Using 5S to Increase Performance in the Workplace

5S requires a top-down commitment from senior management to the operator level. Without this any 5S program is doomed from the outset. Also there needs to be an infrastructure such as QCDSM in place for sustainability and continuous improvement (time and resources, ideas scheme etc.) to ensure the programs meets your goals and expectations.

5S must be properly understood by everyone in the organization. It is not simply a clean up exercise and if it is portrayed that way then the program will only achieve the second “S” and will be considered a failure. It simply works only when management understands that 5S is fundamental to good performance rather than secondary to it. 5S only succeeds in environments where there is discipline and self regulation in place to ensure that performance standards are maintained and followed.

Standards need to be maintained through a simple daily auditing system of different areas, or zones, with a person or small team being responsible for each.

Even with all this in place, long term sustainability will only be possible if the system is continually measured and improved. The QCDSM program ensures this will happen on a daily basis. In addition to QCDSM, members of senior management must carry out periodic inspections of each target area. One common error by senior management is never being visible on the factory floor.

5S provides the foundation for improving performance through continuous improvement. It focuses on:

  • Increasing quality by removing waste from the workplace.
  • Provide reduction in operating costs by reducing non value added activities.
  • Improving delivery by by simplifying processes and removing obstacles
  • Improving safety through improved housekeeping and identification of hazards

Provide an environment where continuous improvement is embraced through workers problem solving and suggestions, thereby improving morale.

Simply put, 5S works best if the implementation of the program is based on the 5S Performance Improvement Formula:



  • P – Increase productivity.
  • Q – Improve product quality.
  • C – Reduce manufacturing costs.
  • D – Ensure on-time delivery.
  • S – Provide a safety working environment
  • M – Increase worker morale.

Making sure that everyone keeps up the daily 5S discipline is a management problem. It may be the responsibility of the 5S team leader, but it is also driven and supported by the auditing and tracking system that is used to measure conformance to the 5S process. The structure of the QCDSM process ensures a disciplined approach is carried out on every shift day in and day out.


You should be able to achieve substantial levels of performance improvement with a structured approach to carrying out day to day 5S activities.

  1. Measurement of performance can occur in many ways and at many levels such as overall factory performance and work team productivity. Overall plant performance is the most important from a competitive viewpoint but many other factors can influence this other than 5S. When employing a structured system like QCDSM, expect a typical increase of about 15%-50%
  2. An organization’s concern for safety can be a significant contributor to morale and pride.It can be measured with Lost Time Injury rates or other measures of safety performance. Up to 70% Reduction
  3. Cleaning out the junk will sometimes open significant space by itself. If an analysis and localized re-layout of departments is part of the 5S effort, there may be significant savings. However, such space savings must be consolidated into larger blocks of space to be useful. 5%-60% Reduction
  4. Absenteeism results from many causes but pride and morale are two of the more important. Improvements in absenteeism, if other factors remain constant, can be assumed as resulting from increased pride and morale. 20%-50% Reduction
  5. If 5S teams prepare before-and-after spaghetti diagrams, they can measure reductions in walking distance. There are, however, other motion savings at the micro level (reaching, bending, etc.) that are more difficult to measure directly. 20%-50%+ Reduction
  6. The rigor, discipline and analysis inherent in the QCDSM approach to 5S implementation can contribute to the development of the Continuous Improvement mindset. This occurs when constantly looking for and implementing improvement becomes a part of the job. One way to measure this is with the QCDSM Idea/Suggestion program. Expect the number of suggestions per employee is tracked and reported to management. Number of Suggestions 1500%+ Increase

If you wish to get more out of your performance improvement budget, reducing the amount that you spend and increase the likelihood that these investments will positively impact your company’s performance over time, use a structured system like QCDSM to manage and maintain your 5S program. Without a focused approach to 5S implementation like QCDSM, your improvement efforts will eventually die.

Source by Brice Alvord

Remodeling? Consider Termite Resistant Materials and Techniques

Termites are a serious problem throughout much of the U.S. In the Southeast, Hawaii and California, termite issues are severe. It would make a lot of sense to either build or remodel our houses in ways that prevent termites rather than wait until we have a termite problem and then work hard to eliminate the problem. This article will consider a number of techniques and materials that will help prevent termites from becoming a problem.

The first thing to understand is that termites need food and water to survive. If we can build or remodel our homes in ways that deny termites access to food and water, the threat will be dramatically reduced. While that sounds simple, the devil is in the details. The 3 basic steps in preventative construction are:

1) a good preventative design that includes an array of techniques,

2) use of termite-resistant building materials, and

3) installation of barriers to prevent access by termites.

Preventative design involves keeping the structure dry, controlling moisture in and around the structure and providing for easy termite inspection. Research shows that the majority of infestations begin with wood-to-ground contact. Good design will avoid wood-to-ground contact. The next thing is to avoid moisture problems. Moist wood is a termite magnet. Make sure the ground slopes away form the home. Reduce the humidity in crawlspaces. Design in access panels for high-threat areas such as where plumbing penetrates the structure.

Termite-resistant building materials are an important part of the termite prevention puzzle. Options include using steel framing rather than wood, using treated lumber or naturally resistant woods such as heartwood of cypress. A newer option is plastic or composite woods. These are made from either 100% recycled plastic or plastic mixed with wood fiber waste such as sawdust. Several grades are available. One way to improve the termite-resistance of existing wood is to paint or spray with a preventative borate solution. This is a great option if you will be replacing or installing new drywall so the studs are totally exposed. Borates penetrate the wood, do not break down over time and will last a very long time.

In the U.S., chemical barriers are widely used and quite effective. Physical barriers for subterranean termites consist of stainless steel mesh and sand or crushed stone. Formosan termites can get through cracks as small as 1.4 mm or.055 in wide. One proven solution is stainless steel mesh. This mesh is a bit expensive and its usefulness depends completely on proper installation. Another solution that can work in certain locations is crushed stone or sand. The particle size is critical. Particle size must be adjusted for the specific termite in the area. If there is more than one subterranean termite in the area, this solution will not work.

Physical barriers for drywood termites mean that the structure must be sealed completely. After the remodel is complete, use caulk and expanding foam to seal every little crack and crevice. Leaving just one little opening means the termites have access to your home. Eventually one of them will get in and start a colony.

The safest approach to termite remodeling is to employ all possible techniques and technologies. Reality however, imposes limits in terms of time and money. Go with the most effective methods and materials first. You want the most bang for your buck. Eliminate wood-to-ground contact. Slope the ground away from the structure. Add access panels. Spray a borate solution on exposed wood. Use termite resistant building materials. Seal the remodel project completely. And get a termite inspection once a year. Different states have different codes and different laws. Always consult construction and pest control professionals before implementing the ideas above.

Source by Russ Frank

How Does "Water" Affect Your Wealth Luck in Feng Shui?

Times are bad nowadays. Many are retrenched, while others are losing money in their investments. Since everyone is looking to have more money, I feel that this article has come at the right time. Feng Shui is related to health and wealth. In this article, I will share with you how you can use Feng Shui to improve your wealth luck. Even if you don’t make it big, you can still minimise your losses.

In Feng Shui, Water represents wealth or money. Whenever there is water surrounding a property, there is always wealth. Besides the fact that the rich people can afford waterfront properties, it is also due to the “water” which brings them their wealth luck.

From a Feng Shui point of view, it is very unfair for the poor as they have less choices when it comes to choosing their home. The rich can afford to live in places with good Feng Shui which brings them wealth luck while the poor have to stay in places where nothing much can be done about the Feng Shui.

A few years ago, a client staying on a landed property asked me to look at the Feng Shui of his house. After taking a look at the exterior, I told him that nothing much needs to be done as the Feng Shui is already optimised.

After some time, a friend recommended another client to me. This client was staying in a small apartment. After checking the directions and the apartment, I suggested that he move out. The door was directly in front of the lift, and the flat was at the end of a long corridor. Besides that, the directions were unfavorable for him.

He told me that it was impossible for him to move out as he was under a tight budget. I understood his position and gave him a list of things which he could improve. Unfortunately, the effect is minimal as the root cause is still present.

I need to explain here that I am not belittling people who stay in small apartments. It is just very difficult to change and optimise the Feng Shui of flats and apartments as everything is more or less “fixed”. This is why I said it was very unfair for the poor. However, don’t worry if you are staying in a place with poor Feng Shui and can’t move house. I will teach you later how you can “use” the Feng Shui of the rich to benefit yourself.

Let me move on…

There are 2 types of “Water” in Feng Shui. They are the “Real Water” and the “Virtual Water”. What is the difference between them?”Real Water” refers to swimming pools, streams, rivers, the sea, fountains or ponds. “Virtual Water” refers to roads, paths, walkways, lanes and alleys. It is not enough to just have “water” outside your house. Certain conditions have to be met before the “water” can work its magic in bringing you more wealth luck.

First condition, the “water” must be at the correct direction. From 1984 to 2003, it is the period of 7. The “water” must at the East for the occupants of the house to prosper. From 2004 to 2023, it is the period of 8. In this period, the “water” must be at the Southwest of the exterior of the house in order for the occupants to prosper.

Applying this information practically, if there is “water” at the Southwest direction, outside your house, you will prosper during this period, all the way till 2023. In this case, the “water” refers to both “virtual” and “real” water. This means that if there is a pond, river, stream, road, path, fountain or swimming pool at the Southwest of the exterior your house, you will prosper.

Next condition, the “water” must be S-shaped. When the “water” is S-shaped, it causes the energy to meander, thereby bringing wealth luck. If the “water” is straight, the energy travels in a straight line which signifies “easy come, easy go” in terms of wealth. The road, path, stream or river should be S-shaped instead of straight. For swimming pools and ponds, they should be kidney-shaped instead of being rectangular, squarish or triangular.

The last condition is that the “water” must be clear. This condition only applies to “Real Water”. You may be living near a big drain. If the water in the drain is murky and smelly, your wealth luck will be affected. This also applies to swimming pools and ponds. Do maintain them regularly if you can.

Clear and clean water also signifies good economy and a prospering nation. Look at Dubai and Japan, their “waters” are all very clear and clean. Before I end off, I promised to share something with you earlier on…

OK, so what can you do if you are staying at a place with poor Feng Shui and lack the means to move house?How can you “use” the rich peoples’ Feng Shui to benefit you?

Let me share with you a simple secret. Just take a walk around the areas where the rich stay. When you spend more time in those areas, the Feng Shui of those areas will start affecting you. You might want to be hang around those areas a few times per week. You can take a walk or jog around those areas. In time to come, you will prosper as well.

I hope you have enjoyed this article. I wish you all the best in creating your own wealth luck. May you prosper.

Source by Marco Chong

How Long Does it Take to Paint a Wood Window?

Well it’s all going to depend on the size and the design of the wood window, but you can plan on spending quite a bit of time, painting these intricate architectural items.

Let me give you an idea, I had to paint 7 wood windows, one time and these didn’t have any architectural details to them, they were simply plain old wood windows. The type of windows that were installed through out the 1950s and would need to be replaced or repaired, in the near future.

You’re going to find this hard to believe, but I used to paint the outside of the house, a small house, for $300, and a homeowner would supply me with the paint. I had to buy the rest of the materials, but I could paint the exterior of these small homes, in about a day and a half.

Except for the wood windows, this was a totally different story and I wouldn’t paint the wood windows each time I painted the house. I would often touch the windows up, but the amount of time that it would usually take me to paint these windows, was unbelievable.

Keep something in mind here, I could paint the entire house in about 12 hours, but it would take me about the same amount of time, just to paint the exterior of these windows and more than half of them wouldn’t open, because they were previously painted shut.

If the wood window has any sort of architectural detail, or any grids or divided lites, you could plan on spending quite a bit of time, painting each window. If you’ve never painted a wood window before, plan on spending at the least four to six hours, for window smaller than 3′ x 3′ and plan on spending at least eight to 12 hours, or more, for larger wood windows.

If you’re a contractor, who’s going to be bidding a job, you might want to contact a professional painter or at least get someone else’s opinion, before signing the contract.

If you’re a homeowner, and you hire a professional painter and they gives you a ridiculous bit, now you know why.

Source by Greg Vandenberge

How Much Does Mattress Cleaning Cost?

You will be spending a lot of time sleeping. At the very least, your direct exposure to your mattress can go for as long as 7 hours. That being said, you have to make sure that your mattress is clean all the time.

If you have pets at home, they are more likely to leave dirt and pet dander on your mattress, thereby increasing the chance for molds, bacteria and germs to appear. It is imperative that you find ways to get your mattress cleaned.

Cost of Hiring Professionals

Hiring professionals might be easier but it can be costly especially if you are dealing with pee stains or similar problems. They will have to disinfect the bed or treat it with anti allergen cleaning treatments.

The price of cleaning a small mattress, bunk bed or a cot is usually at $60. Single to double mattress usually has a price range of $70-$80. A queen size mattress costs around $90 and a king size bed at $100. We are talking about full mattress cleaning here. If you need only to have the top or the sides cleaned, you are looking in on spending more than $30.

Buying Your Own Cleaning Materials

Spending that much money on hiring professionals to clean your mattress can bust the bank. This is true especially when you have to periodically clean your bed. Cleaning the mattress doesn’t require that much time and effort so you might as well consider doing it yourself. Buy your own cleaning materials and spend some time during the weekends to clean your bed.

You will need a stain remover, an anti allergen spray or a disinfectant, brush or sponge, some towels and a hair dryer or an electric fan. Apply the stain remover on the affected areas and leave it there for a few hours or until the stains are completely gone. While waiting, you can do your other chores.

If the stains have loosened up, you can apply a bit of the stain remover again and brush it or use the sponge to get rid of the stain completely. Wipe it with an absorbent cloth and proceed with the anti allergen spray. Spray it liberally on the surface of the mattress. Let it dry completely. If you have a vacuum cleaner, use it to vacuum the surface of the bed. Let it dry using a hair dryer or an electric fan.

There are a lot of inexpensive stain removers out there. A bottle costs around $10. An anti allergen spray might cost about $20.

Source by Zach Smith

Sexy, Sassy, Confident Women Over 50 Are Pushing the Boundaries!

I love water sports! Since I did not learn how to swim until I was in my 30’s, I try to make up for lost time by being in or near the water as often as I can. A few years ago I learned how to water ski and jet ski in the Mediterranean Sea. Believe me, neither one was an easy task to master! After consuming half of the Mediterranean Sea while falling, I became hooked on these water sports; so, I am always on the lookout for a place close to home to test my skills. Last weekend I was invited to the perfect place to do this, Arizona, and I’m glad to report that I still have it! Having said that, I made the mistake of telling my parents about this trip and wouldn’t you know it.. they tried every way possible to persuade me to change my plans. “Why?”, you may ask. They think it’s not safe and that someone my age shouldn’t be participating in such activities. Women my age… what does that even mean? Is there an expiration date on certain activities? Is there a rule book that lists all the “do”‘s and “don’t”s after 50 that I am not aware of? Well, being the stubborn and rebellious daughter I am, I did it anyway. But I made sure to call them afterwards to put their mind at ease.

This situation with my parents inspired me to further explore the over 50 concept. We all know that beneath the label of mother, wife, businesswoman, sister or daughter is a dynamic woman with passion and power who can fulfill her potential in life, realize her every dream and make a difference. An empowered woman enhances not only her life, but the lives of her children, family and community. It’s time to bring forth the most important label of all… WOMAN! I plan to achieve this by working on a fun project that will inspire other women over 50 to come and share their stories. A project that will make a difference in the lives of women at risk. I am celebrating fabulous and divine women who are 50 or older and are actually living and loving life, in hopes that it will encourage other women to do the same. I am constantly meeting inspirational and empowering women who are pushing the boundaries and I salute them. Sometimes all it takes is hearing another person’s experience to motivate us to jump-start our own lives.

Passion? Desire? Let’s continue showing others how fulfilling life is when they embody these powerful words! Who knows? Maybe your story will ignite someone else’s passions and inspire them to live the life they’ve always dreamed.

Source by Silva Mirzoian

Are You Hearing Running Crying Chewing Noises in Your Attic? You Could Have a Raccoon in Your Attic

If you are hearing noises in your attic such as running, crying and or growling you could have a raccoon or raccoons with babies in your attic or soffet area. If you do have raccoons in your home you will know it, they will drive you nuts! It is baby season for raccoons. There are humane ways remove Raccoons and their babies from your home.

First, let’s address the age old question.” How do I know if I have a raccoon problem?” There are many telltale signs to knowing that you have a raccoon in your home.

  • You know the sound your dog makes when it scampers across your hardwood floors? Well put that noise above your head in your bedroom and that’s the sound a grown raccoon makes when he’s running through your attic. Now the problem is,is that you only start hearing that noise when the raccoon or raccoons have been there for a while and have stomped your insulation down enough that they are now walking on your rafters.
  • Especially this time of year you will hear what sounds like a dog fight going on up there. This is because when the female raccoon is getting ready to have her young she kicks the male out. The reason being that the male has absolutely no attachment to the babies and will eat them. Some new females have been known to do the same. On the whole, female raccoons are very good moms and will do anything to protect their young. Anyway once the fight is over don’t think they are gone he is she’s not. She might go out for one more feed before she stays in for almost a week. In that time you could hear panting or moaning in the first night after that she will stay in nurse and keep them warm and safe as the male might still be lurking around she will clean the kitts (babies) and eat the placenta. One for nourishment, two as too not draw her male or any others to the blood and her babies. After a week of no water and crying babies she’s had enough. She’ll leave and you’ll hear her leave as she doesn’t care if you hear her any more. Like any woman after having a baby she needs a break and a drink. Problem being that till now YOU haven’t heard the babies crying. NOW YOU WILL AND THEY WON’T STOP TILL SHE COMES BACK AND NURSES THEM!!!!!! Believe me she takes her time coming back. Then she will leave them for a few hours every night while she goes hunting for food and they will cry the entire time. The other problem being that she usually picks the quietest part of your home to have them which is above your bedroom. So when she goes out you’ll stay up.
  • You will see the male sitting on your roof or back porch just hanging around he is looking for a new place to live as he has lost his usefulness. He doesn’t like to work very hard. He’ll look to your shed, deck or neighbour’s house as a place to go.
  • Where the female raccoons are sneaky and usually have more than one hole, one you can see and one or two escape holes. The male will simply go on your roof and rip your roof vent off and walk in.
  • A raccoon’s favorite entry area is where the roof and the soffet meet. All they have to do is push on the siding and they are in. They then use it like a door.
  • Raccoons will also be found in chimneys, especially in the older houses. This is because in the older houses they ruffed in fireplaces on each floor to let the main fireplace heat the rest of the home. This is the perfect apartment for a female raccoon. It’s a nice warm cubby-hole that is really hard for us to get at. That is until the babies start moving around. Then they all end up sitting on the flu. If you have noticed a dirty cat fishing smell in your fireplace area that’s why. DON’T START A FIRE AND THINK THAT, THAT IS GOING TO SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM! All that will do is make momma mad she will get as many of the babies up to the cubby space as she can and you won’t get her out. All you will have accomplished is smoking out your entire house with that wonderful dirty cat fishy smell. Your wife will end up kicking you out.

Trapping takes that raccoon away but doesn’t prevent other raccoons from moving in. The reason that fact is SO important is that female raccoons are very clean. They have their babies above your bedroom and they will do their business above your bathroom. That’s why when you turn on your bathroom fan you might also smell dirty fishy cat. When she is looking for a male she will do her business on the roof. She will draw any males that are near. Problem being that, that sent never goes away unless disinfected properly. So you can live trap all you want but it isn’t going to solve your problem in the long run. If you have known anyone that has had a raccoon problem and thought they solved it themselves by buying a trap. They’ll say “Yah trapped a couple of raccoons last year now I got them back again.”. They don’t have the same raccoons back. What they have are the males come looking for the females, or the babies that were born there coming to have their own babies.

Second question “How do I get rid of the Raccoons in my attic? The best most effective way to remove raccoons from your attic is the following:

  • Make a one-way-door to fit the main hole of the raccoons layer. Use Plexiglas so that the raccoon can see out and will go out. Once she is out the heavy duty spring on the door will slam the door shut. Due to the way the door is made the raccoon won’t be able to open it to get back in.
  • Properly seal up any other holes and or areas that she might get back in through.
  • Cap your vents and chimneys. Which means secure your vents including plumbing stacks at the base with heavy gauge mesh that they can’t penetrate but still allows the vents and chimney to work properly.
  • Once momma’s out go into the attic and find the babies if there are any. There are usually anywhere from 2 to 6. Then place them and their nest of insulation outside where she can take them to their new home. This all has to be done right. Don’t think that by reading this you can follow these instructions and do it yourself. Well you can but you will end up calling me to fix the job! If you don’t do it right she could get spooked and move the babies. The babies could fall down into the wall. You will then have at best three days to find those babies before they die in your walls. Then you want to see an angry animal watch out. Momma will rip the siding right off the side of your house to get at them!
  • Once the raccoon and her babies are out you will access the damage that your unwanted tenants have caused. Problem being while the female is very clean. The male and babies aren’t. When momma goes out the babies will chew on whatever is available,wiring, rafters. They teethe just like real babies. They also poop like real babies, everywhere. So we check to make sure that your wiring is intact. That there is no structural damage and that the insulation hasn’t been to badly stomped.
  • If everything checks out you will disinfect the attic area to remove the female scent and odour. So that you won’t have any other visitors.
  • If insulation is damaged it will need to be removed, disinfected and replaced with blown in R75 insulation. The raccoons don’t like it. You will when you get your next heating bill.

I can’t stress enough to leave the entire process to the professionals. It isn’t as easy as it sounds and your always run the risk of another raccoon hiding in the rafters. Females will nest together. This will give you a guideline as to what a professional should do. So that you can make an informed discussion when hiring an Animal Removal Company to help you with your problem.

Source by Christine Grey

Curtain Ideas – How to Make Curtains the Easy Way

You’re looking for curtain ideas to give you some inspiration. So how can you get fantastic looking modern curtains made to fit your windows for just a few dollars.

1. You know your room needs redecorating and bringing up to date.

2. You have windows that are the wrong size for ready made curtains.

3. Or you simply can’t find the right color or design.

So you keep putting it off because it’s going to cost big money to get them custom made.

Well it doesn’t have to break the bank to turn your curtain ideas into reality. So what kind of window treatments am I talking about that are made to measure and don’t cost a fortune. Well they are called “Wave curtains” because they hang into pleats that fold in to a wave shape.

They are a really modern and contemporary style but can fit in most homes depending on the fabric they are made from. The beauty of this style of curtains is,

1. The look obviously.

2. The way they fall naturally into their special “wave pleats” when they are either open or closed. No more time dressing your curtains every time you move them.

So your probably thinking how do you get them for so little. The answer is simple “You make them yourself”.

This is the point your finger heads for the back button, well stop right there.

Don’t panic, you don’t need to sew or even know a thing about curtains. It’s so simple anyone can do this (even a grown man like me). How do I know, have I read about it somewhere and decided to share it with you.

No I have been there done it and have the evidence hanging in my own home. I have also written up full simple step by step instructions with photos. So you can repeat it yourself with no big expenses. Most people have the tools they need to make these around their homes already. If you need anything it won’t cost you much, or you can borrow it from family or neighbors.

The only things you will need are the fabric to make your “wave curtains” and the stuff to create the header and seams.

So your asking how do you make curtains like this. Well the first step is:

1. Side seams and hem are created using fusible web tape. The stuff you use to re-hem a skirt or trousers. You fix this with a domestic steam iron, the kind we all have at home. Believe me if you apply this tape properly it sticks rock solid. You will find it very difficult to pull the fabrics apart.

2. The header that creates the wave effect on the top of your curtains is created using fusible 5 or 6 inch wide buckram. This stuff again is fixed in place using a steam iron. Again it sticks really well.

3. Finally you will need pin hooks to hang this style of curtain. These hooks pierce the fabric and buckram allowing you to put them exactly where they are needed.

That in a nutshell is how it all works. They are super easy and can be made to fit any size window. So have a go yourself and turn these curtain ideas in a reality.

Source by Lee Stevens

Replacing Thermofoil Cabinet Doors

I am a professional cabinet maker. For the past eight years I have carved a niche in the area of repairs and alterations to kitchens and baths. Among the many request for repairs which I receive, replacing thermofoil cabinet doors is high on the list. First let me say that there are two other popular terms used to describe this style of door, MDF and vinyl wrap. There are usually two types of damage that are the most common with this type of door. The vinyl peels away from the board due to excessive heat or the plastic coating begins to loosen because the manufacture didn’t get enough glue on the surfaces of the board when the doors were being made. In both of these cases, the doors are usually beyond repair and must be replaced. Here’s the problem though, many customers have no idea where the actual doors came from. There are literally hundreds of MDF door manufacturing companies scattered throughout the United States and Canada. So, here’s what I do to get around this minor set back. Most of the time if I remove a vinyl wrapped drawer front from the drawer and look on the back side of it, there’s a sticker on it. This label will have the companies name, date of production, door style and color codes on it. Once we have this information we then contact the company to find out if the doors are still under warranty. Some MDF manufactures offer a five year guarantee against discoloration and de-lamination. Please note, heat damaged doors will not be covered with the guarantee. The next step is to request a catalog and color samples. Once these materials arrive we are then able to identify the door style, match the color and order the replacement parts.

Tips for protecting your thermofoil doors against heat damage:

1) Remove the drawers and doors that are next to your oven when you are using the self cleaning feature. When cleaning is in process there is a small amount of extreme heat that escapes through the edges of the oven door. This will melt the plastic and cause it to shrink and curl.

2) Avoid placing deep fryers directly underneath of the upper cabinet doors. Here again the heat will affect the edges.

3) Either pull or push toaster ovens away from the door edges so that the rising heat does not cause any damage to the doors.

A few words about the warranty coverage on thermofoil cabinet doors.

It’s important to know that even though your doors may be replaceable at no cost from the manufacture, you will still have to pay a professional cabinet man to make the exchange. Just as an example, if your cabinet man charges $50 per hour from start to finish the cost of 21′ of uppers and 21′ of base cabinets should cost around five to six hundred dollars. The company who originally made the doors should cover all of the shipping costs. So if the cabinet man says you will have to pay for having the doors shipped, I suggest calling the company directly and finding out for yourself.

Hire A Professional

Replacing thermofoil doors should be done by a professional. So, “don’t try this at home.” If you hire someone to do the work for you, it will save you a lot of time and aggravation in the end. Professional cabinet men have special drilling machines and templates that allow them to produce excellent results when they are replacing MDF doors.

Source by Jordy Christo

Ways to Get Rid of a House That Won’t Sell

Checklist is complete with what needs to be done with the house. You’ve clean and declutter, fixed what’s broken, and even hired the services of a professional stager just to make your house more appealing to a wider range of buyers.

To increase chances of being noticed by potential buyers, you even removed emblems and other signs of affiliation. You also agreed with your agent to have your pets be no-show when buyers want to see the house.

But despite these efforts, your house still stays in the seller’s market for some time. Some house just few blocks from yours have already sold in just a few days or a week.You start wondering and contemplating of the probable problems.

Well, it could be high time for you to check the tag you’ve labeled your house with. According to real estate reports, buyers are still considering price tags to fit their budgets first before considering other factors such as needs, functions, and appearance of the house.

Put in mind that a house is a commodity too. Like other goods which we buy from day-to-day, the price tag matters a lot. We are buying goods because we believe their prices are right. It will be the same principle that applies to houses in the seller’s market. If you were the buyer, would you go after a house that has a high price tag than what your budget can afford? Certainly not.

Tap the services of your local real estate agent to help you analyze on the price you should put on your house. Start by analyzing the homes of similar features that sold from within your neighborhood for at least a year ago.

Browse the pictures of those houses. The listings will have the asking prices and the real selling prices. You can also have a glimpse of how many days those homes stayed on the seller’s market before a buyer had closed deals with their sellers.

Selling a house is a goal that requires patience too. Remember that buyers will have different needs and different stretches in their budgets too. For this, they will be selective on the various homes that are on the seller’s market. If you think you’ve already exhausted your ways on improving the internal and external appearances of the house, review of the price. It could be the one last key to unlock and have your house sold!

Source by Desare A Kohn-Laski