6 Tips For An Affordable Home Renovation

Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever have. And just like any investment it is important that you take care of your house by doing the necessary repairs, regular maintenance and most of all keeping the house design up to date. By doing so, the value of your home will significantly increase. However, due to today’s economic problems, a home renovation project may not be on top of your to-do list at this time.

But what if I tell you that there are ways on how you can save a lot of money on home remodeling? Yes, you can remodel your home at a price you can afford. All you need to do is strategically plan your materials, design and timing for your home remodelling project. You will see that it is actually not so hard to cut costs without compromising the quality of the project. Here are some tips on how to remodel your home without blowing up your budget.

1. Efficiency matters, not size. Reorganizing your home, bathroom or kitchen for maximum utility doesn’t necessarily require building or creating more space. You can do this by using shelves with concealed cabinets or pullout drawers. This can be very useful especially in the kitchen, where careful planning to get additional space pays off by not needing to extend the cabinetry into the other rooms.

2. Let there be light. You can let in more natural light into your house without building additional windows and doors. Before smashing your walls for more windows or bifold doors, why not think of less expensive and less invasive ways of having more light. For example, you can make a windowless hallway brighter by installing a solar tube skylight which could be more affordable than putting up a new window.

3. Do-it-yourself demolition. If you are planning to start a home renovation project on a tight budget, you can begin by being your own demolition team. Even though knocking down a part of your home may not be as expensive as rebuilding it, you can still save a few dollars by doing some of the demolition work yourself. Just be careful and take extra precautions. Don’t forget to salvage reusable building and slightly used fixtures. If you have more time to spare, you can also try some of the finishing work yourself such as painting, sanding, installing the insulation and rubbish removal.

4. Consider long-term expenses. Purchasing pre-finished materials may be costly upfront but it allows you to save cash on extensive paint or finishing jobs. For example, you can get primed and painted weatherboard, skirting, decking boards and even prefabricated wall finishes. These items usually cost more upfront but they will also help you save some valuable time and money by preventing costly paint jobs.

5. It’s all about the timing. Renovation jobs can be costly especially if you’re doing it on peak season. Contractors usually double their charges if they are highly in-demand. So, you might want to create a timetable on when to efficiently start your renovation project. This way, you will have more bargaining power with the contractor and it is likely that you will get a fair deal for your remodelling project. It is also important to get price quotes from more than one contractor.

6. Go out and buy your own remodeling materials. Remodeling materials are normally expensive. Furthermore, there are some contractors who add a little price commission on the building materials that they buy in your behalf, thus, making the process even more expensive. This is why it would be better if you buy them yourself instead of handing over that task to the contractor to make sure that you are getting exactly what you are paying for. This also allows you to monitor every penny you shell out on your renovation project.



Source by Chiqui Pangan

Various Types of Security Systems, Products and Gadgets

It is human tendency to ignore unpleasant circumstances until they happen! Security takes low priority among other things, when it should be treated as the most important and the foremost thing. No matter how secure your country, state or neighborhood maybe, security should precede all other facilities. Whether you are looking at a residential, commercial or office area, the prime feature to look out for are its security systems. After all, you invest your hard-earned money to make your place as per your choice. So you should invest some more to prevent it from unprecedented acts.

The early ages of mankind saw traditional methods of patrolling and bow-arrow. With the advent of new technology security has taken a new, more sophisticated form. You get various security gadgets to prevent unauthorized access to personal property. Some of the high-end security products are:-

* Burglar Alarm System – Burglar alarm systems are designed to detect unauthorized access in a confined area. These consist of an array of sensors, a control panel and alerting system, and interconnections. The sensors are capable of detecting unauthorized access by various methods like monitoring door and window contacts, by passive infrared motion detectors, ultrasound, vibration, electric or magnetic fields, or microwaves. These alarm systems can be used for various purposes like fire protection, intrusion protection and many more.

* Vehicle Security Systems – Vehicle security systems are designed specifically for the security of your vehicle. These typically include GPS trackers, rear view cameras, car alarms that raise a high volume sound if any unauthorized access is attempted.

* CCTV Camera – Closed circuit television cameras are used to transmit a signal to a specific place on a limited set of monitors. These are typically used for surveillance activities in public places, industries, offices and highly secured zones.

* Digital Safe Lockers – These are the upgraded forms of traditional lock and key lockers. These gadgets are more reliable as they work on keypad number entry combination locks.

* Door Locks

* Electronic Key Tags – A famous form of Electronic key tags is RFID tags. Most of the asset tracking, logistic industry and payment systems use RFID to make their operations smoother.

* Electronic Security Systems

* Fire Alarm System – Fire alarm systems are designed to detect fire caused accidentally. These devices raise an alarm the moment fire breaks out. These have heat detectors, smoke detectors, flame detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

* Glass Break Detector – A glass break detector is a sensor used in electronic burglar alarms that detects if glass is shattered or broken. These sensors are commonly used near glass doors or glass store-front windows to detect if an intruder broke the glass and entered. Glass break detectors use a microphone which monitors any exceeding noise or vibration coming from the glass. A detector circuitry detects a certain set threshold and raises an alarm.

* GPS Tracking System – A GPS tracking system uses Global Positioning System to find the precise location of living/non living entity.

* Home Security Systems – Most home security systems consist of door and window sensors, motion sensors and a central keypad controller. These systems take care of your home even while you are away from home.

* IP Camera – Internet Protocol Cameras are installed for surveillance purposes. These devices can send and receive data via a computer network. They are broadly classified into Centralized and Decentralized IP cameras.

* Metal Detectors – These are commonly used to detect the presence of hidden metal. Metal detectors work on the principle of magnetic field. It consists of an oscillator producing an alternating current that passes through a coil producing an alternating magnetic field. If a piece of electrically conductive metal is close to the coil, eddy currents will be induced in the metal, and this produces an alternating magnetic field of its own. If another coil is used to measure the magnetic field the change in the magnetic field due to the metallic object can be detected.

* Motion Sensor Detector – Motion detectors are used to monitor movements. IT raises an alarm the moment it captures a moving object.

* Security Camera

* Smoke Detector – It is used as an indicator of fire. It detects smoke in commercial, residential and industrial areas. These devices use optical detection and physical process for sensitive smoke detection.

* Surveillance Systems – These are a collection of security devices that are collectively used for surveillance purposes.

* Video Door Phone

The above is a small list of security products available in the market to give you protection against unforeseen circumstances. Find the best manufacturers, suppliers and dealers in your city. Invest wisely and stay protected!



Source by Shreshth Jha

A New Earth, Oprah & Eckhart Tolle Quote Jesus – "Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit"

Eckhart Tolle author of A New Earth reviewed chapter 2 online with Oprah quoting Jesus who said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs will be the kingdom of heaven.”

Tolle and Oprah discussed the illusion of ownership, identification, awakening, facilitating an inner shift, and personal transformation. All powerful truths and concepts worthy of our time and attention.

Oprah said: “You talk about the illusion of ownership on page 42. You say “The ego tends to equate having with being and lives through comparison. And you use a quote from the Bible that Jesus said. …What does poor in spirit mean?”

Tolle replied: “No inner baggage, no identifications.”

Oprah thoughtfully still pondering on the matter inquisitively inquired further, “I never knew that’s what poor in spirit means. How did you come to that interpretation of what poor in spirit means?”

Tolle pulled from his personal spiritual journey and elaborated saying, “There was a time after I went through this inner shift. It must have been three years later, I was visiting my mother and she had a New Testament on her shelf. I picked it up and started reading. I could suddenly see the truths that were hiding there and that in many cases, the conventional interpretation was a superficial one of what Jesus had said. And that was one of the things I immediately saw when He said ‘poor in spirit’. I realized its to do with not carrying stuff inside so that your spirit is very light. It has no burden. He was talking about awakening and living in that free state of consciousness. Wonderful to suddenly be able to read it and suddenly it all makes sense, which before it hadn’t made sense.”

I agree with Tolle that spiritually we must be “ready” and at a time in our life’s journey when we are open to truth and divine revelation. Indeed such divine intervention and encounters can occur whether we are ready or not, after which our hearts surprisingly are suddenly and amazingly opened. For Tolle he was in a state of spiritual pursuit and hungering for divine insight, inquisitively pursuing the mysteries of life.

Assuredly religious and traditional interpretations can sadly many times miss the mark of what Jesus intended to impart by way of truth and revelation. Tolle accurately alluded to this calling some “conventional interpretation” to be “superficial”.

Jesus Himself said to the Pharisees, who to many were excessively religious and rigid, “You make the Word of God of none effect through your tradition, which you have delivered: and many such things do you” (Mark 7:13). Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for removing the power from the Word of God by burdening the people with lofty traditions to adhere to, which disconnected them from the joyous experience of worshipping and serving the living God.

At one point Jesus got so mad and frustrated with the Pharisees, He sternly told them, “Your father is the devil” (John 8:44). “He that is of God hears God’s Words: you therefore hear them not, because you are not of God” (8:47).

The scribes and Pharisees often tried to entangle Jesus in religious debates, wherein they sought to enforce their traditions. Jesus did not hesitate to confront them saying, “Why do you transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” (Matthew 15:3) “This people draws near unto Me with their mouth, and honors Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching the doctrines and commandments of men” (15:8-9).

Often sadly religious teachings are nothing more than traditions and commandments of men, void of the love and life of God. Yet unsuspecting people who don’t take time to read the Bible for themselves are easily seduced and swayed by such self-righteous Pharisees. Clothed in the trappings of religiosity many teachers and venerated dignitaries are engulfed in adhering to traditional ceremony, being more enamored with form than the living God.

Having identified with their religious ideology, affiliation, and tradition they have thereby prevented themselves from wholeheartedly and freely drawing near unto God. Any form or spiritual occurrence that does match their tradition or experience, they demonize and reject. Yet in so doing it is their very own souls they are forsaking as they build for themselves a memorial to the deadness of their own religious tradition.

God however would have humanity to “be established in the present truth” and forever progressing spiritually going from glory to glory (see 2 Peter 1:12).

Most denominations however prefer to build a traditional monument to their founder rather than to Christ the ultimate head of the church and author of life. In so doing they replace Christ as the head and builder of His church universal, deify themselves in exclusivity, alienate spiritual seekers in their community, and cease to look unto the “author and finisher of their faith” preferring form over substance.

Jesus however is the head of the church (Ephesians 5:23)and author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2); without which our faith is shipwreck and divine influence severed as we seek to exalt ourselves religiously.

Christ alone can and will build His church (Matthew 16:18); by the pattern, protocol, and power of His Spirit, not the leading of a man-made denomination. Whenever a man, ministry, church, or denomination seeks to govern and guide a move of God; rest assured God Himself will leave them. God will never go where He is not acknowledged, neither needed.

Individually I have experienced religion that is cold as ice and not nice. Occasionally I have thought to network and link up with larger religious organizations thinking that collectively together we could have a greater impact. Upon calling some of these “established” organizations however, I have found their secretaries and bureaucracies to be cold and alienating.

One instance in particular, I phoned a very large worldwide ministry based out of Orlando to make an inquiry. Instead of being greeted warmly, I was asked abruptly, “Who are you with?” Sensing the interrogator tone on the other end, I humorously replied, “J E S U S” spelling out each letter by name.

The secretary was no amused or phased in the least and sternly held to her organizational hierarchal disposition, asking the same question again being entirely disinterested in me as a person preferring to label me as an organization.

Thankfully Jesus and the Holy Spirit are bigger and beyond religious labels and forms. Jesus walked through walls and walked on water. The Holy Spirit showed up and moved in numerous forms – like a gentle dove and as wind and fire. God always shocks and surpasses your theology, often violating it entirely.

Hence there is always division when spirituality and religion collide. The “established” religion of the day always feels threatened when spirituality comes with a new awakening for humanity. The initial response therefore is usually to demonize and belittle the new revelation, instead of investigate and examine it further.

This is the knee jerk tendency or proud religiosity, which is entirely self-centered and fixated with me. What’s in it for me? How does it effect “my church”, “my offerings”, “my doctrine”, “my understanding”, “my interpretation”, etc. The ironic and self-righteous tendency however is to go beyond the “my” and “I” with which religion often does what it wants, interprets as it wants; but in the process puts God’s name on it in an attempt to validate and give itself credibility.

This is why when Jesus came His greatest opposition and enemies were from the religious circles. Sinners, prostitutes, conniving businessmen, and foul talking fishermen all loved and liked Jesus. It was the religious crowd full of manipulation and spiritual subtlety that Jesus couldn’t stand and abruptly opposed, immediately exposing their own insecurity.

Had the religious been genuinely spiritual, they would have sat and listened to Jesus to see if what He was saying was true and of spiritual benefit to them. Instead they quantified everything in monetary and self-effacing terms, preferring to protect what was theirs instead of embracing what was coming from God Himself.

Religion sells God, but is void of God’s divine life. Religion is subtly about projecting self-righteous attitudes, instilling fear in followers, enhancing one’s shallow ego with self-exaltation, building its denomination, protecting its affiliation, and disseminating its own ideological persuasion.

I was utterly shocked when I lived in Brooklyn Heights, where the Jehovah Witness kingdom halls are headquartered. I often talked to and discussed spiritual matters with “the witnesses” on Montague Street. When I questioned them about Jesus’ exhortation to take care of the poor from Matthew chapter 25, they said, “We don’t do that. God will take care of the poor. We just preach the Word.”

I in turn questioned the validity of the “Word” they preach, it being a New World translation. I then mentioned “to him who knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). “But he who has this world’s goods, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how can the love of God dwell in him?” (1 John 3:17).

It was then the “witnesses” were silenced and walked away in shame. Certainly I myself have often been without and perhaps with a bit but neglected those suffering around me. Nevertheless I don’t embrace creating a religious doctrine that alienates the poor and suffering, which relinquishes the divine and greatest commandment to love and lift a hurting humanity.

“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it” (Proverbs 3:27).

Such man-made doctrines are often legalistic and demonic. The apostle Paul mentioned the doctrine advocated by the Vatican which forbids priests to marry and betroth a wife. “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils; speaking lies and hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth” (1 Timothy 4:1-3).

Jesus is about love, life, and spiritual enjoyment. Religion and the devil are about enslavement, control, and death. Throughout the early church era as evidenced throughout the book of Acts, whenever the religious council and establishment could not control the apostles, they sought to threaten, beat, imprison, and eventually kill them.

Jesus said it well, “The thief [speaking of the devil and religion] comes to steal, kill, and to destroy: but I have come that you might have life, and life more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Religion deeply entrenched in itself and its own preservation doesn’t mind if its interpretation is entirely useless, outdated, or utterly dead. As long as it exalts someone’s head, they will fight to the bitter end to preserve it. Because for them forms are more important than joyfully and spiritually experience life.

Hence when discarding one’s own inner baggage and identifications, the first place we often must begin is with religiosity and the way we often erroneously relate to our own loving Creator. Remember God will not allow anyone, including a self-righteous denomination, put Him in a box. God is bigger than your ideological, religious, and mental box.

Therefore when cultivating poverty in spirit to attain the riches of heaven, begin by stripping yourself of dead religion and mean, manipulative associations.

Upon discovering your dependence first and foremost on God alone, thereafter you can embrace others in the family of faith and find for yourself a spiritual home.

Concerning remaining poor in spirit, we do well to remember the words of the apostle Paul who said he was both “full” and yet “hungry” (Philippians 4:12). The British revivalist Smith Wigglesworth who raised several people from the dead and ministered healing to countless sick folks said he was content with his own discontentment.

David a man after God’s own heart, though being king and possessing innumerable things, cried: “As the deer panteth for the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, oh God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night” (Psalm 42:1-3).

“Now also when I am old and gray headed, Oh God, forsake me not; until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come” (Psalm 71:18).

Like Tolle shift inwardly, connect spiritually, and live miraculously.



Source by Paul Davis

Feng Shui in the Garden

Having had a garden design business for many years, one of the most important things we adhered to was installing good healthy plants. Plants in poor growth, or even worse dead plants or trees are detrimental for prosperity. Bad company image. So you can imagine that we had a healthy, and thriving business as a result. When the Feng Shui of ones garden is correct it creates auspicious good fortune and attracts happy Chi into your home and your life.

Feng Shui and Gratitude.

First and foremost, we need to take stock of the many blessings we have in our lives; our families, our relationships, our work, our health, our friends and children, along with any other attributes we can focus on such as our skills, our caring and compassion, our appreciation for nature in fresh flowers for example etc. etc. It’s a good idea to make a list of these and refer to them often. As we think of them, make additions to them as we think of more. It builds an incredible picture of how lucky we already are.

Make daily affirmations.

Here are two simple examples. One works, whilst the other one leaves us lacking

For prosperity in the garden, try this “I am blessed to be surrounded with a constant flow of abundance and prosperity in my life”

Rather than “This garden will make me rich. I’ll have loads of money from it”

The reason the former works and the latter does not is because the future is never here. It keeps prosperity out of reach and not attainable today. The former focuses on the now.

Prosperity in money, friendship, love, health, family, knowledge, happiness, peace and spiritual wealth are all intertwined, so give lots and receive even more. Display this kind of energy, practice these, carry them out in your daily activities and prosperity will be banging the door down.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls represent wealth. More auspicious when flowing towards the house. Not only does the user benefit more from the visual impact of the waterfall flowing in this direction, but it can signify loss, and lost opportunity if it flows away from the house.

A waterfall which is too fast moving, or energetic mirrors rushing, flowing Chi which also indicates fast paced spending habits, and money going out. Oftentimes prosperity comes with conserving spending habits. Waterfalls need to be balanced in many respects. Choose a design which adds a meandering, gently moving stream. Water gently cascading over natural rocks and stones achieves a much more desirable effect. As with all the elements involved, the key is to have them proportioned properly, balanced nicely thus avoiding any imbalances.

Most suitable locations include placing waterfalls off the porch or deck (Wealth) and near, beside or within view of the Kitchen (prosperity). Even better, have it within some wildflower patch, as the flowers will energise the prosperity of a business. Red flowers, and red structures, red flowering shrubs, red leaved trees examples…Japanese maples, Holly berries, red Azelas, red Ponisettias. Red correlates with wealth, fame and reputation.

Feng Shui…Entrances and Prosperity

First point here is to work with the conditions we have. There is no point in trying to move a door, re-route a drive way, or to make any drastic changes. People living in communities need to bear in mind whatever restrictions the home owner’s association have in place. People can make very simple, inexpensive and effective changes.

Here are a few suggestions which people can adopt without too much effort, and hopefully with little interference from the association. Place an ornamental dragon (not necessarily a red one) for the best auspicious Chi at the entrance. These are sure to bring good luck, joy, wealth, abundance, good energy and prosperity.

Close to the entrance consider the colour red. Red for wealth. One can plant red Flowering Shrubs such as;

• Hibiscus. A favourite and relentless flowerer. Easy care. Let it grow naturally.

• Red flower carpet roses (Rosa flower carpet a wonderful plant. I give it marks 10 from 10. Pest and disease resistant variety, low in height and very tolerant of many conditions even neglect, absolute masses of crimson red flowers, and incredible abundance with lengthy flowering periods),

• Red Azelas, Red flowering annuals

• Ruscus aculeatus (Butcher’s Broom) for a great display of red berries in fall

• Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Valued for its brilliant flowers

• Ixora sp. Var. Lauritzen, a fantastic red flowering shrub

• Euphorbia pulcherrima (Poinstettia). Much significance of joy and wealth.

• Ixora “Petite” (Dwarf hybrid Ixora)

Perennials

• Canna X generalis (Red garden Canna)

• Etlingera elatior (Torch Ginger)

• Heliconia. Many suitable Heliconias incl. H. rostrata (Lobster Claw), H. Stricta, H. •Caribaea (Caribbean Heloconia)

Climbers

• Red Bougainvillea, a wonderful plant which can grow easily in a splendid, graceful arch above garage doors, creating a dramatic, Mediterranean feel whilst bringing great auspicious Chi and wealth to the dwellers within the home.

• Passiflora coccinea (Red Passion Flower) Another terrific opportunity to grow a beautiful red flowering climber. This one has not only good Feng Shui for prosperity but has important religious connotations also. Either way, it’s a great plant.

Trees

• Delonix regia (Royal red Poinciana) If space permits, this is a must have. What a lovely tree, even when not flowering.

Above are a few short examples introducing a fabulous opportunity to plant something red, and welcome prosperity into one’s life.

Try a red structure. A chair or bench perhaps. Even better, a red bench with arbour above to plant your favourite flowers. Consider a red framed mirror. The mirror will accentuate the area, and make it look more open and spacious, bright and inviting. Try draping a piece of red silk, artfully displayed. Get three old Chinese coins, tie them with red silk or red thread and place them beneath a stone near the entryway. These additions are really simple, but will bring great prosperity, auspicious Chi and abundance.

Water

I enjoy the challenge even more when space is restricted. These are among my favourite situations to make great change with astounding impact. Small, tight and confined spaces result in a much more intimate setting. In small spaces we are closer to everything. Closer to all the elements. Sound, fragrance, the visual aspect and textures are all magnified. We feel very secure, protected, calm and safe. I love designing entryways, courtyard spaces and urban style gardens. I let my imagination do the work, and always seem to come up with a more than satisfying result. Obviously it’s perfectly functional, but people tend to focus on the aesthetic outcome, and don’t even pay attention to the fact that “it works” When space is restricted, we can employ the vertical element. Use the walls to plant flowers on a trellis or climbing frame. Use the walls to secure wonderfully abundant hanging baskets. Think of a hanging basket as a miniature suspended garden full of flowering plants. It has all the components of a garden, except on a smaller scale. The flowers and healthy growing plants will energise even the smallest of spaces.

Put in a small water feature. Any kind of a water feature brings good fortune and wealth, especially in the North. I can design a water feature from almost any material. Get the ingredients…. Add a little imagination and……Presto! One time whilst travelling in Italy, my wife and I bought a mural of a town square which was made from ceramic tile, and came in about fifty pieces wrapped up in a box. We carted this heavy package around with us for the rest of our trip. (She thought I was crazy, as usual) When we got back here to Naples, I arranged the tile within a frame, fed a narrow pipe behind it, mounted it on a wall on the lanai, and attached it to a small pump which spilled water into an oversize terracotta pot filed with natural beach-like stones. It’s beautiful. The ceramic art captures the scene perfectly, reminds us of the great times we had in Italy, and provides such a peaceful atmosphere on our space restricted lanai.

I highly recommend adding some kind of water feature, however small, close to the entry way. Be careful when choosing a water feature which will bring prosperity. Balance is key. Rather than have a stream of water rush directly into a body of water, it’s better to have the water gently cascade over something like stones. It creates a much more soothing sound, a more subtle sound using the same volume and flow of water. It just seems more musical when the water’s path is interrupted in some small way. With the added benefit of not feeling as if you need to go to the bathroom, every time you pass it. This is an important step in creating a great water feature for a space restricted area, such as an entry way. Get some help if you get stuck.

Water enhances the energies of the North Stock the pond with Koi, or a small ceramic turtle ornament. These make the garden extremely auspicious. Fish create yang energy. Turtles activate the symbolic celestial creature of the North. Keep water moving constantly. It allows oxygen in to do its job. Stagnant water allows dead Chi to accumulate. Fish energise the water and prevent stagnation. If other wildlife comes, such as frogs, encourage them. Keep the water clean…always, as it prevents hampered Chi being created. Good filtration does this for you. If anything dies, replace it immediately.

The sound of the trickling water attracts Chi, especially when sunlight plays on it. Don’t have water in the shade in the North. Don’t overpower it with plants. Plants are intended to make it natural, and to enhance it. Plants should not detract from the main theme here, water.

A South Entrance.

Associated with the fire element. Better if the garden here opens from a living room rather than a kitchen. Kitchen (fire) which would cause an imbalance. A well light garden, using lights at different levels, especially in winter in the South, will bring good luck by stimulating your fire energy, and fame enrichment. Put in an ornament of a Crane, or even better a Phoenix, the celestial bird, symbolic of longevity.

Plants for PROSPERITY

Magnolia. Symbol of purity, hidden jewels or accumulating great wealth.

Orange trees. Symbol of abundance and wealth. Good fortune, wealth, happiness and general prosperity. A pair are regarded as extremely good Feng Shui. Chinese use lime and lemon trees indoors as their flowering times coincide with the lunar New Year. It is no accident that in the Victorian era, orangeries were very common way to over winter frost sensitive, fragile trees. Summers would see avenues and walkways lined with orange trees in great enormous terracotta pots.

Another travel opportunity brought us to discover much of Spain. We stopped in Seville for a few days on our way to Granada. We stayed beside the cathedral, in the most romantic orange tree planted square. All the balconies had the most amazing hanging baskets and window boxes drape their flowers over the railings. The shade the orange trees provided in the square at the cafes created a nice peaceful, park-like urban setting. We happened to be there when the oranges were ripe. Great big marmalade oranges hung from the trees, in a rich display of orange contrasting sharply with the dark green, healthy and vibrant foliage. Perhaps the town planners didn’t know much about Feng Shui, I doubt they did, but the orange trees made the whole place an incredible heaven of peace with a great energy. It’s true that oranges represent prosperity as this square was bustling with cafes, boutique hotels, guest houses, restaurants, craft shops and a prosperous thriving spot away from the main thoroughfares. I bet the orange trees have hidden, mystical qualities which attract people in to sit and relax.

Cherry Blossoms.

Plum tree. Regarded as pure and superior

Peonia denotes prosperity and romance.

Magnolia immortal and prosperous.

Lotus. Inspires peace and contentment, symbolizing the opening of opportunities.

Money Plant.

Plants with round, full, dark leaves are known to be auspicious and the best symbolizing money and gold. Eg

The Jade plant……money and prosperity

The silver crown

Money Plant.

The Narcissus plant or other bulbs, symbolises great fortune. Normally given as auspicious gifts in the New Year.

One should try to use their garden or out door space as much as possible and use it as a Sanctuary, you’d be amazed at how better you will feel, sitting in the sunlight, watching the wildlife, enjoying the serenity of one’s surroundings.



Source by Brendan Moran

The Miracle of The Impact Driver

When they first came out years ago, impact drivers were very popular in Japan but it took a while for Americans to realize what a terrific advantage impact drivers have over an electric drill when it comes to driving long screws into wood, especially decking. American companies like Porter Cable caught on to the idea and started competing with impact drivers offered by overseas companies. The idea for impact drivers was born long ago with the inventions of (1) the impact wrench, used in every automotive garage, and (2) the hammer drill used to power masonry bits into concrete and other extremely hard materials.

The technology that allows them to do this is sometimes referred to as “hammer and anvil” meaning that, unlike the simple twisting action of an electric drill, the impact driver literally “pounds” the screwdriver bit around as if being repeatedly being hit by a hammer. This action gives these woodworking tools tremendous power that simply would not be possible if the same screwdriver bit were chucked up in an electric drill with the same size motor and battery. An additional advantage is that there are hex shank drill bits available so that your impact driver can double as a quick-change cordless drill thus becoming one of your most versatile woodworking tools.

The first time I picked up an impact driver, a 12-volt Makita, I thought it looked, to me, like a toy. I then tried it out by driving a 3-inch deck screw into a 4″ x 4″ piece of fir. I was amazed as I watched (and felt) the tiny machine effortlessly drive the screw home, sinking the head below the surface of the wood. I had to remember to keep a lot of hand pressure against the tool so that the screw driver bit did not pop out of the screw head and strip it. From that moment forward, I have never been without one of these amazing machines at my side.

Over the years, these drivers have been improved to the point of near perfection and this includes the batteries that power them. Battery size has grown from 9.6 volts to 18 volts and more. More than that, battery life has been greatly extended from what it was with the advent of Lithium Ion technology and subsequent improvements on that. In fact, a significant part of the cost of any impact driver, whether it comes from Makita Tools, Bosch or DeWalt is the battery or batteries that come with it.

You may have noticed that most manufacturers of cordless woodworking tools have started selling so-called “bare tool bodies” meaning that they come with no battery or charger included and a greatly reduced price tag. The reason for this is that most manufacturers (but not all) have discovered that if they make all their tools run on the same 18-volt Lithium Ion battery, they can sell more bare tool bodies while locking in their customers to their brand. End users love this because they do not have to keep laying out hard-earned money for shelves full of different batteries and chargers but, rather can just buy the bare woodworking tools that share the same battery.

Several manufacturers like Makita Tools have included two or more speed ranges in their impact drivers. Sometimes, too much power is not always a good thing. You can destroy small screw heads and break screw shafts. The more power used, the less battery life. Just because you have a 400 HP motor under the hood of your car does not mean that you drive around town with the accelerator pedal to the floor.

While a 12 or 14.4 volt impact driver will suffice for most jobs, an 18 volt model is well worth the small increase in price.



Source by Bob Gillespie

Mice: 5 Ways to Reduce Your Kitchen’s Attraction Factor

Mice. They’ll eat you out of house and home, or at the very least leave their little offerings (yes, of poop!) so that you can’t eat your food anyway for fear of parasitic infection or worse. They’re cute, but the potential damage they can cause is far from it.

So how do you make your house less attractive to the smallest of rodents? Prevention is key. You want to prevent the mice from getting in your house in the first place. But how? The trick is knowing what’s on a mouse’s house hunting checklist:

  • warm
  • dry
  • near a water source
  • safe from cats, rats, weasels and ratter dogs
  • lots of cracks and crevices in which to scurry, hide and travel from room to room without being seen
  • and last but not least, an abundant food supply

In fact, it’s this last one that will make or break your efforts to keep the mouse population at bay in a rural home.

I think the whole time I lived in the city (20 plus years), I think we had mice maybe once. Then there was the old house that had rats in the walls… but that’s another story. Overall, it wasn’t an ongoing problem. So when we moved to our little homestead in the forest, I had no idea what I was in for. None. So naive, so, so naive…

It started slowly. We moved in in April, so the weather was warming and the mice were moving outside anyway. But the house had been empty for quite some time before we started our renovations. Then it was another 6 months of us just being there during the day, painting and refinishing floors. And it’s a log cabin, with lots of little cracks and ways for mice to get inside. So basically, it was their home. Period.

That fall was when it hit me square between the eyes – we were sharing our home with a mama mouse and her babies. Which sounds sort of cute until you find their poop all over your kitchen counter (gross, gross, gross!). And they nibble big holes out of your expensive organic avocados, rendering them inedible for fear of some horrible rodent-spewed epidemic. The weirdest thing they ever ate was a jalapeno pepper. A jalapeno pepper!!! I can’t even eat a whole jalapeno… Crazy.

So I learned quickly that there are a few things that will reduce the attractiveness of your kitchen to your little four-legged friends. Here are a five to get you started:

  1. Check your cupboards (even the upper ones) for any holes that could allow a mouse to get inside. I’m talking the size of a dime and sometimes less, depending on the size of the mouse. If you find a hole or crack, fill it with a bit of steel wool or caulking, or seal it up with some sort of attractive trim.
  2. Put all grains, flour and other staples into glass jars or canisters, sealed tight (yes, even if they are in the sealed cupboards – you just never know).
  3. Place any food left out on the counter in sealed containers, and all fruit in a metal mesh bowl with a lid. At the very least wrap fruit in thick produce storage bags so the smell won’t emanate (at least not so strongly). Caveat: I’ve had mice chew right through those bags to get to a ripe banana. Not mouse-proof, but mouse-resistant.
  4. Make sure all your dishes are washed before you go to bed, or at the very least rinsed well. Any food left on dishes is gourmet to a mouse. Yummy! Also be sure to wipe down the counters with a vinegar/water solution (one part vinegar to 4 parts water should do it) or your favourite kitchen counter cleaner. Any smell of food will lure them in like ribs grilling at a tailgate party.
  5. Vacuum and sweep – a lot! If you’ve got children (or a messy spouse), check their seats and the floor for crumbs after meals. Preferably after they get up. Those little bits of food you see on the floor? They could feed a whole mouse family. And keep them coming back for more. For-ev-er.

If you put these five fixes into action, it should reduce the attractants in your home for the mice, and they might move on. Of course, I’m kidding. They’ll never really move on. Unless you get a cat. Even then they’ll probably just tease the cat. But at least they’ll eventually stop pooping on the counter.



Source by Victoria Gazeley

10 Helpful Tips That Will Get You Witnessing to Strangers

Want to start witnessing to more people more often? Let me share ten tips with you.

Tip 1

Practice starting conversations.

At five o’clock in the afternoon at a set of traffic lights you see a businessman or woman waiting to cross the road. They are across the road from the entrance to the train station. An opening line might be:

1. Did you achieve much at work today?

2. Looking forward to the weekend?

3. Happy the day is over?

4. Finished work yet or still going?

5. Did you have a good day at work?

6. Did you make an impact at work today?

7. Looking forward to getting home?

There are many questions that you can ask and if you are well dressed, smiling and obviously look like you are waiting to cross the road too, most people will answer.

The second question I will ask most often is:

1. What do you do for work?

The third: What would you do if you could pick your job?

So let us have a look at tip number one. We are getting the people to talk about work, something they are on the way home from and something that is still on their mind. It’s not important that they answer in a long sentence or a short one, your aim is to get a response so you can get to the second question.

Why is that?

Generally, if you ask a person what they do for work, what they do for fun and if they have family that they live with, the person will answer the questions and after a pause they will begin to ask you something. When they ask you, this gives you an opportunity to share your faith.

Tip 2

Flow with the conversation. Don’t freeze up. This is a total stranger and it does not matter if you strike out. The more people you speak to the more practice you will get. The more practice you get the better you become.

Let me take you through a conversation I had today tonight at 12:06 AM as I waited for a bus.

ME: Hi, have you just finished work?

No, I was out with a friend.

ME: Did you have a good night and share some good things together?

Yes, it was a good night.

ME: Are you a student? (He was about 20 years of age.)

Yes, I study music.

ME: Really, What instrument do you play?

I play the guitar but I am also playing drums.

ME: Can you play lead guitar?

Yes, that’s what I play.

ME: That’s great, my friend here plays lead guitar. My name is Matthew and my friend is Yianni.

Are you Australians? (You see he asks a question.)

ME: Yes, I am Australian and my friend has Greek heritage but he doesn’t speak much Greek.

ME: Where are you from?

He mentioned an Island near Fiji.

ME: Are you Catholic? (This was because he said it was settled by the French.)

Yes I am, but not practicing.

ME: You know Jesus loves you and he brought me here tonight to tell you that.

I hope so.

ME: Do you like to read?

Yes.

ME: I have a book that explains the Christian faith and gives you more insight into Jesus. Can I give you one?

Yes.

I went into my bag and gave him a very good book explaining the gospel and a personal living relationship with Jesus. It’s an eighty page book and it’s the best tract I have ever seen with over 250 scriptures in it.

So tip number two is don’t stress and let it flow.

Tip 3

Ask questions. One of the keys to keep a conversation moving is asking questions. If you don’t know about their profession ask them what it is and how they do it. Ask the person if that is their chosen profession. Ask them if they are happy. Ask them where they want to go in their profession. Ask them question after question. Questions are the key. You can always move a conversation along with questions.

That is why sales people ask you a lot of questions.

Tip 4

Have simple stories that can impress your faith in a short sentence or two.

What do you do for work?

I enjoy my job which is telemarketing, but my love is what I do with some of the money.

Oh, what do you do?, they will ask.

I fund a few people in Africa. I pay an Indian pastor his wage so he can work harder in the faith.

Have something you can say that shares your faith in one sentence.

I work for money to buy food and clothes, but most of the work I enjoy is getting into a closer walk with God. Do you have a faith?

There are many things you can say.

You can come to my web site for instance and become an on-line intercessor for visitors that come for a prophecy and then you can tell people that you pray for people on-line.

If you are involved in ministry at church or in your own ministry share that. When they ask you what you do, share what you do and then add that you get the most satisfaction from that ministry.

People are mostly polite if your conversation has lasted minutes. If you have asked a couple of questions and they have talked a lot then they feel that they owe you time and they will listen to what you say.

So think of some short sentences that you can share. If you haven’t got something to share, get something to share! [Lol]

Many times this little sentence is simply a bait that you are throwing out. If they ask you more about what you have just said, then you go deeper into your faith and share a little of the gospel with them.

Tip 5

People generally like people taking an interest in them. So take an interest and don’t worry about how long it takes before the tide turns and they ask you questions.

You see the man above asked me if I was an Australian and that is what started the conversation about him being from another country and then onto his faith.

Take an interest in people and their occupations. Take an interest in every person you meet. Take the time to listen to their answers. The more polite you are, the more polite they will be when you speak. People love to speak and they love to be given an opportunity to share things with people and get things off their chest.

Witnessing is not pushing your faith on a person, it’s essentially taking an interest in a person. Many times my conversations are so short that I don’t get to share my little sentence with a person that shares my faith. I ask the Lord to bless the person. Sometimes I will say bye and if I have established a good rapport with them I may say God bless you.

Tip 6

Flow with the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit knows what he wants to do with you and the person. The questions that come to your mind are most often the questions the Holy Spirit wants you to ask. When I thought this man’s country above was settled by the French I remembered that I had read once that much of France was Catholic, so I took a punt that he was Catholic.

The Holy Spirit is really good and he knows how to prompt you which questions to ask. The more you start conversations the more practice you will have and the better you will become.

The more you flow with the Spirit, the more you will be able to witness. The key is to get that line into the conversations.

Tip 7

Be a seed planter.

If you have tracts that you love put them in your bag or briefcase. Don’t have them in your hand when you start the conversation. I have had thousands of conversations in the last year or two and now I am starting to meet the same people a second time. Sometimes you have to just plant seeds in people’s lives.

If you are a lady and you see a lovely dress on another woman at the traffic lights, reach across and say to her, Gee I love your dress. Don’t ask where did you get it. When she smiles you can say,

Do you always dress like this to go to work or are you on your way out?

And there goes the conversation.

Some people need over 20 positive encounters with Christ and Christians before they are saved. Try to be one of the 20 some people need. Give them that positive push toward God.

The word of God is good seed, but the fruit of the Spirit is good seed also. You should try and let every encounter you have leave the person in a better way then when you met them. The more people you can encounter the more seeds you can plant.

Who are we to know what good God can bring from a positive comment on a lady’s dress on her way home just having heard that she was passed over for a promotion she was interviewed for that day? Who knows how many people are just so depressed that they can’t seem to go through the motions any more and your comment brings them some light.

Plant seeds, share Christ in you with people before you share that it’s Christ in you that they are encountering!

I have planted a lot of seeds in the past few years. Then this year on one day I led six people to the Lord. That was a harvesting day.

Tip 8

Go out of your way to make a good impression on strangers.

I am on a disability pension from my government that I get for having a mental illness (I am not healed yet). On that pension I get a ticket that gives me unlimited rides on trains and buses all day for $2.50.

Sometimes at the station barriers the ticket machine jams with a person’s ticket when I am behind them. Many times I have put my ticket in the machine and said to them, ‘Here, go now on my ticket.’ This saves them going to the attendant and showing them their ticket to prove the barrier was having a malfunction and it starts a positive encounter that might continue.

When you go to a shop to buy something engage the person serving you in conversation. Ask them how their day has been. Ask them lots of questions. Share your love and bless them with, ‘Have a good day!’ when you say goodbye.

There are heaps of people that you can bless and start conversations with that are stuck behind a counter or behind a seat driving a bus, so you can practice your talents for witnessing.

Tip 9

Be a praying person.

Ask the Lord for divine encounters each day. Ask the Lord to order your day and you watch, the person that you meet at the lights will be a good encounter. I spend quite a lot of time at McDonald’s. I love to get in the line at McDonald’s. I even offer to go in line for my friends. People in a line of four or five deep have a few minutes to wait before they are served so I ask the person behind me:

‘How was your night?”Just on a break from work?’ or’You ordering a salad today or something fattening like me?’ with a laugh, and I am off into a conversation.

If you ask the Lord for divine encounters he will see that you have that phone call that holds you up an extra five minutes so that you are late for your train and have to catch another train ten minutes later.

Standing next to you is a woman in a nice dress and you think, ‘Gee that’s a nice dress’ and the Holy Spirit says, ‘Yeah, why don’t you tell her like Matthew said in that article?’

‘Gee, that’s a lovely dress. Do you wear that to work or are you on you way out tonight?’

And off you go!

And depending on her answer you can say:

So where are you going for dinner? orSo what sort of work do you do that has you dress so fine?

Oh, and there is a second reason to be a praying person. If you pray and journal your prayers you will find that you will have prayers being answered every week and they will be good answers. These are little gems of testimony that you can keep with you and share with others saying that this was a prayer you prayed one week and how the answer came through. Then you can ask them if they have a prayer request!

Tip 10

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

In Sydney where I live people are afraid to talk. But a few well placed questions by a little persistent person like me opens even the most hardened person up.

You can’t lose.

God loves you, do you know that?

You can start the conversations and you can get your faith sentence out and then you can take it from there. Believe me, if the person you are speaking to wants to hear more they will ask you, and if you are a praying person they will ask.

How many people are divine encounters that you are walking past each day?

If you have any questions write to me and ask. I’d love to talk to you.

Remember, ask three questions:

1. What do you do for work? (Your response can be what you do for work and what you do for God.)

2. What do they do for fun when they aren’t working? (Your response can be what you do in your faith that is fun, but always be honest. Share what you do for fun like going to the movies or sport and add your faith.)

3. Do they have family that they live with? (Tell them about your sister and brothers in the Lord.)

When you have asked the questions they will ask you questions.

I hope these tips have helped you. Remember to get in touch if you need help.

Start witnessing.

I am happy to say I have led ten people to the Lord this year and I am very happy about it. That’s enough for a lifetime. But I have planted thousands of seeds also and I have a bigger harvest to surprise me one day in heaven.

I have been practicing for years. Every sport takes practice. Come on, I dare you. Ask a person how their day at work was today!



Source by Matthew Robert Payne

Overhead Storage Brand Review

This article will save you time shopping for hanging storage shelves with this pros and cons of various brands. Personally the organization department of a hardware store always gets a look. I get pumped up about shelving… peculiar, I know. I delight in investing time studying the materials, examining the anchors and brackets, and appreciating the innovative models. Your passion may lay somewhere else, so allow me to expedite your researching efforts by summarizing my discoveries for you.

I have aimed to mention something good and something bad about each brand. However, I am disclosing at this point that I sell the Topp Rax brand through my site, therefore the opinions expressed here are inevitably partial plus I have the most experience with this manufacturer. I would be glad to offer any of these brands on my site if I could. It’s preferable to supply many options to my customers, so they can buy the rack which has the features which are most important for them. Disclaimer aside, let us evaluate a few of the major manufacturers.

Saferacks provides many impressive pictures on their site plus they have accessories for their racks. Overall, this is a good buy and it’s easy to obtain one at a great price because they can be bought at CostCo. Saferacks are also sold with the MonsterRAX brand name. The company carries a good assortment of sizes between 4/6/8 feet wide and 2/3/4 feet deep. Such choices are great because not everyone wants a 4×8 rack. I applaud their use of C-channel framing and cross tie supports. My only concern is that some of the cross ties are lighter because they are designed to hold up only the decking. Which means it has a weak spot along the outside frame. Additionally, I find it humorous that the site has pictures of families hanging on the shelf to signify how safe their product is while the directions very clearly point out “Do not climb on or hang from the storage rack.”

Hyloft uses a minimal structure which makes the rack less expensive. The downside is it isn’t as sturdy as other manufacturers. The cross tie supports and vertical brackets are minimal. I’d find it difficult trusting this design not to collapse once I load it with my belongings. However, if I were storing only light items, this would be sufficient. Be aware that the absence of ceiling brackets that cover more than one ceiling beam may restrict your choices for orientation and location. I admire how affordable the 4×4 rack is and might consider that for small storage needs that aren’t above a regularly trafficked area.

Strong Racks is constructed with the reverse approach. This rack is almost overbuilt. The Strong Racks site features a wonderful ‘Checklist Challenge’ video that covers the details. For example, the mounting tracks are 11 gauge steel while 14 gauge is common in other brands. The verticals are square tube steel instead of the regular angled steel. Their product uses more nuts and bolts as compared to every other shelf. Expect to devote a lot of your time tightening these nuts and bolts. I like the lip around the side of their framing. It prevents you from accidentally sliding stuff off the back of the shelf. This also comforts me about my stuff sliding over the side.

Topp Rax displays their sturdy design with a ‘Compare Racks’ video which includes a stomp test on various brands. You can see how rigid this rack is when the guy in the video shakes each of the brand. I enjoy watching the competitor’s frames bend as he walks and jumps on the outside frames. But the Topp Rax framing holds up due to the extra cross ties that reinforce the frame. The decking is properly supported on all edges with the framing, too. The problem with Topp Rax is that it is not a low-cost rack. If you live near a major hardware store, you’ll find acceptably sturdy shelves at a lower price. One more downside is that online it is only available in 4×8 dimensions.



Source by Joseph Kraehenbuehl

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

If you’re like me and you’re looking to beat the heat this summer, you might want to think about installing a ceiling fan in your outdoor patio area. If you’re also like me, you might be completely in the dark as to which and what kind of ceiling fan you’re going to need. Here are some helpful tips that will not only allow you to enjoy your summer in comfort, but at the same time get the most from your fan.

The first thing you need to make sure of is that the fan you purchase is actually made for outdoors. You may not know this, but ceiling fans are actually designed for indoor/outdoor use. Outdoor fans are actually given certain ratings such as damp or wet ratings, and if you’re going to be installing your ceiling fan where the elements can get to it, you had better be sure that your fan is rated as such.

A damp rating means quite simply that the fan can sustain humidity or a light drizzle, not hard rain. Damp-rated fans are best suited where there is ample cover. This will assure that your product does not get soaked and thus damaged by rain.

A wet-rated fan on the other hand is made to sustain direct rain. Such fans do not have to be installed in a covered area, but can be a bit more expensive. Thoroughly survey your outdoor area to see which type better suits you. And remember, putting an indoor fan outdoors can lead to hazards like electrical shorts.

Out door fans are usually sealed-up completely tight to resist other elements like dirt and dust. Yes, over time dirt and dust can collect in the motor and eventually cause the fan to lock up completely. This will cause the motor to burn out and ruin the fan. Besides dirt and dust, bees can be a problem. A ceiling fan that is not sealed-up tight can become a home for bees and wasps. Their nests can also lead to motor failure and eventual destruction of the fan.

When looking for an outdoor fan, don’t just take the manufacturer’s word for it. Just because it says outdoor fan on the box does not mean it will necessarily stand the test of time. Things to look for in a quality outdoor ceiling fan:

  • Higher-grade wiring with added sealant.
  • Components such as screws are made not of low-grade steel or aluminum but instead are constructed of stainless steel.
  • Inquire about the finish on the motor. What this means is that the finish or casing around the motor should be made of some type of weather-resistant coating, like a powder coating. If not a high-grade powder coating, then at least stainless steel.
  • DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT buy an outdoor ceiling fan that has blades made of plywood. No matter how good they may look, blades made from wood of any kind have a tendency to deteriorate under the elements. Heat and humidity will over time cause such blades to crack and eventually rot, not to mention constant problems with mold accumulation. Look for a ceiling fan with blades made of ABS plastic, or fiberglass. Both are extremely durable substances and both resist warping as well as cracking.
  • If you decide to add a lighting fixture to your fan, be sure that the lights are sealed properly and designed for outdoor use. A light designed for outdoor use will be sealed properly and water-resistant to a minimum of damp rating.

If you follow these simple procedures, your ceiling fans should enjoy a long life in the great outdoors. Of course, if you find an outdoor fan you really like and want to put it indoors, that’s OK too. But remember, while an outdoor fan is always suited for indoor use, the opposite is not necessarily true. When choosing your outdoor fan, try not to be too frugal. While getting the most for your money is always a wise choice, spending too little and getting a cheaper model will cost you more over time. Most electricians charge anywhere from $100-$150 to install a fan, and if your fan breaks down on you, you’re not only going to have to come out-of-pocket for the new fans themselves, you’re going to have to pay extra for installation. Be frugal, but be smart. A good outdoor ceiling fan can last ten years or more, and make those hit summer months ever-so more enjoyable.



Source by Philip C Loyd

Just How Important is a Simple Can Opener in Your Daily Life?

No matter how small or big the kitchen is, always the housewives will complain that there is no proper place in the kitchen to place all the utensils, electrical appliances, and some small tools in the kitchen cabinet. Usually the less used appliances will occupy a lot of place, giving no room for the small tools.

These can openers play an important role in the kitchen as nowadays most of the food products are now available in cans only. This kitchen should definitely consist of this tool as it is safe to use this product.

Various types of can openers are now available in the market. So before going for this product one has to consider the need and place of the kitchen table. Of these various types, under counter can opener is really easy to handle and also it does not occupy much of the kitchen space since it is fitted under the cabinet.

This can opener works like all other can opener and it is also very easy to clean as the blades can be removed easily. But one should be sure that the kitchen cabinet can be drilled for fixing this tool, and it can be mounted near an outlet. Those who feel can opening an ordeal can very well use this product. It is also safe, and the children will not come to any harm in using this tool.

Some contains built in knife sharpener and a bottle opener thus solving all purposes. One can open big tall cans also by using this tool. Since it is coming in different models and sizes, and designs it attracts more people to go for this product. There are smooth edge openers and it opens the can without any harm.

Those who are not comfortable in opening the cans with old style can opener can go for this opener which saves the space and still gives the convenience of an electric can opener.



Source by Simon Kendal