Archive for April, 2010

Are You Need A Desk Lamps

April 30, 2010

So, what’s so special about desk lamps,  after all, a lamp’s a lamp, right? Wrong. Just because it’s called a desk lamp, doesn’t mean it has to be used to illuminate your paperwork  although, of course, it will do so wonderfully. Lamps have a major role to play in the illumination of every home, and not just for lighting our way. Intelligently designed and placed lights can create just the right mood, illumine that special painting, and throw those less than beautiful pieces into shadow.

Desk lamps can be used to create all of the above effects. The modern desk lamp is normally fairly compact meaning they can be positioned just about anywhere in the home. Desk lamps are also the simplest to install just requiring you to plug them into the nearest electrical socket, and then move them to the desired position that you require the light.

Up to date desk lamps still feature design parts from those original desk lamp styles. They still all seem to feature the flexibility of the old style desk lamps it is just taken to another level to enable the light to be directed in an almost endless amount of directions.

Another feature that has developed over the years is the way you turn a desk lamp on and off, the old on/off switch in the cabling is still considered the classic way you can now buy desk lamps that are touch and sound sensitive.

For small children, a touch sensitive desk lamp within easy reach of the bed can chase away those night time ogres – little hands can reach out to tap the lamp base making it safe to come out from under the covers for air. For teenagers in the household that have neglected that school project until the last minute and let’s face it we have all done it a desk lamp is essential kit, keeping the work area illuminated and the tired eyes focused on the job in hand.

I don’t think there is a house out there that doesn’t have a desk lamp of some shape or form. They are extremely flexible allowing you to move them around the house easily. Desk lamps never seem to get put out for rubbish as there is always a use for that tatty old desk lamp in the garage or shed!

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Making Cultivating Asparagus

April 30, 2010

No vegetable is held in higher esteem than asparagus. The false impression that its culture involves considerable expense is perhaps the only reason why it is not more extensively grown in small gardens. That such an idea is erroneous is obvious when it is considered that a well-made bed, properly maintained, will yield good crops for a period of twenty years and more. The edible varieties are all descended from Asparagus officinalis.

The greenhouse species popularly known as asparagus fern and smilax are amongst the most decorative of foliage plants. Asparagus Sprengeri is a favourite for hanging baskets, while Asparagus plumosus and its varieties nanus and tenuis-simus are chiefly esteemed for cutting. Smilax is botanically known as Asparagus medeolioides. Both of the last-named species are useful for clothing greenhouse walls.

The first essential for the edible aparagus is thorough preparation of the bed in the initial stages. Drainage is an important point, and on heavy land it is advisable to raise it 1 foot. above the general level, trenching the ground 3 feet. deep in the autumn and adding a good dressing of sand, burnt earth, and old mortar rubble, together with a generous portion of well decayed manure. The bed should be about 4 feet in width and will be ready for planting about the beginning of April.

If plants are purchased they must be planted immediately on arrival, as the less time that elapses between lifting and planting the better. A bed 4 feet in width will take three rows, allowing 15 inches between the plants in the row.

No heads must be cut until the second year after planting. During the first season an ample supply of water should be given during dry weather and also a dressing of a good artificial fertiliser to encourage free growth. About the first week in November the old growths can be cut down and the bed covered over to a depth of 3 in. with well-decayed manure.

The following spring the roughest of the material may be raked off into the alleys and a good dressing of agricultural salt applied. Cutting may commence in the second year, but should not be continued after early June. Sufficient growth to maintain the plants in sturdy health must always be allowed to remain. Annual top-dressings with good manure and fertiliser will maintain continuous growth in later years.

The greenhouse species will thrive in a compost of two parts loam and one-third part each of leaf-mould, peat, and silver sand. Asparagus plumosus and Asparagus medeo lioides can be grown in pots or planted out in a bed and trained to wires running up to the roof of the house. Asparagus Sprengeri is best grown in pots suspended from the roof. Pot or plant in March and maintain a minimum temperature of 50 degrees to 55 degrees. During the growing period water and syringe frequently.

Plants are easily raised from seeds sown in the bed or in a nursery bed of light soil. Sow thinly in drills 1 inch deep and about 1 foot apart in early April. The seedlings must be ultimately thinned to 1 foot apart, and if raised in a nursery bed will be ready for planting in their permanent quarters in the following year. The greenhouse species can be increased by means of seeds sown in light compost in a temperature of 70 degrees in spring.

Use Cultivating the Azara and the Bamboo

April 30, 2010

The Azara are hardy evergreen shrubs :
Only one species of azara is of much importance from the gardener’s standpoint, and this is Azara micro-phylla, an evergreen shrub or small tree which is usually grown in this country as a wall climber. It has the distinct merit that it will thrive on a sunless wall and is very suitable for north aspects. Nevertheless, it will also succeed in sunny positions.

Azara micro-phylla is not absolutely hardy in all parts of the country, and even in the south may be cut to the ground in a severe winter if planted in exposed places. A good loamy but well-drained soil is ideal. If in the open, pruning is not necessary. When trained on a wall, straggling shoots should be shortened or removed in early summer. Young plants should always be raised in pots and transplanted in September, April, or early May.

Azara microphylla can be propagated by means of cuttings of well-ripened growth pulled off with a small heel of older wood and inserted in very sandy soil in a frame in August or September.

Bamboo are hardy and half-hardy evergreen plants :
The plants that are familiarly known in gardens as bamboos are divided by the botanists into three distinct families under the generic names Arundinaria, Bambusa, and Phyllostachys. However, the gardener need not trouble himself with the scientific differences which separate them, as all require much the same cultural care. One or two species are really too tender for cultivation outdoors in most parts of the country and are best grown in the conservatory with a minimum temperature of about 40 deg. Two notable examples of this type are Bambusa arundinacea and Bambusa vulgaris, both very large species, which in their native countries attain heights of 50 feet or more.

Even the hardiest bamboos should be planted in places where they are sheltered from high winds. Unless this precaution is taken the foliage is apt to become brown in patches and soon presents a shabby and untidy appearance. All bamboos succeed best in a good loamy soil which is neither so sandy as to dry out badly in the summer nor so heavy as to be cold and sodden in winter. Peat or leaf-mould of a good quality may be worked into the soil freely before planting, and it is an excellent plan to give the plants an annual mulch of well-rotted manure when growth starts in the spring. This will greatly improve the quality of the foliage. Bamboos usually look their best when established near ornamental water, and benefit from the extra moisture in the soil during the spring and summer. It is not advisable, however, that the crowns should be constantly soaked or standing in stagnant water during winter. For these reasons plants should be established sufficiently above water level to ensure reasonably good drainage at that season. April and early May are the best times for planting bamboos, and they should never be disturbed during the winter.

Propagation is most easily effected by division at planting time. Seed, if procurable, also offers a possible method of propagation. It should be sown very thinly during February or March in a light peaty compost in well-drained pans, and should be germinated in a warm greenhouse with a temperature of about 65 degrees.

Don’t You Like Automatic Gates

April 30, 2010

Appeal to automatize equipment has become, in the life of the contemporary people, impossible to live without. Accepted or not, beyond what the enemies of this reality will say, this technology accelerates considerably any process or procedure. In this writings we prepare to treat the topic as how the automatize  technology has been able to apply his favors to – neither more nor less -important thing, the gateway.

The gates are, in essence everywhere. Nevertheless, not so clearly anymore, all the gates/gates are not the same. It is not the same to install a gate/gate that is known they are going to pass thru thousands of persons every day, to install the door of a small apartment. Every gate is, actually, as always, to a specific case. And it is so, from the already above mentioned example, before referring to every item of an automatic door in particular, that we’ll like to show what the basic requisites are to think about the installation of an automatic door.

It will be seen that, actually, the conclusion of this problem is a very simple thing: The installation of an automatic gate is only justified in pros of, first, the need to improve the traffic of people (with or without vehicles) to a certain place, or second, the need to maximize the safety. This way, to sum up, the class of gates that we talk about exist, in essence, to guarantee the good circulation and the safety of people. Let’s see every case.

1.  Garage Automatic Gates: It is the most common use of the technology that we treat. It’s application is already, in almost the whole world, a clear need. The reasons that justify having a automatic garage door are simple,  the better circulation and security. Nobody will  deny that, in a day of heavy rain for example, getting off the car to open the garage gate is a real discomfort.

The installation of an automatic garage door eliminates the discomfort of getting wet when it rains. By pressing a button the garage automatic gate is opened ” by itself ” and you’ll only have to park your vehicle. For what it does to the safety factor it is , perhaps much better. Having to descend from the car to open  the  garage gate implies being vulnerable to a possible assailants’ move. That scenario is not an option with a good  automatic door opener installed; using different technologies (that will be overview later on) you will be able to handle the garage gate without having to stop driving. The options that the market offers nowadays for this type of gates are innumerable. Both the aesthetic thing and the functional one are perfectly respected values in this type of installation.

2. Industrial automatic gates: Usually installed in the big factories and platforms of load. They allow a better traffic, in addition to the workers and chauffeurs, of the totality of the materials and goods, accelerating and enhancing the logistic of any space of industrial manufacture. They are, from the newly above mentioned thing, an impassable need of the sector.

3. Commercial automatic doors: The automatic doors of the commercial title are, first of all, linked with the need to improve the circulation of the clients. We refer to this business, galleries or shopping malls that are visited constantly by a multitude. The most ordinary of all options is that one who incorporate a sensor,  so when the client get close to the door, it is acknowledge by the proximity and engage the mechanism to open, once the client has gone away, and if nobody else is willing to enter or to go out anymore, the gate closes automatically.

But automatic doors openers are not now days any type of innovation. To wrap up the present article we want to announce some technologies (already present on the market) that compose clearly an interesting innovation.

Home security with Barbed Wire Fencing

April 30, 2010

When you own a property and you have animals and a family to protect, it is important that you have adequate security fencing surrounding the area in order to keep out all of the unwanted visitors. For some, the unwanted visitors will include predators that can harm your livestock, for others, the unwanted visitors will include trespassers. Either way, a strong fence that will deter both humans and animals from entering your property, can be achieved with the use of a top quality barbed wire fencing.

Barbed wires are wires that have sharp edges or points arranged at regular intervals. This wire, although dangerous if you were to get yourself entangled in it, is extremely effective as a security measure. This type of fencing is very affordable and can also be easy to install as well. There are professionals that can install it for you, or you could try to give it a go yourself in order to save even more money. If you were thinking about constructing the fence yourself you will definitely need protective clothing and an extremely hardy pair of gloves. A cut from this type of wire can travel quite deeply under the skin, so you will also need to make sure that your children, or your friends children, are educated in some safety issues in regards to the fence and the potential danger.

Barbed wire fencing is used for cattle and for fences in hilly country areas, and in some extreme cases, even around houses and businesses that need protecting. Wooden posts are normally kept between for support. For agriculture you can have soft wire or high tensile wires, this tensile wire is thinner but the quality of steel is very good so that the livestock or any trespassing person cannot stretch the wire to make it loosen. There are occasions where you may be repairing sections of your current fence and you can use barbed wire during this time to maintain your security whilst you are conducting your repairs.

Many prisons make use of these fences, even in the top security prisons and this is the perfect demonstration of just how effective it is in keeping what you want in, and keeping what you don’t want in, out. These types of fences are also extremely difficult to climb, simply for the fact that it would be almost impossible to climb without sustaining some kind of injury.

When you are close to your barbed wire fencing, or your family members are, it is really important not to get too close, especially if you are wearing loose and flowing clothing. Your clothing can become tangled in the wires and they will rip.
Regular fencing checks are needed in order to fix repairs immediately if they arise. Having a fault in the fence or a loose fence post will make your security measures redundant. There may be times when you will need to replace individual wires, or it could be the case that you need to replace a post. Either way, you are not going to be able to keep the unwanted things out when your fence is faulty and in need of repair.

Home Security Lights

April 30, 2010

Unfortunately, in this day and age, you can never be too careful when it comes to home security and the safety of your family. The world isn’t what it used to be, and with these changes we have to make changes and adjustments ourselves. Many families have opted to install a home alarm system
in order to feel more secure. Choosing a home security system can be overwhelming. You have to pick the company, the features, the coverage, and the equipment. It can be a lot of information, but it is important to read up on the options out there, so you can make an informed decision about what your best option is. One of the more popular pieces of home security equipment is home security lights. This article will give you the facts about security lights so you can decide if this type of equipment might be right for you.

What? Home security lights are outdoor lights that are used at night to illuminate your home. There are many different kinds of security lights. Different kinds offer different types of bulbs. Some are equipped with halogen bulbs, while others use LED light. Some are wired into your home, and others also offer solar powered functioning. They can also vary in terms of brightness and size. Security lights almost seem like they are too simple of a security concept. It’s just a light, after all. But if you think like an intruder, the last thing you want when you are going somewhere you shouldn’t be going is a giant, bright light shining down on you and identifying you to the entire neighborhood.

Where? Security lights are generally used outdoors. They can be placed anywhere the resident chooses. Some of the most popular locations are front and back doors, and garages. It depends on your need. If you have a tool shed or a guest house in your backyard, this might be the perfect place for a security light.

When? Most security lights are equipped with motion detectors that cause the light to go on when any movement is detected. This is ideal if the security lights that you have chosen are particularly bright. You want to be safe, but you also don’t want to have an eye sore in your neighborhood. Motion detectors can also help with the electricity bill since you won’t have to pay to have the porch light on 10 hours a day. Although motion sensors are quite popular, there are people who opt to have their security lights on all the time. This is also an option, if you so choose.

Who? Security lights don’t discriminate, so whether you’re a neighbor out for a late night stroll, a teenager coming home from a night out with friends, or an intruder with bad intentions, if you trip up the motion detectors the security lights are going to come on.

Home security lights can be a great supplement to a home security system, but if you really want to feel secure, security lights should be just one feature in your system.

A Reason To Get An Electric Garage Door

April 30, 2010

Are you tired of having to get out of your automobile just to open or close the garage door?  Are you fed up with having to open or close the garage door for someone else?  Well, either way, the solution for you may be electric garage door openers.  These are motorised devices that attach to your garage door and open and close it with only a push of a button.  It saves a bit of time, a fair bit of effort, and a lot of hassle for you.  These can make going out and coming back home so much smoother and more comfortable.

That’s not to say that you can only install an electric garage door opener in your home.  You can install them in your workplace garage, or even have these automatic marvels in an industrial setting.  They will minimize times waiting for people to open the doors, and improve efficiency.

You can use your old door or get a new garage door along with your new electric garage door opener.  Because of the variety of configurations and sizes, it is possible to find the system that suits your needs and wants.  You can have a door that opens forward and out, or pulls up, or even rolls up, depending on the type you choose.  Because the mechanical components of electric garage door openers stand independent of the actual doors, they can be attached to existing garage doors.  Even an ages-old garage can be modernised with these mechanical marvels.

Now you might be wondering what happens when the power goes out.  Any contemporary electric garage door opener is built to automatically provide a secure lock when the power goes out, so no one can force their way in.  At the same time, these systems are equipped with emergency release mechanisms, which allow the door to be opened or closed manually when the need arises.

Most electric garage door opener models are operated by either a control panel mounted on a wall inside the garage or by a remote control unit that the driver of the vehicle carries on his or her person.  It is also possible to activate the door via optional biometric fingerprint readers, as well as over the Internet using secure protocols.  The only thing that you need to do to ensure the security of these methods is to keep your remotes, keys, and passwords away from prying eyes,  which you are already doing, anyway.

The garage door is the single largest moving object in the home, or at least in most homes.  Anyway, considering the heft of these objects, you might be concerned about safety.  Not to worry, most current models are equipped with automatic cut-off systems.  The electric garage door openers will suspend operation and go to default positions if an impact or obstruction along an integrated infrared beam is detected.  Some of these safety features count as extras, so make sure to ask! An electric garage door opener is convenient, secure, and safe plus there is always something nice about having

Are You Want To Buy Dining Room Table?

April 30, 2010

Dining is one of the most important things people do in their day, though they may not realize it. Why, because aside from quelling hunger pangs, dining is also meant to spend some quality time with the whole family. This is why close attention should be paid to make dining room as comfortable as possible. Yes it does cost some serious money but with some adjustments, even forlorn rooms can be made as satisfying as mom’s home cooking without denting the pocket by much.

Just how to do it? Let’s start with dining room tables, which is the focus of this article.
Choosing the right dining room tables goes beyond simple aesthetics. Its location determines its style and materials, for example in kitchens, a hard-wearing solid wood top is crucial, large, formal dining rooms require a table with a strong presence, if your taste veers towards modern then contemporary and modern dining tables would work best.

These decisions will affect the look of the home and sense of space. So before actually going for shopping ponder over following points. Before Shopping for a Dining Room Table :

To fine tune your planning, here’s a list of things to consider prior to your purchase:

1. Budget, How much have you allocated?
2. Family,  What is the size of your family?
3. Space, What is the size of your dining room? Cramped space makes getting in and out of chairs awkward.
4. Lifestyle, Do you entertain often? Formally or informally?
5. Usage,  What other usage do you have for the table e.g. study, arts and craft?
6. Special requirements, Do you need mobility or you would want to extend it to seat 12?

Sofas For Small Living Spaces

April 30, 2010

Small sectional sofas is definitely very popular among a lot of people. One of the reasons for this is the fact that they will help you to make your small living space to look cozy and comfortable without appearing tiny and cramped. This makes the small sectional sofas an excellent option for people that doesn’t have much space in their living rooms.

So, if you have a rather small living room, but still want a sectional sofa, you would be pleased to know that sectional sofas come in smaller sizes as well, catering for everyone’s needs. Saving you some space if you don’t have plenty of space to begin with. If you have a living room that is not too spacious, you should probably not consider a sectional sofa that consists of more than 3- or 4-pieces. Typically a 3-piece sectional sofa is a good starting place when you start shopping around.

You are probably wondering what a 3-piece sectional sofa consists of? Generally a small 3-piece sectional sofa are simply a sofa or a loveseat, combined with one or two chairs. The great thing about sectional sofas is the fact that you have the ability to place them however you would prefer, adding a personal touch to your living room. Centrally locating your sofa pieces within your living room could make the area feel more spacious while offering proper seating for conversation and intimacy.

The size of your sectional sofa will depend on the size of your living room, that is why it is important to take measurements before purchasing, ensuring your sofa pieces would easily fit into your small living area without over powering it.
The measurements of small scale sectional sofas ranges from about 120 – 130″ wide and ends at about 157″ wide. A wise choice would be to find a sofa with components that are sold seperately, enabling you to add some pieces or knock off a few pieces to accommodate your small space. Also allowing you to fill space efficiently while giving you many different looks to choose from.

A small sofa usually measures about 72″ or smaller and their matching chairs are measured around 24″ each, adding up to 120″ wide. A loveseat would be around 63″ with chairs of about 31.5″ wide, adding up to 126″. If you have more space available you could just add another chair to your set. The idea of choosing particular loose pieces for your small sectional sofa set not only allows you to create your desired size sofa set, but also allows you to mix and match, creating your own unique style and look. Especially nowadays with the new look of matching stripes, floral patterns and plain colors together.

You will also have to choose between a variety of fabrics. Sofas come in leather, suede, microfiber or cloth, giving you a variety of looks, designs and price ranges to choose from. The great thing about small sectional sofas is that it doesn’t always have to be big to offer you some great versatility.

With A Sofa in The Living Room

April 30, 2010

The living room is the best way to show the masters’ personal taste, the sofa is the protagonist here. Sofa plays an important role in the living room, which often determines a room melody. So, what should be considered before purchasing a sofa?

1. Comfort, we are busy all day long in office, we just can go home to relax. so sofa seats should be very comfortable, sit cushion and back cushion should be suited to the surface of human physiological structure. but If it is smaller room, recliner sofa is a good choice.

2. Different style sofa for men at different age, For elder people, sofa height is very important, it is not convenient to sit down and stand up if it is too high. for new couples, should consider safety and durability after the birth of a child, sofas can not have sharp edges and corners of the hardware and its color should be bright and lively.

3. Choose a sofa as per room size, structure, it is preferable compact wood sofa or fabric sofa. large living room with large sofas and coffee table, which is more convenient and comfortable, for smaller room, there is some small sofa with a storage space, which can save space and a multi purpose.

4. Considering the variability of the sofa, the “corner sofa” comprised with 5-7 separate single sofas can be moved in different position. it can give freshness if transforming their layout. we can buy more one extra fabric cover when we buy a fabric sofa, in order to change in different seasons.

5. Fabric sofa coordinates with other decorative styles of living room furniture. Sofa fabric, patterns, colors tend to dominate the room from the style of role, so, a fabric sofa bought first, then other living room furniture bought secondly is a wise choice.

6. Fabric sofa is cheap, and it turns to a new one if the cover is replaced. and fabric sofa does not appear to be luxury, comparing a leather sofa. why leather sofa is not durable if you have kids? he or she jumps on a leather sofa or urinary by carelessness. in the mean time, you have to take care of the leather sofa very often, like cleaning. but a leather sofa in the living room, looks very high-grade and make living room very beautiful. if the living room is enough big, the leather sofa is good choice. if not, a fabric sofa is prefer to feel warm in a living room. obviously, in accordance with your overall home decor. leather sofa is the first choice for a big house. fabric sofa for small household. similarly, leather sofa for luxury decoration and fabric sofa for concise style. a leather sofa it not is easy to take care. it is white sofa in my honey’s house. but now it is not the original colors. but I’d rather choose leather sofa, simple and generous. we can have another feeling if cushion is changed into another style. it is aesthetic fatigue if we choose fabric sofa.