Mikles Family Farm

Fixing up the Farmhouse

Common Washing Machine Problems and How to Fix Them

by miklesfamilyfarm on September 11, 2014

fixing home clothes washing machineMost people don’t know this but when you’re washing machine or dryer breaks even a refrigerator it really means it’s worth it to buy new one. There’re many companies out there who can fix appliances for you, an industry that I only recently found out about. But not all appliance repair services are the same. I prefer Mr. Appliance of Montgomery County Texas in Conroe, the local Mr. appliance franchise near me. If you are also in the Conroe or Houston area you can visit them at their official site and learn more about all their services.

I use them just the other day when my washing machine broke down. This is actually quite common and there’re many things that can go wrong with your washing machine. The following are the most common problems that people have with them.

The washing machine doesn’t spin.

The most obvious solution to this problem is that the doors not shut all the way if the door is closed and there’s a good chance you’re having a problem with the sensor. The sensor will not allow the washing machine to start working until it knows that the doors closed. This is a common feature on almost all modern washing machines.

There’s a water leak.

First it’s important to figure out when the waters leaking. One of the most common reasons for water leakage from a washing machine was running is if you put into much detergent. Another issue it might be having is a malfunctioning drain hose.

The machine does not finish it’s full cycle.

This is a common problem people have as well. When this happens it’s usually the timer that is to blame. Typically when this happens you need to have a new timer installed.

Finally you might be asking why the washer is not draining water.

This is often one of the easiest problems to fix and could be A result of A kink in the water hose. If this isn’t a problem you should check to see that all the filters on the washing machine such as the filter are not clogged.

These problems while some of the most common issues that you might face with your home washing machine, are not the only troubles that might arise. Some problems are fairly simple to fix with a little bit of research, common sense, and ingenuity. But many others require a special part or expertise in how washers function. In these cases you’re going to need to call an appliance repair specialists in your area such as the friendly people at your local Mr. appliance franchise. I have been using them for years and recommend they are who you call when you have a problem with the home or commercial clients that’s too big for you to fix yourself.

Making a Home Office

by miklesfamilyfarm on September 4, 2014

If you are fortunate enough to have a working arrangement that lets you telecommute or work from the comfort of your own home, you will want to invest in a comfortable and productive work space. Don’t kill yourself sitting on a busted chair with a laptop resting on a coffee table. Here’s some advice from a seasoned work-from-home veteran.

1. Take care of your spine.home office

Invest in a chair that gives you adequate lumbar support and doesn’t leave you with aches and pains. Your computer screen should be at level so you’re not craning your neck, looking too high or too low. Even a stiffness or misalignment in the vertebrates in your neck can have negative effects on the lower parts of your back. Even when you have the perfect chair, computer, and screen configuration, take stretch breaks that get you up and out of your seat at least every hour.

2. Enjoy what you do.

If you hate the work you’re doing, you will associate those negative emotions with your office, also known as your home. Working from home has its benefits, but its better to take a small commute if its a job that is going to really challenge you and bring you a sense of purpose. If you used to teach or have a passion for children, consider a kids business that still lets you tap into that interest.

3. Use natural lighting.

You’d be surprised the real negative impact not being exposed to natural sunlight can have on your mood. If you sleep in your house, wake up, work in your home office, eat dinner, and go to bed, you may never experience nature through the course of a day. As human beings, we are naturally recharged and comforted by the simple exposure to the natural world around us. Pick a room in your house with some real window real estate to set up shop in.

Farmhouse Lighting Inspirations

by miklesfamilyfarm on July 15, 2014

When you are thinking about designing a room to fit a theme you probably think about what kind of furniture you want to add or which fabrics would best fit in the room. However, one big way you can make a statement is with custom or unique lighting fixtures. Now these aren’t your everyday lamps that you may find in your local department stores. These lighting designs are truly special and will add to your overall farmhouse inspired style. Keep in mind that some of these larger projects require potentially rerouting your home’s wiring. Before attempting any complex projects, be sure to seek the advice of a professional electrical contractor in Appleton WI. Below are a few lighting ideas to get you started.

 

Industrial - This seems to be one of the most popular styles currently, a throwback to the 19th century industrial revolution. From low-end to high-end department stores, everyone seems to carry a line of industrial inspired lighting products. It intentionally is made to look worn and distressed. Vintage and natural tones add rugged and warm characteristics that invoke a sense of history. Metals are an essential element to accomplishing a farmhouse inspired light fixture.

 

Copper Lighting - Metallic lighting is a design that you may not have considered before. Having a copper lamp case or even an entire installation made of copper can be a way to infuse extra shine into your room. Copper has a great neutral palette that can add a touch or warmth to any space. From modern to classic and elegant you can easily find a way to incorporate your copper pieces so they complement any room.

 

For more farmhouse inspired lighting designs click here.

 

Service Oriented Plumbers

by miklesfamilyfarm on July 15, 2014

clog in shower drainOver the past few weeks I have had quite an annoying issue with my shower not draining properly. Before the water has been running for even a few minutes I find myself standing in a pool of cold and dirty water. Finally yesterday I decided to try and do something about it by trying to clog it to no avail. The clog must have been much deeper than I could get to. So inevitably I started my search for a plumber who had the right equipment to unclog my drain. It was probably for the best seeing as I had a leaky pipe in the kitchen I had been meaning to get fixed for a while now.

Hiring the Right Plumbing Contractor

Because I figured the plumbing issues I was having were not all that complicated I was really prioritizing finding a plumbing company near me in Macon GA who was clean and professional. Ive had a few of my friends complain about a few plumbers in my area who were rude, showed up in a sketchy truck and left a mess behind when they left. This was definitely something I wanted to avoid so after looking over some reviews I decided to give Mr. Rooter pluming service a chance to fix my plumbing problems.

friendly plumber in Warner Robins GASo why did I choose Mr. Rooter? Well they don’t always advertise it but its because of their service philosophy and code of values for their customer service process. Its too much to list here but some of the general principles involve treating each plumbing client with integrity and respect. When they come to your home I like that they show up in a truck with a big logo, wear a uniform and they even put a door mat down in front of my patio door so I knew they were still here as well as covering their boots and always striving to make the repair the first time.

I was impressed by this because obviously none of these things are usually associated with plumbers but I think it’s a great concept putting customer service first in an industry some people think of as slightly dirty.

Choosing the Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

by miklesfamilyfarm on July 15, 2014

Back when I was younger, the family farmhouse didn’t have air conditioning. So needless to say the Oklahoma summer heat could get pretty brutal without any ventilation. We had ceiling fans and would open the windows as often as we could, but still there was little to no relief. When I got older, I took it upon myself to upgrade the 19th century home with 21st century technology. It was important to me that people would be comfortable and want to visit the place that I grew up loving so much. I wanted to control the indoor temperature of the home without compromising the structural integrity or charm of the old farmhouse.

 

I began doing my research into what would be the best option in regards to heating and air for our Tulsa OK home. I didn’t know much about various units, all I knew was that I wanted to invest in an efficient HVAC installation service. I wanted to share information that I found useful when making the decision on the type of HVAC that was right for my home. There are basically three main types of HVAC systems; a packaged unit, a split system, and a window air conditioning unit.

 

split systemsSplit System

A split A/C system is exactly as it sounds, it has two separate units. One unit is indoors, which contains the evaporating coils and the other outside, which contains the systems compressor and condenser. This is common in most of today’s detached home designs because most homes built today are built with a central HVAC system in mind. For a split system unit to be an option there must be duct work ventilation within the ceiling, basement, or attic for proper circulation.

 

window unitWindow Unit

A window air conditioning unit is ideal for a space with a limited space design and restriction from installing air ducts such as an apartment. These are an ideal choice for a smaller space but keep in mind these systems can potentially interfere with the structural and architectural style. Therefore, for historic properties this couldn’t be the best option visually. In addition, since the units are small and are designed to regulate the temperature for an entire space, heating and air may be concentrated to a specific space and not dispersed evenly throughout the entire home.

 

packaged AC systemPackaged Air Conditioning

This is a pre-assembled unit that is intended to control and ventilate air for only specific parts of a home. Like a space heater, a packaged A/C unit only has the capacity to distribute airflow for up to 400 cubic feet per minute. This is only intended for individual rooms when necessary that may need additional heating and air conditioning.