Day: April 14, 2020

6 ways to get more kitchen space

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No matter how small your kitchen is, you can always find clever ways to make more room. 

From expanding your counter space, to using overlooked storage opportunities, you can expand the usefulness of your kitchen without a renovation. Here are six easy ideas.

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Make more counter space

If you need an extra flat surface while preparing meals, look no further than your kitchen drawers. Open the top drawer and lay a cutting board across it for an extra surface in a pinch.

Assuming you aren’t actively using your stove, you can also rest a cutting board on top of the burners (making sure they are off and not warm or hot) to gain some extra prep space.

Create an instant island

If you have room, try a permanent solution by adding a small island in the

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Bathroom Flies Archives – What’s That Bug?

Subject: Whats this little bug?
Location: 95762 CA, US
January 13, 2014 11:06 pm
Mid January in Northern California near Sacramento. These little bugs have been bugging my plants in an aquaponics system in a hoop house. They also seem to leave webs of some kind behind. Any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks
Signature: Chris Haislet

Drain Fly

Drain Fly

Hi Chris,
This appears to be a Drain Fly or Bathroom Fly in the genus
Clogmia in the Moth Fly family Psychodinae.  We typically get identification requests regarding Drain Flies from homemakers who are perplexed by their appearance in bathrooms and kitchens.  In the home, the larvae live in the sludge that collects in drains and pipes.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on algae, fungi and bacteria in sewage and organic sludge; adults feed in polluted water and on flower nectar.”  We don’t believe they have any interest in your plants,

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17 Different Types of House Siding (with Photo Examples)

6 houses with different types of siding.

The ultimate home siding guide setting out 17 types of home siding with photo examples, pros, cons, costs and more.

Exterior siding has multiple purposes. Considering each of these will help you find the right option for your home.

The most noticeable purpose is aesthetics. The material you choose for the exterior of your home largely influences its overall architectural style.

Siding also protects your home from weather and improves insulation. Different materials work better for different climates, such as those that are very hot versus those that are very cold.

Finally, the right type of exterior siding influences your home resell value. Choose the right type, and the curb appeal will skyrocket.

We break down each type, including vinyl, plastic, cement, wood, and much more, below to help you find the best option for your home.

The first and most important factor to consider is the type of exterior

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How often should I repaint the exterior of my home?

Location matters when you’re buying a home; you look at the neighborhood, the proximity to good schools and to work, and whether or not it’s close to the things you enjoy doing. Don’t underestimate the importance of curb appeal, whether you’re in the market to sell your house or not. The condition of your yard as well as the condition of the exterior of your home are your home’s first impression to anyone who happens by it; and while you may be all buttoned up when it comes to the state of affairs of your front yard foliage, maintaining the exterior paint on your home may be a different story.

Some professionals will tell you you’ll need to repaint the exterior of your home in as little as 4 to 6 years to keep it looking good; others will give you as many as 15 years before the work needs

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Rustic Stone Home Decor And More is the source for all of your natural stone home decor needs. Our catalog includes hundreds of decorative and functional accessories made from a variety of materials including Marble, Slate, Onyx, Gemstone, Travertine, Sandstone and Quartz.

Due to the inherent properties of natural stone, each piece is a one of a kind, with the colors in the surface of the material forming in distinct ways. This ensure that any item which you recieve from us will be unique in appearance, and nobody else in the world will own anything that looks quite like your piece of home decor.

Rustic Stone Home Decor – Sorted by type of stone, Gemstone, Alabaster, Marble, Onyx.

Natural Stone Tile – Slate, sandstone, marble, travertine, limestone, quartzite

We have over 20 years experience working in the natural stone industry. During this time we have acted as direct importers, distributors, manufacturers, fabricators, and designers, and

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Here’s what the Texas bathroom bill means in plain English

SECTION 1. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS; PURPOSE. The legislature finds that:

(1) in an effort to comply with the legislature’s duty under Section 1, Article VII, Texas Constitution, to provide for the general diffusion of knowledge and an efficient system of public schools, potentially harmful and distracting environments should be barred;

(2) the federal government’s mandate requiring Texas public schools to provide students access to restrooms, showers, and dressing rooms based on an individual student’s internal sense of gender is alarming and could potentially lead to boys and girls showering together and using the same restroom should such guidance be followed;

(3) children receiving an education in Texas public schools and open-enrollment charter schools are entitled to a safe and secure learning environment, including when using intimate facilities controlled by a school; and

(4) it is the public policy of this state that residents have a reasonable expectation of privacy when using

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2020 Cost to Paint a House | Avg Exterior Painting Per Sq Ft

Paint the exterior of your home to boost its curb appeal, change a color you don’t like or refresh a dilapidated paint job. It’s a large job that requires proper planning, preparation and tools. In most cases, it’s best left to a pro. But before you call one, consider a few factors that will affect your project’s budget.

Average Cost to Paint a Home Exterior

Average Cost $2,844
Typical Range $1,710 and $3,989
Low $650
High $6,200

Cost to Paint a House

Painting an average home between 1,500 and 2,500 square feet can cost between $1,000 and $6,000. Professionals provide estimates primarily based on the area of walls or siding they’ll paint, , not the home’ssquare feet. Pricing depends heavily on a few factors:

  • Material type. Wood and vinyl cost $1 to $2 per square foot less than brick or stucco.
  • The taller the building, the higher the price. Harder
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How to Clean Your Kitchen | Protect your home from the coronavirus

In the Kitchen: Prevent the Spread of Infection.

Bacteria can spread anywhere in the kitchen.  So it’s important to wash your hands and kitchen surfaces before and after making food.

Kitchen and More showroom disinfecting every day

The kitchen is the heart of many homes. It’s not only where the food is prepared, but it is also where the family meets to share meals and play board games together, or where the children do their homework. If not properly cleaned, the kitchen could turn into a storehouse of bacteria and germs. Keep your kitchen clean and hygienic to prevent those bacteria and germs from making you and your family sick.

  1. Wipe the counters and the stovetop using a paper towel with dish detergent and water. Use a fresh paper towel, then rinse the soap with clean water. Let the counters and oven dry.
  2. Place 1 small cup of bleach and 1 gallon of water together. Load
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Vancouver Community College opens downtown kitchen to provide food during pandemic

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver Community College is opening its downtown kitchen as a meal-prep and distribution hub for those who may be struggling to find food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The effort is in collaboration with the City of Vancouver, local chefs, food suppliers, and agencies.

“VCC has been part Vancouver’s fabric for over 50 years and we have a longstanding relationship with this community that is currently in need of additional support,” Ajay Patel, VCC president and CEO, says a release.

“With the world-class professional kitchens and tools at our downtown campus, we are pleased to help our neighbours and friends.”

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Exterior Projection 500 | Martin Lighting

415 mm (16.4 in.)

293 mm (11.6 in.)

444 mm (17.5 in.)

17.5 kg (38.6 lbs.)

All figures include mounting yoke

Color wheel:
8 interchangeable colors + open

Gobo wheel:
6 rotating gobos plus open, indexing, variable rotation

Gobo animation:
Variable speed linear animation effect

Motorized, variable 3 m (9.8 ft.) to infinity

Prism wheel with 2 interchangeable prisms, prism rotation and indexing

Frost (wash effect):
Motorized variable

Electronic, constantly variable 0-100%, 16-bit control

Strobe and pulse effects, instant open and blackout

Control options:
DMX, RDM, standalone

Control resolution:
8-bit DMX control of each color

Configuration, addressing and status:
Onboard control panel with OLED display

DMX channels:

DMX compliance:

RDM compliance:

Light source:
230 W white light LED engine

CRI (Color Rendering Index):

Color temperature:
8300 K

LED lifetime:
20,000 hours (to >70% luminous output)*


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