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Things to Consider When Selecting Your Wedding Videographer

If you missed it, we released the results of a survey we recently did with over 1200 participants. You can read about that in this post. Something that we really found interesting is how couples choose between the many incredible suppliers available to them.

“When it comes to choosing their ideal suppliers and venues, couples say that reviews are the most important factor. Only 21% stated that price was the most important factor.”

Price shouldn’t be the first thing to decide on. The reason I say this is because see what’s out there first, then you’ll see what you get for the price you pay and the value. This is better than looking for whats the cheapest, keep your options open because you get what you pay for. That being said. The style and length of film that suits you is important as this can vary greatly. With us we shoot a documentary style with a “fly on the wall” approach telling the  story of your day. Always check they are full time professionals and have many years experience along with insurance, etc. Also check they are registered with the IPPVA.

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When choosing your wedding videography there are a number of considerations you should consider other than price. Other than price couples should firstly consider the quality and style of the videographer work, and that it matches your expectations. The Personality of the videographer is also another important factor as you will spend a large portion of your day with him so it is important you all get on.

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For me, the number one thing people should think about when selecting videographers is style. Much the same as they should choose their photographer based on the same consideration. Choose someone who’s style and whose personality matches yours. Talk to your perspective videographer, have a chat about your big day and see if that person is the kind of person you would invite to your wedding.

 

HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER

While we’ve extolled the virtues of choosing the perfect photographer and debated whether or not a videographer is worth your money, once you’ve decided to say “yes” to video, finding the right one is one of the most important tasks on your wedding to do list. A videographer spends just as much time with you as your photographer throughout the weekend—and the results: a sentimental, professionally produced film about your big day—can often bring tears to even a stranger’s eyes. (Our friend Rachel Jo’s LoveStoriesTV has made a business out of this!)

And yet, the wedding video can sometimes be overlooked: overpowered by decisions about the dress, the band, and the flowers, the video can sometimes get lost in the background. Gone are the days of VHS tapes filled with grainy footage of wedding cakes; with deft storytellers, drones, and HD cameras, wedding videography is more highly produced, and less invasive than ever before. Below, two leaders in the field lend some tips and tricks to choosing the right cameraperson for you.

“All I have from my grandparents’ wedding is a black and white photograph of them posing for a still camera,” says Ari Perilstein, celebrity wedding and event videographer and founder of Custom Made Productions in Los Angeles. “It would have been great to hear their vows, see them dancing, hear the music they listened to, and the speeches that were said. We are the first generation to truly capture these special moments in a cinematic way and be able to pass them down to generations to come,” he says.

The biggest regret for a bride post-wedding, Perilstein says, is not having the weekend captured on video. “So much happens on the wedding day and it flies by in a flash. Without video, you can’t experience the wedding quite like your guests did. The video/film allows you and your loved ones to experience that special moment in time, in a timeless way.”

When deciding what elements of wedding films you like most and want the videographer to focus on, Adrian Toto of Ira Lippke Studios recommends thinking through how you’d like the day to be captured.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A GREAT WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER

PICK A STYLE, ANY STYLE

Max out your Pinterest boards, scour the wedding blogs, and flex your social media muscle! Before you book your videographer, it is super helpful to get a general idea of what you want your wedding to look like. Once you have a good feel for your wedding, you will be able to find a filmmaker that most closely matches your style. Every wedding filmmaker will manage the color and texture of their images differently. Some wedding videographers shoot on film or emulate film stock in order to give their work a distinct look and atmosphere. Some wedding filmmakers have a documentary style while some are more cinematic, or highly stylized. And they are not all created equal, which brings us to our next topic.

DON’T REPLICATE, INNOVATE

Who wants a cookie-cutter wedding film? Every filmmaker worth his or her salt will treat each love story they film as unique and unparalleled. When all of the films on a videographer’s website utilize the same fonts or progress with the same set of shots, be wary. Rebel against the formulaic wedding film! A quality wedding filmmaker will constantly be improving

BE YOU, BESPOKE

Many filmmakers will list packages on their website in order to introduce a couple to some of their options, but some may be willing to work with you to customize the amount and type of coverage your particular wedding requires. Do not be afraid to ask for a more tailored package—there are no stupid questions!

BRIGHT AND EARLY

Prioritizing your wedding film in the early stages of wedding planning dramatically increases the chance that you will receive a film you cannot stop watching. If you wait until shortly before your date to book, there will only be a few studios left with openings, and the chances of getting your first choice will be slim. It is important to take finding a quality videographer as seriously as you do your photographer.

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING

Does your filmmaker offer aerial footage, slow motion, time lapse, 4k? Will they be using multiple cameras? How will they deliver your product? Cutting edge tech is useless in the wrong hands, but when handled skillfully, the right gear can help a wedding filmmaker tell your love story more effectively, as well as future proof your investment. There is, however, a standard that all good wedding videographers should meet both visually and acoustically.

 

How to Choose the Right Wedding Videographer

You’re planning your once in a lifetime moment and you want it captured on video for you to look back on. How do you know whether you’re making the right choice when it comes to picking a wedding videographer? The answer is a little more complicated than a one-sentence answer

The first thing you want to look for is, of course, the quality of work. Before you start your search for a videographer, I suggest throwing some popcorn in the microwave, pouring a glass of wine, and begin scrolling through YouTube & Instagram. Watch a lot of wedding videos! Start to take notes (literally, write them down) about what you love about each film and maybe even what you don’t like. Get a feel for what you’re truly looking for so that you can compare all the local (or not so local) videographers you sift through later to really narrow down your options. A few things to look for are: Exposure (is the dress in the video over exposed and completely white? You paid a lot of money for your dress and you want to see the details in it!), color (are skin tones super orange or saturated? Look for natural looking skin tones), story (is it just a bunch of clips thrown together or is there a story? Do the clips you’re seeing go along with what’s being said in either the song, speeches, or letter readings) audio (soes it sound crackily or can you hear a bunch of background noise), and overall aesthetics (does the video look good as a whole?)

You may not know what you like until you really study some wedding films and ask yourself what you love or hate about them. Maybe you like a shakier documentary style film (Eric Floberg is a master at this!) or maybe you like something smooooth and romantic (White in Revery) You may or may not be able to book them, but you can get a better idea of why you like or dislike their films. This will TREMENDOUSLY help you in your search for YOUR perfect wedding videographer.

you’re beginning to get sick on popcorn, you now have a list of everything you’re looking for in a wedding videographer, and a list of a few that you’re looking to hire for your wedding. What next?? INQUIREEE! As soon as you know what you’re looking for and have a few videographers in mind, be sure to inquire through their website. A lot of videographers only take a certain number of weddings a year. This usually helps ensure faster turn around times, more personalized films, and better customer service. This isn’t to say that high volume companies can’t provide those, but you may start to see inconsistencies in their quality factors. By inquiring ASAP, you’re chance of reserving them for your wedding date is drastically higher. The months of August-September and February-April seem to be the busiest times for inquiries, so keep that in mind as well. In your initial email, be sure to state what you love about their work and how it matches what you’re looking for and maybe even name off a few of your favorite films of theirs. This not only makes them happier, but they now have an idea of what your style is and can better explain how they can serve you with their qualities.

Get a feel for who they are and their personalities. The photographer and videographer are going to likely be around you more than any family member or friend on the wedding day, it’s important you vibe with them. It’s sometimes hard to get your personality and tone across with texts or emails so this is why we recommend meeting in person or FaceTime

 

The Best Questions to Ask Your Wedding Videographer

A wedding is a once in a lifetime event, or at least we hope for it to be. It comes as no surprise that nobody wants to compromise on the quality of the wedding photos and videos. After all, the video and photos are the only remembrances that are left after our wedding day.

A good videographer is absolutely essential to be present at the wedding so that everything can be recorded for being watched over and over again. But you will be surprised to learn that it is actually very hard to get a good videographer nowadays who you can rely on to make the kind of video that you want. To make the best choice, it is essential that you must know the questions to ask your wedding videographer.

What Are The Most Important Questions To Ask Your Wedding Videographer?

There are tons of questions to ask your vendors throughout the wedding planning process, and asking your wedding videographers questions as well is always a good idea. Since there is a fair bit of shortage of good wedding videographers, it is not uncommon if you find that there are no decent videographers available for your wedding date if you go to book one at the last minute

How long have you been filming? How many weddings do you film a year?

If a videographer is a busy one, it can be assumed that he is a reasonably good one. The years of experience also count as it would mean that he is a pro at his job and knows what he is doing

What is your videography style?

Most videographers have a particular style of shooting as well as editing the video such as storytelling, highlights, or cinematic. Make sure that you choose a videographer that can shoot the video in the style that you prefer your wedding video to be in.

How Event Planner Can Reduce Stress

Event Planner Interview Questions and Answers

Here’s the thing about event coordinator interview questions…

Events administrator interview questions revolve around three main categories: your personality, your job related experience, and your overall event planning strategies or philosophies.

And don’t worry if you’re just starting out – most interviewers will take that into consideration. So if you come across a question about any situation you have yet to personally experience, just be honest and explain what you would do, if given the opportunity.

What personality traits, skills, and education do you think all event planners must have?

Answer: The most successful event planners tend to be highly flexible, organized, and easy to get along with. They also have great time, money, and people management skills. And although formal education isn’t necessarily required it’s always good to have a college degree and/or a certification or two under your belt when starting out.

Why do you want to plan events for our company?

Answer: Be thoughtful in your answer to this question. Besides a love of events, you’ll probably want to go over the company’s mission or value statement and find the points you resonate with the most.

What event software and tools do you like using? And why do you use them?

Answer: If you don’t already have some programs you actively work with, make sure you review a free planning event software or tools ahead of time and mention that you’d like to use them for upcoming projects.

 

What are your strategies for dealing with irate clients?

Event planning is a high-pressure job that requires a level-head and the ability to stay client centric during stressful situations. This question will reveal if a candidate has the people skills and adaptability needed to appease demanding clients.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Stress tolerance
  • Flexibility
  • Customer service skills

Example: “I always put my clients first and look at things from their perspective. Since the lead-up to an event can be overwhelming, high emotions can sometimes make my clients lash out. I never take this personally and instead suggest different ways of doing things until I find the solution that makes my client’s eyes light up. I pay close attention to their wants and needs and balance them with my professional recommendations.”

How do you keep your event budgets on track?

Event costs can quickly add up and spiral out of control. This question will let you know how a candidate sticks to a budget and thinks creatively to avoid overspending.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Organization skills
  • Budgeting tactics
  • Attention to detail

Example: “My budget sheet is with me at all times and I update it daily, keeping meticulous track of everything I’m spending money on from the very beginning. With every event I plan, I also keep a small contingency budget of 10-20% that I only touch in an emergency.”

 

How do you stay aware of industry trends?

Your interviewer wants to know that you’ll stay up to date on the latest industry happenings and technologies, so that their clients are getting the latest and greatest. It’s best to do your research so that you’re aware of a couple of resources out there for event professionals, but your response can also focus on your ability to learn new software quickly and your desire to grow your knowledge going forward:

Answer:  “I read Eventbrite’s blog every week, and I subscribe to Greater Giving’s emails. Once I graduate, I look forward to attending trade shows and event planning conferences, where I can meet and learn from other professionals face-to-face and see the latest technologies in person.”

How do you measure the success of an event?

For a nonprofit, a successful event could mean raising X dollars in revenue or signing X new donors. For a corporate product launch, it can mean meeting KPIs or converting leads to sales. For everyone attending, a good event is enjoyable. The interviewer wants to know that you understand how different events have different goals—and that you will work to meet said goals. A good answer might look like this:

Answer:   “Success is dependent on the specific event, and before beginning any engagement, I’d want to sit down with the client and ask what they’re hoping to get out of the event. Then, I’ll try to deliver beyond that. Beyond hitting any numbers, a successful event is a great experience for all who attend it, so I’ll always encourage clients to send out a post-event survey to all attendees. This way, we can make the next event even better.”

Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult or angry client.

Event coordination is stressful, and for clients unaccustomed to the complexities of the process, emotions can run high. The interviewer wants to ensure you can keep your cool, even if the client can’t. Craft your answer carefully, focusing on your actions and responses, rather than the client’s. If you haven’t worked directly with clients, speak to a school project during which you had to work with a challenging person:

Answer:   “At my internship last summer, there was a miscommunication, and we gave away a customer’s date to another client. They were, unsurprisingly, furious. We felt awful, and it fell to me to win them back. Once we’d secured a new date that worked, we gave them a large discount on food, waived corkage fees, and gifted each team member with a local gift card. It was stressful, but it’s important to empathize with the client and try to meet their needs to the best of your abilities.”

 

What criteria do you use for prioritising tasks?

This is a fairly simple follow-on question that can be useful to assess your judgement and experience in terms of getting things done. You probably do not have enough information about the specifics of the role and company guidance at this stage so try and opt for something a bit more vague that involves mentioning the brand or client’s needs and what has been previously discussed. For example, try something like:

Answer:  “my priorities would differ according to the needs of the client and the resources available at the time. In my own time I prioritise according to… whereas for an event I use the client and company to guide what is most important and set key milestones right from the start”

This way you get the best of both worlds. You can also draw on any past experience in planning events, or even in managing your workload for college or in life in general. This is a good opportunity to mention your project management skills and how you organize your workload to hit every deadline. Mentioning things like project timelines, calendar notifications, to-do lists, productivity tools and so forth may be relevant here too.

What traits do you consider beneficial and harmful in an event team?

This is usually asked to see if you are a good fit for the current team so bear this in mind when answering because you may end up discussing the traits of your potential boss or colleagues. Keep it broad and give good reasoning for what you find useful and harmful, you may benefit from discussing the traits you admire in others and saying something like

Answer:   “Great communication skills are key for a team and those who are very open and honest I find I work with best.”

 

Questions to Ask to Grow Your Team

So what’s the key to making the hiring process as efficient and quick as possible? Start with a go-to list of interview questions that will make it easy to find your next team member.

Time management

Questions to ask:

  1. How do you prioritize your time? What organization tools do you use?
  2. When kicking off a new event, what are the first steps you take?
  3. Have you ever managed more than one event at a time? Did you complete both events successfully and if so, how?

Stress management

Questions to ask:

  1. Tell me about a time when you had to accommodate a last-minute change. What did you do and who was involved?
  2. What do you do when you are feeling stressed?
  3. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult client. What was the result?

Budgeting

Questions to ask:

  1. Have you ever gone over budget? How did you deal with it?
  2. How have you negotiated with sponsors, vendors, and partners to make more room in the budget?
  3. What tools do you use to manage your budget?

Measuring success

Questions to ask:

  1. How do you measure the success of your events? Do you use qualitative or quantitative data?
  2. Describe your most successful event planning experience. What did you do that made it so successful?
  3. What do you think makes a good event?

Tools, news, and tech

Questions to ask:

  1. What event technology/software do you use/prefer now? What new event technology are you excited to try?
  2. What marketing technology do you use to promote events? How do you manage your social media, advertising, and email campaigns?
  3. How do you stay up-to-date with the event industry?

Common Causes For Broken Pipes In Your Home

TIPS FOR PREVENTING PIPES BURSTING

When a pipe burst or it freezes you are facing an emergency. A damaged pipe can cause major damage not just to your home but your household contents. A pipe is most likely to become damaged during very cold temperature and during long freezing winters. Pipes that are in the outer walls of your home and those that are in unheated areas are most likely to be affected

Repairing a Burst Pipe

If you find that the pipe has burst, however, the first thing you need to do is to deal with the water damage. Turn off your main water supply immediately. You should also flush all the toilets in the home as well as turn on the cold water taps to remove the remaining water from the pipes. Burst pipes can result in a huge amount of water being expelled in a short space of time.

Why Do Pipes Burst?

Before we look at the measures you can take to prevent damage to pipes, we will take a look at the reasons that pipes can burst

Freezing Temperatures

The problem with extreme cold weather is that when the water freezes and becomes ice it expands in your pipes. As the ice expands, it causes a buildup of pressure in the pipes which cannot be contained and causes the pipe to burst. It can occur anywhere in the pipe but weak joints in the piping are especially susceptible to bursts.

Tips

You can prevent this type of damage occurring during cold snaps by turning on faucets and releasing a steady flow of water. This helps to ensure that water remains moving through the pipes and should stop a pressure buildup.

 

Tips to Consider when Choosing Pipe Lining Companies

Sewer pipe or broken pipes in a home can cause many problems if not repaired as fast. Pipe lining companies offers help by finding the best and efficient ways in repairing these pipes. One should know that the pipe lining company offer repairing services in areas like cooling pipes, sewer pipes and water remains. One is advised to consider the tips below so as to get the best pipe lining company.

Before going ahead to choose a pipe lining company, an individual has the mandate of checking on the professional experience of the company and ask to be provided with the necessary legal certificates, documents and licenses. This will also prove that the pipe lining company has the required knowledge and skills to provide the best repair services. It is also important for an individual to consider is how big the pipe lining company’s team is. The best pipe lining company one should consider is the one that you can easily visit their offices if you want their repairing services.

Another important factors that one needs to consider is the reputation that the pipe lining companies. Here an individual has to make sure that they get to consider the opinion and reviews of other people concerning the repairing services that are being offered by the pipe lining company. Knowing more about the pipe lining company will be guaranteed only if an individual considers checking on the comments that it receives from their previous or even current clients. This will help individual know about the kind of repair services that they will be offered when they decide on choosing the pipe lining company. The best pipe lining company to go for therefore is the one that has been highly ranked and favored for the repairing services that they do provide.

Before hiring a bypass pumping company, an individual has to make sure that they consider the price they have quoted for the repairing services they are offering. In order to keep off any worries, then it is important for an individual to consider a pipe lining company that is affordable for them to pay. The people employed to work in the pipe lining company should be experienced and trained to repair the pipes and one should consider this. It is important for one to decide on a pipe lining company that will fit your schedule to get to know if they can work during weekends when you are available. A pipe lining company should ensure that the workers use the modern repairing equipments.

 

 

What to Do When a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

Careful planning comes in handy, particularly in a situation where a home emergency occurs. For example, a water pipe bursts – what are your first, second, third and fourth steps to remediate the problem? A little planning ahead of time can mean all the difference in the world.

Freezing weather

Extremely cold temperatures, which people in Northern Illinois and Indiana can attest to, can be the most common source of a burst pipe, because when water freezes it expands. Expansion is not something most pipes can handle, so they will split and burst.

Corroded pipes

If you live in an older home, you’ve probably got some pipes that are corroding on the inside. If you live in an area where the pH is out of balance, you’re pipes will corrode at a faster rate.

Moving pipes

Have you ever turned off the water in your home and heard/felt a bang? That’s called water hammer, and it occurs when pipes aren’t secured. Movement is not good on your pipes, particularly in the joints connecting one pipe to the next.

Stop the flow

The only way a burst pipe is going to stop leaking is for the water main supply valve to be turned to the off position. Find out exactly where your water main is and rehearse the steps you need to take to get there and whether you’ll need a tool to turn off the water.

 

Great Tips to Keep Pipes From Freezing

Cold temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze. Freezing in a pipe creates a lot of pressure inside the pipe and can cause the pipe to burst and likely lead to serious flooding, especially when there’s no one around to turn off the water. The best prevention against frozen pipes is to keep them warm enough to stay above the freezing point. You can do this with any one of six simple steps or, better still, a combination of measures.

Not Just for Cold Climates

It is a common misconception that frozen pipes are an issue only for homes in typically cold climates. However, the homes that are actually more vulnerable to frozen pipes are those in typically warmer climates because the pipes may not be properly insulated against frigid temperatures, or they may be located in unprotected areas (or even outdoors). Abnormally cold weather puts these pipes at risk.

Keep the Heat On

If you or your tenants are leaving for a long period of time, make sure that the heat is kept on in your property. It may be difficult to convince your tenants to leave their heat on when they are away, especially if they are responsible for paying their own utility bills. You should inform them that the heat can help prevent pipes from freezing, and if pipes freeze and burst, it can cause a lot of water damage to the property and to their possessions.

Allow the Faucet to Drip

If you are afraid a pipe will freeze, you can open the faucet fed by that pipe just a bit so the faucet drips slightly. Allowing the faucet to be open like this relieves pressure in the system. If a pipe freezes, it is actually the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. Allowing the faucet to be open will prevent this pressure from building up and thus keep the pipe from bursting. If the faucet is served by both hot and cold water pipes, open both faucet taps slightly, or set a single-handle faucet (such as a kitchen faucet) to warm

Keep Interior Doors Open

Pipes are often located in cabinets. When the temperature drops, it is a good idea to keep these cabinet doors open so that the heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm as well. You should also keep all interior doors open so that the heat can flow throughout the home.

 

Tips For Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Company You Can Trust

When a water disaster strikes your home, it disrupts your life. Burst pipes, an overflowing toilet, a roof leak, mold, or storm damage and flooding due to ever-changing weather can all potentially cause water damage. But you can drastically reduce the damage if you act fast to solve the problem and start repairs. You want your home restored thoroughly and quickly, so it’s important to choose a water damage restoration company that can offer you a detailed plan, reliable service, and superior results.

Responds Immediately when Disaster Strikes

Because water damage only compounds and gets more complicated the longer it is unaddressed, it’s crucial to choose a water remediation service that can arrive quickly when you call. Does the company respond to calls 24/7? How fast can they start the clean-up and repair process? Do they offer peace-of-mind emergency planning services if you want to ensure you’ll have fast help whenever needed?

Employs Licensed, Insured, Well-Trained Teams

As you research water damage restoration companies, focus on water restoration services that are properly licensed and insured in your state. In addition, consider the staff’s expertise. How long has the company been in business? What level of training and experience do the restoration team members have? Are they certified through a reputable certification program? Do they undergo ongoing training?

Has Reputable Local References

After storms and other weather-related disasters, homeowners often find themselves besieged by unreliable, fly-by-night repair services. To avoid that problem, look for reliable water damage restoration companies with great references from local customers such as your friends and neighbors. Also, consider where the company is located, because locally owned and operated companies are more likely to rely on the word of mouth created by offering trustworthy, thorough repairs.

The Positive And Negative Sides Of Having Residential Electrical Remodel

Electrical Panel or Load Center

An electrical panel is also called a load center. It is a metal electrical service box that accepts the main power to the home and distributes electrical current to the various circuits within the home. The distribution of power to the various circuits are protected from over-current by the use of circuit breakers or fuses.

Once you open the door to the panel you can access all the circuit breakers or fuses. Usually one of these panels feeds all the circuits in the home but there may be a situation where there is another “sub-panel” serving a dedicated area like a new kitchen.

 

How to Wire a Residential Load Center

A residential load center is composed of a series of center panels or breaker boxes, each of which carries around 200 amps. You can learn how to wire your own residential load center with these simple steps. Be sure to take all necessary safety measures to protect yourself from accidents while performing this procedure. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to wire a residential load center.

Step 1-Turn Off the Power

The first thing you will need to do is switch off the main power source of your home. Locate the main circuit breaker of your house and turn off all of the circuit breakers to make sure that there is no power running in your house while you are installing the load center. For added security, wear a pair of insulated gloves and see to it that the surface that you are standing on is not wet.

Step 2-Connect Cables to Top of Box

Connect the power cables used for incoming power to the top of the box if they are not yet connected to this location. Using a screwdriver, make sure to tighten the power cable clamp so that they are securely in place.

Step 3-Strip Wires

Strip the sheath of the cable wires down to about one inch. Use your utility knife to strip the sheath off the wire. Strip the wire such that you can see the bare metal inside the wire.

Step 4-Place Striped Wires in Terminal Blocks

Place the wires striped with black and red into the terminal blocks. The blocks can be located on the two main bus bars found at the top middle portion of your panel on top of each of the bus bars. Using a torque wrench, tighten the lugs found on the blocks. Consult your local code to determine how many pounds of blocks to use. Usually, you should use around 200 to 250 pounds for this.

Step 5-Place White Striped Wire in Terminal Block

Take the white-striped wire inside the terminal block found on the neutral bur bar. This can be found to the side of the main bus bars. Use a torque wrench to tighten the lug again. Make sure the lug is fully secure.

Step 6-Place Ground Wire on Neutral Bus Bar

Place the ground wire inside a block located on the neutral bus bar. Use a screwdriver to tighten the screw. Consult your local code again to see if you will need to install a ground bus bar. If so, you will need to purchase a separate ground bus bar and install it separately as well. If you look at the unit, you might see a space allocated for this. The ground bus bar panel should be placed in this area. Simply screw it in place before utilizing it.

Step 7-Turn On Power

You can now turn the power back on from your house’s main power source.

 

 

Common Electrical Problems in Service Panels

Regardless of whether you own your home or rent, being able to recognize problems with your electrical panel is an important skill. You should never attempt to repair or troubleshoot electrical problems yourself (beyond resetting a breaker or replacing a fuse) because the potential for death or serious injury is high.

Here are the most common electrical panel problems you might encounter:

  1. Overcrowding

If your home is new or has been extensively remodeled within the last ten years or so, it is probably equipped with a 200-amp electrical panel. A 200-amp panel is large enough to accommodate the power needs of the average family home.

Smaller homes and those built prior to the 1990s likely have a 100-amp service panel. Depending on your individual power use, this might be sufficient, but for the average family, 100 amps simply isn’t enough.

Electrical panels that provide only 100 amps of power are at the highest risk of overcrowding. Not sure what an overcrowded panel looks like? Check for these signs:

  • The panel looks messy. There are no blank spots for additional circuits to be added in the future, and wires are crossed and tangled rather than neatly fastened inside the panel.
  • You spot double-tapped breakers. With a couple of exceptions, circuit breakers should have one wire connected to them. Two wires connected to the same breaker create a double-tapped breaker (and a code violation). These wire connections are more likely to loosen over time, which can cause electrical arcs and fires.
  1. Insufficient capacity

Electrical panels are rated to handle a discrete amount of electricity. When the panel is too small for the house and the power requirements of its inhabitants, you’ll start to notice problems such as power surges and flickering lights.

Here are some additional signs of a too-small panel:

  • The panel and/or the surrounding wall is warm to the touch. Overloaded wires and circuits put out quite a bit of energy in the form of heat, so a warm or hot panel is an indicator that the power load on the panel is too great.
  • Circuit breakers trip often. A circuit breaker that trips every once in a while usually isn’t cause for serious concern. When the same breaker trips on a regular basis, however, or the breaker trips immediately after being reset, call an electrician.
  1. Corrosion

Electricity and water don’t mix, so have an electrician investigate any signs of rust, water damage, or other forms of corrosion (such as discoloration) in the main service panel.

 

 

What is the difference between a loadcenter and panelboard?

There is no difference as far as UL and the NEC are concerned. Eaton offers “loadcenters” as we call them which are panelboards that are targeted to the residential markets and are consider a lower cost version of a panelboard for that market. Typically the loadcenter has plug in type breakers that are required compared to panelboards that allow for bolt on breakers… A panelboard is typically used in a commercial or industrial application. Panelboards have a can, interior and trim. The can is installed at rough in and the interior later. Loadcenters are limited to 240V or less and max at 400A. all these consideration come into play and unless the specs have specific requirements that define the panelboard further, A loadcenter or panelboard as we define it can be offer if it meets the application and spec.

 

Ground Fault

A particular type of short circuit, a “ground-fault,” occurs if a hot wire comes in contact with a ground wire or a metal wall box or touches wood framing members. Ground faults can be especially dangerous when they occur in areas with high levels of moisture, such as kitchens or bathrooms, or in outdoor locations. A ground fault carries a definite risk of shock.

There are steps you can take to identify and fix a ground fault, but also essential steps you should take to prevent one from occurring in the first place. For example, in areas where direct contact with the ground or water is possible, building codes may require that outlets be protected with GFCIs (ground-fault circuit interrupters).

As with hard shorts, a ground fault causes an instant reduction in resistance and an immediate increase in electrical flow. This causes the internal mechanism of the circuit breaker to heat up and trip. As with hard shorts, if a ground fault is present, the circuit breaker may trip again immediately after you reset it.

Why Hire An Exterminator For Your Pest Problems

How to Exterminate Bed Bugs at Home Yourself

Where do bed bugs come from?

Bed bugs most notoriously hitch rides on luggage, but traveling isn’t the only way to pick them up. They can easily be carried into the house on secondhand furniture, clothing, boxes, and pillows, so inspect such items very carefully. Encasement products like Good Housekeeping Seal holder AllerEase mattress protector can also prevent bugs that do make it inside from hunkering down in crevices.

What are bed bugs attracted to?

Whether you have a messy home or a neat home, bed bugs only care that their food source, a.k.a. people, are nearby. Luckily, there’s no evidence they transmit diseases as they feed. The real threat: itchy, red bites, which are the first sign of an infestation.

 

Do-it-yourself Bed Bug Control

You may have to follow these steps more than once to kill all the bugs and their eggs

  • Identify the Problem , Identify the pest Extension agents can identify the pest at no cost to you. They are trained in pest control and know your local area.
  • If an extension agent or other expert says the pest is a bed bug, notify your landlord if you live in an apartment. The units near yours should be inspected..Check the housing codes and laws in your area.
  • Inspect all areas that may have bed bugs, plus surrounding living spaces, to find out the extent of infestation.

Develop a Strategy

  • Make a schedule for completing the steps below. Be sure to include any personal plans, such as vacations.
  • Keep records through the whole process. Note the dates and exact locations where pests are found. This will help you track progress and better know where to target your work.
  • Keep checking for at least a year after you’re done to make sure all the bed bugs are gone.

Prepare for Treatment

Preparing for treatment is very important; it will make it easier to monitor for bed bugs that haven’t been eliminated. This preparation should be completed whether you are doing the treatment yourself or hiring a professional.

 

Bed Bug Inspection Check List

The Mattress and Box Spring

Check the mattress thoroughly, paying close attention to seams and tufts along the edges. Flip the mattress over and inspect the bottom carefully as well. Pay particular attention to any rips in the fabric. View the fabric on the bottom of the box spring and shine a flashlight to verify that bed bugs have not penetrated the interior of the box spring.

Bed Frame and Head and Foot Boards

Remove the mattress and box frame from the bed frame and shine a flashlight all along every potential hiding place on the bed frame. Remember bed bugs can slip into a crack a business card can fit into.

Other Furniture: Desks, Chairs, Dressers, etc

Take out all drawers and cushions from surrounding furniture. Check all seams and crevices carefully with a flashlight. Take your time and inspect it thoroughly. Bed Bugs are commonly found in these areas in an infested room.

Walls and Carpet

Inspect the surrounding walls by removing electrical switch plates and any wall hangings. Check under tack strips and behind baseboards where ever possible. Shine light into cracks in plaster and seams along wall paper.

Electronics and Other Applicances

Unfortunately electronics and appliances provide a perfect hiding spot for bed bugs. Check them closely with a flashlight and magnifying glass as well. Remove them when possible

 

Preparing a Room for Bed Bug Treatment

Before you begin your own bed bug treatment, you will need to prepare the room or rooms where bed bugs have been found, in addition to rooms that share walls with the infested rooms. Remove any items in the room that you absolutely cannot treat or that have already been treated. Cover items that will be removed from the room in plastic bags before moving to the next room to prevent any unseen bed bug from infesting another room. Remove any paintings or art from the walls. Be sure to thoroughly check any item that is removed from the room to prevent bed bugs from being transferred from room to room.

If you have a mattress that is heavily infested, we recommend covering it with a bed bug proof mattress cover or bed bug mattress encasement before moving. You will also need to cover your box spring with a box spring encasement. If your mattress needs to be disposed of and replaced, be sure to cover the mattress with plastic before disposing to protect sanitation workers. Labeling a mattress or covering with “Bed Bugs” is also helpful. Infested sheets, linens, and garments should be washed and then dried in a household dryer on high heat (over 120 degrees F), as the heat will kill bed bugs. Any garments that cannot be washed may need to be dry-cleaned or discarded as insecticides cannot be used on these materials. If stuffed animals, books, or soft toys are infested, place those items in an air-tight bin along with vapor strips to kill the bed bugs.

 

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Vacuum

Suck those babies up with a strong vacuum cleaner and a powerful hose attachment. You should probably vacuum at least every few days while battling an infestation. Be thorough and use the vacuum on the mattress, bedding, and soft furniture, like sofas and cushy chairs.

Steam Cleaning

For places the vacuum can’t reach, steam cleaning is an option. The heat will kill the bedbugs and eggs, and they will die when exposed to temperatures exceeding 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow the steam cleaner’s instructions carefully to avoid damaging your furniture.

Washing All Clothes and Bedding

Check your labels to make sure the fabrics can tolerate hot water and tumble drying. Then wash everything that’s been exposed to these critters. The combination of hot water and dryer heat will help kill off the colony.

Silica Gel

The little packets you find in food products and shoe boxes to keep the contents dry could also help kill off insects. To use them, grind up the beads and spread the powder around the source areas. If you’ve got kids or pets, you may want to avoid this technique, as direct exposure and silica inhalation is harmful. Instead, opt for baking soda, which has a similar effect.

Rubbing Alcohol

Pour it in a spray bottle and spritz away. The alcohol will kill bugs on contact.

Scented Dryer Sheets

The smell from the dryer sheets can repel the insects and even encourage them to seek out other spots to inhabit. However, this solution is likely best used as a temporary one, because they’ll just find a more hospitable place in your home to hang out.

Hair Dryer

If you’re in a hurry to get to sleep and you don’t have days to wait for these other solutions to take effect, blast your hair dryer over the affected areas. The heat will kill the bugs and allow you to go to sleep without having to worry about being someone’s dinner.

Stiff Brush

Run a stiff brush along the mattress seams. This will dislodge any clinging bed bugs and eggs that resist the suction of a vacuum cleaner.

Double-sided Tape

Wrap this along the circumference of the bedposts along the floor. That way, as bugs try to climb up into bed with you, they’ll get stuck at base camp. Make sure you don’t sabotage your efforts by dragging blankets across the floor. If you neglect to keep blankets, pillows, and clothing off the floor, then don’t be surprised if the more enterprising bugs hitch a ride.

Baking Soda

You already know that baking soda absorbs moisture in the refrigerator, but did you know that it also sucks moisture out of bed bugs’ bodies? To use this powder, spread it wherever find bugs, including cracks and crevices. Be sure to vacuum and reapply every few days.

Diatomaceous Earth

This product is a miracle against all types of bugs, including fleas. It’s made from naturally occurring sedimentary rock that’s crumbled into a fine powder. To use it successfully, spread it all over the floor and in cracks and crevices. It can take up to 10 days to work, but the fine powder has tiny shards that kill insects.

We don’t suggest putting it on your mattress, as tempting as it may sound. The reason is that those shards, though microscopic, can get into your lungs and cause damage.

Ceiling Fans Installation Step By Step

How to Choose the Right Ceiling Fan

Selecting the right ceiling fan isn’t just about choosing the right color and style. There are some key factors that you must consider your decision in order to get the maximum efficiency and enjoyment from your fan.

Decide where you want to install the fan. Most fans are placed in the center of the room, allowing smooth air flow throughout the room. However, larger rooms may be better suited for 2 fans for optimal air flow. For safety reasons, do not install a fan over a bed

Room Size

30″ ceiling fan for rooms up to 8′ x 10′ (small bedrooms, walk-in closets, smaller kitchens)

42″ ceiling fan for rooms up to 12′ x 12′ (medium bedrooms, kitchens, small recreation areas)

52″ ceiling fan for rooms up to 18′ x 20′ (large bedrooms, family rooms, great rooms, dining rooms)

Ceiling Height

Low ceiling: Hugger mount or traditional- mount without down rod

Standard 8′ ceiling: traditional- mount with down rod

9′ or Higher ceiling: Extended down rod

Sloped ceiling: Extended down rod

You will need to check the floor to ceiling height of the blades. Make sure you take into account the distance that the fan hangs from the ceiling.

For safety, a minimum height of 7’-9’ is recommended. If your fan does not meet the 7’ recommendation, you can look into a low-ceiling mount. Building codes in your area may require this.

For optimum air circulation it is most efficient to have the fan blade 8′ to 9′ above the floor. For higher ceilings see the chart for recommended down rod length.

 

Install or Replace a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep your home comfortable year-round. Learn how to replace an existing fan or light fixture with a new ceiling fan.

Ceiling Fan Installation Considerations

The ceiling fan you install should be the right size for the room:

Rooms that measure about 75 square feet need a fan with a 29- to 36-inch blade diameter.

For rooms measuring 76 to 144 square feet, choose a fan with a blade diameter of 36 to 42 inches.

If the room size is 144 to 225 square feet, select a fan with a 44-inch blade diameter.

For rooms that are 225 to 400 square feet, use a fan with a blade diameter of 50 to 54 inches.

When installed, the fan blade tips should be at least 30 inches from the walls and other obstructions. The bottom edges of the blades should be at least 7 feet above the floor. Once you select a fan, check the included documentation for any additional requirements for blade clearance or ceiling height.

Turn off power to the existing fan or light at the main fuse or circuit box and use a circuit tester to verify the power is off. Place the wall switches to the fixtures in the off position.

Remove the fan motor screws and disposable shipping blocks. Save the screws — you’ll use them later to secure the blade arms to the motor. In some fan kits, these screws are packaged with the other fan installation hardware.

 

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE ON HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CEILING FAN

CHOOSE THE APPROPRIATE RATING FOR YOUR LOCATION

Is this fan going indoors or outdoors? There are 3 different ratings to consider:

Indoor Rated: Rated only for indoor use, cannot withstand moisture or direct water exposure.

Damp Rated: Rated for mild Outdoor use and indoor use; Can withstand heat and cool moisture, such as desert heat or cool mist or fog. CANNOT withstand direct rain or hose exposure.

Wet Rated: Rated for Outdoor use and can withstand Direct Water Exposure like Rain or cleaning with a hose; You can also use WET Rated fans for DAMP or INDOOR Locations, but not the other way around

CHOOSE THE RIGHT BLADE SPAN

You want to choose the proportional blade span for the space. Below is a good starting point, keep in mind that if the room is very large, you may want to consider using two fans instead of one.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT DROP

Measure the height from the ceiling to the floor of where you plan on installing your fan. The chart below will give you a good reference guide as to which downrod you should choose. Keep in mind that some homeowners may choose a slightly different drop for preferred “visual” reasons.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FINISH

There are 3 main finishes/colors for ceiling fan motors. Most fans will come in 3 different options that fall in the category of; silver, brown, and white. There are different variations of these

 

How to Buy a Ceiling Fan – A Four-Step Guide

Determine Ceiling Fan Location – Indoor or Outdoor Ceiling Fan?

There are three types of ceiling fans: indoor, damp-listed, and wet-listed ceiling fans. Here’s how to determine which one you need based on where it will be installed

Indoor Ceiling Fans

Do you need a ceiling fan for your living room, kitchen, or bedroom? Then you’ll need an indoor ceiling fan. All ceiling fans can be used indoors, which means they might not be marked as indoor fans so you’re free to shop and browse the entire selection of ceiling fans

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Designed for outdoor use in spaces such as patios and porches, outdoor ceiling fans are weather-resistant fans that can withstand exposure to the elements.

Damp Listed Ceiling Fans

A damp-listed ceiling fan is recommended for outdoor areas that are covered but not directly exposed to water. Examples include covered porches and covered patios, since these areas are completely protected from water.

Wet Listed Ceiling Fans

If you have an outdoor area directly exposed to water, look for a wet-listed ceiling fan to avoid weather damage. Examples of outdoor areas that require wet-listed fans include uncovered gazebos, open-air patios, and open-air decks.

 

Tips for Selecting the Perfect Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans have several key benefits:

Energy savings. Ceiling fans can give your hard-working (and energy-sucking) AC a break.

Year-round use. Ceiling fans aren’t just for summer. They can help circulate warm air in the winter as well.

Perfect home accents. Today’s ceiling fans use a wide variety of materials, which makes for some interesting looks.

Functionality. In addition to circulating the air, ceiling fans with light provide extra utility

Make sure your fan comes with the ability to switch directions. You want your fan to push air down in the summer and up in the winter (to keep warm air circulating).

Consider your room’s dimensions. If you have a medium-sized room (about 15′ x 15′), choose a 42″ fan. If your room is larger than that, then a 52″ fan will likely push enough air

Pay attention to ceiling height. Fan blades need to be at least 7 feet off the floor and 8 feet to 9 feet might even be better. If you need to get close to the ceiling, consider a “hugger fan.”

Understand how you want to control your ceiling fan. You can install a regular wall switch for some ceili

ng fans. For others, you might have remotes or wall controls that control speed, dim the light, and even reverse direction.

How To Get Rid Of Ants With Ant Repellents

How to Get Rid of Ants in Your House and Yard

Put an end to most ant problems with inexpensive products from the home center or hardware store, and save the expense of hiring an exterminator.

How to Identify Ants

Start by identifying the type of ant in your house so you can find out how to get rid of ants, their nesting habits and have a better idea of where they’re living (they may be nesting outdoors). Take a close-up photo of the ant and send it to your local university extension service (enter your state’s name and “university extension service” into any online search engine). The extension service will tell you the type of ant you’re dealing with and where it nests. They may give you fact sheets about the ant species and maybe even some advice on getting rid of that particular ant species

How to Find Ant Nests

Sometimes the solution to an ant problem is getting rid of their nest. If you’re dealing with carpenter ants, which can do structural damage to your house, it’s vital that you wipe them out ASAP. Finding the nest may not be easy and takes some detective work. Ants generally prefer damp areas, such as framing or flooring that’s soft and spongy from a plumbing or roof leak. How to get rid of ants begins by looking for areas with water damage. Attics, bathrooms and exterior walls are obvious candidates. Cut small holes in water-damaged walls to track down the ant nest. (You’re going to have to repair the walls anyway.) When you find the nest, spray it with an insecticide that contains bifenthrin, permethrin or deltamethrin (look on the label). Ortho’s Home Defense Max is one brand. Be sure to fix the water leak and replace damaged wood. If you can’t track down the nest, hire a pest control service. Pros spend about 80 percent of their time hunting down nests. Their fees start at about $150, but tough cases with multiple treatments can cost $400 or more. Image courtesy of Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Ant Removal: Determine the Best Ant Bait

When you see an ant, your first impulse is probably to step on it. But don’t. You’ll kill it, but for every ant you see, there may be hundreds more hiding in the house. The ones you see are scout ants, foraging for food to take back to the colony. Use these scouts to wipe out the entire colony. Prebait ants in areas you’ve previously seen them. Ants’ tastes change during the year. They usually prefer protein in the spring and sweets or fatty/oily foods in the summer. Set out sugar or honey, fried food and peanut butter, then see which food attracts ants. Use whichever food they prefer for bait and a DIY way to get rid of ants. Once you know what the ants like, buy and set out toxic ant bait that’s geared to their taste. Look on the bait package for words like “controls both sweet and grease eating ants.” Stop ants from coming in the house by using this ‘outdoor ant bait (Amazon)’ around your yard.

Ant Removal: Erase Ant Trails

Where you see one ant, you’re bound to see others. That’s because ants leave a scented trail that other ants follow. Sweeping or mopping isn’t enough to eliminate the scent. Instead, mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water in a spray bottle for a safe way to get rid of ants in the home, then spray wherever you’ve seen ants in the past. This will stop outdoor nesting ants that entered the house to forage for food (ants that come inside are not necessarily trying to establish a nest). Vinegar and water won’t stop ants that are already nesting indoors. You’ll need to kill them with ant bait

 

How to Find an Ant Nest: Common Places Where Ants Hide

The Kitchen

Curious about how to find an ant nest? If you really want to nip your ant problem in the bud, then you might want to start looking for them in the kitchen. This is the most likely place in your house where an ant problem will begin.

The Bathroom

As often as your bathroom gets used, chances are that there’s a buildup of excess water and moisture in your washroom. Naturally, ants are attracted to water. In case you didn’t know, that means ants will be racing to lap up the pooled water and accidental leaks in your restroom. For those of you who want to stop and colonies in their tracks, be sure to clean up any spilled water after taking a shower or a bath.

Pet Food and Water Bowls

Attention: your pet food and water bowls are no longer safe from ant invasions. Since ant colonies are so intelligent, they’ll be able to find any leftover food that you have around your house, including pet food. Whenever your cat or dog leaves their chow in their bowl, you can add a bit of petroleum jelly to it.

Inside Walls

Can ants live in walls? The answer is yes. When it comes to ant control, inspecting the inside of your walls for ant invasions should be one of your first priorities. You might be surprised to find out that damaged or cracked walls provide the perfect crawlspace for ant colonies to populate and nest. Although certain ant species prefer to build outside colonies, inside walls give them the chance to find more sources of food while still remaining inside of your home

The Bedroom

Are common household pests giving you a headache-and-a-half? We’re here to help. Similar to other forms of house pests, ants can thrive both indoors and outdoors. This is especially true in houses that have efficient sources of food for them. Of course, the bedroom is the most ideal place for ants to find crumbs from movie nights and bedside morning breakfasts

 

How Do I Get Rid of Ants in My House Naturally?

Because ants are easily attracted to so many items in your home, many homeowners wonder if these pesky small insects will actually be repelled by using natural ingredients that you can easily found at home? Let’s find out!

Ants hate the scent of coffee grounds

People usually discard their coffee grounds and wash them with soap and water. But before you decide to throw them out, we suggest you to saving them for practical uses you may not even know before. Coffee grounds can be used to ward crawling pesky pest like ants!

Did you know? Ants really don’t like the strong smell and texture of your coffee grounds. Sprinkle the used coffee grounds in the place where you commonly see ants crawling, such as cupboards, pantry table or near to your pet food bowl. This natural ant repellent can be also applicable in the outdoor, such as your garden area

Ants hate the scent of cinnamons

From apple pie to toast bread, cinnamons are the perfect additional sweetener to your favourite breakfast. But who would have thought if ground cinnamon is often regarded as an effective DIY ant control option.

 

tips to get rid of ants for good

Getting rid of ants is often a difficult task that takes time away from doing things you love. Whether its a reoccurring disturbance in your home or a new issue, there are a few things you can do to keep ants away. Read on to learn some simple tricks to keep the pests away from your food.

Finding the Trails

Figuring to where the ants are coming from is the very first in determining how big your ant problem is. Most people find their problem areas to be near the kitchen, or anywhere that food is present. Start out by investigating the problem areas in your home, whether it be your trash can or that one cabinet that holds your sugary treats.

Eliminating the Source

You may have tried this already, but removing any easy to reach food items that might be attracting pests will help reduce the likelihood of an infestation. Open fruit baskets and candy jars are an easy target for ants to get to. You may want to invest in higher quality Tupperware or food storage systems that make it difficult for any pests to get to. There are many food storage tricks you can learn to finally get rid of ants for good.

Finding the Colony

If a simple, easy to make at home solution isn’t enough to keep ants away, you may want to search further and find where exactly they’re coming from. Purchasing pesticides that ants don’t read as poison can help ensure the solution makes its way back to the colony. This solution might take a bit longer than spraying down a surface, but it has been proven to remove ant problems permanently.

Getting Rid of Ants

Ants are pesky insects that can find many ways to enter your home and infiltrate your kitchen. Getting rid of ants can be a difficult task but the steps above will make the process easier.

 

How to Get Rid of Ants:Home Remedies That Do the Trick

Let’s face it, ants in your house can be a big nuisance. It’s not only frustrating to have ants running around, but a colony of ants can actually cause a lot of damage as well. It is pretty unhygienic to have ants inside your home. Some ant varieties like Fire and Harvester can even bite humans. Carpenter ants, on the other hand, are known to damage building materials. Ants inside the house certainly contaminate the food. They carry bacteria which they can transfer to food or an open wound. Ants have a diverse family; they are around 12,000 different varieties of ants. We all hate how ants enter our houses, especially in summers. They live in our house like they own it; well there are some ways that may help to get rid of the ants; one of them is to keep your house absolutely clean. We suggest some amazing home remedies that you’d need right now to ensure there are no ants in your house. Here’s how to get rid of ants

Chalk

One of the home remedies to get rid of ants is to use chalk. Chalk contains calcium carbonate, which helps in keeping ants away. Spray some powdered chalk in the areas that are the entry points of ants or draw a line of chalk at the entrance. In order to keep ants of your house, draw chalk lines so that these bugs don’t enter. While it not clear as to why this line stops the ants from coming inside, but it is surely effective. Make sure you make the line in a way that is out of reach of any child in the house

Lemons

Squeeze a lemon or place lemon peels in places from where the ants enter. You can also wash your floors with water that has a little lemon juice added to it. Ants apparently don’t like the smell of lemon juice so they will keep away. Anything sour and bitter may keep the ants away, but any sugar is ants’ best friend. So ensure you do not keep anything sweet that may attract the ants in some way or the other. Keep your kitchen slab absolutely clean and place the peels right there.

Pepper

Ants are pretty fond of sugar but they hate pepper. Sprinkle pepper at the areas from where ants enter your house. This is will help getting rid of ants. Cayenne pepper or black pepper are hated by ants. You can also make a solution of pepper and water and spray it near the entrant areas. The pepper wouldn’t kill the ants but definitely deter them from returning to your house. Make sure you clean the area where you want to spray the pepper solution.

Salt

Spreading salt near nooks and corners from where ants enter the house will help keeping ants away. Table salt is one of the best and the cheapest ways to get rid of ants naturally. Use ordinary table salt not health boosting rock salt. All you need to do is to boil water and add a large amount of salt to it, stirring it until dissolves. Pour into a spray bottle and spray where you think ants tend to enter from

A Close Look At Plastic Surgery

Finding the right plastic surgeon for you

Plastic surgery has come a long way in the decades since it first became popular. Not only have plastic surgery techniques advanced in sophistication and safety, but both men and women have also become much more comfortable with the idea of enhancing their appearance via plastic surgery.

Finding the right plastic surgeon for you

The truth of the matter is that there is no “one size fits all” practice or surgeon. Even if you’re getting the exact same breast implants as your neighbor, you may find that her surgeon may not feel like the right fit for you, and that’s okay. Plastic surgery can be a fantastic and positive experience, and potentially life-changing, so remember not to rush the process. It’s also a very individualized experience, so what makes sense for your neighbor may not make sense for you. Experienced surgeons understand this and will not pressure you into making a decision or rush you into a procedure before you’re ready.

Look for board certification in plastic surgery

Any plastic surgeon who ends up on your short list should be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). In fact, before you go through the process of scheduling a consultation, you’ll want to check to see if the surgeon in question has the proper credentials.

Study the surgeon’s style and approach

In addition to training and medical knowledge, cosmetic plastic surgery requires some artistry as well. Because every woman’s body is unique, the “best” plastic surgeon for a breast augmentation for example is much more likely to be one whose style of work is in line with your aesthetic goals and who can tailor a treatment to your unique situation to meet those goals. This is one reason why you can’t just search a phrase like “the best plastic surgeons near me” on the internet and choose the top result

Vet the facility

An accredited and accommodating facility is another important thing to look for when choosing a plastic surgeon. Because cosmetic plastic surgeries can generally happen outside of the hospital, it’s especially important to ensure that the facility your procedure will take place in is held to the highest standards of safety, quality and patient care.

 

How to Find the Best Plastic Surgeon?

Picking a plastic surgeon to perform plastic surgery is an important decision. A good way to find a plastic surgeon is by hearing about others experiences with the surgeon through reviews or word of mouth.  Choose a physician that is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Experience with your desired procedure is also very important. Ask the doctor how many times they have performed the procedure. It is helpful to look at the physicians before and after photos and talk with patients from the practice that have had the surgery.

I would start by looking at board certification and then visiting couple in your area and see if they are able to answer your questions, address your concerns, and instill confidence and trust. Check out their reviews, photos and how supportive their staff is during the consultation process. Ultimately, you will have to make your own decision on which surgeon to move forward with

Each person’s expectations associated with their plastic surgeon can be different. Typically, patients want a surgeon who is personable and professional. It is important that you feel comfortable under your surgeon’s care, and that you feel that you surgeon always has your best interest in mind. It is always recommendable that you consult a few physicians before committing to a surgeon, no matter how big or small your procedure may be. In this way, you can find the perfect match and can feel confident in your surgeon’s abilities

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON FOR YOU

Announcer: Health information from experts supported by research. From University of Utah Health

Interviewer: So you’ve decided to get some cosmetic surgery done. How do you know that your surgeon is really the right surgeon for you? We’re here with Dr. Cori Agarwal. She is an associate professor of plastic surgery at University of Utah Health.

Dr. Agarwal: I think there are a number of factors. I think you want to make sure someone has good experience and that they have good results, and it’s hard to do that as a consumer when you’re looking at multiple websites and comparing them. I think it’s very hard to tell who’s actually qualified. And so we look towards board certification as something that you need to look towards and ask your doctor about

Interviewer: I mean, the results must be kind of important in making a decision, but the actual board certification, what kinds of things should people be looking for? Is there like a certain gold stamp of approval for “These are the best surgeons”?

Dr. Agarwal: Well, it doesn’t guarantee you’re going to have an excellent result or an excellent surgeon, but it definitely . . . by being board certified in a recognized board, you know that these surgeons have had a basic training, a certain number of years of surgery, and graduated from an accredited medical school, and gone through safety training, and taken oral boards and written boards. It’s very rigorous to be board certified in plastic surgery and board certified in facial plastic surgery.

 

Helpful Tips On How To Find A Good Plastic Surgeon

Once you have decided to get plastic surgery, the next most plausible step to take is finding someone to perform the procedure. The plastic surgeon you select can be the difference between a botched surgery and the body of your dreams. Choosing a qualified surgeon is not easy and you may very well be struggling to figure out how to find a good plastic surgeon. That’s why we are sharing the top 5 things you should look for during your search for the best plastic surgeon for your needs.

Find A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

When you are going in for surgery, you want to make sure an expert is performing the procedure. The top plastic surgeons will be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This means they have completed at least six to eight years of surgical training in general and plastic surgery. Plus, they are keeping on top of industry standards with ongoing education and training.

Before and After Results From The Plastic Surgeon

The best plastic surgeons have a trail of results and raving patients to show for their work. Typically, the plastic surgeon will have a before and after section on their website that you can look at. Always take the time to browse through all of the photos, especially the results for any specific procedure you are seeking.

A Plastic Surgeon With Experience

When you are looking to get a specific surgery, take the time to find the top plastic surgeon for your desired procedure. Many plastic surgeons may be trained to perform your chosen surgery, but you want someone who is an expert. It is a good idea to look into how many times they have successfully conducted the operation and how long they have been carrying it out.

Good Communication With A Plastic Surgeon

Your level of comfort and trust with a plastic surgeon is more important than you might think. Evaluating the communication between you and the plastic surgery team is an important step in the decision process. A great way to get a feel for them is by scheduling a virtual or in-person consultation. During this appointment, you are able to ask questions and gauge if this is someone you feel comfortable with performing your surgery.

 

How to Choose the Best Plastic Surgeon

The decision to finally start the journey towards achieving the look you desire can be equal parts exciting and nerve-racking. Cosmetic surgery is a major decision that has the potential to be very rewarding, but your results largely depend on the ability of your plastic surgeon to interpret what you envision for the outcome and make it a reality. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you understand what to look for in a cosmetic surgeon

Board certified, or bust. A superior level of training and experience is often communicated through accreditation by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). When your plastic surgeon is board certified, you can find comfort in knowing he or she has been vetted and tested by one of the most respected medical specialty boards in the nation.

Check out their credentials. Along with their accreditation status, research your prospective surgeon’s professional memberships, hospital affiliations, and recognitions. Active participation in national organizations like the ABPS, as well as employment with local hospitals, can convey the ability to stay up-to-date with best practices in plastic surgery.

Read online reviews. Learn about the experiences of previous patients to assess his or her reputation and satisfaction rates

Look at before-and-after photos of similar patients who have undergone your procedure of interest. Try to assess whether the results achieved align with your expectations and hopes for the outcome

Tips To Find The Best Hardwood Flooring

How to Choose & Install Hardwood Floors: A Complete Guide

The choice of flooring is one of the most basic yet important decisions a homeowner has to make when undertaking a renovation, as it underpins everything else. While there are plenty of different options, from carpet to terrazzo, one material is the acknowledged standard: hardwood

But not all hardwood flooring is created equal, and selecting a product isn’t simply a matter of choosing a preferred color. A range of other factors can have an impact on both aesthetics and performance.

Select Solid or Engineered Flooring

Traditionally, hardwood flooring came in thick planks of solid timber. Today, solid hardwood is still widely available, but many companies also offer engineered flooring—planks made with a thinner top layer of hardwood, bonded to other layers designed to prevent the floor from shifting during expansion and contraction cycles. “All wood moves in three directions: There’s tangential, radial, and longitudinal movement,” says Jones. “With engineered products, you’re creating opposing forces within the board to try to restrict the natural movement of the wood.”

Choose Prefinished or Site Finish

Hardwood planks can be purchased with a raw face that gets finished by a professional after installation, or prefinished, which arrives with the stain and topcoat already applied. The advantage of prefinished wood is that “you know exactly what you’re getting,” says Caroll, noting that once you select a product, you’ll have an exact sample to use in coordinating your home’s color palette and choosing other design elements, such as textiles, wall coverings, and cabinetry. Prefinished flooring also takes less time to install, because there’s no need to apply color or sealant. “When you choose to do a site finish,” he adds, “you’re rolling the dice a little bit, and relying on the skills of the flooring contractor to get it right.”

Choose the Type of Finish

There’s a whole spectrum of finishing products, says Jones, from penetrating oil to oil-like hybrids to site-finish polyurethanes to prefinished UV-cured urethane finishes. But to simplify, most finishes fall into one of two categories: oil or polyurethane

 

Designers’ Top Tips for Finding Your Ideal Hardwood Flooring

When choosing the perfect wood floor for your home, think like a designer. Consider style, maintenance, and budget before you commit to any one type of hardwood. With so many colors and materials to choose from, you may find it challenging to make a selection. To help you narrow down your options, we at Kerrie Kelly Design Lab spoke to other expert interior designers about how they choose the optimal hardwood floor for their clients’ spaces.

Consider Your Lifestyle

When choosing a hardwood floor, consider style, personal preference, lifestyle, and the home’s construction. At Kerrie Kelly, we often tour a client’s home before any renovation or design work begins so we can see firsthand how the family interacts with the materials and elements in their home. Our team frequently notices things even the client doesn’t, like the family’s tendency to keep shoes on in the home or how often the dog runs down the hall after the kids.

Think about Lifestyle

For homes with a high level of wear and tear, such as those with kids and pets, homeowners should choose a durable variety of wood. The harder the wood, the better it will resist dings, dents, and scratches. Oak, maple, and cherry have a high level of hardness, while pine, mahogany, and chestnut are softer and more prone to damage

Think about Color

When it comes to color, Cole advises clients to take inspiration from their environment and surroundings. An airy and bright setting like a bungalow in a sunny desert town calls for a different look than the sleek and moody atmosphere of a city apartment. “If you live in Palm Desert, you might lean toward lighter hardwoods. Alternatively, darker hardwood flooring would be appropriate for living in the city in a high-rise,” she says

When to choose dark colors: As Cole points out, the wood finish that’s right for you is subjective. It depends on personal preference as well as overall style. However, if you just can’t decide, you can’t go wrong with the versatile look of a dark wood floor. “If you are going for a timeless look, a darker wood tone will always be applicable,” says designer Kia Weatherspoon, president of D.C.-based Determined by Design

 

THIS IS HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HARDWOOD FLOORING FOR ANY HOME

FIRST, THE PROS AND CONS OF HARWOOD FLOORING

Hardwood is a natural, long-lasting choice for home flooring. Still, it comes with maintenance responsibilities. Before you do anything else, it’s crucial to consider the pros and cons of installing wood floors in your home

HARDWOOD IS DURABLE… AS LONG AS YOU DON’T OVEREXPOSE IT TO WATER.

While hardwood floors are durable and can withstand spills and stains with proper treatment, they are especially prone to water damage (kind of like the wicked witch of the west); this makes them a risky candidate for areas like your bathroom, kitchen, and entryways. Installing hardwood in rooms where they are exposed to liquid will lead to damage.

IT IS EASY TO REFINISH, BUT NOT SO EASY TO INSTALL.

Most people will tell you it is easy to refinish hardwood floors, as long as you can stay off of them for a few days. Even so, it is difficult to install them, even for experienced DIYers. So, in the beginning, be prepared to hire a professional for the installation. At the very least, consider

IT IS CONSIDERED A WISE INVESTMENT.

The homeowners’ paradigm is that hardwood flooring will increase the value of your property. Most homebuyer’s jump at the idea of purchasing a home with hardwood floors — in many cases, even when carpet covers the original wood flooring. So, in the long run, the initial investment is probably worthwhile

HARDWOOD FLOORING ISN’T LIKELY TO GO OUT OF STYLE.

Hardwood floors are timeless in the decor world; it was considered a luxury interior decoration asset as early as the 1600s and is popular still today. If you choose hardwood, your floors are likely to stay in style as long as your home stands. According to GentlemanZone Magazine, hardwood stands for luxury and fine taste. It is the warm and shiny glaze of wood that noblemen love to this very day.

 

Choosing Hardwood Flooring

hardwood—just the word evokes images of charm, richness, and classic looks. Wood floors last a lifetime and gain “character” with age

Board Widths. Select from narrow strips (less than three inches), wider planks (more than three inches), parquet squares, and—a new option—squares and rectangles. The traditional choice, strips give the illusion of more space, while planks impart a rustic look. Parquet floors, with the distinctive geometric design, suit formal spaces

Wood Species. Hardwood species vary in durability, grain patterns, and color. Oak, maple, and cherry are among the most common species due to their hardness. Exotic woods like mahogany, and Brazilian cherry aren’t as durable, but are prized for their striking appearance

Colors. Hardwoods run the gamut from blond to black, depending on species and finish

Textures. You can get hardwood floors that look shiny and new, or you can buy brand new wood that looks like an antique and adds timeworn character to your room Many manufacturers offer distressed and hand-scraped hardwoods that will disguise heavy use over the years and give the floor an appealing timeworn appearance from the moment it’s installed.

 

Types of wood flooring

From modern laminate to reclaimed hardwood, the warmth and texture of wooden floors – whether faux or the real deal – is a popular choice for homeowners.

Laminate flooring is a compressed fibreboard plank, covered with a photographic image of wood with a protective overlay.

Bevelled edges, a more varied set of images and embossed features, such as knots, will give a more natural look and texture, but they will cost more. Brands such as QuickStep and Pergo offer more premium options

High traffic areas that will need frequent cleaning, such as living rooms, studies and playrooms. Some products include a waterproof core, which manufacturers claim are suitable for bathrooms and kitchens. If you’re thinking of tackling these rooms, see our guides to planning a kitchen and planning a bathroom.

Each engineered wood floorboard consists of three or four layers of wood, glued together to create a plank around 14mm thick. It has a real-wood veneer of around 4mm thick on top, which means it can be sanded back and treated to restore the original finish if it becomes scuffed, worn or damaged.

Tips To Find Good Residential Painting

How to Find Legitimate House Painters Who’ll Do an Incredible Job

According to a Consumer Reports National Research Center survey of over 300 real estate professionals, selectively painting key rooms like the kitchen and bathroom can fetch 1-3% more on your home sale, while enhancing the exterior (including paint touch-ups) can add 2-5%

Aside from adding value, a new paint job freshens the outside and inside of the home, and makes the space feel clean, inviting, and like new. Fresh paint also fares better in listing photos and will hide any old imperfections

I Need Amazing House Painters. Where Do I Start?

The devil’s in the details, and bad painters could leave old, poisonous paint everywhere for your puppy or children to come across. They could do a sloppy job, get paint on your personal belongings, show up late or ghost the job altogether. The key is to find vetted house painters who are popular among people and professionals you trust

Hunt Down a Good House Painter Referral

First, try and get a referral from someone you know and trust. Bug friends and family for the names of painters they’ve used and loved. This is your best bet to get a great painter, as you can go and inspect the work in person and chat with your friend or family member about the quality of the job and level of service.

Harness the Power of the Internet

If you absolutely can’t find a good recommendation from anyone you know, the following are excellent resources for finding trusted professionals

 

HOW TO FIND A GOOD PAINTER

Painting your house on your own is a ton of work and can take up quite a bit of your time. It also requires expertise, as you’ll need to master at least basic painting skills in order to ensure you end up with a smooth finish. If you’re painting the exterior of your home or even just a single room, it’s worth hiring professional painters

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A GOOD PAINTER?

When you hire professional painters, you’ll ensure you get a flawless paint job in your home. But once you’ve decided to hire professional painters, how do you make sure you find a good painter? We’ve put together a list of things you should look for when choosing professional painters

LOOK FOR GOOD REFERENCES

When it comes to hiring a painting company, the best source of information is your friends and family! Ask them for recommendations—if they have had a great experience with someone, they’ll be happy to share it with you, and they’ll definitely feel the same way if they’ve had a bad experience with someone.

MEET YOUR PAINTERS IN PERSON

Most painting companies do on-site estimates and you should probably avoid any company that will give you an estimate without seeing your home first. This gives you the chance to meet them in person and get a feel for how they work

ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS

When you meet the estimator in person, it’s your chance to dig a little deeper and learn more about them and the company in general. Ask as many questions as possible in order to get the information you need to make your decision.

 

Tip of the day: How to hire a painter

Meet the pros. Call in at least three different contractors for your job. (Friends and family are good reference sources.) And be home for the initial meeting with them. That way, you’ll know how much time each contractor took to assess the condition of your home. The longer he takes, the more realistic the estimate you’ll get. Even an experienced painter will need more than a quick walk around your house

State your expectations. The number of coats a painter applies isn’t the only factor in determining the quality—and price—of the project. Preparation is also key. If you want a surface that’s free of unevenness from past paint jobs, tell the contractors—and be prepared to pay extra. But if you can live with some imperfections, agree on what level of prep is acceptable and what isn’t

Get estimates. Seek a written estimate from each contractor. It should include a breakdown of labor, material costs, the number of coats of primer and paint, the brand and model of materials, and a detailed description of the amount of surface preparation that will be done

Check references and past work. Get a list of references from each contractor and call them to find about their experience with the pro. A history of positive references is a good sign. Also examine jobs the painters did several years ago to see how their work is holding up. Use recent projects to check the skill of their current crews.

Consider credentials. Before you hire someone, consider his credentials. Membership in a trade or local business group, for example, isn’t a guarantee of quality work, but it shows a level of commitment and reliability on his part. Also verify whether the pro has the appropriate license(s). (You’ll find the licensing information in your state at the Contractor’s License Reference Site. Also check with the Better Business Bureau, the attorney general’s office in your state, or a local consumer-affairs agency to learn whether the contractor has a history of unresolved complaints.

 

You’ve Decided to Hire a Painting Contractor. Now What?

Certain home improvement projects require a professional. Not many homeowners are ready to install their HVAC, pour a foundation, or build an addition. Other projects though, like painting, just seem to be begging for the do-it-yourselfer. After all, who isn’t capable of dabbing a brush into paint?

What Is a Painting Contractor?

A painting contractor can work as a sub, or sub-contractor, under a general contractor, or can hire itself out directly to the homeowner. Usually, the painting contractor is a relatively small operation, ranging from the one-man sole proprietor up to 20 or 30 painters working for a small company

How to Find One

Painting contractors tend to be local (as of yet, there are no nationally franchised paint contractors). While paint contractors concentrate on painting, some perform associated tasks such as plaster repairs, minor drywall work, trim and molding, and wallpapering.

What Would a Painting Contractor Do?

Most painting contractors will take on any kind of job, from merely painting your window trim to a full-house paint job

How to Talk to Him

Unlike conversing with an electrician, you do not need to know specialized lingo. Most house painting contractors are good at making things clear to the homeowner.

 

Tips to Making The Best Choice!

Choosing a painter can be a real challenge. The right painter can make your home look spectacular, a bad painter can be a complete disaster. Before hiring any painter, I always suggest looking for a referral that you trust. Take the time to speak with friends, family, even your local paint store. While online reviews can be helpful, they can also be misleading, or even fake. Here are 5 important tips you definitely should know about before choosing any painter!

How to they prepare the house before painting begins?

Painters will have different ways of preparing the exterior of a home that they will be painting. Will they be sanding down the house? Do you need paint or can you use a stain? Most importantly, how to you protect those who live there, so that no one will be breathing in the dust from the paint that has been removed? In an older home there might be lead in that dust, I certainly don’t want anyone to be breathing that in. Ask your painters what they do to capture the airborne particles. Painting is primarily about changing the color of your home, but your safety is just as important!

Do they tidy up as they go?

When you are painting the interior, professional painters should be mindful of the fact they are in someone’s home. This applies even if you’ve temporarily vacated it for redecoration. As such, they ought to keep mess to a minimum before, during, and after the paint job. I have found the cleaner they are, the more they care about your home and the better the job is once it’s done!

Do they bill for work they have not done?

You may not have the time to supervise the painters’ comings and goings. This means you need to trust them to get to work and stay for the contracted hours. It is so important to see them at work, and to have a detailed list of the work to be done

Are the paint cans labeled?

Always look to see if the paint cans are labeled. If the paint pots used are not labeled the painters might be using a different paint brand than what you contracted for. That could mean that the painters are using a cheaper line of paint. That’s fine if that is what you told them to do. But if you paid for premium paint or a specific brand, you’ll want to see it come out of the name brand paint can and onto your walls.