray and talk to God especially when I want to thank Him and consult with something.

I know praying can be done anywhere but if you have an extra space in your house for this, then that would be great! There are few requirements though if you want to achieve a perfect space for praying or meditating.

First, you have to choose that perfect spot in the house where there is a lot of fresh air, good lighting, clutter free, and of course....with a nice good smell.

Second, if you could make it appear to be fresh and cool by incorporating a lot of plants around the area.

Third, there should be a mat, or a prayer chair where you could sit or kneel comfortably.

Lastly, it should be quiet and free from any disturbances.

This area could also double as a reading nook where you could have a good read of your favorite book or the Bible.

There are lots of designs that you could choose from actually, the most important thing is for you to achieve the requirements listed above for that wonderful praying experience.

How To Organize And Clean Your House

‘A tidy house is a tidy mind’ goes the old adage and for anyone that struggles with keeping a clean house, organization is key to ensuring your home becomes, and remains, spotless.

The first step in understanding how to organize and clean your house is to make sure that everything that is within your house is both necessary and needed. A house full of clutter, however artfully arranged, can be visually disturbing and it is also harder to clean. Imagine what other things you could use your time for rather than cleaning ornaments on shelves.

Decluttering can be both a tedious and emotional task, but it isn’t a task you have to undertake alone. Invite a friend and spend a day trying to organize your things together. Make three piles, throw away, give away and keep. Try to make sure you that don’t have more than one of anything, don’t keep anything that is broken or tired, and if tempted to keep an item ask yourself, do I use it/ will I wear it. If you haven’t used that item for over a year chances are you never will, or not frequently enough to be of use to you. If there are items you simply can’t bear to part with, consider how else you could store them: Art from the when the kids were young? You could take a photo and create a digital archive or even a photo book. Old CDs? Can you copy these to your iPod and donate the hard copies to charity. Even just think about storing mementos in box in the loft rather than on the mantelpiece.

Once you have decluttered you should carefully consider a place for everything. If items are going back into a drawer, buy a drawer organizer to ensure you can find everything later.

Place small kitchen items into baskets and boxes, rather than leaving them loose or lying around drawers.  Organize plates, bowls, cups and glasses by size and stack them together. If they are mismatched, consider new ones.

Put food into storage jars and tins, as well as avoiding cupboards overflowing with packets and boxes, you can even use these as a feature by putting up shelving and displaying them.

Scour shops for antique vases and jars and use these to store your bathroom products. Place them on shelves rather than throwing them all into a cupboard, this will also allow you to see what you have and what is going out of date.

Consider using labels on shelving so that you know where everything should be. This is particularly useful for closets and laundry cupboards.

Put up coat hooks and shoes shelves by the front door and stop people throwing coats on the nearest table or chair.

With these few organizational tips your home will be transformed. Less clutter, more space and knowing where things belong, will make it easier to clean your house. By ensuring everything put back in its rightful place straight away and doing a speed clean every day, you will keep your house looking show home perfect all the time, and put an end to spending most of Saturday doing the ‘big clean’. 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Designing Small Balconies

It's always been a requirement for most home owners to have balconies or porches in front of their houses which I completely understand.  It's really nice to have a space to relax, drink coffee and get a breath of fresh air.  However, the challenge in most cases is how to decorate a small balcony space and this is particularly true on apartments and condominiums where space is always limited.

You maybe surprised that there are a handful ways to design even a small balcony space but the common denominator on most designs I see, such as the designs here below is the presence of potted plants.  To give your balcony space a "homey feel", plants should always be incorporated in your design.  These should come in cute chic containers and painted anyway you like it.

Outdoor furniture should be kept to a minimum and should always consists of a coffee table and a couple of chairs.  Other accessories, of course will be according to the space available but I guess, the lesser, the better. :)

Remember that fabrics and colors usually give a magic to your designs and depending on your personality and preference, this could definitely add to the overall impact and appearance of your small balcony. :)

Let not space define your limit!