Keeping Your Home Updated and Looking Great

As every home ages it requires maintenance, repairs, and full-on renovations in some cases. Keeping your home updated and well maintained is not only necessary but it’s also a great way to show that you care about your home, those that dwell in it, and that you are the man of the house who can wear that Mr. Fix It hat. You will also need some DIY tools to help you achieve this task including hammer, pliers, screwdrivers and may be circular saw. I recently bought Makita Brushless DHS680Z Circular Saw which is probably UK’s best circular saw of 2019. We will be discussing about the various uses of circular saws later in this article.

Some areas of focus for any home are the floors, doors, and walls.

Floors

When a home starts to get older it’s easy to notice that the floors, especially where there is high traffic, get worn out and need replacing. Another good indication that the floors could use some love is when they start to creak when you walk over certain areas. In either case, a great solution can be to install laminate flooring Boca Raton which will increase the appearance, durability, and longevity of the floor.

Doors

In the home, especially when you have kids, doors tend to take a little beating over time. Often doors will get skid marks from shoes near the bottom of the door. This is more apparent if the door is white. Look around your house and check all the doors for skid marks, holes, and motion fluidity. Wash or paint over the skid marks, replace the door if it has holes, and tighten all loose screws on the hinges and knobs. If they creak then apply some grease or WD-40.

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Drinking Clean Water is Essential for Good Health

Drinking adequate water each day is crucial for the survival of human being. This is since around 75% of the our entire body is made up of water. Did you know that we can endure with out food for more time durations than we can survive without drinking water? unfortunately, clean and pure drinking water is becoming a rare commodity in our world. It is important that before consuming the tap water we either boil it or filter it using a quality water filter.

Why use water filter

Water filters work by trapping unwanted particles and impurities in your water while still allowing the water to flow through. Of course, you aren’t limited to just the kind of filter you can attached to your faucet. Some free-standing water filters can actually sit on your counter-top, or the simplest type is the pitcher variety that you can keep in your refrigerator.

You wouldn’t believe the toxic chemicals that can get into our drinking water. Water quality inspectors have found fertilizers and other lawn care chemicals, motor oil, industrial chemicals and rocket fuel in tap water. Bottled water might not be much better in some cases. The chemicals in the plastic alone can get into the water and cause damage to your health. In most cases, you won’t get sick right away if you drink unfiltered water. However, it can cause damage to your health over time. The best filters can get rid of the worst chemicals and give you the pure water you want. Before choosing water filters in 2019 remember the following points

Ease of installation or setup. Naturally, you don’t want to spend all day on these things. Go for a model that will be easy to set up.

Cost of replacing filtration cartridges. When the particles are trapped, they don’t just go away. You will have to replace the cartridges on a regular basis.

Size. If you’re going with a countertop filter, you should consider how much counter space it is going to take up.

Do some research. Not all water filters are created equal. Amazon is a good place to start because you can read reviews from people who have actually bought and tried the products.

What is water reclamation ?

Reclaimed water is wastewater that has been highly treated to meet strict water quality standards. It is of very high quality and can be safely returned to the environment or used in the community.  In other words, it is the collection and treatment of wastewater to be used where drinking water is not required.

What are the uses of reclaimed water?

Reclaimed water will be primarily used for irrigation of land at golf courses and educational facilities. By using reclaimed water for uses where drinking water is not required, we save our drinking water for its intended purpose – drinking.

What are the benefits of reclaimed water?

The top reasons or benefits of promoting the use of reclaimed water include water conservation, environmental protection and cost efficiencies.  More specific benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduced future consumption of drinking water supplies
  • Reduced cost of water for residents, businesses and commercial users
  • Reduced impact on parks, gardens and other open spaces during drought conditions
  • Reduced amounts of treated wastewater that is discharged into our waterways, resulting in increased environmental benefits
  • Reduced waste and overuse of a precious natural resource – WATER.

Is reclaimed water safe?

One of the first questions asked when people learn about the use of reclaimed water in public areas is:  Is it safe? 

The answer is a resounding YES!

To ensure safety, the highest standards established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are followed.  Reclaimed water is highly engineered for safety and reliability so that the quality of reclaimed water is more predictable than many existing surface and groundwater sources. Reclaimed water is considered safe when appropriately used. Although reclaimed water is of very high quality, it should not be used directly for drinking water, but rather for alternative uses such as irrigation.  

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Health Benefits of Lettuce

Last night I had a dinner guest and when I brought out our salad, he had the GAUL to call my bowl of lettuce nutritionally limited–or something like that. Of course, this is thought comes from practical logic concerning many green veggies. Most lettuces and other foods (like celery or cucumber) are “negative-calorie foods,” meaning your body expends more energy digesting the food than the veggie actually possesses. For example, a piece of celery is about 5 calories.

By the time you chew it and your stomach BEGINS to digest it, you’ve already burned more calories than the stalk possessed. This trend is simlilar for most green leafy veggies (and veggies in general). Considering our society’s obsession with macro nutrients: carbs, proteins, fats, it is no surprise that my dinner guest wasn’t aware of the EXTREME value of the lettuce’s MICRONutrients: vitamins, minerals, water. I should write a post in the near future explaining the importance and function of these micronutrients, but for now know that even though they are “micro,” they are essential.

So to honor the importance of lettuce and continually support the claim that it is sexy, I’m going to start a sexy lettuce series every week (or so) explaining the benefits of that lettuce and a salad idea/recipe.

Why sexy? Well first, this infamous guest used the term after I rambled on how fancy and nutritious my lettuce was. Secondly, it’s true! Think of your own perception of “sexy.” Light, lively, subtle but strong, maybe a bit intimidating at first, makes you feel good inside–yes! lettuce! So without further ado….

Let’s start with one of the most basic lettuces: Romaine, just to demonstrate how even simple lettuce is sexy. To the left we have a nutritional breakdown of the vitamins and minerals found in Romain (taken from wholefoods.com). Basicailly, Romaine is a great source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, manganese and chromium. In addition, romaine lettuce is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and the minerals potassium, molybdenum, iron, and phosphorus. The vitamin C and beta-carotene in romaine makes it heart healthy, lowering cholesterol by preventing artery buildup and utlizing fiber to remove unneeded salt in the colon.

The folic acid converts a damaging chemical called homocysteine, making it benign and preventing blood vessel damage which could lead to heart attacks or strokes. And romaine’s potassium lowers high blood pressure. Nutrient deficient? I don’t think so. Healthy? definitely.

Do you need a recipe for romaine? I like to pair romaine with crunchy veggies since it itself can be softer. Romaine is usually my basis for the traditional greek or italian style salads with carrots, celery, cucumber, etc. You can spice it up with beets, parsnips, raw zucchini, or blanched sweet potatoes too.

Enjoy! (and please WASH your lettuce).

Let’s start with one of the most basic lettuces: Romaine, just to demonstrate how even simple lettuce is sexy. To the left we have a nutritional breakdown of the vitamins and minerals found in Romain (taken from wholefoods.com). Basicailly, Romaine is a great source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, manganese and chromium. In addition, romaine lettuce is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and the minerals potassium, molybdenum, iron, and phosphorus. The vitamin C and beta-carotene in romaine makes it heart healthy, lowering cholesterol by preventing artery buildup and utlizing fiber to remove unneeded salt in the colon. The folic acid converts a damaging chemical called homocysteine, making it benign and preventing blood vessel damage which could lead to heart attacks or strokes. And romaine’s potassium lowers high blood pressure.
Nutrient deficient? I don’t think so. Sexy? definitely.

Do you need a recipe for romaine? I like to pair romaine with crunchy veggies since it itself can be softer. Romaine is usually my basis for the traditional greek or italian style salads with carrots, celery, cucumber, etc. You can spice it up with beets, parsnips, raw zucchini, or blanched sweet potatoes too.

Enjoy! (and please WASH your lettuce).

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