Professional Plumber or Handyman?

One thing about Singapore that is different from other country is that Singaporeans tend to lack the ability to do home repairs themselves. This is usually because:

  1. We do not have the tools to do so as most of us would be staying in a flat where space is already limited unlike say australia or america where most people would have their own garage or tool shed.
  2. Lack of time as our work and family commitment is already leaving us with little time to breath.

As such when there is a minor problem such as flush leak or tap leak, we tend to engage a third party to do the work. The question is whom should we outsource this work to? A plumber or a handyman?

What is the difference between a plumber and a handyman?

To break it down to simple terms, a plumber is a technician whom specialise in water works only. They only do repair work related to your piping, toilets and sinks. Nothing else.

While a handyman is someone whom is a jack of all trade. You can get them to do the work of a plumber and yet also get them to do other repair work such as minor electrical repair or carpentry work.

The main difference between them is the proficiency at which they are able to do the respective work. A handyman is a professional whom can be said as someone whom is a jack of all trade but master of none. In this we can see the issue. Should your problem be complicated, a handyman may not have the necessary skill set to complete the work required.

How to differentiate between a handman and a plumber?

The answer lies in their website/advertisement. For example here is a site of a Singapore plumber. You can see that the company on this site only provides plumbing services and nothing more. All their work is related to plumbing such as chokes, leaks in pipe, changing of sanitary ware etc.

Now lets compare this site to that of a handyman. As you can see on the site, they offer a wider range of services with plumbing being part of it. They also provide work such as door repair as well as many others.

The crucial point to note:

When engaging a handyman, you can get a 1 stop solution for your home problems yet at the same time if your work is complicated, they may not be the best option.

Taking for example:

Case 1 – repairs needed at home includes a flush leak, light flickering and minor carpentry work.

Case 2 – Leakage in ceiling.

For case 1 a handyman can probably solve all your needs. As you are giving all the job to 1 person, the price should also be lower than that than you calling a plumber for the leak, a electrician for the light and a carpenter for the carpentry work. This is because you have to take into account the travelling time. For example if i am to ask you to buy lunch for 30 pax all from say macdonald compared to i am to ask you to buy lunch for 30 pax at macdonald, burger king, pizza joints etc. The job at the first option is going to much easier than the 2nd option and that is why business charge more for travelling time too.

For case 2, a handyman may not be able to handle the job as such a plumber might be more suitable.

As such after weighing the pros and cons of each, can one decide on which technician to hire for the repair work in their home.

Online Shopping Tips for Buying Large Appliances

For most people these days they have come to the conclusion that the best deals on anything in most cases are found on the Internet. Unless you have your mind made up on exactly what you want, it is easy to get mesmerized and finally confused, and eventually leave the store with nothing!

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Online shopping has come a long way; buying large appliances online is becoming more popular every day. With manufacturers and retailers offering the same products online as they do in the showroom, online shopping can make shopping for major appliances a simple and stress-free task. Convenience has become the marketing strategy for online retailers. The best online shopping tips streamline the process of buying appliances. Use these online shopping tips to purchase large appliances with ease.

Buying Large Appliances Online:

  1. Measurements: Being prepared to take measurements is the best shopping tip. When online shopping for almost anything, you’ll need to have a list of measurements handy and to check product descriptions thoroughly to know what you are buying. When you’re buying appliances, be sure to measure the depth, width and height of the space available for the new appliance. This is especially important for kitchen appliances because you have to take cabinets and countertops into consideration. Measure your current major appliance if you are looking for a replacement. Be sure to write these numbers down. If you are shopping for a replacement, you can search for appliances online by model name or number. Searching makes home appliance shopping even easier.

  2. Budget: Having a budget is always a good shopping tip. Decide how much you are prepared to spend on your new appliance. Price is an important tool for narrowing …

 

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Beauty 101: foundation brush vs. the beauty blender BEAUTY 101: FOUNDATION BRUSH VS. THE BEAUTY BLENDER

As with any type of painting, the success in executing a good facial makeup lies greatly in the tools used to apply the different colors. If you are confused with what tool to use, here are some tips.

 

We all know that makeup can be very overwhelming to not only find the perfect shade, but the perfect coverage, as well as the tools to apply the foundation so that you can achieve that flawless complexion you strive for.

There are a few options out there to choose from that can absolutely accomplish what you set out for, perfection.  Today, I’m going to do a comparison of the Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki Brush, and the Beauty Blender.  Both of which I love equally, but for different reasons I am about to discuss.  So let’s do this!

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I have listed a few different types of makeup products as you can see above.  I have 3 foundations, a concealer, and a cream blush.  Now, before I get into the nitty gritty of what tool I prefer to use for what, let me say that by all means your hands are absolutely just fine to use as an application tool (just be sure they’re clean before touching your face).

Foundation Brush:
I absolutely love my Sigma foundation brush (see just how much in this post here).  I love how easily it applies my foundation, and gives me an “airbrushed” effect to make my skin look flawless yet natural.  I have found after some trial runs with a few different types of foundations, I feel like a foundation brush works best for me when used with a foundation that’s a thicker consistency such as the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation or Kat Von D lock-it tattoo full coverage foundation.  The proper way to apply foundation with this brush is to pour your desired amount of foundation on the back of your hand then dab the brush into the foundation and begin applying to your face.  There really is no rhyme or reason to what direction you go or where you start, but always be sure to move your brush in circular motions.  The circular motions allow your makeup to be “buffed” into your skin which creates an “airbrushed” flawless effect.  If you have any trouble areas or pigmentation problems with your skin, I recommend using the brush in a stippling motion over those areas (patting the brush into the skin for extra coverage).

Beauty Blender:
I was introduced to the Beauty Blender recently and cannot get enough of it!  In a few simple steps, you have amazing coverage and what’s even better, this applicator works to blend multiple products on your face.  I prefer to use this applicator with thinner/runnier foundations such as the Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation, concealers such as the Tarte Maracuja creaseless concealer, and cream blushes such as Stila Convertible Color.
The first step is to soak your blender in water and squeeze out as much water as you can with your hand, then wrap it into a dry towel and squeeze even more moisture out.  The idea is to have your sponge damp, but not wet.

 

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Types of Bedroom Lighting

The bedroom needs to be the most comfortable room in the house, of course, the purpose of shelter as a basic human need is to provide a place to sleep and replenish the body and mind. Due to this, home light fittings and arrangements for the bedroom needs to be carefully considered. But the lighting of one room is not the same as others since they may have distinct functionality and requirements for a specific user. Your son or daughter’s personality and likes and dislikes also will play a substantial role to understand the lighting needs. As an example, newborns need low-level lighting so you’re able to see during those frequent trips in the night time to feed, change and comfort. While older kids may get scared at night if the room is dark, which in that case setting up a night light on the opposite corner of the room is a great idea.

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• Recessed lights: These are ideal for providing ambient or general lighting fixtures, giving your bedroom the feel of being bathed in sunlight. They may also be smartly set to accentuate specific areas or features of your bedroom that is certainly perfect for adults.

• Suspended Industrial: One of the biggest fads recently in any room of the house is the craze for industrial lighting fixtures. These stark fixtures are popular because they’re practical and non-fussy whilst being beautiful in an unconventional way. Industrial fixtures are also ideal for creating a shared bedroom more masculine since they easily balance out any overly feminine or romantic characteristics.

• Bedside Lamps: Added table lamps for the bedroom are very important if you would like spend some time at night and not really feel as if it’s the middle of the day due to the bright overhead lights. Placing a lamp or two beside the bed can make your bedroom feel more cozy and welcoming late at night. You can place a lamp on a bed side table or consider installing wall lamps which flex elegantly just over the bed head.

• Dressing Room: Lighting the dressing room is extremely important. If lights are too bright overhead, it’ll cast discomforting shadows on the faces when testing out attire. Additionally, if this harsh overhead lighting is utilized in addition to the mirror inside the dressing room makes it even worse. Place a mounted lighting close or above the clothing so it will be shadow free.

While multiple lighting places are extremely needed in all bedrooms, you don’t have to fill up the room with lamps and light fixtures. The bedroom is one of the few rooms at home where one can enjoy having a few environmental shadows during the night and not be concerned about guests with poor eyesight.

5 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Strong Through Crazy Work Schedules

How do work schedules affect the home and where do we draw the line between work and family life? Here are some tips in managing your schedules.

5 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Strong Through Crazy Work Schedules

If only we could figure out a way to keep life and crazy work schedules from impacting our fabulous marriages, we’d be golden!

Unfortunately, the reality is if we don’t figure out how to manage our work schedules, they will quickly manage us.

This guest post by the always wonderful Paula Rollo can help whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, businesswoman or a combination of them both.

When workloads begin to encroach on your marriage and time with one another, feel free to push back and say, “Not in this house,”

Until tomorrow…make it a great day!

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It can be tough to connect when one or both of you are working extra long hours.

My husband has had a crazy work schedule for most of our marriage, and so we’ve learned some important lessons along the way about how to thrive in a marriage when your time together is minimal.

At some points during our marriage we had conflicting work schedules, and other times my husband was working 55+ hours a week while I stayed home with the kids and even started working from home.

Our schedules are still subject to change, because of the industry my husband works in, but we’ve got a much better handle on how to keep our relationship thriving, even when our time together is not as much as we would like for it to be.

5 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Strong Through Crazy Work Schedules

1. Maximize the Time You Have Together – Don’t spend your time together lamenting that you don’t have more time! Instead, find fun things that create conversation and a relaxing atmosphere for you and your spouse! We try to have a game night at least once a week. This allows us to have fun and spend time chatting while doing something relaxing and entertaining for both of us. (I wrote about our favorite 2 player board games here if you want to check it out!)

2. Remember, It’s Only a Season – Even if it is a very long season, it is still just a season! Like I mentioned above, my husband has worked very long hours and had an unpredictable work schedule for most of our marriage. It is so easy to get frustrated with the scheduling during this season of life, but when I find myself getting upset I like to stop and remind myself this is just a season.

Four years with a difficult schedule is a long time for us, because we’ve only been …

 

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How Decorative Candles Can Accent Any Room

Candles have a very special place in the world right now. They’re less expensive than torches and are an enhancing object in the house too. Obviously, there are several kinds of candles that happen to be suited to various purposes. They have been always used as a bright idea for romantic dinners, candle decorative forms utilized in home décor, plus much more other uses. We frequently find candles at hotels, restaurants and also many would use candles at several corners of home to generate a cozy, romantic atmosphere and unique style of home décor. Yet it’s never very difficult to use this technique for the home.

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• Groups – One of the most popular candle decorating ideas would be to put various sized candles in groups. Picking candles of different levels may add a remarkable outcome to any room. Putting candles in various sized containers is also a good way to create depth and height when decorating with candles. If you desire a more simplified look, you can pick candles and containers that are the same color and size. However for anyone who has an adventurous side, you can combine textures, sizes and colors to create a unique look for the home.

• One – Stay simple and classy with a stylish centerpiece on your own dining room table or in any area of your family area. Showcasing a single candle is definitely well suited for those who prefer minimalist style in the home. Merely go with a striking and pretty candle and put them in a container which you like or any holder that will suit your home’s theme. Who said that one is lonely number with regards to candle decoration, it yells beauty with elegance.

• Decorative candle holders – In regard to candle decorating, it doesn’t merely concentrate on the candle itself but the candle containers are as vital as well. Placing the candle in a pretty and unique container can instantly alter the overall look of the candle display. You could make your own candle holder and make it as weekend DIY project with your family. You may use mason jars, cement, copper pipe, glass and style them to suit your own taste.

• Lanterns – This is a look that is involving patios and outdoor areas, however candle lanterns can also be integrated into your home. There are several styles to pick from, mason jars, glass globes, shaped glass holders, and many more. With so many possibilities open it has to be simple for any homeowner to see a design that will added to their home and allow you take pleasure in all of the beauty that candles have to offer.

Range Hoods for your Kitchen

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The very best range hoods are the ones that could hold and take off the smoke and gases coming out of the cooking range and quickly swap with air thereby keeping the kitchen totally free of dangerous gas. These hoods are also a lot quieter than other very similar hoods. The lighting possibilities are also found to be excellent.

The range hoods available in the market today are really attractive and really well-crafted. They offer stainless steel and other pro-finishes that fit the style of the kitchen. The ideal hoods help make your kitchen look professional and well-designed. Since hoods are the last thing on the mind on most people they often end up picking models that tend not to match rest of the kitchen. Therefore, it is better to spend some time and energy in deciding on the right hood to suit your needs. It is simple to replace the hood however; you ought to know which model and style to choose before replacing it.

Basically range hoods are of 2 types. The ducted range hood pulls the heat, smoke, fumes, odor and moisture on the cooking range and sucks it up a vent and releases it outside of the property. The ductless range hoods on the other hand filter out the odors from the air. The other components like smoke and fumes are simply blown round the kitchen. They are not physically removed.

Pick one that does a good job of clearing the air and filtering smoke and steam out of the kitchen. It is advisable to buy a hood that comes with at least three fan speeds and has a CFM of at least 600. The more hobs you have on your stove, the more powerful the fans motor needs to be. However always check how quiet this fan motor will operate when in use. The faster the fan works, the noisier it will likely be. You really want to try and have a fan motor that is as quiet as possible.

It is also best to get hoods which have filters which are very easy to clean and maintain. For a less expensive choice, go with filters which can be reused or cleaned in the dishwasher over ones that ought to be replaced often. Buying a range hood with parts that do not break easily and cost much to replace can be good investment.

If you’re not confident what sort of range hood to get, you’ll find websites that can present you with various models and designs and sizes. It’s great if you can take a look at several website in order to evaluate these products and prices. Additionally, read some customer feedback and tips as you’ll uncover the advantages and disadvantages of each product.

Divan Beds Benefits

With regards to delivering comfort Divan beds are as good as it gets. Here are just several few reasons why divan beds are advisable for your home.

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A. These types of Beds are readily available:

The nice thing about these beds is that they can be found in a market place in your area. You can choose to obtain from a street shop or you can do your shopping from the comfort of your home using the web. There are numerous excellent bed shops online that can offer the best designed beds. Be determined in exploring manufacturers and reading reviews so you may choose the best bed via the internet.

B. These Beds give Extra Storage Space in the home:

One good thing about this type of bed is storage. Nearly any divan bed can be obtained with drawers or cabinets constructed into the bed base. This can be a fantastic way to maximize space for storing and keeping the rest of the room clutter free. If there isn’t a lot of room or need the extra storage this is perfect. The storage drawers are often relatively big too which means you can fit a lot in there.

C. Divan Beds are good for single or guest rooms:

Since divan beds are flexible, they could be utilized as guest beds, especially if your guests are sudden. You don’t have for a logistical dilemma, simply level the divan out into a generously sized and comfortable bed. You don’t need to fret anymore if guests arrive at home since divan beds would be the answer to that particularly if you have got a small space at home. You’ll have an automatic storage space for their possessions.

D. Divan Beds offer you outstanding comfort and feel:

These kinds of beds provide you with a ease and comfort you won’t ever find anywhere else. There’s a massive variety as in design and level of comfort to choose from giving you a chance to find the most comfortable divan bed based on your needs and requirements. You just need to to test a bed to be able to get the most comfortable one in accordance with your taste and feel. There are several types of single beds to pick from like the exceptional designs, colors, and mattresses. Some even come without storage drawers.

E. Divan Beds are extremely durable:

A divan bed is different from a common bed since that it traditionally doesn’t have end boards, nor any frame supporting it. The base helps in reducing wear to the mattress and absorbs shock delivering a firm flat support structure for your mattress. It actually consists of a box base which supports the mattress and an optional headboard.

Types of Stone Benchtops

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Even though living room is known as the family room, it is the kitchen where very important conversations happen. After a tiring day, you are going to enter in the kitchen pour yourself a drink or grab a easy snack and remain seated there; with no desire to move or switch on the television. Being the heart of your property, additionally, it gets attention more than its due share.

Kitchen bench tops or countertops encounter heavy use and abuse. Therefore, they ought to be able to weather damage for as long as possible. Modern countertop materials are plenty should it be a metallic finish or something that is more ornamental you would like. And, each material delivers less or more when it comes to durability. For ages, stone has been used popularly as kitchen benchtop. This material is resistant against scratches and stains and is virtually maintenance free and together with these features, it is also highly affordable and great to make use of outdoors like benches, tables and countertop for outdoor kitchen.

Stone benchtops make an outstanding choice. These are well-known and offer a lot of varieties. Listed here is a list of some of them:

1. Quartz. Quartz benchtops are made from a combination of natural quartz, resin pigments and binders that makes it strong and maintains the appearance of the natural stone. They are non-porous and is very hygienic, easy to maintain and clean. Quartz benchtops are heat, crack, dent and scratch resistant and are available in many different patterns and colors. This type of benchtop should be installed by a professional.

2. Granite. Granite was traditionally an expensive material of choice for the typical kitchen but as its popularity increased, and the availability of colors penetrated our market, competition and the trade-skill industry brought with them the finishing machinery, which brought down prices. This gave a fresh look plus a really affordable choice to modern kitchens. Granite benchtops possess special patterns. When buying these make sure all the benchtops flow in the same direction. It doesn’t only save your valuable kitchen from an unsightly look but also prevents you from being tricked. A number of fabricators use omitted pieces from a previous job. It saves them cash but provides you with an eyesore. So be careful and insist on same pattern.

3. Marble. Being a natural stone no marble slab could be similar to another. Marble benchtops are preferred by individuals who favor décor over features. The special swirls and veins appearing on marble add a elegance to your décor. They are however not the greatest among other stone benchtops. They are porous and react to acids and food colorings such as vinegar and turmeric. With the passage time your marble benchtop will begin to lose its original color, and could require polish.

Having fantastic endurance properties, stone benchtops have become a popular option for home owners wanting to construct their dream kitchen. Stone has for a long time been the favorite proposed by professional kitchen planners and contractors all around the world. Stone is a really great choice for kitchen benchtops and other work surfaces mainly because of its longevity and toughness.

17 Colored Bathtub Designs To Enter Freshness In The Bathroom

Before, bathtubs can only be seen in hotels and in the homes of the rich and famous. It was considered as a luxury item. But nowadays, bathtubs have become a nice and quirky add-on item to one’s home.

 

If you are prone to modern style, it is important to take account of the innovations when it comes to the bathroom. The most important part of the bathroom is certainly the bathtub, and its choice primarily affect the space itself, and then the preferences of relaxation. Choose an unusual bathtub and enjoy the baths. It is a detail that will give you comfort, and on the other side will give a nice and pleasant look to the bathroom.

If you opt for bathtub and not for the shower, certainty you will have amazing place for relaxation. It is the only thing where you can completely relax, you will have your own space and thereby you will enjoy an unusual appearance that will fit in your bathroom and will give it a completely new look. When you enter a bit of style and originality, your enjoyment will be complete. Be original, not every house should has the same bath or any other part of the house equipment. Be yourself, choose a little more unusual bathtub design and your bathroom will not have an ordinary and boring look. Refresh your bathroom with a new detail. For example, opt for colored bathtub. Choose color that will fit in your bathroom’s color scheme. It will always give a fresh note to every bathroom. Below you can see one inspirational collection of colored bathtubs that will suit in every interior design. Browse our collection and maybe you will find something that will catch your eye!

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