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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Powell Furniture

First established in 1968, the Powell furniture company has grown to become the country’s leader of home accent furniture. In fact, Powell furniture can be found in 95% of the top 100 furniture retailers’ showrooms.

Powell furniture’s commitment to the stay in pace with the changing lifestyles of customers and continued commitment to customer satisfaction has led to the development of new and innovative products to meet the desire and needs of every customer.

Whether your home is grand and formal or a small country cottage, you are guaranteed to find Powell furnishing that will turn your everyday kitchen into your own little piece of heaven.
Spice up your kitchen with Powell bakers racks, kitchen islands, wine cabinets, dining tables and pot racks. Turn that everyday kitchen into the favorite room of the house.

Some of the best selling gourmet Powell kitchen furnishings include styles from all over the spectrum. For instance, the Sierra baker’s rack with hutch is one of Powell furniture’s top sellers. This honey finished rack features beautiful, elegant metalwork finished with a bronze leather glaze, a wine rack, shelves and drawer and cabinet space. It even comes equipped with a special place to store your wineglasses. The professional copper pot rack is also a favorite among consumers. Made with high polished solid copper, this rack is the perfect compliment to any gourmet kitchen.

You can also choose several different pieces from the same collection such as the Provence collection. This collection mirrors the country Mediterranean French style and is breathtaking in its beauty. Finished in antique white, the pieces feature hand distressing and intricately hand carved acanthus leaf designs. You can choose from pieces including dinette sets, center islands, bar stools and counter stools. Any one of these pieces can stand on their own and become an extraordinarily beautiful addition to your space, but when all of the elements are put together, a true gourmet masterpiece is created.

And Powell furniture is affordable. With Powell furniture, don’t expect to pay any more than what you would for fine furnishings of an equal caliber. Depending on your tastes, wants and needs, individual pieces of Powell furniture can start at a few hundred dollars. Of course, higher end and specialty items can be considerably more.

So if you are looking to revamp your entire kitchen décor, or you are just looking for that special piece to tie everything together, Powell furniture may have exactly what you are looking for.

Bathroom Plumbing

A budget of $4000 wouldn’t be unrealistic. Here’s a rough list of what you might need to buy. Realize that the investment of $4000 is going to increase the value of your home substantially more.

Shower kit and door $800

Tub $450

Shower faucet $200

Vanity & Top $800

Faucet for Vanity $100

Toilet $200

Water Resistant Drywall $50

Floor Tile $200

Grout $20

Pre-hung door $80

Light Fixture $100

Mirror $100

Paint and Wallpaper $100

Rough Plumbing $800

Total $4000

If you are going to need some serious movement of existing sewer and water lines then you’ll need to hire a plumber and that will be an additional cost however if all the new pieces are going in the same place as the old ones lived you should be able to avert this cost. It’s very room dependent.

When it comes to starting your project safety needs to come first. That means you need to take all the precautions – wearing gloves, goggles for your eyes, a mask, or any other safety equipment that is necessary. Now lets get started:

1. Spread out the builder’s paper to help trap all the demolition material. It’s not 100% but it sure does help keep things in one place.

2. If you are tearing out walls now is the time to get busy. Nothing neat here just fly at it.

3. Next you will need to pull the fixtures – tub, sink, and toilet. Dismantle it all!

4. Once you have everything stripped out of the room it’s time to do your cleanup.

5. The sub floor will be the first to go in and then any replacement dry wall.

6. Once that’s been taken care of it is time to start the fixture installations. The tub and shower installation can be a big one so you may need some additional help.

7. After all the fixtures are in place you’ll have the finishing touches such as lighting, flooring, and paint and wall paper.

Driftwood for Aquarium

Aquarium Salt, I use Doc Wellfish brand. This is used as a natural way of killing bacteria and parasites.

First step, clean off your wood! Make sure all debris and bark are removed from the wood (or it’ll fall off in your tank!). Once complete, boil the water in the BIG pot and add aquarium salt. I use about a tablespoon per gallon. Boil the entire piece for about 2-4 hours depending on your size. If you can only fit half the wood in the pot then you will need to boil the other half.

Once the boil is complete you can transfer your wood into the rubber maid container. Add water until the whole piece of wood is under water (you can also add salt if you want). If the wood does not sink place something on top of it until it does. It’ll sink after a week or two. You’ll notice the water turn into tea-ish color. It is the result of the tannins that are released into the water. If you didn’t soak the wood, the water in your tank would be this color. Tannins are natural and some fishes actually like it because it’ll make them feel more at home. It’ll also affect your PH, I’m not sure about GH or KH. You’ll need to do water changes every other day to clean the water. This may take weeks or months.

When the color of the soak water suffices, you will need to soak your wood for another week without any salt. This will make sure that the wood does not hold any salt that may leak into your tank.

Once soaking is complete wash the wood well and transfers the wood into your tank. Do not keep the wood out of water for a long time or it will float.

Install a Kitchen Faucet

Installing a kitchen faucet into a new sink is simple because you can do it before
setting the sink in place, with full access to the faucet parts, including the hard-to-
reach mounting nuts.

If the sink is already in place, replacing a kitchen faucet can be a challenge since
your only access is from under the sink. Depending on your circumstance, you may
find it easier in the long run to remove the sink first.

After installing your new kitchen faucet, remove the aerator from the faucet and
flush the lines to ensure that any debris does not clog and reduce the water flow.
Many new faucets require some assembly before mounting to the sink; if that is the
case, follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Insert the rubber gasket between the base plate of the kitchen faucet and the sink
top to create a watertight seal. If no gasket is provided, pack the cavity of the faucet
with plumber’s putty, then inserts the faucet body through the holes in the sink top.

Thread the mounting nuts provided onto the faucet shafts, then center the threaded
shafts in the sink’s holes and tighten the nuts firmly.

Hook up the kitchen faucet’s hot and cold supply lines to the water supply shutoff
valves under the sink. Simply wrap a couple of turns of pipe-wrap tape around the
threaded nipples on the valves and connect the tubes. Tighten the nuts with an
adjustable wrench.