How to Refinish Hardwood Flooring

How to Refinish Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is very popular in homes around the world as when it is treated properly it can really give your home that extra bit of character and pizazz. It is important that you, therefore, understand how to refinish it in order to get it to shine in your home or room.

Be aware that this is a job which is going to create a bit of a mess but it is worth it in the end. It is important that you take everything out of the room that you can to save it from getting covered in dirt.

One of the key things to do before starting is to carefully check the floor for things such as nails sticking up, or tacks or even carpet pins as they are the kind of thing that is able to rip through the sandpaper. Sanding the floor is a very important part to this procedure and you certainly do not want to have anything on the floor that can cause problems.

It is a lot easier if you actually hire a proper machine floor sander for this job, so contact your local hire shop and see what they charge. Tell them what you are going to be doing and they can guide you to the right machine for the job.

Make sure you have a range of sandpaper from rough to smooth and start off with the roughest and work towards the smoothest. When it comes to sanding always go with the grain of the wood and never go across it, as you are going to get better results working with the wood.

You then just need to look at finishing the floor with a stain of your choice once it has all been sanded and the dust has been removed. Always … Read the rest ...

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What to Do in Gloucester This Easter

What to Do in Gloucester This Easter

Gloucester has plenty to offer all year round, from museum events to nature trails and fun for all the family.

Easter is the perfect opportunity to gather and take part in all the festivities and celebrate the spring season. Here is our guide to what to do in Gloucester this Easter.

Primrose Vale Easter Fun Event

Easter is one of the busiest times of the year for Christians and actually stretches from Lent in March to Ascension Day in May and contains the Holy Week of Easter.

In recent times, families across the world have used the holidays at Easter as a reason to come together and celebrate. At Primrose Vale, there is a wide range of activities for children of all ages to participate in. Set in picturesque Cheltenham, the farm provides the perfect backdrop for the spring season, including Easter Challenges and a pre-schooler trail, running from the 5th to 22nd April and open daily.

What to Do in Gloucester This Easter

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After all the festivities, make sure you visit the play area, farm shop and Potting Shed Cafe for refreshments.

Hatherley Manor Hotel Afternoon Tea and Easter Egg Hunt

For something a little more grown up, why not try the delectable Easter afternoon tea at the Heatherley Manor Hotel?

Explore the beautiful grounds of the manor and relax inside with a range of delicious finger sandwiches, cakes and tea and coffee. Easter would not be Easter, of course, without the inclusion of hot cross buns.

For boilers Gloucester has a number of companies that can supply them, such as http://www.hprservicesltd.com/gloucester-boilers/.

For those with children, the grounds are the setting for an Easter egg hunt, featuring clues by the Easter Bunny to the location of the treats. The Easter celebrations run from 8th April to 22nd April.

Easter Eggstravaganza

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The Great Arbitrage in Real Estate

The Great Arbitrage in Real Estate

There are times in the real estate market where a great arbitrage can occur. The most frequent I have seen in the residential sector is when a home owner sells their home for a strong price relative to the market conditions and buys up at a price that is still low relative to the market potential. According to Wikipedia, the definition of arbitrage is: the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets: striking a combination of matching deals that capitalize upon the imbalance, the profit being the difference between the market prices.

A real life example is what my husband and I did in late 2009. We purchased in McLean an all brick 4-level end-unit town house with an elevator that was built in 2001. We paid $850,000 for the home. At the peak of the market in 2004 there was one unit in this community that sold for $1 million, a time when the market was just heating up.

Another high sale occurred in 2007 for $1,035,000, just as the market was cooling. That means that the potential upside for our purchase in 2009 at $850,000 was between 17.6% to 21.8%. That is a nice return on investment. Values have been increasing since 2009 for this development. There were 2 sales that occurred in 2011, one unit sold for $895,000 and another at $947,000. That translates to a return on investment already in the 5.3% to 11.4% range.

On the other side of the great arbitrage scenario was the sale of our single family detached home in McLean that we purchased in 1999 for $306,000. It was a detached colonial built in 1959 in the Rosemont section of McLean. Over the years of ownership we made the following improvements: added a … Read the rest ...

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The Best UV Water Purifiers from KENT

The Best UV Water Purifiers from KENT

The water that you drink has to be free from all kinds of contaminants, but it is likely to contain dirt, microorganisms and chemical impurities, which are likely to cause several diseases. If you want to drink pure water, it’s important to install a water purifier at home. Among the several kinds of water purifiers available in the market, UV purifiers are very popular. If the water you get at home contains bacteria, cysts and viruses, buy water purifier with UV purification technology. Listed below are the best UV water purifier models from India’s leading water purifier brand KENT.

KENT Maxx

The Best UV Water Purifiers from KENT

KENT Maxx is one-of-–a-kind water purifier that has a detachable storage tank. It facilitates double purification: first by UV purification and then by a UF membrane. The wall-mountable design of the water purifier makes it ideal for domestic purposes. It assures 100 percent safe water by its double purification and also comes with a carbon pre-filter. This carbon pre-filter corrects the foul odour and taste of water.

KENT Maxx has a sufficiently large storage capacity of 7 litres. The most convenient part of this purifier is that it is can be cleaned from time to time with ease as the storage tank is detachable. It is best suited for purifying tap water or municipal water with low TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). The best aspect that makes it stand out from the other water purifiers in the market is the quality certification after being tested by the world’s renowned laboratories like WQA and NSF.

KENT Ultra

KENT Ultra is another UV water purifier from KENT that boasts of certification from renowned laboratories. It is economical, user-friendly and safe to use for purifying water without affecting its taste, odour or the pH balance. KENT Ultra uses a 3-step advanced purification process … Read the rest ...

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Bamboo Flooring: Ten Secrets From A Flooring Veteran

Bamboo Flooring: Ten Secrets From A Flooring VeteranBamboo Flooring: The Amazing Growth, Manufacture and History of Bamboo

Many home owners elect to provide an engineered wood floor installed, instead of laminate kitchen floors, as it is not really wood. Laminate is just paper set with melamine on top layer, and wood particles on the bottom. Engineered wood floors are actual wood all through. There are engineered wood floors of the identical types as regular solid hardwood. Some of the different types are:

– First, you must have a look at how good bamboo is for the environment

– A hardwood tree that is utilized for flooring, like an oak, takes years — as well as decades — to grow

– Once a tree like that is harvested, it’ll be years and years before another tree is growing in its place

– This leads to soil erosion as well as other environmental problems

– A bamboo plant, however, only requires a couple of years to grow

– A much smaller part of land can be harvested over and over to be able to provide you with the equivalent flooring that may be gotten from the large section of trees — an area that could need to keep expanding to take care of production

Long and Slender With Vertical Bamboo Flooring

Today, getting such products are easy in any respect. You are even able to get bamboo in one package using the floor. You can have them through the internet on your convenient as well as the fast process. Do not worry in regards to the quality you will get, as the professional provider enables you to get merely the most suitable products only. So, for that perfect house that you imagine, and the great willingness to become the most effective friend of the nature, take this bamboo flooring … Read the rest ...

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