Choosing A Shower Enclosure

One of the first considerations in choosing a shower enclosure is to decide if you want a framed or frameless shower door. Framed shower doors are made of thiner, less expensive glass, and so are more economical. Frameless shower doors are made of thicker glass which does not need the support of a frame, but they are more expensive.

Frameless shower doors offer several advantages. Most notably, with no metal frame, there are fewer places to trap water and for mold and mildew to grow. Another consideration is appearance. Frameless shower doors have a sleek, refined look that framed doors lack.

As mentioned before, price is a factor, so you will have to choose which style of shower enclosure you prefer. Only you can decide if the advantages of a frameless shower enclosure are worth the extra price.

Another factor to consider when choosing a shower enclosure is the obscurity level of the glass. Most people prefer glass that has been obscured by clouding or patterns in the glass. This gives one an added degree of privacy when showering. However, you may want a clear glass construction, if you had, for example, a view of the mountains out your window, and you wanted to enjoy it while you were showering.

If you choose to get a framed shower enclosure design, you’ll have to choose a finish for the metal, also. Generally, you should have the finish of the metal in your shower enclosure match the fixtures in your bathroom. Remember that with most shower enclosures, the metal finish will have nothing to do with what metal the product is constructed with.

Visual design is another factor to consider when choosing a shower enclosure. Nowadays, you can choose from all kinds of unusual designs, including circular shower enclosures, etc. It’s up to you how you want your bathroom to look!

Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Refinishing hardwood floors is something that you can do yourself without paying professionals high amounts of money to do it for you. However, you do need to have time to spend on your refinishing project to make sure that you end up with the effect you want to achieve. Many places that rent equipment have the heavy-duty sander that you need for the refinishing job. To start to refinish hardwood floors, you first have to move all the furniture and take up any rugs or mats that you have on the wood floors. You also need to wear a dust mask so that you won’t breathe in the dust when refinishing hardwood floors.

Older wood floors can be restored to their former glory when you find out how to refinish hardwood floors. There are many books you can buy on the subject of refinishing hardwood floors and you can also get valuable information when you search online. You do need to have a heavy- duty sander that you move gently back and forth over the wood floors. It is best to move in a straight line with the pattern of the hardwood boards instead of going across, especially if the hardwood has a bevelled edge with small grooves. You also have to be mindful not to apply more pressure in one place that in another because you could take gouges out of the floor.

Once you have the initial finish sanded off, you have to sweep or vacuum up the dust and give the floor a light washing. This is an important part of refinishing hardwood floors because the least little bit of dust and dirt will show up when you apply the stain and finish. In the information you have about how to refinish wood floors, you will find out that you should only use a damp mop to wash up the floor. Excess water, especially on the sanded hardwood, will cause stains in the floor.

When you dry the floor, then you are ready for the next stage of refinishing hardwood floors. You can choose to stain the wood floor in different colors suited to the type of wood. You may want to leave the wood in its natural color, but when you read about how to refinish hardwood floors, you will also learn about the need for a protective coating. The polyurethane coating adds protection to the floor. You can choose a coating that will give you a gleaming floor or one that has a low lustre. When refinishing wood floors, it is essential that the first coat is dry before you apply another coat. The more coats you put on, the shinier your floors will be.

Refinishing wood floors is a time-consuming project. However, it does not mean that you have to move out of the home until you complete the refinishing. The coatings for refinishing hardwood floors do not have any strong fumes that may be dangerous for anyone with respiratory problems. The only thing you have to remember is not to walk on the floor until the finish is dry. If you do, your refinishing project will have your footprints all over it – in more ways than one.

Corn and Corn Dolly Symbols of Lammas

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Corn and Corn Dolly Symbols of Lammas

At Lammas the Goddess is in Her aspect as Grain Mother, Harvest Mother, Harvest Queen, Earth Mother, Ceres and Demeter. Demeter, as Corn Mother, represents the ripe corn of this year’s harvest and her daughter Persephone represents the grain – the seed which drops back deep into the dark earth, hidden throughout the winter, and re-appears in the spring as new growth. This is the deep core meaning of Lammas and comes in different guises: it is about the fullness and fulfillment of the present harvest holding at its heart the seed of all future harvest. So as the grain harvest is gathered in, there is food to feed the community through the winter and within that harvest is the seed of next year’s rebirth, regeneration and harvest. The Grain Mother is ripe and full, heavily pregnant she carries the seed of the new year’s Sun God within her. There…

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