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Outdoor Lightning Tips To Choose The Perfect Pain Colour

Outdoor Lightning Tips To Choose The Perfect Pain Colour

Outdoor Lightning Tips To Choose The Perfect Pain Colour

It’s almost that time of year again. Holiday season is nigh. Time to head up to the attic – or down to the basement – to haul out the Christmas decorations for another year. Outdoor lights play a big part in most people’s seasonal decorating scheme but there are ways that you can make this year’s lighting display safer and cheaper than in years past.

Here are some suggestions…

LED holiday lights are every bit as beautiful as more traditional lights and use a whopping 95% less electricity.

Liven up the entrance to your home with seasonal red and green décor. String bright white LED lights all around the door frame and then add garlands and bows. Place a wreath in the center decorated with small baubles and voila – you now have a dreamy Christmas doorway instead of a bland and boring one. If you have a porch continue the theme to include it as well and you will have an elegant way to greet your holiday guests.

If the idea of spending hours stringing outdoor lights simply does not appeal to you there are alternatives. Wire trees that come with pre-strung lights are ready to be “planted” indoors or out. They come in many different shapes, sizes and colors and are usually available at your local hardware or home store at very reasonable prices. If you really want to go green and avoid electric lights altogether this season or at least decrease the number you use, outdoor votives are a viable alternative.

You can line pathways and driveways with them or place them around a porch, patio or deck. Outdoor votive candle holders are relatively inexpensive and can be used to great effect. The only thing you have to remember is to snuff all those candles out before everyone goes to bed and to keep children away from them when they are lit. You can hire the best painter in the world to help spruce up your home but the one thing he or she is not going to do is choose a color scheme for you. Painting contractors may offer advice but the choice is ultimately going to be yours to make.

Choosing the right combination of colors can seem like quite a tall order when there are literally thousands of different colors out there to choose from. Fortunately there are plenty of resources available out there to help you discover the perfect color scheme for your home before you spend hundreds of dollars on paint. Yes, there really is an app for everything, including choosing paint colors for your home while on the train home from work. This app offers dozens of different ways for homeowners to discover and experiment with color and, best of all, it is free!

One of the best functions of this particular app is that if you happen to be out and about and spot a color you like, even an amazing color found in a spectacular sunset, you can snap a picture of it with the camera of your iPhone or iPod and the app will help you match it to one of their 3,300 shades of paint.

Leatrice Eiseman is executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and probably knows more about color than most of the rest of the world. Her books and articles provide a wealth of color advice and are a cracking good read as well.  This nifty little tool, offered free by the Sessions College of Design helps users select HTML, RGB or CMYK colors, and identifies color harmonies and schemes.

Even if you didn’t plan on repainting anytime soon, spend a few minutes with this tool and all the beautiful colors may have you reaching for the phone to find a good painting contractor right way!

Pointers on Washroom Maintenance and Things can Cannot be Flushed Down The Toilet

Things That May Choke Up the Toilet Bowl

Things That May Choke Up the Toilet Bowl

Some of the things that are overlooked in our house tends to be the bathroom which owners tend to visit the least. Maintenance of the washroom is very important and this almost always seems to be overlooked. Also, it is very convenient to throw items down into the toilet bowl and therefore this may choke up the toilet. Lately we’ve noticed an influx of homeowners using their toilets for more than just human waste. To help ensure your home’s plumbing runs smoothly and to save you money in plumbing repairs, we pulled together this list of 10 things that you must NEVER flush down your toilet:

  1. Baby Wipes, Wet Wipes, and even wipes marketed as “flushable” – “Flushable” baby and adult wipes are becoming more popular nowadays. However, they are increasingly causing clogs and backups in sewage throughout Maryland homes. Although some brands may say they are flushable, they are not made of materials that easily breakdown in sewer systems like toilet paper. Efforts are being made to revise these guidelines to show a noticeable “DO NOT FLUSH” symbol on all packaging. Wipes of any kind should be disposed of in a trash can instead.
  2. Paper Towels and Tissues – While you may wish to save money and help the environment by using washable cloths and rags, paper towels and tissues are a staple in most households. Paper Towels and tissues also do not dissolve like toilet paper does. These items are best discarded in the trash rather than down the toilet.
  3. Q-tips and Cotton Balls – While it is easy to think that the cotton in Q-tips and cotton balls will break down since they are made of the same cotton found in toilet paper – they actually don’t! These items will clump together and cause blockages within your pipes.
  4. Cooking Grease and Food – Grease and other foods should never be poured into your toilet or other drains in general. Grease may look like a liquid that can be easily dumped down the drain but all grease will cool, harden, and clog up your pipes. You can collect your grease in another container until it cools before throwing it in the trash or save the grease to reuse it while cooking!
  5. Medications – You may think it is a good idea to flush any medications that are no longer needed or expired to ensure they are out of harm’s way. You can actually be doing more harm by flushing them down the toilet. These substances may pass through sewage treatment plants and septic tanks which can lead directly to soil and groundwater. Since these medications can have toxic effects on groundwater supplies and wildlife, it is always best to properly dispose of any medications. You can return unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs to pharmaceutical take-back locations for safe disposal. Ask your local pharmacy or law enforcement agency about pharmaceutical take-back programs.