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Christmas Decor for a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.


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How To Install An Underground Sprinkler System

by Luke Patterson

One of the most effective ways to water your lawn is to have a sprinkler system. Installing a sprinkler system that has a timer can help you ensure that the lawn is watered at all the appropriate times. This is because sometimes you might forget to water the lawn and then all your plants wilt. You do not also have to wait for the rain in order to get some water to your grass. What's more, you can setup the irrigation system yourself thus saving on the costs of hiring a professional.

Preparations and Materials

You need to ensure you have all the necessary materials for the irrigation system. For instance, you need pipes that will cover the entire area of your lawn. Ensure that you have also purchased a timer that will be fitted to the feeder hose. It is important to remember to change the batteries regularly so that the timer system does not fail. Since an underground system requires that you dig, ensure that there are no utilities in the areas you will be digging. This means that you have to check the plan for your house that maps all the utilities located in the ground. You should then check the water pressure since it determines whether your sprinkler will be effective or not. Extremely high and low pressures mean that the system will not achieve its objectives. The sprinkler heads are the other items you need for the system. These are the parts that do the actual sprinkling. You will also need a splitter that helps to connect the feeder hose to the various pipes.

Connecting the Sprinkler System

Once you have all the necessary materials and have dug up the areas you will lay the pipes, you can go ahead and attach the pipes to the feeder hose using the splitter. The timer that is connected to the feeder can also be turned on at this time. Run a test by setting it to go off after a minute or two so that you check its effectiveness. If it works, you can set the desired intervals. The best water level to maintain is about 1 or 2 inches on the lawn. You should measure the levels initially to determine whether the settings are appropriate. You should then make adjustments as necessary. The testing also allows you to check that all sprinklers are working. After this, you can proceed and bury the pipes. Ensure that you have mapped where the pipes are just in case you need to make some repairs in the future.