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FIBERGLASS TUB REPAIR

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Fiberglass Tub Repair

 

Daunting, but if you have a drill, sandpaper, and glue, you can do it yourself.

The degree of the repair depends on the size of the problem, i.e. a small crack or a large hole. If it is a small crack, make sure your tub is clean and dry. You can use either a fiberglass repair kit and follow the instructions on the box, or, appliance touch up should work. Appliance touch up can be applied with a small brush and allowed to dry overnight. Or, you can use a hairdryer to speed up the process. If the problem is larger, it will take a little longer to finish the repair. Again, clean and dry the tub to see the cracks.

Larger cracks can be reached from underneath the tub or in the tub itself. Underneath the tub can sometimes work out better. This way, you can reinforce the bottom of a tub or shower while sealing the cracks.

If you can, go in from the ceiling, basement, or crawlspace. Break through the drywall or plaster, with a hammer and chisel. You should be able to see the cracks from underneath the tub, if not, and then try another way to repair the tub. Simply clean the tub, any tub cleaner will do, and sand it smooth with sandpaper; this will prepare the surface for the glue. Then, simply glue a piece of plywood, heavily coated with one of the high-density fillers, to the cracked area with any epoxy. Push the plywood in place until the epoxy sets. This bottom may be stronger than before, which is a good reason to go in from the bottom. In small curves where plywood will not fit well, you will have to apply layers of fiberglass and epoxy.

If you cannot work from underneath, then you need to work from in the tub. Again, clean the tub so you can see the cracks. Once you locate the ends of the cracks, take a drill bit, less then an 1/4 inch, and drill a small hole at the end of each crack. Next, take some insulating foam and fill up the small holes. The product will expand underneath the tub. It will dry hard, so do not over fill as it may expand and cause a bulge in the fiberglass.

Now use a polyester filler to fill in the cracks and holes. If you want to use a fiberglass repair kit, that’s fine too, but sometimes the resin in those kits will react with the repair coating. Using various sheets of wet sand paper, sand it down the polyester filler so that it is even with the tub. Now all you have to do is match the original color.

You can make your own epoxy gel coat (paint) from epoxy, acrylic paint, and color additives. Therefore, if you want to create a new color, or cannot match the tub’s color, this might be the way to go. On the other hand, if you have a regular color tub, most paint stores, and hardware stores carry colors already premixed and ready for you to use. As with any paints you try, you might want to ask your store about any additional drying time before the tub should be used.

To repair chips in the tub, that have not leaked all the way through the fiberglass, apply some polyester filler over the chip and let dry. Any filler that dries fast will do. Begin using various grits of sandpaper on the filler until almost smooth. Keep the sandpaper clean by rising and sanding every few strokes. Be careful not to sand or scratch the surrounding area. Finish out by sanding smooth with 400 wet sandpaper. For the closest color you can find to match, purchase a porcelain repair kit, not a fiberglass kit.

Next, you need to spray area with a portable sprayer. But before spraying, tape surrounding area to avoid over spray and wipe surface with alcohol. Follow directions on sprayer. After it has set, you can use a fine sandpaper to blend the area.

Your fiberglass bathtub and unit may just be scratched or discolored. The fiberglass unit can be refinished to any color. Clean it and sand it with wet sand paper until every bit of shine left on the surface is gone. You will need to take your time and use a lot of sandpaper. You may want to rinse your sand paper every so often. Fill all cracks and holes with a polyester filler and sand to smooth. Tape off all plumbing. The surface must be totally free of all dust, dirt, etc. Towel the surface off and let dry completely. Tape off any surrounding area you do not want painted, and use a High Volume, Low Pressure sprayer. Just before spraying, wipe surface down with cheese cloth, and any good laquer thinner. Then wipe surface with tack cloth. Apply a aliphatic acrylic urethane, a special type of paint that resists chipping, cracking and peeling, to the surface of the tub. Then start spraying. The surface will need 2 or 3 even coats. Let dry overnight.

During all these steps, be sure to wear gloves, a dust mask and goggles. Fiberglass dust can be very damaging to eyes and noses. In addition, if your bathroom has a fan, you might want to keep it turned on until the paint fumes have had time to get out of the air, and open any windows.

Tile Grout Cleaning

How Cleaning Grout in Tile Floors

• A Cleaner with More Cleaning Power than Bleach, Without the Hassles!

It took me years to discover how to clean tile floors in a way that was easy and that didn’t harm my family, pets and the colored grout. I finally settled on using powdered oxygen bleach. Little did I know that this choice would put me way ahead of the current green movement.
Oxygen bleach is nontoxic, doesn’t produce harsh fumes, and is color- and fabric-safe. It removes all food and grease stains with no or minimal scrubbing. The oxygen ions attack the stain molecules, breaking them into pieces that rinse away with little effort.
To clean floor tiles, mix any high-quality oxygen bleach with warm water and stir it until it dissolves. Then pour the solution onto the floor tile so the grout lines are flooded with the solution. It’s best to apply the oxygen-bleach solution to dry grout so it soaks deeply. Let the solution sit on the grout for at least 15 minutes. If it completely soaks into the grout, add more solution, making sure there is always plenty of the cleaning liquid on the grout.

The longer you let the solution sit on the grout, the less work you have to do cleaning tile flooring. The oxygen ions work for up to six hours. To get maximum cleaning results, it helps to scrub the grout lightly after 30 minutes. Always pour new solution onto the grout as you scrub.
An oxygen bleach solution will remove red wine stains in minutes. Beet juice is not a problem. I’ve not discovered one stain it can’t remove. Friends have tried the tile cleaning machines, but they say the oxygen bleach does a much better job. You have to always scrub a little, but that’s how anything gets clean.
Once you have clean floor tiles, you can keep the grout looking like new by adding oxygen bleach powder to your mop water. Apply a liberal amount of mop water to the floor, scrubbing the tile surface with the mop. But leave the mop water in the grout joints without rinsing the floor. The oxygen ions clean the light dirt in the grout without scrubbing. Come back 30 minutes later and rinse the floor with clean water. If you do this each time, you’ll never be on your hands and knees again with a scrub brush.
It’s always best to work on stains while they’re fresh, if at all possible. But tile floors that have been dirty for years will come clean in no time if you use oxygen bleach.

Crab Rangoon

Crab-rangoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crab Rangoon Recipe
Makes 20

Ingredients:
1 brick (8 oz) Kraft Philadelphia Regular Cream Cheese, at room temperature
2 oz crab meat or 2 sticks imitation crab meat (finely diced)
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
20 wonton wrappers
Oil, for deep frying

Heat up a pot of oil for deep-frying and fry the crab rangoon until golden brown. Dish out with a strainer or slotted spoon, draining the excess oil by laying the crab rangoon on a dish lined with paper towels. Let the crab rangoon cools down a bit before serving them with sweet and sour sauce.

 

Super Healty Foods

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Super Healty Foods

Kale, quinoa, Greek yogurt. All are super-healthy foods you should be eating–and chances are you already are. Looking for a new über-healthy food to add to your repertoire? Check out this list! Whether your diet could use a health tune-up or already is the epitome of health, we think you’ll find at least one food on this list to add to your diet.

1. Chia
Health-conscious eaters are getting serious about–and going crazy for–chia seeds (yes, like the “pets”). It’s no wonder: they deliver as much protein as some nuts as well as heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fat. Per tablespoon, chia delivers 2 grams protein, 4 grams fiber and 1.75 grams ALA. Chia seeds may have celebrity status as the newest superfood fad, but they’ve been around for centuries (they were prized by the Aztecs). The seeds absorb liquid easily, gelling and making a creamy addition to oats and pancakes. That property also makes them easy on sensitive stomachs, says David C. Nieman, M.P.H., Dr.P.H., of Appalachian State University. “Some other seeds, like flax, are harder to digest because they have more lignan, a tough fiber,

2. Coconut flour
The popularity of coconut doesn’t end with hot-right-now coconut water and coconut oil. Coconut flour is a healthy way to add decadent coconut flavor to baked goods. As for health benefits of coconut flour: it packs a whopping 5 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoons (with only 2 grams of total and saturated fat) and it’s gluten-free. Coconut flour has health benefits for people with diabetes, too: adding coconut flour to baked goods lowers the glycemic index (a measure of the rate that a food increases blood sugar). In your market, look for coconut flour near other gluten-free flours.

3. Vegetable smoothies
Smoothies are often a tasty delivery device for fruit. But adding vegetables–especially spinach and kale to make green smoothies–is all the rage these days, possibly thanks to a renewed interest in juicing. Even beets and sweet potato are making an appearance in smoothies (not together and typically in combination with fruit). Try it for yourself with our Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Green Smoothie with Kale & More.

4. Skyr
Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland and is comparable in texture and nutrition to Greek yogurt–delivering just as much protein, but for slightly fewer calories (perhaps because it’s always made with skim milk).

5. Seaweed
Dulse (say it like “pulse”) is one example of a growing infatuation with eating seaweed. This family of nutrient-packed sea vegetables has been turning up everywhere from school lunches (where savvy parents swap it for potato chips) to gourmet restaurant fare. Why all the love? Dulse is a good source of potassium and iron–and boasts loads of iodine, necessary in the regulation of the thyroid gland and usually found only in seafood or iodized salt. It has a salty, of-the-sea flavor. You can enjoy dulse in many forms. Look for it in natural-foods markets, where you’ll find it either in flakes or in bags of dried strips, and crumble it over soups or salads.

6. Hemp
Chia isn’t the only super-healthy seed gaining popularity. Though hemp plants (aka Cannabis sativa) are illegal to grow in the U.S. because of their association with the mood-altering cultivars of the plant, eating hemp seeds is increasingly popular. Hemp-seed sales grew 156 percent between 2008 and 2010. As versatile as, and similar in taste to, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds can be eaten raw, toasted, sprinkled on yogurt or salads or ground into seed butter. Per tablespoon, hemp seeds boast twice the fiber as chia at 4 grams, 16 percent of your daily value for phosphorus and magnesium and 1 gram of ALA.

7. Kefir
Think yogurt in a glass. This fermented dairy beverage is packed with beneficial probiotics that may help give your immune system a little extra edge. With 29 percent of your daily value of calcium per 8-ounce serving, kefir is the perfect choice for adding to smoothies in place of yogurt or as an on-the-go breakfast. Look for it in your local market and choose plain for less added sugars; if you want extra flavor, add fresh fruit or fruit puree for natural sweetness.

8. Rooibos tea
Green tea isn’t the only super-healthy tea out there. Rooibos tea–a red-colored herbal tea made from the leaves of the rooibos bush–may protect your heart. People at risk of developing heart disease (read: high cholesterol, blood pressure and/or body mass index) significantly lowered their triglycerides and “bad” LDL cholesterol and raised their “good” HDL cholesterol by drinking 6 cups of the tea daily over six weeks.

9. Almond milk
At the grocery store, your milk choices go beyond what cows produce. Plant-based “milks” are increasing popular. If you find yourself wandering into the alternative “milk” category, go for almond milk. It’s naturally high in calcium and if you buy one fortified with vitamin D, it’s comparable to cow’s milk. Per cup, almond milks deliver fewer calories than cow’s milk (60 to 80) and, depending on the brand, potentially slightly less protein (2 to 9 grams versus 8 to 9 in cow’s milk). One cup of almond milk also has 2.5 to 4.5 g fat, 0 to 0.5 g saturated fat, 5 to 11 g carbohydrate, 0 to 4 g fiber, 20 to 30 percent of your daily recommendation for calcium and up to 25 percent of your daily needs for vitamin D.

10. Amaranth
Quinoa is having its day in the sun, but amaranth, another whole grain, deserves a mention–it’s a boon for vegetarians because it’s high in both iron and zinc, nutrients that can be tough to get into a vegetarian diet, as well as protein. It’s also rich in calcium and magnesium–and is gluten-free. Grown as an ornamental for its pretty blooms as well as for its grains, amaranth grains have been cultivated in Central America for an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 years. When cooked, amaranth has a thick, porridge-like texture–great in soups, stews, breakfast porridge or puddings. Find it in the natural-foods section of well-stocked supermarkets or in natural-foods stores.

Pandas Honey walnut shrimp

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Pandas Honey walnut shrimp

 

Panda Honey Walnut Shrimp has to be one of my all time favorite foods and I am constantly on the lookout for tasty new shrimp dishes. A while ago I came across a really interesting one for honey and walnut shrimp on Rasa Malaysia. The name drew me in at first as I like both honey and walnuts in addition to the shrimp and then I saw that it also included mayonnaise and sweetened condensed milk. I would never have thought about a honey, mayonnaise and sweetened condensed milk combo for shrimp and I was really intrigued. The fun does not stop there though as the shrimp are deep fried with a crispy cornstarch coating and the walnuts are candied! There was no way that I could pass up on trying this dish even if it did not sound all that healthy. The honey and walnut shrimp were pretty easy to make with the only challenge being the deep frying. I was not really sure what to expect from this flavour combination but it worked out surprisingly well. The savoury mayonnaise and the tart lemon juice balance the sweet honey and condensed milk and they tasted great together. The crispy coating on the prawns added a nice texture and provided a great surface for the sauce to cling to. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

Pandas Honey Walnut Shrimp

(makes 4 servings)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup walnut halves
oil for frying
1 pound shrimp (peeled and deviened)
1 egg white
1/2 cup corn starch
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Honey walnut shrimp Directions:

1. Bring the water to a boil and stir in the sugar.
2. When the sugar water turns golden add the walnuts and boil for 2 minutes.
3. Strain the walnuts and set them on parchment paper to cool.
4. Heat the oil in a pan.
5. Dip the shrimp into the egg and then into the corn starch.
6. Fry the shrimp in the oil until golden brown
7. Mix the mayonnaise, honey, sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice in a bowl.
8. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.
9. Serve the shrimp garnished with the walnuts.

How to Refinish a Bathtub

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How to Refinish Bathtubs

How to refinish a tub

You want to refinish your bathtub because you want to change it’s color or just cant clean it anymore and very dull of age of cleaning .You can also choose to refinish it because it’s stained or chipped. Refinishing the surface of your existing bathtub, instead of buying and installing a new tub, is a less expensive way to make a tub look new. This article explains how to refinish bathtubs.
Steps of bathtub refinishing:
Replacement: Tear out your existing tub/shower and replace will cost you around $3500
Refinishing: Refinishing hire bathtub refinishing company . DIY is great for many things, but it is virtually impossible to do a decent bathtub refinishing job by yourself. Porcelain, fiberglass, and cast-iron tubs can all be refinished.
Tub Liners: At prices equal to or greater than refinishing, bathtub liners are not the bargain option. But they are almost full price of replacement, and unlike refinishing, you never worry about the finish wearing away.
DIY Refinishing: Worth mentioning as something you probably do not want to take on.
Nearly impossible to achieve a smooth finish, and DIY finishes will begin to peel and
chip soon after. This is best left to professional bathtub finishers .

Preparing Bathtub Surface

  1. Clean the entire surface of the bathtub with chemical cleaners to remove any soap scum and dirt residue. The chemical cleaners will also help the bonding agent adhere to the surface.
  2. Rinse and dry all surfaces thoroughly.
  3. Use a palm sander to gently roughen the surfaces you plan to refinish to make it easier for the paint to bond with the surface.
  4. Tape paper or plastic over any surfaces you do not want to paint. Keep in mind that you’ll be painting with a spray gun, so you may want to cover a larger than you would if painting with a brush.
  5. Use a spray bottle to apply a bonding agent before painting if your bathtub is porcelain. Allow 5 minutes for the bonding agent to dry.

Refinishing Bathtub steps

  1. Prepare the primer according to the package instructions. Pour the primer into the paint pot of the spray gun. Attach the paint pot to the spray gun.
  2. Paint each surface back and forth in an even motion for consistent coverage. Apply 2 coats of primer, allowing at least 30 minutes between coats for the primer to dry.
  3. Apply 3 coats of acrylic top coat. Wait at least 30 minutes between each coat.
  4. Allow 24 to 48 hours before using your newly resurfaced bathtub.

 

 

Moving to a New Home with a Cat

Moving to a New Home with a Cat

 

Most cats are not big fans of change. If they could chose, they would prefer to stay where they’re already comfortable and settled
in. But, at some point in their lives, most cats must move on to a new
location. Making the transition as stress-free as possible for your feline
companion can have big benefits, including reducing the risk of fear-based
house soiling, excessive meowing and crying, hiding, escape attempts and
aggression.

Moving a cat to a new house involves three basic aspects: pre-move
preparations, the move itself and settling into the new home. All three
sections below apply to a move with a resident pet. The third section is most
important if you’re only trying to integrate a new cat into your existing
household.

Preparation

  • Allow your cat time to get used to his carrier. Leave it
    sitting out with the door open and a comfy bed inside. Occasionally leave a
    couple of cat treats in it so your cat can find them on his own. Start feeding
    your cat in the carrier. If your cat is reluctant to enter the carrier to eat,
    start by just placing his dish next to it. After a few days, put the dish just
    inside the carrier, right near the opening. Then, over a week or two, gradually
    move the dish toward the back of the carrier so your cat has to step a little
    further inside each day. Eventually, place the dish at the very back of the
    carrier to your cat must go all the way into it to eat.
  • Put out your moving boxes a couple weeks before you need to
    start packing so your cat has time to get used to their presence. If your cat
    is nervous while you’re packing, he’ll probably be happier closed in a quiet
    room, away from the activity and noise. It’s also a good idea to confine your
    cat if you think he might try to hide in one of the boxes.
  • Try to keep your cat’s daily routine as stable as possible.
    Stick closely to his regular schedule for feeding, play and attention. A feeder
    with a timer can be helpful to make sure your cat eats at the same time each
    day.
  • If your cat is very skittish, nervous or easily stressed, speak to your vet
    about using anti-anxiety medication to make the moving process easier on
    him.

The Move

  • To prevent your cat from dashing out the door while movers are
    going in and out, close him in a bathroom with food, water, a bed and litter
    box. Place a sign on the door asking the movers to keep the door shut.
  • Feed your cat a very small breakfast on moving day to reduce
    stomach upset.
  • While in transit, resist the urge to open your cat’s carrier
    to soothe him. A scared cat may try to dash out. Only open the carrier in a
    secure area and when absolutely necessary.
  • Carry a roll of packing tape in case the carrier needs emergency repairs
    along the way.
  • First, cat-proof the new house. Tuck away electrical cords,
    plug up nooks where a cat could get stuck, make sure that all windows have
    secure screens, remove any poisonous houseplants and confirm that no
    pest-control poison traps have been left anywhere in the house.
  • Immediately take your cat to a room that will remain
    relatively quiet. Before opening the carrier, set up your cat’s food and water
    dishes, litter box and bed. Place some cat treats around the room to encourage
    your cat to explore.
  • Keep your cat in this one “home-base” room for his first
    several days in the new house. This will allow him to gradually get used to the
    sights, sounds and smells of his new home without feeling overwhelmed. Keeping
    your cat in one room will also make it easy for him to find his litter box,
    food and water. If you’re adding a new cat to a home where there are existing pets
  • Spend time with your cat in his home-base room, at first doing
    low-key activities like reading or watching TV. When he begins to explore,
    offer your cat attention, treats and playtime.
  • When the flurry of unpacking is over, gradually give your cat
    access to the rest of the house, one room at a time. If it’s not possible to
    close doors to limit his access, closely supervise your cat during short
    exploration sessions.
  • Provide a second litter box where you’ll want to keep one
    permanently. Keep the box available in the home-base room for at least a few
    weeks. Once your cat has settled in, you can remove that box. Alternatively,
    you can keep the home-base litter box but gradually transfer it to a preferable
    location. To make sure your cat doesn’t lose track of where it is, move the box
    just a foot or so away from the home-base room and toward your preferred
    location each day.

Shine your dull sink

Bring Shine to your ceramic sink

Porcelain sinks become dull over time from soap film that accumulates on the sink surface. The soapy film adheres to the sink, making removal difficult without the use of a solvent that dissolves the soap scum. Acidic products liquefy the thick film, allowing you to rinse it from the sink. It’s possible to restore the beauty and shine of your porcelain sinks by removing soapy buildup from their surfaces with a few simple products.


Step 1

Spray a nonabrasive cleaner on the porcelain sink. Allow the cleaner to soak into the residue on the sink surface for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Wipe the sink with a wet sponge, removing the soapy residue. Dry the sink with a dish towel.

Step 3

Cut a lemon in half with a knife. Rub the lemon over the entire porcelain sink. Squeeze the lemon gently as you rub to release the juice inside. Allow the lemon juice to remain on the sink for 10 minutes. Rinse the sink with cool water and a sponge.

Step 4

Put the stopper in the drain hole. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the sink. Wet a sponge with the vinegar and wipe over the porcelain sink surface. Rinse the vinegar completely from the sink with the sponge and cool water. Dry the sink with a dish towel

Baby Boomers and remodeling trends growing

“Mature” buyers used to be viewed by much of the industry as something of an afterthought. These consumers weren’t seen as investing in major kitchen and bath remodels in great numbers – certainly not the way the baby boomers did, with their growing families, growing incomes and desire to keep up with (or surpass) the Jones. Nor were they viewed as offering the same opportunity as young consumers, who, despite limited disposable income, tended toward more creative designs and lots of technology, with the added bonus of potentially being customers for many decades to come. But with the aging of America, that’s all changing. Older consumers are remodeling in higher numbers than in years past – surpassing other age demographics…

Kitchen Sinks and Faucets

Coordinating finishes, clean lines and utility are the hot trends when it comes to the kitchen water station. With space at a premium, the water station has been re-engineered to be harder working and more efficient than ever – without wasting valuable counter space.

From a fashion standpoint, minimalist designs remain popular, while faucets sport higher profiles and finishes that coordinate with popular appliance finishes.

Below are some of the latest trends in kitchen sinks and faucets:

 

–Today’s homeowners expect the kitchen water station to be extremely hard working, with utility and functionality of utmost importance, particularly in kitchens where space is at a premium.

–Minimalist and transitional styling is hot in faucet design right now, blending with the clean lines that are trending across the board in kitchen design.

–Faucets are increasingly coordinating with appliance finishes, such as stainless steel and black, while warm bronze, satin nickel, chrome and oil-rubbed bronze also remain hot.

–Higher profile spouts are showing up in more households, while the convenience of pull-out and pull-down faucets is making this almost standard in the industry.

–Smaller sinks that require less counter space are turning up increasingly in an effort to maximize space, while ADA-compliant sinks are also on the rise.

–Consumers are becoming more aware of low-flow and WaterSense-endorsed faucets, and will choose conservation-minded products, as long as performance is not sacrificed.

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