5 Tips For Common DIY Home Repair Projects

For your home maintenance, it may feel tempting to go ahead and hire a professional contractor rather than go the DIY route. Most homeowners feel that the home repairs are complex projects and these tasks should be left to professionals. They fear that they will end up causing further damage while doing a home repair project. But if you have a plan in place, you can do any project on your own. Here are some simple home repair tips that can help you with your repair projects.

1. Toilets

You toilet tank shouldn’t have a leakage. To find out if it leaks, you should put a bit of food color in the tank and come back after a few minutes. If the bowl water is pink, you need to fix a leakage problem. Replacing the flapper may fix this issue.

2. Faucets

Your faucets may start leaking if the washers are worn out. Actually, the washers of the faucet handles are made of rubber and wear out pretty quickly. To fix the problem, all you have to do is turn off the water supply and then replace the faucet handles.

3. Washing Machine And Dryer

The water supply hoses should be inspected on a regular basis. Aside from this, you may want to check the water supply lines of the washing machine on an annual basis. If they are made of plastic, you should replace them after a few years. But if the metal ends are rusty, you must replace them right away.

As far as the dryer goes, you should clean the lint screen on a regular basis. This is important if you want to prevent fires. Aside from this, the cleaning will also make the heating element last longer.

4. Water Heater

Water heaters should be maintained for longevity. Besides, the upkeep of these appliances prevents further damage. The water heater should be drained. To do so, you should stop the water supply. Next, you should connect the hose to the fitting of the drain on the tank bottom and then place the other end where you will expect no water damage, such as the driveway. You should open all the other faucets of hot water in your house and then reopen the drain valve. Now, you should resume the water supply to get rid of the sediment in the tank. That’s it.

5. Plumbing

You should follow the tips below if you want to keep your water supply pipes free of blockage.

  • Don’t pour oils and fats in the drains as this is one of the main causes of pipe blockage.
  • You should use a hair strainer for your home bathtub drain. Hair is one of the main causes of problems in the bathroom. You should prevent the hair from getting into your plumbing.
  • If your toilet or bathtub is blocked, you can use a drain snake to reopen the toilet or bathtub. On the other hand, if the kitchen sink is blocked, you can try plunging it prior to using the drain snake.
  • So, with these tips in mind, you can do a variety of home repair tasks on your own.



Source by Joseph Celeste

Twelve Green Coffee Bean "Defects" That Will Damage Your Roast

Continuing with our Green Bean Series, this month we’re going to take on defects in wet processed Arabica coffee beans; their cause, how to identify them and the effect they have on the roast.

Our “Roasters Tools – Green Bean Series” is a five part evaluation of how the characteristics of green coffee beans affect the outcome of the roast.

Roasters who consistently purchase strictly top grade premium coffees may have only rarely been confronted with defects, while the majority of roasters run across them much too often, even when presented with what is being sold as “Specialty” grade coffees.

The fact is, any one of these dozen defects will negatively affect the quality and alter the taste of the coffee you’re producing. These defects are both identifiable and preventable.

The defects in this article are different than the “formation” defects we talked about in a previous article.

With that in mind, we aim to give you a very straightforward, to the point identification of what these defects look like, their causes, and how they can affect the profile of your roast.

The Twelve Key Defects To Look Out For:

  1. Faded Beans
  2. Amber Beans
  3. Coated Beans
  4. Green Water Damaged
  5. Pulper Damaged
  6. Insect Damaged
  7. Immature Beans
  8. Foxy Beans
  9. Triple Center Cuts
  10. Stinkers
  11. Over-Fermented
  12. Diseased

FADED BEANS

Faded beans can be a result of either over drying or absorbing excessive moisture, depending on the environment. Either way, faded beans have a low resistance to environmental factors.

The effect on the roast is that they give a dull roast regardless of the roasting profile. The result is a soft bean with musty and woody flavors in the cup. And, the percentage moisture loss will be very high. The color of these beans is pale, whitish brown.

Normally, they result from beans that have a high moisture content (11% – 13%) and when stored in a warehouse, they’ll tend to dry out. In the process of drying out, and because they are not in contact with direct sunshine, these beans tend to fade.

Instead of drying, these beans are actually rotting and developing molds inside. It’s these molds that cause the beans to dry excessively, producing their pale to whitish brown color.

In addition, during the drying of wet or dry processed beans, the coffee can be negatively affected if not properly exposed to sunshine at the appropriate stage in the drying process.

Another cause is when coffee has been over-hulled using a hammer mill. In this case, the beans will come out with a dull color as a result of the outer cells being bruised and microscopic dust permeating the outer layer of the beans.

One final factor that can contribute to the fading of coffee is from older coffee that has been kept in a warehouse for two to three years or more, causing the beans to dry out, develop molds and other negative consequences.

AMBER BEANS

These beans have a bright shiny gold color. The cause is due to mineral deficiencies in the soil (including iron).

When you roast these beans, the cup will be lacking in acidity, with a flat harsh body and a bitter flavor. Also, the roast produced by these beans will be very dull in color.

COATED BEANS

These beans have a sticky silver skin caused by either overbearing or from being drought affected. The characteristics of these beans look whitish, rough and display microscopic lines from the silver skin.

In the process of roasting, you’ll experience soft beans with excessive chaff. The roast can result in negative effects in the cup, including excessively high grassy, hay, earthy, woody, greenish and potato flavors.

GREEN WATER DAMAGED

These are fully processed beans that, when hulled, get in contact with water where a chemical reaction takes place, turning the beans a greenish color. This situation results in the beans becoming moldy and toxic.

PULPER DAMAGED

In the process of going through the pulping machine, coffee beans can get stuck, creating excessive pressure which causes the beans to become wounded.

These wounded beans will burst and then begin to slightly oxidize, become contaminated with water and over ferment, causing molds which result in earthy, leather and musty flavors.

In addition, the roasted beans will be uneven; some will be split, while others will appear round and mixed together with the solid beans.

INSECT DAMAGED

Berry moths inject the coffee cherry in the process of laying eggs, creating a black needle-like hole.

Antestia bugs damage beans causing them to bruise, which produces rough black to yellow-like colored spots.

Beans with these types of insect damage will give a soft roast and the beans will tend to shrink, creating dominant musty, alkaline and salty flavors.

IMMATURE BEANS

Picked under-ripe, often as a result of overbearing and drought affected conditions, the characteristics of immature beans include a rough surface and greenish color with a sticky silver skin and will usually have thin edges.

The roast will be very dull, with open center-cuts, soft beans and subsequently produce no acidity, heavy body, with greenish and grassy flavors.

These beans can also lead to Quakers in the roast; visible only after roasting by their pale appearance and flat peanut butter taste. Avoiding the purchase of immature beans is the best way to avoid contamination by these defective beans.

FOXY BEANS

As you might imagine, the name comes from the color of a red fox.

This rusty-red color is generally brought about by the beans being over-ripe. These beans tend to have a dead embryo and will give you fruity fermented and nutty flavors.

TRIPLE CENTER CUTS

These are deformed beans caused by malnourishment due to either drought affected conditions or lack of minerals, creating ragged beans with multiple center cuts.

During the roast, these beans can split open at their double or triple center cuts. They are fragile, soft and very permeable; which will over roast, creating a heavy body, a flat cup and a smoky, burnt taste.

STINKERS

Stinker beans can have a normal formation, but have a dead embryo and are yellow in color caused by over-fermentation and/or over-ripe. If crushed, broken or cut open when raw, they put off an order that’s very unpleasant.

Even one or two stinkers in your roast can ruin the whole batch and give you a foul cup.

OVER-FERMENTED

These beans look soiled and have a tobacco color.

When roasted you’ll get a pulpy, sour flavor and unclean, dirty cup; with a smell of rotting flesh or a cow shed aroma. If only slightly over-fermented, your roast may give sour and onion flavors.

DISEASED

These defects are brought about by the coffee being affected by various diseases like CBD (Coffee Berry Disease) and Leaf Rust.

When disease strikes a coffee farm, the mother plant will produce beans that are premature. This will affect the berry before it ripens, usually at the milk stage, and the beans will either not develop at all or only partially develop, with a very small berry or nonexistent berry inside the parchment within the cherry.

The deformed part of these beans looks somewhat brownish to very dark brown in color, often with deformities that resemble a chipped off piece where the bean is left with dark brown marks which go deep into the bean. The deformed part of these beans is generally flaky and ragged in formation.

These small diseased beans will be only partially developed, but can still be harvested and end up mixed with other beans of normal quality, then sold in the marketplace.

SO, WHAT DO YOU DO?

  • First, avoid these nasty defects when you’re purchasing green coffee whenever possible.
  • Second, educate your customers about the tastes inherent in a quality cup. An uneducated palette can even get accustomed to over-fermented, moldy, musty, peanut-buttery and other flavor defects that are actually toxic when ingested into the human body!
  • AND, continue your quest to create the perfect roast!



Source by Steve Josephs

The 3 Main Benefits of Roof Restoration

If you have neglected the idea of roof restoration in the past, and still are not sure if it’s really worth it, then these 3 benefits will be sure to change your mind:

Increase the value of your home

If you are thinking of selling or hope to one day make a profit on your property, it is wise to keep on top of your roof’s restoration needs. The aesthetics of your home plays a large role in its overall value. If your roof is looking beat-up and a bit worse for wear, it is very hard to conceal.

Common imperfections such as cracks from expansion and contraction, raised tiles, erosion from heavy weather exposure and deterioration from built up debris, all take away from your home’s physical beauty and cause it to appear aged as well as neglected.

There is no need for your property to depreciate in value when these unsightly conditions can all be restored going back to completely new with a roof restoration specialist.

Extend the life of your roof

Unless precaution is taken through roof restoration, damages within your roof are inevitable, particularly when living in areas prone to rough rain and wind. You want to ensure that replacing your roof doesn’t become your only option. Taking preventative roof restoration measures will increase its durability.

Leaving your current roof to deteriorate from causes such as moisture logging and also absorption, dirty water run offs and a disregard for re-pointing, will needlessly cut many years off its actual life duration.

Save money!

The fact of the matter is, that if damages are left unattended to, they will worsen in severity, and become either unmanageable or too expensive for you to justify. The longer you leave it, the worse the damage gets (to both your roof as well as your wallet). Seeking roof restoration will prevent excessive water damage, leaks, loose tiles, damage from moss and structural harm, and therefore prevent pricey repairs later down the track.

Furthermore, you will not only be saving money on your roof repair bills, but on your energy bills as well. The cost of running heaters and air conditioners becomes unreasonably expensive when air is escaping due to your roof not being properly sealed against the weather.

What is the moral of the story? You will save a lot of money, time as well as trouble from regular restoration along with repairs.



Source by Lilliana Delly

Cute boots These are preloved slouchy style cowboy boots. Brownish faux leather….


Cute boots These are preloved slouchy style cowboy boots. Brownish faux leather. They are in good condition, however they were stored in a box in the basement and have that slight mold smell! It’s not bad I’m just highly sensitive. PLEASE KNOW that before buying. Otherwise Super cute and would look great with jeans or skirts! From Sears Dept. Store SM New York Shoes Heeled Boots



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Braun Coffee Maker Parts For Traditional and New Braun Coffee Makers

The Braun Company knows that things happen, especially to their carafe’s, people get in a hurry in the mornings and swing around to put the coffee pot back in the coffee maker and miss, shattering the pot into a thousand little pieces; or the knock it on the counters edge sending a menacing crack up the side of the coffee pot.

In addition to coffee maker carafe’s, Braun coffee maker parts are available for the filter baskets which could be damaged in the dishwasher or the odd accident in which a dog might be tall enough or big enough to reach it on the counter and begin chewing on it.

Braun coffee maker parts has you covered with replacement parts for several of their most popular brands, some older, some newer, all from the quality one would expect of Braun.

Braun 7050581

This is the Impressions Replacement Carafe which includes the lid – something many companies have people purchase separately. It is crafted out of a heavy-duty matte stainless steel material so an additional breakage is pretty much impossible. This coffee pot features the new ‘unique open anti-slip handle’ its handle is up and away from the pot so a person’s hand stays protected from the hot pot and is made of a rubberized material for non-slip gripping.

Braun KFK12FL / 3113796

A scratch resistant carafe, this 12 cup Braun coffee maker replacement parts are designed with an attached handle, which means the handle attaches at the top and the bottom for better handling and control when pouring. The handle comes in two colors, black or gray and the carafe includes the lid.

Braun KFK500 3104706 / 3104707

Traditional Braun coffee maker replacement parts for the 10 cup Aroma Deluxe Coffee Maker which is a scratch resistant carafe and is available in with black or white accents. This replacement coffee maker part comes with a lid and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. This coffee carafe has the new ‘unique open anti-slip handle’ which means the handle is built up and away from the carafe so the person holding it stays protected from the hot glass, in addition the handle is made of a rubberized material for a non-slip grip.

Braun 7050289 / 7050288 / 7050290

These are the replacement filter baskets for the Braun Aroma Deluxe Coffee Maker which fits several Braun makes and models of the popular coffee making machine. This heavy-duty filter basket comes in black with silver trim; silver with black trim and white with silver trim.

Braun 7050580

This parts for Impressions and is a stainless steel filter basket with black trim. It is made of a combination of heavy-duty materials and built to last.

Braun 4076631 / 4076632

These are replacement plastic coffee carafe lids for the Braun AeroMaster 10/12 cup. Each replacement lid has a generous opening on the top and the side for both accepting the coffees dip and for pouring the coffee into your favorite mug.



Source by Kermit Cousins