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Archive for November, 2011

Washer and Washing Machine Hoses

By Singapore Home Guy On November 30, 2011 No Comments

Installation of any washing machine hose should be done properly. The hose should not be kinked or twisted when installed. Otherwise, it may prevent the proper water flow of the washer. Washing machine hoses are secured on both ends with hose clamps. They can be easily removed or replaced with the help of hex driver; pliers specialized for hose clamps or screw driver.

Fill Control Hose

This kind of hose is secured to the washer or tub with internal holding rings. This can be removed using needle-nose or regular pliers. The fill control hose is bonded to the plastic tubing with the use of reducing connector. This connector must be securely held to the internal part of the fill control hose using rubber cement.

Water Inlet Hose

Water inlet hose should be carefully attached to the nylon-made inlet valve of washing machine. When the nylon of this inlet valve becomes cross-threaded, it may result to leaks or thread damage. Avoid over-tightening. Each hose comes with filter washer screen which should be attached to the faucet. There are 2 3/8-inch rubbers attached to the stainless hose to bring the water from the faucet to the washer’s inlet valve.

Pump Outlet Hose

The hose of washers that are not equipped with two-way valve runs from pump outlet to the hole of the side cabinets and is held to hose couplings with hose clamps. On the other hand, those washers that have two-way valve have their hose running from the pump outlet to two-way valve inlet.

Recirculation Hose

Most washers use two hoses for water recirculation. The water should circulate from the external tub all through the recirculation pump and the filter which can be found on the top of the tub. The first hose can be found in between the pump and the tub. This hose is affixed to the plastic-side outlet which is held to the side of the tub with lock rings. The other hose is running from the recirculation pump outlet to the filter cover. Since the filter cover is attached on the top, you should remove the recirculation hose to lift the top of servicing is needed.


Roller Blinds For Nursery Rooms In Singapore

By Singapore Home Guy On November 23, 2011 No Comments

Decorating the nursery requires a higher attention to detail than designing other rooms. It should, first and foremost, be a safe and comfortable environment for the baby. Roller blinds are a great option for this. Since it comes in a variety of designs, it can make your nursery both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Safety

Young infants can be very active – they can crawl and climb into various predicaments. They can pull on long, frilly window curtains with trailing laces, which might fall on them. The baby can also climb them and fall once they reach a considerable height. Roller blinds are trim and can be managed easier than extravagant curtains. Using blinds with safety features, such as systems with secure cords or cordless blinds, is a safe choice for your nursery.

Comfort

Since the fabric of a roller blind is easily adjustable, it offers a great way to control both the light and the heat entering the nursery. Managing the light in the nursery is essential in the development of the baby’s sleeping pattern, and making sure that the room is neither too hot nor too cold can make your baby sleep more comfortably. Roller blinds with blackout material are more effective in controlling both the temperature and the light.

Aesthetic Value

Roller blinds always offer a chic feel to a place. They are offered in a variety of designs that can fit into the parents’ personal taste. Blinds can also be bought with matching fixtures for a coordinated interior design. The simplicity of its design also allows it to blend into a wide variety of interior designs, so it can adapt to a changing nursery.

Operation

There are various ways to operate roller blinds. While there are blinds operated manually, there are also roller blinds with motorized operation. These blinds can be operated remotely, either from a remote control or from a wall unit. It can also be incorporated into home automation systems and be controlled through a timer.

Affordability

The arrival of a baby is a joyful occasion, but it also leads to additional expenses on the household. Blinds are offered in an affordable price, and with the functionality it has to offer – the baby’s safety and comfort, and the aesthetic value it adds to the nursery – it is worth every cent.


Possible To Save Money With a Home Made Solar Energy System?

By Singapore Home Guy On November 15, 2011 No Comments

Living off grid and producing electricity from natural resource may sound ambitious. But let’s face it, is it impossible? It’s true that it can be challenging and complicated but there’s always a possibility. It is possible to produce electricity for homes with solar energy. It requires ample amount of money, time and effort though. Yet, it’s achievable. Here are some few tips to achieve this goal.

Patience, Patience, Patience…

Living off-grid doesn’t mean that you call your electric provider to disconnect your power supply after you build one solar panel. A single home-made solar panel is not enough to support your household’s power needs. You need to build plenty of solar panels and to have lots of batteries. You may start with using home-made solar panels to compliment the electric consumption in your households and reduce your monthly utility bill. You will know that you can completely live off grid when your bill goes down to almost zero without too much trouble in regards to you and your family daily lifestyle.

Let’s do the Computation

First step to off-grid living is finding out the power consumption of your home. A standard American home usually consumes about 588kWh monthly. But this factor may vary depending on the home’s size, the number of occupants, time of the year and number of appliance at home. For an instance, many households have doubled power usage during summer season since they use air-conditioning more often. Check your old electric bills and know the monthly power usage in your household. Some electric company may also include the average of your home’s monthly power usage.

Once you have known the amount of electricity you need to start living off-grid, find out how many solar energy panels you need to put up. Actually, it is easier to know the number of solar cells you will need and divide these cells into solar panels later on.  Sadly, solar cells generate varied amount of electric power. It depends upon the location, cloud cover, size, time of the year, etc. But you can always get dependable number of watts generated by each solar cell by contacting your solar energy supplies manufacturers.

Lastly, you need to know the number of batteries you will need to keep the electric power produced by the panels during daylights. These batteries will supply your household the needed electric power during the night. You can choose from two types of batteries. The car batteries, or known as wet cell lead batteries and AGM or deep-cycle gel batteries. The latter is more expensive but are best suitable for solar power. They tend to last longer than the car batteries.

Depending on the calculation and the result, you’ll know how much power your household needs in a daily basis. Once you have come up with the battery type, know it storage capacity. Then, divide the power consumption by the storage capacity of the battery. The result will by the number of batteries you really need.

Reduce your electric Consumption

All of us enjoy and use up unlimited electric power. We worry less about using plenty of electric power and just pay what we used up once the bill comes up. Once you start living off grid, you need to limit your energy consumption as home-made solar panels generate finite amount of electricity.

There are few lifestyle changes you need to embrace once you try the off grid living. Firstly, you cannot leave your desktop on all-day, all-night. You will also need to be frugal in using air conditioner and heaters. As you build your home-made energy system, start replacing you traditional appliances with energy saving ones. So, instead of using incandescent bulbs, better use CFL lights. If you can, replace electric appliances with appliances that don’t use electric power. For instance, use hot water heater or furnace.

You will also need to change your behavior to achieve off-grid living successfully. You need to get yourself used to turning off lights and appliances when you don’t need them. Instead of drying your clothes with electric dryers, hang it dry outside.

Yes, living off grid is challenging but at the end of the day, you can reap seamless benefits from your home-made solar power system.


6 Ways To Avoid Electric Shocks In Your Home

By Singapore Home Guy On November 7, 2011 No Comments

Electrical-related accidents can be fatal. It may cost lives. And you can be a victim before you know it. Unfortunately, it attacks silently. You can’t see, hear or even smell it. At one time, you may luckily get away from some sort of shock. But remember, luck may run out at some point. Therefore, whenever you need to do any electric-related jobs, think safety. Consider these simple safety precautions when doing anything related with electricity.

  • Switch Off – The rule of the thumb: Always switch off the home’s main power supply before you start. Unfortunately, this is often overlooked as most people think that they will only work on minor stuff. Remember, no power means no shock, thus no risk.
  • Check it out! – have you switched the circuit breaker off? You think so? Are you sure? Once you have the circuit isolated, check it out first. It will only take a minute or two to do so.
  • Be Aware – you probably know by now that working with electricity could be extremely dangerous. This is especially if one doesn’t even know the basic precautions. As mentioned, electrical shock can be fatal, causing you not only physical damage but also death. You don’t have to rush. You better take your time as you plan and perform your task. Rushing things may increase the chance of an accident occurring.
  • Wet Areas – working with electricity in wet areas can also increase the possibility of getting electrical shock. Worse, the shock may be severe, resulting to excessive damage or death. As much as possible, don’t use anything with electricity in wet places. If this cannot be helped, at least take necessary precautions. Use rubber boots and gloves to get sufficient insulation and reduce the risks.
  • Warning Labels – Warning labels are there for reason, thus be sure to read them. It is also advisable to label particular power supply for when you turn them off, they will be aware that you’ve done so. Of course, you don’t want your effort in taking important precautions go down to waste for when someone come along and turn the switch on since he/she doesn’t know what you’re doing.
  • Working with high areas – if you need to work on elevated areas, you may need a step ladder so that you can work with much ease. But most homeowners have aluminum step ladder, which is an ideal electric conductor. It is best to use plastic stepping box or wooden ladder.
  • · Residual Current Device or RCD – it is advisable to use these devices when working outdoors or in area where there is high level of humidity. They can detect existing leakage of at least 6milliamps for just about 200 milliseconds.