How to Create More Storage in Your Bathroom

Bathroom storage is an issue for many people. Why? It is because there are so many items to store. Like many people, you probably have a long list of things that you would like to store in your bathroom. These include towels, makeup, shaving items, shampoo, soap, styling products, hair dryers and a wide range of other items. If your bathroom isn’t set up to store a lot of items, you can quickly end up with a cluttered, messy room. You will end up spending a lot of time trying to manage all this clutter. People typically invest a lot of money in items to manage clutter like over the toilet cabinets, baskets, carts and shelves.

bath-renovationThe problem with temporary storage solutions is that they can often make the powder rooms look as cluttered as it did before. Many storage products don’t last for a long time and don’t blend in with the décor of the room. That’s why it’s a good idea to plan a remodel project when your budget allows for it. The remodel won’t just benefit you in the short term, although you will be grateful for the extra storage on a daily basis. If you decide to sell the house down the road, prospective buyers will take note of the storage capacity in the room. Realtors often say that buyers notice the kitchens and bathrooms first, so your investment will pay off if you put the house on the market.

The best way to create neat, tidy and sufficient storage space in a bathroom is with cabinets. The cabinets can be used in many different ways to create the space you want in the configuration you want. It’s important to have a setup that is convenient for the way that you would like to use the space and the way the room is configured. You can put cabinets in a number of different spots. The obvious spots include under and above the sink. There are other areas you might not have considered. These include corner spaces and near the shower or tub.

Classes of Misdemeanors in Arizona

A misdemeanor is a crime. It isn’t as severe as a felony, but can still carry significant penalties such as community service, fines and even jail time. The types of misdemeanors vary by state so it’s important to understand how they are classified in Arizona.

There are three classes of misdemeanors in Arizona: Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3. Each class has maximum punishment which may consist of a fine and jail time. People who are first time offenders typically receive less severe punishment than people who have prior convictions. When it comes to any misdemeanor, people who have prior petty offense convictions or prior misdemeanor convictions will be charged differently than people who have a clean record. They may be charged with a higher misdemeanor level even though they would be charged with a lower misdemeanor level if they had no prior convictions.

The first and most serious kind of misdemeanor is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The maximum penalty is a fine of $2,500 or a penalty of up to six months in jail. There are a wide variety of Class 1 misdemeanors. Some examples include prostitution, issuing a bad check, disorderly conduct and some types of cruelty to animals.

The second most serious type is a Class 2 misdemeanor. The maximum punishment for these types of misdemeanors includes fines of up to $750 and up to four months in jail.  Examples of Class 2 misdemeanors include some alcoholic beverage violations, dog license violations and contempt of court.

A Class 3 misdemeanor is the least serious type. They can involve a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail. A common Class 3 misdemeanor charge is when someone asks a person to buy or give them alcohol when they are under the age of 21.

It’s important to work with an attorney in any type of case so that you fully understand your options. An attorney can fully explain what your charges mean. You may be offered a plea bargain which means you can plead guilty to a lesser charge and receive less severe charges and penalties. It’s important to understand your options before you make a decision in this type of case.

Converting Unused Space to a Library

Unused space is a problem in many homes. Many homes are built in ways that create areas that are simply unused. Some people can use these spaces for plants or other decorative items, but there are other ways to use this space. You can remodel the space without a huge investment of money by installing a small library or reading nook.

Libraries are a great way to add a sophisticated flair to your home. They can fit into many types of spaces including square, triangle and circular spaces. A library can make a useful space out of an area that was previously wasted. You can include a variety of customized features when you remodel to make the library or reading nook fit your personal needs and fit the space in your home.

When you decide to tackle this kind of remodel, make a list of the features you’d like. Would you like a space for people to sit and read? Do you want space for both smaller and larger books? What about pictures? It’s common for people to alternate pictures and books to give a library a stylish look. The shelves also add an additional space to display family pictures. You can remodel your unused space to make it reflect your personal style and include the items that are most important to you.

When you remodel, you can include more than just shelves. Cabinets are also an option. You can include cabinets at the top, bottom or sides of the library to add additional functionality to the area. Cabinets add storage space which you can use in a variety of ways.

A library or reading nook can add a lot to your home without a lot of investment. In most cases, the remodel is very cost-effective. A wall or two might need to be added. You’ll need to decide how many shelves you want to add. The shelves will need to fit into the space you have available. If you would like to add cabinets, you will likely want to invest in custom cabinets that will fit into your space naturally.

Protecting your Company from Unemployment Claims

Unemployment claims can be extremely expensive for your company. In some cases, former employees attempt to file claims that are unjustified. Some employers don’t fight these claims because they don’t realize how expensive these can be for their businesses. There are many steps you can take to prevent unemployment claims, especially unjustified claims, against your company.

You’re required to pay unemployment taxes on qualifying employees. When an employee files an unemployment claim and it is successful, your unemployment taxes will increase. That’s why an important part of labor law is learning how to avoid successful unemployment claims against them.

new-jobAny time an employee leaves your company, you’ll have to deal with the issue of unemployment benefits. It’s a good idea to work with an attorney to come up with a plan for managing employment so that you won’t have unexpected problems. If an employee quits in Arizona, he or she is not eligible for unemployment. The only exception is if the person quits for an excellent reason such as a hostile work environment or a health or safety threat.

Business law attorneys will advise you to document an employee’s behavior carefully before you terminate his or her employment. Be careful not to make the work situation hostile or overly difficult for the employee or you may make yourself vulnerable to a future claim or lawsuit. There are federal laws that protect employees against hostile work environments.

Instead, document performance problems with a system of warnings followed by termination. Your attorney can give you advice on how to structure a good warning system. Always follow the system unless the situation is very serious. In that case, contact your attorney. That way you have documented the cause for firing the employee. In some cases, an employee fired for cause may still be able to collect benefits, but through proper documentation, you have significantly lowered the chances.

If you lay off employees, they will be eligible to collect unemployment benefits after any severance pay you have provided has expired. Many companies provide laid off employees with job search services so that they are able to quickly find employment. This lowers the chances that they will file for unemployment benefits.

How to Backwash Properly

Backwashing your swimming pool filter is a very important part of pool maintenance. One reason why you need to backwash your filter is to remove all the bug parts, dirt and small particles that slipped through your pool skimmer. When you backwash too, it replaces the filter media, which is dirty, with clean media. The other reason to backwash is to keep your filter working properly. When the diatomaceous earth and sand in the filter becomes clogged, then it can cause clogging. When your filter becomes clogged then not only will the circulation be affected, but the filter pressure will as well. Without proper circulation though, the chemicals which are used won’t be spread throughout the water then.

How often to backwash

jump splashing poolHow often you need to backwash your pool is usually once a week as part of your regular pool maintenance. You also want to keep your water clean and clear, and the best time to backwash it then is after you have vacuumed so they go together. Since vacuuming will stir up everything on the bottom, when you backwash; after vacuuming, then the filter will suck up what’s left over too. This also will keep the new media from getting dirty right away. However, another factor to consider in how often to backwash is location. If your pool is under a tree where leaves and birds can spread debris, then you make have to backwash more frequently.

The backwash process

To determine when your pool filter needs backwashed, you need to check the pressure gauge on the filter housing. The filter pressure will have a starting pressure after adding new media. Most pressures will read between 10 and 14. You will need to backwash if your pressure is 10 psi higher than the what the starting pressure originally read.

The backwash process:

  • When you need to backwash your swimming pool filter, you will first go to the filter’s power supply and disconnect it. The you will need to find the release valve and turn it to the backwash setting. You’ll have water rush out as well as clumps of whatever filter media you use.
  • Next, you turn the pump back on with the release valve open. When the water is running clear, then turn off the pump.
  • The next step is to go to the release valve and turn it to rinse setting. For about 30 seconds turn the power back on the pump and let it run. Then repeat the backwashing and rinsing process to make sure all the debris is cleared from the filter and pump.
  • After you finish, check the pressure gauge to make sure the pressure is back to the point it started. Importantly, this is a general instruction. Nothing beats reading the actual directions from the manufacturer though.

If you want to keep your pool clean and clear, backwashing is a vital and important step.

Renovating a 70s Bathroom

Lots of homes in desirable neighborhoods were built in the 1970s. The downside to these homes is that they often need extensive remodeling. One of the parts of the home that needs the most attention is the bathroom. They can be out of date in a number of ways. The plumbing may need to be replaced. The décor probably needs serious attention. Another issue can be the cabinetry and plumbing features such as showers, tubs, sinks and toilets and tubs in the room. There also may not be enough cabinetry. When you remodel the bathroom, the cabinets need to be updated to fit in with the new design.

Although a renovation to a restroom can be expensive, it is an advantage in many different ways. You’ll have the enjoyment of the renovated bathroom immediately. You’ll be able to enjoy it the entire time you live in the home. In the long term, the remodel will be an enjoyable advantage. You’ll enjoy showing it off when you have company and overnight guests. If you decide to sell your home, a new bathroom will be attractive to prospective buyers.

The first thing you will probably need to do to update a 70s styled room is brighten the space. During the 70s, darker room colors were common. Wood paneling was common as well as dark wallpaper. Today, most people prefer brighter colors. Consider brighter or lighter colors of paint. You can paint over paneling if you can’t afford to replace it. Remove dark window coverings or curtains and replace them with lighter coverings.

When you’re restructuring the powder room, take the design into serious consideration. Think about how you want the room to be laid out. You’ll want to consult with a contractor to see what your options are in terms of laying out showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilets if you want to make any changes. An important part of restroom design is also storage space. You want to make sure that you have adequate space for storing towels, toiletries and other items. Usually, the cabinetry in the bathroom is dark to match the paneling and the other colors in the room and will need to be replaced or painted.

Investing in Your Home’s Security

You buy your home not just as a place to live but as a long term investment. You want to protect your investment and home over years. That’s why it’s important to spend some time and money finding a good security system. It’s critical to protect your home and belongings by preventing home invasions. If you live in an area that is prone to severe weather such as hurricanes or other strong storms, you will need to find a way to protect them.

Many home invasions happen through windows because they are so easily breached. Thieves can pull windows from their frames or break the windows to get inside the home. To ensure good home security, it’s important to secure your windows. You should consider investing in rolling security shutters. They are a great way to secure your home in an attractive manner.

Rolling shutters blend in seamlessly with the outside of your home. They roll up in to decorative boxes on the outside of your home. You can choose from a variety of colors that blend in attractively with the exterior décor of the house. The shades roll down and securely lock into place to create an impenetrable barrier. Thieves can’t enter through your windows and you don’t have to install unattractive bars to keep the windows safe. The shutters also protect your windows against strong winds, hail and rain.

Rolling security shutters have additional benefits that make them a good investment in addition to providing safety. First, when the shutters are closed, they can help protect the interior of your home from extreme heat and cold. Next, the shutters can block noises from outside. They provide you with privacy and help you control the light in your home. The shutters are simple to operate. You can use manual-style handles or choose automatic controls to raise and lower your shutters.

Homes with good security are features attractive to buyers. They are also interested in homes that are well protected against severe weather situations. You will enjoy these features when you live in your home. Security investments will also increase your property value and make your home more marketable when you decide to sell it.