What to Store in Your Home’s Safe

April 29, 2016 by  
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Your home is supposed to be your safe haven where you can be comfortable and secure. Unfortunately, statistics from the FBI show that crime rate is up and your home could be burglarized. For this reason, many homes have installed high security safes to keep their valuables intact. However, this leads to the next concern. What exactly should you store in your home’s safe?

The first thing you should put into your burglary safe is documents that contain your personal identification. Identity theft is rampant and, if you leave your Social Security cards and birth certificates where someone can steal them, you will have great financial trouble in the future.home-safe-tl-30You may also want to put documents pertaining to your mortgage and any other loans in the safe as these often contain your personal identification on them. Along with this paperwork, you will want to have insurance policies, copies of your will, and any safety deposit box keys that you may be holding onto.

You will also want to keep valuable jewelry and other keepsakes locked up tight and away from the eyes of potential thieves that may enter your home. With this being said, if your jewelry safe is fireproof, you will want to make CD copies of all your family pictures and place the CD in your safe in case of a fire.

A home safe provides you with extra security for you and your family. It is simply one more step you can take to protect you and your family.


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Benefits of a Memory Foam Mattress

September 17, 2015 by  
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Benefits-of-a-Memory-Foam-MattressMemory foam mattresses aren’t as new and mysterious as they used to be, however many still don’t know much more about them than they do quantum physics. There are many potential benefits to sleeping on a memory foam or latex mattress from Canada, and switching to one may help you sleep soundly through the night.

A memory foam mattress from Canada softens by the heat of your body, which allows it to conform to your body. Some people complain that this traps the heat and can get too warm, however it is also often described as a feeling of weightlessness or floating, and can help alleviate stress on your back leading to less pain throughout the night.

If you sleep with a restless partner on a traditional mattress from Canada, you may have experienced their movements keeping you from getting a good night’s rest. However, memory foam is great at absorbing movement without disturbing the rest of the bed. Your partner can toss and turn or get out of bed as much as they wish and all the while the memory foam will be helping to keep you undisturbed.

Sleeping on a memory foam mattress is quite different than a traditional spring, and has many potential boons for you. For one, you’ll feel better support on your neck, shoulders and back. Memory foam also has the potential to last much longer than the average spring mattress.

Bio: The Foam Factory, Inc. has many foam options for the bedroom, so you can create a livable space at an affordable price. For more information, visit The Foam Factory, Inc. online.

Creating a Proper Storage Case for Your Valuables

June 17, 2015 by  
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Creating-a-Proper-Storage-Case-for-Your-ValuablesIt’s in every spy movie: the sleek chrome case full of jewels, or that special hard drive or a gun. These cases not only look cool, they serve a valuable purpose. You don’t need to be a super spy to own one either. Someone with a flute or even a few watches might like foam inserts that will keep their valuables from being jostled around during transport. You can have a sleek case of your own, without breaking the bank, if you read on.
Reduce Jostling
Smaller objects have a tendency to shuffle around and break as they are transported, especially if they are handled by careless ground crews. A strip of foam, the same kind of foam used to make a custom cushion, can be placed inside the case between the top lid and the item itself. The combined pressure of the shut case and the foam pressing down will keep whatever is in the case from moving around.
Choose a Durable Case
The reason many people use a steel or metal case is because of durability. These cases don’t scratch or dent easily, which means they are compact and able to fit into smaller spaces without fear of your belongings becoming damaged.
Identify Your Luggage
The final tip is to leave space for you to identify your luggage. Most of these steel cases don’thave some handy name placard that can hold an address card. Attach a quality luggage tag to your suitcase if you plan to do any kind of travelling. Whatever is in your cool case isn’t something you’ll want to part with easily.
Bio: Carlo Badalamenti is the marketing manager for The Foam Factory, and a prominent guest blogger discussing DIY projects involving foam for the home.

The History of the Humble “Panic Bar”

April 30, 2015 by  
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panicsAlthough most Americans interact with panic bars nearly every day, and millions of lives have been saved by them, odds are most don’t even know what they are. You’ve most likely seen panic bars on fire exits and standard exits in many facilities with strict safety regulations such as factories, schools, and hospitals. Panic bars are the wide “door handles” spanning doors at waist height which are opened by pressing. They are expertly designed to allow as many people as possible to escape in emergency situations such as fires or other threats which may cause a panic.

Painful Progress

The journey to safety, unfortunately, often begins with a catalyzing tragedy which shocks the masses into action and protest. One such event is the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 during which 146 workers perished due to unsafe business practices and exit construction. Factory owners violated or skirted many safety codes by building inward-opening exits and locking in workers. Pressure from a mass of people attempting escape a building often crushes individuals nearest to the door, rendering inward-opening exits unable to open. Inward-opening exits in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory were only permitted due to a technicality which the owners took advantage of to avoid paying for improvements.

Lessons Learned

This unfortunate confluence of unsafe design and harmful management practices had devastating effects. However, thanks to reform following the fire, door handles requiring fine wrist movement gave way to the panic bar, invented specifically to accommodate for, and respond to, the way crowds operate in panic situations, preventing crushing deaths and injuries, and allowing people to escape to safety.

Bio: ETO Doors is a custom door manufacturer based out of Los Angeles with additional showrooms in New York and Las Vegas. Known for creating custom-cut doors, ETO Doors also offers a wide selection of doors for purchase online with a variety of features including solid wood and hand-carved options. Read ETO Doors reviews online, browse their selection, and more at the ETO Doors website.

 

 

Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Doors and Windows

April 27, 2015 by  
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Written by ETO Doors

Much of the value of your home will be determined by its “curb appeal.” This is the first impression that people get when they look at a house. In order to have the most value, you want to make sure that your home is eye-catching and immediately lets other people know that it’s both beautiful and well-maintained.

 

One of the best ways that you can do this is by renovating your doors and windows. Here are a few ways that you can easily increase the curb appeal of your house:

 

Install New Doors and Windows: Your front door is literally the first thing that people see when they come to your home for a visit. In addition, your front doors and windows will naturally draw the attention of passersby as they drive or walk around your neighborhood. If you have doors and windows that are damaged or aren’t looking their best, you clearly aren’t doing enough to properly showcase the rest of your home.

 

The best option for you is to replace your windows and doors with newer models. The good news is that it can be very easy to take out old doors and windows and install new ones. Replacement windows and entry doors are very affordable and can completely change the look of your house.

 

Repaint or Restain Your Existing Doors and Windows: If you don’t want to completely replace your doors and windows, you may be able to spruce up your home’s look by repainting or staining them. You can give your exterior wood doors and windows a completely new look just by painting them or staining them a different color.

 

For example, staining your front door a darker shade can make your entire house look more elegant. At the same time, some modern architectural designs look best when paired with a front door and windows in bright colors. Repainting or staining your doors and windows gives you almost limitless possibilities.

 

Add Flair to Your Front Door: Your front door doesn’t have to just be bare wood. There is any number of ways that you can upgrade the look of your front door with some basic additions. Improving the quality of your hardware — such as door knobs, knockers and street numbers — is an easy way to also boost the look of your house. Another option to make your front door look brighter is to add sidelights — this increases safety as well as looks.

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ETO Doors is a leading retailer of front doors, garage doors, interior doors and more. They offer low prices on high quality doors that will last for years to come.

Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Doors and Windows

April 24, 2015 by  
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ETO Doors

Written by ETO Doors.

Your doors and windows can go a long way to improving the curb appeal of your house. Find out how you can quickly and affordably make changes that will increase your house’s value.

Much of the value of your home will be determined by its “curb appeal.” This is the first impression that people get when they look at a house. In order to have the most value, you want to make sure that your home is eye-catching and immediately lets other people know that it’s both beautiful and well-maintained.

One of the best ways that you can do this is by renovating your doors and windows. Here are a few ways that you can easily increase the curb appeal of your house:

Install New Doors and Windows: Your front door is literally the first thing that people see when they come to your home for a visit. In addition, your front doors and windows will naturally draw the attention of passersby as they drive or walk around your neighborhood. If you have doors and windows that are damaged or aren’t looking their best, you clearly aren’t doing enough to properly showcase the rest of your home.

The best option for you is to replace your windows and doors with newer models. The good news is that it can be very easy to take out old doors and windows and install new ones. Replacement windows and entry doors are very affordable and can completely change the look of your house.

Repaint or Restain Your Existing Doors and Windows: If you don’t want to completely replace your doors and windows, you may be able to spruce up your home’s look by repainting or staining them. You can give your exterior wood doors and windows a completely new look just by painting them or staining them a different color.

For example, staining your front door a darker shade can make your entire house look more elegant. At the same time, some modern architectural designs look best when paired with a front door and windows in bright colors. Repainting or staining your doors and windows gives you almost limitless possibilities.

Add Flair to Your Front Door: Your front door doesn’t have to just be bare wood. There is any number of ways that you can upgrade the look of your front door with some basic additions. Improving the quality of your hardware — such as door knobs, knockers and street numbers — is an easy way to also boost the look of your house. Another option to make your front door look brighter is to add sidelights — this increases safety as well as looks.

ETO Doors is a leading retailer of front doors, garage doors, interior doors and more. They offer low prices on high quality doors that will last for years to come.

Tips to Avoid Freezing Pipes

Winter time in 2014 has been a harsh one so far. Across the country, temperatures are sub zero, and pipes are prone to bursting under these conditions. Pipes burst when the water inside freezes and expands the pipe. Even the best tankless water heater needs some special care when the temperatures drop, so be sure that you read on for tips to avoid freezing your pipes this winter.

Insulation
Insulate pipes that are running along the walls in your laundry room. Check your laundry tubs, behind the machine and beneath the stairs in your basement. These pipes are typically touching a wall that is not insulated, and are prone to freezing unless you put some insulation around them.

Run Water
Turn on your water faucets to get water flowing through your pipes. Moving water won’t freeze as rapidly, so be sure to open faucets about one-quarter of the way to relieve pressure from ice in the pipes.

Water Main
If you happen to have a prolonged power outage, be sure to use the shut off valve to turn the water off in your home. Once the main is off, run your faucets until there is no more water coming out. Once you’ve drained the water in your pipes, you’re good to wait for power to be restored. In the event that a pipe does burst, you should go and shut off the valve to stop the water from causing additional damage.

Water Heater
You should drain your water heater to avoid damaging it during extreme cold temperatures. Look for two valves above your water heater, one for cold and one for hot water. At the base of the heater, you will find the spout where the water drains. Drain the water and it should drift toward a drain in the ground of your basement. If you need to drain water heaters in Los Angeles, use a bucket as most heaters are not stored in basements and do not have easy access to a drain.

Cottages and mobile homes may also want to drain the water from the home when heaters are not in use. If there is a power outage, your water heater won’t be able to heat the standing water it is holding and may freeze over.

If your pipes are already frozen, seek help from a professional. Call a plumber if you find that your home has power but you suspect there is water damage. Definitely do not try to heat pipes on your own, as this can cause unintended consequences.

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This guest post was brought to you by Payless Water Heaters, a Los Angeles Water Heater distributor that offers tankless and energy efficient water heaters.

Installing A Heated Floor: Some Considerations

October 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Goods and Services, Home Tips and Ideas

There’s nothing like a heated floor on cold mornings. If the first thing you do when you crawl out of bed is hop in the shower, stepping on the warm tiles can make the first moments in the morning a treasure. Entry way tiles, kitchen floors, and the like are improved by this miracle of modern engineering. They are easy to install, extremely affordable for all incomes, and do wonders to improve the feel of your home. What follows are a few things to consider when deciding whether electric heated floors are right for you.

Heated floors are safe for the whole family. Granted, they are powered by electricity, which can cause concern for some folks, especially since heated floors are typically located in places where floors get wet. However, once installed, electric floors are almost impossible to damage. In addition, the thermostats are designed to turn off if any issues, such as a short. Companies like Easy Heat consider safety to be a priority so there should be no worries or concerns.

Since we have touched upon the subject of electricity, let’s talk about the savings to your power bills. Heated tiles can actually reduce your climate control costs, with an average savings of 25 percent. Powering a floor uses very little electricity, enough to power an electric blanket or large television. With the amount of financial concerns that most Americans live with in recent years, this could be seen as a blessing. And with the savings to your monthly bills, having an ingenious device such as this pretty much pays for itself in the long run.

It is relatively easy to install. Anyone with any construction experience, especially dealing with laying tile, should have no issues putting a heated floor in place. At it’s most basic, the electric cable laced mat is embedded into the mortar with the tile as the top layer. That’s really all it is. And though a heated floor can’t be retrofitted onto existing tile, the process of installing new tiles is a pretty basic job. If you’re considering a bathroom or kitchen remodel, that would probably be the perfect opportunity.

The most important thing to consider however is the comfort that is provided for you and your family by having a heated floor in your home. It provides warmth, safety, savings, and is relatively simple to install. In many ways, it just makes so much more sense to have one rather than the opposite. Heated floors are an amazing example of modern engineering, designed with the comforts of home in mind. And in no time, it could be in yours as well.

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3 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE WITH A DOOR

October 17, 2013 by  
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1. Save Money! Replace the door with an energy efficient model for tax credits. If you’re living in the U.S., the government is most likely still offering a tax credit of up to $500 on door and window replacements, excluding labor costs. Energy Star is the rating system that the government uses to evaluate a products ability to save on energy costs. Fiberglass and wood doors can also come with specific ratings with respect to their noise coefficient (how much sound is absorbed, rather than transferred, as well as ratings on their hurricane/weather resistance).

2. Prepare to Sell! If you’re planning to sell your home in the next 3-5 years, replacing your front door is a quick way to increase the value of your home, as well as its street appeal. When replacing your door with the underlying expectation that you will list your home in the future, it’s important to select a new door that is design neutral, which will allow prospective buyers to better catch a vision of themselves within your home. Heavily designed homes can often feel so unique that prospective buyers simply cannot see themselves living in the environment. Keep this in mind when selecting your door.

3. Keep the City Out! If you live in a high-traffic area, selecting a door with the appropriate noise-canceling abilities is paramount. Part of the charm of living in the city, is also being able to escape the bright lights of the city, for the comfort of your home. But sometimes having your brownstone on the Main Street that becomes nightlife central on the weekends makes it nearly impossible to enjoy a night inside watching your movies. Well, it’s probably your neighbors or the people outside, but the point is you need a front door that can reduce the noise that travels inside your home or apartment. When selecting your new door, speak with a salesperson about the noise reduction abilities and begin planning a quiet night inside!

ETO Doors has one of the largest selections of new doors in wood, fiberglass, aluminum and steel finishes. Call 888-DOORS-ETO for more information on a new door, or to speak with a salesperson directly (213-622-2003) about your best door options.

Honeywell: Leader in Filtration Product Design

August 30, 2013 by  
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Like many other companies, Honeywell doesn’t just sell heater filters. Honeywell has been in business for over 125 years, and air filter products are only a small fraction of the amazing things this company has been able to produce for the last century.

Honeywell can trace its history back to 1885 in Minneapolis as dedicated inventor Albert Butz patented the furnace regulator and alarm. Butz soon after created his notable design called the “damper flapper”, one of the first automatic furnace systems. Many products created by Honeywell use this closed loop system. A decade later, in Indiana, inventor Mark Honeywell was perfecting his heat generator design. He later created the Honeywell Regulator Co. and merged with the company that bought the rights to Butz’s  designs. The company acquired other businesses in the area and built a powerhouse in the heating and cooling industry. Over the next half a century, Honeywell has built an empire that stretches all around the world.

Honeywell furnace filters are of top quality, considering the amount money the company can spend on product research and improvement. Their electrostatic air filter rivals that of their competitors, and provides true relief for those with allergies. Their MERV 12 furnace filter has incredibly great reviews and helps keep the air free of dust and debris that agitates the respiratory system.

Customer feedback on Honeywell filters is overwhelmingly positive. Most Honeywell products receive at least a 4 star rating on Amazon.com, and a good number of products receive a 5 star rating. For example, the MERV 11 furnace filter received comments such as, “Not much to say about the product, Honeywell is the best so no need to go on and on about that.” Using a Honeywell furnace filter actually pulls the dust particles from the air, rather than re-circulating them around the room. Coughing, sneezing and congestion is no longer a concern if you purchase a Honeywell filter with a high MERV rating.

Honeywell prides itself in developing the best quality air filtration products on the market. The corresponding MERV rating on their products is a strong indicator of what effect the filter will have on the air quality in your home or office. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value was developed in 1987 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers to measure the effectiveness of air filters. The higher the rating, the more effective the air filtration product.

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Guest post provided by Your Filter Connection, selling the Honeywell furnace filter in every size. Visit www.yourfilterconnection.com for more information.

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