Toilet Seats and Covers That Suit Comfort and Style Needs

There remains no bathroom accessory that cannot be enhanced with good remodeling to add to your style and comfort requirements. Toilet seats for that matter have progressed from a mere necessity to a style and comfort statement. Having the toilet seat that your friends envy or wish they could copy is a tribute to style.

In terms of innovation

  • A seat per person: In case hygiene is a factor and dictates that to each its own seat, then seat pages are meant for you. It is a series of one seat on the other with address book like flaps on the side for easing open the seat of your choice.
  • Music mania: If music is your thing, then let your seat and its cover proclaim the same with innovative box guitar shaped and piano shaped toilet seat covers in white as well as black. If you want it even more real, get a cover with the warm wood shade of a semi-acoustic guitar with black highlights.
  • Lights: Toilet seats with tiny embedded lights that are semi-transparent and dim as well as fade add not only color to your bathroom but can also complement the LED shower.
  • Adjust for ease: Adjustable seats that can be made lower or higher depending on what’s comfortable.
  • Thermo chromic seats: No longer will you or guests have to face the cold comfort of a stone cold toilet seat. These seats record the body temperature of the last person that used them and so leave a cozier place to treat yourself to.
  • No need to touch: Auto close toilet seat covers look attractive with their glossy and sheen-filled finish. These toilet seats sense presence and open when a person is around while gently closing once the person leaves.

A note on comfort increasers

Toilet seats need not be uncomfortably hard; for those of us who want a softer touch, foam toilet seats can work wonders and make the experience less taxing. If you want suite style gilt-edged charm, covers come with gold rims and in pure white.

Toilet seat covers with oomph

  • Florally inclined: If you believe in flower power, then you can get toilet seats that have a festone of roses on it and these roses do not look painted over. They are skillfully crafted fabric ones that look as good as real.
  • Football paradise: Football lovers can have their fan enthusiasm pasted over their toilet seats too with a football toilet seat cover that looks good enough to kick.
  • Go green: If you love nature, there is a seat for you too in the privacy of your own bathroom. Natural motif toilet covers come in leaf motifs where the seat cover is a giant, glossy green leaf or you can have bark motifs as well.
  • Crystal delight: Crystal like or rather gem like toilet seat covers too are available and show that even a toilet seat cover can glow like a crystal or a gem.

Jamith is an Interior Designer. He also writes for victorianplumbing.co.uk, you can been updated by following twitter@Victorianplumb.

Three Common Plumbing Problems You Can Solve Without Paying The Plumber

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We all want to save money. No matter how much we have we still want to make it go as far as possible. One great way of saving money is DIY – Doing jobs around the house that we might usually pay a tradesman to do. Most DIY projects are limited to basic tasks such as putting a shelf up or doing a bit of painting. However you don’t need to stop there. If you are confident in your ability there are some more complex tasks that you can do yourself, without paying for an expensive tradesman. We have provided three common problems that you can resolve yourself, without having to pay the call out rates!

Thawing a Frozen Pipe

You’ll only be familiar with this problem if you live in a place that gets a proper winter. It’s a real problem during the coldest months and frozen pipes can burst if not dealt with in good time. Although a potentially costly problem you don’t need to get a plumber in right away. Locating and thawing the frozen area quickly isn’t difficult, however most choose to call a plumber out straight away. The following steps will save you the cost of a plumber:

1.Locate the frozen area – it is often clear where the pipe has frozen just by looking at it. Feeling the pipe also helps as you can locate the coldest areas – the frozen section will be significantly colder.

2.Once the frozen section(s) are located turn off the stop tap or stopcock. Having done so, turn on the cold tap that is nearest the frozen section. This is to drain all of the melting water out of the pipe.

3.You are now ready to start thawing! Before doing so remember that the pipe could burst at any point so proceed with caution. To thaw simply point your hairdryer at the frozen section and gently melt the frozen water. The melted water will drain out of the running tap and the blockage will be cleared. Turn the water back on and run it to check.

Unblocking a Drain

Blocked drains are a nightmare and they are one problem too far for most DIYers. But dealing with a drain blockage isn’t actually that hard. Before you unblock a drain make sure you have adequate protective clothing.

1.If you didn’t already know, the first thing you need to do is remove the drain cover. They can be heavy so be careful.

2.Once the cover is off its time to clear the blockage. There are a few different bits of equipment that can be used. Drain rods, jetters and pumps are all effective and they can all be bought or hired from DIY stores and hire shops. In the case of a rod/jetter insert it into the drain until you reach the blockage. Clearing the blockage is a case of poking and twisting the equipment around until the obstruction shifts.

3.Once you are rid of the main blockage you need to send some water down to clear away any leftover obstructions. Replace the cover and ensure its secure.

Leaking Tap

Everyone gets a leaky tap at some point. And the immediate reaction is to call the plumber. However solving the problem isn’t actually that difficult and doing it yourself can save you a tidy sum. Just do the following:

1.Before you do anything ensure the water supply is completely off. Trying to change a tap with the water supply on isn’t a good idea.

2.Unscrew the tap. Usually the screw is on the top. Hold the tap firmly when removing it to avoid dropping it when it comes loose.

3.Check the condition of the washer once the tap is off. It’s usually the case that a worn out washer is causing the leak. If the washer is worn and damaged replace it and reattach the tap.

4.Turn the water back on and test the tap. Changing the washer should usually stop the leak. If the leak continues then you may need to completely replace the tap.

The above highlights just three examples of basic plumbing work that you can do yourself, avoiding plumbers fees, hours and materials. We only advise that experienced DIYers carryout these tasks, having done further research.

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Turning Your Yard Into A Less Attractive Habitat For Mosquitoes

So far summer 2012 has been extremely warm, causing many experts to speculate that mosquito populations will sky rocket. Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying and unwelcome backyard barbecue guests, they’re notorious vectors for diseases like malaria and West Nile Virus.

Bug sprays and tiki torches might be some of the most common ways to keep mosquitoes off your person, but there are ways you can reduce the number of mosquitoes calling your yard home in the first place. Here are a few tips for making your home’s surroundings a less attractive abode for these needle-nosed nuisances.

Search Out And Eliminate Standing Water

Mosquitoes breed near or in stagnant water, so eliminating these water sources is essential. Even a tablespoon worth of standing water is enough to provide mosquito larva with the nurturing environment they need.

  • If you collect rainwater, cover your rainwater barrel. Make sure it’s covered with a screen fine enough to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
  • Remove any standing rainwater that collects on objects in you yard. Check garbage cans, recycling bins, empty flower pots and any other item that naturally collects water. Waste like plastic bags and empty bottles or buckets collect rainwater and provide convenient spots for mosquitoes to breed too.
  • Remove all the water in your kiddie pool and store it on its side. Summer brings heat and if you have children, cooling off may include filling up a kiddie pool. While kiddie pools can be lots of fun they can also become a mosquito maternity ward if water is left stagnant in them for any period of time. The chlorinated water found in permanent above and in ground pools isn’t an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, but be sure to remove any excess rainwater collected by your pool cover.
  • If you have a bird bath, change out the water at least twice a week. The same goes for pets’ water dishes and livestock watering tanks.
  • If you have a pond on your property, aerate it. Keeping surface water in motion will make it an unsuitable environment for mosquito larvae.

Grow Mosquito Repellant Plants

Planting certain vegetation with mosquito repelling characteristics can be an effective and all natural way of limiting the number of mosquitoes on your property

  • Citronella

You’re probably familiar with the insect repelling qualities of citronella candles and the odor they produce. But growing the plant itself can be a more effective method of warding off mosquitoes because it gives off a stronger smell. Citronella grass can be grown directly in the ground in warm climates that do not experience frost. If you live in colder climates, grow the plant in a pot that can be brought inside during winter.

  • Catnip

Cats may go crazy for it but mosquitoes don’t share the same enthusiasm. Catnip may very well be the plant most repulsive to mosquitoes. A 2001 study performed by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture found catnip to be ten times more successful at warding off mosquitoes than DEET, the most common active ingredient in commercial insect repellants and a potentially harmful substance to humans at that. Catnip grows readily and easily in most parts of the United States.

Install Gutter Guards

Cleaning you gutters is a chore few if any people look forward too. Still, it’s an essential task for many reasons including reducing the mosquito population around your home.  In most cases, shallow puddles form in gutters when excess debris like leaves and twigs prevent rainwater from being effectively carried through the system and out the downspout.

Installing a micromesh gutter guard can help alleviate mosquito problems on two fronts. One, it prevents debris from accumulating in your gutters in the first place, cutting back on the number of cleanings you need to perform and the possibility of blockages occurring. Two, if shallow puddles should form in your gutters, an effective micromesh guard with a fine enough screen will prevent mosquitoes from accessing that water source to breed.

Peter Bruzzini is a home improvement, roofing and gutter expert who loves to share is helpful tips with homeowners on the Web.