Exterior and Garden

Nourish Your Plants All Year-Round With Hydroponics Indoors

With global warming, the seasons are all out of whack and it may be more difficult to decipher when exactly you’ll be able to get a worthy result from your particular plants, and just how long you will be able to enjoy them before the weather shifts again, and some plants or flowers only thrive in certain periods of the year. It may be tedious, and it may get even more so in the future if things continue on the way they’ve been, leaving you with a decision to consider; you could either go with the flow, and keep your growing schedule tight, allowing for you to make the most of the time you have at your disposal, or you may take matters into your own hands, and move your garden inside, and begin growing with hydroponics.

You might either dedicate an entire room for your plants, or even just a contained area in a corner, making it simple for you to work on your garden form the comfort of your own home, you may set up a grow space of just about any size, to accommodate any size garden you like.

Whether you’re growing flowers or vegetables, it does not matter, just as long as you buy the necessary tools to get the job done correctly; you will have to set aside space for ventilation, as well as LED grow lights and pots for your allotted plants. You should also be certain that the area is free of all exterior contaminants, and constantly clean up any dead leaves or debris as soon as you come across them, because a clean and uncontaminated grow space will always produce better results than one that is not cared for as much.

You would be wise to have your plants on a calculated watering regiment, and monitor their growth, allowing you to make alterations to the humidity and temperature whenever necessary, while still staying on top of the cycles and doing your part to help your plants thrive in the environment you have made. There are ways you might make it easy on yourself, though it may feel like a tough undertaking, and one of the most helpful things to invest in would be an LED grow light, which is a much more advanced source of lighting that will provide for your plants, while at the same time running on less electricity and operating far cooler than alternative lights, allowing you to care for your plants without fear of roasting them in the process.

Stealth Grow is a branch of the larger LED manufacturer Bright Light LED. Stealth Grow is comprised of a team of experienced growers and engineers who have worked to bring LED grow lights to the forefront of indoor horticulture. We manufacture our own components and as a result have an incredible amount of flexibility in testing our products like the SG 1250. Our lights bring the most advanced combination of spectrum and intensity of any LED grow light.

Home Improvement

Make the Most of Your Kitchen with a Food Pantry


There are few additions to a kitchen remodel that make more sense than a food pantry. A food pantry is simply an extra room or storage space dedicated to housing everything from cereal boxes to canned goods. And when it comes to saving cabinet space, and making your kitchen a more convenient area to work in, a pantry can be an absolute godsend.

Food Pantry Design
If you are in the middle of a major kitchen remodel, or are just looking for a way to maximize space and increase organization, installing a food pantry is one of the wisest decisions you can make. Where a lot of homeowners go wrong, however, is in the conceptual phases of designing their kitchen pantry. Too often, the pantry is relegated to a cramped closet, out of sight and out of mind. While that might be your ultimate goal, incorporating a few more innovative designs into your food pantry design can be the difference between a dark, cluttered, storage area, and an accessible and attractive kitchen addition.

Accessibility is Key
When designing a pantry, remember that you shouldn’t just be thinking storage. If that were the case, a closet stacked with shelves would do the trick. An ideal pantry makes organizing your food-stuffs and other kitchen items easy, and makes accessing them a breeze as well. That being the case, think about a more open and accessible food panty for your new kitchen.

Avoid a Cave
One of the biggest pantry mistakes is building a deep, narrow, pantry space. These might be great storage areas, but they are unattractive and inconvenient when it comes to preparing meals and putting away groceries. Sure, you want your pantry to be hidden from sight, but you also want to be able to get what you need, when you need it. Incorporating a narrow, accessible pantry into your kitchen, covered with attractive sliding, or folding, slatted doors, is the perfect solution. Your food storage items will be hidden from sight, but all you’ll have to do is slide open the doors, peruse the narrow shelves, and you’ll easily find what you’re looking for.


Better Yet, Utilize Custom Cabinetry
A narrow closet covered with folding closet doors is a fine solution for many kitchens, but if your kitchen remodel is of the dream variety, consider installing a pantry designed of customized cabinetry instead. A full wall, custom cabinet design, fitted with rotating shelves, storage shelves on the cabinet doors, and covered with the beauty of custom built cabinetry, will serve you well and look great at the same time.

Saving Space
Of course, not everybody has the space to incorporate a full food pantry into their kitchen design. Not to worry. For those homeowners struggling to optimize the space they do have, think about adding cabinetry that doubles a food pantry. Lazy Susans, rotating cabinets, and pull out shelving, can add tons of space to an otherwise cramped kitchen. No matter what your food pantry needs are, there’s a solution out there for you. Talk to a kitchen remodeler, or other contractor, about designing the perfect set-up for all your food storage needs.


Build a Home Theatre PC to Suit Your Needs

A home theatre PC, otherwise known as a HTPC, can do many different things. You can watch TV, movies, view photos and do standard PC tasks. But most people are confused when building a home theatre PC to suit their needs. Here we outline some of the steps to picking the parts for a custom home theatre PC that is perfect for you.

A HTPC has fixed tasks. This means that unlike when building a normal computer, you need a CPU that can handle what you want it to do, but not more. A more powerful CPU means it uses more electricity, and makes more noise.

When it comes to choosing CPUs, there are 2 choices, Intel or AMD. AMD tends to be cheaper and have motherboard more compatible for watching High Definition content.

The minimum recommended RAM for watching High Definition content and Blu-Ray DVDs is 1GB. However having 2GB will make most systems feel a lot faster. 667Mhz RAM is enough for a HTPC, however if you are using integrated graphics, some work better with 800Mhz RAM.

If you have an AMD CPU you need an AMD motherboard, while if you have an Intel CPU you will need an Intel Motherboard. A motherboard with good onboard graphics will be good enough for a HTPC to run Blu-Ray DVDs, so it is the perfect option. Try to get a motherboard with good onboard sound so you don’t have to pay extra for a sound card.

The bigger the better, as recording HD content can take up a LOT of room. This is one area where size does matter. Also try to get a good company, as you want a reliable harddrive that is also nice a quiet.

TV Card
This lets you watch TV through your Home Theatre PC. The best option is a Dual HD tuner, which lets you watch one HD show while recording another

Case and PSU
You want something nice looking for the case, usually horizontal cases are chosen as they fit in with the rest of the home theatre equipment. For a Power Supply, you don’t need something too powerful, but you want it to be nice and quiet. Many cases come bundled with good quality power supplies, which can save some money.

Optical Drive
Normal DVD drives can be bought quite cheap these days. If you want to buy a Blu-Ray player you have a few options: High-Definition and Blu-Ray (not really much point now that HD DVDs have been phased out), Blu-Ray player (some of these can burn normal DVDs and some can’t, so be careful), and Blu-Ray burners (which can be very expensive)

The control is an important part of the HTPC, as you want it to integrate everything in your HTPC to make it a full media solution. There are many options, the two most popular being a keyboard with a inbuilt mouse, which has the advantage of being able to do all PC tasks, and a remote control, which makes the HTPC feel like a proper TV.


Most often neighboring echoes the Home Decor

Sometimes, finding inspiration for home decorating is difficult. References from magazines or interior designer you can get but still require a fee. The simplest and cheapest way is, peering neighbors home decor.

A study conducted Homesense reveals, most women get the inspiration for his house from the sofa to the motif wallpaper colors of neighboring houses. Quoting from page femalefirst, Friday (06/15/2012), a quarter of respondents said they took out furniture inspired by a neighbor.

Although it mimics, the respondents who most women do not want to admit. They chose to be silent and hide actions “spy” neighbors home decor. As a comparison, one in three women said they came to a neighbor’s house is really for a visit. Most of the respondents to imitate, but said the force is derived from themselves.

From these studies, the “copycat” recognizes the style of the lamp and picture frame is the easiest thing to replicate without the owner’s house unnoticed. This small accent is simple but can liven up a room. Meanwhile, blend the colors of neighboring houses were the most frequently imitated by the women. One third of respondents admitted managing the home and paint after the neighbor’s cheating.

The women mostly find inspiration for decorating homes of neighbors and their friends who have the layout and design of the house which is almost the same. The study explained, she just likes to imitate the style of landscape garden of their neighbor. Despite cheating, but these respondents still ask the question relating to the price. Nearly half of female respondents said they were comfortable with asking directly where the neighbor purchased furniture. 41 percent said they would ask what the price of any furniture if they want to buy it later.

Action design to cheat a neighbor’s house was apparently caught the landlord. From the research, as much as 37 percent of respondents knew that they had friends or neighbors to imitate his home decoration, or just buy the same accessories and furniture. Some of them are very angry about it, but some consider it as a compliment and just laughed when asked to respond.

Jenny Spiers, marketing manager of Homesense, say there is nothing new about the affairs of a neighbor’s house is cheating design. In fact, this has been going on since the design is known to bloom. “People tend to mimic the interior had seen directly, rather than follow the advice television shows and magazines. They consider more directly mimic the effective and cheap, “he said.

The rise of the action “design cheat neighbors” was examined by Homesense of 2,000 women. The research objective is actually to know the background of the consumer in choosing their household furnishings.


7 Things that can make our Home look Beautifull

Beautify the home does not have to buy expensive furniture, enough to provide back the little things that can add beauty and simple impression around your room. All can be done without or with little spending money alone.

Here are a few little things to beautify the home.



All homes have a window and every window has at least some room to add fentilasi absorption and also pencahyaan good through this window. Bonus you get fresh air of nature and wind through the window and a reduction in electricity consumption, due to the wind you should not provide a ceiling fan and air conditioner air conditioner because the fresh air from outside.

2. Clear glass


Each family must keep a clear glass. Starting from an amorphous glass until the glass is super pretty deliberate in the store until Eid arrives. Did you know can be a substitute for clear glass picture frames, paintings and calligraphy atapun. Clear glass can be an alternative choice as possible it ruanagan display your makeup.

3. baking soda


Usually we megenal baking soda that is material to make a cake. But did you know that baking soda  benefits proved to be extremely good to neutralize the smell of the room.

4. book


Choose a book size of a thick cover of your beautiful patterned, then this book is to taste the stack room on the coffee table. Tumpukn Apparently this book has two uses is to be the choice of readings for the guests and also to beautify the room.

5. leaves of lemon grass


Set aside a few leaves of lemon grass into a glass or vase of water and place in the area who often visited the house mosquito. Serai dkenal well as plants that can repel mosquitoes.

6. Sand or gravel


In addition to the table flowers can also be enhanced with gravel and sand from the outside. Simply by placing the sand and gravel and placed in a vase container, then put up nice and pretty impressed.

7.  fruit and lemon

One grain of sliced ​​oranges and lemons, then let it float over the bowl containing water. put on the desk and in every corner to give the effect of fresh food. Ruanagan The result will look more fresh and beautiful colors of the slices of lemon will make the room as beautiful

Home Improvement

The Art of Gutter Cleaning

The gutters on your home are starting to overflow so it’s time to clean the gutters on your home. Many homeowners do this project each year to properly maintain their homes. What you may not realize is that most gutter systems should be cleaned 3-4 times a year with each season. You may be wondering why should I clean out my gutters so often? The reason is each season trees go through various cycles that can clog up your gutters.

In spring, most trees drop seedlings and dead twigs. Spring is also the best time to inspect your gutters for any damages that may have occurred during the winter snow.

In summer, trees lose leaves from heavy storms and high winds. In early fall, you should remove leaves that have fallen early to keep your gutters flowing freely. At the end of fall or early winter, you want to make sure everything has been properly cleared from the gutter system to help prevent ice dams or buildup of ice in your gutters. The extra weight of frozen water in your gutters can easily cause them to pull away from the fascia and in many cases, fall off the house. Improper gutter maintenance will lead to clogged or damaged gutters and can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your homes foundation, exterior trim and basements.

To clean your gutters properly, rent a sturdy ladder and get your a neighbor to give you a hand. Ladders can be rented from most local rental centers for as little as $40.00 a day. When using ladders, make sure you stay away from power lines, trees and windows. It’s a good idea to use a ladder stabilizer to make sure the ladder doesn’t crush your gutters or slip while your doing the cleaning. Ladder stabilizers can be purchased at most hardware stores for about $30.00. Remember your safety is more important than clean gutters, so make sure you get someone to help you. Thousands of people die each year from falls and electrocution while working on ladders.

If you have gutter screens or gutter guards, make sure that they aren’t damaged or clogged with leaves and branches. They won’t help protect the gutters if the water can’t get into them properly and the water may just flow over them making them useless, even if the gutters are clean! Carefully lift the guards to avoid damaging them and remove any leaves or debris under them and then reinstall them properly. You should run water over them to make sure they are working properly. Check your downspouts to see if they have screens at the top and clear them as well. If necessary, use a hose to clear any heavily clogged downspouts and make sure you replace any damaged gutter or downspout screens. While cleaning your gutters, inspect them to make sure the fasteners are properly secured. This can usually be done with a hammer, or in some cases a screwdriver.

You may find that over time, the spikes that hold the aluminum to the fascia board have loosened. Either drive the loose spikes back into place, or replace them with longer ones for improved support. When gutters are loose, the pitch is changed and the water will overflow at low areas. Since you have help from your neighbor, this is also the perfect time to inspect your roof for missing shingles, cracked vent pipe gaskets or bare nails. Make sure you return the favor and help him or her on their house when you’re done.

If you have any questions about gutter maintenance, gutter guard systems or to hire a professional to clean the gutters on your home, contact Henry’s Housework at 301-353-9287. For more information about gutter cleaning, guard systems or our other services, see our website at . We also offer a newsletter through our website with maintenance tips, reminders and discounts on our services each month.

Henry Bockman

President, Henry’s Housework Inc.

MHIC#65039 Licensed, bonded and insured.

301 353 9287


Brighter colors Boiled Eggs, Use Vinegar!

USE vinegar not only gives a sour taste in cuisine. Other benefits also give color to food, one boiled egg.

“If you want a brighter color eggs after boiling, just use vinegar,” said Fajar B. Sugiharto, Managing Director of Boutique Resto, at Hotel Dharmawangsa, Jakarta, recently.

The use of vinegar should be limited. If too much, the sour taste of vinegar would actually dominate on hard-boiled eggs. Affirmed Fajar, vinegar give as much as two to three tablespoons to boil 3-5 eggs.

Then, give the vinegar along with the eggs or when the water has not boiled. “With the water placed in the still cold, vinegar extract process will move slowly. And, when the egg is inserted together egg, vinegar began maintaining eggshell. Unlike when inserted when boiling water, the temperature of the heat so the levels of acetic acid is lost,” he concluded.


Special trips in Utica New York

In this trip, we arrived at precisely the American mainland in the Utica New York. The experiences during the trip provide wonderful memories of the location where the left until arrival at the destination. Arriving in Utica, we went off to find affordable accommodation as well as having adequate services. While occasionally see the hustle bustle of the city of Utica, at which time we came was about 1 pm. We stopped briefly to a fastfood shaped van to buy some food because they feel hungry. While waiting for the waiter to cook menu options, we met some people who are also waiting for our food. They provide some alternative lodging nearby. And after cooking so and we ravenously devoured, we were rushing to get to an inn, Utica NY hotels name.

Arriving there at about 3 pm, we were registering for a 2 days. Once the registration process is completed we waited in the lobby of the hotel which was very convenient. The concept offered was also very good, a few friends are opening the laptop to check the assignment of the center. With a super fast connection provided by the hotel, we were very enjoyed browsing smoothly while waiting for scheduled check-in 15 minutes. And after a while of waiting, we finally checked in well into their rooms. Upon entering the room, a feeling of awe appeared from our minds. The arrangement in the room really neat, it provides facilities were also quite full and made us feel comfortable which is treated like a king.

With feeling very happy, we lay down on the mattress is extremely soft and comfortable. My roommate was even go to sleep because it might be too tired. I got up out of bed and into the bathroom, once again I’m surprised by the condition of the bathroom are pretty neat and comfortable with a pentagon-shaped bathtub was very comfortable with warm water. Wow, this is a very comfortable experience when you first come and visit to Utica New York. With the hospitality of the people around and the comfort of the hotel where we stayed while we were quite satisfied but we are only 2 days of work in this area because after all the work done, we have to go to other areas.


Rectangular Tubing

Rectangular or square shaped tubing is commonly used in many different areas like constructions of architectural features and trims, door or window framing, furniture, decks and porches, lean-to’s, exercise equipments, frames for canvas or plastic sheeting in deck-chairs, conveyor belts, escalators, railings, etc.

The angular shape makes it easy to install and transport as the tubes can be stacked easily without danger of them rolling off. Many industrial, marine, automobile and agricultural equipment manufacturing facilities use large quantities of rectangular tubing. This tubing is also used extensively for decorative and ornamental purposes indoors and outdoors. Latest design trends in transparent acrylic and plastic rectangular tubing are being used in lighting and landscaping of gardens, theater and dance events etc.

Rectangular tubing also finds use in the computer manufacturing industry, military and aerospace industry, etc where structural strength is important. Trailer beds, truck and rail frames and carriage frames can be constructed with high-quality steel rectangular tubing.

Generally, rectangular tubing is available in most metals like aluminum, stainless steel, cast-iron, galvanized or anodized aluminum, copper, carbon steel and alloys like bronze. These metals can be polished, electro-plated or coated with a variety of materials like chromium or zinc to give a good finish. When used in outdoor applications, they may be heat-treated to prevent weathering and expansion or contraction, to resist rust and corrosion and to conform to construction industry safety standards. Materials like plastics, PVC and acrylic are used in lightweight applications, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, food and beverage industries etc and are also suitable for outdoor displays and shelving as they do not get damaged due to exposure to weather, aggressive chemicals and solvents. Acrylic is also hard and scratch-proof while providing visibility and transparency.

Connecting or joining lengths of rectangular tubing is done by means of either heat-sealing, welding, adhesives or the use of rectangular connectors. The connector or coupling should be a perfect fit otherwise it may lead to structural weakness. The shape makes the operation relatively simpler and installing rectangular tubular structures is easier than round ones. Rectangular tubing is also easier to cut. If the thickness is less, you can even use a hand-saw or power-tool at home after marking the spot correctly to get a sharp, even cut. If you’re cutting steel or metal, it’s best to use some lubricating substance to avoid heating and also prevent fine dust from flying out and causing injury.


Select a Perfect Mix of Colors to Paint Your House

Choosing an appropriate combination and mix of several colors can be a really confusing and mindboggling task. The selection of colors for the house painting would essentially depend upon the budget, interior furnishing of the house and theme of the house.

Sources of paint colors

Nowadays there are innumerable sources from where one can find various color combinations from which they can select the most suitable mix of colors for their homes. Some of these sources may include as follows:

* Some vendors tend to offer sample paints to their clients as one of their sale promotion tactics. One may apply these sample paints on their walls and see for themselves which paint suits the best.

* Start browsing through various interior decoration and home furnishing magazines that would help one to get an idea of various painting colors and novel techniques.

* In order to ensure the desired results, one can even contact a professional interior decorator who would quite helpful in giving some valuable inputs and suggest some creative color schemes.

* One may even go through brochures of several vendors and manufacturers in order to know about different shades and hues.

Exterior House Painting

The paints for house exteriors should be neutral and highly resistant to extreme weather conditions. Rosy colors like pinks and reds are complete “NO” when it comes to exterior painting as these paints tend make the house look extremely gaudy and flashy.

Interior House Painting

The interiors need to be painted in accordance with the house décor and flooring. Color schemes would primarily depend on the nature of a particular room. For instance, the kid’s bedroom can be painted in bright colors like blue or pink to add fun and exuberance to such a room.

Painting of the house needs to be undertaken from time to time in order to ensure proper care and maintenance of the house.