Em from Tenn's Profile
|Display Name:||Em from Tenn|
The other half of my duplex has been robbed about ten times in the past 7 years. My half has not. Some conclusions the previous tenant and I have come to: leave windows uncovered to expose intruders, but carefully arrange furniture so that easy to pawn electronics are never visible from the outside. Have a dog or an alarm. Use the second window locks mentioned above. Window bars are ineffective unless they are on all reachable windows. They put window bars on the window that was broken in and the next time the thief just went to a different window. Security doors with a keyed deadbolt are awesome. The thief broke in the window just fine, but left blood kicking OUT the security door with his loot. In that time, if they'd have had an alarm, the cops would have been there to bust him. You can probably leave your plants if you are willing to pay for an alarm.
High and Low Tech Security Options for Bungalow? Good Questions
|9/19/12 7:39 PM|
I'm with all those posters who asked if there is a fridge and stove in the kitchen. If they aren't side by side, there's a chance they are plugged in to two different outlets. Meaning there would be an empty slot on each! I have the "luxury" of having one three pronged outlet in each room and an additional 2-pronged outlet or two. Oh the adventures that has created. I wonder what genius bent the third prong on my fridge to make it plug into a 2-prong outlet??? Anyway, in my kitchen I have run an extension cord all the way along the bottom of my 1950's metal cabinets, taped it in place, and wedged it between the cabinet and the wall (there's a big gap) so I could have my microwave plugged into the propper outlet. I got a cord with three outlets so I plug in any mixers, food processors, etc, there as I use them. I've lived with this setup for a year with no problem. Do go to a major home improvement store like lowes or home depot to make sure your cords are rated high enough to take the load. if you don't even have one free outlet, consider your kitchen habits. Could you unplug the stove? I would consider all of those options before calling the landlord so you can discus them with him. Perhaps he would prefer adding outlets the right way than deal with the fire you might create with your custom wiring schemes! If not, make sure your renter's insurance is all ready to go!
Help! No Outlets in Kitchen or Bathroom Good Questions
|8/25/12 9:45 PM|
It totally depends on the cook and the kitchen. All my cabinets, my sink, and my stove are against one wall of my kitchen. I was dying for counter space so I took a risk and put a big ikiea island parallel to the cabinets and just shy of three feet from the sink. It was the greatest thing I could do for my kitchen. I have zero clearance on the other side as I put my small kitchen table directly against it, but I'm the only one who cooks here so why would I need to stand on both sides? I was nervous because I can't open the door to my back deck the whole way, but it ended up working out great because the island has become a staging spot to put all the stuff I need to take outside when I'm grilling. The other end is a little closer to the washing machine than I'd like when the door is open, but I realized that I don't ever need to walk past it when I'm loading it anyway. There are costs - it would be more challenging for me to entertain guests in there, I can't skip wildly across the room, and I am limited in the size of table I could use. But thanks to the added workspace, added storage, and great looks of the island; it has become my favorite thing in my kitchen. My friend thought I was crazy when she helped me carry it into my apartment, but she sure likes the brownies I made on it! Measure and plan it out based on how you use your kitchen and don't listen to people who may have completely opposite priorities in their kitchens.
How Much Walking Space Is Required Around a Kitchen Island? Small Space Solutions
|8/25/12 9:22 PM|
Wow. Such negativity. I have an Eno hammock that I picked up for relaxing in trees, well, everywhere. I tried sleeping in it on a summer camping trip and haven't used my tent since. In warmer climates (which I guess is everywhere this summer), hammocks are much much cooler, less weight to haul around, and far more simple to set up. If you are in a wooded area, you are going to find trees that work. My hammock straps are adjustable, so I actually have an easier time finding decent trees than I did finding a good flat spot for a tent. I can't speak for these tent/hammock things specifically, but it looks like they use a similar strap system. If I were shopping for a tent for a family camping trip, I'd seriously consider this. That said, these might be a bit of overkill, a regular hammock might be a more cost effective way to achieve a similar effect, though, it looks like these tentsiles are designed to give a flat surface to sleep on, which can be tricky in a traditional hammock.
Tentsile: Camp Suspended in the Trees
|7/10/12 8:56 PM|