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Archive for June, 2010

Window Tinting – Tips to Make Your DIY Window Tinting Easier

By Singapore Home Guy On June 28, 2010 No Comments

If you want your windows to be tinted and still want to save cost from hiring professional that will do the tinting job for you, then start doing it on your own. Tinting a window maybe such a daunting task for you, but by following these easy guidelines, the daunting task will be much more convenient.

Before you start the DIY window tinting, you should have enough space where you can lay the solar tinting film because in some instances, you have to make some cuts for it to fit in the window. Firstly, clear the area. Those areas where you can put the tint film can be a cleared floor or wide table. Usually, it is better if you have cutting area that as big as the tint film, or even bigger. The smaller the area, the larger the chance you’ll encounter headaches in cutting the tint film. Worst, you’ll end up trashing the whole tint film roll.

Now, once you have the enough space, you can start cutting the tint film. In cutting, you should obtain handy ruler or straight edge so that you can cut the film more straightly. This way, you won’t have any problem about wonky tint film edges because you’ll have guide in cutting it.

Most importantly before you start your DIY window tinting, you should be prepared. Organized manner is beneficial as it will keep you doing the task orderly. First things first, as they say. For instance, you know you’re going to tint a window, thus, it should be cleaned first before anything else. Not like you’re going to cut tint film before you clean the window. This will mess up your tinting task as you need to wait the window to dry up before you can put your tint film.

See? DIY window tinting is not really hard to do. You just have to be organized, well-prepared and creative so that the task will be much easier. This way, you can tint your windows without pulling any penny out of your pocket.

Sink Traps Repairs: Effective Plumbing Tips for Trap Leaks

By Singapore Home Guy On June 22, 2010 No Comments

Our kitchen lavatories and kitchen sinks usually use curved traps in order to retain minimal amount of water in the drain pipe. The water that retains to that trap serves as blocking solution so that bad odors and gases coming from sewer lines and drains will not be able to come back inside of the house. Regards to that, curved traps in our sinks and lavatories are really beneficial. But most of the time, curved traps come as vulnerable with its very thin wall. It can easily be destroyed as it is not subjected to hold high pressured water. As times goes by, it becomes brittle and decayed. It is resulting to leaks so it should be replaced in due time.

The curved trap that is commonly used in homes is also known as P traps. There are different kinds of material that can be used as traps. The most commonly used trap materials are galvanized iron, steel and brass. You can also use chrome plated material –which is the most expensive but the most efficient trap material as it can lasts for long time. In choosing P trap material, you should consider the weight. You should determine if it will fit or match to the material used in drainpipes. Too heavy P traps can worsen the leaks in the pipe. Compare prices of P traps then choose the most suitable yet affordable.

There are two types of curved traps – the swivel traps and the fixed type traps. You can choose from these two based on what your sink drain pipes and tailpiece is needed. If you choose swivel type traps, you will be able to adjust the trap in any direction through adjusting the separate slip nut. This is beneficial as you do not have to remove the trap if you need to replace the tailpiece. You can also align the tailpiece and drainpipe into its perfect alignment without the need of removing the traps.

On the other hand, fixed trap is kind of trap that can be screwed fixedly upon repair. Unlike swivel traps, it can’t be adjusted or turned in any direction. However, you can still replace the tailpiece (if you need to) without removing the traps. You just need to be aware on the expert plumber’s plumbing technique. That is rolling the trap. First, let the tailpiece free and drop into the trap carefully. Loose the trap and roll it from one side to another until it get to the tailpiece. This maybe a daunting task for you, but once you have learned the technique, you can easily replace your tailpiece using fixed traps as conveniently as swivel traps.

However, replacing drainpipes is ever a tough job. Whatever the traps you will use in the repair, you have to remove all the drainpipes completely.

What is the Best Security Alarm Suitable for Your House?

By Singapore Home Guy On June 14, 2010 No Comments

Which alarm system is the best, a wireless or a hard wired system? In the traditional hard wired system the alarm sensors are connected to the control panel with cabling. This kind of system requires lifting the skirting on trailers, placing piping to channel the wires through walls and lifting floorboards to install the wires. This will create chaos in the household and be very expensive to do.

On the other hard, in less than an hour, a wireless security system can be installed and the chaos and cost will be less. There is also less equipment needed to install a wireless system. You can do the installation for yourself. This will cut some cost of hiring people to install the alarm device in your house. All you need is a screwdriver and a drill.

Now, which companies are best at installing alarm systems? Some of the best known are Brinks, ADT, and GE Security. GE Security has been in security for many years, while Brinks and ADT are recent entries into the security sector. They can provide an excellent monitoring security service. Invite several companies to your house and ask them all the same question. Evaluate their answers to your questions and what they can offer for the security of your house. If there are any outstanding offers, note them, but do not accept the first good offer.

Check around for security alarm companies. You can also ask your friends, relatives and family for proven security alarm providers. They might give you better option in choosing company. You can also browse the web to have more option to choose from. Most of all use your gut feeling in choosing the company that you trust to guard your family. Check to be sure that the installers are certified to install the system you choose.

Wind Energy: An Alternative Power Source Solution

By Singapore Home Guy On June 8, 2010 No Comments

People tend to use more than enough power these days. The result is the increasing demand of power supply. Due to this, alternative energy resource has become more popular and beneficial as conventional power resources are not able to reach the increasing demand. One of unconventional and renewable power resource is wind energy, where in you can have to same effective energy power at low cost.

Wind energy becomes popular to people as it can give renewable energy supply at much cheaper cost. This helps most of homeowner to get the enough supply of power without paying too much on their electric bills. Before, wind energy was being used just to pump water. But as time goes by, it evolves due to technology advancement. From pumping water turn into energy and power supplier- electricity supplier. Most of homeowner who tried to use wind energy as alternative source were able to cut back expense on their electricity bill for almost 80%. This is also beneficial to our environment as the resources used to implement this solution are merely natural.

Now, if you are considering of having your own wind power system, there’s a lot of video tutorial and step-by-step manuals available in the market. With its easy-to-understand interface, you don’t have to employ or hire professional to do the installation for you. You just need to obtain proper tools and necessary material requirements for you to do the installation properly and conveniently. You are more likely to spend 200$ for the whole thing installation. You may find it expensive, but with the benefits outweigh cost, you will realize that the money you are going to spend will be worth it.

Once you come up with the proper materials and installation tools, you can now start putting all that together. You just have to be careful upon installation. The whole process should be done in proper manner and in feasible area. Once you have your own wind power system, get ready to cut back your bills. It can also be very beneficial if you have small business that requires power energy as you don’t have to worry in your consumption.

How to Prevent and Remove Mold Forming in your Air Conditioner

By Singapore Home Guy On June 1, 2010 No Comments

Molds are by-products of the air conditioner because of the moisture and oxygen rich environment. Molds are fungi that produce microscopic spores that can easily spread through the air, with the air conditioner’s help.

Mold can easily propagate in most of unclean air conditioners. Most of AC is having damp surface due to condensing of water out of the air. As a result, damp surfaces attract dust and dirt. The formed dust in the cooling fins is where mold is breeding. However, you can avoid the mold forming in your air conditioner. The installation of unit must be in proper manner. You should also have to make an effort to regularly maintain the cleanliness of your AC. On the other hand, if your AC is not well-fitted and irregularly maintained, it will have molds in it due to moisture that is not being removed by cool air. If the problems of mold are due to improper installation, it requires general maintenance. You have to pay attention on the forming mold in your AC as it may lead in to general problems.

If you are not paying attention in the mold growth in your AC, it may lead into serious problems, specifically health problems. Mold from AC can be inhaled or touched by any individual that is inside of a certain room. This can trigger asthma or respiratory problems so as allergic reactions. It can irritate individual’s eyes, nose and skin. Infants, elderly, pregnant and small children are prone to allergies and respiratory problems if they are exposed to mold.

Prevention is better than cure –so to speak. You won’t have any problem in mold forming in your AC if you will do certain preventions. First, because mold loves damp areas, make sure that your condensation pan is not collecting too much water into it. Check the drainage of your pan if it’s blocked or unclean. Blockage and dirt in the drainage may cause overflowing of water to the pan.

Second, clean your AC filters regularly. Make sure that they are dry well to prevent to mold forming. Next is checking the inner and outer part of the unit. This can be done at least once a year. In this process, you may ask for professional assistance as you have to check the HVAC system of the unit. Last but not the least, have UV (ultraviolet) in condensation pan.

The main key to prevent mold growth is controlling the moisture around the AC unit. If the unit appears to collect water or moisture around it, wipe and remove the water right away. If the drainage hose is appear to be clogged, remove the blockage to keep the steady flow of water in the condensation pan.

Now, if you think the mold is starting to form in your AC unit, get detergent and bleach and wash them thoroughly. Make sure you dry the surface very well to keep the mold from coming back.