Choosing The Right Grade Of Memory Foam

When choosing to buy memory foam you would normally come across a large variety of these in all shapes, sizes, weights or density etc. With a wide range of choices to make it becomes rather difficult to make choices. So here is what you need to know on how they are graded and this understanding will help you make find exactly what you need.

Categories for the grading system

Density rating

Memory foams are graded on their density in terms of its weight in pounds per square foot. Higher density results in greater visco-elasticity from having more of its chemical components packed into a smaller area.

Better visco-elasticity implies greater life of the memory foam unique property. Recommendation density is about 4-5lb. Although density is a good measure of the quality of the memory foam but it alone does not give a complete picture.

IDL rating

This is another grade that should be taken into consideration while deciding on a purchase. IDL stands for Indentation Load Deflection. Without getting into the details of this grading system, IDL simply rates on how soft or hard the memory foam is.

A higher IDL rating implies that the foam is firmer or harder. When considering IDL ratings always take in to consideration the thickness of the memory foam. Thicker foams can make do with lower IDL ratings and vice versa.

Resilience and Tensile strength rating

Although they not as important as density and IDL rating from a buyer’s point of view, resilience and tensile rates gives an overview of the durability and quality of the foam. Higher resilience rating implies greater rebound and accordingly stronger and more durable foam when exposed to pressure.

Simply put resilience determines how long the memory foam will keep returning to its original shape. While tensile strength determines the ability of the memory foam to handle stretching or compression.

Warranty

This is not exactly a grading system but it is very useful in getting an overall idea on how good the quality of the memory foam is. Generally the warranty on good quality foams should range between 10 – 30 years. Any memory foam with a warranty of below 10 years does not speak well for itself while a warranty of 15 years is highly recommended for purchase.

Overall memory foam grading rates are not exact as it can vary from the marked ratings. For example an IDL rating of 35lb can show variations in range of 34 to 36.

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Air Duct Cleaning Advice

This is a topic that few people know anything about and yet it’s a fairly important thing to know about.

Ducts

There are huge benefits for people who schedule a cleaning for their heating, ventilation, and air conditions HVAC system. Here is the lowdown on how to select the right air duct cleaning company.

Why do you need your air ducts cleaned in the first place? Quite frankly your air conditioning, ventilation, and heating systems collect bacteria, fungi, mold, and other contaminates that can greatly reduce the air quality that is breathed in those places. Not only can the air be unpleasant but this can lead to negative health effects to the people breathing it.

A routine air duct cleaning’s purpose is to remove these contaminants from any home or building and the result is good indoor air quality.

So what exactly happens when these companies come out and make a service call?

For a company to come out and do a proper cleaning they are going to need some specialized air duct cleaning equipment.

They use a specialized really powerful vacuum which puts your ventilation system under negative pressure. As the vacuum is drawing air through the system a device is inserted into the duct to dislodge debris from the interior surface and move the contaminants from the air duct ventilation system into the vacuum.

There are two types of vacuum collection systems that companies will use. They are a) hose mounted on trucks and trailers and b) portable units. I have found that truck or trailer mounted vacuum systems are generally more powerful than the portable equipment. By contrast, portable equipment is easier to use as it can often can be brought directly into a facility. Both types of equipment are able clean air ducts to industry standards.

This is the first step. It alone does not fully clean any HVAC system. A person using air whips, brushes, and some other tools that agitate the contaminants scrub the surface within the ventilation system and sends them into the vacuum collection machine.

Anti-microbial chemical sanitizers are then added to the inside surface of the air ducts to control future microbial contamination. All anti-microbial chemicals that are utilized have to be EPA registered for use in HVAC systems. It is perfectly fine to ask to see the chemical’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

So how often do you need to have this service performed? It depends on several factors.

You would definitely want to have this done before you buy or occupy a new home, after remodeling or heavy renovations like painting, if one or several people smoke in the house, pets that shed a lot of hair or dandruff, water contamination, have a big rodent problem, and residents with a history of bad asthma or allergies. And if you have none of the previous conditions you still should get your ducts cleaning every couple years to insure you have the best indoor air quality possible.

What is the average cost to get the service done?

Air duct cleaning services will usually cost $450-$1000 depending on the size of your house and how hard it will be to access you ventilation system.

Remember that the price of the service is going to depend on the amount of time is takes them to do the air duct cleanings and this will depend on a) the size of your home b) the number of systems you have c) how dirty your system is d) the number of cleaners they are going to need for the job and e) how hard your ventilation system is going to be to access. Be aware of duct cleaning scams or less than ethical companies in this business who charge bellow market rates but do not do a thorough job (usually referred by us as the blow and go”).

Let’s review. Why is it so Important?

Keep in mind some things. You are breathing in millions of mold and germ-carrying dust particles from ventilation systems that cause allergies, asthma, and even terminal illnesses. Air ducts in every home or building gathers dust, dirt, human skin flakes, pet hair, tar from cigarettes and they become holding cells for allergens, mold spores, germs and other unwanted particles. This problem heightened itself in the mid 1970′s as new construction techniques made buildings more tightly sealed and insulated which restricts the flow of fresh air. This makes staying on top of your air duct cleaning even more important. Do a visual inspection and if you see build up call a company out to get it cleaned.

I have seen this in so many homes I have serviced. I have serviced some fairly dirty homes and I can tell you what to look for. What am I talking about? I am talking about knowing if you have “dirty ducts.” You would not believe some of the houses or businesses I have serviced. They were gruesome. They should have called an air duct cleaning service years ago! But many, or should I say most, people do not even know when they need it done. Read on and I am going to tell you how you can know if you have “dirty ducts” as we call them.

Every home is different. But here are some things to look for….

If you are any of your family members are having unexplained or usually symptoms or allergies that could be related to your home environment. This could mean that that there are large deposits and dust or mold and having your air ducts cleaned could be very necessary.

This will depend on where you live but ducts can get infested with rodents and insects. This is a really bad problem to have. Those vermin make their homes in your ducts and when they die it can really cause air quality problems.

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Storage Cube Furniture – The Smart Way To Organize

Storage cube furniture is organizational storage units that were designed in order to provide you with both storage space and storage solutions to help keep you organized. These cube storage systems are ideal for everything from offices, to effectively putting up toys in a child’s room. Some elementary schools use these storage cubes as cubbies for their students.

Do you have a problem with clutter? Well plastic, leather or modular storage cubes are your solution! It is a wide known concept that as our clutter increases, our productivity decreases. In order to increase our productivity we must be rid of clutter. Having too much clutter can make one lack motivation, as well as even cause mood disturbances. Our surroundings affect us in many ways, our emotions being one of them.

A depressed person for instance, will not be as elevated emotionally to accomplish certain tasks or to even attempt them. This is where this nifty little invention comes in as a life saver. A storage cube can merely take an unmotivated person and literally get them into major clean up mode.

Have you ever wanted to store and organize your movies? Wire storage cubes are a great way to replace those bulky movie shelves that they sell in the store. Unlike some storage and organizers sold, you can purchase a wire storage cube almost anywhere and it will hold not only DVDs but CDs as well.

They are also exceptional in children’s rooms for toys and sports equipment. Not to mention dorm rooms, apartments, utility rooms and the ever clutter monster called the garage.

Cube storage units come in plastic, wood, and wire mesh form. These storage cubes furniture pieces can be used for almost anything that you can imagine. They also are made to be portable and lightweight. This means if you ever move or just want to rearrange, you can do so with ease and without any help what so ever.

There are various types of these storage containers available. You can find them in the form of wall mounted storage cubes and even free standing. They come is numerous sizes as well, so if you need one to store pencils, pens, paper, or markers then you will be able to find a small enough one for doing just that.

Unlike filing cabinets or book shelves, cube storage system can be stackable. This means that you can have as few or as many as you want. You can stack them in any room too because that is how versatile they really are. Some people even use stackable storage cubes in their kitchens to hold silverware and plates.

Some offices use these cplastic storage bins as a way to organize their files. With so many different colors and types to choose from they are compatible with almost any type of decor. The simplicity of their design alone says that they are professional yet also help maintain a laid back atmosphere.

Do you need somewhere to store all of your magazines or even your makeup? Well plastic storage cubes can be used for that to. The possibilities of these cubes uses are limitless. If you can imagine it, then these so called plastic storage boxes can probably accomplish it.

If you want to get a little more fancy and give your home some decorative appeal then why not try some wood storage cubes. They are great for displaying things in your home and you can get finishes to match the decor in your home. Maple, oak, mahagony, cherry all can be giving your home some much need storage solving with an added classy touch.

This adorable little hexahedron storage is suitable for all ages. Easy to use, no instructions necessary, they are even a sure hit as a house warming present. No matter how organized a person believes themselves to be, let’s face it we could all your a little more help in becoming organized with storage cubes.

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Installing Fitted Wardrobes Right

Once you have decided to opt for fitted wardrobes to be installed in your home, the next step is the installation itself. In this post, I’m going to have a look at the different possible options available, namely do-it-yourself or employing a professional. Hopefully, you’ll have a better idea on what to do after reading this.

Choosing to install a fitted wardrobe depends on a few factors. Firstly, how handy are you? What experience have you had in the past in terms of putting together furniture items? Another question to ask is how much time do you have that you can commit to such an undertaking?

Can You Manage The Installation Yourself?

Also, would anyone else be helping you or is this going to be a one-man (or one-woman) task? If you work full-time in another job and do this with one other person, and both of you don’t know much about the process, then don’t expect much results too soon. You’ll just be seeing weeks of unfinished material sitting around your bed.

Check out this video for the sort of job you may be taking on.

One other factor is how customized do you need the fitted wardrobes to be? If your room is very unique in that there are unusual slopes and angles in the dimensions, then you may need fully customized wardrobes. If not, you can get pre-assembled wardrobes where you are only required to install into the room itself.

Ok, the other safer approach is to call in a professional. Yes, this is obviously the more costly option, but things are less likely to go wrong since these guys do this for a living. Note that I say, “less likely” rather than guarantee that there won’t be disastrous errors. This is where you need to be wary when you pick someone to do the construction and installation. There are few things to keep in mind when looking for a pro.

Get A Clear Price

When speaking with them, request for a clear price guide. If they refuse this, then ask them why. This is should transparent.

Also, ask them what kind of experiences have they had with rooms of different dimensions and shape; ask them to show you photos (or brochures) of these works. The idea here is to get a good idea of the quality of their workmanship and whether they would be able to handle your particular room circumstance.

Make Sure They Can Do The Job Well

Try to gauge how they respond to you during your conversations with the potential installer. Here, you want to know what the customer service is like. In similar fashion to any other service company, they should be approachable and willing to listen. The communication is important since you’ll be providing specifications on the fitted wardrobe.

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Better Office Cubicles

If you spend your working days sitting in a cubicle, you may have developed strong opinions regarding the pros and cons of this very popular office feature. If you are like most cubicle occupants, you have probably taken some time to personalize the space in one way or another. Here is an example of someone who has taken that idea to an extreme!

A welcoming office cubicle

Whether you see your cubical as a prison, or a welcome relief from distracting office mates, you probably never considered how much thought has gone in to the production of your home away from home as professionals consider things like corporate interior design. If you are not a fan of the traditional boring designs, there is good news. Modern interior design has finally come to the office.

New designs meant to maintain productivity while moving away from the old mundane standards have arrived. Now you just need to convince the person in charge of buying for the office to invest in some new cubicles!

This may seem silly, but there is actually quite a lively market for used office cubicle furniture, so someone is buying and selling these things! Accessories for office cubicles are also growing in popularity. It only makes sense that people would want to personalize the space that some spend one third of their adult lives in.

Productivity in an endeavor springs from the attitude of the people to pursue their aims and succeed in achieving them. This attitude to surge forward and strive hard is affected by a number of factors such as the passion of the person, the vision of the company and the collaboration of everyone involved to attain the goals of the whole company as well as to surmount their corporate competition.

What influences these factors on a more fundamental level is the corporate environment in which the employers and employees’ professional lives actually play out.

The well designed professional office space must resemble a career haven as well as a productive melting pot of fresh and pioneering business ideas. A person who works in a pleasant corporate setting will do his job efficiently, providing his best performance on a day to day basis which in a general and holistic scale is more likely to make the company prosper.

One of the most essential and perhaps, the busiest part of a corporate office is the general office area. This is where the basic work happens, the hub of the employees and supervisors who dedicate a minimum of eight hours per day, five days per week of their lives in order for the company to run at a steady yet progressive pace. It is a crucial aspect of corporate office design to focus on the most effective and the most efficient plan for this area.

The layout should accommodate the employees’ private work space as well as the accessible collaboration of these employees on group discussions and planning. The aisles should be wide, a minimum of 1.2 meters so that people can pass with minimal obstruction in traffic flow. It must provide ample space for furnishings, office equipment and utilities such as photocopy machines, scanners, common internet stations, etc.

The spaces should be appropriately divided with minimal partitions so that supervision and circulation can be manageable. The placement of the office cubicles should be according to corporate hierarchy and ease of office communication.

Each office cubicle should cater to the needs of the individual employees for a semi-private work station that will allow them to go about their jobs with ease and efficiency.

Office cubicle design

The original office cubicle design

The origin of the first office cubicle is credited to Mr. Robert Probst in 1968. He revolutionized the design of the cubicle by making it movable and flexible therefore changing the earlier perception of the corporate world that people working in the office should be segregated in their permanent location through their professional status.

Loose desks and cabinets back then were distributed linearly, void of divisions and they were rarely moved which made the past offices run in a systematic yet rigid approach. It offered little in the way of privacy to the employees and resulted in frequent distractions and inefficient work collaboration.

Since this type of office didn’t work well, a new type emerged in the form of office cubicles. They can be moved easily when layouts have to be changed or redecoration or renovation of the office is required. The equipment and supplies of the office can be laid out properly near office cubicles without distracting the work of the employees because the space will be divided by partitions.

Getting sent to the corner might not be too bad with this nice looking set-up.

Each office cubicle is a flexible work station that provides a semi-private atmosphere for the employee. There is ample amount of storage for files, office supplies and personal belongings of the occupant since cubicles not only have horizontal surfaces to utilize for such a purpose but also vertical surfaces that can be adorned by shelves and cabinets.

The most employee-friendly advantage of office cubicle dividers is the provision of areas and surfaces to personalize. Aside from the traditional desk where they can put their computers, gadgets and even personal frames, the walls of the cubicles can also be decorated by pictures, notes of to-do lists, cork boards, and scrap boards.

The typical wall partition is about 1.5 to 1.8 meters high so in addition to not being completely visible while working on your desk, it also gives you plenty of opportunities to stack on creative ideas to make your office space reflect your personal tastes and preferences.

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Cat Climbing Trees are Fun

Cats are natural climbers. This helps them to escape their predators that cannot climb as high as they can. Moreover, while up there they are able to clearly see their surrounding a fact that makes them very happy. On the other hand, while climbing the cats exercise thereby maintaining a good health as well as keeping their claws in perfect shape.

Unfortunately, due to their big claws while climbing on coaches or dining tables they may scratch them leaving their marks. Conversely, cats usually use the legs, cushion or arms of the coach and carpets to scratch their claws leaving unwanted marks. Therefore, to curb this it is crucial for cat owners to buy a cat climbing tree.

A Cat Condo

A cat climbing tree is a condo that is designed for a cat to play, jump and rest on. It is a structure that can be placed inside the house. It provides a comfortable place for cats to sleep on without being disturbed or chased away by their predators.

The climbing tree also provides a perfect alternative for cats to use for scratching.

Some of the platforms of the climbing tree are tied with sisal rope for the cat to pull and scratch its claws on as well as play with.

Other ends contain unfinished wood, burlap or carpet for the cats to scratch on.

Moreover, the climbing trees enable cats to effectively stretch something that they really love doing.

Types of Cat Tree

There are various types of climbing trees in the market, similarly, individuals can build a cat climbing tree in a myriad of designs. For example, the cat tree may contain hanging ropes, tunnels, trunks, swinging platforms, stairs and limbs. The cat houses are also available in a wide array of colors, shapes and styles to choose from. Individuals therefore have the choice of selecting a climbing tree that suits the preference of their cats as well as rhymes with the color scheme and style of the house. In addition, climbing trees are designed in different heights for individuals to choose the best for their pet. Old cats rarely climb very high therefore they require shorter tree houses than the young cats.

Size Can be an Issue

However, before buying a cat climbing tree it is important to consider the available size of the space in the house. It is of no use buying a cat house that is too big to fit in the secluded space. The second factor to consider is the placement of the cat house.

Most cats prefer to stay in the living room together with the other family members while a few spend their times in the closet, attic or unused rooms in the house. Therefore, the cat tree should be placed in a location that is most desirable to the cat for it to be functional.

Lastly, it is vital to do an intense market research to find the most affordable price. In most instances, online pet stores are cheaper because they offer a plethora of discounts and promotions to the products they supply. This enables them to entice more customers.

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Discount Living Room Furniture

Discount Living Room Furniture

It is always wise to invest in quality furniture whether you are searching for vintage furniture or only modern interior designs. You cannot just walk into a furniture store and pick the most expensive sofa that appeals to you. The experience is unlike shopping for clothes where you find something beautiful and purchase it on impulse without even trying it on.

It is however, somewhat similar to shopping for clothes if you are the type who examines the merchandise thoroughly before buying it; trying it on inside the dressing room, scrutinizing the hems and linings, contemplating on its harmony to the rest of your wardrobe and asking yourself if the price is indeed reasonable.

The latter kind of shopping is the one that applies most appropriately to purchasing furniture. Sometimes, you must mull over your decision overnight or longer than that to determine if the furniture piece you had in mind is the most suitable one for your home.

The living room is commonly the most frequented area in the house. The furniture pieces found here are the ones that are used often, and just like any other furniture in your home, it is bound to wear out with continuous use. You must always take into account quality and durability when buying furniture pieces for the living room such as sofas, armchairs and coffee tables.

There are plenty of displays in furniture showrooms, in home stores and on the internet, but choosing the right piece of furniture that you will like, one that will suit the interior scheme of the area, satisfy your personal requirements and fit into your budget, is a challenging endeavor.

Normally, you prepare a substantial amount of money for a long period of time so that you can purchase the sofa of your dreams but if by unfortunate circumstance, your current sofa’s frame breaks and you need to replace it immediately, then stay calm and avoid the impulse to buy the first item that you find. If you are dealing with a tight budget in a rough time, hang in there.

The remedy is not too difficult to find. There are furniture suppliers in stores and on-line that can provide you a wide selection of quality discount living room furniture that you can consider and pick from.

Selecting the best discount living room furniture

When you need to buy good quality and inexpensive furniture pieces, you have to broaden your horizon with regard to your options. Some of the furniture brands offer remarkable furniture pieces that resemble the more expensive versions found in leading furniture stores. Let’s call it the look for less. Look for brands that offer quality furniture pieces with reasonable prices.

It is less expensive if you buy furniture pieces in their showrooms rather than in large malls and purely commercial districts because these places are charged for rent and they naturally have to increase the prices of their merchandise. The factory prices are lower and you can be able to look for more designs because they have a wider selection compared to mall branches that primarily gets their stocks in the factories.

Search for sofas and armchairs whenever there’s a sale in major furniture stores and department stores. You could find high end furniture pieces with big discounts during this time. You do have to be informed early though because you might miss the good ones if you’re late. Keep an eye out for sales on the internet, television and newspapers.

Look for discount living room furniture sets on-line. They display images of the actual furniture pieces with product descriptions that include features, fabrics, frame materials, etc. The prices are also shown and you can contact the supplier to learn if they have an actual showroom that you can visit to examine the merchandise thoroughly.

If in case they don’t have one then you’ll just have to wait for the actual product to be delivered into your place. Just make sure that you have agreed upon return policies in the event that you find something undesirable about the furniture piece you ordered.

You can do a very comprehensive search by checking out the sites of popular furniture brands that offer the best quality furniture at discounted prices or go directly to sites that present a wide selection of discount sofas, armchairs, lounge chairs, coffee tables, etc.  Some of the designs displayed may have been the reproduced versions of famous classic furniture pieces that you want to have in your own home.

They could also be original furniture designs that are unique and stylish that other leading furniture brands do not have. You could purchase them and create a different and one-of-a-kind look in your living room.

Shopping at large online sites like Amazon can bring big discounts.  They do not have the overhead costs of showrooms to worry about, and they can offer low prices because they deal in such enormous volumes.

How about buying them in sets or in bulk in one store so you can make the most of big discounts? Some furniture stores offer packages for the purchase of living room furniture sets. Just be cautious when you are deciding because you might just be lured by the low prices and end up buying the entire set when you only need an armchair.

You might reason out that perhaps you might need the other furniture pieces in the future, but if you will only store them in the garage or the attic, you might as well not accept the offer in the first place.

Look for ready to assemble furniture pieces that are cheaper than their assembled counterparts. This is only if you are actually able to complete the assembly on your own.  For some people, paying extra for having the furniture put together is well worth the price.

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A Brief Look At Vent Free Gas Heaters

ventless gas heaters

You may be able to discern a theme running through the articles on this blog so far. We had a look at kitchen appliances and kitchen design and now we are looking at ways to sensibly heat your home if your conventional options are a little bit limited.

We intend to continue to look at options for improving our living environments and making our lives easier with lifehacks and other easy options in the home.

What Are These Ventless Gas Heaters

Ventfree gas heaters technology is getting very popular with many homes and it seems to be a preferred choice compared to other conventional gas home heaters especially when they lived in very cold countries. People who prefer gas heaters always tend to want vent-free gas heater because such home gas heaters are more efficient. The best reason for this is that there is little fuel being wasted when used.

It’s worth saying that sometimes the installation of a gas supply may be problematic. In such a case, it is worth remembering that all is not lost. There are a wide range of electric fireplaces available that look almost as realistic and can be installed very easily without the need for anything other than a power outlet nearby. If you are interested in something like this then there is a good selection in this article here.

Of course, it may be that neither is suitable. In such a case we recommend buying an infrared heater. Recently there has been a move for infrared heaters to be made to look like small cabinets which look great tucked away until needed. Again, there are lots of options to choose from and we suggest you at least check them out if you are finding the prospect of gas installation a worry.

As the name already suggests, gas heaters that are ventless gas heaters do not need any vent to let the air out making it good natural gas heaters. Instead these gas heaters run on gas and oxygen which are trapped in the surrounding room area. They are therefore very different from other gas heaters which vent out air into the surrounding. They are more efficient heaters when compared to other heaters like indoor propane heater which may not be ventless heater.

ventless gas heaterWhen we say a vent free heater is more efficient it means that almost all of the gas gets transformed into heat. This is only possible because of the advanced technology using the gas mixing chambers and other features that help to give the best and cleanest fuel burning possible. The main benefits of vent-free gas heaters is that there is practically no fuel wastage and this is good both for the environment as well as savings to your monthly gas bill. On the contrary your conventional heaters are less efficient and it just means that not all the gas is converted to heat and with as much as 25 percent being wasted in some heaters in which warm air escapes.

Ventless gas heaters including gas fireplace are a good choice for many homeowners without any venting system and who don’t intend to build one either.These are the people who care much about environment protection and are concerned about the harm caused by too much carbon monoxide.

Vent Free Heaters – What To Look For When Buying

Ventless gas heaters come in three different types and they are fueled by either gas, electricity or gel. When purchasing such heaters don’t over focus on the best or the cheapest deals in town but know that safety is one of the most important considerations first and foremost. Check that the room that you are placing your direct vent gas heater is big enough to use.

The minimum size space would be indicated in the specifications of the appliance provided by the manufacturer and you must ensure that your room size is big enough. The reason why this is so important is because we want to avoid any possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning in the room. In addition you may also want to install a good oxygen depletion sensor to ensure that there are no health complications when using it.

Here’s a great guide to installation.

Different Types of Vent Free Gas Heaters

There is a good variety of gas heaters vent free available for you to choose from if you are looking for one for your home.You can find gas wall heater, standing heaters, garage ventless gas heaters or portable gas space heaters quite easily.

Ventless Gas Heaters – A Known Disadvantage

A vent free gas heater has a known disadvantage and that is it releases water vapor during the burning process. As a result of this, you may expect some objects placed near the heater and surrounding areas like your walls will become damp.

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The Best Kitchen Gadgets for Garlic: A Vampire’s Nightmare

With the Halloween spirit in full-force, and the latest Twilight movie on the way out, I can’t help bu think of garlic.

Always a classic way for keeping vampires away, I was inspired to go out and see what kind of kitchen gadgets for garlic were out and about in the world. There are many ways to prep garlic and I think I’ve found a gadget for each of them.

ZAK! DESIGNS GARLIC PEELER

When I first looked at this thing on the shelves it didn’t seem right. It was marked as a garlic kitchen tool, but it looked like some kind of apple corer. This garlic peeler is made out of flexible silicone. You just pop some unpeeled garlic inside, push down and roll it, and you’re good to go. When you push and roll, the sides of the tube grip and rip the peel off. These peelers come in 6 different color, are easy to clean, and they keep you from having hands that smell excessively of garlic

The Zak! Designs Garlic Peeler costs around $10

Now that you have a way to easily peel your garlic, here are some cool kitchen gadgets for breaking it down.

ZYLISS GARLIC SLICER

Holding onto garlic and slicing it has always been a precarious adventure for me. I’m always worried I’m going to cut my fingers. The Zyliss slicer is one of those food gadgets that is set up to protect while making it all oh so easy. You just pop your peeled garlic in and shuffle it back and forth. All of the slices are contained in the base for you to access once you’re done with your slicing.

The Zyliss Garlic Slicer costs around $10

CHEF’N GARLIC ZOOM

Now, I know I JUST talked about this when I was covering the great kitchen gadgets by Chef’n. But, that doesn’t stop it from being a great kitchen tool for garlic. The Garliczoom opens up, you put a couple garlic cloves inside, close the top, then roll it back and forth on your counter like a 5 year-old with a Hotwheels car! The wheels spin the blades inside to chop and dice your garlic up. Open it back up, take out the blade, and you have access to your diced garlic.

The nice thing is that they also have an XL version that allows you to chop more garlic, or throw some herbs in there to dice them up.

The Chef’n Garliczoom costs about $10, and the XL costs about $15.

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Retro Kitchen Design with Modern Materials and Plumbing

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There are a few things in retro kitchen design that are still applicable today. Consider the plumbing. You are often going to find some sort of copper repipe is necessary. Copper repiping gives you better durability and corrosion resistance than the old anodized or zinc coated steel pipes. Knowing where to invest your money wisely allows you the freedom to have a lot more fun with your kitchen decor without necessarily spending a lot of money.

Of course, in a vintage kitchen, you’re going to see a lot of laminate and vinyl. At the time they were novelties, and at the height of fashion. However, since they are so cheap now they just tend to look quite dated. However, there are still some fun ways that you can bring this into your room. You can look for your favorite patterns, and then just print them off and turn them into artwork, or even look for vintage inspired wallpaper of this type. This is a way that you can still get a kitschy element to a room that still uses a lot of the more popular flooring choices and granite counter-tops.

One of the more daring options would just be to use these more modern materials in fun color palettes. You can even find granite with red veins in it. You will need to consider the resell value of your home just because granite is one of your more expensive materials and so you usually want to choose a color that has mass appeal for everyone.

When shooting for a retro kitchen look, just remember that you don’t have to do everything the way it was back then. Many of the components behind the scenes can, and should, be modern. This way you can have the look you want, but the reliability that modern materials and engineering bring to the table.

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