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HOW TO FIX CLOGGED DRAINAGE

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Clogged drains are a simple fact of life. At some point, you’re likely to find yourself searching the internet to find out how to fix a clogged drains. When your sink or shower suddenly stops draining, your first instinct might be to call a plumber to unclog a drain pipe, but the solution to clogged drains is often a quick and fairly cheap process that most people can manage on their own. If you want to save some money on plumbing, here’s some advice for dealing with sink clogs or a clogged bathtub drain. These easy tips can get your clogged shower drain, clogged bathroom sink, or other clogged drains working like new again.

1. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. It will fizz immediately, and you should waste no time pouring it down the clogged drain. The fizzing action will help to remove the gunk, hair, and grime that has built up in the pipe. Let it sit for one hour or even overnight if you can. Flush with hot water. Alternatively, get as much of the dry baking soda as you can down the drain first, then pour on the vinegar.

2. Boiling water

First, remove as much standing water from the sink as possible (using a cup or container). Next, pour an entire pot or kettle of boiling water directly into the drain. You might have to repeat this procedure several times for it to work, but it’s an easy and inexpensive fix. If that’s not working, remove the standing water again, and then pour salt down the drain before the boiling water. Let it sit, and then flush again with hot water to clear.

 

3. The Wet & Dry Vacuum

If you have a wet & dry shop vacuum, it can become a terrific tool to unclog drains. First, set it to vacuum liquids. Cover up the vent to prevent a mess. Then, create the tightest seal you can over the drain. You may want to get creative and adapt an old plunger head for this purpose. With the vacuum turned on its highest setting, it can be powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag. It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a shot.

 

4. Caustic Soda

Get some rubber gloves and eye protection. Caustic soda (also known as Sodium Hydroxide) can cause nasty chemical burns. You can pick some up from your local hardware store, but always use caution handling it. Pour 3/4 gallon of cold water into a mop bucket, and then add 3 cups of caustic soda. Stir it well with an old wooden spoon. It will begin to fizz and heat up. Pour it into the clogged drain and leave for 20-30 minutes, then flush the drain with boiling water. Repeat if necessary.

Roof Leakage? Quick Solutions to (DIY)

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There’s no good time for your roof to begin leaking or have other issues, but there are also definitely times when it is worse than others. If your roof begins to leak during public holiday or another time when your roof handyman can’t come out, booked or you need time to get the money together to fix the roof, sometimes an emergency roof repair is needed.These temporary repairs are designed to help get you through a short period of time with minimal water damage to your home while you wait for a new roof.

Find the Leak

The challenge with many smaller roof leaks is determining exactly where water is seeping in. The drip, or the indicators of a drip (e.g., water stains, mold, rotting wood), may be evident in one location but is actually dribbling from another part of the roof. Without obvious external signs, such as missing or damaged shingles, this can be a challenge. Likely, you need to inspect your attic for the source of the leak and any path water might be taking before it finally drips. If necessary, pull back insulation to get a better look. Another strategy is use a garden hose to spray water on the affected areas of the roof, including any vents and flashing. With some patience, you should be able to pinpoint the leak.

Cover the Leak with Tarp

Once you find the source of the leak, with the help of plastic tarp you can make a very quick temporary roof leak repair.Stretch the tarp out over the area that leaking, cover the hole from slightly below the leak. To do this, secure the tarp by tying it down or using a strong duct tape, making sure the tarp extends over the ridge of the roof or drive nails into the edges to hold it tightly. While this isn’t the most attractive roof repair, it can help keep out the rain long enough to call a handyman in to do the actual repair

Roof Shingles

If the leak in your roof is due to cracked, damaged or removed shingles, one of the best ways to block water flow until repair help arrives is to make temporary shingles.A Sheet metal is the best choice the job. Just trim the metal down to the size and shape of a shingle and slide the back edge underneath the row of shingles above, making sure the bottom edge lines up with the bottom edges of the shingles on either side. Nail it into place and coat the nail heads with roofing cement. This won’t be the prettiest looking patch in the world, but it can keep out the rain and help you roof make it until you can have it professionally repaired. The important thing is that, even if your DIY replacement doesn’t completely seal the hole, it will at least reduce water flow into your home.

Straighten Out Curled Shingles

If you discover that your shingles are curling and this is the source of the leak, you can straighten and flatten them back out to repair the leak. Keep in mind that shingles may be curling because they’ve reached the end of their lifespan, and if this is the case this roof leak repair is temporary at best, and you will need to call a professional in to assess the situation.

Gently flatten out the curling shingles and apply a little roofing cement to the undersides of the edges. Then just press them back down into place. This should help keep the water out while you await the handyman.

Use Roofing Tape

Roofing tape, available at any home improvement retailer and many hardware stores, is applied to the inside of the roof decking to prevent, or at least limit, water flow into your home. Not only is this one of the quickest ways to temporarily stop a roofing leak, but so long as you have a ladder or something to stand on, roofing tape can be applied from inside your attic or the top floor of your home. This makes it far easier than other temporary fixes such as tarp or garbage bags, which usually have to be secured from the top.

5 Things to consider when creating the ideal, functional home office

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Whether your home office is a space for running a business, a study room, or simply a nook for paying bills and organizing your schedule, you deserve more than a wooden desk and extra chair stuffed into a spare corner. Here are some tips for creating a charming, practical work space.

1. Location, location, location

You’ll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don’t stiff yourself on space. For example, squishing a tiny desk into a windowless closet to preserve the rarely-used guest room. Also consider traffic flow and your ability to withstand distractions. When planning your office area, ensure that it affords a degree of privacy from surrounding activities.

2. Consider Your Budget

It can be fun to decorate a home office, but you don’t want to waste money on unneeded items. While you don’t want to sacrifice your comfort (i.e., you should buy a good chair), you do want to be frugal, at least in the beginning. Take inventory of your home and see what items you already have that can be moved to your home office. It includes your tech needs as well. Hold off on buying new computers, printers, and software unless you need it. If you need new furniture, check out your local thrift shops, which often have durable furniture for less than you can get make-yourself-particle board items at other stores.

3. Lighting

In foreign countries many people put their home office in a basement, which isn’t bad, but there are many benefits to natural lighting. If you have to be in a dark area without windows, get good quality lighting that not only lights the room but your work area as well. Light can help you avoid eye strain, and boost your mood.

4. Ergonomics

Your health, safety and welfare are critical. Therefore, the items you choose should be ergonomically designed to promote your health and well-being while using them. The chair is one of the most crucial items in your office. It needs to provide adequate support for your lower back, support your arms at the proper height, swivel and roll and  have a comfortable seat cushion with breathable fabric.

5. Keep Needed Resources Within Reach

While getting up and moving is a good thing health wise, it can interrupt your focus and workflow. Thereby slowing you down. For items that you use a lot, you’ll want to design your home office in a way that you can access them easily and quickly.

Gardening and its benefits

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Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered by many people to be a relaxing activity.

Gardening ranges in scale from fruit orchards, to long boulevard plantings with one or more different types of shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants, to residential yards including lawns and foundation plantings, to plants in large or small containers grown inside or outside.

It may be very specialized, with only one type of plant grown, or involve a large number of different plants in mixed plantings. It involves an active participation in the growing of plants, and tends to be labor-intensive, which differentiates it from farming or forestry.

Gardening surprisingly has a lot of health and environmental benefits, some of which are explained below.

Global Warming

Global warming, the end all and topic of countless conspiracy theories! Here are the basics of global warming.

• C02 is a greenhouse gas that helps to trap heat from the sun on the Earth. Too much C02 can be a bad thing.
• Global warming is caused by too many greenhouse gases, making it difficult for the Earth to cool naturally.

In the natural process of photosynthesis, plants take in C02 and release valuable oxygen molecules. There is a good chance that we all learned this back in secondary school! Should have been listening! By investing time in your own garden, you can effectively help the collective effort to reduce the amount of C02 in the Earth’s atmosphere! A concerted effort in areas known to contain high levels of air pollution and smog can definitely benefit from this!

Wildlife Preservation

With a constantly growing global population, it can be easy to forget about the natural environments that we impact when we alter the planet. The Earth is composed of small inter-dependent ecosystems. Growing a garden can create habitats for smaller life forms like birds, insects, aphids, ants and other species that thrive and reproduce in the ecosystem. Each creature plays an important role in helping the environment!

As most of us already know, slug repellent can kill slugs and effectively keep them from eating your leaves! But wait! Slugs and other bugs are necessary for the ecosystem and serve their own particular role! If we remove these smaller creatures from the ecosystem, it could create negative implications for animals higher up in the food chain! That is why it is important to preserve wildlife, keep the Earth healthy, and practice organic gardening!

Increase property value

A garden/landscaping design is considered an investment for the future. A tastefully designed yard can add “curb-appeal” to your house and in turn increase the overall value of ones home. Besides adding monetary value a garden can help one sell their house faster than the average home owner.

Keeping Fit

Staying fit doesn’t have to mean expensive gym. Working on your garden is an excellent way to get all-round exercise for improving strength, endurance and flexibility and can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other medical conditions.

Strengthening Your Immune System

Soil comes with plenty of germ and bacteria, which does not sound like something you want your hands on. However, exposure to these microorganisms, especially for young children, could help increase their immunity against diseases later on in life. For example, a report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests that children who are confined inside would run the risk of major health issues such as obesity and vitamin D deficiency. If you are a parent then make sure your your kids are participating in fun, outdoor activities.

Breathe easier

Gardening doesn’t have to be an outdoor activity – there are many varieties of plants that can be grown inside, too. As well as making rooms look nice, indoor plants can help improve air quality in enclosed spaces. Some studies also suggest that indoor plants can boost the concentration and focus of office workers.

Not all plants will grow well indoors, so you’ll need to research which varieties will grow well in the lighting and temperature of your room.

Fire Outbreak Prevention, Control and Safety

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The importance of increasing public understanding of the causes of fire and of learning effective reactions in the event of fire is essential to a successful fire-prevention program. To reduce the impact and possibility of fire and improve safety, the building codes of most major cities include fire safety regulations. Buildings are designed to separate and enclose areas, so that a fire will not spread.

Fire fire-prevention devices are also incorporated, such as fire alarms,smoke detectors. Equipment and materials that could cause a fire or explode if exposed to fire are isolated and fire-extinguishing equipment are installed and updated at regular intervals throughout a structure. Fire-retardant building materials have also been developed, such as the paints and chemicals used to coat and impregnate combustible materials, such as wood and fabric.

It is disturbing though, that even with all these preventive measures in place, we are still at risk of a fire outbreak. Most of these fire outbreaks are as a result of avoidable mistakes and carelessness. We have taking time to highlight some basic ways to avoid a fire outbreak and what to do when there is one.

Always put off appliances when not in use:

For those who go to work, put off all appliances at home to avoid voltage surge that may follow when power is restored after an outage. The same applies for the office when leaving.

Do not overload electrical sockets:

Avoid overloading electrical sockets/outlets to prevent sparks that may lead to fire.

Do not smoke at bed time:

This is for smokers. After a late night party or stressful day, it may be tempting to have stick just before bed. With the
possibility of dozing off, there is a tendency to toss the butt anywhere while it has half-lit. If that lands on the rug or
mattress, your safety is on the line and  the consequences can only be imagined.

Do not use phones in the kitchen:

In this era of phone and social media, many people go into the kitchen with their phones. The temptations are many. For one, an incoming call may provide a distraction too costly. A story is told of a lady who received a call as she attempted to light the gas. While speaking on the phone, she forgot the cooker had been switched on. With a strike of the match, flames engulfed the whole building.

Fuel your generator before, not when it is on:

With the football season that has just begun, many football fans will be watching many matches. For one, our electricity distribution companies cannot be trusted therefore any plans for a backup should factor in sufficiently fueling the generator. Doing so while the generator is on may be dangerous.

All generators should be kept in an open space for cross-ventilation and not in an enclosed environment.

Put off phones while in the filling stations:

This is common amongst car owners. Receiving calls and making them in a highly inflammable environment like a petrol station
is risky as mobile phones are emitters of small amount of charges that could explode in contact with petrol.

Do not be an emergency engineer or electrician

Avoid fixing electrical faults personally when you apparently do not have the skill. Violating the basic rule of aligning
like charges can lead to a spark which may result in fire.

Get a Thunder Arrestor:

Thunder storm delivers a huge amount of electrical charge. The work of a Thunder Arrestor is to safely lead this current away from the building to the earth to avoid fire. Get one.

Keep candles on a candle stand:

We put candles and leave them beside curtains or clothes or even on tables made from wood. The candle may fall off or a nearby object may get burned.

How to use a fire extinguisher:

A lot of people do not know what to do when there is a little fire, hence the fire escalates and becomes a disaster, therefore when there is a fire, if it isn’t an explosion then it can still be controlled before it escalates by using a fire
extinguisher. Here are the basic steps to using a fire extinguisher.

P: PULL THE PIN

A: AIM AT THE BASE OF THE FIRE

S: SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER

S: SWEEP FROM SIDE TO SIDE

If the fire becomes bigger than what you can handle, you should make your way to safety first then call the fire service department.

Artisans and their troubles

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A handyman is a person skilled in a wide range of repairs, typically around the home. These tasks include repair work and maintenance work either interior or exterior, and are sometimes described as “side work”, “odd jobs” or “fix-up tasks”. Anyone who has dealt with an artisan or handyman in Nigeria would have series of stories to tell as to how and unreliable they are. From Over charging to broken promises or purchasing substandard parts, to causing further damage, the list goes on. Therefore we need to find new ways to deal with these artisans and handymen. Even Our organization has not been exempted from the challenges we face with artisans and handymen. We’ll use one instance as a case study for this gist, but the names of individuals would be altered for obvious reasons. Usually we don’t have our artisans sign any written contract for easy relationship just to allow them feel at home, but some of them just seize the opportunity to take us for granted.
In this case, we got a contract to change the doors of a building; we sent Mr. Klaus one of our carpenters for inspection. He brought his quotation and we sent our quotation to the client, upon approval, work started. Midway through the job, Mr. Klaus calls to say he’ll need more money. Mister man you brought your quotation, so why all these stories? So… Mr. Klaus Started giving Flimsy excuses…What do we do. We can’t go back to the client now can we. Certainly, that will be too unprofessional even for us, and we can’t have another carpenter finish someone else’s job, it’ll make matter worse. So, we decided to beat the price down and give it to him, just for peace to reign, we were ready to cut our losses.
After about 3 days, Mr Klaus was back and at it again, asking for even more money. The scenario made us wonder about his mental state. At this point the company had to deliberate to decide on what’s best, sending another person to finish the job or give Mr. Klaus what he wants, cutting our loss both ways. As you already know, during the course of deliberation, the job was on hold and the client was on our neck. The company decided to give Mr. Klaus what he wants just to cross the finish line as soon as possible, but ensured this was the last we would hear from Mr. Klaus, for this Job and future ones.
Now we make every artisan sign an agreement contract even non-competes and non-disclosures which normally should not be their business but prevention is better than cure right? If organizations like ours with policies that guide us also encounter these problems, we can only assume the general public must have seen worse. A solution has to be on the cards. What happened to taxis with the advent of Uber, taxify and the likes needs to happen to artisans and handymen. This same thing needs to happen to the repairmen, artisans and handymen market. This sector is ripe for a change and Shlaad Engineering is more than ready to cut losses as just to save the day…Most people just do not know this service exits yet.
Shlaad handyman’s goal is to be the number 1 market place for competent and reliable handyman services in Nigeria.

Safety and Security Tips for Your Home

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Having a safe and secure home is one of the most important things you can do. Without security and peace of mind, all the hard work and love you put into creating a home can be taken from you. With the majority of break-ins happening during the day, it is important your house is secure at all times.

The first step to securing your home can be taken before you move in. Make sure the locks on your new house are changed pre move-in as you never know who had access to the house under prior owners. Moving forward, make sure anyone you give a key to in the future is trustworthy and responsible. This includes housekeepers, neighbours, friends, and anyone else who might need to get into your house. Many people hide an extra key around their home in case of emergencies. If this pertains to you, be smart about your hiding place of choice! Pulling the classic “key under the doormat move” will leave you feeling foolish if something ever happened while you were away. By leaving your house key in an obvious place, you’re basically inviting an unwanted guest into your home and giving them access to your valuables. The next step to protecting your house, valuables, and most importantly your family, is to make sure your points of entry are secure. Forced entries, such as a kicked in door, are the most common types of break-ins. Doors and locks are two extremely important pieces to preventing a forced entry into your home. This is an area where choosing the cheaper alternative can come back to bite you. Invest in a solid wood or metal door with a strong lock and deadbolt. Another important component of a strong door is a strong strike plate. Believe it or not, the best lock in the world will fall short if you have a weak strike plate. Strike plates can be purchased separately from any local hardware store for around ₦2000.00
and are relatively easy to install. Once you have a secure door and lock, use it! Many people only use their deadbolt at night which can be a huge mistake. As mentioned, the majority of break-ins happen during the day so using your deadbolt can mean deterring a burglar while you are at work. Again, your locks only work when they are used! New security technologies are finding a more dominant presence private homes. However, thumbprint technology and passcode initiated locks don’t always equate to better protection. As tested by consumer reports , many locks, including hi-tech security locks can be disabled with a simple drill. Do your research before purchasing a lock system. When you’re away, make sure your vacant house isn’t apparent to the world. And finally, the most important aspect to keeping your house secure is to be aware! Consciously making the decision keep your doors locked, being aware of your surroundings, and noticing anything out of the norm can become the most useful tools in the security of your home.
To attain maximum results from your new doors and locks, contact Shlaad Engineering for professional advice and installation.

 

How To Detect And Prevent Rodents From Your Home

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With the Harmattan season just around the corner. The cooler nights provide an ambience for critters such as mice and other rodents to seek your nice warm living space for their comfort. Mice are great opportunist. They don’t care if your home is a 20-room mansion or a one-room shack, they’ll move right on in. During the Harmattan, all that a mouse is looking for is some food and warmth — and to a mouse any house is better than freezing outside. If you think mice might be targeting your home, below are valuable tips for finding out if they are already inside, how to terminate them if they are, and how you can deny them Visa from getting in to begin with. Simple reminder….where there is one rodent, there may be dozens!

Detecting If You Have Mice Within Your Home

Mice are not intelligent enough to know how to avoid been noticed by their potential host, so they will make noise and leave their marks around the house. You can often hear them playing around in your walls or ceilings during the nights. You might notice holes drilled in bread bags or cereals and the inevitable mouse droppings left behind in drawers, on counter tops, and around wall corners. If you’re not sure whether you have mice in your home, put some talcum powder or flour near where your think they might be and leave it for a few days (and nights). If you’ve got mice, you’ll see tiny mouse footprints tracking through the flour.

How To Terminate Mice

Begin by doing away with any valuable food sources for them. Clean up any spills or crumbs in cupboards and put your dry food in glass or metal containers. Seal openings from the outside that might allow more mice to get in.

Put out some traps to catch your uninvited guests. Place your traps along the walls where the mice move (since mice are almost blind they tend to stay close to walls). Bait your traps with cake or any yummy food substance attractive to rodents and check them regularly. Give the traps a couple of days and if they don’t capture any mice, relocate them to a different area.

Preventing Mice Out Of Your Home

Regularly carry out a routine check around the outside of your house and look for any openings from outside. Check electrical or gas pipe entrances, outdoor water taps and air conditioner connections. A mouse can get through an opening as small as a person’s baby fingernail, so even a tiny gap is an open invitation to a mouse. Seal any openings you find with expanding foam insulation, caulking, metal screening or a small piece of sheet metal cut to fit. Steel wool can also do a good job since mice don’t like to chew on metal, but it will rust and deteriorate and need to be replaced after a few years. Make sure your soffits are tightly fastened. An opening in a soffit will allow mice to get into your attic and then right down into your home. ShlaadHandyman can provide carpentry services to repair any rotten wood or damaged areas.

Move woodpiles far away from your home and build supports to get wood up off the ground. Mice can nest in them during the summer and move right on inside when the weather gets cold. Clean up any spilled grass or plant seeds in your garage and store your trash in a metal container. Finally, clean up any pet food bowls so the mice won’t be attracted to a midnight buffet of pet food.

Conclusion

Mice don’t just cause damage or havoc to your home; they are dangerous. They carry infectious diseases like Lassa Fever that can be deadly to humans, so if mice have gotten into food in your home, don’t take any chances, just throw it away. Stay safe by wearing gloves when handling mice or traps and always wash your hands after handling anything that might have had contact with them.

Should you require some help or do not intend to carry out these projects by yourself, ShlaadHandyman is fully prepared to handle these and any other home repair and home maintenance services that require attention while we’re in your home.

Best 5 Babyproofing Safety Tips For Your Home

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Can you imagine what can happen in within seconds when your baby is out of sight? One minute, you’re watching your little one banging on pots and pans on the kitchen floor, you turn your back for one second, and some how she’s managed to crawl to the top of the basement stairwell. It is a strong feeling of fear when you see your child on the brink of what could have been a serious accident. Not sure where to start when baby proofing your home ? Below are our best five child safety tips:

1. Prevent Opening Doors/Cabinets.
Once children are tall enough to reach doorknobs or understand the concept of opening/closing, it may be time to consider installing doorknob stoppers and childproof locks, which will prevent your children from opening doors and cabinets but allow parents to (somewhat) easily open.
2. Cover Electrical Sockets.
Kids love to poke, prod and point. Their fingers are small enough to get into many things, including electrical sockets. Cover all sockets in each room of your home.
3. Soften Sharp Corners.
How many times have you heard your young one slam into the corner of the coffee or dining room table and start crying? Cut an X into a tennis ball and cover each sharp corner, which can help prevent future accidents
4. Preventing falls at home.
You can help to keep your child safe by watching the new skills she’s learning, and the new places she can reach – and then adjusting your home for example by installing safety guards across entries to stairs and balconies, and always supervise your child on stairs and balconies, even if you have guards.
5.Sound the alarm.
Check all smoke detectors and install a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

What do you think of our top five babyproofing safety tips? Have a tip of your own? Leave it in the comment section below.