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7 Useful Pressure Washer Accessories You Must Have
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A pressure washer is a handy equipment that you can use to clean large surfaces easily. The machine works by exerting tremendous force to water pushing it through a pipe onto an area. The water hits the surface with a force that blasts away dirt and debris. The proper use of a pressure washer is governed by the incorporation of the right accessories that go with the machine. Some of the accessories as sold at a complete unit when buying the machine while others are sold separately, and here are some of the must-have accessories.

1. Hose: Every pressure washer is sold with an attached hose, but some of the hoses are of inferior quality materials. Manufacturers invest heavily in the proper use of the machine but pay little attention to the quality of the pipe since this is a replaceable accessory. As such it is better to buy an extra pipe and pay attention to the quality as well as the length of the pipe.

2. Water Flow Controller: It is a device that connects the hose and the want and is required to control the flow of water. It has a swivel action on the top section that is turned to regulate how much water flows through the wand. It is a handy accessory that you will need to water with a lesser force than you normally would.

3. Spray Lance: Most pressure washers come with a spray lance, but it often is not a long as one would like. The lance increases the machine’s gun reach to enable you to work on areas such as gutters that are hard to reach. The best lance to use is the type that allows for an extended reach that goes all the way to the ground.

4. Spray Nozzle: You may need several nozzles; you can have one that gives you a jet of water that’s as thin as a pencil and another that ejects a spray of water and others with different settings. A set of assorted nozzles is not that expensive and should be part of the must-have pressure washer accessories. Also, consider investing a nozzle that offers different water settings.

5. Rotary Brush: It is a brush that you attach to the end of the lance and use it clean the surfaces. The brush rotates due to the force of the flowing water, and it scraps and loosens the stubborn dirt and debris without the use of too much water pressure. The rotary brush is useful accessories to have when using the pressure washer to clean surfaces such as tiles and timber decks that should be cleaned using a minimum water pressure and force.

6. Soap Ejector: Cleaning requires the use of soap to work on the dirt and stains, and that is where the soap injector becomes a necessary accessory when using the pressure washer. It attached at the end of the spray lance to generate an even layer of soap over the surface you are cleaning.

7. Pump Saver: It is an accessory that you primarily need to help extend the machine’s life. The pump saver is a unique liquid solution that you will run through the unit to lubricate the pistons and prevent water deposits and freeze damage.

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Why You Should Never Have Your Wedding Reception At Home – A Realistic Approach
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Let’s face it right off the bat, every proper wedding is going to come with complications and challenges. And sometimes, in between all the madness, you suddenly get the bright idea of having your wedding reception at home. It will be cheaper, simple and elegant. Won’t it?

Thanks to all the pressure of making the day as perfect as possible, there’s a chance that your perception might be compromised. Of course, this is your wedding and you get to make ALL the choices. But there is no harm in taking a moment to really think about the decision. In fact, here are some good reasons why you should never have your wedding reception at home.

However, it should be noted that these reasons are based on the assumption you have an average-sized house. If you live in a big palace or castle, they probably won’t apply to your situation. But for the rest of the working class, the following realities have to be faced.

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Homes Aren’t Designed For Wedding Receptions

As much as you want to deny it, your home wasn’t built on the premise of occasionally entertaining a fair amount of guests. In fact, it was designed to be practical, and in some cases, stylish as well. Unfortunately, average homes simply aren’t equipped to make your wedding reception special or memorable.

And remember, this is a reception where guests want to dance and relax. Will there be enough room to accommodate those who like dancing and those who don’t? If you add the decorations, the space for the food and drinks, seating and the band/DJ, just think how crowded it’s going to get. Even with a small reception of 50 people, it won’t be comfortable for anyone. Using a function centre or hotel for your wedding reception is a much better idea.

Sharing Your Personal Space

There will always be a relative or guest who wants to snoop where they aren’t supposed to. Keep this in mind when you think about bringing everyone home and creating a very relaxed atmosphere. And with all the attention on the bride and groom, who is going to notice that snooping relative heading for your bedroom?

Difficult Neighbors

The last thing you want at your wedding reception is the police showing up, called by the neighbors because they can’t get any sleep. If they weren’t invited then why should they care? Basically, you run the risk of bringing the reception to a quick end when you do it at home.

As romantic, sentimental, and affordable as it might seem to hold the reception at home, there are too many challenges staring you in the face. Alternatively, if you don’t plan on having a big reception, you can rent a small hall. It won’t cost nearly as much as you think, there will be enough space for everyone, and your difficult neighbors won’t complain if the party goes on too long.

Do yourself a favor and consider all your options before hosting the wedding reception at home.

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Tips for Staying Safe and Keeping Your Limbs Intact When You’re Gardening

Gardening is one of those multi-purpose and multi-beneficial activities. It is relaxing, therapeutic, and creative. It allows you to get exercise, be in the sun, and grow healthy fruits and vegetables. It saves you money if you grow your own herbs and vegetables. When experiencing all these wonderful things, you need to make sure that you are safe.

Consider the following health and safety tips when you do gardening.

Dress for your gardening

What you wear will be largely influenced by what type of gardening you are doing. You will need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin. Also wear long pants and sleeves to protect against chemicals, thorns, and insect bites. Wear gloves to protect your hands and safety goggles if you feel you will need them.

Follow safety instructions

Heed the warnings and safety instructions on power tools and chemicals. Check tools regularly to make sure they are in a working condition. Keep these items away from children.

Take precautions to prevent injury

If you suffer from a disability or physical mobility impairment of some kind, ask your doctor what types of gardening will be safe for you. If you have trouble with grasping tools, get tools that are easy to grip and use. If you are in a wheelchair, raise the plant beds so you can reach them. These are just examples of how to adjust for impairments.

Enjoy your gardening

The most important thing is to enjoy your gardening and have fun. It should help you relax, get some exercise, and make you feel calm and at peace with nature. Allow yourself to fully enjoy the benefits of gardening.

Keep safe while gardening and you will soon find yourself lost in a beautiful sanctuary instead of a horror movie. If you’re a beginner gardener, ask some experienced gardeners for tips and tricks to help you get started.

4 Very Important Home Safety Tips When You Have Children

Keeping your home safe is probably always on your mind. However, as soon as kids join the family, safety becomes a much bigger thing. Adults can still take care of themselves and notice danger when it presents itself. Our children don’t have that ability yet. Many of the safety tips we share today are common sense, but sometimes we need reminding because they become part of our lives and we hardly think about it. Our top home safety tips are:

Children should be supervised all the time

It is never a good idea to leave children unattended. They can come up with the most interesting things and get themselves into trouble in a second. Always keep a wary eye wherever your children are.

Never leave children alone where there is water

Bathtubs, pools, basins, pales, fish ponds, jacuzzies, and even kiddie pools are major hazards for children. It takes seconds for a child to drown in even an inch of water. Babies are not strong enough to keep their heads above and older children may not know how to get themselves out of a dangerous situation. Never leave your children alone in or near water. Watch them like a hawk and take them with you if you have to answer the phone.

Store chemicals and cleaning materials out of the reach of children

Many household items have the potential to poison children. They don’t need to contain poison to be a danger. Normal everyday chemicals like deodorant can be hazardous. Medicines, cleaning supplies, paints, detergents, and any other such products should be locked away safely. Childproof rooms and cupboards where you store these items.

Keep your baby’s sleeping environment hazard-free.

The cot or bed that your baby sleeps in should be kept clear of unnecessary clutter. Suffocation is one of the biggest causes of unintentional injury-related deaths in babies and children. Fluffy pillows, excess blankets, and even stuffed toys can be hazardous to especially small babies. Keep the area where they sleep clear of such hazards especially around their head, face, and hands. They can easily throw a blanket over their faces and not know how to get it off.

There are many more things to consider and keep in mind, but these are some of the most important safety tips to keep your children safe in your home.

5 Tips for Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden

Starting your own vegetable garden is something you will not regret. It has so many benefits and it is not that difficult to do. You will have fresh and safe produce that you gardened yourself and you will have a wonderful hobby that is very relaxing. Gardening has been proven to be a relaxing and calming activity and many people find it a great way to recharge. To start your own vegetable garden, you will need to visit your local nursery. Once you have all the tools, keep these tips in mind:

Don’t try to build a farm right from the start. You will have the best results if you start small and slow. Build a few beds for your first season of planting and as you learn more, you can add beds every season thereafter. Building too many beds straight away will yield poor results and frustrate you terribly.

Build raised beds to get the best results. Raised beds are best to offer you good yields and help fight against weeds. These beds act as a barrier between your precious mini plantation and the rest of your garden. You don’t necessarily want the two mixing.

Plant according to the season. It is of no use to plant winter seedlings in spring. You need to make sure which vegetables grow better in which season. You should also keep in mind that you may need to build the beds and do other preparations during the preceding season. Educate yourself on these things and you will have much more success than other beginners.

Use your creative streak. When building your plant beds and creating your vegetable garden area, be creative. Use what you have and make it an Eden. Use rocks and pebbles that are already in your garden. Add wood or tin features or use them as separators. Have fun with your garden.

Enrich the soils for your vegetables. To help your plants have a fighting chance use barriers against weeds, enrich or fertilize the soil before you start planting, and use mulch. Mulch is great as a weed prevention.

You are now set to start your garden. Remember to have fun and enjoy the experience.