How to Charge Your Hoverboard Properly – Don’t Get Burned!

How safe are hoverboards?

Aside from the natural concerns of balancing and falling off, there are much more serious concerns. Namely: “How do I know that the product will not explode, melt, or catch fire when I’m charging it?”

Indeed, there have been several mishaps of late, related to the charging mechanism in these hoverboards. To understand why, it helps to have some background knowledge of the product.

There are over 20 factories in China that make these things. Some are reputable, and some are not. When you order off of eBay, Amazon, or Alibaba, you are likely buying from a re-seller who imports them. Maybe they buy a quality product, or maybe they buy from the lowest bidder to earn more profit on the turnaround. In other words, it’s a gamble. When someone buys a new product from Amazon, the last thing on their mind is burning the kitchen down, but it is worth considering. In fact, it has happened to at least two people in the UK within the last 6 months. So, the first step is to buy from a reputable source that does not use cheap electronics on the interior, especially the batteries and charging mechanism.

“These Ain’t Your Momma’s Batteries”

Hoverboards are powered by the newest generation of Lithium-Polimer, or “Li-Po” rechargeable batteries.

For those new to Li-Po batteries, they are different from previous battery technologies in that they maintain a nearly full charge right up until they are almost fully depleted, and then they are empty almost immediately. They produce a lot of power, and are prone to thermal runaway (meltdown) when overly depleted, so in addition to buying a quality product, we have a few more words of caution we would like to share with you.

First, because of this steep drop-off in power when the battery gets low, it is important to stop riding the board when the battery alarm starts. Although you can continue to ride it due to the constant voltage, doing so could reduce your long term battery life. If you continue to deplete the battery for just a minute or two longer, you can actually force it to a point from which it cannot recover, and it will no longer accept a charge at all. In this case, the battery is prone to get very hot and possibly damage other internal components. So, the moral of the story is: stop riding when the low battery alarm (continuous beeping) starts.

Secondly, unlike other kinds of batteries, it is not recommended to store a li-po battery with a full charge, as this will also reduce the long term battery life. The good news here is that our engineers have already thought of this, and our chargers use a simple red-light/green-light charging system. When the charger turns green, the battery is optimally charged for safety, battery life, and a sufficient battery duration. The word of caution here is that you should unplug the charger when it turns green so that you …

Tips for Maintaining Your Septic Tank

Improper maintenance of your safety tank could jeopardize the safety of your health, finances and of course the environment. Leaks, blockage and sludge build-up in the tank could contaminate the groundwater, soil and the even the nearby water bodies. Following the following septic tank maintenance tips will help keep your tank in good shape.

Make Sure To Protect The Tank And The Drain Field

Safeguarding your tank from any physical damage would ensure the longevity of your septic tank. Never plant anything other than grass around your septic system. This is because the tree roots are capable of damaging the system. It is also suggested that you don’t operate any heavy machinery near the tank or build a shed or structure above the system.

Take Care Of What You Are Putting Inside The Tank

The kind of things that goes into the septic system has a major role to play in the proper functioning of your tank. Your septic system consists of microorganisms whose task it is to treat organic waste by breaking it down. Therefore you shouldn’t make their job tougher by introducing anything in the septic system which might hamper their ability to break things down.

The more solid waste you insert in the tank the more septic tank pumping is required. Never flush your sanitary napkins, tampons, diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, paper towels, floss or facial tissues down your toilet. Also try not to flush the food scraps and grease down the kitchen drain. Grease can clog your drain field making it impossible for the soil to absorb fluid.

Be Wary Of Heavy Duty Cleaners

Excessive use of heavy duty cleaners would kill all the microorganisms responsible for breaking down the waste. Extermination of the beneficial bacteria would lead to improper breakdown of the solid waste.

Keep rainwater away from the drain field

A soggy drain field leads to improper neutralization and absorption of liquid waste. Therefore go for roof gutters, landscaping and foundation drains to divert all the extra water from the septic drain field.

Go For Regular Maintenance

The solids in your septic system need to be pumped out from time to time. Ideally you need to pump your septic tank every three to five years to ensure its longevity. It needs to me mentioned that you should never attempt to open your septic system on your own since it contains poisonous gases and bacteria.…

Tips On Things To Carry To Your Temporary Home

Is your home getting a remodeling or repair work done? Are you worried that you need to move out to a temporary home and you need to do packing and stuff? That is a difficult task. Selecting things that you will only require in your temporary home is tough.

Here are a few tips that will help you to sort the things you want to take with you.

Sort out things room-by-room – Do a quick survey of the things you own. Select one room for a day or two, and sort the things in each room. You can empty out your belongings from drawers, closets and shelves and create groups into the ones you want to move with yourself, the ones you want to give away and the ones you want to store for a bigger home.

Decide what to take with yourself when you move to your temporary house – Only keep the things you require in your temporary house. It would be advisable if you only take kitchen utensils, linens, towels and other small things you think you will need. This is if your temporary home is furnished; if not then it is obvious you will have to get some basic furniture like beds, chairs, kitchen table, coffee table, couch and other pieces of furniture. Pack clothes according to the season in which you will be staying at your temporary home. It is better if you include some clothes of the adjoining seasons.

Confused as to what to put in storage and what to take with you? – Here is an idea. Think that your temporary house is a major real estate which will be used by you every day and that your storage is the vacation home for all your stuff. The things you will not require every day can be kept in your store house. If you need an item that will be helpful for you for the season in which you are moving into the temporary house, then you can take it along with you. Other seasons’ items need to go into the storage.

Box, label and move – Take photos of all the items you want to put in the storage and save them on your computer so that you will have record of the things in your storage. You can also put pictures of the items outside of each storage boxes for reference purpose. While packing your items make sure you separate them properly; one should be for storage and one for moving purpose. This will be helpful for you so that you can tell the movers as to which will go with you and which will go to storage.…

Knife Safety in the Kitchen

Most people do not know the proper way to handle a knife, whether it be in the kitchen or some other everyday use.

I have worked in a kitchen as a chef for 25 years now and it never ceases to amaze me how carelessly people handle a knife; one of the most used and dangerous tools in the kitchen. A knife is not a toy and it should not be used as one. Always respect a knife. It is also not a can, bottle or jar opener. It is also not a screwdriver, as this can cause damage to the tip of the blade and possibly slip and injure the user.

Always hold a knife in your dominant hand. If you are right-handed, hold the knife in your right hand. Likewise, if you are left-handed you would hold the knife in your left hand. You should always have the angle of the blade away from you. Never slice anything in the direction of your body, as you have a better chance of cutting yourself.

Never cut anything while holding it in your hand. Always use a cutting board with a damp cloth underneath it whenever you are slicing, chopping, or dicing. This will stop the board from slipping or moving on the counter top.

Also remember to keep your knives sharp at all times, as a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife. A dull knife will jump or slip off the item your are cutting and possibly cause serious injury to the user. That is why it is a important to own a honing stone or a knife sharpener.

Most people do not know the proper way to pass a knife to someone else. Some people will hold the knife by the blade while others will hold it by the handle. Each of these methods is incorrect. What if someone was to bump into the person receiving or passing the knife, this is an accident waiting to happen. The only proper way to pass a knife to someone else, is to lie it flat on a table with the edge of the blade facing away from the other person so they can pick it up themselves.

When walking through the kitchen, you never carry a knife loosely in front of you. The only way to carry a knife in the kitchen if you must, is by the handle, at the side of your leg with the sharp edge facing the back.

You should always hand wash your knives yourself after each use. Never put a knife in the dishwasher or sink with sudsy water as someone may reach in and cut themselves not knowing a knife was there.

Make sure you always use the proper knife for whatever job you are doing. Paring knives for coring or cleaning products, a chef knife for chopping or dicing and a slicing knife for slicing. Serrated knives are only to be used for slicing bread or sandwiches.

Always store …

An Introduction to Home Appliances For the Kitchen

One of the biggest working parts of any household is home appliances for the kitchen, and without a solid line up, could be difficult to manage home cooking. When choosing any set of appliances, it’s important to look at several key features, prices, and warranty information. Making an educated decision about these things can help save time and money.

First and foremost, before buying anything in regards to home appliances for the kitchen, it’s important to measure the space that you have free. This is a crucial thing to remember no matter what you’re purchasing in the near future. By measuring the free space that you have, you can make sure that you will be utilizing your appliance without any major complications. The second step is to set a budget. Setting a budget might seem trivial, but it will save you energy when you’re ready to purchase your items, and are faced with a purchasing decision.

After measuring your space and setting a budget, consider looking at the various color options that are available to you. Many people want to match their kitchen décor with their appliances. It’s important to consider what style and décor you want to go with, especially if you’re buying home appliances for the kitchen, separately. If you purchase a limited edition color, or a color that isn’t necessarily the norm, you might have a hard time matching everything in your kitchen. Consider something standard like black, white, or stainless steel if you’re purchasing items one by one. If you’re buying sets, you might be able to match everything with relative ease, but it might cost more up front.

Energy star rated options are gaining popularity amongst all different walks of life. Look for highly efficient, energy saving appliances, and you’ll ensure money is saved over time. Highly efficient machines run better and faster, and consume at least 30% less energy than other options. You’ll be amazed at the low cost of use, and definitely be happy to own one. It is true that they cost more up front, but you will save money over time. Traditional options still abound, so if you’re not ready to take the energy saver leap, do not fret, there are still other options available for the consumer.

Another key point to looking at home appliances for the kitchen is warranty information. Never forget to read the fine print on any warranty information that comes coupled with your investment. Some manufacturers offer a limited time; limited warranty and that could end up costing you down the road. To make sure you have peace of mind, always look for extended warranty options, or make sure you understand the terms of your limited warranty. Making sure your appliance works for the longevity you desire from your home is vital to picking out the right appliance.

There is a plethora of options to explore in regards to ovens, sinks, refrigerators, and so much more. Always shop around for the best price, and make sure …

Cooking Oil Recycling – What Is the Importance of Recycling Used Cooking Oil?

Impact of Cooking Oil Disposal

With over 2.5 billion gallons of used cooking oil created in the U.S. annually, proper oil disposal is a significant waste management issue. Due to the environmental impact of grease disposal, a conscious effort should always be made to recycle rather than disposed of waste oil. Grease disposal into a landfill can lead to long-term environmental harm. Furthermore, used oil is often improperly disposed of down kitchen drains, which can lead to clogged plumbing, sewer blockage, and groundwater contamination. Here are some facts about the negative environmental and financial impact of grease disposal:

  • The City of San Francisco spends $3.5 million every year to unclog sewers, with a large contributor being cooking oil poured down drains
  • One liter of waste cooking oil can contaminate up to one million liters of groundwater
  • Animals exposed to large amounts of cooking oil are at risk of suffocation, smothering, and coating of fur and feathers

Benefits of Cooking Oil Recycling

Recycling has become easier for both households and businesses in recent years. Many municipalities have implemented grease recycling programs and more companies have focused on providing oil recycling and grease trap cleaning services to businesses that create large amounts of waste oil. The majority of what is recycled is refined into various types of biofuels used for fueling automobiles and home heating. Some of the benefits of recycling include:

  • Biofuels produced from vegetable oil burn cleaner, emitting 78% less carbon dioxide than traditional diesel fuel
  • Biofuels, when used as an alternative to traditional fuels, have the potential to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint by 80%
  • Recycling can provide additional revenue for restaurants in the form of compensation from the recycling company, as well as significant tax deductions
  • Reduction in the blocking and deterioration of sewage systems

The many benefits of recycling grease are leading to widespread implementation of grease recycling and waste oil collection programs:

  • In Europe, more than 80% of used vegetable oil is currently being converted into biofuel
  • The average U.S. McDonald’s restaurant recycles nearly 1,450 gallons of oil per year
  • 100% of used oil from Darden Restaurants is recycled (Darden owns popular restaurant chains including Red Lobster and Olive Garden)

How Can you Recycle Cooking Oil?

Recycling For Households

  1. Go to Dispose of Cooking Oil to have all the necessary information about proper disposal and recycling at your fingertips
  2. After cooking, allow the oil to cool down and pour it into plastic storage containers. You can store the containers in the freezer to allow the oil to solidify and prevent spills during transportation to the recycling drop-off point
  3. Locate your nearest recycling drop-off location
  4. Plan ahead for recycling. Designate storage containers and drop-off periodically (e.g. once per month)
  5. Be happy that you are protecting your home and city from damage, helping the environment, and possibly earning some extra money for your used oil

Note: Many cities and recycling companies will offer additional drop-off locations after Thanksgiving to handle increased demand.

Recycling for Businesses (e.g. restaurants)

Since …

The Difference In Requirements Between Kitchen And Bathroom Extractor Fans

Extractor fans in both the kitchen and bathroom are ideal for keeping the air around you clean, reducing the risk of disease and illness. After cooking a meal, and indeed with plates and cutlery waiting for washing, there are all sorts of potential bugs and germs hanging around in the air – this is one area where extractor fans excel.

The other is keeping the air at a reasonable and comfortable temperature. After a hot bath, or cooking a roast dinner, the air temperature is significantly higher than previously. To keep a good level of moisture in the air, and for you to remain comfortable, an extractor fan will therefore remove a lot of that hot air, to keep temperature low, ensuring the air is clean and fresh.

However with bathroom and kitchen extractor fans, you might think they both do the job as good as one another – this is not the case. There are explicit guidelines regarding usage and safety for each to comply to. To be saleable, an extractor fan needs to comply to the safety guidelines set out by industry standards, as well as being above a certain level of quality – an extractor fan has to be able to remove a certain amount of air from the room in a given time in order to qualify to go on sale.

So what are the differences between an extractor fan in the kitchen or in the bathroom? Simple really, but a bathroom extractor fan must be safe for use in the bathroom environment where contact with water is unlikely, but entirely possible. Therefore for the bathroom, fans must be low power and well covered. The cover ensures good protection from contact with water, while the low power makes sure that if water contact ever occurs, it’s unlikely to cause injury.

In comparison, a fan installed in a kitchen is totally different. While in the bathroom, safety is paramount, the kitchen has much different considerations. Here, there are of course safety regulations, but with the fan likely to be out of reach, away from contact with water, they are much less strict. Here almost the only concern is the amount of air which can be shifted in a second by the fan. Provided the fan is capable of removing 15 litres of air per second from the room, the fan will be within the governing regulations, and perfect for use in the kitchen – much different to the low power, safety-conscious bathroom alternatives.…

Car Paint Scratches – Seven Things You May Be Doing to Cause Damage to Your Car Paint Finish

What you need to know about how to avoid the most common type of car scratch (swirl and spider). This article covers what to avoid and the single easiest way protect your car paint from the most common type of scratches that degrade the overall look of your paint finish. If you decide to remove micro swirl scratches yourself look for a car scratch remover designed to give professional results at home with a guarantee and good product support.

You may have noticed numerous ultra fine scratches known as a swirl or spider that is most noticeable on the hood, trunk and roof of cars. They usually stand out on a sunny day when you look straight down at them. If you really want a shock pull your car in a garage under direct overhead fluorescent lighting and brace yourself for car paint scratches galore. The majority of swirls or spider scratches can be traced to a poorly maintained car finish that is not regularly waxed or sealed. The 7 innocent things you may be subjecting your car to that can cause a micro swirl car scratch.

– Automatic drive through car washes are hard on paint.

– Automatic car wash workers with poor hand drying technique and substandard towels.

– Abrasive or dirty at home or self serve “brush wands” the type that connects to a hose.

– Using dish washing soap when washing your car at home.

– Wiping or rubbing dust or grit off a dry paint with a dry towel, rag or paper towel.

– Not using a chamois or premium micro fiber towel to dry a car paint finish after washing.

– Improper at home hand car washing technique – a subject all by itself.

NOTE: Anything from under the kitchen sink should never be used on your car because household cleaning products are designed to remove grease etc and are not properly pH balanced for automobile paint therefore over time they have dire effects on not only the paint but rubber and plastic as well. A high quality car washing shampoo is designed to gently lift dirt from car paint and leave behind luster enhancers that help protect the paint.

Pro trick to reduce the incidence of micro swirls after hand washing a car. Dry hoods and trunks front to back in one motion, not circles. Only use a chamois or micro fiber towels to dry car paint. Wipe the side of your car, side to side in a horizontal motion, not circles. The reason for this is any micro scratches you may induce will not reflect light as much as circular micro scratches will. Additionally, a professional quality car scratch remover designed for home use can remove fine micro spider scratches with great results.

The single most important thing you can do to protect your car from micro spider swirls is to use a quality sealant or wax at a minimum of twice a year . Preferably a quality car sealant which bonds …

5 Major Home Renovation Projects That Offer The Best Return On Investment

When it comes to renovating your home for re-sale there are a few major renovations that top the list.

1. Major Kitchen Remodels. (ROI 75-85%)

The function of the kitchen has evolved over the years and now more than ever the kitchen must meet those needs.

  • Buyers want to envision themselves in a gorgeous newly renovated kitchen where they can actually see themselves – preparing meals for their friends and family -where the kids nestle into a cozy banquette doing their homework, or their guests mingling around that gorgeous island. Buyers want to see this in their minds eye and know that it’s attainable.
  • A major kitchen remodel may need to include a new floor plan to improve on a poorly designed work triangle.
  • If the kitchen is completely dated, isolated and compartmentalized with an inefficient floor plan and layout – don’t think that replacing the cabinets and appliances will camouflage the problem. It won’t!
  • If at all possible add an island into those plans. Everyone loves them!
  • Replacing all cabinetry, appliances, lighting, flooring, finishes and fixtures and new French doors and windows will grab the buyers’ attention.
  • Since kitchens and baths are the costliest rooms to renovate, the buyer will be thrilled that the work is already done for them.

2. Family Room Additions. (75% ROI)

The family room is the second most popular space in the home after the kitchen.

  • Adding 400 sq. ft. of bright and cheery living space (if your neighborhood will bare it), will definitely improve the value of the home
  • Increase the overall height of your space and introduce a vaulted ceiling. Creating a sense of volume instantly makes a room feel more spacious.
  • Consider the details and add beautiful French doors, floor to ceiling windows or even skylights to flood this new space with light and maximizes a view. Take it one step further and add the deck.

3. Deck Addition. (72-95% ROI)

Deck additions are quite possibly the best investments these days. They naturally transition the interior to the exterior – instantly expanding your living space.

And who doesn’t love that?

  • It’s a vacation-at-home experience, as it expands your living space and extends the summer season – forcing you to live more outdoors before the winter season sets in.
  • Its design can be as simple or elaborate as the home it’s attached to.
  • Multi-leveled or single, built in seating or casual seating areas, hot tubs, and outdoor kitchens – all of which add to the vacation home atmosphere.
  • Decks are more popular than pools and relatively easy to build.
  • Design the deck to compliment the character of your home’s exterior architecture. Give it some thought in planning – it should be proportionate to the size of your yard.
  • Incorporate energy efficient solar or led lighting.

4. Main Floor Master Bedroom Addition(73% ROI)

  • Adding a 400 sq.ft. master bedroom suite and spa-like bath provides a private retreat and appeals to many home buyers. Access to main floor is gaining in popularity.
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Characteristics Of Vinyl Flooring

Making a mind for installing a floor in your house? Do not get confused; simple and durable flooring you can opt for is there. Vinyl flooring is one of the finest choices keeping in view the long lasting quality and its affordability. Especially when you are considering flooring of bathrooms and kitchen, vinyl floor is the best option. Trend of installing vinyl floor is increasing day by day. Not only the durability and affordability is the major reason but also it has a wide range to select from. There are various designs, colors and types and the prices depend on the quality and material used in manufacturing. Let’s discuss in detail the characteristics of this flooring.

Introduction To Vinyl Floor:

Vinyl floor is basically a building material made of polyvinyl chloride called PVC. It is made of engineered products instead of original material. Similar to linoleum but is more durable. It can be used in commercial areas like offices, shopping malls as well as in residential areas like bedrooms as well as kitchens and bathrooms.

Types Of Vinyl Floor:

There are basically two types of this flooring. One is called printed vinyl and the other is inlaid vinyl. Printed contains a thin sheet of vinyl and has a coating of printed-paper. It is cheap in cost and is not much durable, while the inlaid vinyl is thicker in sheet strength and is expensive. Both are available in the market in form of sheets as well as tiles.

Advantages Of Vinyl Floor:

Vinyl is less cost, long lasting and easy to maintain flooring. It is highly resistant to moisture and this quality makes it best option for the bathrooms and kitchen flooring. It can be the great flooring for heavy traffic areas like offices, shopping centers and schools. It’s underlay gives comfort to the foot and add insulation.

Disadvantages Of Vinyl Floor:

One of the major drawbacks of vinyl floor is that it cannot be refinished or polished. Over time when it looses its luster it looks dull and it can wear down. Though it is less in cost from other flooring but have short life comparatively. It is also sensitive to sunlight and cold and can get fade or crack.

When choosing for vinyl floors consider installation, cost and type of vinyl. Use inlaid vinyl flooring for heavy traffic areas like shopping centers, offices and schools. Printed vinyl floor is best for low traffic areas like personal bedroom. Use tiles if you want more designs and it is also easy to install on your own. But if you have tight budget go for vinyl sheets, as it is less in cost than tiles.…