Stainless Steel Sink Gauge – What it Means and What Gauge is Best For Your Kitchen

Searching for a new kitchen sink for your home can be easy and pain-free if you are well informed. There are several aspects of stainless steel kitchen sinks that many consumers are not very well educated on, one of which being a sink’s gauge. The gauge of a stainless steel sink indicates the thickness of the metal that is used in its manufacture. It can be measured using a micrometer. The gauge of a sink will vary depending on brand, type, and purpose of the sink. It can be very deceiving to the uninformed consumer who finds a 18g and a 16g sink and assumes it is of better quality and thickness because the number is higher. In truth the lower the number, the thicker the sink.

If you are having granite, marble, or another solid surface countertop installed you will most likely have an undermount sink installed. Undermount sinks range in gauge from 16-20g. The average thickenss in stainless steel undermount kitchen sinks is 18g. The 18g is widely considered a good thickness for use in a kitchen sink. You should have no bending or dinging over time from an 18g sink. Twenty gauge sinks are usually not used as they are generally regarded as very thin. Obviously, the best choice would be to go with a 16g sink. A 16g sink is going to be the most durable option, and will most likely outlast your kitchen.

If you are having laminate or another type of countertop installed you will most likely have a topmount sink installed. Topmount stainless steel sinks are usually available thinner, and are generally less expensive than undermount sinks. The average topmount sink is 20g, but they can be found ranging 18-22. The same rules apply to topmount sinks, the lower the number, the thicker the steel, and more likely the better the quality of sink.…

Composting Tea Leaves and Teabags

If you drink tea and have a garden, composting used tea leaves is an easy way to promote sustainability, even if you do not compost any other material. Tea leaves are rich in nutrients and loose tea makes an outstanding mulch which can be applied directly to the soil in your garden. The tea can be collected in a container and placed directly on your garden daily or every few days. Composting tea leaves turns a waste product into a valuable resource, which has two main benefits:

  • Reducing waste
  • Enriching your soil for free and without using any synthetic fertilizers

Composting Tea Bags:

While loose-leaf tea can be applied directly to your garden, teabags require slightly more effort. Many teabags are not biodegradable. In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of nylon teabags. Nylon is a synthetic material which will not break down if added to compost. Some teabags are made of paper but are not compostable because they contain metal staples or other non-biodegradable materials.

Even with fully biodegradable teabags, one must exercise caution. Many tea companies claim that their teabags are biodegradable and compostable, but say nothing about the amount of time required for decomposition. Some teabags, especially the higher-quality ones marketed as “tea sachets”, are made of silk, which is natural but decomposes slowly. Even paper takes longer to decompose than most kitchen waste. Whereas the leaves inside a teabag are suitable for direct application to a garden, depending on conditions, the bag itself may take a year or more to fully decompose–much longer than most fruit and vegetable compost.

Break Open Tea Bags:

Breaking open teabags is a good practice whether your teabag is biodegradable or not. While in the long-run, it is best to avoid purchasing tea packed in nylon bags and other non-biodegradable packaging, if you do drink such teas, you can compost the contents of each bag and dispose of the bag in your normal trash. If you are drinking tea packaged in bags that are biodegradable but decompose slowly, breaking open the bag can allow you to separate the leaves, suitable for direct application to your garden, from the bag which will likely take a longer time to decompose. A time-saving trick for breaking open tea bags is to let them sit overnight to dry out; when dry, the leaves will no longer cling to the inside of the bag.

Drink Loose Tea:

Lastly, if you are interested in sustainability, drink loose tea. Not only does it taste better and save money, but it also saves energy. The packaging process for making teabags is involved and uses energy and materials that are unnecessary. Not only will using loose tea make it much easier for you to compost your tea leaves, it will improve your tea-drinking experience and help you promote sustainability in other ways as well.…

Advantages and Disadvantages of Garden Furniture

There is some special charm in garden furniture. Garden furniture conjures up thoughts of a sunny day in a garden, having tea under an apple tree, resting in a rocking chair on a veranda and listening to grasshoppers’ chirping. A choice of furniture depends on a garden. If there are centuries-year old trees with mighty crowns furniture should be massive, solid. Furniture should be elegant if placed among flower beds. A lush green lawn needs tables and chairs contrasting with emerald grass. A choice of furniture comes from the fact that furniture should not violate natural character of nature itself and certainly should match an overall garden style. Your lifestyle is also important: if you need furniture for privacy, choose only small cozy tables and chairs, and if you enjoy organizing home parties, you will need more solid furniture.

Wooden tables and chairs look very naturally. Manufacturers are increasingly offering different models: from trendy to traditional, classic, made in different colors. There is a massive chair with wide armrests and comfortable high back. Examples are numerous. Manufacturers of high-class furniture use special methods of wood treatment with water-resistant protective compounds which make it more durable and resistant to weather conditions. This furniture will be resistant to the caprices of the weather for at least 10 years.

Plastic furniture is modern and is not sensitive to dampness. There exists a great diversity of furniture colors. In the gardens of classical style this furniture will not look unsophisticated. We can say that this is the most economical way to solve the problem of relaxation and comfort in the garden. Low price is not an advantage. Cheap plastic cannot stand the cold. In an intensive sunlight it can fade or soften to such a degree that the legs would go apart. In several years cheap plastic products get oxidized, and the edges get covered with brown patina, giving the product completely not presentable look. It is better to give preference to more expensive reinforced plastic which uses steel or aluminum for the frame. This provides the durability to the product.

Furniture made of lasting metal is unpretentious, hardy, and ideal for staying outside and easily stands rain and snow for many years. It is the case of decorative wrought-iron furniture. Iron furniture adds to garden’s prestige and beauty. Therefore, metal benches are often used as decorative elements of a garden’s design. There is only one drawback in metal furniture: it is not very comfortable to sit on, let alone lie down. That is why it is often combined with other materials – wood, plaiting materials.

Tables, chairs and other furniture include not only traditional types. There are deck chairs, couches, tents, children furniture, tables for work in a greenhouse, beach chairs, swings, rocking chairs, sofas, shelves, racks, sofa-chest, picnic tables on wheels, two-wheeled garden sofa, and swings with canopy-like roofs. Here is present the whole range of styles – from massive and severe to style of techno. Their diversity gives us the opportunity …

Composting is Nature’s Way of Recycling

Composting is a very important part of organic gardening and boidynamic gardening. It adds organic matter to the soil for earthworms and other living organisms to survive along with adding fertility to the soil.Having a soil with good structure and thriving with earthworms and other living organisms will greatly benefit your garden. A good healthy soil with organic matter not only adds the nutrients needed for plants to survive, it also defends against plant disease and unwanted insects.

Composting is an excellent way to add nutrients back into the soil to feed plant life and benefit the environment. It improves the soil structure, helps control moisture and can help protect plants from certain diseases.It also makes the soil more fertile and helps plants develop a healthier root system.

Composting is the decaying process by millions of organisms that feed off organic material such as household and yard waste by turning it into excellent organic fertilizer and organic amendments for your garden soil. It is the duplication of natures natural system that breaks down organic materials on the ground in the forest and fields. Plants grow, die off and fall to the ground and decay. This process is natures way of adding nutrition back into the soil to feed new plants and is an environmentally friendly way to reduce household trash and to turn it into a nutritious additive for your garden soil. More than half of your household waste can be composted.

There are different systems and methods that can be used to make compost. Composting systems vary in size You can build home made bins or buy a commercially made composting system depending on how much room you have and how much composting you plan on doing or you can trench compost. There is also the basic way of just making a pile and letting it decompose naturally. Whichever way you choose you will end up with the same ending product A nutrient rich humus material called compost. Full of nutrients that will benefit your garden.

Composting is an excellent way to recycle the organic waste from your household and yard.…

Homemade Cockroach Killers

Using homemade roach killers in your home is an effective way to get rid of an infestation while ensuring the safety of those living in the home. These mixtures are made of items that are more than likely already at your home in your kitchen or pantry. This remedy can be used as often as needed and will only cost just a fraction of what store-bought roach killers cost.

Carefully clean up any food messes promptly after you’ve made them, to ensure that roaches don’t come looking for the crumbs. Dirty dishes can also coax roaches into the kitchen. Once you have determined that there is no mess for them to feed on, use any one (or several) of these methods and recipes to kill roaches naturally.

Boric Acid

This is one of the most commonly used homemade roach killers. Then the roaches eat the boric acid, they become dehydrated, and this eventually kills them. Those that eat it generally bring it back to their nest via the feet and the body and introduce it to the rest of the ménage. To make this mixture, combine 2 to 3 teaspoons of boric acid and equal parts sugar and water, to make a paste. Put this in the areas of your home where roaches normally live and spread it around in the infested areas of your home. Using this method usually eliminates roaches within 2 weeks.

Baking Soda and Sugar

Baking soda is one of the things that is useful in so many ways, so it is always good to have on hand. Commonly, it is used as a nontoxic roach repellent, working similar to the boric acid. Mix equal parts of the baking soda, water, and sugar. Use this mixture as bait in areas that typically house roaches- under cupboards, along the refrigerator, and around the kitchen sink. The baking soda kills the roaches that eat it, and it sticks to their feet so that they carry it back to the nest for others to eat it and die.

Soap and Water

Another simple yet effective method-1 cup of water should be mixed with 1 teaspoon of soap. Pour this solution into a spray bottle. Spray it on roaches whenever you see them. The mixture will suffocate the roaches, as the suds from the soap block their pores and prevent breathing. This mixture can be used as often as needed. You may also leave a jar of the solution in any corners that they frequent. When they crawl into the jar, they won’t be able to escape.

DIY Roach Hotel

Using an old margarine tub, cut a hole at the rim, but do not cut the lid. In a bowl, mix together 1 cup borax, ½ cup bacon grease, and ½ cup sugar. You may add honey or more grease to make the mixture moist enough to make into balls. Form into large balls and place on the margarine tub lid. Snap the bowl down onto the lid, and place …

A List Of Property Definitions

There are numerous types of property on the market that are being advertised at any given time. Some of these names for different properties may be confusing, so it is vital that you know what to expect, here are the names of the property types and their definition.

Terraced Housing:

Terraced Housing is an old fashioned property set up where more than two (usually three or four) houses are joined together. To avoid using the phrase terraced, estate agents will now use the phrase link. A terraced house, or a mid link house is one of the properties which is between others.

An end of terrace, or end of link house is the property which is the last one in the row of houses.

Town House

Usually, the term Town House is used to describe a standard two story terraced house which is more modern. Some Estate Agents will also use this term to describe newer properties that have three or more floors.

Semi-detached House

A semi-detached house or property is used to describe of pair of houses which are usually attached in the middle. Semi-detached properties tend to offer their owners front and back gardens, with many also offering drive way space in more rural areas.

Detached House

A detached property is a solo property with it’s own land which is not adjoined by or to another property in any way. This type of property is usually more sought after by families who want extra privacy.

Bungalows

A Bungalow is a single story property which can be terraced, semi-detached or detached. Bungalows are often considered to be smaller properties, which usually have two bedrooms. Big loft spaces are commonly found in bungalows, which allow their owners to convert a second story living space if desired. Bungalow’s tend to maintain their value and can be more expensive compared to properties of similar size.

Flats

Flats essentially come in two forms. The first where an existing house has been split (usually into two separate dwellings). The second is a block of flats where there could be many separate flats in one building.

There is some terminology that you need to be aware of, a communal entrance is a main entrance that allows its residents to access their properties. Communal gardens is a shared garden, which you usually are required to pay a maintenance charge. Flats are often referred to as apartments, particularly in newly built developments.

There are also variations of apartments that you need to be aware of, here are the more commonly found variants.

Duplex Apartment

A Duplex Apartment is an apartment which has more than one floor, usually two. These can be found in converted houses or apartment blocks. Usually these types of flats are found towards the top of the buildings if they are in a block.

Penthouse Apartment

A penthouse apartment is a more luxurious and bigger apartment which is located on the top floor of the building.…

The Meaning of Rooster Decor

When morning comes, a refreshing cock’s crow wakes us up. This tells us it is time for a new day. An alert sounding signal coming from this animal only means there are many things to do. This animal is the rooster. It is believed that the rooster symbolizes a flamboyant, feisty and obstinate personality. It is also a representation of courage, hard work and, most of all, descent. Because of this, the tradition of creating a replica of this fowl began. This was also the start of people making rooster-shaped home decor.

Rooster figurines have many uses today and most of have something to do with adorning various areas around a home from the living room to the kitchen. Rooster napkin holders, in particular, are commonly found in avian or farm-themed restaurants. The rooster design of the figurines represents meaning and each has its purpose. Figurines and items as such are unique and are seldom found in shops and boutiques. In fact, some are even made-to-order.

The design of rooster home decor comes in varieties but everything may be incorporated into different themes during the different months and seasons of the year. These items can either be made of metal, ceramic, plastic, glass, or even raw materials such as wood. The more attractive and effective the design is in illustrating the essence of a rooster, the more salable it is. Replicas of this avian can be traditional or modern- and it all depends on the inspiration of the artist creating them.

Rooster decor is best manufactured in areas where a good type of material is available. People know that aside from the design, the material used determines the quality of the product. However, with the wide availability of transportation today, materials from different places can easily be imported. This is why manufacturers have also widened their market as they are very confident about the quality of their finished products. Rest-assured, these items will last a long time because they are durability-tested before being distributed.

So what are you waiting for? It is never too late to start collecting rooster figurines. With the durable quality and the variety of designs available, it is all up to you to make collecting them a hobby. You will have a whole array of choices in terms of materials used and design concepts. If you want to be reminded of the ideals the rooster stands for, have them at home or in your office and start living its spirit.…

What Are Corner Guards and Why Use Them for Baseboard Corner Damage?

Whether you have experienced damage to your baseboard corners or would like to simply protect them from potential damage from a vacuum or from pets, corner guards may be right for you. Corner guards are used to protect the interior corners of a room against damage. They may also be referred to as corner protectors. While there are certain edge and corner protectors that help improve safety for your small child or baby, the corner guards mentioned in this article protect your baseboards and wall corners from vacuum and pet damage.

Whenever you vacuum your home, office, or other room, the baseboard corners are at risk of being bumped and scraped. This can happen when using a vacuum extension tube to clean carpet, hardwood, or tile flooring around baseboard edges. It is especially likely when your baseboards are of a contrasting color with the vacuum extension tube. For instance, many vacuum extension tubes are black, which can cause marks on white or other light-colored baseboards when cleaning.

Over time, these marks can cause excessive wear and tear to the interior of your home, degrading its appearance and value. In an office environment, damaged baseboards can make a poor impression on clients or customers that take note of the appearance of your office of business interior. While you may paint over the baseboards, certain damage such as scrapes and nicks are difficult to cover up with paint. Trying to paint can also cause further damage if it stains the carpet or hardwood flooring. Therefore, the best way to protect the baseboard corners and cover up existing damage is with corner guard protectors. There are many different kinds of corner protectors, so it is important to choose the right type for your home or office.

First, the material is an important consideration depending on the type of activity within your home or business setting. Most places are prone to many different activities that cause damage. For example, in a business or office setting, chairs with wheels can bump against the corners, furniture can cause damage, and nightly or weekly cleanings can further tarnish the baseboards. As previously mentioned, in a home all of these same dangers exist, in addition to potential pet damage and other accidents related to food or high amounts of human activity.

Therefore, the best material for a protector is typically a strong metal, such as steel. Protecting your baseboard corners with a strong material can save hundreds of dollars in carpentry and other service costs down the road. In other words, investing in a little into installing corner guards now can save you lots of money and hassle of having to try and fix the damages later on.

A second important consideration for corner guards is the whether paint coating is environmentally safe or not. Corner protector items may come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. While the size and shape are dependent on your exact corner or wall needs, the color or paint coating is …

60 Female House Songs For Cabaret and Musicals Singers

Are you looking for a female song from a Musical that will help you connect directly to an audience? What you need is a “House number”!

A House song bridges the gap between the audience and the singer, when the character comes out of the story on stage and speaks directly to the viewers, know that he (and the drama) is being watched.

In Musical theater there are not many real House songs, but there are a number of songs you can alter to make your performance cross that invisible fourth wall between you and the audience.

In this article I suggest 60 songs for women from the Musical Theater repertoire that could be sung as a House song. I have placed them in three categories: the true House song, the audience number and the soliloquy.

In the first category, the true House song, the musical is written deliberately for the character to step out of the drama and speak to the viewers. My first thoughts are Spamalot (the Diva’s Lament), and City of Angels (You Can Always Count On Me). When You’re Good To Mama from Chicago springs to mind immediately. Other true House songs include Big Spender from Sweet Charity (originally a chorus number but can be sung by one person), I’m Still Here from Follies, Broadway Baby from Follies, I Just Wanna Dance from Jerry Springer, Jonny One Note from Babes in Arms, and Nobody Does It Like Me – the Cy Coleman song from the musical SeeSaw. And Miss Byrd from Closer Than Ever shares her secret across the fourth wall.

Many of the songs from the Victorian Music Hall era work as house numbers including Waiting At the Church, If It Wasn’t For the ‘Ouses In Between, and even ballads such as The Boy I Love Is Up In The Gallery. Then there are the songs written in a Musical style such as Girl in 14G, and The Alto’s Lament.

In the second category, the character sings to an audience in her world as part of the plot. Good and Evil from Jekyll and Hyde is a great example as Lucy sings to the drinkers in the pub where she works. Then there’s Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Evita), I Speak Six Languages from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Beat Out Dat Rhythm from Carmen Jones, Man Wanted from Copacabana, and Blow Gabriel Blow from Anything Goes. The Saga Of Jenny from Lady in the Dark is sung in a courtroom, and you might just get away with Life of the Party from Wild Party.

The unifocus song is the third type of House number – it’s usually a soliloquy in which the character is asking questions. One of the most well-known songs is I Cain’t Say No from Oklahoma. Then there’s I’m Shy from Once Upon A Mattress, Everybody Says Don’t, and There Won’t Be Trumpets, from Anyone Can Whistle, and I’m A Stranger Here Myself from One Touch of Venus. Check …

Event Decor Committee – What Are My Duties?

Event decorating for adults is a bit different than a typical children’s birthday party. Sure, you can decide on a theme and then search the Internet to see what’s available but 9 times out of 10, your search results are going to be geared towards children’s parties.

Some decorations can be adapted for use with either but I do not recommend decorating a grown up gala event with toilet paper and a few balloons. It will give your guests the impression that you did not care enough to plan and execute a decorating scheme. And, with a fund-raising event, this can be detrimental. You are asking guests to spend a lot of money to attend this event (babysitters, ticket prices, buy auction items, attire of the event, etc…). They want to be entertained, amused and feel they are important.

The other end of the spectrum is hiring an event planning service or having unlimited funds at your disposal. Neither of these options may suit your budget. If not, then it’s time to visit the “in-between” option.

Most events have a general committee made up of the Event Chairperson and sub-committee chairpersons. Decor is usually a sub-committee that deals with the decor planning for an event. This may include any number of areas within the event (room, table, buffet, auction tables, entrances, etc…) and I recommend it does cover all these areas and any other where any type of decor will be needed.

This will make it easier to keep track of the decorating budget and who’s responsible for what. I also recommend that the Decor Chairperson work closely with other committees that will also use the chosen “Theme”. It is necessary to have cohesion, a sense of continuity when a theme is involved.

For example, say you decided as a committee your theme will be “Ancient Egypt” and your color scheme will be gold, purple and teal. Great!

Now at a full meeting of all committees, you learn that the “Print/ Marketing” committee has decided to use a red font and a Fleur-de-leis on the invitation. Huh? Uh-oh: major “one hand does not know what the other hand is doing” scenario.

This can and should be nipped in the bud. A theme/mood and colors should be decided right from the start so that all committees are working toward the same end.

Duties could include the following (and anything else unique to your event).

• Secure volunteers for your committee. (Remember to use anyone with a background, knowledge or contacts that could be useful to the decorating committee.

• Decor should create an environment for the event. Make a detailed plan of all decor needs/wants.

• Your plan for decorating should be in accordance with the rules of the venue and within the limits of the theme (if you have one).

• Work with other committees where decor will overlap (i.e. food, entertainment, auction tables, invitations, etc…)

• Purchasing decor, set-up and breakdown of decor

• Reimbursement/purchase orders for decorations – …