Imagine waking up in the morning and being frazzled and hurried before you even walk out the door for work. Does this sound familiar to you? If you have a closet that is in disarray, there is a good chance this describes every morning of your life. If you are unable to find matching outfits, shoe pairs, or even a pair of pants, you probably need to evaluate your situation and get your closet under control. A messy closet can affect more than just your morning routine. If your morning starts off rough, it can set the tone for the rest of your day. You may have to skip breakfast or you may miss your carpool or bus. If you are digging through piles of clothing to find something suitable to wear, you may arrive at the office disheveled and wrinkled. It will not take long for co-workers and supervisors to notice you are not looking your best. If you are dealing with problems like these, all due to a messy closet, it is long past due time to get things in order. There are simple, affordable solutions for creating an organized closet. Start by making sure there is ample lighting in the space so you can see to work, and so later, you will have no trouble viewing your wardrobe. You may have fluorescent lighting in the space, so replace any T8 ballast that are broken, or get replacement ballast if necessary. This ensures you will have no problem seeing your workspace while you assemble an organized and efficient closet space.
The next step is to clear everything out. Sort items into piles that you want to keep and that you want to throw away or donate. Once you know what will be left to store in the space, you can choose the appropriate organizational materials. Determine how many hanging clothes you have so you can have enough hangers on hand. Consider multiple garment hangers that take up less space and allow you to hand multiple pairs of pants or shirts on each. Have any seasonal items stored properly so they are fresh and clean when their season rolls around again. Next, make sure all of the items you will currently be using are dry cleaned, ironed, and in good repair. There is no sense keeping items in your closet if they can not be worn immediately.
The final step for getting your closet organized is to determine the best way to store your accessories. There are numerous options for shoe storage. Many experts recommend giving each pair a plastic box to keep them dust-free, and then placing a photo of the shoes on the outside of the box so they are easy to see. Others think shoe racks and over the door shoe bags work just fine. Your decision can be made based on the amount of space you have and your personal preference for viewing your shoe collection. The same is true for ladies' handbags and other accessories like scarves and jewelry. Once you are organized, you will have time to enjoy your mornings.
Source by Connor R Sullivan
There are many issues that come up when it comes to plumbing and many people try to deal with these various plumbing issues on their own which could end up costing them hundreds of extra dollars and in some cases thousands and thousands of dollars. When this is the case, it's time to call a plumber.
Most plumbing repair jobs are reliably easy to fix, but having said that, there are a few plumbing jobs that must not be touched by anyone without expertise in the field of plumbing. A good example is the repair of a broken toilet. Toilets are something every household needs, and can not function without, but here are a few reasons why you should leave the plumbing to professionals. Fixing a broken toilet whether it is a clogged toilet or busted pipes requires fair knowledge in terms of pipework as well as water-flow. The worst thing that can happen to you while repairing your broken toilet is having it backfire on you. Not only do you have the potential chance to lose the functionality of your toilet, but you could also potentially ruin other pipes.
Hot Water Heater Repair
Water heater Repair is more straightforward compared to toilet repair but it still has the same relative problems as repairing toilets. If you are a complete novice, you could end up damaging the pipe work when attempting to do Water heater Repair, which could cause flooding as well as potential burns if it ends up bursting on you. If your water heater is central, you could also potentially cut off the hot water supply to the other parts of the house. In this scenario if you are totally unlucky, you might even end up spending more money on carpenters and other tradesmen to repair the damage done to the entire house when you were trying to do some Water heater Repair on your own.
Lastly, fixing kitchen or bath drain clogged pipes. Usually when you think of a kitchen or bath drain clogged, you assume that it would be reliably easy. Well think again, if you find that you live in an old house, or you just do not unclog your drains very often stay, hair, and other big particles tend to build up and historically clog your drain. At times clearing drains can be reliably straight forward, but only if you have straight pipes. Plumbers have a myriad of tools as well as expertise in removing pipes and other types of drainage materials. Why waste time and spend so much emotional effort when you can just give a plumber a call when fixing Kitchen or bath drain clogged pipes.
In the end, there is many more issues that can occur that you just should not deal with on your own but these are just some of the most common. When these issues arise you should not try to handle it on your own to save money. Instead, you should know when to walk away and realize it's time to call a plumber.
Source by Timothy Spruill
Easy Hot Water Heater Repairs with a Professional Plumbing Service
So you just got home from a busy and tiring day and getting ready for a relaxing hot bath. To your horror you realize the water completely freezing cold as you turn on the tap. The water heater system in your home is the most likely source of this issue.
This type of water heating problem can be a major pain, and seem to happen at the worst of times. Luckily hot water heater problems are easy to deal with when you call a professional plumbing service.
Potential Plumbing Problems
Finding out the exact cause of the problem is the first step to efficiently solving the lack of hot water. Having a basic understanding of the type of heating system in your home is always handy, so you don’t feel completely lost on the occasion that something does go wrong.
Depending on the system installed in your home, you might have a gas water heater or an electric water heater. Also in many newer systems, a tankless water heater is used to provide a continuous flow of hot water to the home.
Keep in mind that problems with hot water supply could be something really simple. Maybe the thermostat is just on too low a setting. So do check to make sure it’s not something obvious before calling the local plumbers.
A tank based will over time gain a buildup of sediments and scale. This will decrease the performance and can easily lead to the tank overheating. Occasionally the tank will need to be drained to get rid of all that clogged up sediment to keep it in good working condition. If you attempt to drain the tank yourself, make sure you take safety measures. The power supply should be switched off to prevent any injuries from occurring.
Another common issue is damaged or broken pipes. Fixing or replacing pipes can be particularly tricky at times when you don’t have easy access to the problem area. An experienced plumber will be able to handle such situations with ease.
Expert Plumbing Service
If you aren’t a DIY expert, then your best (and safest) option is to hire the services of a professional licensed plumber to find and fix the problem. Plumbing issues can potentially become worse if you ignore them. So don’t hesitate to call your friendly local plumber for a thorough assessment and advice on the situation.
Better yet, don’t even wait for problems to ‘surface’ in the first place. Prevention is always the best policy. The cost of the occasional water heater maintenance is nothing compared to paying for a completely new system.
Source by Timothy Sjobeck
Things are starting to look up for solar energy. Historically, the cost to utilize solar panels was far too impractical for many consumers and companies. However, the high costs of this energy source are gradually starting to plummet, which makes it extremely appealing to those who can now afford it. Many real estate companies are frantically installing solar panels on businesses while financing companies are creating financing plans to make solar power more realistic for people.
A New Era for Energy
From 2009 to 2010, solar power installations grew by 102 percent in the United States and they are expected to continue to grow in the years to come. By 2016, it is expected that solar power will be able to compete with fossil fuels even when the federal solar subsidy shrinks by two-thirds. While the electricity produced by natural gas still remains roughly 3 times cheaper than solar power, the cost is falling faster and more solar energy is being planned than any other power source available. The total share of power that solar energy has is small small, but there is great potential for growth.
In September of this year, Exelon and NextEra Energy, two of the nation's largest utilities, both acquitted a large California solar power farm in the early stages of development. In addition, another utility called NRG Energy publicized their plan with Bank of America and the real estate firm Prologis to spend over a billion dollars to install solar systems on 750 commercial rooftops.
The Installation of Solar Panels
Solar installers and companies that build own and maintain solar systems are now making the money they need to grow thanks to the falling prices. They are now able to provide solar power systems that are affordable, which appeals to homeowners who want to save on their electric bill, not just reduce their footprint. The reasons why companies can maintain such an affordable price is mostly because federal and state subsidies pay for a portion of the installation. Other advantages include:
- Because it is generated near where it is needed, power does not have to pass through hundreds of miles of wires, transformers and other equipment.
- In September, Google announced it would create a fund that local installers in every state can get to so they could offer consumers no-money-down plans.
Solar Panel Manufacturers
Many solar panel production companies are having a harder time maintaining their high profits due to shrinking subsidiaries and the excess of solar panels on the market. As bigger companies enter the market, the supply will increase and the cost will likely go down even further. The falling profit margin is scaring investors and stock prices for solar panel manufacturers are falling, meaning the market will not get any easier for small solar panel makers. While it's been a hard road for solar panel makers, it has been a blessing for companies that market and install solar systems, for companies that make electronics and other parts for solar systems, and for solar customers.
Source by Kathy S Mitchell
As a manufacturer or marketer, you may currently be contemplating what documentation your product will need. Depending on how complex your product is, and whether it's designed for a consumer or commercial customer, you might need to produce only one manual, or a complete suite. Here is a suggested list of manuals, and what they should contain.
Quick Start Guides may be part of a User Manual or a standalone piece. Appropriate to both consumer and commercial equipment or software, they tell the user how to operate the basic controls and make the product work. They may also touch briefly on more advanced functions so that the reader can try them out. Some one-page guides are essentially "wordless", using illustrations, numbers and arrows to show how to connect components together or work through setup menus.
Installation Manuals (other than software) are typically used by a manufacturer's field service / installation personnel or factory-trained subcontractors. They are written for specialized commercial equipment such as medical scanners, boiler equipment or a recording studio mixing console, to name just a few examples. Calibration and customer acceptance procedures could also be included.
User Manuals are intended to give in-depth instruction for the proper operation of the equipment, but may include assembly information. An example of this would be a barbeque manual. User manuals should include safety warnings, either at the beginning and / or at specific points in the manual where they apply. Manuals for commercial equipment will be written for an educated audience with training in a particular field. Simple troubleshooting and minor maintenance information are often included. A monograph published by pharmaceutical companies to instruct doctors in the application of a particular drug could be another type of user manual.
Service Manuals are written for factory-trained personnel. They should contain safety information, particularly where electric shock, crushing, chemical or any other hazards may arise when servicing equipment. More often than not, they contain troubleshooting guides, exploded mechanical drawings and / or schematic diagrams (for example: hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical or electronic). Removal and replacement procedures for failed subassemblies are written and illustrated in detail. Calibration or alignment procedures could also be outlined as a follow-up to the replacement of a subassembly.
Overhaul and Maintenance Manuals should include instructions for performing preventative maintenance such as lubrication procedures or calibration checks. They should contain the same kind of safety information as service manuals. They may go one step further than service manuals by providing instructions for corrective maintenance (removal, overhaul & replacement) for failed subassemblies, down to the component replacement level. They may include troubleshooting charts, as well as calibration and alignment procedures.
This is by no means a strict guideline for producing your manuals, but it should provide a sense of what each type of manual typically includes. Once you decide to start on your documentation, use a technical writer who can work with your team to effectively communicate this information to the intended audience. Poorly written or formatted manuals will do harm to your company's reputation and may leave you open to liability. Plan your manuals early in the design phase to ensure you have them available when the product ships.
Source by Gordon H. Wood