Paint walls: Tips for the home

 

Classic white or with colorful patterns? High-gloss or dark matte effect? When you paint the walls in your apartment, the whole room changes. So that everything will be pretty in the end.

Good wall paint has its price

A paint job is basically a fairly simple and inexpensive way to customize a room. As a rule, you use dispersion paint for this purpose. But here, as is so often the case, who buys cheaply, buys twice. With very cheap paint, you often have to paint three or four times until the wall color covers. Then you have saved nothing compared to a color that achieves the desired result after the first or second coat. So save yourself time and nerves: buy a quality color directly. Of course, the scale is always open. You can also tone white color yourself. But that’s not necessarily cheaper. In addition, you will never hit exactly the same hue again if you have miscalculated and need more color.

The size of the wall surface, which you can paint with a bucket, is always on the packaging. With 2.5 liters (usual packing size for colorful wall paint) you usually create about 20 – 30 m2. With a wall length of 5 m and a ceiling height of 2.50 m, these are just 2 walls. The painting of the walls costs you about 1 euro per m2 – working time, brushes, cover foil and the like not included.

You don’t necessarily have to paint the walls yourself. There are companies offering painting services such as scaffold free painting.

Check the substrate

In order to obtain a nice color result, the substrate must be good or repaired accordingly:

  • Dry
  • Dust- and grease-free
  • Clean
  • Viable
  • Free of cracks and holes

Loadable means that the previous wall color or wallpaper is capable of absorbing the new color and is also firmly connected to the wall itself so that after painting it is not easy to fall off or burst.

In the case of coated pattern wallpapers, the color often does not hold on to the smooth vinyl parts. Also plaster, gypsum and co. often have only a limited absorption capacity. Then a preparation with a deep reason helps.

 

Before you can swipe the rooms, it says: cover and glue. So you don’t just need paint, you need a lot more.

  • Painter fleece or cover paper to protect the soil
  • Foil for covering the furniture
  • Painter’s crepe for gluing edges, sockets and skirting boards
  • If necessary, joint and filler compound + filler for repair
  • If necessary, depth ground + surface brush
  • Ladder
  • Color
  • Stripping grille
  • Small paint tray or bucket for work on the ladder
  • Paint rollers – large for wall surfaces, small for edges and niches
  • Telescopic rod
  • Heating brushes for corners

Different colors and techniques need different rolls and brushes. Get advice on site as to what is suitable for your project. Rough fiber needs long-flower rolls, smooth substrates can be painted super with short flower rolls.

Paint walls like the pro

Sometimes it’s the little things that make it easier to experience DIY. When it comes to painting walls, these tricks include:

Heating off and windows to: This way, the paint dries slowly and evenly. The result: fewer spots and stripes.

Rolls and brushes in plastic foil: You don’t have to clean your stroke tool every time you take a longer break. Wrap brushes and rollers airtight in plastic wrap and you can continue working with the same color the next day.

Remove the adhesive tape moist: Remove the painter’s crepe as long as the paint is not completely dry. This gives them clear, sharp edges.

Keep the color chart and remaining color: A Malheur happened quickly, and maybe you just want to repair a very small corner later instead of painting a whole wall? Then it is good if you still have the leftover color in the basement. If you need more color, it’s good to keep the color chart – so you get exactly the same hue from the retailer again.

Keys and Ways To Stay Fit

Health and wellness is one of everyone’s priority today. It is not just because of the pandemic, but even prior to the current situation, people are already conscious of their physical well-being.

There are plenty of ways to keep your body fit and free from signs of disease. These are the following:

  1. Monitoring what you eat is very important. Of course, you need to include greens in your diet. Junk food will not help. Remember to still include proteins in your diet. Super light meals will also make lighter energy, you do not want to be weak. You are doing your best to be stronger so make sure to have a balanced meals.
  2. Exercise everyday. It is not necessary to have a routine for an hour or more. Fifteen to thirty minutes will be fine. Sweating means reducing body toxins and workouts are the best for it. This also relieves stress and release happy hormones. You may also purchase some workout equipment in order for you to be motivated. Make sure that gym-like-equipment are in good condition and located or installed in a safe place at home.
  3. Some people do not get motivation from exercising at home. Other options is to go to the gym and Soma wellness. Through these options, you will not just maintain your physical health since it also has benefits and advantages for social and emotional well-being through meeting other people who also have the same purpose and goals as yours.
  4. Whenever you feel tired and impatient of the initial results, always go back to your reasons why you want to be physically healthy.  Keep in mind that if you want to live a happy life, you must first think of being strong and fit enough to do the things you love and try things you always wanted to experience.

 

Important Safety Tips When Purchasing Toys

Toys are not only a source of fun and relaxation. Shopping sites like Amazon offer fun toys that children will really love. Check out Medium for fun toy list for a tween boy. Toys allow children to discover the world around them, develop new skills, and make friends. However, one cannot stress enough the importance of allowing children to play safely. For children under the age of five, toys are in fourth place in the top ten causes of accidents.

Toys can contain substances or small parts that are dangerous to your child. The European Commission, together with toy manufacturers, traders, exporters, and consumer associations, has collected the most important safety tips for the smart purchase and proper use of toys.

Important Safety Tips When Purchasing Toys

  • Never buy toys without a CE label(on the packaging or on the toy itself). Although the CE mark is not intended as a consumer mark, the manufacturer does indicate that the toy complies with EU safety regulations. However, this does not provide a conclusive guarantee for health and safety.
  • Always read the warnings and safety instructions on the packaging in advance. These warnings must be accompanied by a brief indication of the specific hazard on which this precaution is based, which may be included in the instructions for use. For example, chemical toys (eg chemistry boxes, preserving sets, ceramic miniature sets) should be specified as being used under adult supervision.
  • Choose toys that are appropriate for the child’s age and abilities. Take age and safety recommendations seriously. Especially the 0-3 symbol or the statement “not suitable for children under 3 years” should not be ignored.
  • Buy well-finished and sturdy toys.
    • Preferably unbreakable toys for small children.
    • Sharp edges, corners, and points are taboo.
    • Check that the contents cannot be released easily (such as animals that can be easily picked or bitten open, causing plastic balls or pieces of foam rubber to come out).
    • Make sure that the fingers cannot be trapped.
  • Follow the installation and operating instructions carefully. Keep the instructions and information supplied with the toy in a safe place.
  • Supervise while your children play. Make sure all toys are used as intended and appropriate for the child’s age and abilities. Toys with projectiles (guns, catapults…) can cause injuries, for example. Make sure that younger children play with the toys intended for them and not the toys of an older sibling that could be dangerous to them.
  • Make sure that small children play separately from the older ones. For example, the big ones can play at the table, so that the little ones cannot reach it. If there are toys that the youngest should really not touch, let the oldest play with them after the youngest has gone to bed.
  • If young and old play together, then with the youngest’s toys or play along yourself.
    Do not allow young children to play alone with (uninflated) balloons because of the risk of suffocation.
    Do not let children hold toys with loud noises close to the ear.
  • Teach your child (ren) to store their toys to avoid accidents. Do not leave toys lying around on stairs or in busy areas of the house. A toy box must have air openings and must not be able to close automatically.

Parents hold the responsibility for the safety of their children. Therefore, it is important to be meticulous when choosing toys for your children.

How Did We Get Here? Faced with New COVID-19 Strains that are More Infectious

Now more than ever, it is critically important for everyone to follow all the health and safety protection measures instituted in work and business places. Despite the availability of vaccines, the COVID-19 strain has mutated. It has evolved into becoming a more infectious form of virus tagged by UK virology experts as the B.1.1.7 strain.

What is more confounding about the new developments is the fact that a strain that is even more infectious than the B.1.1.7 mutation has emerged as a second strain in South Africa, and called 501.V2.

Although the B.1.1.7 strain was first discovered in the UK, virologists have now ascertained that at this point , the new strain has also been detected in 33 countries. U.S. top virologist and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Dr. Anthony Fauci, has confirmed that the B.1.1.7 strain is already spreading in the states of New York, California, Florida, Colorado and Georgia, and that the possibility that it will soon spread in other states is highly likely.

As nations can no longer afford to put all businesses under complete lockdown for prolonged periods, the next best things to do is to fortify all health and safety protection protocols instituted in all places of businesses; not only for the protection of customers but of the workers as well. Monitoring and enforcing compliance is also a must, whilst displaying reminders and notifications about the health and safety protocols can help minimize, if not avoid the further spread of the new coronavirus strain.

Take the case of New York, which somehow managed to bring down the numbers of daily infection cases to a manageable level, despite the state’s initial record of having the highest number of active cases and deaths. As businesses were given permission to resume operations, albeit in limited capacity, the placing of vinyl banners nyc citizens get to see as constant reminders, helped instill greater consciousness about the health crisis confronting their communities.

Virologists Provide Information on Why the Covid-19 Contagion Has Become More Contagious

While millions of Donald Trump’s supporters were led to believe that COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax perpetrated by the Democratic party, millions of anti-maskers contracted the contagion and have been furthering the spread of the infectious disease. Nonetheless, virologists provide scientific information that will enable people to understand how viruses mutate and while vaccines cannot provide 100% protection against new viral strains produced through mutations.

Through the digital magazine “Health,” explanations shed light on how we got here; still unable to win our battle against COVID-19.

Dr. Charles Bailey, the Medical Director for Infection Prevention of Orange County, CA’s Providence Mission Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital explained that a virus, just like any microorganism, replicates. Through replications, the virus increases its chances of undergoing mutations. As viruses continue to find hosts, the replication activities continue at a faster rate; all the more increasing the possibilities of mutation.

Dr. Supriya Narasimhan, who is the Chief of Infectious Diseases of San Jose, California’s Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, said that the very reason why viruses mutate is because they are carried by varying host cells. Vaccine that is injected in a virus-carrying host puts greater pressure on the microorganisms to adapt in order to thrive. Dr.Narasimhan further explained that not all mutations that transpire are meaningful, which is one reason why vaccines can be effective in preventing the virus from surviving and cause further damage in a vaccinated host’s body.

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