Fusion Stair Parts By Richard Burbidge

Emery

Having purchased my first property just over two years ago I have been slowly making improvements to the house whilst making it more modern and trying to progress my DIY skills. For some time I have been intending to make a start on the internal stairs in the house, although I must admit I have been putting it off for months. The main reason that I delayed making a start was that I wasn’t convinced that I had the necessary skills to undertake the project just yet.

However, having pulled the carpet up and taken a closer look at the stairs, I found that most of them were sound and only a couple of them needed replacing. The biggest part of the job was going to be to fit the other stair parts. Fortunately, I spoke to a joiner friend of mine about the project before I started on it and he pointed me in the direction of the Richard Burbidge website. He had recently used their Fusion stair parts range for a house that he has bought as a rental property and said that it was very easy stuff to plan and fit. Great news for me!

The Fusion concept

The idea of Richard Burbidge’s Fusion is that you can select different stair parts from the available range and they should all fit nicely together. So you can, for example, choose from stair posts and handrails made from different timbers and metals, providing you with the finish that you require. However, each item is designed in a manner that will allow it to be fixed easily to the relevant stair parts. This is done through co-ordinating metal brackets using the best cheap impact driver, which enables stair posts to be fixed to handrails without the need for carpentry joints. There are also flexible fixing brackets that allow easy installation of the balusters.

Making a plan

I liked the idea of this kind of approach so I went and took a look at my friend’s property. I was very impressed with the overall quality of the stair parts that he had installed and the finish was superb. Of course, as a joiner, he has plenty of experience in this kind of work and I did wonder if I was going to be able to replicate the finish quality that he had achieved. The only problem that I had with my friend’s work was that I didn’t think that the choices he had made in terms of timber and color of metal components would suit my property and I voiced my concerns. He then told me that there was a planning tool on the Richard Burbidge website that lets you go through a selection process, picking the options that you think will suit. At the end of the process, you are presented with an actual photographic representation of the products that you have selected which enables you to find exactly the right option for you. I have used every other planning tools on company websites with varying success, but his tool was especially handy and after playing around for an hour or so I decided that I would go for a combination of pine and chrome stair parts.

Doing the fitting

Once I had bought the required parts I set aside a full weekend to undertake the installation. I have to say that the ease in which the pieces went together made things much simpler than I had expected. I didn’t have to worry about cutting anything or making good joints, which I could well have messed upon. In the end, I had to go out and take care of something unexpected on a Saturday, so I only spent about 5 hours of the day working on the stairs. This meant that I had to finish the job off on Sunday, but had I had the full day on Saturday then I may have got it all finished in one day. The overall finish of the project is very good and I was quite pleased with myself when I finished; but more importantly, my fianc© was also impressed! Definitely a product that I would recommend – especially if you aren’t the best at DIY like me. The website is also very useful and gives you all the information and help you need to make your choices.

How To Make An Ant Free Cat Or Dog Feeding Bowl

Emery

In addition to a couple of indoor cats my wife and I enjoy feeding several additional outdoor pets. Two of these ‘outsiders’ are cats we have adopted which were born in the wild and prefer to live outside. In addition (at last count) 3 abandoned/stray cats are frequent guests at the three feeding and water bowls we maintain on our covered front porch.

From our breakfast room window we enjoy watching the almost constant parade of cats of all shapes, sizes and colors to and from our front porch.

Each morning we rinse out and wipe clean the 3 feed bowls and fill each bowl with 3 cups of dried, pellet cat food. In the evening we replenish the bowls with an additional cup of food. The water bowl is replenished daily and changed every third day.

During the winter months our feeding routine presents few problems. The cats, knowing our feeding schedule are hungrily standing by as we refill the bowls and will revisit the bowls throughout the day until all of the food is gone. Different people have the question that How to wash and groom a dog’s face? The washing of the face should be done with proper care through soap and water. It can be done through the experts also.

However, with the first sign of Spring a new problem surfaces. Overnight thousands of ants appear, marching in straight, orderly lines from the ground, up the foundation wall, onto the porch and into the feed bowls. As Spring gives way to Summer ants are everywhere, thousands upon thousands of hungry, marching ants. These little critters not only cover the floor of the porch, but concentrate so heavily in the feed bowls that the brown pellets appear to take up the orange tint of shoulder to shoulder ants.

Making matters worse even the most hungry of our cats will not feed once the bowl is infested with ants.

What to do?

In an attempt to eliminate the ant problem we considered using any of several commercial pesticides, but after reading the warning labels we were very concerned about the potential environmental effect of applying these poisonous sprays and powders which could possibly end up in our ground water. Most of all we did not want these poisons in and around our cat feeding area.

The solution we found was both simple and effective and importantly, presented no danger the health of our cats or the environment.

Step 1:

From a neighborhood Home Furnishings store I found and purchased 3 sets of very inexpensive plastic bowls. Each set contained six varying sized bowls, nested together on top of one twelve inch diameter saucer.

Step 2:

From each set we selected the smallest bowl, which was 6 inches in diameter and three inches deep, to be our new cat feeding bowl.

Step 3:

From each of the three sets we selected the 12 inch in diameter saucer and filled each with two inches of water.

Step 4:

In the center of each water-filled saucer we placed the 6 inch bowl (step 2 above) and filled it with the usual 3 cups of pelltized food.

The weight of the food filled bowl is sufficient to keep it from floating. Placing the food bowl in the center of the saucer provides a 3 inch water filled moat around the food bowl which serves as a very effective and safe deterrent from invading ants.

After initial deployment of our new defense the ants would march up to the saucer, climb its’ side and circle the perimeter, looking for a way to cross over to the feed bowl. Evidently in response to the smell of the food the ants returned for the next three days before giving up the fight.

As an unexpected by product of our feeding system we were surprised to see the cats happily alternating between feeding and drinking from the saucer’s ‘moat’.

This environmentally safe system has continued to work quite successfully for us.

DIY Princess Bed Headboard And Footboard Project

Emery

This princess bed headboard and footboard project is a fun and easy way to make a sweet bed for your daughter. I call this a princess bed because it reminds of the exaggerated and sweet head and footboards found in Disney books, on cartoons with princess, and even in fairy tale drawings.

To make this simple princess headboard and footboard you will need to use a jig saw. Do these cuts alone, but your daughter can help you paint when any cutting is complete.

To Make a Princess Headboard and Footboard You Will Need:

  • Plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • String
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Sand Paper
  • Drill
  • Metal Bed Frame

To get started you want to measure how wide your bed is. In most cases this will be made for a twin bed, which is a great size for kids.

Now, you need two pieces of plywood , one for the headboard and one for the foot board.

Cut the headboard down to 4 feet tall and the foot board to 3 feet tall. This is a dramatic look, so they are a little tall, you of course can make them the height you wish.

Now, lay each piece of the princess bed flat on the floor. Cut a piece of twine that is half the height of the board. Pin it to the middle of the board. Te a pencil to the end. Use this to draw a half circle on the top of the board. Repeat on the foot board.

Now, take your yard stick. Measure out 6 inches from the left edge. Draw this vertical line. Repeat on the right side.

Now, cut out the lines using a jig saw. You will even dup with 2 faux pasts and a rounded top in the middle.

Repeat this process on the princess bed foot board.

Now, sand all cut edges. This is a step that needs to be completed so there are no splinters.

Now, prime out the whole headboard. Once the primer is dry you want to paint it out. I recommend a semi gloss paint or even a milk paint in a fun girly color.

Once the paint dries on the princess bed out can glue on some flat backed jewels to the headboard and foot board. Try to glue them on in a pattern that follows the arch in the middle of the headboard. This is a great way to add more color and some sparkle.

This princess bed also reminds me of a Goldilocks bed as well! You can simple screw the headboard and the footboard to your existing bed frame using the holes already into the metal frame!

The headboard can be screwed to the wall if needed. For you to be successful in this project, you need to use the right tools and equipment. To help you out, you can visit www.impactdriverguide.co.uk/makita-impact-drivers. This website will provide you with the right equipment so the work will be easier.

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