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Benefits of LED Lightbulbs

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Have you ever tried looking out of the plane while landing during the night and a bright orange light used to saturate and block out the entire vision?

Metropolis has changed with LED’s and that city which was stained by hazy lights now glows with a clearest grid ever!

The illumination of LED’s is incredible and that is what this post focuses on!  Here are some of the benefits of LED light bulbs which will make you replace the existing ones right away!

Efficient Enough to Embrace

LED Bulbs are quite efficient when it comes to energy consumption. They consume almost 90% less power than incandescent bulbs which means that shifting to LED bulbs can lower down your electricity bill drastically.

Although the purchase value of LED bulbs is higher than those of incandescent bulbs but the cost is recovered in the form of low bill amount.

The lower consumption of energy has also encouraged usage of LED’s in remote areas where solar panels drive the occurrence of electricity.

Durability

Do you still keep inventory of incandescent bulbs because they can fuse almost any time! You no longer need to block your funds by investing in those anymore!

The life span of LED’s is 40 times the life span of incandescent bulbs. If we count in hours, they can constantly work for 60000 hours which means they can run for 7 years continuously before they need to be replaced!

Whoa! Isn’t that amazing! When it will come to replacing it after so many years, you won’t even remember the last time you changed the bulb!

Treat to Your Eyes

Incandescent bulbs can damage your eyes and hence it is not recommended especially for kids to read in that light. They can cause an irreparable harm to the retina of the human eye.

On the other hand, LED lights are safe and effective and doesn’t cause any irritation or harm even after prolonged and continuous reading under this light.

Variety of Uses

LED’s can be used extensively and has variety of applications. They can be used at home, schools, offices, military, and cinema halls, aerospace and for street lamps too!

Both residential and professional population is embracing the usage of LED bulbs and day is not far when all the other lights would be rolled out of the industry.

Also, LED’s are made of non-toxic materials and hence they are environment friendly. This is the reason that the government also encourages application of LED’s.

Low Maintenance

As mentioned above, LED’s have an impressive lifespan and are offered in variety of colours unlike incandescent bulbs. There is absolutely low to no maintenance for the LED’s.

Once you apply it at your home, all you have to worry about is to clean it if you want and nothing else!

Safe to Use

Ouch! Don’t touch the bulb as it might be hot! LED’s are from cool generation and unlike incandescent bulbs they generate virtually no heat.

This means that even if you touch them after they were on for hours, they would be cool to touch. This reduces the risk of burns and fires as LED’s are able to withstand shock, vibration and extreme temperatures.

Build a Pegboard for Tools

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Organization should be a major emphasis of a spring cleaning checklist. You want to organize closets in your home, your basement, your pantry and your garage or workspace too.

Tools often lead to a lot of clutter. You need to create a way to organize tools in your home and one way to do that is to build a pegboard for tools.

A pegboard in the wall of your garage or workspace is a great way to neatly organize your tools and ensure you can easily access them when you need them.

Here is how to build a pegboard for tools:

#1. MEASURE

You need to measure the space on the wall you want to hang the tools. Be sure the space is large enough for several tools, including tools of various lengths and depths. You should use a tape measure and mark the space on the wall using a ruler and a pencil.

#2. CUT

Purchase two pieces of plywood and cut them in strips to create the frame for the pegboard. The original size of the board should be 2-2 ¾”. You will cut down the center of the plywood for four separate strips for the frame.

Then use the table saw to cut a channel down the center of each strip of the wood. The pegboard will rest in the channels of the frame.

#3. BUILD

Now build the frame. Attach the two sides of the frame to the top of the frame. You need a nail gun for this. Then cut the pegboard with the table saw to fit the dimensions of the frame.

Now slide the pegboard into the channels of the top and side panels of the frame. Then slide the bottom frame into the pegboard and attach the bottom to the two side pieces of the frame with the nail gun.

Now hang the board on the wall and then purchase a pegboard kit for hangers for the tools.

That’s it. This is a very easy project to organize your garage. You can build a pegboard for tools in just 1-2 hours and it will last for several years.

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

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Does this sound familiar to you? You really want a beautiful garden for your home. You want to plant fruits and vegetables and beautiful blossoming flower. The problem is there simply is not enough space for a full garden anywhere in your yard or around your home. There is a solution! You can build a raised garden bed.

To build a raised garden bed isn’t hard at all. You can complete this project in a weekend or even in just one day! After the build is complete you can get started on planting and nurturing your seeds. Ready to get started?

First, decide where you want to build the raised garden bed. You will need to find an appropriately sized space for the bed and somewhere near your home that receives a lot of sunlight. Your vegetable plants in particular will require a lot of sunlight to grow their fullest and freshest.

The next step is to build the frame of the garden bed. You can use untreated lumber for this project. The lumber might rot but it is better for the plant life in the garden. You don’t have to use lumber or 2x4s. You can use patio retaining wall blocks or bricks too. The materials are not too important as long as you are happy with the size and layout.

You should build the bed with a height of at least 18 inches to ensure enough room for the roots of the plants to grow deep in the frame. The length is dependent on the amount of space available.

Cut the length of the 2x4s to the size you desire and cut the corner posts too. After all of the boards are the correct size, you should drill the corner posts into the back of the frame boards. We recommend screwing in posts in the middle of the frame walls too for additional support and strength.

Then attach all the pieces together with your drill and screws to form a box. This completes the frame construction.

Now set the frame in your desired location. Outline the frame with a shovel and start to dig out a spot where the frame will rest in the dirt. Loosen the dirt beneath the bed frame to so that it is ready for the plant seed.

We also recommend that you attach mesh along the bottom of the garden bed frame. The mesh will help prevent weeds from growing in the garden and beneath the plants and frame. No one wants a weed in their garden!

You should also staple plastic along the interior walls of the frame if the wood you chose is not rot-resistant. Cedar wood is a natural wood that resists rot but it is a little more expensive.

Now pour nutrient-rich soil and compost into the garden bed. This will help to produce a fruitful garden for your home. Your seeds will strive in this soil and sunlight.

Now it is time to start planting! Plant whatever flowers or vegetables and fruits you prefer and leave the soil loose around them so water can reach the roots. The best time to water plants is in the morning time. Here are more gardening tips!

That’s it! You can now put your green thumb to the test and build additional garden beds to expand your selection of beautiful flowers and plants in your yard.

Four Winter Home Improvement Projects to be Left for the Professionals

To most of us, winter is the time to spend time on vacation and celebrate the holidays while shopping in places we’ve been dreaming to go. As much as you’re planning for that holiday in a luxurious destination, remember that winter is a great time to accomplish some of your home improvement projects on your to-do list.

Just like other large remodeling projects, there’s a risk involved in tackling some of the projects you’ll want to do in winter. This is not just about the money to be spent in the project and the time spent but the risk of injury or even causing serious damage to your property. The weather in this season is usually brutal and it’s not the time to try DIY projects. Here are some of the winter home improvement projects that should be left for the pros.

Plumbing and Electrical

If you were to list down the things that are most likely to go wrong when attempting a DIY plumbing and electrical repair and improvement, you might not finish that list. The risks of attempting to repair an electrical fault or a plumbing system is much higher than when dealing with HVAC systems. You might end up with a burst pipe, a clogged toilet or an electrical shock and an electrical fire.

Winter plumbing improvements can be more dangerous and should be left to qualified plumbers. The same applies to winter electrical improvements.

HVAC Systems

According to most manufacturer’s, HVAC units should only be repaired and inspected by a licensed and certified professional otherwise, your warranty will be null and void. Heating and air conditioning units play a very important role in your home. They ensure your home temperature is comfortable for you and your family. Making a mistake when fixing HVAC units might result in serious respiratory complications and compromise their ability to regulate your home’s temperature in winter. It’s recommended to work with licensed HVAC experts to fix any problems and perform the improvements.

Roofing

Roofing work can be very dangerous and is not as simple as some of your friends will explain to you. Whether it’s inspecting your roof for any possible damage or removing the ice or snow buildup, all the roofing work should be left for roofing contractors. Roofing mistakes might cause serious damage to your property. The tools, equipment and materials used in this kind of work require specialized training and experience. Getting on top of your roof in the cold and slippery conditions might end up in serious injury.

Windows

Replacing a broken or cracked window looks easy in theory but it’s very dangerous in reality. Most of those who underestimated the risk involved in replacing windows have a story to tell. As much as you might not cause injury to yourself, there’s a high chance you’ll do it incorrectly. Window home improvement projects need the help of a professional to ensure the safety of your home. Note that a small mistake will make a huge difference. You can save yourself valuable time and a lot of money in the long run by working with a qualified professional.