Get to Know the Common Mistakes in Installing Wires for Your Home

When handling your home’s electrical wiring on your own, it’s really important that you know what you’re doing and that you’re doing it in a way that’s safe and minimizes accidents or hazards.

Here are the most common mistakes that happen when you install wires for your home in Singapore:

1. Leaving plastic cables unprotected
Even though cables are insulated, they can still be made vulnerable and easy to damage without the right protection.

You can avoid damaging your cables by attaching an inch-wide board running alongside the wires. With this, you not only protect plastic cables from wear and tear, but you also prevent them from being openly exposed and causing a hazard.

2. Making connections outside electrical boxes
The reason why electrical boxes are so important is because they contain sparks or flames that may be caused by faulty connections, as well as protect wires from any environmental or outside damage.

However, they can only take in a certain number of cables at a time, so be sure not to overcrowd it by adding too many cables. By overfilling, you put yourself at risk of arcing.

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that electrical boxes also need to be replaced. If you do see signs of damage, disconnect the fixtures first before installing a new electrical box.

3. Cutting wires too short
While it’s annoying to work with wires that are a little too long, it’s even more difficult to work with wires that are too short, and will usually mean a lot of pulling to complete the connection.

They can also lead to wrong terminations if handled poorly.

To avoid this, be sure to measure the distance correctly and check to see if you have wiring footage to cover this distance. The recommended length should not exceed more than three inches from the box.

4. Not using a clamp when installing cables
Without a proper way to secure them, the cables themselves will tend to strain the connections. For metal box connections, this can ruin the insulation and damage the wires.

To ensure that your plastic cables are tightly secured, check if they have built-in cable clamps and make sure they are stapled twelve inches away from the box at most. For smaller cables, this distance is shortened to eight inches. The same also goes to cables in metal boxes.

Observing proper safety measures for home electrical work is more than just to having the proper gear and disconnecting the main power source when working on wires – it’s also about making sure to minimize any chances of an electrical hazard for your home.

Organizing Your Bookshelf at Home

 

When you have a lot of books at home, it’s sometimes difficult to look for one that you need right away if they are haphazardly stacked on the shelves. There are many benefits to having a well-organized bookshelf besides needing less time to search. You can use the books as decoration for your home and it will be easier to keep your books clean and free from insects and dust if they’re stacked neatly.

You don’t need to make a catalogue for your books, unless of course if you’re planning to imitate a library. Here are some ways to organize your books with function in mind.

 

Genre

Bookstores and libraries use this method. This only works however if you read more than two genres. Some volumes don’t indicate the genre in the spines so this in an ideal method if you read a variety of books. The disadvantage however is how to separate genres that are almost similar like horror and suspense, and fantasy and science fiction. Some books can even be classified in different genres.

 

Alphabetical

You could arrange your books by their titles. If you can recall only the first word or two of the title, it’s easier to look for the book this way because most books have titles on the spine. Don’t count the articles “the” and “a” when you use this method. The only problem is where to place compilations or readers, complete works editions and book series omnibus.

 

Author

If you have more than a dozen books from certain authors, it might be useful to separate them. It also works like the alphabetical method but this time you’re organizing them according to the author’s last name. The only problem is where to place books that have more than one author and what to do if you have only one book from one author.

 

Binding

Separate the hardbound, softbound and pocketbooks. This is also for decorative purposes. Hardbound books have a classic look especially when they’re placed neatly on the shelf. If your collection also includes magazines, comics, journals with either comb or spiral bindings, they won’t look out of place as well.

 

Spine Color

Books can decorate your living space. Arrange them according to color. But this arrangement is for decorative purposes. You still have to look for the titles and the authors. It would be more difficult as well to look for the thinner books in your collection. This method could work for magazines and comics so they look stylish beside your books.

 

Combination

Arrange your shelves according to authors’s names but also arrange his or her books alphabetically. You can also separate books by their binding and then arrange them alphabetically. You can combine any of the options listed above especially if you have a huge collection of books.

5 Effortless Changes for a Greener Home

Due surging energy costs and climate change, it seems like people in Singapore is looking for ways to adjust their lifestyle and be more environment friendly with their choices. Going green isn’t as complicated as you think; in fact, there are so many simple ways you can do yourself. Here are some simple changes you can do at home

  1. Use Eco-Bags When Grocery Shopping

Every time you go grocery shopping, you’re probably toting your purchases in plastic bags. But though you need to feed your family, you don’t have to do it at the expense of the planet. Instead of storing your groceries in a plastic bag, buy reusable eco-bags instead. You can purchase them for around a dollar, and you can get multiple uses out of it before needing to replace them.

  1. Go Meatless on Mondays

Having pasta or hearty vegetable soup on Mondays might sound like a major change, but going on a meat-free meal once every week (for a family of five) provides the same environmental effects as driving a hybrid car. Raising livestock produces significant amount of greenhouse gasses, so cutting back on meats makes a big help to the environment.

  1. Minimize Use of Bug Sprays

To avoid infestation, prevention is your most eco-friendly solution. Keep your kitchen tidy and crumb-free, seal any holes and cracks the wall, s you won’t have to worry about pests getting in, requiring you to use pesticides and bug sprays. If you need to do pest control, reach for greener products or DIY remedies first.

  1. Put Lights on Timers

Perhaps, most of us know that lights should always be turned off when leaving a room. However, many of us tend to forget doing it. Installing timers for the lights mean that you have back-up plan in case anyone in the family forgets to reach for the switch before heading out. You can schedule it to shut off after an hour or so. It is an effective way to minimize electricity consumption and lower energy bills.

  1. Repurpose Materials

Try re-using old materials by turning them into statement pieces to decorate your home. For example, if thinking about replacing the countertops, look for reclaimed woods or recycled steel. Bamboo, for instance, works well as kitchen countertop. It’s durable and resistant to molds and bacteria.

Small solutions still make a significant difference. By choosing to be a little greener each day, you can lessen the ecological footprints caused by humans. Any step you take to be more environmentally friendly leads you to the path of the right direction; and you’ll find more ways to take better care of Mother Earth as you go along the way.

5 Tips to Make Your Statement Piece Work in Your Home

Got your eye on a home fixture that’s absolutely stunning, but worried that it might be a bit of a statement-maker? Leave your second thoughts behind, and purchase it. Always remember that there’s always a trick to make even the most eye-catching piece work in a simple-looking home. As what the great Bunny Williams once said: “If you love something it will work – that is the only real rule.”

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  1. Let the Piece Stand Out. If the piece you bought is that much of a statement, let its beauty stand out by keeping other pieces smaller and less ornate. A good rule of thumb: Never fill a room with two or more statement pieces. If you do, your room will look like as if it’s shouting at you.

 

  1. Mix Things Up. Figure out what type of furniture it is – is it complicated or simple, new, old, painted or wooden? – and try mixing or pairing it up with its opposites. Organic pieces go well with geometric, busy with simple, and dark with light. Doing so will add interest in the overall aesthetic of the room.

 

  1. Go Back to Basics. Got a bright-coloured statement piece? Then pull out your colour wheel and see what shades go well with your furniture, but don’t stick only with the same tone. Try out interesting colour pairings by choosing complementing hues and see if it works well with your room’s colour palette.

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  1. Play With Patterns. One good way to make a patterned statement piece work is to combine it with other patterned accents. However, remember to pair up patterns that don’t have the same scale (e.g. large patterns like bold stripes matched with smaller prints) to create a sense of balance.

 

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment. When incorporating statement pieces in your home—or redecorating your home in general—keep this rule in mind: Don’t be afraid to play. Think outside of the box and experiment with what you have. Don’t hesitate to shuffle things up, because sometimes the smallest tweaks can make a huge difference in balancing everything out.

Whether it’s a humungous antique jar or a modernist chandelier, a statement piece has to be displayed strategically to fit to the existing look of your home. However, don’t limit yourself to the basics; it’s still your own personal style that matters.

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Best Statement Pieces to Have in Your Home

Decorating with statement pieces is one of the easiest way to revamp your home. But these pieces doesn’t always have to be crazy or extravagant pieces of furniture that costs half of what your house is worth. In fact, some of the best statement pieces are actually the ones that you’d never think of, like the following everyday items that you tend to overlook.

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  1. Accent Wall. This is one of the easiest and cheapest option that you can use as a statement piece for your home. It can be done on any wall and in any room. All you’ve got to do is pick a wall in your bedroom and decide on the colour that you want to paint it with. The options are just endless.

 

  1. Big Framed Mirror. It can be small, big or any size you want it to be. But if you’ll be able to find a beautifully framed mirror, or a full ceiling to floor mirror for your bedroom, then the effect would be amazing. Besides, you’ll be loving your reflection a lot more when you’re staring straight at a beautifully framed reflection.

 

  1. Coffee Table. Big or small, custom-made or vintage, a gorgeous coffee table is one of the most useful statement pieces that you can add in your home. Another best thing about coffee tables is that they come in so many sizes and shapes that you won’t run short of options to choose from.

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  1. Lavish Headboard. A good headboard is probably one of the most luxurious statement piece that you can have in your home. Adding a leather headboard in your room is already enough to rejuvenate and turn your room into a little private oasis that’s just perfect for you and your partner.

 

  1. Curtains. Pretty curtains are hands down one of the best statement pieces that you can use to instantly change the look and vibe of your space. A bold patterned curtain is a good option if you plan to take a minimalistic approach on your furniture, but if you’re thinking of using bright coloured furniture pieces, then white curtains are the ones to go.

Statement pieces are really a great help in rejuvenating and changing the look of your home, but that doesn’t mean that you should already invest on expensive pieces. Just be creative with the statement piece that you chose and you’ll be able to add some personality in your home.

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