Posts Tagged ‘advice’

Remodeling Priority: The stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

November 11, 2008

When you are renovating your home, you might get a lot on your mind, certainly improving it is one of the things that you would have in priority and one of the most important parts of the home to improve is the kitchen, starting of course with the kitchen sink. When taking on a kitchen renovation project, one of the most important items in your remodel is the sink. Give your kitchen a great new look by remodeling the kitchen sink you already have or by getting a stainless steel kitchen sink in place of the old one in good condition. It will be a great addition especially in your remodeling process and will really get you home into the stage where you want it to be.

So what do you need to do first to make these aspirations come to life? Well the first thing to do is the decisions for your remodeling. Decide whether to remodel your old sink or buy stainless steel kitchen sink. There are salvage companies that sell refurbished stainless steel kitchen sink items from remodeled homes. It will give you some options on whether to go to a certain style or go unique, all of which are completely up to you. Most people would go into details on how they want to make their kitchen sink look like but I think that having options wouldn’t hurt either.

One of the easiest ways to go at it is by upgrading what you have, its cheap but not that effective than the new ones. Remodel your original sink by adding new faucets and a sprayer. If possible, choose stainless steel sink that fits it into the existing hole. Going into that option will clearly give you big idea son it and will further make your remodeling in a different turn for sure. Check over the original or replacement sink for rust and dirt. Remove either of these by using a simple paste made of powdered scouring powder and water. Brush it on the areas that need cleaning. Stainless steel kitchen sink are hardy and can take abrasive scouring powder.

Now nest step is simple, allow the paste to set a few minutes and scrub lightly with a cleaning brush. You can use a toothbrush in small, hard to reach areas. Next is to rinse the cleaner off by first wiping off the excess with a wet towel. If possible, take the sink outside and wash with a water hose. Stainless steel kitchen sinks are heavy, so use your own judgment when moving. Let the sink dry completely and install the kitchen faucets before putting into place. Lift the stainless steel kitchen sink and insert into the existing hole. Caulk around the perimeter of the stainless steel kitchen sink. Make cut marks on the counter area if you need to make the existing hole a little larger. Most stainless steel kitchen sinks are top mounted and can be set into place.

Jron Magcale


Tips on Picking the Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

November 8, 2008

When looking to buy a new kitchen sink to have in a home, you always want the best, and determining the best one can be hard and can be tricky at times. It has always been known and given credit for that a modern home should always have the ability to choose the best kitchen sink that would blend significantly for your home. It can be hard to accomplish but really not impossible to do. Due to frequency of use and its prominent placement in the home, a kitchen sink should be durable, functional and attractive. And with that being said, why not consider stainless steel kitchen sink and to help you choose the right one for your home, here are some pointers. Here’s how to buy a kitchen sink that will suit your lifestyle and complement your home’s décor.

Picking an undermount or top mount sink – Well to put it simply, undermount sinks are popular because they fit seamlessly with countertops and are easy to clean. That is sort of an advantage for sure. They generally require professional installation. Due to their weight, they are compatible only with solid stone or concrete countertops. While, top mount sinks are self-rimming and are cheaper and easier to install than undermount designs. Top mount sinks require periodic caulking around the edges and are harder to clean. So the choice on this is really important when trying to consider a stainless steel kitchen sink.

Choosing a material – You can buy kitchen sinks made from stainless steel, cast iron coated with porcelain enamel, composite stone or metal and other materials. Stainless steel sinks are the most popular because they are durable, easy to clean and relatively inexpensive. So, if you ask for my suggestion I would say that you go with the ever reliable stainless steel kitchen sink. There are a lot of people that have been looking for improvement and choosing the stainless steel as a material of choice for their kitchen sink.

Deciding on a style – Ok, the standard sinks are measured at  22- by 33-inches wide, 8-inches deep and have 2 bowls of equal size. Stainless steel kitchen sinks that feature single or triple bowls, deeper bowls, apron fronts and lower bowl dividers to accommodate large pots and pans are also available. Some styles may require special cabinets as well, so when deciding a style you must base it on how you want your kitchen to look.

Buying the piece – Now this is the part where you buy a stainless steel kitchen sink made by a reputable company. A high quality sink can last up to 50 years, so any extra upfront costs will pay off in the long run. It is a really good thought to ponder because, when you have the chance to have a really durable and nice stainless steel kitchen sink, chances are you will have a good mood on doing everything kitchen related because it is nice to always work with great things, it makes your job more easier.

Jron Magcale

Dog Pictures 101: Getting Their Attention

November 4, 2008

A popular subject for photography has been puppy pictures; it has been a growing trend to have puppy pictures taken and being made as subjects to their shoot. Anyone who has a dog tries to take a picture of them at one point or another, it’s a given. Whether or not you can get the dog to focus and sit still so you can actually get the picture is another matter. It has become increasingly popular over the masses to have that kind of approach in dog pictures, sometimes people are seeking on a good way to get their puppy pictures taken. Some have asked to get tips from the experts and some just preferred to read a long and find a good advice on how a puppy picture should be taken. Here is a great way to get that fidgety dog to sit still long enough for you to get a great shot

Dog Meet Camera, Camera Meet Dog

Well there is always a first step and here, the first step is pretty much simple, introduce the dog to the camera. A lot of dogs are scared of what they don’t know. Put the camera lower than the dog’s eye level and have the dog sniff the camera. In that way he’ll know that what you are about to do, it will help you ease some tensions or whatever that comes in the photo shoot. Always get the dog comfortable on the shoot, so getting the dog familiar with the camera is a good first step for sure.

Be One with the Dog

Ok, once the dog gets introduced to the camera, go and sit in the spot that you want the dog to sit in, even if it’s on the floor. We have talked about getting the dog comfortable with its surroundings, you need to show the dog that you have no bad intentions, so level with them and mingle a little, in that way they’ll see that you only want to get their pictures and not harm them in any way.

Spotting the Dog

Ok, to place the dog in a position where you want the picture to be taken your next step is call the dog in front of the spot that you want him in and while you are sitting in the spot, make the dog comfortable. Have him sit down, scratch him behind the ears and on his neck and stroke his back. In that way you will get the dog’s trust and at the same time you can have the dog on the spot that you want him to be. If the dog is comfortable in the position you want them to be, it is pretty much easy to move from there.

Trick or Treat, Dog

Now, giving a treat t o a dog is pretty much helpful if you want to get the best results. Especially when you need something from them you need to give something to them. Put a dog treat in the palm of your hand and close your hand around it. Have the dog sniff your hand so he knows it’s in your hand. Use the hand that you are not pressing the camera button with. So that you can direct the dog with it and have your shot is in perfect shape. And then snap a shot and there you have it your own dog picture with ease. No need for tricks or whatever. You got them where you want them to be.

Jron Magcale

Making Business Bloom: Internet Marketing with Blogging

November 4, 2008

Well, one of the important things that we can all look at in our business is the technology. It is very popular to most now that the internet is the hottest way to conduct business. Internet businesses are everywhere and of course that means that Internet marketing is also in high demand. Businesses need to attract prospects that turn into traffic that leads to sales and ideally repeat customers. Blogs have become a great tool to do this because they are extremely low cost and very effective. How effective they ask? Well, just look at how popular it has been over the past few years and there have been significant improvements to it as well, so you know that it is there to stay.

Ok, one step that you can start when considering internet marketing using blogs is to join a couple of internet communities that offer blogging. Make sure that you stay within your niche. It can really help you and your business and can further improve your overall knowledge on the subject. Blogging has been a big hit so far that almost everything in the business world has been bagging on the phenomenon. There is big help that internet marketing using bloggnig to any business and you would likely see that when you start on it. You should be careful on choosing on the internet community that you will choose.

Once you already joined an internet community, the next thing to do is to introduce yourself within these communities and make a presence without mentioning your website initially. You want to build a reputation within these communities by making daily appearances and by showing your expertise on the product. It is wide to get the respect of people before you make your own intro for your business. Introduce your website only after establishing your reputation. By this time you will have begun the very important customer relationship and these people will be glad to visit your website. It is an important aspect of your strategy so you better be ready and at least has your blog on a good note.

Finally, try to offer something on your website that is of value on your website to get your customers to return. After all, one time sales will not make you successful but ongoing customer relationships will. Your blog will play the role of a medium to make everything work, like details, instructions, etc. So it is pretty much important to get everything in one piece. Internet marketing using blogs is really a great addition for your strategy and the effects of it can be seen at a larger scale. People have been successful by the use of it and more and more businesses are turning their attentions to it.

Jron Magcale

How to Clean Your Sink With Baking Soda and Shine

November 4, 2008

Now, getting your stainless steel kitchen sink being cleaned is a chore itself. Sometimes getting it in a level where it can be as cleaned as you want it to be can really get you’re your system. So, I suggest that you try to do the alternatives in cleaning your stainless steel kitchen sink. Well, a lot of people have been looking for some way to make their stainless steel kitchen sink glimmer and have that certain shine to your sink. It is not that hard to find solutions, just be aware of what you can use to make your kitchen sink as clean as you always wanted it to be. Remember that when dealing with your kitchen you should always be considerate and have a lot of patience.

Step one, use the sprayer on your sink or your hands, if you don’t have one to spray or sprinkle warm water over the sides and rim of the sink. It is best if you can get them all wet so that the initial cleaning would be easy to do. Everything should be well covered with warm water as stated to keep them for being easy to wash. Next is to sprinkle baking soda evenly over the steel areas of the sink and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. If your sinks are exceptionally dirty, place about 4 tbsp. of baking soda or more if needed in a small bowl and mix with a few drops of lemon juice until it forms a thick, gritty paste. Spread this on the sink areas to be cleaned and allow sitting for about 5 minutes. This is the part where the baking soda and the lemon juice extracts the dirt and stains from your stainless steel kitchen sink.

To get the dirt and stains out, using the toothbrush, scrub the baking soda over the entire surface area of the sink. If you have a large sink, you can use a larger bathroom scrubber for this. This part will be the part where you do the hand work to make your kitchen sink cleaner in a way. Always look at it in a perspective and get it cleaned as hard as you like, but also with control, be sure to scrub the areas where the dirt is located. You also have to be certain on what you need to do when scrubbing and always pay attention on the areas where it is most needed to be cleaned.

Finishing up, you need to do next is to wipe away the baking soda paste with a paper towel and then rinse the sink area with the sprayer or your hands. Use another damp paper towel to wipe clean any remaining baking soda. If rinsing reveals areas where more scrubbing is needed, sprinkle a bit of baking soda in your hand and mix it with some water or lemon juice, and then apply while scrubbing using the toothbrush. Rinse and wipe clean. This will totally make your kitchen sink clean and surprise you with how clean it can be by the use of only baking soda. A lot of people aren’t aware of it but it is really a great use for cleaning your stainless steel kitchen sink.

Jron Magcale

Cleaning Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with the Use of Bleach

November 4, 2008

With regards to your kitchen you should always keep it as clean as you can. Only time will tell how much a clean kitchen can hold on. In some level a kitchen sink plays a big part on your overall cleanliness in your kitchen, sometimes people would look at it in a different way, paying no mind with your stainless kitchen sink, but I think it should looked into a different way. Even though the name stainless steel can be stained, so don’t be fooled. Stainless steel sinks are wonderful to own but hard to keep looking spiffy and shiny. So at this moment you might looking on some options on how you can make your kitchen sink the best that it can be and of course as clean as you can make it. Well, let me help you with that but giving you some basic instructions in cleaning your stainless steel with the use of bleach.

Ok, the first step on this is simple, close the sink drain and run hot water into the sink, filling it nearly to the top. You need to do this to soften the stains of your sink that is hard to scrub, hot water helps a lot because its heat can really make the stains weak in a way, so that when you are ready to scrub them it’ll be a lot more easily. Don’t put extremely hot water, just a normal hot water will do, be sure to let it as is for another 5-10 minutes.

Ok, the next step is another simple one, just add one capful of bleach to the water and let the bleach water remain in the sink for about 2 hours. This is the part where the bleach will take effect and its chemicals and byproducts will be used to further clean your stainless steel sink. It is needed because it will help make the stains vulnerable, it will be an easy task when it’s all bleaches, it will help to get a glimmer n your sink once it’s finished because it will actively pursue the stains and will eliminate them. Waiting for 2 hours will be a good idea because by that time all the stains will be easy to scrub away.

Now, you need to remove any objects from the steel edges of the sink. While the basin of the sink is soaking, soak several sheets of paper towels thoroughly in the bleach water. Lay the soaked paper towels on the rim of the sink basin, being careful not to overlap them onto your countertop. Press the towels down lightly and allow the bleached towels to soak into the edges of the sink for about 2 hours. This will further help your overall kitchen sink to get cleaned; of course you would have to pay attention on details when you are cleaning your kitchen sink, because everything will be quite important when cleaning.

Now to finish off, drain the water and discard the paper towels, the bleach will have scoured away most of the accumulated dirt on the steel, but you can dip an old toothbrush in cold water and scrub any areas that are still in need of cleaning. The bleach will have loosened the dirt, making it easy to scrub. As said earlier everything will be loosened and softened when you put the bleach and hot water, now just try to scrub the places where you believe needs to be cleaned and after that just let it dry and there you have it a clean and well placed stainless steel kitchen sink.

Jron Magcale

Selling Miami Commercial Property Not Easy as They Say

November 3, 2008

For some having a real estate investment is a bit hard to handle, It is a difficult investment to have because of the complications and the shady market that can go from consistency to inconsistency in just a short time. So, people tend to shy away from it and try to avoid it. Well I think it is not a very bright idea to assume on things like that especially in business and investment. Miami commercial rental real estate can be a lot of work to maintain and keep leased out. When you are ready to sell, you need to know where to go and who to trust. Use these steps to learn more about selling commercial property and how to do it the smart way. It might be difficult but it is indeed doable.

To get you started, of course you need to gather all the information about the property. You should have as much information about the property in a convenient place. This should include the address, demographics of the property, information about the current renters, if any, and any other pertinent information you can think would help the building sell. Of course it can be a lot of work if you look at it in such a way but I think to prosper on this particular market you need to be informative as well.

Next thing to do is to shop around for a Miami commercial real estate agent to take on your property. Shopping around is a good idea to compare success rates, the length of time they have been handling Miami commercial property, and the contacts they have that may be looking for a piece of commercial property. It is good to have the agent to give you the necessary info about the property because they play as experts on their fields and more importantly attends the role in which gives you the necessary options for your investment.

After getting the few steps made, the next thing to consider is to sell the Miami commercial property on your own. If you are confident that you can find a buyer and sell the property on your own, this is a great way to save money on realtor commissions and have more control over the working with the buyer of the property. You will need to advertise in different realty outlets and online to get the best response. This can be a best case scenario for you but it is often occur. The help of real estate agents is still number to many people’s list and with that being a factor for their investment; people must know the things that go around into the business before moving forward.

If you can’t sell it by yourself at a fast pace, you needs to contact anyone you know who might be interested in acquiring a piece of the Miami commercial property. This is not only a great way to find a possible buyer among people you already trust, but word of mouth is the best method of advertising. Those you network with will tell people they know and interest will generate quickly. This gives you a different angle on investing plus it can save you a lot of time and gives you more options on selling your Miami commercial real estate property.

Jron Magcale

Steps on Buying Wisely with Modern Sofa

November 3, 2008

Our home should always have the best in terms of furniture. I know that there could be a lot of furniture types that you can choose from, but let us start with the basic furniture we all are used to. The modern sofa, today in this era of television, the modern sofa is a fundamental piece of furniture to any household. A new modern sofa is a large expenditure, so you definitely want to make it money well spent. A modern sofa is a big addition to any room, and it is important to find one that not only fits your decor but is also well made. People always just go for what is out there, often forgetting that you also need to get whatever’s best for your home and I think modern sofa is always great furniture to have in home. So whenever you want to get one for your home, consider these steps:

Step #1 – Ok, first up, before buying your modern sofa, measure the space where you plan to put it, of course, if you plan to buy a large modern sofa, measure your doorways to make sure that you will be able to bring it inside the house. The space is pretty much important, although people would disagree on space, you should keep it as an important part of your planning. Modern sofa’s size can be varied on however you want to have it in your home, so look at it as an important part of your plan.

Step #2 – Ok, we all need to get in depth. For strength, choose a modern sofa with a frame made of kiln-dried hardwoods and make sure it fastened with screws. Also, if you are buying a sofa with a pull-out bed pull the bed out in the store to see how well it works and check the mattress for comfort. The strength of the modern sofa will tell everything on the quality of it, some just have style but the strength is not there. If you want something that would last, I think that looking at the modern sofa’s strength can be a valuable option for you.

Step #3 – Now to get more in detail; consider the design of the modern sofa in comparison to your décor, for example, if you are looking for something more formal a modern sofa with bare wood legs and a curved English arm may be nice, or for something more casual a skirted modern sofa with a rolled arm would work. Always look at the design as an urgent need for your modern sofa, it should always be in trend and have a distinctive savvy look. A modern sofa can give your home an impact that could be a great thing for your purchase.

Step #4 – The modern sofa cushions determine the comfort of the modern sofa. An inexpensive alternative to goose-down is upholstery foam which comes in a variety of widths and weights. I think that the cushion will give you a lot that can be a really great thing for your modern sofa. Most modern sofa would give you a lot of things that can be in importance, but always look for cushion’s ability to give you comfort.

Jron Magcale

Tips on Being a Florida Commercial Real Estate Appraiser

October 31, 2008

They say one of the best markets to look at is real estate, and with it being an appraiser can be nice job. And the say that in real estate, commercial is one of its forte. And what better place to be an appraiser for commercial real estate than Florida, a Florida commercial real estate appraiser can make a handsome income by obtaining a professional license to assess the value of commercial property. To become an appraiser, candidates generally need a bachelor’s degree from a 4-year college before graduating into a trainee program. It can be a great option for anyone who looks at tackling commercial real estate.

#1 Earn a bachelor’s degree – Of course one of the most important thing here is that you earn a bachelor’s degree. Most states do not have specific educational background requirements for people who want to become a commercial real estate appraisers, it is very difficult to obtain a trainee position if you do not have at least a 4-year college degree, in Florida it plays the same, but of course having a bachelor’s degree is always an asset. So, if you have already a bachelor’s degree you are good to go.

#2 The Transition – Ok, achieve a degree of financial autonomy or arrange for a student loan that will allow you to survive without working for 6 months to a year. This will make it easier for you to focus on the trainee internship you’ll be undertaking as part of your journey. Having this transition for your Florida Commercial real estate status is important, because you need to learn a lot when starting. Be sure to follow everything by the book and you’ll be ok.

#3 Learning Florida – Learn Florida’s specific licensing requirements for commercial real estate appraisers. These vary considerably from state to state, and there are few universal federal guidelines. The most significant federal guideline requires a commercial appraiser to be fully licensed in her state if she is involved with any federally related transaction involving real estate valued at $250,000 or more. You should always follow what you can learn. As I said earlier, learn everything by the book. Being a Florida commercial real estate appraiser is very much important in a way, so you should be knowledgeable.

#4 The Board – Now, nest step is to sign up for the classes required by your state’s licensing board, and combine in-class training with practical hands-on experience. Successfully completing required coursework while working alongside an experienced appraiser in an intern capacity will lead to a trainee license. Work with a supervising Florida commercial real estate appraiser after you’ve acquired your trainee license. You’ll need to put in a certain number of hours under supervision, as dictated by your state’s licensing board, before you’ll qualify for a full independent license. Continue this and you will be certified, Florida commercial real estate appraiser for sure.

Jron Magcale

Taking Nice Dog Pictures is Easy as 1, 2, Click!

October 24, 2008

Well some might argue on taking dog pictures, but let me be the one to tell you that taking a picture of your dog does not have to be a difficult task. Finding the right place, getting your dog in the right position and taking the shot is all you need to do. It my sound pretty much hard but let me give you an insight that it can very well be a simple thing to do. Although dog pictures are often admired by many, it is not really a hard task to do, in fact to can be easy as One, Two, Click! All you have to do is pay attention on what you are doing and be sure that you have knowledge on what you do. Patience is another thing that one must learn upon taking dog pictures.

5 Steps on Taking Dog Pictures

First Step – This is an easy one, because most of you have already doing this. Teach your dog a good, solid stay command. This will make the photo shoot go much more smoothly. Although sometimes can be hard to do, having the ability to make your dog stay in a solid command would make your life easy. I think that people fails to think that taking dog pictures can be something that has to have effort on both you and the dog as well.

Second Step – Next is once your dog does a good stay command, find a good place to take the picture. A nice spot in a scenic park, the beach, a room set up with some lighting and a back drop. The scene or background should be given attention to, I think that it is important that you will have a set up that you will be using so that you can execute the pictorial really well.

Third Step – Put your dog in a sit, down or stands position and gives the command “Stay.” This is where some patience on your part comes in. If you put too much pressure on your dog there is a good chance that your dog will start to pick up on your vibes and the whole shot could be much more difficult than it has to be. The best thing to do is relax and have fun with the whole process. Patience is a virtue here, like I said earlier this will test your patience and with that being said, you need to have good faith on what you do.

Fourth Step – Once you have your dog in the stay position and you’re ready to take the photo, say your dog’s name. To get a really good photo you want your dog to look at the camera. To get the best shot, say your dog’s name and squeak the toy. This will usually get your dog’s attention. If your dog is not interested in the toy or it get your dog to excited wave the treat to get your dog’s attention. This maybe tricky but once you pull this one off you will have a good picture waiting for you. It is important that you can make your dog look in the camera for you.

Fifth Step – Last Step, once your dog is looking at you, take the picture. With a little practice you’ll start getting great photos of your dog.  And voila you have a good dog picture. Practice makes perfect always remember that so, if you really want taking dog picture as a hobby you have to learn the 5 steps so that you can have a good dog picture.

Jron Magcale