Tips and Tools for an Injury-Free Garden Makeover

Undertaking a garden makeover is no easy task which requires a lot of physical exertion. Something many DIY garden enthusiasts don’t often consider prior to embarking on the task is their safety and how to prevent garden based injuries. Knowing the importance of a safe working environment, we’ve prepared some easy to follow tips along with information about available tools to help you keep your garden makeover injury free.

 

Moving Your Equipment

Your Wheelbarrow is likely to be your best friend during your garden makeover due to its multitude of uses. Along with moving your dirt, soil and plants around be sure to utilize it when moving multiple heavy garden tools.

 

Be Mindful of Your Tools

Once you have finished using your garden tools, put them in a predetermined space that’s out of the way. While it may be an amusing comedy skit, stepping on a rake and causing the handle to spring up and connect with you is a serious injury risk and one which is easily avoided. Additionally, stepping on the blade of shears or even a shovel can cause real injury, so if you aren’t using them, put them away.

 

Prepare Yourself

A serious garden makeover requires a lot of bending and stretching, something many DIY gardeners may not be accustomed to doing. If it has been a while since you undertook such exercises, get in a few sessions at a local Pilates studio in Denver before your project. This low impact workout can help to prepare your body for the work ahead and prevent you from feeling sore throughout your work and the next day.

 

Stay Smart and Stay Hydrated

Working outdoors for long periods of time is going to take its toll on your mind and your body, so be sure to take care of them both. Take regular breaks where you adjust your line of sight and take a step back to make sure you’re on the right track. Be sure to keep snacks and water handy and stay hydrated throughout the job. Small breaks in between tasks can be the best way to avoid getting exhausted and causing yourself unnecessary injury or stress.
While these are great tips to helping you undertake a safe DIY garden makeover, nothing beats common sense. If it looks like a certain task is going to be too hard, don’t risk it and ask for help from a neighbor or family member. There’s no point in preparing a beautiful new garden if you’re too sore to enjoy it.

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Tips and Tools for an Injury-Free Garden Makeover

Undertaking a garden makeover is no easy task which requires a lot of physical exertion. Something many DIY garden enthusiasts don’t often consider prior to embarking on the task is their safety and how to prevent garden based injuries. Knowing the importance of a safe working environment, we’ve prepared some easy to follow tips along with information about available tools to help you keep your garden makeover injury free.

Moving Your Equipment
Your Wheelbarrow is likely to be your best friend during your garden makeover due to its multitude of uses. Along with moving your dirt, soil and plants around be sure to utilize it when moving multiple heavy garden tools.

Be Mindful of Your Tools
Once you have finished using your garden tools, put them in a predetermined space that’s out of the way. While it may be an amusing comedy skit, stepping on a rake and causing the handle to spring up and connect with you is a serious injury risk and one which is easily avoided. Additionally, stepping on the blade of shears or even a shovel can cause real injury, so if you aren’t using them, put them away.

Prepare Yourself
A serious garden makeover requires a lot of bending and stretching, something many DIY gardeners may not be accustomed to doing. If it has been a while since you undertook such exercises, get in a few sessions at a local Pilates studio in Denver before your project. This low impact workout can help to prepare your body for the work ahead and prevent you from feeling sore throughout your work and the next day.

Stay Smart and Stay Hydrated
Working outdoors for long periods of time is going to take its toll on your mind and your body, so be sure to take care of them both. Take regular breaks where you adjust your line of sight and take a step back to make sure you’re on the right track. Be sure to keep snacks and water handy and stay hydrated throughout the job. Small breaks in between tasks can be the best way to avoid getting exhausted and causing yourself unnecessary injury or stress.

While these are great tips to helping you undertake a safe DIY garden makeover, nothing beats common sense. If it looks like a certain task is going to be too hard, don’t risk it and ask for help from a neighbor or family member. There’s no point in preparing a beautiful new garden if you’re too sore to enjoy it.

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5 Reasons to have a hot tub

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Hot tubs are a great investment for those looking to find relaxation, but there are also a multitude of other reasons to have a hot tub. This article will talk a little bit more about hot tubs and why it is a great idea to have one.

Entertaining

Cornwall hot tubs are the ideal way to entertain guests and there really isn’t a better way to spend a cool winter night or a warm summer’s day, than in your hot tub. Having guests here is an added bonus and is an excellent addition to the home of a person who loves to entertain others.

Relaxing

The stresses of everyday life can really get the better of you if you don’t keep on top of them, but with a hot tub you can relax in the comfort of your own home. Until you sit in one, it is hard to understand how relaxing they can be, but with the massaging water jets and toasty warm water, there really is no better place to relax. Hot tubs are well known to have other health benefits, such as increased blood flow and improved circulation.

They look good

Hot tubs are not only good at helping you to relax, but they are also ideal for adding a functional piece of decoration to your home or wherever you decide to place your new hot tub. Hot tubs come in a huge range of colours and designs, so there is surely a design to complement your decor.

Easy to install

Another great reason to have a hot tub is that they are much easier to install compared to something like a pool. A hot tub can be easily adapted to almost any outdoor area and there are various in-ground and above-ground options to consider. This is also great because you don’t have to necessarily adapt the area to the hot tub, for example you don’t need to cut your decking away you accommodate a hot tub, you can simple have a freestanding version.

Space saving

I mentioned that hot tubs are very easy to install, but another added benefit it that they are space saving and take up significantly less room than something like a pool. This is great for people living in a variety of housing types, such as apartments, farms and houses.

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How to be a responsible pet owner

For most Americans pets are simple a way of life that people expect to see on a daily basis, this makes it so important for pet owners to be wary of the impact that irresponsibility with their pets can have on others

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Clean up after your pet

This a basic principle that applies to any aspect of life and is relatively self explanatory. Despite this there are some that do not properly clean up after their pet or at all, and this is extremely irresponsible. Nobody wants to deal with dog waste on the street and there is nothing worse than stepping on some. It is a great idea to invest in a pooper scooper, which makes it very easy to pick up any waste and means that there is a minimal amount of mess.

 

Many people cite a lack of plastic bags as an excuse for not cleaning up after their pet on the street, this is a poor excuse, but a good tip if you are going for a walk is to leave plastic bags next to the dog lead or even tie them to the lead itself. This way you can never forget them again!

 

Play with your pet

A pet in a lot of ways is exactly like a human, pets crave entertainment and want to keep active. This is crucial for the happiness and health of your pet. Think about when you don’t get enough exercise and you start to feel more stressed out and just don’t feel as good in general. Playing with your pets is a great way to help level their behaviour

 

Desexing

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to pets is their ability to reproduce. This can be a very sensitive issue for a lot of people and there are some that are opposed to it, however it is important to consider this option as a part of being a responsible pet owner. With the huge number of homeless animals it is the obligation of pet owners to manage their pets exposure to other animals and the fact that they may reproduce. It is important to think about what would happen if your dog or cat were to have a litter and what you would do.

 

Feed your pets at regular intervals

It is important that your pet is fed at regular intervals and that they are given a combination of food. This will prevent your pet from going elsewhere for their food and potentially disturbing your neighbours.

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The Power of Smell

 

Have you ever visited an open house and noticed the smell of fresh coffee or baked cookies, yet weren’t actually able to see any? A common, yet powerful tactic used by agents to give people positive feelings towards a home. While these are the two big ones that work for agents, there are plenty more that can help you make your home more inviting to guests.

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The Bathroom

The bathroom is often thought of first when discussing aromas around and throughout the home. Often considered to be strongest, many homeowners choose the most powerful fragrance they can find – often a general clean smell that reminds people of a blank environment. To bring a distinctive smell to your bathroom, try a combination. A small and hidden plug-in fragrance dispenser behind the toilet is a great complement to a bowl of potpourri on the basin. The plug-in fragrance takes care of strong odors while the scent from the potpourri as your guests wash their hands and freshen up can change the way they feel about your bathroom.

Entertaining Areas

Gone are the days where you just bought ‘summer fresh’ or ‘cool breeze’ type fragrances that came in a can – sprayed hastily before your guests arrived. For something different, look for Groupon coupons for a store like Birchbox that stocks cologne candles. More powerful than a regular spray, the fragrance is tailored to be more similar to that of a designer cologne, often leaving your guests wondering and wanting more. I find that when I light one of these, my guests start a hunt to locate the hidden spray can – not believing me when I tell them a simple candle is doing the trick.

Outdoor Areas

When I first encountered outdoor fragrance candles I was a little skeptic of the idea as a whole. Why burn a fragrance candle when I’m outdoors? Then, when attending a BBQ, I noticed that I couldn’t smell the regular smoke smell often prevalent at social events, nor could I notice any lingering scents left over from empty wine glasses. Purpose designed candles that are made for a more pungent smell outdoors are a great way to change the atmosphere of an outdoor social gathering, and can even be incorporated to use with products to help keep insects away.

Whichever route you take when adding fragrance to your home, be sure that you choose a scent that’s personal to both you and your home. Steer away from scents similar to those of your friends, and take the opportunity to build your own atmosphere.

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5 Ways to keep family your home safe and secure

I am sure that everyone reading this article has smoke detectors throughout their home you might also have a number of other safety items; baby gates, handrails on staircases and non slip mats to make sure that your family is safe. Now, you might think that these things are all you need, but you would be wrong. Of course the products are essential but you should not think that your work ends there. You should keep up a good standard of safety practices to ensure that home safety is maintained.

Here are five suggestions from the experts at OSC for people that want to make their homes safer. The good news is that none of the following need you to buy new products, what they all do is ask you to follow some simple procedures and turn them in to a habit.

Smoke Alarms

Test your smoke alarms, you should do it each and every month. Gather your family together and talk through the fire escape route with them, you should also practice after everyone is well drilled. The large majority of fatalities from house fires are caused by smoke inhalation, so making sure you have early warning signals and a clear evacuation plan are crucial.

Walk through the home

Walk slowly through your house and keep an eye out for where the most likely places are that people may trip or fall. The main culprits for this are baby placed rugs, posse wires, bad lighting on staircases and also a lot of clutter on your floor. People falling is the number one cause of accidents at home – it is essential to remove all hazards, especially if you have a young family or live with elder relatives.

Think about your habits in the kitchen

Ask yourself the following questions; Have you ever left the kitchen whilst cooking on the stove? Do you always make sure that you turn the pot handles round so they are facing the back of the stove? Do you make sure that you don’t leave hot drinks or dishes on tablecloths, to make sure young kids can’t pull them down and hurt themselves? In the kitchen each year there are over 250,000 injuries with burns and scalds, sticking to safe practices will go some way to making sure you’re not part of this statistic.

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Construction, building and architecture

Construction, building and architecture is as old as civilisation itself. From the first mud huts built by primitive people to ancient monuments like the pyramids in Egypt and the genius of the modern sky scrapers, which are now dotted across the skylines of many major cities around the world. However all these structures have one thing in common, they all needed to be designed and built.

Whether you’re building an extra room on your house or constructing a complex building it all starts with a designer or an architect. Although they all work together as a team the roles of the architect and the builder differ in many ways. However, in the end the goal is the same to design and construct a building.

Although there are many phases to designing and constructing a building the three main categories are always the same according to OSC who specialise in large-scale construction and design.

To understand the process a little more let’s takes a look at each one a little more closely.

Building

Typically a building is a manmade structure with roofs and walls such as a house, factory or office block, which more or less has a permanent fixture. Buildings can appear in many shapes and sizes but the principle and function remain the same, to serve the needs of society by creating shelter, living space, security and privacy whether this is at home or work.

Architecture

Architecture or an architect is a person whose main concern is the planning, designing and the overall construction of a building from start to finish. Not only does the architect have to have sound technical knowledge in the construction of buildings, but also in structural engineering, public safety, business management and design concept. The architect also works closely with the client making sure that every stage of the build goes smoothly and to spec.

Construction

Once all the designs are completed construction can begin, construction is the process of creating the infrastructure of a building, although the architect is the main man and overall manager he will closely work with a project manager. The project manager’s job is to organise builders, set the schedules and make sure all the materials used for the build are on site ready for construction to begin.

 

Tim Aldiss writes for OSC.

 

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4 Wonderful Ways to Spruce up Your Home

Each year there comes a time in the life of any homeowner where you feel like you need to make some changes. Sometimes this might be big changes like building an extension or installing a pool. But sometimes the changes are more subtle changes inside the home, but ones that will have a major impact on the property. Decorating your home is always a good idea, and you can do this pretty cheaply.

But there are so many options available to you. If you follow these four ideas, you can spruce up your home without having to make major changes. You’ll also find you won’t need to spend too much money if any.

  1. Get New Furniture

Sure, you’d like your furniture to last as long as possible, several years minimum. But it might depend on the type of furniture you have. Some pieces of furniture don’t date too well, and they can come across as old-fashioned. This threatens to bring down the whole aesthetic of the home. You might also have pets or young children who might cause havoc with the existing furniture. Think about replacing your furniture. And try to replace it with pieces of furniture that never age, like a leather sofa.

  1. Replace Your Linen

Another great thing you could do is replace all the linen around the home. This includes bed linen, table linen and bath linen. You’ll be surprised at the impact this can have on your home. You can choose different designs, fabrics and colours in order to complement the rest of the home. A visit to http://www.richardhaworth.co.uk will provide you with a large selection of linens. Make sure you pick the right type to improve your home. You can change all the bedding and table cloths and have fresh towels in the bathroom. This will add a new dimension to the home and people are going to take note.

 

 

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  1. Repaint

One of the best and easiest ways to spruce up your home is to repaint each room. A new lick of paint can resurrect a tired and boring looking room. It can transform it into a bright, vibrant and spacious place. If you choose bright colours, in particular, you make the room appear larger and more inviting. Don’t underestimate the importance and impact of a fresh coat of paint. And the great thing is this is something you can do yourself. Get yourself down to the local hardware store and stock up on paint. Make sure when you’re painting you put down sheets to protect anything in the room that you don’t want to get paint on.

  1. Have a Clear Out

A free way to make your home look more awesome is to have a clearout. This is no doubt something you’re going to want to do at some point anyway. So now is the best time to do so. Get rid of all the clutter that’s taking up space in your home. Anything that’s a duplicate or that you don’t need or never use needs to go. You can either throw it, sell it or give it away. But just get it out of the home. You’ll create more space, and your home will look more attractive, as a result.

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Top 10 Seasonal Changes You Can Make To Refresh Your Living Room

For many of us, the changing seasons are often an opportunity to spruce up the decor of our homes, or change the finishing touches to reflect the season. Most of us like to keep the look of our house refreshed and in style. Sometimes you may run out of inspiration and turn to internet for some great ideas on how to make subtle changes that could transform the look of a room. If you are looking for some of that inspiration now, we give you the top ten ways to make a little change for a big effect this year:

 

  1. Feature wall – Pick one wall and choose an elaborate wallpaper, or a strong and vibrant paint color to cover it. This wall will make a statement and act as your accent color. You can complement the color with soft furnishings or strong color wall art or photos.
  2. Photos – Refresh your photos. You can even renew the frames. Sometimes just placing them in a different order is enough to lift the feel of the room.
  3. Soft furnishings – To make your room very fashionable this season, think about changing your soft furnishings. You can even add a great cashmere throw to your sofa or settee from somewhere like Rooi. These can be changed in color and texture every season to refresh the look of the room.

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  1. Rugs – Rugs can be rotated depending on your color theme, accent color, or even the season. Choose different colors or textures. You can even place them at different angles for a different look.
  2. Radiators – You can buy great covers for the radiators to make them safer. The best bit is they are paintable so you can decorate them in any way you choose.
  3. Lighting – Choose from color changing bulbs to a whole new lamp shade to change the mood of your room. Shades in different colors to complement your palette can be interchanged seasonally. The quality of light can be changed from warm to white with LED bulbs as well.
  4. Door handle – A quick and easy way to change the look of your room is to change the door handle. Choose something classical or stylish and contemporary. You can do the same with your entertainment center and the knobs on your sideboard.
  5. Flowers – Faux flowers in silk are a very classy and chic way to decorate your room without needing to lift a paint brush. Choose plain vases or elaborate porcelain sets to really show off your taste and color scheme.
  6. Coffee table – A coffee table can be the centerpiece of the entire living room. They are reasonably cheap to replace, but you could try a shabby chic look by restoring or changing an old one. Add a cloth or different coasters to simply and quickly change its appearance.
  7. Ornaments – The ornaments or books you choose to display in a room are a reflection of your personality and tastes. These can be moved, or interchanged to refresh the feel of the room. It may only be you who notices but sometimes, we are the only ones who feel like a change!

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3 Things To Think About Before Renovating Your Property

Anyone who wants to perform some renovation work on their property this spring would do well to consider all the essentials before starting work. Depending on the age and location of your house, there may be serious issues that need to be dealt with first. At the end of the day, you don’t want to spends thousands on a renovation project if you’ll have to rip your home apart in the near future. With that in mind, you should perform as much research as possible before making changes to your interior. Overlooking any of the points listed below could result in you spending more and wasting a lot of time.


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Check for structural issues

 

Many homes have dangerous structural issues that need to be sorted quickly. A problem left untreated could turn into something more serious, and more substantial work may have to be carried out. That could cost you a lot of money, so it’s a good idea to perform some basic structural checks before starting any renovation work. If you notice there is something wrong, you’ll have to seek a professional opinion. Luckily, there are plenty of firms that deal with foundation repair in Tulsa and all over the US. You just need to search online and read reviews to find the most suitable experts.

 

Assess the condition of your windows

 

If the same windows have been on your property for the last ten years or more, it might be time to look for some replacements. Not only will they look tired and worn out, but they won’t do much for heat retention. That means you will spend more than is required for gas and electric to warm your home. It’s always a good idea to have any new windows fitted before you start your decoration job. That way, you won’t risk your paint or wallpaper getting dirty while the work is carried out. When purchasing new windows, it’s wise to spend a little more and opt for triple glazing. That will almost certainly mean your home stays warm and toasty without having the heating on all day long.

 

Consider the design and layout of your space

 

It’s important that everyone tried to make the most of the space in their home. With that in mind, you could discover that knocking some walls down will present you with lots of benefits. Of course, you need to be very careful when doing things like that inside your property. We would usually advise that you employ the services of an expert. However, some of you will no doubt want to handle the task on your own. In that case, just make sure you don’t mess with any supporting walls. Nobody wants to see your bathtub come crashing through the ceiling.

 

So long as you spend at least some time thinking about those three points, we’re confident you will have no trouble getting down to business and renovating your property. If you need more advice, there are some fantastic posts on this blog. Lots of them contain design tips that could help you to get started.

 

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