Gardening

Pumpkins are great fun to grow especially for children who love to see them turned into lanterns for Halloween. The flesh also makes a delicious pumpkin pie or soup. To ensure you have some pumpkins ready for next Halloween you can start sowing seeds indoors from April to June or directly outdoors from late May to early June once the ground has warmed up and all risk of frost has passed.

Pumpkins like a fertile, well-drained soil and full sun, with direct sun for at least six hours per day and shelter from the wind. Before planting out be sure to have prepared the soil in advance by digging in plenty of compost or well-rotted manure.

HOW TO SOW PUMPKIN SEEDS

Home Improvement

If you are lucky, you will have the same door on your garage for years and it will give you little to no problems whatsoever, and there are active measures you can take in order to improve your chances of this happening. Keeping the structure in excellent working condition means paying attention to the shape it is in and taking care not to be too rough with it. Make sure you communicate this to every member of the family. Preventing problems from the start is a whole lot easier than doing major garage door repair later on.

The best place to start for preventative garage door repair is to do a yearly inspection to keep problems from having the opportunity to arise in the first place. If you know enough about how the mechanism works, you can do the inspection yourself. However, to ensure that nothing is missed, you may wish to hire a professional to come to your place and inspect the opener, the door itself, and other peripheral equipment.

You may be able to do basic maintenance yourself, but beyond that, for more serious garage door repair, call in a specialist. The average person will not be able to perform complicated repairs themselves. You are probably better off not tackling these if you do not feel confident that you can. For peace of mind, it is better to spend the money to hire a person you can trust so you know that the job will be done correctly.

Gardening

Many terms have come to light surrounding high quality teak. Two of these are -old growth- teak and -plantation- teak. Teak is a high quality hardwood which is grown in several countries in Southeast Asia. Being that from the time of planting to the time of harvest is fairly long, the return on teak trees can be a long time coming. In fact, some families in Indonesia plant teak as a retirement investment for their young children.

Sometimes, there are companies which exploit the demand and try to pass off a lesser-quality teak (or other wood labeled as teak) to buyers looking for a good price on high quality teak furniture. This is the case for some sellers selling -plantation teak.- This wood may or may not be grown in Southeast Asia and may actually come from South or Central America. Certified Southeast Asian teak is grown in sustainable farms or plantations and is heavily regulated by the government (especially in Thailand).

When purchasing teak from South or Central America, you are not getting the same quality nor the same sustainability of teak from Asia and these sellers should be treated with some level of caution. The wood from these -plantations- is usually very good, but doesn’t have the same level of quality as the true teak.

Home Improvement

The trend of wooden flooring is spreading like a wild fire in each and every part of the U.K. and across the world. There are a lot of companies that give the services like sanding, sealing, repair and complete wood floor restoration in Sunderland, Morpeth and other areas of the U.K.

People have started giving importance to flooring because they have realised that that the floor is one of the most important issue when it comes to home improvement. It contributes a lot in enhancing the beauty of the room. There are a lot of companies that give services of flooring in Newcastle, Sunderland and other areas of the U.K.

It is understandable that the sanding a hardwood floor is not an easy task, but you can do it on your own if you pursue some simple and easy to follow steps.

Home Improvement

Termites can wreak havoc on the framing of your home or business. If you have caught and dealt with the infestation of termites before they have actually eaten the home to pieces from around you, and if it is still standing, here are a few hints on how to repair and replace the damaged framing. If the home is totaled from the termite damage, it may be time to read up on building a new home.

If termites have eaten into the main sill plate of your home it will be important to replace this sill plate. Did you know that until fairly recently builders were not required to use treated wood for a sill plate. If you happen to own a home that does not have a treated sill plate and termites have destroyed it, you will need to replace this damaged piece.

Install a temporary beam in the basement of your home. This beam could be made out of doubled 2x10s or 8s. Jack the temporary beam with either screw jacks, hydraulic jacks or just plain doubled-up 2x4s. You dont need to lift up more than possibly 1/16 of an inch or just enough to relieve the bearing weight that is on the offending member. This weight may consist of the exterior walls, roof and interior floor joists. If you have any questions on the jacking process it would be wise to consult either a professional contractor or engineer. Keep in mind if your home is brick a different method must be used.