What Makes A Squeaky Bed And How Can You Fix It?

Squeaky beds can be incredibly annoying, so much so that some people would probably prefer to buy a new bed frame rather than fixing the problem. However, you can easily repair a squeaky bed frame to ensure you’re finally able to get some peace and quiet!

 

Why do beds squeak?

A squeaky bed can arise for a number of reasons. Some of the most common issues can include:

–          The age of your bed – as your bed ages it will naturally weaken and could begin to squeak as a result.

–          The materials used in the bed’s construction – metal beds can be notorious for squeaking, as the intersecting pieces of the frame can scrape against one another. Wooden bed frames can still squeak though.

–          The floor – it isn’t always your bed that’s the culprit of those annoying squeaks. If you have wooden floor boards it may be them that are squeaking and not your bed.

–          Your mattress – it may actually be the springs in your mattress that are squeaking.

–          Loose joints – if the hooks keeping your bed frame together come loose they can begin to squeak.

 

How to locate the squeak

Finding out where the squeak in your bed is coming from will be the first step to fixing the problem.

 

To do this you should:

–          Sit on the edge of your bed and see whether it squeaks. Do this all along the edges of the mattress on both sides of the bed.

–          Move the headboard back and forth to see if it squeaks.

–          Check the legs of your bed frame to make sure they aren’t loose or crooked.

You may find that your bed squeaks from numerous locations, in which case you should consider combining some of the following solutions:

 

Metal beds

–          Tighten the screws, nuts and bolts on your bed.

–          Apply a lubricant to the nuts, bolts and joints in your bed – WD-40 should be ideal.

–          Remove all of the nuts and bolts. Then wrap the bolts in sealant tape and put them back into the bed frame. This time, use plastic washers on both sides of the bolt and use a metal nut to hold the bolt in place. This is one of the best ways to stop a squeaky metal bed as it removes metal-on-metal contact.

 

Wooden beds

–          Make sure that all of the joints are flush.

–          Tighten all of the hooks, screws, nuts and bolts used.

–          Apply a lubricant to the nuts, bolts and joints – you can use either a specialist wood lubricant or a general lubricant.

–          Consider replacing any nails with screws.

 

Wooden floorboards

If you have wooden floorboards, one of the best ways to stop them from squeaking is to place a thick rug beneath your bed. This can provide a barrier between the floor and your bed.

 

Mattresses

–          Rotate your mattress – this can change the weight distribution, which can relieve the pressure on the springs at fault.

–          Move around the mattress to find the area in which the squeaking is more prevalent. Then, place a flat object beneath this area to relieve pressure.

 

And if all else fails…

If you have tried all of the above solutions but haven’t had any joy, it might be time to replace your bed.

A squeaky bed can wake you numerous times in the night if you’re a light sleeper, and it can be a great source of annoyance. There are many ways to fix a squeaky bed though, so you can begin getting a good night’s sleep in no time.

 

This post was provided by Anglia Home Furnishings, a regional company specialising in furniture and carpeting.

Renovating the House- 4 Essential Tips

Renovating the house is not a walk in the park; just ask the 2012 winners of the Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. The event celebrates the best in British self-build, and the front-runners have had to endure blood, sweat and tears in order to create spectacular masterpieces.

The overall winner, Tim and Ceridwen Coulson, from Monmouthshire in South East Wales, created a stunning three-storey, four-bedroom house. The property was awarded the crown title for its outstanding natural beauty but it did not come easily. An old worker’s cottage was bought for £350,000; the owners had to endure four years of planning debates, 18 months of bat inspections; and in total the project cost £730,000.

So what are the essentials that you need when revamping your property? Here is an expert guide.

  • Generator

When the house is in a state of repair and every room looks like a building site, the last thing you need is the inability to be able to run hot water, take a shower or put on the heating.

Power is vital to carry out your day to day tasks as normal and if the mains supply is cut-off, you will need an alternative power source in the form of a generator. This can also help you power some of the building tools, like the cement mixer and pneumatic drill.

  • Materials

Before you start the build, write down a list of all the materials that you need. You need to take into account how much space you have available for the size of the resources, so it may be that you need to order some in now, and save others for later on in the project.

By organising what materials you need, you can calculate your budget. What kind of materials do you need and which ones do you want? Have you considered eco-friendly supplies? It may cost you more money now but it will save you much more in the long-term.

  • Expert help

You will need to employ contractors for particular parts of the project. A lot of the building work you should be able to do yourself however, there will be certain jobs which are dangerous and require expertise. The electrical wiring, roofing and plumbing, should all be undertaken by professionals.

  • Planning permission

Before you even do anything, are there any planning restrictions in place? This is absolutely essential; just take the following case in Gloucestershire for example.

The owner of a secret house is being asked by the council to pull it down because the building is outside the settlement boundary, and its authorised use is only for a garden centre, not to be used as a home. Stroud District Council says the whole building, which has a fully-furnished bedroom, lounge and a tiled shower room, must come down.

Don’t waste money, time and effort building a property if there are constraints in place. It will only be torn down at a later date.

Follow this guide to ensure you have all the necessities, when it comes to your self-build project. With regards to actual tools, check out this post on the fundamental apparatus, every person should have in their tool box.

This article was provided by Mather & Stuart, specialists in generators to hire and buy. If you need emergency power fast, visit the site today.

The 5 Best Energy Saving Appliances

Saving money is of the utmost importance to many households today. Given the cost of everything is rising, making these small changes to help control your energy costs can really pay off in the long run. If you have been considering ways of reducing your energy usage, there are a few things that you can do. Here is a list of the 5 best energy saving appliances and a look at how much they can save you over the course of a year:

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In the Kitchen 

Dishwasher

Many homes today have automatic dishwashers and while washing and drying dishes the old fashioned way may be the best energy saver, there are many modern dishwasher models that are designed specifically to use less water and electricity than older models. Choosing a model that gives you options between light and energy saving wash cycles is a good way to help save throughout the year. A good energy efficient dishwasher can save you more than £300 per year on water and electricity combined.

Refrigerator

Energy efficient refrigerators are everywhere today and buying one can cut your electricity costs significantly. While the initial expense may be a bit high, you can more than make this cost up over the next few years on energy savings alone. Experts recommend replacing a refrigerator that is more than 20 years old. In doing so, you can save up to £100 per year and if you choose an energy efficient model you can add an additional 15 per cent to these savings.

In the Bathroom

Water Heater

A water heater that is more than ten years old will use approximately 50 per cent more energy than one that is significantly newer. Replacing your old water heater with a newer model can help you to save several hundred gallons of water each year, resulting in a significant savings for your wallet as well.

Washing Machine

Washing machines that were produced before 1994 tend to use more electricity and water than those made today. If your washer is more than 20 years old, upgrading it can help you to save more than £100 on your energy costs every year. Choose an energy efficient model and you will be using just half of the energy it takes to run other models. You can save up to 20 gallons of water per large washing load as well.

Around the House

Air Conditioner

If you use window air conditioners that are more than ten years old, you are wasting energy. Buying a newer model can help you to save as much as 50 per cent on those energy costs. Running a smaller window type air conditioner is a much more efficient way to cool your home, particularly if you keep certain rooms closed off.

Summary

All of these appliances can help you to cut energy costs and save money and while purchasing them may seem like quite an expense, you will definitely notice an improvement in your electricity and water costs.

This article was provided by Electric Point, electrical wholesalers UK. Visit their site to view their selection of domestic consumer units and other products.

Massive Fails: Buildings That Didn’t Live Up To Expectations

Most people expect architects to know what they are doing. After all, their key job is to design buildings that are as functional as they are aesthetically appealing. There have, however, been many buildings that simply did not live up to their expectations. While there were different reasons for these buildings being less than they were designed to be, it does bring up the importance of good building design.

Here is a look at a few buildings that were designed a bit less carefully than they should have been:

Walt Disney Concert Hall

In Los Angeles, California, at Disneyland, you can see the Walt Disney Concert Hall that has sparked many conversations about bad building design.

What makes this a bad design? The building itself is very shiny, and while that may not seem to be a problem, shiny buildings will reflect light. When that light is concentrated into a small area, it can cause a laser reaction.

In short, the concert hall tends to send out laser beams that have been known to blind drivers that are passing by neighbouring traffic lights. The building acts as a huge magnifying glass that can heat up sidewalks in the area to nearly 140 degrees.

In 2005 the issue with the Walt Disney Concert Hall was rectified when the offending panels were buffed to remove the glare.

Lotus Riverside

In Shanghai in 2009, a lovely building complex was created. This complex consisted of 11 different buildings and was situated on the side of the river.

By the time that the complex had finished construction, nearly all of the flats inside were sold and just a few days before the final work was done the building itself fell right over into the river. Apparently, the construction of an underground parking garage next to the building was all that it took to topple it over, completely intact.

As reported on the blog China Realtime Report, an investigation revealed the true cause of the collapse. It was found that the complex collapsed when construction began on an underground garage next to the building. Earth was removed from the location of the garage and dumped into a landfill next to a creek, and the weight of the earth was simply too much for the river bank, which collapsed under the pressure.

John Hancock Tower

The John Hancock Center won an award from the American Institute of Architects when it was built in 1977. Now the tallest building in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, the Centre is a landmark in the United States.

Unfortunately, it is not as safe as many would like. The building apparently has difficulties keeping its windows intact. In fact, those windows tend to topple out and drop to the pavement below the building. When winds picked up just a few years after the building was created, more than 60 of its windows fell to the ground below. Police began roping off the area around the Centre during heavy storms just to protect citizens from falling glass and other debris.

Now, the Center’s windows are fixed firmly in place. One of the architects involved in its construction went on to use the new techniques in his design of the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France.

Summary

This just goes to show that even the world’s most renowned architects can make mistakes. Not every building ever designed has been perfect, and the chances are that there will be more buildings in the future that need a bit of work.

Whatever you are planning to build, be certain that you are careful in choosing your designs. Always make sure that your designs are created using safety measures to protect both the building and the public from harm.

This article was provided by Flat Pack Houses, one of the UK’s leading websites for flat pack homes for sale. Click here to visit their website and learn more.

Asbestos in Properties: Know The Dangers

If your home predates the year 2000, it could contain asbestos building materials. Widely used in the construction of homes and buildings during the 20th century, asbestos has since been linked with causing mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. So before you take on that new construction or renovation project this year, make sure you know how to handle any pre-existing asbestos in your home to keep you—and your workers—safe:

Where Asbestos Is Found

You may not realise it, but there’s a good chance that your house contains more than one asbestos building product. Asbestos was once a popular means of insulating and fireproofing new buildings, so loose asbestos may be found in lofts, wall cavities, and floor cavities, as well as in painted over pipe lagging that helps to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter months. Asbestos-reinforced resin composite materials were often used in toilet cisterns, while asbestos cement was used to make roof gutters, down pipers, and water tanks in home constructed prior to the 1980s. Other asbestos products to keep an eye out for come in the form of wall panelling, textured coatings for ceilings, door gaskets, roofing, shingles, siding, and vinyl and thermoplastic floor tiles. Even the tile backing could contain asbestos paper.

How to Stay Safe

Building materials that contain asbestos may look identical to those that don’t, making them impossible to detect with the naked eye. For this reason, it is imperative that you hire a trained and qualified professional to take samples from your home for analysis. After reviewing the samples under a microscope, the fibre expert will be able to tell you where asbestos lies in your home and how much there is. This analysis should be carried out prior to your scheduled home renovation.

If asbestos is found in your home, don’t panic. Asbestos products are generally considered to be non-threatening as long as they are left undisturbed in your home. Qualified professionals can help you label and monitor the asbestos-containing products so that they are not disturbed during your scheduled renovation project.

If any asbestos materials are found to have been compromised, they may pose a major risk to your health. Do not try to handle these materials on your own. They should be confiscated by licensed asbestos professionals who wear special protective clothing and respirators to keep themselves safe of breathing in the toxic fibres. Depending on the scope of the project, you may need to temporarily evacuate your home to ensure to reduce your risk of exposure. Symptoms of asbestos exposure may not develop for decades, but if you or someone you know has suffered from an asbestos-related illness as a result of exposure, file an asbestos claim today.

Some Must Have Bathroom Accessories

Believe it or not, bathroom is the second most important room in a house after the bedroom. According to studies conducted by the New York Times Magazine, people spend around a quarter of their lives inside the bathroom. Thus it comes as no surprise that more and more people give a great importance of a bathroom’s appearance by trying to make it as appealing as possible. And while not all are “blessed” with a large, spacious bathroom and a proper natural ventilation and lighting, below you will find a list with the most useful and stylish accessories to place in your restroom:

For ventilation

The perfect bathroom does not require much more than proper ventilation. The best form of ventilation comes, of course, in the shape of natural ventilation provided by a window. Unfortunately, small apartment bathrooms are rarely equipped with windows that allow fresh air and natural lighting to come in, so those of you who were not “blessed” with it will have to appeal to additional tricks and tips. The best way to offer proper ventilation is to install an exhaust fan. It will maintain your bathroom dry, keep away moisture and eliminate odors. However, for additional freshness and aromatherapy scents you might want to add perfumed candles or room odorants.

For floors

All bathroom floors require proper attention. River stones or porous tiles will prevent you from slipping and will diminish the risk of bath injuries. However, for those choosing style in the detriment of utility, soft rugs are a true feet-treat and a good bath acquisition. You can opt for a variety of styles, colors and forms, but the best ones are soft on the exterior and rubbery on their interior side to prevent slipping over.

For utility

There are countless ways of making your bathroom look pretty while keeping it clean and organized. Women who have a lot of beauty products and accessories can gather them and organize them through the simple use of baskets. Wooden and raffia baskets are both stylish and useful because they can enclose anything from bath creams and lotions to shower gels, tissues, perfumes, soaps and even towels. They will look gorgeous with whatever type of furniture and bathroom style you will adopt, not to mention they will not cost you a fortune.

Bathroom accessory sets are another useful and trendy invention. They also come in a variety of colors, textures and styles to best suit your bathroom ambiance and they are very useful. Accessory sets often include soap dishes, toothbrush holders, tissue boxes, towel supports and many others more that are both handy and affordable. To add a touch of luxury and elegance make sure you opt for accessories made of precious elements such as glass, stainless steel, marble or even gold.

For enhancing your daily bathroom experiences

This might sound silly but many people judge their friends’ bathrooms by the type of toilette paper used. So, unless you practice for becoming a Spartan each day, make sure you always have puffy, smooth and perfumed toilette paper. Moreover, you can enhance your shower experience by purchasing a sophisticated shower tub with hydro-massage functions, sauna and even LCD screens and radio. If you are more of a bath tub type, we suggest you purchase a hot tub equipped with massage functions for relaxing your mind and body. Scented candles scattered all over the bathroom or strategically posted near the bathtub will certainly enhance your bath experience, boost your energy and settle the mood.

For your own “guilty, small” pleasures

Bathrooms are truly fun and easy to decorate, no matter your style, budget or your bath’s size. No matter the style you will choose, your bathroom should always be welcoming, warm, relaxing, useful and trendy. Depending on your guilty pleasures, you can decorate your bathroom in lovely and girly shades of mint, pink, baby blue or lavender or, on the contrary, adopt a more luxurious style and opt for black, white and gold combos. You can keep your makeup essentials in colorful hanging storage boxes or you can choose small raffia baskets for a more refined style (you can find them all at Ikea). With the help of a beautiful and big mirror you can transform your bathroom into a true makeup studio; add spotlights and a makeup mirror and use specialized stickers for a funkier approach.

For the ultimate stylish touch you can opt for a first aid-looking cabinet such as the one from Debenhams.

 

Andrew Hannigan is a DIY enthusiast. He is a self taught home improvement expert and is currently working with Betterbathrooms.com who are known for their vast collection of bathroom accessories

Five Easy Steps For Makeover Of Your Kitchen

Having the dream kitchen is something that many housewives desire and being closer to that dream is in fact not that hard. The kitchen is the heart of the home – the place where the food is being cooked and where you spend some time every day, so why not make it perfect? It can be done in just five easy steps and best of all – you don’t have to start from scratch, but only complete a nice kitchen makeover. Here are the steps:

1.            Use white all over the kitchen

It is proven that white is the best choice for paint when having a makeover of your kitchen and you might want to follow that advice. White is also a color that goes well with almost everything, so it doesn’t matter whether your kitchen is modern or old-fashioned – the color will match everything. Also, arranging certain items around the kitchen will have a stronger effect due to the fact that they will stand out on the white background. You will have a feeling of being in a spacious room, too. It’s a great choice, so what are you waiting for?

2.            Put some herbs indoors

Having your own kitchen garden is an idea that you shouldn’t skip. It is awesome! You get both a nice decoration and a fresh spice supply. Having some plants around will make you feel great and in touch with nature at all times. Also, it is not that hard to maintain – all you are going to need is some planters and a place where the sun can shine freely. Mint, coriander, lemongrass, rosemary and basil are amongst the most popular choices as they will emit their smells in the kitchen (it’s interesting fact that the Danes use the word køkken) and can be used in many traditional dishes. You are going to be amazed of the difference you will see in your kitchen once you put a few plants around. Try it!

3.            Hang a few framed tiles around

Having some art on the walls is a magnificent choice for any room in your house and the kitchen is no exception to that rule. Putting some innovative art on your walls will surely make the difference as it will bring some additional style and beauty. There are ceramic frames that don’t cost that much and are a smart choice for the kitchen due to them being easy to clean. You can enjoy them anytime while you are cooking.

4.            Get yourself a kitchen island

Getting one is a must as it will provide you with some extra space and still can be used for a guest meeting or simply the morning paper and coffee.

5.            Make a display of beautiful glassware

You can show off a bit by putting your beautiful glassware at places where it can be spotted easily. Of course, put such pieces which are interesting and unique in order to show style and knowledge. Making the perfect kitchen isn’t just a dream – it’s something just a makeover away from you.