Archive for November, 2009
When it comes to cooking rice, nothing beats the quality and authenticity of a high quality, standalone rice cooker. Especially one from Zojirushi or another Japanese brand. But for some of us, gourmet perfection has to come second to timing and convenience, as well as price. In all of those areas, a microwave rice cooker definitely gives an electric one a run for its money.
Microwave rice cookers require no electric parts since the microwave is used to produce and emit the heat required for cooking. The cooker itself is a simple pot. This eliminates redundancy for people who already own a microwave oven, and saves you from spending some unnecessary cash. They are commonly available in the price range of under ten dollars.
Microwaves are known for their speed in cooking food, and this is no exception. The average microwave rice cooker cooks white rice in around 12 minutes. Of course there are different kinds of rice such as brown rice which require a longer cooking time. And there are different methods of preparation depending on how you like your rice, but for simple white rice to accompany your main dish, about 12 minutes will suffice. Compare that to say 30 minutes for an average electric unit.
They are also known for being non-stick and easy to clean. The rice doesn’t burn and harden at the bottom of the pot like it often does in electric cookers. The convenience and ease of cleaning them adds to their time efficiency. Another convenient aspect of them is that they don’t take up any extra space in your kitchen. All you homemakers out there know that counter space is at a premium, and that it’s a pain in the neck to dig a heavy appliance out of a kitchen cupboard. But a simple light pot and lid is easy to store and retrieve.
If you are a rice connoisseur and really need a lot of fancy functions as well as gourmet subtlety of flavor, then an electric cooker might be better for you. But if you already have a microwave and time, convenience, and price are your priorities, then a microwave rice cooker is a great option.
One way to get the appropriate tools you need for work or repairs is with power tools combo kits. Popular manufacturers like Makita, Hitachi, and Bostitch all make such kits that, for an amateur, may serve as an introduction to basic power tools and, for a professional, provide all of the necessary tools for the job. When choosing a kit, however, determine your needs of the job or work before purchasing one. As such combination kits can have two to seven tools with a carrying case, some in a set may be superfluous to the work. Additionally, sets are often grouped by electric and cordless tools and know the needs of the job, as well, before purchasing a set of either type.
In general, combo kits are geared toward professionals and their basic needs on a job. Although construction, automotive, and contracting jobs can vary, certain tools are always staples for each line of work. Manufacturers Makita and Bostitch, in particular, have created combo kits for various professions, including automotive workers, tradesmen, and electricians. The power tools in these kits often have appropriate strengths needed for the most common tasks. Similarly, kits with nailers and staplers, with a compressor and bits, are put together by such manufacturers for those that need these tools on the job.
Not all kits are geared toward professionals, however. Many of the general and contractors kits have basic power tools for the amateur who wants to do projects and repairs around the home. Many of these combination kits include two to four tools, such as reciprocating and circular saws and a two-in-one tool like a hammer drill. Nevertheless, when using such kits, keep in mind your safety. These kits do not come with eye or hearing protection and anyone, including amateurs, should have ear plugs and safety glasses around the home or workspace for using such power tools.
Safety is important for all power tools. As all combination kits come with a carrying case, any safety gear for using them, such as glasses or goggles, ear plugs, and a respirator or face mask, can be placed inside with your tools.
The modern security camera is available in two basic types, wired and wireless. The wired ones are extremely versatile and come in all shapes and sizes. They can be fitted into smoke detectors, stereo speakers and even clocks to provide a virtually indistinguishable presence within a building. The wireless security camera is more flexible in many ways. As it does not rely on wires it can be fitted in virtually any location. The ability to fit them in places that the unwitting criminal would never suspect makes them an amazing asset to home and business security.
Since the advent of the Internet, wireless security systems can be Internet-based, allowing one to monitor remote locations. The camera transfers video data via a local area network adapter, and then to an IP ( Internet Protocol) address. This means you could be on the other side of the world and still able to monitor your home or premises, and make the necessary calls if you believe that an intrusion has occurred. Some systems can actually send you an e-mail alert if movement is detected.
Wireless home security cameras, particularly the sort that are fitted in a home security system are normally powered by a 9 V batteries. The length of time these batteries can provide power berries depending on the camera, but 10 hours is the ballpark figure for most of your standard cameras. Many of these cameras are fitted with a motion sensor which only begins the recording process when motion is detected. This is a great asset as it preserves battery life. When the camera detects motion the recording sequence is triggered, either taking pictures or providing live video streaming to another computer, which could be at any location in the world depending on your system set up.
If you have ever seen a digital video camera you’ll notice that they are quite small compared to the non-digital alternatives. These are capable of recording video for an extended period of time with the video being stored either in the unit itself on a computer. They are extremely popular these days as their size makes them even less obvious to the unsuspecting burglar. They also remove the need to record video to tape, and as mentioned, can store video in their own memory.
Although the security camera has been around for a long time, technology has soldiered on and has made these items far more affordable. They once used to be the sole domain of large business, but now can be seen in houses all over the world, protecting the homes and families from loss. It is possible to buy a complete systems for only a few hundred dollars and I would recommend considering it. It provides great peace of mind and can even have a positive effect on your insurance premiums.
You might want a change but you just can’t afford to replace your kitchen cabinets. Instead, you can refinish them with a little paint or stain to get almost any look under the sun. Here are a few tips for decorating with modern, contemporary or black kitchen cabinets. Going with a bold color choice ensures that all of your hard work gets noticed.
Add in an air of elegance. You might feel like your black cabinets will be depressing or even cave like. You can give them an air of luxury. You might want to install a few mini crystal chandeliers over the island instead of typical pendant lights.
You can also upgrade your countertops for a high end look by going with a granite or marble. A lot of stone colors have flecks of black or gray in them. Carerra marble is a white stone with gray lines and it’s a staple in traditional and classic design. This will help you rethink the way you feel about black kitchen cabinets. Another upgrade that will transform your room is through the use of stainless steel appliances. This will also help bounce light around the room so the space isn’t so dark.
Modern kitchen cabinets are simple. You’ll want to take off any molding or wood appliques from the doors. You want to get them as close to a flat panel as possible. This even means eliminating the hardware. If you want cabinet pulls then go with an oversized stainless piece that runs almost the entire length of the door. These pulls are more expensive than smaller pulls but they’ll really make a design statement and match any stainless steel appliances.
Install an island and include pendant lights. You can even make the pendant lights have glass orb shades that look like sculptures. Then you can bring in bold accessories such as a hot pink blender or a bowl of oranges or limes on the countertop for an inexpensive centerpiece. You can coordinate all of the different colors in your room with black foil wallpaper for elegance. These prints can be overpowering so just use them on one wall which will also save you money. Carry the theme throughout your room. Modern kitchen cabinets can be the inspiration for your entire room. Keep the rest of your surfaces sleek, shiny and dramatic.
It’s easy to forget how important the roof of your home is, until something goes wrong with it! Choosing the best roofing system and carrying out effective routine maintenance is an important part of looking after your home. Whether you’re considering re-roofing, planning for repairs or maybe even thinking about extending your home, with so many decisions to be made and so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know that you’re making the best choice.
Your roof performs a number of functions; some of which you may even be unaware of. Not only is it integral to the structural integrity of your home, it is responsible for keeping your property water-tight and even impacts on the flow of air (and therefore heat) around your home.
There are a great many roof designs to choose from and it’s important to choose a design that will complement your property. Modern roofs come in different shapes, finishes and colours and are made using a variety of different materials. There are many different considerations when selecting a roof design. If, for example, you live in a period property, the design selected must be sympathetic to the period in question. If you live in an area that is subject to particular weather conditions (eg. extreme heat or cold) then this will be central to your decision when choosing a roof for your property.
Another important consideration when choosing a roof design is maintenance. Some roofing systems require virtually no maintenance where others may require regular work to keep them in the best possible condition.
Insulating your roof effectively is a must as this will impact on the flow of heat both into and out of your home.