How Has Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Revolutionized Engineering Industry?

how has computer aided drafting (cad) revolutionized engineering industry?

how has computer aided drafting (cad) revolutionized engineering industry?

CAD, Computer Aided Design has brought about a technical revolution in the Engineering Industry. CAD Services can be classified into broad categories like Architectural Services, Structural Services, MEP and Mechanical Services. CAD for Engineers and Architects today is like Oxygen for the living. CAD Services is a boon for all companies’ worldwide who would like to execute CAD projects with minimum cost and quick deliverable capacity. With the consistently growing demands in construction industry and CAD services have achieved eminence across the globe. This technology has contributed immensely in development of Construction Industry, Building and Infrastructure development, Green Building concept along with other Engineering Domains like Machine Designing, Aeronautical sheets, Transformer designing, GIS, Pressure vessel designing etc..

Engineering industry today uses CAD Services to ensure Less cost, best quality, quick turnaround time along with excellent project efficiency. CAD is no longer limited to AutoCAD. There has been a great evolution in the CAD Software too. CAD professionals globally use software which is helpful in are using latest software like AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Studio Max, Pro-E, Solid Works, Inventor, MicroStation etc to execute Designing, Drafting and Modeling projects. With the help of such software, the entire project execution cycle has come to a new arena due to CAD Services. It is now possible to visualize an entire building and it’s detail even before it is completed. This is possible with the help of “Virtual Construction Modeling” also referred to as Building Information Modeling in Engineering Industry. 3D Rendering makes it possible to give any building or product a photorealistic feel before the actual construction or manufacturing of a product. This development has also caused increase in companies providing Engineering and CAD Services. With transformation of blue prints created manually to digitization of CAD Drawings, many opportunities have opened up for Architects, Engineers and Drafters.

CAD services assure absolute digitization of manual drawings to computerized drawings via scanned pdfs, hand-drawn sketches or old manual drawings. Companies are using different approaches and techniques to take utmost advantage in terms of project execution. As mentioned earlier, CAD Services are no longer limited to one particular domain or segment. Arrays of services are covered under one umbrella. Besides project execution, computerized CAD Drawings or Images are easier to maintain, save or send across to clients. There is no risk of images or drawings being damaged in course of time. Errors can be rectified easily without taking much of time and can aid to quick turnaround. In software such as Revit, a change made in one part of the model reflects in the entire model by reducing manual intervention. This also facilitates definition and extraction of individual sheets or different part of drawings and every minute detail.

These are one of the main reasons that across the globe, major construction houses or Infrastructure companies are eminently outsourcing CAD Services. This process over a period helps companies gain advantage over their competitors who do not outsource their requirements. CAD Technology has evolved into a different era in a short span of time and is constantly evolving into giving better shape to the Engineering industry. CAD Services now helps CAD companies and professionals manage their Designing Drafting or Modeling projects more efficiently. Companies offering CAD Services and companies who are constantly upgrading their technical skills will always be in an advantageous position compared to companies who still rely on traditional methods of executing projects.

Tesla Outsourcing Services is an Engineering Outsourcing Company offering CAD and BIM Services to overseas clients.

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Event Decor Committee – What Are My Duties?

event decor committee - what are my duties?

event decor committee - what are my duties?

Event decorating for adults is a bit different than a typical children’s birthday party. Sure, you can decide on a theme and then search the Internet to see what’s available but 9 times out of 10, your search results are going to be geared towards children’s parties.

Some decorations can be adapted for use with either but I do not recommend decorating a grown up gala event with toilet paper and a few balloons. It will give your guests the impression that you did not care enough to plan and execute a decorating scheme. And, with a fund-raising event, this can be detrimental. You are asking guests to spend a lot of money to attend this event (babysitters, ticket prices, buy auction items, attire of the event, etc…). They want to be entertained, amused and feel they are important.

The other end of the spectrum is hiring an event planning service or having unlimited funds at your disposal. Neither of these options may suit your budget. If not, then it’s time to visit the “in-between” option.

Most events have a general committee made up of the Event Chairperson and sub-committee chairpersons. Decor is usually a sub-committee that deals with the decor planning for an event. This may include any number of areas within the event (room, table, buffet, auction tables, entrances, etc…) and I recommend it does cover all these areas and any other where any type of decor will be needed.

This will make it easier to keep track of the decorating budget and who’s responsible for what. I also recommend that the Decor Chairperson work closely with other committees that will also use the chosen “Theme”. It is necessary to have cohesion, a sense of continuity when a theme is involved.

For example, say you decided as a committee your theme will be “Ancient Egypt” and your color scheme will be gold, purple and teal. Great!

Now at a full meeting of all committees, you learn that the “Print/ Marketing” committee has decided to use a red font and a Fleur-de-leis on the invitation. Huh? Uh-oh: major “one hand does not know what the other hand is doing” scenario.

This can and should be nipped in the bud. A theme/mood and colors should be decided right from the start so that all committees are working toward the same end.

Duties could include the following (and anything else unique to your event).

• Secure volunteers for your committee. (Remember to use anyone with a background, knowledge or contacts that could be useful to the decorating committee.

• Decor should create an environment for the event. Make a detailed plan of all decor needs/wants.

• Your plan for decorating should be in accordance with the rules of the venue and within the limits of the theme (if you have one).

• Work with other committees where decor will overlap (i.e. food, entertainment, auction tables, invitations, etc…)

• Purchasing decor, set-up and breakdown of decor

• Reimbursement/purchase orders for decorations – report to Finance/Budget committee.

• Keep General Chairperson in the loop of all your plans (communication beforehand can avoid problems later).

Following a POA (plan of action) can make your job as Decor Chairperson or committee member much easier. Research and pre-planning are key to a successful event. Have Fun! Let your creative juices flow and your event will be one to remember!

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The Best Rug Pad For Aubusson Rugs

the best rug pad for aubusson rugs

the best rug pad for aubusson rugs

The reasons for having the correct pad under your aubusson rug are to keep your carpet flat and wrinkle free, prolong its life and hold it to the floor. Many people ask me which is the right rug pad for an aubusson and my answer is simple. Choose a dense and relatively thin, no more than 1/4 of an inch thick, rug pad that grabs both the rug and the floor. This will maintain the beauty of an aubusson’s flatter look on your floor.

There are many thinner rug pads available yet it is important to try to stay away from some of them. To save your time, my experience shows that the best rug pad for aubusson rugs is one that is almost 1/4 of an inch thick and made from recycled jute and solid, natural rubber. It is important for the life of your aubusson as well as for the protection of your floors to choose one that contains recycled jute and a real layer of rubber, not a sprayed on latex that can damage your floor.

This quality pad has a slightly textured jute surface that does well in grabbing your aubusson and keeping it from slipping on the pad. The bottom layer is a real, textured rubber that is sewn on to the jute, hence creating a solid pad. This rubber grips the floor as best as possible and keeps your rug and pad still. The fact that it is real rubber means it is safe for your floor and the recycled jute surface is mold and mildew resistant, odor free and does not shed.

If you opt to save a little money now and choose a different rug pad form your aubusson carpet, what you may experience is a rug that never lies still as well as the possibility of damage to your floor. Your aubusson rug is like a painting on the floor and this look should be maintained with the proper rug pad. It is never a good feeling to look at your aubusson on the floor and feel that you always need to bend down and pull out the wrinkles. Use of this proper pad will prove to eliminate any wrinkles while adding safety for anyone walking on the rug.

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Faux Finish on Beadboard – Designer Secrets for Less

faux finish on beadboard - designer secrets for less

faux finish on beadboard - designer secrets for less

Beadboard can give even a room in a brand new house a wonderfully antique look, and using faux techniques, you can also make your beadboard look as if it’s been in your room forever. Here are the basic steps to get the designer look for less money.

First, of course, you’ll need to come up with enough beadboard to fit your application. You can either find it in an architectural salvage shop or you can buy it new at most large home improvement centers. Either way will work, but you’ll probably find it easier to find a large quantity if you buy your beadboard new.

Once you’ve obtained your beadboard, the next step is to glue it to your wall, just as you’d do if you were putting up paneling. This technique works better than trying to nail your beadboard to the walls, because its thin strips won’t allow you the luxury of finding studs.

After the beadboard has been applied to the wall, you’re ready to being painting. Use two shades of the same color. In order to maintain the antique feel of your new beadboard, it’s preferable to use an eggshell finish, which will have a small amount sheen, slightly more than flat paint, but not as much as a satin or high gloss paint. Using an eggshell also will allow the beadboard to be cleaned more easily and makes it more resistant to stains and wear. Your second color should be two or three shades lighter than your first choice.

It’s a good idea to mix a little water into your dark shade to allow the paint to flow into the grooves smoothly. You’ll be painting only the grooves between the boards with this darker color. Use a sponge brush with a wedged tip for this first coat and then let the paint dry.

Next, dip a larger sponge brush–one wide enough to cover at least two grooves–into your second paint can, which should be undiluted. Then run your brush over the entire surface, keeping your brush flat so that the paint doesn’t run too much into the grooves. Allow that coat to dry, as well.

Finally, using a marine sponge, apply a coat of blue color wash consisting of a glaze tinted with color similar to your first coat. Apply it initially by just dabbing the glaze around in random patterns, and then work your sponge back and forth over the beadboard, rather than up and down, as with the first two coats. This will give your beadboard a nice striated effect, causing it to look older and more weathered than it really is, especially if you originally bought it brand new from your local home improvement center.

Take your time as you go and you should be quite pleased with the results. Applying a faux aging technique to your beadboard can change the appearance of a room dramatically and add a pleasant touch of whimsical Victorian charm–without breaking the budget in the process.

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Underground Irrigation Repair Without Digging – All it Takes is a Heat Gun!

underground irrigation repair without digging - all it takes is a heat gun!

underground irrigation repair without digging - all it takes is a heat gun!

I developed this irrigation repair technique out of desperation. A sprinkler head had launched itself out of the ground right beside me one day and landed in a potted plant. The resulting geyser was spectacular, but the location was horrible!

The area around this particular sprinkler head was surrounded in paving stone and brick, and worse, right up against a fence. To make things harder, I had installed a french-drain only a foot away! The riser’s nipple was missing. Sure enough, a replacement stand-pipe wouldn’t even begin to screw in! Obviously, the broken off part of the nipple was stuck in the t-connector – deep underground! Before I developed this technique, I would have had to dig lateral trenches about 2′ long on each side of the connector, cut the supply lines off each end of the connector, added a sleeve and spacer, then glued in a replacement t-connector. Not this time! There was too much involved in digging this connector out of the ground!

I have a special purpose tool I’d bought from The Home Depot just for this problem. It’s the PVC variant of an “easy-out.” Unfortunately, it wouldn’t work! I couldn’t get enough pressure (the connector was buried just about the extractor’s full length), and I kept scraping my knuckles against a fence post. The stand-pipe wasn’t PVC, it was vinyl. It was so slick, the knife edges of the extractor wouldn’t bite into the inside edge.

But vinyl melts! I have a 1200 watt heat gun I’d bought for paint stripping. The extractor’s tip is metal and by using this heat gun, I got the extractor’s tip hot. Real hot. Sizzling hot! By pushing the extractor straight down the hole, it gently melted into the broken off nipple – deep underground! I let it set and cool for a few minuets before giving it a twist. Two seconds later, the broken off nipple was extracted!

After screwing in a replacement riser, I cycled the irrigation pump to that zone to rinse out all of the dirt that had fallen into the connector. I put a new sprinkler head on the replacement riser, and guess what? That irrigation repair was done. Not only done, I didn’t have to dig one spade of dirt!

The trick was heating up the extractor’s tip hot enough to melt into the broken off vinyl nipple to get a grip.

A few weeks later, I had a different problem. I had mounted new window boxes along one side wall of my home and wanted to use my in-ground irrigation system to water the new flowers. I had a capped off riser right where I need to place a 4′ riser. Unfortunately, this was an old steel riser that I’d bumped into several times with the mower, and when I removed the pipe it left the t-connector’s threads stripped and choked with rust-scale! Unlike most of my irrigation repair projects, this line is very shallow. Shallow enough for me to scrape away the top to really see the damage.

There wasn’t anything I could do to thread the new riser into place, I was going to have to replace the t-connector – or maybe not. I have a pretty complete shop and I have metal working tools to tap holes for screw threads, or cut outside threads for bolts. Since I had to go to The Home Depot or Lowe’s anyway for a replacement t-connector, why not see if they had a tool for pipe threads?

The staff at Lowe’s laughed when I asked them for a tool to cut internal 1/2″ pipe thread for an underground PVC t-connector! Their only advice was to dig it up and replace it. No Way! The staff at The Home Depot didn’t laugh out loud, but they also suggested replacement fittings.

I did buy the fittings, but I also found the perfect tool – an 18″ length of 1/2″ steel pipe! Once again, the 1200 watt heat gun came to the rescue. By heating the pipe end, the thread section, I was able to plunge it into the buried t-connector. It sizzled as it sank in and I quickly worked it in deeper as I screwed it into place. Without letting it sit, I unscrewed the steel pipe to prevent it from welding into place. I repeated this operation several times until all of the pipe’s threaded section was within the t-connector’s nipple.

Guess what? The new replacement 4′ PVC riser threaded itself right in! By using heat, pressure, and steel threads, I was able to partially melt the underground t-connector and cut new threads. Not a spade full of dirt was dug up for this irrigation repair!

Since then, I’ve helped neighbors with their irrigation repair projects that left them amazed – “you can actually cut new threads underground without having to dig” – Wow, thanks Bill, real big thanks!

Not all irrigation repairs can use this technique. Let’s face it, if the t-connector’s nipple or connecting pipes crack or break, you will have to dig. But try this tip first and see if it works. You’ll know within minuets if there’s a more serious problem. You’ll get wet standing there, but you’ll quickly see upwelling around the sprinkler head in operation if there’s a broken pipe or cracked nipple. Oh well, at least you gave it a try!

I’ve had this cheap $20 heat gun for more than twenty years. Not only does it do a great job lifting paint, I’ve used it for boat electrical repairs (heat-shrink tubing), removing self-adhesive vinyl tile, contact paper, and sanding disks, and even starting fires in my charcoal pit. This is NOT a hair dryer – keep safe, keep it away from you at all times!

In conclusion, I was able to use my cheap heat gun and cheaper steel pipe to apply enough heat and pressure to re-mold stripped out internal threads, and enough raw heat to let another tool’s edges cut into material that without that tool, would have required digging lots of dirt for these simple irrigation repair projects!

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Games Ideas for Kids Groups (Including Bring Me, Pirate’s Treasure, Balloon Burst)

games ideas for kids groups (including bring me, pirate's treasure, balloon burst)

games ideas for kids groups (including bring me, pirate's treasure, balloon burst)

What’s The Time Mr Wolf?

One person leads the game, and stands at one end of the room as the wolf, with his/her back turned against the others. The other players stand at the other end of the floor and call out “What’s the time Mr Wolf”? the wolf then calls the time e.g. One o’ Clock, and the other players take one large step towards the wolf. Again they call out and take as many steps as the wolf calls. However, when the wolf calls “Dinner Time”, he turns and chases the other players who have to make their way back to the end of the floor without being caught. Whoever is caught becomes the wolf and the game starts again.

Pirate’s Treasure

Children are arranged into teams of five. Team members sit one behind the other on a row of chairs, facing the games leader. (e.g. 35 chairs arranged 5 deep and 7 rows across). The teams are numbered and one kid from each team is selected to be spokesperson. The leader starts, “Did row number (x) steal the pirate’s treasure?” That whole row stands up and says together “No sir, not us sir… “ and the spokesman finishes off by saying “Try row (x).” That row then stands up and repeats, and so the game continues until a row gets it wrong by not standing up quickly enough or saying the wrong thing etc… (The more pedantic you make the rules the better). Any row which gets it wrong goes to the end row, whilst the other rows move up to fill the space, changing their number. The winning row is the one which is number 1 at the end of the game.

Mrs McGinty’s Shopping bag

The children are placed into a minimum of two teams but can be more dependent on numbers. A leader should start with the first member of each team giving them all something you’d get from a shop i.e. bread, milk, washing up liquid etc once everyone has been given an item then the leader goes to the other end of the hall and sits on a chair. The leader tells a story using the items they’ve just mentioned, whenever their item is mentioned they have to run up to the leader and tig them run back to their seat before the other teams get back. The story can be as long or as short as required but everyone should get a turn. Usually ending with everyone running up at once.

Bring me

Split the children into teams then number them 1 to 10 etc. A leader then stands at the end of the hall and shouts “number 1, bring me a white sock” so then all the number ones have to bring the leader a white sock. The item being brought can be anything within the hall or an easily accessible area i.e. toilets, stage area and sometimes the kitchen.

Dwarves, Knights and Giants

This game is like a giant version of rock, paper, scissors. There are actions which are required for this game. Dwarf involves crouching, for knight you should imitate riding a horse, and the giant action is simply stretching your arms above your head. The dwarves beat giants, giants beat knights and knights beat dwarves. The group is split into two and each team is given an end of the hall. They gather and decide what action they are going to perform (whole team does same). The teams are then brought together in the centre of the hall. They line up facing each other with a metre between the lines. The leader then shouts “3,2,1,GO!” Each team performs their action. The team whose action wins chases the other team. Trying to tig as many people as possible. Those who are caught become part of the other team. The game then simply repeats.

Cat and Mouse

Make a grid using the children, get them to hold out arms (touching neighbour’s fingertips) so that this forms a maze of alleys that the children can run along. The leader picks one child to be a mouse and one child to be a cat, the cat chases the mouse along the alleys until they’re caught. While the cat and mouse are running about, the leader shouts change to the children forming the alley-ways. This means the children have to turn round (through 90o)so as to now form vertical alley-ways instead of horizontal ones.

Indiana Jones

Two rings of standing children. One inside the other with both rings facing each other, creating a circular corridor. The Earth ball at one side (inside corridor) and a child playing Indiana Jones at the other. The children have to roll the ball around the corridor chasing Indiana Jones.

Donkey Bombers

Two teams elect a Donkey (leader?) (Or two) who sit about 10m apart balancing a plastic cup on their heads. Remaining members of the team sit in random lines in front of “their donkey”. Teams are given a huge stack of newspapers. Teams get a point by knocking off the cup of the opposing donkey(s). Kids must stay seated and can throw paper any way they like! – makes a bit of a mess but is great fun – play some loud music during the game too.

Living on an Island

Give a sheet of newspaper to each team who must get all members to stand on it simultaneously without anyone touching floor. Then they are allowed to rip a piece off their sheet and repeat. Team with smallest sheet wins.

Balloon burst

Sit kids on two rows of chairs facing each other. (Number them off along each row “1-2-1-2… etc”). Place Team Captain No.1 at one end of the row of chairs, and Captain No.2 at the other end. Kids must bat a balloon with their hands (remaining seated) towards their respective Captain who is standing with a drawing pin. (i.e. every kid is sitting between players from the opposite team).

Blind man face off

Teams number off so that each has an opposite number in other team. Leader picks a number… both then have to don blindfolds and then make it to a water-pistol in middle of room (which you can move after their blindfolds are on) teams shout at their own players. Player to find water-pistol and then hit other player wins a point (time limit).

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Cars for Kids, Build One From a Kitchen Swing Bin and a Laundry Basket!

cars for kids, build one from a kitchen swing bin and a laundry basket!

cars for kids, build one from a kitchen swing bin and a laundry basket!

The kit car industry in the UK is massive the following is massive! Children’s Kit Cars is a whole new marketplace! The building of a kit cars for kids is a lot of the fun in fact most people just take pleasure in building them.

I built my first kids car in a weekend, and to be truthful it was not that expensive really taking into account the end result. You can build one for less than £100. When you are looking for a car for kids you need to have a think to your self whether or not you just want the end product or whether you want the joy and excitement of the build?

Most people like the thrill of the build, but the look on the faces of your children or grandchildren when they see the finished car is worth every minute that you spent. If building your own child’s racing car interests you, then we can supply you with the plans, directions and full size templates to make it come about.

The Most amazing thing is that you can build a car for kids from a Kitchen Swing Bin and a Laundry Basket! Throw in a couple of bits of MDF, and a cordless drill and away you go.

The proper geared steering is made from pieces of threaded bar and a bicycle inner brake cable wrapped around a rubber bobbin made from a doorstop!! The Steering Wheel is from a Wii Console. It’s so straightforward you won’t believe it!

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Prevent Air Bubbles and Bug Holes in Concrete When Casting Cement Stone Molds

prevent air bubbles and bug holes in concrete when casting cement stone molds

prevent air bubbles and bug holes in concrete when casting cement stone molds

After over nineteen years in the concrete stone mold business, some of our do-it-yourself stone, paver and tile making customers and homeowners using our moulds still have problems with air bubbles or bug holes in the cast concrete products they make. Almost one-hundred percent of the time, it’s because they don’t follow the simple, free instructions provided with each purchase. So here are the instructions and techniques again in the form of a Home Improvement DIY article.

Is a mold release really necessary when casting concrete? – We always suggest using a mold release of some kind, even when using rubber molds. Mold release will help prolong the life of concrete, cement, or plaster molds. Using a mold release will also make de-molding the stone, tile, pavers, or other items you are duplicating, an easier and faster chore.

Make a home-made liquid mold release for use with Plaster of Paris, molding plaster and other plasters. When working with plaster, a simple mixture of a tablespoonful of liquid dish detergent to a cup of water makes a good release agent. Keep in mind that different plasters offer different shrinkage properties. The less a plaster shrinks, the more difficult it may be to de-mold the plaster item from a plastic or other semi-rigid mold. Be sure to read the instructions and properties on the package of all plasters before choosing one for your project. We also recommend using a soapy release when working with rubber molds and plaster. It makes a cleaner release and smoother finished piece, as well as helping to keep the plaster from sticking to the rubber molds— thus saving cleaning time and effort.

How to Make a Mold Release for use with Concrete and Cement – There are a number of commercially prepared concrete mold releases on the market. We actual offer our customers two types— a water-based and an oil-based mold release. We market it as a convenience to our customers. A light vegetable oil works just about as good as a commercial blend. The commercial releases may contain a suspended wax or other agents to make it easier to use, or offer other benefits.

Regular vegetable oil is fine, with a “light” vegetable oil being even better. But don’t worry about that. The problem with air bubbles in concrete castings is seldom the type of release used— it is usually the quantity left behind before pouring. It’s usually excess release, or it’s too much vibrating used to dislodge any air attached to the surface of the mold— or should I say between the mold and the freshly poured concrete. Have you heard the old saying about “too much of a good thing”? That’s normally the problem. With too much vibration, you can actually introduce air bubbles into the mix. And over-vibrating— especially with only half of the concrete batch poured into the mold first, can certainly cause excess air.

How much oil should be left to coat the mold? – For best results, be sure to wipe most of the oil out of your molds prior to filling them with concrete. You need to be especially aware of the low crevices of the mold where the oil can puddle. You should barely be able to see that there is a coating on the mold. Then fill your mold about half to three-quarters with your concrete mix. On a flat, level surface, lift each side of the mold about a half-inch or so and let it fall back flat to the table or other surface you are using. If it is a larger mold, say over 12″ in diameter lift it higher so that the center gets the benefit of the vibration as well. Do this about four or five times on all four sides. Then fill the mold to the finished depth that you want. This time, lift all four corners one at a time four or five times, letting them fall back down. Now shake the entire mold a couple of times in each direction to be sure that the concrete is level. Cover with plastic sheeting and wait for it to harden. This technique allows you to dislodge any air bubbles from what will be the surface of your stone.

Why is there air in my concrete mix? – Yes, having a certain amount of air in your mix is actually desirable… especially if the stone is for an exterior application. This is called air entrainment. It allows a space for any moisture within the concrete to expand and contract in a freezing environment. This is called freeze-thaw. When you use our mix additives, there is actually an air-entrainment agent in the additive to put air into the concrete! Normally, air entrainment in concrete and cement should only be about 5% though. That air really has little to do with “bubbles” or what are called “bug holes” in the industry to appear on the surface of your stone casting.

Think of how happy your arms are going to be now that they don’t have to vibrate that heavy concrete as much!

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What Is a Transitional Rug?

what is a transitional rug?

what is a transitional rug?

Recently I received an e-mail newsletter from a local rug showroom, announcing a sale. The store offered a wide selection on transitional rugs. Now, I’ve heard of many different rug styles – everything from Southwestern patterns, Oriental designs, shag, and even rugs made of recycled materials. I hear “transitional” and have no idea what that means in relation to flooring. When you transition, you move from one thing to the next. Are these rugs supposed to transition me to the next room, or the next house?’

So, I did some research, and came away knowing a bit more about rugs than I had before. It turns out that a transitional rug refers to the actual design of the rug. Its appearance and manufacture is reminiscent of a combination of two other styles:

Traditional: The traditional rug is normally defined by characteristics found in Persian and Oriental designs – in particular color, weaving, and patterns. When you look at an Oriental rug or carpet, you may be amazing by the intricate craftmanship and detail of flowers, laurels, and leaves.

Contemporary: The contemporary rug may remind you of a work of modern art. Bold colors and sharp lines, designs that remind you of Warhol paintings or Picasso’s cubism. Rugs like these look great in rooms with contemporary and unique furniture.

The transitional rug, therefore, takes the recognizable features of both styles and blends them into something unique and beautiful. You will note the care taken into weaving such a rug, and enjoy colorful designs that complement your walls and decor. Rug experts may tell you that this style brings to mind Impressionistic designs – muted colors and flowing imagery. Though the painters of the Impressionistic era worked with pastel hues, you’re more likely to find these rugs come in earthier tones – rich browns and tans.

If you are interested in buying a rug for your home – be it for your living room or bedroom – a transitional design could work for your overall comfort. You’ll want to find a color and pattern that best matches your larger pieces like your sofa or bedroom dressers and covers a good portion of your floor to protect it from foot traffic.

Buying transitional rugs from a carpet and rug shop is a good way to find the right style for your home. You might be tempted to try a home improvement or department store for a good deal, but often you’ll find staff isn’t as informed about how the rugs are made and how to care for them. A rug is more than something you walk on – it is part of your part. Just as you would buy a car from a reputable dealership, the rug you bring into your house should be sold by somebody who knows where it came from and what to do if it is damaged.

Ask your local rug dealer about a transitional rug, and transition the beauty of your home interiors.

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How to Repair High Gloss Laminate Flooring Scrapes and Scuffs

how to repair high gloss laminate flooring scrapes and scuffs

how to repair high gloss laminate flooring scrapes and scuffs

Laminate flooring is enjoying unprecedented popularity because of its exceptional ability to resist fading, staining, and deterioration due to normal wear and tear. When you add affordable prices and easy DIY installation to the mix, the result is a winning combination that is irresistible to consumers.

As great as today’s high gloss laminate products are, however, they are not completely impervious to all minor damage. Over time, you might start to notice some scrapes and scuffs spoiling your floor’s appearance, chiefly in areas that are frequented by pets and small children.

Fortunately, you don’t have to pull up the blemished planks and replace them with new ones. Instead, you can repair high gloss laminate on your own using the following everyday items that you probably already have on hand.

  • Pencil eraser. Skid marks left on laminate flooring by certain types of shoes and toys can often be removed by rubbing a pencil eraser over the area using gentle, circular strokes. In lieu of an eraser, you can use the rubber sole of a tennis shoe for the same purpose.
  • WD-40. While most folks are aware of the lubricating properties of WD-40, not many realize that it is also a terrific household cleaner. To remove scuffs from your high gloss laminate, apply a bit of WD-40 to a soft cloth and lightly scrub until the marks disappear. Be sure to wipe up the lubricant residue with a wet rag to prevent any potential slip-and-fall accidents.
  • Baking soda. Baking soda is celebrated for having a multitude of uses, so it should come as no surprise that it helps remove scrapes and scuffs from laminate flooring. Mix a couple tablespoons of baking soda with some warm water until you end up with a pasty substance. Next, use a cloth to dab paste onto the scuff marks and rub them away.
  • Toothpaste. If you don’t have any baking soda at home, there’s no need to run to the store. You can often get the same effect by using plain toothpaste to touch up your floor.

The methods listed above work best on light scuffs, scrapes, and skid marks. For deeper, more stubborn blemishes in your laminate flooring, you might have to turn to commercial cleaning products to get the job done. Many manufacturers now make nonabrasive cleansers especially for high gloss laminate, so you don’t have to worry about damaging the finish.

Don’t let minor scuffs and scrapes turn your floor into an unattractive mess. Instead, you can restore its natural beauty in no time by treating the problem using these simple solutions!

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