DIY Plumbing

Plumbing accidents seem to occur at the most inopportune times. No matter when it happens, however, a plumber should be immediately called, as any delay may increase the risk for water damage. Until such time as the plumber can actually arrive, however, a temporary repair can be accomplished.

Once a water leak has been discovered, the water to the house should be cut off at the main cutoff valve. This will stop the flow of water entering the home through the leaky pipe, and more damage, whether to the already-stressed plumbing or the house itself, will not occur.

Once the water flow has been halted, the area around the leak should be cleaned, and most of the excess water should be mopped up. Failure to do so, and allowing the area to remain wet, can cause warping or misshaping of wood, and can actually lead to the formation of mold, which can be a serious health threat to family members.

Small leaks may be able to be fixed with ordinary electrical tape. This is just a temporary solution as any leak will require the inspection and service of a qualified plumber. The pipe from which the leak originated should be dried first, so that the tape will stick more firmly. The tape should be applied, starting approximately 2″ away from the leak itself.

The tape should be wrapped over the leak and carried down the pipe until the tape is again approximately 2″ away from the leak. Once that is accomplished, several more layers of tape should be added, with the direction of the tape being changed each time the pipe is wrapped. This will serve to temporarily stop the leak.

Larger plumbing problems will likely need something more than electrical tape. In these incidences, a pipe clamp and piece of the inner tube from a bicycle tire, strategically placed can be used as a “stop-gap” (or “stop-leak”) measure until such time as the plumber can be called.  

Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets

Bamboo kitchen cabinets can appeal to homeowners who are gravitating toward having a “green” home. Bamboo is an attractive alternative to traditional woods, and can be used for cabinets and furniture. It has been used for flooring since the early 1990s. More recently, it has been used instead of wood surfaces throughout the house.

Bamboo is a grass – not a wood – and when harvested properly, will replenish itself within 3 years (unlike oak, which will take at least 30 years). Bamboo kitchen cabinets are considerably more durable than hardwoods. In fact, bamboo has a level of hardness which is 15% greater than hard maple, and 25% harder than oak.

Bamboo has the same natural coloring as pine (light shades with yellowish tones, normally referred to as “blonde”). It is possible to buy it after it has been carmelized to create a deeper brownish coloring (normally referred to as “amber”). Both these options are considered “natural” coloring. It can also be stained to introduce just about any color you can think of.

Like anything, it has some negatives, but easily solvable ones. Being a grass, it is more fibrous than woods and is likely to create splinters. This is solved by properly sanding and finishing the surface.

The other negative is that bamboo is best used on flat surfaces because it is pressed into panels or blocks, and the edge (or cross-grain) has a completely different look to it. Therefore, raised panel, or recessed panel, doors would look a bit strange along the edges. So you will be restricted to using bamboo when contemporary (of flat door) designs are preferred.

Another reason that can explain why bamboo is becoming a more commonly selected material for homes is the fact that bamboo is dimensionally stable. It is so strong because each strand of the grain is perfectly straight. No other wood grows as straight. Therefore, even though bamboo is a light material, it has less contraction and expansion than wood.

With bamboo kitchen cabinets, you can bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home and create an exotic look at the same time. In conclusion, this environmentally friendly product is a great building material which will enhance the value of your home and should be considered when designing your new or renovated space.

Filing Cabinets

The need for file and paperwork organization is crucial to the orderliness of any home office or computer area. Whether someone’s living space includes an actual office, or just a simple desk area within a bedroom, filing cabinets are the best solution for paperwork, as well as other odds and ends. Filing cabinets come in two main types. These include both vertical and lateral filing cabinets. Vertical filing cabinets are the more traditional cabinets that are designed to store a single letter sized file with specific measurements. These cabinets usually have two to ten drawers.

Lateral design filing cabinets tend to have drawers that are much wider than that of traditional vertical filing cabinets. These cabinets come up to 42 inches wide, accommodating more for storage. Another unique characteristic of lateral filing cabinets is the fact that they can be stored two ways. This includes either side to side, or back to back, depending on storage space and room measurements and accommodations. Lateral filing cabinets allow for both legal and letter size document storage, which is more versatile than vertical filing cabinets. Another benefit of lateral filing cabinets is the fact that since the storage capacity is about a third more than vertical cabinets, more space allows you to better view and inventory paperwork more easily. Lateral cabinets are good for larger offices in which wall space is not an issue.

Aside from vertical and lateral filing cabinets, there are open shelf units, as well as rolling cabinets for offices. Open shelf units are either placed backed to back or side by side, which can help for management of space. The open design is relatively simple and more visible. For rolling filing cabinets, wheels and castors are used for convenient access to move large amounts of files from one office or desk to another. This is helpful if sharing or moving files is routine, or if you are in the process of relocating or changes office spaces.

There are important things to think about when buying filing cabinets. With different styles and varieties to choose from, it is important to note the specifications of each. When shopping for office cabinets, it is important to measure the depth and width to see what will accommodate your paperwork-whether or not you need simple letter size file storage, or legal size as well. It is also crucial to know the size of the office, and whether or not you have excessive wall space for filing cabinets or not. Drawer weight is also a significant thing to consider, as the amount of files to be stored is not only based upon width and depth, but the maximum weight that can be taken by any individual drawer. Also, look for a good quality filing cabinet that has a sturdy suspension. This will help to carry the weight best, as well as ensure that the cabinet can open and close easily. Filing cabinets are a great way to store documents and paperwork in any office or workspace.