Thinking of a Home Improvement Project?

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Thinking of a Home Improvement Project?

Home improvement jobs do not necessarily mean a lot of stress and hassle. If you plan properly before starting your project, you can complete the work on time, within your budget, and without any headaches. Keep reading to see some interesting home improvement ideas that can make things easier.

Get a new porch light that features a motion sensor in order to help reduce your electric bill. You can still turn the light on manually when you need to, and most models also let you fine tune the sensitivity.

Don’t underestimate how valuable a quality door is. Your guests will be seeing your door whenever they enter and leave your home. As well, a poor fitting door can lead to a large amount of heat loss. Security is also an issue for doors with old or inferior frames and locks.

Install peepholes in your exterior doors. Do it so you can safely see who is outside your door. Installing a peephole is a relatively easy job and one of the best safety improvements there is. All it takes is a drill and a little bit of your time. Having a peephole will take away the anxious feeling whenever there is a knock on your door, because you will have the luxury of seeing who is on the other side.

One thing you must do when tackling home improvement projects is allocating a specific budget. You will be able to keep your home in better condition if you allot a reasonable amount for home repairs. Place this money into a savings account specifically used for home repairs, and use it in the future.

A splash of paint can really update your space so give it a try! New paint can give a room an entirely different personality. Painting is a cheap way to increase your home’s value. Use colors that are light and match your home decor.

Stain your basement’s flooring if you want to improve the look and feel of your space. Stained concrete floors are not as expensive as replacing them; the look is also very stylish. Staining your flooring adds durability and gives you an easier way to clean up. Choose stains that add luster and shine to the floor. People will think that your floors cost much more than they really did.

If you need your home improvement work completed in a hurry, be prepared to pay for it. Most contractors will be happy to put in extra work to finish your project more quickly. They will eagerly complete the project for a bit more money. You will have to pay them more.

Using analogous colors in a peaceful spot in your home is a good idea. Analogous colors are those that reside side by side on the color wheel. For example, red and orange are analogous, as are violet and blue. A room with this color scheme appears more relaxing and restful, so it is great for bedrooms and family rooms.

Don’t overlook issues with rust or mold, no matter how small. These can quickly develop into much bigger problems for the homeowner, especially in older houses. Repairing the problem when it is small is easy. You can lose a lot of money if you wait too long before fixing minor problems. To get rid of mold in small areas, try bleach. In many cases, a minor rust issue can be fixed with sanding.

Install smoke alarms in your home to maintain safety and save money on insurance. Newer homes have less fire risk, so your discount will bigger the older your house is. These smoke alarms could even save your life and your belongings if a fire starts.

You will be astounded by the impact crown molding has on your walls. Plain, boring walls can be spiced up with the addition of some crown molding. Crown molding can be a simple, inexpensive improvement to make.

Ceiling fans should be considered as a home improvement project. Ceiling fans are easy to install and quite inexpensive. It is inexpensive and will help you save money on energy costs.

You need to be flexible when you undertake home improvement projects. Be flexible with your time frames as you never know what may unexpectedly pop up. You may only have a little bit of money for something, but it could cost you more than you think. Flexibility is key to dealing with these issues as they arise.

Make sure those cabinets are securely screwed to stud in the wall. Find and mark all of the wall studs prior to installation to be sure you place the screws in the correct places. Cheap stud finders can dramatically ease this process. These can be found at virtually all hardware stores.

It’s well worth your time to learn about how to make home improvements the correct way. Repair and maintenance are just a part of every day life for homeowners. Homeowners that go above and beyond will reap the benefits of having a better environment to live in. Keep learning home improvement tricks to secure these rewards for yourself!

Have A Great Day!

Thomas Wallace

Things You Should Know Before Any Home Improvement

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Things You Should Know Before Any Home Improvement

Home improvement projects can feel overwhelming, but with the right research, they don’t have to be. Be patient and do a lot of research on the projects you are interested in. The information and tips in this article can get you on the road to home improvement.

Recycle shoe boxes to add more storage to your different rooms. Cover the shoe boxes in fabric, paint or wallpaper to give them a pleasing design. This could be a good way to add drama to the rooms in your house, and it will also serve as a good storage solution.

If your home improvement project is taking place near or around the kitchen, fireplace or anything else with a gas line, find the shutoff switch prior to starting. You also need to use extreme caution during the project itself. Don’t cause a gas explosion or otherwise injure yourself due to carelessness.

If you have a handyman working for you, get your contract in writing. This ensures you don’t get overcharged in the end. If you don’t have a contract, you may wind up being taken to the cleaners.

When you’re preparing your home for sale, you want to do everything you can to clearly define the use of every room. For example, a home office should be furnished accordingly with a desk and other accessories. A family room, on the other hand, should be furnished with kid-friendly, welcoming decor and furniture. This will help buyers to visualize themselves in the space, giving them ideas as to how they will use it. Well defined spaces make a house more attractive and set it up to sell faster.

If your goal is to create an ambiance of calm within your rooms, pick light, airy colors like light green, light blue, or light purple. Linens and cotton fabric add to a peaceful atmosphere. Add some potpourri or scented candles in order to build an inviting, peaceful atmosphere.

Be aware of the type of product you are using to clean out stubborn clogs. Cleaners differ, and some can be very harsh on your plumbing. In particular, crystallized cleaners stick to the inside of your pipes and wear them down over time. Make sure you use a drain cleaner that is compatible with your septic tank.

Put a peephole in outside doors! Then, you can know who is on the other side of the door before you open it. Although some people will hire a professional to do this, adding a peep hole is actually one of the easiest improvements out there. You just need a little time and a good drill. A peephole will give you that extra sense of reassurance when someone knocks.

A good idea for a home improvement project is to put a chandelier in your home. You can buy a very nice chandelier for just under 500 dollars. Look for a chandelier with total wattage in the 200 to 400-watt range to achieve maximum light and sparkle.

Individual solar lights come in an abundance of styles and are cheap, however they serve very little purpose other than decoration. If you need good outdoor lighting for your walkway, you need to get electric models. They do cost more, but work better and for longer.

When you install kitchen cabinets, use a level to get accurate placement. Floors may look level, but they seldom are. Begin with your kitchen’s highest point and make a benchmark line around the wall where you will be putting cabinets in; this ensures the counters are going to be level.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a room look good; just apply a fresh coat of paint. Take a look at the different paint chips at your local home improvement store. Look for ones that are both fun and exciting and do it. If you wind up not liking the results, you always have the option of painting over it.

White colored tiles are a practical option when replacing your roof. Lighter tiles absorb heat much better allowing your home to remain cooler. The less frequently your air conditioner runs, the less money you have to shell out for it.

The idea of a freshly painted room is exciting, but don’t dive into it unprepared! Start by protecting furniture and decor, especially if you are painting the walls. You could ruin furniture if paint gets on it. Cover your furniture with sheets to keep it protected.

You can change the look of your bathroom cheaply and easily if desired. You can easily liven up the space with a new shower curtain, towels and a new bath mat. You will change the look of the room right away. Your bathroom can be a great place to incorporate plants; however, be judicious in your choice of plants to make sure they thrive.

You’ve just learned what it takes to be successful at home improvement. If the goal is clear in mind, with these tips, you will be able to accomplish what you desire.

To Your Success

Thomas Wallace

Low-Carb Diet, Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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It’s no wonder that confusion reigns when it comes to the worth and reliability of low carb dietslow-carb diets after all the conflicting studies and confusing interpretation of the information. It’s no wonder that confusion reigns when it comes to the worth and reliability of low-carb diets after all the conflicting studies and confusing interpretation of the information. It seems like debates are popping up everywhere!

No matter if it’s Atkins, South Beach or some other low-carb plan, there are approximately 30 million Americans are on a low-carb diet.

Supporters contend that the large amount of carbohydrates in our diet has led to increased problems with obesity, diabetes, and other health situations. On the other hand, some attribute obesity and related health problems to over eating of calories and lack of physical activity. They also express concern that without grains, fruits, and vegetables in low-carbohydrate diets may lead to deficiencies of some key nutrients, including vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and many minerals.

It is already known that any diet, whether high or low in carbohydrates, can produce meaningful weight loss during the early stages of the diet. Keep in mind, the key to a diet being successful is in being able to lose the weight on a permanent basis.

Let’s see if we can expose some of the mystery about low-carb diets. Following, is a listing of some related points taken from recent studies and scientific literature.

Point 1 – Some Differences Between Low-Carb Diets

There are many famous diets created to lower carbohydrate consumption. Lowering total carbohydrates in the diet means that protein and fat will take up a proportionately greater amount of the total caloric intake.

Low carbohydrate diet like the Atkins Diet restrict carbohydrate to a point where weight loss advantagesthe body becomes ketogenic (a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that includes normal amounts of protein). Other low-carb diets like the Zone and Life Without Bread are less confined. Some, like Sugar Busters announce only
to eliminate sugars and foods that elevate blood sugar levels excessively.

Point 2 – What We Know about Low-Carb Diets

Close to all of the studies to date have been small with a diversity of research objectives.
Carbohydrate, caloric intake, diet duration and participant characteristics are wide-ranged greatly. Most of the studies to date have two things in common, none of the research studies had people in the study with a average age over 53 and none of the controlled studies lasted more than 90 days.

The results on older adults and long-term results are scarce. Many diet studies fail to keep track of the amount of exercise, and therefore caloric use, while people in the study are dieting. This helps to explain the variances between studies.

If you lose weight on a low-carb diet it is a function of the calorie intake and length of the diet, and not with reduced amount of carbohydrates.

There is very little evidence on the long-range safety of low-carb diets. Even healthy livingthough the medical community has concerns, no short-term bad effects have been found with cholesterol, glucose, insulin and blood-pressure levels among the people in the study on the diets. Because of the short period of the studies the adverse effects may not show up. Losing weight typically leads to improvement in these levels, and this may offset an increase caused by a high fat diet. The over-all weight changes for low-carb and other types of diets are similar.

Most low-carb diets can cause ketosis. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and confusion are some of the potential consequences. When first starting a low-carb diet some fatigue and constipation may be met and these symptoms usually disappear quickly.

Some report that you can have more calories when on a low-carb diet. Remember a calorie is a calorie no matter what you intake. When the study is not closely supervised variations will result by people cheating in the study on many factors of the study.

There are three important factors I would like to re-emphasize:

1.-The over-all success rate for low-carb and other types of diets are similar.

2.- Small amount of information exists on the long-term efficacy and safety of low-carb diets despite their huge popularity,

3.- Dieters usually experience boredom with a strict version of the low-carb diet and are not able to stay on diets of low carb food.

After observing the subject, a more severe and controlled study are needed on a long-range basis. The ketosis produced is abnormal and stressful metabolic state. The results may cause more problems than it solved.

By picking a reliable diet you will benefit over a lifetime of proper eating and not a weight loss quickie.
An excellent rule of thumb is look at the diet long-range and see if you can see people exercisingyourself still on that diet after a couple of weeks. However, by following a diet with fat, carbohydrates, protein and other nutrients in moderation may be the best way to go and a little more exercise won’t hurt either.

 

To Your Health, Happiness and Pursuit of Knowledge

Thomas Wallace