Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Many older properties around Ontario still retain the old style lath and plaster ceilings and internal partitioning walls. Until the late 1950s, lath and plaster were the accepted norm in the Canadian building trade, and a messy, time consuming process it was, even for the professionals.
Then along came dry walling, or the use of plasterboard. Sheets of gypsum with a paper facing front and back were nailed or screwed to wooden studding. Once the boards had been fixed, a quick layer of finishing plaster was applied, and job was done. It seemed very simple, however, it really is not. Unless the plasterer/decorator was highly skilled in his trade, you could sometimes see the outline of the jointing tape, and the dints and dents from the fixing process. Read more from this blog:
One of the areas of the house that is often overlooked - or even ignored - is one area that should receive a lot of TLC: the exterior. When you consider the fact that the only people who can see the interior of your home are family, friends, and invited guests, then you realise that the exterior is open to scrutiny from all passers-by. In many cases, the exteriors are in a state of fading colour and flaking paintwork.
Giving the exterior of your home the extra appeal is not just about a quick lick of fresh paint. Research has been carried out concerning the psychological effect of colours, and the choice and shade of colours chosen can have a major impact on how people view your home. Read more from this blog:
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Most experts agree that adding a fresh coat of paint in your home is the simplest and most cost-effective way to change its look, not to mention adding value. Yet, in most cases, homeowners immediately go to painters without even having the faintest idea of what colour they’d like to see in their home.
Before seeking providers of painting services, experts recommend narrowing down your colour choices first. Here are just some of the ways you can determine the perfect new colour for your home.
Take a trip down memory lane
You can begin by associating particular colours with happy memories. For instance, seeing the colour blue brings back the memory of an amazing cruise trip. Read more from this blog:
Thursday, November 10, 2016
VOCs or volatile organic compounds are gasses that emit from solids or liquids that can pose certain risks to people. Unfortunately, VOCs can be found right in your own household since they are often present in products widely sold in the market today. Coincidentally, VOC levels have been found to be up to ten times higher indoors than outdoors, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Since paints are among the most common sources of VOCs, professional painters in Kitchener and elsewhere warn against their harmful effects.
VOCs are known to cause both short-term and long-term negative effects. For instance, minimal exposure to these compounds can cause irritation to the eyes, nose or throat, headaches or nausea and loss of coordination. Read more from this blog:
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Thursday, September 29, 2016
As a homeowner, it pays be knowledgeable about the recommended materials in home construction or remodelling and the trends. You could, for instance, find out the advantages of replacing your existing plaster walls with drywall, a versatile material that’s easy to install and offers fire resistance, among other benefits. You could also get plenty of inspiration when it comes to the design tweaks or total renovations you can do together with home repairs.
If you’re thinking of getting drywall services, consider these makeover ideas from a pro in Cambridge, and breathe new life into your private spaces:
1. Go for Bold, Geometric Ceilings
Drywall is versatile enough to be fastened into complex design features, such as eaves and arches. The construction material can also be used to conceal steel beams that are used in intricately shaped ceilings.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
There are plenty of modern interior design trends that have been sweeping magazines. Some can be easily done by replacing or installing some fixtures in your home and decorating with unique accents. Others may need painting services or more extensive remodelling services. How do you determine which ones suit your home?
One design idea that became apparent in recent Azure Magazine features is making a statement with a loud, bright colour.
It could be seen the cheerful yellow millwork that hides a staircase in a one-bedroom house in Adelaide Street, Sydney, Australia. The accessory practically served as the wall of the small home’s dining room-slash-kitchen, which was painted a muted shade of beige and decorated minimally with furniture in a white-and-steel colour palette. This residence was featured and applauded in the 2016 AZ Awards of Merit: Residential and Commercial Interiors by Azure Magazine.
Monday, September 19, 2016
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Monday, September 12, 2016
But new research shows that they can actually have conversations with each other in the same way humans do.
As part of a study published in a St. Petersburg Polytechnical University journal, researchers analyzed sounds made by two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins who lived at a research station in Crimea.
They recorded what they called "packs" of incoherent pulses made by the animals and found that they took turns producing them without interrupting each other.
This led them to believe that each dolphin listened to the other's pulses before uttering its own.
ZOO AQUARIUM DE MADRID, MADRID, SPAIN - 2016/08/01: A specimen of common bottle-nose dolphin pictured during a show at the Madrid Zoo and Aquarium. (Photo: Jorge Sanz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
"Essentially, this exchange resembles a conversation between two people," wrote author Vyacheslav Ryabov.
An analysis of the sounds found that none of them were exactly the same.
"This suggests that, most likely, each pulse in the [noncoherent pulse] packs is a word of the dolphin's spoken language, and a pulse pack is a sentence, i.e., some kind of message."
The researchers concluded that the dolphins' language could be compared to human speech because it has all the same design features.
"Essentially, this exchange resembles a conversation between two people."
"Humans must take the first step to establish relationships with the first intelligent inhabitants of the planet Earth by creating devices capable of overcoming the barriers that stand in the way of using languages and in the way of communications between dolphins and people," the report said.
The study cited previous research that found the mammals have had brains that were larger and more complicated than that of humans for more than 25 million years.
In research presented in 2007, a scientist at the Whale Research Centre in Australia discovered that the mammals make almost 200 different sounds, and uttered certain ones more often during certain activities, like travelling, eating or socializing.
"This communication is highly complex, and it is contextual, so in a sense it could be termed a language," Liz Hawkins told New Scientist.
Stop comparing dolphins to humans: experts
A study published earlier this year showed that dolphins also chatter more when trying to solve a difficult task together.
But experts cautioned that the results didn't mean dolphins have the same cognitive abilities as humans.
“Often times people ask me 'How smart are dolphins?' when we should be asking ourselves, 'How are dolphins smart?'” the lead author of that study, Holli Eskelinen, told The Huffington Post.
“The same holds true for their communicative abilities, instead of trying to see if they communicate like humans, our focus has shifted to a more baseline approach of how they communicate.”
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
When it comes to painting a house, whether its exterior or interior, preparing it is half the battle. As a homeowner, it pays to know everything you can in order to get rooms and other places ready for the job you have contracted painting services to do.
Not the One to Prepare?
There are a number of painting companies in Kitchener that include preparation of the areas you want painted, but that doesn’t mean you need to be complacent about the preparation and let them do all the dirty work.
Doing some preparation work yourself will also help you understand what you are paying for if you have an overall idea how to go about the process. For example, you can easily recognize when a painter is doing something wrong and can correct him right away. You may even be prevent a costly mistake.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Whether you’re going for an Scandinavian, Mediterranean, nautical or vintage look for your home theme, professional painters in Cambridge can help you pick just the right shade to punch up a wall in a certain part of the house.
Increases Real Estate Value
Painting your home exterior, interior and trims is one of the most cost-effective and easiest way to increase your property value. Painting the exterior becomes important when you’re trying to increase the curb appeal of your home before putting it on the market.
Prospective buyers are more likely to be interested with a newly-painted house than one with chipping and faded paint. This is because a paint job can create an entirely new feel both for the exterior and interior space of the home.
Monday, August 15, 2016
The Olympics is often far more than just the medal tally. Countries coming together to compete sometimes find unity in special moments.
The winning divers from China and Italy shared a heartwarming moment on Sunday, as silver medallist He Zi received a surprise marriage proposal from her boyfriend, fellow Chinese diver Qin Kai.
Just after the women's 3m springboard diving medals were given out, Qin went down on one knee while the global telecast was still going on. He covered her face in shock, as she started to appear visibly emotional. Read more...More about Rio Olympics, Rio Olympics 2016, Rio Olympic Games, and World
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The team is looking to move in a "new direction" when it comes to engaging fangs, the Oilers Entertainment group confirmed in a statement Tuesday.
Instead, both men and women will be invited to audition for the team's new “Orange and Blue Ice Crew.” The group would represent the Oilers organization at “games, events, and appearances throughout the community.”
In 2010, the Oilers became the first Canadian NHL franchise to have a cheerleading squad.
The Ottawa Senators are the only Canadian team who still have an in-house all-female cheer squad.
Read the full statement here:
Oilers Entertainment Group confirms the discontinuation of the Oilers Octane. The organization is looking for a new direction related to the fan experience, both in-game and in the community, as we head to Rogers Place for our inaugural season. Details will be announced in the coming weeks. We extend a sincere thank you to all members of Oilers Octane past and present, in particular Dr. Mailie Harris, for their contribution to the organization.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
The Axon Pro was a respectable first attempt at a flagship-caliber, budget-friendly smartphone. But it ultimately had issues with overheating and wound up being forgettable.
After using the Axon 7 for a week, it's apparent ZTE took the lessons learned from the Axon Pro and applied them here. For a $399 unlocked phone, the Axon 7 punches way above its weight class and easily competes with phones that cost almost twice as much.
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Friday, July 29, 2016
We're 30 minutes or so outside of Reno, but it feels like I'm on the sun. I can feel my sunscreen baking off. Why the hell did I wear black today?
It's okay; it's worth it. I'm out here for a glimpse inside Tesla's Gigafactory, days before its official grand opening. Read More
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Who wore it better: Melania Trump or Joyce Beatty?
In the ultimate Throwback Thursday, those white puffy sleeves took us right back to Melania Trump's speech. The speech was less about the dress she wore and became about how she lifted some of her speech from Michelle Obama's 2008 address to the Democratic convention.
The folk of Twitter were quick to point out the balloon-sleeve, white number looked like it may have been plagiarized straight from Trump. The copy cat move is either the biggest burn in the convention or the two ladies have impeccable, matching style. Read more...More about Democratic National Convention, Dnc, Democratic Convention, Dress, and Melania Trump