Introduction to Lawn Mower Spark Plugs

Introduction to Lawn Mower Spark Plugs

If you own a lawn mower, you likely know that you have spark plugs in the engine. These spark plugs need to be changed occasionally as routine maintenance!

However, if you find yourself asking what a spark plug actually is, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. A lot of people know very little about their vehicles. The good news is that, since you are reading this, you are seeking to learn more.

What Is a Spark Plug? What Does It Do?

As you may know, your engine moves the wheels by igniting fuel in cylinders. The pistons in these cylinders are moved by the burning fuel and turn a crankshaft. This rotational movement is transferred to your wheels to move the vehicle. To ignite the fuel, your engine needs a spark. Every time a piston goes through its cycle, the spark plug sets off a small electrical spark to light the fuel/air mixture and continue the process. Although small and humble, spark plugs are really important. Without them, your engine wouldn’t start, and you wouldn’t get anywhere.

Types of Spark Plugs

There are several types of spark plugs. These are primarily differentiated by the type of metal used in the electrode. There are copper/nickel, platinum, double platinum, iridium and double iridium spark plugs. When you want to buy new spark plugs for your lawn mower, you need to be careful to get the right type. The simplest way to check this is by looking in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Your manufacturer included details on the spark plugs you need in there. Another option is to use a VIN lookup free tool at your favorite auto parts store. This will help you find the right spark plugs for your make and model.

Changing Spark Plugs

Although it may seem intimidating, changing spark plugs is a relatively easy process. You’ll be back to mowing your lawn in no-time! It is a great starting point for anyone who is interested in working on vehicles. All you need to do is disconnect the wire, remove the spark plug, gap your new spark plug, then install and connect the new one. The most complicated part of this process is gapping. Fortunately, this is also easy if you take the time to learn what you are doing. Gapping is changing the distance (or gap) between the two electrodes to match the voltage and amperage of the engine. You may wonder what happens when plugs aren’t gapped properly? It could damage your engine and cause misfires. With a feeler tool and a little patience, all you need to do is slowly adjust the electrode to be the same distance apart as those on your old spark plug. Again, with a little patience, this is hard to mess up. The feeler gauge does most of your work for you.

Get Started

Now that you know a little bit about spark plugs, you are ready to change them in your vehicle. This is a quick and easy process. Just head to your favorite auto parts store to find the right plugs and pick up some tools. You could be a DIY mechanic in no time.

Making Your Home Look Picture-Perfect

Making Your Home Look Picture-Perfect

Many people want a picture-perfect home. The problem is knowing where to start. With a few improvements and some effort, you’ll be on your way! Whether your home is being featured in a magazine or you just want it to look spectacular, here are a few tips to achieve this!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARA TRAMP for Domino

Have it Thoroughly Cleaned

Since no one wants to walk into a household full of clutter, you might want to have it professionally cleaned. Knowing what to expect from house cleaning service professionals will help you understand the benefits. House cleaners often vacuum floors and carpets, change linen, dust windows, empty trash and much more. This means you can use your time working, with family, or something else besides detailing the interior of your home.

Add Unique Accents

Gold accents can add a modern touch to a home’s interior. This may include gold light fixtures, art pieces, frames or another interesting detail. Include a pop of color in strategic places with greens in a vase or a throw pillow. In order to figure out where to place objects, try standing back to look at the room. Next, imagine what you can do to give it a balanced appearance.


PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF MINDELL for Domino

Use Paint or Wallpaper

You can paint the walls any colors you like as long as you don’t go overboard. Try limiting your palette to three colors to maintain a balanced look. When it comes to wallpaper options, choose subtle designs and hues or go for something bolder. If you care about the environment, you can find eco-friendly wallpaper or paint by doing your own research.

Brighten it Up with Plants

You can brighten up any room or outdoor area with plants. Besides this, nature can be inspiring and aesthetically pleasing. For example, try placing one flower in a stylish vase, and put this on a table or desk. Succulents and cactus are affordable and easy to maintain. Further, consider planting an herb or vegetable garden.

Bring in Artwork

The right art pieces tend to make a statement or provoke the viewer to think. This may be a landscape painting, expressive statue or something more subtle. You can choose classic or modern pieces, or create something tasteful yourself. You find simple online tutorials, use an instruction book or take an art class. Have fun creating a picture-perfect home by using your imagination.


PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARA LIGORRIA for Domino

Let in Natural Light

Natural light can freshen up the interior of your home. Wash and clean windows and then open the curtains to let the sun’s rays in. In addition to this, your house will be more livable. Have a more positive mindset whether you work at home or just enjoy reading a book in a casual setting. Create a positive home environment for family or visitors.

Improve Curb Appeal

Boost your curb appeal to complete the improved look of your home. For one, keep the lawn mowed, and trees and shrubs trimmed. You can add shutters and paint these. Consider painting the exterior of the house if necessary. Plant colorful flowers in window boxes or purchase some in pots. Bird feeders attract birds that chirp and sing. Trees and shrubs can be attractive, and reduce sparse areas. Additionally, hang a seasonal wreath to give the look and feel of comfort.

You can try dedicating time each day or a few times a week to improving your home. Imagine what you’ll gain when you make your home look picture-perfect. For one, you could have a house you’re proud to show off or just a better place to live.

Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

Whether you’re caring for a home or renovating a business, your mind’s probably on interior decor, not the building’s foundation. If you want to keep all of your hard work as pristine as possible, though, you’ll need to keep your building’s roots in mind.

Photo By: Kurt Baum Architects

Foundation leaks can have a serious impact on your renovation schedule, not to mention on the changes you’ve already initiated. What can you do, then, to ensure that your renovation goes smoothly if you have a foundation leak on your hands?

What Causes Foundation Damage?

A home or building’s foundation doesn’t crack after one traumatic event – unless, of course, it’s in an area that sees frequent and violent natural disasters. If you have a foundation crack on your hands, it’s more likely that your foundation’s been under severe stress for an extended period of time. Sources of that stress can include but are not limited to:

  • Heavy rain
  • Shifting soil
  • Your foundation’s response to the weather
  • Your foundation materials
  • The nearby trees

Signs of a Foundation Leak

That said, the signs that indicate a leaking foundation are similar to the signs that indicate a leaking basement. How can you tell the two apart? Foundation leaks and cracks tend to have more of an impact on the structural supports keeping a building upright. If you suspect that your foundation may be leaking, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the following signs inside of your home:

  • Bowing walls
  • Shifting floors
  • Gaps at the joints of your foundation
  • Sticking doors
  • Foggy windows
  • Water-damaged belongings or furniture
  • Mold

That said, if you let a foundation leak go unattended for too long, the outside of your building or home will start to show signs of extensive water damage. These signs include:

  • Vertical cracks in your walls
  • A cracked chimney
  • Cracks running horizontally across your foundation
  • Signs of sinking

Do note that while you may be able to detect some of these signs on your home, you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to a local professional for a free assessment. Professional foundation repair contractors will be able to better distinguish between a basement leak and a foundation leak and, in turn, offer you the best solutions for your unique situation.

Treating a Foundation Leak

Once you’ve identified a leak, you’ll need to decide how you want to treat it. In this era of DIY, it’s tempting to take on the project yourself. This, however, is a bad idea. If you try and fill a foundation crack on your own, you may end up making matters worse and delaying your renovation even further. A professional foundation repair contractor will be able to help you decide which of the many solutions you have available to you is the best for your building. These solutions include but are not limited to:

  • Piering
  • Underpinning
  • Leveling and slabjacking
  • Sealing
  • Subfloor drainage

Note that these repairs can cost between $500 and $6,000, so you may need to reallocate some of your renovation budget accordingly. That said, it’s far better to have a foundation problem treated as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more expensive repairs are going to be.

Reaching Out for Professional Help

If you think you’re dealing with a foundation crack, don’t try to DIY a solution. Reach out to one of the professional foundation repair contractors in your area for a free inspection. After the inspection, a contractor will be able to propose the cost-effective solutions that’ll keep your renovation on-schedule and your interior design choices free from water damage.

Restaurant Decor: How to Transform Your Restaurant without Renovating

Restaurant Decor: How to Transform Your Restaurant without Renovating

We can definitely learn a thing or two about commercial decorating! Keep reading to find out how restaurants decorate their interiors!

 

There are some undeniable determining factors of what makes a restaurant great, and that is the food and the ambiance. As a patron, when you visit a restaurant, the first impression you have could be based on either one. Maybe you decided to visit based on the menu, or maybe you were walking past and chose it based on how it looked inside. Regardless of what gets you in the door, the food and the atmosphere are what will stick in your mind once you’ve left. The food is the heart of the restaurant, but the decor is the feeling of it. If your restaurant feels like it’s stagnated and you’re looking for a change, these are the two aspects you should consider revamping. Arguably, your menu should always be changing in order to offer a variety of foods and still keep it interesting for your visitors. As for your decor, it should have a classic element that makes it timeless, but also adds a little something extra to make it have some personality.

If you’re looking to do a complete menu overhaul, there are a few considerations to make, like the cost of the new menu for your restaurant and your customers, and the versatility. However, if you’re looking to update the decor of your restaurant and give the whole place a refresh without breaking the bank on costly renovations, these suggestions will help you get started.

Paint the walls

A coat of paint can go a long way, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Maybe all your restaurant needs is a fresh color to liven up the walls and bring in some personality. If you don’t want to change any of the other decor, do your best to find a color that will match your current furnishings and restaurant theme. Otherwise, you could end up with a mismatched interior that confuses guests when they arrive.

Update your furniture

Revamp your restaurant by upgrading the furniture, or replace older furniture with something new and more comfortable for your guests. Of course, you want your visitors to enjoy their time at your venue, and the furniture you have is surprisingly important to achieving this goal. New restaurant chairs and tables can completely change the vibe of your establishment, but make sure the style of the furniture fits in with your restaurant’s theme and concept.

Update the lighting

Different lighting fixtures have different effects on the mood of a room, so how you light your restaurant can totally change how your guests feel while they’re visiting. Restaurant lighting typically isn’t noticeable unless it’s done poorly, so be sure to ask an expert if you aren’t sure how to properly light your venue. Good lighting can be inviting to guests, while poor lighting can be a deterrent and make them feel uncomfortable.

Get new dishware

Old, scratched and worn out plates, bowls, glasses, and cutlery can be a big turn off to guests looking for a finer dining experience. Your dishware contributes greatly to the presentation of your food. If you want to upgrade your dining experience without spending a lot, new dishware is the way to go. It’s also a good idea to consider what kind of dishware you’ll be using if you’re revamping your menu, as these two changes go hand-in-hand.

Looking to Give Your Bathroom a DIY Makeover? Here are 7 Quick Tips

Looking to Give Your Bathroom a DIY Makeover? Here are 7 Quick Tips

Is your bathroom a sanctuary for relaxation, or a place that you dread every morning? If your bathroom is looking worn, it might be time for a bathroom makeover. A complete bathroom remodel is expensive, but there are some bathroom DIY makeover tips that you can follow to give it a refresh that won’t break the bank!

Photo By: Rande Leaman Interior Design

Deep clean

No one likes to clean the bathroom, but if you want to get an honest assessment of what you are working with, you need to start with a thorough deep clean. If you absolutely hate the idea of doing it yourself, you can hire a professional. Or, throw on some gloves and get to scrubbing not only the toilet and floors, but the shower, ceiling, walls, and corners. 

Declutter

Your second line of attack is to declutter and that means the shower and all cabinets. In the shower, assess the bottles of shampoo and soaps that you have, and consider if you are using all of them. Keep only what you actually use, and toss the rest. It’s easy to amass a collection of samples and hotel toiletries — but are you actually ever going to use them? If they’ve been sitting around for more than a few months, it’s time to let them go. The same goes for expired medications and creams, and cosmetics and nail polish that are collecting dust. The less clutter you have in the bathroom, the easier it will be to give it a serious refresh. 

Photo By: Haven Design and Construction

Get organized

After you have decluttered, it’s time to get organized. You can buy matching containers and then sort items by type to be stored, with cosmetics, medications, and accessories grouped accordingly. This will help to create a clean space that will feel open and refreshing. 

Update hardware

You can add some sparkle to your bathroom by updating hardware like cabinet knobs, faucets, and door handles. You don’t have to spend a fortune, and you might be surprised at how updating hardware can change the face of your bathroom. If you have a glass shower door that is dated and a mold magnet, you might consider removing it and replacing it with a rod for a shower curtain that can be cleaned and replaced more easily.

Photo By: Dual Concept Design

Add color

Like updating hardware, your bathroom can be completely transformed by color. New towels and bathmats, fresh holders for toothbrushes and other bathroom necessities, and perhaps even a fresh coat of paint can be achieved in a weekend. If you are feeling bold, go for a fun accent color like pink, turquoise, or yellow.

Add decor

To take your bathroom up a notch, add decor. You might even bring in plants or artwork to make the space more inviting. Pick a theme, like the sea, or a color scheme, such as green, and let your imagination run wild. 

Let there be light

Adding light in a bathroom can turn its energy around, too. You can swap out old light fixtures for new ones and replace curtains or blinds if you have bathroom windows. If you have a one story home you might even consider adding a skylight, but you’ll need to consult with an expert to see if this is one of the top home improvement projects, given your resources.  With just a few dedicated hours and a trip to a home improvement store, you can turn your bathroom into a welcoming sanctuary.